Vacation Locations: Knowledge is Fun Too!

 

Vacation Locations: Knowledge is Fun Too!

by Amy Lignor

 

Most children (and adults, too) will either roll their eyes or sigh when, while speaking about vacation locations, the word “learning” just happens to be mentioned. Yes, it is a fact that school trips take all of us during our younger years to everything from museums to libraries to historic locations in order to teach us things we should know. But when thinking about your vacation, you should know that by considering journeying to a particular place that just happens to register high on the historical or educational meter, you could have even more fun.

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One of the greatest trips this writer ever had as a child was to Washington, D.C. From the Smithsonian to the monuments…the place was buzzing with activity, cool things to look at, and was so much fun you didn’t even notice all that learning that was being soaked up by your brain as you were having a good time.

 

So make sure that if you’re looking up beach getaways, you also take the time to look up some truly awesome areas of the U.S. that you and the family can head to, have fun at, and even learn a few things as a bonus to the cool trip.

 

For those interested in historical battles, taking the family to Fort McHenry (located in Baltimore Harbor) is a whole lot of fun and education rolled into one. This star-shaped Fort has seen it all since its creation in 1794-1805. Famous for the crucial battles it held up against, it also played as the backdrop for an American named Francis Scott Key as he composed what would become the national anthem of the United States: “The Star Spangled Banner.”

 

In South Dakota, Mount Rushmore is there in all its glory, with a ton of things to do for those who love nature, hiking, sightseeing and more. Those glorious faces of Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt, and Lincoln are certainly a sight to see. Meticulously chiseled, these were four men who not only created the U.S. but changed it under their reigns in government and should not be missed by anyone.

 

Coming to my favorite, D.C., that Smithsonian Institution is one of the biggest and most amazing creations in the world. Everything from Lincoln’s car where he stood and delivered his famous “Four-Score” speech, to the history of flight, to the technology and amazing inventions that only this country can claim, there is something for everyone to gape at as they learn. But, of course, D.C. has far more for both adults and children in the way of learning and fun.

 

The massive marble temple that houses the stunning likeness of America’s 16th President, the Lincoln Memorial, is dedicated to one of America’s most beloved presidents and humans. Opened in 1922, this is one that cannot be missed by anyone’s gaze.

 

From the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier to the JeffersonMemorial to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial – there is a list of ‘must-sees’ that only America’s capital can boast. And when it comes to tall structures that mean something to every citizen of this country, The Washington Monument, erected for the first President of the United States, is something to be seen up close and not only on the Internet. Although construction began on this stunning obelisk in 1848, the structure was not actually completed until 1884, due in large part to the years in which the country was fighting the Civil War (1861 – 1865). Today, the 554-foot tall structure (the world’s tallest structure made of stone) stands within Washington D.C.’s National Mall.

 

Last, but certainly not least (for this article) is that lady that stands for everything this country (once) stood for and should stand for to this day. Given as a gift by the French in 1886, the Statue of Liberty stands 151 feet tall and is considered by most to be the epitome of freedom. Located off the southern tip of Manhattan, with Ellis Island yet another sight to see close by, Lady Liberty to this day greets all ships and vessels entering New York City. Some passengers still have dreams in their minds and hope for better lives in their hearts. Let us hope that remains for a good long time to come.

 

There are thousands of memorials, structures, forts, and cities that bring about awe – such as Gettysburg, Pennsylvania – that all families should venture to on their summer vacations. Not only will you have fun and make lasting memories, but that extra knowledge never hurts either. Enjoy!

 

Source:  Baret News

 

Besson Adapts Comic Book Series Novel into Hallucinogenic Sci-fi Spectacular

 

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

Film Review by Kam Williams

Besson Adapts Comic Book Series Novel into Hallucinogenic Sci-fi Spectacular

In 1997, Luc Besson released The Fifth Element, a visually-captivating sci-fi adventure which netted four Cesars, including Best Film and Best Director. A couple of decades later, Luc is back with Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, an even more innovative, outer space odyssey, if that’s possible. The groundbreaking extravaganza is based on “Valerian and Laureline,” a comic book series written by Pierre Christin and illustrated by Jean-Claude Mezieres.

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The futuristic tale is set in the 28th Century, and stars Dane DeHaan in the title role as a time/space traveling military officer for Alpha, a city with a thousand planets. Straitlaced Major Valerian patrols that universe with Laureline (Cara Delevingne), a Sergeant well-versed in virtual reality operations.

He also happens to have a crush on his relatively-rebellious sidekick, although she routinely rebuffs his romantic overtures. And they report directly to Commander Arun Filitt (Clive Owen) who, in turn, answers to General Okto Bar (Sam Spruell) as well as Alpha’s Minister of Defense (Herbie Hancock).

The film unfolds on Mul, a utopian paradise inhabited by a peaceful species of bald, bejeweled, barely-clothed creatures. It isn’t long before their carefree frolicking is irreversibly disrupted by an unprovoked attack on the planet by an unknown army of hostile aliens.

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The picture abruptly shifts from this devastating apocalypse to a serene scenario worlds away where we find Valerian and Laureline relaxing on a sandbar and soaking up rays. He awakens from a bad dream, a subtle suggestion that everything that we’ve just witnessed might’ve merely been a figment of his imagination.

It would be criminal for me to spoil your cinematic experience by divulging any further developments. Suffice to say that the protagonists proceed to embark on a breathtaking, intergalactic roller coaster ride worth way more than the price of admission.

  Along the way, they cross paths with an array of colorful characters ranging from a space age pimp (Ethan Hawke) to a solicitous stripper with a heart of gold (Rihanna). But people mostly serve as distracting interruptions in this eye-popping, special f/x-driven spectacular to remember.

All I can say after watching it is, “Wow!”

Excellent (4 stars)

Rated PG-13 for action, violence, suggestive material and brief profanity

Running time: 137 minutes

Production Studio: EuropaCorp

Distributor: STX Entertainment

Source:  Baret News

 

This Summer the RV Gets an A+

 

This Summer the RV Gets an A+

by Amy Lignor

 

When it comes to summer vacation (and vacation plans for the fall, by the way) it is a fact that almost *80% of Americans are planning to get in their RVs and hit the highways for a road trip in 2017. (*Statistics provided from AAA). No, it’s not just those who love to camp, or hunt, or fish, or be a part of the Great Outdoors – choosing the RV comes from low gas prices, great weather, and being provided with some of the coolest places on the map to visit.

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Hitting the road is part of American freedom, in a way. By living in your own ‘motel,’ you experience an easier ride, so to speak, than other travelers: Taking any road you want, traveling anywhere you wish to go, not having to worry about plane rides and delays, not having to pay big money at restaurants, because you’re able to eat inside your own RV ‘motel,’ and the list goes on. You also experience more fun by putting together a plan that allows you to hit as many tourist destinations as you want.

 

Recently, AAA, and other travel sites, have put together their own lists when it comes to the perfect places for RVers to go and take a gander at. These are places most researched on the Internet, as well as places that some may not even know about but that are perfect for the RV traveler.

 

We begin with…an island. The KOA Campground on South Padre Island is awesome. A long barrier island situated in the Gulf of Mexico, there are miles of beaches and other campgrounds that are incredible for the RV. Just think, you’re between Padre Island National Seashore and Port Isabel, which means you have all the time in the world to enjoy your ‘motel on wheels’ as you soak in the sun.

 

Ahhh…Florida. Key West, as most people know, is the ultimate vacation spot. Here is the end of the line when it comes to the U.S. of A., offering the most stunning sunsets and most delicious drinks in all the land. Being the very last town to hit in the long chain of islands that stretch into the Gulf, the campgrounds are just waiting for your RV to arrive so that you and the family can fish, snorkel, or just sit back and enjoy those drinks as you watch the fiery sun set.

 

A completely different view, but the same sort of awesomeness when it comes to vacationing in the RV, can be found at Horse Thief Lake in South Dakota. Yes, Mount Rushmore is the big money-maker up there for tourists, but Horse Thief Lake is ‘the’ spot for the perfect camping experience. The trails all around are inspiring, and investigating the Black Hills National Forest before returning to the RV every evening is something that will live in the memory banks for all time.

 

In southern Oregon, RVers have talked about the spectacular views around Crater Lake, which is a lake filled only with rainwater and snow that goes down 1,900 feet. Many RV parks are there to choose from, and heading out there to enjoy this deepest lake in the U.S. is the perfect choice if you want to bike, boat, swim and more.

 

We all know that RVers love Yellowstone, as well, and love to park their ‘motel’ in order to sit in this magnificent area and witness everything from Old Faithful spewing to the most amazing array of wildlife imaginable. But there are also other spots you may not know about.

 

Looking for a true historical journey in the RV? Well, then look no further than Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia. Stretching over 300+ acres, you are talking about exploring the past in your RV. Driving and walking, you will become a part of the 18th century as you explore hundreds of buildings and shops that have been reconstructed on their original foundations. This is one trip so cool that both adults and kids will find history to be a whole lot of fun!

 

If wanting to visit the West, Arches National Park in Utah is one that RVers will enjoy. Instead of historical buildings, you will discover 2,000 natural sandstone arches set among other incredible rock formations. Millions of years of geologic history can be found here, and while sitting outside the RV having dinner, watching the textures and colors of the desert all come together makes for the most incredible sights to witness.

 

Last, but certainly not least, if you’re an RVer looking to plan something for the cooler days of autumn, heading over the highways and roads of the small towns and historic locales located in the Northeast United States is absolutely perfect. Here is ‘the’ area that must be visited at least once in order to be a part of the incredible fall foliage season. Beginning in September in the northern regions and ending in early November in the southern locations of the Northeast, a fall foliage RV tour is a ‘bucket list’ must.

 

So forget those long lines at ticket counters and the uncomfortable beds in those hotel rooms. RVing is a national pastime that has once again become uber-popular with travelers and should be enjoyed!

 

Source:  Baret News

 

Real Estate: Refinancing Rates on the Rise in 2017

 
Real Estate: Refinancing Rates on the Rise in 2017

by Amy Lignor

 

The term ‘meteoric rise’ usually applies to something fun. Think: A Hollywood actor who has been ‘discovered.’) Unfortunately, when it comes to this article, ‘meteoric rise’ is something that will not bring a smile to one’s face. To put it simply, if you wish to refinance your home, you need to do it ASAP. If choosing to wait too much longer, homeowners across the country are going to miss out on saving huge amounts of money.

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Although mortgage rates are still near historic lows, no one could possibly believe that they will stay that way. And with the politics being what it is at this time (and showing no signs of changing in a positive way whatsoever) real estate will be changing and so will banking. Trump and the Federal Reserve are setting up the country (according to experts in both the banking and real estate industries) for higher interest rates. With millions of Americans eligible to refinance in 2017, but haven’t yet, it is highly important to note that these interest rates will experience a meteoric rise – rising so fast that if you don’t refinance now, you may not have another time to do so.

 

Mortgage rates are tied to the economy, and economic uncertainty is what you’re looking at from now on. From weak job reports to current military action causing concern, economists are being very realistic when saying that they have no idea what’s going to happen next. Uncertainty, as the past has proven to everyone, throws mortgage rates out of control, causing them to suddenly skyrocket to the highest levels ever seen. The low refinance rates that smart homeowners have taken advantage of thus far have provided them with reduced monthly mortgage payments.

 

So, how do you go about refinancing in 2017, so you can take advantage of the low interest rates ASAP? Here are the steps to take:

 

First of all, move fast. Though rates won’t rise immediately, that steady upward movement they will have is not going to change direction and will hit that ‘meteoric rise’ moment. According to Consumer Reports, the historically low rates that we have experienced are not going to go any lower, which means now is the time to refinance.

 

Second, you need to make sure that your credit score is in good shape. You must remember, even though rates are low does not mean you quality for them. Seeing as that your credit score is a large part of getting these rates, check your report for any errors that have been made, then make sure to pay your bills on time, and use those credit cards sparingly. Make a budget and stick to it in order to reap the benefits of refinancing.

 

Thirdly, think about refinancing into an adjustable-rate mortgage. In an unstable environment where the interest rates will rise, ARM’s make sense since these loans will come with lower initial rates than fixed mortgages. They’re especially the ones to choose if you already know you plan on staying in your home no longer than the fixed term of the loan. The other side of this comes when refinancing out of an ARM. If you’re concerned about the interest rate rising on your adjustable-rate mortgage, refinancing to a fixed-rate product can allow you to lock in a new rate to make your monthly payments more predictable. This is better to use when already having the knowledge that your home is going to be the one that lasts a lifetime.

 

In addition, refinancing to a shorter term fixed-rate loan can save you cash. Not only is the interest rate lower than with a thirty-year fixed-rate loan, but the shorter term also means you’ll save more cash over the life of the loan by paying less interest.

 

In the end, the facts ring true: experts ranging from economists to financial advisors to real estate agents state that this historically low interest rate level will rise (meteorically) one day soon. Therefore, the time to refinance is now in order to save your money before it disappears completely.

 

Source:  Baret News

 

World War II Epic Recreates Flotilla’s Heroic Rescue of Stranded Allies

 

Dunkirk

Film Review by Kam Williams

World War II Epic Recreates Flotilla’s Heroic Rescue of Stranded Allies

When Hitler ordered an all-out assault on the Western Front in the spring of 1940, the vaunted Maginot Line proved to be no match for the pulverizing German blitzkrieg. The Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg and France all fell in a matter of weeks, and the rapid collapse proved particularly problematic for the Allied forces.

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By May 26th, about 400,000 British, French, Polish, Belgian and Dutch troops had been driven to the sea at Dunkirk, a port located along the northern coast of France. The retreating soldiers soon found themselves stranded on the beach, since there weren’t enough military naval vessels to mount a rapid, full-scale evacuation.

The logistical nightmare left most of the beleaguered, battle weary men in dire need of a miracle, as they’d basically become sitting ducks for Nazi artillery.and Luftwaffe bombs. At 7 pm that evening, the desperate British prime minister decided to issue an urgent appeal to private boat owners to join the rescue effort.

By dawn, over 800 hundred vessels had been pressed into service. The improbable flotilla included everything from speed boats and yachts to tugboats and fishing trawlers to ferries and ocean liners.

For the next nine days, they negotiated their way back and forth across the U-Boat infested waters of the English Channel. And although about a third of the ship would be sunk by the enemy, the altruistic patriots managed to save 338,226 troops. 

Leave it to Winston Churchill to put a positive spin on such a devastating military defeat.which claimed the lives of 68,000 Britain soldiers and left the country in fear of an imminent invasion. On June 4th, he took to the floor of the House.of Commons  to deliver a rousing speech assuring the alarmed citizenry that there was no doubt that Great Britain would ultimately prevail.

“Whatever the cost may be,”he said in a stirring summation, “We shall fight on the beaches… We shall fight on the landing grounds… We shall fight in the fields and in the streets… We shall fight in the hills…” concluding, “We shall never surrender!”

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All of the above has been chronicled in unique fashion in Dunkirk, a visually-captivating, World War II epic directed by Christopher Nolan. Nolan, the best British director besides Alfred Hitchcock never to win an Oscar, has made a string of memorable movies that includes Memento, Inception, Interstellar and the Batman trilogy, to name a few.         

Here, he’s found a novel way to recreate the historic evacuation. Instead of having the docudrama revolve around a single protagonist or a single unit, he has deftly interwoven a half-dozen or so discrete storylines highlighting the different perspectives of a number of unsung heroes. Whether on land, by sea or in the air, many among this patriotic band of brothers survive, but some do make the ultimate sacrifice in the valiant stand against the unspeakable evil spreading across Europe.

Shot in 70mm, Dunkirk is an instant classic worth the extra investment to catch on an IMAX screen. An inspirational tribute to Britain’s Greatest Generation that just might be Chris Nolan’s best picture yet!

Excellent (4 stars)

Rated PG-13 for intense battle scenes and some profanity

Running time: 106 minutes

In English, French and German with subtitles

Production Studio: Syncopy

Distributor: Warner Brothers Pictures

Source:  Baret News

 

Choosing Binoculars for the Ultimate 2017 Hunt

 

Choosing Binoculars for the Ultimate 2017 Hunt

 

Any hunter will tell you the most important choices to make when going for that ultimate successful hunt comes from the little things. Yes, the guns, the location for the hunt, the clothing that’s best for the winter and/or summer hunt – all of these things are on the hunter’s ‘must-buy’ list. But there is one other thing that is just as important: the binoculars.

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As you slowly develop into an advanced hunter who is all about success, quality optics will become highly important to you. And the cheaper the binoculars are, the chances become greater that they will not survive to even ‘see’ the next season arrive.

 

Purchasing high quality optics is a long term investment for the avid hunter or outdoorsmen who knows they will be out in that field or in those woods tracking the perfect stag for many years to come. They need high-performance binoculars that are engineered from the best materials so they will last a good, long time.

 

There are three tips when it comes to making that purchase. Research is the first. Like any piece of equipment, there are a broad range of binoculars out there with all different types of features. They each are focused on one type of activity or another. Such as, some of the greatest binoculars for hunting deer will be different from ones created specifically for birding. Therefore, to get the best value for your money, the research must be done to find exactly what it is you need the most.

 

There are many things you will research and read up on: from prism design to lens coatings to total weight and more. But the first tip to zone in on is understanding magnification. 8×42 and 10×42 are the most popular sizes of binoculars for hunting. Power and light gathering capability is what you need to understand – what combination is best when thinking about hunting in low light conditions. Take the 8×42: the first number in magnification means ‘8 times’ closer than with an unaided eye. If you hunt mostly in woodsy areas where visibility is limited, the 8×42’s are the binoculars that are best; whereas, if hunting in open fields, the 10×42 become better.

 

The second tip comes in the pricing of binoculars. It is very true in life that you get what you pay for. In other words, buying binoculars under $100 will not get you the best on the market. You also do not need to ‘sell the farm’ to buy a pair either. Middle range ($300-$600) is a good range to look into.

 

The third tip is in regards to checking out the widest field of view, and judging whether or not you will need extras, such as, waterproof/fog proof lenses, and how lightweight you wish the binoculars to be.

 

To help you begin, here are some top-notch choices, made by hunters, when it comes to the best and highest quality optics on the market today:

 

The 8×42 Vortex Diamondback binoculars are perfect when it comes to deer hunting. Whether you are a hunter who likes the woods or setting up in the open fields, these binoculars are a great choice to help spot that whitetail. High magnification with a solid field of view, even bow hunters should think about investing in these. Now…don’t roll the eyes. Even though you bow hunters can only shoot an animal 25 yards away, binoculars can help you track the animal’s movements.

 

For those hunters who are interested in purchasing “compact hunting binoculars,” look no further than the Bushnell H20. Compacts are popular with hunters, but to achieve the compact design the lenses are smaller in diameter. What this means is, if needing the same magnification as the larger models, you may need to move down in magnification to 6x when it comes to the compacts. With the Bushnell H20 you are looking at roof prisms made from Bak-4 glass, with fully-coated lenses, and can be used in all kinds of weather because of the waterproof and rubberized housings.

 

Lastly, if money is one of those thing that is no object for you, Bushnell Fusion are the binoculars of choice for the avid hunter who loves having a rangefinder. Worth every penny, this sophisticated technology measures the exact distance to the target. The reflection return of the rangefinder’s laser back to the binoculars displays a perfect target range reading. What does that mean? A chance for even more success.

 

Just remember, when you’re torn about the gun, the clothing, the outdoor gear and more – make sure you also spend time purchasing the right binoculars as well. Let’s face it, no matter what other products you have in the back of that truck, none will matter if you can’t actually ‘see’ what you’re shooting at in the first place.

 

Happy Hunting!

 

Source:  Baret News

Sea Chaser 24 HFC sets Standard for Serious Fish, Play Boat

 

 
Sea Chaser 24 HFC sets Standard for Serious Fish, Play Boat

By Craig Lamb

Are you a hardcore saltwater tournament angler? Will your family spend just as much time aboard the boat as you do fishing?

Finding a center console saltwater boat rigged and ready for fish and play isn’t that hard to find. What is though is finding a boat designed for comfort, safety and all the features you need for winning a tournament and keeping smiles on faces of family.

 

The boat that fills all those needs, and in luxury, comfort, and style, is the Sea Chaser 24 HFC by Carolina Skiff. Hybrid Fish & Cruise (HFC) truly means what it stands for in a boat. The revolutionary design of the HFC 24 is built from the bottom up with devoted fishermen and active families in mind.

Whatever the activity the 24 HFC is already rigged out with the features everyone needs to enjoy a long day on the water. Head out early for a long offshore run to catch pelagic species and then cruise a secluded island for an afternoon of beachcombing. You can do it all on the same trip with this features-loaded rig.

The 24 HFC delivers safety, comfort, style, and performance like no other boat in the class. The 24 HFC has a wide 101-inch beam, length overall of 23 feet, 9 inches, and a respectable gunwale height. You get that for safety, along with a fuel tank holding up to 100 gallons for long offshore runs and overnight trips to faraway destinations. The 24 HFC is rated for a maximum of 300 horsepower, providing plenty of transom space for dual outboards.

Comfort. That word sums up the interior family-friendly features of the 24 HFC. Up front is plush U-shaped bow lounge seating with forward facing backrest. Another bench seat can be folded down flush to the console for more cockpit roaming space.

Need storage space? There is more than you can ever need for watersports and other gear. Below the bow seating is a 208-quart/52-gallon compartment. Never loose sight of your cold beverage on this boat. There are eight stainless steel LED-illuminated cup holders throughout the boat. Additional bench seating is available, and a bi-fold console door leads to a marine head with standard Porta-Potti.

Tournament pros or weekend warriors will appreciate the blue-water setup for offshore fishing. Rocket launcher-style rod holders aft of the optional T-top and gunwale storage for six rods provide plenty of space to keep outfits at the ready. Eight top-gunwale mounted holders are positioned for trolling and drifting. Twin aerated live wells, a 25-gallon live well and 25-gallon baitwell built into the leaner seat, provide plenty of capacity for a long day of fishing.

Flip the cushioned helm seat and find the built-in live well, a prep sink with fold-down faucet and cutting board lid. Up front is a triangular-shaped deck hatch that can be used as a 32-gallong fish box. There’s even a molded recess to secure a bait bucket. Land your catch and store it in the in-floor fish box with bucket storage. Capacity is 128 quarts/32 gallons.

 

The 24 HFC has a large, open cockpit for setting tolling lines, a drift, or plenty of room when you double up with a partner on a trophy catch. There is a 15-gallon storage box extending across the transom bulkhead. Stern bench seating runs from beam to beam. Remove the plush cushions, and you have a built-in casting deck. Below the bench seating is a starboard hatch that opens to the insulated box for storing drinks or fish. The center hatch provides access to batteries and other operating systems of the boat.

For easy access, there’s a built-in side entry door and telescoping swim ladder. How’s that for upping your game for scuba diving, landing fish, or just boarding the boat with safety and ease.

The 24 HFC is built on Carolina Skiff’s legendary and trustworthy 30 years of boat design. Built with 100 percent composite construction, the 24 HFC is build solid and dependable for years of rugged use in saltwater environments. A quick-lift, high-performance step-hull provides quick hole shots to get the boat on plane for a smooth, dry ride.

You have a lot of options about finding out more about the HFC 24, Sea Chaser and Carolina Skiff models. There are 60 in all from which to choose and you can get started at carolinaskiff.com. You can find a dealer, learn more about the brand legacy, and build a boat on the website.  Join the community of Carolina Skiff followers at the Carolina Skiff Facebook Page.

 

Original Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle.com

 

Top Ten DVD List for July 18, 2017

 

This Week’s DVD Releases

by Kam Williams

Top Ten DVD List for July 18, 2017 

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Kong: Skull Island [Riveting Reboot of Classic Franchise]

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0714C2W9C/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Vince Giordano: There’s a Future in the Past [Swing Jazz Documentary]

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B071RLM3YK/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

With Great Power [The Stan Lee Story]

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B008MZZCZI/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

The Promise [WWI Epic about Ethnic Cleansing of Armenians]

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0719XBL75/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

The Penguin Counters [Antarctic Climate Change Documentary]

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B071V6CPGC/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Frontline: Poverty, Politics and Profit [Housing Crisis Expose]

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06ZZ2XN4J/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Buster’s Mal Heart [Fugitive on the Run Thriller]

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06ZZBYD3G/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Free Fire [All Guns/No control Action Thriller]

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B071S6ZX49/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Nature’s Great Race [Odysseys of Migration]

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06Y1T4H7H/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Great Yellowstone Thaw [How Nature Survives]

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B071NMRB46/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Honorable Mention

Masterpiece Mystery: Grantchester [Season 3]

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01NHDGIM8/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Shooter: Season One [Framed Vet Struggles to Clear His Name]

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06XY1ZXY3/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Do You Take This Man? [Gay-Themed Romance Drama]

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B072M6THBP/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Frontline: Second Chance Kids [Juveniles Serving Life Sentences]

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B071YDR6MZ/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Resident Evil: Vendetta [When Evil Seeks Vengeance]

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B072HSQ7J1/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Arthur: Brothers and Sisters [8 Stories about Siblings]

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06X6D448M/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

 

Source:  Baret News 

 

Conservation Tournament Win-Win for Anglers, Yamaha Outboards

 

 

Conservation Tournament Win-Win for Anglers, Yamaha Outboards

By Craig Lamb

The CCA Florida STAR presented by Yamaha is a win-win for saltwater anglers. For 101 days this summer they have the chance to win $500,000 in prizes, including three Carolina Skiff® boats powered by Yamaha Outboards. On the flip side, marine scientists will use catch data to preserve fishing for the future.

The prizes will be awarded for catching tagged redfish. There are other prizes and categories too, making this a great excuse for going fishing in the coastal and offshore waters of Florida.

How you win the prizes is by entering STAR, which stands for State-wide Tournament Anglers Rodeo. It is a catch and photograph format tournament that began on Memorial Day and ends on Sept. 4. The tournament is open to members in good standing of the Coastal Conservation Association, or non-members can enter for $65. Entry fee for CCA members is $35. Click here to join CCA™.

STAR was a huge success last year. The 157 tagged redfish released throughout Florida coastal waters, and the 13 additional divisions, caught the attention of 5,000 registered anglers. The motivation was catching one of the first seven tagged redfish for the chance to win a new GMC Sierra®, a boat, motor, and trailer package valued at over $40,000.

Beyond that, the family-friendly tournament awarded a college scholarship and the chance to win other prizes. Those prizes can be won by entering catches in the additional divisions. Those are Open, Ladies, Fly, Kayak, Lionfish, and Professional Guides division. Eligible species are Spotted Seatrout, Snook, Sheepshead, Non-tagged Redfish, Cobia, Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) & Kingfish.

The Tagged Redfish Division is by far one of the most popular for a huge reason. Click this link to find out the reasons why.

Another fun division for STAR anglers, unique to Florida, is the Conservation Division. This division is designed to reward anglers that provide the most catch data on all fish caught and released while fishing the tournament, no matter what species or size.

STAR entries provide a significant amount of catch data. The conservation community uses the information to make science-based decisions that benefit habitat management, stock assessment and more, to make fishing better all around for Florida anglers.

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Ms. Hall’s Curtain Call!

 

Regina Hall

The “Girls Trip” Interview

with Kam Williams

Ms. Hall’s Curtain Call!

Regina Hall launched her career in the late Nineties while still earning a master’s degree from New York University. The accomplished actress will soon appear in Naked, a remake of the 2000 Swedish film Naken. The romantic comedy co-starring Marlon Wayans is set to be released on August 11th. 

Regina Hall, The “Girls Trip” Interview, career, Scary MovieIn 2016, Regina appeared opposite Morris Chestnut in the suspense thriller When the Bough Breaks. Earlier that year, she was seen on the big screen in Barbershop: The Next Cut an ensemble comedy also featuring Ice Cube, Cedric the Entertainer, Common, Eve and Nicki Minaj. 

Regina’s other outings include The Best Man, The Best Man Holiday, Think Like a Man and Think Like a Man Too. She also starred in About Last Night, a remake of the 1986 film of the same name.  Among her additional film credits are Scary Movie and its three sequels, Paid in Full, Malibu’s Most Wanted and First Sunday. And she was seen in Law Abiding Citizen, Death at a Funeral, Love & Basketball and Disappearing Acts, too

On television, Regina recently made guest appearances on Grandfathered and Black-ish.  In January 2015, she starred in the Lifetime film With This Ring.  Her other TV credits range from Married to Law & Order: LA to Ally McBeal.

Here, Regina talks about her new movie, Girls Trip, an over-the-top comedy co-starring Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith and Tiffany Haddish.

Kam Williams: Hey, how are you Regina? .

Regina Hall: Good, good. How are you, Kam?

KW: Great! I’m honored to have another opportunity to interview you.

RH: Thank you.

KW: What interested you in playing Ryan Pierce?

RH: I think it was just the way her character develops. I was drawn to her journey as a woman who seems to have it all, who has this public persona as a celebrity, yet can get together with her girlfriends and be wild. 

KW: Was there anyone you based her on?

RH: Not on any one person, but on a mix-up of people.

KW: What was it like being directed by Malcolm [Lee] for the fourth time?

RH: It’s always great working with him and Will [producer Will Packer]. It’s such a collaborative process. It’s fun being directed by Malcolm because he knows me, and I know how he likes to work. There’s a lot of trust. I feel comfortable asking  questions, and We can sit down and talk through things

KW: And how was it working with Jada, Tiffany and Queen Latifah?

RH: It was great. It’s so special to get to work with women you’ve respected for so long, and to get to know them as people. It was like we were on a real girls trip.

KW: Had done anything with Larenz Tate before?

RH: No, but he’s great. i loved working with him. I hadn’t worked with Mike [Colter] or Kofi [Siriboe] before either. They were all fabulous. .

KW: Editor/Legist Patricia Turnier asks: How do you feel about the Essence Music Festival?

RH: It’s a great resource and a great place to have fun. It’s the epicenter for black women that time of year. You can meet people from all over. It has great concerts and New Orleans has amazing food. Yeah, I love the Essence Festival!

KW: Patricia was wondering whether there is an African-American icon you would like to portray?

RH: Hmm… that’s a great question, Patricia. Yes, there are one or two I don’t want to reveal. I don’t think anybody has heard of them. 

KW: Patricia also asks: What message do you want people to take away from Girls Trip?

RH: I think it’s about sisterhood, and being true to yourself and to who you are. The movie’s also about friendship. You come to care about these characters because we have a real bond and a real love for each other. Hopefully, people take away that message. 

KW: She like to know how did you like New Orleans?

RH: I love the city. I’ve shot there several times before. The people are so warm. The food is a little bit too tasty. I try to arrive about 5 pounds underweight, so I can a few while I’m there. That way, I won’t look too heavy on camera. I always gain weight when I’m there. But I love New Orleans because it has a lot of heart and a lot of soul, and very beautiful people who are always so kind.

KW: Patricia concludes by saying: You went to college before your acting career. You obtained a master’s degree in journalism. Many kids think they do not need an education to make it in the entertainment industry. How has your education benefited you professionally?

RH: It served several purposes. It helped me to break down and understand scripts. And the discipline of getting my master’s gave me a certain amount of confidence. I don’t think college is the only path, but I enjoyed it and it worked out very well for me. I had some good friends with whom I could get a little crazy, but still be responsible. It was the perfect bridge from living at home to independence. I also love learning. I might have been a professional student and earned a couple of doctorates, if I didn’t have to pay bills. 

KW: It’s unfortunate how expensive college has become, putting higher education out of the reach of most children.

RH: That is sad. Education ought to be affordable for everybody. That only advances a society.

KW: What was your very first job?

RH: I can’t remember if I worked in a movie theater or at Constitution Hall in DC first?

KW: The Uduak Oduok question: Who is your favorite clothes designer?

RH: I honestly don’t know if I could pick just one. There are so many. That list is long.

KW: Larry Greenberg asks: Do you have a favorite movie monster?   

RH: I really do love King Kong. Hope he saves a black woman next time, instead of falling in love with a little blonde lady. 

KW: What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done?

RH: Once, my roommates and I had a cab driver who offered to take 50 cents off for every article of clothing we removed. Now, I wonder why we didn’t get out of the taxi. But, I guess that’s the sort of thing you can get talked into when you’re 19.

KW: How much clothing did you take off?

RH: Not much, since there were three of us. Just our shoes and socks.

KW: Mike Pittman asks: What was your best career decision?

RH: Doing Scary Movie, even though there were some people who thought it would hurt my career, after The Best Man and Love & Basketball. But it was a good decision to do something different, because it opened other doors.

KW: The Gabby Douglas question: If you had to choose another profession, what would that be?

RH: I don’t know… Something with animals. I’d probably be in Borneo, holding an orangutan.

KW: The Kerry Washington question: If you were an animal, what animal would you be?

RH: Probably an orangutan. I love orangutans. There so much fun, and there so close to us in DNA. and they’re so cute with that hair on their heads that sticks up. And their females are the longest nursing of all animals. they love their babies, even though their habitats are being destroyed for palm oil. 

KW: Finally, what’s in your wallet?

RH: Not enough. [LOL]

KW: Thanks again for the time, Regina, and best of luck with Girls Trip.

RH: Thank you so much, Kam.

Source:  Baret News