For dessert lovers
From Oct. 10 passengers in United Economy and United Premium Plus flyers can enjoy a complimentary Milk Bar Birthday Truffle Crumb Cake on long haul flights departing the U.S., except for India. The Milk Bar replaces ice cream, according to Live and Let Fly.
In other travel news, WestJet Airlines Ltd. and Korean Air announced Oct. 7 the expansion of their codeshare agreement with the placement of WestJet’s codeshare on Korean’s flights between both Toronto Pearson and Vancouver International in Canada and Incheon International Airport in Seoul.
WestJet is the second largest Canadian Airline. This is WestJet’s first reciprocal codeshare with an Asian partner.
FSM lifts booster shot requirement for arrivals
The Federated States of Micronesia will no longer require visitors to have received a COVID-19 booster shot. The Health Border Act has been amended to reflect that, according to an Oct. 10 release.
Travelers must still provide evidence of full vaccination and complete an onboard health declaration, but there will not be on-arrival quarantine, or restricted movement, according to the release.
“Chuuk continues to see wide community spread,” the release said.
The Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. will receive $2.33 million in U.S. Department of Agriculture grants, according to an Oct. 8 release from the office of Gregorio “Kilili” Camacho Sablan, the Northern Mariana Islands delegate to Congress.
The grants are $391,500 for Rota peritoneal dialysis expansion, $980,639 for health information technology upgrades; and $953,000 for renovation and upgrade of the 86 inpatients rooms at the Commonwealth Health Center in Saipan.
The U.S. Department of the Interior – National Park Service has awarded the Northern Mariana Islands $1.9 million in Land & Water Conservation Fund State Assistance “to benefit the preservation and development of outdoor recreation opportunities,” according to an Oct. 7 release from the Office of the Governor. The grants are $900,000 for PakPak Beach Recreational Park, Saipan; $645,600 for Koblerville Recreational Park, Saipan; $177,800 for As Matmos Park, Rota; and $177,800 for Pona Point Park, Rota.
Health inspections updates:
The Guam Department of Public Health and Social Services Division of Environmental Health inspected 18 establishments the week of Sept. 26 to Oct. 7.
These included three temporary work force housing locations, four temporary food service establishments, one retail mart, four school and childcare locations and six foster homes.
Two temporary work force housing locations, one day care facility and one temporary food service establishment were noted as not having any violations observed.
Good news on student debt in Guam
There are 6,900 federal loan borrowers in Guam who are eligible for the Biden administration’s Student Debt Relief Plan, according to an Oct. 10 release from the Office of the Governor. “The U.S. Department of Education is expected to make the application for debt relief available and begin contacting eligible borrowers directly,” the release said.
In August, the Biden administration announced it would cancel up to $20,000 in student debt per eligible borrower. The Student Debt Relief Plan is designed to help borrowers and families continue to recover from the pandemic and prepare to resume student loan payments in January 2023. Nearly 90% of relief dollars will go to those earning less than $75,000 per year.
In other news from the Office of the Governor:
Road work between the intersection of Route 4 and Route 10, and Chalan Kinaka Street will start on Oct.13 in Chalan Pago. Work will include “milling and paving, installing raised pavement markers and guardrails, striping and spot repairs. Road construction will affect motorists traveling this road,” an Oct. 10 release said.
Other work in villages in October in Guam includes the Jonestown resurfacing project, Route 28 in Dededo, the islandwide signing system upgrade in Mangilao, Yigo and Adelup, Route 5 and part of Route 12 reconstruction and widening in Santa Rita, Route 1 median fencing replacement in Tamuning, and Route 14B (Ypao Road) reconstruction and widening.
There are 228 unclaimed checks totaling more than $89,000 awaiting pickup of either $300 or $500 through the direct cash assistance of Prugråman Salåppe’ 2 and 3, but the checks were returned to DOA. In addition, there are 530 open applications for Prugråman Salåppe’ Ayudon I Taotao (Prugråman Salåppe’) pending required documents.
Other unclaimed checks are also listed on www.doa.guam.gov. Call (671) 475-2060 for enquiries.
Circus celebrates milestone
The Super American Circus marked its 100th performance on Oct. 10. Located at Pacific Islands Club Guam, the circus held its first show on July 1. The circus offers aerial performers, clowns, a long list of of acts, and audience participation opportunities. of the Ticket pricing is based on ringside, VIP preferred, and preferred seating types and concessions range from cotton candy and popcorn to facepainting and alcoholic beverages.
Free fans for NMI residents
The Northern Mariana Islands Office of the Governor, through the CNMI Energy Task Force, will be giving out 18” assembled pedestal/standing electric fans on Oct. 12 and Oct. 13 at the Pedro P. Tenorio Multi-Purpose Center from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., in a drive-thru event for Saipan residential households.
About 1,000 electric fans will be given out on each day.
Residential homeowners should bring a valid government-issued identification card and submit a hard copy of a most recent Commonwealth Utilities Corp. utility billing, to receive one fan per billing. Sub-metered households are allowed, but these residents should submit a copy of the master CUC meter account bill, according to an Oct. 11 release from the Office of the Governor.
Fans will be distributed in Rota and Tinian in the coming weeks.
Nonprofit recognized for 40 years of good works
A Guam legislative resolution was presented to VARO (Victim Advocates Reaching Out), in recognition of the non-profit’s 40th anniversary, at the Guam Congress Building on Oct. 8. VARO will host its first annual Purple Gala on Oct. 15 at the Nikko Hotel Guam. To donate to VARO, provide raffle gifts or check on tickets, contact Purple Ball committee vice-chairperson, Jon Mendiola at (671) 687-7797.
For your diary: The Guam Association of Realtors has announced the following “virtual town hall meetings.”
Oct. 12: Republican senatorial candidates, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Oct.13: Attorney general candidates, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.; Congressional delegate candidates, 11.15 a.m. – 12.15 p.m.; gubernatorial team candidates, 1.15 p.m. – 2.45 p.m
NOTE: A Democratic senatorial candidate forum was held Oct. 11, according to GAR.
Nov. 16: The Guam Chamber of Commerce annual meeting, as well as the announcement of board election results for nine board seats.
Note the following dates: Oct. 26: Nominations from the floor during the membership meeting at the Hilton Guam Resort & Spa; Nov. 1 –Election Report shared with the membership; Nov. 3 – Meet the Candidates Mixer, Guam Chamber office, 4.30 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. mbj