McQueen starts with Titans

first_imgHaving only arrived on the Gold Coast on Sunday evening McQueen admitted to being slightly disorientated when he awoke on Monday morning and had “more butterflies than normal” as he joined his new teammates for a grueling session in the early Queensland heat.A whirlwind departure from Redfern that has in fact been months in the making saw him say goodbye to the red and green surrounds that he has called home for the past seven years and head north to help rebuild a club that has been put through the wringer.Although only John Sutton has been at South Sydney longer than any other player in the current Rabbitohs’ squad, the fleet-footed back-rower was largely kept out of the limelight due to the presence of superstars such as Greg Inglis, Sam Burgess and Issac Luke.But as a five-time Origin representative for Queensland McQueen arrives at the Titans as their marquee signing of the summer and said that his influence on the team will dictate the legacy that is left behind.”Souths are the oldest team in the comp and the Gold Coast are the newest,” said McQueen, who signed a two-year deal with the Titans on Friday.”To start building that legacy and to build a name for myself at the Gold Coast and playing in a successful team is absolutely the goal so I’m excited to do that.”Having a look around the team there are a lot of young guys so I certainly think that the Gold Coast Titans are building for something good and I wanted to be a part of that.”I’ve been around for a while now and a bit of an older head so I’m comfortable with that and happy to put my hand up and be a leader with the younger boys that are here.”One of few familiar faces when McQueen turned up to training on Monday, Eddy Pettybourne was a teammate for four seasons at the Rabbitohs from 2009-2012 and said he was excited to have a player of McQueen’s experience joining the Titans.”He’s obviously got a lot of big-game experience, he’s played Origin and been to a grand final and the way he plays, he’s pretty quick for a big fella,” Pettybourne said.”He prepares well before training and before games and Michael Maguire speaks really highly of him so he’s a great asset to us.”When he came into the [Rabbitohs] squad he was a big winger and obviously he’s transitioned to the back row now but he’s still the same, he just doesn’t have the long hair.”Since making his NRL debut in 2009 and becoming the 1070th player to represent South Sydney, McQueen has seen the Rabbitohs squad undergo a dramatic transformation and said he is ready to become a leader at his new club.”The best way to show leadership is by example,” said the 28-year-old.”Doing the right thing on and off the field and when we’re doing those tough training sessions putting in that effort and putting in the effort in the gym. Not cutting corners and leading by example.”The young guys that come into the squad look up to the older guys and see what they do and they mimic that so if the old guys are doing the wrong thing and cutting corners then the young guys are going to do the same.”When you’re building a culture everyone has to buy in. There are players coming from all different places that have been in different systems but everyone that comes into a new club has to buy into the one culture.”That’s the key to having a successful team.”last_img read more

NRIs Approach Supreme Court Over Parental Abduction Cases

first_imgA group of United States-based NRI parents has approached the Supreme Court of India to direct to the central government for framing a law to handle cases of parental abduction. The rise in the number of cases where a parent living in a foreign country takes the child back to India without notifying the other parent prompted the group to seek the apex court’s intervention on Dec. 1.The group’s advocates Jayant Bhushan and Shadan Farasat appeared before a bench of Justices RF Nariman and Navin Sinha, and said that the 1980 International Convention on Child Abduction, which mandates that a child should be immediately restored to his or her country of habitual residence in case of such abduction, has not been ratified by India, the Times of India reported.They also contented that India does not have a law to deal with such cases, and that it was important that the bench intervenes and sets guidelines so that child abduction cases involving NRI parents are heard by one competent court.After consenting to hear the plea of the group, the bench issued notice to the government, asking it to file its response within eight weeks.The petition points out that such cases often take years to reach resolution, which leads to children and families suffering from emotional and financial trauma. “There have been cases where the left-behind parent does not even know where the child is staying in India. Some parents vanish with the child without disclosing an address to the other parent. This is a traumatic experience for the other parent who does not know the whereabouts of his/her child. Despite the alarming rate of child abductions, neither the US nor India has put in place a mechanism to remedy the human suffering,” the petition said.The group of NRIs has contended that despite the Law Commission’s recommendations, the government is not taking steps to ratify the 1980 Convention. “There was lack of clear guidelines on the issue of jurisdiction and procedural aspects pertaining to international parental child abduction cases which were being filed by estranged couples both in India and the country of their residence, resulting in simultaneous proceedings in two different courts,” the petition added.The 1980 International Convention on Child Abduction provides for a legal mechanism where countries can work on these cases together. The convention requires that a central authority be formed, which is then supposed to help locate abducted children, encourage amicable solutions to parental abduction cases and process requests for return of children within six weeks of filing an application.“Despite several pleas, Indian law does not even recognize international parental child abduction as a legal issue, leave alone a crime. In India, there is no legislation or guidelines by the government to deal with such cases and matters of custody have so far been left largely to be determined by the courts. There has been no uniform policy followed by the courts, which tends to treat the issue of child removal as a custody dispute between parents. This is clearly in contravention of India’s international obligations,” added the petition.International Parental Child Abduction (IPCA) is the illegal removal of children from their home country by a parent to a foreign country or the illegal retention of children in a foreign country without the other parent’s consent or a court order from the jurisdiction where the children habitually reside. Related ItemsfamilyLawSupreme Courtlast_img read more