Marianas Variety

Friday, July 25, 2014-10:31:51A.M.

Last updateFri, 25 Jul 2014 4pm


BREAKING NEWS: Saipan mayor's staffer arrested on corruption charges

FLORENCE Tina Reyes Concepcion, 43, who was in charge of marriage licensing in the Saipan mayor's office, is accused of theft, theft by deception, theft by failure to make a required disposition of funds received,  and misconduct in public office.
Following her initial court appearance on Friday afternoon, Superior Court Judge Joseph N. Camacho ordered her release to the custody of her mother as third-party custodian once she posts $1,000 as 10 percent of the $10,000 bail.
Variety learned that Concepcion's contract with the mayor's office has ended. More details to follow.

NMC: CREES remains strong

NORTHERN Marianas College’s Cooperative Research, Extension and Education Services is moving forward to strengthen its programs despite NMC’s not renewing the contract of its long time director Ross Manglona, NMC said in a statement.


Approval of incentive rate a ‘big win’ for CUC

THE Commonwealth Utilities Corp. can now bring in large commercial customers to its grid following the Commonwealth Public Utilities Commission’s approval yesterday of the commercial incentive tariff.


NMI to use new device for tsunami response

A NEW Pacific Tsunami Warning Center domestic device that will help emergency responders determine if a tsunami threat is strong will be available in the CNMI soon, according to Juan Camacho, monitoring program manager for CNMI Homeland Security and Emergency Management.


Executive: Guam’s malls appeal to tourists

ONE of the advantages that Guam has as a tourist spot is the shopping experience it offers, according to Jeff Bernier, Delta Air Lines managing director for the Asia Pacific region.


Babauta wants more jobs and enforcement of tax laws

FORMER Gov. Juan Nekai Babauta said the answer to the “long-time suffering” of the people of the CNMI is economic development and this can only be attained by creating more jobs and enforcing tax collection laws.


2 developers to compete for $2.5M in federal housing tax credits

UNLIKE in previous years, two developers this time are competing for the allocation of the federal Low Income Housing Tax Credit.


$2B Saipan casino bigger than Manila’s Solaire

THE $2 billion casino that is to be constructed on Saipan will be much bigger than the $1.2 billion mega casino that opened in the Philippine capital.