Mary Oliver, Prize-Winning Poet of the Natural World, Dies at 83 – The New York Times

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Grammy Awards kicks off with surprise Michelle Obama appearance as host Alicia Keys declares music is powerful | Fox News

LOS ANGELES, CA – FEBRUARY 10: (L-R) Lady Gaga, Jada Pinkett Smith, Alicia Keys, Michelle Obama, and Jennifer Lopez speak onstage during the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)
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Alicia Keys had a surprise guest to open the 2019 Grammy Awards on Sunday night: Michelle Obama.

Keys delivered a somewhat rambling speech about music being our “global language,” telling the crowd, “Music is what we all love. Music is what it’s all about … Music is what we cry to, it’s what we march to, it’s what we rock to, it’s what we make love to. It’s our shared global language. When you really want to say something, you say it with a song. “

She then brought out Lady Gaga, Jada Pinkett Smith, Obama and Jennifer Lopez.

Gaga spoke first of the group, telling the crowd, “They said I was weird, that my look, my choices, my sound, that it wouldn’t work. But music told me not to listen to them. Music took my ears, took my hands, my voice and my soul and it led me to all of you and to my little monsters who I love so much.”

Lopez was next to reminisce.

“Back in the Bronx, music gave me a reason to dance … and it kept me moving from the block to the big stages and even bigger screens,” she said. “It reminds me of where I come from but it also reminds me of all the places I can go. Music is the one place we can all feel truly free.”

Pinkett Smith quipped, “Every voice we hear deserves to be heard and respected.”

That’s when the former first lady spoke up, sending the crowd into an uproar.”Amen,” Obama said. “From the Motown records I wore out on the South Side,” she began as the audience stood up and screamed. “Come on, we got a show to do,” she said with a grin. “From the Motown records I wore out on the South Side to the ‘who run the world’ songs of the last decade, music always helped me tell my story. Whether we like country, rap or rock, music helps us share ourselves … it allows us to hear one another to invite each other in it shows us that all of it matters.”

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16-Year-Old Climate Activist Greta Thunberg Nominated For Nobel Peace Prize | HuffPost

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Kendrick Lamar Wins Pulitzer Prize for ‘Damn’ – Variety

Kendrick Lamar has won a Pulitzer Prize for music for his album “Damn.,” the organization announced Monday afternoon. It was the first win for a non-classical or jazz musician since the awards began including music some 75 years ago.

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Woman happened to have the patio door open during storm – steps back in and gets the surprise of her life

The odds of seeing a deer are pretty high if you live close to a forest. Just in my own neighborhood the other day, I saw one roaming around in a neighbor’s backyard.

A lot of people find deer to be a nuisance, claiming that the animals ruin their backyards by stomping on their plants and eating their grass and flowers.

Having said that, I think this story might melt even the coldest of hearts and can potentially make all angry backyard owners rethink their perceptions of deer.

Anyone who’s watched the movie Bambi knows how adorable a baby deer can be — but what if you were to encounter three of them?

Well, that’s exactly what happened to one womanafter accidentally leaving her backdoor open during a storm.

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The woman, who calls herself on the online community Imgur, decided to share her adorable story with the internet.

She had left her backdoor open while preparing her house for a terrible storm that was on its way.

When the storm hit, she went out for a minute to take a peak and see if the orphaned white-tailed baby deer that she usually looks after were around. But they were nowhere to be found.

As she would soon discover, they were closer by than she had imagined.

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Animals are known for having a sixth sense when it comes to sensing when a storm or a natural disaster is on its way. Animal have much better hunched than human, according to AccuWeather.

They have the ability to sense changes in the air pressure and/or pick up sound frequencies that humans can’t hear.

This is why you see some dogs, elephants, horses and birds behave strangely just before a storm or another weather catastrophe is about to happen.

These little fawns were no exception.

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When Amscolie went back inside she was stunned.

Somehow, these three little cuties had made their way into her house, without her even noticing.

Her backdoor was half open which meant they saw an opportunity to seek protection indoors — how smart is that?

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“I raise orphaned wildlife. Recently, the back door was open as a storm was coming. The deer were nowhere to be found,” Amscolie explains. “I went inside, was heading to the front door, only to see them next to an end table in the living room. Told them they could sleep in the house for the night because it was going to be nasty.”

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It’s clearly distressing for any pet owner or ‘animal mom’ to not know where their babies are when it’s horrible out, but luckily these little ones knew exactly what they had to do.

A happy ending to a scary situation — and the animals didn’t hold back in showing their gratitude, as you can see in the picture above.

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Whether you’re a deer lover or not — I find it hard to imagine anyone would disagree with Amscolie when she writes: “How could you ever say no to a face like this?”, referring to the picture above.

Please share this adorable story with all your friends on Facebook.

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Nobel Peace Prize Goes To Denis Mukwege And Nadia Murad For Fighting Sexual Violence : NPR

Dr. Denis Mukwege (left), from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, in 2014 and Nadia Murad, a Yazidi woman from Iraq, in 2016 as they both address the European parliament in Strasbourg, France. The pair won the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize for their work to highlight and eliminate the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war. Christian Lutz/AP hide caption

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Dr. Denis Mukwege (left), from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, in 2014 and Nadia Murad, a Yazidi woman from Iraq, in 2016 as they both address the European parliament in Strasbourg, France. The pair won the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize for their work to highlight and eliminate the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war.

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The 2018 Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to Dr. Denis Mukwege, a Congolese gynecologist, and Nadia Murad, a Yazidi survivor of rape and captivity by ISIS, for their contributions toward combating wartime sexual assault.

The prize was announced by the Norwegian Nobel Committee in Oslo, Norway, on Friday morning. The committee praised the winners for being symbols in the fight to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict.

Mukwege has treated victims of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo for most of his adult life. He founded the Panzi Hospital, which supports survivors of sexual assault.

He practices medicine in eastern Congo, which has been called the “rape capital of the world” by U.N. officials. Nearly 50 women are raped there every hour, experts say. Mukwege has treated tens of thousands of women for rape since opening Panzi Hospital in the eastern Congo in 1999.

The hospital’s original mission was to curb maternal mortality rates. “But our first patient did not come to deliver a baby,” he said in a 2016 speech. “She had been raped with extreme violence.”

Mukwege developed a model of treatment that emphasizes both physical care and justice. The Panzi model’s five pillars are medical treatment, psychosocial therapy, socioeconomic support and training, community reintegration and legal assistance — a healing process that allows survivors to process physical, emotional and spiritual trauma.

Mukwege has received multiple threats for carrying out his work. As NPR reported in a 2016 profile of the doctor:

“In September 2012 he gave a speech decrying the horror of mass rape in Congo to the U.N. A month later, gunmen invaded his home and attempted to kill him, his wife and their two daughters. His guard intervened. During the ensuing shootout, the doctor and his family played dead. He left Congo shortly thereafter but the women of Eastern Congo sold their harvest to pay for his plane ticket home.”

“His basic principle is that justice is everyone’s business,” the committee said.

Murad herself is a victim of sexual war crimes.

She is a member of the Yazidi minority in northern Iraq and was taken captive by ISIS members who had launched an attack on her small village. She was held as a sex slave for three months before escaping from her captors. In 2016, she was named the U.N.’s first Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking.

Murad, who is in her mid-20s, has spoken extensively about her experience, despite the immense shame her culture associates with rape — many Yazidi survivors refuse to be named. As NPR has reported, health authorities administer so-called virginity tests to some Yazidi women who return from captivity. Officials say they’re voluntary and are done at the request of a victim or by the court, but some health groups call them traumatic and medically useless.

“She refused to accept the social codes that require women to remain silent and ashamed of the abuses to which they have been subjected,” the committee said.

This year, the committee wanted to send “a message of awareness that women who constitute half the population in most communities actually are used as a weapon of war,” said Berit Reiss-Andersen, chair of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, during a news conference.

Reiss-Andersen said that while wartime sexual assault and the #MeToo movement in general are significantly different, their goals share key elements: They both aim to acknowledge the abuses of women, eliminate the victim shaming and support women who speak out about their sexual assaults.

There were 331 candidates for the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize, the second-highest number of candidates ever. The peace prize is the only Nobel Prize awarded by the Norwegian Nobel Committee.

Last year’s prize was awarded to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, or ICAN, a global organization seeking to “outlaw and eliminate all nuclear weapons” under international law.

The committee praised ICAN for drawing attention to “the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons.” The world’s nuclear powers have not committed to their treaty.

This year’s Nobel Prizes in medicine, physics and chemistry were announced by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences earlier this week. The Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences will be awarded on Monday.

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Silver jewels as gifts

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Silver jewelry has always been fashionable. Given as a gift, silver ornaments can become treasured keepsakes. They also easily become talismans for their owners and are very hard to neglect. Once you decide that your gift to a loved one will be precisely a silver jewel, you will have to select it with care. Here are some factors that will influence the choice of the perfect silver jewel.

Watch out for the model. Sometimes it can be very hard to distinguish a male ring from a female one and the same goes for chains. It is unacceptable and even offensive to give a feminine jewel to a man. Consult the assistant at the jewelry shop if you are having doubts about the model. He or she will also be able to give advice on what is currently fashionable.

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If you want to make a good impression with your gift, try to remember what kinds of jewels does the person you are trying to surprise has the most of. If the lady owns hundreds of rings, then give her a silver pendant. Strive to find such a jewel that will be unique in itself. Every woman will be able to appreciate a silver pendant set with some kind of gem. Whether the gem will be a precious stone or an artificially created crystal depends on your financial abilities and the preferences of the lady. If she is an artsy woman with a poetic soul give her a pendant with a large natural stone. If the lady is fashionable and a follower of current trends, a more suitable gift for her would be a silver set of crystal earrings.

When selecting jewelry for a man do not give into the temptation to buy something extravagant and impressive. Most men are quite modest and do not want to be remembered only for their massive rings.

And last but not least, consider what occasion are you buying the gift for. If you are going to a graduation party, an anniversary or another family event, buy a silver jewelry set. In all other cases a single ring or bracelet will do.

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