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.
Chinese Ambassador Fu Jijun presents gift to Mayor Pam Belcher-Taylor after the program— Chinese Ambassador foresees more investment here; dedicates newly renovated community park in PaynesvilleChinese Ambassador accredited to Liberia, Fu Jijun, has said that the cordial bilateral relationship that is currently subsisting between his country and Liberia will get stronger and stronger as he and his team will continue to make Liberia’s case in an effort to lure more investments to the country.He said that Chinese companies are seizing opportunities presented by the cordiality in relationship to invest and also implement projects on behalf of their mother country. “As the Chinese Ambassador here, I would like to assure you that it is my job to make every efforts to deepen the collaboration and enhance the friendship between both countries and bring more benefits to our people,” Ambassador Fu said.The senior Chinese diplomat spoke on Monday at the ceremony commemorating the dedication of the newly renovated Paynesville Community Park. It is anticipated that the Park would help boost recreational activities and improve interactions among residents.He expressed delight for being opportune to form part of the dedication of the newly constructed basketball court along with the fully equipped children’s playground—an initiative that represents many of the good results of the friendship and collaboration between both countries.Ambassador Fu noted at the event that Chinese companies are getting more involved in the development of the country and that, as interactions between those companies and the Liberian people increase, the China-Liberia friendship grows and deepens further. “As a way of advancing more friendly interaction between our people, these companies often seize the opportunity to impact the lives of locals through creative and unique ways,” he said.He said despite the many challenges being faced, several Chinese companies continue to demonstrate their commitment to keep investing in the Liberian economy, he said.The ambassador, however, termed the Paynesville Park project as another gift from the Chinese companies to the Liberian people.The project came to fruition through a goodwill gesture from the Chinese government through TSMO Investment Corporation and the China Dalian International Cooperation Group (CDIG). Several bilateral projects have also been successfully completed while many others are being initiated. Some of these projects include the China-Liberia Friendship Park and the electronic billboard at the Executive Pavilion. Collaboration between the two countries has been developing very robustly over the last decade.A view of the newly renovated park in PaynesvilleAt the forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) coordinators meeting held three weeks ago, China pledged continual commitment to the pro-poor agenda of the Weah Administration.The Chinese government further demonstrated this commitment with the signing of agreements that will see the construction of two overhead bridges, valued at US$30M, to help ease the heavy traffic congestion around the newly constructed Ministerial Complex.Paynesville City Mayor, Pam Belcher-Taylor said the project was initiated in 2017 at the request of PCC in order to provide a recreational facility for residents of the city and its surrounding environs. She lauded the Chinese for not only giving the city a facelift, but also contributing to the happiness of the residents, especially the young people and children“In 2017, the PCC, through then Mayor, Cyvette Gibson, was given an offer by the Chinese government for the construction of park,”Communication was afterwards received from CDIG that it was selected by the Embassy here to carry out the work and that a site should be identified for the project. This is how PCC Special Project and technical and City Planning Department selected the Park because of its deplorable state.The project was done in phases with the first phase being the construction of the Basketball Court which include four sitting platforms, dual basketball rims. The phase II included the construction of the children’s playground, which was installed by TSMO, included an artificial climbing wall, a slide, two merry-go-rounds, a swing, four seesaws and others.The ceremony was also graced by several dignitaries, including Montserrado County District #2 Representative Jimmy Smith and Paynesville City Council Chairman, T. Max Hinneh.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)