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Official: Hurricane Maria set Puerto Rico back decades


Hawaii News Digest, 25 September 2017, 1525 UTC, Post #15655.

Source:

http://www.westhawaiitoday.com/news/nation-world-news/official-hurricane-maria-set-puerto-rico-back-decades

Reporter:  Danica Colo (Associated Press).

Accessed on 25 September 2017, 1525 UTC.

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Comment:

Puerto Rico Resident Commissioner Jennifer Gonzales tells AP reporter Danica Colo that Hurricane Maria’s “devastation in Puerto Rico has set us back 20 to 30 years.”  With reservoirs near the breaking point, roads blocked, and power lines down, Puerto Rico faces months or even years of reconstruction.

According to reporter Colo, the federal government has increased its relief efforts to Puerto Rico and to many islands in the Caribbean area:

Large amounts of federal aid have begun moving into Puerto Rico, welcomed by local officials who praised the Trump administration’s response.

The opening of the island’s main port in the capital allowed 11 ships to bring in 1.6 million gallons of water, 23,000 cots, dozens of generators and food. Dozens more shipments are expected in upcoming days.

“The federal aid effort is racing to stem a growing humanitarian crisis in towns left without fresh water, fuel, electricity or phone service. Officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which is in charge of the relief effort, said they would take satellite phones to all of Puerto Rico’s towns and cities, more than half of which were cut off following Maria’s devastating crossing of Puerto Rico on Wednesday.”

Those wishing to help relief efforts in Puerto Rico are being encouraged to contact the American Red Cross.

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Hawaii says it’s 1st state to go cashless for pot sales


Hawaii News Digest, 13 September 2017, 1500 hrs, UTC, Post #15584.

Source:

http://www.westhawaiitoday.com/news/local-news/hawaii-says-it-s-1st-state-to-go-cashless-pot-sales

Reporter:  Audrey McAvoy (The Associated Press).

According to AP reporter Audrey McAvoy, “all eight of Hawaii’s licensed marijuana dispensaries have agreed to go cashless by Oct. 1.”  The  move to digital transactions will be facilitated by a special app and unique debit cards which will help dispensaries “avoid robberies and other crimes targeting dispensaries.”

McAvoy says medical marijuana dispensaries prefer cash because banks are afraid that marijuana sales will “expose them to legal trouble from the U.S. government, which regulates banks and still bans marijuana.”

Under the cardless system,  registered medical marijuana patients will use their checking accounts to pay CanPay which sends the money to Safe Harbor.

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U.S. commemorates 9/11: ceremony held at ground zero


Hawaii News Digest, 11 September 2017, 1425 hrs, UTC, Post #15575.

Source:

http://hawaiinewsnow.com/story/36832977/us-commemorates-911-ceremony-begins-at-ground-zero

Reporters:  Jennifer Peltz and Karen Matthews (Associated Press).

Accessed on 11 September 2017, 1425 hrs, UTC.

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Comment:

Approximately 1,000 9/11 family members, survivors, first responders, and government officials met at the site of the World Trade Center which was destroyed by terrorists on 11 September 2001,  The deadliest terrorist attack in the United States killed nearly 3,000 people, including an executive chief from Hawaii.

President Donald Trump, himself a New Yorker, attended the ceremony and met with families and rescuers:

“The victims died when hijacked planes slammed into the trade center, the Pentagon and a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, on Sept. 11, 2001, hurling America into a new consciousness of the threat of global terrorism.”

“President Donald Trump, a native New Yorker observing the anniversary for the first time as the nation’s leader, observed a moment of silence at the White House with first lady Melania Trump.”

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Hawaii dispensaries not yet growing medical marijuana plants | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


HONOLULU — The groups that plan to open medical marijuana dispensaries in Hawaii have all identified sites to grow their products, but none of the eight licensees has begun cultivating the plants because they haven’t been given a green light from the state Department of Health.

Source: Hawaii dispensaries not yet growing medical marijuana plants | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/state/hawaii-dispensaries-not-yet-growing-medical-marijuana-plants).

Accessed on 13 October 2016, 17:05 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Cathy Bussewitz (Associated Press, Honolulu).

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Comment:

Now that all eight licensed Hawaii medical marijuana dispensaries are ready to serve patients, there’s only one major roadblock preventing the opening of the facilities–permission to grow the plants.

According to AP reporter Cathy Bussewitz, the state doesn’t have “a software system to track the product from seed to sale.”  The federal government requires tracking software before any medical marijuana can be planted.  Hawaii Department of Health representative Keith Ridley says “the state is finalizing a contract for software…it’s very important that we get this software tracking system up and running as quickly as possible.”

Another sticky issue is the lack of laboratories to test medical marijuana products. So far, no labs have applied with the state to begin a testing program.  Ridley adds that  no medical marijuana can be sold from dispensaries until it’s tested by a certified laboratory.


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State making plans to advance aerospace industry | The State


Video game entrepreneur Henk Rogers is calling for the state to become a leader in space exploration and has proposed developing a prototype lunar base in Hawaii.

Source: State making plans to advance aerospace industry | The State (http://www.thestate.com/news/business/national-business/article 106348372.html).

Accessed on 07 October 2016, 16:10 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Associated Press.

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Comment:

Video game pioneer Henk Rogers envisions a prototype lunar base on Hawaii Island. The facility would use materials from Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa to simulate building conditions on the moon.  Rogers says construction of a moon base facility will help Hawaii boost the aerospace industry which is planning for trips to the moon and planets such as Mars.  Rogers adds that the Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems is “tired of being the follower” and has the ability to make Hawaii a key player in space exploration.

Rogers believes project would help “work out all the technologies that are necessary”, including the launching of robots “to build the lunar facility.”

According to the video game pioneer, the only things lacking are money and the willpower to carry the project through.


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Hawaii Supreme Court affirms Maui solar telescope permit | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii’s Supreme Court on Thursday affirmed a permit to build a solar telescope on a Maui mountain.

Source: Hawaii Supreme Court affirms Maui solar telescope permit | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/hawaii-supreme-court-affirms-maui-solar-telescope-permit).

Accessed on 07 October 2016, 15:50 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Associated Press (Honolulu).

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Comment:

According to the Associated Press, the Hawaii Supreme Court ruled that the University of Hawaii “followed proper procedure for an environmental assessment” and denied a challenge by those claiming sacredness of Haleakala.

In 2015, eight people were were arrested for trying to stop construction vehicles headed for the telescope site.

Protesters were hoping that the Hawaii Supreme Court would make a ruling similar to the one that stopped the construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope atop Mauna Kea.  That project is now under a second contested case hearing in Hilo.

The Daniel K. Inouye solar telescope should be operational by 2019.


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Gurgling lava splashes up Hawaii volcano walls in rare video | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


HONOLULU — As the high-definition camera pans across the surface of an active Hawaii volcano’s viscous summit lava lake, a large bubble of volcanic gas grows and bursts, dramatically spewing molten rock into the air and sending a massive ripple of lava outward across the crater.

Source: Gurgling lava splashes up Hawaii volcano walls in rare video | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/gurgling-lava-splashes-hawaii-volcano-walls-rare-video).

Accessed on 07 October 2016, 04:50 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Associated Press.

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Comment:

A new Kilauea Volcano video shot in high definition offers a rare close-up view of the volcano’s lava lake in stunning motion and color.  According to the USGS, the new state-of-the-art video was shot in 4K ultra high definition and gives a breathtaking view of Kilauea’s activity.

The high-tech video will be included in a larger documentary set for release in 2018.


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