GUBERNATORIAL DEBATE-Gov. Ralph DLG Torres delivers his opening statement as Lt. Gov. Arnold I. Palacios and Rep. Christina E. Sablan (D-Saipan) listen during the 2022 Gubernatorial Candidate Debate hosted by the Saipan Chamber of Commerce at the Saipan World Resort’s Taga Hall last night.(FERDIE DELA TORRE)

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Relying mainly on ARPA to  fund personnel costs risky

Senate Fiscal Affairs Committee chair Sen. Victor B. Hocog (R-Rota) said Tuesday that the House of Representatives’ action of using 80% of the American Rescue Plan Act money to fund the personnel costs of the government’s departments and agencies,  places the CNMI government and its employees in a detrimental financial risk should ARPA funds become unavailable to fund such costs in the following years. In a slide presentation during the Senate’s press conference in the Senate chamber Hocog...

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‘Senate budget version more clear, provides security’

Rep. Patrick H. San Nicolas (R-Tinian), who were  among the three minority members in the House of Representatives who voted “yes” to pass the House’s budget bill for government’s operations for Fiscal Year 2023, explained during Tuesday’s emergency session why he changed his...

Gas down another 10 cents

The downward trend in fuel prices continues as local oil companies on Saipan dropped their prices by another 10 cents. Local oil company Mobil Marianas surprised their customers with yet another decrease in oil prices yesterday afternoon, just eight days since the last rollback....

CNMI hosts 1st APP conference in years

The CNMI hosted its first Association of Pacific Ports conference in 16 years which was held at the Hyatt Regency Saipan’s ballroom. According to Kimberlyn King-Hinds, Commonwealth Ports Authority chair and previous APP president, the CNMI hasn’t hosted the APP conference since...

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All set for today’s gubernatorial debate

All is set for today’s debate by gubernatorial candidates Gov. Ralph DLG Torres, Lt. Gov. Arnold I. Palacios, and Rep. Christina E. Sablan (D-Saipan) at the Saipan World Resort’s Taga Hall, according to the Saipan Chamber of Commerce yesterday. “We are all set for tomorrow and...

Sports

GCA nips Hopwood 1

Defending champion Grace Christian Academy nosed out Hopwood Middle School 1, 20-18, in the girls middle school division game in the IT&E Interscholastic Basketball League last Friday at the Marianas High School Gymnasium. The close win allowed GCA to...

Business

Docomo Pacific’s next Tech Talks webinar series on Sept. 30

TAMUNING, Guam—Docomo Pacific will host its next Tech Talks webinar titled “Visibility, Security, and Control. Take Charge of Your Network” on Friday, Sept. 30. This free webinar will focus on Managed Wi-Fi and how businesses can take charge of their...

Opinion

Puerto Rico and the US territories: The need to resolve their constitutional and political issues

Last of a two-part series Congress’ treatment of the territories over the past 125 years has mostly been uneven, disparate and, many times, unfair (if not condescending) to the people residing in the territories. For example, Congress enacted federal...

Letters to the Editor

Yes, the governor doesn’t care about veterans

Mr. lakopo is correct. The governor doesn’t care about veterans. Well, let me correct that: The governor cares a lot about getting his picture in the local media standing alongside veterans, Veterans Affairs, and military officials and paying lip service...