HONG KONG — A 1,005 sq km chain of U.S-controlled islands in the Pacific Ocean is shaping up to be a focal point in Washington and Beijing’s ongoing jockeying for global influence. Source: Marianas Variety : http://www.mvariety.com/regional-news/110176-us-china-battle-for-dominance-extends-across-pacific-above-and-below-the-sea

HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) —  The Guam Chamber of Commerce fears that the decision by the Department of Homeland Security to remove the Philippines from the list of countries eligible to take part in the H-2B visa program “could be catastrophic to our economic development.” Source: Marianas Variety : http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/110199-guam-chamber-h-2b-rule-change-could-be-catastrophic

THERE has been no settlement discussion in the CNMI government’s lawsuit against Luta Mermaid LLC in connection with the $400,000 in public funds “loaned” to the former  owner of the shipping vessel MV Luta, Attorney General Edward Manibusan said. Source: Marianas Variety : http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/110195-ag-no-settlement-talks-between-cnmi-luta-mermaid

TINIAN Mayor Edwin P. Aldan, said his administration will focus on building a strong partnership with the central and federal governments as well as private businesses. Source: Marianas Variety : http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/110184-new-tinian-mayor-eyes-strong-partnership-with-us-nmi-government-private-sector

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