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.
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Photo credit: travel.state.govSAN SALVADOR, El Salvador — The member countries of the Organization of American States (OAS), meeting in San Salvador at the forty-first regular session of the OAS General Assembly, on Wednesday called for “strengthening bilateral, subregional, regional, and international cooperation on security-related matters,” in what was the first message of the Declaration of San Salvador.The document, the result of an exchange of views among the countries on multidimensional security, strengthens their commitment to joint efforts to combat the violence and crime that ravage their peoples.The final declaration of the Assembly session, which closed on Wednesday in the Salvadoran capital, stresses the importance of strengthening the capacity of states to promote long-term public security policies and to address, prevent, and fight threats to public security in a comprehensive, effective manner.Among these threats, it identifies transnational organized crime, illicit trafficking in arms, human trafficking, the smuggling of migrants, the world drug problem, money laundering, corruption, terrorism, abduction, criminal gangs, and crimes associated with the use of technologies, including cyber-crime.The countries affirmed that public security policies “require the participation and cooperation of multiple actors,” such as individuals, government at all levels, civil society, communities, the mass media, the private sector, and academia. Public policies should also be “comprehensive” and include “a gender perspective,” taking into account the needs of vulnerable groups and promoting human rights.The links between security and development, the need to deal with poverty and discrimination, and climate change also are addressed in the Declaration, since they affect the security and well-being of citizens that will make democratic development possible. The top OAS body declared its commitment to “reinforce inter-American partnership for integral development and to strengthen cooperation mechanisms and actions to urgently address extreme poverty, inequity, and social exclusion.”Final plenary sessionAt the fourth and final plenary session of the General Assembly, the foreign ministers discussed the long-standing dispute between the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Argentine Republic regarding sovereignty over the Malvinas Islands; maritime access for the Republic of Bolivia; and the holding of the Sixteenth Pan American Games in 2011 in Guadalajara, after a presentation by Minister Aurelio López Rocha, Secretary of Tourism of the Mexican State of Jalisco. The representatives also heard statements by the Inter-American Commission of Women, the Inter-American Juridical Committee, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.Question of the Malvinas IslandsOn the topic of the Malvinas Islands, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Trade, and Worship of Argentina, Héctor Timerman, asked the member countries to support Argentina’s claim.He said that “at no time has Argentina failed to express its willingness to negotiate in search of a peaceful settlement to the dispute,” but stated that, “unfortunately, Britain still declines to resume bilateral dialogue, in violation not only of repeated resolutions of the United Nations and this Organization.”He then urged the member countries to support his country “with the conviction that your voice will have to be heard, because, in embracing this cause, you will be the voice of those who forged our history.”In their statements, the delegates of the member countries expressed their support to the government of Argentina, endorsing “the legitimate rights of that country,” and advocated a resumption of negotiations between the two countries involved in the prolonged dispute.Maritime access for BoliviaOn the topic of maritime access for Bolivia, the Bolivian foreign minister, David Choquehuanca, gave a historical summary of the agreements and developments in this area. He noted that for 132 years his country, “using the power of dialogue and reason, has appealed for the right to return to the sea.” He also said that “regional integration will not be possible as long as this wound, which affects all of South America, remains open,” and appealed for support from the member countries.He said “Bolivia is a country of nature, location, and decision, convinced of the need for integration.” As such, he continued, his country “will not close the door to dialogue.” He raised the possibility of arranging formal bilateral negotiations.Choquehuanca closed his statement by saying that “international law, the peaceful settlement of disputes, and direct dialogue with all actors involved in a problem are valid, coherent paths toward a solution to the landlocked state imposed on Bolivia.”The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Chile, Alfredo Moreno, in response to that statement, commented that “Chile has stated, and reaffirms, its willingness to continue dialogue to achieve mutually acceptable solutions that represent benefits for both peoples, are forward-looking, and reflect the spirit of integration and solidarity that should prevail among sister and neighbor nations.”Moreno added that, in that same spirit, “Chile is more than willing to continue exploring with Bolivia the concession of lands and facilities with which to conduct the activities it requires and improve its maritime status.”In conclusion, he noted the importance of working together, in a context of mutual respect and “the inviolability of treaties, and in the context of true integration.”After hearing the statements of the foreign ministers of both nations, the heads of delegation who spoke advocated dialogue, bilateral talks, the path of peace, and consensus in this matter.Central American security strategyIn the context of the Assembly session’s central theme, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Guatemala, Haroldo Rodas, spoke on the Central American Security Strategy and the International Conference in Support of the Strategy, which his country will host on June 22 and 23 of this year. He explained that the aim of the event is “to obtain political and financial support, and monitoring, for implementation of specific measures contained in the Strategy.” The General Assembly adopted a resolution in support of the Conference.Election of members of committees and commissionsAt the close of the fourth plenary session, elections were held for officers of organs, agencies, and entities of the Organization. Elected to serve on the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights were: Rosa María Ortiz (Paraguay), Felipe González (Chile, reelected), Tracy Robinson (Jamaica), and Rose-Marie Bella Antoine (Belize).Also elected, as new members of the Inter-American Juridical Committee, were Carlos Alberto Mata Prates (Uruguay) and Luis Motreno Guerra (Ecuador).Elected to the Justice Studies Center of the Americas (JSCA) were Santiago Pereira Campos (Uruguay), Justice Marc Rosemberg (Canada), and Pedro B.A Dallari (Brazil).Reelected to the Administrative Tribunal and the Board of External Auditors, respectively, were United States citizens Andre M. Surena and James L. Gillette.Lastly, it was decided by acclamation that the forty-second regular session of the General Assembly of the Organization of American States will be held in the city of Cochabamba, Bolivia, from July 8 to 10, 2012.Caribbean News Now Share 20 Views no discussions NewsRegional OAS general assembly concludes with adoption of Declaration of San Salvador by: – June 9, 2011 Sharing is caring! Share Share read more
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error ARLINGTON, Texas >> Dodgers manager Don Mattingly surveyed the vast power alleys of Globe Life Park for the first time this season on Monday afternoon. The Texas Rangers’ home park reminded him of Coors Field.“The ball jumps in that right-center gap; a lot of hits here,” Mattingly said. “You want to keep guys off base as much as possible. You have to deal with the heat a little bit. It’s not something we’re used to.”Dodgers pitcher Juan Nicasio surveyed the temperature, which would fall to 86 degrees Fahrenheit by game time. He said it reminded him of his home country, the Dominican Republic, with maybe a little more humidity.Carlos Frias, the Dodgers’ starting pitcher, has pitched in Coors Field and grew up in the Dominican Republic. Other than not having to hit — probably a relief, since Frias has one hit in 24 career plate appearances — Frias should have been very much accustomed to the conditions. Frias defied the scouting report. He went ahead and allowed baserunners in four of the six innings he pitched. Four scored off him in the sixth, and the Dodgers went on to lose 4-1 to the Texas Rangers.The Dodgers got seven hits, but also hit into four double plays. One of the seven was a 417-foot home run by Yasmani Grandal in the eighth inning off reliever Tanner Scheppers.But they could do nothing against Rangers starter Yovani Gallardo, who allowed four hits and walked three batters in seven innings. The Dodgers went 0 for 7 with runners in scoring position as a team.Yasiel Puig finished 0 for 4 with three strikeouts. After the third strikeout, he snapped his bat in half over his leg and took out his remaining anger on a light fixture in the visitors’ dugout.Frias wasn’t entirely to blame. Adam Liberatore inherited two runners in the sixth inning with one out. Rookie Rougned Odor promptly belted a two-run single to put the game out of reach — at least, for a Dodgers team that seemed weary after a mechanical mishap on the team plane forced them to land early Monday morning in Dallas. read more