Northern Mariana Islands

Accusations of corruption after Mariana Islands announce casino deal

Fri 18 Jul 2014 -

SAIPAN, Northern Marianas ---- Legislators in the Commonwealth of the Mariana Islands have been accused of corruption following the awarding of a controversial casino licence in Saipan.

NMI almost became part of ocean preserve expansion, says Palacios

Mon 14 Jul 2014 -

SAIPAN, Northern Marianas --- Northern Marianas Department of Land and Natural Resources Secretary Arnold I. Palacios disclosed last week that the Marianas Trench Marine Monument was included in the original proposal to expand ocean preserves.

Petition to repeal Saipan casino law garners 3,000 signatures

Mon 09 Jun 2014 -

SAIPAN, Northern Mariana Islands --- The petition to repeal the Saipan casino law has attracted 3,000 signatures and was submitted to the Attorney General’s Office last Thursday.

Saipan's first female mayor

Mon 09 Jun 2014 -

SAIPAN, Northern Mariana Islands --- CNMI Governor Eloy S. Inos has sworn in Marian DLG Tudela as Saipan’s new and first female mayor.

US allows CNMI to keep some 10,000 foreign workers up to 2019

Haidee V. Eugenio
Wed 04 Jun 2014 -

U.S. Department of Labour Secretary Thomas E. Perez has granted on May 28 (May 29, Saipan time) repeated requests to extend by five years or up to December 31, 2019 a programme allowing some 10,000 foreign workers to continue working in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, which has ...

CNMI governor Inos makes new case for divert airfield on Tinian

Wed 28 May 2014 -

SAIPAN, Northern Mariana Islands --- CNMI Governor Eloy S. Inos has called on the U.S. Air Force anew to place its planned divert airfield on Tinian, saying the continued insistence on the use of Saipan creates an “impression” in CNMI people’s minds and hearts that this military branch “has no ...

Student promiscuity and bullying up in CNMI

Tue 13 May 2014 -

SAIPAN, Northern Mariana Islands --- Nearly a fifth of public high school students in the Northern Marianas say they were bullied at school last year.

CNMI political status commission vetoed

Tue 13 May 2014 -

SAIPAN, Northern Mariana Islands --- Governor Eloy S. Inos of the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas (CNMI) has vetoed a bill creating a new commission to examine whether the people desire continuing the islands’ current political relationship with the United States.

US Fish and Wildlife Service to hold endangered species open house meetings on Saipan and Guam

Mon 12 May 2014 -

SAIPAN, Northern Mariana Islands --- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is holding Open House meetings on Saipan and Guam. The information meetings will provide an opportunity for interested parties to learn about the process for proposing new threatened or endangered species under the U.S. Endangered Species Act and proposing ...

Turned down Casino project may protest

Mon 12 May 2014 -

SAIPAN, Northern Mariana Islands --- A Hong Kong casino business is considering a protest in the Northern Marianas after missing out on a licence for a new casino.

Two apply for Saipan casino license

Tue 22 Apr 2014 -

SAIPAN, Northern Mariana Islands --- Two foreign companies have applied for an exclusive casino license on Saipan. Each paid the application fee of $1 million.

Google Earth to visit Saipan next month

Tue 22 Apr 2014 -

SAIPAN, Northern Mariana --- The Marianas Visitor Authority (MVA)is encouraging all government departments and agencies to “spruce up” public areas, especially tourists destinations, because Google Earth representatives are arriving next month.

Cattle export to Guam nears

Fri 11 Apr 2014 -

SAIPAN, Northern Marianas ----Months after Marianas governors and lawmakers took a strong interest in improving interisland agricultural trade, the CNMI is now a step closer to exporting cattle to Guam with the recent introduction of a bill in the Guam Legislature removing the required testing for a cattle disease that ...

Governor Inos proposes US$134million budget for fiscal year 2015

Tue 01 Apr 2014 -

SAIPAN, Northern Marianas -----Although the funding levels for Tinian and Rota were “substantially” cut, CNMI Governor Eloy S. Inos says his administration will submit a US$134 million budget for fiscal year 2015 which begins on 01 October.

House resolution calls for Fitial extradition

Tue 25 Feb 2014 -

SAIPAN, CNMI --- Seven of the 20 House members Monday pre-filed a joint resolution urging Gov. Eloy S. Inos to take the necessary steps to extradite former CNMI Governor Benigno R. Fitial who faces criminal charges in Saipan.

February 2014

Gov Inos deals with land issues

Haidee V. Eugenio

U.S. President Barack Obama signed on Sept. 18, 2013 a law conveying 3-mile submerged lands to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, only to temporarily withhold the transfer to local control of five offshore lands four months later or on Jan. 15, 2014.

Sitting on a gold mine, CNMI may have gold, silver, oil deposits waiting to be explored

Haidee V. Eugenio
Tue 04 Feb 2014 -

SAIPAN, Northern Mariana Islands --- If international seafloor mining companies’ interests in previous years are a gauge, then the CNMI may be sitting on or surrounded by multimillion worth of high-grade hydrothermal deposits rich in copper, zinc and lead with a high gold and silver content as well as large ...

UN adviser: CNMI Periodic reassessment is good

Tue 04 Feb 2014 -

SAIPAN, Northern Mariana Islands --- Dr. Carlyle Corbin, a visiting international adviser on governance and multilateral diplomacy, noted with interest the renewed push to assess the CNMI’s political relationship with the United States at a time when other areas in the world with political relationship with bigger countries are doing ...

CNMI charter flights from three cities in China to start this month

Tue 21 Jan 2014 -

SAIPAN, CNMI --- The CNMI’s third signatory airline is expanding its route to China, with Dynamic Airways’ announcement that it will launch charter flights to Saipan from Tianjin, Wuhan, and Hangzhou later this month.

US withholds transfer of 5 islands’ submerged lands in CNMI

Haidee V. Eugenio
Fri 17 Jan 2014 -

SAIPAN, CNMI --- U.S President Barack Obama signed a proclamation yesterday temporarily withholding the transfer to the CNMI of submerged lands around five islands that are either part of a national marine monument or under lease to the U.S. military. Governor Eloy S. Inos and the Legislature’s request for a ...

Relief as 15 CNMI soldiers return from Afghanistan deployment

Wed 08 Jan 2014 -

SAIPAN, CNMI ---- “Relief and happiness—that’s what I felt seeing and hugging my son tight,” 54-year-old Joey Ejercito told Saipan Tribune last night, describing the moment he first saw on Monday night in Guam his oldest son, SPC Josh Ejercito, one of the 15 CNMI soldiers who just returned from ...

Former speaker: Congress should consult the CNMI people on Political status

Tue 07 Jan 2014 -

SAIPAN, CNMI --- As the U.S. Congress considers a bill that will grant improved status to longtime residents in the Northern Marianas, former House Speaker and a person of Northern Marianas descent Pedro R. Deleon Guerrero said the indigenous people should be consulted.

Changing relationship with America is long shot — CNMI Governor Inos

Mon 06 Jan 2014 -

SAIPAN, CNMI --- Northern Marianas Governor Eloy S. Inos is cautioning against a “shotgun approach” to raising issues with the United States over immigration and military plans to use more islands for live-fire training, saying that changing the CNMI’s political relationship with the most powerful country in the world is ...

US House budget spares CNMI programs from sequestration

Tue 17 Dec 2013 -

SAIPAN, CNMI --- CNMI programs dependent on federal dollars will be spared some of the impacts of sequestration or automatic across-the-board budget cuts under a compromise federal budget plan that the U.S. House of Representatives passed last Wednesday.

Electronic gaming machines on Saipan now law

Tue 17 Dec 2013 -

SAIPAN , Northern Marianas --- CNMI Governor Eloy S. Inos signed into law on Friday a bill allowing the operation of electronic gaming machines in hotels on Saipan, ending months of discussions and compromises between the House, the Senate and the administration. Others describe it as legalization of “stealth casino ...