FDA expands list of potentially toxic hand sanitizers

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration continues to warn consumers and health care professionals not to use certain alcohol-based hand sanitizers due to the dangerous presence of methanol, or wood alcohol — a substance often used to create fuel and antifreeze that can be toxic when absorbed through the skin as well as life-threatening when ingested.

Hawaiian forests and gardens are radically altered by diseases, insects and man

The COVID-19 pandemic has clearly made us aware of how our individual lives and even society can be altered in a very short time by disease organisms. Our forests and landscapes can change rapidly as well. A very warm, wet period or dry one can drastically alter the species makeup of a forest. For example, our ohia forests are suffering not only from rapid ohia death, but from other diseases as well.

Two tax bills passed by Legislature this year

Our Legislature has reconvened and has adjourned for the year. If you blinked and missed it, you probably are not alone. This year, there was a huge focus on passing only essential items. As a result, only 86 bills passed the Legislature this year while in a typical year 250 to 300 bills are sent up.

38th annual Kupuna Hula Festival canceled

The County of Hawaii, Elderly Activities Division’s 38th annual Kupuna Hula Festival scheduled for Sept. 9 and 10 at the Outrigger Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay has been canceled amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Trump offers, Democrats reject fix for $600 jobless benefit

WASHINGTON — With aid expiring, the White House offered a short-term extension Thursday of a $600 weekly unemployment benefit that has helped keep families and the economy afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic, but Democrats rejected it, saying President Donald Trump’s team failed to grasp the severity of the crisis.