“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

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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.  

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“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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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(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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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(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.

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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.

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“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.

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(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.

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(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. 

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