Western Bureau:Jamaica has produced several good swimmers over the years, and it would appear that the production line is again being revved up to throw up another potential star in 11-year-old Rin Giles from Mt Alvernia Prep School.The swimming sensation has been creating waves in the pool with a total of 16 medals won in the 2014-15 season, including two records, the first coming at the Mayberry Investments Prep/Primary School Swim Meet in April.There, Giles smashed the 50m backstroke record, posting a fresh time of 37.25 seconds in the 11-12 age-group section. It was his best time in the event. That record would fall, however, as he finished strong to take gold at the NestlÈ Jamaica Limited Prep/Primary School Swim Championship.His 36.75 seconds demo-lished the record he set at the Mayberry meet and helped to catapult him into the hearts and minds of those who witnessed the feat.His personal coach, Joshua Bailey of the Blue Marlin Swim Club, out of Montego Bay, thinks he has a good chance of making the 2016 Carifta team.”He has so much potential and he really is a strong swimmer. His records and overall performances tell the story that he is one to watch out for,” said Bailey.”Carifta is not a dream anymore for Giles. He clearly has the potential to do well and, if he continues doing so, then he could be in line if the qualification times are met,” added Bailey.amazing supportGiles helped his school to a 13th-place finish at the Amateur Swimming Associa-tion of Jamaica (ASAJ) swim meet back in November of last year, taking gold in the 50m backstroke, and returned to again land gold in the 50m butterfly. He grabbed silver in the 50m breaststroke and 200 IM (individual medley).He backed up that performance with his record swim at Mayberry meet and has not looked back since, posting wins also at the Burger King/YMCA Prep/Primary School Swim Challenge, where he helped Mt Alvernia to a fourth-place finish in May, taking the gold in the 50m freestyle and backstroke, before settling for silver in the 50m breaststroke and backstroke.”As a young swimmer, he will need the support of his parents, and we at Blue Marlin are very happy that he has been getting that. His mother gives amazing support and he relishes that, plus, we make sure that he remains focused in academics as well as in the pool,” the club’s head coach, Rosemarie Logan, said.
LANCASTER – Standing in an overcrowded cell block next to makeshift double-bunked beds as the stench of body odor wafted about Friday, California’s head prison administrator said conditions at Lancaster’s state prison were an embarrassment. “This is inappropriate,” said James E. Tilton, secretary of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. “An inmate should have an opportunity to serve his time, have productive activities and try to improve his life.” Inmates triple-bunked in a day room originally designed for recreation described their living conditions as deplorable. “It’s scary and dangerous,” said Jose Zavarra, a Salvadoran who said he was serving time on burglary charges. “There’s diseases all over the place here.” Tilton toured the facility to support Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s prison-reform package, which features a $10.9 billion expansion program that its backers say is needed to fix a beleaguered system. The plan would add 78,000 beds to a jail and prison system the governor’s supporters say is desperately needed to keep potentially dangerous criminals behind bars. They cite statistics showing that 233,388 individuals avoided incarceration or were released early in 2005 because there was no room to house them. Lancaster’s 262-acre facility, designed to accommodate 2,300 inmates when it opened in 1993, currently houses 4,305, of which 450 live in emergency double- and triple-bunked beds in gyms, day rooms and in cellblocks amid conditions Tilton said were unsafe. California’s prison system, designed for 100,000 inmates, currently has a population of 174,000, with 17,000 inmates housed in temporary facilities. “If you want to give me the inmates, give me the budget,” Tilton said at a news conference after the tour. The plan includes an additional $41.1 million spending on anti-recidivism programs, including drug treatment, job training and housing assistance, and calls for $50 million to improve the adult probation program, focusing on 18- to 25-year-olds. The plan would also establish a commission to review sentencing guidelines. firstname.lastname@example.org (661) 267-7802160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!