Tuesday

Yalitza Aparicio just made history with her 2019 Oscar nomination for Best Actress in a Leading Role. The 25-year-old actor has sparked quite the buzz for her performance as a domestic worker during '70s Mexico City in Alfonso Cuarรณn's Roma.

And while audiences won't know if Yalitza will take home the much-coveted Oscar until February 24, her legacy is already major: she's the first Indigenous woman to be nominated in the category in the Oscars' nearly 90-year history.

Roma, which is now available to stream on Netflix, is a Mexican film based on Alfonso's childhood in Mexico City. The film tells the story of Cleo, a live-in housekeeper to a middle-class family.

Yalitza auditioned for the role of Cleo on a whim; when Alfonso told her the casting news, she had just finished her teaching degree and said she would have to talk to her family before deciding. Now, Yalitza is part of one of the biggest conversations in Hollywood.

Yalitza is an Indigenous actor from Mexico, making her nomination a significant moment of representation. Hailing from Tlaxiaco, Oaxaca, she represents a region often left out of the Oscars (and Spanish speakers, too). She is Mixtec and Triqui, even speaking Mixtec in her role — which is huge for those who speak any of the nation's 68 indigenous languages.

The only other Native or Indigenous peoples to ever have been nominated were from tribes in the United States or Canada: Little Big Man's Chief Dan George being nominated in 1971 (and the first First Nations actor to be nominated for an Oscar, Graham Greene of Six Nations Reserve in Ontario nominated in 1991 for his Dances with Wolves role, and Cree songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie, who became the only Indigenous winner ever when she won an Oscar for the original song, "Up Where We Belong," in 1983.


Last year had a vital moment for representation when Native American actor Wes Studi who spoke the Cherokee language on stage during his presentation.


“I’d be breaking the stereotype that because we’re Indigenous we can’t do certain things because of our skin color,” Yalitza recently told The New York Times about her possible nomination at the time. “Receiving that nomination would be a break from so many ideas. It would open doors to other people — to everyone — and deepen our conviction that we can do these things now.”
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Monday

Stargazers around the world were treated to a spectacular Super Blood Wolf Moon last night as Earth's satellite turned bright red following a total lunar eclipse.

The rare phenomenon, which made the moon appear larger and brighter, came together in the Americas on Sunday night and in parts of Europe and Africa in the early hours of Monday.

Cloudy skies left some disappointed in Britain and the U.S. but where skies were clear astronomy buffs were able to see the moon turn a striking red color.

The best view of the lunar eclipse for those in the United States was at 11.41pm EST on Sunday night while British stargazers had their best chance at 5.12am GMT.

The full Moon appears larger than normal because it is closer to the Earth - around 222,000 miles (358,000 kilometers) away, instead of the average 239,000 miles - which earns it the nickname 'super Moon.'

While the super moon and blood moon titles come from the brightness and reddish hue respectively, a full moon in January is sometimes called a 'wolf' moon.


It earned the name wolf moon because it appears in January, when wolves were said to howl in hunger outside villages.

This will be the last time that sky watchers in the UK will be able to experience a total lunar eclipse until 2029. The next chance for Americans to see a total lunar eclipse is 2022.

A blood moon last occurred in July 2018, although clouds largely obscured the celestial phenomenon in the UK. It occurs when the Earth's shadow completely blankets the moon, making it appear red. The spectacular total lunar eclipse is visible with the naked eye - and unlike a solar eclipse, viewers do not need any eye protection.


January Moon Names: Man Moon (Taos). Joyful Moon (Hopi). Avunniviayuk (Inuit). Quite Moon (Celtic). Ice Moon (San Juan). Cold Moon (Cherokee). Ice Moon (Neo-Pagan). Flying Ant Moon(Apache). Big Cold Moon (Mohawk). Cooking Moon (Choctaw). Strong Cold Moon (Sioux). Little Winter Moon (Creek). Her Cold Moon (Wishram). Cold Meal Moon (Natchez). Moon After Yule (Cherokee). Wolf Moon (Medieval English). Strong Cold Moon (Cheyenne). Quiet : Dark, Wolf : Full (Janic). Great Spirit Moon (Anishnaabe). Whirling Wind Moon (Passamaquoddy).

Wolf Moon, Old Moon, Winter Moon, Yule Moon (Algonquin).

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: A supermoon rises behind the downtown Los Angeles skyline on Sunday as star gazers around the world kept their eyes turned to the sky overnight in a bid to catch a glimpse of the spectacular 'super blood wolf moon'



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Super Blood Wolf Moon over Paynes Prairie

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Blood moon 2019, Death Valley National Park. IG: Jamesliuu

Just over a week after being sworn into office, state Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard has taken aim at coyote-killing contests on 9 million acres of New Mexico state trust land.

In an executive order that could prove difficult to enforce, the recently elected land commissioner described the organized killing contests as being inconsistent with sound land management and damaging to the natural order between predators and prey.

“These are not hunting contests – they are animal cruelty contests,” said Garcia Richard, who was joined by more than a dozen environmental and wildlife advocates at a Thursday news conference at the State Land Office.

Garcia Richard, a Democrat, showed pictures of dumped coyote carcasses during the news conference and described the killing contests as a barbaric “blood sport.” She also said the executive order was not aimed at New Mexico hunters or at ranchers who lease state trust land and kill predators that threaten their livestock.

“That’s not what today is about,” she said.

However, ranchers and other critics have spoken against similar proposals in the past, calling the derbies a legitimate tool to control coyote populations.


“We are disappointed that a tool for protecting wildlife and livestock has been removed from 9 million acres in New Mexico,” said Caren Cowan, executive director of the New Mexico Cattle Growers’ Association.

Proposals to ban coyote-killing contests in New Mexico have been debated at the state Capitol in recent years but have failed to clear both chambers of the Legislature. A new attempt has been pre-filed for the coming 60-day session by Sens. Mark Moores, R-Albuquerque, and Jeff Steinborn, D-Las Cruces.

Wildlife advocates say 20 to 30 coyote-killing derbies are typically organized across New Mexico every year. Such contests often award prize money for the most coyotes killed or the biggest coyote killed. Participants use calling devices to lure coyotes into range.

Garcia Richard, whose office does not have authority over federal land in New Mexico, indicated Thursday that a fee system will likely be implemented to penalize those found to have violated the ban, which could also apply to other animal species that are not regulated by the state Department of Game and Fish.

Jessica Johnson of Animal Protection Voters, a group that has advocated for banning coyote-killing contests statewide, called Garcia Richard’s order “monumental” and the fulfillment of a campaign pledge.

Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter Wildlife Chair Mary Katherine Ray of Winston also issued a statement, saying the organized killing contests can actually lead to more young coyotes trying to prey on livestock.

“These organized wildlife massacres do not meet any modern principle of scientific wildlife management,” Ray said.
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Sunday

It's not every year that a "super blood wolf moon" can be seen, and skywatchers across the world are awaiting this rare astronomical phenomenon, which is slated to take place early on Monday morning in Europe and Africa but will begin late at night in the Americas.

So what is a super blood wolf moon?

This eclipse has been dubbed the Super Blood Wolf Moon eclipse. The Wolf Moon is the traditional name for January's full moon. "Blood" is for the vermilion hue that shades the moon during a lunar eclipse. And the "super" is there because this January's full moon also happens to be a "supermoon," meaning the moon is passing at the closest point of its orbit to Earth.

This phenomenon is a total lunar eclipse happening along with a super moon. A total lunar eclipse occurs when the earth passes exactly between the sun and the moon. In this situation, the sun is behind the earth and the moon is situated in the earth's shadow.

A super moon is when a full moon is closer to the earth than normal and hence, appears bigger.

The full moons, according to Native American traditions are named differently in different months. In January, the full moon is called a wolf moon.


Will it be red?

During the eclipse, sunlight is refracted by the earth's atmosphere and reaches the moon's surface as it bends around the earth's surface. This will create a phenomenon, which illuminates the moon.

The moon may appear blood red or brick-red depending upon the weather condition in given areas. The moon will appear red as the blue light gets scattered in the earth's atmosphere and red light will be the most prominent.

January Moon Names: Man Moon (Taos). Joyful Moon (Hopi). Avunniviayuk (Inuit). Quite Moon (Celtic). Ice Moon (San Juan). Cold Moon (Cherokee). Ice Moon (Neo-Pagan). Flying Ant Moon(Apache). Big Cold Moon (Mohawk). Cooking Moon (Choctaw). Strong Cold Moon (Sioux). Little Winter Moon (Creek). Her Cold Moon (Wishram). Cold Meal Moon (Natchez). Moon After Yule (Cherokee). Wolf Moon (Medieval English). Strong Cold Moon (Cheyenne). Quiet : Dark, Wolf : Full (Janic). Great Spirit Moon (Anishnaabe). Whirling Wind Moon (Passamaquoddy).

Wolf Moon, Old Moon, Winter Moon, Yule Moon (Algonquin).

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Saturday

A moose that got stuck on an ice rink got a helping hand from some Good Samaritans who witnessed her troubles.

While on their lunch break, a group of people in Anchorage, Alaska noticed a moose traversing an outdoor skating rink.

The moose had crossed over the rink into the center part of the field. The animal had trouble getting across, so when it came time to cross back over, she was struggling. She had attempted several times to cross but it was too slippery.

After several hours, the Good Samaritans decided to see if they could help, and the solution they came up with was pretty ingenious.

One of the helpers explained on ViralHog what happened:

“We saw the moose cross the skating rink around lunch time. It slipped on its way. We watched her circle the rink, trying the ice in several places. After about two hours, we decided to help. Several of us gathered to mull over the best way to make a crossing.”


"Yoga mats seemed like an obvious choice for grip, but we scoured the building and our cars for anything that could be useful since it’s a fairly long stretch of ice.


“After that, we armed up with yoga mats, pieces of carpet, entryway mats, and dog towels to make a path. She apparently didn’t like the initial location of our path as she refused to use the path for 45 minutes or so, so we moved it to a corner that she had tested several times, at which point she finally crossed.”
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