IT is important to understand the three primary types of muscle action to maximize your training sessions and see visible progress as soon as possible, Gold's Gym Saipan personal trainer Jerry Diaz said.
CERTIFIED cardio kickboxing and aerodance instructor Joel Vallega says joining his classes can help you stay strong and healthy.
AFTER four months of hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the National Basketball Association is finally returning to action.
ROB Arrington, famously known for his YouTube channel, “Deer Meat for Dinner,” shared a few insights about his Marianas trip during a meet-and-greet event hosted by the Saipan Fishermen's Association or SFA on Saturday, July 11, at the Minachom Atdao pavilion.
K FISHER and its crew led by Jack Diaz reeled in a 290-pound billfish to claim the year's perpetual trophy of the 36th Saipan International Fishing Tournament at the Smiling Cove Marina on Saturday.
(Press Release) — Docomo Pacific, regional leader in innovation, telecommunications, & entertainment, sponsors the 36th Annual Saipan International Fishing Tournament, the largest international fishing derby in the Marianas.
PROFESSIONAL athletes have to focus on maintaining energy by eating right.
(SCC) — Registrations are rushing in as the Saipan Chamber of Commerce Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament approaches on Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020 at the LaoLao Bay Golf & Resort-West Course!
HARD work paid off for Loretolyn Itibus, RayRay Santos and Pali Rovnan who were promoted to Blue Belt in the sport of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu on Tuesday at the Trench Tech Gym.
TERRY Guerrero outperformed 43 other golfers on Sunday to claim the Amigos Golf Club June Ace of the Month title at the Kingfisher Golf Links.
DON Hallmark topped the Marianas Golf Association July Ace of the Month tournament on Sunday, besting 18 other golfers at the Laolao Bay East Course.
AFTER being postponed for three months, the CNMI Women's Golf Association finally resumed its tournament on Saturday, July 11, with Sherlyn Jones winning the Ace of July title at the Kingfisher Golf Links.
YOU already feel too tired during a run but then you suddenly gain new strength to continue.
ROBERT Arrington, known for his YouTube channel "Deer Meat for Dinner," continues to show his love for the CNMI as he donated $1,000 to the Tasi to Table Fishing Club on Saturday during a program for the youth at the Minachom Atdao pavilion.
IN the second half of episode 8 of Footcast with Norman Del Rosario, the NMI U15 Boys National Team members recounted what their thoughts were before their game against Macau in the East Asia Football Federation or EAFF tournament in 2011.
TRENCH Tech, which shut down in March due to the Covid-19 pandemic, has reopened while observing safety protocols.
(Press Release) — Ready your golf bags! The Saipan Chamber of Commerce and golfers will enjoy the fresh outdoors during the 2020 Two-Man Scramble Scholarship Golf Tournament on August 8 at LaoLao Golf & Resort, West Course!
RON Benavente and Chris Leon Guerrero emerged as the Aces of May and June following the Marianas Golf Association ace tournaments held on July 4th at the Kingfisher Golf Course.
IN celebration of the ninth anniversary of the first international win of the NMI boys soccer team, the first half of the eighth episode of “Footcast with Norman Del Rosario” featured the nine players from the team that made it happen.
LIFTING weights and gaining muscle will always feel like an accomplishment. Your progress is visible. However, eventually, some will start to lose energy, and this is due to the lack of balanced intake needed to fuel one's body.
IN the 2020 Gold's Gym Challenge, Patrick Tudela took the “crown” not only at home but internationally as well. And it all started with a friendly challenge.
PATRICK Tudela, who dominated the Gold's Gym Saipan Challenge, also topped the 2020 Gold's Gym International Challenge.
JAMES Benavente proved that he is the best of the best as he bagged the Marianas Golf Association 2019-2020 Ace of Aces title, besting 11 other aces over the weekend at the LaoLao Bay Golf & Resort.
THE Irish Cart Bombs took home the perpetual trophy after emerging triumphant in the 11th Wollak Golf Classic at the Kingfisher Golf Course on Friday.
“I AM always looking for the latest or more effective ways to train my clients so they’ll stay motivated,” Gold's Gym personal trainer Jerry Diaz said.
A GROUP of bike enthusiasts celebrated Liberation Day with a round-the-island bike ride.
“TO be a soccer coach you have to learn a lot about soccer,” said former NMI national coach Koo Luam Khen during episode 7 of “Footcast with Norman Del Rosario.” Koo Luam Khen and fellow coaches Taketomo Suzuki and Angie Ito shared their experiences and offered advice to aspiring soccer coaches in the NMI.
ON Feb. 24, 1976, Sen. Joe Biden, Democrat of Delaware, was among the 23 U.S. senators who voted no to the Covenant to Establish a Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands in Political Union with the United States of America.
THE Wireless On Wheels Program or WOW is a noble and commendable effort to deliver internet access to student and KUDOS to all the sponsors.
DOES Joe Biden write his tweets?
THE debate over expanded unemployment benefits has proven particularly fractious, given that the $2 trillion CARES Act Congress passed in March set up a broken economic system where nearly 70% of the unemployed can get paid more in benefits while staying home than they would make by going back to work.
SINCE clinching the Democratic nomination in April, Joe Biden and his senior advisers have run a mostly error-free campaign.
The following is the testimony presented by the author to the House Special Committee on Federal Assistance and Disaster-Related Funding on July 27, 2020.
IN response to Mr. Don Farrell’s letter to the editor published on July 24, 2020, Our Common Wealth 670 would like to set the record straight regarding House Joint Resolution 21-08, which calls on the Honorable Ralph DLG Torres to oppose any additional destructive military training on and around our islands.
GEORGE Floyd was murdered.
WHEN I was forced into a behavioral healthcare clinic in Portland to undergo a family crisis treatment therapy, I did it to have access to my wife, but I was totally ignored.
RESTAURANTS, beware: Nothing’s harder to sate than a taste for power, and state and local leaders are getting to like emergency orders.
THE oddities of Joe Biden’s third presidential campaign are impossible to ignore.
WE have been in this Covid crisis for about six months now and it doesn’t look like the end is in sight.
WITH 70,106 new cases the coronavirus daily count is greater today than in March, when local officials around the country decided to close schools to protect students, teachers, and staff from the spreading disease.
THE Good Things I’ve been seeing are not so much political as they were a breath of fresh-air to see that our Chief Judge Mona Manglona is still taking to task the Law in dealing with her cases.
THE gradual establishment of the local tourism industry — which is about as old as this newspaper — diversified the NMI economy.
“NEVER give-up, never give-in, and never give-out” are words that I will always remember coming from my former leader of SNCC, the late Congressman John Lewis founder of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee during the Civil Rights Movement — he will be missed.
IT'S so condescending that Oregon authorities cry foul about the federal government but they won't acknowledge that Oregon authorities have abducted my wife four years ago.
I LAUGHED when I saw The Washington Post headline: "Minneapolis had progressive policies, but its economy still left black families behind."
ONE of the most important things that scientists try to convey to the public is the virtue of nuance.
ANARCHISTS and rioters have wreaked havoc on Portland, Ore., for nearly two months.
FOR too long, Republicans and the media refused to take Joe Biden seriously as a presidential candidate.
BEFORE America launches into a New Green Deal, it ought to consider what happened to the Old Green Deal.
A JOE Biden presidency would guarantee one thing. We may be finished with Donald Trump, but we’ll still have the problem that gave us Mr. Trump.
THE Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences is a peer-reviewed journal that claims to publish “only the highest quality scientific research.”
2020 is the deadliest year I’ve ever witnessed in my lifetime. It’s scary to learn about the human lives that are lost daily.
MANILA — On July 13, two weeks after the fatal shooting of four intelligence officers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines by members of the Philippine National Police in Jolo, in the southern Philippines, President Duterte flew to the Sulu capital in to address the aggrieved soldiers.
IN August 2018, Greta Thunberg first began skipping school to protest outside the Swedish parliament.
The following statement was delivered by the author on the House floor Thursday, July 16, 2020.
AMERICAN society is in the middle of a destructive hysteria of self-flagellation and denial.
LAST week we discussed the baby boom in the Pacific, which has resulted in the current state where over half of the people living in the islands are under age 23.
WHEN the CNMI government convened a two-day, federally funded economic conference in March 1999, the islands were in the midst of an economic slowdown caused by the Asian currency crisis.
OVER the past year, we have heard stories or read news articles about the abuse, misuse, and allegedly unlawful expenditure of public funds by certain officials in the CNMI government.
BETWEEN 2 million and 3 million Americans will die!
LAST month the Tinian Leadership presented the Strategic Plan for the Tinian Beef Industry to the Tinian community.
I TOLD the entire CNMI on more than one occasion that “LOYALTY” was one of the main requirements to keep your job under the Republicans and its really common knowledge.
PRETEND for a moment that you are a journalist with a strong leaning in favor of progressivism and the Democratic Party, and you wish to make the argument that Democratic governors are doing a great job of mitigating the spread of the coronavirus.
IF you believe every presidential election is a big bet, you probably think this one is over. In the betting markets, Joe Biden is up on Donald Trump by more than 18 points. Most polls look like a permanent path to the golf course for the president. Gallup’s most recent presidential approval number is 38%.
I DON’T think there is any doubt on the mainland and in the CNMI that it is truly time to “CLEAN HOUSE” in our two Political Arenas.
PEOPLE in a panic usually are not acting out of love for others or concern for the well-being of abstract groups defined by skin color or other attributes.
IT’S been going around for some time and now appears to be in danger of spreading widely.
THE year began with a recovery that belied every negative cliché about the Trump tax cuts and regulatory reform.
BETWEEN the pandemic and civic unrest, Seattle’s economy isn’t in the best shape.
GOVERNMENT growth and abuses are not challenged nearly enough.
HALF of the people living on Pacific islands are under the age of 23.
I SAID the GOP was waiting for Election Season to start “Putting-on-a-Show” like they are really governing and maintaining a real check & balance on our Governor and the Governor claims its “People over Politics.”
IN an opinion column for the New York Times, Thomas Friedman proposes that Joe Biden debate Donald Trump only if the president meets two conditions.
MINNEAPOLIS — The national media might have “moved on” from the riots in Minneapolis, but residents have nowhere to go.
IN March 1999, the CNMI government convened an economic summit funded by the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Office of Insular Affairs.
OVER the years, I have often heard “rocket science” used to describe the hardest things to do.
I RECENTLY ran across a piece in the Philadelphia Inquirer that lays out four racist words and phrases that should be banished from the English language. It begins like this:
(JKPL) — The Joeten-Kiyu Public Library hosted a free community cultural class with 25 participants on Saturday, July 25, 2020.
ON behalf of environmentalists everywhere, I would like to formally apologize for the climate scare we created over the last 30 years.
(Press Release) — Effective July 31, 2020, the 2020 Census of the CNMI will be moving into its follow up and quality control phase.
WHILE the numbers of infected are subsiding in some regions, the Covid-19 pandemic still rages in others.
(BECQ) — The Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality analyzed water samples collected from Saipan's east and south recreational beaches as well as Managaha’s recreational beaches and dock this week as part of the regularly scheduled sampling.
GALLUP produces the longest‐running poll on immigration going back to 1965. Since then, it has asked the same question:
(BECQ) — The Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality analyzes water samples collected from Saipan's west coast recreational beaches and storm drainages every week.
I KIND of taken a break due to Covid-19. My main concern is to keep a low profile in light of my mom’s and wife’s health conditions. I just want them to have peace of mind.
(Press Release) — For the 20th summer Eco Camp will run at the Marianas Trekking Adventure Center in Marpi beginning August 3. Camp will be held in one week sessions.
“At Mt. Rushmore, Trump uses Fourth of July celebration to stoke a culture war” — Los Angeles Times
(Commonwealth Utilities Corp.) — There will be a scheduled water service interruption for the entire Kagman area on Friday, July 31, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
AFTER watching yet another Twitter rant by the president and then looking back at history, I realized that there is little chance that Donald Trump will be re-elected as President of the United States.’
(Commonwealth Utilities Corp.) — An emergency water service interruption is scheduled for Wednesday, July 29, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. for customers in the following areas: Hafey Lane in Kagman, Isa Drive from Kagman Mobil to Mulberry Lane near the CUC Papago water tank.
THERE was no way to know that the last trip I took to Hong Kong just a few years ago would likely be my last.
(Press Release) — Marianas Agupa radio talk show is pleased to announce that all candidates running for public office will be given equal airtime regardless of party affiliation beginning on August 8, 2020 and ending on October 31 2020. Due to social distancing, radio appearance will be live but via telephone call only.
TO Mrs. Rita Chong-Dela Cruz, state historic preservation officer, Historic Preservation Office:
(Press Release) — On July 30, 2020, Kensington Hotel — well known as the most representative premium hotel on Saipan — invites you to a “Time for Authentic Gourmet Parades” with stylish a la minute buffet showcasing exotic flavors from Asian and Western cuisines at Loria International Restaurant.
A NEW craze is sweeping the Pacific world and it goes by the name Checkbook Diplomacy.
(CHCC) — The Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. and the Public School System are conducting a school-based vaccination outreach for children to be brought up to date with recommended immunizations.
“I PLEDGE allegiance to the flag (America) and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation under God indivisible with liberty and justice for ALL”!
(Commonwealth Utilities Corp.) — There will be a scheduled power interruption on Tuesday, Julv 28, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
THE Covid-19 pandemic which began about six months ago, instead of subsiding, has apparently started its “second wave,” as Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Disease predicted with a degree of certainty a few months ago.
(Commonwealth Utilities Corp.) — There will be a scheduled water service interruption for the upper Gualo Rai area on Monday, July 27, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
“For every Chamorro and Carolinian family, the invasion was a harrowing experience. Apart from the danger, they soon ran out of food and water, and their clothing was shredded to rags; they were in wretched condition when they finally reached the safety of internment camps.”
— “Saipan: The Ethnology of a War-Devastated Island,” by Dr. Alexander Spoehr
(Press Release) — The Northern Marianas Humanities Council’s Motheread/Fatheread CNMI, a CNMI grassroots family literacy program, conducted a certified teacher’s meeting and professional development on Rota on July 16, 2020.
THE conference was called “Planning for the CNMI’s Economic Future,” and it was held at the Hyatt on March 18-19, 1999 in response to what was then the most serious economic downturn that the islands had to face since the early years of the Commonwealth. Among the speakers/presenters were U.S. economist consultants, economic professors and business executives.
(JKPL) — The American Library Association has announced that the Joeten-Kiyu Public Library has been selected to participate in Libraries Lead with Digital Skills, an initiative of ALA and the Public Library Association, sponsored by Grow with Google, the tech company’s economic opportunity initiative.
FOR Joe Biden, the immortal words of baseball pitcher and all-purpose sage Satchel Paige apply right now: “Don’t look back. Something might be gaining on you.”
(Press Release) — The board of directors, management, and staff are proud to announce that Alexandra “Allie” Leon Guerrero, vice president/managing investment advisor representative with BG Investment Services Inc., has earned the Accredited Wealth Management Advisor SM or AWMA designation and is currently the only AWMA designee on Guam.
THIS week, the Supreme Court struck down a Montana constitutional provision barring religious schools from benefiting from the state’s tax dollars.
(BECQ) — The Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality analyzes water samples collected from Tinian's recreational beaches and storm drainages this week.
HOW America’s political class must pine for the halcyon days of just a few weeks ago, when only statues of Confederate generals (and the occasional Christopher Columbus) had to fear being pulled down or defaced.
KFC Saipan will reopen its restaurant for diners on Friday with safety measures in place, store manager Reyole Aldan said.
PROTESTERS say America’s criminal justice system is unfair.
(MCS) — On Tuesday, July 21, 2020, Mount Carmel School welcomed the Governor’s Covid-19 Task Force to its campus to inspect and evaluate the school’s preparation efforts prior to the new school year.
“THERE is a positive relationship between the amount of governmental interference in an economic arena, and the abuse and invective heaped upon the businessmen serving that arena.”
(BECQ) — The Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality analyzes water samples collected from Saipan's west coast recreational beaches and storm drainages every week.
(NMC) — Northern Marianas College nursing graduates Liqi Huang and Haram Lee have joined the list of students who passed the challenging National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses or NCLEX-RN.
BUBBA Gump has reopened with a redesigned menu and more affordable prices, Triple J chairman and chief executive officer Bob Jones said on Tuesday.
(JKPL) — On Wednesday, July 15, 2020, the Antonio C. Atalig Memorial Library, a branch library under the Joeten-Kiyu Public Library, distributed 142 summer reading packages on Rota: 41 Early Literacy packages; 55 packages to children ages six to twelve years old; 25 packages to teens, and 21 packages to adults.
(SIS) — Last year, Saipan International School became the only school in Micronesia authorized to offer the AP Capstone Diploma given to students that earn scores of 3 or higher in AP Seminar, AP Research and on four additional AP Exams of their choosing.
(Press Release) — To honor and thank those who have helped the CNMI community, the Northern Marianas Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence is currently seeking nominations for the prestigious Bridge of Light Award.
(Press Release) — IT&E announces payment plan options to aid those affected by pandemic.
(Commonwealth Utilities Corp.) — There will be scheduled power interruptions on July 22 and 23, 2020.
(Commonwealth Utilities Corp.) — There will be a scheduled water service interruption in San Roque, Achugao and Tanapag on Thursday, July 23, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
(Press Release) — On Thursday, July 16, 2020, Anheuser-Busch, through local partner, Marianas Pacific Distributors, donated over 4,700 cans of drinking water and 1,000 disposable face masks to Empty Vessel Ministry Foundation of Saipan.
(JKPL) — On Tuesday, July 14, 2020, the Joeten-Kiyu Public Library launched Early Literacy Story Hour and Children’s Story Hour class, which is sponsored by the Northern Marianas Humanities Council’s Motheread/Fatheread CNMI.
(GMS) — School year 2019-2020 was a remarkably memorable period in the lives of many students not only from Green Meadow School but throughout the world. The Covid-19 pandemic changed the traditional way of celebrating the graduation ceremony.
(Press Release) — McDonald’s of Guam & Saipan owner/operators Jose and Marcia Ayuyu are pleased to announce the promotion of Joe Ayuyu Jr. to vice president of McDonald’s Guam and Saipan restaurants effective July 1, 2020.
Saturday, July 11, 2020 was the last day to pick up the Summer Reading Package to Go at the Joeten-Kiyu Public Library (JKPL).
On Saturday, July 11, 2020, Joeten-Kiyu Public Library launched a FREE Community Cultural Class to more than 13 children and their parents.
(PSS) — The CNMI Public School System’s Office of Instructional Technology & Distance Education celebrates 12 professionals who completed their Professional Administrative Certification requirements through the Aspiring Leaders Program.
(Commonwealth Utilities Corp.) — There will be a scheduled power interruption on Thursday, July 16, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Capital Hill area.
(Commonwealth Utilities Corp.) — There will be a water service interruption for a portion of Gualo Rai specifically for customers located on Rai Drive to the corner of Robat and Espana Drive.
(Press Release) — As part of its ongoing digital transformation efforts, Bank of Hawaii announced the launch of online account opening capability in Guam, Saipan and Palau.
(Press Release) — Bank of Guam announces Saturday hours for the following branches:
(BECQ) — The Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality analyzes water samples collected from Saipan's west coast recreational beaches and storm drainages every week, and water samples collected from Tinian’s recreational beaches and storm water drainages this week.
(MCS) — Mount Carmel School congratulates these students for making it to the 4th Quarter President’s List & Honor Roll.
(GMS) — The sun shone brightly last Friday morning to greet the Green Meadow School students excited to receive their achievement awards.
(Press Release) — Our next rummage sale is scheduled for this Friday, July 10, from 9:30 a.m. till 12 noon at the Sister Remedios Community Center in Chalan Kanoa. In order to observe social distancing only 20 shoppers will be allowed to enter the sale at a time.
(PSS) — The Public School System Early Intervention Program would like to inform parents of infants and toddlers who received Early Intervention Services at the Children’s Developmental Assistance Center from 2013 to 2016, that the children’s records are no longer needed by the program and will be destroyed in a matter that ensures all personal identifiers are removed from the record and the record is no longer personally identifiable.
The Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation (CHCC) Public Health Programs is participating in the Ayva Pilot Program in partnership with Bravado Health.
(CHCC) – Applying for Medicaid is easier than ever during the COVID-19 public health emergency.
TAMUNING, Guam (Press Release) — Docomo Pacific, regional leader in innovation, telecommunications, & entertainment, joins the Skiplino app, allowing customers to schedule store visits and avoid waiting in line.
(Commonwealth Utilities Corp.) — There will be scheduled power interruptions on July 9-10.
(Commonwealth Utilities Corp.) — There will be a scheduled water service interruption for the entire Kagman area on Thursday, July 9, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
BOSTON, Ma. (Press Release) — On Sunday, May 10, Emerson College awarded 959 undergraduate degrees for the Class of 2020.
PEPOY’S is one of the few restaurants on island that have remained afloat amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
(BECQ) — The Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality analyzes water samples collected from Saipan's recreational western beaches and storm drainages as well as Managaha beaches as part of a regularly scheduled sampling program.
(Press Release) — All First Hawaiian Bank Saipan branches will be open today, Friday, July 3, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
(Stellar Marianas) — Our Marianas queen is turning her passion for the local culture and language as well as her aspiration for fashion design into her ongoing community projects.
NEWARK, Deleware (Press Release) — Michael Roy Ortizo of Saipan has been named to the University of Delaware Dean's List for the Spring 2020 semester.
(Press Release) — APL has announced a reduction in Fuel Adjustment Factor into Guam and Saipan by 17% effective July 1, 2020. This reduction also applies to export containers from Guam and Saipan to the U.S.
KOROR (Press Release) — What position do we want our society to be in post-2020 in a Covid-19 world? On Tuesday, Aug. 18, at Ngarachamayong Cultural Center, the 3rd National Environment Symposium or NES will address this question.
MAJURO — Leaders of four nuclear test-affected atolls in the Marshall Islands said Wednesday they see momentum developing behind efforts for renewed attention to lingering problems of the US nuclear weapons testing program from 1946 to 1958.
(Reuters) — One person in the United States died about every minute from Covid-19 on Wednesday as the national death toll surpassed 150,000, the highest in the world.
(Reuters) – Oregon’s governor on Wednesday said federal tactical police had agreed to withdraw from Portland, though U.S. officials said agents would stay until conditions improved after weeks of clashes with protesters.
MANILA (The Philippine Star) — The Philippines' top diplomat will summon the Malaysian envoy following a Twitter spat over Sabah.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — The U.S. economy likely contracted at its steepest pace since the Great Depression in the second quarter as the Covid-19 pandemic destroyed consumer and business spending, potentially wiping out more than five years of growth.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — Republicans in the White House and the U.S. Congress were in disarray over their own plan for providing $1 trillion in new coronavirus aid on Tuesday, as negotiations aimed at reaching a compromise bill with Democrats also sputtered.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — President Donald Trump groused on Tuesday about medical expert Anthony Fauci’s high approval ratings and joked that “nobody likes me” as he struggles to improve his standing with voters for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
MADRID/LONDON/BERLIN (Reuters) — Spain reacted angrily on Tuesday to recommendations from Britain and Germany that their citizens avoid its islands and beaches because of an increase in coronavirus cases during what should be the height of the tourism season.
MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer) — Senators, including administration allies, on Tuesday blasted President Rodrigo Duterte’s “defeatist” position when he said he was “inutile” in defending the country’s territory against Chinese intrusion, warning that his remarks would only embolden China to further “bully” the Philippines.
PARIS (Reuters) — French police dismantled on Wednesday a migrants’ campsite in Aubervilliers, northeast of Paris, amid mounting pressure for the government to demonstrate a tough stance on illegal immigration.
HONG KONG (Reuters) — Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam has warned the city is on the brink of a large-scale outbreak of the coronavirus and urged people to stay indoors as much as possible as strict new measures to curb the disease’s spread take effect on Wednesday.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — Attorney General William Barr on Tuesday parried attacks in the Democratic-led House of Representatives, denying accusations he is doing President Donald Trump’s bidding by intervening in high-profile cases and sending federal agents into U.S. cities.
PAGO PAGO (RNZ Pacific/Pacnews) — The governor of American Samoa says in August special skilled and technical workers will be brought into the territory.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — Senate Republicans on Monday proposed a $1 trillion coronavirus aid package hammered out with the White House, paving the way for talks with Democrats on how to help Americans as expanded unemployment benefits for millions of workers expire this week.
MANILA (Reuters) — Shares in top Philippine telecom firms PLDT Inc and Globe Telecom Inc fell on Tuesday after a threat by President Rodrigo Duterte to shut them down, while firms run by a telecom newcomer with ties to the president soared.
KOROR, 28 JULY 2020 (Palau Government/Pacnews) — The leaders of Palau, the Marshall Islands. Nauru, Kiribati, and the Federated States of Micronesia are currently working to coordinate the 2020 Micronesian Presidents Summit or MPS.
KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) — Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak was found guilty on Tuesday on all seven corruption charges in his first trial linked to a multi-billion dollar scandal at state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad or 1MDB.
PALIKIR, Pohnpei (FSM Information Services) — On July 24, 2020, Livingston A. Taulung, secretary of the Department of Health & Social Affairs and Chair of the Federated States of Micronesia’s Covid-19 Task Force, and Ricky F. Cantero, deputy secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs, received Huang Zheng, ambassador of the People’s Republic of China, who handed-over an additional 10 boxes of personal protection equipment donated to the FSM by Shandong Province.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — Top aides to President Donald Trump said on Sunday they agreed in principle with Senate Republicans on a $1 trillion coronavirus relief package — the party’s opening offer in negotiations with Democrats less than a week before enhanced unemployment benefits expire.
(Los Angeles Times) — The 105 Freeway roared overhead as homeless outreach worker Daniel Ornelas knelt to speak with Genia Hope.
MANILA (AP) — Hundreds of protesters in the Philippine capital marched and staged motorcades Monday against a new anti-terror law and other issues despite police threats of arrests ahead of President Rodrigo Duterte’s annual state of the nation speech.
(Reuters) — Florida on Sunday became the second state after California to overtake New York, the worst-hit state at the start of the U.S. novel coronavirus outbreak, according to a Reuters tally.
CHENGDU, China (Reuters) — China took over the premises of the U.S. consulate in the southwestern city of Chengdu on Monday, after ordering the facility to be vacated in retaliation for China’s ouster last week from its consulate in Houston, Texas.
MAJURO — Covid-19 exposure in Hawaii reduced the U.S. Army repatriation group to the Marshall Islands from 15 to 11, according to health authorities in Majuro.
TOFOL, Kosrae (FSM Information Services) — From July 18 to 22, 2020, the Federated States of Micronesia’s Covid-19 Task Force extended its stay in the State of Kosrae, per the government’s request, to assist in additional readiness and simulation exercises to help prepare the State for the repatriation of its residents.
KOROR (PICRC) — The Palau International Coral Reef Center would like to extend a warm welcome to its newest accounting assistant, Ms. Roselynne Andres.
NEW YORK (Reuters) — Democratic candidate Joe Biden leads President Donald Trump by 8 percentage points in support among registered voters, and the former vice president appears to have a significant advantage among voters who are undecided, according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll.
NEW YORK (Reuters) — Corporate America is downsizing its real estate footprint as companies allow more employees to work from home, a growing threat to the bottom line of owners of traditional office buildings and a sign that companies are looking for ways to cut costs as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
GENEVA/ZURICH (Reuters) — Researchers are making “good progress” in developing vaccines against Covid-19, with a handful in late-stage trials, but their first use cannot be expected until early 2021, a World Health Organization expert said on Wednesday.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — Republicans and Democrats in Congress aim to pass a fourth coronavirus aid package before the end of the month, but they will have to overcome significant differences.
MANILA (The Philippine Star )— Nurses who described themselves as “overworked and underpaid” nurses denounced the delay in government efforts to address the concern of healthcare workers regarding their safety and family’s well-being amid the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic.
SYDNEY/LONDON (Reuters) — Global coronavirus infections surged past 15 million on Wednesday, according to a Reuters tally, with the pandemic gathering pace even as countries remain divided in their response to the crisis.
NEW YORK (Reuters) — A steady decline in the dollar has accelerated in recent weeks, as a resurgent coronavirus outbreak in the United States and improving economic prospects abroad sour investors on the currency.
(Reuters) — U.S. deaths from the novel coronavirus rose by more than 1,100 for a second day in a row on Wednesday, including a record one-day rise in fatalities in Alabama, California, Nevada and Texas, according to a Reuters tally.
SHANGHAI (Reuters) — The move by the United States government to shut down China’s consulate in Houston is an attempt to blame Beijing for American failures ahead of presidential elections in November, Chinese state media said in editorials published on Thursday.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — President Donald Trump announced a plan on Wednesday to send federal agents to the Democratic-run cities of Chicago and Albuquerque to crack down on violent crime in an escalation of his “law and order” theme heading into the final months before the presidential election.
OTTAWA/TORONTO (Reuters) — A Canadian court on Wednesday ruled invalid a bilateral pact that compels asylum seekers trying to enter Canada via the American border to first seek sanctuary in the United States, saying U.S. immigration detention violates their human rights.
Under the Safe Third Country Agreement or STCA, asylum seekers who arrive at a formal Canada-U.S. border crossing going in either direction are turned back and told to apply for asylum in the first country they arrived in.
Lawyers for refugees who had been turned away at the Canadian border challenged the pact, saying the United States does not qualify as a “safe” country under President Donald Trump.
Federal Court Judge Ann Marie McDonald ruled that the agreement was in violation of a section of Canada’s Charter of Rights that says laws or state actions that interfere with life, liberty and security must conform to the principles of fundamental justice.
McDonald suspended her decision for six months to give Parliament a chance to respond. The agreement remains in place during that time.
Experts have said suspending the agreement would have huge implications for the Canada-U.S. relationship.
“We are aware of the Federal Court’s decision and are currently reviewing it,” said Mary-Liz Power, a spokeswoman for Public Safety Minister Bill Blair, who oversees Canada’s border agency. “The Safe Third Country Agreement remains in effect.”
The ruling can be appealed to the Federal Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court if necessary. The U.S. Departments of Homeland Security and State did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Nedira Jemal Mustefa, among the refugees turned back and on whose behalf a challenge was launched, described her time in solitary confinement in the United States as “a terrifying, isolating and psychologically traumatic experience,” according to the court ruling.
“Canada cannot turn a blind eye to the consequences that befell Ms. Mustefa in its efforts to adhere to the STCA. The evidence clearly demonstrates that those returned to the U.S. by Canadian officials are detained as a penalty,” the judge wrote in her decision.
Mustefa, an Ethiopian now in New York City, told Reuters she was relieved. “At the end of the day, we are all humans,” she said. “No one deserves to be mistreated in such a way.”
Amnesty International Canada, one of the groups that launched the legal challenge against the STCA, hailed the “landmark decision.”
Seeking to stem tide
More than 50,000 people have illegally crossed the Canada-U.S. border to file refugee claims over the past four years, walking over ditches and on empty roads along the world’s longest undefended border.
Canada has sought to stem the tide of asylum seekers who flowed into the country starting in 2016, after Trump promised to crack down on illegal immigration.
Canada has closed its border with the United States to non-essential travel because of the coronavirus pandemic.
In March, it said it would no longer accept irregular migrants trying to cross the border and would instead return them to U.S. authorities, who have said they will swiftly deport them back to their home countries.
The Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers said Canada should revisit that decision, given Wednesday’s ruling, and also revoke a 2019 rule that makes individuals ineligible for Canadian asylum if they had already filed for asylum in the United States.
(Reuters) — Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden labeled Donald Trump on Wednesday the first racist to become U.S. president in remarks his opponent’s re-election campaign quickly rebuked.
(National Review) — Republican Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder was arrested by federal agents on Tuesday, along with four others as part of a $60 million racketeering and bribery investigation.
ATLANTA (Reuters) — The United States reported more than 1,000 deaths from Covid-19 on Tuesday, according to a Reuters tally, marking the first time since June 10 the nation has surpassed that grim milestone, as California closed in on passing New York in total infections.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — President Donald Trump, in a shift in rhetoric and tone, encouraged Americans on Tuesday to wear masks if they cannot maintain social distance and warned that the coronavirus pandemic would get worse before it got better.
KOROR (PICRC) — The Belau Medical Clinic or BMC has donated $350 to the 2021 Arts & Tides Calendar contest.
MANILA (Reuters) — Maria Ressa, a journalist who runs a Philippine news website known for its tough scrutiny of President Rodrigo Duterte, pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to tax evasion charges, saying the case was politically motivated to harass and intimidate.
KOROR (RNZ Pacific) — Palau has delayed a repatriation flight after it emerged two of the expected passengers have Covid-19.
MANHATTAN (AP) — Former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was sentenced Monday to 6½ years in prison in the corruption case that drove him from power.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — The Democratic speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, said on Tuesday the $1 trillion Republicans say they are considering as the size of a coronavirus aid package would not be sufficient to do what is needed for the U.S. economy and Americans’ health.
PORTLAND, Oregon (FSM Information Services) — On July 18, 2020, Joe Enlet, consul general of the Federated States of Micronesia based in the U.S. State of Oregon, sent a request to the FSM Department of Foreign Affairs that the consulate office be closed indefinitely, with essential services such as passport applications to continue on a limited basis through remote liaising.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) — European Union leaders clinched an historic deal on a massive stimulus plan for their coronavirus-throttled economies in the early hours of Tuesday, after a fractious summit lasting almost five days.
LONDON (Reuters) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Tuesday the United States wants to build a global coalition to counter China as he accused Beijing of exploiting the coronavirus pandemic to further its own interests.
(Reuters) — Tensions between the United States and China over the South China Sea have erupted into a war of words on social media, in what analysts see as a change in U.S. strategy amid a burgeoning superpower rivalry in Southeast Asia.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) — European Union leaders agreed on a massive stimulus plan for their coronavirus-blighted economies at a pre-dawn meeting on Tuesday after a fractious summit that lasted almost five days.
MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer) — President Rodrigo Duterte wants the police to be more strict in enforcing health measures meant to curtail the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019, saying that violators may be jailed to give them “a lesson.”
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — Advisers to President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats were set to discuss the next steps in responding to the coronavirus crisis on Tuesday, with congressional Republicans saying they were working on a $1 trillion relief bill.
KOROR (RNZ Pacific/Pacnews) — A man has died in Palau after being shot by police who had arrested and handcuffed him.
TALLAHASSEE (Reuters) — Florida reported over 12,000 new cases of Covid-19 on Sunday, the fifth day in a row the state has announced over 10,000 new infections, even as President Donald Trump pledged that “it’s going to be under control.”
LONDON (Reuters) — Britain will on Monday suspend its extradition treaty with Hong Kong in a further escalation of its dispute with China over the introduction of a security law in the former colony, British newspapers reported.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — In his first rally for his last-minute presidential campaign, rapper Kanye West ranted against abortion and pornography, argued policy with attendees and at one point broke down in tears.
MANILA (The Philippine Star) — Schools may now open later than August if the state of calamity or emergency has been declared over the country, or parts of it.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Eudinson Uy and his pregnant wife planned to return to their home in the United Arab Emirates after a vacation in Armenia, but due to a subsequent lockdown of the Gulf country over the coronavirus pandemic, she ended up giving birth there.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — President Donald Trump declined to say the Confederate flag was an offensive symbol in an interview broadcast on Sunday, saying it is a source of pride for people who love the South.
SYDNEY (Reuters) — A surge in Covid-19 cases in Australia’s second-biggest city could take weeks to subside despite a lockdown and orders to wear masks, Australia’s acting chief medical officer said on Monday as the country braces for a second wave of infection.
(Reuters) — U.S. deaths from the novel coronavirus exceeded 140,000 on Saturday as cases continued to rise in 43 out of 50 states over the past two weeks, according to a Reuters tally.
TOFOL, Kosrae (FSM Information Services) — From July 13 to 15, 2020, the Covid-19 Task Force of the Federated States of Micronesia worked in tandem with the Covid-19 Task Force of the State of Kosrae to conduct a series of readiness assessments, tabletop, and simulation exercises to determine Kosrae’s current capacity and prevention measures for when FSM citizens residing in Kosrae are repatriated.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — John Lewis, a pioneer of the civil rights movement and long-time member of the U.S. House of Representatives, died on Friday, a passing that prompted tributes from leaders across the political spectrum.
MAJURO — A Spanish pilot who said he missed his family after spending months on a fishing boat in the central Pacific is facing illegal entry charges in the Marshall Islands after he took off from a vessel in a fish-spotting helicopter and landed on a remote atoll in this country. He is to appear in court in Majuro this week Friday to report the result of ongoing negotiations for a plea bargain settlement of the criminal charges.
KOROR (PICRC) — On April 2020, Dr. Peter Houk from the University of Guam Marine Laboratory, along with Dr. Yimnang Golbuu and Dr. Marine Gouezo, from Palau International Coral Reef Center, and with the collaboration of partners from Yap Community Action Program, Conservation Society of Pohnpei, and Florida Institute of Technology, released a publication of a model that is able to predict coral bleaching and crown-of-thorns starfish events with several months in advance.
MANILA (Reuters) — The Philippines’ foreign affairs department has told the U.S. Congress that political freedoms and human rights will be respected as concerns linger over an anti-terrorism law that takes effect on Saturday.
PHOENIX (Reuters) — Arizona third-grade teacher Stacy Brosius has been called a “liberal socialist Nazi” and a “whiner and complainer” for leading car-based protests to delay in-person schooling, but she says she’s doing it to save lives in a pandemic.
KOROR (RNZ Pacific/Pacnews) — Palau has scheduled another flight on July 23 from Guam to repatriate its nationals and residents stranded abroad especially from the United States.
MAJURO — The Marshall Islands government has begun discussions that will likely set in motion a phased return of the hundreds of its citizens stranded in the United States and other countries since the western Pacific nation closed its borders on March 8 to prevent spread of Covid-19.
MANILA (Reuters) — Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte is enforcing partial coronavirus restrictions in the capital for another two weeks, and warned that stricter curbs would be reinstated if the rise in new cases and deaths does not slow down.
KOROR (PICRC) — The Palau International Coral Reef Center has gained another new employee in 2020.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — President Donald Trump demoted his longtime campaign manager on Wednesday, a move aimed at shoring up his re-election bid as he trails Democratic candidate Joe Biden in opinion polls less than four months before the Nov. 3 vote.
TAICHUNG, Taiwan (Reuters) — Taiwan’s air, sea and land forces conducted live-fire exercises simulating the repulsion of an invading force on Thursday, with President Tsai Ing-wen saying it showed their determination to defend the democratic and Chinese-claimed island.
OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) — Oklahoma’s governor said he was diagnosed with Covid-19 on Wednesday, becoming one of the highest elected U.S. politicians to test positive for the disease, as new coronavirus infections in his state and neighboring Texas surged by record numbers for a second straight day.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — President Donald Trump issued a rare rebuke of his senior adviser Peter Navarro on Wednesday, saying Navarro should not have written a scathing opinion piece about Anthony Fauci, a top government coronavirus expert who is hugely popular.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — Campaign donations are flooding into the coffers of Democrats running for the U.S. Senate, but some Republican incumbents looking to protect their Senate majority hold a powerful cash advantage over their challengers as the election battle enters its final months.
WASHINGTON (Press Release) — U.S. Department of the Interior Assistant Secretary for Insular and International Affairs Douglas W. Domenech and U.S. Ambassador Karen B. Stewart, representing the United States government, have concluded a second round of consultations with teams from both the Federated States of Micronesia and the Republic of Palau.
PALIKIR, Pohnpei (FSM Information Services) — On July 13, 2020, David W. Panuelo, president of the Federated States of Micronesia, hosted an opening ceremony to celebrate the distribution of the first Pandemic Unemployment Assistance or PUA program checks.
KOROR (Island Times/Pacnews) — Palau and other Pacific island countries will need to give “serious consideration” to diversifying their economies given the absence of tourists due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
(Micronesia Conservation Trust) — , a law student at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa-William S. Richardson School of Law, was recently awarded the Bill Raynor Micronesia Challenge Scholarship for the 2020/21 school year.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — The United States on Monday rejected China’s disputed claims to offshore resources in most of the South China Sea, a move that Beijing criticized as inciting tensions in the region and which highlighted an increasingly testy relationship.
TOKYO (Reuters) — Tokyo health officials appealed on Tuesday for more than 800 theatregoers to get tested for the novel coronavirus after a production starring Japanese boy-band members was found to be the source of at least 20 cases.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — A Michigan town wants machines to speed up counting of absentee ballots. In Ohio, officials want to equip polling places so voters and poll workers feel safe from the coronavirus. Georgia officials, rattled by a chaotic election last month, want to send voters forms so they can request absentee ballots more easily.
MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer) — President Rodrigo Duterte said he has dismantled “oligarchy” in the Philippines without declaring martial law and vowed that the remaining years of his presidency will be harsh for “oligarchs.”
SACRAMENTO (Reuters) — California’s governor on Monday clamped new restrictions on businesses as coronavirus cases and hospitalizations soared, and the state’s two largest school districts, in Los Angeles and San Diego, said children would be made to stay home in August.
WASHINGTON (AP) — China has fast become a top election issue as President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden engage in a verbal brawl over who's better at playing the tough guy against Beijing.
(Reuters) — The World Health Organization reported a record increase in global coronavirus cases on Sunday, with the total rising by 230,370 in 24 hours.
MANILA (Reuters) — Three out of four Filipinos wanted Philippine lawmakers to renew a 25-year license for the country’s top broadcaster, a survey by a private pollster showed late on Saturday, a day after Congress rejected ABS-CBN Corp’s bid to have it renewed.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Sunday she believes U.S. lawmakers can find a compromise on extending jobless benefits and unemployment insurance for Americans struggling amid coronavirus pandemic shutdowns.
TALLAHASSEE (Reuters) — Florida reported a record increase of more than 15,000 new cases of Covid-19 in 24 hours on Sunday, as the Trump administration renewed its push for schools to reopen and anti-mask protests were planned in Michigan and Missouri.
MANILA (AP) — The Philippines on Sunday renewed its call for compliance with a 4-year-old arbitration ruling that invalidated China’s vast claims in the disputed South China Sea on historical grounds “without any possibility of compromise.”
(Los Angeles Times) — Barry Levine has blown through two-thirds of his life savings while waiting for his unemployment insurance claim to be processed. He figures that, by sometime in September, he will have nothing left.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — President Donald Trump commuted the sentence of his longtime friend and adviser Roger Stone, sparing him from prison after he was convicted of lying under oath to lawmakers investigating Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election.
BETHESDA, Md. (Reuters) — President Donald Trump, who has avoided wearing a mask in public even as the coronavirus pandemic spread, donned one on Saturday at a military medical facility outside Washington where he was to meet with wounded soldiers and front-line health-care workers.
MANILA (Reuters) — The Philippines’ Department of Health on Saturday reported 12 new coronavirus deaths and 1,387 additional infections.
WELLINGTON (NZ Herald/Pacnews) — Hawke's Bay's Recognized Seasonal Employers or RSE and migrant seasonal workers will now be able to continue working and supporting themselves with more flexible hours and roles.
WASHINGTON (The Wall Street Journal) — State and local governments from Georgia to California are cutting money for schools, universities and other services as the coronavirus-induced recession wreaks havoc on their finances.
(Press Release) — The Micronesia Conservation Trust and partners of the Micronesia Challenge are proud to announce and congratulate the fourth student to complete her graduate program as a recipient of the Bill Raynor Micronesia Challenge Scholarship.
MAJURO — With the government subsidizing the copra buying price at 50 cents per pound as incentive and multiple ships servicing the outer islands, Marshall Islands copra makers since January have delivered a bumper crop to Majuro’s coconut oil processing factory.
WASHINGTON (The Wall Street Journal) — The U.S. budget deficit totaled $863 billion in June, nearly as much as the entire gap for fiscal year 2019, as federal spending tripled to combat the coronavirus pandemic and tax revenues plunged, the Congressional Budget Office said Wednesday.
MANILA (Reuters) — Philippine lawmakers rejected the renewal of a 25-year license for country’s top broadcaster on Friday, outraging activists who saw the move to keep ABS-CBN Corp. off the air as part of a political vendetta on behalf of President Rodrigo Duterte.
NEW YORK (Reuters) — New Jersey adopted a stringent coronavirus face-mask order on Wednesday, and New York City unveiled a plan to allow public school students back into classrooms for just two or three days a week, as newly confirmed U.S. Covid-19 cases soared to a daily global record.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — The Trump administration said on Monday that foreign university students will have to leave the country if their classes are all taught online — clouding the future of tens of thousands of enrollees and potentially straining budgets at schools struggling to reopen during the coronavirus pandemic.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — Rapper Kanye West says he is running a serious campaign for the White House under the banner of a self-styled Birthday Party committed to a presidency modeled after the fictional nation Wakanda in the film “Black Panther.”
MANILA (AP) — Confirmed coronavirus infections in the Philippines soared past 50,000 on Wednesday in a troubling milestone for a country that has reopened an economy on the brink of recession while still struggling to combat the pandemic.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — In a new book, a niece of President Donald Trump applies her training in psychology to conclude that the president likely suffers from narcissism and other clinical disorders — and was boosted to success by a father who fueled those traits.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador lavished praise on President Donald Trump at their first meeting on Wednesday, saying the U.S. leader treated Mexico with respect despite his history of threatening tariffs and insulting Mexicans.
LONDON (Reuters) — Global coronavirus cases exceeded 12 million on Wednesday, according to a Reuters tally, as evidence mounts of the airborne spread of the disease that has killed more than half a million people in seven months.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — Federal Reserve officials raised fresh doubts on Wednesday about the durability of the U.S. recovery, while new business surveys highlighted developing risks from the relentless coronavirus pandemic.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — Groups assembled by Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and former rival for the nomination Bernie Sanders proposed policies on Wednesday aimed at uniting the party, including putting the United States on a path to cut carbon emissions to zero by 2050.
TOKYO (Reuters) — The coronavirus crisis has prompted Japan to ease regulations on remote medical treatment, creating an opening for tech companies and offering a glimpse of the future of healthcare in the world’s most rapidly ageing society.
(Los Angeles Times) — Former Los Angeles City Councilman Mitchell Englander pleaded guilty to a single felony charge Tuesday in the ongoing corruption probe of City Hall, admitting he schemed to prevent federal investigators from learning about cash and other freebies he received from a Southern California businessman.
GENEVA (Reuters) — The World Health Organization on Tuesday acknowledged “evidence emerging” of the airborne spread of the novel coronavirus, after a group of scientists urged the global body to update its guidance on how the respiratory disease passes between people.
MAJURO — The coronavirus has turned into the perfect storm for thousands of Marshall Islanders living in the United States.
HOUSTON (Reuters) — The U.S. coronavirus outbreak crossed a grim milestone of over 3 million confirmed cases on Tuesday as more states reported record numbers of new infections, and Florida faced an impending shortage of intensive care unit hospital beds.
MANILA (Reuters) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday told citizens not to fear a new anti-terrorism law, addressing for the first time the controversial legislation that has unnerved rights groups over potential violations of civil liberties.
YATSUSHIRO, Japan (Reuters) — Boxes of surgical masks, bottles of disinfectant and a sign saying “Please wear a mask” mark the entrance to a public gym in Yatsushiro city, a shelter for residents fleeing devastating floods in southwestern Japan this week.
PALIKIR, Pohnpei (FSM Government) — The Telecommunication Regulation Authority or TRA has issued an individual operating license to the Kacific Broadband Satellites Group to provide satellite-based internet services to the people and businesses in the Federated States of Micronesia.
MANILA (Reuters) — A consortium of six of the Philippines’ biggest conglomerates on Tuesday dropped a proposal to upgrade and operate the country’s main airport, as the impacts of the coronavirus hit the viability of the $2 billion project.
NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) — Many U.S. colleges were scrambling on Tuesday to modify plans for the fall semester in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic a day after the Trump administration issued an order that could force tens of thousands of foreign students to leave the country if their schools hold all classes online.
SAO PAULO/BRASILIA (Reuters) — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said on Tuesday he tested positive for the novel coronavirus after months minimizing the severity of the pandemic and defying medical experts, even as the virus has killed more than 66,000 people in his country.
TOKYO (Reuters) — Japan warned of more heavy rain on the southwestern island of Kyushu on Tuesday as the death toll in flood-hit areas reached at least 50, with more than a dozen people reported missing.
MANILA (AP) — More than 400 people have been evacuated from a coastal village in the central Philippines after about 250,000 liters (66,000 gallons) of bunker fuel spilled from a power-generating barge into the sea, an official said Monday.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — If Kanye West is serious about running for president, the American rapper and fashion designer will face major obstacles to mount a serious campaign less than four months before the Nov. 3 presidential election.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) — New coronavirus cases soared in California over the July Fourth weekend, stressing some hospital systems and leading to the temporary closure of the state capitol building in Sacramento for deep cleaning, officials said on Monday.
HONG KONG (Reuters) — As soon as Hong Kong’s new national security law came into force last week, Ivan Ng removed all the protest-themed paintings, posters and flags from the list of items for sale at his Onestep Printing shop.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — Democratic contenders for two Republican-held U.S. Senate seats on Monday said they accelerated fundraising in the second quarter, pointing to their momentum in what were already seen as competitive races.
NEW DELHI (Reuters) — India has over-taken Russia with the world’s third-highest number of novel coronavirus cases, at nearly 700,000, according to the latest data, as the outbreak shows no sign of slowing.
MAJURO — The Marshall Islands has extended its ban on inbound travel to the country for another month in an effort to maintain its coronavirus-free environment.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — President Donald Trump plans an outdoor rally in New Hampshire on Saturday, the campaign’s second of the coronavirus era following one in Tulsa, Oklahoma, last month that failed to draw the crowds his advisers predicted.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — Rising coronavirus cases in 39 U.S. states cast a shadow over the nation’s Fourth of July celebrations as health experts worried that holiday parties will cause a further spike in infections that could overwhelm hospitals.
MANILA (Reuters) — The Philippines reported its biggest single-day jump in new coronavirus cases on Sunday, adding 2,434 confirmed infections and taking the total count to 44,254, the health ministry said.
DUBAI (Reuters) — A fire at Iran’s underground Natanz nuclear facility has caused significant damage that could slow the development of advanced centrifuges used to enrich uranium, an Iranian nuclear official said on Sunday.
SYDNEY (Reuters) — Australian officials are closing the border between Australia’s two most populous states from Tuesday for an indefinite period as they scramble to contain an outbreak of the coronavirus in the city of Melbourne.
COLUMBIA, South Carolina (Habele) — Twenty-two students from across the four states of Micronesia were awarded tuition scholarships this week, making it possible for them to attend faith-based independent elementary and high schools in Yap, Chuuk and Pohnpei.
NEW YORK/KOROR (Island Times/Pacnews) — Palau’s envoy to the United Nations, Ngedikes Olai Uludong, was chosen as one of vice presidents of the U.N. General Assembly.
MOUNT RUSHMORE NATIONAL MEMORIAL, S.D. (Reuters) — President Donald Trump on Friday accused “angry mobs” of trying to erase history with efforts to remove or rethink monuments to U.S. historical figures and used a speech at Mount Rushmore to paint himself as a bulwark against left-wing extremism.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — Two U.S. aircraft carriers were conducting exercises in the disputed South China Sea on Saturday, the U.S. Navy said, as China also carried out military drills that have been criticized by the Pentagon and neighboring states.
MANILA (AP) — The Philippine president on Friday signed a widely opposed anti-terror law which critics fear could be used against human rights defenders and to muzzle dissent.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — American rapper Kanye West, a vocal supporter of President Donald Trump, announced on Saturday that he would run for president in 2020 in an apparent challenge to Trump and his presumptive Democratic rival, former Vice President Joe Biden.
LONDON (Reuters) — People relished their first pub drinks in more than three months, went to restaurants and finally got haircuts on Saturday as England took its biggest steps yet towards resumption of normal life after the coronavirus lockdown.
CHICAGO (Reuters) — The novel coronavirus delayed the arrival of seasonal immigrants who normally help harvest U.S. wheat, leaving farmers to depend on high school students, school bus drivers, laid-off oilfield workers and others to run machines that bring in the crop.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — The U.S. economy likely created jobs at a record clip in June as more restaurants and bars resumed operations, which would offer further evidence that the Covid-19 recession was probably over, though a surge in cases of the coronavirus threatens the fledgling recovery.
WASHINGTON/MAJURO (Los Angeles Times) — In response to a directive from U.S Congress, the Department of Energy or DOE released a report this week assessing the risks of a 50-year-old cracking and crumbling concrete nuclear waste repository in the Marshall Islands, but the findings did little to ease the concerns of Marshallese leaders in the Central Pacific.
SYDNEY/MELBOURNE (Reuters) — Australian police set up suburban checkpoints in coronavirus hotspots in Melbourne on Thursday and were considering using drones to enforce stay-at-home orders as authorities struggled to contain new outbreaks in the country’s second-largest city.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — Democrat Joe Biden edged out Republican Donald Trump in fundraising for a second straight month in June, data from the rival presidential campaigns showed on Wednesday.
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) — Gunmen killed 24 people at a drug rehabilitation facility in the central Mexican city of Irapuato, police said on Wednesday, underlining the government’s challenge in fulfilling its pledge to stop gang violence.
MUMBAI/GUWAHATI, India (Reuters) — India’s coronavirus infections surpassed 600,000 on Thursday, with 17,834 deaths, as authorities battled to contain the pandemic while easing lockdown rules, officials and the health ministry said.
MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer) — The Bureau of Jail Management and Penology has released more than 15,000 prisoners as the Philippines races to halt coronavirus infections in its overcrowded jails, the Department of the Interior and Local Government or DILG said Thursday.
MOSCOW (Reuters) — Russians opened the door to Vladimir Putin staying in power until 2036 by voting overwhelmingly for constitutional changes that will allow him to run again for president twice, but critics said the outcome was falsified on an industrial scale.
SEATTLE (Reuters) — Seattle authorities moved on Wednesday to dismantle a protest zone that the city’s police chief derided as “lawless and brutal” and which had prompted President Donald Trump to call for action against demonstrators.
SACRAMENTO (Reuters) — Governors of U.S. states hit hardest by the resurgent coronavirus halted or reversed steps to reopen their economies on Wednesday, led by California, the nation’s most populous state and a new epicenter of the pandemic.
SHANGHAI (Reuters) — A new flu virus found in Chinese pigs has become more infectious to humans and needs to be watched closely in case it becomes a potential “pandemic virus,” a study said, although experts said there is no imminent threat.
NEW YORK (Reuters) — A New York judge on Tuesday temporarily blocked Donald Trump’s niece from publishing a tell-all book that offers an unflattering portrait of the U.S. president and his family.
SEATTLE (Reuters) — Seattle crews on Tuesday used heavy machinery to remove some barricades around the city’s “autonomous zone,” as die-hard anti-racism demonstrators camped out for a fourth week despite legal and political pressure to end their protest.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — New U.S. Covid-19 cases rose by more than 47,000 on Tuesday according to a Reuters tally, the biggest one-day spike since the start of the pandemic, as the government’s top infectious disease expert warned that number could soon double.
(DPS) — On Monday, July 20, 2020, at approximately 2:25 p.m., the Department of Public Safety received a report of a sexual assault case on a minor through the Division of Youth Services. Officers were dispatched to take a report of the case.
HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — No new unemployment benefit payments are expected to hit the banks or mailboxes next week because of several suspected fraudulent claims during this week's processing of the latest batch of submissions, according to the Guam Department of Labor.
WASHINGTON (Interior Department) — U.S. Department of the Interior Assistant Secretary for Insular and International Affairs Douglas W. Domenech has approved the redirection of $366,000 in fiscal year 2019 capital improvement program funding provided last year to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands to meet federal matching requirements to now be used for infrastructure development in the territory.
THE House Special Committee on Fiscal Review of Executive Expenditures on Thursday unanimously voted to issue a subpoena to the Department of Finance for the remaining records that it has yet to provide in relation to executive expenditures.
THE CNMI government should fix its own public parks first before taking over American Memorial Park, Matua Council for Chamorro Advancement president Liana S. Hofschneider told Rep. Joseph Leepan T. Guerrero.
MATHEN Higgins, who likes to fish, said trash is bad for the marine environment.
THE Commonwealth Casino Commission cannot, at this time, provide the Legislature information pertaining to the community benefit fund because it is an ongoing matter and subject to a hearing before the commission, said commission chairman Edward C. Deleon Guerrero commission.
COMMONWEALTH Casino Commission acting Executive Director Charlie Atalig on Thursday announced his resignation.
(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.
FARMER advocate Ramon B. Camacho said the CNMI government should be mindful about food security amid the Covid-19 global pandemic.
HONOLULU (Honolulu Advertiser/Pacnews) — Hawaii recorded 109 new daily cases of Covid-19 on Wednesday — the highest ever daily count since the pandemic arrived in the islands in February.
THE Public School System on Thursday released $1,000 in incentives to each of its 226 non-certified employees, outgoing Associate Commissioner of Administration Kimo Rosario said.
(Office of the Governor) — Gov. Ralph DLG Torres and Lt. Gov. Arnold I. Palacios, through the Northern Marianas Housing Corp., announce that the CNMI has been allocated $274,635 for Community Emergency Housing Assistance by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development under the Community Development Block Grant CARES Act fund.
THE Board of Education and the Public School System on Tuesday recognized outgoing Associate Commissioner of Administration Kimo M. Rosario for his five years of “distinguished service in support of a quality free public education in the CNMI.”
KEONI Seichi P. Hosono has been installed as the new president of Rotaract Club of Saipan, a network of young people who work with the Rotary Club.\
FORMER CNMI Department of Labor Secretary Edith Deleon Guerrero said that in April 2017, she learned that a group of Chinese construction workers employed by Gold Mantis had not been paid their wages.
THE Department of Public Lands has discovered encroachments into public shoreline by various private entities and has inquired with the Attorney General’s Office as to the scope of both the restrictions and remedies.
THE jury trial of Youzhe Piao who is accused of producing fake identification will begin on Aug. 4, at 9 a.m. in federal court.
WESTERN Sales Trading Co. has moved the lawsuit of Isa Belle Palacios Seman from Superior Court to the District Court for the NMI because of complete diversity among the parties and the amount in controversy exceeds $75,000.
HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — The right of all Americans to vote for the U.S. president — whose actions impact their lives as much as it does the lives of citizens in the U.S. mainland and Hawaii — was discussed early Wednesday morning.
(Office of the Governor) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service or NASS, together with the CNMI Department of Commerce’s Central Statistics Division announce the release of the 2018 CNMI Census of Agriculture data.
(Office of the Governor) — The Governor’s Covid-19 Task Force and the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. announce that two individuals have been confirmed to have contracted Covid-19, bringing the CNMI’s current case count to 42 since March 28, 2020.
OFFICE of Personnel Management acting Director Frances Salas on Monday said before they were sent out to the affected employees, the furlough letters were presented to and approved by the Office of the Attorney General.
PRESIDENT Donald Trump’s executive order suspending or eliminating preferential treatment for Hong Kong including visa-free travel, will further hurt the CNMI economy, Finance Secretary David DLG Atalig and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Ivan Blanco said in separate interviews on Wednesday.
SECRETARY of Finance David DLG Atalig on Tuesday said the CNMI still has $4.9 million in federal relief funds.
FOLLOWING a status conference on Wednesday, District Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona set the jury trial of Rota Mayor Efraim Atalig and co-defendant Evelyn Atalig for Aug. 11, at 10 a.m.
THE House of Representatives on Wednesday adopted a resolution that concurs with Gov. Ralph DLG Torres’ revised budget proposal for fiscal year 2021 in the amount of $82,656,813.
SAIPAN poker operators, whose arcades have been shut down since April, are requesting the government to extend the deadline in renewing their poker machines.
THE Saipan Zoning Board has approved the conditional use application of a local church that wants to occupy a pre-existing, one-story structure.
THE House minority bloc on Wednesday urged the leadership to seriously look into the Office of the Public Auditor’s report on government travels.
SUPERIOR Court Presiding Judge Roberto C. Naraja on Tuesday sentenced Nicolas A. Songsong — who had fired guns at his house while “very intoxicated” — to two years’ imprisonment.
AARON Halegua, one of the two attorneys of seven construction workers who have sued Imperial Pacific International LLC, is asking the federal court not to grant the motion of IPI to set aside the default judgement against it.
THE cash in the casino cage is restricted, attorney Michael Dotts stated in response to the request of Pacific Rim Land Development LLC to the court for another writ of execution to collect U.S. and foreign currency possessed by Imperial Pacific International LLC in its casino cage.
RED Coral Corporation, doing business as Camille Gardenia, has asked the federal court to issue an order compelling Imperial Pacific International LLC to submit to a binding arbitration regarding the non-payment of residential lease, among other things.
A LOCAL resident who returned recently to Saipan is complaining about the cold food, unsanitary hallway and dirty bathroom at Kanoa Resort where he and 122 other individuals are quarantined.
PUBLIC School System financial and budget consultant Ed Tenorio on Tuesday presented to the Board of Education five budget scenarios for fiscal year 2021, which starts on Oct. 1, 2020.
THE Saipan mayor’s office will implement the home/building numbering project on Monday.
(BECQ) — The CNMI Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality has temporarily reduced its fee for the analysis of nitrate sampling performed by the Division of Environmental Quality Environmental Surveillance Laboratory.
HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — A local restaurant owner and a recipient of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program each face up to five years in federal prison after the pair admitted to their part in an illegal food stamp scheme.
BASED on a survey conducted by the Saipan Chamber of Commerce, 55% of respondents have either made large operational reductions or are temporarily closed.
THE House Special Committee on Federal Assistance and Disaster Related Funding made inquiries regarding overtime compensation as it pertains to the Covid-19 emergency and response during multiple hearings conducted on Monday and Tuesday.
COMMONWEALTH Healthcare Corporation Chief Executive Officer Esther Muna said a Covid-19 vaccine will not be available until late this year or early next year.
THE Attorney General’s office has dismissed the charge against former Rota Department of Public Safety Resident Director Eusebio Manglona, leaving Rota Mayor Efraim Atalig as the only defendant in the case.
PACIFIC Rim Land Development LLC has applied for another writ of execution to collect US and foreign currency possessed by Imperial Pacific International LLC in its casino cage.
SUPERIOR Court Presiding Judge Roberto C. Naraja has sentenced Renato Gaviola and David Bamba to prison terms in two separate cases.
THE CNMI government is still complying with the austerity measures, but some government employees have returned to the 80-hour work schedule thanks to federal funds.
HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — Fraudulent claims are bogging down the Department of Labor's system, which means delays for workers filing legitimate claims, Guam Department of Labor officials said.
THE Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. and the Governor’s Covid-19 Task Force are working on a new protocol for travelers arriving on island.
(MVA) — To maintain awareness of the Marianas during the worldwide lull in leisure travel due to Covid-19, the Marianas Visitors Authority has launched a new series of video and photo productions for distribution on its social media platforms.
THE Administration for Native Americans, through 500 Sails, will fund the replacement of the damaged concrete picnic tables and benches on Beach Road.
THE Rotary Club of Saipan will participate in the International Coastal Cleanup on Sept. 19 as part of an ongoing campaign against marine debris.
NOW that the plan has been finalized, the construction of a new San Roque fire station is expected to break ground in December, Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services spokesman Derek Gersonde said.
HOUSE Education Committee Chairman Roman C. Benavente is worried about Head Start children and kindergarten to third grade students who will attend classes in school amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
(BECQ) — On Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020, the Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality will be spearheading a cleanup at Jeffrey’s Beach from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
WASHINGTON (The Guardian/Pacnews) — Pacific islanders living in the U.S are being hospitalized with Covid-19 at up to 10 times the rate of some other racial groups.
(Press Release) — In celebration of the 4th anniversary of the Philippines’ victory against China’s nine-dashed line claims in the West Philippine Sea/ South China Sea at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague, Netherlands, the National Youth Movement for the West Philippine Sea, a transnational group that advocates for the preservation of Philippine territorial sovereignty and integrity, will be holding a virtual international conference on Friday, July 31, 2020, at 3 p.m. Manila time, via Zoom webinar that will be live streamed on the National Youth Movement for West Philippine Sea Facebook page.
THE House Special Committee on Federal Assistance and Disaster Related Funding conducted a hearing on CNMI Homeland Security and Emergency Management duties and responsibilities as they pertain to the Covid-19 emergency and response.
REPRESENTATIVE Joseph Leepan T. Guerrero wants to know the amount of money that the Marianas Public Land Trust has for the maintenance of American Memorial Park.
MOBIL Oil Marianas on Monday raised its fuel prices by 10 cents, the fourth price hike since the last price roll back three months ago.
THE Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. and the Commonwealth Utilities Corp. are two of the most critical agencies that require government support, Lt. Gov. Arnold I. Palacios said.
IN June, Karidat Social Services saw a significant decrease in the number of families seeking food assistance, Karidat counselor Elaine Dela Cruz said.
THE Commonwealth Utilities Corp. will accept the partial payment of $2.5 million from the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp., but CUC will also continue to ask CHCC to come up with a payment plan, CUC Executive Director Gary Camacho said.
LUIS Masga Sablan (Pacho), a retiree, said he may sue Rota Mayor Efraim Atalig if Sablan is not reimbursed for his apartment and utility expenses amounting to $32,000 that he incurred as a medical referral patient on Saipan.
THE prosecution does not oppose Rota Mayor Efraim Atalig’s request that the federal court determine if Dennis Mendiola can invoke and has a valid basis for asserting his Fifth Amendment privilege if he is called to testify at trial.
MAGISTRATE Judge Heather L. Kennedy held a telephonic conference on Monday at the request of Pacific Rim Land Development, LLC and Imperial Pacific International LLC to resolve a dispute regarding the court-ordered inspection of IPI premises.
(Office of the Governor) — The CNMI Department of Labor would like to remind all employers that the 2nd quarter 2020 employer compliance reports are due on July 31, 2020.
WASHINGTON (Press Release) — U.S. Department of the Interior Assistant Secretary for Insular and International Affairs, Douglas W. Domenech congratulates the Association of Pacific Islands Public Auditors or APIPA on the occasion of its 31st consecutive annual meeting for insular area public auditors and for pivoting from its annual in-person conference to deliver a virtual conference to be held August 3 to 14, 2020.
THE Saipan mayor’s office received 50 boxes of chocolate from I Love Saipan – AC Pacific LLC Star Sands Plaza last week.
THE Saipan Unity Lions Club and the Saipan Unity Teen Leos Club conducted a cleanup drive at Tanapag Beach on Sunday morning.
TO mark the “soft opening” of the new federal courthouse in Gualo Rai on Monday, the U.S. and the CNMI flags were raised outside the building by the Manta Ray Battalion Color Guard.
ON Saipan, enumerators are collecting information for the latest census.
THE central government will make a partial payment of $2.5 million to the Commonwealth Utilities Corp. so it won’t disconnect the hospital power supply for six hours daily.
THE Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. reported two new Covid-19 cases, which brings the total number of cumulative cases in the CNMI to 40 since March 28, 2020.
GOVERNOR Ralph DLG Torres is hoping that in the next 90 days, at least one international flight will bring in tourists to the island.
SENATOR Paul A. Manglona is asking Attorney General Edward Manibusan to “diligently review” the casino license agreement amendments proposed by Imperial Pacific International to the CNMI government .
THE House Committee on Federal and Foreign Affairs will assist the CNMI Military and Veterans Affairs Office in addressing the issues facing the veterans cemetery in Marpi, the committee chairman, Rep. Luis John Castro, said.
THE Legislative Bureau has lifted the austerity measure implemented in March in response to the steep decline in government revenues due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
THE backstage of Dandan Middle School, which is used as a storage area for maintenance equipment and other materials, was set on fire by an unidentified person or persons on Saturday evening.
RETIREE John “Jack” Angello is seeking answers to the following questions:
(Office of the Governor) — The CNMI Department of Labor is inviting all existing and potential Pandemic Unemployment Assistance and Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation claimants to attend a community outreach event at the Gov. Pedro P. Tenorio Multi-Purpose Center on Wednesday, July 29, 2020 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
(Office of the Governor) — The CNMI Department of Labor announce that starting Monday, July 27, 2020, the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Program will be open to the public from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday to Friday, at Building #1334 on Capital Hill, Saipan.
(Press Release) — The U.S. General Services Administration and the U.S. District Court announce the opening of the new courthouse for the U.S. District Court of the Northern Mariana Islands on Monday, July 27, 2020.
PACIFIC International Property Management LLC, a real estate and development company, wants to construct a $65 million “Two Towers” residential and multi-family apartment project in an area near the former La Fiesta Mall.
THE Commonwealth Utilities Corp. board on Friday allowed management to transfer $1.8 million from its restricted account so CUC can fund “unanticipated and urgent power generation costs, including ongoing engine overhauls, engine repairs and emergency power supply.”
More details to follow.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Office of the CNMI Congressional Delegate) — U.S. Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan reminds persons who have been living in the Marianas under humanitarian parole status and who may qualify for permanent residence in the Marianas under provisions of U.S. Public Law 116-24, that August 17 is the final deadline for applications. Application forms and instructions for filing are available on the USCIS CNMI Long-Term Resident Status page. Applications must be postmarked on or before August 17, 2020 to be considered.
SUPERIOR Court Associate Judge Kenneth L. Govendo has granted the request of Stacey Laniyo to be released to her mother as third-party custodian on Thursday afternoon.
DISTRICT Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona has ordered Imperial Pacific International LLC to designate a person who has sufficient information to respond to matters relating to the assets and financial situation of the casino developer in the lawsuit of Pacific Rim Land Development, LLC.
TOP business executives on Saipan expressed their support for the administration in promoting the Northern Islands as among the tourist destinations of the CNMI.
RATHER than criticizing his proposal to let the CNMI take over the management of American Memorial Park, Rep. Joseph Leepan T. Guerrero is urging members of the community to share their recommendations.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Office of the CNMI Congressional Delegate) — A multi-year effort to increase the Land and Water Conservation Fund annual grant to the Marianas is one presidential signature away from completion. The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Great American Outdoors Act providing a permanent source of funding for the LWCF. It means about $800,000 annually for the Marianas. The money can be used for public parks, playgrounds, sports fields, and beach recreation areas.
A BILL to create an anti-littering incentive program was introduced during the House session last week.
GOVERNOR Ralph DLG Torres said the $27.7 million in capital improvement project funding that the CNMI receives each year from the federal government has not been inflation-adjusted.
(Office of the Governor) — The CNMI Department of Labor announced on Thursday that $3,530,191 in Pandemic Unemployment Assistance and Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation have been disbursed to eligible and approved claimants, as of Wednesday, July 22, 2020.
IMPERIAL Pacific International LLC, through attorney Michael Dotts, is opposing the petition of seven construction workers who are seeking $11.58 million in damages.
THE District Court for the NMI has notified the public that its courtroom and offices at the Horiguchi Building in Garapan will be closed for business today, Friday.
THE Office of Public Auditor last week granted the appeal of Burger & Comer, and directed the Commonwealth Utilities Corp. to either to allow all proposers to review their proposals or cancel the request for proposals or RFP for financial and compliance audit.
IN a recent Board of Education meeting, Education Commissioner Dr. Alfred Ada presented a revised organizational chart for the Public School System and the salary adjustment for key officials and school administrators.
THE Senate Committee on Fiscal Affairs convened on Thursday to discuss the Fiscal Year 2021 budget proposal.
THE House Special Committee on Federal Assistance and Disaster Related Funding announced that it will be conducting multiple hearings on all matters relating to the Covid-19 emergency and response.
THE House Committee on Commerce and Tourism met with members of the Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors on Wednesday to discuss the council plans for the reopening the CNMI tourism industry.
THERE was a “small misunderstanding” about the notice of the hearing conducted by a House special committee on Rota early this week, Mayor Efraim Atalig said.
THE participants in the Liberation Day float competition received their consolation prizes on Thursday at the Saipan mayor’s office.
THE members of the Emon Masonic Lodge No. 179 under the leadership of Worshipful Master Joel I. Subang on Wednesday turned over the new tower clock they installed at Mount Carmel Cathedral.
THE Public School System will provide a hybrid approach — combined remote and face-to-face instruction — to over 10,000 students when schools reopen on Sept. 8.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Office of the CNMI Congressional Delegate) — Businesses in the Marianas would have new access to two grant programs and microloans from the Small Business Administration as the result of statutory changes U.S. Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan added to the National Defense Authorization this week.
EVERY year in July, the community of bereaved parents advocate on what they go through after the loss of a child.
THE Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. will be hit with a daily, six-hour power disconnection if it fails to pay the Commonwealth Utilities Corp $5 million by Aug. 6.
ROTA Mayor Efraim Atalig did not appear before the House Special Committee on Federal Assistance and Disaster Related Funding, which scheduled a hearing on Rota, Monday.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. has signed a $1.95-billion deal with Pfizer for delivery in December of the first 100 million doses of a Covid-19 vaccine the pharmaceutical giant is working to develop, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar announced Wednesday.
SECRETARY of Finance David DLG Atalig on Friday said his department has distributed over $51 million of economic impact payments, or stimulus checks.
THE House Committee on Ways and Means held a budget hearing on Rota Tuesday to discuss the fiscal year 2021 proposals for the island submitted by the municipal government and the governor.
THE House Committee on Federal and Foreign Affairs conducted a public hearing on Rota earlier this week regarding House Joint Resolution 21-8, which requests Gov. Ralph DLG Torres to oppose an increase in “destructive military presence” in the CNMI.
FOLLOWING early school closures in light of the global Covid-19 pandemic, Liekeila’akata “Kata” T. Iakopo found herself wondering how to spend her extended summer.
U.S. Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan is asking Gov. Ralph DLG Torres to provide more details to the U.S. senators about the CNMI finances.
GOVERNOR Ralph DLG Torres on Wednesday last week appointed café owner Steve Jang to the Commonwealth Zoning Board.
IMPERIAL Pacific International, LLC has denied the allegations of a food vendor and the owner of a 21-unit apartment complex.
A FORMER Marine Corps recruiter on Saipan, Gunnery Sgt. Rodney Deleon Guerrero, has been promoted to master sergeant.
THE Rota mayor’s office will distribute disaster relief packages this Saturday to about 400 terminated and furloughed government and private sector employees.
A LONG-TIME member of the Saipan Marianas Lions Club, Lolita Velasco, was inducted as its global membership chair along with the other officers on Saturday at 9 Eleven Resto Bar.
HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — By a vote of 295 yeas and 125 nays the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act or H.R. 6395 was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives.
HAGÅTÑA (Office of the Guam Governor) — Fulfilling a promise made during her February 2020 State of the Island Address, the Leon Guerrero-Tenorio administration is taking strong steps to develop a dynamic roadmap that will kickstart Guam’s aquaculture industry.
TAMUNING (Federal Bureau of Investigation) — The FBI Honolulu Division is currently working with the Guam Department of Labor regarding fraud cases involving the attempted theft of funds intended for Guam citizens who are unemployed as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
(MVA) — As Tasi Tours prepares to end its 30-year concession operation of Managaha in the Marianas, the Marianas Visitors Authority thanked the company for its stewardship of the iconic islet.
SECRETARY of Finance David Atalig said 300 recipients would receive their Pandemic Unemployment Assistance direct deposit payments in the morning on Friday, with an additional batch to receive theirs by 2 p.m. on the same day.
THE CNMI government authority and ability to make payments required under the settlement agreement are in “actual legal jeopardy” because of the lawsuit filed in the local court by the Public School System over its budget, Settlement Fund attorney Nicole Torres-Ripple told the federal court.
THE Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. and the Governor’s Covid-19 Task Force on Tuesday announced that another individual has tested positive for coronavirus.
ROTA Mayor Efraim Atalig and his resident directors on Tuesday expressed their concerns about the budget cuts proposed for the Rota municipal government.
THE chairman of the House Committee on Public Utilities, Transportation and Communication chairman, Rep. Marco Peter, said $10 million of the Imperial Pacific International community benefit fund should be allotted to the Commonwealth Utilities Corp.
THE Saipan and Northern Islands Legislative Delegation is poised to pass Senate Local Bill 21-9, which proposes to extend from 30 to 90 days the deadline set by the delegation for confirming the nominees to the Saipan Higher Education Financial Assistance board.
DISTRICT Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona has granted the request of Lili Zhang Tydingco to remain out of jail while waiting for the result of her appeal.
TO become a world-class tourist destination, the CNMI should adopt a “quality over quantity” approach, Tan Holdings president and chief executive officer Jerry Tan told the Rotary Club of Saipan.
THE Rotary Club of Saipan on Tuesday honored the sponsors and donors of its pandemic relief program, which provided care packages to terminated or furloughed workers on Saipan, Tinian and Rota.
THE weather is one of the challenges that community volunteer Max Aguon has to deal with whenever he picks up trash in beach areas during weekends.
HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — Guam's largest business organization on Monday called on the government to look at industries outside of tourism to grow the economy, with the Covid-19 pandemic halting the visitor industry and bringing revenues down by $47 million, or 8.5%, in eight months.
WASHINGTON (Interior Department) — The Trump administration, through U.S. Department of the Interior Assistant Secretary Douglas W. Domenech, announced Tuesday the release of $2,518,897 in Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security or CARES Act funds for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands to renovate and retrofit hospital emergency care and isolation areas, prepare quarantine sites, and purchase medical equipment. This emergency relief funding was made available under the CARES Act through Interior’s Office of Insular Affairs to the territories and the Freely Associated States to prepare, prevent, and respond to the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic.
THE CNMI government has been spending public funds on first-class or business-class travels over the last four years, the Office of the Public Auditor stated in a draft report.
THERE is an immediate need to “modernize” the over 40-year-old engines at the Commonwealth Utilities Corp. power plant in Lower Base, but funding remains to be the biggest challenge.
THE proposed amendments that Imperial Pacific International submitted to the CNMI Lottery Commission include a provision that will allow IPI to sell the hotel or partner with new investors, CNMI Lottery Commission Chairman Mark Rabauliman said.
REPRESENTATIVE Joseph Leepan T. Guerrero on Thursday introduced House Bill 21-119, which proposes to transfer the administration of American Memorial Park, or AMP, from the federal government to the CNMI government.
REPRESENTATIVE Donald Manglona on Thursday expressed concern over hazardous pay owed, he said, to solid waste management personnel.
SUPERIOR Court Associate Judge Kenneth L. Govendo on Friday sentenced the driver of an SUV that crashed into a sedan on the evening of Dec. 19, 2019 to 30 days in prison and 90 days of house arrest.
NO additional charges will be filed against Lynn Fitial and Stacey Laniyo who were arrested for the death of a child, Variety learned.
GOVERNOR Ralph DLG Torres on Wednesday submitted to the Senate the names of his nominees to the Commonwealth Election Commission and the Northern Marianas College board of regents.
OVER 1,000 Public School System students have not updated their immunization records, PSS senior director Lynette Villagomez said.
THE Board of Education on July 14 approved the rezoning and readjusting of school boundaries to reduce the population at Hopwood Middle School.
SHAWN C. Appleby will file an administrative appeal following the decision of the CNMI Board of Parole to revoke his parole two weeks ago.
(Office of the Governor) — The CNMI Department of Labor would like to clarify circulating information regarding the method to which certain Public School System employees report earnings for their Pandemic Unemployment Assistance and Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation claims.
(Office of the Governor) — The CNMI Department of Labor would like to clarify circulating information regarding the expiration of the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation program.
THE Amelia Earhart Memorial Monument committee is holding a celebration in honor of Amelia Earhart’s birthday on Friday, July 24, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the NMI Museum.
THE CNMI Supreme Court has affirmed the ruling of Superior Court Associate Judge Joseph N. Camacho in dismissing the Victoria Hotel owners’ lawsuit against ANZ Guam Inc.
THE Covid-19 pandemic has not stopped the Saipan Marianas Lions Club from serving the community, newly inducted president Ladyvir DLC Canape said on Saturday.
HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — H-2B labor could be extended to civilian projects on island, something local business leaders and elected officials have sought for the last few years, if Congress' latest military spending legislation passes with a new amendment intact.
HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — An heir of the late millionaire businessman Larry Hillblom was arrested with two other Idaho men on July 15.
Individuals can now register at www.governor.gov.mp/covid-19/testing and access results at www.cnmicovidresults.com
SUBPOENAS have already been drafted and will be sent out once a special House committee decides to issue them to the executive branch and other agencies, Rep. Tina Sablan said on Thursday.
GOVERNOR Ralph DLG Torres on Saturday said his critics will not stop him from promoting the CNMI, including the Northern Islands, as a tourist destination.
THE Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. on Friday announced that another individual had been confirmed positive for Covid-19, bringing the cumulative total to 37.
THE House of Representatives on Thursday adopted House Resolution 21-31 to “honor and appreciate Mr. Robert Arrington and his…YouTube channel ‘Deer Meat for Dinner’ for their efforts in promoting the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands as a destination consisting of various wild animal-life for eco-tourism purposes.”
OVER 30 retirees have signed a letter asking the Senate Committee on Fiscal Affairs to approve House Bill 21-76, which will redesignate the $15 million annual casino license fee for the payment of 25% of the retirees’ pensions.
THE House of Representatives on Thursday voted 11 to 9 to override Gov. Ralph DLG Torres’ veto of a measure that would transfer the Office of Management and Budget to the Department of Finance.
FOR fiscal year 2020, which ends on Sept. 30, 2020, the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. has yet to receive its mandated allotments, CHCC Chief Financial Officer Derek Sasamoto said.
THE federal court will issue a show cause order today, Monday, against Imperial Pacific International LLC, if no attorney will make an appearance on its behalf in the breach of contract lawsuit file by USA Fanter Corporation.
A GUALO Rai resident disagrees with the legal opinion of the Office of the Attorney General regarding his complaint about a local civil engineer.
THE free physical fitness program “Fitbeat,” which was initiated by first lady Diann Torres and second lady Wella Palacios, marked its first anniversary on July 11.
(United Airlines) — The new Saipan-Guam schedule will be effective on July 20. Please note that the new Saipan departure times will allow for convenient same-day connections to Honolulu and Narita/Tokyo, Japan on United.
(Office of the Governor) — Gov. Ralph DLG Torres and Lt. Gov. Arnold I. Palacios, through the Northern Marianas Housing Corp. announce that the CNMI has been awarded $1,090,630 by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development under the Emergency Solutions Grants or ESG Program.
(CHCC) — The Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. is seeing an increase in Ciguatera Fish Poisoning or CFP cases due to the consumption of the local Red Snapper.
THE Senate on Thursday overrode Gov. Ralph DLG Torres’ veto of Senate Bill 21-33, which proposes to transfer the Office of Management and Budget to the Department of Finance.
THE driver of an SUV that crashed into a sedan on the evening of Dec. 16, 2019 will be sentenced today, Friday, in Superior Court.
THE House of Representatives on Thursday honored the life and career of the late Abed El Latif Younis, founder of Marianas Variety News & Views.
“SAFETY is one of the Coast Guard’s top priorities and we recommend people to always stay aware of their surroundings while in or near the water — ensure they are sober, and to always be cautious,” Lt. Eugene Chung said.
DISTRICT Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona has issued a written order memorializing the default judgment entered against Imperial Pacific International LLC in the lawsuit of seven workers who alleged labor and other violations.
THE Senate on Thursday questioned the validity or constitutionality of Lt. Gov. Arnold Palacios’ approval of House Bill 21-68, which allows senatorial districts to create community improvement districts.
AFTER a lengthy discussion, the Senate on Thursday agreed to look into the Rota share of the $15 million Saipan casino license fee collection.
(DPS) — The Department of Public Safety is conducting officer training exercises on Capital Hill, Saipan, and will continue until planned scenarios have been completed and carried out.
THE Northern Marianas Technical Institute board of trustees is asking Gov. Ralph DLG Torres to appoint members of a “Committee on Transition” to complete the transfer of all assets to NMTI, which is now a government entity.
THE first phase of the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp.’s solar initiative project has been completed, but it has not been providing power to the hospital yet, CHCC Hospital Emergency Preparedness Director Warren Villagomez said.
TINIAN Mayor Edwin Aldan expressed appreciation for the members and supporters of the LGBTIQ community who recently painted the main pavilion at Kammer Beach on July 10 in celebration of PRIDE Month.
THE Commonwealth Utilities Corp. has signed a four-year fuel supply contract with Mobil Oil Marianas, CUC Executive Director Gary Camacho said.
THE Association of Mariana Islands Mayors and Vice Mayors or AMIM is still active, but it can no longer conduct business this year because of the Covid-19 pandemic, said Saipan Mayor David M. Apatang, who is vice president of the group.
HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — Reports of the government’s finances show a $47.4 million shortfall in revenue collected in the first eight months of the fiscal year compared to the $558.2 million that was anticipated.
(Office of the Governor) — Gov. Ralph DLG Torres and Lt. Gov. Arnold I. Palacios, through Secretary Vicky I. Benavente and the CNMI Department of Labor, have announced that the first batch of Pandemic Unemployment Assistance and the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation has been transmitted to the CNMI Department of Finance for processing.
(Office of the Governor) — The CNMI Department of Labor received clarification from the U.S. Department of Labor-Employment and Training Administration on Thursday regarding the eligibility CNMI Public School System staff for the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance and Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation.
COMMISSIONER of Education Dr. Alfred B. Ada issued the following memorandum to the Public School System's furloughed employee on Thursday evening:
“WE’RE done,” Department of Public Safety Commissioner Robert A. Guerrero said before leaving the House chamber after an exchange of words with Rep. Tina M. Sablan during a budget hearing on Wednesday.
DEPARTMENT of Public Safety Officer Dixon Kwon on Wednesday pleaded guilty to reckless driving and was sentenced by Judge Kenneth L. Govendo to six months of confinement in the Department of Corrections, but all suspended, except for three days of house arrest.
MARIANAS Visitors Authority Managing Director Priscilla Iakopo said she has declined the salary increase approved by the MVA board.
THE U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is opposing the motion of attorney Kelley Butcher to withdraw as counsel of Imperial Pacific International LLC and its parent company, IPI Holdings in a sexual harassment and unfair employment practices case filed in federal court.
U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz says he will continue to fight for health insurance coverage for citizens of the Freely Associated States who reside in Hawaii.
THE Rota Municipal Council is looking into the current status of the casino commission of the island following the expiration of the terms of its two members — Viola H. Atalig, the chairwoman, and Mateo Santos, the vice ch