MOCHITSUKI CEREMONY-Japanese consul Kazuhiko Ono is joined by Lt. Gov. Arnold I. Palacios, Saipan Mayor David M. Apatang, and other government officials for the mochitsuki ceremony, which is a Japanese tradition that showcases the preparation of mochi, or rice cakes, to celebrate the 61st birthday of Emperor Naruhito Wednesday night at the poolside of Aqua Resort Club. (NEIL FAMA)

 

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More are ineligible for PUA

More individuals would be ineligible for Round 2 of Pandemic Unemployment Assistance and Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation due to the requirement that one’s company should have completely shut down as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic. During a PUA webinar yesterday, PUA program coordinator Colleen Diaz of the CNMI Department of Labor said that individuals on reduced hours or were furloughed whose place of employment are still open are not qualified for PUA Round 2. For...

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IPI doesn’t oppose suspension of casino license

Imperial Pacific International (CNMI) LLC does not oppose having the Commonwealth Casino Commission suspend its casino gaming license, admitting to failing to pay the $40 million community benefit fund money in 2018 and 2019 and failing to pay the $15.5 million annual casino...

CHCC: 2,000 vaccinated every week

With the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. already vaccinating individuals in phases 1A and 1B on all three islands, it now says that about 2,000 individuals are being vaccinated for COVID-19 at the CHCC Medical Care and Treatment Site on Saipan every week. According to a CHCC...

Legislative initiative seeks to amend Article 12

Senate President Jude Hofschneider (R-Tinian) introduced yesterday a legislative initiative that will amend Article 12 of the NMI Constitution to remove the restriction on the alienation of land in the Commonwealth. Aside from Hofschneider’s Senate Legislative Initiative 22-01,...

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Court said to grant default judgment in favor of 7 construction workers

The U.S. District Court for the NMI is set to grant the reconsideration for default judgment filed by the seven construction workers suing Imperial Pacific International (CNMI) LLC for alleged trafficking and forced labor. According to Aaron Halegua, U.S. District Court for the...

Sports

Dove Women’s League returns

Dove Women’s League will mark its return to action by playing in the newly rebuilt secondary field at the NMI Soccer Training Center in Koblerville this Sunday. The Northern Mariana Islands Football Association’s competition exclusive for the islands’...

Business

Docomo Pacific 1st to offer Apple management ecosystem

TAMUNING, Guam—Docomo Pacific, the regional leader in innovation, telecommunications, and entertainment, is the first telecommunications provider certified to offer Apple Business Manager and Apple School Manager eligible devices on Guam and the CNMI....

Opinion

What happens to your email and social media after you pass away?

Long gone are the days when your cherished memories were stored in handwritten letters and boxes of Polaroid photos. These days a person’s legacy is primarily housed online across a string of websites and social-media apps bursting with photos, messages,...

Letters to the Editor

A long story short

I recently arrived back on Saipan after a day’s long flight, recovering from a medical issue, and very tired. I am writing to thank the staff of the Airport Arrival and the Marianas Resort Quarantine Facility. I must admit I was apprehensive about what...