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 Reporter 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

Backstage Announces Acquisitions of StarNow and Mandy Network

first_img Backstage Announces Acquisitions of StarNow and Mandy Network By Digital AIM Web Support – February 22, 2021 NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 22, 2021– Backstage, a leading freelancer marketplace connecting talent and content creators, today announced that it has acquired StarNow, a New Zealand-based talent platform for actors, models, influencers and musicians; and The Mandy Network, a UK-based talent platform for cast, crew, production services and creative professionals. The acquisitions are supported by a significant strategic investment from TA Associates, a leading global growth private equity firm. Members of the Backstage senior management team invested alongside TA and hold a significant equity interest in the company. Financial terms of the transactions were not disclosed. This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: “From our start as a trade publication for New York theater actors, Backstage has grown into a preeminent resource for the discovery and procurement of talent globally. We have built a deep and diverse talent database, and developed cutting-edge tools for industry professionals and today’s new breed of content creators,” said Josh Ellstein, CEO of Backstage. “The acquisitions of StarNow, with its commanding market position in Australasia, and The Mandy Network, among the largest creative communities of its kind, are in keeping with our efforts to continuously expand the depth and breadth of resources and best-in-class tools available to Backstage members. We welcome TA as an investor and look forward to a close collaboration in writing the next chapter of the Backstage story.” Founded originally as a magazine in 1960, Backstage offers a marketplace that helps content creators connect with the talent and crew they need for visual, audio and production services, including commercials, branded content, catalog and e-commerce photography and video, independent and studio films, TV series and theater productions. The company’s proprietary suite of workflow tools and its use of data help content creators more efficiently manage talent identification, hiring, contracting and payment. Backstage’s user base includes over 250,000 paid subscribers, such as actors, dancers, models, singers and voice-over talent; and over 20 million content creators and talent seekers — including professional casting directors, brand & acquisition marketers, production companies, advertising agencies and corporate end-users — engage with the platform annually. Backstage was fundamental to the production of 100,000+ projects in 2020. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the company introduced an advanced remote casting solution and an all-new on-camera series featuring insights and direct feedback from industry insiders. Backstage is headquartered in New York. “We believe that Backstage is an unmatched resource for talent and creators in a world where content creation is increasingly democratized and the volume and velocity of digital content production continues to increase at a rapid pace,” said Mike Felman, President of Backstage. “As a growing company in an ever-expanding market, we feel strongly that this is the right time for Backstage to bring on a partner like TA, with the global resources to help us further scale the business as we continue to build the premier verticalized services and software platform for the creative sectors. With its management-friendly approach, TA is also a good fit culturally for Backstage, and fully aligned with our continued focus on providing a robust platform that empowers and enables opportunities for all members.” “Through the continued development of Backstage’s offerings and platform advancements, the company has demonstrated a consistent commitment to its members,” said Amara Suebsaeng, a Principal at TA Associates who has joined the Backstage Board of Directors. “To further this commitment, we will work with the Backstage management team to identify additional accretive acquisitions and to support the company’s U.S. and global expansion. We believe that these efforts are an important component of providing Backstage’s members additional opportunities in an ever-changing environment.” “For more than 50 years, Backstage has served as a go-to resource for performers and talent-seekers,” said Jason Mironov, a Managing Director at TA Associates who has also joined the Backstage Board of Directors. “With its innovative suite of advanced and easy-to-use online casting tools, further enhanced by the offerings of StarNow and The Mandy Network, we believe that Backstage offers unique value-add services to its members as an industrial workflow tool. We are thrilled to support the Backstage management team in their efforts to accelerate both innovation of the Backstage platform and the company’s global expansion.” “The acquisitions of StarNow and The Mandy Network, and the investment by TA and Backstage management mark significant milestones in the company’s continuing evolution,” said Adam Weiss, a Managing Director at Audax Private Debt, which provided debt financing for the transaction. “The additional capital will aid Backstage in further enhancing its offerings and growing its geographic footprint. We are very pleased to participate in this transaction and look forward to the continued success of Backstage.” About Backstage Backstage enables productions, brands, marketing agencies and businesses to efficiently discover and work with highly skilled creative talent. The company’s mission is to make the content creation process more efficient, effective and scalable. Backstage fosters career development and economic success for its users by developing and operating dedicated industry-specific profiles, workflow tools and jobs & services marketplaces to serve the unique demands of each creative vertical. Backstage was founded in 1960 and is headquartered in New York. For more information, please visit About TA Associates TA Associates is a leading global growth private equity firm. Focused on targeted sectors within five industries – technology, healthcare, financial services, consumer and business services – TA invests in profitable, growing companies with opportunities for sustained growth, and has invested in more than 500 companies around the world. Investing as either a majority or minority investor, TA employs a long-term approach, utilizing its strategic resources to help management teams build lasting value in high quality growth companies. TA has raised $33.5 billion in capital since its founding in 1968 and is committing to new investments at the pace of over $3 billion per year. The firm’s more than 100 investment professionals are based in Boston, Menlo Park, London, Mumbai and Hong Kong. More information about TA Associates can be found at View source version on CONTACT: For Backstage [email protected] For TA Associates Marcia O’Carroll TA Associates 617-574-6796 [email protected] Philip Nunes BackBay Communications 617-391-0792 [email protected] Stephen Fishleigh BackBay Communications +44 203 475 7552 [email protected] KEYWORD: AUSTRALIA/OCEANIA UNITED STATES UNITED KINGDOM NEW ZEALAND NORTH AMERICA EUROPE NEW YORK INDUSTRY KEYWORD: ENTERTAINMENT ONLINE OTHER ENTERTAINMENT GENERAL ENTERTAINMENT TV AND RADIO CELEBRITY FILM & MOTION PICTURES THEATRE MUSIC SOURCE: TA Associates Copyright Business Wire 2021. 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Man arrested for planning to detonate grenades in Times Square, sources say

first_imgAntonel/iStock(NEW YORK) — An unidentified man is in federal custody after he asked about buying grenades and discussed possibly detonating them in Times Square, according to law enforcement sources. The man was intercepted by federal and local officials, and he posed no imminent threat.He is expected to appear in federal court in Downtown Brooklyn on Friday.He was detected both inquiring about obtaining grenades and discussing using them in Times Square, the sources told ABC News.Members of the New York Joint Terrorism Task Force — made up of FBI agents and New York Police Department detectives — began tracking the man and eventually took him into custody.He is not believed to be linked to any other people or part of a larger plot.The U.S. Attorney’s Office is expected to comment later Friday.The NYPD referred all questions to the FBI.Times Square has been the site of a few attempted attacks in recent years. In May 2017, a man crashed his car into a group of people, killing one and injuring 20 others. The suspect, Richard Rojas, was later determined to be on drugs and suffering from mental illness.The most noteworthy example of a foiled terror attack in Times Square came in 2010 when two good Samaritans noticed a smoking car and alerted authorities, who foiled the car bomb attempt.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Girls’ basketball roundup: Ellsworth girls win season opener over Foxcroft

first_img Bio Part 2: When the injury is inside your head, some “don’t get it” – July 26, 2016 EHS names new boys’ soccer coach – July 13, 2016 Latest Posts Taylor VorthermsSports Editor at The Ellsworth AmericanTaylor Vortherms covers sports in Hancock County. The St. Louis, Missouri native recently graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism and joined The Ellsworth American in 2013.center_img DOVER-FOXCROFT — Madison Card scored 20 points in the Ellsworth girls’ basketball team’s 55-39 season-opening win over Foxcroft on Saturday.Ellsworth went on a 20-0 run spanning the second and third quarters to break a 19-19 tie.Emily Berry scored 11 points, Hailee Langley had 10 and Samantha Mason contributed seven for the Eagles.Searsport 54, Bucksport 26This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textAt Searsport, Bree Coombs paced Bucksport with nine points in the Golden Bucks’ 54-26 loss on Friday.Penobscot Valley 37, Deer Isle-Stonington 30Allison Eaton paced Deer Isle-Stonington with 10 points in the Mariners’ 37-30 loss at Penobscot Valley on Friday.Ashley Haskell scored nine points for the Mariners. Morgan Shepard contributed six points, and Leah Boyce and Orly Vaughn each had two.MDI 64, Old Town 24Sarah Phelps led the MDI Trojans with 15 points in their 64-24 season-opening win over Old Town on Friday in Bar Harbor.Sierra Tapley and Kelsey Shaw scored 11 and 10 points for the Trojans. Julianna Cleaves and Sara Norberg each contributed eight points. Latest posts by Taylor Vortherms (see all) Part 1: Invisible, incapacitating concussions are sidelining high school athletes – July 19, 2016last_img read more