first_imgGreat Britain’s Jonathan Brownlee’s attempt to win the World Championships for the first time ended in dramatic fashion at the International Triathlon Union Grand Final in Cozumel in Mexico.Brownlee, the Olympic silver medallist at Rio 2016, was leading with around 700 metres to go but started to slow as his legs began to give up on him.He looked to have stopped at one point but older brother Alistair, the double Olympic gold medallist caught up and assisted his brother over the finish line.Jonathan then collapsed, according to reports, and was taken away for medical attention.Following the race, Brownlee was said to be doing a lot better, but was taken to hospital as a precaution.An appeal was lodged by the Spanish Triathlon Federation to disqualify Brownlee for accepting assistance from his brother to finish the race, however the ITU Competition Jury unanimously ruled against disqualifying him. “I have been in that position before, when it happened to me in London a few years ago,” said Alistair Brownlee. “It was a natural human reaction. I’d have done the same thing for anyone in that position.””I remember being in second place and then coming around and someone telling me I was in tenth.”I couldn’t remember all of those people passing me.”So I swore that, literally if it happened to anyone I would help them across the line. “Obviously the World Series is a big race, but I just had to do what was right in that situation.” His brother Jonathan required treatment but later tweeted he was OK, with a photo of himself lying in a hospital bed on a drip. Alongside a video clip of the finish of the race, the 2012 world champion also wrote: “Normally when you have had too much to drink. This time it was the opposite #ouch”South Africa’s Olympic bronze medallist Henri Schoeman swept past Brownlee to win the race, with Alistair finishing third, a second behind his brother having partly carried him for the final few metres.The win was Schoeman’s first ever on the World Triathlon Series tour and it meant the same three athletes filled the medal positions as Rio 2016, although in a different order. Brownlee’s second placed finish meant that Spain’s Mario Mola snatched the series title by the slimmest of margins.As Mola caught wind of Brownlee’s condition from his support team, he found a late surge to maintain his top ranking in the standings with a fifth-place finish. That meant Brownlee finished in second-place overall.Another Spaniard, Fernando Alarza, claimed the bronze medal in the overall standings.”First of all this was not how I wanted to win the World Championship,” said Mola.”I thought, well I’m going to be second again, but at least I will fight until the end.”When I heard Jonny wasn’t feeling well, I thought, ‘I need to fight to the end’. “We want everyone to be safe after the finish line, it’s not the way I wanted it, but that’s triathlon.”—last_img read more

first_imgStudents attending the technical and vocational training centres at Mahaicony, Leonora and Upper Corentyne will begin receiving a monthly stipend, Government announced on Friday.Cabinet, at its most recent meeting, agreed to a proposal for the Education Ministry to pay stipends to students at technical and vocational training centres at Mahaicony, Leonora and the Upper Corentyne. The centres were said to have been established to provide “second opportunities” for youth to develop skills that would enable them to obtain gainful employment.According to Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, it was observed over the past three years that only approximately 46 per cent of the students enrolled managed to graduate.“The major reason for this was cited as the high cost of transportation. It was also noted that the completion rate for courses given in collaboration with other institutions, such as the board of industrial training where stipends were given, was much higher.”The stipends approved with effect from September 1, 2016, will be paid to students of the centres as follows – Mahaicony 00, Upper Corentyne 00 and Leonora 00 per month.Meanwhile, Cabinet has also approved the appointment of members of the National Accreditation Council (NAC) for a period of two years. The members appointed are Vincent Alexander as Chairman; Winifred James Kippins, Member (Association of Caribbean, tertiary institutions (acting); Archibald Clifton, Member (Council of Technical Vocational Education and Training – (CTVET); Sophia Hunte, Member (Teaching Service Commission (TSC), Clem Duncan, Member (Private Sector Commission (PSC); Dr Dawn Fox, Member (Minister’s Representative); Andrew Grant, Member (Department of the Public Service (MOP); Camille Robertson, Member (University of Guyana); Jennifer Cummerbatch, Member (Education Ministry); and Samantha Alleyne, Member (Guyana Teachers’ Union).The Council has as its mission statement; “to develop a coherent and integrated quality assured tertiary education sector” is the external quality assurance agency for higher education in Guyana and is legally mandated to register all post-secondary and tertiary institutions operating in Guyana.The Council also ensures that institutions and programmes accredited and permitted to operate meet or exceed stated educational quality criteria that include appropriately designed course programme structures, adequate resources and learning outcomes, and assessment strategies that are at an appropriate level for qualifications awarded.last_img read more

first_imgL.A. badly needs major reforms FIVE years ago, residents of the San Fernando Valley staged a valiant effort to shake up the system of institutionalized political corruption in the city of Los Angeles. Five years later, it’s time for another shake-up. Back then, Valley residents waged a campaign for independence. Despite being outmatched and massively outspent, they managed to achieve a symbolic victory by passing secession in the Valley, even though it failed citywide. The inequities persist: The Valley still has worse police response times, fewer cops and a bigger surge in gang violence than the rest of L.A. – despite paying a lion’s share of the city’s taxes. The Valley has been conspicuously left out of Villaraigosa’s school-reform efforts. And downtown developers continue to get massive subsidies and handouts, while the Valley and much of the rest of L.A. get little or no help in their efforts to revive community life. But worse than the inequities is City Hall’s outright contempt for L.A. neighborhoods. Los Angeles’ city leadership exists not for the benefit of Angelenos, but for the unions, the developers and the other special interests that call the shots. To cite just a few of the most recent, most egregious abuses of City Hall: City leaders approved an enormous, nearly $300 million pay hike for bureaucrats at a time when revenues are falling flat and may even decline, and the city can least afford it. They have sponsored hundreds of millions of dollars in subsidies for downtown projects, and support building a half-billion dollar, overpriced police headquarters. Having squandered the treasury, they admit they failed to invest in basic infrastructure, and warn of service cuts, while offering nothing to make L.A. a better city. And in their zeal to rake in more of the public’s money, they have declared a phony emergency to pass a phone-tax hike disguised as a tax cut. They are also pushing for water and power hikes, even as they siphon millions away from L.A.’s public utility to City Hall. By every measure, this city government is failing, in the most basic ways, to serve the people who pay dearly for it. It is locked in a pattern of self-service, and seemingly immune to public pressure. Five years after secession, some kind of radical shake-up is needed, yet again. Maybe it’s a borough system. Maybe it’s true charter reform. Maybe it’s empowering and funding L.A.’s neighborhood councils. Maybe it’s a comprehensive attempt to organize neighborhoods and residents. Maybe it’s even another secession campaign. We don’t pretend to have an answer. But Los Angeles is badly broken. Its poverty of politics is extreme. And it’s going to take something radical to change it.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 MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre And while few today have the interest or the appetite to fight the secession battle again, it’s clear that something drastic needs to be done to make City Hall responsive to the people of L.A. in general, and to the Valley in particular. Now, as then, Los Angeles suffers from a poverty of politics. The Valley secession movement did, briefly, succeed in forcing some changes in City Hall, just as the City Charter reform movement had done five years earlier. L.A. leaders were forced to realize that they had to pay heed to the public and the Valley – at least a little. Antonio Villaraigosa won his race for mayor on a reform platform by winning over Valley voters who were fed up with then-incumbent Jim Hahn. Hahn’s actions had undermined charter reform, and his contempt for the Valley came through in his desperate campaign against secession. But since then, the situation has deteriorated, yet again. last_img read more