Sunday, March 26, 2017

Maine Lobstermen's Union Votes to Buy Hancock County Lobster Business | Portside

Maine Lobstermen's Union Votes to Buy Hancock County Lobster Business | Portside

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Purchase of Trenton Bridge Lobster Pound's wholesale operation means lobstermen will have more control over the prices they get for their catch, a spokesman says.
Penelope Overton
February 25, 2017
The Maine Lobstering Union voted Saturday to buy a wholesale lobster business near Mount Desert Island to help its fishermen net a bigger share of the profit in the booming, $1.5 billion-a-year industry.
At a closed-door meeting in Rockport, members voted 63-1 to buy the wholesale side of the Trenton Bridge Lobster Pound, which includes a tank that can hold up to 180,000 pounds of lobster, for $4 million, said Local 207 President Rocky Alley.
“We can’t wait to start buying and selling our own lobsters,” Alley said. “Right now, fishermen sell at the dock, and we get what we get, with no control. But there is lots of money made off lobsters after they leave the dock, and some ought to stay with us fishermen.”
The vote enables the Maine union to borrow money from a Kansas City bank and to borrow $1.1 million from fellow locals in the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers as far south as Maryland to purchase the Lamoine-based wholesale business.

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Winter storm forecast: When they go low, we go high

Before the storm

from the soon to be defunded National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Friendship, Maine 04547
Today March 14, 2017
TodaySnow before 5pm, then snow, possibly mixed with sleet. The snow could be heavy at times. High near 32. Windy, with a northeast wind 15 to 20 mph increasing to 25 to 30 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. Total daytime snow and sleet accumulation of 5 to 9 inches possible.TonightRain, snow, and sleet before 2am, then freezing rain likely between 2am and 3am, then snow likely after 3am. The rain, snow, freezing rain, and sleet could be heavy at times. Areas of blowing snow after 3am. Low around 25. Windy, with a northeast wind 25 to 35 mph becoming north 15 to 25 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 50 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. Little or no ice accumulation expected. New snow and sleet accumulation of 3 to 7 inches possible.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

The revival of burlesque dancing in the Midcoast - PenBay Pilot

The revival of burlesque dancing in the Midcoast - PenBay Pilot: Burlesque dancing, like many other fringe art forms, enjoys a mysterious, titillating reputation, because most people only have a vague idea of what it’s all about.

The revival of burlesque dancing in the Midcoast - PenBay Pilot

The revival of burlesque dancing in the Midcoast - PenBay Pilot: Burlesque dancing, like many other fringe art forms, enjoys a mysterious, titillating reputation, because most people only have a vague idea of what it’s all about.

The revival of burlesque dancing in the Midcoast - PenBay Pilot

The revival of burlesque dancing in the Midcoast - PenBay Pilot: Burlesque dancing, like many other fringe art forms, enjoys a mysterious, titillating reputation, because most people only have a vague idea of what it’s all about.

Monday, January 30, 2017

When you are old - 莫文蔚- 当你老了

当你老了 - 莫文蔚

WHEN YOU ARE OLD

When you are old and gray and full of sleep,
And nodding by the fire, take down this book,
And slowly read, and dream of the soft look
Your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep;

How many loved your moments of glad grace,
And loved your beauty with love false or true,
But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you,
And loved the sorrows of your changing face;

And bending down beside the glowing bars,
Murmur, a little sadly, how Love fled
And paced upon the mountains overhead
And hid his face amid a crowd of stars.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Le Cléac'h smashes Vendée Globe race record in spectacular style - Vendée Globe 2016-2017

Finish arrival of Armel Le Cleac’h (FRA), skipper Banque Populaire VIII, winner of the sailing circumnavigation solo race Vendee Globe, in 74d 3h 35min 46sec, in Les Sables d'Olonne, France, on January 19th, 2017 - Photo Jean Marie Liot / DPPI / Vendee Gl



When French sailor Armel Le Cleac'h won the 24,500 Vendée Globe race his nemesis Alex Thomson was 38 nautical miles behind: a margin of difference of 1/10 of 1%!
It was one of the most thrilling finishes the solo round the world race has ever seen. It had been  74 days of round-the-buoys racing intensity when Le Cléac'h was finally crowned victor in the long-running battle with British skipper Alex Thomson for the top spot in the solo round the world race, regarded as one of the toughest sporting challenges known to man.


 News - Le Cléac'h smashes Vendée Globe race record in spectacular style - Vendée Globe 2016-2017

Le Cléac'h, 39, from Brittany, sealed the win – and a place in the Vendée Globe history books – crossing the finish line at 1537 UTC to complete the course in 74 days, three hours and 35 minutes. His time sets a new record for the race, beating the previous record of 78 days 2 hours 16 minutes set by French sailor François Gabart in the 2012-13 edition by three days, 22 hours and 41 minutes.

Meanwhile toward the back of the fleet on day 70 Rich Wilson aboard Great American IV has rounded Cape Horn.  He has 6,300 nm to go.  This is his LOG of the Cape Horn rounding.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Alex Thomson sets solo 24 hour distance record // Vendee Globe


After 21,000 miles and 71 days only 75.96 miles separates the two leaders.  With 700 nm to go in light air. A Thursday January 19 finish is expected in Les Sables D'Ologne, France.
Alex Thomson sets Solo 24 hour distance record
Thomson has been playing catch-up since Le Cléac'h took the lead on December 2 but as the race enters its final few days he has transformed from the chaser into the hunter, ruthlessly stalking his French rival in the hope of being able to deliver the killer blow before the race is up. 
The British skipper delivered a timely warning to French skipper Le Cléac'h today when he smashed the world record for the greatest distance sailed solo in 24 hours. Hugo Boss skipper Thomson maintained a staggering average speed of 22.4 knots in the 24 hours leading up to the 0800 UTC position update to notch up 536.8nm. The distance breaks the 534.48nm record set by François Gabart in the 2012-13 Vendée Globe that he went on to win, beating Le Cléac'h by just three hours. In that respect the new record could be considered a good omen by Thomson, who is aiming to become the first Brit in the race's 27-year history to win it. He actually beat Gabart's record two weeks into the race, sailing 535.34nm in 24 hours, but the rules of the record state it must be superseded by one whole mile. Thomson previously held the record between 2003 and 2012 with a distance of 468.72nm. The new record will now be ratified by the World Sailing Speed Record Council.
p.s. Rich Wilson on Great  American IV is making 12 kts. 150 miles from Cape Horn and 7,100 from the finish