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One of Jason Rapert's 'experts' continues to make negative headlines

https://twitter.com/jasonrapert/status/1301385696444321793

Remember when Sen. Jason Rapert rose in indignation against criticism of the quackery he brought before the legislature about the use of hydroxychloroquine in treating coronavirus?

One of his hydroxy experts was an anti-masker named Simone Gold, an emergency room doc. Anecdotes are not science Rep./Dr. Deborah Ferguson tartly informed the bumptious bully of Bigelow.

In case you missed it, Gold has continued to make negative news. Here’s one account from late January:

Simone Gold, MD, JD, founder of the notorious pro-hydroxychloroquine, anti-vaccine group America’s Frontline Doctors, was arrested Sunday for participating in storming the U.S. Capitol earlier this month, according to the Department of Justice.

Following Gold’s confirmation that she entered the Capitol building during the riot on Jan. 6, DOJ officials arrested her in California on Sunday. Gold faces charges of entering a restricted building and for violent entry and disorderly conduct.


More on Gold’s checkered record at Snopes.

Maybe if the Justice Department allows she can campaign for Rapert for lieutenant governor next year. She’s been crusading in recent days against the COVID-19 vaccination.

Read more: https://arktimes.com/arkansas-blog/2021/03/28/icymi-one-of-jason-raperts-experts-continues-to-make-negative-headlines

One of Jason Rapert's 'experts' continues to make negative headlines

https://twitter.com/jasonrapert/status/1301385696444321793

Remember when Sen. Jason Rapert rose in indignation against criticism of the quackery he brought before the legislature about the use of hydroxychloroquine in treating coronavirus?

One of his hydroxy experts was an anti-masker named Simone Gold, an emergency room doc. Anecdotes are not science Rep./Dr. Deborah Ferguson tartly informed the bumptious bully of Bigelow.

In case you missed it, Gold has continued to make negative news. Here’s one account from late January:

Simone Gold, MD, JD, founder of the notorious pro-hydroxychloroquine, anti-vaccine group America’s Frontline Doctors, was arrested Sunday for participating in storming the U.S. Capitol earlier this month, according to the Department of Justice.

Following Gold’s confirmation that she entered the Capitol building during the riot on Jan. 6, DOJ officials arrested her in California on Sunday. Gold faces charges of entering a restricted building and for violent entry and disorderly conduct.


More on Gold’s checkered record at Snopes.

Maybe if the Justice Department allows she can campaign for Rapert for lieutenant governor next year. She’s been crusading in recent days against the COVID-19 vaccination.

Read more: https://arktimes.com/arkansas-blog/2021/03/28/icymi-one-of-jason-raperts-experts-continues-to-make-negative-headlines

Comments sought for planned cable through Marianas Trench

A federal agency is seeking testimony from the public about a requested permit to build a communications cable through the Mariana Trench National Wildlife Refuge.

A press release from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service stated that the project from RTI Solutions Inc. affects the refuge it manages, which is a portion of the Marianas Trench Marine National Monument. The cable "would provide improved telecommunications interconnectivity between the Western Pacific region and the U.S. mainland," the agency stated.

The monument was created through a presidential proclamation in 2009 and is more than 95,000 square miles, larger than the state of Florida. It includes the islands of Uracus, Maug and Asuncion in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, 21 volcanic sites, and the northern and southern limits of the exclusive economic zones for the CNMI and Guam, respectively. The federal designation "provides international, national, and local recognition that the Marianas is a refuge for seabirds, sea turtles, unique coral reefs, and a great diversity of seamount and hydrothermal vent life worth preservation," the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which helps to manage the monument, states on its website.

Comments about a draft environmental assessment of the proposal are being accepted through April 6. The study includes a "Proposed Action Alternative" that would lay a cable that crosses over the Mariana Trench and through the monument for approximately 44 miles. This action "would not result in significant impacts to environmental resources, and was determined to be the preferred alternative, since it meets the purpose and need of the project," according to a summary of the assessment.

Read more: https://www.postguam.com/news/local/comments-sought-for-planned-cable-through-marianas-trench/article_816373ca-8ae2-11eb-b47e-c30f18f2ecb2.html

Guam on pace to meet May 1 'path to half' COVID-19 vaccine goal

Guam is on track to have more than 70,000 residents fully vaccinated within the next month, beating the governor’s goal of 62,500 people fully vaccinated by May 1.

The governor has said she will ease travel quarantine restrictions, starting May 1, provided at least 50% of the island’s adult population is vaccinated by that date. The administration has billed the goal as the “path to half,” and has said the target is 62,500 people, based on a total adult population of about 125,000.

According to the governor’s plan, arriving passengers with a negative COVID-19 test during the previous 72 hours would be allowed to skip the 14-day travel quarantine. If it happens, May 1 will begin the slow reopening of the tourism industry, which has been shut down since last March because of pandemic restrictions.

The airport plans to offer fee discounts to airlines, starting May 1, as an incentive for airlines to resume passenger flights from Asia. The airport, starting May 1, also plans to offer COVID-19 testing at the airport terminal for passengers who need to be tested before leaving island.

Read more: https://www.guampdn.com/story/news/local/2021/03/28/guam-covid-19-vaccine-pace-meet-vaccination-goal-may-2021/7034023002/
(Guam Pacific Daily News)

Philippines to reimpose stricter Covid-19 curbs in capital

MANILA (Reuters) — Manila and nearby provinces will return to stricter quarantine measures from Monday, a senior official said on Saturday, as the Philippines battles to contain a surge in Covid-19 cases that has strained hospitals.

Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said the measures, which will be in place until April 4, will ban non-essential movement, mass gatherings, dining in restaurants. They represent a further tightening of curbs imposed on March 22.

Roque said the government will intensify tracing and conduct house-to-house visits to search for people with Covid-19 symptoms. There will also be a “heightened presence” of police and military personnel to enforce protocols, he added.

The health department on Saturday reported 9,595 new coronavirus cases, marking the second straight day the daily jump in infections remained above 9,000.

Read more: https://mvariety.com/news/philippines-to-reimpose-stricter-covid-19-curbs-in-capital/article_4143e464-8f92-11eb-a04d-47f5cab8f0a7.html
(Marianas Variety)

Samoa Airways repatriation flight to Samoa next week

Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — In a statement yesterday, Samoa Airways announced one scheduled repatriation flight on Mar. 31st from Pago Pago to Apia, Samoa for Samoa nationals in the territory as well as cargo.

The flight is scheduled to depart around 2:15p.m out of Pago Pago and Samoa Airways says all passengers will require their medical clearance and negative COVID-19 tests 48 hours prior to departure. For more information contact local Samoa Air office - 6999126.

Meanwhile the Samoa government owned airline announced early this week that it will resume air services to Asau Airport on Savaii island from Upolu island beginning Apr. 1st during the busy Easter and Election holidays to help boost local tourism on the big island.

It has been six years since flights were suspended between Upolu and the Asau Airport, which several years ago, had direct service to Pago Pago, when then Pago Pago-based Samoa Aviation was in operation at the time.

Read more: https://www.samoanews.com/local-news/samoa-airways-repatriation-flight-samoa-next-week

Eviction moratorium set to end in three weeks

A state moratorium on rent-based evictions is scheduled to end in three weeks, but nobody seems sure what will happen after that.

In February, Gov. David Ige extended the state’s prohibition on evicting tenants for failing to pay their rent until April 13. While that deadline could still be pushed back again — the moratorium was originally imposed in April 2020, and has been repeatedly extended since then — the grace period eventually will run out.

“It’s hard to say what’s going to happen,” said Scott Shishido, Hilo managing attorney for Legal Aid of Hawaii. “We want to hopefully keep a lot of people from rushing to the courthouse when it goes away.”

Shishido said he’s seen a steady stream of rent dispute cases since the moratorium began last year, and if they all choose to pursue legal action as soon as it is possible, then the courts could be backlogged for months.

Read more: https://www.westhawaiitoday.com/2021/03/28/hawaii-news/eviction-moratorium-set-to-end-in-three-weeks/

Hawaii AAPI Democrats Back Iolani Graduate For Biden Post

Prominent Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Hawaii are urging President Joe Biden to select Nani Coloretti to be the director of the White House Office of Management and Budget.

Coloretti, a 1987 graduate of Iolani School, would be the first American of Filipino descent to be nominated to a Cabinet-level position, according to a March 15 letter to White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain. She was deputy secretary at the Department of Housing and Urban Development during the Obama administration.

The letter is signed by nearly 100 people — “AAPI community leaders, advocates and allies” — that include Ben Cayetano, the former Hawaii governor. It comes in the wake of the March 2 withdrawal of Neera Tanden, an Indian American, to be budget chief.

“Given the fact that Neera had to withdraw, I thought it was appropriate to have another Asian women nominated,” Cayetano, Hawaii governor from 1994 to 2002, told Civil Beat. “As the first Filipino governor in the country, diversity is important to me and to the country.”

Read more: https://www.civilbeat.org/2021/03/hawaii-aapi-democrats-back-iolani-graduate-for-biden-post/

Honolulu Hawaii Nonprofit Leader Pleads Guilty To Embezzling And Agreeing To Take A Bribe

A former Honolulu grant administrator has pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $500,000 from a local nonprofit’s AmeriCorps program and conspiring with the CEO of Hawaii island’s public access TV station to fraudulently obtain CARES Act money from Honolulu.

Hanalei Aipoalani, a 42-year-old Waianae resident, former Aloha United Way vice president and former statehouse candidate, pleaded guilty in federal court on Friday to embezzlement and agreeing to take a bribe.

Both charges carry a statutory maximum prison sentence of 10 years and financial penalties, according to federal prosecutors. He is scheduled to be sentenced on June 24.

AmeriCorps is a federally funded network of national service programs.

“The defendant conspired to enrich himself with taxpayer dollars intended to support at-risk communities in Hawaii, he victimized legitimate volunteers and others by stealing their identities to perpetrate multiple fraud schemes, and he submitted falsified documentation and certifications to the government, all to the detriment of their community,” Deborah Jeffrey, Inspector General of AmeriCorps, said in a press release.

Read more: https://www.civilbeat.org/2021/03/hawaii-nonprofit-leader-pleads-guilty-to-embezzling-and-agreeing-to-take-a-bribe/

Paris doctors warn of catastrophic overload of virus cases

PARIS >> Critical care doctors in Paris say surging coronavirus infections could soon overwhelm their ability to care for the sick in the French capital’s hospitals, possibly forcing them to choose which patients they have the resources to save.

The sobering warnings were delivered today in newspaper opinions signed by dozens of Paris-region doctors.

They came as French President Emmanuel Macron has been vigorously defending his decision not to completely lockdown France again as he did last year. Since January, Macron’s government has instead imposed a nationwide overnight curfew and followed that with a grab-bag of other restrictions.

But with infections soaring and hospitals increasingly running short of intensive-care beds, doctors have been stepping up the pressure for a full French lockdown.

Read more: https://www.staradvertiser.com/2021/03/28/breaking-news/paris-doctors-warn-of-catastrophic-overload-of-virus-cases/
(Honolulu Star Advertiser)
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