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Tuesday, December 12, 2017
In a continuing discussion about climate change, there are opportunities and challenges in the year ahead. Today, HPR’s Noe Tanigawa speaks with Chip Fletcher, Associate Dean at UH Mānoa, and a professor of geology and geophysics. His research shows water creeping inland and seeping up into neighborhoods sooner than you might think.
Welcome to Classical Pacific for December 12, 2017. I’m your host, John Zak. In today’s episode of Classical Pacific, we’ll hear music of Shostakovich, Debussy, Chopin, Sibelius, Respighi, Elgar, and Rachmaninoff. And, be sure to stay tuned for Evening Concerto at 6:06 PM when Craig DeSilva shares music inspired by his recent visit to Spain! You may be hearing some on-air promos regarding HPR’s search for a program host for HPR 2 and here’s why: After a great deal of consideration, I have decided to step down from my duties as host of Classical to pursue some exciting opportunities in production and in voice-over work . These new projects will likely take me to the Mainland and overseas for periods of time. But, Hawaii is home and I am delighted to announce that I will also be continuing my happy relationship with HPR in the coming year, with involvement in special projects, which I think you’ll enjoy. HPR has become a deep and meaningful part of my life and I am very proud of the work
Editor's Note: This story was originally published in September and has been republished with updates about the U.N. investigation of extreme poverty in Alabama and other U.S. locations. The United Nations is investigating extreme poverty in the U.S. "Some might ask why a U.N. Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights would visit a country as rich as the United States. But despite great wealth in the U.S., there also exists great poverty and inequality." That was part of a statement issued by Philip Alston , a New York University law and human rights professor, who is leading the mission. This month, his team set out to visit cities and towns in Alabama, California, Puerto Rico and West Virginia, as well as Washington, D.C. The findings will be made public on December 15. As NPR reported this fall, one sign of the poverty in Alabama is the reemergence of hookworm, documented in a new study . Hookworm thrives in regions of extreme poverty with poor sanitation and affec..
Freshly painted welcoming mural in Honomu on Hawai‘i Island, December 2017. PC: Crystal Richard. Honomu mural adding color and message of aloha in the heart of Honomu, along the Hāmākua Coast on Hawai‘i Island, December 2017. PC: Crystal Richard. “Mana” is the new mural painted by Temple Children in along Keawe Street in Downtown Hilo, December 2017. PC: Crystal Richard. Two new murals popped up in East Hawai‘i in November 2017—one in Honomu and another in the heart of downtown Hilo. In Honomu, small business owners and community members came together to create a message of aloha which exemplifies the beauty of Honomu. The mural in downtown Honomu on the Old Māmalahoa Highway was painted by Dan Madsen, Michael Costello and Steph Abair. Honomu is a quaint, small town on the Hāmākua Coast just under 14 miles outside of Hilo and just under five miles from Akaka Falls State Park. The newest mural by Temple Children on Keawe Street is now the largest mural in Hilo. Mana is describ..
MS LAURYN HILL A Special Valentines Weekend Engagement Date: Friday, February 9, 2018 at 8:00 pm (Doors at 7:00 pm) Venue: Blaisdell Arena Sale Date: Presale with password (online only) – Thursday, December 7, 2017 at 9:00 am to Friday, December 8, 2017 at closing Public – Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 9:00 am Ticket Value: $249 AA, BB, CC rows 1-3 $149 AA, BB, CC row 4 & on / Risers rows 1-2 (except D, T, G, N) $99 Risers row 3 & up (except D & T) / Loge / Upper Level row C $59 Riser D & T / Upper Level D & up Buy your tickets here The post MS LAURYN HILL A Special Valentines Weekend Engagement appeared first on Neal S. Blaisdell Center & Waikiki Shell.
When the cargo ship El Faro set out from port in Jacksonville, Fla., en route to Puerto Rico, there was little indication of trouble. A gathering weather system named Joaquin was still just a tropical storm. But within days, Joaquin had swelled into a major hurricane — and a broken El Faro lay almost three miles below the surface of the sea, along with all 33 members of its crew. On Tuesday, the National Transportation Safety Board concluded its long investigation into the 2015 disaster, voicing some criticism of the ship's captain but reserving most of its censure for the safety protocols that allowed an unfit freighter to ply the waters. Capt. Michael Davidson failed to change course to safer routes "despite three calls to his quarters indicating that the El Faro was heading into a storm," NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt said in his opening remarks to a board meeting on the agency's preliminary findings, which are expected to be approved Tuesday afternoon. He added that Davids..
Okareka Dance Company: Mana Wahine courtesy photo. Kahilu Theatre in Kamuela on Hawai‘i Island will present Okareka Dance Company: Mana Wahine on Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018, at 7 p.m. Mana Wahine, or “powerful women,” is a contemporary dance and mixed-media celebration of female strength. Drawing on traditional Maori culture, this stunning collage of imagery and movement transcends time and space. Mana Wahine is inspired by the true story of Te Aokapurangi, a legendary young maiden who was captured in battle, and many years later, returned to single-handedly save her people from slaughter. The five powerhouse dancers who comprise the cast of this performance embody these stories through a culmination of physical dexterity, control, balance, strength and grace. Their own intimate ancestral stories, as well as the stories of those who have sculpted them as Mana Wahine, are also embedded in this work. Ancient Maori practices of karakia (prayer), waiata (song) and mythology are woven throu..
Robert Williamson. Courtesy photo Xerox Hawaii has appointed Hawai‘i Island resident Robert Williamson to marketing representative at the company’s Hawai‘i Island office. In his new position, Williamson will be responsible for providing new and existing clients in the Kona area with solutions and services to effectively manage their document workflow, allowing customers to focus on their core business. Prior to joining Xerox Hawaii, Williamson owned and operated a healthcare consulting company called iCare Innovations. Located on Hawai‘i Island, iCare Innovations provided consulting services to Acute Care Hospitals to maximize Electronic Medical Record availability. Prior to that, he served as a technology solutions executive for SIEMENS Healthcare. To contact Williamson, email Robert.Williamson@xerox.com or call 808-331-1757. About Xerox Hawaii Xerox Hawaii first opened its doors in 1961 as a one-person office to serve Hawai‘i’s businesses. Since that time, Xerox Hawaii has grow..
John McHugh. Courtesy photo. Hawai‘i Entomologist John McHugh, Ph.D., has been appointed as the new program manager of the Pesticides Branch of the Hawai‘i Department of Agriculture. His duties will include overseeing the program compliance office, chemical analysis section, registration and education section, case preparation section and statewide enforcement offices of the pesticides branch. His appointment is effective Jan.1, 2018. He succeeds Thomas Matsuda, who will retire on Dec. 31, 2017. “Dr. McHugh is known for his aptitude in solving a variety of agricultural problems that affect Hawai‘i farmers,” said Scott Enright, chairperson of the Hawai‘i Board of Agriculture. “The department is truly fortunate to have his experience, expertise and dedication in helping to move agriculture forward in our state.” Dr. McHugh received his bachelor’s degree in general tropical agriculture and a master’s degree in horticulture from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. He also received a P..
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y3O7aklG8Dk France's education chief says that when students go back to school next fall, all mobile phone use will be banned in schools for students roughly ages 15 and under. "These days the children don't play at break time anymore, they are just all in front of their smartphones and from an educational point of view that's a problem," Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer said, according to The Telegraph. "We are working on this issue, and it can take different forms," Blanquer said. "You may need a mobile phone, for example for educational purposes, for emergency situations" so perhaps the phones can be confined to lockers. The French educational code has banned using phones in class in elementary schools ( les écoles ) and secondary schools ( les collèges ) since 2010. As a result, phones are supposed to be kept in student's backpacks. But apparently that's not what happens. "It is extremely difficult to get respect," Val..
A new online store allows gardeners and small farmers to purchase local varieties of plants from seed.
Last month, China told its tourist agencies to stop all flights to the Pacific island nation of Palau, in what’s believed to be a protest over a recent visit by the President of Taiwan. Chinese tourists made up more than half of Palau’s tourists last year, but, as we hear from Neal Conan in today’s Pacific News Minute , Palau doesn’t seem worried.
Being fiscally responsible and filling up at the most competitively-priced gas station is a no-brainer, but when it comes to truly saving money on fuel, it starts the moment the key hits the ignition. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, aggressive driving—speeding, rapid acceleration and braking—is the quickest way to waste gas and can lower gas mileage by as much as 40%. GasBuddy, the only smartphone app connecting more than 70 million drivers with the Perfect Pit Stop, is offering a new Trips feature, pinpointing exactly where and when they have been guilty of fuel-inefficient driving. With the new Trips feature, drivers get an assessment of their trips based on a three-tier rating system—great, not bad or not great. The summaries include the date, time, distance and maps out when and where during the trip a poor driving habit occurred whether it be speeding, hard braking or acceleration. “Our goal is to help people make smart decisions when they’re on the road, from prov..
In recent weeks, the political world in the United States has been focused on today’s U.S. Senate election in Alabama. But on the other side of the world, there’s a legislature that’s consumed by allegations of corruption. And it’s starting to take a political toll. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute .
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (Hawai‘i-02) urged the Federal Communications Commission on Monday, Dec. 11, 2017, to reject corporate-led efforts to unravel open, fair and equal Internet access and to listen to the voices of the majority of Americans that support current protections on net neutrality. On Thursday, Dec. 14, the Federal Communications Commission will make a final decision on net neutrality. The Federal Communications Commission plans to dismantle landmark regulations that ensure equal access to the internet, clearing the way for internet service companies to charge users more to see certain content and to limit access to some websites. Congresswoman Gabbard said: “In three days, the Internet as we know it could change forever. On Dec. 14, the FCC will be taking a vote on whether or not to get rid of net neutrality protections that keep the Internet open, fair and equal for everyone. “Repealing these protections will allow Internet Service Providers (ISPs) like Verizon, Comcast,..
The Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems (PISCES)—a state-funded aerospace center located in Hilo—is seeking a qualified firm to conduct a comprehensive market feasibility study. The goal of the research is to determine whether a basalt fiber manufacturing facility in the County of Hawai‘i will benefit the local economy. PISCES has issued a Request For Proposals (RFP) as of Dec. 12, 2017, to accept offers from organizations interested in conducting the feasibility study. The RFP, along with submission guidelines and deadlines are available to view online. The global basalt fiber manufacturing industry is currently valued at $100 million and is expected to grow. A successful operation in Hawai‘i would create new manufacturing jobs, economic growth and business opportunities, as well as a sustainable new construction material with a wide variety of uses. PISCES has been researching Hawai‘i Island’s volcanic basalt as a feedstock for in-situ resource utilization ..
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hD9Wx8lDDBc A fiery blast ripped through a major natural gas hub in eastern Austria on Tuesday morning local time, killing at least one person, injuring many others and sending energy prices into a frenzy. The blaze at the facility in Baumgarten, which receives imported Russian gas and sends it on to other sites scattered throughout Europe, danced bright on the horizon for miles around before firefighters were able to bring it under control hours later. Local police announced on Twitter that the blast occurred "due to a technical cause," adding that an investigation has been opened. The site's operator, Gas Connect Austria, also preliminarily attributed the explosion to a technical cause and took the facility offline. Initially, the company said 18 people were injured — though local police later raised that number to 21, noting that one person suffered serious injury. The shock waves of the blast have already been felt far beyond the boundaries of t..
Sen. Hirono Calls for President Trump's Resignation: In her Tweet, Hirono called the president a "misogynist, compulsive liar and admitted sexual predator."
The U.S. Attorney's Office in southern New York has filed federal terrorism charges against Akayed Ullah, the 27-year-old man who police say attempted to carry out a suicide bombing in a pedestrian tunnel near the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan on Monday. Acting U.S. Attorney Joon Kim said that Ullah "came to kill, to maim, and to destroy" as thousands of New Yorkers were using the transit system to get to work and go about their lives. Ullah acted "in support of a vicious cause," Kim said. Ullah had been inspired and radicalized by the ISIS extremist group, Kim said. Ullah faces five charges, ranging from providing material support to a terrorist group to using a weapon of mass destruction. Ullah "admitted that he began researching how to build bombs a year ago" and had built the bomb a week before his attack, Kim said, adding that the target in the subway had been chosen in an effort to maximize the damage and casualties. A search of his apartment found pipes, wires, a..