The winners of Alaska’s “Name The New Ferry” contest didn’t know about it until they got a call from Gov. Bill Walker and Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott.Governor Walker and Lt. Governor Mallot congratulate ferry-naming winners via Skype (Photo courtesy of the Alaska Department of Transportation)Tuesday’s announcement revealed that one would be the Tazlina and the other the Hubbard.Download AudioMost classrooms don’t get this kind of call:“I’m Gov. Bill Walker and I’m Byron Mallott, Lt. Gov. And we have an important announcement today that we wanted to share with you. And we’re looking for a young lady named Malea Voran. Is she there?”Malea Voran was there, at the school in Port Alsworth on Lake Clark.During the Skype video call, Walker explained that her essay about the Tazlina Glacier was a winner in a statewide competition.“You did a very nice job, a very nice report,” Walker said. “And we have selected you as the recipient of one of the two names for the two ships.”All ferries are named after glaciers. In an interview with KDLG in Dillingham, the seventh-grader read the first paragraph of her essay.“The Tazlina … I will be riding on the Tazlina,” Voran said.The name means “swift river’ in Ahtna Athabaskan.The other winner is 10th grader Taylor Thompson of Eagle River, who proposed the name Hubbard. That glacier is near Yakutat, Mallott’s home town. It’s famous for advancing, often rapidly, while most other glaciers are retreating.She also got a call from the governor.“I was looking at the list of all the glaciers in Alaska and there’s a lot,” Thompson said. “That one was a really nice name. I started looking at the glacier and decided it was really nice, so I decided to write my essay about it.”That essay said the glacier, quote, “surpasses all others in its beauty and magnificence. A ferry named after it would surely do the same.”The governor said the name represents growth, and his administration is trying to grow Alaska’s economy. The lieutenant governor noted the Hubbard is the world’s largest non-polar tidewater glacier, which ties into Alaska’s size.The two essays were chosen from about 450 submitted by Alaska students.Ferry system spokesman Jeremy Woodrow was one of the judges. He said it was a hard choice.“The name was part of the consideration,” Woodrow said. “But you really had to put the best and most well-written essays forward.”He says one of the more popular names suggested was Margerie, in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve.The two new state ferries are under construction at the Vigor Alaska shipyard in Ketchikan. They’re due to be completed in 2018.They’re slated to sail Northern Lynn Canal, between Juneau, Haines and Skagway.
An icon for BirminghamThe Rotunda is an icon for the city. During World War II, the Luftwaffe devastated Birmingham, as an important industrial city.Inevitably, urban planners went wild during the post-war construction of the 1950s and 60s. Many of the buildings they put up were uninspired and, therefore, unloved.The Rotunda is an exception. Built in 1965, the 81 meter (266ft) tall round tower is one of the best examples of architecture from this period. As a result, it enjoys the second highest building protection status in the UK.The city has, however, given it a new lease of life. In 2008, it was converted from offices into apartments.Staying Cool at the RotundaUnlike some serviced apartments, checking in to the Rotunda is easy – just like a hotel. The receptionists on the ground floor are happy to share advice and give directions, as well as to deal with any problems.Staying Cool has a few different options, but we checked into the two double-bed penthouse apartment.You get an instant ‘wow’ when you step through the door into the penthouse. It’s light, airy and modern. Two ensuite bedrooms are set on either side of a living area, with a good-sized kitchen. And, most of all, every room has a panoramic view of the city from floor-to-ceiling windows.You can make the most of the view by stepping out onto the curved terrace. Make sure you grab a bottle of Prosecco or Champagne before you check in. You’ll want to sit out on the terrace and chink glasses while you watch the sunset over the city.Inside, the kitchen has a great espresso and cappuccino machine, a cooker, microwave and dishwasher. Alongside coffee pods for the machine and milk, you’ll find complimentary cereals and oranges for the juicer.The lounge area boasts a big flatscreen TV, loaded with Sky. Staying Cool also offers free fast wifi. The penthouse offers 1,100 square foot of floor space, including its terrace. So even if there are four of you staying, you’ll have plenty of room to spread out.The spectacular night-time view from the Staying Cool penthouse’s curved terrace at the Rotunda, Birmingham.Sleep wellBoth bedrooms are the same size. A combination of blackout curtains, king-sized beds and soft pillows will ensure you enjoy a great sleep.Again, both rooms enjoy generous-sized bathrooms, with powerful showers, aromatherapy spa products and big, fluffy towels. The Staying Cool penthouse in the Rotunda, Birmingham, is the most central place you can stay in the city. And it’s probably one of the most fun too.Birmingham, in the West Midlands of England, is not on most tourist itineraries of the UK. But it boasts a busy Gay Village, a thriving student population and great shopping. Is this the most relaxing weekend break yet invented? GAYSTARNEWS- eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) VisitBritain celebrating UK Government’s largest participation in Pride activities in the AmericasMexico’s premier LGBT destination to host major LGBT events in 2016 and 2017LGBT International Acronym Adds a +Read the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/stay-in-the-stunning-penthouse-in-birminghams-iconic-rotunda-tower/ In the morning, you can order an organic, free-range breakfast. But equally, many of the city’s best cafés and restaurants are on your doorstep.Around the RotundaThe Rotunda is easy to find. It’s sandwiched between New Street, the city’s main train station, and The Bullring, it’s top shopping mall.You can enjoy browsing the shops in The Bullring, including the leading fashion chains and a branch of Selfridges. You are also walking distance to The Mailbox, which has a branch of Harvey Nichols and boutique shops.Beyond The Mailbox, you can take a pleasant walk along the canal, to the Gas Street Basin. This is one of the gems of British Industrial Revolution infrastructure. What was once a dirty but buzzing hub of the freight business is now a pleasant marina, with brightly painted narrowboats.Meanwhile, in the Jewellery Quarter, you’ll still find the city’s famous artisans bringing bling into our lives. English Heritage rates the unique, charming district as a ‘national treasure’. And it’s still home to 800 businesses.Birmingham’s LGBTI area, around Hurst Street, offers a friendly and fun night out. It’s also the heart of one of the UK’s best Pride events, Birmingham Pride (Gay Star News is a partner of the event).While you are on Hurst Street, take a look at the National Trust’s ‘back-to-back’ houses. You can book a tour in advance, and learn about the bleak lives of Birmingham’s citizens as the city boomed during the Industrial Revolution. Afterwards, visit the traditional sweet shop, to remind yourself the past had its good side too.Meanwhile, if you love art, you must not miss the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. Its famous for the largest public collection of pre-Raphaelite paintings in the world, and many more treasures.Stay like a VIP in BirminghamYou can find out more about the Staying Cool penthouse and other serviced apartments at the Rotunda, Birmingham here.Also on Gay Star NewsHere are 19 beautiful pictures of Birmingham Pride Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Naked rowers to open gay sports center in Birmingham