Friday, May 28, 2010

DOJ Investigating CNMI

Rumors are brewing that the United States Department of Justice has an ongoing investigation in the CNMI. Will Froilan Tenorio, Pete P. Tenorio and Ben Fitial finally pay for their illicit dealings with Jack Abramoff? Is Arnold Palacios being investigated for leasing government property and then leasing it back to the government at a huge profit? Is Fitial going to go down for his role in human smuggling and the drug trade?

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

JROTC or Saipan Police Department?

The Neighborhood Watch Task Force, a community group, is seeking assistance from high school students active in JROTC to help deter crime. Are high school students the best way to fight crime in Saipan?

Monday, May 24, 2010

Blackmail or Public Service?

The CNMI Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management has invited Deanne Siemer to utilize "the power of modern teleconferencing technology" (AKA Skype) to make a presentation on "The Impact of Public Law 17-1 Rules and Regulations on Employers & Contract Workers” during their next regular meeting.

The press release for the event says, "the consequences of not following the new rules and regulations (i.e., possible imprisonment for not more than 90 days, or fine of not more than $500 or both) will be discussed and the session will conclude with a question and answer period." It then goes on to say that, "the presentation includes lunch and the cost is $20 for SHRM members and $30 for non-members."

Is this blackmail or a public service?

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Indignant Mendacity Belies Indigenous Minority

The executive director of the Office of Indigenous Affairs, Ignacio DLG Demapan, says the Chamorro and Carolinian people should not be forced to become a minority in their own land, but the CIA World Factbook says that they already are. The CIA World Factbook population estimate for the Northern Mariana Islands is 48,317. The population is 56.3% Asian and 36.3% Pacific Islander.

The CIA World Factbook also reveals that the Chamorros have already dropped to the third largest ethnic group in the Northern Mariana Islands. Filipinos make up 24.4% of the population, the Chinese are 23.4%, and the Chamorros are only 22.4%.

What is going on when the Office of Indigenous Affairs is saying that the indigenous people will become a minority when they already are? Are contract workers invisible to indigenous people?

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Isa Drive

When you get stuck along Beach Road or Middle Road, better to take Isa Drive. This is a website for those who choose to tread off the beaten path.