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Chef Jose Andres Served Millions Of Meals In Puerto Rico And Now He’s Been Nominated For A Nobel Peace Prize

From the very first day that Puerto Rico experienced not one but two major hurricanes, renowned Spanish chef, José Andrés was there ready to help. It was Andrés who fed the masses when no one else could or would.

“When Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico in September 2017, I knew it was going to be serious—and I knew I had to do something,” Andrés wrote in National Geographic. “I had already seen what Hurricane Harvey did in Houston a month earlier, and I knew of the damage that Hurricane Irma had left in her wake. After a disaster, the urgency is all about now. It’s when people need to be fed, and cooks have a special skill when it comes to this kind of situation. We are used to acting quickly, and our job is to feed the many.”

He didn’t just feed and leave. He remained in Puerto Rico and continued to help. Now, more than a year later, Andrés is being recognized for his incredible charity.

Democratic Rep. John Delaney of Maryland has nominated José Andrés for a Nobel Peace Prize for the considerable work he did in Puerto Rico.

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“Because of Mr. Andrés’s work, millions of people have been fed,” Delaney wrote in his nomination submission obtained by The Washington Post. “This is the most basic human need and Mr. Andrés has proven to be world-class in this essential humanitarian field. With an incredible spirit and an innovative mind, Mr. Andrés is solving one of the world’s ancient problems and supplying world leaders with a new road map to provide more effective disaster relief in the future.”

The Noble Peace Prize committee could not confirm the nomination because they never make any public announcements about the nominations until the winners are announced. The deadline for Noble Peace Prize nominations is Feb. 1, the Post reports, and the committee will announce the laureates next October.

The Post contacted Andrés about his nomination, to which he humbly responded by saying “Oh, wow,” and added “They nominate everybody.”

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The chef’s work extends past his help in Puerto Rico, which included serving millions of meals during his time on the island. He was feeding people during natural disasters in FloridaNorth Carolina, and Guatemala. In 2010, Andrés founded World Central Kitchen after the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti, with their mission being “that food can be an agent of change.”

The news of his nomination moved those closest to him to advocate for his victory.

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Andrés set himself apart from others working in Puerto Rico after the disaster by sticking to what he does best. He fed people when they were hungry and without power. He spent months on the island reaching as many people as he could with warm meals.

People in his native country of Spain also praised his work.

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His humanitarian efforts have been felt worldwide.

In the eyes of so many people, Andrés has already won the award.

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Andrés’ work speaks for itself.

His amazing work will be felt for a long time, and you know he’s only getting started.

Do you think he should win a Nobel Peace Prize?


READ: He Served Millions Of Meals For Hurricane Stricken Puerto Rico And Now He Might Run For A Senate Seat

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Olympian Laurie Hernandez Is Back And Just Gave A Powerful “Hamilton” Inspired Performance

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Olympian Laurie Hernandez Is Back And Just Gave A Powerful “Hamilton” Inspired Performance

She’s back! After an almost five-year hiatus, Olympic gymnast Laurie Hernandez made her big return to competition at Saturday’s 2021 Winter Cup meet with moves to remember — set to some pretty unforgettable music, too.

The 20-year-old gold and silver medalist hit the mat with a “Hamilton”-inspired floor routine.

Laurie Hernandez just gave a stunning floor routine at the 2021 Winter Cup.

Please welcome Laurie Hernandez back to the floor! After a four-and-a-half-year hiatus, the 20-year-old Olympian showed off her strength, proving, like Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote, she is inimitable and an original.

“My first priority [at Winter Cup] is to go in and hit clean routines and show that I can be consistent,” Hernandez told NBC News. “But my next one is to enjoy myself.” It sure looks like she accomplished her goal, with nonstop energy and a smile on her face throughout her entire choreography.

As “The Room Where It Happens” played in the background, Hernandez flipped and danced her way to a 12.05 score in the event, good for an 11th-place finish in the floor exercise.

And after the USA Gymnastics Winter Cup in Indianapolis wrapped up, the noted theater fan shared her routine on Twitter and asked for feedback from “Hamilton” creator Lin Manuel Miranda and actor Leslie Odom Jr. — who sang “The Room Where It Happens” as Aaron Burr in the original cast.

This weekend’s performance was her first since stealing hearts during the 2016 Rio games.

Hernandez was part of the Team USA “Final Five” squad that won gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics. But following those games she took a step back from competition, later revealing that former coach Maggie Haney was emotionally and verbally abusive toward her. The gymnast dealt with depression and eating disorders as a result.

Hernandez said it wasn’t until years later that she realized her love of the sport could be separated from the trauma she experienced. “I thought I hated gymnastics, and it wasn’t until mid-2018 I realized that it was the people that made the experience bad, not the sport itself,” she explained on Instagram.

Though she already has a gold medal from the team all-around and a silver medal from her 2016 individual performance on the beam, Hernandez is now ramping up for more challenging competitions over the next several months with the hopes of qualifying for the Olympics this summer. But with a crowded field vying against her for just four roster spots, securing a bid to Tokyo will undoubtedly be an uphill battle.

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Legendary Astrologer Walter Mercado’s Home In Puerto Rico Is For Sale And At A Discount

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Legendary Astrologer Walter Mercado’s Home In Puerto Rico Is For Sale And At A Discount

Prediction: You will want to check out Walter Mercado’s house in Puerto Rico, and maybe even buy it up and call it home. And what perfect timing, because the stars have aligned to bring you his Puerto Rico pad at an unbeatable price.

That’s right! Walter Mercado’s home in San Juan is up for sale!

Located in an “exclusive area” of San Juan, according to the property listing, the six-bedroom, five-bathroom estate is on sale for just $395,000.

Since you likely won’t fly to San Juan right now (thanks, COVID), you can check out the flamboyant cape aficionados sweet, two story tropical oasis on Realtor.com.

The listing photos show the home’s vibrant interior, which appears in the documentary, with yellow, red and green walls. The first floor boasts a large living room, kitchen and dining room. Tile-work leads up the stairs to the second level, where there’s yet another living room, dining room and a smaller kitchen — plus two balconies.

Outside, there’s a pool area with a gazebo and a patio, as well as a covered carport for at least four cars.

The home seems to be having trouble finding a buyer.

The estate originally hit the market for $495,000 in September 2020 but with no buyer in the cards, it then had its price slashed to $430,000 in December, according to Realtor.com. It’s now asking just $395,000.

Mercado already sold his Miami property in 2017 to cover financial difficulties.

While in Miami, Mercado maintained an apartment at The Grand in downtown for many years until 2017 when he decamped part time to New York.

Many in his family had hoped to turn his Puerto Rico home into a museum to the late icon, but due to zoning issues the family decided the best step forward was to list the home for sale. Regarding Mercado’s belongings that were contained within the home (so many of which we came to see in the Netflix documentary), one of his nieces told Pledge Times, that though family members have each kept some items, many were given to the Miami History Museum, and some items will go to Mexico. However, his cape with the Puerto Rican flag is being sent to the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC.

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