Micronesia for June 30, 2021

Marianas International Food Festival & Beer Garden

The 22nd annual Taste of The Marianas food and beer garden festival will be held August 27-29 in Saipan in what is expected to be the largest gathering on the island for more than a year, according to a statement from hurry.

The event will be held at Garapan Fishing Base from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. with fourteen food vendors and two beverage vendors, according to a press release. The Marianas Visitors Authority’s annual signing event returns after a hiatus in 2020 due to COVID-19.

The evening will feature dishes from local hotels and restaurants, shows and sales of arts and crafts.

COVID-19 protocols will be strictly followed during the event. There will be an entry point near the Garapan Public Market, and attendees must undergo a temperature check, submit contact details, and wear a wristband during the event.

Sellers will accept both orange, blue or green Taste of The Marianas tokens or cash; tokens will not be sold this year. Local crafts will also be on sale.

Thai House serves customers during the 21st Annual Taste of The Marianas Food and Beer Garden Festival on May 25, 2019 at American Memorial Park in Saipan.  The 22nd Annual Taste of The Marianas will be hosted by the Marianas Visitors Authority August 27-29 at Garapan Fishing Base.

Rota signs the Hafa Adai & Tirow commitment

Rota government and business leaders recently joined the Hafa Adai & Tirow Pledge program, which promotes CHAmoru and Carolinian cultures.

On June 21, Rota Mayor Efraim Atalig led seven people to an engagement ceremony with representatives from the Marianas Visitors Authority and Saipan.

Chamber of Commerce, according to a statement.

President Jim M. Atalig of the 18th Rota City Council joined the mayor who signed the pledge; Hiroshi Yamamoto, owner of Rubin Corp. ; Trac Huynh, co-owner of Blue Palms: Joe Mahusay, owner of J&C Ent .; Jackie A. Manglona, ​​Head of Operations at Kin & Rit Ent. and Kin & Rit Inc .; Rosemarie Taimanglo, Director of Operations of the Rota Resort & Country Club; and Dean Reynold A. Manglona, ​​head of the Department of Commerce.

MVA and the chamber jointly manage the engagement program, which aims to preserve and promote the Chamoru and Carolinian language, culture and traditions. The program does this by encouraging individuals and groups to “take a local approach, look local and think local” in the areas of language, arts, traditions, history and values.

“We are delighted to officially launch the Hafa Adai & Tirow Pledge program in the Luta

community, better known as Friendly Island, ”said Priscilla M. Iakopo, CEO of MVA. “Rota is a great example of how the indigenous culture of the Marianas remains vibrant and part of daily family, community and business life.”

Joe Guerrero, President of the Saipan Chamber of Commerce, addresses government and business leaders at the Rota mayor's office on June 21, 2021. The people signed the Hafa Adai & Tirow pledge, which promotes cultures CHAmoru and Carolinian.
Eight heads of government and business meet at the mayor's office in Rota on June 21, 2021. They made the commitment of Hafa Adai & Tirow to promote the CHAmoru and Carolinian cultures.
Rota Mayor Efraim Atalig (left) and Jim M. Atalig (right), chairman of the 18th Rota City Council, sign the Hafa Adai & Tirow pledge on June 21, 2021 at the Rota mayor's office.  They are committed to promoting Chamoru and Carolinian cultures.
Government and business leaders meet at Rota mayor's office on June 21, 2021 to make the Hafa Adai & Tirow pledge, which honors the CHAmoru and Carolinian cultures.  Representatives of the Marianas Visitors Authority and the Saipan Chamber of Commerce, co-organizers of the engagement program, also attended the ceremony.

WFTU continues drug testing with Australia

The Federated States of Micronesia has signed a memorandum of understanding with Australia to participate in phase two of the Pacific medical trials program, which begins in July.

The Australian government piloted the program from September 2017 to June 1 to provide laboratory services to Pacific island countries, such as the WSF, through the Therapeutic Goods Administration, Australia’s drug and medical device regulatory body. .

Each fiscal year, the WSF was offered three drug samples to test for quality assurance purposes, and two samples to test in response to a drug complaint. Quality assurance testing focused on drugs for noncommunicable diseases and antibiotics, according to a press release.

Australia pays for the laboratory testing services and the WSF covers the transport costs for sending the drug samples to Canberra in Australia for testing.

From left to right: Stuard Penias, Dionisio Saimon, Kenmore Salvador, WSF Acting Secretary of the Department of Health and Social Affairs Marcus Samo, Australian Ambassador to the WSF Jo Cowley and Takuro Steele.  The WFTU has signed an agreement with Australia for the laboratory tests of drugs.

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