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Fuselier: Since My Son’s Death…

first_imgMicheal FuselierBy ROBERT FUSELIERLos AlamosSince my son’s death a month ago, I’ve struggled with how public I should be about the cause of his death. However, the recent news of the deaths of other young people and a DEA alert published since my son’s death has made it impossible for me not to bring it into the public domain.The DEA alert was to inform us, the U.S. public, of counterfeit prescriptions flooding the U.S. from Mexican drug cartels (link). The counterfeit prescriptions mimic legally produced painkillers but contain fentanyl, an extremely potent opioid. Over 25 percent of the pills tested had a lethal amount of fentanyl in one tablet. The problem with all opioids is that they can cause apnea, the cessation of breathing. Because of its potency, just a small amount of fentanyl can cause someone to stop breathing.We learned from the medical examiner’s report that the cause of Mike’s death was an overdose of fentanyl. We know he struggled with insomnia for years and had tried various therapies recommended by health care professionals. We didn’t know that his struggle had led him to the point of trying counterfeit pain killers (opioids). What we do know is that he didn’t know he was taking a lethal dose of fentanyl. What he didn’t know is what was contained in the DEA alert that was published in the Los Alamos Daily Post shortly after his death.What is so difficult for my family is that we all are, because of our professions, well aware of fentanyl’s life-threatening side effect. However, none of us knew that Mike had started using opioids as a means to self-medicate. Why, we ask, didn’t he just say something? Why, his paramedic/fireman brother and roommate asks, did Mike not ask me to sit with him for a few minutes to ensure he would be OK that night? How could Mike, who was known by his peers for being so responsible and accountable for his actions, take this chance?We’ll never know the answers to our questions. All I can do here is bring this devastating problem more to light. The thought of saving another set of parents from joining this terrible club to which Susie and I now belong or to save another sister or brother from losing a sibling – to save one life – is my motivation to share our tragedy with you.I realize that exposing the risks of these counterfeit painkillers will never be enough to keep many from using them for whatever reason they choose to use them. However, I will offer the following suggestions. If you know someone who may be using or plans to use any type of opioid, please share this with them with an understanding and compassionate voice:If you’re thinking of trying a non-prescribed opioid (or a prescribed opioid in a non-prescribed manner) think again, but think out loud. Think out loud to someone you trust and who knows you well. Perhaps the two of you will think of another way to address your pain or problem, some way that isn’t a dance with death.If for some reason you’ve convinced yourself you must use a recreational drug, know what you’re using and don’t use any form of any type of opioid. You can never be certain what type of opioid(s) and how much of each opioid is actually in the dose you think is safe.If you believe, for whatever reason, you must use an opioid, don’t do it alone. Do it with someone who has at least one working phone, who will remain sober, and who knows how to treat someone who has stopped breathing. They can then support you while everyone hopes the 911 call will be answered in time. If you can find access to a naloxone inhaler, give it to the person who is with you because you will be incapable of using it by yourself when you need it. But understand that even naloxone may not be enough to save you life.If you are ready to seek help for an opioid addiction, one website with numerous opioid assistance hotlines in New Mexico is: (http://www.hopeinitiativenm.org/).If you happen to be a public official, please work with your colleagues to change the way we in New Mexico and the U.S. deal with non-prescription pain medicine use. We all need to be more open and less judgmental when it comes to non-prescription drug use. Other countries are dealing with this problem exponentially better than we are as a nation.Here are my suggestions for you as a public official:Do what is necessary to increase our State’s efforts to educate middle school students, high school students, parents, and the general public about our Good Samaritan Law. The law offers civil and criminal protection to those assisting anyone who has overdosed, including those who call 911.Have our State extend that Good Samaritan Law’s protection to everyone helping someone who has overdosed, including people on probation and parole, if this has not already been done.Work to have naloxone inhalers more available to the friends and family of those who may use opioids.Develop and implement a policy to educate the public about how to properly give emergency care to people who are in respiratory arrest from an over dosage.I know these suggestions won’t cure our opioid epidemic. My hope, and that of my wife and family, is that it will save just one person’s life.last_img read more

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VIDEO: Gorgon LNG project nearing completion

first_imgChevron-operated Gorgon LNG project execution activities have reached the 90% mark.All the subsea pipelines, wellheads and associated facilities for Gorgon and Jansz-lo fields are completed, the company said in a statement. All 18 subsea wells have been drilled and are complete, with pre-commissioning activities are under way on the subsea facilities at both fields.Delivery of modules required for LNG Train 2 on Barrow Island off the Pilbara coast of Western Australia continues. All Train 1 modules and 13 of 17 Train 2 modules are on their foundations.With permanent power to the permanent operations facility, the first members of the operations team have started commissioning and monitoring systems in the central control room. Construction and pre-commissioning activities are complete for one of the four ground flare boxes.Both LNG tanks are ready for LNG and the construction is complete on three of the four condensate tanks.The jetty is complete except for the loading arm installation. The domestic gas pipeline is now connected from the mainland through the jetty to the plant site and pre-commissioning activities are complete.The company released a video update highlighting the progress made on the project, which is developing the Gorgon and Jansz-Io gas fields, located within the Greater Gorgon area, between 130 and 220 kilometers off the northwest coast of Western Australia. Included are the construction of a 15.6 million metric ton per annum liquefied natural gas plant on Barrow Island and a domestic gas plant with the capacity to supply 300 terajoules of gas per day to Western Australia.[mappress mapid=”16918″]LNG World News Staff; Image: Chevronlast_img read more

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Safmarine MPV enhances West African service

first_imgJorg Knuttel, managing director of Safmarine MPV stated that the launch of the new ENERGY service and the merger of the company’s two existing ACE and OPEX services to create the INDUSTRY service, represent a “significant milestone” for the multipurpose shipping line.”Since becoming an independent and separate business unit within the Maersk Group a year ago, our goal has been to build a strong foundation for Safmarine MPV and to establish a product portfolio that allows us to better serve our growing customer base in the oil and gas and multipurpose markets,” said Knuttel.Safmarine’s line director, Jean-Marc Thiebaut added that the ENERGY service was well received at the Breakbulk Europe exhibition in Antwerp.The new service has an 18-day frequency and will make direct calls at Aberdeen, Antwerp and Portugal, before calling at the Nigerian port of Onne and Luanda, Sonils, Soyo and Lobito in Angola.”Transit times will also be significantly shorter than those currently available,” said Thiebaut.The INDUSTRY service will also offer a fast and direct liner service for industrial projects, conventional cargo and containers between Europe and West Africa, serving Gabon’s Port Gentil, Equatorial Guinea, as well as selected ports in Nigeria, the Republic of Congo, the DRC and Cameroon.Standard features on both Safmarine Europe-West Africa services include heavy lift capabilities of up to 160 tonnes using the ship’s own gear, and full IMDG/IMO capability. Tanks for a Nigerian gas compression plant are loaded on a Safmarine MPV vessel.  www.safmarinempv.comlast_img read more

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Duncan joins Long Beach

first_imgDuncan will lead a bureau consisting of the port’s business development, tenant services and operations, and security services divisions.Most recently, Duncan served as vice president of lifestyle and apparel sales for North America at A.P Møller-Mærsk.www.polb.comlast_img

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Mylio, the free photo management app wants to help you get organised

first_imgHow many photos do have on your phone? If you need a picture urgently would you know if it’s on your phone, laptop, PC, an SD card or a USB stick somewhere floating around your desk?As we take more and more photos it becomes increasingly difficult to keep track of where the photos actually are and this puts them at risk of being lost. I actually cleared out my phone the other day and despite deleting over a thousand there are still just as many still clogging up the memory.This is where Mylio hopes to make things easier for us all. Mylio is a free app (paid plans are also available) that aims to get your photos organised and accessible across all of your devices. I have personally downloaded the app and had it up and running in about 30 seconds. I’m yet to test all of its features but setting up couldn’t be easier.See how Mylio works in the video below:Here are some ways Mylio wants to make things easier for you:Automatically sync photos across your devices: Take a photo with your phone (or other devices) and Mylio automatically saves it across every device you designate–without the internet (Mylio uses hot spot tethering & a private network)Automatically free up your phone space: Mylio stores low res thumbnail images on your phone that are virtually indistinguishable from originals and fully editable. This frees up tons of phone storage. (Temporary high res previews of the image from a connected device are shown when you view it)Automatically edit your photos across devices: Edits made on one device are automatically saved across devices. Editing presets are also provided so you can automatically apply your favourite edits to any photo you choose.Automatically share your photos: Built-in sharing features make it super easy to share pictures, folders, albums from any device via email, text or on social sites.Automatically protect your photos: Never worry about losing your photo memories again. You can set Mylio to automatically save photos to a secure vault, drive or cloud.Automatically keep your photos private: Mylio syncs your images across devices using a private network–not the internet or cloud, ensuring complete privacy, always.Automatically organize your pictures: Quickly find & view every picture you’ve ever taken. Mylio automatically organizes images in these unique ways: Life Calendar: Displays your photos on a calendar in combination with events from your life. (A traditional calendar view without events is also available)Map view: All photos are pinned on a map of Earth based on where you took themPeople view: Uses automatic facial recognition to file & organize your imagesAlbum or Folder views: Define albums or folders to categorize and organize your memoriesCredit: Mylio LLCThere are currently three different plans available, the Free Forever plan allows access across three devices, storage for 25,000 photos and image editing. Mylio Premium ($8.33 per month) works across five devices, storage for 100,000 photos and RAW image editing. Mylio MAX ($20.83 per month) allows unlimited devices and unlimited storage along with RAW image editing.For more information visit the official Mylio website.last_img read more

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PAHO, Barbados and six Eastern Caribbean countries sign multi-country cooperation strategy for the next six years

first_imgHealthNewsRegional PAHO, Barbados and six Eastern Caribbean countries sign multi-country cooperation strategy for the next six years by: – February 2, 2018 Share Tweet 60 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring!center_img Share Share Press ReleaseWashington, DC, 2 February 2018 (PAHO/WHO) – High-level officials from Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines joined the Director of the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), Carissa F. Etienne, today in signing a new multicountry strategy for technical cooperation in health through 2024.“This strategy is your vision of how PAHO/WHO can best support the work of your ministries of health in improving the health of their people,” Etienne told the Caribbean health leaders. “It is aligned with your countries’ national health policies, strategies and plans as well as with established Caribbean-wide health goals and the United Nations Multicountry Sustainable Development Framework for the Caribbean.”The new strategy is the second agreement of its kind between PAHO and this group of countries. It focuses on achieving previously unmet goals while also addressing new challenges the countries face, including health sector reform required to respond to the needs of aging populations, the growing burden of noncommunicable diseases, and the health effects of climate change, among others.The 2018-2024 Multi-country Cooperation Strategy for Barbados and Eastern Caribbean Countries is based on five strategic priorities: strengthening the countries’ health systems to advance universal health coverage and access; reducing deaths and illness from communicable diseases like HIV, tuberculosis and hepatitis B; achieving optimum family health throughout the life course; reducing the burden of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs); and strengthening preparedness and response to health emergencies and disasters while also reducing environmental threats and risks.“We hope that the priorities defined in this strategy will provide the support you need in the coming years to continue to make your health systems more resilient and to ensure that you achieve universal access to health and universal health coverage, as well as your other national health goals,” said Etienne.During the signing event, Dr. Godfrey Xuereb, PAHO/WHO Representative for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean countries, noted that the strategy was developed through a consultative process involving all the countries and representatives from the public and private health sector, other government ministries, nongovernmental organizations, civil society and key development partners.Present to sign the agreement at PAHO headquarters in Washington, D.C., were: Minister of Health and Environment of Dominica Kenneth Darroux; Minister for Health and Wellness of Saint Lucia Mary Isaac; Chief Medical Officer of Antigua and Barbuda Rhonda Sealey-Thomas; Chief Medical Officer of Grenada George Mitchell; Ambassador to the US and the Organization of American States (OAS) of Barbados Seldon Charles Hart; Ambassador to the US of St. Kitts and Nevis Thelma Phillip-Browne; and Alternate Representative to the US and the OAS of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Gareth Bynoe. Also attending the signing event was the Director General of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States Secretariat Didacus Jules; and Ana Treasure, Head of PAHO’s Country and Subregional Coordination.“PAHO/WHO looks forward to continue working with other agencies and institutions, such as the Caribbean Public Health Agency, the University of the West Indies and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States Secretariat, to improve the health of the Peoples of Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean,” Etienne said. The signing took place a day after Etienne assumed her second term as PAHO Director.last_img read more

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Video: Relive the Monsters OT Win in Game One Over Grand Rapids

first_img Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE. Matt Loede Related TopicsGrand Rapids GriffinsLake Erie Monsterscenter_img The Monsters are up 1-0 on the Griffins in their best-of-7 playoff series, as Thursday they won a grueling OT game over Grand Rapids 3-2 at the Q.Game two of the series is set for Saturday at noon, as the Monsters look to increase their series lead. Here’s the complete slate of games for the second-round series. Central Division Finals – Series “K” (best-of-7)C2-Lake Erie Monsters vs. C4-Grand Rapids GriffinsGame 1 – Thu., May 5 – LAKE ERIE 3, Grand Rapids 2 (OT)Game 2 – Sat., May 7 – Grand Rapids at Lake Erie, 12:00Game 3 – Sun., May 8 – Lake Erie at Grand Rapids, 4:00Game 4 – Tue., May 10 – Lake Erie at Grand Rapids, 7:00*Game 5 – Sat., May 14 – Grand Rapids at Lake Erie, 7:00*Game 6 – Mon., May 16 – Lake Erie at Grand Rapids, 7:00*Game 7 – Tue., May 17 – Grand Rapids at Lake Erie, 7:00If you missed any of the game, go back and relive the win from Thursday night with these highlights!last_img read more

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West Florida loses tough battle at Alabama Huntsville

first_imgWest Florida loses tough battle at Alabama Huntsville Argos fall to 3-14 and 2-9 in the GSC (Photo by Bill Stockland) Sharecenter_img HUNTSVILLE, Ala.  – The University of West Florida men’s basketball team fell to Alabama Huntsville on the road tonight, 71-81. The loss makes it five in a row for the Argonauts and now have a record of 3-14 (2-9 GSC).West Florida was led by senior Nate Johnson (Lincolnshire, Ill.) who posted 20 points including three from three point range and pulled in six rebounds in 40 minutes of play. The Argos next leading scorer was Ellis Young III (Merritt Island, Fla.) who added 17 points on 6-for-10 shooting along with four rebounds and one steal.As a team the Argos shot 44.4% (28-for-63) from field goal range and 31.3% (5-for-16) from three point range. However, the Argos couldn’t keep up with the Chargers hot shooting after they shot 54.5% (30-for-55) from the field. The Charges also didn’t miss a chance from the free throw line shooting a perfect 10-for-10 from the line.The Argos will continue their road trip Saturday, Feb. 8 when they take on West Alabama in Livingston, Ala.For information on all UWF athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com.#ARGOS#Newspaper Box ScoreWest Florida vs UAH02/06/14 7:30 pm at Huntsville, Ala. (Spragins Hall)At Huntsville, Ala. (Spragins Hall)UAH 81, WEST FLORIDA 71WEST FLORIDA (3-14 (2-9 GSC))Nate Johnson 6-13 5-7 20; Ellis Young 6-10 5-8 17; Terrence Townes 4-5 0-19; Jonathon Gac 4-8 0-1 8; Tyler Funk 4-6 0-0 8; Savon Bracey 3-5 0-0 7;Mario Stramaglia 1-10 0-0 2; Justin Williams 0-3 0-0 0; Deangelo Legrier 0-30-0 0. Totals 28-63 10-17 71.UAH (11-9 (7-6- GSC))Seab Webster 9-13 3-3 23; Ronnie Mack 5-14 0-0 14; Conner Blasi 4-6 2-2 10;Garrett Cosgrove 4-4 0-0 9; Spencer Palmer 3-7 0-0 7; Taylor Chapman 2-2 2-26; Michael Gilmore 2-3 0-0 5; Greg Gardner 0-1 4-4 4; Troy Saxton 1-2 0-0 3;Caleb Duke 0-2 0-0 0; Andrew Donovan 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 30-55 11-11 81.West Florida………………   32   39  –   71UAH………………………   27   54  –   813-point goals–West Florida 5-16 (Nate Johnson 3-3; Terrence Townes 1-2;Savon Bracey 1-2; Mario Stramaglia 0-7; Justin Williams 0-2), UAH 10-27(Ronnie Mack 4-10; Seab Webster 2-4; Troy Saxton 1-2; Garrett Cosgrove 1-1;Spencer Palmer 1-4; Michael Gilmore 1-2; Andrew Donovan 0-1; Caleb Duke 0-2;Greg Gardner 0-1). Fouled out–West Florida-None, UAH-None. Rebounds–WestFlorida 30 (Jonathon Gac 6; Nate Johnson 6), UAH 34 (Conner Blasi 6; SeabWebster 6). Assists–West Florida 6 (Nate Johnson 4), UAH 23 (Taylor Chapman7). Total fouls–West Florida 12, UAH 14. Technical fouls–WestFlorida-None, UAH-None. A-1916– www.GoArgos.com –Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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Goalie Fukufuji hopes overseas experience helps Icebucks

first_img GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES RELATED PHOTOS Fukufuji, 27, will play for a Japanese club for the first time since he was with Kokudo in the 2003-04 season.He became the first Japanese ever to play in an NHL game in January 2007 and made three other appearances for the Los Angeles Kings that season.Last season, he played for the Destil Trappers in the Netherlands.On reasons why he chose to play for the Icebucks, Fukufuji said, “I had an offer from a club overseas but my feeling for Japan got stronger after playing for my country for the first time in six years at the world championship (in the second-tier group) last April.”“I was also attracted by the Icebucks’ community-based approach,” he added. NIKKO, Tochigi Pref. – One-time NHL goaltender Yutaka Fukufuji said Thursday he is willing to contribute his overseas experience in playing for the Nikko Icebucks of the Asia League Ice Hockey League. “I want to offer my overseas experience for the team. I will give my all to help the team win,” Fukufuji said as he was unveiled by the club at Nikko Kirifuri Ice Arena.center_img IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 Yutaka Fukufuji | KYODO PHOTOlast_img read more

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Flood Warning On Kenai River At Skilak Lake

first_imgFacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The National Weather Service issued a flood warning alert on Saturday, September 2, for the remainder of the weekend in the Skilak Lake area off the Kenai River. The Alert read: Forecasted flood stage is: Near Flood Stage Forecasted 48 hour crest starting on September 3, at midnight.  The alert is active as of September 2, and will be in effect for a 48 hour period throughout the weekend.  For additional details visit weather.gov and search for your local area.last_img read more