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(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.

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.

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.

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.   

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.

(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.

(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 (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 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.

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.

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.

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.

(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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

“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.

(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.

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.

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.

(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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

(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.

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.

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.

(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.

 

(BECQ) — The Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality analyzes water samples collected from Saipan's west coast recreational beaches and storm drainages every week.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

(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.

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.

(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. 

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.

(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.

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.

(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.

(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.   

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.

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.

(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.

(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.

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.

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.”

 

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.”

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.

(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.

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 (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.

(BECQ) — The Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality analyzes water samples collected from Saipan's west coast recreational beaches and storm drainages every week.

(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.

(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.

(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.

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.

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) — 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. 

(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.

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.

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.

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.

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.  

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 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.

(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) — 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.

(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.

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