News quiz for week ending 12/15/17

Friday's News Quiz   —   Posted on December 20, 2017

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DIRECTIONS: Decide whether the bolded section is true or false. Write TRUE or FALSE next to each statement, then rewrite each false bolded statement to make it true.

1.  ___________ The International Olympic Committee announced this week that it was banning the Russian hockey team from competing in the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea over Russia’s doping scandal.

2.  ___________ The IOC decision followed a conclusion that members of the Russian government came up with a system aimed to ensure Russian competitors could dope at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, without getting caught. Dozens of athletes, several of whom won medals, took part in the doping scheme, which had been in the works for years.

3.  ___________ In a bid to conceal rampant steroid use, the Russians tampered with more than 100 urine samples at the 2014 Sochi Winter Games. Russian scientists swapped out hundreds of urine samples, using a secret hole in a wall to pass the bottles back and forth. The scheme was revealed by the former head of Moscow’s anti-doping lab.

4.  ___________ It was reported this week that in November, in a joint mission with other government agencies, a U.S. Coast Guard cutter intercepted a semi-submersible vessel filled with thousands of pounds of cocaine off the coast of Texas.

5.  ___________ Marine Operations aircraft participated in the mission to detect and intercept the semi-submersible vessel.  The crews of these aircraft patrol the borders in transit zones in Central and South America and the aircrews can often detect and disrupt drug smugglers after they land at U.S. ports.

6.  ___________ The top U.S. general in Afghanistan recently told reporters that Taliban forces have destroyed ten different poppy-processing facilities in Southern Afghanistan.

7.  ___________ The aim of the airstrikes, which is part of President Trump’s strategy on Afghanistan, is to cut off the Taliban’s drug revenue.

8.  ___________ President Trump’s new policy gives the military the freedom to act more strategically, by cutting off the cash the Taliban needs to continue its terrorism. Approximately 6% of the Taliban’s funding comes from the drug trade.

9.  ___________ The Department of Homeland Security announced recently that it will conduct a biosecurity drill in a small town in Oklahoma in 2018. The purpose for the drill is to measure the amount of material that penetrates structures in the event of a bioterrorism attack, and how authorities can best clean it up in the event of an attack.

10.  ___________ DHS chose the abandoned site in Oklahoma because scientists say the cluster of abandoned buildings at the site best resemble single-family homes and commercial buildings in any U.S. city.


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