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SAIPAN hoopster Prince Factor wanted to follow in the footsteps of his friend Jericho Cruz who now plays professionally in the Philippines.

TWELVE individuals completed a three-day Northern Mariana Islands Football Association D License Coaching Course on Saturday, Aug. 22, 2020.

CRUNCH time or do-or-die moment — athletes of all sports will experience this type of situation and it comes down to whether they could adapt, focus and execute in order to bring their team to victory.

THE CPA Hustlers returned fire late in the game, with Dustin Sablan leading the break and enabling a three-run score to defeat Udan, 12-10, and claim the 2020 Islandwide Coed Bud Light Softball League championship on Aug. 24 on Tinian.  

SHERLYN Jones continues to display her dominance in the CNMI Women's Golf Association as she secured the title of August Ace on Saturday, Aug. 15, at the LaoLao Bay & Golf Resort.

IN May while riding his bike, Florence Antonio was involved in a vehicular accident.

TRENCH Tech owner Cuki Alvarez announced that he is temporarily closing its doors once again due to the new directives being implemented by the Governor’s Covid-19 Task Force.

HAGÅTÑA — Long before I decided that voting for president was a huge waste of my time and hopes, I gave a lot of thought about our current president, Donald Trump.

JOEY Dela Cruz locked in his spot among the aces of the Marianas Golf Association after accumulating the next best net score on Saturday at the Kingfisher Golf Links.

“SILENCE Damns Us All” and I would like to believe that my late leader and founder of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee the great Congressman John Lewis would say to me “keep-up the Good-trouble Ambrose,” which is really what I have been doing since late 1990s. 

KEONI Chariton made his way onto the list of elite players after claiming the August Ace of the Month title of the Amigos Golf Club on Sunday at the Kingfisher Golf Links. 

THE Saipan Fishermen's Association and its community outreach program on Saturday surprised “Deer Meat for Dinner” host Rob Arrington with a replica of the trophy made for the 36th Saipan International Fishing Tournament at the Minachom Atdao pavilion where Arrington was presenting another donation to the SFA.

IN his 4th State of the Nation Address on July 27, 2020, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte publicly declared that he is “inutile against China’s aggression and invasion of Philippine territories.”

MIKE Omar, a veteran volleyball player, shows his love for the sport by competing in nearly every local tournament held on Saipan. He also lends a helping hand to the NMI Volleyball Association when he is not a player by taking the role of a referee. 

FRANK “The Crank” Camacho will seek redemption in his fight against Brok “Chata Tuska” Weaver of Alabama at UFC Fight Night 177 on Sept. 12 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

HAGÅTÑA — No clear-thinking person can honestly believe that this virus can be dealt with by home lockdowns, small business closures and similar behavior. Good leadership would have by this time been working to crack down on the critical sources of the spread.

FENG Chun Jin and Joung Hoon Park, along with Shayne Villanueva and Marco Peter, topped their respective categories to claim the top prizes at the Saipan Chamber of Commerce Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament held Saturday at the LaoLao Bay Golf & Resort. 

SAIPAN670 is participating in Guam Mini Tournament, a “Mobile Legends: Bang Bang” video competition, and is on its way up the ladder after dominating the preliminary round on Saturday.

WHEN the Marianas Racing Association announced that it was back in action, novice rider Kier Agda could not contain his excitement. He said he is ready for a real race on the natural dirt.

The Public School System supported the recently concluded Saipan Chamber of Commerce's 2020 Two-Man Scramble Scholarship Golf Tournament held on Aug. 8 at LaoLao Bay Golf & Resort.

“WE the People” is one of the most notable phrases spoken about OUR Government that is supposed to work for YOU & ME but that is not the case in the CNMI and why WE the People are now witnessing a Cannabis Commission who is making more criminals with marijuana legalization instead of decriminalizing marijuana activities which was one of the main purposes for legalizing marijuana. 

JUSTIN Mizutani, who works for the Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services, not only won the Amigos Golf Association's July Ace title, he also did it with a bang posting a record net score of 116 on Sunday at the Kingfisher Golf Links.

(SCC) — Scrambling into the excitement is Joeten Motors, the second Hole-in-One sponsor for the Saipan Chamber of Commerce  2020 Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament this Saturday, August 8, 2020 at the LaoLao Bay Golf & Resort! Joeten Motors joins the fun and challenges golfers at Hole.7 with a 180 yard-marker for a 2020 Honda Civic Sport Sedan!

SAIPAN Paddling Club members finally got their feet wet again on Thursday after a four-month hiatus in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.

HAS there been in recent history a more tendentious, hysterical, data-denying and frankly disreputable exercise in misdirection than the way in which much of America’s media has covered the Covid-19 epidemic?

 

A FEW short interminable months ago, Covid-19 had made it almost impossible to find hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, and other cleaning products at the local grocery store or online. The shortages not only sent Americans scrambling for supplies (I actually mailed my mom some Clorox Wipes), but also elicited calls from both the right and the left for major changes to U.S. trade and economic policy.

TAXPAYER-FUNDED institutions are now adding their voices to the movement against “systemic racism” —  the invisible legacy of slavery and discrimination that supposedly determines the destiny of black Americans.

1972 was an election year in the (Northern) Marianas, one of the six districts of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands which included the Marshalls, Palau, Ponape, Truk and Yap. The TT was administered by the U.S. “on behalf of the United Nations.”

YOU won’t hear this from the professional climate alarmists, but an important study on global demographics has good news for the future of greenhouse emissions.

DEMOCRATS and their media allies have trapped themselves in a contradiction. They are deploring Thursday’s grim second-quarter GDP report even as they demand a repeat of the lockdown that caused the economic catastrophe. What do they expect when government orders Americans to sit in their homes for weeks?

(DPW) — The Energy Division, in conjunction with its Energy Education, Efficiency and Conservation Program efforts, will be distributing eight each LED light bulbs per household to assist residential consumers reduce the cost of utilities of their homes and to educate the community about the importance of preserving and protecting available natural resources in the environment through energy-efficiency and conservation efforts in the CNMI. 

(Press Release) — The Division of Coastal Resources Management will be closed to the public for staff training from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. beginning Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020, through Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020.

(Press Release) — The 2020 Census of the CNMI would like to announce that the enumeration and field follow up activities are now completed.

(Commonwealth Utilities Corp.) — There will be  a scheduled water service interruption in Kagman, San Vicente and Papago on  Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Water service to the affected areas will resume soon thereafter.

(Press Release) — Hyatt Regency Saipan has announced that it has achieved Global Biorisk Advisory Council or GBAC STAR accreditation, the gold standard for prepared facilities. Under the guidance of GBAC, a Division of ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association, Hyatt Regency Saipan has implemented the most stringent protocols for cleaning, disinfection and infectious disease prevention in its facilities.

(NMC) — Northern Marianas College graduates Ruby Belingon, Allanah Fernandez, Ronnel Ringor, and Han Byeol Pak, have joined the list of students who have passed the challenging National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses or NCLEX-RN.

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

(COTA) — The Commonwealth Office of Transit Authority, including its Demand Responsive-Shared Ride Service: Call-A-Ride Saipan, will be closed on August 18-19, 2020 for professional development.

(BECQ) — The Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality analyzes water samples collected from Managaha’s recreational beaches and dock as part of the regularly scheduled sampling. 

(NMIS) — Northern Marianas International School prides itself on the standard of its educational programs, the professionalism of its staff, the keenness of its students, and the high level of support provided by parents and community members.

(MCS) — Mount Carmel School is set to begin online classes on Monday, Aug. 17, 2020. The school was originally scheduled to begin its hybrid course schedule on August 6, 2020, but due to a delay in shipment of safety equipment MCS decided to postpone the start of face-to-face classes until Aug. 31, 2020, pending Gov. Ralph DLG Torres’s issuance of guidelines for face-to-face classes.

 

 

 

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

(BECQ) — Due to excessive stormwater runoff and breaching of Garapan Drainages #1 and #2, the Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality is issuing an advisory from the following locations due to the possibility of  excessive concentrations of fecal indicator bacteria enterococci that exceed CNMI marine water quality standards.

(Press Release) — The CNMI Historic Preservation Office, in partnership with Triple J Saipan, Inc. will hold the reinterment of 36 ancestral remains in the village of Araiao, Saipan located on the grounds of the Surfrider Resort Hotel.

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

(NMC) — Keithley Marquez, a 2020 NMC nursing graduate, has joined the list of students who have passed the challenging National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses or NCLEX-RN.

(GMS) — With Green Meadow School’s online classes beginning in a week, the administration hosted an online orientation and briefing for the student’s parents on the evening of July 30. The orientation was held on the online meeting platform Zoom.

(JKPL) — Joeten-Kiyu Public Library’s Summer Reading Program: “Imagine Your Story” is excited to share limited public programs and services with the community. We hope you will let your imagination soar with us! Registration is required and opened Saturday, August 1, 2020.

(Commonwealth   Utilities   Corp.) — There will be an emergency scheduled power interruption   on Thursday, Aug. 6,  from 9 a.m.  to 1 p.m.  in As Terlaje, Chalan Tun Antonio  Apa,  NMC, El Toro,  Kannat  Tabla,  Marianas  Baptist  School  and portions  of San Vicente.

MAJURO — A live-streamed concert from the Marshall Islands Saturday featured top bands in the Marshall Islands and Solomon Islands star Rosie Delmah joining to bring a message of hope to Marshall Islanders devastated by coronavirus in the United States.

MANILA (AP) — Gunmen blocked a group of motorcycle riders then opened fire with assault rifles in a busy downtown area in the southern Philippines, killing nine people, police said Sunday, in the latest violence to roil the volatile region.

PORTLAND (Reuters) — Officials in Portland, Oregon, said on Sunday they were braced for an escalation of protest-related violence that has convulsed the city for three months, citing social media posts vowing revenge for a fatal shooting amid weekend street clashes between supporters of President Donald Trump and counter-demonstrators.

MAJURO — In the wake of skyrocketing coronavirus infections in Hawaii and Guam, and government-mandated “lock downs” in both islands to contain Covid-19 spread, the Marshall Islands government suspended non-essential outbound air travel, the country’s health minister said Friday. Guam and Hawaii are the two primary destinations for Marshall Islands travelers.

WASHINGTON (U.S. Department of the Interior) —  The Trump administration announced $4,516,535 in fiscal year 2020 grant funding provided through the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Office of Insular Affairs’ Maintenance Assistance Program to support the U.S. territories of American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

KOROR (RNZ Pacific/Pacnews) — The U.S Secretary of Defense is scheduled to visit Palau for five hours on Friday, with President Tommy Remengesau Jr. calling it a historic visit from a high-level official of his country's closest ally.

BALTIMORE (Reuters) — Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday cast the re-election of President Donald Trump as critical to preserving America’s safety and economic viability, while cautioning Democrat Joe Biden would set the country on a path to socialism and decline.

WASHINGTON (U.S. Department of the Interior) —  The bilateral Joint Economic Management Committee or JEMCO of the United States and the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) concluded its annual meeting and approved a total of $62,968,281 in Compact of Free Association funding for fiscal year 2021 for the FSM.

MANILA (Reuters) — Twin blasts including a suicide bombing killed 15 people and wounded 75 others on a restive southern Philippine island on Monday, among them security forces and civilians, with Islamist militants suspected of being behind the attack.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Reuters) — Republicans opened their national convention on Monday by outlining a dire portrait of America if Democrat Joe Biden ousts President Donald Trump in November, adopting the grim tone that Trump set hours earlier when he warned, without evidence, that Democrats will seek to steal the election.

PALIKIR, Pohnpei (FSM Information Services) — On Aug. 20, 2020 Yosiwo P. George, the vice president of the Federated States of Micronesia, spoke on the occasion of the formal handover ceremony on the completion of the Kahmar bridge project which was constructed by China and serves as a crucial artery in Pohnpei State’s Municipality of Nett.

MAJURO — Repatriation of Marshall Islanders stuck outside the Marshall Islands because of a Covid-19 border closure continues to be under consideration by the country’s National Disaster Committee despite mounting cases of Covid-19 in Hawaii and Guam, the two principle points of departure for international flights to the Marshall Islands.

PALIKIR, Pohnpei (FSM Information Services) — During the week of Aug. 10 to 14, 2020, and on or around Aug. 17, 2020, the government of the Federated States of Micronesia became aware of a series of news articles reported across the U.S. Territory of Guam’s various outlets regarding Guam’s recent surge in Covid-19 cases.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) — U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris accepted the Democratic nomination for vice president on Wednesday, imploring Americans to elect Joe Biden in November and accusing President Donald Trump of failed leadership that had cost lives and livelihoods during a pandemic.

MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer) — Now that Metro Manila and other areas with a high number of Covid-19 cases are easing back to a general community quarantine or GCQ, a doctor has this advice: Act as if people you meet outside of your home are positive for the coronavirus and just make sure your risk of exposure is kept to a minimum.

PALIKIR, Pohnpei (FSM Information Services) — On Aug. 25, 2020, David W. Panuelo, president of the Federated States of Micronesia, signed a decree setting the national standards on social distancing measures during the Covid-19 pandemic public health emergency.

PALIKIR, Pohnpei (FSM Information Services) — On Aug. 12, 2020, David W. Panuelo, president of the Federated States of Micronesia, submitted for the 21st FSM Congress’ review a bill for an act which, if passed by Congress, would transfer ownership of the HANTRU-1 fiber optic cable’s Pohnpei spur, and other rights, and liabilities to the FSM Telecommunications Cable Corporation.

TOKYO (Reuters) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe entered a hospital on Monday for a medical check-up, a government source said, after a top official voiced concern the premier was suffering from fatigue because of his workload during the coronavirus pandemic.

MAJURO — A Marshall Islands official said the country’s offshore corporate registry was wrongly linked to an abandoned cargo ship at the center of attention in a massive explosion that killed over 130 people and injured thousands in Beirut last week.

PALIKIR, Pohnpei (FSM Information Services) — On Aug. 10, 2020, David W. Panuelo, president of the Federated States of Micronesia, signed an emergency regulation, which is also proposed to become a permanent regulation, on the applicable guidelines on hazardous pay, as appropriated in Section 9(12)(H) of Public Law  21-42.

BEIRUT (Reuters) — Lebanese security officials warned the prime minister and president last month that 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate stored in Beirut’s port posed a security risk and could destroy the capital if it exploded, according to documents seen by Reuters and senior security sources.

TAIPEI (Reuters) — Chinese air force jets briefly crossed the mid-line of the Taiwan Strait on Monday and were tracked by Taiwanese missiles, Taiwan’s government said, as U.S. health chief Alex Azar visited the island to offer President Donald Trump’s support.

WASHINGTON/Morristown, NJ (Reuters) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Sunday said they were open to restarting Covid-19 aid talks, after weeks of failed negotiations prompted President Donald Trump to take executive actions that Democrats argued would do little to ease Americans’ financial distress.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) — U.S. Attorney General William Barr mounted a partisan attack on the Democratic Party in an interview that aired Sunday, claiming the left believes in “tearing down the system” and pursues absolute victory as “a substitute for religion.”

 

 

MAJURO — Although the Marshall Islands extended its border closure through September 5, over 100 US Army Reagan Test Site workers have been repatriated since June as part of an ongoing exemption to allow “mission critical” workers stranded in the US to return to the missile range at Kwajalein Atoll. 

PALIKIR, Pohnpei (FSM Information Services) — On August 6, 2020, the Covid-19 Task Force of the Federated States of Micronesia, in partnership with the Covid-19 Task Force of the State of Pohnpei et al., conducted a simulation exercise in preparation for the eventual repatriation of FSM citizens residing in Pohnpei.

MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer) — Much as the Philippines would like to knock out Covid-19, which has brought the economy to a recession, the country’s chief economic manager urged prudence in public spending in case of a protracted pandemic.

HAVANA (Reuters) — Cuba placed Havana back on a strict lockdown on Saturday following a rebound in coronavirus cases, ordering restaurants, bars and pools once more to close, suspending public transportation and banning access to the beach.

KOROR (Island Times/Pacnews) — Palau’s school year 2020 officially began Tuesday, but, due to the threat of the Covid-19 global pandemic, preventative measures such as temperature checks, hand-sanitizing, and maintaining respiratory hygiene have become part of regular school protocols.

PALIKIR, Pohnpei (FSM Information Services) — On August 5, 2020, David W. Panuelo, president of the Federated States of Micronesia, responding to a request from Henry S. Falan, governor of the State of Yap, confirmed that the MV Micronesian Navigators will delay its regular field trip to Chuuk State to instead provide immediate assistance to citizens stranded on the MV Hapilmohol-1 or H-1, which is presently located in Woleai Atoll.

TANAUAN, Philippines (AP) — He was heralded in the Philippines as the country’s youngest Covid-19 survivor, a baby who’d become infected with and conquered the coronavirus during his first 16 days of life.

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Commuter trains, buses and other public vehicles stayed off the main roads of the Philippine capital Tuesday and police were again staffing checkpoints to restrict public travel as surging virus cases forced another lockdown. 

MAJURO — At least 70 Marshallese have died in the United States mainland from Covid-19, according to a report compiled by the Marshall Islands Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The nearly 2,500 positive cases among the Marshallese community living in the U.S. is could be close to 10% of the Marshallese living in the U.S.

WASHINGTON (U.S. Interior Department) — The Trump Administration, through the U.S. department of the Interior, has approved the use of $7 million in United States grant assistance funding made available under the Palau Compact Review Agreement between the United States and the Republic of Palau to support a second sub-marine, fiber-optic cable spur connecting Palau to the ECHO cable network.

COMMONWEALTH Healthcare Corp. Chief Executive Officer Esther Muna said the CNMI government should provide adequate funding if the medical referral program is transferred to CHCC.

“THIS has become a serious problem,” said Chief Prosecutor John Bradley, referring to legislation that created a separate statute and penalty for individuals committing the act of vandalism.

THE Senate on Friday unanimously passed Senate Bill 21-68, which aims to mitigate the risks of the Covid-19 pandemic in the Nov. 3 midterm elections.

VICE SPEAKER Lorenzo I. Deleon Guerrero on Monday said several improvement projects  were completed in the villages of Precinct 5, which he represents in the House.

THE United States Chamber of Commerce met virtually with its counterparts on Saipan and Guam last week to discuss matters that are pertinent to the private sector, including the Paycheck Protection Program and unemployment.

HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — Dededo Mayor Melissa Savares is frustrated that a cleanup of abandoned cars has led to even more trash, including white goods and tires, being dumped along a busy road in the heart of the village.

THREE HUNDRED IT&E subscribers lost their home phone and internet connection Sunday evening after a vehicle struck an IT&E service panel in Dandan near Jin Li Store.

IMPERIAL Pacific International has accused the CNMI government of breaching IPI’s exclusive rights to gaming activities as required in the casino license agreement by allowing electronic gaming and poker arcade operations on Saipan.

THE Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. on Saturday announced that two additional individuals have been confirmed positive for Covid-19.

THE Department of Finance- Division of Revenue and Taxation will soon allow online filing of taxes, DRT Director Tracy Norita announced last week during a press briefing on KKMP radio.

(Office of the Governor) — Gov. Ralph DLG Torres and Lt. Gov. Arnold I. Palacios have announced on Sunday that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has obligated $10,922,033.33 for personal protective equipment or PPE for first responders and medical workers, medical supplies, and test kits for the ongoing response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

THE Public School System is temporarily suspending its plan to provide face-to-face instruction for selected students as PSS prepares for 100% remote learning when its schools reopen on Sept. 8.

THE decrease in the price of fuel will not affect the pass-through fuel adjustment charge of the Commonwealth Utilities Corp., CUC Executive Director Gary Camacho said in a media release.

 

THE Commonwealth Ports Authority drew down on Aug. 18 $2,560,229 from the $22,759,818 in Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security or CARES Act funding provided to CPA.

THE $15 million that the CNMI government borrowed from the Marianas Public Land Trust was used to reimburse the general fund for payments made to the vendors that were contracted during  the Super Typhoon Yutu recovery efforts.

COMMONWEALTH Casino Commission Executive Director Andrew Yeom on Wednesday filed a notice of complaint against Imperial Pacific International for its failure to pay the $15.5 million annual casino license fee.

THE CNMI expects to receive the Covid-19 vaccine in Jan. 2021, Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. Chief Executive Officer Esther Muna said during a press briefing Thursday on KKMP radio.

AN additional 1,000 Pandemic Unemployment Assistance applications have been approved this week, Gov. Ralph DLG Torres announced Thursday during a media briefing on KKMP radio.

SUPERIOR Court Associate Judge Wesley Bogdan has sentenced Daniel Muna Quitugua to five years’ imprisonment for impersonating a Department of Public Safety police officer and stealing $700.

CHIEF Judge Ramona V. Manglona of the District Court of the NMI has dismissed without prejudice the lawsuit of Liana Hofschneider and her husband Richard Hofschneider who are seeking to stop the reburial of 700 ancestral remains found at the Imperial Pacific International casino construction project.

RUSSEL Rekemel Solomon and Jose Machutaro Ichiro Sablan were charged by the U.S. Attorney’s Office with conspiracy to unlawfully take an endangered species.

(Office of the Attorney General) — Attorney General Edward Manibusan announced Thursday a more than $85 million multistate settlement with American Honda Motor Co. Inc. and Honda of America Mfg. Inc. over allegations Honda concealed safety issues related to defects in the frontal airbag systems installed in certain Honda and Acura vehicles sold in the United States.

U.S. Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan said he is glad that the NMI Democratic Party  has fielded several candidates for the midterm election this year because he has been “hearing from a lot of people that they are unhappy with the Republican administration.”

PACIFIC Rim Land Development LLC, in its latest writ of execution request, is asking the federal court to order the U.S. Marshals Service to seize the vehicles and gaming machines owned by Imperial Pacific International.

THE Commonwealth Utilities Corp. on Thursday presented its proposal to acquire portions of Commonwealth Ports Authority property for standby power plants on Saipan and Rota.

TO pay for personnel, hospital and Covid-19 operations, the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. has “advanced” 66% of its revenues, including Medicare/Medicaid payments, for the remainder of the fiscal year, CHCC chief financial officer Derek Sasamoto said.

THE Department of Finance- Division of Revenue and  Taxation has issued approximately 70% of child tax credits it intended to release this week, Division Director Tracy Norita said  Thursday during a press briefing on KKMP radio.

HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — Senators on Thursday night voted to cancel Saturday's primary election, against the backdrop of increased Covid-19 deaths, hospitalizations and confirmed cases.

(NMC) — Despite the ongoing challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic, Northern Marianas College on Thursday reported that its enrollment for the Fall 2020 semester is higher than last year.

(Office of the CNMI Congressional Delegate) — U.S. Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan says the National Park Service findings that a Rota National Historical Park is both suitable and feasible is a post-Covid economic opportunity for the Marianas.

HAGÅTÑA (JIC) — The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s tenth Covid-19-related fatality occurred at the Guam Memorial Hospital Thursday at approximately 10:13 a.m. She was 96 years old and was pronounced dead on arrival.

(CNMI Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency) — Based on information received from the National Weather Service on Guam,Thursday at 11 a.m., heavy showers and possible thunderstorms are developing over Tinian and Saipan and adjacent coastal waters.

 

THE Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. may lose its Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services certification if the Commonwealth Utilities Corp. disconnects the  lone CNMI hospital from the CUC power grid six hours every day,  CHCC board chair Lauri Ogumoro said.

THE announcement that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has updated its “touchback” requirement is “good news” for the CNMI,  Reps. Ralph N. Yumul and  Luis John Castro said.

(Office of the Governor) — Gov. Ralph DLG Torres on Wednesday expressed his appreciation to President Donald J. Trump and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services for modifying policies at his request regarding the CNMI-Only Transitional Worker or CW-1 visa program to protect the CNMI economy and workers.

THE House Committee on Federal and Foreign Affairs on Tuesday endorsed for adoption House Joint Resolution 21-8, which requests the governor “to oppose any increase in destructive military presence or training in the Northern Mariana Islands, including all proposed military use of the Mariana Islands.”

THE Senate will look into the funding needs of the Northern Marianas Technical Institute, Senate Floor Leader Justo Quitugua said.

(Office of the Governor) — Gov. Ralph DLG Torres and Lt. Gov. Arnold I. Palacios announced on Wednesday that the Department of Finance is set to release its first distribution of 3,039 tax refund checks for the Additional Child Tax Credit or ACTC amounting to $5.54 million.

THE House of Representatives on Wednesday presented a resolution honoring U.S. Census advisor Colleen Joyce.

HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — Business owners, employees and their supporters gathered Tuesday afternoon to protest recent closures and current restrictions set in place by Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero.

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

“IT was the lack of evidence on the part of the federal prosecutors that led to the unanimous not guilty verdict,” a juror who requested anonymity told Variety.

TO comply with the reimposition of stricter health protocols due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Fitbeat program has been temporarily suspended, first lady Diann Torres said.

MARIANAS Visitors Authority board chair Marian Aldan-Pierce has asked MVA management to start looking for a new office location.

DUE to lack of funding, the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. has to choose between providing people with medical care or paying the Commonwealth Utilities Corp., CHCC Chief Executive Officer Esther Muna told senators on Tuesday.

AT the Republican National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina on Monday, Jason Osborne cast  nine votes on behalf of Gov. Ralph DLG Torres and the NMI Republican Party in renominating President Donald J. Trump who is seeking a second term in November.

CHIEF Judge Ramona V. Manglona of the District Court for the NMI  ordered the jurors in the trial of Rota Mayor Efraim Atalig and Evelyn Atalig to return to court today, Wednesday, at 8:15 a.m. to continue their deliberations.

HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — Five more employees at four public schools were among the 87 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 that the Joint Information Center announced Monday.

THE Commonwealth Development Authority has adopted a resolution authorizing a $25 million pension obligation bond on behalf of the CNMI government.

GOVERNOR’S Covid-19 Task Force Chairman Warren Villagomez is asking employers to allow some of their employees to work at home  or to provide them with paid leave so they can look after their children who have to attend online classes because of the restrictions imposed by the government.

DISTRICT Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona has ordered Imperial Pacific International LLC to pay $93,834.25 in attorneys’ fees in the lawsuit filed by seven construction workers.

(MVA) — The Marianas Visitors Authority is taking advantage of the lull in visitor arrivals by partnering with public and private sector partners in giving major tourist sites in the Marianas a facelift.

(BECQ) — The Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality analyzes water samples collected from Managaha’s recreational beaches and dock as part of the regularly scheduled sampling. 

JURORS in the trial of Rota Mayor Efraim Atalig and Evelyn Atalig started their deliberation Monday afternoon after hearing the closing arguments of the defense and the prosecution.

THE Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. on Monday inaugurated its Oncology Center, which offers diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

ALL premium-class travel authorizations will be returned immediately to the requesting agencies, the Department of Finance said in a memorandum to departments and agencies.

THE Senate Committee on Fiscal Affairs will resume its hearings on the fiscal year 2021 budget today, Tuesday, starting at 10 a.m. in the Senate chamber.

THE Division of Coastal Resources Management is looking for marine sports operators who can provide valuable feedback regarding the Saipan Lagoon User Education Plan.

A $23 million post-typhoon recovery fund from the Community Development Block Grant Program is available for the Marianas Visitors Authority, MVA Managing Director Priscilla Iakopo said.

THE Marianas High School Dolphin Battalion on Sunday held a change of command ceremony, which saw the promotion of C/LTC Jose Reyes to battalion commander this year.

THE over 700 ancestral remains that were found on the Imperial Pacific International Resort & Casino construction site were reburied at the site on Friday morning.

THE defense lawyers of Rota Mayor Efraim Atalig, and co-defendant Evelyn Atalig rested their case Friday afternoon.

CNMI Department of Labor Secretary Vicky Benavente said the U.S. Department of Labor has drawn down an additional $50 million in Pandemic Unemployment Assistance/Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation  funding for the Commonwealth.

EFFECTIVE today, Monday, amendments made to the CNMI Covid-19 emergency directives on in-person social gatherings, curfew, and business hours will be reimplemented until Sept. 6.

THE Pacific Island Health Officers Association or PIHOA is redirecting the shipment of supplies for the CNMI to Guam, which had 820 confirmed cases of Covid-19 and seven deaths as of Sunday.

THE NMI people have not seen real progress and are not happy with what is going on in the Commonwealth under the Republican administration, the Democratic Party candidates said.

THE CNMI Supreme Court has affirmed the ownership of land in Tanapag belonging to Secundina Untalan Pangelinan and daughter Selina Marie Pangelinan and denied John Pangelinan’s appeal.

WITH the goal of establishing a Chamorro village at the Civic Center in Susupe, the Indigenous Affairs Office on Saturday completed the construction of a second thatched house in the area.

ONE of the proposals to cut spending discussed during the online CNMI Fiscal Response Summit in April was the reduction in the size of the Legislature — from 20 to 10 House seats, and from nine to six senators.

SPECIAL assistant to the Saipan mayor Henry Hofschneider said the mayor's office will receive $232,706 from the $2.5 million assistance provided by the Trump administration to the CNMI through the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Office of Insular Affairs.

(Office of the Governor) — Gov. Ralph DLG Torres announced on Friday, August 21, 2020 that the CNMI Covid-19 Emergency Directives have been amended to temporarily reimplement restrictions on in-person interactions, social gatherings, and business hours to protect the health and safety of the people of the Commonwealth.

HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — The Department of Public Health and Social Services confirmed it will revisit guidance currently in place for government quarantine facilities after some confusion left a mother and her 10-month-old baby cooped up in the quarantine site for about a week.

THE Commonwealth Utilities Corp. board on Thursday decided to disconnect the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. from the CUC power grid for six hours daily due to the failure of CHCC to pay for its utilities.

THE CNMI Cannabis Commission announced Thursday it has issued the first batch of Homegrown Marijuana Registry cards to individuals whose applications have fulfilled the necessary requirements and are in compliance with the Cannabis Act and Commission rules and regulations.

IMPERIAL Pacific International LLC owes the CNMI government $9,416,887.09 in unpaid business gross revenue taxes, according to a notice of tax lien filed by the Department of Finance-Division of Revenue and Taxation in Superior Court and the District Court for the NMI.

GOVERNOR Ralph DLG Torres told the House of Representatives that he remains committed toward further strengthening the islands’ partnership with the U.S. military to obtain the greatest benefit for the CNMI while supporting America’s national security interests.

CNMI officials gathered on Thursday morning for a groundbreaking ceremony at the site of the new Commonwealth Office of Transit Authority, or COTA, administrative building and maintenance facility in Lower Base.

 

(MVA) —  Despite the Covid-19 pandemic which has stalled travel worldwide, the Marianas Visitors Authority continues to field inquiries from individuals interested in visiting the Marianas.

 

REPRESENTATIVES from different departments and agencies gathered on Wednesday morning at the Imperial Pacific International Resort & Casino in Garapan to conduct a dry run of the reburial ritual for the ancestral remains that were found at the IPI construction site.

FEDERAL authority over waters surrounding the CNMI and Commonwealth zoning rules are hindering the  local cannabis industry, the CNMI Cannabis Commission told senators on Wednesday.

THE Governor’s Covid-19 Task Force and the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. are currently inspecting private schools to ensure their compliance with safety measures related to the Covid-19 pandemic.

THE Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. and the Governor’s Covid-19 Task Force will hire replacements for the six South Korean laboratory scientists who have been assisting the CNMI government in its community-based testing initiative for the last 90 days.

SUPERIOR Court Associate Judge Kenneth L. Govendo scheduled the bench trial of Fish and Wildlife Director Manuel “Manny” M. Pangelinan for Nov. 25, 2020 at 9 a.m.

 

THE Attorney General’s Office has withdrawn a certification stating that ex-fire chief Claudio K. Norita and fire inspector Anthony Babauta were acting within the scope of their employment when they denied the permit application of Double A Corp to install a fire sprinkler and suppression system.

(DPS) — On Saturday, April 4, 2020, at about 7:17 a.m., the Department of Public Safety received a 911 call reporting a burglary and theft incident at the I Love Saipan pop-up store in Chalan Laulau.

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

CHIEF Judge Ramona V. Manglona of the District Court for the NMI on Wednesday acquitted Rota Mayor Efraim Atalig and co-defendant Evelyn Atalig of theft from program receiving federal funds.

ROTA Mayor Efraim Atalig’s defense lawyers moved for a judgement of acquittal after the prosecution rested its case Tuesday.

CNMI Department of Labor Secretary Vicky Benavente said DOL has identified 75 ineligible Pandemic Unemployment Assistance applicants who inadvertently received payments.

THE Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or CDC has downgraded its travel warning for the CNMI, from high risk to moderate, Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. Chief Executive Officer Esther Muna announced on Tuesday.

 

THE Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or CDC has downgraded its travel warning for the CNMI, from high risk to moderate, Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. Chief Executive Officer Esther Muna announced on Tuesday.

SENATE President Victor B. Hocog on Friday pre-filed Senate Bill 21-70, which will raise to $72,000 from $54,000 the annual salary of the Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services commissioner.

WIN Win Way Construction Co., through attorney Janet King, issued a statement stating that is “in full compliance with all the applicable provisions of the U.S. Fair Labor Standards Act” or FLSA.

(DPS) —  On Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, at about 6 p.m., the Emergency Operations Center relayed information to the CNMI Department of Public Safety regarding a distress call from the western side of Saipan.

(Office of the Governor) — The Governor’s Covid-19 Task Force and the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. announced on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020, that the CNMI Community-Based Testing Initiative will resume for the next four weeks starting Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020.

THE Marianas Visitors Authority received $900,000 in hotel occupancy tax remittance from the Department of Finance in July, MVA Managing Director Priscilla Iakopo said.

THE Saipan Marianas Lions Club on Sunday morning at Garapan Central Park distributed care packages to 100 workers on CW-1 permits and are not eligible to participate in the Nutrition Assistance Program.

(Office of the Governor) — The Governor’s Covid-19 Task Force and the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. announced on Tuesday, August 18, 2020, that one individual has been confirmed positive for Covid-19, bringing the CNMI’s case count to 54.

THE Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. has quarantined 10 of its medical personnel who had contact with a woman who tested positive for Covid-19 — the  50th case of the CNMI since March 28, 2020.

REPRESENTATIVE Tina Sablan said the House Special Committee on Fiscal Review of Executive Expenditures should subpoena the governor, adding he is the only one who can answer most of the lawmakers’ questions.

THE ancestral remains found at the construction site of Imperial Pacific International casino hotel resort in Garapan will be reburied in the area on Aug. 21, Variety learned.

OFFICE of the Public Auditor investigator Travis Hurst testified Monday that there was only one investigation launched in the cases filed against  Rota Mayor Efraim M. Atalig in federal court and in the CNMI Superior Court.

FIVE criminal cases have been filed under seal in  federal court, but U.S. Attorney for Guam and NMI Shawn N. Anderson said he cannot talk about them.

SECRETARY of Finance David DLG Atalig appeared before the House Special Committee on Fiscal Review of Executive Expenditures, on Monday to answer questions regarding redacted documents provided by the administration, among other subjects.

GOVERNOR Ralph DLG Torres on Thursday said he had spoken with Attorney General Edward Manibusan regarding the $15 million annual license fee that Imperial Pacific International failed to pay.

ATTORNEY General Edward Manibusan said former fire chief Claudio K. Norita and fire inspector Anthony Babauta were acting within the scope of their employment when they denied the application of Double A Corporation for a permit to install a fire sprinkler and suppression system.

(DPS) — On Wednesday, Aug, 12, 2020, at about 4:04 p.m., the Department of Public Safety received a 911 call reporting a criminal mischief complaint, in Susupe. Police were dispatched to the scene.

 

 

THE Rotary Club of Saipan on Saturday planted 40 flame trees on Tun Herman Pan Road in the airport area, club president Sonya Dancoe said.

 

(Press Release) — IT&E has discovered that an unknown third party is posing as our organization and sending fraudulent offers to our customers on social media.

(Press Release) —  The Saipan TakeCare customer service, provider and sales office is closed until Monday, Aug. 24, for cleaning and sanitizing, as a precautionary measure for a potential Covid-19 exposure.

(Office of the Governor) — The Governor’s Covid-19 Task Force and the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. announced Monday that three individuals have been confirmed positive for Covid-19, bringing the CNMI’s current case count to 53 since March 28, 2020.

THE CNMI Historic Preservation Office and Triple J Saipan Inc. on Friday conducted the reinterment of 36 ancestral remains on the grounds of  Surfrider Resort Hotel in Chalan Kanoa.

ASSISTANT U.S. Attorney Eric O'Malley on Friday said the government-funded trips taken by Rota Mayor Efraim M. Atalig and co-defendant Evelyn M. Atalig from Feb. 2018 to Aug. 2018 “have some element of dishonesty, some element of waste, and some element of abuse of power.”

A WOMAN was confirmed positive for Covid-19 on Friday through a pre-operation screening test.

DURING the House Special Committee on Fiscal Review of Executive Expenditures meeting last week, members of the House minority bloc presented more receipts of expenditures incurred by the administration.

GOVERNOR Ralph DLG Torres on Thursday requested community members to continue observing social distancing rules, wearing face masks and practicing good hygiene.

DENIS Uvarov is suing U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, alleging personal injury and demanding $80,000 in damages.

GOVERNOR Ralph DLG Torres on Thursday said the administration has been working with the Marianas Visitors Authority in the effort to make the CNMI a world-class tourist destination.

THE Senate  has confirmed the nominations of Irene T. Torres and Michelle L. Sablan to the Northern Marianas College Board of Regents.

(Press Release) — On March  14,  2020 the Democratic  Party of the Northern  Mariana  Islands   once again made history  by hosting  and participating   in its Democratic   Presidential   Caucus.

HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — A number of businesses that had just reopened — after having been shuttered for months — and schools that have just opened are readjusting to the government of Guam decision to restore the island to the highest level of restrictions under Pandemic Condition of Readiness 1.

HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — Twenty-five cases of Covid-19 were confirmed Friday, the Joint Information Center stated.

Executive Order No. 2020-17

Subject: Renewal of Declaration of State of Public Health Emergency and Continued Declaration of State of Significant Emergency Establishing Response, Quarantine, and Preventive Containment Measures Concerning Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Covid-19); and Renewal of Order Directing the CNMI Homeland Security & Emergency Management Office, through the CNMI Covid-19 Task Force, and in Partnership with the Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation, to Undertake Necessary Covid-19 Containment Measures by Means of the Development of Emergency Directives to Protect the Health and Safety of the Public

(DPS) — On Thursday, Aug.13, 2020, at about 5:12 p.m., the Department of Public Safety received a 911 call reporting an unresponsive child at Sugar Dock in Susupe. DPS Boating Safety and fire department medics were dispatched to the scene.

(Office of the Governor) — The Governor’s Covid-19 Task Force and the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. announced on Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, the confirmation of one new Covid-19 case in the CNMI.

DEPARTMENT of Finance-Director of Administrative Services Margaret Bertha Torres and legal counsel to the governor Gilbert Birnbrich appeared before the House Special Committee on Fiscal Review of Executive Expenditures on Thursday.

THE federal court on Thursday empaneled 12 jurors and four alternatives for the trial of Rota Mayor Efraim Atalig and his co-defendant, Evelyn Atalig.

ADVOCATES see the potential of the CNMI, which they believe can become America’s “cryptocurrency capital,” Crypto Frontier founder Alexander Ugorji and advisor Vin Armani said in a presentation during the Rotary Club of Saipan meeting on Tuesday.

HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero met with members of her medical advisory group on Thursday night to discuss her intention to issue an executive order that would reinstate the highest level of Covid-19 restrictions under Pandemic Condition of Readiness 1.

EFFECTIVE immediately, the Department of Public Safety will file traffic citations on the File & Serve Express or FSX platform for further processing by Superior Court, Presiding Judge Roberto C. Naraja said in a letter on Thursday.

(USDOL) — Win Win Construction, a Saipan-based residential and commercial construction contractor, will pay $165,807 in back wages to 23 employees to resolve violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act’s minimum wage and overtime requirements, and pay $15,755 in civil penalties, the U.S. Department of Labor said.

MORE than 1,200 students have registered for the fall 2020 semester at Northern Marianas College, NMC Interim President Frankie Eliptico said.

THE Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. has made a partial payment of $2.5 million to the Commonwealth Utilities Corp.

(Office of the Governor) — As a result of discussions between the Governor’s Covid-19 Task Force, Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. and education stakeholders from Northern Marianas College, the Public School System, and the Commonwealth Coalition of Private Schools, Gov. Ralph DLG Torres announced on Thursday that schools are permitted to safely reopen subject to approval of reopening plans and assessment of facilities.

(Office of the Governor) — The Department of Community and Cultural Affairs-Office on Aging-Senior Community Service Employment Program or SCSEP recently announced that it has been officially awarded over $300,000, which will be used to assist citizens over the age of 55 to seek and obtain employment.

(DPS) — On Wednesday, July 29, 2020, at about 8:57 a.m., the CNMI Department of Public Safety  received a call reporting a theft incident, from the Villaroyal Pawnshop in San Jose, Saipan. Police were dispatched to the area.

HAGÅTÑA (USDOL) — After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division or WHD, Citi Development & Construction Inc. — a construction contractor in Guam — will pay $141,755 to 57 employees for violating the Fair Labor Standards Act’s overtime, minimum wage and recordkeeping requirements. The employer also will pay $23,000 in penalties.

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

IMPERIAL Pacific International will not be able to pay the $15.5 million annual casino license fee for this year, IPI Chief Executive Officer Donald R. Browne told the CNMI government.

SENATOR Paul A. Manglona is urging Gov. Ralph DLG Torres to give the CNMI Department of Labor the financial support and manpower it needs to expeditiously process Pandemic Unemployment Assistance and Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation applications.

THE Public School System has reduced its fiscal year 2021 budget request to $28 million from $40 million, but it is still $8 million more than what the administration proposed.

THE Attorney General’s Office has suspended the prosecution proceedings against former Rep. Gregorio Vicente Muna Sablan Jr. who was accused of not disclosing additional income while he was still in office in 2018 and 2019.

THE Commonwealth Casino Commission will soon determine if Imperial Pacific International has complied with the CCC order to maintain funds for payroll and meet its obligations to vendors and the government.

EDUCATION Commissioner Dr. Alfred Ada said the Public School System plans to recruit nursing students from Northern Marianas College.

THERE is no local funding available at this time to assist workers on CW-1 permits who have been furloughed because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

GOVERNOR Ralph DLG Torres said his administration is now determining how the CNMI can benefit from President Donald Trump’s recent announcement of additional Covid-19 assistance.

DPA Car Mart general manager Peng Cheng Wu said he made the right decision when he donated a 2005 Tacoma Access Cab pickup truck to community volunteer Max Aguon two years ago.

THE Saipan Higher Education Financial Assistance has received 903 applications for the fall 2020 semester, SHEFA administrator Merissa Rasa said.

(RISCA) — The Rota Island Specialty Crop Association in collaboration with the Rota Mayor’s Office, 17th Rota Municipal Council, Indigenous Affairs Office, and Department of Lands and Natural Resources extends its appreciation to all its producer members and participants in attendance at the RISCA Conference held on July 15, 2020 in Sinapalo, Rota.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) — Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Tuesday picked Sen. Kamala Harris as his choice for vice president, making her the first Black woman on a major-party U.S. presidential ticket and giving him a partner well prepared to go on the attack against Republican President Donald Trump.

(Office of the CNMI Congressional Delegate) — Veterans and their eligible family members will now be able to use their GI Bill educational benefits to cover the cost of preparatory courses for license and certification exams. Legislation drafted by U.S. Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan and added to the Ryan Kules and Paul Benne Special Adaptive Housing Improvement Act of 2019 was signed by President Donald Trump on Saturday. This is Sablan’s second veterans bill to become law this year.

HEALTH officials of the CNMI and other U.S. Affiliated Pacific Islands or USAPI will meet with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week, Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. Chief Executive Officer Esther Muna said.

GOVERNOR Ralph DLG Torres will ask the attorney general to conduct a formal investigation into allegations of sexual abuses in the Public School System.

THE fiscal year 2021 budget bill includes salary cuts for cabinet members and other executive branch officials.

THE House of Representatives on Tuesday presented a framed  copy of a commemorative resolution honoring Robert Arrington and his YouTube channel, "Deer Meat for Dinner" for promoting the CNMI as an eco-tourism destination.