Weekly Monday refuse collections in Kihei were largely missed due ro men and ewquipment shortages. Atreets missed include KENOLIO RD., HONUHULA ST., HONUEA ST., HONUHALEMUA ST., KOKI ST., PAPAU ST.,ALULIKE ST.,HOOPILI AKAU ST.,IMIHALE ST.,MALIMALI ST.,MAHEALANI ST., MALULANI ST. WAIAPO ST.. SOUTH KIHEI RD. KAIWAHINE ST. KAIOLOHIA ST., KAIKEA ST., HOOHIE ST., ILIKAI ST.,NOE st., HALEKAI ST.,HOALIKE ST., LAULOA ST., NANAKAI ST., WAINOHIA ST.,HUAKA ST., WIKANI ST.,PALANEHE ST. AHAIKI ST.,PA ST.,MOI ST..OHUKAI RD.. AND ALL SURROUNDING STREETS.
Trash is ecpected to be picked up today in those areas. Maui County Public Works apologizes for the invonvenience.
By Jeff King
GMO and politics aside, Monsanto Company has pledged its support to help the people of the Philippines, including local farmers, who are now working to recover and rebuild from the devastation caused by Super Typhoon Yolanda (Typhoon Haiyan). The company, which has more than 100 employees in the region and has partnered with Filipino farmers for more than 45 years, announced a series of commitments including: improving the lives of those in need by providing short term relief of food and water, helping to rebuild and repair farmers’ homes, donating corn seed and offering employee donation matches to further enhance support of relief efforts. Monsanto’s support of the relief effort is expected to total more than $400,000 (US).
“Our thoughts and support go out to the people directly impacted by the typhoon as well as our entire Filipino community at Monsanto,” said Mike Frank, Monsanto’s Vice President, International Row Crops and Vegetables. “Now is the time for us to help them rebuild, reestablish their homes and regain their livelihood. We realize this is just the beginning of a long journey but by partnering together with others we hope we can help contribute to the rebuilding efforts in the region.”
“This tragedy hits really close to home for us,” said Fred Perlak, vice president of research and business operations for Monsanto in Hawaii. “Not only do many of our employees have personal ties to the Philippines, including friends and family in the devastated areas, but as farmers ourselves, we feel the pain and suffering of our fellow farmers whose homes and fields were destroyed. I’m very grateful for the company’s support.”
Those struggling with the aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda include more than 20,000 farm families in the Visayan Islands of the Philippines. In order to help support farm families impacted in this region, the company will work alongside established non-governmental organizations that have a strong history and knowledge of the Visayas area. Those groups include the Philippines Red Cross, the Gawad Kalinga foundation, the International Red Cross, the UN World Food Programme and the Red Crescent Society.
To support near-term relief efforts, Monsanto is partnering with the Philippines Red Cross to provide food, water and temporary shelter through a donation of $100,000. In addition to contributions to the Philippines Red Cross to aid short term relief, the company is also partnering with Gawad Kalinga, a Philippine based foundation dedicated to ending poverty and homelessness. Through a donation of $250,000, Monsanto, together with Gawad Kalinga, will build 50 new homes and repair an additional 230 homes for farmers in the Visayas region.
To further support farm families in the region, Monsanto will also provide DEKALB® Genuity corn hybrid seeds free of charge to corn farmers with extensive crop damage so they may replant flooded or damaged fields as soon as possible.
Monsanto will also match dollar for dollar all relief effort donations made by Monsanto employees to the International Red Cross, the UN World Food Programme and the Red Crescent Society. This employee match program includes all individual employee donations up to $1,000.
“My family members in the Philippines lost homes and are among the many who have immediate needs for food, shelter and supplies,” said Joan Ferguson, a Monsanto employee in Hawaii who is originally from Biliran Island in the Philippines. “While we try to reach them and pray for their well-being, I am thankful to see my company and colleagues working to help farmers and victims in the devastated areas.”
“Our relationships with partners and stakeholders are based on trust and the spirit of caring and sharing,” said Gawad Kalinga’s Executive Director Luis Oquinena “We have previously worked with Monsanto and we saw how this partnership has made a difference.”
Others who want to join Monsanto in helping those in the Philippines rebuild following Typhoon Yolanda can contact The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) at www.ifrc.org or the UN World Food Programme at www.wfp.org.
HONOLULU – Hawaii ranks best in the nation according to The Commonwealth Fund Scorecard on State Health System Performance for Low-Income Populations, 2013, a national scorecard that analyzed 30 indicators within four dimensions. Hawaii ranks in the top quartile for three of four system dimensions – Access to Affordability, Potentially Avoidable Hospital Use, and Healthy Lives. Hawaii ranks in the second quartile for the fourth indicator, Prevention and Treatment. There are currently 292,000 individuals enrolled in Hawaii Med-QUEST programs, which are administered through the Department of Human Services (DHS).
“This 2013 Commonwealth Fund scorecard demonstrates that Hawaii is on the right track to improving access to affordable health care, and the state Med-QUEST Division is leading the way,” said Gov. Neil Abercrombie, who has made healthcare transformation a top priority of his administration. “Our healthcare system supports the optimum health of all state residents by providing a seamless, integrated and comprehensive healthcare system. This approach consistently demonstrates high-quality care, and a commitment to cost-effectiveness. It also enhances the patient experience and engages patients in their own healthcare decisions.”
For low-income populations whose standard of living is 200 percent of the federal poverty level, Hawaii reported the second lowest percentage of uninsured adults, the second lowest percentage of uninsured children, and the lowest percentage of adults who went without health care in the past year due to cost. Hawaii also is ranked first for the lowest rate of potentially avoidable hospital use and second for the lowest rate of potentially avoidable emergency department visits for low-income Medicare beneficiaries, and first for the lowest rate of poor health related quality of life for low-income adults 18-64 years old.
“It’s the prevention component that makes the difference,” said DHS Director, Patricia McManaman. “When vulnerable individuals have access to affordable and reliable medical services, they are more likely to visit their doctor on a regular basis. The Commonwealth Fund scorecard reflects the commitment of our healthcare providers to our community.”
While Hawaii is ranked the top state, there is room for improvement. Hawaii ranked below average on four indicators – older adult preventive care, surgical care to prevent complications, hospital 30-day mortality, and hospital discharge instructions for home recovery. Because the report is generally based on 2010 and 2011 data, these areas may have since improved. No states ranked in the top quartile or even top half of the range for all 30 indicators.
To improve the overall health and economic well-being of low-income populations, states must invest in the health of their most vulnerable populations. Healthier adults are less expensive for taxpayers, and have greater workforce productivity. Healthier children are more likely to succeed in school and participate in the future workforce. A healthy population is thus instrumental in maintaining strong local and state economies, as well as the nation’s economic health and well-being.
To read the complete 2013 Commonwealth Fund Scorecard visit http://www.commonwealthfund.org/Publications/Fund-Reports/2013/Sep/Low-Income-Scorecard.aspx
“Ask the Mayor”
Mayor Alan Arakawa answers some of the most-asked questions submitted
to his office staff.
Q: Who enforces the use of handicap placards? I was at Costco recently, and even before the store opened all the handicap stalls were taken by people who probably shouldn’t be using the handicap placards.
A:The State Dept. of Health Disability and Communication Access Board administers the statewide program for the issuance of parking placards to disabled persons, in accordance with Hawaii Revised Statutes, Chapter 291, Part III www.capitol.hawaii.gov/hrscurrent/Vol05_Ch0261-0319/HRS0291/HRS_0291-0051.HTM . The County Division of Motor Vehicles & Licensing (DMVL) is tasked with issuing the handicap parking placards, and Maui Police Department handles enforcement. It is possible that the Costco members you observed were issued parking permits due to a less-visible cardiac, breathing or other condition that makes it difficult to walk. According to the State’s website, a physician must certify that the person applying for a placard meets medical criteria regarding physical mobility impairments. To learn more about the specific requirements and types of parking permits issued, visit health.hawaii.gov/dcab/parking/.
Q:I live along the Lahaina Sugar Cane Train route and have noticed that they have replaced the train whistle with a very irritating, loud horn. It is blasted and sounds similar to the horn on a large semi-tractor trailer. I am wondering if this is permanent, because if it is, I plead with the train management to look into returning the horn to something less irritating. This train runs from morning until late afternoon. Some sort of consideration should be made for locals living along the train’s route.
A: According to the Sugar Cane Train general manager, the horn you are hearing is the horn on the diesel engine that is being used during the rare occurrence that both steam engines are under repair. The company estimates the repairs will take another six to eight weeks to complete, and include the on-site fabrication of a specialized steam piston. The train runs between 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. and is required by Federal law to sound its horn at each crossing, to warn drivers and others on the road. While the lower and higher levels of the diesel horn are both within the allowed decibel range, the train engineer often has to use the louder horn because drivers attempt to “race” the train across the tracks. This happens most often at Keawe and Pu‘ukoli‘i streets, where several collisions have occurred. Once the steam engines are back on track, their familiar whistle will also return; however, motorist should always exercise caution and respect for the train when approaching a crossing – no matter which kind of engine is being used.
Dear Mayor Arakawa:
Q: I am cleaning up my yard and have some pesticides I would like to stop using. These items are in their original containers and in good shape. How can I responsibly dispose of them?
A: If you are sure of the safety and the contents of the pesticides, the County’s Recycling Section recommends you give your gardening supplies to someone who could make use of them such as neighbors, growers or landscape companies listed in the yellow pages. Some high schools have ag programs; Mālama Maui Nui (formerly Community Work Day, ph. 877-2524) grows plants to give away at the fair; and Maui NuiBotanical Gardens (ph. 249-2798) also grows plants to give away. If you cannot locate anyone who would like your garden supplies, the items should be triple-bagged and taken to the landfill or transfer station for disposal. Pesticides are classified as Household Hazardous Waste (HHW). EPA rules and regulations governing Maui’s subtitle “D” landfills allow all HHW to be landfilled. Please keep in mind that large amounts of liquids should not be put into your refuse cart because of the mess they make in the ‘Ōpala Pickers’ trucks.
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.
Maui Police have identified the man who died from injuries in a moped-pickup truck crash in Kihei last month.
Fifty four year-old Nicholas Webb died from his injuries on Monday, November 18 from the crash on October 25. According to MPD records, on Friday, October 25, a white 2011 Polini moped, was traveling south bound on South Kihei Road. The operator, a 54 year old male from Kihei lost control of his moped, crossed the center lane markings and collided into the front of a white 2002 Dodge pick-up traveling north bound on South Kihei Road. The truck was being operated by a 36 year-old male from Haiku.
The operator of the moped sustained serious injuries and was transported to the Maui Memorial Medical Center, and eventually over to Queens Medical Center in Honolulu for further treatment. The operator of the truck did not sustain any injuries.
On Monday, November 18, 2013, the moped operator identified as Nicholas WEBB died as a result of this crash. Police say Webb was not wearing a helmet. Alcohol and speed are still under investigation. Webb’s death is the 14th fatality of 2013. There were 20 at this time in 2012.
Maui Electric Company says that, shortly after 8 a.m. today, approximately 1,200 Molokai customers in the East End and Kaluakoi lost power when two electrical lines came down in the Kaluakoi area. Electrical service was restored to East End by 8:40 a.m.
As of 1 p.m. today, about 60 customers in Kaluakoi remain without power as crews work to access and repair the lines which are located in difficult terrain. We estimate that power will be restored at about 2 p.m.
Maui Electric is looking into what caused the lines to come down. MECO sincerely appreciates the public’s understanding and patience as we work to restore power.
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