NMI airline issues statement

See attached release with this news flash from Marianas Southern Airways on the cancellation of its contract.

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More war games in the Mariana Islands

Both the 3rd Air Expeditionary Wing at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson and the 36th Wing at Andersen Air Force Base have confirmed that Agile Reaper – an agile combat exercise – will take place in Guam and Tinian from March 1 to March 8. Aircraft from both bases and from Kadena Air Base in Japan will participate.

The exercise is unconnected to the Cope North exercise, which has also been taking placing in the Mariana Islands. Agile Reaper will test agile combat “capabilities and the ability to provide air dominance, global mobility, and command and control in the region.”


And the winners are …

The Guam Visitors Bureau membership elected four members Feb. 24 to serve on its board of directors for a two-year term that starts immediately, according to GVB.

They are George Chiu, executive vice president of Tan Holdings; Joaquin P.L.G. Cook, president and CEO of Bank of Guam; Jeffrey B. Jones, president and chief operating officer of Triple J Enterprises Inc., and Paula LG Monk, manager of sales for Guam and Micronesia at United Airlines.


Top job at UOG up for grabs

The University of Guam has posted details of criteria for the next president of the university on its site. The upcoming vacancy is also advertised in the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Interested readers can find more at the following links.



 There is no confirmation yet if Guam or regional educators will apply for the job.

President Thomas W. Krise is due to retire in July.


Island leader on the road again

President Surangel S. Whipps Jr. transited through Taiwan on Feb. 22, stopping at Taoyuan International Airport to promote the Palau marathon to be held June 4, according to reports by Taiwan media, before flying to Fiji for Pacific Island Forum meetings in Suva.

Vice President J. Uduch Sengebau Sr. will spend five days in Taiwan, mainly to promote the marathon, according to media reports. Palau sent a delegation to Taiwan to observe the Kinmen international marathon on Feb. 11 and 12.

The Palau marathon includes a half marathon, 10k Walk/Run and Relay. Palau Track and Field Association has held the marathon since 2004. 

Whipps has traveled frequently this year, attending the Jan. 9 inauguration in Saipan of Gov. Arnold I. Palacios and Lt. Gov. David M. Apatang, and (as earlier reported) then heading to Los Angeles for the Jan. 10 signing of a preliminary Memorandum of Understanding with the U.S. for assistance for the next 20 years, through the Compact of Free Association between the two countries.

On Jan. 14 and 15 in Abu Dhabi he attended climate and energy meetings of the International Renewable Energy Agency, “an international organization that supports countries in their transition to a sustainable energy future and serves as the principal platform for international co-operation,” according to his office. mbj