Nov. 16, 2001
Bush OKs aid for CNMI's water needs
US President George W. Bush signed into law Tuesday night an energy and water development appropriations bill that contains a provision laying the groundwork for future federal assistance for the CNMI's water needs. A provision inserted into House Resolution 2311 sets aside $400,000 for the US Army Corps of Engineers to review the CNMI's plans for improvements to its water system. Once the review is done, the Corps of Engineers will be required to prepare a report and transmit it to the US Congress to be used as a basis for any future assistance that the federal government may extend to the CNMI to improve its water infrastructure.
$3.3M Beach Road sewer project done
A new sewer line project extending from the Toyota Microl intersection in San Jose all the way to the Haraguchi Building in Garapan is now finished and ready to interconnect with all buildings and private homeowners in the area. This was disclosed by Commonwealth Utilities Corp. spokesman Pamela Mathis, who said the new sewer line would go a long way toward ensuring the environmental purity of the lagoon fronting the Beach Road. Besides the line traversing Beach Road, the sewer pipeline also has some lateral lines-smaller pipelines that are installed toward the mountain side to where the small residential areas are, she said.
Nov. 16, 2002
Govt, private firms tie up for Lower Base cleanup
Concerned government agencies and private companies mostly located in Lower Base have vowed to pool efforts for a major cleanup of the industrial site. The project was initiated by the Department of Lands and Natural Resources, an environmental agency holding main offices in Lower Base. Various government agencies that hold offices in the area also committed to join the efforts, sending their representatives in a meeting at the DLNR office Thursday morning. Lands and Natural Resources spokesperson Marianne Teregeyo said these agencies include the Commonwealth Utilities Corporation, which maintains a power plant in the village. The Department of Public Works, the Technical Services Division of which has been the site for storing automotive batteries believed to contain hazardous substances, also vowed to join.
Senate invites Guam leaders to Saipan
Senate members are extending an invitation to newly elected Guam government leaders to visit and relax on Saipan for a brief period, following the past months of frenzied election campaign. “This is to give them an opportunity to take a break from their hectic campaigning and relax in the CNMI, just for a couple of days,” said Sen. Pete P. Reyes. The Saipan senator requested Senate President Paul A. Mangloña-a high school batch-mate of Guam Gov.-elect Felix Camacho-to confirm as to when it would be convenient for the Guam leaders to visit Saipan.
Nov. 16, 2004
Labor orders probe vs worker, agent
The Department of Labor Hearing Office has ordered an investigation against an alien worker and an employment agent for possible irregularity. Hearing officer Herbert D. Soll issued the instruction as he affirmed the Labor director's decision to deny the permit application filed by employer Victoria Cabrera for worker Sarah G. Gascon. Cabrera filed the application on April 26, 2004, but it was found deficient. On June 15, the Division of Labor issued a deficiency notice, but failed to draw a response from the applicant. The application was finally denied on July 8. An agent, Agnes Guerrero, appealed the denial.
Continental imposes new service fees
Continental Micronesia will implement new service fees for tickets booked via its reservation centers, city ticket offices, or airport ticket counters anywhere in the region. No fee will be charged for booking and ticketing on the airline's website or at airport self-service kiosks. Effective immediately, the carrier will implement an additional $5 fee for tickets purchased via Continental's reservation centers on Guam and the Northern Marianas, and in the Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands, and Palau. A $10 fee will apply to tickets purchased at airport ticket counters and city ticket offices on the islands. “These fees will allow Continental to continue to provide personalized and value-added service to our customers,” said Mark Erwin, Continental Micronesia president and chief executive officer.