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HAGÅTÑA (JIC) —The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s 72nd Covid-19-related fatality occurred at the Guam Regional Medical City at approximately 10:25 p.m. Sunday night. The patient was a 28-year-old male with underlying health conditions complicated by Covid-19. He was admitted to GRMC on October 25 and tested positive upon admission.
HAGÅTÑA (Guam Homeland Security / Office of Civil Defense) — The National Weather Service Guam Weather Forecast Office on Monday issued a special weather statement for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan. A developing circulation is now about 250 miles south-southwest of Guam moving northwest around 10 mph.
OFFICE of the Public Auditor investigator Travis Hurst has resigned, and his last day at OPA was on Saturday, Oct. 24.
DISTRICT Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona on Thursday granted a conditional approval of the Imperial Pacific International LLC motion to deposit its investor’s funds.
HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — A woman convicted of attempting to smuggle $4.7 million in methamphetamine to Guam admitted that she used meth more than three times in the past year after she failed multiple drug tests.
FOUR individuals on Saturday received the 23rd Governor’s Humanities Award for their outstanding achievements and contributions to the humanities in the CNMI.
THE Public School System’s reopening survey shows that most parents will not send their children to school because they believe there is still a considerable risk of Covid-19 infection.
SECRETARY of Finance David DLG Atalig on Friday said about 9,600 taxpayers have been paid their tax refunds.
(IT&E) — Internet and landlines services in Marpi and San Roque were affected as a result of a cable cut made by Jaeda Construction, a Docomo Pacific subcontractor.
ON behalf of seven construction workers, attorney Aaron Halegua is requesting the District Court for the NMI to award them $30,517.80 in attorneys’ fees.
CNMI Supreme Court Associate Justice Perry B. Inos, Superior Court Presiding Judge Roberto C. Naraja and Associate Judge Kenneth L. Govendo received favorable evaluation from the CNMI Bar Association.
SAIPAN-BORN singer Erica Faye S. Tubera performed in a virtual show in New York called “Live from Quarantine,” Saturday morning local time.
HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — U.S. Coast Guard Sector Guam may get two new cutters, according to Robert C. O’Brien, national security adviser to the president.
THE House Committee on Federal and Foreign Affairs convened on Friday to discuss the governor’s proposed version of House Joint Resolution 21-8, which expresses the CNMI government stance on military training in the Commonwealth.
FOR sure there is a big difference between the Democrats and the Republicans which nobody can deny with the prevailing difference being that the Democrats in the CNMI have put forth a genuine pledge to do things FOR the People while the Republicans have only mounted gaslighting character assassination attacks FOR Republicans’ personal intentions of getting elected.
HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — At the age of 5, Edison Manaloto — now Dr. Manaloto — moved to Guam from the Philippines with his family and found opportunity in the public school system to gain an education that led to his earning both a bachelor's and a master's degree at the University of Guam where he graduated as valedictorian in 2006.
(Office of the CNMI Congressional Delegate) — Two veterans bills — S. 785 and H.R. 1812 — that include amendments introduced by U.S. Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan were signed into law last week.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — One of two Republican U.S. senators who had opposed the pre-election confirmation of President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Amy Coney Barrett, said on Saturday she would nevertheless vote to confirm Barrett.
HAGÅTÑA (JIC) — The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s 71st Covid-19-related fatality occurred at the Guam Regional Medical City at approximately 2:07 p.m. Saturday. The patient was a 67-year-old male with underlying health conditions that were compounded by Covid-19. He was admitted to GRMC on October 24 and tested positive upon admission.
HAGÅTÑA (JIC) —The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s 70th Covid-19-related fatality occurred at the Guam Memorial Hospital at approximately 4:50 a.m. Saturday. The patient was a 55-year-old male with underlying health conditions complicated by Covid-19. He was admitted to GMH on October 10 and was a known positive case.
PHILADELPHIA/GASTONIA, N.C. (Reuters) — Former President Barack Obama returned to the campaign trail on Wednesday with a blistering attack on Donald Trump with less than two weeks to go before the Republican president’s Election Day face-off with Democratic nominee Joe Biden.
(Press Release) — World Resort, Saipan residents’ nearest getaway, has opened its doors to the waterpark and buffet with a “splash.”
(BECQ) — The Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality has analyzed water samples collected from Saipan's east and south recreational beaches and Rota's recreational beaches and storm drainages this week.
POLICE have arrested Yaping She for attempting to assault a man with a box-cutter on Tuesday in Susupe.
THERE are no magic or special powers needed to turn adversity into prosperity just “educated analytical and creative thinking driven by the real factors.”
(MCS) — Through the effort of the campus minister and members of the theology department, the Mount Carmel School Chapel has reopened with new features to ensure compliance with the safety guidelines set by the CNMI Covid-19 Task Force and Mount Carmel School’s policies and procedures.
CHIEF Judge Ramona V. Manglona of the District Court for the NMI has granted the request of U.S. Probation Officer Greg Arriola to transfer probation jurisdiction of Ronnie Sanchez to the District Court of Guam.
(PIC-Saipan) — In view of increasing local demand, as well as to give back to local community, Pacific Islands Club Saipan is going to re-open its waterpark partially during the weekends (Saturdays and Sundays) beginning Oct. 24, 2020.
THE law imposing a $3 million regulatory fee is unconstitutional, Imperial Pacific International’s counsel stated in its affirmative defense filed with the Commonwealth Casino Commission on Wednesday.
THE $244 million awarded to the CNMI through the Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery Program will address the needs of the Commonwealth following the Typhoon Mangkhut and Super Typhoon Yutu disasters as stated in the action plan submitted by the Northern Marianas Housing Corp. in collaboration with the Office of the Governor.
PACIFIC Rim Land Development LLC has asked the federal court not to rely on the promises of Imperial Pacific International LLC.
A STOP-WORK order may be issued to Imperial Pacific International after the construction manager at the site failed to correct the violations of building safety code as ordered by the Department Public Works earlier this month.
CORRECTIONS Officer Brendon Atalig Manglona, 23, was arrested for assaulting his girlfriend.
ALMOST a month after issuing Executive Order No. 2020-21, which separates the Northern Marianas Housing Corp. from the Commonwealth Development Authority, Gov. Ralph DLG Torres appointed Tinian and Rota representatives to the NMHC and CDA boards of directors.
WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) — U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s campaign entered the final stretch of the race with a large cash advantage over President Donald Trump, disclosures filed with the Federal Election Commission showed on Tuesday.
ROME (Reuters) — Pope Francis has said that same-sex couples should be protected by civil union laws in the clearest language he has used on the rights of gay people, prompting praise from liberals and calls for urgent clarification from conservatives.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — Senate Republicans pledged to go ahead with a vote on Thursday on President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Amy Coney Barrett, despite Judiciary Committee Democrats pledging to boycott a proceeding that they called “a sham.”
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — The U.S. State Department has approved the potential sale of three weapons systems to Taiwan, including sensors, missiles and artillery that could have a total value of $1.8 billion, the Pentagon said on Wednesday.
EDUCATION Commissioner Alfred B. Ada said over 100 public school students have not registered for this school year or have registered already but have not been attending online or face-to-face classes.
THE Covid-19 pandemic will reduce the students’ ability to achieve their dreams, said Rep. Roman C. Benavente, chairman of the House Committee on Education.
AFTER a heated discussion on Tuesday, the Board of Education decided to follow the central government’s designation of Monday as no-work day under Public Law 21-35 or the Fiscal Year 2021 Appropriations Act.
“WE’RE in the 10th month of the impact on the tourism industry caused by the coronavirus, and there still isn’t a clear path forward as to the willingness of international travel and the demand for international travel to any destination, let alone the CNMI,” said Matthew Deleon Guerrero of the Governor’s Economic Council of Advisers.
(BECQ) — The Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality analyzed water samples collected from Tinian’s recreational beaches and storm water drainages this week as part of the regularly scheduled sampling.
(Press Release) — The Governor’s Council of Economic Advisers sees the strategic acquisition of grants for infrastructure improvement and related projects as a significant contribution of Gov. Ralph DLG Torres’ administration toward getting the CNMI economy back into shape.
THE Micronesian Islands Nature Alliance recently received a monetary donation from Salty Skin Pacific to support MINA’s mission of empowering communities for conservation.
ATTORNEY Anthony Aguon said Superior Court Judge Joseph N. Camacho has made no clear error in his order for tangible materials in a sexual abuse of a minor case.
SALT LAKE CITY, Ut. (University of Utah) — Seongbin Heo of Saipan is among the 4,483 students who make up the largest and most diverse freshman class in the University of Utah's history.
NOW that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has approved $244 million in Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery or CDBG-DR assistance for the CNMI, the Commonwealth has begun preliminary work on the projects.
(DPL) — The Department of Public Lands is pleased to inform the general public that it will lift the moratorium on the issuance of temporary Agricultural Grazing Permits or AGPs for Saipan and will be accepting applications in November.
(DPS) — On Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, the driver’s written testing center will be closed from 7:30 a.m. through 12:30 p.m. for staff training and will resume services at 1 p.m. that day.
THE Office of the Attorney General has charged Youlin Zhou of assault with a dangerous weapon and strangulation.
TENELA W. Peter was arrested by the Department of Public Safety for assaulting a police officer while she was heavily intoxicated.
TAMUNING, Guam (Press Release) — Docomo Pacific, regional leader in innovation, telecommunications, & entertainment, donates 10 mobile handsets to the University of Guam’s call center of contact tracers.
DEDEDO, Guam (U.S. Marine Corps) — Marine Corps Base Camp Blaz officially began the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots campaign in Guam and the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands.
(Press Release) — The National Youth Movement for the West Philippine Sea or NYMWPS, a peaceful transglobal group that advocates for the preservation of Philippines; territorial sovereignty and integrity, would like to invite members of the public to its 2nd Virtual West Philippine Sea Forum on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Manila time or 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Marianas time.
FRED C. Camacho said he found a World War II-era Japanese tunnel in Puerto Rico in early 2015 while searching for a rumored mini submarine access tunnel that the Japanese forces built near the Tanapag harbor.
PALIKIR, Pohnpei (FSM Information Services) — David W. Panuelo, president of the Federated States of Micronesia, conducted recently the oath of office ceremony for Samson Pretrick, director of the FSM Office of Personnel.
HAGÅTÑA (JIC) —The Joint Information Center was notified of two additional Covid-19-related fatalities.
CNMI Department of Labor Secretary Vicky I. Benavente said as of Friday, Oct. 16, over $136 million in Pandemic Unemployment Assistance funds have been distributed on the three main islands.
GOVERNOR Ralph DLG. Torres and Lt. Gov. Arnold I. Palacios on Tuesday announced the nomination of former Speaker Joseph P. Deleon Guerrero as the new secretary of Community and Cultural Affairs, succeeding Robert Hunter who is now the senior policy advisor for the Office of the Governor.
THE Governor’s Covid-19 Task Force chairman, Warren Villagomez, on Tuesday shared updates regarding the CNMI’s fight against the global pandemic.
TWO more individuals have tested positive for Covid-19, raising the total confirmed cases in the CNMI to 88, the Governor’s Covid-19 Task Force and the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. said on Tuesday.
HOUSE Committee on Federal and Foreign Affairs Chairman Luis John Castro has invited Gov. Ralph DLG Torres to a meeting on Friday to discuss the chief executive’s proposed version of House Joint Resolution 21-8, which expresses the CNMI government stance on military training in the Commonwealth.
BOARD of Education member Phillip Mendiola-Long of Tinian resigned on Tuesday.
OF the 29 members of the 21st Legislature, only six — four in the House and two in the Senate — have never missed a session.
AFTER reading the news about the illegal dumping at the Chalan Kanoa cemetery, the USNS Soderman will donate 20 used 55-gallon drums that can be used as trash bins.
PACIFIC International Property Management LLC will provide financial assistance to Imperial Pacific International LLC, according to Wenqiang Zou, PIPM managing member.
(BECQ) — The Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality analyzes water samples collected from Saipan’s recreational beaches and storm drainages every Tuesday.
SUPERIOR Court Presiding Judge Roberto C. Naraja has sentenced Michael Lee Borja to one-year imprisonment, but all suspended except 30 days, for hitting the defendant’s then-12-year-old daughter.
KOROR (Island Times/Pacnews) — The Palau Election Commission has mailed out 2,253 absentee ballots to Palauan citizens abroad for the Nov. 3 general elections.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — The final debate between Republican President Donald Trump and Democratic rival Joe Biden will feature a mute button to allow each candidate to speak uninterrupted, organizers said on Monday, looking to avoid the disruptions that marred the first matchup.
BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) — Argentina has become the fifth country in the world to exceed one million coronavirus cases, its health ministry said on Monday, making it the smallest nation by far to reach the grim milestone after infections accelerated in recent weeks.
MANILA (AP) — The Philippine president has said he has no problem with being held responsible for the many killings under his anti-drugs crackdown, adding that he was ready to face charges that could land him in jail, though not charges of crimes against humanity.
KARACHI, Pakistan (Reuters) — Tens of thousands of opposition supporters rallied in Pakistan’s largest city of Karachi on Sunday as part of a campaign to oust Prime Minister Imran Khan, who they accuse of being installed by the military in a rigged election two years ago.
BANGKOK (Reuters) — Hands point above head = need umbrella; Hands held over head = need helmet; Hands crossed over chest = enough supplies here.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday allowed an extension of the deadline for mail-in absentee ballots in Pennsylvania for the Nov. 3 elections, declining a Republican request to block a lower court’s ruling that gave voters more time.
HAGÅTÑA (JIC) — The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s 67th Covid-19-related fatality occurred at the Guam Regional Medical City at approximately 6:27 a.m. Tuesday. The patient was a 72-year-old male. He was admitted to GRMC on October 20 and tested positive upon admission.
THE Public School System’s implementation of the hybrid learning model will be a challenge to everyone in the community, according to the chairman of the House Committee on Education.
THE U.S. president is chosen by an electoral college whose members are selected by voters in the 50 states and the District of Columbia.
SAIPAN Mayor David M. Apatang on Friday said his office has recalled its 11 furloughed employees.
THE House leadership on Monday agreed to extend the contract of Legislative Bureau Director Antonio “Tony” Sablan to January 31, 2021.
IMPERIAL Pacific International, LLC is requesting the federal court to allow its investor to deposit $5,599,975 in a CNMI bank to secure the payment of judgment issued by the court in favor of Pacific Rim Land Development, LLC.
(Commonwealth Utilities Corp.) — There will be a scheduled power interruption on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for the Kagman 3 Phase 3 area.
COMMONWEALTH Election Commission administrative officer Kayla Igitol on Monday said all polling booths are sanitized and cleaned as part of the government’s Covid-19 directives.
HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — Guam Department of Labor Director David Dell'Isola told the Rotary Club of Guam on Thursday that an enormous number of fraudsters are attacking not just the federal unemployment aid system but other programs as well, so he asked for public vigilance and patience.
HAGÅTÑA (Guam Commission on Decolonization/Office of the Governor of Guam) — In a phone interview on Oct. 1, 2020 with Sean Hannity of Fox News, President Donald Trump expressed his opposition to granting statehood to U.S. territories like Guam, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia (Washington D.C.).
THE Public School System will receive $5 million more local funds this fiscal year than it did in FY 2020, Finance Secretary David DLG Atalig said.
MERCURY GSE, a California ground handling equipment company, has asked the District Court for the NMI to dismiss the lawsuit of Aero Micronesia, doing business as Asia Pacific Airlines.
COMMUNITY volunteer Max Aguon is again asking members of the public to cooperate in maintaining the cleanliness of the Chalan Kanoa cemetery and Sugar Dock.
CARSON CITY, Nevada/DURHAM, N.C. (Reuters) — President Donald Trump implored supporters in Nevada on Sunday to cast ballots early in a state he narrowly lost in 2016, while Democrat Joe Biden urged North Carolina residents to “go vote today,” as the final presidential debate looms later this week.
PAPE'ETE (RNZ Pacific/Pacnews) — French Polynesia's former President Gaston Flosse has tested positive for Covid-19, prompting a deferral of appeal court hearing.
(Reuters) — Worldwide coronavirus cases crossed 40 million on Monday, according to a Reuters tally, as the onset of winter in the northern hemisphere fueled a resurgence in the spread of the disease.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Sunday that differences remained with President Donald Trump’s administration on a wide-ranging coronavirus relief package but that she was optimistic legislation could be pushed through before Election Day.
MANILA (AP) — Philippine left-wing groups on Friday criticized the treatment of a detained activist who was allowed by a Manila court to attend her baby’s burial but was forced to wear handcuffs and a sweltering protective suit and was heavily guarded by armed escorts as she quietly wept.
BRIAN Galang Lizama has admitted that he impersonated his brother and made a series of withdrawals amounting to $30,000 from his brother’s Bank of Guam account.
THE Office of the Mayor of Saipan held a groundbreaking ceremony on Friday for the new multifunctional animal shelter building that is to be constructed on the As Perdido agriculture station property.
GOVERNOR Ralph DLG Torres and Lt. Gov. Arnold I. Palacios on Friday announced the approval by the federal government of the $244 million Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery Action Plan for the CNMI.
(DPS) — On Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, at about 12:39 p.m., the Department of Public Safety received a 911 call reporting an overdue swimmer at Fishing Base, Garapan.
THE bill allowing the government to issue temporary business permits became law without the signature of Gov. Ralph DLG Torres on Wednesday last week.
GOVERNOR Ralph DLG Torres and Lt. Gov. Arnold I. Palacios on Friday led the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Philippine Consulate Support Office at Sun Palace Hotel in San Jose.
(Office of the Governor) — Gov. Ralph DLG Torres and Lt. Gov. Arnold I. Palacios issued the following statement on the passing of former Palau President Kuniwo Nakamura:
THE federal court did not revoke the supervised release of Vickilyn Manglona Teregeyo who admitted to violating the conditions of her probation.
WHY can’t we fix this planet?
(Commonwealth Utilities Corp.) — There will be a scheduled water service interruption on Fridav, Oct. 23, 2020 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the Kagman, Papago, San Vicente, Upper Dandan and Obyan areas.
PACIFIC Rim Land Development LLC is requesting the federal court to issue an order authorizing the sale of Imperial Pacific International LLC’s gaming machines and vehicles with a total estimated value of $3 million.
THE Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. and the Governor’s CNMI Covid-19 Task Force on Saturday reported six more confirmed cases of Covid-19, bringing the islands’ total cases to 86 since reporting started in March.
(U.S. Department of Justice) — U.S. Attorney Shawn N. Anderson announces the assignment of assistant U.S. attorneys to lead the efforts of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in connection with the Justice Department’s nationwide Election Day Program for the upcoming Nov 3, 2020, general elections.
HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — The staff at the Underground Dungeon, a specialty party gift retail store that offers a wide range of Halloween items every year, is keeping their doors open while they can during the pandemic.
THE CNMI Bar Association has adopted procedures to evaluate this year’s judicial candidates for retention: local Supreme Court Associate Justice Perry B. Inos, Superior Court Presiding Judge Roberto C. Naraja and Associate Judge Kenneth L. Govendo.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) — Former Vice President Joe Biden won a TV ratings battle with President Donald Trump as the two held competing town halls with voters just weeks ahead of the Nov. 3 election, according to Nielsen ratings data released on Friday.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — The Chinese government has warned Washington it may detain Americans in China in response to the Justice Department’s prosecution of Chinese military-affiliated scholars, the Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday.
MANILA (Reuters) — Jailed Philippine activist Reina Mae Nasino wanted to hold her three-month-old daughter for the last time before she was laid to rest on Friday but she could not.
MANILA/BEIJING (Reuters) — The Philippine energy secretary said on Friday the government’s decision to lift a six-year-old moratorium on oil and gas exploration in the South China Sea was a unilateral move, as China said it hoped the nations could work together on projects.
JANESVILLE, Wis./WILMINGTON, Del. (Reuters) — President Donald Trump, who played down the coronavirus pandemic from its onset, criticized Michigan’s Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Saturday for her policies to curb the outbreak, drawing shouts of “lock her up” from a rally crowd.
HAGÅTÑA (JIC) —The Joint Information Center was notified of Guam’s 64th, 65th and 66th fatalities.
HAGÅTÑA (JIC) —The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s 63rd Covid-19-related fatality occurred at the Guam Memorial Hospital at approximately 5:49 a.m. Friday. The patient was a 51-year-old male with underlying comorbidities that were compounded by Covid-19. He was admitted to GMH on September 4 and was a known positive case.
THE preliminary hearing for a defendant in a sexual abuse of a minor case has been suspended, chief prosecutor John Bradley said.
“I NOTE that the budget was not actually passed until after midnight on October 1, thus forcing the lt. governor, the attorney general, and my staff to review the budget bill overnight so that I could sign the budget, avoid a government shutdown, and permit government employees to report to work that morning,” Gov. Ralph DLG Torres said in his letter explaining the line-items he voted when he signed the fiscal year 2021 bill into law.
DISTRICT Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona has granted the request of seven construction workers to order Gold Mantis Construction Decoration (CNMI) LLC to produce discovery materials in their lawsuit alleging labor and other violations.
HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero on Wednesday said Guam is "now struggling to control" the second surge in Covid-19 cases as it modified quarantine rules and began reopening the economy.
KOROR (Pacific Island Times/Pacnews) — Palau is mourning the passing of former President Kuniwo Nakamura on Oct. 14. He was 76.
(Press Release) — Bank of Guam’s LIFE Teen Expo project has been awarded $3,000 as a runner up for the 2020 Strong Communities Award sponsored by the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines (FHLB Des Moines).
THE Indigenous Affairs Office will conduct a public forum on Oct. 21 and 23 at the Rota mayor’s office from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and at the Sinapalo Youth Center from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. to present and explain the National Parks Service options for historical sites on Rota.
CNMI Homeland Security and Emergency Management, in collaboration with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program, held “The Great CNMI ShakeOut” on Thursday to practice safety measures in case of an earthquake.
THE front-page of Marianas Variety’s Sept. 29, 1977 issue was packed with big news.
THE $1.3 million provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security or CARES Act and disaster supplemental funds will allow the Division of Youth Services to continue providing services to the community, DYS Administrator Vivian Sablan said.
(BECQ) — The Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality analyzes water samples collected from Saipan's east and south recreational beaches and Rota's recreational beaches and storm drainages this week as part of the regularly scheduled sampling.
THE Northern Marianas Humanities Council, the Office of the Mayor of Tinian and Aguiguan and the Office of Indigenous Affairs have joined forces to bring Humanities Week to Tinian this month.
(MCS) — Mount Carmel School’s graduating class of 2021 is determined to finish their high school career strong and secure their plans after graduation.
SUPERIOR Court Presiding Judge Roberto C. Naraja has sentenced Allan Aguon Lifoifoi, 38, to 15 years imprisonment to be served day by day.
(Office of the Governor) — The Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality-Division of Environmental Quality announces the availability for public review and comment of the proposed amendment to the pesticide regulations published September 28, 2020, in Volume 42 of the Commonwealth Register.
WHEN it comes to maintaining one’s health, eating right is one of the biggest challenges one faces, Gold's Gym personal trainer and nutritionist Jerry Diaz said.
JDS Kashima, a training ship of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, is visiting Saipan for the first time, Japan Consul Kazuhiko Ono said.
COMMONWEALTH Casino Commission acting Executive Director Andrew Yeom filed last week a complaint against Imperial Pacific International for its failure to pay the annual $3 million regulatory fee.
THE Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. reported on Thursday evening that three additional individuals had been confirmed positive for Covid-19. This brings to 80 the total number of Covid-19 cases in the CNMI since March.
GOVERNOR Ralph DLG Torres on Wednesday resubmitted to the House Committee on Federal and Foreign Relations a proposed substitute version of House Resolution 21-8 pertaining to the CNMI government’s position on U.S. military activities in the Commonwealth.
(CHCC) — In September, the Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation’s Environmental Health Disease Prevention conducted sanitary inspections on retail, eating and drinking establishments.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Amy Coney Barrett, said on Wednesday it was an “open question” whether Trump could pardon himself and added that the top U.S. judicial body “can’t control” whether a president obeys its decisions.
MANILA (Reuters) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Wednesday his government has the money to procure coronavirus vaccines but he would need more as he wants to inoculate the country’s entire population.
PARIS (Reuters) — French President Emmanuel Macron ordered a third of France’s population be put under nightly curfew on Wednesday to tackle a surging second wave of the coronavirus, saying now was not the time for conviviality.
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) — Facebook and Twitter cast doubt on a New York Post story that made claims about Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s son, taking proactive steps to restrict dissemination of the story in the hours after it was published on Wednesday.
GENEVA/ZURICH (Reuters) — The World Health Organization on Wednesday warned against any complacency in the coronavirus death rate, saying with the increasing number of cases, mortality would also rise.
(BECQ) — The Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality analyzes water samples collected from Saipan's west coast recreational beaches and storm drainages every week.
THE U.S. Attorney’s Office has charged Jesse Reyes Babauta, Noribel Adao Mendez, and Mary Rose Chelo Herradura with one count of conspiracy to possess methamphetamine or “ice” with intent to distribute.
(Commonwealth Utilities Corp.) — There will be a scheduled power service interruption on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020 from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. for the areas of Garapan-Kristo Rai Church, Upper Miha, Best Sunshine hotel and the northern side of China Town.
LIEUTENANT Gov. Arnold I. Palacios on Wednesday led the ribbon-cutting ceremony that marked the official opening of the new Division of Youth Services office in Kagman.
THE federal court on Tuesday unsealed an indictment against Michael Rosal Benavente who was charged with two counts of wire fraud for selling real estate properties he does not own.
(MINA) — Micronesia Islands Nature Alliance held a virtual Orientation Workshop for their Schools for Environmental Conservation or SFEC on October 3, 2020 with this year’s theme focusing on climate change.
(MVA) — A Marianas-theme flight departing from and returning to Incheon International Airport on Oct. 25, 2020, has sold out on its first day of sale in Korea, emphasizing the market’s renewed interest in travel.
GOVERNOR Ralph DLG Torres on Wednesday renewed his declaration of state of public health emergency and continued declaration of state of significant emergency establishing response, quarantine, and preventive containment measures concerning Covid-19.
HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — When Terry Cutshaw and his wife Chikako turned the Charcoal Guam brand into a maker of handcrafted bath and beauty items in August 2019, they envisioned that their products would be in some local retail stores' shelves by now.
SUPERIOR Court Associate Judge Wesley Bogdan on Tuesday found probable cause to charge Florencio Quitugua Richards with assault and battery, tampering with vehicle (criminal mischief), and disturbing the peace.
BOARD of Education Chairwoman Janice A. Tenorio on Wednesday vowed to continue working closely with the Torres administration to ensure the Public School System will not have payless paydays.
THE renovation of major tourist sites on the island initiated by the government continues with the help of non-government organizations and the private sector Gov. Ralph DLG Torres said on Tuesday.
THE Office of the Mayor of Saipan will hold a groundbreaking ceremony on Friday for the new multifunctional animal shelter building in As Perdido.
(DPS) — The CNMI Department of Public Safety has been made recently aware of a social media post regarding a murderer on the loose in Chalan Kanoa. This post is false and misleading.
HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — Tango Theatres is permanently closing its movie theaters at the Agana Shopping Center because of the prolonged Covid-19 shutdown and the lack of new feature films available in this time of the pandemic, according to Tango Theatres general manager Kit Lanuza.
THE Public School System, in collaboration with IT&E and the Department of Community and Cultural Affairs-Division of Youth Services, is providing its students with high-speed internet services, Education Commissioner Alfred B. Ada said.
FINANCE Secretary David DLG Atalig on Wednesday said the first batch of tax refunds will be released this week.
THE Office of the Attorney General’s Criminal Division has asked the CNMI Supreme Court to review the recent order of Associate Judge Joseph N. Camacho in a sexual abuse of a minor case.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Amy Coney Barrett, said on Tuesday she gave no commitments to the White House on how she would rule on Obamacare or election-related cases and declined to say if she believed landmark rulings legalizing abortion and gay marriage were properly decided.
ZURICH/BERLIN (Reuters) — Countries straining to contain a second wave of Covid-19 are turning to faster, cheaper but less accurate tests to avoid the delays and shortages that have plagued efforts to diagnose and trace those infected quickly.
MANILA (Reuters) — The Philippines’ armed forces chief gave his assurance on Tuesday that a telecom firm part-owned by a Chinese state company posed no national security threat, and said equipment it will install in army camps will be tightly scrutinized.
JOHNSTOWN, Pa./PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. (Reuters) — President Donald Trump and Democratic rival Joe Biden fanned out to critical battleground states on Tuesday as the presidential race entered a final, intense phase amid record numbers of early votes cast.
THE common-law wife of Jesus Borja Santos said he slapped and choked her for a full minute on Sunday.
THE number of weekly commercial aircraft landings at the Francisco C. Ada/Saipan International Airport has gone down to three from 65, Commonwealth Ports Authority Executive Director Christopher Tenorio said.
THE Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality-Division of Coastal Resources Management on Tuesday said the most collected debris during the 2020 International Coastal Cleanup in the CNMI were cigarette butts.
GOVERNOR Ralph DLG Torres on Tuesday urged registered voters to cast their ballots now that the early voting period for Saipan and the Northern Islands has started.
OTHER than one voter going to the wrong polling site, there was no major issue encountered at the Kagman Community Center, a polling supervisor said Tuesday afternoon.
REGARDING the reopening of the Northern Marianas Technical Institute, Gov. Ralph DLG Torres on Tuesday said that he is still awaiting the transition report from the trade school.
(CNMI Judiciary) — This is to inform the general public that the Superior Court will be hearing all traffic arraignment cases every Thursday at 9 a.m. in Courtroom 101 of the Horiguchi Building in Garapan starting Oct. 15, 2020.
FOR every clever, crafty and corrupt elected official, being opportunistic is an option.
ALTHOUGH the CNMI is doing well in keeping the community safe from an outbreak of Covid-19, the islands are still at risk “as long as there are travelers coming in,” Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. Chief Executive Officer Esther L. Muna said.
THE Lions Clubs International District 204, Region 2 on Saturday cleaned up Sugar Dock beach.
HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — Family gatherings are the reason behind most of the island's Covid-19 positive cases, according to the chairman of the governor's physicians advisory group.
GOVERNOR Ralph DLG Torres on Tuesday said with many businesses already reopening , the CNMI appears to be moving toward Community Vulnerability Level Green, which is the safest in the community vulnerability chart.
(DPS) — On Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020, at about 12:30 a.m., an officer was conducting routine patrol in Chalan Kanoa when she noticed a group of individuals walking on the roadway.
SUPERIOR Court Associate Judge Kenneth L. Govendo has ordered Fernando Cadag Jr. to report to the Department of Corrections on Nov. 20 to serve his sentence, which was imposed on Tuesday.
HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — A man convicted in a case involving 35 grams of meth and 1.5 grams cocaine was spared from having to spend another day in prison following his sentencing hearing in the Superior Court of Guam on Monday.
HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — This year was supposed to be a great one for American Music.
HAGÅTÑA (JIC) — The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s 61st Covid-19-related fatality occurred at the Guam Memorial Hospital at approximately 3:15 p.m. Tuesday.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden pulled further ahead of President Donald Trump in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, building momentum in two states that could decide the winner of November’s election, Reuters/Ipsos opinion polls showed on Monday.
LONDON (Reuters) — The British government may have to impose stricter restrictions than it currently has if the second wave of the novel coronavirus accelerates in high risk areas, Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick said on Tuesday.
BAKU/YEREVAN (Reuters) — Azerbaijan and ethnic Armenian forces accused each other on Monday of launching new attacks in and around Nagorno-Karabakh, increasing strains on a two-day-old humanitarian ceasefire intended to end heavy fighting over the mountain enclave.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — Democratic senators including vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris on Monday painted President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett as a threat to the Obamacare healthcare law during a deadly pandemic and denounced the Republican drive to approve her before the Nov. 3 U.S. election.
PARIS (Reuters) — French government minister Marlene Schiappa said on Tuesday the government could not rule out imposing a curfew on cities such as Paris to curb the spread of Covid-19.
MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer, The Philippine Star) — A day after President Rodrigo Duterte’s spokesman told reporters that the chief executive was fed up with the squabbling of his allies in the House of Representatives, a majority of its member elected a new speaker, Lord Allan Velasco.
HAVANA (Reuters) — Cuba’s economic minister on Monday urged calm as the government prepares to unify its dual currency system and multiple exchange rates in hopes of improving economic performance.
MANILA (The Philippine Star) — The pro-administration faction supporting Rep. Lord Allan Velasco was pushing to unseat another pro-administration lawmaker, Alan Peter Cayetano, as speaker of the House of Representatives by declaring the position vacant.
BECAUSE of a major electrical fault on the Feeder 1 circuit fronting the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp., an islandwide power outage was experienced by Saipan residents in the early morning hours of Oct. 12, Commonwealth Cultural Day.
A SUCCESSFUL partnership between Inas’ Kitchen and Triple J’s Payless SuperFresh & Truckload Store resulted in a best-selling menu item that helped the church-based charitable group Karidat aid those in need.
THE Public School System will observe its first austerity Friday for the new school year this week.
COMMUNITY volunteer Max Aguon said a concerned local resident informed him about three containers of used cooking oil dumped in the Aquarius beach area on Sunday.
DISTRICT Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona said Imperial Pacific International LLC has no 5th Amendment right to self-incrimination as she denied its request to suspend the court proceedings in the lawsuit of seven construction workers who have alleged labor and other violations.
SPEAKER Blas Jonathan Attao will inform Gov. Ralph DLG Torres this week about the vacancy in the House of Representatives following the resignation of former House Minority Leader Edwin Propst of Precinct 1.
TODAY, October 13, early voting begins for the third senatorial district — Saipan and the Northern Islands.
REPRESENTATIVE Joel Camacho of Precinct 4 has been collaborating with the Office of the Mayor of Saipan in repairing the Tanapag Beach roadways.
SENATE Vice President Jude U. Hofschneider is hoping that IT&E will provide free data to Public School System students and teachers using distance learning platforms.
FORMER Speaker Pedro “Paduna” R. Deleon Guerrero said the CNMI has a “leaking” economy.
PAGO PAGO (Samoa News/Pacnews) — In a memo issued Friday, American Samoa's Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga ordered that all cabinet members, who are “actively criticizing the work of the administration” submit their resignations or, he will act accordingly.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — U.S. Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett will tell senators in her high-stakes confirmation hearing this week that she will approach cases based on the law, not her personal views, as Democrats urged her to step aside on an upcoming challenge to the Obamacare law and any potential election-related disputes.
LONDON (Reuters) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was expected to announce new measures to tackle a growing coronavirus crisis on Monday, moving to work more closely with local leaders from England’s worst affected areas.
ATLANTA Ga. (Reuters) — The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Sunday reported 7,694,865 cases of new coronavirus, an increase of 53,363 cases from its previous count, and said that the number of deaths had risen by 577 to 213,614.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — Democrat Jaime Harrison of South Carolina raised a stunning $57 million in the third quarter of 2020 in his bid to unseat U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, his campaign said on Sunday, smashing the quarterly record for a Senate candidate.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — Top U.S. infectious diseases expert Dr. Anthony Fauci said on Sunday he had not agreed to be featured in an ad by President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign and that his comments were taken out of context.
PAPEETE (RNZ Pacific/Pacnews) — French Polynesia's president Edouard Fritch says he tested positive for Covid-19 on his return from France.
FRANKFURT (Reuters) — Germany should continue capping the number of people allowed at gatherings and clamp down on unnecessary travel as the country battles rising coronavirus infections, an aide to Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Sunday.
SEOUL (Reuters) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un watched tens of thousands of dancers, gymnasts and other performers in a large-scale celebration on Sunday of the 75th anniversary of the founding of the ruling Workers’ Party.
TAIPEI/BEIJING (Reuters) — Taiwan’s government has denounced China, citing entrapment and manipulation, after Chinese state television aired a documentary showing a Taiwanese citizen confessing to visiting Hong Kong to support anti-government protesters there.
(Commonwealth Utilities Corp.) — At 3:38 a.m. Monday morning, CUC experienced a major electrical fault on the Feeder 1 circuit fronting the Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation. The fault caused an electrical surge, which tripped the Power Plant 1 station service and also the Aggreko Plant, causing under voltage at PP1 triggering the protective devices resulting in an island wide power outage.
MAJURO — The Marshall Islands public school lunch program is the big winner in a revised FY2021 national budget that went into effect last week.
CNMI Rep. Ivan Blanco joined Guam Sen. Kelly Marsh-Taitano on Friday participated in a virtual discussion on the benefits of breadfruit, a plant that has existed in the Pacific isles for generations.
TWO individuals have been confirmed positive for Covid-19, bringing the total number of cases in the CNMI to 77 since March, the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. announced on Saturday.
SUPERIOR COURT Associate Judge Joseph N. Camacho on Friday denied the request of Christino Selkor for bail modification.
HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — Six U.S. citizens living in Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands have filed a federal lawsuit challenging federal and state laws that deny them the right to vote for president and voting representation in Congress because they live in U.S. territories and in foreign countries.
(IT&E) — With the shift of the learning landscape and families now choosing remote learning for their children during the Covid-19 crisis, IT&E announced it is providing free access to online learning platforms for students and teachers.
(CNMI Judiciary) — Beginning mid-October, the front entryway of the Guma’ Hustisia in Susupe will undergo construction for a Covid-19 Screening and Security Zone or SSZ.
SOROPTOMIST International of the Northern Mariana Islands on Saturday celebrated women "Rising Above the Storm" and awarded the 2020 "Live Your Dream" winner, Christine Fereti, at the Fiesta Resort Hibiscus Hall.
HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — While some restaurants on Guam are now able to offer alfresco, or outdoor, dining to help boost sales, other establishments are still trying to tread water and keep business afloat with curbside and pickup service only.
VICENTE Castro Camacho, who is one of the Democratic Party’s Precinct 3 House candidates, is advocating for a new CNMI retirement system which he said is “absolutely doable.”
THE direct descendants of Chief Agruhubw on Saturday celebrated his legacy on Managaha where he is buried.
A FORMER instructor of Northern Marianas College, Dr. William “Bill” Bingham, 82, died on Oct. 5, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
(CUC) — The Commonwealth Utilities Corp. regularly performs tree-trimming and vegetation control around its power transmission and distribution infrastructure in order to minimize the chance of a power interruption during any kind of environmental event, typhoon, high winds, and heavy rains.
(Press Release) — Rota has answered the call for support for the CNMI’s destination enhancement campaign.
THE central government’s funding obligation to the Public School System is 25% of the total revenue collected, and not projected, Finance Secretary David DLG Atalig said.
(Commonwealth Utilities Corp.) — There will be a scheduled water service interruption scheduled for Monday, October 12, 2020 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. for customers in the following areas: Capital Hill 1200 Block, Isa Drive from the Retirement Building south toward the Kagman Road intersection to include the Talafofo and Egigi Drive.
HERE at the column, we have kept an eye on the declining cruise industry.
THE courtrooms recently vacated by the District Court for the NMI at the Horiguchi Building in Garapan were leased by the CNMI judiciary for three months, building accountant Nita San Nicolas said.
ERIE, Pa. (Reuters) — Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said on Saturday “the only way” he could lose to President Donald Trump was through “chicanery,” before clarifying that he will accept the election result.
SAO PAULO (Reuters) — Brazil registered 559 additional coronavirus deaths over the last 24 hours and 26,749 new cases, the nation’s Health Ministry said on Saturday.
MANILA (Reuters) — The foreign ministers of Philippines and China reaffirmed their countries’ strong relations on Saturday, Manila said, amid bilateral tensions over the South China Sea.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — President Donald Trump appeared back to his old self on Saturday as he addressed supporters at the White House in his first public event since being diagnosed with Covid-19 and his doctor said he was no longer a transmission risk.
HAGÅTÑA (JIC) — The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s 60th Covid-19-related fatality occurred at the Guam Memorial Hospital at approximately 3:51 a.m. Sunday. The patient was a 60-year-old male with underlying health conditions that were compounded by Covid-19. He was admitted to GMH on October 3 and tested positive upon admission.
HAGÅTÑA (JIC) —The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s 59th Covid-19-related fatality occurred at the Guam Memorial Hospital at approximately 2:13 p.m. Saturday, The patient was a 73-year-old male with underlying health conditions that were compounded by Covid-19. He was admitted to GMH on September 26. The patient was confirmed as a positive case earlier that day through the Department of Public Health and Social Services.
THE Commonwealth Zoning Board on Wednesday approved three of the four applications for cannabis farming.
CNMI Republican Party President James A. Ada on Thursday described Rep. Tina Sablan’s Facebook article that criticizes the GOP’s “legacy of chaos” as a “continuance of her effort to fracture the [local] community.”
CNMI Scholarship Office Administrator Rose Pangelinan Camacho, 47, passed away on Thursday. She died of natural causes, Variety learned.
THE CNMI Lottery Commission on Thursday voted to defer for six months Imperial Pacific International’s contribution to the community benefit fund that was due on Oct. 1.
(NMC) — Northern Marianas College Beta Lambda Psi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa or PTK International Honor Society recently celebrated the induction of 72 new members into the Chapter, the second largest induction ceremony recorded in NMC’s history.
CHIEF prosecutor John Bradley is accusing Superior Court Associate Judge Joseph N. Camacho of violating the CNMI Constitution by usurping the local Supreme Court chief justice’s authority to propose rule changes.
SUPERIOR Court Associate Judge Joseph N. Camacho has sentenced Vicente Sablan Basa to one-year imprisonment, but all suspended except for 90 days after the defendant pled guilty to theft of vehicle.
(BECQ) — The Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality conducted a “resample” of the beach water at CK District #2 Drain, and analyzed water samples collected from Rota's recreational beaches and storm drainages this week.
(JKPL) — To better serve the community during the Covid-19 pandemic, the Joeten-Kiyu Public Library continues to provide free Wi-Fi and access to virtual learning resources to the Saipan, Tinian, and Rota community.
AS a matter of law, the Public School System is not entitled to a summary judgment, NMI Settlement Fund attorneys Joyce Tang and Nicole Torres-Ripple told the CNMI Superior Court.
(Office of the CNMI Congressional Delegate) — Despite President Trump’s order to end negotiation over new pandemic relief legislation, U.S. Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan said Thursday he believes there will be an agreement, because the need for aid to individuals, businesses, and states and territories is not going away.
FAMILIES, friends and couples can enjoy quality time at Kensington Hotel, which offers an affordable but luxurious “getaway” package, its sales and marketing manager Katy Hung said.
The following is the text of the author’s statement to the Lottery Commission during its meeting on Thursday.
(CNMI Judiciary) — In line with public laws for legal holidays and the fiscal year 2021 budget for government operations, judiciary offices will be closed for the remainder of 2020 as follows:
DEDEDO, Guam (U.S. Department of Labor) — After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division or WHD, a janitorial and ground maintenance services company and federal contractor in Guam will pay $22,648 to workers for violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act and the McNamara-O’Hara Service Contract Act.
(CUC) — The Commonwealth Utilities Corp. said an emergency power service interruption occurred Thursday at 9:22 a.m., which affected Kiya 2, 3, 4 and Feeder 4 and Feeder 7.
THE entire CNMI is invited to attend an Extraordinary and FREE Film Festival on “the Origins & Evolution of Racism in America” at the MHS Gym this weekend starting at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Amistad and the Mini-series of ROOTS are the two classic films with Grammy winning actors that are full of adventure, chills, action and drama that will surely entertain the audience.
DISTRICT Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona has denied the request of federal inmates Francisco N. Basa and Edwin P. Blas to proceed without paying court fees in the complaint they filed, alleging violations of their constitutional rights.
HAGÅTÑA (Office of the Governor of Guam) — Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands are working together to combat Covid-19.
THE Fifth (and last) Marianas District Legislature convened in January 1977 at what is now the Guma Sakman (former 4-H) building in Susupe.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — The U.S. national security adviser warned China on Wednesday against any attempt to take Taiwan by force, saying amphibious landings were notoriously difficult and there was a lot of ambiguity about how the United States would respond.
GENEVA (Reuters) — The Philippines pledged on Wednesday to cooperate with the United Nations on human rights issues after U.N. investigators documented tens of thousands of killings in the so-called war on drugs whose perpetrators were treated with “near impunity.”
SALT LAKE CITY (Reuters) — Vice President Mike Pence and Democratic challenger Kamala Harris clashed over the Trump administration’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic during their debate on Wednesday, as the White House struggled to contain an outbreak that has infected President Donald Trump and dozens of others.
HAGÅTÑA (JIC) —The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s 58th Covid-19-related fatality occurred at the Guam Regional Medical City at approximately 2:38 a.m. Thursday. The patient was a 41-year-old male with underlying health conditions that were compounded by Covid-19. He was admitted to GRMC on October 8 and tested positive upon admission.
WITH less than a month left until the November 2020 midterm elections, absentee voters still have until tomorrow, Friday, to submit an absentee ballot application.
FROM the outside, the Sugar King Park Cave does not look like a cave — but it is, and up to three 13-seat vans can fit inside, cave explorer Fred Cabrera Camacho told Variety.
FORMER Secretary of Labor Edith Deleon Guerrero, the Democratic senatorial candidate on Saipan, and her Republican opponent, Sen. Sixto Igisomar, participated in the virtual Saipan Chamber of Commerce general membership meeting on Wednesday to discuss issues affecting the CNMI.
HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — The number of Guam Memorial Hospital staffers who have tested positive for Covid-19 from the time the pandemic started seven months ago to Oct. 5 has reached 60, according to hospital Administrator Lillian Perez-Posadas.
(BECQ) — The Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality analyzes water samples collected from Saipan's east and south recreational beaches this week.
SUPERIOR Court Associate Judge Joseph N. Camacho has granted the request of a defendant in a sexual abuse of a minor case to have access to “the tangible materials in possession of the Commonwealth that relate to [its] determination of probable cause so that the defendant can fully and properly cross-examine the government witness.”
REVLIS Raymond has been arrested for cutting the face of his girlfriend with a knife at their apartment on Sunday.
POLICE arrested Jayna Cepeda Kaipat for threatening the father of her daughter with a knife.
THE federal government provided the Public School System with badly needed funds in fiscal year 2020, PSS federal programs officer Tim Thornburg said.
THE Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality is inviting community members to join a beach cleanup this Saturday, Oct. 10.
2020 Bisita Luta or Visit Rota kicks off today, Thursday, the Office of the Mayor of Rota said.
GENEVA (Reuters) — A vaccine against Covid-19 may be ready by year-end, the head of the World Health Organization said on Tuesday.
(TSLF) — The Tan Siu Lin Foundation’s philanthropic work continues, helping organizations move forward with their community projects amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — President Donald Trump, still being treated for Covid-19, abruptly ended talks with Democrats on an economic aid package on Tuesday, drawing criticism from presidential rival Joe Biden that he was abandoning Americans in the midst of a pandemic.
BEIJING (Reuters) — A Chinese experimental coronavirus vaccine being developed by the Institute of Medical Biology under the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences was shown to be safe in an early stage clinical trial, researchers said.
WASHINGTON D.C. (Press Release) — House Natural Resources Committee Chair Raúl M. Grijalva, D-Ariz., released a discussion draft of legislation to reduce climate crisis impacts on U.S. territories and freely associated states.
STOCKHOLM/BERLIN (Reuters) — Three scientists who unraveled some of the deep mysteries of black holes, the awe-inspiring pockets of the universe where space and time cease to exist, have won the 2020 Nobel Prize in Physics.
MANILA (The Philippine Star) — The Bureau of Immigration on Wednesday reminded the public that travel restrictions remain in place in this time of pandemic and community quarantine.
HAGÅTÑA (JIC) —The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s 57th Covid-19-related fatality occurred at the Guam Memorial Hospital at approximately 12:47 p.m. Wednesday. The patient was a 61-year-old female with underlying health conditions that were compounded by Covid-19. She was admitted to GMH on September 4 and was a known positive case.
HAGÅTÑA (JIC) — The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s 56th Covid-19-related fatality occurred at the Guam Memorial Hospital at approximately 8:48 a.m. Wednesday. The patient was a 69-year-old female with underlying health conditions that were compounded by Covid-19. She was admitted to GMH on September 23 and tested positive upon admission.
STUDENTS, faculty and other staff members will start the new school year at the original campus of Hopwood Middle School in Chalan Piao, Education Commissioner Alfred Ada announced during the Board of Education meeting on Tuesday.
SUPERIOR Court Associate Judge Kenneth L. Govendo granted the motion for bail modification of former Corrections officer Eloy Reyes Dela Cruz Jr.
REPRESENTATIVE Tina Sablan urged voters to remember the “chaos” she attributes to the Republican administration of Gov. Ralph DLG Torres.
HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — Guam's unemployment claims as a direct result of the Covid-19 pandemic reached 80,436 as of Monday, after a surge caused by the second lockdown starting on Aug. 21, according to the Guam Department of Labor.
AMINUL Islam admitted his involvement in a CW-1 petition scheme, and pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States on Monday.
INSTEAD of issuing press statements with “harmful” allegations, the officials of Imperial Pacific International must face its disgruntled workers in a public forum, some of its former employees said on Tuesday.
(Press Release) — Fourteen years ago, five Pacific island leaders united for a better Pacific islands region, committing to the Micronesia Challenge, an agreement to effectively conserve at least 30% of the near-shore marine resources and 20% of the terrestrial resources across Micronesia by 2020.
DISTRICT Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona has placed under advisement the motion for summary judgment filed by Barry Israel in his cross-claims against Junior Larry Hillbroom’s former trustee Keith Waibel.
(DPS) — On Saturday, October 03, 2020, at about 1:12 p.m., the Department of Public Safety received a 911 call reporting a theft incident at the Mango Resort Apartment complex in Koblerville. Police were dispatched to the scene.
LATTE Built 24hr Fitness Gym on Monday resumed its Barbell Club that was put on hold due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
(Press Release) — The Rotary Club of Saipan and Emon Masonic Lodge 179 have teamed up in proposing a four-phased improvement plan for the historic Suicide Cliff.
THE power struggle we are witnessing today in Washington, D.C. is inflammable and combustible like a virus.
(Office of the Governor) — The Department of Public Works- Energy Division Office will be hosting its 2020 Drive-Thru Saipan Energy-Efficient LED Lighting Promotional and Educational Awareness Campaign on Saturday, October 17, 2020 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., at Garapan Fishing Base.
REPRESENTATIVE Roman C. Benavente on Tuesday convinced the Commonwealth Utilities Corp. to provide power to the Koblerville basketball court so children can play there in the evening.
THE New XO Market, which was issued a notice of closure on Sunday by the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp.-Environmental Health Disease Prevention or EHDP, reopened on Tuesday.
HAGÅTÑA — I am a "Militant Mother.”
(Office of the Governor) — The CNMI Department of Community and Cultural Affairs has announced that interested families may begin submitting applications on October 19, 2020 for the Child Care and Development Fund program to be placed on its wait list.
TENNIS is no different from other sports. It has also laundry list of what you must do and mistakes you must avoid.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — President Donald Trump faced a fresh backlash on Tuesday for removing his mask when he returned to the White House and urging Americans not to fear the Covid-19 disease that has killed more than 209,000 people in the country and put him in hospital.
TAIPEI (Reuters) — Taiwan’s military has launched aircraft to intercept Chinese planes more than twice as much as all of last year, the island’s defense ministry said, describing Taiwan as facing severe security challenges from its huge neighbor.
TOKYO (Reuters) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday hailed new Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga as a “force for good” and said he believes Suga will work to strengthen the relationship between Washington and Tokyo.
NEW YORK (Reuters) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday agreed to New York City’s plan to close schools in nine coronavirus “hot spots” in Brooklyn and Queens, but said he was still discussing whether non-essential businesses should be shut down again in those areas.
BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) — Argentina has the world’s highest rate of positive Covid-19 tests, according to Oxford-linked tracker Our World In Data, with nearly six out of 10 yielding an infection, a reflection of low testing levels and loose enforcement of lockdown rules.
NEW YORK (Reuters) — Democrat Joe Biden opened his widest lead in a month in the U.S. presidential race after President Donald Trump tested positive for the coronavirus, and a majority of Americans think Trump could have avoided infection if he had taken the virus more seriously, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Sunday.
MANILA (The Philippine Star) — President Rodrigo Duterte scored the highest approval and trust ratings among the five top government officials amid criticism over his administration’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a Pulse Asia survey released Monday.
(JKPL) — Effective Monday, October 5, 2020, Joeten-Kiyu Public Library will be closed on Sundays, Tuesdays and Holidays.
TWO newly arrived individuals have been confirmed positive for Covid-19, the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. said on Monday.
SUPERIOR Court Associate Judge Kenneth Govendo has imposed a $100,000 cash bail on former Corrections Officer Eloy Reyes Dela Cruz Jr. who is accused of pawning his department-issued handgun to Gordon Castro for $40 cash and $40 worth of methamphetamine or ice.
HOUSEHOLD items are being dumped into trash cans at Pakpak Beach in San Antonio, community volunteer Max Aguon said.
SECRETARY of Finance David Atalig on Friday said the CNMI cannot afford the local share for the federal Lost Wages Assistance program.
(Press Release) — IT&E and iCONNECT announced that IT&E will acquire iCONNECT's telecommunications assets in Guam and the CNMI, including its wireless network, Integrated Digital Enhanced Network or iDEN known as Push-To-Talk, and customer base.
TWO federal inmates — Francisco N. Basa and Edward P. Blas — have requested the District Court for the NMI to order the CNMI Department of Corrections to produce and issue them standard operating procedures regarding rules, regulations, privileges and status of prisoners.
THE jury trial of Roman “Roach” Agulto will no longer proceed after he agreed to plead guilty to illegal possession of a controlled substance.
(Press Release) — Saipan Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce the theme of this month’s October virtual general membership meeting is “Coffee with the 2020 Saipan Senate Candidates.”
SPNkx walked away with the top prize in the very first islandwide 2020 SPNSunset Call of Duty Warzone Tournament hosted by the Island Thieves on Saturday.
LIEUTENANT Gov. Arnold I. Palacios joined the Northern Marianas Humanities Council in signing a proclamation declaring October as Humanities Month in a virtual ceremony.
(Press Release) — Effective Oct. 8, 2020, Star Marianas Air Inc. will be operating additional flights between Saipan and Rota on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The departure times for the additional flights are 8:30 a.m. from Saipan to Rota and 9:30 a.m. from Rota to Saipan.
DENIS Uvarov, a Russian Federation citizen who entered the island as a tourist, is again asking the District Court of the NMI to intervene in the labor complaint he filed against a security firm.
(BECQ) — The CNMI Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality- Division of Environmental Quality, under the Office of the Governor, hereby 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
“WE’RE moving forward with the new budget,” said Gov. Ralph DLG Torres on Friday during a press briefing on KKMP radio.
COLONIA, Yap (Yap State Government) — Over the centuries, ships have run aground on the reef surrounding the island of Yap.
PALIKIR, Pohnpei (FSM Information Services) — On Oct. 2, 2020, David W. Panuelo, president of the Federated States of Micronesia, virtually joined Thomas E. Remengesau Jr., president of the Republic of Palau, David Kabua, president of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Lionel Aingimea, president of the Republic of Nauru, and Taneti Maamau, president of the Republic of Kiribati, for a special meeting of the Micronesian Presidents Summit.
HAGÅTÑA (JIC) —The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s 53rd Covid-19-related fatality occurred at the Guam Regional Medical City at approximately 5:57 p.m. on Saturday, October 3. The patient was a 68-year-old man with an underlying health condition. He was admitted to GRMC on October 3 and tested positive upon admission.
TODAY, Oct. 5, marks the first “Austerity Monday” of the new fiscal year, a provision of the Fiscal Year 2021 Appropriations Act that was passed by the CNMI Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Ralph DLG Torres on Thursday.
VINCE Koki Leon Guerrero and Evelyn Chong Tydingco are summoned to appear in a federal court hearing to determine whether to modify or revoke their release conditions.
CITING the islands’ “unprecedented economic situation” and the health risks brought by the Covid-19 pandemic, the Saipan Higher Education Financial Assistance wants to encourage its new recipients to enroll at Northern Marianas College.
MOHAMMAD Rafiqul Islam, a Muslim federal inmate, is claiming that the Department of Corrections on Saipan had served him pork even after he told them that it is against the practice of his religion.
A POWERMATE generator and a Skilsaw were stolen from a boat docked at the Outer Cove Marina on Friday.
ON behalf of the Senate Committee of Fiscal Affairs, I would like to thank the members of the CNMI Legislature for their tireless efforts to pass the annual budget for fiscal year 2021.
RNV Construction has asked the Superior Court to review and reverse the decision of the Office of the Public Auditor regarding a Commonwealth Utilities Corp. construction project award.
MANILA (AP) — Grade and high school students in the Philippines began classes at home Monday after the coronavirus pandemic forced remote-learning onto an educational system already struggling to fund schools.
FOLLOWING the International Coastal Cleanup held in the CNMI on Saturday, September 19, the Division of Coastal Resources Management has been analyzing and inputting data for the top 10 items from the cleanup.
I AM really addressing this to Democrats and Republicans but this is especially for our elected Governor, Senate President & Speaker who are our official leaders.
(Stellar Marianas) — With the flu season coming to full swing, 2019 Miss Marianas Shannon Sasamoto reminds our community to continue to wear masks out in public and follow social guidelines to help slow the spread of the coronavirus.
THE Board of Education on Tuesday approved the designs for three school repair and construction projects funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
DAS Krishnan topped the May Ace of the Month Tournament of the Saipan Golfers Association at LaoLao Bay Golf & Resort.
THE Office of the Tinian Mayor is requesting Northern Marianas College to turn over 5,000 square meters of its CREES research plot.
NORMAN "Dung" Tenorio and Tony Satur were the stars of Saturday's #WeBelieve Two-Person Scramble Golf Tournament hosted by former Rep. Angel Demapan at LaoLao Bay Golf & Resort.
LIEUTENANT Gov. Arnold Palacios on Friday signed a proclamation designating October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
THE University of the South Pacific has stood as a beacon of island-based education for years.
(OVR) — The Office of Vocational Rehabilitation would like to inform the public of the counseling office’s temporary hours.
McDONALD’S Restaurant Saipan on Friday donated $5,000 to the Rotary Club of Saipan’s Goodwill Golf Tournament that will be held at LaoLao Bay Golf & Resort West Course of on Oct. 10.
(Press Release) — The E-Land Group was among the first private companies to step up and support the Governor’s Council of Economic Advisers’ destination enhancement initiative, reaffirming its continued and deeper commitment to the CNMI.
IMPERIAL Pacific International denied the allegations of its three former workers who spoke against the IPI proposal to amend the casino license agreement, saying the casino investor cannot be trusted.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — President Donald Trump said from his hospital room on Saturday that he felt “much better” but the next few days will be “the real test” of his treatment for Covid-19, capping a day of contradictory messages from the White House about his condition.
KOROR (RNZ Pacific/Pacnews) — Palau's President Tommy Remengesau Jr. has threatened to leave the Pacific Islands Forum if the secretary-general's post does not go to Micronesia.
MAJURO — The first group of Marshall Islanders from a location with widespread Covid-19 could be repatriated later this month, laying the groundwork for several hundred islanders stranded in the United States to return home.
MANILA (Reuters) — A Philippine senator on Friday sought an inquiry into what he described as “censorship” by Facebook after the social media giant took down a network of accounts it said were inauthentic including one the government supports.
HAGÅTÑA (JIC) —The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s 52nd Covid-19-related fatality occurred at the Guam Memorial Hospital at approximately 1:30 p.m. Sunday. The patient was a 66-year-old female with underlying health conditions that were compounded by Covid-19. She was pronounced dead on arrival at GMH. The patient was swabbed upon arrival and her test yielded a positive result.
HAGÅTÑA (JIC) —The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s 51st Covid-19-related fatality occurred at the Guam Memorial Hospital at approximately 4:55 p.m. Saturday. The patient was a 90-year-old female with underlying health conditions that were compounded by Covid-19. She was pronounced dead on arrival at GMH and was a known positive case.
(CNMI Judiciary) — This is to inform all prospective jurors on panel “17GS” that the jury selection scheduled for Monday, October 5, 2020 at 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. is hereby cancelled until further notice. For further information, contact Clerk of Court Patrick Diaz at 235-4258.
HAGÅTÑA (JIC) — The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s 50th Covid-19-related fatality occurred at the Guam Memorial Hospital at approximately 7:50 p.m. Friday. The patient was a 72-year-old female with underlying health conditions that were compounded by Covid-19. She was admitted to GMH on September 16 and was a known Covid case.
GOVERNOR Ralph DLG Torres issued the following statement Friday:
RECOVERY from injury plays an important role in the world of sports and fitness.
THE Northern Marianas Badminton Association is aiming to expand the sport to the outdoors with the introduction of AirBadminton to the youth on Wednesday during the second Shuttle Time event at the Oleai Sports Complex.
THREE newly arrived passengers tested positive for Covid-19, the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. announced on Thursday evening.
IN a race against the clock, the House of Representatives, the Senate, and the Torres-Palacios administration succeeded in enacting the fiscal year 2021 budget law early Thursday morning.
THE CNMI Lottery Commission will meet on Oct. 8 in the governor’s conference room to discuss Imperial Pacific International’s request for a ninth amendment to the casino license agreement, Commerce Secretary and commission chairman Mark Rabauliman said on Thursday.
SENATOR Paul A. Manglona said Public Law 21-35, or the Fiscal Year 2021 Appropriation Act, is a “Grade D” product that the Senate passed past midnight on Thursday, leaving the House of Representatives and Gov. Ralph DLG Torres with no choice but to approve it to prevent a partial government shutdown.
THE Public School System has appointed interim principals for Marianas High School and Da’ok Academy.
SOME public schools are not ready to open on Oct. 5, Board of Education vice chairman Herman Atalig said during a BOE meeting on Tuesday.
THE Saipan Higher Education Financial Assistance program is considering joining a national organization of other groups involved in providing educational assistance.
(Office of the Governor) — In a memorandum issued Thursday, Gov. Ralph DLG Torres stated that pursuant to Public Law 21-35, the or the FY 2021 Appropriations Act, Mondays are designated as “austerity days” for the CNMI government — its branches, departments, autonomous agencies, public corporations, political subdivisions, and instrumentality that elect to implement austerity days as necessary to operate within their respective budget allocations.
AFTER receiving face masks from the Seventh-Day Adventist Church-Women’s Ministry, Tinian Elementary School was also provided with school supplies and hygiene supplies by the Saipan Marianas Lions Club.
(Office of the Governor) — The CNMI Department of Labor is announcing that it will temporarily suspend the in-person appointments it has established for the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program at CNMI DOL building # 1334, starting October 15, 2020 to November 30, 2020.
(Office of the Governor) — The CNMI Department of Commerce announce the approval of the CNMI’s 2020 Prevailing Wage Study report for the CW-1 visa program.
(Office of the Governor) — On Saturday, September 12, 2020 the Department of Lands and Natural Resources received a critical tip regarding possible infestation of the coconut rhinoceros beetles or CRB in the Gagani and Talakhaya areas of Rota.
As part of Anheuser-Busch’s #OneTeam movement, which works to show support for the frontline workers facing the daily challenges of the pandemic, Marianas Pacific Distributors last week donated 300 care packages to the Governor’s Covid-19 Task Force.
PEDRO Ayuyu has been arrested again, this time for assaulting a police officer.
SUPERIOR Court Associate Judge Kenneth L. Govendo has authorized the Department of Public Safety police officers to conduct random checks on the house of one of the two men accused of burglarizing The Shack restaurant.
RUSSEL Rekemel Solomon has been sentenced by the federal court to 24-month probation after admitting that he took an endangered sea turtle.
(BECQ) — The Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality analyzes water samples collected this from Saipan's east and south recreational beaches and Rota's recreational beaches and storm drainages.
(Federal Bureau of Investigation) — The FBI is seeking the public’s assistance with obtaining identifying information regarding an unknown male who may have critical information pertaining to the identity of a child victim in an ongoing sexual exploitation investigation.
THE Office of Vocational Rehabilitation and the Center for Living Independently on Saturday highlighted their successes and challenges in implementing programs for people with disabilities in the Commonwealth.
MAJURO — The tagging of over 6,000 tuna in the central Pacific over the past seven weeks is being hailed by scientists for the data it will provide to ensure accurate assessments of tuna stocks in the region.
HONOLULU (EPA) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is awarding $565,980 to the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands for necessary expenses related to the consequences of Super Typhoon Yutu for hazardous and solid waste management.
JOHNSTOWN, PA., /DULUTH, MN (Reuters) — U.S. presidential debate organizers vowed on Wednesday to change the rules to rein in unruly behavior after President Donald Trump repeatedly interrupted rival Joe Biden and the moderator in the candidates’ taunt-filled initial prime-time encounter.
(Reuters) — Money cascaded into presidential nominee Joe Biden’s campaign and his Democratic Party on the heels of his rancorous debate with President Donald Trump, potentially widening Biden’s financial edge as the White House race enters its final month.
DUNEDIN, New Zealand (NZ Herald/Pacnews) — Covid-19 will create a seismic shift in production for Central Otago's horticulture and viticulture industries this season.
KOROR (Island Times/Pacnews) — The Trafficking in Persons Report released by the U.S Department of State in June identified the challenges that limit Palau’s anti-trafficking efforts, including official complicity, a lack of convictions, and insufficient identification and protection services.
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — One of the five Indonesians held hostage by Abu Sayyaf militants in the southern Philippines was killed Wednesday during a clash with troops, an Indonesian official said.
ROME (Reuters) — The Vatican said on Wednesday it had denied a request from Mike Pompeo for an audience with Pope Francis, and accused the Secretary of State of trying to drag the Catholic Church into the U.S. presidential election by denouncing its relations with China.
KOROR (ABC/Pacnews) — Palau's incumbent President Tommy Remengesau Jr. is retiring leaving the top job up for grabs in the November election and the reopening of the small Pacific island country's borders to tourists will be a central issue.
“The world seems scarier than it is because what you hear about it has been selected — by your own attention filter or by the media — precisely because it is scary.” — from Hans Rosling’s 2018 book, “Factfulness”
THE recent Presidential Debate actually re-opened or re-exposed old wounds in America that have been trying to heal ever since the first slaves landed in America — RACISM!