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HAGÅTÑA (JIC) — The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s 79th Covid-19-related fatality occurred at the Guam Memorial Hospital at approximately 12:38 p.m. Friday. The patient was a 63-year-old male with underlying conditions that were further compounded Covid-19. He was admitted to GMH on October 24 after testing positive at the Guam Regional Medical City.
(Guam Homeland Security / Office of Civil Defense) — The National Weather Service says Tropical Depression Atsani (23W) continues to move farther west.
THERE has not been any discussion about what will happen to the alternate care site at Kanoa Resort once the pandemic subsides, Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. Chief Executive Officer Esther Muna said on Wednesday.
THE CNMI Historic Preservation Office will hold the reinterment of 16 ancestral remains in the ancient Chamorro village of Araiao, Saipan located on the grounds of Hopwood Middle School today, Friday.
THE Public School System has started to implement Covid-19 safety measures for its school buses and bus shelters.
THE revived NMI Democratic Party on Wednesday launched its platform for the 2020 midterm elections.
(DPS) — Over the course of the last several weeks, the Department of Public Safety has received a number of complaints of sexual misconduct and sexual harassment against former Rep. Edwin K. Propst.
(CUC) — The Commonwealth Utilities Corp. announces that the Fuel Adjustment Charge or FAC remains at $0.11165 per kWh for the month of November.
(Office of the Governor) — The CNMI Department of Labor is announcing that it will convert a majority of claimants receiving PUA paper checks back to automated clearing house or ACH direct deposits.
(Office of the Governor) — In a memorandum to all department and activity heads and employees on Thursday, Gov. Ralph DLG Torres said Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, is Election Day and thus a legal holiday in the Commonwealth. (See 1 CMC § 6508.)
(Office of the Governor) — The CNMI Bureau of Military Affairs, under the Office of the Governor, announced on Wednesday that they have been awarded $498,000 for the establishment of the CNMI’s first Procurement Technical Assistance Center or PTAC by the Defense Logistics Agency of the U.S. Department of Defense.
(DPS) — On Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, at about 5 p.m., the CNMI Department of Public Safety received a call regarding one overdue fisherman who left the Fishing Base marina at 5 that morning and was due to return at 1:30 p.m.
(SCC) — The Saipan Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce its first in-person general membership meeting or GMM since the onset of Covid-19 on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020 at Hyatt Regency Ballroom.
(Press Release) — Ben Rayphand and Jerry Diaz, from Dandan Middle School, collaborated with Preston Basa from Marianas High School, Lizelle Amirez from WSR Elementary School, and Nerine Villagomez from San Vicente Elementary School in an IXL Academic Program Training session.
COMMONWEALTH Election Commission Executive Director Julita Villagomez said all complaints regarding violations of the 300-foot prohibition of campaign activity near polling places are addressed immediately.
PRECINCT 5 Independent House candidate Joseph Muna Mendiola is in favor of issuing multiple casino licenses on Saipan.
ONLINE classes conducted by at least two public schools on Saipan were canceled Thursday morning due to an hour-and-a-half islandwide power outage that started at 8:59 a.m.
(MV) — The NMI Democratic Party issued the following statement on Thursday:
NORTHERN Marianas College is seeking the support of the Saipan Higher Education Financial Assistance board of directors in encouraging CNMI students to enroll at a local institution for the first and second years of their college education.
(Press Release) — Rep. Sheila Babauta of Precinct 4 is organizing a Halloween event for the children in San Roque and Tanapag on Saturday, Oct. 31, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
(Governor’s Council of Economic Advisers) — Lions Club International District 204 Region II will take every opportunity to serve the community.
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HERE are factual, verifiable and compelling reasons why we need to vote for Democrats:
DEAR honorable Delegate Kilili and other honorable Delegates from the Insular Islands of America (Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and Territories of American Samoa, Guam & Virgin Islands) who are members of the U. S. Congress.
The event was held on Sunday, Oct. 25, with over 1,000 vehicles participating on Saipan and Rota.
THE Saipan Paddling Club is trying to help keep the community healthy by hosting a 5k Virtual Fun Run as part of SPC’s fundraising efforts.
HAVE you ever wondered how construction workers can perform the same movements and tasks without fatigue throughout the day?
HAGÅTÑA (JIC) — The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s 78th Covid-19-related fatality occurred at the Guam Memorial Hospital at approximately 11:11 a.m. Thursday. The patient was a 76-year-old female with underlying conditions that were further compounded Covid-19. She was admitted to GMH on October 22 after testing positive at the Guam Regional Medical City.
(Commonwealth Utilities Corp.) — At 8:59 a.m. Thursday, CUC experienced an islandwide power outage due to a short circuit on the electrical panel for the radiator on Engine No. 1 causing two engines to also trip resulting in an islandwide power outage.
BECAUSE the No. 1 priority of the Public School System is the safety of its students, Education Commissioner Alfred B. Ada is urging everyone to give remote learning a chance in the new school year.
THE CNMI alternate care site facility at Kanoa Resort was officially opened on Wednesday.
ATTORNEY Aaron Halegua said Imperial Pacific International LLC has not complied with the federal court order to pay the plaintiffs’ attorneys’ fees in the amount of $93,834.25.
HAGÅTÑA (Pacific Island Times) — With Covid-19 hospitalizations surging and daily positive cases hitting all-time highs, the coronavirus crisis is pushing the island’s fragile health care system to its limit and causing the 198-bed Guam Memorial Hospital to exceed capacity.
THE Department of Public Safety has not been complying with a CNMI Supreme Court order to have traffic citations filed electronically on File & Serve Express or FSX platform, Variety learned.
GOVERNOR Ralph DLG Torres said his administration, the Covid-19 Task Force and other stakeholders are looking into the possibility of “travel bubble” tourism.
(DPS) — On Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, at about 2:13 p.m., the Department of Public Safety received a call from the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp., notifying traffic investigators that the operator of the crashed vehicle in As Terlaje had passed away about an hour ago.
THE Saipan Mayor’s Office has designated street numbers to 709 residential and commercial buildings in seven villages, Mayor David M. Apatang and his special assistant, Henry S. Hofschneider, informed the Saipan Rotary Club during its regular meeting on Tuesday.
SECRETARY of Finance David DLG Atalig on Wednesday said it is not true that some Pandemic Unemployment Assistance checks have bounced.
HAGÅTÑA (Guam Homeland Security/Office of Civil Defense) — The National Weather Service-Guam Weather Forecast Office issued a special weather statement for Guam and Rota.
(Office of the Governor) — The CNMI Department of Labor has received hundreds of Pandemic Unemployment Assistance applications and weekly claims certifications that do not meet the filing requirements or eligibility for PUA benefits.
(Office of the Governor) — The Governor’s Covid-19 Task Force announces guidelines for a healthy and safe Halloween this weekend.
COMMUNITY Volunteer Max Aguon thanked the USNS Soderman for donating 16 used 55-gallon drums.
(Commonwealth Utilities Corp.) — There will be an emergency water service interruption on Friday, Oct. 30, from 8 .m. to 12 p.m. for customers in the areas of Capital Hill 1200 Block, Isa Drive from the NMI Retirement Fund building south toward the Kagman Road intersection to include Talafofo and Egigi Drive.
(BECQ) — The Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality analyzes water samples collected from Managaha's recreational beaches this week.
(JKPL) — Community members can contact Joeten-Kiyu Public Library during its hours of operation (Wednesday to Thursday, 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; Friday, 1:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.) to make an appointment to JKPL’s spooktacular Book-a-Treat event!
(Press Release) — Grace Christian Assembly is hosting “Let’s Raise a Hallelujah Night,” a candy drive-thru Halloween event on Oct. 31, Saturday, on Magas Loop, Navy Hill from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. or until candy is gone.
JIM Feger, Saipan educator and founder of the sport of Rocball, recently held a virtual meeting with Rocball officials from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Liberia and Sri Lanka.
(NMCADSV) — The Northern Marianas Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence recently named Department of Public Safety Officer Rose Taman Rios, as the recipient of the 2020 Bridge of Light Award or BOLA.
WASHINGTON (U.S. House Committee on Education and Labor) — U.S. Congresswoman Jahana Hayes (CT-05), Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education Chairman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan (Mariana Islands-at Large), and Chairman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03), introduced legislation to save nearly 4 million education jobs, spur economic growth in the midst of an economic crisis, and help mitigate the impacts of students’ learning loss as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
HAGÅTÑA — There must be some mysterious force at work seeking to undermine our old society and its values! Look at what they’ve done to our nation and our faith!
MAJURO — The first positive cases of Covid-19 were confirmed among two American U.S. Army Garrison — Kwajalein Atoll or USAG-KA workers who arrived Tuesday this week as part of an ongoing repatriation program at the missile testing range in the Marshall Islands.
BANGKOK (Reuters) — Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha on Tuesday dismissed calls from opposition parties to resign at a parliament session he had called to discuss months of protests demanding his departure and reforms to the powerful monarchy.
NEW DELHI (Reuters) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday the Chinese Communist Party has brought “bad deals” to Sri Lanka.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — The Trump administration’s imposition of new sanctions on Iran may have been intended to forestall a new nuclear deal with Tehran if Joe Biden is elected president, but it could backfire instead by strengthening Biden’s hand at the bargaining table.
LAS VEGAS/WILMINGTON, Del. (Reuters) — President Donald Trump will hold two campaign rallies on Wednesday in the battleground state of Arizona, where polls show him narrowly trailing Democratic rival Joe Biden, as the White House race heads into its final six-day stretch.
BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) — A senior Chinese official accused the United States on Wednesday of deflecting blame and breaking its word when it comes to fighting climate change, as the simmering diplomatic row between the world’s two biggest economies shifts to the environment.
MANILA (AP) — A strong typhoon blew out of the Philippines on Monday after displacing more than 120,000 people, leaving several fishermen missing and causing at least six vessels to sink or run aground in storm-tossed waters, officials said.
HAGÅTÑA (JIC) — The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s 77th Covid-19-related fatality was pronounced dead on arrival at the Guam Memorial Hospital at approximately 3:23 a.m. Wednesday. The patient was an 82-year-old female with underlying conditions and expired at home in hospice care. She was a known Covid-19 case and was previously admitted to GMH.
HAGÅTÑA (JIC) — The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s 76th Covid-19-related fatality occurred at the Guam Memorial Hospital at approximately 12:26 p.m. Wednesday. The patient was a 41-year-old male with underlying health conditions complicated by Covid-19. He was admitted to GMH on October 5 and tested positive upon admission.
(Press Release) — Pacific Historic Parks, in partnership with the Northern Marianas Humanities Council, would like to invite the community to join them live on Zoom on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020 at 9 a.m. for “Operation Forager, Northern Attack Force: The Battle for Saipan and Tinian with Don A. Farrell.”
THE Commonwealth Election Commission is urging voters to take advantage of the expanded early voting period to avoid risks on Election Day on Nov. 3.
THE Covid-19 pandemic did not stop the faculty and administrative staff of William S. Reyes Elementary School from celebrating the 75th anniversary of the United Nations and commemorating the events that led to the NMI becoming part of the United States.
Governor Ralph DLG Torres issued the following statement Tuesday:
THE CNMI Division of Revenue and Taxation collection branch has filed another tax lien notice under Commonwealth tax law against Imperial Pacific International (CNMI) LLC in Superior Court and the District Court for the NMI.
RONALD Jr. Leon Guerrero Ealey, who was wanted by the Department of Public Safety for theft, has been arrested and brought to Superior Court for a bail hearing.
DISTRICT Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona has denied Barry Israel’s motion for summary judgment in his cross-claims against Keith Waibel, the former trustee of Junior Larry Hillbroom.
(DPS) — The Department of Public Safety is seeking the public’s help in locating Juan D. Tydingco who is wanted for failure to appear in court for the charges of fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, speeding, and reckless driving.
THE alternate care site at Kanoa Resort will officially be handed over to the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. today, Wednesday, at 11 a.m., according to Patrick Guerrero, governor’s authorized representative for the Covid-19 pandemic.
“THERE’S no pressure when it’s time to cast a vote other than putting pencil to paper,” said Rep. Luis John Castro during an interview on Friday at the House of Representatives.
WITH Halloween just around the corner, trick-or-treating will look a little different this year, said the chairman of the governor’s Covid-19 Task Force, Warren Villagomez.
THE Northern Marianas Humanities Council on Friday approved a 5-year strategic master plan.
(Committee to Elect Christina Sablan) — Keeping a campaign commitment, Democratic House candidate and incumbent Rep. Christina “Tina” Sablan of Precinct 2 has released her statement of financial interest and campaign finance report ahead of the November 3 elections.
(Press Release) — The Governor’s Council of Economic Advisers has emphasized the importance of getting various projects off the ground as soon as possible to help the CNMI get through the Covid-19 pandemic and fast-track the islands’ recovery from the crisis.
ON Saturday and Sunday, the 24th & 25th of October, St. Jude Parish celebrated its fiesta.
IN this time of pandemic, we are all facing challenges in receiving services, particularly students receiving special education services.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — President Donald Trump reveled in one of his signature achievements on Monday at a White House ceremony to celebrate U.S. Senate confirmation of his third Supreme Court nominee, Amy Coney Barrett, eight days before the election.
TAIPEI (Taiwan News/Pacnews) — A plan to create a travel bubble between Taiwan and Palau has been postponed because of the Pacific ally's decision to not relax quarantine rules for Taiwanese travelers, the Central Epidemic Command Center or CECC said Saturday.
SUVA, Fiji (RNZ Pacific/Pacnews) — The Marshall Islands says it's ready to work with Covid-19 free countries in the Pacific to create economic opportunities amid the pandemic.
MANILA (Reuters) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Tuesday he had ordered the justice ministry to launch a sweeping investigation into graft across all government agencies, conceding that his country continued to be “plagued with corruption.”
TOKYO (Reuters) — Tumbling numbers of pregnancies and marriages in Japan during the coronavirus pandemic are likely to intensify a demographic crisis in the rapidly aging nation.
MANILA (AP) — The Philippines' ambassador to Brazil has been ordered to return home to face investigation after video surfaced showing her physically mistreating her Filipino house helper, officials said Monday.
THE Marianas Racing Association has been given the green light to revive the old motocross park at Cowtown after Gov. Ralph DLG Torres, Lt. Gov. Arnold I. Palacios, MRA president Steve P. Sablan and MRA vice president Justis "Cuki" F. Alvarez signed an agreement for the opening of the Marianas Motocross Park Tuesday.
THE Department of Public Works on Tuesday issued a stop work order to Imperial Pacific International, citing violations of the Building Safety Code.
This is a reprint of an article originally published on Feb. 22, 2019.
CULTIVATING a strong cultural identity in indigenous youth could be the key to preserving their physical and mental health, according to an article written by Lisa Wexler, head of the Community Health Education program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She lays out the connection between cultivating indigenous culture and enabling young indigenous people to traverse life’s hardships in her brief but fascinating paper “The Importance of Identity, History, and Culture in the Wellbeing of Indigenous Youth.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Townhall) —The U.S. Senate voted to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court on Monday night, by a vote of 52-48. Every Democrat voted against Judge Barrett, in addition to GOP Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, who faces a tough reelection battle; Alaska GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski inevitably voted to confirm Judge Barrett after hearing her unmatched qualifications. Democrats gave their best effort toward derailing Judge Barrett’s confirmation, but with the rules that they themselves set in 2013, Senate Republicans were able to give Judge Barrett an easy confirmation.
THE Governor’s Covid-19 Task Force and the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. on Monday reported four new confirmed cases of Covid-19, bringing the CNMI total to 92 since March 28, 2020.
CNMI Washington Office director Jason Osborne on Friday said the Torres-Palacios administration is trying to get more federal assistance possible even as the second stimulus talks remain at a standstill in the U.S. Congress.
“DEE DEE” is the first sailing canoe made entirely by Chamorro and Carolinian hands, 500 Sails Inc. secretary-treasurer Emma Perez said on Sunday.
(DPS) — The Department of Public Safety is seeking the public’s help in locating Ronald Jr. Leon Guerrero Ealey who is wanted for a theft incident.
HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — A doctor on the governor's physicians advisory group Wednesday talked about his and other health care professionals' frustration with those who seem to "minimize" Covid-19 deaths because of underlying health conditions, or comorbidities.
THE Northern Marianas Humanities Council on Saturday paid tribute to its founder, Daniel L. Nielsen who passed away on May 29, 2020.
FOR lack of jurisdiction, District Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona has dismissed without prejudice the lawsuit of Denis Uvarov against U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Gani Osman, operator of Saipan Security Service.
(SIS) — Eighteen Students at Saipan International Schools have earned AP Scholar Awards in recognition of their exceptional achievements on AP Exams during the 2019-20 school year.
CHIEF Judge Ramona V. Manglona of the District Court for the NMI has granted the parties’ stipulation for dismissal in the lawsuit of a seaman who sued the owners of a tugboat for the injuries he sustained while on the vessel.
A CONCERNED citizen who declined to be identified told Variety that a wedding ceremony and reception were held at the Department of Public Safety on Monday for two police officers.
(Commonwealth Utilities Corp.) — There will be scheduled power interruptions on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020 in Sadog Tasi from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and on Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, on Lalanghita Road and Pine Drive in Kagman 3 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
(DPS) — On Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, at about 8:24 p.m., the Department of Public Safety’s Highway Patrol Units were dispatched to a reported auto-run off crash incident at the Chalan Monsignor Guerrero and Chalan Tun Antonio Apa street light on As Terlaje hill.
PRECINCT 1 Democratic Party House candidate Peter Reyes Muna has been an entrepreneur for 17 years and has a master’s degree in education.
HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — The Guam Department of Education and its partners have managed to whittle down the list of 4,000 students they weren't able to contact previously to about 750 as of Wednesday.
(Office of the Governor) — November will be a very short month for government services with four legal holidays on November 3, Election Day; November 4, Citizenship Day; November 11; Veterans Day; and November 26, Thanksgiving.
(Press Release) — In what he says is an attempt “to contribute to the body of academic knowledge regarding the mental and socio-emotional health needs for teachers,” Jim Rayphand, former San Vicente School teacher and acting principal, hopes he can get a 100% response rate from Saipan’s public elementary school teachers on a specially developed on-line survey which he intends to roll out no later than October 30, 2020 or this Friday.
I WAS truly humbled and honored by my selection as this year’s Life Time awardee by the Northern Marianas Humanities Council and the Governor for whom this award was named.
WITH all the changes we all encountered this year, it is a good time to take our wellness into consideration as we enter into the new year.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden on Monday are down to the final full week of campaigning before the Nov. 3 election, as surging coronavirus cases and a Covid-19 outbreak within Vice President Mike Pence’s staff keep the focus of the race on the pandemic.
KOROR (Island Times/Pacnews) — Palau President Thomas Remengesau Jr. said Micronesia would be a “joke” if it remains with the Pacific Islands Forum even if its new secretary general is not from Micronesia.
CYCLISTS and runners are in for a treat on Nov. 7 as two events will be held on the same day: the Off-Road Duathlon and the North Trail Run.
HAGÅTÑA (JIC) — The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s 73rd Covid-19-related fatality occurred at the U.S. Naval Hospital at approximately 11:20 a.m. Monday. The patient was a 76-year-old female with underlying health conditions complicated by Covid-19. She tested positive on October 15, but no information was available on hospital admission date.
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.
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.
FOUR individuals on Saturday received the 23rd Governor’s Humanities Award for their outstanding achievements and contributions to the humanities in the CNMI.
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.
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.
SECRETARY of Finance David DLG Atalig on Friday said about 9,600 taxpayers have been paid their tax refunds.
(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.
OFFICE of the Public Auditor investigator Travis Hurst has resigned, and his last day at OPA was on Saturday, Oct. 24.
SAIPAN-BORN singer Erica Faye S. Tubera performed in a virtual show in New York called “Live from Quarantine,” Saturday morning local time.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
(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.
(Press Release) — Pacific Historic Parks, in partnership with the Northern Marianas Humanities Council would like to invite the community to join them live on Zoom on Tuesday, Oct. 27, at 9 a.m. for “Islands Too Beautiful For Their Names: Rethinking Legacies of Japanese Colonialism and WWII in the Northern Mariana Islands” with Dr. Jessica Jordan.
(Press Release) — Palau Consul Eileen Kintol is informing members of the Palau community on Saipan that they can cast their ballots for the Palau general elections from Monday, Oct. 26 to Wednesday, Oct. 29, at the Carolinian Utt, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
GOVERNMENT officials, law enforcement and the military are preparing for the worst riots in the nation’s history.
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.
A FEW weeks ago, the Chairman of the Republican Party, James Ada, took a stand against Congresswoman Tina Sablan for factually pointing out dishonest and unethical acts committed by Governor Torres.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — Democratic candidates in oil drilling states were quick to distance themselves on Friday from comments by their party’s presidential candidate, Joe Biden, that indicated he would move the United States away from a reliance on oil.
AUCKLAND, New Zealand (PASAI) — The Pacific Association of Supreme Audit Institutions will be delivering its online training on communications strategy and implementation from Oct. 27 to Nov. 27 2020.
SUVA (RNZ Pacific) — The continued bullying and intimidation tactics by China must stop, says a senior Marshall Islands official.
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.
MAJURO — At least 33 Marshallese are in detention in the United States awaiting opening of Marshall Islands borders for deportation, making the just-ended fiscal year 2020 possibly a record-setting year for Marshallese deportations from the United States.
STEVE Balakrishna has secured a place among the Saipan Golf Association's best players of the year after breaking a three-way tie to win the July Ace of the Month title on Oct. 18 at LaoLao Bay Golf & Resort.
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.
“PRINCIPAL’S List” 4.00 (No grade below a “A”)
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.
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.
POLICE have arrested Yaping She for attempting to assault a man with a box-cutter on Tuesday in Susupe.
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.
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.
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.
ONE of the letters to the editor published by Marianas Variety on June 9, 1977 was from a Marianas High School student who was unhappy with “certain policies being pursued by the Department of Education.”
THERE are no magic or special powers needed to turn adversity into prosperity just “educated analytical and creative thinking driven by the real factors.”
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.
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.
CALVIN Yamagishi notched the Marianas Golf Association's October Ace of the Month title by edging Gus Palacios on Saturday at the Kingfisher Golf Links.
FOR individuals who are discouraged by the pandemic from exercising, Gold's Gym personal trainer Jerry Diaz recommends walking.
(Press Release) — The Triathlon Association of the CNMI and the Northern Mariana Islands Cycling Federations have submitted its enhancement project plan for the North Trail in support of the Governor’s Council of Economic Advisers’ Public Private Partnership initiative.
(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.
(Press Release) — American Memorial Park would like to invite the community to join AMP in honoring our veterans by sending personalized dedications before this year’s Veterans Day.
(Commonwealth Office of Transit Authority) — Starting Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020:
(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.
(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.
(Press Release) — World Resort, Saipan residents’ nearest getaway, has opened its doors to the waterpark and buffet with a “splash.”
(NMC) — Staff members at the Northern Marianas College recently elected new members to its Staff Senate.
MANILA (AP) — The Philippines on Wednesday lifted a ban on non-essential foreign trips by Filipinos, but the immigration bureau said the move did not immediately spark large numbers of departures for tourism and leisure.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
THE Micronesian Islands Nature Alliance recently received a monetary donation from Salty Skin Pacific to support MINA’s mission of empowering communities for conservation.
(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.
(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.
(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.
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.
WASHINGTON (Times UK/Al Jazeera/Pacnews) — The U.S Marines have tested a new strategy for fighting China in a future naval war that would involve missile-armed units island-hopping across the Pacific.
(MV) — The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3457 is inviting public and private school students to participate in Voice of Democracy, Patriot’s Pen and Smart/Maher Teacher Award competitions.
KOROR (RNZ Pacific/Pacnews) — Palau's president has reiterated his call for the United States military to establish a permanent presence in Palau.
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.
(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.
(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.
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.
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.
NICK Reyes fought his way into an elite group as he clinched the Amigos Golf Club’s November Ace of the Month title on Oct. 11, 2020 at the Kingfisher Golf Links.
THE 2020 PSS/NMA All-Schools Cross-Country season will be held next month.
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.
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.
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.
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.
THE Governor’s Covid-19 Task Force chairman, Warren Villagomez, on Tuesday shared updates regarding the CNMI’s fight against the global pandemic.
PACIFIC International Property Management LLC will provide financial assistance to Imperial Pacific International LLC, according to Wenqiang Zou, PIPM managing member.
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.
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.
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.
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.
(BECQ) — The Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality analyzes water samples collected from Saipan’s recreational beaches and storm drainages every Tuesday.
(NMC) — An all-female slate of seven newly elected Associated Students of Northern Marianas College or ASNMC officers took their oath of office on Friday, Oct. 16.
(OVR) — The CNMI Office of Vocational Rehabilitation will conduct business and employer engagements regarding the various programs it offers to clients/consumers on Saipan, Tinian and Rota.
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.
PALIKIR, Pohnpei (FSM Information Services) — On Oct. 16, 2020, Kandhi A. Elieisar, secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs in the Government of the Federated States of Micronesia, and Livingston A. Taulung, FSM secretary of the Department of Health & Social Affairs, joined Huang Zheng, ambassador of the People’s Republic of China, in a formal handover ceremony for the FSM’s receipt of 30 containerized isolation units.
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.
KYUNGA Park topped the CNMI Women's Golf Association's October Ace of the Month Tournament on Sunday at LaoLao Bay Golf & Resort.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 House leadership on Monday agreed to extend the contract of Legislative Bureau Director Antonio “Tony” Sablan to January 31, 2021.
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.
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.
(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.
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.
FRANK Camacho, 31, was already known as "The Crank" before his rise to cage-fighting stardom, but have you ever wondered how did he get his nickname?
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.
MANY people have asked me, why did you decide to run for office?
IN the first part of this Report to the People, I highlighted the legislative activities I have been involved in during this term in the 21st House of Representatives.
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.
PALIKIR, Pohnpei (FSM Information Services) — On Oct. 15 2020, Carlson D. Apis, secretary of the Department of Transportation, Communication & Infrastructure of the Federated States of Micronesia, received Huang Zheng, ambassador of the People’s Republic of China, to discuss ongoing development projects, and to sign on behalf of the FSM a contract for China’s construction of the Hapilmohol-2, a replacement for the aging Hapilmohol-1, a 600-ton class cargo and passenger ship which will predominantly serve the State of Yap and other FSM-wide services as necessary.
(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.
(Press Release) — “Virtual Bankruptcy Seminar 2: Economic Impacts of Covid-19” will be held on Oct. 30, 2020 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. (GMT+10)
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.
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 bill allowing the government to issue temporary business permits became law without the signature of Gov. Ralph DLG Torres on Wednesday last week.
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 led the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Philippine Consulate Support Office at Sun Palace Hotel in San Jose.
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.
THE federal court did not revoke the supervised release of Vickilyn Manglona Teregeyo who admitted to violating the conditions of her probation.
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.
(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.
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.
(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:
(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.
(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.
WHY can’t we fix this planet?
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.
PALIKIR, Pohnpei (FSM Information Services) — In September and October, the Federated States of Micronesia’s Customs and Tax Administration intercepted two separate consignments of illegal weaponry, which have since been confiscated and handed over to the FSM National Police for investigation.
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.
FRANK "The Crank" Camacho, who could stand and bang with the best of them in the octagon, is also passionate about biking/cycling.
THE Saipan Unity Lions Club's 4th Annual Bike Race was a success as about 150 bikers participated despite the rainy weather.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
THE preliminary hearing for a defendant in a sexual abuse of a minor case has been suspended, chief prosecutor John Bradley said.
(Office of the Governor) — The CNMI Department of Labor announces procedures for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance applicants who are denied benefits and want to appeal the Department’s decision.
SUPERIOR Court Presiding Judge Roberto C. Naraja has sentenced Allan Aguon Lifoifoi, 38, to 15 years imprisonment to be served day by day.
JDS Kashima, a training ship of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, is visiting Saipan for the first time, Japan Consul Kazuhiko Ono said.
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.
(CHCC) — In September, the Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation’s Environmental Health Disease Prevention conducted sanitary inspections on retail, eating and drinking establishments.
(SCS) — Every month, Saipan Community School recognizes nine students, one per grade level, for outstanding character displayed at school during the month of September 2020.
KOROR (Pacific Island Times/Pacnews) — Palau is mourning the passing of former President Kuniwo Nakamura on Oct. 14. He was 76.
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.
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.
(MCS) — Mount Carmel School’s graduating class of 2021 is determined to finish their high school career strong and secure their plans after graduation.
(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 front-page of Marianas Variety’s Sept. 29, 1977 issue was packed with big news.
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.
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.
LARRY Deleon Guerrero joined the elite of the Saipan Golf Association after securing his spot as June's Ace of the Month on Sunday, Oct. 4, at the Kingfisher Golf Links.
JUST because you keep losing your first match does not mean the nagging thought of quitting is justified.
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.
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 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.
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 Office of the Mayor of Saipan will hold a groundbreaking ceremony on Friday for the new multifunctional animal shelter building in As Perdido.
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.
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.
(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.
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.
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.
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.
(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.
(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.
(BECQ) — The Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality analyzes water samples collected from Saipan's west coast recreational beaches and storm drainages every week.
(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.
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.
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.
(SCC) — The Saipan Chamber of Commerce is accepting chamber members and potential new members into the SCC Healthcare Group Plan with TakeCare Insurance Company Inc.
HAFA Adai and Tirow CNMI.
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.
MIKE Muna clinched the October Ace of the Month title on Sept. 20, 2020 at the Kingfisher Golf Links.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
THE Lions Clubs International District 204, Region 2 on Saturday cleaned up Sugar Dock beach.
THE common-law wife of Jesus Borja Santos said he slapped and choked her for a full minute on Sunday.
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.
(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.
HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — This year was supposed to be a great one for American Music.
THANK you for your open letter of October 8, 2020.
FOR every clever, crafty and corrupt elected official, being opportunistic is an option.
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.
ASIDE from the long course category, the Saipan Unity Lions Club 4th Annual Bike Race on Sunday also featured a short course with Ronald Bernardo and Jully Rose Felipe as the overall top finishers in their respective divisions.
YET another unique class has been added to Latte Built's list of activities. It’s called Class & a Glass and it mixes yoga with a glass of wine.
TODAY, October 13, early voting begins for the third senatorial district — Saipan and the Northern Islands.
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.
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.
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.
FORMER Speaker Pedro “Paduna” R. Deleon Guerrero said the CNMI has a “leaking” economy.
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.
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.
(Press Release) — Stellar Marianas, the island’s nonprofit pageant and talent group, announces its 2021 Miss Marianas Pageant slated for this March and is inviting eligible young women across the CNMI to help their community by becoming a positive role model and ambassador to the world.
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.
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.
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.
WHEN I began my term in the 21st Legislature, I made a commitment to being open and transparent with you, the people of Precinct 2 and the Commonwealth, about the work I do in serving you.
WHILE Butch Sublemente topped the mountain bike category of the Saipan Unity Lions Club 4th Annual Bike Race on Sunday, Joel Buko and JC Ferrer ruled the road bike category in their respective divisions.
THE winners of this year's Rotary Club of Saipan Goodwill Golf Tournament that was held Saturday at LaoLao Bay Golf & Resort were Jack San Nicolas, Ramon San Nicolas, Soon Ja and Chang Hee Yoo.
TALL athletes are no longer exclusive to sports that requires height.
(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.
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.
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.
THE direct descendants of Chief Agruhubw on Saturday celebrated his legacy on Managaha where he is buried.
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.
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.
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.”
SUPERIOR COURT Associate Judge Joseph N. Camacho on Friday denied the request of Christino Selkor for bail modification.
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.
(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.
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.
(Press Release) — Rota has answered the call for support for the CNMI’s destination enhancement campaign.
(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.
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.
A FORMER instructor of Northern Marianas College, Dr. William “Bill” Bingham, 82, died on Oct. 5, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
(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.
(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.
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.
MAJURO — The Marshall Islands public school lunch program is the big winner in a revised FY2021 national budget that went into effect last week.
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.
HERE at the column, we have kept an eye on the declining cruise industry.
BUTCH Sublemente finished first in the mountain bike men's long course category of the Saipan Unity Lions Club 4th Annual Bike Race on Sunday.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
(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.
HAGÅTÑA (Office of the Governor of Guam) — Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands are working together to combat Covid-19.
(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.
(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:
(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.
THE Fifth (and last) Marianas District Legislature convened in January 1977 at what is now the Guma Sakman (former 4-H) building in Susupe.
The following is the text of the author’s statement to the Lottery Commission during its meeting on Thursday.
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.
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.
THE right workout and nutrition are crucial for an athlete or anyone who wants to be fit, Gold's Gym personal trainer and nutritionist Jerry Diaz said.
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.
PALIKIR, Pohnpei (FSM Information Services) — On Sept. 29, 2020, David W. Panuelo, president of the Federated States of Micronesia, signed into public law the budget for Fiscal Year 2021, which began on Oct. 1, 2020.
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.
ENRICO Del Rosario's journey in the world of soccer continues as he joins the roster of Kings Hammer Soccer Club, an elite U23 team that will compete in the 2020 Ohio Valley Premier League.
IT wasn’t there until I came across the book, “The New Golf Mind,” by PGA Master Professional Dr. Gary Wiren and Dr. Richard Coop.
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.
REPRESENTATIVE Tina Sablan urged voters to remember the “chaos” she attributes to the Republican administration of Gov. Ralph DLG Torres.
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.
SUPERIOR Court Associate Judge Kenneth L. Govendo granted the motion for bail modification of former Corrections officer Eloy Reyes Dela Cruz Jr.
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.
(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.
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 (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.
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.
(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.
(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.
HAGÅTÑA — I am a "Militant Mother.”
THE power struggle we are witnessing today in Washington, D.C. is inflammable and combustible like a virus.
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.
LATTE Built 24hr Fitness Gym on Monday resumed its Barbell Club that was put on hold due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
TENNIS is no different from other sports. It has also laundry list of what you must do and mistakes you must avoid.
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.
(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.
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.
THE jury trial of Roman “Roach” Agulto will no longer proceed after he agreed to plead guilty to illegal possession of a controlled substance.
COLONIA, Yap (Yap State Government) — Over the centuries, ships have run aground on the reef surrounding the island of Yap.
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.
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) — 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.”
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
THE Board of Education on Tuesday approved the designs for three school repair and construction projects funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
THE Office of the Tinian Mayor is requesting Northern Marianas College to turn over 5,000 square meters of its CREES research plot.
LIEUTENANT Gov. Arnold Palacios on Friday signed a proclamation designating October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
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.
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.
DAS Krishnan topped the May Ace of the Month Tournament of the Saipan Golfers Association at LaoLao Bay Golf & Resort.
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.
(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.
(OVR) — The Office of Vocational Rehabilitation would like to inform the public of the counseling office’s temporary hours.
(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.
THE University of the South Pacific has stood as a beacon of island-based education for years.
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.
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 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!