July 12, 2005
CNMI pleads case in DC
Northern Marianas delegation led by Lt. Governor Diego T. Benavente has left for Washington D.C. to lobby for amendments to U.S. Tariff Code to help local garment manufacturers compete in the international market. The Governor’s Office said the team included governor’s consultant Adam Turner and economic affairs special assistant Richard A. Pierce. Gov. Juan N. Babauta has also asked Guam Delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives Madeleine Z. Bordallo to help push for the amendment to the Tariff Code’s General Headnote 3(a) to reduce the local content value-added requirement for all insular areas to 30 percent level, rather than the existing 50 percent.
Nievera concert draws 3,000-plus fans
More than 3,000 people packed Hopwood Junior High School’s football field to watch Martin Nievera’s “A Night to Remember” Sunday evening in what was billed as Saipan’s concert event of the year. Hundreds of cars filled the allotted parking space inside and outside the venue. There was also a long queue of people at both gates as early as 5pm, with traffic along the road slowing down to a crawl to accommodate the hundreds of people streaming into Hopwood. Fans said they wanted to get the best seats possible for a close look at Manila’s concert king.
July 12, 2006
SHEFA presents returning scholars to the community
Recent college graduates who had benefited from the Saipan Higher Education Financial Assistance were presented to the Rotary the Club of Saipan yesterday during the group’s regular weekly meeting at Hyatt Regency Saipan. SHEFA board member Howard Macaranas and long-time advocate and former Rep. William Torres graced the occasion and presented the “products” of the two-year-old scholarship and financial assistance program. Macaranas said they want SHEFA scholars to be noticed by the business community in the CNMI, hence the presentation.
New Head Start classrooms about 52-percent complete
The CNMI Head Start Program’s future learning center in the heart of Garapan is nearing completion and will soon open its services to the community. According to Elizabeth Balajadia, the Public School System’s Capital Improvement Project coordinator, the new Head Start building in Garapan is 52-percent complete and PSS is targeting to finish the project this December. She said the roofing for the classrooms was completed Monday last week. Head Start Program director Jeanne Samari said during the groundbreaking ceremony in March that there would be two new Head Start buildings this year. The two additional Head Start classrooms would have at least four sessions every day serving at least 75 children. Samari said there would be 17 Head Start students per session, as federal law requires.
July 12, 2007
Fitial sets meeting with DC officials before Senate hearing
Making up for his absence here, Gov. Benigno R. Fitial will meet with a handful of officials before attending the hearing on the CNMI federalized immigration bill in the Senate next week. Fitial will see Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-New Mexico), chairman of the US Senate’s Committee on Energy and Natural Resources as well as U.S. Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne and Interior deputy assistant secretary David B. Cohen. "I understand the Governor will be coming. He has scheduled a meeting with Sen. Bingaman on the 17th," said Allen P. Stayman, the committee’s senior staff member.
’Marianas to get 170K Japanese tourists in summer’
Saipan and Guam will receive approximately 170,000 Japanese tourists this summer, according to a top travel management agency. JTB Corp. said the number of Japanese travelers coming to the Marianas this summer will decline by 2,000, or 1.2 percent, compared with the same period last year. No separate figure was provided for Guam or Saipan. The combined estimate for both destinations represents 6.7 percent of the 2.52 million total Japanese who are expected to travel overseas during summer. JTB’s projection was based on a survey of 1,200 Japanese who intend to spend at least one night away from home between July 15 and Aug. 31, 2007. The survey was conducted June 6-18 in 200 locations throughout Japan.