ON this special day, we embrace our diverse heritage and unite as one to give thanks to all those around us. Since the novel coronavirus, we have faced many great uncertainties, but our community has stayed united with strong a commitment to get through these difficult times. As a CNMI of caring and concerned people, we always share one common goal to build a peaceful community we call home. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we must remember to make that extra effort to help those in need and continue to encourage each other to remain positive and to hold our heads up high. The strength of our island comes from you, the people, and we are thankful for having a community of active and supportive citizens.
IT is hard to stay in shape during the holidays when there are countless gatherings and parties to attend, but here are some tips from Gold's Gym personal trainer Jerry Diaz that may help us maintain our fitness throughout the rest of the year.
(MV) — Individuals wishing to nominate a person or family for “A Christmas Surprise on Saipan” have through 11:59 p.m. on Nov. 30 to submit an essay.
(DPS) — On Friday, November 27, 2020, at about 9 a.m., the Department of Public Safety received a call regarding two fishermen who left the Fishing Base marina at about 5:30 a.m. on Thursday morning and were due to return on Friday morning. Police learned from the callers that their husbands might be fishing around Goat Island and Tinian.
HIGH public trust is important, much the same as those aspiring candidates aggressively campaigning for election.
SAIPAN International School has taken the spotlight once again in the 2020-2021 Public School System/Northern Marianas Athletics All School Cross Country, this time claiming first place in the middle school boys and girls categories on Saturday at the CPA Airport Field.
THE “problem” with basic economic truths is that they’re largely counter-intuitive. As the French economist Frédéric Bastiat (1801-1850) once said, “In the department of economy, an act, a habit, an institution, a law, gives birth not only to an effect, but to a series of effects.
HAGÅTÑA (Joint Information Center) — The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s 112th Covid-19-related fatality occurred at the Guam Regional Medical City on November 25, 2020 at approximately 8:20 p.m. The patient was an 81-year-old male with underlying conditions that were further compounded by Covid-19. He was admitted to GRMC on November 25, 2020 and tested positive upon admission.
THE 2020 election results provide an excellent opportunity for high school and college teachers and instructors to assign meaningful term papers to students of not only history, but also journalism, political science, U.S. government, graphics arts and statistics.
THE Northern Marianas Badminton Association last week introduced badminton and AirBadminton to Saipan International School students.
BASIC American Government dictates that the CNMI as a whole is “a state level government” and I can remember having to teach my students that “Saipan is technically a city that is the capital of the State of the CNMI” for Governing Purposes.
HAGÅTÑA (Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense) — The National Weather Service-Weather Forecast Office Guam is monitoring a large trade-wind disturbance located about 148 degrees east of Guam, bringing deepening moisture westward. Showers and thunderstorms moving through the region could bring locally heavy rainfall leading to flash flooding.
"VACCINATION causes a lot of behavioral problems, not the least of which is increased rage and aggression also anxiety. These behavioral changes are scientifically proven in both human and animals." — Dr. Patricia Jordan
SAIPAN International School runners continue to hold their ground in the high school division of the 2020-2021 Public School System/Northern Marianas Athletics All School Cross Country as they claimed first place in the girls and boys categories on Saturday at the CPA Airport Field.
SINCE last month and after the Department of Public Works issued a stop work order, Imperial Pacific International has ceased working with the AM Group, the staffing agency that provided IPI with local construction workers.
NOVEMBER 10, 2020, marks the 245th birthday of the United States Marine Corps. Happy birthday to my fellow CNMI Devil Dogs!
(Press Release) — Support continues to pour in for the 32nd American Red Cross Club 200.
FROM time to time, I come across a book that I think everyone should read.
THE Northern Marianas Sports Association and the Guam National Olympic Committee are creating an all-sports event named the Marianas Cup, NMSA president Jerry Tan and GNOC representative Joey Miranda III said Thursday last week, during the NMSA general membership meeting in the Taga Hall of Fiesta Resort and Spa Saipan.
DIVISION of Fish and Wildlife Director Manny Pangelinan on Wednesday pleaded guilty to driving under the influence.
(MRFC) — The Mariana Regional Fusion Center continues to monitor fraudulent activities reported on Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands.
OPERATION Crank Christmas Dropped was launched Wednesday, Nov. 25, with mixed martial arts fighter Frank “The Crank” Camacho announcing his collaboration with All Star Sporting Goods and Karidat Social Services to spread the Christmas spirit amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
FIRST lady Diann Torres and second lady Wella Palacios will lead the lighting of “A Christmas Village on the Hill” this Sunday, Nov. 29, at 6:30 p.m. on Capital Hill.
(Office of the Governor) — The CNMI Veterans Affairs Office under the Office of the Governor continues to provide services for CNMI veterans and their families during the Covid-19 pandemic.
GOODBYE Double O-7 from Double O-4, Double O, Double O-5. Diablo too will miss you — he had the misfortune of having many 6s to his number.
WHEN the CNMI first bid to host the Pacific Mini Games, 12 sports were supposed to highlighted, but the number was reduced to six after Super Typhoon Yutu devastated Saipan and Tinian in October 2018.
SEVERAL organizations across the Commonwealth are supporting the efforts to beautify and maintain tourist sites and popular public attractions around the islands through the public-private partnership program of the Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors.
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.
I WRITE this letter voluntarily and willingly in my personal capacity.
THIRTEEN CNMI athletes on Saturday completed the 1,500-meter swim, the 40-kilometer bike ride and the 10K run requirements of the Guam National Virtual Triathlon.
THE operations team of the Saipan Mayor’s Office is back to 80 hours, thanks to the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Technical Assistance Program.
PALIKIR, Pohnpei (FSM Information Services) — The 21st Congress of the Federated States of Micronesia began its fifth regular session on Sept. 14, 2020.
THE CNMI continues to experience economic and financial hardships combined with the ever unpleasant deteriorating infrastructure.
(District Court for the NMI) — With sadness and admiration for a long and accomplished life, the District Court for the Northern Mariana Islands announces that Alfred Laureta, the first District Judge of the court, passed away peacefully on November 16, 2020 at the age of 96 in Kauai, Hawaii. His children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were at his bedside. Judge Laureta was known for his deep love of his family and his unassuming, humble nature even as he blazed a trail for Filipino-Americans in the legal profession.
OUTGOING Rep. Marco Peter will chair the organizing committee of the 2022 Pacific Mini Games, which will be held on Saipan.
THE CNMI has been approved for the lost wages assistance program, but the Commonwealth is also hoping that the federal government will waive the matching fund requirement.
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.
HAFA Adai and Tirow!
SAIPAN Community School was alive and kicking on Friday in the elementary division of the 2020-2021 Public School System/Northern Marianas Athletics All School Cross Country at the CPA Airport Field.
GOVERNOR Ralph DLG Torres on Wednesday shared his Thanksgiving greetings with the people of the Northern Marianas.
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.
HAFA Adai and greetings to the people of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands!
EVERY year typically encompasses a few defining moments, but during the past 11 months, numerous world-changing, paradigm-shifting developments that are unimaginable have happened.
JOHN "Nanni" Cruz won the Saipan Golf Association’s September Ace of the Month tournament at the LaoLao Bay Golf & Resort on Nov. 8, 2020.
HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — Certified merchant mariner Dexter Long is going to spend more than seven years in the custody of the U.S. Bureau of Prisons.
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.
A FEW days ago, the CNMI experienced a tremendous loss of a humble and dedicated public servant.
SATURDAY, Nov. 21, was a special day for Patrick Guerrero as he finished first in the Marianas Golf Association November Ace of the Month Tournament at LaoLao Bay Golf & Resort.
IN celebration of its 32nd year, the Public School System on Monday recognized this year’s outstanding teachers and support staff members.
THANK you for working together to prevent this Covid-19 pandemic from spreading and helping us keep the CNMI the safest place in the nation.
CHRISTINA Tudela and Javin Okawa claimed the top spot in their respective categories in the 2020 Dee Clayton Classic Body Building and Fitness Championship at the Hyatt Regency Saipan on Saturday.
HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — Former Department of Revenue and Taxation worker Linda Jean Pangelinan Palacios, 48, was hoping to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with her family before starting her prison sentence.
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.
GREETINGS to my families and friends, near and far, in Election Precinct #3, Saipan, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
AMID countless setbacks, the latest of which being the Covid-19 pandemic, the Pacific Mini Games that were supposed to be held on Saipan in June 2021 have been postponed for a year, Pacific Games Council chief executive officer Andrew Minogue told the Northern Marianas Sports Association on Thursday.
HAGÅTÑA (JIC) — The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s 110th Covid-19-related fatality occurred at the Guam Memorial Hospital at approximately 9:40 a.m. Thursday. The patient was a 61-year-old male with underlying conditions that were further compounded by Covid-19. He was admitted to GMH on October 15, 2020 and was a known positive 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.
BECAUSE of clever crafty lawmakers who are connected to big corporations or shady organizations, it took me seven years to research and investigate mental health grants taken from critical patients if you don't monitor your loved ones.
FROM dumbbells, barbells to treadmills and kettlebells, there is always an equipment to help you stay fit.
DISTRICT Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona on Wednesday cited Gold Mantis for contempt of court and imposed a $2,000 fine per day for violating her discovery order in a lawsuit filed by seven construction workers.
DURING my 12 years in Congress, whenever any question arises about what is ethical, I immediately ask for a determination by the U.S. House Committee on Ethics.
A Backlash of Civility?
THIRTEEN athletes from the CNMI will take part in the Guam Triathlon Federation’s Virtual Triathlon Challenge.
EDUCATION Commissioner Alfred B. Ada said educators this year are faced with “a multitude of decisions and reflexive reactions” as they look for ways to safely reopen schools amid “the chronic unpredictability of the situation.”
THE people of Dandan village on Ten Commandments Church Road would like to thank Mayor David M. Apatang and his staff.
MEET #2 of the 2020-2021 Public School System/Northern Marianas Athletic All School Cross Country’s middle school division featured nail-biting races as Saipan International School and Agape Christian School vied for the top spots in the boys and girls divisions on Saturday at the CPA Airport Field.
THE Northern Marianas Humanities Council and the Public School System plan to establish a broadcasting and journalism academy for high school students, council executive director Leo Pangelinan said.
IT has been seven months since the beginning of the pandemic outbreak of Coronavirus or Covid-19, and still the devastation ebbs and flows gradually while the fatality tolls to the millions now the whole entire nation is addressed in premonition from the Covid-19.
THE children of the Marianas Racing Association continue to improve their skills as evident in the exhibition race held for the Peewee Mini-Division on Sunday at the Kan Pacific temporary race track.
DOCOMO Pacific held a webinar last week regarding economic diversification in the Marianas.
AN awesome funding opportunity is available from the Trump administration, potentially for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
ROSE Rohringer has joined the elite of the CNMI Women's Golf Association by claiming victory over Park Kyunga in the CWGA November Ace of the Month Tournament on Saturday at Kingfisher Golf Links.
THE Rotary Club of Saipan on Tuesday distributed 225 pre-packed meals for the senior citizens of the Office on Aging.
Dear Precinct 5 voters and people of the CNMI,
(NMASA) — The CNMI through the Northern Marianas Sports Association has been invited to participate in the Fédération Internationale de Teqball’s national federation and club development programs.
THE CNMI is facing a change in eligibility and a reduction in benefits due to inaction by Congress to provide the necessary funding to maintain current income eligibility and benefit levels. Funding for the Nutrition Assistance Program or NAP is determined only by the U.S. Congress. The need for additional funding to support current eligibility and benefits has been on congressman Sablan’s table for several years now. The CNMI NAP, my administration, and the USDA Food and Nutritional Service or FNS has been providing data to our Congressman’s office related to the funding needs. The administration has requested updates on actions related to securing the funding necessary, without response. The congressional office also received responses to letters of inquiry that it has sent, which included detailed information about NAP food assistance needs.
SAIPAN International School’s runners have shown that they are not to be taken lightly as they bounced back with a stellar performance in the second meet of the 2020-2021 Public School System/Northern Marianas Athletics All School Cross Country on Saturday.
THE Saipan Higher Education Financial Assistance program should be on the “thank you” list of its recipients today on Thanksgiving.
GOVERNOR Torres is doing so well managing the Commonwealth government he has decided to start advising the U.S. Senate.
RICK Sablan and Fred Salavaria tied for first place in the Amigos Golf Club's December Ace of the Month Tournament at the Kingfisher Golf Links on Nov. 8, 2020. But Sablan won the title because he had the better tie-break score.
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.
FREDDIE Cataluna fired a sizzling 8-under par 64 to win the Filtaga’s turkey shootout and unseated 2019 turkey titlist Ruben Avendano, who came home with a 5-over par 77 at the well-maintained LaoLao Bay East course over the weekend.
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.
BRILLIANT Star School topped Heat#1 of the second meet of the 2020-2021 Public School System/Northern Marianas Athletics All School Cross Country elementary division on Friday at the CPA Airport Field.
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.
SEVERAL soccer players from the CNMI have reached U.S. collegiate level and beyond thanks to the help of the Northern Mariana Islands Football Association, NMI men's national team manager Norman Del Rosario and Gold's Gym personal trainer Jerry Diaz.
THE Department of Public Lands on Tuesday conducted a homestead lottery for persons of Northern Marianas descent.
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.
AGAPE Christian School proved to be the team to beat in the high school category of the 2020-2021 Public School System/Northern Marianas Athletics All School Cross Country competition on Saturday at the CPA Airport Field.
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.
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.
FOR the past three years, Saipan Marianas Lions Club members have planted over 100 trees at various sites on island, club president Ladyvir Canape said.
SINCE the pandemic started the world has been upside down.
SO IPI is asking to renew its casino license.