Discussions aimed at mending ties soured by dispute over control of the commonwealth's immigration and minimum wage wrap up today between CNMI and the US, and negotiators from both sides appeared to be inching closer to an agreement to hold formal talks in the future.
The Saipan Garment Manufacturers Association announced yesterday that it temporarily suspended two of its members for 30 days for alleged violation of occupational standards and wage payments to its employees.
There's a gag order to limit press coverage of the 902 Consultation Talks in presentations by the various sectors here, i.e., tourism, garment, labor and immigration, etc. Perhaps there's a legitimate reason for keeping the free press out of these talks.
The financial straits of the local government is basically the direct result of the Asian crisis. The mind-numbing assault on local businesses has been devastating. In short, our primary income earner (tourism) is the victim of this regional contagion. It has forced the local...