Aug. 18, 2000
Govt weighs Outer Cove Marina takeover
The controversy over the Outer Cove Marina may soon come to an end as the government is expected to decide in two weeks whether it has a stake in its operation in partnership with the Marine Revitalization Corporation. Gov. Pedro P. Tenorio pledged to come up with the decision after meeting yesterday with MRC President Anthony Pellegrino and other government officials in an effort to resolve the long-standing dispute that has heightened in recent weeks. Mr. Pellegrino described his audience with the governor as his "last resort" following what appeared to be irreconcilable differences with boat owners and tour operators who use the Outer Cove.
CPA’s aviation division posts growth
As the tourism economy shows slight improvement with the growth of passenger traffic in international and domestic flights, the Aviation Division of the Commonwealth Ports Authority posted a 28 percent growth in operating revenue for the month of June 2000 compared to the same period the previous year. The increase in revenue was also due to the airline incentive program, revenue base enhancement and rate hike, according to a financial report made by Dave Demapan, CPA comptroller. Aviation revenue jumped 40 percent jumped over the level of Fiscal Year 1999 while non-aviation revenue recorded a 12 percent hike. The aviation revenues which surpassed the same period of FY 1999 are the following: international landing fee by 62 percent, domestic landing fee by 81 percent, incinerator fee by 36 percent, international enplanement fee by 50 percent, domestic enplanement fee by 17 percent, international deplanement fee by 36 percent and fuel flowage fee by 80 percent.
Aug. 18, 2003
’Manglona cut corners in special polls’
Despite special elections already set for Tinian, Sen. David M. Cing is still insisting that the process by which the special polls was called was done improperly. Gov. Juan N. Babauta had called for the special elections on Tinian last August 4 after receiving a letter from Senate president Paul A. Manglona declaring the seat of Sen. Jose Dela Cruz vacant. Cing took exception to this, saying that Manglona cannot by himself declare a vacancy at the Senate without the concurrence of the full Senate majority. “The president of the Senate cannot do it alone. The president of the Senate cannot by himself write a letter to Gov. Babauta regarding the vacancy of Sen. Dela Cruz. He cannot do that. The full Senate has to send the letter to the governor requesting to declare the vacancy,” said Cing.
Yumul: MVA job placement a ’circus’
Saipan trader Ray N. Yumul has vowed to pursue his battle questioning the rehiring of Marianas Visitors Authority managing director Jonas Ogren, calling the job vacancy placement for the executive post a “circus.” Yumul had demanded that the Department of Labor come out with a final agency action or a schedule providing for an administrative hearing on his complaint. He had also indicated that he would go to court should the department come out with an adverse final decision. The businessman is insisting that the MVA should have hired him instead of rehiring Ogren-a Swedish national-citing the statutory mandate that requires local residents to be given preference over nonresidents in hiring.
Aug. 18, 2004
$38K grant to fund training for AGO probers
The Department of Interior’s Office of Insular Affairs has awarded the CNMI Attorney General’s Office a $38,100 grant for investigator training, according to attorney general Pamela Brown. In a statement yesterday, Brown said the technical assistance grant will pay for a two-week professional training course at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco, Georgia, to be attended by six investigators in the Attorney General’s Investigative Unit. The training program will assist the AGO in securing additional and relevant training that will enhance the investigators’ ability to produce quality and timely investigative reports. It will also increase their ability to monitor the expenditure of local and federal government funds and follow up on alleged criminal issues (fraud, waste, abuse, etc.).
Local group backs respite bill
The CNMI Association of Families with Disabilities is calling on the Senate to immediately pass a bill that seeks to provide respite services to people with disabilities. “We fully endorse House Bill 14-9 and seek the utmost support of your committee and the rest of the members of the Senate for its immediate passage,” said the group headed by president Lisa A. Aldan. She said that, if passed by the Senate and signed into law, the measure will no doubt provide a positive impact and much needed relief to hundreds of families who, for many years, provide direct support to their children or adults with the most chronic developmental disabilities.