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Metamaterial Technologies Inc. partners with Airbus to co-develop and Commercialize metaAIR

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA – Metamaterial Technologies Inc. (MTI) and its optical filters division, Lamda Guard, announced that it has entered into a new agreement with leading aircraft manufacturer Airbus to validate, certify, and commercialize its laser protection product metaAIR, for aviation. In 2014, MTI signed its first agreement with Airbus to test and tailor metaAIR, which is a flexible metamaterial optical filter, engineered to protect vision against harmful laser beams aimed at aircraft.

Laser strikes on commercial aircraft are rising globally and laser pointers are increasing in power and decreasing in price. Lasers can distract pilots during critical phases of flight and can cause temporary visual impairment. In 2015, according to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the number of reported laser incidents nearly doubled to 7,703 in commercial aviation. In 2015, there were 1,439 laser incidents reported to the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) in the UK and there were almost 600 reported by Transport Canada.

“We know from facts and conversations with clients that cockpit illuminations are real, immediate and increasing in frequency, and metaAIR will benefit our customers,” said Pascal Andrei, Vice President, Chief Product Security Officer at Airbus. “We also see an increasing number of possible applications for metaAIR, beyond the commercial aircraft division.”

MTI is a great example of Airbus “start-up 2 partner” program led by Elsa Keita from Airbus Corporate Innovation. This program aims at building mutually beneficial partnerships with disruptive innovators and Airbus has been working in a successful and collaborative approach with MTI to accelerate their laser protection solution for the benefit of its customers.

“Our objective is to place Canada and its citizens on innovation’s leading edge. The presence of Airbus here today demonstrates that highly skilled Canadian researchers and entrepreneurs, like those at MTI, are creating innovative solutions to global problems,” said the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Canadian Minister for Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency.

“We look forward to continuing our relationship with Airbus as we move to commercialize metaAIR. Together we will be able to make a positive impact on the aviation industry around the world,” said Maurice Guitton, MTI Board Chairman.

“Today marks another milestone in our strategic partnership with Airbus. We are given the opportunity to propel our platform technology and learn from some of the top aerospace engineers while understanding the rigours of developing a product for the aerospace industry,” said George Palikaras, MTI Founder and CEO. “metaAIR will provide vision protection to pilots in the aviation industry and can offer solutions in other industries including the military, transportation and glass manufacturers.”

MTI has also developed a partnership with Covestro, one of the world’s leading companies for high-tech polymers. Covestro supplies a custom Bayfol HX photopolymer film for the manufacturing of metaAIR.

“MTI is at the cutting edge of optical applications. They have developed a unique optical filter that is different from anything currently available on the market, and we have been working with them for the last two years to provide a speciality photopolymer material film and support the required volume,” said Thomas Facke, responsible for marketing and business development of photopolymer films at Covestro. “Safety is very important to our company, and we are excited to be a part of this solution.”

Minnesota Vikings: Top free agency, NFL draft needs for 2017

As they wade through free agency and prepare to evaluate draft prospects at the Indianapolis Scouting Combine (March 1-6), the Minnesota Vikings[1] must decide which players to keep as they seek to improve upon their 8-8 record from last season. The Sports Xchange and evaluated the Vikings’ roster and created a shopping list to use in free agency and to reference during the Combine. One way or another, the hammer will drop soon on running back Adrian Peterson[2]. On the roster, he would count $18 million against the salary cap, so a reduction is necessary for him to stay with the Vikings or for that matter to sign with another team if he is released.

Either way, the Vikings might not be able to count on Peterson staying healthy, and they surely need to upgrade an offensive line shattered by injuries at tackle in 2016.


2016 finish: 3rd in NFC North (8-8)


TOTAL OFFENSE: 315.1 (28th)

RUSHING: 75.3 (32nd)

PASSING: 239.8 (18th)

TOTAL DEFENSE: 314.9 (3rd)

RUSHING: 106.9 (20th)

PASSING: 207.9 (3rd)


*Indicates option not expected to be exercised or expected to be released



The Vikings used five players at left tackle and three at right tackle in 2016. They need talent, durability and depth at this key spot. UFA TARGETS (Age, previous contract’s average annual salary)

Andrew Whitworth, Cincinnati (36 in December, $9M)

*Russell Okung, Denver (29 in October, $10.6M)

Rick Wagner, Baltimore (28 in October, $576K)

Luke Joeckel, Jacksonville (G; 26 in November, $5.3M))

DRAFT TARGETS (Rating pos/overall, Player, School, Ht., Wt., 40 time, Proj. Rd.)

1/14 Ryan Ramczyk, Wisconsin, 6-5, 314, 5.29, 1 (underclassman)

2/25 Cam Robinson, Alabama, 6-6, 310, 5.28, 1 (underclassman)

3/38 Garett Bolles, Utah, 6-5, 296, 4.97, 1-2 (underclassman)

4/53 Taylor Moton, Western Michigan, 6-5, 330, 5.31, 2

5/59 Roderick Johnson, Florida State, 6-6, 308, 5.34, 2 (underclassman)


Left guard Alex Boone wasn’t great, but he provides something to build around. Right guard Brandon Fusco had another bad year and two concussions, then was released after the Super Bowl. UFA TARGETS (Age, previous contract’s average annual salary)

Kevin Zeitler, Cincinnati (G; 27 in March, $1.89M)

T.J. Lang, Green Bay (G/injury; 30 in September, $5.2M)

Ronald Leary, Dallas (G; 28 in April, $2.55M)

Chris Chester, Atlanta (G; 34, $2.35M)

Chance Warmack, Tennessee (G; 26 in September, $3.04M)

DRAFT TARGETS (Rating pos/overall, Player, School, Ht., Wt., 40 time, Proj. Rd.)

1/33 Dan Feeney, Indiana, 6-4, 304, 5.09, 1-2

2/35 Forrest Lamp, Western Kentucky, 6-4, 305, 5.12, 1-2

3/46 Dorian Johnson, Pittsburgh, 6-5, 300, 5.20, 2

4/49 Dion Dawkins, Temple, 6-4, 317, 5.27, 2

5/85 Nico Siragusa, San Diego State, 6-4, 326, 5.37, 3


Even in the unlikely event Adrian Peterson returns for less money, the Vikings still need a big, young, versatile back of the future.

UFA TARGETS (Age, previous contract’s average annual salary)

Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh (25, $1.03M)

LeGarrette Blount[3], New England (31 in December, $1M)

Latavius Murray, Oakland (27, $567K)

Eddie Lacy, Green Bay (27 June, $848K)

Darren McFadden[4], Dallas (30 in August, $1.5M)

DRAFT TARGETS (Rating pos/overall, Player, School, Ht., Wt., 40 time, Proj. Rd.)

1/5 Dalvin Cook, Florida State, 5-11, 206, 4.43, 1 (underclassman)

2/9 Leonard Fournette, LSU, 6-1, 230, 4.45, 1 (underclassman)

3/24 Christian McCaffrey, Stanford, 6-0, 202, 4.48, 1 (underclassman)

4/60 Alvin Kamara, Tennessee, 5-10, 215, 4.62, 2 (underclassman)

5/86 Joe Mixon, Oklahoma, 6-1, 226, 4.50, 3 (underclassman)


T Matt Kalil (injury; 28 in July, $4.94M)

WR/KR Cordarrelle Patterson (26 in March, $1.8M)

CB Captain Munnerlyn (29 in April, $3.75M)



Starters and backups are listed according to their status at the end of the season, but players who were starters before being injured are included.

* Indicates player who ended 2016 season on reserve.

& Indicates player released since the Super Bowl. QUARTERBACKS: Starter — Sam Bradford[5]. Backups — *Teddy Bridgewater, Taylor Heinicke, Shaun Hill[6] (UFA). RUNNING BACKS: Starters — Adrian Peterson, FB Zach Line (UFA). Backups — Jerick McKinnon, Matt Asiata (UFA), C.J. Ham.

TIGHT ENDS: Starter — Kyle Rudolph. Backups — Rhett Ellison (UFA), David Morgan[7]. WIDE RECEIVERS: Starters — Stefon Diggs, Adam Thielen. Backups — Charles Johnson[8], Cordarrelle Patterson (UFA), Laquon Treadwell, Jarius Wright. OFFENSIVE LINEMEN: Starters — *LT Matt Kalil (UFA), LG Alex Boone, C Joe Berger, &RG Brandon Fusco, *RT Andre Smith[9]. Backups — T T.J. Clemmings, RT Jeremiah Sirles, C Nick Easton, G Zac Kerin, G Willie Beavers, T Rashod Hill, &*OL Mike Harris, *LT Jake Long[10] (UFA).

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN: Starters — LE Brian Robison, NT Linval Joseph, *DT Sharrif Floyd, RE Everson Griffen. Backups — E Danielle Hunter, DT Shamar Stephen, DE Justin Trattou (UFA), DE Stephen Weatherly, *DE B.J. Dubose, *DT Scott Crichton, *DT Tom Johnson[11]. LINEBACKERS: Starters — SLB Anthony Barr, MLB Eric Kendricks, WLB Chad Greenway (UFA/retired). Backups — LB Audie Cole (UFA), MLB Kentrell Brothers, WLB Emmanuel Lamur, SLB Edmond Robinson. DEFENSIVE BACKS: Starters — CB Xavier Rhodes, CB Terence Newman[12] (UFA), FS Harrison Smith, *SS Andrew Sendejo. Backups — CB Captain Munnerlyn (UFA), CB Trae Waynes, CB Marcus Sherels, *CB Mackensie Alexander, *CB Jabari Price, S Anthony Harris, S Jayron Kearse, *S Antone Exum Jr.

SPECIAL TEAMS: K Kai Forbath, P Jeff Locke (UFA), KOR Cordarrelle Patterson (UFA), PR Marcus Sherels, LS Kevin McDermott.


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Lindsay Lohan Alleges She Was "Racially Profiled" by Airport Security

Lindsay Lohan, who once tried unsuccessfully to get Andy Cohen to invest in a private jet app[1], was probably wishing she had indeed flown private when she encountered trouble at London’s Heathrow Airport after arriving front Turkey. That’s when, she told the U.K TV show Good Morning Britain, that she was “racially profiled” because she was wearing a headscarf. She said a woman stopped her and asked her to remove the garment, according to Lindsay’s account, cited in[2]. Fortunately for the star, her celebrity status earned her some leniency.

“She opened my passport and saw ‘Lindsay Lohan’ and started immediately apologizing, but then said ‘But please take off your headscarf,'” Lohan told U.K. television show Good Morning Britain. She added: “And I did, it’s okay. But what scared me was in that moment how would another woman who doesn’t feel comfortable taking off her headscarf feel?”

Lindsay Lohan Alleges She Was "Racially Profiled" By Airport Security

Lindsay said she was comfortable taking it off, though she has been photographed carrying a Koran and has said she finds “solace” in studying it, although it’s too soon for her to say she’s converting. She said she was wearing the scarf out of cultural reverence to the country from which she’d been traveling. “I was leaving Turkey, and when I see certain people I feel more comfortable acting the same way as the other women,” she said. “That’s just a personal respect issue for me that I have.”

Still, the airport experience shook up even a self-described street-savvy type. “I’m from New York I’m born and raised there, but I was a little intimidated.”

Last year, Lindsay ripped off a finger[3] in a Turkish boating accident. She also opened a nightclub[4] in neighboring Greece which goes by her name, LOHAN.

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