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FOR sure there is a big difference between the Democrats and the Republicans which nobody can deny with the prevailing difference being that the Democrats in the CNMI have put forth a genuine pledge to do things FOR the People while the Republicans have only mounted gaslighting character assassination attacks FOR Republicans’ personal intentions of getting elected.

(Press Release) — Pacific Historic Parks, in partnership with the Northern Marianas Humanities Council would like to invite the community to join them live on Zoom on Tuesday, Oct. 27, at 9  a.m. for “Islands Too Beautiful For Their Names: Rethinking Legacies of Japanese Colonialism and WWII in the Northern Mariana Islands” with Dr. Jessica Jordan.

(MCS) — Through the  effort of the campus minister and members of the theology department, the Mount Carmel School Chapel has reopened with new features to ensure compliance with the safety guidelines set by the CNMI Covid-19 Task Force and Mount Carmel School’s policies and procedures.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Townhall) —The U.S. Senate voted to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court on Monday night, by a vote of 52-48.  Every Democrat voted against Judge Barrett, in addition to GOP Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, who faces a tough reelection battle; Alaska GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski inevitably voted to confirm Judge Barrett after hearing her unmatched qualifications. Democrats gave their best effort toward derailing Judge Barrett’s confirmation, but with the rules that they themselves set in 2013, Senate Republicans were able to give Judge Barrett an easy confirmation.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) — President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden on Monday are down to the final full week of campaigning before the Nov. 3 election, as surging coronavirus cases and a Covid-19 outbreak within Vice President Mike Pence’s staff keep the focus of the race on the pandemic.

(PIC-Saipan) — In view of increasing local demand, as well as to give back to local community, Pacific Islands Club Saipan is going to re-open its waterpark partially during the weekends (Saturdays and Sundays) beginning Oct. 24, 2020.

(BECQ) — The Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality has analyzed water samples collected from Saipan's east and south recreational beaches and Rota's recreational beaches and storm drainages this week.

HAGÅTÑA (JIC) — The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s 76th Covid-19-related fatality occurred at the Guam Memorial Hospital at approximately 12:26 p.m. Wednesday. The patient was a 41-year-old male with underlying health conditions complicated by Covid-19. He was admitted to GMH on October 5 and tested positive upon admission.

THE Commonwealth Election Commission is urging voters to take advantage of the expanded early voting period to avoid risks on Election Day on Nov. 3.

THE Covid-19 pandemic did not stop the faculty and administrative staff of William S. Reyes Elementary School from celebrating the 75th anniversary of the United Nations and commemorating the events that led to the NMI becoming part of the United States.

(Press Release) — The National Youth Movement for the West Philippine Sea or NYMWPS, a peaceful transglobal group that advocates for the preservation of Philippines;  territorial sovereignty and integrity, would like to invite members of the public to its 2nd Virtual West Philippine Sea Forum on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Manila time or 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Marianas time.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) — The U.S. State Department has approved the potential sale of three weapons systems to Taiwan, including sensors, missiles and artillery that could have a total value of $1.8 billion, the Pentagon said on Wednesday.

THE entire CNMI is invited to attend an Extraordinary and FREE Film Festival on “the Origins & Evolution of Racism in America” at the MHS Gym this weekend starting at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Amistad and the Mini-series of ROOTS are the two classic films with Grammy winning actors that are full of adventure, chills, action and drama that will surely entertain the audience.

MANILA (AP) — The Philippines on Wednesday lifted a ban on non-essential foreign trips by Filipinos, but the immigration bureau said the move did not immediately spark large numbers of departures for tourism and leisure.

IT wasn’t there until I came across the book, “The New Golf Mind,” by PGA Master Professional Dr. Gary Wiren and Dr. Richard Coop.

THE alternate care site at Kanoa Resort will officially be handed over to the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. today, Wednesday, at 11 a.m., according to Patrick Guerrero,  governor’s authorized representative for the Covid-19 pandemic.

“THERE’S no pressure when it’s time to cast a vote other than putting pencil to paper,” said Rep. Luis John Castro during an interview on Friday at the House of Representatives.

WITH Halloween just around the corner, trick-or-treating will look a little different this year, said the chairman of the governor’s Covid-19 Task Force, Warren Villagomez.

 PALIKIR, Pohnpei (FSM Information Services) — David W. Panuelo, president of the Federated States of Micronesia, conducted recently the oath of office ceremony for  Samson Pretrick, director of the FSM Office of Personnel.

ON behalf  of the Senate Committee of Fiscal  Affairs, I would like to thank the members of the CNMI Legislature  for their tireless  efforts to pass the annual  budget for fiscal  year  2021.   

(Press Release) — The Governor’s Council of Economic Advisers has emphasized the importance of getting various projects off the ground as soon as possible to help the CNMI get through the Covid-19 pandemic and fast-track the islands’ recovery from the crisis.

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) — Argentina has become the fifth country in the world to exceed one million coronavirus cases, its health ministry said on Monday, making it the smallest nation by far to reach the grim milestone after infections accelerated in recent weeks.

MANILA (AP) — The Philippine president has said he has no problem with being held responsible for the many killings under his anti-drugs crackdown, adding that he was ready to face charges that could land him in jail, though not charges of crimes against humanity.

 

 

THE Northern Marianas Badminton Association is aiming to expand the sport to the outdoors with the introduction of AirBadminton to the youth on Wednesday during the second Shuttle Time event at the Oleai Sports Complex.

KARACHI, Pakistan (Reuters) — Tens of thousands of opposition supporters rallied in Pakistan’s largest city of Karachi on Sunday as part of a campaign to oust Prime Minister Imran Khan, who they accuse of being installed by the military in a rigged election two years ago.

(NMC) — Northern Marianas College Beta Lambda Psi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa or PTK International Honor Society recently celebrated the induction of 72 new members into the Chapter, the second largest induction ceremony recorded in NMC’s history.

CNMI Washington Office director Jason Osborne on Friday said the Torres-Palacios administration is trying to get more federal assistance possible even as the second stimulus talks remain at a standstill in the U.S. Congress.

CHIEF Judge Ramona V. Manglona of the District Court for the NMI has granted the parties’ stipulation for dismissal in the lawsuit of a seaman who sued the owners of a tugboat for the injuries he sustained while on the vessel.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Sunday that differences remained with President Donald Trump’s administration on a wide-ranging coronavirus relief package but that she was optimistic legislation could be pushed through before Election Day.

MANILA (AP) — Philippine left-wing groups on Friday criticized the treatment of a detained activist who was allowed by a Manila court to attend her baby’s burial but was forced to wear handcuffs and a sweltering protective suit and was heavily guarded by armed escorts as she quietly wept.

(Stellar Marianas) — With the flu season coming to full swing, 2019 Miss Marianas Shannon Sasamoto reminds our community to continue to wear masks out in public and follow social guidelines to help slow the spread of the coronavirus.

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) —  Former Vice President Joe Biden won a TV ratings battle with President Donald Trump as the two held competing town halls with voters just weeks ahead of the Nov. 3 election, according to Nielsen ratings data released on Friday.

(DPS) — On Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, at about 8:24 p.m., the Department of Public Safety’s Highway Patrol Units were dispatched to a reported auto-run off crash incident at the Chalan Monsignor Guerrero and Chalan Tun Antonio Apa street light on As Terlaje hill.

(Press Release) — The E-Land Group was among the first private companies to step up and support the Governor’s Council of Economic Advisers’ destination enhancement initiative, reaffirming its continued and deeper commitment to the CNMI.

PALIKIR, Pohnpei (FSM Information Services) —  In September and October, the Federated States of Micronesia’s  Customs and Tax Administration intercepted two separate consignments of illegal weaponry, which have since been confiscated and handed over to the FSM National Police for investigation.

(CNMI Judiciary) — This is to inform all prospective jurors on panel “17GS” that the jury selection scheduled for Monday, October 5, 2020 at 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. is hereby cancelled until further notice.  For further information, contact Clerk of Court Patrick Diaz at 235-4258.

 

HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — The Guam Department of Education and its partners have managed to whittle down the list of 4,000 students they weren't able to contact previously to about 750 as of Wednesday.

HAGÅTÑA (JIC) — The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s 73rd Covid-19-related fatality occurred at the U.S. Naval Hospital at approximately 11:20 a.m. Monday. The patient was a 76-year-old female with underlying health conditions complicated by Covid-19. She tested positive on October 15, but no information was available on hospital admission date.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) — President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Amy Coney Barrett, said on Wednesday it was an “open question” whether Trump could pardon himself and added that the top U.S. judicial body “can’t control” whether a president obeys its decisions.

HAGÅTÑA (JIC) —The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s 72nd Covid-19-related fatality occurred at the Guam Regional Medical City at approximately 10:25 p.m. Sunday night. The patient was a 28-year-old male with underlying health conditions complicated by Covid-19. He was admitted to GRMC on October 25 and tested positive upon admission.

HAGÅTÑA (Guam Homeland Security / Office of Civil Defense) — The National Weather Service Guam Weather Forecast Office on Monday issued a special weather statement for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan. A developing circulation is now about 250 miles south-southwest of Guam moving northwest around 10 mph.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) — Democratic senators including vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris on Monday painted President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett as a threat to the Obamacare healthcare law during a deadly pandemic and denounced the Republican drive to approve her before the Nov. 3 U.S. election.

MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer, The Philippine Star) — A day after President Rodrigo Duterte’s spokesman told reporters that the chief executive was fed up with the squabbling of his allies in the House of Representatives, a majority of its member elected a new speaker, Lord Allan Velasco.

HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — At the age of 5, Edison Manaloto —  now Dr. Manaloto — moved to Guam from the Philippines with his family and found opportunity in the public school system to gain an education that led to his earning both a bachelor's and a master's degree at the University of Guam where he graduated as valedictorian in 2006.

HAGÅTÑA (JIC) — The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s 71st Covid-19-related fatality occurred at the Guam Regional Medical City at approximately 2:07 p.m. Saturday. The patient was a 67-year-old male with underlying health conditions that were compounded by Covid-19. He was admitted to GRMC on October 24 and tested positive upon admission.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) — U.S. Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett will tell senators in her high-stakes confirmation hearing this week that she will approach cases based on the law, not her personal views, as Democrats urged her to step aside on an upcoming challenge to the Obamacare law and any potential election-related disputes.

HAGÅTÑA (JIC) —The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s 70th Covid-19-related fatality occurred at the Guam Memorial Hospital at approximately 4:50 a.m. Saturday. The patient was a 55-year-old male with underlying health conditions complicated by Covid-19. He was admitted to GMH on October 10 and was a known positive case.

ATLANTA Ga. (Reuters) — The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Sunday reported 7,694,865 cases of new coronavirus, an increase of 53,363 cases from its previous count, and said that the number of deaths had risen by 577 to 213,614.

This is a reprint of an article originally published on Feb. 22, 2019.

CULTIVATING a strong cultural identity in indigenous youth could be the key to preserving their physical and mental health, according to an article written by Lisa Wexler, head of the Community Health Education program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She lays out the connection between cultivating indigenous culture and enabling young indigenous people to traverse life’s hardships in her brief but fascinating paper “The Importance of Identity, History, and Culture in the Wellbeing of Indigenous Youth.”

THE $244 million awarded to the CNMI through the Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery Program will address the needs of the Commonwealth following the Typhoon Mangkhut and Super Typhoon Yutu disasters as  stated in the action plan submitted by the Northern Marianas Housing Corp. in collaboration with the Office of the Governor.

MANILA (The Philippine Star) — The pro-administration faction supporting Rep. Lord Allan Velasco  was pushing to unseat another pro-administration lawmaker, Alan Peter Cayetano,  as speaker of the House of Representatives by declaring the position vacant.

TAIPEI/BEIJING (Reuters) — Taiwan’s government has denounced China, citing entrapment and manipulation, after Chinese state television aired a documentary showing a Taiwanese citizen confessing to visiting Hong Kong to support anti-government protesters there.

ALMOST a month after issuing Executive Order No. 2020-21, which separates the Northern Marianas Housing Corp. from the Commonwealth Development Authority, Gov. Ralph DLG Torres appointed Tinian and Rota representatives to the NMHC and CDA boards of directors.

EDUCATION Commissioner Alfred B. Ada said over 100 public school students have not registered for this school year or have registered already but have not been attending online or face-to-face classes.

SALT LAKE CITY (Reuters) — Vice President Mike Pence and Democratic challenger Kamala Harris clashed over the Trump administration’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic during their debate on Wednesday, as the White House struggled to contain an outbreak that has infected President Donald Trump and dozens of others.

FRED C. Camacho said he found a World War II-era Japanese tunnel in Puerto Rico in early 2015 while searching for a rumored mini submarine access tunnel that the Japanese forces built near the Tanapag harbor.

PALIKIR, Pohnpei (FSM Information Services) — On Sept. 29, 2020, David W. Panuelo, president of the Federated States of Micronesia, signed into public law the budget for Fiscal Year 2021, which began on Oct. 1, 2020.

AFTER a heated discussion on Tuesday, the Board of Education decided to follow the central government’s designation of Monday  as no-work day under Public Law 21-35 or the Fiscal Year 2021 Appropriations Act.

“WE’RE in the 10th month of the impact on the tourism industry caused by the coronavirus, and there still isn’t a clear path forward as to the willingness of international travel and the demand for international travel to any destination, let alone the CNMI,”  said Matthew Deleon Guerrero of the Governor’s Economic Council of Advisers.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) — President Donald Trump faced a fresh backlash on Tuesday for removing his mask when he returned to the White House and urging Americans not to fear the Covid-19 disease that has killed more than 209,000 people in the country and put him in hospital.

(DPL) — The  Department  of  Public  Lands  is pleased   to  inform  the  general  public  that  it  will  lift  the  moratorium  on  the issuance   of  temporary  Agricultural  Grazing   Permits   or AGPs   for    Saipan   and  will  be  accepting applications in November. 

(BECQ) — The Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality analyzed water samples collected from Tinian’s recreational beaches and storm water drainages this week as part of the regularly scheduled sampling. 

NEW YORK (Reuters) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday agreed to New York City’s plan to close schools in nine coronavirus “hot spots” in Brooklyn and Queens, but said he was still discussing whether non-essential businesses should be shut down again in those areas.

(Press Release) — The Governor’s Council of Economic Advisers sees the strategic acquisition of grants for infrastructure improvement and related projects as a significant contribution of Gov. Ralph DLG Torres’ administration toward getting the CNMI economy back into shape.

DEDEDO, Guam (U.S. Marine Corps) —  Marine Corps Base Camp Blaz officially began the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots campaign in Guam and the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands.

MANILA (The Philippine Star) —  President Rodrigo Duterte scored the highest approval and trust ratings among the five top government officials amid criticism over his administration’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a Pulse Asia survey released Monday.

PALIKIR, Pohnpei (FSM Information Services) — On Oct. 2, 2020, David W. Panuelo, president of the Federated States of Micronesia,  virtually joined Thomas E. Remengesau Jr., president of the Republic of Palau, David Kabua, president of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Lionel Aingimea, president of the Republic of Nauru, and Taneti Maamau, president of the Republic of Kiribati, for a special meeting of the Micronesian Presidents Summit.

TWO more individuals have tested positive for Covid-19, raising the total confirmed cases in the CNMI to 88,  the Governor’s Covid-19 Task Force and the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. said on Tuesday.

MANILA (AP) — Grade and high school students in the Philippines began classes at home Monday after the coronavirus pandemic forced remote-learning onto an educational system already struggling to fund schools.

GOVERNOR Ralph DLG. Torres and Lt. Gov. Arnold I. Palacios on Tuesday announced the nomination of former Speaker Joseph P. Deleon Guerrero as the new secretary of Community and Cultural Affairs, succeeding Robert Hunter who is now the senior policy advisor for the Office of the Governor.

SUPERIOR Court Presiding Judge Roberto C. Naraja has sentenced Michael Lee Borja to one-year imprisonment, but all suspended except 30 days, for hitting the defendant’s then-12-year-old daughter.

JOHNSTOWN, PA., /DULUTH, MN (Reuters) — U.S. presidential debate organizers vowed on Wednesday to change the rules to rein in unruly behavior after President Donald Trump repeatedly interrupted rival Joe Biden and the moderator in the candidates’ taunt-filled initial prime-time encounter.

KOROR (Island Times/Pacnews) — The Trafficking in Persons Report released by the U.S Department of State in June identified the challenges that limit Palau’s anti-trafficking efforts, including official complicity, a lack of convictions, and insufficient identification and protection services.

(BECQ) — The Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality analyzes water samples collected from Saipan’s recreational beaches and storm drainages every Tuesday.

HAGÅTÑA (JIC) — The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s 67th Covid-19-related fatality occurred at the Guam Regional Medical City at approximately 6:27 a.m. Tuesday. The patient was a 72-year-old male. He was admitted to GRMC on October 20 and tested positive upon admission.

(Commonwealth    Utilities  Corp.) — There will be a scheduled   power  interruption   on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.   for the Kagman 3 Phase 3 area.

HAGÅTÑA (Guam Commission on Decolonization/Office of the Governor of Guam) — In a phone interview on Oct. 1, 2020 with Sean Hannity of Fox News, President Donald Trump expressed his opposition to granting statehood to U.S. territories like Guam, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia (Washington D.C.).

HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — Guam Department of Labor Director David Dell'Isola told the Rotary Club of Guam on Thursday that an enormous number of fraudsters are attacking not just the federal unemployment aid system but other programs as well, so he asked for public vigilance and patience.

GOVERNOR Ralph DLG Torres and Lt. Gov. Arnold I. Palacios on Friday announced the approval by the federal government of the $244 million Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery Action Plan for the CNMI.

THE Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. and the Governor’s CNMI Covid-19 Task Force on Saturday reported six more confirmed cases of Covid-19, bringing the islands’ total cases to 86 since reporting started in March.

THE Office of the Mayor of Saipan held a groundbreaking ceremony on Friday for the new multifunctional animal shelter building that is to be constructed on the As Perdido agriculture station property.

(DPS) —  On Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, at about 12:39 p.m., the Department of Public Safety received a 911 call reporting an overdue swimmer at Fishing Base, Garapan.

HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — The staff at the Underground Dungeon, a specialty party gift retail store that offers a wide range of Halloween items every year, is keeping their doors open while they can during the pandemic.

(Commonwealth     Utilities    Corp.) —   There  will  be a scheduled    water  service interruption   on Fridav,  Oct.   23,  2020 from  8 a.m.  to 4  p.m.  for the   Kagman, Papago,   San Vicente,   Upper Dandan  and Obyan areas.

HAGÅTÑA (JIC) —The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s 63rd Covid-19-related fatality occurred at the Guam Memorial Hospital at approximately 5:49 a.m. Friday. The patient was a 51-year-old male with underlying comorbidities that were compounded by Covid-19. He was admitted to GMH on September 4 and was a known positive case.

THE $1.3 million provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security or CARES Act and disaster supplemental funds will allow the Division of Youth Services to continue providing services to the community, DYS Administrator Vivian Sablan said.

“I NOTE that the budget was not actually passed until after midnight on October 1, thus forcing the lt. governor, the attorney general, and my staff to review the budget bill overnight so that I could sign the budget, avoid a government shutdown, and permit government employees to report to work that morning,” Gov. Ralph DLG Torres said in his letter explaining the  line-items he voted when he signed the fiscal year 2021 bill into law.

(Office of the Governor) — The Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality-Division of Environmental Quality announces the availability for public review and comment  of the proposed amendment to the pesticide regulations  published September 28, 2020, in Volume 42 of the Commonwealth Register.

DISTRICT Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona has granted the request of seven construction workers to order Gold Mantis Construction Decoration (CNMI) LLC to produce discovery materials in their lawsuit alleging labor and other violations.

(BECQ) — The Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality analyzes water samples collected from Saipan's east and south recreational beaches and Rota's recreational beaches and storm drainages this week as part of the regularly scheduled sampling. 

CNMI Homeland Security and Emergency Management, in collaboration with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program, held “The Great CNMI ShakeOut” on Thursday to practice safety measures in case of an earthquake.

HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero on Wednesday said Guam is "now struggling to control" the second surge in Covid-19 cases as it modified quarantine rules and began reopening the economy.

LIEUTENANT Gov. Arnold I. Palacios on Wednesday led the ribbon-cutting ceremony that marked the official opening of the new Division of Youth Services office in Kagman.

THE Public School System, in collaboration with IT&E and the Department of Community and Cultural Affairs-Division of Youth Services, is providing its students with high-speed internet services, Education Commissioner Alfred B. Ada said.

GOVERNOR Ralph DLG Torres on Wednesday renewed his declaration of state of public health emergency and continued declaration of state of significant emergency establishing response, quarantine, and preventive containment measures concerning Covid-19.

THE renovation of major tourist sites on the island initiated by the government continues with the help of non-government organizations and the private sector Gov. Ralph DLG Torres said on Tuesday.

(Commonwealth Utilities    Corp.) —  There will   be a  scheduled    power  service interruption    on   Saturday,    Oct.  17,   2020 from 5 a.m.   to 9 a.m.   for the areas of Garapan-Kristo   Rai  Church,   Upper Miha,  Best Sunshine  hotel   and  the northern   side  of China Town.

THE U.S. Attorney’s Office has charged Jesse Reyes Babauta, Noribel Adao Mendez, and Mary Rose Chelo Herradura with one count of conspiracy to possess methamphetamine or “ice” with intent to distribute.

(DPS) — The CNMI Department of Public Safety has been made recently aware of a social media post regarding a murderer on the loose in Chalan Kanoa. This post is false and misleading.

(MVA) — A Marianas-theme flight departing from and returning to Incheon International Airport on Oct. 25, 2020, has sold out on its first day of sale in Korea, emphasizing the market’s renewed interest in travel.

 

(BECQ) — The Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality analyzes water samples collected from Saipan's west coast recreational beaches and storm drainages every week.

HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — When Terry Cutshaw and his wife Chikako turned the Charcoal Guam brand into a maker of handcrafted bath and beauty items in August 2019, they envisioned that their products would be in some local retail stores' shelves by now.

HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — Tango Theatres is permanently closing its movie theaters at the Agana Shopping Center because of the prolonged Covid-19 shutdown and the lack of new feature films available in this time of the pandemic, according to Tango Theatres general manager Kit Lanuza.

(U.S. Department of Justice) — U.S. Attorney Shawn N. Anderson announces the assignment of assistant U.S. attorneys to lead the efforts of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in connection with the Justice Department’s nationwide Election Day Program for the upcoming Nov 3, 2020, general elections.

GOVERNOR Ralph DLG Torres on Tuesday said with many businesses already  reopening , the CNMI appears to be moving toward Community Vulnerability Level Green, which is the safest in the community vulnerability chart.

THE number of weekly commercial aircraft landings at the Francisco C. Ada/Saipan International Airport has gone down to three from 65, Commonwealth Ports Authority Executive Director Christopher Tenorio said.

GOVERNOR Ralph DLG Torres on Tuesday urged registered voters to cast their ballots now that the early voting period for Saipan and the Northern Islands has started.

(DPS) — On Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020, at about 12:30 a.m., an officer was conducting routine patrol in Chalan Kanoa when she noticed a group of individuals walking on the roadway.

HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — A man convicted in a case involving 35 grams of meth and 1.5 grams cocaine was spared from having to spend another day in prison following his sentencing hearing in the Superior Court of Guam on Monday.

(CNMI Judiciary) — This is to inform the general public that the Superior Court will be hearing all traffic arraignment cases every Thursday at 9 a.m. in Courtroom 101 of the Horiguchi Building in Garapan starting Oct. 15, 2020. 

DISTRICT Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona said Imperial Pacific International LLC has no 5th Amendment right to self-incrimination as she denied its request to suspend the court proceedings in the lawsuit of seven construction workers who have alleged labor and other violations.

SPEAKER Blas Jonathan Attao  will  inform Gov. Ralph DLG Torres  this week about the vacancy in the House of Representatives following the resignation of former House Minority Leader Edwin Propst of Precinct 1.

(Commonwealth Utilities Corp.) —  At 3:38 a.m. Monday morning, CUC experienced a major electrical fault on the Feeder 1 circuit fronting the Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation.   The fault caused an electrical surge, which tripped the Power Plant 1 station service and also the Aggreko Plant, causing under voltage at PP1 triggering the protective devices resulting in an island wide power outage.

SOROPTOMIST International of the Northern Mariana Islands on Saturday celebrated women "Rising Above the Storm" and awarded the 2020 "Live Your Dream" winner, Christine Fereti, at the Fiesta Resort Hibiscus Hall.

HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — While some restaurants on Guam are now able to offer alfresco, or outdoor, dining to help boost sales, other establishments are still trying to tread water and keep business afloat with curbside and pickup service only.

(Commonwealth    Utilities  Corp.) — There  will  be a scheduled    water  service interruption     scheduled   for  Monday,   October   12,  2020  from  8  a.m.    to  12    p.m.    for customers    in   the  following    areas:   Capital   Hill    1200    Block,   Isa   Drive   from  the  Retirement Building  south toward  the Kagman  Road  intersection   to include the Talafofo   and Egigi   Drive.

(CUC) — The Commonwealth   Utilities  Corp. regularly performs   tree-trimming  and  vegetation   control   around  its  power  transmission    and  distribution infrastructure    in  order  to  minimize   the  chance   of  a  power   interruption   during   any  kind  of environmental   event,  typhoon,  high winds,  and heavy rains.   

HAGÅTÑA (JIC) — The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s 60th Covid-19-related fatality occurred at the Guam Memorial Hospital at approximately 3:51 a.m. Sunday. The patient was a 60-year-old male with underlying health conditions that were compounded by Covid-19. He was admitted to GMH on October 3 and tested positive upon admission.

HAGÅTÑA (JIC) —The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s 59th Covid-19-related fatality occurred at the Guam Memorial Hospital at approximately 2:13 p.m. Saturday, The patient was a 73-year-old male with underlying health conditions that were compounded by Covid-19. He was admitted to GMH on September 26. The patient was confirmed as a positive case earlier that day through the Department of Public Health and Social Services.

DEDEDO, Guam (U.S. Department of Labor) — After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division or WHD, a janitorial and ground maintenance services company and federal contractor in Guam will pay $22,648 to workers for violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act and the McNamara-O’Hara Service Contract Act.

(BECQ) — The Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality conducted a “resample” of the beach water at CK District #2 Drain,  and analyzed water samples collected from Rota's recreational beaches and storm drainages this week.

(Office of the CNMI Congressional Delegate) — Despite President Trump’s order to end negotiation over new pandemic relief legislation, U.S. Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan said Thursday he believes there will be an agreement, because the need for aid to individuals, businesses, and states and territories is not going away.

HAGÅTÑA (JIC) —The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s 58th Covid-19-related fatality occurred at the Guam Regional Medical City at approximately 2:38 a.m. Thursday. The patient was a 41-year-old male with underlying health conditions that were compounded by Covid-19. He was admitted to GRMC on October 8 and tested positive upon admission.

FROM the outside, the Sugar King Park Cave does not look like a cave — but it is, and up to three 13-seat vans can fit inside, cave explorer Fred Cabrera Camacho told Variety.

FORMER Secretary of Labor Edith Deleon Guerrero, the Democratic senatorial candidate on Saipan, and her Republican opponent, Sen. Sixto Igisomar, participated in the virtual Saipan Chamber of Commerce general membership meeting on Wednesday to discuss issues affecting the CNMI.

HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — The number of Guam Memorial Hospital staffers who have tested positive for Covid-19 from the time the pandemic started seven months ago to Oct. 5 has reached 60, according to hospital Administrator Lillian Perez-Posadas.

(BECQ) — The Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality analyzes water samples collected from Saipan's east and south recreational beaches this week.

SUPERIOR Court Associate Judge Joseph N. Camacho has granted the request of a defendant in a sexual abuse of a minor case to have access to “the tangible materials in possession of the Commonwealth that relate to [its] determination of probable cause so that the defendant can fully and properly cross-examine the government witness.”

 

SUPERIOR Court Associate Judge Joseph N. Camacho has granted the request of a defendant in a sexual abuse of a minor case to have access to “the tangible materials in possession of the Commonwealth that relate to [its] determination of probable cause so that the defendant can fully and properly cross-examine the government witness.”

HAGÅTÑA (JIC) —The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s 57th Covid-19-related fatality occurred at the Guam Memorial Hospital at approximately 12:47 p.m. Wednesday. The patient was a 61-year-old female with underlying health conditions that were compounded by Covid-19. She was admitted to GMH on September 4 and was a known positive case.

HAGÅTÑA (JIC) — The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s 56th Covid-19-related fatality occurred at the Guam Memorial Hospital at approximately 8:48 a.m. Wednesday. The patient was a 69-year-old female with underlying health conditions that were compounded by Covid-19. She was admitted to GMH on September 23 and tested positive upon admission.

STUDENTS, faculty and other staff members will start the new school year at  the original campus of Hopwood Middle School in Chalan Piao, Education Commissioner Alfred Ada announced during the Board of Education meeting on Tuesday.

(DPS) — On Saturday, October 03, 2020, at about 1:12 p.m., the Department of Public Safety received a 911 call reporting a theft incident at the Mango Resort Apartment complex in Koblerville. Police were dispatched to the scene.

THE New XO Market, which was issued a notice of closure on Sunday by the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp.-Environmental Health Disease Prevention or EHDP, reopened on Tuesday.

HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — Guam's unemployment claims as a direct result of the Covid-19 pandemic reached 80,436 as of Monday, after a surge caused by the second lockdown starting on Aug. 21, according to the Guam Department of Labor.

(BECQ) — The Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality analyzes water samples collected from Saipan's west coast recreational beaches and storm drainages every week.

(Office of the Governor) — The Department of Public Works- Energy Division Office will be hosting its 2020 Drive-Thru Saipan Energy-Efficient LED Lighting Promotional and Educational Awareness Campaign on Saturday, October 17, 2020 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., at Garapan Fishing Base.

(Press Release) — Fourteen years ago, five Pacific island leaders united for a better Pacific islands region, committing to the Micronesia Challenge, an agreement to effectively conserve at least 30% of the near-shore marine resources and 20% of the terrestrial resources across Micronesia by 2020.

(Press Release) — The Rotary Club of Saipan and Emon Masonic Lodge 179 have teamed up in proposing a four-phased improvement plan for the historic Suicide Cliff.

SUPERIOR Court Associate Judge Kenneth Govendo has imposed a $100,000 cash bail  on former Corrections Officer Eloy Reyes Dela Cruz Jr. who is accused of pawning his department-issued handgun to Gordon Castro for $40 cash and $40 worth of methamphetamine or ice.

LIEUTENANT Gov. Arnold I. Palacios joined the Northern Marianas Humanities Council in signing a proclamation declaring October as Humanities Month in a virtual ceremony.

(Press Release) — IT&E and iCONNECT  announced that IT&E will acquire iCONNECT's telecommunications assets in Guam and the CNMI, including its wireless network, Integrated Digital Enhanced Network or iDEN known as Push-To-Talk, and customer base. 

(Press Release) — Effective Oct. 8, 2020, Star Marianas Air Inc. will be operating additional flights between Saipan and Rota on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The departure times for the additional flights are 8:30 a.m. from Saipan to Rota and 9:30 a.m. from Rota to Saipan.

HAGÅTÑA (JIC) —The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s 53rd Covid-19-related fatality occurred at the Guam Regional Medical City at approximately 5:57 p.m. on Saturday, October 3. The patient was a 68-year-old man with an underlying health condition. He was admitted to GRMC on October 3 and tested positive upon admission.

TODAY, Oct. 5, marks the first “Austerity Monday” of the new fiscal year, a provision of the Fiscal Year 2021 Appropriations Act that was passed by the CNMI Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Ralph DLG Torres on Thursday.

IMPERIAL Pacific International denied the allegations of its three former workers who spoke against the IPI proposal to amend the casino license agreement, saying the casino investor cannot be trusted.

HAGÅTÑA (JIC) —The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s 52nd Covid-19-related fatality occurred at the Guam Memorial Hospital at approximately 1:30 p.m. Sunday. The patient was a 66-year-old female with underlying health conditions that were compounded by Covid-19. She was pronounced dead on arrival at GMH. The patient was swabbed upon arrival and her test yielded a positive result. 

HAGÅTÑA (JIC) —The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s 51st Covid-19-related fatality occurred at the Guam Memorial Hospital at approximately 4:55 p.m. Saturday. The patient was a 90-year-old female with underlying health conditions that were compounded by Covid-19. She was pronounced dead on arrival at GMH and was a known positive case.

HAGÅTÑA (JIC) — The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s 50th Covid-19-related fatality occurred at the Guam Memorial Hospital at approximately 7:50 p.m. Friday. The patient was a 72-year-old female with underlying health conditions that were compounded by Covid-19. She was admitted to GMH on September 16 and was a known Covid case.  

IN a race against the clock, the House of Representatives, the Senate, and the Torres-Palacios administration succeeded in enacting the fiscal year 2021 budget law early Thursday morning.

THE CNMI Lottery Commission will meet on Oct. 8 in the governor’s conference room to discuss Imperial Pacific International’s request for a ninth amendment to the casino license agreement, Commerce Secretary and commission chairman Mark Rabauliman said on Thursday.

SENATOR Paul A. Manglona said Public Law 21-35, or the Fiscal Year 2021 Appropriation Act, is a “Grade D” product that the Senate passed past midnight on Thursday, leaving the House of Representatives and Gov. Ralph DLG Torres with no choice but to approve it to prevent a partial government shutdown.

THE Saipan Higher Education Financial Assistance program is considering joining a national organization of other groups involved in providing educational assistance.

(Office of the Governor) — In a memorandum issued Thursday, Gov. Ralph DLG Torres stated that pursuant to Public Law 21-35, the or the FY 2021 Appropriations Act, Mondays are designated as “austerity days” for the CNMI government — its branches, departments, autonomous agencies, public corporations, political subdivisions, and instrumentality that elect to implement austerity days as necessary to operate within their respective budget allocations.

(Office of the Governor) — The CNMI Department of Labor is announcing that it will temporarily suspend the in-person appointments it has established for the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program at CNMI DOL building # 1334, starting October 15, 2020 to November 30, 2020.  

(Office of the Governor) — On Saturday, September 12, 2020 the Department of Lands and Natural Resources received a critical tip regarding possible infestation of the coconut rhinoceros beetles or CRB in the Gagani and Talakhaya areas of Rota.

As part of Anheuser-Busch’s #OneTeam movement, which works to show support for the frontline workers facing the daily challenges of the pandemic, Marianas Pacific Distributors last week donated 300 care packages to the Governor’s Covid-19 Task Force.

(BECQ) — The Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality analyzes water samples collected this from Saipan's east and south recreational beaches and Rota's recreational beaches and storm drainages.

(Federal Bureau of Investigation) — The FBI is seeking the public’s assistance with obtaining identifying information regarding an unknown male who may have critical information pertaining to the identity of a child victim in an ongoing sexual exploitation investigation.


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