TWO more patients have recovered from Covid-19, the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. reported on Sunday.
THE Public School System is now paying most of its obligations, its acting finance director Kimo Rosario said.
THE Commonwealth Casino Commission on Thursday told Imperial Pacific International officials that making false statements about its finances would have “serious implications” for the casino investor.
NINE years ago, sisters Faloma, 10, and Maleina Luhk, 9, were last seen at the bus stop in As Teo at 6:10 a.m. on May 25, 2011.
THE slight increase in fuel prices from May to June will not affect the fuel adjustment charge or FAC of the Commonwealth Utilities Corp., CUC Executive Director Gary Camacho said.
THE Bureau of Environmental Health of the Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation issued guidance for restaurants that are reopening for dine-in services in light of recent amendments made to the governor’s Covid-19 directives.
GOVERNOR Ralph DLG Torres on Friday expressed his deep appreciation to the public “for stepping up and giving us this flattened curve.”
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (Press Release) — The University of Utah congratulates more than 7,500 students who were named to the Spring 2020 Dean's List.
FOR failing to comply with a prior stipulated order, District Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona ordered Imperial Pacific International to pay monetary sanction in the amount of $2,000 per day from May 17, 2020 until compliance has been satisfied.
THE Department of Finance has remitted $100,000 to the Rota Island Specialty Crop Association, Finance Secretary David DLG Atalig told Sen. Paul A. Manglona.
HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — Yona has a new mayor-elect — Democrat Bill Quenga.
ZAJI O. Zajradhara, 57, was arrested in the afternoon of May 25, 2020 by the Department of Public Safety on the charge of assaulting his wife after an argument.
THE Saipan Marianas Lions Club and Friends of CW conducted a cleanup drive in the San Jose Beach area and pathway on Sunday morning.
HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — As Guam prepares to reopen its tourism industry a month from today, a major source of tourists — South Korea — closed hundreds of schools that had reopened days earlier after a spike in cases of Covid-19.
WASHINGTON — President Trump launched initiatives meant to punish China for tightening control over Hong Kong and for misdeeds from espionage to its handling of the coronavirus pandemic, in moves likely to compound a tense rivalry with Beijing.
MANILA (AP) — When his cruise ship sailed into Manila Bay after weeks of voyaging like a castaway amid port closures set off by the global pandemic, Erick Arenas felt he was finally home.
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) — As a nurse on the front lines of Mexico’s coronavirus battle, Gisela Hernandez has stayed away from her children for nearly two months, sleeping in a hotel and even her car to avoid infecting them because she feels inadequately protected at work.
MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) — Civil unrest flared and curfews were imposed in several major U.S. cities on Saturday as demonstrators took to the streets to vent outrage at the death of a black man shown on video gasping for breath as a white Minneapolis policeman knelt on his neck.
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii Gov. David Ige says he will extend the state’s 14-day quarantine requirement for travelers arriving in the state beyond June 30.
(Reuters) — Global coronavirus cases surpassed 6 million on Saturday, according to a Reuters tally, as Latin America reported a grim milestone of 50,000 deaths from the disease.
POHNPEI (Secretariat for the Joint Committee on Compact Review & Planning) — Negotiators representing the United States and the Federated States of Micronesia met by video conference on May 27 for the first session of negotiations on the expiring provisions of the Compact of Free Association between the two nations.
PAGOPAGO (RNZ Pacific/Pacnews) — American Samoa's Election Office says it's prepared to conduct the general elections on Nov. 3 despite the Covid-19 disruptions.
(Office of the Governor) — Secretary of Community and Cultural Affairs Robert Hunter announced Friday that the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Food and Nutrition Service has granted the CNMI’s request for a waiver to exclude the treatment of “stimulus payments” as resources for the islands’ Nutrition Assistance Program participants.
THE newly appointed chairman of the Commonwealth Casino Commission, Edward C. Deleon Guerrero, on Thursday told Imperial Pacific International to promptly respond to the request of Financial Crimes Enforcement Network for information related to possible violations of the Bank Secrecy Act.
THE Commonwealth Casino Commission reorganized on Thursday with its former executive director, Edward C. Deleon Guerrero, elected as chairman.
MICRONESIAN Legal Services Corporation attorney Chris Heeb said the Covid-19 stimulus checks from the federal government should not be counted as income.
PACIFIC Rim Land Development LLC requested the District Court for the NMI on Wednesday to issue a writ of execution directing the U.S. Marshal Service to seize money owned or controlled by Imperial Pacific International from the Bank of Saipan, City Trust Bank, Bank of Guam or First Hawaiian Bank.
BECAUSE Imperial Pacific International has no income due to the Covid-19 crisis, the plaintiffs should shoulder some of the costs of Litigation Edge searches, attorney Michael Dotts said.
SUPERIOR Court Associate Judge Joseph N. Camacho has granted the motion of the prosecution to dismiss the case against Kennedy Masubed, an inmate accused of assaulting a barber who had cut his hair at the Department of Corrections on May 7.
GOVERNOR Ralph DLG Torres last week issued Executive Order 2020-12 to renew the authority of Finance Secretary David DLG Atalig to reprogram or transfer funds from any department, agency, office, board, commission, corporation, instrumentality or other entity of any branch of the Commonwealth government in order to meet the threat of Covid-19.
MAJURO — Two Marshall Islanders who drifted at sea for 42 days and seven others were returned home Thursday, the first people allowed into this western Pacific nation since early-March after a Covid-19 travel ban was enforced.
A BILL to authorize the governor to freeze rent increases, evictions, and foreclosures during declared emergencies or disasters passed the House by a vote of 17-2 last week.
THE five-hour House session last week resulted in the passage of a number of measures, including Senate Bill 21-24, which pertains to the use of surround nets and gill nets in the Third Senatorial District.
STARTING next week, the Garapan Public Market, which is managed by the CNMI Farmers Cooperative Association, will resume its normal operations.
THE Commonwealth Utilities Corp. operated with minimum staff for the entire month of April as part of the Covid-19 prevention measures, CUC Executive Director Gary Camacho said.
FILIPINO workers on CW-1 permits can avail themselves of the repatriation program administered by the Philippine government if they no longer have lawful immigration status in the Commonwealth, Philippine Honorary Consul to the CNMI Glicerio “Eli” Arago said on Thursday.
HOME quarantine is still not an option for a person under investigation, Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. Chief Executive Officer Esther Muna said.
THE Public School System and the KKMP radio station will host a virtual prom for high school students on Friday evening.
AGAPE Christian School held a graduation ceremony on Wednesday that complied with the social distancing directives of the government.
MEMBERS of the House of Representatives discussed a number of issues during a marathon House session last week.
(Office of the Governor) — Leaders from all over Micronesia have expressed their condolences to the family of the honorable Jose Rebuenog Lifoifoi, fifth Speaker of the CNMI House of Representatives, former chairman of the Commonwealth Ports Authority, former Chairman of the United Micronesia Development Association, and honorary consul of the Republic of Palau to the Commonwealth.
(BECQ) — The Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality analyzes water samples collected from Rota's recreational beaches and storm drainages this week as part of the regularly scheduled sampling.
(Press Release) — The Elementary Mathcourt Statewide Level Competition was held online on May 9, 2020, conducted by www.mathleague.org
TAMUNING, Guam (Press Release) — In 2019, Docomo Pacific was selected by AT&T to help support the deployment of FirstNet — America's public safety communications platform — in both Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
WASHINGTON (The Wall Street Journal) — For more than a decade, Chinese companies raised billions of dollars by listing their shares on U.S. stock exchanges while avoiding the accounting-quality checks that other public firms endure.
MANILA (AP) — A Philippine court has sentenced an American to life in prison on charges of sexually exploiting Filipino children using webcams to sell videos, photos and livestreams to buyers abroad, an official said Wednesday.
GENEVA (AP) — Human Rights Watch is calling on the U.N.’s top human rights body to launch an independent investigation into the Philippine government’s drug war that has left thousands dead, pointing in particular to its harmful effects on children.
AMMAN (Thomson Reuters Foundation) — Foreign governments are scrambling to organize repatriation flights for thousands of migrant domestic workers stranded in Lebanon due to the coronavirus lockdown following an outcry over their treatment and at least one suicide.
KOROR (PICRC) — During these uncertain times, several companies continue to donate to the Palau International Coral Reef Center’s Arts and Tides Calendar, a community-based program that was launched 19 years ago with the purpose of raising environmental awareness through student artwork. PICRC truly appreciates, and encourages, the contribution of all sponsors of the calendar.
CANBERRA (The Guardian/Pacnews) — The plan for a “Trans-Tasman bubble” to allow Australians and New Zealanders to travel between the two countries could be presented to both governments as early as next week, and could be operational by September, the expert working group behind the proposal has said.
DEAR Federal Bureau of Investigation, on behalf of THOUSANDS of genuinely CONCERNED Citizens I am making this public appeal for you to PLEASE try and expedite the prosecution of Governor Torres and those associated with him in your RICO Investigation.
“BRING flowers of the rarest, bring blossoms the fairest...”
READY or not — mostly not — the reopening is at hand. The economic carnage of a continued lockdown is simply too great to sustain.
IMPERIAL Pacific International on Tuesday notified its employees that the Commonwealth Utilities Corp. had disconnected power to their housing units due to the failure of IPI to pay its utility bills.
SARDINI Group Inc., an engineering firm based in New York, sued Imperial Pacific International in federal court for breach of services contract in the amount of $1,951,127.10.
AS of Wednesday, Marianas Visitors Authority Managing Director Priscilla Iakopo said the Department of Finance still owed MVA $7.8 million.
COMMONWEALTH Healthcare Corp. Chief Executive Officer Esther Muna on Wednesday said, so far, the specimens from Tinian and Rota have tested negative for Covid-19.
THE Commonwealth Utilities Corp. board on Wednesday approved a $90,230,000 budget for fiscal year 2021.
A NEW revenue projection for fiscal year 2021 will be out soon, Finance Secretary David DLG Atalig said on Wednesday.
GOVERNOR Ralph DLG Torres on Tuesday signed into law, Senate Bill 21-28, which establishes a Commonwealth Medicaid Agency under the Office of the Governor.
THE hearing to determine if Imperial Pacific International will pay sanctions amounting to $2,000 a day for violating previous discovery orders by the federal court will be held today, May 28.
A PUBLIC hearing was held on Wednesday by the Senate Committee on Executive Appointments and Government Investigations to review the credentials of Civil Service Commission Chairman Raymond Muna who has been reappointed by the governor.
THE Senate Committee on Executive Appointments and Government Investigations held a public hearing on Wednesday for the governor’s two nominees for reappointment to the Healthcare Professions Licensing Board: Dr. Martin P. Rohringer and Dr. Glenda S. George.
THE renovation of the Tinian Children’s Park has begun thanks to the U.S. Navy Seabees and IT&E, Mayor Edwin Aldan said.
(Nutrition Assistance Program) — The CARES Act provision for a refundable tax credit, widely known as the “stimulus checks,” is a payment that is countable as a resource for Nutrition Assistance Program eligibility.
(Office of the Governor) — Commissioner of Corrections Wally F. Villagomez announced on Wednesday that all employees, officers, and inmates of the CNMI Department of Corrections have tested negative for Covid-19.
(BECQ) — The Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality analyzes water samples collected from Saipan's west coast recreational beaches and storm drainages on the west coast every Tuesday.
WITH the easing of the Covid-19 restrictions, Latte Built in Oleai reopened its doors Wednesday to the public with a new schedule and set of rules.
AS a member of the NMI badminton national team that competed in the 2019 Samoa Pacific Games, Ezekiel Macario said they are now more aware of the level of competition that they will face in the 2022 Pacific Mini Games, which will be held on Saipan.
THE government has closed most schools.
ALTHOUGH the forced economic contraction born of panic by politicians over the coronavirus has been harmful to most everyone, there have been winners. During times of trouble, new ways of doing things invariably emerge.
THE Covid-19 lockdown in South Africa started on March 27, 2020.
KOROR (Island Times/Pacnews) — The estimated costs of bringing back home 143 Palauan students and stranded citizens and putting them through two levels of quarantine, in Guam and in Palau will cost approximately $1,018,839, according to the report provided to the Olbiil Era Kelulau or the national legislature by the Office of the President on May 22, 2020.
MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer) — President Rodrigo Duterte said late on Monday that he would not allow students to go back to school until a vaccine for Covid-19 was available, drawing objections from educators and lawmakers who insisted modifications to the learning system could be introduced to prevent a longer disruption of education forced by the new coronavirus pandemic.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) — California, the most populous U.S. state, took another step on Tuesday toward ending sweeping lockdowns imposed to contain the coronavirus pandemic, allowing barber shops and hair salons in most counties to operate for the first time in more than two months.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Tuesday called his Republican rival Donald Trump an “absolute fool” for not wearing a mask at a series of recent public events, saying his lack of leadership on the issue is “costing peoples’ lives.”
MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) — Four Minneapolis police officers were fired on Tuesday over the death of an unarmed black man seen in a video lying face down in the street, gasping for air and groaning, “I can’t breathe,” while a white officer knelt on his neck for several minutes.
TAMUNING, Guam (Press Release) — Docomo Pacific, regional leader in innovation, telecommunications, & entertainment, donates 3,550 KN95 masks to Guam and CNMI frontliners during this ongoing outbreak of Covid-19.
(Press Release) — Eoin MacNeill, Hertz’s vice president for Asia-Pacific, issued the following statement on Wednesday:
GOVERNOR Ralph DLG Torres said on Tuesday that July 15 is the target date for reopening the islands to tourists.
GOVERNOR Ralph DLG Torres on Tuesday announced that the test kits used for the community-based testing initiative are now FDA-approved.
A FEW weeks after a brush fire broke out in the area, human skeletal remains were found by a man while tending his farm in As Gonno on Sunday.
EDUCATION Commissioner Dr. Alfred Ada on Tuesday said the Public School System is still considering all options in reopening the schools in September.
THE Saipan and Northern Islands Legislative Delegation on Tuesday unanimously confirmed the reappointment of Joe Ayuyu Jr., and the appointments of Kevin C. Deleon Guerrero and Perry Inos Jr. to the Saipan Zoning Board.
THE Saipan and Northern Islands Delegation on Tuesday passed a local bill authored by House Speaker Blas Jonathan Attao to provide funds to Karidat, Northern Marianas College, and the Northern Marianas Housing Corp.
ASSISTANT U.S. Attorney Eric O’Malley has asked the federal court to hold a hearing to determine whether the defendants’ expert witness testimony is admissible under the rules of evidence.
HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — A couple has been arrested after Guam police officers found four young children staying in a Yona residence made of shipping containers that were reported to be in a dilapidated state.
(Office of the Governor) — In conformance with Gov. Ralph DLG Torres’ extended Public Health Emergency declaration and for ensuring the protocols for social distancing are in place, the Nutrition Assistance Program will be distributing benefits through drive thru service again at their office location in As Lito from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. from June 1 to 15, 2020.
(Office of the Governor) — Gov. Ralph DLG Torres announced on Monday that the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Food and Nutrition Service has approved the CNMI’s request to provide supplemental allotments for eligible and ongoing Department of Community and Cultural Affairs-Nutrition Assistance Program households in the CNMI for June 2020 to August 2020.
(Office of the Governor) — The CNMI Department of Labor announces the first phase option for employers (businesses, government, other entities) to register their entities online via www.hiremarianas.com in order to provide information needed to help their employees with the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance and the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation programs.
(Office of the Governor) — The Division of Energy wishes to inform the public of the re-opening of its office located at Building 1337 Ascencion Dr., Capital Hill and the limited resumption of program services beginning, Tuesday, May 26, 2020, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except during lunch hours, weekends and legal holidays.
(MCS) — Mount Carmel School announced this week that it is aiming to safely resume face-to-face classes for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year.
THE Commonwealth Utilities Corp. is now in the process of reviewing its proposed new fuel supply contract with Mobil Oil Marianas, CUC Executive Director Gary Camacho said.
COMMUNITY volunteer Max Aguon said he filled up his trailer with the trash he collected over the weekend from Pakpak Beach in San Antonio to Micro Beach in Garapan.
THE Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services on Tuesday responded to a brush fire near St. Jude Church in Koblerville.
(Diocese of Chalan Kanoa) — Bishop Ryan P. Jimenez issued the following statement on Tuesday:
PAGO PAGO (RNZ Pacific/Pacnews) — American Samoa's governor says some members of his cabinet have not filed their tax returns in years.
PALIKIR, Pohnpei (FSM Information Services) — On May 25, 2020, David W. Panuelo, president of the Federated States of Micronesia, sent a diplomatic note to Donald J. Trump, president of the United States of America, to convey the FSM’s “shared grief as the United States mourns the loss of those American and Micronesian men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice in service to our shared values of peace, unity, and liberty” during this year’s Memorial Day remembrances.
KOROR (PICRC) — Despite the many challenges that Covid-19 has brought to our community, the Palau International Coral Reef Center was able to successfully organize the 2021 Arts and Tides Calendar contest.
LONDON (Press Release) — Recognizing the urgent need to safeguard the world’s coral reefs from further decline, the International Coral Reef Initiative delivered its recommendation to the Convention on Biological Diversity or CBD to be incorporated into the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework.
FEAR is gripping the American public health and media establishments: they are losing control.
IT’S an odd fact of the human condition that we take extraordinary things for granted.
NATHAN M. Guerrero said he and the other members of the Northern Marianas Badminton Association are already looking forward to the 2022 Pacific Mini Games that will be hosted by Saipan.
(DPS) — A recent brush fire and farm work led to the discovery on Sunday of human remains in As Gonno, the Department of Public Safety announced Tuesday afternoon.
GOVERNOR Ralph DLG Torres announced that effective today, the Commonwealth will move from Community Vulnerability Level “Red” to “Yellow,” as a result of widespread community-based Covid-19 testing.
THE Public School System may switch to remote learning when schools reopen in September.
THE CNMI joined the rest of the nation in honoring its fallen servicemembers on Monday, Memorial Day.
IMPERIAL Pacific International is unable to pay its former contractor $6.8 million as ordered by the court, and will likely close permanently if the judgment is enforced, IPI attorney Michael W. Dotts told the federal court.
GOVERNOR Ralph DLG Torres will submit to the House of Representatives a revised fiscal year 2021 budget proposal, which will reflect the impact of furloughs and the financial assistance from the federal government.
TINIAN Mayor Edwin Aldan on Monday led the Memorial Day commemoration at the veterans memorial park on the island.
IMPERIAL Pacific International believes it has “materially complied with all discovery requests and orders at this point with the sole exception that IPI has not completed some cell phone downloads,” attorney Michael W. Dotts said.
SAIPAN International School held a graduation ceremony for its 19 seniors on Saturday that complied with the social distancing directives, SIS headmaster Ron Snyder said.
THE Saipan mayor’s office resumed its normal operations on Monday, Mayor David M. Apatang said.
IN partnership with Karidat Social Services, the Rotary Club of Saipan on Saturday distributed 200 care packages to Rota residents, club president Marcia Ayuyu said.
A HOUSE resolution was introduced by Rep. Luis John Castro on Thursday to commemorate the life of the late Chuuk State Supreme Court Chief Justice Camillo Noket who was laid to rest in Chuuk on Wednesday.
KOROR (PICRC) — Covid-19 has brought about many challenges for businesses and individuals all over the world.
PALIKIR, Pohnpei (FSM Information Services) — On May 21, 2020, Livingston A. Taulung, secretary of the Department of Health & Social Affairs, received Huang Zheng, ambassador of the People’s Republic of China on behalf of the government of the Federated States of Micronesia, at a FSM national government warehouse.
SIMPLE-MINDED folk, incapable of understanding the subtleties of science and economics, need a clear narrative to guide them through the complexity of the national lockdown debate. Fortunately, the usual wise heads in the media have been here all along to provide an easily understood moral fable, complete with its own cast of villains and heroes.
WE may not yet have a vaccine against the novel coronavirus, but we are well on our way to extracting from that virus a vaccine against a far deadlier plague: socialism, which in the 20th century alone killed more than three times as many people as HIV did in the same time, which has killed about twice as many people as the Black Death killed in the 14th century, and which continues to afflict victims around the world from Cuba to North Korea to Venezuela.
A DEADLY disease has emerged.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — Long divided between those pushing for a hardline stance and others advocating cautious engagement, President Donald Trump’s China advisers — under the shadow of the coronavirus crisis — appear to have moved closer together on a tougher approach to Beijing.
MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer) — Quarantine restrictions in Metro Manila could be further loosened starting June 1 as the country pursues a phased return to economic activity after nearly three months of lockdown due to the new coronavirus pandemic.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — Americans sunbathed on beaches, fished from boats and strolled on boardwalks this holiday weekend, but the occasional person wearing a mask was a constant reminder that the world is still battling the coronavirus pandemic.
EVERY athlete of any sport has to sacrifice something in order to achieve greatness.
JORDAN Pangilinan, a member of the CNMI National Badminton Team, has fond memories of his experiences in the 2019 Pacific Games hosted by Samoa.
THE Public School System on Friday said it had paid what it owed its 700 locally funded employees.
THE House leadership and the minority bloc have agreed to pass a measure that would guarantee “full and open disclosure of federal and local spending related to the Covid-19 pandemic.”
CONCERNED citizen Liana S. Hofschneider on Thursday expressed her opposition to House Bill 21-68 and House Local Bill 21-35, both authored by Rep. Ivan A. Blanco.
(Office of the Governor) — Gov. Ralph DLG Torres announced that the U.S. Department of Labor-Employment and Training Administration has approved the CNMI’s implementation plan for the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance and Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation programs.
SENATOR Paul A. Manglona, the lone minority member in the upper house, is asking the administration for an update on the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance and Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation payments for qualified CNMI residents.
(Office of the Governor) — Gov. Ralph DLG Torres and Lt. Gov. Arnold I. Palacios issued the following Memorial Day statement:
SAIPAN Mayor David M. Apatang joins the community in the observance of Memorial Day today, Monday.
THE Animal Protection Act of 2019 was passed by the House of Representatives on Thursday and will be transmitted to Gov. Ralph DLG Torres.
GRACE Christian Academy held a drive-thru graduation ceremony for its Class of 2020 on Friday.
DISTRICT Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona has granted the motion of the O’Connor Berman Horey & Banes or OBHB law firm to withdraw as counsel of Imperial Pacific International from two pending civil litigations, but denied the request of the legal office to withdraw from another case involving IPI.
THE Commonwealth Utilities Corp. has detected a six-point increase in water contaminants in the As Terlaje storage tank, according to a status report filed in federal court by Assistant Attorney General Jose Mafnas Jr., counsel for CUC.
THE Saipan Centennial Lions Club headed by its president Arceli Lizama on Saturday painted four speed bumps in Chalan Kiya.
NORTHERN Marianas College is working to complete by the end of this summer the demolition of its damaged buildings to make way for the construction of new facilities in its As Terlaje campus.
THE Commonwealth Development Authority on Friday announced that it is again providing services and support for its clients and the general public.
GOVERNOR Ralph DLG Torres and Lt. Gov. Arnold I. Palacios on Thursday proclaimed May 22, 2020 as CNMI Armed Forces Day.
THE Friends of CW led by organizer Irene Nepomuceno Holl distributed 150 care packages on Rota Saturday.
(NMC) — On Friday, May 22, the Northern Marianas College ROTC Program executed its annual awards ceremony in coordination with the University of Guam ROTC Program, and several NMC ROTC cadets came away as recipients of prestigious awards.
SANTA RITA, Guam (USCG) — The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Kiska (WPB 1336) concluded a successful 18-day patrol in support of counter-Illegal, Unregulated and Unreported fishing and regional security operations in Northern Marianas and Western Pacific, in mid-May.
MARIANAS Variety’s editorial on May 22nd warned that the NMI would soon find itself in the middle of a power struggle in the Pacific.
THE Democrats have made their formal request for candidates which is a signal that “Resurrection Day” (voting day) is now on the horizon and if I have to tell you what resurrection and who then you haven’t been keeping up with the events in our Commonwealth.
IN most countries, the tool of choice to “flatten the curve” of the coronavirus pandemic is the lockdown.
ANOTHER 2.4 million Americans filed for jobless benefits recently for a total of 38.6 million in nine weeks.
PAGO PAGO (RNZ Pacific/Pacnews) — A Samoan group in the United States is challenging American Samoan leaders who are concerned at attempts to seek U.S. citizenship as a birthright.
JAN-NASIA Travilla, a Mount Carmel School AlumKnight and a former member of the CNMI Women’s National Basketball Team, has been recognized as one of the top athletes of the University of Guam in school year 2019-2020.
IN July 2014, the NMI Men's National Soccer Team earned its first ever international victory by besting Macau, 2-1, in round one of the East Asia Football Federation East Asian Cup.
(PSS) — After a successful trial run in the Kagman area, the CNMI PSS WiFi on Wheels or WOW program will be expanding free wireless internet to students and families in the following areas starting Tuesday, May 26:
THE governor’s Covid-19 Task Force and the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. on Thursday said one additional person has been recently confirmed to have contracted Covid-19.
THE governor’s office has responded to the Open Government Act request by the House minority bloc for information relating to the Imperial Pacific International contribution to the Community Benefit Fund, but “redacted some details and withheld several records,” House Minority Leader Edwin Propst said.
THE Saipan Mayor’s Office has terminated 38 personnel, most of whom were with the field operations section.
THE federal court on Wednesday granted the joint request of Rota Mayor Efraim Atalig, and Evelyn Atalig to amend their witness list and to add Gregory Vecchi, Ph.D., a Federal Bureau of Investigation interviewing expert, as an expert witness.
FOLLOWING a lengthy debate, the House of Representatives on Thursday rejected the proposed NMI Judiciary Rules on Procurement as recommended by the House Committee on Judiciary and Governmental Operations.
SUPERIOR Court Associate Judge Teresa Kim-Tenorio has denied the request of robbery suspect Calistro A. Crisostomo to postpone a revocation hearing scheduled for May 23, 2020 at 1:30 pm.
IMPERIAL Pacific International is appealing the ruling of District Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona regarding a contractor’s $5.6 million lawsuit.
(DPS) — The CNMI Department of Public Safety’s Bureau of Motor Vehicle, Highway Safety Office, and the Firearms and Records Office will be open on Friday, May 22, 2020. Office hours are listed below:
GOVERNOR Ralph DLG Torres has signed a measure requiring government employees to take a leave of absence before running for office.
THE Commonwealth Utilities Corp. on Wednesday reconnected the office of Imperial Pacific International LLC at Vestcor to the CUC power grid.
THE Commonwealth Utilities Corp. is looking for qualified U.S. workers to fill power plant positions that have been vacated by contract workers, CUC Executive Director Gary Camacho said.
THE Marianas High School Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps held its first ever virtual awards ceremony on Monday.
AS we cope with the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic, it is also important to manage the stresses that may build up during these trying times, Gold's Gym personal trainer Jerry Diaz said.
AMID the Covid-19 lockdown, the China Town Super Tech Titans continue to train individually in the comfort of their own homes. Head coaches Sohn Macaranas and Walt Mendez have also been instructing each Titan to reflect on their weaknesses.
POHNPEI (Pacific Island Times/Pacnews) — Federated States of Micronesia President David Panuelo has announced that the FSM government is providing financial support in the amount of $300,000 for FSM citizens who are stranded in Guam and Hawaii while in transit on their way back home.
MAJURO — Two Marshallese men who survived a six-week, 1,640km (1,020 mile) drift are well and awaiting repatriation home from Weno, the capital island of Chuuk state in the Federated States of Micronesia.
LONDON (Reuters) — Global coronavirus cases surpassed 5 million on Wednesday, with Latin America overtaking the United States and Europe in the past week to report the largest portion of new daily cases globally.
MANILA (Reuters) — The Philippine health department on Thursday reported four new coronavirus deaths and 213 additional confirmed cases.
TAIPEI (Reuters) — The U.S government has notified Congress of a possible sale of advanced torpedoes to Taiwan worth around $180 million, further souring already tense ties between Washington and Beijing, which claims Taiwan as Chinese territory.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — The United States will pump up to $1.2 billion into developing AstraZeneca’s potential Covid-19 vaccine and said on Thursday it would order 300 million doses, as the White House seeks solutions to the coronavirus pandemic.
(BECQ) — The Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality analyzed water samples collected this week from Saipan's east and south recreational beaches and from Rota's recreational beaches and storm drainages.
OVER the years, through funding from the U.S. Department of the Interior, Graduate School USA (formerly the “Graduate School, USDA”) has been examining the CNMI government’s financial condition and drawing up lists of recommendations that can be summed up in two words: don’t overspend.
HOW it must hurt to have to admit: Jerry Falwell Jr. was right.
(Office of the Governor) — In an effort to stop the spread of Covid-19 in the Marianas, the governor’s Covid-19 Task Force would like to remind the general public that Managaha and the Grotto remain closed until further notice, pursuant to Directive 14 of the CNMI Covid-19 Emergency Directives of 2020.
(NMC) — Northern Marianas College’s graduation ceremony has been postponed until December 2020. However, the college will be commemorating the graduates’ achievement over the next few days on various online and traditional platforms.
(MVA) — Spreading goodwill to friends near and far, the Marianas Visitors Authority and local community partners are conveying a message of hope during the Covid-19 pandemic.
WASHINGTON (Press Release) — U.S. Department of the Interior Assistant Secretary for Insular and International Affairs, Douglas W. Domenech announced $942,206 in fiscal year 2020 Coral Reef and Natural Resources Initiative grants to eradicate and control the spread of invasive species in the U.S. territories of Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, as well as in the Republic of Palau, and Yap, in the Federated States of Micronesia. Funding will be used to introduce biological control of coconut rhinoceros beetles, control and eradicate feral cats and monitor lizards, and destroy wild vines, all of which are disruptive to ecological systems and impacting communities and livelihoods in the islands.
THE Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. on Wednesday announced that one of the seven Covid-19 patients has already recovered.
THE governor’s Covid-19 Task Force and Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. on Wednesday announced updates in procedures for outgoing and incoming travelers.
GOVERNOR Ralph DLG Torres on Tuesday signed Executive Order 2020-11 to establish a Council of Economic Advisers to replace the Strategic Economic Development Council.
MOBIL Oil Marianas and Shell Marianas gasoline prices went up on Tuesday and Wednesday by 15 cents while the price of diesel was up by 5 cents.
FIFTY-ONE of the 101 employees of the Rota mayor’s office have been terminated due to the government budget shortfall, Mayor Efraim Atalig said.
THE Korean Association of Saipan has arranged a second emergency flight for Korean students, businesspersons, and other nationals on island who need to see their doctors in their homeland.
SUPERIOR Court Associate Judge Joseph N. Camacho on Wednesday dismissed the charge of assault with a dangerous weapon against Kenny Masubed, an inmate who stabbed a male barber with a homemade “shank” in the Department of Corrections.
ASSISTANT Attorney General Heather Barcinas is opposing the request of robbery suspect Calistro A. Crisostomo to postpone a revocation hearing scheduled for Tuesday, May 23, 2020, at 1:30 pm in the CNMI Supreme Court.
ATTORNEY Aaron Halegua is asking the federal court to enter a default judgment against Imperial Pacific International in the lawsuit filed by seven workers over forced labor and human trafficking allegations.
NORTHERN Marianas College has created the Healthy Fall 2020 Task Force to develop a plan that will allow for the safe reopening of the campus in the fall semester.
WHEN asked to share their respective visions for the Commonwealth, the governor’s zoning board nominees, Joe Ayuyu Jr., Perry Inos Jr., and Kevin C. Deleon Guerrero said they believe it is time to catch up with the times and go digital.
AFTER the distribution of over 1,000 care packages on Tuesday as part of its emergency food program, the Empty Vessel Ministry Foundation said its registration team received about 2,000 additional requests for assistance.
(DPS) — On Sunday, May 17, 2020, at about 6:30 p.m., the Department of Public Safety received a 911 call reporting an injured cyclist who was struck by a vehicle along Chalan Pale Arnold Road. Police and medics were dispatched to the scene.
(Office of the Governor) — Contrary to a conflicting announcement, both the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. and the governor’s Covid-19 Task Force have received multiple reports over the last several weeks from inter-island travelers that Star Marianas Air required passengers to present a health clearance form before boarding its planes.
MELVIN Deocares is back on island to visit his family amid the Covid-19 pandemic, but the lockdown has not stopped him from working on his weaknesses as a basketball player.
IN the second half of “Footcast” with Norman Del Rosario, he and four former NMI national women’s soccer players delved a little deeper into their personal experiences as athletes.
(SIS) — “This class carefully considered all of their options and made thoughtful decisions that they will not regret,” SIS college counselor Whit Altizer said. “They based their decisions on their extensive research and financial aid options, and landed on schools that fit who they are and where they want to go,” he said.
(Press Release) — IT&E will offer the powerful and affordable new iPhone SE on the widest most reliable 4G LTE network in Guam and the Northern Marianas.
(Office of the Governor) —The Department of Community and Cultural Affairs-Child Care and Development Fund Program announces its plan for the use of $3.25 million under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security or CARES Act.
(Press Release) — The Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. is pleased to announce the reopening of some hospital services at this time.
(Press Release) — A multiple property National Register of Historic Places nomination for 12 WWII Japanese and U.S. sunken ships, aircraft, and assault vehicles from the battle for Saipan was written by archaeologists and historians under a National Park Service American Battlefield Protection Program grant.
PLEASE tell me why I should care whether Joe Biden is declining mentally when President Donald Trump bottomed out morally long ago.
THESE last few weeks of staying home to “stay safe” to prevent us from being infected by the coronavirus has been difficult.
DEMOCRATS want a $915 billion budget bailout for states and cities, and the leading lobbyist is New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. His main public antagonist on the subject is Florida senator and former Gov. Rick Scott.
WHEN news stories appeared in early 2017 about Michael Flynn’s conversation with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S., these columns wondered how Mr. Flynn’s call was so widely known.
LOS ANGELES (Los Angeles Times) — Only about half of the 15,000 hotel and motel rooms that California has leased for mostly homeless people to slow the spread of the coronavirus are now occupied, a review of state records by The Times shows.
MELBOURNE (Reuters) — Australian officials announced a raft of plans on Wednesday to speed up the resumption of public life across the country to boost the ailing economy amid a diplomatic spat with major trading partner China.
RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) — Brazil’s daily death toll from the new coronavirus jumped to a record 1,179 on Tuesday as President Jair Bolsonaro doubled down on chloroquine as a possible remedy and U.S. leader Donald Trump said he is considering a travel ban from Brazil.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) — The U.S. Department of Justice on Tuesday warned California’s governor that his Covid-19 restrictions discriminated against places of worship by preventing them from meeting while businesses and film studios are allowed to carry on working.
MANILA (AP) — Uncertainties over the coronavirus remain, but there have been heartwarming anecdotes too, like the acts of courage and sacrifice of people helping deal with the unprecedented crisis at their life’s peril.
VANCOUVER, Wa. (Reuters) — Adult film star Stormy Daniels, whose allegations of a onetime sexual liaison with President Donald Trump triggered a legal battle, is returning as a superhero in a series of comic books.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — In an alert that appeared aimed squarely at Iran, the U.S. Navy issued a warning on Tuesday to mariners in the Gulf to stay 100 meters (yards) away from U.S. warships or risk being “interpreted as a threat and subject to lawful defensive measures.”
SEOUL (Reuters) — South Korean high schools opened on Wednesday for the first time this year, with mask-wearing seniors returning to class in the vanguard of a phased plan to reopen all schools under strict protocols to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.
MANILA (The Philippine Star) — The 42,000 overseas Filipino workers or OFWs arriving to the country in the coming weeks, amid Covid-19 pandemic, may overwhelm the country’s isolation facilities, Peace Adviser Carlito Galvez warned.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) — Norma McCorvey, the woman known as “Jane Roe” in the landmark 1973 U.S. Supreme Court Roe v. Wade ruling legalizing abortion, said she was lying when she switched to support the anti-abortion movement, saying she had been paid to do so.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — Republican leaders in the U.S. Congress said on Tuesday they were in no hurry to work on another coronavirus relief package, despite the House of Representatives’ passage last week of a $3 trillion measure.
(NMC) — The deadline to enroll in Northern Marianas College's fall 2020 nursing cohort is Friday, May 22, 2020.
(Press Release) — Kagman High School’s Senior Graduation Committee would like to give recognition to the following business:
GOVERNOR Ralph DLG Torres on Tuesday allocated the $4.7 million Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund provided by the CARES Act to Northern Marianas College so it can continue its academic and workforce programs and services.
THE handgun used by Gordon Castro in the hostage-taking incident in March belonged to Department of Corrections Officer Eloy Cruz who reported that his gun was missing Feb. 26, Chief Prosecutor John Bradley said in a six-page memorandum/report to Attorney General Edward Manibusan.
THE Public School System wants to end the furlough of over 700 locally funded employees so they can receive their summer pay benefit, Education Commissioner Dr. Alfred Ada said.
THE local Supreme Court on Monday rejected the appeal of Sylvestre Rogopes Sablan who was sentenced to 30 years’ imprisonment with five years suspended after admitting that he murdered his wife, Ana Pialur Limes, in April 2015.
AS early as 8 a.m. on Tuesday, community members started arriving at Garapan Central Park to receive care packages from the Empty Vessel Ministry Foundation, a charitable organization.
FOLLOWING a public hearing on the governor’s five zoning board nominees on Tuesday, the Saipan and Northern Islands Legislative Delegation Committee on Judiciary and Governmental Operations recommended the confirmation of Joe Ayuyu, Jr., Perry Inos, Jr., and Kevin C. Deleon Guerrero.
ZONING board members should be mindful of the community and the environment when making development decisions, according to some lawmakers who attended Tuesday’s Saipan and Northern Islands Legislative Delegation Committee on Judiciary and Governmental Operations public hearing on three board nominees: Joe Ayuyu Jr., Perry Inos Jr., and Kevin C. Deleon Guerrero.
ONE of the members of the CNMI’s First Legislature said the islands have lost a well-respected leader with the passing of former Speaker Joe Lifoifoi Sr., 83.
SAIPAN Mayor David M. Apatang issued the following statement on the passing of the Honorable Jose R. Lifoifoi, fifth speaker of the House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands:
ROTA Mayor Efraim Atalig has yet to determine whether or not to postpone the annual Liberation Day festivities on their island.
RAROTONGA (Cook Islands News/Pacnews) — The numbers of dengue cases have topped 300, but may now be beginning to drop off after intensive community clean-up and spraying efforts.
GOVERNOR Ralph DLG Torres issued the following statement on Tuesday:
THERE has been a delay in the completion of the new federal court building construction due to the general difficulties involved in working under pandemic restrictions, said Bill Bezzant, District Court for the NMI chief deputy clerk.
THE Saipan Higher Education Financial Assistance has received 1,344 applications for the spring 2020 term, SHEFA administrator Merissa Rasa said.
THE CNMI Army Recruiting Center is back in operation, but it is taking precautions by ensuring that its office is sanitized every day — all surfaces are wiped after each visit — in an effort to protect the community during the Covid-19 pandemic.
DUE to the Covid-19 crisis, the Marianas International Basketball League’s 3x3 and semi-pro tournaments set for the summer of 2020 have been postponed until further notice.
THE Northern Mariana Islands Football Association and the sport of soccer have grown enormously over the years.
DURING her decade-long fight to defeat the Equal Rights Amendment, Phyllis Schlafly liked to say that the ERA “would impose a doctrinaire equality” on the sexes, eliminating the rights and privileges women already had.
BILL de Blasio made terrible decisions as mayor of New York City. But as more reporting emerges about the catastrophic decisions made by New York’s governor, it’s possible Andrew Cuomo deserves even more blame than de Blasio for what the coronavirus has done to the tri-state area and consequently the nation.
THOSE sharing #Obamagate hashtags on Twitter would do best to avoid the hysterics we saw from Russian-collusion believers, but they have no reason to ignore the mounting evidence that suggests the Obama administration engaged in serious corruption.
KOROR (PICRC) — On May 15, 2020, Jenna Mersai, accounting officer at Palau International Coral Reef Center, graduated as a member of the Beta Omicron Zeta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society from Palau Community College with an associate degree in business accounting.
YANGON/DHAKA/BANGKOK (Reuters) — Zarchi Lwin pawned her only two gold bangles for $140 when the owner of the Myanmar factory where she sewed winter coats for British retailer Next Plc shut it down after orders dried up due to the coronavirus.
MANILA (Reuters) — The Philippine government on Sunday called for vigilance against the coronavirus, a day after hordes of people trooped to shopping malls and ignored safety protocols, as authorities began loosening a two-month lockdown.
NEW YORK (Reuters) — The phased reopening of U.S. business and social life gained traction on Monday with more Americans emerging from coronavirus lockdowns and financial markets boosted by promising early results from the first U.S. vaccine trial in humans.
WASHINGTON (Pacnews) — The United States has condemned Taiwan’s exclusion from the World Health Assembly.
(Press Release) — The CNMI has been awarded federal funds made available through the Department of Homeland Security/FEMA under the Emergency Food and Shelter Program national board program.
WASHINGTON (Press Release) — U.S. Department of the Interior Assistant Secretary for Insular and International Affairs Douglas W. Domenech applauded the U.S. Department of Education for the financial support provided to the U.S. territories and Freely Associated States or FAS to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus disease 201 pandemic.
(JKPL) — Effective Tuesday, May 26, 2020, the Joeten-Kiyu Public Library facility will be open for limited public services by appointment only to ensure health and safety of our patrons, and in compliance with Amended Directive 7 of the CNMI Covid-19 Emergency Directives of 2020.
ATTORNEY General Edward Manibusan is supporting Chief Prosecutor John Bradley’s conclusion that officers were legally justified in using deadly force in the hostage-taking incident last March.
THE Governor’s Economic Task Force on Monday presented the CNMI Community Focused Recovery Plan to the House Committee on Commerce and Tourism, and sought the panel’s help in drafting a House resolution to support the plan.
NMI Refaluwasch leader and former Speaker Jose R. Lifoifoi Sr. passed away on Monday afternoon at the Commonwealth Health Center. He was 83.
SAIPAN Mayor David M. Apatang on Monday announced the cancelation of the Liberation Day festivities that culminate in a Fourth of July parade.
THE Bureau of Motor Vehicles last week issued CNMI driver’s licenses that will expire after a year instead of the usual three years.
GOVERNOR Ralph DLG Torres said on Monday that he felt “very blessed” because of the hard work of the first responders on the islands and the cooperation of the community members in fighting the spread of Covid-19 in the CNMI.
THE Public School System is drawing up various plans for the reopening of public schools in September, Education Commissioner Dr. Alfred Ada told the Board of Education in a recent meeting.
THE administration has met with owners of restaurants and gaming establishments to discuss their possible reopening, Gov. Ralph DLG Torres said.
TINIAN Mayor Edwin Aldan expressed his appreciation to Star Marianas Air for postponing the resumption of its inter-island flight service that was set for May 15.
THE Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. and the governor’s Covid-19 Task Force on Monday extended the community-based testing initiative to Rota and Tinian, especially for groups of people who are considered most vulnerable.
COMMONWEALTH Utilities Corp. Executive Director Gary Camacho said the power division plans to upgrade streetlights on the islands by installing LED fixtures.
REPRESENTATIVE Donald Manglona of Rota wanted to know if the Community Focused Recovery Plan presented by the Governor’s Economic Task Force to the House Standing Committee on Commerce and Tourism includes a provision on online gambling.
DURING discussions on Monday morning in the House chamber regarding the CNMI Community Focused Recovery Plan, Rep. Ralph Yumul raised concerns about the effects of the plan on the small business community.
A PUBLIC hearing will be held Tuesday morning in the House chamber by the Saipan and Northern Islands Legislative Delegation Standing Committee on Judiciary and Governmental Operations.
HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — While Louise Rivera, mayor of Tamuning-Tumon-Harmon, can provide food to help the homeless individuals in her villages, she said, what these displaced residents really need is a safe place to stay.
(Press Release) — Marianas Medical Center is pleased to announce that John Doyle III, MD is now in full-time private practice and is accepting new patients.
RECENTLY, many politicians were in such a hurry to ban plastic bags.
HIS recent foray into the 2020 election was pure Barack Obama — pointedly partisan, sometimes entertaining and displaying an amazing lack of self-awareness.
BARACK Obama is turning into the reverse Oracle of Delphi.
MANILA (The Philippine Star ) — The first batch of more than 500,000 antibody rapid test kits for private sector-led Project Antibody Rapid Test Kit or ARK has arrived in the country.
(Reuters) — Summer weather is enticing much of the world to emerge from coronavirus lockdowns as centers of the outbreak from New York to Italy and Spain gradually lift restrictions that have kept millions indoors for months.
BEIJING (Reuters) — Mainland China reported five new confirmed Covid-19 cases for May 16, down from eight the previous day, the National Health Commission or NHC said in a statement on Sunday.
LOS ANGELES (Los Angeles Times) — For Lupe Martinez, who does the laundry at a Riverside nursing home, each day presented an agonizing choice: Go to work and risk getting the novel coronavirus or lose the $13.58-an-hour paycheck her family relies upon.
LOS ANGELES (The New York Times) — A precipitous drop in applications for green cards, citizenship and other programs has threatened the solvency of the federal agency that administers the country’s lawful immigration system, prompting it to seek a $1.2 billion cash infusion from Congress as well as fee hikes to stay afloat.
At the age of 8, Andrei Derek Tenorio has already begun his journey toward his goal, which is to become a professional basketball player.
THE organizing committees of the Tasi to Table Fishing Club and the Saipan Fishermen's Association will hold a boat raffle on Saturday, Dec. 12, at the Smiling Cove Marina.
THE CNMI government wants to borrow more than $90 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency through its Community Disaster Loan program.
SECRETARY of Finance David DLG Atalig assured lawmakers on Tuesday that the CNMI government has learned its lessons from Super Typhoon Yutu.
THE governor’s Economic Task Force will meet with the House Standing Committee on Commerce and Tourism Monday morning in the House chamber to present the CNMI Community-Focused Recovery Plan.
ONE of the most interesting stories to come out of the Covid-19 lockdown involved a sailor who was stranded at sea.
HAVE we reached peak Cuomo?
A CEO has obligations to shareholders, among them not to let anybody take anything of value from the company that the taker has no right to take.
HOW lovely it is to have a high-profile job in our major media institutions.
FEDERAL Bureau of Investigation special agent in-charge Sam Miranda said that scammers are leveraging the Covid-19 pandemic to steal your money and personal information.
SHARLEEN Arriola’s request to be released to a third-party custodian was granted by Superior Court Associate Judge Wesley Bogdan on Wednesday.
TWO local medical referral patients who could not leave the Philippines due to the Covid-19 pandemic have passed away, Variety learned.
THE CNMI Scholarship Office distributed a total of $212,661 scholarship grants to 150 students, CSO Administrator Rose Camacho said.
THE repair work at Hopwood Middle School is 90% complete, according to Public School System Associate Commissioner for Administrative Services Charley Kenty.
TINIAN Mayor Edwin Aldan is encouraging island residents to avail themselves of the free community-based Covid-19 tests starting Monday, May 18, at the Tinian Health Center.
THE Northern Marianas Housing Corp. is conducting a fair housing survey known as the “Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice,” or AI.
HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — Day care centers across the island, that just two months ago were filled with the sounds of children playing, now sit silent as the closure of some “nonessential” businesses continue and the centers remain closed under government orders due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
CNMI Homeland Security and Emergency Management on Friday said drought conditions continue to persist throughout much of the Micronesian region.
FRIENDS of CW organizer Irene Nepomuceno Holl said they distributed 160 care packages to furloughed guest workers on Saturday at the Garapan Round House.
THE Saipan Alliance Lions Club on Sunday distributed 98 care packages to the front-liner staff of the Commonwealth Health Center and the Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services.
(TSLF) — The Tan Siu Lin Foundation has donated relief goods to Empty Vessel Ministry to help the organization serve more people needing assistance at these trying times.
(Office of the Governor) — The governor’s Covid-19 Task Force and Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. would like to provide the following updates for the CNMI Community-Based Covid-19 Testing Initiative:
GREENVILLE, SC (Press Release) — Hae Jun Lee, a resident of Saipan, was among nearly 700 students who graduated from Bob Jones University Friday, May 8.
(IT&E) — With no data caps until the end of the month, subscribers will be better able to keep in touch with loved ones, stay up to date with the latest news and announcements, continue to work and maintain their businesses from home and keep children educated and entertained.
(Press Release) — The Office of Vocational Rehabilitation would like to inform the public that the program’s office hours are, once again, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday.
MAJURO — As hard drug use has escalated in the Marshall Islands, government leaders are expressing increasing concern over the problem, with Justice Minister Kessai Note announcing formation of a drug task force earlier this week in a parliament session.
KOROR (PICRC) — In accordance to the recommendations provided by the Ministry of Health in MOH Directive No. 114-20, Palau International Coral Reef Center will be returning to normal business starting May 18, 2020.
LOS ANGELES (Los Angeles Times) — Even as costs skyrocket in response to the coronavirus crisis, California school districts face major funding cuts that could potentially lead to teacher and staff layoffs and leave some schools struggling to safely reopen campuses in the fall, according to district officials and educators.
TRAVEN Quitugua, an NMI national athlete, has accomplished a lot already thanks to the many off-island events that have shaped him to be the sprinter he is today.
THE NMI Rollers are coping with the Covid-19 pandemic through online workouts and virtual practice sessions.
(Office of the Governor) — The governor’s Covid-19 Task Force and the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. would like to inform the public that two additional people have been recently confirmed to have contracted Covid-19.
GENEVA (Reuters) — The coronavirus that causes Covid-19 could become endemic like HIV, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday, warning against any attempt to predict how long it would keep circulating and calling for a “massive effort” to counter it.
MAJURO — Two of three Marshall Islands fishermen lost at sea since April 2 washed into a tiny atoll in the Federated States of Micronesia Thursday, weak but alive after a 42-day drift on the open ocean.
LOS ANGELES (Los Angeles Times) — A real estate consultant has agreed to plead guilty to one count of racketeering in the ongoing federal pay-to-play corruption probe at Los Angeles City Hall, federal prosecutors said Wednesday.
KOROR (Island Times/Pacnews) — A letter the from United States Congress calls on Palau to join a number of countries seeking an end to China’s efforts to keep Taiwan out of international organizations, especially World Health Organization.
THE Commonwealth was projected to reach 3,676 cases of Covid-19 by last Saturday, May 9 according a model distributed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency in early April.
THE Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. and the governor’s Covid-19 Task Force will bring the community-based testing initiative to the villages.
THE Public School System was awarded $23 million in Education Stabilization Fund through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security or CARES Act, but the drawdown process still needs to take place, PSS acting finance director Kimo Rosario said on Thursday.
THE federal court’s appointed independent monitor, Burger, Comer, and Magliari LLC, reported that Imperial Pacific International was not paying its employees — CWs and U.S./local workers — the mandated CNMI prevailing wage rates.
THE administration believes it is now appropriate to initiate the reopening process for the government, according to a memorandum signed Thursday by the special assistant for Homeland Security & Emergency Management, Gerald J. Deleon Guerrero, and the chief executive officer of the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp., Esther Muna, with the concurrence of Gov. Ralph DLG Torres.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services on Thursday announced the publication of the interim final rule or IFR implementing the Northern Mariana Islands U.S. Workforce Act of 2018, which was signed by President Donald Trump almost two years ago.
SOME of the recently issued CNMI driver’s licenses will expire after a year only — much to the surprise of the affected motorists on Saipan.
STAR Marianas Air has postponed the resumption of its inter-island flight services scheduled for Friday, May 15.
(Office of the Governor) — Gov. Ralph DLG Torres has renewed the declaration of state of public health emergency and continued declaration of state of significant emergency establishing response, quarantine, and preventive containment measures concerning the Coronavirus Disease 2019 or Covid-19.
AN opposition to the notice of withdrawal filed by the law offices of O’Connor Berman Horey & Banes or OBHB, which represents Imperial Pacific International in three pending civil litigations, has been filed in federal court.
A PERSON with a payable traffic citation can pay the fine before his or her court appearance date, according to an order signed by Superior Court Presiding Judge Roberto Naraja on Monday.
CLEANING one’s surroundings is vital especially now that Saipan is coping with the Covid-19 crisis, Mayor David M. Apatang said.
THE Friends of CW will hold its fourth distribution of care packages to furloughed workers on CW-1 permits on Saipan this Saturday, organizer Irene Nepomuceno Holl said.
(JKPL) — The Joeten-Kiyu Public Library facility remains closed to the public but in addition to providing patrons with access to online resources the library is committed to offering safe access to books and other library materials through a limited contactless/curbside pickup service.
(Press Release) — First Hawaiian Bank announced it is donating $150,000 to four non-profit organizations working to meet the unprecedented community need for assistance in the Guam and CNMI region.
(BECQ) — The Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality analyzed water samples collected from Saipan's east and south recreational beaches and Rota's recreational beaches and storm drainages this week as part of the regularly scheduled sampling.
(BECQ) — The Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality has announced that they are now providing services to the public from Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., during the current government shutdown caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
NINE lawmakers availed themselves of the opportunity to tour the Commonwealth alternate care site facility at Kanoa Resort on Thursday.
HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — Last week, Jasmin San Nicolas waited in line at the Grab-N-Go meals site at Southern High School.
MOMENTS prior to the confirmation of Edward Deleon Guerrero, Ralph Demapan, and Mario Taitano as the three newest casino commissioners, Rep. Tina Sablan proposed that they testify under oath.
AFTER the confirmation Tuesday of Edward Deleon Guerrero, Rafael Demapan, and Mario Taitano as the three new Commonwealth casino commissioners, Rep. Joseph Leepan Guerrero encouraged them to serve in that capacity to the best of their abilities.
MISS Earth Northern Marianas pageant organizer Diana Clayton said this year’s local event will be held on Aug. 1.
(NMC) — The Northern Marianas College’s Cooperative Research, Extension, and Education Services was recently awarded $1.79 million to research commercial pineapple cultivation in the CNMI.
(NMC) — Those interested in becoming a part of Northern Marianas College’s fall 2020 nursing cohort have until Friday, May 22, 2020 to submit an application.
(IT&E) — The artistic abilities of IT&E’s marketing team have won national recognition from the Competitive Carriers Association, an association for competitive wireless providers and stakeholders across the United States.
MANY believe that health and wellness mean having a ripped and toned body. This mindset affects the way our youths approach their fitness goals.
(Guam Football Association) — Thirteen of the region’s licensed football coaches officially added another license to their coach education résumé — the AFC Level 1 Goalkeeping Coaching Certificate — following passing grades issued by AFC Instructor Yoshio Kato from Japan.
CNMI senators should be commended for coming up with — and considering — an actual revenue-generating measure: imposing a fee on money sent out of the islands.
MAY is Mental Health Awareness Month and with the coronavirus pandemic looming over us, it is more essential now than ever to pay attention to our mental health.
WASHINGTON (USCIS) — On May 14, 2020, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will publish an interim final rule or IFR implementing the Northern Mariana Islands U.S. Workforce Act of 2018, which protects U.S. workers in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and ensures that U.S. workers will not be displaced or encounter a competitive disadvantage for employment compared to non-U.S. workers.
(Office of the CNMI Congressional Delegate) — $23,163,734 for the CNMI Public School System is now ready for drawdown. The U.S. Department of Education in Washington reported to U.S. Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan Thursday the transfer of CARES Act funds had been made. And the Congressman met the PSS leadership in Saipan to confirm the money was received.
THE CNMI Community-Focused Economic Recovery Plan was unveiled Wednesday by Gov. Ralph DLG Torres, Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. Chief Executive Officer Esther Muna, and the governor’s Covid-19 Task Force Chairman Warren Villagomez at Fiesta Resort.
THE House Special Committee on Federal Assistance and Disaster Related Funding convened on Wednesday morning to look into the expenditure plan for the federal Covid-19 funding provided to the CNMI, and address concerns regarding the management of the funds.
GOVERNOR Ralph DLG Torres and Finance Secretary David DLG Atalig said retirees will receive their full pension on May 30.
THE Public School System’s Wi-fi on Wheels or WOW program was launched Wednesday to serve about 200 students and community members in Kagman, PSS distance education coordinator Lorraine Catienza said.
WITH the resumption of the community-based testing on May 12, Gov. Ralph DLG Torres encourages members of the public to get tested.
THE governor’s authorized representative on Wednesday informed legislators that the Covid-19 Task Force will hold another tour of the alternate care site facility at Kanoa Resort.
GOVERNOR Ralph DLG Torres said on Wednesday that the CNMI government is spending public funds “diligently and with transparency to protect public health.”
A POLICE affidavit is a complaint, Chief Prosecutor John Bradley said in response to the Office of the Public Defender questioning the practice of the Office of the Attorney General of filing a detective’s affidavit but not a complaint.
ROBBERY suspect Calistro A. Crisostomo, who was previously released to a third-party custodian, has been arrested again, this time for assaulting his godfather in Koblerville.
SAIPAN Mayor David M. Apatang said the Covid-19 Task Force has done a “very tremendous” job in testing newly arrived passengers from off-island.
BRIDGE Investment Group’s Tinian Diamond Hotel & Casino is seeking “expressions of interest from qualified partners” to exclusively operate its restaurant.
EZETH Buenaventura, a single mother, was furloughed by her employer whose store in the Garapan tourist district was shut down two months ago due to the Covid-19 crisis.
(IT&E) — The bout of suspicious calls the CNMI is experiencing is part of a larger scam affecting the United States.
(Press Release) — Project Familia: For the Graduate creates an opportunity to highlight the Class of 2020 high school graduates by having a banner of their chosen graduation photo posted roadside, within their school zone sometime in May or June.
(BECQ) — The Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality analyzes water samples collected from Saipan's recreational western beaches and storm drainages every week as part of a regularly scheduled sampling program.
LOOKING for high-intensity interval training but don't have the knowledge or equipment?
WITH the right mindset and determination, the Lady Rollers participate in virtual workout sessions to stay healthy and ready for any future basketball event.
(Press Release) — This summer, American Memorial Park has been selected to participate in the Teacher Ranger Teacher program.
HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — Former Republican Gov. Eddie Calvo, who served the two terms preceding Democratic Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero's administration, said he is concerned by a lack of oversight of the executive branch during the Covid-19 pandemic.
HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — A woman was forced to spend Mother’s Day recovering at Guam Regional Medical City after she attempted to stop a man from stealing her husband's pickup truck and had been run over in the process.
HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — A commission and a coalition of groups pushing Guam's quest for self-determination are urging local leaders to turn to the global community and international courts.
FROM the moment we heard of the Coronavirus or Covid-19 everyone shared their personal thoughts and opinions.
PRESIDENT Trump’s new immigration restrictions are supposed to be temporary — only 60 days, according to the executive order he signed last month.
LOCAL news, what’s left of it, has been great. Hard, sad stories, uplifting tales, appeals to community, Blitz spirit.
THE coronavirus death toll in the United States is climbing past 70,000, with thousands of new cases every day. But there is still one part of the country without a single confirmed case, much less a fatality: American Samoa, a palm-fringed Polynesian archipelago that has sealed itself off for nearly two months from the outside world.
TOKYO (Reuters) — Launched amid the mounting scare over the coronavirus, a Japanese video chat website designed for hosting virtual drinking parties has soared in popularity while bars and pubs remain shut.
LONDON (Reuters) — The United Kingdom has overtaken Italy to report the highest official death toll from the new coronavirus in Europe, figures released on Tuesday showed, increasing pressure on Prime Minister Boris Johnson over his response to the crisis.
BANGKOK (Reuters) — As Thailand’s tourist economy suffers a near-total shutdown from travel restrictions due to the new coronavirus, employees in the industry have been forced to improvise to make ends meet.
NEW YORK (Reuters) — More Americans have grown critical of President Donald Trump over the past month as the death toll mounts from the coronavirus pandemic and he now trails Democratic challenger Joe Biden by 8 percentage points among registered voters, according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released on Tuesday.
MANILA (Reuters) — The Philippine government on Tuesday announced an extension of a lockdown of its capital, Manila, to 11 weeks, stretching one of the world's strictest and longest community quarantines to June to try to contain coronavirus outbreaks.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) — California’s state university system, the largest in the United States, canceled classes on Tuesday for the fall semester because of the coronavirus, while Los Angeles County said its stay-at-home order was likely to be extended by three months.
(Office of the CNMI Congressional Delegate) — The Northern Marianas would receive over $2.9 billion to deal with the health and economic crisis caused by the coronavirus in the relief act Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives released Wednesday and plan to pass on Friday. U.S. Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan said much of what he asked for — direct aid to schools and the Commonwealth government, continued relief for individuals and households, and CIP funding — has been included in the bill.
THE Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. and the Governor’s Covid-19 Task Force are transforming Kanoa Resort into an alternate care site that can provide hundreds of beds and facilitate hospital services to Covid-19 patients.
GOVERNOR Ralph DLG Torres’ Covid-19 Task Force conducted a tour of the CNMI Alternate Care Site at Kanoa Resort for the Legislature on Tuesday.
THE Commonwealth Utilities Corporation reduced its fuel adjustment charge or FAC effective May 11, CUC Executive Director Gary Camacho said.
(Office of the Governor) — The Department of Finance is pleased to announce its first distribution of 27,020 stimulus checks, amounting to $42,761,156.83.
THE federal financial assistance provided to the CNMI in light of the Covid-19 pandemic should allow the Commonwealth government to pay 25% of the retirees’ pensions, Sen. Paul A. Manglona said in a letter to Gov. Ralph DLG Torres.
GOVERNOR Ralph DLG Torres’ three nominees to the Commonwealth Casino Commission were confirmed on Tuesday by the Saipan and Northern Islands Legislative Delegation.
HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — United Airlines announced Tuesday the updated flight schedules for Guam, Saipan, Palau, and Micronesia from May through July 5, 2020.
THE Saipan mayor’s office is open again, but from 7:30 a.m. to 12 noon only, Monday to Thursday, special assistant to the mayor Henry Hofschneider said.
THE Saipan and Northern Islands Legislative Delegation voted to pass House Local Bill 21-41 on first reading Tuesday.
THE chair of the Saipan and Northern Islands Legislative Delegation Committee on Judiciary and Governmental Operations, Rep. Joel Camacho, on Tuesday announced that a public hearing for five zoning board nominees will be held on Tuesday, May 19.
THE Rotary Club of Saipan, in partnership with Karidat Social Services, distributed care packages to community members on Monday at the pavilion in San Jose that was adopted by the club.
TANG’s Corporation has sued Imperial Pacific International in federal court for non-payment of a contractual agreement amounting to $230,623.53.
BARRY Israel, one of the two attorneys sued by their former client, Junior Larry Hillbroom, will be dismissed from the malpractice lawsuit the plaintiff filed against them.
SUPERIOR Court Associate Judge Wesley M. Bogdan has denied the request of Imperial Pacific International for a preliminary injunction against a recycling company that the hotel-casino operator accused of accepting construction materials stolen from the casino warehouse and reselling them for profit.
ON Tuesday morning, over 100 residents lined up outside the judicial building, which was open from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. only.
(Press Release) — IT&E assures subscribers that their personal information has not been stolen in relation to a recent phone scam circulating in the CNMI.
(CNMI Senate) — On Monday, May 11, 2020, members of the Senate met with the Governor’s Covid-19 Task Force Chairman Warren Villagomez, Governor’s Authorized Representative Patrick Guerrero, Department of Finance Secretary David Atalig, and Homeland Security and Emergency Management Special Assistant Gerald Deleon Guerrero by request of Senate President Victor B. Hocog.
(Office of the Governor) — The CNMI Department of Labor was notified that some employers are cancelling health insurance benefits to ensure employees with partial earnings qualify for the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance and Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation programs.
PRESTON Basa, a member of the Ol’Aces coaching staff, sets a positive tone for young athletes amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
RIGHT before the island-wide lockdown took effect, Brian Camacho displayed his A-game as he topped the Amigos Golf Club’s March Ace of the Month tournament at the Kingfisher Golf Links on March 8 and 22.
LIFE itself is a test that will offer many tests that WE must all learn to pass and its clear WE must get better at passing our Political Tests in the voting booth which is our ONLY hope for better governing in the CNMI.
REPRESENTATIVE Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is feeling a little blue. One sympathizes.
ANDREW Cuomo is having the time of his life.
TAMUNING, Guam (Press Release) — Docomo Pacific, regional leader in innovation, telecommunications, & entertainment, gives insight on how to stay safe online against cyberthreats.
MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer) — Thirteen of the Philippines’ 24 senators on Monday filed a bill to grant broadcast network ABS-CBN a provisional franchise to operate until June 30, 2022, while its regular franchise is under deliberation in Congress.
KOROR (Island Times/Pacnews) — A “travel bubble” between Palau and Taiwan is possible, Palau's Minister of Natural Resources, Environment and Tourism F. Umiich Sengebau said.
RAROTONGA (Cook Islands News/Pacnews) — Cook Islands opposition supports the government’s move to revoke the developed status for access to donor funds.
SAN FRANCISCO (Los Angeles Times) — Although some hope the worst of California’s coronavirus crisis has passed, there are signs the pandemic in the Golden State has merely stabilized, and the worst may be yet to come.
(Press Release) — In response to rumors that IT&E is in a “hot zone” for Covid-19, IT&E issued the following statement Tuesday:
THE governor’s Covid-19 Task Force and the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. announced Monday evening that three additional people had been confirmed to have contracted Covid-19.
IT is now illegal for motorists to use mobile electronic devices while driving vehicles.
USED car tires and household trash were dumped at Tank Beach on Friday, community volunteer Max Aguon said.
(CUC) — The Commonwealth Utilities Corp. would like to inform the general public that there will be a scheduled water service interruption in San Roque, Achugao and Tanapag on Tuesdav, May 12, 2020, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
THE local Supreme Court on Friday affirmed the 20-year prison sentence imposed on Marlon Martin Jr. for robbing a poker establishment in Chalan Kanoa with a hammer on May 22, 2017.
WIDESPREAD furloughs and social distancing guidelines are complicating child support and custody agreements between separated parents in the CNMI.
IT&E CNMI is investigating phone calls that its subscribers received from people who said they never made such calls, Variety was told.
THE CNMI government has not lifted Gov. Ralph DLG Torres’ restraints on price increases, according to Finance Secretary David DLG Atalig.
GOVERNOR Ralph DLG Torres signed into law a bill to increase from five to 15 years the term of bond anticipation notes.
THE Public School System plans to conduct ceremonies that will recognize close to 700 senior students who are graduating from high school this June.
THE Public School System has not yet withdrawn its loan request from the Marianas Public Land Trust, Education Commissioner Dr. Alfred Ada said.
THE Commonwealth Utilities Corp. still has to replace 1,470 wooden poles on Saipan, Tinian, and Rota with concrete ones under the Federal Emergency Management Agency hazard mitigation program, CUC Executive Director Gary Camacho told the board.
COMMONWEALTH Utilities Corp. Executive Director Gary Camacho said the power division is seeking contemporary technologies to improve the reliability of its power system on Saipan and Tinian.
(Office of the Governor) — The governor’s Covid-19 Task Force would like to announce that the CNMI Community-Based Testing Initiative will resume operations Tuesday, May 12, 2020.
(DPS) — On Sunday, May 10, 2020, at about 6:26 p.m., the CNMI Department of Public Safety received a 911 call reporting a group of individuals causing a disturbance in progress in As Lito, Saipan.
HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — Agana Shopping Center, Guam Premier Outlets and Tumon Sands Plaza are among the retailers and major shopping centers reopening today for the first time since pandemic-related business shutdowns began in late March.
HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — A man who knew both the victim and the suspect in a shooting death at an apartment in Mongmong last week has been arrested on drug charges.
HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — The Covid-19 pandemic has altered daily life for Guamanians and it will probably lead to lasting changes, according to University of Guam economics professor Roseann Jones.
(CNMI Judiciary) — On May 8, 2020, the local Supreme Court issued its opinion in Bank of Hawaii v. Angelina Rose Tamanrang, reversing in part the trial court’s judgment and order and remanding for an award of interest.
THE CNMI Army Recruiting Center says career and other opportunities are available to those interested in enlisting in the United States Army.
FOR the past three weeks, the Carolinian Affairs Office or Bwulasiyool Refaluwasch has been assisting community members in going through the economic impact payment/stimulus check application process, Rep. Marco Peter said.
(CHC) — Now, more than ever “National Hospital Week” gives us the opportunity to highlight our hospital and healthcare workers at the Commonwealth Health Center and the innovative ways they are supporting the needs of their community members during this pandemic time.
(PSS) — Under the leadership of Commissioner of Education, Dr. Alfred Ada and the Board of Education, the Public School System is proud to announce an innovative new effort to provide free wireless internet to students and families throughout the CNMI.
HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — Each year since Josefina Dorotea Yamanaka Blas joined the exclusive centenarian club, which has just a few members on Guam, her extended family, which includes six children and dozens of grandchildren and great-grandchildren, have been part of a big and extra special family celebration at her Talofofo home.
WHEN we wrote on March 19 about “Rethinking the Coronavirus Shutdown,” the reaction in elite media quarters was horror and denunciation.
OBVIOUSLY and justifiably, the Tara Reade saga was played up by Republicans for the hypocrisy it has laid bare. Democrats don’t want the “believe women” standard applied to their presumed presidential candidate, Joe Biden, even though they merrily applied it in 2018 to President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh.
THE American left has misunderstood Sweden for years, holding up its significantly liberalized economy as a socialist utopia. Now the misapprehension has moved in the opposite direction, as progressives fret over the country’s supposed economy-over-life approach to Covid-19.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — The White House has begun informal talks with Republicans and Democrats in Congress about what to include in another round of coronavirus relief legislation, officials said on Sunday, while predicting further U.S. jobs losses in the coming months.
SEOUL (Reuters) — South Korean officials scrambled on Monday to contain a new coronavirus outbreak, searching for thousands of people who may have been infected in a cluster of cases linked to nightclubs and bars in the densely populated capital city of Seoul.
The Governor’s Covid-19 Task Force and the Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation (CHCC) announce that three (3) additional people have been recently confirmed to have contracted Covid-19.
POHNPEI (FSM Government) — On May 10, 2020, the Federated States of Micronesia formally celebrated 41 years of constitutional self-government and the extension of peace, friendship, cooperation, and love in our common humanity to all peoples and nations throughout the world.
RAROTONGA (Cook Islands News/Pacnews) — Politicians are debating whether land can be leased to bury expat workers who die in the Covid-19 shutdown — or whether the government should take land by warrant for burial plots.
MANILA (The Philippine Star) — Selling ABS-CBN Corp. is not an option, the broadcast network made clear as the fight for the media giant shifts to keeping its frequencies that allow it to air free TV and radio channels.
THE Ultimate Fighting Championship 249 event on Sunday gave the world a glimpse of the sporting world with great fight cards that included Justin Gaethje who claimed the interim lightweight title from Tony Ferguson.
DURING his time at Suffolk University in Boston, Massachusetts, soccer player Sunjoon Tenorio was named team MVP and Rookie of the Year for three consecutive weeks.
THE Department of Public Lands is still waiting for a “full proposal” from Hyatt Regency Saipan as part of the requirements when applying for a new lease contract, DPL Sec. Marianne Concepcion-Teregeyo said on Thursday.
“THERE'S a lot of people who keep focusing on the positives, which is that Mother Earth is healing. Parents are spending more time with their children,” mused CNMI Superior Court Associate Judge Kim-Tenorio. “That’s in a good home, right? In a home with a strong family unit, with less stress.”
AFTER a series of rollbacks in the past two months, the prices of gasoline went up by 15 cents and diesel by 10 cents on Friday.
LORI K. Haley, U.S. Department of Homeland Security-Homeland Security Investigations spokeswoman, said she cannot confirm the country of origin and manufacturer of SDS Blocker, which was recently the subject of executed search warrants on Guam and Saipan.
THE governor’s Covid-19 Task Force and the Torres administration are conducting a strong and aggressive public information campaign, Press Secretary Kevin Bautista said in response to a U.S. Press Freedom Tracker article on press briefings and transparency in the territories.
THE Rotary Club of Saipan conducted a cleanup drive in the Beach Road pathway area and collected 10 bags of trash on Saturday.
THE Saipan Fil-Am Lions Club distributed 123 care packages to community members on Thursday and Friday.
THE Friends of CW celebrated Mother’s Day on Sunday by distributing care packages to workers on CW-1 permits who have been furloughed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
DURING Teacher Appreciation Week, a group of community members threw a virtual retirement party to celebrate retiring educators.
CAMILLO Noket, chief justice of the Chuuk Supreme Court and former president of the Pacific Judicial Council, passed away on Monday, May 4.
HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — The release of federal stimulus checks on Guam will surely come as a relief for many residents, but the amount — $1,200 per individual, $2,400 for married couples plus an additional $500 per dependent — may not be enough to sustain recipients for long, according to economics professor Roseann Jones.
(Office of the Governor) — The governor’s Covid-19 Task Force, and the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. announce the transition of the CHCC Covid-19 health tent to the Medical Care and Treatment Site or MCATS in the CHCC upper level parking lot.
(Office of the Governor) — On May 7, 2020, the CNMI Department of Labor provided a list of general questions and answers regarding the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance or PUA and the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation or FPUC programs.
(Office of the Governor) — The Department of Finance has received information that certain individuals have been organizing illegal lottery games using Facebook.
(DPS) — The Department of Public Safety firearms and records office will be open to serve the community beginning Monday, May 11, 2020.
MAJURO — Port management and control of the multi-billion dollar tuna industry in the Pacific islands is most effectively developed through hands-on trial and error rather than waiting for consultants, workshops and international agreements to be in place, said a New Zealand government-supported fisheries advisor working in the Marshall Islands.
THANKS to the Covid-19 crisis, one of the most important anniversaries of the modern world has passed with little notice.
THE nationally recognized United States Press Freedom Tracker has given our Governor FAILING GRADES across his Report Card for his poor communication efforts between the press and with the People and the GOP Legislature is not doing a darn thing about “oversight” on this revelation.
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WOODY Allen, Reese Witherspoon and Halle Barry. What do these names have in common?
(DPS) — The Department of Public Safety highway safety office will be open to serve the community beginning Monday, May 11, 2020.
(Press Release) — BankGuam Holding Company announced that in order to support the health and well-being of its shareholders, directors, officers and employees in light of the public health impact of the Covid-19 outbreak, there will be no in-person shareholder attendance at its annual meeting of shareholders scheduled for Monday, May 18, at 7 p.m. Chamorro Standard Time.
(CNMI Judiciary) — On May 8, 2020, the Supreme Court issued its third order, Supreme Court Order No. 2020-ADM-0010- MSC, concerning the judiciary’s services for the public in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.
(Press Release) — Bank of Guam announces the reopening of its Upper Tumon branch beginning Monday, May 11, 2020.
(Press Release) — IT&E announced that its Guam and CNMI subscribers will continue to enjoy no data caps until May 15, 2020.
BOISE, Id. (Press Release) — Thomasa Naraja of Saipan graduated with an Accountancy, MS from Boise State University on May 9.
(Saipan International School) — Even in time of social distancing, teachers and school children all across the U.S. have been celebrating April as National Poetry Month.
THE NMI Rollers Basketball Association continues to provide the youth with workouts amid the Covid-19 lockdown and self-quarantine.
AMIGOS Golf Club, which holds a monthly tournament, has suspended the rest of its events this year until further notice.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — The U.S. economy lost a staggering 20.5 million jobs in April, the steepest plunge in payrolls since the Great Depression, laying bare both the economic and human tragedy wrought by the novel coronavirus pandemic.
LOS ANGELES (Los Angeles Times) — A nearly $800-million deal California struck with a politically connected vendor of medical masks has collapsed after state officials said the company failed to deliver most of the supply, renewing questions over how the state is vetting vendors during the coronavirus crisis.
HONOLULU (The Wall Street Journal) — Hawaii’s workforce has sought unemployment benefits at the highest rate in the nation since mid-March, reflecting how hard the coronavirus pandemic has hit the state’s tourism industry.
PAPE'ETE (RNZ Pacific/Pacnews) — The curfew imposed in French Polynesia over the Covid-19 outbreak has been lifted with immediate effect after the administrative court ruled it was illegal.
(Office of the Governor) — The governor’s Covid-19 Task Force and Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. would like to inform the public that one new individual has been confirmed positive for Covid-19. The total number of Covid-19 cases in the CNMI is now 16. Of this number, two have died and 12 have recovered.
MAJURO — The Marshall Islands government is preparing to give one-time payments to Marshallese who have been stranded abroad as a result of a Covid-19 travel ban on incoming arrivals that has been in force since March 8.
(Los Angeles Times) — In a frantic effort to secure face masks and respond to the coronavirus crisis, California has committed to spend more than $3.7 billion on no-bid contracts, scores of them with businesses that have no track record with the state.
THE fitness industry promotes training programs and diets that aim to help an individual live a long, healthy life. But some of these may have negative effects, especially the rapid and intense training programs and fad diets, which can also be dangerous, Gold's Gym personal trainer Jerry Diaz said.
JUSTIN Andrew, president of the Northern Marianas Paddling Sports Federation, believes that a proposal to move the Pacific Mini Games to 2022 could be great news for their group.
AFTER signing a new 40-year lease agreement with the CNMI government, Asia Pacific Hotels Inc. also inked a long-term partnership with InterContinental Hotel Group or IHG, which will take over the management of Fiesta Resort & Spa in Garapan.
CERTAIN members of the House of Representatives raised concerns on Thursday relating to the appointment of the governor’s Chief of Staff Angel Demapan as the point of contact for Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security or CARES Act funding in the Commonwealth.
ALL recipients of the Saipan Higher Education Financial Assistance program have already received their checks, SHEFA board chairman Oscar M. Babauta said.
THE O’Connor Berman Horey & Banes or OBHB law firm has filed notices of withdrawal from representing Imperial Pacific International in three cases filed in federal court due to “professional considerations.”
JOHN Bradley, the chief prosecutor of the Office of the Attorney General, stated that the report on the hostage-taking case involving Gordon Aldan Castro will be completed next week.
A VEHICLE caught on fire after it slammed into a concrete pole on Sunday evening, Variety learned.
THE House Special Committee on Federal Assistance and Disaster Related Funding chaired by Rep. Ralph N. Yumul reconvened on Thursday morning to discuss further the federal funding that the Commonwealth has received to address the Covid-19 crisis.
COMMONWEALTH Utilities Corp. Executive Director Gary Camacho said the board has approved an across-the-board, eight-hour work reduction and pay cut, but CUC management has yet to implement it.
THE Saipan and Northern Islands Legislative Delegation’s Judiciary and Governmental Operations Committee is endorsing the confirmation of Gov. Ralph DLG Torres’ three nominees to the Commonwealth Casino Commission.
SAIPAN Mayor David M. Apatang said the Covid-19 pandemic may have changed the way the world celebrates Mother’s Day, “but the significance given to mothers for their kindness and sacrifice will always continue.”
HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — The Department of Homeland Security has confirmed that a search warrant executed in Saipan on Monday is related to an ongoing Covid-19-related investigation into a Guam medical supplier.
SUPERIOR Court Associate Judge Joseph N. Camacho has set a status conference for June 23, 2020 at 2:30 p.m. in the lawsuit filed by the Public School System against the CNMI government over the PSS budget.
(Office of the Governor) — The Governor’s Covid-19 Task Force would like to announce that the CNMI Community-Based Testing Initiative will be temporarily suspended starting May 8, 2020 through Sunday, May 10, 2020.
(BECQ) — The Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality this week analyzed marine water samples collected from Rota's recreational beaches and storm drainages; marine recreational water from 10 locations on Tinian; and water samples collected from Saipan's east and south recreational beaches.
IN ancient Rome, a major victory on the battlefield was celebrated with a spectacular parade. And standing behind the triumphant military commander on his chariot was a slave, whispering to his master throughout the procession, “Remember you are mortal.”
HOW ironic is it, that the decisions and actions Governor Torres has made and taken since becoming a public official, are now his major burden and self-defeating?
POLITICS in its truest since is SUPPOSED to be all about “governing with checks & balances on the policies and the policy making process of the Legislature and the Executive Office.”
“We have the best doctors, the best military leaders, and the best logistics professionals anywhere in the world. And we’re orchestrating a massive Federal response unlike anything our country has ever seen.” – President Donald J. Trump
PAGO PAGO (Samoa Observer/Pacnews) — American Samoa will continue to close its borders, even to Samoa, as the territory moves to protect their people from the coronavirus pandemic.
KOROR (PICRC) — The Palau International Coral Reef Center has enlisted the help of Palau Conservation Society to establish a working group that will take actions to develop a comprehensive communication strategy for the Palau National Marine Sanctuary or PNMS.
(Office of the Governor) — The CNMI Department of Labor received a number of questions regarding eligibility, dates, and amount of assistance. To ensure the public has the same information, we are publishing the following questions and answers.
(Press Release) — The CNMI has been awarded federal funds made available through the Department of Homeland Security/FEMA under the Emergency Food and Shelter Program national board program.
(JKPL) — The Joeten-Kiyu Public Library will be providing the following limited services to the general public effective Monday, May 11, 2020 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Time may be subject to change):
(Press Release) — The Settlement Fund office is now open on a limited basis to provide services to members via a walk-up window. Please note that social distancing will be strictly enforced and we require that members wear a mask in order to be assisted.
(Office of the Governor) — Secretary of Finance David DLG Atalig announced on Thursday that $1.3 million has been transferred to the Public School System on Wednesday to cover the last two pay periods.
(HANMI) — The Hotel Association of the Northern Mariana Islands reported an 8% average occupancy rate among its 11 member hotels for April 2020. The figure reflects a 90% decrease compared to April 2019, with only 2,015 room nights sold in the month compared to 54,988 last April.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Office of the CNMI Congressional Delegate) — The CNMI Public School System will receive an additional $810,978, U.S. Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan reported Thursday. The U.S. Department of Education informed the congressman that the department made a “calculation error” this week when dividing $27,940,945 in CARES Act Education Stabilization Funds between PSS and Gov. Ralph DLG Torres. After recalculation, funding for public schools increased from $22.4 million to $23.2 million. Funds provided to the governor for Emergency Education Relief were cut from $5.6 million to $4.8 million.
WELLINGON (RNZ Pacific/Pacnews) — There had been two new cases of Covid-19 reported in New Zealand in the past 24 hours and one further death, the Health Ministry said Tuesday.
WASHINGTON (CNN) — Just a few weeks after the U.S Air Force ended its 16-year continuous bomber presence in Guam, its B-1 bombers are back on the Pacific island.
(DPS) — The Department of Public Safety-Bureau of Motor Vehicles will be open to serve the community beginning Monday, May 11, 2020. Office hours are listed below:
(BECQ) — The Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality analyzes water samples collected from Saipan's recreational western beaches and storm drainages every week as part of a regularly scheduled sampling program.
(Press Release) — Karidat Social Services says “Thank you, Si Yuus Ma’ase, and Ghilisou” to the Bank of Guam for its generous donation to Karidat’s food pantry.
GOVERNOR Ralph DLG Torres on Wednesday announced that the U.S. Department of Education has informed him that the CNMI will receive emergency funding for education-related expenditures under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security or CARES Act.
SECRETARY of Finance David DLG Atalig announced on Wednesday that the stimulus check web portal is now open to receive bank information for direct deposit of stimulus checks.
AS of Wednesday, the cumulative number of specimens collected through the community testing initiative was 1,797, Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. Chief Executive Officer Esther Muna said.
WITH the arrival of stimulus checks for which many nonresident workers are eligible, the Senate Committee on Fiscal Affairs discussed on Tuesday the possibility of imposing a “certain amount of fee” on money sent out of the CNMI.
IN light of Covid-19 pandemic restrictions and lack of funding, the Second Marianas Political Status Commission has suspended its operations.
THE federal court granted the motion for attorneys’ fees and costs by the lawyers of the seven workers who sued Imperial Pacific International and its former contractor and subcontractor MCC International Saipan Ltd. Co. and Gold Mantis Construction Decoration (CNMI).
“THE problem with illegal dumping is getting worse,” community volunteer Max Aguon said after he and another volunteer, Akakiy Alexander, removed household trash they found near Kilili pavilion over the weekend.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — U.S. airlines are collectively burning more than $10 billion in cash a month and averaging fewer than two dozen passengers per domestic flight because of the coronavirus pandemic, industry trade group Airlines for America said in prepared testimony seen by Reuters ahead of a U.S. Senate hearing on Wednesday.
HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — After nine years, Arnold "Dave" Davis has "final victory and justice," as the U.S. Supreme Court denied Guam's appeal of a 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision that found Guam's plebiscite law was a race-based voting restriction, according to his attorney.
THE Northern Marianas Housing Corporation held its very first virtual public hearing on Tuesday morning to discuss the substantial amendments to the NMHC Citizen Participation Plan, the CNMI-NMHC Five-Year Consolidated Plan (2015-2019), and the Program Year 2019 Annual Action Plan.
DURING a virtual public hearing on Tuesday, the Northern Marianas Housing Corporation planning team reported that it intends to allocate a portion of its emergency federal funding for the purchase of a mobile clinic for the Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation.
THE proposed amendments to the Saipan Zoning Law of 2013 are vital to the operations and functionality of the zoning office, zoning administrator Geralyn Dela Cruz said.
COMMONWEALTH Utilities Corp. Executive Director Gary Camacho said the installation of the power system for the field hospital in the Commonwealth Health Center parking lot was completed on schedule on April 10.
HOW about throwing out a life-line (in other words, some hope) to our furloughed PSS personnel with this simple math proposal and a proposed start date?
IN response to the pandemic and by no choice of their own, many families across the U.S. are experimenting with alternative forms of education.
SPRING is in the air, and it is increasingly found in the confident step of the people of Sweden.
NEW YORK (Reuters) — Joe Biden’s advantage over President Donald Trump in popular support has eroded in recent weeks as the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee struggles for visibility with voters during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Tuesday.
HONOLULU/PAGO PAGO (AP) — Flying to a faraway beach might seem like the perfect way to escape a pandemic, but for isolated Pacific islands, controlling the coronavirus means cutting off tourism.
MANILA (CBS News) — The Philippine government ordered the country's largest broadcast network, ABS-CBN, to stop broadcasting immediately on Tuesday after its license expired. The network, which employs about 11,000 people, went off the air on free TV and radio across the Philippines on Tuesday evening.
NEW YORK/KOROR (RNZ Pacific/Pacnews) — Palau's Permanent Mission to the United Nations says the government of Cuba has offered to dispatch a medical brigade to assist the republic in building defenses against Covid-19.
WITH local fitness centers on island closed, Alex Lauron and Dexter Tenorio are trying to stay in shape with minimal equipment by improvising at home.
WITH athletes on island stuck at their homes due to the island-wide lockdown, Norman Del Rosario decided to start a podcast titled “Footcast with Norman,” which will highlight the local soccer scene.
(Office of the Governor) — The Governor’s Covid-19 Task Force and the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. on Wednesday said the 17-year-old male presumptive case announced Tuesday is confirmed positive for Covid-19. The total number of Covid-19 cases in the CNMI is now 15.
(Office of the Governor) — Secretary of Finance David DLG Atalig announced on Wednesday that the stimulus check web portal is now open to receive banking information for direct deposit of the economic impact payments, better known as the stimulus checks.
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has written the following letter in response to Gov. Ralph DLG Torres’s requests. According to the administration, the governor “has been in daily contact with the U.S. Department of Education since the passage of the CARES Act as it was unfortunate that Congress neglected to identify direct relief for the U.S. territories within the Act.”
LAWMAKERS interviewed by this reporter recalled fondly the “fruitful” four years in office of former Gov. Froilan “Lang” Cruz Tenorio who passed away on May 4 in Fort Worth, Texas. He was 80 years old.
THE CNMI, Guam, American Samoa, and the U.S. Virgin Islands are not on the list of the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief or GEER Fund recipients. The $2.95 billion fund is authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security or CARES Act.
DURING a public hearing held Monday on the governor’s three nominees to the Commonwealth Casino Commission, Rep. Sheila J. Babauta inquired about the sustainability of the 2,000-room integrated resort project in Marpi proposed by Imperial Pacific International.
OFFICE of the Public Auditor investigator Travis Hurst has been accepted into a three-week training program with the U.S. Secret Service, Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric O’Malley informed the federal court on Tuesday.
(Office of the Governor) — On May 4, 2020, Secretary of Finance David DLG Atalig received official notice from the U.S. Department of the Treasury that the CNMI’s Economic Impact Payment or EIP “Stimulus Check” Implementation Plan has been approved by the Internal Revenue Service.
TSU, Japan (Reuters) — Eight years after arriving from Brazil, Rennan Yamashita sat in a government office in central Japan, filling out forms for unemployment insurance after losing his job for the ninth or 10th time — he has lost count.
A MEMBER of the local community and a lawmaker on Monday noted that the Casino Commonwealth Commission has no female board members.
HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — The man who was found dead in a unit at the Taitano Apartments in Mongmong on Monday has been identified by a friend as Peter Rios.
THE defendants in a lawsuit filed by the widow of a missing diver have asked the federal court to dismiss the Consumer Protection Act claims in her complaint.
D’ELEGANCE Café on Saturday distributed free meals to the front-line staff at the Commonwealth Health Center.
HONOLULU (Press Release) — Bank of Hawaii is now offering online small-dollar emergency loans to consumers facing financial hardship as a result of the Covid-19 situation.
(Office of the Governor) — The CNMI State Medicaid Agency continues to assist all new and current Medicaid applicants. Social distancing and the use of masks will be strictly enforced to help prevent the spread of Covid-19.
THE Bayani or Heroes Association, one of the most active affiliate members of the United Filipino Organization in the CNMI, distributed 20-pound bags of rice to 75 individuals from various ethnic groups on the island.
COMPARED to the rest of the world, Saipan and the CNMI are faring quite well.
HAGÅTÑA — The people of Guam tune in to the governor’s daily press conference not only to catch daily updates on the status of Covid-19 pandemic, but also to get information that is relevant to their quarantined life. For pure entertainment, there is Netflix.
PETER Schweizer has become America’s foremost authority chronicling political corruption, with books ranging from “Throw Them All Out” and “Extortion” to “Secret Empires” and “Clinton Cash.”
ROME/WASHINGTON (Reuters) — Italy and the United States were among a slew of countries tentatively easing coronavirus lockdowns on Monday to revive economies as global deaths surpassed a quarter of a million.
NEW YORK (Reuters) — A newly revised coronavirus mortality model predicts nearly 135,000 Americans will die from Covid-19 by early August, almost double previous projections, as social-distancing measures for quelling the pandemic are increasingly relaxed, researchers said on Monday.
BEIJING (Reuters) — An internal Chinese report warns that Beijing faces a rising wave of hostility in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak that could tip relations with the United States into confrontation, people familiar with the paper told Reuters.
TOKYO (Reuters) — Almost a month after Tokyo declared a state of emergency, dozens of call center employees for telecom KDDI Corp. still commute into their crowded office, where the fear of coronavirus infection has taken a back seat to data security.
MANILA (The Philippine Star) — Two months after calling for a “ceasefire” with the tycoons he butted heads with, President Duterte did not only apologize to Manuel V. Pangilinan and the Zobels in charge of Ayala Corp., he also opened the doors to negotiations with the businessmen holding Metro Manila’s water contracts.
THE Northern Marianas National Paddle Sports Federation looks forward to competing in future regional events.
IF you’re stuck at home and want to work out but do not have the equipment to do so, you should check out the Latte Built 24-hour fitness and nutrition Facebook page and join the "home bootcamp" online sessions hosted by Alberto Jesus L. Roberto.
(Office of the Governor) — The governor’s Covid-19 Task Force and the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. on Monday evening announced a presumptive positive case. As the community is aware, the task force, in partnership with CHCC, has been conducting Covid-19 testing for the community at the Francisco C. Ada/Saipan International Airport.
(Office of the Governor) — The CNMI’s fourth governor, Froilan Cruz Tenorio, passed away on May 4, 2020 in Fort Worth, Texas. He was 80 years old.
INTERCONTINENTAL Hotels Group or IHG has signed a long-term agreement with Asia Pacific Hotels Inc. to take on the management of Fiesta Resort & Spa Saipan this month, Hotel Management magazine reported on Monday.
THE House Special Committee on Federal Assistance and Disaster Related Funding met on Monday morning to discuss the administration’s intended use of the $36 million of federal funding provided through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security or CARES Act.
DURING the House Special Committee on Federal Assistance and Disaster Related Funding meeting on Monday morning, Rep. Tina Sablan noted that public education was not included in the administration’s CARES Act funding expenditure plan.
ROTA Mayor Efraim Atalig wants to file under seal the motion to dismiss the indictment against him.
(NMC) — Northern Marianas College is inviting new and current students to enroll in its summer session so they can earn additional credits toward their degree and accelerate their path to graduation.
(DPS) — The Department of Public Safety-Bureau of Motor Vehicles remains closed but it continues to extend recently expired driver’s licenses and vehicle registrations without penalty.
GOVERNOR Ralph DLG Torres’ new appointees to the Commonwealth Casino Commission on Monday asked the public and the Saipan and Northern Islands Legislative Delegation to help the casino industry succeed, which will also help the CNMI economy to recover.
HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — The CNMI governor’s office released its plan on spending federal funding provided for their Covid-19 response, a move that Sen. Joe San Agustin would like to see Guam’s governor replicate.
SUPERIOR Court Associate Judge Joseph N. Camacho has dismissed the complaint of a China-based travel agency that sued Star Marianas Air Inc. or SMA in connection with a plane crash on Oct. 6, 2013.
THE Tan Siu Lin Foundation donated $3,500 worth of food items, which the Lions Club International District 204 Region 2 distributed to community members on Sunday.
HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — Six Covid-19 patients who were previously released from isolation are being isolated again after testing positive for the virus, the Joint Information Center stated on Sunday evening.
THE Commonwealth Utilities Corp. has submitted $57 million in federal grant applications for utility infrastructure, replacement, repair, and feasibility studies, CUC Executive Director Gary Camacho said.
THE Rotary Club of Saipan on Friday distributed 175 care packages to community members affected by the Covid-19 crisis on island, club president Marcia Ayuyu said.
A KOREAN development company last week donated over $21,000 worth of masks and disinfectants to the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. and the governor’s Covid-19 Task Force.
HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — United Airlines employees are facing drastic pay cuts — full-time employees' hours will be reduced to 30 a week — as the airline attempts to keep the company afloat during the Covid-19 pandemic.
(CNMI Judiciary) — On April 30, 2020, the local Supreme Court issued its opinion in Commonwealth v. Ambrosio T. Ogumoro, affirming Ogumoro’s jury conviction of the theft by deception but reversing his conviction of misconduct in public office.
(Office of the Governor) — The CNMI Department of Labor continues to work with the U.S. Department of Labor in launching the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance or PUA program and the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation or FPUC program.
I WILL be the first to say the Governor gets a passing grade for his efforts to prevent the spread of the virus which is separate from the “politics of this pandemic” where the Governor gets a failing grade.
HAVE you ever wondered why it seems like some places have a high concentration of elected officials with little to no economic knowledge whatsoever? I have.
THE economy is on life support, but that isn’t stopping the Seattle City Council from trying to soak employers with a new tax on hiring.
SEOUL/JEJU, South Korea (Reuters) — At a glitzy Chanel boutique in downtown Seoul, Kim Soo-yeon joined dozens of others in festive shorts and flare dresses, her eyes out for a clutch purse she had coveted for weeks during the coronavirus pandemic.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday there was “a significant amount of evidence” that the new coronavirus emerged from a Chinese laboratory, but did not dispute U.S. intelligence agencies’ conclusion that it was not man-made.
TOKYO (Reuters) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is set to extend the country’s state of emergency on Monday until the end of May, public broadcaster NHK said.
MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer) — President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered PhilHealth to make the payment of premiums of overseas Filipino workers or OFWs to be voluntary, his spokesman said Monday.
SYDNEY (Reuters) — Global coronavirus cases surpassed 3.5 million on Monday and deaths neared a quarter of a million, according to a Reuters tally, concerning experts who fear substantial underreporting even as the rate of fatalities and new cases slows.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — President Donald Trump said on Sunday he now believes as many as 100,000 Americans could die in the coronavirus pandemic, after the death toll passed his earlier estimates, but said he was confident a vaccine would be developed by the year’s end.
RAEGINE Camacho competed in her first weightlifting competition — the Northern Marianas Cup — at the multi-purpose center in Feb. 2020.
IT is hard for many athletes affected by the Covid-19 pandemic to stay in shape. So Angel San Nicolas, a gold medalist weightlifter, is focused on conditioning instead.
THE Saipan Paddling Club is hoping to take part in the Micronesia Cup, which is scheduled for October on Guam.
(Press Release) — The organizing committees of the Tasi to Table Youth Fishing Club and the Saipan Fishermen’s Association would like to inform the general public that the raffle slated for July 2020 has been postponed to Dec. 12, 2020. The location and time will be provided at a later time.
“LIVE today and don’t think about tomorrow,” Poki Yaki Saipan owner Thorn Sablan said when asked about his formula for success.
IN many countries around the world, there appears light at the end of the Covid-19 tunnel. Curves are flattening, new cases are levelling off or dropping, and videoconferencing is at an all-time high. As we start down the back slope of this pandemic, we are wise to look back on how we handled this crisis, because have no doubt, there will be a next time.
(Office of the Governor) — The CNMI Department of Finance announced on Sunday its plan for the use of $36 million transferred to the CNMI Government provided under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security or CARES Act.
IMPERIAL Pacific International has furloughed about 585 employees due to the economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, attorney Michael W. Dotts told the federal court in a notice of appearance to represent IPI on April 30.
GREGORY Vecchi, Ph.D., will testify that the investigation of the case against Rota Mayor Efraim Atalig and co-defendant Evelyn Atalig exhibits confirmation of bias against the defendants on the part of the U.S. government investigators, defense attorney David Banes said.
THE Commonwealth Utilities Corp. management has recommended the reduction of work hours as part of cost-cutting measures.
THE curfew hours are now 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. instead of 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.
THE House of Representatives on Thursday created a Special Committee on Federal Assistance and Disaster Related Funding.
FOLLOWING the online Fiscal Response Summit, Speaker Blas Jonathan T. Attao shared a few of his thoughts regarding the financial challenges facing the CNMI.
HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — Some businesses have started shutting their doors for good, and more are at risk over the next several weeks if the coronavirus pandemic-related restrictions persist.
PALIKIR, Pohnpei (FSM Information Services) — On May 2, 2020, the government of the Federated States of Micronesia became aware of a press release from the government of the FSM State of Pohnpei entitled “Urgent and Breaking News from the Pohnpei State Covid-19 Task Force” which, amongst its contents, describes a scenario allegedly involving the crew of the Federated States Ship Independence, one of the federation’s patrol boats.
THE number of community members requesting assistance continues to rise, according to Lauri Ogumoro, executive director of local non-profit Karidat.
THE Northern Marianas Trade Institute board of trustees held an emergency meeting on Wednesday morning to discuss the next steps NMTI must take in light of the financial condition of the CNMI government.
HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — Nadea Sajise celebrated her birthday on Saturday, but she got an early birthday wish on Friday.
(KCHC) — Kagman Community Health Center and its board of directors is pleased to announce that the Tinian Isla Community Health clinic is now open to serve new patients for primary health care visits located on Canal Street in San Jose, Tinian.
(Press Release) — The Northern Marianas Humanities Council announced a new grant program for CNMI-based cultural organizations and participants in humanities programming.
THE Rotary Club of Saipan has renovated the San Jose pavilion, which the Rotarians have adopted to ensure that it is regularly maintained, club president Marcia Ayuyu said.
REMI Roman, a beautician and guest worker on Saipan for over 20 years, was one of the 60 CW-1 permit holders who received care packages from community member Irene Nepomuceno Holl and friends at the American Memorial Park beach pavilion on Friday morning.
MANILA (Reuters) — The number of coronavirus cases in the Philippines climbed to 9,223 after the Department of Health reported 295 new infections on Sunday.
HONOLULU (Press Release) — The Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2020-2021 U.S. Pacific Territories Fishery Capacity-Building Scholarship.
MAJURO — The Marshall Islands extended its ban on all incoming travelers for another month “because Covid-19 is a national threat,” said the latest travel advisory issued by Health Secretary Jack Niedenthal Thursday.
MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer) — The Philippine government suspended all commercial flights to and from the country starting 8a.m. on Sunday, May 3 to further curb the spread of coronavirus disease 2019.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on Friday asked the Senate to find any documents tied to an allegation he sexually assaulted a former aide in 1993, after personally denying the accusation publicly for the first time.
MAJURO — Five Marshall Islanders who survived a nine-day open ocean drift are reported safe after their small boat floated into a remote atoll Thursday.
KOROR (PICRC) — In April, Palau International Coral Reef Center researchers completed the field work for the grouper aggregation study in several sites around Koror and Ngarchelong.
LOS ANGELES (Los Angeles Times) — Healthcare workers, championed as heroes of the Covid-19 crisis and applauded for risking their lives to protect others, have been hit especially hard by the severe economic fallout wrought by the pandemic.
KOROR (RNZ Pacific/Pacnews) — President Tommy Remengesau Jr said Palau can survive the impact of the coronavirus, but the nation should “face this crisis together, with unity, understanding, and strength.”
(Reason) – NEITHER the sudden demand for new medical equipment nor a flood of new funding to purchase it has magically made government bureaucracies more competent stewards of taxpayer dollars.
(The Wall Street Journal) – I JOKED the other day that the media doesn’t do multivariate, but it wasn’t a joke. Sometimes it imposes a hard cap on what we can achieve with public policy when the press can’t fulfill its necessary communication function.
(Press Release) — Payless SuperFresh introduces Saipan’s first online grocery store — www.paylesssuperfresh.com!
ON April 16, 2020, the Governor issued Executive Order 2020-07 that authorized the CNMI Homeland Security and Emergency Management Office, through the CNMI Covid-19 Task Force, in partnership with Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation, to undertake necessary Covid-19 containment measures by means of the development of Emergency Directives to be titled the CNMI Covid-19 Emergency Directives of 2020 to protect the health and safety of the public. This action was authorized under Article III, § 10 of the Commonwealth Constitution, the Homeland Security & Emergency Management Act of 2013, 1 CMC § 20144, and the CNMI Emergency Health Powers Act of 2003, 3 CMC §§ 2181-2195, and Executive Order 2020-04, as amended and renewed.
(Press Release) — IT&E announced Friday that its subscribers will continue to enjoy no data caps until May 8, 2020. In addition, IT&E’s bill payment deadline has been pushed back from the 15th of the month, so subscribers can pay their monthly bill anytime during the month and no late fees will be applied.