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Hawaii Governor Says Covid-19 Improvements Likely To Open Door To Tourism For The Holidays
CB: … “We are on a good path today,” the governor said. He pointed to dropping case counts and the possibility that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration could soon authorize Covid-19 vaccines for children under 12.
“I am hopeful that we will release more restrictions and be able to invite those who are vaccinated back to the islands. We do know it’s important to our economy and important to getting everyone back to work,” Ige said ….
read … Hawaii Governor Says Covid-19 Improvements Likely To Open Door To Tourism For The Holidays
A break down of Hawaii's COVID-19 positivity rate
KITV: … Lt. Gov. Josh Green believes the Aloha State is moving in the right direction with the coronavirus because the positivity rate in Hawaii is lower than the US average, that's at 7%.
"The positivity rate tells you more than anything what's going on in the community," Green said.
Based on the eligible population in the state, Maui County has the lowest fully vaccinated rate at 71-percent but they also have the lowest positivity rate among all counties at 3%….
The highest positivity rate is on Hawaii Island at 5.2%. Healthcare professionals say even though the county has a 75% vaccination rate among people age 12 and older, they say infection is still spreading in areas with low vaccination rates….
read … A break down of Hawaii's COVID-19 positivity rate
61.7% of children 12-17 Fully Vaccinated
HTH: … Keiki 12-17 and young adults 18-29 have the lowest vaccination rates against COVID-19 in Hawaii and are among the age groups that account for the most coronavirus cases, according to data from the state Department of Health.
Statewide, 61.7% of children 12-17 and 64.2% of adults 18-29 have been fully vaccinated, while 75% of both groups have received at least one dose.
In Hawaii County, the fully vaccinated rates for those groups are 52.4% and 53.5%, respectively.
By comparison, 99.2% of kupuna 65-74 and 93.7% of adults 75 and older have been fully vaccinated statewide….
read … 60% of all state COVID cases were in people 39 and under
Soft on Crime: Maui man with 77 prior arrests out on bail for Attempted Murder--behind bars again
HNN: … 56-year-old Marcus Ruggiero of Wailuku, Maui is now behind bars, accused this time of negligent injury, driving under the influence, reckless endangering and more.
According to Maui police, early Saturday morning he was seen driving recklessly on the Lahaina Bypass. Officers were unable to stop him and called off a pursuit in the interest of public safety.
Just before 6 p.m., he was seen again driving into Wailuku town. There, an off-duty officer witnessed Ruggiero allegedly hit a pedestrian who was jogging along the side of Honoapiilani Highway. The officer stopped to help the 27-year-old Waikapu man as Ruggiero drove away without rendering aid….
Maui police say the jogger sustained non-life-threatening injuries, and was taken to the hospital for treatment.
The chain of events continued as Ruggiero drove toward Paia via Hana Highway, and was later found in the Makena area.
In the parking lot of La Perouse Bay, police said he hit another parked vehicle. That’s when police were able to surround him and take him into custody. At the time, police said Ruggiero allegedly showed signs of being impaired.
He was charged with 12 additional offenses as a result of the series of events. Police looked back on his record and found he had 77 Arrests and 58 convictions. Of those, 15 were for felonies, 24 for misdemeanors, and 19 for petty misdemeanors.
During the time of his latest arrest, MPD said he was out on bail for attempted murder, driving without a license, reckless driving and resisting orders to stop.
His bail was revoked and is now set at $264,000. He remains in custody at the Wailuku Police Station….
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read … Maui man with 77 prior arrests behind bars again for reckless driving, DUI
Violent and property crimes fell in Hawaii last year, new FBI statistics show
HNN: … The FBI’s annual report on crime shows Hawaii continues to be safer than the rest of the country, with a violent crime rate per capita two thirds of the US as a whole.
For Oahu, the FBI says the number of violent incidents fell from about 2,500 in 2019 to about 2,200 in 2020 – an 11% drop.
Statewide, property crime was also down with more than 900 fewer residential burglaries – a 33% drop….
read … Violent and property crimes fell in Hawaii last year, new FBI statistics show
Mafia News: Stagehands union strike authorization vote begins Friday
ILind: … IATSE, the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts, calls itself “the union behind entertainment.” But it’s taking center stage with a strike vote beginning on Friday, October 1, after its negotiations with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) stalled out.
An article in Newsweek today calls it Hollywood’s “biggest union walkout since World War Two.” …
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read … Stagehands union strike authorization vote begins Friday
Consumers hit with shipping delays and higher costs
KHON: … “Anything from clothing to electronics to home goods to building materials,” said Tina Yamaki, Retail Merchants of Hawaii president. “Just about anything. You name it. It’s taking a lot longer to come to Hawaii.”
“The demand for appliances just skyrocketed, said Craig Washofsky, Pacific Home and Appliance president. “I know it’s the same case for anything else related to furniture, carpeting and so forth.”
Washofsky says appliances which normally take three to four weeks to ship to Hawaii now take 10 to 12 weeks. He adds that the cost of raw materials, manufacturing, and shipping have also gone up. So that will get passed down to consumers.
“Really this is the first time we’ve seen these kind of increases since the 2008 and 2009 when demand was kind of through the roof,” saud Washofsky.
“People are raising prices like crazy.” …
read … Consumers hit with shipping delays and higher costs
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