No Child 2020 is a new initiative by The Irish Times, providing a sustained focus on child welfare and children’s issues over the coming year. Inspired by the Democratic Programme issued by the first Dáil a century ago, we explore the problems facing children in Ireland today and offer solutions that would make this a better country to be a child. When democracies get stuck, the way out has often involved enfranchising people who haven’t got the vote. It’s just over a century since women over the age of 30 with property of valued at more than £5 were given the right to vote. Working class men over the age of 21 were also allowed vote in the same election. Almost 50 years ago, 18-year-olds were allowed to vote in elections for the first time. Today, motivated by concerns including declining turnout at elections and fewer young people voting, a growing number of countries are moving to lower their minimum voting age to 16. … [Read more...] about Vote 2019: Is it time to reduce the voting age to 16?
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Is it just me, or is it really hard to make friends as a grown up? At nursery and primary school, gaining a pal is as simple as asking “do you want to be my friend?” or bonding over a toy, and playing out in the street with other kids is another way to make buddies as a youngster. Then when you get to secondary school, it's even easier to make friends with a wider pool of classmates and even more activities on offer that encourage bonding. My teenage years were filled with friendships easily made (and some better off forgotten), and I was full of energy and enthusiasm to hang out with people my age, as well as mixing with peers from other colleges or towns at parties, along with my own close friendship group. It seemed if you weren't a chav, you were a mosher, and me and the other 'moshers' had a great time together at school, when we weren't listening to punk rock and, guys included, painting our nails black, that is. But like many people, despite the amazing memories I … [Read more...] about Why is it so hard to try and make friends as an adult?
Luxury hotels have, historically, been known as hotbeds of hedonism, discreet spaces for indulging in excess and debauchery, and letting someone else clean up afterwards. From leaving towels on the bathroom floor to throwing televisions out of windows and, of course, heady romantic rendezvous, half the point of staying at deluxe hotels is to behave in a way that most of us wouldn’t dare to at home. Now, however, George Clooney is demanding the global elite who hole up at some of the world’s most prestigious hotels behave with a new sense of responsibility. The Hollywood actor – and increasingly vocal political activist – has called for a boycott of The Dorchester Collection, nine luxury hotels owned by the Sultan of Brunei, who, this week, is introducing laws in his kingdom to punish homosexuality with death by stoning. "Let that sink in," wrote Clooney in a guest editorial piece last week. "In the onslaught of news where we see the world backsliding into … [Read more...] about Is it right to boycott the Sultan of Brunei’s hotels? Our hotel experts weigh in
opinion Pacific Daily News Published 1:09 AM EDT Mar 20, 2019 In our representative democracy, the right to vote is an essential right. But it’s also an important responsibility of citizens, one that too often is ignored, a vital right that isn’t used. Our nation is founded on the principal so articulately made by President Abraham Lincoln: that our government is “of the people, by the people, for the people.” While the United States at one time didn’t allow people of color and women to vote, and still denies full voting rights to residents of the U.S. territories, the principle is key, especially at the local level. More: Election Commission to mayors: Follow the law, vote where you live Our View: GCC program improves opportunities for nursing students We are empowered to elect a governor, lieutenant governor, senators, a delegate to Congress, public auditor, attorney general and village mayors. This tremendous responsibility is why it makes it … [Read more...] about It’s important to vote, and to do so in your village: Our View
Beto O'Rourke, the latest Democrat to join the presidential race, begins day two of his three-day tour through Iowa Friday morning. "CBS This Morning" co-host Gayle King met the former Texas congressman and Senate candidate as he finished his third stop in Iowa Thursday for his first TV interview since announcing his campaign. In their wide-ranging conversation, they discussed why he decided to run, his plans to tackle health care and why he thinks his limited government experience will not hurt his chances. O'Rourke lost his Senate race against Ted Cruz last year by a mere three points in a deep red state. In that process, he won fans nationwide, worrying other Democratic campaigns. Asked why him and why now, he told King, "This country has never faced a greater set of challenges." "For us to meet these challenges, including the greatest of them all, the existential crisis of climate change, we are all going to have to pull together. We're gonna have to fix this democracy and make … [Read more...] about Beto O’Rourke addresses criticism over his inexperience: “Ultimately it’s up to voters”