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An inspection provider for the global processing industry, Innospection, has opened its new €3.5 million research and development facility in Germany.The Aberdeen-based company opened the 823m2 office space which includes an additional 1062m2 of workshop space in Stutensee following a 20% growth in turnover between 2016-2017 and securing a number of contracts to develop new inspection tools for oil and gas operators.The facility accommodates the R&D organization which has a team of 30 specialist and includes capabilities for sensor technology design, mechanical design and assembly, electrical engineering and software design.Andreas Boenisch, managing director, said: “Our purpose built, state of the art new facility marks a significant expansion of the business. We have a strong focus and commitment to further developments of advanced, robotic, and integrity support solutions, which our new facility and teams of experienced, specialists will deliver.“We have ambitious growth plans for this year and beyond and our new facility enables us to provide a superior service and more space to take on larger projects which will help us achieve our targets.”
Marcus Thomas raced to his career first IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car national championship this season. (Photo by Karen Davis)CORSICANA, Texas – One trip to the race track was all it took to convince Marcus Thomas that the IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car division was right for him.Three-plus seasons was all it took for him to win his first national championship in IMCA’s fastest growing class.“I had a weekly drag racing background and hadn’t even been to a dirt track before we went to Heart O’ Texas Speedway four years ago to watch the races,” the Corsicana driver said. “The Sprint Cars were there that night, they caught my attention and I knew right then that was what I wanted to race.”Eight of his 11 feature wins came at Kennedale Speedway Park, where Thomas repeated as track champion. He also paced Allstar Performance Texas State standings while picking up single checkers at Sabine Motor Speedway, RPM Speedway and Lone Star Speedway.The season-opening victory at Kilgore paid a hefty $1,200 and made Thomas the winner of back-to-back Sprint Smackdown specials at Lone Star.It also proved to be Thomas’ only win in his first 14 starts of 2017. He collected another eight top-five finishes before finally getting win number two in late April.“You kind of get down on yourself after starting so well and then not winning for a while,” he admitted. “Once we did, we got on a roll. I told myself to just keep rolling and keep the momentum up. It all started coming together for us. Then it seemed like everything started going our way.”Thomas returned to Heart O’ Texas and ran second in an Elite Non-Wing Sprint Series show, a finish he said was just as satisfying as a win. A shock builder by profession, he continued making minor set-up adjustments that paid off with nine wins over the last three months of the season.“The Lone Star race at the beginning of the season was big for us because we’d won it the year before,” he said. “By June, the tracks were getting the way I like them and I could run right up against the wall. We wanted to win the last race of the year at Kennedale (the Summit Racing Equipment Showdown on Oct. 7) and we were able to do that, too.”Fifth in the 2015 national points race and third last year, Thomas is also appreciative of joining fellow Texans Jason Howell, John Ricketts and Chad Wilson, as well as Oklahoman Andy Shouse in earning the highest IMCA RaceSaver championship.“To be able to have progressed as well as we have and win the national championship in our third full season is awesome,” he said. “And to be in that group of drivers that has won a national championship is amazing.”Starts-41Wins-11Additional Top Fives-18 HIS CREW: Parents Robert and Vicki, girlfriend Shelbie Goad, Trevor Goad, Michael Hoots and Randall Cartey.HIS SPONSORS: Thomas Disposal, Valvoline Express Care and O’Reilly Auto Parts, all of Corsicana; 517 Designs of Whitney; Allard Racing Engines of Ennis; Best Deal Services of Kennedale; Schoenfeld Headers of Van Buren, Ark.; DSR Fuel Pumps of Indianapolis, Ind.; CSI Shocks of Brownsburg, Ind.; and Keizer Aluminum Wheels of Orange City, Iowa.
Football Federation president Hany Abou Rida said he had every confidence the country would deliver a tournament to make the nation proud.Authorities have already named eight stadiums they feel are ready to use in Cairo, Alexandria, Ismaila and Suez.“In fact we have the means to stage matches in seven regions,” football federation official Magdi Abdelghani said Sunday.The North African country, which has experience in mass tourism, has a multitude of hotels, two international airports, in Cairo and near Alexandria, and a road network linking the main cities.Share on: WhatsApp Cairo, Egypt | AFP | Egypt’s sports ministry and Football Federation on Sunday outlined their bid to be ready for the Africa Cup of Nations which starts on June 15.Egypt took over as hosts for the 2019 tournament last week after Cameroon was stripped of the event due to infrastructure delays and political instability.“It is with great joy but a huge sense of responsibility that we embark on four or five months of serious hard work,” sports minister Achraf Sobhi said on Sunday. “A supreme committee will be set up to oversee things.”Sobhi also revealed that the opening ceremony and first match would take place in the 74,000 capacity Cairo International Stadium which was renovated before Egypt hosted the 2006 edition.Egyptian Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouli said this weekend that work had begun at the stadium to replace the pitch.
Tom Brady has made it official.Days after announcing his “football journey will take place elsewhere,” the now ex-Patriots quarterback has formally signed a deal to play with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
31 Mar 2014 Chesters and birthday boy Evans help Europe lift Bonallack Trophy Europe’s top amateurs completed their fourth successive victory in the event and their sixth in eight meetings when they beat Asia/Pacific 17½ – 14½ on the final day of the Sir Michael Bonallack Trophy in India. In a tough encounter over the KGA Course in Bangalore, Europe went into the third and final day’s 12 singles with a five point lead and despite losing the session 5-7, held on for a comfortable victory. The two England team members, Ashley Chesters (Hawkstone Park, Shropshire & Herefordshire) and Ryan Evans (Wellingborough, Northamptonshire) played their part. Paired together in the fourballs and foursomes, they suffered just one defeat, while Evans, who celebrated his 27th birthday on the second day, cruised to a 6&4 success in his singles. On the final day, Europe, with players from nine different nations, required just four wins from the 12 singles but Asia/Pacific sparked a comeback by winning four of the first six encounters. However, Europe was not to be denied and it was Ireland’s Gavin Moynihan who saw them over the line when he beat Karan Taunk of India 2&1. Chesters was first out in the singles against the powerful Geoff Drakeford of Australia. The Shropshire man led early on but Drakeford hit back with five birdies to take the point with a 1-hole victory. But that point was soon countered when Evans turned in a powerful performance to beat another Australian, Taylor MacDonald 6 & 4. The match was decided around the turn when Evans birdied three successive holes from the eighth, ran in an eagle at the 11th and then birdied the 12th. “I could have done better,” said MacDonald, “but Ryan was just too good. Once he got into his incredible birdie streak from the eighth, I couldn’t make a comeback.” A delighted Andy Morgan from Wales, Europe’s non-playing captain, said: “It was a tough battle and our players had to fight really hard. Asia/Pacific played really well today and the match looked close a number of times during the day. “The best part about this tournament was that all 13 of us came to Bangalore as individuals and travel back to our respective countries as one team. These boys will never forget this tremendous experience no matter what else they go on to achieve in their careers.” Results Day One: Fourballs: Europe 2 Asia/Pacific 3. Foursomes: Europe 4 Asia/Pacific 1 Day Two: Fourballs: Europe 4 Asia/Pacific 1. Foursomes: Europe 2½ Asia/Pacific 2½ Day Three: Singles: Europe 5 Asia/Pacific 7
HOLMDEL – A technology company with a history of working with the military, including Fort Monmouth, will be the first to occupy space at the former Bell Labs complex, now called Bell Works.Holmdel Mayor Eric Hinds said Symbolic Systems will be the first official occupant of the 2,000,000 square-foot Bell Works, currently undergoing a massive renovation under owner Somerset Development of Lakewood.Regarding the hotel/conference center, Hinds would only say that a deal “is close but not done. We’re hopeful for an announcement by July. We hoped to announce it last January.”In addition to the new tenant, local officials will soon launch a fund-raising effort to cover the costs of relocating the municipal library from the basement of Township Hall to a new 18,000 square-foot space inside Bell Works, donated by Somerset. The township must supply construction, equipment and furnishings.Symbolic Systems Inc., a provider of information technology, data engineering and software development is currently located in an office building at 106 Apple Street, Tinton Falls. Other offices are located in Aberdeen, Maryland, where many former Fort Monmouth employees and personnel transferred to the U.S. Army’s Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG) after the New Jersey base closed in 2005.Founded by Frank Ponzio Jr. in 1968, Symbolic Systems, Inc. also works with private industry, the federal Dept. of Defense, and government entities. Its Maryland facility was established as part of the federal BRAC (Base Realignment and Closure) process. Ponzio holds several patents for his inventions and designs.Fort Monmouth, which is still owned by the Army, has been on an almost parallel course with Bell Works to attract technology and business tenants.“I’ve been frustrated, but it’s best I remain positive,” Mayor Hinds said last week. “I’m excited about all the activity going on now. About two dozen solid companies are in the loop but nothing has closed. My biggest hope is that the hotel/conference center would take a substantial piece, leading to a lot of other synergistic tenants. The vision is to make Bell Works the East Coast Silicon Valley. It has that history.” He said prospective tenants include primarily technology companies and professionals, including a certified public accounting firm, a law firm and an engineering company. Most are from New Jersey.Bell Works also envisions retail, restaurant, and entertainment uses, creating an indoor “town square” for Holmdel.Somerset President Ralph Zucker told the Two River Times on May 26, “Bell Works has received much interest including letters of intent from potential tenants. Although (we are) unable to share specific information at this time due to legal reasons, we are excited to see the vision of Bell Works come to life.”“The public can expect to see a completely revamped pedestrian street spanning the entire length of this magnificent building. Everything that cluttered the atrium has been removed to create an incredible cathedral-like space,” he added. Internationally renowned architect Eero Saarinen designed the building in 1959.Bell Works was recently featured in filmmaker Daniel Arsham’s “Future Relic ‘03”, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in April. According to Beckerman PR of Hackensack, Somerset’s public relations representative, Arsham’s team reached out in 2014 through Bell Works’ architect, Alex Gorlin. Arsham, a fan of Saarinen’s work, visited the 473-acre site and deemed it the “perfect location.”“The building is so far ahead of its time,” Mayor Hinds said. “The infrastructure is there for mixed use. A lot of capital is being spent. In fairness to Somerset, it is a challenging time in New Jersey. I’ve met with people from the state’s ‘Choose NJ’ economic development program. New Jersey is not doing a good job driving business into it; we’re doing a good job of driving business out. There are not enough large employers south of the (Driscoll) bridge. It’s going to take six to eight years for the building to be fully occupied. We need to be patient, realize the right vision, and get the right mix of tenants.” Hinds said that commercial real estate firm Garibaldi Group of Chatham has been working on securing tenants for Bell Works for over a year, but much work had to be done before it could be marketed.As far as the donation of space for the township library and learning center, Deputy Mayor Gregory Buontempo said, “Ralph Zucker wanted to do something positive to make the building part of the community.” Other options for the relocation and expansion were considered but discounted due to high costs. “Having it inside Bell Works saves taxpayers the extra financial burden.”“We want a dynamic library that will accommodate today’s needs and Holmdel’s future needs,” Buontempo said. “We hope to kick off the effort in the next few months with the goal of raising $1.8 million.”Township Architect Anthony Iovino is working with Somerset Development on the design. Iovino has previous experience creating libraries and studied Saarinen’s work in school.“At first I was concerned about locating the library in a multi-use building,” Buontempo said. Our architect told me it’s just the opposite. Minneapolis put their library in a mall and attendance went up 400 percent. Times have changed and libraries are evolving. Now I think it’s a home run.”“Somerset is willing to help us move in sooner,” Mayor Hinds said. “We want to be in sooner than later. It will be more than a library. It will be a community heartbeat.”Toll Brothers’ plan for 40 estate homes and 185 “active adult” carriage homes on the main interior road leading to the building remain on hold. In its agreement with Somerset, Holmdel officials built in a stipulation that residential construction cannot begin until 20 percent of the building is leased or occupied.“That’s how we protected ourselves,” Hinds said. The homes, which generated significant controversy among local opponents, must also undergo the lengthy approval processes of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.