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WASHINGTON (Reuters) — Federal Reserve officials on Wednesday are expected to at least flag the pending start of talks about when and how to exit from the crisis-era policies the U.S. central bank put in place at the onset of the coronavirus pandemic last year.

DETROIT (Reuters) — General Motors Co. on Wednesday boosted its spending on electric and autonomous vehicles, pulled ahead plans for two U.S. battery plants and forecast stronger-than-expected second-quarter profits.

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(Governor’s Council of Economic Advisers) — Tasi Tours & Transportation Inc. president Hiroari Kamimori met with Gov. Ralph DLG Torres on  Friday, June 11, and assured the CNMI government of the company’s support in rebuilding the tourism industry of the Marianas.

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(MVA) —  Elected and business leaders of Tinian are the latest to join the Hafa Adai & Tirow Pledge program, vowing to help promote the indigenous Chamorro and Carolinian cultures of the Marianas.

(Reuters) — Federal Reserve officials meet this week faced with ongoing tension between their two main goals, as inflation rises faster than expected even with millions of Americans still unemployed more than a year after the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.

LONDON/SINGAPORE (Reuters) — Bitcoin climbed to shy of $40,000 on Monday, after yet another weekend of price swings following tweets from Tesla boss Elon Musk, who fended off criticism over his market influence and said Tesla sold bitcoin but may resume transactions using it.

PAGO PAGO (SRNZ Pacific/Pacnews) — Workers at American Samoan tuna cannery StarKist are bracing for a one shift per day operation for the rest of the month. 

CARBIS BAY, England (Reuters) — The Group of Seven richest democracies sought on Saturday to counter China's growing influence by offering developing nations an infrastructure plan that could rival President Xi Jinping's multi-trillion-dollar Belt and Road initiative.

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(Press Release) — Pacific Islands Club Saipan employees and E-Land Group management gathered for a beach cleanup on June 9 at Pakpak Beach. Thirty-four individuals  picked up trash along the shore near the resort.

(NMC) — Judy’s Cafe & Restaurant is the latest company to sign on as a Northern Marianas College ProaPerks Partner, joining many other businesses and organizations. All card-carrying members of the NMC ProaPerks program can now receive a 20% off on food & drink purchase.

(Reuters) — U.S. job openings surged by nearly one million to a new record high in April, while more people voluntarily left their employment, strengthening the view that a recent moderation in job growth was due to supply constraints.

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(MVA) — Over 100 tourism enthusiasts in the Marianas joined the Japan Saipan Travel Association or JSTA in its semi-annual cleanup on May 29, 2021, collecting approximately 600 lbs. of trash and marking one of the largest turnouts of volunteers in recent years.

 (Reuters) — Hotels, restaurants and other businesses are boosting pay as they try to rebuild their staffs and meet increasing demand from Americans ready to venture out as pandemic-related restrictions are lifted and more people are vaccinated.

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(MVA) —  The Marianas Tourism Resumption Task Force announced the details of its Tourism Resumption Investment Plan or TRIP to stakeholders and the community on Tuesday, June 1, detailing a strategy that will maintain the destination’s high Covid-19 safety standards while also meeting key ex…

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SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) — U.S. labor market signals are conflicting to an "unprecedented" degree, but those suggesting labor market slack should be given more weight than those pointing to tightness, according a paper published Monday by the San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank.

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SEATTLE/PARIS (Reuters) — Boeing Co CEO Dave Calhoun faces a multibillion-dollar dilemma over how to rebuild sales in its core airliner business that has sparked an internal debate and put the future of the largest U.S. exporter on the line, industry insiders say.

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PARIS (Reuters) — Global airlines urged the G7 rich nations on Wednesday to agree to use more flexible data-based methods when deciding whether to keep borders closed in response to Covid-19, rather than maintaining blanket rules that disrupt travel.

LONDON/TOKYO (Reuters) — Factory activity powered ahead in Europe last month and stayed strong in Asia as demand grew, surveys showed, but rising raw material costs and supply bottlenecks posed a headache for business and weighed on the recovery in export-driven economies.

LONDON (Reuters) — Oil prices firmed on Monday, with Brent trading near $70 a barrel, underpinned by the bright outlook for fuel demand growth in the next quarter, while investors looked ahead to the OPEC+ meeting this week to see how producers will respond.

PARIS (Reuters) — The global economic outlook is improving as vaccine rollouts allow businesses to resume operations and as the United States pumps trillions of dollars into the world's largest economy, the OECD said on Monday, nudging its forecasts higher.

(Press Release) —  BankGuam Holding Company’s board of directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.10 per share for the holders of its common stock and a dividend payment to the holders of the company’s 5.5% Fixed Rate/Floating Rate Noncumulative Preferred Stock, Series A.  The di…

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) — U.S. consumer prices surged in April, with a measure of underlying inflation blowing past the Federal Reserve's 2% target and posting its largest annual gain since 1992, because of pent-up demand and supply constraints as the economy reopens.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) — The U.S. Senate on Thursday advanced a sweeping package of legislation intended to boost the country's ability to compete with Chinese technology, as Congress increasingly seeks to take a tough line against Beijing.

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(Special Advertising Feature) —  Bank of Hawaii has announced that Zelle is now available to Guam and Saipan customers in its mobile banking app, bringing residents a fast, safe and easy person-to-person payment option. The release of Zelle on Guam and Saipan is the newest digital enhancemen…

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) —Federal Reserve policymakers have begun to acknowledge they are closer to debating when to pull back some of their crisis support for the U.S. economy, even as they say it is still needed to bolster the recovery and employment.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) — U.S. efforts to address competition with China progressed on Tuesday when the chairman of the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee introduced sweeping legislation to boost economic competitiveness and push Beijing on human rights.

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BANK of Saipan president and chief executive officer John Z. Arroyo on Monday said within the next 60 days or so,  the bank will launch the next episode of “Dollars & Sense,” an animated series on financial literacy.