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GOVERNOR Ralph DLG Torres signed the fiscal year 2021 budget bill into law at 4:15 a.m. Thursday to avert a partial government shutdown. But he also vetoed several line items. The new budget appropriates $101 million which includes $4.5 million for the Department of Public Lands.

WITH dozens of unpaid workers protesting outside its office in Gualo Rai, the Commonwealth Casino Commission on Wednesday questioned officials of Imperial Pacific International regarding the financial capability of the casino investor  to complete the casino-resort project in Garapan.

REPRESENTATIVE Edwin Propst, who has resigned and whose last day in office is today, Oct. 1,  has not withdrawn his candidacy from the Nov. 3 elections, according to Julita Villagomez, Commonwealth Election Commission executive director.

NORTHERN Marianas College Interim President Frankie Eliptico on Tuesday said NMC will hold many activities including fundraising events when it celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2021.

(Office of the CNMI Congressional Delegate) — U.S. Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan has received word from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services that the agency will not provide additional time for filing applications for CW-1 workers as fiscal year 2020 ends October 1.

(ESGR) — Retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Renie Llaneta has been appointed the State Chair of the Guam-CNMI State Committee of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve.  He is the sixth State Chair to serve since 1997.  

FOLLOWING an interview with U.S. Assistant Interior Secretary for Insular and International Affairs Douglas Domenech last week, a report from the Office of Insular Affairs on Tuesday showed that the Commonwealth has received over $23 million in grants this year alone.

TINIAN (30th Naval Construction Regiment) — Seabees assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion or NMCB 3, Detail Tinian began initial ground clearance efforts on Marpo Heights Road G improvement in Tinian, Sept. 24, 2020.

CLEVELAND (Reuters) — President Donald Trump and Democratic rival Joe Biden battled fiercely over Trump’s record on the coronavirus pandemic, healthcare and the economy in a chaotic and bad-tempered first debate marked by personal insults and Trump’s repeated interruptions.

KOROR (Island Times/Pacnews) — Vice President Raynold Oilouch and former Sen. Surangel Whipps Jr. will advance to the Nov. 3, race for the presidency, according to the unofficial results from the Palau Election Commission.

HAGÅTÑA (JIC) —The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s 48th Covid-19-related fatality occurred at the Guam Memorial Hospital at approximately 10:53 a.m. Wednesday. The patient was a 61-year-old male with underlying health conditions that were compounded by Covid-19. He was admitted to GMH on September 15 after testing positive at a private clinic earlier that day.

(Press Release) — The Friends of the Mariana Trench or FOMT is excited to finally get to engage at selected PSS middle schools. Project HOPE (Healthy Ocean & People Empowerment), an ocean science program for CNMI sixth graders funded by a grant from the Administration of Native Americans and made available through a partnership with the Public School System.

AS a bicameral conference committee burned the midnight oil Tuesday to draft a version of the fiscal year 2021 budget acceptable to the House of Representatives and the Senate, the Torres-Palacios administration sent words of encouragement to the lawmakers.

HAGÅTÑA (JIC) — The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s 47th Covid-19-related fatality occurred at the Guam Regional Medical City at approximately 2:35 p.m. Tuesday. The patient was a 61-year-old female. She was admitted to GRMC today and was a known positive case.

(MVA) —  In light of the continued world-wide drop in tourism and dwindling local revenue, the Marianas Visitors Authority  board of directors voted on Monday to implement a 90-day suspension for its contracted representative office in Japan. 

FOLLOWING the enactment of Public Law 21-34, which suspends certain election rules to mitigate public health risks in light of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Commonwealth Election Commission said the early voting period for Saipan and the Northern Islands will commence on Oct. 13 and end on Nov. 2, excluding Sundays.

DISTRICT Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona has issued an order granting the stipulation of settlement between the CNMI government and Pacific Rim Land Development LLC to share Imperial Pacific International LLC’s net proceeds.

UNITED States Probation Officer Gregory Arriola has asked the federal court to order Vickilyn Ramonica Manglona Teregeyo to appear in court and to explain why her supervised release should not be revoked.

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

 

(MVA) —  In light of the continued world-wide drop in tourism and dwindling local revenue, the Marianas Visitors Authority  board of directors voted on Monday to implement a 90-day suspension for its contracted representative office in Japan. 

HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — Guam's economy could get worse in 2021 before it gets better in 2022, according to University of Guam economics professor Roseanne Jones and BankPacific President Phil Flores.

(Office of the CNMI Congressional Delegate) — U.S. Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan has renewed his request to Gov. Ralph DLG Torres for public disclosure of how $1.2 million in federal election security funds have been spent.

DURING the House of Representatives’ emergency session on Sunday, Rep. Tina Sablan expressed concern over the Senate version of the budget bill, which would give the governor unlimited reprogramming power within the executive branch.

THE Office of the Attorney General “performed remarkably notwithstanding the challenges in meeting the demands of the government for legal services” especially “at a time when the Commonwealth is in the middle of public health crises,” Attorney General Edward Manibusan said in a report to the Legislature.

AS part of the Domestic Violence Awareness Month activities in October, the  Northern Marianas Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence will conduct weekly discussions on different topics related to domestic violence on KKMP radio every Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

 

 

UNITED States Assistant Interior Secretary for Insular and International Affairs Douglas Domenech made a special appearance during the governor’s press briefing on KKMP radio  Friday to discuss the relationship between the CNMI and DOI-Office of Insular Affairs.

(Press Release) — Despite the limitations imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic, MYPros paves a way to provide all candidates vying for a seat in the upcoming 22nd CNMI Legislature an opportunity to utilize its online domain to convey their vision and mission to voters throughout the Commonwealth.

THE cyclers of Saipan along with the Triathlon Association of the CNMI and the Northern Mariana Islands Cycling Federation paid their respects to a fellow cyclist and longtime island resident Luis Samelo who passed away recently, by going on a tribute ride Sunday around the island.

THE Senate’s  lone minority member and the CNMI’s most senior lawmaker, Paul A. Manglona  slammed the Senate leadership for giving Gov. Ralph DLG Torres “unlimited” reprogramming power in the Senate version of House Bill 21-124 or the Appropriations and Budget Authority Act of 2021.

THE U.S. Department of Agriculture congratulated the CNMI Office of Vocational Rehabilitation during a virtual awarding ceremony on Friday for successfully applying for two grant awards totaling $86,000.

(CNMI Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality) — New beach signs display the advisory written in commonly used languages such as English, Korean, Japanese and Chinese for better engagement along with the beach safety flags.

 

GOVERNOR Ralph DLG Torres on Thursday signed  Executive Order No. 2020-21 separating the Northern Marianas Housing Corp. from the Commonwealth Development Authority.

THE Commonwealth Bureau of Military Affairs was awarded a grant of over $300,000 through the Defense Community Infrastructure Pilot Program for the upgrade of utility infrastructure on Tinian, Special Assistant to the Governor for Military Affairs Glenna SP Reyes said.

HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — As the coronavirus pandemic pounds Guam, federal relief that could go as high as $1.63 billion has been delivering its promise of stabilizing the local economy, at least for now.

TWENTY-TWO students completed a shallow bottom fishing activity on Saturday as part of the “Tasi to Table” Youth Fishing Club program, Saipan Fishermen’s Association community outreach representative Wayne Pangelinan said.

MAJURO — One of the largest ever Japan development projects for the Marshall Islands will inject nearly $17 million to expand Majuro’s water storage capacity by 40 percent — a project that has been in limbo for over 15 years, despite strong support of both governments.

THE Freely Associated States in the South Pacific Ocean aren’t well known to many Americans, but President Donald Trump and his administration continue to provide unprecedented focus and support to these allies to help preserve their peace and prosperity in the face of China’s growing interests in the region.

(Office of the Governor) — The CNMI’s Nutrition Assistance Program funding availability for fiscal year 2021 is nearly half of the funding that was available in fiscal year 2020 which ends on September 30, 2020. The funding that will be available to the CNMI for FY 2021 is anticipated to be $22.733 million. Of this amount, $17.365 million will be allocated for Program Benefits.

HAGÅTÑA (Offices of Guam Homeland and Civil Defense) —  The National Weather Service-Guam Weather Forecast Office is monitoring newly formed Tropical Depression 15W northeast of the Marianas.

HAGÅTÑA (JIC) — The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s 43d Covid-19-related fatality occurred at the Guam Memorial Hospital at approximately 8:57 p.m. Saturday. The patient was a 53-year-old male with underlying health conditions that were compounded by Covid-19. He was admitted to GMH on August 30 after testing positive at Guam Regional Medical City  

HAGÅTÑA (JIC) — The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s 42nd Covid-19-related fatality occurred at the Guam Memorial Hospital at approximately 1:25 a.m. Saturday morning. The patient was an 83-year-old female with underlying health conditions that were compounded by Covid-19. She was admitted to GMH on August 28 and was a known Covid-19 case.

HARMON, Guam (FSM Information Services) — On Sept. 25, 2020, the consulate of the Federated States of Micronesia in the U.S. Territory of Guam announced that, despite the Government of Guam’s recent laxation on some components of its lockdown, it will be moving towards providing all citizen services remotely.

THE administration on Thursday said as the “Covid-19 pandemic continues to negatively affect the United States and severely impacted state and territorial economies, Senate Democrats last week blocked the Republican coronavirus relief bill that would have provided additional assistance for residents, businesses, and state governments.”

HAGÅTÑA (JIC) — The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s thirty-ninth Covid-19-related fatality occurred at the Guam Memorial Hospital at approximately 8:40 p.m. Thursday night. He was transferred to GMH after testing positive upon admission to Guam Regional Medical City on August 28. The patient was a 66-year-old male with underlying health conditions that were compounded by Covid-19.

DENVER (AP) — Whether people who live in territories controlled by the U.S. automatically become citizens under a constitutional amendment that secured citizenship for freed slaves was a major focus of arguments Wednesday in a federal appeals court in Denver in a case seeking citizenship rights for residents of American Samoa.

PRECINCT 3 Republican candidates — Speaker Blas Jonathan Attao, Reps. Ivan Blanco, Jose Itibus, Marco Peter, and Ralph Yumul — were on KKMP radio Wednesday to discuss their accomplishments and vision for the precinct.

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

HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — Two people were charged separately Wednesday in the Superior Court of Guam with illegal drug possession.

IN 1976, the NMI was still one of the six districts of the Trust Territory government which was administered by the U.S. But the Northern Marianas’ Covenant with the U.S. had already been enacted into law by the federal government, and the NMI’s transition to Commonwealth status was already in motion. 

HAGÅTÑA (JIC) —The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s 38th Covid-19-related fatality occurred at the Guam Memorial Hospital at approximately 6:55 a.m., Thursday. The patient was a 76-year-old female with underlying health conditions that were compounded by Covid-19. She was transferred to GMH on September 18 after testing positive for SARS-CoV-2 at Guam Regional Medical City.  

THE Department of Commerce is asking the Senate to pass House Bill 21-19, which will significantly increase fees related to registering corporations amid the most severe economic downturn in CNMI history.

REPRESENTATIVE Joseph Leepan T. Guerrero on Tuesday introduced a bill that would suspend the allocation of Marianas Visitors Authority funds to the three main islands of the CNMI.

(Office of the CNMI Congressional Delegate) —  Apprenticeship programs in the Marianas would receive new funding under terms of legislation introduced by U.S. Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan on Monday.

THE Marianas Visitors Authority did not comply with its procurement policies and procedures when it made three purchases for the 2018 Christmas in the Marianas event, according to an audit report conducted by Burger & Comer, P.C., for the MVA financial statements ending Sept. 30, 2019 and 2018.

HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — The Department of Public Health and Social Services continues to unlawfully hold arriving passengers in the government's quarantine facility in Tumon. That's according to attorneys who represent more than a handful of people fighting to get out of the Tumon facility.

(DPS) — On Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, at about 11:22 a.m., the Department of Public Safety received a 911 call reporting a disturbance in progress at an apartment unit in Garapan, Saipan. Police units responded to the scene.

(NMC) — As part of its efforts to build workforce capacity throughout the CNMI, Northern Marianas College is providing infant and toddler care training to the Department of Community & Cultural Affairs-Child Care Development Fund’s program sites.

(BECQ) — The Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality analyzes water samples collected from Managaha’s recreational beaches and dock as part of the regularly scheduled sampling. 

(Office of the Governor) — The “Wave for Recovery and Strength” event to recognize National Recovery Month will be held Friday, Sept. 25, from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the  Atkins Kroll Toyota/Beach Road intersection.

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte defended his drug crackdown, dismissed criticism from human rights advocates and underscored his country's claims in the South China Sea as the sometimes aggressive critic of the United Nations addressed its annual gathering of world leaders for the first time Tuesday.

PALIKIR, Pohnpei (FSM Information Services) — On Sept. 22, 2020, David W. Panuelo, president of the Federated States of Micronesia, and  Yosiwo P. George, vice president of the FSM, after several days of fruitful and in-depth engagements with the FSM Covid-19 Task Force, announced that the nation’s repatriation efforts will begin with FSM citizens stranded in Covid-19-free jurisdictions.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) — Senate Republicans including Mitt Romney on Tuesday lined up behind President Donald Trump’s push to widen the U.S. Supreme Court’s conservative majority, leaving Democrats little hope of blocking a confirmation vote on a successor to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg that could come before the Nov. 3 election.

HAGÅTÑA—I have found that around here, and probably everywhere else, people divide into two very distinct groups this time of the year: those who mourn the passing of summer, and those who dance as it bids adieu. I, myself, have never shed a single tear during these days.

(Equally American) — On Wednesday, lawyers for the U.S. Department of Justice will argue that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit should reverse Fitisemanu v. United States, a landmark ruling recognizing that individuals born in U.S. territories have the same right to citizenship as individuals born in the 50 states or the District of Columbia.

SO they can remain in the CNMI while the extension of their CW-1 permits go through the required lengthy process, the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. is exploring the possibility of seeking tourist visas for 19 of its nonresident healthcare workers.

ALTHOUGH the overall financial or net position of the Marianas Visitors Authority increased by $1,059,279 from 2018 to 2019, the CNMI tourism agency’s revenue significantly dropped by $3,311,692, according to an audit report posted online by the Office of the Public Auditor.

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — President Rodrigo Duterte says he has extended a state of calamity in the entire Philippines by a year to allow the government to draw emergency funds faster to fight the Covid-19 pandemic and harness the police and military to maintain law and order.

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

(Press Release) — “Given the current state of global economic affairs, I hope that attorneys will avail of this training and embrace professional opportunities to assist debtor and/or creditor clients navigate through the financial upheaval caused by this pandemic,” said Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona of the District Court for the Northern Mariana Islands.

HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — The Department of Corrections has launched an internal investigation into contraband smuggling into the prison that has led to the arrest of two corrections officers on Friday.

HAGÅTÑA — There is overwhelming evidence from over 30 years of research that students whose parents are actively involved in their learning perform better academically. Furthermore, they have better attendance rates, more positive attitudes toward school and fewer discipline problems, higher graduation rates and greater enrollment in college, and become more responsible adults.

ON Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020 the Saipan Southern High School’s JROTC Manta Ray Battalion assisted in providing the volunteer support required for a successful annual International Coastal Cleanup in Koblerville.  

HAGÅTÑA (JIC) — The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s 35th Covid-19-related fatality occurred at the Guam Regional Medical City at approximately 9:45 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 20.

HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — A half-dozen men and women, wearing face masks to prevent the spread of Covid-19, gathered around a table in a makeshift apartment at the back of a house in Piti, to discuss how it is they came to be in limbo on an island, unable to move forward with their lives and with going back to where they came from no longer an option, they said.

HAGÅTÑA  — Where do we as individual citizens (taxpayers and voters) draw the line between what an elected government believes is best for our health and safety? Where do we, as individuals, say the government has crossed the line by overly restricting our freedoms?

(NMSA) — The Northern Marianas Sports Association took one big step toward working on a systematic and collective vision for CNMI sports.

THE U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has affirmed the ruling of District Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona in dismissing the lawsuit of four environmental groups claiming that the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Department of the Navy  violated the National Environmental Policy Act or NEPA.

THE Badminton World Federation, through Badminton Oceania, provided the Northern Marianas Badminton Association with 96 AirShuttles for AirBadminton as well as rackets, plastic shuttlecocks and nets.

CNMI Department of Labor Secretary Vicky Benavente was invited to meet with the House Committee on Federal and Foreign Affairs  to discuss the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program today, Monday, in the House chamber.

FEDERAL inmates Francisco N. Basa and Edwin P. Blas, who are serving jail time in Guam, have asked the District Court for the NMI for a protective order for potential retaliation from the defendants that they sued for allegedly violating their constitutional rights.

(Press Release) — Johnston Applied  Marine  Sciences,  in  collaboration  with  Dr.  Laurie  Raymundo and  the University of Guam Marine Laboratory, is recruiting a master’s student to start fall semester 2021.

(Press Release) — Pacific Historic Parks, in partnership with the Northern Marianas Humanities Council would like to invite the community to join us live on Zoom on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020 at 9 a.m. for “Tinian and the Bomb with Don Farrell.”

WASHINGTON (Reuters) — The death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has injected a volatile new element into the last stretch of a turbulent U.S. presidential race, potentially shifting the focus away from the coronavirus pandemic and the stagnant economy into a political battle over her successor.

THE Badminton World Federation, through Badminton Oceania, provided the Northern Marianas Badminton Association with 96 AirShuttles for AirBadminton as well as rackets, plastic shuttlecocks and nets.

HAGÅTÑA (JIC) —The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s 34th Covid-19-related fatality occurred at the Guam Memorial Hospital at approximately 11:25 a.m. Saturday. The patient was a 59-year-old male with underlying health conditions that were compounded by Covid-19. He was admitted to GMH on Aug. 20 and tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 upon admission. 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) — Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death sets up what promises to be a fierce fight in the U.S. Senate over President Donald Trump’s eventual nominee to replace her, with Democrats still livid over what they consider a Supreme Court seat “stolen” by Republicans during the last presidential election year.

HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) —  Superior Court of Guam Judge Elyze Iriarte late Friday granted Dededo resident Janella Cruz and her two sons request to be released from the government quarantine facility. The judge also granted the request of another traveler, Sean Convento, to be released from the hotel quarantine site. 

(DPS) — On Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020, at about 7:21 a.m., the Department of Public Safety received a 911 call reporting a burglary and theft incident at The Shack restaurant in San Jose, Saipan. Police units responded to the scene.

THE governor’s senior policy advisor and acting Department of Community and Cultural Affairs Secretary Robert Hunter said  the DCCA Nutrition Assistance Program is still waiting for updates from the office of U.S. Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan on congressional action taken to secure funds to support the current income eligibility and benefit levels.

(CNMI Superior Court) — This is to inform all prospective jurors on panel “17ES” that the jury selection scheduled for Monday, Sept. 21, 2020 at 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. is hereby canceled until further notice.  For further information, contact Clerk of Court Patrick Diaz at Superior Court at telephone no. 235-4258.

(DPS) — On Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020, at about 9:17 a.m., the CNMI Department of Public Safety received a 911 call reporting a domestic violence incident in Garapan. Police units responded to the scene.

(Office of the Governor) — On Wednesday, Interior Assistant Secretary for Insular and International Affairs Doug Domenech informed Gov. Ralph DLG Torres that the Department of the Interior has awarded the CNMI $1,706,075 in Fiscal Year 2020 grant funding through the Office of Insular Affairs’ Energizing Insular Communities program.

(Office of the Governor) — Gov. Ralph DLG Torres and Lt. Gov. Arnold I. Palacios announced on Thursday that the Commonwealth Office of Transit Authority was awarded $351,000 under the Federal Transit Authority Emergency Relief Program for transit systems affected by major disasters that occurred in 2018.

(CNMI-FEMA) — Super Typhoon Yutu made landfall on the CNMI and passed directly over southern Saipan and Tinian, causing widespread damage to homes. Yutu’s trail of destruction left unrecognizable neighborhoods and destroyed dwellings all over the islands.

THE NMI Democratic Party on Thursday honored the Commonwealth’s founding fathers with a commemorative resolution “for their monumental contribution and unselfish dedication to  improving the quality of life for the people of the CNMI.”

CNMI Board of Education member Phillip Thomas Mendiola-Long is among the four winners of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s 2020 National Small Business Week Phoenix Award.

FIVE years after Typhoon Soudelor destroyed the animal shelter in Lower Base, the Saipan mayor’s office has completed the bidding process of a new facility for the dog control program in As Perdido.

(Office of the Governor) — Gov. Ralph DLG Torres and Lt. Gov. Arnold I. Palacios announce that the Department of Community and Cultural Affairs has been working closely with the Marianas Racing Association or MRA to recreate a motocross park for the CNMI.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) — The Federal Reserve on Wednesday vowed to keep interest rates near zero until inflation is on track to overshoot the U.S. central bank’s 2% target, a bold new promise aimed at bringing millions of out-of-work Americans back to the labor market.

(MCS) — Mount Carmel School’s 2020-2021 Student Council officers are ready to lead the new school year with ambitious goals and a commitment to serving their peers and the broader community.

HAGÅTÑA (JIC) —  The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s 31st Covid-19-related fatality occurred at the Guam Memorial Hospital Thursday afternoon at approximately 4:48 p.m. The patient was a 77-year-old female and had underlying health conditions. She was admitted to GMH on Aug. 27 and tested positive during initial work-up. 

HAGÅTÑA (JIC) — The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s thirtieth Covid-19-related fatality occurred at the Guam Memorial Hospital Thursday morning at approximately 1:37 a.m. The patient was a 72-year-old male and had underlying health conditions. He tested positive for Covid-19 upon arrival to Guam Regional Medical City on Sept. 15 and was transferred to GMH the following day.

(CNMI Judiciary) — On Sept. 14, 2020, the local Supreme Court issued its opinion in Commonwealth v. John Santos Aldan. He was convicted by a jury of sexual assault in the first degree and disturbing the peace. The high court affirmed Aldan’s conviction and his sentence but vacated the trial court’s denial of his eligibility for parole.

A JOINT public hearing was held on Wednesday by the House Committee on Natural Resources and the Senate Committee on Resources Economic Development and Programs to discuss the status of the Hyatt Regency Saipan lease agreement with the government.

THE Department of Finance- Division of Procurement and Supply  on Tuesday terminated the $3.8 million contract between  the Department of Public Works and Micronesian Environmental Services LLC  or MES for the Marpi landfill operation, saying it violated  procurement regulations.

CITING its “dire revenue situation” and the global lockdown due to Covid-19, the Marianas Visitors Authority has suspended the contracts of its offshore offices due to lack of funding.

SUPERIOR Court Associate Judge Joseph N. Camacho has granted the motion of the Public Defender’s Office to continue on Sept. 30 at 10 a.m. the preliminary hearing for Vicente Sablan Basa who is accused of trying to run over another man with a car last month.

RICK Urumelog Omar Jr. on Wednesday was sentenced by District Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona to 36 months in prison for his involvement with others in manufacturing methamphetamine or “ice” using the “bake and shake” method.

 

 

HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — Chuck E. Cheese, a food and arcade destination, is closing its doors for good next month, after 10 years on Guam, as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic's challenges.

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

PALIKIR, Pohnpei (FSM Information Services) — On Sept. 11, 2020, David W. Panuelo, president of the Federated States of Micronesia, joined traditional, political, and diplomatic leaders at the residence of Carmen G. Cantor, ambassador of the United States of America to the FSM, in a celebration of the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II and Pohnpei Liberation Day.

WELLINGTON (Pacific Cooperation Foundation/Pacnews) — Chairman of the Pacific Cooperation Foundation John Fiso, believes New Zealand can achieve a win-win by providing financial support for Pacific people from neighboring island nations to head to New Zealand and help our horticultural sector in the upcoming fruit picking season.

MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer) — Opposition Sen. Risa Hontiveros on Wednesday flagged the government’s purchase of five million personal protective equipment or PPE sets, mostly from Chinese firms, which she said were overpriced by 1 billion pesos or $20.6 million.

OTTAWA (Reuters) — Travel restrictions and a shift to online learning has dramatically cut the number of international students expected to attend Canadian universities and colleges this fall, and the decline will ripple through Canada’s labor market.

HAGÅTÑA (JIC) — The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s 29th Covid-19-related fatality occurred at the Guam Regional Medical City Wednesday at approximately 1:31 a.m. The patient was a 65-year-old female and had underlying health conditions. She was pronounced dead on arrival at the GRMC. She was swabbed upon arrival and her results came back positive.

DESPITE the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and a nationwide shortage of nurses and other healthcare workers, federal authorities have denied the Temporary Labor Certifications for the CW-1 renewal petitions of 17 licensed practical nurses and one radiologic technologist for the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp., CHCC Chief Executive Officer Esther Muna said.

THE administration has applied for the grants provided by the Lost Wages Assistance program to help workers affected by Covid-19, Labor Secretary Vicky I. Benavente said on Tuesday.

HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — Monisgnor David I.A. Quitugua, the pastor emeritus of San Juan Bautista Church in Ordot, tested positive for Covid-19, died on Tuesday afternoon.

VICE Speaker Lorenzo Deleon Guerrero, Reps. Ivan Blanco and Roman Benavente are urging the Senate to pass House Bill 21-108, which they say will encourage locals to work on farms.

THE Department of Public Safety has arrested Eduardo Manahan after his minor son reported that the defendant hit his mother over an argument about a child tax credit check.

LED by its president Sonya Dancoe, the Rotary Club of Saipan on Tuesday prayed for world peace as they also paid tribute to the people who perished in the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the U.S.

(DPS) — On Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020, at about 12:05 p.m., the  Department of Public Safety received transmission via radio regarding a deceased individual aboard an incoming vessel. Police units responded to the port of Saipan.

WASHINGTON (Department of the Interior) —  U.S. Department of the Interior Assistant Secretary for Insular and International Affairs Douglas W. Domenech applauds U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao and the Federal Aviation Administration for providing $54,859,950 in fiscal year 2020 funding under the Airport Improvement Program to bolster airport safety, security, and infrastructure at airports in the U.S. territories and the Freely Associated States.

PALIKIR, Pohnpei (FSM Information Services) — On Sept. 8, 2020, David W. Panuelo, president of the Federated States of Micronesia, sent a letter to Reed B. Oliver, governor of the State of Pohnpei, regarding the FSM national government’s concerns regarding “dredging activities and quarrying of large amounts of landfill materials,” several instances of which are objectively harmful to the environment and are, debatably, occurring in a manner that is less than thoroughly transparent and accountable to the public.

WASHINGTON (U.S. Interior Department) —  U.S. Department of the Interior Assistant Secretary, Insular and International Affairs, Douglas W. Domenech applauds the recent National Park Service announcement of preliminary results of a study that evaluates the prehistoric and historic resources as well as limestone forests on the island of Rota, located in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, for possible designation as part of the National Park System.

(SCC) — The Saipan Chamber of Commerce is excited to launch its 2020 Scholarship Program! The chamber recognizes that the cost of post-secondary education is substantial, and with the additional barriers caused by the recent pandemic, it is important we continue to financially support the pursuit of higher education in our community.

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

HAGÅTÑA (JIC) — The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s 28th Covid-19-related fatality occurred at the Guam Memorial Hospital Tuesday at approximately 4:30 p.m. The patient was an 84-year-old male and had underlying health conditions. He was initially admitted to GMH on September 3 and tested positive for Covid-19 during initial work-up.

HAGÅTÑA (Joint Information Center) — The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s twenty-seventh Covid-19-related fatality occurred at the Guam Memorial Hospital Tuesday at approximately 3 p.m. The patient was a 45-year-old female and had underlying health conditions. She was initially admitted to GMH on Aug. 17 and subsequently tested positive for Covid-19.

THE Senate may allow certain departments to tap their “revolving funds”  to accommodate the funding requests of other agencies, Senate Vice President Jude U. Hofschneider said.

HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — More quarantined travelers have reached out to a local attorney after a Superior Court of Guam judge ruled over the weekend that the Department of Public Health and Social Services should not leave travelers in the dark about their right to petition the court if they feel they're being held in quarantine against their will.

(NMC) — Northern Marianas College  has been awarded a $1.5 million grant to advance science, technology, engineering, and mathematics or STEM education and career exploration through its Project PROA program.

THE Covid-19 pandemic has temporarily — in some cases permanently — closed many businesses on island, but  Rica Lozarito continues to serve her customers while complying with safety protocols.

HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — Some 700 abandoned vehicles, more than 1,000 used tires and hundreds of white goods, including washers and water heaters, have so far been removed from Guam villages using portions of the annual vehicle registration fees that motorists pay.

 

THE CNMI Military Affairs Office had been advising members of the community that there would be an increase in the activities of military aircraft and ships in the Mariana Islands beginning yesterday.

MAJURO — Raw sewage spews onto Majuro’s ocean side reef from a broken outfall pipe that has gone unfixed for decades, said the head of the Marshall Islands Environmental Protection Authority.

PALIKIR, Pohnpei (FSM Information Services) — On Sept. 9, 2020, David W. Panuelo, president of the Federated States of Micronesia, joined the presidents of the Republic of Nauru, the Republic of Palau, the Republic of Kiribati, and the Republic of the Marshall Islands in a virtual and informal engagement of the Micronesian Presidents Summit.

THE law firm of Banes Horey Berman & Miller LLC — formerly known as O’Connor Berman Horey & Banes LLC — has filed a lawsuit against Imperial Pacific International LLC for breach of contract, implied breach of contract, and quantum meruit in federal court on Thursday.

ATTORNEY Aaron Halegua has requested the federal court to order Gold Mantis Construction Decoration (CNMI) LLC to produce discovery materials in the lawsuit of seven workers alleging labor violations and human trafficking.

HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — The Department of Public Health and Social Services has directed the suspension of all construction projects after Friday, following the discovery of a significant Covid-19 cluster at one local construction company on Sept. 9, and additional cases discovered in two other companies on Sept. 11.

THE Public School System is implementing hybrid learning in the new school year, PSS senior director Dr. Yvonne Pangelinan said during a Board of Education meeting on Friday.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services on Sept. 1 began issuing Notices of Intent to Revoke to CW-1 employers who did not file the required Form I-129CWR, which is now overdue.

HAGÅTÑA (JIC) — The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s 26th Covid-19-related fatality occurred at the U.S. Naval Hospital Guam Saturday night at approximately 10 p.m. The patient was a 10-year-old boy and had underlying health conditions. He tested positive for Covid-19 on Sept. 3, 2020. He is Guam’s youngest Covid-19-related fatality to date.

HAGÅTÑA (JIC) — The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s 25th Covid-19-related fatality occurred at the Guam Regional Medical City Saturday at approximately 1:38 p.m. The patient was a 58-year-old female with comorbidities that were compounded by Covid-19. Upon admission to GRMC on Sept. 11, she tested positive for Covid-19.

HAGÅTÑA (JIC) — The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s 24th Covid-19-related fatality occurred at the Guam Memorial Hospital Friday night at approximately 11:59 p.m. The patient was a 91-year-old male with comorbidities that were compounded by Covid-19 and was admitted to GMH on Aug. 26. He was a known positive case.

HAGÅTÑA (JIC) —The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s 23rd Covid-19-related fatality occurred at the Guam Memorial Hospital Friday morning at approximately 3:20 a.m. The patient was a 95-year-old man with comorbidities that were compounded by Covid-19 and was admitted to GMH on Aug. 29.

(BECQ) — This week, the Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality analyzed water samples collected from Saipan's east, west and south recreational beaches as well as Rota's recreational beaches and storm drainages this week.

FORMER Rep. Stanley T. McGinnis Torres on Thursday said it is embarrassing that Gov. Ralph DLG Torres failed to stop the autonomous Commonwealth Utilities Corp. from disconnecting the only hospital on island from the public-utility power grid.

HAGÅTÑA (JIC) — The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s 22nd Covid-19-related fatality occurred at the Guam Memorial Hospital Thursday evening at approximately 7:59 p.m.

(Office of the Governor) —  Gov. Ralph DLG Torres and Lt. Gov. Arnold I. Palacios announced on Thursday that the Department of Finance is set to release $1,735,837.71 in retroactive payments next week for retirees to cover payrolls on April 15, April 30, and May 15, 2020.

IMPERIAL Pacific International LLC, in a Sept. 8 internal memorandum to its “active and separated” employees, informed the staff about the continued delay in payroll 18 (payout: Aug. 28) and payroll 19 (payout: Sept. 11).

(BECQ) — This week, the Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality analyzed water samples collected from Saipan's east, west and south recreational beaches as well as Rota's recreational beaches and storm drainages this week.

(PhilHonCon) — With the Sept. 30 deadline looming, employers of workers on CW-1 permits have asked the Philippine Honorary Consulate to the CNMI to appeal to the U.S. Department of Labor and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

ON Sept. 1, 1976, about a month before the first constitutional convention election, a Marianas Variety op-ed writer expressed concern about certain candidates who were trash-talking instead of discussing the issue at hand, which was drafting a constitution.

HAGÅTÑA (JIC) —The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s 21st Covid-19-related fatality occurred at the Guam Memorial Hospital early Thursday morning at approximately 12:07 a.m. The patient was a 74-year-old woman with comorbidities that were compounded by Covid-19. She was admitted to GMH on Aug. 25.

FOLLOWING accusations of sexual misconduct against House Minority Leader Edwin Propst, Robert Hunter, senior policy advisor to the Office of the Governor said on Wednesday that an ethics investigation into the matter is absolutely warranted and necessary.

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

AS a result of the rezoning of school boundaries, Education Commissioner Dr. Alfred Ada on Tuesday said enrollment at Hopwood Middle School dropped to about 700 from 932 in the previous school year.

HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — Hundreds of participants in Valiant Shield, a massive military exercise held on Guam and in waters around the Marianas every two years, will be staying in Guam hotels but their movement will be restricted, the military has confirmed.

(DPS) — On Monday, Sept. 7, 2020, at about 9 a.m., the Department of Public Safety received a 911 call reporting an auto-run off incident with the operator being unresponsive on Katbon Road in San Vicente. Police were dispatched to the scene.

TOKYO (Reuters) — Yoshihide Suga is on course for a landslide victory in the race to become Japan’s next prime minister, an Asahi newspaper tally showed, as debate kicks off later Wednesday among the three candidates vying to succeed long-time leader Shinzo Abe.

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Reuters) —  President Donald Trump on Tuesday escalated his efforts to make China a central theme of the U.S. presidential race, accusing Democratic rival Joe Biden of being a “globalist sellout” who helped engineer the widespread loss of American jobs.

 THE American Memorial Park tennis courts, which shut down in April due to the Covid-19 pandemic, have finally reopened.

HAGÅTÑA (JIC) — The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s 20th Covid-19-related fatality occurred at the Guam Memorial Hospital Wednesday at approximately 12 noon. The patient was a 60-year-old female with comorbidities that were compounded by Covid-19. She was admitted to GMH on August 27 after testing positive at Guam Regional Medical City that same day.

A PRIVATE citizen has called for a formal House ethics investigation into Minority Leader Edwin Propst regarding “longstanding and very serious allegations of sexual misconduct against him while he was a teacher at Marianas High School and also at Northern Marianas College.”

THE Theft Apprehension Select Coalition Task Force or TASC under the Department of Public Safety has arrested Maynard Dela Cruz and Rollin Ulechong Skang on the charge of burglarizing the Division of Parks and Recreation maintenance office in As Perdido.

MANILA (Reuters) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday pardoned a United States Marine convicted of killing a transgender woman in the country nearly six years ago, sparking condemnation from activists who described the move as a “mockery of justice.”

WASHINGTON (AP) — The battle for control of Congress is solidifying into a race about President Donald Trump, as Republicans hitch their fortunes to their party’s leader and Democrats position themselves as a bulwark against him — and as partners in a potential Joe Biden White House.

TOKYO (Reuters) — Japan’s economy sank deeper into its worst postwar contraction in the second quarter as the coronavirus jolted businesses more than initially thought, underscoring the daunting task the new prime minister faces in averting a steeper recession.

THE rationale of “sending a message” is well known in our society by Judges in sentencing, by sports teams who are on a mission to be the champions, by special interest groups and even terrorists but that ideology is seldom seen in the Political Arena that can only be done by the OWNERS of our Government — the PEOPLE!

HAGÅTÑA (JIC) — The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s 19th Covid-19-related fatality occurred at the Guam Memorial Hospital Tuesday afternoon at approximately 2:48 p.m. The patient was a 64-year-old female with comorbidities that were compounded by Covid-19. On Aug. 25, she tested positive for Covid-19 at Guam Regional Medical City and was transferred and admitted to GMH the same day.

COMMONWEALTH Utilities Corp. Executive Director Gary Camacho on Tuesday morning said the CUC board of directors has instructed management to disconnect the hospital from the power grid if the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. fails to pay at least $250,000 by noon today. The hospital grounds will be disconnected for six hours daily, Camacho said. At 12 noon, a CUC crew arrived at CHCC and disconnected the hospital from the power grid. More details to follow.

GOVERNOR Ralph DLG Torres thanked the CNMI’s first responders and their families for their daily sacrifices in the ongoing efforts to prevent the spread of Covid-19 in the Commonwealth.

CNMI Department of Labor Secretary Vicky I. Benavente is reminding Pandemic Unemployment Assistance and Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation applicants to provide the correct information when submitting their applications.

THE Commonwealth Utilities Corp. will send some of its technical staff members to conduct a physical assessment of the Tinian power plant, CUC Executive Director Gary Camacho said.

HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — The number of calls to the Guam Behavioral Health and Wellness Center crisis hotline jumped to an average of 530 a month from March to August, from what was a monthly range of 25 to 30 prior to the Covid-19 pandemic.

SEOUL/TOKYO (Reuters) — South Korea hunkered down as Typhoon Haishen arrived on the shores of its southern peninsula on Monday, after the powerful storm battered Japan’s southern islands but appeared to pass through without major damage or casualties.

HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — Just over three years ago, Frank “The Crank” Camacho made his UFC debut and has been entertaining fans around the world ever since. With multiple Fight-of-the-Night purses, his all-around fighting style has made him one of the fiercest competitors ever to step foot inside the octagon. 

MARIANAS Apnea Spearfishing Club or MASC president JR Brel topped the recently held Mamulan Cup 2020 with a 54-inch, 59-pound catch, but there were other highlights in the monthlong tournament. 

HAGÅTÑA (JIC) —The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s 17th and 18th Covid-19 related fatalities occurred at the Guam Regional Medical City and the Guam Memorial Hospital.

AS of today, Monday, the CNMI is back on Community Vulnerability Level Blue, Gov. Ralph DLG Torres announced Sunday.

CHIEF Judge Ramona V. Manglona of the NMI District Court has ordered Red Coral Corp., doing business as Camille Gardenia, and Imperial Pacific International LLC to undergo arbitration to settle their rental dispute.

HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — The U.S. Department of Justice has moved to dismiss the Guam Contractors Association’s class action amended complaint over H-2B visa petitions arguing the plaintiffs can no longer present the court with any reasonable claims.

WASHINGTON (U.S. Department of the Interior) —  The Trump administration announced $250,000 in fiscal year 2020 grant funding provided through the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Office of Insular Affairs’ Technical Assistance Program to support We are Oceania, a one-stop service shop in Honolulu, that liaises with the government and other organizations in Hawai’i to help individuals and families who have migrated from the freely associated states make a smooth transition towards productive and meaningful opportunities in the United States.

WASHINGTON (U.S. Department of the Interior) —  The Trump administration announced $608,180 in fiscal year 2020 grant funding provided through the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Office of Insular Affairs’ Technical Assistance Program to support the Federated States of Micronesia.

WASHINGTON (U.S. Department of the Interior) —  The Joint Economic Management and Financial Accountability Committee or JEMFAC of the United States and the Republic of the Marshall Islands convened for its annual meeting on August 20, 2020, this time by video teleconference, and concurred to allocations totaling $34,159,131 in Compact of Free Association financial assistance for fiscal year 2021.

PALIKIR, Pohnpei (FSM Information Services) — On Sept. 2, 2020, the Department of Foreign Affairs of the Federated States of Micronesia hosted a ceremony wherein Huang Zheng, ambassador of the People’s Republic of China, donated $28,000 to Nan Madol en Ihmw Inc. to support the replanting of food crops in Madolenihmw, Pohnpei, FSM Project.

HAGÅTÑA — I’ve known business people who take on projects based on their opinion only, and others who won’t proceed until they gain the thoughts and perspectives of many others. In my career, I’ve done it both ways.

MARIANAS Apnea Spearfishing Club or MASC president JR Brel earned the title of “Mamulan King” after spearing a 59-pound giant trevally in the MASC Mamulan Cup 2020, which started Aug. 7 and ended on Aug. 31. 

HAGÅTÑA (JIC) — The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’ 16th Covid-19-related fatality occurred at the Guam Memorial Hospital Sunday this morning at approximately 2:50 a.m.

HAGÅTÑA (JIC) — The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s 15th Covid-19-related fatality occurred at the Guam Memorial Hospital Friday evening at approximately 9:15 p.m. The patient was a 55-year-old male with comorbidities that were compounded by Covid-19. He was admitted to GMH on Aug. 29.

HAGÅTÑA (JIC) — The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s 14th Covid-19-related fatality occurred at the Guam Memorial Hospital Friday at approximately 9 a.m. The patient was a 59-year-old male with comorbidities that were compounded by Covid-19.

"THIS pandemic is not something that either of us should politicize," Gov. Ralph DLG Torres said in response to an open letter he received from U.S. Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan last week regarding the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance and Federal Unemployment Compensation processing efforts.

ATLANTA, Ga. (Reuters) — The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has asked state public health officials to prepare to distribute a potential coronavirus vaccine to high-risk groups as soon as late October, documents published by the agency showed on Wednesday.

(Office of the Governor) — As of Aug. 31, 2020, the CNMI Department of Labor had disbursed a total of $71,244,451.79 in Pandemic Unemployment Assistance and Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation to eligible claimants in the Commonwealth.

BOSTON (AP) — After the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy, Jacqueline Kennedy famously compared his 1,000-day presidency to “Camelot,” a popular Broadway musical about the legend of King Arthur — crafting a wistful shorthand for the Kennedy tenure, and by extension the entire Kennedy dynasty.

THE Public School System will now require  students to present their school IDs before they can avail themselves of the “Grab and Go” meal program, Education Commissioner Dr. Alfred Ada said.

(Commonwealth   Utilities  Corp.) — There  will  be  a scheduled   power  interruption    on Tuesdav, Sept. 8, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  in areas north of the Tanapag  Mobil  Gas Station,   Achugao,  San Roque,  As Matuis  and Marpi.

 MAJURO — The Marshall Islands Police Department said Thursday that they confiscated three kilograms or 6.6 pounds of cocaine after they were tipped off that the drugs were being brought into Majuro from a remote outer island where the cocaine washed up recently.

(NMC) — Northern Marianas College nursing graduates Rose Ogo and MJ Masongsong have joined the list of students who passed the challenging National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses or NCLEX-RN.

(MCS) — Mount Carmel School announced that it is ready to start face-to-face classes should Gov. Ralph DLG Torres lift the implemented restrictions on schools come Sunday, Sept. 6, 2020. If current restrictions are adjusted to allow schools to resume face-to-face classes, MCS will open its doors starting Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, after Labor Day.

FORTY-FIVE years ago, Marianas Variety reported that a member of the Saipan Municipal Council urged the U.S. to appoint a special prosecutor for the Trust Territory and its six districts: the (Northern) Marianas, the Marshalls, Palau, Ponape, Truk and Yap. The TT was administered by the U.S. “on behalf of the United Nations.”

HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — Thirty-two hospital staff members, including nurses and doctors, at the Guam Memorial Hospital have tested positive for Covid-19 over the last few weeks.

THE Commonwealth Ports Authority board of directors last week approved a 75% discount in tenant fee in response to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on businesses renting office spaces and other facilities at the Francisco C. Ada/Saipan International Airport.

(NYMWPS) — In celebration of its fifth founding anniversary, the National Youth Movement for the West Philippine Sea founded and chaired by Dr. Celia Lamkin of the CNMI and Guam  invites you to a Virtual West Philippine Sea Forum with the theme “Philippines: Amidst the Rising Tension Between U.S. and China in the West Philippine Sea.”

(NMC) — Twenty-five CNMI middle school students successfully completed the 3-week virtual summer math camp program sponsored by the CNMI University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at Northern Marianas College in collaboration with the University of Hawaii Center on Disability Studies.

THE Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality-Division of Coastal Resources Management is encouraging the CNMI community to sign up for the 2020 International Coastal Cleanup, which will be held on Saturday, Sept. 19.

(Press Release) — With the opening of new school year just around the corner, the Tan Siu Lin Foundation has stepped in to assist the Public School System in its online classes.

HAGÅTÑA  — Last week over lunch, friends and I revisited the often pondered question, “Why is there war?” It was precipitated by a lunchtime review of the latest protest that had turned violent, the newest black man shot by a cop, the just-looted strip of downtown in cities near and far, and the most recent slap-down between non-mask wearers and those who abide by the safety recommendations.

NOT every athlete comes out always victorious in the end, but for Traven Quitugua, a sprinter, it is the experience of losing the battle that fuels his passion and empowers him to get back up and do better the next time around.

(DPS) — The Department of Public Safety is seeking the public’s help in locating Maynard Dela Cruz and Rollin Skaggs who are both wanted for questioning.

A SAILOR who is deployed to Tinian for a port construction project tested positive for Covid-19 upon arrival there on Sept. 1, the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. and the Covid-19 Task Force announced Wednesday.

IMPERIAL Pacific International officials met with lawmakers on Tuesday to reiterate the IPI request for the postponement of the $15.5 million annual casino license fee payment due this year.

 

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

GOVERNOR Ralph DLG Torres on Monday signed House Bill 21-98, which authorizes him to enter into agreements to offset judgments against creditors’ outstanding tax liabilities.

(MVA) — The Marianas Visitors Authority has been awarded a Technical Assistant Program grant from the U.S. Department of the Interior to upgrade its visitor data collection and analysis system.

HAGÅTÑA — There have been numerous articles, talk show renditions, group public demonstrations and news stories regarding these continued government lockdowns, small business closures, beach closures combined with outright threats against our freedoms coming from our local government regarding their personal desires as they relate to the virus that causes Covid-19.

PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) — State police and law enforcement from neighboring suburbs were sent to Portland, Oregon, on Monday as tensions mounted following a fatal weekend shooting in the midst of clashes between supporters of President Donald Trump and counter-protesters.

MANILA (AP) — Fitness gyms, barber shops and internet cafes were allowed to reopen partly in the Philippine capital Tuesday as the government further eased quarantine restrictions despite the country having the most coronavirus infections in Southeast Asia.

BADMINTON is known for its fast-paced action and is one of the main reasons why local athlete Ezekiel Macario loves the game and encourages others to take interest in the sport.


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