SAIPAN hoopster Prince Factor wanted to follow in the footsteps of his friend Jericho Cruz who now plays professionally in the Philippines.
TWELVE individuals completed a three-day Northern Mariana Islands Football Association D License Coaching Course on Saturday, Aug. 22, 2020.
CRUNCH time or do-or-die moment — athletes of all sports will experience this type of situation and it comes down to whether they could adapt, focus and execute in order to bring their team to victory.
THE CPA Hustlers returned fire late in the game, with Dustin Sablan leading the break and enabling a three-run score to defeat Udan, 12-10, and claim the 2020 Islandwide Coed Bud Light Softball League championship on Aug. 24 on Tinian.
REGULAR exercise is essential for everyone under normal circumstances. With the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, staying fit remains crucial.
SHERLYN Jones continues to display her dominance in the CNMI Women's Golf Association as she secured the title of August Ace on Saturday, Aug. 15, at the LaoLao Bay & Golf Resort.
KENNETH Guo and Kevin Li reigned supreme in the 1st Saipan Billiards Prince Cup on Wednesday at the 9 O'clock Bar in Garapan.
IN May while riding his bike, Florence Antonio was involved in a vehicular accident.
TRENCH Tech owner Cuki Alvarez announced that he is temporarily closing its doors once again due to the new directives being implemented by the Governor’s Covid-19 Task Force.
EVERYONE has an ultimate dream body.
JOEY Dela Cruz locked in his spot among the aces of the Marianas Golf Association after accumulating the next best net score on Saturday at the Kingfisher Golf Links.
SEVEN Saipan athletes took on the month-long Go the Distance Challenge sponsored by Urban Fitness Guam and came out on top.
HAGÅTÑA — Parents are always on the lookout for suggestions about how they can help their children be successful students, and do well in school, especially this school year.
KEONI Chariton made his way onto the list of elite players after claiming the August Ace of the Month title of the Amigos Golf Club on Sunday at the Kingfisher Golf Links.
HAGÅTÑA — Long before I decided that voting for president was a huge waste of my time and hopes, I gave a lot of thought about our current president, Donald Trump.
SAIPAN670 topped the very first Guam Mini Tournament on Sunday.
THERE is a new tragedy in the making. Colleges and universities around the world have decided to bring students back to campus and so far, the results have been disastrous.
THE Saipan Fishermen's Association and its community outreach program on Saturday surprised “Deer Meat for Dinner” host Rob Arrington with a replica of the trophy made for the 36th Saipan International Fishing Tournament at the Minachom Atdao pavilion where Arrington was presenting another donation to the SFA.
“SILENCE Damns Us All” and I would like to believe that my late leader and founder of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee the great Congressman John Lewis would say to me “keep-up the Good-trouble Ambrose,” which is really what I have been doing since late 1990s.
ANYONE who has chosen to live a healthy lifestyle has gone through many challenges before accomplishing his or her goal.
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.
IN Oct. 1974, the Saipan Municipal Council passed an ordinance that was first implemented about 4,000 years ago.
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.
IN his 4th State of the Nation Address on July 27, 2020, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte publicly declared that he is “inutile against China’s aggression and invasion of Philippine territories.”
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.
HAGÅTÑA — Dear Coronavirus:
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.
“If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today.” — Nhat Hanh
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.
HAGÅTÑA — No clear-thinking person can honestly believe that this virus can be dealt with by home lockdowns, small business closures and similar behavior. Good leadership would have by this time been working to crack down on the critical sources of the spread.
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.
HAGÅTÑA — With the closing of schools because of the pandemic, there has been a decline in the number of child abuse cases being reported.
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.
HAGÅTÑA — With the declaration of the island’s return to Pandemic Condition of Readiness 1, all private and public schools immediately moved their instruction online, and thrust students into the world of remote learning in one fell swoop.
A TEAM usually has the upper hand when challenged in an environment where its players are most comfortable. It’s called “home-court advantage.”
SEVERAL readers expressed themselves regarding last week’s column, Words to Live By, in which I highlighted some of the great ideas and people who uttered them.
(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!
“WE the People” is one of the most notable phrases spoken about OUR Government that is supposed to work for YOU & ME but that is not the case in the CNMI and why WE the People are now witnessing a Cannabis Commission who is making more criminals with marijuana legalization instead of decriminalizing marijuana activities which was one of the main purposes for legalizing marijuana.
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.
FIRST tip: Say something obvious.
SAIPAN Paddling Club members finally got their feet wet again on Thursday after a four-month hiatus in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.
TAPED on the wall by my desk is a photo of Jimmy Lai in handcuffs.
CUTE kids in red, white, and blue T-shirts singing the national anthem.
THE Trump administration has the first successful foreign policy of any administration since that of George H.W. Bush. It must be stopped.
A PACK of Democratic lawmakers in California are proposing a wealth tax for the state's richest citizens, forcing them to pay more essentially just for owning a lot of stuff.
ELECTRICITY blackouts are awful at any time, but especially during an extreme heat wave and for reasons that are man-made.
IMAGINE what will happen if Joe Biden wins the election.
CASINO operators and investors are making bets that online gambling is ready to take off in the U.S. as the coronavirus pandemic keeps gamblers away from slot machines and blackjack tables.
THE last time America was so thoroughly knocked back on its heels, the highway felt different.
IGNORE the Atlantic magazine headline that proclaims “How the Pandemic Defeated America.”
STATES with strict coronavirus lockdowns seem to be reliving the Roaring ’20s.
THE following appears in a form issued by the CNMI Labor Department:
“FAITH is taking the first step when you can’t see the whole staircase.” — Martin L. King
IN her first speech since Joe Biden selected her as his running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris told multiple lies. To wit:
THE American-brokered opening of full relations between the United Arab Emirates and Israel is a rare outbreak of peace and hope in a region short of both, and a significant vindication of the Trump administration’s diplomacy.
THE RICO Investigation and the first released indictment has literally unveiled what we can look forward to in the not too distant future but WE the People should be trying to fix OUR own problems like Rep. Ed Propst said and not depending upon the Feds so much.
IN 1974, while the Covenant negotiations with the U.S. were still ongoing, the (Northern) Marianas District of the U.S.-administered Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands held two elections.
THE press has been playing defense for Portland anarchists for weeks, suggesting riots and arson against a federal courthouse were provoked by federal agents protecting it.
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?
JOE Biden responded to President Trump’s partial suspension of payroll-tax collections with a statement calling it the “first shot in a new, reckless war on Social Security.”
WHY would a benevolent God deny us the prospect of a debate between Joe Biden and Donald Trump?
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.
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.
NEW York City must be one of the few places on earth where chaos nostalgia is widespread.
FOR most Americans the coronavirus is a scourge.
A HUG from little kids is perhaps the warmest expression of gratitude from them.
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.
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.
THIS week is a solemn occasion, for it marks the 75th anniversary of the world’s first atomic attack, ushering in the nuclear age.
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.”
RE-ELECTIONIST was the title of the news story that ran before the ink could even dry good on my prediction about Republicans who will run as Independents — “Fake Independents” emerges.
GREETINGS and Hafa Adai friends and family!
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.
RECENTLY, my Facebook was flooded with this black and white photo challenge.
I WAS a Senate page boy for a couple of summers in the early Eisenhower years. Joe McCarthy was in full cry.
ARE politics swinging out of control?
TELEVISED presidential debates have been forcing future leaders of the free world to sweat since Richard Nixon in 1960.
PRODUCING meat is tough going in a pandemic, especially when you’re getting slaughtered by politicians.
JOE Biden is a heavy favorite to be the next President, yet the media have barely paid attention to what he will do if he wins.
The following is from the author’s “talking points” for the Marianas Agupa radio talk show on Aug. 1, 2020.
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.
DEMAND curves slope in a downward direction.
(DPW) — The Energy Division, in conjunction with its Energy Education, Efficiency and Conservation Program efforts, will be distributing eight each LED light bulbs per household to assist residential consumers reduce the cost of utilities of their homes and to educate the community about the importance of preserving and protecting available natural resources in the environment through energy-efficiency and conservation efforts in the CNMI.
“War, like every other human ailment, tends to leave the body politic folded along ancient creases and festering old sores.” — W.E.B. Du Bois
(Press Release) — The Division of Coastal Resources Management will be closed to the public for staff training from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. beginning Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020, through Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020.
THERE are wicked people in the world who will hurt or kill you to get what they want.
(LDTF) — Ten non-profits stand to benefit from the Lady Diann Torres Foundation’s $5,000 for 5th Year anniversary goodwill initiative.
I HATE to say it but WE the People of the CNMI are literally waiting and depending upon a bunch of failing students (the Governor & his GOP Crew) to get us through this pandemic and the restart of our economy.
(Press Release) — The 2020 Census of the CNMI would like to announce that the enumeration and field follow up activities are now completed.
DEMOCRATS and their media allies have trapped themselves in a contradiction. They are deploring Thursday’s grim second-quarter GDP report even as they demand a repeat of the lockdown that caused the economic catastrophe. What do they expect when government orders Americans to sit in their homes for weeks?
(Commonwealth Utilities Corp.) — There will be a scheduled water service interruption in Kagman, San Vicente and Papago on Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Water service to the affected areas will resume soon thereafter.
(Press Release) — Hyatt Regency Saipan has announced that it has achieved Global Biorisk Advisory Council or GBAC STAR accreditation, the gold standard for prepared facilities. Under the guidance of GBAC, a Division of ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association, Hyatt Regency Saipan has implemented the most stringent protocols for cleaning, disinfection and infectious disease prevention in its facilities.
(Commonwealth Utilities Corp.) — There will be scheduled power interruptions on Aug. 31, Sept. 2 and 3, 2020.
(NMC) — Northern Marianas College graduates Ruby Belingon, Allanah Fernandez, Ronnel Ringor, and Han Byeol Pak, have joined the list of students who have passed the challenging National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses or NCLEX-RN.
TINIAN (Press Release) — The current situation with the Covid-19 pandemic has caused a lot of setbacks and redirection in our everyday lives.
(MCS) — On Friday, Aug. 21, 2020, Mount Carmel School’s Concert Band held its first virtual concert led by band director Mr. Julian Greening.
(MCS) — On Monday, Aug. 17, 2020, Mount Carmel School began its 2020-2021 School Year remotely through online learning.
(Press Release) — Kagman Community Health Center Inc. board of directors is pleased to announce the grand opening of the Tinian Isla Community Health clinic.
(BECQ) — The Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality analyzes water samples collected from Tinian's recreational beaches and storm drainages this week.
HONOLULU (FHB) — First Hawaiian Bank has announced the launch of its new online home loan platform that makes applying for a residential loan convenient, fast and easy.
(Office of the Governor) — The Office of Planning and Development under the Office of the Governor, was created to help the CNMI plan for a sustainable future.
(COTA) — The Commonwealth Office of Transit Authority, including its Demand Responsive-Shared Ride Service: Call-A-Ride Saipan, will be closed on August 18-19, 2020 for professional development.
(BECQ) — The Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality analyzes water samples collected from Managaha’s recreational beaches and dock as part of the regularly scheduled sampling.
(NMC) — As announced earlier, Northern Marianas College’s classes for the fall 2020 semester will be offered through the following platforms:
(JKPL) — The Joeten-Kiyu Public Library is excited to announce free public access to EBSCOhost, which is one of the nation’s leading research databases, for the entire CNMI community.
(NMIS) — Northern Marianas International School prides itself on the standard of its educational programs, the professionalism of its staff, the keenness of its students, and the high level of support provided by parents and community members.
(MCS) — Mount Carmel School is set to begin online classes on Monday, Aug. 17, 2020. The school was originally scheduled to begin its hybrid course schedule on August 6, 2020, but due to a delay in shipment of safety equipment MCS decided to postpone the start of face-to-face classes until Aug. 31, 2020, pending Gov. Ralph DLG Torres’s issuance of guidelines for face-to-face classes.
(BECQ) — Due to excessive stormwater runoff and breaching of Garapan Drainages #1 and #2, the Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality is issuing an advisory from the following locations due to the possibility of excessive concentrations of fecal indicator bacteria enterococci that exceed CNMI marine water quality standards.
(Press Release) — The CNMI Historic Preservation Office, in partnership with Triple J Saipan, Inc. will hold the reinterment of 36 ancestral remains in the village of Araiao, Saipan located on the grounds of the Surfrider Resort Hotel.
THE island’s happy-hour hotspot, Seaside Grill at Pacific Islands Club, will reopen on Thursday, Aug. 13.
(MVA) — The ongoing production of the YouTube series “Deer Meat for Dinner” in The Marianas has garnered nearly 7 million views.
TO comply with the government-imposed Covid-19 safety measures, Loria restaurant at Kensington Hotel offers “A La Minute Buffet.”
(Press Release) — The Office of Vocational Rehabilitation would like to inform the public that the office will be closed for professional development on Friday, August 14, 2020.
(BECQ) — The Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality analyzed marine water samples collected from Rota's recreational beaches and storm drainages this week.
(NMC) — Keithley Marquez, a 2020 NMC nursing graduate, has joined the list of students who have passed the challenging National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses or NCLEX-RN.
Mount Carmel School thanks U.S. Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan for his recent donation of 40 boxes of books as MCS prepares for the 2020-2021 school year.
(GMS) — With Green Meadow School’s online classes beginning in a week, the administration hosted an online orientation and briefing for the student’s parents on the evening of July 30. The orientation was held on the online meeting platform Zoom.
(JKPL) — The Motheread/Fatheread CNMI is a nationally acclaimed community-based program administered by the Northern Marianas Humanities Council, in partnership with the CNMI Public School System and the Joeten-Kiyu Public Library.
(NMC) — Northern Marianas College announced that three CNMI students recently completed the Summer Leadership Seminar hosted by the college’s ROTC program.
(JKPL) — Joeten-Kiyu Public Library’s Summer Reading Program: “Imagine Your Story” is excited to share limited public programs and services with the community. We hope you will let your imagination soar with us! Registration is required and opened Saturday, August 1, 2020.
(NMC) — Registration for Northern Marianas College's Fall 2020 semester is currently ongoing until August 22, 2020.
(Commonwealth Utilities Corp.) — There will be an emergency scheduled power interruption on Thursday, Aug. 6, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in As Terlaje, Chalan Tun Antonio Apa, NMC, El Toro, Kannat Tabla, Marianas Baptist School and portions of San Vicente.
(Commonwealth Utilities Corp.) — There is an emergency water service interruption scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. for customers in the areas of Hafey Lane in Kagman and customers along Isa Drive from Kagman Mobil to Mulberry Lane near the CUC Papago water tank.
(Saipan Chamber of Commerce) — The Small Business Open Townhall Forum, is taking place today, Wednesday, Aug. 5, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Hyatt Regency Ballroom.
(NMC) — Financial aid is available for new and ongoing students who are pursuing their college studies through Northern Marianas College.
(Press Release) — Residents are invited to a town hall meeting at the Susupe Community Garden on Tramoha Avenue this Friday, Aug. 7, 2020 at 5:30 p.m., to discuss how best to manage and take care of the garden.
(Press Release) — With the success of the Latte Training Academy’s partnership with InteliSecure Inc., the local organization will be launching a new cohort of its CompTIA Information Technology Fundamentals certification course in early August.
(Press Release) — Bank of Hawaii confirms that a branch employee in Guam has tested positive for Covid-19.
(APASEEM) — On Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, starting at 10:30 a.m. and going until approximately 11:30 a.m., two interesting presentations concerning local research efforts will be shared, hopefully using everyone's home computer or cell phone.
(Commonwealth Utilities Corp.) — There will be a scheduled water service interruption for the entire Kagman area on Thursday, Aug. 6, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
(MCS) — On Friday, July 31, 2020, Mount Carmel School held graduation ceremonies for its kindergarten and eighth-grade graduates.
(NMC) — Northern Marianas College will host a free virtual info session about its Reserve Officer Training Corps program on NMC’s Facebook page at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, on Aug. 4, 2020.
KOROR (ABC/Pacnews) — A flying visit by the U.S Defense Secretary Mark Esper to Palau has raised questions on the island among locals but also in China.
MAJURO — A live-streamed concert from the Marshall Islands Saturday featured top bands in the Marshall Islands and Solomon Islands star Rosie Delmah joining to bring a message of hope to Marshall Islanders devastated by coronavirus in the United States.
MANILA (AP) — Gunmen blocked a group of motorcycle riders then opened fire with assault rifles in a busy downtown area in the southern Philippines, killing nine people, police said Sunday, in the latest violence to roil the volatile region.
PORTLAND (Reuters) — Officials in Portland, Oregon, said on Sunday they were braced for an escalation of protest-related violence that has convulsed the city for three months, citing social media posts vowing revenge for a fatal shooting amid weekend street clashes between supporters of President Donald Trump and counter-demonstrators.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — President Donald Trump is willing to sign a $1.3 trillion coronavirus relief bill, a top aide said on Friday, but Democratic Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the sum was not enough to meet the needs of the American people.
MAJURO — In the wake of skyrocketing coronavirus infections in Hawaii and Guam, and government-mandated “lock downs” in both islands to contain Covid-19 spread, the Marshall Islands government suspended non-essential outbound air travel, the country’s health minister said Friday. Guam and Hawaii are the two primary destinations for Marshall Islands travelers.
WASHINGTON (U.S. Department of the Interior) — The Trump administration announced $4,516,535 in fiscal year 2020 grant funding provided through the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Office of Insular Affairs’ Maintenance Assistance Program to support the U.S. territories of American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
PAGO PAGO (RNZ Pacific/Pacific News) — A lawmaker in American Samoa says the government is lacking any plan to safely bring home residents who went off-island for medical appointments.
SEOUL (Reuters) — South Korea urged businesses on Thursday to have employees work from home after reporting the highest daily number of coronavirus cases since March, as it also flagged the risks of new clusters at call centers and logistics warehouses.
KOROR (RNZ Pacific/Pacnews) — The U.S Secretary of Defense is scheduled to visit Palau for five hours on Friday, with President Tommy Remengesau Jr. calling it a historic visit from a high-level official of his country's closest ally.
MANILA (Reuters) — The United States military presence in Asia is needed as rivalry between Washington and Beijing intensifies, the Philippines’ foreign affairs official said on Wednesday.
BALTIMORE (Reuters) — Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday cast the re-election of President Donald Trump as critical to preserving America’s safety and economic viability, while cautioning Democrat Joe Biden would set the country on a path to socialism and decline.
PAPE'ETE (RNZ Pacific/Pacnews) — French Polynesia has recorded another 18 Covid-19 infections, raising the total for this month to 353.
CHICAGO (AP) — U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services canceled more than 13,000 employee furloughs Tuesday, averting a catastrophe for the cash-strapped agency that oversees the nation’s legal immigration system.
TAIPEI/KOROR (Taiwan News/Pacnews) — Palau is planning to open up for tourism next month starting with Taiwan, Palauan Ambassador to Taiwan Dilmei Louisa Olkeriil told Taiwan News on Tuesday.
KOROR (Palau International Coral Reef Center) — “Invest in locals for a more resilient Palau” and “Local control of resources will secure environmental and social benefits for all Palauans” were common recommendations at the 3rd National Environment Symposium or NES held on Aug. 18, 2020.
WASHINGTON (U.S. Department of the Interior) — The bilateral Joint Economic Management Committee or JEMCO of the United States and the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) concluded its annual meeting and approved a total of $62,968,281 in Compact of Free Association funding for fiscal year 2021 for the FSM.
MANILA (Reuters) — Twin blasts including a suicide bombing killed 15 people and wounded 75 others on a restive southern Philippine island on Monday, among them security forces and civilians, with Islamist militants suspected of being behind the attack.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Reuters) — Republicans opened their national convention on Monday by outlining a dire portrait of America if Democrat Joe Biden ousts President Donald Trump in November, adopting the grim tone that Trump set hours earlier when he warned, without evidence, that Democrats will seek to steal the election.
PALIKIR, Pohnpei (FSM Information Services) — On Aug. 20, 2020 Yosiwo P. George, the vice president of the Federated States of Micronesia, spoke on the occasion of the formal handover ceremony on the completion of the Kahmar bridge project which was constructed by China and serves as a crucial artery in Pohnpei State’s Municipality of Nett.
BERLIN (Reuters) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday called on Russia to investigate the suspected poisoning of Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny and hold the perpetrators accountable after doctors found indications of a toxic substance in his body.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — White House adviser Kellyanne Conway said late on Sunday that she will be leaving the administration of President Donald Trump at the end of August, citing the need to focus on her family.
MANILA (Reuters) — The Philippines recorded 2,378 new coronavirus infections on Sunday, its smallest daily spike in nearly four weeks, but the nationwide tally rose to 189,601, still the highest in Southeast Asia.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Police forced protesters away from a law enforcement building in Oregon's biggest city early Sunday, as efforts to stop the demonstrators from gathering at the building seemingly fell apart.
MAJURO — Repatriation of Marshall Islanders stuck outside the Marshall Islands because of a Covid-19 border closure continues to be under consideration by the country’s National Disaster Committee despite mounting cases of Covid-19 in Hawaii and Guam, the two principle points of departure for international flights to the Marshall Islands.
PALIKIR, Pohnpei (FSM Information Services) — During the week of Aug. 10 to 14, 2020, and on or around Aug. 17, 2020, the government of the Federated States of Micronesia became aware of a series of news articles reported across the U.S. Territory of Guam’s various outlets regarding Guam’s recent surge in Covid-19 cases.
MANILA (Reuters) — The Philippines has lodged a diplomatic protest over what it said was China’s illegal confiscation of fish aggregating devices from Filipino fisherman in a disputed lagoon held by Beijing in the South China Sea.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris accepted the Democratic nomination for vice president on Wednesday, imploring Americans to elect Joe Biden in November and accusing President Donald Trump of failed leadership that had cost lives and livelihoods during a pandemic.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Mark Esper will travel to the tiny North Pacific island nation of Palau next week, as well as to Hawaii and the U.S. territory of Guam, the Pentagon said Wednesday.
MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer) — Now that Metro Manila and other areas with a high number of Covid-19 cases are easing back to a general community quarantine or GCQ, a doctor has this advice: Act as if people you meet outside of your home are positive for the coronavirus and just make sure your risk of exposure is kept to a minimum.
PALIKIR, Pohnpei (FSM Information Services) — On Aug. 25, 2020, David W. Panuelo, president of the Federated States of Micronesia, signed a decree setting the national standards on social distancing measures during the Covid-19 pandemic public health emergency.
JAKARTA/SYDNEY (Reuters) — Only last week Luhut Pandjaitan, Indonesia’s maritime minister and close confidant of the country’s president, touted herbal mangosteen juice as a coronavirus remedy.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — President Donald Trump on Thursday will travel to the area in the swing state of Pennsylvania where Democratic rival Joe Biden was born to slam his decades of government service, hours before the former vice president accepts his party’s nomination.
(Reuters) — Democrats formally nominated Joe Biden for president on Tuesday, vowing his election would repair a pandemic-battered America and put an end to the chaos that has defined Republican President Donald Trump’s administration.
PALIKIR, Pohnpei (FSM Information Services) — The 21st Congress of the Federated States of Micronesia began its seventh special session on Aug. 17, 2020.
MANILA (The Philippine Star) — The administration of President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday announced that a unified curfew from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. will be implemented by local government units in Metro Manila.
DUBAI/NEW YORK (Reuters) — The fate of a fragile 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers hinges on the result of the U.S. presidential election in November, not a planned U.S. bid this week to trigger a return of all U.N. sanctions on Tehran, said several Iranian officials.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — China and the United States will each allow air carriers to double current flights to eight per week between the world’s two largest economies, the U.S. Transportation Department said on Tuesday.
RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) — Brazil reported 47,784 new cases of the novel coronavirus and 1,352 deaths from the disease caused by the virus in the past 24 hours, the health ministry said on Tuesday.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — Former first lady Michelle Obama launched a blistering attack on President Donald Trump on Monday and urged Americans to elect Democrat Joe Biden in November to end the chaos she said had been created during the four years of Trump’s presidency.
MANILA (AFP) — Forced off the road by coronavirus lockdowns, Philippine jeepney driver Daniel Flores now plies the streets of Manila on foot begging for money to feed his hungry family.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) — The agency running California’s power grid warned that millions of homes could be hit by rolling blackouts imposed on Monday to manage overwhelming energy demands caused by an extreme heat wave baking the state for a fourth straight day.
PAPE'ETE (RNZ Pacific/Pacnews) — French Polynesia has recorded more than 100 Covid-19 cases in the past week, bringing the total number of the second wave of infections to 130.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — Democrats stepped up pressure on Sunday against a cost-cutting campaign by President Donald Trump’s appointed Postal Service chief that they fear will hold up mail-in ballots in November’s election, with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi calling lawmakers back and several states considering legal action.
PALIKIR, Pohnpei (FSM Information Services) — On Aug. 12, 2020, David W. Panuelo, president of the Federated States of Micronesia, submitted for the 21st FSM Congress’ review a bill for an act which, if passed by Congress, would transfer ownership of the HANTRU-1 fiber optic cable’s Pohnpei spur, and other rights, and liabilities to the FSM Telecommunications Cable Corporation.
TOKYO (Reuters) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe entered a hospital on Monday for a medical check-up, a government source said, after a top official voiced concern the premier was suffering from fatigue because of his workload during the coronavirus pandemic.
WELLINGTON (Reuters) — New Zealand’s prime minister postponed the country’s general election on Monday by a month to Oct. 17 as the city of Auckland remains in lockdown due to a growing coronavirus outbreak.
KOROR (Palau International Coral Reef Center) — Palau’s own Miel Sequiera-Holm, a passionate youth oceans activist and an innovative social entrepreneur, will be the keynote speaker at Tuesday’s 3rd National Environment Symposium or NES. The theme of the 3rd NES is “New Opportunities for a Resilient Palau.”
SEOUL (Reuters) — South Korea warned on Monday of a looming novel coronavirus crisis as new outbreaks flared, including one linked to a church where more than 300 members of the congregation have been infected but hundreds more are reluctant to get tested.
MANILA (AP) — A leading militant suspect who has been linked to beheadings of hostages, including two Canadians and a Malaysian, in the southern Philippines has surrendered after being wounded in battle, officials said Friday.
NEW YORK (Reuters) — Nearly nine out of 10 Democrats approve of U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris as their party’s vice presidential nominee, and she is more popular than presidential candidate Joe Biden among women, young voters and some Republicans, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Wednesday.
MANILA (Reuters) — Philippine scientists were set on Wednesday to meet representatives of the Russian state research facility that developed a coronavirus vaccine, to discuss participation in clinical trials and access to its research data.
SUVA (FBC NEWS/RNZ Pacific/Pacnews) — With New Zealand now in lockdown after the announcement of its latest Covid-19 cases, the Health Ministry says this raises Fiji’s awareness level.
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) — Mexico’s health ministry on Wednesday reported 5,858 new confirmed cases of coronavirus infection and 737 additional fatalities, bringing the total in the country to 498,380 cases and 54,666 deaths.
ROME (Reuters) — Italy ruled on Wednesday that people travelling from Croatia, Greece, Malta and Spain must be tested for the coronavirus on arrival, as new infections increase in the four countries which are popular holiday destinations for Italians.
WILMINGTON, Del. (Reuters) — Kamala Harris made her campaign-trail debut as Joe Biden’s Democratic running mate on Wednesday, delivering a strong rebuke of President Donald Trump’s leadership and highlighting the historic significance of her new role.
MANILA (Reuters) — The World Health Organization said on Tuesday it was concerned that the novel coronavirus spread was being driven by people in their 20s, 30s and 40s, many of which were unaware they were infected, posing a danger to vulnerable groups.
KOROR (Palau International Coral Reef Center) — On Tuesday, Aug. 18, the 3rd National Environment Symposium or NES will take place at the Ngarachamayong Cultural Center.
MAJURO — A Marshall Islands official said the country’s offshore corporate registry was wrongly linked to an abandoned cargo ship at the center of attention in a massive explosion that killed over 130 people and injured thousands in Beirut last week.
MOSCOW (Reuters) — President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that Russia had become the first country to grant regulatory approval to a Covid-19 vaccine after less than two months of human testing, a move Moscow likened to its success in the Cold War-era space race.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar held off a well-funded challenger Tuesday and won the Democratic primary in her congressional district, putting her on track for re-election in November along with other members of the “Squad” of four liberal freshmen.
KOROR (PICRC) — Since 2018, the Palau International Coral Reef Center has been partnering with the Palau Visitors Authority and Koror State Government on a coral planting project called the Coral Reef Rehabilitation or CRRP.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — Months after her presidential campaign collapsed amid questions over her political identity, Kamala Harris suddenly and forcefully found her voice – and at a fortuitous time.
PALIKIR, Pohnpei (FSM Information Services) — On Aug. 10, 2020, David W. Panuelo, president of the Federated States of Micronesia, signed an emergency regulation, which is also proposed to become a permanent regulation, on the applicable guidelines on hazardous pay, as appropriated in Section 9(12)(H) of Public Law 21-42.
MANILA (The Philippine Star) — For President Rodrigo Duterte, the country’s hope of returning to normal rests on the development and distribution of a coronavirus vaccine.
MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer) — While he himself would still want to place the country on lockdown, President Rodrigo Duterte said the government had run out of funds to give cash assistance to Filipinos amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
TAIPEI (Reuters) — Taiwan faces an increasingly difficult position as China pressures the democratic island to accept conditions that would turn it into the next Hong Kong, its top diplomat told visiting U.S. Health Secretary Alex Azar on Tuesday.
NEW YORK (Reuters) — The U.N. Security Council is preparing to vote this week on a U.S. proposal to extend an arms embargo on Iran, a move that some diplomats say is bound to fail and put the fate of a nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers further at risk.
PAPE'ETE (RNZ Pacific/Pacnews) — Authorities in French Polynesia now say 71 people have contracted Covid-19 over the past four days.
BEIRUT (Reuters) — Lebanese security officials warned the prime minister and president last month that 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate stored in Beirut’s port posed a security risk and could destroy the capital if it exploded, according to documents seen by Reuters and senior security sources.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has interviewed the finalists to be his running mate and his campaign is readying to announce his choice as soon as this week, a person familiar with the process told Reuters.
SACRAMENTO (Reuters) — California’s top public health officer has resigned following data-collection failures that led to an undercount of coronavirus cases as the state was reporting a downward trend in Covid-19 infections, Gov. Gavin Newsom said on Monday.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — The administration of President Donald Trump is considering a measure to block U.S. citizens and permanent residents from returning home if they are suspected of being infected with the new coronavirus, a senior U.S. official confirmed to Reuters.
SYDNEY (devpolicy.org/Pacnews) — From the United States’ point of view, the Compacts of Free Association negotiated from the 1960s to the 1990s were primarily strategic in nature, with the U.S Department of Defense closely involved at every stage of the negotiations.
NEW YORK (Reuters) — The United States should implement another support package to ensure workers can stay safely at home while the novel coronavirus continues to spread, Chicago Fed President Charles Evans said in an interview with CBS News released on Sunday.
TAIPEI (Reuters) — Chinese air force jets briefly crossed the mid-line of the Taiwan Strait on Monday and were tracked by Taiwanese missiles, Taiwan’s government said, as U.S. health chief Alex Azar visited the island to offer President Donald Trump’s support.
LONDON (Reuters) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said reopening schools in September was a social, economic and moral imperative and insisted schools would be able to operate safely despite the coronavirus pandemic.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Maria Ressa says she didn’t take Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte seriously when he declared four years ago that “corrupt” journalists weren’t “exempted from assassination.”
WASHINGTON/Morristown, NJ (Reuters) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Sunday said they were open to restarting Covid-19 aid talks, after weeks of failed negotiations prompted President Donald Trump to take executive actions that Democrats argued would do little to ease Americans’ financial distress.
ISLAMABAD/PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) — Faisal Khan, a 15-year-old Pakistani, beams for selfies with lawyers and police. Thousands hail him in the streets as a “holy warrior.”
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) — Mexico’s health ministry reported on Sunday 4,376 new confirmed coronavirus infections and 292 additional fatalities, bringing the total in the country to 480,278 cases and 52,298 deaths.
HONG KONG (Reuters) — Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai became the highest-profile arrest under a new national security law on Monday, detained over suspected collusion with foreign forces as scores of police searched the offices of his Apple Daily newspaper.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — U.S. Attorney General William Barr mounted a partisan attack on the Democratic Party in an interview that aired Sunday, claiming the left believes in “tearing down the system” and pursues absolute victory as “a substitute for religion.”
MINSK (Reuters) — Belarus police fired water cannons, tear gas and stun grenades in a crackdown on protests that erupted on Sunday as President Alexander Lukashenko was set to claim another election win in the face of the biggest challenge in years to his grip on power.
MAJURO — Although the Marshall Islands extended its border closure through September 5, over 100 US Army Reagan Test Site workers have been repatriated since June as part of an ongoing exemption to allow “mission critical” workers stranded in the US to return to the missile range at Kwajalein Atoll.
PALIKIR, Pohnpei (FSM Information Services) — On August 6, 2020, the Covid-19 Task Force of the Federated States of Micronesia, in partnership with the Covid-19 Task Force of the State of Pohnpei et al., conducted a simulation exercise in preparation for the eventual repatriation of FSM citizens residing in Pohnpei.
BEDMINSTER, N.J. (Reuters) — President Donald Trump signed executive orders on Saturday partly restoring enhanced unemployment payments to the tens of millions of Americans who lost jobs in the coronavirus pandemic, as the United States marked a grim milestone of 5 million cases.
MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer) — Much as the Philippines would like to knock out Covid-19, which has brought the economy to a recession, the country’s chief economic manager urged prudence in public spending in case of a protracted pandemic.
BEIRUT (Reuters) — Lebanese protesters stormed government ministries in Beirut and trashed the offices of the Association of Lebanese Banks on Saturday as shots rang out in increasingly angry demonstrations over this week’s devastating explosion.
HONG KONG (Reuters) — Beijing’s top representative office in Hong Kong said on Saturday that sanctions imposed by Washington on senior Hong Kong and Chinese officials were “clowning actions” that would not frighten or intimidate Chinese people.
HAVANA (Reuters) — Cuba placed Havana back on a strict lockdown on Saturday following a rebound in coronavirus cases, ordering restaurants, bars and pools once more to close, suspending public transportation and banning access to the beach.
SYDNEY (Reuters) — Australia’s second-most populous state, Victoria, reported its deadliest day of the Covid-19 outbreak on Sunday, with 17 people dying, although new infections showed signs of easing.
NEW YORK (Reuters) — Chicago will teach online only when school resumes in September, the mayor said on Wednesday, and New York City announced checkpoints at bridges and tunnels to enforce a quarantine on travelers from 35 states on a list of coronavirus hot spots.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — Top congressional Democrats and White House officials appeared to harden their stances on new coronavirus relief legislation on Wednesday, as negotiations headed toward an end-of-week deadline with no sign of an agreement.
MANILA (Reuters) — The Philippine economy plunged by much more than expected in the second quarter, falling into recession for the first time in 29 years, as economic activity was hammered by one of the world’s longest and strictest coronavirus lockdowns.
SYDNEY (devpolicy.org/Pacnews) — In a flurry of activity over the past nine months, the United States has rediscovered the strategic value of the Freely Associated States in Micronesia.
KOROR (Island Times/Pacnews) — As the deadline for Palau election filing draws near, candidates trooped to the Palau Election Commission office Tuesday to file their certificates of candidacy.
KOROR (Island Times/Pacnews) — Palau’s school year 2020 officially began Tuesday, but, due to the threat of the Covid-19 global pandemic, preventative measures such as temperature checks, hand-sanitizing, and maintaining respiratory hygiene have become part of regular school protocols.
PALIKIR, Pohnpei (FSM Information Services) — On August 5, 2020, David W. Panuelo, president of the Federated States of Micronesia, responding to a request from Henry S. Falan, governor of the State of Yap, confirmed that the MV Micronesian Navigators will delay its regular field trip to Chuuk State to instead provide immediate assistance to citizens stranded on the MV Hapilmohol-1 or H-1, which is presently located in Woleai Atoll.
BEIRUT (Reuters) — Lebanese rescue workers dug through the mangled wreckage of buildings on Wednesday looking for survivors after a massive warehouse explosion sent a devastating blast wave across Beirut, killing at least 100 people and injuring nearly 4,000.
NEW YORK (Reuters) — Democrat Joe Biden’s presidential campaign will blanket television and social media with $280 million in advertising by Election Day, the campaign announced on Wednesday, more than his rival’s campaign has spent in total since 2017.
TANAUAN, Philippines (AP) — He was heralded in the Philippines as the country’s youngest Covid-19 survivor, a baby who’d become infected with and conquered the coronavirus during his first 16 days of life.
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Commuter trains, buses and other public vehicles stayed off the main roads of the Philippine capital Tuesday and police were again staffing checkpoints to restrict public travel as surging virus cases forced another lockdown.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Three men have been rescued from a tiny Pacific island after writing a giant SOS sign in the sand that was spotted from above, authorities say.
(South China Morning Post) — Under its vocally anti-American President Rodrigo Duterte, the Philippines has emerged as a focal point between China and the U.S. in their continuing contest for dominance in the region.
RAROTONGA (Cook Islands News/Pacnews) — Cook Islands is on the brink of its worst economic collapse if talks of an air bridge with New Zealand doesn’t materialize soon, says the Private Sector Taskforce.
SACRAMENTO (Los Angeles Times) — As California grapples with a deluge of requests for unemployment benefits amid the Covid-19 pandemic, some state workers processing claims say they are buckling under pressure, hampered by outdated technology, bureaucratic red tape and a shortage of trained, experienced staff.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said on Sunday he was not optimistic on reaching agreement soon on a deal for the next round of legislation to provide relief to Americans hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.
(Reuters) — Seven U.S. Marines and a Navy sailor missing since a training accident off the Southern California coast were presumed dead on Sunday after the military concluded an extensive 40-hour search.
MANILA (Reuters) — The Philippines will reimpose a stricter coronavirus lockdown in and around the capital for two weeks from Tuesday, authorities said on Sunday, as the country struggles to contain infections that have jumped to more than 100,000 cases.
BUENOS AIRES/ASUNCION/BOGOTA (Reuters) — Argentina broke past 200,000 Covid-19 cases on Sunday and Colombia set a daily record as grim milestones topple in Latin America, pushing the world’s worst affected region towards a combined 5 million cases.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — The United States is in a new phase of the novel coronavirus outbreak with infections “extraordinarily widespread” in rural areas as well as cities, White House coronavirus experts said on Sunday.
LONDON (Reuters) — Millions of Covid-19 tests able to detect the virus within 90 minutes will be rolled out to British hospitals, care homes and laboratories to boost capacity in the coming months, the country’s health minister said on Monday.
(Reuters) — Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is expected to interview the finalists to be his running mate in the coming days, according to a person familiar with the process, as allies of the top contenders redoubled their efforts to push Biden toward their favored choice.
MELBOURNE (Reuters) — Australia’s second-biggest city Melbourne entered its first day of tougher restrictions to contain the spread of a resurgent coronavirus on Monday as residents braced for further announcements on business closures.
MAJURO — At least 70 Marshallese have died in the United States mainland from Covid-19, according to a report compiled by the Marshall Islands Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The nearly 2,500 positive cases among the Marshallese community living in the U.S. is could be close to 10% of the Marshallese living in the U.S.
BERLIN (Reuters) — Thousands marched in Berlin on Saturday to protest against measures imposed in Germany to stem the coronavirus pandemic, saying they violated people’s rights and freedoms.
MANILA (Reuters) — The Philippines’ health department vowed on Sunday to update its game plan against Covid-19 within a week and sought to beef up the healthcare workforce in the capital Manila, where medical frontliners are calling for reviving strict lockdowns.
KOROR (Island Times/Pacnews) — Oldiais Ngiraikelau is the new chief justice of the Palau Supreme Court.
(The Wall Street Journal) — Questionable online sales tactics used by some foreign merchants have been brought into focus after the federal government said that the mysterious seed packages postmarked from China may be an e-commerce scam.
WASHINGTON (U.S. Interior Department) — The Trump Administration, through the U.S. department of the Interior, has approved the use of $7 million in United States grant assistance funding made available under the Palau Compact Review Agreement between the United States and the Republic of Palau to support a second sub-marine, fiber-optic cable spur connecting Palau to the ECHO cable network.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — The top Democrats in Congress are not close to a deal with the White House to pump more money into the U.S. economy to ease the coronavirus’ heavy toll, both sides said on Saturday, after an essential lifeline for millions of unemployed Americans expired.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — Rep. Raul Grijalva, an Arizona Democrat, has tested positive for coronavirus but feels fine and has gone into isolation, he said in a statement on Saturday.
ASSISTANT U.S Attorney Garth Backe is opposed to Jordan Jucutan’s request for an early release.
COMMONWEALTH Healthcare Corp. Chief Executive Officer Esther Muna said the CNMI government should provide adequate funding if the medical referral program is transferred to CHCC.
“THIS has become a serious problem,” said Chief Prosecutor John Bradley, referring to legislation that created a separate statute and penalty for individuals committing the act of vandalism.
THE author of the public law that allowed electronic gaming operation on island denied Imperial Pacific International’s accusation that the CNMI government breached IPI’s exclusive rights to gaming.
THE Senate on Friday unanimously passed Senate Bill 21-68, which aims to mitigate the risks of the Covid-19 pandemic in the Nov. 3 midterm elections.
VICE SPEAKER Lorenzo I. Deleon Guerrero on Monday said several improvement projects were completed in the villages of Precinct 5, which he represents in the House.
THE Lady Diann Torres Foundation recently received an $18,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
THE United States Chamber of Commerce met virtually with its counterparts on Saipan and Guam last week to discuss matters that are pertinent to the private sector, including the Paycheck Protection Program and unemployment.
THE Public School System is holding a series of online training opportunities for teachers and staff to promote mental health among students and their families.
HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — Dededo Mayor Melissa Savares is frustrated that a cleanup of abandoned cars has led to even more trash, including white goods and tires, being dumped along a busy road in the heart of the village.
THREE HUNDRED IT&E subscribers lost their home phone and internet connection Sunday evening after a vehicle struck an IT&E service panel in Dandan near Jin Li Store.
THE Saipan Fil-American Lions Club distributed 50 care packages on Saturday at the Nuestra Senora Bithen Delos Remedios Parish in Tanapag.
THE Saipan Unity Lions Club led by its president Alicia Barbo conducted a cleanup drive on Sunday in the Tanapag beach area.
IMPERIAL Pacific International has accused the CNMI government of breaching IPI’s exclusive rights to gaming activities as required in the casino license agreement by allowing electronic gaming and poker arcade operations on Saipan.
THE Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. on Saturday announced that two additional individuals have been confirmed positive for Covid-19.
THE Department of Finance- Division of Revenue and Taxation will soon allow online filing of taxes, DRT Director Tracy Norita announced last week during a press briefing on KKMP radio.
(Office of the Governor) — Gov. Ralph DLG Torres and Lt. Gov. Arnold I. Palacios have announced on Sunday that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has obligated $10,922,033.33 for personal protective equipment or PPE for first responders and medical workers, medical supplies, and test kits for the ongoing response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
THE Public School System is temporarily suspending its plan to provide face-to-face instruction for selected students as PSS prepares for 100% remote learning when its schools reopen on Sept. 8.
(Office of the Governor) — U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper called Gov. Ralph DLG Torres over the phone on Saturday to convey his commitment to a stronger relationship with the CNMI.
HATE crime legislation has been introduced in the House of Representatives.
THE decrease in the price of fuel will not affect the pass-through fuel adjustment charge of the Commonwealth Utilities Corp., CUC Executive Director Gary Camacho said in a media release.
THE Commonwealth Ports Authority drew down on Aug. 18 $2,560,229 from the $22,759,818 in Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security or CARES Act funding provided to CPA.
THE $15 million that the CNMI government borrowed from the Marianas Public Land Trust was used to reimburse the general fund for payments made to the vendors that were contracted during the Super Typhoon Yutu recovery efforts.
ATTORNEY Michael Dotts said inconsistent judgments are possible if an entry of default judgment is entered against Imperial Pacific International LLC at this point in the litigation.
THE Department of Finance-Division of Revenue and Taxation’s tax lien over Imperial Pacific International’s unpaid taxes in the amount of over $9 million takes precedence over the claims of IPI’s former contractor, Pacific Rim Land Development LLC, the Attorney General’s Office said.
THE Office of the Attorney General’s criminal division has asked Superior Court Presiding Judge Roberto C. Naraja to reassign the preliminary hearing for a sexual abuse of a minor case to a different judge.
(DPS) — On Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, at about 9:49 p.m., the Department of Public Safety received a 911 call reporting a criminal mischief incident at a sports bar in Garapan. Police were dispatched to the scene.
FOUR young artists from the Northern Marianas won medals in this year’s World Championships of Performing Arts, which was held virtually from July 24 to Aug. 1.
FIESTA Resort & Spa’s popular World Café buffet is back with new features to ensure customer safety and convenience.
More details to follow.
COMMONWEALTH Casino Commission Executive Director Andrew Yeom on Wednesday filed a notice of complaint against Imperial Pacific International for its failure to pay the $15.5 million annual casino license fee.
THE CNMI expects to receive the Covid-19 vaccine in Jan. 2021, Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. Chief Executive Officer Esther Muna said during a press briefing Thursday on KKMP radio.
AN additional 1,000 Pandemic Unemployment Assistance applications have been approved this week, Gov. Ralph DLG Torres announced Thursday during a media briefing on KKMP radio.
SUPERIOR Court Associate Judge Wesley Bogdan has sentenced Daniel Muna Quitugua to five years’ imprisonment for impersonating a Department of Public Safety police officer and stealing $700.
CHIEF Judge Ramona V. Manglona of the District Court of the NMI has dismissed without prejudice the lawsuit of Liana Hofschneider and her husband Richard Hofschneider who are seeking to stop the reburial of 700 ancestral remains found at the Imperial Pacific International casino construction project.
RUSSEL Rekemel Solomon and Jose Machutaro Ichiro Sablan were charged by the U.S. Attorney’s Office with conspiracy to unlawfully take an endangered species.
(DPS) — On Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020, at about 1:20 p.m., the Department of Public Safety (DPS) received a 911 call reporting a disturbing the peace incident at the legislative building on Capital Hill.
(Office of the Attorney General) — Attorney General Edward Manibusan announced Thursday a more than $85 million multistate settlement with American Honda Motor Co. Inc. and Honda of America Mfg. Inc. over allegations Honda concealed safety issues related to defects in the frontal airbag systems installed in certain Honda and Acura vehicles sold in the United States.
U.S. Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan said he is glad that the NMI Democratic Party has fielded several candidates for the midterm election this year because he has been “hearing from a lot of people that they are unhappy with the Republican administration.”
PACIFIC Rim Land Development LLC, in its latest writ of execution request, is asking the federal court to order the U.S. Marshals Service to seize the vehicles and gaming machines owned by Imperial Pacific International.
THE Commonwealth Utilities Corp. on Thursday presented its proposal to acquire portions of Commonwealth Ports Authority property for standby power plants on Saipan and Rota.
TO pay for personnel, hospital and Covid-19 operations, the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. has “advanced” 66% of its revenues, including Medicare/Medicaid payments, for the remainder of the fiscal year, CHCC chief financial officer Derek Sasamoto said.
THE Department of Finance- Division of Revenue and Taxation has issued approximately 70% of child tax credits it intended to release this week, Division Director Tracy Norita said Thursday during a press briefing on KKMP radio.
THE Saipan Marianas Lions Club resumed its cleanup drive at the Garapan Fishing Base over the weekend, club president Ladyvir Canape said.
HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — Senators on Thursday night voted to cancel Saturday's primary election, against the backdrop of increased Covid-19 deaths, hospitalizations and confirmed cases.
PRECINCT 3 House members expressed their full support for two major projects in their precinct that have been awarded federal funding.
FAHIM Uddin of Saipan made it to the Boston University dean's list for his stellar academic coursework in June.
(NMC) — Despite the ongoing challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic, Northern Marianas College on Thursday reported that its enrollment for the Fall 2020 semester is higher than last year.
(Office of the CNMI Congressional Delegate) — U.S. Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan says the National Park Service findings that a Rota National Historical Park is both suitable and feasible is a post-Covid economic opportunity for the Marianas.
(NPS) — The National Park Service is pleased to announce the preliminary results of a special resource study of the island of Rota or Luta in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
HAGÅTÑA (JIC) — The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s tenth Covid-19-related fatality occurred at the Guam Memorial Hospital Thursday at approximately 10:13 a.m. She was 96 years old and was pronounced dead on arrival.
(CNMI Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency) — Based on information received from the National Weather Service on Guam,Thursday at 11 a.m., heavy showers and possible thunderstorms are developing over Tinian and Saipan and adjacent coastal waters.
THE Public School System will not release records and documents of reported incidents of sexual misconduct, but it will comply with the attorney general’s investigation of these cases once it commences, PSS legal counsel Tiberius Mocanu said.
THE Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. may lose its Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services certification if the Commonwealth Utilities Corp. disconnects the lone CNMI hospital from the CUC power grid six hours every day, CHCC board chair Lauri Ogumoro said.
THE announcement that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has updated its “touchback” requirement is “good news” for the CNMI, Reps. Ralph N. Yumul and Luis John Castro said.
THE Office of the Attorney General’s criminal division is questioning Superior Court Associate Judge Joseph N. Camacho’s practice of allowing “premature discovery” in some cases.
(Office of the Governor) — Gov. Ralph DLG Torres on Wednesday expressed his appreciation to President Donald J. Trump and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services for modifying policies at his request regarding the CNMI-Only Transitional Worker or CW-1 visa program to protect the CNMI economy and workers.
THE House Committee on Federal and Foreign Affairs on Tuesday endorsed for adoption House Joint Resolution 21-8, which requests the governor “to oppose any increase in destructive military presence or training in the Northern Mariana Islands, including all proposed military use of the Mariana Islands.”
THE Senate will look into the funding needs of the Northern Marianas Technical Institute, Senate Floor Leader Justo Quitugua said.
JORDAN Jucutan, who is serving a 28-month prison sentence for wire fraud and aggravated identity theft, has asked the federal court for an early release because of his high risk for getting Covid-19.
(Office of the Governor) — Gov. Ralph DLG Torres and Lt. Gov. Arnold I. Palacios announced on Wednesday that the Department of Finance is set to release its first distribution of 3,039 tax refund checks for the Additional Child Tax Credit or ACTC amounting to $5.54 million.
THE House of Representatives on Wednesday presented a resolution honoring U.S. Census advisor Colleen Joyce.
THE Saipan mayor’s office has installed 50 concrete tables and benches in beach areas on island.
HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — Business owners, employees and their supporters gathered Tuesday afternoon to protest recent closures and current restrictions set in place by Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero.
TASI Tours & Transportation Inc. on Wednesday reiterated its commitment to the NMI tourism industry.
COMMUNITY volunteer Max Aguon plans to beautify Laulau Beach by planting more coconut trees in the area.
SAIPAN Mayor David M. Apatang emphasized the important role employers play in the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve program in the CNMI.\
(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 (JIC) — The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s eighth and ninth Covid-19-related fatalities occurred at the Guam Memorial Hospital on Wednesday.
“IT was the lack of evidence on the part of the federal prosecutors that led to the unanimous not guilty verdict,” a juror who requested anonymity told Variety.
TO comply with the reimposition of stricter health protocols due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Fitbeat program has been temporarily suspended, first lady Diann Torres said.
MARIANAS Visitors Authority board chair Marian Aldan-Pierce has asked MVA management to start looking for a new office location.
DUE to lack of funding, the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. has to choose between providing people with medical care or paying the Commonwealth Utilities Corp., CHCC Chief Executive Officer Esther Muna told senators on Tuesday.
AT the Republican National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina on Monday, Jason Osborne cast nine votes on behalf of Gov. Ralph DLG Torres and the NMI Republican Party in renominating President Donald J. Trump who is seeking a second term in November.
CHIEF Judge Ramona V. Manglona of the District Court for the NMI ordered the jurors in the trial of Rota Mayor Efraim Atalig and Evelyn Atalig to return to court today, Wednesday, at 8:15 a.m. to continue their deliberations.
HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — Five more employees at four public schools were among the 87 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 that the Joint Information Center announced Monday.
THE Commonwealth Development Authority has adopted a resolution authorizing a $25 million pension obligation bond on behalf of the CNMI government.
GOVERNOR Ralph DLG Torres on Tuesday emphasized the importance of complying with the new Covid-19 directives.
GOVERNOR’S Covid-19 Task Force Chairman Warren Villagomez is asking employers to allow some of their employees to work at home or to provide them with paid leave so they can look after their children who have to attend online classes because of the restrictions imposed by the government.
DISTRICT Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona has ordered Imperial Pacific International LLC to pay $93,834.25 in attorneys’ fees in the lawsuit filed by seven construction workers.
THE Attorney General’s Office has moved to dismiss the contempt of court charge against Joanne Marie DLG Castro relating to a temporary restraining order sought by her brother, Rep. Luis John DLG Castro.
(MVA) — The Marianas Visitors Authority is taking advantage of the lull in visitor arrivals by partnering with public and private sector partners in giving major tourist sites in the Marianas a facelift.
(Press Release) — The three Saipan TakeCare customer service, provider and sales office employees all tested negative for Covid-19 and have returned to work. The office was closed on Monday, August 17, for cleaning and sanitizing, and reopened Monday, August 24.
JURORS in the trial of Rota Mayor Efraim Atalig and Evelyn Atalig started their deliberation Monday afternoon after hearing the closing arguments of the defense and the prosecution.
THE Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. on Monday inaugurated its Oncology Center, which offers diagnosis and treatment of cancer.
ALL premium-class travel authorizations will be returned immediately to the requesting agencies, the Department of Finance said in a memorandum to departments and agencies.
HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — There were 87 new Covid-19 cases confirmed Monday night.
A PUBLIC official or employee who uses his or her personal credit card for government purchases may seek reimbursement and keep mileage rewards earned, according to the Office of Public Auditor.
THE administration on Friday submitted to the Special Committee for Fiscal Review of Executive Expenditures an inventory of items bought by the governor’s office.
THE House Committee on Federal and Foreign Affairs will meet again today, Tuesday, in the House chamber to discuss House Joint Resolution 21-8.
THE Senate Committee on Fiscal Affairs will resume its hearings on the fiscal year 2021 budget today, Tuesday, starting at 10 a.m. in the Senate chamber.
THE Division of Coastal Resources Management is looking for marine sports operators who can provide valuable feedback regarding the Saipan Lagoon User Education Plan.
THE Saipan mayor’s office will replace damaged and missing street signs, special assistant to the mayor Henry Hofschneider said.
A $23 million post-typhoon recovery fund from the Community Development Block Grant Program is available for the Marianas Visitors Authority, MVA Managing Director Priscilla Iakopo said.
THE Marianas High School Dolphin Battalion on Sunday held a change of command ceremony, which saw the promotion of C/LTC Jose Reyes to battalion commander this year.
THE Saipan Centennial Lions Club has adopted one of the pavilions at the Sugar Dock Beach to maintain and clean up regularly.
THE over 700 ancestral remains that were found on the Imperial Pacific International Resort & Casino construction site were reburied at the site on Friday morning.
THE defense lawyers of Rota Mayor Efraim Atalig, and co-defendant Evelyn Atalig rested their case Friday afternoon.
CNMI Department of Labor Secretary Vicky Benavente said the U.S. Department of Labor has drawn down an additional $50 million in Pandemic Unemployment Assistance/Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation funding for the Commonwealth.
EFFECTIVE today, Monday, amendments made to the CNMI Covid-19 emergency directives on in-person social gatherings, curfew, and business hours will be reimplemented until Sept. 6.
THE Pacific Island Health Officers Association or PIHOA is redirecting the shipment of supplies for the CNMI to Guam, which had 820 confirmed cases of Covid-19 and seven deaths as of Sunday.
THE NMI people have not seen real progress and are not happy with what is going on in the Commonwealth under the Republican administration, the Democratic Party candidates said.
THE federal court has unsealed four separate cases involving a person accused of bank fraud and identity theft and six individuals charged with fraud in CW-1 petitions.
THE CNMI Supreme Court has affirmed the ownership of land in Tanapag belonging to Secundina Untalan Pangelinan and daughter Selina Marie Pangelinan and denied John Pangelinan’s appeal.
WITH the goal of establishing a Chamorro village at the Civic Center in Susupe, the Indigenous Affairs Office on Saturday completed the construction of a second thatched house in the area.
ONE of the proposals to cut spending discussed during the online CNMI Fiscal Response Summit in April was the reduction in the size of the Legislature — from 20 to 10 House seats, and from nine to six senators.
THE Commonwealth Utilities Corp. has registered its non-revenue water loss at the end of July to 60.5%.
SPECIAL assistant to the Saipan mayor Henry Hofschneider said the mayor's office will receive $232,706 from the $2.5 million assistance provided by the Trump administration to the CNMI through the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Office of Insular Affairs.
MEMBERS of the Emon Masonic Lodge 179 on Saturday conducted a tree-planting activity on Airport Road.
HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — Guam’s seventh Covid-19 related fatality occurred at the Guam Memorial Hospital on Friday evening, the Joint Information Center stated.
(Office of the Governor) — Gov. Ralph DLG Torres signed the following proclamation Friday morning:
(Office of the Governor) — Gov. Ralph DLG Torres announced on Friday, August 21, 2020 that the CNMI Covid-19 Emergency Directives have been amended to temporarily reimplement restrictions on in-person interactions, social gatherings, and business hours to protect the health and safety of the people of the Commonwealth.
HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — The Department of Public Health and Social Services confirmed it will revisit guidance currently in place for government quarantine facilities after some confusion left a mother and her 10-month-old baby cooped up in the quarantine site for about a week.
HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — Santa Rita native Christina Leon Guerrero has spent the past week in the government’s quarantine facility at the Wyndham Garden Guam in Tamuning.
HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — The island is going into a lockdown beginning noon Friday, said Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero.
THE Commonwealth Utilities Corp. board on Thursday decided to disconnect the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. from the CUC power grid for six hours daily due to the failure of CHCC to pay for its utilities.
THE CNMI Cannabis Commission announced Thursday it has issued the first batch of Homegrown Marijuana Registry cards to individuals whose applications have fulfilled the necessary requirements and are in compliance with the Cannabis Act and Commission rules and regulations.
IMPERIAL Pacific International LLC owes the CNMI government $9,416,887.09 in unpaid business gross revenue taxes, according to a notice of tax lien filed by the Department of Finance-Division of Revenue and Taxation in Superior Court and the District Court for the NMI.
CHIEF Judge Ramona V. Manglona of the District Court for the NMI on Thursday struck the words “and that she stayed with her sister in Guam” in the superseding indictment charging Evelyn Atalig with making false statements.
THE NMI Democratic Party on Thursday announced its pledge to the people of the Commonwealth.
GOVERNOR Ralph DLG Torres told the House of Representatives that he remains committed toward further strengthening the islands’ partnership with the U.S. military to obtain the greatest benefit for the CNMI while supporting America’s national security interests.
CNMI officials gathered on Thursday morning for a groundbreaking ceremony at the site of the new Commonwealth Office of Transit Authority, or COTA, administrative building and maintenance facility in Lower Base.
HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — A 70-year-old man is Guam's latest Covid-19 related fatality, according to Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero on Thursday afternoon.
HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — For more than five months Alfie Fallejo has been on furlough from his hotel job and is still waiting for his initial unemployment aid.
AS of Thursday, over 6,000 students had enrolled in public schools, Public School System, senior director Lynette Villagomez said.
THE Northern Marianas Technical Institutes may reopen in September — or not, NMTI Chief Executive Officer Agnes McPhetres said.
DESPITE testing positive for Covid-19, Guam Senator Wil Castro says he remains a Republican candidate for congressional delegate.
SUPERIOR Court Presiding Judge Roberto C. Naraja on Monday dismissed the lawsuit of Shawn C. Appleby against the officials of the Department of Corrections and the Board of Parole without prejudice, saying his application for a writ of habeas corpus is moot.
(MVA) — Despite the Covid-19 pandemic which has stalled travel worldwide, the Marianas Visitors Authority continues to field inquiries from individuals interested in visiting the Marianas.
THE Empty Vessel Ministry Foundation will again distribute care packages through its Covid-19 emergency food program.
THE Saipan mayor’s office on Tuesday designated MP Holdings LLC, which operates Saipan Vegas, as the sole bingo licensee on island.
GOVERNOR Ralph DLG Torres on Wednesday issued a “notice of intent” to suspend or revoke the casino license of Imperial Pacific International in light of its failure to pay the annual exclusive license fee for this year on Aug. 12.
REPRESENTATIVES from different departments and agencies gathered on Wednesday morning at the Imperial Pacific International Resort & Casino in Garapan to conduct a dry run of the reburial ritual for the ancestral remains that were found at the IPI construction site.
FEDERAL authority over waters surrounding the CNMI and Commonwealth zoning rules are hindering the local cannabis industry, the CNMI Cannabis Commission told senators on Wednesday.
THE Governor’s Covid-19 Task Force and the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. are currently inspecting private schools to ensure their compliance with safety measures related to the Covid-19 pandemic.
THE Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. and the Governor’s Covid-19 Task Force will hire replacements for the six South Korean laboratory scientists who have been assisting the CNMI government in its community-based testing initiative for the last 90 days.
SUPERIOR Court Associate Judge Kenneth L. Govendo scheduled the bench trial of Fish and Wildlife Director Manuel “Manny” M. Pangelinan for Nov. 25, 2020 at 9 a.m.
THE Attorney General’s Office has withdrawn a certification stating that ex-fire chief Claudio K. Norita and fire inspector Anthony Babauta were acting within the scope of their employment when they denied the permit application of Double A Corp to install a fire sprinkler and suppression system.
(DPS) — On Saturday, April 4, 2020, at about 7:17 a.m., the Department of Public Safety received a 911 call reporting a burglary and theft incident at the I Love Saipan pop-up store in Chalan Laulau.
(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) — Sen. Wil Castro is in isolation after testing positive for Covid-19.
THE Rotary Club of Saipan headed by its president Sonya Dancoe inducted two new members on Tuesday.
THE government-owned Garapan Public Market now offers more fruits and vegetables, its manager Leroy Pangelinan said.
THE Saipan mayor's office completed distributing house numbers in Koblerville last week.
CHIEF Judge Ramona V. Manglona of the District Court for the NMI on Wednesday acquitted Rota Mayor Efraim Atalig and co-defendant Evelyn Atalig of theft from program receiving federal funds.
GOVERNOR Ralph DLG Torres said some restrictions, including an extension of the curfew hours, may be reimposed if more community transmission cases are reported.
ROTA Mayor Efraim Atalig’s defense lawyers moved for a judgement of acquittal after the prosecution rested its case Tuesday.
CNMI Department of Labor Secretary Vicky Benavente said DOL has identified 75 ineligible Pandemic Unemployment Assistance applicants who inadvertently received payments.
THE Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or CDC has downgraded its travel warning for the CNMI, from high risk to moderate, Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. Chief Executive Officer Esther Muna announced on Tuesday.
THE Bureau of Environmental Health has shut down I Fashion Salon in Garapan for noncompliance with the Covid-19 safety measure requirements.
AS of July 30, 33,010 economic impact payments, or stimulus checks, had been sent out, Secretary of Finance David DLG Atalig said on Tuesday.
SENATE President Victor B. Hocog on Friday pre-filed Senate Bill 21-70, which will raise to $72,000 from $54,000 the annual salary of the Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services commissioner.
WIN Win Way Construction Co., through attorney Janet King, issued a statement stating that is “in full compliance with all the applicable provisions of the U.S. Fair Labor Standards Act” or FLSA.
SUPERIOR Court Presiding Judge Roberto C. Naraja on Monday vacated a status update hearing scheduled for Thursday, 2:30 p.m., in the Marianas Business Plaza courtroom.
THE NMI Democratic Party wants to know why gaming commissioners on Rota and Tinian continue to receive and spend salaries although there are no casinos on their islands.
LEGISLATIVE Bureau employees did not receive a pay raise, LB Director Antonio Sablan said.
(HPO) — The CNMI Historic Preservation Office will hold a reinterment ceremony for over 700 ancestral remains in the village of Anaguan on Saipan.
(DPS) — On Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, at about 6 p.m., the Emergency Operations Center relayed information to the CNMI Department of Public Safety regarding a distress call from the western side of Saipan.
(Office of the Governor) — The Governor’s Covid-19 Task Force and the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. announced on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020, that the CNMI Community-Based Testing Initiative will resume for the next four weeks starting Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020.
YOUTUBE personality Robert Arrington described the chain of islands up north as "Outdoor Paradise."
EMON Masonic Lodge 179 celebrated its 28th anniversary on Saipan at Micro Beach on Sunday.
THE Zoning Board approved four conditional-use permit applications for various purposes.
THE Marianas Visitors Authority received $900,000 in hotel occupancy tax remittance from the Department of Finance in July, MVA Managing Director Priscilla Iakopo said.
THE Saipan Marianas Lions Club on Sunday morning at Garapan Central Park distributed care packages to 100 workers on CW-1 permits and are not eligible to participate in the Nutrition Assistance Program.
(Office of the Governor) — The Governor’s Covid-19 Task Force and the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. announced on Tuesday, August 18, 2020, that one individual has been confirmed positive for Covid-19, bringing the CNMI’s case count to 54.
THE Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. has quarantined 10 of its medical personnel who had contact with a woman who tested positive for Covid-19 — the 50th case of the CNMI since March 28, 2020.
REPRESENTATIVE Tina Sablan said the House Special Committee on Fiscal Review of Executive Expenditures should subpoena the governor, adding he is the only one who can answer most of the lawmakers’ questions.
IMPERIAL Pacific International (CNMI) LLC on Monday said it will “vigorously defend” its exclusive rights to all gaming on Saipan.
THE ancestral remains found at the construction site of Imperial Pacific International casino hotel resort in Garapan will be reburied in the area on Aug. 21, Variety learned.
OFFICE of the Public Auditor investigator Travis Hurst testified Monday that there was only one investigation launched in the cases filed against Rota Mayor Efraim M. Atalig in federal court and in the CNMI Superior Court.
FIVE criminal cases have been filed under seal in federal court, but U.S. Attorney for Guam and NMI Shawn N. Anderson said he cannot talk about them.
SECRETARY of Finance David DLG Atalig appeared before the House Special Committee on Fiscal Review of Executive Expenditures, on Monday to answer questions regarding redacted documents provided by the administration, among other subjects.
GOVERNOR Ralph DLG Torres said before poker establishments can be allowed to reopen, “there are…protocols that need to be met."
GOVERNOR Ralph DLG Torres on Thursday said he had spoken with Attorney General Edward Manibusan regarding the $15 million annual license fee that Imperial Pacific International failed to pay.
WHILE he is on leave to attend his jury trial on Saipan, Rota Mayor Efraim Atalig on Monday said the Rota municipal government continues to provide services to the public.
ATTORNEY General Edward Manibusan said former fire chief Claudio K. Norita and fire inspector Anthony Babauta were acting within the scope of their employment when they denied the application of Double A Corporation for a permit to install a fire sprinkler and suppression system.
(Office of the Governor) — In consultation with the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. the Governor's Covid-19 Task Force will be enforcing surveillance and testing requirements for merchant vessels and mariners to ensure the prevention of community transmission of Covid-19 from off-island travelers.
(DPS) — On Wednesday, Aug, 12, 2020, at about 4:04 p.m., the Department of Public Safety received a 911 call reporting a criminal mischief complaint, in Susupe. Police were dispatched to the scene.
EDUCATION Commissioner Dr. Alfred Ada said the Public School System will conduct online classes when schools reopen on Sept. 8.
THE Rotary Club of Saipan on Saturday planted 40 flame trees on Tun Herman Pan Road in the airport area, club president Sonya Dancoe said.
COMMUNITY volunteer Max Aguon has included a pavilion at Tottotville in Koblerville to his list of areas and facilities that he cleans up and maintains each week.
(Press Release) — IT&E has discovered that an unknown third party is posing as our organization and sending fraudulent offers to our customers on social media.
(Press Release) — The Saipan TakeCare customer service, provider and sales office is closed until Monday, Aug. 24, for cleaning and sanitizing, as a precautionary measure for a potential Covid-19 exposure.
HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — After 20 years in business, Paulino Enterprise Communication, located in Cost-U-Less in Tamuning, is closing its doors Sept. 6.
(Office of the Governor) — The Governor’s Covid-19 Task Force and the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. announced Monday that three individuals have been confirmed positive for Covid-19, bringing the CNMI’s current case count to 53 since March 28, 2020.
THE CNMI Historic Preservation Office and Triple J Saipan Inc. on Friday conducted the reinterment of 36 ancestral remains on the grounds of Surfrider Resort Hotel in Chalan Kanoa.
ASSISTANT U.S. Attorney Eric O'Malley on Friday said the government-funded trips taken by Rota Mayor Efraim M. Atalig and co-defendant Evelyn M. Atalig from Feb. 2018 to Aug. 2018 “have some element of dishonesty, some element of waste, and some element of abuse of power.”
A WOMAN was confirmed positive for Covid-19 on Friday through a pre-operation screening test.
DURING the House Special Committee on Fiscal Review of Executive Expenditures meeting last week, members of the House minority bloc presented more receipts of expenditures incurred by the administration.
GOVERNOR Ralph DLG Torres on Thursday requested community members to continue observing social distancing rules, wearing face masks and practicing good hygiene.
DENIS Uvarov is suing U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, alleging personal injury and demanding $80,000 in damages.
GOVERNOR Ralph DLG Torres on Thursday said the administration has been working with the Marianas Visitors Authority in the effort to make the CNMI a world-class tourist destination.
(Office of the CNMI Congressional Delegate) — Long-time congressional office manager Paula Bermudes-Castro has been promoted to the position of district director.
THE Senate has confirmed the nominations of Irene T. Torres and Michelle L. Sablan to the Northern Marianas College Board of Regents.
HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — Another shut down of businesses deemed non-essential will further cripple our island’s economy, a local business organization stated.
(Press Release) — On March 14, 2020 the Democratic Party of the Northern Mariana Islands once again made history by hosting and participating in its Democratic Presidential Caucus.
HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — A number of businesses that had just reopened — after having been shuttered for months — and schools that have just opened are readjusting to the government of Guam decision to restore the island to the highest level of restrictions under Pandemic Condition of Readiness 1.
HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — Twenty-five cases of Covid-19 were confirmed Friday, the Joint Information Center stated.
Executive Order No. 2020-17
Subject: Renewal of Declaration of State of Public Health Emergency and Continued Declaration of State of Significant Emergency Establishing Response, Quarantine, and Preventive Containment Measures Concerning Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Covid-19); and Renewal of Order Directing the CNMI Homeland Security & Emergency Management Office, through the CNMI Covid-19 Task Force, and in Partnership with the Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation, to Undertake Necessary Covid-19 Containment Measures by Means of the Development of Emergency Directives to Protect the Health and Safety of the Public
(DPS) — On Thursday, Aug.13, 2020, at about 5:12 p.m., the Department of Public Safety received a 911 call reporting an unresponsive child at Sugar Dock in Susupe. DPS Boating Safety and fire department medics were dispatched to the scene.
(Office of the Governor) — The Governor’s Covid-19 Task Force and the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. announced on Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, the confirmation of one new Covid-19 case in the CNMI.
DEPARTMENT of Finance-Director of Administrative Services Margaret Bertha Torres and legal counsel to the governor Gilbert Birnbrich appeared before the House Special Committee on Fiscal Review of Executive Expenditures on Thursday.
THE House of Representatives on Thursday passed the fiscal year 2021 budget bill, which includes salary cuts for cabinet members and other executive branch officials.
THE federal court on Thursday empaneled 12 jurors and four alternatives for the trial of Rota Mayor Efraim Atalig and his co-defendant, Evelyn Atalig.
ADVOCATES see the potential of the CNMI, which they believe can become America’s “cryptocurrency capital,” Crypto Frontier founder Alexander Ugorji and advisor Vin Armani said in a presentation during the Rotary Club of Saipan meeting on Tuesday.
HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero met with members of her medical advisory group on Thursday night to discuss her intention to issue an executive order that would reinstate the highest level of Covid-19 restrictions under Pandemic Condition of Readiness 1.
EFFECTIVE immediately, the Department of Public Safety will file traffic citations on the File & Serve Express or FSX platform for further processing by Superior Court, Presiding Judge Roberto C. Naraja said in a letter on Thursday.
(USDOL) — Win Win Construction, a Saipan-based residential and commercial construction contractor, will pay $165,807 in back wages to 23 employees to resolve violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act’s minimum wage and overtime requirements, and pay $15,755 in civil penalties, the U.S. Department of Labor said.
MORE than 1,200 students have registered for the fall 2020 semester at Northern Marianas College, NMC Interim President Frankie Eliptico said.
JOHN W. Rasiang was arrested for choking his girlfriend and hurting their one-year-old son while very drunk, police said.
THE Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. has made a partial payment of $2.5 million to the Commonwealth Utilities Corp.
THE Federal Emergency Management Agency will not reimburse the hotel accommodations of nonresidents who have to undergo quarantine upon arriving on island, Governor’s Covid-19 Task Force Chairman Warren Villagomez said.
JEJU province in South Korea donated 1,000 boxes of bottled water to the Saipan mayor’s office on Thursday.
(Office of the Governor) — As a result of discussions between the Governor’s Covid-19 Task Force, Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. and education stakeholders from Northern Marianas College, the Public School System, and the Commonwealth Coalition of Private Schools, Gov. Ralph DLG Torres announced on Thursday that schools are permitted to safely reopen subject to approval of reopening plans and assessment of facilities.
(Office of the Governor) — The Department of Community and Cultural Affairs-Office on Aging-Senior Community Service Employment Program or SCSEP recently announced that it has been officially awarded over $300,000, which will be used to assist citizens over the age of 55 to seek and obtain employment.
(Office of the Governor) — The Governor’s Covid-19 Task Force and the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. would like to announce that the last day for the CNMI Community-Based Testing or CBT Initiative on Saipan, Tinian and Rota will be Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020.
(DPS) — On Wednesday, July 29, 2020, at about 8:57 a.m., the CNMI Department of Public Safety received a call reporting a theft incident, from the Villaroyal Pawnshop in San Jose, Saipan. Police were dispatched to the area.
HAGÅTÑA (USDOL) — After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division or WHD, Citi Development & Construction Inc. — a construction contractor in Guam — will pay $141,755 to 57 employees for violating the Fair Labor Standards Act’s overtime, minimum wage and recordkeeping requirements. The employer also will pay $23,000 in penalties.
HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — Cole Aguon, 22, held on to his job that allowed him to work 18 to 21 hours a week instead of the regular 40 hours, so that he could provide for his young family. But last week, the company laid him off.
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.
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.
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.
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.
THE Public School System, through attorney Tiberius Mocanu, reiterated that it is not after the Settlement Fund money.
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.
THE jury selection in the trial of Rota Mayor Efraim Atalig, and co-defendant Evelyn Atalig will continue today, Thursday.
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.
EDUCATION Commissioner Dr. Alfred Ada said the Public School System plans to recruit nursing students from Northern Marianas College.
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.
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.
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.
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.
THE Saipan Higher Education Financial Assistance has received 903 applications for the fall 2020 semester, SHEFA administrator Merissa Rasa said.
HAGÅTÑA (Office of the Guam Governor) — Guam Lt. Gov. Josh Tenorio issued the following statement on Wednesday evening:
(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.
(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.
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.
(Office of the CNMI Congressional Delegate) — Veterans and their eligible family members will now be able to use their GI Bill educational benefits to cover the cost of preparatory courses for license and certification exams. Legislation drafted by U.S. Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan and added to the Ryan Kules and Paul Benne Special Adaptive Housing Improvement Act of 2019 was signed by President Donald Trump on Saturday. This is Sablan’s second veterans bill to become law this year.
HEALTH officials of the CNMI and other U.S. Affiliated Pacific Islands or USAPI will meet with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week, Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. Chief Executive Officer Esther Muna said.
GOVERNOR Ralph DLG Torres will ask the attorney general to conduct a formal investigation into allegations of sexual abuses in the Public School System.
THE fiscal year 2021 budget bill includes salary cuts for cabinet members and other executive branch officials.
THE House of Representatives on Tuesday presented a framed copy of a commemorative resolution honoring Robert Arrington and his YouTube channel, "Deer Meat for Dinner" for promoting the CNMI as an eco-tourism destination.
GOVERNOR Ralph DLG Torres assured a House committee on Tuesday that the CNMI concerns regarding military buildup proposals will continue to be heard by military officials and decision-makers in Washington, D.C.
THE Public School System has already recalled over 500 furloughed teachers, Education Commissioner Dr. Alfred Ada said on KKMP radio Tuesday.
ASSISTANT U.S. Attorney Eric O’Malley has asked the federal court to quash two subpoenas addressed to the CNMI Office of the Attorney General and the Office of the Public Auditor that seek the entire personnel records of investigators in Rota Mayor Efraim Atalig’s case, including, without limitation, “job applications and related documents, performance evaluation, complaints and disciplinary records.”
AUBRY M. Hocog has resolved the charge of importation of contraband against her by participating in an adult diversion program under the Office of Adult Probation of the CNMI judiciary.
THE Settlement Fund or SF is only distracting the Superior Court from the actual issue in dispute in the lawsuit of the Public School System against the CNMI government over the PSS budget, the Office of the Attorney General said.
ROTA Municipal Council Chairwoman Lucia S. Manglona, as acting mayor, is asking Attorney General Edward Manibusan for advice regarding the Rota casino commissioners’ demand for compensation even when there is no casino on island.
THERE will be more picnic tables and pavilions at Sugar Dock Beach, House Floor Leader John Paul Sablan said.
THE newly elected officers of the Saipan Fil-American Lions Club led by its president Eden Mercado were inducted into office on Sunday by Honorary Philippine Consul to the CNMI Glicerio “Eli” Arago at the Fisherman’s Wharf Seafood Restaurant in Garapan.
(CUC) — Since 2016, the Commonwealth Utilities Corp. has regularly detected levels of perfluorooctanesulfonic acid or PFOS, and perfluorooctanoic acid or PFOA that exceed the United States Environmental Protection Agency lifetime health advisory level of 70 parts per trillion or ppt in a limited area of its drinking water system.
(Office of the Governor) — The CNMI Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, under the Office of the Governor, announced on Monday that it has been officially awarded over $80,000 in grant funding from the United States Department of Agriculture for operations and assisting special needs individuals with employment opportunities.
WASHINGTON (U.S. Department of the Interior) — The Trump administration announced $2,571,650 in fiscal year 2020 grant funding to support the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands through the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Office of Insular Affairs’ Technical Assistance Program. Funds will be used to strengthen firefighting capacity, bolster law enforcement, fund a prevailing wage study, and generally support government operations and public services on Saipan, Tinian, and Rota in the CNMI.
THE spouse of a Commonwealth Casino Commission board member entered into a lease agreement for a warehouse with Imperial Pacific International, according to an independent auditor’s report submitted by Deloitte & Touche LLC to the Office of the Public Auditor.
ALMOST two years after he was indicted, the jury selection for the trial of Rota Mayor Efraim M. Atalig and co-defendant Evelyn Atalig will begin today, Tuesday, at the new federal courthouse at 10 a.m.
HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — Cielo and Isa Long have enjoyed singing with one another for as long as they can remember.
CITING the indictments against two of its executives, Imperial Pacific International LLC has requested the federal court to suspend the proceedings in the lawsuit of seven construction workers who are alleging labor and other complaints.
THE House Special Committee on Fiscal Review of Executive Expenditures on Monday unanimously voted to summon three witnesses to testify before the panel on Thursday morning.
THE Senate Committee on Fiscal Affairs will hold a budget hearing today, Tuesday, for the Public School System, starting at 1:30 p.m. in the Senate chamber.
THE House Special Committee on Fiscal Review of Executive Expenditures on Monday voted to subpoena documents it had requested from the Department of Public Safety.
THE House Committee on Federal and Foreign Affairs will hold a public hearing today, Tuesday, on House Joint Resolution 21-8.
THE Rotary Club of Saipan has adopted the Last Command Post in Marpi, which will now be part of the Rotarians’ cleanup and maintenance program.
THE Saipan Marianas Lions Club, led by its president Ladyvir Canape, conducted a cleanup at the Gov. Eloy S. Inoy Peace Park in Puerto Rico on Sunday.
NINETY percent of the 247 classes at Northern Marianas College will be conducted online in the fall semester, which will begin on Aug. 17, 2020.
HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — A nonprofit might cease providing animal shelter services on behalf of the government of Guam if GovGuam fails to pay its past-due bill.
HAGÅTÑA (Office of the Guam Governor) — Guam Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero issued the following statement on Monday evening:
(Office of the Governor) — The Governor’s Covid-19 Task Force and the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. announced on Monday that one individual has been confirmed positive for Covid-19, bringing the CNMI’s current case count to 49 since March 28, 2020.
THE Centers for Disease Control and Prevention health advisory stating that the Covid-19 risk in the CNMI is “high” is incorrect, Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. Chief Executive Officer Esther Muna said.
CNMI-Only Transitional workers are not eligible for pandemic unemployment assistance, the U.S. Department of Labor told U.S. Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan.
THE CNMI Cannabis Commission is now open for business.
PRESS Secretary Kevin Bautista said Gov. Ralph DLG Torres’ latest legislative priorities “are proactive, sensible, and necessary for longstanding issues that constituents have brought up to our attention. Partnership with the honorable members of our Legislature is the key to providing solutions for some of our islands’ biggest challenges.”
THE House Special Committee on Fiscal Review of Executive Expenditures will meet today, Monday, to resume its review of the governor's expenditures.
REPRESENTATIVE Sheila Babauta finds “very alarming” the recent announcement of the U.S. Department of the Navy.
TINIAN Mayor Edwin Palacios Aldan has been summoned by the District Court to testify in the jury trial of Rota Mayor Efraim Atalig, which will begin on Tuesday, Aug. 11 at 10 a.m.
AS the coronavirus pandemic continues to temporarily — or perhaps permanently — alter the college experience, two Princeton graduates have come up with a new idea: instead of students taking online courses from their bedrooms and couches, they'll take them from a luxe "bubble" hotel full of other students in the same boat.
THE nine women running under the NMI Democratic Party banner on Saturday shared their thoughts about resiliency in the CNMI amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
DISTRICT Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona on Friday denied the motion of Imperial Pacific International, LLC to set aside the default judgement in the lawsuit filed by seven construction workers over labor and other complaints.
ALICIA “Alice” Barbo was inducted as the new president of the Saipan Unity Lions Club on Saturday at the Rendezvous Restaurant of Saipan Vegas Resort.
THE Carolinian Affairs Office is conducting a four-week training for sustainable living through the Tepengi Kkosch Refaluwasch/Caring for our Carolinian Culture program.
SINCE the imposition of Covid-19 restrictions on island, the Salvation Army Saipan Corps Community Center has provided thousands of food packs to community members, said Pastor Wayne Gillespie, minister of the Christian church and charitable organization.
HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — In response to the 52 cases reported in this past week alone, the governor is ordering bars and taverns to be shut down, and adding other restrictions that will be effective 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8.
HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday issued a warning to travelers that "Covid-19 risk in Guam is high."
GOVERNOR Ralph DLG Torres on Thursday asked the Legislature to “strengthen the independence and autonomy of the Office of the Public Auditor,” and to “create greater safety for our students.”
CNMI government and business leaders discussed the current state of the economy and how to revive it in a townhall meeting held in the Hyatt Regency Saipan ballroom on Wednesday.
HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — Eight Covid-19 cases were confirmed Thursday.
YOUZHE Piao became the first defendant to be found guilty and convicted in the new federal courthouse, which opened on July 27.
SUPERIOR Court Associate Judge Teresa Kim-Tenorio ordered the release of Bryan Vidal Dy from the custody of the Department of Corrections because he was not brought to court after he was arrested on July 30.
ASAN, Guam (Department of the Navy) — The Department of the Navy announced Thursday its decision to implement its Preferred Alternative, Alternative 2, to continue training and testing activities within the Mariana Islands Training and Testing or MITT Study Area.
MEMBERS of the House Committee on Public Utilities, Transportation and Communications on Wednesday toured the Marpi landfill and listened to the presentation of its new operator, MES LLC.
THE Governor’s Covid-19 Task Force on Thursday officially opened the former Mariana Resort in Marpi as a government-designated quarantine site.
AS the global coronavirus pandemic negatively impacts the global economy, a number of local vendors are struggling to keep their small businesses afloat.
SAIPAN Mayor David M. Apatang said his office will soon charge a fee when removing junk cars from villages.
A POLITICAL neophyte, Corina Magofna believes she could make a difference in the CNMI, and this is why she is running as an NMI Democratic Party candidate for the House of Representatives in Precinct 3, which has six House seats.
THE municipal government of Tinian observed the 75th anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing on Thursday.
(NMI Republican Party) — On behalf of the CNMI Republican family and board of directors, president James Ada recognized Rep. Janet Maratita for her tremendous service to the CNMI.
DOCOMO Pacific on Thursday officially rolled out its Mobile 5G network on Guam and Saipan.
(Office of the Governor) — The Planning and Development Advisory Council through the Office of Planning and Development is requesting community feedback and suggestions to support next steps in the creation of the CNMI Comprehensive Sustainable Development Plan or CSDP.
(Press Release) — As the 2020 Census of the CNMI office conducts the field follow-up and quality control checks, we would like to inform the households who have not been visited or interviewed to please call the CNMI Census office at 682-2020.
(Superior Court) — This is to inform all prospective jurors on panel “17ES” that the jury selection scheduled for Monday, August 10, 2020 at 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. is hereby cancelled until further notice.
(BECQ) — The Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality analyzes water samples collected from Tinian's recreational beaches and storm drainages and Saipan's west coast recreational beaches and storm drainages every week.
(Office of the Governor) — The Governor’s Covid-19 Task Force and the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. announced Thursday that one individual has been confirmed positive for Covid-19, bringing the CNMI’s current case count to 47 since March 28, 2020.
FOUR individuals are vying for two Saipan seats on the non-partisan Board of Education while two judges and a justice are seeking retention in this year’s midterm elections.
THE NMI Democratic Party hopefuls on Wednesday filed their candidacies with the Commonwealth Election Commission.
THE Governor’s Council Of Economic Advisors subcommittee chairpersons Alex Sablan and Matthew Deleon Guerrero talked about proposals to revive the economy on KKMP radio last week.
(Office of the Governor) — In line with the approved guidelines of the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. and due to the continued success of preventive measures at the border by the Governor’s Covid-19 Task Force, Gov. Ralph DLG Torres announced on Wednesday that the CNMI Covid-19 Emergency Directives are amended to allow businesses to open from 5 a.m. to 1 a.m., allow for social gatherings at public beaches, and to modify curfew hours to 2 a.m. and 4 a.m.
SENATOR Sixto K. Igisomar on Tuesday pre-filed Senate Bill 21-68 that aims to mitigate risks of the Covid-19 pandemic in the 2020 midterm elections set for Nov. 3.
SUPERIOR Court Presiding Judge Roberto C. Naraja on Monday dismissed with prejudice the domestic case against 57-year-old Zaji O. Zajradhara.
AZIZ Peter Mettao and the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. have reached a settlement.
THE jury trial of Youzhe Piao, who is accused of involvement in the production of fake identification document, will resume today, Thursday, at 9 a.m. in federal court.
THE Marianas Visitors Authority board on Wednesday reelected Marian Aldan-Pierce as chair and Gloria Cavanagh as vice chair.
(Press Release) — Members of the Commonwealth Coalition of Private Schools or CCOPS have continued ongoing meetings to plan a combined response to address the ongoing health emergency.
THE CNMI should look into the possibility of inviting U.S. college students to study in the islands, Marianas Visitors Authority board member Chris Nelson said on Wednesday.
MOUNT Carmel School considers safety and learning as the two primary themes for the new school year as it implements Covid-19 pandemic safety measures, MCS president Galvin S. Deleon Guerrero, EdD said.
THE Public School System is having a hard time recruiting nurses, PSS federal programs manager Tim Thornburgh said during a recent Board of Education meeting.
CNMI Department of Labor Secretary Vicky I. Benavente on Tuesday said DOL is preparing to disburse between $5 million and $10 million in Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, or PUA, program funds.
PAULA Castro, born and raised in the CNMI, recently passed the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses or NCLEX-RN and is now among the Covid-19 frontline personnel of one of the hardest hit cities in the nation, New York.
SENATOR Vinnie F. Sablan on Friday spoke against the proposal of Imperial Pacific International to reduce its $15 million annual casino license fee by 50%.
HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — A 14-year-old boy is in Department of Youth Affairs custody following a robbery complaint, reports of two stolen vehicles and a police chase that resulted in a crash on Sunday, stated GPD spokesman Sgt. Paul Tapao.
HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — Seven new Covid-19 cases were confirmed Tuesday, a day after nine cases were confirmed.
PRECINCT 3 Rep. Edmund Sablan Villagomez on Tuesday officially filed his independent candidacy.
TWO of the independent House candidates in Precinct 1 said they would focus on “improving the quality of life for the people.”
NINETY-THREE percent or 342 of the 368 personnel of the Commonwealth Utilities Corp. have signed an addendum to their contract, agreeing to the austerity measures that CUC management will implement if its financial condition continues to decline amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
THE Empty Vessel Ministry on Tuesday distributed care packages to community members who were in dire need of food.
THE Marianas Visitors Authority has intensified its marketing and promotional programs through various modern and online platforms, MVA Managing Director Priscilla Iakopo said.
(DPS) — On Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, at about 6:15 p.m., the Department of Public Safety received a call reporting an ongoing dispute in Kagman.
THE federal court has unsealed a 17-page superseding indictment dated Aug. 1, 2019 against two Imperial Pacific International LLC executives and a supervisor of one of its former contractors, MCC International Saipan Ltd Co.
DISTRICT Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona said Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services Commissioner Dennis Mendiola has no valid basis to assert his Fifth Amendment privilege if called to testify in the jury trial of Rota Mayor Efraim Atalig.
NMI Republican Party hopefuls were at the Commonwealth Election Commission on Monday to file their candidacies for the November midterm elections.
DISTRICT Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona has denied the request of Imperial Pacific International LLC for the plaintiffs’ live or remote testimony and request to depose the plaintiffs in lieu of their testimony in the lawsuit they filed against IPI and its former contractor and subcontractor.
(Committee to Reelect Kilili) — U.S. Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan, along with family members and friends spread out to respect the need for social distancing, filed for re-election Monday at the Commonwealth Election Commission office on Saipan.
AS of July, Karidat Social Services had provided rental assistance to 287 families, its executive director Lauri Ogumoro said.
POLICE said Pedro Itibus Ilo, 65, was arrested for sexually assaulting an adult house member with a mental disability.
HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — Guam has nine new Covid-19 cases, the Joint Information Center confirmed Monday afternoon.
GERALD Muna’s home in Koblerville received the first street number on island on Monday from the Saipan mayor’s office.
BOOKWHIP, a California company that helps promote and sell published books, has expressed interest in local author and educator Marie S.C. Castro’s memoir, “Without a Penny in My Pocket: My Bittersweet Memories Before and After World War II.”
COMMUNITY volunteer Max Aguon said besides Sugar Dock Beach in Chalan Kanoa, he will also maintain Laulau Beach.
(DPS) — On Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020, at about 7:15 p.m., the CNMI Department of Public Safety received a call reporting a distressed vessel at Marpi Reef.
(Office of the Governor) — The Governor’s Covid-19 Task Force and the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. announce that one individual has been confirmed to have contracted Covid-19, bringing the CNMI’s current case count to 46 since March 28, 2020.
(DPS) — On Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020, at about 7:38 p.m., the Department of Public Safety received a call that had been cut-off from the I-Zone Electronic Store on Beach Road in Chalan Kanoa. Officers were dispatched to the scene where they learned that a robbery incident had just occurred.
THE NMI Republican Party hopefuls in this year’s midterm elections are filing their candidacies with the Commonwealth Election Commission at 1 p.m. today, Monday.
THROUGH travel screening protocols, three individuals were confirmed positive for Covid-19 over the week. This brings to 45 the total number of cumulative cases in the CNMI since March 28, 2020.
THE U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Friday announced a final rule that adjusts fees for certain immigration and naturalization benefit requests “to ensure U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services recovers its costs of services.”
I-ZONE, a cellphone and gadget store on Beach Road in Chalan Kanoa, was robbed Saturday evening by a masked, knife-wielding man who took more than a thousand dollars in cash and two brand new iPhones.
THREE contractors have filed a protest against the awarding of a contract for Marpi’s landfill operation to a new company.
REGARDING the House Special Committee on Fiscal Review of Executive Expenditures investigation, Gov. Ralph DLG Torres said he is preparing a justification for his expenditures.
THE House Special Committee on Fiscal Review of Executive Expenditures sent out letters last week to multiple department or agency heads requesting any and all documents relevant to their investigation.
OF the 110 students who participated in Kagman Elementary School summer program, 93% improved their reading and math skills, KagES principal Dr. Ignacia Demapan said.
THE Saipan Zoning Board has approved the two conditional use applications of Global Corporation Phoenix Garden, which proposes to occupy two pre-existing one-story structures for a bed and breakfast establishment in a Garapan area that is zoned as village residential.
THE Saipan Alliance Lions Club distributed care packages to community members who were either furloughed or terminated from their work.
A USED tire and picnic trash were found at Garapan Fishing Base during the cleanup drive of the Saipan Marianas Lions Club and the Saipan Alpha Leo Club on July 26.
FOR not delivering two cargo loaders, California-based Mercury GSE was sued by Asia Pacific Airlines in federal court on Thursday.
(Press Release) — Past and current elected leaders gathered to revive a Refaluwasch organization with a clear vision of improving the lives of the Refaluwasch people in the Northern Marianas.
(PSS) — The Public School System held on July 30 its first-ever virtual leadership institute that is in line with its “Reimagine, Reengage, and Reopen Plan” to ensure a safe and smooth Sept. 8 reopening of public schools.
(Office of the Governor) — With the publishing of the certification and adoption of proposed rules and regulations, the CNMI Cannabis Commission announces the official launching of applications for the commercial cannabis licenses and noncommercial Homegrown Marijuana Registry.
More details to follow.
(Office of the Governor) — The Governor’s Covid-19 Task Force and the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. announce that one individual has been confirmed to have contracted Covid-19, bringing the CNMI’s current case count to 44 since March 28, 2020.
(Office of the Governor) — The CNMI Department of Labor announced that approximately $35 million in Pandemic Unemployment Assistance and Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation had been disbursed to more than 3,000 eligible and approved claimants, as of July 31, 2020.