Monday, June 30, 2014

White House Schedule - June 30, 2014

President Barack Obama greets audience members after he delivers remarks on the economy, at the Lake Harriet Bandshell in Minneapolis, Minn., June 27, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
In the morning, the President and the Vice President will receive the Presidential Daily Briefing in the Oval Office.
Later in the morning, the President will hold a bilateral meeting with President Michelle Bachelet of Chile; the Vice President will also attend.The visit will highlight our close relationship with Chile and our strong partnership with the Bachelet Administration on advancing peace and global security, social inclusion, and free trade.  The President looks forward to consulting with President Bachelet on UN Security Council matters, other multilateral and regional issues, and ongoing negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, as well as on expanding educational exchanges and deepening our collaboration in the areas of energy, science, and technology. 
In the afternoon, the President will make a personnel announcement at the Department of Veterans Affairs.
In the evening, the President will host a reception to observe LGBT Pride Month; the First Lady will also attend. 

10:00 AM
The President and the Vice President receive the Presidential Daily Briefing
Oval Office
10:55 AM
The President holds a bilateral meeting with President Michelle Bachelet of Chile; the Vice President also attends
Oval Office
11:30 AM
Press Briefing by Press Secretary Josh Earnest
Brady Press Briefing Room
12:30 PM
The Vice President and Secretary of State John Kerry host a lunch in honor of President Bachelet
Department of State
4:30 PM
The President makes a personnel announcement
The Department of Veterans Affairs
5:25 PM
The President hosts a reception to observe LGBT Pride Month
East Room

Atlantic Canada 7 Day Forecast

Sailing Maine's Penobscot Bay. 
Today, 30 June
Mainly sunny. Wind becoming southwest 20 km/h this afternoon except gusting to 60 in the Tantramar Marsh area late this afternoon. High 30. UV index 9 or very high.
Tonight, 30 June
Clear. Wind southwest 20 km/h except gusting to 60 in the Tantramar Marsh area early this evening. Wind becoming light this evening. Low 15.

Tuesday, 1 July
Mainly sunny. Wind becoming southwest 20 km/h in the afternoon except gusting to 60 in the Tantramar Marsh area late in the afternoon and in the evening. High 30.

Wednesday, 2 July
A mix of sun and cloud. Low 18. High 28.

Thursday, 3 July
A mix of sun and cloud with 40 percent chance of showers. Low 18. High 27.

Friday, 4 July
Cloudy with 40 percent chance of showers. Low 18. High 26.

Saturday, 5 July
Showers. Low 13. High 24.

Sunday, 6 July
A mix of sun and cloud. Low 13. High 24.


"Before The Great Schooner Race" The Maine Windjammer Project

"Before The Great Schooner Race" by Doug Mills
Angelique and Mary Day sail into Rockland before The Great Schooner Race.[07-05-2012]



Saturday, June 28, 2014

Friday, June 27, 2014

"Keepers View" The Maine Windjammer Project

"Keepers View" by Doug Mills
The lighthouse keepers view of schooner Isaac H. Evans sailing into Rockland.[09-06-2010]



Thursday, June 26, 2014

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

"Sailing Into Rockland" The Maine Windjammer Project

"Sailing Into Rockland" by Doug Mills
Heritage and American Eagle sailing into Rockland past the Rockland Breakwater Light. [07-15-2011]



Monday, June 23, 2014

White House Schedule - June 23, 2014

President Barack Obama talks with Prime Minister John Key of New Zealand in the Oval Office, June 20, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
In the morning, the President and Vice President will receive the Presidential Daily Briefing in the Oval Office. 
In the afternoon, the President will deliver remarks and participate in a roundtable discussion as part of the first-ever White House Summit on Working Families to focus on creating a 21st century workplace that works for all Americans. The Vice President, the First Lady and Dr. Biden will also participate in the summit at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC.

9:15 AM
The Vice President and Dr. Biden deliver remarks to the White House Working Families Summit
The Omni Shoreham Hotel
10:00 AM
The President and Vice President receive the Presidential Daily Briefing
Oval Office
12:30 PM
Press Briefing by Press Secretary Josh Earnest
1:40 PM
The President delivers remarks at the White House Summit on Working Families
The Omni Shoreham Hotel
2:10 PM
The President participates in a roundtable discussion at the White House Summit on Working Families
The Omni Shoreham Hotel

Atlantic Canada 7 Day Forecast

Sailing Downeast Maine
Today, 23 June
Mainly sunny. High 23. UV index 8 or very high.
Tonight, 23 June
Clear. Becoming partly cloudy overnight. Low 11.

Tuesday, 24 June
A mix of sun and cloud. Becoming sunny in the morning. Increasing cloudiness in the evening. Wind becoming west 20 km/h gusting to 40 in the afternoon. High 23 except 18 in onshore winds.

Wednesday, 25 June
Cloudy. Low 15. High 24.

Thursday, 26 June
A mix of sun and cloud. Low 11. High 21.

Friday, 27 June
A mix of sun and cloud. Low 10. High 22.

Saturday, 28 June
Sunny. Low 12. High 26.

Sunday, 29 June
Sunny. Low 13. High 28.


"At The Dock" The Maine Windjammer Project


"At The Dock" by Doug Mills
The schooners Heritage and American Eagle at the dock in Rockland.[05-25-2010]





Saturday, June 21, 2014

Friday, June 20, 2014

"Summertime Fog" The Maine Windjammer Project

"Summertime Fog" by Doug Mills
Heritage, Summertime and American Eagle in a summertime fog at North End Shipyard. [07-11-2010]



Thursday, June 19, 2014

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Unabridged Tall Ship Bounty Sinking Conclusions



INVESTIGATION INTO THE CIRCUMSTANCES
SURROUNDING THE SINKING OF THE TALL SHIP BOUNTY
123 MILES OFF THE COAST OF CAPE HATTERAS, NORTH CAROLINA ON OCTOBER 29, 2012 WITH LOSS OF ONE LIFE AND

ANOTHER MISSING AND PRESUMED DEAD

Conclusions

1. In accordance with reference (d) the Initiating Event (or first unwanted outcome) for this casualty was flooding. BOUNTY began to flood uncontrollably the moment the rate of water ingress exceeded the rate the bilge pumps could dewater. It has been concluded that this occurred on October 27th, when Capt. went to engage the hydraulic bilge pumps, which were seen as “emergency pumps.”

2. The causal factors that led to this casualty are as follows:

a) Environment:
 There were four primary environmental causal factors.

1) The weather was clearly a factor from the beginning of the voyage. Although the
conditions related to Hurricane Sandy didn’t directly affect the vessel until Saturday, October 27th, the crew was stowing gear and preparing the vessel for heavy weather from the time they departed New London, CT. Once the conditions began to worsen, increasing seas accelerated the rate that BOUNTY was making water. The increasing winds blew out multiple sails and caused the spanker gaff to break.

2) The impact of the environmental conditions was also detrimental to the crew. The increasing sea state caused many of the crew members to become seasick. The
conditions also made it difficult to get adequate sleep, not only because of the rough seas, but because the crew sleeping quarters became saturated with water that leaked through the deck. As the voyage progressed and conditions worsened, moving about the vessel became increasingly difficult and 3 crew members were injured as a result of falls, including Capt. .

3) As the vessel foundered and the decision was made to abandon ship, the
environmental conditions impacted the crew’s ability to communicate with the US
Coast Guard, any other nearby vessels, as well as each other on deck. Environmental conditions also made preparations to abandon ship, including donning survival suits as well as lifejackets and climbing harnesses, extremely difficult.

4) Once the crew had abandoned ship, the heavy weather conditions made it exceedingly difficult to get into the inflatable life rafts. Crew members testified that entering the life raft took at least one hour once they reached the raft. Wind and seas caused one of the life rafts to flip during the rescue.
b) Personnel: There are eight primary causal factors that involve human error on the part of the company owner and vessel master.

1) The inability and failure of HMS BOUNTY Organization to provide effective
oversight and operating restrictions for their vessel and personnel. Both
and were responsible for and made critical decisions regarding
the maintenance and operation of BOUNTY. They were ill equipped to make such
decisions due to their lack of experience with vessel operations, especially with
respect to an aged wooden vessel. They each had full knowledge that Capt.
intended to take BOUNTY into close proximity to Hurricane Sandy, and
took no action to stop or question his decision making. This constitutes negligence.

2) The failure of HMS BOUNTY Organization and Capt. to effectively
evaluate and determine if prevailing and forecasted weather conditions were
favorable for sailing. This constitutes negligence.

3) The failure of HMS BOUNTY Organization and Capt. to appropriately
evaluate the vessels material condition and suitability for sailing in the forecasted
weather conditions (given what they both knew about the condition of the vessel’s
structure and the lack of testing to ensure all bilge systems were fully functional and up to the task of performing to designed parameters). This constitutes negligence.

"The Last Chesapeake Ram" The Maine Windjammer Project


"The Last Chesapeake Ram" by Doug Mills
The Last Chesapeake Ram, Victory Chimes makes her way up Penobscot Bay.[07-11-2008]



Monday, June 16, 2014

Kendall and Kylie Jenner Attends 2014 MuchMusic Video Awards

Photo by Sonia Recchia/Getty Images
TORONTO, Canada - Sister Models Kendall (18) & Kylie Jenner (16) looked pretty together as they stepped out to attend the 2014 MuchMusic Video Awards held at MuchMusic HQ on June 15, 2014 in Toronto, Canada.

Kendall turned heads as she stepped out in a Fausto Puglisi two thigh-split dress while her sister Kylie looked pretty in a orange dress with high heels on the red carpet. During the show Kylie wore a Alon Livné Spring/Summer 2014 jumpsuit and Kendall a white strapless top with black leather pants.

Kendall Nicole Jenner is an American television personality and model. She is best known for appearing on the E! reality TV show Keeping Up with the Kardashians that she shares with her family.

Kylie Kristen Jenner is an American reality television star. She is known for appearing on the E! reality TV show

Laura Vandervoort Attends 2014 MuchMusic Video Awards

Photo by Sonia Recchia/Getty Images
TORONTO, Canada - Twenty nine year old actress Laura Vandervoort looked lovely wearing a blue dress and silver high heels to the 2014 MuchMusic Video Awards held at MuchMusic HQ on June 15, 2014 in Toronto, Canada.

Laura Dianne Vandervoort born September 22, 1984 is a Canadian actress. She is best known for her roles as Sadie Harrison in the Canadian television series Instant Star, Arla 'The Bolt-Gun Killer' Cogan in the sci-fi crime series Haven, Kara Zor-El in the American television series Smallville, and Lisa in the ABC science fiction series V. In 2014 she starred in Bitten, a TV adaption of Kelley Armstrong's book series Women of the Otherworld as Elena Michaels.
Laura Vandervoort and Oliver Trevena

Shenae Grimes & Josh Beech Attends 2014 MuchMusic Video Awards

Josh Beech and Shenae Grimes
Photo by Sonia Recchia/Getty Images
TORONTO, Canada - Twenty four year old actress Shenae Grimes and husband Josh Beech looked lovely together as they stepped out to attend the 2014 MuchMusic Video Awards held at MuchMusic HQ on June 15, 2014 in Toronto, Canada.

Shenae was wearing a blazer and leather pants by The Kooples

Shenae Grimes-Beech born October 24, 1989 is a Canadian actress. She portrayed the role of Annie Wilson on 90210, a spin-off of Beverly Hills, 90210. Prior to that she played Darcy Edwards on Degrassi: The Next Generation. She was also a recurring guest star on the series Naturally, Sadie, and had a cameo role in the horror film Scream 4.

Kiernan Shipka Attends 2014 MuchMusic Video Awards

Photo by Sonia Recchia/Getty Images
TORONTO, Canada - Fourteen year old actress Kiernan Shipka looked lovely wearing a pink strapless dress with pink and green beaded embellishments and silver sandals to the 2014 MuchMusic Video Awards held at MuchMusic HQ on June 15, 2014 in Toronto, Canada.

Kiernan Brennan "Kiki" Shipka born November 10, 1999 is an American child actress noted for playing Don and Betty Draper's daughter Sally on the AMC series Mad Men, and for voicing Jinora in The Legend of Korra.

White House Schedule - June 16, 2014

President Barack Obama, with First Lady Michelle Obama, greets a young boy during the Cannon Ball Flag Day Celebration at the Cannon Ball powwow grounds during a visit to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Reservation in Cannon Ball, N.D., June 13, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
In the morning, the President and First Lady will depart Palm Springs, California en route Washington, DC. 


1:00 PM
The President and First Lady depart Palm Springs, California
Local Event Time: 
10:00 AM
Palm Springs International Airport
5:15 PM
The President and First Lady arrive Joint Base Andrews
Joint Base Andrews
5:30 PM
The President and First Lady arrive the White House
South Lawn
6:00 PM
The Vice President attends the U.S. Men’s National Team’s first game – USA vs. Ghana
Local Event Time: 
7:00 PM
FIFA World Cup - Natal


Atlantic Canada 7 Day Forecast

Today, 16 June
Cloudy. 40 percent chance of showers or drizzle early this afternoon. Clearing late this afternoon. Wind north 30 km/h gusting to 50. High 15. UV index 3 or moderate.
Tonight, 16 June
A few clouds. Wind north 20 km/h becoming light late this evening. Low 9.

Tuesday, 17 June
Mainly sunny. High 23.

Wednesday, 18 June
Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. Low 12. High 18.

Thursday, 19 June
A mix of sun and cloud. Low 15. High 22.

Friday, 20 June
Cloudy. Low 11. High 18.

Saturday, 21 June
Cloudy. Low 9. High 18.

Sunday, 22 June
Cloudy. Low 10. High 21.


Chloe Grace Moretz Attends 2014 MuchMusic Video Awards

Chloe with fans on the red carpet for the 2014 MuchMusic Awards.
Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage
TORONTO, Canada - Seventeen year old actress Chloe Grace Moretz looked beautiful wearing a black dress and high heels to the 2014 MuchMusic Video Awards held at MuchMusic HQ on June 15, 2014 in Toronto, Canada.

Chloë Grace Moretz born February 10, 1997 is an American film actress. She began her acting career at the age of seven and has appeared in films such as The Amityville Horror (2005), (500) Days of Summer (2009), Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2010), Kick-Ass (2010), Let Me In (2010), Hugo (2011), Dark Shadows (2012), Movie 43 (2013), Kick-Ass 2 (2013) and Carrie (2013). Her upcoming movies in 2014 are Laggies and The Equalizer among others.

"Heritage" The Maine Windjammer Project

"Heritage" by Doug Mills
The schooner Heritage makes her way through Rockland harbor.[07-11-20089]





Sunday, June 15, 2014

"The Mother Ship" The Maine Windjammer Project

"The Mother Ship" by Doug Mills
"The Mother Ship" Victory Chimes under sail in Rockland Harbor. [07-11-2008]