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Mid-Pacific power grab:  China wants 10 Pacific nations to endorse sweeping agreement.

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Weekly News Read
May 29, 2022
… China wants 10 small Pacific nations to endorse a sweeping agreement covering everything from security to fisheries in what one leader warns is a “game-changing” bid by Beijing to wrest control of the region. ….
… Logan said he planned to talk to Vanic about making him his third-in-command as a deputy chief ….
… If the Honolulu Police Commission was unaware, as it claims, that Zane Logan had more than 40 prior arrests and citations since 2004 for various crimes, just how thorough was the vetting process that led to Joe Logan becoming chief? ….
… Brun, who was indicted with 11 other defendants on drug trafficking offenses, an assault on a federal law enforcement officer, witness tampering, evidence tampering, and firearm offenses, pled guilty to ten of those charges ….
… Sen. Donovan Dela Cruz, chairman of the Senate Ways and Means Committee who was pushing a controversial energy bill, suddenly appeared on the Senate conference committee presiding over Lowen’s coffee bill. ….
… The idea is that the next Governor would support Hu Honua and would be able to override all deliberative regulatory decisions in favor on ramrodding approvals for one private company ….
… The bill allows the Legislature to change these stated percentages by adoption of a concurrent resolution — ie without Governor’s signature ….
… “the Amended PPA will result in higher monthly bills for ratepayers, which HELCO estimates to be an increase of $10.97 increase per month for an average residential customer, and will also increase HELCO’s revenue requirements by $285,746,325 over the 30-year term.” ….
… In 2016, he and then-KPD Chief Darryl Perry were named as a defendants in a lawsuit that accused them of carrying out a years-long campaign to discredit, undermine and harass Mark Begley, a fellow assistant chief who had filed a workplace discrimination complaint on behalf of a female officer ….
… Just last month Gil PAC — which is named for Kahele’s late father, former state Sen. Gil Kahele — pulled in $5,000 from Nike and Microsoft ….
…  a Kahele representative said Kahele had a meeting with kalo farmers on Maui and could not attend ….
… sponsored by Hawaii Christian Coalition ….
… Conspiracy Roadshow: 2000 Mules, Kelli Ward, Seth Keshel all making the grand tour of Hawaii ….
… Nomination papers for all offices now available–last day to file, June 7, 2022 ….
… Have you been renting out a room to help pay your mortgage? ….
… Hint: It’s not because of “empty homes,” short-term rentals, “outside investors” or other distractions ….
… Who should get the free money? You already know how this will end up ….
… Public housing dispute over $1B redevelopment raises accusations of lavish spending ….
… the good, the bad and the ugly ….
… Fat chance of the Feds giving us that much now ….
…”The state can’t even fully fund its own public pension system.”….
… Hawaii is the sixteenth state to adopt such protections, known nationally as “New Voices” laws. …
… overtime cards, which document overtime requests and approval for payroll purposes, are managed manually, increasing the risk for human error, abuse, and fraud ….
… After taking a straw poll, the commission narrowed the field to Logan and Ebner, choosing to go outside the embattled department for its next leader ….
… It just so happens that these repairs are also the repairs needs to continue using the facility. What a coincidence! ….
… Eighty-seven percent of over 2,000 survey participants reported at least one new or worsening health symptom following exposure to JP-5 jet fuel in the Navy water system. Thirty-seven percent sought medical care and 17 people reported being hospitalized overnight ….
… 818,268 visitors in April 2022, representing a 96.3 percent recovery from April 2019 and the highest recovery rate since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in Hawaii. Visitors spent $1.6 billion, an increase of 21 percent compared to the $1.32 billion reported for April 2019 ….
… 71 new cases per 100,000 people over the last two weeks ….
… By 2021, the team relied on the locally tailored model developed by UH Mānoa Professor Monique Chyba ….
… Hawaii is among the first states in the nation to be approved for participation ….
… Of 18 renewable energy agreements inked by Hawaiian Electric Industries Inc. utility subsidiaries in recent years, only two are on track to meet their guaranteed commercial operation dates ….
… “The University of Hawaiʻi would still be responsible to care for Maunakea under that bill until 2028,” said Lassner, noting that the measure could still be vetoed ….
… state support to increase the seating capacity at the Clarence T.C. Ching Athletics Complex was NOT included in the budget ….
… The Hawaii State Department of Education is paying tens of millions of dollars to feed Hawaiian school children due to a flaw in the funding method used by the federal government ….
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