HOMELESS COUNT-Volunteers for the 4th annual Point-In-Time count attend the Commonwealth Homeless Coalition orientation at the Pedro P. Tenorio Multi-Purpose Center in Susupe last Jan. 17. The count itself will be held on Jan. 25. (JUSTINE NAUTA)

HEADLINES

New viral threat rears head

The Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. is currently monitoring a new coronavirus that has been reported in China and Japan and could possibly pose a threat to the Marianas if precautionary measures are not undertaken now. Latest reports say that 17 more people in central China have been diagnosed with the new form of viral pneumonia. In total, 62 cases of the novel coronavirus have been identified in the city of Wuhan, where the virus appears to have originated.  At least a half-dozen countries...

Featured Stories

Tap water menace prompts suit vs 8

The CNMI government is suing eight companies for allegedly making chemicals that later contaminated the CNMI’s drinking water and pose a threat to public health, the environment, and natural sources of water. The CNMI’s lawsuit was filed before the Superior Court last Nov. 19,...

Visitor arrivals up 95% in December

Arrivals to the Northern Marianas increased 95% to 52,297 visitors in December 2019, compared to 26,831 visitors received in December 2018, based on the latest numbers of the Marianas Visitors Authority. According to the MVA, visitor arrivals in December 2018 were low due to the...

Homeless coalition still accepting volunteers for survey

The homeless coalition is still accepting volunteers for its 4th annual Point-In-Time count that will be held on Jan. 25. So far, a total of 75 volunteers attended the Commonwealth Homeless Coalition’s orientation at the Pedro P. Tenorio Multi-Purpose Center last Jan. 17 and at...

Other Local News

MVA brings Taiwanese media to the Marianas

To promote the Marianas to travelers from Taiwan, the Marianas Visitors Authority organized a familiarization tour with Taiwanese media to Saipan, Tinian, and Rota on Dec. 15-22, 2019. The group included representatives of Next TV and ET Today. Next TV will produce two programs...

Sports

Shirley’s Diaz 3 nips Islander in OT

Many time national player Ed Diaz hit a 3-pointer with 7.9 seconds left in overtime to allow Shirley’s Coffee Shop to escape Islander Rent A Car, 105-102, in the open division of the United Filipino Organization IT&E 2019 Basketball League last...
Posted On Jan 20 2020

Business

IslandRide service starts this week

The idea of ridesharing comes to Saipan with the launch last Friday of the IslandRide application at the Royal Taga Ballroom of the Saipan World Resort in Susupe, with over a hundred potential drivers and users attending the launch event. Owned by Digital...
Posted On Jan 20 2020

Opinion

Making the switch on Medicare plans

Did you sign up for a Medicare Advantage health plan last year only to find that it doesn’t meet your needs? Not to worry. You still have time to switch to another Medicare Advantage plan, or return to Original Medicare. Between Jan. 1 and March 31 each...

Letters to the Editor

Dear Republican Party leaders

It is your prerogative, of course, to stand behind the governor and any other politician you please—no matter the criticism, no matter the evidence, and even regardless of public opinion. Name-calling against people who hold views you don’t like seems...