PADI, diving and Instructor Development (IDC)

PADI, diving and Instructor Development (IDC)

Camille's Samui Info blog: Road trip from Osan to Samcheok, South Korea []

Posted: 31 Jul 2011 06:58 AM PDT

A road trip from Osan to Samcheok in South Korea with Camille Lemmens

PADI, diving and Instructor Development (IDC) around South East Asia: First ever Western PADI IE in Deoksan, South Korea has been completed []

Posted: 31 Jul 2011 05:25 AM PDT

The first ever Western PADI IE in South Korea has been completed, with students from award winning Platinum PADI Course Director Camille Lemmens

First ever Western PADI IE in Deoksan, South Korea has been completed

Posted: 31 Jul 2011 05:21 AM PDT

First ever Western PADI IE in Deoksan, South Korea has been completed

After the first ever Western PADI IDC in South Korea was completed, it had to be followed by the first ever Western PADI IE in South Korea.

The PADI IE Group picture, from left to right; Jay, Michael, Clyde, Luis, Camille (PADI Course Director), Allen (MI) and Boo Kyung Kim (PADI Examiner and regional manager for South Korea). Sitting in front are Bokhee and Hai-Wen

The PADI IE went smoothly and all of the six candidates were successful, although Bok Hee struggled with the Standards Exam and has to give this another go.

The Marine Tourism & Leisure Sports Centre / 해양관광레저스포츠센터 in Deoksan, where the IE took place, which is part of the Kangwon National University.

The announcement of the IE at the Marine Tourism & Leisure Sports Centre / 해양관광레저스포츠센터 in Deoksan.

Preparation for open water, it was a very wet and coldish day with lots of fog!

Boo Kyung Kim the PADI Examiner and regional manager for South Korea, myself and Jimmy Kim, a Korean PADI Course Director who helped out during the rescue training part in Open Water

It was a great adventure for me and I enjoyed being here in South Korea a lot. The IDC was fun and travelling through the Korean country side to the IE location was very interesting. I'm looking forward to continue opening the Western market in South Korea and new IDC dates are being planned towards January/February 2012. If you're interested, let me know!


Camille's Samui Info blog: Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 31st July, 2011 []

Posted: 31 Jul 2011 04:55 AM PDT

Daily weather updates for tropical island destination Koh Samui in Thailand by long term resident Camille Lemmens
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Hip Hop International 2011 Live Streaming

Posted: 31 Jul 2011 04:36 PM PDT

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Make A Difference. Join the MADness!

Posted: 31 Jul 2011 04:35 PM PDT

  Make A Difference. Join the MADness! Free dance workshops for GK kids as part of an outreach program by The Crew, UP Streetdance Club, Groove Central and Gawad Kalinga! Workshops will be held every Sunday 2-4pm starting AUGUST14. Everyone is welcome to help, just pm coach Jay De Jesus! Right now, we are looking [...]
The Joy of Fly Fishing in New Brunswick

The Joy of Fly Fishing in New Brunswick

Pickerel Fishing French Lake Fun

Posted: 31 Jul 2011 06:31 AM PDT

pickerel fishing fun

fishing-buddiesWell another fun day of fishing with Casey and Jamie on French Lake has come to an end. The only thing that stopped us was the fact the big light in the sky ran out of energy for the day so we decided to go home.

Even though the wind was fairly strong and of course always blowing in the wrong direction we still had a blast. There was enough cloud cover so we weren't frying all day and plenty of wind so that the bugs had to hang on to trees so they didn't bother us.

Who could ask for more, eh?

The ride up in Casey's truck was full of joking around and teasing each other but of course once we arrived at French lake things got serious. NOT. That would just be strange see three guys in a fishing boat being serious.

Casey hooked and caught the first fish of the day. For a perch it put up quite a fight but Casey still managed to land it, even without the use of his rubber net. Sadly that had to hold him for a while as Jamie decided to take over.

Casey lands the first fish, a feisty little perch with an attitude.

Now Jamie's first fish could have eaten Casey's perch but even so Casey had the bragging rights for catching the first fish.

The score was now one fat perch for Casey and one long skinny 22.000017 inch pickerel for Jamie. I was still in practice mode, I guess.

Jamie's pickerel trying to flip out of his hand

Then for a while the two of them were going crazy with strikes, although they weren't landing any. Casey is in the back of the boat, Jamie in the front with me in the middle and I can't get a strike at all. It was time to change baits.

Jamie landed a second pickerel, a little smaller than his first and Casey was trying to figure out why the pickerel were not getting the point he was presenting. They just wouldn't stay on his hook.

Casey was trying a new lure he had just bought the day before but the pickerel just seemed to smack it with getting the hook. After a bit he gave up and tried another bait and landed himself a nice pickerel.


Eventually I had practiced enough and got my first strike and first pickerel.

It always amazes me how three people can be in a boat, fishing the same water, structure and weeds with two people getting attention while the third is completely ignored by the fish.

Sometimes we go fishing and one person royally kicks butt and yet we're only a few feet apart.

We had a lot of action as well as fun of course.

My biggest catch for most of the day was 19 inches. The majority of catches seemed to be right around 19 and 20 inches but my last catch of the day was my best at 22 inches.

Smiling Jimmy with his biggest fish of the day.

At this point is was dark, very dark. Sure glad Casey knew where the heck he was going because I would have had to stay out there all night waiting for daylight to find my way back.

At the end of the day the final score was Casey with 8 Chain pickerel plus 1 fat perch, Jamie with 10 Chain pickerel and myself with 15 Chain pickerel. I may have started off slow but gain ground over the rest of the day.

Another great day. We got home just about midnight and I'll tell you it didn't take me long to pass out once I got home.

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Packers Training Camp: Day 1 News

Posted: 31 Jul 2011 05:58 AM PDT

Legendary senior writer jclombardi–photos & notes training camp, day 1.

Ray Nitschke Field facility for Packers training camp. Credit: Evan Siegle GPPG.

McCarthy watches team practice. Credit: Evan Siegle GBPG.

Annual Training Camp Bike Ritual. Credit: Tom Lynn Jsonline.

LB Bishop leads drills. Credit: Evan Siegle GBPG.

Offensive Line-Rookie LG Sherrod. Credit: Evan Siegle GBPG.

QB Rodgers runs offense. Credit: Evan Siegle GBPG.

Training Camp Day 1 notes: Rookie Derek Sherrod, 1st round draft choice, worked with the No. 1 offense at the LG position and also took a few snaps at LT. The No. 2 LG was T.J. Lang. At LT, Marshall Newhouse worked behind Chad Clifton. Rookie Caleb Schlauderaff was No. 2 behind RG Josh Sitton. Nick McDonald was No. 2 behind C Scott WellsCharlie Peprah was given the opening-day assignment at SS ahead of Morgan Burnett. Ditto for Frank Zombo at ROLB over Erik Waldenand Brad JonesMike Neal worked with the No. 1 base defense at right DE ahead of Howard Green. The Packers didn’t assign the No. 89 jersey, presumably because they still would like to re-sign free agent wide receiver James JonesJohn Kuhn’s No. 30 hasn’t been assigned, either. On the other hand, they did assign No. 20 to running back AlexGreen. It had been worn for five years by safety Atari Bigby, another free agent who obviously will not return. The No. 57 jersey worn by linebacker Matt Wilhelm, another free agent, was given to linebacker Ricky ElmoreInjuries update: Diyral Briggs (hamstring) and undrafted rookie defensive end Eli Joseph (didn't pass physical) sat out the session while Morgan Burnett (knee), Jermichael Finley (knee) and Mike Neal (shoulder) were limited to individual drills.

Seattle Seahawks Depth Chart (Current)

Posted: 31 Jul 2011 03:38 AM PDT

This whole competition thing Uncle Pete preaches is nice and all but thus far into training camp it seems that theme is relegated mostly to guys filling out the depth chart more than it applies to starters. In fact, I think the most compelling position battle will be among the unproven kickers and I don’t think it can be argued there are really any starting positions “up for grabs” either. Correct me if I am wrong of course but unless someone like Antonio Cromartie gets snatched up or Richard Sherman/Alan Branch just kill it and beat out Thurmond/Cole I don’t see much shuffling amongst the starters.

What compels me to do an “in training camp” depth chart was doing research for an article and noticing there are not a ton of current depth charts out there, I know the roster but not where all the pieces fall right off the top of my head and I got deservedly called out for leaving a backup defensive lineman out of an article. Pete sure likes his roster turnover, so I thought I would do the 12th Man justice and make one based on the current roster

Rookies, undrafted free agent rookies, and free agents are included. Some of the reserves look bare, but there are still free agents to be signed and this will be updated accordingly.



Starter: Tarvaris Jackson

Backup: Charlie Whitehurst

Third String: None


Running Back

Starter: Marshawn Lynch

Backup: Justin Forsett

Third String: Leon Washington



Starter: Michel Robinson


Wide Receiver

Flanker: Sidney Rice

Split End: Mike Williams

Slot: Deon Butler

Fourth: Ben Obamanu

Fifth: Golden Tate

Sixth: Kris Durham


Tight End

Starter: John Carlson

Backup: Cameron Morrah

Third String: Anthony McCoy


Left Tackle

Starter: Russell Okung

Backup: Tyler Polumbus

Third String: Paul McQuistin


Left Guard

Starter: Robert Gallery

Backup: Mike Gibson

Third String: Michael Huey



Starter: Max Unger

Backup: Bret Osborne (guard)


Right Guard

Starter: John Moffitt

Backup: Paul Fannika


Right Tackle

Starter: James Carpenter

Backup: Breno Giacomini

Third String: Will Robinson


Left Defensive End

Starter: Red Bryant

Backup: Dexter Davis

Third String: AJ Schable


Right Defensive End

Starter: Chris Clemons

Backup: Pierre Allen


“One Technique” Defensive Tackle

Starter: Brandon Mebane

Backup: Junior Siavii

Third String: Jay Alford


“Three Technique” Defensive Tackle

Starter: Alan Branch (*Colin Cole)

Backup: Kentwan Balmer (*Alan Branch)

Third String: Pep Levingston (*Kentwan Balmer)


Strongside Linebacker

Starter: Aaron Curry

Backup: Matt McCoy

Third String: Malcolm Smith


Inside “Mike” Linebacker

Starter: Lofa Tatupu

Backup Blake Sorensen

Third String: Mike Morgan

(I know the last two aren’t prototypical inside linebackers).


Weakside Linebacker

Starter: David Hawthorne

Backup: Leroy Hill

Third String: KJ Wright



LCB Starter: Marcus Trufant

RCB Starter: Walter Thurmond

Nickel- Roy Lewis

Dime- Richard Sherman

Quarter- Byron Maxwell


Free Safety

Starter: Earl Thomas

Backup: Mark Legree


Strong Safety

Starter: Kam Chancellor

Backup: Jeron Johnson



Brandon Coutu vs. Wes Bynum (oh snap position battle)



Starter: Jon Ryan


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Cincinnati Inks Veteran Free Agent CB Nate Clements

Posted: 30 Jul 2011 09:53 PM PDT

The Bengals Saturday shored up their secondary, coming to terms with freee agent cornerback Nate Clements. He was released by the 49′ers earlier this week, allowing him to seek employment elsewhere.

It’s a good signing for the Bengals, as he will take the spot of Johnathan Joseph, who signed as a free agent with the Texans. Defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer, not happy about losing Joseph, sounded off about it and who would be able to step in for him.

Back in 2007 Clements inked an eight-year, $80 million deal that was pushed to a 10-year average with San Fran. In the end, Clements played out only half of the contract. The 10-year veteran spent six seasons in Buffalo before signing with the 49ers.

A 2001 first-round pick out of Ohio State by the Bills, Clements has 33 interceptions over his career.

Tennessee Inks Veteran Free Agent LB Barrett Ruud

Posted: 30 Jul 2011 09:07 PM PDT

Veteran middle linebacker Barrett Ruud has agreed to a one-year deal with the Titans, Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean reports.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

A second-round pick out of Nebraska by the Buccaneers in 2005, Ruud became the full-time starting middle linebacker in 2007. Over the last four seasons, Ruud has accumulated 511 tackles, five quarterback sacks, six interceptions, with 20 passes defensed.

Labor issues have hurt Ruud on several occasions during his career.

The first instance came in 2005, when Ruud was signed to a five-year rookie contract less than a year before the 2006 CBA limited second-round picks to four-year contracts. That fifth year meant Ruud was under contract through 2009, leading to Ruud being denied unrestricted free agency in the uncapped season.

Ruud played the 2010 season under the “First- and Third-Round” restricted free agent tender, earning $3.268 million in base salary. Finally there’s the lockout, which by running into late July likely kept Ruud from signing a long-term contract.

Bears Sign RB Marion Barber and DT Amobi Okoye

Posted: 30 Jul 2011 08:43 PM PDT

The Bears added a pair of discarded players on Saturday, agreeing to terms with defensive tackle Amobi Okoye and running back Marion Barber, Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune reports.

A 2007 first-round pick by the Texans, Okoye was not a fit in the Texans’ new 3-4 defense and, after no team was willing to trade for him, was released earlier on Saturday.

Several suitors quickly emerged and the 24-year-old from the University of Louisville agreed to a one-year deal with the Bears, where the 6-foot-2, 302-pounder will play the three-technique spot.

Barber, 28, was released by the Cowboys in a cost-cutting move on Thursday. The 28-year-old is coming off his least productive season and was due nearly $5 million in total compensation in 2011. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Barber’s two-year contract is worth $5 million.

Barber has rushed for 4,358 yards and 47 touchdowns over the last six seasons, adding 174 receptions for 1,280 yards and six touchdowns out of the backfield.

Will the Steelers and WR Plaxico Burress Make a Deal for His Return to Pittsburgh?

Posted: 30 Jul 2011 08:37 PM PDT

The last time Plaxico Burress wore black and gold was the AFC Title loss to the New England Patriots back in January of 2005. It was that night that it became apparent that he was going to move on through free agency.

Could Burress be doing a 180 and come back to the place where his up and down career began?

Burress, fresh out of two years in prison, has dined twice with the Steelers twice at Saint Vincent College, and reports say that his services will come down to two teams – Pittsburgh and the Jets.

“We know what to expect from him and he knows what to expect from our organization,” said Kevin Colbert, the Steelers director of football operations.

Burress was having his mid-day meal with a number of his former teammates, including quarterbacks Ben Roethlisberger and Byron Leftwich, wide receiver Hines Ward and linebacker James Farrior. He had breakfast with coach Mike Tomlin, Colbert and team president Art Rooney.

Now the big question – if the Steelers want him, what type of offer do they make for him? The Jets, who lost out on Nnamdi Asomugha Friday when he shocked everyone by inking with the Eagles, seem to have the money to pay more to him if they want him bad enough.

So it come simply come down to Burress. Does he want to play for the team that drafted him and reached the Super Bowl last season? Or does he want to go back to the Big Apple to play for a team that will (along with the Pats), be one of the lead stories on SportsCenter just about everyday?

Burress can be an asset to the Steelers. Sure he hasn’t played for two seasons, but let’s be real, he’s still a threat, and that’s the reason why the two teams that fought it out in the AFC Title game are after him. He can be a huge threat by the goal-line for jump balls, and also could create mismatches with the Steelers if they ever want to go to five wide with Hines Ward, Mike Wallace, Antonio Brown, Emmanuel Sanders, and Burress.

If the Steelers don’t have to break the bank for him, it’s worth the risk. On the other hand, if he wants to be a starter and wants the last cent, the place to be in 2011 will be with the Jets. Now it likely falls on Burress to make the decision.

Vikings and Rams in the Mix for Free Agent WR Braylon Edwards

Posted: 30 Jul 2011 08:05 PM PDT

It was reported earlier today that wide receiver Braylon Edwards was shopping his services around to other teams than the New York Jets, and two of those teams were the Vikings and Rams.

With the development of Mike Sims-Walker signing in St. Louis (fantasy sleeper), one has to wonder if Edwards will become Donovan McNabb's go-to target for the 2011 season in Minnesota.

I have to say, I am not sure of the fit. Edwards has had a solid decline in play since his days with the Browns, and he will likely require a good sized paycheck wherever he signs this offseason. The Vikings have not been shy about over-paying players (Brian Robison, Madieu Williams) so they might just be willing to go after Edwards in somewhat of a desperation move to upgrade their wide receiver group.

Despite Losing on Asomugha, Jets Still Looking to Make Moves

Posted: 30 Jul 2011 08:03 PM PDT

Despite losing out on Nnamdi Asomugha, not all is lost for the New York Jets.

The Jets have reached out to Anotnio Cromartie, though nothing further than that has been reported. Cromartie has received little "buzz" on the market. The Jets main competition appear to be the Oakland Raiders and San Francisco 49ers.

It is also being reported that the Jets are moving on from Braylon Edwards. The free agent receiver seems to have priced himself out of the Jets price range. he had drawing interest from the Washington Redskins and Minnesota Vikings, among others.

To replace Edwards, the Jets were reportedly making a "big push" on Plaxico Burress. However, he is not visiting the team complex tomorrow as it was previously reported, though he still may in the future. The Jets have also been linked to James Jones, formerly of the Packers.

Now onto to some good news. The Jets locked up Eric Smith to a 3 year contract worth $7.5 million. They also signed cornerback Donald Strickland, who was with the team in 2009, to a 1 year contract.

After signing Smith, the Jets appear to be moving on from Brodney Pool. However, they have made an offer to James Ihedigbo.

Finally, Mark Brunell is expected to re-sign with the team on Sunday at a reduced salary.

They also have made a contract offer to safety James Ihedigbo

Kansas City Inks Former Ravens DT Kelly Gregg to One-Year Deal

Posted: 30 Jul 2011 08:00 PM PDT

With the NFL lockout over and an agreement to play football in place, it looks like defensive tackle Kelly Gregg will have to put his ultimate fighting plans on hold for the time being. Per a league source, Gregg has agreed to a one-year deal with the Chiefs.

If your not familiar with Gregg's work, he was the guy on the interior defensive line eating up the blocks that kept Ray Lewis clean and free to destroy opposing running backs. In Kansas City, Gregg will have an opportunity to compete for the starting nose tackle job with Anthony Toribio and rookie Jerrell Powe.

Dallas Inks A Familiar Face; Signs DE Kenyon Coleman

Posted: 30 Jul 2011 07:56 PM PDT

Former Cowboys Kenyon Coleman is set to make his return

While the Cowboys have been fairly silent in free agency, only signing their own free agents, it appears they have ventured out, at least a little. The Cowboys are closing in on former Cowboy, DE Coleman. It is rumoured that they have offered Coleman a two-year deal and that he is expected to officially sign later today.

Coleman, while not flashy, is a smart addition to the Cowboys defence. He played with Rob Ryan in Cleveland the last two seasons. He is more than capable to play the position, and he is a great depth player. Coleman, who played for the Cowboys from 03-06, will fill in for the departed Stephen Bowen, and the likely departed Jason Hatcher.

It is understandable that Cowboys fans might be getting a little impatient with the whirlwind activity going on around the league. The Cowboys still have many holes to fill, but Coleman does address one of those holes. With the failure to secure Asomugha the fans want reassurance that this year's Cowboys are going to be improved over last years. From the surface it appears that with the releasing of four high priced free agents, it is tough to argue they are better. But, it is still early and there are still some players available. Who knows, maybe the Cowboys will be the team that makes the next "swoop".

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