´╗┐

NC organization aids Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Maria, Irma

Sep 29, 2017, 00:35
NC organization aids Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Maria, Irma

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders tweeted Thursday morning that the president "has authorized the Jones Act be waived for Puerto Rico".

Ricardo Rossell├│ petitioned the White House to waive the law, known as the Jones Act, to aid in shipping resources to Puerto Rico while it recovers from devastating hurricanes.

Having set up a supply and logistics hub on the island following Hurricane Irma, Samaritan's Purse increased its capacity to provide aid-including emergency shelter materials and hygiene kits-to those living in Puerto Rico.

Puerto Rico's governor, Ricardo Rossello, had said Wednesday that he expected the waiver, which suspends a 1920 law requiring that only American-flagged vessels be used for shipments between two USA ports.

Waiving restrictions on foreign vessels that carry cargo to Puerto Rico "could overwhelm the system, creating unnecessary backlogs and causing confusion on the distribution of critical supplies throughout the island,"' said Thomas Allegretti, the group's chairman.

More news: Backed forces seize major Syria gas plant

"Puerto Rico needs more help, Mr. President!"

"Any organization collecting donations can bring them here to the warehouse at the corner of Washington and Lake Shore Drive and we will make sure they get on the truck", he said. Advocates who pressed for the waiver have said it could get desperately needed supplies delivered to the island more quickly and at less cost. This is the most she can do for those still on the island awaiting help from the USA mainland and President Trump, who has been criticized for not doing enough to help the people of Puerto Rico.

At present, Puerto Rico is desperate for inputs - tools to fix generators so that electricity can be restored, supplies to purify water and avoid cholera, materials to buttress its damaged, crumbling infrastructure, and provisions to feed its population.

Days after the storm hit September 20, Rosa Maria Almonte's cafe in San Juan was still without power and all the other businesses nearby were boarded up.

"No food, no water, no power, no medical care for the dying", it reads. "Right now we are dealing with a crisis, so we need Congress and we need the president to step up".

More news: Ronald Koeman: Valencia was much worse than Everton 'crisis'

In a handful of tweets throughout the week, Trump has addressed the nation's response to the devastation in the US territory.

"If we don't get help, something is going to happen that will be a long-term problem for Puerto Rico".

"They're not giving us any information", said Castellanos, a business consultant. But really only the smallest bit of common sense is needed to understand the Jones Act should be waived for Puerto Rico over the coming weeks.

And it gives his opponents another data point to use when they accuse Trump of being more empathetic to the plights of people who look like him.

More news: Amazon Great Indian Festival Sale 2017 - Sept 21st to 24th

YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE
  • Justin Trudeau's photographer looks EXACTLY like Prince Harry

    Justin Trudeau's photographer looks EXACTLY like Prince Harry

    The couple could be seen laughing and smiling as they caught some of the wheelchair tennis at the tournament in Toronto, Canada. They have been photographed together before, but this is the first time for them to appear together at an official event.
    The Burgeoning Humanitarian Crisis in Puerto Rico

    The Burgeoning Humanitarian Crisis in Puerto Rico

    According to the hurricane centre, Maria is about 75 miles (120 km) east of Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Many hospitals are flooded, heavily damaged and running exclusively on gas generators, reports Reuters .
    Turkey, Iran and Iraq warn of 'counter-measures' against Kurd vote

    Turkey, Iran and Iraq warn of 'counter-measures' against Kurd vote

    The council urged "dialogue and compromise" to address differences between the Iraqi government and the regional authorities. Yilmaz said that the referendum would endanger security in the region, adding, " Israel wants to use Barzani against Iran ".
  • Hurricane Maria could cause unsafe  currents along United States  coast

    Hurricane Maria could cause unsafe currents along United States coast

    Officials say direct impacts from the storm includes tropicsl storm force winds and storm surge of 2-4 feet along the Outer Banks. So in conclusion, a track just offshore is most likely but we can't feel too comfortable about it for a couple more days.
    Mormon University Ends Ban On Caffeinated Soda

    Mormon University Ends Ban On Caffeinated Soda

    In 2012, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints clarified its stance on caffeine is a statement released to NBC. It's called Caffeine Corner , a service that says it can deliver a cold Coke, Diet Coke, Mountain Dew or Dr.
    Pakistan firing kills BSF trooper in J&K

    Pakistan firing kills BSF trooper in J&K

    They said that a bullet hit Bahadur on the left side of his abdomen and succumbed to injuries on the way to hospital. BSF troops guarding the border, retaliated the firing and gave a befitting reply while on civilian was also injured.
  • DirecTV is offering refunds to fans upset over the National Football League  anthem protests

    DirecTV is offering refunds to fans upset over the National Football League anthem protests

    NFL Sunday Ticket allows subscribers to watch out-of-market football games and costs about $280 for the year. AT&T, which owns DirectTV, has not responded to reports of a change in cancellation policy.
    Kylie Jenner Is Pregnant with Her First Child

    Kylie Jenner Is Pregnant with Her First Child

    Elite Daily reached out to both Kylie's and Travis' teams but did not hear back by time of publication. We have reached out to Kylie's rep to confirm the exciting news. "Her family really likes him".
    New Zealand jet fuel shortage leaves passengers stranded

    New Zealand jet fuel shortage leaves passengers stranded

    New Zealand-based Z Energy (ZEL.NZ) said it was informed of the leak in the 170-kilometer-long pipeline on Thursday afternoon. However, closer inspection has shown that the damaged section needs to be replaced.
  • Phillies pitcher somehow catches a comebacker in his jersey

    Phillies pitcher somehow catches a comebacker in his jersey

    The grand slam was just the latest in a string of home run firsts for the pitcher who still leads the majors in ERA (2.26). The offensive outburst turned a loss into a win for Pivetta, who allowed just the two first-inning runs in six innings.
    United Kingdom  'does not support' referendum in northern Iraq

    United Kingdom 'does not support' referendum in northern Iraq

    It was a dispute between Gorran and the KDP that caused the assembly to suspend its sessions in 2015. Barzani said the national anthem and flag could be altered to reflect the diverse ethnic groups.
    Cullman Electric Coop Lineman Deploy To Florida Tackling Hurricane Irma Repairs

    Cullman Electric Coop Lineman Deploy To Florida Tackling Hurricane Irma Repairs

    Earlier the Missouri crews were committed to two cooperatives in South Carolina, Berkeley and Palmetto electric cooperatives. More than 6.5 million homes and businesses statewide lost power, and 220,000 people huddled in shelters.
popular