Every 2017 MLS primary jersey ranked – from worst to first!

first_img 22 22 21. Chicago Fire – This was bottom of the pile for us last year and as the strip hasn’t changed, it remains at the back end. Middlesbrough supporters might like it, mind you. 4. Montreal Impact – If it weren’t for the white pinstripe, this kit could have challenged for the title in our rankings, even if it is a holdover kit. 9. Toronto FC – Last year’s effort was pretty plain but the addition of dark grey on the sides and sleeves is very nice. 19. FC Dallas – A number of teams have got the same primary jersey as last year, which is a shame for sides like Dallas, who could do with a change. 22 11. Houston Dynamo – So much better than their last primary jersey, which was a bit ghastly. The orange, combined with horizontal pinstripe, is a decent effort. 6. Columbus Crew – This year, the Crew have turned last year’s primary kit into their secondary jersey. A nice idea, especially when they brought in this yellow effort with it’s checked side panels. Lovely. 22 22 22 22 22. Minnesota United – Click the right arrow above to see how we ranked the 2017 MLS primary jerseys – from worst to first… – Why they didn’t keep their marvellous dark grey with black loon’s wing kit from their NASL days is a mystery. This number, we’re sad to say, is a downgrade and the Target sponsor’s logo doesn’t help. It doesn’t matter the league, or the time of year, we love new kit releases and as March see the return of the MLS, we’re turning our attentions Stateside.Over in Major League Soccer, all the clobber produced is from adidas, so you know it’s going to be of a high standard – but some kits are always going to be better than others.Last year, we were loving Portland Timbers and Vancouver Whitecaps, but with some teams retaining the same jersey, who will top the table and who need a designer?Click the right arrow above to see how we ranked the 2017 MLS primary jerseys – from worst to first… 22 15. Seattle Sounders – Another holdover kit and it’s certainly a bright offering from the Sounders. The colouring echoes that of the Seattle Seahawks, just with different hues of green and blue. Consistent but it’s only enough for mid-table. 22 13. Real Salt Lake – It’s the same as last year and we still can’t decide if the rich colours are class or too much. 1. Portland Timbers – Different year, same winner. Once again the Oregon-based side have stolen the spoils with this excellent green and gold number. Timber Joey is going to look fabulous in this! 22 8. DC United – A nice colour combination, fair well executed. We’d put it higher if it had the red adidas stripe on the shoulders too. 12. Sporting Kansas City – This jersey is the classy side of plain. It’s a smart look with the button down collar but isn’t that exciting. 22 22 22 22 7. San Jose Earthquakes – The club have gone back on claims they would have a mainly blue primary jersey but we quite like this black, with jarred blue stripes. It’s unique and works. 22 22 22 22 20. New York Red Bulls – The Red Bull logo is a lot smaller which is a plus, but the red lines across the shirt really don’t do anything for us at talkSPORT. 22 17. Philadelphia Union – This should work but it’s near and yet so far. If the colours were a little brighter it could rise up the rankings. As it stands, it’s barely mid-table. 22 10. New York City FC – Adding a navy trim with an orange pinstripe is an improvement on last year’s plain primary jersey. They’re beginning to get it right. 16. LA Galaxy – The Galaxy are unchanged from last season when it comes to their primary kit. This shirt isn’t bad but it’s hardly inspiring either. 3. Orlando City – We thought the only purple kit we could love was Harchester United’s strip, but here are the Florida-based side, who have Kaka in their ranks, and they’re going to look great in their new primary uniform. 22 22 5. New England Revolution – The Revs have retained their home jersey this season and it’s certainly been a grower with us. You can’t beat the red, white, and blue colour combo. But can they ever match the success of the Patriots? 14. Vancouver Whitecaps – It’s said the triangles on this shirt are meant to represent rain, which has to be one of the dullest kit additions ever. It’s pretty average overall and straddles the lines of good and bad. 18. Colorado Rapids – The white sleeves just don’t quite work with the core colour of the Colorado kit. The Rapids may want to consider taking the light blue from the piping, giving it a similar look to Burnley, or West Ham. 2. Atlanta United – Staying true to the colours of NFL outfit the Atlanta Falcons, United have gone for red and black stripes, with hints of gold – and it’s a delight, reminding us of AC Milan. last_img read more

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Airport security may be fast scan

first_imgIn 2003, TSA cut most of its $75 million research budget to try to address a deficit. Its research office was later consolidated into DHS’s research arm, which has failed to spend $200 million from past years, leading lawmakers to rescind the money this summer. “The TSA is groping around, moving money,” said Rep. Peter DeFazio of Oregon, a senior Democrat on the Homeland Security Committee. “They don’t have enough money to have enough employees, and they can’t buy new equipment.” Even as the recent British terror plot was unfolding, Homeland Security quietly tried to take away $6 million that was supposed to be spent this year developing new technology for detecting explosives. There will never be enough money or improvements in technology, said Richard Lanza, senior research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “We’re always faced with this unpleasant and nasty fact: People are going to come up with new explosives which won’t be detected by this,” Lanza said. “You’re just trying to make it harder for the bad guys.” Among the newer technologies, the puffer is a tall, clear cylinder that looks like a Star Trek transporter. Passengers chosen largely at random are hit with quick blasts of air – not quite enough to ruffle the hair – to dislodge trace particles of explosives or narcotics from a passenger’s skin and clothing. An instant microscopic analysis determines whether the passenger has been exposed to illicit substances. In the future, luggage will be “sniffed” for minute traces of explosives or bombarded with neutrons, subjecting it to CT scans, which differs from traditional X-rays in that they take hundreds of pictures of an object from a variety of angles. Passengers at San Francisco’s international terminal can glimpse a “Checkpoint of the Future” as envisioned by GE Security. The company has set up camp next to the checkpoint of today, a working security zone where plastic bins clatter and passengers shuffle through metal detectors. The GE “lab” is a nonworking checkpoint where the company is researching and tweaking its gear in hopes of winning government approvals and ironing out technical glitches. Much of that gear is mock-up equipment where company officials can demonstrate the dream: a half-minute process, starting with a device that scans a passenger’s finger for explosives and drug particles. A conveyor belt would use CT to peer at carry-on items. A body scan would look through clothing for knives, guns and bombs. A shoe scanner would end the need to kick off footwear. GE Security said it has spent more than $100 million over the past five years in developing next-generation aviation screening technologies and products. The government is particularly interested in developing the ability to quickly analyze what’s inside liquid containers after the recent discovery of a London-based plot to bring down airliners using explosives disguised as common household items, said Jennifer Peppin, a spokeswoman for the TSA’s Western region. Rapiscan Systems Neutronics and Advanced Technologies of Santa Clara is trying to perfect a device that can peer into bottles, books and shoes and identify explosives inside. The scanner, slightly larger than a tipped-over phone booth, hits the object with neutrons and analyzes the gamma rays that bounce back, telling the machine which elements are present. One recent afternoon, Pat Shea, Rapiscan’s chief operating officer, placed a bottle of wine in the machine’s drawer and started the analysis. A whirring sound followed for about 40 seconds, followed by an analysis: The bottle indeed contained wine. Despite all the years and dollars his company has poured into research and development, Shea cautions against an over-reliance on technology. “No one device is a silver bullet,” he said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN FRANCISCO – At the airport check-in of tomorrow, “getting through security” should take 30 seconds. Passengers breeze through a series of scanners that probe for explosives, weapons, even drugs. Shoes stay on feet, laptops in cases. A machine confirms that a bottle of wine is wine, and not a disguised cocktail of bomb ingredients. The Sept. 11 terrorist attacks prompted a clampdown at the nation’s airports and a new era of aggravation at security checkpoints. They also accelerated a race to develop better screening technology, research that has advanced with each thwarted terrorism plot. Some of these devices are already snooping through your luggage as part of a 2002 congressional mandate that all checked baggage be scrutinized for explosives, but technical glitches and funding problems stand in the way of other technologies. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe Christmas Truce of 1914 proved that peace is possibleKey questions remain: Are these ready to handle thousands of passengers per hour, and their belongings? “Some things are imminently deployable. Some things are further off,” said Steve Hill, spokesman for GE Security, the unit of General Electric Co. that makes transportation security equipment. “We are not light years off.” Although one futuristic device known as the “puffer” already is in use at San Francisco International and 36 other airports, the government halted its continued rollout recently because of concerns about reliability. The Transportation Security Administration declined to elaborate. Critics also question whether the Bush administration is investing enough, even as it spent nearly $1 billion in fiscal 2006 on explosive-detection equipment for checked luggage and checkpoint screening. TSA and the Department of Homeland Security have repeatedly failed to spend tens of millions of dollars that Congress earmarked for new airport security equipment. last_img read more

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