Los Alamos County Council Pays Tribute To Retiring Atomic City Tours Owner Georgia Strickfaden

first_imgAt the Council meeting Tuesday, retiring Atomic City Tours owner Georgia Strickfaden, center, holds a proclamation that designated Wednesday as Georgia Strickfaden Day. Joining Strickfaden, from left, County Marketing Specialist Kelly Stewart, Chamber Director Ryn Herrmann, Assistant to the County Manager Linda Matteson, Lemonade Living founder Melissa Arias and Councilor Pete Sheehey. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com By KIRSTEN LASKEYLos Alamos Daily Post kirsten@ladailypost.comAfter 35 years of sharing Los Alamos history, stories and sites with visitors, Atomic City Tours owner Georgia Strickfaden has decided to retire.The fact that her canary-yellow tour bus will no longer be spotted around town has caught the entire County’s attention. Los Alamos County Council paid its respects to Strickfaden Tuesday night by declaring Wednesday, Jan. 8, Georgia Strickfaden Day.The proclamation states:The County Council wishes to acknowledge the valuable contributions of Georgia Strickfaden for three decades of service to our community; and Georgia has been “the driver” for almost 35 years for Atomic City Tours, offering riders exclusive insights and entertaining stories about the history of Los Alamos … and Georgia’s enthusiasm to share with others the history, location and people of Los Alamos shines through in all that she does – she has cultivated a deep knowledge about the rich history of Northern New Mexico and been a valuable resource for history docents throughout the State … we are so proud that Georgia was recognized and honored by the New Mexico Hospitality Association as “New Mexico Tourism Professional of the Year” in 2016 – it is a testimony to her passion and commitment … now that Georgia has decided to finally step down from her familiar yellow van and enjoy a well-served retirement, it is fitting for our community to recognize the thousands of hours that Georgia has spent helping both visitors and locals “Discover Los Alamos”….Strickfaden told Council that it was humbling to be recognized as an individual business by the County, adding, “It has been a really good ride; it has been neat to have tourism come to forefront.”Showing off Los Alamos has been something Strickfaden has done even before starting her touring company in 1985. She said she worked as a casual public liaison for Los Alamos National Laboratory. Strickfaden explained that in that role she gave tours of the town to perspective LANL employees.In providing tours to Lab employees as well as working as a docent at the Los Alamos History Museum, Strickfaden said she saw first-hand that newcomers and visitors didn’t know that much about Los Alamos.Strickfaden said people would come to the history museum asking, “Where is Los Alamos?” This, she said, made her want to drive them around the County and show them.As a result, Strickfaden founded Buffalo Tours, which eventally became Atomic City Tours.“My original dream was to do tours in Los Alamos, White Rock, Bandelier … I had to sell Los Alamos to a larger market,” she said.This was no easy task because at the time, Strickfaden pointed out that tour companies were not only rare in Los Alamos but outside of the County, too. She said there was only one touring company in Santa Fe.So, she said she had to develop an expertise outside of Los Alamos. Strickfaden read newspapers, history books and biographies.“My intent was to get people to Los Alamos,” Strickfaden said.When the Bradbury Science Museum moved to its current location, that helped Strickfaden with her business goal.“There was my market,” she said.Another positive factor was Strickfaden’s former business partner, Lucy Wallace. Strickfaden said Wallace was a “big asset”, in fact, Strickfaden said her long-range plan was for Wallace to take over the business. However, Wallace had to move out of state due to family obligations.Additionally, Strickfaden said with the Manhattan National Historical Park established, more people are finding their way to Los Alamos’ historic areas including the history museum and Fuller Lodge. The local tourism industry also received a boost when the County implemented a tourism strategic plan.There is still work to be done, Strickfaden said.“I’m really pleased Los Alamos finally recognizes we have tourism … but we’ve got to get more lodging,” she said.Strickfaden said she is slowly retiring. Her business is up for sale and she offers some advice to the next owner.“I have learned that I need to stick with it … you really have to put a lot of time and effort in it,” she said.There have been many rewards with owning a local tour company. Strickfaden said she is happy when she gets visitors to go up the street and experience more of Los Alamos than just the Bradbury Science Museum.She added one of her favorite spots to take visitors is past the ice rink, on the road toward the ski hill. The views there are spectacular, Strickfaden said.Plus, “I’ve gotten to meet an awful lot of really neat people,” she said, noting everyone from celebrities to Nobel laureates have taken her tours. This includes Dr. George Raines, whose father, Fred Reines won a Nobel Prize; as well as Neils Bohr’s great-granddaughter, Barbara Bohr from Denmark. Additionally, Robert “Christy Pit” Christy and his family have taken Atomic City Tours along with Krik Krikorian’s family and friends.It also helps that Los Alamos is a great community with a lot of people who are active in helping it thrive, she said.“Los Alamos is a really good place to run a business,” Strickfaden said. “We have such a dynamic group of people running things.” Although Strickfaden is stepping away from her business, her work in promoting tourism and history in Los Alamos is not stopping. She said she hopes to develop a reference for self-guided tours as well as a reference for planning hikes, using Atomic City Transit. 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Dead ‘Baby’ Shark Found In Southampton

first_imgA deceased, juvenile female great white shark washed up on Cryder Beach in Southampton.The fully intact juvenile — though some may consider it a baby because of its size — was 6.9 feet in length and weighed about 175 pounds. Great whites are born at about four feet long.While unfortunate, of course, the find was beneficial to Greg Metzger, a marine biologist and Southampton High School teacher who founded the South Fork Natural History Museum’s Shark Research and Education Program.“The scientific shark community has very few opportunities to perform necropsies on white sharks as we just don’t get many. Most, in my limited experience, have been very decomposed. This one was almost pristine,” he said, noting the internal organs are in excellent condition so scientists studying them can get “an excellent idea of what a live one may look like. This was a very significant individual for the understanding of white shark’s biology.”Whenever he is alerted to a shark on the beach, he is in touch with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration.A pathologist conducted a necropsy. Metzger said as of now there is no indication why it died.His work has focused on this age class of shark for the last five years.“We have confirmed that Long Island is a nursery for white sharks,” Metzger said. “So, these little ones are found in our waters based on our research from mid-April to the end of October.”Parts of the shark are being used for his education program, and Metzger shipped samples to scientists elsewhere for analysis.taylor@indyeastend.com Sharelast_img read more

Eurobahn retains Hellweg-Netz contract

first_imgGERMANY: Following an international tender, the Westfalen-Lippe and Rhein-Ruhr transport authorities announced on October 5 that they had selected incumbent Keolis subsidiary Eurobahn for the next contract to operate Hellweg-Netz passenger services. The final award of the contract is subject to the 10-day regulatory standstill period. The contract would run for 12 years from the December 2018 timetable change, and cover the operation of 5·9 million train-km/year on four routes:RB 50 Der Lüner: Münster – Dortmund;RB 59 Hellweg-Bahn: Dortmund – Soest;RB 69 Ems-Börde-Bahn: Münster – Hamm – Bielefeld;RB 89 Ems-Börde-Bahn: Münster – Hamm – Paderborn – Warburg. The new contract will require an increase in seating capacity at peak times, and 50% of trains before 19.00 and all trains after 19.00 to have onboard staff, compared to the current 40% throughout the day.last_img read more

5G+8K/4K/VR technologies to dazzle the 2020 Spring Festival Gala

first_imgA launch ceremony showcasing the innovative application of 5G+8K/4K/VR technologies to be used at China Media Group (CMG)’s 2020 Spring Festival Gala was held at the Beijing Media Center. CMG President Shen Haixiong attended the ceremony.The gala’s main venue and sub-venues have been fully covered by 5G networks. CMG will adopt 5G+8K technology to realize multi-camera shooting and produce an 8K gala.Moreover, a virtual network interactive system (VNIS) will be used for the first time at the gala, showcasing a new viewing experience.CMG has actively promoted innovative applications like 5G, 4K/8K, VR and AI, and will employ innovative audio-visual technology during the gala to bring new experiences for its viewers.Following the launch of “5G+8K/4K/VR” technology for the Spring Festival Gala, related A-share listed companies soared on the same day.The Spring Festival Gala will be held on Lunar New Year’s Eve, January 24, 2020.Related Spring Festival Gala: A backstage visit to world’s most watched TV event Kenya’s SGR employees in Beijing for the Spring Festival Galacenter_img Kenya’s First Chinese Spring Festival Gala kicks off in Nairobilast_img read more

United Kingdom help for Caribbean countries

first_img Tweet Sharing is caring! Share NewsRegional United Kingdom help for Caribbean countries by: – June 21, 2014 Sharecenter_img Share 25 Views   no discussions Caribbean and UK delegates at the ForumGEORGETOWN, Guyana, Jun 21, CMC – The United Kingdom (UK) says it will provide technical assistance to the Caribbean as it seeks to develop its energy sector.London said it would it would also work with the Inter American Development Bank (IDB) on options for “catalyzing a regional gas market” as Caribbean governments continue to explore the potential for natural gas as well as other forms of sustainable energy as an alternative to fuel oil imports.The UK said it would also “share its experience of managing complex renewable energy systems through a private sector-led knowledge-sharing mechanism on smart grids, distributed generation and holistic energy management systems.“The UK will work with regional regulators and utilities to progress dialogue on utility reform and models for electricity provision which respond to the challenge of diversifying and securing energy supply whilst maintaining viable electricity companies,” according to a joint statement following the Eighth UK-Caribbean Forum held in London earlier this week.The Guyana-based Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat late Friday released the joint statement, which noted that the Forum enabled UK and Caribbean governments, public, private and donor experts to share knowledge, experience and best practice in the development of sustainable energy solutions.“We reaffirmed our commitment to diversifying our energy sources and minimising energy waste to ensure a more sustainable and secure energy future”.“We recognised that upgrading existing generation plants from oil to natural gas and other forms of alternative forms of energy has the potential to reduce energy prices and carbon emissions.”Caribbean Media Corporationlast_img read more

T&T Senate passes legislation to raise legal age of marriage to 18

first_imgNewsRegional T&T Senate passes legislation to raise legal age of marriage to 18 by: Caribbean Media Corporation – January 18, 2017 Share Share 90 Views   no discussions Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! Tweet PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) — The Trinidad and Tobago Senate late Tuesday night approved the amendment to the Marriage Bill, raising the legal age of marriage to 18, but without the support of Opposition legislators and at least one Independent Senator.Leader of the Opposition Business in the Senate, Wade Mark, had earlier during the debate supported the raising of the age of marriage to 18 years.However, he said, the main Opposition United National Congress (UNC) was also suggesting there be an exception for children between 16 and 18 years, in circumstances where there is parental and judicial consent, where legal aid is provided and where the child is involved in the decision.Mark had also suggested that the Miscellaneous Provisions (Marriage) Bill 2016 be sent to a joint select committee of Parliament so as to allow civil society groups and religious bodies a further opportunity to express their views on amendments to the legislation.Mark said the Opposition party also had concerns with the TT$50,000 (US$8,000) fine and seven-year imprisonment proposed in the Bill, as it was found to be “draconian, oppressive and excessive”.Clause 27 (b) of the Bill states that a person who wilfully and knowingly solemnise the marriage of a person who is under the age of 18, commits an offence and is liable on conviction and indictment to a fine of TT$50,000 and imprisonment of seven years.Mark, a former speaker of the Parliament, called on the Keith Rowley Government to provide the Children’s Authority with resources to protect children from statutory rape.“So let me make it clear that the UNC, as it relates to contract marriage, is committed to what the Attorney General put in the legislation as 18 years and over…but we have an exception with the consent of the parents, judge, the involvement of the child and with the provision of legal aid if they do not have the means”.But in her contribution to the debate Labour Minister Jennifer Baptiste-Primus said she would not wish for her grandchildren to be married at the age of 12.“I want them to have a future and getting married at such a young age cuts their future, brings it to an abrupt end,” she said, questioning the calls made by religious leaders for the laws to remain the same.“I have observed that most of the people who are requesting that the law not be amended and that legal rape remain in place, they have all been men. Where are the women from these organisations? Or is it that these organisations do not have women? It is only the men that are the talking point. That must be of concern to all of us,” she said.“Hardback men in this society, Madam President, with 12-year-old girls. One shudders,” she said.She criticised Mark for being influenced by “public pressure” and making it seem that the UNC had always supported the increased marriage age when they are using temporary senators to provide an opposing view.She said child marriage is an imposition that affects more girls than boys and the records show that child marriages are organised in many instances as a result of wanting to emerge from poverty by selling the child for a price.“Madam President, this is serious business, how long can we continue to tolerate our very young children being lost and never found?” she asked.Prior to the vote, Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi said that a simple majority was now needed to pass the legislation. Mark and other opposition legislators abstained, so too, Dr Dhanayshar Mahabir, an Independent Senator and a lecturer at the University of the West Indies (UWI).last_img read more

Norwegian Airlines Bebaskan Awak Kabin untuk Berdandan Seadanya

first_imgShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedApa Saja yang Dilakukan Awak Kabin Ketika Tengah Beristirahat?27/12/2019In “Domestik”Mau Jadi Awak Kabin Singapore Airlines? Cek Dulu Pelatihan dan Syarat-Syaratnya Berikut Ini!24/12/2018In “Featured”Tak Suka Disebut Pramugari, Awak Kabin Tingkatkan Kinerja20/06/2017In “Domestik” Deretan Awak Kabin Norwegian Airlines. Sumber: Paddle Your Own Kanoo Jika selama ini Anda kerap melihat awak kabin maskapai berbalut polesan make-up yang cukup tebal, dan sepatu hak tinggi, maka lain halnya dengan awak kabin dari Norwegian Airlines. Ya, maskapai terbesar di Norwegia ini ternyata tidak terlalu menuntut para awak kabinnya untuk menggunakan sepatu hak tinggi ketika tengah bertugas.Baca Juga: Inilah 14 Tugas Awak Kabin Pesawat Yang Jarang DiketahuiSebagaimana yang dilansir KabarPenumpang.com dari laman simpleflying.com (4/5/2019), kebebasan yang coba diterapkan oleh Norwegian Airlines terhadap awak kabinnya ini merupakan salah satu wujud untuk menghargai usaha yang telah mereka lakukan dan ternyata merujuk kepada pernyataan salah satu dokter yang menyebutkan bahwa penggunaan sepatu hak pendek dinilai lebih sehat ketimbang sepatu hak tinggi. Bagi awak kabin perempuan (pramugari), mereka diperkenankan untuk menggunakan make-up seadanya saja – riasan mata, foundation tipis, dan pelembab kulit. Sementara awak kabin yang berjenis kelamin pria (pramugara) tidak diperkenankan untuk menggunakan make-up dalam bentuk apapun. Sudah barang tentu, para awak kabin ini akan berdandan semaksimal mungkin, dengan perlengkapan seadanya. Bukankah mereka juga akan tetap ingin terlihat sempurna di depan ratusan penumpang kendati hanya menggunakan make-up tipis saja?“Kami selalu memperbolehkan awak kabin kami untuk mengenakan flat shoes ketika tengah bekerja – setidaknya dua centimeter yang ditujukan untuk keselamatan dan kenyamanan mereka selama bertugas,” ujar Director of Communication Norwegian Airlines, Anders Lindström.“Tidak hanya sebatas membebaskan awak kabin kami untuk berdandan seadanya, tapi kami juga terus berusaha untuk berkomunikasi dengan mereka perihal seragam yang mereka kenakan, apakah sudah cocok dengan pedoman atau belum,” lanjutnya.Baca Juga: Adakah Yang Berbeda Antara Pramugari dan Awak Kabin?Memang, kedengarannya ini seperti tidak ada aturan baku mengenai cara berdandan bagi awak kabin Norwegian Airlines, namun ternyata ini berdampak pada kepercayaan diri mereka untuk mengekspresikan apa yang mereka rasakan.“Tidak hanya pedoman baru ini menawarkan tingkat kenyamanan yang bertambah, mereka juga memberi tim kami lebih banyak pilihan tentang bagaimana mereka ingin mengekspresikan diri di tempat kerja,” lanjut Anders.last_img read more

Mayweather becomes highest-paid athlete with $275m a night

first_imgHis nickname is “Money” so it comes as no surprise that Floyd Mayweather has topped the Forbes annual list of the world’s 100 highest-paid athletes.The retired American boxer has taken top spot on the Forbessports rich list for the fourth time in seven years. Footballers Lionel Messi of Barcelona and Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo came second and third respectively.Mayweather earned  $275m  from his fight against UFC star Conor McGregor in  August and supplemented his annual income with $10m  in endorsements, Forbes reports.Second-placed Messi made $111m  thanks to his $84m  in salary and winnings and endorsements worth $27m.His rival Ronaldo, who was top of the list the two previous years, drops to third with $108m. The Real Madrid star earned  $61m  in salary and winnings and made $47m in endorsements.Mixed-martial arts and UFC star McGregor is fourth on the list and is joined in the top 10 by Brazil footballer Neymar, basketball players LeBron James and Steph Curry, tennis ace Roger Federer and NFL quarterbacks Matt Ryan and Matthew Stafford.Forbes’s sporting rich list is created after calculating an athlete’s earnings from prize money, salaries and bonuses in the year to June 1, 2018.The Forbes data reveals that the 100 highest-paid athletes earned a collective $3.8bn  during the past 12 months – that’s a 23 per cent  increase from the previous year.In the top 100 list, the NFL had 18 athletes, 14 were baseball players and nine were footballers. Five golfers, four boxers and four tennis players also made the list.last_img read more

Ishikawa fires career-low 66

first_imgGOTEMBA, Shizuoka Pref. (Kyodo) Teenage golf star Ryo Ishikawa bounced back from a missed cut to shoot the lowest round of his professional career and take the lead after the opening round of the Mitsui Sumitomo Visa Taiheiyo Masters on Thursday.Ishikawa had an eagle, six birdies and two bogeys in firing a 66 in benign conditions at Taiheiyo Club’s Gotemba Course, leaving Shingo Katayama and Yasuharu Imano one stroke behind. S.K. Ho, winner of last week’s Championship by Lexus, shot a 68 while U.S. Masters champion Trevor Immelman opened with a 69 and U.S. PGA player Ryuji Imada had a 71. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMESlast_img read more