Monday, March 31, 2014

White House Schedule - March 31, 2014

President Barack Obama talks on the phone with President Vladimir Putin of Russia while in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, March 28, 2014. With the President are Secretary of State John Kerry, left, and National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

In the morning, the President will receive the Presidential Daily Briefing, and later in the morning the President will meet with senior advisors.
10:30 AM
The President receives the Presidential Daily Briefing
Oval Office
11:15 AM
The President meets with senior advisors
Oval Office
1:15 PM
Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney


Atlantic Canada 7 Day Forecast

Rainfall warning in effect
Winter storm warning in effect.

Today, 31 March
Rain at times heavy changing to freezing rain this afternoon. Risk of freezing rain near noon. Rainfall amount 15 mm. Wind northeast 30 km/h gusting to 50. Temperature falling to minus 3 this afternoon.
Tonight, 31 March
Freezing rain changing to ice pellets this evening then to periods of snow and blowing snow near midnight. Snow and ice pellet amount 2 to 4 cm. Wind northeast 40 km/h gusting to 60. Low minus 4.

Tuesday, 1 April
Periods of snow and blowing snow. Amount 10 cm. Wind north 50 km/h gusting to 70 diminishing to 30 gusting to 50 in the evening. High minus 2.

Wednesday, 2 April
A mix of sun and cloud with 40 percent chance of flurries. Low minus 2. High plus 2.

Thursday, 3 April
Cloudy. Low minus 6. High plus 4.

Friday, 4 April
Cloudy. Low minus 3. High plus 5.

Saturday, 5 April
A mix of sun and cloud with 40 percent chance of showers. Low minus 6. High plus 2.

Sunday, 6 April
Flurries or rain showers. Low minus 3. High plus 3.


"Camden Windjammer Festival" The Maine Windjammer Project

"Camden Windjammer Festival" by Doug Mills
Angelique, Lewis R. French and Mary Day moored in camden for the Camden Windjammer Festival. [09-01-2012]



Saturday, March 29, 2014

"Windjammer" The Maine Windjammer Project

"Windjammer" by Doug Mills
The 1871 windjammer Stephen Taber in the outer harbor of Camden, Maine.[06-17-2011]



Friday, March 28, 2014

Search operation for Malaysia Airlines aircraft: Update 25


 Five aircraft spotted multiple objects of various colours during Friday’s search for the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370.

Search activities have now concluded. A total of 256,000 square kilometres was searched.

Photographic imagery of the objects was captured and will be assessed overnight.

The objects cannot be verified or discounted as being from MH370 until they are relocated and recovered by ships.

A Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) P3 Orion reported sighting a number of objects white or light in colour and a fishing buoy.

A Royal Australian Air Force P3 Orion relocated the objects detected by the RNZAF Orion and reported it had seen two blue/grey rectangular objects floating in the ocean.

A second RAAF P3 Orion spotted various objects of various colours in a separate part of the search area about 546 kilometres away.

A total of ten planes were tasked by AMSA in today’s search and all have now departed the search area.

AMSA has tasked Chinese Maritime Administration patrol ship, Haixun 01, which is in the search area and will be in a position to relocate the objects on Saturday.

Friday’s search area was shifted north after international air crash investigators in Malaysia provided the latest credible lead available to AMSA.

This was on the advice of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB).

Weather conditions in the area are expected to be reasonable for searching on Saturday.



"Camden Fog" The Maine Windjammer Project

"Camden Fog" by Doug Mills
Mary Day at her winter birth in Camden harbor. [10-27-2008]



Thursday, March 27, 2014

Search and recovery operation for Malaysia Airlines aircraft: Update 21



*All times are expressed in Australian Eastern Daylight Saving Time (AEDT). Please note all times are approximate.

Today’s search and recovery operation in the Australian Search and Rescue Region for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 is now underway.

Search activities today will involve a total of 11 aircraft and five ships.

Today’s search is split into two areas within the same proximity covering a cumulative 78,000 square kilometres.

Two Royal Australian Air Force AP-3C Orions, a Chinese Ilyushin IL-76, a Japanese Gulfstream jet, a US Navy P-8 Poseidon and a Japanese P-3 Orion will fly sorties throughout the day.

The first aircraft to leave Perth for the search area was the Chinese Ilyushin IL-76 aircraft around 8am.

The two RAAF AP-3C Orions are scheduled to depart before midday.

Five civil aircraft are scheduled to depart between 9.30am and 11am. A total of 34 SES volunteers will again be air observers on board the civil aircraft.

A Japan Coast Guard ultra-long range jet will depart at around 2pm.

A US Navy P8 Poseidon is scheduled to depart around 4pm.

A Japanese P3 Orion is scheduled to depart around 5pm.

HMAS Success remains in the search area about 2500 kilometres south-west of Perth and was joined by four Chinese ships – Xue Long, Kunlunshan, Haikou and Qiandaohu – in the search area.

Weather in the search area is expected to deteriorate later today.




"A Good Day For A Sail" The Maine Windjammer Project

"A Good Day For A Sail" by Doug Mills
It's a good day to sail as the schooners of the Maine Windjammer Association prepare for the Great Schooner Race of 2012. [07-06-2012]



Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Statement of Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh Regarding 9-Alarm Back Bay Fire

Tonight the City of Boston mourns the loss of two of our own. Lt. Ed Walsh and Firefighter Michael Kennedy lost their lives battling the nine-alarm fire on Beacon Street today.

Words cannot do justice to the grief that we feel tonight. Our hearts are heavy with the knowledge that these brave men gave their lives to protect the safety of our city and its people.


The men and women of the Boston Fire Department are the brave heroes who run towards the danger when others run away. A day like today makes us all too aware of what they are risking in the course of doing their jobs. They are heroes simply by virtue of accepting this duty. They put themselves in harm’s way so that others might be safe.

Thank you to the Boston Fire DepartmentBoston Police Department (Official)Boston EMS (Emergency Medical Services) and all other first responders and volunteers for your heroic work today.

Our thoughts and prayers are with their families tonight as they face this terrible loss. We also hold close their fellow firefighters, who have lost friends as dear as brothers.

UPDATED: Boston 9-Alarm Fire Claims Two Boston Firefighters (Fire Knocked Down)

Firefighter Mike Kennedy, L-15 and Lt. Ed Walsh, E-33. Killed in the Line of Duty March 26,2014
Update on Beacon St. 8: The Boston Fire Commissioner regrets to announce the Line of Duty deaths of two Boston firefighters killed today. Killed was Lt. Edward J. Walsh,Jr. assigned to Engine Company 33 on Boylston Street. 43 yo, a 9 1/2 year veteran. Second killed was Firefighter Michael R. Kennedy of Ladder Company 15 on Boylston St. 33yo, a 6 1/2 yr veteran. Also Veteran USMC. 

Lt. Walsh was the son of a Watertown firefighter. Married with 2 boys, 1 girl- all under age 10. He lived in West Roxbury.

Lt. Walsh's late father was a Lieutenant as was his late Uncle Bill. His cousin Tom is currently a Captain, all on Watertown Fire

Firefighter Kennedy was single and lived in Hyde Park. He was a veteran of the Marine Corps.

Boston Fire says; Thanks to everyone for supporting us today. Special thanks to @BOSTON_EMS , @bostonpolice  and @MassStatePolice  True friends

The fire is knocked down with remaining firefighters chasing hot spots.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh says; Tonight we mourn the loss of 2 of our own. Lt. Ed Walsh, Firefighter Michael Kennedy lost their lives battling a 9-alarm fire on Beacon St.

Our hearts are heavy with the knowledge that these brave men gave their lives to protect the safety of our city & its people.

The men and women of @bostonfire are the brave heroes who run towards the danger when others

Search operation for Malaysia Airlines aircraft continues: Update 19

Today’s search for any signs of the missing Malaysia Airlines aircraft in the Australian Search and Rescue Region is now underway.

A total of six countries are now assisting in the search and recovery operation – Australia, New Zealand, the United States, Japan, China and the Republic of Korea.

A total of seven military and five civil aircraft will be involved in today’s search activities.

One Ilyushin IL-76 aircraft from China departed Perth around 8am for the search area.

A Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) P3 Orion aircraft NZ P-3K2 departed for the search area
around 9.10am.

A Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) P3 Orion is scheduled to depart Perth around 11am.

A US Navy P8 Poseidon is due to depart around 2pm.

A Japanese P3 Orion is due to depart Perth around 3pm.

A second RAAF P3 Orion is scheduled to depart for the search area around 4pm.

A Republic of Korea P3 Orion is due to depart around 5pm.

Two civil aircraft have now departed Perth for the search area. The remaining three civil aircraft will depart for the search area between 10am and midday.

A total of 34 State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers from Western Australia will be air observers on board the five civil aircraft.

HMAS Success and China’s polar supply ship Xue Long are now in the search area.




"Heavy Traffic" The Maine Windjammer Project

"Heavy Traffic" by Doug Mills
Heavy traffic in Rockland harbor during the Maine Windjammer Association's Windjammer Parade.[07-13-2012]



Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Search and recovery operation for Malaysia Airlines debris: Update 17

A search and recovery operation for the missing Malaysia Airlines aircraft in the southern Indian Ocean will resume on Wednesday, March 25.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott confirmed on Tuesday the focus is now on search and recovery of any objects related to the ill-fated Malaysian Airlines flight MH370.

A visual search will resume tomorrow when the weather is expected to improve after gale force winds and heavy swells resulted in the suspension of the search operation on Tuesday.

As many as twelve aircraft are expected to be involved in the search tomorrow, including seven military aircraft and five civil aircraft.

HMAS Success will return to the search area and conduct a surface sweep of an area identified on Monday afternoon by a Royal Australian Air Force P3 Orion as the location for several objects of interest.

A total of six countries are now assisting in the search – Australia, New Zealand, the United States, Japan, China and the Republic of Korea.

India has also offered to join the search and recovery operation.

China’s polar supply ship Xue Long (Snow Dragon) and three other Chinese ships are expected to arrive in the search area on Wednesday.


"Snow" The Maine Windjammer Project

"Snow" by Doug Mills
Snow covers Lermond Cove in Rockland winter home to Stephen Taber, Nathaniel Bowditch and J&E Riggin. [02-10-2013]



Monday, March 24, 2014

Atlantic Canada 7 Day Forecast

Today, 24 March
Sunny. Becoming a mix of sun and cloud this afternoon. Wind northwest 20 km/h gusting to 40. High minus 8. UV index 4 or moderate.
Tonight, 24 March
Clearing this evening. Wind northwest 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light overnight. Low minus 15.

Tuesday, 25 March
Sunny. Becoming partly cloudy in the evening. High minus 3.

Wednesday, 26 March
Snow or rain. Blowing snow. Windy. Low minus 7. High plus 2.

Thursday, 27 March
A mix of sun and cloud with 40 percent chance of flurries. Local blowing snow. Windy. Low minus 7. High minus 1.

Friday, 28 March
A mix of sun and cloud. Low minus 9. High 6.

Saturday, 29 March
Periods of rain. Low plus 5. High 11.

Sunday, 30 March
Periods of rain. Low plus 3. High plus 4.


DEVELOPING: Malaysia Prime Minister's Press Statement on Malaysia Airline Flight 370 (Full Statement)


Below is the full statement from Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak on Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 developments.

This evening I was briefed by representatives from the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB). They informed me that Inmarsat, the UK company that provided the satellite data which indicated the northern and southern corridors, has been performing further calculations on the data. Using a type of analysis never before used in an investigation of this sort, they have been able to shed more light on MH370’s flight path.

Based on their new analysis, Inmarsat and the AAIB have concluded that MH370 flew along the southern corridor, and that its last position was in the middle of the Indian Ocean, west of Perth.

This is a remote location, far from any possible landing sites. It is therefore with deep sadness and regret that I must inform you that, according to this new data, flight MH370 ended in the southern Indian Ocean.

We will be holding a press conference tomorrow with further details. In the meantime, we wanted to inform you of this new development at the earliest opportunity. We share this information out of a commitment to openness and respect for the families, two principles which have guided this investigation.

Malaysia Airlines have already spoken to the families of the passengers and crew to inform them of this development. For them, the past few weeks have been heartbreaking; I know this news must be harder still. I urge the media to respect their privacy, and to allow them the space they need at this difficult time.

BREAKING NEWS: Malaysia Airlines Statement/ Flight 370 Lost In Southern Indian Ocean

We share with you a statement from Malaysia Airlines and what Malaysia Prime Minister had to say below on objects found that may be connected to flight 370.

Monday, March 24, 10:00 PM MYT +0800 Malaysia Airlines MH370 Flight Incident - Press Briefing by Prime Minister of Malaysia

Malaysia Airlines deeply regrets that we have to assume that MH370 ended in the southern Indian Ocean. As you will hear in the next hour from Malaysia’s Prime Minister, new analysis of satellite data suggests the plane went down in the Southern Indian Ocean.

On behalf of all of us at Malaysia Airlines and all Malaysians, our prayers go out to all the loved ones of the 226 passengers and of our 13 friends and colleagues at this enormously painful time.

We know there are no words that we or anyone else can say which can ease your pain. We will continue to provide assistance and support to you, as we have done since MH370 first disappeared in the early hours of 8 March, while flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

The ongoing multinational search operation will continue, as we seek answers to the questions which remain. Alongside the search for MH370, there is an intensive investigation, which we hope will also provide answers.

We would like to assure you that Malaysia Airlines will continue to give you our full support throughout the difficult weeks and months ahead.

Once again, we humbly offer our sincere thoughts, prayers and condolences to everyone affected by this tragedy.

Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak says new analysis of satellite data in the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 indicates that the plane went down in the Southern Indian Ocean.

“Based on their new analysis….MH370 flew along the southern corridor and that its last position was in the middle of the Indian Ocean west of Perth,” Razak said Monday. “This is a remote location, far from any possible landing sites. It is therefore, with deep sadness and regret, that I must inform you that according to this new data that flight MH370 ended in the southern Indian Ocean.”

The analysis was by British satellite company Inmarsat and UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch, Razak said.

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Navy Prepares Black Box Locator for MH370 Search

PHILIPPINE SEA (NNS) -- The U.S. Navy is continuing efforts to search for missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370. As a precautionary measure in case a debris field is located, U.S. Pacific Command has ordered U.S. Pacific Fleet to move a black box locator into the region, March 24. 

If a debris field is confirmed, The Navy's Towed Pinger Locator 25 will add a significant advantage in locating the missing Malaysian aircraft's black box.

The TPL-25 Towed Pinger Locator System is able to locate black boxes on downed Navy and commercial aircraft down to a maximum depth of 20,000 feet anywhere in the world. Commercial aircraft pingers are mounted directly on the flight recorder, the recovery of which is critical to an accident investigation.

The Pinger Locator is towed behind a vessel at slow speeds, generally 1-5 knots, depending on the depth. The tow array carries a passive listening device for detecting pingers that automatically transmit an acoustic pulse.

"In the event a debris field is located, we're moving some specialized locator equipment into the area. The Towed Pinger Locator has some highly sensitive listening capability so that if the wreck site is located, we can hear the black box pinger down to a depth of about 20,000 feet. Basically, this super-sensitive hydrophone gets towed behind a commercial vessel very slowly and listens for black box pings," said Cmdr. Chris Budde, U.S. Seventh Fleet Operations Officer.

"This movement is simply a prudent effort to preposition equipment and trained personnel closer to the search area so that if debris is found we will be able to respond as quickly as possible since the battery life of the black box's pinger is limited," said Budde.

If found, the acoustic signal of the pinger is transmitted up the cable and is presented audibly, and can be output to either an oscilloscope or a signal processing computer. The operator monitors the greatest signal strength and records the navigation coordinates. This procedure is repeated on multiple track lines until the final position is triangulated.

The system consists of the tow fish, tow cable, winch, hydraulic power unit, generator, and topside control console.

Most pingers transmit every second at 37.5 kHz, although the TPL can detect any pinger transmitting between 3.5 kHz and 50 kHz at any repetition rate.


FACTS:
Towed Pinger Locator 25
http://www.navy.mil/navydata/fact_display.asp?cid=4300&tid=400&ct=4

Background
GENERAL SPECIFICATIONS Tow Body Length - 30 inches Diameter - 35 inches Weight - 70 lbs Performance Depth - 20,000 feet of seawater Speed - 1-5 knots



A Royal Australian Air Force (A9-658) AP-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft. photo by Jason B

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority can advise objects have been located by a Royal Australian Air Force P3 Orion. 

HMAS Success is on scene and is attempting to locate the objects in the search for missing Malaysia Aircraft flight MH370. 

The objects were spotted in the search area about 2500 kilometres south-west of Perth by the RAAF Orion about 2.45pm (AEDT). 

The crew on board the Orion reported seeing two objects – the first a grey or green circular object and the second an orange rectangular object. 

The objects identified by the RAAF Orion are separate to the objects reported by the Chinese Ilyushin IL-76 to AMSA earlier today. 

The objects reported by the Chinese were also within today’s search area. 

The US Navy P8 Poseidon aircraft sought to relocate the objects reported by the Chinese aircraft but were unable to do so. 

The US Navy P8 is remains in the search area, while a second RAAF P3 and a Japanese P3 are en route to their assigned search areas. 

The last of these aircraft will depart the search area about 11pm (AEDT). 





"East From Rockland" The Maine Windjammer Project

"East From Rockland" by Doug Mills
The schooner Heritage sails east from Rockland. [09-10-2012]



Sunday, March 23, 2014

Search operation for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370: Update 12


Search operation for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370: Update 12

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) search operation for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370
has concluded for today.

There were no sightings of significance.

The search area experienced early sea fog particularly in the western areas, however conditions
improved during the day.

A total of eight aircraft and HMAS Success supported today’s search effort in a cumulative 59,000
square kilometre search area across two search areas within the Australian Search and Rescue Region
south-west of Perth.

The western boundary of the current search area is located 2500km from Perth.

Four civil ultra-long range jets chartered by AMSA and four military aircraft from Australian and the US
were involved in today’s search together with the HMAS Success.

Twenty State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers from Western Australia were tasked as air observers
today on board the civil aircraft. Each civil aircraft had five SES air observers on board, as well as an
AeroRescue Aviation Mission Coordinator. Aerorescue is AMSA’s contracted provider of dedicated
search and rescue services from locations across Australia.

The search will resume tomorrow.