Coaches from around the SEC spoke anonymously to Athlon Sports about each program. When it came to their assessment of Alabama, it’s pretty evident that motivation will be a huge factor for 2019.From Athlon Sports:“Maybe the best thing for this year’s team was losing that national title game the way they did. They were outplayed, outcoached and got whipped on the lines. Now they’re going to reload with the best roster in the league, but Nick Saban has all the motivation he needs.”“This is another national championship team, and they have the benefit of building off of last year’s loss. They’ll come out angry and focused.”Another interesting comment from an SEC coach revolved around the turnover on the coaching staff. They thought an issue for Alabama was the lack of consistency from position coaches.We’ll find out soon enough if Alabama can bounce back from last season’s devastating finish. ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 08: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide walks on the field during warm ups prior to the game against 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 Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)College football is just around the corner, and once again, Alabama is considered one of the favorites. Nick Saban and his staff are looking to rebound from an embarrassing loss to Clemson in the national championship.For years, the Crimson Tide have dominated their opponents. Roles were reversed during the championship game, as the Tigers won by 28 points.With Saban back for revenge and Tua Tagovailoa under center for his junior season, Alabama is poised for another great year.Although losing in blowout fashion wasn’t ideal for the Crimson Tide, opposing coaches in the SEC believe it could be the best thing for them heading into next season.
OTTAWA — The automobile and auto parts manufacturing industry remains a key driver of Canada’s economy. Here’s a look at the numbers, taken from a report published in April by McMaster University’s Automotive Policy Research Centre:— An average of 2.4 million vehicles were built annually in Canada over the past five years.— The automotive industry directly employed 140,404 Canadians in 2016, an increase of almost 15,000 since 2012.— Three Ontario auto assembly plants — Ford in Oakville, Toyota in Cambridge and Fiat Chrysler in Windsor — are among the six biggest employers in manufacturing and resource extraction in Canada. Fiat Chrysler’s Windsor plant is the largest manufacturing workplace, with more than 6,000 employees.— Canadian-owned automotive parts manufacturers employ 51,923 people — more than half of all employment in this sector globally.And according to the U.S.-based Observatory of Economic Complexity:— Vehicles were Canada’s second largest export, right behind crude petroleum, in 2015. They accounted for $44.9 billion worth of exports (11.5 per cent of a total $389 billion in exports).— Vehicles were also Canada’s No. 1 import — $26.2 billion worth.
Triple Point Technology, a leading global provider of software to manage commodities and enterprise risk, has acquired QMASTOR, a premier provider of mining software solutions to manage the tonnage, quality, and value of coal and mineral supply chains from ‘pit’ to the point of export, import, or consumption. QMASTOR’s mining supply chain solutions are used to manage over 1,000 Mt/y of coal and mineral movements. The company, headquartered in Newcastle, Australia, supports its global client base through regional offices located in Africa, South America, and North America. QMASTOR’s clients are some of the most prominent natural resource companies in the world and include BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto, Vale, Anglo American, Xstrata, and Peabody Energy.Triple Point says “coal is a large, important, and fast growing element of the energy supply mix. Driven largely by rapid population and income growth in developing nations such as China and India, worldwide coal consumption rose by 7.6% in 2010. In the last decade alone, China’s coal usage more than doubled, and last year, it became a net importer of coal despite its huge reserves. India also has large and growing energy requirements and relies on coal for 55% of its needs. The rapid growth in global coal consumption is expected to continue for the foreseeable future.”“Our product strategy is to provide the deepest functionality, from upstream to downstream, in each commodity class. Given the importance of coal to future global economic growth, the addition of QMASTOR to the Triple Point portfolio is extremely compelling,” said Peter F. Armstrong, President and CEO, Triple Point Technology. “QMASTOR solutions are a perfect addition to the Triple Point portfolio in that they supply all the functionality to optimize an end-to-end coal and mineral supply chain, while at the same time being completely complementary to the rest of the Triple Point product set.”The companies’ complementary customer bases, target markets, and product sets create substantial opportunities for continued and accelerated growth.QMASTOR managing director, Trent Bagnall, has been named Triple Point’s Managing Director of Coal and Mineral Supply Chain Solutions. “This is exactly the right time in the life cycle of QMASTOR to become a part of Triple Point,” said Bagnall. “Integrating with a larger, successful organization gives us the resources and reach to accomplish our ultimate goals. This is an important time in the mining software market, and our joining-of-forces will underpin and accelerate our growth.”QMASTOR’s advanced solutions manage and optimise all aspects of mining supply chains including mine planning and scheduling, material tracking, logistical movements, 3D stockpile modelling, grade control, blend management for coal, and other minerals such as nickel and iron ore. QMASTOR also offers solutions for managing port operations and metallurgical accounting. The metallurgical accounting solution supports multiple metals including gold, silver, titanium and platinum.Triple Point Technology® is a leading global provider of software to manage commodities and enterprise risk. The company provides innovative solutions to competitively address the complex commodities value chain: mining, buying, selling, trading, and procurement; enterprise risk management; scheduling and logistics; storage; processing; and settlement and accounting. Triple Point’s Commodity Management platform enables over 300 customers in 35+ countries to profitably manage exposure to energy and raw materials across industries, including energy, metals and minerals.