Collins aims for the Dail and joins O’Dea on party ticket

first_imgLinkedin Print Fianna Fail Limerick City General Election Candidates, Cllr James Collins and Willie O’Dea TD.Picture: Keith Wiseman Previous articleGarda investigate assault and brazen handbag snatchNext articleArmed teen arrested in cash and drugs seizure Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie LimerickNewsLocal NewsPoliticsCollins aims for the Dail and joins O’Dea on party ticketBy Staff Reporter – April 10, 2018 1098 Facebook Twitter Advertisement Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads TAGSFianna Fáilgeneral electionGerry CollinsJames CollinslimerickMichael Collinsniall collins Email WhatsApp Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival IF you are a Collins and from Limerick, politics is sure to course through your veins and for newly selected Fianna Fail general election candidate James Collins, that is certainly very true.His father was a TD, his uncle a cabinet Minister and his first cousin a party spokesperson in three portfolios and now the Dooradoyle native is looking to elevate his political carer to capture a seat at the next elected Dail.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Addressing the recent selection convention, the married father of four wants to help mould “a city that works for you”.With Limerick claiming recent accolades at European level, James Collins feels that Limerick’s reputation is now soaring after it announced 2,500 jobs last year, something that can be built upon.“I got involved in local politics nine years ago when Limerick was in a much darker place. Job losses hit hard. I felt I could help. My friends, my neighbours, our community, they were all in a bad place. My business was in the middle of a neighbourhood that needed help to change. The economy of Limerick needed to change to survive the downturn and get back on the road to recovery.“The single biggest lesson I’ve learned in those nine years is that politics can help change people’s lives, so long as you have a long-term vision, and a strategy for getting there.“Limerick is a case study in how to strategically tackle economic issues; in how to put in place structures and cultures that allow businesses to flourish, generate employment, and in turn create opportunities for people to live in a city that works for them.The elected local authority representative said that brave decisions by local councillors “were the springboard for the strategic recovery of our city.“We took some tough decisions to stabilise the local authority’s finances, and this gave us the ability to buy strategic sites for development around the city.Noting that Limerick is the European City of the Future for 2018/19, Cllr Collins said that this was evident “because all around us we can see Limerick’s future taking shape – whether it’s hard-working families enjoying some leisure time in Mungret Park, or the young men and women in their 20s embarking on financially rewarding and diverse careers in IT, financial services, or the digital economy.”James Collins graduated from the University of Limerick and travelled before he and his wife Eileen returned to Limerick to settle and raise their family.In 2000 Limerick had few opportunities, but that has changed as “the Limerick of today is High tech, Fintech, Pharma, Life Sciences. It is Dell, General Motors, WP Engine, Regeneron, Uber, Vistakon, Jaguar, Stats, Edwards Life Sciences, Tekro, and Design Pro. It is Limerick for Engineering, Limerick for IT. It is Troy Studios. There is more to come.“We have diversified. We are thinking differently, bigger, better, smarter.The city’s progress will shine through developments like the Opera Site and Gardens International but we can be under no illusions: there are many social problems that remain, Cllr Collins said.“Life is about living, so while we build the economy, we also have to build the society around it.Selected on the Fianna Fail party ticket, James Collins said that he wants to help make sure that everyone has a fair chance, and an equal opportunity to access jobs and education, housing and healthcare.“The reason I want to take the next step now and represent Limerick City in Dail Eireann, is because the problems that still exist: the housing and rental crisis, overcrowding at University Hospital Limerick, social deprivation, crime, the lack of a proper 21st Century transport network for our city – these are problems that have to be addressed through national policy.Limerick needs political leadership to match this ambition and deliver Limerick’s future. That’s why I’m putting my name forward for election to Dail Eireann.James Collins joins sitting TD Willie O’Dea as the candidates for the next general election in a bid to gain a second seat for his party as the Limerick man feels “we need a government less focussed on trying to look good and more focused on doing good.”See more Limerick news here Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Gov. Wolf: More Than $2 Million in Grants for Employment Services for Individuals with Opioid Use Disorder

first_img Economy, Press Release, Substance Use Disorder Governor Tom Wolf announced today that the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) is awarding more than $2 million in federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) grants to provide employment support services for individuals with Opioid Use Disorder (OUD).The grants are part of the $55.9 million SAMSHA grant secured by the Wolf Administration to bolster the state’s response to the prescription opioid and heroin epidemic.“We have not lost focus on the continuing opioid crisis in Pennsylvania,” Gov. Wolf said. “And now more than ever, employment services are vital to help people struggling during the pandemic with the loss of a job or need to find employment. These grants will help those with substance use disorder have a better chance at recovery by helping to access employment.”“Just like having access to recovery supports and stable housing, employment is a critical component of a person’s sustained recovery,” said DDAP Secretary Jennifer Smith. “These grantees have support programs to equip people with necessary tools to find jobs and, as equally important in today’s job market, partnerships with employers to hire people in recovery. I look forward to seeing the positive impact this funding has on people and workplaces across the commonwealth.”The funding will be directed to 14 organizations commonwealth-wide through grant agreements up to $200,000. Awardees will provide a wide variety of services including vocational assessments, resume writing, interviewing skills, job placement, and transportation assistance related to employment. Additionally, each awardee has identified one employer partner who is committed to hiring individuals in recovery from OUD. Gaudenzia$200,000Statewide Anthony’s Way, Inc.$88,889Adams, York Gateway to Employment$114,470Lancaster Life’s Work of Western PA$146,444Allegheny, Westmoreland, Washington, Fayette, Greene, Beaver Gov. Wolf: More Than $2 Million in Grants for Employment Services for Individuals with Opioid Use Disorder July 02, 2020 New Roots, Inc.$158,802Luzerne Unity Recovery$198,772Philadelphia Blueprints$200,000Washington, Greene Allegheny IU$191,768Alleghenycenter_img During Gov. Wolf’s second term, DDAP is placing a heavy focus on reducing stigma associated with substance use disorder, intensifying primary prevention efforts, strengthening treatment systems, and empowering sustained recovery. The aim of these efforts is to positively influence the knowledge and behavior around the topic of addiction.For more information about the work the Wolf Administration is doing to combat the opioid crisis, visit pa.gov/opioids.Ver esta página en español. Community Action of Delaware County, Inc.$104,856Delaware East End Cooperative Ministry$180,223Allegheny Lawrence County Social Services, Inc.$150,000Lawrence Lancaster Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13$200,000Lancaster PA Counseling Services, Inc.$200,000Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon, York AwardeeAmount AwardedCounty(ies) Supporting Westmoreland Co. Community Action$162,674Allegheny, Armstrong, Cambria, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Somerset, Washington, Westmoreland SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

AKOFS Seafarer Gets Siemens BlueVault Energy Storage Solution

first_imgAKOFS Offshore’s AKOFS Seafarer well intervention vessel has been upgraded with Siemens BlueVault Energy Storage Solution.​AKOFS Seafarer is the first existing well intervention vessel to be upgraded with a battery solution, the company said.The delivery will include Siemens BlueVault Energy Storage Solution including batteries from the company’s new production facility in Trondheim. The modification will increase the vessels DP operating capability, improve the safe operation of the vessel in addition to reducing the fuel consumption in several operation modes.“This contract shows the benefits of implementing batteries in the electric power supply system in both newbuilds and retrofitted offshore vessels. In operation these vessels have a very variable power consumption in DP mode and operations. Batteries and advanced power electronics leads to significant reduction of fuel consumption, climate emissions and maintenance cost for these vessels,” said Ketil Aagesen, head of Sales at Siemens Marine in Norway.AKOFS Seafarer is designed to perform subsea well clean-up and testing and riser-based intervention down to 2,500 meters sea depth.The vessel will from 2020 operate under a five years contract with Equinor for light well intervention services on the Norwegian continental shelf.last_img read more

71 groups to join Ati-Atihan opening salvo

first_imgKALIBO, Aklan – Around 71 modern andtribal groups are set to join the opening salvo of the annual Santo NiñoAti-Atihan Festival. “We call it a time of thanksgiving,devotion and gratitude for all the blessings we have received in honor of thechild Jesus or Santo Niño,” Zaraspe added, saying that the opening salvo iscelebrated as part of Kalibo’s founding anniversary. Festival dancers perform during the Santo Niño Ati-Atihan festivity. Around 71 modern and tribal Ati-Atihan groups are set for the opening salvo on Nov. 4. AKLAN FORUM JOURNAL The tribes after a short program willdance on major streets of the town where everyone can participate. center_img Apol Zaraspe, chairman of the SantoNiño Ati-Atihan Management Council Incorporated here, said the opening salvo onNov. 4 is the official start of the series of preparation for the annualevent. The annual Ati-Atihan Festival iscelebrated every third week of January./PNlast_img read more