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.
A recent survey conducted by the Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) has found that a massive 60 per cent of residents in Georgetown illegally reconnect their water supply after being disconnected.The GWI on Thursday highlighted the major issue while noting that plans are afoot to intensify its disconnection and service removal campaign in a bid to focus on customers who are determined to illegally reconnect their service.The water company said “a sample population of 700 Georgetown customers have illegally reconnected their water service after being disconnected for overdue balances… the utility has intensified its disconnection and service removal campaign across the capital city, with a particular focus on those customers who have illegally reconnected their service.”According to the GWI, most of the customers who would have indulged in the illegal act are domestic customers.Revenue Manager for the municipality, Nicholas Dawalat, explained that the company is currently conducting disconnections in the Queenstown area which will be trailed by other areas in Georgetown such as Stabroek, Alberttown, and Charlestown.According to him, illegal reconnections result in a reduced level of service to customers, loss in revenue and contamination in the lines, which compromises the quality of water provided to customers.He further added that the company’s loss in revenue also affects its ability to purchase chemicals to treat water to ensure that the quality meets World Health Organisation (WHO) standards, as well as its ability to pay its workers.The manager nonetheless noted that disconnections and service removals are the company’s last resort after attempts to contact their customers prove futile.According to GWI, its customers are given 28 days after their bill is due to clear their balance or the option to take advantage of the utility’s wallet-friendly payment plans.If they fail to do so, their service is disconnected, and they are given an additional 28 days to pay their reconnection fee, before their service is removed. The cost for reconnection for domestic customers is $7500 and $16,000 for commercial customers, whereas the replacement fee for both categories is $20,000.It was pointed out that GWI targets all categories of indebted customers, irrespective of whether they are domestic or commercial.