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Calderon: Explaining Terrorism To Children

Governor Urges Rise Before Adversity

50th Anniversary Of Constituent Convention Celebrated

Bush Thanks Rescue Unit

Pesquera Deems It Unwise To Press Vieques Issue

P.R. Soldiers Activated To Assist At Pentagon

Demonstration Plans Suspended

Calderon Focuses On Explaining Terrorism To Children

By Proviana Colon Diaz

September 17, 2001
Copyright © 2001 PuertoRicoWOW News Service. All rights reserved.

In an effort to help ease the tension and heal any possible trauma due to last week's terrorist attacks against the United States, the government of Puerto Rico will begin a series of TV forums and informative TV news caps for children and teenagers.

The weekly TV forums, which will go on for a month, will have the participation of the island private and public education sectors.

Calderon said child specialists, teachers, and psychologists are developing the concept of the forum to be aired from 10 a.m. till noon via Puerto Rico Public Broadcasting Corporation channels 3 & 6.

"I want you to be calm and to have the certainty that grown ups are working to make everything possible and necessary for you to be safe and for all of Puerto Rico to be safe," Calderon told students at Abraham Lincoln Elementary School in Puerta de Tierra.

Governor Urges Puerto Ricans To Rise Before Adversity

September 17, 2001
Copyright © 2001 Associated Press. All rights reserved.

SAN JUAN (AP) - Gov. Sila M. Calderon urged Puerto Ricans to "raise our spirit" before the effects of the terrorist attack against the United States and express her solidarity with Americans in this crisis.

In a televised message broadcast Sunday, the governor said she ordered agency heads to work with strength towards stabilizing the local economy.

In her speech, Calderon said she is proud of the help the people of Puerto Rico has given through the rescue units that have been working in the recovery efforts in New York since Thursday, and the military units working in identifying the victims at the Pentagon.

Calderon mentioned that the attack with jets to the World Trade Center twin towers in Manhattan and to the Pentagon, in Virginia, horrified her and she pleaded for spiritual strength to overcome the terrible images of the terrorist attacks and their effects.

Senate Celebrates 50th Anniversary Of Constituent Convention

September 17, 2001
Copyright © 2001 Associated Press. All rights reserved.

SAN JUAN (AP) - The Senate [held] a joint session with the House of Representatives to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the inaugural session of the Puerto Rico Constituent Convention, Senate President Antonio J. Fas Alzamora informed.

"During this year, the House and Senate will celebrate significant events as part of the anniversary of the Constituent Convention, which resulted in the preparation of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico Constitution.

Bush Thanks Help And Effort Of Puerto Rican Rescue Unit

September 16, 2001
Copyright © 2001 Associated Press. All rights reserved.

SAN JUAN (AP) - U.S. President George W. Bush personally thanked the help offered by the Puerto Rican search and rescue unit that was sent to New York on Wednesday to help in the rescue efforts at the World Trade Center disaster area.

Puerto Rican rescuers received a visit on Friday from Bush, as well as from Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY), New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, and New York Gov. George Pataki.

The rescuers' spokesman Carlos Echegoyen said President Bush was with each group for a brief moment and thanked them for their effort.

It was also informed that Bush joked with the members of the brigade by reminding them the Spanish translation of his name is "Jorge Matojo."

The rescue unit comprised by 40 people between the ages of 23 and 58, plus three trained dogs, flew to New York on Wednesday carrying 20,000 pounds of equipment and provisions, and about 700 units of blood.

Pesquera Deems It Unwise To Press U.S. On The Vieques Issue

September 16, 2001
Copyright © 2001 Associated Press. All rights reserved.

PONCE (AP) - Carlos Pesquera, who is running for the New Progressive Party (NPP) presidential post, said it would be counterproductive to insist on the demands to oust the U.S. Navy from the island municipality of Vieques, now that the country is immersed in an emergency due to the terrorist attacks in New York and in Washington D.C.

However, Pesquera insisted that the situation in Vieques "has been solved" as he is confident that the Navy will leave the island municipality by May 2003.

First Units Of P.R. Soldiers Activated To Assist At Pentagon

By Proviana Colon Diaz

September 15, 2001
Copyright © 2001 PuertoRicoWOW News Service. All rights reserved.

The first units of Puerto Rican soldiers to assist the search and rescue operations following Tuesday's terrorist attacks were activated Friday and have been assigned to work at the Pentagon site.

The two units, which will leave the island Saturday, belong to the 65th U.S. Army Regional Support Command, Public Affairs Officer Pedro Silva said in a written statement.

Silva identified the two units as 311 and 246 of Battle Group 394, which is based in Aguadilla's former air base.

The group consists of four officers and 164 enlisted men and will support the humanitarian and rescue efforts being carried out at the Pentagon. The units consist of soldiers specialized in mortuary services, identification, and recovery of bodies.

Bomb Opponents Suspend Plans For Demonstrations

September 15, 2001
Copyright © 2001 ORLANDO SENTINEL. All rights reserved.

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Protest groups on the Puerto Rican island of Vieques , who had been preparing for civil disobedience against Navy bombing training slated to start Sept. 24, said Friday that they were canceling their plans after the attacks in New York and Washington.

The groups, which have been vociferously opposed to the Navy's use of Vieques for war games, called a moratorium on civil disobedience for this latest round of training but said they would hold acts of peaceful protest should the Navy follow through with its plans to conduct 25 days of training.

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