The Conversation: Hong Kong Economy Drops in Wake of COVID-19

Feb 25, 2020

Hong Kong economy reeling from coronavirus; Elemental Excelerator wants startups solving climate change; Former House Speaker eyes Honolulu City Council seat; Society of Professional Journalists seeks more members

Hong Kong economy reeling from coronavirus

Johnson Choi, a Honolulu businessman and president of the Hong Kong-Hawai Chamber of Commerce, tells about weathering the economic turmoil in Hong Kong. A few months ago it was political protests. While those have quieted down, fears of the coronavirus have dealt another blow to the economy. Choi tells us about effects in Hong Kong and in Hawaii.

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Elemental Excelerator wants startups solving climate change

Elemental Excelerator, the nonprofit startup accelerator, is looking for its next set of companies to help combat climate changes. Over the past decade, the nonprofit has funded $36 million to 99 startups. Dawn Lippert, CEO of the Elemental Excelerator, tells us more about the companies they're looking for. Companies interested in applying can click here. The deadline is March 26.

Former House Speaker eyes Honolulu City Council seat

Rep. Calvin Say, who has served in the Hawaii State Legislature since 1976, is considering a run for Honolulu City Council. Honolulu Civil Beat Reporter Blaze Lovell tells us more. Click here to read the full story.

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Society of Professional Journalists seeks more members

The Society of Professional Journalists, Hawaii chapter, launched a drive to attract new members. Robbie Dingeman and Bill Sage tell us about SPJ Hawaii's Gridiron, the theatrical satire production featuring local communications professionals that skewers local newsmakers. Proceeds from the show fund its annual internship program. Click here for more information on SPJ Region 11 Conference in Hawaii, taking place on March 20-21 at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.