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EZETH Buenaventura, a single mother, was furloughed by her employer whose store in the Garapan tourist district was shut down two months ago due to the Covid-19 crisis.

A MEMBER of the U16 Northern Marianas Soccer National Team and a current player of the Tan Holdings Football Club, Kohtaro Goto shadowed the U19 NMI Soccer National Team on its trip to Cambodia to participate in the 2020 Asian Football Confederation U19 championship qualifiers tournament.

FORMER Saipan student-athlete and MP United Club soccer player Richard Steele continues to shine in Santa Barbara County, California where he and his family have relocated.

THANKS to a grant received by the Department of Community and Cultural Affairs from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Gilbert C. Ada Gymnasium now has a new mural.

“A CLIENT once called me a ‘mad scientist,’ referring to my professional belief and strategical approach to make his fitness dream and goals a reality,” Gold's Gym personal trainer Jerry Diaz said.

AS a member of the NMI badminton national team that competed in the 2019 Samoa Pacific Games, Ezekiel Macario said they are now more aware of the level of competition that they will face in the 2022 Pacific Mini Games, which will be held on Saipan. 

WITH the easing of the Covid-19 restrictions, Latte Built in Oleai reopened its doors Wednesday to the public with a new schedule and set of rules.

NATHAN M. Guerrero said he and the other members of the Northern Marianas Badminton Association are already looking forward to the 2022 Pacific Mini Games that will be hosted by Saipan.

JAN-NASIA Travilla, a Mount Carmel School AlumKnight and a former member of the CNMI Women’s National Basketball Team, has been recognized as one of the top athletes of the University of Guam in school year 2019-2020.

AS we cope with the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic, it is also important to manage the stresses that may build up during these trying times, Gold's Gym personal trainer Jerry Diaz said.

AMID the Covid-19 lockdown, the China Town Super Tech Titans continue to train individually in the comfort of their own homes. Head coaches Sohn Macaranas and Walt Mendez have also been instructing each Titan to reflect on their weaknesses.

MELVIN Deocares is back on island to visit his family amid the Covid-19 pandemic, but the lockdown has not stopped him from working on his weaknesses as a basketball player.

DUE to the Covid-19 crisis, the Marianas International Basketball League’s 3x3 and semi-pro tournaments set for the summer of 2020 have been postponed until further notice.

At the age of 8, Andrei Derek Tenorio has already begun his journey toward his goal, which is to become a professional basketball player.

TRAVEN Quitugua, an NMI national athlete, has accomplished a lot already thanks to the many off-island events that have shaped him to be the sprinter he is today.

(Guam Football Association) — Thirteen of the region’s licensed football coaches officially added another license to their coach education résumé — the AFC Level 1 Goalkeeping Coaching Certificate — following passing grades issued by AFC Instructor Yoshio Kato from Japan.

MANY believe that health and wellness mean having a ripped and toned body. This mindset affects the way our youths approach their fitness goals.

WITH the right mindset and determination, the Lady Rollers participate in virtual workout sessions to stay healthy and ready for any future basketball event. 

RIGHT before the island-wide lockdown took effect, Brian Camacho displayed his A-game as he topped the Amigos Golf Club’s March Ace of the Month tournament at the Kingfisher Golf Links on March 8 and 22.

DURING his time at Suffolk University in Boston, Massachusetts, soccer player Sunjoon Tenorio was named team MVP and Rookie of the Year for three consecutive weeks.

THE NMI Rollers Basketball Association continues to provide the youth with workouts amid the Covid-19 lockdown and self-quarantine.

THE Ultimate Fighting Championship 249 event on Sunday gave the world a glimpse of the sporting world with great fight cards that included Justin Gaethje who claimed the interim lightweight title from Tony Ferguson.

AMIGOS Golf Club, which holds a monthly tournament, has suspended the rest of its events this year until further notice.

JUSTIN Andrew, president of the Northern Marianas Paddling Sports Federation, believes that a proposal to move the Pacific Mini Games to 2022 could be great news for their group.

THE fitness industry promotes training programs and diets that aim to help an individual live a long, healthy life. But some of these may have negative effects, especially the rapid and intense training programs and fad diets, which can also be dangerous, Gold's Gym personal trainer Jerry Diaz said.

WITH athletes on island stuck at their homes due to the island-wide lockdown, Norman Del Rosario decided to start a podcast titled “Footcast with Norman,” which will highlight the local soccer scene.

IF you’re stuck at home and want to work out but do not have the equipment to do so, you should check out the Latte Built 24-hour fitness and nutrition Facebook page and join the "home bootcamp" online sessions hosted by Alberto Jesus L. Roberto.

 

RAEGINE Camacho competed in her first weightlifting competition — the Northern Marianas Cup — at the multi-purpose center in Feb. 2020. 

IT is hard for many athletes affected by the Covid-19 pandemic to stay in shape. So Angel San Nicolas, a gold medalist weightlifter, is focused on conditioning instead.

THE Saipan Paddling Club is hoping to take part in the Micronesia Cup, which is scheduled for October on Guam.

(MCS) — In an effort to help the community during these challenging times, Mount Carmel School is bringing some of its recent creative content online to provide more entertainment and engagement options for everyone staying home as part of social distancing measures. Content includes the most recent film entry in the award-winning “We Drank Our Tears” series, various school spirit initiatives, and a series of TED-style talks from students.

(Press Release) — IT&E is excited to announce the winners of the IT&E Stay Home Challenge. From March 29 to April 30, 2020 residents of Guam and the CNMI were invited to share on their Instagram pages how they were passing the time at home during the government Stay-At-Home order for the chance to win a Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra, S20+ or a S20 with a phone case and 1 year of free service.

(Press Release) — IT&E will offer the powerful and affordable new iPhone SE on the widest most reliable 4G LTE network in Guam and the Northern Marianas.

(Press Release) — Karidat Social Services says “Thank you, Si Yuus Ma’ase, and Ghilisou” to the Bank of Guam for its generous donation to Karidat’s food pantry.

FOR the past 30 years I have pledged myself to educating students academically and socially to be successful in life and I have also been trying to educate the public on what is needed for the CNMI to have a successful economy, a successful government, and how to repair our riddled Social Fabric with real prosperity FOR the People.

PUBLISHED in 1956, Edwin O’Connor’s “The Last Hurrah” was hailed by the New York Times as “the best novel about American politics.” It was a bestseller and was adapted into a 1958 film with Spencer Tracy playing the lead role. The movie flopped but the novel lives on. Its author was a print and broadcast journalist and his main subjects were “big-boss” politics and its practitioners.

SIMPLE-MINDED folk, incapable of understanding the subtleties of science and economics, need a clear narrative to guide them through the complexity of the national lockdown debate. Fortunately, the usual wise heads in the media have been here all along to provide an easily understood moral fable, complete with its own cast of villains and heroes.

WE may not yet have a vaccine against the novel coronavirus, but we are well on our way to extracting from that virus a vaccine against a far deadlier plague: socialism, which in the 20th century alone killed more than three times as many people as HIV did in the same time, which has killed about twice as many people as the Black Death killed in the 14th century, and which continues to afflict victims around the world from Cuba to North Korea to Venezuela.

OVER the years, through funding from the U.S. Department of the Interior, Graduate School USA (formerly the “Graduate School, USDA”) has been examining the CNMI government’s financial condition and drawing up lists of recommendations that can be summed up in two words: don’t overspend.

THESE last few weeks of staying home to “stay safe” to prevent us from being infected by the coronavirus has been difficult.

DEMOCRATS want a $915 billion budget bailout for states and cities, and the leading lobbyist is New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. His main public antagonist on the subject is Florida senator and former Gov. Rick Scott.

WHEN news stories appeared in early 2017 about Michael Flynn’s conversation with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S., these columns wondered how Mr. Flynn’s call was so widely known.

BILL de Blasio made terrible decisions as mayor of New York City. But as more reporting emerges about the catastrophic decisions made by New York’s governor, it’s possible Andrew Cuomo deserves even more blame than de Blasio for what the coronavirus has done to the tri-state area and consequently the nation.

THOSE sharing #Obamagate hashtags on Twitter would do best to avoid the hysterics we saw from Russian-collusion believers, but they have no reason to ignore the mounting evidence that suggests the Obama administration engaged in serious corruption.

DEAR grads, lockdown class of 2020: Switch off “Animal Crossing,” wrap up that episode of “The Masked Singer,” pause practicing your TikTok “Renegade” dance, finish ironically chugging your Corona beer, and listen up — Karens, Beckys and Chads, too.

CNMI senators should be commended for coming up with — and considering — an actual revenue-generating measure: imposing a fee on money sent out of the islands.

LIFE itself is a test that will offer many tests that WE must all learn to pass and its clear WE must get better at passing our Political Tests in the voting booth which is our ONLY hope for better governing in the CNMI.

OBVIOUSLY and justifiably, the Tara Reade saga was played up by Republicans for the hypocrisy it has laid bare. Democrats don’t want the “believe women” standard applied to their presumed presidential candidate, Joe Biden, even though they merrily applied it in 2018 to President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh.

THE American left has misunderstood Sweden for years, holding up its significantly liberalized economy as a socialist utopia. Now the misapprehension has moved in the opposite direction, as progressives fret over the country’s supposed economy-over-life approach to Covid-19.

THE nationally recognized United States Press Freedom Tracker has given our Governor FAILING GRADES across his Report Card for his poor communication efforts between the press and with the People and the GOP Legislature is not doing a darn thing about “oversight” on this revelation.

IN ancient Rome, a major victory on the battlefield was celebrated with a spectacular parade. And standing behind the triumphant military commander on his chariot was a slave, whispering to his master throughout the procession, “Remember you are mortal.”

PETER Schweizer has become America’s foremost authority chronicling political corruption, with books ranging from “Throw Them All Out” and “Extortion” to “Secret Empires” and “Clinton Cash.”

HAGÅTÑA — The people of Guam tune in to the governor’s daily press conference not only to catch daily updates on the status of Covid-19 pandemic, but also to get information that is relevant to their quarantined life. For pure entertainment, there is Netflix.

THE economy is on life support, but that isn’t stopping the Seattle City Council from trying to soak employers with a new tax on hiring.

IN many countries around the world, there appears light at the end of the Covid-19 tunnel.  Curves are flattening, new cases are levelling off or dropping, and videoconferencing is at an all-time high.  As we start down the back slope of this pandemic, we are wise to look back on how we handled this crisis, because have no doubt, there will be a next time.

 (The Wall Street Journal) – I JOKED the other day that the media doesn’t do multivariate, but it wasn’t a joke. Sometimes it imposes a hard cap on what we can achieve with public policy when the press can’t fulfill its necessary communication function.

POHNPEI (Secretariat for the Joint Committee on Compact Review & Planning) — Negotiators representing the United States and the Federated States of Micronesia met by video conference on May 27 for the first session of negotiations on the expiring provisions of the Compact of Free Association between the two nations.

KOROR (PICRC) — During these uncertain times, several companies continue to donate to the Palau International Coral Reef Center’s Arts and Tides Calendar, a community-based program that was launched 19 years ago with the purpose of raising environmental awareness through student artwork. PICRC truly appreciates, and encourages, the contribution of all sponsors of the calendar.

KOROR (Island Times/Pacnews) — The estimated costs of bringing back home 143 Palauan students and stranded citizens and putting them through two levels of quarantine, in Guam and in Palau will cost approximately $1,018,839, according to the report provided to the Olbiil Era Kelulau or the national legislature by the Office of the President on May 22, 2020.

 

MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer) — President Rodrigo Duterte said late on Monday that he would not allow students to go back to school until a vaccine for Covid-19 was available, drawing objections from educators and lawmakers who insisted modifications to the learning system could be introduced to prevent a longer disruption of education forced by the new coronavirus pandemic.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) — Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Tuesday called his Republican rival Donald Trump an “absolute fool” for not wearing a mask at a series of recent public events, saying his lack of leadership on the issue is “costing peoples’ lives.”

PALIKIR, Pohnpei (FSM Information Services) — On May 25, 2020,  David W. Panuelo, president of the Federated States of Micronesia, sent a diplomatic note to Donald J. Trump, president of the United States of America, to convey the FSM’s “shared grief as the United States mourns the loss of those American and Micronesian men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice in service to our shared values of peace, unity, and liberty” during this year’s Memorial Day remembrances.

LONDON (Press Release) —  Recognizing the urgent need to safeguard the world’s coral reefs from further decline, the International Coral Reef Initiative  delivered its recommendation to the Convention on Biological Diversity or CBD to be incorporated into the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework.

PALIKIR, Pohnpei (FSM Information Services) — On May 21, 2020, Livingston A. Taulung, secretary of the Department of Health & Social Affairs, received Huang Zheng, ambassador of the People’s Republic of China on behalf of the government of the Federated States of Micronesia, at a FSM national government warehouse.

MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer) — Quarantine restrictions in Metro Manila could be further loosened starting June 1 as the country pursues a phased return to economic activity after nearly three months of lockdown due to the new coronavirus pandemic.

POHNPEI (Pacific Island Times/Pacnews) — Federated States of Micronesia President David Panuelo has announced that the FSM government is providing financial support in the amount of $300,000 for FSM citizens who are stranded in Guam and Hawaii while in transit on their way back home. 

MAJURO — Two Marshallese men who survived a six-week, 1,640km (1,020 mile) drift are well and awaiting repatriation home from Weno, the capital island of Chuuk state in the Federated States of Micronesia.

 

MANILA (AP) — Uncertainties over the coronavirus remain, but there have been heartwarming anecdotes too, like the acts of courage and sacrifice of people helping deal with the unprecedented crisis at their life’s peril.

LOS ANGELES (The New York Times) — A precipitous drop in applications for green cards, citizenship and other programs has threatened the solvency of the federal agency that administers the country’s lawful immigration system, prompting it to seek a $1.2 billion cash infusion from Congress as well as fee hikes to stay afloat.

MAJURO — As hard drug use has escalated in the Marshall Islands, government leaders are expressing increasing concern over the problem, with Justice Minister Kessai Note announcing formation of a drug task force earlier this week in a parliament session.

GENEVA (Reuters) —  The coronavirus that causes Covid-19 could become endemic like HIV, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday, warning against any attempt to predict how long it would keep circulating and calling for a “massive effort” to counter it.

THE coronavirus death toll in the United States is climbing past 70,000, with thousands of new cases every day. But there is still one part of the country without a single confirmed case, much less a fatality: American Samoa, a palm-fringed Polynesian archipelago that has sealed itself off for nearly two months from the outside world.

MANILA (Reuters) — The Philippine government on Tuesday announced an extension of a lockdown of its capital, Manila, to 11 weeks, stretching one of the world's strictest and longest community quarantines to June to try to contain coronavirus outbreaks.

MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer) — Thirteen of the Philippines’ 24 senators on Monday filed a bill to grant broadcast network ABS-CBN a provisional franchise to operate until June 30, 2022, while its regular franchise is under deliberation in Congress.

POHNPEI (FSM Government) — On May 10, 2020, the Federated States of Micronesia formally celebrated 41 years of constitutional self-government and the extension of peace, friendship, cooperation, and love in our common humanity to all peoples and nations throughout the world. 

 

RAROTONGA (Cook Islands News/Pacnews) — Politicians are debating whether land can be leased to bury expat workers who die in the Covid-19 shutdown — or whether the government should take land by warrant for burial plots.

MANILA (The Philippine Star) — Selling ABS-CBN Corp. is not an option, the broadcast network made clear as the fight for the media giant shifts to keeping its frequencies that allow it to air free TV and radio channels.

MAJURO — Port management and control of the multi-billion dollar tuna industry in the Pacific islands is most effectively developed through hands-on trial and error rather than waiting for consultants, workshops and international agreements to be in place, said a New Zealand government-supported fisheries advisor working in the Marshall Islands.

MAJURO — The Marshall Islands government is preparing to give one-time payments to Marshallese who have been stranded abroad as a result of a Covid-19 travel ban on incoming arrivals that has been in force since March 8.

PAGO PAGO (Samoa Observer/Pacnews) — American Samoa will continue to close its borders, even to Samoa, as the territory moves to protect their people from the coronavirus pandemic. 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) —  U.S. airlines are collectively burning more than $10 billion in cash a month and averaging fewer than two dozen passengers per domestic flight because of the coronavirus pandemic, industry trade group Airlines for America said in prepared testimony seen by Reuters ahead of a U.S. Senate hearing on Wednesday.

TOKYO (Reuters) — Almost a month after Tokyo declared a state of emergency, dozens of call center employees for telecom KDDI Corp. still commute into their crowded office, where the fear of coronavirus infection has taken a back seat to data security.

MANILA (The Philippine Star) — Two months after calling for a “ceasefire” with the tycoons he butted heads with, President Duterte did not only apologize to Manuel V. Pangilinan and the Zobels in charge of Ayala Corp., he also opened the doors to negotiations with the businessmen holding Metro Manila’s water contracts.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) — President Donald Trump said on Sunday he now believes as many as 100,000 Americans could die in the coronavirus pandemic, after the death toll passed his earlier estimates, but said he was confident a vaccine would be developed by the year’s end.

PALIKIR, Pohnpei (FSM Information Services) — On May 2, 2020, the government of the Federated States of Micronesia became aware of a press release from the government of the FSM State of Pohnpei entitled “Urgent and Breaking News from the Pohnpei State Covid-19 Task Force” which, amongst its contents, describes a scenario allegedly involving the crew of the Federated States Ship Independence, one of the  federation’s patrol boats.

MAJURO — The Marshall Islands extended its ban on all incoming travelers for another month “because Covid-19 is a national threat,” said the latest travel advisory issued by Health Secretary Jack Niedenthal Thursday.

TWO more patients have recovered from Covid-19, the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. reported on Sunday.

THE Commonwealth Casino Commission on Thursday told Imperial Pacific International officials that making false statements about its finances would have “serious implications” for the casino investor.

THE slight increase in fuel prices from May to June will not affect the fuel adjustment charge or FAC of the Commonwealth Utilities Corp., CUC Executive Director Gary Camacho said.

THE Bureau of Environmental Health of the Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation issued guidance for restaurants that are reopening for dine-in services in light of recent amendments made to the governor’s Covid-19 directives.

FOR failing to comply with a prior stipulated order, District Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona ordered Imperial Pacific International to pay monetary sanction in the amount of $2,000 per day from May 17, 2020 until compliance has been satisfied.

THE Department of Finance has remitted $100,000 to the Rota Island Specialty Crop Association, Finance Secretary David DLG Atalig told Sen. Paul A. Manglona.

ZAJI O. Zajradhara, 57, was arrested in the afternoon of May 25, 2020 by the Department of Public Safety on the charge of assaulting his wife after an argument.

THE Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, which is under the governor’s office, is joining the rest of the nation in celebrating the 100th anniversary of the first federally funded program that assists people with disabilities.

(Office of the Governor) — Secretary of Community and Cultural Affairs Robert Hunter announced Friday that the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Food and Nutrition Service has granted the CNMI’s request for a waiver to exclude the treatment of “stimulus payments” as resources for the islands’ Nutrition Assistance Program participants.

THE newly appointed chairman of the Commonwealth Casino Commission, Edward C. Deleon Guerrero, on Thursday told Imperial Pacific International to promptly respond to the request of Financial Crimes Enforcement Network for information related to possible violations of the Bank Secrecy Act.

PACIFIC Rim Land Development LLC requested the District Court for the NMI on Wednesday to issue a writ of execution directing the U.S. Marshal Service to seize money owned or controlled by Imperial Pacific International from the Bank of Saipan, City Trust Bank, Bank of Guam or First Hawaiian Bank.

BECAUSE Imperial Pacific International has no income due to the Covid-19 crisis, the plaintiffs should shoulder some of the costs of Litigation Edge searches, attorney Michael Dotts said.

SUPERIOR Court Associate Judge Joseph N. Camacho has granted the motion of the prosecution to dismiss the case against Kennedy Masubed, an inmate accused of assaulting a barber who had cut his hair at the Department of Corrections on May 7.

GOVERNOR Ralph DLG Torres last week issued Executive Order 2020-12 to renew the authority of Finance Secretary David DLG Atalig to reprogram or transfer funds from any department, agency, office, board, commission, corporation, instrumentality or other entity of any branch of the Commonwealth government in order to meet the threat of Covid-19.

MAJURO — Two Marshall Islanders who drifted at sea for 42 days and seven others were returned home Thursday, the first people allowed into this western Pacific nation since early-March after a Covid-19 travel ban was enforced.

A BILL to authorize the governor to freeze rent increases, evictions, and foreclosures during declared emergencies or disasters passed the House by a vote of 17-2 last week.

THE five-hour House session last week resulted in the passage of a number of measures, including Senate Bill 21-24, which pertains to the use of surround nets and gill nets in the Third Senatorial District.

THE Commonwealth Utilities Corp. operated with minimum staff for the entire month of April as part of the Covid-19 prevention measures, CUC Executive Director Gary Camacho said.

FILIPINO workers on CW-1 permits can avail themselves of the repatriation program administered by the Philippine government if they no longer have lawful immigration status in the Commonwealth, Philippine Honorary Consul to the CNMI Glicerio “Eli” Arago said on Thursday.

HOME quarantine is still not an option for a person under investigation, Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. Chief Executive Officer Esther Muna said.

THE Public School System and the KKMP radio station will host a virtual prom for high school students on Friday evening.

MANGILAO (UOG) — The University of Guam Press won its second Independent Publisher Book Award for “CHamoru Legends: A Gathering of Stories” written by Teresita Lourdes Perez and translated into CHamoru by Maria Ana Tenorio Rivera.

MEMBERS of the House of Representatives discussed a number of issues during a marathon House session last week.

(Office of the Governor) — Leaders from all over Micronesia have expressed their condolences to the family of the honorable Jose Rebuenog Lifoifoi, fifth Speaker of the CNMI House of Representatives, former chairman of the Commonwealth Ports Authority, former Chairman of the United Micronesia Development Association, and honorary consul of the Republic of Palau to the Commonwealth.

(BECQ) — The Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality analyzes water samples collected from  Rota's recreational beaches and storm drainages this week as part of the regularly scheduled sampling.

IMPERIAL Pacific International on Tuesday notified its employees that the Commonwealth Utilities Corp. had disconnected power to their housing units due to the failure of IPI to pay its utility bills.

SARDINI Group Inc., an engineering firm based in New York, sued Imperial Pacific International in federal court for breach of services contract in the amount of $1,951,127.10.

 

 

AS of Wednesday, Marianas Visitors Authority Managing Director Priscilla Iakopo said the Department of Finance still owed MVA $7.8 million.

COMMONWEALTH Healthcare Corp. Chief Executive Officer Esther Muna on Wednesday said, so far, the specimens from Tinian and Rota have tested negative for Covid-19.

THE Commonwealth Utilities Corp. board on Wednesday approved a $90,230,000 budget for fiscal year 2021.

GOVERNOR Ralph DLG Torres on Tuesday signed into law, Senate Bill 21-28, which establishes a Commonwealth Medicaid Agency under the Office of the Governor.

THE hearing to determine if Imperial Pacific International will pay sanctions amounting to $2,000 a day for violating previous discovery orders by the federal court will be held today, May 28.

A PUBLIC hearing was held on Wednesday by the Senate Committee on Executive Appointments and Government Investigations to review the credentials of Civil Service Commission Chairman Raymond Muna who has been reappointed by the governor.

THE Senate Committee on Executive Appointments and Government Investigations held a public hearing on Wednesday for the governor’s two nominees for reappointment to the Healthcare Professions Licensing Board: Dr. Martin P. Rohringer and Dr. Glenda S. George.

THE renovation of the Tinian Children’s Park has begun thanks to the U.S. Navy Seabees and IT&E, Mayor Edwin Aldan said.

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

GOVERNOR Ralph DLG Torres said on Tuesday that July 15 is the target date for reopening the islands to tourists.

GOVERNOR Ralph DLG Torres on Tuesday announced that the test kits used for the community-based testing initiative are now FDA-approved.

EDUCATION Commissioner Dr. Alfred Ada on Tuesday said the Public School System is still considering all options in reopening the schools in September.

THE Saipan and Northern Islands Legislative Delegation on Tuesday unanimously confirmed the reappointment of Joe Ayuyu Jr., and the appointments of Kevin C. Deleon Guerrero and Perry Inos Jr. to the Saipan Zoning Board.

THE Saipan and Northern Islands Delegation on Tuesday passed a local bill authored by House Speaker Blas Jonathan Attao to provide funds to Karidat, Northern Marianas College, and the Northern Marianas Housing Corp.

(Office of the Governor) — In conformance with Gov. Ralph DLG Torres’ extended Public Health Emergency declaration and for ensuring the protocols for social distancing are in place, the Nutrition Assistance Program will be distributing benefits through drive thru service again at their office location in As Lito from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. from June 1 to 15, 2020.

(Office of the Governor) — Gov. Ralph DLG Torres announced on Monday that the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Food and Nutrition Service has approved the CNMI’s request to provide supplemental allotments for eligible and ongoing Department of Community and Cultural Affairs-Nutrition Assistance Program households in the CNMI for June 2020 to August 2020.

(Office of the Governor) — The CNMI Department of Labor announces the first phase option for employers (businesses, government, other entities) to register their entities online via www.hiremarianas.com in order to provide information needed to help their employees with the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance and the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation programs.

(Office of the Governor) — The Division of Energy wishes to inform the public of the re-opening of its office located at Building 1337 Ascencion Dr., Capital Hill and the limited resumption of program services beginning, Tuesday, May 26, 2020, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except during lunch hours, weekends and legal holidays. 

THE Commonwealth Utilities Corp. is now in the process of reviewing its proposed new fuel supply contract with Mobil Oil Marianas, CUC Executive Director Gary Camacho said.

GOVERNOR Ralph DLG Torres announced that effective today, the Commonwealth will move from Community Vulnerability Level “Red” to “Yellow,” as a result of widespread community-based Covid-19 testing.

THE CNMI joined the rest of the nation in honoring its fallen servicemembers on Monday, Memorial Day.

IMPERIAL Pacific International is unable to pay its former contractor $6.8 million as ordered by the court, and will likely close permanently if the judgment is enforced, IPI attorney Michael W. Dotts told the federal court.

GOVERNOR Ralph DLG Torres will submit to the House of Representatives a revised fiscal year 2021 budget proposal, which will reflect the impact of furloughs and the financial assistance from the federal government.

IMPERIAL Pacific International believes it has “materially complied with all discovery requests and orders at this point with the sole exception that IPI has not completed some cell phone downloads,” attorney Michael W. Dotts said.

A HOUSE resolution was introduced by Rep. Luis John Castro on Thursday to commemorate the life of the late Chuuk State Supreme Court Chief Justice Camillo Noket who was laid to rest in Chuuk on Wednesday.

(Press Release) — Beginning on May 26, 2020, the Settlement Fund office will resume normal office hours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, except for holidays. 

THE Public School System on Friday said it had paid what it owed its 700 locally funded employees.

THE House leadership and the minority bloc have agreed to pass a measure that would guarantee “full and open disclosure of federal and local spending related to the Covid-19 pandemic.”

(Office of the Governor) — Gov. Ralph DLG Torres announced that the U.S. Department of Labor-Employment and Training Administration has approved the CNMI’s implementation plan for the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance  and Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation programs.

SENATOR Paul A. Manglona, the lone minority member in the upper house, is asking the administration for an update on the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance and Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation payments for qualified CNMI residents.

THE Animal Protection Act of 2019 was passed by the House of Representatives on Thursday and will be transmitted to Gov. Ralph DLG Torres.

DISTRICT Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona has granted the motion of the O’Connor Berman Horey & Banes or OBHB law firm to withdraw as counsel of Imperial Pacific International from two pending civil litigations, but denied the request of the legal office to withdraw from another case involving IPI.

THE Commonwealth Utilities Corp. has detected a six-point increase in water contaminants in the As Terlaje storage tank, according to a status report filed in federal court by Assistant Attorney General Jose Mafnas Jr., counsel for CUC.

NORTHERN Marianas College is working to complete by the end of this summer the demolition of its damaged buildings to make way for the construction of new facilities in its As Terlaje campus.

THE Commonwealth Development Authority on Friday announced that it is again providing services and support for its clients and the general public.

 GOVERNOR Ralph DLG Torres and Lt. Gov. Arnold I. Palacios on Thursday proclaimed May 22, 2020 as CNMI Armed Forces Day.

(Press Release) — Due to the continuing health and safety concerns associated with Covid-19 and pursuant to Supreme Court Order No. 2020-ADM-0010-MSC or Covid Order No. 3, judiciary courthouses and facilities will be open on a limited basis from Monday, May 11, 2020 to Wednesday, July 1, 2020. 

(NMC) — On Friday, May 22, the Northern Marianas College ROTC Program executed its annual awards ceremony in coordination with the University of Guam ROTC Program, and several NMC ROTC cadets came away as recipients of prestigious awards. 

(PSS) — After a successful trial run in the Kagman area, the CNMI PSS WiFi on Wheels or WOW program will be expanding free wireless internet to students and families in the following areas starting Tuesday, May 26:

SANTA RITA, Guam (USCG) — The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Kiska (WPB 1336) concluded a successful 18-day patrol in support of counter-Illegal, Unregulated and Unreported fishing and regional security operations in Northern Marianas and Western Pacific, in mid-May. 

THE governor’s Covid-19 Task Force and the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. on Thursday said one additional person has been recently confirmed to have contracted Covid-19.

THE governor’s office has responded to the Open Government Act request by the House minority bloc for information relating to the Imperial Pacific International contribution to the Community Benefit Fund, but “redacted some details and withheld several records,” House Minority Leader Edwin Propst said.

THE federal court on Wednesday granted the joint request of Rota Mayor Efraim Atalig, and Evelyn Atalig to amend their witness list and to add Gregory Vecchi, Ph.D., a Federal Bureau of Investigation interviewing expert, as an expert witness.

FOLLOWING a lengthy debate, the House of Representatives on Thursday rejected the proposed NMI Judiciary Rules on Procurement as recommended by the House Committee on Judiciary and Governmental Operations.

THE Commonwealth Utilities Corp. is looking for qualified U.S. workers to fill power plant positions that have been vacated by contract workers, CUC Executive Director Gary Camacho said.

THE Commonwealth Utilities Corp. on Wednesday reconnected the office of Imperial Pacific International LLC at Vestcor to the CUC power grid.

THE Marianas High School Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps held its first ever virtual awards ceremony on Monday.

(BECQ) — The Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality analyzed water samples collected this week from Saipan's east and south recreational beaches and from Rota's recreational beaches and storm drainages.

(Office of the Governor) — In an effort to stop the spread of Covid-19 in the Marianas, the governor’s Covid-19 Task Force would like to remind the general public that Managaha and the Grotto remain closed until further notice, pursuant to Directive 14 of the CNMI Covid-19 Emergency Directives of 2020.

(MVA) — Spreading goodwill to friends near and far, the Marianas Visitors Authority and local community partners are conveying a message of hope during the Covid-19 pandemic.

WASHINGTON (Press Release) — U.S. Department of the Interior Assistant Secretary for Insular and International Affairs, Douglas W. Domenech announced $942,206 in fiscal year 2020 Coral Reef and Natural Resources Initiative grants to eradicate and control the spread of invasive species in the U.S. territories of Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, as well as in the Republic of Palau, and Yap, in the Federated States of Micronesia. Funding will be used to introduce biological control of coconut rhinoceros beetles, control and eradicate feral cats and monitor lizards, and destroy wild vines, all of which are disruptive to ecological systems and impacting communities and livelihoods in the islands.

THE Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. on Wednesday announced that one of the seven Covid-19 patients has already recovered.

THE governor’s Covid-19 Task Force and Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. on Wednesday announced updates in procedures for outgoing and incoming travelers.

GOVERNOR Ralph DLG Torres on Tuesday signed Executive Order 2020-11 to establish a Council of Economic Advisers to replace the Strategic Economic Development Council.

MOBIL Oil Marianas and Shell Marianas gasoline prices went up on Tuesday and Wednesday by 15 cents while the price of diesel was up by 5 cents.

THE Korean Association of Saipan has arranged a second emergency flight for Korean students, businesspersons, and other nationals on island who need to see their doctors in their homeland.

SUPERIOR Court Associate Judge Joseph N. Camacho on Wednesday dismissed the charge of assault with a dangerous weapon against Kenny Masubed, an inmate who stabbed a male barber with a homemade “shank” in the Department of Corrections.

ATTORNEY Aaron Halegua is asking the federal court to enter a default judgment against Imperial Pacific International in the lawsuit filed by seven workers over forced labor and human trafficking allegations.

WHEN asked to share their respective visions for the Commonwealth, the governor’s zoning board nominees, Joe Ayuyu Jr., Perry Inos Jr., and Kevin C. Deleon Guerrero said they believe it is time to catch up with the times and go digital.

AFTER the distribution of over 1,000 care packages on Tuesday as part of its emergency food program, the Empty Vessel Ministry Foundation said its registration team received about 2,000 additional requests for assistance.

(DPS) — On Sunday, May 17, 2020, at about 6:30 p.m., the Department of Public Safety received a 911 call reporting an injured cyclist who was struck by a vehicle along Chalan Pale Arnold Road. Police and medics were dispatched to the scene.

(Office of the Governor) — Contrary to a conflicting announcement, both the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. and the governor’s Covid-19 Task Force have received multiple reports over the last several weeks from inter-island travelers that Star Marianas Air required passengers to present a health clearance form before boarding its planes.

(Press Release) — The Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. is pleased to announce the reopening of some hospital services at this time.

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

(Press Release) — A multiple property National Register of Historic Places nomination for 12 WWII Japanese and U.S. sunken ships, aircraft, and assault vehicles from the battle for Saipan was written by archaeologists and historians under a National Park Service American Battlefield Protection Program grant.

GOVERNOR Ralph DLG Torres on Tuesday allocated the $4.7 million Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund provided by the CARES Act to Northern Marianas College so it can continue its academic and workforce programs and services.

THE handgun used by Gordon Castro in the hostage-taking incident in March belonged to Department of Corrections Officer Eloy Cruz who reported that his gun was missing Feb. 26, Chief Prosecutor John Bradley said in a six-page memorandum/report to Attorney General Edward Manibusan.

THE Public School System wants to end the furlough of over 700 locally funded employees so they can receive their summer pay benefit, Education Commissioner Dr. Alfred Ada said.

THE local Supreme Court on Monday rejected the appeal of Sylvestre Rogopes Sablan who was sentenced to 30 years’ imprisonment with five years suspended after admitting that he murdered his wife, Ana Pialur Limes, in April 2015.

AS early as 8 a.m. on Tuesday, community members started arriving at Garapan Central Park to receive care packages from the Empty Vessel Ministry Foundation, a charitable organization.

FOLLOWING a public hearing on the governor’s five zoning board nominees on Tuesday, the Saipan and Northern Islands Legislative Delegation Committee on Judiciary and Governmental Operations recommended the confirmation of Joe Ayuyu, Jr., Perry Inos, Jr., and Kevin C. Deleon Guerrero.

ZONING board members should be mindful of the community and the environment when making development decisions, according to some lawmakers who attended Tuesday’s Saipan and Northern Islands Legislative Delegation Committee on Judiciary and Governmental Operations public hearing on three board nominees: Joe Ayuyu Jr., Perry Inos Jr., and Kevin C. Deleon Guerrero.

ONE of the members of the CNMI’s First Legislature said the islands have lost a well-respected leader with the passing of former Speaker Joe Lifoifoi Sr., 83.

SAIPAN Mayor David M. Apatang issued the following statement on the passing of the Honorable Jose R. Lifoifoi, fifth speaker of the House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands:

THE CNMI Army Recruiting Center is back in operation, but it is taking precautions by ensuring that its office is sanitized every day — all surfaces are wiped after each visit — in an effort to protect the community during the Covid-19 pandemic.

THERE has been a delay in the completion of the new federal court building construction due to the general difficulties involved in working under pandemic restrictions, said Bill  Bezzant, District Court for the NMI chief deputy clerk.

WASHINGTON (Press Release) —  U.S. Department of the Interior Assistant Secretary for Insular and International Affairs Douglas W. Domenech applauded the U.S. Department of Education for the financial support provided to the U.S. territories and Freely Associated States or FAS to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus disease 201 pandemic.

THE Governor’s Economic Task Force on Monday presented the CNMI Community Focused Recovery Plan to the House Committee on Commerce and Tourism, and sought the panel’s help in drafting a House resolution to support the plan.

NMI Refaluwasch leader and former Speaker Jose R. Lifoifoi Sr. passed away on Monday afternoon at the Commonwealth Health Center. He was 83.

SAIPAN Mayor David M. Apatang on Monday announced the cancelation of the Liberation Day festivities that culminate in a Fourth of July parade.

THE Bureau of Motor Vehicles last week issued CNMI driver’s licenses that will expire after a year instead of the usual three years.

GOVERNOR Ralph DLG Torres said on Monday that he felt “very blessed” because of the hard work of the first responders on the islands and the cooperation of the community members in fighting the spread of Covid-19 in the CNMI.

THE Public School System is drawing up various plans for the reopening of public schools in September, Education Commissioner Dr. Alfred Ada told the Board of Education in a recent meeting.

THE administration has met with owners of restaurants and gaming establishments to discuss their possible reopening, Gov. Ralph DLG Torres said.

TINIAN Mayor Edwin Aldan expressed his appreciation to Star Marianas Air for postponing the resumption of its inter-island flight service that was set for May 15.

THE Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. and the governor’s Covid-19 Task Force on Monday extended the community-based testing initiative to Rota and Tinian, especially for groups of people who are considered most vulnerable.

COMMONWEALTH Utilities Corp. Executive Director Gary Camacho said the power division plans to upgrade streetlights on the islands by installing LED fixtures.

REPRESENTATIVE Donald Manglona of Rota wanted to know if the Community Focused Recovery Plan presented by the Governor’s Economic Task Force to the House Standing Committee on Commerce and Tourism includes a provision on online gambling.

DURING discussions on Monday morning in the House chamber regarding the CNMI Community Focused Recovery Plan, Rep. Ralph Yumul raised concerns about the effects of the plan on the small business community.

A PUBLIC hearing will be held Tuesday morning in the House chamber by the Saipan and Northern Islands Legislative Delegation Standing Committee on Judiciary and Governmental Operations.

HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — While Louise Rivera, mayor of Tamuning-Tumon-Harmon, can provide food to help the homeless individuals in her villages, she said, what these displaced residents really need is a safe place to stay.

THE CNMI government wants to borrow more than $90 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency through its Community Disaster Loan program.

FEDERAL Bureau of Investigation special agent in-charge Sam Miranda said that scammers are leveraging the Covid-19 pandemic to steal your money and personal information.

THE governor’s Economic Task Force will meet with the House Standing Committee on Commerce and Tourism Monday morning in the House chamber to present the CNMI Community-Focused Recovery Plan.

TWO local medical referral patients who could not leave the Philippines due to the Covid-19 pandemic have passed away, Variety learned.

THE repair work at Hopwood Middle School is 90% complete, according to Public School System Associate Commissioner for Administrative Services Charley Kenty.

TINIAN Mayor Edwin Aldan is encouraging island residents to avail themselves of the free community-based Covid-19 tests starting Monday, May 18, at the Tinian Health Center.

THE Northern Marianas Housing Corp. is conducting a fair housing survey known as the “Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice,” or AI.

FRIENDS of CW organizer Irene Nepomuceno Holl said they distributed 160 care packages to furloughed guest workers on Saturday at the Garapan Round House.

CNMI Homeland Security and Emergency Management on Friday said drought conditions continue to persist throughout much of the Micronesian region.

HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — Day care centers across the island, that just two months ago were filled with the sounds of children playing, now sit silent as the closure of some “nonessential” businesses continue and the centers remain closed under government orders due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

(IT&E) — With no data caps until the end of the month, subscribers will be better able to keep in touch with loved ones, stay up to date with the latest news and announcements, continue to work and maintain their businesses from home and keep children educated and entertained.

(Press Release) — The Office of Vocational Rehabilitation would like to inform the public that the program’s office hours are, once again, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday.

(Office of the Governor) — The governor’s Covid-19 Task Force and the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. would like to inform the public that two additional people have been recently confirmed to have contracted Covid-19.

THE Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. and the governor’s Covid-19 Task Force will bring the community-based testing initiative to the villages.

THE Public School System was awarded $23 million in Education Stabilization Fund through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security or CARES Act, but the drawdown process still needs to take place, PSS acting finance director Kimo Rosario said on Thursday.

THE federal court’s appointed independent monitor, Burger, Comer, and Magliari LLC, reported that Imperial Pacific International was not paying its employees — CWs and U.S./local workers — the mandated CNMI prevailing wage rates.

THE administration believes it is now appropriate to initiate the reopening process for the government, according to a memorandum signed Thursday by the special assistant for Homeland Security & Emergency Management, Gerald J. Deleon Guerrero, and the chief executive officer of the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp., Esther Muna, with the concurrence of Gov. Ralph DLG Torres.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services on Thursday announced the publication of the interim final rule or IFR implementing the Northern Mariana Islands U.S. Workforce Act of 2018, which was signed by President Donald Trump almost two years ago.

(Office of the Governor) — Gov. Ralph DLG Torres has renewed the declaration of state of public health emergency and continued declaration of state of significant emergency establishing response, quarantine, and preventive containment measures concerning the Coronavirus Disease 2019 or Covid-19.

(BECQ) — The Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality  analyzed water samples collected from Saipan's east and south recreational beaches and Rota's recreational beaches and storm drainages this week as part of the regularly scheduled sampling. 

(BECQ) — The Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality has announced that they are now providing services to the public from Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., during the current government shutdown caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

NINE lawmakers availed themselves of the opportunity to tour the Commonwealth alternate care site facility at Kanoa Resort on Thursday.

AFTER the confirmation Tuesday of Edward Deleon Guerrero, Rafael Demapan, and Mario Taitano as the three new Commonwealth casino commissioners, Rep. Joseph Leepan Guerrero encouraged them to serve in that capacity to the best of their abilities.

MISS Earth Northern Marianas pageant organizer Diana Clayton said this year’s local event will be held on Aug. 1.

WASHINGTON (USCIS) — On May 14, 2020, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will publish an interim final rule or IFR implementing the Northern Mariana Islands U.S. Workforce Act of 2018, which protects U.S. workers in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and ensures that U.S. workers will not be displaced or encounter a competitive disadvantage for employment compared to non-U.S. workers.

(Office of the CNMI Congressional Delegate) — $23,163,734 for the CNMI Public School System is now ready for drawdown. The U.S. Department of Education in Washington reported to U.S. Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan Thursday the transfer of CARES Act funds had been made. And the Congressman met the PSS leadership in Saipan to confirm the money was received.

THE CNMI Community-Focused Economic Recovery Plan was unveiled Wednesday by Gov. Ralph DLG Torres, Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. Chief Executive Officer Esther Muna, and the governor’s Covid-19 Task Force Chairman Warren Villagomez at Fiesta Resort.

GOVERNOR Ralph DLG Torres and Finance Secretary David DLG Atalig said retirees will receive their full pension on May 30.

THE Public School System’s Wi-fi on Wheels or WOW program was launched Wednesday to serve about 200 students and community members in Kagman, PSS distance education coordinator Lorraine Catienza said.

THE governor’s authorized representative on Wednesday informed legislators that the Covid-19 Task Force will hold another tour of the alternate care site facility at Kanoa Resort.

A POLICE affidavit is a complaint, Chief Prosecutor John Bradley said in response to the Office of the Public Defender questioning the practice of the Office of the Attorney General of filing a detective’s affidavit but not a complaint.

ROBBERY suspect Calistro A. Crisostomo, who was previously released to a third-party custodian, has been arrested again, this time for assaulting his godfather in Koblerville.

BRIDGE Investment Group’s Tinian Diamond Hotel & Casino is seeking “expressions of interest from qualified partners” to exclusively operate its restaurant.

(Press Release) — Project Familia: For the Graduate creates an opportunity to highlight the Class of 2020 high school graduates by having a banner of their chosen graduation photo posted roadside, within their school zone sometime in May or June.

(BECQ) —  The Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality analyzes water samples collected from Saipan's recreational western beaches and storm drainages every week as part of a regularly scheduled sampling program.

HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — Former Republican Gov. Eddie Calvo, who served the two terms preceding Democratic Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero's administration, said he is concerned by a lack of oversight of the executive branch during the Covid-19 pandemic.

HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) —  A woman was forced to spend Mother’s Day recovering at Guam Regional Medical City after she attempted to stop a man from stealing her husband's pickup truck and had been run over in the process.

HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — A commission and a coalition of groups pushing Guam's quest for self-determination are urging local leaders to turn to the global community and international courts.

(Office of the CNMI Congressional Delegate) — The Northern Marianas would receive over $2.9 billion to deal with the health and economic crisis caused by the coronavirus in the relief act Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives released Wednesday and plan to pass on Friday. U.S. Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan said much of what he asked for — direct aid to schools and the Commonwealth government, continued relief for individuals and households, and CIP funding — has been included in the bill.

THE Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. and the Governor’s Covid-19 Task Force are transforming Kanoa Resort into an alternate care site that can provide hundreds of beds and facilitate hospital services to Covid-19 patients.

GOVERNOR Ralph DLG Torres’ Covid-19 Task Force conducted a tour of the CNMI Alternate Care Site at Kanoa Resort for the Legislature on Tuesday.

THE Commonwealth Utilities Corporation reduced its fuel adjustment charge or FAC effective May 11, CUC Executive Director Gary Camacho said.

THE federal financial assistance provided to the CNMI in light of the Covid-19 pandemic should allow the Commonwealth government to pay 25% of the retirees’ pensions, Sen. Paul A. Manglona said in a letter to Gov. Ralph DLG Torres.

GOVERNOR Ralph DLG Torres’ three nominees to the Commonwealth Casino Commission were confirmed on Tuesday by the Saipan and Northern Islands Legislative Delegation.

THE Saipan mayor’s office is open again, but from 7:30 a.m. to 12 noon only, Monday to Thursday, special assistant to the mayor Henry Hofschneider said.

THE chair of the Saipan and Northern Islands Legislative Delegation Committee on Judiciary and Governmental Operations, Rep. Joel Camacho, on Tuesday announced that a public hearing for five zoning board nominees will be held on Tuesday, May 19.

THE Rotary Club of Saipan, in partnership with Karidat Social Services, distributed care packages to community members on Monday at the pavilion in San Jose that was adopted by the club.

TANG’s Corporation has sued Imperial Pacific International in federal court for non-payment of a contractual agreement amounting to $230,623.53.

SUPERIOR Court Associate Judge Wesley M. Bogdan has denied the request of Imperial Pacific International for a preliminary injunction against a recycling company that the hotel-casino operator accused of accepting construction materials stolen from the casino warehouse and reselling them for profit.

(CNMI Senate) — On Monday, May 11, 2020, members of the Senate met with the Governor’s Covid-19 Task Force Chairman Warren Villagomez, Governor’s Authorized Representative Patrick Guerrero, Department of Finance Secretary David Atalig, and Homeland Security and Emergency Management Special Assistant Gerald Deleon Guerrero by request of Senate President Victor B. Hocog.

THE governor’s Covid-19 Task Force and the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. announced Monday evening that three additional people had been confirmed to have contracted Covid-19.

(CUC) —  The   Commonwealth    Utilities    Corp. would  like   to  inform  the  general   public  that  there  will  be  a scheduled   water  service interruption   in San  Roque,   Achugao  and Tanapag   on Tuesdav,  May 12, 2020, from 8:30 a.m. to 4  p.m.