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US states consider using powerful fentanyl to execute inmates

Fentanyl, a potent drug playing a major role in the US opioid crisis described by Donald Trump as a "plague," is now under consideration for use in lethal cocktails to execute inmates. The states of Nevada and Nebraska are planning to supply prison executioners with the opioid painkiller -- which killed more than 20,000 people in the United States in 2016 -- drawing criticism from doctors and activists who call the move a dangerous human experiment. They warn of serious risks posed to death row prisoners, who effectively become guinea pigs against their will. Fentanyl, which also acts as an anesthetic, is 50 times more powerful than heroin and up to 100 times stronger than m...Keep on reading: US states consider using powerful fentanyl to execute inmates.....»»

Category: newsSource: inquirer inquirerDec 14th, 2017

Death penalty

WASHINGTON -- Fentanyl, a potent drug playing a major role in the US opioid crisis described by Donald Trump as a “plague,” is now under consideration for use in lethal cocktails to execute inmates. The states of Nevada and Nebraska are planning to supply prison executioners with the opioid painkiller….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsDec 14th, 2017

US health official reveals fentanyl almost killed his son

NEW YORK, United States --- The head of the nation's top public health agency says the opioid epidemic will be one of his priorities, and he revealed a personal reason for it: His son almost died from taking cocaine contaminated with the powerful painkiller fentanyl. "For me, it's personal. I almost lost one of my children from it," Dr. Robert Redfield Jr. told the annual conference of the National Association of County and City Health Officials. The AP viewed a video of his speech, which he delivered Thursday in New Orleans. Redfield declined to speak about it Monday, except to say in a statement: "It's important for society to embrace and support families who are fighting to ...Keep on reading: US health official reveals fentanyl almost killed his son.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 17th, 2018

Taliban unveils negotiating team ahead of U.S. peace talks

KABUL, Afghanistan – The Taliban announced Tuesday, February 12, a 14-member team to meet American negotiators this month in Doha, including 5 former Guantanamo Bay inmates and a high-profile militant behind bars in Afghanistan. United States special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad has undertaken extensive recent peace talks with the Taliban about ending ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 13th, 2019

El Chapo trial: A 3-month plunge into the bloody ways of the drug trade

NEW YORK, United States – Over the space of nearly 3 months, a New York jury has heard 54 witnesses deliver dramatic evidence against accused Mexican drug boss Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman. Former associates, ex-employees and a onetime mistress , most of them now inmates in American prisons, have drawn a ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 27th, 2019

Beef-friendly Nebraska eyes regulations on the word ‘meat’

LINCOLN, Nebraska --- More than four months after Missouri became the first U.S. state to regulate the term "meat" on product labels, Nebraska's powerful farm groups are pushing for similar protection from veggie burgers, tofu dogs and other items that look and taste like real meat. Nebraska lawmakers will consider a bill this year to prevent companies that package and sell food from advertising plant-based, insect-based and lab-grown products as meat. Similar measures are pending in Tennessee, Virginia and Wyoming. The issue strikes a particularly strong cord in Nebraska, one of the nation's top states for livestock production, where cars roll down the interstate with "Beef St...Keep on reading: Beef-friendly Nebraska eyes regulations on the word ‘meat’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 13th, 2019

One Championship looks to make MMA splash in States

By Dan Gelston, Associated Press How many casual American sports fans about a year ago had heard of One? Try none. OK, maybe that's a bit of a reach. But the Singapore-based mixed martial arts organization was an afterthought at best in the United States among the hodgepodge of companies trying to put a dent in UFC's heavyweight share of the combat sports marketplace. Try ignoring One Championship now. After staging shows for seven years across Asia from Myanmar to China, One has come out swinging in the U.S. — throwing millions at big-name free agents, signing a major cable TV deal and raising capital needed to not only keep its grip as the dominant MMA promotion of the East, but perhaps use global expansion to eventually rival UFC as the champ of the West. "They're making a serious push," One fighter Eddie Alvarez said. "I don't think it's going to be long before you can crown them one of the top promotions in the world. They've done everything possible in their favor to become that." Alvarez, a Philadelphia native, should know as well as any fighter about One's commitment to becoming a major player in the U.S. fight game. "The Underground King" has fought for several MMA promotions and made his name in Bellator as a two-time lightweight champion and in UFC where he won the same title in 2016 and headlined the promotion's first card in Madison Square Garden against Conor McGregor. The 34-year-old Alvarez became a free agent after his last fight in July 2018 and decided to explore his options outside UFC. He traveled to Singapore and met One founder and CEO Chatri Sityodtong and learned U.S. expansion plans and acquiring other name fighters were on the horizon, as well as ongoing talks that would broadcast fights in America. Alvarez was impressed, not just by One's outline for the future, but in a multimillion dollar contract offer that he says makes him one of the highest-paid fighters in the sport. "Our deal is more in the lines of a real pro sport deal, like football or baseball," Alvarez said. "The package deal is an eight-figure deal. When we brought that to the UFC to match it, they declined matching it and I had to move forward. I'm happy I did because One Championship is the only major promotion that I have not won and conquered the world title in. It's history and legacy for me." Alvarez was part of a flurry of transactions that put MMA fans on notice that One was intent on becoming a singular sensation. One obtained Demetrious Johnson, the long-reigning UFC flyweight champion better known as "Mighty Mouse," in a trade with UFC — yes, a trade — for Ben Askren. Sage Northcutt, once hailed as a future UFC star, also signed with One. Meisha Tate, a former 135-pound champion in UFC and Strikeforce, has signed on as One's vice president and was set to move to Singapore. One strengthened its roster with notable U.S.-based talent ahead of a North American television deal with Turner Sports. The three-year deal will see One content broadcast on Turner's platforms including TNT, which is received by more than 90 million households in the United States, as well as streaming platform Bleacher Report Live and other Turner properties. Turner, which also broadcasts the NBA and the NCAA Tournament, is set to air 24 events in 2019 on its various outlets. B/R Live will stream One: Eternal Glory on Jan. 19 from Jakarta, Indonesia. That date is already familiar to MMA fans — UFC is running its debut show on ESPN-plus the same night (yet in different time zones). Johnson and Alvarez will make their One Championship debuts on March 31 in Japan in tournament competition. "I'm not the smallest guy in the organization anymore," the 5-foot-3 Johnson said. "In America, everybody always looked at me as a child. I won't have that issue when I'm in Asia competing." More elite fighters could be on their way to One. Alvarez, who said he left on good terms with UFC and President Dana White, has suddenly become quite popular among his MMA peers. "Every fighter in town is sliding into my DMs. What's going on? What are you being offered?" Alvarez said, laughing. Sityodtong, raised in Thailand and a graduate of Harvard Business School, is the self-made multimillionaire entrepreneur behind One. He's made a name as the most powerful MMA executive in Asia and has trained and coached in martial arts. Alvarez was wowed — and wooed — by Sityodtong's approach toward building One into an American MMA juggernaut. "In three years, our goal is 100 million live viewers per event, making us as big as Super Bowl Sunday," Sityodtong said at the press conference to introduce Alvarez. One has been aggressive in establish a U.S. foothold in large part because of an influx of cash from some of the top venture capital firms in the world. Sequoia Capital and Singaporean sovereign wealth fund Temasek helped One secure an additional $166 million in funding in October. One said at the time of the announcement it had exceeded $250 million in total capital base. One also recently announced an exclusive partnership in Japan with TV Tokyo, one of the country's largest national television broadcasters. One could quickly crush Bellator as the No. 2 promotion in the United States with a national TV deal and become a viable option for free-agent fighters — even with no scheduled events in America. Plenty of other promotions are also trying to compete or at least carve out a viable slice of the MMA pie, including the Professional Fighters League, which boasts Kevin Hart and Mark Burnett as celebrity investors, as well as Cage Fury Fighting Championship and numerous promotions that air fights in various disciplines under UFC's Fight Pass online subscription service. Alvarez has a stout belief that the MMA promotion made in Asia can make it in America. "The fans there get it," Alvarez said, "and it won't be long until the American fans here get it, as well.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 12th, 2019

‘Aquaman’ stays afloat in box office

HOLLYWOOD, United States – “Aquaman” displayed a powerful kick in North American theaters over the weekend, taking in an estimated $51.6 million to help close a record year for the movie sector, data showed Sunday. The domestic film industry is projected to gross a record $11.9 billion this year, up 2.7 percent from last year, […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsDec 31st, 2018

Aquaman stays afloat atop North American box office

HOLLYWOOD, United States – Aquaman displayed a powerful kick in North American theaters over the weekend, taking in an estimated $51.6 million to help close a record year for the movie sector, data showed Sunday, December 30 (Monday, December 31 in the Philippines). The domestic ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 31st, 2018

Fil-Am fans hail what critics ‘miss’ in Trump presidency

SAN FRANCISCO -- From the moment he swore in as 45th President of the United States, Donald J. Trump has polarized the nation. He has been the object of adulation by 62,984,828 voters who catapulted him to the most powerful position on the planet. But there are the 64,853,514 or 2.87 million more who voted for his opponent, Hillary Clinton, who won the popular vote but lost the electoral college race*. Hence the ensuing debate over what some blast as Trump-bashing that has escalated two years into his term. The business mogul and former reality show star has weathered criticism for his alleged extra-marital affairs, policy pronouncements, business deals, high turnover of key staff...Keep on reading: Fil-Am fans hail what critics ‘miss’ in Trump presidency.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 28th, 2018

China to label fentanyl as controlled substance

BUENOS AIRES --- China has agreed to label fentanyl a controlled substance after a meeting between President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping. The deadly synthetic opioid is responsible for tens of thousands of U.S. drug deaths annually. The White House says Xi agreed to the move, long sought by the U.S., during a dinner Saturday between the two leaders on the margins of the Group of 20 summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina. U.S. officials for years have been pressing the Chinese government to take a tougher stance against fentanyl, which is 50 times more powerful than heroin. Most U.S. supply of the drug is manufactured in China. White House press secretary Sarah S...Keep on reading: China to label fentanyl as controlled substance.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 2nd, 2018

Quake damages buildings in Alaska

LOS ANGELES, United States — A powerful earthquake rocked Anchorage on Friday, violently shaking homes and businesses, sending scared residents into the streets and damaging buildings in Alaska’s largest city. The 7.0-magnitude quake struck at 8:29 am local time (1729 GMT), in the middle of the school run and as workers were heading out for […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsDec 1st, 2018

APEC leaders seek unity after U.S., China spat

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea – Leaders from 21 Asia-Pacific nations battled to paper over gaping differences Sunday, November 18, after an unusually sharp exchange of words between the group's two most powerful members, the United States and China. Wrapping up a two-day summit, leaders will strive to craft a statement on ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 18th, 2018

CIA: Saudi Crown Prince behind Khashoggi murder

WASHINGTON, United States — The US Central Intelligence Agency has concluded Saudi’s powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was behind the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, The Washington Post reported Friday, citing people close to the matter. The US assessment directly contradicts the conclusions of a Saudi prosecutor one day prior, which exonerated the prince […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsNov 17th, 2018

Duterte bothered by chronic pain near ear

President Rodrigo Duterte is suffering from chronic pain near his ear as a result of a spinal injury he sustained in a motorcycle accident years ago. The President made this revelation in Puerto Princesa City, during the Subaraw Biodiversity Festival on Saturday even as he denied allegations that he was addicted to fentanyl transdermal patches, a powerful anti-pain medication that he used to relieve himself of the pain. "I'm suffering from pain, 24 hours a day. Probably you see me always massaging the left nerve of my lower ear. It's because I'm suffering almost every day nonstop," he said. Motorcycle accident He added: "On a pain scale of one to 10, maybe something like two,...Keep on reading: Duterte bothered by chronic pain near ear.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 12th, 2018

Autopsy finds rapper Mac Miller died from drugs and alcohol

LOS ANGELES --- Rapper Mac Miller died from an accidental overdose caused by a combination of cocaine, alcohol, and the powerful opioid fentanyl, a coroner's report released Monday said. The Los Angeles County coroner's report named Miller's cause of death as "mixed toxicity" of the three substances found in his system. The 26-year-old Pittsburgh native, who frankly discussed his depression and addiction in his rhymes, died suddenly on Sept. 7. He was known to many as Ariana Grande's ex-boyfriend, but had a devoted following that included some of the biggest names in hip-hop. Miller's personal assistant, making a daily visit to Miller's home in the San Fernando Valley sectio...Keep on reading: Autopsy finds rapper Mac Miller died from drugs and alcohol.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 6th, 2018

We too: At gathering of nations, women’s voices ring loud

      UNITED NATIONS --- In a pivotal week for women in the United States, the U.N. put forth its own clarion set of female voices at its annual meeting of nations. And women's empowerment was only one of their rallying cries. At the U.N. General Assembly, the first since the #metoo movement took root in Fall 2017 and began to amplify women's voices in a new way, some of the most powerful words have come from the mouths of female leaders, a group whose numbers, influence and ambitions for the planet are on the rise. Female leaders presented roadmaps for peace in central Africa and the Balkans, challenged governments to fight anti-Semitism, exposed the da...Keep on reading: We too: At gathering of nations, women’s voices ring loud.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 29th, 2018

One super typhoon after another within PAR: Surely this isn’t normal?

Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut) left billions of damaged properties and many casualties at its wake. As soon as it left, Typhoon Paeng (Trami), another powerful cyclone, just entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility. Both have been categorized as super typhoons by the Hawaii-based Joint Typhoon Warning Center of the United States Navy. The Philippines’ vicinity is […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsSep 26th, 2018

‘Tiger doesn’t scare us’

BRING IT ON! We don’t fear anyone because we’ve played against them so many times before individually. But we respect our opponents and know what we are up against SAINT-QUENTIN EN YVELINES, France — Europe captain Thomas Bjorn said his team “doesn’t fear anyone” as it prepares to take on a powerful United States lineup […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsSep 26th, 2018

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards threaten to avenge military parade attack

DUBAI— Iran‘s elite Revolutionary Guards vowed on Sunday to exact “deadly and unforgettable” vengeance for an attack on a military parade that killed 25 people, including 12 of their comrades, and Tehran accused Gulf Arab states of backing the gunmen. Saturday’s assault, one of the worst ever against the most powerful force of the Islamic Republic, […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsSep 24th, 2018

PHI rowers pocket four golds in ICF World Championships

GAINESVILLE, Georgia—The Philippines claimed two more gold medals in the 2018 ICF World Dragon Boat Championships here by winning the 10-seater and 20-seater senior mixed 200-meter races held at the Lake Lanier Olympic Park. Led by veteran paddlers Hermie Macaranas and Mark Jhon Frias, the Filipinos sprinted to the finish with a sudden burst of speed in the final 50 meters for a 50.46-second clocking in the small boat that drew admiration from their world-class rivals. France settled for the silver medal in 53.056 seconds and towed third-placer Hungary (53.158), host United States (53.463), Italy (53.9) and Germany (54.437). "On a shorter course such as the 200m, you need produce faster and powerful strokes to become successful,’’ said coach Diomedes Manalo after the Philippine Canoe Kayak Dragonboat Federation paddlers surpassed their medal tally in 2016 Moscow, Russia. The Pinoy paddlers followed exactly the game plan in capturing their fourth gold in the big boat, clocking 43.481 seconds to subdue Czech Republic (46.082) and United States (46.146).  Hungary placed fourth (46.791) followed by Germany (48.040) and Canada (50.242). Besides the four gold medals, the national team supported by the Philippine Sports Commission and Go For Gold has also pocketed two silvers in the small boat senior men’s 500m and big boat senior mixed 2000m race, respectively. "Congratulations to our dragon boat athletes for improving on their medal tally from their last world championship,’’ said Go For Gold top honcho Jeremy Go. "Despite all the struggle and adversity, our team has come out on top and continues to impress.’’ They defended the 20-seater senior mixed 500m title with aplomb after kicking off their world championship campaign with a convincing win in the 10-seater senior mixed 500m event. The Pinoy paddlers remain on track to secure another gold medal in the 10-seater senior men 200m on Sunday (Monday in Manila). Jordan De Guia, John Paul Selencio, Lee Robin Santos, Jonathan Ruz, Daniel Ortega, Reymart Nevado, John Lester Delos Santos will join hands with Christine Mae Talledo, Sharmaine Mangilit, Apple Jane Abitona, Raquel Almencion and Lealyn Baligasa in the big boat senior mixed 200m. Maribeth Caranto has been designated steersman and Patricia Ann Bustamante as drummer. During their world championship campaign two years ago, the Filipinos brought home three gold medals, one silver and a pair of bronzes. In the master division, the Philippines pocketed a pair of bronze medals in the small boat men’s and mixed 200m races.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 16th, 2018