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THE Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation on Sunday announced that six newly arrived individuals tested positive for the Covid-19 virus.
THE Commonwealth Utilities Corp. will conduct a certification training program for its water and wastewater personnel, CUC human resources manager Vivian Santos said.
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.
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.
THE lack of personnel and equipment remains a challenge for the Division of Parks and Recreation its acting director Ray Sablan said on Sunday.
HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — UFC fighter Roque Martinez and his mother, Odessa Martinez, have been granted their request to be released from the government of Guam’s quarantine facility at the Dusit Beach Resort in Tumon.
THE Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. is hiring a total of 27 registered nurses this month.
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.
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C./WASHINGTON (Reuters) — President Donald Trump said on Saturday he will nominate a woman to sit on the U.S. Supreme Court, a move that would tip the court further to the right following the death of liberal Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
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 (JIC) —The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s 32nd and 33rd Covid-19-related fatalities occurred Friday.
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.
ONE newly arrived passenger was confirmed positive for Covid-19, the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. announced on Thursday afternoon.
THE Department of Public Safety has received a complaint against House Minority Leader Edwin Propst.
THE termination of the contract between the Department of Public Works and Micronesian Environmental Services LLC or MES for the Marpi landfill operation will hurt the Commonwealth, DPW Secretary James Ada said.
A SENATE committee is looking into $21 million in receivables that could serve as an “alternative funding source” for the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp.
SUPERIOR Court Associate Judge Joseph N. Camacho imposed a $5,000 cash bail on Kimberly Olkeriil Kaipat who was accused of beating up her boyfriend over a cell phone charger.
(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) — The Governor’s Covid-19 Task Force announced that the CNMI Community-Based Testing Initiative will be temporarily suspended until further notice.
(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.
(Office of the Governor) — The Department of Finance-Division of Revenue & Taxation is officially announcing a new partnership with Localgov, an online tax collection and compliance platform.
LUCAS Taitano Manglona is responsible for a series of vandalism, damaging different cars in separate incidents, the Department of Public Safety said.
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.
D’ELEGANCE Café provided free meals to parishioners who participated in a cleanup activity at Santa Remedios Church in Tanapag.
THE Magellan is the latest Pacific Islands Club food and beverage outlet to reopen.
NORTHERN Marianas Humanities Council Executive Director Leo Pangelinan said a $10,000 grant has been awarded to former Kagman High School teacher Ambrose Bennett and his wife Lillian Bennett for “The Origins & Evolution of Racism in America” project.
THE Saipan mayor’s office is planning to refurbish the Japanese-era steam locomotive at Sugar King Park in Garapan.
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.
NEW YORK (Reuters) — Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden leads Republican President Donald Trump nationally among likely U.S. voters by 9 percentage points, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll that showed Trump’s “law and order” message falling short with its target audience of suburban voters.
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.
PENSACOLA, Fla. (Reuters) — Hurricane Sally uprooted trees, flooded streets and cut power to hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses on Wednesday as it brought what the U.S. National Hurricane Center called “historic and catastrophic” flooding to the Alabama-Florida coast.
HONG KONG (Reuters) — Investment between the United States and China tumbled to a nine-year low in the first half of 2020, hit by bilateral tensions that could see more Chinese companies come under pressure to divest U.S. operations, a research report said.
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.
(Commonwealth Utilities Corp.) — There will be a scheduled water service interruption for customers in As Lito, As Perdido, Koblerville (from St. Jude Church to the ABCD Market) and Tottotville on Fridav, Sept. 18, 2020 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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.
SINCE Sept. 6, Majesty Chinese Restaurant in Garapan has provided free lunch boxes and relief goods to about 100 unemployed residents on Saipan.
THE Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. does not recommend a Covid-19 test as prerequisite for employment, CHCC Chief Executive Officer Esther Muna said.
WITH good planning and support, opening a butterfly park at Suicide Cliff should be feasible, said Rotary Club of Saipan president Sonya Dancoe, P.E.
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.
THE Marianas Visitors Authority received $250,000 in hotel occupancy tax collections from the central government on Sept. 11, MVA Managing Director Priscilla M. Iakopo said Wednesday.
THE Public School System will reprogram $293,503 in unspent federal funds to buy 2,000 additional units of MiFi that will be distributed to students who have no internet connection, PSS federal programs manager Tim Thornburgh said.
(Office of the CNMI Congressional Delegate) — The Environmental Protection Agency has announced an award of over $17 million to the Marianas for water and sewer infrastructure.
THE Environmental Protection Agency has awarded over $17 million to the CNMI for infrastructure to protect surface water and drinking water.
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.
THE local Supreme Court has again denied John S. Pangelinan’s request for a rehearing regarding a Tanapag property, which he claims.
DISTRICT Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona has sentenced Joanne Marie Deleon Guerrero Castro to 87 months in prison for her involvement in a methamphetamine production scheme.
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.
(CNMI Judiciary) — On Sept. 14, 2020, the local Supreme Court issued its opinion in Commonwealth v. John Santos Aldan.
ON Monday, Rota Republican senatorial hopeful Dennis Mendiola and House candidate Barrie Toves were on KKMP radio to discuss why they are seeking elective office.
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.
KOROR (Island Times/Pacnews) — The four presidential aspirants have entered the final sprint of the campaign by talking to voters about various issues, which include the impact of Covid-19 on the economy, the marine sanctuary, Compact negotiations and new initiatives to raise government revenue.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — A year from now the United States may have emerged from the economic hole dug during the pandemic with growth smartly above its previous trend and output largely recovered.
SHANGHAI/SINGAPORE (Reuters) — China is inoculating tens of thousands of its citizens with experimental coronavirus vaccines and attracting international interest in their development, despite expert concerns over the safety of drugs that have not completed standard testing.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Reuters) — The city of Louisville, Kentucky, will pay $12 million to the family of Breonna Taylor, a Black woman shot dead by police in a botched raid on her apartment in March, to settle a wrongful-death lawsuit, Mayor Greg Fischer said on Tuesday.
TOKYO (Reuters) — Yoshihide Suga was elected as Japan’s prime minister on Wednesday, becoming the country’s first new leader in nearly eight years and facing a raft of challenges including reviving an economy battered by the Covid-19 crisis.
GULF SHORES, Ala. (Reuters) — Hurricane Sally moved slowly closer to the U.S. Gulf Coast on Tuesday, threatening historic floods as rain and storm-force winds started lashing the shore, and governors of four states urged people to flee the coastline.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — The United Arab Emirates and Bahrain signed agreements on Tuesday to normalize ties with Israel, becoming the first Arab states in a quarter century to break a longstanding taboo, in a strategic realignment of Middle East countries against Iran.
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.
WITH 14 days left in the current fiscal year, there is no longer enough time to review the Senate version of the FY 2021 budget bill.
ESKUELAN San Francisco De Borja is “suspending its operation” due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, according to the private schools representative to the Board of Education, Dr. Galvin Deleon Guerrero.
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.
(Office of the CNMI Congressional Delegate) — New opportunities for small business development in the Marianas is the goal of legislation passed by the U.S. House of Representatives.
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.
KEITH Chambers II was sworn in by CNMI Supreme Court Chief Justice Alexandro Castro on Tuesday morning as the newest member of the local bar.
SUPERIOR Court Associate Judge Teresa Kim-Tenorio on Tuesday granted the request of Maynard Dela Cruz to be released to his aunt as his third-party custodian.
THE Rotarians’ airport sign has been vandalized and its lights stolen.
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.
PRECINCTS 4 and 5 Republican candidates Rep. Joel Camacho and Vice Speaker Lorenzo I. Deleon Guerrero appeared on KKMP radio Friday to discuss their accomplishments as well as their plans for the community.
(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.
(Press Release) — The Northern Marianas Humanities Council’s Motheread/Fatheread CNMI, a grassroots family literacy program, conducted a certified teachers meeting and professional development on Rota on Sept. 3, 2020.
HAGÅTÑA — The devastating phenomena of summer learning loss for children from book-poor homes without resources and social capital is well documented in the literature.
HAGÅTÑA — The present issues with Covid-19 that are facing the island have brought many weaknesses in our government to the surface.
(MHS PTSA) — The Marianas High School PTSA has been working closely with MHS principals all summer.
DEDEDO, Guam (U.S. Department of Labor) — After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division or WHD, Modern Konstrak, a construction company based in Dededo, Guam, will pay $85,993 to 75 employees for violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act’s overtime requirements.
(BECQ) — The Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality analyzes water samples collected from Saipan's west coast recreational beaches and storm drainages every week.
MANILA (Reuters) — Experts described as dangerous and premature on Monday the Philippines' decision to cut the social distancing minimum to 30 centimeters or 11.8 inches on public transport, as the country saw another daily record in newly confirmed Covid-19 deaths.
JUDITH Ramirez received a letter this month that she’d been dreading: The Honolulu hotel that furloughed her from a housekeeping job in March, during the lockdown triggered by the coronavirus pandemic, made her layoff permanent.
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 Marianas High School PTSA has been working closely with MHS principals all summer.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — Even if Joe Biden wins the U.S. presidential election and his fellow Democrats gain full control of Congress, his ability to secure passage of an ambitious legislative agenda may be limited by a stubborn Washington reality: the high hurdle for getting things done in the Senate.
HAGÅTÑA — As a 31-year veteran of home schooling, I am not a big fan of public education.
ANOTHER newly arrived passenger has been confirmed positive for Covid-19, the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. said Monday.
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.
SECRETARY of Finance David DLG Atalig said errors have delayed the approval of some Pandemic Unemployment Assistance applications.
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.
DUE to lack of rules, many local residents who want to venture into farming cannot avail themselves of commercial farm plots, Vice Speaker Lorenzo I. Deleon Guerrero said.
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.
THE Public School System should manage very carefully its share of the federal education stabilization fund until another federal funding measure is approved, PSS federal programs manager Tim Thornburgh told the Board of Education on Friday.
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.
EDWIN Omar was arrested after hitting another man with a 2-by-4 piece of wood after an argument over a cell phone.
KINPACHI Restaurant, the oldest on Saipan, marks its 40th year of service to the community today, Sept. 15.
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.
(Office of the Governor) — The Office of Planning and Development, under the Office of the Governor, would like to invite all interested community members to join OPD’s upcoming planning meetings.
THE Department of Public Lands has warned ranchers about their loose cattle in Marpi, but cow manure can still be found in public areas there.
SUPERIOR Court Associate Judge Joseph N. Camacho denied the request of Guangchao Li to be released on his own recognizance at a bail hearing on Monday afternoon.
A RESIDENT quarantined at the former Mariana Resort is unhappy with the food provided to her.
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.
TALENT, Ore. (Reuters) — Search-and-rescue teams, with dogs in tow, were deployed across the blackened ruins of southern Oregon towns on Sunday as smoldering wildfires still ravaged U.S. Pacific Coast states after causing widespread destruction.
MINDEN, Nev. (Reuters) — Republican President Donald Trump rallied his backers in Nevada on Saturday in a bid to drum up support in a state where polls show his Democratic rival Joe Biden is ahead.
ROME (AP) — One of Pope Francis’ top collaborators and a future papal contender, Filipino Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, has tested positive for the coronavirus, the Vatican said Friday.
MEREDITH Kablick sat next to her five-year-old son Peter at home in Cheverly, Maryland, as he logged on to a Zoom video call for his first week of kindergarten at a French immersion school.
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.
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.
THE Governor and his Crew in the Legislature have been taking a “balutan” (free take-out) every chance they got and the Governor didn’t even bother to stop during this pandemic with his family vacation to the Northern Islands.
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.
EDUCATION Commissioner Dr. Alfred Ada said Roman Tudela, the human resources specialist of the Public School System for five years, is moving to the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp.
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.
SECRETARY of Finance David DLG Atalig said the CNMI still has funding for the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Program.
PRECINCT 2 Republican candidates Daniel Aquino and House Floor Leader John Paul Sablan on KKMP radio Thursday also addressed such issues as funding for the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp., the Public School System, and diversification of the local economy.
HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — The Igros family’s fundamental civil liberties have been disregarded by the Department of Public Health and Social Services, according to a Superior Court of Guam decision.
The Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. and the Commonwealth Utilities Corp. have signed a payment agreement regarding CHCC’s utility bills, Gov. Ralph DLG Torres said during a media press briefing on Friday morning.
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.
AN individual who arrived on Saipan Saturday tested positive for Covid-19, the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. said.
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ABOUT 150 of the more than 300 field workers of CNMI Census 2020 were commended Sunday for a job well done.
WITH only two weeks left in the current fiscal year, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Ivan Blanco is confident that a new budget will be enacted before Oct. 1, 2020, the first day of FY 2021.
MAJURO — Fourteen months after an outbreak of dengue fever hit the Marshall Islands, the country cannot shake the mosquito-borne illness.
KOROR (Marianas Business Journal/Pacnews) — Palau is preparing for the general election on Nov. 3, with four candidates gunning for the top presidential post.
MANILA (Reuters) — The Philippines on Sunday deported a United States Marine convicted of killing a transgender woman in the Southeast Asian country in 2014, after he was granted an absolute pardon by President Rodrigo Duterte.
KOROR (PICRC) — Last month, the Palau International Coral Reef Center Outreach team joined a meeting of the Association of State PAN Coordinators or ASPC, held at Ngatpang dock.
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 (The Guam Daily Post) — Another week at home is what the governor has ordered.
(Office of the Governor) — Gov. Ralph DLG Torres issued the following proclamation on Friday:
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.
SAIPAN Chamber of Commerce president Velma Palacios is urging the Legislature to pass bills that promote economic growth.
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 (The Guam Daily Post) — In what was supposed to be a battle of warriors, UFC Fight Night 177 was to be an opportunity for Frank “The Crank” Camacho to end a two-fight losing streak and bring pride to the region.
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.
THE House Natural Resources Committee included the status of Hyatt Regency Saipan’s land lease extension on the agenda for a public hearing regarding the land lease deal between the CNMI government and D&W Saipan Inc.
THE body of a Matson crew member was brought to Saipan for autopsy on Thursday, Variety learned.
CHIEF Judge Ramona V. Manglona of the District Court for the NMI on Thursday granted Jordan Jucutan’s request for compassionate release.
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).
THE Governor’s Covid-19 Task Force and the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp.-Bureau of Environmental Health have allowed four private schools to reopen for in-person instruction.
PRECINCT 2 Republican candidates Daniel Aquino and John Paul Sablan were on KKMP radio Thursday morning to discuss their accomplishments as well as their plans for the community in light of the upcoming Nov. 3 midterm elections.
THE Saipan Centennial Lions Club completed the repair and repainting of one of the pavilions at Sugar Dock Beach on Sunday.
MAYOR David M. Apatang is requesting community members on Saipan to join him in observance of the 19th anniversary of the horrific terrorist attacks against the nation.
IT is clear to me that the Republicans are mounting a “Smear Campaign” to try and counter the “Dreams for Better Times Campaign” by the Democrats.
(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.
IRIS Lee, who graduated valedictorian of her class at Saipan Southern High School in June, has been awarded a four-year scholarship at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.
(DPS) — The Department of Public Safety-Bureau of Motor Vehicle will resume conducting driving tests for those individuals who were already scheduled for testing from March through May 2020.
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.
(MCS) — This week, Mount Carmel School welcomed its students back to campus through a hybrid learning approach.
(Press Release) — On Aug. 30, 2020, the employees of the various Tan Holdings companies kicked off an anti-littering campaign which will run through Nov. 6.
MIYAKO at the Hyatt Regency Saipan serves its customers unlimited quality food in a safe setting that complies with social distancing protocols.
(CWA) — Despite the challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic, the 7th Annual Women’s Summit is now set for Sept. 24, 2020, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
KOROR (Island Times/Pacnews) — Palau remains on Tier 2 of the Trafficking in Persons Report released by the U.S State Department in June.
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.
THE Office of the Governor on Wednesday paid $50,000 to the Commonwealth Utilities Corp. so it would not disconnect the power supply to the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp.
THE casino license fees that the CNMI government collected form Imperial Pacific International over the years had been over appropriated, Finance Secretary David DLG Atalig said.
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.
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.
THE American Memorial Park tennis courts, which shut down in April due to the Covid-19 pandemic, have finally reopened.
“Change your opinions, keep to your principles; change your leaves, keep intact your roots.”
— Victor Hugo
HAGÅTÑA — There is a model in food chain ecology called the “consumer-resource interaction.”
JUAN Manglona Sablan and David and Remi Sablan are opposing the approved pay raise of Settlement Fund or SF trustee Joyce C. Tang.
(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.
(BECQ) — The CNMI Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality, Division of Environmental Quality, under the Office of the Governor, notifies the public that the Draft 2020 305(b) and 303(d) Water Quality Assessment Integrated Report and supporting documents have been made available for public review on DEQ’s web page www.deq.gov.mp
THE Saipan and Northern Islands Municipal Council thanked the Saipan and Northern Islands Legislative Delegation for funding the council’s purchase of a service vehicle.
(Commonwealth Utilities Corp.) — There will be a scheduled power interruption from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 11, in the Capital Hill area.
(Press Release) — Those interested in honoring an extraordinary individual by nominating them for the Bridge of Light Award can still submit nominations until Friday, September 11, 2020.
AFTER accidentally shooting himself in the leg with a hand gun, Don Pangelinan Sanchez Jr. told police that he was a victim of a drive-by shooting.
DOUBLE A Corp. has moved for a summary judgment against fire inspector Anthony Babauta.
THE Saipan Unity Lions Club will host the 4th Annual Mountain and Road Bike Ride on Oct. 10-11, 2020.
(Press Release) — Kailanianna C. Ablog, granddaughter of Violeta Ablog and the late Nestor R. Ablog, Rita “Dengir” Gracia Kazuma, and Sen. Ramon “Kumoi” Santos Deleon Guerrero, graduated with a magna cum laude designation from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.
FOUR Lions Club members on Saipan each received a plaque and a lapel pin as Melvin Jones Fellows for their generous donations to the Lions Clubs International Foundation.
HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — The crew member of the Matson ship that arrived at Port Authority of Guam Wednesday morning tested negative for Covid-19.
WHEN polls closed in Arizona’s U.S. Senate race in November 2018, initial results from in-person voting showed Republican Martha McSally in the lead.
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.
MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer) — Only hardline critics of the United States see something wrong in the decision of President Rodrigo Duterte to grant absolute pardon to U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Joseph Scott Pemberton, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. said on Tuesday.
WELLINGTON (Reuters) — Jacinda Ardern’s ruling Labor Party said it would raise taxes for top income earners if it is returned to power in the polls next month, as the government looks to pay off debt accumulated due to its Covid-19 pandemic response.
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.
WASHINGTON/WILMINGTON, Del. (Reuters) — “Damaging,” “reckless” and “disastrous” are some of the words Joe Biden has used to describe tariffs imposed by Donald Trump on allies and rivals alike.
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 Commonwealth Utilities Corp. at 12 noon Tuesday disconnected the hospital from the CUC power grid for six hours after the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. failed to pay $250,000 for utilities.
ANOTHER individual was confirmed positive for Covid-19 through travel screening, the Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation said Tuesday morning.
THE Division of Revenue and Taxation has failed to adopt regulations on hotel occupancy tax so it is unclear whether the government has been making proper collections, the Office of the Public Auditor stated in a report.
THE Saipan Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday reiterated its opposition to a bill that will impose fees on remittances, saying the measure “is a tax on our citizens and businesses in the midst of economic hardship.”
COMMUNITY volunteer Max Aguon, his family members and friends conducted a cleanup activity on Saipan over the weekend.
EDUCATION Commissioner Dr. Alfred Ada said more than half of the Public School System teachers are “tech savvy” and can work well with the online instructional platform that PSS is using in the new school year, which started on Tuesday.
THE CNMI recorded 44 cases of suicide from 2015 to 2019 based on Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. and Vital Statistics Office data.
JUNIOR Larry Hillbroom’s former trustee Keith Waibel has asked the federal court to dismiss with prejudice the cross-claims of one of his co-defendants.
THE House of Representatives on Tuesday passed two bills to aid the Commonwealth Election Commission with the upcoming midterm elections.
HAGÅTÑA — In study after study from leading research universities such as Harvard and Stanford, researchers have discovered that in order for children to perform well in school and succeed academically, parents have to be actively involved in their child's education.
THE Saipan and Northern Islands Municipal Council is asking the Legislature not to reduce the salary of its lone employee.
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!
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.
LANCASTER, Pa./WASHINGTON (Reuters) — President Donald Trump and Democratic rival Joe Biden took rhetorical swipes at each other on Monday as the presidential campaign entered its traditional homestretch on the U.S. Labor Day holiday.
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.
MANILA (Reuters) — The Philippines reported its lowest number of new daily coronavirus cases in nearly eight weeks on Monday, but officials sought to temper optimism and warned of a prolonged battle as the pandemic rages on.
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.
(Press Release) — Joeten Stores, in partnership with Eats Easy, has launched its “Easy Grocery” app. The app allows customers on Saipan to order groceries and household staples online and have them delivered directly to their door.
THIS is not the time to chase away existing hotel investors.
HAGÅTÑA — Six weeks ago, I began my umpteenth attempt to lose weight.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Sunday said a deal between the White House and Congress would fund the federal government through the beginning of December and that details of the spending bill should be finalized by week’s end.
THE prosecutor’s opposition to Jordan Jucutan’s request for early release is misguided and unwarranted, his attorneys Danielle Pfifferling and Barbara Butterworth told the federal court.
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.
THE Public School System will distribute over 10,000 laptops and iPads to students starting Sept. 8, Tuesday, when public schools reopen for remote learning.
THE Saipan Marianas Lions Club on Sunday distributed rice to 20 CNMI-Only Transitional Workers who have been furloughed because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — A "small number" of sailors on the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan have tested positive for Covid-19 shortly after departing Guam last month.
GEO Testing Inc. has asked the Superior Court to enforce the settlement agreement it made with Imperial Pacific International LLC.
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.
AFTER more than two years of construction, phase 1 of the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp.’s solar panel project is now ready to generate power for two of the hospital’s medical departments.
DISTRICT Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona has granted the request of Milan Fargo, a Russian national, to proceed without paying fees and costs in his lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
MEMBERS of the Saipan Alliance Lions Club on Sunday cleaned up Tanapag Middle School.
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.
REPRESENTATIVE Marco Peter has pre-filed House Bill 21-46, which establishes the “crime of excessive speeding” and imposes a higher fine.
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.
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.
PORTLAND (Reuters) — Protesters in Portland threw rocks and fire bombs at police who in turn made over 50 arrests and used tear gas on Saturday night on the 100th day of demonstrations in the Oregon city against racism and police brutality.
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.
CAIRO (Reuters) — Saudi Arabia’s King Salman told President Donald Trump in a phone call on Sunday that the kingdom was eager to achieve a fair and permanent solution to the Palestinian issue, which he said was the main starting point of the kingdom’s proposed Arab Peace Initiative, the state news agency reported.
MANILA (Reuters) — Philippine police drew criticism from netizens and activists on Sunday for a plan to monitor social media to enforce quarantine rules, with critics accusing the authorities of authoritarianism and double standards.
BENGALURU (Reuters) — India’s coronavirus infections surged past 4.2 million on Monday as it overtook Brazil to become the country with the second-highest number of cases.
SACRAMENTO (Reuters) — More than 200 people were airlifted to safety overnight after a fast-moving wildfire cut off the only road out of the Mammoth Pool Reservoir, a popular recreational site in California’s Sierra National Forest.
SYDNEY (Reuters) — Australia expects to receive its first batches of a potential Covid-19 vaccine in January, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Monday, as the number of new daily infections in the country’s virus hotspot fell to a 10-week low.
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.
A STORY out of the Galapagos has gained international attention.
THIS may sound unreal to readers, but there was once a prosperous time in the CNMI with a surplus of money under a Democrat Governor which I can attest to as I was the last PSS teacher to go on “sabbatical with pay for a year.”
HONOLULU (Press Release) — Bank of Hawaii has announced its new health screening app called Health Check, available for free at the App Store and Google Play.
THE CNMI Rollers Basketball Association thanked Rep. Joseph Flores for fixing the fence and installing a new gate at the Koblerville gymnasium.
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.
TAMUNING, Guam (Press Release) — Docomo Pacific, regional leader in innovation, telecommunications, & entertainment, informs community of its first Covid-19 positive case.
AS of today, Monday, the CNMI is back on Community Vulnerability Level Blue, Gov. Ralph DLG Torres announced Sunday.
AMID the Covid-19 pandemic, the Commonwealth Development Authority is “striving to help and assist new and existing small businesses survive,” CDA Executive Director Manuel A. Sablan told lawmakers.
THE Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. on Saturday announced that an individual had been confirmed positive for Covid-19.
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.
DISTRICT Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona on Friday granted USA Fanter Corp. its mechanic’s lien petition against Imperial Pacific International LLC.
TO prevent a daily six-hour disconnection from the Commonwealth Utilities Corp. power grid, Gov. Ralph DLG Torres said the administration will help the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. pay its monthly utility bills.
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.
SAIPAN Mayor David M. Apatang said Labor Day is celebrated each year to recognize and remember the struggles many workers have endured in the nation's early history.
LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (Reuters) — Armed supporters of the police and anti-racism protesters squared off near the famed Kentucky Derby horse race on Saturday, as dueling demonstrations over racial justice and policing continued to grind on across U.S. cities.
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 Trump administration announced $884,978 in fiscal year 2020 grant funding provided through the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Office of Insular Affairs’ Technical Assistance Program that support students from the U.S. territories and Freely Associated States.
KOROR (AFP/Pacnews) — Palau has urged the United States military to build bases in the Pacific island nation which lies in a region where Washington is pushing back against growing Chinese influence.
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.
PALIKIR, Pohnpei (FSM Information Services) — On Aug. 21, 2020, David W. Panuelo, president of the Federated States of Micronesia, signed a presidential order establishing a national task force for guiding all activities related to the planning and implementation of the Blue Prosperity Micronesia program.
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.
STARTING Sunday, Sept. 6, Majesty Restaurant in Garapan will distribute 50 free lunch boxes and relief goods to those who lost their jobs due to the economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
FIVE months after the Fiscal Response Summit discussed and listed the measures that could help address the CNMI government’s financial crisis, lawmakers have yet to introduce any of them.
GOVERNOR Ralph DLG Torres is asking U.S. Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan to help the CNMI obtain additional funding for its Nutrition Assistance Program.
TODAY, Friday, is the last day to register to vote for the Nov. 3 midterm elections.
THE Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. will ask the Legislature to pass a bill that will reclassify the utility rate of CHCC from government to commercial.
IN a document scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on Sept. 4, 2020 and available online at federalregister.gov/d/2020-19654, and on govinfo.gov, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has announced a temporary halt in residential evictions to prevent the further spread of Covid-19.
(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.
COMMUNITY volunteer Max Aguon found about 11 gallons of used cooking oil dumped near the beach in San Antonio.
A FORMER educator has been hired as a case service manager of the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, OVR Director Maryann Borja-Arriola said.
THE Saipan Unity Lions Club and the Teen Unity Leos Club donated 10 trash bins to Hopwood Middle School.
SEVERAL empty beer cans and bottles as well as cigarette packs and butts were dumped at a school bus shelter in Gualo Rai.
LOCAL radio personality Jimmy Blancia said his Pandemic Unemployment Assistance claim has been approved, but the bank told him that it could not release the money.
FRANCES M. Tydingco-Gatewood, District Court for the NMI designated judge, has approved the request for compensation and reimbursement of expenses by Settlement Fund trustee Joyce C. H. Tang, saying it was reasonable.
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.”
THE settlement discussions between Junior Larry Hillbroom and David Lujan will continue, according to the disclosure of the parties at a status conference hearing in federal court.
HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — Guam's newly launched political action committee vowed Wednesday to harness votes for candidates who will reduce the size of the government and roll back the business privilege tax from 5% to 4% at least until the economy recovers from the Covid-19 pandemic, among other things.
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.
(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.
ATTORNEY Colin Thompson is requesting the District Court for the NMI to postpone the jury trial of his client who was charged with one count of conspiracy to defraud the U.S. government.
(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.
HONOLULU (AP) — Sentencing has been rescheduled again in Hawaii’s biggest corruption case after it was previously postponed by the coronavirus pandemic.
KOROR (Island Times/Pacnews) — President Tommy Remengesau Jr. said Palau needs allies to develop its economy, adding that some politicians are giving the public false hopes by promising economic self-sufficiency
(Reuters) — President Donald Trump has overtaken Democratic rival Joe Biden to stand as the favorite to win the 2020 U.S. Presidential election on Europe-based betting exchange Betfair, the exchange said on Wednesday.
THE islands’ Medicaid program could forfeit “millions of dollars” in federal funding due to insufficient local appropriation, CNMI Medicaid Director Helen C. Sablan told the Senate.
THE 2020 CNMI Domatsuri team received the Outstanding Award in the virtual 22nd Domannaka Festival held on Aug. 28-30, 2020.
REOPENING schools for face-to-face instruction is now being discussed by the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp., the Governor’s Covid-19 Task Force, private schools and Public School System, CHCC Chief Executive Officer Esther Muna said.
SUPERIOR Court Associate Judge Kenneth L. Govendo on Tuesday sentenced Barkin Mamo to a year in jail, but all suspended except for 28 days, after the defendant pleaded guilty to assault and battery.
AS of 3 p.m. yesterday, 18,250 voters had registered for the November midterm elections, Commonwealth Election Commission Executive Director Julita Villagomez said.
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.
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.
THE Commonwealth Utilities Corp. provides water service 24 hours a day, seven days a week, but some areas continue to experience water service interruption, CUC Executive Director Gary Camacho said.
(Press Release) — Most of the retail shops have been closed since March due to the pandemic, and locals have been having hard time finding a place to purchase special gifts for their loved ones, or a special reward for themselves.
(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 (The Guam Daily Post) — The governor's press conference on Monday regarding GovGuam fiscal year 2019 finances drew seething criticism from the island’s Republican Party.
(JKPL) — The Joeten-Kiyu Public Library is excited to announce 117 recently added ebooks from Baker & Taylor Axis 360 for the Saipan, Tinian, and Rota community.
SUPPORTERS of the Tan Holdings Football Club conducted a cleanup activity on Sunday morning at the Gov. Eloy S. Inos Peace Park in Puerto Rico.
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 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.
(NPS) — The National Park Service is pleased to announce the preliminary results of a special resource study of the island of Rota or Luta in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
KENOSHA, Wis. (Reuters) — President Donald Trump defied requests to stay away and visited Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Tuesday, not to urge racial healing after a white officer shot a Black man in the back but to express support for law enforcement in a city rocked by civil unrest.
HONG KONG — On July 21, two U.S Air Force B-1B bombers took off from Guam and headed west over the Pacific Ocean to the hotly contested South China Sea.
(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.
SENATE Republican candidate Karl King-Nabors of Tinian, in a letter to Gov. Ralph DLG Torres last week, tendered his resignation as the Tinian representative to the governor’s Covid-19 task force.
COMMUNITY volunteer Max Aguon’s family members and friends will join him in cleaning up beach sites this Saturday.
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.
THE Attorney General’s Office has asked the Superior Court to continue the sentencing of Jiang Hong Sheng even after he has fled the CNMI.
PRECINCT 1 Rep. Joseph Leepan T. Guerrero disagrees with the chief prosecutor’s comment that the new vandalism law “has become a serious problem.”
GOVERNOR Ralph DLG Torres on Tuesday reiterated his gratitude to community members for helping to keep the CNMI safe.
THE Office of Vocational Rehabilitation and the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp.-Community Guidance Center have signed a memorandum of agreement that aims to strengthen and effectively carry out the vocational rehabilitation program for people with disabilities.
THE Department of Public Lands is “respectfully” seeking the Legislature’s favorable and timely decision on the request of D&W Saipan Inc. for a 15-year extension of its land lease agreement with the CNMI government.
THE defendants in the four recently unsealed separate cases have pleaded not guilty to the charges.
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.
THE newly completed children's park on Capital Hill is now open to the public, Rep. Joel Camacho said.
OF the 245 business establishments inspected, 85 were found non-compliant with the Covid-19 safety regulations and two were shut down by the Governor’s Covid-19 Task Force — Kool Laundromat in Kagman III and Cheers Karaoke Bar in Garapan.
THE Public School System is seeking permission from the Governor’s Covid-19 Task Force to conduct face-to-face orientation for parents.
(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.
AN official from the United States Chamber of Commerce predicts an uphill climb for the travel and tourism industry.
MAJURO — Fisheries revenue for the Marshall Islands was forecast earlier this year to dive by as much as $4 million in 2020 because Covid-19’s impact on the movement of fishing vessels in the region.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — President Donald Trump on Monday sided with a 17-year old charged with killing two people during protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin, saying the accused gunman was trying to get away and would have been killed by demonstrators if he had not opened fire.
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.
TOKYO (Reuters) — Japan’s top government spokesman, Yoshihide Suga, has won the backing of the largest faction of the ruling party to become its next leader, public broadcaster NHK reported on Tuesday, making him a strong front-runner to become the next premier.
BRASILIA (Reuters) — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who has consistently downplayed the severity of the coronavirus outbreak, said on Monday that nobody will be forced to have the vaccine against the pandemic once it is developed.
HAGÅTÑA (JIC) — The Joint Information Center was notified that the island’s 11th, 12th, and 13th Covid-19-related fatalities occurred Tuesday.