“I AM always looking for the latest or more effective ways to train my clients so they’ll stay motivated,” Gold's Gym personal trainer Jerry Diaz said.
AS the executive officer of the CNMI Office of Veterans Affairs, I felt obligated to respond to a social media post on the Veterans Cemetery that appeared on the Facebook page of U.S. Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan on June 26, 2020, and that was highly misinformed.
(Triple J) — After almost 25 years of serving the CNMI community, Tony Roma’s and Capricciosa will be closing their doors at the Comete Center in Garapan this month, July 2020.
“For every Chamorro and Carolinian family, the invasion was a harrowing experience. Apart from the danger, they soon ran out of food and water, and their clothing was shredded to rags; they were in wretched condition when they finally reached the safety of internment camps.”
— “Saipan: The Ethnology of a War-Devastated Island,” by Dr. Alexander Spoehr
IT was reported on May 25, 2020 that Superior Court Judge Joseph N. Camacho found against me in Pangelinan v. Pangelinan, Civ. Action No. 17-0067, to have committed the “tort of abuse of process of an estate [case]” and the “tort of intentional interference with another’s performance of their own contract by tortuously [sic] interfering in the contractual relations between plaintiffs and Peak Development (CNMI) LLC,” without any specific finding of resulting damages not proven at trial.
“TO be a soccer coach you have to learn a lot about soccer,” said former NMI national coach Koo Luam Khen during episode 7 of “Footcast with Norman Del Rosario.” Koo Luam Khen and fellow coaches Taketomo Suzuki and Angie Ito shared their experiences and offered advice to aspiring soccer coaches in the NMI.
GOVERNOR Ralph DLG Torres told a U.S. Senate committee that despite the grave challenges faced by the CNMI, “we will overcome [them] and I pray that our people will remain strong, resilient, and healthy throughout these trials.”
THE conference was called “Planning for the CNMI’s Economic Future,” and it was held at the Hyatt on March 18-19, 1999 in response to what was then the most serious economic downturn that the islands had to face since the early years of the Commonwealth. Among the speakers/presenters were U.S. economist consultants, economic professors and business executives.
WASHINGTON/MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) — Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of U.S. cities on Tuesday for an eighth consecutive night of protests over the death of a black man in police custody, clashing with police and looting stores in New York City.
FOR those Seabees now on Tinian who may have read about the CNMI Legislative Resolution castigating the United States military, please be assured that the majority of us on Tinian, especially we veterans, do not agree with the content or intent of the resolution.
TO help promote the sport on island, the Northern Marianas Badminton Association on Tuesday conducted its first clinic of the year at the TSL Sports Complex.
FOR Joe Biden, the immortal words of baseball pitcher and all-purpose sage Satchel Paige apply right now: “Don’t look back. Something might be gaining on you.”
DUE to electrical issues at Power Plant 1, a power outage affected many villages on island Thursday from around 11 a.m. to around 6 p.m.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Press Release) — Natural Resources Chair Raúl M. Grijalva and 12 bipartisan members of Congress sent a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, urging him to consider the vulnerable economic and public health infrastructure in the U.S. Territories when determining criteria for prioritizing the distribution of coronavirus resources.
I ADMIRE and salute Gov. Ralph DLG Torres for all the policies and regulations he has implemented during the Covid-19 pandemic crisis.
NEWCOMER Nathan Camacho has finally earned a seat with the rest of the aces after topping the Amigos Golf Club May tournament at the Kingfisher Golf Resort.
THIS week, the Supreme Court struck down a Montana constitutional provision barring religious schools from benefiting from the state’s tax dollars.
THE virtual celebration of Liberation Day on the Fourth of July, Saturday, will be highlighted by local performances and simultaneous motorcades on Saipan, Rota and Tinian and concluded with “virtual fireworks,” lead organizer Gary Sword of KKMP radio said.
ALTHOUGH Faythe, I and other family members of Richard Jones are thousands of miles away and travel is so restricted even for those on Guam, we will all be there in spirit to comfort and support our family and friends in celebrating the life that Richard lived.
MOUNT Carmel School Class of 2020 graduate Chioni Dela Cruz wants to play basketball in college.
HOW America’s political class must pine for the halcyon days of just a few weeks ago, when only statues of Confederate generals (and the occasional Christopher Columbus) had to fear being pulled down or defaced.
IN many countries around the world, there appears light at the end of the Covid-19 tunnel. Curves are flattening, new cases are levelling off or dropping, and videoconferencing is at an all-time high.
I GREW up mostly in South Avondale, Cincinnati, Ohio. I was in the Army on leave before doing a 2nd tour of duty in the Republic of Vietnam when civil unrest came to South Avondale.
(NMSA) — Northern Marianas Sports Association is pleased to announce the appointment of Carline Sablan as its executive director.
PROTESTERS say America’s criminal justice system is unfair.
FOR breaking the glass doors of the governor’s office on Capital Hill a homeless man was charged with disturbing the peace and criminal mischief.
LOCAL resident Mengrang Haruo says she is very grateful to the FEMA volunteers — men and women — who came to her house to fix her windows which were destroyed by Typhoon Yutu in Oct. 2018.
IN today's world we all know someone in this small tight knit community facing and dealing with a life threatening medical condition such as cancer, heart disease or any number of others.
IN the past, soccer and other sports were usually dominated by men, but this is no longer true today as pointed out by Koo Luam Khen, Taketomo Suzuki and Angie Ito in episode 7 of “Footcast with Norman Del Rosario” on Saturday.
“THERE is a positive relationship between the amount of governmental interference in an economic arena, and the abuse and invective heaped upon the businessmen serving that arena.”
THE funds seized by the U.S. Marshals from Imperial Pacific International should be “released” to Pacific Rim Land Development LLC, which has sued IPI for failing to pay the contractor.
DOES anyone remember Typhoon Soudelor and how all the federal monies could not seem to be accounted for?
TOWARD the end of episode one of the NMI Tennis Podcast, Saipan-born professional tennis player Colin Sinclair acknowledged the support he receives from family and friends.
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!
THE CNMI Office of the Attorney General said the federal court “should not inject itself in the dispute between the [Commonwealth] government” and the Public School System.
PUBLIC school education is clearly the bailiwick of Education Commissioner Alfred Ada.
(Press Release) — Gold's Gym Saipan in partnership with PHI Pharmacy, Michelob Ultra, and Brabu Pharmacy & Wellness Center offer a huge congratulations to the participants in the 2020 Gold's Gym Saipan Challenge.
A RECENT Wall Street Journal editorial drew attention to the source of the moral denunciation that now dominates journalism: namely, “dogmas that began in the universities.”
LIEUTENANT Gov. Arnold I. Palacios on Wednesday submitted to the Legislature a revised fiscal year 2021 budget in the amount of $82,656,813 after suspending “certain earmarks.”
GOLD'S Gym personal trainer Jerry Diaz usually inquires about his client’s fitness goals first. Then he draws up a plan to help his client achieve them.
AMERICAN technology companies are unsurprisingly among the biggest critics of President Trump's decision on Monday to freeze new work visas, including those used by many tech workers and their families, through the end of the year. "This is a full-frontal attack on American innovation and our nation's ability to benefit from attracting talent from around the world,” said the head of a pro-immigration group funded by Silicon Valley.
NORTHERN Marianas Technical Institute Chief Executive Officer Agnes McPhetres said NMTI students should get more help from the Saipan Higher Education Financial Assistance program.
FIRST… Kudos to the governor and his Covid-19 task force for a job well done. To say that I do not always agree with the governor would be an understatement, but a job well done is a job well done.
TO conclude episode one of the NMI Tennis Podcast, Colin Sinclair shared his off-season experience during the global lockdown of Covid-19.
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.
THE Commonwealth Ports Authority spent a total of $28,217 for the emergency procurement of a thermal scanner as part of the CPA Covid-19 mitigation plan.
TO Ms Laila Y. Boyer:
It was with great sadness that I learned of the passing of your father, Abed E. Younis. On behalf of all the Palauan people throughout the Pacific region, please accept my sincerest condolences.
(MCS) — Mount Carmel School recognizes 2015 AlumKnight Enrico Del Rosario as he continues to excel as a student-athlete at Northern Kentucky University.
IN his 2005 book “The World Is Flat,” Thomas Friedman laid out his now-famous “Dell Theory of Conflict Prevention,” which states that two nations that are both part of a major global supply chain — like that of Dell Technologies — won’t go to war with each other.
NMI Museum director Danny Aquino is requesting a $750,000 allocation from the Saipan and Northern Islands Legislative Delegation to repair the Japanese-era jail and bunker in Garapan.
I HAVE enjoyed reading recent accounts of the establishment of Saipan's first newspaper. The best factual and historical account was the letter from Floyd Takeuchi in Hawaii which mentioned the Marianas Star that I started in 1970. Now I would like to expand his account a bit because starting a newspaper in those days was no easy task.
NOT many CNMI athletes have pursued a path in the highly competitive world of U.S. collegiate basketball, but that did not stop Warren Ellama, a graduate of Mount Carmel School, from achieving his dream.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Office of the CNMI Congressional Delegate) — The U.S. House of Representatives passed a sweeping infrastructure bill today, including an amendment by Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan that locks in a major increase in funding for water projects in the insular areas and about $90 million for Marianas school facilities over the next 5 years.
RICHARD Gramlich aka “The Man,” “ The PAO,” surf on brother!
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.
I HAVE a great idea for a university.
(Office of the Governor) — The Substance Abuse, Addiction, and Rehabilitation or SAAR Program under the Office of the Governor is pleased to announce that the HOPE Recovery Center will resume services on Monday, July 6, 2020.
MY thoughts on the Coronavirus or Covid 19 pandemic? It is just starting. We have not reached its peak yet. Take a look all around you. Take a look at what is happening to the world. It is just a matter of time until the next wave occurs. And the next. And the next. Unless we find the antidote.
(Office of the Attorney General, Saipan) — Attorney General Edward Manibusan joins a bipartisan group of attorneys generals urging the U.S. Senate to pass S. 2563, the Improving Laundering Laws and Increasing Comprehensive Information Tracking of Criminal Activity in Shell Holdings or ILLICIT CASH Act.
THE passing of Marianas Variety's founding publisher, Abed E. Younis, really caught me by surprise and I was totally lost for words as I had to take time to reflect on what to say about one of the Marianas’ GREAT founding fathers.
(GMS) — On June 15, Green Meadow School kicked off its summer classes.
ON a busy Monday morning in January 1972, I was visited by a young Arab-Israeli man by the named of Abed Younis in my Micronesian Congressional Office in Chalan Kanoa. I welcomed Abed into my office and was profoundly pleased to meet such a man with a broad and happy smile and an outstretched arm in friendship. He greeted me with “Hafa Adai yan todo mauleg” in impeccable Chamorro. I offered him coffee, but he said that he was a tea man. Then he started to give me a biography of my life: college and law school education in Washington, D.C and my experience with the Trust Territory government as an assistant attorney general and now the junior senator for the Mariana Islands in the Congress of Micronesia. I asked him if he was writing a biography of me, and he immediately informed me he wanted to ask me a question on how he could permanently reside on Saipan. I looked at him and told him simply that the only option he had was to find and marry a Micronesian woman. A few months later, Abed took my advice to heart and he married a beautiful and loving young lady from Saipan who happened to be a relative of mine, Maria Paz Tudela Castro.
SAN FRANCISCO (U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit) — Young people from California and Nevada have been selected the winners of the 2020 Ninth Circuit Civics Contest, an educational outreach effort to high school students sponsored by the United States Courts for the Ninth Circuit.
IT was sad to learn that my good friend Abed Younis recently passed away. The two of us used to have a weekly lunch a few years ago. We would talk about local politics, about the state of education in the CNMI, and about other subjects and events in the Northern Marianas.
(MVA) — The Marianas offers a breath of fresh air for cautious travelers looking to experience nature and open spaces after months of confinement due to Covid-19.
I WAS deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Abed Younis. In an era when we’ve cheapened the noun “Hero” through overuse, Younis (as nearly everyone called him) was a true if unlikely media hero, one of the founding fathers of contemporary journalism in the Western Pacific.
(MVA) — YouTube series “Deer Meat for Dinner” has premiered its latest series of episodes filmed in the Marianas, bringing exposure of the islands to a new demographic of potential visitors.
IT is with solemn sadness that we express our deepest condolences to the family of a man whose name is immediately associated with the most widely read newspaper in the Northern Marianas, Guam, and all over Micronesia. We mourn with the rest of the Marianas on the passing of Mr. Abed E. Younis, who brought the profession of journalism and news reporting to a new level by constantly improving Marianas Variety, a local newspaper that has informed and entertained the people of the Northern Marianas for over 48 years.
(WASHINGTON) – U.S. Department of the Interior Assistant Secretary, Insular and International Affairs, Douglas W. Domenech today announced $1,626,225 in Coral Reef Initiative and Natural Resources program funding from the Office of Insular Affairs to protect coral reefs, conduct clean-up and restoration activities, and combat invasive species through a variety of projects across the U.S. territories and the freely associated states.
IT has been a very long time since I have felt compelled to write to the editor of Variety.
THERE is a recurring puzzle in the history of the environmental movement: Why do green activists keep promoting policies that are harmful not only to humans but also to the environment?
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.
A HOLLOW-BLOCK manufacturing and commercial space rental company has filed a complaint against Forson Holdings (CNMI) LLC in federal court for non-payment of rent.
"WE join the Marianas in mourning the passing of an icon and innovator in the Pacific, Abed E. Younis.
MARIANAS Variety's founding publisher, Abed E. Younis, passed away Saturday morning, April 18, peacefully at home, from natural causes, surrounded by his family. He was 83.
EDUCATION Commissioner Dr. Alfred Ada on Tuesday asked the Board of Education to amend some of its policies so that the Public School System can implement hybrid, remote and onsite learning when its schools reopen on Sept. 8.
THE Public School System, Northern Marianas College and private schools are working with the Governor’s Covid-19 Task Force in implementing guidelines to safely accommodate students and minimize risk in schools.
(Office of the Governor) — To date, the CNMI Department of Labor has received nearly 5,000 applications for the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance and Federal Unemployment Compensation programs.
(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.
(NMC) — Northern Marianas College is accepting applications for a Master of Education Degree with a concentration in International Teaching from Framingham State University.
“TAKING vitamin D supplements may help prevent a potentially serious side effect of a revolutionary form of anti-cancer therapy,” according to CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society.
WHEN I tell people that I work at the Foundation for Economic Education, they sometimes ask: “What economic ideas should people understand?”
(Press Release) — BECQ has observed an increasing amount of trash and debris on remote beach sites and beaches located on the east side of the island.
(Press Release) — Following a recent disruption to wireless, internet and landline services caused by cable cuts in Kagman during road construction, IT&E reminds contractors, construction companies, government agencies and residents to call before digging for any type of construction or renovation.
(Press Release) — Beginning on May 26, 2020, the Settlement Fund office will resume normal office hours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, except for holidays.