Puerto Ricans are thrilled over chef José Andrés’ Nobel Peace Prize nomination


Chef Andrés José … will always remember; will forever be grateful!! … ‘CHEF JOSÉ ANDRÉS’ NOBEL PEACE PRIZE NOMINATION … #PuretoRico

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A report by Gwen Aviles for NBC News.

“He became the Mother Teresa of Puerto Rico,” said a chef from Vieques who helped Andrés feed thousands after Hurricane Maria.Nov. 28, 2018 / 2:32 PM ESTByGwen Aviles

Eva Bolívar does not believe in idolizing others or fawning over stars, but there are two people in the world she greatly admires: Mother Teresa of Calcutta and chef José Andrés. She says she “stalked” Mother Teresa at an airport in New York because she had always wanted to meet her. As for Andrés,who was recently nominated for the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize,he was the one looking for her.

Bolívar, a long-time event planner and owner of the well-knownRestaurante Bilíin Vieques, was on vacation when Hurricane María struck last year. Upon returning to Vieques, which is a small island off of Puerto Rico, she heard that Andrés had been…

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These houses are designed to help Puerto Rico survive future storms


‘ARCHITECTS ARE TESTING THE LIMITS OF RESILIENT, OFF-GRID HOUSING TO PREPARE FOR THE NEXT STORM THAT KNOCKS OUT POWER.’ .. Puerto Rican ingenuity!! #BoricuaSpirit …

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A report by Adele Peters for Fast Company.

Across the island, architects are testing the limits of resilient, off-grid housing to prepare for the next storm that knocks out power.

In Villalba, Puerto Rico, a small town on a remote mountainside in the path of Hurricane Maria, it took months for power and water to come back to some homes after the storm slammed into the island. The infrastructure is still fragile, and access to tap water still sometimesdisappears for days at a time.

Now, architects plan to build a community of resilient homes in the town that can better weather future storms. The houses can work off the grid, without any municipal services, for one tothree months, depending on the number of occupants, says Jonathan Marvel, founder ofMarvel Architects, a firm based in both New York and Puerto Rico that designed the new houses.

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Shocking Autopsy Report Confirms Abuse of Transgender Asylum Seeker while in ICE Detention


PLAIN MURDER …. they didn’t and don’t care!
‘Ms. Hernández had been moved from a private immigration facility owned by prison profiteers CoreCivic to a hospital in May, “with symptoms of pneumonia, dehydration and complications associated with HIV,” according to ICE’s statement. But ICE again neglected to mention that, according to the findings of forensic pathologist Kris Sperry, Hernández had been suffering for days.’ … more info in posting!!

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In May ICE said six transgender people had died in detention! 

When government leadership at the highest level denigrates and attempts to rob a minority of its rights, especially  where such government seems intent on erasure, the entire milieu will become a setup for abuse and violence at every level. After seven months the suspicious death of 33-year-old Roxsana Hernández, in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention, the independently run autopsy has found foul play, confirming widely held suspicion.

Ms. Hernández, a transgender asylum seeker originally from Honduras, was likely brutally abused before her May 25 death, a fact omitted from ICE’s official statement, which dedicated two paragraphs to her apparent criminal record but none to the physical conditions described in the autopsy report:

“Specifically,” states a legal filing from the Transgender Law Center and attorney Andrew Free in response to the medical findings, “forensic evidence indicates she was handcuffed so tightly as to cause deep tissue…

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Sunday Morning


“The Urgency of Slowing Down” … Pico Iyer.
Has anyone realized that there should be a tendency to slow down? I surely have … my soul craves it!!

Yes, and I think we all know that sensation. We have more and more time-saving devices but less and less time, it seems to us. When I was a boy, the sense of luxury had to do with a lot of space, maybe having a big house or a huge car. Now I think luxury has to do with having a lot of time. The ultimate luxury now might be just a blank space in the calendar. And interestingly enough, that’s what we crave, I think, so many of us.

When I moved from New York City to rural Japan — after my year in Kyoto, I essentially moved to a two-room apartment, which is where I still live with my wife and, formerly, our two kids. We don’t have a car or a bicycle or a T.V. I can understand. It’s very simple, but it feels very luxurious. One…

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