Health News

CHCC acquires state-of-the-art medical equipment

By Lori Lyn Lirio COMMONWEALTH Healthcare Corp. Chief Executive Officer Esther Muña has recently announced the procurement of a US$1.8 million worth state-of-the-art medical equipment for the CHCC run medical facilities. According to Muña, the medical equipment were earlier presented to Saipan Gov. Ralph DLG Torres and Representatives Janet Maratita, Vinnie Sablan and Larry Deleon […]


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 […]

Health News

CDC: CNMI improves in combating TB cases

By Lori Lyn Lirio SAIPAN has remarkable improvements in combating tuberculosis cases, according to Centers for Disease and Control Prevention or CDC Medical Officer for the Pacific Region Dr. Richard Brostrom. Back in 1990s, Brostrom noted that Saipan had been seeing about 180 tuberculosis cases per year with the contract workers. “It slowly improved every […]

Events News

Children participate in American Memorial Park’s first underwater explorer summer camp

By Lori Lyn Lirio A TOTAL of 40 children joined the Junior Ranger “Underwater Explorer” summer course of the Teacher Ranger Teacher, a special program by the American Memorial Park. The three-day camp last summer was under the supervision of Riya Nathrani, the ranger teacher coordinator. She was the one who developed the summer program. […]

Diaspora News

Northern Marianas Trades Institute seeks collaboration with Philippines’ TESDA

By Lori Lyn Lirio THE Northern Marianas Trades Institute is looking to collaborate with Technical Education and Skills Development Authority or TESDA, one of the biggest technical institutes in the Philippines. NMTI human resources officer Frank Rebauliman said he, board vice chair Joseph Torres and director Herman B. Cabrera and House Speaker Ralph Demapan flew […]

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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 […]


Saipan’s only school for the behaviorally and academically challenged has reached its population limit

By Lori Lyn Lirio SAIPAN’s only school for the behaviorally and academically challenged could take in no more students. This after the Da’ok Academy Principal Eric Evangelista disclosed that the academy has already reached its maximum population of 50 students which were referred to the academy by the Marianas High School, Kagman High School and […]

Culture and the Arts News

Law supporting cultural experts proposed in Saipan.

By Lori Lyn Lirio A LAW exempting from business license fees individuals who educate others, especially the younger generations of Chamorros and Carolinians, about the local culture was passed before the local Commonwealth of Northern Marianas Island legislature. This was learned after the Indigenous Affairs Office Resident Executive Roman Tudela Jr. expressed support for House […]


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 […]


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, […]


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 […]


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 […]

Culture and the Arts Health News

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 […]


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 […]

Culture and the Arts

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. […]