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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

(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.

 

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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).

(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.

(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.

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.

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

(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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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 (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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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 (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.

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 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.

(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.

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.

(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) — 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.

(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.

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.

 

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.

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.

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