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TO help promote the sport on island, the Northern Marianas Badminton Association on Tuesday conducted its first clinic of the year at the TSL Sports Complex. 

NEWCOMER Nathan Camacho has finally earned a seat with the rest of the aces after topping the Amigos Golf Club May tournament at the Kingfisher Golf Resort.

IN the past, soccer and other sports were usually dominated by men, but this is no longer true today as pointed out by Koo Luam Khen, Taketomo Suzuki and Angie Ito in episode 7 of “Footcast with Norman Del Rosario” on Saturday.

TOWARD the end of episode one of the NMI Tennis Podcast, Saipan-born professional tennis player Colin Sinclair acknowledged the support he receives from family and friends.

GOLD'S Gym personal trainer Jerry Diaz usually inquires about his client’s fitness goals first. Then he draws up a plan to help his client achieve them.

TO conclude episode one of the NMI Tennis Podcast, Colin Sinclair shared his off-season experience during the global lockdown of Covid-19.

(MCS) — Mount Carmel School recognizes 2015 AlumKnight Enrico Del Rosario as he continues to excel as a student-athlete at Northern Kentucky University.

NOT many CNMI athletes have pursued a path in the highly competitive world of U.S. collegiate basketball, but that did not stop Warren Ellama, a graduate of Mount Carmel School, from achieving his dream.

URBAN Fitness Project, Guam is inviting the Northern Marianas to participate in a virtual triathlon event  scheduled for July 1 to 31, 2020 to raise money and support front liners in purchasing or receiving personal protective equipment or PPE items.

ONE of the top CNMI tennis players, Carol Lee, has officially committed to the  Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta this fall 2020.

BECOMING a college soccer player takes a lot of preparation, according to the special guests of  “Footcast with Norman Del Rosario,” episode six.

JUSTIN “Guitar Hero” Jaynes took down Frank "The Crank" Camacho in just 40 seconds during their UFC match on Sunday in Las Vegas, Nevada.

IN episode one of the NMI Tennis Podcast, Colin Sinclair recounted his early experience as a professional player of the International Tennis Federation and the Association of Tennis Professionals.

IN the first segment of episode 6 of “Footcast with Norman Del Rosario,” young players talked about their memorable experiences on the field, and what inspired them to continue playing soccer in college.

IN episode 1 of the NMI Tennis Podcast, professional player Colin Sinclair shared some of his experiences as a collegiate tennis player and offered advice to aspiring tennis players.

“DURING this pandemic, I have reflected on my daily health choices and lifestyle in the past five years and prior to becoming a professional certified personal trainer and fitness nutritionist,” Gold's Gym personal trainer Jerry Diaz said. “I can definitely say that it has been life-changing.”

THE NMI Tennis Association’s first podcast episode featured the 2019 NMSA Male Athlete of the Year and Pacific Games gold medalist, Colin Sinclair.

“FOOTCAST with Norman Del Rosario” provided the younger soccer generation a glimpse of what the NMI men's and women's national teams have achieved — and what the younger players themselves can accomplish through hard work.

GOLFERS have finally picked up their clubs again as the Amigos resumed their ace tournaments with Norman Dung Tenorio claiming the title for April.

THE NMI Tennis Association will resume its training sessions on Friday, June 17, 2020 at the PIC tennis court, and is also working with the Governor’s Covid-19 Task Force and the National Park Service for the resumption of training at the American Memorial Park tennis court.

JUN Christopher Fidelino, a former member of the NMI Rollers Basketball Association and the 670 Sonics Basketball Club, stays in shape amid the disruption of Covid-19 by exercising at home.

MORE NMI soccer players are being given the opportunity to become professional athletes through collegiate leagues, and that includes Thaiphi Austria, an upcoming freshman.

EPISODE 5 of “Footcast with Norman Del Rosario” highlighted the NMI Women's National Team members’ first international victory when they played against Macau in 2014.  Joining Emily Maxberry in the discussion were Carrie Schuler, Megan Silberberger, Mikky Vargas, Neeka Atalig, Gabi Race, and Chevy Alipio.

EPISODE 4 of “Footcast with Norman Del Rosario” features soccer coaches Sugao Kambe, Kiyoshi Sekiguchi and Michiteru Mita who shared their thoughts on how players are selected for the NMI national team.

THE island will soon host a motocross event, said the NMI’s most well-known motocross racer and promoter, Cuki Alvarez.

ESPORTS has made an impact during this time of Covid-19 disruption. Amid the global shutdown, esports spectators and participants remain digitally engaged.

EPISODE 4 of “Footcast with Norman Del Rosario” featured former NMI coaches Sugao Kambe and Kiyoshi Sekiguchi as well as current head coach Michuteru Mita who all shared their memorable moments with the Northern Mariana Islands Football Association.

WHILE each game is its own battle, every athlete faces another “war” that occurs behind the scenes before every competition. The CNMI’s Sunjoon Tenorio, a former member of the Suffolk University varsity soccer team, believes that pregame rituals help him prepare before a game.

 

GOLD'S Gym reopened its doors Monday, giving the public an opportunity to get back into rhythm under social distancing rules.

THE NMI Rollers Basketball Association was founded in the late 1990’s by Joe Diaz. His objective was to mentor youths who have the potential to grow and succeed in life through the love of sports. 

EVERY successful athlete has a person they looked up to during their rise to stardom, and it was no different for the former NMI U12 National Soccer Team members. 

AARON Paul Pamintuan, a 23-year-old multi-sport athlete, believes that physical fitness has long-term benefits, especially for one’s health.

THE recent HORRIFIC move to take money (25,000) from our student scholars under the Saipan Higher Education Financial Assistance Program to give to the Cannabis Commission who is supposed to be a “Revenue Generating Source,” not a parasite preying on our children is another example of irresponsible leaders who don’t listen!

AMERICAN technology companies are unsurprisingly among the biggest critics of President Trump's decision on Monday to freeze new work visas, including those used by many tech workers and their families, through the end of the year. "This is a full-frontal attack on American innovation and our nation's ability to benefit from attracting talent from around the world,” said the head of a pro-immigration group funded by Silicon Valley.

I’M moving my business headquarters off the West Coast. We tried San Francisco. We tried the Seattle area. Both were wonderful in their own ways, especially in natural beauty and personal friendships. But both have become hostile to the principles and policies that enable people to live abundantly in the broadest sense.

PROBABLY the oldest and most enduring political notion in human history is the belief that problems created by humans can be solved by a group of humans if we would just give them power over the rest of us.

THERE is a lot of talk (gaslighting) about potential revenue-generating and self-sustaining avenues and even getting MVA to focus on high-end tourists whoever they are which is just more talk and no action making these meetings and suggestions just more GASLIGHTING Shows by the Administration!

 

THERE is a recurring puzzle in the history of the environmental movement: Why do green activists keep promoting policies that are harmful not only to humans but also to the environment?

THE Red Republican Sea of corruption, nepotism and racism that WE the People have been observing at helplessly is about to be parted being led by the former Independents IF voters will do their part to raise their pencil in the voting booth as having a better government is just that easy.

IT’S too early to know what will come of the violent protests in response to the death of George Floyd. But we do know that recent history has not been especially kind to militant efforts to advance racial equality.

A LITTLE over a week ago, the Trump administration eliminated nondiscrimination protections for transgender people in the areas of healthcare and health insurance which were originally enacted during the Obama administration.

I WAS asked: Does racism exist in the NMI? Which, in turn, reminded me of President Bill Clinton’s reply when asked in Aug. 1998 if he had sex with Monica Lewinsky.

PG&E, the California utility and Sacramento whipping boy, cut power to millions of customers last fall on hot and windy days to prevent its electric lines from sparking wildfires.

(Stellar Marianas) — The 2020 Miss Marianas Pageant originally scheduled for this summer, is moved to next year in the spring due to the Covid pandemic and Stellar Marianas, the islands’ nonprofit pageant and talent group kindly seeks the patience and assistance of the community.

SOMETIMES it seems life can’t get any worse in this country. Already in terror of a pandemic, Americans have lately been bombarded with images of grotesque state-sponsored violence, from the murder of George Floyd to countless scenes of police clubbing and brutalizing protesters.

WASHINGTON — If the only black lives that matter to the Black Lives Matter movement are those taken by rogue police officers, then let it be clear: Not all black lives matter to them.

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

(Press Release) — “Teachers, thank you so much for your patience and dedication in teaching our kids even though we are experiencing internet connection problems, you still manage to teach the lesson,” said many of the parents of students in Green Meadow School.

TINIAN — “For the past 11 years with many of you, I have had the honor and privilege to see you through the tough times and the best times as students,” shared Tinian Jr.-Sr. High School principal Dionne Santos in thoughtful reflection, kicking off the first-ever virtual graduation in the school’s history — and tough times they were.

“THE crime and violence that today afflicts our nation will soon come to an end,” said Donald Trump on July 21, 2016, as he accepted the Republican party’s nomination for the presidency of the United States. “Safety will be restored.”

LONDON doesn’t have the power to push the corrupt little junta in Beijing into being halfway decent to the people of Hong Kong, but Boris Johnson has a bold solution for almost half of those people: Come to the United Kingdom.

(District Court of the NMI) — Each year, the Judicial Council of the Ninth Circuit hosts a regional civics contest for high school students in nine western states, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands. For the 2020 competition, students were invited to submit essays and videos in response to the following prompt:

(Press Release) — Live Well UV (USA), a new local company, brings ultraviolet light technology to the CNMI. The company’s UV systems disinfects air, water and surfaces against bacteria, mold, spores and virus contamination. UV-C light has been around for over 100 years. New designs for both mobile and permanently mounted light fixtures can neutralize up to 99.9% of active pathogens. 

THE indefensible killing — captured on video — of George Floyd, following closely after the release of video showing the killing of Ahmaud Arbery, triggered the riots, looting, and conflagrations that have engulfed scores of cities across the country.

 

SIX years ago, its proponents said the legalization of casino gambling on Saipan would allow the CNMI government to pay 100% of the retirees’ pensions.

MANY of us believe that the local economy should be “more robust and not too dependent on tourism.” The NMI, we say, “should have something else to fall back on” in case another disaster  like Covid-19 strikes the islands. 

IT is now conventional punditry that should Joe Biden win in November, his vice president, in 1944-style, will sooner rather than later become president.

JAPAN’S Covid “State of Emergency” is now officially over. Tokyo, the last of Japan’s 47 prefectures to be officially released from restrictions, was declared safe(ish) recently, meaning its cautious three-step program of reopening all commercial premises and entertainment venues can begin.

MANILA (AP) — The Philippine president has retained a strict lockdown in a central city he described as a new coronavirus hot spot, while the capital and the rest of the country were placed in lighter quarantines.

HONG KONG/BEIJING (Reuters) — China’s parliament passed national security legislation for Hong Kong on Tuesday, setting the stage for the most radical changes to the former British colony’s way of life since it returned to Chinese rule almost exactly 23 years ago. 

SYDNEY/BEIJING (Reuters) — The death toll from Covid-19 surpassed half a million people on Sunday, according to a Reuters tally, a grim milestone for the global pandemic that seems to be resurgent in some countries even as other regions are still grappling with the first wave.

SACRAMENTO, Ca. (USDOL) — After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division, Darshan Mundy—  owner of seven Sacramento, California-area gas stations — has paid $340,470 in back wages and damages to 105 employees and $45,963 in penalties to resolve violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act’s or FLSA minimum wage and overtime requirements.

KOROR (Island Times/PTI Invest/Pacnews) — Covid-19 lockdowns, closing of international borders and travel restriction in the Pacific, including Palau has left businesses reeling, but the challenges can also provide an opportunity to pivot to build a stronger digital economy.

MAJURO — Multiple guilty pleas by an American lawyer to illegal baby adoption-related criminal charges over the past week in the United States were hailed by the Marshall Islands attorney general as an example of results achieved through international law enforcement cooperation.

 

PARIS/NOUMEA (AFP/Pacnews) —  The French Pacific island territory of New Caledonia will hold a referendum on independence from France on  October 4, a month later than originally planned, due to the coronavirus, the government said Wednesday.

MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer) — Close to 100,000 workers were laid off in the first half of the year due to the Covid-19pandemic, more than a third of whom lost their jobs in June alone, the Department of Labor and Employment or DOLE said.

MANILA (AP) — The Philippines’ iconic passenger jeepney was one of the first casualties of the country’s coronavirus outbreak, with the government imposing a tight lockdown that sidelined Manila’s “king of the road” and its thousands of poor drivers.

WASHINGTON (U.S. Department of the Interior) —  Assistant Secretary for Insular and International Affairs Douglas W. Domenech  announced the publication of three technical notes from the Graduate School USA’s Economic Monitoring and Analysis Program or EconMAP providing an initial assessment of the economic impacts of the novel coronavirus disease 2019 on the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau. 

PALIKIR, Pohnpei (FSM Information Services) — From June 17 to 19, 2020, at the instruction of David W. Panuelo, president of the Federated States of Micronesia, and the governors of the FSM, the national government in collaboration with the government of the State of Pohnpei, the Defense Attaché Office of the Embassy of the United States of America, the World Health Organization, the International Organization for Migration, and United Airlines Inc., conducted a series of exercises to assess and simulate Pohnpei State’s capacity and procedures for what to do when FSM citizens stranded abroad are allowed to be repatriated.

MANILA (The Philippine Star) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte once again came to the defense of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, who is facing an investigation for alleged irregularities and anomalies over his department’s handling of the country's coronavirus response.

NEW YORK (Reuters) — Rebekah Rosler and her husband did not intend to leave Manhattan for good in March when they packed up their three children and headed 50 miles north to wait out the coronavirus pandemic in her parents’ vacant home in upstate New York.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea continues to struggle to contain a resurgence in the coronavirus that has seen some of the country’s hard-won pandemic gains erased since social distancing rules were eased in mid-April. 

MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer) — Former U.S Secretary of State Hillary Clinton voiced out her support for veteran journalist and Rappler CEO Maria Ressa following the latter’s cyber libel conviction in the Philippines.

SPRINGDALE (Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette/Pacnews) — Marshallese have suffered half the deaths so far in Northwest Arkansas in the United States from Covid-19 while making up no more than 3% of the region’s population, figures show. 

 

MAJURO — The Marshall Islands government extended its ban on incoming travelers to July 5, but repatriated nine Marshallese stranded in Pohnpei and allowed the first group of five essential workers to return to the US Army missile testing range at Kwajalein Atoll.

VIENNA (AP) — An award-winning journalist who has aggressively covered Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration is bracing for a verdict in a libel case and says she sees the upcoming decision as “an existential moment" for democracy in the Philippines.

MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer) — The Department of Education on Monday postponed in-person classes until a vaccine for the new coronavirus disease is developed, a move that effectively placed all its chips on an unprecedented distance learning plan that has been met with skepticism.

MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer) — Fifteen members of the House of Representatives, which is dominated by allies of President Rodrigo Duterte, had their names stricken out as authors of the  anti-terrorism bill while at least five others retracted or corrected their vote amid a groundswell of opposition to the controversial measure feared as a potential state weapon against dissent.

WELLINGTON (Reuters) — New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Monday that all coronavirus measures in the country will be lifted from Tuesday, barring border closure restrictions, as the virus had been eliminated from the country.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) —President Donald Trump on Friday celebrated a stunning U.S. employment report that showed more than 2.5 million jobs were added last month during the thick of the coronavirus pandemic, and predicted the battered economy will recover all of its lost jobs by next year. 

MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer) — Emelda Razon Aguillon, a massage therapist from Quezon City, lost her main source of income when the spa she had worked for suspended operations during the enhanced community quarantine in Metro Manila due to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

COLONIA, Yap (Yap State Government) — Due to the expiration of the second Declaration of a State of Emergency decree on May 27, 2020, Yap State Gov. Henry S. Falan issued a third Emergency Declaration on June 1, 2020 that is retroactive to May 28 and continues to place the entire state under a state of public health emergency in connection with the Covid-19 pandemic. 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) — The European Union on Tuesday rejected any suggestion that the Group of Seven advanced economies could be expanded to include Russia and warned Washington that it could not change the rules for the group on its own.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) — The United States is considering the option of welcoming people from Hong Kong in response to China’s push to impose national security legislation in the former British colony, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in remarks released on Monday.

UNDER a proposal it submitted to the Board of the Education on Tuesday, the Public School System said it will continue to implement a 64-hour, four-day  work schedule when the new school year starts on Sept. 8 and not on Aug. 30 as earlier announced.

SKYMARK and other Asian airlines will not have regular flights to and from Saipan until Sept. 30, the Commonwealth Ports Authority said.

FORMER Rep. Peter Michael “Mike” Pangelinan Tenorio was not just a friend, he was also  a great role model for young people and “all of us who are serving the people of the Commonwealth,” Rep. Luis John Castro said on Tuesday.

THE Senate Committee on Resources, Economic Development and Programs met on Tuesday to discuss several measures, including House Bill 21-3, which intends “to enhance Marianas Visitors Authority’s promoting capabilities in attracting tourists to visit the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.”

(CUC) — The Commonwealth   Utilities  Corp. has been  notified  by Mobil  Oil  Mariana  Islands   Inc.  that there has been  an increase  in the average international   fuel prices  which will affect the Fuel  Adjustment  Charge  or FAC.

KARIDAT Social Services on Tuesday received an over $10,000 donation from the Pacific Islands Club.

TWO individuals employed through the CW-1 program are hoping that the CNMI government can help foreign workers avail themselves of the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance and Federal Unemployment Compensation programs.

(Defense News/Pacnews) --- Maj. James F. Schmidt, a certified nurse anesthetist, was one of six nurses assigned to the 1984th U.S. Army Hospital-Pacific, 9th Mission Support Command, that deployed to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands to provide medical expertise in support of Covid-19 response efforts.

CITING the recent protest of workers due to missed payrolls, the United States Department of Labor filed notice in federal court, stating that  Imperial Pacific International has violated the Fair Labor Standards Act and the previous consent judgement issued by the court.

LOCAL residents of Laly 4 in Chalan Kanoa and Refaluwasch community members on Saipan said they oppose House Local Bill 21-42, which proposes to rezone, from village residential to tourist resort, a stretch of beach front and residential areas from Sugar Dock to Chalan Kanoa Beach Hotel.

HOUSE Floor Leader John Paul Sablan has asked the House Committee on Public Utilities, Transportation and Communication to look into the procurement process of the Marpi landfill operation.

DURING a meeting between the Governor’s Covid-19 task force and the House Committee on Health and Welfare Monday, the governor’s authorized representative, Patrick Guerrero said  the alternate care site facility at Kanoa Resort was roughly 50% complete.

THE House Committee on Ways and Means on Monday announced that it will be conducting multiple hearings on the FY 2021 budget.

THE chairman of the Governor’s Covid-19 Task Force, Warren Villagomez, appeared before the House Committee on Health and Welfare on Monday to seek the help of lawmakers in expanding testing into the precincts.

DIVISION of Fish and Wildlife Director Manuel “Manny” M. Pangelinan on June 12, at 8:54 p.m. was cited for driving under the influence, reckless driving, implied consent, and failure to possess a vehicle registration.

THE four-day bench trial to determine whether USA Fanter Corporation Ltd. has enough evidence to attach a mechanic’s lien to the property of Imperial Pacific International LLC concluded on Monday.

THE Commonwealth Casino Commission will review the credentials of the new chief executive officer of Imperial Pacific International once he or she is appointed by the IPI board.

DESPITE the Covid-19 pandemic, Exquisite Productions Marianas, the organizer of Miss Earth Northern Marianas, will push through with this year’s pageant set for Oct. 24 at Saipan World Resort.

THE lack of manpower has been the biggest challenge of the Saipan mayor’s dog control program, its manager Martin Pangelinan said.

MIXED household and commercial trash had been dumped behind the bushes in some beach areas over the weekend, community volunteer Max Aguon said.

THE Commonwealth Casino Commission wants to expedite the effective date of the orders it approved on Thursday and if Imperial Pacific International fails to comply with any of them, then, “I’m sorry to say, we have to revoke the license and the game is over,” Commission Chairman Edward C. Deleon Guerrero told IPI officials.

SECUNDINA Untalan Pangelinan and her daughter Selina Marie Pangelinan are asking the Superior Court to issue an order directing John Sablan Pangelinan to pay them $7.61 million in damages for interfering in a probate of a $3.2 million estate belonging to Secundina’s deceased husband.

IN celebration of  CNMI Pride Month, over 200 vehicles filled with community members gathered in Marpi for the start of the first ever Ride4Pride motorcade on Saturday.

SUPERIOR Court Associate Judge Joseph N. Camacho has granted the motion of the NMI Settlement Fund to intervene in the lawsuit of the Public School System, which is seeking more funding from the central government.

(Office of the Governor) — With approved guidance from the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp., the Governor’s Covid-19 Task Force announced this weekend that scuba diving shops and businesses are now open at all designated Marianas dive sites on Saipan, Tinian, and Rota, except for the Grotto.

HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — At the end of next month, mayors anticipate they can start removing abandoned cars, used tires, and other dumped household appliances from their villages using the $466,042.26 in the recycling revolving fund.

THE Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality and the Department of Lands and Natural Resources-Division of Fish and Wildlife have granted a community volunteer’s request to transfer beach sand from the north side of the Sugar Dock pavilion.

THE Northern Marianas Technical Institute has not yet received a $10 million grant from the U.S. Economic Development Authority because NMTI still needs to submit environmental and historical clearances to the federal agency, NMTI Chief Executive Officer Agnes McPhetres said.

THE Senate Committee on Resources, Economic Development and Programs will meet tomorrow, Tuesday, at 10 a.m. to discuss several measures including House Bill 21-3, which intends to “enhance the Marianas Visitors Authority’s promoting capabilities in attracting tourists to visit the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.”

SENATOR Teresita A. Santos is hoping that the Rota Legislative Delegation could identify new and other sources of funds for the medically related programs of the island.

(NMC) — Northern Marianas College is reminding students and community members to apply for financial aid before the fast-approaching deadlines:

(Press Release) — Through the voices and courage of residents of the Marianas, the Northern Marianas Humanities Council will feature a series of interviews on “Racial Equality & Civil Unrest” to take a deep dive into these issues through the lens of the humanities.

THE Senate Fiscal Affairs Committee met with Secretary of Finance David DLG Atalig on Wednesday to discuss House Joint Resolution 21-9-House Draft 1, which seeks to grant the governor’s authorized representative, or GAR, Patrick Guerrero authority to enter, on behalf of the CNMI, into a Federal Emergency Management Agency Community Disaster Loan agreement.

THE Commonwealth Casino Commission approved three separate orders on Thursday requiring Imperial Pacific International to meet its obligations to private vendors and the CNMI government; to deposit money in reserve for three-month payroll; and to hire a new chief executive officer.

VIROLANSON Castro Secharmidal pleaded not guilty to the charges of driving under the influence, reckless driving, failure to remain at the scene of an accident, and failure to drive the right half of highway at an arraignment on Thursday morning.

THE granting of the application of Pacific Rim Land Development, LLC for a writ of execution to seize money owned or controlled by Imperial Pacific International LLC in banks has resulted in payless paydays for IPI employees, IPI lawyer Michael Dotts said in an email to Variety.

SECRETARY of Finance David DLG Atalig said on Wednesday that the Department of Finance has issued over $49 million in economic impact payments or stimulus checks to CNMI taxpayers.

HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — Fifteen more people have tested positive following another large-scale community testing event for Covid-19, including a Department of Corrections employee.

HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — Democratic Delegate Michael San Nicolas' family filed his candidacy papers on Thursday, hours after Republican Sen. Wil Castro personally filed his candidacy for delegate.

(Office of the Governor) — The CNMI Department of Labor would like to inform the business community, government agencies and the general public that, effective immediately, the Joeten-Kiyu Public Library will no longer be an application center for the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance or PUA Program.

THE Covid-19 pandemic has a “devastating impact” on the lives of many people in the CNMI, and this is why the Northern Marianas Housing Corp. believes that freezing rent increases and evictions “is justified, beneficial and worthy of a good cause.”

NOW that it is a law enforcement agency, the Commonwealth Casino Commission needs an academy to train its enforcers for tasks, which include making arrests and handling guns, commission chairman Edward C. Deleon Guerrero said.

DUE to the Covid-19 pandemic, the National Speech and Debate Association competition was held virtually with the CNMI team advancing to the main event, NSDA regional coordinator and Marianas High School teacher Harold Easton said.

(Press Release) — The NMI Museum is again open to the public from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday to Friday.

“TAKING vitamin D supplements may help prevent a potentially serious side effect of a revolutionary form of anti-cancer therapy,” according to CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society.

DURING a press briefing on KKMP radio Wednesday morning, Lt. Gov. Arnold I. Palacios and Secretary of Finance David Atalig commented on the ongoing review of payroll records of government employees and officials as relate to the current Covid-19 disaster.

TOKYO (Association for Promotion of International Cooperation) — A recent college graduate of Yapese ancestry has been awarded a scholarship that will allow her to earn a master’s degree in environmental studies at Sophia University in Japan.

THE July 15 target date for the reopening of the Commonwealth to tourism remains a moving target date, an administration official said during a press briefing on KKMP radio Wednesday.

THE casino and construction workers of Imperial Pacific International staged another protest action outside the federal court  on Wednesday, saying that it should “unfreeze” the IPI payroll account so they can get their salaries.

(Office of the CNMI Congressional Delegate) — Marianas businesses were intended to have flexibility when to send CW-1 workers home for a 30-day “touchback,” according to U.S. Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan and the other authors of the Northern Mariana Islands U.S. Workforce Act.

THE governor’s authorized representative, or GAR, Patrick Guerrero, on Wednesday said the alternate care site or ACS at Kanoa Resort is anticipated to be fully operational approximately three weeks from now.

TWENTY-TWO-YEAR-OLD Virolanson Castro Secharmidal was charged by the Attorney General’s Office with driving under the influence, reckless driving, failure to remain at the scene of an accident, and failure to drive the right half of highway.

HOUSE Committee on Commerce and Tourism Chairman Joseph Leepan T. Guerrero said on Wednesday that he appreciates the administration efforts in showcasing the ecology of the islands by accommodating YouTube host, Robert Arrington.

THE Northern Marianas Technical Institute is seeking funds from the CNMI government so the trade school can end the furlough of its 23 employees and reopen in August.

(Office of the Governor) — The Governor’s Covid-19 Task Force and the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. would like to remind travelers/CNMI residents who arrived on Saturday, June 20,  to get their specimen collected on Thursday, June 25, at Kanoa Resort Saipan between 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.

SINCE the Saipan mayor’s office resumed its field operations following the lifting of some of the Covid-19 pandemic restrictions, it has removed 334 junk vehicles round the island, field operations director Joann Aquino said.

The Governor’s COVID-19 Task Force and the Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation (CHCC) would like to remind travelers (CNMI residents) that arrived on Saturday, June 20, 2020 to get their specimen collected on Thursday, June 25, 2020 at Kanoa Resort Saipan between 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.

THE House Special Committee on Federal Assistance and Disaster Related Funding convened on Tuesday to discuss the next steps in reviewing the documents provided by the governor’s authorized representative or GAR Patrick Guerrero.

THE Settlement Fund has asked the District Court for the NMI  to issue an order stating that the Public School System is not entitled to the appropriations for the settlement agreement payments.

THE jury trial of Rota Mayor Efraim Atalig and his co-defendant Evelyn Atalig, which has been postponed several times already. will be delayed for two more weeks.

IF community vulnerability remains at Level Blue, the Public School System will mix virtual learning with in-class instruction in the next school year, which will start on Aug. 31.

GOVERNOR Ralph DLG Torres on Tuesday approved House Bill 21-103 to reappropriate $150,000 in special casino gross revenue tax for Rota projects.

A TOYOTA Corolla hit a Star Water Company flatbed truck after the sedan made an improper left turn on Beach Road, Tuesday morning, the truck driver said.

THE Torres-Palacios administration on Tuesday designated June as CNMI Pride Month in a virtual proclamation signing ceremony.

(DPS) — On Thursday, June 18, 2020, at about 1:31 p.m., the Department of Public Safety  received a 911 call reporting a theft incident at a private residence on Navy Hill. Police were dispatched to the scene.

HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero on Monday said her fellow Democrat, Delegate Michael San Nicolas, should "apologize to the people of Guam" for calling government leaders incompetent in his social media post.

(Commonwealth    Utilities   Corp.) —  There will be a scheduled  emergency  water service  interruption  on Thursday,   June 25,  at 8:30 a.m. for customers  in lower Dandan  and  As Lito, specifically   on Chalan  Monsignor   Martinez  from  the  Shell  Dandan  gas station  to Happy  Market  in  As Lito.

(Office of the Governor) — The CNMI Department of Labor Workforce Investment Agency is one of 24 entities throughout the states and territories to be awarded funding for temporary employment opportunities to qualified participants through the Covid-19 Pandemic National Dislocated Worker Grant of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security or CARES Act.

REPRESENTATIVE Joel Camacho said he will pursue his plan to create a beautiful park in Precinct 4.

The Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation (CHCC) CNMI Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program is pleased to announce its new guidelines for WIC Income Eligibility and WIC to GO, a new shopping platform.

DOZENS of Imperial Pacific International workers on Monday staged a protest outside the federal court in Garapan over their unpaid salaries due to the frozen bank accounts of IPI.

THE House Special Committee on Federal Assistance and Disaster-Related Funding has received the documents it requested from the governor’s authorized representative or GAR, Patrick Guerrero.

THE Saipan and Northern Islands Legislative Delegation on Thursday amended House Local Bill 21-49 to reallocate $25,000 from the Saipan Higher Education Financial Assistance to the CNMI Cannabis Commission for office equipment and renovations.

SECURITY Title Inc. has filed a complaint for interpleader in Superior Court to determine who should be entitled to the $2.48 million escrow account of Imperial Pacific International.

THE airport revenue for fiscal year 2021 is projected to be half of the income in the previous fiscal year based on the new budget proposal of the financial affairs committee of the Commonwealth Ports Authority.

SAIPAN Mayor David M. Apatang said he will ask the Saipan and Northern Islands Legislative Delegation to appropriate $200,000 for the Saipan street-naming and addressing project.

THE pavilion repair and renovation program of the Rotary Club of Saipan will enhance the beauty of Sugar Dock Beach, community volunteer Max Aguon said.

HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — Guam is anticipated to reach Pandemic Condition of Readiness 3 by July and, with that, the island also hopes to open up again to tourism. As the island's main industry, the revival of tourism presents a serious issue for Guam.

THE Senate on Friday unanimously confirmed the appointment of Joaquin Q. Dela Cruz to the Commonwealth Development Authority board of directors.

GOVERNOR Ralph DLG Torres last week wrote President Donald Trump a letter seeking his support for the CNMI plan to reactivate local tourism.

CNMI Department of Labor Secretary Vicky Benavente has written a letter to U.S. Congressman Gregorio Killi Camacho Sablan regarding congressional action in extending Pandemic Unemployment Assistance/Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation eligibility to CNMI-Only Transitional Workers, or CW-1.

MEMBERS of the House Gaming Committee on Thursday toured the Imperial Pacific International hotel-casino as well as the proposed burial site for the ancestral remains that were dug up at the Garapan site.

PUBLIC School System teachers will receive their summer pay this week, PSS interim finance director Kimo Rosario said.

FACING a drop in revenue due to flight suspensions amid the Covid-19 pandemic, the Commonwealth Ports Authority board of directors is reviewing very carefully a proposal to restore hazard pay for CPA employees.

THE House of Representatives unanimously adopted House Joint Resolution 21-10 supporting the passage of H.R. 6800 or the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions Act.

ISAIAH Atalig Ogo, 25, was arrested on Rota for choking his girlfriend, police said.

DISTRICT Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona has revoked the supervised release of Francisco Nakatsukasa Basa who used methamphetamine and consumed alcohol while on probation.

HOUSE Minority Leader Edwin Propst and Reps. Sheila Babauta and Tina Sablan held a joint online press conference Friday to expound on their decision to join the NMI Democratic Party.

SENATOR Vinnie Sablan favors an override of Gov. Ralph DLG Torres’ veto of Senate Bill 21-33, which proposed to transfer the Office of Management and Budget to the Department of Finance.

MARIANAS Visitors Authority Managing Director Priscilla Iakopo said the Department of Finance remitted $300,000 in hotel occupancy tax collections on June 12.

FOR its 60th high school commencement exercise on Saturday, Mount Carmel School observed social-distancing guidelines and other safety measures.

HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — Vincent Rios, the man who attempted to bring more than 18 pounds of methamphetamine to Guam for distribution, has been sentenced to 27 years in federal prison with credit for about three and a half years he's already spent detained.

SENATORS on Wednesday said the CNMI should invest in farming, fishing, and livestock raising to create new revenue-generating industries.

AS part of its commitment to help promote the CNMI when it reopens to tourism next month, the Commonwealth Ports Authority board of directors is considering a 50% discount on airport fees.

GOVERNOR Ralph DLG Torres on Wednesday approved House Local Bill 21-48, which appropriates $1,008,630 in amusement machine licensing fees for Northern Marianas College, Karidat, the Northern Marianas Housing Corp. and the Saipan and Northern Islands Legislative Delegation.

THE CNMI has adequate supplies of personal protective equipment and test kits for the next four months, Covid-19 Task Force Chairman Warren Villagomez said.

ASKED about the recent announcement that four independent House members will seek re-election as Democrats in November, Gov. Ralph DLG Torres said that at the end of the day, “we all work for the people.”

MARIANAS Visitors Authority Board Chairwoman Marian Aldan-Pierce on Wednesday announced that MVA managing director Priscilla Iakopo’s contract has been renewed for another year.

THE chairman of the House Committee on Commerce and Tourism, Rep. Joseph Leepan T. Guerrero is inviting South Korean and Japan tourists to again visit the CNMI.

ROTARY Club of Saipan president Marcia Ayuyu said they will adopt another beach pavilion, this time in the Sugar Dock area.

TODAY, Friday, the Senate will be deliberating on the governor’s nominee to the Commonwealth Development Authority board of directors, Joaquin Q. Dela Cruz.

THE Office of the Attorney General has filed a motion to dismiss with prejudice the charge of misconduct in public office against Dennis Mendiola who is currently the commissioner of the Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services.

JANEE Marie Famy Babauta, who admitted withdrawing $12,208 without authorization from her mother’s Bank of Guam account, was sentenced to time served — seven days.

(COTA) — The Commonwealth Office of Transit Authority will resume its Call-A-Ride Saipan/Demand Response Shared Ride Service beginning Monday, June 22, 2020.

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

HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — Seven Air Force service members tested positive for Covid-19 more than two weeks after they arrived on Guam from various locations in the United States for deployment.

GOVERNOR Ralph DLG Torres on Wednesday asked the Marianas Visitors Authority to highlight and promote the Northern Islands as a high-end tourist destination once the visitor industry reopens next month.

LED by Education Commissioner Alfred B. Ada, Public School System officials on Tuesday met with the members of the House Committee on Education to discuss the plan to reopen the schools while ensuring that students and everyone else in the community are protected from the Covid-19 pandemic.

THREE individuals accused of selling methamphetamine or “ice” were brought before Superior Court Associate Judge Joseph N. Camacho on late Wednesday afternoon for a bail hearing.

PACIFIC Rim Land Development LLC has requested the federal court to order the U.S. Marshals to seize personal properties owned by Imperial Pacific International LLC so it can pay the $6.8 million judgment entered by the court.

SENATOR Sixto K. Igisomar is willing to assist the Commonwealth Election Commission address the issues raised by the Office of the Public Auditor regarding the accountability of ballots.

HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — Federal authorities confiscated more than 9 pounds of methamphetamine, worth an estimated $2.1 million, in mail packages sent to various addresses on Guam in the last two months.

THE Public School System plans to hire retired nurses who will monitor the students and teachers’ health while on campus.

THE House of Representatives on Wednesday honored the life and legacy of Jose R. Lifoifoi, NMI Refaluwasch leader, House speaker in the Fifth Legislature, and member of the leadership in the Third Legislature.

THE Senate Committee on Executive Appointments and Government Investigations held a public hearing on Wednesday for the governor’s nominee to the Commonwealth Development Authority board of directors, Joaquin Q. Dela Cruz.

(JKPL) — In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Joeten-Kiyu Public Library continues to serve the CNMI in innovative ways by providing assistance to individuals who may qualify for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance and Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation application submission.

(Press Release) — The Northern Marianas Humanities Council awarded a total of $112,950 to eight non-profit organizations and three individuals under its Covid-19 Relief Grant program. 

(CPA) — The Commonwealth Ports Authority informs the general public of the following departure drop-off and arrival pick-up procedures for the Francisco C. Ada/Saipan International Airport:

(CPA) — The Commonwealth Ports Authority’s Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting personnel will conduct a live fire exercise on Thursday morning, June 18, 2020, beginning at 10 a.m. at the CPA Fire Training Facility. 

(Press Release) — The CNMI’s Tri-Agency partners consisting of the Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities, University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, and the Northern Marianas Protection & Advocacy Systems Inc. wish to inform the general public that we continue to make our respective services available to the public; however, we only do so within the scope and parameters of the governor’s directives regarding Covid-19 and subsequent preventative measures. 

CLOSE to 500 government employees including 21 police officers, 11 of them senior officers, were furloughed due to the massive economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

HOUSE Minority Leader Edwin Propst and three other House minority bloc members have joined the NMI Democratic Party as they also announced on Tuesday their intent to seek another term in this year’s midterm election.

(Press Release) — Beginning Monday, June 22, 2020, the CNMI State Medicaid Agency will  accept walk-in clients, Monday-Thursday, from 7:30 a.m. to 12  p.m. Social distancing and the use of face masks will be strictly enforced for the health and safety of all.

THE House Committee on Federal and Foreign Affairs yesterday unanimously approved amendments to House Joint Resolution 21-8, which focuses on military presence or training on-island, before endorsing its adoption.

THE 20 CNMI medical referral patients and their escorts are still in the Philippines because Philippine Airlines canceled its flight scheduled for June 12, Sen. Paul A. Manglona said.

REPRESENTATIVE Donald Manglona on Monday introduced House Bill 21-116 “to reappropriate the $290,000 to fund the Rota inter-island medical referral stipend and hotel expenses and also fund the Rota Medical Subsistence Allowance.”

ALLAN A. Lifoifoi, 38, was arrested on charges of sexual abuse of a minor in the first degree, sexual abuse of a minor in the second degree, and disturbing the peace.

JULITA M. Namauleg, 53, has been charged in a domestic violence case by the government who said she assaulted her son and nephew on May 13, 2020 in Kagman.

THE “aggressive campaign” of the Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality against littering and illegal dumping has helped reduce the amount of trash found on some beaches, community volunteer Max Aguon said.

DUE to the Covid-19 pandemic, many government employees with disabilities who have been furloughed are seeking assistance from the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, OVR Director Maryann Borja-Arriola said.

(NMC) — Interested individuals who are looking for money to pay for college are encouraged to attend Northern Marianas College’s upcoming free “Cash for College” webinar that will be hosted online through Zoom on Thursday, June 18, 2020.

MARIANAS Visitors Authority board chairwoman Marian Aldan-Pierce said the biggest challenge for the tourism industry when it finally reopens is the mandatory quarantine.

REGARDING the House minority bloc’s releasing the records of his first-class travel, official representation, reimbursement, executive security, housing expenses, and utilities expenses, Gov. Ralph DLG Torres shared his response live on KKMP radio Monday.

THE governor’s authorized representative, Patrick Guerrero, said Monday during a press briefing on KKMP radio that requests have been made to extend contracts for  the quarantine facilities at the Pacific Islands Club and the alternate care site at Kanoa Resort.

 THE CNMI has shifted from Community Vulnerability Level Yellow to Level Blue, Gov. Ralph DLG Torres said Monday on KKMP radio.

PING Shun Corp. on Thursday sued Imperial Pacific International LLC in federal court for breach of contract, unjust enrichment and liability for an account.

THE islands’ transition from Community Vulnerability Level Yellow to Level Blue indicates that the public is complying with the government’s Covid-19 protocols, Saipan Mayor David M. Apatang said.

GOVERNOR Ralph DLG Torres renewed his declaration of state of public health emergency and continued declaration of state of significant emergency to establish response, quarantine, and preventive containment measures concerning Covid-19.

REPRESENTATIVE Marco Peter, the author of the hemp legalization measure, said on Monday that the CNMI needs a new industry to recover economically.

GOVERNOR Ralph DLG Torres last week approved House Local Bill 21-45 which appropriates $160,000 in pachinko and poker fees for Tinian.

(NMI Judiciary) — On June 15, 2020, the local Supreme Court issued its opinion in Joeten Motor Co. v. Leon Guerrero, reversing the trial court’s judgment reducing Joeten’s requested amounts of attorney’s fees and costs.

AZIZ Peter Mettao is suing the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. in federal court, accusing CHCC of detaining him against his wishes, and administering medications that he did not give consent to and have objected against.

THE Consumer Protection Act claims in the lawsuit filed by a widow of a missing diver have been dismissed without prejudice by the federal court. “Dismissed without prejudice” means the claims can be re-filed.

HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — If the current level of sales and foot traffic in what once were bustling business areas continue through the summer and into the fall, "we're all in trouble," a business manager said.

THE Saipan Pacific Lions Club, the newest Lions Club on Saipan, was chartered on June 1, thanks mainly to the effort of Saipan Unity Lions Club president Elizabeth Escober-Mendiola.

HOPWOOD Middle School on Thursday promoted 317 eighth graders who received their certificates, drive-through style, on their Chalan Piao campus.

HOUSE Minority Leader Ed Propst, Reps. Tina Sablan, Edmund Villagomez, Sheila Babauta, Richard Lizama, and Donald Manglona on Thursday released thousands of pages of records of Gov. Ralph DLG Torres’ first-class travel, official representation, reimbursement, executive security, housing expenses, and utilities expenses.

THERE will be a partial resumption of international flights once the CNMI transitions from Community Vulnerability Level Yellow to Level Blue today, Monday, Gov. Ralph DLG Torres said on KKMP radio Friday.

FIRE broke out at the Imperial Pacific International’s warehouse in Lower Base on Friday. No one was hurt.

FUEL prices went up again, this time by 15 cents, the second price hike this month and the third since the last price rollback two months ago.

GOVERNOR Ralph DLG Torres has signed into law a bill that legalizes hemp in the CNMI.

GOVERNOR Ralph DLG Torres has signed House Bill 21-62 which restricts the deduction of unpaid gambling obligations from the casino’s gross revenue.

THE office of Rep. Luis John DLG Castro on Capital Hill will be providing document copying assistance for Precinct 1 constituents applying for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance/Federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, or PUA/FPUC every Tuesday and Wednesday beginning Tuesday, June 16, 2020, until December 26, 2020.

COMMUNITY-BASED tests will be conducted in villages when the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. and the Governor’s Covid-19 Task Force resume the testing initiative.

GUÅHAN, Marianas (Press Release) — I Hagan Famalåo’an Guåhán resides on the mission “To enhance, promote, protect, and foster the social, economic, cultural spiritual, and political well-being of CHamoru women, girls, and gender-diverse people within the overall Guåhan community.”

MARIANAS High School’s 370 seniors graduated on Thursday in a ceremony that was livestreamed on MHS’ Facebook page.

(Press Release) — InteliSecure, the world’s premier provider of data protection services, is pleased to announce that is has opened its Asia Pacific Security Operation Center on Saipan.

(Press Release) — The 2020 CNMI Census office will be changing hours of operation for the Call Center effective June 14, 2020.

(PSS) — The CNMI Public School System Advanced Placement or AP Program leveraged its partnership with Docomo Pacific, Inc to ensure that Advanced Placement students in need of broadband access are provided with portable wireless devices known as MiFis to complete their online AP exams.

(DPS) — On Friday, June 12, 2020, at about 1:44 p.m., the Department of Public Safety received a 911 call reporting a possible missing individual in San Jose.

FOR its failure to comply with court sanctions and previous discovery orders, District Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona on Friday entered a default judgement against Imperial Pacific International LLC. in the lawsuit filed by seven workers who are alleging labor violations.

CITING the devastating impact of losing front liners amid the Covid-19 pandemic, Gov. Ralph DLG Torres is requesting U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services for a waiver and/or flexibility on 54 nonresident healthcare workers including nurses of the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp.