zoomImage Courtesy: Austal Australian shipbuilder Austal has launched a high-speed vehicle/passenger ferry for Danish ferry operator Molslinjen.The launching of the 109-meter-long Express 4 follows the roll-out and joining of the hull and superstructure in August. The vessel is now undergoing final preparations to begin sea trials as part of the acceptance and handover process, according to Austal.This next-generation catamaran commenced construction in April 2017 and remains on schedule to meet contract handover date in January 2019.The Express 4 features an optimized hull form designed to minimize fuel consumption. Also built into the vessel is Ride Control System, which will result in superior sea-keeping and comfort for over 1,000 passengers traveling at speeds up to 40 knots, as explained by the shipbuilder.“The commercial ferry market has further strengthened over the last 18 months, with the Austal Auto Express 109 setting the benchmark for large, technologically advanced, super-efficient, high-speed ferries,” Ben Marland, Austal Vice President of Sales and Marketing, said.“This is a record sales period for international high speed ferries… With demand continuing to increase we have cemented the company’s largest forward order book and are continuing to add to it,” he added.
West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith was predicted by many analysts to be the first quarterback selected in Thursday’s NFL draft, but surprisingly, the Buffalo Bills selected E.J. Manuel over Smith with the 16th overall pick.“There was a lot of confirmation going on for me, so it was more so a matter of when they were going to take me in the draft,” Manuel said. “I’m going to enjoy tonight. I’m going to enjoy my family, but I know there’s work to be done.”Manuel, who was the only quarterback to be taken in the first round, will now become the new face of the Bills franchise, which has not made the playoffs in 13 years.Manuel was 25-6 in his four years with the Florida State Seminoles. He has a strong arm, throwing 263 completions out of 387 passes for 3,397 yards. In addition, he passed for 23 touchdowns and 10 interceptions in 14 starts during his senior season.However, many believed that Smith was the overall best quarterback in draft, but he left disappointed Thursday night before the last two picks in the first round.Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who knows the feeling of being alone in the green room on draft night, offered words of encouragement to Smith via Twitter. Rodgers told Smith to hang in there; good things come to those who wait.Rodgers slipped all the way to No. 24 before former Commissioner Paul Tagliabue called his name in the 2005 NFL draft.ESPN initially reported that Smith decided to leave New York and not return for the second day of the draft. But ESPN insider Adam Schefter tweeted Friday morning that Smith had decided to attend the draft tonight at Radio City Music Hall.If Smith finally hears his named called, he will have the opportunity to walk across the stage in his tailored suit and hold up a jersey for his prospective team.
February 18, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The winter storms and flooding in San Diego last week forced mobile blood drives across the county to cancel and that has impacted our blood supply, according to the San Diego Blood Bank.“It’s hard to get out and about when it’s raining that hard,” said Michele Corbett, Vice President of Marketing for San Diego Blood Bank. “We don’t want to say ‘Hey, get out and drive around even more in the rain,’ so we definitely saw a drop in the blood supply this last week.”Corbett said they even had to cancel a high school drive expected to collect 70 pints of blood.“You can’t make blood in a lab,” said Corbett. “You have to have people behind that blood donation coming in on a regular basis.”There’s 8 different blood types and they have unique properties. The different components of blood, like the red blood cells, platelets and plasma, can help treat different conditions.The rarest blood type is O negative, which is also known as the “universal donor” type. It’s the only blood type that can give red blood cells to all the others, so it’s always in high demand, especially in emergency situations.“Those are often used for trauma patients when the doctors don’t have time to test their blood type or it’s used with babies in the NICU,” said Corbett.O positive is the most common, but there’s still a high need for it in our community because more people are coming in for this type. It can give red blood cells to any positive blood types.An A positive blood type is also really important. It’s the second most common and Corbett said it’s ideal for it’s platelets.“Platelets are the the part of the blood that help cancer patients,” said Corbett. “Usually when they’re going through chemotherapy, the chemotherapy kills the platelets and they need that replenished.”You have a unique gift as an AB positive or negative donor because of your plasma, which helps treat clotting disorders, burn and shock victims.“If you’re and AB blood type, you’re actually a universal plasma donor and plasma is often used with burn victims and people who need that rejuvenation while they’re in the hospital,” said Corbett.There’s also A negative, B positive, and B negative, but Corbett said regardless of your blood type, every type is needed and every type can save lives.“Each of those lives is someone in our community, someone may be our family member,” said Corbett. “I know my mom would not have met her grand kids had it not been for a blood donor.”The drives that were canceled because of the storms will be rescheduled.If you want more information on how or where to donate, visit the San Diego Blood Bank’s website.https://www.sandiegobloodbank.org/ , San Diego’s heavy rainfall impacts number of blood donors Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: February 18, 2019
© 2012 Phys.org Distributed Credential Protection: Trying to beat the hackers and protect our passwords (Phys.org)—In what has become an annual tradition, SplashData, a company that makes productivity applications for smartphones, has released a list of passwords it claims are the most commonly used to access online applications. The list is compiled by the company using passwords that hackers have posted on various web sites to illustrate the ease with which online accounts can be cracked. SplashData refers to the top 25 passwords as the “worst passwords of the year.” Explore further The top three haven’t changed from last year: “password,” “123456” and “12345678.” SplashData indicates that many people fear forgetting their password more than they fear hackers breaching their account. Others, perhaps responding to reports of multiple recent website hacking incidents, have resorted to trying easy-to-remember (but still easy-to-hack) passwords such as “Jesus,” “mustang,” “welcome” and “ninja.” In response to the posting by SplashData, several computer security companies have posted tips to users aimed at encouraging protection of accounts with stronger passwords. Most companies persist with the tried-and-true standard of suggesting users choose passwords that mix numbers and letters, are at least eight characters long, and include punctuation characters. Experts also suggest users choose different passwords for different sites to prevent hackers from accessing all of their accounts if they happen to gain access to their single-use password. A third option is for users to choose difficult-to-remember passwords and then use a password manager application (such as SplashID Safe made by SplashData), which tracks all passwords and then enters them automatically when users log into to registered sites.SplashData encourages people—especially those who use the same password for access to online entertainment sites such as Facebook and Twitter, and those sites that hold important bank and credit card information—to take the task of choosing a password more seriously. The company also suggests that people who are currently using one of the “listed” passwords change it immediately, or risk having their account compromised. Citation: SplashData’s annual list shows people still using easy-to-guess passwords (2012, October 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-10-splashdata-annual-people-easy-to-guess-passwords.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.