first_imgThe Argentine hobbled off just after the hour on Saturday The Argentine hobbled off just after the hour on Saturday with a knock that is expected to sideline him for next weeks trip to Sassuolo, a match keeper Samir Handanovic and winger Ivan Perisic will miss through suspensions after picking up late bookings for time-wasting.Inter coach Roberto Mancini, meanwhile, admitted their absence from Europes top table next season weighs heavily.”Its weighing on everyone the fact we wont be playing in it,” said Mancini, who won seven trophies including three consecutive league titles in his previous spell at the club in 2004-2008.In 2010 Inter clinched the treble, and Mancini added: “As a club, the Champions League is a competition Inter should always be involved in.”Inter had the perfect start, Icardi firing first-time into the roof of the net on 12 minutes from Perisics smart pull-back.Empoli reduced the arrears eight minutes before the interval thanks to Manuel Pucciarelli, but just three minutes later Perisic tapped home the rebound after keeper Alberto Pelagotti spilled Stevan Jovetics shot.In the end Inter were thankful for the points after Pucciarelli was ruled offside after drilling into the roof of the net and Andrea Costa saw a bouncing volley go just wide of Handanovics post.”We should have taken a lot more from this game, but well keep on plugging away playing and enjoying ourselves playing the football we play,” said Empoli coach Marco Giampaolo.Today champions Juventus are away to relegated Verona in what will be home striker Luca Tonis final fixture after 22 years as a professional. Roma win at home to Chievo in todays early game would send Luciano Spallettis men up to provisional second place with a one-point lead on fellow Champions League qualification rivals Napoli, who travel to Torino later in the day. AFP SSC SSCadvertisementlast_img read more

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first_imgSena nominates Sanjay Raut for RS electionMumbai, May 17 (PTI) Shiv Sena today nominated its leader Sanjay Raut as a candidate for the Rajya Sabha election, for the third consecutive term, slated for June 11.Sena ministers in the BJP-led government in Maharashtra, Subhash Desai and Diwakar Raote will be the partys nominees for the Legislative Council elections scheduled on June 10, the party announced here.Raut has been a party MP for two consecutive terms and his current term ends on July 4, 2016.In Maharashtra, six RS seats are up for grabs while there are 10 vacancies in the Legislative Council.Besides Raut, the other retiring Rajya Sabha MPs from Maharashtra are Ishwarlal Jain and Praful Patel (NCP), Vijay Darda and Avinash Pande (Congress), and Union minister Piyush Goyal (BJP).The biennial elections to 57 seats in Rajya Sabha are necessitated as 55 members from 15 states are retiring between June and August.As per the arithmetic, the BJP and Shiv Sena have a chance to wrest at least one seat each from Congress and NCP given their present strength in the Legislative Assembly.The number of votes required to win election by a candidate is pegged at 42.However, considering their strength in the Lower House, it seems unlikely that Congress or NCP will field more than one candidate.The combined strength of Sena (63) and BJP (122) in the House is 185 while that of Congress and NCP at 42 and 41, respectively.Rajya Sabha polls are held through open ballot wherein the members of the Legislative Assembly (excluding nominated MLA) have to display the preference of voting to the party whip.advertisementThe elections to 10 seats of Maharashtra Legislative Council will be held on June 10, in which, as per the given scenario, five seats are expected to be won by BJP, three by Congress and NCP collectively, and two by Shiv Sena. PTI MM NSK TIR TIRlast_img read more

Meet the Santas Inside the holly jolly world of professional Kriss Kringles

first_imgSaint Nick isn’t the only white-bearded man gearing up for the holidays.Across Canada, hundreds of professional Santas don the big red suit at malls, parties and private houses — inhabiting not only the clothes but the mystique of the magical man who delivers gifts to many millions of children around the world in a single night. The appropriately named Ted Carroll, a Santa-for-hire based out of Halifax, says nothing beats seeing the smile on children’s faces when they see the man of the month on their doorstep.“I’ve had kid pee themselves, I’ve had one kid say profanely, ‘Holy beep, it’s Santa Claus!’” said Carroll, 53, during a phone interview from his home in Halifax. “This stuff, if it doesn’t warm your heart or make you laugh, something’s wrong.”While Santa is traditionally a Christian figure, Toronto professional Santa Kerry Burns said he’s been embraced by people from all sorts of different religious backgrounds, adding that the magic of Santa “transcends all sorts of different cultures.”“I get to learn more about life by playing Santa than anything else, because you see people from all different walks of life,” said Burns, 56. “I get to see people every age, every nationality … all the externals disappear, and there’s just love in that moment.”Burns, who’s been performing as a Santa for the past 15 years both in Toronto and his hometown of Halifax, said a good Santa needs to have three qualities: “You have to have the ho-ho-ho, you have to have the look, and you have to have the heart.”The “heart” aspect is what matters most to Rozmin Watson, the “North Pole operations manager” with Hire A Santa.The British Columbia-based company matches up eligible Santas with people holding parties and events. The company works with more than 100 Santas from across the country.It also holds a one-day “North Pole Santa School” program each fall to help aspiring Santas get off the ground — without the help of a magic sleigh.While looking the part is important, Watson said what really makes a good Santa is how passionate he is about his job.“A lot of people say, ‘We want a real bearded Santa versus a designer bearded Santa,’” she said. “But it’s not about their beards. It’s about what’s in their heart.”For Carroll, it’s something of a family tradition: Carroll’s late father, who was a volunteer deputy fire chief in the Halifax-area community of Rockingham, used to perform as Santa during Christmas parties at the fire department and around the region.When Carroll was in his mid-20s, his father asked him to dress up and attend an event in his place because he was sick, igniting a passion that led to Carroll “carrying the torch” by playing Santa Claus for the past 25 years.In 2016, Carroll’s wife, Kim, created a Mrs. Claus costume so she could tag along.“I was taking him to the different events, and I’d be sitting in the car and freezing my tushie off while he was inside,” she said. “One day it came in my head: What am I doing sitting out here when I could be having fun with him? So I made my own costume and away I went.”The Carrolls used to mostly make house calls, but they’ve recently begun performing at charity events and Christmas parties. Ted estimates the couple saw close to 2,000 kids last year.A couple of years ago, Carroll got to give a little girl the present she wanted the most: her father.He was a member of the Canadian Armed Forces and had been deployed overseas. He and Carroll devised a plan to surprise the girl.“I put him in my extra Santa Claus suit, and when they weren’t looking, we switched places. She lost her mind,” recalled Carroll. “I came back out after he took the beard and the wig off, and I said, ‘Santa did it all this year.’ The little girl just hugged onto her dad and cried tears of joy. I will never forget that.” Alex Cooke, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Robin van Persie looking forward to being the coach of his

first_imgFeyenoord striker Robin van Persie revealed how he’s looking forward to his retirement from football but refused to rule out returning one day as a coachThe 35-year-old has enjoyed a remarkable career that saw him star in the Premier League for 11 seasons at Arsenal and Manchester United.Van Persie left the English top-flight in 2015 for Turkish giants Fenerbahce after managing an impressive tally of 144 goals and 65 assists in 280 league games along with one title.As of January 2018, Van Persie has since been playing his football at boyhood club Fenerbahce where he scored in their 3-0 KNVB Cup final win over AZ Alkmaar last season.But the Dutchman announced in October that he will likely call time on his successful career in June and appears to be looking forward to the prospect of being the coach of his own life.“I was on a good holiday in Dubai – 12 days with friends and family,” Van Persie told NOS.“Nemanja Vidic was there as well. He has been retired for three and a half years and said very fittingly: ‘When you retire, you have to be the coach of your own life’.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.“Everything is arranged for [players], a team manager and a coach tell you what to do, we are just children often going on school trips.“If that disappears, you have to become the coach of your own life. Is that difficult when your whole life is thought out for you? Yes, but I’m going to try it.DOETINCHEM, NETHERLANDS – AUGUST 12: Robin van Persie of Feyenoord looks on during the Eredivisie match between De Graafschap and Feyenoord at Stadion De Vijverberg on August 12, 2018 in Doetinchem, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)“I won’t have to do anything anymore, I’m going to swim, play table tennis, tennis, football. I like that a lot. Then when there is a time I can’t do anything, without thinking: there will be another competition soon.”The former Arsenal star revealed he’s held talks with Dutch Football Association director Eric Gudde over getting his coaching badges.“I think [coaching] is nice, but I don’t know,” added Van Persie.“I had contact with Eric Gudde and he provided options for my eventual trajectory, but nothing has been decided yet.”Despite entering what will likely be his last season, Van Persie shows no signs of slowing down with seven goals and three assists in 13 Eredivisie appearances for Feyenoord.last_img read more

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first_img Posted: April 2, 2018 April 2, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Updated: 6:38 PMcenter_img KUSI Newsroom 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsRising Trade tensions are rocking Wall Street.The Dow closed Monday down 459 points, or 1.9 percent.The NASDAQ sunk 2.7 percent and the S&P 500 declined 2.2 percent.The tech industry also saw some trouble with Amazon losing five percent after an attack from President Trump.And Tesla, Netflix and Cisco also all dropped by at least four percent.KUSI was joined by Brent Wilsey of Wilsey Asset Management with more. Dow Jones Industrial Average latestlast_img read more

STATE REP RACE Mass Organization Of State Engineers Scientists MOSES Endorses Mark Kratman

first_imgTEWKSBURY, MA — The Massachusetts Organization of State Engineers & Scientists (MOSES) recently endorsed State Representative candidate Mark Kratman (D-Tewksbury) in the 19th Middlesex race.“MOSES recognizes your commitment to protect public employee’s collective bargaining rights and your extensive experience as a labor leader for NAGE Local 368,” reads the endorsement, which notes the union represents more than 3,300 public employees across the state. “We are proud to endorse and stand with you in your candidacy for State Representative.”Kratman previously announced endorsements the Massachusetts AFL-CIO, the Massachusetts Nurses Association, the Massachusetts Teachers Association, Building Wreckers Local 1421, SEIU Local 509, and the Tewksbury Fire Fighters Union. Kratman also has the endorsements of Tewksbury’s State Senator Barbara L’Italien and Lowell’s State Representative Dave Nangle as well as Tewksbury Town Moderator Jayne Miller and the entire Tewksbury Planning Board.Kratman, an administrator with the Massachusetts Highway Department, is currently serving his fourth year on the Tewksbury Board of Selectmen, having been elected to his second term this past April. He serves as Chair of the Town’s Economic Development Committee.Kratman is also a member of the Tewksbury Patriotic Activities Committee (Vice Chair), the Board of Directors for the Wilmington-Tewksbury Chamber of Commerce, the Tewksbury Knights of Columbus, the Tewksbury Lions Club, and the Tewksbury-Wilmington Elks.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTATE REP RACE: Massachusetts AFL-CIO Endorses Mark KratmanIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Teamsters Local Union 25 Endorses Mark KratmanIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Massachusetts Teachers Association Endorses Mark KratmanIn “Government”last_img read more

Skoda trials incar package delivery in Czech Republic

first_img 0 Installing the Amazon Key Home Kit Tags 11 Photos 2019 Lexus LC 500h review: Take ‘er easy 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 2019 Infiniti Q60 review: Can power top subpar tech?center_img Share your voice Car Industry More From Roadshow Enlarge ImageI wonder if “I need more space for package deliveries” will eventually become a reason for buying a crossover instead of a sedan. Skoda Having a package delivered while you’re not at home is a frustrating exercise that occasionally ends with you coming home to a nicked parcel. Skoda, like a few other manufacturers before it, is looking into a way to turn your car into a mobile package drop-off. Skoda, a member of the Volkswagen Group, announced this week that its Skoda Digilab mobility venture has partnered with two online retailers in the Czech Republic to start testing in-car package delivery. It would give owners a little more peace of mind, knowing the package is secure in a car instead of being left for thieves on a doorstep.Here’s how it works: After a vehicle owner places an order, the courier receives the vehicle’s location from its GPS antenna. Using an app, the courier is given one-time access to the vehicle within a predetermined time frame. The vehicle is then locked using the app, preventing reentry, and the owner is notified that the package has been delivered. A small selection of customers will be used for this pilot, but if all goes well, it could potentially expand with additional partners and additional locations. However, Skoda hasn’t offered up any specifics beyond the pilot program itself.Skoda isn’t the first automaker to trial such a scheme. Volvo launched its In-Car Delivery pilot program in late 2015, which relied on one-time vehicle access for parcel deliveries in Gothenburg, Sweden. Hyundai and Smartcar launched a similar pilot program in 2017. Even retailers are getting in on the action — Amazon’s Key In-Car builds off the Key platform that Amazon established for in-home deliveries, and it’s available in multiple cities at the moment, but it only works with select late-model GM and Volvo vehicles. Post a commentlast_img read more

US agency Hospital forced nurse to participate in abortion

first_img Share This! Tagsabortion conscience protections homepage featured nurse religious freedom Trump administration Vermont,You may also like Dinner church movement sets the table for food, faith and friendships August 29, 2019 Share This! News Pete Buttigieg: Religious left is ‘stirring’ August 29, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts By: Wilson Ring Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Wilson Ring Share This! By: Wilson Ring Judge denies nuclear protesters’ religious freedom defense Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email DIY Faith • News Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont’s largest hospital forced a nurse to participate in an abortion procedure over her moral objections in violation of federal law, a government civil rights agency said Wednesday (Aug. 28).The University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington could lose some federal funding if the two parties cannot agree within 30 days on the hospital’s policies on employee participation in abortions, the Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced.The nurse believed she would be participating in a procedure after a patient had suffered a miscarriage, office Director Roger Severino told reporters on a conference call. Instead, he said, she was told “‘Please don’t hate me’ by the doctor” when it became clear it was an abortion.The nurse asked to be relieved during what Severino described as an elective abortion and was told no. Faced with the prospect of losing her job, Severino said, “she relented and has been traumatized ever since.”The abortion took place in 2017, and the nurse filed a complaint with the civil rights office in May 2018. A subsequent investigation by the office “uncovered serious discrimination by UVMMC against nurses and staff who cannot, in good conscience, assist in elective abortion” in violation of federal laws known as Church amendments.In a statement, the hospital said it was disappointed by the action of the civil rights office.“The University of Vermont Medical Center has robust, formal protections that strike the appropriate and legal balance between supporting our employees’ religious, ethical and cultural beliefs, and making sure our patients are not denied access to safe and legal abortion,” the hospital said. “These protections cover initiation and cessation of life support, organ transplant, sterilization, and termination of pregnancy.”Susan Berke Fogel, a leader of the National Health Law Program, which advocates for reproductive health, said the Vermont case is missing details of what the nurse was being asked to do. The Health and Human Services Department, she said, has been expanding the definition of what it means to assist in abortion procedures.They are definitely highlighting and putting forward cases that will achieve that goal that anybody can refuse to participate in anything,” she said. “And surely, the long-term goal is to get hospitals and other systems to stop providing abortions and gender-affirming care.”The nurse, who declined to be named publicly, no longer works at the university hospital, said her lawyer, Francis Manion, a senior counsel at the American Center for Law and Justice, which works to “defend the rights of conscience of pro-life health care workers.”Federal laws protecting the rights of health workers who object to participating in abortions and some other procedures have been on the books for years. But religious conservatives who form a key part of President Trump’s base have long complained they were not enforced.Setting up the Health and Human Services “conscience office” last year was among a series of administration actions to address long-standing priorities of religious and social conservatives, who are key to Trump’s 2020 reelection campaign.A new rule banning federally funded family planning clinics from referring women for abortions has led Planned Parenthood and other providers to leave the government program that provides for the funding. Another rule, not yet final, would revoke sex discrimination protections for transgender people in health care.The civil rights office is mainly known for handling privacy violations. Severino said the Vermont case was the third enforcement action since the launch of the new division last year.The other two involved pregnancy resource centers, one in California and one in Hawaii, that he said were discriminated against because they refused to make abortion referrals.Before Trump’s election, Severino said, the civil rights office averaged 1.25 conscience complaints a year. “Now we are in the hundreds of complaints,” he said.The Vermont Legislature this year passed a law, signed by Republican Gov. Phil Scott, ensuring a woman’s access to abortion. The Legislature also took the first step in a years-long process to amend the state constitution to achieve the same goal.___(Associated Press writer Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar in Washington contributed to this report.) Buttigieg walks fine line in courting religious left August 29, 2019 By: Wilson Ring Wilson Ring,Load Comments,India seeks to portray sense of calm in locked-down Kashmir Share This! Share This! 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Tamang set to meet North Bengal Varsity authorities to resolve impasses

first_imgDarjeeling: Binay Tamang, chairman, Board of Administrators, Gorkhaland Territorial Administration, will convene a meeting with the authorities of University of North Bengal and principals of various hill colleges affiliated to the university on September 8 at the Lalkothi, the GTA secretariat in Darjeeling.The meeting is aimed at finding a solution to the impasses that have cropped up, with the university having introduced the Choice Based Credit System (CBCS). College authorities apprehend that the winter vacations will have to be done away with, under the CBCS. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeHill college students, anticipating multiple problems, especially in winters, had appealed for intervention by both the state government and Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA). The students of Southfield College (formerly Loreto College, Darjeeling), recently submitted memorandums to the MLA, Darjeeling and chairman, GTA, requesting them to take up the matter with the state government. “The meeting will be attended by the Vice-Chancellor, registrar and secretary, Undergraduate Council of the University of North Bengal. The GTA aims at creating a conducive environment for students, hence the meeting has been convened to find a way out,” stated Tamang. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe GTA had written to the university for a meeting to resolve the impasse. In reply, the registrar, University of North Bengal, in a letter dated August 20, confirmed the participation of the university authorities on September 8. “The University of North Bengal has to conduct all the undergraduate examinations for its affiliated colleges, irrespective of locations of the hills and the plains. The stipulation of 90 teaching days per semester have the mandate of the UGC, which has to be followed while the undergraduate examinations are conducted,” stated the letter. The letter further stated that the university believes in deliberations and democratic practices. “The Vice-Chancellor shall certainly hear from the hill college principals to resolve the issue in the joint meeting,” added the letter. Under the CBCS system, examinations will be held every six months. Sessions will be from July to December and from January to June. The duration of each class will be for an hour, with 5 classes a day. There is no break in this system. Under the annual system, the hill colleges would break for winter recess in January and restart in mid-February. “We are anticipating curtailment of winter recess to accommodate this new system. This will cause numerous complications for students, especially girls,” stated Dipika Thapa, student representative, Southfield College.last_img read more