HOUSTON (AP):Golden State’s Klay Thompson covered for the absence of star player Stephen Curry by scoring 38 points to lead the Warriors to a 114-110 win at Houston on Thursday.Having suffered only their second defeat of the season on Wednesday when Curry missed his first game due to a lower leg injury, the Warriors found just enough to compensate for the loss of the reigning league MVP and edged the Rockets.Among other results on New Year’s Eve, Oklahoma City hung on to send Phoenix to a seventh successive loss, and the Los Angeles Clippers capped a perfect five-game road trip by defeating New Orleans.Golden State’s Thompson made six 3-pointers, while Draymond Green had a triple-double of 16 assists a career high along with 10 points and 11 rebounds.James Harden had 30 points for Houston, which has dropped seven straight regular-season games to Golden State.Oklahoma City’s dynamic duo of Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant steered the Thunder to a 110-106 win against Phoenix.Westbrook had 36 points and 12 assists, while Durant scored 23 points for Oklahoma City, which has won 12 of 14 games. Westbrook also had five steals and blocked a shot.STILL LOSTT.J. Warren had 29 points and nine rebounds for the Suns, who had six players score in double figures but still lost.Scores were tied with 1:34 left when Durant scored on a fade-away jumper and got free for a dunk that made it 106-102 with 31.7 seconds remaining.Los Angeles’ Chris Paul made up for a poor shooting performance by pulling off some pivotal plays in the closing minutes to seal a 95-89 win for the Clippers at New Orleans.Paul missed 15 of his first 17 shots, but hit a 19-foot step-back jumper with a minute to go to give Los Angeles a 90-87 lead. Before and after that score, Paul assisted on baskets by Jamal Crawford. Paul, who finished with 12 assists, then added three free throws in the final 21 seconds.J.J. Redick scored 26 points for the Clippers for a second straight night.Anthony Davis had 14 points and 15 rebounds for New Orleans.Milwaukee’s Khris Middleton scored 33 points as the Bucks stopped a three-game losing streak and edged Indiana 120-116.Detroit also arrested a three-game skid and swept past Minnesota 115-90, with Andre Drummond contributing 23 points and 18 rebounds.Utah broke clear in the second quarter to beat Portland 109-96 as Trey Burke scored a season-high 27 points.
Former Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) Chairman Vickram “Vic” Oditt and another man are accused of inducing a local businessman to smuggling fuel from Venezuela, by pretending that they have the relevant licences to do so.This was revealed in court documents filed by the businessman, Augustine Jackson, after Oditt and his business partner, Pradeep Abdool, both representatives of Potaro Fuel Supplies, claimed that Jackson owed them monies.The two were granted an interim injunction by High Court Judge Diana Insanally, preventing Jackson’s vessel MT Pollux, which is known and registered as MT Melissa J, from departing Guyana until he lodged US7,700 and .5 million, along with his passport, with the Registrar of the Supreme Court.However, Jackson, Director of AJ Marine Inc, in an affidavit to discharge the injunction, said that in January 2016, while he was inVickram ‘Vic’ OdittGuyana, he received a telephone call from Oditt, who informed him that he would like to enter into a business arrangement with him which would involve the use of his motor vessels, MT Pollux, also known as MT Melissa Jay, and MV Sno Pac, to transport and trade in fuel and fuel products from destinations in the Caribbean and South America to Guyana.He said that he was led to believe by the duo during the negotiations that they were issued with the relevant licences to deal with, import, possess, transport and sell fuel both in Guyana, as well as, the other destinations with which they intended to trade as is required by the laws of Guyana and the laws of those States.“However, it was only when I was preparing to sail from Port Georgetown to Trinidad that I learnt that the Applicants/Plaintiffs nor their servants or agents were possessed of the licences required by law, the Guyana Energy Agency Act, to trade in, deal with, import, possess, transport and sell fuel both in Guyana as well as the other destinations. In short, I realised that the Applicants/Plaintiffs from the inception have been, and were, inducing me into an arrangement to smuggle fuel across international borders into Guyana, a serious criminal enterprise, of which I was not prepared to be a part,” Jackson stated.The businessman said that he was aware that not only could he be jailed if found guilty of any of the criminal offences he was likely to commit if he participated in the venture, but also his vessels would have been seized.“I also realised that the entire transaction, including the Promissory Notes, the Partnership Agreement and the business arrangement which I had entered into are all tainted by and contaminated with serious criminal illegality,” he stated in his affidavit.The businessman also accused Oditt and Abdool of failing to disclose to the court the Partnership Agreement because they would have been obligated to produce the requisite licences.“Additionally, the Applicants/Plaintiffs, in their attempt to mislead and withhold information from this Honourable Court, they scrupulously, deliberately and cunningly avoided any mention whatsoever of the nature of the business which they paid these huge sums of money to me for and upon which we were going to embark,” Jackson stated.He observed that despite the sole purpose of the business being to trade in fuel, the word “fuel” was not mentioned at all in the entire application.The businessman wants the court to discharge the injunction on the grounds that he has 11 crew members, including six Venezuelans who are now stranded in Guyana as a result of the injunctions.He highlighted that his vessel had the potential to earn approximately US$350,000 per month and, as such, urged the Court to quickly discharge the injunctions, as he would “suffer financial ruination” if it did not.“There is no legal basis for the Applicants/Plaintiffs to restrain the said vessel; they have no lien or encumbrances of any kind against the said vessel,” the businessman stated.Jackson said he was willing to remain in Guyana to defend claims by Oditt and Abdool that he owed them.He is being represented by Attorney-at-Law Anil Nandlall.