Philippines risks being lumped with North Korea, Syria

(Via Rappler) ‘The Philippine government needs to understand that their problems with the international community will not go away unless these killings stop,’ says New York-based Human Rights Watch of the Duterte administration’s drug war DRUG WAR. Police conduct ‘Oplan Tokhang’ – a house-to-house campaign to make drug suspects ‘surrender’ – at an informal settlers […]
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Kupuna Pono program deals with hard-to-broach elder-care topics

(Via Star Advertiser) CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM Ron Matayoshi and his mother Mary jokingly sparred at her Kahala home. The Matayoshi family participated in the Kupuna Pono program with the Mediation Center of the Pacific. CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM “I think the main thing here is that we heard her voice. We captured […]
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House speaker wants city to help fund rail

(Via Star Advertiser) CRAIG T. KOJIMA / JULY 2016 House Speaker Joe Souki said he will not support Gov. David Ige’s proposal for increases in the state gasoline tax, vehicle weight tax and registration fees to help funding for statehighway maintenance and construction. House Speaker Joe Souki says he supports plans to make the half-percent […]
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HART loses chief financial officer, planning deputy

(Via Star Advertiser) DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM Construction continued on the rail line along Kamehameha Highway from Aiea towards Aloha Stadium, as it crosses the Aiea Interchange No. 4 next to the Aiea Cemetery in this Dec. 5 photo. Another Oahu rail official has left the project. Diane Arakaki resigned and departed as the Honolulu […]
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Hawaii lawmakers tackle emissions, housing, budget

(Via Hawaii News Now) Hawaii lawmakers are introducing dozens of bills to solve the homelessness crisis and increase affordable housing. They’ve got a proposal to issue $2 billion in state-backed bonds to develop public housing, shelters and apartments. They’re rushing to file hundreds of bills ahead of a legislative deadline as they head into their […]
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