KISSIMMEE, Fl. (Reuters) – A federal judge will hold a hearing on Monday that could determine the fate of hundreds of Puerto Ricans who fled the hurricane-ravaged island last year and are lodging in motels, after granting them a reprieve from eviction over the weekend.
The last benefits of a federal aid program for Hurricane Maria evacuees from the island had been set to run out on Sunday morning, cutting off housing assistance for the group residing in state-side motels.
But late on Saturday U.S. District Judge Leo Sorokin of Massachusetts ordered the U.S. government to extend the aid for hotel vouchers to at least check-out time on July 4. At the hearing, he could decide whether to extend it further.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has said 1,722 families are currently receiving aid under its housing program, 585 of whom reside in Central Florida motels.
FEMA said in a statement on Sunday it was aware of the judge’s decision and was contacting vendors to comply with the court order.
“There’s a couple tough decisions people really have to make,” Soto told reporters.
Hurricane Maria dealt a vicious blow to an already struggling island that has been in recession for more than a decade, with a poverty rate near 50 percent.
Maria destroyed or significantly damaged more than a third of about 1.2 million occupied homes on the island, the government estimates.
The task of rebuilding Puerto Rico’s housing stock ultimately falls to the territory government, which has no ability to pay for it after racking up $120 billion in bond and pension debt in the years before the storm.
Reporting by Joey Roulette; Writing by Jon Herskovitz; Editing by Nick Zieminski
Disagreements, the Countess in black face, dog pee in HD and this is the first episode of the season. Does this mean Bravo’s season 10 curse ends in New York?
Bravo’s older franchises Orange County and in Atlanta are in desperate need of retooling. New and fresh faces. Bravo through everything at Atlanta. Bringing Kim and Nene back, and having three friends. The result was zero. Its still the number uno franchise but its rating are slipping.
New York isn’t as popular as Atlanta or New Jersey, but in the last few years its been the best of all the US Housewives franchises. (Yes, the real Housewives is global) Smart and funny, its has its drama and its share of confrontations. However, unlike most of the housewives (Atlanta, New Jersey , Potomac and Beverly Hills) the issues are resolved and not dragged out for an entire season.
Last night, they brought us up to date with the ladies. Tinsley $$$$$ has moved out of Sonja townhouse of wayward housewives into a hotel. She doesn’t cook and cleaning? Who does that? She has a little dog and we get to see the pee before someone from the hotel clean it up. Distance, ended her whirlwind romance with Scott. Mooving on.
Carole is working out and preparing the run a marathon. She and Adam are over. How so nevah the friendship is on, he brings her coffee every day and every now in then they have sex. How Modern!
Sexy Sonja, has taken time off to take care of herself. She got on anti-depressants but didn’t like the way they made her feel . She and young “Frencny” have parted ways and she seem to have hitched her cart to the ever patient Rocco.
Ramona, is still in the middle her life renovations, single,sixty and dating .
Dorinda is Dorinda. She’s planning a costume party and plans to be Lady Gaga. She orders a copy of Gaga’s famous bubble dress online, and discovers its more of a bubble kit. Fortunately, this is New York she knew someone at Saturday Night Lives costume department who agrees to assemble the dress for her.
Luann could very well have as news crew following her. Her life post Tom,has keep the gossip rags lights burning at night. Tom was the cad everyone thought he was and I’m sure the people at Bravo are seething! First, they weren’t allowed to film the controversial and then the Countess divorced Tom after the reunion. It sounds like the ladies reached out to her after the divorce, everyone except Carole and she’s pissed about that! Right now she is Manhattan Homeless and has to find a new place on the Isle. Not sure if she is returning to Sonja Townhouse of Wayward Housewives. She thinks Sonja has been talking to the press about her life. So I’m gonna guess no.
We have to bow down to Bethenny, who walked the walk. Instead of sitting on her stacks of cash and watching the devastation in Houston and Puerto Rico. She got involved and made a difference. She was one of the first responders in Puerto Rico, she found away around the red tape, and she didn’t just write a check. She went with the plane and helped distribute the supplies. Bethenny found others to physically and financially help her, while the government was printing forms. She got the supplies to the desperate Americans who needed assistance. Tinsley donated 10 grand and Ramona donated 3 grand.
Drink? Dorinda as Lady Gaga is pissed at Sonja who came as Lucy with Rocco. She didn’t didn’t make the rounds and chatted with the other women and worse, didn’t greet our Bubbled hostess, which pissed Dorinda off. Yeah, Sonja was rude and if she didn’t hear Dorinda mention it she had to feel the spray from Dorinda. Everyone knows to bring an umbrella when Dorinda’s drunk.
.LuAnn comes in as Diana Ross, with an oversized afro and was sprayed in blackface. The party was the PERFECT place to air her differences with Carole.
Carole, who was dressed like an aviator.
Lets be clear, our Ramona is a snob. If its ins’t in the right neighborhood, isn’t trendy, it isn’t for her. One of things that work for the #RHONY ladies. Most have known each other for ten years or longer. So even a drunk Bethenny ,should know better. But this is reality TV and they are drunk.
Most of us know Bethenny from the early seasons when she was living by her fingernails trying to get her business off the ground . She had gone from the poorest New York housewife to the wealthiest. Mazel Tov !
With her wealth has made her superior to the other ladies to the point of being obnoxious.
She has bought a place in the Hampton’s. On Montauk Highway. Ramona has a place in the Hamptons and Montauk isn’t a place she’d want to live. She and Bethenny have a stupid ass pissing match about the address. Ramona like Bethenny is an alpha female t. and she is NOT backing down. When Ramona says, “I know about real estate,” Bethenny comes back ,, “You have an apartment and a house in the Hamptons. I have five properties.” Ramona doesn’t have Bethennys stacks, but she has had money longer. Bethenny goes deeper To make her point. “When you start being successful at something, call me.”
Ramona is a bad azz bitch ! She has started several businesses. Seeing what her mother went through, she wanted her own money.! No man was going to tell her what to do and control her ! After the love of her life cheated on her and they divorced. Ramona, was/is broken but when it came to her funds,she came out on top. She is not only renovating the East side apartment she shared with her hubby of more than 20 years, she renovated her Hamptons home and the sixty year old is dating.. Put Ramona in a corner and she will punch low and hard. Leaving Bethenny playing the victim ON the cruelness level ,they are about even. This was stupid…. Everyone return to your homes where ever the location.
From the clips, this season looks good and maybe just maybe it will break Bravo’ Season 10 curse.
Since 1936, Florida has picked the winner of the presidential election 19 out 21 times and in no other state has the Hispanic vote proved more valuable in helping determine who will lead the nation for the next four years.
In 2016 Presidential Election. Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton by 115,000 thousand votes
Hurricane Maria continues to ravage Puerto Rico. Nearly a half million americans have been without power for more than four months. Thousands of homes still need repair many are without roofs.
Over two hundred thousand Puerto Ricans have moved to Florida since Hurricane Maria. Florida’s govenor Rick Scott says the number is closer the 300,000. Scott’s number represents people on commercial airlines flying from Puerto Rico to Orlando, Miami and Tampa — a statistic tracked by the Florida Division of Emergency Management. So it would include businesspeople, journalists, aid workers, contractors, government employees and possibly travelers who connected at Puerto Rico airports from other points of origin.
There’s really no whole number that is reliable yet, said Rich Doty, GIS Coordinator & Research Demographer at UF’s Bureau of Economic and Business Research. The most accurate number is from schools, where children from the island are new registrations. Statewide, that number is about 11,200 for arrivals from Puerto Rico and the much smaller Virgin Islands.
The actual number may not be known for months. Since Puerto Ricians are US Citizens they are not required to register. Many are staying with families in Florida.
Bloomberg says, an estimated 600,000 people plan to leave the island by 2022. On Wednesday, Puerto Rico’s Govenor Ricardo A. Rosselló announsed the island will not be able to pay down any portion of the islands more than $70 billion debt for the next five years because of the damage brought on by Hurricane Maria.
Just before the hurricane, Puerto Rico had made plans to pay creditors a total of $3.6 billion through 2022. That was a fraction of the amount due, had the island, a United States territory, not gone into default.
Nearly half of Islands population live in poverty prior to the hurricane. The unemployement rate is currently 11 percent.
Before Maria, Puerto Ricians were leaving the Island with Orlando being the most popular destination. Orange County Tax Collector Scott Randolph had reported more than 20,000 Puerto Rico residents moving to the county in the 12 months before Maria.
An Early Warning
In May of 2016, The Wall Street Journal editorial board warned that if Congress failed to pass a bill addressing the island’s debt crists on Puerto Rico would result in thousands of Puerto Ricans moving to the US mainland which could make Florida a Democratic stronghold.
The challenges posed by such a mass emigration are two-fold, according to the Journal. One, it could increase costs to the federal government as Puerto Ricans rely on public assistance to help reestablish themselves on the U.S. mainland.
In a recent poll, 55% of Americans believe our Tweeter in Chief is not fit for the Job.
This morning 3.49 am (TIC)took swipes at Puerto Rico. The death toll is now at 45 and will continue to rise as desperate Americans drink water from contaminated creeks.
As of Wednesday 89% of the island was without electricity and almost 47% had no phone service, over 40% the island’s 313 bank branches is closed.
Some overwhelmed FEMA employees have told desperate Americans in Puerto Rico who are without sufficient amounts of food ,water and shelter, to call them and check FEMA’s Web Site. “Here’s my card,you can call me”
Food, Medicine, Drinking Water, OVERRATED!