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Fewer reporters than flacks…are you surprised?

September 24th, 2014 · 3 Comments

My column in Civil Beat today led me to some statistics on the number of people working in public relations compared to those working as reporters (“Hawaii Monitor: Peeking Behind a Developer’s PR Campaign/Lawsuit shows that Haseko’s development in Ewa needed a detailed public relations effort after the company pulled the plug on a promised […]

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Tags: Business · Media

As lava threatens, residents and businesses face possible insurance woes

September 20th, 2014 · 7 Comments

Did you catch the news about insurance problems cropping up in the area on the Big Island now threatened by the lava flow? Last weekend, Big Island Video News reported that the Puna Community Medical Center had been notified that its insurance coverage would not be renewed when its current term expires on November 3. […]

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Tags: Business · Consumer issues · Politics

Tourism: Hitting record highs or steadily declining?

August 24th, 2014 · 15 Comments

I have to admit being totally confused by the apparent conflict between two recent reports about the state of Hawaii’s visitor industry. This morning’s Star-Advertiser reports that tourism officials are looking to “extend record-setting visitor numbers” achieved over the past few years (“Tourism officials aim higher“). Reporter Allison Schaefers tells us: Hawaii Tourism Authority board […]

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Tags: Business · Economics · Media · Politics

US trails other modern democracies in funding public media

June 4th, 2014 · 1 Comment

If you find yourself frustrated by the news judgement of mainstream corporate media, here are a few statistics that explain part of the problem. This a short excerpt from an article in the latest issue of Extra!, the magazine of the media watch group FAIR. In other democratic countries, taxpayers have decided to build strong […]

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HECO execs sidestep question about limits to rooftop solar

May 9th, 2014 · 6 Comments

Just a couple of hours before Hawaiian Electric Industries annual stockholders meeting on Wednesday morning, executives of HEI and its subsidiaries, HECO and American Savings Bank, had a conference call with investment analysts to present and discuss the company’s 1st Quarter financial results. Several of the questions were prompted by last week’s decisions and orders […]

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