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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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(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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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(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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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(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.

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(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.

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(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. 

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(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.

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(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.

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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.

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(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. 

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(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. 

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