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US Coast Guard receives 35th fast response cutter

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today US Coast Guard receives 35th fast response cutter US Coast Guard receives 35th fast response cutter View post tag: USCGC Angela McShan August 5, 2019, by View post tag: FRC Bollinger Shipyards delivered the 35th fast response cutter (FRC), Angela McShan, to the US Coast Guard in Key West, Florida, on August 1.The cutter will be the third of three FRCs stationed in Cape May, New Jersey.Angela McShan, the cutter’s namesake, was the first African-American woman to be promoted to master chief petty officer.The FRCs are replacing the 1980s-era 110-foot patrol boats and feature advanced command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance equipment.The cutters feature improved habitability and seakeeping, and over-the-horizon cutter boat launch and recovery from astern or via side davits. Each FRC is 154 feet long, has an endurance of at least five days and can reach a maximum speed of over 28 knots.Thirty-three are in service: 12 in Florida; six in Puerto Rico; four in California; three in Hawaii and two each in Alaska, New Jersey, Mississippi and North Carolina. The Coast Guard has ordered 50 FRCs to date. Future FRC homeports include Galveston, Texas; Santa Rita, Guam; Astoria, Oregon; and Kodiak, Seward and Sitka, Alaska. Authorities Share this article View post tag: US Coast Guard View post tag: Bollinger Shipyards navaltodaylast_img read more

Do you have the right network for Flash?

first_imgWith the unprecedented volume of data and burgeoning number of connected devices, the need for enterprises to modernize their data centers is critical. One technology that is having a profound effect on data center transformation is Flash Storage. Enterprises are flocking to Flash as evidenced by the findings in IDC’s June, 2016 Worldwide Quarterly Enterprise Storage Systems Tracker (scroll down the page to see the table).IDC states that the compound annual growth rate (CAGR) for worldwide terabytes shipments of enterprise flash-based storage between 2013 and 2015 was 166.5% and that all-flash array ales grew 91.4 percent during the first half of 2016 compared with the same period of 2015.”Why are enterprises moving to Flash? There are a number of key reasons – but the primary reason is that all organizations need better and faster access to critical internal and customer data.Flash needs a complementary network In order to maximize the value of Flash Storage, IT departments need to ensure that the appropriate network is in place.  Failure to do so risks that any performance bottleneck will just be moved from one hot spot in the infrastructure to another.  Or to put it another way, a great smart phone is only as good as its connection, and a great sports car only performs at its peak on the best roads.  The same is true for Flash Storage and the storage network.Dell EMC recently announced the availability of the Brocade G620 Gen 6 Fibre Channel switch.  The Brocade G620 is the industry’s first Gen 6 Fibre Channel switch and allows enterprises to take advantage of lightning-fast Dell EMC Flash Storage and adapt quickly to dynamic business demands.A Gen 6 Fibre Channel infrastructure is the right network to support Dell EMC Flash Storage.  It accelerates application performance, enables always-on business operations, and allows enterprises to implement a Future-Ready strategy to modernize their data center.Gen 6 Fibre Channel is built to optimize Flash Storage and highly virtualized server environments, with the higher IO throughput and lower latency necessary for high-transaction applications.Can we quantify the speed?  Sure! According to a Demartek Gen 6 Fibre Channel evaluation report, 32 Gbps performance accelerates application response time by up to 71 percent over previous solutions eliminating IO bottlenecks and unleashing the full performance of flash storage.Not just better performance but better managementIn addition to performance benefits, Brocade Fabric Vision Technology with IO Insight provides the industry’s only integrated network sensor, which allows for proactive monitoring of application and device-level IO performance and behavior. This exclusive capability enables enterprises to quickly identify and resolve problems.  And, integration with VMware tools such as vRealize enables optimization of VM and application performance.Finally, in keeping with Dell EMC’s future-ready philosophy, Gen 6 Fibre Channel switches are positioned for future technologies like NVMe over Fabrics and Gen 7 Fibre Channel.There is no doubt that efficient access to critical data is a significant competitive advantage for organizations.  As you look to modernize your data center and implement Dell EMC flash storage, the Brocade G620 Gen 6 Fibre Channel switch provides the best solution for connectivity and will help your organization receive the greatest value from your All-Flash arrays.last_img read more

Cooking the holiday bird

first_img“Whether to buy fresh or frozen is a personal preference,” said Judy Harrison, a UGA Cooperative Extension specialist in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences. “But there are serious safety measures to keep in mind, especially if you only cook turkey once or twice each year.”Buying and storingIf you buy a fresh turkey, check the date on the package. If the date is a “sell by” date, that is the last day the turkey can be sold. It’s best to prepare the turkey by that date. If it’s a “use by” date, cook it by that date.A fresh turkey should be kept in the refrigerator. Frozen turkeys should be thawed in the refrigerator, cold water or the microwave, according to the USDA. “Never thaw a turkey on the counter,” Harrison said. “Room temperature allows the surface to thaw (before the rest of the turkey) and become a breeding ground for bacteria.”It takes 24 hours to thaw five pounds of meat in a refrigerator. A 15-pound turkey will take three to four days to thaw. Thawed turkeys can be refrigerated for up to two days.To thaw the bird in cold water, Harrison says to submerge it in an airtight package for 30 minutes per pound. A 15-pound bird will thaw in about eight hours. Change the water every 30 minutes to keep it cold. Turkeys can also be thawed in a microwave. “The instruction manual should tell you how long to defrost per pound of turkey and what kind of container to put the bird in,” Harrison said.Microwave-thawed turkeys should be cooked immediately after thawing.An easy-to-follow chart is available at http://www.fcs.uga.edu/ext/pubs/fdns/Safe%20Holiday%20Turkey.pdf.Roasting a turkeyTo roast a turkey, preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit, Harrison said. Place the turkey in a shallow roasting pan, tuck the wing tips under the bird’s shoulders, and add half of a cup of water to the bottom of the pan. For turkey breasts, insert an oven-proof meat thermometer in the thickest part of the breast. For whole turkeys, place it in the thickest part of the inner thigh. If the roasting pan doesn’t have a lid, tent heavy-duty aluminum foil over the turkey for the first hour and a half to keep it moist.Once the thigh reaches 165 degrees, check the wing and the thickest part of the breast with the thermometer. You can also check the internal temperature at the innermost part of the thigh and wing and at the thickest part of the breast with a food thermometer. Turkey meat, including parts which remain pink, is safe to eat as long as it reaches 165 degrees. To remove pink appearance or rubbery texture, cook the turkey to 180 degrees. Always use a meat or food thermometer to check the temperature.Frying a turkey“People who fry turkeys say it produces a moister turkey. And it’s quicker,” said UGA Cooperative Extension food safety specialist Elizabeth Andress. “But in the eyes of safety experts, the typical propane-fueled turkey fryer is a major accident waiting to happen.”A common cause of turkey-fryer accidents is filling the pot too full of oil. To find the right amount of oil for your turkey, the National Turkey Federation says to put your turkey in the fryer basket and place the basket in the pot. Add water until it reaches 1 to 2 inches above the turkey. Remove the turkey and measure the water level. Pour out the water and dry the pot. Then add oil to that level.Andress urges holiday chefs to be aware of food safety when frying turkeys.“You have to be sure all the harmful bacteria have been killed,” she said. “The only way to do this is to measure the temperature of the cooked turkey in several places with a food thermometer.”First, heat the oil to 365 to 375 degrees. Next, add your turkey and allow the oil to return to 365 to 375 degrees. Whole turkeys require about 3 minutes per pound to cook. Make sure the bird is completely thawed before frying, and be careful with water-based marinades. “Water causes oil to spill over, which could cause a fire or explosion hazard,” Andress said. Propane fryers should always be operated outdoors and away from buildings. And they should never be left unattended. Place the fryer on a flat surface, but not on a wooden deck or inside a garage. Keep a fire extinguisher nearby. Holidays are the time for home-cooked turkeys. University of Georgia food experts offer advice on how to select and prepare a delicious bird.last_img read more

Activist Joshua Wong says he plans to run for Hong Kong legislature

first_imgHe was disqualified from running for the less important district council elections last year on grounds that advocacy of Hong Kong’s self-determination violates electoral law, which he described at the time as political censorship.Read also: Nintendo game pulled from Chinese platforms after Hong Kong protestHe intends to run in a primary for the pro-democracy camp that will choose candidates for the Legislative Council vote on Sept. 6.”If more people vote for us … it could generate more pressure and more hesitation for Beijing,” Wong said, in front of campaign posters with the slogan “Ballot, or bullet.” Prominent Hong Kong democracy activist Joshua Wong said on Friday he planned to run for a seat in the Chinese-ruled city’s legislature, setting up a new battle with authorities after being barred from running in previous polls.Wong, who was 17 when he became the face of the 2014 student-led Umbrella Movement, has not been a leading figure of the often-violent protests that have shaken the semi-autonomous financial hub for the past 12 months.However, he has drummed up support for the pro-democracy movement overseas, meeting with politicians from the United States, Europe and elsewhere, drawing the wrath of Beijing, which says he is a “black hand” of foreign forces. Wong has said he supports the idea of a non-binding referendum for people to have a say over Hong Kong’s future but that he is against independence.Electoral rules after Hong Kong’s 1997 return to China from Britain effectively guarantee that the legislature is stacked in Beijing’s favor, with only half the seats directly elected.The rest are picked by business and professional groups called “functional constituencies,” which are dominated by pro-establishment figures.In 2016, the pan-democratic camp won 29 seats, but then lost six when candidates were disqualified after China’s national parliament ruled their oaths of office were invalid. Topics :last_img read more