Saturday, August 23, 2008

Northern Marianas on FOX News

The Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands is being mentioned on virtually every news outlet in the world right now, including FOX News.

According to the Associated Press:
Conservation groups have been lobbying the White House to set aside 115,000 square miles of the Northern Mariana islands as a marine monument. The U.S. commonwealth _ located 1,400 miles south of Japan in the Pacific Ocean _ is known as the Grand Canyon of the ocean and includes 14 islands that are home to seabirds, endangered and threatened sea turtles and giant coconut crabs, the largest land-living crustacean in the world.
This is amazing news! According to the story, the review, or what we have been calling the "assessment" is going to take between one to two months.

The process is about to officially begin!


According to Google, that paragraph appears on over 1000 news sites. What is that kind of exposure worth?

I feel proud knowing that people across the country are reading a small paragraph about our sea bird, turles, and coconut crabs. Hopefully that image of the "Grand Canyon of the Ocean" will burn into people's minds. MVA will have to do some follow up marketing, of course.


Bruce A. Bateman said...

Fox news huh? That should catapult us right to the top of the corn crib.

Winter Park Fords said...

Congratulations! I hope my email to President Bush helped!

scubatripp said...

This is good news. I'm in the states watching CNN and the Obama / Biden rally - LIVE so there has not been anything on CNN yet. Fox surely doesn't want to cover the rally too closely so they've probably opted for the second biggest story! Still that's great news and exactly what we've been talking about all along. POSITIVE international press that will be good for the CNMI.

Keep up the good work, I'll be back in time for the proclamation signing for sure!!!!!

The Saipan Blogger アンジェロ・ビラゴメズ said...

Good luck, Mike. Your latest blog post was a good one.

The Saipan Blogger アンジェロ・ビラゴメズ said...

Bruce, what is a corn crib? I really want to know?

Lil' Hammerhead said...

It was a mound of old dry corn piled outside the rear of the Bateman home. His parent's called it "the corn crib".. as that is where he ws kept for the duration of the year. Now they weren't that cruel.. they let him in to use the "indoor" restroom facilities on Christmas and his birthday.

Anyways, so the top of that "corn crib" was the pinnacle of his world.. hence, "the top of the corn crib".

The "corn crib".. get it?