HAGÅTÑA — To be completely honest, I try very hard on a daily basis to shake my cynicisms, therefore I am constantly on the lookout for good, heart warming news. Alas, there is no such thing; one is hard-pressed to find a regular dose of warm and fuzzy at the moment.
THAT'S her local as well as her on-line nickname. Liang-Rose. She liked that nickname. Liang-Rose, my wife. Whenever she would send me an e-mail from California, it's Lian-Rose. Her real name was Rosalia Tenorio Sablan. And even on Facebook, she would write to me, or to her friends, about her likes and dislikes. It was still Liang-Rose. She would write about her views on life as she experienced it. She would write about our kids and the “grands” and how she loved them. They were the joy and happiness in her life. She would write to them and would ask them “how are they doing.” Her visiting them is like visiting “Camelot.” It was a joy seeing them.
MELVIN Cepeda is into the extreme sport of motocross — like his three daughters.
HAGÅTÑA — Where do we as individual citizens (taxpayers and voters) draw the line between what an elected government believes is best for our health and safety? Where do we, as individuals, say the government has crossed the line by overly restricting our freedoms?
THE House Committee on Federal and Foreign Affairs on Monday met with CNMI Department of Labor Secretary Vicky Benavente in the House chamber to discuss the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, or PUA, program.
I HAVE a dream that in my lifetime, Guam and the CNMI will unite to become One Marianas. Our region has such a unique history. The indigenous people of the Mariana Islands were significantly impacted by colonialism and globalization, the effects of which are still prevalent in today’s Mariana Islands society.
PALIKIR, Pohnpei (FSM Information Services) — The 21st Congress of the Federated States of Micronesia began its fifth regular session on Sept. 14, 2020.
(NMSA) — The Northern Marianas Sports Association took one big step toward working on a systematic and collective vision for CNMI sports.
HAGÅTÑA — The word for the rest of my 2020 is “downsizing.”
THE Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. on Monday said one newly arrived passenger tested positive for Covid-19.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — The United States set a record for coronavirus cases on Saturday, with more than 5 million people now infected, according to a Reuters tally, as the country’s top infectious diseases official offered hope earlier this week that an effective vaccine might be available by year-end.
I THINK back of the years you would sail to Saipan which brings precious memories for our Carolinian community who prepared for a feast to celebrate your arrival.
WHAT is the Quad?
THE Badminton World Federation, through Badminton Oceania, provided the Northern Marianas Badminton Association with 96 AirShuttles for AirBadminton as well as rackets, plastic shuttlecocks and nets.
HAGÅTÑA (JIC) — The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s 35th Covid-19-related fatality occurred at the Guam Regional Medical City at approximately 9:45 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 20.
WASHINGTON/MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) — Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of U.S. cities on Tuesday for an eighth consecutive night of protests over the death of a black man in police custody, clashing with police and looting stores in New York City.
I WANT to thank Mr. Don Farrell for writing his letter to the editor, published Sept. 11, 2020 in Marianas Variety, in which he urged CNMI voters to ignore election-year slander.
CNMI soccer team player Thaiphi Austria saw action in his very first U.S. collegiate preseason game for Indiana’s Trine University against Huntington University. Trine won, 3-2.
HAGÅTÑA — It has been said that “our last mistake is our best teacher.”
REPRESENTATIVE Luis John Castro last week prefiled House Bill 21-127, which will allow the use of videoconference, teleconference and other electronic means of communication in official meetings.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Press Release) — Natural Resources Chair Raúl M. Grijalva and 12 bipartisan members of Congress sent a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, urging him to consider the vulnerable economic and public health infrastructure in the U.S. Territories when determining criteria for prioritizing the distribution of coronavirus resources.
WE believe you. We are standing with you. We understand that recent news and the following reactions of the community have re-traumatized you. In the past few days, you have been questioned, judged, and silenced in ways that have been damaging to your healing and sense of self.
(Office of the Governor) — Gov. Ralph DLG Torres and Lt. Gov. Arnold I. Palacios announce that the Department of Community and Cultural Affairs has been working closely with the Marianas Racing Association or MRA to recreate a motocross park for the CNMI.
AFTER a “careful review” of the CNMI Constitution, the Department of Finance informed the Legislature that its members “shall receive a reasonable allowance provided by law,” and “an amount not more than $2,500 per month is a reasonable amount.”
FOR the sake of Edwin Propst, his family and the thousands of voters who have supported him since his first election, let me cast a little historical background on election-year slander politics in the Marianas.
Kan Pacific race track, Sept. 13, 2020
Photos by James F. Sablan Jr.
HERE’S how a Marianas Variety special report described the Northern Islands in Sept. 1976:
THE jury trial of Roman “Roach” Agulto that was to begin Monday has been postponed by the Superior Court.
IN many countries around the world, there appears light at the end of the Covid-19 tunnel. Curves are flattening, new cases are levelling off or dropping, and videoconferencing is at an all-time high.
SINCE the pandemic started the world has been upside down.
YI Su Jeong bested nine other players on Saturday, Sept. 12, at the Kingfisher Golf Links to win the September Ace of the Month tournament of the CNMI Women's Golf Association.
YOU can’t grow big thinking small, especially in today’s life on planet earth as life is truly competitive, as my MaDear once told me with her wisdom in a metaphorical way about living out here and being an activist on this island: “the big fish eat all the little fish so you Ambrose Milton Bennett better learn to grow big.”
SUPERIOR Court Associate Judge Joseph N. Camacho has denied the Office of the Attorney General’s motion for reconsideration regarding restitution in a fatal hit and run case.
LOCAL resident Mengrang Haruo says she is very grateful to the FEMA volunteers — men and women — who came to her house to fix her windows which were destroyed by Typhoon Yutu in Oct. 2018.
SO IPI is asking to renew its casino license.
JUANPAN T. Guerrero topped the Saipan Golfers Association’s April Ace of the Month Tournament held on Sept. 6 at the Kingfisher Golf Links.
HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — Every school day, students have to memorize mountains of information.
(MV) — Former Trust Territory High Court Associate Justice Ernest F. Gianotti passed away on Sept. 11, 2020. He was 94.
GOVERNOR Ralph DLG Torres and Lt. Gov. Arnold I. Palacios are focused on the people of the Marianas, and this can be seen in the islands’ preventive measures against the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic.
WITH the Marianas Racing Association working to revive off-road motorcycle racing on island, Keone Macaranas said it’s like a dream come true.
HAGÅTÑA — If I asked you to look at the headline for this column and tell me which pandemic you were up against, I have no doubt that your answer would be the coronavirus.
THE Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3457 is inviting public and private schools to participate in Voice of Democracy, Patriot’s Pen and Smart/Maher Teacher Award competitions.
OWN who you are.
FOR the third consecutive week, the Marianas Racing Association hosted exhibition races at Kan Pacific in Marpi as part of its ongoing efforts to revive motocross on island.
AS part of its service to the community, the Seventh-day Adventist Church on Tinian donated 264 pieces of reusable/washable face masks to Tinian Elementary School students Monday.
IN response to the news article “More Community Members Stand in Solidarity with Black Lives Matter Movement,” I wholeheartedly agree with our community’s response to it.
A HEALTHY lifestyle requires awareness and balance, Gold's Gym personal trainer Jerry Diaz said.
THE CNMI Women’s Association will host the 7th Annual Women’s Summit virtually on Sept. 24, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
I WANT to commend the Covid-19 Task Force and all of the personnel associated with the testing of travelers that are arriving daily and at airport as well as those operating the quarantine facilities at the Kanoa Resort.
THE American Memorial Park tennis courts, which shut down in April due to the Covid-19 pandemic, have finally reopened.
HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — A half-dozen men and women, wearing face masks to prevent the spread of Covid-19, gathered around a table in a makeshift apartment at the back of a house in Piti, to discuss how it is they came to be in limbo on an island, unable to move forward with their lives and with going back to where they came from no longer an option, they said.
RECENTLY I and Saipan were the subject of a hatchet piece penned by a Chinese author writing under an alias.
JOE Tudela scored a net total of 132 to win the Amigos Golf Club’s September Ace of the Month tournament at the Kingfisher Golf Links.
I HOPE all of us, including our leaders, go to church every Sunday to hear the Good News from our deacons and priests, and partake of the Body of Christ.
THE U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has affirmed the ruling of District Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona in dismissing the lawsuit of four environmental groups claiming that the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Department of the Navy violated the National Environmental Policy Act or NEPA.
AS the CNMI House of Representatives has formed a special committee to take a closer look at the Governor’s financial expenditures, I could not help but look at the ascension possibilities if he is immediately removed from office.
MARIANAS Apnea Spearfishing Club or MASC president JR Brel topped the recently held Mamulan Cup 2020 with a 54-inch, 59-pound catch, but there were other highlights in the monthlong tournament.
FIRST and foremost leave AMP alone.
MARIANAS Apnea Spearfishing Club or MASC president JR Brel earned the title of “Mamulan King” after spearing a 59-pound giant trevally in the MASC Mamulan Cup 2020, which started Aug. 7 and ended on Aug. 31.
NINETEEN-YEAR-OLD Maria Lael Terlaje was crowned 2020 Miss Northern Marianas Earth in the Hyatt Regency Saipan Ballroom on Saturday night.
IB SY 2020-2021 Northern Marianas International School will be seven years old.
A FITNESS program must include a day of rest and low-intensity exercises, Gold's Gym personal trainer Jerry Diaz said.
A DEDICATION ceremony was held in Koblerville on Friday to mark the completion of the first newly built, fully concrete home under the CNMI-Federal Emergency Management Agency Permanent Housing Construction (New) program.
IT is time to stop the anti-American resolutions from the Legislature concerning military developments in the Northern Islands.
BEFORE the pandemic suspended all sports events, Jung Eun Taek claimed the title of Saipan Golf Association Ace of the Month at the tournament in February.
AS an Asian-American student who has observed many incidents of racism in many different communities, I am writing to you to show great appreciation for the editorial you have written regarding racism. (“Variations: Racism in the NMI,” June 19, 2020)
NOT every athlete comes out always victorious in the end, but for Traven Quitugua, a sprinter, it is the experience of losing the battle that fuels his passion and empowers him to get back up and do better the next time around.
AS Gov. Ralph DLG Torres has placed tourism at the forefront of his agenda for economic revival, I figured I would contribute to the endeavor by means of a marketing slogan.
BY suspending more earmarked funds, the Senate on Friday raised the amount available for fiscal year 2021 appropriation.
BUE'NAS Para Todo Eti'ampu.
(NMIFA) — The Northern Mariana Islands Football Association marked the start of its five-year commitment to implement improvement projects and activities in Koblerville with a cleanup drive on Saturday.
SUPERIOR Court Associate Judge Joseph N. Camacho has granted the request of the Public Defender’s Office for “tangible materials” at a preliminary hearing.
I AM writing to express my opinion regarding your June 19, 2020, Variations, “Racism in the NMI.”
BADMINTON is known for its fast-paced action and is one of the main reasons why local athlete Ezekiel Macario loves the game and encourages others to take interest in the sport.
THE Senate on Friday presented Senate Resolution 21-17 to Joan Bloedel Kani, in honor of her exemplary and outstanding services to the local school system and the people of the Commonwealth.
THE homily many heard a few weeks ago at the cathedral mentioned Mathew 11: 25-30:
SAIPAN hoopster Prince Factor wanted to follow in the footsteps of his friend Jericho Cruz who now plays professionally in the Philippines.
HAGÅTÑA — The tradition of combining two words into one to describe a merged concept is called portmanteau.
YAPING Tao, a citizen of the People’s Republic of China accused of document and visa fraud, appeared on Tuesday before District Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona.
THANK you Harry Blalock for a splendid search for our brother who was swept out to sea last Sunday.
TWELVE individuals completed a three-day Northern Mariana Islands Football Association D License Coaching Course on Saturday, Aug. 22, 2020.
FEDERAL inmates Francisco N. Basa and Edwin P. Blas, who are serving jail time in Guam, have asked the District Court for the NMI for a protective order for potential retaliation from the defendants that they sued for allegedly violating their constitutional rights.
AS the executive officer of the CNMI Office of Veterans Affairs, I felt obligated to respond to a social media post on the Veterans Cemetery that appeared on the Facebook page of U.S. Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan on June 26, 2020, and that was highly misinformed.
IT was reported on May 25, 2020 that Superior Court Judge Joseph N. Camacho found against me in Pangelinan v. Pangelinan, Civ. Action No. 17-0067, to have committed the “tort of abuse of process of an estate [case]” and the “tort of intentional interference with another’s performance of their own contract by tortuously [sic] interfering in the contractual relations between plaintiffs and Peak Development (CNMI) LLC,” without any specific finding of resulting damages not proven at trial.
FOR those Seabees now on Tinian who may have read about the CNMI Legislative Resolution castigating the United States military, please be assured that the majority of us on Tinian, especially we veterans, do not agree with the content or intent of the resolution.
THE seven clubs comprising the Lions Club International Region 2 on Saipan joined the 35th International Coastal Cleanup on Saturday.
I ADMIRE and salute Gov. Ralph DLG Torres for all the policies and regulations he has implemented during the Covid-19 pandemic crisis.
WITH the Nov. 3 elections just around the corner, Precinct 1 Republican candidates Angel Demapan, Roy Ada, Randall Pangelinan, Rep. Roman Benavente and Rep. Joseph Leepan T. Guerrero made a guest appearance on KKMP radio Wednesday to touch on their goals and accomplishments.
ALTHOUGH Faythe, I and other family members of Richard Jones are thousands of miles away and travel is so restricted even for those on Guam, we will all be there in spirit to comfort and support our family and friends in celebrating the life that Richard lived.
I GREW up mostly in South Avondale, Cincinnati, Ohio. I was in the Army on leave before doing a 2nd tour of duty in the Republic of Vietnam when civil unrest came to South Avondale.
HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — "Mom, do you think God created Covid so families could spend more time together?"
(Office of the Governor) — Gov. Ralph DLG Torres issued the following proclamation on Saturday:
IN today's world we all know someone in this small tight knit community facing and dealing with a life threatening medical condition such as cancer, heart disease or any number of others.
"WE join the Marianas in mourning the passing of an icon and innovator in the Pacific, Abed E. Younis.