Flashback – Feb. 1999-Feb. 2001

Posted on Feb 24 2012

Feb. 24, 1999

AG warns against credit repair scams

Acting Attorney General Maya B. Kara yesterday warned the public against companies operating in the commonwealth which offer services to “repair” credit for a fee. Kara said there has been a considerable fraud in this industry, victimizing unsuspecting consumers who were charged thousands of dollars for services which were either not rendered or ineffective, and could have been done without assistance from such companies. “Some activities are even illegal and consumers have committed felony offenses at the direction of these unscrupulous operators,” Kara said in a press release issued by the Office of the Governor’s Press Secretary.

Legislators urged not to stall CIP bill

The chair of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee yesterday warned legislators against derailing a key legislation appropriating funds under the capital improvement projects, saying the measure has to be in place as soon as possible to help spur the local economy. Rep. Karl T. Reyes, who sponsored the House bill that will set in motion millions of dollars in CIP funds on the island, maintained the projects outlined in the measure are those considered priority in the master plan that was drafted for more than six months by the government last year. “The longer we hold it back, the more problem it creates,” Reyes said in an interview, reacting to reports that his bill may be amended in the Senate after the House has passed it in its entirety.

Feb. 24, 2000

GAO report may shield CNMI vs fed takeover

A report prepared by the accounting and investigative arm of the U.S. Congress on the Commonwealth’s economy could be a strong shield against Washington D.C. efforts to extend federal immigration and minimum wage laws into the CNMI. Gov. Pedro P. Tenorio yesterday expressed confidence the U.S. Congress will take into consideration the General Accounting Office report when it tackles legislative measures on the federalization of CNMI immigration and minimum wage. Mr. Tenorio said the study was actually requested by the U.S. Congress in light of recommendations and report submitted by the Clinton Administration detailing harsh accusations against the Commonwealth’s handling of its own labor and immigration policies.

Bill seeks to earmark $123K to Rota

House Vice Speaker Alejo Mendiola is introducing a local legislative measure that would earmark $123,000 in total funds generated from pachinko and poker machine license fees to major projects that will be undertaken by the local government of Rota. The finance department said the government generated at least $123,000 from the Rota Local Law 11-1 which was implemented beginning Dec. 30, 1998. Mr. Mendiola said his proposed measure would put these funds for use by the Rota local government in several essential community programs on areas that include livelihood, health and education.

Feb. 24, 2001

Chinese officials seek investment opportunities

Two officials from China’s largest Chamber of Commerce are on Saipan this week to speak with local businessmen and government leaders about investment opportunities in the CNMI. Wang Shen Yang, chairman of the China Chamber of Commerce for Import and Export of Textiles, and Deputy Director Xiao Ling met with acting Gov. Deigo Benavente yesterday to discuss starting business enterprises in the CNMI. Wang said that his Chamber represents over 5,000 different businesses in China, most of them relating to import and export of garments, but many also representing other types of businesses.

Higher Educ Act gets Senate’s partial OK

The Senate approved yesterday the partial passage of the bill proposing to subject Northern Marianas College’s personnel hiring and firing practices to Civil Service Commission rules and regulations. The proposed Higher Education Act of 2004 or Senate Bill 14-22 was adopted on first reading during a session on Monday, with eight out of nine senators voting in favor of the measure’s passage. The bill will still have to go through final reading before it can be considered passed by the Senate. Senate Vice President Diego M. Songao, the bill’s author, expressed his disagreement over claims that the legislation would jeopardize the accreditation of the college.

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