TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 09: A general view during the national anthem prior to the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Clemson Tigers at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)Week 2 of the college football season is in the books. There weren’t too many surprising results this week, as the top 10 teams all got the job done.With another week down, ESPN has updated its bowl projections. There aren’t too many changes, though a few tweaks were made from last week’s version.Here are the major bowl predictions from ESPN’s Kyle Bonagura and Mitch Sherman:CFB Playoff at the Orange BowlBonagura: Clemson vs. Oklahoma Sherman: Clemson vs. OklahomaCFB Playoff at the Cotton BowlBonagura: Alabama vs. Ohio State Sherman: Alabama vs. WisconsinTexas BowlBonagura: Texas A&M vs. Baylor Sherman: Texas Tech vs. Texas A&MCamping World BowlBonagura: Virginia Tech vs. TCU Sherman: Boston College vs. TCUAlamo BowlBonagura: Oregon vs. West Virginia Sherman: Oklahoma State vs. OregonPeach BowlBonagura: Notre Dame vs. Auburn Sherman: LSU vs. Notre DameGator BowlBonagura: Missouri vs. Maryland Sherman: Missouri vs. Michigan StateFiesta BowlBonagura: Boise State vs. Washington Sherman: Boise State vs. StanfordRose BowlBonagura: Wisconsin vs. Stanford Sherman: Ohio State vs. WashingtonOutback BowlBonagura: LSU vs. Michigan Sherman: Michigan vs. Mississippi StateSugar BowlBonagura: Georgia vs. Oklahoma State Sherman: West Virginia vs. GeorgiaCitrus BowlBonagura: Mississippi State vs. Penn State Sherman: Penn State vs. AuburnYou can view their full bowl predictions here.
Following several years of development and successful testing, GroundProbe has released what it says is “a game changing” broad area slope stability monitoring radar that will considerably enhance mining productivity and safety. GroundProbe CEO John Beevers said the launch of the SSR-FX was another significant milestone for GroundProbe “in developing revolutionary technology to assist mining productivity and safety and said GroundProbe could now offer customers a total slope stability detection solution.”GroundProbe has been a global leader in development and supply of slope stability radars to mining for almost a decade and its radars have helped to revolutionise in-pit safety, allowing mine planners to access areas previously not possible. Open pit mines have long been familiar with radar monitoring technologies for slope stability. Strategically positioned radars detect and pre warn of slope instabilities that could endanger operating personnel and equipment and impact operations.Beevers said: “The SSR-FX is the first product in our range of broad area monitoring solutions. It uses new antenna technology not yet seen in the mining industry, to scan 180 degrees every two minutes with sub millimetre precision, over long periods. No other broad area radar can currently offer the same resolution as the SSR-FX, as it delivers clearer images in scanning by generating more pixels in each scan than any other radar system in the market. This means mine operators can detect smaller moving areas in their pit, allowing them to have full control and total confidence in decision making.”There are two existing monitoring strategies which GroundProbe practices – targeted and broad. Targeted monitoring focuses on a known, safety-critical risk for short periods with alarms that alert mine operators of slope movement, allowing mine personnel to instantly and confidently respond when a hazard changes. GroundProbe has sold and installed targeted monitoring systems at mines around the world since its establishment over ten years ago.Broad area monitoring is a different strategy which covers large mine areas for long periods to locate new risks and hazards. Used in conjunction with targeted radar, the broad area system finds ‘hot spots’ that can then be continuously monitored with the targeted radar. The SSR-FX is the first ever broad area monitoring system developed by GroundProbe.The company says that high demand for the SSR-FX has resulted in deployments in six countries “and industry acclaim for its ability to accurately and precisely detect broad area wall movement in open-pit mines.” Anglo American’s Chief Geotechnical Engineer at South Africa’s Sishen mine, Richard Carey, said the SSR-FX “delivered on expectations” when it was selected as part of a long-term broad area monitoring strategy. “The SSR-FX has proven very effective for this type of monitoring and has the ability to provide a rapid scan time, and to distinguish between real movement and mine induced movement in a very large and busy mine. Using the SSR-FX updated photo imaging system, you can access the radar from a remote location and zoom into the area, to analyse for real or mining induced movement. The ability to integrate mine plans, satellite images and structural features to the SSR-Viewer has added a powerful tool to the Geotechnical Engineer’s toolbox. Having the same software for both critical monitoring tools such as the SSR-XT and now the broad area monitoring SSR-FX, will reduce complications when setting up and analysing data, allowing for a more seamless user experience,” Carey said.GroundProbe Vice President of Marketing and Technology, Lachlan Campbell, said a special feature of the SSR-FX was the intuitive interface which provided the ability to see a view of the mine made up of radar-generated photographs combined with plan view images of a mine, such as aerial pictures, DTMs, mine plans or CAD illustrations. “The two images are linked, and so when one image moves, the other tracks. The radar data is then draped over the surface. This allows geotechnical engineers to immediately detect and locate any new hazards,” he said.The SSR-FX also shares hardware and software with GroundProbe’s targeted monitoring radars, such as the SSR-XT. Parts are interchangeable to ensure reliability and common training and because support services are the same, technicians can work with either system.CEO John Beevers says it makes economic sense for mines to install suitable monitoring systems. “If failure mechanisms are understood and slopes are properly monitored, risks can be significantly reduced, and of course, lives can be saved. Appropriate monitoring systems allow for more aggressive slope designs while maintaining safe working conditions for mine personnel. The extra revenue generated by the steep slopes and the savings gained from fewer damages and injuries will almost, in all cases, far outweigh the cost of the monitoring equipment. Our Geotechnical Engineers travel extensively, visiting client sites, training site personnel, and remotely monitor the output of working radars, to help interpret data and produce regular reports. Through their expertise, we design and provide tailored slope monitoring solutions on any scale. This interface with mines also helps us understand production demands and to build tailored solutions.”
MICHAEL SCHUMACHER REMAINS in a “critical but stable” condition, his spokeswoman said Saturday, as French investigators hoped a helmet-mounted camera he was wearing at the moment of his ski accident could answer a raft of questions.A spokeswoman for the retired Formula One champion denied some reports that his family had been reluctant to hand over the camera — taken by authorities on Friday — because of privacy reasons.“Michael’s helmet camera was voluntarily given to the investigating authorities by the family,” said spokewoman Sabine Kehm in a statement. “That this should have been done against the wishes of the family is untrue.”The existence of the GoPro camera was publicly revealed late Friday, five days after the December 29 accident in the French Alps near the Meribel ski resort.It had been known since Tuesday that the seven-time world racing champion hit his head on a rock so hard that his helmet was split in two.It was not known whether the camera filmed the champion’s descent down the slope or whether the images have been damaged by the impact on the rock.Police on Friday questioned Schumacher’s 14-year-old son Mick, who was skiing with his father at the time, as well as a friend, at the Grenoble hospital.Kehm said Schumacher remains in “critical but stable” condition and that no more press conferences were scheduled before Monday.Schumacher turned 45 on Friday while still in an induced coma.Fans marked the birthday with a silent vigil outside the facility, part of which was organised by Ferrari, Schumacher’s former team.Camera could reveal speedThe GoPro miniature camera, robust and popular among extreme sports enthusiasts, has a 170-degree wide angle lens that takes in much of the view and can show parts of the user’s body including the face depending on how it is mounted.The latest models can take up to 30 images a second for six hours.If there are images and they are usable, they should shed light on the circumstances of the accident on a small, seemingly innocuous off-piste section of Meribel located between two ski slopes — one classed as easy and the other as intermediate.Conflicting statements have emerged, notably about how fast Schumacher was going when he crashed. On Saturday Kehm said any information on Schumacher’s condition “not coming from the doctors treating him or from his management must be treated as invalid and pure speculation”.The accident has shocked legions of fans used to seeing Schumacher cheat death on the race track.Ferrari, which brought in fans to Grenoble Friday from Italy and elsewhere in France on board two buses, put a message on its website, saying “Forza Michael,” or “Go Michael” in Italian.“He is tackling the most important fight of his life and therefore we want to send him very special wishes,” said Schumacher’s old team as similar messages poured in from around the world.German former tennis ace Boris Becker wished his compatriot “Happy Birthday” on Twitter, adding “Fight Schumi” in a German hashtag. The family responded in a statement Friday by saying “the incredible sympathies shown today by the Ferrari fans outside the hospital has utterly overwhelmed us and moved us all to tears”.“We are deeply grateful for it and also for all the heartwarming and heartfelt wishes for Michael to get well soon, which have reached us from all over the world.” Investigators are tasked with determining responsibility in the accident, with high stakes possibly involved regarding any insurance compensation.Albertville prosecutors and the ski resort say Schumacher was skiing at great speed. Kehm has challenged that, saying he could not have been going fast “because it appears he helped a friend who had just fallen”. Prosecutors are also looking at whether the limits of the pistes next to the accident site were correctly marked, and whether the safety releases on Schumacher’s skis operated properly.“I don’t think it’s normal that between two marked slopes there would be this passage with rocks showing that is not fenced off,” said Philippe Streiff, a former French racing driver, in the French sports daily L’Equipe.A paraplegic since an accident in Rio de Janeiro, Streiff visited the Grenoble hospital on Friday to hand a message to Schumacher’s wife Corinna. Other family members at his bedside include his two teenage children, his father Rolf and brother Ralph, who is also a racing driver.Although Schumacher was conscious when airlifted from the unmarked run in the Meribel resort, where he owns a property, he was agitated and soon fell into a coma, prompting his transfer to the Grenoble hospital.He has undergone two operations to remove blood and pressure from his brain. However, the Ferrari tribute created controversy, with some accusing the Italian racing giant — which asked fans to sport its trademark colour red and its insignia — of bad taste.Schumacher, who made his debut in 1991, dominated Formula One during his career, winning more world titles and races than any other driver. He retired in 2012.- © AFP, 2014Euro Vision: 3 continental games not to be missed this weekend>Cork-born Shane O’Neill could be World Cup bound>