8th AWAODORI FESTIVAL: Tents, decorations, and advertisements are displayed in front of Kinpachi Restaurant in preparation for the 8th Awaodori Festival, which will kick off tonight. The festival will feature professional Awaodori dancers from Japan. Here, the beautifully decorated area welcomes a Korean family of four leaving Fiesta Resort and Spa toward Paseo de Marianas. (Jayson Camacho)


July release eyed for tax rebates

by Joel D. Pinaroc
The Department of Finance is working to release tax rebates in the Commonwealth well before the start of the school year in September. Finance Secretary Larrisa Larson said the department expects to release the tax rebates in July. She said the department is working to process the early release of the rebates, but if employees have an immediate need for funds, they can apply for a bank loan “against the rebate.” The official said the loan against the rebate can be applied at the Bank of… Read More»

Featured Stories

CPA bonds get ‘positive’ ratings

by Dennis B. Chan
An international bond ratings agency has given Commonwealth Ports Authority airport bonds a B+. Meanwhile, CPA seaport bonds have been reaffirmed at “BB-,” or “Stable” rating. Fitch Ratings upgraded CPA’s $12 million of outstanding senior series 1998A airport revenue bonds from… Read More»

FAA: Freedom Air has until April 22 to appeal air certificate’s revocation

by Dennis B. Chan
Freedom Air has until near the end of this month to appeal a planned revocation of its air carrier certificate. If an order to revoke is issued, the Federal Aviation Administration will have sealed the end of Freedom Air’s operations in the CNMI. The letter, an amended notice of… Read More»

Rota DCCA chief is arrested

by Ferdie De La Torre
Members of the CNMI Public Corruption and White Collar Crimes Task Force arrested yesterday Rota Department of Community and Cultural Affairs resident director Josepha Barcinas Manglona on corruption charges. Sources disclosed that Superior Court Associate Judge Joseph N. Camacho… Read More»


GSM Brewers bullpen help tie finals

The team with the better bullpen could end up lifting the 2015 Saipan Baseball League trophy with the best-of-five championship series turning out to be a pitching duel. GSM Brewers pitchers Lenny Sablan and Lancaster Secharmidal held the Falcons to a… Read More»


United to run 3 charter flights to Iwo Jima

GUAM—United Airlines announced yesterday that it will operate three charter flights between its Guam hub and Iwo Jima, Japan, on Saturday, March 21, 2015, to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Iwo Jima. More than 30 World War II veterans… Read More»


The man who learned Mandarin

It’s time for yet another installment of an ongoing theme in the Pacific: Mandarin Chinese. Or, more specifically, learning it. I’ve known a grand total of one American who has become fluent in it. That’s “know” as opposed to “know of,” since I know of… Read More»

Letters to the Editor

‘Birth tourism’ is perfectly legal, a boon to economy

In response to the column “Made in Saipan” by Jaime Vergara that came out on April 13, readers might be more interested in the motivation of these mothers-to-be to consider this perfectly legal “birth tourism” practiced long before the CNMI… Read More»