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Trump Wants To Stop Sending Hurricane Relief Money To Puerto Rico

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Earlier this year, it was reported that Puerto Rico would finally be receiving federal money in efforts to help the island land back on its feet after big hit with two devastating hurricanes. Well, the money has helped somewhat. The Wall Street Journal reported that Puerto Rico’s bonds are “soaring” which means that their financial future is on the upswing, or at least, looking hopeful. The news of their economic gains caused concern with President Trump who is now threatening to stop the money from reaching the island.

Despite being promised money, President Trump now wants to stop sending federal funds to Puerto Rico.

Congress approved an estimated $16 billion to help Puerto Rico‘s housing, electric grid, and Medicaid. Puerto Rico, however, had asked for a whole lot more. According to the New York Times, Puerto Rico wanted “$17 billion for the power grid alone.

According to the Axios report, Trump believes that Puerto Rico is somehow using federal funds to pay off their $73 billion debt ($120 billion in bond and pension debt) despite not having any proof to back up those claims. He also allegedly believes that Puerto Rico is mismanaging the money that Congress has already promised them.

A source told Axios that Trump misinterpreted the Wall Street Journal believing that the good report about their bonds somehow meant their debt was decreasing.

Congress will be approving a new budget in December, and according to Axios, it may include sending more money to Puerto Rico. Some may think that the $16 billion, that Puerto Rico is already getting, is way too much. In comparison, during Hurricane Katrina, FEMA got an estimated $60 billion to help people affected by that hurricane in 2005.

People on social media, including San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz, say this latest attempt at taking money back from Puerto Rico, is just another sign of Trump’s disdain for the island.

“Today when he should honor the lives sacrificed by thousands Trump once again insults PR. ENOUGH, R.E.S.P.E.C.T!,” Yulín Cruz said on Twitter.

On Oct. 23, the president tweeted: “The people of Puerto Rico are wonderful but the inept politicians are trying to use the massive and ridiculously high amounts of hurricane/disaster funding to pay off other obligations. The U.S. will NOT bail out long outstanding & unpaid obligations with hurricane relief money!”

 Yulín Cruz added that Trump has yet to acknowledge the actual number of people killed due to the hurricanes.

The president has always doubted the number of dead that was released by George Washington University. In August, the school said almost 3,000 people died due to the hurricanes, but Trump still says that didn’t happen.

On Oct. 23, he tweeted: “This method was never done with previous hurricanes because other jurisdictions know how many people were killed. FIFTY TIMES LAST ORIGINAL NUMBER – NO WAY!”


READ: Hurricane Maria Devastated Puerto Rico’s Agriculture Industry. This Website Is Helping To Bring It Back

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21 Facts About Lionel Messi You Never Imagined

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21 Facts About Lionel Messi You Never Imagined

Many experts and fans believe Lionel Messi is one of the best footballers in the world. Some believe he is the best since Diego Maradona. Messi has earned the title of Europe’s Ballon d’ Or a record-tying five times. He holds the single season scoring record. He’s captained FC Barcelona to the longest winning streak in La Liga history and over two dozen titles.

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In the summer of 2008, he helped the Argentina national team win an Olympic gold medal. Plus, he has become only the second player to score over 600 senior career goals. However, there are many factors that define his successes and disappointments. Here are 21 facts about Lionel Messi that make this soccer great a fascinating person.

 When a Flicker becomes a Flame

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Messi met his future wife when he was 5 years old. Her name his Antonella Roccuzzo. They met in their native town of Rosario. She is the cousin of Leo’s best childhood friend, Lucas Scalia. Ten years ago, they started a relationship that produced three sons: Thiago, Mateo and Ciro.

The Big Payoff

There was a time when the second highest paid athlete in the world would play for cookies. While he was an adolescent player at the Newell’s Old Boy’s club in Rosario, one of his youth coaches found that Leo had a fondness for alfajores. To motivate his young player, the coach offered him a deal of one cookie per goal.

 Salute to Grandma Celia

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Perhaps the greatest influence in Leo’s soccer career was his maternal grandmother, Celia. She introduced him to organized soccer. Celia persuaded the coaches to let her tiny grandson play with the bigger, older boys. This is why his goal celebration features a kiss to the heavens. It is a tribute to Celia. Sadly, Celia passed away when Leo was 10-years-old.

The Price of Growth is Change

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Shortly after Celia’s death, a physician diagnosed Leo with a growth-hormone deficiency. The treatment involved a painful, daily needle injection of medication. From his salary at the steel plant, his father, Jorge, paid for the expensive treatment for two years. The Newell club offered to help financially. Jorge agreed. When this arrangement did not pan out, Jorge sought out other options. The FC Barcelona club offered Leo a contract that included paying his medical bills.

His Mentor

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Early in Leo’s professional career, the great Ronaldinho became his mentor. This great player referred to the 16-year-old Leo as his “little brother.”

Atomic Speed

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Nicknamed the “Atomic Flea,” Leo Messi can run faster with the soccer ball than without it. Using a technique called, left foot “la pelota atada,” he can run a full speed with the ball positioned on his left foot.

The Ultimate Show of Respect

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In 2012, after breaking Gerd Muller’s 40-year-old record for most goals scored in a calendar year (85), Messi sent Muller a number 10 Barcelona jersey. He signed it, “With respect and admiration.”

That Quiet Charm

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Despite being far less flamboyant than Christiano Ronaldo or David Beckham, Messi is a mega-bankable athlete.  He placed second on the 2015-16 Forbes List of highest paid athletes. In 2018, France Football reported that he became the first player to eclipse the 100-million-euro threshold in one year.

That Elusive Prize

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On his website, Messi states, “I would trade all of my personal achievements just to win a World Cup with the national (Argentina) team.” The World Cup is the grand prize in the soccer world. His fans and his detractors will not let him forget it.

A Run-in With the Law

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A court in Catalonia ruled that Leo and his father were guilty of tax evasion. The court issued Jorge a 21-month suspended sentence and a half million euro fine. It ordered Leo to pay a € 2 million fine. 

 A Kid’s Champion

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Leo Messi is a child advocate. In 2007, he established a charitable program that makes health care, sport and education available to underprivileged youth. He has been a UNICEF ambassador since 2010.

Best Buds

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Leo’s best friend is Sergio Aguero, an Argentinian soccer player and actor. When he first met Messi, he was fascinated by the Messi’s fancy boots.

Grabbing the Gold

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Messi was on the 2008 Argentinian team that won an Olympic gold medal. He provided the assist that sealed the win over the Nigerian team.

The Early Start

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Leo was only 17 when he started his professional career. He became the youngest player, at that time, to represent Barcelona in official competition. He signed his first pro contract at age 18.

Daddy Knows Best

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Most top pro footballers use high powered sports agents to negotiate their contracts. Leo defies that logic by having his father serve as his agent in all financial dealings.

What Goes Around, Comes Around

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Leo may end his career where he started out. The hard feelings between the star player and Newell’s have soften over time. Messi has had plans to end his career with the home club for a long time.

A Big Omission

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Messi has had a long, successful relationship with FC Barcelona. However, there are some signs that Leo’s relationship with the organization is fading. None of the club’s coaches or board of directors were invited to his 2017 wedding to Antonella. Goal.com reported that even his favorite coach, Pep Guardiola, did not attend.

Royal Pairing

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In 2013, Messi starred in a Turkish airline advertisement with Kobe Bryant. Their mock selfie competition became the most-watched ad on YouTube that year.

I am Who I am

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Leo turned down an opportunity to play for the Spanish national team because he sees himself as an Argentinian. Conversely, many Argentinian fans consider him a Spaniard.

As Good as the Paper It is Written On

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Leo’s first pro contract was written on a napkin. Barcelona coach, Carles Rexach, was so blown away with the young man’s talents, he wrote up the contract on the first piece of paper he could find.

Off Limits

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Messi’s buyout clause is € 250 million. It is a clear sign that FC Barcelona is saying “bug off’ to the competition.

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