SAKE CEREMONY: Miss Marianas 2016 Peachy Quitugua and 2016 Teen Marianas Palanga Taimanao join acting governor Victor Hocog, House Speaker Rafael S. Demapan, and Japanese Consul Toshio Matsumura in the kagami-biraki ceremony during the celebration of the emperor of Japan’s birthday at the Grandvrio Resort on Dec. 6. (Michael T. Santos)

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CW cap increase bill passes US House

A bill that increases the numerical cap of the CNMI-Only Transition Worker Nonimmigrant Visa program has passed the U.S. House of Representatives and now goes to the Senate for another round of deliberation, with the hope to have President Barack Obama sign it into law before his term ends on Jan. 20 next year. Delegate Gregorio Kilili C. Sablan (Ind-MP) introduced House Resolution 6401, a bill that aims to amend Public Law 94-241 with respect to the Northern Mariana Islands. HR 6401 passed...
Posted On Dec 08 2016

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What does Constitution Day mean to you?

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Tarkong sues DPS, CSC for alleged discrimination

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Muña says board will micromanage CHCC

Opponents of a bill that transforms the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. board from being merely advisory to a governing one believes the measure would ultimately be detrimental to the Commonwealth Health Center. Hospital CEO Esther Muña, who was joined by other CHCC officials to...

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Japanese consul leads Emperor Akihito’s birthday bash

The Japanese Consulate hosted it annual celebration of the birthday of Japanese Emperor Akihito with a bash at the Grandvrio Resort Saipan Tuesday night. Hosted by Japanese Consul Toshio Matsumura and his wife, the celebration of the emperor’s 83rd birthday brought together local...

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Guam welcomes Mariana Ocean to GVB familia

The Guam Visitors Bureau announced yesterday the newest member of the Håfa Adai Pledge familia. Mariana Ocean took the pledge to perpetuate and keep alive Guam’s Håfa Adai spirit by using natural and local products when available. By using natural and...

Opinion

Fitme Na Pisun Tinituhun

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I donut niid edukashun; I hab kommon cents

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