Marianas Variety - Marianas Variety - Today's Headlines http://www.mvariety.com/component/content/?view=featured Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:30:31 +1000 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb BREAKING NEWS: Saipan mayor's staffer arrested on corruption charges http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/67572-breaking-news-saipan-mayor-s-staffer-arrested-on-corruption-charges http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/67572-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.

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editor@mvariety.com (Andrew O. De Guzman) Featured CNMI Local News CNMI Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:25:16 +1000
ACA programs close doors http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/67534-affordable-care-act-programs-close-doors http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/67534-affordable-care-act-programs-close-doors

(Office of the CNMI Governor) — Following news of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services administration’s decision to reassess the applicability of the Affordable Care Act in the CNMI and other insular territories, the Consumer Assistance Program and Rate Review Office announced the closure of their offices due to the loss of federal funds.

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ilw@mvariety.com (Press release) Featured CNMI Local News CNMI Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +1000
Executive: Guam’s malls appeal to tourists http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/67520-airline-executive-guam-s-shopping-malls-appeal-to-tourists http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/67520-airline-executive-guam-s-shopping-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.

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ilw@mvariety.com (By Richelle Agpoon-Cabang - richelle.cabang@mvariety.com - Variety News Staff) Featured CNMI Local News CNMI Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +1000
Nursing board exam pass rate disappointing for NMC grads http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/67543-nursing-board-exam-pass-rate-disappointing-for-nmc-grads http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/67543-nursing-board-exam-pass-rate-disappointing-for-nmc-grads

THE nursing board examination pass rate for Northern Marianas College nursing graduates is not acceptable, NMC Nursing Department Chairwoman Rose Tudela told the Board of Regents yesterday.

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ilw@mvariety.com (By Richelle Agpoon-Cabang - richelle.cabang@mvariety.com - Variety News Staff) Featured CNMI Local News CNMI Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +1000
Minor cited after leaving car stuck in door http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/67542-minor-cited-for-8-traffic-violations-after-leaving-car-stuck-in-glass-door http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/67542-minor-cited-for-8-traffic-violations-after-leaving-car-stuck-in-glass-door

A 17-YEAR-OLD boy was cited for eight traffic violations after he drive a red Nissan Sentra through the glass door of a former poker arcade in the A. Camacho Building in Susupe on the early morning of July 6, 2014.

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ilw@mvariety.com (By Andrew O. De Guzman - andrew.deguzman@mvariety.com - Variety News Staff) Featured CNMI Local News CNMI Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +1000
MMA fighter thankful for escaping car http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/67540-mma-fighter-thankful-for-escaping-unhurt-from-burning-car http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/67540-mma-fighter-thankful-for-escaping-unhurt-from-burning-car

MMA fighter Shane “Pikaboo” Alvarez, 20, was very thankful he was alone and escaped unhurt from his Toyota MR2 that caught fire on Tuesday night.

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ilw@mvariety.com (By Andrew O. De Guzman - andrew.deguzman@mvariety.com - Variety News Staff) Featured CNMI Local News CNMI Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +1000
Inos: Integrated resort must be built from ground up http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/67544-inos-integrated-resort-must-be-built-from-ground-up http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/67544-inos-integrated-resort-must-be-built-from-ground-up

GOVERNOR Eloy S. Inos yesterday reiterated the CNMI government’s expectation that Best Sunshine International Limited build a 2,000-hotel room and integrated resort from the ground up.

Inos told reporters that Saipan casino law requires the casino investor to construct a 2,000-room hotel.

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ilw@mvariety.com (By Emmanuel T. Erediano - emmanuel.erediano@mvariety.com - Variety News Staff) Featured CNMI Local News CNMI Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +1000
Babauta says NMI is not getting a lot in casino deal http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/67536-babauta-says-nmi-is-not-getting-a-lot-in-casino-deal http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/67536-babauta-says-nmi-is-not-getting-a-lot-in-casino-deal

FORMER Gov. Juan Nekai Babauta said he does not oppose the establishment of a casino on Saipan but he thinks the CNMI is losing out in the deal with the selected investor.

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ilw@mvariety.com (By Emmanuel T. Erediano - emmanuel.erediano@mvariety.com - Variety News Staff) Featured CNMI Local News CNMI Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +1000
Babauta wants more jobs and enforcement of tax laws http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/67524-babauta-wants-more-jobs-and-enforcement-of-tax-laws http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/67524-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.

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ilw@mvariety.com (By Cherrie Anne E. Villahermosa - cherrie.villahermosa@mvariety.com - Variety News Staff) Featured CNMI Local News CNMI Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +1000
$2B Saipan casino bigger than Manila’s Solaire http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/67525-2b-saipan-casino-bigger-than-manila-s-solaire http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/67525-2b-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.

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ilw@mvariety.com (By Alexie Villegas Zotomayor - avz@mvariety.com - Variety News Staff) Featured CNMI Local News CNMI Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +1000