Hafadai Hotel returns to HANMI
After over a year of non-membership, Hafadai Beach Hotel has rejoined the Hotel Association of the Northern Mariana Islands. The hotel’s return to the organization was announced at HANMI’s well-attended 20th anniversary celebration at the World Resort Saipan on Saturday. “We believe that HANMI is a very important organization. Now that we are under new management, we have decided to again be a member of HANMI,” said Hafadai Beach Hotel general manager Hidemitsu Taguchi. HANMI chairwoman Lynn Knight welcomed the hotel’s move. “I am so happy about their decision. Hafadai Beach Hotel is a significant part of the tourism industry. It is one of the biggest hotels we have in the island,” she said.
Ukulele master wows Saipan
Appearing in a gray AC/DC shirt and faded jeans, ukulele master Jake Shimabukuro awed his Saipan audience of over 200, leaving them utterly mesmerized by his avant-garde musical prowess Saturday night. Shimabukuro, 28, performed at the 20th anniversary of the Hotel Association of the Northern Marianas held at World Resort Hotel’s Diamond Hall. “Awesome!” “Great!” “Amazing!” were the words that the audience—adult and children alike—could utter during and after the two-hour dinner concert. With lightning fast fingers, Shimabukuro played his electric ukelele in a repertoire of jazz, blues, funk, classical, bluegrass, folk, flamenco, and rock.
September 12, 2006
Rota flights continue
Continental Connection, operated by Cape Air, announced yesterday that it would continue service to Rota, effective Oct. 11, 2006. Cape Air and the Rota Resort and Spa have signed an agreement for continued air service in an effort to provide the Rota Resort and Spa a viable means of promoting Japanese tourism to the island of Rota. The current agreement with Rota Resort is through March 31, 2007, and will be renewed if there is adequate demand. Continental Connection customers will also continue to receive OnePass® miles. Press secretary Charles P. Reyes Jr. welcomed Continental’s announcement.
Firm wants to extend its power contract with CUC
The private company running the Puerto Rico power plant is appealing the Commonwealth Utilities Corp.’s decision not to extend its expired contract. The Pacific Marine and Industrial Corp.’s contract to operate Power Plant IV expired July 31, 2006. But according to CUC spokesperson Pamela Mathis, PMIC has a pending request for a hearing on the non-extension. The independent power producer will continue to operate the power plant until the appeal is resolved. CUC will also continue to purchase fuel for Power Plant IV during this period. Power Plant IV provides back up capacity for CUC. Composed of small engines, the power plant can produce up to about 12 megawatts a day.
September 12, 2007
School allegedly sells forged licensing docs
A son of Gov. Benigno R. Fitial yesterday accused a Korean-owned school on Saipan of forging licensing documents and selling them to foreigners. Jason Fitial, who used to work as “consultant” for the American Mediscience University, furnished the local media copies of allegedly fake licenses issued to seven Koreans. The documents are virtually identical, except for the name of the recipient. They bear the Board of Professional Licensing logo and state that the recipient is authorized to practice electrical engineering in the Commonwealth. The licenses indicate Dec. 14, 2006 as issue date and Aug. 19, 2006 as date of original registration.
August tests show bacteria in 6 Saipan water systems
Tap water in six Saipan villages were found to contain coliform bacteria during tests conducted in August, according to the Commonwealth Utilities Corp. The affected villages are Sadog Tasi, Upper MIHA Housing/Garapan, Tanapag Homestead, Obyan, Koblerville/Elementary School, and South San Vicente. CUC clarified, though, that this incident is not an emergency. “If it had been, you would have been notified immediately,” CUC said in a statement issued Monday. Tap water users need not boil the water or take other corrective actions.