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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

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

Hurricane Florence closes in on US east coast

WILMINGTON: Hurricane Florence was on course Wednesday to deliver a powerful blow to the east coast of the United States, with forecasters warning of life-threatening rainfall and flooding even as it weakened to a Category 2 storm. Georgia joined four other coastal states issuing an emergency declaration as forecasts showed Florence dumping historic amounts of [...] The post Hurricane Florence closes in on US east coast appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsSep 13th, 2018

Hurricane Florence closes in on U.S. east coast

WILMINGTON, USA (UPDATED) – Hurricane Florence was on course Wednesday, September 12, to deliver a powerful blow to the east coast of the United States, with forecasters warning of life-threatening rainfall and flooding even as it weakened to a Category 2 storm. Georgia joined 4 other coastal states issuing an ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 13th, 2018

Residents told to get out now as Florence takes aim at Carolinas

CHARLESTON, USA – Streams of cars clogged roads leading away from the coast of North and South Carolina on Tuesday, September 11, as residents began fleeing ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Florence, a powerful Category 4 storm barreling towards the eastern US states. While many coastal residents heeded mandatory ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 12th, 2018

Powerful 6.6 magnitude earthquake hits Japan s Hokkaido island – USGS

TOKYO, Japan – A powerful 6.6 magnitude quake hit the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido early Thursday, September 6, the United States Geological Survey said, although no tsunami warning was issued. The relatively shallow quake struck 62 kilometers (39 miles) southeast of the regional capital Sapporo.  An aftershock measuring 5.3 rocked ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 5th, 2018

After technical delay, NASA to try again launching Sun probe

TAMPA, United States -- After a last-minute technical problem forced NASA to postpone by 24 hours the launch of its first mission to explore the Sun, the agency plans to try again Sunday. The new, 60-minute launch window opens at 3:31 am (0731 GMT) for the Parker Solar Probe, a $1.5 billion unmanned spacecraft that aims to get closer than any human-made object in history to the center of our solar system. The probe is designed to plunge into the Sun's mysterious atmosphere, known as the corona, coming within 3.83 million miles (6.16 million kilometers) of its surface during a seven-year mission. It is protected by an ultra-powerful heat shield that can endure unprecedented l...Keep on reading: After technical delay, NASA to try again launching Sun probe.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 12th, 2018

Russian ‘agent’ held on charges of seeking to infiltrate US gov’t

  Washington, United States -- A Russian gun rights enthusiast, who built a network of powerful Republican contacts under the direction of a Kremlin power-broker, was ordered held without bond Wednesday after FBI counterintelligence agents accused her of conspiring to infiltrate the United States government. US prosecutors said Maria Butina, 29, exploited her close links with the powerful National Rifle Association (NRA) gun lobby while posing as a visiting graduate student to endear herself with senior Republicans, guided by one of Russian President Vladimir Putin's major political supporters, Alexander Torshin. Butina was charged in the Washington federal court with a...Keep on reading: Russian ‘agent’ held on charges of seeking to infiltrate US gov’t.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 19th, 2018

New wildfires sweep through California, burning homes

LOS ANGELES, United States --- Firefighters toiled in stifling heat Saturday on the lines of destructive wildfires across the U.S. West, making progress against some blazes while struggling to tame others that have forced evacuations of hundreds of homes. In heat-stricken Southern California, powerful winds that sent an overnight inferno hopscotching through the Santa Barbara County community of Goleta vanished in the morning, allowing firefighters to extinguish smoldering ruins of an estimated 20 structures, including homes. Authorities announced that mandatory evacuation orders were being greatly reduced and many of the 2,500 people who fled Friday night would be able to retu...Keep on reading: New wildfires sweep through California, burning homes.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 8th, 2018

Israel pulls out of race for a seat on UN Security Council

      UNITED NATIONS --- Facing an uphill struggle in an election next month, Israel announced Friday it was pulling out of a race for a seat on the U.N. Security Council. Israel was in a three-way contest with Germany and Belgium for two seats representing the Western-democratic group of nations on the U.N.'s most powerful body starting in January. The Security Council has five permanent members --- the United States, Russia, China, Britain and France --- and 10 members elected by the 193-member General Assembly for two-year terms. Israel's U.N. Mission said in a statement Friday that "after consulting with our partners, including our good friends, the S...Keep on reading: Israel pulls out of race for a seat on UN Security Council.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 5th, 2018

Prosecutor: Prince thought he was taking common painkiller

MINNEAPOLIS --- Prince thought he was taking a common painkiller but instead ingested a counterfeit pill containing the dangerously powerful drug fentanyl, a Minnesota prosecutor said on Thursday as he announced that no charges would be filed in the musician's death. Carver County Attorney Mark Metz said Prince had suffered from pain for years and was addicted to pain medication. While some of the superstar's associates might have enabled his drug habit and tried to protect his privacy, authorities found "no direct evidence that a specific person provided the fentanyl." "In all likelihood, Prince had no idea that he was taking a counterfeit pill that could kill him," Metz said....Keep on reading: Prosecutor: Prince thought he was taking common painkiller.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 20th, 2018

France s poor defending exposed again as Colombia wins 3-2

By Jerome Pugmire, Associated Press SAINT-DENIS, France (AP) — France's casual defending was exposed again as ruthless Colombia rallied from 2-0 down to win 3-2 in a World Cup warmup on Friday. European Championship runner-up France scored twice inside 26 minutes through striker Olivier Giroud and wide midfielder Thomas Lemar. But poor concentration from goalkeeper Hugo Lloris let Colombia back in two minutes later, when Luis Muriel's cross eluded him and went in. Roared on by huge swathes of yellow-shirted fans at Stade de France, Colombia leveled in the 62nd when striker Radamel Falcao swept in James Rodriguez's perfect cross from the right for his 29th international goal. A clumsy foul just inside the penalty area from Samuel Umtiti gifted Colombia a chance to win, and substitute Juan Quintero slammed the spot-kick past Lloris in the 85th. "Colombia really showed the character of a World Cup side. Not only did we turn the match around, we won it," Colombia coach Jose Pekerman said through a translator. "The players really understood what they needed to do. They switched positions on the pitch and things changed." Colombia's fans, seemingly filling half the stadium, celebrated wildly at the final whistle. France coach Didier Deschamps, meanwhile, has plenty of thinking to do prior to Tuesday's game away to World Cup host Russia in St. Petersburg. It must have felt like deja vu for Deschamps. His side twice led away to World Cup winner Germany in November, only to draw 2-2. Against a spirited and tough-tackling Colombia, France often gave the ball away too easily, particularly in midfield. Colombia caused panic with every attack, particularly down the flanks. "Our first half hour was of the highest quality. It seemed easy at 2-0 but it never is," Deschamps said. "Colombia knows how to hurt you. We made a few mistakes and they really taught us a lesson, we'll have to learn from it." Deschamps further underlined his players' shortcomings. "There's a lot of quality in this team but it's not enough. The highest level requires much more determination," he said. "We had the same amount of possession in the first and second half without the same result. It's happened before, when we've alternated between good and less good, and the second half really wasn't good." Giroud's 30th international goal moved him level with Jean-Pierre Papin and France great Just Fontaine, who holds the single-tournament scoring record for a World Cup with 13 goals in 1958. It has been a frustrating season for Giroud, who became No. 3 striker at Arsenal following the arrival of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund. He moved to Chelsea in January, but he has managed only one goal so far for the Blues. But back with France, Giroud shook off his club woes. He swiveled and slammed a shot into the roof of the net in the 11th minute after a handling error from goalkeeper David Ospina — his former Arsenal teammate — from left back Lucas Digne's cross. France's second goal owed nothing to luck. Antoine Griezmann's backheel found Kylian Mbappe, who dummied a defender and passed left to Lemar. He steadied himself before smacking a powerful shot past Ospina and into the right corner. Ospina denied the lively Griezmann shortly before the break, but for all of its flair France leaves holes at the back. Muriel volleyed wide in the 50th and, shortly after, Lloris saved his angled shot. France also has friendlies against Ireland, Italy and the United States before its World Cup opener against Australia on June 16. Les Bleus then face Peru and Denmark in the group stage......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 24th, 2018

Data scandal threatens Zuckerberg vision for Facebook

  WASHINGTON, United States — First it was “move fast and break things.” Then it was “connecting the world” and “building a global community.” Mark Zuckerberg’s ambitious vision for Facebook spawned one of the world’s most powerful companies, but he now faces a moment of reckoning as it becomes clear the social network has been… link: Data scandal threatens Zuckerberg vision for Facebook.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsMar 21st, 2018