NFL owners approve reviews of pass interference calls

first_imgMarch 27, 2019 /Sports News – National NFL owners approve reviews of pass interference calls Written by Beau Lundcenter_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmail33ft/iStock(NEW YORK) — NFL team owners on Tuesday approved a major change to the league’s replay review system for the 2019 season.When the season begins, offensive and defensive pass interference close calls or non-calls will get a look from the booth.“OPI and DPI are now reviewable. We’ve never done that before,” says Rich McKay of the NFL Competition Committee.The move to make the change stemmed from a single play in January’s NFC Championship Game between the Los Angeles Rams and New Orleans Saints. Rams cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman’s hit on New Orleans receiver Tommy Lee Lewis potentially cost the Saints a trip to the Super Bowl.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Weatherford and Safe Influx Sign Memorandum of Understanding

first_imgSafe Influx will combine its Automated Well Control technology with Weatherford’s comprehensive portfolio of MPD products and services Weatherford and Safe Influx partner on Automated Well Control technology. (Credit: Keri Jackson from Pixabay.) Weatherford International plc (OTC Pink: WFTLF) announced it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Safe Influx, the world’s only provider of Automated Well Control technology. Under the MoU, the companies will cooperate globally to focus on revolutionising well integrity during the construction phase by bringing to market the first ever integration of Managed Pressure Drilling (MPD) solutions and Automated Well Control technology.“This unprecedented collaboration will leverage digitalization and automation to enable operators to achieve more from their projects in the safest way possible, while having the confidence their wells will be drilled and constructed with the highest level of integrity available in the market today,” said Kevin Fisher, Vice President of Managed Pressure Drilling, Weatherford.As part of the MoU, Safe Influx will combine its Automated Well Control technology with Weatherford’s comprehensive portfolio of MPD products and services. This industry first integrated offering will automate the mitigation of drilling hazards, while drilling in the most efficient manner possible. This cooperation creates market-expansion opportunities, allowing both companies to expand their capabilities and resources.“Safe Influx Automated Well Control technology has a revolutionary role in the Managed Pressure and conventional drilling markets by dramatically reducing our industry’s exposure to human factors,” said Bryan Atchison, Co-founder and Managing Director, Safe Influx.Weatherford is a global pioneer and market leader in MPD technologies and solutions. The Weatherford MPD portfolio includes Rotating Control Devices, Automated Pressure Pro® and Victus® Intelligent MPD systems.“Working as one team, and leveraging Weatherford’s global MPD leadership, Safe Influx will unlock the full potential of Managed Pressure Drilling,” notes Phil Hassard, Co-founder and Technical Director, Safe Influx. Source: Company Press Releaselast_img read more

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Luxembourg Maritime Patrol Aircraft Passes 4.000th Operational Flight Hour

first_img View post tag: Maritime Luxembourg Maritime Patrol Aircraft Passes 4.000th Operational Flight Hour View post tag: Flight View post tag: Patrol View post tag: Aircraft View post tag: 4.000th Share this article Training & Education August 15, 2012 View post tag: Luxembourg View post tag: passes View post tag: operational View post tag: Hour Back to overview,Home naval-today Luxembourg Maritime Patrol Aircraft Passes 4.000th Operational Flight Hour On 13 August the Luxembourg Maritime Patrol Aircraft Detachment deployed in support of the EU anti-piracy operation ATALANTA passed its 4.000th operational flight hour during its 707th operational sortie in theatre.This milestone occurred when Captain SOLOMON and his crew were crossing the equator over the Indian Ocean during an anti-piracy sea sector search and commercial shipping escort operating out of Seychelles International Airport.The LUX MPRA detachment has been uninterruptedly deployed since October 2009 as Luxembourg’s participation to the common anti-piracy effort and actively participated in the disruption of 37 Pirate Action Groups.One of its MERLIN aircraft recently deployed on very short notice to Tanzania where it conducted essential search and rescue coverage following the capsizing and sinking of the M/V SKAHIK ferry near ZANZIBAR.The 15 man strong LUX MPRA detachment operates in close cooperation with the Seychelles Peoples Defense Forces Air Wing as well as assets from other EU and NATO member states.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, August 15, 2012; Image: EU NAVFORlast_img read more

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Brasenose vote on scholar privileges

first_imgMembers of the academic committee at Brasenose have questioned the validity of a JCR motion which voted against room privileges for scholars. In two meetings last term, 90% of students in attendance voted to remove the right of scholars to be placed top in the room ballot. The motion, proposed by JCR president, Arvind Singhal, would have seen students who gained distinctions in last years’ prelims competing with commoners for less desirable accommodation. However, Brasenose SCR ruled that the decision was not representative of the student body, since only 50 students out of around 360 were in attendance.The issue poses problems regarding the nature and effectiveness of JCR meetings, as Arvind Singhal said, “We do not normally have provisions for referenda [so] it could be a dangerous precedent to set.”Following the controversy, it was decided last week that Brasenose students would be asked to vote on the issue by online survey. The survey received 149 responses, around half of the total undergraduate body, of which 52% were against room privileges for scholars. Duncan Turnbull, outgoing Brasenose ball president said, “It is a highly boring debate which comes up every year because so many people are disappointed with coming near the bottom.”Currently, precedence is given to the top four JCR committee positions with scholars and exhibitioners coming next, and finally commoners.An examination of colleges who grant room privileges to first-class students shows that they are inversely associated with Norrington table rankings. With the exception of Christ Church, a number of colleges who award room privileges to scholars, including St Hilda’s and St Catz, have achieved consistently lower scores in the academic league table.“A room is not enough of an incentive for people to work, they will only work if they want to”, commented one Brasenose student. Colleges who allocate higher room draw positions to scholars are still in the minority, with the vast majority of colleges sticking with a random ballot system. Concerns have been raised about the fairness of the system in the light of a large discrepancy in the allocation of distinctions across subjects. Examiners’ reports covering 2008 and 2009 show that while the number of students awarded a distinction in Chemistry prelims might reach 33.5%, only 11.7% of those studying Law and 9.5% of Medicine students were awarded top marks. Hannah Cusworth, OULC co-chair elect and Brasenose student said, “Of course people who do well in exams should be rewarded by college but people are more likely to get firsts or distinctions in certain subjects than others.”It has been suggested that one way out of the question for Brasenose would be to award incentives to scholars which do not work at the expense of other students – one option might be to pay for scholars’ gowns. Brasenose scholars are currently awarded £200, whilst exhibitioners receive £150. No final decision has yet been made, but privileges will remain effective for scholars and relevant committee members taking part in the room ballot this Michaelmas. Questions remaining over the issue mean that Brasenose SCR is likely to reconsider both issues next year.last_img read more

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2014 Climate

first_imgWild variation in rainfall made 2014 a rough year for Georgia farmers, especially those in the southwestern corner of the state. Abnormally heavy rainfall in April delayed necessary fieldwork and planting. Atypical dry conditions during the growing season stopped the germination of some seeds and put stress on many crops, leading to an increase in irrigation in some areas. When it was time to harvest, abnormally plentiful fall rain kept farmers out of their fields and reduced the yield and quality of some crops. Precipitation While April, September, November and December saw above-average rainfall across the state, the rest of 2014 left the state with just average or less-than-average precipitation levels. Conditions were the driest in June, July and August, attributable, at least in part, to the lack of tropical storms moving through the state this year. The tropical season was fairly quiet across the Atlantic Ocean basin, although it was very wet in the eastern Pacific Ocean, which is consistent with near-El Niño conditions that lingered through the summer and fall months. By the end of August, about 25 percent of Georgia counties in the southwestern corner of the state were experiencing some level of drought, and about 20 counties were experiencing severe drought. Heavy rains across the state, starting in September, helped to eliminate these drought and abnormally dry conditions and to recharge the state’s soil moisture for this growing season. TemperatureThe temperature departures for each month ranged from 6 degrees below normal in January to more than 4 degrees above normal in December, but, as a whole, 2014 will go down in the record books as one of the colder years in recent decades. With the exception of two unusually cool periods in mid- and late-July, which made it feel more like October, farmers had a fairly normal growing season in the spring and summer. The first quarter of 2014 was colder than average and the last quarter was highly variable, with November being much colder and December being much warmer than average. The large swings in winter and fall temperatures are related to the high-amplitude weather pattern that dominated the U.S. and the world for much of 2014. In this pattern, a ridge of high pressure developed in the western U.S., and a corresponding trough of low pressure dug into the eastern U.S. This pattern contributed to the continuation of drought in California and significantly above-normal temperatures in the west and Alaska. The same system helped keep the eastern U.S. relatively cool by comparison. The eastern U.S., including Georgia, was one of the few areas on the globe with relatively cool temperatures this year. These cooler temperatures were one of the factors that prevented the dry conditions from turning into a crisis-level drought for the state. The only extended time period in Georgia’s history with no significant droughts was the period from about 1958 to 1980, when cool temperatures and some wet years resulted in a “benign period” during which there were no significant dry spells in the Southeast. What to Expect in 2015While climatologists were predicting an El Niño weather pattern in 2014, it never officially materialized. Many signs pointed to its presence, including the slow Atlantic hurricane season and very active eastern Pacific season. At the end of 2014, warmer-than-normal ocean temperatures in the eastern Pacific Ocean were not quite high enough to officially declare an El Niño. El Niño conditions are expected to be less of a concern going into 2015. Early predictions for next year indicate that the opposite pattern, La Niña, might develop by late in the year. Statistically, La Niña years generally have active tropical seasons and dry, warm winters. This could lead to a wetter-than-expected late summer and fall if the tropics bring storms across Georgia, and less winter recharge of soil moistures going into 2016.last_img read more

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Green Mountain Coffee Reveals New Packaging for Its 10- & 12-Ounce Coffees

first_imgGreen Mountain Coffee Reveals New Packaging for Its 10- & 12-Ounce Coffees WATERBURY, Vt. (August 28, 2008) (BUSINESS WIRE) — Green Mountain Coffee, the coffee division of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (NASDAQ: GMCR), today unveiled new, unique packaging for its 10-ounce and 12-ounce coffee lines including Signature, Fair Trade Organic, Flavored and Seasonal coffees. This completes the packaging makeover that began with roll-outs of the Newman’s Own(r) Organics and Single Origin lines of coffee. The redesigned packaging will start to appear on store shelves in late August.The redesign includes a vibrant palette of line-specific colors and illustrations that clearly differentiate one line of coffee from the other. The crisp, contemporary look also features improved communication that identifies the roast level, grind type, Fair Trade and organic certifications, and decaf options. Along with an updated logo, these features help consumers easily find their favorite Green Mountain coffee.As with Green Mountain Coffee’s other recent packaging modifications, these bags also offer an environmental benefit. The film contains 19.4% PLA (polylactic acid), a polymer made from plant-based renewable resources. The use of PLA helps reduce the environmental impact of the packaging.Susan Cote, Director of Brand Marketing at Green Mountain Coffee, said, “We used a collaborative approach to design the new packaging lines, listening to the needs of our consumers, our wholesale customers, our sales team and our manufacturing group. Consumers will be really pleased with the strong visual shelf presence and clear product identification the new packaging provides.”About Green Mountain Coffee RoastersGreen Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (NASDAQ: GMCR) is recognized as a leader in the specialty coffee industry for its award-winning coffees, innovative brewing technology and socially responsible business practices. GMCR manages its operations through two wholly owned business segments: Green Mountain Coffee and Keurig. Its Green Mountain Coffee segment sells more than 100 high-quality coffee selections, including Fair Trade Certified(tm) organic coffees, under the Green Mountain Coffee(r) and Newman’s Own(r) Organics brands through its wholesale, direct mail and e-commerce operations (www.GreenMountainCoffee.com(link is external)). Green Mountain Coffee also produces its coffee as well as hot cocoa and tea in K-Cup(r) portion packs for Keurig(r) single-cup brewers. Keurig, Incorporated is a pioneer and leading manufacturer of gourmet single-cup coffee brewing systems for offices, homes and hotel rooms. Keurig markets its patented brewers and K-Cups(r) through office distributors, retail and direct channels (www.Keurig.com(link is external)). K-Cups are produced by a variety of licensed roasters including Green Mountain Coffee. Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. has been recognized repeatedly by CRO Magazine, Forbes and SustainableBusiness.com as a good corporate citizen and an innovative, high-growth company.last_img read more

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Wyoming board votes to tighten self-bonding reclamation rules for coal companies

first_imgWyoming board votes to tighten self-bonding reclamation rules for coal companies FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Wyoming Public Media:Wyoming’s Environmental Quality Council, an independent board within the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), has approved updates to how companies guarantee reclamation costs. If signed by the Governor, the decision would limit mining companies’ access to self-bonding— essentially an IOU to pay reclamation costs, rather than a financial guarantee.Bob LeResche, vice chair of the Powder River Basin Resource Council, said it’s a risky method. Its weaknesses were amplified when three major coal companies went bankrupt several years ago, with reclamation payments at risk. LeResche said the modernized rules, if passed, will help ensure land from coal mines actually gets returned to their original state.“I think it certainly protects the taxpayers against the increasing potential that reclamation might not be funded sometime in the future,” LeResche said, adding Wyoming now has the strongest self-bonding rules in the country.DEQ’s Keith Guille said proposed regulations use a new method to determine financial health so a struggling company doesn’t end up too self-bonded. “Now, what we went to is to credit ratings, and so credit ratings will now give us an idea of where they stand in their financials to be able to do that test and whether or not they can qualify for a self-bond,” Guille said.DEQ’s Land Quality Division has been in the process of updating the regulations since 2015. Its administrator, Kyle Wendtland, said in a statement the changes would ultimately reduce reclamation liability risk. It could take up to two and a half months for the Governor to consider the updates.More: EQC approves revised self-bonding rules to reduce risklast_img read more

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Ricky Martin Visits Port-au-Prince Neighborhoods Affected By The Earthquake

first_imgBy Dialogo January 20, 2010 Port-au-Prince, 19 January (EFE).- Singer Ricky Martin traveled to Port-au-Prince today to visit the areas affected by last Tuesday’s earthquake, a catastrophe that he characterized as a “living nightmare,” the organization Habitat for Humanity International announced in a press release.” The images that are now in my head will be impossible to erase. Children and families impacted by this disaster will need long-term help restoring their lives, in every sense of the word,” Martin said. Martin called on society to think about the future of the affected children, who, once they have received appropriate care, will need “a safe and decent home.” The organization will provide those affected by the earthquake with kits and tools to repair damaged residences. “We want to provide the widest range of resources available to get families back into their homes,” said Habitat for Humanity’s chief executive officer, Jonathan Reckford, who accompanied the artist. “I think the last thing any of us wants is for a child to be without a home. Together, we need to protect the children and families displaced by the earthquake in Haiti,” said Martin, who asked for donations to the RMF/HFH Fund, created jointly by Habitat for Humanity and the Ricky Martin Foundation.last_img read more

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South American Police Forces Coordinate Search For Small Plane Missing In Peru

first_imgBy Dialogo June 16, 2010 The police forces of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, and Peru and Interpol are investigating the location of a small plane that disappeared last week with nine people on board while flying over the Nasca lines, in southeastern Peru, the local police announced Monday. “We are pursuing several theories. The investigation is at an advanced stage, and we are in contact with elements of the police forces in other countries, along with Interpol,” the director-general of the Peruvian National Police, Miguel Hidalgo, told the press. “In the next few days an official finding will be made about the disappearance of the plane,” he added. The Peruvian authorities and the company that owns the Cessna plane have ruled out the possibility of an accident. “The radars detected it away from its planned route,” Peruvian defense minister Rafael Rey said Saturday in reference to press reports that have located the plane near the border with Bolivia and Brazil hours after it went missing. The initial supposition was that the plane had suffered an accident, but as the hours passed and after a fruitless aerial search, a possible act of piracy began to be suspected. The suspected kidnappers rented the plane using false identities and documents Thursday, for a tourist flight over the enigmatic pre-Inca Nasca lines, four hundred kilometers south of Lima.last_img read more

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Chile Will Build First Research and Rescue Submarine

first_img It can be equipped with high-resolution sonars, echo sounders, and a hyperbaric chamber that can enable specialized divers to work at great depth for periods of up to three hours, among other equipment. The construction of the prototype is expected to take between 12 and 18 months. In reference to the project, Allamand said, “In the event of accidents that other submarines might have, or in the event of emergency situations that might be related, for example, to an environmental disaster, there are no submarines in this part of the world that have the high level of rescue capabilities that this project has (…) This is a submarine that could render enormous service to the country in all areas related to scientific research, the study of tides, bathymetry studies; we’re therefore looking at a project that points toward the concrete possibility of being able to move forward on building a rescue submarine that could, if it is so decided, carry out some tasks in the defense area.” With 250 tons of displacement, 33 meters in length, a hull diameter of 3.5 meters, a crew of 14 but the ability to operate with only four crew members, the ability to descend to a depth of up to 300 meters, and low operating costs, it has an approximate construction cost of over US$10 million, but varies according to the level of equipment. center_img By Dialogo April 24, 2012 Very interesting. They should think of a submarine like this for Brazil. Eight years of research have enabled Grupo Vapor Industria to start the construction phase of what will be the first research and rescue submarine in Chile and South America. Chilean Defense Minister Andrés Allamand recently attended a presentation on the characteristics of the Crocodile Class 250 Submarine project, in Santiago. last_img read more

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