About 2,000 Illegal Indian Workers Arrested in Oman in 2017

first_imgAround 500 expatriate workers break the labor law of Oman every week, according to a report by the country’s Ministry of Manpower.More than 27,000 migrant workers were arrested in 2017 for violating labor laws in Oman, the Times of Oman reported, citing the ministry’s figures.  The country’s capital, Muscat, topped the list with 8,923 arrests, followed by North Batinah where 6,918 laborers were arrested for breaking labor laws. Dhofar and South Batinah stood at the third and fourth place, with 3,017 and 1,798 arrests, respectively.  Of the 27,837 arrests that took place in 2017, the maximum number of persons came from Bangladesh, with 20,557 violations. Pakistan came second with 3,285 of its citizens violating Oman’s labor laws. India stood third with as many as 1,955 violators. The rest 1,040 workers were of other nationalities, the report said.  Of the violations reported, 15,674 employees or 58.4 percent of all violators absconded from work, while 9,567 were laid off, and 1,596 workers entered the country with a tourist visa and worked illegally once their visa permit expired. A majority of these workers, numbering 24,146, worked in the commercial sector while only 2,691 were employed in the household sector.  A detailed report shows that most men who were detained for illegal reasons worked in the construction, retail, manufacturing, and food sectors while women were mainly working in education, health, social services, and retail. The report added that 365,971 new migrant workers started working in 2017, while 368,253 left the country. “They (workers) come to the ministry and hand themselves over. First, legal action is taken against them. We also contact the employer if there are any demands. If the illegal expat worker is wanted by the judicial authorities for committing crimes, he or she will be handed over to them. The door is open for them when they want to hand over themselves to the ministry. The amnesty period is exceptional, as the government pays lots of money to deport them,” the publication quoted a ministry official as saying.The official added that raids on illegal workers are most often done jointly by the ministry and other government agencies like the Royal Oman Police (ROP), Public Prosecution and the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries.  According to Oman’s labor law, a non-Omani is prohibited from joining any work in the Sultanate before obtaining a labor card. It also says that an employer shall not let any non-Omani worker authorized to work for him to work under any other employer, or employ any worker authorized to work for another employer or residing in the Sultanate illegally. Also, the Omani worker shall only work for the employer authorized to employ him.  Several social organizations working with the Indian community in Oman often remind workers to comply with the local labor laws. “If you are coming here for a job, you should have a proper visa, and not come in on a tourist visa. If you have the proper visa, then you can get it cleared and get all the permits from the labor and manpower ministries, and complete the legal formalities,” a member of the Indian Social Club was quoted by the publication as saying.  In May this year, Oman’s Ministry of Manpower extended the six-month ban on hiring expatriates that it announced in January to reduce the country’s high unemployment rate.  Related ItemsEmploymentOmanlast_img read more

Kabali: Dhansikaa plays gangster in Rajinikanth’s next

first_imgDhansikaa, who will be seen as superstar Rajinikanth’s daughter in Kabali, is said to be essaying the role of a gangster in the film, slated to hit the screens this summer.ALSO READ: Kabali – These new stills from Rajinikanth’s upcoming film have broken the internet “Dhansikaa plays a Thai-based gangster and has her own gang. She plays a brat of a daughter who has serious issues with her father,” a source from the film’s unit told IANS.For her role, Dhansikaa has undergone drastic transformation. “She sports a boy cut and plays a character that’s very different from anything she has played so far in her career,” he said.Directed by Pa Ranjith, the film also stars Radhika Apte, Dinesh, Kalaiarasan and Ritwika.Produced by Kalaipuli S Thanu, Kabali has music by Santhosh Narayanan.last_img read more

Cong resists move to present Uttarakhand budget bill in RS

first_imgNew Delhi, May 9 (PTI) As Congress won the Uttarakhand confidence motion, its party members in the Rajya Sabha today resisted the move to present the states budget Bill by the government which insisted that it was a Constitutional necessity. The Congress members also vociferously pressed for a discussion on CAG report which has reportedly highlighted irregularities in Gujarat State Petroleum Corporations KG basin gas project, leading to two adjournments. As the Upper House met after lunch recess by when the outcome of Uttarakhand confidence motion was clear, Congress members were up on their feet shouting slogans against the central government. “Loktantra ke hatyaro, sharm karo (Feel ashamed, you murderers of democracy),” they chanted. Amidst the din, Deputy Chairman P J Kurien tried to initiate discussion on Union Finance Bill but Congress leader Anand Sharma raised questions over the move to bring the Uttarakhand budget bill in the Supplementary list. Contending that the state assembly had already passed its budget, he said passing the Uttrakhand budget is not the responsibility of this House” and termed it a “Constitutional impropriety.” Slamming the “mental and moral bankruptcy of the government”, Sharma also asked why the Uttarakhand budget bill had been brought in the Supplemntary list. Leader of House and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley responded by saying that the passing of the state budget on March 18 was “highly contentious” as the arithematic was highly loaded against it. He emphasised that the order of appropriation has to be sanctioned by Parliament as all expenditure from April 1 has to be validated. The Finance Minister said if the state assembly revives, it can pass its budget but insisted that the bill has to be passed to provide sanction to all expenditure made since April 1, when the Presidents Rule was in force. This, he said, has nothing to do with what happened in the floor test in the state assembly today. However, Sharma and other Congress members appeared not convinced by the argument. Jaitley also mentioned that the state budget had not received the assent of the Governor which is a necessity. Kurien said he too was in agreement that the House should pass the Bill to sanction the expenditure during Presidents Rule. He also told members that the Bill is a Money Bill which would anyway come into force even if Rajya Sabha does not give its nod. Chiding the protesting members, Kurien said there are people questioning the relevance of Rajya Sabha and by refusing to discuss Bills, they were making it irrelevant. Congress member Pramod Tiwari, however, said that while the Finance Ministers assumption is that the Budget was not passed by the state assembly, his party believes it was passed. (More) PTI ADS AKKadvertisementlast_img read more

Sania Mirza-Martina Hingis confident of French Open triumph after Roman success

first_imgTo say that the world number one pair in women’s doubles was anxious as they started the clay leg of the tennis tour this year would be an understatement. Both Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis don’t relish the red surface in Europe. Add to that their miserable run on the hard courts of USA just before and it didn’t augur well.  But as Hingis said after winning their first clay title together in Rome last week, ‘Santina (as their pairing is called) wouldn’t have been Santina had there been no pressure and expectations’.The Swiss tennis legend could not have been more accurate. She and her Indian partner, Mirza face are under more pressure than any other pair in the circuit. And not without good reason.?The duo stormed the WTA circuit in 2015 with nine titles including two Grand Slams and an unbeaten run of 41 matches that snapped at the Qatar Open in February .The Indo-Swiss pair, brimming with confidence again after winning the Rome Open last Monday , is now chasing the ‘Santina’ Slam at the French Open starting Monday.CONFIDENT DUO READY FOR PARIS”We have been one of the best teams on the tour and are confident of our chances’, Mirza told India Today after winning her fifth trophy of the year with Hingis. “Definitely, this is as good as a preparation as there can be. We are happy to get into Roland Garros like this, the two finals at Stuttgart and Madrid but especially to win in Rome was good.’advertisementDefying their low form, they stormed into the final at Stuttgart to kick-start the turnaround. From there, they made it to another final at Madrid and lost a tough final to the French pair of Garcia and Mladenovic, the same team they lost to in Stuttgart as well. It was clear they needed to do better if they were to beat pairs like this one who have grown up on clay, a surface that negates their strengths. The two back-to-back finals, already a good result for them, were not celebrated.’Santina’ expects to win and nothing short of the title will do. That came in Rome. A relatively easy run through to their third consecutive final brought them face-to-face with Russians Elena Vesnina and Ekaterina Makarova, the same pair against whom they played a remarkable Wimbledon final and won. Curiously, it was their first meeting since and interestingly in a final again. A bit of tension hung in the air just as the ball did in overcast conditions through the week.  And not surprisingly, it was a tense final. The Russians came back from 3-5 down in the second set to level the scores and push it to the tie breaker. But the world number one pair stamped their authority here winning it 10-3.ROMAN HOLIDAY BEFORE ROLAND GARROSThe win was celebrated with some shopping and an elaborate Indian dinner in the Roman city centre. The confidence is clearly back again but it is still too early to dream about the French Open.Speaking on the pressure of holding all four Slams together, Sania said it was a matter of how one looks at it. “The pressure has been on us since we came together and the way we started last year. We have been the team to beat since Indian Wells last year and we have continued to be. We are glad that we could continue the form into this year from we left after WTA finals in Singapore. We get into every tournament trying to win. If we don’t win, we try again”, added Sania, who is looking to add to her tally of six Grand Slams.”Especially after the last three Slams, this is the Santina Slam that should be happening. This title in Rome gives us greater hope since we hadn’t won as much on clay as everyone expects us to. So definitely, more positive going into Roland Garros’, added Martina, who won her fourth title in Rome. Both women have taken a break in the coming week to regroup and come back refreshed for the big challenge. They will meet stiffer competition in Paris but they now do believe they are playing much better to give the others a run for their money, again.last_img read more

Love it: Husband-wife win silvers in stunning night at track

first_imgThis jewelry designer is also an architect Shaunae Miller-Uibo, of Bahamas, who took silver in the women’s 400m unties the shoes of her husband Maicel Uibo, of Estonia, who took silver in the men’s decathlon at the World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar, Friday, Oct. 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)DOHA, Qatar — None of them could believe it.Not the woman who pulled off the biggest upset of the world championships.ADVERTISEMENT Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 2013 PLAY LIST 01:19Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 201300:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ There were no such dramatics this time.“When I saw the distance between us, I said, in my head, ‘I let her get too far away,’” Miller-Uibo said. “I knew I had a lot of strength coming home, but I just couldn’t get her.”All that was left was to hang out and see how Maicel would do about a half-hour later, as he dragged his exhausted legs to the start of the 1,500 to finish off the evening.Shortly after her husband crossed, Miller-Uibo walked out and doused him with a bottle of water, then gave him a kiss.“It’s great we get to celebrate together,” Miller-Uibo said.They train together, too. Maicel described the relationship as “competitive at times.”“It’s on and off the track. Anything, really,” he said. “Sometimes we just argue about who our dogs love most.”Maybe soon, they’ll tease each other over who has the prettier of those two silver medals they’re taking home. The obvious answer for both husband and wife: “I do.” DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical He had a 19-point lead over the eventual winner, Niklas Kaul, when he lined up for the finale, the 1,500-meter race. Uibo needed to hang within 3 seconds of Kaul to win the gold. But Kaul’s personal best was 10 seconds faster than Uibo’s. Kaul, 21 and now the youngest world champion decathlete ever, beat him by 15 seconds.“I tried to stay with him, but he had more in the tank,” Uibo said. “I had to give that up and try for second.”A few minutes earlier, Britain’s Katarina Johnson-Thompson completed her victory in the heptathlon; the multi-events were held in conjunction as part of organizers’ plan to move all the action to the nighttime and beat the heat.In the other final, China’s Gong Lijiao won her second straight world shot put title and Jamaica’s Danniel Thomas-Dodd took silver.That marked the third field medal in these championships won by athletes from Usain Bolt’s land of sprints. Who’d have seen that coming?And speaking of unexpected, how about the bronze medal that landed in the lap of Orlando Ortega.The Spanish hurdler had been closing the gap with the leaders when he got knocked off course in the 110 final the night before by a flailing Jamaican. Ortega spent most of Thursday in bed, thinking about what might have been. The phone rang. Track officials had decided to make him the co-bronze medalist. The ceremony was scheduled for that evening.“I took a taxi,” Ortega said. “I said, ‘Please drive very fast, I have a medal ceremony.’”He made it on time.So did Naser, who looked more like a 100-meter sprinter as she moved into the homestretch and built a seven-step cushion over Miller-Uibo, who became famous in her homeland, the Bahamas, when she dove across the finish line to beat Allyson Felix in the final of the 2016 Olympics. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Not the woman she beat.And certainly not that second-place finisher’s husband⁠—decathlete Maicel Uibo, who walked away with a silver medal that was almost as big a surprise as the one his wife is taking home.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSBecoming his own manOn a warm-and-fuzzy kind of night at the track where nothing went quite as expected, Olympic champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo suffered her first loss in the 400 meters in more than 25 months despite shattering her personal-best time by more than half-a-second. The woman who beat her was 21-year-old Salwa Eid Naser of Bahrain, whose time of 48.14 seconds was the fastest since 1985 and the third fastest ever.When Naser crossed the finish line and saw her time, her jaw dropped in a look of utter amazement⁠—a far cry from Miller-Uibo’s stony glare at the scoreboard: How could she run 48.37 and lose?center_img Becoming his own man Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics “I still can’t believe the time,” Naser said. “When I saw the time, I went completely crazy. I was training so hard but I never expected to run this fast.”But this Thursday night at Khalifa International Stadium was a night for expecting the unexpected.Uibo, the decathlete, certainly didn’t come out of nowhere, but neither was he at the top of the list of medal candidates.Since winning the NCAA title competing for Georgia in 2015, he had never captured an international decathlon competition. At the last worlds, in 2017, he didn’t finish. At the Olympics in 2016, he finished 24th. He was coming off leg and shoulder injuries that had forced him to miss a big chunk of 2018-19, and that had turned his javelin throw into a crap shoot.But midway through the second day of the 10-event endurance test, world record holder Kevin Mayer got bounced after failing to record a mark in the pole vault, while another top contender, Lindon Victor, met a similar fate in the discus throw. Meanwhile, Uibo had been slowly climbing up the standings, from sixth, to fifth, to third, to first.ADVERTISEMENT Frank House vows to play with more intensity after disappointing Alaska debut LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Bermuda Gets 2017 America’s Cup

first_imgSAN DIEGO — The tax haven of Bermuda has been picked over San Diego to host the 2017 America’s Cup, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press.The person spoke on condition of anonymity because defending champion Oracle Team USA, based in San Francisco, hasn’t announced the decision.The person said software billionaire Larry Ellison of Oracle Corp. made the decision after consulting with the CEO of his sailing team, Russell Coutts, a New Zealander who also is Director of the America’s Cup Event Authority.Requests for comment from Ellison were not answered. Reached in New Zealand, Coutts declined to confirm the decision, saying he was under a non-disclosure agreement.Members of San Diego’s bid effort, as well as officials with the Port of San Diego, also declined comment, saying they were under a non-disclosure agreement.Mayor Kevin Faulconer wouldn’t comment, his spokesman said, declining to give a reason. The spokesman wouldn’t say if the Mayor’s office was also bound by an NDA. Officials in Bermuda didn’t return an email seeking comment.America’s Cup officials have scheduled a news conference in New York on Dec. 2 to announce the venue selection.The choice of the British territory is intriguing, from its location at the northern tip of the Bermuda Triangle to the financial incentives that include tax-free status for regatta participants.It’s also sure to be unpopular with traditionalists and could mean the end of powerhouse Emirates Team New Zealand and perhaps other challengers.This will be the first time a U.S. defender holds the America’s Cup outside the United States. It also will be the first time in the regatta’s 163-year history that a defender sails the races in foreign waters by choice rather than necessity.In 2007 and 2010, Alinghi of Switzerland held the America’s Cup in Valencia, Spain, because it wasn’t practical to race on Lake Geneva.Before he won the America’s Cup in 2010, Ellison, one of the world’s richest men with a fortune estimated at $52 billion, spoke of how he wanted to return the silver trophy to the United States after a 15-year absence. Now he’s taking it offshore after just one cycle in America.San Diego hosted the America’s Cup in 1988, 1992 and 1995. In 1995, Coutts skippered Team New Zealand to a five-race sweep of Dennis Conner for the first of Coutts’ five America’s Cup victories for three different countries.According to the U.S. PIRG and Citizens for Tax Justice, Bermuda and the Cayman Islands are the top tax havens for American corporations to legally reduce their federal tax liability.Sailors and other members of America’s Cup syndicates are expected to benefit from tax breaks offered by Bermuda. Some America’s Cup sailors earn six-figure salaries. Others in the sport, such as Coutts, are paid millions of dollars a year. Bonuses are a big part of their pay packages.Three of the six teams currently entered are owned by billionaires. Oracle Team USA is owned by Ellison; Italy’s Luna Rossa Challenge is owned by Patrizio Bertelli, husband of Miuccia Prada of the Prada fashion house; and Sweden’s Artemis Racing is owned by Torbjorn Tornquvist.Most sailors wanted the regatta to return to San Francisco Bay, where a steady wind blows in through the Golden Gate Bridge. Oracle Team USA staged one of the greatest comebacks in sports on San Francisco Bay in September 2013, rallying from an 8-1 deficit to win the final eight races and retain the Auld Mug.But Coutts ruled out a return to San Francisco, unhappy that it didn’t offer the same terms as last year, including free rent for piers as well as police, fire and other services.Once San Francisco was eliminated, many challengers expressed support for San Diego over Bermuda, feeling it would be a logistical nightmare to take the competition to the Bermuda. The island is some 640 miles off North Carolina.Team New Zealand officials have said the choice of Bermuda could be a deal-breaker for them. The Kiwis are funded in large part by their government, and some of their biggest commercial sponsors would get no benefit from backing a boat sailing in a regatta in Bermuda. The syndicate declined comment until an official venue announcement.Currently, five syndicates have filed challenges and Coutts has hinted at a sixth, most likely from Asia. Another syndicate that might not make it to the starting line is Team France. It’s not known who Team France’s sponsors are, and France-based Airbus recently signed a technology deal with Oracle Team USA.Picking Bermuda is the culmination of a nearly yearlong process in which Coutts considered venues from coast to coast, including Chicago.(BERNIE WILSON, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Manchester United women mark their return to football against Liverpool

first_imgManchester United women will play their first match after 13 years against cross-town rivals Liverpool in the League Cup group stage.The women’s team, which was reformed earlier in the year after being disbanded in 2005, will play their first match on August 19 when they travel to top division side Liverpool in Group Two North of the Women’s Super League Cup.The competition includes 22 teams in four groups divided into north and south sections with the top two teams from each group going into the quarter-finals.United will be managed by former England captain Casey Stoney and they will also be competing in the second-tier Women’s Championship starting at Aston Villa on September 9.Champions Chelsea open their Super League campaign at home to 2016 winners Manchester City on the same weekend.#MUWomen’s fixtures for the upcoming season have been announced… and the opener is a cracker!Manchester United (@ManUtd) August 1, 2018It is the inaugural campaign for England’s highest three divisions in their rebranded form, with the top-tier Super League becoming fully professional for the first time with 11 teams competing. The Championship will have 12 teams comprising a mixture of full-time and part-time.The third-tier National League has six regional sub-divisions at amateur level.The fixtures for the FA Women’s Cup, which was won by Chelsea last season, will be announced at a later date.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Officer who tackled James Blake in mistaken arrest sues for defamation

first_imgShare on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Read more Reuse this content Since you’re here… The police officer who tackled the former tennis player James Blake in a mistaken arrest filed a defamation lawsuit Monday against the athlete, the police department and the watchdog group prosecuting his misconduct case. Officer James Frascatore says in court papers that city officials didn’t support him after video surfaced of the 2015 incident outside a Manhattan hotel. He says Blake painted him as an “out of control and corrupt officer” in a book he wrote Ways of Grace, in which the star athlete details the arrest. “The recriminations for mistakenly arresting a celebrity started immediately,” according to the lawsuit. Frascatore said he was initially suspended but then placed on desk duty. He alleges that a police watchdog group tasked with investigating leaked his disciplinary record – he had a history of excessive force complaints – before the encounter with Blake, and then the former world No4 suggested in media interviews that Frascatore was somehow a dangerous, violent officer. Disciplinary records are supposed to be kept private by law. Support The Guardian news New York US sports Share on WhatsApp Former US No 1 James Blake ‘slammed to ground’ by police in mistaken detention Share on Facebook Share via Email Tennis Share on Twitter Topics “Blake’s defamatory statements about Officer Frascatore were circulated to millions of readers and viewers in print, online, and through mobile and social media,” the lawsuit says. Police believed Blake was a suspect in a credit card fraud ring. He was tackled by Frascatore and handcuffed, but let go after officers realized their mistake. On Monday, Frascatore told the New York Post he had acted properly. “I have a family to go home to. I’m on a crowded sidewalk, with a possibly armed suspect in the middle of 42nd Street,” he said. “You have to take control of the situation. I can’t just be pulling out my gun.”The police commissioner at the time and the mayor apologized publicly to Blake. Frascatore was brought up on departmental misconduct charges, and police watchdog lawyers recommended he lose 10 vacation days as punishment for excessive force. Blake has called for Frascatore to be fired. The police commissioner makes the ultimate decision. Blake’s mother is white, and his father is black; Frascatore is white. Blake has said he thought the incident was mostly about excessive force, but also about how communities of color are generally treated. But the defamation lawsuit argues that Frascatore was actually the victim of discrimination based on race, because he was cast as a racist. “Plaintiff has been cast as a racist and a goon,” the lawsuit says. “Though this characterization could not be farther from the truth, this public perception has not only led to his family fleeing their home in fear as a result of public threats to their safety, it has ruined a good man’s career, name and reputation.” The lawsuit is seeking damages of $75,000. “Mr Blake will respond to this attack on his character with the same grace and dignity that has characterized his response to the attack on his person,” said Blake’s lawyer, Kevin Marino. The city’s law department said it would review the complaint but couldn’t comment while proceedings were pending. The police watchdog group, the Civilian Complaint Review Board, declined to comment. US policing … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Messengerlast_img read more

Tommy Makinson hat-trick carries England to series win over New Zealand

first_imgTopics Australia sport Support The Guardian Rugby league Share on Facebook … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Messenger However, two minutes later Connor made it 14-14 in a rare England breakthrough without Makinson – but the winger would have the decisive say. With England pressing, and only one side looking likely to score, Makinson gathered a stray pass, surged infield and elicited a roar from those inside Anfield that sounded like there was a sellout crowd here to witness it.It was 24 years ago that a group of independent consultants drew up a blueprint for British rugby league’s long-term future. Dubbed “Framing the Future”, it was a comprehensive and damning outlook on how the sport spent too much time chasing narrow geographical markets and failed to prioritise what really mattered.You could argue league never truly heeded the stark warnings in that report. But over two decades on, and with the game not fulfilling the potential many believe it has, we have now officially arrived at Framing the Future 2.0, the refresh button the sport has been crying out for. League’s administrators have spent years scouting for the panacea when it comes to domestic structure, but those who are paid extraordinary amounts to decide the game’s future surely now know how and where rugby league in this country blossoms.For all the merits of a strong domestic game, other sports – including, cover your ears league lovers, rugby union – have proven that it is at international level where you truly capture the imagination of the public.How could you not have been captivated here by the latest instalment of what is becoming an unforgettable Test series.For the neutrals, England versus New Zealand is becoming must-see sporting theatre, exposed beautifully on terrestrial television. Yet for England themselves it is clear that this is a group who deserve a much, much greater platform than it currently occupies.To build on the success of this autumn, and to get new eyes and ears on the game, the focus must be on England playing as often as possible – preferably on home soil, too. With due respect to the domestic game, Widnes versus Wakefield will not amplify league’s profile: a vibrant international game will.How appropriate, therefore, that the RLIF meet this week to map out international rugby’s long-term future. Bennett, a staunch internationalist, knows what must happen.“Get the politics out of the way, the players want to play,” he said after the thrilling victory here.“I hope people stand up for the game and give us all what we want: international rugby played between the best players.”Bennett’s appointment ruffled feathers in 2016 but he has overseen a remarkable transformation of the national side. If international rugby is properly prioritised in the years to come maybe it can dream of selling out arenas like Anfield. As for England, who knows where the future could take a group that appear to have the world at their feet. Share on LinkedIn New Zealand rugby league England rugby league team Guardian Australia sport newsletter: subscribe by email match reports Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp Share via Email Since you’re here… Share on Pinterest It was nothing more than a soundbite last week, but Wayne Bennett’s declaration that this new-look, younger England side – without so many household names due to injury – deserved to be cherished by the entire country could not be more accurate.With the series now secured following the late victory achieved here by Tommy Makinson completing an outstanding hat-trick, there is now an opportunity to make an emphatic statement in Leeds next Sunday with a clean sweep. Beyond that, though, the challenge is now clear for those in charge of shaping league’s future.There is much to marvel about in this burgeoning national side but the headline act here was St Helens’ Makinson. The winger was making only his third Test appearance but marked the occasion with three magnificent tries, including the winner six minutes from time.The Kiwis once again played their part in an enthralling Test. They had led through Dallin Watene-Zelezniak’s early try and, while Makinson’s first after a superb team move had levelled matters by half-time, New Zealand again moved ahead, this time when Ken Maumalo finished a searing Watene-Zelezniak break. Shaun Johnson converted and kicked a penalty to make it 14-6.“What Wayne is doing with this group is special,” was Makinson’s post-match verdict. Pre-Bennett, an eight-point deficit going into the final quarter would have spelled danger. Not for this squad, though.The hulking twins Tom and George Burgess – younger siblings of injured captain Sam – led the comeback. Scintillating ball-handling from Jonny Lomax and Jake Connor led to Makinson’s second, before Tom Burgess came desperately close to levelling the scores, the prop eventually held up by desperate New Zealand defence. Read more Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Liverpool vs Sevilla: Wilson given another start

first_imgLiverpool tackle Sevilla in Boston on Sunday in what is their fourth pre-season friendly of the summer.Jurgen Klopp watched his side succumb 3-2 in a thrilling match against Borussia Dortmund on Friday, having previously eased past local opposition in the form of Tranmere and Bradford on British soil.The Spaniards, meanwhile, will play their third match this summer, having already seen off English opponents in the form of Reading. Last week they beat FC Dallas 3-1, but this stands as the biggest test for new coach Julen Lopetegui so far. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Game Liverpool vs Sevilla Date Sunday, July 21 Time 11:00pm BST / 6:30pm ET TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the US, the match can be streamed live on B/R Live. US TV channel Online stream n/a B/R Live In the UK, the match will be shown on LFC TV and can be streamed via LFC TV GO. UK TV channel Online stream LFC TV LFC TV GO Squads & Team News Position Liverpool squad Goalkeepers Mignolet, Ojrzynski, Atherton Defenders Clyne, Van Dijk, Lovren, Gomez, Robertson, Matip, Alexander-Arnold, Van den Berg, Phillips, Lewis, Hoever, Larouci Midfielders Fabinho, Milner, Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Lallana, Jones Forwards Brewster, Origi, Kent, Woodburn, Wilson, Duncan,  Naby Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri are both missing due to injury, while Alisson, Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane are all on holiday.Free agent Andy Lonergan has joined the squad to train in the USA as Caoimhin Kelleher and Vitezslav Jaros are both injured, leaving the Reds short of cover.Liverpool starting XI: Lonergan; Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Phillips, Robertson; Wijnaldum, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Henderson; Woodburn, Wilson, Origi. Position Sevilla squad Goalkeepers Vaclik, Sergio Rico, Javi Diaz Defenders Diego Carlos, Sergi Gomez, Kjaer, Carrico, Wobber, Kounde, Gnagnon, Corchia, Aleix Vidal, Escudero, Arana, Reguilon Midfielders Jesus Navas, Roque Mesa, Fernando, Jordan, Banega, Franco Vazquez Forwards Nolito, Ocampos, Oliver, Dabbur, De Jong, Munir, Ben Yedder, Juanpe, Lara, Pozo, Mena Sevilla have named a 33-man squad to travel to the USA, including newest signing Oliver Torres.Ibrahim Amadou has not travelled due to beaurocratic problems.Sevilla starting XI: Sergio Rico; Reguilon, Carrico, Diego Carlos; Jesus Navas, Fernando, Banega, Jordan; Nolito, De Jong, Ocampos.Match Preview Wilson Dortmund LiverpoolLiverpool face a quick turnaround following their 3-2 defeat to Borussia Dortmund on Friday, with less than 48 hours recovery time before tackling Sevilla at Boston’s Fenway Park.Despite goals from youngsters Harry Wilson and Rhian Brewster, head coach Jurgen Klopp was disappointed to see his side go down against his former side in Notre Dame, but is not expecting miracles from his European champions this early in the summer – particularly with key players still on holiday following international duty.The German, nevertheless, played it cool after watching his side concede three goals in under an hour against BVB in a fixture he described as Liverpool’s first “proper test” of the summer. “How we conceded the goals was due to the lack of organisation around the situations,” he indicated. “When you change a lot in the team then it’s quite difficult to have the perfect organisation. That will be better later in the pre-season and in the season of course, it has to and it will be. Apart from that, all good.“There were a lot of good things, some things which I didn’t like, that’s normal in pre-season. I decide what we do in training and I know how much we did yesterday in already pretty warm weather conditions.”I still don’t like what I see in the game very often in the pre-season, but I know the reason for it. I’m not over the moon when I think about our performance but I know there’s a lot to come and it’s all okay.”Sevilla boss Julen Lopetegui, who is in his first role since being sacked by Real Madrid less than a year ago, was similarly circumspect after watching his side beat FC Dallas 3-1.“The important thing to take from this match is that everyone played,” he said. “It’s all the better that we gave minutes to all players.“There are positives to take but we must be back. It’s important to fine tune and make sure there are no injuries.”It seems that neither manager will be particularly concerned by the outcome of Sunday’s match, so long as they see an improvement from their respective sides. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

World Cup 2019: Mohammad Azharuddin, Aakash Chopra laud India’s bowling attack

first_imgOther Videos from Sports 22:37 Wed, 23 Oct, 2019 A new start for BCCI: Sourav Ganguly after taking charge as board president 04:27 Wed, 23 Oct, 2019 Former India captain Sourav Ganguly takes over as 39th BCCI president 03:09 Thu, 17 Oct, 2019 Haven’t had a discussion about Ashwin’s future at KXIP yet, says coach Kumble 09:34 Mon, 14 Oct, 2019 Never aspired to become BCCI chief: Sourav Ganguly 05:16 Mon, 14 Oct, 2019 Sourav Ganguly likely to become new BCCI boss 09:04 Sat, 12 Oct, 2019 We will create Indian champions in Free Fire: Kiren Rijiju 02:16 Sat, 12 Oct, 2019 Watch: Free Fire India Today League trophy unveiled 03:11 Sat, 12 Oct, 2019 Watch: Kalli Purie speech at Free Fire India Today League trophy Load More Other Video CategoriesIndiaSportsMoviesSo SorryProgrammelast_img read more

Top Five Consolidated Container Fleets Worth USD 334 Bn

first_imgzoom The top five consolidated container fleets are currently worth USD 33.4 billion and account for 33% of the entire container fleet, according to the latest data provided by VesselsValue.The report on the top five fleets, including the Moller Maersk AS/Hamburg Süd, China COSCO Holdings Co, CMA CGM/ APL, Hapag-Lloyd/ UASC/ CSAV, MOL/ NYK Line/ K Line, was compiled in light of the recent container carrier consolidation as Danish shipping giant Maersk last week confirmed reports that it will purchase Germany’s container shipping line Hamburg Süd.Subject to final agreement and regulatory approvals, the acquisition would complement Maersk’s current business as Hamburg Süd holds a strong position in north-south trades.Maersk is thought to have paid roughly USD 4 billion for Hamburg Süd whose fleet is worth USD 1.5 billion. The deal is expected to complete end 2017. Entry of Hamburg Süd into the 2M alliance will put the alliance into the lead with 15% of global capacity.Image Courtesy: VesselsValueChina COSCO Holdings CoThe Chinese state cabinet approved the merger of COSCO and China Shipping back in December of 2015. The merger is a part of plans to create stronger, larger national entities that have greater competitive advantage and prevents the two lines from competing against one another. China COSCO Holdings have the largest fleet on order with 29 ULCVs and 4 post-panamax containerships. The Chinese owned container fleet is the most valuable at USD 17.6 billion and accounts for around 17% of the market.CMA CGM/ APLThe largest acquisition in the French giant’s history, CMA CGM acquired Singaporean company, NOL, best known for its APL brand. Recently it was also confirmed that APL would join CMA CGM in the Ocean Alliance which will subsequently represent 14% of global container capacity, second only to the 2M alliance. The acquisition will make the combined fleet the 3rd most valuable in the industry.Hapag-Lloyd/ UASC/ CSAVHapag-Lloyd completed their integration of Chilean line CSAV earlier this year. In July, they continued their growth by signing a merger agreement with UASC. The new merger will bring Hapag-Lloyd’s average age down to 7.8 years from 8.7 years. Hapag-Lloyd and UASC will be the 4th most valuable fleet up from 10th and 8th, respectively.MOL/ NYK Line/ K LineOne of the more recent mergers to be announced is that of MOL, NYK and K Line. Only the container businesses of these companies will merge and the consolidation is expected to be complete by 2018. The most valuable Japanese container fleet is Shoei Kisen valued at USD 3.0 billion and ranked 8th. In comparison, none of the other Japanese entities feature in the top 10 most valuable container fleets. The merger shows that consolidation can be used very effectively in the container industry to create a large footprint with only mid-size lines. The new arrangement makes the merged entity the 5th most valuable at USD 5.1 billion.last_img read more

Web is changing the face of cinema

first_imgMumbai: Actor Tisca Chopra, who is making her digital debut with web series ‘Hostages’ and also gearing up for her directorial venture in Bollywood, says high quality production and content in the web space is keeping filmmakers on their toes to deliver good cinema. “The way the web space is booming, films have to be reinvented by the makers. In the web space, makers are not looking for a hero-heroine story. They are looking for stories that are engaging,” Tisca said. Also Read – ‘Will be acting till I die’Bollywood, said the Taare Zameen Par actor, was still chasing a formula. Tisca, who has worked in films and television, feels a dire need for filmmakers to reorient themselves to cater to an audience that is well exposed to good storytelling. “If filmmakers won’t up their game, it will be difficult for them to pull the audience to the theatres,” she said. However, she said, “No one will deny the fact that a film has its own charm…watching a film sitting in a dark room, on a big screen, is really an experience.” In ‘Hostages’, directed by Sudhir Mishra, Tisca shares screen space with actors Ronit Roy, Parvin Dabas, Aashim Gulati and Anangsha Biswas. She essays a doctor named Mira Anand in the show, which will begin streaming on OTT platform Hotstar from May 31. Tisca will also be seen in the Akshay and Kareena starrer Good News.last_img read more

Liberals promise 638M for urban Indigenous housing

first_imgOTTAWA — The federal government is planning to spend $638 million on housing for Indigenous people in cities and urban centres.The money is part of the Liberals’ $40-billion housing plan, which is spread over 10 years and aims to reduce homelessness by half.Social Development Minister Jean-Yves Duclos and Indigenous Services Minister Seamus O’Regan are making the announcement this afternoon.About two-thirds of the money is to address Indigenous homelessness and one-third is to improve existing social housing for Indigenous families in urban centres.Duclos says this is a “priority” for the government and that affordable housing is key to building strong communities.Determining exactly how and when the money is spent will depend on partnerships and agreements with provincial governments and local housing providers.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Celebrating our Peoples

first_imgAPTN National News“Celebrating our Peoples.”This is the name of APTN’s tour event.APTN has been touring Canada with that message to celebrate 11 years of being on air.British Columbia’s lieutenant-governor hosted a reception for APTN in Victoria.APTN National News reporter Wayne Roberts was there to get in on the celebration.last_img

Metis player disputes race played role in Manitoba hockey fracas

first_img(RCMP officers intervened at a hockey game in Thompson, Man., Sunday.)APTN National News THOMPSON, Man.–A player with the Thompson King Miners is disputing claims a fracas that forced the premature end to a hockey game and intervention by local Thompson, Man., RCMP on Sunday was triggered by racism.Lucas Hanlon, 17, plays right wing for the Midget AA Thompson, Man., hockey team which played back to back games against a team from Norway House, Man., this past weekend. The RCMP was called to the second game on Sunday after a melee broke out in the stands.A player for the Norway House Northstars team and two parents told APTN National News Tuesday morning that some Thompson fans hurled racial epithets at the Norway House team. They also said one player was confronted by three Thompson fans, two men and a woman, who used racial slurs. They also claimed one Norway House player had his helmet cracked by a slash to the head.Hanlon, however, is disputing those claims. He said things came to boil in the arena after some confusion surfaced following a penalty shot when parents and fans from Norway House began yelling at the referee which drew in the Thompson side who started yelling back.“They had been yelling at the refs from what I could see,” said Hanlon. “Then the Thompson parents began yelling at them for yelling at the ref.”Hanlon said things began to escalate following a couple of scrums at the Norway House net as the Thompson team began to pull ahead 3-2 in the second period. They were trailing 2-1 after the first period. Hanlon said he was cross-checked in the facemask by a Norway House player who was ejected and given a five minute major.With a Norway House player in the penalty box in place of the ejected player, the referees called a penalty shot after a Thompson player was hacked down during a rush, said Hanlon. The Thompson player scored on the penalty shot, but the Norway House side expected the player in the box to be let out.“That’s not the case because the penalty shot is a penalty in and of itself,” said Hanlon, who also referees minor hockey. “That is when things flew out of hand.”Hanlon claims that the ejected Norway House player then went into the Thompson side of the stands, a crowd gathered and a punch may have been thrown. By this time officials called the RCMP and the game ended.Hanlon said the RCMP escorted both teams separately out of the arena. The police also seized video of the game from a Shaw TV producer.“19 years of broadcasting hockey games, I have never had my footage become ‘exhibit c’ in the court of law,” tweeted producer Paul Andersen. “#norwayhousevsthompson.”Hanlon said overheated play on the ice spread to the stands causing the situation to get out of control.“It was messy. I just disagree with the comments of prejudice. I am a Metis player myself. We have a lot of Aboriginal players on our team,” said Hanlon. “We have just as many people with Aboriginal roots in our community as anywhere else.”Hanlon said he didn’t hear any racial taunts hurled at the Norway House players. He said the Norway House fans called him “white trash.” He said racial slurs are hurled by both sides during games.“You get kind of used it from playing against those teams for so long. It happens both ways. I personally don’t because I come from both backgrounds,” he said.Hanlon said he didn’t see anyone get slashed in the head with enough force to crack a helmet.Hanlon said many in the Thompson hockey community are now worried the planned Rogers Hometown Hockey tour stop scheduled for the community on March 7 and 8 may be scuttled because of the bad press stemming from the weekend’s incident.“There is a lot of talk that they may pull out now because of what was going on with comments made by APTN,” he said. “It doesn’t seem fair to lose something like that over a conflict that happened between us with another team that went both ways. Both teams were giving it to each other…I know most of our players couldn’t say anything about Aboriginals because they are Aboriginal.”APTN could not on Tuesday evening reach Norway House’s coach, the parents or the player who initially made the allegations.APTN could not reach the head coach of the Thompson King Miners Tuesday evening. The head coach was out of town during the weekend game which was handled by two assistants.NorMan hockey league officials did not return a request for comment.news@aptn.ca@APTNNewslast_img read more

Khmer Rouge victims participate in historic day at UNbacked tribunal

4 February 2008Cambodians who suffered under the rule of the Khmer Rouge participated for the first time today in the United Nations-backed tribunal trying the movement’s leaders. Their participation, through their lawyers, was described by the tribunal’s Victims Unit as “a historical day in international criminal law.” “To date, no international or hybrid tribunal mandated to investigate war crimes, crimes against humanity or genocide has involved victims as civil parties, giving them full procedural rights,” the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) Victims Unit said. Under the tribunal’s rules, victims of crimes committed under the rule of the Khmer Rouge can play an active role in the court’s proceedings as civil parties, with rights including participation in investigations, representation by a lawyer, the ability to call witnesses and question the accused, and to claim reparations for the harm they suffered. Today’s hearing on the appeal by former Khmer Rouge leader Nuon Chea (aka Brother Number Two) against his provisional detention was adjourned in response to a request by a defence lawyer. A decision on the date of its resumption will be announced on 6 February. Nuon Chea faces charges of having planned and ordered the murder, torture and enslavement of civilians in the late 1970s. Under an agreement signed by the UN and Cambodia, the ECCC was set up as an independent court using a mixture of Cambodian staff and judges and foreign personnel. It is designated to try those deemed most responsible for crimes and serious violations of Cambodian and international law between 17 April 1975 and 6 January 1979. read more

Punitive drug control measures discriminatory and have failed says UN rights expert

“Both from the perspective of public health and human rights, the cost of excessive criminalization and excessive law enforcement are far too high,” Anand Grover, the UN Special Rapporteur on the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health, told the General Assembly yesterday.“Mounting evidence suggests the failure of this approach, precisely because it disregards the realities of drug use and dependence. Human rights and the right to health approach must be brought to the centre of international drug control policy to balance the human costs of our current system and bring into focus the need to address drug-related problems in an evidence-based manner,” Mr. Grover said.The independent expert cited the UN Committee on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights, which has stated that a person’s individual use of drugs cannot constitute grounds for the denial of rights. However, he said, people who use drugs are often prevented from accessing services through the use of the threat of criminal punishment or may be denied access to health care.“In this case, criminalization results in a severe from of discrimination against people who use drugs,” Mr. Grover said when presenting his latest report to the Assembly.He also faulted the current international drug control measures, which he said unnecessarily limited access to essential medicines which are considered controlled substances, resulting in violations of the right to health.In his report, Mr. Grover suggests alternatives to narcotics control measures that focus more attention on reducing the harmful effects of drug use. “Decriminalization in certain laws governing drug control would demonstrably improve the health and welfare of people who use drugs and the general population,” he said.Speaking to reporters at UN Headquarters in New York today, Mr. Grover said one of his recommendations is “a new paradigm akin to the framework convention on tobacco control,” which included health awareness of the consequences of drug use, as opposed to the current “overtly punitive” measures which drives users of narcotics underground. 26 October 2010Punitive measures to combat the use of illicit drugs have failed to address the problem and are associated with the abuse of human rights and violations of the right to health, a United Nations independent expert has said. read more

THW Kiel wins derby in Denmark

1. THW Kiel8701240:215(25)14 THW Kiel win the derby match of the Group in Denmark over KIF Copenhagen 26:24 (13:13) and almost secured the first place two matches before the end.  “Full house” with 5.200 fans in Brondby didn’t help home players to score the goal in the last five minutes of the match (24:24), while “Zebras” have found the way to the Hvidt”s net…KIF: Hvidt (12 saves), Westphal (n.e.); Boesen, Laen (3), Jörgensen, L. Andersson (7), Spellerberg (3), Pedersen (n.e.), Hundstrup (3), Theilgaard (n.e.), Ravn (n.e.), Larsen (n.e.), Viudes (2), S. Jensen, Boldsen, Rocas (6/3); Trainer: Suman THW Kiel: Sjöstrand (4 SAVES), Palicka (8 SAVES); Toft Hansen, Sigurdsson (1), Sprenger (n.e.), Wiencek (3), Ekberg (8/3), Lauge (1), Zeitz (2), Jallouz (1), Palmarsson (n.e.), Klein (n.e.), Jicha (5), Vujin (5); Trainer: GislasonThe crucial match for the first place will be against Vive Targi Kielce on February 16…STANDINGS: 2. KS Vive Targi Kielce8503241:218(23)10 2. KIF Kolding Kobenhavn8503197:191(6)10 5. FC Porto Vitalis8206191:223(-32)4 6. Dunkerque HB Grand Littora…8107188:217(-29)2 4. Orlen Wisla Plock8404220:213(7)8 handballTHW Kiel ← Previous Story TWO MACEDONIAN TEAMS AT TOP 16: Vardar beat Minsk! Next Story → EHF CL (W): Buducnost demolish Krim, Vardar with only a point from Sweden read more

Column Insinuating that young people arent bothered with politics is insulting and

first_img“Citizens also have to accept responsibility, you know, we’re not living in a nanny state… You can bring a horse to water but you can’t force it to drink.”Losing trust in our representativesVarious political scandals and our current economic woes have increased levels of mistrust in politicians among young people. This does not mean we are apathetic, however.If anything, the age at which people become politically engaged is decreasing. Many organisations recognise this and are trying to act accordingly. A month ago, the Constitutional Convention recommended the voting age be lowered from 18 years to 16.Ireland is not the only country debating such a move. Last month, proposed legislation that would reduce the voting age in the Scottish independence referendum to 16 years was formally lodged. Proposals to allow 16 and 17-year-olds vote in EU Parliamentary elections are also currently being considered.The National Union of Students – Union of Students in Ireland, which represents over 200,000 students in Northern Ireland, called for a reduction in the voting age across the border.“Grossly unfair” that 16-year-olds cannot voteSpeaking at the group’s annual conference in Fermanagh, NUS-USI President Adrianne Peltz said it was “grossly unfair” that 16-year-olds could pay taxes but not have a say on how this money is spent. “There is so much disenchantment and disengagement with politics and it is crucial that politics and decision-making reconnects with young people. Delivering the vote at 16 is a key way to do this,” Peltz emphasised.The National Youth Council of Ireland backs up this view. The organisation believes that lowering the voting age would promote political participation among young people and ensure youth issues are firmly placed on the country’s political agenda.Unfair judgement on today’s youthThe insinuation that young people just ‘aren’t bothered’ about politics is insulting and false. True, some young people don’t care what their public representatives are up to – that’s if they even know who they are, but the same could be said for any social grouping.Austria and certain states in Germany have reduced the voting age to 16. In these places, voter turnout among 16 and 17-year-olds is equal to older age groups.So to answer that age-old question, do young people care about politics? YES. Our generation has never been more politically aware and engaged. How we choose to involve ourselves may be changing, but we are here – trying to make a difference and have our voices heard.The horse is at the water and it’s thirsty.Órla Ryan is an MA Journalism student in NUI Galway. She is one of 25 citizen journalists covering Ireland’s presidency of the EU Council through Youth Media and the Irish Presidency. This article was first published on  the YMIP blog.Column: Why I should be allowed to vote at 17>Column: Young Irish people are losing their voice and facing forced emigration> “YOU GUYS NEVER protest, if this was France people would be out on the streets in their thousands.” Perhaps my French friend had a point – his country puts us to shame when it comes to a good old-fashioned protest. That said, it’s not as if we don’t pound the pavement when we feel the need.The recent abortion demonstrations (on both sides of the argument) and marches highlighting the third-level grant debacle are two recent examples of young people putting their money where their megaphone is. Our protests may be less frequent than our Gallic counterparts, but perhaps that’s a sign of our cultural differences as much as anything else.Young people have not taken to the streetsActivist and journalist Orla Tinsley recently wrote about the seeming absence of the protest gene in Irish young people, saying: “lack of protest does not mean lack of engagement”. Tinsley said this generation’s “sphere of political action is shifting” and now encompasses work with lobby groups, NGOs and online activism as well as more traditional forms of participation such as involvement in student unions and youth divisions of political parties.As with many issues, a generation gap is also evident. Young people can at times feel politics is a game almost solely played by older, out-of-touch people.This disconnect was accentuated by the SpunOut.ie ‘threesome scandal’. When Fine Gael TD Michelle Mulherin questioned the fact that a website partially funded by the HSE gave information to young people about threesomes, the Minister of Health James Reilly ordered a review of the site. The comments from the website were taken out of context and the ensuing negative publicity could have easily damaged what is an unparalleled resource for young people in terms of their overall health and wellbeing.Having our voices heardSome of our politicians are actively trying to bridge this type of gap. Our president Michael D Higgins attempted just that when he invited Ireland’s youth community to share their opinions as part of the ‘Being Young and Irish 2012’ project.The subsequent report was the result of four regional dialogues and incorporated the views of almost 800 contributors ranging in age from 17-26 years. Concerns regarding political reform and accountability, mental health and suicide, the economy, education and equality (particularly in terms of gay marriage and the gender pay divide) all featured.Initiatives such as this prove that young people want to have their voices heard. It’s also encouraging to see our Head of State take such a proactive role in this regard.Regional dialogues are a major element of the European Year of Citizens and Ireland’s Presidency of the Council of the EU. A recurring shortcoming at such events has been the lack of young people attending.Efforts are being made – but it’s a two-way streetWhen I questioned the Minister for European Affairs Lucinda Creighton about this at the Galway-based dialogue, she said that “every effort is bring made” to get young people interested and partaking.“I think people often feel that events like this are for politicians or professional lobbyists. It’s difficult to attract people to take the discussion from their living room or local pub to an organised structure like this, but we’re trying,” Minister Creighton stressed. She also noted that young people often don’t attend such events as they feel “less connected” to politics than others.Minister Creighton insists it can’t all be one-way traffic, though. She feels the Irish Government and EU are creating an environment for the public to share opinions with politicians and it’s up to them to capitalise on that. She said:last_img read more