Friday, November 11, 2011

Clinton addresses Hawaii APEC, Obama on his way, teacher's union loses court case, military beefing up, council redistricting maps completed on Oahu, Big Island, more top news for web and smartphone

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (c) 2011 Sen. Will Espero
APEC

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton provided the first public comments from a high-ranking official at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit, saying America's prosperity is tied to the region and pledging stepped-up economic, diplomatic and military emphasis in the East. Star-Advertiser.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Thursday vowed to expand U.S. engagement in the Asia-Pacific by building trade ties, reinforcing alliances and continuing to press for democratic reforms in authoritarian nations like China and Vietnam. Associated Press.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton yesterday portrayed this week’s meeting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum here as but the first step in the Obama Administration’s strategy to put new emphasis on America’s diplomatic, economic, and military posture in this region. Civil Beat.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Thursday that the United States would expand its role in the Asia-Pacific region. Pacific Business News.

Rains held off in rainy Manoa Valley for U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s 50-minute address on what she called “America’s Pacific Century.” Hawaii Reporter.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton visited the East West Center yesterday. Hawaii Public Radio.

Determined to deepen relations with Asia, President Barack Obama is pouring nine days of valued time into a diplomatic mission away from Washington while Congress struggles toward a crucial budget deadline and a doubtful outcome. Associated Press.

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner Thursday urged China to continue allowing its currency to strengthen, a move that could translate into increased spending by the growing number of Chinese visitors to Hawaii. Star-Advertiser.

The European economic crisis is the central challenge to global growth, U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said Thursday. Pacific Business News.

As catastrophic floods overwhelm Thailand, preparation for such disasters and providing relief in their aftermath were prominently discussed today at the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation conference in Honolulu. Hawaii Reporter.

The private-sector side of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation starts today in Waikiki, but registration for the APEC CEO Summit appears to fall short of expectations and past summits, according to the full list of participants. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii politicians and business leaders urged attendees of the Asia-Pacific Business Symposium Thursday to form relationships that will transcend beyond the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit this week. Star-Advertiser.

In APEC's Shadow: The Pacific People's Economy. Civil Beat.

About 1,800 journalists from news organizations throughout the Asia-Pacific region are in Honolulu this week to cover APEC.  Civil Beat.

On Friday morning, the Russian President is expected to arrive. And then late Friday night -- President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. KHON2.

State

Budget cuts are forcing the state to eliminate programs that help welfare recipients get jobs. Associated Press.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie praised a tentative agreement reached between the state and the United Public Workers union that will save the state 5 percent in labor costs over two years. Star-Advertiser.

A state judge Thursday dismissed the Hawaii State Teachers Association's attempt to force a decision on its request to block the contract imposed by Gov. Neil Abercrombie this summer while the union pursues an unfair labor practices complaint. Star-Advertiser.

About half of Hawaiian Telcom's workers began a two-day strike Thursday after negotiators failed to agree on a new contract. Associated Press.

Hawaiian Telcom’s motto of “always on” may be a little off, as more than half of the company’s roughly 1,300 workers began a two-day strike yesterday. Garden Island.

The U.S. Marine Corps has proposed basing two new aircraft in Hawaii, according to a draft environmental impact statement released Thursday. West Hawaii Today.

Oahu

Despite today's arrival of President Barack Obama and at least nine other delegations for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit, traffic congestion could ease up with fewer cars on the road because of today's Veterans Day holiday, state transportation officials said. Star-Advertiser.

The impact of APEC in the Pacific in the long term will not be immediate, but its impact on Honolulu has begun and will continue for the next few days. Hawaii Independent.

A city panel has approved the plan that will shape the Honolulu City Council landscape for the next decade. Civil Beat.

Ground was broken Thursday on a facility to expand what the state calls its "hub of international trade" near downtown Honolulu. KITV4.

Waikiki hotels report their room sales gradually increased last week as people arriving early for this week's APEC meetings, while neighbor island hotel occupancy remained lower. Hawaii News Now.

Hawaii

Hilo played host Thursday afternoon to a delegation of Russian dignitaries looking to get an eyeful of the Big Island's natural wonders. Tribune-Herald.

More than a dozen meetings, nine public hearings and innumerable hours of squinting at census blocks culminated Thursday in the county Redistricting Commission's "final" draft map of new County Council districts for the next decade. West Hawaii Today.

After 11 attempts, the Hawaii County Redistricting Commission has designated County Council districts that keep most communities intact, provide for two Puna lawmakers and avoid changes many residents called unacceptable. Tribune-Herald.

Maui

Former Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann ramped up his campaign to win votes on the Neighbor Islands by collecting the endorsement of ILWU Local 142 Wednesday at its union hall in Wailuku. Maui News.

A high-surf advisory for the east-facing shores of Maui and Molokai will remain in effect until 6 p.m. Saturday, the National Weather Service announced. Maui News

Kauai
The Kaua‘i High School Foundation presented a $3,500 check to Kaua‘i High School teacher Leah Aiwohi to support a project designed to assist the Kaua‘i Police Department in its public safety awareness program. Garden Island.

Molokai

A helicopter taking four tourists on an excursion over West Maui and the neighboring island of Molokai crashed into a mountainside near an elementary school Thursday, killing all of the tourists and the pilot, authorities said. Associated Press.

Molokai Boy Joins DHHL Leadership. Molokai Dispatch.