RJR Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year 2015 nominees

first_imgFedrick Dacres – AthleticsFor his achievement in winning the gold medal in the discus throw at the XVII Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada. Dacres hurled the discus 64.80 metres to win the event over Ronald Juliao of Brazil by .15 metres. The 21-year-old Dacres also finished seventh in the final of the discus at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, with a throw of 64.22 metres, well below the 65.77 metres he threw to qualify for the final round. His earlier throw would have earned him the bronze medal had he made it in the final round of competition.Veronica Campbell-Brown – AthleticsFor her achievement in earning the bronze medal at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China, with a season best run of 21.97 seconds, the third-fastest time of the year. Campbell-Brown also ran the lead leg for the gold medal-winning women’s 4×100 metres relay team at the Championships. Earlier in the year, VCB was a member of two medal-winning teams at the IAAF World Relays in The Bahamas; the silver medal 4×200 metres relay team and the gold medal-winning 4×100 metres relay team. Campbell-Brown was also fourth in the 100 metres final at the World Championships.Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce – AthleticsFor her achievement in winning the 100 metres title at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China, with a brilliant run of 10.76 seconds. This was her third World 100m title, after previous triumphs in 2009 and 2013 and it was her fifth title in the last six major championships (including the last two Olympic Games). The ‘Pocket Rocket’ also anchored the women’s 4×100 metres relay team to victory in a championship record 41.07 seconds. Fraser-Pryce was the only Diamond race winner for Jamaica in the 2015 IAAF Diamond League, winning the diamond for the 100 metres with a perfect four wins from four starts. She ran a world-leading 10.74 seconds in Paris in the Diamond League and led the 4×100 metres relay team to victory at the IAAF World Relays in The Bahamas. Fraser-Pryce registered the three fastest 100 metres times for the year.last_img read more

Independent contracting case makes the Supreme Court

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Leisa Boley Hellwarth, a dairy farmer and attorney near CelinaOn Oct. 3, the US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in New Prime v. Oliveira, No. 17-340. While this is not an agricultural case, it is an important matter that impacts all of us, whether it is through increased transportation costs (if Oliveira prevails) or costs society bears from poorly paid workers (if New Prime prevails). Oliveira is a long-haul trucker with New Prime, although the trucking company considers him an independent contractor not an employee. That means any issues regarding pay disputes must be handled by arbitration according to New Prime.Arbitration is favored by companies, including New Prime, as it is streamlined and less expensive than litigation. Plaintiffs like Oliveira, however, dislike the practice because it denies them their day in court, and arbitration is viewed as less impartial. Furthermore, arbitration may be much less convenient for the worker in terms of location and time.New Prime, Inc. is a national trucking company that recruits and trains new drivers through an apprenticeship program. Student apprentices participating in this program are unpaid, except during one phase of the program when they receive 14 cents per mile driven. New Prime waives the tuition of student apprentices who agree to work for New Prime for one year after completing the program.After Dominic Oliveira successfully completed the apprenticeship program, New Prime encouraged him to become an independent contractor and referred him to other entities with offices in the same building and owned by the same company as New Prime to help him form a limited liability company named Hallmark Trucking LLC and to secure a truck. Oliveira, through Hallmark, signed an Independent Contractor Agreement with New Prime. The contract specified that there was no employer-employee relationship between Oliveira and New Prime, and that Oliveira was an independent contractor. The contract also contained an arbitration clause.Oliveira alleges New Prime under paid him and exercised such control over him that he was unable to work for other companies. He stopped driving for New Prime as an independent contractor. He did, however, later rejoin New Prime as a company driver. Dissatisfied with the pay as a company driver as well, Oliveira sued New Prime in the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts in a putative class action proceeding. Oliveira alleged that New Prime had failed to pay minimum wages under the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Missouri minimum wage statute. He also claimed breach of contract or unjust enrichment.New Prime’s apprenticeship program enables the company to put two drivers in a truck, one unpaid, and allow New Prime’s trucks to remain on the road for longer periods of time. While the apprentice does gain new skills and knowledge as a truck driver, he also incurs liability for training and equipment that is only forgiven if he goes to work for the company. If he leaves the company as an unhappy contractor before the apprenticeship charges are fulfilled, New Prime will pursue him for thousands of dollars for training and New Prime will fight hard to prevent the case from getting to court in the first place, which is what transpired in this case and why the Supreme Court is now deciding the outcome.New Prime invoked the Federal Arbitration Act and insists that Oliveira is forced to arbitrate his claim. To date, Oliveira has mostly prevailed with his claims in the lower courts. The major issue seems to be the meaning of “contracts of employ” which is language from 1925 and the days of President Calvin Coolidge.On Oct. 3 when oral arguments were heard by the Supreme Court, only eight justices were on the Court, and since Oliveira prevailed in the lower court, he only needs four votes to tip the scales of justice in his favor.Trucking companies claim a decision in favor of Oliveira will lead to a significant increase in transportation costs. Those in support of Oliveira, however, claim this case is fundamentally about whether companies that routinely violate the law — in this case by underpaying their workers who are called “independent contractors” can use that law breaking to deny working people access to the courts.Independent contractor agreements are common in the agricultural industry, namely vertical integration grower contracts. Anyone signing an independent contractor agreement might want to watch for the Supreme Court’s decision in New Prime v. Oliveira.last_img read more

Go for Gold halts two-game skid, turns back Perpetual Help

first_imgQuarters: 23-19, 42-37, 59-55, 81-69. NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Senegalese big man Clement Leutcheu tallied 14 markers and eight boards, while Jerwin Gaco and Justin Gutang got 11 points apiece with the win.“I think we’re slowly getting the team that we want a bit, but there’s still some room for improvement,” said Go for Gold coach Charles Tiu.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutGo for Gold’s defense allowed it to establish a 59-47 lead, but turnovers allowed the Altas to get back into the game, 59-55, at the end of the third frame.Luckily for the Scratchers, Alejandro was there to restore order and a 10-2 blast to open the fourth period kept the Altas at bay for good. PBA IMAGESJ-Jay Alejandro showed the way as Go for Gold snapped its two-game skid after an 81-69 victory over University of Perpetual Help Tuesday in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup at JCSGO Gym in Cubao.The former NU Bulldog fired nine of his 23 points in the fourth quarter, while also collecting five rebounds and four assists for the Scratchers, who evened their record at 2-2.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Dog show’s young handlers take a grown-up sport in stride AFP official booed out of forum LATEST STORIES “Today, we still can’t be happy because we’ve already built big leads but we turn the ball over too much and that allows our opponents to come back,” said Tiu, who was shaking his head after his side gobbled the ball up 30 times.Rey Anthony Peralta led Perpetual (1-2) with 18 points and two rebounds, while Kim Aurin got 17 markers and four boards in the defeat.The Scores:GO FOR GOLD 81 — Alejandro 23, Leutcheu 14, Gaco 11, Gutang 11, Dixon 8, Haruna 8, Casiño 3, Domingo 3, Naboa 0, Pasturan 0, Pili 0, Salem 0, Young 0.PERPETUAL 69 — Peralta 18, Aurin 17, Coronel 8, Charcos 7, Eze 6, Mangalino 5, Antonio 4, Villanueva 4, Tamayo 0, Tiburcio 0.ADVERTISEMENT Read Nextlast_img read more

$20.5 Million for Bush Fire Warning Index and Management System

first_img An additional $20.5 million is earmarked to continue work in the new fiscal year by the Meteorological Service of Jamaica, to develop a comprehensive Bush Fire Warning Index and Management System. An additional $20.5 million is earmarked to continue work in the new fiscal year by the Meteorological Service of Jamaica, to develop a comprehensive Bush Fire Warning Index and Management System.The allocation is contained in the 2019/20 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives.The project, which commenced in April 2017 and is being financed by the Caribbean Development Bank (CBD), aims to enhance Jamaica’s resilience to bush fire hazards in order to reduce the negative impact on economic activities and livelihoods, as well as infrastructure and human welfare and life.It is envisaged that this will result from improved monitoring and predictions of critical bush fire outbreaks, and increased public awareness of these hazards.Achievements, up to December 2018, include: the completion of CDB procurement modules, and evaluation of bids to engage a Data Management Consultant.Programmed activities for 2019/20 include: finalizing the alerting protocol, inclusive of warning dissemination and roles and responsibilities of key stakeholders by August 2019; and completing a communication strategy, baseline survey and public awareness campaign by September 2019.The project, which initially ran until November 2018, was extended to December 2019. It is envisaged that this will result from improved monitoring and predictions of critical bush fire outbreaks, and increased public awareness of these hazards. The project, which initially ran until November 2018, was extended to December 2019. Story Highlightslast_img read more