GMO case goes before the court.


Plaintiffs urge judge to invalidate Hawaii County GMO ordinance.

Source:  Associated Press.

Reporter:  Jennifer Sinco Kelleher.

 

Attorney Margery Bronster, who represents a variety of floriculture, farmer, and cattle raising groups on Hawaii Island, wants U.S. Magistrate Judge Barry Kurren to make the same decision he made invalidating Kauai’s anti-GMO law.  In August, Kurren ruled that a Kauai County law requiring companies to disclose their use of pesticides and genetically modified crops is invalid because it’s pre-empted by state law.  Bronster feels "that same ruling should follow here."  Plaintiffs argue that Hawaii County’s restrictive GMO ordinance affects their livelihoods , including flower growers seeking genetically engineered varieties of anthuriums that would withstand plant pests and cattlemen who want to grow GMO feed to avoid having to send cattle to the mainland for fattening up before slaughter.  Hawaii County Councilwoman Margaret Wille, who introduced the anti-GMO measure, said she’s hopeful Judge Kurren will see Hawaii County’s law differently than the Kauai one, noting, "Hopefully, this magistrate has had an epiphany and is a little more foresighted."  Aloha, Russ.

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Hawaii Island Sears and Kmart stores won’t close.


Restructuring won’t have much impact on Hawaii Island.

Source:  Stephens Media Hawaii.

Reporter:  Bret Yager.

 

A report from from Seeking Alpha says Hawaii Island locations of Sears and Kmart stores won’t be on the "chopping block" for the current restructuring of the store chain.  The report adds that the struggling retailer will close "more than 100 stores during the next few months, including 30 department stores, 31 Sears Auto Centers and 55 Kmart stores."  The parent company of Sears and Kmart has "sought to cut costs to counter falling sales."  Daniel Jacobs, the owner of Sears HOmetown & Outlet in Kailua-Kona, said he would be concerned by an Sears closure that would leave service contracts "up in the air and island residents with few options."  Jacobs added that his store is not owned by Sears Holdings, but "has a sister company arrangement."   

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Motorsport project moves forward.


New location found for proposed multi use facility.

Source:  Stephens Media Hawaii.

Reporter:  Carolyn Lucas-Zenk.

 

The Hawaii Racing Association says it has found a new location for a motorsport park north of Kona.  The proposed location is "mauka from the Kekaha Kai State Park entrance on Queen Kaahumanu Highway.  Plans for a Kona motorsports park have been churning since 1994 from the nonprofit HRA, which claims 3,400 members.  Original plans for a 600 acre facility have been scaled down to 250 acres.  Backers of the project say the motorsports park "will be a safe, legal and family-friendly place to participate in motorsport activities and driver training, and the grounds also could be used for concerts, carnivals, fairs and swap meets." HRA president Paul Maddox believes the Kona Motorsports Park could "help boost the island’s economy."  Aloha, Russ.

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Lava flow increases speed.


Hawaii County will close road near Pahoa Transfer Station.

Source:  Hawaii Tribune-Herald.

Reporter:  Tom Callis.

 

The June 27 lava flow has picked up speed, prompting Hawaii Island police to stop vehicles just beyond the Pahoa Transfer Station where Apa’a Street becomes Cemetery Road.  According to reporter Tom Callis, the county also plans to relocate the waste facility to Kauhale Street in Pahoa on Saturday.  Civil Defense Administrator Darryl Oliveira said a mobile command center was being placed on Cemetery Road, and "staff will keep a 24-hour watch on the flow’s progress.  Oliveira said no evacuation has been ordered, but "the public should remain vigilant."

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Puna lava flow activity picks up after stalling several days – Hawaii News Now


Hawaii County Civil Defense officials say the Puna lava flow has advanced approximately 30 yards since Monday — the first measurable forward progress since October 17, though there have been several active breakouts.

Source: www.hawaiinewsnow.com

After a few days of stagnation, the June 27 lava flow has picked up some speed as it heads for Apa’a Street in Pahoa Town.  No evacuation order has been given.  Hawaii County Civil Defense provides daily lava flow updates over Hilo and Kailua-Kona radio stations.  Aloha, Russ.

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Early voting begins across Hawaiian islands – Hawaii News Now


Early voting has started across the Hawaiian islands for state’s general election.

Source: www.hawaiinewsnow.com

I trust voters in Lower Puna, affected by Tropical Storm Iselle, Hurricane Ana, and the June 27 lava flow will take heed and vote early.  Vote now and avoid a possible mess when the lava flow finally reaches Pahoa.  A cautionary tale for all of us. Aloha, Russ.

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UH considers self-imposed penalties on men’s hoops


The University of Hawaii is discussing self imposing penalties on its men’s basketball program in the wake of the apparent conclusion of an NCAA investigation, officials confirmed Wednesday.

Source: www.staradvertiser.com

It’s time to "nip this problem in the bud" before the entire UH-Manoa Athletics program is discredited.  It seems as if the athletic department has lost its focus and reason for existence.  Those who violate the rules should pay the penalty.  If such behavior and policy are to be tolerated, why not admit publicly that our athletic programs are just part of the "farm system" for professional sports?  Then organize the program as a for-profit business and do away with the fantasy that the program exists to promote the value and tradition of sport.  It’s about money anyway, so why hide the obvious?  Aloha, Russ.

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