Women winning BIG at the 2019 Oscars

Regina King, Hannah Beachler, and Ruth Carter, with Oscars.

A Banner Year For Diversity As Actors Of Color & Women Set Records. It was an amazing night for women at the 2019 acdemy awards. A total of 15 talented took home the coveted golden statutes at Sunday’s ceremony, the most in Oscar history.

The previous record held for most female wins in a ceremony was 12, which came both in 2007 and 2015. This tremendous feat comes just one year after only six women earned Oscars. With women continuously fighting for equality and representation in the film industry, there’s no doubt that this is a tremendous way to close this awards season. It can only get better as the years go by! 

List of all 15 talented women who took home an Oscar. 

1. Olivia Colman

Best Actress for “The Favourite”

2. Regina King

Best Supporting Actress for “If Beale Street Could Talk”

3. Ruth E. Carter

Best Costume Design for “Black Panther”

4. Lady Gaga

Best Original Song for “Shallow” from the film “A Star is Born”

5. Hannah Beachler

Best Production Design for “Black Panther”

6 & 7. Rayka Zehtabchi and Melissa Berton

Best Short Subject Documentary for “Period. End of Sentence”

8 & 9. Domee Shi and Becky Neiman-Cobb

Best Animated Short Film for “Bao”

10 & 11. Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Shannon Dill

Best Documentary Feature for “Free Solo”

12. Nina Hartstone

Best Sound Editing for “Bohemian Rhapsody”

13. Jaime Ray Newman

Best Live Action Short Film for “Skin”

14 &15. Kate Biscoe and Patricia Dehaney

Best Makeup and Hairstyling for “Vice

Women’s empowerment

The women’s empowerment movement is gaining strength every day. The movement looks to improve the quality of life of women, allowing them to fully participate in business and the economy.

The abilities of women in making decisions, education, and profession have been largely suppressed since ages, considering them inferior to men. Because the situation is worst in underdeveloped and developing nations where women in a family are not allowed to take financial decisions or decide on matters regarding their own education.

With such state of affairs, it would be a fallacy to dream about the goals of sustainable development and gender equality. There is an instant need to take measures to lift the social, personal and professional status of women, bringing them shoulder to shoulder with men.

These particular measures constitute a process, which is known as “Women Empowerment” also Providing better education and employment opportunities to women, ensuring their better health, providing justice and ensuring professional equivalence, are the few methods of women empowerment.

Amazon Headquarters pulls out of NYC

Amazon pulls out of plans to build headquarters in New York City

After community blacklash from protesters, Amazons plan of making Queens, NY it’s headquarters have come to an end. Amazon on Thursday canceled its plans to build an expansive corporate campus in New York City after facing an unexpectedly fierce backlash from lawmakers, progressive activists and union leaders, who contended that a tech giant did not deserve nearly $3 billion in government incentives. The decision was an abrupt turnabout by Amazon after a much-publicized search for a second headquarters, which had ended with its announcement in November that it would open two new sites one in Queens, with more than 25,000 jobs, and another in Virginia. Amazon’s retreat was a blow to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio, damaging their effort to further diversify the city’s economy by making it an inviting location for the technology industry.

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Sexual harassment is on the rise after #MeToo movement

Time magazine named the #MeToo movement its ‘person’ of the year, highlighting the role companies and nondisclosure agreements play in keeping the victims of abuse silent.

The city of San Antonio Texas has been confronted with sexual allegation cases, by comments & touching have recently surfaced. The number of victims who’ve reported being sexually harassed has gone up ever since the MeToo movement started, In the year immediately following, there were 16 sexual harassment investigations; almost double over the previous year.”Having a greater number doesn’t mean more is happening,” said San Antonio City Manager, Sheryl Sculley. “It means that more people are reporting the activity.”In 2018, a female city employee filed a complaint that a senior equipment operator at the city had been making inappropriate comments of a sexual nature for 20 years and also that she had reached the breaking point. City officials believe that employers have brushed off complaints in the past; but that too, is changing.

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Immigrants Sue US Over End to Protected Status.

Immigrants from Honduras and Nepal have filed a lawsuit alleging the Trump administration unfairly ended a program that lets them live and work in the United States.

The lawsuit filed late Sunday in San Francisco says the Department of Homeland Security’s decision to end so-called temporary protected status was motivated by racism.

It also alleges the department changed how it evaluated conditions in the countries when deciding immigrants could return there.

A message for comment was left with the department.

Last year, a judge temporarily blocked the government from ending the program for immigrants from El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua and Sudan.

The U.S. government grants the status to citizens of countries ravaged by natural disasters or war so they can work in the U.S. until the situation improves back home.

Nearly 100 children dead from Ebola in Congo as crisis worsens.

Nearly 100 children have died since the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo started last year — and the crisis is gathering pace, with the number of new cases doubling last month, according to charity Save the Children.At least 97 children, 65 of whom were younger than 5 years old, have died from Ebola virus disease in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo since the outbreak was declared there Aug. 1, according to a press release from Save the Children, a charity supporting the fight against the current epidemic.The growing outbreak has a case fatality rate of nearly 63 percent. There have been 510 deaths thus far, including 449 people who died from confirmed cases of Ebola. The deadly fever-causing virus kills about half of those infected, but the latest outbreak has taken 60 percent of its victims in Congo, estimates CNN.

“It is paramount to convince communities that Ebola is an urgent and real concern,” said Kerr. “People have disrupted funerals because they didn’t believe the deceased had succumbed to the virus. Aid workers were threatened because it was believed they spread Ebola. We have to scale up our efforts to reach out to the vocal youth and community leaders to build trust and to help us turn this tide. Treating the people who are sick is essential, but stopping Ebola from spreading further is just as important.”

Climate change is already making Atlantic hurricanes more fierce, study finds

Global warming, also known as climate change, is the phenomenon involving rise in the average earth’s temperature observed over the century.

Climate change is caused through the increase of greenhouse gas emissions within Earth’s atmosphere. Through trapping sunlight, temperatures have risen over the past years thus being called climate change. However, through things like being energy efficient or changing aspects within daily life climate change can be lessened. 

Reducing gas emission both in peoples own life as well as world-wide is also an important response to reducing the effects of climate change and it is also important to be involved in organizations for the environment in order to help promote climate change.

Greenhouse gas emissions is the leading cause of climate change. Though throughout history Earth’s temperatures have fluctuated from cold to warm the excess amount of gasses as a result of burning fossil fuels have caused sunlight to be trapped thus warming the earth. Named the greenhouse effect, gasses such as carbon dioxide or methane have risen Earth’s temperatures seen as according to World Meteorology Organization the warmest years have all been recorded occurring after 1988 with. 

This is also support through the Environmental Protection Agency report earths carbon emissions have been increasing since 1900 reaching almost 9,500 million metric tons in 2010. The effect of climate change is also evident through the rising sea levels, as a result of ice within artic regions melting, going up 17 centimetres.

Chicago is colder than parts of Antarctica & Mars.

Rare weather phenomena ‘diamond dust’ appears in Chicago COLDEST winter.

Chicago’s frigid weather is worse than parts of Siberia, the Yukon and the Arctic. In fact, the deep freeze is even colder than recent temperatures on Mars. The lowest temperature ever recorded in Chicago was minus 27 on Jan. 20, 1985. 

The city has started to shut down, with everything from museums to Schools, Amtrak and US postal services. Chicagoans are preparing for bitter cold still to come. As temperatures plunge across the country, staying indoors and warm is not always an option for the nation’ homeless. 

Homelessness is a desperate situation, regardless of what time of year it is. If you see someone in need a help, find them a shelter, offer warm clothes and a blanket or buy them a hot drink or something to eat, helping someone in dire need goes along way.


Models involved with Fyre Festival may have to reveal how much they were paid after court subpoena.

Fyre Festival was a “luxury music festival” created with the intent of promoting the Fyre music booking app. The event was promoted on Instagram by “social media influencers” including socialite and model Kendall Jenner, model Bella Hadid, model and actress Emily Ratajkowski, and other media personalities, many of whom did not initially disclose they had been paid to do so.

I’m The models and so-called social influencers promoted what was billed as a VIP music festival on an island in the Bahamas, helping to generate buzz and sell tickets to the 2018 event. Kendall Jenner was paid $275,000 to promote the event and has since deleted the post. 

During the Fyre Festival’s inaugural weekend, the event experienced problems related to security, food, accommodations and artist relations resulting in the festival being postponed indefinitely. Instead of the luxury villas and gourmet meals festival attendees paid thousands of dollars for, they received prepackaged sandwiches and FEMA tents as their accommodations.

As a result, the organizers are the subject of at least eight lawsuits, several seeking class action status, and one seeking more than $100 million in damages. The cases accuse the organizers of defrauding ticket buyers. On June 30, 2017, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York charged Billy McFarland, CEO of Fyre Media Inc. with one count of wire fraud.

In March 2018, he pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud to defraud investors and a second count to defraud a ticket vendor. On October 11, 2018, McFarland was sentenced to six years in prison and ordered to forfeit US $26 million.

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Environmental Impacts on Building a Wall.

President Trump’s calls for a wall to be built on the U.S.-Mexico border have been controversial to say the least. A recent study shows the economic impact of the existing wall.Today more than 650 miles of border wall stand in California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas. Walls tear through wildlife refuges and wilderness areas, national monuments and national forests, damaging endangered species’ habitat and damming natural watercourses. Environmental laws have been suspended and billions of dollars have been spent on barriers that have little or no effect on immigration, smuggling, or national security.

With laws such as the Endangered Species Act waived, walls were built through the habitat of many species on the Endangered Species List, including jaguar, Sonoran pronghorn, and ocelot. While humans can build ladders or cut holes in border walls, many animals are stopped in their tracks. This fragments their available habitat, separating them from territory, food and water, and potential mates. For many of these animals, reduced and fragmented habitat was a key factor that led to their endangerment in the first place, and chopping up their territory further pushes them closer to extinction. Not to also mention Border walls built across washes and other natural drainages have repeatedly acted as dams and caused severe flood damage.             

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