A Special “Friend” in Puget Sound Shines a Spotlight on the Disappearing Orca

 
A Special “Friend” in Puget Sound Shines a Spotlight on the Disappearing Orca

by Amy Lignor

 

Her name was Granny, and this particular orca came by that title quite honestly. Being the oldest member of the small population of endangered orcas dwelling in Puget Sound, on January 3rd it was announced that Granny was “presumed dead.”

The Orca Project Corp

“Granny”

Not seen since October, Granny was spotted thousands of times at the head of one of the three family groups of whales that travel with their mothers and/or grandmothers in the area. She was labeled “J2,” yet everyone referred to her as Granny. A study, published back in 1987, estimated that the orca was born around 1911 – which means she was a ripe, old age of 105. Therefore, it was not actually a shock when the Center for Whale Research located on San Juan Island (a nonprofit group that keeps the federal government’s annual census of these particular whales) reported that Granny’s status was changed to deceased.

 

The shock comes when taking note that individual southern resident killer whales that are spotted many times in the inland waters of Washington State, have gone missing. Each whale is identified by specific black and white markings that differ from others, as well as fin shape variations not seen on other killer whales.

 

Back in 2015, eight orcas were born; yet even with this great number, this well-tracked group is now down to only 78. During the year of 2016, seven were declared missing or dead, with one male found deceased off the coast of British Columbia. Officials stated that he was most likely struck by a boat or, less likely, another animal; either way, the orca died at the very young age of eighteen.

 

All types of protection efforts were put in place in order to keep these orcas alive, but due to lack of food for the creatures, pollution on the rise, and death by vessels in the area, the orcas ended up on the endangered species list in 2005.

 

For those who want to support these poor creatures that are truly disappearing off the face of the earth, there are many organizations that need not only donations but also volunteers to help them fight their fight. One on the smaller side but that has been highly effective is The Orca Project Corp. This non-profit works with many of the world’s top marine mammal experts in order to alter the public’s attitude and the government’s lack of supervision when it comes to marine mammals. Committed to providing the world with a behind the scenes look at orcas in captivity, they heighten the pressure on government agencies to keep the orca plight at the top of their ‘to do’ lists. By raising awareness, this particular Project has improved animal welfare regulations.

 

On their incredible website, you can learn about how best to help the Project in their work to aid marine mammals. They also list a great deal of campaigns that they are a part of, giving updates on how their work is progressing and what others can do to help. From Lolita, held over 40 years at the Miami Seaquarium in a pool that is completely illegal – not nearly up to the current standards of the Animal Welfare Act; to Morgan, a young female killer whale captured off the coast of the Netherlands just to be shipped off to be put on ‘display’ in the Canary Islands’ SeaWorld – the list goes on and on regarding the creatures in trouble and the work that still needs to be done in order to give them a better life.

 

So for those who want nothing more than to help the helpless and stop the orca from literally being erased off this planet once and for all, it is time to take a stand!

 

Do it for Granny. A blessed orca that lived a long, long life and brought smiles to one and all!

 

The Orca Project Corp

 

Original Source:  GIG News

For movies opening January 20, 2017

 

OPENING THIS WEEK

Kam’s Kapsules

Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun

by Kam Williams

For movies opening January 20, 2017

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BIG BUDGET FILMS

20th Century Women (R for sexuality, nudity, profanity and brief drug use) Tale of female empowerment, set in Santa Barbara during the summer of ’79, revolving around the explorations of love and freedom on the part of a landlady (Annette Bening), one of her tenants (Greta Gerwig), and her teenage son’s (Lucas Jade Zumann) BFF (Elle Fanning). With Billy Crudup, Alia Shawkat and Alison Elliott.

The Founder (PG-13 for brief profanity) Michael Keaton impersonates Ray Kroc in this biopic about the enterprising businessman who purchased an innovative burger joint from the McDonalds brothers (Nick Offerman and John Carroll Lynch) and franchised it into a fast food empire. Support cast includes Laura Dern, Patrick Wilson and Linda Cardellini.

The Resurrection of Gavin Stone (PG for mature themes) Faith-based feature revolving around a washed-up, Hollywood child star (Brett Dalton) who pretends to be a Christian to land the role of Jesus in a mega-church’s annual Passion Play production only to end up actually finding faith in God. With Neil Flynn, D.B. Sweeney and Anjelah Johnson-Reyes.   

Split (PG-13 for violence, profanity, disturbing behavior and mature themes) Harrowing horror flick, directed by M. Night Shyamalan, about three teenage girls (Haley Lu Richardson, Jessica Sula and Anya Taylor-Joy) kidnapped by a maniac (James McAvoy) with 24 personalities. Supporting cast includes Kim Director, Brad William Henke and Betty Buckley.

xXx: Return of Xander Cage (PG-13 for sexuality, profanity and pervasive violence) Third installment in the high-octane franchise finds the extreme sports athlete-turned-spy (Vin Diesel) coming out of exile to lead a team of fellow thrill-seekers on a mission to disarm a diabolical madman (Donnie Yen) wielding a devastating weapon of mass destruction. With Samuel L. Jackson, Toni Collette and Tony Jaa.

INDEPENDENT & FOREIGN FILMS

Detour (R for nudity, sexuality, graphic violence, drug use and pervasive profanity) Revenge thriller revolving around a naive law student (Tye Sheridan) who hires a hitman (Emory Cohen) to kill the scheming stepfather (Stephen Moyer) responsible for the car accident that left his mother in a coma. With Bel Powley, John Lynch and Gbenga Akinnagbe.

My Father Die (Unrated) Patricide saga about a deaf mute (Joe Anderson) who waits a couple of decades for his father’s (Gary Stretch) parole in order to avenge his brother’s murder. Cast includes John Schneider, Gabe White and Kevin Gage.    

Paris 05:59: Theo & Hugo (Unrated) Homoerotic drama about two gay strangers (Geoffrey Couet and Francois Nambot) who have unprotected sex after meeting in a Paris night club, only to have one admit that he’s HIV+. With Mario Fanfani, Bastien Gabriel and Miguel Ferreira. (In French with subtitles)

The Red Turtle (PG for peril and mature themes) Dialogue-free animated fantasy chronicling the life of a castaway stuck on a deserted tropical island populated with birds, turtles and crabs. 

Starless Dreams (Unrated) Criminal justice documentary featuring interviews with teenage girls imprisoned in Iran for crimes ranging from drug dealing and addiction to burglary and murder. (In Persian with subtitles)

Strike a Pose (Unrated) Voguing documentary reuniting the surviving members of the all-male dance troupe who backed Madonna on her 1990 Truth or Dare tour. 

They Call Us Monsters (Unrated) Rush to judgment documentary rethinking the convictions of three juveniles tried as adults and given long stretches behind bars for murder and other violent crimes.

Trespass against Us (R for pervasive profanity, disturbing behavior and brief graphic nudity) Crime thriller, set in Great Britain, chronicling the efforts of the son  (Michael Fassbender) of a mob boss (Brendan Gleeson) to find a legitimate line of work. With Rory Kinnear, Lyndsey Marshal and Sean Harris.

 

Original Source:  GIG News

Visionaries of the Rock & Roll World

 

Visionaries of the Rock & Roll World

by Amy Lignor

 

In Cleveland sits a museum completely devoted to the celebration and preservation of rock & roll music. From the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s amazing educational programs to their extensive Library & Archives, this organization makes sure that all those who have inspired and entertained the world continued to be remembered.

And now, with six new artists—as well as one individual being recognized with an Award for Musical Excellence—the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is presenting the “Class of 2017.”

Inductee: Joan Baez. If there was a poster child for “charisma” this woman would be it. Her powerful voice continues to give strength to the world, and her words have never gone out of style. “We Shall Overcome,” (1963) was one of many platforms she gave to people who wanted to get their voices heard. She championed civil rights, human rights and stood up against discrimination of any type, as her music career crossed over with ease from folk music to mainstream. Being in the business for over 50 years now, with over 30 albums to her name, Baez still performs all over the world, encouraging one and all to stand up for their beliefs.

 

Inductee: ELO. The classic rock and roll sound of the Electric Light Orchestra – more popularly known as ELO – remains a mainstay on all classic rock radio stations. Beginning in Birmingham, England in 1970, their first single, “10538 Overture,” was an ode to the Beatles. Little did they know then, however, that their name would also become synonymous with ‘greatness.’ Commercial success was reached by ELO when their fourth album, Eldorado, scored them their first U.S. top 10 single “Can’t Get It Out Of My Head” and went on to become their very first gold album. The Beatles were not the only band the U.K. produced that America is still extremely grateful for – ELO is most definitely another.

 

Inductee: Journey. The amazing sound of Journey sums up rock and roll at its very best. Formed in 1973, the band did well when first starting off by blending jazz with rock. But it was in 1977, when they found Steve Perry, that Journey became a household name. With Perry, they refined their path, releasing one of the biggest hit records of all time – Escape – in 1981. Perry had the voice of a balladeer which caused him to go out and earn a successful solo career until making his way back to Journey in 1995.

 

Inductee: Pearl Jam. Alternative rock and roll enthusiasts are still screaming at the top of their lungs for this group that puts on the most unpredictable live concerts that any band has ever created. Pearl Jam began in Seattle, Washington, and was well-known only in Seattle’s underground community. In 1991, when they released their debut album, Ten, Pearl Jam went from unknowns to a commercial success, conquering the world. Explosive voices, they mixed everything from heavy metal to hardcore punk to classic rock – blending it all together to create a sound no one had ever heard before. And they are still doing it today!

 

Inductee: Tupac Shakur. Everyone knows the story. Some are fans; some are not. But whether you liked him on a personal level or not, Tupac’s lyrics made him the perfect anti-hero. Race relations, rap, and the treatment of young black men in America were among a few of the complex subjects that he would touch upon in order to break down the walls of hip-hop and create what some feel is an art form. Using his voice to preach activism and express a broad range of emotions that went from rage to love, his first solo album, 2Pacalypse Now, generated acclaim and brought about controversy. In a career that lasted only five years, Tupac sold over 75 million records worldwide, while he became a star on-screen. The impact he and his words had on people continues to this day.

 

Inductee: Yes. Talk about endurance. This is one band that still understands exactly how to change with the times. If you look back at their long career, Yes has been able to put out records that span hard rock, progressive rock, contemporary and more. The band created epics. Remember “Close to the Edge?” “The Gates of Delirium?” Their sound continues to fill stadiums in the 21st-century. It is amazing to hear Jon Anderson use his perfect alto tenor voice to hit the highest of high notes almost forty-five years after forming the band. Yes is one group that may just make it another fifty years.

 

And the Award for Musical Excellence goes to…Nile Rodgers. From NYC, it was in 1977 that he formed the band called CHIC, bringing a funk/disco sound to the dance floors across America. By producing Sister Sledge’s superhit, “We are Family,” Nile rose to the top of the charts as a producer and helped to create albums for everyone from Diana Ross to Madonna. Producing film scores, releasing solo albums – this is one man who has yet to even slow down and take a breath.

 

So there you have it. The 32nd Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place on Friday, April 7, 2017. And, once again, voters have chosen the ‘best of the best’ to become part of music’s unforgettable history.

 

High-Octane Franchise Revived by the Return of Vin Diesel as the Title Character

 

xXx: Return of Xander Cage

Film Review by Kam Williams

High-Octane Franchise Revived by the Return of Vin Diesel as the Title Character

When it was released back in 2002 , xXx grossed over a quarter-billion dollars worldwide in theaters alone. The visually-captivating espionage adventure starring Vin Diesel was reminiscent of James Bond, except it featured a hunkier hero and more spectacular stunts and special effects.

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The high-octane thriller so overshadowed the relatively-mundane Die Another Day that year that Pierce Brosnan would soon be replaced by Daniel Craig as 007. Ironically, Vin Diesel was also replaced by Ice Cube in xXx 2, a drismal sequel that bombed at the box office, leaving a once-promising franchise on life support.

It’s taken a decade and a half, but Vin is finally reprising the role he originated. The good news is that the picture arrives laced with the sort of death-defying feats that made the first xXx such a hit. That means a plethora of action sequences in which our superhuman protagonist proves impervious to bullets and the laws of gravity.

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There are also tons of the trademark titillation, coming courtesy of both Vin’s beefcake and a bevy of adoring beauties. Directed by D.J. Caruso (Disturbia), xXx: Return of Xander Cage even tips its hat to earlier episodes via cameos by Samuel L. Jackson and Ice Cube.

At the point of departure, we find Xander living under the radar in self-imposed exile in Latin America. He’s still an extreme sports enthusiast, and just for fun skis across the treetops of a verdant rain forest before switching to a skateboard for an equally-breathtaking ride down a winding mountainside highway.

Next thing you know, he’s being coaxed out of retirement by a CIA chief (Toni Collette) to keep the world safe for democracy. The mission involves retrieving a devastating weapon of mass destruction code-named “Pandora’s Box” that’s fallen into the hands of a gang of daredevils led by a diabolical trio (Donnie Yen, Tony Jaa and Deepika Padukone) bent on world domination.

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After jettisoning a standard-issue, U.S. military support team, Xander recruits a motley crew of renegades more in his own image. Can that rag-tag posse, composed of a crack sniper (Ruby Rose), a fearless getaway driver (Rory McCann), a state-of-the-art gadget wizard (Nina Dobrev) and an affable DJ/ jack-of-all-trades (Kris Wu), rise to the occasion?

Why not? Anything is possible, with cartoon physics on your side!

Very Good (3 stars)

Rated PG-13 for sexuality, profanity and pervasive violence`

Running time: 107 minutes

Distributor: Paramount Pictures

           

Original Source:  GIG News                                                       

Carolina Skiff at Miami’s Favorite Boat Show

 

Carolina Skiff at Miami’s Favorite Boat Show

By Craig Lamb

You might say “new” is a reoccurring theme of Miami’s favorite boat show coming up soon. A new location with hundreds of new boats, including never-before-seen models being debuted by Carolina Skiff, is a great way to kick off the season.

Few boat shows offer buyers the chance to see new boats where they ultimately belong—floating on the water in a real time setting. You can now do that and more at the 2017 Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show.

This year’s event, conveniently scheduled during President’s Day weekend, is Feb. 16-20. The show has a new home at the Miami Marine Stadium Park & Basin on Biscayne Bay. The location on Virginia Key is easy to get to by land and water.

Carolina Skiff will pull out some surprises at Booth B241. Several new models are set to debut at the show with a first-look and chances to take demo rides available. What’s to come is a closely guarded secret, so being there to see the models for the first time will be a treat.

Carolina Skiff, the originator of the durable, versatile stable and economical boat on the planet, will exhibit more than a dozen new and current models. Dealers and factory staff will be on hand to help shoppers find the perfect boat to suit their needs on the water, be it fishing, cruising, or any other water sport.

On display at the booth will be the Sea Chaser models made by Carolina Skiff. Combining the better of two worlds and proving it can be done in the same boat is the HFC, which means Hybrid Fish & Cruise. Devoted fishermen and active families will find plenty or room, and features, making the HFC a multi-functional boat.

The HFC comes with more standard features than most boats. You get a heavy duty, stainless steel fold down cleats, LED lighting beneath the gunwale, a stainless steel anchor chock, and wind-less ready anchor storage for safety and convenience. More standard features include an insulated and lockable fish box, built in lifting eye, illuminated, stainless steel cup holders, tilt steering wheel, and digital command link.

At the show, you can also check out the Ultra Series. It’s like owning three boats in one. Offshore exploring, fishing inshore tidal creeks, and cruising a large river or lake is all possible in the Ultra.

With the Ultra you get more in the same package. Hardcore coastal anglers can spend a morning offshore or inshore and enjoy a smooth, dry ride in a boat laid out for serious fishing. It’s easy to convert the Ultra to a family boat for cruising or water sports playtime. Just store the tackle and snap in roomy, comfortable seat cushions.

Families looking for a boat for fishing, cruising and water sports will find the DLV Series to their liking. The center console design makes it easy for anglers to move around the deck. With six models from which to choose, the DLV design enables anglers to navigate across shallow flats, up coastal rivers and even into tidal creeks, as well as make occasional offshore excursions.

The modified Tri-V hull design allow for a smooth, dry ride. Wide open deck space, large front and rear fishing decks, rear cushion jump seats and a choice of a Bimini Top or T-Top appeal to family-friendly anglers. For serious fishing, the console features and open face for flush-mounting electronics up to 10 inches.

There will be plenty of boats to see and much to do. More than 1,300 boats on land and docked within 550-plus slips, including a deep-water basin for yachts, will greet visitors. There’s a closed and open-air tented exhibit space for marine accessories, electronics, engines and apparel.

The show address is 3501 Rickenbacker Causeway in Miami. Water taxis, shuttle buses and adequate parking for vehicles and boats will be available.

Check out the lineup of Carolina Skiff models at carolinaskiff.com. You can find a dealer, learn more about the brand legacy, and build a boat on the website. You can also contact Carolina Skiff and request a catalog. Join the community of Carolina Skiff followers at the Carolina Skiff Facebook Page.

Original Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle.com

Can Troy Aikman Win MVP?

 

Can Troy Aikman Win MVP?

by Amy Lignor

 

What a strange title for an article, aye? Of course the ‘old man’ of the Dallas Cowboys can’t win MVP. Troy Aikman was an elite QB, with three Super Bowl rings to prove that fact. However, Aikman hasn’t actually suited-up since leaving behind his Cowboys uniform in 2001. The number one overall draft pick in 1989, Dallas Cowboys, Bay Packers, Troy Kenneth Aikman, biased announcing, favorite announcer, MVP, Deflategate, Tom Brady, Roger Goodell, nose flick, Chris Berman Aikman was the MVP of Super Bowl XXVII, and was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2006. So why is this guy in the headlines again? Oh…you’re gonna love this one.

In case you haven’t heard, Packers fans started a petition to stop Troy Kenneth Aikman from calling the Packers/Cowboys division game that occurred this Sunday. Green Bay wanted to upset old Troy because they did not want the former Cowboy to be able to “lean toward” his old team and show Green Bay in a negative light. The petition (Change.org) was started by a fan in Wisconsin: It states: “Get Troy Aikman and Joe Buck banned from announcing Green Bay Packer’s games.” The pair supposedly adds “constant negative input about our team” and constantly provide “biased announcing.”

 

None of this worked, of course. Aikman said he couldn’t care less about it. And he certainly shouldn’t. It is a fact that he and Buck have become Fox’s number one broadcasting team. The 50-year-old Aikman (gasp!) has actually become the viewer’s “favorite” announcer. In other words, no matter what you think of him, Aikman has become an MVP again – of the broadcasting realm. Congrats, Troy!

 

When it comes to the real MVP voting, however, the names being circulated have not changed.

 

The Patriots won Saturday’s division game to move on to the AFC Championship (for the 6th straight time), but the game was not pretty. Doesn’t really matter, though. QB Tom Brady remains at the top of the list when it comes to MVP selection. Funny, considering he did not even play the first four games because of the ridiculous “Deflategate.” It seems all Brady wants to do is hold the Super Bowl trophy this year high in the air, while flicking his nose and sneering at Commissioner Roger Goodell who tried to ruin him with this ridiculous ‘sentencing’ he had to deal with. His numbers are awesome, and since the second week of October no one has played the QB position better. He may just be able to flick his nose at Goodell for many achievements when this NFL season comes to a close.

 

Matt Ryan – QB of the Atlanta Falcons – is also at the top of the list for MVP. And his performance on Saturday perhaps moves him a notch over Brady. It’s almost a done deal with some fans when it comes to the fact that the Falcons will represent the NFC in the Super Bowl. With a QB-rating that is more than fine, Ryan has the same number of wins as Brady, but he did play four more games than Brady, so perhaps that holds him back. I wouldn’t think so.

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One more QB you have to talk about is the “King of the Hail Mary,” Aaron Rodgers. The Green Bay ‘baaaad man’ stated that they would “run the table,” and then delivered on that promise. After looking dismal in the first half of the season, he won game after game in the regular season to steal away the conference championship from Detroit, making them the Wild Card that went to Seattle to see their season end in failure. Rodgers is a fan favorite, as always. He knows how to relax; and he knows how to win.

 

Ezekiel Elliott is the RB of the Dallas Cowboys who has inspired an entire city to stand up and shout. The Cowboys are all about rookies this year, and Elliott is most definitely one of the two that is responsible for America’s Team finally becoming a success – which they haven’t been since Aikman suited-up, by the way. Another MVP candidate is the other rookie that has brought the Cowboys back to greatness: Dak Prescott at the QB position has gleamed, but…we shall see.

 

There is one MVP award that should be given out – to the man who embraces and personifies the NFL; a man who will be extremely missed. Chris Berman (nickname: “Boomer”) is the face and the voice that all NFL fans want to see and hear. No one in the universe will ever wrap up the games like Berman did: “He…Could…Go…All…The…Way!!!!” will never be said correctly by anyone else, so no one should ever even try it. Berman stated he will step down from his position at the end of the season, and fans just want to say: “We love you, Boomer! Football will not be the same without you.”

Source:  GIG News

Concerned Father Creates Children’s Book Series To Help Make Learning About Valuable Black History Information Fun Again

 

Concerned Father Creates Children’s Book Series To Help Make Learning About Valuable Black History Information Fun Again

 

Orlando, FL (January 16, 2017) – EOTO Books & Publishing announced today the immediate release of “The Christopher OluFela Series of Books for Kids” written by father and creative children’s picture book author Lee Chavous. The books take a unique approach to inform young readers of a rich African American history books for kids, Christopher OluFela, heritage, American history, freedom, African American, ancestry, young readersand their critical stories played throughout American History. Chavous said “The level of information in the books and the attention to details for young learners is often missed and too often not taught.”

The full set is comprised of four (4) titles thus far with the next currently in the writing process. Volume 1: “A Journey to Freedom” an easy-to-read, very informative book that gives kids a great overview of the African American ancestors’ journey when they first arrived in the Americas; Volume 2: “The Wonders of Africa” introduces young readers to why the African continent is such an important and interesting place in our world; Volume 3: “Dreams of My Ancestors” gives young readers a long-overdue look at who the African American ancestors were before they came to the Americas; Volume 4: “100 Roses” turns a bright spotlight on the many extraordinary African American women who displayed enormous bravery, courage, intelligence, and enterprise to overcome the tremendous odds against her to help African Americans gain civil rights and fair treatment in America. The book series is recommended for young readers and use by storytellers of every age.

 

The Christopher OluFela Series of Books for Kids:

A children’s book series to point out, not only were the African American ancestors multi-faceted human beings, but also they had a human history! They fought extremely hard to restore their human rights from the beginning against great obstacles, and paved the way for us to enjoy the many freedoms and liberties we enjoy today. Website: EOTOBOOKS.com

 

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Source:  GIG News

Come See Tidewater Boats at Miami’s Favorite Boat Show

 

Come See Tidewater Boats at Miami’s Favorite Boat Show

By Craig Lamb

Water and boats go together, but you don’t always find both at a boat show. You can now find those and more at the 2017 Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show.

This year’s event, conveniently scheduled during President’s Day weekend, is Feb. 16-20. The show has a new home at the Miami Marine Stadium Park & Basin on Biscayne Bay. The location on Virginia Key is easy to get to by land and water.

Shake the winter blues and head to Miami to get your boating season kicked off early. You can do that by visiting Booth B147—B Tent, where Tidewater Boats will display the latest models. Dealer reps and factory experts will be on hand to meet, greet and help visitors turn their dream into reality of enjoying an ultimate day on the bay and elsewhere. 

Visit the booth and find front and center the new Tidewater 320CC, the premier model in the lineup. The 320CC center console boat is designed for smoothing out pounding waves on long offshore runs. With a length of 32 feet and a beam spanning 10’ 4” the boat can handle big water and is loaded from bow to stern with features for the serious blue water angler.

Luxury and functionality are unique in a center console fishing boat, and you get both with the Tidewater 220 LXF. A boat designed for fishing with ultra comfort features for cruising and family outings.

Find luxury from stem to stern in this boat with a centerline of 22′ 2″ and a ultra-wide beam of 8′ 10.” With a transom height of 25″ and 18-degree deadrise the 220 LXF is built for performance with a smooth, dry ride. The 220 are part of the LXF line. Read more about the models here.

Tidewater Boats engineers succeeded in a designing a boat with comfortable, spacious family seating, abundant storage and all the features serious anglers seek in an offshore center console rig. Best of all, the design is family friendly when it comes time to welcome aboard passengers for a cruise. 

You can also check out the 280 CC Adventure, 230 CC Adventure, 210 CC Adventure, 2500 Carolina Bay and the 252 LXF.

Tidewater Boats are designed with distinctive Carolina Flair, the most in class, that provides a softer transition between chop and big waves. That sets up the dry ride, to direct waves away from the hull using reverse chines. Tidewater likes to appropriately call that feature the Dry Chine Ride.

The smooth ride comes from the wave-shock absorbency of the Corrugated Grid Stringer Vertebra. Filled with foam to reduce noise and vibration, the stringer system works like a human skeleton to create a rigid, unified construction that tightly secures all of the internal parts. Those include fuel tanks, consoles, seating and storage compartments that are fastened to the stringer system. To ensure a solid, tight fit every stringer system is customized for each Tidewater model.

Another defining Tidewater feature is the Spray Relief Point. That is the point of impact on the hull deflecting water away from the boat. Multiple SRP areas enhance the characteristic dry ride of the Tidewater.

Read more about all the performance details and features here.

By taking extra steps not found in most brands, Tidewater has the confidence in providing owners a 10-year, transferable warranty that covers the hull.

There will be plenty of boats to see and much to do. More than 1,300 boats on land and docked within 550-plus slips, including a deep-water basin for yachts, will greet visitors. There’s a closed and open-air tented exhibit space for marine accessories, electronics, engines and apparel.

The show address is 3501 Rickenbacker Causeway in Miami. Water taxis, shuttle buses and adequate parking for vehicles and boats will be available.

Tidewater stays close to it’s saltwater roots with the manufacturing facility located in Lexington, S.C. Find out more about the complete lineup of models, view the brand catalog, and find a Tidewater dealer at tidewaterboats.com. Visit the growing community of Tidewater owners on Facebook at Tidewater Boats LLC.

Original Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle.com

What is in the Water in New England?

 

What is in the Water in New England?

by Amy Lignor

 

“There won’t be much left in our season.”

 

“Doesn’t feel good.”

 

The above are quotes made by the top echelon – the robotic twins, if you will, of the NFL –  after their win. Yes…I said, win. For the sixth straight season the New England Patriots have won their divisional match-up and are headed on to play the AFC Championship Game in their own hometown – on their own home field. Making them, once again, the team to bet on. So…why the dismal quotes?

New England Patriots, NFL, AFC Championship, Super Bowl, bucket of humility, Armageddon, Brady, UCONN, New EnglandIf you missed the end of the Patriots versus the Texas Titans football game  (because you were frankly quite bored of it all), the Patriots won the game 31 to 16. (Gasp!) I know. What a horrible score, right? I can’t tell you how many QB’s in the NFL wish that their ‘bad day’ ended in a division win that landed them in the championship game to go to the Super Bowl. But if I were a betting fool, I would say all of them. Just ask Russell Wilson of the Seahawks. I bet he wishes he had a ‘bad day’ like that on Saturday. (People are already stating that the ‘Legion of Boom’ that turned to ‘Doom’ has now gone ‘Kaboom’ and is officially dead in the water.)

But when it comes to the perfect Patriots, it was just embarrassing to QB Tom Brady to have thrown as many interceptions in one quarter on Saturday as he has this entire season. And for Coach Bill Belichik, it must literally feel like Armageddon is coming when he has to watch his players give him a win that most definitely did not look up to Patriots’ snuff. They will go back to the locker room and bang their heads against the walls and brutalize themselves for not being the perfect “looking” team that they’re always supposed to be. Brady will most likely spend the next week, 24/7, going over every play to see what he did wrong and how he can improve. After all, if the Titans were able to get close by only three scores, chances are Brady’s next visitors to Foxboro may just be able to get close by two scores. (Double Gasp!!) Oh, the humanity!

 

Lighten up, Tom and Bill; even a higher power made some mistakes. Ever seen an ostrich? That poor creature had a really bad day. Who knows? Maybe they’ll both break a smile if they win the Super Bowl. At least for a minute…before getting to work on how they hang their heads in shame next season.

 

But that’s not the only team in New England that either has immersed themselves in a bucket of humility, drank very odd water that only runs through New England, or has a massive obsession with having a flaw. There is another. And this one happens to be in the realm of collegiate basketball. Bring on the UCONN women’s basketball team.

 

The Huskies have broken a record. They have won 91 straight games. (No, that’s not a misprint – they are only 9 away from getting to one hundred wins.) And the record they broke was the record set by…them. The Connecticut Huskies broke the NCAA record of 90 straight wins they set six years ago, when they chalked up their 91st straight win on Saturday with an 88-48 romp over SMU. (Triple Gasp!!!) They only won by half? Now that’s embarrassing. Talk about not even trying to be good, aye?

 

They move to 16-0 overall and 4-0 in the ACC. You wonder if the games would be more fun and interesting if the Huskies just sat out the first half, allowed their opponents to stand on the court, shoot the ball and see how many points they could put on the scoreboard, before going in and playing the second half and shooting straight by them to achieve their 92nd win.

 

What did their coach say? He basically alluded to the fact that this was…well, no biggie. “It feels just like it does after winning ten straight.” Yup. That’s it. Such a ho-hum thing to do. Perhaps they should suit up at Foxboro and Brady and the gang should head to UCONN to play a little B-Ball.

 

Humility is nice and all, guys and gals of New England. Believing that you can always be better and try harder is also a goal that everyone should set for themselves. But after a while, watching this ultimate perfection play out makes the humble, self-deprecating speeches afterwards a little ridiculous.

 

Who will win the AFC Championship? The New England Patriots.

Who will win…eternally and make the women’s college basketball realm look like it’s made up of only one team? The Connecticut Huskies.

Could there be an upset? Sure.

 

Will there be? Nope.

 

If you think there will be, just remember what Robert Redford said in one of the greatest movies of all time: “You just keep thinkin’, Butch. That’s what you’re good at.”

 

Source:  GIG News

Top Ten DVD List for January 17, 2017

 

 

This Week’s DVD Releases

by Kam Williams

Top Ten DVD List for January 17, 2017 
This Week’s DVD Releases, Kam Williams, Top Ten DVD List, 01/18/2017     
              

Ali [Commemorative Edition]

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01MQEU1P1/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Long Way North

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01M1YT5Y7/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Train to Busan

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01MS5PJH5/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Ouija: Origin of Evil

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01LTHYJS6/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Don’t Forget about Me: 4 Movie Collection [The Freshman/No Small Affair/Fresh Horses/Immediate Family]

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01MG89IWX/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

The Girl on the Train

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01LTHO4K4/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

80’s Beat: Teenage Dreamboats: 8 Movie Collection [Flatliners/Private Resort/True Believers/The New Kids/Little Nikita/The Legend of Billie Jean/Like Father,Like Son/Side Out]

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01M6BRTOP/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Roger Corman’s Death Race 2050

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01LYR3KU4/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Rizzoli & Isles: The Complete Seventh & Final Season

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01MTP5APE/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Surf’s Up 2: Wave Mania

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01MFHLE8X/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Honorable Mention

Secrets of the Dead: Van Gogh’s Ear

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01NBB009B/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

WordWorld: Let’s Make Music

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01N07G5CM/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

The Whole Truth

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01LTHWXZW/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Glitter
https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00005TNER/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

 

Source: Golden Isles News