Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands Hurricane Recovery

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Post by Lani » Fri Jan 05, 2018 4:46 am

I've been following this closely as I think it demonstrates what will happen when Hawaii's next disaster hits. We are overdue for a tsunami or direct hurricane hit. If Puerto Rico can't get relief so close to mainland, I think we are truly fucked when disaster reaches us.


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Pray for our friends who can't catch a break!!




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Post by Tiredretiredlawyer » Tue Jan 09, 2018 11:03 pm

OMg! Puerto Rico can't get a break! There are articles today about IV bag anticipated shortages.


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Re: Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands Hurricane Recovery

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Post by RTH10260 » Wed Jan 10, 2018 5:51 am

Orlylicious wrote:
Tue Jan 09, 2018 10:56 pm
Pray for our friends who can't catch a break!!

https:// twitter.com/CNBCnow/status/950929345928990721
Fake News !

actually: no effects from the shake, no tsunami, no damages.

https://www.accuweather.com/en/weather- ... s/70003790



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Post by RTH10260 » Wed Jan 10, 2018 5:56 am

Tiredretiredlawyer wrote:
Tue Jan 09, 2018 11:03 pm
OMg! Puerto Rico can't get a break! There are articles today about IV bag anticipated shortages.
Already reported shortly after the hurrican leveled the island. They have the only factory that produces the filled bags for the whole of the US.



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Post by Volkonski » Fri Jan 12, 2018 8:27 pm


Gov. Ricardo Rosselló urged Puerto Ricans in Central Florida to use the 2018 midterm elections to vote against those who have not been “friends of Puerto Rico."
This could get interesting.


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Post by RTH10260 » Wed Jan 17, 2018 5:55 pm

from a month ago
How the GOP tax bill will wreck what’s left of Puerto Rico’s economy

By Armando Valdés Prieto December 20, 2017

The tax bill due for final passage Wednesday could be as damaging to Puerto Rico’s economy as Hurricane Maria was.

Provisions of the legislation aimed at bringing operations and jobs back to the United States from overseas would apply to Puerto Rico just as they would to India, Ireland or any other foreign jurisdiction. The result will be the loss of American jobs and investment on the U.S. commonwealth. If President Trump signs it into law, it will be a hard blow at the worst possible time.

That Congress would pass such a measure with blithe disregard for its effects on Puerto Rico is no surprise. It is yet another example of the federal government’s lack of coherent policies regarding the commonwealth since at least the early 1990s, whether controlled by Democrats or Republicans. The result has been that much of the economic ground that had been gained since World War II has been lost, with growing dependence on either federal aid or stateside emigration as the solution to the island’s problems. That’s not sustainable, and it’s about to get far worse.

A 12.5 percent tax on profits derived from intellectual property held in foreign jurisdictions, included in the final version of the tax legislation, would be the latest setback. Puerto Rico is a domestic jurisdiction in U.S. law — except for tax purposes. For decades, this arrangement has exempted Puerto Rico residents from paying federal income taxes, although individuals do pay into Social Security through withholdings. It also has allowed for the attraction of needed investment and high-paying jobs in manufacturing, which now accounts for 47 percent of the island’s gross domestic product, or more than $48 billion. Much of that sector is composed of pharmaceuticals and medical devices that generate revenue from patented drugs and technologies.

This new tax is designed to make offshore operations less profitable, thereby putting pressure on companies to relocate back to the United States. Because Puerto Rico is considered foreign by the Internal Revenue Service, and the most significant manufacturing outfits on the island are organized as controlled foreign corporations, the tax would be levied on these operations, potentially costing thousands of American citizens their jobs. Leaders from both of the island’s major political parties joined with a broad private-sector coalition to request an exception, but Congress didn’t listen.


https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/pos ... s-economy/



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02/06/18 11:07 AM EST
Contractor awarded $156 million to provide 30 million meals to Puerto Rico only delivered 50,000: report

<snip video - Lin-Manuel Miranda to Washington: 'We still need your help' in Puerto Rico>

A contractor who was awarded a massive contract to provide millions of meals to Puerto Ricans affected by Hurricane Maria drastically underdelivered, according to a New York Times investigation.

Tiffany Brown, an Atlanta entrepreneur and self-described government contractor who owns Tribute Contracting LLC, was awarded the $156 million contract by FEMA on Oct. 3 to provide 30 million self-heating meals to Puerto Rico, but only followed through on 50,000.

Brown, the sole employee of her company, hired an 11-person wedding catering company and a Texas nonprofit that had shipped food to a Houston food bank during Hurricane Harvey to provide the meals.

But Brown’s contract was terminated by email on Oct. 19, after Brown failed to meet a deadline of providing the first 18.5 million meals. She had only delivered 50,000, according to the Times.
.............
Brown is now fighting the FEMA contract termination and seeking a $70 million settlement. Her appeal argues that FEMA canceled her contract because the meals Tribute provided were packaged separately from their heating pouches, and claims that FEMA did not say the meals had to be self-heating.

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http://thehill.com/homenews/administrat ... -to-puerto


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Post by RTH10260 » Tue Feb 06, 2018 5:32 pm

Dolly wrote:
Tue Feb 06, 2018 5:25 pm
02/06/18 11:07 AM EST
Contractor awarded $156 million to provide 30 million meals to Puerto Rico only delivered 50,000: report
:snippity:
http://thehill.com/homenews/administrat ... -to-puerto
Seriously, FEMA needs to investigate if an organization is capable of delivering prior to signing a contract.



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Post by vic » Tue Feb 06, 2018 6:16 pm

RTH10260 wrote:
Tue Feb 06, 2018 5:32 pm
Dolly wrote:
Tue Feb 06, 2018 5:25 pm
02/06/18 11:07 AM EST
Contractor awarded $156 million to provide 30 million meals to Puerto Rico only delivered 50,000: report
:snippity:
http://thehill.com/homenews/administrat ... -to-puerto
Seriously, FEMA needs to investigate if an organization is capable of delivering prior to signing a contract.
Are you kidding? That would prevent them from awarding no-bid sweetheart contracts.

The New York Times article contains this gem:
On Tuesday, Democrats on the House Oversight Committee, which has been investigating the contract, asked Representative Trey Gowdy, the committee chairman, to subpoena FEMA for all documents relating to the agreement. Lawmakers fear the agency is not lining up potential contractors in advance of natural disasters, leading it to scramble to award multimillion-dollar agreements in the middle of a crisis.



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Post by Dan1100 » Tue Feb 06, 2018 6:21 pm

RTH10260 wrote:
Tue Feb 06, 2018 5:32 pm
Dolly wrote:
Tue Feb 06, 2018 5:25 pm
02/06/18 11:07 AM EST
Contractor awarded $156 million to provide 30 million meals to Puerto Rico only delivered 50,000: report
:snippity:
http://thehill.com/homenews/administrat ... -to-puerto
Seriously, FEMA needs to investigate if an organization is capable of delivering prior to signing a contract.
They need to make them post performance bonds like a lot of government (and private) contractors do. That would clear out the riff-raff.


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Supplies bound for Puerto Rico contaminated by rat infestation: report

Boxes of supplies that were bound for Puerto Rico have been contaminated by a rat infestation, according to a new report.

The Orlando Sentinel reported that the supplies, which were being held at the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration (PRFAA) office in Kissimmee, Florida, were contaminated by rats before being sent to the island to aid relief efforts after Hurricane Maria.

The executive director of PRFAA, Carlos Mercader, told the newspaper that the organization “does not have the budget to finance the shipping costs” of the supplies to the island, and the organization was “unsuccessful” in its attempts to send the supplies through other ones.

“Due to the many Puerto Rican families that have been displaced to Florida because of the hurricane, we have donated the meals to Puerto Rican families in need,” Mercader said in a statement to the Sentinel. “We will soon conduct an inventory of the donations to identify which ones are fit to be given out to Puerto Rican evacuees in Central Florida.”
Mercader couldn’t tell the newspaper how many boxes of suppliers were damaged by the rat infestation.
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Juan Hernandez Mayoral, who previously served as director of the PRFAA office in Florida, called the report of the ruined supplies “government negligence.”

“Every day, those employees would go into that office and saw those boxes and they did nothing,” he told the Sentinel. “As if there was no need on the island.”
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Post by RTH10260 » Fri Feb 23, 2018 7:53 pm

Senators say company plagiarized bid proposal to get $156 million FEMA contract
By STEPHANIE EBBS Feb 23, 2018, 5:13 PM ET

FEMA is under fire for hiring 1 person company to provide 30 million meals

Members of Congress are asking for more answers about FEMA's decisions after Hurricane Maria after the agency canceled multiple contracts to deliver aid to Puerto Rico when the companies were unable to deliver the meals or supplies.

The members of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee are specifically asking the agency to explain why it granted a contract to a small company to deliver 30 million meals to Puerto Rico.

In a letter requesting information from FEMA, the senators say that Tribute Contracting LLC, which was granted a $156 million to produce 30 million meals, plagiarized parts of its proposal for the contract and lied to the agency about its ability to fulfill the order. That contract was granted and canceled 20 days after it was granted after only 50,000 meals were delivered behind schedule.

"We are concerned that FEMA is not taking appropriate steps to evaluate vendors' qualifications before awarding contracts to provide critical disaster relief supplies," the senators wrote.

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., compared the proposal to an "internet scam email" and said the company should be barred from any future federal contracts.


http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/senators ... d=53256295



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https://www.politico.com/story/2018/03/ ... nse-480557
How Trump favored Texas over Puerto Rico

A POLITICO investigation shows a persistent double standard in the president’s handling of relief efforts for Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Maria.
What a surprise :sarcasm:



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Post by TollandRCR » Tue Mar 27, 2018 11:58 am

Tiredretiredlawyer wrote:
Tue Jan 09, 2018 11:03 pm
OMg! Puerto Rico can't get a break! There are articles today about IV bag anticipated shortages.
I lived through those shortages. It is mostly the smaller bags. I required only the jumbo.


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Post by Tiredretiredlawyer » Tue Mar 27, 2018 12:11 pm

TollandRCR wrote:
Tue Mar 27, 2018 11:58 am
Tiredretiredlawyer wrote:
Tue Jan 09, 2018 11:03 pm
OMg! Puerto Rico can't get a break! There are articles today about IV bag anticipated shortages.
I lived through those shortages. It is mostly the smaller bags. I required only the jumbo.
So glad you are recovered and posting!


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Tiredretiredlawyer wrote:
Tue Mar 27, 2018 12:11 pm
TollandRCR wrote:
Tue Mar 27, 2018 11:58 am
Tiredretiredlawyer wrote:
Tue Jan 09, 2018 11:03 pm
OMg! Puerto Rico can't get a break! There are articles today about IV bag anticipated shortages.
I lived through those shortages. It is mostly the smaller bags. I required only the jumbo.
So glad you are recovered and posting!
:thumbs: Yes. And you will have to tell us all about your reunion with Cisco!


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Post by Suranis » Tue Mar 27, 2018 12:41 pm

This shows prejudice against Puerto Ricos embattled and marginalised Vampire Minority.


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Post by Volkonski » Wed Apr 18, 2018 1:25 pm

Again. :(

Puerto Rico Hit by Islandwide Blackout as Grid Falters Again

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/18/us/p ... &smtyp=cur
A major failure knocked out the electricity in Puerto Rico on Wednesday, leaving the entire island without power nearly seven months after Hurricane Maria destroyed the electrical grid.

It could take up to 36 hours to restore electricity to nearly 1.5 million affected customers, the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority said on Twitter. The agency attributed the blackout to a failure in a line that begins in the island’s largest power plant.

It was the second widespread failure in less than a week, underscoring just how fragile Puerto Rico’s electricity remains since the storm hit on Sept. 20. In the earlier failure on Thursday, about 870,000 customers lost power across the island after a tree fell on the main line to the capital, San Juan. The city’s main public hospital and international airport were forced to switch to backup generators.

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The outage reflects the troubled nature of the power restoration in Puerto Rico, where thousands of electrical workers from throughout the United States worked for months installing poles, transformers and electrical wire. The United States Army Corps of Engineers has spent $2.1 billion on restoring power on the island, where 80 percent of the distribution lines were damaged during the hurricane. Declaring its mission nearly complete, the Corps had already begun demobilizing the majority of the contractors on the island.


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Post by Volkonski » Mon Apr 30, 2018 4:36 pm

:o


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NEW: Puerto Rico Department of Education to receive nearly $600 million in federal disaster assistance, Education Sec. DeVos announces. https://abcn.ws/2HEJggz

3:31 PM - Apr 30, 2018
Well, good. :thumbs:


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Volkonski wrote:
Mon Apr 30, 2018 4:36 pm
:o


View image on Twitter

ABC News

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NEW: Puerto Rico Department of Education to receive nearly $600 million in federal disaster assistance, Education Sec. DeVos announces. https://abcn.ws/2HEJggz

3:31 PM - Apr 30, 2018
Well, good. :thumbs:
So what's the catch? There's got to be one.


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Post by Addie » Wed May 30, 2018 10:32 am

WaPo Editorial
Does Maria count as a 'real catastrophe' now, Mr. President?

A NEW report by independent public-health researchers estimates that at least 4,645 people died as a result of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. Consider that number. Contrast it with those who died from Katrina (almost 2,000) and those killed in the 9/11 attacks (almost 3,000). Remember President Trump’s visit to the stricken island in the storm’s aftermath, tossing out paper towels and telling Puerto Rican officials they should be “very proud” that hundreds didn’t die from Maria as in a “real catastrophe like Katrina.”

Think how many lives might have been saved if Puerto Rico’s devastation had been handled with the seriousness and urgency it deserved. Ask yourself whether Mr. Trump would have thought — or acted — differently if the American citizens who were affected had lived not in Puerto Rico but in Texas or Tennessee.

A study published Tuesday in the New England Journal of Medicine by scientists from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and other institutions takes aim at the official government count of 64 dead. It suggests the actual number of deaths — many caused by interruption and delays in medical care — is more than 70 times higher than that reported by Puerto Rico officials. Researchers acknowledged their estimate, based on calculations from surveys of randomly chosen households, is imprecise and further study is needed. But the report, along with earlier reporting and analysis by the New York Times, paints a devastating picture of how people, particularly the elderly and infirm, were imperiled by long-standing losses of electricity, water and communications.

The power of a nearly Category 5 storm in causing damage cannot be overstated, and the fact that Puerto Rico is an island presented unique challenges. But neither local nor federal government rose to that challenge. Bad decisions by Puerto Rico officials were compounded by a federal bureaucracy that didn’t aggressively marshal the resources that were needed. Many communities were cut off from vital services for weeks and months. The Post’s Arelis R. Hernández and Laurie McGinley recounted how a 54-year-old woman contracted an infection and died Nov. 29 after lapses in medical services, including the 20 minutes her family had to wait to get cell reception just to call 911. “The worst part was knowing I could do nothing to help her,” said her daughter.
Adding:
Vox - Matt Yglesias: The shocking truth about the Hurricane Maria death toll is our Trump nightmare made real

An unfit president contributes to an unprecedented catastrophe.


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