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£100m expansion for HQ serviced office partnership

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Phillip Sekuritas denies giving Jouska access to customers’ accounts

first_imgThe clients also said Jouska had been prohibiting its clients from making any transactions for their accounts on their own.Jouska neither denied nor confirmed the allegations.The Financial Services Authority (OJK) then instructed Jouska to cease operations over allegations of illegal stock brokerage and investment mismanagement after summoning and questioning Jouska CEO and founder Aakar Abyasa Fidzuno.The Financial Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (PPATK) also said in early August that it was investigating Jouska for alleged money laundering following the suspected illegal investment and fund management.Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) trading director Laksono Widodo said on Tuesday that the bourse had summoned Phillip Sekuritas for questioning regarding the customers’ claims. He, however, refused to reveal the results, as the investigation was still ongoing.Read also: Lifestyle, lack of tech adoption, impediments to Indonesia’s financial literacyPhillip Sekuritas, which is a part of Singapore-based PhillipCapital Group, also stated that it carried out its duties as underwriter for the initial public offering (IPO) of computer hardware-trading company PT Sentral Mitra Informatika, listed under the code LUCK, according to the capital market’s prevailing mechanism and regulations.“We ensure that the company and its management do not hold any of LUCK’s shares in the primary or secondary market,” Daniel said.Jouska’s clients said they endured hundreds of millions of rupiah in losses after the advisor used most of their funds to buy Sentral Mitra’s shares.Sentral Mitra, which was listed on the bourse on Nov. 29, 2018, saw its share price increase exponentially from Rp 285 (2 US cents) to its highest level of Rp 2,020 apiece around eight months after its IPO. The company’s share price has since dropped to below its IPO price, trading at Rp 194 as of Friday at 11:07 a.m. He went on to say that customers’ securities and investment fund accounts were only accessible by the brokerage firm to help with settlements and fund withdrawals.Read also: OJK shuts down Jouska, two other investment firmsThe statement comes weeks after Jouska’s former clients came out on social media in late July, saying their financial advisors were managing their portfolio and investment fund accounts without consent.A former client uploaded an offering letter and contract he received from the company when using Jouska’s services in 2018 and 2019, stating that Jouska would have the right to manage the clients’ funds, as well as buy and sell stocks in their portfolio. Brokerage firm PT Phillip Sekuritas Indonesia has denied accusations that it gave now-suspended financial advisory firm PT Jouska Finansial Indonesia access to its customers’ accounts.Phillip Sekuritas president director Daniel Tedja said on Friday that the company was merely acting as a sponsor for Jouska’s financial education programs, in which it facilitated clients to open a securities account at Phillip Sekuritas.“All customers will be given direct access to their own accounts to make transactions,” Daniel said in a statement obtained by The Jakarta Post.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Pontianak policeman named suspect for allegedly raping teen

first_imgThe officer, identified only as DY, will also undergo a code of ethics hearing and faces permanent dismissal.Komarudin explained that the alleged incident took place last Tuesday.The victim was riding a motorcycle with her friend on Jl. Imam Bonjol-Tanjungpura, when DY issued them tickets for underage driving. DY then allegedly asked the victim to come with him saying that he would take her to a nearby police station.However, Komarudin alleged that instead of taking her to a police station, DY took the girl to a hotel and raped her. The police in Pontianak, West Kalimantan, have named a local police officer a suspect for allegedly raping a 15-year-old girl who had violated traffic rules.Pontianak Police chief Sr. Comr. Komarudin said the physical examination results showed evidence of sexual intercourse.”The suspect has been charged under Law No.23/2002 on child protection, which carries a 15-year sentence,” Komarudin said on Monday as reported by After finding out about the incident, the victim’s parents reported DY to the Pontianak Police.DY has been detained at the Pontianak Police headquarters. A preliminary investigation suggests that DY violated procedures as he was not on duty when the incident took place, Komarudin said.He added that he promised to investigate the case thoroughly.”We’re investigating this case very seriously. Because if the suspect is found guilty, this case could damage our current efforts to increase police professionalism,” Komarudin added. (nal)Topics :last_img read more

Two New Vessels Join Dutch Dredging Fleet

first_imgDutch Dredging welcomed two new vessels to its fleet last week during the naming ceremonies for the Papillon and the Fregate.Both vessels will go to work in the ports of Cayenne and Kourou in French Guiana, reported the company.The newcomers were delivered to Boer Remorquage SARL, a joint venture involving Dutch Dredging and Iskes Towage & Salvage. The investment is a response to the twelve-year contract that the consortium signed in 2016 with the Grand Port Maritime de Guyane.In addition to maintenance dredging work, both vessels will be used to assist shipping and as standby and fire-fighting vessels in emergencies.“These two vessels are the result of exceptional teamwork. Our client had very specific requirements for the vessels, such as the combination of very limited draught and length with adequate bollard pull,” said Hugo van de Graaf, co-director of Dutch Dredging. “Thanks to the professionalism of both our companies, all those things were achieved during the design process.”Hybrid drive The Fregate is the more unusual of the two. The 29.2-meter-long vessel is not only a dredger (with the AIRSET water and air pressure method) and tug at the same time, it has also been fitted out with a hybrid drive, allowing it to sail on electricity. The Fregate is a Damen WID-Tug-2915-HYBRID built by the Polish yard SAFE in Gdansk.Shallow draughtThe Papillon is the smaller of the two. The tug is 22.7 meters long (212 gross tonnage) and it was completed earlier this year by Damen Shipyards Hardinxveld in line with French regulations. The ASD Tug 2310 SD (shallow draught: 3.1 meters) will mainly be used for assistance in Kourou.last_img read more

14-year-old Ghanaian boy wins international movie award

first_imgSoldier gets 18 years for shooting dead boy, 14 Salah wins English PFA Player of the Year award Attah Abraham, a 14-year-old street Vendor in Ghana has won the Marcello Mastroianni’s Best Young Actor Award at Venice Film Festival for his lead performance in ‘Beasts of No Nation’ alongside Idris Elba and Ama K. AbebreseAbraham, who has never been to acting school, was picked by Hollywwod Movie Director, Cary Fukunaga to star in Netflix’s soon to be released movie “Beasts of No Nation”.“The lead in ‘Beasts of No Nation’ was essentially a street vendor before we shot the film who had “zero film experience, little education¡­but he became a somewhat professional actor, which was astounding to watch.”Abraham Attah played the role of an 11-year-old kid soldier in the movie who was recruited into the fold of warlord “Luther”played by Idris Elba who controlled a militant group in an Africa setting.The director further explained that:“We gathered a bunch of kids who had potential, about 30 of them, and we did this theater workshop and tried scenes that were in the script, and we would improvise. The kids are fast learners, they quickly understood that the better they did the longer they stayed [ as potential casts]”He further explained that Abraham performed extremely well and gradually progressed tpo take that role that they needed.“We had a difficult one long take that he had to perform; probably the most intense thing I ever asked him to do in the film. He had six or seven kids around him performing [in the scene], and I watched him become a leader among these kids and make sure they stayed in focus and not f- up the shot so they didn’t have to do it over again. I gave almost no direction to those kids. Abraham was driving that scene.”The director states that he will not adopt Abraham but because of his poor educational background his outfit will take responsibility for education back in Ghana.“For Abraham, he’s only 14 so we had to get him up to speed in school, so right now we put him into boarding school back in Ghana so he can get up to normal 14 year old academics. By nature of us crossing into these people’s lives you have some reRelatedcenter_img African stars shortlisted for Player of the Year Awardlast_img read more

Butternut Squash Gratin

first_img Share Share Food & DiningLifestyle Butternut Squash Gratin by: – October 10, 2011 Share Tweetcenter_img 39 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Butternut Squash GratinRather than the usual potato casserole, serve this butternut squash gratin as a substantial side dish to a fall or winter supper. The dish is rich with creme fraiche and half-and-half, and also with potassium and vitamin A. Sixteen cups of spinach add color but the flavor all but disappears, making this dish a good one to try with finicky children who need a few more vegetables in their diets.Ingredients:1-3/4 to 2 pounds butternut squash1 tablespoon olive oilSalt and ground black pepper16 cups fresh spinach1 cup half-and-half or light cream1 tablespoon cornstarch1 cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese1/2 cup creme fraiche*Directions:1.Preheat oven to 425 degree F. Lightly grease a 2-quart baking dish; set aside. Peel the squash. Slice to 1/4-inch thickness. Remove seeds from slices and halve large slices. Arrange slices in a 15x10x1-inch baking pan. Brush both sides lightly with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Bake, uncovered, 20 minutes. Remove. Increase oven temperature to 475 degree F.2.Meanwhile in a 4- to 6-quart Dutch oven cook the spinach in lightly salted boiling water, half at a time, for 1 minute or until wilted. Drain and cool slightly; squeeze out excess liquid. Coarsely chop the spinach; set aside. In a medium saucepan combine half-and-half and cornstarch; cook and stir until thickened and bubbly. Stir in spinach; spread mixture in bottom of prepared dish. Arrange squash over spinach mixture.3.In a small bowl stir together Parmesan cheese and creme fraiche. Spread mixture over squash in dish. Bake, uncovered, 10 to 15 minutes or until squash is tender and topping is lightly browned. Season to taste with salt and pepper, if desired. Makes 8 servings.4.Note: To make your own creme fraiche, in small bowl stir together 1/4 cup whipping cream (not ultrapasteurized) and 1/4 cup dairy sour cream. Cover with plastic wrap. Let stand at room temperature for 2 to 5 hours or until mixture thickens. When thickened, cover and chill in the refrigerator until serving time or up to 48 hours. Stir before serving.Recipe source: Better Homes & Gardenslast_img read more

Arsenal takeover: Dangote informed how much it will cost to buy out Kroenke

first_imgNigerian billionaire Aliko Dangote has been linked with Arsenal for some time, with the businessman previously stating that he will be pursuing a takeover of the club. Dangote – the richest man in Africa – has made several statements in the past about his desire to become the owner of the North London club. Read Also: Odion Ighalo: Solskjaer reveals how Nigerian has improved Man United attack Bob told the Financial Times’ Business of Football Summit that a takeover of a ‘top six’ club would cost at least £2billion. Meanwhile, a move for a team elsewhere in the Premier League would cost between £150million and £350million. He added that: “They’re all for sale.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentPretty Awesome Shows That Just Got CanceledTop 10 Most Iconic Characters On TV7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?40 Child Stars Who Look Incredibly Gorgeous As AdultsCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?6 Most Overpowered Live Action Disney Characters Loading… center_img His brother, Bob Ratcliffe, who is head of the football division for Ineos – owners of Ligue 1 side Nice – has revealed how much it would currently cost the likes of Dangote to take over a Premier League club. And in January of this year, he reiterated his intentions, stating that: “It is a team that yes I would like to buy some day, but what I keep saying is we have $20billion worth of projects and that’s what I really want to concentrate on. “I’m trying to finish building the company and then after we finish, maybe some time in 2021 we can. “I’m not buying Arsenal right now, I’m buying Arsenal when I finish all these projects, because I’m trying to take the company to the next level.” And now Dangote has been told how much it will cost to secure a bid for one of the Premier League’s big sides. Sir Jim Ratcliffe has been linked with a takeover of Chelsea for some years, but last August saw his company Ineos complete a deal to take over Nice instead.last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_img— Chicago State plans to send its men’s and women’s basketball teams to Las Vegas for the WAC Tournament next week after canceling regular-season games because of concerns about the spread of the virus.— Saturday’s Women’s Six Nations match between Scotland and France has been postponed after an unnamed Scotland Women’s rugby player has tested positive for COVID-19. The Scottish Rugby Union has issued a statement saying the player was admitted to a health care facility and was otherwise well.— The alpine skiing finals in Italy were called off after an emergency International Ski Federation board meeting. The event was slated for Mar. 18-22.— A group that organizes cycling events in Italy has canceled three races, all scheduled within the next four weeks.TRACK AND FIELD-LAWSON CLEARED Associated Press Habs great Henri Richard diesMONTREAL (AP) — Former Montreal Canadiens star Henri Richard (ahn-REE’ ree-SHAHRD’) has died at 84 following a battle with Alzheimer’s disease.The speedy center won a record 11 Stanley Cups during a 20-year career spent entirely with the Canadiens from 1956-75. Richard played a team-record 1,256 regular-season games and is third in club history with 1,046 points.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSMore sporting events affected by spreading virus Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA-SCHEDULEThunder whip KnicksUNDATED (AP) — The Oklahoma City Thunder have picked up an important road win as they try to overtake the Jazz and Rockets for fourth place in the NBA’s Western Conference. March 6, 2020 Chris Paul had 21 points and 12 assists as the Thunder hammered the Knicks, 126-103. Danilo Gallinari had a team-high 22 points for Oklahoma City, which outscored New York in each quarter.The Thunder’s second straight win keeps them 1 ½ games behind Utah for fourth in the West.The Jazz broke a deadlock with Houston in the conference standings as Mike Conley Jr. dropped in 25 points to carry Utah past the Celtics, 99-94 in Boston. Jordan Clarkson finished with 17 points to help the Jazz overcome Marcus Smart’s 29 points.Checking out Friday’s other NBA action:— Caris LeVert recorded a triple-double of 27 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in sending the Nets to a 139-120 pounding of the Spurs. Brooklyn rang up 75 points in the first half, put eight players in double figures and led by as much as 33 in front of former Net Julius Erving, one of the greatest players in franchise history. PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS-HOAG CLASSICQualifier leads at Newport BeachNEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Monday qualifier David Morland IV fired a 10-under 61 at Newport Beach Country Club to take a two-stroke lead in the PGA Tour Champions’ Hoag Classic.Morland had five birdies on each nine, closing with a birdie on the par-5 18th. He was a stroke off the course record set by Tom Purtzer in 2004 and matched by Nick Price in 2011 and Duffy Waldorf in 2015.Defending Charles Schwab Cup champion Scott McCarron and Ken Duke are tied for second. Yanks’ Judge has broken ribUNDATED (AP) — New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge has a broken rib that could require surgery, leaving doubt when he’ll be back in the lineup.Manager Aaron Boone says he thought the star right fielder hurt himself making a diving catch late last season. Judge will rest two weeks while recovering from the stress fracture to his first right rib. He hasn’t played in any spring training games while dealing with soreness in his right pectoral muscle and shoulder.Since winning the 2017 AL Rookie of the Year award, Judge has been limited to 112 games in 2018 because of a broken right wrist and to 102 games last year due to a strained left oblique.In other MLB news: In other NBA news:— The Lakers have signed guard Dion Waiters, who had been a free agent since Memphis waived him last month. He was let go by the Grizzlies three days after acquiring him from Miami in the three-team trade that landed Andre Iguodala (ih-goh-DAH’-lah) (ihg-ah-DAH’-lah) with the Heat. Waiters was suspended three times while playing only three games for Mami, but his 3-point shooting prowess could be valuable as the Lakers head to their first playoff appearance since 2013.NFL-NEWSPay bump for Chargers’ EkelerUNDATED (AP) — Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler (EHK’-lur) has been rewarded with a four-year, $24.5 million contract that includes $15 million guaranteed. NBA-NEWSNBA fines Cuban, sends teams memo on proper conductUNDATED (AP) — The NBA has fined Dallas owner Mark Cuban $500,000 for “public criticism and detrimental conduct” regarding officiating.Cuban twice walked onto the court to challenge officiating calls during the Mavericks’ loss to Atlanta on Feb. 22. The league says Cuban spoke to reporters in the arena after the game and tweeted several times that night and into the next day with comments that were highly critical, personal and demeaning to the league and its officiating staff.The NBA announced that the Mavericks’ protest of that game was rejected Friday. The league also sent a memo to teams reminding them of rules that govern conduct of owners, coaches and other team personnel during games. Cory Schneider made 31 saves to help the worst team in the NHL’s Metropolitan Division end a 12-game skid against the defending Stanley Cup champions.Vince Dunn and Jaden Schwartz scored for the Blues, whose winning streak began with a 3-0 victory over New Jersey on Feb. 18.Elsewhere on NHL ice:— Tyler Bertuzzi and Robby Fabbri (FAB’-ree) scored to give the Red Wings a 2-0 lead in a 2-1 victory over the Blackhawks. Jonathan Bernier stopped 32 shots for Detroit, which has a league-low 37 points.MLB-NEWS OHIO STATE-TEAM DOCTOROhio State settling some suits over doc abuse; cost unclearCOLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State has reached an unspecified settlement with nearly half of the roughly 350 men who say they were sexually abused decades ago by a team doctor who was jokingly known among some athletes by nicknames like “Dr. Jelly Paws.”The settlement is the first for accusers of the late doctor, Richard Strauss, who they say groped and otherwise mistreated students for two decades while school officials who knew of concerns did little to stop him. Strauss died in 2005.Ohio State wouldn’t disclose the dollar amount. Update on the latest sports GOLF-PRESIDENTIAL MEDAL OF FREEDOMSorenstam, Player to be White House honoreesWASHINGTON (AP) — The White House has announced that World Golf Hall of Famers Annika Sörenstam and Gary Player will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom during a White House ceremony on March 23.Player won 24 PGA Tour events and 118 international tournaments. Sörenstam completed her LPGA career with 72 tournament victories.NHL-OBIT-HENRI RICHARD ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Tyrrell Hatton and Sung Kang are co-leaders at the midway point of the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill.Hatton fired a 3-under 39 and Kang shot a 68 that puts them 7 under through two rounds, one stroke ahead of Danny Lee.Matt Every ballooned to an 83 that allowed him to join the wrong list in PGA Tour annals by going from the 18-hole lead to the weekend off.Rory McIlroy is two strokes back following a 73, tying him with Harris English and Sungjae Im.Jason Day had to withdraw after five holes Friday because of back issues that have hampered him in recent years. — Bradley Beal shot 7-for-10 from 3-point range while scoring 35 points for the Wizards in a 118-112 win against the Hawks. Davis Bertans added 17 points and Jerome Robinson had 14 for Washington, which was 15 of 31 from beyond the arc.NHL-SCHEDULEDevils surprise BluesUNDATED (AP) — The St. Louis Blues’ eight-game winning streak has been stopped by an unlikely team.Dakota Mermis scored his first NHL goal and fellow defenseman Connor Carrick got his first of the season as the Devils doubled up the Blues, 4-2. Lawson cleared for competitionUNDATED (AP)— American long jumper and sprinter Jarrion Lawson has been notified by the Court of Arbitration for Sport that he has been exonerated of a doping offense, according to his agent.The agent says details of the decision are expected to be released next week, adding that Lawson was awarded around $10,000 to help offset his legal fees.Lawson was notified in August 2018 that he tested positive for a substance frequently used in the U.S. to promote the growth of beef cattle. The agent said Lawson ate what they believe to be tainted beef at a Japanese restaurant in Arkansas before the drug test.The drug test has prevented Lawson from competing for 19 months. UNDATED (AP) — A Division III men’s basketball NCAA Tournament game at Baltimore’s Johns Hopkins University is believed to be the first U.S. sports event held without fans because of the new coronavirus.Yeshiva University tipped off against Worcester Polytechnic Institute Friday afternoon in an empty gym occupied only by players, employees and media members in the first-round game.Johns Hopkins said it was “prudent” to take this step after Maryland’s recently confirmed COVID-19 cases and CDC guidelines for large gatherings.In other sports news involving the virus:— The NHL has sent a memo to teams urging players to limit contact with fans because of the coronavirus outbreak. The move follows a similar directive this month by the NBA, which has told its players to stop high-fiving fans and strangers and avoid taking items for autographs. PGA-PLAYERS-WOODSTiger still not ready, will miss The Players ChampionshipORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Tiger Woods will miss The Players Championship for the first time when not recovering from any of his nine surgeries.His agent says Woods is still bothered by a back issue but adds that it’s not a long-term concern.Woods decided at the last minute not to play the World Golf Championships event in Mexico and has skipped last week’s Honda Classic and this week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill, where he has won a record eight times. — Christian Yelich (YEH’-lihch) has finalized a $215 million, nine-year contract with the Milwaukee Brewers. His new deal adds seven years and $187.25 million to his current contract. Yelich won the NL batting title and MVP award in 2018 as the Brewers reached Game 7 of the NL Championship Series.— One day after signing with the Red Sox, pitcher Collin McHugh says he regrets he didn’t do more to stop the Astros from breaking sign stealing rules in 2017 and 2018. McHugh is worried about the impact of the Astros’ actions on young fans. He said pitchers were led to believe other teams were stealing the Astros’ signs.— Amid widespread concern about the coronavirus, Cubs pitcher Yu Darvish decided to be extra careful after he developed a cough this week. The Japanese right-hander visited with at least two doctors and stayed away from the team for a day before throwing three innings in a simulated game. Darvish said he feels good now, but he’s still coughing a little bit.— Diamondbacks infielder Domingo Leyba has been suspended 80 games for a violation of baseball’s performance-enhancing drug program. The 24-year-old from the Dominican Republic played 21 games with the Diamondbacks last season, hitting .280 with five RBIs.— Tim Tebow has been reassigned to minor league camp by the Mets after going 2-for-13 in spring training, including his first extra-base hit in four years of exhibition play. The 32-year-old outfielder batted .163 in 77 games last season at Triple-A Syracuse in his second straight injury-shortened season. Ekeler had a breakout season while scoring 11 touchdowns for the Chargers last season, finishing seventh in the league and fourth in the AFC this season with 1,550 scrimmage yards. He has gone from an undrafted rookie in 2017 to special teams standout before becoming a featured part of the Los Angeles backfield.In other NFL news:— Authorities say Jets defensive lineman Quinnen Williams has been ticketed and given a court date after trying to board a plane a New York’s LaGuardia Airport while carrying an unloaded gun. The Jets’ first-round pick last season was arrested at LaGuardia Thursday night on a charge of criminal possession of a weapon. The Port Authority Police Department says Williams had a permit in his home state of Alabama for the weapon but does not have a gun permit in New York.PGA-BAY HILLHatton, Kang share Palmer leadlast_img read more

The Latest: Rockets’ Thabo Sefolosha opts out of NBA restart

first_imgA portion of the proceeds will benefit the Royals Respond Fund, an effort to support Kansas City-area nonprofits that are focused on food insecurity amid the coronavirus pandemic.The idea of putting fan likenesses inside stadiums began in Germany when soccer resumed, and other baseball franchises like the Oakland A’s have proposed the same idea. Season ticket holders will have the first opportunity to purchase their likenesses.___UConn women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma is asking for help from Congress to get foreign students, including athletes, back to campus.The Huskies have three foreign players on their roster this year: Anna Makurat, a sophomore from Poland; Nika Muhl, a freshman from Croatia, and Aaliyah Edwards, a freshman from Ontario, Canada. Associated Press The Latest: Rockets’ Thabo Sefolosha opts out of NBA restart The Green Bay Packers will have a six-decade NFL training camp tradition end as they won’t be staying at nearby St. Norbert College because of coronavirus concerns.The Packers instead will have their entire training camp operations at Lambeau Field. Housing arrangements are still being finalized.Packers officials said they made the switch due to NFL protocols asking clubs to maximize use of their own facilities to mitigate exposure to the virus.St. Norbert had hosted the Packers for training camp since 1958The Packers have traditionally eaten dinner at St. Norbert and stayed in a residence hall on campus while commuting to their training-camp workouts at Lambeau Field. The person spoke to the AP on the condition of anonymity Wednesday because the decision hasn’t been announced.Sefolosha is in his first season with the Rockets. He averaged 2.2 points and 2.3 rebounds in 41 games.The 36-year-old is a 15-year NBA veteran who has also played for Utah, Atlanta, Oklahoma City and Chicago.The Rockets are schedule to resume the season on July 31 against the Dallas Mavericks.— AP Sports Writer Kristie Rieken reporting from Houston. ___ Sacramento Kings coach Luke Walton says forward Jabari Parker has been cleared to end his self-isolation following a positive test for the coronavirus. Walton also spoke to Parker about handling himself in public after photos surfaced last week of the forward playing tennis without a mask following his positive test.Center Alex Len and guard Buddy Hield also announced they contracted the coronavirus, and Walton says all three are “doing much better” while being tested every other day. No players have told Walton they don’t want to take part as the Kings (28-36) prepare to play their final eight games in Orlando beginning at the end of this month.“This is a grown men’s league,” Walton said on a call Wednesday. “We talk to our guys but you can’t make them do anything. All we can do is encourage them to follow the guidelines that we’ve all been given: Do your best to social distance, wear a face mask when you’re out, wash your hands as often as possible, stay away from shaking hands, those type of things.”One of Walton’s top priorities now is “making sure everyone’s comfortable” — which will mean players bringing their own workout gear and leaving an extra pair of shoes that stay at the practice facility or arena. ___The Lexington County Blowfish of the summertime Coastal Plain League will open their home season as scheduled Wednesday, but without fans after South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster said people in the stands would be a violation of his executive order against spectator sports due to COVID-19. The team, a collection of college players, had sold seats for its opening game against the Bomb Island Bombers. After the governor spoke Wednesday, the team posted on Twitter that fans would not be allowed into games until it received a clarification from the governor’s office. The state of South Carolina has seen a spike of cases the past few weeks and on Tuesday had a one-day high of 1,741 new cases.McMaster also warned that residents should wear masks and maintain social distance “so we can enjoy high school and college football in South Carolina this fall.”___ ___Chicago Cubs pitching coach Tommy Hottovy is recovering from a severe case of COVID-19 that had him quarantined for 30 days.The 38-year-old Hottovy broke down Wednesday as he detailed a harrowing ordeal during a conference call. The Cubs resume workouts Friday for the first time since Major League Baseball shut down camps on March 12.Hottovy is in his second season as the Cubs’ pitching coach. The former major leaguer said he experienced fevers, breathing trouble and an increased heart rate. The symptoms worsened at night, making it difficult to sleep.Because he didn’t want his wife and young children to catch the virus, Hottovy isolated himself in a spare bedroom at home. He struggled during one Zoom meeting with pitchers, and manager David Ross took over for him. July 1, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Houston’s Thabo Sefolosha is opting out of the NBA’s restart in Orlando, a person familiar with the decision has told The Associated Press. ___The start of the outdoor motocross season is being delayed for a second time due to a spike in coronavirus cases.Supercross was able to complete its season by holding the final 10 races at University of Utah’s Rice-Eccles Stadium over a span of three weeks last month. Eli Tomac won his first Supercross title.With COVID-19 cases on the rise in recent weeks, series operator MX Sports Pro Racing opted to postpone the start of the outdoor season until August.The series was scheduled to start July 18 in Indiana after being pushed back in May due to the pandemic. The season-opening Hangtown Classic was canceled in March. The Hall of Fame coach says all three are experiencing issues getting into the United States because of the coronavirus pandemic and he doesn’t know if any of them will be back with the rest of the team on July 26. Auriemma questions why professional athletes have been allowed back from overseas, but not college athletes.“We started asking questions like, ‘Why is that?’” Auriemma said. “We’ve got some really good people in Washington, D.C., looking into how to do that for international students, not just athletes but kids that have enrolled here, gone to school. What is the issue here? Why can’t we get that resolved?”Auriemma said he’s planning as if there will be a college basketball season but is not sure that will happen. “How are certain teams going to come here and play if they come from a state that’s been severely impacted? I don’t know,” he said.___The Russian soccer league says another game involving FC Orenburg has been called off following an outbreak of coronavirus at the club. After consultation with MLS medical officials, FC Dallas took proactive steps to isolate the newly affected players as well as all FC Dallas players and staff that are in Florida. All members of the club’s delegation will remain quarantined in their hotel rooms pending the results of further COVID-19 testing.The league says no other team has been in contact with the FC Dallas delegation since its arrival.All of the league’s 26 teams are sequestered in hotels in advance of the tournament played without fans at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex at Disney World. The tournament opens next week.___The Kansas City Royals have launched what they are calling a “Fanbassador” program in which up to 500 fans may purchase a plastic cutout of their likeness for $40 apiece that will be displayed in a seat at Kauffman Stadium during the abbreviated 2020 season. Things got so bad that Hottovy spent eight hours at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago on the 12th day he was sick. He finally tested negative about two weeks ago.Hottovy said he’s still weakened from the illness. He considered opting out of the season while he was sick but decided against that.___Six FC Dallas players have tested positive for COVID-19 since arriving in Florida for the resumption of MLS play, after every member of the team’s traveling party was negative in league-mandated testing before departing Dallas last Saturday.The team said Wednesday that two players tested positive after arriving in Orlando and were immediately isolated from teammates and FC Dallas coaches and staff, and other MLS clubs and staffs. After more league testing, four more FC Dallas players tested positive. The league says the regional public health body did not sign off on Orenburg hosting Ural Yekaterinburg. Orenburg already forfeited a game on Saturday against FC Krasnodar.The league says 10 people at Orenburg have been confirmed to have the virus. The club said last week that six players and two staff members had tested positive.There was no mention of any plan to reschedule the game.___More AP sports: and read more

Joy Sports projection: Why Heart of Lions will be this year’s kingmakers

first_imgRemember the picture above? Yep, that’s from last week when we – the Joy Sports team – predicted the three teams that will not survive this season’s top flight. So far, so mixed. Currently, Lions, Bechem and BA Utd occupy 14th, 15th and 16th positions respectively. But here we are again, with another prediction. The 2014/2015 Ghanaian football league season is set for a photo finish with places for relegation set to be settled on the last matchday. Five teams – Hearts, New Edubiase, Olympics, Heart of Lions and Bechem United – are contenders for the drop with nine points remaining for all teams to pick. Two of these five that fail to pick enough points will go down to the second tier of Ghana football.This will be in sharp contrast with last year, where relegated teams were only confirmed in the boardroom after a long legal tussle.So with three games to go, Joy Sports analyzes the team that will have the most effect on the bearing of relegation.That team will be Heart of Lions.Judging by their fixtures, the Kpando-based side face fellow relegation stragglers Olympics on matchday 29 and follow up with a trip to Edubiase on matchday 30.The outcome of these two games will have a significant effect on the table come the closing day.  Why are they so important?Three points won when the relegation strugglers meet will mean no point gained for the defeated team.That is normal in every league format, but in this context, there is an added bonus of going high on the league log and effectively staying clear of relegation.The hope of dropping points and expecting fellow relegation candidates to also drop points is completely eradicated when there is a relegation dog-clash. The proximity of points means dropping points is – and will be – very costly, effectively bringing an end any title chances. And then there is the head-to-head rule, which comes into play when teams are tied on the same number of points.The team with a superior advantage over its opponents is adjudged to be the better of the two sides and thus will be ranked higher on the league log.The last two places for relegation have rotated quite often in the few weeks. Hearts of Oak and Olympics have spent some days there but as things stand Heart of Lions and Bechem United are occupants of the last two relegation places.In context… Heart of Lions game against Olympics will be the first of two relegation clashes. A win for the Kpando side can spell doom for the Wonder side.Olympics face Ashantigold on the last day of the season and will strive to achieve maximum points prior to facing the league leaders. Matters will be extremely difficult for the Wonder Boys, should the Miners come to Accra in search of points to win the league.Despite currently leading 3-2 on the head to head, a huge deficit can see them not only lose out on points but also on the head-to-head.A defeat for Heart of Lions will ultimately push down the Kpando side.They will be not only points behind but also down on the head-to-head. On that very matchday, Edubiase are away to Aduana, Bechem away to Inter Allies and Hearts at home to Berekum Chelsea. Positions will be largely determined by occurrences in Kpando.On the last day, all eyes will be drawn to Obuasi when Lions are yet again engaging fellow strugglers Edubiase. Depending on the outcome of matchday 29, that game will determine whether both sides are safe or both to be relegated or one to be relegated. Attention will also be drawn to Accra where Ashantigold play Olympics.Heart of Lions hold the key to relegation. It will be expedient to keep an eye on them as they hold the keys of survival and that of other clubs in their hands.Meanwhile, here are this weekend’s games… CLICK TO READ: This year’s league most competitive – SannieCLICK TO READ: Matchday 28 game-by-game preview–Follow Kweku on Twitter: @nana_odum. Get more updates on Facebook/Twitter with the #JoySports hashtaglast_img read more