SUMMER PROJECTS: Children who are taking part in the Empty Vessel Ministry’s summer school program proudly show off the mwar-mwar they learned to make during a visit to the Office on Aging in Garapan. The children also learned bead-making and coconut-leaf weaving from the elderly congregants at the Man’amko Center. (Dennis B. Chan)


25 pct. pension breakdown now out

Talks still ongoing whether Finance, settlement fund will process payments
by Haidee V. Eugenio
Retirement settlement fund trustee Civille & Tang released to Gov. Eloy S. Inos and lawmakers a breakdown by island of the estimated $16.4 million needed to fund retirees’ 25-percent deferred pension payments for fiscal year 2014, even as negotiations are still ongoing for a final grant of an exclusive Saipan casino license and the eventual release of a $30-million bank deposit. But as of yesterday afternoon, the governor said discussions are still continuing whether it would be the… Read More»

Featured Stories

New investor eyes 2nd Tinian casino

by Haidee V. Eugenio
Tinian Mayor Ramon Dela Cruz said yesterday that Tinian should expect a new $200-million casino resort investment, this time from Macau-based Alter City Group. The Tinian mayor said Alter City has offered to take over a public land lease at Nasarino Beach that was previously… Read More»

NMC nursing program to ally with Kaplan

by Dennis B. Chan
The Board of Regents was presented yesterday with a plan to bring the Northern Marianas College’s nursing program up to national standards by partnering with the Kaplan nursing program. Currently the national average for nursing graduates passing the NCLEX-RN exam, which is… Read More»

Senator, citizen raise concerns about Manglona exit from NMC

by Dennis B. Chan
Sen. Paul Manglona and private citizen Crispin Ogo aired their concerns yesterday over the recent unceremonious departure of Cooperative Research and Extension Services dean and director Ross Manglona from the Northern Marianas College. Appearing at yesterday’s Board of Regents… Read More»


CNMI pounds Macau, 7-0

The CNMI Women’s National Team picked up where its male counterpart left off, hammering the hapless Macau, 7-0, in the Preliminary Round 1 of the 2015 EAFF East Asian Cup at the Guam Football Association Training Centre in Harmon yesterday. The CNMI’s… Read More»


United to launch daily non-stop Guam-Seoul flights

GUAM—United Airlines announced Monday plans to launch daily, non-stop service between its Guam hub and Seoul, South Korea, effective Oct. 27, 2014 (northbound). The airline will use Boeing 737-800 aircraft to operate the service. Flights are now available… Read More»


A seven-year itch of writing

Beginning this year, I am resolved to write 10 pieces of literary outputs, quitting on the seventh year when they might be widely shared. The image of the “seven-year itch” comes from a movie where the psychological insight that the passion on anything,… Read More»

Letters to the Editor

Stand strong!

I admire the resilience of our Chamorro and Carolinian people in these trying times. I, myself, at times get into difficult situations. I guess we were raised to withstand the harshest of circumstances. If you say you weren’t affected, then I admire you… Read More»