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Fishing report: Week of Feb. 1

Back home again, my routine continues. Make sure the spare tire is good and that I have a jack and tools. Are the life jackets still in the boat? Then a double-check of the hitch ball, hitch lock, safety chain, ground cable and trailer lights. Blown trailer light fuses are cheap to replace, but it’s heck when you find out you’ve got a short in the whole trailer system as you load up your boat in the dark!

Do I need to put the Bimini top on the boat or leave it home? Do I need to put the downriggers on the boat and check to make sure the plug-ins have juice? Are the downrigger balls with me, and will the cable hold up for this trip, or do I need some spare parts just in case? Is the big spotlight still in the boat?

Next is the food. Is there enough water, soft drinks, energy drinks, protein bars or sandwiches to make it through the day? It takes time to get good food, and it’s tough on the fly to get something that’s not all fat and fried, but usually worth it. Antacids and ibuprofen are key items, too.

Collecting all the coats, rain suits, towels, suntan lotion, dark glasses and hats you may need for the elements is another necessity, especially if you’re taking someone who assures you that all they ever need is the T-shirt on their back. They usually are the first to hit the stash of warm clothes!

Lastly, I get to my poles, tackle boxes, net and any special fishing equipment I may need, and I throw it all in the boat.

I finally get in the car, check all the mirrors, while doing a final-final mental checklist, then drive away. At this point, it hits me: I’ve got this nagging suspicion I’m forgetting something. I wonder why this could possibly be?

Roger George can be reached at rogergeorge8000@sbcglobal.net


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Volvo IT Sends Chinese Talent to an IT mission at the Volvo Ocean Race Stop in China

GÖTEBORG, Sweden–(BUSINESS WIRE)–

Regulatory News:

As the official IT supplier to the Volvo Ocean Race, Volvo IT is on a
mission to deliver a world-class IT platform for one of the world’s most
extreme sporting competitions. The three winning Chinese IT students,
that come from different parts of China, will get the opportunity to
help implement , monitor, and support the IT infrastructure for the
Volvo Ocean Race in Sanya. This includes helping to ensure live
broadcast and the transmission of data when the sailing boats will race
in the harbor area of Sanya on February 18th, 2012.

Volvo IT in China delivers IT solutions to the Volvo Group and is
expanding at a rapid speed in Asia. We have a big need to find and
attract talented IT experts. During 2011, the number of employees grew
by more than 100%, and we expect another 60% growth during 2012” says
Anders Dalmén, Manager at Volvo IT in China. “I believe there are many
capable IT-students in China. We want to find those that communicate in
English and enjoy working in global teams.”

The competitors submitted a creative story through text, pictures, or
video, by using Weibo, a Chinese social media similar to Twitter or
Facebook. The stories were judged by a panel of experts based on
creativity, passion, and related IT experience. Ten candidates were
invited for an interview and out of that the three winners were selected.

The winning students were: Ma Li from Tianjin University, Wei Ni Jun
from Nanjing University of Technology and Liu Yuan Wei from Beijing
University of Posts and Telecommunications.

The Volvo Ocean Race stop in China will be a cultural melting pot that
I’m sure the winning students will find very inspiring”, concludes
Anders Dalmén.

2012-02-01

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Full press information can be read and downloaded from http://press.volvooceanrace.com

Facts Volvo Ocean Race:

The Volvo Ocean Race is one of the world’s most demanding global
sporting competitions. During the nine months of the race, the teams
sail over 39,000 nautical miles of the world’s most treacherous seas.
The sailing crews experience life at the extreme: food onboard is freeze
dried, temperatures vary from -5 to +40 degrees Celsius and they only
take one change of clothes. They trust their lives to the boat and
experience hunger and sleep deprivation.

The Volvo Ocean Race started in the Spanish port of Alicante in the
autumn of 2011 and will finish in Galway, Ireland during the summer of
2012.

The course include stopovers in Cape Town (South Africa), Abu Dhabi
(UAE), Sanya (China), Auckland (New Zealand), Itajai (Brazil), Miami
(USA), Lisbon (Portugal) and Lorient (France).

For more information on the Volvo Ocean Race please visit www.volvooceanrace.com

Volvo Information Technology AB is a wholly owned subsidiary of AB
Volvo. With its roots in the automotive industry, the company today
delivers IT solutions and services for all types of companies and
organisations. Its customers include AB Volvo, Ford Motor Company, Volvo
Car Corporation, SCA, Assa Abloy, the City of Stockholm, the City of
Göteborg and other large operations within industry and the public
sector. In 2009, Volvo IT’s global operations generated a turnover of
SEK 7.5 billion and the company had more than 5,000 employees in Europe,
North America, South America and Asia.

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STREET v. DIRECTOR OF REVENUE


 

 

On May 13, 2009, Mr. Street purchased a boat, outboard motor, and trailer from a dealer located in Maryland. After payment of the purchase price and receipt of the certificate of title, Mr. Street transported the boat, outboard motor, and trailer from their location in Maryland to his residence in Greene County. Five days later, Mr. Street registered the boat, outboard motor, and trailer with the Missouri Department of Revenue, at which time he paid, under protest, local sales taxes of $100 on the boat, $78.75 on the outboard motor, and $12.44 on the trailer pursuant to the procedure in section 144.070. Mr. Street subsequently requested from the director of revenue a refund under section 144.190 for the local sales taxes he paid during the registration. In his request for a refund, Mr. Street asserted that his purchase was not subject to local sales taxes in Missouri because the purchase occurred outside the state. The director denied Mr. Street’s request for a refund.In its November 10, 2010 decision, the AHC found that the director properly denied Mr. Street’s request for a refund, with the exception of an overpayment of local taxes on the trailer in the amount of $41.25, as conceded by the director. The AHC specifically found that: (1) the General Assembly intended that both in-state and out-of-state purchases of motor vehicles be taxed equally; (2) local sales taxes apply in the same scope as the state Sales Tax Law, sections 144.010 to 144.525; (3) Mr. Street’s purchase was subject to state use tax under section 144.440, RSMo 2000, a statute within the state Sales Tax Law; (4) section 144.440, RSMo 2000, is exempted specifically from the Compensating Use Tax Law, sections 144.600 to 144.761; and (5) Mr. Street’s out-of-state transaction was deemed to occur in Greene County pursuant to sections 144.069, RSMo 2000, and 32.087.12(2). As a result, the AHC determined that the director properly assessed Greene County sales taxes against Mr. Street. Mr. Street then filed a petition for review with this Court.



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New loan fund aims to help smaller boats with fishing quota

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NEW BEDFORD — In an effort to put some fishing quota back into the hands of the owners of smaller boats, the Patrick administration Tuesday announced a $1 million revolving loan fund financed with federal dollars.

“Our target in implementing this is smaller vessels that have trouble getting access to capital so they can buy sufficient quota to stay in business,” Commissioner Mary Griffin at the Department of Fish and Game told The Standard-Times.

The problem of too little quota is a side effect — some say intentional — of the system of sector management and catch shares introduced two years ago in the Northeast groundfishery. The new system replaced days at sea with quota assignments and a push into cooperatives called sectors, where quota can be bought and sold.

Critics contend that the government set out to push large numbers of boats out of business while consolidating permits among a small group of the largest boats. The loan fund, the first in New England, was preferred by the state over a permit bank as others have put in place. It was seen as a longer-term solution.

Griffin said a lending institution will be chosen to host the fund and establish the guidelines for lending. That, she said, will happen as soon as possible to allow time for boats to obtain loans in time for the May 1 start of the new commercial fishing year.

Boat owners who were sought out for comment were not answering phone calls Tuesday. But Dr. Brian Rothschild, chairman of the Fishery Advisory Board and a scientist at the UMass School of Marine Science and Technology, had a muted reaction.

“The usefulness of that fund is constrained by the assessments and regulations” coming from fisheries regulators. “Having said that, will it make any more of a difference depends on its administration. We’ll have to see about that.”

“The main constraint on the efficient use of our resources is regulations and stock assessments that are inadequate,” Rothschild said. He is particularly concerned about the sudden reversal of the Gulf of Maine cod estimates, which are a topic at this week’s meeting of the New England Fishery Management Council in New Hampshire.

But state officials were more optimistic. “State fisheries managers, industry members and local lending institutions deserve credit for teaming up to produce an effective solution for the very real impacts being felt by fishermen and our fishing communities during implementation of catch share programs in New England,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Richard K. Sullivan Jr., whose office includes the Department of Fish and Game.

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Entrants Named For 2016 Equipment Evaluation

The six skiff entries:
• 29erXX – Ovington Boats
• ARUP Skiff – ARUP
• AURA – Ovington Boats
• Hartley Rebel – Hartley Boats
• Mackay FX – Mackay Boats
• RS900 – RS Sailing

The seven multihull entrants
• Hobie 16 – Hobie Cat
• Hobie Tiger – Hobie Cat
• Nacra 17 – Nacra Sailing International
• Nacra F16 – Nacra Sailing International
• Spitfire S – Sirena Voile
• Tornado – International Tornado Class Association
• Viper – Australian High Performance Catamarans (AHPC)

Throughout the nine day evaluation, sailors nominated by their Member National Authorities will sail the boats and provide feedback. A report will then be produced at the 2012 ISAF Mid-year meeting in Stresa, Italy where ISAF Council will make the final selection.

The centre that’s hosting the evaluation event, will also host the 2014 ISAF Sailing World Championships, where the selected boats will be put on the ISAF Worlds stage for the first time before their Olympic debut in Rio, Brazil 2016. The boats will also be a part of the ISAF Sailing World Cup from 2013.

Click here to view images of all the entrant boats.

For MNAs who wish to get their sailors involved in the evaluation, click here for more information.


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Japanese court gives Chinese fishing boat captain 6-month suspended sentence: media

NAGASAKI, Japan, Jan. 31 (Xinhua) — A local court in Japan’s Nagasaki Prefecture gave a Chinese fisherman a 6-month suspended sentence plus a fine of one million yen (about 13,108 U.S. dollars) for illegal operation in Japanese territorial waters, Chinese consulate-general officials said here Tuesday.

The local court ruled that the fisherman offended the country’s fishing order by operating illegally in Japanese territorial waters for coral.

The fisherman, Zhong Jinyin, was sentenced to six months in prison, which was suspended for three years.

Officials at the Chinese Consulate-General in Nagasaki told Xinhua that the fisherman had accepted the ruling and was transferred to the Fukuoka Regional Immigration Bureau after he paid the fine.

Zhong was the captain of a fishing boat that was found carrying out operation in Japanese territorial waters off Goto Islands in southwestern Nagasaki Prefecture by local coast guards.

Zhong was taken to the coast guard office in the city of Nagasaki on Dec. 20 and has been detained there since that day.

The other 10 crew members on board were brought to the city on the following day. They were released on Dec. 29.

On learning the detention, the Chinese consulate-general has urged the Japanese authorities to ensure the safety of the Chinese fishermen and make sure their legal rights be protected.

The officials at the consulate-general said the fisherman is expected to be repatriated in the next couple of days.


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MarineMax records Q1 net loss

MarineMax posts Q1 2012 net loss

January 31, 2012
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CLEARWATER, Fla. – MarineMax reported today that revenue for the first fiscal quarter of 2012, which ended Dec. 31, was $91.8 million compared to $92.2 million in the same quarter of last year. Same-store sales were up 2 percent in the quarter compared to an 8 percent decrease in the same quarter of 2010.

The company suffered a net loss of $4.2 million, which is an improvement over a net loss of $4.7 million in the same quarter of 2010. MarineMax said in a release that the net loss was reduced by approximately $1.4 million related to the favorable resolution of various amount due from a manufacturer the company no longer carries.

Excluding that resolution, MarineMax reported a net loss for the quarter of $6.1 million.

Wiiliam H. McGill, Jr., Chairman, President, and CEO of MarineMax, said in a statement that the fourth quarter was the company’s fifth consecutive quarter of new boat unit sales growth, improving same store sales and expanding gross margins.

“Specifically,” he added, “we generated increases in our higher margin businesses of brokerage, finance and insurance, parts and accessories, service, and storage that contributed, along with higher product margins, to drive an increase in our overall gross margins for the quarter. While total revenue was approximately flat to the prior year, our new boat unit sales are well above reported industry trends.”

McGill concluded by saying that he felt comfortable with the company’s position heading into the boat show season.

“We are comfortable with our inventory levels as we head into the busy boat show season,” McGill said in a statement. “Early results from the shows we have attended have produced encouraging results. While we cannot control the timing, we believe the industry is starting to experience improvement in new unit sales, which should further enhance our operating results.”

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MarineMax records Q1 net loss

MarineMax posts Q1 2012 net loss

January 31, 2012
Filed under News, Top Stories

CLEARWATER, Fla. – MarineMax reported today that revenue for the first fiscal quarter of 2012, which ended Dec. 31, was $91.8 million compared to $92.2 million in the same quarter of last year. Same-store sales were up 2 percent in the quarter compared to an 8 percent decrease in the same quarter of 2010.

The company suffered a net loss of $4.2 million, which is an improvement over a net loss of $4.7 million in the same quarter of 2010. MarineMax said in a release that the net loss was reduced by approximately $1.4 million related to the favorable resolution of various amount due from a manufacturer the company no longer carries.

Excluding that resolution, MarineMax reported a net loss for the quarter of $6.1 million.

Wiiliam H. McGill, Jr., Chairman, President, and CEO of MarineMax, said in a statement that the fourth quarter was the company’s fifth consecutive quarter of new boat unit sales growth, improving same store sales and expanding gross margins.

“Specifically,” he added, “we generated increases in our higher margin businesses of brokerage, finance and insurance, parts and accessories, service, and storage that contributed, along with higher product margins, to drive an increase in our overall gross margins for the quarter. While total revenue was approximately flat to the prior year, our new boat unit sales are well above reported industry trends.”

McGill concluded by saying that he felt comfortable with the company’s position heading into the boat show season.

“We are comfortable with our inventory levels as we head into the busy boat show season,” McGill said in a statement. “Early results from the shows we have attended have produced encouraging results. While we cannot control the timing, we believe the industry is starting to experience improvement in new unit sales, which should further enhance our operating results.”

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Fishing boat captain pleads guilty to assault

A Rhode Island man working as a captain of a Massachusetts fishing vessel has pleaded guilty to assaulting two federal monitors posted on his boat to collect fishing data.

Richard Wetherell faces up to six months in prison and a $100,000 fine on each of the two counts. Sentencing was scheduled for April 12.

The 61-year-old Jamestown, R.I., man pleaded guilty Friday in federal court in Boston to charges of physical assault, impeding, intimidating or interfering with the duties of two federal at-sea monitors. The workers were monitoring fishing activities and collecting data under the terms of the nation’s fisheries law, the Magnuson-Stevens Act.


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