DEAR Gov. Ralph Torres:
THE NMI Lady Rollers have canceled their trip to Guam where they were supposed to attend the Elite Basketball Camp from July 18 to 20.
IT'S hard to imagine life without assurances. Today’s “stay-home lockdown” feels like we are a prisoner of our own failures.
THE governor’s Covid-19 Task Force and the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. on Saturday evening announced two confirmed Covid-19 cases in the CNMI.
SANDS Team SCS edged the VFW Assassins, 7-6, in the Thursday Division of the Saipan Billiards Association Open 8-Ball League at Sands Bar.
SO, your workplace has shut down, the school is closed, and most recreational activities are not available. You’re looking at some serious down time. Don’t think of it as wasted days; instead, look at it as an opportunity to get some things done.
LOCAL resident Mengrang Haruo says she is very grateful to the FEMA volunteers — men and women — who came to her house to fix her windows which were destroyed by Typhoon Yutu in Oct. 2018.
MATHEW Richardson, a Mount Carmel School senior and a point guard for the NMI Rollers Basketball Association, is coping with the Covid-19 situation by staying in shape physically and mentally.
THE FIRST real adoption of “socialistic ideology” in America actually emerged as the solution to the Great Depression that was even spurred on by the WWII efforts.
THE CNMI government has asked the federal authorities to cancel flights including inter-island ones to protect the Commonwealth from Covid-19, Commonwealth Ports Authority Chairwoman Kimberlyn King-Hinds said.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — Democrats in the U.S. Congress and some of the party’s presidential contenders warned on Tuesday about escalating conflict in the Middle East after Iran launched a retaliatory missile strike against U.S. forces in Iraq.
FRANK “The Crank” Camacho believes that government leaders and experts all over the world are doing everything to combat the spread of Covid-19 epidemic.
GOVERNOR Ralph DLG Torres on Sunday said the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Food and Nutrition Service has approved the requests of the CNMI Department of Community and Cultural Affairs-Nutrition Assistance Program for waivers to temporarily amend certain procedures and services due to the global Covid-19 pandemic.
Err on the side of caution
THE Covid-19 outbreak is an unprecedented and quite possibly the most serious crisis faced by the NMI since World War II. We’re talking about human lives, and this is why we have to, as much as humanly possible, remain level-headed.
COMMONWEALTH Utilities Corp. Executive Director Gary Camacho on Saturday announced a decrease in the fuel adjustment charge for power bills starting April 1.
IN a recent (and superb) special report, The Wall Street Journal focused on how the Covid-19 outbreak has affected a farm-to-table restaurant called Table 20 in Cartersville, Georgia, and its owners, employees, landlord, lenders, suppliers and other vendors — and then these individuals’ families, lenders, vendors and countless others.
THE new energy-efficient building that will house the District Court for the NMI will be fully operational by June 2020 according to Bill Bezzant, chief deputy clerk of the court.
PUBLIC School System employees received 70 percent of their salary on Saturday, March 28. Their payday was supposed to be Friday, March 27.
(Office of the Governor) — Gov. Ralph DLG Torres signed an agreement on Sunday afternoon with the U.S. Department of Labor to implement the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance for CNMI workers who were recently affected by the economic downturn caused by the Covid-19 outbreak.
IF it’s true that the novel coronavirus would kill millions without shelter-in-place orders and quarantines, then the extraordinary measures being carried out in cities and states around the country are surely justified. But there’s little evidence to confirm that premise — and projections of the death toll could plausibly be orders of magnitude too high.
TINIAN Mayor Edwin P. Aldan on Saturday announced that the island’s municipal government is strictly implementing Gov. Ralph DLG Torres’ directives in response to two confirmed Covid-19 cases. One of the patients traveled to Tinian.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Office of the CNMI Congressional Delegate) — The U.S. House of Representatives passed a third coronavirus relief bill Friday afternoon and President Trump signed it into law. U.S. Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan, who has been in Washington all week for the negotiations, reports tens of millions of dollars were added to help the Marianas in the final version of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security, or “CARES,” Act.
IF President Trump is right that the fight against the coronavirus is the equivalent of a war, we need to focus first and foremost on defeating the enemy.
THE Public School System will receive $12.6 million from the $2 trillion stimulus package signed into law Friday by President Donald J. Trump, PSS federal programs manager Tim Thornburg said.
“SADLY, 12 years of stress tests and economic crisis planning never considered the possibility of a pandemic. Let us get a better economic plan in place for the next one.” This thought, stated by John Cochrane in the last sentence of an otherwise unexceptional op-ed, no doubt is a thought that has occurred to many others.
USA Fanter Corporation has satisfied the mechanic’s lien requirements, District Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona said during a telephonic and video conference hearing held on Friday.
(Office of the Governor) — Gov. Ralph DLG Torres expressed his gratitude to President Donald J. Trump and the U.S. Congress for delivering urgent economic support to the CNMI by enacting the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security or CARES Act into law on March 27, 2020.
It’s easy to feel depressed and scared these days. News about the impact and death toll of the new coronavirus, Covid-19, is constant. Government responses have been chaotic, ranging from near-indifference to suddenly shutting down the economy, with politicians offering to pay for everything.
(Press Release) — Karidat will be closed to the public Monday, March 30, as it transitions its food assistance to curbside distribution.
WASHINGTON (Press Release) — U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary David Bernhardt applauds President Trump signing H.R. 1365, which makes technical corrections to the Guam World War II Loyalty Recognition Act. This legislation, passed by the House and Senate, authorizes the U.S. Department of the Treasury to issue payments to survivors of Guam’s occupation by Imperial Japanese Forces during World War II.
WASHINGTON (Press Release) — U.S. Department of the Interior Assistant Secretary, Insular and International Affairs, Douglas W. Domenech announced $858,924 in Technical Assistance Program or TAP emergency grant funding to the Pacific Island Health Officers Association to provide GeneXpert testing kits and a machine for the U.S. Pacific territories and Freely Associated States so that they may now conduct on-island testing during the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic.
WASHINGTON (Press Release) — U.S. Department of the Interior Assistant Secretary for Insular and International Affairs Douglas W. Domenech announced that President Trump and Congress have approved millions in economic and pandemic aid.
HAGÅTÑA (Joint Information Center/The Guam Daily Post) — The Guam Department of Public Health and Social Services tested 23 individuals for Covid-19 on Sunday, March 29, 2020 with conclusive results. One tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 and 22 tested negative for SARS-CoV-2.
WASHINGTON (The Wall Street Journal) — The State Department is further easing requirements on seasonal foreign worker visas, following agriculture industry warnings that a bottleneck created by coronavirus-related curbs could prompt a farm-labor shortage at the peak of spring harvest.
Governor Ralph DLG Torres issued the following memorandum on March 27, 2020:
(Office of the Governor) — Effective Monday, March 23, 2020, pursuant to Gov. Ralph DLG Torres's Executive Order 2020-05, Directive #8, all individuals entering the CNMI have been ordered to quarantine at a designated site for 14 days. Incoming travelers will also be enrolled into the Text Illness Monitoring system, which alerts Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. staff when enrollees report symptoms.
(Press Release) — Due to recent developments with Covid-19, the Saipan Chamber of Commerce has postponed its scholarship golf tournament previously scheduled April 4 until further notice. Additionally, the chamber has also postponed its scholarship program until further notice.