PANAMA FIRST in Mexico rescue aid

 
462Views 12Comments Posted 26/09/2017

WHILE  frustration was growing in the United States   over President Trump’s apparent lack of concern over the human catastrophe in Puerto Rico  on Monday Sep.25 while he    focused  on attacks on  NFL players and owners, a Copa  Airlines cargo plane was winging its way  to the stricken island loaded with  items collected  in Panama for victims of  Hurricane Maria

According to the airline, its first humanitarian flight carried 14,000 pounds of dry goods, hygiene items and potable water. More is being collected across the Isthmus.

[caption id="attachment_76431" align="alignleft" width="300"] Panama rescue team[/caption]

Mexico says thanks
Meanwhile in Mexico the 35-strong Panama Search and Rescue  Team (USAR)which was the first foreign team to arrive in the earthquake-ravaged country was gaining recognition for its work from the Mexican government.

Before the team left for Panama  a Foreign Ministry spokesman said:  The speed with which you moved to care for the brothers is something that we will not forget and deeply appreciate, you are a symbol of this Latin American fraternity that has characterized our relationship, thank you for risking your lives to save Mexican lives”

The  7.1 earthquake occurred on September 19, and left at least 333 dead

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs indicated that Mexico received technical and material support from 23 countries, as well as from the United Nations and the European Union

Some of the countries that supported the rescue efforts were: Japan, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Colombia, Honduras, Israel, Peru and Venezuela.

 

 



Comments 12

user
PedasiPaul

So you concede the Washington Post was accurate in reporting early in the week that the Jones Act had not yet been waived, that the report was not in fact "fake news."

Last year
user
Richard Charron

Those of us who pay attention knew that it was sitting waiting for final approval in several areas of our State Department and it had nothing to do with help arriving to the Island. You do realize that the Jones Act only pertains to foreign countries. The only reason it was even mentioned was because it was another form of criticism aimed at our President. When they don't have anything they invent it. As to the WP if it satisfies you to take what they say as gospel well what can I say. You know I was talking to a neighbor this morning and he told me he read in the NY Times that they were now questioning what was in the containers sitting in Puerto Rico, I'm sure they must be thinking they are nothing but Trump "Make America Great Again" hats. You guys are a joke. I think if President Trump blew his nose and it was determined that more fluid came out of the left side he would be accused of blowing off the Left. Get a hobby.

Last year
user
PedasiPaul

The Jones Act was waived two days after the article was published, so it was accurate as of that date. If the WaPo is an unreliable source, what source do you see as reliable?

Last year
user
Richard Charron

Please! The Washington Post? Anybody who reads and is swayed by anything said or written by the NYT, Washington Post, Huffington Post or the Enquirer deserves the news they get. Did it ever occur to you to determine if any help could even be offloaded in Puerto Rico and do you have any knowledge about what is taking place behind the scenes. You guys need to get a hobby because if trashing Trump is all you have it's going to a long long 8 years. Please do not quote the WP as it makes you sound even dumber than you are. BTW for your information the Jones Act has been waved. More fake news.

Last year
user
PedasiPaul

No frustration? Here's how the WaPo describes it: "There is no rush, as there was after Hurricane Harvey hit Texas, to approve the emergency funds that Puerto Rico will surely need. There has been no massive movement of military personnel and equipment to Puerto Rico: no aircraft carrier (one was sent to the Florida Keys in response to Hurricane Irma), no hospital ship (finally on Tuesday afternoon the Navy said it was sending one). The Post’s Joel Achenbach, Dan Lamothe and Alex Horton called the three Navy amphibious ships dispatched to Puerto Rico 'a modest fleet given the scale of the crisis.' "Two Trump Cabinet members, Energy Secretary Rick Perry (who traveled with Trump to Texas and Florida after hurricanes there) and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, made a joint public appearance Monday but didn’t even mention Puerto Rico. And the Trump administration said it would not assist Puerto Rico by waiving the Jones Act, which restricts the use of foreign cargo ships, after waiving the act in response to Harvey and Irma." https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-sad-suspicion-about-trumps-poor-treatment-of-puerto-rico/2017/09/26/5a54cde4-a2ef-11e7-8cfe-d5b912fabc99_story.html?utm_term=.4b13f4764ea1

Last year
user
Richard Charron

Amazingly great polls when you consider he is having to do all the heavy lifting pretty much by himself. But that's what winners do. Losers on the other hand piss and moan over their rivals success.

Last year
user
james fry

http://tinyurl.com/zhvmckv

Last year
user
Bob

I'm glad you find it comical, yes Trump is a joke.

Last year
user
GULICK GRINGO

Trump is creating his own bad press? What a joke! A beautiful example of what currently passes for "journalism" today.

Last year
user
Bob

Trump continues to create his own bad press. Needs to learn to keep his mouth shut.

Last year
user
Richard Charron

"WHILE frustration was growing in the United States over President Trump’s apparent lack of concern over the human catastrophe in Puerto Rico on Monday Sep.25 while he focused on attacks on NFL players and owners," Just can't resist can they. There is no frustration in the U.S. with the exception of the losers who continue to piss and moan if there is not a Trump story with which to start their day. LOL Yes it's hard to believe that President Trump didn't pick up a shovel and a hard hat and make his way to Puerto Rico. On the other hand Panama should be commended for their efforts.

Last year
user
mhogan

Great , Panama! Your efforts really shine.

Last year
The comments are the responsibility of each author who freely expresses his opinion and not that of Newsroom Panama.
Please enter a valid email.
Please enter username.
Please, enter a valid message.
Please validate that it is not a robot.