Calabar High School’s principal Albert Corcho has declared that he is not opposed to Kingston College’s Ugandan athlete Ari Rodgers competing at this year’s Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships, but said details of his registration must be provided. Speaking on Hitz 92FM’s Sports Explosion last Friday, Corcho said ISSA has failed to give a proper explanation as to why they have decided to allow Rodgers to compete at this year’s event after the registration deadline had passed. “We have no problems with the decision,” said Corcho. “But all we asked for is an explanation because we realised, based on experience, if you just leave it as how we used to operate, it can set off a whole a lot of things.” “We have no issue with Kingston College. All this started because a top school that is very organised and very responsible wrote to an organisation and all we said was just provide us with (an explanation),” Corcho added. “We have never had a situation like this in Jamaica, and so we took that lead and we want to say to ISSA just provide the information to the public,” he said. Ten of the 15 ISSA executive members, all school principals, attended the meeting a few weeks ago and eight voted in favour of allowing Rodgers to participate. NOT IN ATTENDANCE One voted against, and the other abstained. However, Corcho was not in attendance. Corcho dismissed ISSA president Dr Walton Small’s claims that Calabar benefited a few years ago after their team failed to meet the registration deadline to participate at Champs. “We have not benefited at all from this rule because I know exactly how to run an institution. There are some students here that we organise in terms of the subjects that they do,” he said. “My contention is that the president of such an institution (ISSA) can go on radio and talk things that are not true, and that is basically what is happening,” Corcho said. “We sent a letter to the president now asking (him) to provide that explanation that he presided over a situation where Calabar benefited, because we are proud a institution,” said Corcho. He added that during a meeting on Thursday at ISSA, he handed a letter to ISSA and they are now awaiting a response. The ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships will take place at the National Stadium in Kingston from March 28 to April 1.
Murder/suicideBy Andrew CarmichaelThe woman who was stabbed to death by her husband at Williamsburg, Corentyne over the weekend had reportedly known that her husband had wanted her dead and had planned to carry out the act himself.On Sunday night, the body of 40-year-old Indrawattie Totaram, also called ‘Shabrina,’ was discovered lying in a pool of blood in her one-bedroom house. Her husband, 36-year-old Krishna Latchman, also called ‘Jooka’, was found in the same building hanging by the neck from a rope tied to a rafter.The now dead woman’s niece has revealed that Indrawattie Totaram had known that she was going to be killed. Elizabeth Majramootoo told this publication that the woman had prepared her mind for the worst. The niece said she and her deceased aunt had spent some time together on Saturday.“She was crying on the bed and she told me that she gon dead. She say that Uncle Jooka gon kill she…She had money and she take the money and give it to me, and take off all her jewellery and put it in my hand and say to make something for my son,” Elizabeth recalled.The Police have said that on arrival at the scene, the husband was observed hanging from a rope which was tied around? his neck and attached to a rafter. His feet were about 4 inches above the floor, and a gas bottle was seen next to his body. His wife, Indrawattie, was seen lying on her left side on the floor in the bedroom, motionless in a pool of blood. She was reportedly naked and her body had two stab wounds to her right breast, two stab wounds to her right side rib cage, and one stab wound to her right arm. An electrical wire was seen tied around her neck as well. A knife with what appeared to be blood stains was seen on a fridge top in the kitchen.A relative of the deceased couple indicated that Krishna Latchman had, on several occasions in the past, accused his wife of infidelity. The relative claimed that the woman would leave the home for several days and then return. Last week, she reportedly left the home again on Thursday, and returned on Friday. The bodies were discovered on Sunday evening, and from eyewitnesses’ account, it’s very likely they had been dead for more than a day prior to their bodies being discovered.But while Krishna has been portrayed to be a very quiet individual, evidence suggests he had had a violent side that was unknown to persons.Investigations are continuing.