Top plays from Utah Jazz vs. New Orleans Pelicans, 01/19/2021
Top plays from Utah Jazz vs. New Orleans Pelicans, 01/19/2021
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Toyota may have pioneered the just-in-time manufacturing strategy but when it comes to chips, its decision to stockpile what have become key components in cars goes back a decade to the Fukushima disaster. After the catastrophe severed Toyota's supply chains on March 11, 2011, the world's biggest automaker realised the lead-time for semiconductors was way too long to cope with devastating shocks such as natural disasters. That's why Toyota came up with a business continuity plan (BCP) that required suppliers to stockpile anywhere from two to six months' worth of chips for the Japanese carmaker, depending on the time it takes from order to delivery, four sources said.
CALGARY — Alberta's top court has ordered a third trial for a couple who said they thought their toddler son had croup and were treating him with natural remedies before he died. David and Collet Stephan were accused of not seeking medical attention sooner for 19-month-old Ezekiel, who died in 2012. A jury convicted them in 2016, but the Supreme Court of Canada overturned that verdict and ordered a second trial. A judge hearing the case without a jury found then not guilty in 2019. The Alberta Court of Appeal on Monday granted a request by the Crown to overturn the acquittal. David Stephan responded to the decision in a text to The Canadian Press. "Once again the Alberta Court of Appeals has showcased its gross level of corruption," he wrote. The Alberta Crown Prosecution Service did not say when a new trial might be held. "It is the duty and obligation of every prosecutor to continually assess all files to ensure they meet the prosecution standard, reasonable likelihood of conviction and public interest," said a statement. Over the course of their trials, the Stephans testified that they initially thought Ezekiel had croup, an upper airway infection, and treated him with natural remedies, including a smoothie with tinctures of garlic, onion and horseradish. They said he appeared to be recovering at times and they saw no reason to take him to hospital, despite his having a fever and lacking energy. They called an ambulance when the boy stopped breathing. In acquitting them at their second trial, Justice Terry Clackson accepted the testimony of a defence expert, who said the boy died of a lack of oxygen, not bacterial meningitis as reported by Dr. Bamidele Adeagbo, the original medical examiner in the case. Clackson noted in his decision that Adeagbo, who was born in Nigeria, spoke with an accent and was difficult to understand. "His ability to articulate his thoughts in an understandable fashion was severely compromised by: his garbled enunciation; his failure to use appropriate endings for plurals and past tenses; his failure to use the appropriate definite and indefinite articles; his repeated emphasis of the wrong syllables; dropping his Hs; mispronouncing his vowels; and the speed of his responses,'' Clackson wrote. The judge also called out Adeagbo for "body language and physical antics ... not the behaviours usually associated with a rational, impartial professional imparting opinion evidence.'' The Appeal Court judges ruled that the judge's critical comments about Adeagbo demonstrated the need for a new trial and for the not guilty verdicts against the Stephans to be set aside. "It is inappropriate to disparage witnesses for their pattern of speech, accents or less than perfect command of one of Canada’s official languages. Or of any language for that matter," wrote Chief Justice Catherine Fraser. "No witness should fear their testimony will be dismissed or discredited because of their manner of speech." Fraser said Clackson's comments about Adeagbo were irrelevant to issues of evidence admissibility and suggest the judge rejected the medical examiner's evidence based "on the form it took, including the doctor's manner of speech, not its substance." "We have concluded that an informed person would view the trial judge's conduct as giving rise to a reasonable apprehension of bias," Fraser wrote. "In these circumstances, a new trial is the only available remedy." The appellant judges also noted that Clackson erred by requiring the Crown to prove whether timely medical treatment would have saved Ezekiel's life, although they said that oversight wouldn't have been enough on its own to require a new trial. After Clackson's verdict, dozens of medical and legal experts filed a complaint against him with the Canadian Judicial Council alleging the comments he made about Adeagbo could be perceived as racist. This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 8, 2021. — Follow @BillGraveland on Twitter Bill Graveland, The Canadian Press
Leading airline and business groups are asking the Biden administration to develop temporary credentials that would let travelers show they have been tested and vaccinated for COVID-19, a step that the airline industry believes will help revive travel. Various groups and countries are working on developing so-called vaccine passports aimed at allowing more travel. “It is crucial to establish uniform guidance" and “the U.S. must be a leader in this development,” more than two dozen groups said in a letter Monday to White House coronavirus-response coordinator Jeff Zients.
Deloitte Consulting had no responsibility for last year’s meltdown of the Florida unemployment system the company built, executives said during a frequently tense two-hour hearing on Monday.
Australian wealth manager AMP Ltd said on Tuesday it would sell the global equities business of its asset management arm to Canadian investment manager Fiera Capital for an undisclosed sum. As part of the deal, four-year old Global Companies Fund with more than $500 million of assets under management would be transferred to Fiera Capital. AMP Capital's four-person investment team would also move to Fiera Capital, AMP said.
ATLANTA — Georgia’s state Senate narrowly passed a bill that would end no-excuse absentee voting Monday, as Republicans move to roll back voting access after record turnout led to Democratic victories in the state's presidential race and two U.S. Senate runoffs. The bill is likely headed to a Senate-House conference committee where the chambers will hash out their difference on the issue. That could mean significant changes before the two chambers vote again on whether to agree to a compromise bill. Senate Bill 241 would limit absentee voting to people 65 and older, those with a physical disability and people who will be out of town on Election Day — ending broad no-excuse absentee voting introduced by the Republican-led legislature in 2005. It would also require an ID for those who are able to vote absentee, among many other changes. The bill passed the state Senate 29-20 in a vote that fell along party lines. Bills must get at least 29 votes for a majority in the 56-member Senate. Several Republicans who could face tough reelection battles in quickly changing metro Atlanta districts didn't vote, including Sens. John Albers, Kay Kirkpatrick and Brian Strickland. Republican Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan, who has denounced efforts to limit who can vote absentee, refused to preside over the debate. The bill is part of a flood of legislation introduced by Republicans across the country that would restrict voting access after President Joe Biden beat former President Donald Trump in November. Many of the proposals being floated target absentee voting after Trump repeatedly made false claims about fraud in mail voting. Republican Senate Majority Leader Mike Dugan, the chief sponsor of the bill, said a surge in absentee ballots during the last election cycle caused a burden on county election offices. More than a million Georgians used the option in November as the coronavirus pandemic raged. “The increasing burden on local election offices and the increased cost to each of our counties has risen significantly,” Dugan said. "In recent years the number of mail-in absentee ballots has increased to the point where counties are in essence running three elections simultaneously.” Dugan said about 2.7 million Georgians would still be eligible to vote absentee under the specific excuses outlined in the bill. Democrats in the chamber said the bill is a direct reaction to Trump's lies about fraud and would disproportionately affect voters of colour. “The purpose of 241 and all of the vote-limiting bills that we have before us is to validate a lie,” Democratic Sen. Nikki Merritt said. "It is to prevent massive voter turnout from happening again, especially in minority communities, our new voters who are turning 18 and hard-working Georgians.” Democratic Sen. Lester Jackson said the bill harks back to Georgia's dark history of racist voting policies. “It smells like Jim Crow laws of the past. This smells like poll taxing. This smells like voter suppression," Jackson said. The chamber is also set to vote on a separate bill that would end automatic voter registration when a person gets a driver’s license, as well as several other voting measures. The votes come as a task force convened by Georgia’s secretary of state expressed concern that the legislation is being rushed. Members of the group formed by Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger released a statement Monday saying “the legislative process is proceeding at a pace that does not allow full examination of all factors that must be considered.” “There is a need for responsible elections policymaking to be deliberate and evidence-based, not rushed,” the statement continues. “When we see proposals that properly balance voter access with integrity, we will voice support.” Twelve members of the task force signed off on the statement, which specifically noted that three other members were not included. Georgia's House has already passed a wide-ranging election bill backed by Republicans. The House bill would require a photo ID for absentee voting, limit the amount of time voters have to request an absentee ballot, restrict where ballot drop boxes could be located and when they could be accessed, and limit early voting hours on weekends. The latter provision has raised concerns among voting rights groups who say the proposal seems targeted at hampering Sunday voting — a popular day for Black churchgoers to vote in “souls to the polls” events. Republican Gov. Brian Kemp has endorsed the idea of requiring a photo ID for absentee voting but has yet to back any specific proposals. Raffensperger says he favours ending no-excuse absentee voting as well as requiring an ID for mail voting. ___ AP writer Kate Brumback contributed to this report. Ben Nadler, The Associated Press
A glitch on Monday allowed some users to access the highly-anticipated comic book film 10 days early.
PHILADELPHIA — Rheal Cormier, the durable left-hander who spent 16 seasons in the majors and remarkably pitched in the Olympics before and after his time in the big leagues, died Monday. He was 53. The Philadelphia Phillies said Cormier died of cancer at his home in New Brunswick, Canada. Cormier owned a neat nook in Phillies history: He was the winning pitcher in the final game that Philadelphia won at Veterans Stadium in 2003, and also was the winner in the first game the Phils won after moving into Citizens Bank Park in 2004. Overall, he was 71-64 with two saves and a 4.03 ERA with St. Louis, Boston, Montreal, Philadelphia and Cincinnati. A member of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame, Cormier pitched 683 games — among his countrymen, only Paul Quantrill (841) pitched more in the majors. Cormier made other prominent appearances on the mound, too. Three years before his big league debut, he pitched for Canada in the 1988 Seoul Olympics. Then in 2008, a year after his final game in the majors, he again threw for Canada in the 2008 Beijing Games — he tuned up for the event by tossing in a men’s senior league. “Rheal was one of the most vibrant people I’ve had the pleasure of knowing,” former teammate and Hall of Famer Jim Thome said in a statement released by the Phillies. “He loved baseball, but he always put his family first.” “Frenchy was the kind of guy who would do anything for you and I’m lucky to have called him my friend for many years. Our time spent together in Philadelphia as teammates was unforgettable. He will be greatly missed but never forgotten," Thome said. Cormier went 8-0 with a 1.70 ERA in 65 games for the Phillies in 2003. That was the final season in the majors for another Philadelphia lefty, longtime reliever Dan Plesac. “One of my all time favourite teammates. Big heart, spent 2yrs sitting next to him in the @Phillies bullpen,” Plesac tweeted. “he made everyone he played with better...keep throwing that 3-2 splitter in heaven.” In 2004, Cormier got into 84 games, a Phillies record for a left-handed pitcher. Cormier debuted with the Cardinals in 1991 and was a starter early in his career. He pitched his only shutout in 1996 for the Expos, a three-hitter against St. Louis. A lefty specialist in his later years, he finished with six games for Cincinnati in 2007, making his last appearance in the majors five days before his 40th birthday. The Phillies said Cormier became a U.S. citizen on Sept. 22, 2004, during a Philadelphia-Marlins series in Miami. “I’m living the American dream and feel like I can give back, help the community and be a part of this country,” he said shortly before the ceremony. The Phillies said Cormier was active with Phillies Charities Inc. during his six years with the club and was involved with teenage anti-drug and suicide prevention programs in Canada. Cormier is survived by his wife, Lucienne, son Justin and daughter Morgan. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The Associated Press
Indian journalist Sidhique Kappan was arrested while trying to cover a story of rape for his website.
OTTAWA — Members of Parliament zipped through two votes in 30 minutes Monday as they began using new technology allowing them to cast votes with their mobile devices. The voting app is the latest adaptation of the parliamentary process to allow MPs to work remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic. It comes nearly a year since Parliament shut its doors as part of the national lockdown to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. The Commons remained fully closed for nearly a month before the parties were able to agree on a path forward that would keep people safe and ensure government was still working. Now, the House of Commons sits in a hybrid format that allows most MPs to participate via video conference while only a small number are physically present in the chamber. Until Monday, MPs not in the chamber were using video conferencing to cast votes, a cumbersome process that took up to an hour for each vote. With the new mobile app, MPs are given 10 minutes in which to vote via smart phones, with their votes registered live online as they come in. Monday's debut went off with only a few hitches -- a handful of MPs reported that they were unable to vote. But with one exception, they were all allowed to vote subsequently. Speaker Anthony Rota said he'll look into the exception to ensure it doesn't happen again. "This solution offers the House another secure and reliable way to conduct its business over the next few months, despite the constraints of the pandemic," Rota told the Commons after the votes. "One day soon, I hope we will all be able to get together again in person in this chamber to continue our work on behalf of our fellow citizens." Rota expressed his "profound gratitude" to Commons staff who have worked "tirelessly to ensure that ourselves can work for our constituents." "We could not have done this without them." This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 8, 2021. Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press
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Charles Wiener was on his way home in Haiti’s capital when a group of heavily armed men surrounded his vehicle, held him inside at gunpoint and drove him to a slum, where he was held captive for three days.
Before New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office was accused of downplaying nursing home deaths, he warned others about the risk of "politics of denial."
About 200 people are thought to have been trapped by security forces in a district of Yangon since Monday.
UnitedAg awarded $81,800 to seventy-four deserving students across California Irvine, March 08, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- UnitedAg announces the winners of the 2021 AEF Foundation Educational Scholarship Program. Seventy-four students from agricultural communities across California won awards ranging from $250 to $6,000. In total, the Educational Scholarship Program awarded $81,800. The applicants were awarded based on their application, essay, academics, leadership, and extracurricular activities. UnitedAg also announced the top three scholarship winners. Katherine Miller, a veterinary medicine major at the University of Edinburgh, has been awarded the Maurice McMillan Scholarship, Karli Lundberg, an agricultural systems management major at California Polytechnic State University, SLO, the William C. Goodrich Scholarship, and Hanna Scully, an agriculture business major at the California State University, Chico, the Frieda Rapoport Caplan Memorial Award. "Supporting our future agribusiness professionals is the purpose of the Agribusiness Education Foundation. During these unforeseen times, it is important that we continue to support our youth in their educational endeavors. Each of these scholarship winners demonstrated a clear commitment to their educational goals and could be our future agribusiness leaders," said Glenn Miller, Education Committee Chairman. Scholarship winners can use their AEF Educational Scholarship to help offset the cost of tuition, books/supplies, labs, and living expenses. This year's AEF Educational Scholarship winners are: Aaron Miller, Santa Paula, CA Adrian Ortiz, Salinas, CA Adriana Vargas Mendoza, Soledad, CA Allyson Dias, Salinas, CA Allyson Tomasello, Salinas, CA Alondra Sanchez, Hanford, CA America Huipio-Piedra, Hanford, CA Ana Rosa Pacheco, Santa Maria, CA Andrew Zendejas, Salinas, CA Arturo Infante II, Castroville, CA Axel Amaro, Soledad, CA Belinda Silva Chavez, King City, CA Brad Cordova, Turlock, CA Brandon Harden, Salinas, CA Bryan Amaro, Visalia, CA Caleb Peltzer, Visalia, CA Camryn Mazzoni, Forestville, CA Carson Wallace, Lindsay, CA Catherine Regan, Santa Ana, Cesar Avila, Salinas, CA Cesar Rivera, Ventura, CA Cristian Vargas, Soledad, CA David Gonzalez, Salinas, CA Denver Noell, Hanford, CA Doris Nogales, Santa Maria, CA Eddie Lundberg, Santa Maria, CA Edgar Lopez, Santa Paula, CA Elizabeth Miller, Santa Paula, CA Elizabeth Ramirez, Maxwell, CA Erin Doughtie, Salinas, CA Flavio Carrillo Gonzales, CA Grant Bunker, Turlock, CA Hadassah Legaspi, Salinas, CA Hanna Scully, Finley, CA Hannah Ryan, Turlock, CA Isabella Argueta, Hanford, CA Jason Gonzalez, Salinas, CA Jaydi Ramirez, Fresno, CA Jazlin Mendoza, Visalia, CA Jazmin Ramirez, Santa Maria, CA Jenna Santos, Santa Maria, CA Jenna Stehly, Valley Center, CA Jessica Cordova, King City, CA Jesus Pizano, Salinas, CA Jonathan Morales, Salinas, CA Julia Hicks, Salinas, CA Julissa Zendejas, Salinas, CA Junelle Aubrey, Salinas, CA Karli Lundberg, Santa Maria, CA Katherine Miller, Santa Paula, CA Katya Padilla, San Juan Bautista, CA Kevin Gonzalez, Salinas, CA Kimberly Castro Calderon, Santa Maria, CA Lacy Litten, Santa Maria, CA Layla Ruiz, Salinas, CA Logan Erickson, Salinas, CA Luke Brigantino, San Juan Bautista, CA Luke Tyson, Turlock, CA Madelynn Reed, Reedley, CA Madison Thacher, Paso Robles, CA Maria Miranda, Santa Maria, CA Marlaina Lascano, Turlock, CA Miranda Devan, Salinas, CA Miriam Garcia Cendejas, Salinas, CA Olga Bahena, Hanford, CA Rachel Roberts, Salinas, CA Rogelio Garcia, Hanford, CA Sandy Rubio, Firebaugh, CA Savannah Noell, Hanford, CA Sierra Dorf-Cardenas, Salinas, CA Sydney Noell, Hanford, CA Sylvia Hernandez, Rutherford, CA Venissia Garcia, Hanford, CA Yesenia Solis, Soledad, CA About AEF For over 21 years, the Agribusiness Education Foundation (AEF) has provided more than 1.6 million in financial assistance to UnitedAg members and their employees' dependents pursuing a two-and-four-year college to advanced graduate studies. The member-sponsored scholarship program empowers the agricultural community through financial assistance and leadership programs. For more information, visit unitedag.org. Attachment Educational Award Announcement_800px (1) CONTACT: Maribel Ochoa UnitedAg 949-471-3206 firstname.lastname@example.org
SAO PAULO — A justice from Brazil’s top court on Monday annulled all convictions against former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, which for now restores his political rights and would potentially allow him to run again for the presidency next year. The decision also laid bare the country’s political divisions, with leftists celebrating their 75-year-old leader’s return to the political arena as conservatives said the rulings were tantamount to impunity. Others saw the ruling as an attempt to preserve a vast but embattled corruption investigation that has led to numerous convictions of powerful businessmen and politicians but that has been accused of impropriety. The decision by Justice Luiz Edson Fachin drew no conclusions about the mammoth “Car Wash” investigation centred on state-run giant Petrobras, from which the da Silva probes emerged. It said, instead, that the federal court in the Southern city of Curitiba, which convicted da Silva twice of corruption and money laundering, didn’t have jurisdiction to put the leftist leader on trial. Fachin said the cases will be sent to the federal court of Brazil’s Federal District, where they can begin anew. But Deltan Dallagnol, who prosecuted da Silva as head of the the Car Wash task force, said on Twitter that the ruling may end the case against the former president altogether because the statute of limitations may have run out. Da Silva’s lawyers issued a statement welcoming the decision, saying it “is aligned with everything we have said for more than five years in these suits.” But Brazilian media reported that the country's prosecutor-general Augusto Aras, an ally of conservative President Jair Bolsonaro, is preparing to appeal the decision. Da Silva has been a dominant figure in Brazilian politics for decades, first as firebrand metalworkers’ union organizer who launched failed bids for the presidency, then as the charismatic everyman whose popularity grew on the job as president from 2003 to 2010 thanks to hefty government handouts to the poor and infrastructure investments during the country's commodities boom. He left office with an approval rating in the mid-80s, and former U.S. President Barack Obama referred to him as the most popular politician on earth. But his star fell in recent years as Brazil's economy slumped and corruption scandals involving the former leader and those around him gained traction. He was boxed out of the 2018 election by the first of his two criminal convictions. Maurício Santoro, professor of political science at the University of the State of Rio de Janeiro, said by phone the move will boost da Silva and the Workers’ Party, which has been dented by corruption investigations. However, he questioned whether Lula would gain enough impetus to actually make another run for president, given there are still many who reject him and his party. “We have seen in recent months Lula’s popularity rising again. That has to do with the pandemic and the humanitarian disaster we’re living through now. When you put all that together, we have a political mood in Brazil right now that is a little more sympathetic than three years ago,” Santoro said by phone. “But I think there is a limit to how far that movement can go.” People in some cities went to their windows and chanted, “Lula livre!” — “Lula free!” — or blasted jingles from his presidential campaigns. There were also cries of “Bolsonaro Out!” that have appeared at times since the COVID-19 pandemic hit Brazil one year ago. Da Silva has been sentenced to 12 years and seven months for allegedly receiving an apartment worth about $1 million as a bribe from construction company OAS. Da Silva has always denied ownership of the apartment. Another conviction involved his alleged ownership of a ranch in Atibaia, outside Sao Paulo. He was imprisoned in April 2018 while leading polls for the presidential election then just months off. With da Silva out, conservative lawmaker Bolsonaro won the election handily. Da Silva was released from prison in November 2019 due to a decision of the country’s top court that a person can be imprisoned only after all appeals have been exhausted. The decision also affects the reputation of former federal Judge Sergio Moro, who sentenced da Silva in the first case, was involved in the second and left his post to become justice minister in Bolsonaro’s administration. He resigned in April last year after falling out with the president. Da Silva’s legal team had wanted the top court to deem Moro biased after a series of messaging app leaks published by The Intercept Brasil showed apparent co-ordination between the then-judge and Car Wash prosecutors to land the leftist leader behind bars. By sidestepping those motions, Fachin’s decision effectively preserves other Car Wash prosecutions, according to Paulo Calmon, a political science professor at the University of Brasilia. Had the Supreme Court determined Moro was biased, top executives and others he sentenced to prison as part of the investigation could have moved to have their own cases annulled. “What happened here was a transfer of jurisdiction,” Calmon said. _____ Biller reported from Rio de Janeiro. Mauricio Savarese And David Biller, The Associated Press
NHS Nightingale hospitals to close from next monthThe seven temporary sites were built during first wave of Covid-19 but treated few patients Soldiers helped to build the Nightingale hospital at London’s ExCeL London centre which only treated 54 patients. Photograph: Getty Images
A love letter to Sydney – the dazzling, uncaring lover I cheat on but always return toI was shaped by a literary canon set in New York, London, Paris – cities that felt more formative than my own. But then I started writing Kavita Bedford’s book Friends & Dark Shapes is set among the share houses, ocean pools and jacaranda-flooded streets that formed her. Photograph: Saeed Khan/AFP/Getty Images
HONOLULU — Hawaii is considering overtaking California as the state with the highest income tax rate in the nation, under legislation slated for a vote this week. The Hawaii Senate was expected to vote Tuesday on legislation that would impose a 16% tax on individuals earning more than $200,000 a year, which would beat out California's 13.3% on those earning more than $1 million. Hawaii’s proposed new rate would also outstrip the largest combined local and state tax rate in the nation, paid by the highest income earners in New York City, which is currently 12.7%. Hawaii has suffered a sharp decline in tax revenue as tourism has plummeted during the coronavirus pandemic, prompting lawmakers to search for new sources of income. The bill includes hikes to the capital gains tax, corporate tax and taxes on high-end real estate sales. The Senate Ways and Means Committee unanimously passed the measure last week. The bill's prospects in the House were uncertain. House lawmakers never scheduled hearings for similar legislation proposed in their chamber this session. The state's top income tax bracket is currently taxed 11%, where it has been since 2018. The 16% rate would expire after 2027 under the legislation. Dale Arthur Head, a retired Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard worker who lives on Oahu, submitted written testimony saying many people have lost their jobs during the pandemic and those who have been blessed with more can afford “this modest increase.” Taxes on the wealthy have been declining for decades while social programs have been cut, he said. "It’s not fair to people towards the bottom,” Head said in an interview. Beth Giesting, the director of the Hawaii Budget and Policy Center, submitted written testimony saying various deductions, exemptions and tax credits mean that Hawaii's millionaires currently pay an effective tax rate of just 6.8%. The bill would increase the amount actually paid by those with high incomes, she said. But critics say the increase will also ensnare businesses whose owners file taxes as individuals. Jared Walczak, the vice-president for state projects at the Washington, D.C.-based Tax Foundation, an independent tax policy non-profit, said 95% of businesses around the country file taxes in this category and not in the corporate tax category. They're called “pass-through” businesses because their income flows through to the income tax returns of their owners. Such businesses — for example partnerships, sole proprietorships and limited liability companies — employ 40% of the nation's workers, Walczak said. Hawaii businesses already have to pay an unusual levy called a general excise tax. It's similar to a sales tax in that it's imposed at the point of retail sale, but is also much broader — it taxes all business activity including wholesale and manufacturing. The highest income tax rate in the nation, combined with this general excise tax, would be a “significant double blow” for Hawaii businesses, Walczak said. “Hawaii leans heavily on the fact that it's Hawaii: people want to live in Hawaii, they want to vacation in Hawaii. You can get away with higher taxes because of that. It’s not unlimited, however. And some individuals and businesses will really struggle under rising taxes cutting very much into their margins,” he said. Brad Nicolai, the president of JN Group, which has 26 automobile and motorcycle franchises across Hawaii, said companies were just emerging from the pandemic and slowly trying to bring back employees. Labour is often the highest variable cost for Hawaii companies and some businesses will have to consider reducing their headcount if the tax hike goes into effect, he said. “There’s only so much that can be passed on to customers in any business and the remaining will have to be absorbed by the business itself,” Nicolai said. Businesses will pause investments and put on hold plans to hire more workers, he said. Nicolai wished lawmakers would consider these second-and third-order effects on the economy. The plethora of tax increases included in the bill made it an “all-in-one economic time bomb,” he said. “It’s really frustrating, honestly, for business people,” Nicolai said. Audrey McAvoy, The Associated Press