Young Jamaican swimmer making waves in Florida

first_imgYoung Jesse Marsh’s national 13-14 age group 100 metres butterfly record, set at the long course time trial at the SPEEDO Winter Juniors in Atlanta, United States, last weekend, is causing a buzz in the local swimming fraternity. The Florida-based St Andrew’s student lowered the previous mark of 59.27 seconds to 58.49 and became the first local 13-14 age group swimmer to go below the 59 seconds marker. Jesse’s father and former Swim Jamaica vice-president, Allan Roy Marsh, described the young swimmer’s achievement as surprising, noting that Jesse did not practise the 100 butterfly since July, and has basically been competing on his own. “To some extent, it was (surprising). He has been working hard and working consistently. What was surprising is that he was able to go to the US junior nationals in Atlanta the week before and break the butterfly record, improving his time by a second-and-a-half. “That was surprising, because it was such a big meet, and he was not at his best. But he has been putting in the work, and we are happy,” he told The Gleaner. GREAT POTENTIAL “We knew he had the potential to do it, and he basically swam the race by himself and on the last day of the meet. This was the first butterfly he had competed in the long course pool since July, so he wasn’t in practice for it, but he was able to carry his condition in from his training,” he continued. Marsh has been getting rave reviews from local swimming experts, who are hailing him as the next big thing from the pool. But his father is not so sure just now. He wants the young swimmer to develop and take things in stride. “There is a positive feedback because we do not have many national age group records, and there are people reacting very positive towards this. He trains consistently. The coaches admire his work ethic. Among his current coaches at St Andrew’s school in Boca Raton, Florida, is a former Jamaican swimmer, Ramon Walton. Walton says Jesse is very coachable and he works, and they told me he was the only swimmer who made every practice this high-school season. “This is something he loves to do, I never had to push him. I just gave him support, and I am very pleased (with this achievement). But it’s what he wants to do, because you can’t really predict the future of young age group swimmers. So many things can happen, so many distractions can take place. “So talent is only the beginning, work rate is what is important. The older the swimmer gets, his work ethic and being coachable are more important. Talent alone cannot take you to the highest level; you need work ethic and belief. But if you continue to work you will move up the ranks as you get older,” he stated.last_img read more

Man United not at Barcelona’s level, says Mourinho

first_imgIt came on the heels of a penalty shootout victory over Real Madrid after the teams drew 1-1 in their International Champions Cup friendly match..In terms of sheer talent, Mourinho acknowledged, Real Madrid and Barcelona have the edge.“I think at this time, the best players are in these two clubs,” he said. “We have to accept that as a reality. For us to play against both in a pre-season without any kind of pressure was very good for us.“Both played with their best team — (it’s) very, very good for us to measure against them,” he said, but added: “There is only one (Lionel) Messi. There is only one Neymar.“You can work very hard tactically to try to improve your team, but there are players who are special. Even as an opponent on the bench, it’s great to see their relationship with the ball,” he said.In the eyes of Mourinho, only Frenchman Paul Pogba in the United squad “showed that he had this level”.Nevertheless, Mourinho said he departs the US confident that his team have the qualities needed to thrive in the upcoming Premier League campaign.“We prefer to compare with the teams we play weekly in the Premier League. And we’re much more prepared for that very hard competition, which is a competition with a different style, with a different kind of players,” he said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho (left) watches his team take on Barcelona in Landover, Maryland, on July 26, 2017 © AFP / Brendan SMIALOWSKIWASHINGTON, United States, Jul 27 – Pre-season matches against star-studded Real Madrid and Barcelona were good preparation for the rigors of the Premier League even as they demonstrated the Spanish giants’ superior level, Manchester United coach Jose Mourinho said Wednesday.With a goal from Brazilian striker Neymar, Barcelona defeated Manchester United 1-0 on Wednesday, handing the Red Devils the first defeat of their US Tour.last_img read more

Texas Takes Early Steps To Repair Or Replace Its Aged Mental Hospitals

first_imgShelby TauberThe Austin State Hospital is shown on April 29, 2016. Officials said that as of April 2016, state hospitals have nearly 400 people on waiting lists, and the number of beds the state pays for in private facilities has not kept up with the state’s rapid population growth.Texas leaders are taking the first steps to make long-awaited fixes to state hospitals built in the 19th and 20th centuries that serve Texans who need mental health services.  The work, officials announced Monday, includes planning for the total replacement of hospitals in San Antonio and Austin. Texas Health and Human Services officials said they are receiving the first $47.7 million to begin needed construction for existing state hospitals. The funding is part of the $300 million authorized by the Legislature during the 2017 session.Charles Smith, Texas Health and Human Services executive commissioner, said in a news release that “this investment will benefit the state for generations.”“With this support from state leadership, we can update our facilities and be sure we are providing Texans with the very best mental health care possible,” Smith said.    The news comes just five months after the Texas Health and Human Services Commission released a report looking at the state’s long-term mental health system needs. Officials noted in the report that some of the 10 state hospitals were built as early as the 1850s. Outdated building design and deterioration has led to reduced capacity, the report said. It also found that as of August 2017, 70 beds across the state were not in use due to needed repairs or deferred maintenance issues.Part of the first phase of improvements includes remodeling projects to expand capacity at the Kerrville and San Antonio state hospitals, adding beds to the Rusk State Hospital and planning for a new hospital in Houston.It also includes developing plans for reimagining the Austin State Hospital and San Antonio State Hospital, which were serving about 530 people combined during a 2016 review. The state is estimating it’ll cost $235 million to build new facilities in Austin and an estimated $270 million for a new San Antonio hospital. State legislators pushed for funding to remodel and renovate the state hospitals throughout the 2017 legislative session. A select committee of lawmakers reported just before the session convened that some issues of hospital maintenance were irreparable. But the committee called on lawmakers to increase the number of beds available in state hospitals, create early intervention for schoolchildren with behavioral health issues, invest in jail diversion programs and increase the state’s mental health workforce. Sharelast_img read more