July 17, 2018

Review Category : People

San Juan mayor slams Trump official's claim that Puerto Rico response is a 'good news' story

San Juan mayor slams Trump official's claim that Puerto Rico response is a 'good news' storyOn Friday, Mayor of San Juan Carmen Yulín Cruz did not contain her disgust and incredulity at the Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke's statement to CNN that the Trump administration's emergency response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico is a "good news story."  Mayor Cruz countered Duke's statement with an impassioned plea that should amount to a reality check for the Trump administration about the "life or death story" in the cities and towns of Puerto Rico. SEE ALSO: Photos reveal dire situation unfolding in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria "Dammit, this is not a good news story," said Cruz, in an interview with CNN. "This is a people are dying story. This is a life or death story." Hurricane Maria engulfed the entire island of Puerto Rico when it made landfall there on September 20. Now, in the aftermath, many residents of the U.S. territory still lack access to food, water, and electricity — an especially dire situation for those with health needs such as dialysis that require a constant energy source. Duke called post-Maria Puerto Rico a "good news story" because of the "limited number of deaths that have taken place in such a devastating hurricane." The official death toll from the Hurricane so far stands at 16. However, according to the Miami Herald, the number of actual hurricane-related deaths could be much higher — even rising into the hundreds as the crisis continues. "This is a story of a devastation that continues to worsen because people are not getting food and water," said Mayor Cruz.  "If I could scream it, a lot more louder, it is not a good news story when people are dying." On Thursday, President Donald Trump echoed Duke's statements on Twitter.  In a series of tweets, he emphasized the extent of the damage in Puerto Rico, but also focused on the gratitude of the Puerto Rican government, the "great job" of first responders, and his wish for the media to treat his government's response "fairly." FEMA & First Responders are doing a GREAT job in Puerto Rico. Massive food & water delivered. Docks & electric grid dead. Locals trying.... — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 28, 2017 ...really hard to help but many have lost their homes. Military is now on site and I will be there Tuesday. Wish press would treat fairly! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 28, 2017 Puerto Rico is devastated. Phone system, electric grid many roads, gone. FEMA and First Responders are amazing. Governor said "great job!" — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 29, 2017 Mayor Cruz said that the hearts of those working at FEMA and emergency response were "in the right place," and that she was grateful for "boots on the ground." But she continued to object to the Trump administration's continually positive characterization of the devastation of her people.  "For heaven's sake, somebody let them do their job," said Cruz. "Let them get the food and the water in the hands of people. And then let's talk about good news." WATCH: Chainsaw wielding nun helps clean-up after Irma


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Trump economic adviser worth $266m thinks a car costs $1000

Trump economic adviser worth $266m thinks a car costs $1000It appears that Donald Trump’s chief economic adviser Gary Cohn does not know how much the average family pays for a car or home improvement project. Mr Cohn appeared at the White House’s press briefing to tout how middle-class families would benefit under the Republicans’ latest tax proposal – hours after the President falsely claimed that “the wealthy are not getting a tax cut”. Based on the administration’s assumptions, Mr Cohn said, a typical family that has two children and earns $100,000 per year can expect annual tax savings of about $1,000.


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Trump says Puerto Rico, U.S. government need to confront island's debt load

Trump says Puerto Rico, U.S. government need to confront island's debt loadPuerto Rico needs to work with the U.S. government to determine how to fund rebuilding after Hurricane Maria and what to do about the territory's heavy debt load, President Donald Trump said on Friday. "Ultimately, the government of Puerto Rico will have to work with us to determine how this massive rebuilding effort, which will end up being one of the biggest ever, will be funded and organized and what we will do with the tremendous amount of existing debt already on the island," Trump said at a conference sponsored by the National Association of Manufacturers.


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Dubai is building a massive Mars prototype city in the desert

Dubai is building a massive Mars prototype city in the desertDubai certainly doesn't shy away from grand, magnificent projects, but this is truly something else.  SEE ALSO: There are many ways that companies can do good in this world, and now is the time to do it The United Arab Emirates government has assigned world-renowned architect Bjarke Ingels, founder of the aptly named BIG study, to build nothing less than a prototype Mars city in the desert, and the designs are stunning. The announcement came a few days before Elon Musk said SpaceX will start robotic flights to Mars by 2022, with humans on Mars by 2024.  That timeline is considerably quicker than the UAE's plans for a "mini-city" on Mars by 2117. In February, Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum said in a series of tweets that "Mars 2117" will involve Emirati and international scientists. "We're building a space pioneering passion among our young people," he said. The Mars Science City project is another step in that direction. At a cost of nearly $140 million, it will cover 1.9 million square feet and will provide "a viable and realistic model to simulate living on the surface of Mars."  Artist illustration of the Mars Science City.Image: dubai media centreThe project aims at attracting "the best scientific minds from around the world," according to the press release. It looks pretty alluring for scientists and engineers, and some of them will be able to live in the red planet city for one year.   Formed by interconnected domes, Mars Science City will have several labs for food, energy and water, and agricultural testing.  An illustration of the concept for the domes.Image: DUBAI MEDIA CENTREThat's not only to simulate life on Mars using 3D printing technology and heat and radiation insulation, but possibly to "address global challenges such as food, water, and energy security on Earth," according to the release.  The prototype city will also feature a museum, whose walls will be 3D printed using desert sand, aimed at educating young citizens about "humanity's greatest space achievements," the release said.  In case you're wondering why they're calling it a prototype, that's because the UAE are serious about settling on Mars — they're looking to build the first colony on the red planet by 2117.  Artist's illustration.Image: DUBAI MEDIA CENTREThis is what Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, prime minister and ruler of Dubai, said upon the announcement of Mars Science City earlier this week: No word yet on how scientists can apply, but watch this space... WATCH: The physics behind NASCAR, according to Neil deGrasse Tyson


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Mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico: ‘This is a people-are-dying story’

Mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico: ‘This is a people-are-dying story’The mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Carmen Yulín Cruz, blasted the Trump administration on CNN’s “New Day” after she heard the acting Homeland Security secretary say that relief efforts for Hurricane Maria make for “really a good-news story.” Mayor Cruz said, “This is a people-are-dying story. This is a life-or-death story.”


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