Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Environmental Health issues results of inspections

THE Bureau of Environmental Health, in a media release, says it conducted sanitary inspections in Dec. 2007 at the following retail, eating and drinking establishments and their grades are as follows:
Grade “A
• Jhem’s Restaurant, Garapan
• Saipan Botanical Garden Restaurant, Papago
• Ocean Palace Shark’s Fin, As Denni
• LN Market, Chalan Kanoa
• Bianca Restaurant, San Jose
• Down Market & Butcher, Garapan
• Miro Beach Hotel Gift Shop, Garapan
• Star Best CafĂ©, Garapan
• Shimanokura Japanese Restaurant, Garapan
• LJ’s BBQ Stand, Dandan
• XO Market, Wholesale & Butcher, Gualo Rai
• DFS Saipan Retail, Airport
• DFS Saipan Refreshment & Bakery, Garapan
• Century Hotel Tribes Bar, Garapan
• Subway Restaurant, Garapan
• Mark Fastfood & BBQ, Susupe
• New Times Store, Garapan
• New Manna, San Vicente
• New Amiga Market, Sadog Tasi
• Pacific Saipan Wholesale, Gualo Rai
• Esy Kitchen Restaurant & Bar, Garapan
• Joe’s Bar & Grill, Garapan
• Diamond Chinese Restaurant, Garapan
• Genpro Wholesale, As Lito
• Kim’s Mini Mart, Tofu & Bean Spoutts Manufacture, San Jose
• Hafadai Deli Bakery, Garapan
• DJ Fish Mobile, Susupe
• Flame Store, San Antonio
Grade “B”
• Kazan Restaurant, Garapan
• J&N Mini Mart II, As Matuis
• Canton Restaurant, Garapan
Grade “C”
Establishments ordered close due to serious violations on health and sanitation standards and the rules and regulations:
• Crystal Water Manufacture, Papago *9/19/07
• AAX 939 (owner, Bolin Xue) illegal roadside vendor *11/01/07
• ABY 048 — illegal roadside vendor *11/05/07
• Jin Joo Restaurant, Chalan Kanoa *12/19/07
There may have been changes of these grades since this information was released.
For update, call the Bureau of Environmental Health at 664-4870 or fax 664-4871.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Letter to the editor - January 18th

I just read your piece on the Japanese Period on Saipan in my new issue of Island Locator. Brilliant! I had no idea the depth of the information available on this critical period of Japan's history. Of course as a historic author, I am always interested in first person accounts, and I find Tun Blanco's information is priceless. However what interested me further is your report on Scott Russell's presentation.

The detail he provides is fascinating, and gives a much broader depth toward the understanding of the earlier period of acquisition and colonization of the Mariana, Marshall, and Gilbert islands. While I was aware of the sugar plantations during the Japanese occupation, I had no idea of their scope -- nor that Tinian had no indigenous population.

Of greater interest to me, is Russell's comment that there are extensive Japanese records of the period, albeit largely untranslated. Obviously, these records should be evaluated for the better understanding of the history of the Marianas and Saipan.

Best Regards,
Douglas Westfall

Thursday, January 24, 2008

February is Black History Month

The Hagley Family's Journey

Cover Story: The Art of Greg Elliott

A trip to Saigon, Vietnam

Missing Dogs

Photo Gallery: MEI's diabetic eye care facility opening

Aside from the machines, the MEI has already been doing
surgeries to remove cataracts.

Dr. Khorram explains how the new machines
will help them curb the rising glaucoma and other eye diseases
that typically come with diabetes.

The new machines allow MEI to see deep recesses of the eye
which were previously unseen by less powerful cameras.

DPH's Kevin Villagomez welcomes the new diabetic eye care facility
as a big boost to healthcare in the islands.

Dr. Mark Robertson poses by the newly acquired machine.

MEI CEO Russ Quinn along with two MEI staff
demonstrate how the new machine work.

MP publisher Ed Propst and Saipan Mayor's Office PIO Tony Benavente listen
to Russ Quinn as he explains the new diabetic eye care machines.
In the foreground, MVA's Jerry Tan and CHC's Dr. Brostrom listen intently.

From left, Mayor Tudela, MEI CEO Russ Quinn,
MEI medical director Dr. Khorram and health officials Kevin Villagomez
and Lyn Tenorio prepare for the ribbon-cutting ceremony

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Online forum on Article XII

(NMI Humanities Council) — The NMI Council for the Humanities is inviting the general public to participate in an online forum on Article XII of the CNMI Constitution pertaining to land ownership.

Article XII stipulates that the acquisition and permanent and long-term interest in real property within the commonwealth is restricted to persons of Northern Marianas descent.
Section 805 of the Covenant requires the Ccmmonwealth to maintain this land alienation provision for 25 years following the termination of the Trusteeship.

This mandatory 25 year period will end in 2011. After that date, the commonwealth may continue, alter, or suspend Article XII as it sees fit.
According to the council’s executive director, Paz C. Younis, the forum does not support any particular position but rather is intended to facilitate community discussions on land ownership from a variety of perspectives.

Dr. Elizabeth D. Rechebei will serve as the forum moderator.

'The forum is a component of a Council project titled “Article XII: Intent, Interpretations and Implications” supported in part by a “We the People” grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Younis said that other project components will include a series of panel discussions on Article XII on the John Gonzales Live television show and in the various schools, an online publication containing essays on land ownership written by local authors, and a series of lectures by experts on early land tenure patterns in Micronesia in the Northern Marianas and other parts of the Pacific.

Individuals interested in participating in the forum or reading what others have to say on this important constitutional issue are invited to visit the forum on the Council’s Web site at

Monday, January 7, 2008

“The Fantasticks”

(Friends of the Arts) — The longest-running musical in the world, “The Fantasticks,” is on its way to the stage at Charley’s Cabaret, Pacific Islands Club on Feb. 14, 15 and 16.

Friends of the Arts is producing this moving tale of young lovers who become disillusioned, only to discover a more mature, meaningful love.

This classic story is punctuated by a wealth of catchy, memorable songs, many of which have become standards.

“The Fantasticks” is an intimate musical show which will engage Saipan audiences’ imaginations while it showcases its strong ensemble cast.

Leo Goode Jr. has been cast in the lead role of “El Gallo,” on the heels of his breakout performance as “Scrooge” in the December Friends of the Arts production.

Samuel Conner, who also played a key role in, “Scrooge” has taken on the part of “the boy,” and Joan Liwanag, a member of Marianas High School’s Thespian Society, will play “the girl.”

Harold Easton, Paul Dujua, Chuck Sayon, all veteran players, producers and directors of past FOA performances, along with energetic young talents Tommy Baik, also a successful MHS Thespian actor, and Joseph Lloyd, both of whom played supporting roles in “Scrooge,” round out the cast, for a show that is sure to be a winner.

“The Fantasticks” is being directed by Dr. Susan Fishman and produced by Friends of the Arts.
“The Fantasticks” is being staged as dinner theater performances at Charlie’s Cabaret, on Feb. 14, with an intimate Valentine’s Day menu and door prizes, then again on Feb. 15 and 16, which includes PIC’s Magellan dinner buffet.

Tickets will be on sale soon.

Healer to visit Saipan

Healer to visit, teach in February

“You have the ability to be or do or have anything.”

This is according to Washington-based healer BeverLi Joi who is returning to Saipan this February not only to make her annual visit to her husband Dr. Mark Robertson but also to share her knowledge of healing.

In conjunction with her visit, BeverLi Joi intends to share her knowledge of healing through a series of sessions called Healing Touch in addition to her self-empowerment classes based on Abraham Hicks book titled “Ask and it is Given.”

In a media statement, Beverli Joi said, “You can be or do or have anything your heart desires. You are the creator of your own life. You create with every thought. The purpose of your life is Joy.”

She added that her classes are designed to teach processes that assist one to soften personal resistance and easily move up a 22 step emotional scale from fear and depression to joy and empowerment.

Although BeverLi has a master’s degree in institution administration, she says it is not only from the intellect that the class is taught or received. Tools are offered to assist one to recognize and balance feelings and intellect.

According to her, “the class may assist to learn to identify what you want in life; create a “Vision Board” and learn how to focus on your desires; learn to feel and benefit from ‘Appreciation’; and learn how to lessen resistance and to accept the gifts you are being offered.”

She also echoes one of the lessons she learned in a workshop held in Houston, Texas in 2002. “Nobody else knows your reason for being. You do. Your bliss guides you to it. When you follow your bliss, when you follow your path to joy, your conversation is of joy, your feelings are of joy—you’re right on the path of that which you intended when you came forth into this physical body. “

BeverLi Joi encourages the Saipan residents to “join us as we explore these teachings, share, visualize, realize our dreams and learn to follow our bliss.”

Having been teaching the class for a year now in Washington State, BeverLi Joi said the participants “find this group to be a fun, life-changing experience.”

Moreover, BeverLi says she also enjoys teaching the class to civic, professional, and social groups comprised of people who spend a lot of time together. She said, “When participants are on the same page with projects and goals the synergy is invaluable. The results tend to be far better than previously imagined.”

For several years, BeverLi has also been doing bio-energy work. Healing Touch, a nursing program, is a complementary or integrative energy therapy that can be used in conjunction with traditional therapies. Healing Touch assists in clearing, balancing and energizing the human energy system. She stated that physical disease is often the result of a compromised energy system. The goal of Healing Touch is to restore harmony and balance to create an optimal environment for healing the mind, body and spirit.

In a normal session, the client would take off his shoes, lie down and relax. Soft music may be played. The client may notice very light or near-body touch being applied at strategic points around the body. The deep sense of relaxation comes as the client releases resistance to the energy flow. Many people fall asleep, and the majority of clients say they leave the session with a comfortable sense of well-being and optimism in addition to a decrease or elimination of pain or emotional upset.

Since clients find relief from physical pain, emotional stress, mental fatigue and confusion they usually return several times. After a few sessions the clients usually have become accustomed to the nice balanced energy flow and are able to achieve that flow by themselves. BeverLi said that is what it’s all about. She teaches the clients to relax, center and balance themselves, and access the assistance that is ever present from within.

Registration has begun to fill this class. The four-week sessions will meet weekly for 1-1 ½ hours beginning February 12. There will be 6 classes to choose from: Tuesday or Wednesdays; 10 a.m., 2 p.m., and 6:30 p.m. Other times may open depending on requests. Class size is limited to 10. The class fee for Level 1 is $50 and the purchase of Ask and it is Given is recommended (see contact information below).

To register for the class or receive added information about scheduling a Healing Touch session please provide your name, email or phone number. If you have questions please leave a message at 670-235-5992. BeverLi will call you back. To ensure a space in the class and to reserve a book send $50 to:

BeverLi Joi
PO Box 503900 CK
Saipan, MP 96950