Australia and Oceania

U.S. Indo-Pacific Command welcomes new commanding officer

U.S. Indo-Pacific Command welcomes new commanding officer By: Alfred Acenas (EBC Hawaii-Pacific PEARL HARBOR (Eagle News) — The U.S. Indo-Pacific Command has a new commander. Navy Admiral John Aquilino became the 26th Commander Friday, relieving Admiral Phil Davidson who had …

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Federal, state agents arrest military personnel in Hawaii for child sex offenses

  By Alfred Acenas EBC Hawaii-Pacific Bureau HONOLULU (Eagle News) — One Marine and two U.S. Army soldiers based in Hawaii have been arrested and charged with soliciting sex from minors. The three active-duty service members are accused of using …

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Authors of COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act share thoughts after its passage in the Senate

By: Alfred Acenas (EBC Hawaii-Pacific HONOLULU (Eagle News) – A US senator from Hawaii, who co-authored the Covid-19 hate Crimes Act, has expressed optimism with a sense of urgency after the Senate passed the bill by an overwhelming 94-1 margin. …

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Flights from India and Pakistan banned from landing in Canada

By: Thomas I. Likness EBC News Service (Eagle News) — Flights from the Covid-19 hotspots of India and Pakistan will not be allowed to land at Canadian airports, the Transportation Minister Omar Alghabra announced Thursday. “Effective 11:30 p.m. eastern time …

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B-52 long-range bombers deploy to Guam for operations in the Pacific

  PEARL HARBOR (Eagle News) — Four American B-52H Stratofortress bomber aircraft have landed at Andersen Air Base, Guam, the US Air Force has announced. The planes are there to conduct operations as part of a Bomber Task Force in …

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During Tsunami Awareness Month in April, Hawaii urges residents to be prepared at all times

By: Alfred Acenas (EBC Hawaii-Pacific) HONOLULU (Eagle News) – For the people of the Aloha State, the month of April is a time to honor and remember the lives lost in the tsunamis that have devastated their remote part of …

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Honolulu’s first female police chief makes surprise announcement to retire in June

By: Alfred Acenas (EBC Hawaii-Pacific) HONOLULU (Eagle News) – Police Chief Susan Ballard says she will retire June 1, after serving nearly three-and-one-half years at the helm of the Honolulu Police Department (HPD). Her surprise decision was announced on social …

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Phase 1 of Honolulu’s single-use plastic ban takes effect April 1

By Alfred Acenas (EBC Hawaii-Pacific) HONOLULU (Eagle News) — Plastic cutlery and disposable food containers will be banned beginning Thursday in Hawaii. The ban on disposable food ware was supposed to take effect at the beginning of the year. But …

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World-renowned Hawaii cultural festival resumes this summer after cancelling in 2020 due to COVID-19

by Alfred Acenas (EBC Hawaii-Pacific) HONOLULU (Eagle News) – The annual Merrie Monarch Festival at Hawaii’s Big Island will be back this summer, according to organizers. The event was cancelled last year due because of the COVID-19 pandemic. “The health …

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Australia floods hit new areas as disaster worsens

  (AFP) — Authorities warned the flooding disaster on Australia’s east coast is “far from over” as thousands more residents were put on evacuation alert Tuesday and volunteers rescued hundreds from rising floodwaters. Torrential downpours have been lashing Australia’s southeast …

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Cybercriminals targeting healthcare organizations during pandemic: report

By: Thomas I. Likness EBC News Service (Eagle News) — Cybercriminals have taken advantage of the pandemic to prey upon healthcare organizations with ransomware, says Palo Alto Networks, a California-based cybersecurity company. Ransomware operators tie up an organization’s computer network, …

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Health workers worldwide face pandemic-related violence: Safeguarding Health in Conflict report

By: Thomas I. Likness EBC News Service (Eagle News) — Pandemic-related violence accounted for one-third of the attacks on health care workers, facilities and transport around the world last year, according to a new report by the Safeguarding Healthcare in …

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