Bad News Over The Weekend

Grind for April 23rd, 2019
“It is difficult to say what is impossible, for the dream of yesterday is the hope of today and the reality of tomorrow.” – Robert H. Schuller

Are You Sure

The Headline

EU Presidential hopeful calls for global ban on disposable plastics

The Grind

German politician Manfred Weber wants to introduce a worldwide ban on single-use plastics.

“We have just banned single-use plastics in the EU, but that is not enough,” he said. “If we don’t globally act quickly and decisively against the polluting of seas through plastic, the next generation will have immense problems…I will propose a global treaty to ban single-use plastics.”

The Details

Weber’s extreme proposal to ban plastics is part of a 12-point plan he is expected to unveil Tuesday during a speech in Athens.

Other unrealistic goals include:

— Ending child labor worldwide

— Creating 5 million jobs for young adults in Europe

— Convincing banks to offer low-interest mortgages to young families

— Adding 10,000+ agents to Europe’s Border and Coast Guards

— Cutting down on bureaucratic red tape by abolishing 1,000 EU laws

Manfred Weber, 46, is the youngest-ever Leader of the European’s People’s Party in the EU Parliament. He is affiliated with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic CDU party as well as the Bavarian party CSU.

Last September, Weber announced his intentions to seek the position of President of the EU Commission. He was selected as the EEP nominee on November 8th. Elections begin May 23rd.

Bad News

The Headline

A grim Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka

The Grind

Nearly 300 people were killed Sunday during series of bombings in Sri Lanka.
The blasts, which targeted three Christian churches and three high-end hotels, are the worst violence the county has seen since the end of its civil war in 2009.

As of Monday, the death toll had increased to 290 with more than 500 injured. At least three police officers were killed during follow-up blasts set off during their investigation.

“It was a river of blood,” said NA Sumanapala, a local merchant. “Ash was falling like snow…I saw limbs and heads. There were children too.”

The Details

No group has claimed responsibility for the explosions, but police officials earlier this month had expressed concerns about a possible attack on churches by the Islamist group “National Thowheeth Jama’ath.”

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said he was not warned about the Islamist group.

“We must look into why adequate precautions were not taken,” he said. “Neither I nor the ministers were kept informed.”

Police have arrested 13 suspects and Defense Minister Ruwan Wijewardene is convinced they are all part of the same terrorist organization.

“We don’t really have all the answers we want about who was behind the attacks,” laments US ambassador to Sri Lanka, Alaina Teplitz. “I don’t believe they were linked to [the civil war], but for a country trying to recover, trying to achieve reconciliation among the ethnic and religious groups here, this is not going to support that effort.”

Did you know… Although now mostly vegetarian, in Victorian times, mince pies were made with beef and spices.