Brian Humphrey, left, director of Field Operations, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Donald Browne, senior vice president-Operations, Imperial Pacific International (CNMI) LLC, hold up copies of the memorandum of understanding yesterday morning at the Francisco C. Ada/Saipan International Airport. (Bea Cabrera)

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Tang: Casino BGRT helps CNMI make $1M payments per week

Tang says $468M needed to fully fund Settlement Fund The gross revenue tax from the Saipan casino has helped the CNMI government pay $1 million per week to the Settlement Fund since December 2015, extending the Settlement Fund’s investment horizon, according to Settlement Fund trustee Joyce C. H. Tang. However, since it is not certain that this source of revenue will continue, and because of the CNMI government’s own lack of revenue diversification, relying too much on the casino GRT “is...

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Election panel has no chairperson, 3 commissioner positions vacant

The Commonwealth Election Commission has no chairperson and three other commissioner positions for Saipan and Northern Islands are vacant. CEC executive director Julita Villagomez said yesterday that the term of former chairperson Frances M. Sablan expired last Aug. 8, along with...

BOE eyes certified question on budget

Agitated over not getting its constitutionally mandated share of 25 percent of next fiscal year’s budget, the Public School System may submit a certified question with the CNMI Supreme Court to settle once and for all what constitutes its share. At a Board of Education meeting...
Posted On Sep 21 2017

Hong Kong corporation brings lawsuit to the CNMI

A Hong Kong-based corporation is suing a principal subsidiary of Imperial Pacific International Holdings for allegedly failing to pay for professional services relating to four contracts totaling $171,500. Hyperdrive International Limited, through counsel Robert T. Torres, is...

Other Local News

Kilili says diplomacy is key on North Korea

Delegate Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan (Ind-MP), who is currently in China with a congressional delegation, is currently involved in negotiations to “reduce tensions” in the region in the wake of North Korea launching missiles over Japan in the direction of Guam. In an email to...

Sports

TanHoldings recovers, nips Kanoa

TanHoldings Football Club bounced back from its season-debut loss with a 3-2 victory against Kanoa FC in their boys U14 division game in the 2017 NMIFA Fall Youth League last Saturday at the Koblerville Elementary School Field. TanHoldings drew goals from...

Business

USCIS resumes premium processing

WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services resumed premium processing yesterday for all H-1B visa petitions subject to the fiscal year 2018 cap. The fiscal year 2018 cap has been set at 65,000 visas. Premium processing has also resumed for the...

Opinion

Open letter to the people of the CNMI

Editor’s Note: The following was originally published in the opinion section of the Saipan Tribune in June 2016. It is being republished here at the request of the author. It is being published in two parts; this is the second part. Last of two parts 1)...

Letters to the Editor

Two wrongs don’t make one right

The decision by the Guam Senate Committee on Ethics to recommend the censure of Sen. Espaldon came as a surprise to some degree but anything is possible in politics. As for his guilt, it is still not clearly defined as the facts are left up to...