AMERICA is once again facing the horror of a devastating attack on its doorstep.
Two explosions near the finishing line of the Boston Marathon left three dead and scores of people injured.
The bomb terror is a stark reminder of how those intent on evil can strike at any time, anywhere.
Victims in Boston on a beautiful Spring day included children, fun runners, elderly competitors and spectators who had gathered excitedly to watch the climax of one of the world’s top sporting events.
Innocents killed and maimed in the name of what, you have to wonder.
The rolling television pictures brought back vivid memories of past atrocities at the hands of bombers.
The latest outrage illustrates the scale of the continuing threat to our security. We can never assume that because there has been a period of calm, terrorism has gone away.
It is always there, lurking in the background among the shadowy groups intent on causing carnage across the world.
That is why our own security services must be given all the resources they need to monitor those who would seek to disrupt our lives.
In other news, it seems we are becoming a nation addicted to mobile phones. Many us can’t switch off and not just the phone. It appears people can’t switch off from work in their down time.
With National Stress Awareness month under way, businesses are being asked to consider how their employees are using their work phones and laptops outside office hours as it could be significantly affecting their work-life balance.
According to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), two fifths of organisations have reported an increase in stress-related absense over the past year, with the leading cause being workload and high volumes of work.
Personally, I would do the smart thing and switch off.
On the sporting front, plans for the total reform of Scottish football fell at the first hurdle earlier this week followed by dire warnings of the consequences for the game north of the border.
SPL chairmen had to vote 11-1 in favour of change which would have included a 12-12-18 team structure, a pyramid system and a more equitable distribution of income.
In the event, St Mirren and Ross County opposed the plans meaning the necessary vote could not be secured.
Four hours of debate at Hampden after years of discussion meant simply the status quo. Or does it.
The fall-out from Monday’s reconstruction meeting has fuelled fresh speculation that an SPL 2 could find its way back on to the agenda.
SPL chief executive Neil Doncaster said he was not prepared to discount anything but stressed that it was for the clubs to express their will and the the SPL to carry it out.
Scottish football is in dire need of change and the fans clearly don’t like what is in front of them. Monday, therefore, was a chance missed.