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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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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(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.

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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.

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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. 

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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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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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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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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.

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(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.

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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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JAPAN’S Covid “State of Emergency” is now officially over. Tokyo, the last of Japan’s 47 prefectures to be officially released from restrictions, was declared safe(ish) recently, meaning its cautious three-step program of reopening all commercial premises and entertainment venues can begin.

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(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.

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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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(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.

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(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.

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DEAR grads, lockdown class of 2020: Switch off “Animal Crossing,” wrap up that episode of “The Masked Singer,” pause practicing your TikTok “Renegade” dance, finish ironically chugging your Corona beer, and listen up — Karens, Beckys and Chads, too.

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(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.

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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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(Press Release) — Due to the continuing health and safety concerns associated with Covid-19 and pursuant to Supreme Court Order No. 2020-ADM-0010-MSC or Covid Order No. 3, judiciary courthouses and facilities will be open on a limited basis from Monday, May 11, 2020 to Wednesday, July 1, 2020. 

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