October 15, 2005
Labor unveils $400K automation project
The Labor Department unveiled new hardware and software equipment at its San Antonio offices yesterday, promising that the processing of applications at the department would become faster with the government’s $400,000-automation project. Labor and Immigration Identification and Documentation System director Tom Torres said the automation would not only make the processing of applications faster, but reduce the risk of misplacing documents as the processing would be done online. With the automation, an application filed with the department will be scanned and routed for review and determination to the appropriate desks online.
Chinese superstar shoots video on Saipan
Chinese recording superstar Li Quan was on Saipan for a five-day music video shoot for his 6th album that will be released on Oct. 25 in China. Li Quan, producer, singer and songwriter, was accompanied by seven other crewmembers, including Sony/BMG China supervisor Leslie Zhu. As translated by Cynthia Weng of Daichi Hotel Saipan Beach, Zhu said the company shot videos for five of Quan’s new songs. She said the Marianas Visitors Authority’s invitation prompted the group to come and film the videos in the CNMI. Zhu said they selected Saipan over Korea and Queensland, Australia due to its tropical setting.
October 15, 2006
Tinian seaport reopens
The U.S. Coast Guard has declared the Tinian seaport safe for commercial traffic. “We have finished diving and inspecting the entrance buoys. The port is now open to all kinds of vessels,” said Saipan-based U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Greg Schultz in a telephone interview Friday afternoon. He said that, with the exception of Buoy 1, all six buoys have been located and are now in their proper place. Schultz said Buoy 1 is on-shore and will be fixed later this month. It’s lack, he said, “is not that critical.”
WASC accrediting team arrives
Twelve members of the Western Association of School and Colleges Accreditation Team are now on the island for the Northern Marianas College accreditation review that will start tomorrow, Monday. The team arrived yesterday. The review process itself will be held from Oct. 17 to 19. Acting president Danny Wyatt encourages the cooperation of all NMC faculty and staff during the visit of the WASC accreditation team. Wyatt said the last time the WASC team visited the college was two years ago. He said the 12 members would be occupying the NMC president’s room. Wyatt and staff were busy preparing up to the last minute for the accommodation of the members.
October 15, 2007
’Federalization is in best interest of locals’
The people who would benefit most from federalization of CNMI immigration are the Chamorros and the Carolinians, according to Deputy Assistant Secretary for Insular Affairs David B. Cohen. In his opinion, Cohen said the interest of the locals is the same as the interest of the guest workers. “The Chamorros and Carolinians have the most to benefit from federalization and that empowering the guest workers will help empower the Chamorros and Carolinians,” Cohen told Saipan Tribune during his consultation meeting with some guest workers who have pending labor cases Friday at Micro Beach’s pavilion. Currently, he pointed out, the fact that guest workers are vulnerable drives down wages in the CNMI and that’s why the wages are too low for locals to want to take jobs in the private sector.
Man dies in 4 vehicular smashup
A man died during a smashup involving four vehicles along Beach Road in Susupe yesterday at midnight. Department of Public Safety spokesperson Lei Ogumoro confirmed that an Asian male died in the accident that happened near the entrance of Saipan Grand Hotel. Ogumoro said she has no other information yet and that she is going to release more details about the accident today. Saipan Tribune however learned from witnesses that the fatality was the driver of a Toyota Corolla. He had a male passenger who suffered minor in