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#DONALDTRUMP US pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump took to Twit­ter to dis­pute the re­vised death toll in Puerto Rico in the wake of Hur­ri­cane Maria, instead ac­cus­ing Democrats of in­flat­ing the fig­ures.

@schmidt­sam7, a Wash­ing­ton Post jour­nal­ist, tweeted: “The is­land had a to­tal in­fra­struc­ture col­lapse. Pa­tients lan­guished in hos­pi­tals with­out power. Dam­aged roads made it im­pos­si­ble for peo­ple to get dial­y­sis. Med­i­cal spe­cial­ists were vir­tu­ally nonex­is­tent. We know be­cause we’ve talked to these fam­i­lies.”

@arelis­rhdz, Sch­midt’s col­league, posted: “Nowhere in the months I spent re­port­ing/liv­ing in Puerto Rico did I not en­counter re­ports of the dead/ dy­ing. The de­struc­tion’s mag­ni­tude, pro­longed hu­man­i­tar­ian cri­sis and suf­fer­ing I wit­nessed was a tes­ta­ment to Maria’s dead­li­ness. The peo­ple knew. Gravedig­gers knew. Gov’t knew.”


Tourists on the Greek is­land of Zante had a lucky es­cape af­ter part of a cliff face at pop­u­lar Nav­a­gio Beach col­lapsed. Sev­eral re­ceived mi­nor in­juries.

@Mol­ly_guest shared: “Pretty ter­ri­fy­ing to be at Ship­wreck Beach, Zakynthos this morn­ing. One minute, en­joy­ing the beach and taking pho­tos of the ship­wreck, next minute large rocks start fall­ing, boats are be­ing over­turned and peo­ple run­ning and pan­ick­ing. So sur­real, it was like I was watch­ing a film.”

@_au­gust­smith said: “So sad to hear part of the cliff on ship­wreck beach has fallen off no re­ports so far on in­jury’s but what a tragic mo­ment for Zakinthos! Ship­wreck is one of the most his­toric and well pop­u­lar tourist stop off point.”


Chan­nel 5 has an­nounced that the new se­ries of Big Brother, which launched yes­ter­day, will be the last se­ries it will broad­cast.

@Hy­lan­dian wrote: “No surprise that Chan­nel 5 has fi­nally binned off Big Brother. They’ve been want­ing to shift away from the “cheap and tacky” la­bel for years and they felt BB was the main thing hold­ing them back. I doubt the Rox­anne and Ro­drigo stuff helped. Sky is prob­a­bly BB’S best bet now.”

@nickw84 said: “Proof pos­i­tive that Chan­nel 5 ab­so­lutely hated Big Brother by do­ing that an­nounce­ment on the day of the launch episode.”

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