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August 30, 2012

Micronesia left behind by the Paralympic movement

Micronesia left behind by the Paralympic movement

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Thursday, August 30, 2012

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London, England — At the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) press conference Monday, Sir Philip Craven indicated the goal of the IPC is to grow disability sport globally. At the same time, according to Paul Bird of the Oceania Paralympic Committee, the Micronesian of Oceania has been left completely behind by the Paralympic movement.

According to a member of the Oceania Paralympic Committee, the IPC recognizes fewer countries than the International Olympic Committee, with IPC rules prohibiting countries from becoming full members of the organization if their independence is not clear. This rule dates back to the organization’s founding and no serious attempts have been made to change it since.

As many Micronesian countries are not viewed as independent countries, they cannot join. This includes Guam, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Marshall Islands, Palau, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. The only eligibility route for elite athletes with disabilities in these countries to the Paralympic Games is through their home country, which for most of the Micronesian region is the United States; they have to compete against better-funded and better-supported competitors to earn national team selection. No disability sport competitors from Micronesia were chosen to represent the United States at the 2012 Summer Paralympics.

This problem is not unique to Micronesia, with the United States territories of Puerto Rico and United States Virgin Islands not being represented as members of the United States team in 2012.



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April 3, 2012

Saipan Little League results

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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

A number of baseball games were played in the Major Division of the 2012 Saipan Little League this past Sunday, including a game where 2011 all-star Virgil Secharmidal’s Aces beat the McDonald’s 13-7 with Secharmidal earning his second home run of the season. In last year’s regional qualifier for the Little League World Series, the league finished tied for third in their pool and did not advance, but the CNMI team finished second in the Asia Pacific Championship for Senior League World Series.

The Aces’ victory left them third in league with a record of 6-3, behind the Dandan Comets with a record of 9-0 and JPO Enforcers with a record of 8-1.

The Comets beat the Rays on Sunday with a score of 10-0. Five of their runs came in the first inning alone. The team, sponsored by Rep. Joseph P. Guerrero, ended the game early at the end of the fourth as a result of the mercy rule. The Pacific Amusement Rays had come into the game with a record of 5-3.

The Natibu Sports Association Tanapag Braves beat the Bank of Saipan Red Sox 9-8, despite a 3-0 lead at the end of the second inning. The Red Sox answered back in the third inning with three runs of their own. The Red Sox scored another run in the top of the fourth, but the Braves answered back in their half of the inning with three runs. The Braves won the game with three runs in the final inning of the game.



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August 14, 2010

7.2 magnitude earthquake strikes Mariana Islands

7.2 magnitude earthquake strikes Mariana Islands

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An earthquake of 7.2 magnitude on the Richter scale struck the Mariana Islands today. The epicenter was located 1,484 kilometers northeast of Davao, Philippines and 2,703 kilometers northeast of Lahad Datu, Sabah at a depth of 4.7 kilometers.

The eathquake struck Mariana at 07:19 a.m. local time (09:19 p.m. GMT Friday). The Northern Marianas emergency management office said that there were no damages reported in the nation. Also the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said that there was no Tsunami indication.

No tremors were felt in any of the major islands like Saipan nor in Hagåtña, the capital of Guam. An aftershock measuring 6.3 on the Richter scale hit the islands ten hours later but it did not trigger a tsunami.



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September 5, 2005

Japan weathers Typhoon Nabi

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Typhoon Nabi

Japan has been lashed relentlessly by Typhoon Nabi, with nine meter high waves and torrential downpours. It had been classified as a Category 4 storm, the same strength as the recent Hurricane Katrina in the United States, but was later downgraded to Category 3.

Flood warnings were issued from north Okinawa to Tokyo. Rain amounts were predicted to be greater than 19 inches (483 millimeters) for Kyushu, Japan’s third largest island, and some areas may receive as much as 1 to 2 inches of rain per hour. “Water was almost reaching the second floor. I was really frightened,” said a woman in her 50s.

The typhoon knocked power and water out for thousands of homes and has so far claimed two lives, including one man struck by lightning. Over 500 people were evacuated on the Northern Mariana Islands of Saipan, Tinian and Rota.

Nabi is expected to swerve eastward over the next 24 hours and is likely to continue battering much of Japan and the southern and eastern parts of South Korea.

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