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Olympians association opposes blanket ban on all Russians

first_imgMONACO (AP):The global association of Olympic athletes says it’s unfair that all Russia’s track and field athletes have been banned from international competition because of allegations of state-sponsored doping.The World Olympians Association (WOA) calls for an “urgent solution” that allows athletes who have not been involved in doping to be able to compete.The WOA issued a statement yesterday saying clean athletes should “have their rights and their reputations protected and honoured”.Russia’s athletics federation was suspended by the IAAF following a report by a World Anti-Doping Agency panel that detailed widespread doping. The sanction could keep Russian track and field athletes out of next year’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.The WOA suggests that athletes from suspended countries who have clean doping records could undergo “extraordinary testing sessions” clearing them to compete.The WOA has ties to Russia through its patron, Prince Albert of Monaco, who has vacationed in the past with Russian President Vladimir Putin. WOA president Joel Bouzou is an adviser to Prince Albert and received a Russian state medal in 2012.last_img read more

LAPD buys `dirty bomb’ detectors

first_imgDirty bombs employ conventional explosives to scatter radioactive material into the surrounding atmosphere. “New York and Washington are still the biggest risks in the country,” Bratton told the newspaper. “We come in right behind them because of the special assets we have: the port, the airport and just the symbolism of so much of what they hate.” Bratton said the department has been awarded $3 million in Homeland Security funds and also used that money to buy a $900,000 bomb-response truck that has a robot that can be operated from a mile away. SECURITY: Bratton says city is big target for terrorists because of its “special assets.” By City News Service Saying it’s only a matter of time before America is the target of a dirty bomb, Los Angeles Police Chief William Bratton has purchased seven devices that can sniff out the radioactive signature of such a device, it was reported Saturday. The Los Angeles Times reports that one of the devices has been installed in a helicopter and is capable of detecting an unexploded dirty bomb from an altitude of 800 feet. The department also invested in a mobile response truck for LAPD public information officers, to serve as a portable center for communicating information via news media, the chief said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more