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THIRD OF HAWAII MCDONALDS RESTAURANTS TO RAISE WAGES AS PART OF NATIONAL PACIFIC BUSINESS NEWS (HONOLULU)

About one out of three Hawaii McDonald’s employees will benefit from the companys new corporate benefit package which includes wage increases and paid time off.

Thanks to “Pacific Business News” for this story.  Some of Hawaii McDonalds workers will get paid time off and a modest pay increase under provisions of a new employee benefit package.  This is good news for those struggling to make ends meet in Hawaii.  Hopefully, the benefits will extend to the full work force at “Mickey Ds.”  Aloha, Russ.

HAWAII INTERNMENT CAMP TO BE DEDICATED AS NATIONAL MONUMENT HAWAII NEWS NOW

Hawaiis largest internment camp where Japanese-Americans and others were held during World War II is being dedicated as a national monument.

The formal dedication ceremony for the Honouliuli National Monument was held Tuesday.  President Barack Obama established the new national monumnet in February.  Honouliuli began oprations in 1943 and was the largest and longest used World War II internment site in Hawaii.  Aloha, Russ.

2016 WAIMEA OCEAN FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES LINEUP OF FILMS

The action-packed 2016 Waimea Ocean Film Festival (Ocean Film) offers a stunning lineup of films, special guests, intimate coffee talks, Q&As, exhibits, receptions and morning activities, running non-stop January 1-8.

After your “Star Wars” viewing this week, you may want to get down to Earth with this truly outstanding presentation of 50 of the best ocean-related films of the new 21st century.  The 2016 Waimea Ocean Film Festival opens on 01 January 2016 at the Kahilu Theatre, the HPA Gates Hall, the Parker School Theatre, and at the Fairmont Orchid.  On 05 January 2016, the Ocean Film Festival moves to the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai.  A definitely “must see” experience.  Thanks to news blogger Damon Tucker for this story.  Aloha, Russ.

COKE, PEPSI DROPPING BVO FROM ALL DRINKS HAWAII NEWS NOW

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Russell Robertss insight:

Pepsi Co and Coca-Cola are bowing to social pressure and are removing the controversial additive “Brominated Vegetable Oil” from all of its drinks, including Powerade, Mountain Dews, and Fanta.  Although the two soda manufacturers claim the ingredient is safe, critics  of the companies insist that the substance is not fit for human consumption, because it “has been patented as a fire retardant and isnt approved for use in Japan and in the European Union.”  I think Ill stick to green tea.  Aloha, Russ.

HAWAII CONSIDERS BANNING ELECTRONIC CIGARETTES IN SOME AREAS HAWAII NEWS NOW

Hawaii lawmakers are deciding whether they should outlaw using electronic cigarettes in all places where traditional cigarettes are banned.Proponents of the ban say electronic cigarettes emit hazar

 

 

Hawaii State Legislators are considering measures to prohibit the use of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) in places where tobacco cigarettes are banned.  Supporters of the restrictive legislation claim e-cigarettes release hazardous chemicals into the air and pose a potential threat to children.  Proponents of e-cigarettes believe the devices are a way to help people quit smoking and should be considered in the same realm as nicotine patches and nicotine gum, which are used help smokes wean themselves from traditional cigarettes.  Aloha, Russ

DIET PEPSI DROPPING ASPARTAME ON CUSTOMER CONCERNS HAWAII NEWS NOW

PepsiCo says its dropping aspartame from Diet Pepsi in response to customer worries and replacing it with sucralose, another artificial sweetener commonly known as Splenda.

According to “Bloomberg News” reporter Duane D. Stanford, PepsiCo will start selling Diet Pepsi later this year without aspartame, “one of the biggest changes to the beverage in decades.” The ingredient change follows a consumer backlash against the artificial sweetener “crushed sales.” PepsiCo is getting the jump on Diet Coke, the nations number one sugar-free soda, in removing the controversial sweetener. Consumers have backed away from both brands in recent years, fearful that the lab-created sweetener might cause cancer.  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said “theres no proof of a health risk from aspartame.”  In surveys, aspartame was the top reason given by consumers for drinking less of the cola.  Aloha, Russ.

BARGE BRINGS TONS OF BUOYS, OTHER OCEAN DEBRIS TO SEATTLE HAWAII NEWS NOW

Hundreds of tons of marine debris have been collected from the shores of Alaska and British Columbia as part of an unprecedented cleanup effort that an organizer says barely made a dent in the

 

Some of this marine debris can be traced to the 2011 tsunami and Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant disaster in Japan.  This stuff will wash up on Pacific and Hawaii shores for years.  Im glad someone is trying to collect this debris.  Aloha, Russ.