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Solar plane delays departure to Hawaii

Solar Impulse 2, the plane attempting to be the first to fly around the world powered only by the sun, has had to push back its departure from Nanjing, China, for Hawaii due to weather.

The pilots were hoping to take off Monday, but now they are looking at a Saturday departure, said a Solar Impulse 2 spokes­woman. The flight to Hawaii is the longest nonstop flight on the round-the-world trip and will take about five days.

Andre Borschberg, co-founder and CEO of Solar Impulse 2, will pilot the plane for the five-day flight.

The Solar Impulse 2 team said the plane is expected to land at Kalaeloa Airport in West Oahu and will be in Hawaii for a minimum of three days.

Solar Impulse 2 began its planned 25,000-mile trip around the world March 9 from Abu Dhabi.

The takeoff from China and journey will be broadcast live at

McDonald’s announces restructuring plan

NEW YORK » McDonald’s wants to simplify, simplify, simplify — but also add a bunch of choices for customers to avoid growing stale.

CEO Steve Easterbrook said Monday that he will strip away the bureaucracy at McDonald’s so the company can move more nimbly to keep up with changing tastes. The overhaul comes after McDonald’s saw its profit drop 15 percent last year, with sales dipping in regions around the world.

To help make the right changes more quickly, McDonald’s said it’s restructuring its business into four units led by lean management teams.

The company also is testing an all-day breakfast menu in San Diego and a "Create Your Taste" option that lets people build their own burgers.

McDonald’s, based in Oak Brook, Ill., said 90 percent of its more than 36,200 restaurants around the world will be franchised over the next four years.


Kaiser Permanente has announced the following new care pro­viders to the Hawaii region in the areas of family medicine, genetics and otolaryngology: 

» Dr. Wynette Amazona joins Kai­ser’s Kona Medical Office and is board certified in family medicine. She was previously serving as a hospital medicine physician while completing her residency at MidMichigan Medical Center in Midland, Mich.

» Rebecca Yee Bassett joins the newly created genetics department at Mapunapuna Medical Office where she will help provide pediatric and cancer genetics services to patients. She was previously serving as a clinical genetic counselor at the Genetics Center in Smithtown, N.Y., and New York University Medical Center.

» Dr. Janette Brunken joins Kapolei Clinic and is board certified in family medicine. She was previously working at Southern California Permanente Medical Group.

» Dr. Julie Won Ireland specializes in medical genetics and will be based in Mapunapuna Medical Office. She completed a genetics fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

» Dr. Jae Lim joins the otolaryngology department at Moanalua Medical Center, specializing in head and neck cancer treatment and surgery. He was previously serving as a chief resident while completing his residency in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle.

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