Alliance For Change (AFC) Chairman Khemraj Ramjattan has confirmed reports that the party has nominated one of its members, former Member of Parliament, Trevor Williams for the post of Commissioner at the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM).Former AFC spokesperson Beverly AlertRamjattan said following the death of Sandra Jones, President David Granger had requested that the party present a name to fill this vacant post. He said Williams was suggested and the party agreed on having his name submitted which it did.He noted that the AFC, as a third party, has always pressed to have one of its members sit on the body. He said this was mainly on account of the fact that the party had representation in Parliament where at one time it held five seats and another time it had seven seats.Williams has been active in politics since 2006 and at one time headed the youth arm of the AFC. He was suggested to be Director of Youth, but was never appointed to that position.Former AFC MP Trevor WilliamsRamjattan said should the President for some reason not find favour with Williams, there is Beverley Alert, a former spokesperson for the party, who will be the alternative nominee.Alert was appointed the head of the then Government Information Agency (GINA) now the Department of Public Information (DPI). However, following certain alleged financial irregularities she was seconded to another role at the National Communications Network (NCN).The GECOM post would be a key one for the party. The Commission comprises three members from the Opposition and three from the Government. The Chairman is the seventh person.
After the dust has settled in the 2018 Pan- Caribbean Martial Arts Championships, participant and instructor Troy Bobb revealed that he has received a greater gift than his gold medals.Troy Bobb and Niquann Fevrier display their gold medals as they met Cynthia RothrockWhen Bobb participated in the competition hosted by the Caribbean National Martial Arts Alliance last weekend, he took along 12-year-old Niquann Fevrier to Barbados, giving him a shot at meaningful exposure.There the young man proved himself to be a great student, capturing a gold in weapon form competition and a silver in open form competition. His performance has also shown that he has a great teacher.Sensei Bobb also copped three gold medals, respectively in self-defence, weapon, and open form competition.Speaking with Guyana Times Sport, Bobb noted that participating in the Caribbean championships is always important to him, since he has been doing so for countless years.“For me, competing since the age of six in martial arts until 45 this year, it’s a big achievement for me. All the years I’ve been involved, but I’m always trying to get youths involved and try as much to maintain the discipline in the sport,” Bobb stated.However, the Sensei went on to disclose that what was more meaningful than his continued participation is the opportunity to gift students with a platform to showcase their skill. He noted that taking Fevrier to the championships and seeing him excel has been a highlight of his tenure. He disclosed that he now wants to continue in this path.“…as to ensure the youths have reached the stage that I’m at right now, and still I’m always willing to share,” Bobb said.He will soon be given this opportunity, since he was quickly approached, after Fevrier’s success, with an invitation to participate at another Martial Arts competition in Barbados, from November 24.Bobb revealed that he is looking to take along a bigger national team to that upcoming competition.While in Barbados, Bobb and Fevrier got the golden opportunity of meeting martial arts movie star and grand master Cynthia Rothrock. In other positives coming out of the tournament, Bobb was upgraded to Junior Master Fifth Degree Blackbelt.
In a video that went viral on Monday, Nahid Hasan, SP MLA from Kairana, was heard making a communal appeal to Muslims to not buy goods from shopkeepers close to the BJP. “Buy your grocery from Jhijhana or Panipat [neighbouring towns]. If you take this pain for a month, these shopkeepers would understand your value. Their homes run because we buy goods from them. Still we have to suffer,” he was heard saying. He also described the administration as “BJP-minded.”Later, he clarified that he was speaking for the poor. “I was speaking for the vendors who were being forcibly removed from the market by the administration that is biased towards the BJP supporters,” he alleged. Panel set upThe Shamli police have taken cognisance of the video. Superintendent of Police Ajay Kumar said he had constituted an inquiry committee under Additional Superintendent of Police Rajesh Srivastava that would check the veracity of the video and the context of the appeal made by the MLA and submit its report in a day. “Following the orders of the district magistrate, we are undertaking an anti-encroachment drive in the town. We are removing squatters from the government land. It is not against vendors of any one community,” Mr. Srivastava told The Hindu. He said the administration was not taking any chances during the festival season in the communally sensitive city.