HOUSE TRIBUTE-Gov. Ralph DLG Torres, third left, and first lady Diann T. Torres, fourth left, with Lisa Manglona Dela Cruz, fifth left, the widow and the family of the late representative Francisco S. Dela Cruz after yesterday’s tribute to the former House vice speaker at the House chamber on Capital Hill. (Jon Perez)

HEADLINES

Potential abuse causes PH removal

The potential for abuse of the H-2B visas was the reason why U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services removed the Philippines from the said worker visa program. Department of Homeland Security in last Friday’s Federal Register declared the Philippines along with the Dominican Republic and Ethiopia as three countries that are no longer eligible for the H-2B visa. USCIS is one of the subordinate agencies under DHS that is currently headed by Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. The DHS-USCIS decision...

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‘Operations at CNMI airports not affected by partial federal govt shutdown’

Operations of the Transportation Security Administration at the CNMI international airports are not affected with the partial federal government shutdown. “We do have enough screeners,” said TSA assistant federal security director of CNMI Shawna Alldridge in a phone interview...

Man robbed at knifepoint in broad daylight

A man was robbed at knifepoint in broad daylight yesterday across the Commonwealth Casino Commission office on Middle Road. At around 10:40am yesterday, the Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services and the Department of Public Safety were seen responding to an incident...

‘USCIS decision may hamper recovery efforts’

Saipan Chamber of Commerce president Velma Palacios said local businesses are directly impacted by the decision of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to remove the Philippines from the H-2B visa program, especially with the islands of Saipan and Tinian still recovering...

Other Local News

Atalig’s 2 other trips to be used as evidence

The U.S. government intends to introduce evidence Rota Mayor Efraim M. Atalig’s two other trips not included in the indictment and has produced over 600 pages of materials related to such trips. Atalig, through counsel David G. Banes, revealed the U.S. government’s action in his...

Sports

Eagles still undefeated

Grace Christian Academy withstood Saipan International School’s repeated comeback bids to keep its perfect record in the boys high school division of the 2018-2019 Commonwealth Coalition of Private Schools Association Volleyball League. The Eagles...

Business

IEM donates air stairs to Saipan airport

RESEARCH TRIANGLE, N.C.—Innovative Emergency Management donated air stairs to the Francisco C. Ada/Saipan International Airport to replace jet bridges that were damaged by Super Typhoon Yutu in October 2018. The two sets of stairs arrived in Saipan on...

Opinion

Maliñgun Fondu

I maliñgun $14 Biyon pesus ginen Marianas guine gi alacha ha atisa manadan kuestion haye gai salape` yan haf` masusede. Lau finañagun maribahan ekonomia pot iran pagyu yan hiniyuñg inbetsionistas (investors) ginen Japon. Dopble maliñgun iya Marianas guine...

Letters to the Editor

So help me God

The oath of office by all elected members of the Legislature and the governor and lieutenant governor principally included the last phrase “So help me God.” In the affirmation statements included references to the laws of the CNMI, and the laws of the...