Guam and CNMI prepare for Typhoon Mangkhut

Schools and universities in the two US territories will be closed today as the storm approaches.

Forecasters say on the current trajectory it will make a direct hit on northern Guam and CNMI's Rota island.

The CNMI Governor Ralph Torres has raised the alert for the typhoon to condition 2.

Typhoon Mangkhut is forecast to bring destructive winds of 74 miles per hour or more possible within the next 24 hours.

Mr Torres has activated essential government agencies like the police, hospital, airports, and seaports.

Haze from Hawai'i's Kilauea reaches Micronesia again

The National Weather Service says the volcanic haze is expected to linger across the region for much of the week.

It says it will decrease periodically due to developing showers but the Easterly tradewinds will continue to funnel the haze towards the Micronesian islands and reduce visibility there.

The service says while the haze is not expected to cause widespread health problems, if people suffer from respiratory health issues then they should limit outdoor activities.

The blue-grey haze first impacted the island in May before dissipating.


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Guam praises US-North Korea deal

The Governor of Guam Eddie Calvo says the territory can breathe more easily after an agreement between North Korea's Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump


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Guam praises US-North Korea deal

After a summit in Singapore on Tuesday, the two leaders signed an agreement to work towards the "complete denuclearisation" of the Korean Peninsula although observers say it is short on detail.

Mr Calvo said the agreement will end years of instability in Korea and the Pacific region.

He said the people of Guam have experienced suffering and death during World War Two and were the target of North Korean missile threats in 2013 and last year.

He said the promise of peace in the region was closer and said Guam's thankful for the president's stance.

Volcanic haze from Hawaii reaches CNMI and Guam

The National Weather Service in Guam says residents should continue to monitor information from their service as well as the local emergency management offices.

It says people with respiratory health problems should minimise time outdoors when the haze is evident.

Mariners and pilots have also been warned to be aware of the slightly lower visibility.

Satellite imagery shows a dense plume of haze spanning the central Pacific that becomes more diffused closer to the Marianas.

The haze is being carried along by the east-northeast trade winds.


Suspended Guam Archbishop found guilty of sexual abuse

The Catholic Church on the island has been consumed by a child sex abuse scandal that went right to the top of the church's hierarchy: Archbishop Anthony Apuron.

Apuron was accused of assaulting altar boys when he was a parish priest on Guam in the 1970s.

When the allegations first surfaced in June 2016, Pope Francis suspended Apuron and put his before a secretive Vatican procedure.

In its ruling issued overnight, the Apostolic Tribunal stripped Apuron of office and prohibited him from returning to Guam.

Fresh allegations of abuse by Guam priests

In one case Archbishop Anthony Apuron is alleged to have encouraged prayer as a way of getting over repeated abuse by a priest.

A former altar boy who alleges he was sexually abused by a now defrocked priest Raymond Cepeda for eight years in the 1990s is seeking US$5 million in damages.

He claims when he reported the abuse to Archbishop Apuron and another priest in 1999 he was "shunned away".

Meanwhile Pacific Daily News reports a now-deceased priest Monsignor Jose Guerrero has been added to the list of clergy accused of abusing children.

Guam delegate calls for DACA to remain

Madeleine Bordallo's comments come after President Donald Trump scrapped a programme that protected immigrants brought illegally into the US as children from deportation.

Implementation has been delayed until March, but Ms Bordallo said the decision was unnecessary.

She said the programme known as DACA allowed 800,000 people, including some neighbours and friends on Guam, to live and work in the community and for many, the US was the only country they know.

Ms Bordallo says the reversal of DACA affects Guam and its residents.

Guam visitor numbers up despite North Korean threat

Yesterday, Kim Jong-Un said he was reviewing pans to strike the island's waters although he called on the United States to ease tension.

The bureau's director Jon Denight said visitor arrivals in the first 12 days of August were up five percent on the same period last year.

Mr Denight said tourists due to visit Guam were being assured the island was safe.

"Guam has had a long history, 50 years, of tourism and we are known as a family-friendly, safe destination," said Mr Denight.

Guam's faithful look to God as North Korea threat looms

"If we were given 14 minutes to decide what to do with our lives, do you think you'd have enough time?"

Gofigan was referring to the length of time the Guam Homeland Security department estimates it would take a North Korean missile to reach the island. It's not idle debate.

Last week, North Korean state media said it was drawing up plans to fire four missiles less than 25 miles from Guam's coastline, placing the Pacific island in the center of the increasingly hostile rhetoric being lobbed between Washington and Pyongyang.