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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.”

Zuckerman: Legislature must act quickly to block implementation of …

By Anne Galloway, By VTDigger.org

Vermont’s lieutenant governor is urging passage of a state law to block the federal government from deputizing local police in the wake of new Trump administration rules issued Tuesday for the deportation of undocumented immigrants.

The Department of Homeland Security released memos Tuesday that call for the stepped-up deportations of immigrants, broadens the definition of “criminal aliens,” and engages local police in immigration roundups. Undocumented immigrations will be stripped of privacy rights. The rules are an extension of existing laws that broaden the Trump administration’s authority to arrest and deport immigrants who are not in the United States legally. Read the orders here.

State officials Gov. Phil Scott and Vermont Attorney General TJ Donovan and lawmakers have endorsed legislation that would give Vermont more authority over use of law enforcement in federal immigration sweeps. Scott said Friday he would “resist” participation by the Vermont National Guard in federal deportation efforts. Vermont dairy farms employ about 1,500 migrant workers from Mexico who are here illegally. Farmers say they can’t keep their operations going without migrant labor. The presidential order directs Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement to assist in stepped up deportation efforts.

Lt. Gov. David Zuckerman says the Legislature must act quickly to pass S.79, which would block federal mobilization of state and local law enforcement to enforce civil immigration laws without the consent of the governor. It would also restrict the collection of personal data that could be used to create a Muslim registry.

“This bill represents our common commitment to both the U.S. and Vermont Constitutions and their intent to protect the individual rights of all Vermonters,” Zuckerman said in a statement. “The bill, which proposes to promote public safety by protecting Vermont residents from compulsory collection of personally identifying information, protects our state powers and recognizes the long, positive history of immigration to our state and country.”

The Senate will take up the bill later this week. Senate President Pro Tem Tim Ashe urged his colleagues in the Senate to pass the legislation “as is.” Some activists are looking to tack on “fair and impartial” policing provisions to S.79, which he said could slow passage. The policing bill can be taken up separately, Ashe said. If you’d like to leave a comment (or a tip or a question) about this story with the editors, please

Stamford man charged in college basketball brawl

By Nelson Oliveira, Stamford Advocate[1]

Updated 10:35 am, Wednesday, February 22, 2017
  • Stamford Man Charged In College Basketball Brawl
  • Stamford Man Charged In College Basketball Brawl

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A Daniel Webster men s basketball game ended in a brawl Saturday. A Daniel Webster men s basketball game ended in a brawl Saturday.

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A Daniel Webster men s basketball game ended in a brawl Saturday. A Daniel Webster men s basketball game ended in a brawl Saturday.

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Stamford man charged in college basketball brawl

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A city man is among two college students arrested over the weekend after a fight broke out[2] during a basketball game at Daniel Webster College[3] in New Hampshire. Nashua police said Daniel Webster[4] guard Marquise Caudill[5], of Windsor, Conn., assaulted a player from the opposing team Saturday and threatened a security officer who tried to stop him, according to local news reports. Authorities said teammate Antwaun Boyd[6], of Stamford, appeared to be inciting the already hostile crowd, CBS News reported[7]. The 23-year-old was charged with disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor.

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Daniel Webster, which forfeited the game, was playing Southern Vermont. It took about 25 officers to restore order after the brawl, according to CBS News. The college condemned the incident in a statement[8] posted Sunday on its website.

The behavior at last night s game does not reflect the values and standards of sportsmanship we expect from student-athletes, the statement reads. The incident is still under investigation by the Nashua Police Department[9] and we are cooperating with authorities as they complete their investigation.

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  1. ^ Nelson Oliveira (www.stamfordadvocate.com)
  2. ^ a fight broke out (www.youtube.com)
  3. ^ Daniel Webster College (www.stamfordadvocate.com)
  4. ^ Daniel Webster (www.stamfordadvocate.com)
  5. ^ Marquise Caudill (www.stamfordadvocate.com)
  6. ^ Antwaun Boyd (www.stamfordadvocate.com)
  7. ^ CBS News reported (www.cbsnews.com)
  8. ^ statement (athletics.dwc.edu)
  9. ^ Nashua Police Department (www.stamfordadvocate.com)
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