Hawaii Money – Island Crisis http://islandcrisis.net/ Fri, 24 Sep 2021 10:53:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://islandcrisis.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/default1-150x150.png Hawaii Money – Island Crisis http://islandcrisis.net/ 32 32 More rent subsidies reach tenants to avoid evictions https://islandcrisis.net/more-rent-subsidies-reach-tenants-to-avoid-evictions/ https://islandcrisis.net/more-rent-subsidies-reach-tenants-to-avoid-evictions/#respond Fri, 24 Sep 2021 10:33:00 +0000 https://islandcrisis.net/more-rent-subsidies-reach-tenants-to-avoid-evictions/ (AP) – Almost a month after a federal moratorium on evictions ended, the Treasury Department said on Friday that states and cities had distributed money for nearly 1.4 million payments in August, and that the pace had accelerated compared to the previous month. More than 16.5% of the tens of billions of dollars in federal […]]]>

(AP) – Almost a month after a federal moratorium on evictions ended, the Treasury Department said on Friday that states and cities had distributed money for nearly 1.4 million payments in August, and that the pace had accelerated compared to the previous month.

More than 16.5% of the tens of billions of dollars in federal rent assistance reached tenants last month, up from 11% in July. The latest data from the department, which oversees the program, also revealed that states and cities that have been slow to launch their programs are now sending tens of millions of dollars.

Treasury officials admitted that they were not happy with the total distribution. But they insisted that what has come out so far represents significant numbers and that the money has an impact to help keep families in their homes.

The latest update comes as pressure mounts to distribute the money more quickly after the Supreme Court authorized the resumption of evictions in late August. The conservative majority in the court blocked the Biden administration from enforcing a temporary freeze put in place due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Although evictions have not increased in most communities, there are fears that millions of tenants eligible for assistance will be evicted before the money arrives. As of September 13, nearly 3.3 million people said they were very or somewhat likely to be deported in the next two months, according to the Census Bureau’s Household Pulse Survey. In the investigation, which ran through August 30, more than 3.6 million people said they were at risk of deportation.

Lawmakers have approved $ 46.5 billion in spending on rent assistance, but so far states and cities are primarily allocating the first $ 25 billion, which must be spent by the 30th. September 2022. The allocation of the second tranche of $ 21.5 billion, can go until September 30, 2025.

Treasury officials said strong signs of progress came from New Jersey, New York and South Carolina, which struggled to launch their programs. New Jersey, for example, sent no money in the first quarter, but has now distributed 78% of its first installment money and doubled the number of households served in August compared to July.

Spending in Florida fell from $ 60.9 million in July to $ 141.4 million in August, while South Carolina fell from $ 10.6 million to $ 25.3 million. New York saw a jump from $ 8.5 million to $ 307 million.

Among cities and counties, New York, Los Angeles and Miami-Dade County in Florida collectively reached nearly 27,000 households and spent more than $ 347 million in August, up from $ 800,000 in May.

But there were latecomers.

Ohio, which started off strong, saw its distribution drop slightly. Kentucky saw a slight decline in spending, from $ 13.1 million in July to $ 11.9 million in August. Iowa distributed just $ 7 million in August.

“Almost 1.5 million families assisted is a significant step forward, but the overall rate of emergency rent assistance spending remains too slow,” said Diane Yentel, CEO of the National Low Income Housing Coalition, in a statement. communicated.

Housing advocates blamed the slow deployment to the Treasury Department under President Donald Trump, saying his administration was slow to explain how the money could be spent. They say the Biden administration’s guidelines are clearer, but the process still seems more focused on preventing fraud than helping tenants.

The Treasury Department attributed the increase in spending in August to changes that allow tenants to assess their income and risk of becoming homeless, among other criteria. Many states and local governments, fearful of fraud, have measures in place that can take weeks to verify that a claimant is eligible for help.

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“Stairway to paradise” or dangerous nuisance? A Hawaii monument is about to be scrapped. https://islandcrisis.net/stairway-to-paradise-or-dangerous-nuisance-a-hawaii-monument-is-about-to-be-scrapped/ https://islandcrisis.net/stairway-to-paradise-or-dangerous-nuisance-a-hawaii-monument-is-about-to-be-scrapped/#respond Thu, 23 Sep 2021 19:18:00 +0000 https://islandcrisis.net/stairway-to-paradise-or-dangerous-nuisance-a-hawaii-monument-is-about-to-be-scrapped/ With their dizzying views and lush terrain, Hawaii’s famous Haiku Stairs first caught thrill-seekers decades before Instagram, their footsteps winding through a mountain range and, at times, above the clouds. Security guards, “No Entry” signs and the threat of fines did little to deter hikers from climbing 3,922 steps, known as the “Stairway to Heaven”. […]]]>

With their dizzying views and lush terrain, Hawaii’s famous Haiku Stairs first caught thrill-seekers decades before Instagram, their footsteps winding through a mountain range and, at times, above the clouds.

Security guards, “No Entry” signs and the threat of fines did little to deter hikers from climbing 3,922 steps, known as the “Stairway to Heaven”. », To a former radio relay station used by the Navy during World War II. . Social media, critics say, has only emboldened them.

But the forbidden trail may be nearing its final stop: Last week, Honolulu’s mayor ordered the stairs removed, following a recommendation from city council, amid concerns about safety, trespassing and traffic. environment.

Officials said the Haiku stairs, which have no public entrance, are too difficult to maintain and create a nuisance for private landowners whose lands have been overrun by intruders. Honolulu has budgeted $ 1 million to dismantle the stairs, which could happen as early as next year.

In a September 14 statement, Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi said the community could no longer keep the stairs.

“We recognize the value of the stairs for certain community groups; However, issues such as trespassing, personal injury, invasive species and general public safety cannot be ignored, ”said Blangiardi. “Basically it is inappropriate to have a busy tourist attraction entering through this residential area, which does not have the capacity to provide proper facilities or parking. “

The decision punctuated a years-long debate over the fate of metal stairs and handrails, which some groups say should be preserved. Some sections of the stairs, which cut through mud and thick vegetation, shifted.

Friends of Haiku Stairs, a nonprofit group formed in 1987, vowed to try to block the pullout, which its chairman called “misguided.”

“Once the stairs are gone, they’re gone forever,” group chairman Dr Vernon Ansdell said on Tuesday.. “It is unique.

Dr Ansdell said the Haiku Stairs, built in 1942 after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor last December, and named for the valley below, had a relatively clean safety record. He said concerns about liability had been overblown and that up to 20,000 people climbed the stairs when they were open to the public and when the Coast Guard took control of access.

Thousands of people have continued to climb the stairs every year since they closed in 1987, according to the preservation group.

“It’s a staircase,” Dr Ansdell said. “There are railings. You go up and you go down. If you use a little common sense, you won’t hurt yourself. One person died of a heart attack. You can’t really blame the stairs for this.

Dr Ansdell said the majority of emergencies on the mountain involved people taking a different trail, adding that he had climbed the Haiku stairs 10 times.

But at a Honolulu city council meeting on September 8, the organization’s vice president expressed concerns about liability and said there were too many homeowners involved to come up with a plan. managed access for stairs.

“As we all know, due to widespread illegal trespassing, Haiku’s stairs represent a significant liability and expense for the city and impact the quality of life of nearby residents,” said the vice president of the city. advice, Esther Kia’aina. “I firmly believe that removing the stairs is the only viable option to mitigate the city’s liability, reduce disruption to local neighbors, increase public safety, and protect the environment.”

The board voted unanimously to recommend the removal of the Haiku Stairs, a move that The Honolulu Star-Advertiser endorsed in a July editorial titled “Time to Ditch the Haiku Stairs.”

“There are other safer legal hikes to reach awesome ridge views that anyone can enjoy,” the newspaper wrote.

Writing in the same journal a month later, Charles Burrows, a practitioner of Native Hawaiian culture and environmental science educator, said it would be a huge loss if the stairs were torn down. He noted that a million dollars of taxpayer money was spent in 2002 to repair the stairs.

“Anyone who climbed to the top of the Haiku stairs would never advocate tearing them down,” he wrote. “Can you imagine if we were to permanently close our beach parks like Sandy Beach, Hanauma Bay or Pipeline due to liability issues? They remain open despite an average of 65 drownings in the ocean here each year. “

Friends of Haiku Stairs offered to hand over control of the stairs to a private supplier, who would pay for security and maintenance through fees charged to hikers. Eighty people would climb the stairs per day as part of a managed access plan supported by the group, with an annual total capped at 20,000.

“We know hikers will pay to go there,” Dr Ansdell said.

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Indigenous women’s disappearances receive less attention than Gabby Petito’s case, advocates say https://islandcrisis.net/indigenous-womens-disappearances-receive-less-attention-than-gabby-petitos-case-advocates-say/ https://islandcrisis.net/indigenous-womens-disappearances-receive-less-attention-than-gabby-petitos-case-advocates-say/#respond Wed, 22 Sep 2021 12:21:00 +0000 https://islandcrisis.net/indigenous-womens-disappearances-receive-less-attention-than-gabby-petitos-case-advocates-say/ SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (KUTV) – With so much attention on Gabby Petito, some Native Americans have questioned why missing women in their communities have received so little attention in comparison. Some Indigenous people feel hurt, saying the inequality is clear. Advocates for missing and murdered Indigenous women draw comparisons during the massive search for […]]]>

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (KUTV) – With so much attention on Gabby Petito, some Native Americans have questioned why missing women in their communities have received so little attention in comparison.

Some Indigenous people feel hurt, saying the inequality is clear.

Advocates for missing and murdered Indigenous women draw comparisons during the massive search for Gabby Petito and the hunt for her fiancé, Brian Laundrie.

“We see so much resource, money and attention flowing before us as we have to fight for that same attention,” said Denae Shanidiin, who founded mmiwhoismissing.org.

Families of missing Native Americans often feel that their cases are not being properly investigated.

“I think it’s difficult. It’s hard to see other people more important than you when we try to defend and do this job on a daily basis, ”Shanidiin said.

Earlier this year, KUTV shed light on some of the cases of missing Indigenous women, including Kayla Blackbird and the unsolved murder of Akosita Kaufusi, whose body was found last year near Saltair.

“It’s unfortunate what happened to Gabby, but it also brought to light all of this inequality that still exists in our country,” said Utah State Representative Angela Romero, who leads a group. legislative work on the failures surrounding missing and murdered Indigenous women. and how to start improving the system.

“I think this case opens that door again to explain why it is important to believe in women, why it is important to do preventive education instead of talking about the consequences,” she said. “Let’s talk about this before women are sexually assaulted, domestic violence or murdered. “

The working group has only met a few times. Romero said the next meeting will be held next month in San Juan County.

On Tuesday, an autopsy confirmed that the remains found in Wyoming are those of Gabby Petito. Law enforcement is still looking for her fiancé, Brian Laundrie.

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Bilt Mastercard announces new rewards structure for credit cards https://islandcrisis.net/bilt-mastercard-announces-new-rewards-structure-for-credit-cards/ https://islandcrisis.net/bilt-mastercard-announces-new-rewards-structure-for-credit-cards/#respond Tue, 21 Sep 2021 18:59:38 +0000 https://islandcrisis.net/bilt-mastercard-announces-new-rewards-structure-for-credit-cards/ Select’s editorial team works independently to review financial products and write articles that our readers will find useful. We may receive a commission when you click on product links from our affiliate partners. Bilt Rewards on Tuesday introduced a revamped rewards program that now lets you earn bonus points in new expense categories and makes […]]]>

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Bilt Rewards on Tuesday introduced a revamped rewards program that now lets you earn bonus points in new expense categories and makes it easier to earn points on the most important expense for many Americans, rent.

Here’s everything you need to know about the Bilt Rewards program and what to consider before applying for the Bilt Rewards Mastercard.

Bilt Rewards unveils new rewards structure

When Bilt first unveiled its credit card in June, its main feature was that it allowed you to earn reward points on your monthly rent without paying a fee. However, the rewards structure was convoluted and did not allow everyday consumers to earn a lot of points on their rent, moreover the card had no bonus category and only earned 1x points on all other purchases.

For starters, the Bilt Mastercard still has no annual fee and will now earn rewards according to the following structure:

  • 1X points per dollar spent on rent (up to $ 50,000 per year)
  • 2X point per dollar spent on travel (when booked directly with an airline, hotel, car rental or cruise line)
  • 3X point per dollar spent on meals

And you’ll earn 1X points per dollar on all purchases that don’t fall into those categories. Cardholders must complete a minimum of five card transactions per statement period.

New cardholders will benefit from an additional increase in their income from the start, as they can earn 2x more points per dollar spent on all qualifying purchases during the first 30 days of card membership.

In many cases, landlords will charge you a processing fee if you pay your rent with a credit card, making it expensive to earn rewards. However, if you pay your rent through the Bilt app, Bilt will cover these charges in full (usually around 3%) and send a check to your landlord on your behalf. This way you earn rewards at no additional cost.

Status levels

And depending on how many points you earn, you’ll also get status with the Bilt Rewards program which gives you access to a variety of benefits. The status levels are:

  • Blue: anyone registered with Bilt Rewards with less than 25,000 points
  • Silver: 25,000 points earned per year
  • Gold: 50,000 points earned per year
  • Platinum: 100,000 points earned per year

All of these metrics are based on points earned throughout a calendar year, and depending on your status level, you can access these benefits:

Earn interest on unused points (Silver, Gold, Platinum) – Instead of having rewards for collecting dust, they will actually earn you interest. This will be paid to you monthly (in the form of points) – the interest rate is based on the FDIC National Savings Rate.

Use points for a deposit, as well as buyer concierge service (Gold, Platinum) – You can always choose to use your rewards for a down payment on a house. From now on, you will benefit from a personalized concierge service to guide you through the process of buying a home.

Bonus points for new leases or renewals – You can earn up to 50% bonus points for signing new tenant leases and renewing leases. The bonus rate will depend on the status level.

Bilt Collection Gift (Platinum) – Once you reach Platinum, Bilt will send you an organized gift, such as decor or artwork for your home.

What you need to know about the Bilt Mastercard

Bilt has already partnered with dozens of property management companies, representing more than two million homes across the country. You can see if your management company is part of the Bilt Rewards Alliance by entering your address in the Bilt app, available on iOS and Android.

However, keep in mind that you must be 21 or over to apply for the Bilt Mastercard.

Advantages of the card

In addition to the ability to earn rewards on your spending and rent with no annual fee, the card also comes with the benefits of Mastercard World Elite. This includes:

  • Cell Phone Insurance (up to $ 800 per year of coverage per claim as long as you use the Bilt Mastercard to pay your cell phone bill). Limited to 2 claims per year.
  • Purchase protection
  • Concierge Service
  • Rental car insurance
  • Travel insurance, including trip cancellation and delay protection
  • Up to $ 120 in DoorDash credit per year. A $ 5 discount will be applied to your first two DoorDash orders of each month.
  • Up to $ 60 in Lyft credit per year when you make 3 rides per month.
  • No foreign transaction fees

Redeem rewards

So what can you do with Bilt Rewards? You can exchange them for:

  • Transfers to a long list of travel partners including: American AAdvantage, Air Canada Aeroplan, IHG Hotels, World of Hyatt, Turkish Miles & Smiles, Air France / KLM Flying Blue, Emirates Skywards, Hawaiian Airlines HawaiianMiles or Virgin Points.
  • Fitness classes in gym studios such as Soulcycle or Y7 Studio
  • A down payment on your house
  • A future rent
  • Interior decoration, art or clothing in the Bilt collection

You can transfer Bilt Points to its travel partners at a 1: 1 ratio. The list of transfer partners is not as extensive as Chase Ultimate Rewards or American Express Membership Rewards, but the partners themselves can offer incredible value. World of Hyatt, American Airlines AAdvantage, Air Canada Aeroplan, and Turkish all have great rewards tables allowing for plenty of great value redemptions. For example, you can transfer 7,500 Bilt Points to Turkey and book a one-way flight on United Airlines to anywhere in the United States, including Hawaii and Alaska.

Overall, the card benefits are great for a no annual fee credit card.

And if you’re trying to save for a down payment on a house, this card gives you a great opportunity to passively put money aside.

At the end of the line

The Bilt Rewards program is an extremely innovative program because it provides incentives to pay the biggest bill in many Americans’ budgets – rent. The newly restructured programs allow cardholders to earn bonus points on food and travel expenses, and make it easier for everyday users to earn points on rent payments more clearly and easily.

If saving money for a home is your top priority, or you value Bilt’s unique transfer partners, you might want to think of this card as your primary credit card. At the very least, consider getting the Bilt Mastercard just so you can earn points on your monthly rent.

However, if you want to earn heaps of points and miles, other travel credit cards may be a better option, especially those that offer a big welcome bonus like the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card.

You can earn 100,000 Ultimate Rewards points when you sign up for the Chase Sapphire Preferred card and spend $ 4000 within the first three months of opening the account. These 100,000 points are worth $ 1,250 when booking a trip through the Chase Travel portal.

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

  • Awards

    $ 50 annual Ultimate Rewards Resort Credit, 5X points on travel purchased through Chase Ultimate Rewards®, 3X points on meals, 2X points on all other travel purchases, 5X points on Lyft trips through March 2022 and 1X points on all other purchases

  • Welcome bonus

    Earn 100,000 bonus points after spending $ 4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months after opening the account

  • Annual subscription

  • Intro APR

  • Regular APR

    15.99% to 22.99% variable on purchases and balance transfers

  • Balance transfer fees

    Either $ 5 or 5% of the amount of each transfer, whichever is greater

  • Foreign transaction fees

  • Credit needed

Editorial note: Any opinions, analysis, criticism or recommendations expressed in this article are the sole responsibility of the editorial staff of Select and have not been reviewed, endorsed or otherwise approved by any third party.

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National grant to help pay for vital repairs to the roof of the Iolani Palace https://islandcrisis.net/national-grant-to-help-pay-for-vital-repairs-to-the-roof-of-the-iolani-palace/ https://islandcrisis.net/national-grant-to-help-pay-for-vital-repairs-to-the-roof-of-the-iolani-palace/#respond Tue, 21 Sep 2021 03:51:00 +0000 https://islandcrisis.net/national-grant-to-help-pay-for-vital-repairs-to-the-roof-of-the-iolani-palace/ HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – A national grant will help one of Hawaii’s most treasured landmarks with crucial repairs. Iolani Palace says they receive nearly $ 500,000 from the National Park Service and the Save America’s Treasures grant from its partner agencies. The money will be used to complete the repairs to the roof of the place. […]]]>

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – A national grant will help one of Hawaii’s most treasured landmarks with crucial repairs.

Iolani Palace says they receive nearly $ 500,000 from the National Park Service and the Save America’s Treasures grant from its partner agencies. The money will be used to complete the repairs to the roof of the place.

“We are extremely grateful to be among the projects included in the list of beneficiaries of Save America’s Treasures,” said Friends of the Palace Iolani executive director Paula Akana.

The Hawaii Department of Lands and Natural Resources will provide part of the funds to complete the project.

“The Iolani Palace has been around for almost 140 years and we are delighted to support and collaborate with the Friends of the Iolani Palace to protect and preserve this National Historic Landmark for future generations,” said Curt Cottrell, Division Administrator DLNR State Parks.

The work will involve the removal and reinstallation of approximately 9,000 square feet of slate roofing. The cast iron elements will also be treated and the new roof will mitigate water damage to the palace.

The palace has faced increasing financial challenges since the start of the pandemic, the number of advertising visitors has plummeted. To learn more about the palace or to book a visit, click here.

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US stocks fall amid contagion fears of China’s real estate issues https://islandcrisis.net/us-stocks-fall-amid-contagion-fears-of-chinas-real-estate-issues/ https://islandcrisis.net/us-stocks-fall-amid-contagion-fears-of-chinas-real-estate-issues/#respond Mon, 20 Sep 2021 17:17:10 +0000 https://islandcrisis.net/us-stocks-fall-amid-contagion-fears-of-chinas-real-estate-issues/ Stocks collapsed on Wall Street today in a large selloff that extends an already weak streak for major indices. Concerns about debt-engulfed Chinese real estate developers – and the damage they could do to investors around the world if they default – are spilling over into the markets. The S&P 500 fell 1.8% at midday […]]]>

Stocks collapsed on Wall Street today in a large selloff that extends an already weak streak for major indices.

Concerns about debt-engulfed Chinese real estate developers – and the damage they could do to investors around the world if they default – are spilling over into the markets.

The S&P 500 fell 1.8% at midday on Wall Street. The benchmark index has not fallen more than 1% since mid-August. It also just suffered two weeks of losses and is on track for its first monthly drop since January.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 572 points, or 1.7%, to 34,012 and the Nasdaq fell 2.3%. Small business stocks were among the biggest losers. The Russell 2000 fell 2.7%.

Tech companies have led the market as a whole to the downside. Apple fell 2.3% and chipmaker Nvidia lost 3.7%.

Banks suffered heavy losses as bond yields fell. This impairs their ability to charge more lucrative interest rates on loans. The 10-year Treasury yield fell to 1.32% from 1.37% on Friday night. Bank of America fell 3.1%.

Oil prices fell 1.5% and weighed on energy stocks.

Utilities and other sectors considered less risky have held up better than the rest of the market.

There were few bright spots in the wider market. Pfizer rose 0.9% after saying its vaccine worked for children aged 5 to 11 and would seek authorization in the United States for that age group soon.

Concerns about Chinese real estate developers and debt have recently focused on Evergrande, one of China’s largest real estate developers, which appears to be unable to repay its debts.

Many analysts say they expect the Chinese government to prevent an explosion severe enough to cause cascading losses in the markets. But any hint of uncertainty may be enough to upend Wall Street, after the S&P 500 has surged higher almost uninterruptedly since October.

The Hang Seng, Hong Kong’s main index, fell 3.3% for its biggest loss since July. Many other markets in Asia have been closed for the holidays. European markets fell around 2%.

“What has happened here is that the list of risks has finally become too long to ignore,” said Michael Arone, chief investment strategist at State Street Global Advisors. “There is just a lot of uncertainty at a difficult seasonal time for the markets.”

Besides Evergrande, there are several other concerns lurking beneath the generally calm surface of the stock market. The Federal Reserve could soon announce that it will let go of the accelerator on its support for the economy, Congress could go for a destructive chicken game before allowing the US Treasury to borrow more money and the COVID pandemic- 19 continues to weigh on the global economy.

Whatever the main cause of Monday’s market collapse, some analysts said such a drop was due. The S&P 500 hasn’t even seen a 5% drop from a high since October, and the almost unstoppable rise has left stocks more expensive and with less margin for error.

All the worries have prompted some on Wall Street to predict future stock declines. Morgan Stanley strategists said on Monday that conditions could ripen to cause the S&P 500 to fall 20% or more. They pointed to weakening buyer confidence, the potential for higher taxes and lower prices. ‘inflation to undermine corporate profits and other signs that the economy’s growth may slow sharply.

Even if the economy can avoid this worse-than-expected slowdown, Morgan Stanley’s Michael Wilson said stocks could still fall around 10% as the Fed cuts support for markets. The Fed is due to release its latest update on economic policy and interest rates on Wednesday.

Earlier this month, Stifel strategist Barry Bannister said he expected the S&P 500 to decline 10% to 15% in the last three months of the year. He cited the reduction in support by the Fed, among other factors. Bank of America strategist Savita Subramanian also set a target of 4,250 for the S&P 500 by the end of the year. That would be a 4.1% drop from Friday’s close.

Investors will have the opportunity to take a closer look at how the downturn has affected a wide range of businesses when the next round of corporate results begins in October. Strong earnings have been a key driver for stocks, but supply chain disruptions, higher costs and other factors could make it harder for companies to meet high expectations.

“The biggest strength in the market this year could become its biggest risk,” Arone said.

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Couple demanded to leave Texas bar for violating ‘no mask’ policy https://islandcrisis.net/couple-demanded-to-leave-texas-bar-for-violating-no-mask-policy/ https://islandcrisis.net/couple-demanded-to-leave-texas-bar-for-violating-no-mask-policy/#respond Mon, 20 Sep 2021 05:31:00 +0000 https://islandcrisis.net/couple-demanded-to-leave-texas-bar-for-violating-no-mask-policy/ ROWLETT, Texas (KTVT) – The owner of a Texas bar is defending his “no masks allowed” policy after asking a couple to leave when they refused to take off their masks indoors. Natalie Wester and her husband went to Hang Time, a bar and restaurant in Rowlett, Texas, with a few friends last week. This […]]]>

ROWLETT, Texas (KTVT) – The owner of a Texas bar is defending his “no masks allowed” policy after asking a couple to leave when they refused to take off their masks indoors.

Natalie Wester and her husband went to Hang Time, a bar and restaurant in Rowlett, Texas, with a few friends last week. This is something they don’t often get the opportunity to do as new parents.

“If you’ve been new parents before… spending those few hours outdoors about once a month is very important for your mental health,” Wester said.

The Westers are fully vaccinated, but they choose to wear masks when they go outside in order to protect their 4-month-old son, who is immunocompromised. But at Hang Time, they were told they had to take off their masks.

“Our waitress came over, sat down next to me and said, ‘Our manager sent me because I’m nicer than him. And yes, it’s very political, but you have to take your mask off, ”Wester said.

The bar has a “no masks allowed” policy, which is rare amid the COVID-19 pandemic. But Tom, the owner, says he considers it part of the dress code.

“I spent my money on this business. I put my blood, sweat and tears in this case, and I don’t want masks here, ”he said. “I think the overall reaction with masks is ludicrous in the United States right now.”

The owner says it is a private company, and he has every right to refuse service to those who want to wear a mask. There is no sign announcing the policy, but the hostess tells anyone wearing a mask to remove it at the door.

“So when they put on their masks the other night, we reminded them that they had been asked up front to take them off. They didn’t want to, so we asked them to leave, ”said the Westers owner.

The bar owner says he was unaware of the immunocompromised son of the Westers, but the “no mask” policy is something he strongly believes in and will continue to apply.

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Hawaii’s tourists and visitor industry are feeling the impact of trip cancellations https://islandcrisis.net/hawaiis-tourists-and-visitor-industry-are-feeling-the-impact-of-trip-cancellations/ https://islandcrisis.net/hawaiis-tourists-and-visitor-industry-are-feeling-the-impact-of-trip-cancellations/#respond Sun, 19 Sep 2021 16:12:00 +0000 https://islandcrisis.net/hawaiis-tourists-and-visitor-industry-are-feeling-the-impact-of-trip-cancellations/ September 19 – Hawaii’s visitor industry has lost tens of millions of dollars to cancellations since Governor David Ige called for a travel break, and travelers are losing a lot of money as well. Kamaka Brown, a native of Hawaii living in California, had planned a 12-day stay in Hawaii this month but canceled after […]]]>

September 19 – Hawaii’s visitor industry has lost tens of millions of dollars to cancellations since Governor David Ige called for a travel break, and travelers are losing a lot of money as well.

Kamaka Brown, a native of Hawaii living in California, had planned a 12-day stay in Hawaii this month but canceled after Ige on August 23 asked residents and visitors to Hawaii to delay all unauthorized travel. essential until October. Brown, 74, said he wanted to respect local concerns and did not want to put his own health at risk during the state’s high-profile COVID-19 outbreak.

“I was worried about my health as a senior. I was worried about what was going on in Hawaii despite being vaccinated and taking all precautions,” he said. “When I saw the critical mass happening, the situation with the hospitals, the intensive care units, the daily infections, the words of the governor, I said, ‘You know what, this is serious and I don’t want to contribute to everything that’s going on there. ‘”

Brown said he contacted Hawaiian Airlines and got a refund when he canceled his trip from September 9 to 21. However, he still has just under $ 3,000 in accommodation costs left for a Waikiki Banyan unit that he booked through VRBO. He said the owner told him he hadn’t canceled early enough and that Ige’s statement was just a request, not a warrant.

He took to VRBO, but was told he didn’t have a trip cancellation policy and the company doesn’t require hosts to make refunds outside of their policies.

Texan Cheryl Brown said she and her husband Robert canceled their two-week vacation to Oahu and Kauai due to the COVID-19 outbreak and instead vacationed in the Ouachita Mountains of Arkansas.

The couple, who are not related to Kamaka Brown, had saved three years to take a dream trip to Hawaii and see their son, who is in the military and stationed in Oahu. After Ige’s high-profile request to put the trip on hold, Brown said she spent more than 10 hours trying to cancel various bookings for their trip. She got credit for their plane and timeshare reservations, but is still waiting to get about $ 1,000 back for a canceled boat trip and luau.

“I was particularly frustrated and disappointed with Governor Ige’s lack of leadership in this new wave of the delta variant of COVID. He did nothing but ask visitors to cancel their Hawaii vacations in this regard. moment, ”Brown said. “Governor Ige has no idea. It just isn’t that simple, and it cost people thousands of money to ‘stay away’.”

Similar stories abound as Hawaii’s visitor industry grapples with growing pandemic-related cancellations and no clear policy on how to handle losses. Not all businesses, especially smaller and less capitalized companies, cannot afford to be as flexible as others, especially when there is no mandate.

Mufi Hannemann, president and CEO of the Hawaii Lodging & Tourism Association, said the message was difficult for local businesses.

“It’s hard to manage because it wasn’t a decree,” Hannemann said. “People who want to come can always come.”

ALTHOUGH this is also true for travelers in the business and group market, strict assembly rules across the islands have had a significant negative impact, as have delta surges across the United States.

Hawaii Data Collaborative reported that on August 5, the seven-day daily average of visitors was 28,003. As of Wednesday, Safe Travels Hawaii reported that only 17,012 of passengers arriving through the state entry program were visitors. .

A new report from the American Hotel & Lodging Association and Kalibri Labs predicts Hawaii’s hospitality industry to end 2021 down nearly $ 1.2 billion in business travel revenue from 2019. That makes the Hawaiian Islands one of 10 markets AHLA plans to complete in 2021 with the biggest drop in business travel revenue.

Hawai’i Convention Center chief executive Teri Orton told a Hawaii Tourism Authority meeting in September that the pandemic had roughly halved events and revenues.

Hannemann said that since Ige’s statement, Hawaii’s hospitality industry has lowered its year-end forecast to reflect an escalation in cancellations and a continued slowdown in bookings.

In the summer, Hanne Mann said, occupancy rates at most hotels in Hawaii ranged from 70 percent to over 80 percent. Since Labor Day, the occupancy rate has approached 50%, which is below profitability for most properties, and continues to decline.

“It will definitely affect jobs,” he said. “Some workers have had their hours reduced, others who no longer have (unemployment benefits) and expected to return to work may not return as quickly as they would like. There have been layoffs. . “

Hannemann said a major hotel partner told him he had already lowered his year-end forecast by $ 4 million and expects that number to rise as long as the governor’s message stays in place. A travel salesman told him he had lost over $ 13 million since Ige requested a travel break.

Unlike crowded sidewalks and long queues outside restaurants during the summer, the streets of Waikiki were mostly empty on Friday afternoons and there was plenty of room at most establishments, although traffic pedestrian walk resumed in the evening.

Kelly Sanders, senior vice president of operations at Highgate Hawaii, said in just the first two weeks after Ige’s announcement, hotels in Waikiki had already lost $ 1.7 million in September and $ 1.6 million. dollars for October, and that took into account new bookings.

“We’re at a negative pace here. We’re not getting enough new bookings to make up for the cancellations,” Sanders said. “Normally, we make about $ 1 million a day or more in income in Waikiki.”

By the time the downturn is over, Sanders estimates that hotels in Waikiki could easily have lost $ 15-20 million in hotel revenue, as well as food, drink and retail revenue.

Maui Mayor Mike Victorino told a recent HLTA press conference that hotels on his island had lost $ 25 million in revenue and 52,000 room nights.

Jack Richards, President and CEO of Pleasant Holidays, said on September 8 that booking cancellations were up more than 300% from 2019 and that cancellations on September 7 alone were up 463% from 2019. on the same day in 2019.

Richards said some visitors are wary of the booking because they are unsure if they will be able to get a refund if they have to cancel. They are also concerned about Safe Access O’ahu and all the other changing rules, he said.

“They are worried that they will not be able to get reservations for dinner or to go to their favorite activity”,

he said. “There is no doubt that Safe Access O’ahu has had a deterrent effect. People have been locked up for 18 months. If they go on vacation, they want experiences.”

Many destinations have seen demand from U.S. travelers slow as the delta variant has increased across the country, although not to about the same degree as Hawaii.

“Hawaii’s demand is negative,” Richards said. “We still have destinations like Mexico that are positive. There are no restrictions there, and there is no test requirement to enter the country. About 85% of the hotels with which we do business in Mexico provide the testing to get back to the US onsite and it’s generally free or at minimal cost. “

He said the worst thing about Hawaii’s situation is that it is confusing and leaves visitors feeling uneasy and wondering what to do next.

Jessica Lani Rich, president and CEO of the Visitor Aloha Society of Hawaii, a nonprofit that helps visitors in crisis, said she had received calls from visitors concerned about what would happen if they decided to cancel or if they went to Hawaii and then tested positive for COVID-19[FEMININE[FEMININE

“I think if we want to say, ‘Don’t come here until the end of October’, there has to be some kind of cancellation policy,” she said. “Visitors should not be financially punished for doing the right thing.”

Rich said there had been few travel-related COVID-19 cases among non-residents; However, Hawaii is not equipped to deal with more than community spread.

“A few weeks ago a number of visitors called and asked, ‘What if I get COVID-19 and don’t have enough money to afford a hotel for seven to 10 days? ” she said. “My answer is, ‘If you think you are going to catch COVID-19, don’t travel.'”

Rich said there have been a few instances where she has had to help visitors who tested positive for COVID-19 while in Hawaii. The easiest, she said, was when a mother and daughter contracted the virus and stayed in a large hotel suite where they could self-isolate.

She said it is more difficult when visitors develop the coronavirus while staying in vacation rentals because visitors are not allowed to quarantine there.

“We had a doctor last week who tested positive for COVID. He was here with friends at an Airbnb. They returned home and he entered quarantine ”,

Rich said.

In another Labor Day case, a visitor was staying at an Airbnb and had to move to a hotel when he tested positive.

“He was very concerned about where he was going to stay,” Rich said. “The state does not pay for accommodation if visitors contract COVID or need to self-quarantine.”

Rich said VASH also helped the families of two visitors who died from COVID-19 during their visit.

The CDC continues to say domestic travel is safe for vaccinated travelers, but unvaccinated travelers should avoid non-essential travel.

Hannemann said he and other industry executives had asked Ige to consider revising his post to make it clear that the state would welcome vaccinated travelers.

“There are rumors circulating that Hawaii will continue to ask people not to come here. For this reason, we really need Governor Ige to fix the problem by mid-October and not wait until the end of October. that could jeopardize the holiday season, ”he said. “People are already canceling for November because of all the uncertainty.”

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Former University of Hawaii football star Colt Brennan dies from accidental drug overdose https://islandcrisis.net/former-university-of-hawaii-football-star-colt-brennan-dies-from-accidental-drug-overdose/ https://islandcrisis.net/former-university-of-hawaii-football-star-colt-brennan-dies-from-accidental-drug-overdose/#respond Sat, 18 Sep 2021 17:05:17 +0000 https://islandcrisis.net/former-university-of-hawaii-football-star-colt-brennan-dies-from-accidental-drug-overdose/ Colt Brennan Mitchell Layton / Getty Colt Brennan Colt Brennan’s cause of death was determined four months after the athlete died in May. The former University of Hawaii football star suffered an accidental overdose, caused by a fatal concoction of fentanyl, methamphetamine, amphetamine and ethanol, a representative from the county sheriff’s department told PEOPLE of […]]]>

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Colt Brennan’s cause of death was determined four months after the athlete died in May.

The former University of Hawaii football star suffered an accidental overdose, caused by a fatal concoction of fentanyl, methamphetamine, amphetamine and ethanol, a representative from the county sheriff’s department told PEOPLE of Orange.

Brennan, 37, died on Monday, May 10 at Hoag Hospital in Newport, Calif., After trying to check in at a drug rehab center, but was turned away due to a lack of beds. Colt’s father, Terry Brennan, said his son was five months away from a six-month rehabilitation program when he ingested something containing fentanyl and lost consciousness.

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“He left peacefully,” said Terry Honolulu Star-Announcementr, noting that Colt was surrounded by his family at the time of his death. “He was listening to Bob Marley. His sisters had a necklace around him when he was unconscious. They had the music of Bob Marley playing near his ear.”

Colt became the Rainbow Warriors’ starting quarterback at the University of Hawaii in 2005, where he set several NCAA records for college football, including the second-most touchdown count in a single season with 58 (the record was then surpassed by Joe Burrow during the 2019 season). He was also a finalist for sixth place in the Heisman Trophy in 2006, before finishing third (behind Tim Tebow and Darren McFadden) in 2007.

The Laguna Beach native was drafted into the Washington football team in the sixth round of the 2008 NFL Draft. Although he played during the preseason, injuries kept him from playing games. regular season, and Colt was subsequently released in August 2010.

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He had a brief one-month stint with the Oakland Raiders before sustaining a car crash in Hawaii in November 2010, which left him with a head injury, broken ribs and a broken collarbone. Colt went on to play for the United Football League, Canadian Football League, and Arena Football League, and was last released from the Los Angeles Kiss in 2014.

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Colt was arrested twice last year, once for disrupting a hotel while intoxicated, and again a few months later for another disruption at his Hawaii home.

“It seemed to have an effect on him to the point where he just ended up going from one bad place to another bad place,” Terry told ESPN. “I don’t know how to put it any other way. You make decisions and sometimes they’re the right decisions, and sometimes they’re the bad decisions.”

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Have you bought chicken in Hawaii in the past decade? You may be eligible for a payment https://islandcrisis.net/have-you-bought-chicken-in-hawaii-in-the-past-decade-you-may-be-eligible-for-a-payment/ https://islandcrisis.net/have-you-bought-chicken-in-hawaii-in-the-past-decade-you-may-be-eligible-for-a-payment/#respond Sat, 18 Sep 2021 02:04:44 +0000 https://islandcrisis.net/have-you-bought-chicken-in-hawaii-in-the-past-decade-you-may-be-eligible-for-a-payment/ ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Did you buy chicken from 2009 to 2020? You may then be eligible for a class action settlement payment of $ 181 million. Defendants include Fieldale Farms Corporation, George’s, Mar-Jac Poultry, Peco Foods, Pilgrim’s Pride and Tyson Foods. Prosecutors in the broiler chicken antitrust litigation allege that several companies conspired to […]]]>

ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Did you buy chicken from 2009 to 2020? You may then be eligible for a class action settlement payment of $ 181 million. Defendants include Fieldale Farms Corporation, George’s, Mar-Jac Poultry, Peco Foods, Pilgrim’s Pride and Tyson Foods.

Prosecutors in the broiler chicken antitrust litigation allege that several companies conspired to stabilize the price and supply of chicken, a violation of federal and state consumer antitrust laws.

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The law firm representing the plaintiff’s opinion released the settlement on Friday with the approval of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. But, the settlements must be finally approved by the court in a hearing on December 20, 2021 before the money is released.

Anyone who has purchased fresh or frozen raw chicken (excluding meat marketed as Halal, Kosher, Free-range, or Organic) in multiple states is eligible. These states include California, District of Columbia, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah and Wisconsin.

How much money should you expect?

This figure remains to be determined, depending on the number of registered applicants and the total of the regulations being finalized.

As for the payments involved, Tyson will pay $ 99,000,000, Pilgrim’s will pay $ 75,500,000, George’s will pay $ 1,900,000, Peco will pay $ 1,900,000, Fieldale will pay $ 1,700,000 and Mar-Jac will pay 1,000,000 $ if the regulations are approved.

While the payout per consumer is not yet known, we do know how much class action attorneys will get:

“The Co-Senior Advisor will charge legal fees not to exceed 33.3% of the Settlement Fund or $ 60,273,000, and the total amount of fees claimed will not exceed $ 8.75 million. The Senior Co-Lawyer will also seek service fees of up to $ 2,000 for each of the Class Representatives.

Anything left over after legal fees will be distributed to the Settlement Class Members.

There are several exceptions to eligibility. File your claim and verify your eligibility by December 31, 2022 at www.overchargedforchicken.com or call 1-877-888-5428.

Tyson and Perdue to pay $ 35 million to settle with chicken farmers

Two of the industry’s largest poultry companies have agreed to pay nearly $ 35 million to settle a lawsuit accusing them and several other companies of conspiring to dominate the industry and set the prices paid to farmers who raise them. chickens. Tyson Foods and Perdue Farms agreed to the settlements last week without admitting any wrongdoing as the lawsuit remains pending against several other industry giants, including Pilgrim’s Pride, Koch Foods and Sanderson Farms. The lawsuit says the system of contract producers the meat companies created pushed them into deep debt to build and maintain chicken coops that meet company standards.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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