The absence of Calabar High School represent-atives was conspicuous at yesterday’s launch of the 2017 Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/Grace-Kennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston as the defending champions’ protest over the school sports governing body’s decision to allow Ugandan 800 metres runner Aryamanya Rodgers to compete for Kingston College at this year’s event threatened to overshadow all.ISSA President Dr Walton Small moved quickly to address questions over ISSA’s decision despite rules stating that athletes must be registered for their respective schools by September 30 and have at least 80 per cent attendance record to compete at Champs.Small explained that ISSA had received all documentation from Kingston College as early as July 18, 2016 and the athlete was scheduled to arrive in Kingston on August 24, 2016.However, he said, adding that ISSA had been party to the paper trail, when Rodgers arrived at the airport in the Ugandan capital at Kampala, he was refused boarding for Germany as it was determined he needed a German visa to travel. This was communicated to KC authorities and Jamaican embassy officials who moved to address the issue.TICKET CANCELLEDRodgers’ airline ticket was cancelled and a second ticket purchased for him to arrive in Kingston on September 24, 2016, via Kenya. However, he was once again refused boarding.Eventually Rodgers received clearance, and he travelled to Kingston on October 16 and began school at KC on Tuesday, October 18, 2016.”We waived the attendance and deadline registration because we were convinced that enough effort was made to get the young man to Jamaica,” said Small.The vote by those present was one absentia, one against, and the remaining members voted in favour.He noted that not all 15 members of the executive were present. Among those absent was Calabar Principal Albert Corcho, whom Dr Small said learnt of ISSA’s decision on the day it was made.”This is a democratic society, and if the committee decides that the young man should participate, then that was the result, and that was sent off to Kingston College.”Meanwhile, Small said that he had received a letter addressed to the “Chairman of ISSA”, dated Friday, March 10, on Wednesday (March 15) from Corcho, demanding the results of the case be published in the media within seven days of the decision.”Mr Corcho is member of the executive committee, and if he wants, he can get not only the letter that was sent to Kingston College, but also the details of the minutes to see the discussion, to see who voted, who abstained, and who voted against,” he said.ISSA had scheduled an emergency meeting yesterday afternoon to decide on that matter and several others.
Two weeks after Magistrate Leron Daly discharged an attempted murder charged against businesswoman Maryann Daby, who was accused of attempting to kill a Police officer by pointing a gun to his head and pulling the trigger, the same Magistrate will be presiding over the trial in which Daby is charged with the possession of an illegal gun and ammo.The senior Magistrate disclosed that she will proceed with the illegal firearm trial.Police Prosecutor Richard Harris had asked for the illegal gun and ammo charges to be transferred to another court for trial.Prosecutor Harris, in justifying his request, had stated that it would be prejudicial for the same Magistrate, who found Daby not guilty on the attempted murder charge, to try her for two other offences.The Prosecutor maintained his position and insisted that the matters be transferred to another court.Magistrate Daly said that she is ready to proceed with the trial when the Prosecutor is ready. Prosecutor Harris subsequently ask the court for leave to seek further advice from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) on the way forward. The case was adjourned to September 3.It is alleged that on May 13, 2018, at Albert Street, Thomas Lands, Georgetown, Daby had a .32 pistol in her possession when she was not the holder of an enforced firearm licence.It was further alleged that on the same day, she had six live rounds of .32 ammunition in her possession when she was not the holder of a firearm licence enforced at the time. She has since denied both charges.Two weeks ago, Magistrate Daly dismissed an attempted murder against Daby citing the lack of evidence.That charge had alleged that the 25-year-old woman of D’Aguiar Park, Houston, Georgetown, on May 13, 2018, at Albert Street, Thomas Lands, Georgetown, with the intent to commit murder, allegedly attempted to discharge a firearm at Police Constable Christopher Kissoon.According to reports, on the day in question, Daby and her friends were at the Guyana Motor Racing & Sports Club. Constable Kissoon, who was off-duty and at the club at the time, reportedly heard what appeared to be gunshots.While checking for the source of the gunfire, he reportedly saw Daby firing rounds into the air and, as a result, he confronted her.Daby allegedly became annoyed and pointed a firearm to his head and pulled the trigger. However, the barrel was empty at the time. Daby was represented by Attorney-At-Law Mark Waldron.Maryann Daby