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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

(Office of the Governor) — The Governor’s Covid-19 Task Force and the Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation would like to announce that the CNMI Community-Based Testing Initiative at the Francisco C. Ada/Saipan International Airport, Benjamin T. Manglona/Rota International Airport, Rota Health Center, and Tinian Health Center will be temporarily suspended starting Saturday, June 13, 2020 until further notice.

SPEAKER Blas Jonathan T. Attao on Thursday said he had yet to review, in detail, Attorney General Edward E. Manibusan’s letter to the Office of the Public Auditor regarding the Yutu-overtime pay issue, but he added that House Special Committee on Federal Assistance and Disaster Related Funding is looking into the issue.

IMPERIAL Pacific International had over $664 million listed assets in its financial statement in 2018, according to Aaron Halegua, one of the two attorneys of the seven construction workers who have alleged labor violations in their lawsuit against IPI and its former contractor and subcontractor, MCC International Saipan Ltd. Co. and Gold Mantis Construction Decoration (CNMI).

RYAN Rabauliman Pua has been arrested again, this time for threatening a store clerk at New Downtown Market in San Jose and for resisting arrest.

(CHCC) — On March 16, 2020, Gov. Ralph DLG Torres declared a State of Public Health Emergency or PHE for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands due to the imminent threat of Covid-19.

(SSHS) — Saipan Southern High School will distribute the students’ report cards on June 15, 2020, from 9 a.m. to 4 a.m., at the main office.

(Press Release) — Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, antimicrobial pesticides are essential to controlling and preventing the spread of the coronavirus.

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

(Press Release) — The Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality, Division of Coastal Resources Management would like to announce an opportunity for the general public to participate in a series of competitions hosted by The Living Archive, an organization based out of Australia that provides a platform for individuals to tell stories and raise awareness about extinction in their communities.

THE House of Representatives on Thursday honored the life and legacy of Froilan C. Tenorio, the fourth governor of the CNMI, with House Resolution 21-05, which also extended their sincere condolences and sympathies to the family of the late former chief executive.

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

THERE are already existing local and federal rules that guarantee “full and open disclosure of federal and local spending related to the Covid-19 pandemic” as proposed by House Bill 21-114, Finance Secretary David DLG Atalig told the House Committee on Judiciary and Government Operations.

SAIPAN Higher Education Financial Assistance board chairman Oscar M. Babauta wants to know the status of the funding source of the scholarship program in the current fiscal year amid the shrinking revenue base of the government.

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

(Office of the Governor) — Gov. Ralph DLG Torres and Lt. Gov. Arnold I. Palacios, through the Department of Commerce’s Central Statistics Division, announce the beginning of data collection for the 2020 CNMI Prevailing Wage Study, utilizing an online data collection portal system. 

THE House Special Committee on Federal Assistance and Disaster Related Funding has requested that the administration provide the panel with all pertinent information, including payroll records, relating to the CNMI response to the global Covid-19 pandemic.

THE governor’s authorized representative, Patrick Guerrero, on Monday said negotiations are ongoing for the potential extension of the 90-day government contracts with the Pacific Islands Club and Kanoa Resort.

(Office of the Governor) — The Governor’s Covid-19 Task Force and the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. would like to inform the public that two additional persons have been confirmed to have contracted Covid-19, bringing the CNMI’s cumulative case count to 30.

(DPS) — On Monday, June 8, 2020, at about 9:16 a.m., the Department of Public Safety received a 911 call reporting a burglary and theft incident at the JG Sablan warehouse in Lower Base. Police were dispatched to the scene.

IT took a lot of planning on the part of teachers and staff members, but they succeeded in organizing a meaningful virtual and drive-through-style graduation ceremony for 160 seniors, Saipan Southern High School principal Vince Dela Cruz said on Tuesday. 

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

(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. 

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

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

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

THE federal court has granted the request of Pacific Rim Land Development LLC for a writ of execution that directs the U.S Marshals Service to seize $6.8 million from bank accounts of Imperial Pacific International on Saipan.

(Office of the Governor) — The Governor’s Covid-19 Task Force and the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. would like to inform the public that one additional person has been recently confirmed to have contracted Covid-19, bringing the CNMI’s confirmed case count to 28 since March 28, 2020.

THE legal counsel and the director of investigations for the Office of the Public Auditor said in an interview on Monday that OPA received an opinion in January from the attorney general on overtime pay for the Super Typhoon Yutu disaster.

THE House of Representatives has adopted a commemorative resolution congratulating and commending the nation’s vocational rehabilitation program, which marks its 100th anniversary this year.

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

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

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

THE Commonwealth Ports Authority has asked the U.S. Department of Transportation not to include the CNMI in the flight ban imposed on Chinese airlines, saying it has a “potential devastating impact” on the local economy.

MEDIA representatives on Saturday were given the opportunity to see firsthand the process by which frontline staff receive inbound passengers arriving at the Francisco C. Ada/Saipan International Airport and transporting them to the quarantine facility at Pacific Islands Club.

(Press Release) — Dandan Middle School will hold its annual Promotion Ceremony on Tuesday, June 9, 2020 at 9 a.m. on the DMS Facebook page. 

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

(Press Release) — In the midst of the Covid-19 crisis, the Latte Training Academy Inc. and industry partner, InteliSecure, Inc. have launched the first cybersecurity operations center in Saipan.

ASAN, Guam (Commander, Joint Region Marianas-Public Affairs Office) — The U.S. Navy has completed a Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement/Overseas Environmental Impact Statement or EIS/OEIS to assess the potential environmental impacts associated with ongoing at-sea and Farallon de Medinilla military training and testing activities within the Mariana Islands Training and Testing or MITT EIS/OEIS Study Area.

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

MOBIL Oil Marianas and Shell Marianas raised their gasoline prices last week by 15 cents a gallon and the price of diesel by 10 cents a gallon.

NORTHERN Marianas College last week conferred 229 degrees to this year’s 218 graduates — one of the largest classes in NMC history, according to NMC Interim President Frankie Eliptico. 

DOCTOR Rita H. Inos Jr.-Sr. High School Class of 2020 held a motorcade in Songsong on Friday afternoon before proceeding to the campus for the graduation ceremony.

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

MARIANAS Visitors Authority Board Chairwoman Marian Aldan-Pierce said the Department of Public Lands should look into the ongoing problem with cow manure in Marpi, one of the main tourist destinations of the island.

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

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

(Office of the Governor) — The Governor’s Covid-19 Task Force and the Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation would like to inform the public that one additional person has been recently confirmed to have contracted Covid-19, bringing CNMI’s current case count to 27 since March 28, 2020. As of June 7, 2020, there have been 19 recoveries, two deaths and six active cases.

(Office of the CNMI Congressional Delegate) — The 362 businesses and nonprofits in the Marianas that have been approved for Paycheck Protection Program loans will have more flexibility in use of the money under terms of legislation Congress has now sent to the President to sign into law. The House bill, H.R. 7010, passed the Senate on a voice vote Wednesday night, U.S. Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan said, after earlier attempts by Republican Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin to block the bill. In the House the vote was almost unanimous, 417 to 1.

DESPITE the defendant guaranteeing a proposed lien on its leasehold interests, the federal court on Thursday denied the motion of Imperial Pacific International for stay pending appeal in the lawsuit of Pacific Rim Land Development LLC, which sued the casino investor for breach of contract and promissory note.

THE House Committee on Gaming and the Senate Committee on Cannabis & Gaming held a joint meeting on Thursday afternoon with Commonwealth Casino Commission officials to discuss, among other things, the financial condition of Imperial Pacific International.

HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — A police officer with the Port Police Division of the Port Authority of Guam, who is also sought out as a local traditional healer, has been arrested by Guam Police Department officers after he was accused of sexually assaulting three women.

(NMC) —  The Northern Marianas College ROTC Program is proud to announce that three of its cadets have earned about $30,000 in scholarships each to continue pursuit of their bachelor’s degrees at the University of Guam.

(Commonwealth Cancer Association) — Sunday, June 7, 2020, marks the 9th annual CNMI Cancer Survivors Day Celebration of Life — the day set aside each year to recognize cancer survivors, raise awareness of the ongoing challenges cancer survivors face because of their disease, and celebrate life.

(Office of the Governor) — Over 30 CNMI government employees from executive line departments and agencies took part in a two-day grant writing workshop facilitated by the CNMI Office of Grants Management or OGM under the Office of the Governor at the Gov. Pedro P. Tenorio Multi-Purpose Center from May 28 to 29, 2020.

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

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

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

AS of Wednesday, 42 establishments had been certified for dine-in service, the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. said during the Saipan Chamber of Commerce online general membership meeting.

DURING a live interview on KKMP radio Tuesday morning, Gov. Ralph DLG Torres announced that Department of Community and Cultural Affairs Secretary Robert Hunter will be his new senior policy advisor.

WITH confirmed Covid-19 cases well below what was initially projected for the CNMI, work resumes to prepare for the worst, and this includes the alternate care site at Kanoa Resort.

(BECQ) — The Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality announce that it will provide additional enforcement of the CNMI Litter Control Law during the Covid-19 pandemic and will impose penalties on violators as provided under the law.

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

(Commonwealth     Utilities    Corp.) — There will   be scheduled    power interruptions on the following dates, times and locations:

SAN FRANCISCO (Press Release) —  Preliminary judging has been completed in the 2020 Ninth Circuit Civics Contest for high school students in the western United States, Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands.

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

(MVA) — For the third straight year, Teteto Beach on Rota was selected as the No. 1 Readers’ Choice Best Beach Overseas at the Dive and Travel Awards of the annual Marine Diving Fair in Japan.

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

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

IMPERIAL Pacific International Holdings, the parent company of IPI (CNMI) LLC, has committed to provide financing to its subsidiary on Saipan, according to Michael Dotts who has been contracted by the casino operator as interim general counsel.

(Governor’s Covid-19 Task Force/CHCC) — The Governor’s Covid-19 Task Force and the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. would like to inform the public that one additional person has been confirmed to have contracted Covid-19.

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

THE Senate Committee on Health, Education, and Welfare convened on Tuesday morning to discuss several bills, including three centered on mental health and authored by the committee vice chairman, Sen. Sixto K. Igisomar.

(Governor’s Covid-19 Task Force/CHCC) — On Monday, June 1, 2020, in response to Gov. Ralph DLG Torres’s latest amendment to the CNMI Emergency Directives of 2020, the Bureau of Environmental Health of the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. inspected and granted certification of compliance guidance for restaurants looking to offer dine-in services.

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

DURING the governor’s online press briefing on Monday morning, his authorized representative, or GAR, Patrick Guerrero, provided updates on the alternate care site facility at Kanoa Resort, federal funding in the ongoing fight against Covid-19, and related topics.

FOX Financial LLC is suing Forson Holdings (CNMI) LLC and Imperial Pacific International in federal court over the nonpayment of a sublease involving a 21-unit apartment complex on Navy Hill.

(Press Release) — The CNMI Scholarship Office, or CSO, with the support of Gov. Ralph DLG Torres, Lt. Gov.  Arnold I. Palacios, and its board of directors, announce that it is now open for full services from Monday to Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., excluding holidays and austerity Fridays.

(Press Release) — The Division of Fish and Wildlife will resume assessing a $3 per head user fee for all nonresident users of the Smiling Cove transient dock beginning July 1, 2020.

(Press Release) —  BankGuam Holding Company announced that its board of directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.10 per share for the holders of its common stock and a dividend payment to the holders of the company’s 5.5% Fixed Rate/Floating Rate Noncumulative Preferred Stock, Series A, at its board’s regular meeting held on Tuesday, May 26, 2020.