One of the biggest stars in the history of the Indian Premier League (IPL), Shane Watson has been pleasantly surprised by the kind of platform that young players in Tamil Nadu are being provided through the Tamil Nadu Twenty20 Premier League. The all-rounder feels that it is one of the best in the world.Speaking on his first impression of the TNPL, Watson said: “I’m really blown away at how incredibly well-organised the tournament is. The quality of cricket is of a high standard. It’s just a great launching pad for these young cricketers in Tamil Nadu to be able to show their skills. It’s inspiring hopefully for the next generation to realise that there’s an opportunity available and if you love what you do and work very hard. So, I think it’s a great way to make youngsters understand it’s within reach to achieve your dreams.”Watson feels that even with Chennai Super Kings (CSK), it is all about smooth management and credit for that goes to the trio of N. Srinivasan, skipper M.S. Dhoni and coach Stephen Fleming.”My experience with Chennai Super Kings has been very special and welcoming. I’ve played a lot of leagues for franchises around the world, whether that’s here in India or other parts of the world. There’s no doubt that CSK is a very slick operation with how it is run, on and off the field. And everything comes down to the leaders, with how Mr. N Srinivasan, how he allows the team to be run by the franchise; with MS Dhoni and Stephen Fleming, who I believe are the best captain-coach combination in the world.advertisement”Obviously, they have a lot of history with working together as well, it is an amazing dynamic these guys have got and they know how to get the best of all the players around them. And also the coaching staff. So, it is really a privilege to be able to play for CSK. I have had an amazing time in the last couple of years. We’ve had a lot of success as well, which is a nice bonus. There aren’t any secret theories as to why they are so successful. It’s just because it’s such a great franchise and such a great operation,” he said.Watson said that the love for the game has kept him going even post retirement as he plays in various T20 leagues across the world.”The love for the game keeps me going. I absolutely love playing, I love the opportunities that I have had throughout my career to be able to play for the teams that I have had and now to continue playing for some awesome franchise and awesome tournaments as well. So for me I still love the challenge of playing, I am still definitely learning all the time. I love the challenges. To be able to get to know Dhoni and Fleming is certainly one of the highlights of my career across any team I have played yet,” he explained.Asked if he feels that the Aussies can make it 2-0 in the Ashes, Watson said: “That’s wishful thinking. It’s so incredibly hard to be able win away from home. It’s not just the Ashes, for most teams winning away is looking impossible now. So for us to get off to such a great start, winning the first Test match it’s been amazing, especially Steve Smith. For him to come straightback in and hit the ground sprinting and single-handedly get Australia that win is incredible. England, can be pretty good at panicking at certain times, it’s going to be a true test of what their make up’s like as a team after their World Cup win and how they are able to bring things together and turn it around quickly.”
The Temple Owls are working quickly to find a replacement for head coach Geoff Collins, and are setting their ambitions relatively high this offseason.According to FootballScoop, Texas A&M defensive coordinator Mike Elko and Miami (FL) defensive coordinator Manny Diaz are among the top candidates for the job.As with a wide variety of Temple head coaching hires from the last decade, Elko and Diaz have no prior college head coaching experience. Both coaches are also young, aged 41 and 44, respectively.Elko has put together Top-50 defenses in stints with Bowling Green, Wake Forest, and Notre Dame. Notably, his defense in 2013 at Bowling Green was ranked No. 10 in the nation and helped pave the way for the Falcons to win the MAC Championship.Diaz has served in a variety of different defensive jobs, including NC State, Middle Tennessee, Mississippi State, Louisiana Tech, and Texas prior to his current stint in Miami.The Owls are coming off their fourth straight winning season, but are looking for their fifth head coach in the last nine years. Each of their last four head coaches has accepted a job at a different school. Most recently, Collins accepted the vacant head coaching job at Georgia Tech.Stay tuned.
Endeavour Mining’s greenfield Houndé Gold Operation (HGO) in Burkina Faso has recently gone into development and with quick timelines to get equipment to site and operators trained. Endeavour Mining has selected operator training solutions from Immersive Technologies.“In the short time the site has been operational the simulator training program has already produced significant improvement in operator behaviours resulting in a reduction unscheduled maintenance including tyre, shifting and transmission abuse as well as improvements in spotting times and incorrect brake application. Over time we plan to provide training in the simulators for people of the local community not employed by HGO. Our first priority is to train the personnel selected for operational positions. This is quite a lengthy process,” explains Jeremy Langford EVP – Project and Technical Services Group at Endeavour Mining.Operators are trained on specific behaviours that impact machine health, safety and productivity and management is able to identify which operators require additional training.“In our baseline evaluation we noted a common problem where many operators were using a gear too high for the grade thereby impacting transmission performance. After training was conducted operators later returned to one of the two simulators for a re-measure and we found the training had resulted in an 85% decrease in improper gear selection,” says Anthony Bruce, Regional Vice President Africa, Europe & CIS, Immersive Technologies.The site reported an:80% reduction in tire abuse errors67.7% reduction in incorrect brake application41.5% reduction in engine damage11 second improvement in spot time6.44 second reduction in average loading reversing time1.57 minute improvement in average circuit time“These types of improvements are why we selected Immersive Technologies for simulator training. The level of support and focus on results is what we need to make our mine safer and more profitable,” Langford says.Endeavour is using two simulators from Immersive Technologies with multiple simulator modules and is the first mine using this level of technology in Burkina Faso.Endeavour owns five operating mines in West Africa. The mines are located in Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Mali and Burkina Faso and are expected to produce between 575,000 and 600,000 oz in 2016.