Puerto Rico’s governor says efforts to restore cell service, gas and other basic needs to the island’s rural residents are progressing, even as many in those towns report feeling forgotten. More than half of Puerto Rico’s 3.4 million people lack access to drinking water 11 days after Hurricane Maria hit the U.S. territory, and 95 percent remain without power, according to the U.S. Defense Department. But on Saturday, Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) officials reported that a third of the island’s telecommunications network had been restored, and some 765 gas stations – well over half – had fuel, though it was not clear how much.
Later Trump tweeted embedded video of fans and players standing at an NHL game, writing “19,000 RESPECTING our National Anthem!” Other Twitter users posted that the video Trump put up was nearly a year old. The symbolic gesture of protest during the traditional playing of “The Star Spangled Banner” was adopted by some African-American players over the last year to protest against racial disparities in the criminal justice system.
U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday placed blame squarely on Puerto Ricans for the slow recovery from Hurricane Maria after critics and the mayor of San Juan complained his administration’s response to the U.S. territory’s plight was insufficient. Maria, the most powerful storm to strike Puerto Rico in nearly 90 years, has destroyed roads, making it difficult to deliver aid and move the heavy equipment needed to fix damaged infrastructure across the island. Trump, who plans to visit the island on Tuesday, fired off a series of angry tweets from his private golf club in New Jersey, taking aim at the mayor of San Juan, the island’s capital and largest city.
“There is an unmissable irony in Donald Trump … addressing the United Nations, set-up after the Second world War to promote global peace and co-operation, with the bluntest of threats to ‘totally destroy’ North Korea,” states an editorial. “When U.S. President Donald Trump spouts nuclear-annihilation threats on North Korea’s ‘rocket man’ at the United Nations, bear in mind that who you are listening to is ‘bluster man,’ ” writes Lawrence Martin.
A jury also found Alton Nolen, 33, guilty of assault crimes after less than two hours of deliberation in Cleveland County criminal court, the Oklahoman newspaper reported. Nolan had been suspended from his job at a food distribution plant in the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore, when he carried out the attack on co-workers in September, 2014.
The mayor of Puerto Rico’s hurricane-battered capital spoke on Friday of thirsty children drinking from creeks. In enumerable ways large and small, many of the 3.4 million inhabitants of Puerto Rico struggled through a 10th day with little or no access to basic necessities – from electricity and clean, running water to communications, food and medicine.