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CNMI to lose 18 nurses this weekend

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CNMI tells residents to stay indoors in case of nuclear attack
The Northern Marianas Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management has told residents of the islands to seek shelter indoors in case of a nuclear attack. Its planner and grants manager BJ Nicolas said his office was monitoring the North Korea situation with the Guam Homeland Security Office of Civil Defense and Hawaii Emergency Management Agency. Mr Nicolas said information between the three agencies was constantly shared   Read More ...
Marianas tourism sector opposes US military plans
The Northern Marianas tourism sector is opposed to US military plans to use local islands for training purposes. Tinian and the pristine volcanic island Pagan are being sized up by the Pentagon as live-fire training sites for units associated with a large build-up of marines in neighbouring Guam. The plans are the subject of ongoing discussions between the Pentagon and the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas government   Read More ...
Move to ban plastic bags in CNMI faces numerous hurdles
The Northern Marianas' move towards banning plastic bags still faces a number of hurdles. Lawmakers are trying to follow the lead of American Samoa, the Marshall Islands, the Micronesian state of Yap and the city of Honolulu in banning the bag. A bill has been introduced in the CNMI's House of Representatives which fines retailers between a hundred and a thousand US dollars a day for offering plastic bags   Read More ...
Lawmakers' move to ban plastic bags in CNMI faces numerous hurdles
The Northern Marianas' move towards banning plastic bags still faces a number of hurdles. Lawmakers are trying to follow the lead of American Samoa, the Marshall Islands, the Micronesian state of Yap and the city of Honolulu in banning the bag. A bill has been introduced in the CNMI's House of Representatives which fines retailers between a hundred and a thousand US dollars a day for offering plastic bags   Read More ...
Police officer in CNMI arrested for disorderly behaviour
A Northern Marianas police officer has been arrested for driving under the influence and other offences. Dixon Kwon, a recent recruit, is reported to have crashed his car on Saipan while intoxicated. A passenger was injured. Our correspondent said Mr Kwon is understood to have fled the scene, but was arrested later in the evening.   Read More ...
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CNMI starts with street names and moves to numbers
The Northern Marianas island of Saipan is looking at introducing individual house numbers for easier distribution of both emergency services and mail. The island introduced street names in 2012 and the Saipan Mayor's Office is now working on a numbering system, according to special assistant Henry Hofschneider. Mr Hofschneider said the system will be based on the U.S. Saipan Mayor David Apatang said before 2012 the lack of street names meant paramedics struggled to find the exact location of a person in trouble   Read More ...
CNMI traditional canoe building gets a govt boost
The Northern Marianas is launching a traditional canoe programme, aiming to build a 15 metre Chamorro canoe that can sail to New Zealand for competitions in 2020. The CNMI's Canoe and Navigation program aims to rekindle the long-lost art of traditional sailing. The programme will officially start next week and will showcase authentic Chamorro and Carolinian canoes that are made exactly how they used to be made, using resources provided by the island   Read More ...
Northern Marianas utility makes headway in conservation efforts
The Northern Marianas utilities company is making headway in its efforts to lessen water loss, with water loss down to 59 percent, the lowest it's been in years. The Commonwealth Utilities Corporation says it has progressively improved what it calls "non-revenue loss-water" -- that is, water that it loses in the network somewhere between the source and customers' taps. The corporation says it has improved leak detection, identified unregistered users and replaced dysfunctional meters   Read More ...
CNMI company better utilises water use
The Northern Marianas utilities company is making headway in its efforts to lessen water loss, with water loss down to 59 percent, the lowest it's been in years. The Commonwealth Utilities Corporation says it has progressively improved its non-revenue loss-water that is produced and lost before it reaches consumers. In April, water loss was at 70 percent and that loss went down to just over 64 percent in May, before going further down to the aforementioned 59 percent in June   Read More ...
CNMI health service appeals for $US90m from local govt
The Northern Marianas' healthcare provider is asking local government to invest $US90 million for the 2018 fiscal year. Marianas Variety reported that the Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation (CHCC) asked for the money to hire more specialised physicians and apply for visas for its non-resident nurses. During a Senate budget hearing Senator Justo Quitugua said the hospital should improve its services to reduce the number of patients referred to off-island hospitals   Read More ...
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Tags: Medical Care | 
Autopsies to be done on dead CNMI sewer system workers
The Northern Marianas Attorney General has approved for autopsies to be carried out on the remains of three workers who died while working inside a 7 metre sewer well on Saipan. The Department of Public Safety, which made the request, believed the three died from toxic gas exposure. The autopsies would be conducted at the Commonwealth Health Center's morgue tomorrow morning   Read More ...
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CNMI gets federal money for generators
The Northern Marianas is to receive about $US4.5 million dollars in federal funds to purchase 12 generators to provide emergency back-up power to 91 wells and ensure water supply to all villages on Saipan after a storm. The funding is part of continuing Typhoon Soudelor recovery efforts provided by the federal government. The CNMI's US Congress delegate, Gregorio Kilili Sablan, said the funding will help ensure the Commonwealth Utilities Corporation can maintain water delivery even after a major storm   Read More ...
More tax on betel nut imports in CNMI
The Northern Marianas House of Representatives has increased the excise tax on betel nut imports. Under the old rules importers paid a 1 percent excise tax on each betel nut sale but this is now changed to $US3 per pound of betel nut. The money is intended to be kept aside and used to deter consumption of betel nut which is linked to oral cancer   Read More ...
3 Pinoy workers die in Northern Marianas
SAIPAN, Northern Mariana Islands – Three Filipino workers died last Friday while working in a deep well south of this island, the main economic hub of the US Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. The Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services (DEFMS) identified the fatalities as Ricky Quijano, 48; Amid Tapon, 42; and Danilo Paglinawan, 53. The DEFMS said at 11:11 a   Read More ...
Three dead in CNMI after working in well
In the Northern Marianas, three men died on Friday while working in a 24-foot deep well on Saipan. The men were contracted by the CNMI's utilities company. Our correspondent said toxic gas from the well was suspected to be cause of the multiple deaths. Witnesses said the first worker descended to the well but later collapsed. The two other workers followed him but both also collapsed   Read More ...
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CNMI to lose 18 nurses this weekend
The Northern Marianas only hospital is losing 18 nurses after US Immigration rejected a request to extend their visas. Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation chief executive Esther Muna said the hospital made submissions to change the view of US Immigration but to no avail. Head ICU nurse Rey Alejandre said the departing nurses all held vital positions. They included five emergency nurses, three in the ICU, two in the neo-natal care and others in the operating theatre, surgical section and in paediatrics   Read More ...
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Water in 7 Northern Marianas villages not potable
Just days after defending the quality of tap water in the Northern Marianas, the local utility, the Commonwealth Utilities Corporation, now says residents in seven villages on Saipan should not drink it. This comes after the utility detected levels of perfluorooctane sulfonate, or PFOS, in the reticulated water system. PFOS is a man-made substance historically used in firefighting foam and other commercial goods   Read More ...
CNMI approves opening of Imperial Pacific casino
The Northern Marianas Casino Commission has conditionally approved the opening of the Imperial Pacific Resort casino on Saipan. This comes despite construction of the attached hotel development still being underway. Government agencies said the casino structure had met all building regulations and the company had assured the Commission that all concerns raised by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration had been addressed, including clearance of construction debris   Read More ...
US environmental agency awards $1M to Northern Marianas
HONOLULU (AP) — The Unites States Environmental Protection Agency is giving nearly $1 million to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands for coral reef protection, cleaning up contaminated sites and monitoring pesticide use. The agency announced the award Thursday, saying the money would help strengthen the commonwealth's ability to protect the environment and the health of those who live there   Read More ...
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Tags: Natural environment | 
CNMI marriage surge after licence conditions eased
In the Northern Marianas the Saipan Mayor's Office has recorded a 60-percent climb in marriage licences after the Office of the Attorney General waived some of the requirements for getting married. In 2015, there were 170 marriage licences issued, but this jumped to 275 last year after the Attorney General Edward Manibusan waived the need to produce divorce decrees, death certificates and proof of singleness   Read More ...
CNMI ship arrest deemed invalid
A judge in the Northern Marianas has ordered the release of a ship being held in Saipan. There had been a maritime lien on the cargo vessel, MV Luta, but District Court judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood said this was invalid and ordered its release. She said it was invalid because one of the people bringing the suit, Takahisa Yamamoto, was also part of the joint venture involved with the vessel. Mr   Read More ...
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CNMI warning about ATM skimming
Banks in the Northern Marianas are warning customers that skimming devices have been discovered at some automated teller machines or ATMs. First Hawaiian Bank said it is aware of ongoing police investigation of some ATM skimming devices again found on Saipan. Its management is advising their clients and customers of other financial institutions in the CNMI to remain vigilant and immediately report any incidents. The Bank said the alleged skimming   Read More ...
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Hong Kong budget airline launches CNMI service
Hong Kong's low-budget airline HK Express Airways made its inaugural flight to the Northern Marianas yesterday and promised to provide discounts every week. HK Express general manager Sherman Luk said its entry to Saipan is the beginning of a new era of low fares for the slowly growing travel market between Saipan and Hong Kong. To mark the launch, HK Express is offering an introductory one-way fare of $US76. The   Read More ...
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Foreigner ‘removed’ from NMI after jumping fence at airport
US authorities have reportedly removed a Chinese national from the Northern Marianas after he jumped a fence at Saipan airport when he was denied entry by federal immigration officers. The Commonwealth Ports Authority Executive Director Chris Tenorio told the Marianas Variety that the man was still in custody after he was caught by ports police last week. Mr Tenorio said he could not provide more details but said he believed   Read More ...
CNMI visitor arrivals up 25 percent
The Northern Marianas continues to get a boost from tourism arrivals as visitors to the islands increased 25 percent in November 2016 compared to November 2015. Arrivals to the islands of Saipan, Tinian, and Rota registered 47,261 visitors in November 2016, compared to 37,870 visitors received in November 2015, according to the Marianas Visitors Authority. Korea recorded its second consecutive month of 40-plus percent increase in arrivals, jumping 47 percent   Read More ...
Coral reefs facing a hot time and increased bleaching, especially along US coasts
A new NOAA outlook shows that many coral reefs across around the world will likely be exposed to higher-than-normal sea temperatures for an unprecedented third year in a row, leading to increased bleaching -- and with no signs of stopping. While the bleaching event is global, it will hit the U.S. hard, especially in Hawaii, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Florida Keys, U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto   Read More ...
Plagiarism vs. originality debate takes centre stage in book reading
The novelist Virginia Woolf once said that if you want to come up afresh in thousands of minds and books long after you were dead, the way to do it is to start thinking for yourself.   Read More ...
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