Sunday, March 31, 2013

Jessica Lucas & Jane Levy WonderCon Anaheim 2013 Day 2

Anaheim, California - Actresses Jessica Lucas twenty seven and twenty three year old Jane Levy looked
beautiful as they attended WonderCon day two to promote their movie "Evil Dead" on the Sony panel March 30th, 2013 in Anaheim, California at Anaheim Convention Center.

Jessica Lucas is a Canadian actress and singer. She is perhaps known for her roles in television, such as, Melrose Place and Edgemont, and in the movies, She's the Man and Cloverfield. Lucas currently stars in the CW series "Cult" and in the movie "Evil Dead" as Olivia.

Jane Colburn Levy is an American actress. She is best known for her current role as Tessa Altman on the ABC comedy series Suburgatory. She made her TV debut on Showtime's Shameless. Levy appeared in two movies in 2012: Fun Size and Nobody Walks. Levy also star in the upcoming movie "Evil Dead" as Mia to premiere  April 5th, 2013.

Guardian Salvage

The U.S. Navy contracted crane vessel M/V Jascon 25 removes the stern section from the mine countermeasure ship Ex-Guardian (MCM 5), which ran aground on the Tubbataha Reef Jan. 17, and places it onto the barge Seabridge. The removal of the stern section completed the removal of the Guardian from the reef. The U.S. Navy and contracted salvage teams continue damage assessments and the removal of equipment and parts to prepare the grounded ship to be safely dismantled and removed from Tubbataha Reef. The U.S. Navy continues to work in close cooperation with the Philippine authorities to safely dismantle Guardian from the reef while minimizing environmental effects. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kelby Sanders/Released)

Lily Collins WonderCon Anaheim 2013 Day 2

Anaheim, California - Twenty four year old Actress Lily Collins looked pretty as she attended the second day of WonderCon to promote "Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones" on the Sony panel at Convention Center on March 30, 2013 in Anaheim, California.

Lily Jane Collins born March 18th, 1989 is an English and American actress, model, and television personality, known for her roles in the films The Blind Side, Abduction, and Mirror Mirror.

Collins was born in Guildford, Surrey, England, and is the daughter of English musician Phil Collins, and his second wife, Jill Tavelman. Her mother is American, and is the president of the Beverly Hills' Women's Club. Collins is the half-sister of actress Joely Collins and musician Simon Collins (from her father's first marriage), and also has two half-brothers from her father's third marriage, Nicholas and Matthew Collins. Her maternal grandfather was a Canadian Jewish immigrant who owned a famous clothing store in Los Angeles.

After her parents' divorce, she moved to Los Angeles, California with her mother when she was five years old. She graduated from Harvard-Westlake School and attended the University of Southern California majoring in broadcast journalism.

Collins started acting at the age of two in the BBC series Growing Pains.

As a teenager, Collins wrote a column (titled NY Confidential) for the British magazine Elle Girl. She has also written for Seventeen, Teen Vogue, and the Los Angeles Times magazines.

She was chosen by Chanel to wear one of its gowns at the 2007 Bal des Débutantes (a charity ball) at the Hôtel de Crillon in Paris, which was featured on season 3 of the reality TV show The Hills. She was picked by Spain's Glamour magazine in 2008 as their "International model of the year" and appeared on the magazine's cover in August 2009.

Collins covered the 2008 US Presidential campaign as a host on the Nickelodeon show Kids Pick the President. She won a 2008 Young Hollywood Award for "Newest Red Carpet Correspondent". She has appeared in two episodes of the television show 90210, including the 2008–2009 season finale. Collins was one of twenty women named by Maxim magazine as one of "The Hottest Daughters of Rock Stars" in 2009.

Collins was in the 2009 film The Blind Side as Collins Tuohy, the daughter of Sandra Bullock's character Leigh Anne Tuohy. She played the warrior priest's daughter Lucy in the thriller Priest, opposite Paul Bettany.

MTV Networks' named her one of the "Breakout Stars to Watch for in 2011". She co-starred in the 2011 action film Abduction with Taylor Lautner. Collins played Snow White in Mirror Mirror, an adaptation of the Snow White fairytale, co-starring Julia Roberts. Robbie Collin from British newspaper The Telegraph wrote, "She has an adorable, sensational, almost perfect face for cinema; think Audrey Hepburn with the eyebrows of Liam Gallagher. Her smile is the Platonic ideal of cheeky." She made her singing debut in the film, performing an English re-written cover of "I Believe (in Love)".

Collins was reportedly to be the lead in the The Evil Dead remake Evil Dead with a release date of April 2013, but dropped out due to a scheduling issue. In March 2012, it was announced that Collins would take the role of Samantha in Stuck in Love, starring alongside Jennifer Connelly, Logan Lerman, and Greg Kinnear. Collins is set to star in the first film adaptation of the New York Times bestselling "The Mortal Instruments" novels by Cassandra Clare, playing Clary Fray.
 Photos Credit: Araya Diaz/WireImage

Man Falls 20 Feet Aboard Cyprus Flagged Tanker Off Texas

HOUSTON — A 28-year-old man was medevaced after sustaining about a 20-foot fall aboard a tanker in the fairway anchorage off Sabine, approximately 55 miles southeast of Port Arthur, Saturday afternoon.

The captain of the 800-foot Cyprus flagged tanker, Nordmark, radioed watchstanders at U.S. Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston for assistance, reporting that a crewmember had sustained an injury to his back after falling in the engineering space.

An aircrew was launched aboard an MH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter from Air Station Houston to assist.

The aircrew hoisted the man from the tanker and transported him to St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Beaumont for medical care.

The man was transported in stable condition.

"It's a good thing the Coast Guard is able to respond to these kind of emergency situations," said Bill Segelken, a watchstander at the sector. "The Coast Guard recognizes that accidents happen and it is important for us to be there, because we are the only ones with the capabilities to conduct medical evacuations from boats.

"Fall related injuries are relatively unique. We probably do accident related medevacs once a month or so."

Segelken noted the more common accidents are from fishing vessels from men working in fishing gear, anchor chains and lines.

4 Boaters Rescued Near Charleston Harbor

CHARLESTON, S.C. — The Coast Guard aided in a rescue of four people from a capsized vessel 11 miles off of the Charleston Harbor Saturday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Charleston received notification of the 28-foot pleasure craft taking on water with four adults aboard at 5:39 p.m. Saturday via the boater's VHF-FM marine radio.

Watchstanders immediately issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast over VHF radio, requesting for other boaters' in the area to assist.

Hearing the distress call over the radio, a Charleston Branch Pilot boat located the then capsized vessel and recovered all four boaters from the water at 6:40 p.m.

Crewmembers from Coast Guard Station Charleston transferred the boaters from the pilot boat and aboard the Coast Guard 41-foot Utility Boat at 6:44 p.m.

The boaters were transported to the shore with no medical concerns. All four boaters were reported to be wearing a life jacket.

All mariners are encouraged to invest in a VHF-FM marine-band radio as their primary means of communication on the water. VHF-FM marine-band radios are far more reliable than cells phones in the marine environment. The Coast Guard monitors VHF-FM Channel 16, the international hailing and distress channel, around the clock. In addition, all mariners in the vicinity will hear distress calls broadcast over VHF-FM Channel 16. Urgent safety information and weather reports for boaters are also broadcast over marine band radio channels.

"Room With A View" The Maine Windjammer Project

"Room With A View"  By Doug Mills
The American Eagle sails past my Grandfathers room with a view.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Molly C. Quinn WonderCon Anaheim 2013 Day 1

Anaheim, California - Nineteen year old Actress Molly C. Quinn of the ABC series "Castle" looked pretty as she attended day one of WonderCon for Superman Unbound in Anaheim, California on March 29th, 2013. WonderCon Anaheim taking place at the Anaheim Convention Center.

At age 6, Molly Quinn performed in her first community ballet, and she has been performing in front of an audience ever since.

Quinn is currently in production on the Newline Cinema film "We're the Millers," directed by Ross Thurber, in which she stars opposite Jennifer Aniston, Jason Sudeikas and Emma Roberts. Prior to that she played the starring role in "Black Forest: Hansel and Gretel & the 420 Witch," from director Duane Journey and producer Mark Morgan ("Twilight" series, "Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief"). Past credits include working alongside Reneé Zellweger and Logan Lerman in "My One and Only," and showcasing her comedic skills alongside John C. Reilly in "Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story." She also worked for acclaimed director Robert Zemeckis in the motion-capture version of the Charles Dickens classic, "A Christmas Carol."

When Quinn's not in front of the camera, she works on numerous projects as a voice over artist. Most recently cast as a voice in Warner Bros. Animation & DC Comics, she has also voiced roles for Cartoon Network's hit series "Ben 10: Ultimate Alien," and is currently the voice of "Bloom" in the Nickelodeon global hit, "The Winx Club."

Currently residing in Los Angeles, Quinn keeps in touch with her roots by routinely traveling home to visit family and friends in Texarkana, Texas.
 Photos Credit: Getty Images

Coast Guard Sentinels To Continue Hawaiian Watch

U.S. Coast Guard feature story by Petty Officer 3rd Class Anthony Soto

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Honolulu are called to action by a urgent request for assistance. A vessel captain reports that his 24-foot charter vessel, the Mellow Yellow, is disabled six miles east of the Big Island of Hawaii with two people aboard. The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Kiska launches as they have done so many times before.

Chief Petty Officer Jacob Buckley, a machinery technician stationed aboard the 110-foot Island Class patrol boat, noted that conditions were far from optimal. Fighting through eight to 10-foot seas and 20-knot winds, the crew arrived on scene and managed to lower their small boat into the water to render assistance. Once aboard the Mellow Yellow, they inspected the entire steering system to see if repairs were possible.

“After seeing there was no way to make repairs to the installed steering system, we had two options,” Buckley said. The options were either tow the Mellow Yellow and crew back to shore or try to rig an emergency steering system and drive them back to Hilo. With daylight waning and a tow requiring reduced speeds, the crew decided to improvise.

Buckley and other crewmembers made an emergency steering system by rigging a six-foot board to the left outboard engine. They secured it in place using duct tape, 20-feet of line and a little ingenuity, allowing the vessel to be steered as they escorted it back to shore.

The 23-year-old Kiska, homeported on the Big Island of Hawaii, is one of two 110-foot Island Class patrol boats in the Hawaiian Islands. The second, the Coast Guard Cutter Galveston Island, is homeported in Honolulu. Since the 1980’s, the 20-person crews aboard these vessels have conducted search and rescue, law enforcement and environmental protection missions throughout the Hawaiian Islands and the Pacific.

Despite the capabilities of these ships, most of the 110’s in the Coast Guard are past their intended service life, established when a ship is designed. As cutters age, crewmembers endure numerous engineering challenges in keeping them operational. Continued heavy use requires constant maintenance and repair. These needs are increasingly preventing the crews from being able to perform their designated missions.

“The cutter does experience casualties. They range from sewage issues, gray-water issues, exhaust leaks, minor system malfunctions to something larger,” said Chief Petty Officer David Jones, a machinery technician and the Galveston Island engineering officer. “Usually they’re small problems, but they take time to fix, and they add up.”

Due to the age of the Galveston Island and Kiska, some parts are no longer available from the manufacturer or the manufacturer is no longer in business. That being the case, getting underway highly depends on whether or not the part that is needed is essential to the ship’s functioning.

The combined issues cost the crews valuable time and reduce service to the people of the Hawaiian Islands, Jones noted. As maintenance issues become more complex the potential impact on mission execution increases. In the context of a search and rescue case this could lead to loss of life.

The delicate balance between maintenance and operations has not gone unnoticed and efforts are being undertaken at the highest levels of the service to ensure the missions and service of the Coast Guard patrol boat fleet are maintained.

“Parts availability and conditions of the ships have been key considerations in the decision to bring new ships to the fleet,” said Lt. Justin Nadolny, a Fast Response Cutter sponsor representative at the Coast Guard’s Office of Cutter Forces in Washington D.C.

The Acquisitions Directorate, the office in charge of recapitalization projects, has worked with industry partners to develop the Sentinel Class Fast Response Cutter. This new class of ship features an array of new technologies, communications systems and living quarters for the crew. Four of these ships are already in use in Miami and two are set to be stationed in Hawaii within the next decade.

“The FRC’s offer significantly improved sea keeping over the 110,” Nadolny said. “It has a much better ability to launch its small boat and improved crew habitability.” Nadolny also pointed out that the FRC’s are capable of travelling farther than the 110’s, an important factor in Hawaii’s vast area of operations.

Today, two 110-foot patrol boats provide essential missions to the Hawaiian Islands and beyond, but due to the increase of maintenance issues, their time is running out. With the introduction of the Sentinel Class Fast Response Cutter, a new and capable platform will provide the Hawaiian community with readiness they can rely for generations to come.

"At North End Shipyard" The Maine Windjammer Project

"At North End Shipyard"  By Doug Mills
The Artic Explorer Bowdoin at North End Shipyard. [May 25, 2010]

Friday, March 29, 2013

Hollywood Records Signs Disney Star Bella Thorne

RCN America learned today that the beautiful Bella Thorne fifteen years of age signed a record deal with Hollywood Records. Bella Thorne stars as the fashionable, adventurous, aspiring dancer CeCe Jones, one half of the comedic duo of young dancers trying to dance her way to stardom, in the new Disney Channel series "Shake It Up."

A three-time nominee and 2009 winner of a Young Artists Award, Thorne had a recurring role on HBO's hit drama "Big Love" playing Bill Paxton’s free-spirited daughter Tancy (Teenie) Henrickson. Her other television credits include the role of Christian Slater's daughter on NBC's "My Own Worst Enemy," Billy Baldwin's daughter on ABC's "Dirty Sexy Money" and Cheryl Hines' daughter on "In The Motherhood." She guest-starred on Disney Channel's Emmy-winning comedy series "Wizards of Waverly Place," "Entourage," "Little Monk," "October Road" and "The O.C."

On the big screen, Thorne starred in the psychological thriller "Forget Me Not" and in the yet to be released coming-of-age story "Raspberry Magic."

She is also the voice of one of the young Ant Kids in "Ant Bully," the video game based on the box-office hit "The Ant Bully."

Thorne has appeared in more than 60 commercials worldwide and was the youngest ever spokesperson for

Savannah Jayde Volunteers At Los Angeles Mission Easter Celebration

Actress Savannah Jayde with Actor Brandon Tyler Russell.
Los Angeles, California - Actress Savannah Jayde took time out of her day to volunteer at Los Angeles Mission Easter Celebration at the Los Angeles Mission on March 29, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. It's great to see Savannah volunteering her time at the Los Angeles Mission Easter Celebration today. Jayde was joined by Actor Brandon Tyler Russell, David Dreier, Actor Stephen Collins and Pro skateboader Ryan Sheckler.

Thank you for volunteering your time to a worthily cause.

About Los Angeles Mission:

The Los Angeles Mission exists to provide help, hope and opportunity to men, women and children in need.

Core Values – Distinctiveness of the Los Angeles Mission

We believe that all services provided to those in need should be done so in love, offering hope, mercy and compassion.

We believe that personal spiritual transformation occurs from strong Christian discipleship, equipping and training.

We believe that addictions can be overcome through prayer, medical treatment and deep, abiding, healthy relationships.

Jennifer Hawkins & Briden Star Marquee First Birthday

Sydney, Australia - Twenty nine year old Model Jennifer Hawkins and Briden Star looked beautiful as they
attended Marquee First Birthday at the Star on March 29, 2013 in Sydney, Australia.

Jennifer Hawkins born December 22, 1983 5' 11" is an Australian beauty queen, model and television presenter best known as Miss Universe 2004. She is the face of Australian department store Myer.
Photos Credit: Don Arnold/Getty Images

Miss Universe Olivia Culpo & Miss USA Nana Meriwether Attend Auction For Hurricane Sandy Relief

New York City, New York - Miss Universe Olivia Culpo & Miss USA Nana Meriwether looked gorgeous as they attended an auction dinner for Hurricane Sandy Relief at Philippe Chow on March 28, 2013 in New York City.

About Olivia Culpo:
Olivia Culpo born on May 8, 1992 is an American beauty pageant titleholder who won the Miss USA 2012 and Miss Universe 2012 pageant, representing her home state of Rhode Island. She previously won the 2012 Miss Rhode Island USA competition, which was the first pageant she entered. She attended Boston University up until she won Miss USA 2012 and is currently not enrolled in school. She was crowned Miss Universe 2012 in Las Vegas; she is the first winner from the USA to obtain the crown since Brook Lee in 1997.

Miss USA 2012
Culpo competed in the Miss USA 2012 competition on June 3, 2012, representing the state of Rhode Island. She won the title of Miss USA. She was crowned by the outgoing titleholder Alyssa Campanella, Miss USA 2011. On July 6, 2012, the city of Cranston, Rhode Island held a special homecoming celebration honoring Culpo for her pageant win. A story time program was held at the Cranston Public Library at which Culpo read The Giving

Yosemite Today

Yosemite Falls and Yosemite Valley at 8:13 this morning.

Yosemite Weather Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 56. East wind 5 to 10 mph becoming west southwest in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 15 mph.
Tonight A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 33. West southwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light and variable in the evening.

Nathan Kress Paramount Pictures' "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" Hollywood Premiere

Hollywood, California - Twenty year old Actor Nathan Kress kept things casual as he walked the red
carpet for Paramount Pictures' "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" Hollywood Premiere at TCL Chinese Theatre on March 28, 2013 in Hollywood, California.

Nathan Karl Kress born November 18, 1992 is an American actor. He is also a professional child model and actor since the age of three, and is best known for his role as Freddie Benson on the Nickelodeon television series iCarly.
 Photos Credit: Getty Images

Audrina Patridge "Fire & Ice Gala Presented by Candy Ice Jewelry to benefit Fresh2o - Water For Life."

Hollywood, California - Twenty seven year old TV personality Audrina Patridge looked pretty in a white
top and skirt as she walked the red carpet for "Fire & Ice Gala Presented by Candy Ice Jewelry to benefit Fresh2o - Water For Life." at Lexington Social House on March 28, 2013 in Hollywood, California.

Audrina Patridge born May 9, 1985 made her small screen debut in 2005 as the fun and outgoing friend on the cast of the hit MTV series, "The Hills" (2006), a reality show which documents the lives of four young girls trying to make a mark for themselves in the fast pace, energetic city of Los Angeles. "The Hills" (2006) had the highest-rated telecast this year for MTV. It was recently awarded for "Choice TV Reality/ Variety Show" at the 2007 Teen Choice Awards show. The show will begin its fourth season in August 2008. Patridge recently completed production on her first film role, MGM Home Entertainment's Into the Blue 2: The Reef (2009) (V). In the film, Patridge stars opposite Chris Carmack and Laura Vandervoort as "Kelsey", a no-nonsense, beautiful beach babe whose boyfriend caters to her every command. Born the eldest of four children in Downey, California, Audrina has always aspired to become an actress in Hollywood and, as soon as she turned 18, she signed with a small management company in LA. She honed her craft by participating in drama classes and private acting lessons, taking a job at Quixote Studios as she waited for her big break. Living a stone's throw away from the MTV production of "The Hills" (2006), Audrina was spotted sunbathing by the pool and was asked by a producer if she would like to join the cast. She happily accepted her role as the dear friend of Lauren Conrad and Heidi Montag in what was sure to be the beginning of her enticing career. Patridge has been a class act since she was a small child. Her grace and charismatic demeanor fuel her ability to light up the camera. Aside from her captivating film presence, Audrina is an accomplished artist and has been active in many activities such as martial arts, cheerleading, kickboxing and especially dance.

Photo Credit: Getty Images

North End Shipyard Spring

North End Shipyard Spring
By Doug Mills
Maritime Editor
RCN America Network

One of the surest signs of spring is when the North End Shipyard starts hauling out the schooners of the Maine Windjammer Fleet.  On Thursday the American Eagle was hauled out for a new coat of paint and it's yearly inspection.

The 92' schooner American Eagle was built in Gloucester, Massachusetts in 1930. For 53 years she was a working member of the famed Gloucester fishing fleet. She is also a National Historic Landmark.

She will spend about a week on the railway at North End Shipyard.  The American Eagle is planning it's first trip of the season on May 17th.

Elodie Yung Paramount Pictures' "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" Hollywood Premiere

Hollywood, California - Thirty two year old Actress Elodie Yung looked beautiful as she walked the red carpet in a feathered blue dress for Paramount Pictures' "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" Hollywood Premiere at TCL Chinese Theatre on March 28, 2013 in Hollywood, California.

Élodie Yung born in Paris, France February 22, 1981 is a French Actress. Her mother is French and her father is of Cambodian origin.She graduated from The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and also has a Master Degree in Law from La Sorbonne.She has practiced Karate for over ten years.

Her first roles were on TV. Following her 2004 film debut as female lead Tsu in Les fils du vent she played the gang lord Tao in District 13: Ultimatum.

Yung returned to TV for the successful police series, Les Bleus, premiers pas dans la police seasons 1-3, with Clémentine Célarié, and Mhamed Arezski.

Elodie appeared in the 2011 film The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo as Miriam Wu, a romantic interest of Lisbeth Salander. In 2013, she appeared on the silver screen as ninja member Jinx, of the Joe squad, in G.I. Joe: Retaliation.
 Photos Credit: Getty Images

The President's Schedule Today

10:30 AM
The President departs Joint Base Andrews
Joint Base Andrews
12:50 PM
The President arrives Miami, Florida
Miami International Airport
1:20 PM
The President tours a tunnel project at PortMiami
Florida, Miami, PortMiami
2:00 PM
The President delivers remarks on the economy
Florida, Miami, PortMiami
3:00 PM
The President departs Miami, Florida
Florida, Miami, Miami International Airport
5:15 PM
The President arrives Joint Base Andrews
Joint Base Andrews

Adrianne Palicki Paramount Pictures' "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" Hollywood Premiere

Hollywood, California - Twenty nine year old Adrianne Palicki looked beautiful in a full length gown as she
walks the red carpet for G.I. Joe: Retaliation" Hollywood Premiere at TCL Chinese Theatre on March 28, 2013 in Hollywood, California.

Adrianne Palicki born in 1983 is an American actress best known for her roles in Legion, Red Dawn and in the TV series Friday Night Lights. In 2013, she played Lady Jaye in G.I. Joe: Retaliation.
 Photos Credit: Getty Images


FRIDAY, MARCH 29, 2013

Secretary Kerry attends meetings and briefings, at the Department of State.

DEPUTY SECRETARY BILL BURNS1:30 p.m. Deputy Secretary Burns attends a meeting at the White House.

11:00 a.m. Under Secretary Hormats participates in an African Leaders Economic Growth Roundtable, at the MCC’s Headquarters.
1:30 p.m. Under Secretary Hormats delivers remarks and participates in a roundtable discussion at the Atlantic Council, at the Atlantic Council’s Headquarters.

1:00 p.m. Under Secretary Sonenshine attends a luncheon hosted by Assistant Secretary Carson on the occasion of the visit of the Four Democratic Partners, led by President Banda of Malawi, Prime Minister Neves of Cape Verde, Foreign Minister Ndiaye of Senegal, and Foreign Minister Kamara of Sierra Leone, at the Department of State.
2:45 p.m. Under Secretary Sonenshine addresses the 171st A-100 class of Foreign Service Officers, at the Department of State.

ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR SOUTH AND CENTRAL ASIAN AFFAIRS ROBERT BLAKE11:00 a.m. Assistant Secretary Blake meets with Bangladesh Ambassador to the U.S. Akramul Qader, at the Department of State.

"The Breakwater at Rockland" The Maine Windjammer Project

"The Breakwater at Rockland"  By Doug Mills
The Victory Chimes and the Nathaniel Bowditch meet at the breakwater in Rockland. [July 16, 2010]