12th FestPac kicks off in Guam

More than 3,000 cultural practitioners from 25 countries have come to Guam over the past week to showcase their individual cultures during this year’s FestPac.

The opening ceremony began with the presentation of the Guam flag, via a parachute-descent to the cheers of a spirited audience. That was followed by the Presentation of Colors and the Bendision Chamoru led by Chamorro dance group Pa’a Taotao Tano.

US bomber aircraft crashes in Guam

In a statement they said all the crew made their way safely out of the plane, which crashed at 8.30 am Wednesday (Guam time) at Andersen Air Force Base in the village of Yigo.

The B-52H Stratofortress had been taking part in a routine training mission when the incident occurred.

The base says the crash is under investigation.


Guam at risk of China strikes: report

The report by a US congressional commission said China had an array of weaponry able to reach the US territory.

The report by the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission said China perceives Guam as a linchpin of US military strategy in the region.

It said China had developed weapons in recent years which have increased the risks for US forces and assets in the territory.

Palau readies for Festival of Pacific Arts

Opening ceremony is slated for May 22nd, 2016.

155 participants from Palau consisting of various artists and performers have been confirmed, according to Minister Chilton Expected date of departure is 19 May on a charter flight. Minister reports that they expect to have everyone ready by then.

“Such large delegation is possible due to Guam’s proximity to Palau,” reported Minister Chilton.

100 days to go before Festival of Pacific Arts in Guam

Also known as FestPac2016, the 12th edition of the quadrennial festival – taking place in the capital, Hagatña, from 22 May to 4 June – is world renowned for its feast of Pacific cultural and contemporary practises, including demonstrations from artisans who are keeping ancient carving, weaving, tattooing and dancing traditions alive.    

Artists gear up for Festival of Pacific Arts

The artists selected by Creative New Zealand represent a wide range of artforms such as clay artistry, waka navigation, kapa haka, contemporary music, moving imagery, spoken poetry and theatre.

The festival - which happens every four years - brings together more than 2000 artists from 27 Pacific countries.

A musician and producer, Matthew Faiumu Salapu, also known as Anonymouz, makes soundscapes - music that incorporates sound from the environment to tell a story.

Tropical disturbance may affect NMI

The tropical disturbance is centered to the east of Guam and Rota and is now the subject of a tropical cyclone formation alert by the Joint Typhoon Warning Center. 

The system is expected to move toward the northwest over the next few days. As this disturbance moves through the Marianas, periods of heavy showers, occasional thunderstorms and wind gusts of 25 to 35 mph are possible. 

Tropical storm conditions are not expected at this time, but this could change if the system slows down.

Allegations force Guam representative's Chief of Staff to resign

In a statement, Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo says she has accepted John Whitt's resignation with immediate effect.

Mr Whitt was arrested in Maryland in April on allegations of second-degree assault and unwanted sexual contact, and charges were filed in a local court this week.

Ms Bordallo says she has a responsibility to represent and advocate the people to the best of her abilities, and the pending allegations against Mr Whitt could detract from carrying out those responsibilities.

Guam footballers thrashed 6-0 in Iran

Ashkan Dejagah put the home side ahead from the penalty spot after ten minutes, as Asia's top ranked team took a commanding 4-0 lead into half-time at the Azadi Stadium in Tehran.

Mehdi Taremi and Sardar Azmoun bagged two goals each, with substitute Mehdi Torabi capping a clinical display with a final goal minutes from the end.

Defeat means the Mateo relinquish top spot in Group D to their next opponents, Oman, who beat Turkmenistan 3-1.

Storm warnings cancelled for Guam and CNMI

It says the Typhoon Watch has also been cancelled.

This morning, 9am local time, Tropical Storm Goni was 144 kilometres west of Saipan, 128 kilometres west of Tinian, 120 kilometres northwest of Rota and 168 kilometres north-northwest of Guam, packing 104 kph sustained winds. Tropical storm-force winds extend 120 from its centre.

Lead forecaster, Michael Ziobro, says Tropical Storm Goni will develop into a Typhoon either tonight or early tomorrow morning but it will be too faraway from Guam and the CNMI.

He says Goni is moving at 14 kilometres per hour.