NYS On Pause Extended Until April 29

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Governor Andrew Cuomo provides a coronavirus update during a press conference in the Red Room at the State Capitol. (Image by Mike Groll/Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo).ALBANY — As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that New York State on Pause has been extended until April 29.Statewide, schools and the continued closure of non-essential businesses are included in the extension of the order.“We still have to extend New York Pause because if that curve is turning, it’s turning because the rate of infection is going down,” Cuomo said. “One of the reasons why the rate of infection is going down is because social distancing is working.”Previously, schools had been ordered to be closed until April 15. Now, students will have to continue with distance learning. The Governor acknowledged potential economic impacts with the extended closures.“I know that’s a negative for many, many reasons,” he said. “I know what it does to the economy, but as I said from day one, I’m not going to choose between public health and economic activity.”Also Monday, the New York State Department of Education made the decision to cancel Regents exams that were scheduled for June. During his daily press conference, the Governor was asked about the cancellation of the Regents exam.“I haven’t even looked at their decision on the Regents,” he responded. “It sounds right, but I haven’t even looked at it.”In addition to canceling Regents, the Board of Regents also adopted a series of emergency regulations because of the coronavirus, including no school and district evaluations. That means next school year’s grade will be the same as the current year’s.Also, there will be no reduction in state aid for schools that have less than 180 days of instruction, and the Department will provide an alternative form of evaluation for students receiving home instruction.last_img read more

Pea pups

first_imgCan’t wait for akara pea pups to show up in supermarkets andfast-food stores? Here’s a recipe to make a batch of these WestAfrican treats at home. By Sharon OmahenUniversity of Georgia Stir into the whipped paste:* 1½ tablespoons finely chopped onion.* 1½ tablespoons finely chopped bell or hot pepper.* 1 teaspoon salt. Transfer the paste to a mixer and whip it, on high speed, for 3minutes. The batter will become foamy during this step. Float off the separated seed coats under running water. Thendrain the dehulled seeds in a colander and blot them dry.center_img Drop the mixture by tablespoonfuls into hot oil (380 degreesFahrenheit) for 3 to 4 minutes, turning occasionally, until theyare golden brown.Drain them on absorbent paper, and serve them warm as a snackfood or as a bread-like accompaniment.Note: Cream peas with no pigmentation (white acre or Texas cream,for example) may be used without dehulling. But they need to soakfor 25 to 30 minutes to absorb the proper amount of water andsoften some before blending. Soak two-thirds of a cup of dry black-eyed peas in one and one-third cups of water. Rub the peas between your fingers when theseed coats begin to wrinkle (about 5 minutes), keeping thedehulled peas submerged in the water. Dehull the peas within 25to 30 minutes to keep them from absorbing too much water. Blend three-fourths of a cup of soaked, dehulled peas with one-third of a cup of water in a blender, on low speed, to form asmooth paste. This takes about 5 minutes. Use a rubber spatula toscrape the contents of the blender jar occasionally during thisstep.last_img read more

Angels’ Matt Thaiss has taken quickly to another new position

first_img Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros “The ground balls that were hitting me in the chest – it’s a lot different than first base,” Thaiss said. “There were some growing pains, some challenges when I first started over there. It’s kind of smoothed out.”Kind of?Thaiss hit the game-winning home run Sunday, a tie-breaking three-run blast in the eighth inning of a 6-3 victory over the Mariners. After the game, Manager Brad Ausmus was asked what has impressed him the most about Thaiss’ first impression.“Actually his defense at third has impressed me the most,” Ausmus said, “just because he hasn’t been there very long.”When Taylor Cole and Felix Peña combined on a no-hitter Friday night at Angel Stadium, it was Thaiss – diving to his left, throwing out Mac Williamson in the nick of time – who provided the signature defensive highlight of the game. It was Thaiss’ 51st game ever as a third baseman. “Every game you can help contribute, help do your job for your team, it’s good for your confidence,” he said.Thaiss’ transition to third base is past the experimental stage but still a work in progress. Monday, he took to the field early for some pregame work with Angels third base coach Mike Gallego. On Thaiss’ left hand was a white “pancake glove” – a training tool that resembles an early 20th-century catcher’s mitt, with little distinction between the pocket and the fingers of the glove. Thaiss said fielding grounders with the pancake glove discourages laziness; a fielder must look the ball into the pocket and field each ball with both hands in order to handle it cleanly.Thaiss said he used the glove a lot at Triple-A, where defensive coach Ray Olmedo helped him with his initial transition.“When I first got over to first base, I wanted to be the best first baseman I could be. I feel the same about third base. I want to keep working, keep grinding, until I’m the best defensive third baseman I could be.”TROUT OUT; HERMOSILLO RETURNSThe results of an MRI exam on Mike Trout’s right leg revealed a “small strain” in his right calf, and he remains day-to-day. Trout suffered the injury in the first inning Sunday. Ausmus said outfielder Brian Goodwin (right wrist contusion) will be activated from the 10-day injured list Tuesday, so with the Angels needing some coverage in the outfield for a day, Michael Hermosillo was recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake, and pitcher Jose Suarez was optioned prior to Monday’s game against the Houston Astros.Hermosillo, 24, got the start in center field and batted ninth. In 28 games at Triple-A, Hermosillo hit .252 with a .338 on-base percentage. He also stole four bases in five attempts. In 31 games with the Angels a year ago, Hermosillo batted .211 with one home run.Related Articles Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield center_img Hermosillo missed most of spring training while he recovered from scar tissue in his adductor muscle, the result of offseason surgery to repair a sports hernia. He was ultimately sidelined until June.BEMBOOM BACKThe Angels acquired catcher Anthony Bemboom from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for cash considerations, and optioned him to Triple-A Salt Lake.A former Angels farmhand, Bemboom topped out at Triple-A in 2016 before he was selected by the Colorado Rockies in that year’s Rule 5 draft. Bemboom played only three games with the Rays this season before he sprained his left knee, an injury that sent him to the 60-day injured list. The Rays activated Bemboom earlier Monday and designated him for assignment.The Angels’ depth at catcher has been tested by Jonathan Lucroy’s concussion and broken nose, and Jose Briceño’s shoulder strain. A left-handed hitter, Bemboom batted .213 with one home run and six RBIs for the Rays’ Triple-A affiliate this season.Because the Angels had an open spot on their 40-man roster, no corresponding move was needed to add Bemboom.ALSOKeynan Middleton pitched to six batters Monday in his first appearance since his minor league rehabilitation assignment was transferred to Salt Lake. The right-hander allowed two walks and a single and threw only 11 of his 25 pitches for strikes while recording two outs. Middleton, who did not allow a run in three low-level minor league appearances prior to Monday, is working his way back from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros ANAHEIM — Matt Thaiss isn’t the first baseball player to learn two new defensive positions after becoming a professional, but he might be the quickest study among them. At least, Thaiss’ first five games with the Angels have yet to reveal that he’s only playing his third-best position.The Angels selected Thaiss, a catcher at the University of Virginia, 16th overall in the 2016 draft. They immediately converted him to first base. All 2,661 of Thaiss’ professional innings in the field came at that position until April.The Angels currently have no shortage of first basemen. Albert Pujols is firmly entrenched atop the major league depth chart, with Justin Bour just behind. Jared Walsh plays there when he does not pitch. It might be the slowest track of any position to the top of the organization.So it was that Thaiss became a third baseman at Triple-A Salt Lake. By his own admission, it wasn’t always pretty.last_img read more

Blake Griffin’s return to face Clippers at Staples Center lives up to dramatic billing

first_img Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters Asked if he would shake Ballmer’s hand, Griffin responded: “I’m honestly not here to answer hypothetical questions.”Griffin said he was glad to have Saturday’s game, and all the build-up and scrutiny that accompanied it, out of the way.“Next time we come here, it won’t be the same, obviously,” he said. “It’s nice to get that game over. I kind of compare it to the first game of the year. There’s such a big hype leading up to it, and once it’s done you’ve got to play 81 more. Now we’ve got to play 41 more or whatever it is.Related Articles “For nine years now, as soon as I’m done doing my pregame shooting, I make sure there’s a path and I take off running to the locker room. I don’t stop running. A lot of you know that,” said Griffin, who stopped between pregame shots to greet various people, including Clippers broadcast Ryan Hollins.“A lot of you have been here for a long time and seen me do that before. I don’t change that for anybody … Plain and simple. It wasn’t anything planned.” For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error But the 29-year-old didn’t have much to say to Clippers officials, who shipped him to Detroit last January for Tobias Harris, Avery Bradley, Boban Marjanovic, a 2018 first-round draft pick (which became Shai Gilgeous-Alexander) and a second-round pick in 2019 — six months after Griffin signed a five-year, $171 million contract.In a moment reminiscent of the instance when Griffin reportedly brushed off the Clippers’ longtime broadcaster Ralph Lawler soon after the trade last season, Griffin appeared to leave Steve Ballmer hanging courtside after he finished his pregame warmups, when he sprinted past his former team’s owner, whose hand was extended.Ballmer, who bought the Clippers for $2 billion in 2014, shrugged and walked in the other direction.After the game – in which Griffin dropped 44 points, eight rebounds, five assists, three steals and a block on the Clippers – he denied that his pregame dash was personal, insisting he was sticking to routine. “It’s over, we’re moving on, they’re moving on, and we’ve got a lot of basketball left to play.”Considering how it responded Saturday, Detroit seemed OK with all of the extra stuff attached to the inter-conference matchup.After losing nine of their past 11 games, including four consecutive, the 18-23 Pistons jumped ahead 37-24 in the first quarter and then held off the Clippers with clutch plays down stretch — by Griffin and others, including Reggie Bullock, another former Clipper.But no one had the emphatic impact that Griffin did.“I mean, he always does that, every time he plays us,” said Montrezl Harrell, who extended his arm in greeting as he walked past the sizable scrum of media surrounding Griffin after the game. “When we played in Detroit (last season after the trade), he’s constantly looking at Doc and stuff like that — but that’s love lost there that them two gotta work out.”The two haven’t spoken since the trade, they said Saturday.“He’s not my coach anymore,” Griffin said. “There’s no need to.”“That’s happened many times in my career, so I don’t make a big deal of that,” Rivers said. “You (media) do, but I don’t at all. I’ve had a lot of guys, even some guys who I’m very close to (but) most trades and departures don’t go very smoothly, for the record, they just don’t. I can cite a hundred of them.“They all come back eventually.” PreviousBlake Griffin #23 of the Detroit Pistons dunks past Shai Gilgeous-Alexander #2 of the LA Clippers during their NBA basketball game at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Saturday, January 12, 2019. The Detroit Pistons defeated the LA Clippers 109-104. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Blake Griffin #23 of the Detroit Pistons barks at refereee Curtis Blair during their NBA basketball game against the LA Clippers at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Saturday, January 12, 2019. The Detroit Pistons defeated the LA Clippers 109-104. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Patrick Beverley #21 of the LA Clippers tries to steal the ball away from Jose Calderon #81 of the Detroit Pistons during their NBA basketball game at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Saturday, January 12, 2019. The Detroit Pistons defeated the LA Clippers 109-104. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsBlake Griffin #23 of the Detroit Pistons battles for a loose ball with Danilo Gallinari #8 of the LA Clippers during their NBA basketball game at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Saturday, January 12, 2019. The Detroit Pistons defeated the LA Clippers 109-104. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Blake Griffin #23 of the Detroit Pistons brings the ball down court during their NBA basketball game against the LA Clippers at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Saturday, January 12, 2019. The Detroit Pistons defeated the LA Clippers 109-104. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Robert Iger, chairman and chief executive officer of The Walt Disney Company, watches the LA Clippers game against the Detroit Pistons at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Saturday, January 12, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Clippers Spirit performs during a break in the LA Clippers game against the Detroit Pistons at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Saturday, January 12, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Jerry West watches courtside during the LA Clippers game against the Detroit Pistons at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Saturday, January 12, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)A t-shirt cannon is fired during a break in the LA Clippers game against the Detroit Pistons at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Saturday, January 12, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Taylor Singleton celebrates winning a Kia during a break in the LA Clippers game against the Detroit Pistons at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Saturday, January 12, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)LA Clippers assistant coach Sam Cassell gives instructions from the bench during their NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Saturday, January 12, 2019. The Detroit Pistons defeated the LA Clippers 109-104. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Taylor Singleton celebrates winning a Kia during a break in the LA Clippers game against the Detroit Pistons at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Saturday, January 12, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Montrezl Harrell #5 of the LA Clippers dunks past Jon Leuer #30 of the Detroit Pistons during their NBA basketball game at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Saturday, January 12, 2019. The Detroit Pistons defeated the LA Clippers 109-104. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Tyrone Wallace #9 of the LA Clippers defends Jose Calderon #81 of the Detroit Pistons during their NBA basketball game at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Saturday, January 12, 2019. The Detroit Pistons defeated the LA Clippers 109-104. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Reggie Jackson #1 of the Detroit Pistons is helped up by teammates during their NBA basketball game against the LA Clippers at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Saturday, January 12, 2019. The Detroit Pistons defeated the LA Clippers 109-104. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Doc Rivers of the LA Clippers sits on the bench with assistant coaches Brendan O’Connor, left, and Rex Kalamian during their NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Saturday, January 12, 2019. The Detroit Pistons defeated the LA Clippers 109-104. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Shai Gilgeous-Alexander #2 of the LA Clippers watches a rebound as he battles with Andre Drummond #0 of the Detroit Pistons during their NBA basketball game at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Saturday, January 12, 2019. The Detroit Pistons defeated the LA Clippers 109-104. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Blake Griffin #23 of the Detroit Pistons dunks two of his game-high 44 points against the LA Clippers during their NBA basketball game at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Saturday, January 12, 2019. The Detroit Pistons defeated the LA Clippers 109-104. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Montrezl Harrell #5 of the LA Clippers is frustrated during their NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Saturday, January 12, 2019. The Detroit Pistons defeated the LA Clippers 109-104. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Shai Gilgeous-Alexander #2 of the LA Clippers scores past Reggie Jackson #1, left, and Bruce Brown #6, both of the Detroit Pistons during their NBA basketball game at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Saturday, January 12, 2019. The Detroit Pistons defeated the LA Clippers 109-104. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Lou Williams #23 of the LA Clippers turns over the ball to Bruce Brown #6 under pressure from Andre Drummond #0, both of the Detroit Pistons in the final seconds of their NBA basketball game at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Saturday, January 12, 2019. The Detroit Pistons defeated the LA Clippers 109-104. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Blake Griffin #23 of the Detroit Pistons celebrates with fans after defeating the LA Clippers during their NBA basketball game at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Saturday, January 12, 2019. The Detroit Pistons defeated the LA Clippers 109-104. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Blake Griffin #23 of the Detroit Pistons celebrates with fans after defeating the LA Clippers during their NBA basketball game at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Saturday, January 12, 2019. The Detroit Pistons defeated the LA Clippers 109-104. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Andre Drummond #0 of the Detroit Pistons dunks on Montrezl Harrell #5 of the LA Clippers during their NBA basketball game at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Saturday, January 12, 2019. The Detroit Pistons defeated the LA Clippers 109-104. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Blake Griffin #23 of the Detroit Pistons grabs a rebound in front of Montrezl Harrell #5 of the LA Clippers during their NBA basketball game at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Saturday, January 12, 2019. The Detroit Pistons defeated the LA Clippers 109-104. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Montrezl Harrell #5 of the LA Clippers blocks a shot by Bruce Brown #6 of the Detroit Pistons during their NBA basketball game at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Saturday, January 12, 2019. The Detroit Pistons defeated the LA Clippers 109-104. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Lou Williams #23 of the LA Clippers can’t believe referee Zach Zarba, at right, didn’t call a foul in the final seconds of their 109-104 loss to the Detroit Pistons at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Saturday, January 12, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Danilo Gallinari #8 of the LA Clippers shoots past Reggie Jackson #1, left, and Bruce Brown #6, both of the Detroit Pistons, during their NBA basketball game at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Saturday, January 12, 2019. The Detroit Pistons defeated the LA Clippers 109-104. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Montrezl Harrell #5 of the LA Clippers dunks past Reggie Jackson #1, left, and Jon Leuer #30, both of the Detroit Pistons, during their NBA basketball game at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Saturday, January 12, 2019. The Detroit Pistons defeated the LA Clippers 109-104. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Blake Griffin #23 of the Detroit Pistons is fouled by Marcin Gortat #13 of the LA Clippers during their NBA basketball game at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Saturday, January 12, 2019. The Detroit Pistons defeated the LA Clippers 109-104. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Blake Griffin #23 of the Detroit Pistons acknowledges the crowd after a thank-you video was played during the first half of their NBA basketball game abasing his former team the LA Clippers at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Saturday, January 12, 2019. The Detroit Pistons defeated the LA Clippers 109-104. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Doc Rivers of the LA Clippers questions a call as Blake Griffin #23 of the Detroit Pistons walks past during their NBA basketball game at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Saturday, January 12, 2019. The Detroit Pistons defeated the LA Clippers 109-104. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Patrick Beverley #21 of the LA Clippers disagrees with a call by referee Aaron Smith during their NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Saturday, January 12, 2019. The Detroit Pistons defeated the LA Clippers 109-104. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Stanley Johnson #7 of the Detroit Pistons blocks a shot by Montrezl Harrell #5 of the LA Clippers during their NBA basketball game at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Saturday, January 12, 2019. The Detroit Pistons defeated the LA Clippers 109-104. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Montrezl Harrell #5 of the LA Clippers tries to pass the ball as Reggie Bullock #25 of the Detroit Pistons defends during the closing seconds of their NBA basketball game at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Saturday, January 12, 2019. The Detroit Pistons defeated the LA Clippers 109-104. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Blake Griffin #23 of the Detroit Pistons looks for a foul call after diving for a ball during their NBA basketball game against LA Clippers at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Saturday, January 12, 2019. The Detroit Pistons defeated the LA Clippers 109-104. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Blake Griffin #23 of the Detroit Pistons dunks past Shai Gilgeous-Alexander #2 of the LA Clippers during their NBA basketball game at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Saturday, January 12, 2019. The Detroit Pistons defeated the LA Clippers 109-104. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Blake Griffin #23 of the Detroit Pistons barks at refereee Curtis Blair during their NBA basketball game against the LA Clippers at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Saturday, January 12, 2019. The Detroit Pistons defeated the LA Clippers 109-104. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)NextShow Caption1 of 36Blake Griffin #23 of the Detroit Pistons barks at refereee Curtis Blair during their NBA basketball game against the LA Clippers at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Saturday, January 12, 2019. The Detroit Pistons defeated the LA Clippers 109-104. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)ExpandLOS ANGELES — Clippers fans greeted Blake Griffin with substantial warmth and volume in his first visit back to Staples Center to face his former team. There also was the anticipated thank-you tribute video during the first break in the action, and a victory for the visitors, 109-104, to boot.Griffin, now starring for the Detroit Pistons, said he appreciated the reception: “It’s cool man, it’s really cool. To be welcomed back like that, it means a lot.” Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum last_img read more