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“We want a drug free campus” — CNMI-PSS

By Lori Lyn Lirio DESPITE the growing the number of states allowing the regulated use of marijuana, the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands Public School Service still expresses its desire to maintain a drug free campus as it opposes the marijuana bill in the local legislature. This after the Board of the Education approved the ratification of written comments to […]

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Thirty on-line educators participate in the workshop facilitated by the PSS. The workshop focused on enhancing teachers and social presence in the online learning environment.

Distance Education workshop for online educators held in Saipan

By Lori Lyn Lirio TO improve teacher and student social presence in the online learning environment, the Commonwealth of northern Mariana islands Public School System held a professional development workshop early this month. Thirty CNMI online teachers participated in the program which was led by Instructional Technology Program leaders Dr. Bobby Cruz and Lorraine Catienza. The workshop was held at […]

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CNMI Chief Justice Alexandro C. Castro gives career advise to KHS student leaders before administering their oath of office.
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“Consider all career options” — CNMI Chief Justice Alexcandro Castro told HS student-leaders

By Lori Lyn Lirio COMMONWEALTH of Northern Mariana Island Supreme Court Chief Justice Alexandro C. Castro early this month shared a few nuggets of wisdom to the officers of the Kagman High School Student Council before administering the oath of office to the new set of council officers. “Think of what you want to be when you grow up and […]

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NOAA's 32 still photos of Marianas Trench deep are now on display at the Hyatt Regency Saipan lobby. The exhibition is a project initiated by the Friends of the Mariana Trench, HANMI and MVA. The ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at the Hyatt lobby. Photo by Lori Lyn Lirio

Marianas Trench photo exhibit now open for public at Hyatt

By Lori Lyn Lirio THE Friends of the Mariana Trench or FOMT, in cooperation with the Marianas Visitors Authority and the Hotel Association of the Northern Marianas Islands or HANMI, is offering the community a glimpse of the Mariana Trench deep through 32-photo exhibition at the Hyatt Regency lobby. The photo exhibition, which began with a ribbon-cutting ceremony last September […]

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CHCC unveils completion of new standard-compliant pharmacy renovation

By Lori Lyn Lirio IN A bid to comply with the new standard set by the United States Pharmacopeial Convention 797 and to make its pharmacological service efficient, the Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation has renovated its pharmacy department and announced its completion. With the focus on complying with the new standard, which will take effect on December 2019, the first phase […]

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“WELL-balanced teachers lead to well-balanced students” — CNMI Superior Court Associate judge

By Lori Lyn Lirio “WELL-balanced teachers lead to well-balanced students.” Thus said Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands Superior Court Associate Judge Teresa Kim Tenorio during the recent CNMI Public School System’s kickoff rally for the school year 2018-19 at the Marianas High School Gym. “Practice self care. I can’t stress enough the importance of it, especially as educators,” Tenorio, as […]

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There is a gap between healthcare and ordinary folks in Saipan

There is a gap between healthcare and ordinary folks in Saipan

By Lori Lyn Lirio THERE is an existing gap between ordinary folks and healthcare in Saipan, according a Fil-Am intern of the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands. Abigail Dimaano made this observation during her internship at the Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation (CHCC). She said her observation confirmed her desire to want to pursue either medicine or take physician assistance program in […]

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Twenty-four students from public and private schools participated in the 2018 Youth Leadership Cohort. Photo by Lori Lyn Lirio

From malls to cannabis industry, CNMI student leaders talked about their plans for Saipan

By Lori Lyn Lirio STUDENT leaders from Saipan have recently expressed their concern over their people’s welfare after noting the cloud of uncertainty over the horizon. This after 24 student leaders who participated in the 2018 Youth Leadership Cohort, where they were taught leadership skills and learned step-by-step framework in achieving their goals, were given recognition by the leadership cohort […]

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CNMI students came back with outstanding results from National Speech and Debate in Florida

By Lori Lyn Lirio THE CNMI teams who competed in the National Speech and Debate Association in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida returned with outstanding results, as two of them finished in Top 5 and three made it to the Top 15 of the junior and senior divisions. In the Junior division, Western Pacific Region Director Harold Easton said Elaine Fernandez and […]

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Guam Memorial Hospital’s loss of accreditation is no cause of concern for CNMI residents — lawmaker

By Lori Lyn Lirio A COMMONWEALTH of Northern Mariana Islands lawmaker said local residents need not worry about the loss of accreditation by the Guam Memorial Hospital. Thus said Senator Teresita Santos as she noted that the GMH’s recent lost of accreditation from the Joint Commission has no impact to CNMI patient referrals as the hospital has not been terminated […]

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Lack of transportation hampers learning of CNMI students

By Lori Lyn Lirio THE lack of transportation is one of the biggest barriers the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands students are facing to access and participate in the programs to improve their learning, Kagman High School Principal Leila Staffler said. In a recent interview, Staffler thanked the Northern Marianas Trades Institute for providing the school a 15-seater van that […]

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90 percent of STEP-UP participants in CNMI pursue science and health career

90 percent of STEP-UP participants in CNMI pursue science and health career

By Lori Lyn Lirio THE innovative and highly experimental Short-Term Research Experience for Underrepresented Persons program is a continuing success. According to Minority Health Research Coordination director Dr. Lawrence Agodoa, about 85 to 90 percent of the students who participated in the Short-Term Research Experience for Underrepresented Persons or STEP-UP have pursued science-and health-related courses in college. Under the National […]

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Twenty three million Americans are recovering from alcohol and drug addition

By Lori Lyn Lirio ABOUT 23 million Americans are in long term recovery from alcohol and drug addiction. According to Faces and Voices of Recovery executive director Patty McCarthy Metcalf, the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Island should be part of this community as there are also recovering alcohol and drug dependents in the islands. “You have people here in CNMI […]

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Gov. Ralph Torres and first lady Diann at the Sakau ceremony.  The king bestowed upon them the title of  lukhan sau sap and luhk pein. Photo by Lori Lyn Lirio

CNMI Governor and First Lady honored by the Pohnpei community

By Lori Lyn Lirio GOV. Ralph DLG Torres and first lady Diann Torres were recently honored by the Pohnpei community who bestowed on them the Lukhan sau sap and Luhk pein titles through Nan Mwarki Kerbet Hebel during the sakau ceremony held at the Garapan Central Park. The Pohnpei community hosted the ceremony in honor of the King and Queen […]

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CNMI to revive latte stone curving

By Lori Lyn Lirio THE Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands Indigenous Affairs Office is set on promoting and producing latte stone curving in a bid to revive this tradition in the islands. This was learned after the CNMI-IAO said they are now reaching out with carver instructors in Guam in an attempt to start a latte curving program in the […]

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CNMI-PSS met with industry partners and educational institutions to prepare student’s career pathways.

By Lori Lyn Lirio IN A bid to expand the student’s career pathways, the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands Public School System recently held a career technical conference which brought together stakeholders and educational institutions. The participants, who attended the conference at Taga Hall in World Resort, include those in the arts and communication business, healthcare services, educational institutions, government […]

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More art program for CNMI residents coming soon

By Lori Lyn Lirio THE National Endowment for Arts has reinstated the Commonwealth Council for Arts and Culture’s eligibility to apply for state partnership for grants after. Department of Community and Cultural Affairs Secretary Robert Hunter said the NEA informed them that the Arts Council is now eligible to apply after the federal grantor reviewed and accepted the end- of-year […]

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Vegetables now a regular part of the menu in Saipan’s middle and high school canteens

By Lori Lyn Lirio SALAD bars are now available in middle and high school canteen to promote health via the consumption of veggies among teenagers in Saipan. This was learned after the Commonwealth of northern Mariana Islands Public School System-Food and Nutrition Service said it started putting up salad bars in middle and high schools in Saipan. PSS nutritionist and […]

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The Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands Public School System is financially sound

By Lori Lyn Lirio THE Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands Public School System is in a sound financial footing. According to Burger, Comer, Magliari LLC (BCM) accounting partner David Burger, the PSS has strong financial statement for FY2016-2017. In his recent presentation at the Board of Education, Burger said the increase in supplemental appropriations from the CNMI government and federal […]

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SAIPAN’s Board of Education threatens to sue CNMI

By Lori Lyn Lirio SAIPAN’s Board of Education threatens to file a lawsuit against the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands should Speaker Ralph Demapan and the members of the local legislature fail to take part in filing the certified question on or before the end of this month. The board has been contemplating on filing certified question to the Supreme […]

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CNMI and other Medicare card holders will be now protected from scammers

By Lori Lyn Lirio COMMONWEALTH of Northern Mariana Islands and other medicare card holders from Hawaii and the US mainland will now be protected from scams as the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services or CMS has started distributing new scam and fraud-proof Medicare cards to their members. According to Nicole Black, CMS Seattle regional office press secretary, said they […]

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Peerlink leader project coordinator Robyn Priest discusses training and technical assistance with Community Guidance Center staff in their office at TSL Building in Garapan on Thursday. Photo by Lori Lyn C. Lirio

CNMI Blue Ribbon Action Team brings back recovery support to community

By Lori Lyn Lirio THE Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Island Blue Ribbon Action Team will renew its assistance to troubled people. This was learned after the CNMI, through the support of the Community Guidance Center, announced that it is bringing back recovery support to the community with clear action plans to assist people who have alcohol or drug abuse and […]

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CHCC to still seek permanent status for its nurses

By Lori Lyn Lirio COMMONWEALTH Healthcare Corporation Chief Executive Officer Esther Muña said the CHCC will continue to secure improved status for its nurses and hospital staff even after the CNMI Workforce Act has passed the hurdle in the U.S. Congress. During the proclamation signing of the CNMI Nurses Week, Gov. Ralph D.L.G. Torres reported that the U.S. Congress passed […]

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Docomo Pacific presents $50,000 check to the CHCC. Also in photo, Gov. Ralph Torres, Rep. Ivan Blanco. Photo by Lori Lyn Lirio

DoCoMo Pacific donates US$50K to CHCC

By Lori Lyn Lirio DOCOMO Pacific, a telecommunications company, donated US$50,000 to the Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation for developing and maintaining an Electronic Health Records system for patient care in the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands. DoCoMo Pacific-CNMI General Manager Dino Manning said last June 6 donation is the first installment of the US$250,000 total donation pledged by the company to […]

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CNMI Governor Ralph D.L.G. Torres pleads guilty to “not taking care of his health.”

By Lori Lyn Lirio COMMONWEALTH of Northern Mariana Islands Governor Ralph D.L.G. Torres recently pleaded guilty “of not taking care of his health,” it was only learned yesterday. According to reports, Torres made his plea last as June 15 when he signed a proclamation designating June 17-23, 2018 as Men’s Health Week. His admission of guilt and proclamation signing was […]

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