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

Dueling Races

first_imgTwo creek boat races define our region: The Green River Narrows Race, in Saluda, N.C., and the Lord of the Fork race on the Russell Fork in Breaks Interstate Park on the Virginia/Kentucky border. Both races cover class V creeks, and both attract the best hair boaters from around the world, but their similarities stop there. Here’s a look at how each race, and river, breaks down.Lord of the Fork RaceOctober 17-18, 2011The River: The Russell Fork “Gorge Run” is four miles of class IV-V+ whitewater dropping 180 feet per mile through the heart of Breaks Interstate Park and the 1,600-foot deep Russell Fork Gorge. It’s a natural flow river that locals run three to four times a week, nine months out of the year. In October, that natural flow is augmented by four weekends of dam releases on a tributary that pumps 800 to 1,100 cfs into the gorge. “At high water, it’s a pushy river, but still demands creek boating maneuvering,” says Steve Ruth, a local Elkhorn City boater who runs the Russell Fork 100 times a year. The race course covers a two-mile stretch that’s packed with four class V’s and just as many class IV+ drops. “The Russell Fork is a badass river,” Ruth says. “It’s not as hard as the Green, but it’s more dangerous because of all the undercut rocks.”The Race: The first Russell Fork race was started by Olympic boater Chris Hipgrave and his paddling partner Brent Austin in 1995. It was an under the radar affair, with only seven boaters showing up to compete. “We were so worried about liability, we didn’t really tell anybody,” Hipgrave says. “Extreme racing hadn’t caught on yet. There was no Green Race at the time. But we wanted to step up the racing difficulty, so we challenged each other to see who could paddle the Russell Fork the fastest.”The Lord of the Fork has grown from a handful of competitors to a solid 50 in the last few years, pulling in some of the best boaters from around the world. Still, it’s a low-key, grassroots event with no sponsors, no cash, no real registration except for a waiver boaters sign before taking the shuttle. The Russell Fork Rendezvous is a weekend-long celebration that’s grown out of the race that is billed as the “anti-Gauley Fest,” meaning the crowds are small and the boat demos and manufacturer branding is nonexistent. There is belly dancing though. 1 2last_img read more

Mesut Ozil and Matteo Guendouzi out of FA Cup final vs Chelsea

first_img Comment Mesut Ozil and Matteo Guendouzi out of FA Cup final vs Chelsea Ozil and Guendouzi look set to miss out (Picture: Arsenal FC via Getty)Mesut Ozil and Matteo Guendouzi will play no part in Arsenal’s FA Cup final against Chelsea this weekend, reports claim. Ozil is reportedly in Turkey – with the club’s permission – while Guendouzi has been told he will not be involved. Ozil, Arsenal’s highest-paid player, has not played a single minute of football since football restarted after lockdown. And according to Goal, he is not even in the country for the biggest match of Arsenal’s season. ADVERTISEMENTGuendouzi has not featured since the second game of Project Restart – a 2-1 defeat to Brighton – where he clashed with Brighton players. AdvertisementAdvertisementIt’s believed Mikel Arteta wants to sell him this summer. Metro Sport ReporterFriday 31 Jul 2020 7:16 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.2kShares Advertisement Advertisement Arteta wants to sell Guendouzi (Picture: Arsenal FC via Getty Images)While Guendouzi is likely to move on, getting Ozil’s £350,000-a-week wages off the bill will be a tough ask. His agent, Erkut Sogut, admitted he is unlikely to move on until the end of next season when his contract expires.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘I do not think there will be a change in the case of Mesut Ozil until the summer of 2021,’ he told Turkish outlet Fanatik. ‘He has a contract. There is no change. He will remain with Arsenal.’Who will win the FA Cup final?Arsenal0%Chelsea0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.last_img read more