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Korean musicians, from left, Gun Hyung Nam, Chang Woo Sohn, Jukang Lee, and Seokwon Lee. Photo by Lori Lyn Lirio

Classical musicians held a concert for children in Saipan

By Lori Lyn Lirio DOUBLE-BASS player Chang Woo Sohn recently fulfilled his promise to come back on Saipan and held a mini concert at the Joeten-Kiyu Public Library’s children’s room to the delight of his young audience. This time, Sohn brought with him violinists Gun Hyung Nam and Jukang Lee and cellist Seokwon Lee. When Sohn did a post-Valentine mini […]

High school students from PSS and private school shortly after presenting their research projects to medical experts at the Memorial Park Theatre. In this photos, the students poses with NHI-NIDDK's STEP-UP project directors Dr. Lawrence Agodoa and Dr. George Hui with PSS STEP-UP coordinators Asap Ogumoro and Annette Pladevega, Associate Commissioner Jackie Quitugua and research mentors.  Photo by Lori Lyn Lirio

Promising hs student researchers from Saipan identified and praised by medical experts

By Lori Lyn Lirio SIX underrepresented high school students from Saipan showed promise in their medical researches that a ranking health official recently encouraged them to live their passion and continue their medical research and lead the effort against diseases in the islands. Minority Health Research Coordination director Dr. Lawrence Agodoa said praised the six high school students – De […]

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Million Dollar Scholars.From left, Jessa Camacho, Allison Arellano, Josepha Cabrera and Viron Tenorio at the MYPros fundraising mixer on July 27. Photo by Lori Lyn Lirio.

CNMI scholars aiming high

By Lori Lyn Lirio THE first batch of Million Dollar Scholars is not content with just finishing college as its members are aiming to pursue post collegiate courses after finishing their undergraduate studies college two years from now. This was learned following a brief interview with Josepha Cabrera, Allison Arellano, Jessa Camacho and Viron Tenorio, the first cohort of Gerard […]

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CNMI Department of Public Health officials join Gay Pride celebration

By Lori Lyn Lirio CELEBRATING equality and their uniqueness, members of the local LGBT community recently hosted the first-ever Gay Pride in Saipan. Event organizer Sharmaine Casquero said the July 29 celebration, which was held at the GIG Discotheque, was a success as she announced that they will do it yearly. Initially, she said, the show was meant to raise […]

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William S. Reyes Elementary School counselor Rebecca J. Flores teaching life skills lesson to fifth grade students at the second week of summer camp program.

Summer camp to keep teenagers from bad habits held in Saipan

By Lori Lyn Lirio TO ween teenagers away from bad habits and behaviors that put them at risk, the William S. Reyes Elementary School in Saipan recently held a summer camp program that focuses on teaching children life skills. About 60 students – composed of third, fourth and fifth graders from WSR participated. The facilitators are counselors and teachers, who […]

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NMTI awardees with NMTI board members. Photo by Lori Lyn Lirio

Technical trade workers honored in Saipan

By Lori Lyn Lirio THE Northern Marianas Trades Institute, on its recent third annual gala, recognized five individuals and a business organization for their contribution to the technical trades. Aside from the holding the recognition gala this year, the NMTI also introduced the Robert H. Jones award, which gives recognition to students of the culinary arts. The award was created […]

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CCLHS program offers two courses to 23 public school teachers who are still lacking the BOE's required certifications. Photo by Lori Lyn Lirio

Certification courses offered in Saipan for teachers’ salary increase

By Lori Lyn Lirio TWENTY three public school teachers from Saipan have completed their certifications thereby paving the way for a much deserved salary increase. The Chamorro and Carolinian Languages and Heritage Studies Program said the certification completion was done after the teachers completed the two courses they offered. CCLHS director Jonas Barcinas said teachers are taking courses on multicultural […]

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Donald Mendiola, center, has been practicing herbal healing for 47 years now. He conducted Amot Chamorro at the PIBBA conference. Photo by Lori Lyn Lirio

Alternative medicine, popular subject among middle schoolers in Saipan

By Lori Lyn Lirio HERBAL medicine is one of the most popular topics in the bilingual class among the middle schoolers in Saipan. This according to Hopwood Middle School (HMS) teacher and herbalist Donald Mendiola, who was among the presenter in the recently held Pacific Island Bilingual Bicultural Association conference at the HMS campus. About 20 participants, mostly women, who […]

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Advanced Placement seminar for teachers held in Saipan

By Lori Lyn Lirio TO further professionalism and the advancement of their teaching career, the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands Public School System last month hosted the Advanced Placement Summer Institutes at the Northern Marianas College for teachers. Twenty eight teachers from public and private schools attended the APSI workshops, which was held from June 18 to 22. The workshop […]

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Carolinian Affairs Office, Rivers Pictures to produce Carolinian language and culture show

Carolinian Affairs Office, Rivers Pictures to produce Carolinian language and culture show

By Lori Lyn Lirio IN an attempt to preserve their culture, the Carolinian Affairs Office will collaborate with Rivers Pictures to do an educational and cultural series about the local language and culture. CAO Executive Assistant John I. Tagabuel said the production on ‘Akkabwung Mwaleiyasch Refaluwasch’ or Learning our Carolinian Language will start in August. Rivers Pictures created and produced […]

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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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Diabetes complications affected organs. Diabetes affects nerves, kidneys, eyes, vessels, heart, brain and skin. Round info graphic. Image by strongestinworld.com

Diabetes situation in Saipan “quite serious” – CNMI Public Health official

By Lori Lyn Lirio THE diabetes situation in the Commonwealth of northern Marianas is “quite serious.” Thus said Public Health’s Medical Director Dr. Phuong Luu during an interview where she also emphasized that managing that debilitating disease is also the patient’s responsibility. “One out of five adults in the CNMI was diagnosed with diabetes,” Dr. Luu said, citing the 2016 […]

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Organizers of the M40 or March for the Oceans Genzo Gonzales and Kaya Rasa, kneeling in front, join the community members who participated in the event.  Photo © Lori Lyn Lirio

Saipanese joined the International March for the Ocean

By Lori Lyn Lirio SAIPAN joined the historic day for the seas early this month as its folks from all ages joined the International March for the Ocean. About 80 individuals – all wearing blue shirts – joined the June 9, march started at 7 a.m. at Guma Sakman in Susupe and ended at Atkins Kroll intersection an hour or […]

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HMS Valedictorian Mary Joyce Espinosa with the Board of Education Academic Excellence Award. Photo © Lori Lyn Lirio

Filipino Americans continue their quest for academic honors in Saipan

By Lori Lyn Lirio FILIPINO Americans continue to grab the top academic honors in Saipan, this time at the Hopwood Middle School. This was learned after HMS promoted 303 middle schoolers (8th grade) to high school (9th grade) next grade last June 1. Principal Rizalina Liwag said these students have succeeded and completed their educational journey in the middle school […]

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Memorial Day is not just to honor fallen soldiers but their families as well

By Lori Lyn Lirio “MEMORIAL Day is not just to honor the fallen soldiers, but also recognizing their families who are also on the “frontline of sacrifice.” Thus said Veterans Affairs acting Executive Officer Bernie B. Dela Cruz during last month’s commemoration of Memorial Day. “To the families of the veterans, we salute you all. You deserved our recognition as […]

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US immigration rejected transitional worker petitions for over 100 Saipan nurses

By Lori Lyn Lirio DESPITE the lack of health care professionals in Saipan, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services has rejected the transitional worker petition filed by the Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation for 111 nurses, nurse managers and supervisors, it was learned yesterday. According to CHCC Chief Executive Officer Esther Muña, the CHCC has filed CW (transitional worker) petitions for […]

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Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands team preparing for national debate in Florida

Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands team preparing for national debate in Florida

By Lori Lyn Lirio JONATHAN Wolf and Filipino American Vladimir Palma, who won in 2017 National Junior Speech Debate Association championship, both aim to make it to the final round when they compete at 2018 NJSDA to be held at Fort Lauderdale, Florida on June 20-22. “I am really hoping to make it at least to Top 5. Semi final […]

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War movie screening a hit in Saipan

By Lori Lyn Lirio A ONE night screening of the movie series “We Drank Our Tears” crashed the box office early this month as all tickets were sold out even before the screening date. The movie’s writer, producer and director, Galvin Deleon, said the filming and showing of “We Drank Our Tears” series was a dream and vision come true […]

At least 346 individuals and 57 agencies participated in the NMC's annual career fair at the Saipan World Resort. Photo © Lori Lyn Lirio.

Successful job fair held in Saipan

By Lori Lyn Lirio THIS year’s Northern Mariana’s College Annual Career Fair was a success. This according to NMC Career Manager Neda Deleon Guerrero who reported that more than 300 individuals participated in the NMC’s career fair which was held at the Taga Hall of the Saipan World Resort last May 4. Specifically, Guerrero said 57 agencies received applications and […]

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Hopwood Middle School's current and new members of the National Junior Honor Society.

21 students from Saipan join the prestigious National Junior Honor Society

By Lori Lyn Lirio TWENTY-ONE students from a middle school in Saipan were inducted as new members of the prestigious National Junior Honor Society, it was learned yesterday. According to Rizalina Liwag, principal of Hopwood Middle School, all of the inductees are students of HMS. This brought to 42 the number of its students who are NJHS members. The NJHS […]

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Kagman Community Health Center Board Chairman Velma Palacios. Image © https://twitter.com/velmapalacios

Healthcare privatization row in Saipan comes out in the open (2)

By Lori Lyn Lirio KAGMAN Community Health Center board chairperson Velma Palacios reiterated the health center is not under the Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation as stated in the co-applicant agreement. This after the CHCC said it is not obligated to transfer assets purchased for Kagman Community Health Center, which beginning May 1 has run as a private non-profit entity. “KCHC and […]

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Hospital in Saipan going solar

By Lori Lyn Lirio A SOLAR power system will be soon be implemented in the hospital operated by the government-run Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation in Saipan to make it less dependent on non-renewable energy. This after it was revealed that during last month’s CHCC Board of Trustees meeting, the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands’ Department of Interior has extended a US$560,000 […]

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Leaders in MHS take the lead in the underage drinking discussion. Photo © Lori Lyn Lirio

Youth summit in Saipan shows empowerment can help solve adolescent problems

By Lori Lyn Lirio IN A bid to help young adults tackle teenaged problems, the Commonwealth of Northern Marianas Islands Public School System organized a one-day summit at the Taga Hall of the World’s Resort in Saipan, it was learned yesterday. Attended by 200 students from the CNMI’s PSS, the April 6 summit centers of common juvenile issues like underage […]

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Oleai Elementary School teachers and students. They have won the most school that raised the most money for six consecutive years. Photo © Lyn Lirio

Thousands joined the American Red Cross “walkathon” in CNMI

By Lori Lyn Lirio THE American Red Cross’ 32nd Annual Fundraising Walkathon in the Commonwealth of Northern Marianas Islands was a resounding success. ARC NMI Chapter Executive Director John Hirsh said the April 14 event was participated by more than 2,000 people in the islands of Saipan, Tinian and Rota. “The event met far beyond our expectations as more people […]

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Gov. Ralph DLG Torres and Lt. Gov. Victor Hocog as they sign the proclamation declaring April 26 to 29 the 37th Annual Flame Tree Arts Festival week. Photo © Lori Lyn Lirio

CNMI declares April 26 to 29 the 37th Annual Flame Tree Arts Festival week

By Lori Lyn Lirio IN A bid to promote the culture and arts of Pacific islanders, Commonwealth of Northern Marianas Islands Governor Ralph DLG Torres on Thursday gave US$50,000 to the Commonwealth Council for Arts and Culture for its Flame Tree Arts Festival on April 26 to 29. At the same time, Torres and Lt. Gov. Victor Hocog have signed […]