FBI Blogs Applies for Knight Foundation Grant

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As many of you folks may know… I’ve been running the FBIBlogs.com site for free of charge and with no compensation… and enjoying doing it.

However, I realized that all of us bloggers can provide a real service to the Big Island and I just wanted to let folks know that I have applied for a $50,000 Knight Foundation Grant “You Invent It, We Fund It” Grant.

If I were to get this grant… I’m pretty sure I could do a lot of things that our regular Big Island Newspapers can’t provide.

However, I also encourage others from the Big Island  that might want to apply for something like this to apply as this could do a lot for our island… they do have $5 Million they are pumping into this project.

Getting the news and information we need to improve our communities is more important than ever. Send us your project. We seek innovations that use new or available technology to distribute content in local communities. Take part in the $5 million annual Knight News Challenge contest. Anybody worldwide can apply.

There are three rules to follow to apply to the 2010 Knight News Challenge:

  1. Use digital, open-source technology.
  2. Distribute news in the public interest.
  3. Test your project in a local community.

*** Update*** 12th Annual Chiefs of Defense Conference in Hawaii Next Week

PACIFIC OCEAN (Oct. 23, 2009) - USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) takes on fuel from Military Sealift Command ships USNS Richard E. Byrd and USNS Walter S. Diehl during an underway replenishment. Blue Ridge is commanded by Capt. Thom W. Burke and serves under Commander, Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 7/Task Force (CTF) 76, the Navy's only forward deployed amphibious force. Blue Ridge is the flagship for Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet. Task Force 76 is headquartered at White Beach Naval Facility, Okinawa, Japan, with an operating detachment in Sasebo, Japan. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Josh Huebner)

PACIFIC OCEAN (Oct. 23, 2009) - USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) takes on fuel from Military Sealift Command ships USNS Richard E. Byrd and USNS Walter S. Diehl during an underway replenishment. Blue Ridge is commanded by Capt. Thom W. Burke and serves under Commander, Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 7/Task Force (CTF) 76, the Navy's only forward deployed amphibious force. Blue Ridge is the flagship for Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet. Task Force 76 is headquartered at White Beach Naval Facility, Okinawa, Japan, with an operating detachment in Sasebo, Japan. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Josh Huebner)

This is pretty cool.  An announcement went out on Twitter from someone whom I’ve been following for quite some time:

I’m looking to invite 3 of the top bloggers on Oahu to participate in a major press conference next week. Got any recommendations? Pls DM me” (DM = Direct Message)

I informed the person that I wasn’t from Oahu but would be there on Friday and Saturday for something else I will be doing.

They then informed me that the following was happening next week and that they were looking for a few bloggers to cover the press conference that will be happening at the end of it:

“Senior military officers of 22 nations will gather in Hawaii next week for the 12th annual Chiefs of Defense Conference (CHOD), which is scheduled to run Oct. 26-29…

…Nations attending this year’s conference include: Australia, Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Canada, France, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Singapore, Republic of Korea, Thailand, Tonga, Vietnam, and the United States…” More here – U.S. Pacific Command Blog

SAVU SEA (Oct. 22, 2009) - Side boys render honors to the Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste Xanana Gusmao aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6). Sailors from the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and embarked Marines from the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit are participating in Marine Exercise 2009, a multilateral exercise that promotes cooperation through civic action programs and training with the Timor-Leste and Australian militaries. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Eva-Marie Ramsaran)

SAVU SEA (Oct. 22, 2009) - Side boys render honors to the Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste Xanana Gusmao aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6). Sailors from the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and embarked Marines from the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit are participating in Marine Exercise 2009, a multilateral exercise that promotes cooperation through civic action programs and training with the Timor-Leste and Australian militaries. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Eva-Marie Ramsaran)

They invited me to attend and I initially accepted, however, due to the logistics of getting over there, switching my flights, going from one hotel to another, transportation, etc… I today declined the invitation.

*UPDATE: Logistics have been worked out and I will be attending after all!

PACIFIC OCEAN (Oct. 22, 2009) - An F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Diamondbacks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 102 prepares to land aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington, the Navy's only permanently forward-deployed aircraft carrier, is underway supporting security and stability in the western Pacific Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class John M. Hageman)

PACIFIC OCEAN (Oct. 22, 2009) - An F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Diamondbacks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 102 prepares to land aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington, the Navy's only permanently forward-deployed aircraft carrier, is underway supporting security and stability in the western Pacific Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class John M. Hageman)

I really appreciated that they thought highly enough of my blog to invite me to such a prestigious thing… I just wish the logistics would have work out a bit better… but I’m glad they are working out in the long run.

(The above pictures were taken from PACOM’s Flickr Photostream)

Another Wreck on H130

I was just coming home from my son’s soccer game and we came across another wreck on H130.  This one looked pretty serious:

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The Farmer in the Dell

I was just trying to get a picture of the guy taking down the crosses from when the Father Damien “Relic” was in Pahoa… and a long came a farmer…
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Brian Schatz of the Hawaii Democratic Party Discusses “Furlough Fridays”

Brian Schatz talks about the issues leading up to the educational crisis and discusses what he believes are the steps to reforming the state of education in Hawaii.

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