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FLASHBACK - Nov. 22, 2012

Nov. 22, 2000

NMIRF turns to Teno for $6M

The Northern Mariana Islands Retirement Fund Board of Trustees yesterday asked Gov. Pedro P. Tenorio’s help in securing some $6 million in funding so that it can retire its debt and set up the Group Health Life Insurance Program trust fund which will pave the way for the hiring of a utilization review firm. In a letter to the governor, Board Chair Vicente C. Camacho said students abroad as well as local residents traveling have been having difficulty due to refusal by health providers to honor the CNMI-government issued card as a result of untimely payments made for services rendered to eligible members.

Guam lawyer calls Mitchell ’irrational’

A Guam-based attorney has called suspended lawyer Theodore R. Mitchell irrational, abusive and does not serve the interest of his clients. In his affidavit submitted before the Supreme Court, attorney David J. Luan denied the allegations of Mitchell that he attempted to influence the panel of justices conducting the suspension proceedings on the beleaguered attorney before the high court. In fact, Mr. Mitchell called him up at his residence and tried to borrow money from him because he was already having difficulty financing the case. "I truly feel sorry for Mitchell for his obviously a very sick man. It is my understanding that Mitchell has a family and I hope for their sake that he seek counseling or other professional help to deal with his temper and irrationality," Lujan said.

Nov. 22, 2001

US funding sought for new projects

The Tenorio administration is set to ask the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for federal funds to be used for several infrastructure projects on Rota, Tinian and Saipan. In a notice sent to the public, Gov. Pedro P. Tenorio said that, around December 10, he will submit a request to the HUD for the release of federal funds under Title 1 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 for the construction of various projects in the Commonwealth. The funding, called the Federal Community Development Block Grant, will finance $929,000 of the total cost of the projects.

’NMI needs anthrax-testing equipment’

The Department of Public Health is sending another suspicious substance to Guam for tests, in light of the anthrax scare that gripped Saipan in recent weeks. "We are working to figure out the best possible way to send them out," Health Secretary Jospeh Kevin P. Villagomez said. Emergency Management Office Director Gregorio DeLeon Guerrero said the CNMI’s lack of equipment has caused problems in immediately detecting whether the substance is a bioterrorist weapon or not.

Nov. 22, 2002

OPA mulls outside auditor to probe local funds issue

The Office of the Public Auditor has already placed on the agenda of its upcoming Audit Committee meeting the request by Rota Mayor Benjamin Manglona for an audit of local funds. Although no decision has been made yet on what to do with the request, Public Auditor Michael S. Sablan said the committee will sit down next week for its regular bi-weekly meeting, during which they will decide on what action to pursue on the request. Sablan added, though, that there is a possibility that the OPA may just retain an independent accounting firm to conduct the audit on the local appropriations.

Babauta approves QC for Rota firm

Gov. Juan N. Babauta affixed his approval to the Qualifying Certificate application of a Rota-based water bottling company, which becomes the first recipient of the business incentive package on the island. Babauta’s approval gives SEPC (Rota) Spring Water, Inc. a package of tax relief and other incentives afforded by the CNMI government to qualified businesses in the Northern Marianas. SEPC’s QC application received final review from Attorney General Ramona Manglona yesterday. Under the Investment Incentive Act of 2000, certain types of businesses in the CNMI may apply for a Qualifying Certificate, and upon recommendation by the Commonwealth Development Authority and upon a favorable review from the Attorney General, the Governor may approve the QC application, giving tax breaks to that business for up to 10 years.

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