Big corporations get off easy on crimes

first_imgWho pays the fine? Not  Michael Corbat, the executive who was paid $14,515,462 in 2016. Jail was never a possibility.HSBC had criminal charges dropped for money laundering. It also had made a profit of $881 million for allowing illegal drugs to flow through the American financial system. One of the world’s biggest lenders was fined and paid $1.9 billion, but again, jail is never an option in our justice system.Why does Congress let these crimes go unpunished? The people have an obligation to demand equal justice. As Benjamin Franklin said, “If the people behave like sheep they will be eaten by wolves.”Mary Jane ValachovicSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady’s Lucas Rodriguez forging his own path in dance, theater, musicFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Motorcyclist injured in Thursday afternoon Schenectady crashTroopers: Schenectady pair possessed heroin, crack cocaine in Orange County Thruway stopSchenectady department heads: Budget cutbacks would further stress already-stretched departments Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionIn the Capital Region, a 16-year-old boy was sentenced to nine years in jail for stealing about $100 worth of clothes. Compare that to the sentence and jail time time received by the oligarchs of the world — whose corporations and banks cheat the innocent public of millions but have too much money and power to ever see a jail cell.Citigroup was fined $11.5 million for cheating mom-and-pop investors by giving them wrong information on 1,800 stocks the company analyzed.last_img read more

Drug-free workplace policy to go full swing in W. Visayas

first_imgTanaleon added that because the barangaydrug-clearing program is in full force, they have begun tapping privateestablishments so business operators would know that their workers are notusing illegal drugs. The MOA will provide the impetus for thefull implementation of the drug-free workplace policy in Western Visayas,Tanaleon said in an interview. DOLE Department Order 53-03, or theguidelines for the implementation of a drug-free workplace policy for theprivate sector, mandates establishments that employ 10 or more workers toformulate drug abuse prevention and control programs and company policy againstdrug use, Tanaleon said. “This is a good program so there is noreason for us not to pursue it,” she added. (With a report from PNA/PN) “One of the things that will be includedin the MOA is for LGUs to undertake the implementation of the drug-freeworkplace policy. We will include in the requirements that before a businesspermit or renewal permit is issued, DOLE has to certify that an establishmenthas complied or is exempted from DO (Department Order) 53-03,” she said. “PDEA, DOLE, and the LGU will worktogether to issue requirements that should be complied (with) by anestablishment to make sure that they have a drug-free policy within theirbusiness,” she said. “This is a big program and our pilotareas are also major cities. Once we start with these big cities, we arepositive that other municipalities in Western Visayas will follow,” she added.center_img Tanaleon said Thursday they were justfinalizing a memorandum of agreement (MOA) that would be entered into by theiragency, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), and pilot localgovernment units (LGUs). On Jan. 28, PDEA met with the localchief executives and representatives of these cities to discuss the initiative. Last year, PDEA also launched “OplanKalasag”, an advocacy program on drug-free workplace where administrators,front liners, and security officers of hotels, restaurants, bars, subdivisions,condominiums, and warehouses were empowered in compliance with Republic Act9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 and DOLE DO 53-03,Tanaleon said. ILOILO City – The full implementation of the drug-free workplace policy inprivate establishments will be formalized before the first quarter of the yearends, according to Ma. Graziella Tanaleon, information officer of the PhilippineDrug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in Western Visayas. The drug agency eyes to pilot the fullimplementation in the cities of Passi, Iloilo, and Bacolod. last_img read more

SuperSport Clinches UN 2016 International Day of Sports for Development

first_imgThis year’s campaign themed, “Let’s Play for the Sustainable Development Goals” recognises that sports has been increasingly recognized globally as a low-cost and high-impact tool in humanitarian, development and peace building efforts by both the UN and other non-governmental organizations (NGOs).“We are honored to receive this very prestigious award that recognizes our contribution to the physical and mental development of African children through various sporting activities”, said Felix Awogu, General Manager, SuperSport, West Africa when receiving the notification of award on behalf of the company.“We believe that sports has the ability to bridge racial and social gaps in our society and more importantly, ensure that our children have a safe and secure tomorrow.Through our Let’s Play developmental programme, we have been able toencourage participation in sporting activities in schools that promote physical and mental wellbeing among children”, he said.Let’s Play aims to elevate awareness of our social situation and to introduce and encourage play, activity and sport in schools and at home. This is done through advanced media campaigns and close associations with organisations that target children and introduce activities to schools, homes and communities.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram SuperSport has been awarded the United Nations 2016 International Day of Sports for Development and Peace Award in recognition for its immense input, sacrifice and donations to the development of sports and promotion of peace in the region through its corporate social responsibility platform, Let’s Play.The award was presented by the United Nations through its office on Sport for Development of Peace (UNOSDP) and the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development in line with the UN’s objectives for peace, security and development in achieving its Sustainable Development Goals.last_img read more

Blizzard reveals roster rules for Overwatch League Season 2

first_imgThe inaugural season of the Overwatch League is quickly approaching its endgame, so naturally, sights are being set on the upcoming second season. With this in mind, Blizzard has released the rules behind how rosters will be constructed moving forward.On August 1st, the signing window will be opened for teams to negotiate extensions with players already signed to them, or for their respective Overwatch Contenders players to be signed. This is also the date on which player trades can be made from.Official agreements from the inaugural season end on September 9th, meaning any players that aren’t under a contract at this point will become free agents. The exclusive window for expansion teams to sign free agents start from this date also, ending October 7th.October 8th is the day in which the signing window for free agents opens for all teams, so if players are still yet to be selected by expansion teams then they become available for the teams that competed in the first season.By December 1st, each team must have at least eight players signed under contract. Despite this, teams are still able to sign or trade players throughout the upcoming season until a final deadline which has not yet been specified. Players who turn 18 years of age before this deadline are eligible to be signed and compete in the League, too.Starting with this next season, the terms of player’s agreements “will no longer be fixed at one year with an additional one-year option.” Instead, players can negotiate contracts with teams that last up to three years.Another interesting development is the option of having “two-way players”. This means it’s possible that a player can compete for both an Overwatch League team and an Overwatch Contenders team. There are more details surrounding the stipulations of such a move here.Esports Insider says: The rules and dates surrounding renewing contracts and trading players all seem relatively fair, but it’s the two-way player rule and the three-year contract implementation that grab our attention the most. It’s also nice to see that expansion teams have an exclusive window to sign players.Sign up to our newsletter!last_img read more