Gig On! Freelancers Are Well-Compensated, Optimistic About Next Year

first_imgAre you getting paid as much as other freelancers? Are you the only one who has trouble finding clients? Does your city have a lot of freelancers, or are you the only one?Sometimes, as independents, it’s hard to get a sense of how other freelancers are faring. That’s why we love this great infographic from Anna at GraphicDesignDegreeHub, which gives us the answers to these and other important questions. We are happy to see that 90% of freelancers are happy working solo, but know that in the future, we’ll have to work together to figure out new systems that mitigate risk from all of the “cons” of the freelance life, like access to affordable benefits, the feast or famine cycle, and work/life balance.Source: The Pros and Cons of Being a Freelancerlast_img read more

Port of Long Beach to Continue Modernization Works

first_imgzoom The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners has approved a USD 748 million budget for the Port of Long Beach in the next fiscal year, with more than 60 percent set aside to continue its modernization program.The budget will be presented to the Long Beach City Council for approval. For the fiscal year starting October 1, 2017, the port plans to spend USD 457 million on capital projects, a part of this decade’s USD 4 billion program to increase efficiency by upgrading terminals, waterways, bridges, rail lines, marine safety and other vital infrastructure.“This spending blueprint advances the nation’s largest seaport modernization program and our practice of investing revenue back into our harbor, a leading economic engine for this region, the state and the nation,” Lori Ann Guzmán, Harbor Commission President, said.“The budget reflects this Port’s fiscally prudent, results-driven approach to budgeting and capital improvements,” Guzmán added.The fiscal year 2018 budget projects a 1.8 percent increase in operating revenue over the current year.The budget puts USD 16.4 million into “net position,” designating it for spending in the future, beyond fiscal year 2018.Meanwhile, as part of the approved budget, the port is expected to transfer USD 18.7 million to the city’s Tidelands Operating Fund, which is used for beachfront improvements in Long Beach.Ongoing major capital improvement projects include the Gerald Desmond Bridge replacement and the Middle Harbor redevelopment, a model for green cargo operations and the most advanced facility of its kind in the world, the Port of Long Beach said.Another highlight in the budget includes USD 404,000 in funding for the Port Community Grants Program, approved by the Harbor Commission this year. Over the next 12 to 15 years, funding from the environmental grants program will help offset the impacts of port operations on the surrounding community.last_img read more

Low MR Charter Rates Hurt Pyxis Tankers Earnings

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy of Shaah Shahidh on Unsplash. Due to lower MR charter rates, Greek product tanker company Pyxis Tankers ended the second quarter of this year with a widened net loss.The company posted a net loss of USD 1.3 million in Q2 2018, compared to a net loss of USD 0.8 million seen in the corresponding period a year earlier.Voyage revenues stood at USD 7 million for the three months ended June 30, 2018, representing a decrease of USD 1.4 million from USD 8.4 million reported in Q2 2017. As explained, the decrease in gross voyage revenues during the second quarter of 2018 was primarily due to lower time charter equivalent rates, as well as to a slight decrease in total operating days attributed to increased idle days between voyage charter employments.“Overall, our operating results for the second quarter of 2018 were mixed. As the quarter unfolded, the time charters for our medium range tankers (“MRs”) rolled-off into a very difficult spot market at much lower rates,” Valentios Valentis, Pyxis Tankers’ Chairman and CEO, commented.“Weaker demand for MRs was caused by temporary market disruptions in the Atlantic basin, led by lower activity in the Gulf of Mexico, continued drawdown of inventories of refined petroleum products in storage and intrusion of larger ships, mainly newbuild crude carriers, which transported clean products on their maiden voyages. Three out of four of our MR tankers are currently in the spot market, which we hope will improve by this fall,” Valentis added.“As for our small tankers, we experienced a nice improvement in trading activity compared to the first quarter of 2018. We have continued to focus on our costs during this challenging period. The success of our efforts was clearly demonstrated during the second quarter as our total operational costs (…) improved,” Valentis continued.The company’s CEO further said that chartering activity is expected to be challenging, however, with a modest upward trend when moving into the fourth quarter. Additionally, a long-term improvement in charter rates is expected as a result of attractive market fundamentals.“We remain optimistic about the fundamentals of the product tanker market, specifically for MRs, and believe that Pyxis Tankers has the platform and position to take advantage of them,” Valentis concluded.Focused on growing its fleet of MR vessels, Pyxis Tankers currently owns a fleet of four MR and two small tankers engaged in seaborne transportation of refined petroleum products and other bulk liquids.last_img read more

Family talks tough puts up REWARD in Galmo Williams shooting

first_img BIG REWARD FOR ARMED ROBBERY THUGS, Friends enraged Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #TCIlovesGilley Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for youcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, February 7, 2017 – A $20,000 reward is being offered for information in the shooting of Galmo Williams; Williams, the former Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands was shot in the left knee and was airlifted yesterday to Florida for work on that knee.Businessman and Philanthropist are other hats Mr. Williams who owns the Wine Cellar and Gilley’s Café wears and friends believe the three thugs who robbed him are strangers in this town, they say anyone who knows their dear friend Gilley, knows he would have gladly given the guys money.The long time residents, now Belongers are fuming over the audacity of anyone to harm Galmo.  We distorted the voice by request of the donor who is concerned about the thugs themselves retaliating.  “He would have given it anyway, and then they take his money, and then they shot him, this man works for every single community, organizations with our communities, from South Caicos to Salt Cay, to Blue Hills, Blue Hills is his home, they don’t get any better than the people from Blue Hills.  This man is kind, gold, sweet, passionate, this man gives everything to everybody.  This man I love, how could you do this to this man.  You people out there, whoever you are, you’re gonna pay.”  The $20,000 reward of their own money is for information going to the Police that leads to an arrest and conviction.Police report that Williams cooperated with the three masked, armed men on Superbowl Sunday night as he was headed toward Ricky’s Flamingo Cafe – the trio got away with Gilley’s wallet and his wedding ring.#MagneticMediaNews #TCIlovesGilley Galmo Williams in physical therapy nowlast_img read more

Wilmington Real Estate Transactions Week of August 20 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are the real estate transactions in Wilmington that occurred from August 20, 2019 to August 26, 2019:Address: 55 Adams StreetPrice: $742,500Buyer: Gregory & Matthew FurrierSeller: Robert Woods & Robin DonahueDate: 8/22/19Use: 1-Family ResidentialLot Size: 64,792 sfAddress: 24 Beacon StreetPrice: $405,000Buyer: William DelonaisSeller: Ivan & Susan CurtisDate: 8/22/19Use: 1-Family ResidentialLot Size: 22,500 sfAddress: 202 Federal StreetPrice: $810,000Buyer: David & Lindsey RalliSeller: Priscilla Wong & Igor UshakovDate: 8/23/19Use: 1-Family ResidentialLot Size: 46,913 sfAddress: 1 Foley Farm RoadPrice: $616,500Buyer: Michael FencerSeller: Lee Musto-Liburdi & Paul LiburdiDate: 8/23/19Use: 1-Family ResidentialLot Size: 52,331 sfAddress: 19 Green Meadow DrivePrice: $799,900Buyer: Brandon & Kelly ZatopekSeller: Elm Tree Development LLCDate: 8/21/19Use: Residential Developed LandLot Size: 21,407 sfAddress: 15 Grove AvenuePrice: $440,000Buyer: Erick UbedaSeller: Sarah HjelmstadDate: 8/23/19Use: 1-Family ResidentialLot Size: 8,200 sfAddress: 10 Kilmarnock StreetPrice: $539,000Buyer: Carlos & Pamela ScarpaSeller: Janet E. Lyons, TrusteeDate: 8/22/19Use: 1-Family ResidentialLot Size: 26,119 sfAddress: 441 Middlesex AvenuePrice: $640,000Buyer: Christina & Nicholas StatiresSeller: Cory & Rebecca VarneyDate: 8/22/19Use: 1-Family ResidentialLot Size: 25,970 sfAddress: 21 Presidential DrivePrice: $604,800Buyer: Hai & Yana ChoiSeller: Russell & Constance MorencyDate: 8/22/19Use: 1-Family ResidentialLot Size: 20,000 sfLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Real Estate Transactions (Week of August 13, 2019)In “Business”Recent Wilmington Real Estate TransactionsIn “Business”Recent Wilmington Real Estate TransactionsIn “Business”last_img read more

Sunil Kumar Desai on Udgharsha We have tried to give a new

first_imgSunil Kumar Desai, on the sets of Udgharsha.Sunil Kumar Desai Twitter AccountMaverick filmmaker Sunil Kumar Desai came to limelight by making suspense thrillers before delivering a few well-made romantic entertainers. In his long career, he has tried his hands in different genre movies, but suspense thriller continues to be his favourite. The 63-year old is also remembered for the unique titles that usually ended with the letters ‘sha’. His latest film Udgharsha is no exception. Ask him whether he opts for such names for sentimetal reasons, Sunil Kumar Desai states, “It became a brand without me attempting for it. Yet some point of time, I realised that there was a kind of energy in such titles for this genre films. Thus it became a practice for me to pick such title, but I am not superstitious about having such titles,” Desai opens up.Udgharsha has an interesting mix of artistes in the cast. Bollywood’s Thakur Anoop Singh, who was recently seen in Darshan’s Yajamana, Kollywood actress Sai Dhanshika, Telugu actress Shraddha Das along with Kabir Duhan Singh and Tanya Hope are part of the ensemble cast.When asked the reason behind roping in the actors from different film industries, the director said, “There is a kind of freshness in the casting. Their looks, attitude and physiques are different from each other. We have tried it to give something new experience to the audience,”Talking about Udgharsha, Sunil Kumar Desai claimed that it is all about chain of incidents that takes place in the lives of a few. Between the suspense and mystery, there is a beautiful romance woven into the main story. “The incidents that happen in the 48 hours form the crux of the storyline,” he points out.Sunil Kumar Desai had earlier made thrillers like Tarka, Utkarsha and Sangarsha. Do he see changes in making such genre movies today when compared to earlier, Desai says, “The core content remains the same. Be it romantic movies or suspense thrillers, every filmmaker rehashes the same old content, but gives different dimensions to it. With the evolving technologies, making styles and presentations are constantly in the makeover.Asking him the secret success formula of suspense thrillers, Desai responds, “There is no such formula. Everybody has their own style of making and if the audience like the content, it will become a successful film.”Udgharsha will release on 22 March in Kannada, Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam in over 400 screens. Thakur Anoop Singh, Sai Dhanshika and Sunil Kumar Desai.Sunil Kumar Desai Facebook Pagelast_img read more

Warbug Pincus others eye stake in Catholic Syrian Bank Report

first_imgA bank staff member hands Indian 500 rupee notes to a customer on November 24, 2016, in the wake of the demonetisation of old 500 and 1000 rupee notes in Mumbai (representational image).INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty ImagesThree months after talks for a stake sale to Canadian billionaire Prem Watsa-controlled Fairfax Holdings failed to materalise, other PE investors are eyeing a stake in Catholic Syrian Bank (CSB).”Yes, we are talking to a new set of investors. Hopefully, within a few weeks, we should be able to start exclusive dialogue with one of them,” the Economic Times (ET) quoted a person familiar with the development, as saying. Also read: Catholic Syrian Bank mulls IPO, again The daily referred to US private equity (PE) firm Warbug Pincus, InCred Finance and Aion Capital as interested to acquire a controlling stake in the Thrissur-based, 97-year-old bank.It may be recalled that talks between the bank and Fairfax Holdings for selling 51 percent stake to the latter were called off over differences in valuation. A Bloomberg report in May this year said that the bank’s share was valued at about Rs 165-200 apiece and Fairfax Financial was offered at a 15 percent premium to the price for acquiring controlling stake.The latest report of PE firms reportedly in talks with the bank to acquire a stake comes even as the Mint had reported last month that CSB was also planning an initial public offering (IPO).AION Capital Partners is a joint PE fund sponsored and run by Apollo Global Management India Advisors Private Limited and ICICI Venture Funds Management Company Ltd., according to the VCCircle.CSB was formed on November 26, 1920, and commenced business from January 1, 1921, with a paid-up capital of Rs 45,270. Currently, it has 430 branches and 240 ATMs in India.In the past few years, very few unlisted banks have approached the capital markets to raise funds, the most prominent being RBL Bank, apart from small finance banks such as AU Small Finance Bank. Another privately-held lender that was in the news in the recent past was Tuticorin-based Tamilnad Mercantile Bank (TMB).TMB issued bonus shares in the ratio of 500:1 (500 equity shares for every one Rs 10 share held) to its eligible shareholders, for which the record date was May 25, 2016.If that sounds unbelievable, here is more. TMB paid an interim dividend at the rate of 14,000 percent, or Rs 1,400 per equity share, for the financial year 2015-16, followed by a second interim dividend of 4 percent.In 2014-15, the bank paid Rs 1,600 per share as dividend in two instalments, same as in 2013-14.The bank was established by Nadars, a community in Tamil Nadu, as The Nadar Bank Ltd. in 1921 and was later renamed as Tamilnad Mercantile Bank on November 26, 1962.last_img read more

Sohel ameer of JMB India Monirul

first_imgSohel Mahfuz arrested along with three other suspected members of militant group `Neo-JMB` from Chapainawabganj in front of DB Police Office. Photo: Hasan RajaSohel Mahfuz, arrested along with three other suspected members of militant group ‘Neo-JMB’ from Chapainawabganj, was the founder ameer of JMB in India, reports UNB. Chief of the Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime unit of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Monirul Islam said this on Saturday. “Sohel Mahfuz had been known as an identified militant before the attack on Holey Artisan Café and Bakery. He was a founder member of the ‘Sura Committee’ of the banned Islamic outfit JMB,” Monirul said. He was briefing newsmen at DMP Media Centre after Sohel Mahfuz was brought to Dhaka from Chapainawabganj on Saturday afternoon.Acting on a tip-off, a joint team comprising CTTC, Lawful Interception Cell (LIC) of Police Headquarters, and the Chapainawabganj and Bogra district police jointly carried out an operation at Pushkoronir Par of Chowdhala in Shibganj upazila under Chapainawabganj district early Saturday and arrested Sohel Mahfuz along with three other suspected militants — Hafiz, Jamal and Jewel.The CTTC had been hunting for Mahfuz as he was said to be one of the masterminds of the terror attack on Gulshan Holey Artisan Bakery in Dhaka last year that left 20 hostages and two senior police officers dead. Sohel is also the northern region commander of Neo-JMB, an ultra-radical offshoot of Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB).The three other arrested militants are Hafizur Rahman alias Hasan, Mostafa Kamal alias Jamal and Jewel alias Ismail.The CTTC chief said they have already found involvement of Sohel Mahfuz alias Abdus Sabur alias Hatkata Mahfuz alias Nasrullah in the Kallyanpur Militant’s den and Holey Artisan Café incidents. Monirul Islam, also additional commissioner of the DMP, said Sohel Mahfuz fled to India in 2006. He along with other fleeing JMB leaders from Bangladesh established JMB unit there. Mahfuz was the founder ameer of JMB India and he had served as the ameer there till 2014, the CTTC chief said.Though he had perpetrated a number of operations in Bangladesh, he was never arrested. He had been staying in India to escape the arrest. Indian police put a Rs 10 lakh bounty on his head because of his involvement in militant activities there, Monirul Islam said.The CTTC chief said Sohel came to Bangladesh after formation of the ‘Neo-JMB’ here and joined the revived militant group as the ‘Neo-JMB’ leader requested him for it. Later, he played an important role to prepare planning of the attack on the Holey Artisan restaurant, the CTTC chief said. “We will interrogate him to verify information, which was gathered earlier during investigations into the Gulshan restaurant attack case. We will also try to find out other new information from him during interrogation regarding Holey Artisan café attack,” Monirul said. “We have been looking for five absconding militants in connection with the Gulshan cafe attack. Among them, he is one of the three most wanted accused in the case,” he also said.last_img

Traffic in Dhaka airport area clogged as Khaleda returns

first_imgHundreds of BNP activists occupied one side of the road to accord reception to their leader Khaleda Zia, creating a huge tailback in the area. Photo: BNPHundreds of BNP leaders and activists gathered in airport area of the city to welcome their chairperson Khaleda Zia as she returned home from the UK on Wednesday afternoon, halting traffic and causing sufferings to commuters, reports UNB.Leaders and activists of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and its associate bodies assembled in front of the road opposite the airport holding banners and placards, disrupting the traffic.Huge law enforcers were deployed in the area to maintain law and order.They were seen calling upon the BNP leaders and activists through loudspeakers to maintain discipline and use footpaths.BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir entered the VIP lounge of the airport to welcome Khaleda, who arrived around 5:05 pm.As senior BNP leaders were not allowed to enter the airport, they gathered in front of the airport mosque.Talking to reporters, BNP standing committee member Moudud Ahmed alleged that police were obstructing their leaders and activists from peacefully standing on footpaths in front of the airport.He said their chairperson returned home showing respect to court as three warrants for her arrest were issued in different cases.Moudud said Khaleda will surrender before the court and seek bail in the cases in which the arrest warrants were issued against her.Passengers suffered immensely at the airport as the traffic remained halted in the area for a long time.last_img read more

UPDATE More Than One Gunman Involved In Shooting That Left Two Children

first_imgAccording to initial reports, police believe the incident may have been a targeted drive-by shooting. It happened around 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 1, on Scott Street near Wheeler Avenue. They shot our children. If you have info you’ve got to give them up. Call Crime Stoppers st 713 222 TIPS. @crimestoppersTX— Sylvester Turner (@SylvesterTurner) March 2, 2018 “The city does not belong to the criminal element. It belongs to us. @houstonpolice #houstonstrong— Sylvester Turner (@SylvesterTurner) March 2, 2018 The Houston Police Department (HPD) believes there was more than one shooter involved in a shooting that happened in south Houston on Thursday evening and that left two children wounded.“We do believe there was more than one shooter and there was more than one firearm used in this incident,” said HPD executive assistant chief Matt Slinkard during a press conference held on Friday morning by Mayor Sylvester Turner near the place where the shooting happened.Slinkard reported that the 8 year-old boy that was injured, who suffered a gunshot wound to the head, is still in critical condition and that his five year-old sister, who was wounded in one of her legs, continues to be medically treated.The executive assistant chief added the leads HPD has at this moment “indicate that we are looking at a light colored vehicle.”Slinkard explained investigators are canvasing all the businesses located in the area where the shooting happened and are also looking for any video recorded in the area.Mayor Turner urged Houstonians to provide HPD with any information they may have regarding the shooting.“Somebody knows the shooter or shooters,” Turner said while adding: “If you know something, you need to step up.”“These are individuals who had no problem shooting our kids, and they are our kids,” the mayor emphasized, as he underlined that “we are gonna stand and we are gonna fight for our children” and assured: “this is not the new normal in the city of Houston.”Mayor Sylvester Turner conduct a news conference about the disturbing drive-by shooting Thursday night https://t.co/wMjEY5Rm9m— Sylvester Turner (@SylvesterTurner) March 2, 2018 I will not tolerate heinous and cowardly acts of violence against innocent children. If you have information about tonight’s double shooting of the 5 year-old and 8 year-old victims on Scott St., please call the authorities. We must work together to keep Houston safe.— Sylvester Turner (@SylvesterTurner) March 2, 2018 Sharecenter_img .@houstonpolice cannot do it alone. These individuals are people who have no problem harming our children. This is not where the “code of silence” applies about the suspects.— Sylvester Turner (@SylvesterTurner) March 2, 2018 After#HurricaneHarvey we came together like never before. Now we need the same spirit where we help each other bring the shooters to justice.— Sylvester Turner (@SylvesterTurner) March 2, 2018 My news conference: Somebody knows the shooter(s). I’m asking them to give the info to @houstonpolice.We will not provide haven to those who hurt children –or anyone else.— Sylvester Turner (@SylvesterTurner) March 2, 2018On Thursday evening, HPD executive assistant chief Troy Finner said that the siblings were sitting in their mother’s car when someone drove by and opened fire on the vehicle.The mother had reportedly stepped into a nail salon across the street to check on the wait time before the shooting occurred.Finner said an 11-year-old, also in the car, was not wounded.Whether on our streets or in our schools we are going to stand and fight for the safety of our kids. Shooting our kids will not be the new normal! If you know something say something. st— Sylvester Turner (@SylvesterTurner) March 2, 2018last_img read more