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KHNL: APNewsBreak: California tightening rule on popular pesticide


By SCOTT SMITHAssociated press FRESNO, Calif. (AP) – California will tighten rules on how much farmers can use a common pesticide listed by the nation’s most productive ag

Source: KHNL: APNewsBreak: California tightening rule on popular pesticide (m.hawaiinewsnow.com/hawaiinewsnow/db_331263/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=FzTDtWNB).

Accessed on 06 October 2016, 16:00 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Scott Smith (Associated Press).

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Comment:

According to Associated Press reporter Scott Smith, California has imposed strict rules for the use of the popular pesticide Telone.  California farmers claim the new regulations will hamper their ability to fight agricultural pests and “could lead to higher food prices.”

Farmers inject Telone into the ground to kill pests before planting such crops as strawberries, carrots, and potatoes.  The pesticide dissipates before crops are planted and no residues are found in the crops. California regulators say fumes from the pesticide could cause respiratory problems.


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Twitter, ‘lies’ and videotape: Trump shames beauty queen – Hawaii News Now – KGMB and KHNL


Source: Twitter, ‘lies’ and videotape: Trump shames beauty queen – Hawaii News Now – KGMB and KHNL (http://hawaiinewsnow.com/story/33285542/twitter-lies-and-videotape-trump-slams-beauty-queen).

Accessed 01 October 2016, 02:15 hrs, UTC.

Reporters:  Josh Lederman and Steve Peoples (Associated Press).

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Comment:

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has the unusual habit of shooting himself in the foot every time he speaks before an audience.  This time, Mr. Trump may have gone too far.  The twitter storm ignited by Trump’s criticism of a former beauty queen’s lifestyle and sexual behavior has taken many of his supporters by surprise.  Even Mr. Trump’s most ardent supporters are alarmed, saying this recent tirade in the blogosphere will further drive women away from his contentious candidacy–people Trump needs to win the election on 08 November 2016.

According to “The Washington Post” correspondent Dana Milbank, well respected Republicans, such as John Warner and former GOP President George H.W. bush, say they will abandon Donald Trump and vote for Hillary Clinton.  Even the conservative “Arizona Republic” newspaper endorsed Ms. Clinton.

At this point in the campaign, it may be too late for Mr. Trump to salvage a win in November.  Mr. Trump is his own worst enemy.


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Ironman triathlete disqualified over ChapStick – Hawaii News Now – KGMB and KHNL


When Matt Smith finished, he was asked if he accepted anything on the course. He did, and that ended his chance to compete in the world championships. Even for ChapStick.

Source: Ironman triathlete disqualified over ChapStick – Hawaii News Now – KGMB and KHNL (http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/33289485/ironman-triathlete-disqualified-over-chapstick).

Accessed on 01 October 2016, 01:55 hrs, UTC.

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Comment:

Although Denver triathlete Matt Smith qualified for the Ironman World Championship in Kailua-Kona, his recent win in the Chattanooga, Tennessee triathlon was marred by the use of ChapStick given to him by his wife near the end of the race.  A judge ruled that Smith couldn’t accept anything offered on the course and disqualified him from participating in the Ironman World Championship.  Earlier, race officials said Smith got a penalty during the race and was told “not to accept anymore outside help.”  Officials said the ChapStick was not the sole reason for Smith’s disqualification.


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KHNL: Chart House Restaurant employee tests positive for Hepatitis A


HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – A food service worker at Chart House Restaurant has tested positive for Hepatitis A as part of an <a href=”http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/32680042

Source: KHNL: Chart House Restaurant employee tests positive for Hepatitis A (m.hawaiinewsnow.com/hawaiinewsnow/db_352775/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=BjxludDt).

Accessed on 19 September 2016, 17:55 hrs, UTC.

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Comment:

The Hawaii Department of Health has confirmed another case of Hepatitis A in Hawaii.  This time, the victim was a food service worker at the Charter House Restaurant on Oahu, where the employee served food from 01-04 September 2016 and from 08-11 September 2016.

Health Department officials say “There is a very low likelihood of recent customers being infected.”  Please consult your health care provider to see if a Hepatitis A vaccination is needed.

There have been 271 confirmed cases of Hepatitis A since the outbreak began several months ago.


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KHNL: Getting Out of Gridlock: Tips to become an efficient driver


HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – While it may feel almost impossible to alleviate the seemingly worsening traffic on Oahu, there are several simple steps drivers can take to be more efficient on the road

Source: KHNL: Getting Out of Gridlock: Tips to become an efficient driver (m.hawaiinewsnow.com/hawaiinewsnow/db_330557/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=Fdq2L7uB).

Accessed on 13 September 2016, 21:55 hrs, UTC.

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Comment:

Here are four tips to help you drive better on our crowded roads:

Learn how to use “zipper lanes” on major highways.

Don’t break unnecessarily.

When the traffic light turns green, drivers should accelerate at the same rate.

Don’t use the left lane of highway unless you’re passing other vehicles.

Another trick I used when commuting was part of my life on Oahu and Hawaii Island was to leave very early in the morning before the sun came up.  When I was doing news at KBIG-FM/KHLO-AM in Hilo, I would leave my home in Laupahoehoe at 3:30 a.m. and would make the 30 mile trip to Hilo in about 45 minutes.  About the only thing I would encounter would be a wild pig or stray dog on the side of the road.  I would also leave work after rush hour around 5:15 p.m. In most cases, the heavy going home traffic would have already peaked by the time I left the studio.


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KHNL: Low supply, high demand pushing Oahu housing prices skyward


HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – Oahu home prices are soaring, in part because there aren’t enough homes on the market, and competition has reached an all-time high.According to the Honolulu Board

Source: KHNL: Low supply, high demand pushing Oahu housing prices skyward (m.hawaiinewsnow.com/hawaiinewsnow/db_352775/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=7Nt6CSqc).

Accessed on 08 September 2016, 12: 25 hrs, UTC.

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Comment:

A combination of high demand and low supply is driving the cost of a home on Oahu into the stratosphere.  According to the Honolulu Board of Realtors, “The median price for an existing single-family home was $747,500 in August, up seven percent from the previous year.”

Hawaii State Senator Jill Tokuda adds that “The lack of inventory is definitely an issue…” with residents “feeling they’re priced out of paradise, being forced to leave the islands to afford a place to live with their families.”

Tokuda feels the lack of affordable housing in Hawaii will have serious economic consequences as “more island residents will leave the state to find a cheaper place to live.”

Opinion:

The lack of affordable housing was first outlined by attorney Randall Roth in his 1992 book “The Price of Paradise” volumes 1 and 2.  Apparently, no one paid attention to his warning back then. Now, we’re reaping the harvest of his all too accurate prediction.  As long as inventory remains low, demand stays high, and people are willing to pay premium prices for real estate, not much will be done to mitigate the growing housing crisis.  It’s getting more difficult to survive Hawaii’s high cost of living.  Perhaps, that’s one reason so many of our young people and even our retirees are calling it quits and opting for other places to live.


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Climate change blamed for collapse of Hawaiian forest birds – Hawaii News Now – KGMB and KHNL


A new study blames climate change for the rapid decline of native forest birds on the Hawaiian island of Kauai.

Source: Climate change blamed for collapse of Hawaiian forest birds – Hawaii News Now – KGMB and KHNL (http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/33043980/climate-change-blamed-for-collapse-of-hawaiian-forest-birds).

Accessed on 08 September 2016, 04:05 hrs, UTC.

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Comment:

A recent study co-authored by wildlife and conservation biologist Lisa Crampton says higher temperatures brought on by climate change “increase the spread of mosquito-borne diseases such as avian malaria in habitats once cool enough to keep them under control.”

The report published in the journal “Scientific Advances” predicts multiple extinctions of native Hawaiian birds if global warming isn’t reversed.

We are seeing another mass extinction before our very eyes.


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