Wolmer’s Boys coach Vassell Reynolds said he is not concerned with anything else but eliminating big-named rivals and reigning ISSA-Flow Manning Cup champions Jamaica College today, when the schoolboy football powerhouses square off in their semi final at Sabina Park, at 4 p.m.Wolmer’s did, recently, eliminate today’s opponents from the Walker Cup quarter-finals, but none of that will matter today, Reynolds reasoned.”My approach from the beginning of the season is not to concern ourselves with the name of a team; the teams dont matter to me, only our next game. We always look to the next game,” warned Reynolds.”We dont know anybody named JC right now!” Reynolds quipped.”The Super Cup is glamorous and there is monetary reward and exposure there, because most people watch it. In terms of prestige, history, folklore, even though our aim is to be in all three finals, I would choose the Manning Cup.”We are confident of our ability as usual, we will be relying on our strength, and we will be focused and confident we will get the job done. We have momentum on our side, we are still unbeaten, we concede the least amount of goals,” Reynolds was quick to underline.He warned his charges that losing today would be unacceptable.”We don’t play against a name, we play against a team. It’s evident this is not the JC of last year, but from we met them in the STETHS CUP (pre-season), we knew they could be a formidable team,” Reynolds added.
Local Government CommissionBy Shemuel FanfairThe management of local democratic organs will soon fall under the watchful eye of a Local GovernmentOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo Commission (LGC). This comes after months of delays, and repeated calls, for the body’s establishment as Minister of Communities Ronald Bulkan will no longer issue directives on local government matters, rather, this will fall under the perview of the LGC.In light of his announcement that LGC will now be operationalised by early July, the Communities Minister told this publication Monday that nominees for the Government side will be known by Wednesday. Bulkan however pointed out that he has not heard word from the Opposition People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) on their nominees for LGC posts: “We have not received a response from him (the Opposition leader) as yet.”However, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo told this newspaper on Monday that the PPP/C nominees will soon be chosen.“I suspect this matter will be dealt with tomorrow or alternatively on Friday, our nominees will be selected.”The opposition leader further related that he could not reveal the names of the nominees as the matter is under discussion among party members: “Once we discuss the matter conclusively, we will release the names.”PPP/C Chief Whip Gail Teixeira had earlier this month contended that although Minister Bulkan was “constantly reminded”, the Opposition Leader had not received a formal letter.“The Leader of Opposition by law, the President by law shall appoint a certain number of people. The Act talks about the minister responsible for local government triggering this. The Minister of Communities has to trigger the action to write the Leader of the Opposition to say according to section so and so of the Act, we require the following, I’ve raised this matter over and over again,” Teixeira had explained at a party press conference.At that time, she noted that three sittings had passed but there were no moves on the matter: “There seems to be no haste on the government’s side to get the motion into the Parliament.”It was after the return of Local Government Elections (LGE) that tensions and controversy surrounded the establishment of some of the local democratic organs. Even before that ensued, government had promised that the LGC would be functioning from early 2016.The commission will be tasked with monitoring and assessing the performance of the local government organs, administer disciplinary action, and implement policies such as tax collection.