UWI FC moving up

first_imgUniversity of the West Indies (UWI) FC moved off the foot of the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) football competition, following a 2-1 win against 10-man Boys’ Town at the UWI Bowl, Mona, yesterday. The league’s newcomers notched their second win of the season courtesy of goals by Girvon Brown in the 23rd minute and Anthony Greenland (45th). Adrian King pulled back a goal for Boys’ Town in the 75th minute. Shamar Nicholson of Boys’ Town was sent off by referee Dwight Royal in the 59th minute after a dangerous tackle. UWI moved to seven points and 11th place in the standings after the win. Boys’ Town (6) dropped to last place in the 12-team league. UWI’s assistant coach, Andrew Peart, was very satisfied with the three points. “Well, for a change, we were 2-0 up, but time management was not the best. However, we are grateful for the three points that pushed us ahead of Boys’ Town,” Peart told The Gleaner. On the other hand, Boys’ Town’s coach, Andrew Price, indicated that he intended to search for new players. “The team played lethargic. We just have to find players who want to do a job. I don’t think the heart and desire was there today,” Price said.last_img read more

Rondina, Gervacio oust Canada to barge into FIVB Manila Open quarterfinals

first_imgTruck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident The Philippine duo of Cherry Rondina and Dzi Gervacio rose above their competition and dispatched Canada’s Megan Nagy and Caleigh Cruickshank, 21-17, 21-17, to advance to the quarterfinals of the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Saturday at SM Sands by the Bay.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ MOST READ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Rondina and Gervacio, who were the second seeds in Pool D, will face Japan’s Shinako Tanaka and Sakurako Fujii, the top pair of Pool C, in the quarterfinals  at 3:30pm.The Philippines used methodical approach in handling its lead late in the second set after two straight Canadian errors gave the Filipinos a 15-13 lead.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownGervacio scored on back-to-back kills for the 17-14 lead before Rondina sent over a hammer for the 18-14 buffer.“From the beginning our mindset was we won’t let ourselves be embarrassed in front while representing our country,” said Rondina in Filipino. “We had to give it our all.” P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Neymar back in France to continue recovery from injury Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Rondina scored another hit for the 19-16 lead before Gervacio’s effort out the Philippines at the 20-16 match point.Cruickshank then overshot her serve that awarded the Filipinos the victory.“I never expected that we would go this far, that we will still be playing at this point,” said Gervacio in Filipino.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Fatal logging truck accident near Chetwynd

first_imgIn the late afternoon of Thursday November 7, 2013, the Chetwynd RCMP were called to the scene where a logging truck had rolled off the roadway and into a river, killing the driver.The driver of the truck was pinned under the cab in the water and was unable to be saved.  The logging company and Chetwynd RCMP worked through the night and remained on scene.Large equipment is being brought in to remove the logs and truck in order for members to recover the driver from the water.- Advertisement -The name of the driver is being with held at this time pending notification of next of kin.The BC Coroner’s Service and WorkSafe BC continue to work with the Chetwynd RCMP as the investigation into the crash continues.last_img read more

Have you seen Scruffy?

first_imgScruffy disappeared from his home last night around 11pm from Ard O Donnell in Letterkenny. He’s just over a year and a half old with a new army green coloured collar.His owner Emma Hayley is very worried, saying; “He’s a house cat who’s never been out of the house before so I’m really worried about him. I haven’t even had the chance to put our address on the collar yet.” “Anyone in the Letterkenny area who could have spotted him or has found him please contact me and let me know, I just want him home.”If you have seen Scruffy please don’t hesitate to contact Emma on Facebook, or alternatively you can contact Donegal Daily on Facebook or email info@donegaldaily.comHave you seen Scruffy? was last modified: September 19th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:found catletterkennymissing catscruffylast_img read more

Redknapp hails Leeds as ‘one of the great clubs in English football’

first_imgQPR boss Harry Redknapp says his players must be ready to face an intimidating atmosphere when they play Leeds United at Elland Road this weekend.Both teams are unbeaten in the Championship so far this season and Redknapp believes Leeds will challenge for promotion under manager Brian McDermott.“It’ll be a tough game. You don’t get an easy game at Leeds,” said Redknapp.“It’s a passionate, fantastic crowd – great support. It’s one of the great clubs in English football.“You look at the support and the club over the years that Leeds have been. They still have great support home and away and it’s an intimidating place to go.“They’ve got a good manager in Brian McDermott and a good team. I’m sure they’ll be there or thereabouts.“With that crowd behind them, no-one will go to Elland Road and get an easy game that’s for sure. They’ll be right up there.“They’re talking about getting maybe 30,000 tomorrow. It’ll be a great atmosphere and we’ll have to be at our best to get a result there.”See also:QPR star passed fit for Leeds 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Why Evander Kane’s contract could haunt Sharks GM this summer

first_imgDENVER — Evander Kane’s biggest fan in the second half of the 2018-19 season might be the guy sitting in the general manager’s suite at SAP Center.Doug Wilson will be negotiating potential new contracts for Joe Pavelski and Timo Meier this year and you can bet that the seven-year, $49 million deal Kane signed last summer will be mentioned more than a few times by their agents.Kane’s $7 million annual average salary is now the benchmark for contract talks in Sharks territory.The emphasis on …last_img read more

Europa May Be Another Geyser Moon

first_imgA re-assessment of data from the Galileo spacecraft appears to confirm suspected eruptions from the surface of Europa, Jupiter’s icy moon.The “active body club” may have gained a new member. The earth and Io have volcanoes; Triton has nitrogen eruptions, and Enceladus famously stunned Cassini scientists who witnessed over 100 geysers shooting icy particles and dust out of cracks in its south pole. Is Europa bringing the count of active bodies to five? (Note: Mercury, Venus, Mars, possibly Pluto, and even the moon have extinct volcanoes, but only a few bodies are actively erupting now.)Europa (top) compared to Earth and Mars.The Hubble Space Telescope caught hints of plumes a few years ago, but confirmation was difficult. The data to clinch it may have been sitting in archives from the Galileo spacecraft (1996-2003). Jet Propulsion Scientist Xianzhe Jia now believes he found the “smoking gun,” so to speak: variations in Europa’s induced magnetic field. A JPL press release on Monday shared reasons for thinking Europa may also be erupting:Data collected by NASA’s Galileo spacecraft in 1997 were put through new and advanced computer models to untangle a mystery — a brief, localized bend in the magnetic field — that had gone unexplained until now. Previous ultraviolet images from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope in 2012 suggested the presence of plumes, but this new analysis used data collected much closer to the source and is considered strong, corroborating support for plumes. The findings appear in Monday’s issue of the journal Nature Astronomy.An embedded video clip in the article shows animations of what the plume might look like. Jia used newer techniques of data analysis to make a convincing case. “The data were there, but we needed sophisticated modeling to make sense of the observation,” he said. His results show not only evidence that the plume is real, but that the spacecraft actually flew through it.As could be expected, the press release plays up the possibility of life. Europa is believed to have a subsurface ocean that accounts for the induced magnetic field. If the moon is erupting particles through its icy crust, scientists are imagining that the plume could serve up organisms, making detection easier than having to dig down through the icy crust.“If plumes exist, and we can directly sample what’s coming from the interior of Europa, then we can more easily get at whether Europa has the ingredients for life,” Pappalardo said. “That’s what the mission is after. That’s the big picture.”A mission called the Europa Clipper may be called on to look for not Europeans, but Europans. One letter makes a big difference.Speaking of magnetic fields, there’s a new paper in Geophysical Research Letters about Ganymede, Europa’s neighbor, the largest moon in the solar system. Galileo mission scientists were surprised to find years ago that Ganymede has an intrinsic (not induced) magnetic field. Most of the paper concerns details of the magnetic field, but here’s part of the “plain language summary”—NASA’s Galileo spacecraft made the first ever flyby of Jupiter’s largest moon, Ganymede, on 27 June 1996, discovering that it is the only moon known to generate a magnetic field. As at Earth, Ganymede’s magnetic field projects a magnetic bubble around it called a magnetosphere. Galileo carried a package called the Plasma Subsystem (PLS) that was designed to measure charged particles. Although PLS collected data during this first flyby, the results were never published. Resurrecting the original flight software, we processed these data and present them here for the first time, permitting us to go back with a fine detail brush and fill in some of the structure of this complex and exotic magnetosphere. Charged water‐based particles were observed escaping from the moon, having been blasted off the icy surface by an energetic rain of particles from Jupiter.The scientists also describe Ganymede’s auroral zones, its ionosphere and other manifestations of a magnetic field. Since magnetic fields decay with time, it remains a puzzle that a body this size would have a magnetic field. The comparably-sized moon Titan does not.Planetary scientists need to kick the hydrobioscopy habit and explain how little Euroopa could be erupting material into space for billions of years. Enceladus is even smaller. Another paper in Icarus was just published that tried to keep Enceladus going, but admitted that “Explaining Enceladus’ endogenic power requires ocean and shell thicknesses that are smaller than the expected values.” Deal with that question instead of doing a sidestep with a distraction about life. (Visited 313 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Oppose the Created Order, Suffer the Consequences

first_img(Visited 469 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked… nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.Psalm 1 divides people into two groups: those who humbly follow God’s law, and those who mock it and disobey it. When people think they can go against what God created, it’s like jumping off a height. They can choose the action, but not the consequences.One in three youth who break the law identify as LGBTQ (MedicalExpress). In the beginning, God created humans male and female. He ordained marriage as the union of one man and one woman. Many people today, having jettisoned this common-sense principle that accords with science, feel they can “identify” as whatever they feel like at the moment. But they can’t choose the consequences. The authors of a study bend over backward to not cast homosexuals and transgenders in a bad light, but their findings shout for them:Adolescents who identified as non-heterosexual are significantly over-represented among first-time offenders, according to a new study that examined sexual orientation, gender expression and mental health among adolescents who are involved in the justice system, but are not incarcerated.The study also found that depression, self-harm, and drug and alcohol use were more prevalent among youth who identified as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer (LGBTQ) or other sexual minorities, as compared with straight youth.“It would be incorrect to conclude that sexual-minority status puts a youth at increased risk of offending,” said first author Matthew Hirschtritt, MD, MPH, of the UCSF Department of Psychiatry and the UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences. “But if we compare court-involved sexual minority youth with court-involved straight youth, we see more severe psychological distress and a greater likelihood of child-welfare system involvement.”Transgender individuals likely have higher risk for heart disease (Medical Xpress). In all scientific fairness, everyone is at some risk of heart disease. The issue is whether transgenders put themselves at higher risk by taking unnatural drugs to fight against their biological nature.Transgender individuals may be at higher risk for myocardial infarction and death due to cardiovascular disease, according to several studies. This increased risk may be due to the hormone therapy that transgender patients take for masculinization or feminization.On the Washington Watch radio program August 1, Tony Perkins talked with a pastor in Canada who warned that pastors and doctors can now go to prison for opposing the transgender movement, even when children are being administered hormones, contrary to the Hippocratic Oath, that can permanently harm their bodies and minds.Fear of litigation is a key factor in decision to perform C-sections (Medical Xpress). Natural childbirth is very painful for a woman, but there are reasons it is to be preferred over surgery except in extreme cases. You can thank overactive lawyers—not nature—for putting women at risk with an unnatural option:Fear of litigation and perceived safety concerns and are among the key factors influencing the decision to perform a caesarean section, according to a major international literature review conducted by researchers at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin.The rising rate of caesarean sections (CS) worldwide, despite the considerable evidence that vaginal birth is safer and associated with fewer complications, is a growing concern among women and healthcare professionals.The authors urge returning to nature:Assistant Professor Dr. Deirdre Daly, the supervisor of the Ph.D. work, added: “It is really important to understand these factors because they influence individual clinicians’ attitudes towards the natural progress of labour and spontaneous birth, even when the woman and baby are well and have no risk factors. This then leads to the decision to intervene prematurely, often without medically justifiable reasons.”Invariances in the architecture of pride across small-scale societies (PNAS). To the God-fearing person, pride is a sin to be avoided—arguably the worst of sins. “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall,” warned Solomon (Proverbs 16:13). Today, though, pride is trendy! Cities even in the Bible land of Israel have pride parades, where rebels against God’s created order flaunt their rebellion to cheers of crowds, and no one dare criticize them. To Darwinians, pride is an evolutionary strategy. This paper by 16 social Darwinists, among them Leda Cosmides and John Tooby, who are working to destroy civilization with Darwinian ethics (7/23/17), make pride out to be a good thing (or at least an amoral development in evolved populations, including humans). They studied 10 small-scale societies in Africa, looking for evolutionary games that promote hubristic leaders to prominence. No word about any harm these leaders cause to their subjects. It’s all evolutionary games. Look at the cold calculus in their amoral, Darwinian just-so story:Darwin and Marx believed that “laws of nature” favored the ruthless.In general, there are two classes of bargaining tactics organisms have available for influencing others’ choices. First, they can conditionally inflict costs—aggression; second, they can bestow (or withhold) benefits—altruism. The first causes individuals to be respected (or feared). The second causes individuals to be valued. Thus, it might be advantageous to put weight on another’s welfare, (i) because the individual is formidable and could inflict costs if not propitiated or (ii) because the individual’s actions or existence make positive fitness contributions to the valuer, which would be diminished or lost if assistance was not given. Here, we call these two components respect (for formidability) and valuation (for positive fitness contributions)—also referred to as dominance and prestige. Being respected and being favorably valued by others were resources, and selection on our ancestors would have shaped the human motivational system to cost-effectively promote access to both of those different types of resources.This kind of thinking has nothing bad to say about dictators like Robert Mugabe who have destroyed their countries and reduced their citizens to poverty, or like the Kim family in North Korea who have starved millions and continue to commit Nazi-like tortures against dissidents. To Cosmides and Tooby’s gang, evil dictators, like any other evolved animals, are just playing evolutionary fitness strategy games that work for them. A question we’d love to ask them: should they respect Donald Trump because of his dominance and prestige?Blessings to Those Who Align with the Created OrderPrayer makes families connected, unified and bonded with less relational tension (Medical Xpress). It goes without saying that the Bible often commends prayer, even commands prayer. From the very beginning, communicating with their Creator and learning from Him was Adam and Eve’s greatest delight. Secular Big Science these days often mocks or ignores “religious” exercise of any kind. Atheists mock at people who feel the need to talk to their “invisible sky daddy” instead of exercising pride in their own powers. Let them mock. They can’t deny the findings of a study published in the Journal of Family Psychology:Family prayer as a means for continuing family religious traditionsFamily prayer involves issues and concerns of individuals and the familyFamily prayer provides feelings of connectedness, unity and bondingFamily prayer helps reduce relational tensionsThe authors of the study list several specific examples of family members turning to righteousness and avoiding evil due to prayer, and experiencing more love, joy and happiness as a result.Although the religious nature of prayer was directed toward God and worship, the content of family prayers served as a valuable interpersonal communication tool for family members. Prayers often included individual as well as family issues…Many families found that regular prayer together eased relational tensions and facilitated better relationships. In resolving conflict, many participants also used prayer individually to center or restrain themselves, helping them calm down before interacting directly with family members to relieve tensions or reconcile.So if Darwinian evolution produced beings who appear to have higher fitness by engaging in this behavior, maybe some evolutionary biologists would be wiser joining them on their knees, too. Let them first hear the warning of the Apostle James, though, that God will not hear selfish hypocrites (James 1:5-7).The lifesaving power of gratitude (The Conversation). Richard Gunderman (Indiana University) is the latest of many extolling the mental health benefits of gratitude. In this case, though, he does not leave out God as a worthy recipient of our thanks. Taking the example of Robinson Crusoe, he quotes Defoe’s portrayal of the turning point when Crusoe realized that his trials had fallen on him for good:“I gave humble and hearty thanks that God had been pleased to discover to me, even that it was possible I might be more happy in this solitary condition, than I should have been a liberty of society, and all the pleasures of the world… It was now that I began sensibly to feel how much more happy this life I now led was, with all its miserable circumstances, than the wicked, cursed, abominable life I led all the past part of my days.”Of course, political correctness on a secular site like this demands that Gunderman not prefer any “faith traditions” over others, but he does acknowledge the “wisdom of religious and philosophical traditions that extend back thousands of years.”The question we would like to ask Gunderman (if he espouses Darwinian evolution) is, to what mutation he would give thanks? “I thank thee, almighty Stuff Happens Law, that good stuff happened by chance upon me,” doesn’t seem to likely to procure the health benefits of gratitude.Jesus said a tree is known by its fruits. The atheist critics who attack CEH are among the most bigoted, prideful, angry, hate-filled, mean-spirited, stuck-up, arrogant, bitter people we have ever encountered. And so we ask them, if in your view natural selection produced happy believers who follow God’s will—ones who pray, give thanks and live according to the law of the Lord—why are you attacking the fittest? That’s kind of stupid. Join them!last_img read more

Cape Town’s soccer angels

first_img1 February 2006Professional women’s football may not have taken off in South Africa, but if the vision and energy of Cape Town Angels FC is anything to go by, it’s only a matter of time before it does.The Cape Town Angels Football Club, born in 2002 out of development work done at the Jogo Bonito School of Excellence, aims to become a feeder for young South African women hoping to break into the world of professional soccer.Since then the club, which starts with teams at the under-nine age group level, has gone from strength to strength.Its potential was recently recognised by South Africa’s top selling soccer magazine, Kickoff, which has joined forces with the Angels to help with fund-raising and brand-building.‘Example to all amateur clubs’“It’s my opinion that this is a club that can be an example to all amateur clubs in South Africa, male and female,” says Kickoff editorial director Richard Maguire.The Angels, who recently made the Hartleyvale Stadium their new home, will be supported by the magazine’s marketing team of Kgomotso Kgatle and former Bafana Bafana striker George Dearnaley.Angels’ coach Lee du Plessis reckons the partnership with Kickoff will lead to new opportunities for the club. “This will improve the credibility of women athletes in the wider sporting community,” she said.The club’s primary fundraising focus is the Umbro International Cup, set to be played in Manchester, England in 2007.It will cost up to R15 000 for each player to attend, and money is in short supply, with many of the players coming from poor homes in the areas of Mitchell’s Plain, Athlone and Khayelitsha.Angel in AmericaRecently, one of the Angels, 15-year-old schoolgirl Lindsey Dolman, travelled to the United States to find out for herself what it takes to become a professional player.The game is big business in the US, which boasts a healthy professional league as well as 20 million registered players under the age of 19.Dolman, who dreams of representing South Africa at the Olympics and the World Cup, wanted to find out what aspects of her game she needs to work on, so she attended the Vermont and New Hampshire Olympic Development Program, which identifies the most talented players around the United States.The programme trains players as young as 12 in a far-sighted effort to produce future Olympians and World Cup stars.A wonderful experienceDolman says it was a wonderful experience. “The facilities are great,” she enthused. “The training wasn’t anything special or new; it was amazing how many girls play the game here.”South Africa, says Dolman, has the talent to star in the world game, but women’s soccer needs greater support: “We are ahead of the curve and we need to keep improving. We need more support for girl’s football.“The programme which we are in [at Cape Town Angels FC] is doing a lot for us, and I only realized it now seeing what else is happening in the USA.“I am grateful to Cape Town Angels believing in me and making this learning experience possible,” Dolman added. “This was my first plane trip and it was long. I hope I can spread the word about women’s football.”So, does Dolman have any other football dreams she wishes to fulfil? “I want to be the perfect footballer,” she says.“I know I am small and a little slow, but so too was Pele and Mia Hamm.” Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_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