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.
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.
THE newly appointed chairman of the Commonwealth Casino Commission, Edward C. Deleon Guerrero, on Thursday told Imperial Pacific International to promptly respond to the request of Financial Crimes Enforcement Network for information related to possible violations of the Bank Secrecy Act.
DOES anyone remember Typhoon Soudelor and how all the federal monies could not seem to be accounted for?
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.
“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.
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.
THE Commonwealth Casino Commission reorganized on Thursday with its former executive director, Edward C. Deleon Guerrero, elected as chairman.
PUBLIC school education is clearly the bailiwick of Education Commissioner Alfred Ada.
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.
DEAR Federal Bureau of Investigation, on behalf of THOUSANDS of genuinely CONCERNED Citizens I am making this public appeal for you to PLEASE try and expedite the prosecution of Governor Torres and those associated with him in your RICO Investigation.
MICRONESIAN Legal Services Corporation attorney Chris Heeb said the Covid-19 stimulus checks from the federal government should not be counted as income.
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.
WE would like to thank you all for your heartfelt compassion and kindness.
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.
“BRING flowers of the rarest, bring blossoms the fairest...”
PACIFIC Rim Land Development LLC requested the District Court for the NMI on Wednesday to issue a writ of execution directing the U.S. Marshal Service to seize money owned or controlled by Imperial Pacific International from the Bank of Saipan, City Trust Bank, Bank of Guam or First Hawaiian Bank.
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.
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.
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.
READY or not — mostly not — the reopening is at hand. The economic carnage of a continued lockdown is simply too great to sustain.
BECAUSE Imperial Pacific International has no income due to the Covid-19 crisis, the plaintiffs should shoulder some of the costs of Litigation Edge searches, attorney Michael Dotts said.
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.
NATHAN M. Guerrero said he and the other members of the Northern Marianas Badminton Association are already looking forward to the 2022 Pacific Mini Games that will be hosted by Saipan.
THE government has closed most schools.
SUPERIOR Court Associate Judge Joseph N. Camacho has granted the motion of the prosecution to dismiss the case against Kennedy Masubed, an inmate accused of assaulting a barber who had cut his hair at the Department of Corrections on May 7.
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.
EVERY athlete of any sport has to sacrifice something in order to achieve greatness.
ALTHOUGH the forced economic contraction born of panic by politicians over the coronavirus has been harmful to most everyone, there have been winners. During times of trouble, new ways of doing things invariably emerge.
GOVERNOR Ralph DLG Torres last week issued Executive Order 2020-12 to renew the authority of Finance Secretary David DLG Atalig to reprogram or transfer funds from any department, agency, office, board, commission, corporation, instrumentality or other entity of any branch of the Commonwealth government in order to meet the threat of Covid-19.
RICHARD Gramlich aka “The Man,” “ The PAO,” surf on brother!
JORDAN Pangilinan, a member of the CNMI National Badminton Team, has fond memories of his experiences in the 2019 Pacific Games hosted by Samoa.
THE Covid-19 lockdown in South Africa started on March 27, 2020.
MAJURO — Two Marshall Islanders who drifted at sea for 42 days and seven others were returned home Thursday, the first people allowed into this western Pacific nation since early-March after a Covid-19 travel ban was enforced.
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.
JAN-NASIA Travilla, a Mount Carmel School AlumKnight and a former member of the CNMI Women’s National Basketball Team, has been recognized as one of the top athletes of the University of Guam in school year 2019-2020.
FEAR is gripping the American public health and media establishments: they are losing control.
A BILL to authorize the governor to freeze rent increases, evictions, and foreclosures during declared emergencies or disasters passed the House by a vote of 17-2 last week.
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.
IN July 2014, the NMI Men's National Soccer Team earned its first ever international victory by besting Macau, 2-1, in round one of the East Asia Football Federation East Asian Cup.
IT’S an odd fact of the human condition that we take extraordinary things for granted.
THE five-hour House session last week resulted in the passage of a number of measures, including Senate Bill 21-24, which pertains to the use of surround nets and gill nets in the Third Senatorial District.
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 we cope with the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic, it is also important to manage the stresses that may build up during these trying times, Gold's Gym personal trainer Jerry Diaz said.
A DEADLY disease has emerged.
STARTING next week, the Garapan Public Market, which is managed by the CNMI Farmers Cooperative Association, will resume its normal operations.
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.
AMID the Covid-19 lockdown, the China Town Super Tech Titans continue to train individually in the comfort of their own homes. Head coaches Sohn Macaranas and Walt Mendez have also been instructing each Titan to reflect on their weaknesses.
SIMPLE-MINDED folk, incapable of understanding the subtleties of science and economics, need a clear narrative to guide them through the complexity of the national lockdown debate. Fortunately, the usual wise heads in the media have been here all along to provide an easily understood moral fable, complete with its own cast of villains and heroes.
THE Commonwealth Utilities Corp. operated with minimum staff for the entire month of April as part of the Covid-19 prevention measures, CUC Executive Director Gary Camacho said.
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.
WE may not yet have a vaccine against the novel coronavirus, but we are well on our way to extracting from that virus a vaccine against a far deadlier plague: socialism, which in the 20th century alone killed more than three times as many people as HIV did in the same time, which has killed about twice as many people as the Black Death killed in the 14th century, and which continues to afflict victims around the world from Cuba to North Korea to Venezuela.
FILIPINO workers on CW-1 permits can avail themselves of the repatriation program administered by the Philippine government if they no longer have lawful immigration status in the Commonwealth, Philippine Honorary Consul to the CNMI Glicerio “Eli” Arago said on Thursday.
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.
THE Democrats have made their formal request for candidates which is a signal that “Resurrection Day” (voting day) is now on the horizon and if I have to tell you what resurrection and who then you haven’t been keeping up with the events in our Commonwealth.
HOME quarantine is still not an option for a person under investigation, Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. Chief Executive Officer Esther Muna said.
IT has been a very long time since I have felt compelled to write to the editor of Variety.
MARIANAS Variety’s editorial on May 22nd warned that the NMI would soon find itself in the middle of a power struggle in the Pacific.
THE Public School System and the KKMP radio station will host a virtual prom for high school students on Friday evening.
IN most countries, the tool of choice to “flatten the curve” of the coronavirus pandemic is the lockdown.
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.
ANOTHER 2.4 million Americans filed for jobless benefits recently for a total of 38.6 million in nine weeks.
AGAPE Christian School held a graduation ceremony on Wednesday that complied with the social distancing directives of the government.
MEMBERS of the House of Representatives discussed a number of issues during a marathon House session last week.
OVER the years, through funding from the U.S. Department of the Interior, Graduate School USA (formerly the “Graduate School, USDA”) has been examining the CNMI government’s financial condition and drawing up lists of recommendations that can be summed up in two words: don’t overspend.
(Office of the Governor) — Leaders from all over Micronesia have expressed their condolences to the family of the honorable Jose Rebuenog Lifoifoi, fifth Speaker of the CNMI House of Representatives, former chairman of the Commonwealth Ports Authority, former Chairman of the United Micronesia Development Association, and honorary consul of the Republic of Palau to the Commonwealth.
(BECQ) — The Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality analyzes water samples collected from Rota's recreational beaches and storm drainages this week as part of the regularly scheduled sampling.
(Press Release) — The Elementary Mathcourt Statewide Level Competition was held online on May 9, 2020, conducted by www.mathleague.org
TAMUNING, Guam (Press Release) — In 2019, Docomo Pacific was selected by AT&T to help support the deployment of FirstNet — America's public safety communications platform — in both Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
IMPERIAL Pacific International on Tuesday notified its employees that the Commonwealth Utilities Corp. had disconnected power to their housing units due to the failure of IPI to pay its utility bills.
SARDINI Group Inc., an engineering firm based in New York, sued Imperial Pacific International in federal court for breach of services contract in the amount of $1,951,127.10.
AS of Wednesday, Marianas Visitors Authority Managing Director Priscilla Iakopo said the Department of Finance still owed MVA $7.8 million.
COMMONWEALTH Healthcare Corp. Chief Executive Officer Esther Muna on Wednesday said, so far, the specimens from Tinian and Rota have tested negative for Covid-19.
THE Commonwealth Utilities Corp. board on Wednesday approved a $90,230,000 budget for fiscal year 2021.
A NEW revenue projection for fiscal year 2021 will be out soon, Finance Secretary David DLG Atalig said on Wednesday.
"WE join the Marianas in mourning the passing of an icon and innovator in the Pacific, Abed E. Younis.
GOVERNOR Ralph DLG Torres on Tuesday signed into law, Senate Bill 21-28, which establishes a Commonwealth Medicaid Agency under the Office of the Governor.
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.
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.
THE hearing to determine if Imperial Pacific International will pay sanctions amounting to $2,000 a day for violating previous discovery orders by the federal court will be held today, May 28.
A PUBLIC hearing was held on Wednesday by the Senate Committee on Executive Appointments and Government Investigations to review the credentials of Civil Service Commission Chairman Raymond Muna who has been reappointed by the governor.
THE Senate Committee on Executive Appointments and Government Investigations held a public hearing on Wednesday for the governor’s two nominees for reappointment to the Healthcare Professions Licensing Board: Dr. Martin P. Rohringer and Dr. Glenda S. George.
THE renovation of the Tinian Children’s Park has begun thanks to the U.S. Navy Seabees and IT&E, Mayor Edwin Aldan said.
(Nutrition Assistance Program) — The CARES Act provision for a refundable tax credit, widely known as the “stimulus checks,” is a payment that is countable as a resource for Nutrition Assistance Program eligibility.
HOW lovely it is to have a high-profile job in our major media institutions.
(Office of the Governor) — Commissioner of Corrections Wally F. Villagomez announced on Wednesday that all employees, officers, and inmates of the CNMI Department of Corrections have tested negative for Covid-19.
(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.
(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.
(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.
WHEN I tell people that I work at the Foundation for Economic Education, they sometimes ask: “What economic ideas should people understand?”
TAMUNING, Guam (Press Release) — Docomo Pacific, regional leader in innovation, telecommunications, & entertainment, donates 3,550 KN95 masks to Guam and CNMI frontliners during this ongoing outbreak of Covid-19.
(Press Release) — Eoin MacNeill, Hertz’s vice president for Asia-Pacific, issued the following statement on Wednesday:
(Office of the Governor) — The Division of Energy wishes to inform the public of the re-opening of its office located at Building 1337 Ascencion Dr., Capital Hill and the limited resumption of program services beginning, Tuesday, May 26, 2020, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except during lunch hours, weekends and legal holidays.
(MCS) — Mount Carmel School announced this week that it is aiming to safely resume face-to-face classes for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year.
(Diocese of Chalan Kanoa) — Bishop Ryan P. Jimenez issued the following statement on Tuesday: