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Labor judge says man's suicide attempt linked to work-related injury

6621498 GIn 2001, William Kealoha fell from a drydock. He suffered multiple injuries. But his workers' compensation claim was denied. He's been trying to get it for 12 years.

"The insurance company spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to deny William benefits," attorney Jay Friedheim said.

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What was the Nisei project?


There’s a video on our website that reminded me that VMC was much involved in this project with my sister, Marla Hirokawa and in fact, underwrote the story ballet depicting the Nisei Veterans story in dance coming to Hawaii in 2003. We knew not how to do it; we just knew we “had to tell this story”. So, with little understanding what was required of me and my sister; we dove into it. The story ballet was taken to Leeward Community College Theater, Hilo UH Campus Theater, Kauai Community College Theater and the Maui Arts and Cultural Center during the summer of 2003.

We have been incredibly blessed by what happened then and how the community embraced us and this ballet and its Nisei story. My sister is reprising the ballet in New York this summer and bringing it back to remind us of how much we owe these brave men a huge debt of gratitude. Please support Marla in her efforts to make sure that this story does not continue to be told to the newer generation….

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Why nobody calls when you apply for a job.


nobody calls job interviewTrisha Zulic, a hiring recruiter based in San Diego, got an email from a job applicant recently with a single word in the subject line: “Management.” The email itself included only four words: “Attached is my resume.” Zulic was trying to fill management jobs at four different companies, so she emailed back and asked which position the applicant was applying for. The response she got: “Any company. Management.”

At that point, she moved on to the next candidate. “He didn’t even know what job he was applying for,” Zulic says. “I didn’t even look at his resume.”

As the economy recovers and hiring picks up, one vexing problem remains: People who have been out of work for more than a few months still find it extremely difficult to get a job. Financial stress on the jobless has intensified this year, as federal benefits for the long-term unemployed expired. The Senate passed a bill to reinstate those benefits, but so far the House of Representatives has kept it on ice. More than 4.5 million Americans count as long-term unemployed, and millions more have given up even looking for a job, though some are tiptoeing back into the market as they hear about hiring picking up.

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