New blast laboratory to help protect against terrorist attacks

first_imgNew blast laboratory to help protect against terrorist attacks University of Sheffield engineers are launching a new world class laboratory that will provide an unprecedented insight into the behaviour of explosives and their resulting fragmentsFirst of its kind facility will provide a safe environment for explosive, fragment and ballistic tests – which could inform ways to protect critical infrastructure and urban environments from terrorist attacksLaboratory will enable crucial research to understand how explosives interact with, and their effects are influenced by, materials and structures that confine themNew facility will help academia and industry better optimise materials capable of resisting or mitigating blast effectsA new world class laboratory that is set to develop an unprecedented insight into the behaviour of explosives – data which could help to improve the UK’s ability to protect against terrorist attacks – is being launched by engineers at the University of Sheffield.The first of its kind facility, led by Dr Sam Clarke from the University’s Department of Civil and Structural Engineering, could help academia and industry to better optimise materials that are capable of resisting or mitigating the effects of explosions.Thanks to £1.3 million of government funding as part of the World Class Labs initiative announced today (6 January 2021), the Sheffield researchers are building a new laboratory that will provide a safe environment in which explosive, fragment and ballistic tests can be conducted whilst allowing the highest possible spectrum of data to be collected.The data could inform ways to protect critical infrastructure and urban environments, such as buildings and vehicles, against explosive threats.Most experimental research on the impact of blasts uses highly simplified geometric scenarios. However, as real-world explosions often occur in more complex settings, such as densely populated cities and urban areas, there is a need to better understand how explosives interact with, and their effects are influenced by, the materials and structures that surround them. This includes the detonation products and resulting fragments produced by an explosion that pose a major risk to life.The laboratory at Sheffield will be able to deliver this crucial insight using a new reinforced concrete blast chamber, capable of withstanding a 1kg explosive internal blast. The chamber will allow the deployment of a protected blast diagnostic system, consisting of dual ultra-high-speed cameras for digital image correlation of structural responses to explosions, a high-speed mid-wave infrared camera for analysing the temperature and spectroscopy of explosions, and four-channel flash x-ray for internal diagnostics of how materials respond to blasts.A separate fragment launcher will also be able to fire projectiles into the chamber, enabling ballistic interactions with structures and materials to be studied in isolation of the blast where necessary.The testing facility will be able to fully quantify how an explosive interacts with its immediate confining materials and structures, which could be used to develop methods for mitigating and reducing the impact generated from explosives through the intelligent application of materials.The Sheffield group will feed the new insights through to academic and industrial partners who have a wealth of experience in designing blast protective systems, in order to optimise blast-resistant materials.The laboratory will also be capable of testing the impact that explosives can have on cities under various scenarios, which will provide crucial data for engineering models that inform risk assessments for high-risk infrastructure projects.Dr Sam Clarke, Senior Lecturer in Geotechnical Engineering at the University of Sheffield, said: “The grant provides a step-change in our capabilities to investigate the region very close to an explosive detonation. The combination of ultra-high speed cameras, thermal imaging and flash x-ray diagnostics, combined with our current capabilities in load characterisation will give us a unique capability to push forward research into protecting people from devastating blast effects.” /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. 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Five big data pitfalls to avoid

first_imgby: Brandon BoglerBig Data has reached a critical stage. The market is poised to grow to more than $50 billion by 2017. Yet, more than 55 percent of Big Data projects continue to fail.Although many organizations have launched and are enjoying the benefits of successful Big Data projects, as the above statistic shows, implementing an effective Big Data project is harder than it looks. It requires an organization to truly understand what Big Data is, how it can be used and the technological requirements of analysis.Big Data isn’t so much about the volume of data as it is about combining and analyzing various data sets, both internal and external, to uncover new, valuable insights that can move your financial institution (FI) forward.A recent Gartner blog by Research Director Svetlana Sicular examines eight specific reasons Big Data projects fail. I’ve highlighted five of them below. continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Belief in chloroquine’s effectiveness is linked to reduced willingness to receive COVID-19 vaccine, study finds

first_imgShare “When the COVID-19 pandemic became a major issue in France and in Europe in general, we saw that, unsurprisingly, conspiracy theories flourished on social media. With my colleagues Kenzo Nera and Sylvain Delouvée (my PhD supervisor), we conducted a couple of studies to better understand this phenomenon and its potential detrimental consequences on the management of the pandemic,” he explained.The researchers conducted two online surveys in March and April, which included 805 participants in total. The findings indicated that “conspiracy beliefs about COVID-19 are popular,” Bertin said.In addition, the researchers found that heightened conspiracy mentality and endorsement of COVID-19 conspiracy theories, such as the belief that virus is a Chinese bioweapon, were associated with more negative attitudes towards vaccinations in general and reduced vaccination intentions.“There is a strong negative correlation between these beliefs and intention to get vaccinated against COVID-19 when a vaccine will be available, so that the more one believes in conspiracy theories about COVID-19, the less one expresses the willingness to get vaccinated against the disease. This relation held regardless of the specific content of the conspiracy theories: Indeed, the COVID-19 conspiracy theories we included in our studies were unrelated to vaccination, and only one of them referred to pharmaceutical companies,” Bertin told PsyPost.Popular pro-chloroquine conspiracy theories, including the belief that pharmaceutical companies are avoiding chloroquine-based treatments to protect their financial interests, were also associated with more negative attitudes towards vaccinations and reduced vaccination intentions.Anecdotal reports and poorly controlled clinical trials raised hopes that chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine could be used as potential treatments for COVID-19. Google searches to buy chloroquine spiked by 442% after Donald Trump and Elon Musk endorsed the drug in March.But additional research has failed to find evidence that the medications effectively inhibit the respiratory infection caused by SARS-CoV-2.“Attitude toward chloroquine-based treatment, which has been advocated by various scientists (e.g. French infectious disease specialist Didier Raoult) and political figures (e.g. Donald Trump and Jair Bolsonaro), was positively correlated with COVID-19 conspiracy beliefs, and negatively correlated with intention to get vaccinated against COVID-19,” Bertin said.“Interestingly, it is as if chloroquine is perceived as an alternative medicine challenging ‘Big Pharma’, whereas in France, the main chloroquine producer is the multinational pharmaceutical company, Sanofi!”The study — like all research — includes some limitations.“From our findings, we cannot say that COVID-19 conspiracy beliefs are decreasing COVID-19 vaccination intention, or if it is the other way around (past literature, however, suggests that the former causal interpretation is relevant),” Bertin said.“Furthermore, we do not know if participants refusal of being hypothetically vaccinated is solely due to their endorsement of conspiracy beliefs, or also partly to the idea that a (too) quickly commercialized vaccine would not be safe enough, which was not measured in our studies.”But the new findings are in line with previous research, which has found that heightened conspiracy mentality is associated with a reduced willingness to follow official guidelines to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. One study even found conspiracy beliefs are linked to lower levels of social distancing over time.Research has also found that heightened conspiracy mentality is associated with increased trust in non-established medical treatments, such as homeopathy and acupuncture.“We believe that future research should investigate practical ways to mitigate the detrimental effects of conspiracy beliefs on sanitary behaviors. It might also be interesting to investigate how one can be so distrustful of vaccines while being at the same time trustful of alternative remedies whose efficacy remains unproven,” Bertin said.He also warned that conspiracy theories should not be dismissed as fringe.“It is important to understand that believing in conspiracy theories, although being consequential, is not a mark of stupidity or gullibility. There are complex psychological and social motives underlying these beliefs, such as dealing with uncertainties or anticipating threats,” Bertin said.The study, “Conspiracy Beliefs, Rejection of Vaccination, and Support for hydroxychloroquine: A Conceptual Replication-Extension in the COVID-19 Pandemic Context“, was authored by Paul Bertin, Kenzo Nera, and Sylvain Delouvée.(Image by visuals3Dde from Pixabay) Share on Facebook People who believe that the antimalarial drug chloroquine is an effective remedy against COVID-19 are less likely to say they will receive a vaccination for the virus when one is available, according to new research published in Frontiers in Psychology.The new study indicates that various conspiracy theories about COVID-19 are associated with a reduced willingness to vaccinate.The lead author of the study, Paul Bertin (@PaulBertin_), is a PhD student at the Université Côte d’Azur in France who has been studying conspiracy theories and their relations to group identities. 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New H7N9 studies yield pathogenicity clues

first_imgThe new H7N9 virus linked to China’s recent outbreak is well equipped to bind to both avian and human receptors, invade the human lower respiratory tract, and replicate efficiently, a Chinese research team found after putting the virus though its paces in a host of laboratory tests.The study was one of two reports today that probed the pathogenicity of the H7N9 virus, which could provide health officials with more clues about some puzzling aspects of the disease, including why older people have been hit hardest. In the second study, a group from Hong Kong pitted the H7N9 outbreak strain against other viruses, including H9N2 and H5N1, in a battery of pathogenicity tests using mice.The two teams said the goals of the tests were to learn more about the pathogenesis mechanisms in H7N9 influenza, which still poses a threat despite a lull in disease activity.Dual binding abilitiesUsing tests to gauge hemagglutinin receptor-binding preferences, a team from Chinese central and provincial government agencies found that the novel virus binds to both avian-type and human-type receptors. For comparison, their tests on H5N1 and 2009 H1N1 samples showed, as expected, that H5N1 has a preference for avian-type receptors and the 2009 H1N1 virus has an affinity for human-type receptors.The researchers, who reported their findings today in a letter to Nature, noted that the increased H7N9 virus preference for human-type receptors might make it more transmissible between birds and humans.In respiratory tissue culture experiments, the group found that epithelial cells and type 2 pneumocytes in the alveoli were susceptible to the H7N9 virus, with titers in lung tissues that were tenfold higher than in the trachea. They said the pneumocyte replication may lead to deteriorating lung function, as seen with H5N1, and that lower tracheal yields might be a factor that limits human-to-human transmission.When the investigators examined serum samples from patients who were acutely sick, they found chemokine and cytokine levels that are markers of severe disease.Disordered chemokine and cytokine response has been implicated in severe H5N1 infections, so the team measured levels of these chemical messengers in the blood of seven patients infected with H7N9 when compared to healthy controls. They found that levels were significantly higher in H7N9 patients, with concentrations and patterns that were similar to patients with H5N1.The heightened cytokine response might be an important contributor to disease severity in patients with H7N9 infections, the team suggested.To get a better idea of pre-existing immunity and cross-reactivity to the H7N9 virus, the authors examined 90 stored serum samples from people who were vaccinated against seasonal flu between 2012 and 2013. They measured responses to the H7N9 virus in different age-groups before and after vaccination and found no pre-existing immunity or cross-reactivity in any of the age groups.”These data demonstrated that the human population is naïve to the H7N9 virus, and current seasonal vaccination does not protect against H7N9 infection,” they wrote.Taken together, the findings and the unpredictable evolution and adaptation of the H7N9 virus show that it poses a risk, and health officials should not underestimate its pandemic potential, the team concluded.Less pathogenic than H5N1?In the other H7N9 pathogenicity study, researchers from Hong Kong reported that studies in mice suggest that the novel H7N9 virus is more pathogenic in mice than are H9N2 and an earlier and different H7N9 strain from a duck, but less pathogenic than the H5N1 virus. They published their results in the latest issue of mBio.The team also found differences in cytokine induction. Higher cytokine levels were seen in mice infected with the H7N9 outbreak strain compared with the duck H7N9 virus or H9N2. However, they were lower than with H5N1.Surprising findings were that the novel H7N9 strain was not lethal to mice, even at the highest infectious doses, and that it didn’t disseminate beyond the respiratory tract.The group suggested that the findings regarding H7N9 virulence in mice are consistent with the observed pattern in humans, as H7N9 causes severe disease mainly in older people, whereas H5N1 can cause severe disease and death in children and young adults.Other H7N9 developmentsIn other H7N9 news today, a perspective piece in the New England Journal of Medicine said the recent H7N9 and Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) outbreaks show the strength of digital disease surveillance that uses informal data sources such as infectious disease blogs, message boards, e-mail lists, social media, and news media.The authors, who hail from Pennsylvania State University and various institutions in Boston, wrote that during the H7N9 outbreak, such surveillance enhanced transparency and helped health officials better understand the spread of the disease. And though little information was available in the MERS-CoV outbreak, the first cases were revealed through ProMED-mail, the online reporting system of the International Society for Infectious Diseases.Overall, digital disease surveillance assists with a faster response and better understanding of the developments, and the H7N9 and MERS-CoV threats require that the methods be included in the response, the group wrote.In other developments, an investigation into a possible H7 infection in an American air traveler who was hospitalized in Canada after traveling to China found no evidence of H7N9 in follow-up tests, the Canadian Press (CP) reported yesterday. Initial tests showed that the man had antibodies to the H7 virus, but further tests conducted by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) didn’t confirm the result.The Public Health Agency of Canada said microneutralization tests run by the CDC also found no H7 antibodies, according to the report.Gregory Taylor, Canada’s acting chief public health officer, told the CP that the test results are considered inconclusive and that labs can get different results from new tests for new viruses. However, Dr Judith Bosse, deputy minister for Canada’s National Microbiology Laboratory, suggested that the initial result could have been a false-positive.The patient is an older man who had traveled to several destinations and got sick during a flight to San Francisco, which prompted authorities to divert the plane to Edmonton. Canadian doctors ordered a series of tests after the man got sick with pneumonia and they learned of his travel history, according to the CP report.Zhou J, Wang D, Gao R, et al. Biological features of novel avian influenza A (H7N9) virus, letter. Nature 2013 Jul 3 [Abstract]Mok CKP, Lee HHY, Chan MCW, et al. Pathogenicity of the novel A/H7N9 influenza virus in mice. mBio 2013 Jul 3 [Abstract]Salathe M, Freifeld CC, Mekaru SR, et al. Influenza A (H7N9) and the importance of digital epidemiology, perspective. N Engl J Med 2013 Jul 3 [Extract]See also:Jul 2 Canadian Press storyJun 27 CIDRAP News scan “Canada investigates H7 findings in American air passenger”last_img read more

City weaves safety net for Hanover Park children

first_imgA child safety pilot project has been launched in Hanover Park by the City of Cape Town to fast-track community response times in cases where children go missing.The plan is to use existing City resources in Hanover Park to solidify the response in the event of a child disappearing. “The idea is quite simple,” said Suzette Little, the City’s Mayco member for social development and early childhood development. “We want to ensure that the community knows what to do as soon as it becomes apparent that a child has disappeared. Those first two hours after a person goes missing are crucial and the more resources we can co-ordinate and mobilise in that time, the better the chances of finding them.” In terms of the protocol that the City has developed, a suburb co-ordinator is appointed and in the event of an incident, they are informed and are responsible for: Getting relevant information from the family, including recent photographs. Informing the 107 Public Emergency Communication Centre and relevant missing persons organisations. Activating the City’s Metro police and Traffic Services to set up vehicle checkpoints or use the City’s CCTV technology to assist in the search, and liaising with the South African Police Service. Mobilising the community to set up search parties and distribute information, photographs and flyers. Publishing details of the missing child via social media channels and other information-sharing platforms.The City urged parents to ask a trustworthy neighbour to keep an eye on their children when they are at work, to teach children about fire safety and what to do in an emergency and to ensure that they know the 107 number – that is 107 from a landline and 021 480 7700 from a cellphone.last_img read more

High school football: Haughton stays at No. 6 in LSWA 5A poll

first_imgBossier (4-0), which defeated North Caddo 28-13 last week, was among others receiving votes in Class 3A. The Bearkats received eight points. Calvary Baptist (7) 3-0 117 2Ascension Catholic (1) 3-0 103 3Southern Lab (2) 2-2 98 1Oak Grove 2-2 90 4Vermilion Catholic 3-1 80 5West St. John 3-1 64 7Ouachita Christian 3-1 50 8Country Day 2-2 47 6Opelousas Catholic 4-0 41 10Oberlin 4-0 36 9 Parkway (3-1) and Airline (3-1) were among others receiving votes. The Panthers had three points and the Vikings two. Others receiving votes: Montgomery 15, Haynesville 11, Grand Lake 10, East Iberville 8, Central Catholic-Morgan City 4, Catholic-Pointe Coupee 3, St. Frederick 1, Basile 1, Logansport 1.Premier Diamond BoutiqueHong Kong’s first lab-grown diamond empirePremier Diamond Boutique|SponsoredSponsoredUndoNews gadgetThis watch takes the whole country by storm! it’s price? Ridiculous!News gadget|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Secret Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unblock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoPerfect-Dating.comAre You Ready to Meet Cool Guys in Tung Chung?|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Trick Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unlock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoAspireAbove.comRemember Abby from NCIS? Take A Deep Breath Before You See How She Looks|SponsoredSponsoredUndo Class 4A St. Thomas More (9) 4-0  119 1Lakeshore (1) 4-0 108 3Karr 2-2  88  2Leesville 4-0 85 5Neville 3-1 75 4Northwood 4-0 73 7Bastrop 4-0 54 9Assumption 4-0 43 10Eunice 3-1 42 6Warren Easton 1-2 36 8 Parkway faces Captain Shreve (3-1) Friday night at Lee Hedges Stadium. The Gators, who fell to No. 10 Scotlandville 27-26 last week, received nine points, making them No. 12 overall. Airline plays Southwood (0-4) Friday night at Independence Stadium.  Others receiving votes: Breaux Bridge 22, Evangel 9, Tioga 9, Carver 5, Pearl River 3, Minden 2, Carencro 1, Landry-Walker 1. Class 3A Others receiving votes: Marksville 24, Caldwell Parish 21, Kaplan 20, Madison Prep 9, Bossier 8, Loyola 7, Hannan 6, Jena 6, Wossman 5, E.D. White 3, Parkview Baptist 2, Carroll 1, St. Louis 1. Team 1st rec pts prev Class 1A Notre Dame (10) 4-0  120  1Newman 4-0 108 2Lafayette Christian  3-1 97 3St. Charles 4-0 90 T4Ferriday 3-1 77 6Amite 2-2 65 T4Kentwood 2-2 52 7Dunham 3-1 33 NRLakeview 3-1 29 9St. Helena 2-2 27 8 Team 1st rec pts prev Others receiving votes: Many 23, Catholic-New Iberia 20, East Feliciana 11, Mangham 7, Menard 6, Lakeside 5, Avoyelles 4, Oakdale 2, Rosepine 2, Capitol 1, Ascension Episcopal 1. Team 1st rec pts prev Sterlington (6) 4-0  116  1St. James (4) 4-0  114  2Iota 4-0 98 3University 2-2 84 5Loranger 4-0 68 9Union Parish 2-2 57 4Lake Charles Prep 1-2 43 6North Webster 2-2 35 7De La Salle 2-2 29 NRSt. Martinville 3-1 27 10 Bossier visits Montgomery (3-1) Thursday night. Montgomery was the first team among others receiving votes in Class 1A. Class 2A Team 1st rec pts prev Class 5A Team 1st rec pts prev John Curtis (10) 4-0  120  1Catholic-BR 4-0 104 2West Monroe 3-1 93 3Archbishop Rummel 4-0  90 4Acadiana 4-0 76 5Haughton 4-0 73 6Alexandria 4-0 57 8East Ascension 3-1 43 9Destrehan 3-1 35 7Scotlandville 4-0 28 NR  Others receiving votes: Zachary 27, Captain Shreve 9, Slidell 7, Hahnville 6, Parkway 3, Live Oak 3, Airline 2, Mandeville 1, Thibodaux 1, Terrebonne 1. The Bucs (4-0), who host Benton (3-1) Friday night, received 73 points in voting by sports writers across the state. Fifth-ranked Acadiana received 76. Haughton remained at No. 6 in the Louisiana Sports Writers Association Class 5A poll released Tuesday.last_img read more

A yearning for learning

first_imgPROGRAMS and co-ordination hours at Outlook Education will be increased through $100,000 in State Government grants over the next four…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Tynong turns out for Anzac

first_imgBy ROMAN KULKEWYCZ ABOUT 300 people turned out for Tynong’s commemorative service at 10.30am on Anzac Day. It was a…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Burgled cricket bat recovered, with man caught behind

first_imgBy ANEEKA SIMONIS A FORMER Pakenham man hunted down by police is expected to be charged with the burglary of…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Motorsport Ireland Hill Climb and Sprint Championships begins with Pre-Season Scrutiny at Frank Byrnes…

first_imgPictured at the recent Motorsport Ireland Hill Climb and Sprint Championship pre-season scrutiny event which took place in Frank Byrnes Autobody Repairs, Oranmore L-R Jason Keogh Championship Scrutineer, Aidan Connolly, Clerk of the Course Galway Hillclimb, Joe Courtney Hillclimb Champion 2016, Deirdre McKinley, PRO with her son Rory, Pat Sheil, Scrutineer, Matt Clarke, Oranmore and Frank Byrnes, Frank Byrnes Autobody Repairs, sponsors of the 2017 Marshalls Club. Photo: CaoraDubha Motorsport enthusiasts and car owners from the Connaught region, involved in the Hill Climb and Sprint events this year, gathered for the first of the pre-season scrutiny events, hosted by Frank Byrnes Autobody Repair in Oranmore. The 2016 champion Joe Courtney from Dunmore flying the flag for Galway is a hot favourite again this year. With the Naylor Engineering Hillclimb and Sprint Championships kicking off in County Galway next weekend, the start of fourteen rounds at eight venues nationwide. The 2017 Motorsport Ireland Championship kicks off at the famous “Corkscrew” Hill in Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare on Saturday April 22nd, followed by Ballinalacken Hill, Fanore on Sunday 23rd April. The national committee introduced the pre-season scrutiny last year as part of their ongoing development of the sports to constantly improve all standards, in particular safety. There was a great buzz with scrutineers Jason Keogh and Pat Shiel giving their advice and a constant stream of cars of all shapes and sizes rolling in all day. ‘With safety always being paramount and our number one priority, we strive to bring the safest event venues possible and also to ensure that the competition cars are of the highest standard in terms of maintenance and repair,’ said Rory Stephens, Chairman of Hillclimb & Sprint Committee. A new Hillclimb Marshall’s Club is being established for 2017 with sponsorship from Frank Byrnes Autobody Repairs, Oranmore.Led by Jamie O’Rourke from Limerick, winner of Marshall of the Year 2016, training will be provided to the voluntary team of marshalls. ‘The role of the hillclimb marshall is key to running a successful event. Competitors who are driving at high speed uphill depend on the dedicated flag marshalls to communicate instantly if there’s an obstruction or collision on the hill or a car ahead that has broken down, it is crucial that they are well-trained and alert at all times. This new club will add to the safety and smooth running of the championship throughout the country.’With many drivers tweaking and modifying their hillclimb cars to improve them for 2017, and a number of new builds due out on the hills the pre-season scrutiny gave car owners the opportunity to have their cars checked out well in advance of the race days. Car owners had their cars checked in detail and discussed various aspects of safety and assembly with experienced scrutineers without the pressure of failing scrutiny at an event. The scrutineers were also on hand to answer questions on class/award eligibility, roll cage design and crash structure design. Catering for car owners in the East, John Linane Motors hosted the second pre-season scrutiny day in Rathnew, Co. Wicklow.Frank Byrnes of Oranmore has been a long time participant and supporter of this Motorsport Ireland championship, he holds the title of Irish Hillclimb Champion 2001, 2002 and 2006 and is the only person from the Republic of Ireland to have won the Northern Ireland Hill Climb Championship (2007 and was runner-up in 2009). Frank has been acknowledged locally at the County Galway Sports Star Awards for Motorsports in 2001, 2002 and 2007. He was the recipient of the Galway Bay FM Sports Star Award for Motorsport in 2002 and won the title of Galway Motorsport Champion 2001, 2002 and 2007. Frank Byrnes Autobody Repairs ranks in the SIMI top three expert crash repair businesses in Ireland, promising excellent customer experience and cutting edge technology.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emailcenter_img New Hillclimb Marshalls Club sponsored by Frank Byrnes Autobody Repairslast_img read more