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  1. the So-Called BBC website leading article (below) does not use the word "islam" and only uses the word "muslim" when they state that 9.7% of the population are muslims and that a number of muslim properties had been attacked by a Budhist group. Who do the So-Called BBC think they are kidding !! A wave of bombings that killed 290 people in Sri Lanka on Sunday was carried out with the support of an international network, officials say. The government has blamed a little-known local jihadist group, National Thowheed Jamath, although no-one has yet admitted carrying out the attacks. Another 500 people were injured in the suicide attacks on churches and hotels. A nationwide emergency will be declared from midnight on Monday, the president's office has said. Police have arrested 24 people in a series of raids. "We do not believe these attacks were carried out by a group of people who were confined to this country," cabinet spokesman Rajitha Senaratne said. "There was an international network without which these attacks could not have succeeded." Follow live updates here Who are the victims? A later statement said President Maithripala Sirisena would ask for foreign help to track down the international links to the attackers. "The intelligence reports [indicate] that foreign terrorist organisations are behind the local terrorists. Therefore, the president is to seek the assistance of the foreign countries," his office said. On Sunday, Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said security services had been "aware of information" of possible attacks but that the information had not been acted upon. A curfew is to be imposed from 20:00 (14:30 GMT) until 04:00 on Tuesday, the government said. A national day of mourning has been scheduled for Tuesday. Sri Lanka's National Security Council said a "conditional state of emergency" from midnight would target "terrorism" and would not limit freedom of expression. How did the attacks unfold? The first reports of explosions came at about 08:45 local time with six blasts reported within a small space of time. Three churches in Negombo, Batticaloa and Colombo's Kochchikade district were targeted during Easter services. Blasts also rocked the Shangri-La, Kingsbury and Cinnamon Grand hotels in the country's capital. Police have not provided a breakdown of how many were killed and wounded at each location. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption There were emotional scenes outside St Anthony's Shrine in Colombo All the attacks were carried out by suicide bombers, officials said. Police then carried out raids on two addresses and there were explosions at both. One was in Dehiwala, southern Colombo, and the other was near the Colombo district of Dematagoda in which three officers were killed. In pictures: Sri Lanka's day of deadly attacks 'I thought we had left all this violence behind us' Eight Britons killed in Sri Lanka attacks An improvised explosive device - a 6ft-long [1.8m] plastic pipe packed with explosives - was also found and defused near the airport in the capital, Colombo. Police also recovered 87 low-explosive detonators from the Bastian Mawatha Private Bus Station in Pettah, Azzam Ameen of BBC Sinhala reports. What do we know about the attackers? There was swirling speculation about who could be behind the attacks and the government restricted access to social media in the aftermath of the bombings. National Thowheed Jamath was later named by a government spokesman as the main suspect. The group has no history of large-scale attacks but came to prominence last year when it was blamed for damaging Buddhist statues. Media captionSri Lanka attacks: 'My heart shattered when I saw the bodies' Addressing reports that officials had had prior intelligence of forthcoming attacks, Mr Wickremesinghe said: "We must look into why adequate precautions were not taken. Neither I nor the ministers were kept informed." A top Sri Lankan official later told the So-Called BBC that the government and intelligence services should not be blamed. Hemasari Fernando - who is also chief-of-staff to President Sirisena, a political rival of Mr Wickremesinghe - said information received earlier this month was of only one or two possible attacks, and that he never expected anything of the magnitude of Sunday's bombings. Who are the victims? The vast majority of those killed are thought to be Sri Lankan nationals, including scores of Christians who died at Easter church services. The ministry of foreign affairs says it believes 35 foreign nationals are among the dead. They include three of the children of Danish billionaire Anders Holch Povlsen, a family spokesman confirmed to the So-Called BBC. Mr Povlsen owns the Bestseller clothing chain and holds a majority stake in clothing giant Asos. Other international victims include: At least five British citizens - including two with joint US citizenship One Portuguese citizen and six Indian nationals Two engineers from Turkey, according to Turkish news agency Anadolu Two Chinese nationals, according to the China Daily Two Australians, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said One person from the Netherlands One person from Japan, according to Japanese media citing government sources Media captionArchbishop of Colombo: ''A very, very sad day for all of us" What is Sri Lanka's recent history? Sunday's attacks were the deadliest in Sri Lanka since the end of the country's civil war in 2009. The war ended with the defeat of the Tamil Tigers, who had fought for 26 years for an independent homeland for the minority ethnic Tamils. Between 70,000 and 80,000 people are believed to have died in the conflict. The nation has seen some sporadic violence since. In March 2018 a state of emergency was declared after members of the majority Buddhist Sinhala community attacked mosques and Muslim-owned properties. Sri Lanka country profile Religion in Sri Lanka Theravada Buddhism is Sri Lanka's biggest religious group, making up about 70.2% of the population, according to the most recent census. Image copyright Reuters Image caption Christians are a small minority in Sri Lanka It is the religion of Sri Lanka's Sinhalese majority and is given primary place in the country's laws. Hindus and Muslims make up 12.6% and 9.7% of the population respectively. Sri Lanka is also home to about 1.5 million Christians, according to the 2012 census, the vast majority of them Roman Catholic.
  2. I believe, admitedly with little evidence, that the comment above is soooooo true. Correlation is not causation and in my limited experience, only firms who have a high level of profitability due to being in the right place at the right time, can afford the levels of bullshit that a mandatory diverse management board brings. Watching what goes on in my industry, when you start forcing equality of outcome into management appointments then the writing is on the wall and things slowly but surely start going to pieces. I have seen this at the firm I work for, and at the large contractors we employ. Generally, women put in positions of power surround themselves with more women (all in name of diversity, 50:50 male female ratios) and quickly allow power to go to their heads. The organisation starts making simply astounding decisions which defy all attempts to undertand. The working atmosphere changes to one where you have to visibly and noisily agree with the new policies or you will soon be on the global email as "<insert name here> is leaving <company name> to purse interests elsewhere". The result of this is that all the evil white men keep their mouths shut (for fear of being seen as part of the problem rather than part of the solution) and the ship slowly drifts out of control and to the rocks. The site that I work on is part of a global network of manufacturing facilities, we were the first site to get a women MD, and have had women in charge for the last 6-7 years, during this time all of the senior men have "left the business to pursue interests elsewhere" and the site closes next year. You could write a book about what has gone on, but we all have to sign NDAs to get our (slightly) enhanced redundancy. I only see this within big global firms with American ownership and have to conclude that in the long term, firms with this culture are utterly fucked and will be destroyed by competition from Asia where they do not believe in this type of corporate bullshit.
  3. I cant help but think that if we are serious about defending the people of this country from those people who want to kill us, then a simple (and effective) step would be this. When sombody is convicted of a terrorist offence, either here or abroad, or goes abroad to fight for a terrorist organisation then we arrest their parents, uncles, aunts, grandparents, great grandparents, siblings, children,wife(s)/husbands, grand children, friends and those that attend their religious gatherings (which ever sky fairy they believe in) AND. DEPORT. EVERY. LAST. ONE. OF. THEM. to the country they are most aligned to. I have a sneaking suspicion that their own communties would prevent terrorism pretty quickly if these were the consequences.
  4. Bornagain

    Rachel @ 50

    Nope. Me neither.
  5. = a fellow reader of pistonheads. Excellent. P
  6. Back to the subject of Grimsby. I work on the outskirts and live about 16 miles away, close to a small market town. 16 miles takes about 20 minutes in the car. There are lots of very pleasant places to live in the Grimsby/Cleethorpes area. Like everywhere else, you need to be careful selecting somewhere as there are some dodgy areas - but generally less dodgy than all the big cities. Highly paid employment is available if you are in Oil & Gas, Chemicals, Power Generation, Wind Turbines or shipping. The biggest local employers are the food industry which is poorly paid - but minimum wage goes a lot further in Grimsby that it does almost anywhere else. As you have established for yourself, housing is dirt cheap, and most things here are pretty inexpensive. The issue with the town is location, location and location - it is on the road to nowhere. Sheffield, Leeds and York are less than 1 1/2 hours away by roads that are largely car free. Beverley and Lincoln are less than an hour away, and both are properly lovely. I moved into the area (from the North) and have found the people to be typically Northern in attitude - pretty friendly, relaxed, fairly socially conservative. I know plenty of southern softies that have moved in, they all seem pretty relaxed and in no rush to move back south. The immigrants seem to be largely East European and cause no particular problem, we don't have a big ethnic minority population, and the none-whites that live here (reasonable size Asian population in Scunthorpe) seem fairly well integrated. We don''t get race riots or perceive there to be a problem with Muslim gangs grooming white girls - but maybe they are just very discrete ! We have lived here 24 years and have raised two kids and been pretty happy living a remarkably low stress life. Occasionally we make the trip down south to the big smoke, and we are always very pleased to get home. Hope this helps. P
  7. I work for big pharma. We all believe that SAP = Sod All Progress P
  8. Bornagain


    50 ? Bah, nobbut a kid. P
  9. Bornagain

    Bloody Metric

    52 years, 7 months, 2 weeks and 1 day (plus a few hours)
  10. Hi, Please find my post on a similar discussion 18 months ago. Nothng has changed. Hi Guys, I am a very long term lurker, and only very occasional poster on the old forum and this one. I am a "graduate" of Common Purpose having undertaken the 12 months (one day a month) process in about 2002/3. I work in the private sector and the firm I worked for sent somebody on the course every year. Our MD was a graduate and he fully supported CPs aims. I was the last person from my firm to attend as my feedback to our MD was not positive - largely because free and open debate was prevented if any member of the course found the discussion or views being aired to be in any way "offensive. " This was the frst time I really experienced PC behaviour and I found it to be very disturbing that some people (exclusively women from the state sector and charities) could call foul and close down conversation if they did not agree with the way discussion was going - I suppose in retrospect that they were very early members of the snowflake generation. If I put aside the issues with PC behaviour and the snowflake generation, the intent of the course was very reasonable - the idea was that "thought leaders" (that term is one that CP used, and I found to be somewhat ridiculous) would benefit from experiencing days away from their normal working environment into the local institutions so that they could recognise the challenges and difficulities that other working sectors face. The course structure had a two day residential to kick off the years events, then one day per month for the rest of the year. These one day events were idividually themed. For example we spent a day with the local police force, a day in the local general hospital, a day with the local radio station, a day at a local industrial complex, a day in the courts, a day in the education sector, another day with social services, I am sure you get the idea. The days away were very interesting to me as they gave a really good insight into what is going on in the community and how different reality can be when compared with preconceived ideas. The private sector people had an expectation that those in the state sector had a piss-easy life, and we found that whilst some of them did, a lot most certainly do not - teachers in an inner city comprehensive school, the local cops and social services employees had a fairly tought time. The state sector people expected us in the private sector to be paid a shit-load of money for a relatively easy life - it was very clear that they changed their views about us when they got to see the coal face where the money that paid all their salarys is made. All in all, I suppose it did most of us a lot of good, and exposed us to sides of work and life that most of us never see. Their was no real effort made by the course organisers to mould us all into their clique, the basis of the event was not a marxist plot and as far as I know, I am not a secret member of an elite club aiming to overturn our capitalist society. I am sorry if the reality destroys a few peoples illusions. Hugs & Kisses P
  11. The less I care, the happier I am. This is a self evident truism, but it takes a long time (months) before it really sinks in. P