The 23-year-old joins the Vikings in the 2018 Betfred Super League season alongside fellow PNG Kumul, Kato Ottio.Albert is known for his pace, power and physicality – standing at 194 centimetres tall and weighing at about 114 kilograms.He joins the 35-man squad already named for the Betfred Super League season in the United Kingdom.His move to the Vikings is subject to visa approval.Head coach of Widnes Vikings, Denis Betts, said the Vikings are looking forward to welcoming Albert to the pre-season training at the earliest opportunity.Betts said after speaking to those who coached and played alongside Albert, he identified him as having the right qualities to enhance the Vikings.The Vikings coach said it was exciting to introduce a forward to the squad, with Albert’s ability to play on the wing, and given his size and determination.The young Southern Highlander rose to prominence when he became the first Papua New Guinean to score an NRL contract directly from PNG when he joined the Penrith Panthers.Albert has played 20 league games and was a constant presence in the side that secured the Hunters their first ever Intrust Super Cup premiership.He again demonstrated his strength at the 2017 Rugby League World Cup, featuring in the victories over Ireland and Wales.(Loop file pic)
Dear Editor,I note that after the meeting between the President and the Leader of the Opposition on the appointment of Justice Benjamin as Chancellor, Minister Harmon is reported to have said that the President was generous to give the Leader of the Opposition a month to do his due diligence.I was really taken back by this choice of words as I knew the Constitution stipulated that the President must get the agreement of the Leader of the Opposition.The President has not been given the authority to make such a decision in his own deliberate judgement. One can only be generous when one has something which he is willing to share with others. If being given a month is an act of generosity, then what would one call the 12 years given to previous Opposition Leaders for their agreements?Justice Carl Singh, who acted as Chancellor from April 2005 to February 2017, was nominated by both past Presidents Bharrat Jagdeo and Donald Ramotar; all the then Opposition leaders, including David Granger, never offered their agreement to Justice Singh’s appointment. Clearly President Jagdeo and President Ramotar were very, very magnanimous in the past. But this has more to it than persons being generous. For me, there is the issue of appointing from what is here and there is the issue of trust and confidence building measures.The two honourable Justices who are currently performing the duties as Chancellor and Chief Justice should be nominated, they have performed and they have the confidence of their peers.In our divided society, trust and confidence building are still paramount. This has been one of the hallmarks of the mantras from the diplomatic community and international organisations. Thus, the changes made to the Constitution and the election laws and the billions invested by the last government in ‘depressed communities programmes’ and ‘social cohesion programmes’. What was done with the appointment of the Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission was a serious blow to trust and confidence.I have seen one precipitous act of generosity by this Administration and this was the ‘Hamilton Green Pension Act’. Hamilton Green served for seven years as Prime Minister – five of those years were after rigged elections and two were on an extension generously agreed to by the Opposition.A person acting for 12 years could not have been an issue of competence. What was done – whatever the reason for non-consenting was mean to Justice Carl Singh.Sincerely,Manzoor Nadir
EL MONTE – City officials are examining the possibility of a new trolley bus line that would connect the proposed El Monte Transit Village to the Flair Park Business District across the Rio Hondo. The City Council will vote Tuesday on whether to commit $50,000 for a study examining the feasibility of the project. The money would come from city redevelopment funds and contributions from transit village developer the Titan Group. Redevelopment Director Eugene Moy said the proposed trolley line could take advantage of the existing MTA busway, which crosses the Rio Hondo on its way into the El Monte Bus Station, the planned hub of the transit village project. Once on the west side of the channel, the line could run along an existing levy that parallels the Rio Hondo below the San Bernardino (10) Freeway, before ending at a cul-de-sac on Baldwin Place at the eastern edge of Flair Park. “This is a preliminary concept that needs to go through an engineering study, but we are optimistic,” said Moy. Moy said the city already runs a commuter shuttle from from the downtown area to Flair Park, but it takes a long, circuitous route to get there. “The thought is that if we can find a shorter route, then more people would take advantage of the El Monte Bus Terminal,” he said. Caltrans, which owns land on both sides of the river along which the proposed line could run, has already provided the city with preliminary plans showing the trolley line is feasible, Moy said. The Metrolink station near Valley Boulevard and Tyler Avenue is located just two blocks to the northwest of the El Monte Bus Station, so train commuters who work at Flair Park could also take advantage of the new trolley line to get to their jobs. Ken Rausch, owner of Edwards Steak House on Flair Drive, said the proposed trolley line would be great for the business district. “One of the biggest problems facing Flair Park is vehicle ingress and egress, and since we moved in here it has gotten worse,” said Rausch, co-chair of the Flair Park Association. His father moved the business from its original Los Angeles location to El Monte in 1973. Since then the business district has boomed, with the county’s Department of Public Social Services moving into two nearby office buildings and Cathay Bank’s world headquarters coming soon, adding another 350 employees to the area, Rausch said. “So anything the city can do to alleviate the traffic situation would be very welcome,” he said, adding that some of his employees who commute by bus from Los Angeles would directly benefit from the proposed trolley line. Councilwoman Emily Ishigaki said she hopes the trolley connection happens. “This would not only enhance existing business, but encourage more businesses to move to Flair Park,” Ishigaki said. email@example.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2306 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
A mural of Mario Danelo was unveiled at San Pedro High School earlier this week to honor the memory of the late alumnus and USC placekicker. Those who knew Danelo hope the mural, titled “Livin’ the Dream,” inspires other student athletes to reach for their goals. “This is a day of celebration of somebody that left us way too soon. “But he’s with us today; you can feel his spirit.” “This is like the Mona Lisa to me,” marveled Joe Danelo, Mario Danelo’s father, after the mural was revealed. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champThe 12-by-8-foot mural depicts Danelo kicking a field goal at the Coliseum and hangs on the wall of the high school English building, across from where the new gymnasium is being constructed. Mike Sullivan, who painted the glass-tile mural, wants it to send a message to the students. “Mario walked these same hallways, played on the same field and what he did in his life was pretty prestigious,” Sullivan said. “The only limit is themselves.” Sullivan, who is based in Irvine, plans to do 100 sports murals around the world in five years. He had been a fan of Joe Danelo when he played for the Buffalo Bills in the 1980s and and saw Mario Danelo play at USC. Sullivan wanted to do a print after the kicker’s death in January and worked with USC on the mural. USC booster and former USC long-snapper Shawn Talbott led the mural efforts and also helped set up two new scholarships in Danelo’s name. One scholarship will go to a walk-on USC football player, who will be selected by his teammates and coaches in the fall. Walk-on players, such as Danelo in his first year at USC, do not have their tuition paid for. “That’s like $40,000 a year,” . “It’s a big deal.” The other scholarship will be for an SPHS senior football player, chosen on the basis of academics, athletics and financial need. This student will have his books paid for during four years of college at any university, not just USC. Talbott said his wife, Lauri, a teacher at Carr Elementary in Torrance, inspired him to do the high-school scholarship. “This goes out to teachers for all they do for students, because they are constantly underpaid and overlooked,” he said. To help fund the scholarships, 18-by-22-inch framed lithograph versions of the mural are being sold through USC. T-shirts were also sold on Monday and will be on sale at Boca Activewear in downtown San Pedro. Danelo’s parents said the scholarship is important because in addition to being a successful athlete, Mario had a 4.1 weighted grade point average when he graduated from high school. “He worked hard off and on the field,” said his mother, Emily Danelo. About 100 people gathered at the high school to hear Danelo’s family, friends and coaches reflect on his life and to see the new mural. USC football coach Pete Carroll said the team would be carrying Danelo’s memory with them to the Rose Bowl next month. “He needs to make one more kick for us,” Carroll said. Will Collins, USC’s long-snapper and a close friend of Danelo, recounted how the team did a 10-man formation after scoring its first touchdown of the season in September and took a penalty to leave Danelo’s placekicker spot empty. “I found myself tearing up as I was looking back between my legs at the empty spot that was once filled by such a great kicker,” Collins said. ,” said Paul McDonald, a former USC quarterback and NFL player who served as master of ceremonies for the presentation Monday Talbott said firstname.lastname@example.org WANT TO BUY IT? To purchase a lithograph of the Mario Danelo mural for $249, contact the USC Athletic Department at 213-740-4155. Funds will go toward scholarships in Danelo’s name.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesOther inmates in the facility alerted nearby deputies who summoned medical aid. Fernandez, serving a six-month sentence for carrying a concealed weapon, claimed significant neurological damage as a result of severe head injuries and said he experiences blurred vision, slurred speech, impaired balance and impaired judgment. The four assailants subsequently were convicted of attempted murder. Because of the potential liability created by the deputy leaving her post, the county counsel is asking for board approval of the settlement. According to Assistant County Counsel Roger Granbo, Fernandez is represented by the Los Angeles law firm of McNicholas and McNicholas. CASTAIC – A $750,000 settlement has been tentatively approved for an inmate who was beaten by other inmates at the Pitchess Detention Center. The Los Angeles County Claims Board has approved the amount, which faces review Tuesday by the county Board of Supervisors Tuesday. Inmate Anthony Fernandez was assaulted May 24, 2004, by four other inmates who thought he had taken personal property belonging to one of the men, according to a report to the supervisors. The attack took place in the North Facility at the Pitchess jail complex in Castaic. A sheriff’s deputy assigned to the dormitory control office nearest Fernandez’s location had left her post, believing a relief officer was en route. The post was vacant for about 20 minutes, during which time the assailants took Fernandez to a secluded area at the rear of the dormitory, where he was beaten until he lost consciousness. The county has already incurred costs of $75,554 for attorney’s fees and medical experts. Potential costs if the matter proceeded to trial could exceed $3.8 million.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT REVEALED Hazard made no mistake Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move tense ADVICE Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card REPLY Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Kepa Arrizabalaga was the hero after two excellent saves from the spot, before Hazard sent Chelsea through with what could be his last kick at Stamford Bridge.And on a tense night, talkSPORT host and die-hard Chelsea fan Cundy could barely listen as the shootout was described in the studio.You can watch the moment below… Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars no dice LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Here’s the moment Eden Hazard put Chelsea into the Europa League Final!Watch @JasonCundy05 😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/6ltyKa82EF— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) May 9, 2019Maurizio Sarri’s men were poor on the night and, in truth, Frankfurt probably deserved to win the game during normal and extra time.And Cundy has noticed a worrying pattern in Chelsea’s second-half displays this season.He said: “I’ve seen this Chelsea side do this too many times in the second-half. Jason Cundy went positively crazy in the talkSPORT studios when Eden Hazard netted the winning penalty in Chelsea’s Europa League triumph over Eintracht Frankfurt.The Blues overcame the German side on penalties to reach the final, where they will meet Arsenal on May 29 in Baku. shining gameday cracker Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won “I’ve seen it against Burnley, I’ve seen it against Everton, I’ve seen it against Bournemouth.“We’re not good enough. I’ve nicknamed it ‘second half-itis’. I don’t know what is said at half-time.” 1 huge blow getty
“Lustig will come back into the squad, an exceptional player for us since I’ve been here, and the guys behind that, Dedryk Boyata, Cristian Gamboa and Emilio [Izaguirre]”. “I’ve got very good defenders,” Rodgers said. “It was a big problem in the summer when I had none so I can’t be complaining now when I’ve got them all fit and ready.“They’ve all been super. The guys who have been playing have done exceptionally well.”He added: “Kieran has been exceptional, Erik I’ve been really impressed with. He’s taken on board what we’re trying to do and I’ve seen a difference in him from early season top now.“I’ve got the mix of Jozo still getting back from long-term injury, as well as Kolo’s experience which has been invaluable for us. Brendan Rodgers says he is spoilt for choice when it comes to talented defenders despite it being an area of concern during the summer.The Celtic manager says he has already picked his team to face Borussia Monchengladbach in his side’s third tie of the Champions League group stages on Wednesday. He has a wealth of fit defenders at his disposal with Erik Sviatchenko expected to keep his place in the heart of the backline. Kolo Toure, Dedryck Boyata and Cristian Gamboa are also fit while Jozo Simunovic has been edging closer to match sharpness since returning from his spell on the sidelines.
Even with hours of rigorous boxing training daily, Mandeep Jangra finds time to help save the planet. Back home in Haryana, he keeps telling people through social media and in person to plant more trees and avoid plastic.Climate change and rising temperature has been a matter of worry globally. Time and again, voices from all over the world and all walks of life have expressed their concerns over environmental degradation and the concrete actions needed to reverse the damage.Indian boxer Mandeep is no different. Soon after winning gold medal in the 69kg category in Ulaanbaatar Cup, the 25-year-old boxer dedicated his latest feat to “mother nature”.The increasing heatwave conditions being experienced in the northern India has become a menace for the people. The extreme heat was the first concern showed by Mandeep as he spoke to Mail Today from Mongolia.”Bhai, aj kitni garmi hai waha? (How hot is it there in India?),” he said.Temperatures in New Delhi have soared beyond 44 degrees this summer and he said that something needs to be done before it’s too late.Mandeep added, “I ask my family about the weather daily and they inform me that it’s getting worse day-by-day.””There is just one planet for 7 billion people and I humbly request people to please save it. We need to understand that we have to mould ourselves according to nature rather than making it other way round. Winning gold is indeed a proud moment for me but I want to dedicate this medal to mother nature.”advertisementFurther talking about his bout, the former Commonwealth Games silver-medallist said, “I have won an international gold medal after a long time and I hope it would count for something during the selection trials for the Asian Games.”Mandeep was up against local boxer Otgonbaatar Byamba-Erdene and set the pace of the bout with his aggressive combination punches.It helped that his opponent looked out of sorts for most parts, attempting wild swings that hardly connected. Mandeep won the bout on a split decision.”It has not been easy for me, because I have battled injuries. But my guru Akhil Kumar (former Olympian) always backed me. And I am really happy to be back.”I lost 10kg and took a shot at welterweight in this tournament. It was a huge gamble for me, and I am glad it paid off,” said the boxer, who had been competing in the middleweight for a while now.He also praised Boxing Federation of India (BFI) for providing a “good” foreign exposure to the national pugilists.”BFI is doing a lot for the boxers. We all are getting so much of exposure. And I am sure that we will bring more medals to India with this kind of help,” he said.Akhil too hailed his prodigy, saying there is a lot of talent in Mandeep and BFI should be acknowledged for the success of boxers.”Mandeep is a very talented boxer. I have always believed that he can win an Olympic medal,” said Akhil. “I am really happy that he made a comeback with gold. And with the kind of support BFI is giving to our boxers, I can say that in Tokyo Olympics, the numbers of medals are going to increase.”
Texas is the heavy favorite, followed closely behind by Ohio State, UCLA and USC. The Buckeyes, Bruins and Trojans will likely be disappointed when Robinson announced his commitment in just under 24 hours.Tom Herman and company received 88-percent of the crystal ball predictions from 247Sports.247Sports rates Robinson as the No. 20 overall prospect in the country. He is the No. 3 running back in the nation, and the No. 2 prospect from the state of Arizona.As a junior at Salpointe Catholic, Robinson rushed for an incredible 2,400 yards and 35 touchdowns on just 170 carries.The year before, he had another 2,000-yard season with 26 touchdowns on 189 carries.Stay tuned for Robinson’s commitment coming Friday afternoon. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)One of the top running backs in the 2020 class is close to announcing his commitment.Bijan Robinson, the No. 3 running back in the class, will announce his decision on Friday afternoon.The five-star recruit received offers from most of the top teams in the country. However, only one will land the 6-foot-0, 200-pound tailback.Four programs appear to be in the running to land Robinson.
Amendments to the Caribbean Community (Free Movement of Skilled Persons) Act, which will broaden the categories of skilled Jamaicans able to access jobs in other regional states, are to be laid before Parliament soon.Labour and Social Security Minister, Hon. Derrick Kellier, will table the amendments, development of which is far advanced. The legislation will increase the categories of workers who can apply for a CARICOM Skills Certificate.According to the Ministry, the categories of skilled workers currently able to access employment in other Caribbean islands are: artistes; musicians; holders of degrees from recognised tertiary educational institutions; journalists/media workers; and sportsmen and women.The proposed amendments will legally extend this facilitation to nurses; teachers; and workers holding specific categories of vocational qualifications, and are currently being addressed administratively.These revisions will also empower the Minister, by virtue of a Ministerial order, to effect future amendments to the Act, implement an administrative system of processing applications, and set a schedule for payments.The Caribbean Community (Free Movement of Skilled Persons) Act was promulgated by Parliament in July 1997, in furtherance of the provisions of 1989 Grand Anse Declaration. The declaration underpins the advancement of the Caribbean regional integration process through the creation of a Single Market and Economy.The Act’s original concept has been modified over the years in efforts to facilitate full implementation of the free movement of skills mandate. This entails the right to seek employment in any CARICOM member state and elimination of the need for work permits and permits of stay (residence).The revised Treaty of Chaguaramas, which was instituted in 2000, provides the formal legal provision of the CARICOM policy.Statistics provided by the Ministry shows that Jamaica issued an overall 2,745 certificates to locals and nationals from several other territories, who submitted applications here, between 1997 and March 31 this year. The majority of these, 2,608, were awarded over the last six years, dating back to April 2007.A breakdown of the figures for the six-year period shows that Jamaican applicants received the most certificates – 1,792, followed by Trinidad and Tobago – 295. Other countries whose nationals were issued with certificates in Jamaica include: Guyana – 195; Barbados – 128; St. Vincent and the Grenadines – 36; Antigua and Barbuda – 35;St. Lucia – 29; St. Kitts and Nevis – 26; Belize – 21; Dominica – 20; Grenada – 14; Monserrat – 7; Suriname – 6; and Haiti – 4.The Caribbean Community (Free Movement of Skilled Persons) Act is one of five pieces of legislation, which the Minister is seeking to pilot through the House of Representatives during the 2013/14 legislative year.The others are the Occupational Safety and Health Bill (OSH); National Assistance Bill; Disabilities Bill; and legislation related to flexi-work arrangements.Regarding the OSH Bill, which is regarded as a priority on the Ministry’s agenda, Mr. Kellier informed that the document is currently being reviewed by the Chief Parliamentary Counsel (CPC), in order to effect revisions to the draft’s contents, based on recommendations from the Attorney General’s (AG) office.He advised that when promulgated, the OSH Bill will enable the Ministry to effect measures aimed at improving working conditions, while safeguarding employees’ welfare.With respect to the flexi-work week the Ministry informs that amendments are being proposed to existing legislation, which will facilitate wholesale implementation of this arrangement.Flexi-work arrangements are characterised by a variation of the traditional 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. work schedule, to incorporate part-time work with benefits; telecommuting; and a compressed work week.Noting that such arrangements already exist in several sectors, including health, transportation, manufacturing, tourism, and mining, the Ministry advises that there will be no specific flexible work arrangements law.Instead, amendments will be made to the targeted legislation to remove the legal impediments to the implementation of the regime.These include: the Holidays with Pay Act; Apprenticeship (Motor Mechanic Trade) Order; Minimum Wage Act and Orders; and Towns and Communities Act.According to the Ministry, these statutes, in their current form, contain provisions deemed “contrary to the principle” of flexible work arrangements.They restrict the opening and closing hours of establishments; limit the hours that can be worked and the days on which some persons can work; stipulate that the work day not exceed eight hours; restrict the operation of some business establishments on Sundays; and establish work weeks, which exceed the recommended 40 hours.Cabinet has approved the tabling of a White Paper in Parliament, which sets out the approved policy with respect to flexi-work arrangements, and the issuing of drafting instructions to the CPC for amendments to be effected to the various pieces of legislation.Meanwhile, work is advanced on the National Disability Act, to address and enforce provisions facilitating equalisation of opportunities for persons with disabilities.The Bill, which is in its 12th draft, will seek to promote, protect and facilitate full and equal fundamental rights and freedoms for persons with disabilities, in all areas, including education and training, employment, political office and public life, health care, housing, and public transport.The National Assistance Bill, which is also in its draft stages, is expected to repeal the Poor Relief Act. The Ministry is holding consultations on the Bill with several stakeholders, with a view of concluding these discussions as soon as possible.The Poor Relief Act provides an allowance for persons of pensionable age, deemed poor, but who do not qualify for benefits under the National Insurance Scheme (NIS) or an occupational pension scheme, as well as persons below the retirement age, suffering from mental or physical disabilities that prevent them from providing for themselves and their families.Contact: Douglas McIntosh