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Mayor’s Health Care Conference to air on Sunday

From the Mayor’s Office:

A 30-minute video overview of the Mayor’s “Hawaii County Health Conference: Building a Healthier Future Together,” held August 13, 2010, at the Waikoloa Marriott, will be aired on Na Leo O Hawaii Public Access channel 53 on Sunday, September 5, at 7 p.m.

The day-long conference focused on creation of innovative, collaborative solutions to Hawaii Island’s most pressing healthcare challenges – access to care and an acute shortage of healthcare providers.

Health care industry leaders spoke on the local impacts of national healthcare reform, and on how native Alaskans integrated culture into their healthcare delivery system to achieve better health outcomes.

Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi opened the conference with a welcoming message. Nearly 400 people from the healthcare community and public at-large participated in the conference.

Hawaii – One of the “Least Cost-Effective Road Systems”

Why doesn’t this surprise me?

…The annual Reason Foundation study measures the condition and cost-effectiveness of state-owned roads in 11 categories, including deficient bridges, urban traffic congestion, fatality rates, pavement condition on urban and rural Interstates and on major rural roads, and the number of unsafe narrow rural lanes. National performance in all of those key areas improved in 2008, the most recent year with complete data available.

Overall, North Dakota, Montana and Kansas have the most cost-effective state highway systems. Rhode Island, Alaska, California, Hawaii and New York have the least cost-effective road systems.

According to the report, drivers in California, Minnesota, Maryland, Michigan and Connecticut are stuck in the worst traffic. Over 65 percent of all urban Interstates are congested in each of those five states. But nationally, the percentage of urban Interstates that are congested fell below 50 percent for the first time since 2000, when congestion standards were revised.

Motorists in California and Hawaii have to look out for the most potholes on urban Interstates. In those two states, approximately 25 percent of urban Interstate pavement is in poor condition. Alaska and Rhode Island have the bumpiest rural roads. Nationally, pavement conditions on urban Interstates are the best they’ve been since 1993, and rural primary roads are the smoothest they’ve been since 1993 also…

More here: Report Discusses State Highway Conditions

Final Destination for Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series in the Land of Cliff Diving’s Origin

Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series 2010 Comes to Hilo, Hawaii for Final Stop

Media Release:

Kahekili, the last independent king of Maui, used cliff diving as an initiation rite for his warriors back in the 18th century. “Leaping feet-first from a high cliff into water without making a splash” – otherwise known as “Lele Kawa” – is still the ultimate goal these brave modern warriors are aiming for. This season’s dominator, Gary Hunt, along with the world’s best athletes in this traditional extreme sport will come to Hilo, Hawaii, on September 12 in an attempt to twist and tuck their way to the crown in the culminating event of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series.

Series Leader, Gary Hunt

With a commanding lead of 19 points and only one point away from securing the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series overall title – Englishman Gary Hunt is more than just close to finally bagging his personal season goal: “After last year I was very happy to be second, but being so close to first I really wanted to give myself every chance this year of being in that first position. So I’ve made sure that I’m a little bit more reserved, I take care in every aspect in my life and I just want to give myself every chance of being the champion.” As Russia’s Artem Silchenko (67 pts) kicked himself out of the fight for the title at the competition in Switzerland – he missed his second dive and only finished ninth – it’s only 2009’s series champion Orlando Duque (COL, 74 pts), the nine-time world champion and current Oahu resident, who could mathematically beat the 26-year-old Hunt from Southampton.

Oahu resident Orlando Duque

In the United States’ wettest city of Hilo on the Big Island, with 200in (5,100mm) of annual rainfall, it’s not only the divers’ final destination that may get wet. After leaping from the 85ft (26m) platform adjacent to a beautiful and powerful waterfall, the entry point into the waters below is likely to be wet as well. Previously used to turn the water wheel that powered electricity for the Onomea Sugar Mill, the privately owned and natural Kawainui Falls ( ka=’s the, wai=’s water, nui=’s large, great)  has not only been chosen as the home for several Hollywood feature films, but will be the backdrop for the 2010 World Series winner to be crowned.

Standings after Stop #5

1 Gary Hunt GBR 93
2 Orlando Duque COL 74
3 Artem Silchenko RUS 67
4 Kent De Mond USA 47
5 Hassan Mouti FRA 37
6 Steve Black AUS 32
7 Alain Kohl LUX 31
8 Michal Navratil CZE 25
9 Cyrille Oumedjkane FRA 23
9 Eber Pava COL 23
11 Slava Polyeshchuk UKR 17
12 Andrey Ignatenko UKR 7

About Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series 2010

Quite simply, the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series features 12 of the world’s best high divers competing in six challenging competition venues around the globe.  The divers jump 85 feet (26 metres) from the platform, smoothly entering the water below, vying for athletic perfection. The event backdrops include a selection of famous and well-known diving spots, as well as extraordinary natural and challenging urban settings. For the second year, the split between existing and new venues is 50-50. Starting on May 15 in La Rochelle (FRA), the series then took a leap over the Atlantic Ocean to Mexico (Yucatán) and came back to Europe for competitions in Norway (Kragerø), Italy (Polignano a Mare) and Switzerland (Sisikon), before reaching the land of the sport’s origin, Hawaii (Hilo), on September 12 for the grand finale. Red Bull Cliff Diving competitions are judged by five international jurors with scores awarded according to the degree of difficulty and the execution of the dive.

(L to R) Second placed Orlando Duque of Colombia, first placed Gary Hunt of England and third placed Kent De Mond of the USA celebrate during round five of the 2010 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series, Sisikon, Switzerland on August 28; 2010. PHOTO/Dean Trem

The Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series will air on the Universal Sports network as part of their Adventure Week. Check your local TV listings for times.

Monday, October 11 at 1030 pm EST = Episode 1 from FRANCE

Tuesday, October 12 at 900 pm EST = Episode 2 from MEXICO

Wednesday, October 13 at 930 pm EST = Episode 3 from NORWAY

Thursday, October 14 at 800 pm EST = Episode 4 from ITALY

Friday, October 15 at 930 pm EST = Episode 5 from SWITZERLAND

Saturday, October 16 at 900 pm EST – Episode 6 from HAWAII