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Guam Memorial Hospital Deserves Adequate Funding


Pacific Daily News

HAGÅTÑA, Guam (Jan. 19, 2016) – Because of the continued failure of elected officials to adequately fund Guam Memorial Hospital, it could lose water service this week. It also faces being disconnected by the Guam Power Authority.

The government-run hospital hasn’t paid its water bill since September, and that was for January 2015. September was also the last time it paid its power bill. It owes the Guam Waterworks Authority about $500,000, and its past-due power bill is more than $500,000.

The overdue bills are part of more than $20 million that the hospital owes to vendors.

"At this point we’re doing everything that we can do to make these payments," said Gov. Eddie Calvo, who took over management of Guam Memorial Hospital after three board members recently resigned.

He said it’s important the hospital focuses on cash flow, so it...

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Despite Democracy, Tongan Politics In The Doldrums


By Pesi Fonua

NUKU‘ALOFA, Tonga (Matangi Tonga, Dec. 31, 2015) –A year after Tonga’s second democratically elected government came into power at the end of December 2014, Tongan politics is stuck in the doldrums.

The repetition by the Prime Minister Hon. ‘Akilisi Pohiva that his government has the will to "take action" guided by the high moral principles of "good leadership, rule of law - justice for all and the fair distribution of national wealth," so far, are just hot air. The difference between what has been said and what has happened, speaks for itself.

Looking back at some of the events over the past 12 months, one thing has become clear - that the Prime Minister and his government are not singing in tune. Therefore, an enormous amount of money and time has been spent in trying to correct errors and misunderstandings, when the Prime Minister said one thing while his government said or did something else.

The year started off with...

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The CNMI Deserves Competent And Trustworthy Leaders


By Jose S. Dela Cruz

SAIPAN, CNMI (Saipan Tribune, Dec. 29, 2015) – For four centuries after Ferdinand Magellan’s voyage around the world, the Northern Mariana Islands were colonized successively by three world powers: Spain, Germany, and Japan. During that long period of time, the people of the islands had no power, political or otherwise. They were simply governed without their consent. They became subjects of the colonial governments that exercised complete control over them.

After World War II ended, the islands became a ward of the United Nations under trusteeship status, with the United States as the administering authority. Twenty-five years into the trusteeship, we had the unique opportunity to freely choose our own political status. After several years of political status negotiations, we voted, overwhelmingly, in 1975 to become a member of the American political family, under a "commonwealth" arrangement.

A fundamental aspect of our...

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