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Puerto Rico Teacher Eager To Get Back To School After Hurricane Maria

29 September 2017, 12:37 | Katrina Lee

'Apocalyptic' devastation in Puerto Rico; Island faces humanitarian crisis Governor says

People line up to fill jugs with drinking water outside a police station in Juncos Puerto Rico Sept. 24 2017. Hurricane Maria lashed Puerto Rico as a strong Category 4 storm causing widespread damage and leaving the island without power. (Victor J. Bl

A Rhode Island congressman took to the U.S. House floor Wednesday to implore President Donald Trump and Congress to speed up aid to Puerto Rico following last week's disastrous hurricane.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said in a Twitter post that Trump, at the request of Puerto Rican Governor Ricardo Rossello, "has authorized the Jones Act be waived for Puerto Rico".

Trump faced mounting calls to freeze the 97-year-old act, which requires products shipped between USA ports to be moved by American-owned ships. The lack of electricity has also hugely impacted Puerto Rico's clean water supply, and many areas now have no/very limited access. Many people are unable to work or run businesses because there's no electricity, or diesel to fuel generators.

Governor Baker says that MA is ready to provide support for the hurricane recovery process in Puerto Rico, including help for those relocating to MA from the island.

But the Department of Homeland Security said that getting more fuel to the island wouldn't address its main problem, which is ports damaged by the storm. Or maybe President Trump and his team think Puerto Ricans are not as important as USA southerners.

Link for Donation to IsraAID Emergency Fund for Puerto Rico: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/hurricane-maria-relief-in-puerto-r.

On a personal note, Rosas hopes to have confirmation soon for his trip to Puerto Rico, which is scheduled for Sunday.

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The death toll was not as bad as the scores killed by Hurricane Irma - Maria claimed more than 30 lives in the Caribbean, including at least 16 in Puerto Rico.

IsraAID's Emergency Response team, including professionals from our established team in Haiti, arrived in Puerto Rico early this week.

The island's power grid was almost destroyed by Hurricane Maria, leading officials to predict it may take many months to completely restore reliable electricity service - affecting access to medical treatments and running water, as well as depriving millions of air conditioning in tropical heat. "Our main focus right now is raising as much money as we can because our people are at risk".

"People say FEMA is going to help us", Maribel Valentin Espino said yesterday amid the sodden wreckage of her home.

But both sides of Congress urged Mr Trump to agree to lift the ban, saying it would speed up and lower the cost of the recovery.

Rodriguez said he and other students he is working with plan to reach out to Hoos For Puerto Rico to help with this initiative. 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.

"The power of this maritime lobby is as powerful as anybody or any organization I have run up against in my political career", McCain said in 2014.

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