Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 39-year-old man was fatally hit by three vehicles while crossing a road in Woodbury on Thursday night.Nassau County police said the pedestrian was crossing Woodbury Road when he was hit by a northbound Mercedes Benz at 7:49 p.m.The victim was thrown into the opposite lane of traffic, where he was then struck by a southbound Chevy van traveling and a third vehicle. All three drivers remained at the scene.Homicide Squad detectives do no suspect any criminality.The victim’s identity wasn’t immediately released.
The NBA schedule would be in the midst of the final week of the regular season if not for the coronavirus pandemic bringing the season to a halt. Though teams aren’t currently gearing up for a playoff run, some players are still playing games on national TV. It’s not quite the same as live NBA action, but the quarterfinal round of the “NBA 2K” Players Tournament will provide some live competition on Thursday night.Suns guard Devin Booker handled Michael Porter Jr. in the first round and is set to take on Wizard’s rookie Rui Hachimura in the first game of round two. Hachimura’s first-round victory over Donovan Mitchell came down to the final shot in the most exciting game of the tournament so far. .@patbev21 was too hyped on his W 😤”Who next?” pic.twitter.com/FkmdSV4CoZ— NBA 2K20 (@NBA2K) April 10, 2020Live stream & how to watch ‘NBA 2K’ Players TournamentESPN, ESPN2 and the Watch ESPN app are the only ways to watch the “NBA 2K” Players Tournament live.Here’s a look at Thursday’s schedule for the quarterfinals:MatchupStart timeTV channelDevin Booker vs. Rui Hachimura7 p.m.ESPN2Montrezl Harrell vs. Derrick Jones Jr.8 p.m.ESPN2Trae Young vs. DeAndre Ayton9 p.m.ESPN2Andre Drummond vs. Patrick Beverley10 p.m.ESPN2A delayed broadcast of the matches will be re-aired on Twitch and YouTube. A feed is included below.’NBA 2K’ tournament bracket resultsRoundMatchupWinnerResult1Kevin Durant vs. Derrick Jones Jr.Derrick Jones Jr.78-621Zach Lavine vs. Deandre AytonDeandre Ayton57-411Trae Young vs. Harrison BarnesTrae Young101-591Hassan Whiteside vs. Patrick BeverleyPatrick Beverley84-541Donovan Mitchell vs. Rui HachimuraRui Hachimura74-711Devin Booker vs. Michael Porter Jr.Devin Booker85-751Andre Drummond vs. DeMarcus CousinsAndre Drummond101-491Montrezl Harrell vs. Domantas SabonisMontrezl Harrell73-512Devin Booker vs. Rui HachimuraDevin Booker71-552Montrezl Harrell vs. Derrick Jones Jr. Montrezl Harrell71-662Trae Young vs. Deandre AytonDeandre Ayton73-662Andre Drummond vs. Patrick BeverlyPatrick Beverley69-62 The second game of the night is Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell against Heat guard Derrick Jones Jr. Jones Jr. took down top-seeded Kevin Durant, while Harrell beat Damontis Sabonis so badly that Sabonis pleaded to get the virtual version of himself out of the game. Trae Young dominated Harrison Barnes in the first round, tying for the league-high with 101 points scored. Young’s’ opponent in the second round, DeAndre Ayton, allowed the fewest points (41) in round one. Which side of the ball will be more dominant in their quarterfinal matchup?The final game of the night features Andre Drummond of the Cavs against Patrick Beverly of the Clippers, who both dominated their first-round opponents. Drummond beat DeMarcus Cousins by 52 in the first round, while Beverly beat Hassan Whiteside by 30. MORE: DeAndre Ayton once broke his PS4 in anti-2K rageSporting News is tracking live updates and results from the “NBA 2K” Players Tournament quarterfinals. Follow along below for updates.’NBA 2K’ tournament live updates, scores from quarterfinalsDevin Booker vs. Rui Hachimura7:05 p.m. — Hachimura is playing as the Clippers. After deciding between the Lakers and Mavericks, Booker chose the Mavs.Rui had a waterboy the first round now he got a coach too? 🤣 He ain’t playin around pic.twitter.com/sY9nDGACSM— NBA 2K20 (@NBA2K) April 9, 20207:12 p.m. — It’s been a tightly contested game so far. A Kawhi Leonard three gives Hachimura a 13-10 lead with 1:41 left in the first. 7:15 p.m. — Luka Doncic step through layup to end the first quarter. Hachimura and the Clippers lead 17-15 over Booker and the Mavericks after one.7:21 p.m. — Interesting nugget: Booker says he was working out at the beginning of the NBA stoppage but has just been chilling because they shut the gyms down.7:22 p.m. — Booker seems to think the All-Star skill level is too easy. Book’s mad they’re playin on All-Star after Rui knocks down a 3️⃣ What difficulty do you usually play on? pic.twitter.com/mrEu74gR6Q— NBA 2K20 (@NBA2K) April 9, 20207:23 p.m. — Booker went on a bit of a run, opening up a five-point lead with a minute left in the first half. 7:26 p.m. — Half time: Booker leads Hachimura 32-28 at half time. Seth Curry has 10 assists for Booker, a pretty incredible number for only having 32 points as a team.7:40 p.m. — Wet like I’m BookCoach Book goin off with @luka7doncic 🔋 #NBA2KTourney pic.twitter.com/65sQ6IUIqI— NBA 2K20 (@NBA2K) April 9, 20207:48 p.m. — Booker takes a commanding lead into the fourth.🎮 @NBA2K Players Tournament 🎮@DevinBook triple and slam with @luka7doncic… and follows it up with the @BobanMarjanovic block!📺: #NBA2KTourney on ESPN2 pic.twitter.com/lNZrO1zQUZ— NBA (@NBA) April 9, 20207:55 p.m. — Booker runs away with it at the end. It was close for most of the first three quarters but Hachimura couldn’t contain Doncic and Curry. The road ends here for No. 13 seed Rui Hachimura.gg, @DevinBook 🤝#NBA2KTourney | @rui_8mura pic.twitter.com/0DclKXEib3— Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) April 10, 2020Montrezl Harrell vs. Derrick Jones Jr.8:03 p.m. — Harrell uses the Trail Blazers and Jones is the Mavericks.8:10 p.m. — The two seem to have different communication styles. Harrell is talking throughout and Jones is a man of few words so far. 8:11 p.m. — Harrell and the Blazers is up 16-10 over Jones and the Mavs with 1:08 left in the first quarter.8:13 p.m. — Clutch buzzer-beating three by DJJ to end the first quarter. Harrell up 20-16 after one.8:18 p.m. — Harrell pulling away in the second quarter, up 28-16 midway through.8:25 p.m. — DJJ climbing back into it, but Melo hits a fadeaway to cool of the run.🎮 @NBA2K Players Tournament 🎮@MONSTATREZZ goes to the turnaround fall-away jumper with @carmeloanthony!📺: #NBA2KTourney on ESPN2 pic.twitter.com/YmMXbEygPU— NBA (@NBA) April 10, 20208:30 p.m. — Halftime: Harrell up 34-28. 8:36 p.m. — Dame Lillard over the top!🎮 @NBA2K Players Tournament 🎮”OH CHILL OUT… I see the cameras start flashing early!” @MONSTATREZZ attacks the rim with @Dame_Lillard. 📸📺: #NBA2KTourney on ESPN2 pic.twitter.com/usTuLUWbEQ— NBA (@NBA) April 10, 20208:40 p.m. — Harrell pushing the lead in the third quarter. The Clippers forward is up 53-42 with the Blazers. 8:58 p.m. — Jones made it interesting in the end. He cut it to four with around 30 seconds to go, but Lillard knocked down some clutch free throws to clinch the game. Trae Young vs. Deandre Ayton9 p.m. — Trae Young picks the Lakers. Deandre Ayton picks the Clippers. It’s an LA matchup between the 2018 draft picks.9:15 p.m. — Ayton takes a 13-4 lead early in the first.9:24 p.m. — Ayton and the Clippers are up seven at half time over Young and the Lakers.9:30 p.m. — When Trae Young picked his team he said he was picking “Bron” (not the Lakers). Ayton said he was going with “Kawhi” (not the Clippers). 🎮 @NBA2K Players Tournament 🎮@TheTraeYoung & @DeandreAyton trade big dunks with @KingJames & @kawhileonard! 💥📺: #NBA2KTourney on ESPN2 pic.twitter.com/5Dl0u0gDNW— NBA (@NBA) April 10, 20209:58 p.m. — Ayton committed a backcourt violation that nearly blew his three-point lead in the last minute, but Young turned it over on the next possession and couldn’t get any closer.9:59 p.m. — The nail in the coffin. Ayton advances to the semifinals with a 73-66 win over Young and the Lakers.🎮 @NBA2K Players Tournament 🎮@DeandreAyton locks up on defense and @Yg_Trece puts the ‼️ on his QF victory!📺: #NBA2KTourney on ESPN2 pic.twitter.com/Lyqoj8NzO8— NBA (@NBA) April 10, 2020Andre Drummond vs. Patrick Beverley10 p.m. — Andre Drummond chose the Bucks and Patrick Beverly took the 76ers to start the final game of the night.10:24 p.m. — Beverly is a pesky (annoying) defender in video games too!”What is he doing with the ball” 🤣Pat Bev out here straight clampin pic.twitter.com/wQX1UNgPMm— NBA 2K20 (@NBA2K) April 10, 202010:35 p.m. — This one continues to go back and forth. Pat Bev up by four with under a minute in the third.🎮 @NBA2K Players Tournament 🎮”It’s a game of runs.” “I’ve seen this movie before.” @patbev21 & @AndreDrummond are loving the back and forth action! 👏📺: #NBA2KTourney on ESPN2 pic.twitter.com/T1BY6570BU— NBA (@NBA) April 10, 202010:40 p.m. — Buzzer. Beater! Wow. Beverly gets a shot clock violation with one second left. Drummond heaves a pass up the court and Eric Bledsoe hits the 3 to take a 48-46 lead into the fourth quarter. Pat Bev had to make sure his controller wasn’t broken after Drummond ends the 3rd quarter on a buzzer beater 🤣#NBA2KTourney pic.twitter.com/S33hbjOVxr— NBA 2K20 (@NBA2K) April 10, 202010:50 p.m. — Five-point lead for Pat Bev with 45 seconds to go.10:54 p.m. — Beverley and the 76ers take down Drummond and the Bucks 69-62. Beverly with a big celebration.
An idea that has come up and been rejected from time to time regarding Florida’s capital is back again.Democratic Senator Kevin Rader, of Delray Beach, wants lawmakers to consider moving our state capital from Tallahassee.He filed the proposal (SB 112) for consideration during the 2020 legislative session, which starts this January.The proposal requests that the Legislature’s Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability study the cost of relocating the flagship city to Central Florida, and the related economic impact to Tallahassee and its surrounding area.Rader, who seeks to have the study completed by the end of 2021, wants the analysis to include information about travel costs to the state capital.On a similar note, former Republican Representative Bill Hager, of Delray Beach, also proposed a measure last year to form a task force to examine options for relocating the Capitol building, executive-branch offices and Legislature. It failed to get heard in committees.Tallahassee was selected as the state’s territorial capital in 1824, since it was located midway between Florida’s two principal cities – St. Augustine and Pensacola, according to the Florida Department of State.Voters rejected a referendum in 1900 to relocate the capital. In 1969, a debate on relocation also surfaced, but never made it to the ballot.In 1972, the state Legislature agreed to build the 22-story Capitol building that stands behind the Old Capitol.
–30– ARCADIA, Calif. (April 2, 2015)–In a major departure from recent tactics, longshot Street Maven was gunned to the lead by Tyler Baze and he responded with a gate to wire triumph in Thursday’s $58,000 allowance feature at Santa Anita, winning by a length and a quarter while covering 1 ¼ miles on turf in 1:59.94.Trained by Doug O’Neill and off at 9-1 in a field of eight older horses, Street Maven, who broke slowly in his most recent start going 1 1/8 miles on turf and was some 15 lengths off the lead after the first quarter, paid $21.40, $8.00 and $4.60.“That was all Tyler today, putting him on the lead,” said O’Neill. “With the rails being out (30 feet), we thought he’d be more forwardly placed but to have him on the front end with the fractions they were going…we were cussing him mid-race, but we were lovin’ him at the wire.”Owned by R3 Racing and Calara Farms, Street Maven, a 5-year-old gelding by Street Hero, sailed through fractions of 22.88, 46.44, 1:10.85 and 1:34.98 en route to his third win from 10 career starts. With the winner’s share of $34,800, he increased his earnings to $93,670.“I was going fast the first quarter mile, but he was doing it so easy,” said Baze. “When they’re doing it that easy you can go that fast and get away with it. He’s a nice horse.”Although 8-5 favorite Wanstead Gardens made a big run through the lane with Victor Espinoza, he was unable to threaten the winner and paid $3.00 and $2.80.Crucero, who was off at 13-1 with Kent Desormeaux, checked in third and paid $4.80 to show.First post time on Friday at Santa Anita is at 1 p.m. Admission gates open at 11 a.m.
SAN JOSE — Sharks coach Pete DeBoer said Friday he didn’t know about the lawsuit that Evander Kane was hit with by a Las Vegas casino until it became public earlier this week and added he wasn’t going to get involved in a player’s personal matter.“I don’t have any concerns,” DeBoer said. “When you coach in this league for 11 years, there’s a lot of personal issues behind the scenes that go on, in all kinds of different areas. So, that’s something that I really don’t get involved with, unless …
Some matters are just too complicated to know with certainty. Here’s another “whoops” moment in climate science.Look at this headline in Nature by Fangqun Yu, analyzing a recent paper: “Atmospheric reaction networks affecting climate are more complex than was thought.” Those last two words are telling. Beware scientists who think they “now know” something. Sometimes they do, but sometimes they only “thought” they knew. They study phenomena, measure things, analyze things, and draw conclusions. An unsuspecting public or policy official trusts that scientists know what they say they know. Laws ensue that can affect nations for good or ill. Sometimes they can affect the whole world.This instance involves measurements of particles in the air emitted by plants and/or human industry. One doesn’t need the details about isoprene, VOCs, and such to get the gist. Previous scientists made a simple logical mistake. They assumed that they could measure the volume of “secondary organic aerosols” (SOAs, the particles in the air that condense moisture into clouds) by adding up the contributions of individual sources separately. It turns out, a new study in Nature by McFiggans et al warns, that when measured in combination instead of separately, these sources act in unexpected ways. They “scavenge” each other and reduce the number of aerosols. That’s why Yu writes that the atmospheric effects are “more complex than thought,” changing what climate scientists thought they knew about clouds – and climate. Sheepishly, Yu writes,It will be necessary to include the HOM [highly oxygenated organic molecule] scavenging observed by McFiggans et al. in global models that explicitly consider particle formation and growth, to understand the climatic implications.Finally, the suppression of SOA formation by the mixtures of compounds studied will depend on the relative concentrations of those compounds and, for isoprene, on the acidity of pre-existing particles, both of which are changing in the atmosphere as a result of emissions associated with human activities. Further research is needed to understand the potentially large effects of such emissions on the magnitude of SOA suppression, and therefore on climate change.The lessons here apply to all science, not just climate science. Simplistic ideas often work their ways into grand deductions, which can work their way into global policy. Many processes in nature are too complex for simplistic ideas. Errors in the foundations can be aggravated in the conclusions. Yu admits that the effects of the reported errors in this case can have “potentially large effects.” We don’t understand the climate, he says. Further work is needed, he says. We don’t understand the magnitude of these effects on climate change. And that’s just in the observable present. What about climate change in the unobservable past? What about climate in the future? McFiggans et al end their paper,It is likely that both background oxidant concentrations and VOC emissions (and hence OH• reactivity) will change in the future. Without a reasonable representation of SOA yields in different atmospheric VOC mixtures it will not be possible to predict the SOA contribution to atmospheric particulate matter effectively.Given the uncertainties revealed by this paper, how can any scientist possibly compute the anthropogenic contribution to effects that they “thought” they understood? How can they predict what the temperature of the earth (if there is such a thing, 16 Jan 2015) will be a hundred years from now? Fake science prophets won’t have to be held accountable, because they will all be dead.This entry is not about climate change. It is about epistemology. In many areas of science, educators and governments rely on what “science says.” They cannot speak the language and do the math that scientists can. This gives scientists a shaman-like authority. Scientism has created a political climate that too easily dismisses those who challenge the consensus as “science deniers” who “don’t understand science.” Remember what the late author Michael Crichton said: “consensus is not science, period.” Science rises or falls on the evidence. That evidence must be gathered systematically, without bias, analyzed rigorously, and presented tentatively. When a scientist tells you that your SUV is causing global warming and you need to walk to work, you should ask, “How do you know that?” Don’t fall for the “97% of scientists agree” line. That’s the bandwagon fallacy. Not from any “climate denier” source, but from the pro-climate-change research itself published in leading science journals, we have been collecting quite an assortment of cases like this, where things “affecting climate are more complex than was thought” (see 21 April 2018, 16 May 2017, 19 Sept 2016). The purpose is not to take sides on the climate controversy, but to learn how science works. If climate scientists keep finding this many things they thought they knew in the observable present that aren’t so, what about scientists who speak pompously about things that they claim happened millions of years ago? Biological change, without doubt, is far, far more complex than climate! To claim anything with credibility about evolution, a biologist would need to understand genetics, epigenetics, population genetics, genetic drift, ecology, natural selection, sexual selection, kin selection, niche construction, mutation rates, mutation sources, botany, mycology, biochemistry, molecular biology, pathology, fossils, marine biology, geology, and much, much more. Plus, the Darwinian needs to understand the relative contribution of all these factors in a particular situation. This is clearly beyond the capabilities of the human mind. But it IS within the capabilities of the human imagination! – and that is why, with copious bluffing, and ample Darwin Flubber on hand – Darwinism survives.(Visited 415 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement In the mobile world, it’s been long established that applications are the key selling point for Apple’s iPhone. At the end of June the company reported a record 5.2 million iPhones sold in its third quarter – a 600% increase over the same time frame a year earlier. Steve Jobs was proud to announce that more than 1.5 billion applications had been downloaded from the App Store. Unsurprisingly, according to a new survey released by Compete, 72% of iPhone owners have downloaded 10 or more applications to their devices. Meanwhile, in comparison only 27% of Blackberry owners have downloaded 5 or more applications. The day I purchased my iPhone I’d already downloaded more than 10 applications. To deny this curiosity for new features seems strange. While Blackberry’s App World selection certainly doesn’t compete with Apple’s App Store, the company does offer free fan favorites like Facebook, Google Talk and Pandora. We were shocked by the Blackberry’s low application download numbers and as explained by Compete’s Danielle Nohe, it appears that the companies have remarkably different cultures. Said Nohe, “With the massive number of applications downloaded to date, the iPhone has taken an early lead in getting owners to adopt app functionality and make popular applications a part of their daily lives…Once users are hooked, they’re very unlikely to give up their device – that makes mobile the next can’t miss opportunity for marketers.”Compete affirms ReadWriteWeb’s statement that iPhone owners are embracing paid apps. The research company suggests that users prefer to pay less than $5 dollars per app with the most popular downloads being entertainment, gaming, music, social networking and weather applications. With the iPhone’s culture of app downloading, it’s obvious why developers covet the featured paid app spot in any one of these categories.The top free application in the App Store’s social networking category is Facebook and 71% of those surveyed reported accessing the site from their mobile device. Nevertheless, Twitter usage appeared remarkably lower than expected. Compete reports that 85% of smartphone owners still prefer to access Twitter from their computer rather than their mobile device. “Of the smartphone owners who do access Twitter via their phones, 41 percent use the application to keep track of what their friends are doing, 32 percent use the service to keep up with current events and 19 percent tweet from their handset to build a fan base or promote their company.” Given Facebook’s recent slew of Twitter-like features, and the fact that Twitter has no official mobile application, perhaps the microblogging site is seen as a redundancy amongst this group. Tags:#Apple#mobile#NYT#web dana oshiro Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Another interesting fact is that nearly half of the group was open to receiving location-based discounts and advertisements. Communities like Foursquare and Brightkite have already been exploring such ads as a revenue model. However, it will be interesting to see if they try to place their own ads or outsource the sponsorships to a location-based ad serving network. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology
Reflections on Todd & Peggy Podcast #3By Karen Shirer, Associate Dean The audio recording below is the third part of a conversation with Todd, a lieutenant commander in the United States Navy Nurse Corps, and his wife Peggy, an elementary school teacher. Peggy and Todd generously shared some of their experiences as a military family, to help those of us serving military families have a better understanding of what they go through. Below the recording you’ll find a blog post reflecting on this part of Todd and Peggy’s story. This is part 3 – The Last Transition…or Not Audio Player/files/2016/03/MFLN-FT-Todd-and-Peggy-3-2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Listen to Todd & Peggy Podcast #2 Listen to Todd & Peggy Podcast #1 The Last Transition … or Not“When one parent in a family serves in the military, the whole family serves. Military life requires great commitment and sacrifice not only for the service member but also the spouse, children and other family members.”The above thought occurred to me as I listened to podcast #3 where Todd and Peggy reflect back on their experiences as a couple and a family with children as he pursued his military career. Military service with its deployments, weekend trainings and other demands impact the whole family and not just the service member.In this podcast, Todd and Peggy discuss their next transition – retirement from the military. Their experience shows how important it is for couples to discuss not only the timing of this transition but also what it means for their relationship and their family.As a couple, Todd and Peggy agreed that he will retire from the military either in 5 years or if he is deployed again. They decided that as a family they did not want to go through the experience of another deployment. However, both Todd and Peggy recognized that after retirement, the military will remain an important part of their everyday lives.Military service itself is not so difficult – military members train for it – but separation from family can be very difficult. It takes a toll on the children who tend to become more connected with the stay-at-home parent. Peggy talks about being a single parent during deployments and Todd described feeling that his relationship with his children at times was not as “tight” as Peggy’s.Long deployments also can negatively impact a couple’s marriage. Todd notes that many marriages do not survive the separations of military service. Couples not only need to spend time preparing for the financial aspects of deployment but also for the relational and emotional aspects. Todd believes that the military could do more to prepare service members for these latter challenges.Todd and Peggy were the fortunate ones; the podcast interview shows that they weathered those difficult transitions and developed an even stronger marriage. However, significant numbers of military marriages do not survive.When asked to give one word to describe his military service, Todd said “service” to country and that he dedicated his life to the military. Peggy responded with the word “pride,” saying that she was proud of everything Todd has done. Despite the hardships, both Todd and Peggy were proud of his accomplishments and felt that the sacrifice was more than worth it.In your work with military members and their families, consider how you might help young service members who are just marrying and beginning their families to prepare for the impacts of military service. What steps can they take now to ensure that they are like Todd and Peggy as they approach retirement with pride and meaning?Karen Shirer is a member of the Military Families Learning Network Family Transitions Team and the Associate Dean with the University of Minnesota, Extension Center for Family Development. Karen is also the parent of two adult daughters, a grandmother, a spouse, and a cancer survivor.
Violence erupted again in the Darjeeling hills on Saturday after two persons were killed, allegedly in firing by police and security forces. The Army was redeployed to control the situation, which turned volatile as pro-Gorkhaland supporters clashed with the police in Darjeeling town and adjoining areas. Tension gripped the hills after the death of Tashi Bhutia, a Gorkha National Liberation Front supporter, at Sonada. GNLF spokespers- on Neeraj Zimba said Bhutia was shot dead by security forces on Friday night. The police, however, said they did not have any report of firing. “We don’t have any report of police firing as of now. We are looking into the incident. We can give you details later,” a police officer said. Clashes erupted as the procession carrying Bhutia’s body turned violent and protesters attacked a police outpost at Sonada. A pitched battle ensued between the protesters and police. The protesters also set ablaze the Sonada station of the heritage Darjeeling Himalayan Railway. The violence soon spread to Darjeeling town with clashes at Chowk Bazar. Police resorted to tear gas shelling to disperse the mob, which allegedly tried to attack the office of Deputy Superintendent of Police. A second youth later succumbed to bullet injuries sustained during the violence. He is yet to be identified but is thought to be a resident of Singhamari. Clashes were also reported from Kalimpong where protesters set on fire property of the State Forest Department.Two columns of the Army, one at Sonada and the other in Darjeeling town, were deployed to control the situation. “One accident has happened at Sonada. This is because they attacked the police.. We will have to look into who is responsible,” Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said at the State Secretariat. Urging pro-Gorkhaland supporters to shun violence, Ms. Banerjee said she was ready to hold meetings with political parties in the hills in the next 10-15 days. “I am asking the administration and the people to exercise restraint,” she said.She asked protesters to allow the government to send food and other supplies to the hills.
APTN National NewsAfter indicating during a town hall last month that he was thinking about wearing moccasins on the day the federal Liberal government unveils its first federal budget, Finance Minister Bill Morneau has opted for a pair of lace-up dress shoes.Finance ministers have traditionally chosen footwear before federal budgets meant to symbolize the focus of the upcoming spending plan.Morneau put on the pair of Canadian-made shoes at the Kiwanis Boys and Girls Club in Toronto earlier Friday.“I double-knot my shoes,” said Morneau, to the group of children around him.The shoes were made by Canadian shoe-designer Ron White.During a town hall on Feb. 22, Morneau complemented an Indigenous man in the audience on the vest he was wearing before indicating he was thinking of wearing moccasins on budget day.“They’ve asked me for the budget in the news to wear moccasins,” said Morneau, who then pointed to the side of his head indicating he was thinking of it.“I have some, if you want to wear them,” said the man.Morneau was referring to a report in a newspaper suggesting he should wear the moccasins given his government’s expressed commitments to First Nation people.The Liberals said the choice of footwear, which cost $179.99, and location of the event was meant to show the next budget is targeting children and middle-class Canadians.Former Mulroney-era cabinet minister John Crosbie once wore mukluks on budget firstname.lastname@example.org@APTNNews