November 4, 2020

If this wretched Covid-19 pandemic has taught us anything, it is that we all need to adopt healthier eating habits. 

Obesity rates and chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, stroke, and cancer are on the rise here, on the mainland U.S., and in other westernized countries. But here and in other U.S.-affiliated Pacific Islands, these non-communicable lifestyle diseases have become a bona f...

November 3, 2020

 In the last month, the Progressive Democrats of Guam have been trying to help refocus the political discussions that occur around this election for the Guam Legislature.

  

We believe that many of the most important issues get sidelined or receive one-sided discussion before policymakers and the public.

We see a crisis coming when the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program expires and an ongoing crisis for workers on Gua...

November 1, 2020

Saipan — This month, voters across the U.S., including Guam, the NMI and the other territories, are electing their leaders, lawmakers etc. Not a lot of voters will remember (or care) that in the previous election years, every single candidate promised every single good thing that he or she could possibly promise. And yet in this election year, many voters are either still unhappy or even unhappier. So they will cast their vote...

November 1, 2020

This past July, Dr. Sarah Park, Hawaii’s top epidemiologist, smugly described contact tracing as “old hat.” 

Park had worked with the national Centers for Disease Control’s epidemic response to West Nile infections in the United States in 2002 and SARS cases in Taiwan in 2003. “We’ve been doing it forever, any time there’s a disease outbreak. It’s interesting to me that everyone wants to talk about it n...

As the Covid-19 pandemic rages on well beyond initial expectations, and as billions of people around the world suffer from the economic and other ill consequences of forced restrictions on business and social activities (i.e. so-called “lockdowns”), it is of course natural to have discussions about when and how to lift such restrictions. 
 

Unfortunately, these discussions have been largely political and unproductive, pitting a...

November 1, 2020

"As a reliable compass for orienting yourself in this life, nothing is more useful than to accustom yourself to regarding this world as a place of atonement, a sort of penal colony. When you have done this, you will order your expectations of life according to the nature of things and no longer regard the calamities, sufferings, torments and miseries of life as something irregular. "— Arthur Schopenhauer
 

We are probably growi...

October 21, 2020

We must admit, after over a year of planning for the 10th Pacific Islands Conference on Nature Conservation and Protected Areas that was scheduled to take place in New Caledonia from April 19 to 24  2020, the pandemic Covid-19 hit home on so many fronts.  

We weren’t sure of what was to happen to our Pacific people and communities with this virus, and we knew we’d have to regroup and recalibrate our conference, moul...

October 17, 2020

A few days ago, I was pleasantly surprised by what the internet critters dragged across the pages of my Facebook page. It made me smile and filled my heart with pride.

 

The FB entry was that of a two-man Chuukese local news team that broadcasts online — in the Chuukese language — from Salem, Ore.

The anchor, Salem local resident Jimris Handrew, is a vibrant entrepreneurial young man. He reports Salem news to his fellow Micrones...

October 11, 2020

The truth, according to author Mitch Albom, is at the bottom of the pile, the first victim of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Indeed. The truth tries to fence itself against assaults as it struggles to find a safe refuge.

In these increasingly bizarre times, people have different versions of truth glutting the social media and every space on the web, where everyone participates in what seems like a contest of information. Some truths are...

October 3, 2020

Saipan — In “A Reporter in Micronesia,” his 1966 book about the tiny islands administered by the United States, E.J. Kahn Jr. pinpointed America’s primary goal in the region: “to exercise some kind of control over so broad an expanse of the Pacific; otherwise our national security might again be imperiled.”

It was in 1947 when President Truman formalized the U.S. Navy’s supervision of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands...

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