Former Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield was already the most controversial signal-caller in the NFL Draft – and that was before he was selected No. 1 overall by the Cleveland Browns. Mayfield, who won the Heisman Trophy for the Sooners a year ago, has an interesting set of knocks against him – which stem from an offseason arrest, an unfortunate incident against Kansas and his decision to plant his team’s flag on Ohio State’s field.This week, it was announced that the Cleveland Browns will be the subject of this year’s Hard Knocks show on HBO. One columnist – Nancy Armour of USA Today Sports – thinks that this is bad news for Mayfield.Armour says this is “as bad as it gets” for Mayfield. She clearly doesn’t have much faith that Mayfield will behave when the cameras are on.There’s nothing worse than being expected to resurrect the woeful franchise that is the Cleveland Browns.Unless, of course, you’re expected to do that while also being reality TV fodder.Yes, it’s going from bad to worse for Baker Mayfield after HBO announced Thursday that Hard Knocks, its show that goes behind the scenes of an NFL team in training camp, will feature the Browns. That’s a PR minefield for a team whose new poster boy manages to court controversy just by breathing.Mayfield, meanwhile, doesn’t think having the cameras running will be an issue.“It can be good if you handle it right. If you think about it as a way to get on camera and try to show off and do certain things and handle it the wrong way then that can be very negative, it can be a distraction. But if you use it as, you know, a sense of, ‘Okay, I got to block out everything else and just focus on playing ball,’ then that can be a great thing for us.”Only time will tell whether Mayfield being on Hard Knocks helps or hurts his career. It’ll be fascinating to see if he’s able to turn around a Cleveland franchise that won zero games last year.
17 June 2008Staff members from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) have met with a number of asylum-seekers in Egyptian detention centres following the Government’s decision to allow the agency unhindered access to determine their status. In February, authorities in Egypt had suspended access of UNHCR protection staff to asylum seekers in detention. Since then, the agency had been requesting access for their protection staff to evaluate the situation of those detained.UNHCR spokesperson Jennifer Pagonis told reporters in Geneva that staff from the agency had arrived in Aswan on Sunday night to prepare for UNHCR teams to carry out interviews and individual assessments of asylum-seekers in detention centres, particularly Eritrean nationals. “Egypt has seen a surge of Eritreans entering the country illegally in recent months by land from Sudan or directly from Eritrea via the Red Sea,” Ms. Pagonis noted.On Monday, the team visited two locations in Aswan in Shalal and Nasr ElNouba areas where they met some of the asylum-seekers. “The teams reported they saw close to 180 asylum-seekers, including a group of 40 Ethiopians,” reported Ms. Pagonis.She added that a similar preparatory team will proceed to Hurghada today to prepare the ground for the deployment of more teams. “We also plan to send UNHCR teams to other locations in Egypt where reportedly asylum-seekers are in detention. “In the coming days we will be discussing and reviewing the operational details with our governmental counterparts and proceed with the determination of the status of the concerned group,” she said.
ContiTech offers smart system solutions – far beyond just conveyor belt production. Innovative digital monitoring system reduces downtimes and maintenance costs and there are versatile conveyor belt systems for steep and vertical conveying.ContiTech is expanding its portfolio of industrial applications for the conveyor belt industry. Alongside conveyor belts, the company is working hard on smart systems and expanding its range of services. This allows the industrial partner to offer its customers holistic solutions that go far beyond the conveyor belt product. “We primarily focus on new digital offers that create clear added value for our customers,” says Dr Michael Hofmann, who heads the ContiTech segment Industrial Belting Solutions within the Continental corporation. At the Schüttgut trade fair from May 10 to 11, 2017 in Dortmund, ContiTech is presenting its many innovations, including belt monitoring.Smooth running of these belts is crucial for the cost efficiency of conveyor belt systems. To allow them to run free of faults for a long time, even when subjected to high loads, the operators are focusing more and more on prevention. Innovative electronic monitoring systems make it possible to identify the exact condition of the conveyor belts at any time. The newly developed monitoring system Conti MultiProtect helps to detect splice faults during operation and damage such as longitudinal slitting in good time. Rip inserts (rip detection inserts) are embedded in the conveyor belt. They produce a characteristic magnetic field that is used for monitoring.In addition, Conti MultiProtect is based on software developed in-house, into which the long-standing expertise of specialists in conveyor belts has been incorporated. “The new system permits even more accurate monitoring of steel cord conveyor belts,” says Application Engineer Patrick Raffler. “It gives us a detailed picture of the status of the conveyor belts at all times without having to interrupt operations.”Extreme gradients are a challenge for bulk haulage operations. Using special-purpose conveyor belt systems, ContiTech has created solutions that even enable vertical transport. The Flexowell® system can transport goods at inclines of up to 90o. It enables low-noise and environmentally friendly operations with capacities of up to 6,000 t/h. With this system, even multiple shifts from horizontal to vertical are possible with just one conveyor belt. System operators save in the long term as a result of the energy savings and long service lives in particular.The Sicon ContiTech conveyor belt system is a real all-round talent: With its closed form, it is particularly suited to transporting sensitive goods. It is capable of negotiating small-radius bends easily, thereby rendering transfer stations superfluous.Chevron profiles are also reliable assistants in steep-incline conveying. ContiTech offers a range of different cover qualities for different uses – including flame resistant, chemical and oil-resistant varieties. All covers are characterized by their wear-resistant quality.