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Two Countries: Readings And Conversations About The Immigrant Experience Jan. 27

on January 22, 2018 - 10:22am
Jane Lin
 
LIBRARY News:
 
The public is invited to readings and discussion about the immigrant experience, 2-4 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 27 in Mesa Public Library’s Upstairs Rotunda.
 
The readings will feature Los Alamos poet Jane Lin and Santa Fe poet Lauren Camp, both of whose work is anthologized in the new book “Two-Countries - US Daughters & Sons of Immigrant Parents,” edited by Tina Schumann. Following the readings by the two featured poets, there will be an open mike session where people will be invited to read their own short writing about immigration.
 
Jane Lin is the author

Nearly Half World’s Busiest Airports Now Smoke Free

on January 22, 2018 - 5:36am

CIC News:

Among the 50 busiest airports in the world, 23 have smoke-free indoor policies. This means air travelers and employees at 46 percent of the world’s busiest airports are protected from exposure to secondhand smoke. The other 27 busiest airports allow smoking in designated or ventilated indoor areas.

The report published in today’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s first assessment of smoke-free policies in the world’s airports. More than 2.7 billion passengers annually pass through the airports included in the study.

Jewish Council For Public Affairs Joins Forces With Dreamers, Latino Organizations, And Jewish Activists For Passage Of Dream Act

on January 21, 2018 - 7:10am
Courtesy photo
 
POLITICAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA), on behalf of a broad coalition of 25 national Jewish organizations, sent a letter Thursday urging Congress to ensure that a clean Dream Act was included in the must-pass spending bill that Congress.
 
This latest action comes as part of a week of critical advocacy surrounding the Dream Act, in which JCPA is playing a leading role.

JCPA’s Tammy Gilden spoke at an historic Latino-Jewish press conference on Capitol Hill with 140 Dreamers, joined by organized the Rep.

Morocco: Beacon Of Hope For Christianity In Middle East

on January 21, 2018 - 6:56am
The Franciscan Church in Essaouira, Morocco was once a lively center of faith and community. Today, it is crumbling and not accessible to the public. Courtesy/High Atlas Foundation 
 
By RICHARD BONE
High Atlas Foundation
 
Throughout history, Christianity has played a central role in the Middle East and North Africa. Distinct sites from both the ancient and modern times demonstrate Christianity’s unique and vast place in the region. Tragically, Christianity’s cultural and contemporary position in the region is persistently under attack.  
 
According to the World Watchlist Report (2017), the

Communication Seven: Vulnerabilities Stemming From Electronic Communication

on January 20, 2018 - 4:50am

SONYIA WILLIAMS Los Alamos World
Futures Institute
Student Intern

Throughout this series of articles, we have explored the new efficiency of translation through the use of mechanical translators and how they have changed the world of translation. We also analyzed the growing use of electronic communication.

Electronic communication has allowed individuals to communicate throughout their community, throughout their state, throughout their country, and even throughout the world with the click of a few buttons.

NNSA Collaborates With Global Healthcare Company To Complete Conversion Of Mo-99 Production To LEU-Based Process

on January 19, 2018 - 7:35am
NNSA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) Wednesday announced that Curium, a global healthcare company, has completed the conversion of its molybdenum-99 (Mo-99) production process from highly enriched uranium (HEU) to low-enriched uranium (LEU).
 
This conversion to LEU represents a key milestone in the global effort to end the use of HEU in Mo-99 production. Mo-99 is the most widely used medical radioisotope for nuclear imaging and is used in approximately 40,000 patient procedures daily in the United States.
 

Wedding Announcement: Pienaar – Altherr

on January 18, 2018 - 10:35am

Heather Altherr and Jacques Pienaar were married Dec. 30, 2017 at the historic Northwards Mansion in Johannesburg, South Africa. The bride is the daughter of Michael and Michele Altherr of Los Alamos. The groom is the son of Alwyn and Elsabe Pienaar of Hartbeespoort, South Africa. The wedding was officiated by Reverend Werner Venter in both Afrikaans and English. The couple’s friend Kasia Kugay performed the song for the ceremony, ‘Wildflowers’ by Tom Petty and the mother of the bride read a passage from Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis de Bernières.

Los Alamos To Host National Swim Teams

on January 18, 2018 - 10:15am

Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center at 2760 Canyon Road. Courtesy/Los Alamos County

 

By RJ Montaño
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
Swimmers from the Meiji University out of Tokyo, Japan will host their training camp at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center in Los Alamos. Wendy Lott of the Aquatic Center said the athletes are preparing to qualify for the Japanese Swimming Federation National Team to participate in competitions leading up to the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.
 
The dates are not confirmed, Lott said, but they are tentatively set for late February to early March

Daily Post Reporter Spots Humpback Whales

on January 18, 2018 - 6:57am

On the final day of her vacation Monday in Antarctica, Los Alamos Daily Post reporter Kirsten Laskey photographs a citizen science data collection activity she took part in at Dallmann Bay. The team collected samples of phytoplankton, which are the organisms that krill feed on. The study is looking at whether climate change has any effect on phytoplankton populations. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Three humpback whales are spotted Monday morning while in route to Port Lockroy in Antarctica. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Attorney General Hector Balderas Sues To Stop Illegal Rollback Of Net Neutrality

on January 16, 2018 - 1:56pm

Attorney General Hector Balderas

From the Office of the Attorney General

SANTA FE Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas joined a coalition of 22 Attorneys General in filing a multistate lawsuit to block the Federal Communications Commission’s illegal rollback of net neutrality. The coalition filed a petition for review in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, formally commencing the lawsuit against the FCC and the federal government.

“Today we are taking aggressive legal action to stop the illegal rollback of net neutrality protections because New Mexico already struggles to

Heinrich Raises Serious Concerns Over Reports Of Preemptive ‘Bloody Nose’ Strategy Against North Korea

on January 16, 2018 - 5:36am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, sent a letter to Secretary of Defense James Mattis expressing his deep concerns regarding reports that the Administration is considering a “bloody nose” strategy against North Korea in which the United States would conduct a preemptive, targeted military strike.
 
“As a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, I understand the importance of keeping all options on the table, including military options, in terms of negotiations and

Sig Hecker Appears On 60 Minutes Tonight

on January 14, 2018 - 6:22am

Former LANL Director Dr. Sig Hecker

COMMUNITY News:

Former Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Dr. Sig Hecker is scheduled to appear in an interview on 60 Minutes at 7 p.m., ET/PT today, Jan. 14.

Hecker has visited North Korea seven times and will discuss his perception of the county's nuclear program.

Daily Post Reporter Spots Giant Elephant Seals

on January 14, 2018 - 6:14am

Giant elephant seals spotted Friday on Jenny Island in Antarctica by Los Alamos Daily Post reporter Kirsten Laskey who is vacationing in the area. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Giant elephant seals. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Mountaineers: A Month In South Africa: Climbing, Cuisine, Culture, More Climbing And Critters Jan. 23

on January 12, 2018 - 8:10am
Sarah Gustafson of Los Alamos climbing at Waterfall Boven in South Africa. Courtesy/Los Alamos Mountaineers
 
MOUNTAINEER News:
 
The Los Alamos Mountaineers monthly program features a talk by Los Alamos residents Sarah and John Gustafson describing their trip to South Africa in August 2017, including climbing at Waterfall Boven, consorting with penguins, cruising for lions, contemplating South African culture, and consuming exquisite cuisine.

The meeting is Tuesday. Jan. 23 in the planetarium at the Los Alamos Nature Center on Canyon Road.

Los Alamos Daily Post Reporter Kirsten Laskey Tours Neko Harbor In Antarctica

on January 12, 2018 - 7:08am
During her vacation Thursday in Antarctica, Los Alamos Daily Post reporter Kirsten Laskey takes a tour of Neko Harbor, an inlet of the Antarctic Peninsula on Andvord Bay. Photo by Ray Laskey

Communication Six: Identity Theft

on January 12, 2018 - 6:46am
SONYIA WILLIAMS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute
Student Intern

Unauthorized access to information is one problem that arises with the expansion of electronic communication, but what other vulnerabilities arise from this modern form of information transfer? As well as hacking and other methods of obtaining information impermissibly, identity theft allows an individual to communicate as another person extremely detrimentally.

When a stolen identity is used to apply for additional lines of credit, the victim can spend years trying to resolve bad debt run up by thieves in their names.

Some

AGU: Study Finds First Direct Proof Of Ozone Hole Recovery Due To Chemicals Ban

on January 12, 2018 - 6:30am
A view of Earth’s atmosphere from space. A new study finds that levels of ozone-destroying chlorine are declining, resulting in less ozone depletion. Courtesy/NASA
 
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON D.C. — For the first time, scientists have shown through direct satellite observations of the ozone hole that levels of ozone-destroying chlorine are declining, resulting in less ozone depletion.
 
new study in Geophysical Research Letters, a journal of the American Geophysical Union, shows the decline in chlorine, resulting from an international ban on chlorine-containing manmade chemicals called

RSF: China Among Worst Free Speech Predators

on January 12, 2018 - 6:27am
RSF News:
 
As the Chinese government tries to project the image of a modern, powerful nation with a great future for French President Emmanuel Macron’s visit, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) points out that China is one of the world’s worst countries as regards respect for the freedom to inform.
 
President Xi Jinping is receiving Macron with great fanfare, and hopes that little attention will be paid to the delicate issue of the systematic human rights violations on which his rule is based. RSF nonetheless reminds all concerned that China is ranked very near the bottom of the RSF World

Watoto Children's Choir In Los Alamos Feb. 15

on January 11, 2018 - 7:29am

Members of the Watoto Children’s Choir perform Feb. 15 in Los Alamos. Courtesy photo
 
Members of the Watoto Children’s Choir. Courtesy photo
 
WCQ News:
 
The Watoto Children’s Choir, a group of 18 orphans from Uganda, will continue its six-month U.S. tour in the Los Alamos area Thursday, Feb. 15, featuring a brand new concert, Signs & Wonders.
 
The production will be presented at 7 p.m. at Crossroads Bible Church at 97 East Road.
 
The concert will feature worship songs that share the stories of the children and the joy that they have because of God’s love.

Culture On Tap: Celebrate Diversity Week Jan. 16

on January 10, 2018 - 5:59pm

Los Alamos Creative District News: 

 

One Los Alamos invites the community to celebrate Diversity Week in Los Alamos with a special Culture On Tap at 5:30 p.m., Jan. 16 at UnQuarked, 145 Central Park Square.

 

Special speakers Jim Nesmith, a former immigration officer and Stephanie Sydoriak, a Los Alamos living treasure and author of the memoir “An Ocean Between,” a memoir portraying the story of her family as they emigrated from Ukraine to the United States, will share their thoughts and experiences about our community.

 

UnQuarked will offer a special menu of international small

Scene From Half Moon Bay In Shetland Islands

on January 10, 2018 - 2:34pm
Los Alamos Daily Post reporter Kirsten Laskey is visiting Half Moon Bay today in the Shetland Islands and checking out a rookery of chinstrap penguins during her vacation in Antarctica. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos Daily Post Reporter Tours Antarctica

on January 9, 2018 - 10:39am

Los Alamos Daily Post reporter Kirsten Laskey boarded a National Geographic cruise ship this morning in Ushuaia, Argentina to head out for a three-week vacation in Antarctica. With nearly 24 hours of daylight at this time of year, she will have ample opportunity to explore the Antarctic Peninsula and surrounding islands. Courtesy photo

Latino Victory Slams Administration’s Decision To End TPS For Salvadorans

on January 9, 2018 - 10:03am
LVP News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Latino Victory Project Monday slammed the Trump Administration’s decision to end temporary protected status (TPS) for nearly 200,000 Salvadorans. El Salvador was designated for TPS after three earthquakes devastated the country in 2001, killing over 1000 people and injuring thousands more. Today, El Salvador remains in crisis, with one of the highest homicide rates in the world.
 
 “This dangerous decision showcases the dearth of humanity at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. President Trump is forcing hundreds of thousands of hard-working taxpayers to choose between

Santa Fe Community College Continuing Education Department Trip To Greece

on January 9, 2018 - 8:31am
SFCC News:
 
Greece with a Difference! Sign Up for this Continuing Education Adventure. Have you always wanted to see the Acropolis? Learn about the oracle of Delphi? Spend a few days on a Greek island?
 
You can do these and lots more through a Santa Fe Community College Continuing Education trip. This budget-friendly tour May 5 through 19 includes breakfast and either lunch or dinner each day, entrance fees, all ground and ferry transportation and lodging.
 
Information Sessions
  • 5:30-7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 11, Room 408, Santa Fe Community College, 6401 Richards Avenue
  • 5:30-7 p.m.,

Los Alamos History Museum Presents Nobel Heroes Portraits By Peter Badge Jan. 12 To April 27

on January 8, 2018 - 2:50pm

David J. Thouless received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2016 for theoretical discoveries of topological phase transitions and topological phases of matter. c: Peter Badge/Typos1 in cop. with the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings - all rights reserved 2018

Rita Levi-Montalcini (1909 - 2012), received the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 1986 for her work on nerve growth factor. c: Peter Badge/Typos1 in cop. with the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings - all rights reserved 2018

Los Alamos History Museum News:

The Los Alamos History Museum is presenting Nobel Heroes Portraits by Peter

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