Reagan Penn Defeats Paul Gardiner in His MMA Debut at ProElite… The Video

Reagan Penn defeated Paul Gardiner by tap out in 1 minute 10 seconds of the first round of his MMA Debut at ProElite over at the Blaisdell arena on Oahu tonight.

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Here is the video courtesy of ZPMMAVideos:

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Security Check… Word Verification FAIL

I don’t mind entering security checks onto websites to keep websites from getting spammed out by malicious folks intent on doing who knows what.  Every once in a while I will see some weird ones come up.

I just tried to submit something to Facebook and got presented with the following security check:

I wouldn’t even know where to find these keys in this first word if I even tried!  I still remember this word verification “Fail” that I came across!

 

Keali’i Reichel and Mark Mancina Provide Soundtrack for Disney Aulani Resort & Spa


Keali’i Reichel is one of my favorite Hawaiian Artists and I’m stoked to hear the following news from Disney Aulani Resort & Spa:

Next Monday, Aug. 29, when guests enter the Maka‘ala Lobby at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, one of their first impressions will be of the music they hear, specially written and recorded for the resort by one of Hawai‘i’s most popular singers and songwriters, Keali‘i Reichel, and Grammy Award-winning composer Mark Mancina. Keali‘i is an award-winning kumu hula (hula teacher), and his involvement is one of the many ways Aulani strives to recognize and embrace Hawaiian culture, current as well as traditional. Mark is well known for his acclaimed work on “The Lion King,” “Tarzan,” “Brother Bear” and numerous other film scores…

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More Here: Popular Hawaiian Songwriter/Singer Provides Soundtrack for Aulani

Exclusive Interviews With ProElite Fighters & Official Weigh-In

BJPenn.com takes you behind the scenes of ProElite 2.0, bringing you exclusive interviews with the fighters and personnel involved in the event.

See how the promoters struggle to keep the fighters on time as they try to cut weight for their official weigh in and watch as they face off for the last time before fight night.

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Participation in HI-5 Recycling Program Remains Strong – No Container Fee Increase

People in Hawai‘i recycled more than 686 million containers from July 1, 2010, to June 30, 2011, or about 76 percent of all beverage containers sold, according to the “HI-5” recycling program administered by the Hawai‘i State Department of Health (DOH).

Last year, from July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2010, the recycling rate was also 76 percent. The highest annual rate was 79 percent from July 1, 2008 to June 30, 2009. Under the “HI-5” program, consumers pay 6 cents on each beverage container purchased: a 5-cent deposit to be returned to the consumer when the container is recycled and a non-refundable 1-cent container fee to cover the cost of recycling the glass, plastic or aluminum.

“The HI-5 program continues to be a great success. The five-cent redemption helps reduce litter at our parks and beaches and has kept billions of bottles and cans out of our garbage,” said Gary Gill, DOH Deputy Director of Environmental Health.

DOH has also determined that there will be no increase in the 1-cent fee charged on each recyclable beverage container for the next 12 months. State law requires that the program determine the annual redemption rate by the first of August each year. State law requires the per-container fee to increase from 1 cent to 1.5 cents if the statewide redemption rate exceeds 70%, unless the director of health, in consultation with the state auditor, determines that a fee increase is not needed. The fund balance in the Deposit Beverage Container Special Fund is projected to remain adequate to support Hawaii’s “HI-5” recycling program for another year.

“We will always seek ways to cut administration costs before choosing to implement container fee increases,” said Deputy Director Gill. “To continue to increase Hawaii’s excellent recycling rate, we must ensure that the program is adequately funded.”

Since the inception of the “HI-5” program in 2005, a total of over 4 billion containers have been recycled. During that time, people in Hawaii have recycled an average of over 3,075 containers per person. The Deposit Beverage Container Special Fund built up a cash reserve during the early years of the program when fewer containers were redeemed for the 5-cent deposit. As redemption rates have risen, the cash reserves have declined.

For more information on the State’s Deposit Beverage Container Program visit www.hi5deposit.com.

Hawaii to Receive $13.9 Million in Homeland Security Grants

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U.S. Senators Daniel K. Akaka and Daniel K. Inouye announced that Hawaii will receive more than $13.9 million in preparedness grants distributed by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for Fiscal Year 2011.

“As we approach the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, we should reflect on the tremendous toll that terrorism and natural disasters can exact, as well as the significant steps our nation has taken to strengthen our homeland defenses. DHS preparedness grants are critical to advancing our nation’s resilience. Although I am disappointed with this year’s reductions in funding, I will continue fighting to ensure that Hawaii receives the funding needed to protect our communities from acts of terrorism and major disasters,” said Senator Akaka, a senior member of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.

“I am very pleased that these much needed funds have been made available to Hawaii. With the APEC conference a few months away our law enforcement officials and first responders should not be worried about how to fund their activities. This money will help our police, fire fighters, and paramedics and keep our community safe,” said Senator Inouye, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriations.

Hawaii will receive funding from the following grant programs:

State Homeland Security Program – the State will receive $5,137,205 to support its homeland security strategies in planning, equipment, and training activities; Emergency Management Performance Grant Program – the State will receive $3,287,765 to enhance its emergency management capabilities;
Port Security Grant Program – the State will receive $2,763,021 to protect critical port infrastructure in the Honolulu port area; Regional Catastrophic Preparedness Grant Program – the State will receive $1,281,976 to enhance regional and community planning for emergency situations; Driver’s License Security Grant Program – the State will receive $829,473 to improve the reliability of State issued personal identification documents; Metropolitan Medical Response System – the City and County of Honolulu will receive $281,693 to enhance local response efforts to mass casualty incidents; Transit Security Grant Program – the City and County of Honolulu will receive $254,000 to enhance security at critical transit infrastructure; and Citizen Corps Program – the State will receive $99,702 to coordinate involvement of community members and organizations in emergency management.

For additional information, visit www.fema.gov/grants.