ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 08: Henry Ruggs #11 of the Alabama Crimson Tide is tackled by Roquan Smith #3 of the Georgia Bulldogs in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)Alabama’s football program did not have anyone in the top 10 of the NFL Scouting Combine’s 40-yard dash times this year. That should change in 2020.According to AL.com, Alabama wide receiver Henry Ruggs III got his 40-time clocked at the school’s Junior Pro Day. Per the report, Ruggs ran a blazing 4.25 40-yard dash.Such a mark is only a sliver behind the all-time record held by Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver John Ross. At the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine, Ross clocked in with a 4.22 40-time.The mark for Ruggs may be stunning to those who don’t know him, but even in high school he had a sterling reputation as a speedster.Back in high school, Ruggs set a Class 7A 100-meter dash record, winning the race in just 10.58 seconds.Yesterday was further proof that Alabama junior wide receiver Henry Ruggs is really, really fast.Have been told that NFL scouts timed him in the 4.25 range in the 40-yard dash at Alabama’s pro day yesterday.https://t.co/VPVu2KUNHn— Matt Zenitz (@mzenitz) March 7, 2019Ruggs has demonstrated his blazing speed on the field as well.As a freshman, he caught only 12 passes but averaged over 19 yards per catch with six of them going for touchdowns.Last year, Ruggs’ production spiked as he caught 46 passes for 741 yards and 11 touchdowns.As a prospect in the Class of 2017, Ruggs was rated the No. 75 overall prospect in the country, the No. 11 wide receiver in the country, and the No. 2 prospect from the state of Alabama by 247Sports.
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.