MANCHESTER, England (AP):Pep Guardiola and Manchester City have long been considered a likely match: football’s most admired coach and a club with massive spending power seeking to become the dominant force in Europe.It’s been four years in the making, but finally, they’ll be united.City announced yesterday that Guardiola will take over as manager on a three-year contract starting next season, furthering the English team’s goal to be a global superpower.Guardiola will replace Manuel Pellegrini, who – minutes before City’s announcement – ended a pre-game news conference by saying that he would be leaving the club at the end of the season.The news was sudden but not unexpected.Guardiola announced in December that he would be leaving Bayern Munich at the end of this season after three years in charge when he enhanced his status as football’s most sought-after coach. Then, last month, he said that his next job would be in the English Premier League.City was always his most likely destination. Backed by Abu Dhabi cash since 2008, the club has been transformed into the most successful in England of recent times, winning two league titles and two cup competitions since 2011 and assembling an all-star squad including players like Sergio Aguero, David Silva, Yaya Toure, and Kevin De Bruyne.”In recent weeks, (City) has commenced and finalised contractual negotiations with Pep Guardiola to become head coach for the 2016-17 EPL season onwards,” City said in a short statement. “These negotiations were a re-commencement of discussions that were curtailed in 2012.”That was the year Guardiola quit Barcelona, after winning 14 trophies in four years as coach, and took a 12-month sabbatical. During his time off, he agreed to join Bayern for the start of the 2013-14 season and has gone on to win back-to-back German league titles, the German Cup, and both the Club World Cup and UEFA Super Cup.
Calabar, St Elizabeth Technical, and St Jago High Schools have won the 4×800 metres at the last three renewals of the world-renowned Penn Relays. Alongside Kingston College, they will battle to extend that mini-streak when the boys run into action in Philadelphia on Friday. Resistance will come from a local school, Carlisle High.It’s hard to pinpoint the best Jamaican team. The STETHS pair of Rayon Butler and Javauney James went 1-2 in the Boys and Girls’ Championships Class One 800 in 1 minute 50.24 seconds and 1 minute 50.27 seconds. Kingston College beat STETHS at the Western Relays but lost to St Jago at the Gibson-McCook Relays. That’s where the boys from Monk Street set a Jamaican high school record of 7 minutes 32.76 seconds.Since then, St Jago has lost ace Keenan Lawrence to injury. In the meantime, the Calabar pair of Kimar Farquharson and Kevroy Venson bashed the Championship Class Two 800 and 1500 records with quick times of 1 minute 51.26 seconds and 3.55.38, respectively.The old Class Two 1500m mark belonged to Lawrence.CHANCE AT TITLEWhile St Jago will be without him in Philadelphia, Kingston College could add Aryamanya Rogers, the Champs 5000m winner, to the team that chased St Jago in vain at Gibson-McCook. If the Ugandan is back in prime 800 metre form, the purple-and-whites could battle for the title they last won 10 years ago.The rounded KC squad includes Tarees Rhoden, who ran 1.52.53 to be second to Farquharson at Champs; 1.52.62 runner Collin Rowe; and do-it-distance dynamo Kristoff Darby. They could win.During the US indoor season, Carlisle clocked 7 minutes 45.86 seconds in the 4x800m relay. Indoor tracks are generally 200m in circumference and, therefore, have tighter turns and shorter straights than the 400m tracks used outdoors. That alone could put Carlisle well below 7 minutes and 40 seconds this week at the Penn Relays.
787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite “He is a big part of our plans for the Fiba Asia,” Reyes said. “But he is still not in game shape.“I think it’s all in here,” Reyes added while pointing to his temple.READ: Belo undergoes surgery for tear, will still attend Gilas trainingBelo acknowledges that and knows that he has to battle his frustrations and that psychological hump at the same time.He said that he is ready to embrace whatever Reyes decides on as far as the Fiba Asia lineup is concerned, and that he is willing to work himself back into National Team-shape.“I have complete trust in coach Chot,” he said. “He knows what’s good for me and the National team.”ADVERTISEMENT End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Mac Belo. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netTAIPEI – Gilas Pilipinas’ campaign in the Jones Cup Invitational will end on Sunday night, and from among the 17 intrepid men that coach Chot Reyes brought here, it will only be Mac Belo who will have a forgettable tournament.Coming off an injury that kept him out for most of the PBA season, Belo was hoping to bounce back in this tournament to regain his confidence on the court, and most of all, prove to himself that the injury has healed and that it has healed well.ADVERTISEMENT ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets “I’m starting to get frustrated,” Belo told the Inquirer in Filipino after sitting out a 101-70 victory over India on Saturday afternoon. “My mind feels that I am ready to play. I feel like I am ready to play at the highest level, but somehow, I can’t.”READ: Belo has to get over mental hump regarding injury — ReyesFEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’A lot has been expected from the 6-foot-3 former Far Eastern University ace, and Reyes even named him as a candidate for the Fiba Asia Championship squad that will play in Beirut from Aug. 8-20.But Belo, it seems, hasn’t gone over the psychological hump that will allow him to play with full efficiency despite a surgically-repained knee. Roddick, Clijsters among Tennis Hall of Fame inductees MOST READ View comments
LATEST STORIES Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Larry Fonacier fired 12 of his 18 in the third period to pace NLEX, which dropped to 1-2 in the preseason, in scoring. JR Quiñahan and Raul Soyud each had a double-double.NLEX missed the services of Kevin Alas. Rookie Kiefer Ravena added 10 points, three rebounds and three assists.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cone excited to have versatile Dela Cruz at his disposal Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Matthew Wright, Justin Chua and Jeff Chan also played major roles as the three combined for 47 points.Wright hit a triple to put the Fuel Masters back up by 10, 101-91, with 4:03 remaining before back-to-back baskets by Chua put away the Road Warriors for good, 109-99, with 56 seconds left.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBrian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defenseChan scored 17 points built on three 3-pointers and had three rebounds and seven assists. Phoenix improved to 2-1 with its other win at the expense of Alaska.Perkins and Chan led Phoenix’s hot start where it took a 33-19 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Fuel Masters extended their advantage to 19, 44-25, at the 6:31 mark of the second quarter before the Road Warriors knotted the game at 74 heading into the final frame. Pre-season game between NLEX Road Warriors vs Phoenix Fuel Masters. Photo from PBA.phRookie Jason Perkins gave a preview of what he’s capable of in Phoenix’s 111-104 win over NLEX in the preseason Wednesday at Upper Deck Gym in Pasig City.Perkins, the fourth overall pick in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft, shot 11 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter where the Fuel Masters reestablished a double-digit lead after blowing a 19-point advantage.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene MOST READ Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set
Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college The 6-foot-3 forward said he knew stepping up is a must with him playing a bigger role in the absence of his teammates.“We’re really undermanned. If you saw our practice last week, there were only seven or eight of us practicing, but we came into this game and really played with our hearts,” Mariano told reporters after Ginebra took down San Miguel Beer, 110-102, for its fourth win in five stints. “My job is to really try and stop the import and the points just come as an extra for me.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe 26-year-old Mariano, who was an early second round pick in the 2015 PBA Draft, also played an instrumental role on the defensive end as the primary stopper to SMB import Arizona Reid.On top of his career offensive game, Mariano also collected seven rebounds, two steals and a block while locking down Reid, who only scored 13 points on 6-of-21 from the field. It was the second straight time that Mariano showed what he’s capable of after scoring 16 points and grabbing six rebounds in a 124-118 loss to Blackwater on Friday.“I’m starting to get my rhythm and my teammates are just looking for me so I’m able to get easy shots,” Mariano said.Mariano hopes to sustain his form with Ginebra not expecting to get its injured players back anytime soon.The Gin Kings will have their work cut out for them again when they take on the surging Phoenix Fuel Masters and their prolific import Eugene Phelps on Saturday in Cagayan de Oro City.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES His stellar play certainly didn’t go unnoticed.“Aljon stepped up big time. He was huge. Defending, rebounding, running the break, finishing on the fastbreak, he really played really, really well. We see him do that in practice everyday and I’m glad the fans are finally getting the chance to see it,” Ginebra head coach Tim Cone praised.Joe Devance, who was also equally commendable, after playing through an injury, feels all the injuries are also a “blessing in disguise” with Mariano and other role players like Kevin Ferrer and Prince Caperal gaining confidence with extended playing time.“It’s AJ’s time right now. I’m so proud of him. He balled out and he’s the hardest worker on the team,” Devance, who finished with 17 points, seven rebounds and four assists, said.“With the injuries, it’s like the blessing in disguise for AJ, Prince and for all the guys who haven’t been playing that much. It’s just gives them confidence and really helping us get deeper.”ADVERTISEMENT Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Ryukyu downs Guangzhou for Terrific 12 title PBA IMAGESBarangay Ginebra forward Aljon Mariano had his best game in the PBA on Sunday night and it couldn’t have come at a better time.Mariano tied his career-high with 20 points on a perfect 7-of-7 shooting from the field to provide a much-needed lift for the depleted Gin Kings, who were missing six of their players including key cogs Greg Slaughter, Japeth Aguilar, Sol Mercado and Jervy Cruz.ADVERTISEMENT
Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Clippers’ Patrick Beverley fined $25K for throwing basketball at fan Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum For the season, they’re 13th in the NBA in points allowed per game, up from 17th last season. Their defensive rating, an advanced metric calculated by the league, is 16th, up from 25th. They’re also second in the NBA with an average of 15.8 deflections per game, up from fifth.Solid defense is about so much more than simply height, strength or quickness. It starts with effort and mindset. Then there’s communication and positioning. Finally, there’s the basic ability to get hands in the passing and shooting lanes and to pick up more loose balls than are lost, a significant area of emphasis for Thibodeau.“Now we’re starting to do that, so I think that’s a big step for us,” Thibodeau said after practice Tuesday. “The challenge never stops. You have to keep doing it day after day. You can’t be bored with any of the process of going through what it takes to build a great defense.”Thibodeau was hired in part for his defensive acumen, but success has been slow to come. Getting Towns and fellow max-contract-carrier Andrew Wiggins to bring consistent awareness and tenacity on that end of the court has been a challenge, to cite one factor. That, too, was one reason Butler decided his future would be better out of Minnesota and requested a trade.After letting the awkwardness and tension linger through the first 13 games, Thibodeau finally found a trade partner in Philadelphia. The Timberwolves acquired Covington and sharpshooting power forward Dario Saric in the package from the 76ers.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Yes, the Timberwolves are playing legitimate defense these days, even after trading their best defensive player.They erased a 19-point deficit in the final minute of the second quarter Monday night and outscored the high-octane Rockets 55-29 in the second half to notch one of the most remarkable victories in three seasons under coach Tom Thibodeau. That was the fewest points allowed in a second half by the Timberwolves in almost 11 years.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“We’ve got to change things,” said center Karl-Anthony Towns, who had a plus-17 rating in the game . “We’ve got to be the team that wants it more, and I think everyone in the building saw that. We came out with an edge to us and a fire to us to get back in the game. The one thing I’m real proud of us is that not only did we come in here and talk about it, we came and did it.”Since the forced departure of All-Star shooting guard Jimmy Butler, the Timberwolves are 8-3 with 102 points (under the average of the NBA’s stingiest team, Oklahoma City) or fewer allowed in eight of those games. They’re also giving up the least amount of points in the paint in the league during this span. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Covington, a first team NBA All-Defensive selection last season, has been taking the lead on the opponent’s top scorer from the small forward spot, with Wiggins usually in Butler’s old position. The rest of the players in the rotation have exhibited more confidence and energy with the saga of the disgruntled Butler finally resolved.From Covington frequently waving his arms up and down to get the crowd revved up for a key defensive possession to the grinding intensity often on display by power forward Taj Gibson, the Timberwolves clearly have been having more fun and playing looser than before the Butler deal was done.“I feel like guys are seeing how close we are to getting wins and trying to secure a playoff spot,” Gibson said. “The hunger’s there. You see everybody real eager.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Houston Rockets’ James Harden, center, makes his way between Minnesota Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns, right, and Andrew Wiggins in the second half half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Dec. 3, 2018, in Minneapolis. The Timberwolves won 103-91. Harden led the Rockets with 29 points. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)MINNEAPOLIS — With a baseline drive by Chris Paul and a bounce pass into the paint to Clint Capela, the Houston Rockets had what appeared to be an uncontested dunk early in the fourth quarter that would have cut Minnesota’s lead to five points.Robert Covington closed in from behind, stopped the 6-foot-10 Capela cold and, managing to avoid the body contact that would have drawn him a foul, tied up the NBA’s most accurate shooter last season to earn a jump-ball call .ADVERTISEMENT After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments MOST READ LATEST STORIES No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia
Amidst reports of a quest to partition Sinoe County into two separate political subdivisions for the feuding Sarpo and Klao ethinc groups, respectively, the Daily Observer has learned that the Sarpoes’ reputed stakeholders have recanted their position and vowed to promote the socio-economic development of the county.A series of meetings aptly chaired by Dr. Amos C. Sawyer, who is chairman of Liberia’s Governance Commission and also an eminent citizen of Sinoe County, brought together other eminent citizens and friends of the County, including leaders from political, academic, business and traditional backgrounds to tackle the feud facing County and to promote peace, development and unity amongst the leadership and people of Sinoe. The body is known as the Sinoe Peace Initiative.The first meeting was held at the office of Dr. Charles Clarke (another eminent citizen of the County) and a second meeting was held on Wednesday, September 2 at the Governance Commission, where the body reached a number of ‘understandings’ toward promoting peace and socio-economic development in the county.The ‘understandings’, a copy of which is in the possession of the Daily Observer, contains three key points. First, participants understand and agree that, “the composition and legitimacy of the Sinoe Peace Initiative” recognizes the participants and the body at large as “the legitimate mechanism through which the challenges of peace and the building of unity among the people of Sinoe will be pursued…”.Second, concerning the integrity of deliberations and decisions of the Initiative, participants agree to a code of conduct, promoting civility and mutual respect. This part also specifically calls for “the County Legislative Caucus and the local administration of Sinoe County headed by the Superintendent [to] perform their constitutionally assigned responsibilities in an environment of mutual respect and good will, recognizing that a harmonious working relationship is indispensible to the peace and development of Sinoe County.”Third and perhaps most important, “participants affirm the non-partitioning and indivisibility of Sinoe County”. They also agree to irreversibly commit themselves to addressing the challenges of political disagreements, equal access to justice, employment, and opportunities for development “with deliberate speed, conscientiousness and available resources.”The Sinoe Peace Initiative is chaired by Dr. Sawyer and vice-chaired by Dr. Thomas G. Koon. Other leaders will be appointed after consultations. Members of the Initiative include Central Bank Governor Dr. J. Mills Jones, Amb. Dew Tuan Wleh Mayson, Dr. Charles Clarke, Senators Joseph Nagbe and J. Milton Teahjay, as well as Representatives Matthew G. Zarzar and Jefferson Kanmoh.Other members were Superintendent Thomas Romeo Quioh, former Senators Mobutu Viah Nyenpan and Mytle F. Gibson as well as Mr. Klahn-Gboloh Jarbah, G. NarrisonTuolee and Sen. Commany Wesseh (Friend of Sinoe).All participants have signed onto the understandings reached at the Sinoe Peace Initiative meeting. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
…object to Agriculture Research Centre due to lack of consultationFor the residents of Nappi Village, Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo), it seems as though the wait for the Government to grant them their proposed extension is a never-ending one, ultimately resulting in hindered development and lack of access to resources.Nappi had applied for an extension to their titled land and the land titling process began since 2015, under the Low Carbon Development Strategy-funded Amerindian Land Titling Project, which is spearheaded by the Indigenous People’s Affairs Ministry.Residents at the meetingLast week, a high-level team comprising of the President and Vice President of the National Toshaos Council (NTC), the Regional Chairman, the Indigenous Representative on North Rupununi Development Council and the Opposition Member of Parliament for the region met with the villagers to discuss the way forward. At the meeting, it was decided that the leaders will continue to press the Indigenous People’s Affairs Ministry to ensure the issue of the proposed extension is addressed at the earliest time possible.“The residents were concerned about the proposed extension and that is what they brought up at that forum and they want it addressed urgently,” Regional Chairman Brian Allicock said during an interview on Tuesday.At the meeting, NTC’s Vice President Lennox Schuman told villagers that they are ready to stand with the village in their fight to have their extension granted.“The extension for Nappi sits under an agreement between the Government of Guyana and the Kingdom of Norway and based on that agreement the Government has an obligation in principle and in finance to grant Nappi its extension and that is between the Kingdom of Norway and the Government of Guyana,” Schuman told the residents.“We haven’t seen a lot of support for Nappi extension although there is a legal obligation,” he added.The residents have since related their discontent with the manner in which they are being treated as it relates to their extension and the proposed agriculture research station to be built on the proposed extension.The Government, with funding from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), proposed to construct an Agriculture Research Station and water catchment area in the satellite village of Pirara.However, the villagers are accusing the Government of failing to satisfy the Free, Prior and Informed Consultations (FPIC) protocol as mandated by the IDB.They claim that they were never informed that the station would be on their proposed titled extension and called for a revisit of the process. At last week’s meeting, the leaders heard that the research station was initially supposed to be built in the Manari area but was subsequently shifted to Pirara which is located approximately 40Km North of Manari.In relation to the shift, Schuman told the villagers that they have already begun engaging the IDB with the intention for a revision of the proposal.“About five weeks ago, we engaged the IDB on this very project and the first thing that came out in relation to the land, the IDB will not fund any project that infringes on the rights of Indigenous peoples. In order for this project to go ahead in its current state, they have to meet the FPIC criteria… If the land is titled the IDB will require from each community expressing their consent,” he informed.“Before any economic development in any Indigenous village, we must have a people process first. We have identified that the people process has failed. I support the call for a revisit of the people process to ensure that people understand the document,” he added.Additionally, Allicock said the proposed area for the agriculture research station is not suitable since it means the Government will be utilising over 200 acres of wetlands ultimately affecting the biodiversity in that area.The team is expected to have another consultation session by the end of April after which they will engage the Government.Just in February, Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman commissioned a water reservoir on Nappi lands. The reservoir was constructed after the Rupununi area suffered a severe drought back in 2015/2016, drastically affecting the livelihood of the residents. The new reservoir has been professionally engineered and designed by JR Ranch Incorporated and is buttressed by an 860-metre dam and has the capacity to hold 4.5 million cubic meters of water.The water catchment area is a public-private partnership between the Government and Cataleya Energy Limited. The project was proposed by the Natural Resources Ministry and funding, $1.2 million, was provided by Cataleya Energy Limited. JR Ranch Incorporated was hired to construct the reservoir while Conservation International designed the programmes for the usage, upkeep and maintenance of the water catchment area.
Former Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) Chairman Vickram Oditt on Tuesday responded to the claimsVickram ‘Vic’ Odittbrought against him by another businessman, Augustine Jackson, and denied that he, along with his business partner, Pradeep Abdool, had ever persuaded Jackson to use his vessel to smuggle fuel from neighbouring Venezuela.Oditt said the move by the businessman was simply a ploy to avoid paying the debts owed.“Abdool and I have brought a civil action against Mr Augustine Jackson for monies advanced to him and for which he has signed two promissory notes, which are past due. The court has ruled that his vessel should not leave Guyana unless he lodges the monies owed, along with his passport and those of his wife and her mother, with the court,” Oditt said, in a letter to Guyana Times on Tuesday.He added that in order to avoid paying his debts, Jackson has introduced the issue of an illegality, in “terms of accusing us of wanting to smuggle fuel into Guyana”. He maintained that any inquiry with any of the regulatory agencies – the Guyana Police Force; the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU); the Guyana Revenue Authority, and the Guyana Energy Agency would indicate that he and Abdool have never been implicated in any such illegal activity.“We did enter into a Partnership Agreement with Mr Jackson, which would have entailed legally importing fuel from a refinery, but we terminated it shortly after when we learnt that his vessel, Pollux A, had forged paperwork and it was not qualified to enter into a refinery, as Jackson had represented to us,” Oditt said.Jackson has accused Oditt and his business partner of attempting to induce him to smuggle fuel from Venezuela, by pretending that they have the relevant licences to do so.The office of Attorney Anil Nandlall, which is representing Jackson in the matter, on Tuesday said that Abdool and Oditt, trading as Potaro Fuel Supplies, on May 23, had filed a Writ of Summons against Jackson, June Elvin and AJ Marine Inc claiming that $17, 508, 487, the amount advanced to Augustine Jackson, for the purchase, transportation, repairs and crew expenses for the Vessel MT Pollux, or known and registered as MT Melissa J, and $347, 000 for purchase, transportation, repairs and crew expenses for the Vessel MT Pollux or known and registered as MT Melissa J.The injunction would restrain the defendants and, each and every one of them, whether by themselves, their servants and/or agents from causing, allowing or permitting the vessel to depart the jurisdiction of Guyana.It said on the very day Abdool made an ex parte application for an interim injunction. The application was heard by Justice Diane Insanally, who, on May 27, granted an injunction so restraining the defendants until the sum of the money had been lodged at the Supreme Court.On June 6, Jackson made an ex-parte application by way of affidavit to discharge the injunctions granted by Justice Insanally.He alleged that a criminal enterprise was afoot to smuggle fuel; serious and material information was withheld from the Court and the Court was grossly misled: among the non- disclosures was an Agreement between the parties that, should differences arise, then the parties should go to arbitration; the effect of this arbitration clause means that the Court has no jurisdiction in this matter and disputes should be resolved by arbitration and not litigation.Nandlall’s office further said the application was heard ex- parte by Justice Insanally, who discharged the injunctions, which she granted on May 27.All the parties and the respective lawyers appeared before the Court on June 10 and the plaintiffs were ordered to file their statement of claim before the Court.Nandlall’s office said notwithstanding that, on June 16, Oditt and Abdool through their Attorney, Rajendra Poonai, approached the Court, ex-parte, (in the absence of the other parties) and managed to extract from Justice Insanally, another order restraining the vessel from leaving the jurisdiction until the sum of US$347, 700.00 and the sum of $17, 508, 487 were lodged with the Registrar of the Supreme Court.
Grande Prairie RCMP and Grande Prairie Fire Department have determined the fire at Eagle Manor Apartments on November 29th, was intentionally set.A coordinated investigation by the two departments included a scene examination which was completed on Thursday December 3rd. Further collaboration thereafter by Police and Fire Departments resulted in this determination.The fire started early in the morning on November 29th and there were no injuries to residents or emergency personnel. Significant damage was incurred at the complex on the City’s east side and it has been secured.- Advertisement -The Fire Department responded with 35 personnel on site, equipped with four major apparatus. The Sexsmith Fire Department was brought on board through the mutual aid agreement with five fire fighters and a ladder truck.