Palestinian prisoner Maher al-Akhras released after 103-day hunger strike

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this Palestinian political prisoner Maher al-Akhras was released from Israeli prison Nov. 26. He had staged a hunger strike for 103 days in protest of his arrest and incarceration. He was held by occupation forces under “administrative detention” and was never charged with a crime. Akhras, who was transferred to a hospital in Nablus, said, “My freedom is the freedom of my people, and we have won over the occupation with our will and determination.” He is pictured here being fed a spoonful of food by his daughter Tuqa.— Report by Ted Kellylast_img

Cuomo: Religious gatherings of no more than 10 people allowed

first_img(WBNG) — Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Wednesday that he is allowing religious gatherings of no more than 10 people. Governor Cuomo said in a press conference that beginning on Thursday, May 21, religious gatherings of no more than 10 people will be allowed statewide. Cuomo also said there must be strict social distancing guidelines enforced, and all participants must wear masks. He said the state has asked that they provide drive-in or parking lot services that may also begin on Thursday.center_img Additionally, Cuomo said the state is working with the Interfaith advisory Council to discuss how they can safely bring back religious services.last_img

How Tyler Lydon fits into the Denver Nuggets’ rotation

first_img Published on June 22, 2017 at 11:02 pm Contact Sam: [email protected] | @Sam4TR Facebook Twitter Google+ Former Syracuse forward Tyler Lydon was picked by the Utah Jazz with the No. 24 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft and then reportedly traded to the Denver Nuggets on Thursday night.Here is the current salary and contract situation for the Nuggets, per Spotrac.com.Lydon, who projects as a stretch four at the NBA level, joins a roster loaded with similar-sized forwards who like to shoot 3-pointers. That includes Darrell Arthur (2.9 3-point attempts per game), Juan Hernangomez (1.8) and third-year stretch four Trey Lyles (2.9), who Denver traded Utah for as a part of its deal to get the No. 24 pick.Kenneth Faried, entering his seventh year with the Nuggets and who is one of the faces of the franchise, starts at power forward when healthy but does not shoot the 3. He’s attempted only 19 such shots in his career. Danilo Gallinari normally plays small forward but also shifts down to power forward and he shoots the most beyond the arc at 5.1 triple attempts per game. He also declined his player option this offseason and is a free agent this summer, but the Denver Post reported re-signing Gallinari is still a high priority for the organization.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThis is the second time in as many years the Nuggets have loaded up in the front court after taking Hernangomez from Spain last year. Before that, Denver’s last first-round pick in the same size and position was Faried in 2011.So, in drafting Lydon, the Nuggets created a sort of logjam:Trey Lyles, 6-foot-10, 234 pounds, third-year, 6.2 shots per game (2.9 3-pointers per game)Juan Hernangomez, 6-foot-9, 230 pounds, second-year, 3.6 shots (1.8)Darrell Arthur, 6-foot-9, 235 pounds, eighth-year, 5.2 shots (2.9)Tyler Lydon, 6-foot-9, 210 pounds, rookie, college stats: 9.4 shots (3.7)This summary does not include Faried who, despite playing just 61 games due to various injuries, played a large role in three of the Nuggets eight most-used lineups last season. Each of those players is under contract or has a team option through at least 2018-19. For Lydon to earn his minutes (and shots) he’ll need to navigate this clutter, and to do so, he’ll need to be more than a big, athletic threat from beyond the arc. Commentslast_img read more

BHA plans Board changes amid need to improve industry collaboration

first_img Share StumbleUpon UK Racing pushes for drastic levy reforms as deep recession looms August 25, 2020 Related Articles Share Submit On-course bookmakers return to UK courses in two-week trial August 17, 2020 HBLB gives £3.2m boost to UK racing August 13, 2020 The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) will be making changes to its Board composition, in a bid to increase industry involvement among its members.It comes as a move to improve its decision-making process at the BHA, including the ways in which it consults both the racing industry and wider stakeholders, in addition to strengthening collaboration between the sport’s leadership and the racing industry as a whole.The shake-up follows a review carried out by the BHA members, alongside the Racecourse Association (RCA), the three organisations representing the horsemen, the Racehorse Owners Association (ROA), the Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association (TBA) and the Licensed Personnel.The objective of the review was to increase the wider industry’s involvement in the decision-making process while also trying to retain the independence of the BHA Board on regulatory and integrity matters. In the coming months, the sporting body will also be addressing a number of specific industry groups and external bodies on their views, and how they can play a role in governance.The BHA’s Chair, Atholl Duncan, commented on the changes: ‘We believe it is essential to develop a more collaborative relationship across the sport while maintaining the BHA’s independence from participants on integrity and regulatory matters.“The changes which we’ve agreed with the racecourses and horsemen strike the right balance between industry involvement and maintaining a robust independence in our decision-making.“I would like this to signal the start of a new era of better working together across the sport.”A consultation process will also be carried out between the members, analysing the ways in which the BHA deliberates issues with the industry that will affect them. This will also include ensuring that decisions made by the  committees are fully representative of the industry.In addition to consulting BHA members, external bodies will be invited to contribute views on their involvement in consultations.RCA Chair, Maggie Carver added: “We believe that these changes will bring greater involvement from across the sport into the heart of the BHA’s decisions while maintaining its independence in the areas where that is essential.”The new Board will consist of the Chairman and Chief Executive, four independent Directors and four Directors who have been nominated by the RCA and the Horsemen. The process to appoint a new Chair for the BHA board is underway. Meanwhile David Armstrong, the new CEO of the RCA, has joined the BHA board. Maggie Carver and Nicholas Cooper, the President of the ROA, will join the board in March.The Chair of the TBA, Julian Richmond-Watson, who represented the horsemen on the Members’ Review concluded: “The regulation and governance of our sport has been continually evolving over the years and we believe that it is a natural and appropriate next step in the development of the BHA to make these changes to how our governing and regulatory body operates.”last_img read more