NICHOLS (WBNG) — Tioga Downs is demanding the state allows casinos to open after remaining closed even after phase four of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s reopening plan went into effect for the Southern Tier on June 26. Broome County Executive Jason Garnar asks, “If Walmart can open, why can’t Tioga Downs?” Additionally, horse racing officials say if the racetrack at the casino is not allowed to reopen, they will be forced to take 200 to 300 horses to kill pens. On July 16, Tioga Downs sent a WARN Notice to employees saying that if the casino’s racetrack does not open before Oct. 1. 2020, it will be forced to close. State Senator Fred Akshar was also in attendance at Friday’s news conference. Garnar says he was able to provide a tax cut last year due to the $1.5 million revenue the casino brings into the county. More than 600 employees will be affected should that happen. At the conference Union workers also called upon the state to end of the difference between Tioga Downs and casinos on Native American territory, addressing the fact that the Turning Stone casino has been allowed to reopen. The casino says if the governor offers guidance, one thing it will do to ensure everyone’s safety is to take the temperature of all guests who enter the facility. In a news conference on Friday, Tioga County officials asked the governor to provide some guidance so they may reopen.
Associated Press Television News WATCH US LIVE Written By First Published: 5th August, 2020 06:18 IST The Los Angeles Rams have started a scouting apprenticeship program designed to boost the aspirations of minority and female candidates for football scouting jobs.The Rams announced the creation of the program Tuesday, along with the selection of its first 10 participants.The team says the apprentice scouts will get “experiential training, one-on-one mentorship and networking opportunities through virtual summits” from August until the 2021 NFL draft.The participants will be involved in the Rams’ actual scouting activities while working with the team’s football operations personnel and other advisors. Rams general manager Les Snead says the program is about providing access and opportunity for minorities and women at the highest levels of football.“We have to be intentional in identifying, developing and advising these young men and women and offer hands-on experience and mentorship from scouts and personnel professionals at the highest level of sports,” Snead said. “It is imperative for us to spend the necessary time to build a successful, ongoing program that will widen the pool of candidates to be the personnel leaders of tomorrow.”The Rams held virtual interviews to choose the 10 participants in the program. The advisors in the program include Rams senior scouting executive Brian Xanders, director of pro scouting Ray Agnew and the Rams’ directors of scouting strategy, college scouting and draft management.Image credits: AP Last Updated: 5th August, 2020 06:18 IST LA Rams Start Scouting Apprenticeship For Minorities, Women The Los Angeles Rams have started a scouting apprenticeship program designed to boost the aspirations of minority and female candidates for football scouting jobs LIVE TV SUBSCRIBE TO US COMMENT FOLLOW US
But Pierre has two factors working against him. First, he is such a lethal stolen-base threat, having swiped as many as 65 in a season during his career, that pitchers are loath to give him a free ticket to first base. Second, pitchers who fall behind in the count aren’t afraid to come back with meaty fastballs to Pierre because he never has hit more than three home runs in a season. “They know if they keep it over the plate, the worst they’re going to give up is probably a double,” Pierre said. “It’s kind of a catch-22 situation.” Mays in runningAdd non-roster right-hander Joe Mays, whom the Dodgers signed less than two weeks ago, to the long list of those vying for the fifth spot in the starting rotation. Little said before Saturday’s first workout of the spring for pitchers and catchers that Mays will be kept on a starter’s throwing program at least through the early part of camp. “He has a good history,” Little said. “He will be given the opportunity to make this ballclub, and we will certainly try to put him in a position he is most comfortable with.” Mays, 31, has spent most of his seven-year career in the majors as a starter, but his overall success has been spotty. He is 48-70 with a 5.05 ERA after pitching six seasons for Minnesota and splitting last year with Cincinnati and Kansas City. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! VERO BEACH, Fla. – Addressing one of the offseason’s hot-button issues for the first time on Saturday, Juan Pierre refused to fan any controversial flames. The fleet center fielder, whom the Dodgers signed to a five-year, $44 million contract in November, said he has no preference between batting first or second. Shortstop Rafael Furcal, the guy who will fill whichever of those spots Pierre doesn’t, hasn’t arrived in spring training yet and isn’t required to until Tuesday. “I went through a similar situation in Florida with Luis Castillo, who was an established leadoff man and a great leadoff man,” said Pierre, who was traded to the Marlins from Colorado the winter after a 2002 season in which Castillo had a 35-game hitting streak. “I have batted second before, and I know Furcal is a great leadoff man who did a great job last year. “It won’t change my approach. I always try to take pitches, regardless.” Manager Grady Little plans to try both Pierre-Furcal and Furcal-Pierre alignments during Grapefruit League games before making a decision for the regular season. All Little has promised so far is that once he has decided, he won’t change his mind unless the alignment he chooses proves after a time to be a failure. In other words, he won’t flip the left-handed-hitting Pierre and the switch-hitting Furcal just because the Dodgers are facing a certain pitcher. Although he has spent the vast majority of his career batting first – including 158 games with the Chicago Cubs last season – Pierre’s lifetime on-base percentage (.350) is below the optimum for a leadoff man. But Pierre said that statistic is misleading. “I try to get my walks,” Pierre said. “I rarely swing at first pitches, and I get a lot of 2-0, 3-1 counts. But I usually won’t take a pitch just off the plate because I don’t trust the umpire to call it a ball, and I also expand my zone a little bit with two strikes.”