Moscow, Sept 26 (AFP) Russian athletics, emboldened by WADA’s lifting of the three-year ban on Russia’s anti-doping agency (RUSADA), has demanded to have its ban from track and field terminated. In a statement on Wednesday, the Russian Athletics Federation (RUSAF) said it had filed an appeal to the Court of Arbitration of Sport (CAS) the previous day. The statement said the appeal pointed to the “unfounded decision” to put several criteria on the RUSAF restoration roadmap including the recognition by the Russian authorities of their involvement in the scheme for concealing the use of doping by Russian athletes. “The unreasonable implementation of these criteria and their presence on the roadmap for RUSAF’s restoration is in our view wrong, because it goes beyond RUSAF’s competencies,” the statement said. Russian athletics chief Dmitry Shlyakhtin also sent the letter to Sebastian Coe, president of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), informing him he is taking the case to the CAS, the Times reported.- Ban no longer relevant ? -============================ Shlyakhtin argued that the reasons for the ban of his organisation and its athletes, which the IAAF imposed in November 2015, are no longer pertinent as they were the same ones the World Anti-Doping Agency used when they punished RUSADA. WADA suspended RUSADA, also in November 2015, after declaring it non-compliant following revelations of a vast state-backed scheme to avoid drug testers. “Given that the outstanding criteria for RUSAF’s reinstatement were essentially identical to those that the WADA executive committee has considered met, and that time is of the essence, we respectfully request that the IAAF decide to reinstate RUSAF as soon as possible,” wrote Shlyakhtin.advertisement The IAAF told The Times in light of the letter: “We have led the way to fight for clean athletes and we will continue to do so.” The Court of Arbitration of Sport has not yet received the appeal, a spokesman said. Coe, who has consistently been the most prominent sports administrator in taking a hard line over the doping scandal, had said following WADA’s decision to lift the ban that Russia needed to meet two pre-conditions to be allowed to return to international athletics competition. The IAAF will next broach the subject at a Council meeting in December. “The reinstatement of RUSADA was one of three pre-conditions,” he said in a statement issued by the IAAF. “The other two pre-conditions are Russian authorities must acknowledge the findings of the McLaren and Schmid Commissions that Ministry of Sport officials were implicated in the scheme to cover up the doping of Russian athletes as described in their reports. “The Russian authorities must (also) provide access to the data from testing of samples at the Moscow lab from 2011 to 2015, so that the Athletics Integrity Unit can determine whether the suspicious findings reported in the Moscow lab’s database should be pursued.” The decision to lift the ban on RUSADA was taken last week at a meeting of WADA’s executive committee but the softening of their stance triggered outrage from athletes and national anti-doping agencies around the world. They accused WADA of succumbing to pressure from the International Olympic Committee (IOC). (AFP) ATKATK
Image Courtesy: Royal WagenborgIn today’s spotted, we bring you an image of Egbert Wagenborg, a multipurpose ship (MPP) owned by Dutch shipping company Royal Wagenborg, which successfully completed its second and last sea trial. The newbuilding was completed at the Netherlands-based Royal Niestern Sander shipyard this month.Following its completion, the 14,200 dwt vessel was towed from the shipyard to the Port of Delfzijl.Egbert Wagenborg is 149.5 meters long and 15.9 meters wide.The MPP ship will be handed over to the owner also this month when christening and name giving ceremony are scheduled to take place.
Ellen DeGeneres is taking a stand against the Taiwanese government’s plan to infect unvaccinated beagle puppies with rabies.Despite the solid consensus among rabies experts, veterinarians, and scientists around the world that all strains of rabies can infect warm-blooded animals, the Taiwanese Council of Agriculture plans to test the infectivity of a recently discovered strain of the virus by injecting it into 210 mice, 36 ferret-badgers and 14 beagle puppies. These tests are completely unnecessary and will produce no benefit for human health. Ellen DeGeneres is leading a global push to cancel the cruel experiments.“As a long-time advocate for the welfare of animals, I would like to join the many physicians, scientists, and veterinarians who have encouraged the Taiwanese government to avoid experimenting on live animals in its efforts to combat the rabies virus in Taiwan,” Ellen writes in her letter.The Physicians Committee — a nonprofit of concerned physicians, scientists, and citizens — has also denounced the experiments as regressive and unscientific.
Kenneth Jackson APTN National News OTTAWA – Bruce Carson certainly used his influence to help an Ottawa water treatment company attempt to secure lucrative contracts with First Nations but in doing so never did business with the federal government a judge ruled Tuesday finding the former senior aide to Stephen Harper not guilty of influence-peddling.Carson wasn’t successful in securing funding for the company but if he had it would have been with First Nation communities and not the federal government, therefore there would be no fraud on the government.“I disagree with Crown counsel that because INAC was the funding agency and served as an advisor to First Nations, that a three-way business relationship was created between the government, First Nations communities and third party suppliers such as H20 (Professionals Inc.),” said Justice Bonnie Warkentin.Warkentin said that view would be “paternalistic” and “most unwelcomed by First Nations communities. They have long asserted their right to autonomy and indeed this is enshrined in our Constitution and Charter of Rights and Freedoms.”She said it would be like comparing First Nations to charities that receive money from the federal government.The RCMP charged Carson with influence peddling in 2012 after a 2011 APTN National News investigation sparked former Prime Minister Stephen Harper to call in the Mounties to investigate.The APTN investigation uncovered Carson had been trying to use his contacts in the federal government and Harper’s cabinet to land an Ottawa water company funding to supply First Nations, plagued by toxic drinking water, treatment systems.He did so for his fiancée Michele McPherson, who was connected to the company.“It is abundantly clear from his conduct that Mr. Carson was attempting to influence government officials within INAC, Cabinet Ministers and their staff as well as high ranking members of the AFN to promote H20’s water treatment systems,” said Warkentin.But Carson was told any business would have to be with the communities themselves, and not the government.Warkentin said she would have found Carson guilty if the government had authority to “approve or purchase” H20’s water treatment systems.“The evidence supports only one conclusion and that is that First Nations communities were autonomous from the government with respect to any business transactions with H20,” she said.The Crown and RCMP politely declined to comment on the case. Crown attorney Jason Nicol said he had to review the judge’s decision.Carson also didn’t want to comment but when was told it’s been a long five years he said “we’ll agree on that.”Outside the court, Carson’s lawyer Pat McCann said it was the right decision.“It’s what we’ve been advancing all along,” said McCann, adding the Crown was trying to put a square peg in a round hole.Carson still faces illegal lobbying and influence peddling charges in a spin-off RCMP investigation that alleges he was trying to lobby the government for organizations looking to profit from the tar sands.That case is still making its way through the [email protected]