WAILUKU, Maui, Hawai‘i – The Maui County Committee of the Democratic Party of Hawaii is pleased to announce that Governor Neil Abercrombie, United States Senator Brian Schatz and State Senator Gil Keith-Agaran will be speakers at its annual Convention on Saturday, May 4, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. at the Maui Tropical Plantation Restaurant located at 1670 Honoapiilani Highway in Wailuku.
Early registration is $20 until Friday, May 3, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. and includes a continental breakfast. Scholarships are available to those travelling from Molokai and Lanai and individuals who can demonstrate financial need.
Members will have an opportunity to obtain a party membership card for $10 and also interact with Hawaii Democratic Party Chair and former Hawaii County Mayor Dante Carpenter. State Senator Rosalyn Baker will chair the Convention.
All Democrats and those interested in joining the Democratic Party are encouraged to attend.
Registration and information on the topics being discussed at the Convention can be found at www.mauidemocrats.org.
PUUNENE, Hawaii —Maui police say a 2-foot-long cylindrical ordnance was found in a field off of Mokulele Highway in Puunene on Monday.
When officers arrived on the scene, photographs were taken of the ordnance and sent to the Army’s Explosive Ordnance Division for their review.
After police conferred with the Army, it was revealed that the ordnance posed no immediate danger due to the lack of structures within 200 yards of then ordnance.
The ordnance was cordoned off under the Army could determine if it was live or inert.
The ordnance was too dangerous to transport so the Army blew it up at around 12:20 a.m. Tuesday.
(Report Provided by KITV.com)
HONOLULU – The Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) with assistance from the state Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) is awarding six local non-profit, community groups grant funds to help address Japan Tsunami Marine Debris (JTMD) and keep Hawaii’s shorelines clean. The focus is on potential debris originating from the tsunami that devastated Japan in March 2011.
“The six grants totaling $100,000 complement ongoing efforts by community groups that are already working to address marine debris, including debris originating from the Japan tsunami,” said Gary Gill, deputy director of the DOH Environmental Health Administration. “For years Hawaii has depended on volunteers to keep marine debris off our beaches. Today, we are providing a little support for the very big job they do.”
The selected projects will help to reduce the impacts of marine debris from alien species, marine life entanglement, economic costs, and human health and safety. The awardees are:
Surfrider Kauai, $25,000 (for Kauai County);
Hawaii Wildlife Fund, $20,000 (for Maui County);
Recycle Hawaii, $20,000 (for Hawaii County);
Surfrider Oahu, $13,000 (for Honolulu County);
Kupu, $11,000 (for Honolulu County); and
Sustainable Coastlines, $11,000 (for Honolulu County).
The grant funds, which will be administered by the DOH, were provided by a $50,000 grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Marine Debris Program and another $50,000 of matching funds contributed by DLNR. Selected proposals will reduce marine debris through beach cleanup and education activities that support ongoing habitat conservation in Hawaii coastal areas. Awardees and projects are located within the Kauai, Maui, Hawaii and Honolulu Counties with a focus on areas that typically receive the most marine debris. A map of these areas is available at www.hawaii.gov/health/epo. Project selection was based in part on confirmed JTMD items and areas known to accumulate the most marine debris.
To date, there have been eight confirmed JTMD items in Hawaii and more than 1,700 reports of potential JTMD in the United States and Canada. The public is urged to report findings of potential JTMD to DLNR at (808) 587-0400 or email@example.com, and to NOAA at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For guidance on “what to do if you see debris in Hawaii’s ocean or beaches” go to: http://dlnr.hawaii.gov/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/JTMD-Guideline3.pdf
For the latest information on JTMD, please visit the DLNR Marine debris website at http://dlnr.hawaii.gov/marine-debris/ or the NOAA Marine Debris Program website at http://marinedebris.noaa.gov/tsunamidebris/.
More details are being released from Monday’s agreement between the State and United Public Workers (UPW) members. Gov. Neil Abercrombie and Hawaii’s county mayors have signed a four-year contract with the United Public Workers Bargaining Unit 1 that gives about 8,000 state and county blue-collar workers consecutive 2 percent raises twice a year starting on Oct. 1.
The agreement, which takes effect July 1 and runs through June 30, 2017, calls for the raises to be given every April 1 and Oct. 1, and increases the state and the county pay for health insurance to 60 percent from 50 percent.
In addition to state and county workers, the contract covers employees at the University of Hawaii and the Hawaii Health Care System.
At a news conference announcing the new contract Monday, Abercrombie declined to say what the new agreement would cost. But Honolulu Civil Beat reports Abercrombie told lawmakers in an April 19 memo that the contract would cost $19.9 million over the next two years and $60 million for the 2016-2017 fiscal years.
(Pacific Business News contributed to this report)
HONOLULU – Following the ratification of a collective bargaining agreement by members of United Public Workers (UPW) Bargaining Unit 1, Gov. Neil Abercrombie today joined Mayors Alan Arakawa, Kirk Caldwell and Bernard Carvalho; UPW State Director Dayton Nakanelua; Hawaii Health Systems Corporation President/CEO Bruce Anderson; and others to sign a four-year contract for Hawaii’s blue collar public employees.
“This agreement demonstrates the positive result of negotiating in the spirit of partnership between the state, counties and the UPW,” said Gov. Abercrombie. “This four-year contract is a good deal for BU1 members, and it’s a win for taxpayers because of its affordability, allowing for compensation over the duration of a longer termed contract.”
The Governor also acknowledged the efforts of UH Manoa Industrial Relations Center Director Joyce Najita, whose mediation services greatly contributed to achieving consensus.
Effective July 1, 2013, through June 30, 2017, the four-year agreement includes consecutive 2 percent pay raised beginning Oct. 1, 2013, and thereafter every April 1 and October 1 for the duration of the contract. The contract also stipulates that the employer will pay a dollar amount for health insurance, based on 60 percent of a Hawaii Employer-Union Health Benefits Trust Fund benchmark plan.
In addition, improvements were made in contract language concerning consecutive hours worked, stand-by pay, military leave, and consultative calls.
Bargaining Unit 1 is composed of blue collar public workers employed by the State of Hawaii, including the Department of Education, University of Hawaii, Judiciary, and Hawaii Health Care System, as well as the counties.
University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Oceanography Professor David Karl received the prestigious Alexander Agassiz medal from the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, April 28.
Karl is a professor at the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. He is recognized for his leadership in establishing multi-disciplinary ocean-observing systems for detecting significant changes in the ocean ecosystem.
“I am humbled and honored to have been selected to receive the 2013 Alexander Agassiz Medal for excellence in oceanography. I thank the UH ʻohana, my students, post-docs and staff, and my many colleagues at UH and from around the world for their invaluable contributions to my career. With so many remaining scientific challenges, it should be a thrilling next decade,” Karl said.
Karl is perhaps best known for his work on the Hawaiʻi Ocean Time-series (HOT) program, which he co-founded. HOT made the significant discovery that climate change and the rising atmospheric carbon dioxide are making the ocean more acidic and affecting the ocean ecosystem. The finding was published and won widespread recognition.
In addition, Karl’s work on 23 research expeditions to Antarctica helped to reveal the unanticipated thriving food web that exists in those frigid waters. He has also witnessed iconic moments like the discovery of hydrothermal vents at the Galapagos Rift in 1979.
Karl currently directs the Daniel K. Inouye Center for Microbial Oceanography: Research and Education (C-MORE) at UH Mānoa, a National Science Foundation sponsored program that he created.
The Agassiz Medal is presented every three years for original contributions in the science of oceanography and was established by a gift from Sir John Murray in 1913. Alexander Agassiz was a marine zoologist, oceanographer, and mining engineer who made important contribututions to systematic zoology and to the knowledge of ocean beds.
Karl was among several distinguished award recipients at the NAS award ceremony, where Bill and Melinda Gates received the National Academy of Sciences Public Welfare Medal.
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