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first_imgFocus Acquisition Partners is pleased to announce that CEPS, Inc. of West Lebanon, NH has completed its acquisition of Johnson Precision, Inc. (JPI). CEPS is a global provider of highly engineered plastic injection-molded components and sub-assemblies. JPI, based in Amherst, NH, is one of New England’s leading full service and vertically integrated custom mold manufacturing, machining and injection-molding companies.Focus Acquisition Partners consulted with CEPS on the transaction, which closed on January 22, 2010. Terms were not disclosed.The combination of CEPS and JPI will offer new and existing customers ongoing gold-star service and quality, together with expanded custom and value-added injection molding solutions. Jim Umland, CEPS’ CEO, will lead the combined companies, which provide highly engineered manufacturing services to a wide range of industries. About the transaction, Umland said:These two companies are a perfect fit; our combined experience and complementary capabilities enable us to offer current and new customers a broader range of services, the benefits of scale and more globally competitive pricing and lead times.About Focus Acquisition PartnersFormed in 2009, Focus Acquisition Partners is a buy-side merger and acquisition advisory firm with offices in Hanover, NH and San Diego, CA. Focus works with private equity groups and corporate clients to identify and invest in privately held companies.About CEPSFormed in 1982 as an engineering focused firm, CEPS has evolved into a full service injection molder, offering design assistance, tool building, custom injection molding, and electronic and mechanical sub assembly services. CEPS is an ISO 9001:2000 certified, global supplier with 75 percent of its sales to the scientific laboratory and medical diagnostic equipment markets.   CEPS also serves original equipment manufacturers (OEM) and contract manufacturers in other industries including aerospace, electronics, defense, industrial and transportation. About Johnson PrecisionFormed in 1981 as a manufacturer of injection mold tooling, JPI is a full service design, custom mold manufacturing, machining and injection/insert molding company serving the life science, medical, and high-end electronic and specialty device markets.  JPI is ISO 9001:2000 certified and serves a wide range of regional and national original equipment manufacturer (OEM) customers.Source: Focus. 2.16.2010.last_img read more

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first_imgLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has dismissed Sam Allardyce’s criticism of his methods by insisting he is not overloading his players with running. The Sunderland boss, who recently called Klopp a “soft German”, offered his thoughts on the Reds’ current injury crisis which has sidelined 10 first-team players, six of whom have or are recovering from hamstring injuries. “That is him asking his players to play a high-tempo pressing game from the top end,” Allardyce told talkSPORT. Since arriving in mid-October, Brendan Rodgers’ replacement Klopp has regularly corrected what he sees as misconceptions about his methods – particularly the high-intensity gegenpressing tactic which he employed with such success at Borussia Dortmund. “The problem is now people speak about the intensity of my style – I didn’t create a style, how could I? I am not a genius,” he added. “We play only football and a team like Liverpool, with the ambitions the club have, we have to find a way to be successful. “For this you need players, a little bit of luck with injuries but we haven’t had too much of this. “Maybe the first game against Tottenham was more intensive than the other games and now we make a few sprints more but not 500 more. “It is completely normal, average running – football is not all about more, it is more about thinking quicker and being quicker in the right position. “As long as you are not quick enough in mind then you have to run a little bit more.” Allardyce later insisted he had not intended to sound critical of Klopp’s methods, but had simply voiced an opinion when asked a question. Speaking at his own pre-match press conference on Thursday afternoon, the Sunderland boss said: “I think the headline has upset him in the nationals. “I got asked a question by a friend of mine, Alan Brazil, on talkSPORT, ‘What do you think the injuries are down to?’, and I gave an opinion off the question that Alan asked me, which was perhaps the high-pressing game in all the games that they have had created that little bit more fatigue and that was maybe a cause of why they have picked up so many hamstrings. “It was a question that Alan asked me, I answered it and never expected it to bring the headlines it’s brought. “But if Jurgen is listening, I didn’t mean to upset you or criticise your club in any way, I was just giving what I could see as as maybe one of the reasons why we get injuries. “I am very wary of the amount of work we do in the week now in the hope that our players have enough energy to do the running they need to do in this period of time to try to get a result, and we are all suffering because of it. “I’ll probably suffer some injuries, no doubt, by the end of next week when we have played three games in a short period of time, but we are trying to manage it. “I was just trying to say that he hasn’t experience this level of football before and maybe that might be one of the causes.” Asked if the pair had fallen out, Allardyce replied: “I hope not. I had no intention of trying to wind him up. Alan asked me to talk about Sunderland, he threw the question in at the end and maybe I should have said, ‘It’s not for me to answer, it’s for Jurgen’. I don’t know.” Press Association “I don’t think Jurgen has realised just how ferocious our league is at this period of time and because he has asked for that extra-high energy – that extra 10 yards – these lads are fatiguing now with so many games in such a short period of time and are picking up these muscle strains.” Klopp, who is likely to travel to their FA Cup tie with Exeter with no senior central defenders – hit back at the Black Cats manager and rejected his claims. “I am glad for Sam, such an experienced manager, that he has time to think about Liverpool’s problems – I don’t have time to think about this,” he said. “I knew about the Premier League, the fixtures, the intensity of the football here. “There is no time for training, only recovery, the game is our only session in the week to be honest. “We know about our situation, we know in most of the cases about the reason. “One injury at the wrong moment is a problem for the whole squad because other players have to play too much but you have to react to this. “Two weeks ago we never knew we would have a problem with centre-halves.” last_img read more

first_img-Gonsalves, Watson and Woodroffe end in top three of age divisionDORADO Speed Swim Club finished fifth out of 28 teams that competed at the Amateur Swimming Association of Trinidad and Tobago (ASATT) Individual Swimming Championships, which concluded on Saturday evening at the National Aquatic Centre in Couva.The ace Guyanese club finished with 270.5 points, half a point behind St. Vincent and the Grenadine’s top club, Black Sands Swim Squad.Guyana had four none-Dorado swimmers (Leon Seaton, Andrew Fowler, Fitzroy Thom and Andrew Jordan), who swam under the banner of the Guyana Amateur Swimming Association as Guyana Combined and they tallied 18 points for a 24th overall finish, while US-based second generation Guyanese, Chase Thompson, represented the Dolphin Speed Swim Club (nine points, 27th position).Dorado, which was represented by 13 swimmers, was impressive in the 11-12 age group division. Elliott Gonsalves finished second, while his teammate, Vladimir Woodroffe, placed third. On the distaff side, Monique Watson placed third.FINAL NIGHTOn the final night, Dorado surged to eight individual medals: two gold, three silver and three bronze along with one relay gold.Gonsalves, who won gold in the 200M butterfly on the opening day, gold in the 200M breaststroke on night two, and a gold in the 400M Individual Medley (IM) on night three, along with two silver medals (50M Breast and 200M Freestyle), finished with another first place, this time in the 200M IM.Daniel Scott won gold in the 400M Freestyle for Dorado on the final day.In that event, he clocked 2:27.42 to beat his closest rival by over seven seconds. Woodroffe had placed third in a time of 2:35.78 in that race.Gonsalves’ other individual medals on the final day was in the 100M Backstroke (1:10.04) and 100M Breaststroke (1:17.99). In both events, he won silver. At the meet, Gonsalves, Woodroffe and Stephen Ramkhelawan also helped Dorado to three relay gold medals (4X100M Freestyle, 4X50M Freestyle, and 4X50M Medley Relay). Dorado also used Tyrell Allicock in one of the relays and Alex Bentham in two.Woodroffe, on the other hand, started off with a bang on the opening day. He won gold in the 1500M and a silver in the 50M Backstroke. On day three, he won two gold medals (200M Back and 800M Freestyle), before winning bronze in the 200M IM and bronze in the 400M Freestyle (4:55.33s) on the final day.Stephen Ramkhelawan had placed fourth in the 400M Freestyle in a time of 4:57.99.Watson was also outstanding over the four days. She won gold on day one (400M IM), a silver on day two (200M Breaststroke) and a silver in the 200M Backstroke on day three. On the final day, she added a bronze medal to her tally. In the 400M Freestyle, she finished third in a time of 5:22.32. Watson finished fourth in the 100M Backstroke in a time of 1:16.53.Along with Gonsalves, Daniel Scott also won gold on the final night. The 18-year-old dominated the Men’s 15-and-over 400M Freestyle event. He clocked 4:25.03, which was almost nine seconds faster than the second place finisher.Athalcy Hunte copped a silver medal in the Girls’ 11-12 100M Backstroke after finishing in a time of 1:15.89s.The final medal of the day was by the dominant boys’ 11-12 relay team. Woodroffe, Ramkhelawan, Bentham and Gonsalves captured gold number three. The quartet clocked 1:58.01, over five seconds faster than the competitive Black Sails’ ‘A’ team.Meanwhile, 14-year-old Seaton just missed the podium for Guyana Combined in the 50M Freestyle. The ace swimmer placed fourth in a time of 25.58s in the 13-14 age division. His teammate at the meet, Andrew Fowler (23-years), placed seventh in a time of 25.27s in the 15-and-over division.last_img read more

first_img Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — What started as a conversation in a Tuesday morning public relations class for Kyle Harris and Jess Sever has turned into a Friday night candlelight vigil expected to draw nearly 10,000 people to Penn State’s Old Main Lawn.‘We kind of just came in on Tuesday morning outraged about all this negative coverage that Penn State is getting and how none of the focus is on the victims,’ Sever said. ‘We just started going back and forth and we just came up with this idea, ‘Well, why don’t we put the focus back on the individuals, get some positive light onto Penn State’s community and do this?’ And we kind of just ran with it from there.’Harris and Sever, both senior public relations majors, registered the vigil with the university after class at about 11 a.m. on Tuesday. From there, they created a Facebook event and a Twitter account to generate interest.The vigil, dubbed the ‘Candle Light Vigil for Abused Victims,’ will be held from 9:30 to 10:30 p.m. Friday on the Old Main Lawn. More than 8,900 people were listed as attending on the vigil’s Facebook page as of 2 p.m. Friday. But both Harris and Sever anticipate that number to grow to about 10,000 in-person participants tonight.Sever said that although she doesn’t expect all the students on the Facebook page to attend, she believes people within the community will come out and support the victims of the tragedy.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textJoe Paterno, head football coach of the Nittany Lions, and Penn State President Graham Spanier were removed on Wednesday night in light of a sexual abuse scandal involving retired assistant coach Jerry Sandusky. Paterno and Spanier were fired four days after a grand jury report charged Sandusky with a series of sexual assaults involving eight young boys, including one he allegedly raped in Penn State’s football facility shower.At about 11 a.m. on Friday at Old Main, a building completed in 1863, six students did a ‘slow walk’ in front of the stairs leading up to Old Main. The slow walk was done to tell students to slow down and realize that this tragedy is about the victims, not Joe Paterno and other high-ranking former university officials.‘And don’t hold people as scapegoats, hold people accountable,’ said Mike Matauic, a senior political science major, about how the investigation should move forward. Matauic led the six students through the slow walk.Matauic said the students decided to do the slow walk in front of Old Main because of Peter Buckland, a 35-year-old doctoral student in the College of Education voicing his opinion on the steps of Old Main. Buckland, who has been protesting for three days and will be at Old Main from about 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday, held a sign that read ‘Justice, Healing, Caring,’ which resonated with the students who did the slow walk.  But the scene of Old Main Lawn will change Friday night from small showings to a large gathering when thousands of students come out in support of the victims.Harris said Old Main was selected as the location of the vigil because it’s one of the places on campus where students can freely assemble at any time. It’s also an iconic building of Penn State, which has attracted a lot of negative attention this week.‘We feel that holding something positive for the victims will really bring some positivity to their lives, as well as the PSU students and the university,’ Harris said. Co-organizer Sever said the university has done a poor job handling the scandal, as Penn State students haven’t been advised on how to move forward.She said: ‘We have been kind of been just floating around and don’t know what to do or where to turn and that’s why Kyle and I just wanted to give an outlet to students to express how they feel in a positive manner.’jdhar[email protected]center_img Published on November 10, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Jon: [email protected]last_img read more

first_imgThe Tipp native was in charge of the seniors, juniors and under 21’s.The Kilsheelan man – who previously led Tipperary to an All Ireland minor title – says he feels that he can no longer devote the necessary time and energy required for these positions and with that in mind he has decided to step aside.last_img