From Broadcast To Broadband - News You Can Trust Pacific News Center - The most breaking news, local news and sports news for Guam and the Marianas, along with K57 Interviews. http://www.pacificnewscenter.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=frontpage Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:10:43 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb 18 Year Old Man Dies After Being Pulled From Waters Off Tanguissen Thursday Afternoon http://www.pacificnewscenter.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=44294:18-year-old-man-dies-after-being-pulled-from-waters-off-tanguissen-thursday-afternoon&catid=45:guam-news&Itemid=156 http://www.pacificnewscenter.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=44294:18-year-old-man-dies-after-being-pulled-from-waters-off-tanguissen-thursday-afternoon&catid=45:guam-news&Itemid=156 Guam -  GMH Nursing Supervisor Joe Eustaquio confirms that an 18 year old man pulled from the waters off Tanguissen Beach has died.

GFD Spokesman Lt. Ed Artero says that a  "reported drowning" was called into 911 at 4:01pm Thursday. That touched off an air and water search off the coast of the area known as "Lost Pond".

The Navy's HSC-25 helicopter team spotted the young man in the water about 5pm and hoisted him up. GFD Spokesman Lt. Ed Artero says CPR was being performed on the man as he was flown to Naval Hospital.

Naval Hospital  Public Affairs Officer Jennifer Zingalie could not provide information about the teen's condition without a name. However GMH Nursing Supervisor Eustaquio confirmed that the young man's body was brought to GMH from Naval Hospital Thursday evening.

His identify has not been released. He is the 7th water related fatality on Guam this year.

2014 Water Related Deaths:

1.  SATURDAY, January 4:  38 year Larry Lujan from drowning at Marbo Cave. Marbo Cave is a freshwater spring near Pagat, Mangilao. Lujan was recovered from the water inside the cave.  GFD Spokesman Lt. Ed Artero says the 911 call of a "drowning incident" came in at 4:40pm.  Lujan was transported to GMH, CPR in progress along the way. However GMH Nursing Supervisor Bill Toves tells PNC News that the man was pronounced dead at 5:32pm. Medical Examiner Dr. performed an autopsy on Tuesday and concluded he died from drowning.

2. SUNDAY, January 5: Guam Fire and Rescue divers recovered the body of a 19 year old Petty Officer 3rd Class Rjay Domondon just after 7am Monday morning, January 6. GFD Lt. Ed Artero says that GFD divers found the body at 7:08am. Domondon was found in about 30 feet of water, outside the reef in an area just off the coast of the Agat Cemetery. Domondon had gone out spear fishing with a friend Sunday, but they got separated. He was reported missing at 7:23pm Sunday. Domondon was an aviation electronics technician who was assigned to the Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 25 which was involved in the search for him on Sunday night and Monday morning.  

3. THURSDAY, January 9: A man died this morning after his boat capsized while leaving the Hagatna Boat Basin. This is the second fatal accident in the past month involving an overturned boat leaving the Hagatna Boat Basin. In both cases, a High Surf Advisory was in effect when the vessel was departing. The Guam Fire Department reports that the boat overturned just before 8am. Two people were aboard. GFD Lt. Spokesman Ed Artero said that  1 person was rushed to Naval Hospital and CPR was being performed on that person en-route. Naval Hospital Spokeswoman Jennifer Zingalie confirmed that the man has since died. The second person was treated at the scene and later taken to GMH. Lt. Artero described his injuries as minor. 4.Friday, January 10: A male tourist pulled from water off  Ypao beach was pronounced dead at GMH at 11:59am.

4. FRIDAY, January 10:  A 47 year old Japanese tourist pulled from Tumon Bay at Ypao Park was pronounced dead at GMH at 11:59am.

5. THURSDAY, March 6:  A 74 year old Japanese woman died at GMH 2 days after being pulled from the waters of Tumon Bay behind the Reef Hotel in Tumon.     

6. SUNDAY, April 6: 24 year old Raymond Cabrera dove off a cliff into the water near Marbo Cave Snday afternoon. He did not surface. GFD, USCG and a Navy HSC-25 all launched a search effort. His body was recovered shortly after 8am Monday morning.  

7. THURSDAY, April 17: An 18 year old male was pulled from the waters off Tanguissen Beach. GFD Spokesman Lt. Ed Artero says that a  "reported drowning" was called into 911 at 4:01pm. That touched off an air and water search near the area known as "Lost Pond".  The Navy's HSC-25 helicopter team spotted the young man in the water and hoisted him up. He was flown to Naval Hospital. His body was then returned to GMH.

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VIDEO: Missing Mother and Daughter Found Safe, and Uninjured After Overnight Ordeal in the Bush Near Tarzan Falls http://www.pacificnewscenter.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=44272:video-missing-mother-and-daughter-found-safe-and-uninjured-after-overnight-ordeal-in-the-bush-near-tarzan-falls&catid=45:guam-news&Itemid=156 http://www.pacificnewscenter.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=44272:video-missing-mother-and-daughter-found-safe-and-uninjured-after-overnight-ordeal-in-the-bush-near-tarzan-falls&catid=45:guam-news&Itemid=156 Guam - After an all night search, a Navy HSC-25 helicopter team spotted a missing mother and daughter this afternoon and hoisted them to safety about 1pm.

44 year old Monique Duenas and her 11 year old daughter Ilaria are reported to be tired, and dehydrated, but safe and unharmed.

The helicopter crew reportedly saw the pair in a clearing waving up to them. GFD Lt. Ed Artero reports they were taken to Naval Hospital for evaluation.

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The woman and child are the wife and daughter of  Mt. Carmel Music Director Dave Duenas who was part of a team of searchers looking for the pair.

Earlier, Duenas told PNC News that he, his wife and daughter went on an all day "spring break" hike in the Tarzan falls area about 10am yesterday morning. They were with 4 other school children, including Duenas' younger 9 year old daughter.

Duenas said they got separated about 3:30pm or 4pm yesterday when his wife and 11 year old daughter went back to look for a zip-lock bag they had lost. In that zip-lock bag were the keys to the vehicle they used to get to Tarzan falls and their cell phone.

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Duenas said when he got back to the road about 5pm, he had to flag down a car. He said he waited about an hour before calling 911.

GFD Spokesman Lt. Ed Artero said they got the call about 7pm last night and a search was launched immediately. The search went on all night, without interruption.

GPD Spokesman Officer A.J. Balajadia said the search involved Guam Fire, Guam Police and a helicopter from the Navy's HSC-25 unit, along with a team from the Superior Court Marshall's Office and local volunteers.

Officer Balajadia described the search conditions as "rough and dangerous due to the recent rains".

But again, the pair has been found safe and sound. The search is over.

READ the release from Officer A.J. Balajadia below:

GUAM POLICE DEPARTMENT NEWS

SANTA RITA - 6:30pm, Wednesday, April 16, 2014, a search for a 44-year-old, female and her 11-year-old daughter in the Tarza Falls who were hiking has thus far has resulted with negative findings.

Guam Fire Department Rescue, Guam Police Departments - Criminal Investigations Division, Special Operations Division, Criminal Justice Strike Force, Superior Court Marshals, Department of Agriculture - Conservation Officers, U.S. Navy - HC5, Guam Homeland Security and five local volunteers

Are all involved in the search of these missing mother and daughter.  The search continues this morning, the conditions are rough and dangerous due to the recent rains.

A J Balajadia
Guam Police Department Spokesperson

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admin@ainamedia.com (Kevin Kerrigan & Roselle Romanes) frontpage Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:24:20 +0000
Governor to Search and Rescue Teams: "Thank You!" http://www.pacificnewscenter.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=44299:governor-to-search-and-rescue-teams-qthank-youq&catid=45:guam-news&Itemid=156 http://www.pacificnewscenter.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=44299:governor-to-search-and-rescue-teams-qthank-youq&catid=45:guam-news&Itemid=156 Fortunately, the pair were found safe and sound Thursday afternoon at 1pm.

The Governor's note reads: "Thank you to the brave heroes who rescued a lost mother and child. Lives were saved because you didn’t give up. A family is whole again because of your good work. – Eddie"  

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JRM: HSC-25 Rescues Missing Hikers http://www.pacificnewscenter.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=44306:jrm-hsc-25-rescues-missing-hikers-&catid=45:guam-news&Itemid=156 http://www.pacificnewscenter.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=44306:jrm-hsc-25-rescues-missing-hikers-&catid=45:guam-news&Itemid=156
HSC-25 received a request from U.S. Coast Guard Sector Guam April 16 at 10:16 p.m. for aerial support in search of the hikers, a mother and daughter, within the vicinity of Tarzan Falls.   

A Navy MH-60S helicopter from HSC-25 arrived on the scene at 10:46 p.m. to begin search efforts.

At 8:50 a.m. April 17, a Navy MH-60S helicopter was launched from Andersen Air Force Base. The crew flew approximately 18 miles to the reported area, recovered the individuals and transported them to U.S. Naval Hospital Guam for treatment.

“The successful rescue today is a perfect example of the strong partnership between the Navy and Government of Guam agencies" said Rear Adm. Tilghman Payne, Commander Joint Region Marianas. “The close coordination between homeland security, Guam Fire Department and HSC-25 played an integral part in finding the hikers and bringing about a happy ending for all.”

The incident was the 11th search-and-rescue executed by HSC-25 personnel this year.

“HSC-25 continually trains our pilots and crews to handle any situation, any time day or night, whether on the water or on land,” said HSC-25 Commanding Officer Cmdr. Gregory Leland. “This rescue is a direct result of the skills our crews develop during combat training for deployed missions in and around the region, and put to use saving lives right here on Guam.”  

HSC-25 is the Navy’s only forward-deployed MH-60S expeditionary squadron. As a part of Helicopter Sea Combat Wing Pacific, it provides an armed helicopter capability for U.S. 7th Fleet in support of logistics, search and rescue and humanitarian assistance missions. 

The command is also the only squadron that maintains a 24-hour search-and-rescue and medical evacuation alert posture, directly supporting the U.S. Coast Guard and Joint Region Marianas.

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admin@ainamedia.com (News Release) frontpage Thu, 17 Apr 2014 08:18:28 +0000
VIDEO: JGPO Confirms NW Field Preferred Site for Live Fire Range; Full Draft SEIS Released FRIDAY http://www.pacificnewscenter.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=44293:video-jgpo-confirms-nw-field-preferred-site-for-live-fire-range-full-draft-seis-released-friday&catid=45:guam-news&Itemid=156 http://www.pacificnewscenter.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=44293:video-jgpo-confirms-nw-field-preferred-site-for-live-fire-range-full-draft-seis-released-friday&catid=45:guam-news&Itemid=156 Guam - Joint Guam Program Office Major Darren Alvarez has confirmed that the Northwest Field on Andersen Airforce base is the preferred site for a training range complex and he confirms that NCTS Finegayan is the prefferred site for the marines cantonment and family housing area.

Those preliminary decisions are in the Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (DSEIS) which will be officially released Friday.

The Draft SEIS will outline the Department of Defense's plans for the Guam military buildup which will bring 5,000 marines and 1,300 of their family members to Guam.

READ the JGPO release HERE

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The release of the DSEIS will commence the beginning of the 60 day public comment period. Public meetings will be held on Guam in May. The DSEIS is necessary. The public meetings will consist of an open house where the public can learn more about the proposed action from project team members and subject matter experts, followed by a public hearing. The meetings will allow the public to provide formal comments on DOD's alternatives including their preferred alternatives for things like the live fire training range complex, military housing and cantonment area.

 Tomorrow the Draft SEIS will be available for review at the SEIS website (http://guambuildupeis.us).

 Read Full Email from Major Alvarez Below:

Subject: Press Release: Relocation of Marines to Guam: Department of the
Navy To Release the Draft SEIS

Sirs, Ma'ams

BLUF:  The Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Environment, Installations,
and Energy has authorized the public release of the Draft Supplemental
Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) for tomorrow, 18 April.  The release
commences a 60-day public comment period.  Public meetings will be held on
Guam in May.

The DON has prepared the Draft SEIS in accordance with the National
Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the Council on Environmental Quality's
(CEQ's) implementing regulations.  The Draft SEIS analyzes the establishment
on Guam of a cantonment area, including family housing, a life-fire training
range complex (LFTRC), and associated infrastructure to support the
relocation of a substantially reduced number of Marines and dependents than
was previously analyzed.

The DON's preferred alternative will be identified in the Draft SEIS.  The
preferred alternative is to construct and operate a cantonment, including
family housing, at Naval Base Guam, Telecommunications Site (NBGTS)
Finegayan and a LFTRC at Andersen Air Force Base - Northwest Field
(AAFB-NWF).

The public meetings will provide the opportunity for the public to provide
formal comment on the range of Department of Defense (DoD) alternatives,
including the preferred alternative, and our environmental analysis.  These
comments will inform the DON's development of the Final SEIS.  The DON must
consider and respond to substantive comments on the Draft SEIS received
during the 60-day comment period which ends on 17 June (ChST), including
comments provided during the public meetings.  The public meetings will
consist of an open house where the public can learn more about the proposed
action from project team members and subject matter experts, followed by a
public hearing.

The public meetings will be held on the afternoon of Saturday, 17 May, and
the evenings of Monday and Tuesday, 19 and 20 May:
- Saturday, May 17, 2014, open house from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and public
hearing from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Okkodo High School, 660 Route 3,
Dededo;
- Monday, May 19, 2014, open house from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and public
hearing from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Father Dueñas Memorial School Phoenix
Center, 119 Dueñas lane, Chalan Pago; and
- Tuesday, May 20, 2014, open house from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and public
hearing from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Gymnasium, Naval Base Guam (former
McCool School) - Santa Rita Annex, Bldg. 4177, Naval Magazine Road, Santa
Rita.

The Draft SEIS will be available for review at the SEIS website
(http://guambuildupeis.us).  The website is always available and provides
information about the proposed military relocation and the associated SEIS
process.  Hard copies of the Draft SEIS will be available on 18 April for
public review on Guam at the Flores (Hagatna) Library and the University of
Guam Library.

Following the public meetings and public comment period, the DON will review
and consider public input as it develops the Final SEIS.  The Final SEIS is
expected to be released in early 2015.  After completion of the Final SEIS,
a ROD will be issued sometime in 2015.

Attached is the JGPO press release announcing the release of the Draft SEIS.

V/R,

Major Darren Alvarez
Deputy Director
Joint Guam Program Office (Forward)
PSC 455 Box 152
FPO AP 96540-1000
Office: (671) 339-3337
Cell:   (671) 777-1453
Fax:    (671) 333-2316
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Aguon Calls for Roundtable Discussion on Draft SEIS MONDAY, April 28 http://www.pacificnewscenter.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=44308:aguon-calls-for-roundtable-discussion-on-draft-seis-monday-april-28&catid=45:guam-news&Itemid=156 http://www.pacificnewscenter.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=44308:aguon-calls-for-roundtable-discussion-on-draft-seis-monday-april-28&catid=45:guam-news&Itemid=156 Guam - Military Realignment Chair Senator Frank Aguon Jr. has called for an oversight hearing this coming Monday, April 28th, to review the draft Supplemental EIS that is being released Friday.

READ the release from Seantor Aguon below:

Island Community Invited to Attend Roundtable discussion on the DSEIS

(Thursday, April 17, 2014, Hagåtña, Guam) In anticipation of the release on the 2014 Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (DSEIS) for the Relocation of the Marines from Okinawa, Japan to Guam, the Committee on Guam US Military Relocation, Homeland Security, Veterans’ Affairs and Judiciary has scheduled a Roundtable discussion on Monday, April 28, 2014 beginning at 6:00PM at I Liheslaturan Guåhan.

The basic premise of this roundtable is: to open up lines based on two-way communication, to increase knowledge and understanding of the DSEIS process, to share complex information with our island leaders and other stakeholder groups and most importantly, engage the community in public dialogue. Topics for discussion include: key differences between the 2010 Final EIS and the 2014 DSEIS; review of executive summary; associated population change; preferred alternatives; and public meeting schedule and format.

“I am confident in the four pillars negotiated into the Programmatic Agreement signed in 2011 which encompasses the Department of Defense’s determination to continue to listen to the concerns of our island’s community; and upon the release of the DSEIS, I encourage our island community to review these documents at the SEIS website,” said Senator Frank B. Aguon, Jr.  “Furthermore, I strongly encourage you to provide official verbal and written comments on the DSEIS during the public meetings hosted by the Department of the Navy.”   

The community is encouraged to review the DSEIS documents on the SEIS website at: www.guambuildupeis.us.   Also posted on this website, are the times and locations for the Public Meetings that will be hosted by Department of the Navy.

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admin@ainamedia.com (News Release) frontpage Thu, 17 Apr 2014 08:46:37 +0000
VIDEO: Governor and GOP Senators Proposes 5% Cut in GRT in Response to Senator Cruz's Proposal to Raise Minimum Wage to $10.10 http://www.pacificnewscenter.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=44292:video-governor-and-gop-senators-proposes-5-cut-in-grt-in-response-to-senator-cruzs-proposal-to-raise-minimum-wage-to-1010&catid=45:guam-news&Itemid=156 http://www.pacificnewscenter.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=44292:video-governor-and-gop-senators-proposes-5-cut-in-grt-in-response-to-senator-cruzs-proposal-to-raise-minimum-wage-to-1010&catid=45:guam-news&Itemid=156
The island's GOP leaders acknowledged that it was in response to Senator B.J. Cruz's proposal to implement a minimum wage increase of  95-cents in each of the next 3 years until the hourly wage rate rises to $10.10 by January 1 2017.

But they said any increase in the hourly wage must by balanced by a corresponding decrease in the business tax so that the wage increase does not result in layoffs.

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The Governor said that he is "confident" that if this balanced approach is adopted, it will not have a negative impact on the General Fund and GovGuam should still be able to pay all of its obligations.

However, the Governor and the GOP Senators said they were not yet prepared to give their un-qualified support to Senator Cruz's bill to raise the minimum wage to $10.10.

They all emphasized that their proposal to cut the GRT was meant to "balance out" the impact of a wage hike. They said it was the start of a process that will involve negotiations and compromise.

Senator Duenas said "I think what your getting from us is that we're going to support a balanced approach. We're not going to support putting people out of work" by raising the hourly wage to $10.10. "We think that the testimony on that bill [Cruz's wage hike bill] is going to  show that jobs will be lost."

READ the release from Governor Calvo below:

GOP solution to higher costs: CUT TAXES
A release from the Governor’s Office w Contact Phill Leon Guerrero at 929-7467 or Phillip.Leonguerrero@Guam.gov

GOP presents economic policy: cut the GRT in face of minimum wage increase         
Republican senators will be introducing legislation to cut the gross receipts tax by five percent to 3.8 points. This reduction will mean that, for every $1000 a business makes, the business will pay $38 in GRT instead of $40, which is based on the current tax rate.

GRT reduction + minimum wage bill = Governor’s signature of approval                                            
If this bill is passed and presented to the Governor simultaneously with the minimum wage bill, Governor Calvo will sign both measures into law. This balanced economic policy will lower the cost of business overall while increasing the buying power of the lowest wage earners.

GOP senators: Reduce the GRT to keep the minimum wage increase from backfiring:         
1.     AVOID PRIVATE SECTOR LAYOFFS: To reduce the cost impact of a probable minimum wage increase so that employers have less of a reason to lay off employees once the wage hike takes effect
2.     LOWER PRICES: To give businesses the opportunity to lower prices and relieve some of the high costs of living that all Guamanians face

Legislation based on research and analysis                                                                                             
The Guam Economic Development Authority has been looking into the possible impact of a minimum wage increase since Governor Calvo raised the issue in his State of the Island address. The study was accelerated following Vice Speaker BJ Cruz’s minimum wage bill. Sen. Chris Duenas approached the Governor about the possibility of lowering taxes earlier this week as a way of offsetting the impact of a wage increase.

Governor Calvo – a former businessman – thought both solutions to improving the quality of life, if done together, could very well work. GEDA conducted a cursory review to determine, first, whether the possible increase in withholding taxes could wash out a possible loss in GRT revenues. Here are the findings:

1.     Revenue neutral: Loss of tax revenue may be offset by gain in capital reinvestment in existing businesses or investment in new business opportunities.
2.     Increase in purchasing power: The increase in minimum wage will increase, not just withholding tax revenue, but the disposable income of the wage earners. This, in turn, will translate to increases in economic activity that generates corporate income tax revenue and GRT.

Other factors are unknown until policies actually go into effect                                                                       
It should be noted this analysis does not take into account economic factors that are impossible to know before the policies actually are implemented. For instance, an increase in wages will mean employees will have more income to spend; however, will they spend that increase? Will there be fewer of them making the increased wages because employers had to lay off some of them to afford the wage increase? When taxes are cut, businesses will have more net income; will that completely offset what they will have to pay for a minimum wage increase?

Positive & negative effects of each measure balances the other out                                                   
Governor Calvo does not believe, as Vice Speaker Cruz has reported, that previous minimum wage increases had no negative effects to businesses and, in turn, to Guamanians who are customers of those businesses. Prices have increased. Costs have increased. We surmise this is mostly attributable to the increase in the global price of oil. This has meant exponential increases in shipping 95% of everything we consume, including all the gas for our cars, and the cost to power our homes and offices.

There are companies that did have to release employees or cut back on inventory and services because of previous wage increases. What Governor Calvo does believe is that wages have not kept up with the higher cost of living and inflation. Many businesses have been carrying the burden of higher costs, and many businesses must be benefitting from a growing economy at this point. The increase in wages with a simultaneous cut in taxes provides the proper balance to raise output and grow the economy.

Transitive property of loc. economy: If more taxes = less demand, then less taxes = more demand
Increasing taxes curbs demand; we see that with the increases in sin taxes. If the inverse is accurate, then cutting taxes and raising wages may spur demand and purchasing.

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VIDEO: Pangelinan Says McCreadie's Prison Bill Deficient; McCreadie Disagrees Saying It Was Crafted "By the Experts" http://www.pacificnewscenter.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=44301:video-pangelinan-says-mccreadies-prison-bill-deficient-mccreadie-disagrees-saying-it-was-crafted-qby-the-expertsq&catid=45:guam-news&Itemid=156 http://www.pacificnewscenter.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=44301:video-pangelinan-says-mccreadies-prison-bill-deficient-mccreadie-disagrees-saying-it-was-crafted-qby-the-expertsq&catid=45:guam-news&Itemid=156 Guam - Senator Ben Pangelinan has written a letter to Senator Brant McCreadie about his original prison construction bill saying that it has some deficiencies that need to be addressed.

Senator McCreadie has been pushing for his bill to be reported out of Senator Pangelinan's committee so that it can be put on a session agenda for a vote. 

Senator McCreadie says he grew tired of waiting for his bill to be reported out so he introduced another prison construction bill or bill 315 which he says will also build a prison but this time with GEDA taking the lead on identifying financing.

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Senator Pangelinan says in his letter that the original bill's deficiencies has to do with the funding sources identified for building a new prison. Senator Pangelinan says that the funding sources are not sufficient and would've had a negative financial impact on the judiciary.

"Kinda late but I thank him for his opinion,” said Senator McCreadie adding, “I disagree with his findings and why I introduced my second bill he claims that I agree with his opinion that there are some disparities with the first bill. I don't agree with the disparities. That bill was crafted by the Department of Corrections, the experts, and I am the champion of that bill. Obviously ten people co-sponsored it and the second bill 8 people co-sponsored it in a bi-partisan event. It's important to note that the reason why I introduced the second bill was because I wanted to show the chairman that I'm willing to compromise and do anything possible to get this vetted and through the process on the session floor to vote yes or no on it.”

Senator McCreadie says that Congresswoman Bordallo has responded to his request indicating that she is willing to ask the army corps of engineers and the Bureau of Prisons to facilitate a feasibility study and cost analysis of building a new prison.

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admin@ainamedia.com (Clynt Ridgell) frontpage Thu, 17 Apr 2014 06:59:31 +0000
VIDEO: Postal Service Address Problems Have Now Hit GMH; 1,500 Bills Returned; Residents Encouraged to Check on Bill Status http://www.pacificnewscenter.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=44300:video-postal-service-address-problems-have-now-hit-gmh-1500-bills-returned-residents-encouraged-to-check-on-bill-status&catid=45:guam-news&Itemid=156 http://www.pacificnewscenter.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=44300:video-postal-service-address-problems-have-now-hit-gmh-1500-bills-returned-residents-encouraged-to-check-on-bill-status&catid=45:guam-news&Itemid=156 Guam - Utility ratepayers aren’t the only ones affected by the recent changes in the delivery of US Postal Mail, the Guam Memorial Hospital received 1,500 returned bills in the mail in the past month.

GMH Administrator Joe Verga is advising residents to get in touch with the hospital’s billing department in case you were affected.

The average returned mail that GMH receives every month is about 200 bills. But within the past month, the hospital got 1,500 sent back. They too were affected by the recent changes in the US Postal Service delivery system. 15

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"In light of recent problems with the US Mail, this box here contains about 700 bills that just came back to GMH," announced GMH Administrator Joe Verga, pointing to a cardboard box containing the returned mail. "This is the second box of about 700 bills of about 2 weeks bringing the total to about 1,500 that have come back to GMH."

He says the extraordinarily high amount of returned mail will surely impact the hospital’s finances.

'It definitely affects cash flow if folks don’t get their bills and pay it. We’re counting on receiving a certain amount of cash being paid from those bills and when folks aren’t paying those bills it affects our cash flow and it affects everything across the whole hospital," Verga pointed out.

Which is why, says Verga, he invited PNC to GMH so he can demonstrate how easy it is to pay your hospital bill. Verga himself was treated at the emergency room recently and received a hospital bill.

This cashier window, near the entrance of the hospital is open on weekdays from 7am to 6 pm. GMH Spokesperson June Perez says there are also other ways to be able to pay your hospital bill after hours.

The hospital has a drive thru drop lock box at the main entrance and a 24 hour cashier at the emergency department. For payment plans or other billing questions, GMH also has a business office on the first floor which is open from 8am to 5 pm on weekdays.

Meanwhile, Verga says that tax refund garnishments are already in effect. So far, for the latest round of refunds to be mailed out this week, out of the $20 million, Verga says GMH will get $263,000 in tax garnishments. But the total that GMH sent to Rev and Tax for garnishments is about $15 million.

"If you are owed a tax refund, you may either receive the refund if your refund is less than the amount that you owe the hospital, or you will receive the balance of the refund if your refund is more than what you owe. So the hospital bill will be taken out of your refund and then the individual will recieve the balance. And that’s why it’s very important for folks to make arrangements to pay their bill, even if they can’t pay all of it," Verga stated.

To find out if your bill is one of the 1,500 that got sent back, you can call GMH’s billing office at 647-2126 or 2127. 

READ the release from GMH below:

HOW TO PAY YOUR GMH BILL
FOR IMMEDIATE MEDIA DISTRIBUTION
April 17, 2014


With over $150 million in unpaid patient bills, the Guam Memorial Hospital Authority (GMHA) urges all GMH patients to please pay their bills on a timely basis.  The following are some helpful tips:

Get an itemized bill estimate before leaving GMH as a patient.
Please pay your bill before leaving GMH as a patient.
Payments can also be made through the following services:

a.    Pay by phone with credit cards only by calling 647-2265;
b.    Pay by curb-side payment drop box for check payments only. Drop box is located at the GMH front entrance drive through area.  Drop box is locked with closed circuit camera and security surveillance.
c.    Pay at Business Office Cashier Windows open 7:00 am – 6:00pm for all payments, closed weekend and GovGuam holidays.
d.    Pay at the Emergency Dept. Cashier Windows open 24 hours a day, every day for all payments.
e.    Cashier Windows are for payment services only.  

For personal assistance with billing questions and payment plans, the GMH Business Office hours are 8:00am – 5:00pm Monday – Friday, closed weekend and GovGuam holidays.
Billing questions and payment plan requests can also be emailed to paymygmhbill@gmha.org or call 647-2126/2127/2231/2232.
GMH provides two 10 minute reserved parking spots for bill payers.
Curb side payment services are available for the elderly and people with disabilities.  Please give advance notice to the Business office by calling 647-2265.  

Once again GMHA urges all patients to please pay their bills promptly.  GMHA is deeply grateful for any and all efforts patients make to meet their financial obligations to GMH.  Patient payments help ensure GMH continues to provide quality hospital services to all.  For further details, please call June Perez at 647-2415.

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VIDEO: No Applicants for Saipan Casino Gambling License, Yet; Deadline to Apply is Monday http://www.pacificnewscenter.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=44304:video-no-applicants-for-saipan-casino-gambling-license-yet-deadline-to-apply-is-monday&catid=45:guam-news&Itemid=156 http://www.pacificnewscenter.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=44304:video-no-applicants-for-saipan-casino-gambling-license-yet-deadline-to-apply-is-monday&catid=45:guam-news&Itemid=156 Guam - The CNMI has until Monday, April 21, to attract an investor willing to plunk down as much as $31 million to operate a casino on Saipan.
The Commonwealth government, the Saipan Tribune reports, has yet to receive an application for an exclusive license to operate a casino.

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However, Gov. Eloy S. Inos remains hopeful and so does the casino bill’s main author, House floor leader Ralph Demapan.

Under Public Law 18-43, which amended the original Saipan casino law, “in the event that a license is not issued within 90 days after this Act becomes law, the commission shall establish new application procedures.”

Inos, meanwhile, said he was anticipating a wire transfer as early as Tuesday, after an entity inquired about the bank account for the purpose.

Any interested investor that turns in an application by April 21 would be in the running for securing an exclusive license to operate a casino on Saipan. It also has to pay a $30-million license fee by May 5, representing the license fee for the first and fifth year.

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admin@ainamedia.com (PNC Saipan Correspondent Mark Rabago) frontpage Thu, 17 Apr 2014 07:24:38 +0000