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Comics including Jimmy Kimmel discussed Trump in Puerto Rico, and the coverage of the Las Vegas attack, the deadliest mass shooting in US history

Late-night hosts on Tuesday addressed Donald Trumps trip to Puerto Rico to survey the damage caused by Hurricane Maria, as well as calls from Fox News hosts not to politicize the deadly shooting in Las Vegas.

Thirteen days after Hurricane Maria, yet another disaster struck Puerto Rico, Stephen Colbert began. Donald Trump visited the island. But before the president left for San Juan, he gave this objective assessment of his administrations disaster relief effort.

Colbert, showing footage of the president grading his administrations performance in Florida, Texas and Puerto Rico an A+, responded: You know you cant give yourself an A+. Thats not how grades work.

Trump addressed the devastation this hurricane caused to him, Colbert continued, showing Trump, speaking before the press in Puerto Rico, saying that the damage caused by Maria has thrown our budget out of whack.

The budget is out of whack? Colbert said. Thats like a fireman rescuing you from a burning building and saying, You understand what our water bill is going to be, right?

Of course, Trump didnt just go to Puerto Rico to talk, he also handed out much-needed supplies in the Trumpiest way possible.

The host showed clips of the president nonchalantly tossing paper towel rolls to a crowd of Puerto Ricans awaiting disaster relief.

After that he went to a hospital and distributed antibiotics with a T-shirt cannon.

Jimmy Kimmel also discussed Trumps visit to Puerto Rico. The president was in Puerto Rico today to survey the damage caused by Hurricane Maria, Kimmel began. He likes to bring Melania to these kind of things in case he encounters situations that require showing concern for other human beings. That becomes her job.

He continued: Trump has said some not-so-nice things about Puerto Rico over the past week, including a tweet where he said Puerto Ricans want everything to be done for them. Says the guy whos never carried a piece of luggage in his entire life. But at a news conference this morning, he regaled those who still dont have power on 95% of their island with hilarity like this.

Kimmel then showed the now-infamous clip of Trump claiming relief efforts for Puerto Rico have messed with the federal budget.

Next time you allow a storm to ravage your island, think about the cost, Kimmel joked. He really puts the ass in compassion, doesnt he?

The president didnt just pitch in to help with his words, he also took some time at a relief center, where this actually happened, Kimmel continued, showing Trump throwing paper towels as if shooting a basketball. What is he doing? Who does that? What planet is this man from?

Kimmel went on: Trump also had an uncomfortable meeting with the mayor of San Juan who he criticized via tweet. While the president has been very critical of some in Puerto Rico, theres one person he had very nice things to say about.

The host then showed, like Colbert, footage of Trump claiming hed received good marks, done a great job and made tremendous strides on his efforts in Puerto Rico.

Its amazing how hes able to get those tiny hands around his back to pat it, Kimmel concluded.

Finally, Trevor Noah of Comedy Centrals The Daily Show addressed the coverage of the Las Vegas shooting on the Fox News Network, where calls not to politicize the tragedy have mounted as hosts try to deflect from growing concerns about lax gun control laws.

Today, we learned more details about the shooter, Noah began. He was a 64-year-old man from Florida with no criminal record and he owned 42 guns. And apparently he was a multimillionaire, which means right now he doesnt fit any profile of any mass shooter. And you know whos having a hard time processing all of that information? The good people at Fox News.

Noah then showed a clip of Fox News host Brian Kilmeade claiming we dont know enough about him to hate him yet.

How do you hate someone who killed 59 people?, Noah responded. Because hes not Muslim. He wasnt known to be mentally ill. He doesnt kneel for the anthem. Hes just a rich white guy who shot people at a country music concert.

Trevor Noah on the shooting in Las Vegas

Since Sundays shootings didnt fit any of Fox News established narratives, they couldnt politicize it, the host continued, showing clips from the network of hosts taking offense at the suggestion that the Las Vegas shooting should lead to conversations about gun control. And if they couldnt politicize it, then I guess neither should anyone else.

I like how Fox News says, Please dont politicize this today, as if theres any time theyd be willing to talk about gun control, Noah said. What kind of terrible people would push a political agenda the day after a mass shooting, a shooting like Orlando?

Noah then showed clips from the networks coverage of last summers massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando, after which Fox anchors and pundits fervently called for more immigration reform and referred to radical Islamic terrorism.

So, clearly Foxs whole dont politicize it is BS, or maybe just a way to buy time while theyre figuring out how to politicize it, Noah said, showing Fox host Jesse Waters claiming that NFL players kneeling were disrespecting the police officers who defend us from mass shooters like Stephen Paddock.

Wow, did this guy just find a way to use a mass shooting to pivot back to the NFL argument?

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A quarter of the population may have the disease by the end of mosquito season, but efforts to control it have been thwarted by apathy and misinformation

Every time it rains in San Juan, Dr Brenda Rivera-Garca walks around her home emptying containers of standing water, probably wearing long sleeves, and almost certainly wearing mosquito repellent. Rivera-Garca is the state epidemiologist in Puerto Rico, a woman tasked with tracking every single Zika-infected pregnant woman in the US territory.

Less than two weeks after the US health and human services administration declared the spread of Zika on the island an epidemic, Rivera-Garca said its not frustration or anger that overtakes her when she adds a new womans name to a list of roughly 700 confirmed to be infected with the disease.

Its sadness.

Every time I have to add a pregnant woman to that list, I just think of whats going to be of this pregnancy, she said, her eyes visibly wet. Whats going to be of this child later on, and, its, its it breaks my heart.

As much as 25% of the islands population could have the disease by the end of mosquito season, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates, and up to 50 pregnant women each day are infected on the island.

A recent study projected as many as 270 babies could be born with the debilitating birth defect microcephaly, between now and mid-2017. In a normal year, doctors expect 16.

The defect causes infants of mothers infected with the virus to be born with abnormally small heads, and suffer lifelong developmental disorders. Some will have trouble walking. Others may have hearing or vision loss, trouble swallowing or seizures. Many are likely to have shortened life expectancy.

But health officials have had difficulty translating those projections into urgency among many Puerto Rico residents, who have been dogged in the past by tropical diseases with more apparent symptoms, such as dengue and chikungunya. Indeed, the governments efforts to control the virus seem hampered at every turn, thwarted by apathy, lack of trust, misinformation, insecticide resistance and even architecture.

The system doesnt work so of course people are going to be skeptical, said Joe Torra, 40, a professional driver in San Juan.

Referencing colonialism, Torra said: The best way to control minds is to control bodies.

A health worker prepares insecticide before fumigating a neighborhood in San Juan in January. Photograph: Alvin Baez/Reuters

False alarms

Denisse Velzquez, 36, stood under the shade of a tree in Old San Juan, one of the hardest-hit municipalities, as she said that the government created false alarms.

Juan Martnez, 43, said that with all these diseases we have seen, its something normal, referring to periodic outbreaks of dengue the island has struggled with since the 1980s, and the recent chikungunya outbreak. In the Caribbean there has always been mosquitoes.

Even tourism officials have reinforced the view that the Zika risk has been overblown.

From the very beginning the numbers that were given were based on projections. The reality is that as of today, less than half of 1% of the population has the virus, Clarisa Jimnez, CEO of the Puerto Rico Hotel and Tourism Association, told CNBCs Squawkbox. The only issue here is if youre pregnant.

Jimnez focused on the roughly 10,600 Puerto Ricans who had, at the time, been diagnosed with Zika by the CDC. The figure is an underestimate, because four out five infected people have no symptoms and probably do not know they have the virus.

Now, near the end of August, the health department of Puerto Rico and the CDC have diagnosed 12,800 Zika infections, including more than 670 in pregnant women, believed to represent only a fraction of actual cases.

So far, only one child has been born with microcephaly. But experts expect that number to increase dramatically in coming months, particularly from September to December.

Health professionals believe the most dangerous time for a pregnant woman to be infected is in her first trimester, though more research is needed. Those pregnancies are expected to begin coming to term this fall.

Right now, most of the births we have seen are among second and third trimester infections, said Rivera-Garca. For us, its not just a number. Theres a family behind that number. Doctors suspect that even these cases, which are less dramatic in appearance, could result in problems that wont manifest until much later.

The islands timetable of epidemic infection is about one year behind Brazils. In December 2015, as cases of microcephaly began to surge in Brazil, cases of locally acquired infections were just beginning to show up in Puerto Rico.

When youre involved in major epidemics, and particularly this one for some reason, Ive been unable to disconnect, said Dr Francisco Alvarado-Ramy, a senior CDC official and native Puerto Rican who helps lead the federal governments response to the epidemic. He is stationed at the Dengue Branch, an outpost in San Juan established to combat another virus spread by the same mosquito as Zika, the aggressive Aedes aegypti.

The moment that I go to sleep to the moment that I wake up, my mind seems to be around Zika all the time, trying to think if theres any other thing we can do, he said.

When something goes wrong, its also a very fast way down, downstairs in terms of your emotional wellbeing. Were trying to prepare our staff, as well, if we start seeing a lot of people with bad outcomes how to handle that emotionally.

Employees with the municipal government collect used tires on 7 August 2016 in the Ro Piedras section of San Juan, Puerto Rico. Photograph: Angel Valentin/Getty Images

Cat, dog, mosquito

We have in Puerto Rico a dog, a cat and a mosquito, said Carmen Deseda, the former state epidemiologist who battled several epidemics of dengue, a hemorrhagic fever that can incapacitate a person for weeks. The problem is not the mosquito, its the virus.

Deseda expressed a view common among Puerto Ricans: the mosquito is here to stay, fumigating wont work, so the government better find some other way to deal with this.

She was among many prominent opponents of fumigating the island with an insecticide called Naled, a solution proposed by the CDC and used on about 6m acres of land each year in Florida. Many residents were outraged that the federal government would, in their view without permission, spray chemicals over the island.

When they said that I was very upset, said Miguel Pellot, 48, the owner of a smoothie stand called Fruta Fruit in San Juan. Cmo se dice, una falta de respeto? he said, asking how to express lack of respect in English.

For people here, this is nothing new. Weve had mosquitoes here since we were born, Deseda said. They dont feel threatened by the mosquito, because its been always with them.

Deseda said government fumigation encourages apathy among the population. The government is doing something so they dont have to anything.

Ceda Vlez, a 36-year-old woman working a juice stand near San Juans cruise ship ports said she was in favor of government fumigation.

We use repellent, but at least it would help with where the mosquitoes breed, to kill the mosquitoes, she said in Spanish. I worry.

Puerto Rico wont fumigate with Naled from planes, as Florida does. And even if Puerto Rican authorities decided to fumigate street-side from trucks, only about 12 vehicles on the island are outfitted to spray for mosquitoes. Regional resistance to insecticides has also confounded eradication efforts.

Some residents believe the island was a guinea pig for past federal government experiments, that Zika was mild and posed no risk, that they werent going to stop living, or were simply misinformed about how to prevent exposure.

I had, yes, but I drink Tylenol, y ya, said Naara Nieves, 39, who stood outside at noon in San Juan proselytizing, a gregarious evangelist for Jehovahs Witnesses. I think the women who are pregnant, is bad, but for me, no.

Marylin Vigo, who was visiting her sister on the island from Brooklyn, New York, said her relatives called her paranoid for even slathering on mosquito repellent.

She goes, Ugh! That doesnt mean youre going to get Zika, because of mosquito bites, Vigo said, describing her sisters reaction. This is despite her sisters belief that Vigos 29-year-old nephew just contracted the virus.

A cultural gulf

One of the most cited differences between Puerto Rico and the mainland is the lack of screened windows and air conditioning, which hamper the spread of mosquito-borne diseases in places like Texas.

Tropical breezes course uninhibited through flung-open doors, patios and unscreened louvre window shades. The open roofs of Spanish-influenced architecture let in rain drained away by a floor grate.

If you go to the communities, people love to sit out on their patio, play dominoes, play music, have a barbecue, and thats difficult to do in a screened-in porch, or take advantage of the Caribbean leeward breezes, said Rivera-Garca. It certainly changes your way of life.

So the Puerto Rico department of health is focused on behavioral and cultural change.

River-Garca said past epidemics of diseases with severe symptoms like chikungunya have not driven people to engage in practices like wearing repellent and investing in screened windows.

Thats why we from the get-go in January we said, OK, we need behavioral science studies. We need to understand what will be that one driver, or the drivers, to effect behavior change.

Even for those who might want screens, it could be a real burden.

Nearly half the population, 46%, lives in poverty. The average per-capita income is just $19,600, meaning an air-conditioned bedroom may beunattainable.

A raft of other science conducted on the island is looking at other solutions. Children of Zika-infected mothers will be followed until they are three years old. Alvarado and his team collect blood and placenta samples from Zika-infected women who give birth and miscarry.

Traps are being re-engineered at the Dengue Branch, including the promising, pesticide-free innovation of a bucket that uses fermenting hay and water to trap mosquitoes.

It drives me to keep trying and see where can we improve, what else can we do, said Rivera-Garca. I think for all the responders both local and stateside with many Puerto Ricans in various areas of expertise theyre coming back, donating their time, or asking for deployments in Puerto Rico.

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Advocates call for expanded outreach amid concerns that media narrative of Orlando attack has failed to fully address impact on Hispanic community

At a press conference conducted in English and Spanish on Monday and held in the sweltering heat of a parking lot, Zoe Colon of the Hispanic Federation had a message: the Orlando shooting was an attack on Latino people.

The gathering was of various Hispanic organizations in central Florida, standing together in solidarity. The killings of 49 people at the Pulse nightclub was a crime against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, but the mass murder also happened during the clubs Latin night, which was frequented by those who loved Latin music and Latin dancing whether they identified as queer or not, many Floridians who have danced there said.

About 90% of the victims were Hispanic, mostly of Puerto Rican background, Colon said. Just as some gay rights campaigners have criticized the media for not acknowledging this was an attack on gay people, she felt the media had ignored the fact this was an attack on Hispanics, and said that left specific needs for the community that urgently needed to be addressed.

We need hotlines for information and services that are bilingual, she said. We need crisis counselling thats in English and Spanish.

Colon said the victims and their families had roots in Puerto Rico, Colombia, and Venezuela, and that a number of Mexican families were affected. The tragedy of informing the next of kin of their loved ones murder was an even more difficult conversation for newly arrived immigrants or overseas relatives, she said, who might not even know why their loved one might be at that club, and who are not ready to confront that.

The Democratic Florida congressman Alan Grayson said that the fact that so many Hispanics were killed led to specific issues the authorities now had to solve. I got a call from someone representing the mother of one of the victims, he said. She lives in Latin America, and needs a visa to attend her sons funeral. That was tragic and well certainly help with that request.

From the group Misin Boricua, Nancy Rosado, a former NYPD sergeant who was also a first responder on 9/11 at the World Trade Center, said that learning about the attacks had hurt her heart as a Latina and as a lesbian.

Referring to the killer, Omar Mateen, Rosado said: My sense is that this man was a fundamentalist, and he just chose, for whatever reason, to go after the LGBT community and to go on Latin night, so it was a two-fer.

Mateens motives appear murky following reports that he frequented Pulse himself, as well as his claim of allegiance to Isis and other Islamist groups, and his ex-wifes description of him as violent and mentally ill.

The Latino factor has been minimized a bit, said Rosado, perhaps because of an initial belief that those shot came from many ethnic groups. But when you find out that 90% of those hurt were Hispanic hello!

Carlos Guillermo Smith, who describes himself as a gay, cisgender male and a proud Latino and is a public policy specialist for the campaign group Equality Florida, said he had an emotional reaction following the shooting, because when I came here, I saw my community mi comunidad standing with the LGBT community, right when we need it most.

Guillermo Smith was also concerned about a kind of racial erasure of the victims in the media, even as news organizations played up Mateens religion: Theres a lot of sensational reporting around this incident, and a lot of it has to do with sensationalism of scapegoating our Islamic brothers and sisters in a time when we need to be coming together. I think what has been lost in that message is that this was an attack against the Latino community and the LGBT community.

He explained: For me its personal, because Im gay, because Im Latino, because Im a Floridian. The images I keep seeing of these tragedies, of moms and dads hugging their kids, they are families that look like my family.

Where and when the attack hit hurt Guillermo, too. Ive been to Latin night. Ive been to Pulse many times. I wasnt there that night, thank God, he said. Its always been a place of communida, for listening to Latino music or Beyonc, to have a good time and let our hair down. To dance. To be free.

As sunset approached, an enormous gathering of mourners massed on the lawn of the Dr Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Orlando for a candlelight vigil to commemorate the dead and pray for the living. Many people held a candle in one hand while gripping a photo of a loved one usually Hispanic in the other. The photos were of those gunned down in death, or who are still struggling to stay alive in one of three hospitals, including one just down the street.

Many of the gathered were consoling one another quietly in Spanish. In interviews with the Guardian, several mourners said that Pulse had a special place in the Latino community.

Christ Lozada, who is gay, described Pulses Latin night as the perfect place to be … people go there just to have a good time. Like many people, he described Pulse and its Latin night in the present tense, as if confident the night would return.

Theres never been any situations of violence, Lozada continued, describing how Omar Mateen disrupted not just an LGBT gathering place but an important touchstone for the Latino community. Its a great to celebrate with other Latin people, gay and straight people just coming together and celebrating the fact that were Latin and just having a good time.

Lozada came to the vigil with his friend, Jose Cruz, who is straight and who loved Pulses Latin night, too. I would even bring other straight friends, he said with a laugh. The club had no bullshit, no fighting. Sometimes you could go to other clubs and there was violence, fights would break out. You never had to worry about that at Pulse, he said.

Stela Romn-Santos, whose family is originally from Puerto Rico, came to the vigil to support her brother, who stood next to her but appeared too shaken to talk. He and his group of friends had lost seven friends, his sister explained for him, and another one was still in the hospital.

I dont see this situation that has happened as having a gay-only impact, Romn-Santos said. Were gay or straight, were human. I feel ashamed for the people who commit crimes like Mateens, because they taint what humans are.

The group of friends filled out as day gave way to night, most holding pictures of a smiling Shane Evan Tomlinson, who died at age 33. The young men put their arms around each other other, brown skin on brown skin, physically holding each other up, and sometimes speaking in Spanish. When night finally came, they lit candles and held up photos of their friends as tears began to flow.

This is our group, said David Rodriguez, gesturing to his friends and to the dead pictured in the photos.

Pulse its where we go every Saturday, he said.

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