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Little Fire Ants Could be Linked to Pet Blindness

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The Little Fire Ant infestation on Hawai‘i Island may be hurting dogs and cats.  Reports say that bites from the ants may be causing a clouding of the eyes of pets, sometimes leading to partial blindness.  Animal advocates say the condition is called tropical keratopathy and is found in tropical and semi-tropical places, especially where there are Little Fire Ants.  While the link has not been proven, advocates say more research is needed.

An animal welfare advocate group called The Good Shepard Foundation is hosting a public meeting this Wednesday to discuss the issue.  Sydney Singer is the foundation’s director.

The community meeting takes place on Wednesday from 6-8pm at the P?hoa Community Center.  More information can be found at fireanteye.org.

Nick Yee’s passion for music developed at an early age, as he collected jazz and rock records pulled from dusty locations while growing up in both Southern California and Honolulu. In college he started DJing around Honolulu, playing Jazz and Bossa Nova sets at various lounges and clubs under the name dj mr.nick. He started to incorporate Downtempo, House and Breaks into his sets as his popularity grew, eventually getting DJ residences at different Chinatown locations. To this day, he is a fixture in the Honolulu underground club scene, where his live sets are famous for being able to link musical and cultural boundaries, starting mellow and building the audience into a frenzy while steering free of mainstream clichés.
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