August 23, 2005
Lightning cripples Tinian phones
Verizon phone customers on Tinian were without service yesterday after a lightning hit the telecommunications firm’s facility. Verizon general manager Tony Mosley said a network shelf card blew due to a lightning strike early yesterday morning. The network shelf connects the network and all the links and is necessary to bring up the dial tone for the landline phone service. As of 5pm, the company was still expecting delivery of the replacement card. Aside from installing the card, some diagnostic work also needs to be done before the phone service could be turned back up.
Car turns turtle on Beach Road
A sports utility vehicle that is believed to have been involved in a collision with another vehicle turned turtle Sunday night along Beach Road, injuring its driver and possibly the driver of the other car.
Police found the green Nissan Montero SUV on its back around 10:43pm Sunday night. The car, with plate number ABW-594, was upside down on the northbound lane along Beach Road, just after Moylan’s Insurance Underwriters International office. Police, however, would not give any details of the accident, besides saying that the case would be investigated as soon as possible.
August 23, 2006
Audit: Claims, judgments vs NMI govt reach $9M
Claim settlements and judgments against the Commonwealth government have reached $9 million as of last fiscal year, according to an independent audit report by Deloitte & Touche. The private firm, which audited the entire government’s financial activities in fiscal year 2005, reported that the CNMI owed $9.02 million in tort and other claims as of Sept. 30, 2005. According to Deloitte & Touche, total claims against the CNMI government was already at $9.02 million when FY 2005 started on Oct. 1, 2004.
PSS after-school programs shutting down
The Commonwealth’s power woes has not spared the Public School System as a number of schools have shut down their after-school programs in an effort to conserve electricity. The cash-strapped PSS has appealed to school principals and program managers to cooperate and help PSS stay within its $37.2 million budget for school year 2006-2007 in response to skyrocketing utility bill that the agency would be shouldering for the first time. While teachers are keeping an eye on their electricity meters, some cannot help but express concern over the scrapping of after-school programs. Hopwood Junior High School teacher Angie Quinata said the school’s Saturday Reading Program has been temporarily put on hold due to the power schedule and utility savings. She added that the program has been very helpful to students.
August 23, 2007
’Less on programs, more on construction’
The Public School System spent significantly less on instructional programs and more on construction in fiscal year 2006, according to an independent audit issued yesterday. According to the Office of the Public Auditor’s executive summary of the audit report by Deloitte & Touche, the school system’s instructional expenditures fell by $6.5 million, or 10 percent, over the latest one-year period.
New insect species released to fight Kagman ivy gourd
Ivy gourd, also known as scarlet gourd (Coccina grandis), has met its match with the release of about 60 to 90 insects that were imported from Guam to control the spread of the invasive plant on Saipan. NMC-CREES entomologist Dr. Joaquin Tenorio told Saipan Tribune yesterday that the new insect, called the ivy gourd moth or the Melittia Oedipus, has been released in the field to counter the spread of the plant. Tenorio said at least 60 of these insects were released last week in Kagman where there is heavier infestation of the plant. He said these insects are expected to chomp on the encroaching ivy gourd and control its further spread. Tenorio said his office would be monitoring the progress of the insects to determine their success rate. He said the moths were imported from a quarantine laboratory in Guam. Right now there are 300 eggs that are being cultivated in the Kagman laboratory to propagate more insects. A follow up release of another batch of the ivy gourd moths is set on Sept. 13.