DLNR NEWS RELEASE: DREDGING OPERATIONS IN HARBOR CHANNEL CAUSE SERIOUS CORAL DAMAGE – LARGE, VERY OLD COLONY TOPPLED

Posted on May 13, 2021 in Latest News, Newsroom

(HONOLULU) – The State is investigating the circumstances associated with what is described as significant damage to corals and live rock near the entrance channel to Honolulu Harbor.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers contracted dredging work to the Healy Tibbets Corporation. It is alleged the contractor dragged the dredging platform’s anchor and cable across coral colonies and deposited dredged material on corals.

Divers from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service were conducting water quality monitoring on May 4 when they noticed damage stretching across an estimated 17,500 square yards. They photographed broken and toppled coral colonies and dredged material smothering them. The divers reported the damage to the DLNR Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR) which is responsible for coral ecosystems in State waters.

DAR Administrator Brian Neilson said, “This is a large and significant damage event. The last few days our dive teams have been in the water doing further assessments and documenting the scope of the damage.”

On Friday, DAR divers will begin collecting live coral fragments from the area. Using a special marine epoxy, they’ll re-attach some broken corals. Others will be collected and taken to the Anuenue Coral Restoration Nursery on Sand Island, where specialists hope to grow them out for eventual return to the ocean.

Particularly disturbing, is damage to a Porites evermanni coral colony estimated to be several hundred years old. A 2019 photograph shows a healthy colony. Last week’s photo appears to show the extremely large colony of live coral overturned and lying on the bottom, in danger of dying due to suffocation. Due to its size and weight, specialized equipment will need to be brought in to try to lift the colony and return it back to its upright position. Righting the coral as soon as possible will increase its chances of survival.

“We’re already seeing mortality among some of the corals that were damaged,” said David Gulko, manager of the state’s coral restoration nursery. “Time is of the essence, with the summer’s first south swells imminent, so we need to fix as much damage as we can, quickly.”

In a statement, provided today to DLNR, Emmett Kinney, Vice President of Healty Tibbitts Builders Inc. said, “Healy Tibbitts understands the significance of Hawai‘i’s precious natural resources, and we are committed to doing everything we can to take immediate restorative action and mitigate further damage to the coral reef. To that end, we have retained help from Marine Research Consultants, Inc. and Sea Engineering, Inc. to rapidly commence mitigation and restoration efforts.”

Assessment data and photographs will be used to document the damage for possible presentation of the matter to the Board of Land and Natural Resources, which has the authority to impose fines on the responsible parties to pay for resource damages and remediation efforts.

In 2009, a U.S. Navy missile cruiser, USS Port Royal, ran aground and damaged both the ship and the coral reef within sight of the Honolulu International Airport. The Navy agreed to pay $8.5 million to the State of Hawai‘i, the largest settlement ever at that time, for reef damage. During repairs, divers collected and reattached 5,400 loose coral colonies.

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05/13/21-DREDGING OPERATIONS IN HARBOR CHANNEL CAUSE SERIOUS CORAL DAMAGE

For Immediate News Release: May 13, 2021

DREDGING OPERATIONS IN HARBOR CHANNEL CAUSE SERIOUS CORAL DAMAGE 

Large, Very Old Colony Toppled 

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(HONOLULU) – The State is investigating the circumstances associated with what is described as significant damage to corals and live rock near the entrance channel to Honolulu Harbor. 

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers contracted dredging work to the Healy Tibbets Corporation. It is alleged the contractor dragged the dredging platform’s anchor and cable across coral colonies and deposited dredged material on corals. 

Divers from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service were conducting water quality monitoring on May 4 when they noticed damage stretching across an estimated 17,500 square yards. They photographed broken and toppled coral colonies and dredged material smothering them. The divers reported the damage to the DLNR Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR) which is responsible for coral ecosystems in State waters. 

DAR Administrator Brian Neilson said, “This is a large and significant damage event. The last few days our dive teams have been in the water doing further assessments and documenting the scope of the damage.”  

On Friday, DAR divers will begin collecting live coral fragments from the area. Using a special marine epoxy, they’ll re-attach some broken corals. Others will be collected and taken to the Anuenue Coral Restoration Nursery on Sand Island, where specialists hope to grow them out for eventual return to the ocean.  

Particularly disturbing, is damage to a Porites evermanni coral colony estimated to be several hundred years old. A 2019 photograph shows a healthy colony. Last week’s photo appears to show the extremely large colony of live coral overturned and lying on the bottom, in danger of dying due to suffocation. Due to its size and weight, specialized equipment will need to be brought in to try to lift the colony and return it back to its upright position. Righting the coral as soon as possible will increase its chances of survival. 

“We’re already seeing mortality among some of the corals that were damaged,” said David Gulko, manager of the state’s coral restoration nursery. “Time is of the essence, with the summer’s first south swells imminent, so we need to fix as much damage as we can, quickly.” 

In a statement, provided today to DLNR, Emmett Kinney, Vice President of Healty Tibbitts Builders Inc. said, “Healy Tibbitts understands the significance of Hawai‘i’s precious natural resources, and we are committed to doing everything we can to take immediate restorative action and mitigate further damage to the coral reef. To that end, we have retained help from Marine Research Consultants, Inc. and Sea Engineering, Inc. to rapidly commence mitigation and restoration efforts.”

Assessment data and photographs will be used to document the damage for possible presentation of the matter to the Board of Land and Natural Resources, which has the authority to impose fines on the responsible parties to pay for resource damages and remediation efforts. 

In 2009, a U.S. Navy missile cruiser, USS Port Royal, ran aground and damaged both the ship and the coral reef within sight of the Honolulu International Airport. The Navy agreed to pay $8.5 million to the State of Hawai‘i, the largest settlement ever at that time, for reef damage. During repairs, divers collected and reattached 5,400 loose coral colonies. 

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Dan Dennison

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Hawaii Dept. of Land & Natural Resources

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(808) 587-0396


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Positive COVID-19 test at Cigar Lake

A third individual at Cigar Lake has tested positive today for COVID-19. The result is being sent for confirmation to the provincial lab and will be classified as a presumptive positive until we have confirmation.

This worker does not appear to be connected to the other two individuals who tested positive this afternoon. Cameco will work closely with the Northern Population Health Unit on the determination of close contacts.

As a follow-up to the report earlier today on the two initial positive test results, after further investigation it appears those two individuals are connected. Two close contacts have been identified with one of those contacts isolating on site. Cameco will work with northern health officials regarding the other close contact who is now off site.

Safety is our top priority. The northern Saskatchewan mine site continues to operate safely.

For more information please contact:

Jeff Hryhoriw

306-385-5221

jeff_hryhoriw@cameco.com


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Twitter launches DM username search tool for Android, flags come option to search by message text

It came a long time ago, but Twitter eventually added its DM search bar on Android, bringing it in line with iOS, which had the option to search DMs by username. since 2019.

We’ve brought the DM search bar to Android and set up an enhanced version that lets you search for all your old conferences, not just the latest ones.

Are you waiting for the option to search for message content in your DMs? We are working on launching it later this year! https://t.co/wAQxSokJt6

– Twitter Support (@ TwitterSupport) 13 May 2021

Note that the last point – although it is useful to search by username, would be useful to be able to search on Twitter DM search by message content. Which, according to Twitter, is coming now.

When exactly will Twitter look at expanding its DM search capability, it did not say, but it’s something Twitter has been working on for some time, with many users asking for more options to scan their messages in the past to find specific discussions and content.

Back in January, Twitter noticed that it looked at how it could improve DMs and asked for public comment while in March Debug reported that Twitter planned to launch its updated DM experience in May. This seems unlikely now, given today’s comments – yet it’s clear that Twitter is developing something, and given the recent rate of product and feature launches, it could very well be coming soon.

Twitter it experimented with more advanced search features in the past, such as searching for shared media and links in a specific DM thread. But the ability to search message text is a whole other level, which can make Twitter’s DM tools more functional and give users more incentive to rely on DMs as a primary contact option.

It can also be a valuable addition to your Twitter customer service efforts.

The ability to sort DMs faster can enable you to streamline your DM response – for example, you can search for all users who have asked a specific question about a product, based on a certain keyword or term, and then everyone with relevant information provides updates as it comes.

There is no specific timeline from Twitter yet about the potential DM update, but we will keep you posted on any progress.


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Governor DeSantis Signs Bill Allowing To-Go Sales of Alcoholic Beverages by Restaurants

Certain alcohol sales methods allowed by the Governor’s emergency order during the pandemic will now be permanent 

ORMOND BEACH, Fla. – Today, Governor Ron DeSantis signed into law Senate Bill 148, which authorizes restaurants, or vendors of alcoholic beverages also holding a public food service license, to sell or deliver alcoholic beverages prepared by the vendor in sealed containers. The bill extends additional sales options, commonly referenced as alcohol-to-go, that are similar to measures implemented by emergency orders of Governor DeSantis during Florida’s state of emergency related to COVID-19.

“Alcoholic drinks to-go became an important source of revenue for restaurants that were trying to survive during the pandemic,” said Governor Ron DeSantis. “This law is an important measure to continue the positive economic impacts of a temporary order. I want to thank the Legislature, but particularly Senator Jennifer Bradley and Representative Josie Tomkow, for being ready and willing to create common sense reforms that got government out of the way and increased opportunity for Florida businesses.”

Governor DeSantis signed the bill at Houligan’s Sports Grille, an Ormond Beach-area restaurant that relied on the allowances of the Governor’s prior emergency orders over the past year as an added source of revenue during challenges associated with the pandemic.

“Alcohol-to-go has been a lifeline to our restaurants during the pandemic,” said Senator Jennifer Bradley. “Not surprisingly, this is a popular option for customers who want the restaurant experience when ordering to-go. As we emerge from the pandemic, this option that has helped our restaurants survive financially should be permanent. Thank you to Governor DeSantis for signing this important legislation to do just that and support our hardworking restaurant industry and its customers.”

“Some of the hardest hit businesses throughout the pandemic have been our local restaurants,” said Representative Josie Tomkow. “Through the proactive leadership of Governor DeSantis and his executive order to allow the sale of alcohol-to-go, many Florida restaurants were able to increase sales and continue to keep their doors open. I’m thankful to the Governor for his support of this common-sense measure that allows for restaurants to continue to offer alcohol-to-go as an option. This pro-consumer, business-friendly bill will help support our restaurant industry and its tens of thousands of employees.”

“I applaud Governor DeSantis on signing this historic piece of legislation that will greatly benefit our bar and restaurant license holders throughout the state,” said DBPR Secretary Julie I. Brown. “The law allows businesses to meet customer needs by providing the ability and convenience of serving alcohol-to-go, and I am pleased that Florida is actively adapting to meet the evolving customer and business needs in the industry.”

Under Senate Bill 148, an eligible vendor that sells or delivers alcoholic beverages for off-premises consumption must hold a public food service license, ensure the sale or delivery of alcoholic beverages is accompanied by the sale of food in the same order, and comply with sealing and packaging requirements established in the bill. The vendor, or the agent or employee of the vendor making the delivery, is also responsible for verifying and documenting valid proof of the recipient’s identity and age at the time of delivery pursuant to provisions of Florida’s Beverage Law regarding deliveries.

“Florida’s restaurants were some of the businesses hit the hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Carol Dover, president and CEO of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association (FRLA). “With indoor dining shut down, our operators had to get creative at ways to keep revenue coming in and their staff employed. Thanks to Governor Ron DeSantis’ executive order, many restaurants were saved from closing through their ability to sell alcohol with to-go orders for off-premises consumption. With the Governor now signing alcohol-to-go into law, our restaurants can continue to count on this source of revenue as they provide excellent meals and beverages for their customers.”

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Governor Calls Special Session to Protect Alaska Permanent Fund

May 13, 2021 (Juneau, AK) – With less than one week remaining in the 121-day regular session, Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy issued a proclamation calling the Alaska Legislature into special session beginning May 20th to complete work on the FY22 budget and to act on his constitutional amendment protecting the Permanent Fund, Permanent Fund Dividend (PFD), and power cost equalization (PCE).

“It is clear from my conversations with legislative leaders that more time is needed to complete this year’s budget and to address a long-term, permanent solution to protecting the Permanent Fund and PFD. Consequently, today I’m calling a 30-day special sessions to give lawmakers additional time to complete those tasks” said Governor Dunleavy. “Nothing is more important than giving Alaskans a long-term solution to our fiscal challenges, and this session is an important first step.”

The first special session begins 10:00am on May 20, 2021 and directs work on three topics:

  • FY22 Operating Budget & Mental Health Budget (HB 69/HB 71)
  • FY22 Permanent Fund Dividend (HB 72/SB 52)
  • Constitutional Amendment protecting the Permanent Fund, PFD, and PCE (SJR 6/HJR 7)

Today, the governor also set a second special session to address other elements of a comprehensive state fiscal plan including a constitutional spending limit, consideration of new revenue measures, a prohibition on new taxes without voter approval, and appropriations of federal American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act funds.

The second special session would start at 10:00am on August 2, 2021 and directs work on four topics:

  • Constitutional Amendment to establish an appropriation limit (HJR 6/ SJR 5)
  • Constitutional Amendment to prohibit new state taxes without voter approval (HJR 8/ SJR 7)
  • Appropriations of federal relief funds, including ARP funds
  • Potential measures to increase state revenues

Read the governor’s special session proclamations here.

Additional information can be found here.

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Reddit announces new creative strategies agency to help brands maximize their campaigns on the platform

As he wants to continue to expand his advertising business and take advantage of his commercial opportunities, Reddit has done so announced launching its own creative strategies agency, which will assist businesses looking to leverage Reddit for promotions.

The new agency, called KarmaLab, will be made available to all Reddit advertising partners “via a scale offering depending on the purpose and need of the campaign”.

As explained by Reddit:

KarmaLab is a team of top-class creative and strategic minds – those who know the ins and outs of Reddit and are backed by media, marketing and advertising industry experience that has uniquely positioned them to lead brands and work together as they make their home on Reddit and in culture. ”

The team will be led by Will Cady, Reddit’s former head of creative strategy, and will provide social listening and trend reporting, community management assistance, creative workshops, campaign development and more.

“KarmaLab is a full-service creative strategies agency delivering campaigns that appeal to and add value to Reddit users while delivering meaningful results.”

The announcement adds to Reddit’s growing advertising offering, which now includes a range video advertising options, including Popular Takeover Postprovides engaging, striking ways to reach the platform’s highly involved communities.

What Reddit’s real power is in this regard. Although Reddit’s audience has achieved less than you can see on other platforms (at 52 million DAU), Reddit houses thousands of highly active, niche subreddit communities, enabling advertisers to reach people based on very specific interests.

Of course, Reddit users have traditionally not been too receptive to ads, but that changes over time, and with the help of KarmaLab, Reddit will try to help businesses create more native advertising campaigns that will stimulate better response and help achieve reach maximize.

This is the next step in Reddit’s ad expansion, which means the company is focusing more on cleaning up its platform, and a safer place for ad placement.

Indeed, last June, Reddit remove thousands of its most controversial communities due to an update of the rules around hate speech. The change comes in response to the #BlackLivesMatter movement in the US, and it has also made the platform a safer, more open option for brands that may have hesitated about Reddit promotions in the past.

With the help of KarmaLab, it can become an even more powerful promotional tool for many brands, while Reddit was also recently established a new partnership agreement with Omnicom Media Group (OMG) which will see OMG’s thousands of advertising customers gain access to a range of strategic and commercial benefits to enhance their Reddit advertising efforts.

Reddit’s advertising system is growing, and that could mean new opportunities. Maybe it’s time to reevaluate your Reddit marketing potential.


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I-75 BL project in St. Ignace under way

Contact: Dan Weingarten, MDOT Office of Communications, 906-250-4809 Agency: Transportation

COUNTY:

Mackinac

HIGHWAY:

I-75 Business Loop (BL)

CLOSEST CITY:

St. Ignace

STARTING DATE:

Thursday, May 13, 2021

ESTIMATED COMPLETION DATE:

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

PROJECT:

MDOT will invest about $960,000 to resurface 1.9 miles of I-75 BL from the US-2 overpass east to High Street and from Antoine Street to North Airport Drive in the city of St. Ignace, Mackinac County. The work will include reconfiguring lanes to add a center left-turn lane, asphalt milling and resurfacing, concrete curb, gutter, sidewalk and ramps, drainage structures, and pavement markings. This project includes a three-year materials and workmanship pavement warranty.

For more information about the project, visit the project website. Throughout work, project detour and closure information will be posted at Michigan.gov/Drive, and will also be shared on social media.

TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS:

Traffic will be maintained using traffic shifts with periodic lane closures under traffic regulators.

SAFETY BENEFITS:

This project will result in a smoother driving surface and increased safety. Studies have shown a center left-turn lane can reduce crashes.


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