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Saipan launched Project M fitness class vs non-communicable diseases

By Lori Lyn Lirio THE Physical Activity Council, established under the Non Communicable Disease of the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp and Division of Public Health, has launched Project M – a community-based project committed to eliminate the risk of non-communicable diseases through exercise. The council’s chairwoman Samantha Birmingham-Babauta said Project M activities has started on three […]


Establishment of cultural center in Saipan pushed

By Lori Lyn Lirio SAYING it is long overdue, Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands Department of Community and Cultural Affairs Secretary Robert Hunter expressed support to the establishment of a cultural center. Indigenous Affairs Office Resident Executive Roman Tudela Jr. has taken initiative on ‘resurrecting’ the plan to put up a cultural center by asking […]


“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 […]


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. […]

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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 […]


“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, […]

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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 […]


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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]


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, […]

Culture and the Arts News

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 […]

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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 […]


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 […]