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(ASEAN)(ASEAN) gathering.gathering. North Korea North spurned Koreaharsh spurned newharsh U.N. sanctionssanctions Monday and Monday threatened and threatened to to China Kim is urging to consider Kim to consider defend itself defend withitself nuclear withweapons nuclear if weapons ifChina is urging negotiations, and also worked and alsoalongside worked alongside necessary,necessary, as Secretary as Secretary of State Rex of State Rex negotiations, the States United to develop States tothe develop the TillersonTillerson repeated an repeated offer toanbargain offer to bargainthe United new sanctions. U.N. sanctions. Days before Days thebefore the with the outcast with thenation outcast under nation theunder right the right unanimous unanimous Security Council Security vote, Council vote, circumstances. circumstances. There wasThere no sign wasatno a sign at a Tillerson Tillerson had made had a point made of a saying point of that saying that major Asian major security Asianconference security conference here here the United the States United does States not consider does notNorth consider North that the sanctions that the sanctions hailed by hailed President by President Korea its Korea enemy its and enemy does not and seek doesto not seek to Trump asTrump a foreign as apolicy foreign achievement policy achievement invade the invade country the or country unseat or Kim. unseat Those Kim. Those would succeed would where succeed past where efforts past have efforts have By John M. Robertson reassurances reassurances were meant were to meant encourage to encourage failed in trying failed in to trying persuade to persuade the country the country North to meet Koreaattothe meet bargaining at the bargaining to give uptoitsgive nuclear up itsweapons. nuclear weapons. North NorthNorth Korea NORTHNORTH Korea is warning Korea is that warning the US that the Korean US table. North table. Korea North rarely Korea attends, rarelyorattends, is or is Foreign KoreanMinister Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho Ri Yong Ho teeters onteeters the 'edge on the of life 'edge andofdeath' life and amid death'told amid even invited even to, invited international to, international forums forums diplomats told diplomats that his country that hiswill country neverwill never fears that fears Kim that Jong-un Kimcould Jong-un succeed couldinsucceednegotiate in such as the such ASEAN as the ASEAN meeting. Ri meeting. tried Ri tried negotiate away whataway he called what he a rational called a rational developing developing a powerfula powerful hydrogen hydrogen bomb. bomb. to make the to make most of theit,most holding of it,meetings holding meetings “strategic“strategic option” against option”the against threatthe of threat of This is of This special is of concern specialtoconcern us on Guam to us on Guam with the top withdiplomats the top diplomats from China from China attack from attack the from United theStates. United “We States. will,“We will, because ofbecause proximity of proximity to the Korean to the Korean under no under and Russia, andtwo Russia, countries two countries that tradethat trade circumstances, no circumstances, put the nukes put the nukes peninsulapeninsula and potential and potential strategic targets strategic targets with North with Korea North andKorea employ andNorth employ North and ballistic androckets” ballisticup rockets” for negotiation, up for negotiation, here. We here. are protected We are protected by the THAAD by the THAAD as Koreans contractasworkers. contract China workers. alone China alone Ri said inRi prepared said in prepared remarks, remarks, adding that adding Koreans that Battery but Battery no onebut is no interested one is interested in havingin having is responsible is responsible for 90 percent for 90 percent of North of North the entirethe United entireStates United is within States is range within range such powerful such powerful fireworks fireworks in our own in front our own front Korea’s trade. Korea’s trade. of its missiles. of its He missiles. dismissed He dismissed the U.N. the U.N. yard. yard. Security Council Security sanctions approved Council sanctions approved and Moscow Beijing andhave Beijing proposed have proposed Saturday Saturday as illegal,asappearing illegal, appearing to rule outto ruleMoscow out OutlinedOutlined below arebelow some are recent some recent a in “freeze for a “freeze a freeze” for approach, a freeze” approach, in in talks thattalks the Trump that theadministration, Trump administration, in developments developments related torelated the threat to the from threat from which Korea North would Korea suspend wouldits suspend its a diplomatic a diplomatic partnership partnership with China with and Chinawhich and North the roguethe regime rogueinregime North in Korea. North All Korea. All missile and missile nuclear andtesting nuclear if testing the United if the United Russia, isRussia, offeringisNorth offering Korea North as aKorea way as a way times are times GMTare (Zulu). GMT (Zulu). States andStates its allies andstop its allies conducting stop conducting out of its out economic of its economic and diplomatic and diplomatic pariah pariah joint military jointexercises military in exercises the region. in the region. status. “The status. best“The signal best that signal North that Korea North Korea Washington Washington has rejected has that. rejected After that. After could send could thatsend they’re that prepared they’re prepared to talk to talk meeting with meeting Ri, Russian with Ri, Foreign Russian Foreign would be would to stopbe these to stop missile theselaunches,” missile launches,”

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Minister Minister Sergei Lavrov on called all Sergeicalled Lavrov on all parties “toparties show maximum restraint to “to show maximum restraint to avoid the avoid projection of military on power on the projection ofpower military the Korean and immediately thePeninsula Korean Peninsula and immediately start seeking politicalaand diplomatic starta seeking political and diplomatic resolutionresolution to the problems of the of the to the problems peninsula,peninsula, includingincluding its denuclearization.” its denuclearization.” Chinese Foreign Wang Yi Wang said Yi said ChineseMinister Foreign Minister he told Rihethat Korea should abide toldNorth Ri that North Korea should abide by U.N. prohibitions against missile by U.N. prohibitions againstand missile and nuclear testing. he also nuclearBut testing. Butsaid he that also said that sanctions,sanctions, while needed, not the while“are needed, “arefinal not the final goal,” andgoal,” he called forcalled dialogue. Wang Wang and he for dialogue. The fate of world peace may rest in the hands of these urged theurged United andStates Southand Korea, theStates United South Korea, North Korean leaders as well asas thewell North, to increase as thenot North, not to increase tensions, tensions, saying thesaying situation at the already situationisalready is at to send messages to send messages -- unvarnished, -- unvarnished, with with 12.57am: 12.57am: China toChina strictlytoimplement strictly implement a “criticalapoint.” Chinese media onmedia “critical point.” state Chinese state onsanctions no middle-men no middle-men -- to one -another to oneabout another about UN UN sanctions  Monday acknowledged that North Korea Monday acknowledged that North Korea their policies," their policies," he told CNN. he told CNN. China will China continue will continue to fully and to fully strictly and strictly had to be had punished for its missile to be punished for itstests, missile tests, implement implement UN Security UN Council Security Council but criticized the United forStates its for its but criticized theStates United Southeast Southeast Asia to respond Asia to to respond to resolutions resolutions on Northon Korea, North Foreign Korea, Foreign10.47am:10.47am: “arrogance.” “arrogance.” North missile Koreatest  missile test  Minister Minister Wang Yi Wang told hisYiBritish told his British North Korea

The Philippines The Philippines will seek agreement will seek agreement in in SoutheastSoutheast Asia on ways Asiatoonengage ways towith engage with 8.05pm: Draft 8.05pm: USDraft resolution US resolution could bancouldNoon: ban North North following Korea, following pressure from pressure from Noon: Korea North could Korea develop could develop North Korea, North Korean Northimports Korean imports the US over thePyongyang’s US over Pyongyang’s missile tests, missile tests, H-bomb H-bomb soon, defense soon,expert defense warns expert   warns A draft UN A draft resolution UN resolution from the United from the United Manila'sminister foreign said. minister As the said. As the Harry J. Kazianis, Harry J. Kazianis, director ofdirector defenseof defenseManila's foreign States could States bancould all imports ban allofimports coal, oils, of coal, studies oils, atstudies chairmanchairman of ASEAN, of ASEAN, the Philippines the Philippines are are Washington-based at Washington-based think tank think tank iron, leadiron, and various lead andother various goods other andgoods and host meetings to host meetings of foreignofministers foreign ministers from from the Center theforCenter the National for the National Interest, has Interest,to has Security Council Securitydiplomat Council diplomat said, according said, according 27 countries with Pyongyang's with Pyongyang's missile missile warned that warned North that Korea North could Korea soon could soon27 countries to Reuters. to The Reuters. document The document would also would alsosucceed insucceed tests expected tests expected to take center to take stage. center "It'sstage. a "It's a developing in developing an H-bomb. an H-bomb.  “We  “We prohibit any prohibit new joint any new ventures joint with ventures the withshould the notshould consensus-based consensus-based organization, organization, so what I so what I be surprised not be surprised if the Communist if the Communist hermit state hermit and state limit and countries limit countries from fromdictatorship can do is can afterdo theis dinner after the Friday dinner evening, Friday evening, dictatorship develops adevelops hydrogen a hydrogen bomb bomb hiring new hiring North new Korean Northlaborers. Korean laborers. – the ultimate in aconsult huddle,the consult other the members," other members," – the atomic ultimate weapon atomic–weapon with – within a huddle, Foreign Minister Foreign Alan Minister Peter Alan Cayetano Peter Cayetano the potential the potential to kill millions to kill of millions people,”of people,” 2.30pm: US 2.30pm: US pushes for pushes stronger for stronger UN UN told reporters. "I predict"Ithere predict willthere be two will be two he wrote in he an wrote article in an forarticle Fox News.  for Fox“ANews. told “A reporters. sanctionssanctions on Northon Korea North Korea So, it's to it. a very So, it's hard a very decision." hard decision." Defense Department Defense Department official I spoke officialtoI spokesides to to it.sides The US isThe aiming US isforaiming a UN for Security a UN Securityrecently on recently the condition on the condition of not revealing of not revealing Council vote Council on Saturday vote on Saturday to imposeto impose his name his 9am: Korea North slams Korea USslams travelUS bantravel as ban as toldname me ittold nowme appears it nowthe appears the 9am: North stronger sanctions stronger sanctions on Northon Korea North over Korea over North Koreans North are Koreans working are to working finish to finish'sordid' 'sordid' its two intercontinental its two intercontinental ballistic missile ballistic missile North hasKorea slammed has slammed Washington's Washington's development development of an H-bomb, of an H-bomb, and that and thatNorth Korea (ICBM) tests (ICBM) in July, testsdiplomats in July, diplomats said. said.they couldthey decision to decision ban UStopassport ban US holders passportfrom holders from succeed couldinsucceed as sooninasassix soon to 18 as six to 18 America is America set to circulate is set to acirculate copy of athe copy of months.”  the visiting the visiting North, thewith North, statewith media state media months.”  draft resolution draft resolution to all 15 members to all 15 members of of describingdescribing it as a "sordid" it as aattempt "sordid"toattempt to the council theoncouncil Friday,onsignaling Friday, signaling a likely a likely limit human limitexchanges. human exchanges. The North's The North's 11am: Rex 11am: Tillerson Rex Tillerson and North and Korean North Korean agreementagreement by North by Korean Northally Korean Chinaally to China to minister KCNA news KCNA agency newssaid agency theresaid wasthere no was no foreign foreign minister to attendto ASEAN Rex attend ASEAN Rex impose new impose measures, new measures, they said.they The said. US TheTillerson US reason forreason foreigners for foreigners to feel threatened to feel threatened Tillerson and North and Korean Northforeign Korean foreign has been in hastalks beenwith in talks China with onChina a drafton a draft while in North while in Korea North andKorea that citizens and that citizens minister minister to attendto ASEAN  attend ASEAN  resolutionresolution to imposetonew impose sanctions new sanctions on on fromthe around worldthe were world encouraged were encouraged Rex Tillerson Rex Tillerson and the North and the Korean North Koreanfrom around North Korea North after Korea Pyongyang’s after Pyongyang’s missile missile to visit. "Our to visit. doors "Our are doors alwaysare open always for open for foreign minister foreign Ri minister Yong Ho Ri Yong and US Ho and US test on July test4. on July 4.  all Americans who visit who our country visit ourout country out SecretarySecretary of State were of State to attend were to theattend theall Americans of good and wish will and to see wish ourtoreality," see our reality," Association Association of Southeastern of Southeastern Asian Asian of good will North Korea North fired Korea its second fired its second said aministry foreign spokesman ministry spokesman quoted quoted Nations' (ASEAN) Nations' (ASEAN) Regional Regional Forum inForumsaid in a foreign intercontinental intercontinental ballistic missile ballisticonmissile July on the JulyPhilippines byItKCNA. by KCNA.   the Philippines on Sunday onAugust Sunday6.August It 6. 25 in defiance 25 in of defiance UN Security of UN Council Security Council is the highest-level is the highest-level annual interaction annual interaction resolutions. resolutions. “We have“We beenhave working been workingbetween North to the UStoState the US Department, State Department, between Korea North andKorea the US, and the US, AccordingAccording very hardvery for some hard time for some and time we certainly and we certainly bantravel will take ban effect will take on effect on accordingaccording to Mike Fuchs, to Mike a former Fuchs, a former the travel the hope thathope this is that going thistois be going a consensus to be a consensus 1, although 1, although some travelers some such travelers such deputy assistant deputy secretary assistant secretary of state for of state forSeptemberSeptember resolution," resolution," China's UN China's Ambassador UN Ambassador Liu East LiuAsian as journalists as journalists and humanitarian and humanitarian workers workers East andAsian Pacific and affairs. 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Americans Americans have beenhave ordered beentoordered leave to leave 11am: Japanwith to meet withNorth US over North 11am: Japan to meet US over the Norththe Korea North by Korea September by September 1 as the 1 as the Korea threat Korea threat  5.30pm: North 5.30pm: Korea North calls Korea for US calls tofor US to US's bantravel takesban fulltakes swing. full Earlier swing. Earlier Japanese Prime Shinzo MinisterAbe Shinzo said travel Japanese Prime Minister said AbeUS's ‘wave the‘wave whitethe flag’ white flag’ this week,this USweek, Secretary US Secretary of State Rex of State Rex Japan planshold to soon hold a "two to soon a "two plus two" plus two" Rodong Sinmun, Rodong the Sinmun, mouththe piece mouth of piece ofJapan plans TillersonTillerson insisted America insisted was America not the was not the meeting foreign andministers defense ministers meeting of foreignofand defense North Korea's Northregime, Korea'shas regime, claimed hasthat claimed that enemy of enemy Pyongyang. of Pyongyang. He said: ”We He said: do ”We do withover theNorth US over Northcontinued Korea's continued with Korea's America in America being forced in being to forced back down to back in down in the US not seek anot regime seek change, a regimewe change, do notwe do not missile tests.Korea's "Northrecent Korea's recent ICBM missile tests. "North ICBM the stand-off the stand-off on the Korean on thepeninsula. Korean peninsula. seek the collapse seek theof collapse the regime, of thewe regime, do we do (intercontinental ballisticlaunches missile) launches (intercontinental ballistic missile) An editorial An column editorialsaid: column “Every said: minute “Every minute not seek an notaccelerated seek an accelerated reunification reunification of of clearlythat showed that the threat clearly showed the threat posed by posed by and everyand second, everythe second, new reality the new that reality that the peninsula, we do notwe seek do an notexcuse seek an excuse North Korea have grown markedly forthe peninsula, North have grown markedly for US mainland US mainland is on the knife's is on the edge knife's of life edge of life Korea to send our to military send our north military of the north 38th of the 38th both countries," Mr Abe said. both countries," Mr Abe said. and deathand is forcing death isUS forcing administration US administration parallel [the parallel border [the with border South with Korea]. South Korea]. to wave a to white waveflag a white and fundamentally flag and fundamentally are presenting you are presenting an unacceptable an unacceptable Northtensions Korea tensions soar as soar as “But you “But change her change Northher Korea North policy. Korea "Itpolicy. is "It isNorth Korea US ‘prepares US ‘prepares to deploy toaircraft deploy aircraftthreat to threat us, andtowe us,have andto werespond.” have to respond.” not the denuclearization not the denuclearization of N. Korea, of N. Korea, carriers’carriers’ to peninsula to peninsula waters waters The Secretary The Secretary of State added: of State "We're added:not "We're not but the security but theofsecurity US mainland of US mainland which which your enemy, yourwe're enemy, not we're your threat not your butthreat but Navy US mayNavy sendmay two send aircraft two aircraft should beshould the topbepriority the topofpriority Trumpof Trump THE USTHE you're presenting an unacceptable an unacceptable threat threat carriers Korean thePeninsula Korean Peninsula as a as a you're presenting administration.”  administration.”  The North The Korean North Koreancarriers the to us and to weushave andto werespond." have to respond." to North to Korea’s Northlatest Korea’s ballistic latest ballistic propaganda propaganda publication publication reiteratedreiterated its itsresponse response missile tests. missile tests. threat to send threat‘unexpected to send ‘unexpected gift packages’ gift packages’ During the During same the week, same theweek, US military the US military to the US.  to the US.  a medium-range down a medium-range target ballistic target ballistic The USS The Ronald USSReagan Ronaldand Reagan USS and USS shot downshot its latest intest its latest of thetest country's of the country's Carl Vinson Carlaircraft Vinsoncarriers aircraftare carriers being are beingmissile inmissile 4pm China 4pm praises ChinaTillerson praises Tillerson for telling for telling THAAD defense program. defense program. The launch, The launch, consideredconsidered for deployment for deployment once againonce to againTHAAD to North Korea North ‘we’re Korea not‘we’re your enemy’  not your enemy’  over the Pacific over the Ocean, Pacificwas Ocean, was the according region, according to South Korean to South Koreanconductedconducted China hasChina welcomed has welcomed Rex Tillerson’s Rex Tillerson’s the region, the 15th time the 15th the weapons time the system weapons had system had officials. militaryPentagon officials. Pentagon officials have officials have declaration declaration that the US thatis the not US seeking is nottoseekingmilitary to reportedly reportedly been mulling beenover mulling whether overtowhethersuccessfully to successfully intercepted intercepted a test target. a test target. topple thetopple Norththe Korean Northgovernment Korean government and and Missile Defense MissileAgency Defense(MDA) Agencydirector (MDA) director fast-track fast-track the warships the as warships part of as a forward part of a forward would likewould dialogue like with dialogue Pyongyang with Pyongyang at at Lt Gen Sam Lt Gen Greaves Samsaid Greaves it wassaid partit of was part of deployment deployment after North after Korea North launched Korea launched some point. some Chinese point.Foreign ChineseMinister Foreign Minister an effort to an“stay effortahead to “stay of the ahead evolving of the evolving intercontinental second intercontinental ballistic missile ballistic missile Wang Yi Wang said China Yi said "attached China "attached great great its secondits threat”. (ICBM) –(ICBM) capable –ofcapable reaching of the reaching US – the USthreat”. – importance" importance" to Mr Tillerson's to Mr Tillerson's remarks remarks last Fridaylast July Friday 25. July 25. and his reiteration and his reiteration of what Wang of what called Wang called the "Fourthe Nos" "Four principle. Nos" principle. He said: "We He said: "We North Korea’s Northillicit Korea’s nuclear illicitweapons nuclear weapons hope the US hopeside thecan USput sidethis can'Four put this Nos''Four Nos' program has program reportedly has reportedly been gaining been gaining principle into principle actualinto policy actual towards policyNorth towards North steam with steam somewith experts somesuggesting experts suggesting the the Korea.”  Korea.” 

South Korea South andKorea the US andagreed the US onagreed on no hostileno policy hostile toward policyNorth toward Korea North Korea and no intention and no intention to attack to it, attack replaceit, replace its government its government or hastenor Korean hasten Korean reunification. reunification. Earlier inEarlier the week in the week week week the US Secretary the US Secretary of State told of State North told North Korea: "We're Korea:not "We're your enemy, not yourwe're enemy, we're not your threat not your butthreat you'rebut presenting you're presenting an an unacceptable unacceptable threat to threat us and to weushave andto we have to respond."respond."

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INSIDER NEWS towards its towards enemies. its enemies. Mr Sokolsky Mr Sokolsky and and Mr MillerMr write: Miller “Every write: time “Every a senior time a senior US government US government official publicly officialdeclares publicly declares a goal of regime a goal ofchange, regimeitchange, merely it feeds merely feeds the North’s theparanoia North’s and paranoia reinforces and reinforces its its convictionconviction that it must thatcling it must for dear clinglife for dear life to its nuclear to itsweapons. nuclear weapons. 

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In as CIA Director as CIA Mike Director Pompeo Mike said Pompeo he said he reunification, reunification, the geopolitical the geopolitical and security and security the wake the of North wake of North Korea's most Korea's recent most recent and other and senior other officials senior were officials ordered were ordered dangers would dangers be would far more be consequential far more consequential missile test, missile world test, leaders worldare leaders attempting are attempting by President by President Trump toTrump find a way to find to a way to for the United for the States United andStates its South and its Korean South Korean to combattoPyongyang's combat Pyongyang's repeated threats. repeated threats. “separate “separate the North the Korean North regime Korean from regime from and allies Japanese andallies for the and future for the future But two former But two US former officials UShave officials have and Japanese its missiles its and missiles nuclear and weapons.”  nuclear weapons.”  stability ofstability Northeast of Northeast Asia.” Asia.” suggestedsuggested toppling Kim toppling Kim Jong-un might Jong-un might not be a wise not be idea. a wise idea. 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were – without a doubt – promised Okay. We flying cars by now. If popular culture

had anything to do with our idea of any year after 2000, we were supposed to have cars that would zoom through space. At most a silver DeLorean that broke the space-time continuum. Granted we are a long ways away from Fred Flinstone pedaling his way through Bedrock, but still – we’re looking for those cars that hover over the ground. And what about Transformers? Don’t get me started on those shapeshifting Autobots and Decepticons fighting an intergalactic battle of good versus evil. And what about Pixar’s Cars franchise? Why are the headlights not their eyes? Makes sense, right? But, I digress. We didn’t ask for these ideas of grand flying motor vehicles. But, seeing George Jetson, dropping his kids off to school and Jane to the mall in the sky, is merely something of the Hanna-Barbera era of cartoons. However, in an age of reducing our carbon footprint, the highly publicized threat of global warming and climate change, and overall impact on our environment, construction companies, automobile dealerships, and government agencies are

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looking at ways to make our planet a little greener. Many are pointing to hydropower, solar power, and wind. But, it’s important to consider our mode of transportation, a main contributor to major carbon emissions. William Hagen, principal of Pacific Solar and Photovoltaics, points to the use of wood, coal, and oil as transportable energy sources. Sure, we know these are non-renewable resources - this author did teach Earth Science for a quarter. However, we are constantly told to reduce, reuse, and recycle to promote energy conservation and reducing our carbon footprint. It is easy to feel overwhelmed with the thought of the magnitude of energy use and waste throughout the world. However, Hagen pointed to his Nissan Leaf with which he is smitten. “I have been driving a LEAF for several months and I absolutely love my little car,” he stated. He pointed out the efficiency of the car and how it does not require any fossil fuels. Additionally, he said the car’s batteries are charged with the photovoltaics on his home’s roof. The LEAF might very well be as close to flying cars as we may see in our lifetime, but it has so much

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more to offer. According to, the 2017 model can go up to 107 miles on a single charge on a 30 kWh lithium-ion battery. And, at least stateside, you can charge it at one of 25,000 charging stations throughout the nation. Hagen did point out how the body and guts of this car comprise mostly of the electric motor and the framework connected to its wheels, but the math is a bit too technical for this author on a tight deadline. According to the Department of Energy’s website, the first electric car was introduced in the 1800s. Developers from Hungary, the Netherlands, and the United States developed some of the first small-scale electric vehicles using batteries in the times of horses and buggies. The first electric car didn’t see the light of day until 1890. Into the 20th century, electric vehicles would rise in popularity, but lose traction when mass-produced, less-expensive, gas-powered vehicles became all the rage. Flash forward to gas prices rising and a significant turn for environmental awareness, electric cars are seeing more follower requests on their social media pages for sure. “Electric/battery powered transportation is here to stay as is photovoltaics,” said Hagen who cited the new Tesla with a driving range of 300 miles. “The idea of a battery powered truck or hauler is not too far into the future and there are already companies developing battery powered 18 wheeler (sic),” said Hagen. Hagen echoed an article that was published on, which pointed to an $81 Billion market for electric vehicles in construction, agriculture, and mining. The article dated just this past April stated “this is an industry about to change radically”. Indeed since there are several advantages to owning electric vehicles. Art Perez of the Guam Power Authority said that these electric vehicles provide a rebate and savings on fuel – “it is much cheaper to pay for electricity than for fuel at 16 | AUGUST2017

the pump,” said Perez. In addition to those, we are left with little to no carbon footprint on our environment. That’s something I’m sure all of us can agree is a good thing! As GPA typically uses several million dollars in fuel costs annually, Perez said that the environmentally friendly and energy conservation efforts fit well into GPA’s Sustainability Goals, and using electric vehicles in their fleet is in line with best practices. Part of getting people on board is usually having to sell how much money will be saved and overall benefits Perez stated. That’s where the guys at Nissan come in. Brian Downey, General Sales Manager at Nissan Motor Corporation in Guam, said the Nissan’s Leaf has received a lot of positive reception, but “most people still don’t understand it.” He encouraged people who were interested to talk to someone who owns one since “they love their vehicles!” There always continues to be news of the depleting supply of fossil fuels that have fueled our cars, powered our air cons, and charged our devices. Downey said, “It’s roughly 80% less expensive to operate an electric vehicle and the maintenance costs are much, much less expensive because of the absence of fluids.” He continued saying businesses – and anyone in general - can save a lot of money using electric vehicles in their fleets. It just takes sparing the time to research the advantages and disadvantages – like most things. When we think of the future, for some of us, the Saturday morning cartoons are what come to mind - a metropolis above the clouds, bright, neon colored clothing, accentuated hairstyles, and space pods whirring by. Here’s my theory about The Jetsons. Maybe we will have flying cars. It might be possible for that to become a reality when the non-renewable resources have all but dried up. Possibly, the flying car is the answer to this saga of energy conservation. Perhaps if you pause the theme at just the right moment, you can see Nissan on the side. That’s just my fan theory at least.

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NAVFAC Marianas Awards Small Business Contract; Bolsters Navy’s Environmental Stewardship on Guam PITI, Guam – Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Marianas awarded a $7.2 million contract Aug. 1 to Tikigaq Construction LLC of Alaska for a landfill closure capping system on Andersen Air Force Base. “This contract award is consistent with our strict adherence to environmental rules and regulations as we prepare to close the municipal solid waste landfill on Andersen Air Force Base (AAFB),� said NAVFAC Marianas Executive Officer Cmdr. Warren LeBeau. “It is an excellent example of our commitment to environmental stewardship and I’m pleased that we’ve identified a qualified small business partner for this significant initiative.� The work includes construction of a final cover system, passive landfill gas venting system, final cover slope protection drainage system, upgrades to the leachate system, and an all-weather access road with a lined drainage swale. In addition, the scope of work includes installation of additional ground water monitoring wells as required by applicable laws and regulations; construction of a perimeter roadway and perimeter subsurface drainage system to facilitate long-term maintenance and monitoring of the landfill cover system.

“The small business contractor, AAFB and NAVFAC Marianas will continue its great partnership with the Guam Environmental Protection Agency (EPA),� said NAVFAC Marianas Environmental Business Line Coordinator John Salas. “We will work collectively to ensure that the landfill closure project meets regulatory and industry design and construction standards.�

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small biz notes • Tikigaq Construction • Tikigaq Construction LLC was awarded LLC was a $7,271,339 awarded contract a $7,271,339 for the contract construction for the of construction a landfill of a landfill capping system capping for thesystem solid waste for thelandfill solid waste at Andersen landfill Air at Andersen Force Base, AirGuam. Force Base, Guam. • Wolf Creek •Federal Wolf Creek Services, Federal Inc.Services, was awarded Inc. was about awarded $947,942 about for additional $947,942 for housing additional services housing on services on Andersen AirAndersen Force Base Air and Force Naval Base Base andGuam. Naval Base Guam. • Landscape Management • Landscape Management Systems Inc. was Systems awarded Inc. was about awarded $575,667 about for additional $575,667 for grounds additional grounds maintenance maintenance and tree trimming and tree services trimming at military services installations at military and installations DoD tenants and DoD on Guam. tenants on Guam. • P&S Construction • P&S Construction Inc. was awarded Inc. was about awarded $570,000 about in adjustments $570,000 into adjustments their contract to their for contract for miscellaneousmiscellaneous repairs at Andersen repairs AFB. at Andersen AFB. • Relyant Global • Relyant LLC was Global awarded LLC was a $448,606.00 awarded a $448,606.00 task order fortask building orderrepairs for building on Naval repairs Baseon Naval Base Guam. Guam. • About $70.3M • About was awarded $70.3M was to Small awarded Business to Small (SB)Business concerns(SB) on Guam concerns for on a wide Guam variety for a of wide variety of products and products services through and services 31Ju12017. throughBreakdown 31Ju12017.ofBreakdown awards: of awards: $61.2M - Small $61.2M Disadvantaged - Small Disadvantaged Businesses (SDB) Businesses (SDB) $33.4M - HUBZone $33.4M Small - HUBZone Businesses Small (HZ) Businesses (HZ) $6.9M - Women-Owned $6.9M - Women-Owned Small Businesses Small (WOSB) Businesses (WOSB) $6.7M - Service-Disabled $6.7M - Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Veteran-Owned Small Businesses Small (SDVOSB) Businesses (SDVOSB)

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did you know? About $675,560,101 in federal funds was awarded for various activities on Guam through July 2017. For:

Contracts Grants Loans Other Financial Assistance

$252,539,993 $204,740,310 $ 317,837 $217,961,961

Top Five Prime Recipients: DZSP 21 LLC Wolf Creek Federal Services, Inc. Pacific Unlimited Inc Schuyler Navigation Company, LLC Cabras Marine Corporation * Four of the top five are Small Business concerns.

$54,228,709 $16,112,408 $16,002,304 $14,931,200 $12,147,059

Top Five Awarding Agencies: Department of Defense Social Security Administration Dept of Health and Human Services Dept of Veterans Affairs Dept of Education

$251,489,076 $132,836,858 $125,577,904 $ 75,580,958 $ 44,862,321

Yearly funds awarded for activities on Guam: FUNDS AWARDED FY 2008 - FY 2017 $1B $800M



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Federal funds awarded each year range from a low of about $973M in FY13 to a high of about $1.3B in FY15. *FY17 data is not complete; a spike is expected at the end of the FY. Source:

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Sixto Aguon Quintanilla, Jr. becomes a Safety Management Specialist (SMS) Indianapolis June 30, 2017 - Sixto Aguon Quintanilla, Jr. SMS has completed all requirements for a Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) certification.

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BCSP is recognized as a leader in high-quality credentialing for safety, health, and environmental

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8/17/17 - Using Protest Decisions to Enhance Proposal Preparation The GAO hears hundreds of protests every year. Their decisions are publicly posed at The Guam PTAC will explain common protest issues and how to use them to enhance your proposal writing.

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8/31/17 - Obtaining a DUNS Number and Registering in SAM To sell your product or service to the Federal government, you need to get a DUNS number and register in SAM. These registrations pose unique challenges to Guam/CNMI based businesses. Tips and solutions for these challenges will be discussed.

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Market Research Analyst


Heavy Equip. Operator



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Heavy Equipment Mechanic



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Philippines Korea Japan Kiribati United Kingdom Australia Italy Peru Thailand Other Total by Nationality

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HVAC Technician



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Construction Equipment Mechanic



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5.21% 0.00%

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Peru 0.00%

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