Hawaii Money – Island Crisis http://islandcrisis.net/ Tue, 26 Oct 2021 11:01:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://islandcrisis.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/default1-150x150.png Hawaii Money – Island Crisis http://islandcrisis.net/ 32 32 Hitchhiker pleads not guilty in spooky Hilo drive-thru incident https://islandcrisis.net/hitchhiker-pleads-not-guilty-in-spooky-hilo-drive-thru-incident/ https://islandcrisis.net/hitchhiker-pleads-not-guilty-in-spooky-hilo-drive-thru-incident/#respond Tue, 26 Oct 2021 10:05:00 +0000 https://islandcrisis.net/hitchhiker-pleads-not-guilty-in-spooky-hilo-drive-thru-incident/ A man from Puna pleaded not guilty on Monday to kidnapping and armed robbery charges following a heartbreaking incident last week at a Hilo fast food restaurant. Lawrence Kekoa Botelho, 33, of Pahoa was charged on Saturday with first degree theft, first degree terrorist threat, unauthorized control of a powered vehicle, kidnapping and third degree […]]]>

A man from Puna pleaded not guilty on Monday to kidnapping and armed robbery charges following a heartbreaking incident last week at a Hilo fast food restaurant.

Lawrence Kekoa Botelho, 33, of Pahoa was charged on Saturday with first degree theft, first degree terrorist threat, unauthorized control of a powered vehicle, kidnapping and third degree promotion of a dangerous drug.

Police said the incident took place shortly before midnight on Wednesday, October 20.

South Hilo Patrol officers responded to downtown Puainako in Hilo following a report of a vehicle theft.

The 34-year-old victim reported to police that upon entering Hilo, he picked up a hitchhiker – later identified as Botelho – on the side of the roadway in Hawaiian Paradise Park.

Upon arrival in Hilo, the victim drove to a fast food restaurant. As they stood in line, the hitchhiker started acting erratically, yelling at the victim and verbally threatening to kill him, police said.

The suspect was then reportedly observed with a pistol and two knives in his hands. Fearing for his life, the victim got out of the driver’s seat of his vehicle and ran to safety, police said. The suspect then allegedly stole the victim’s vehicle.

On Thursday October 21, police located the victim’s vehicle unattended in the Panaewa area.

On Friday, October 22, Puna patrol officers responded to a convenience store in Orchidland after it was reported that Botelho was in the area. It was there that he was then located and arrested.

The theft and kidnapping charges are both Class A felonies with a possible maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. Because he is a repeat offender, Botelho faces a mandatory prison sentence if convicted of any of the offenses, except the drug offense.

Botelho has a long criminal history on and off the island.

He was convicted of an unspecified felony in San Antonio, Texas, in 2009, and in 2014 was charged with sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl in the same town.

In January 2020, he was charged with armed robbery after luring a Canadian couple to a house in Nanawale Estates after offering to provide accommodation for the two before stabbing them.

During the incident, he stole the woman’s phone, camera and $ 200 in cash, before threatening them with a gun if they didn’t leave.

Botelho was convicted of armed robbery in the 2020 case and was sentenced to 18 months in jail and four years probation. However, he was allowed early release to a residential drug treatment program.

But in August, Botelho was charged again with property damage and disorderly conduct, leading to his probation being revoked, for which he was also arrested last week.

In an initial appearance Monday in Hilo District Court, Botelho was denied release pending bail of $ 132,000. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Wednesday.

Email Michael Brestovansky at mbrestovansky@hawaiitribune-herald.com.

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Gasoline Prices Go Up: These 10 Easy Driving Tips Will Save You Money https://islandcrisis.net/gasoline-prices-go-up-these-10-easy-driving-tips-will-save-you-money/ https://islandcrisis.net/gasoline-prices-go-up-these-10-easy-driving-tips-will-save-you-money/#respond Sun, 24 Oct 2021 19:32:24 +0000 https://islandcrisis.net/gasoline-prices-go-up-these-10-easy-driving-tips-will-save-you-money/ (NEXSTAR) – As the national average price of gas continues to rise, many drivers are looking for that dream gas station with absurdly low prices. But did you know that you can save money just by changing the way you drive? On Friday, the national average hit $ 3.378 per gallon for regular gasoline, according […]]]>

(NEXSTAR) – As the national average price of gas continues to rise, many drivers are looking for that dream gas station with absurdly low prices. But did you know that you can save money just by changing the way you drive?

On Friday, the national average hit $ 3.378 per gallon for regular gasoline, according to AAA. That’s a four-cent increase from Monday, and given the tight supply, there is no relief at the pump for the foreseeable future.

However, soaring gas prices did not affect all states in the same way last week. Since last Thursday, these states have seen the biggest jumps on average: Connecticut (+13 cents), North Carolina (+13 cents), Florida (+13 cents), Rhode Island (+12 cents), New York (+ 12 cents), Tennessee (+12 cents), New Jersey (+12 cents), Massachusetts (+12 cents), New Hampshire (+11 cents) and Vermont (+10 cents).

If you live in the western United States, Illinois, Alaska, or Hawaii, where gas prices are the highest, you might want to get creative in reducing your fuel costs. In fact, the opportunity to start saving money presents itself long before you get to the gas station.

According to AAA, these ten driving tips can help you lower your bill:

  1. Do you have a heavy foot? Stop jackrabbiting and accelerating hard.
  2. Don’t slow down. If your car is stopped for more than 60 seconds, turn off the engine to save gas.
  3. The red light comes on? Stop accelerating and allow the car to drive to the signal until it is time to brake.
  4. You might like your car a lot, but don’t waste money on premium fuel unless the manufacturer recommends or requires it.
  5. Not going on a week-long camping trip soon? Remove roof racks and top brackets which can have a major effect on gas mileage.
  6. Relax with the air conditioning. Even at highway speeds, open windows have less of an effect on fuel economy than the engine horsepower required to run the A / C compressor.
  7. If you have a manual transmission, upshift whenever you can and save fuel by “skipping the gear” when possible.
  8. Do you have timed traffic lights where you live? Slow down and synchronize your vehicle speed with green lights to save fuel.
  9. When accelerating, do it smoothly to let the automatic transmission shift sooner, reducing engine rpm and saving gasoline in the process.
  10. Keep your tires properly inflated – soft tires mean the car has to work more than it should. They also make handling more difficult and increase the risk of a rash in the long term.

See more fuel saving tips from AAA.

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Lanai residents torn over how to handle coveted beach | News, Sports, Jobs https://islandcrisis.net/lanai-residents-torn-over-how-to-handle-coveted-beach-news-sports-jobs/ https://islandcrisis.net/lanai-residents-torn-over-how-to-handle-coveted-beach-news-sports-jobs/#respond Sat, 23 Oct 2021 16:39:43 +0000 https://islandcrisis.net/lanai-residents-torn-over-how-to-handle-coveted-beach-news-sports-jobs/ Unlike many beaches and state parks, Hulopoe Beach Park is quiet, well-maintained, away from major roads, and free from large obstacles from several hotels. As traffic from non-residents increases, the Hulopoe Beach Park Council recently proposed draft measures to “limit non-resident access” to the park, including a fee-based online reservation system. A public meeting Thursday […]]]>

Unlike many beaches and state parks, Hulopoe Beach Park is quiet, well-maintained, away from major roads, and free from large obstacles from several hotels. As traffic from non-residents increases, the Hulopoe Beach Park Council recently proposed draft measures to “limit non-resident access” to the park, including a fee-based online reservation system. A public meeting Thursday evening drew dozens of people and dozens of witnesses, many of whom said the measures could be too restrictive. – BUTCH GIMA photo

Unlike many beaches and parks in the state, Hulopoe Beach Park – a special place on the south shore of Lanai – isn’t completely overrun with people.

Hulopoe Beach Park Council, a panel tasked with overseeing the private land since the late 1980s, is working to prevent it from getting there.

“The experience of the people at Hulopoe evokes a lot of emotion, passion and a lot of memories for those who were born and raised here, who have family here”, Butch Gima, a native of Lanai and a board member for Hulopoe Beach Park, said Friday. “We want to preserve it, perpetuate that feeling you get from Hulopoe.”

The group of nine members of Lanai Beach Park recently proposed a draft of measures to “Limit the access of non-residents” at the park, including a paid online reservation system.

Non-residents would not be allowed to enter the park without a reservation. With a reservation, non-residents would wear a wristband when entering and using the park. Without a reservation, they would have to access the beach by an alternative route.

Hulopoe Beach Park, a prized stretch of coastline on Lanai’s south shore, was overseen by a board established in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The board said it managed the private park, which s ‘extends from the high water mark inland. Members stressed in a meeting Thursday night that he is not trying to restrict access to the beach. – BUTCH GIMA photo

Additionally, residents could sponsor access for family or friends with the same process used in sponsoring residents for beach camping.

A public meeting facilitated by the beach council on Thursday night drew dozens of attendees online and in person. Fourteen Lanai residents testified, along with others from Maui, Oahu and California.

Many said they appreciated the work to reduce overcrowding but opposed the draft measures, saying the rules could be too restrictive on former residents and non-resident friends or family.

Keala Kaopuiki-Santos, whose family stretches back generations on Lanai, said she didn’t want to see Hulopoe invaded but believed in balance.

Lanai has already become exclusive and she is concerned that this “A restriction could make this worse”, said Keala Kaopuiki-Santos.

She suggested a tiered system to prioritize people with island connections for beach park access and for camping.

Lanai secondary and elementary school teacher Deborah Scarborough also said the measures may be too restrictive.

Nonetheless, Scarborough acknowledged that the beach park and its surroundings are taxed by a greater number of people.

“How could we start at the root of these businesses that let day trippers down here?” “ she asked. “My concern is that there is no money coming into Lanai. It is a situation of use and leave that affects the environment.

At the start of the hearing, Beach Park Board Chair Kelly Maltezo, Gima’s daughter, acknowledged that the panel had heard concerns about the impact of the measures on former residents, members of the family or guests of residents.

“I challenge all of you today to provide us with any ideas or suggestions on what you think would work.” she said.

Maltezo pointed out the difference between the beach and the beach park, the latter belonging to Pulama Lana’i and extending inland from the high water mark.

“We do not in any way try to block access to the beach because it is illegal”, she said. “Contrary to what many of you have probably seen going around, especially if you have social media, the Hulopoe Beach Park Council is not in a position to try to restrict access to residents, to make reservations through residents or to suggest that residents should even pay, that would go against the very core (of the council) … Our top priority has always been and always will be the residents of Lanai.

Overcrowding statewide has increased in recent years, coinciding with record arrivals to Hawaii in 2019.

Domestic arrivals have rebounded faster than expected after the pandemic travel rules eased just over a year ago and government officials continue to consider options to reduce traffic and the negative impacts on natural resources, while preserving residents’ access.

Recent state overcrowding mitigation measures include establishing reservation systems and / or parking fees for non-residents at popular locations, such as Wai’anapanapa and Makena State Parks. of Maui, as well as areas on other islands.

Gima said on Friday that the council would meet next week to review the public hearing and members’ reactions to the testimony. They will discuss possible next steps, such as modifying or refining the proposal, or whether more information needs to be gathered before bringing a specific proposal to the community.

However, how to prioritize resident access and alleviate overcrowding is a unique challenge for the beach council, Gima said.

After all, this is one of the few coastal locations in Hawaii that is quiet, well-maintained, away from the freeway, and free of obstacles from several hotels.

“The beach council wanted to take a preemptive and proactive stance on our beach and beach park, knowing what was going on statewide with overcrowding – we didn’t want to wait for a crisis to happen,” said Gima.

“We all want ‘how it was before’ for Hulopoe Beach, but the Beach Park Council is responsible for what it is now and what it could possibly be,” he added. “We want to be part of the potential changes. “

* Kehaulani Cerizo can be contacted at kcerizo@mauinews.com.

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University of Hawaii regents postpone controversial tenure proposal https://islandcrisis.net/university-of-hawaii-regents-postpone-controversial-tenure-proposal/ https://islandcrisis.net/university-of-hawaii-regents-postpone-controversial-tenure-proposal/#respond Fri, 22 Oct 2021 16:10:00 +0000 https://islandcrisis.net/university-of-hawaii-regents-postpone-controversial-tenure-proposal/ October 22 — The University of Hawaii board of trustees on Thursday postponed a controversial proposal to change the tenure system following a morning session in which dozens of faculty members criticized the effort as being detrimental to the university. The regents voted to refer the recommendations to a special ad hoc committee, made up […]]]>

October 22 — The University of Hawaii board of trustees on Thursday postponed a controversial proposal to change the tenure system following a morning session in which dozens of faculty members criticized the effort as being detrimental to the university.

The regents voted to refer the recommendations to a special ad hoc committee, made up of all council members, for further discussion in conjunction with the findings of a legislative working group also reviewing permanence.

This task force, created by the state legislature in 2020 and chaired by the chairman of the UH regents, Randy Moore, compares the UH tenure system for researchers and other non-teaching professors with universities peers and is expected to suggest best practices to lawmakers by the end of the year. .

On Thursday, the regents presented recommendations from an authorized interaction group established by the board of directors in February to examine evolving tenure issues.

The recommendations, among others, give deans and other administrators a greater contribution to the five-year review of permanent faculty members. They also reserve tenure for professors who actively engage with students in the classroom, tie tenure to enrollment requirements, and eliminate tenure lanes for support professors and extension workers.

From the moment they were made public, the recommendations were opposed by the University of Hawaii Professional Assembly, the faculty union, saying they pose a threat to the well-being of its members and of the entire state university system.

Individual faculty members rallied around the proposals and offered over 600 pages of written testimony slamming the proposed changes ahead of Thursday’s meeting.

But members of the task force on Thursday said the proposals were not intended as an element of immediate action, but simply as the starting point for a more in-depth discussion that would also involve administrators, the faculty and its union. .

“It’s a long, long process,” said former administrator Jan Sullivan, who chaired the task force. “I hope everyone understands that what we are proposing to initiate is in fact the start of this discussion.”

Regent Robert Westerman, another member of the task force, said no member of the group made up mostly of UH regents and administrators has said they want to get rid of the tenure.

“It wasn’t an attempt to fire anyone. It was an attempt to start talking about tenure and how it applies to college today,” Westerman said. .

“We’ve actually heard professors and staff say, ‘Hey, we have a lot of problems in this system, and we have to find a way to fix them,'” he said. “We have to let this discussion begin. And it won’t take a few months. It will take a year or two, I think, as we move forward.”

Moore added, “We have to be deliberate and inclusive if we expect an outcome that will be acceptable and bearable by the whole university.”

Earlier in the meeting, faculty members showered criticism on the proposal, saying that undermining tenure is tantamount to weakening the university.

“If you adopt these proposals, we will have a revolving door of teachers, which is costly in time and money, and there will be a decrease in the number of teachers willing to provide essential services, which will lower our status and threaten the ‘accreditation,’ Ashley said. Maynard, professor of psychology.

Davianna McGregor, director of the UH Manoa Center for Oral History, said the proposals would help demolish Manoa as a university providing essential research that meets the needs of the community.

“Dismantling the tenure system will downgrade the University of Hawaii at Manoa, expand the diaspora of Hawaii-born residents on the mainland to seek opportunities that are no longer available at an R-1 (research) university, and betray the legacy of Hawaii’s rulers, ”she said. noted.

Specialist teachers and popularizers have come in force to defend their role as teachers deserving of tenure.

Nicholas Comerford, dean of the UH College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources and director of the Hawaii Cooperative Extension Service, also spoke out against downgrading the status of extension workers. “I don’t see this as a modernization or a simplification of the tenure process,” he said. Comerford said the UH is a rare R-1 research university that is also a land, maritime and space grants institution.

“Exactly how does this support and promote our Land Grant mission?” he asked, adding that extension workers in most universities are considered professors. “So we’re not modernizing the system, we’re actually going backwards.”

Several faculty members criticized the task force for going beyond the scope of the original mission, which was typically to investigate past and present tenure practices.

“If my students had returned a report like the one submitted by the incumbent (group), I would have given it an F grade,” said Sania Fa’amaile Betty Ickes, associate professor of history at Leeward Community College.

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Neptune Flood and NAPA Insurance Center Partner to Provide Flood Insurance to NAPA Business Owners https://islandcrisis.net/neptune-flood-and-napa-insurance-center-partner-to-provide-flood-insurance-to-napa-business-owners/ https://islandcrisis.net/neptune-flood-and-napa-insurance-center-partner-to-provide-flood-insurance-to-napa-business-owners/#respond Thu, 21 Oct 2021 11:00:00 +0000 https://islandcrisis.net/neptune-flood-and-napa-insurance-center-partner-to-provide-flood-insurance-to-napa-business-owners/ Insurtech Flood Leader Partners With National Automotive Programs, LLC Posted: October 21, 2021 at 1 a.m. HST|Update: 19 minutes ago ST. PETERSBURG, Florida, 21 October 2021 / PRNewswire / – Neptune Flood, the first AI-based flood insurance company to provide faster, easier, and better flood insurance, has partnered with National Automotive Programs, LLC, a Texas […]]]>

Insurtech Flood Leader Partners With National Automotive Programs, LLC

Posted: October 21, 2021 at 1 a.m. HST|Update: 19 minutes ago

ST. PETERSBURG, Florida, 21 October 2021 / PRNewswire / – Neptune Flood, the first AI-based flood insurance company to provide faster, easier, and better flood insurance, has partnered with National Automotive Programs, LLC, a Texas specialized insurance broker. This partnership extends the Neptune platform to the NAPA family of more than 22,000 sites nationwide, providing access to an instant flood solution with more extensive coverage than the National Flood Insurance Program ( FEMA traditional NFIP).

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“Neptune makes it easy for small and medium-sized businesses to protect their businesses from flooding,” said Trevor Burgess, CEO of Neptune. “With climate change and the risk of flooding nationwide, every business owner should consider flood insurance. Neptune is the alternative to NFIP, saving business owners money while providing superior coverage. “

Neptune offers coverage limits four times the NFIP level and optional business interruption coverage to help businesses recover from a flood.

“We are delighted to partner with Flood of Neptune to provide the NAPA family’s Neptune instant flood solution, ”said Dan Pierro, president of National Automotive Programs, LLC. “The ability to quote and link in under two minutes will help us protect more clients in less time. “

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DeFi Technologies Inc. Airs Interview on Bloomberg US on the RedChip Money Report® https://islandcrisis.net/defi-technologies-inc-airs-interview-on-bloomberg-us-on-the-redchip-money-report/ https://islandcrisis.net/defi-technologies-inc-airs-interview-on-bloomberg-us-on-the-redchip-money-report/#respond Mon, 18 Oct 2021 21:51:00 +0000 https://islandcrisis.net/defi-technologies-inc-airs-interview-on-bloomberg-us-on-the-redchip-money-report/ Posted: October 18, 2021 at 11:51 a.m. HST|Update: 1 hour ago LOS ANGELES, October 18, 2021 / PRNewswire / – DeFi Technologies Inc. (OTC: DEFTF), a tech company bridging the gap between traditional capital markets and decentralized finance, today announced that an interview with the CEO Russel starr broadcast on The RedChip Money Report® on […]]]>

Posted: October 18, 2021 at 11:51 a.m. HST|Update: 1 hour ago

LOS ANGELES, October 18, 2021 / PRNewswire / – DeFi Technologies Inc. (OTC: DEFTF), a tech company bridging the gap between traditional capital markets and decentralized finance, today announced that an interview with the CEO Russel starr broadcast on The RedChip Money Report® on Bloomberg TV, October 16, To 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time (AND). Bloomberg TV is available in approximately 73 million homes across United States.

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The RedChip Money Report® is produced by RedChip Companies Inc., an international investor relations and media company with 30 years of experience focused on Discover the blue chips of tomorrow today™. “The RedChip Money Report®” provides insightful commentary on small-cap investing, interviews with Wall Street analysts, financial book reviews, as well as interviews with executives of public companies.

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Facelift in progress: Maka’eo Walking Path https://islandcrisis.net/facelift-in-progress-makaeo-walking-path/ https://islandcrisis.net/facelift-in-progress-makaeo-walking-path/#respond Sun, 17 Oct 2021 10:05:00 +0000 https://islandcrisis.net/facelift-in-progress-makaeo-walking-path/ A facelift is underway on the Maka’eo walking trail at Old Kona Airport Park. On Saturday, a small group of dedicated Friends for Fitness volunteers pulled weeds and cleared areas of the popular walking trail amid Halloween decorations and fun activities put on for the keiki. Andrew Darcy joined Friends for Fitness in January and […]]]>

A facelift is underway on the Maka’eo walking trail at Old Kona Airport Park.

On Saturday, a small group of dedicated Friends for Fitness volunteers pulled weeds and cleared areas of the popular walking trail amid Halloween decorations and fun activities put on for the keiki.

Andrew Darcy joined Friends for Fitness in January and is by far the youngest board member of the 501 (c) (3) nonprofit run by volunteers. They currently have 73 registered volunteers who look after 43 ‘adopted’ gardens.

“We are trying to come together and bring the community here to reduce sedentary lifestyles and bring back activities,” he said.

The gardens along the walking path were in desperate need of TLC after the COVID shutdown caused weeds to proliferate. Friends for Fitness plans not only to remove weeds, but also to add features that the whole community can use.

Darcy plans to create a fitness trail with 10 equipment stations offering a greater variety of exercises.

Although the project is still in the conceptual stage, it encourages the community to take a survey on its website for feedback.

Darcy is also working to establish a “creative arts garden” that would include art and gardening focused on cognitive interaction for patients with dementia and Alzheimer’s. He hopes that local artists will donate statues or sculptures for this business.

One of the non-profit organization’s most ambitious projects is to create a lawn with a raised turf stage for community gatherings, hula shows, concerts and more. Located directly mauka from the main entrance to the path, the area was completely overgrown with weeds. Friends for Fitness president Kazumi Shurezawa, a retired landscape architect, said they need to kill all the weeds before establishing a lawn.

“We will have an elevated grass raised area of ​​about one to one and a half feet,” he said. “But it’ll be caught or maybe caught when it’s done.”

He said they needed volunteers from the community and donated time and equipment to carry out the project. Although Old Airport Park is a county facility, the maintenance of the walking trail is done entirely by volunteers.

“It would be great if we could partner with the county,” he said. “Sometimes it’s more than we can handle.”

“We are all getting old,” Shigéawa said of the volunteers. “We need to bring in more young people like Andrew to carry the torch. “

Once the lawn is established, Shigéawa said they will need to fundraise to purchase a lawn mower to maintain the area.

Friends for Fitness began in 1992, partly funded by the state’s tobacco regulations, as a way to use the money to provide fitness and wellness in the Kona community. This year, a new board of directors was installed, committing to a renewal of the original mission.

“We want people to come out here in the sun and the fresh air,” he said. “If they want to have a garden, we can give them one.”

Shigéawa said COVID threw an adjustable wrench into their plans.

“We wanted to have a health and wellness fair here on May 1,” he said. “We were going to have various groups on health issues offering information booths and medical examinations. “

He still hopes that the event can take place next May.

While Shurezawa worked weeding, walkers of all ages circled the path.

“I hope that as they walk they will see fit to volunteer,” he said. “We hope to make it a community health-focused resource. “

Shigéawa said a donation of $ 15,000 from Burke and Karen Matsuyama had supported them over the past two years.

“Burke and Karen asked me to do the landscaping overhaul by Pine Trees. A lot of succulents come from here, ”he explained. “They were very generous in donating to Friends for Fitness. It was a win-win situation. “

He encouraged all other commercial or landscape businesses to participate when they can.

“We want this to become a well-used community resource,” said Shurezawa.

For more information, to donate or to register as a volunteer, visit friendsforfitness.org

The nonprofit is also looking for a volunteer Grant Writer, knowing that there are additional funding sources available.

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US pledges to pay relatives of Afghans killed in drone strike https://islandcrisis.net/us-pledges-to-pay-relatives-of-afghans-killed-in-drone-strike/ https://islandcrisis.net/us-pledges-to-pay-relatives-of-afghans-killed-in-drone-strike/#respond Sat, 16 Oct 2021 02:07:00 +0000 https://islandcrisis.net/us-pledges-to-pay-relatives-of-afghans-killed-in-drone-strike/ WASHINGTON (AP) – The US Department of Defense said on Friday it has pledged to offer condolence payments to the relatives of the 10 people who were killed in a US drone strike in Kabul, Afghanistan, in August. Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said in a statement that the Defense Department is also working with the […]]]>

WASHINGTON (AP) – The US Department of Defense said on Friday it has pledged to offer condolence payments to the relatives of the 10 people who were killed in a US drone strike in Kabul, Afghanistan, in August.

Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said in a statement that the Defense Department is also working with the State Department to help surviving family members relocate to the United States.

Kirby said the issue was raised on Thursday during a meeting between Dr Colin Kahl, Undersecretary of Defense for Policy, and Dr Steven Kwon, founder and chairman of the nonprofit Nutrition & Education International. .

“Dr. Kahl reiterated Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin’s commitment to families, including offering ex gratia condolence payments,” Kirby said. He did not say how much money would be offered.

On August 29, an American Hellfire missile struck a car driven by Zemerai Ahmadi, which had just parked in the driveway of the Ahmadi family compound. A total of 10 family members, including seven children, were killed in the strike.

Weeks later, Marine General Frank McKenzie, head of the US Central Command, called the strike a “tragic mistake” and said innocent civilians were indeed killed in the attack.

During Thursday’s meeting, Kwon told Kahl that Ahmadi had worked with NEI for many years, “providing life-saving care and assistance to those facing high death rates in Afghanistan,” according to Kirby.

The US military initially defended the strike, saying it targeted an Islamic State group’s’ facilitator ‘and disrupted militants’ ability to carry out attacks during the chaotic final phase of US troop withdrawal and NATO from Afghanistan.

Discrepancies between the military representation of the strike and the findings on the ground quickly emerged. The Associated Press and other news agencies reported that the driver of the targeted vehicle was a long-time employee of a US aid organization. There was no sign of a significant secondary explosion, despite the Pentagon’s claim that the vehicle contained explosives.

The drone strike follows a devastating suicide bombing by a branch of the Islamic State that killed 169 Afghans and 13 US servicemen at one of the gates of Kabul airport in late August.

Last month, McKenzie said the United States was considering paying reparations to the families of the victims of the drone strikes.

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Nonprofit wants to keep Spalding House for the public as a hub for local filmmakers https://islandcrisis.net/nonprofit-wants-to-keep-spalding-house-for-the-public-as-a-hub-for-local-filmmakers/ https://islandcrisis.net/nonprofit-wants-to-keep-spalding-house-for-the-public-as-a-hub-for-local-filmmakers/#respond Thu, 14 Oct 2021 23:44:00 +0000 https://islandcrisis.net/nonprofit-wants-to-keep-spalding-house-for-the-public-as-a-hub-for-local-filmmakers/ In Hawaii’s buzzing real estate market, a major Makiki property has gone unsold for almost two years. The Spalding House at the Honolulu Museum, the former contemporary museum, has been on sale since 2019. Now a nonprofit has been formed to secure the property for public use as a film center. Spalding House on Tantalus […]]]>

In Hawaii’s buzzing real estate market, a major Makiki property has gone unsold for almost two years.

The Spalding House at the Honolulu Museum, the former contemporary museum, has been on sale since 2019. Now a nonprofit has been formed to secure the property for public use as a film center.

Spalding House on Tantalus is a beautiful, tropical modernist 5,000 square foot estate. It sits on 3.4 acres overlooking downtown Honolulu. The Honolulu Museum of Art listed the former property of the Contemporary Museum in December 2019 for $ 15 million.

“The Spalding House is the place that fosters creativity. It’s a place that allows people to dream, to create, to be together,” said Jeannette Paulsen Hereniko, president of the new nonprofit Hawai Foundation. ‘i Film Foundation by Nu’umealani.

Their goal is to keep Spalding House for the public, as a hub for Hawaiian filmmakers and film organizations.

“You’re right, we can always go to a warehouse or Chinatown in a building somewhere, but there is something about House Spalding that contains its history and the mana of the artwork that sits there. ‘was there, “Hereniko said.

Hereniko founded the Hawaii International Film Festival and directed its first 15 years.

With a growing international interest in Hawaiian films, Hereniko says now is the time to invest in the future of Hawaiian cinema with meeting and seminar rooms, screening facilities, technical resources, and more.

“It takes someone to say, ‘Shit, this is an important vision and we are going to do it.’ And that’s how we, this group of people that is growing day by day, is how we feel about this vision, ”she said.

Hereniko cites HFF member filmmaker Heather Giuni who founded the ‘Ulu’ulu Motion Picture Archive, NMG Network’s editor Jason Cutinella and veteran producer Jason Suapaia as being at the heart of the effort.

Sarah Bakewell, a broker with Hawai’i Life, will help with the sale. Former Governor Neal Abercrombie, Kirsten Faulkner of the Historic Hawai’i Foundation and actor-producer Daniel Dae Kim are among those featured in a video supporting the Spalding House project.

Nonprofit supporters of the local film industry include HIFF, Hawaii Women in Filmmaking, Pacific Islanders in Communication, the Hawaii Filmmakers Collective, the DBEDT Creative Lab, and the University of Hawaii Creative Media Academy. Mānoa.

“We might not get $ 15 million, but let’s try and say to the Honolulu Museum of Art, ‘This is what we have. Let’s do this, let’s make it happen.’”

When asked where she thought the money would come from, she replied, “The money will come from your listeners, Noe, who believe in the arts and they are going to say, ‘I want to pledge for 250,000. Now do you think that’s impossible? It happened to me yesterday.

“It was anonymous, of course, so I’m not going to say it. This is just starting the momentum.”

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Take a two TD favorite over Hawaii https://islandcrisis.net/take-a-two-td-favorite-over-hawaii/ https://islandcrisis.net/take-a-two-td-favorite-over-hawaii/#respond Wed, 13 Oct 2021 18:34:00 +0000 https://islandcrisis.net/take-a-two-td-favorite-over-hawaii/ Hawaii’s last visit to Mackay Stadium didn’t go very well for the Wolf Pack, but that didn’t deter punters from making Nevada a solid favorite for Saturday’s squad meeting. The Pack are a solid two-touchdown favorite for their key Mountain West clash against the Warriors, including a 13.5-point line at Tipico Sportsbook. This also puts […]]]>

Hawaii’s last visit to Mackay Stadium didn’t go very well for the Wolf Pack, but that didn’t deter punters from making Nevada a solid favorite for Saturday’s squad meeting.

The Pack are a solid two-touchdown favorite for their key Mountain West clash against the Warriors, including a 13.5-point line at Tipico Sportsbook. This also puts Nevada in the minus-7.00 range on the silver line.

Nevada (4-1 overall) and Hawaii (3-3) will kick off Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Mackay Stadium. On his last trip to Reno, in 2019, the Warriors handed the Wolf Pack a 54-3 loss, the worst Nevada has ever recorded at modern Mackay Stadium.

The teams have a common opponent so far this season, with both beating New Mexico State. The Warriors won on the road September 25, 41-21; the Pack won at home on Saturday 55-28.

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