Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer gave Freelancers Union a shout-out in his State of the Borough address on Monday. Said Stringer,New Yorkers are increasingly self-employed. In the past 30 years, 700,000 jobs have been added to New Yorkâs employment base. And fully two-thirds of those jobs are the product of self-employment. In the words of Sara Horowitz, head of the Freelancers Union, who does a terrific job of representing this work force, these are the people who âgive New York its special sauce.â? They are the graphic designers; the artists; the entertainers; the computer software gurus; and the creative people who work in advertising and media.Last summer, Borough President Stringer met with a group of Freelancers Union members for a candid discussion of the ways that Manhattan is a great place for independent workers, and the ways it could be better. There are clips available on YouTube.
Go back to the enewsletterCruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia has revealed the finalists for the 18th annual Cruise Industry Awards. The industry is gearing up for the sold-out ‘night of nights’ to be held at the Star Event Centre Sydney on Saturday 23 February 2019.The 71 finalists from across Australia and New Zealand have been considered under a revamped judging process ahead of next month’s award ceremony and gala dinner, where 18 accolades will be handed out to honour the top achievers of the industry.More than 500 submissions have been considered under the refreshed awards process, in which 12 categories were open for nomination.CLIA Australasia Managing Director Joel Katz congratulated all the finalists and said the standard of submissions this year had been especially high.“The one thing that has become clear from submissions this year is that travel agents are more engaged and dedicated than ever before,” Katz said. “There’s a genuine passion for the industry that shows in the work they are doing, and that’s a big part of the success the cruise sector is experiencing in Australia.”A full list of finalists can be viewed online here.Go back to the enewsletter