As a quick recap, the new Performance Centre at The Valley Retail Park near Evesham in Worcestershire, England will give cyclists access to Boardman’s own cycling-specific wind tunnel, top-level bike fitting, and physiology testing suites. Designed to offer the world-class performance analysis now reserved for the top-level of athletes with deep pockets, the Boardman Performance Centre hopes to appeal to all levels of cyclists and triathletes looking to optimize their performance on the bike, whether their goals are the Olympics, Paralympics, or just the local weekend race.Chris Boardman told us about the project now that it is underway on site, “I’m really excited the finish line is finally in sight. People who know me will tell you I tend to play things down and avoid superlatives but for this project, I feel confident in saying when the doors open in early 2018, it will be a genuine game changer for the sport of cycling. Making aerodynamic understanding accessible to anyone who wants to go faster – be they sportive rider or pro athlete – it’ll be nothing short of revolutionary.”Having recently spent some time spectating on some wheel & tire wind tunnel testing, it’s very clear that there is a lot to gain for riders of all levels who may not really appreciate some of the minor changes that can impact how the bike+rider combo slips through the wind. We’ll keep an eye on its continued development and hopefully get a chance to venture there ourselves for a first hand look at optimizing how we ride sometime early next year.BoardmanBikes.com We’ve been following this story pretty closely since it first popped up on our radar back at the end of 2015. Boardman bikes decided to build their own wind tunnel at their new headquarters, but more importantly is that they are building it as part of an overall cycling Performance Centre that will bring real world testing capabilities into the reach of more amateur and aspiring elite cyclists. Now that construction is underway, Boardman has a bit more of a concrete timeline in play, with the opening of the facility and the ability for the cycling public to get a slot in their wind tunnel or other physiological laboratories set for early 2018…
Private Label Select in Taos will demonstrate how natural ingredients become lip care products, sunscreens and products for mothers and babies. Old Wood in Las Vegas will discuss sustainable wood harvesting practices that result in flooring and firewood. Events are organized by New Mexico Manufacturing Extension Partnership, a nonprofit organization that offers manufacturers training and expertise in efficient production and administrative practices that help them maximize their competitive edge and increase profits. The nonprofit New Mexico Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NM MEP) aims to address misperceptions among students while they are preparing themselves for college and careers by showing them opportunities in manufacturing. Sinsabaugh said today’s manufacturing is about state-of-the-art facilities and advanced technologies, but surveys indicate that many people still envision dark and dreary factories that employ non-skilled labor to perform repetitive tasks. According to one study, only 35 percent of parents say they would encourage their children to pursue careers in manufacturing. To learn more about public tours, visit New Mexico MEP at https://newmexicomep.org/mfgday/. To see what’s happening nationally, go to https://www.mfgday.com/. Manufacturing Day aims to enhance public knowledge by giving visitors a look behind closed doors. Companies host facility tours that demonstrate the many production stages that turn raw materials into products that are shipped around the world. Facilities open their doors Farther north, Black Mesa Winery in Velarde hosts a wine- and cider-making tour, followed by a product tasting available to visitors 21 years of age or older. By KATE MILLARDFinance New Mexico In Santa Fe, visitors will see cacao turned into truffles at Art of Chocolate Cacao Santa Fe, which calls itself the only “bean-to-bar” chocolate producer in the state. Animal lovers can watch local proteins and organic vegetables become healthy dog and cat food at Marty’s Meals. “As Manufacturing 4.0 continues to revolutionize factory floors in New Mexico and across the country, jobs are becoming more high-tech and commanding higher pay,” said Jennifer Sinsabaugh, executive director of New Mexico MEP. “These jobs rely on critical thinking, creativity, and innovative approaches – skills that can only be provided by humans.” The Manufacturing Institute projects that U.S. manufacturers will need to fill 4.6 million jobs by 2028, but misperceptions about modern manufacturing could cause more than half of those positions to remain vacant. For those considering production of their own designs and ideas, FUSE Makerspace, Cruces Creatives, and the Workforce Center at Dona Ana Community College will introduce machines and equipment available for the use of their members. In Rio Rancho, Mezel Mods will demonstrate how 3D printers produce action figures and modifications for pinball machines, and Insight Lighting will take visitors on a journey from CAD-produced designs to architectural lighting that illuminates stadiums, airports and other large-scale venues. That’s where Manufacturing Day comes in. Celebrated the entire month of October, the initiative highlights the changes that have occurred in the manufacturing industry and introduces students to careers in clean tech and modern manufacturing. Private tours for students will take place at more than a dozen manufacturing companies in Roswell, Taos, Socorro, Albuquerque and Las Cruces. Heading south, engineering is the focus. Valencia Flour Mill in Jarales near Belen will demonstrate unique engineering that allows one motor to operate multiple machines that transform grain into baking mixes. Drought Adaptation Industries of Alamogordo will discuss proprietary engineering that allows anyone to grow produce using 98 percent less water than they might otherwise. Alaska Structures will take visitors on the production line that goes from structural engineering and design to framing and fabrics that make tents and temporary structures used by the military. Masa becomes tortillas and corn chips at La Primera Tortilla Factory in Sunland Park. In Albuquerque, visitors at Continental Machining will see high-tech equipment produce parts used by New Mexico’s national laboratories. Others will see UV-blocking glass turned into precision windows at Glass-Rite, and cacao become elixirs and confections at Chocolate Cartel. More than 35 New Mexico manufacturers and support organizations – from Farmington to Las Cruces – are hosting tours. Most are open to the public. Finance New Mexico connects individuals and businesses with skills and funding resources for their business or idea. To learn more, go to www.FinanceNewMexico.org.
The revelation comes as the league considers a takeover of Newcastle which would reportedly involve the Saudi Public Investment Fund (PIF) taking an 80 percent stake in the club.Prospective new owners must pass the Premier League’s owners and directors’ test, one strand of which relates to criminal activity.The league has come under pressure from rights group Amnesty International and the fiancee of murdered dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi to block the takeover due to Saudi Arabia’s poor record on human rights.The Premier League’s actions in relation to the takeover are also under scrutiny because it has previously been a critic of pirate broadcaster beoutQ, which operates out of Saudi Arabia.Qatar-based BeIN accuses Saudi of masterminding the pirate broadcasting of BeIN output, which includes Premier League games, as part of a spat between Doha and Riyadh. The Saudis deny the claims.In a letter from the league to the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) dated February 5 of this year, the Premier League complain about a “failure to take action” against the pirates by the Saudi government itself.“Saudi Arabia remains a centre of piracy, impacting rights-holders from around the world,” the league’s letter added.“In view of this long-standing situation, the Premier League respectfully requests that USTR maintain Saudi Arabia’s position on the Priority Watch List.”The USTR has kept Saudi Arabia on its watch list and confirmed in a report published on Wednesday: “The United States continues to remain concerned about reportedly high levels of online piracy in Saudi Arabia.”