The Hawai’i State Teacher’s Association today underscored it’s stance on marriage equality in Hawai’i. Association president Wil Okabe issued the following statement:
“The HSTA and its national affiliate, the National Education Association (NEA), have a proud history of fighting for equality of all individuals. Our basic philosophy is to protect and defend human and civil rights. The HSTA believes that discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identification must be eliminated.
“The current law provides that the Legislature reserves marriage for opposite sex couples, and while HSTA was instrumental in the effort in passing the legislation that allowed civil unions in Hawaii, it is now time to take the next step.
The HSTA Board of Directors reaffirmed its 1998 position which opposed the constitutional amendment that allowed the Legislature to define marriage as between a man and a woman. In the upcoming special legislative session, the HSTA will be indicating its support of any bill that broadens the current definition of marriage.”
HILO, Hawaii — The missing 48-year-old man who the Coast Guard and Hawaii County Police and Fire was searching for was located, Thursday.
Richard Gomez was found by a Volcano National Park Ranger after his boat broke up in the surf while attempting to come ashore, Sunday.
The park ranger rendered basic first-aid to Gomez and then assisted him to a local campsite.
“Had the boater in this case carried a reliable form of communication such as a handheld VHF radio, rescuers may have been able to eliminate several unnecessary search hours that resources were diverted from other missions,” said Cmdr. Steve Wheeler, Sector Honolulu Search and Rescue Mission Coordinator. “A VHF radio distress call can often be picked up and triangulated by the Coast Guard’s Rescue 21 system, which may reduce the search area and can change the outcome of incidents like this”.
Gomez departed Hilo in a small boat at 10 a.m., Sept. 20, 2013, and was reported missing by friends.
An HC-130 Hercules airplane crew from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point and crewmembers from the 87-foot Coast Guard Cutter Kittiwake assisted in the search.
Washington, DC—Today, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz joined his Senate colleagues in voting to get us closer to a deal that will keep the government from shutting down.
“A government shutdown would harm the people of Hawai‘i, and it is irresponsible for unbending and intransigent Tea Party Republicans to continue to hold our economy hostage so that they can get their way,” said U.S. Senator Brian Schatz. “Enough is enough. While the Continuing Resolution is not perfect, it will keep the government from shutting down. We must now work to pass a budget that removes damaging sequestration cuts and represents the priorities of working families.”
In Hawaii, a government shutdown could:
A man is in serious condition tonight after having difficulties in the rough waters at Ho’okipa Beach Park today.
At 3:09 p.m. today, Maui Fire Department crews from Pa’ia responded to Hookipa Beach Park for a 30 year-old male observed by a Lifeguard having difficulty after being separated from his windsurf board. An Ocean Safety Lifeguard on a rescue board went out, got the male and brought him to shore.
Fire fighters arriving on the scene found the patient on shore being treated by lifeguards. Fire personnel carried the victim along the rocky shoreline and trail to awaiting medics. He was then transported to Maui Memorial Medical Center in serious condition.
Honolulu – Acting Governor Shan Tsutsui today announced the release of more than $26.4 million in capital improvement projects for priority repairs and improvements at state facilities and highways under the purview of the Department of Transportation. One of the largest projects is new harbor offices for Maui’s Kahului Harbor.
Maui’s Tsutsui is serving as acting governor while Gov. Neil Abercrombie and cabinet members attend budget meetings in Los angeles and New York. After that, the governor and his wife will vacation in Paris before resuming state duties October 11.
“These investments will increase the safety of our residents while traveling on our highways as well as support the expansion of our maritime activities,” said Lieutenant Governor Shan Tsutsui. “These projects will also continue our momentum of creating jobs and stimulating our economy.”
Allotment of funds for the following priority projects, identified by members of the State Legislature, has been approved by the Acting Governor:
$21,400 — Interstate Route H-3 Halekou Interchange to Kaneohe Marine Corps Base Hawaii safety improvement project. These additional highway revenue bond funds will provide for the safety improvements needed for the H-3 Halekou Interchange.
$21,700 — H-1,H-2 and H201 destination signage upgrades. These additional highway revenue bond funds will provide for additional design costs to upgrade existing signs to meet current standards.
$198,800 — Inoaole Stream Bridge replacement project, which is on Kalanianaole Highway in the vicinity of Waimanalo. The bridge will be replaced to increase stream flow capacity in the area to reduce or eminate flooding during heavy rainfall. These additional revenue bond funds will provide for additional design costs and acqusition of drainage easements.
$4,500,000 — Pier 31 improvements. These special funds will provide for the demolition of a shed and upgrades at Honolulu Harbor’s Pier 31 in relation to Pasha’s plans for a new larger shipping vessel.
$10,740,000 — DOT Harbors Division Maui District Office. These special funds will provide for additional design and construction of a DOT Harbors Division Maui District Office, which will be relocated in the Old Kahului Railroad Building as part of the Kahului Harbor Development Plan of July 2012.
$11,000,000 — Habors Modernation Plan. These revenue bonds will provide for the demolition of structures located at Kapalama Military Reservation and construction for a new Kapalama Container Facility to support expanding maritime activities in Honolulu Harbor.
HONOLULU – The Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) is investigating at least 10 cases of acute liver inflammation and failure that have occurred in the state from May through September 2013. Thus far, the cases have been negative for infectious causes, have no history of engaging in high-risk social activities, and have no identified commonly expected risk factors for liver failure.
The only common finding among all the cases, at this point, is the use of a dietary or nutritional supplement for the purpose of weight loss and/or muscle gain in the past six months. Cases have been reported from every county in the state.
“We are still in the early stages of this investigation and we have not identified the exact source of this condition,” said Dr. Sarah Park, State Epidemiologist. “However, we want to alert the public because of our concern that more people could potentially become ill.”
DOH has issued a statewide Medical Advisory to clinicians, clinics, and emergency departments to facilitate identifying more possible cases. DOH is collaborating closely with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, as the investigation may involve a federally regulated supplement with national distribution.
The department urges all persons who use dietary or nutritional supplements for weight loss and/or muscle gain to do so with caution and under their health care providers’ guidance and monitoring. Persons who develop symptoms, such as abdominal pain or discomfort, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea and/or vomiting, and yellow skin or eyes, should consult their health care provider immediately.
DOH is responsible for monitoring, investigating, preventing, and controlling diseases of public health impact in Hawaii, as well as ensuring the state’s ability to respond to emergencies that threaten the public’s health.
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