Employees of defense contractors,  including those working on construction projects, will still be able to receive their paychecks despite work stoppages due to temporary shutdown of military facilities prompted by Covid-19 pandemic, the Department of Defense announced.

"The Defense Pricing and Contracting office has issued a class deviation to the Federal Acquisition Regulation and the Defense Federal Acquisition Reg...

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) and the Mariana Regional Fusion Center continue to monitor events in the region, including widely circulated videos of a fiery object over the Marianas sky Thursday evening. In concert with federal partners, GHS/OCD and MRFC identified that the object was likely connected to a scheduled satellite test launch from China.

Open sources report that a Chinese Long Mar...

April 9, 2020

A total $134.8 million in federal economic impact will be available to Guam under the ''Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and. Economic Security Act'' or the ''CARES Act."

"Because our government was one of the first territories to submit our draft implementation plan we believe that checks associated with this program can be cut within two weeks of IRS approval,” said Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero.

“There is a cut off in terms of income. IRS...

April 9, 2020

March was women’s history month. The several events I was involved in throughout the month highlighted the history of women’s accomplishments. A century ago this August, women won the right to vote. In 1970, a U.S. Court of Appeals gave women the right to be compensated the same as men for jobs that were “substantially equal” if not identical. This ruling prevented employers from giving women different titles than men in order...

April 9, 2020

There’s an old Chinese curse appropriate to the times we face: “May you live in interesting times.” The times are getting more interesting by the day. First, we have the early stages of a worldwide pandemic, and like a rock dropped into a pond, the effect ripples are moving out rapidly, spinning havoc everywhere they touch. Though the actual medical threats of the coronavirus to the island are serious, the economic risks will...

Tourism is at a standstill due to Covid-19 pandemic, but United Airlines has found a way to provide lifeline and cargo transport services during the crisis.

United has announced that it will cut nearly 90 percent of its international routes and more than 50 percent of its domestic routes due to the global drop in demand, but the airline said it is trying hard to maintain the Guam route to ensure that the island receives lifelin...

April 9, 2020

Six locations across the Pacific Islands region now have confirmed cases of Covid-19. Many of these countries are already ravaged with major diseases such as malaria, tuberculosis, dengue, diabetes, and occasionally even polio. So Pacific politicians are all too conscious of the potential of any Covid-19 outbreak to tip over stretched, and in some cases broken, health systems.

Governments have quickly reacted by bunkering down...

With outbreaks in the ranks and resources directed home,America’s commitments abroad will be challenged

                                  Maintenance work aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt. Photo by Pacific Fleet/Flicker

Captain Brett E. Crozier, the recently deposed commander of America’s pandemic-stricken aircraft carrier the USS Theodore Roosevelt...

April 9, 2020

I am writing as a concerned constituent, with no particular expertise in law or health, regarding Bill 335-35 and perhaps other proposed bills dealing with the governor's emergency authority.

First, in an emergency the precedent has always been for emergency authority to cover a short period of time (hours or days) for events like typhoons, and in limited areas in case of fires or accidents. But here, we are dealing with an em...

The Guam and CNMI departments of labor continue their  preparation to implement the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance  program that will assist thousands of individuals whose jobs have been impacted by Covid-19.

Last week, Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero signed the agreement with the U.S. Department of Labor as mandated by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

On April 6, the Assistant Secretary of Labo...

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