Limerick man’s bid to prevent mass murder

first_imgNewsLocal NewsLimerick man’s bid to prevent mass murderBy admin – January 24, 2013 664 A LIMERICK businessman has met with a senior member of President Barack Obama’s cabinet to discuss the introduction of new gun technology to prevent mass shootings and make America a safer country. Robert McNamara from Rathkeale visited the White House last Friday and met US Attorney General Eric Holder to secure White House approval on his smart gun technology. Triggersmart Technology, founded by the Limerick entrepreneur, works by radio frequency and makes it impossible for anyone, other than the authorised gun owner, to pull the weapon’s trigger.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Speaking from the US, Mr McNamara said he met with the US Attorney General at the White House while Vice President Joe Biden, who is said to be interested in the gun technology, was in the next room.Mr McNamara is to travel to the White House again in the coming weeks to try and finalise a possible deal to get his technology in the marketplace. If he receives White House approval, it could lead to one of the biggest business deals ever concluded by an Irish firm.Mr McNamara’s business partner, Pat O’Shaughnessy, from Newcastlewest, said: “It’s true we’re in talks with the White House. We’re hopeful but nothing has been signed off on yet.”“One of the recommendations in President Obama’s gun policy statement is that he wants to try and examine the existing and developing technologies and that is the part of the White House drive that we are involved in,” Mr O’Shaughnessy explained.Speaking from Georgia Tech in Athlone, Senior Engineer David McGuinness, who helped develop the Triggersmart technology, said: “Triggersmart came to us with the idea and we had the skills to develop it .”“There is an electronic reader on the firearm and the activator can be placed in a ring or a bracelet so when they both come into contact, the reader will identify the tag and the gun can be fired.”“The company were in the White House last Friday and they are currently in talks with investors”, Mr McGuinness said. Advertisement Print Twitter Linkedincenter_img Email Facebook Previous articleUlster Bank League Weekend Previews 26/1/13Next articleLimerick hurlers face Tipperary admin WhatsApplast_img read more

[email protected] competition to go online for Limerick students

first_imgLimerick social entrepreneurs honoured for their work in response to covid-19 TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! Facebook Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites [email protected] competition to go online for Limerick studentsBy Cian Reinhardt – April 1, 2020 171 Twitter Advertisement Pic: Keith ArkinsLIMERICK students registered for SciFest 2020 are being asked to upload their projects online for judging for the 15th annual [email protected] competition.The SciFest regional finals, which usually take place across 16 venues will move online due to the closure of schools in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Limerick’s second-level students who were due to attend regional finals in Limerick Institute of Technology Moylish and Thurles on April 28 and 30 respectively, are being asked to complete an online form and submit project books and supplementary material for online judging by Thursday, May 14.Students can submit all forms and paperwork on participating in group projects are encouraged to collaborate with each other online and over the phone and then to upload their project and supporting material for judging through the new online portal.SciFest organisers are asking teachers to encourage their students to continue to work on their projects and guide them through any questions they may have.Sheila Porter, SciFest Founder and CEO said all schools, ITs and universities being closed for the coming weeks due to coronavirus “is a great disappointment for all of us involved with SciFest”.Ms Porter said, “We want to encourage students to continue to work on their projects in the coming weeks in preparation for the regional finals and submit their projects online for judging.“With over 3,000 students having signed up for [email protected] prior to the COVID-19 restrictions, we want to facilitate this learning opportunity in as much as is possible and we know from speaking to students, teachers and parents that they are eager to participate, and ensure students can take part in the SciFest National Final in November.”The ScieFest Founder said the group appreciates the situation is not ideal “and that these measures won’t be available to all students” but will allow SciFest 2020 to go ahead “supporting as many students as possible, despite the unprecedented situation we find ourselves in”.She concluded, “We would like to thank our partners across higher education, our judges and our sponsors for their assistance in helping [email protected] go online.”In SciFest, second-level students showcase STEM projects at a series of one-day science fairs held locally in schools and regionally at 16 venues in the Institutes of Technology, TU Dublin, DCU and St. Mary’s College, Derry. The winners from each regional STEM fair will go on to compete at a national final in November 2020.The winner(s) of the SciFest National Final 2020 will be presented with a trophy and will represent Ireland at the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) 2021 in the USA.For more information on [email protected], the online process and regular updates please visit Email Previous articleLogan says Munster working on specific training plans during Covid 19lockdownNext articleLimerick Post Show | Unite by Staying Apart Cian Reinhardthttp://www.limerickpost.ieJournalist & Digital Media Coordinator. Covering human interest and social issues as well as creating digital content to accompany news stories. [email protected] center_img Local backlash over Aer Lingus threat TAGSeducationIrelandLimerick City and CountyNewsscienceSTEM Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow Linkedin Limerick on Covid watch list Print WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Students protest against loan privatisation

first_imgOxford students joined their colleagues across the UK earlier this week to protest against the sale of student debt to private companies, announced by the government in in June.At noon this Wednesday, a small group of students and former students assembled outside the Clarendon Building on Broad Street to participate in an “open-air meeting” and demonstrate their discontent over the loan sell-off. Balliol JCR also passed a motion on Sunday condemning the government’s plan to privatise student loans and offering their support to the protesters.The events were scheduled as part of a wider ‘National Day of Action’, organised by the Student Assembly Against Austerity (SAAA). Over twenty six campuses from across the UK, including Oxford, LSE and Sheffield, were involved in the protest. The privatisation of student loan debt was announced as part of the government’s attempts to raise £15 billion from the sale of public assets to private companies by 2020.Xavier Cohen, who proposed the anti-privatisation motion at Balliol told Cherwell, “For me, it’s quite clear that the government’s plans to privatise our student loans are ideological. But what I think really convinced Balliol JCR students is the threat that privatisation will entail removing the cap on the interest rates we pay back on our loans. Even if such a policy was legally covered in the small print, realistically, this would mean retroactively increasing the interest rates that students were led to believe were capped.”David Willetts MP, the Universities Minister, swiftly defended the plans. In a public statement issued by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills he said, “There will be no change to the terms of repayment so students shouldn’t be affected by the privatisation of their loans.”Many students, however, remain sceptical about the Minister’s promises. Olivia Arigho-Stiles from Somerville said, “This is yet another attack on the accessibility of higher education to less well-off students in this country.” Wednesday’s protest-meeting passed off without incident. One student who attended the meeting said, “The programme of debt-privatisation is wholly ideological. It is being operated entirely at the expense of all students. Either we speak out or be bled dry.”Other students, however, disagree with the protesters and the SAAA. One Keble second-year said, “The notion that there is still a clear-cut dichotomy between public and private debt is erroneous. All public debt held in US dollars and sterling becomes private debt at some point down the line by virtue of being constituted in private reserve currency… Objections raised over the ideological nature of privatisation are misplaced.”Local Green Party City Councillor and recent Oxford graduate Sam Hollick attended the the protest outside the Clarendon Building. He told Cherwell, “If you’re going to privatise student loans, you open them up to companies who want to make profit out of them, and the only way to make profit is to put up the interest rates on our debts. So results of this could be a hike in fees for students, even for people who’ve already graduated.”Asked whether he was disappointed by the very low turnout at the event – only a dozen students attended – Hollick replied, “I always think that it doesn’t take a huge number of people to change the world.”last_img read more

Experts assess impact of Citizens United

first_imgFew recent Supreme Court cases have received as much attention — and drawn as much ire — as Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. In a 5-4 decision, the court ruled that the First Amendment prohibits government from placing limits on independent spending for political purposes by corporations and unions. To proponents of campaign finance reform, Citizens United had the detrimental effect of inundating an already-broken campaign finance system with corporate influence. At an event sponsored by the Harvard Law School (HLS) American Constitution Society on Tuesday, HLS Professor Lawrence Lessig, author of “Republic Lost,” and Jeff Clements, author of “Corporations Are Not People,” reviewed the impact that Citizens United has had on the political process.Clements said that the court’s decision exacerbates two problems that the American political and electoral system had already been facing — the large amount of campaign spending and the growing influence of corporate power on the political process. Clements said that both problems need to be fixed in order to restore democracy but that, rather than addressing these problems, the Citizens United decision instead requires that the American people fundamentally reframe their notion of corporations.“We need to look at what Citizens United really asks us to do, which is to accept a lot,” said Jeff Clements, author of “Corporations Are Not People.”“We need to look at what Citizens United really asks us to do, which is to accept a lot. The court asks us to pretend that corporations are not massive creations of state, federal, and foreign laws. It asks us to pretend that they’re just like people, that they have voices, and that we’re not allowed to make separate rules for them,” he said.Although some legal observers regard the decision as simply a bad day on the court, Clements said that Citizens United actually represents the culmination of a steady creation of a corporate rights doctrine that is radical in terms of American jurisprudence. He provided a history of the idea of corporate personhood and corporate speech, which began only in the 1970s under Chief Justice William Rehnquist. Lessig added that the system that has resulted is one in which elected officials must spend 30 to 50 percent of their time fundraising, and thus make decisions based not on what is best for their constituents, but on what their super PACS and other major donors want to see.“We have a corrupt government, yet one that is perfectly legal,” said Lessig. “We’ve allowed a government to evolve in which Congress isn’t dependent on people alone, but is instead increasingly dependent on its funders. As you bend to the green, that corrupts the government.”As a result, he said, members of Congress develop a sixth sense as to what will raise money, which has led them to bend government away from what the people want government to do and toward what their funders what government to do. To fix the problem, we need to produce a system where the funders and the people are one and the same. The solution, Lessig said, is a multipronged approach that includes a constitutional amendment explicitly stating that corporations are not people, as well as a movement to publicly fund elections and provide Congress with the power to limit independent expenditures.Lessig is the Roy L. Furman Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, and director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University. Clements is the co-founder and general counsel of Free Speech For People, which is a national nonpartisan campaign working to restore democracy to the people and to return corporations to their place as economic rather than political entities.last_img read more

Sonnax, employees raise $20,000 for hurricane relief

first_imgSonnax Industries,In the aftermath of Hurricane Irene, employees of Sonnax Industries of Bellows Falls, Vt. were looking for ways to help.  Like many others in Vermont and New Hampshire, they had been directly affected by this tragedy or had friends and neighbors who were.  Sonnax President & CEO Tommy Harmon issued the following challenge to employees:  donate money for the Red Cross of Vermont and New Hampshire and the Vermont Food Bank, and the company would match employees’ contributions, dollar for dollar, up to $5,000. In addition, Harmon and Sonnax board member Rick Fritz would personally match contributions, creating $4 of disaster relief for every dollar pledged by Sonnax employees.But the dedication of the people of Sonnax, an employee owned company, to lend a hand didn’t end there.  In addition to the need for monetary donations, helping hands were sought to help victims dig out from the devastation.  To encourage employees to volunteer for this effort, Sonnax agreed to pay them for up to eight hours of time spent volunteering in the disaster relief effort during their regular work hours. As has become the tradition when Sonnax campaigns to raise money for charitable causes, Maintenance Technician Steve Cheeney prepared one of his famous spaghetti lunches.  Cheeney grows the vegetables and does the cooking for these spaghetti fundraisers, and Sonnax employees once again gladly lined up to donate and enjoy the treat, raising a record $778 in just a few short hours!The final tally?  Sonnax employees raised $5,093.  With the matching pledges from Harmon, Fritz, plus the company contribution, a total of $20,093 was donated to the Red Cross of Vermont and New Hampshire and the Vermont Food Bank.  This money, along with countless hours spent on the volunteer effort by Sonnax employees, is further proof that Sonnax takes very seriously its commitment to giving back to the community.  Sonnax 9.29.2011last_img read more

Governor Tom Wolf, First Lady Frances Wolf Honor Recipients of the 2017 Governor’s Awards for the Arts

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Press Release Lancaster, PA – Governor Tom Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf this evening recognized the recipients of the 2017 Governor’s Awards for the Arts during a ceremony at the Lancaster County Convention Center.The Governor’s Awards are the commonwealth’s most prestigious recognition for the arts, honoring outstanding Pennsylvania artists, arts organizations, cultural leaders and patrons who have made significant contributions to the advancement of the arts. Recipients are selected from public nominations, then reviewed and recommended by an advisory panel.“Here tonight, we see clear evidence of the many different ways that people pursue, celebrate, and support the arts,” said Governor Wolf. “It is my great honor to present these awards to this year’s honorees. The great range of discipline, execution and value of the arts visible in their work helps to illustrate how the arts pay homage to aspects of life that are often difficult to distill into words.”“This event is an opportunity to not only honor the artists receiving awards tonight, but it is also a time to acknowledge all those in the commonwealth who make art, teach the arts, support the arts, and love the arts,” First Lady Frances Wolf said. “Their efforts advance the great cultural heritage of Pennsylvania, and build our creative legacy for the future.”This year’s Governor’s Awards recipients are:Pepón Osorio, Philadelphia – Distinguished Arts Award: Internationally-recognized visual artist whose work includes large-scale installations inspired by personal and community experiences. He is the Laura Carnell Professor of Community Art at Tyler School of Art/Temple University and is the recipient of numerous awards, including a prestigious MacArthur Foundation Fellowship.Barry Kornhauser, Lancaster – Artist of the Year Award: Nationally-recognized playwright, director and educator, whose works have been performed nationally and internationally and commissioned and produced by renowned theatre festivals and Tony Award-winning theaters.Ann Benzel, Hollidaysburg – Patron Award: Dedicated arts advocate and patron of the arts who has served as Chair of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the Pennsylvania Humanities Council. She is a long-time member of Citizens for the Arts in Pennsylvania.George Junior Republic (GJR) Pointing the Way Program, Grove City – Arts Leadership & Service Award: An award-winning public/private art partnership program linking art making with community. GJR is a private, nonprofit residential treatment community for at-risk, delinquent, and dependent youth. Communities across western Pennsylvania have worked with GJR to complete and install more than a dozen sculpture projects to-date, through which participating GJR students gain a broad range of life and cognitive skills.The Honorable J. Richard Gray & Mrs. Gail Gray, Lancaster – Special Recognition for Public Leadership in the Arts: Visionary public leader who, together with his artist wife, has implemented a path and process for Lancaster that has transformed the city into a thriving arts destination, coupled with modern amenities—welcoming visitors, enriching the lives of residents, and providing an environment that nurtures many artists and performers.Each year, the Governor’s Awards for the Arts takes place in a different location within the Commonwealth. This enables the host city to showcase its unique cultural assets to an audience of cultural leaders from across Pennsylvania. All expenses related to the ceremony are paid for with private contributions.The Governor’s Awards for the Arts are administered by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA), a state agency under the Office of the Governor. The Council’s mission is to foster the excellence, diversity and vitality of the arts in Pennsylvania, and to broaden the availability and appreciation of those arts throughout the state. For more information about the PCA, visit or call 717-787-6883. October 26, 2017center_img Governor Tom Wolf, First Lady Frances Wolf Honor Recipients of the 2017 Governor’s Awards for the Artslast_img read more