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Net neutrality regulations are getting yet another remake. The new head of the Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday launched his long-expected campaign to undo the regulations adopted in 2015 under former President Barack Obama. Specifically, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai wants to loosen the legal structure that placed Internet service providers under the strictest-ever oversight of the agency, in favor of a "light-touch regulator framework." "Going forward, we cannot stick with regulations from the Great Depression that were meant to micromanage Ma Bell," Pai said in a speech at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. "Nothing about the Internet was broken in 2015." Pai's plan so far lacks many specifics, but it marks the start of what's expected to be a new months-long debate. The FCC is expected to vote to formally begin the repeal process on May 18. After that, the agency would collect comments from the public and the stakeholders before crafting a detailed approach and schedul..
Head Coach Nick Rolovich and former Olympian Kevin Wong lend their voice to the "Hawaii Says No More" cause. They say more men need to join the charge against domestic violence and sexual abuse...
Straight-leg. Five-pocket. Medium-blue. And for the finishing touch, a "caked-on muddy coating." For just $425, these PRPS jeans can be yours. But you can make fun of them for free. And that's a bargain the Internet couldn't pass up. Now-deleted reviews on Nordstrom's site celebrated the way the jeans mimicked the fruits of hard labor, "without ever having to leave my BMW." "Perfectly match my stick on calluses," one user wrote. On social media, countless people made the same joke: Heck, I'll sell you pants like that ... The pants, according to their description on the Nordstrom site, "embody rugged, Americana workwear that's seen some hard-working action" and show "you're not afraid to get down and dirty." Except, of course, the pants have never seen action and the wearer only looks dirty. (The look is pretty convincing, though; there's even some shine on that mud.) Mike Rowe, the former host of Dirty Jobs and a longtime advocate for the value of ski..
Multi-lingual jazz vocalist Allison Adams Tucker returns to open the 2017 Atherton Summer Season on Friday, May 12 at 7:30 p.m. with a travel memoir in song. The jazz-inspired music and stories from her third album “WANDERlust” span countries and genres in six languages, and include tunes from Björk and Christina Perri to Astor Piazzolla, Pat Metheny and Antonio Carlos Jobim to Ennio Morricone, and even ancient Japanese folk songs. Honolulu is the 11th city on Tuckerʻs WANDERlust Tour, with previous performances in Los Angeles, Seattle, San Francisco, and New York City (at the historic Blue Note). The HPR concert will feature Ethan Capone on piano, Los Angeles-based Oʻahu native Abe Lagrimas Jr. on drums and ʻukulele, and Reggie Padilla on saxophone. Reservations for “Allison Adams Tucker – WANDERlust Tour” in the Atherton may be made online at www.hprtickets.org or by calling the station (955-8821) during regular business hours. Tickets are $30 general, $25 for HPR members, and $15
Peter Kema Sr. HPD photo. After disappearing nearly 20 years ago, the search for “Peter Boy” Kema continues. He was last seen in January 1998, when he was six years old. His father, Peter Kema Sr., plead guilty to manslaughter and hindering prosecution in court earlier this month in connection to the death of his son. Peter Boy’s mother, Jaylin Kema, pled guilty to manslaughter in December 2016, as part of a deal with prosecutors, and would have had to testify against her husband. She’s scheduled to be released from jail on Thursday, April 27, after having served a year behind bars. Kema Sr.’s manslaughter conviction carries a sentence of 20 years and/or a fine of $15,000, and hindering prosecution carries a sentence of five years in prison and/or a fine of $10,000. The prosecution agreed to concurrent sentences—up to 20 years— if his son’s body is successfully recovered. At his April 5 trial, Kema Sr. agreed to lead authorities to his son’s body. If his remains are not recovered, Kema..
Updated 3:13 p.m. ET The Trump administration Wednesday put forth a proposal that it labeled a "massive" tax overhaul, that would give big tax cuts to individuals and corporations, and reduce the number of tax brackets and deductions. Outlined at a White House press briefing by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Gary Cohn, director of the president's National Economic Council, it would reduce the number of individual tax brackets to three, as well as eliminate most tax deductions, other than for home mortgages and charitable contributions. It would double the standard deduction individuals can take, and proposes cutting the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 15 percent. Administration officials acknowledge the plan is a broad brush outline, with specific details yet to be determined. It was released as the Trump administration scrambles to show its accomplishments as it nears the 100-day mark on Saturday, April 29, but the plan is far from complete — and far from becoming la..
The Trump administration Wednesday put forth a proposal that it labeled a "massive" tax overhaul, that would give big tax cuts to individuals and corporations, and reduce the number of tax brackets and deductions. Outlined at a White House press briefing by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and economic adviser Gary Cohn, it would reduce the number of individual tax brackets to three, as well as eliminate most tax deductions, other than for home mortgages and charitable contributions. It would double the standard deduction individuals can take, and proposes cutting the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 15 percent. Administration officials acknowledge the plan is a broad brush outline, with specific details yet to be determined. Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.
After the first round of voting in France's Presidential election on Sunday, Independent centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right nationalist Marine Le Pen emerged to face off against each other next month. Neither finished first in New Caledonia or French Polynesia. More details from Neal Conan in today's Pacific News Minute.
Reporters and on-air personalities are among the roughly 100 ESPN employees who are expected to lose their jobs this week, in a cost-cutting move at the network that has lost millions of subscribers in recent years. The cuts have already hit some well-known names, including veteran NFL reporter Ed Werder , college football analyst Danny Kannell , and college basketball reporter C.L. Brown , along with NHL columnist Pierre LeBrun . As of midday Wednesday, at least three media outlets published pages to track the exits from ESPN, including ones from The Sporting News , Deadspin , and The Washington Post . "We will implement changes in our talent lineup this week," ESPN President John Skipper wrote in a note to employees Wednesday morning. Skipper said those laid off will include "anchors, analysts, reporters, writers and those who handle play-by-play." ESPN has been facing a slump in revenue that's most easily traced to cord-cutting by former cable subscribers, in an era of sharply
The annual TED conference is known for featuring impressive speakers. Attendees at this year's event in Vancouver have seen Serena Williams and Jorge Ramos, futurists and artificial intelligence experts, health activists and the ACLU's executive director. But on Tuesday evening, one unannounced speaker took the audience by surprise: Pope Francis. The pope was on a big screen rather than onstage, and his address had been recorded and edited earlier in April, but still: even for non-Catholics, the bishop of Rome has a certain gravitas. " Buonasera ," he began, speaking in Italian throughout his 17-minute address from his desk at the Vatican. "Or good morning, I am not sure what time it is there." At first, the pope's subject matter seemed familiar: "As I meet, or lend an ear to those who are sick, to the migrants who face terrible hardships in search of a brighter future, to prison inmates who carry a hell of pain inside their hearts, and to those, many of them young, who ..
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KctDrk6yVsY Under pressure from worker advocates and growing consumer awareness, Tyson Foods on Wednesday promised better conditions for employees at its meat-processing plants. Tyson, in a rare move for an industry heavily criticized for lack of worker safeguards, announced it would provide regularly scheduled bathroom breaks, give more attention to line speeds at plants, offer training on workers' rights and establish safety councils that include employees. The initiatives are an expansion of a workplace safety pilot program launched in 2015 and social compliance audits begun in 2012, says Gary Mickelson, a Tyson spokesman. They are also part of new CEO Tom Hayes' deeper focus on sustainability, Mickelson says. The announcement was made in conjunction with Oxfam America, an anti-poverty group that has long pushed for such concessions, and the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, the primary union for 70,000 U.S. poultry wor..
Papahânaumokuâkea Marine National Monument. Courtesy photo. U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) released the following statement regarding President Donald Trump’s executive order to review national monuments—including the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. “This Executive Order is unnecessary, and I believe that it will prove to be a waste of federal resources because the expansion of the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument had widespread support from the public and from Hawai‘i’s political leaders. The views of Native Hawaiians, Hawai‘i residents, Kaua‘i’s fishermen, the commercial longline fleet and scientists were all carefully considered before expanding the boundaries which were first laid out in President Bush’s Executive Order that created the PMNM in 2006. “As a result, the proclamation expanding PMNM accounted for many interests: The boundaries were shaped specifically to allow Kaua‘i’s small boat fishermen to continue their long-held, traditional fishing pract..
Tiny, 3-D clusters of human brain cells grown in a petri dish are providing hints about the origins of disorders like autism and epilepsy. An experiment using these cell clusters — which are only about the size of the head of a pin — found that a genetic mutation associated with both autism and epilepsy kept developing cells from migrating normally from one cluster of brain cells to another, researchers report in the journal Nature. "They were sort of left behind," says Dr. Sergiu Pasca , an assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford. And that type of delay could be enough to disrupt the precise timing required for an actual brain to develop normally, he says. The clusters — often called minibrains , organoids, or spheroids — are created by transforming skin cells from a person into neural stem cells. These stem cells can then grow into structures like those found in the brain and even form networks of communicating cells. Brain organoids cannot grow beyond a
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Hawaiʻi Police Department South Hilo Patrol, Area I Operations Sergeant Paul Kim Phone: 961-2213 Report No. C17011490 [See image gallery at www.hawaiipolice.com] Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a 13-year-old Hilo girl, who was reported missing. Jesstina-Lynn Gomes-Balberdi was last seen in Hilo on Tuesday morning (April 25). She is described as part-Hawaiian, about 5-foot-2, 140 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. Police ask anyone with information on her whereabouts to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311. Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the island-wide Crime Stoppers number at 961-8300 and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.
Mexico has long argued that U.S. labeling rules for dolphin-safe tuna unfairly restrict its access to the U.S. market. And in a decision Tuesday, the World Trade Organization agreed , saying Mexico may seek $163 million annually from the U.S. in retaliatory measures. The controversial labeling rules, aimed at protecting dolphins from getting ensnared in fishing nets and killed, date back to 1990. "The U.S. has long criticized Mexico's fishing practices in Pacific waters, saying its use of nets and chasing dolphins to find large schools of lucrative yellow fin tuna greatly harms the mammals," NPR's Carrie Kahn reports from Mexico City. "The U.S. allows the dolphin-safe label on tuna cans that meet its no-kill standards," Carrie adds. "Mexico says it has brought down dolphin deaths to international standards but has long been refused the label." Mexico had claimed that its annual losses amounted to $472.3 million, far exceeding the U.S. claim of $8.5 million to $21.9 million. B..
Mexico has long argued that U.S. labeling rules for dolphin-safe tuna unfairly restrict its access to the U.S. market. And in a decision Tuesday, the World Trade Organization agreed , saying Mexico may seek $163 million annually from the U.S. in retaliatory measures. The controversial labeling rules, aimed at protecting dolphins from getting ensnared in fishing nets and killed, date back to 1990. "The U.S. has long criticized Mexico's fishing practices in Pacific waters, saying its use of nets and chasing dolphins to find large schools of lucrative yellow fin tuna greatly harms the mammals," NPR's Carrie Kahn reports from Mexico City. "The U.S. allows the dolphin-safe label on tuna cans that meet its no-kill standards," Carrie adds. "Mexico says it has brought down dolphin deaths to international standards but has long been refused the label." Mexico had claimed that its annual losses amounted to $472.3 million, far exceeding the U.S. claim of $8.5-21.9 million. But the WTO p..
An interim arrangement has been achieved to address the issue with the HI-5 bottle redemption and commercially generated recyclable services. Kauai County announced an agreement Monday with Garden Isle Disposal Inc. for their assistance in restoring the services on a temporary basis pending efforts to seek a more permanent solution. Effective Wednesday, April 26, the public will be able to take their HI-5 items to any of the certified bottle redemption centers on the island during their normal hours of operation including: Kīlauea, 5-2723 Kuhio Highway, behind Kauai Mini-Golf – Tuesday and Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Kapahi, 5675B Kawaihau Road, behind Menehune Food Mart – Tuesday to Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed for lunch from 12 to 1:30 p.m. Kapa‘a, 962 Kipuni Way, Arzadon Industrial Park – Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nāwiliwili, corner of Wilcox and Kanoa Street next to the Kauai Athletic Club – Tuesday to Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed for lunch from 12 to 1:30 p.m...
Twenty-five years ago this week, four Los Angeles policemen — three of them white — were acquitted of the savage beating of Rodney King, an African-American man. Caught on camera by a bystander, graphic video of the attack was broadcast into homes across the nation and worldwide. Fury over the acquittal — stoked by years of racial and economic inequality in the city — spilled over into the streets, resulting in five days of rioting in Los Angeles. It ignited a national conversation about racial and economic disparity and police use of force that continues today. "When the verdict came out, it was a stunner for people coast to coast. My jaw dropped," Jody David Armour, a criminal justice and law professor at the University of Southern California, tells NPR's Karen Grigsby Bates. "There was ocular proof of what happened. It seemed compelling," he says of the videotape. "And yet, we saw a verdict that told us we couldn't trust our lying eyes. That what we thought was open and sh..