HAGÅTÑA — To be completely honest, I try very hard on a daily basis to shake my cynicisms, therefore I am constantly on the lookout for good, heart warming news. Alas, there is no such thing; one is hard-pressed to find a regular dose of warm and fuzzy at the moment.
THAT'S her local as well as her on-line nickname. Liang-Rose. She liked that nickname. Liang-Rose, my wife. Whenever she would send me an e-mail from California, it's Lian-Rose. Her real name was Rosalia Tenorio Sablan. And even on Facebook, she would write to me, or to her friends, about her likes and dislikes. It was still Liang-Rose. She would write about her views on life as she experienced it. She would write about our kids and the “grands” and how she loved them. They were the joy and happiness in her life. She would write to them and would ask them “how are they doing.” Her visiting them is like visiting “Camelot.” It was a joy seeing them.
WHETHER you’re an athlete or a fitness enthusiast, in order to achieve a desired goal and break through limitations, you must experience pain.
HAGÅTÑA (JIC) — The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s 42nd Covid-19-related fatality occurred at the Guam Memorial Hospital at approximately 1:25 a.m. Saturday morning. The patient was an 83-year-old female with underlying health conditions that were compounded by Covid-19. She was admitted to GMH on August 28 and was a known Covid-19 case.
I HAVE a dream that in my lifetime, Guam and the CNMI will unite to become One Marianas. Our region has such a unique history. The indigenous people of the Mariana Islands were significantly impacted by colonialism and globalization, the effects of which are still prevalent in today’s Mariana Islands society.
PALIKIR, Pohnpei (FSM Information Services) — The 21st Congress of the Federated States of Micronesia began its fifth regular session on Sept. 14, 2020.
JOHN Sablan displayed excellent control with his swing throughout the Laolao Bay Golf & Resort East Course en route to winning the Marianas Golf Association's September Ace of the Month Tournament on Sunday.
HARMON, Guam (FSM Information Services) — On Sept. 25, 2020, the consulate of the Federated States of Micronesia in the U.S. Territory of Guam announced that, despite the Government of Guam’s recent laxation on some components of its lockdown, it will be moving towards providing all citizen services remotely.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — The United States set a record for coronavirus cases on Saturday, with more than 5 million people now infected, according to a Reuters tally, as the country’s top infectious diseases official offered hope earlier this week that an effective vaccine might be available by year-end.
I THINK back of the years you would sail to Saipan which brings precious memories for our Carolinian community who prepared for a feast to celebrate your arrival.
EVERY year the CNMI holds a Labor Day Softball Tournament on the mainland U.S. It did not take place this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic so baseball/softball player Nathan Camacho decided to share with the Variety his experience in the 2019 event.
IN 1976, the NMI was still one of the six districts of the Trust Territory government which was administered by the U.S. But the Northern Marianas’ Covenant with the U.S. had already been enacted into law by the federal government, and the NMI’s transition to Commonwealth status was already in motion.
THE administration on Thursday said as the “Covid-19 pandemic continues to negatively affect the United States and severely impacted state and territorial economies, Senate Democrats last week blocked the Republican coronavirus relief bill that would have provided additional assistance for residents, businesses, and state governments.”
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.
I WANT to thank Mr. Don Farrell for writing his letter to the editor, published Sept. 11, 2020 in Marianas Variety, in which he urged CNMI voters to ignore election-year slander.
MELVIN Cepeda is into the extreme sport of motocross — like his three daughters.
RECENTLY, the Democratic Party of the Northern Mariana Islands honored the Founding Fathers of the Commonwealth with a commemorative resolution “for their monumental contribution and unselfish dedication to improving the quality of life for the people of the CNMI.”
HAGÅTÑA (JIC) — The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s thirty-ninth Covid-19-related fatality occurred at the Guam Memorial Hospital at approximately 8:40 p.m. Thursday night. He was transferred to GMH after testing positive upon admission to Guam Regional Medical City on August 28. The patient was a 66-year-old male with underlying health conditions that were compounded by Covid-19.
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.
WE believe you. We are standing with you. We understand that recent news and the following reactions of the community have re-traumatized you. In the past few days, you have been questioned, judged, and silenced in ways that have been damaging to your healing and sense of self.
(NMSA) — The Northern Marianas Sports Association took one big step toward working on a systematic and collective vision for CNMI sports.
THIS is an Economics 400 (senior) course level work on Economics & Election Politics which is really all about turning the tide from the previous adversities of a society into prosperity which was the most challenging part of my senior course work in Economics.
U.S. Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan on Thursday said he asked Gov. Ralph DLG Torres not to cut food aid for families on October 1.
FOR the sake of Edwin Propst, his family and the thousands of voters who have supported him since his first election, let me cast a little historical background on election-year slander politics in the Marianas.
THE Badminton World Federation, through Badminton Oceania, provided the Northern Marianas Badminton Association with 96 AirShuttles for AirBadminton as well as rackets, plastic shuttlecocks and nets.
HAGÅTÑA — Thirteen-year-old Susan came to the nurse’s office and handed me a note from her teacher. Susan had been sleeping in class.
WITH only five days left in the fiscal year, the Senate may hold an emergency session on Saturday to act on FY 2021 budget, which also has to be approved by the House of Representatives and reviewed by the governor before he acts on it.
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.
SINCE the pandemic started the world has been upside down.
CNMI soccer team player Thaiphi Austria saw action in his very first U.S. collegiate preseason game for Indiana’s Trine University against Huntington University. Trine won, 3-2.
HAFA Adai and Tirow People of Saipan!
IN a letter to Rep. Joseph Leepan T. Guerrero on Thursday, NMI Settlement Fund Administrator Lillian Pangelinan disputed several items mentioned in a resolution the lawmaker introduced earlier this week.
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.
SO IPI is asking to renew its casino license.
(Office of the Governor) — Gov. Ralph DLG Torres and Lt. Gov. Arnold I. Palacios announce that the Department of Community and Cultural Affairs has been working closely with the Marianas Racing Association or MRA to recreate a motocross park for the CNMI.
HAGÅTÑA— Do you have to be as ancient as me to warm to those memories of the old family gatherings?
GOVERNOR Ralph DLG Torres and Lt. Gov. Arnold I. Palacios are focused on the people of the Marianas, and this can be seen in the islands’ preventive measures against the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Kan Pacific race track, Sept. 13, 2020
Photos by James F. Sablan Jr.
HAGÅTÑA—I have found that around here, and probably everywhere else, people divide into two very distinct groups this time of the year: those who mourn the passing of summer, and those who dance as it bids adieu. I, myself, have never shed a single tear during these days.
IMPERIAL Pacific International is asking the CNMI Lottery Commission to allow IPI to pay the casino license fee for 2021 by installments.
OWN who you are.
YI Su Jeong bested nine other players on Saturday, Sept. 12, at the Kingfisher Golf Links to win the September Ace of the Month tournament of the CNMI Women's Golf Association.
DENVER (AP) — Whether people who live in territories controlled by the U.S. automatically become citizens under a constitutional amendment that secured citizenship for freed slaves was a major focus of arguments Wednesday in a federal appeals court in Denver in a case seeking citizenship rights for residents of American Samoa.
IN response to the news article “More Community Members Stand in Solidarity with Black Lives Matter Movement,” I wholeheartedly agree with our community’s response to it.
JUANPAN T. Guerrero topped the Saipan Golfers Association’s April Ace of the Month Tournament held on Sept. 6 at the Kingfisher Golf Links.
HAGÅTÑA — If everybody you met was asked to give you a rating from 1-10, 10 being best, how do you think you’d score?
DISTRICT Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona has denied the request of Imperial Pacific International LLC to suspend court proceedings in the lawsuit filed by seven workers over labor complaints.
I WANT to commend the Covid-19 Task Force and all of the personnel associated with the testing of travelers that are arriving daily and at airport as well as those operating the quarantine facilities at the Kanoa Resort.
WITH the Marianas Racing Association working to revive off-road motorcycle racing on island, Keone Macaranas said it’s like a dream come true.
HAGÅTÑA — There is overwhelming evidence from over 30 years of research that students whose parents are actively involved in their learning perform better academically. Furthermore, they have better attendance rates, more positive attitudes toward school and fewer discipline problems, higher graduation rates and greater enrollment in college, and become more responsible adults.
PRECINCT 3 Republican candidates — Speaker Blas Jonathan Attao, Reps. Ivan Blanco, Jose Itibus, Marco Peter, and Ralph Yumul — were on KKMP radio Wednesday to discuss their accomplishments and vision for the precinct.
RECENTLY I and Saipan were the subject of a hatchet piece penned by a Chinese author writing under an alias.
FOR the third consecutive week, the Marianas Racing Association hosted exhibition races at Kan Pacific in Marpi as part of its ongoing efforts to revive motocross on island.
HAGÅTÑA — Where do we as individual citizens (taxpayers and voters) draw the line between what an elected government believes is best for our health and safety? Where do we, as individuals, say the government has crossed the line by overly restricting our freedoms?
A GLOBAL pandemic will not stop newly crowned 2020 Miss Northern Marianas Earth Maria Lael Terlaje from pursuing her advocacy.
I HOPE all of us, including our leaders, go to church every Sunday to hear the Good News from our deacons and priests, and partake of the Body of Christ.
A HEALTHY lifestyle requires awareness and balance, Gold's Gym personal trainer Jerry Diaz said.
HAGÅTÑA — The word for the rest of my 2020 is “downsizing.”
DENIS Uvarov, a Russian Federation citizen, has asked the federal court to intervene in a labor complaint he filed, but was dismissed by the CNMI Department of Labor.
AS the CNMI House of Representatives has formed a special committee to take a closer look at the Governor’s financial expenditures, I could not help but look at the ascension possibilities if he is immediately removed from office.
THE American Memorial Park tennis courts, which shut down in April due to the Covid-19 pandemic, have finally reopened.
WHAT is the Quad?
USA Fanter Corporation has asked the federal court to grant its summary judgement motion and enter a final judgement order in the amount of $2,089,345.28 against Imperial Pacific International LLC, which USA Fanter sued for breach of contract.
FIRST and foremost leave AMP alone.
JOE Tudela scored a net total of 132 to win the Amigos Golf Club’s September Ace of the Month tournament at the Kingfisher Golf Links.
HAGÅTÑA — It has been said that “our last mistake is our best teacher.”
THE Northern Marianas Technical Institute is still waiting for the Governor’s Covid-19 Task Force second inspection and approval before it can reopen.
IB SY 2020-2021 Northern Marianas International School will be seven years old.
REPRESENTATIVE Edmund Villagomez on Tuesday introduced a resolution honoring the life and legacy of Lydia Duenas Igitol.
IT is time to stop the anti-American resolutions from the Legislature concerning military developments in the Northern Islands.
MARIANAS Apnea Spearfishing Club or MASC president JR Brel topped the recently held Mamulan Cup 2020 with a 54-inch, 59-pound catch, but there were other highlights in the monthlong tournament.
(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.
AS an Asian-American student who has observed many incidents of racism in many different communities, I am writing to you to show great appreciation for the editorial you have written regarding racism. (“Variations: Racism in the NMI,” June 19, 2020)
MARIANAS Apnea Spearfishing Club or MASC president JR Brel earned the title of “Mamulan King” after spearing a 59-pound giant trevally in the MASC Mamulan Cup 2020, which started Aug. 7 and ended on Aug. 31.
HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — Two people were charged separately Wednesday in the Superior Court of Guam with illegal drug possession.
AS Gov. Ralph DLG Torres has placed tourism at the forefront of his agenda for economic revival, I figured I would contribute to the endeavor by means of a marketing slogan.
A FITNESS program must include a day of rest and low-intensity exercises, Gold's Gym personal trainer Jerry Diaz said.
HAGÅTÑA (JIC) —The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s 38th Covid-19-related fatality occurred at the Guam Memorial Hospital at approximately 6:55 a.m., Thursday. The patient was a 76-year-old female with underlying health conditions that were compounded by Covid-19. She was transferred to GMH on September 18 after testing positive for SARS-CoV-2 at Guam Regional Medical City.
BUE'NAS Para Todo Eti'ampu.
BEFORE the pandemic suspended all sports events, Jung Eun Taek claimed the title of Saipan Golf Association Ace of the Month at the tournament in February.
I AM writing to express my opinion regarding your June 19, 2020, Variations, “Racism in the NMI.”
NOT every athlete comes out always victorious in the end, but for Traven Quitugua, a sprinter, it is the experience of losing the battle that fuels his passion and empowers him to get back up and do better the next time around.
THE homily many heard a few weeks ago at the cathedral mentioned Mathew 11: 25-30:
THANK you Harry Blalock for a splendid search for our brother who was swept out to sea last Sunday.
(NMIFA) — The Northern Mariana Islands Football Association marked the start of its five-year commitment to implement improvement projects and activities in Koblerville with a cleanup drive on Saturday.
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.
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.
(Office of the CNMI Congressional Delegate) — Apprenticeship programs in the Marianas would receive new funding under terms of legislation introduced by U.S. Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan on Monday.
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.
I ADMIRE and salute Gov. Ralph DLG Torres for all the policies and regulations he has implemented during the Covid-19 pandemic crisis.
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.
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.