"Puerto Ricans, that's 3.5 million American citizens, just like Texas, just like Florida", said the younger Miranda whose parents moved to NY from Puerto Rico.
"For Puerto Ricans who live all over the world, who have a connection and family on the island there was a bad silence several days where we were just waiting for word". For some, those days were weeks. "For me, that helplessness turned into, 'OK, well, what can I write that will help?"
Written by Miranda only last week, the original song borrows its title and instantly indelible hook from the classic show tune "Maria", from West Side Story. "If I can manage to put all 78 towns into a lyric for this song and then use the song for fundraising relief, that's something we can all get behind". Miranda called upon old friends like Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony, as well as talented singers he'd never met, likeLuis Fonsi and Camila Cabello. Proceeds from "Almost Like Praying" go directly to the Hispanic Federation to assist folks coping with the damage and destruction caused by Hurricane Maria. Sin Suela finally answered on Saturday, saying he was on the island and had just gotten power. Estefan, who was flying to Puerto Rico the next day on a relief mission, volunteered to pick it up.
Miranda, who tweeted that President Trump is "going straight to hell" for his response to the disaster in Puerto Rico, toldUSA Today, "I was very glad to have something to do while that was happening".
Ricky Martin and Daddy Yankee were also invited to take part but were already too busy assisting with hurricane recovery to participate.
As for Miranda, he says he'll be visiting Puerto Rico as soon as it becomes helpful. "I've never seen the president of the United States attack the victims of a natural disaster".
"Maria will always have a different connotation for me now", Miranda said. "This has been an unprecedented disaster that requires a precedence response".
The change allows companies and insurers to opt out of the free coverage "based on [their] sincerely held religious beliefs". The new exemptions are being praised as a major victory for religious conservatives, with the U.S.
In a meeting with the military leaders, Trump emphasised that Iran must not be allowed to obtain the nuclear weapons. Confused and surprised reporters pried for more information, asking what "storm" he might be implying.
Billboards have been erected on the road from the airport to central Moscow welcoming King Salman in Arabic and Russian. A memorandum of understanding has been reportedly signed to help the kingdom develop its own defense industries.
He's in a good moment as well in terms of his form. "Let's focus a little bit more on that rather than the negatives". We have to show the resilience that whatever the atmosphere and whatever the feeling, our job is to get the result .
Trump held a moment of silence on the White House South Lawn after the Las Vegas attack and ordered flags lowered to half-staff. Trump later tweeted a video of him meeting the victims of the shooting at the University Medical Center of Southern Nevada.
Cardinal Pell is accused of historical assaults involving "multiple complainants", police in the state of Victoria have said. Cardinal George Pell will face a four-week committal hearing next March as he fights historical sexual offence allegations.
Meanwhile, Moldova shouldn't cause them any problems at the back. "But I definitely think that he is a goalscorer", he added. If they finish second by winning both games , Ireland will have 13 points to their name in the play-off table.
On the ground, Ezekiel Elliott rushed 85 yards and a touchdown in 21 carries while Alfred Morris added 76 yards in two attempts. On third-and-20 with 12 seconds left, Rodgers rolled left on a designed play against a two-deep zone with six defensive backs.
And they are paid a fraction of their salaries, while the rest-as much as 70 percent-is taken by North Korea's government. Plants in Hunchun were found using North Korean workers.
Apple unveils hundreds of new emojis coming to iPhone and iPad
Charge your devices! Apple just announced 56 new emojis coming to an iPhone near you in the coming weeks, and we're freaking out. That being said, Apple has made it up to us with the addition of a pie emoji and a Chinese takeout box emoji as well.