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THE article on the Democrats and the rebirth of our two-party system reminded me of April 23rd 2019 when I wrote the first Epitaph signaling the death of our Democracy that has been resurrected thanks mostly to the former Independents who joined the Democrats putting the CNMI first over their personal intentions — KUDOS and THANKS!  I really knew after the 2018 elections that our Democracy was literally dead and that the very life of our Democracy depended upon the then Independents which is why I put so much public pressure on them for nearly two years to join the Democrat Party. I’m hopeful all of them can now understand why I was so persistent and will truly appreciate the fruits of my labor.

(Reuters) — A federal appeals court on Friday rejected an attempt by President Donald Trump’s campaign to block President-elect Joe Biden from being declared the winner of Pennsylvania, dealing another significant setback to Trump’s bid to overturn the Nov. 3 election.

(JKPL) — The Joeten-Kiyu Public Library will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 26, in celebration of Thanksgiving, and on Friday, Nov. 27,  as per the governor’s memo dated Nov. 24,  “authorizing non-critical employees of the Commonwealth’s departments and agencies to take administrative leave at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020 and for all of Friday, Nov. 27, 2020.”

(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. 

I AGREE that retirees should have “a voice” in Retirement Issues but more importantly retirees need “a face with TEETH” to make things happen just as the Marijuana Laws speak loud and say a lot but very little is happening to build a Cannabis Tourism & Hemp Industries. 

AS many may know I just received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Northern Marianas Humanities Council and while some may think this about bragging or promoting Ambrose, it is really about trying to help “teachers, students and the CNMI” in becoming an even better place to live and attend school.

IMPERIAL Pacific International on Monday said it paid DR Safety $130,000 to oversee the construction of the casino and hotel tower in Garapan, and submit the required documents to the Department of Public Works.

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

(Press Release) — This week, the judiciary will have limited business hours due to the annual professional development and employee recognition series on Saipan, and the Thanksgiving holiday.

HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) —  The University of Guam estimates it could take two weeks before its computer network can be fully restored following a malware attack and an attempt to get a ransom.

HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — While the path isn't all too clear, Lt. Gov. Joshua Tenorio said he and the governor are in support of pursuing a mandatory trash collection policy with the Guam Legislature.

MANILA (AP) — U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration provided precision-guided missiles and other weapons to help the Philippines battle Islamic State group-aligned militants and renewed a pledge to defend its treaty ally if it comes under attack in the disputed South China Sea.

ONE additional individual has been confirmed positive for Covid-19. This brings our CNMI total to 106 cases since March 28, 2020. The individual was identified by travel screening and confirmed diagnosis through testing upon arrival. More details to follow.

GENERAL Election Day is November 3, 2020, and for the first time in decades, we have a two-party system offering real choices for the people of the Northern Marianas.

(DPS) — At 3 p.m., Monday, Nov. 30, 2020, search teams confirmed that the two fishermen reported missing on Friday have been found west of Saipan and Tinian. Both are alive and in good health. More information will follow from the search and rescue teams once available.

WASHINGTON/WILMINGTON, Del. (Reuters) —  After weeks of defiance, President Donald Trump on Monday allowed officials to proceed with a transition to President-elect Joe Biden, giving his Democratic rival access to briefings and funding even as he vowed to persist with efforts to fight the election results.

(SCC) — The Saipan Chamber of Commerce has joined with the CNMI Department of Commerce and their partner LocalGov for a step-by-step, online session to explain how to file your CNMI BGRT, Hotel Occupancy Tax, and Bar Tax online.

WE are at the cusp of a new wave of democratic change in the 2020 CNMI midterm elections rooted in growing public discontent in the Governor (and his Administration) and the Legislature.

(DPS) — On Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020, the Department of Public Safety, with the assistance of the U.S. Coast Guard, continued the search for the two fishermen who were reported missing on Friday.

(Press Release) — In the spirit of Thanksgiving, E-Land Group, the parent company of Kensington Hotel Saipan and Pacific Islands Club Saipan, donated 10 whole turkeys to the Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services as a token of appreciation for its service.

THE Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. and the Governor’s Covid-19 Task Force on Saturday reported that another individual had been confirmed positive for Covid-19, raising the CNMI’s total to 105 cases since March 28, 2020.

(Press Release) —  American Memorial Park management would like to inform the public that there will be temporary closures to the Micro Beach parking lot loop and the tennis court parking lot area between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Nov. 23 and 24.  The work is part of a larger effort to replace solar lighting throughout the park damaged during Super Typhoon Yutu.  While the park waits for the arrival of the new lights for installation, the Micro Beach parking lot will have areas that are not lit at night.  The community is asked to exercise caution when visiting after dark.  

PALIKIR, Pohnpei (FSM Information Services) — On Nov. 20 and 21, 2020, 41 individuals —  consisting of MiCare-insured medical patients and their attendants, students, and diplomatic staff who are directly attached to foreign embassies — entered the government of the Federated States of Micronesia’s pre-quarantine site in Guam.

(NMC) — Northern Marianas College is reminding individuals who are seeking to advance their education or their professional careers that they can apply for and register for the college’s Spring 2021 semester.

(Press Release) — The Ohala Foundation, a non-profit organization, will hold a food and clothing drive this Saturday, Nov. 21, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Atkins Kroll intersection/Oleai pavilion across from Modern Stationery on Saipan.

GOVERNOR Ralph DLG Torres is hoping that the Commonwealth will receive additional Covid-19 funding from the incoming administration of President-elect Joe Biden.

(MV) — The high energy and excitement of cheerleading is what drew Dylan Torres to the sport and now with three national championships under her belt at only 12 years old, she is looking to the future.

HAGÅTÑA (BoG) — BankGuam Holding Company has 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 Monday, Nov. 23, 2020. 

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden turned 78 on Friday. In two months, he'll take the reins of a politically fractured nation facing the worst public health crisis in a century, high unemployment and a reckoning on racial injustice.

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

TEAM Saipan International School bested three other schools in heat 1 of the co-ed elementary U11 division of the 2020-2021 Public School System/Northern Marianas Athletics All School Cross Country event held Friday at the CPA Airport Field.

(DPS) — On Friday, November 27, 2020, at about 9 a.m., the Department of Public Safety received a call regarding two fishermen who left the Fishing Base marina at about 5:30 a.m. on Thursday morning and were due to return on Friday morning. Police learned from the callers that their husbands might be fishing around Goat Island and Tinian.

HAGÅTÑA (Joint Information Center) — The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s 112th Covid-19-related fatality occurred at the Guam Regional Medical City on November 25, 2020 at approximately 8:20 p.m. The patient was an 81-year-old male with underlying conditions that were further compounded by Covid-19. He was admitted to GRMC on November 25, 2020 and tested positive upon admission.

HAGÅTÑA (Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense) — The National Weather Service-Weather Forecast Office Guam is monitoring a large trade-wind disturbance located about 148 degrees east of Guam, bringing deepening moisture westward. Showers and thunderstorms moving through the region could bring locally heavy rainfall leading to flash flooding.

(TMS) — Tanapag Middle School wishes all Parents/Guardians a Happy National Parental Involvement Day this Thursday, Nov.19! TMS also invites all Tataga parents/guardians to this school year's first virtual PTSA meeting on Thursday, Nov. 19, from 5 to 6 p.m. Please see student emails for the meeting link, flyers, and more information. Thank you for your attendance and involvement!

On Nov. 14, 2020, the Saipan Unity Lions Club distributed care packages as part of its  “Feed the Hungry” Program. Club president Lion Alicia Barbo, first vice district governor Atoy Banting and club members distributed  rice, a variety of canned goods and butane gas to 100 individuals who need help. The distribution was held at Graphics Enterprise on Middle Road. “Thank you so much to our donors and partners for making this happen,” club president Alicia Barbo said.

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(Pacific Islands Club-Saipan) — School term has started yet that doesn’t mean students have returned to normal school life. Virtual learning at home has been the “new normal.” PIC has noticed that the “new normal” format is not easy for everyone, and some families are having difficult time to balance the work life and monitoring their kids’ virtual learning schedule. 

SEVERAL organizations across the Commonwealth are supporting the efforts to beautify and maintain tourist sites and popular public attractions around the islands through the public-private partnership program of the Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors.

MAJURO — The western Pacific’s “tuna cartel” has named a new chief executive officer, following last week’s meeting of fisheries ministers from each of the nine participating islands in the Parties to the Nauru Agreement or PNA.

AS a globe-trotting professional for over 60 countries teaching tennis as far as Russia, Mr. Wegner has discovered that tennis is a simple game made difficult by many teachers of the sport.

SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) —  President Donald Trump on Tuesday fired top cybersecurity official Chris Krebs in a message on Twitter, accusing him without evidence of making a “highly inaccurate” statement affirming the Nov. 3 election was secure and rejecting claims of fraud.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) — As the battle for control of the U.S. Senate intensified in Georgia, Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff on Tuesday suggested an ally of President Donald Trump may have committed a crime in approaching the top state election official about vote counting.

HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — Former Department of Revenue and Taxation worker Linda Jean Pangelinan Palacios, 48, was hoping to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with her family before starting her prison sentence.

(Press Release) — The 32nd American Red Cross Club 200 fundraising event will be exclusively online this year due to Covid-19.

HAGÅTÑA (JIC) — The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s 110th Covid-19-related fatality occurred at the Guam Memorial Hospital at approximately 9:40 a.m. Thursday. The patient was a 61-year-old male with underlying conditions that were further compounded by Covid-19. He was admitted to GMH on October 15, 2020 and was a known positive case.

DISTRICT Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona on Wednesday cited Gold Mantis for contempt of court and imposed a $2,000 fine per day for violating her discovery order in a lawsuit filed by seven construction workers.

BARRIGADA, Guam (ESGR) —  Guam-CNMI Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Guam and the CNMI State Committee has announced that the 2021 Freedom Award nomination season  is from Oct. 1 until December 31, 2020.

EDUCATION Commissioner Alfred B. Ada said educators this year are faced with “a multitude of decisions and reflexive reactions” as they look for ways to safely reopen schools amid “the chronic unpredictability of the situation.”

(Press Release) — “Given the current state of global economic affairs, I hope that attorneys will avail themselves of this training and embrace professional opportunities to assist debtor and/or creditor clients navigate through the financial upheaval caused by this pandemic,” said Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona of the District Court for the Northern Mariana Islands.

(BECQ) — Each week, the Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality analyzes water samples collected from Saipan's west coast recreational beaches and storm drainages and the Grotto as well as from Tinian's recreational beaches and storm drainages.

ON Nov. 5, 2020, the Saipan Unity Lions Club and Teen Unity Leo Club presented 50 school bags filled with schools supplies  to Oleai Elementary School. The school’s staff and principal, Jasylene Parico, will safely hand the supplies to 50 OES students. The project was made possible by donations from business establishments and club members. The distribution was led by  club president Alicia Barbo, first vice district governor Atoy Banting, and Leo president Vicky Ancheta.

HAGÅTÑA (JIC) —  The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s 109th Covid-19-related fatality occurred at the Guam Memorial Hospital at approximately 11:02 a.m. Wednesday. The patient was a 65-year-old male with underlying conditions that were further compounded by Covid-19. He was admitted to GMH on October 22, 2020 and was a known positive case.

LONDON (Reuters) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is self-isolating after coming into contact with someone who tested positive for Covid-19, a fresh setback after infighting among his top advisers plunged Downing Street into chaos last week.

“THAT is their right, to protest peacefully,” said Gov. Ralph DLG Torres on Friday when asked about community members who want to publicly express their frustrations with the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program — specifically, the delay in the approval of their PUA claims or the release of their PUA money.

HAGÅTÑA (JIC) — The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s 108th Covid-19-related fatality occurred at the U.S. Naval Hospital at approximately 6:50 p.m. Tuesday. The patient was a 48-year-old male with underlying conditions that were further compounded by Covid-19. He tested positive on November 21 and was admitted to USNH on November 24, 2020.

MAJURO — Tuna transshipment activity in Majuro picked up in October compared to the previous month, but remains low compared to the past six years that have seen Majuro become the world’s busiest tuna transshipment port.

(SINMI) — The Soroptimist of the Northern Mariana Islands Club will be holding its monthly luncheon meeting on Thursday, Nov. 12, at 12 noon at Fiesta Resort World Cafe.  The cost of the luncheon is $17.

MAJURO — The Marshall Islands is reverting this week to Covid-free status following medical declaration that the U.S. Army worker who initially tested positive two weeks ago is no longer contagious.

(Office of the Governor) — Heading into the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, Gov. Ralph DLG Torres, in a memorandum, has authorized non-critical employees of the Commonwealth’s departments and agencies to take administrative leave at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 25,  and for all of Friday, Nov. 27, 2020.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) — President-elect Joe Biden on Wednesday named longtime adviser Ron Klain as his White House chief of staff, his first major appointment, as he builds his administration regardless of whether President Donald Trump accepts the election results.

(Press Release) — Veterans of Foreign Wars Saipan Post 3457 invites all veterans and those who support veterans to participate in what is hoped to be the first annual Veterans Day Motorcade.

HAGÅTÑA (JIC) — The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s 107th Covid-19-related fatality occurred at the Guam Memorial Hospital  at approximately 12:15 a.m. The patient was a 55-year-old female with underlying conditions that were further compounded by Covid-19. She was admitted to GMH on November 8, 2020 and tested positive upon admission.

HAGÅTÑA (Pacific Island Times) — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has raised the travel alert for Guam to level 4, advising travelers to “avoid all travel” due to a “very high” Covid-19 incidence rate on island.

(MCS) — Alongside many citizens and residents of the CNMI, Mount Carmel School observes the holiday noting the day the people of the Northern Marianas became United States citizens on Nov. 4, 1986.

(Press Release) — In creating the Public Private Partnership initiative, the Governor’s Council of Economic Advisers emphasized that the destination enhancement campaign must also include areas that are often used by island residents.

THE first doses of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine will arrive by the end of the month or early December, CNMI officials said during a press briefing on Friday.

(Press Release) — Brilliant Star Montessori School’s 20th anniversary year did not start off as planned with the Covid pandemic challenges, but critical face to face learning, under the CNMI Task Force guidelines to ensure safety, is now happily underway on Navy Hill. 

BECAUSE the Covid-19 pandemic caused significant interruption in the last school year and delay in this academic year, public school students have a lot of catching up to do, Education Commissioner Alfred B. Ada said.

AT least 20 students who failed to register for school year 2020-2021 are now attending classes, thanks to the Public School System and the Student Attendance Review Committee or SARC, which reached out to the students’ families, Education Commissioner Alfred B. Ada reported to the Board of Education last week.

KABUL (Reuters) — The last thing 33-year-old Khatera saw were the three men on a motorcycle who attacked her just after she left her job at a police station in Afghanistan’s central Ghazni province, shooting at her and stabbing her with a knife in the eyes.

THE Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. and the Governor’s Covid-19 Task Force on Saturday reported that one  individual tested positive for Covid-19, raising the number of the confirmed cases in the CNMI to 104 since March 28, 2020.

(MV) — Community businesses and individuals have contributed in a major way to help support a local family through “A Christmas Surprise on Saipan.” To date, more than $35,000 has been raised through monetary and in-kind sponsorship donations with sponsors still being sought.

DESPITE an assistant attorney general’s warning that the extension may be challenged in court, the CNMI Lottery Commission on Friday approved Imperial Pacific International’s request to extend for three years the deadline to pay its $20 million community benefit fund or CBF contribution, and to defer for five years the payment of the $36 million in CBF that IPI failed to remit in previous years.

THREE construction workers from Turkey, on behalf of 25 other H-2B workers, filed a complaint against Imperial Pacific International and IDS Development Management &  Consultancy for not paying them the minimum wage and overtime as well as their salaries since Oct. 1, and for forcing them to eat Chinese food. They are also accusing the plaintiffs of retaliation for the workers’ protest actions.

“PAYOUTS for this week will be about $25.9 million, both direct deposit and paper checks,” Secretary of Labor Vicky Benavente said during a media briefing on Friday regarding the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program.

HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — Corbi and Lynette Ueda were evicted from their apartment in June because they couldn't pay the full rent as a result of losing a job in March.

HAVANA (Reuters) — Drivers honked their horns and applause erupted in Havana on Saturday after Joe Biden was declared the winner of the U.S. presidential election, reflecting hopes on the Communist-run island that he would seek to improve U.S.-Cuban ties.

HAGÅTÑA (JIC) — The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s 105th Covid-19-related fatality occurred at the U.S. Naval Hospital at approximately 11 a.m. on November 21, 2020. The patient was a 59-year-old male with underlying conditions that were further compounded by Covid-19. He was admitted to USNH on October 31, 2020 and tested positive upon admission.

ONE additional individual has been confirmed positive for Covid-19. This brings our CNMI total to 104 cases since March 28, 2020. More details to follow.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) — In his unsuccessful campaign for re-election, President Donald Trump repeatedly warned that a victory for Joe Biden would be a win for China and that Beijing would “own America.”

HAGÅTÑA (JIC) — The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s 102nd Covid-19-related fatality occurred at the Guam Memorial Hospital  at approximately 11 a.m. on November 20, 2020. The patient was a 37-year-old male with underlying conditions that were further compounded by Covid-19. He was admitted to GMH on November 6, 2020 and was a known positive case.

HAGÅTÑA (JIC) — The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s 104th Covid-19-related fatality occurred at the Guam Memorial Hospital at approximately 2:36 p.m. Saturday. The patient was a 57-year-old female with underlying conditions that were further compounded by Covid-19. She was admitted to GMH on November 5, 2020 and was a known positive case.

BAGHDAD/RIYADH (Reuters) — Arab leaders congratulated Joe Biden on his election victory, but some people in the Middle East expressed cynicism over U.S. policy even if he pursues diplomacy rather than President Donald Trump’s blunt approach to the region’s myriad problems.

KOROR (Pacific Island Times/Pacnews) — With at least 2,000 absentee ballots still to be tabulated next week, Vice President Raynold Oilouch conceded the presidential race to his opponent, Surangel Whipps Jr., former senator and brother-in-law of outgoing President Tommy Remengesau. 

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrat Joe Biden was pushing closer to the 270 Electoral College votes needed to carry the White House, securing victories in the “blue wall” battlegrounds of Wisconsin and Michigan and narrowing President Donald Trump's path.

BEIJING (Reuters) — Mainland China has barred entry to some travelers from Britain and Belgium and set strict testing requirements on visitors from the United States, France and Germany, as it reimposed border restrictions in response to rising global coronavirus cases.

HAGÅTÑA (JIC) — The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s 101st Covid-19-related fatality occurred at the Guam Regional Medical City at approximately 6:32 p.m. Wednesday. The patient was a 68-year-old male with underlying conditions that were further compounded by Covid-19. He was admitted to GRMC on November 12, 2020 and tested positive upon admission.

MANILA (The Philippine Star) — Expect a wave of dismissals, suspensions and even prosecutions to swamp the bureaucracy next month, President Rodrigo Duterte said on Monday as the government’s re-energized anti-corruption campaign goes into full swing.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) —  The U.S. State Department cleared the potential sale of four sophisticated U.S.-made aerial drones to Taiwan in a formal notification sent to Congress, the Pentagon said on Tuesday, the last step before finalizing a weapons sale that will further anger China.

IMPERIAL Pacific International chief executive officer Donald Browne on Wednesday announced that payroll for IPI employees will continue to be delayed.

(Press Release) — On Oct. 1, 2020, the Saipan Fil-American Lions Club donated 65 reams of bond paper to three schools in Laguna province, south of Manila, the Philippines: Paciano Rizal Elementary School, Los Banos Central Elementary School, and Los Banos Integrated School.

LONDON (Reuters) — Britain will launch a Covid-19 mass testing pilot scheme in Liverpool this week, offering everyone in the city tests whether or not they have symptoms, in an attempt to find a better way to use testing to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

(DPS) — The Department of Public Safety will conduct a total of four separate occupant protection/ child restraint checkpoints on Wednesday, Nov. 18, and Friday, Nov. 27.

HAGÅTÑA (Joint Information Center) — Of the 112 new cases on Wednesday, 66 cases were identified through contact tracing. Four cases reported recent travel and were identified in quarantine.

PHILADEPHIA (AP) — President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden have one last chance to make their case to voters in critical battleground states on Monday, the final full day of a campaign that has laid bare their dramatically different visions for tackling the nation’s pressing problems and for the office of the presidency itself.

MANILA (AP) — At least 16 people were killed as Typhoon Goni lashed the Philippines over the weekend, and about 13,000 shanties and houses were damaged or swept away in the eastern island province that was first hit by the ferocious storm, officials said Monday.

MAJURO — Despite increasing calls from community and political leaders to keep the Marshall Islands borders closed, the first group of Marshall Islanders from Covid-19-infected countries were repatriated Saturday to begin a 21-day quarantine at the U.S. Army base at Kwajalein Atoll.

(BECQ) — The Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality analyzed water samples collected from Tinian’s recreational beaches and storm water drainages this week as part of the regularly scheduled sampling. 

BUTLER, Pa. (AP) — President Donald Trump is mounting one final test of whether the massive crowds that often show up at his signature rallies will translate into votes as he finishes the final 48 hours of his reelection campaign with a dizzying onslaught of events in the battleground states that could decide the race.

(Press Release) —  Saipan Muslim community members will conduct a four-hour beach cleanup on Nov  20,  Friday.

MAJURO — The U.S. Coast Guard is expanding its operations in the Pacific island region to counter “destabilizing and malign actions” of China.

HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — Incumbent Delegate Michael San Nicolas has held on to his lead over his challenger and fellow Democrat, former Delegate Robert Underwood, in the runoff for Guam's lone nonvoting seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

MANILA (AP) — A super typhoon slammed into the eastern Philippines with ferocious winds early Sunday, knocking down power in several towns and prompting the evacuation of about a million people in its likely path, including in the capital, Manila, where the main airport was shut down.

WHILE conducting a routine inspection at the Saipan Postal Service on Oct. 19, Customs officer Wesley Emul discovered a medium-sized, clear sealed plastic bag that contained a white crystalline substance inside a white U.S. postal priority mail envelope.

HAGÅTÑA (JIC) — The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s 100th Covid-19-related fatality occurred at the Guam Memorial Hospital at approximately 2:56 p.m. on Tuesday.

ITS decision to close three of its service stations on Saipan was due to the impact of Super Typhoon Yutu and the Covid-19 pandemic, said Bill Ada,  Shell Marianas/IP&E Guam director of retail sales, operations and marketing.

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

HAGÅTÑA (JIC) — The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s 99th Covid-19-related fatality occurred at the Guam Memorial Hospital at approximately 1:04 a.m. Tuesday. The patient was a 73-year-old male with underlying conditions that were further compounded by Covid-19. He was admitted to GMH on November 7, 2020 and was a known positive case.

DEMOCRAT Edith Deleon Guerrero defeated incumbent Saipan Republican Sen. Sixto Igisomar by 248 votes. Rota independent Sen. Paul A. Manglona beat his Republican challenger Dennis Mendiola by 98 votes  and the Tinian Senate seat will remain Republican. Republicans also won nine House seats, including Tinian's. Precinct 3 Republican Rep. Ralph N. Yumul was re-elected. Democrats won eight House seats, and independents, three. Two  of the independents are aligned with the Democrats while one independent caucuses with Republicans. This means that both political groups will each have 10 House seats in the 22nd Legislature. The Senate will have five Republicans, one Democrat and three independents, two of whom are allied with the GOP. More details to follow. 

THE Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality’s Storage Tanks, Site Assessment & Remediation or ST/AR is overseeing the cleanup of three service stations on Saipan that Shell Marianas has decided to close permanently.

HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — Residents can call the police when they see violations of Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero's executive order limiting social gatherings to five people in order to help curb the spread of Covid-19 infections and deaths, Mayors' Council of Guam President Melissa Savares and other mayors said at their meeting on Nov. 10.

HAGÅTÑA (JIC) — The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s 95th Covid-19-related fatality occurred at the U.S. Naval Hospital at approximately 6:55 p.m. Sunday. The patient was a 72-year-old male with underlying conditions that were further compounded by Covid-19. He was admitted to USNH on October 31, 2020 and was a known positive case.

(Saipan Higher Education Financial Assistance) — The deadline for Spring 2021 application only is on Dec. 1, 2020.

THREE retirees said they want to see the reactivation of the Commonwealth Retirement Association so retirees can speak with a “louder voice” when airing their sentiments and protect their interests.

SENATE Vice President Jude U. Hofschneider earlier this month prefiled a bill that would remove marijuana or THC from all pre-employment and random tests conducted by government employers and the Office of Personnel Management with certain exceptions.

IN response to the federal court order to show cause, Gold Mantis Construction Decoration (CNMI) LLC says it is not opposing the court imposition of $2,000 daily sanction until it can resolve outstanding discovery in the lawsuit filed by seven construction workers.

(Governor’s Council of Economic Advisers) — The Paupau Beach Park’s restroom will soon be ready for public use, with the E-Land Group making a substantial progress in its rehabilitation work at the facility.

(Press Release) —  Following guidance from the White House, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and state and local public health authorities, American Memorial Park is reopening the Visitor Center.

(Commonwealth   Utilities  Corp.) —  There will be a scheduled power service  interruption   on Tuesday,  Nov. 17,  from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  in the Beach Road area from the Kristo Rai Church south to Joeten Superstore.

HAGÅTÑA (JIC) — The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s 94th Covid-19-related fatality occurred at the Guam Memorial Hospital at 10:10 a.m. Sunday. The patient was a 73-year-old female with underlying conditions that were further compounded by Covid-19. She was transferred to GMH from the Guam Regional Medical City on November 7, 2020 and was a known positive case.

HAGÅTÑA (JIC) — The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s 93rd Covid-19-related fatality was pronounced dead on arrival at the Guam Regional Medical City  at approximately 12:06 p.m. Friday. The patient was a 59-year-old male with underlying conditions that were further compounded by Covid-19. He was a known Covid-19 case.

HAGÅTÑA (JIC) — The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s 92nd Covid-19-related fatality occurred at the Guam Memorial Hospital  at approximately 5:36 a.m. Friday. The patient was a 69-year-old male with underlying conditions compounded by Covid-19. He was admitted to GMH on November 8, 2020 and was a known positive case.

THE Department of Public Works has yet to lift the stop-work order it issued to Imperial Pacific International, but  some IPI  construction workers have been seen working at a warehouse in San Antonio and at employee barracks in Garapan.

THE Commonwealth Utilities Corp. board of directors is considering the request by the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. to be allowed to pay the commercial rate for power usage instead of the government rate, which is three times higher.

HAGÅTÑA (Joint Information Center) — An additional 95 cases of Covid-19 were officially reported to the Department of Public Health and Social Services on Thursday. These 95 cases were confirmed over a two-day period, between Nov. 10 and 11, 2020.

“HOW does it feel to enjoy freedom at the expense of a veteran’s life?” Office of Veterans Affairs executive officer Stanley Iakopo asked in his remarks at the Veterans Day ceremony on Wednesday.

 THE Soroptimist International-Northern Mariana Islands charter is seeking to grow its membership, SINMI president Marilyn Marron said on Thursday.

ARMY veteran and former Department of Public Safety Deputy Commissioner Franklin R. Babauta may be sworn into office on Friday at 10 a.m. as a Precinct 1 member of the 21st House of Representatives.

CNMI officials and community members gathered at American Memorial Park on Wednesday to commemorate Veterans Day and honor all who have served the nation in times of war and peace.

HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — Guam has 101 new Covid-19 cases out of the 690 tests conducted by health officials, according to the Joint Information Center.

THE Department of Public Works on Tuesday presented to the House Committee on Public Utilities, Transportation and Communications an overview of federally funded highway projects worth $35 million.

THE five-member House minority bloc has selected Rep. Tina Sablan as their new leader for the remaining term of the 21st Legislature. The newly elected and reelected lawmakers will assume office in January.

DUE to the economic impact caused by the Covid-19 pandemic that resulted in a steep drop in government revenue, the Office of Attorney General said it had to furlough nine of its civil service employees.

(EPA) —  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded over $2.4 million to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Bureau of Coastal and Environmental Quality  to strengthen its capacity to protect human health and the environment.

(Office of the Governor) — The Department of Finance announced on Monday that the open enrollment period for the CNMI Government Group Health and Life Insurance will be from November 16, 2020 to December 18, 2020 for coverage effective January 1, 2021.

HAGÅTÑA (JIC) — The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s 91st Covid-19-related fatality occurred at the Guam Memorial Hospital at approximately 11:39 a.m. Tuesday. The patient was a 37-year-old male. He was admitted to GMH on November 3, 2020 and was a known positive case.

THE Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. and the Governor’s Covid-19 Task Force on Monday reported two additional Covid-19 cases, bringing the CNMI total to 100 since March 28, 2020.

CNMI Department of Labor Secretary Vicky Benavente said  the Commonwealth has received an additional $50 million in pandemic assistance from the U.S. Department of Labor.

(DPS) — On Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020, at about 3:16 p.m., the Department of Public Safety received a 911 call reporting a theft incident at the Smiling Cove Marina in Garapan. Police were dispatched to the scene.

HAGÅTÑA (JIC) — The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s 90th Covid-19-related fatality occurred at the Guam Memorial Hospital at approximately 12:47 a.m. Monday. The patient was a 73-year-old male with underlying health conditions that were further compounded by Covid-19. He was admitted to GMH on November 8, 2020 and was a known positive case.

THE construction of Imperial Pacific International’s hotel-casino in Garapan may resume this week, as documents have already been submitted to the Department of Public Works, IPI senior vice-president for media and public affairs Tao Xing told Variety on Friday.

U.S. Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan said he looks forward to using his experience as part of the U.S. House leadership and close working ties with the incoming Biden-Harris administration to help the people of the CNMI.

AFTER a long night of counting votes on election night, the Commonwealth Election Commission is now mandated to allot 14 more days to wait for the arrival of absentee ballots and to tabulate them before certifying the results of the 2020 midterm elections, according to CEC administrative officer Kayla Igitol.

(Press Release) — The Governor’s Council of Economic Advisers sees the disaster and relief grants for the CNMI as  essential support toward the islands’ goal of having a stronger and more diversified economy.

DISTRICT Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona has issued  a show cause order against Gold Mantis Construction Decoration (CNMI) LLC for not complying with a previous order regarding discovery in the lawsuit of seven workers.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrat Joe Biden defeated President Donald Trump to become the 46th president of the United States on Saturday, positioning himself to lead a nation gripped by a historic pandemic and a confluence of economic and social turmoil.

HAGÅTÑA (JIC) —The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s 89th Covid-19-related fatality occurred at the Guam Memorial Hospital at 1:16 p.m. Saturday. The patient was a 68-year-old female with underlying conditions that were further compounded Covid-19. She was admitted to GMH on October 13, 2020 and was a known Covid-19 case.

HAGÅTÑA (JIC) — The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s 88th Covid-19-related fatality occurred at U.S. Naval Hospital Guam on October 21, 2020. The official report of this Covid-19-related fatality was received by the Department of Public Health and Social Services Friday. The patient was a 64-year-old female with underlying conditions that were further compounded Covid-19. She was admitted to USNH Guam on October 21, 2020 and was a known Covid-19 case.

(DPS) — On Monday, Oct. 26, 2020, at about 6:28 a.m., the  Department of Public Safety received a 911 call reporting a burglary and theft incident at the Zori Zori clothing store in  Dandan. Police were dispatched to the scene.

 HAGÅTÑA (JIC) — The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s 86th Covid-19-related fatality occurred at the Guam Regional Medical City at approximately 10:18 p.m. Thursday night. The patient was a 37-year-old male and was admitted to GRMC on November 5, 2020 after testing positive upon admission.

(Press Release) — The Ohala Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping those in need, has launched its website at www.ohalafoundation.org and its headquarters located on the Island of Tinian with a diverse set of programs to offer the CNMI and eventually the region.

THE economic uncertainties brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic are likely to negatively impact the future financial results of the Commonwealth Development Authority and the Northern Marianas Housing Corp., an independent auditor’s report stated.

(NMC) — Officers of the Associated Students of Northern Marianas College or ASNMC together with the Saipan Chamber of Commerce’s Saipan Young Professionals will be taking the lead in this year’s “Toys for Tots” program, a charitable initiative hosted by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve that provides toys to disadvantaged children during the Christmas holiday season.

HAGÅTÑA (JIC) — The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s 84th Covid-19-related fatality occurred at the Guam Memorial Hospital at approximately 12:08 a.m. Thursday. The patient was an 84-year-old male with underlying conditions that were further compounded Covid-19. He was admitted to GMH on November 1, 2020 after testing positive upon admission at the Guam Regional Medical City the day prior.

IT wasn’t exactly a “blue wave,” but it was a rising “blue tide” nonetheless as eight NMI Democrats and their two Independent allies won seats in the 20-member House of Representatives. They also claimed a Saipan Senate seat that was last won by a Democrat in 2003.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The fate of the United States presidency hung in the balance Wednesday morning, as President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden battled for three familiar battleground states — Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania — that could prove crucial in determining who wins the White House.

A LARGE majority of voters have retained CNMI Supreme Court Associate Justice Perry B. Inos, Superior Court Presiding Judge Roberto C. Naraja and Associate Judge Kenneth L. Govendo, based on the unofficial election results from the Commonwealth Election Commission.

SAIPAN voters elected Maisie Bermudes Tenorio and Gregory Borja as the island’s new representatives to the Board of Education.

HAGÅTÑA (JIC) — The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s 81st Covid-19-related fatality occurred at approximately 11:18 a.m. Wednesday, The patient was a 49-year-old male with underlying conditions that were further compounded Covid-19. He was admitted to the Guam Memorial Hospital on October 9 and was a known Covid-19 case.

AS the CNMI celebrates  Citizenship Day today, Wednesday, Gov. Ralph DLG Torres and other Commonwealth leaders said they and the rest of the local people are grateful for being citizens of the U.S.

HAGÅTÑA (JIC) — The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s 80th Covid-19-related fatality was pronounced dead on arrival at Guam Memorial Hospital at approximately 9:40 p.m. Monday night. The patient was a 63-year-old male with underlying conditions that were further compounded Covid-19. He was a known Covid-19 case and was previously admitted to the U.S. Naval Hospital Guam.

GOVERNOR Ralph DLG Torres and NMI Democratic Party Chairwoman Nola Hix are urging all registered voters to “go out and exercise” their right to vote today, Nov. 3.

SAIPAN Mayor David M. Apatang, who is not a candidate for office in this year’s elections, wants to see Republican lawmakers reelected.

GOLD Mantis Construction Decoration (CNMI) LLC is opposing the rate of  $160 per hour for two law interns as requested by one of the attorneys of seven construction workers who sued Gold Mantis, MCC International Saipan Ltd. Co. and Imperial Pacific International LLC over allegations of labor complaints and human trafficking.

THE Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. and the Governor’s Covid-19 Task Force on Saturday reported that four recently arrived passengers had tested positive for Covid-19, raising the confirmed cases in the CNMI to 96 since March 28, 2020.

THE House of Representatives on Friday honored the life and legacy of Rose Marie Sonis Pangelinan Camacho, the former CNMI Scholarship Office administrator.

(Office of the Governor) — On Thursday, the Department of Public Safety  held a hand-over ceremony with Gov. Ralph DLG. Torres and Lt. Gov. Arnold I. Palacios for 30 new federally funded vehicles including Dodge Ram 1500 pick-up trucks, Dodge Chargers, and Chevy Tahoes.

COLEEN St. Clair was sworn in as a new prosecutor of the Office of the Attorney General’s criminal division by CNMI Supreme Court Chief Justice Alexandro Castro on Friday.

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