However, the casinos will have to operate at 25 percent capacity and will need advanced air filtration systems in place. Additionally, guests in the casino will need to wear masks and maintain social distance. In late August, casino leaders held a rally in Albany demanding guidance from the governor on how casinos can reopen. Employees from Tioga Downs attended the rally. Table games and beverage services on the gaming floor are also prohibited. (WBNG/WENY) — On Thursday, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced casinos in New York State may reopen on Sept. 9. In July, a WARN notice filed with the New York State Department of Labor was issued to employees saying the casino could close if it did not reopen by Oct. 1.
Brookville, IN—The Brookville Library is hosting an Early Childhood Literacy Fair on Saturday, March 14 from 10-2 pm. The Cincinnati Museum Center will be bringing Dinosaur Fossils for the kids to dig up, there will also be face painting, play and learn activity stations, a raffle, and families with young kids can sign up for our 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten reading incentive program sponsored by United Way of Franklin County.Parents can also learn simple steps you can take to get your child ready for Kindergarten and sign up for our new reading incentive program for families with young kids.As well as the event will have Community Partners available to answer questions about daycares and early childhood resources and free Vision Photo Screenings are available for kids under 6 thanks to the Milan Lion’s Club. read more
LAHORE: Former Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi has once again come out with an outrageous claim, stating that people in India are being oppressed. Recently, Afridi had to face the wrath of many former Indian cricketers like Harbhajan Singh, Yuvraj Singh and Gautam Gambhir for his anti-India remarks. But that hasn’t stopped him.”I’ll remain thankful towards Harbhajan & Yuvraj for supporting my foundation. The real problem is that this is their compulsion. They live in that country. ‘Wo majboor hain.’ They know that people are being oppressed in their country. I won’t say anything further,” Afridi said on Pakistan channel Hum News. During his recent visit to Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK), Afridi had accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of committing religious atrocities in India. Following this Shikhar Dhawan, Harbhajan, Yuvraj, Suresh Raina and Gambhir slammed the former all-rounder. It came as a huge shock for Harbhajan and Yuvraj because the duo had gone out of their way to support Afridi’s foundation to help the poor and needy in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. “This is very upsetting what Shahid Afridi has come up with, talking ill about our country and our Prime Minister. This is just not acceptable,” Harbhajan told Sports Tak. “To be honest, he (Afridi) asked us to make an appeal for his charity. In good faith, we did it for humanity and for the people suffering due to the coronavirus. But this man is talking ill about our country. All I have to say is we have nothing to do with Shahid Afridi. He has no right to speak ill against our country and he should stay in his country and limits.” Yuvraj tweeted: “Really disappointed by @SAfridiOfficial’s comments on our Hon’b PM @narendramodi ji. As a responsible Indian who has played for the country, I will never accept such words. I made an appeal on your behest for the sake of humanity. But never again.” IANS Also Read: Would have instigated Virat Kohli to pull or cut me: Shoaib Akhtar read more
But history can be fierce. And to truly understand why this is bizarre for those of us with long memories, set aside these last eight seasons of Clippers basketball, dating to the Chris Paul trade in December of 2011 (over which many Lakers fans still hold a grudge toward David Stern).You had to be there for the lean years … very lean, and many of them.In the first seven seasons after the Clippers moved from San Diego in 1984, the club was 220 games under .500. Coaches came and went: Jim Lynam handed the office keys to Don Chaney, who relinquished them to Gene Shue, who gave them to Don Casey, who passed them to Mike Schuler. In 16 seasons, they were 12-70 and 15-67 once apiece and 17-65 three different times, as well as 9-41 in the lockout season of 1998-99. As recently as 2008-09, they were 19-63.These were the Donald Sterling Clippers, when he was merely considered eccentric rather than disgraced, desperately wanting what the Lakers and Jerry Buss had but with no clue how to accomplish it. Management constantly nickel-and-dimed veterans and rookies alike, and in back-to-back years they alienated their first-round pick. Danny Manning (selected No. 1 overall in 1988) held out and then tore his ACL after 26 games. Danny Ferry watched those developments as a senior at Duke, and when the Clippers picked him at No. 2 in 1989 he spurned them for an Italian team.Ron Harper, traded to the Clippers from Cleveland, quickly realized the absurdity and compared playing for the organization to being in jail. Center Benoit Benjamin’s impact could best be judged by the nickname I gave him in print, “Sultan of Sloth.” Another No. 1 overall pick, Michael Olowokandi, redefined the term “bust.” There were rare bright spots. Larry Brown brought professionalism when he arrived in the middle of the 1991-92 season, got them to the playoffs two straight years and then bolted. Bill Fitch and Mike Dunleavy got the Clippers to the playoffs once each, and both eventually were let go and had to battle Sterling to get all of the money owed them.If you’re scoring, that’s four playoff berths in the team’s first 27 seasons in Los Angeles. (And 12 different head coaches, plus four interim placeholders.)Their crowds at the Sports Arena were sometimes family-and-friends small, and you could always hear the hecklers. (The owner wasn’t among them, it seemed; by all accounts, Sterling didn’t start trash-talking his own players from his courtside seat until well into the Staples Center years.) The team spent its advertising budget selling the virtues of visiting players rather than their own: Come see Jordan, Barkley, Ewing, Wilkins … Even after the move to Staples, which did wonders for the team’s profit margins but didn’t appreciably change the team’s on-court consistency, to be a Clippers fan meant having to explain why. You want to know why Ralph Lawler received the Curt Gowdy Media Award for meritorious work from the Basketball Hall of Fame? He earned it with all of the bad basketball he had to witness through those years.So if you wonder why the idea of the Clippers as closer to top dog than underdog is sometimes still difficult to fathom, there it is.And if you also wonder why this is still such a Lakers town, and why Clippers players are routinely booed when they show up at other L.A. sporting events … well, Lakers fans refuse to let go of that heritage, no matter that their team’s most recent championship was in 2010 and their last playoff berth in 2013.“I just don’t see L.A. ever becoming a Clippers town,” Turner Sports analyst and former NBA coach Stan Van Gundy said this week during a teleconference interview. “Because of tradition, it’s going to be a Lakers town. I feel the same way in New York; Kevin Durant can say the Knicks aren’t cool and Brooklyn’s cool … if Brooklyn wins 55 games and the Knicks win 20, guess what? It’s a Knicks town. I feel the same way in L.A.”Then again, that could actually be to the Clippers’ advantage. This is a team that thrives on having a chip on its collective shoulder, and as Van Gundy noted, this is a big one.“You’ve got Lakers on the mind if you’re a Clipper, and I think that’s going to help them in a strange way,” he said.Reggie Miller, who joined Van Gundy on that conference call, noted that Lakers fans’ view of the Clippers and their fans is that of the “little annoying brother, right? Because you go into Staples and you look up, all you see is championships. The history there is all about the Lakers. You go to a Clippers game, they have those selfie images of the star players (covering the Lakers’ banners). There’s no history there.”The imbalance between the fan bases doesn’t figure to change until those little kids – many of whom in greater L.A. will grow up hooping on courts refurbished by and featuring the logo of the Clippers – grow up and pledge their allegiance.But Miller said there’s one way the Clippers could shake that little brother image far sooner.“If the Clippers do win a championship or championships, and they’ve had to go through and play LeBron (James) and A.D. (Anthony Davis) in the playoffs and beat them – it’s still a Lakers town but it changes the narrative because of the old adage, you’ve got to beat the man to be the man,” he said. “(But) you can’t just beat them in the playoffs and then lose. You’ve got to win a championship to back it up.”So those are the stakes as this strange but wonderful adventure begins Tuesday night, with the Clippers the home team for the first of the local teams’ four regular-season meetings.Ideally, they’d play far more often in the regular season – 10 or 12 meetings would be nice – but if we’re lucky we’ll get seven more in the playoffs.And if you’re a longtime Clippers fan, buckle up. This is going to be wilder than anything you’ve [email protected]@Jim_Alexander on Twitter The email tumbled into the inbox first thing Thursday morning, Pacific time. And even with an entire summer to get used to the idea, the notion was still a bit of a stunner: The Clippers were the favorites to win the NBA championship in a survey of general managers conducted by NBA.com.This is real. This isn’t pundits or oddsmakers showing respect. This is the opinion of people whose jobs depend on making accurate observations and evaluations about their game. (Of course, there might have been a wee bit of sandbagging, too; these were anonymous responses, after all.)Yet if you’ve followed pro basketball in L.A. for any extended length of time, the mind – and the memory – still pushes back.True, the Clippers have now been a good team for a decade, and superior to the Lakers the past seven seasons. There might be SoCal kids just now starting to play basketball who can’t understand why Mom and Dad still prefer the Lakers to the Clippers. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error read more