Committee on the Status of Women to Meet January 16th

The Hawaii County Committee on the Status of Women Meeting will be held on Friday, January 16, 2009, 10:00 a.m. at the Department of Parks & Recreation Conference Room

See Agenda Here

Marzi’s Girlfriend Selected to Serve With Akaka in Washington D.C.

Congratulations Stacy, you deserve it!

More on Anthony Marzi’s Blog here.

Hawaii Electronic Music Festival Kicks-Off With a Naeole… Pictures

I just got back from checking out the opening of the Hawaii Electronic Music Festival that is opening tonight at Pahoa Village Cafe.

Fifth District Councilwoman Emily Naeole was there having a good time and getting away from her legislative duties for an evening of fun:

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It was still fairly early in the evening and the line was just forming outside the door, however, inside still had quite a few people consider how early in the evening it was.

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When I arrived Luckey Brown was taking his shot at the turn tables:

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His rhythmic beats brought more people out on to the dance floor:

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And by the time I left, he had quite a few people dancing to the grooves, including Naeole herself:

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The festival continues for the next few days here on the Big Island and you can see the schedule here.

It looked like a good time was having fun by all, but I had to return home because I was at a meeting previous to this and didn’t get a chance to eat yet.

Former UH Football Coach Bob Wagner Finalist for UH Hilo Athletic Director

I just read on OC’16’s Daves Blog that former UH Football coach Bob Wagner is a finalist for UH Hilo’s Athletic Director position.

wagner“…Over at UH-Hilo Bob Wagner is one of three finalists for the Vulcan’s AD job. He interviewed on Tuesday and is the only local candidate of the trio. The initial field was 75 plus…”

More Here

Today’s KO

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UH Manoa Launches Test Balloon: NASA and Code 820

NASA and the National Science Foundation have successfully launched and demonstrated a newly designed super pressure balloon prototype that may enable a new era of high-altitude scientific research. The super-pressure balloon ultimately will carry large scientific experiments to the brink of space for 100 days or more…

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…In addition to the super pressure test flight, two additional long-duration balloons have been launched from McMurdo during the 2008-2009 campaign.  The University of Hawaii Manoa’s Antarctic Impulsive Transient Antenna launched Dec. 21, 2008, and is still aloft. Its radio telescope is searching for indirect evidence of extremely high-energy neutrino particles possibly coming from outside our Milky Way galaxy…

More Here

Track the balloons here

More on the NASA Balloon Program Here

Hawaii County Council Members to Lose Contingency funds?

Just as I was bitching about the newspapers not being effective delivering their content in a timely manner,  I noticed on the RSS feed on the bottom right that the West Hawaii Tribune reports that the Hawaii County Council Members could lose their contingency funds.

If you only read today’s Hawaii Tribune… You wouldn’t find it.  Good thing for online papers as we only get the Hawaii Tribune delivered to us and this wasn’t in today’s Tribune.   Of course it will probably make tomorrows… but then is it news?

“Contingency funds Hawaii County Council members use for projects in their respective districts could be eliminated by the mayor in six months.”

More Here

(Funny how the article is written out of Hilo but shows up on the west side first)

Newspapers… Just Papers With Old News Now?

A Darker View blogged about his disappointment recently picking up Tuesdays West Hawaii Tribune.

In it he states:

“…In the entire newspaper there were just four or five feature articles worth reading, and much of the local material had been previously well covered by online sources, including the local blogs…”

Most of my readers know that I’m not a big fan of newspapers.  Some may even mistake my disgust for newspapers for a dislike for the brilliant writers that work for them.

There is a big difference between the people who write for them, and the institutions that publish them.  I’m not going to lie and pretend that I know how the industry works, because I don’t.  But there are some blatantly obvious things about newspapers that I just don’t like.

For the most part, I feel that the writers are restricted from saying what they really want to say about on issues.  Many columnists have even been fired for doing so.

But the one thing that really bothers me most about newspapers… is the fact the paper copy is NOT NEWS!

If a paper knows about something and has the ability to publish it online as soon as they hear about something, then they should do that.  West Hawaii Today and Hawaii Tribune very rarely, if ever will have a breaking newstory on their website.

Yes, much of the Honolulu Advertisers “Breaking News” is AP content driven breaking news, but many times you do see “Breaking” local news being at least given to their customers in the online version of the paper.

If the locally run Stephens papers actually broke local news online when they found out about the news, they probably wouldn’t have a paper at all.

So if they are then waiting until they can print the news in the next day’s paper… is it really news?

What is news?  News to one person can be completely different to another person.  Some people could care less about the news and would just rather read other parts of the paper.  I guess that’s why the Sports sections, Features, and Classifieds are some of the first places I turn to on the occasion that I do pick up a paper.

We have some great journalists here on the island and it sucks that they have to make a living.   I bet sometimes they wish they could just release some of the information they have as soon as they get it… but are stifled by the fact that they have to wait for the print version to come out already.

Are newspapers just papers with old news now?  A quick look at today’s print copy, on the front page alone I see three things that I’ve already blogged about in one fashion or another.

Once again, not knocking any of the fine journalist we have on this island, state or nation… Just knocking the institutions that keep us, the general public, uninformed until they can make their nickle getting that print version out with their advertisements.

I’d also assume this is why they (Big Island papers) don’t publish their online versions until so late in the day… just another attempt to hold back news so that they can attempt to make people p/u a paper copy.

And don’t even get me started on this new Twitter revolution taking over the world!

@damontucker

Macy’s Closing Mauna Lani Store

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