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2:40 p.m. APEC Chooses Tori Richard

The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation 2011 Hawaii Host Committee has named local company Tori Richard to make volunteer uniforms, according to a Hawaii News Now report.

The uniform print will feature the national flowers of the 21 member economies.

It’s not clear whether the 21 leaders, led by Barack Obama, will don aloha wear for a group photo for the November meeting.

12:20 p.m. Nekoba Working for Case

Longtime Neil Abercrombie consigliere Lloyd Nekoba is giving campaign advice to Ed Case.

Nekoba directed grassroots outreach for Abercrombie’s 2010 gubernatorial race. He served as a special assistant in the administration before leaving in late May.

UPDATE

Nekoba also helped Case — his brother-in-law — in 2002 when he nearly beat Mazie Hirono in the Democratic primary for governor. He helped Ben Cayetano as well in 1998 when the incumbent held off Linda Lingle in that year’s governor’s contest.

12:01 p.m. Flags to Fly at Half-Staff for Matayoshi

On Aug. 15, all national and Hawaii flags at all state offices and agencies and at the Hawaii National Guard will fly at half-staff in memory of Herbert Matayoshi.

The governor issued the order today in honor of the late Big Island mayor.

11:33 a.m. Louie: HSTA Issue a ‘High Priority’ for HLRB

David Louie told Civil Beat today he doesn’t know when the Hawaii Labor Relations Board will make a ruling regarding the dispute between the state and the HSTA.

But he says he expects that it is a “high priority” for the HLRB.

In a related matter, the AG’s Office will likely not be filing its response this week to the HSTA’s request to keep the terms of its expired contract in place. That’s because, says Louie, the union is making changes to the motion.

8:30 a.m. Anti-Eric Ryan Website

For those who just can’t get enough, there’s a blog called EricRyanIsACrook.

“Welcome victims of Eric Ryan!” it reads. “Now it is your turn.”

The blog has fresh entries that make unflattering allegations about Ryan’s past.

UPDATE

The domain name for the website in question is registered with Utah-based Hostmonster, but the ownership is secret. Keith Rollman, however, says it’s not him.

“They lifted a bunch of stuff from Atomic Monkey, but I have no idea who’s doing this,” he told Civil Beat.

Ethics Training

State employees in Hilo are scheduled for ethics training from the State Ethics Commission today.

Topics include conflicts of interests, gifts and the reporting of gifts, misuse of government office and government resources and post-employment restrictions.

Ethics training continues next week Tuesday on Maui and Thursday on Kauai. There are sessions scheduled as well for Kona on Aug. 23 and Oahu on Aug. 26

Panel: Energy

Big Cable & Big Wind: The Plan, The Questions, The Concerns” is the topic for a panel at 6 p.m. tonight at Democratic State Headquarters (second floor, Ward Warehouse).

Panelists are Gerald Sumida, 
Estrella Seese, Maria Tome and 
Robin Kaye.

A Warmer Fifth Floor

Visitors to executive chambers at the state Capitol know how chilly the place can be — temperature-wise, that is. It’s even colder on the LG’s side (maybe because there are less bodies working there?).

Recent maintenance work has warmed the offices to more comfortable levels. Ironically, it’s believed that it’s actually less expensive to keep a room consistently chilled rather than fiddle with the thermostats.

Neighbor Isle Gov’t News

Molokai residents pack OHA meeting

Maui Viewpoint: Cyberwars at full throttle in Hawaii

Big Isle Council OKs building codes

Maui County near settling two multimillion-dollar lawsuits

Inspectors say Big Isle school cafeterias are OK

Op-ed: Kauai needs a drug treatment center

New plans in the works for Maui high-tech park

Where’s Neil?

Here’s Neil:

• Cal Ripken Pacific Southwest Regional Tournament Opening Ceremonies, Les Murakami Stadium, 10 a.m.


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