I GREW up mostly in South Avondale, Cincinnati, Ohio. I was in the Army on leave before doing a 2nd tour of duty in the Republic of Vietnam when civil unrest came to South Avondale.
WASHINGTON/MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) — Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of U.S. cities on Tuesday for an eighth consecutive night of protests over the death of a black man in police custody, clashing with police and looting stores in New York City.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Press Release) — Natural Resources Chair Raúl M. Grijalva and 12 bipartisan members of Congress sent a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, urging him to consider the vulnerable economic and public health infrastructure in the U.S. Territories when determining criteria for prioritizing the distribution of coronavirus resources.
IN today's world we all know someone in this small tight knit community facing and dealing with a life threatening medical condition such as cancer, heart disease or any number of others.
KOROR (Island Times/Pacnews) — Arthur Ngirakelsong had retired after serving 28 years as chief justice of the Palau Supreme Court.
DOES anyone remember Typhoon Soudelor and how all the federal monies could not seem to be accounted for?
EVERY successful athlete has a person they looked up to during their rise to stardom, and it was no different for the former NMI U12 National Soccer Team members.
IMPERIAL Pacific International Holdings, the parent company of IPI (CNMI) LLC, has committed to provide financing to its subsidiary on Saipan, according to Michael Dotts who has been contracted by the casino operator as interim general counsel.
IN many countries around the world, there appears light at the end of the Covid-19 tunnel. Curves are flattening, new cases are levelling off or dropping, and videoconferencing is at an all-time high.
PUBLIC school education is clearly the bailiwick of Education Commissioner Alfred Ada.
JOSHUA Meneses, who aspires to be an Olympic weightlifter, said he is coping with the ongoing Covid-19 situation by working out in his “personal gym” at his house.
SCHOOL’S out for summer.
PACIFIC Rim Land Development LLC is opposing the motion of Imperial Pacific International to stay execution of judgment pending appeal.
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.
WE would like to thank you all for your heartfelt compassion and kindness.
I AM writing to you in regards to the changes being made to the Ada Gym mural.
ON Dec. 10, 2013, the NMI U12 National Team made history by beating Guam 4-0 to win the Marianas Cup at the Oleai Sports Complex.
THE death of George Floyd while in police custody in Minneapolis, Minnesota last week has sparked global outrage, including on Saipan.
FIRST… Kudos to the governor and his Covid-19 task force for a job well done. To say that I do not always agree with the governor would be an understatement, but a job well done is a job well done.
FIRST of all, thank you for the open discussion.
AARON Paul Pamintuan, a 23-year-old multi-sport athlete, believes that physical fitness has long-term benefits, especially for one’s health.
(Governor’s Covid-19 Task Force/CHCC) — The Governor’s Covid-19 Task Force and the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. would like to inform the public that one additional person has been confirmed to have contracted Covid-19.
TO Ms Laila Y. Boyer:
It was with great sadness that I learned of the passing of your father, Abed E. Younis. On behalf of all the Palauan people throughout the Pacific region, please accept my sincerest condolences.
A MEMBER of the U16 Northern Marianas Soccer National Team and a current player of the Tan Holdings Football Club, Kohtaro Goto shadowed the U19 NMI Soccer National Team on its trip to Cambodia to participate in the 2020 Asian Football Confederation U19 championship qualifiers tournament.
AS a person with a physical disability, I face random daily living impediments that often affect my mental health maybe more now with the Covid-19 pandemic.
HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — A 36-year-old man was arrested on multiple charges to include: attempted murder, aggravated assault, family violence, and child abuse after Southern Precinct Command officers investigated a disturbance on Monday in Talofofo.
I HAVE enjoyed reading recent accounts of the establishment of Saipan's first newspaper. The best factual and historical account was the letter from Floyd Takeuchi in Hawaii which mentioned the Marianas Star that I started in 1970. Now I would like to expand his account a bit because starting a newspaper in those days was no easy task.
FORMER Saipan student-athlete and MP United Club soccer player Richard Steele continues to shine in Santa Barbara County, California where he and his family have relocated.
JAPAN’S Covid “State of Emergency” is now officially over. Tokyo, the last of Japan’s 47 prefectures to be officially released from restrictions, was declared safe(ish) recently, meaning its cautious three-step program of reopening all commercial premises and entertainment venues can begin.
(BECQ) — The Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality analyzes water samples collected from Saipan's west coast recreational beaches and storm drainages on the west coast every Tuesday.
RICHARD Gramlich aka “The Man,” “ The PAO,” surf on brother!
(YOSGC) — The Ye Olde Saipanne Golfe Clubbe mourns the passing of Richard Jones, a YOSGC member who earlier this month succumbed after a long battle with cancer.
WHEN the University of California announced it will stop using the SAT and ACT for admissions, it sent tremors through the world of higher education.
THE Saipan mayor’s office on Tuesday announced that this year’s Liberation Day on July 4 will be celebrated “virtually.”
MY thoughts on the Coronavirus or Covid 19 pandemic? It is just starting. We have not reached its peak yet. Take a look all around you. Take a look at what is happening to the world. It is just a matter of time until the next wave occurs. And the next. And the next. Unless we find the antidote.
THANKS to a grant received by the Department of Community and Cultural Affairs from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Gilbert C. Ada Gymnasium now has a new mural.
ONE of the most infuriating aspects of the coronavirus pandemic is the uncertainty about when it will end.
THE leadership of the Saipan and Northern Islands Legislative Delegation is working on a local measure that will create a Garapan Community Improvement District.
THE passing of Marianas Variety's founding publisher, Abed E. Younis, really caught me by surprise and I was totally lost for words as I had to take time to reflect on what to say about one of the Marianas’ GREAT founding fathers.
“A CLIENT once called me a ‘mad scientist,’ referring to my professional belief and strategical approach to make his fitness dream and goals a reality,” Gold's Gym personal trainer Jerry Diaz said.
THE stuff of fiction, you say.
WHILE the Saipan mayor’s office is back to normal operation, members of the public are still encouraged to transact business online, special assistant to the mayor Henry Hofschneider said.
ON a busy Monday morning in January 1972, I was visited by a young Arab-Israeli man by the named of Abed Younis in my Micronesian Congressional Office in Chalan Kanoa. I welcomed Abed into my office and was profoundly pleased to meet such a man with a broad and happy smile and an outstretched arm in friendship. He greeted me with “Hafa Adai yan todo mauleg” in impeccable Chamorro. I offered him coffee, but he said that he was a tea man. Then he started to give me a biography of my life: college and law school education in Washington, D.C and my experience with the Trust Territory government as an assistant attorney general and now the junior senator for the Mariana Islands in the Congress of Micronesia. I asked him if he was writing a biography of me, and he immediately informed me he wanted to ask me a question on how he could permanently reside on Saipan. I looked at him and told him simply that the only option he had was to find and marry a Micronesian woman. A few months later, Abed took my advice to heart and he married a beautiful and loving young lady from Saipan who happened to be a relative of mine, Maria Paz Tudela Castro.
AS a member of the NMI badminton national team that competed in the 2019 Samoa Pacific Games, Ezekiel Macario said they are now more aware of the level of competition that they will face in the 2022 Pacific Mini Games, which will be held on Saipan.
FOR the past 30 years I have pledged myself to educating students academically and socially to be successful in life and I have also been trying to educate the public on what is needed for the CNMI to have a successful economy, a successful government, and how to repair our riddled Social Fabric with real prosperity FOR the People.
DISTRICT Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona has denied the stipulation of Rota Mayor Efraim Atalig and the U.S. government not to have a hearing and argument before the court.
IT was sad to learn that my good friend Abed Younis recently passed away. The two of us used to have a weekly lunch a few years ago. We would talk about local politics, about the state of education in the CNMI, and about other subjects and events in the Northern Marianas.
WITH the easing of the Covid-19 restrictions, Latte Built in Oleai reopened its doors Wednesday to the public with a new schedule and set of rules.
IS Kayleigh McEnany the best Press Secretary in history?
THE Senate Committee on Health, Education, and Welfare convened on Tuesday morning to discuss several bills, including three centered on mental health and authored by the committee vice chairman, Sen. Sixto K. Igisomar.
I WAS deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Abed Younis. In an era when we’ve cheapened the noun “Hero” through overuse, Younis (as nearly everyone called him) was a true if unlikely media hero, one of the founding fathers of contemporary journalism in the Western Pacific.
LOCAL fighter Frank “The Crank” Camacho will face Matt “The Steamrolla” Frevola in UFC Fight Night 173 on June 20 at UFC Apex in Las Vagas, Nevada.
WHILE observing social distancing rules, Dr. Rita H. Inos Jr.-Sr. High School on Tuesday held a drive-thru promotion ceremony for 32 eighth graders.
IT is with solemn sadness that we express our deepest condolences to the family of a man whose name is immediately associated with the most widely read newspaper in the Northern Marianas, Guam, and all over Micronesia. We mourn with the rest of the Marianas on the passing of Mr. Abed E. Younis, who brought the profession of journalism and news reporting to a new level by constantly improving Marianas Variety, a local newspaper that has informed and entertained the people of the Northern Marianas for over 48 years.
PUBLISHED in 1956, Edwin O’Connor’s “The Last Hurrah” was hailed by the New York Times as “the best novel about American politics.” It was a bestseller and was adapted into a 1958 film with Spencer Tracy playing the lead role. The movie flopped but the novel lives on. Its author was a print and broadcast journalist and his main subjects were “big-boss” politics and its practitioners.
GRACE Christian Academy student Elijah Joshua Pajarilla has been selected as a 2020 QuestBridge College Prep Scholars Program recipient.
IT has been a very long time since I have felt compelled to write to the editor of Variety.
ONE hundred forty Koreans left Saipan on May 27 on a chartered Jeju Air flight, Marianas Visitors Authority board chairwoman Marian Aldan-Pierce said.
(Governor’s Covid-19 Task Force/CHCC) — On Monday, June 1, 2020, in response to Gov. Ralph DLG Torres’s latest amendment to the CNMI Emergency Directives of 2020, the Bureau of Environmental Health of the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. inspected and granted certification of compliance guidance for restaurants looking to offer dine-in services.
HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — It started as a small crowd of about two dozen.
"WE join the Marianas in mourning the passing of an icon and innovator in the Pacific, Abed E. Younis.
MARIANAS Variety's founding publisher, Abed E. Younis, passed away Saturday morning, April 18, peacefully at home, from natural causes, surrounded by his family. He was 83.
WHILE thousands of economic impact payments, or stimulus checks, have been issued to Commonwealth taxpayers, there are still a handful in the NMI who have yet to receive theirs.
(NMC) — Graduating high school seniors and their parents are invited to attend Northern Marianas College “Start Smart” event, which will be held online though Zoom on Thursday, June 4, 2020 at 1 p.m. ChST.
(Press Release) — The Division of Fish and Wildlife will resume assessing a $3 per head user fee for all nonresident users of the Smiling Cove transient dock beginning July 1, 2020.
(Press Release) — BankGuam Holding Company announced that its board of directors 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, at its board’s regular meeting held on Tuesday, May 26, 2020.
(CNMI Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management) — June 1 marks the start of typhoon preparedness in the Marianas. The months of June through November are commonly known as typhoon season but that is misleading as typhoons can occur throughout the year in the western North Pacific. July through November is the time frame in which most tropical cyclones occur, with a peak in activity between September and November.
(Press Release) — The CNMI Scholarship Office, or CSO, with the support of Gov. Ralph DLG Torres, Lt. Gov. Arnold I. Palacios, and its board of directors, announce that it is now open for full services from Monday to Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., excluding holidays and austerity Fridays.
DEAR grads, lockdown class of 2020: Switch off “Animal Crossing,” wrap up that episode of “The Masked Singer,” pause practicing your TikTok “Renegade” dance, finish ironically chugging your Corona beer, and listen up — Karens, Beckys and Chads, too.
(Press Release) — Bank of Guam is reminding customers to be alert to suspicious, unsolicited emails asking customers for information or to click on a hyperlink to validate information.
WHEN I tell people that I work at the Foundation for Economic Education, they sometimes ask: “What economic ideas should people understand?”
THE Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, which is under the governor’s office, is joining the rest of the nation in celebrating the 100th anniversary of the first federally funded program that assists people with disabilities.
MANGILAO (UOG) — The University of Guam Press won its second Independent Publisher Book Award for “CHamoru Legends: A Gathering of Stories” written by Teresita Lourdes Perez and translated into CHamoru by Maria Ana Tenorio Rivera.
(DPS) — The CNMI Department of Public Safety’s Bureau of Motor Vehicles, Highway Safety Office, and the Firearms and Records Office will now be open to serve the public Monday to Friday excluding holidays.
(Press Release) — Marianas High School’s Class of 2020 virtual commencement will be held on June 11, 2020 at 4 p.m.
(Office of the Governor) — The Department of Community and Cultural Affairs-Child Care and Development Fund Program announces the suspension of applications to the program.
(Press Release) — Beginning on May 26, 2020, the Settlement Fund office will resume normal office hours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, except for holidays.
(Press Release) — Due to the continuing health and safety concerns associated with Covid-19 and pursuant to Supreme Court Order No. 2020-ADM-0010-MSC or Covid Order No. 3, judiciary courthouses and facilities will be open on a limited basis from Monday, May 11, 2020 to Wednesday, July 1, 2020.
(NMC) — New college students who are looking to access federal financial aid for the Northern Marianas College’s Summer 2020 session are asked to file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA form by Friday, June 5, 2020.
SOME island residents interviewed by this writer said they are worried about the Covid-19 pandemic and haven’t been sleeping well because of it.