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September 10, 2013
The Associated Press

Man sustains serious injury in cliff fall

HONOLULU - A 20-year-old man was seriously injured in a fall from a cliff.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported that the man fell 30 to 40 feet early Sunday from the cliff near the Hale Aloha dorms of the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

An Emergency Medical Services report says paramedics responded to the Hale Aloha Ilima dorm at about 1:30 a.m.

They transported the man to a hospital.


Six vessels fined for fishing violations

HONOLULU - Six U.S. fishing vessel owners have been fined hundreds of thousands of dollars for violating rules protecting tuna and marine mammals.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said last week American Triumph Fishing has been fined more than $560,000 for using a fish aggregating device that attracts fish when rules prohibited their use. The company's ship also set a net too close to a fish aggregating device.

Ocean Conquest, Sea Quest, Sea Honor, Ocean Encounter and Pacific Ranger were fined more than $950,000 for setting a purse seine net in the presence of whales and near a fish aggregating device.

Purse seines are giant nets used to surround and capture schools of tuna and other fish.

No whales were reported hurt by the net.

The violations occurred in the Pacific.


Audit targets OHA management practices

HONOLULU - An audit of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs says the agency needs to improve management of real estate holdings and do a better job of monitoring grants it awards.

The audit released Wednesday by Acting State Auditor Jan Yamane says OHA needs a better investment policy to keep up with a rapid growth in its real estate portfolio. The audit notes OHA is Hawaii's 13th largest landowner.

As an example, the audit found that the $21.4 million purchase of the Gentry Pacific Design Center violated a policy on conflict of interest.

The audit also examined 30 grants and found recipients weren't monitored to ensure they continued to comply with grant eligibility requirements.

OHA responded by saying it will improve land and grant policies but disagrees with the audit's Gentry acquisition finding.


Nearly $1M set aside for debris cleanup

JUNEAU, Alaska - A federal agency is providing nearly $1 million in grants to support marine debris cleanup projects in U.S. coastal regions.

NOAA says in a release that the funding will be used to remove derelict vessels, trash, tires and other debris from coastal waters and shorelines. NOAA says the projects were chosen from among 46 applications requesting a total of nearly $5 million in funding.

Cleanup projects sharing in the $967,000 in approved funding are in Alabama, Alaska, California, Florida, Hawaii, New York, North Carolina, Washington state and Puerto Rico.

Applications are due Nov. 1 for the next funding cycle. It is not yet clear how much money will be available for that next round.



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