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Hurricane Beryl heading for Yucatan Peninsula as experts warn of impact on Texas: Live updates
Hurricane Beryl devastated Jamaica on Wednesday, destroying buildings and knocking out power for 400,000 customers

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Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula is bracing for Hurricane Beryl, now a Category 2 storm, to make landfall early Friday morning with 110mph winds and dangerous storm surge.

The region will see life-threatening winds, up to five feet of storm surge and up to ten inches of rainfall, National Hurricane Center Director Michael Brennan said on Thursday afternoon.

Hurricane Beryl will then bring dangerous rip currents to the Gulf Coast over the weekend before likely hitting southern Texas Monday, the National Weather Service forecast.

“Just a reminder for people, especially in South Texas, to continue to check back for updates to the forecast,” Brennan said.

Hurricane Beryl has killed at least ten people, Reuters reports. Two of those killed — the first in St George’s, Grenada and the second in Hanover, Jamaica — died after hurricane-force winds knocked trees onto their homes.

Hurricane Beryl devastated Jamaica on Wednesday, knocking out power to 400,000 and destroying buildings. While the storm is moving away, rainfall and flash-flooding still pose a risk to the island.

Grenada was also left with “unimaginable” destruction after the storm passed through Monday, Prime Minister Dickon Mitchell said, damaging or destroying 98 percent of buildings.

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‘Life-threatening’ conditions in Yucatan Peninsula overnight as threat to Texas grows
Hurricane Beryl, now a Category 2 storm, will bring “life-threatening” storm conditions to the Yucatan Peninsula overnight, National Hurricane Center Director Michael Brennan said this afternoon.

The storm is set to hit Texas by early Monday morning.

“We are forecasting some re-strengthening over the Gulf of Mexico as Beryl turns more northwestward and approaches the coast of northeastern Mexico and South Texas,” Brennan said. “We are forecasting it to be at or near hurricane strength by Monday morning, and expecting it to make landfall somewhere in that vicinity.”

Nearby residents should closely monitor the weather forecast and be on high alert for dangerous water conditions in the Gulf Coast over the weekend.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/worl ... 73700.html
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Europe is running out of heroin. The alternatives are much worse
Nitazines from China are penetrating Europe, causing almost 100 deaths in Latvia and Estonia last year.


June 11, 2024 5:04 pm CET
By Alessandro Ford

A highly potent family of synthetic opioids that are mass-produced in China is crossing from the Baltics into Western Europe, penetrating staid heroin markets and regularly killing their users, the EU's drugs authority warned.

Nitazenes were involved in a sharp rise in deaths in Estonia and Latvia last year — nearly 100 — while contributing to scores of overdoses in France and Ireland.

The highly dangerous substances, which are hundreds of times more potent than heroin and even stronger than the cancer pain medicine fentanyl, were missold as street-grade heroin, according to the EU Drug Report 2024 by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA).

"Nitazenes are sometimes sold as ‘synthetic heroin’ and have been detected in fake medicines on the drug market," said the report, which was released on Tuesday. Their sudden arrival on city streets "can result in multiple poisonings occurring over a short period, with the potential to overwhelm local services."

While an opioid crisis on the scale seen in the United States is still far away for Europe, six of the seven new synthetic opioids reported for the first time to the EU's early warning system in 2023 were nitazenes, the highest number in a single year, with 16 found in Europe since 2019.

It's a "rapidly evolving drug market, where established illicit drugs are widely accessible and potent new synthetic substances continue to emerge," EMCDDA Director Alexis Goosdeel said in a written statement.

Produced in China, nitazenes have been on health and law enforcement agencies' radar for several years, as officials nervously eye the ongoing crisis in North America. Synthetic opioids, primarily fentanyl, killed some 75,000 people in the U.S. last year, adding to the 1 million who have died since an epidemic of prescription painkiller use exploded in the country around 2000.

In the U.S., painkillers made way for heroin, and heroin for synthetic opioids, sparking fears of a similar process in Europe. That is particularly worrying given the looming possibility of a heroin drought. In April 2022, the recently victorious Taliban banned all opium cultivation and heroin processing in Afghanistan, knocking out 95 percent of Afghan production, according to the U.N.

Given the country accounts for nine-tenths of world's supply, that means Europe's heroin users are consuming their way through limited stockpiles. For now, provisions have held up, but "it would be prudent to prepare for a possible heroin shortage in late 2024 or 2025," predicted the EMCDDA.

While the agency said it is too early to determine if a decline in heroin availability would lead to a larger market for synthetic opioids, EU countries should nonetheless expand treatment access, boost needle-exchange programs, and stockpile the anti-opioid drug naloxone to counteract overdoses, the report said.

Those measures would also help address another narcotic time bomb: the transformation of cocaine into a mass consumer good.

Riches to rags

When the white powder first hit Europe in the 1980s, cocaine was an elite drug, associated in popular culture with celebs and city bankers. Today it's everywhere and as its affordability has grown, so too have the negative health effects it entails.

Cocaine use "appears to be becoming increasingly common in more vulnerable or marginalized groups in some countries," the report states, such as France and Belgium. "Both cocaine injection and the use of crack cocaine is reported in a growing number of countries ...[contributing] to a number of localized HIV outbreaks in Europe in recent years."

That will only worsen as overflowing supply drives up purity, which has jumped by 45 percent in a decade. Half of the surveyed countries now report an average purity between 64 percent and 76 percent, meaning cash-strapped consumers can get high more times for the same retail price.

Gone is the glamor and with crack use spreading through major Western European cities, local and national governments are fumbling for answers. Belgium's first-ever drugs commissioner recently told POLITICO that despite the fact addiction "seems to be on the rise in Brussels region," there is no obvious solution in sight.


https://www.politico.eu/article/europe- ... ced-china/
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I've enjoyed the videos from France of the left celebrating and the right crying over their election. Sorry, no fascism this time, Marie.
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