NMI update:

Forty-five additional individuals were confirmed positive for COVID, according to a Nov. 25 release, taking the total in the Northern Mariana islands to 358 since Oct. 28.

Additionally, there are three unvaccinated individuals hospitalized currently, which are the first COVID hospitalizations for the NMI.

“We are encouraging all unvaccinated individuals to get vaccinated,” said Esther L. Muna, CEO, The Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. “We’re trying to make it more accessible for everyone to come in.”


AK purchases equipment company

Effective Dec. 1, Atkins Kroll Inc.’s business units will include Morrico Equipment Holdings Inc., which does business as Morrico Equipment LLC.

Morrico represents 24 manufacturers including Freightliner, Mercedes Benz, Hyundai Construction Equipment, Kohler Power Systems, Rosenbauer Fire Trucks and Thomas Built School Buses. Morrico operates new and used heavy equipment sales, rental, parts, diesel fuel delivery, Trashco Guam, and specialized diesel repair service to Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Marshall Islands and Palau, according to a Nov. 24 release.

The purchase agreement was signed Nov. 24, for an undisclosed amount.

Morrico was founded in September 1990.


New management for beach parks restrooms

The Guam Visitors Bureau and the Guam Department of Parks and Recreation have signed a Memorandum of Agreement to have GVB manage the restroom facilities at Governor Joseph Flores Memorial (Ypao Beach) Park and Matapang Beach Park for three years. “DPR is anticipated to transfer funding to also assist with GVB’s management services, according to a Nov. 24 release.

Under the MOA, the Bureau will procure, contract, and manage the restroom facilities maintenance. 


And also:

The Federated States of Micronesia became the 195th member of the International Criminal Police Organization, or INTERPOL on Nov. 23.


For your diary:

The Guam Chamber of Commerce will host a virtual 2022 Economic Forecast on Dec. 3 at 8.30 a.m. Speakers include David J. John, CEO, ASC Trust (Moderator); Siska S. Hutapea, president, Cornerstone Valuation Guam Inc.; Gerald S.A. Perez, vice president, Guam Visitors Bureau; Gary Hiles, chief economist, Guam Department of Labor; David Beaver, senior vice president and wealth management advisor, Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Inc.; and Vincent Arriola, director, Guam Department of Public Works.

The Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Guam and the University of Guam will hold the 2021 Taiwan-Guam Economic Summit virtually on Dec. 15 from 9.30 a.m. to 11 a.m. mbj