Coach of the Jamaica Under-17 girls, Lorne Donaldson, says the players must improve if they are to make it to the World Cup finals, in Jordan, next year.The young Reggae Girlz came through the first round of the CFU Under-17 women World Cup qualifiers in Suriname quite comfortably last week beating Barbados 2-1, hammering St Lucia 14-0, and then scored a 1-0 win over the home team.Speaking to the media after the team arrived at the Norman Manley International Airport on Monday, Donaldson described the tournament as challenging but thought the standard of the region’s teams is very low.However, he said the coaching staff continues to work on getting the team up to the appropriate level for the second round in Puerto Rico in November.”It was an average tournament. We are now working to raise the level of our play,” he commented.new thingsDonaldson claims they have taught a lot of new things to the girls and admitted that sometimes the learning curve can be lengthy and tedious. But apart from improving the current squad, he thinks they also need better players if they want to make a historical appearance at the World Cup.’We are trying to teach and it’s going to be a long learning process. It takes years and months for this to happen, as the learning curve is very steep and we just have to move fast and get better,” he added.Meanwhile, captain Rachel Walters described their final match against the host nation as nerve-wracking and said they had to dig deep for that result.”The Suriname crowd was like the 12th man out there and we were up against the whole nation, but we just went out and stuck to our game plan, and that made us victorious,” she added.
The Union of BC Municipalities is re-evaluating the length of municipal terms in BC. Currently, civic elections occur every three years. However, UBCM wants to know if the public would rather see the elections every four years. That would put the province in line with provinces such as Manitoba, Quebec, Newfoundland, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia, which all run four year terms. A motion to extend the term was first put forth by Port Moody at UBCM’s 2006 convention. The motion was among those on the Gold Star Resolution Winners List for that convention. In the resolution, Port Moody argued that extending the terms to four years would bring the municipalities in line with provincial and federal terms. The city also suggested the extended terms would save taxpayers’ money and allow councils to be more productive. – Advertisement -UBCM has asked municipalities to include a non-binding survey question on Saturday’s ballot asking the public if they would be in favour of the change; however, at this time, only the cities of Trail, New Westminster and Merritt have confirmed their participation.