By Pacific Island Times News Staff The Federated States of Micronesia on Tuesday reported 811 new Covid-19 infections in the last 24 hours, raising the tally to 2,072 since the first cases of community transmissions were detected on July 19. Of the total number of new cases, 619 were detected in Pohnpei and 192 in Kosrae. Richard Clark, spokesperson for the FSM government, said several officials and medical personnel have tested positive for Covid-19. "I can confirm that mul
By Pacific Island Times News Staff The civil rights group Equally American has launched an online petition asking the Biden administration to reject the Insular Cases, a series of century-old decisions that established a colonial framework of “separate and unequal” status for people living in U.S. territories. Describing the Insular Cases as "racist," Equally American said the decisions have resulted in the disenfranchisement of 3.6 million people who live in five U.S. terri
By Pacific Island Times News Staff The Host Community Benefit Fund or HCBF, which is administered by the Mayors’ Council of Guam, was not properly managed, resulting in unauthorized spending and undocumented expenditures from 2017 to 2021, according to the Office of Public Accountability. "OPA determined that the overall management and usage of the HCBF was not entirely in accordance with applicable laws, regulations and best practices," states the audit report released toda
By Pacific Island Times News Staff Senatorial candidate Ken Leon Guerrero today appealed the Guam Election Commission's decision to reject his proposed initiatives to convert the Guam legislature into a part-time entity and to empower citizens to sue erring officials. Leon Guerrero proposed that his part-time legislature and anti-corruption practices act initiatives be included on the ballot for this year's general elections. Maria Pangelinan, GEC's executive director, last
By Pacific Island Times News Staff Former Speaker Judi Won Pat said she is working with the Guam Environmental Protection Agency and Guam Waterworks Authority to obtain information about per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances or PFAS testing of Guam’s public water system. “My concern is that given our size and the proximity to many bases, our community is likely to be the most affected jurisdiction in the U.S. for PFAS contamination," said Won Pat, a Democrat who is running for
By Mar-Vic Cagurangan
Finally responding to a stream of letters from Sen. James Moylan which she has repeatedly shunned, Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero stood pat on her decision not to implement the legislature's version of the Recovery Income Support and Empowerment or RISE Act, claiming it is a defective law that violates federal rules.
Scolding Moylan in her seven-page letter, the governor reiterated the legislature “has no authority to require the use of federal funds” receive