107 new COVID-19 cases reported in past week

Some 107 new COVID-19 cases were reported during the past week on Hawaii Island, the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency reported in its weekly update Wednesday. Since February 2020, there have been a total of 26,341 coronavirus cases reported on the island.

Press club offers 2022 scholarships

The Big Island Press Club announces the availability of scholarships of up to $1,500 for students pursuing higher education in journalism and related careers. Last year, BIPC awarded a total of $4,000 to four Hawaii Island students at a Zoom event honoring the scholarship recipients.

Waikoloa timeshare project wins council approval

Some 900 new timeshares are expected to be popping up at the Waikoloa Resort starting within five years, following County Council votes Wednesday approving rezoning that will do away with nine holes of golf and add affordable housing for workers.

Fed signals more aggressive steps to fight inflation

WASHINGTON — Federal Reserve officials are signaling that they will take an aggressive approach to fighting high inflation in the coming months — actions that will make borrowing sharply more expensive for consumers and businesses and heighten risks to the economy.

China’s security deal with Solomons raises alarm in Pacific

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — A security alliance between China and the Solomon Islands has sent shudders throughout the South Pacific, with many worried it could set off a large-scale military buildup or that Western animosity to the deal could play into China’s hands.

Obituaries: April 7, 2022

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Mariupol’s dead put at 5,000 as Ukraine braces in the east

ANDRIIVKA, Ukraine — The mayor of the besieged port city of Mariupol put the number of civilians killed there at more than 5,000 Wednesday, as Ukraine collected evidence of Russian atrocities on the ruined outskirts of Kyiv and braced for what could become a climactic battle for control of the country’s industrial east.

Nursing home care, funding system need overhaul, report says

NEW YORK — Nursing home residents are subjected to ineffective care and poor staffing, while facility finances are shrouded in secrecy and regulatory lapses go unenforced, according to a report Wednesday that called for wholesale changes in an industry whose failures have been spotlighted by the pandemic.

My Turn: Looking forward to the future!

Today was a good day at Ulu Wini housing. Kids were enjoying the weather while playing baseball on the grass, families were hanging out and talking story, and YWAM was here to play with the young keiki! It felt so good to “see” all the smiling faces. I want to send a big mahalo to all of you.

Commentary: How bird flu affects people who eat eggs and meat

Expect to shell out more money if you plan to buy eggs or chicken or turkey flesh anytime soon. An outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza—better known as bird flu—has infected birds in at least 18 states, including Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska and South Dakota. More than 17 million chickens and turkeys have either died of the disease or been slaughtered in order to stop additional outbreaks, which spread like wildfire in filthy, extremely crowded animal factories.