Editorial: Don Blankenship and Matthew 16:26

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享From the Peoria (Ill.) Journal Star:Six years and a day after one of the worst mining disasters in some four decades, a federal judge has sentenced the coal company’s former CEO to a year in prison and fined him $250,000 for conspiring to violate federal safety standards. For the 29 killed at Massey Energy Company’s Upper Big Branch mine in West Virginia in 2010, it hardly seems enough.Donald Blankenship’s well-paid attorneys will immediately file an appeal, of course, so we’ll see about the jail time. We’d just say that if there’s a more unsympathetic personification of corporate greed in this country, well, may Blankenship be a warning to him or her.Even though Blankenship was acquitted of far more serious felony charges late last year that could have earned him significantly more prison time, it’s hard to ignore his long record of sacrificing mine safety in pursuit of higher profits — for example, falling short on the ventilation of the coal dust that exploded in this case, despite repeated warnings. It’s worth noting that autopsies of the 29 dead found that 71 percent of them had black lung disease, compared to an industry average of 3.2 percent.We suppose it’s some solace that the 66-year-old Blankenship did get the maximum for his misdemeanor conviction. We suppose it’s a wonder he got convicted at all, given that his wealth and his political connections had more than a few describing him as “untouchable.” Nonetheless, it’s hard to escape the feeling that there are two systems of justice in America, a more forgiving one for the rich and powerful and a harsher one for everybody else.Indeed, at most Blankenship will spend just over 12 days per employee victim in jail. (In fairness, he wasn’t charged with directly causing their deaths.) We can’t peer into his conscience to know how he truly feels about that. It requires a cynicism we can’t quite muster to think he wouldn’t turn back the clock if he could. We can only judge him on what he says. At his sentencing he expressed sorrow but not quite remorse, saying, “I am not guilty of a crime.” He’ll forgive the surviving families of those miners who might now say to him, “The hell you aren’t.”We feel much the same way about the captains of finance who helped bring about the 2008 recession. They may not have acted illegally but arguably obliterated many a professional ethical/personal moral boundary for wealth unimaginable to most. May they at least be sentenced to multiple meetings with Matthew 16:26: “For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?”Editorial: Matthew 16:26, required reading for CEOs? Editorial: Don Blankenship and Matthew 16:26last_img read more

Midget Leafs fill net en route to Tournament Title

first_imgNelson Maple Leaf Team No 2 out scored the opposition 38-13 en route to capturing the Nelson Midget House Minor Hockey Tournament Sunday at the NDCC Arena.Maple Leaf Team No 2, along with six other teams from the Kootenays, Okanagan and USA, were in the Heritage City to compete in the eight-team event.Midget Leafs defeated Castlegar 5-2, South Okanagan 7-2, Idaho 9-0, before edging Penticton 8-7 overtime in a heart-stopping contest.Midget Leafs then pounded Castlegar 9-2 in the final.Driven by desire, determination and guidance from an attentive coaching staff, the Midget Leafs provided friends and family with an unforgettable weekend. Congratulations Nelson No 2. Pretty?This was a Picasso painting.last_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — Granite Pointe Tournament of Roses

first_imgMallard’s Source for sports would like to honour the winners with Team of the Week accolades. Granite Pointe Ladies Golf Club recently held its annual Tournament of Roses event at the Rosemont Course.The tournament was once again a great success as players from throughout the zone attended.The Low Gross winners was the team of Diony McArthur and Loretta Bulfone while two Granite Pointe players Tammy Avis and Sherry McIvor took home the Low Net title.last_img


first_imgThe date was September 3rd, 1969 and the place was Nellie McGovern’s Bar (now The Cavern) in Letterkenny.The plan was to form a marching band to give the children of the town something to do. But little did those who sat in Nellies that night think the band would be going 30 years later.Now, after a break of more than a decade, the band is rising from the ashes once again.Back on their feet, the band had a reunion in the Station House Hotel on the 25th August last with an impressive 40 members playing a selection of tunes from days gone by.And so, on Friday night last, the group had their first meeting in the Loreto Convent to try and form a committee for the band, and that we did! The new committee is as follows:- Joint Chairmen – Hugh McCauley and Patrick Doherty.Secretary:- Elizabeth McCauleyTreasurer:- Deirdre GrahamPRO:- Tony DuffyA working committee will be formed at a later date. There will be a registration night for the band on Wednesday 24th October at 8 pm in Conwal Parish Church Hall.So everyone is welcome to come along, (it’s not just for members of past Letterkenny bands, anyone from other bands from years gone by, who would just like to play marching tunes are more than welcome). So if you like the music from the Marching Band scene from a few years gone by, this is the place to be.The band is strictly for over 18’s only.LETTERKENNY MARCHING BAND FINDS ITS FEET AGAIN – AFTER A DECADE was last modified: October 15th, 2012 by StephenShare 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:Letterkenny Marching bandREUNIONlast_img read more

AVB ‘on brink of being sacked’

first_imgAndre Villas-Boas is on the brink of being sacked as Chelsea boss after failing to quell a dressing room mutiny, the Sunday Express declare.They say that despite Chelsea’s win over Bolton yesterday, owner Roman Abramovich is to concede that his gamble to appoint AVB in the summer has failed.It is claimed the Russian has been told by his advisors that the time has come to make a change.Meanwhile, the Sunday Mirror say Abramovich has intervened to make it clear that Ashley Cole must stay at the club.Last week it was reported that the Russian wanted Cole to be sold after an apparent row between the player and AVB.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

QPR’s Gladwin already preparing for ‘big season’

first_imgBen Gladwin believes next season will be crucial for him as he looks to establish himself as a first-team player at QPR.The midfielder, 23, came on as a substitute in Saturday’s 2-1 win against Charlton, having spent time on loan this season at Bristol City and his former club Swindon.Gladwin was unable to secure a regular place in the side following his summer move from Swindon and his outing at the weekend was his first league appearance for Rangers since September.“This is the club I signed for in the summer, it’s the club I want to play for and it’s where I want to be,” he told QPR’s website.“This season has been a bit unsettling. I have been here and there, but that’s because I want to play football.”The former Hayes & Yeading player recently recovered from a knee injury that cut short his loan spell at Bristol City.“I want to try and build up some momentum to take into next year,” he added.“I really want to finish the season strongly and get as many minutes as I can.“Then I plan to look after myself over the summer so I go into pre-season strong. I think next season is a big one for me.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Kweyama is new head of Business Unity SA

first_img9 December 2014Khanyisile Kweyama is the newly appointed chief executive of Business Unity South Africa, the organisation that represents the interests of the country’s business community.Kweyama is currently the executive director of Anglo American South Africa. Anglo has agreed to second her to BUSA for a two-year term with effect from 2 January 2015.Kweyama brings with her a wealth of business experience gained across a number of sectors, said Busa president Jabu Mabuza.“This will help us lead Busa in projecting a compelling voice for businesses in South Africa in the interests of our members,” he said. “I look forward to working with [Kweyama] and the board as we work collectively to help South Africa meet the objectives of the National Development Plan and to grow our economy to its fullest potential.”TransformationBusa aims to ensure that organised business plays a constructive role, within the context of the South Africa’s economic growth, development and transformation goals, in achieving an environment in which businesses of all sizes and in all sectors can thrive, expand and be competitive both nationally and internationally.Kweyama said she was delighted to be taking up the role of Busa chief in what is “a most critical time for business and government to better understand each other and to work towards our common goals”.She said that, given the right regulatory and fiscal parameters, businesses in South Africa were “a force that could be unlocked to make the investments necessary to grow, create jobs and deliver the economic upliftment that we all want for our country”.‘Perfect blend’Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani thanked Kweyama for her work at the company during what had been “a challenging period for the mining industry”.“Kweyama has the perfect blend of experience to lead Busa in its mission to serve the interests of the South African business community with a strong, yet fair voice,” he said.Cas Coovadia, who was seconded to Busa as acting CEO by the Banking Association of South Africa (Basa), will step down on 12 December 2014. He will resume his position as managing director of Basa on a full-time basis.SAinfo reporter and SAnews.govlast_img read more

Painters cool Hotshots

first_imgRaymond Almazan vs Ian Sangalang. PBA IMAGESCALASIAO, Pangasinan—Of the four teams still in the hunt for a top two berth in the PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals, Rain or Shine is considered the longest shot.But after getting 23 points from Raymund Almazan and twin digits from four others in a 101-95 decision of Magnolia in a Petron Saturday Special game at Calasiao Sports Complex here Saturday, the Elasto Painters have put themselves in position to go through the eye of the needle.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises MOST READ Read Next Bulanadi powers stags to semis View comments Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers “The last four games that we will be playing are the top teams and I just asked my players to go out there and compete,” coach Caloy Garcia said. “We’re not thinking of the top two at the moment; we want to take it one game at a time.”Garcia is wary of the two-week rest his Painters will be having before they play the Aces.“We would have wanted to play again coming from a game like this,” he said. “We will just have to find ways to stay sharp during that break.”Magnolia dropped out of a three-way tie for the lead and fell to third at 6-3 but could still get to eight wins with games against GlobalPort and Meralco still scheduled.But if the Hotshots fall into a tie for second with the Elasto Painters, they will lose in the quotient system because of the winner-over-the-other rule.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Paul Lee missed a third straight game for the Hotshots because of a high ankle sprain as coach Chito Victolero said he won’t take chances until the former Rookie of the Year is 100 percent healthy as he anticipates a tough grind in the playoffs.James Yap, Magnolia’s former franchise player, scored 13 points highlighted by a critical three-point play off Justin Melton in the dying minutes that staved off the last of the Hotshots’ rallies.Aldrech Ramos fired 26 points, including three triples in the fourth that kept Magnolia in the game.Meanwhile, Alaska takes its turn at getting out of a tie for the lead when the red-hot Aces battle resurgent NLEX at 4:30 p.m. Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Tied with the Beermen, the Aces will be shooting to win a seventh straight game and keep their momentum going in time for a key collision with San Miguel later in the week in a match that could ultimately determine who gets quarterfinal bonuses.Barangay Ginebra and TNT KaTropa lock horns in the 6:45 p.m. contest with both looking for victories that would keep them in the middle of the playoff draw. LATEST STORIES For them, it’s one powerhouse down and three more title favorites to go.Rumored to be demanding a trade for reportedly being at odds with head coach Caloy Garcia, Almazan scored the Painters’ first seven points and finished with a 9-for-11 clip and was obviously the biggest factor in the authoritative win.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Painters won a third straight game and rose to 5-3 and kept their outside chance alive, but they will be slugging it out with Alaska, three-time defending champion San Miguel Beer and crowd-darling Barangay Ginebra to close out their elimination round assignment.And there’s no other squad in the field which will have a tougher final three games. AFP official booed out of forum Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena stinglast_img read more

10 months agoBournemouth boss Howe not interested in Tottenham or Man Utd

first_imgBournemouth boss Howe not interested in Tottenham or Man Utdby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEddie Howe says he has no interest in reports linking him with Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur. The Bournemouth manager is well regarded due to his work with the south coast club.He has been linked with Tottenham Hotspur, should their current manager Mauricio Pochettino join Manchester United at the end of the season.”It’s not for me to comment on speculation,” he said when asked if Pochettino was a good fit for United.”I’ve got no interest. My focus is on Brighton.”Asked if he saw himself staying at Bournemouth in the long term, Howe replied: “Hopefully. I’m as committed as I’ve always been to the job, trying to make the team better, trying to make the club grow.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months agoBrighton boss Hughton rules out loan departure for Gyokeres

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Brighton boss Hughton rules out loan departure for Gyokeresby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton boss Chris Hughton has ruled out a loan departure for Viktor Gyokeres.Gyokeres has battled to make a breakthrough this season, but Hughton feels the Swede’s development is best served by keeping him close.There has been talk of Gyokeres being loaned out this month, but Hughton has shut that down.”Right now we’re leaning on keeping him instead of loaning him,” said the manager.Gyokeres could see action in the FA Cup this weekend against Bournemouth. last_img read more