THE “problem” with basic economic truths is that they’re largely counter-intuitive. As the French economist Frédéric Bastiat (1801-1850) once said, “In the department of economy, an act, a habit, an institution, a law, gives birth not only to an effect, but to a series of effects.
IF reports are true, our Governor may have committed a big OOOPs by seeking the help of the Trump Administration to delay his RICO Investigation & Prosecution.
BASIC American Government dictates that the CNMI as a whole is “a state level government” and I can remember having to teach my students that “Saipan is technically a city that is the capital of the State of the CNMI” for Governing Purposes.
THE article on the Democrats and the rebirth of our two-party system reminded me of April 23rd 2019 when I wrote the first Epitaph signaling the death of our Democracy that has been resurrected thanks mostly to the former Independents who joined the Democrats putting the CNMI first over their personal intentions — KUDOS and THANKS! I really knew after the 2018 elections that our Democracy was literally dead and that the very life of our Democracy depended upon the then Independents which is why I put so much public pressure on them for nearly two years to join the Democrat Party. I’m hopeful all of them can now understand why I was so persistent and will truly appreciate the fruits of my labor.
FROM time to time, I come across a book that I think everyone should read.
I WAS totally flabbergasted to see how Sixto and the Republicans literally “butchered” the draft Bill from 289 pages to less than 100 pages which I wrote to help them legalize marijuana.
MARIANAS Variety’s top story on Jan. 9, 1981 — the year’s first issue — was pretty grim:
I AGREE that retirees should have “a voice” in Retirement Issues but more importantly retirees need “a face with TEETH” to make things happen just as the Marijuana Laws speak loud and say a lot but very little is happening to build a Cannabis Tourism & Hemp Industries.
SEOUL (Reuters) — South Korea’s ruling party has called for the country to buy millions of additional coronavirus vaccine doses after a spike in infection numbers raised concerns about the government’s existing plans.
ALONG with eating at home more often and reconnecting with old friends, one of the many positive developments brought about by Covid is that I am reading more books than ever before. I just finished a whale of a tale and I want to recommend it to you.
AS many may know I just received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Northern Marianas Humanities Council and while some may think this about bragging or promoting Ambrose, it is really about trying to help “teachers, students and the CNMI” in becoming an even better place to live and attend school.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Democrats once dominated Koochiching County in the blue-collar Iron Range of northern Minnesota. But in this month’s presidential election, President Donald Trump won it with 60% of the vote.
MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer) — Metro Manila mayors have recommended to the Inter-Agency Task Force or IATF on Emerging Infectious Diseases the retention of the general community quarantine status in the National Capital Region until the end of 2020, Parañaque City Mayor Edwin Olivarez said Monday.
(MCS) — Mount Carmel School announced that all current films in its award-winning “We Drank Our Tears” series will be screened this Thanksgiving weekend at the 10th Annual Guam International Film Festival, also known as GIFF.
(Reuters) — A federal appeals court on Friday rejected an attempt by President Donald Trump’s campaign to block President-elect Joe Biden from being declared the winner of Pennsylvania, dealing another significant setback to Trump’s bid to overturn the Nov. 3 election.
(JKPL) — The Joeten-Kiyu Public Library will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 26, in celebration of Thanksgiving, and on Friday, Nov. 27, as per the governor’s memo dated Nov. 24, “authorizing non-critical employees of the Commonwealth’s departments and agencies to take administrative leave at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020 and for all of Friday, Nov. 27, 2020.”
ONE of the most interesting post-election comments I’ve read so far was posted online by a leftist American writer, Lauren Martinchek.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) — A recount in Wisconsin’s largest county demanded by Republican President Donald Trump’s election campaign ended Friday with Democratic President-elect Joe Biden gaining votes.
(BECQ) — The Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality analyzes water samples collected from Managaha’s recreational beaches and dock as part of the regularly scheduled sampling.
KANDIT News recently cited an anonymous source as saying that the “Trump Administration had stymied the RICO Investigation of our Governor, which is why WE the People have been waiting so long on Justice.
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) — Pope Francis on Saturday installed 13 new cardinals, including the first African-American to hold the high rank, further expanding the pontiff’s impact on the group that will one day elect his successor.
I DON’T know if voters realize it or not but CNMI History is repeating itself right before our eyes as the same thing(s) that happened with former Governor Fitial are now happening with Governor Torres — for TRUE!
(Press Release) — Micronesia Climate Change Alliance is really excited to expand its reach and build regional cohesion in the face of the climate crisis.
ACCORDING to a recent study, human trafficking is on the rise as smugglers take advantage of the chaos created by Covid-19.
WELL it didn’t take long for our Governor to make the first mischievous move to try and control the next Legislature.
VIENNA/DUBAI (Reuters) — Iranian scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, who was killed on Friday, led a life of such secrecy that even his age was under wraps but much about the clandestine nuclear weapons program he is believed to have run has long been known.
(Commonwealth Utilities Corp.) — There will be power interruptions on Monday, Nov 30:
"THE will of the people is the only legitimate foundation of any government, and to protect its free expression should be our first object,” said Thomas Jefferson.
(NMC) — Latte Built Gym is the latest company to sign on as a Northern Marianas College ProaPerks Partner, joining many other businesses and organizations.
MANILA (The Philippine Star) — The Department of Health assured the public that the Covid-19 vaccine of AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals Philippines Inc. will go through the country’s regulatory processes.
(SCS) — Every month, Saipan Community School recognizes nine students, one per grade level, for outstanding character displayed at school.
WHILE many of us are now looking forward to (or already dreading) the possible consequences of the election results, I prefer looking back at the (somewhat oddly reassuring) news stories about the two-year-old Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, 40 years ago.
(Reuters) — Americans defied pleas from state and local officials to stay home for the Thanksgiving holiday in the face of the surging coronavirus pandemic, triggering fresh warnings from health officials with the release of vaccines still weeks away.
(BECQ) — The Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality analyzes every week water samples collected from Saipan's west coast recreational beaches and storm drainages as well as from Tinian's recreational beaches and storm drainages.\
]THE mid-term elections have served to expose the CNMI’s Political future that is either rising for better government or setting on our Politics that will turn into a stalemate that won’t benefit anyone.
WASHINGTON (U.S. Department of the Interior) — The Trump administration is pleased to announce through the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Office of Insular Affairs and Assistant Secretary for Insular and International Affairs Douglas W. Domenech that $1,530,000 in Compact of Free Association and CARES Act funding has been approved to help build several quarantine buildings in the State of Kosrae in the Federated States of Micronesia.
THE “YUM! HeartComm” initiative that Kentucky Fried Chicken launched on Saipan was a big success, KFC Saipan Manager Yole P. Aldan said.
RICK Sablan and Fred Salavaria tied for first place in the Amigos Golf Club's December Ace of the Month Tournament at the Kingfisher Golf Links on Nov. 8, 2020. But Sablan won the title because he had the better tie-break score.
HAGÅTÑA— Brain health is the most important part of an effective health care regimen, but the vast majority of people know little or nothing about it. Today, it’s my hope we change that.
MAJURO — The first group of workers to arrive in the Marshall Islands since the border was closed March 8 due to the Covid-19 pandemic are scheduled to arrive Friday on a chartered Fiji Airways flight.
(Press Release) — This week, the judiciary will have limited business hours due to the annual professional development and employee recognition series on Saipan, and the Thanksgiving holiday.
FREDDIE Cataluna fired a sizzling 8-under par 64 to win the Filtaga’s turkey shootout and unseated 2019 turkey titlist Ruben Avendano, who came home with a 5-over par 77 at the well-maintained LaoLao Bay East course over the weekend.
GENERAL Election Day is November 3, 2020, and for the first time in decades, we have a two-party system offering real choices for the people of the Northern Marianas.
MANILA (Reuters) — Philippine Airlines plans to seek court protection from creditors while it pursues debt restructuring with government help, the finance minister said on Wednesday, as it fights to survive a pandemic that has battered the industry globally.
HAGÅTÑA (Press Release) — I Hagan Famalåo’an Guåhan Inc. continues to present “Mo'na: Finding Our Way,” a 10-part webinar series for women to examine, analyze and interpret historical roles of CHamoru women in the Marianas, sustainability practices, and health and indigenous healing practices within a humanities context.
BRILLIANT Star School topped Heat#1 of the second meet of the 2020-2021 Public School System/Northern Marianas Athletics All School Cross Country elementary division on Friday at the CPA Airport Field.
WE are at the cusp of a new wave of democratic change in the 2020 CNMI midterm elections rooted in growing public discontent in the Governor (and his Administration) and the Legislature.
KOROR (Island Times/Pacnews) — Six Palauans in the United States are facing deportation amid the surge of Covid-19 cases in America.
SEVERAL soccer players from the CNMI have reached U.S. collegiate level and beyond thanks to the help of the Northern Mariana Islands Football Association, NMI men's national team manager Norman Del Rosario and Gold's Gym personal trainer Jerry Diaz.
WE are in unprecedented times.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — The U.S. Supreme Court late on Wednesday backed Christian and Jewish houses of worship challenging New York state’s latest restrictions in novel coronavirus hot spots.
(NMC) — Financial aid is available for new and ongoing students who are pursuing their college studies through Northern Marianas College.
AGAPE Christian School proved to be the team to beat in the high school category of the 2020-2021 Public School System/Northern Marianas Athletics All School Cross Country competition on Saturday at the CPA Airport Field.
ROUGHLY 250 years ago, the United States and Great Britain partnered to become the dominant center of power on Earth.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday pardoned his former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who had twice pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI during the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
TAMUNING, Guam (Press Release) — Docomo Pacific, regional leader in innovation, telecommunications, & entertainment, launches the Apple iPhone 12 in the Marianas.
WHILE the CNMI doesn’t have anything that resembles a “political poll” it is getting more and more obvious that “island time” has finally caught up with the Republicans who have taken all of us for granted entirely toooooo long.
IMPERIAL Pacific International on Monday said it paid DR Safety $130,000 to oversee the construction of the casino and hotel tower in Garapan, and submit the required documents to the Department of Public Works.
MANILA (Reuters) — Tensions in the South China Sea will increase due to a U.S.-China rivalry that could be kept in check, if only Southeast Asian countries took a united stand to influence the status quo, a top Philippine security official said on Wednesday.
ALICE in Wonderland and Team C&R Corp. proved their worth in the 5th Off-Road Duathlon after powering past the competition in their respective divisions to clinch first place.
WHO would conclude that Donald Trump created Ralph Torres in his own image?
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — President Donald Trump’s baseless attacks on the U.S. election may be endangering Republican chances of keeping control of the Senate, as Republican candidates in twin January runoffs in Georgia try to drive voters to the polls while amplifying Trump’s claim that the system is rigged.
TASI To Table Club members started their eight-month program on Saturday, Nov. 7, by learning about boating safety and water quality from the Department of Public Safety and the Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality.
THE Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. on Monday announced that another newly arrived passenger tested positive for Covid-19.
MANILA (AP) — U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration provided precision-guided missiles and other weapons to help the Philippines battle Islamic State group-aligned militants and renewed a pledge to defend its treaty ally if it comes under attack in the disputed South China Sea.
(Press Release) — IT&E will offer the new iPhone 12 family of devices on the widest most reliable 4G LTE network in Guam and the Northern Marianas.
(MV) — The high energy and excitement of cheerleading is what drew Dylan Torres to the sport and now with three national championships under her belt at only 12 years old, she is looking to the future.
(Office of the Governor) — The CNMI Department of Labor announced Monday that it received an additional $27,574,600 for the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation program.
MANILA (Reuters) — China's embassy in the Philippines has denounced the United States for "creating chaos" in Asia, after a visiting White House envoy backed countries in disputes with China and accused Beijing of using military pressure to further its interests.
(SCC) — The Saipan Chamber of Commerce has joined with the CNMI Department of Commerce and their partner LocalGov for a step-by-step, online session to explain how to file your CNMI BGRT, Hotel Occupancy Tax, and Bar Tax online.
SOME public schools are now preparing for blended learning, Education Commissioner Alfred B. Ada said.
WASHINGTON/WILMINGTON, Del. (Reuters) — After weeks of defiance, President Donald Trump on Monday allowed officials to proceed with a transition to President-elect Joe Biden, giving his Democratic rival access to briefings and funding even as he vowed to persist with efforts to fight the election results.
(Press Release) — In the spirit of Thanksgiving, E-Land Group, the parent company of Kensington Hotel Saipan and Pacific Islands Club Saipan, donated 10 whole turkeys to the Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services as a token of appreciation for its service.
CHARLIE Sendin and Ayano Braxton topped their respective divisions in the 5th Off-Road Duathlon held Saturday in Marpi.
(DPS) — At 3 p.m., Monday, Nov. 30, 2020, search teams confirmed that the two fishermen reported missing on Friday had been found due west of Saipan and Tinian. Both are alive and in good health.
TOKYO (Reuters) — China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi is set to visit Tokyo on Tuesday marking the first such high-level trip since Japan picked a new leader in September and amid mounting concerns over Beijing’s growing assertiveness in the region.
(Press Release) — American Memorial Park management would like to inform the public that there will be temporary closures to the Micro Beach parking lot loop and the tennis court parking lot area between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Nov. 23 and 24. The work is part of a larger effort to replace solar lighting throughout the park damaged during Super Typhoon Yutu. While the park waits for the arrival of the new lights for installation, the Micro Beach parking lot will have areas that are not lit at night. The community is asked to exercise caution when visiting after dark.
TEAM Saipan International School bested three other schools in heat 1 of the co-ed elementary U11 division of the 2020-2021 Public School System/Northern Marianas Athletics All School Cross Country event held Friday at the CPA Airport Field.
THE Public School System-Office of Curriculum Instruction has launched an e-library, which provides various reading resources including children’s digital books for Chamorro and Carolinian Languages and Heritage Studies.
MANILA (Reuters) — The Philippines is close to concluding talks with Britain’s AstraZeneca for the supply of at least 20 million doses of its Covid-19 vaccine, a top coronavirus task force official said on Monday.
(NMC) — Northern Marianas College is reminding individuals who are seeking to advance their education or their professional careers that they can apply for and register for the college’s Spring 2021 semester.
ABEL Thomas and Andrei Kaithlyn Chavez topped their respective divisions in this year's North Trail Run sponsored by Tan Holdings Corp. on Saturday in Marpi.
THE Northern Marianas College Board of Regents has formally launched the search for the new NMC president.
PALIKIR, Pohnpei (FSM Information Services) — On Nov. 20 and 21, 2020, 41 individuals — consisting of MiCare-insured medical patients and their attendants, students, and diplomatic staff who are directly attached to foreign embassies — entered the government of the Federated States of Micronesia’s pre-quarantine site in Guam.
THIS is not a bad sporting option for you.
HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — The University of Guam estimates it could take two weeks before its computer network can be fully restored following a malware attack and an attempt to get a ransom.
KOROR (Island Times/Pacnews) — The Palau Election Commission has certified the 2020 election results and officially declaring the winners.
(Press Release) — The Ohala Foundation, a non-profit organization, will hold a food and clothing drive this Saturday, Nov. 21, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Atkins Kroll intersection/Oleai pavilion across from Modern Stationery on Saipan.
FITNESS and nutrition are very important for our health, but taking a day or two off could also help us.
HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — The Guam Police Department’s 11th Police Officer Training Cycle is temporarily suspended after 10 recruits tested positive for Covid-19, according to Police Chief Steve Ignacio.
PAGO PAGO (RNZ Pacific/Pacnews) — American Samoa's governor has given provisional approval to the government's plan to repatriate about 600 residents stranded in Hawai'i and the U.S mainland.
(Press Release) — “Where there is a need, there is a Lion.” Kindness matters and that is why members of the Saipan Fil-American Lions Club have extended financial assistance to some of the victims of super typhoon Vamco/Ulysses in the Philippines.
EDWARD C. Sablan topped the Saipan Golf Association’s August Ace of the Month tournament on Sunday, Oct. 25, at LaoLao Bay Golf & Resort.
HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — While the path isn't all too clear, Lt. Gov. Joshua Tenorio said he and the governor are in support of pursuing a mandatory trash collection policy with the Guam Legislature.
MANILA (Reuters) — Philippine healthcare worker Vince Umali received a blow when the coronavirus pandemic derailed his plan to work in Canada this year, but he hopes to revive his dream of an overseas job after breakthroughs in the race to develop Covid-19 vaccines.
(NMC) — 4EVER CNMI is the latest company to sign on as a Northern Marianas College ProaPerks Partner, joining many other businesses and organizations.
(Flame Tree TV) — Chris Nelson and Todd Montgomery host a new television program that explores the intersection of travel and technology in the hospitality industry. The pilot was shot and edited by Ben Atalig.
BEIJING (Reuters) — China will respond to the reported visit of a U.S. Navy admiral to Taiwan and firmly opposes any military relations between Taipei and Washington, China’s Foreign Ministry said on Monday.
(Press Release) — Mikaela San Nicolas and Erika Pascual topped this year’s Pacifica Insurance Underwriters, Inc’s Pacifica Art Contest.
THE 2020-2021 Public School System/Northern Marianas Athletics All School Cross Country Series will debut Friday, Nov. 6, at the CPA Airport Field.
ONE additional individual has been confirmed positive for Covid-19. This brings our CNMI total to 106 cases since March 28, 2020. The individual was identified by travel screening and confirmed diagnosis through testing upon arrival. More details to follow.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — President Donald Trump’s increasingly tenuous efforts to reverse his election loss to President-elect Joe Biden could be dealt a lethal blow on Monday, as Biden turns to the task of building his cabinet.
(BECQ) — The Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality analyzed water samples collected from Saipan's east and south recreational beaches this week as well as from Rota's recreational beaches and storm drainages.
AGAPE Christian School finished first in the U11 co-ed division of the 2020-2021 Public School System/Northern Marianas Athletics All School Cross Country race on Friday at the CPA Airport Field.
(DPS) — At 3 p.m., Monday, Nov. 30, 2020, search teams confirmed that the two fishermen reported missing on Friday have been found west of Saipan and Tinian. Both are alive and in good health. More information will follow from the search and rescue teams once available.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden turned 78 on Friday. In two months, he'll take the reins of a politically fractured nation facing the worst public health crisis in a century, high unemployment and a reckoning on racial injustice.
(IT&E) — To help those in the Philippines devastated by Typhoons Rolly and Ulysses, IT&E CNMI is hosting a text-to-donate campaign from November 18 to 26, 2020.
AS a globe-trotting professional for over 60 countries teaching tennis as far as Russia, Mr. Wegner has discovered that tennis is a simple game made difficult by many teachers of the sport.
(DPS) — On Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020, the Department of Public Safety, with the assistance of the U.S. Coast Guard, continued the search for the two fishermen who were reported missing on Friday.
WEST COVINA, Ca. (USDOL) — After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division or WHD, Fames Transport Inc. — a mail-hauling contractor for the U.S. Postal Service in Southern California — has paid $116,513 in back wages and fringe benefits to 67 employees for violating the Service Contract Act or SCA.
CHRIS Sterling, in a firefighter’s costume, stole the hearts of viewers and participants alike as he won the Best Costume Award in the Saipan Paddling Club’s 5K Virtual Fun Run: 2020 Halloween Edition.
THE Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. and the Governor’s Covid-19 Task Force on Saturday reported that another individual had been confirmed positive for Covid-19, raising the CNMI’s total to 105 cases since March 28, 2020.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — President Donald Trump’s desperate bid to overturn the U.S. election was dealt a new setback on Saturday when a federal judge threw out his campaign’s attempt to invalidate millions of votes in Pennsylvania.
(TMS) — Tanapag Middle School wishes all Parents/Guardians a Happy National Parental Involvement Day this Thursday, Nov.19! TMS also invites all Tataga parents/guardians to this school year's first virtual PTSA meeting on Thursday, Nov. 19, from 5 to 6 p.m. Please see student emails for the meeting link, flyers, and more information. Thank you for your attendance and involvement!
THE Saipan Fishermen's Association has announced that the 16th Annual Mahi-Mahi Derby will be held on Dec. 12 at the Smiling Cove Marina.
MAJESTY Chinese Restaurant, in partnership with Marianas Medical Center and anonymous donors, served 172 meals on Thanksgiving, exceeding the original target for the "Full Belly, Full Hearts" initiative.
MANILA (Reuters) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has approved ending a ban on deploying the nation’s healthcare workers, his labor secretary said on Saturday, clearing the way for thousands of nurses to take up jobs overseas.
NEW YORK (Reuters) — The U.S. death toll from Covid-19 surpassed a grim new milestone of 250,000 lives lost on Wednesday, as New York City’s public school system, the nation’s largest, called a halt to in-classroom instruction, citing a jump in coronavirus infection rates.
On Nov. 14, 2020, the Saipan Unity Lions Club distributed care packages as part of its “Feed the Hungry” Program. Club president Lion Alicia Barbo, first vice district governor Atoy Banting and club members distributed rice, a variety of canned goods and butane gas to 100 individuals who need help. The distribution was held at Graphics Enterprise on Middle Road. “Thank you so much to our donors and partners for making this happen,” club president Alicia Barbo said.
REGARDING the resumption of work at the Imperial Pacific International construction site, Gov. Ralph DLG Torres said he is happy that it is moving forward.
MANILA (The Philippine Star) — Over 10,300 returning overseas Filipinos, not just those migrant workers repatriated by the Department of Foreign Affairs were confirmed to have contracted SARS-CoV-2.
(Pacific Islands Club-Saipan) — School term has started yet that doesn’t mean students have returned to normal school life. Virtual learning at home has been the “new normal.” PIC has noticed that the “new normal” format is not easy for everyone, and some families are having difficult time to balance the work life and monitoring their kids’ virtual learning schedule.
GOVERNOR Ralph DLG Torres is hoping that the Commonwealth will receive additional Covid-19 funding from the incoming administration of President-elect Joe Biden.
MAJURO — As the coronavirus spreads uncontrollably in the United States, the last two repatriation groups arriving in the Marshall Islands from the U.S. have had individuals who tested positive after arrival.
MAJURO — The western Pacific’s “tuna cartel” has named a new chief executive officer, following last week’s meeting of fisheries ministers from each of the nine participating islands in the Parties to the Nauru Agreement or PNA.
TINIAN — Amid the Covid crisis, the Tinian JROTC cadets remain active & always looking for ways to make a positive impact in their community. Recently the Stallion Battalion helped raise funds for Tinian’s first and only food bank: The Ohala Foundation.
HAGÅTÑA (BoG) — BankGuam Holding Company has announced that its board of directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.10 per share for the holders of its common stock and a dividend payment to the holders of the company’s 5.5% fixed rate/floating rate noncumulative preferred stock, Series A, at its board’s regular meeting held on Monday, Nov. 23, 2020.
MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer) — President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday night threatened to get in the way of Vice President Leni Robredo if she decides to seek the presidency in 2022.
More details to follow.
SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) — President Donald Trump on Tuesday fired top cybersecurity official Chris Krebs in a message on Twitter, accusing him without evidence of making a “highly inaccurate” statement affirming the Nov. 3 election was secure and rejecting claims of fraud.
(MCS) — Mount Carmel School announced that its accreditation has been renewed, marking 25 years since the initial achievement of this distinction in 1995.
(DPS) — On Friday, November 27, 2020, at about 9 a.m., the Department of Public Safety received a call regarding two fishermen who left the Fishing Base marina at about 5:30 a.m. on Thursday morning and were due to return on Friday morning. Police learned from the callers that their husbands might be fishing around Goat Island and Tinian.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — As the battle for control of the U.S. Senate intensified in Georgia, Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff on Tuesday suggested an ally of President Donald Trump may have committed a crime in approaching the top state election official about vote counting.
(NMC) — Tribe Marianas is the latest company to sign on as a Northern Marianas College ProaPerks Partner, joining many other businesses and organizations.
HAGÅTÑA (Joint Information Center) — The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s 112th Covid-19-related fatality occurred at the Guam Regional Medical City on November 25, 2020 at approximately 8:20 p.m. The patient was an 81-year-old male with underlying conditions that were further compounded by Covid-19. He was admitted to GRMC on November 25, 2020 and tested positive upon admission.
LAS VEGAS (Reuters) — President Donald Trump’s campaign on Tuesday announced a lawsuit to halt President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in Nevada, the latest in a flurry of challenges that legal experts have said will not change the election’s outcome.
THE Japanese Society of the Northern Marianas celebrated the 35th anniversary of the Saipan Katori Shrine revival on Nov. 7, 2020 at Sugar King Park.
HAGÅTÑA (Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense) — The National Weather Service-Weather Forecast Office Guam is monitoring a large trade-wind disturbance located about 148 degrees east of Guam, bringing deepening moisture westward. Showers and thunderstorms moving through the region could bring locally heavy rainfall leading to flash flooding.
WILMINGTON, Del./WASHINGTON (Reuters) — President-elect Joe Biden said on Monday “more people may die” if outgoing President Donald Trump continues blocking a transition of power as the coronavirus pandemic worsens, and he urged Congress to pass new relief legislation.
(Press Release) — Bank of Guam is proud to announce that its 2020 Calendar “Finding Your Purpose” has been recognized with Platinum Award, and its 2019 Year in Review has earned Gold from Marcom Awards.
SINCE last month and after the Department of Public Works issued a stop work order, Imperial Pacific International has ceased working with the AM Group, the staffing agency that provided IPI with local construction workers.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — President Donald Trump, with two months left in office, last week asked for options on attacking Iran’s main nuclear site, but ultimately decided against taking the dramatic step, a U.S. official said on Monday.
(Press Release) — The 32nd American Red Cross Club 200 fundraising event will be exclusively online this year due to Covid-19.
DIVISION of Fish and Wildlife Director Manny Pangelinan on Wednesday pleaded guilty to driving under the influence.
HARRISBURG Pa. (Reuters) — Three more lawyers representing President Donald Trump’s campaign have asked to withdraw from his lawsuit challenging the U.S. election results in Pennsylvania, shaking up his legal team on the eve of a major court hearing.
(PhilHonCon) – The Office of Philippine Honorary Consul to the CNMI Glicerio “Eli” Arago is now authorized by the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs to extend the validity of expiring Philippine ePassports for one year from date of application for a limited period.
FIRST lady Diann Torres and second lady Wella Palacios will lead the lighting of “A Christmas Village on the Hill” this Sunday, Nov. 29, at 6:30 p.m. on Capital Hill.
MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer) — The group OCTA Research has classified nine local government units or LGUs in the country as high-risk areas for the coronavirus disease 2019, with Baguio City and Davao City being tagged as “hotspots of serious concern.”
BARRIGADA, Guam (ESGR) — Guam-CNMI Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Guam and the CNMI State Committee has announced that the 2021 Freedom Award nomination season is from Oct. 1 until December 31, 2020.
SEVERAL organizations across the Commonwealth are supporting the efforts to beautify and maintain tourist sites and popular public attractions around the islands through the public-private partnership program of the Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors.
SEOUL (Reuters) — South Korea will impose stricter social distancing rules for the greater Seoul area a month after easing them, officials said on Tuesday, warning of an even bigger crisis if anti-Covid-19 efforts fail to dampen a spike in new cases.
(Press Release) — “Given the current state of global economic affairs, I hope that attorneys will avail themselves of this training and embrace professional opportunities to assist debtor and/or creditor clients navigate through the financial upheaval caused by this pandemic,” said Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona of the District Court for the Northern Mariana Islands.
THE operations team of the Saipan Mayor’s Office is back to 80 hours, thanks to the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Technical Assistance Program.
(Press Release) — MYPros is excited to announce the launching of their educational online training series, which aims to provide professional development opportunities for professionals alike.
THE CNMI has been approved for the lost wages assistance program, but the Commonwealth is also hoping that the federal government will waive the matching fund requirement.
KOROR (Island Times/Pacnews) — Palau’s President-elect Surangel Whipps Jr. has announced the creation of his transition team.
(MCS) — Mount Carmel School celebrates and honors military veterans today, Nov. 11, 2020.
GOVERNOR Ralph DLG Torres on Wednesday shared his Thanksgiving greetings with the people of the Northern Marianas.
WASHINGTON/WILMINGTON, Del. (Reuters) — President Donald Trump on Sunday briefly acknowledged losing the U.S. election in a morning Twitter post but then backtracked, saying he concedes “nothing” and vowing to keep up a court fight that election-law experts say is unlikely to succeed.
(SIS) — Saipan International School seniors Frederic “Mac” Guintu, Cindy Kim, and Oliver Lee were named finalists for the QuestBridge scholarship last week after completing and submitting an extensive application packet.
HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — Certified merchant mariner Dexter Long is going to spend more than seven years in the custody of the U.S. Bureau of Prisons.
SEOUL (Reuters) — South Korea reported more than 200 new coronavirus cases for the third consecutive day on Monday, as the government mulls tightening social distancing to curb persistent outbreaks from offices, medical facilities and small gatherings.
(BECQ) — Each week, the Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality analyzes water samples collected from Saipan's west coast recreational beaches and storm drainages and the Grotto as well as from Tinian's recreational beaches and storm drainages.
IN celebration of its 32nd year, the Public School System on Monday recognized this year’s outstanding teachers and support staff members.
MANILA (Reuters) — The death toll from the deadliest cyclone to hit the Philippines this year has climbed to 67, while many areas remained submerged in a northern region hit by the worst flooding in more than four decades, officials said on Sunday.
ON Nov. 5, 2020, the Saipan Unity Lions Club and Teen Unity Leo Club presented 50 school bags filled with schools supplies to Oleai Elementary School. The school’s staff and principal, Jasylene Parico, will safely hand the supplies to 50 OES students. The project was made possible by donations from business establishments and club members. The distribution was led by club president Alicia Barbo, first vice district governor Atoy Banting, and Leo president Vicky Ancheta.
HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — Former Department of Revenue and Taxation worker Linda Jean Pangelinan Palacios, 48, was hoping to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with her family before starting her prison sentence.
KOROR (Island Times/Pacnews) — Sen. Jerrlyn Uduch Sengebau Senior will become the second woman in Palau’s history to assume the position of vice president.
(Stellar Marianas) — In time for the for the upcoming Miss Marianas Pageant slated for next March, Stellar Marianas announces its new set of officers for this pageant year.
HAGÅTÑA (JIC) — The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s 110th Covid-19-related fatality occurred at the Guam Memorial Hospital at approximately 9:40 a.m. Thursday. The patient was a 61-year-old male with underlying conditions that were further compounded by Covid-19. He was admitted to GMH on October 15, 2020 and was a known positive case.
BERLIN (Reuters) — Germany’s federal government and states are considering new Covid-19 measures to halt the rise in infections, such as dramatically reducing the number of people at household gatherings and compulsory mask wearing for school students.
ON Nov. 5, 2020, at approximately 10:30 a.m., the Saipan Southern High School Manta Ray Battalion’s Color Guard detail posted the colors for the Veterans of Foreign Wars and their families in an event hosted by Gov. Ralph DLG Torres.
DISTRICT Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona on Wednesday cited Gold Mantis for contempt of court and imposed a $2,000 fine per day for violating her discovery order in a lawsuit filed by seven construction workers.
LONDON (Reuters) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is self-isolating after coming into contact with someone who tested positive for Covid-19, a fresh setback after infighting among his top advisers plunged Downing Street into chaos last week.
(NMC) — Shirley's Coffee Shop is the latest company to sign on as a Northern Marianas College ProaPerks Partner, joining many other businesses and organizations.
EDUCATION Commissioner Alfred B. Ada said educators this year are faced with “a multitude of decisions and reflexive reactions” as they look for ways to safely reopen schools amid “the chronic unpredictability of the situation.”
(Press Release) — Montessori@Home is excited to announce the opening of its doors to the families and children of Saipan and around the globe!
THE Northern Marianas Humanities Council and the Public School System plan to establish a broadcasting and journalism academy for high school students, council executive director Leo Pangelinan said.
BISMARCK, N.D. (Reuters) — North Dakota has become the 35th U.S. state to require face coverings be worn in public, as governors across the country grapple with a surge in coronavirus infections that threatens to swamp their healthcare systems.
(NMC) — In the spirit of the season, Latte Built Gym will be giving back to the island community by participating in this year’s Toys for Tots program.
DOCOMO Pacific held a webinar last week regarding economic diversification in the Marianas.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Fervent supporters of President Donald Trump rallied in Washington on Saturday behind his spurious claim of a stolen election and swarmed his motorcade in adulation when he detoured for a drive-by on his way out of town.
HAGÅTÑA (Press Release) — I Hagan Famalåo’an Guåhan Inc. or IHFG presents “Mo'na: Finding Our Way,” a 10-part webinar series for women to examine, analyze and interpret historical roles of CHamoru women in the Marianas, sustainability practices, and health and indigenous healing practices in a humanities context.
THE Rotary Club of Saipan on Tuesday distributed 225 pre-packed meals for the senior citizens of the Office on Aging.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans will have at least 203 seats in the next House, giving them enough wins to assure that Democrats will have fewer members next year.
(MCS) — Mount Carmel School congratulates these students for making it to the 1st Quarter President’s List & Honor Roll.
HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — A federal drug convict who recently admitted to repeatedly using meth faces additional time in prison after she allegedly failed at least two drug tests over the past week.
MAJURO — Tuna transshipment activity in Majuro picked up in October compared to the previous month, but remains low compared to the past six years that have seen Majuro become the world’s busiest tuna transshipment port.
THE Saipan Higher Education Financial Assistance program should be on the “thank you” list of its recipients today on Thanksgiving.
MANILA (Reuters) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday cleared his newly appointed police chief of any violation of rules when he celebrated his birthday in May during one of the world's strictest coronavirus lockdowns.
(SINMI) — The Soroptimist of the Northern Mariana Islands Club will be holding its monthly luncheon meeting on Thursday, Nov. 12, at 12 noon at Fiesta Resort World Cafe. The cost of the luncheon is $17.
CNMI Department of Labor Secretary Vicky I. Benavente said the Commonwealth has yet to receive approval of its eligibility for the lost wages assistance program.
NEW YORK (Reuters) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday imposed a new round of restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus as the infection rate climbed and hospitalizations soared in the state that was the epicenter of the U.S. outbreak in its early stages.
(Press Release) — American Memorial Park is seeking a reliable, energetic and outgoing person to join their team as the new community volunteer ambassador or CVA.
HAGÅTÑA (JIC) — The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s 109th Covid-19-related fatality occurred at the Guam Memorial Hospital at approximately 11:02 a.m. Wednesday. The patient was a 65-year-old male with underlying conditions that were further compounded by Covid-19. He was admitted to GMH on October 22, 2020 and was a known positive case.
MAJURO — The Marshall Islands is reverting this week to Covid-free status following medical declaration that the U.S. Army worker who initially tested positive two weeks ago is no longer contagious.
(Press Release) — Triple J’s Payless SuperFresh & Truckload Store will celebrate its first anniversary this Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020. To commemorate the special date, Payless SuperFresh & Truckload Store is giving back to the community.
(MV) — At about 1:10 p.m. Wednesday, police apprehended Zaji Obatala Zajradhara, 57, on the charge of terroristic threatening.
SEOUL/TOKYO/WILMINGTON, Del. (Reuters) — In their first calls with Joe Biden since the U.S. election, the leaders of Japan, South Korea and Australia on Thursday reaffirmed plans to form close ties with the president-elect to tackle issues including climate change and regional security.
THE Department of Public Lands on Tuesday conducted a homestead lottery for persons of Northern Marianas descent.
ATLANTA, Ga. (Reuters) — Georgia’s Republican Secretary of State said on Wednesday there was no sign yet of widespread fraud in his state’s vote count, where Democratic President-elect Joe Biden currently has a 14,000 vote lead over President Donald Trump.
HÅGATÑA (Press Release) — Former Nanbo Insurance general manager Absalon “Vic” Waki passed away Thursday morning at the age of 84.
(Office of the Governor) — Gov. Ralph DLG Torres on Wednesday appointed Kina Borja Peter, CPA, to serve as CNMI public auditor. If confirmed, she will be the first female to serve as CNMI public auditor.
RIYADH (Reuters) — Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz urged the world on Thursday to take “a decisive stance” to address efforts by Iran to develop nuclear and ballistic missile programs, in an annual address to the top government advisory body.
“THAT is their right, to protest peacefully,” said Gov. Ralph DLG Torres on Friday when asked about community members who want to publicly express their frustrations with the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program — specifically, the delay in the approval of their PUA claims or the release of their PUA money.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — President-elect Joe Biden on Wednesday named longtime adviser Ron Klain as his White House chief of staff, his first major appointment, as he builds his administration regardless of whether President Donald Trump accepts the election results.
(Press Release) — Veterans of Foreign Wars Saipan Post 3457 invites all veterans and those who support veterans to participate in what is hoped to be the first annual Veterans Day Motorcade.
FOR the past three years, Saipan Marianas Lions Club members have planted over 100 trees at various sites on island, club president Ladyvir Canape said.
NEW YORK (Reuters) — President-elect Joe Biden is likely to start his term faced with the worst public health crisis in decades and an economy still reeling from a sharp coronavirus-led contraction earlier this year.
ON Oct. 30 and 31, 2020, the Saipan Southern High School Manta Ray Battalion helped out the Joeten-Kiyu Public Library.
HAGÅTÑA (JIC) — The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s 108th Covid-19-related fatality occurred at the U.S. Naval Hospital at approximately 6:50 p.m. Tuesday. The patient was a 48-year-old male with underlying conditions that were further compounded by Covid-19. He tested positive on November 21 and was admitted to USNH on November 24, 2020.
MANILA (Reuters) — Torrential rains from Typhoon Vamco lashed provinces in the Philippines’ main Luzon island on Thursday, killing at least one person and paralyzing parts of the capital Manila as some residents awaited rescue by boat due to rising flood waters.
(SCC) — On Wednesday, Nov. 4, the Saipan Chamber of Commerce hosted an election for its 2021/2022 board of directors.
PUBLIC School System State Teacher of the Year Bonny Cruz is an advocate for teachers’ mental health wellness.
WILMINGTON, Del./WASHINGTON (Reuters) — President-elect Joe Biden said on Tuesday that nothing would stop the transfer of power in the U.S. government, while President Donald Trump pursued lawsuits in several states in a long-shot bid to hold on to power.
THE winners of the Public School System’s Education Month theme, art and essay writing contests received their prizes on Monday in the Marianas High School cafeteria.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — Democrat Cal Cunningham, who had been considered the leader for a U.S. Senate seat in North Carolina until his campaign was undermined by a sex scandal, on Tuesday conceded the closely fought contest to Republican incumbent Thom Tillis.
TRADITIONALLY, “shabu-shabu” hot pot is a cook-it-yourself dish with everyone at the table taking part in the cooking and enjoying the ingredients with different dipping sauces.
(DPS) — The Department of Public Safety continues to look into several complaints of sexual misconduct and sexual harassment against former Rep. Edwin K. Propst.
(Reuters) — More than 300,000 people have died of Covid-19 across Europe, according to a Reuters tally on Tuesday, and authorities fear that fatalities and infections will continue to rise as the region heads into winter despite hopes for a new vaccine.
(MCS) — Alongside many citizens and residents of the CNMI, Mount Carmel School observes the holiday noting the day the people of the Northern Marianas became United States citizens on Nov. 4, 1986.
THE Department of Public Works on Tuesday lifted the stop work order it issued against Imperial Pacific International on Oct. 27 due to building code violations.
MANILA (Reuters) — Two gunmen on a motorcycle shot dead a radio journalist outside his home in the Philippines on Tuesday, police said, four years after the broadcaster survived a near-identical assassination attempt.
(Office of the Governor) — Heading into the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, Gov. Ralph DLG Torres, in a memorandum, has authorized non-critical employees of the Commonwealth’s departments and agencies to take administrative leave at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 25, and for all of Friday, Nov. 27, 2020.
CHICAGO/LONDON (Reuters) — Scientists on Monday said initial trial results for Pfizer Inc and BioNTech’s coronavirus vaccine far outpaced their expectations for protection against a completely new disease, but that many questions remain unanswered.
AUGUST Supermarket, which opened in Garapan on Oct. 30, offers its customers affordable prices and a safe and friendly shopping environment.
COMMONWEALTH Casino Commission Chairman Edward C. Deleon Guerrero on Tuesday raised a concern about the Chinese government’s blacklisting of cross-border or overseas gambling destinations.
MANILA (Reuters) — The Philippine economy shrank by more than expected on an annual basis in the third quarter due to the Covid-19 pandemic, official data showed on Tuesday, but the fallout eased after the government gradually lifted coronavirus restrictions.
(GCA) — All 15 students who competed in the first virtual monthly qualifying Primary Grades Forensic Conference or PGFC competition won in one or two of the events in the October competition. All the first place winners are from Grace Christian Academy.
THE Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. will make the Covid-19 vaccine available to everyone in the CNMI, CHCC spokesman Lee Tenorio said.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — President Donald Trump said on Monday he had “terminated” Defense Secretary Mark Esper, signaling he may use his final months in office after defeat at the polls to settle scores within his administration.
(Press Release) — Brilliant Star Montessori School’s 20th anniversary year did not start off as planned with the Covid pandemic challenges, but critical face to face learning, under the CNMI Task Force guidelines to ensure safety, is now happily underway on Navy Hill.
THE Public School System is moving gradually toward more face-to-face learning as school year 2020-2021 enters the second quarter, Education Commissioner Alfred B. Ada said.
BEIJING/MOSCOW (Reuters) — China and Russia held off congratulating U.S. President-elect Joe Biden on Monday, with Beijing saying it would follow usual custom in its response and the Kremlin noting incumbent Donald Trump’s vow to pursue legal challenges.
(MHS) — This year, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the International Thespian Festival has had to shift to a virtual platform.
HAGÅTÑA (JIC) — The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s 107th Covid-19-related fatality occurred at the Guam Memorial Hospital at approximately 12:15 a.m. The patient was a 55-year-old female with underlying conditions that were further compounded by Covid-19. She was admitted to GMH on November 8, 2020 and tested positive upon admission.
KABUL (Reuters) — The last thing 33-year-old Khatera saw were the three men on a motorcycle who attacked her just after she left her job at a police station in Afghanistan’s central Ghazni province, shooting at her and stabbing her with a knife in the eyes.
(SCS) — Congratulations to our Saipan Community School NJSDA Speech and Debate team for their hard work and preparation for this year's first competition.
HAGÅTÑA (Pacific Island Times) — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has raised the travel alert for Guam to level 4, advising travelers to “avoid all travel” due to a “very high” Covid-19 incidence rate on island.
COMMUNITY volunteer Max Aguon is asking other organizations to join the ongoing cleanup activities on island, especially in beach areas, and tourist sites.
WILMINGTON, Del./WASHINGTON (Reuters) — Joe Biden and his advisers on Sunday were working on plans to tackle the crises facing a divided America, first and foremost the raging coronavirus pandemic, a day after the Democrat won enough states to clinch the U.S. presidency.
GEORGE, Utah (DSU) — James David from Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands, was selected to be part of Raging Red, Dixie State University's premier song and dance performing team, for the 2020-2021 academic year.
SEVERAL community members gathered at Kilili Pavilion on Friday to discuss with reporters their frustration with the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program.
KOROR (Island Times/Pacnews) — Palau President Tommy Remengesau Jr. urged leaders of the Cook Islands, Tuvalu and the Solomon Islands to preserve unity in the region by honoring the gentleman’s agreement that it’s Micronesian’s turn to head the Secretariat of the Pacific Islands Forum or PIF.
(Press Release) — In creating the Public Private Partnership initiative, the Governor’s Council of Economic Advisers emphasized that the destination enhancement campaign must also include areas that are often used by island residents.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Control of the Senate likely won’t be decided until a January runoff in Georgia, even after Democrat Joe Biden won the White House on Saturday.
(MV) — Individuals wishing to nominate a person or family for “A Christmas Surprise on Saipan” have through 11:59 p.m. on Nov. 30 to submit an essay.
MIFFLINTOWN, Pa. (Reuters) — In Pennsylvania it doesn’t get much “redder” than Juniata County, a predominantly white and rural region dotted with picturesque churches, livestock farms and factories which President Donald Trump carried in the election with 80% of the vote.
IMPERIAL Pacific International owes the CNMI government more than $9.7 million in taxes, penalties, and fees Secretary of Finance David DLG Atalig said on Friday.
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) — Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Saturday he would not congratulate a winner of the U.S. presidential election until legal challenges are concluded, in an apparent bid to avoid friction with Washington during the transition.
THE first doses of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine will arrive by the end of the month or early December, CNMI officials said during a press briefing on Friday.
PALIKIR, Pohnpei (FSM Information Services) — On Nov. 4th, 2020, the MV Caroline Voyager, a vessel of the Government of the Federated States of Micronesia, departed Japan from the Port of Osaka for return to the FSM. The vessel had previously arrived in Osaka on Aug. 26 for necessary maintenance.
BECAUSE the Covid-19 pandemic caused significant interruption in the last school year and delay in this academic year, public school students have a lot of catching up to do, Education Commissioner Alfred B. Ada said.
HAVANA (Reuters) — Drivers honked their horns and applause erupted in Havana on Saturday after Joe Biden was declared the winner of the U.S. presidential election, reflecting hopes on the Communist-run island that he would seek to improve U.S.-Cuban ties.
AT least 20 students who failed to register for school year 2020-2021 are now attending classes, thanks to the Public School System and the Student Attendance Review Committee or SARC, which reached out to the students’ families, Education Commissioner Alfred B. Ada reported to the Board of Education last week.
MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer) — Convicted drug lord Vicente Sy, one of the high-profile inmates at the New Bilibid Prison, revoked his earlier statement that he gave money to detained opposition Sen. Leila de Lima, her lawyer said.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — In his unsuccessful campaign for re-election, President Donald Trump repeatedly warned that a victory for Joe Biden would be a win for China and that Beijing would “own America.”
THE Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. and the Governor’s Covid-19 Task Force on Saturday reported that one individual tested positive for Covid-19, raising the number of the confirmed cases in the CNMI to 104 since March 28, 2020.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — As he closed his campaign with a series of boisterous rallies, President Donald Trump told his cheering crowds they would prove all the experts wrong again — just as they had when he improbably won the U.S. presidency in 2016.
(MV) — Community businesses and individuals have contributed in a major way to help support a local family through “A Christmas Surprise on Saipan.” To date, more than $35,000 has been raised through monetary and in-kind sponsorship donations with sponsors still being sought.
BAGHDAD/RIYADH (Reuters) — Arab leaders congratulated Joe Biden on his election victory, but some people in the Middle East expressed cynicism over U.S. policy even if he pursues diplomacy rather than President Donald Trump’s blunt approach to the region’s myriad problems.
DESPITE an assistant attorney general’s warning that the extension may be challenged in court, the CNMI Lottery Commission on Friday approved Imperial Pacific International’s request to extend for three years the deadline to pay its $20 million community benefit fund or CBF contribution, and to defer for five years the payment of the $36 million in CBF that IPI failed to remit in previous years.
KOROR (Pacific Island Times/Pacnews) — With at least 2,000 absentee ballots still to be tabulated next week, Vice President Raynold Oilouch conceded the presidential race to his opponent, Surangel Whipps Jr., former senator and brother-in-law of outgoing President Tommy Remengesau.
THREE construction workers from Turkey, on behalf of 25 other H-2B workers, filed a complaint against Imperial Pacific International and IDS Development Management & Consultancy for not paying them the minimum wage and overtime as well as their salaries since Oct. 1, and for forcing them to eat Chinese food. They are also accusing the plaintiffs of retaliation for the workers’ protest actions.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrat Joe Biden was pushing closer to the 270 Electoral College votes needed to carry the White House, securing victories in the “blue wall” battlegrounds of Wisconsin and Michigan and narrowing President Donald Trump's path.
“PAYOUTS for this week will be about $25.9 million, both direct deposit and paper checks,” Secretary of Labor Vicky Benavente said during a media briefing on Friday regarding the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program.
NEW YORK (Reuters) — Wall Street breathed a sigh of relief on Wednesday, as the latest U.S. election tallies pointed to a divided government that made the prospect of tax hikes advocated by Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden unlikely.
BECAUSE of the Covid-19 pandemic and its overall economic impact on the CNMI, the Commonwealth Utilities Corp. implemented several non-personnel-related measures to avoid austerity and furloughs, CUC board chairwoman Miranda Manglona said.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — Republicans appeared poised to retain control of the U.S. Senate on Wednesday, after Sen. Susan Collins defied political odds to win re-election in Maine and other Republican incumbents led Democrats in a handful of undecided races.
HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — Corbi and Lynette Ueda were evicted from their apartment in June because they couldn't pay the full rent as a result of losing a job in March.
KOROR (Island Times/Pacnews) — Of the 2,393 absentee ballots mailed to voters abroad, 825 have been received by the Palau Election Commission or EC.
HAGÅTÑA (JIC) — The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s 105th Covid-19-related fatality occurred at the U.S. Naval Hospital at approximately 11 a.m. on November 21, 2020. The patient was a 59-year-old male with underlying conditions that were further compounded by Covid-19. He was admitted to USNH on October 31, 2020 and tested positive upon admission.
MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer) — Repatriated overseas Filipino workers or OFWs who were displaced by the new coronavirus pandemic will each receive 10,000 pesos or $206 in government assistance upon their arrival in Manila.
ONE additional individual has been confirmed positive for Covid-19. This brings our CNMI total to 104 cases since March 28, 2020. More details to follow.
PARIS (Reuters) — France registered 40,558 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, compared with 36,330 on Tuesday and a record of 52,518 on Monday, health ministry data showed.
HAGÅTÑA (JIC) — The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s 102nd Covid-19-related fatality occurred at the Guam Memorial Hospital at approximately 11 a.m. on November 20, 2020. The patient was a 37-year-old male with underlying conditions that were further compounded by Covid-19. He was admitted to GMH on November 6, 2020 and was a known positive case.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — The Federal Reserve is scheduled to release its latest policy statement on Thursday after two days of debate in which policymakers lacked a critical piece of information: who will run the United States for the next four years.
HAGÅTÑA (JIC) — The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s 104th Covid-19-related fatality occurred at the Guam Memorial Hospital at approximately 2:36 p.m. Saturday. The patient was a 57-year-old female with underlying conditions that were further compounded by Covid-19. She was admitted to GMH on November 5, 2020 and was a known positive case.
BEIJING (Reuters) — Mainland China has barred entry to some travelers from Britain and Belgium and set strict testing requirements on visitors from the United States, France and Germany, as it reimposed border restrictions in response to rising global coronavirus cases.
THE Department of Public Works on Thursday received the engineers of record or EOR from Imperial Pacific International, but the construction work at the casino-hotel will not resume until IPI submits the engineers’ job contracts.
SYDNEY (Reuters) — An Australian bookmaker said on Thursday it has paid out A$23 million ($16.5 million) to people that had bet on Joe Biden becoming the next U.S. president though the official result is still to be determined.
THE Commonwealth Utilities Corp. has a new chief electrical engineer, Anne R. Crocket, who is also a certified international fencing referee.
KOROR (Pacific Island Times/Pacnews) — Palauans were awaiting the results of Tuesday’s elections that will shape Palau’s recovery from coronavirus-triggered economic slump, as well as its renewed relationship with the United States.
“WE’RE looking into it now,” Commonwealth Casino Commission Chairman Edward Deleon Guerrero said on Thursday regarding Imperial Pacific International’s extended payroll delay.
AFTER 17 weeks of specialized training, Luis R. Hofschneider of Tinian has graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Officer Candidate School in New London, Connecticut.
MANILA (The Philippine Star) — Expect a wave of dismissals, suspensions and even prosecutions to swamp the bureaucracy next month, President Rodrigo Duterte said on Monday as the government’s re-energized anti-corruption campaign goes into full swing.
THE NMI Democratic Party is proud to bring back the two-party system in CNMI politics.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — The U.S. State Department cleared the potential sale of four sophisticated U.S.-made aerial drones to Taiwan in a formal notification sent to Congress, the Pentagon said on Tuesday, the last step before finalizing a weapons sale that will further anger China.
(The Guam Daily Post) — Guam is in the “third wave” of Covid-19 infections, Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero said in a speech at the Rotary Club of Guam meeting on Thursday.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) — Rapper Kanye West on Tuesday voted for himself as the next U.S. president after a longshot campaign marked by erratic statements and speculation that he might siphon some Black votes from Democrat Joe Biden.
SUPERIOR Court Associate Judge Joseph N. Camacho issued a $100,000 bench warrant for the arrest of Nicanor F. Norita for refusing to give $1.3 million to one of the heirs of the Visitacion Rangamar Flores estate.
TOKYO (Reuters) — When the coronavirus outbreak caused rice and instant noodles to disappear from supermarket shelves in Tokyo this year, Kaoru Okada, 36, decided to leave the capital because he was worried about food security.
MARY Rose Herradura, who was indicted in an “ice” trafficking case, tested positive for drug use after her initial court appearance.
OTTAWA (Reuters) — Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday warned that people needed to act now to tamp down the spread of a second wave of Covid-19 before it gets out of hand.
REELECTED Rep. Sheila Babauta on Monday said she is excited to have more women (five) and more Democrats (eight) in the 22nd House of Representatives, which has 20 seats.
KOROR (Island Times/Pacnews) — Palau’s new Guardian-class patrol boat, PSS President Remeliik II, arrived last week but its crew members are not allowed to disembark until Nov. 16 when the required Covid-19 14-day quarantine period has been completed.
HAGÅTÑA (JIC) — The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s 101st Covid-19-related fatality occurred at the Guam Regional Medical City at approximately 6:32 p.m. Wednesday. The patient was a 68-year-old male with underlying conditions that were further compounded by Covid-19. He was admitted to GRMC on November 12, 2020 and tested positive upon admission.
LONDON (Reuters) — Britain will launch a Covid-19 mass testing pilot scheme in Liverpool this week, offering everyone in the city tests whether or not they have symptoms, in an attempt to find a better way to use testing to limit the spread of the coronavirus.
(MV) — Former District Court for the NMI Judge Alfred Laureta passed away peacefully at his home on Kauai, Hawaii late in the evening of Nov. 16, 2020. He was 96.
MANILA (Reuters) — Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte warned of another potentially damaging cyclone approaching the Southeast Asian nation on Monday, as the death toll from the world’s strongest typhoon of the year rose to 20.
JOHN Cole, a U.S. Navy veteran, told Variety that he has not received his Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, but the HireMarianas/PUA online portal indicated that his claim had been paid since Sept. 29, 2020.
KENOSHA, Wis./PITTSBURGH (Reuters) — President Donald Trump and Democratic rival Joe Biden made a last-ditch push for votes in battleground states on Monday as their campaigns prepared for post-election disputes that could prolong a divisive presidential election.
THE enrollment rate has dropped by 4.6% in public schools and 8.7% in private schools, the Public School System told the Board of Education on Wednesday.
PHILADEPHIA (AP) — President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden have one last chance to make their case to voters in critical battleground states on Monday, the final full day of a campaign that has laid bare their dramatically different visions for tackling the nation’s pressing problems and for the office of the presidency itself.
Marianas Visitors Authority board and management discussed the feasibility of “bubble travel” and offering tour packages to U.S.-based tourists.
MANILA (AP) — At least 16 people were killed as Typhoon Goni lashed the Philippines over the weekend, and about 13,000 shanties and houses were damaged or swept away in the eastern island province that was first hit by the ferocious storm, officials said Monday.
IMPERIAL Pacific International chief executive officer Donald Browne on Wednesday announced that payroll for IPI employees will continue to be delayed.
MAJURO — Despite increasing calls from community and political leaders to keep the Marshall Islands borders closed, the first group of Marshall Islanders from Covid-19-infected countries were repatriated Saturday to begin a 21-day quarantine at the U.S. Army base at Kwajalein Atoll.
(Press Release) — On Oct. 1, 2020, the Saipan Fil-American Lions Club donated 65 reams of bond paper to three schools in Laguna province, south of Manila, the Philippines: Paciano Rizal Elementary School, Los Banos Central Elementary School, and Los Banos Integrated School.
BUTLER, Pa. (AP) — President Donald Trump is mounting one final test of whether the massive crowds that often show up at his signature rallies will translate into votes as he finishes the final 48 hours of his reelection campaign with a dizzying onslaught of events in the battleground states that could decide the race.
MAJURO — The U.S. Coast Guard is expanding its operations in the Pacific island region to counter “destabilizing and malign actions” of China.
HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — “The key is to work smarter, not harder.”
MANILA (AP) — A super typhoon slammed into the eastern Philippines with ferocious winds early Sunday, knocking down power in several towns and prompting the evacuation of about a million people in its likely path, including in the capital, Manila, where the main airport was shut down.
MAJESTY Chinese Restaurant and Marianas Medical Center will distribute 100 free Thanksgiving meals as part of their joint initiative, “Full Belly, Full Hearts.”
(DPS) — The Department of Public Safety will conduct a total of four separate occupant protection/ child restraint checkpoints on Wednesday, Nov. 18, and Friday, Nov. 27.
HAGÅTÑA (Joint Information Center) — Of the 112 new cases on Wednesday, 66 cases were identified through contact tracing. Four cases reported recent travel and were identified in quarantine.
STUDENTS, 2020 Teacher of the Year Bonny Cruz and Representative-elect Leila Staffler on Wednesday joined the Board of Education in proclaiming November as Public School System Education Month.
THE Board of Education and Education Commissioner Alfred B. Ada on Wednesday commended teacher representative Paul Miura for his “untiring advocacy for the protection and welfare of CNMI teachers.”
THE National Park Service has received federal disaster funds to repair the damage caused by Super Typhoon Yutu at American Memorial Park, its superintendent Barbara Alberti said.
(BECQ) — The Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality analyzed water samples collected from Tinian’s recreational beaches and storm water drainages this week as part of the regularly scheduled sampling.
(Press Release) — Saipan Muslim community members will conduct a four-hour beach cleanup on Nov 20, Friday.
HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — Incumbent Delegate Michael San Nicolas has held on to his lead over his challenger and fellow Democrat, former Delegate Robert Underwood, in the runoff for Guam's lone nonvoting seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.
THE Commonwealth Election Commission on Tuesday certified the results of the 2020 midterm election following the tabulation of the remaining absentee votes.
WHILE conducting a routine inspection at the Saipan Postal Service on Oct. 19, Customs officer Wesley Emul discovered a medium-sized, clear sealed plastic bag that contained a white crystalline substance inside a white U.S. postal priority mail envelope.
THE local Supreme Court has granted the Office of the Attorney General’s petition for writ of mandamus in the case of a man accused of sexually assaulting a minor.
(CHCC) — In October, the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp.- Environmental Health Disease Prevention conducted sanitary inspections on retail, eating and drinking establishments.
(DPS) — On Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020, at about 6:46 p.m., the Department of Public Safety received a call regarding an overturned vessel near Managaha.
DOCOMO Pacific has partnered with Aura Air to improve indoor air quality in the Marianas, the telecommunications company announced in a virtual press conference on Tuesday afternoon.
HAGÅTÑA (JIC) — The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s 100th Covid-19-related fatality occurred at the Guam Memorial Hospital at approximately 2:56 p.m. on Tuesday.
ITS decision to close three of its service stations on Saipan was due to the impact of Super Typhoon Yutu and the Covid-19 pandemic, said Bill Ada, Shell Marianas/IP&E Guam director of retail sales, operations and marketing.
ATTORNEY Aaron Halegua is asking the federal court to “treat the failure of Imperial Pacific International LLC and its executives to comply with court order as a contempt of court.”
(BECQ) — The Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality analyzes water samples collected from Saipan's west coast recreational beaches and storm drainages and the Grotto every week.
OVER 100 members of the island’s Lions Clubs and other volunteers collected debris and trash at Sugar Dock in Chalan Kanoa on Saturday.
(Press Release) — AM Best has affirmed the Financial Strength Rating of A+ (Superior) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating of “aa-” of Tokio Marine Pacific Insurance Limited or TMPI (Guam).
HAGÅTÑA (JIC) — The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s 99th Covid-19-related fatality occurred at the Guam Memorial Hospital at approximately 1:04 a.m. Tuesday. The patient was a 73-year-old male with underlying conditions that were further compounded by Covid-19. He was admitted to GMH on November 7, 2020 and was a known positive case.
A PROJECT that aims to produce the first CNMI marine biologist is focused on sixth graders.
DEMOCRAT Edith Deleon Guerrero defeated incumbent Saipan Republican Sen. Sixto Igisomar by 248 votes. Rota independent Sen. Paul A. Manglona beat his Republican challenger Dennis Mendiola by 98 votes and the Tinian Senate seat will remain Republican. Republicans also won nine House seats, including Tinian's. Precinct 3 Republican Rep. Ralph N. Yumul was re-elected. Democrats won eight House seats, and independents, three. Two of the independents are aligned with the Democrats while one independent caucuses with Republicans. This means that both political groups will each have 10 House seats in the 22nd Legislature. The Senate will have five Republicans, one Democrat and three independents, two of whom are allied with the GOP. More details to follow.
THREE individuals tested positive for Covid-19 over the weekend, raising the total confirmed cases in the CNMI to 103 since March 28, 2020, Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. spokesman Lee Tenorio said.
THE Falun Dafa or Falun Gong Association held a two-day motorcade of 15 vehicles on Saturday and Sunday to call for an end to Chinese Communist Party rule in the East Asian country.
FOR the fourth consecutive year, an audit of the Department of Public Lands finances found no major auditing citations.
THE Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality’s Storage Tanks, Site Assessment & Remediation or ST/AR is overseeing the cleanup of three service stations on Saipan that Shell Marianas has decided to close permanently.
KENTUCKY Fried Chicken Saipan on Monday donated chicken meals to nurses and other Covid-19 front-line staff at the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp.
MEMBERS of the Emon Masonic Lodge 179 cleaned up Obyan Beach on Sunday as part of their community service projects.
HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — Residents can call the police when they see violations of Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero's executive order limiting social gatherings to five people in order to help curb the spread of Covid-19 infections and deaths, Mayors' Council of Guam President Melissa Savares and other mayors said at their meeting on Nov. 10.
EDUCATION Commissioner Dr. Alfred Ada on Friday said based on a survey, nearly 95% of public school students are satisfied with distance learning.
A 65-year-old man is in the Intensive Care Unit of the hospital after he was struck by a Toyota Tacoma pickup truck on Friday while crossing the road to Hemlani Apartment in Chalan Piao.
THE Commonwealth Utilities Corporation is planning to install web-based smart prepaid water meters, CUC Executive Director Gary Camacho said.
BRADLEY R. O’Brien, a lawyer with the U.S. Department of Justice-Environmental & Natural Resources Division-Environmental Enforcement Section, has asked the federal court to extend the term of Gilbane Federal to Feb. 11, 2022.
HAGÅTÑA (JIC) — The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s 95th Covid-19-related fatality occurred at the U.S. Naval Hospital at approximately 6:55 p.m. Sunday. The patient was a 72-year-old male with underlying conditions that were further compounded by Covid-19. He was admitted to USNH on October 31, 2020 and was a known positive case.
SIXTEEN ancestral remains were reburied at Hopwood Middle School early Friday morning.
(Saipan Higher Education Financial Assistance) — The deadline for Spring 2021 application only is on Dec. 1, 2020.
REPRESENTATIVE Franklin R. Babauta on Friday was sworn in to fill the Precinct 1 House seat vacated by former House Minority Leader Edwin Propst on Oct. 1, 2020.
THREE retirees said they want to see the reactivation of the Commonwealth Retirement Association so retirees can speak with a “louder voice” when airing their sentiments and protect their interests.
SENATE Vice President Jude U. Hofschneider earlier this month prefiled a bill that would remove marijuana or THC from all pre-employment and random tests conducted by government employers and the Office of Personnel Management with certain exceptions.
THE Commonwealth Utilities Corp. will receive $36 million for infrastructure projects that will address the devastation caused by Typhoon Mangkhut and Super Typhoon Yutu.
IN response to the federal court order to show cause, Gold Mantis Construction Decoration (CNMI) LLC says it is not opposing the court imposition of $2,000 daily sanction until it can resolve outstanding discovery in the lawsuit filed by seven construction workers.
BARRY Israel and Keith Waibel, who are co-defendants in the lawsuit of Junior Larry Hillbroom, have reached a settlement in their cross-claims against each other.
HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — Superior Court of Guam Judge Maria Cenzon has been nominated to serve as judge on the District Court of Guam, according to a White House press release.
(Governor’s Council of Economic Advisers) — The Paupau Beach Park’s restroom will soon be ready for public use, with the E-Land Group making a substantial progress in its rehabilitation work at the facility.
(Press Release) — Following guidance from the White House, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and state and local public health authorities, American Memorial Park is reopening the Visitor Center.
(Commonwealth Utilities Corp.) — There will be a scheduled power service interruption on Tuesday, Nov. 17, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Beach Road area from the Kristo Rai Church south to Joeten Superstore.
HAGÅTÑA (JIC) — The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s 94th Covid-19-related fatality occurred at the Guam Memorial Hospital at 10:10 a.m. Sunday. The patient was a 73-year-old female with underlying conditions that were further compounded by Covid-19. She was transferred to GMH from the Guam Regional Medical City on November 7, 2020 and was a known positive case.
HAGÅTÑA (JIC) — The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s 93rd Covid-19-related fatality was pronounced dead on arrival at the Guam Regional Medical City at approximately 12:06 p.m. Friday. The patient was a 59-year-old male with underlying conditions that were further compounded by Covid-19. He was a known Covid-19 case.
HAGÅTÑA (JIC) — The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s 92nd Covid-19-related fatality occurred at the Guam Memorial Hospital at approximately 5:36 a.m. Friday. The patient was a 69-year-old male with underlying conditions compounded by Covid-19. He was admitted to GMH on November 8, 2020 and was a known positive case.
THE Department of Public Works has yet to lift the stop-work order it issued to Imperial Pacific International, but some IPI construction workers have been seen working at a warehouse in San Antonio and at employee barracks in Garapan.
THE Commonwealth Utilities Corp. board of directors is considering the request by the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. to be allowed to pay the commercial rate for power usage instead of the government rate, which is three times higher.
THE House Committee on Federal and Foreign Relations met with the governor’s special assistant for military affairs but did not act on his proposed version of House Joint Resolution 21-8.
THE government should “fix the injustice” at the Department of Corrections, a former detainee said.
HAGÅTÑA (Joint Information Center) — An additional 95 cases of Covid-19 were officially reported to the Department of Public Health and Social Services on Thursday. These 95 cases were confirmed over a two-day period, between Nov. 10 and 11, 2020.
HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — Republican Sen. Wil Castro has publicly stated he will vote for Democrat Robert Underwood in the Nov. 17 runoff election for Guam delegate.
HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — The Guam Waterworks Authority has confirmed it has suspended without pay and served a notice of termination to a GWA employee for suspected illegal activity.
U.S. citizens in the CNMI and other territories should be allowed to vote in the nation’s presidential elections, U.S. Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan said on Wednesday.
“HOW does it feel to enjoy freedom at the expense of a veteran’s life?” Office of Veterans Affairs executive officer Stanley Iakopo asked in his remarks at the Veterans Day ceremony on Wednesday.
THE Soroptimist International-Northern Mariana Islands charter is seeking to grow its membership, SINMI president Marilyn Marron said on Thursday.
THE Historic Preservation Office today, Friday, starting at 8:30 a.m., will hold the reinterment ceremony for 16 ancestral remains in the ancient village of Araiao where Hopwood Middle School is now located.
(Office of the Governor) — Progress on the construction of the Commonwealth Office of Transit Authority’s administrative building & maintenance facility has been evident for residents over the last several few weeks since its groundbreaking ceremony.
THE local Supreme Court on Thursday denied the Office of the Public Defender’s motion to reconsider its previous ruling that rejected the OPD request to file an amicus brief in the case of a man accused of sexually abusing a minor.
(Office of the Governor) — Over the last week, residents can see Garapan got a bit brighter heading into the holiday season, as the Torres-Palacios administration through the Office of Grants Management or OGM has fixed and relit damaged lights along Garapan Street and the Gov. Froilan C. Tenorio Beach Road Pathway.
THE Falun Dafa Association plans to hold a motorcade every weekend for eight weeks to call for the end of the Chinese Communist Party’s domination of the world’s most populous country.
AS of Wednesday, the CNMI Department of Labor received 36,000 Pandemic Unemployment Assistance claims, CNMI DOL Employment Services Director Eugene Tebuteb said.
ARMY veteran and former Department of Public Safety Deputy Commissioner Franklin R. Babauta may be sworn into office on Friday at 10 a.m. as a Precinct 1 member of the 21st House of Representatives.
CNMI officials and community members gathered at American Memorial Park on Wednesday to commemorate Veterans Day and honor all who have served the nation in times of war and peace.
AS the Commonwealth prepares to receive the first batch of the Covid-19 vaccine, Gov. Ralph DLG Torres on Tuesday said preparations will resume for the reopening of the tourism industry.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Some dramatic moves on immigration are expected in the early days of the Biden administration.
HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — Guam has 101 new Covid-19 cases out of the 690 tests conducted by health officials, according to the Joint Information Center.
THE American Memorial Park Visitor Center will be open once again, but not every day, Lead Park Ranger Brooke Nevitt said.
CLIFFORD Jack Palacios told the federal court last week that he was no longer pursuing the lawsuit he filed against CNMI Department of Corrections officials when he was a pretrial detainee.
THE seat became vacant when former House Minority Leader Edwin Propst resigned on Oct. 1, 2020. Franklin Babauta, who ran as an independent in 2018, will serve Propst's remaining term which ends in Jan. 2021. More details to follow.
COMMONWEALTH Healthcare Corporation chief executive officer Esther L. Muna on Tuesday said the CNMI expects to receive 2,000 initial doses of the Covid-19 vaccine around Nov. 23.
THE Department of Public Works on Tuesday presented to the House Committee on Public Utilities, Transportation and Communications an overview of federally funded highway projects worth $35 million.
THE Public School System is no longer pursuing its lawsuit against Gov. Ralph DLG Torres and Secretary of Finance David Atalig over PSS fiscal year 2020 budget.
THE five-member House minority bloc has selected Rep. Tina Sablan as their new leader for the remaining term of the 21st Legislature. The newly elected and reelected lawmakers will assume office in January.
DUE to the economic impact caused by the Covid-19 pandemic that resulted in a steep drop in government revenue, the Office of Attorney General said it had to furlough nine of its civil service employees.
GOVERNOR Ralph DLG Torres on Friday signed a proclamation designating November as CNMI Veterans and Military Families Month.
“THE elections are over, and now is the time to move forward and put our differences aside,” said Gov. Ralph DLG Torres during a press briefing on KKMP radio, Tuesday.
THE Department of Public Lands has announced its first scholarship essay contest for post-secondary students who are of Northern Marianas descent.
THE Commonwealth Utilities Corp. board on Thursday will discuss, among other things, the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. billing/payment update.
BRADLEY R. O’Brien, a lawyer with the U.S. Department of Justice- Environmental & Natural Resources Division-Environmental Enforcement Section, is requesting the federal court to approve payment to Gilbane Federal totaling $204,479.34.
DISTRICT Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona in a recent order noted that the remaining parties in the lawsuit filed by Junior Larry Hillbroom are still engaged in settlement discussions.
(EPA) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded over $2.4 million to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Bureau of Coastal and Environmental Quality to strengthen its capacity to protect human health and the environment.
(Office of the Governor) — The Department of Finance announced on Monday that the open enrollment period for the CNMI Government Group Health and Life Insurance will be from November 16, 2020 to December 18, 2020 for coverage effective January 1, 2021.
HAGÅTÑA (JIC) — The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s 91st Covid-19-related fatality occurred at the Guam Memorial Hospital at approximately 11:39 a.m. Tuesday. The patient was a 37-year-old male. He was admitted to GMH on November 3, 2020 and was a known positive case.
THE Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. and the Governor’s Covid-19 Task Force on Monday reported two additional Covid-19 cases, bringing the CNMI total to 100 since March 28, 2020.
CNMI Department of Labor Secretary Vicky Benavente said the Commonwealth has received an additional $50 million in pandemic assistance from the U.S. Department of Labor.
TWO trash bins that were recently installed in public areas had been stolen, community volunteer Max Aguon said, adding that illegal dumping continues at beach pavilions.
THERE are 264 Saipan absentee ballots that may arrive by Nov. 17, 2020, Variety learned from the Commonwealth Election Commission.
THE Democratic Party of the Northern Mariana Islands extends its congratulations to the people of America on the victory of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris in the 2020 U.S. presidential election.
A 23-year-old man armed with a machete and a knife robbed JJ Market in Koblerville, police said.
THE local Supreme Court has denied the Office of the Public Defender’s request to be allowed to file an amicus brief in the case of a man accused of sexually abusing a minor.
(DPS) — On Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020, at about 3:16 p.m., the Department of Public Safety received a 911 call reporting a theft incident at the Smiling Cove Marina in Garapan. Police were dispatched to the scene.
HAGÅTÑA (JIC) — The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s 90th Covid-19-related fatality occurred at the Guam Memorial Hospital at approximately 12:47 a.m. Monday. The patient was a 73-year-old male with underlying health conditions that were further compounded by Covid-19. He was admitted to GMH on November 8, 2020 and was a known positive case.
THE Department of Finance- Customs Division has seized 239.5 grams of methamphetamine or “ice” with a street value of $143,700 mailed from the mainland U.S.
THE construction of Imperial Pacific International’s hotel-casino in Garapan may resume this week, as documents have already been submitted to the Department of Public Works, IPI senior vice-president for media and public affairs Tao Xing told Variety on Friday.
(Press Release) — Bank of Hawaii is now accepting applications for the I Kinometi Para I Kumunidåt I Islå-ta Small Business Revitalization and Development Grant for projects that stimulate small business development and economic activity in Saipan.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — After the declaration on Saturday that Democrat Joe Biden had won the race for the White House, Republican President Donald Trump and his allies made one thing clear: he does not plan to concede anytime soon.
GOVERNOR Ralph DLG Torres on Friday signed a proclamation declaring November as CNMI Veterans and Military Families Month.
U.S. Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan said he looks forward to using his experience as part of the U.S. House leadership and close working ties with the incoming Biden-Harris administration to help the people of the CNMI.
(Office of the Governor) — Gov. Ralph DLG Torres on Sunday issued the following statement:
AFTER a long night of counting votes on election night, the Commonwealth Election Commission is now mandated to allot 14 more days to wait for the arrival of absentee ballots and to tabulate them before certifying the results of the 2020 midterm elections, according to CEC administrative officer Kayla Igitol.
PACIFIC Rim Land Development LLC’s request to sell Imperial Pacific International LLC’s assets has been denied by the federal court after an IPI investor deposited a security fund of $5,599,975 in an investment portfolio.
(Press Release) — The Governor’s Council of Economic Advisers sees the disaster and relief grants for the CNMI as essential support toward the islands’ goal of having a stronger and more diversified economy.
THE new Superior Court family court division manager, Queanna Sablan, has noted a slight increase in caseloads.
DISTRICT Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona has issued a show cause order against Gold Mantis Construction Decoration (CNMI) LLC for not complying with a previous order regarding discovery in the lawsuit of seven workers.
(Press Release) — The tight travel restrictions that isolated Micronesia from international travelers over the preceding months has not stopped twelve Micronesian men and women from learning to voyage like their ancestors.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrat Joe Biden defeated President Donald Trump to become the 46th president of the United States on Saturday, positioning himself to lead a nation gripped by a historic pandemic and a confluence of economic and social turmoil.
HAGÅTÑA (JIC) —The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s 89th Covid-19-related fatality occurred at the Guam Memorial Hospital at 1:16 p.m. Saturday. The patient was a 68-year-old female with underlying conditions that were further compounded Covid-19. She was admitted to GMH on October 13, 2020 and was a known Covid-19 case.
HAGÅTÑA (JIC) — The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s 88th Covid-19-related fatality occurred at U.S. Naval Hospital Guam on October 21, 2020. The official report of this Covid-19-related fatality was received by the Department of Public Health and Social Services Friday. The patient was a 64-year-old female with underlying conditions that were further compounded Covid-19. She was admitted to USNH Guam on October 21, 2020 and was a known Covid-19 case.
(DPS) — On Monday, Oct. 26, 2020, at about 6:28 a.m., the Department of Public Safety received a 911 call reporting a burglary and theft incident at the Zori Zori clothing store in Dandan. Police were dispatched to the scene.
HAGÅTÑA (JIC) — The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s 86th Covid-19-related fatality occurred at the Guam Regional Medical City at approximately 10:18 p.m. Thursday night. The patient was a 37-year-old male and was admitted to GRMC on November 5, 2020 after testing positive upon admission.
THE Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. and the Governor’s Covid-19 Task Force on Thursday reported two new Covid-19 cases, which bring the CNMI total to 98 since March 28, 2020.
(Press Release) — The Ohala Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping those in need, has launched its website at www.ohalafoundation.org and its headquarters located on the Island of Tinian with a diverse set of programs to offer the CNMI and eventually the region.
IMPERIAL Pacific International chief executive officer Donald R. Browne on Wednesday announced further delays to payroll.
THE economic uncertainties brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic are likely to negatively impact the future financial results of the Commonwealth Development Authority and the Northern Marianas Housing Corp., an independent auditor’s report stated.
MILITARY veteran and former Department of Public Safety Deputy Commissioner Franklin R. Babauta is willing to serve the remaining two months of the 21st Legislature, the House minority bloc informed Gov. Ralph DLG Torres on Thursday.
ATTORNEY Aaron Halegua wants additional fees for preparing his reply to Gold Mantis Construction Decoration (CNMI) LLC’s opposition to his clients’ request for attorney’s fees in the amount of $30,517.80.
THE Department of Public Safety has arrested Juan Delos Reyes Tydingco who was wanted for failure to appear in court.
QUEENA Ogumoro Fitial was arrested on Friday last week for threatening another woman with a machete, police said.
(CNMI Division of Customs Service) — Over 300 grams of crystal methamphetamine or “ice” and other drugs were intercepted by CNMI Customs at the Post Office in Chalan Kanoa in the past 45 days.
U.S. Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan and the NMI Democrats express their gratitude to the voters of the Commonwealth.
THE Public School System will continue conducting surveys related to student attendance in school year 2020-2021, Board of Education Chairwoman Janice Tenorio said.
COMMUNITY volunteer Max Aguon has replaced broken and rusted trash bins at beaches and other public areas on Saipan with newly painted 55-gallon drums donated by USNS Sodeman.
FISCAL Year 2020 is one to remember for years to come, Saipan Mayor David Apatang said in his citizen-centric report to the Office of the Public Auditor.
(NMC) — Officers of the Associated Students of Northern Marianas College or ASNMC together with the Saipan Chamber of Commerce’s Saipan Young Professionals will be taking the lead in this year’s “Toys for Tots” program, a charitable initiative hosted by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve that provides toys to disadvantaged children during the Christmas holiday season.
HAGÅTÑA (JIC) — The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s 84th Covid-19-related fatality occurred at the Guam Memorial Hospital at approximately 12:08 a.m. Thursday. The patient was an 84-year-old male with underlying conditions that were further compounded Covid-19. He was admitted to GMH on November 1, 2020 after testing positive upon admission at the Guam Regional Medical City the day prior.
IT wasn’t exactly a “blue wave,” but it was a rising “blue tide” nonetheless as eight NMI Democrats and their two Independent allies won seats in the 20-member House of Representatives. They also claimed a Saipan Senate seat that was last won by a Democrat in 2003.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The fate of the United States presidency hung in the balance Wednesday morning, as President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden battled for three familiar battleground states — Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania — that could prove crucial in determining who wins the White House.
A LARGE majority of voters have retained CNMI Supreme Court Associate Justice Perry B. Inos, Superior Court Presiding Judge Roberto C. Naraja and Associate Judge Kenneth L. Govendo, based on the unofficial election results from the Commonwealth Election Commission.
HAGÅTÑA (JIC) — The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s 82nd Covid-19-related fatality occurred at approximately 4:06 p.m. Wednesday.
SAIPAN voters elected Maisie Bermudes Tenorio and Gregory Borja as the island’s new representatives to the Board of Education.
THERE were only two candidates for the non-partisan Saipan and Northern Islands Municipal Council election.
HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — Guam will hold a runoff election for delegate between incumbent Michael San Nicolas and fellow Democrat Robert Underwood, the Guam Election Commission declared at almost 8 a.m. Wednesday.
THE lawsuit of Josue Genesis Cruz against Dewitt Transportation Services Inc. or DTS alleging injuries sustained in a traffic incident has been moved to the federal court.
HAGÅTÑA (JIC) — The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s 81st Covid-19-related fatality occurred at approximately 11:18 a.m. Wednesday, The patient was a 49-year-old male with underlying conditions that were further compounded Covid-19. He was admitted to the Guam Memorial Hospital on October 9 and was a known Covid-19 case.
DISTRICT Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona said the Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services’ permitting process was a textbook example of how not to run a bureaucracy.
FEDERAL inmate Francisco N. Basa is asking the District Court for the NMI to correct the birthdate in his case file.
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THE 2020 midterm election was smooth, orderly and peaceful, Commonwealth Election Commission Executive Director Julita Villagomez said on Tuesday.
AS the CNMI celebrates Citizenship Day today, Wednesday, Gov. Ralph DLG Torres and other Commonwealth leaders said they and the rest of the local people are grateful for being citizens of the U.S.
HAGÅTÑA (JIC) — The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s 80th Covid-19-related fatality was pronounced dead on arrival at Guam Memorial Hospital at approximately 9:40 p.m. Monday night. The patient was a 63-year-old male with underlying conditions that were further compounded Covid-19. He was a known Covid-19 case and was previously admitted to the U.S. Naval Hospital Guam.
GOVERNOR Ralph DLG Torres and NMI Democratic Party Chairwoman Nola Hix are urging all registered voters to “go out and exercise” their right to vote today, Nov. 3.
SAIPAN Mayor David M. Apatang, who is not a candidate for office in this year’s elections, wants to see Republican lawmakers reelected.
SENATOR Paul A. Manglona, who is seeking reelection as an independent endorsed by Democrats, believes that this year’s midterm elections are about “restoring good government for the people.”
THE Commonwealth Bureau of Military Affairs said it “will continue to provide coordination and communication support in the development of the Divert Activities and Exercises Program’s ongoing construction efforts for community infrastructure and Air Force programmatic requirements on Tinian.”
WITH Imperial Pacific International now failing to meet its obligations to the CNMI government, the Commonwealth must find an alternative source of funds to continuously pay the retirees their pension, former Rep. Angel A. Demapan said.
GOLD Mantis Construction Decoration (CNMI) LLC is opposing the rate of $160 per hour for two law interns as requested by one of the attorneys of seven construction workers who sued Gold Mantis, MCC International Saipan Ltd. Co. and Imperial Pacific International LLC over allegations of labor complaints and human trafficking.
THE Office of the Attorney General is opposing the Public Defender’s Office request to be allowed to file an amicus brief in the case of a man accused of sexually abusing a minor.
GILBANE Federal has informed the federal court that Commonwealth Utilities Corp. task order projects have been hampered by the Covid-19 pandemic.
THE Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. and the Governor’s Covid-19 Task Force on Saturday reported that four recently arrived passengers had tested positive for Covid-19, raising the confirmed cases in the CNMI to 96 since March 28, 2020.
FORMER Rep. Angel A. Demapan said the revocation of Imperial Pacific International’s casino license or exclusivity should be “on the table.”
NEW Board of Education member Antonio L. Borja was sworn in on Friday to represent Tinian.
SPEAKER Blas Jonathan Attao has sent official communications to the administration regarding the vacant seat in Precinct 1 following the resignation of former House Minority Leader Edwin Propst.
THE House of Representatives on Friday honored the life and legacy of Rose Marie Sonis Pangelinan Camacho, the former CNMI Scholarship Office administrator.
SAIPAN Postmaster Harry Wilcox said the Covid-19 pandemic has had a tremendous impact on postal operations.
COMMUNITY volunteers led by Max Aguon helped the Saipan mayor’s office clean up the Chalan Kanoa cemetery for the annual All Saints Day/All Souls Day commemoration.
REPRESENTATIVE Roman C. Benavente, who is seeking reelection in Precinct 1, said he wants the Commonwealth to have a well-educated society.
(Office of the Governor) — On Thursday, the Department of Public Safety held a hand-over ceremony with Gov. Ralph DLG. Torres and Lt. Gov. Arnold I. Palacios for 30 new federally funded vehicles including Dodge Ram 1500 pick-up trucks, Dodge Chargers, and Chevy Tahoes.
COLEEN St. Clair was sworn in as a new prosecutor of the Office of the Attorney General’s criminal division by CNMI Supreme Court Chief Justice Alexandro Castro on Friday.
PRESIDING Judge Roberto C. Naraja has granted the motion of Lynn Fitial and Stacey Laniyo to be tried separately.
WINZY Corporation has sued Imperial Pacific International in federal court for breach of contract and unjust enrichment.
(CHCC) — In collaboration with the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp., Shriners Hospitals for Children-Honolulu will conduct outreach clinics at the CHCC Children’s Clinic on Nov. 2, Monday; Nov. 5, Thursday; and on Nov. 6, Friday.