Akaku: Maui Community Television, will simulcast a series of Honolulu-produced reports called “GMOs. Dinner? Or Disaster?”
Akakū sister station, ʻOlelo Community Media, will air a four-day series of programs focusing on the topic of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) at 6:30 p.m. nightly from June 24 thru June 27.
“…[P]ublic awareness is up once again and confusion seems to reign,” ʻOlelo said in a news release. “We have gathered together experts from both sides to present their position on the GMO issue, engage each other in a lively forum and address the communities questions live.”
Akakū will be simulcasting all four days on cable channel 54 so that Maui County residents can tune in to catch the action and also to participate. ʻOlelo invites viewers to tweet their questions or comments to #olelo/gmo. Public comments will be addressed live by the panel on Thursday, June 27. ʻOlelo will also be streaming the series on their website.
By Lois Whitney
WAILUKU – Extremely high winds at the Central Maui Landfill have caused the early closure of the landfill at 1:00 p.m. today and tomorrow, Wednesday, June 26. The landfill is closing early on both days to allow staff to collect windblown debris.
The landfill is required by law to comply with strict litter control requirements. Environmental Management officials said today that the early closures are necessary to implement control measures to avoid potential citations and/or fines from the State Department of Health.
The department apologizes for the inconvenience, and asks for the public’s understanding as workers clean up the excess litter and assess conditions for Thursday.
For more information, call 270-6153.
MIAMI » Hurricane Cosme has formed in the Pacific off the coast of Mexico.
The hurricane’s maximum sustained winds this morning are near 75 mph with some additional strengthening possible during the day. The hurricane is expected to weaken Wednesday and Thursday. The storm is expected to dissipate by the weekend and poses no threat to Hawai’i. Read meteorologist Glenn James detailed report to the Pacific Disaster Center here.
Cosme is centered about 365 miles south of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, and is moving northwest near 18 mph.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami says the storm will generate large swells that will affect parts of Mexico’s Pacific coast Tuesday and parts of southern Baja California starting tonight and into Thursday. The swells are likely to cause dangerous surf and rip current conditions.
(Report Provided by Associated Press)
“Ask the Mayor”
Mayor Alan Arakawa answers some of the most-asked questions submitted to his office staff.
Q: What’s with all the loose dogs at Baldwin Beach? I was there on a Sunday morning and there were way too many loose dogs. I only saw one dog on a leash. It appears to be a play yard for people with dogs. I understand how much they love to run and play in the water, but the County has provided a much-needed place for dogs to run free. Baldwin Beach is a beautiful beach for people of all ages to enjoy and we should not have to be careful of dogs running around.
A: The County code requires the owner of a dog to keep the dog under restraint, except if the dog is being used for law enforcement purposes, authorized hunting, during competitions or training with the consent of the property owner, or is within the confines of a dog park. Violations bring a fine of not more than $500. The minimum fine is not less than $50 for a first violation; a fine of not less than $100 for a second violation within five years after a prior violation; and a fine of not less than $200 for a third violation within five years after two prior violations. To report a leash law violation, call the Maui Humane Society at 877-3680, extension 29.
Q: I enjoy going to the beach at Kamaole I, II and III beach parks, but some of the bathrooms are terrible. Is anything going to be done about them?
A: The problem with the restrooms at Kamaole I, II and III is that they were designed in the 1970s and were never made to handle the kind of heavy use that we have today. We have been taking a long, hard look at some of our park restrooms and there are definitely some changes that need to be made as far as repair and maintenance issues. Renovations at the Kamaole II restroom facilities are already finished and the restrooms at Kamaole I are being renovated as we speak and should reopen this week.
Q: I really need to attend the Permitting Open House that is scheduled for this Wednesday afternoon. However, I have to work and cannot take a lunch break at that time. Is there any way you can consider holding a Permitting Open House on the weekend or after-hours? I would even be willing to pay a fee to attend a session like this, as it’s so convenient to have all the department staff in one room to answer questions and offer advice.
A: Thank you for your feedback. This is the third Permitting Open House we are holding and we are indeed considering having our fourth event on a weekend or after-hours in order to better assist working people like yourself. The Permitting Open Houses help simplify and expedite the residential and commercial building permit process by bringing together representatives from all the County departments that sign off on permits: Fire, Water, Public Works, Planning and Environmental Management. The next Open House will be held this Wednesday on the 9th Floor of the CountyBuilding in the Mayor’s Conference Room, from 1:00-3:00 p.m. Attendees are asked to bring a copy of their plans. For more information, call 270-7855.
Want to Ask the Mayor?
Submit your questions about County of Maui programs, services, operations or policies to Mayor Alan Arakawa via email: AskTheMayor@mauicounty.gov, phone: 270-7855 or mail: 200 S. High Street, 9th Floor, Wailuku, Hawaii 96793. Questions submitted will be considered for inclusion in the “Ask the Mayor” column.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Mazie K. Hirono released the following statement commemorating the 41st anniversary this week of the Patsy Takemoto Mink Equal Opportunity in Education Act, commonly known as Title IX. This federal law protects students from gender discrimination in federally supported education programs and activities. The landmark legislation was signed into law on June 23, 1972.
“Title IX was signed into law more than four decades ago to open the doors of opportunity for new generations of women and girls. Because it mandates equitable funding for women’s sports programs, Title IX is most frequently associated with the development and expansion of women’s athletics in our schools and universities. As a result, the number of female high school students participating in sports has increased tenfold, and still continues to grow. After 1972, equal access to athletic opportunities at any federally funded educational institution became every girl or woman’s right by law.
“Forty one years later, Title IX remains important for reasons far beyond athletics. It is a commitment to the principle of gender equity. Studies show that the increased availability of women’s athletics at schools and universities has led to increased college attendance and participation in the workforce. More women are attaining college degrees and earning higher wages, and doing work in traditionally male-dominated fields such as science and politics. There are now 20 women serving as U.S. Senators, the highest percentage of female representation we have ever had.
“However, women are still underrepresented in critical fields such as science and technology and do not receive equal pay for equal work. We must continue to protect and strengthen the vision for gender equity that inspired Hawaii’s own Patsy Mink to co-author Title IX. Patsy felt the sting of gender discrimination in her own life when she was denied access to medical school, which helped spark her interest in politics. I am proud to have known Patsy Mink and to have called her my friend, and I will fight to see her legacy protected and expanded for new generations of women and girls.”
Both of Hawaii’s U.S. senators today had strong words in reaction to the vote by the Supreme Court to eliminate Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act.
Senator Mazie K. Hirono, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, released the following statement condemning the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, a key provision enabling the Department of Justice to protect minority voters:
“The Voting Rights Act has been critical to ensuring every American has access to one of our country’s most fundamental freedoms — the right to vote. I am very disappointed that the Supreme Court assumed that voter registration and participation is no longer as much of a concern for minority voters. I couldn’t disagree more. Congress must act quickly to restore the key provisions the Supreme Court struck down and protect every Americans’ right to vote.”
Senator Brian Schatz released the following statement on the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act:
“Today, the Supreme Court struck down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, a key element of the law that provides the formula for determining which state is covered by the law’s pre-clearance requirement. Pre-clearance of voting law changes is an essential tool for fighting discrimination across the country. It is a major setback for voting rights that the Court deemed Section 4 of the law unconstitutional.
“Congress must act quickly to make sure that the Voting Rights Act continues to stop discriminatory changes in voting laws before they are put in place. While some might think that discrimination is an act of the past, we have seen several examples for why we still need laws in place to vigorously protect the right to vote. This is why I have joined Senator Gillibrand in pushing for the Voter Empowerment Act in order to give the federal government additional tools to ensure every voter can cast their vote and have that vote counted. We should find ways to make it easier to vote instead of restricting one of our most fundamental rights.”
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