I and numerous other people have written about the “gig economy”, “free agent nation” or whatever you want to call it, numerous times. As we get into 2016, and 2020 is a mere four years away, the likelihood of there being a major shift in the direction of a high percentage of independent contractors seems less likely to me. Some estimates had 45% of the workforce being part of the gig economy. Unfortunately I see two factors standing in the way of that change.Workers not really readyAs we have seen in many lawsuits to date many workers are just not ready to be gig economy workers. As people have sued Uber, Lyft, Taskrabbit, and others it is clear there are many people not yet willing to take on independence. Sure they are willing to take on part-time work. People have done that for a long time, but they still see themselves as reporting to an employer and not being self-employed in that endeavor. Many workers are just not ready to embrace something other than the employer-employee model it seems. Too many have already started down the road of working for someone else and don’t see the possibilities of working for themselves as being viable.There is a barrier to entry to being self-employed. Generally there is no immediate income. You have to have some savings to tide you over while you get started. The unemployment system does not allow you to collect unemployment while you start your business. It also takes sales skills to be able to close deals. Many people do not have the wherewithal to do this nor in many cases the desire to do so. It is just easier to work for someone else.The government does not want independent contractorsIn addition to there being a general lack of desire on the part of a large portion of the population there is a very large resistance to the use of independent contractors on the part of the government. There is a large effort to clamp down on the “misclassification” of workers as independent contractors. The US Department of Labor and the Internal Revenue Service have memorandum of understanding (MOU) to work together, and enlist state governments in the effort, to squelch the independent contractor status.To this end, in July 2015, they published an Administrator’s Interpretation to explain what the term “employ” means under the law. In this explanation they basically say that some employers purposely skirt the law in order to avoid employment laws. They also say that employees need to be protected from bad employers. However, it is also telling that in their explanation for clamping down on use of independent contractors they say “Misclassification also results in lower tax revenues for government…” What they mean is that it results in “harder to collect tax revenue”. If people are earning they should be paying taxes regardless, but it is harder to collect from individuals than it is to collect from companies. Unions use the same tactic in collecting dues as well.No incentive to changeThe government has no incentive to allow or foster the growth of independent contractors. Instead they, and by they I mean the federal, state, county and municipal governments, will increasingly restrict the use of independent contractors. Unions also have a stake in this fight. It is hard to organize independent workers, though Seattle had passed legislation to allow independent workers to organize.To have a gig or Uber style economy, the legislative battleship will have to be slowly turned by future generations who accept and embrace the newer way of doing thing. Unfortunately at this time I don’t see this change occurring by 2020 or 2025 or even 2030.
Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James, right, looks to pass the ball to Jose Calderon during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls Monday, Dec. 4, 2017, in Chicago. The Cavaliers won 113-91. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)CHICAGO — LeBron James could sense the Cleveland Cavaliers were starting to click the last time they lost. But a streak like this? He wasn’t about to say he saw that coming.Dwyane Wade and Kevin Love each scored 24 points, James had 23 and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Chicago Bulls 113-91 Monday night for their 12th straight win.ADVERTISEMENT Backed by a trio of stars, the Cavaliers matched their longest winning streak since the 2014-15 season. They dropped a tight game at Houston on Nov. 9 and haven’t lost since. The streak started with wins at Dallas, New York and Charlotte.“I’m not Nostradamus so I did not see the streak,” James said. “But in the Houston game, I’d seen the way we played in that game. And I’d seen that if we could build off that game, then we can kind of turn the things around. That was a great road trip for us.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingWade made 9 of 13 shots in his first game in Chicago since agreeing to a buyout with his hometown team in late September. Love grabbed 13 rebounds and made 8 of 13 from the field. James finished 9 of 15 with seven rebounds and six assists. The Cavaliers shot just under 52 percent.Kris Dunn led Chicago with 15 points. Robin Lopez and Justin Holiday scored 14 apiece as the Bulls fell to 3-19 with their ninth straight loss.“When the lights turn on, for whatever reason, when things get tough, we stop doing the things that make us a solid team, that make us a team that gets a good shot,” coach Fred Hoiberg said. “We stop running the offense and go back and try to get it all on our own. We can’t do that. We have to keep playing together on both sides of the ball. … Everybody has to be on the same page out there and we had too many breakdowns again.” MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 MOST READ IOC weighs Russian Olympic ban, risks provoking Putin Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads Malditas save PH from shutout STRONG STARTThe matchup between the three-time defending Eastern Conference champions and the team with the NBA’s worst record went as expected.Third in the league in scoring coming into the game, the Cavaliers grabbed a 61-45 halftime lead.James scored 15 in the half, driving hard and hitting from the perimeter while Wade chipped in with 12 points.James’ jumper from up top in the closing seconds of the first quarter sparked a 13-0 run that broke open a five-point game. Wade scored six points during that stretch, helping Cleveland bump its lead to 40-22.Love had 10 of his team’s first 13 points in the third as Cleveland increased it to 74-50. And theCavaliers remained in control the rest of the way.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ ROSE’S RETURNDerrick Rose ended his self-imposed separation from the Cavaliers. The point guard, who has been dealing with a sprained left ankle for much of his first season with Cleveland, returned to the Cavs on Monday to resume rehab and treatment. A frustrated Rose had left the team on Nov. 22 to contemplate his future.MIROTIC UPDATECoach Fred Hoiberg said the Bulls will decide after Tuesday’s practice if forward Nikola Mirotic will travel with the team to Indiana. Even if Mirotic goes, Hoiberg said it “might be a stretch” for him to make his season debut against the Pacers on Wednesday. The Bulls play at Charlotte on Friday and host New York on Saturday. Mirotic has been sidelined since Oct. 17, when he suffered two facial fractures and a concussion in an altercation at practice with forward Bobby Portis.QUOTABLE“This is a good one to come here for me and play well, but our team is the most important thing. So, no statements. No story lines.” — Wade on returning to Chicago.TIP-INSCavaliers: With Wade leading the way, Cleveland’s reserves outscored Chicago’s 49-28. … Love, Jae Crowder (nine points) and James combined to make 8 of 17 3-pointers. The rest of the team was 5 of 19. … The Cavaliers also beat the Bulls on Oct. 24. … Love has 16 double-doubles.Bulls: Bulls opponents have scored 100 or more 16 times. … Portis had 10 points and nine rebounds after missing a game because of a bruised right arm. … Holiday hit three 3-pointers and has made at least two in 20 of the 21 games he has played.UP NEXTCavaliers: Host Sacramento on Wednesday night.Bulls: Visit Indiana on Wednesday night. ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments
OTTAWA — Canada’s spy service routinely welcomed reports from the energy industry about perceived threats, and kept such information in its files in case it might prove useful later, newly disclosed documents reveal.The Canadian Security Intelligence Service is supposed to retain only information that is “strictly necessary” to do its job, and the spy agency is now facing questions about whether it collected and hung on to material about groups or people who posed no real threat.Details of the CSIS practices are emerging in a case mounted by the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association in the Federal Court of Canada.In a February 2014 complaint to the CSIS watchdog, the Security Intelligence Review Committee, the association alleged the spy service overstepped its legal authority by monitoring environmentalists opposed to Enbridge’s now-abandoned Northern Gateway pipeline proposal.It also accused CSIS of sharing information about the opponents with the National Energy Board and petroleum industry companies, effectively deterring people from voicing their opinions and associating with environmental groups.The review committee dismissed the civil liberties association’s complaint in 2017, prompting the association to ask the Federal Court to revisit the outcome.In the process, more than 8,000 pages of once-secret material — including heavily redacted transcripts of closed-door hearings — have become public, providing a glimpse into the review committee’s deliberations.During one hearing, a CSIS official whose identity is confidential told the committee that information volunteered by energy companies was put in a spy service database.“It is not actionable. It just sits there,” the CSIS official said. “But should something happen, should violence erupt, then we will go back to this and be able to see that we had the information … it is just information that was given to us, and we need to log it.“Should something happen after and we hadn’t logged it, then we are at fault for not keeping the information.”The review committee heard from several witnesses and examined hundreds of documents in weighing the civil liberties association’s complaint.The watchdog concluded CSIS collected some information about peaceful anti-petroleum groups, but only incidentally in the process of investigating legitimate threats to projects such as oil pipelines.Advocacy and environmental groups Leadnow, the Dogwood Initiative and the Council of Canadians are mentioned in the thousands of pages of CSIS operational reports scrutinized by the review committee.But the committee’s report said that CSIS’s activities did not stray into surveillance of organizations engaged in lawful advocacy, protest or dissent.A CSIS witness testified the spy service “is not in the business of investigating environmentalists because they are advocating for an environmental cause, period.”Still, the review committee urged CSIS to ensure it was keeping only “strictly necessary” information, as spelled out in the law governing the spy service.The civil liberties association told the committee of a chilling effect for civil society groups from the spy service’s information-gathering as well as comments by then-natural resources minister Joe Oliver denouncing “environmental and other radical groups.”One CSIS witness told the committee that Oliver’s statement did not flow from information provided by the spy agency. “As a service, we never found out where he was coming from, where he got this information or who had briefed him,” the unnamed CSIS official said. “So we’re not sure where he got it. But it wasn’t from us.”The review committee found CSIS did not share information about the environmental groups in question with the National Energy Board or the petroleum industry.The association wants the Federal Court to take a second look, given that CSIS created more than 500 operational reports relevant to the committee’s inquiry.“The main impression one draws from the (committee) report is ‘nothing to see here, look away,’ when in fact there is a lot to see here,” said Paul Champ, a lawyer for the association.Dozens of censored CSIS records say the reporting was further to “the Service’s efforts in assessing the threat environment and the potential for threat-related violence stemming from (redacted) protests/demonstrations.”Some of the documents reveal that CSIS itself is questioning whether it is going too far, noting that the spy service is “pressing on the limitations of our mandate.”The notion that information on some groups or individuals was gathered incidentally is “cold comfort to people whose names might end up in the databanks of Canada’s intelligence service simply because they expressed a political opinion on Facebook, signed a petition, or attended a protest,” Champ said.One document refers to the Dogwood Initiative as a “non-profit, Canadian environmental organization that was established in 1999 ‘to help communities and First Nations gain more control of the land and resources around them so they can be managed in a way that does not rob future generations for short-term corporate gain.’”The passages before and after the description are blacked out.“This court case will take some time to play out,” Champ said. “Right now, we are focused on getting access to as much information as possible so we can properly make our main arguments about how these CSIS activities violate the law.”— Follow @JimBronskill on TwitterJim Bronskill, The Canadian Press
Having known Natalie’s mom Deanne since junior high school, Hadland said that she decided to launch the charity to help her friend’s family cover the cost of travelling to and from Vancouver while Natalie has been undergoing treatment, which has cost the Small family roughly $3,000/month in travel costs alone.To help launch the charity ahead of Natalie’s next bout of treatment, Hadland said that the Foundation will be hosting a formal ball on August 25th to that will feature a dinner, dance, lip-sync battle, card-reading, and silent auction.The Foundation will be selling tickets outside the Aurora Cinema inside the Totem Mall from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. for the next week, with tickets also available at Tenacious Detail, located at 8225 100th Ave during business hours.Tickets for the dinner/dance are $75 for adults, $50 for kids 6-10, while anyone 5 and under gets in free. Tickets are also available for the dance only.Hadland added that the Foundation is planning to continue raising money after Natalie’s cancer has been treated, in order to help any other local families who need to get treatment out of town cover travel medical expenses.For more information, contact Kate Hadland at (250) 263-4988, Janna at (250) 264-7864, or message Tenacious Detail via their Facebook page. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The owner of Tenacious Detail in Fort St. John is launching a new charitable society to help the family of a local 4-year-old battling cancer, with the society set to host its first event next week.Kate Hadland says that she decided to launch the Happily Ever After Foundation to help the family of Natalie Small, who has been in and out of BC Children’s Hospital since last December, when she was diagnosed with Stage 4 neuroblastoma.She said that Small’s treatment is proceeding well, and is currently awaiting a second bone marrow transplant after the first was successfully performed earlier this year.
Amethi: Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday filed his nomination from Uttar Pradesh’s Amethi Lok Sabha constituency which goes to poll in the fifth phase on May 6. He was accompanied by all his family members — mother and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, sister and party General Secretary for eastern Uttar Pradesh Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, brother-in-law Robert Vadra, nephew Rehan and niece Miraya. He held a two-hour road show ahead of filing his papers.
New Delhi: The BSNL management is making all efforts to ease liquidity pressure being faced by the company, and expects normalcy in liquidity position to be restored by the September quarter, according to a senior official of the crisis-ridden PSU. BSNL Director – Finance, S K Gupta has shot off a letter to all Chief General Managers of telecom circles, flagging the “fiercest ever competition” being faced by the telecom sector and said “predatory tariff offerings by the competitors” has triggered a sharp decline in revenue from services. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: Icra “The BSNL management is making all out efforts to ease the pressure on liquidity. It is expected that in near future, the liquidity position of the company will start improving,” Gupta said in the letter dated May 16. He asserted that normalcy in liquidity position is expected to be restored by the next quarter. BSNL has been able to sustain its customer base, despite the persistent pressure of competition on its revenue. “The telecom sector being capital intensive, wherein even to remain in business ‘or’ to ensure business sustainability, the service providers are required to invest in newer technologies at frequent intervals, as technologies evolve at very fast pace,” the letter said. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 days The cumulative effect of these factors have resulted in liquidity crunch, Gupta added. The letter assumes significance as distressed telecom PSUs Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd (MTNL) and Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) are saddled with massive debt and have faced problems in clearing staff salaries in the recent past. The government is in the process of working out a rescue plan for MTNL and BSNL in form of a revival package that entails components like Voluntary Retirement Scheme, asset monetisation, and allocation of 4G spectrum. Overall, the telecom sector has been battered by falling tariffs, eroding profitability, and towering debt, in the face of stiff competition triggered by disruptive offerings of Reliance Jio, owned by richest Indian Mukesh Ambani. The relentless tariff war that ensued after Jio’s entry into the telecom sector with free voice calls and SMS, bundled with cheap data has led to pressure on margins of even private operators that have scrambled to match the competition.
With four matches left to play this season, the Ohio State women’s volleyball team finds itself in the middle of the log-jam that is the Big Ten standings. After a loss Friday to Illinois (3-1) and a victory over Wisconsin Sunday (3-2), the Buckeyes are once again .500 on the Big Ten season with a conference record of 8-8. “It’s the last mile of the marathon,” senior outside hitter Anna Szerszen said. “You’ve got to push.” The push the Buckeyes are hoping to make would land them in the NCAA Tournament. “Every match is important because you are trying to sell yourself to the NCAA selection committee,” OSU coach Geoff Carlston said. “Right now, we are trying to build a resume.” The grueling Big Ten schedule the Buckeyes have braved should help their cause. Eight Big Ten teams received votes in the Nov. 8 AVCA Division 1 Coaches Poll, with Penn State leading the charge at No. 8. Illinois followed at No. 9, Michigan at No. 16, Minnesota at No. 22 and Northwestern at No. 24. OSU, Purdue and Indiana also received votes. Eight Big Ten teams also find themselves among the top 33 in Ratings Percentage Index (RPI), the most of any conference in the country. “It was a really important win, especially in terms of Big Ten standings,” sophomore outside hitter Emily Danks said. “Every win puts us closer to making the NCAA Tournament.” With Penn State, Northwestern and Minnesota looming on the horizon, the Buckeyes’ room for error is dwindling. “We have to make sure that when we have the opportunity to make a play, we are doing it,” Carlston said. With a strong finish against three ranked teams, the Buckeyes, who are 20-9 overall this season, should have a good case to make for a bid to the NCAA Tournament. “We just need to finish strong. We can’t coast,” Danks said. “Every game is a big game so (we have to) take everything seriously, put everything we’ve got into every game.” The Big Ten championship might be out of reach for the Buckeyes, but they know late-season wins will give them momentum heading into the tournament. “That’s what differentiates champions,” Szerszen said. “How good can you be at the end of the season?”
Adjusting to college life can be a daunting task for any freshman. For those whose first quarter of classes coincides with their first season of college football, it’s even more difficult. “Being a freshman here is a tough thing,” said OSU defensive tackle John Simon. To ease the transition from high school to college, the football staff instituted a program in fall 2006 that pairs an incoming freshman with a “big brother” on the team. “The older guy just looks after the younger guy and calls him if he needs help … getting situated,” Simon said. There is no formula for determining the brothers — the decision is up to the coaching staff. “I think it mostly goes by position, but whoever they assign for you, you got,” Simon said. Coach Stan Jefferson, who serves as director of player development and runs the program, had more insight. “It could be by position, it could be by if they are from the same state, it could be if there’s a situation where we just feel that those two people will work well together,” he said. “We try to get a total staff input.” Though communication among brothers is encouraged, the level of involvement between players is up to the individuals, defensive back Donnie Evege said. Because most freshmen do not have cars, big brothers often get calls to give their little brothers rides to team events. They also go to the movies, the mall or other social activities together. Junior tight end Spencer Smith often finds himself playing online video games with safety C.J. Barnett and tight end Nic DiLillo, the two younger brothers he has had. The bottom line is that formally introducing freshmen to older players provides a level of comfort, Smith said. “I’m personally more of a … shy person and definitely when they introduced me to my big brother, he made me feel comfortable about whatever it is I needed,” Smith said. “I could ask any type of questions about practice, class and anything else.” The program can also be helpful to those who are more outgoing and don’t feel the need to reach out to their older brother. “There wasn’t a lot of times I had to go to (former OSU safety Kurt Coleman) … but just the feeling of knowing that any time I could go to him for advice made a world of difference for me,” Evege said. The freshmen football players must balance their commitment to team events with what, for many, is the most difficult academic workload they have had. Having a connection with a player who has been through the same process is helpful. “Your freshman year of college … is critical. You have to have great time management skills,” Evege said. “We are there to help them balance a whole new world where you have football also with the academics that Ohio State provides.” Jefferson pointed out that the struggle is not isolated to the football team. “There are challenges for any freshman who comes to school in terms of a new academic environment,” he said. Players are expected to remember their big brother and emulate them when they have freshmen to look out for. “Once you do have that good relationship with your big brother, you can see how they made you feel … and you can make those younger guys feel like they can come to you for anything,” Smith said. The relationship with his older brother, New York Giants practice-squad player Jake Ballard, has continued since Ballard left OSU, Smith said. Smith’s case is not an exception. “Once you have that relationship, it lasts a number of years because that’s someone you can always go to,” Evege said. “Kurt is (still) a guy I can always call for advice on and off the field.” Even though he doesn’t have a little brother this year, Smith has stayed close with DiLillo and Barnett. “I have a better relationship with those guys than I normally would have with just a regular teammate,” he said. “It is really, truly like a brother.”
Members of OSU women’s volleyball team celebrate their final match point and victory against Maryland on Sept. 20. The Buckeyes won the match 3-0. Credit: Rebecca Farage | For The LanternThe Ohio State women’s volleyball team (9-4, 2-0 Big Ten) has started the conference season well, but the Buckeyes are just getting started with Big Ten play as they hit the road this weekend to face No. 23 Michigan Friday and No. 16 Michigan State Saturday.The Buckeyes swept Maryland (3-0) last week at home before upsetting No. 13 Purdue (3-1) on the road Saturday.Ohio State head coach Geoff Carlston was impressed with the Buckeyes’ execution against a tough Boilermakers team on the road.“I thought we played really well in a very tough environment,” Carlston said. “They’re a really good team, so I was really proud of our group. I thought our defensive energy was really where it needed to be.”Throughout most of the preseason, Carlston worked with the team to strengthen its defensive line and its hard work has seemingly paid off. The Terrapins registered a .099 hitting percentage in their loss to Ohio State and the Boilermakers recorded a .212 hitting percentage against the Buckeyes.Middle blocker Madison Smeathers said she was equally pleased with the game against Purdue. She had a career-high 16 kills on 31 attempts, with only three errors on a .419 hitting percentage.“We had a great game plan that we practiced all week, and I think we just followed through with it really well,” Smeathers said. “We played with our heart, not just our bodies.”The team plans on playing no differently than how it has been and intends to extend its four-game win streak and follow up its first two conference wins with a victory against Michigan. Ohio State holds a 50-24 all-time record versus the Wolverines since 1974.The Buckeyes have a tighter all-time record with the Spartans (46-31), splitting their home-and-home series last season with a 3-0 sweep for each team.“Those two teams are very good at home,” Carlston said. “Michigan State has had a great weekend and Michigan is a very good team. They’re both going to serve the ball really well, they don’t make a lot of mistakes so we can’t give them easy points.”The Buckeyes will have to work hard this weekend as Michigan State won its first two Big Ten matches and went 9-2 during the nonconference portion of the season. Although Michigan lost its first two Big Ten matches, it went 9-4 in its nonconference schedule.“The coaches are making a game plan and we’re going over it every day, trying to focus on Michigan before Michigan State, taking it one game at a time,” Smeathers said.The Buckeyes have had a pair of recent setbacks as they have dealt with injuries to juniors outside hitter Audra Appold and middle blocker Jasmine Koonts.“We’re going to have a lineup we’ve never played before because of injuries, so we’re just trying to find a rhythm with that a little bit,” Carlston said.“It’s given some of our young players a much more prominent role than maybe they were expecting and [they] have risen to the occasion.”Smeathers said the team has missed Appold and Koonts in the last couple games, but that has not stopped the Buckeyes from playing a few of their best games this season.“Battling injuries and things is definitely hard, but I think we’re trying to figure out who we are,” Smeathers said. “We’re coming together really well and playing for each other despite all these things.”In advance of the weekend matchups, Carlston said he has spent time scouting his opponents to gain an idea of what his team is up against. He said the two teams are very experienced and strong, and the Buckeyes will have to remain steady this weekend.“We have to continue to work on our serving, that needs to be one of our strengths,” Carlston said. “I think both of those teams are two of the better serving teams in the conference, so I think the serving game is going to be crucial, tactically and just putting pressure on each other.”Carlston believes both teams will make great plays and Ohio State will have to let those go and focus on the next point, working just as hard as it has been.“Our team also enjoys being on the road, so we’re going to have to lock arms and go into a pretty hostile environment again like we did last weekend,” Carlston said.