POSTED: Wednesday, September 09, 2009

UH-Manoa to host practice exams for SAT, PSAT and ACT for students

Practice SAT, PSAT and ACT exams are being offered at the University of Hawaii at Manoa on Saturday.

The Health Careers Opportunity Program and Kaplan Testing and Admissions Services will offer practice exams for students in grades 9 to 12 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Shidler College of Business.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. To sign up, e-mail the student's first and last name, school, grade level, e-mail address and contact phone number to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Please indicate which test the student will take. The deadline to sign up is today.

A donation of $5 to cover the cost of testing materials will be accepted at the door. Checks may be made payable to Friends of Operation Manong.

There will also be a free informational workshop on college exams and entrance tests for parents and relatives, and tours of the UH-Manoa campus and dorms will be available.

Call 944-7636 for more information.

Practice test scores will be available Sept. 19 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Shidler College of Business courtyard. Participants can meet with Kaplan advisers to review their results and learn how to improve their exam scores.

Animal society to hold open house after rescue of pets from shelter

The Oahu Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals will hold an open house of its Kalaeloa facility from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

The facility in Building 1142 at Roosevelt Avenue in the former Barbers Point Naval Air Station opened two months ago when the society became involved in the rescue of more than 200 birds, 135 dogs and 100 cats from a Waianae shelter. The Animal Haven, a Waianae nonprofit shelter that took in abandoned animals for 17 years, was created by Bonnie Pang, who died July 13. Her death left her husband to look after the dogs, cats, rabbits, ducks and chickens she had collected.

The SPCA facility now feeds and cares for 50 dogs and 80 cats and has placed some 50 animals in foster care.

Ethics rule leads to resignation

LIHUE » Matilda “;Mattie”; Yoshioka said a county Board of Ethics opinion left her no other choice but to resign her volunteer position on the Kauai Charter Review Commission.

Yoshioka was informed by the board in August that since she was on the commission, she could no longer appear before the Kauai County Council in her role as president and chief executive officer of the nonprofit Kauai Economic Development Board.

“;That's part of my job,”; she said. “;I would not be performing what I was paid to do here at KEDB, which is to bring up certain matters before the Planning (Commission) or Council on behalf of KEDB and our membership.”;

Yoshioka said she had asked the ethics board for an opinion.

The ethics panel based its decision on a section of the county charter that says, “;No officer or employee of the county shall ... appear in behalf of private interests before any county board, commission or agency.”;

“;Essentially, I am (in violation), but for the benefit of the entire island of Kauai,”; Yoshioka said. “;I think (the Board of Ethics) didn't see that.”;