The 32nd edition of the Roc d’Azur off-road and mountain bike festival got going on 7 October under the sunny skies of Fréjus in south-eastern France. More than 1,400 schoolchildren kicked off five days of sport and fun —five days that have once again attracted over 20,000 fans.This week, Wednesday afternoon’s Générations Roc saw 1,250 primary and secondary school students from the Académie de Nice, 150 representatives of associations in Fréjus and Roquebrune-sur-Argens, and 100 disabled people leave the first tracks on the paths of the François-Léotard Nature Base in Fréjus.Produced by A.S.O, the numbers for the iconic trail and MBK events on 7-11 October are impressive:More 20,000 participants, more than 100,000 visitorsNearly 300 exhibitors and 200 bikes to test at the Exhibition10 tons of food supplies50 countries representedThe Roc d’Azur took things up a notch on Thursday, when the expo opened at 10:00 CET (09:00 for the rest of the week), with 300 exhibitors displaying their wares over 28,000 m2, and the Roc Test Camp getting under way, where visitors get to try out the latest products to hit the market.Visitors will also enjoy the wide range of activities on the main Roc d’Azur programme. The EnduRoc, a popular event for several years, will see sparks fly in its five timed specials. The Tri Roc, the off-road version of triathlon, which made its Roc debut in 2012, will challenge triathletes to 1.5K of swimming in the Mediterranean, 24K of MTB in Les Maures massif and 11K of trail running.The programme will be packed with events up to Sunday. Two of the traditional highlights come on Friday, with the Canyon Roc Marathon (82K) for the toughest riders and the Roc Ruelles through the historical heart of Fréjus.After Saturday, when the focus will be on leisure rides, such as the Alltricks.com Rando Roc Noire (50K); and Sunday’s Roc d’Azur (56K) will see 5,200 riders go head-to-head in the traditional but always awaited finale of the 32nd edition of the Roc. As the organising team points out, ‘the Roc continues to grow and evolve.’www.rocazur.comwww.asochallenges.com Related
Engel & Völkers announced the opening of its first Scottsdale shop and entrance into the Arizona real estate market, breaking new ground as the luxury brand continues to expand throughout the U.S. and around the world.Sandra Wilken, of Sandra Wilken Luxury Properties, has become the first Engel & Völkers license partner in Arizona, converting her 18-year, Scottsdale-based company to Engel & Völkers Scottsdale, Sandra Wilken Partners. The company, with a team of 17 agents that closed $58 million in transactions in 2012, now becomes one of 491 shops worldwide in more than 36 countries.“Engel & Völkers brings the highest standards of real estate service to the most sought-after markets throughout the world,” said Anthony Hitt, Chief Operating Officer of Engel & Völkers North America. “We are excited to introduce our distinctive brand in Scottsdale and to debut with the leadership of Sandra Wilken, the most successful and highly respected name in the area’s luxury market.”As an already well known and respected name in luxury real estate, Sandra Wilken has been among the top producing Scottsdale brokers for the past 38 years. Wilken specializes in luxury real estate purchases and sales of properties ranging from luxury condominiums to multimillion-dollar estates in the Valley’s most prominent, high-end communities such as Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, the Arcadia and Biltmore areas of Phoenix, Fountain Hills and Gainey Ranch.“It is an extreme honor to be selected by such a prestigious, international real estate company,” said Sandra Wilken. “With the success that my company has experienced over the past 18 years, it seems to be a natural step in catapulting us to an international level. This affiliation not only raises the awareness of our clients’ listings to the broader Engel & Völkers global network, but it allows the firm to expand our client base, the number of agents we employ and our total number of listings and transactions. The timing couldn’t be better with Arizona’s housing market seeing significant gains month over month. I see it as an opportunity to bring the world to Scottsdale and Scottsdale to the world.”“Engel & Völkers’ global expansion strategy has always been based on being where our clients want to be, whether it is to reside, to vacation or to have a second or third home,” said Hitt. “We’ve selected to open in Scottsdale’s because of its popularity among international home buyers, the leadership and established reputation of Sandra Wilken in the market and the area’s exceptional luxury properties. It’s the perfect home for our brand which is known internationally for of high end, white glove service. Sandra and her team became leaders in the market because of their higher standards of service, which they’ve succeeded in providing for the past 18 years. They have attracted the best agents in the area, and will continue to do so. They were the obvious choice to represent the Engel & Völkers brand.”For more information about Engel & Völkers Scottsdale, Sandra Wilken Partners visit www.scottsdale.evusa.com or call 480-596-0001.
BG Group has awarded Aptomar a contract to provide field monitoring services at the operator’s Knarr field on the Norwegian continental shelf. As a result, Aptomar will establish a new marine control center in Trondheim, Norway.Under the five-year contract, Aptomar will provide field monitoring services, including 24/7 monitoring of offshore traffic and safety zones to detect and track vessels on collision course with offshore assets. The company will also provide continuous monitoring and detection of unintended spills, and be a part of the 2nd line response team.“Our objective is to deliver a cost-efficient and effective 24/7 field monitoring operation, being BG’s eyes and ears on the sea surface at any given time and providing a safe operating environment around the FPSO,” says Lars Solberg, chief sales and marketing officer at Aptomar.To help safeguard the environment and BG’s people and assets at the Knarr field, and as a response to operator’s request for extended field monitoring services, Aptomar will establish a new marine control center at the company’s headquarter in Trondheim, Norway, Aptomar said in the press statement. The staff consists of master mariners and professionals with extensive maritime and nautical competence. As a result of winning the BG contract, six more staff will be added to Aptomar’s team.“We have invested in our second marine control center in Trondheim as a response to numerous oil companies who want the industry to take a broader, more systematic approach to field monitoring. We are combining 24/7 competence and monitoring capacity, with robust detection and an efficient and controlled emergency response management. Our new 24/7 service approach reduces time, investments, and cost for the oil companies, and the collaboration with BG demonstrates that we have successfully delivered on their request,” says Lars Solberg.Delivering on the Knarr contract, the center’s trained operators will monitor, communicate and collaborate with onshore and offshore assets – including the Knarr FPSO, the ERRV M/S Torsborg and the Knarr PSVs – as well as NOFO and the Norwegian Coastal Authority, using the latest in remote sensing and data processing technology, Aptomar said.The technology and tools that form the basis for the marine control center include radar-based object tracking systems, AIS (automatic identification system) vessel tracking and Aptomar’s TCMS – a tactical collaboration and management system for oil spill detection and combating, search and rescue and fire fighting. The company said it will also tap into aerial and satellite radars and cameras, wind and weather data, on-site radars and communicate with offshore assets via VHF radio to secure a safe operating environment.[mappress mapid=”1491″]
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