Aug. 21, 2000
Improve administration of scholarship program
Rota Mayor Benjamin T. Manglona has prodded the Senate Committee on Health, Education and Welfare to lessen bureaucracy in the administration of scholarship grants and financial aid to local students attending college. He said funds to be spent for such purpose should be funneled instead to increasing the appropriation for the government scholarship program in order to benefit more students. "In setting up administration of a student loan or scholarship program, please do not increase the cost of government," Mr. Manglona said in his testimony to the Senate panel, which is reviewing proposed changes to the existing program.
Tinian wants its own marine conservation site
Tinian officials have proposed designation of areas north of the island, including surrounding waters, as conservation site to safeguard marine resources that have depleted in recent years due to unregulated activities. The proposed sanctuary will encompass the northern edge of the municipal breakwater to Puntan Diablo Point and Barcinas Bay, along the shoreline from Tinian Harbor to Nasarinu Beach. The protection of marine life in this area will be best accomplished by establishing a marine reserve within which fishing and other potentially harmful activities shall be restricted, according to a bill sponsored by Tinian Rep. Norman S. Palacios. Killing or removing, and any attempt to do so, any marine animal, such as fish, live or dead coral, lobster, shellfish, clams, octopus or vegetation will be prohibited under the proposed law.
Aug. 21, 2001
Reyes pleads innocence on child abuse charges
Former chief-of-police Antonio Aldan Reyes yesterday entered a plea of not guilty on the three counts of child abuse charges filed against him before the Superior Court. The 47-year old Reyes, who was released sometime last week on an unsecured bail, was assisted by his counsel, Michael Dotts, when he was arraigned yesterday before the courtroom of Presiding Judge Edward Manibusan. Manibusan scheduled the status conference of the case on January 2. Commenting on his client's plea, Dotts said: "Everyone is presumed innocent and there's a process."
Bill banning vehicles’ use of road junked
Gov. Pedro P. Tenorio has vetoed a bill that would have prohibited heavy equipment vehicles from using the Chalan Tun Antonio Apa road in Fina Sisu, saying the bill lacks enforcement and penalty provisions that would make it effective. At the same time, Tenorio said that Senate Local Bill 12-8 contains imprecise language and several typographical errors that must be addressed first before the bill is signed into law. In a letter sent to Senate President Paul A. Manglona and House Speaker Benigno R. Fitial, Tenorio said that, for a more efficient implementation, “it is recommended that the bill include enforcement and penalty provisions.”
Aug. 21, 2002
Governor’s Friday speech is still ’the talk’ at the Hill
Four days after Gov. Juan N. Babauta spoke to the Legislature, the fallout from that speech was still reverberating inside the legislative chambers, with Senate and House leaders standing on opposite sides of the fence. Senate President Paul A. Manglona said the message he got is that the Legislature and the Babauta administration should be working together, while House Speaker Heinz S. Hofschneider characterized it more as a personal rebuke on him by the Governor. “I understand that some House members are unhappy but let me tell you that sometimes, we need messages like that and I think that the message is clear: that we should be working together,” said Manglona.
Red Cross Club 200 gets $20K donation
The Northern Marianas Chapter of the American Red Cross got a big boost for its annual Club 200 fundraiser with a $20,000 donation of cash and in-kind support from Tan Holdings Corporation. In its 15th year, Club 200 will be held on October 13, as part of a three-day Mardi Gras-style “Carnivale” fundraiser at the American Memorial Park. Last week, Tan Holdings executives Jerry Tan and Lynn Knight presented the $10,000 cash donation from the company’s charitable foundation, along with a plan for an additional $10,000 in in-kind support to Red Cross officials.