Bacardi donates US$3 million to aid hurricane relief

Paola Ditto
Settembre 26, 2017

Major League Baseball today announced a $1 million contribution to assist communities impacted by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and the natural disaster in Mexico.

As part of the push, known as the Empire State Relief and Recovery Effort for Puerto Rico, the state is working with the Partnership for New York City to get businesses to kick in gifts starting at $10,000, which will be given out to local Puerto Rican charities.

Lopez also said she is working with Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and Puerto Rican player J.J. Barea, who have two airplanes full of help and generators ready to fly to the island.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Puerto Rico, assessing damage after hurricane Maria and bringing some initial supplies to the country.

The entertainer announced the pledge on Sunday at an event describing NY state efforts to aid the hurricane-devastated island.

In a pointed hit at President Donald Trump, Cuomo also said at Sunday's announcement: "Instead of arguing with football players, instead of obsessing about how to take health care from the poor, why don't we put the politics aside and focus on helping Americans in desperate need". Nearby residents had been evacuated, but began returning to their homes Saturday after a spillway eased pressure on the dam. It holds back a man-made lake covering about 2 square miles (5 square kilometers). Together we can help rebuild our island and the Caribbean. The government said it suffered a large crack after Maria dumped 15 inches of rain on the surrounding mountains and that it "will collapse at any minute".

The Defense Ministry said Sunday the helicopter carrier Tonnerre has arrived with more than 1,000 tons of material and 300 additional military personnel for the cleanup on St. Martin and nearby islands.

It said people along the Carolina and Mid-Atlantic coasts should monitor the storm.

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