WASHINGTON (Reuters) — The United States set a record for coronavirus cases on Saturday, with more than 5 million people now infected, according to a Reuters tally, as the country’s top infectious diseases official offered hope earlier this week that an effective vaccine might be available by year-end.
OWN who you are.
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.
IN response to the news article “More Community Members Stand in Solidarity with Black Lives Matter Movement,” I wholeheartedly agree with our community’s response to it.
MIKE Omar, a veteran volleyball player, shows his love for the sport by competing in nearly every local tournament held on Saipan. He also lends a helping hand to the NMI Volleyball Association when he is not a player by taking the role of a referee.
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.
I WANT to commend the Covid-19 Task Force and all of the personnel associated with the testing of travelers that are arriving daily and at airport as well as those operating the quarantine facilities at the Kanoa Resort.
FRANK “The Crank” Camacho will seek redemption in his fight against Brok “Chata Tuska” Weaver of Alabama at UFC Fight Night 177 on Sept. 12 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
RECENTLY I and Saipan were the subject of a hatchet piece penned by a Chinese author writing under an alias.
FENG Chun Jin and Joung Hoon Park, along with Shayne Villanueva and Marco Peter, topped their respective categories to claim the top prizes at the Saipan Chamber of Commerce Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament held Saturday at the LaoLao Bay Golf & Resort.
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.
I HOPE all of us, including our leaders, go to church every Sunday to hear the Good News from our deacons and priests, and partake of the Body of Christ.
SAIPAN670 is participating in Guam Mini Tournament, a “Mobile Legends: Bang Bang” video competition, and is on its way up the ladder after dominating the preliminary round on Saturday.
WHY would a benevolent God deny us the prospect of a debate between Joe Biden and Donald Trump?
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.
AS the CNMI House of Representatives has formed a special committee to take a closer look at the Governor’s financial expenditures, I could not help but look at the ascension possibilities if he is immediately removed from office.
The Public School System supported the recently concluded Saipan Chamber of Commerce's 2020 Two-Man Scramble Scholarship Golf Tournament held on Aug. 8 at LaoLao Bay Golf & Resort.
HAS there been in recent history a more tendentious, hysterical, data-denying and frankly disreputable exercise in misdirection than the way in which much of America’s media has covered the Covid-19 epidemic?
FIRST and foremost leave AMP alone.
A TEAM usually has the upper hand when challenged in an environment where its players are most comfortable. It’s called “home-court advantage.”
A FEW short interminable months ago, Covid-19 had made it almost impossible to find hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, and other cleaning products at the local grocery store or online. The shortages not only sent Americans scrambling for supplies (I actually mailed my mom some Clorox Wipes), but also elicited calls from both the right and the left for major changes to U.S. trade and economic policy.
IB SY 2020-2021 Northern Marianas International School will be seven years old.
WHEN the Marianas Racing Association announced that it was back in action, novice rider Kier Agda could not contain his excitement. He said he is ready for a real race on the natural dirt.
THERE is really just no end to what WE the People are going to learn about the criminal activity that has gone on with our leaders and IPI.
IT is time to stop the anti-American resolutions from the Legislature concerning military developments in the Northern Islands.
(SCC) — Scrambling into the excitement is Joeten Motors, the second Hole-in-One sponsor for the Saipan Chamber of Commerce 2020 Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament this Saturday, August 8, 2020 at the LaoLao Bay Golf & Resort! Joeten Motors joins the fun and challenges golfers at Hole.7 with a 180 yard-marker for a 2020 Honda Civic Sport Sedan!
NEW York City must be one of the few places on earth where chaos nostalgia is widespread.
AS an Asian-American student who has observed many incidents of racism in many different communities, I am writing to you to show great appreciation for the editorial you have written regarding racism. (“Variations: Racism in the NMI,” June 19, 2020)
JUSTIN Mizutani, who works for the Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services, not only won the Amigos Golf Association's July Ace title, he also did it with a bang posting a record net score of 116 on Sunday at the Kingfisher Golf Links.
FOR most Americans the coronavirus is a scourge.
AS Gov. Ralph DLG Torres has placed tourism at the forefront of his agenda for economic revival, I figured I would contribute to the endeavor by means of a marketing slogan.
MARI Alvarez has always been a fan of motocross and continues to show her love for the sport as the only female rider of the newly reorganized Marianas Racing Association or MRA.
A HUG from little kids is perhaps the warmest expression of gratitude from them.
PAPE'ETE (RNZ Pacific/Pacnews) — Authorities in French Polynesia now say 71 people have contracted Covid-19 over the past four days.
BUE'NAS Para Todo Eti'ampu.
SAIPAN Paddling Club members finally got their feet wet again on Thursday after a four-month hiatus in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.
TAXPAYER-FUNDED institutions are now adding their voices to the movement against “systemic racism” — the invisible legacy of slavery and discrimination that supposedly determines the destiny of black Americans.
(BECQ) — The Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality analyzes water samples collected from Saipan's west coast recreational beaches and storm drainages every week.
I AM writing to express my opinion regarding your June 19, 2020, Variations, “Racism in the NMI.”
IT is important to understand the three primary types of muscle action to maximize your training sessions and see visible progress as soon as possible, Gold's Gym Saipan personal trainer Jerry Diaz said.
THIS week is a solemn occasion, for it marks the 75th anniversary of the world’s first atomic attack, ushering in the nuclear age.
IMPERIAL Pacific International will not be able to pay the $15.5 million annual casino license fee for this year, IPI Chief Executive Officer Donald R. Browne told the CNMI government.
THE homily many heard a few weeks ago at the cathedral mentioned Mathew 11: 25-30:
CERTIFIED cardio kickboxing and aerodance instructor Joel Vallega says joining his classes can help you stay strong and healthy.
IN the contentious debate over opening schools, there is almost no mention of the youngest learners — children 2 to 5, who attend day care, nursery schools or prekindergarten programs.
SENATOR Paul A. Manglona is urging Gov. Ralph DLG Torres to give the CNMI Department of Labor the financial support and manpower it needs to expeditiously process Pandemic Unemployment Assistance and Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation applications.
THANK you Harry Blalock for a splendid search for our brother who was swept out to sea last Sunday.
THE Public School System has reduced its fiscal year 2021 budget request to $28 million from $40 million, but it is still $8 million more than what the administration proposed.
AS the executive officer of the CNMI Office of Veterans Affairs, I felt obligated to respond to a social media post on the Veterans Cemetery that appeared on the Facebook page of U.S. Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan on June 26, 2020, and that was highly misinformed.
AFTER four months of hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the National Basketball Association is finally returning to action.
1972 was an election year in the (Northern) Marianas, one of the six districts of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands which included the Marshalls, Palau, Ponape, Truk and Yap. The TT was administered by the U.S. “on behalf of the United Nations.”
THE Attorney General’s Office has suspended the prosecution proceedings against former Rep. Gregorio Vicente Muna Sablan Jr. who was accused of not disclosing additional income while he was still in office in 2018 and 2019.
IT was reported on May 25, 2020 that Superior Court Judge Joseph N. Camacho found against me in Pangelinan v. Pangelinan, Civ. Action No. 17-0067, to have committed the “tort of abuse of process of an estate [case]” and the “tort of intentional interference with another’s performance of their own contract by tortuously [sic] interfering in the contractual relations between plaintiffs and Peak Development (CNMI) LLC,” without any specific finding of resulting damages not proven at trial.
ROB Arrington, famously known for his YouTube channel, “Deer Meat for Dinner,” shared a few insights about his Marianas trip during a meet-and-greet event hosted by the Saipan Fishermen's Association or SFA on Saturday, July 11, at the Minachom Atdao pavilion.
THE Public School System, through attorney Tiberius Mocanu, reiterated that it is not after the Settlement Fund money.
FOR those Seabees now on Tinian who may have read about the CNMI Legislative Resolution castigating the United States military, please be assured that the majority of us on Tinian, especially we veterans, do not agree with the content or intent of the resolution.
GREETINGS and Hafa Adai friends and family!
DISTRICT Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona has approved the settlement agreement between a security guard and his former employer in a labor dispute.
I ADMIRE and salute Gov. Ralph DLG Torres for all the policies and regulations he has implemented during the Covid-19 pandemic crisis.
THE jury selection in the trial of Rota Mayor Efraim Atalig, and co-defendant Evelyn Atalig will continue today, Thursday.
ALTHOUGH Faythe, I and other family members of Richard Jones are thousands of miles away and travel is so restricted even for those on Guam, we will all be there in spirit to comfort and support our family and friends in celebrating the life that Richard lived.
I WAS a Senate page boy for a couple of summers in the early Eisenhower years. Joe McCarthy was in full cry.
THE Commonwealth Casino Commission will soon determine if Imperial Pacific International has complied with the CCC order to maintain funds for payroll and meet its obligations to vendors and the government.
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.
VOTERS frequently support measures that sound noble and beneficial but end up causing serious mischief — and often hurt the very groups the measures were intended to help.
EDUCATION Commissioner Dr. Alfred Ada said the Public School System plans to recruit nursing students from Northern Marianas College.
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.
ARE politics swinging out of control?
THE Governor’s Covid-19 Task Force will again use the Pacific Islands Club if there is “spillover” at the two quarantine sites, Kanoa Resort and the former Mariana Resort, task force chairman Warren Villagomez said.
DOES anyone remember Typhoon Soudelor and how all the federal monies could not seem to be accounted for?
THERE is no local funding available at this time to assist workers on CW-1 permits who have been furloughed because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
PUBLIC school education is clearly the bailiwick of Education Commissioner Alfred Ada.
GOVERNOR Ralph DLG Torres said his administration is now determining how the CNMI can benefit from President Donald Trump’s recent announcement of additional Covid-19 assistance.
THE Saipan mayor’s office, as of Tuesday, had uprooted and removed 123 tree stumps in the airport area, field operations director Joann Aquino said.
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.
The following is from the author’s “talking points” for the Marianas Agupa radio talk show on Aug. 1, 2020.
DPA Car Mart general manager Peng Cheng Wu said he made the right decision when he donated a 2005 Tacoma Access Cab pickup truck to community volunteer Max Aguon two years ago.
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.
YOU won’t hear this from the professional climate alarmists, but an important study on global demographics has good news for the future of greenhouse emissions.
THE Saipan Higher Education Financial Assistance has received 903 applications for the fall 2020 semester, SHEFA administrator Merissa Rasa said.
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.
DEMAND curves slope in a downward direction.
HAGÅTÑA (Office of the Guam Governor) — Guam Lt. Gov. Josh Tenorio issued the following statement on Wednesday evening:
RICHARD Gramlich aka “The Man,” “ The PAO,” surf on brother!
(RISCA) — The Rota Island Specialty Crop Association in collaboration with the Rota Mayor’s Office, 17th Rota Municipal Council, Indigenous Affairs Office, and Department of Lands and Natural Resources extends its appreciation to all its producer members and participants in attendance at the RISCA Conference held on July 15, 2020 in Sinapalo, Rota.
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.
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.
(USCIS) — U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has announced that it will automatically extend parole, and employment authorization if applicable, for parolees who timely applied for Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands long-term resident status.
"WE join the Marianas in mourning the passing of an icon and innovator in the Pacific, Abed E. Younis.
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.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Tuesday picked Sen. Kamala Harris as his choice for vice president, making her the first Black woman on a major-party U.S. presidential ticket and giving him a partner well prepared to go on the attack against Republican President Donald Trump.
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.