Guam tourism opening date pushed back; health emergency to be extended for 30 days
Gov. Lourdes A. Leon Guerrero said that Guam’s July 1 tourism launch is being pushed back due to a spike of 14 positive COVID tests announced June 25.  

Letters are being sent to Guam’s primary markets of Japan, South Korea and Taiwan.

A new date has not been confirmed, according to the governor’s press secretary. “We want to see what happens,” said Krystal Paco-San Agustin, referring to testing results.

The much-touted Islandwide Beautification Cleanup scheduled for the morning of June 27 on Guam has also been cancelled in what the governor’s office told the Journal was “an abundance of caution.”

Some 309 people were tested yesterday/June 25 in Guam – one of the highest number of tests carried out to date. Guam thus has 245 confirmed cases with five deaths, 174 people released from isolation and 66 active case of which 42 are military personnel. Two more positive cases were confirmed June 26.

Guam drive through testing continues next week in Mangilao June 30.

A press conference is scheduled tomorrow/June 27 Guam time at 1 p.m., according to the governor’s office, and will as usual be streamed live.  

Aside from any information on the opening of the island to tourism, an update on quarantine regulations is due, according to the governor’s office.

 

Saipan events

Pride Marianas Youth is hosting a Ride 4 Pride motorcade on June 27 around Saipan. To participate contact Jennifer Maratita at [email protected].

Gold’s Gym Saipan will announce the winners of the 12-week Gold’s Gym Challenge 2020 on July 1 and July 2 and awarded their prizes at the gym. Sponsored by Michelob Ultra, the fitness campaign offered contestants an opportunity to exceed their fitness goals, transform themselves and earn a chance to win prizes.

The top individuals will be awarded cash and promotional prizes, which include a $1,500 cash and in-kind donation courtesy of Michelob Ultra.

USCIS will hold a virtual seminar on the NMI-only long-term resident status from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on July 2.

Read full press release and how to log on to webinar at this link.

 

Health and wellness store to remain open

Globest LLC which does business as GNC (Guam) issued a statement to the Journal June 26 confirming that it will remain open in Guam and Saipan, despite GNC Holdings Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing on June 23 and resultant closure of stores in the U.S. mainland. 

Globest said all of its locations will continue to operate and “the relationship with our authorized retailers will remain the same.”

There are GNC stores at Micronesia Mall and Pacific Place in Guam. Partners include T Galleria by DFS, ABC stores in Guam, mallofguam.com, and the Joeten Shopping Center.

Founded more than 10 years ago, Globest said, “GNC remains fully committed to its overseas franchise partners which include us, Globest GNC.”

Chen-Yi “Jenny” Yang, the owner and managing director of Globest LLC, sent the statement to the Journal.

           

USCIS furloughs in the offing

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service will furlough more than 13,000 staff unless it receives budget aid from Congress, according to a June 25 release [June 26 Chamorro standard time).

Any funding would be paid back to the U.S. treasury, the agency said, through a 10% surcharge to applications.

“The majority of USCIS operations rely on fees paid by applicants and petitioners, not appropriated or taxpayer funds. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, USCIS has seen a 50% drop in receipts and incoming fees starting in March and estimates that application and petition receipts will stay well below plan through the end of Fiscal Year 2020. In the past few months, USCIS has taken action to avert a fiscal crisis, including limiting spending to salary and mission-critical activities,” USCIS said.

On May 15, USCIS notified Congress of a projected budget shortfall caused by COVID-19 and requested emergency funding of $1.2 billion

USCIS did not address in the release delays to applications while its offices were closed due to COVID-19. USCIS re-opened June 4.

 

Tinian Health Center announces lab services

The Tinian Health Center Lab can now perform a variety of lab tests to assess patients

These include tests for cholesterol level, kidney and liver function, blood clotting time, average blood sugar. The lab is now open Monday to Friday from 7:30 a.m. to-11:30 a.m. and from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., according to a June 26 release from the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. For inquiries about appointments, call (670) 433-9233/ 433-9263. Information is available on www.chc.gov.mp.

 

Matson ups dividend

Matson on June 25 advised it will increase its dividend by 1c or 4.5% over the previous quarter’s dividend and pay a 23c dividend on Sept. 3 to shareholders of record as at Aug. 6. This is the eighth consecutive annual dividend to a quarterly dividend according to the advisory. Matson is well-positioned for long term growth, its chairman and CEO said.