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Contraception advocacy groups sue University, cabinet agencies on behalf of Notre Dame health care plan beneficiaries

first_imgUpdated Wednesday at 10 p.m.A lawsuit challenging recent changes in University policy regarding birth control was filed in the U.S. District Court for Northern Indiana, the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) announced in a press release Tuesday.The suit — filed by NWLC, Americans United for Separation of Church and State and the Center for Reproductive Rights — centers on the constitutionality of the University’s recent decision to make community members covered by its health plan pay for birth control, the press release said. It was filed on behalf of Irish 4 Reproductive Health (I4RH), an independent student group that advocates for contraception access on campus, and others insured by Notre Dame health plans.The release said the lawsuit claims the University reached an “unlawful settlement agreement” with President Donald Trump’s administration, allowing it to “deny students, employees and their dependents insurance coverage of birth control guaranteed to them by the Affordable Care Act (ACA).”In a statement to The Observer on Wednesday, I4RH said in a statement that it was filing the lawsuit because its members felt the University’s contraceptive coverage policies undermined their reproductive health care rights.“I4RH believes no boss, CEO, or University president should be able to control the personal decisions that we make about our bodies and lives,” I4RH said in a statement. “The Affordable Care Act protects people’s right to make these decisions about their reproductive health through the birth control benefit, which ensures that all eighteen methods of FDA-approved birth control are covered by insurance and accessible without any out-of-pocket costs.“Notre Dame’s recent settlement with the Trump-Pence Administration undermines this law, restricting student and employee birth control access. In collaboration with the National Women’s Law Center, Americans United, and the Center for Reproductive Rights, I4RH intends to defend the right of the Notre Dame student body, faculty, and staff to make their own decisions about reproductive healthcare, without the intrusion of their educator or employer.”Paul Browne, vice president for public affairs and communications, said the “assertions on the face of [the lawsuit] are maliciously and preposterously false” in a statement sent to The Observer on Tuesday. A full list of contraceptive methods covered by the University can be found on its website.According to the suit, University faculty and staff will have to start paying a birth control copay this Sunday, whereas students will need to do so beginning in August. The purpose of the lawsuit is to prevent that outcome, according to a post on the NWLC website.Aside from I4RH, the plaintiffs listed are Natasha Reifenberg — who graduated May 20 but is still on a University health plan because her parents are Notre Dame faculty members — and three women listed as “Jane Does 1-3.”According to the lawsuit, the “Jane Doe 1” is a graduate student, “Jane Doe 2” is an undergraduate student and “Jane Doe 3” is a woman dependent on the University’s faculty and staff health plan despite not being a student, faculty member or staff member.The Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Labor and the Department of the Treasury are listed along with the University as defendants in the suit. Alex Azar, Alexander Acosta and Steven Mnuchin, the three respective secretaries of the agencies, round out the list of seven defendants.Because the ACA required organizations to provide contraception as part of insurance plans, Notre Dame employees have had access to free birth control and related services through the University’s federally-funded third-party administrator Meritain Health and OptumRx, the University’s prescription-benefit manager, for the past several years. This arrangement allowed Notre Dame health plans to provide contraception despite the University’s religious objections to the mandate.Last fall, the University administration joined a lawsuit challenging the contraception requirement, a decision University President Fr. John Jenkins said arose from the fact that the federal plan covered “abortifacients,” or drugs that induce abortions. Notre Dame settled that case last October when the Trump administration agreed to eliminate the mandate.“As I have said from the start, the University’s interest has never been in preventing access to those who make conscientious decisions to use contraceptives,” Jenkins said in his address to the faculty senate Nov. 7. “Our interest, rather, has been to avoid being compelled by the federal government to be the agent in their provision.”Although this development granted the University an exemption from providing contraception and contraceptive services as part of its health plans, Jenkins announced during the faculty senate address that it would continue to allow employees to receive free birth control directly from third-party providers without Notre Dame’s involvement. Those providers — Meritain and OptumRX — decided to stop charging plan members for contraception.This is the second lawsuit regarding the contraception issue that NWLC and Americans United for Separation of Church and State have filed against the Trump administration on behalf of Notre Dame community members. Graduate student Mary Shiraef and two other anonymous Notre Dame students  were listed as plaintiffs in a complaint against Acosta, Mnuchin and former acting secretary of Health and Human Services Eric Hargan — as well as their respective departments — filed Oct. 31, prior to Jenkins’s announcement in his address to the faculty senate.Tags: Affordable Care Act, birth control, Contraception, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Labor, Department of the Treasury, Donald Trump, lawsuit, University President Fr. John Jenkinslast_img read more

SOFTBALL: Bruder picks up 400th win as Lamar prevails in 9 innings over VT

first_img The Cardinals are scheduled to play two games today and two more on Saturday at the Sand Dollar Classic, weather permitting. The Cardinals face Ole Miss at 10 a.m. Friday before facing Alabama at 1 p.m. Friday. Saturday’s schedule calls for LU to take on Georgia Tech at noon and Lipscomb at 3 p.m.“We will try to get some sleep tonight and be right back at it in the morning,” Bruder said. “It’s been a long day, but definitely a great one.” Lamar sports informationGULF SHORES, Ala. – Lamar softball coach Holly Bruder picked up her 400th career victory in dramatic fashion as the Cardinals rallied for a 10-9 walk-off win over Virginia Tech in nine innings on the first day of the Sand Dollar Classic.Bruder, who is in her 16th season as a coach, is 400-347 (.535) overall, including a 140-146 (.490) mark at LU after reviving the program at the start of the 2013 season. “Taylor hit a rocket,” Bruder said of Davis’ game-winning hit. “What a way to come through.”Cisneros, the third LU pitcher of the night, pitched two scoreless innings for the win. Holmes had two hits and four RBIs to lead the LU offense.center_img Next Up“It’s a special win, especially to do it against a team like Virginia Tech,” Bruder said. “I could go through everybody in the lineup, and mention how they contributed tonight. We got down, but we never gave up.”The Cardinals rallied from an early 3-0 deficit to take a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the third, an inning highlighted by a three-run home run by LU catcher Paige Holmes. The score was tied at 6 after seven innings. The Hokies seemed poised to claim the win after scoring three in the top of the eighth for a 9-6 lead, only to have the never-say-die Cardinals rally for three runs in the bottom of the inning. Maddy Myers had the big hit of the inning, a two-run single with two outs to even the score at 9.After LU reliever Amie Cisneros kept the Hokies off the scoreboard in the top of the ninth, the Cardinals took advantage of their opportunity in the bottom of the inning. With a runner on third and one out, Virginia Tech issued a pair of intentional walks to load the bases to set up a force play. Junior Taylor Davis, playing her first game as a Cardinal after transferring from Angelina College, made the Hokies pay with a single to right field, to plate another LU newcomer, Savana Guidry, with the winning run.last_img read more

Dreams Cannot be Cancelled Run powered by DATEV

first_imgOver the new year, Team Challenge and the Challenge Women team in Roth, Germany, are offering up a virtual run – the ‘Dreams Cannot be Cancelled Run powered by DATEV; over 5km, 10km or 21.1km.The team at Challenge Roth notes in a release that…‘For the whole triathlon community, 2020 has been a year with almost no sporting events and without the realisation of many dreams. But dreams cannot simply be cancelled, not in Roth – the triathlon dream factory.’Whether individuals are keen amateurs, seasoned runners/triathletes or professionals – they can run 5km, 10km or 21.1km… ‘wherever you are in the world at any time between 30 December 2020 at 10:00 CET and 2 January 2021 midnight CET.“We miss that very special Roth feeling we normally experience every year at DATEV Challenge Roth; and of course we miss our athletes,” said Felix Walchshöfer at Team Challenge. “Over the new year, we want to give the athletes a heartfelt experience with a virtual run they can take part in without any danger to their health or those around them.”Athletes run alone on a course chosen by themselves so that social distancing rules can be observed. The tracking and results are recorded by a specially programmed mobile phone app, which must be downloaded prior to the race.Via the app, runners can also transpose their run onto the Roth run course or Challenge Women route.“We have a few more surprises up our sleeve; all will be revealed soon,” teased Felix Walchshöfer.Entry packagesParticipants registering for the Dreams Cannot be Cancelled Run powered by DATEV, can choose between two packages:An online entry package for €19.95 includes a digital starter bag, start number, certificate and Spotify playlist.A premium package for €49.95, will be sent at the beginning of December. Theis ‘consists of gifts worth over €100’ including a medal, a quality headband made by RenéRosa in Roth and exclusive access to video chats and a look behind the scenes during the event week. The premium package is limited to 3,500 entries.“We would like to express our thanks to our partners who are supporting the virtual run and creating great offers and opportunities for the athletes,” added Felix Walchshöfer. “This is great support for endurance sport as a whole, especially at this time.”There is a separate merchandise collection featuring the motto ‘Dreams Cannot be Cancelled’. The sport and lifestyle clothing is produced by RenéRosa, the clothing supplier for Roth champion Andi Dreitz and world champion triathlete Anne Haug.‘Special offer for companies’For companies that have to forego a Christmas party due to the current situation, or who would like to get their employees together with an active Christmas present, Team Challenge has put together some special offers with the option of adding individual products to the entry packages.www.dreamsrun.com Relatedlast_img read more

Thomas Title & Escrow announces national launch

first_imgIt’s all about growth at Thomas Title & Escrow’s Scottsdale office where Kevin Kinerk has been promoted to President of the Arizona market. Mr. Kinerk now assumes responsibility for day-to-day management along with developing and maintaining client relationships. “Kevin has the requisite executive experience to lead our Arizona operations to sustained growth. He’s been deeply involved in commercial real estate for over 20 years and has played key leadership roles with several banks.  We have been planning this promotion for some time,” President and CEO Frank W. Busch III says.To help launch Thomas Title’s national outreach, Lauri Gallagher has joined the executive team as Senior Vice President of business operations. Her 21-year career includes experience in title insurance and escrow, largely with First American as branch manager and commercial escrow officer. She is known for her ability to streamline operations, while developing and implementing organizational solutions in budgeting, personnel, risk and compliance. Busch says: “We’ve been building for a year and half toward getting the requisite state licensing and underwriter relationships in place to launch our national commercial services platform. Now that we’ve secured the licenses and underwriter relationships, we needed to find the right leadership and build out a high performing team.”Locally known real estate expert Desha Leonard has joined the Arizona team as an Assistant Vice President, Senior Commercial Escrow Officer.  She has over 20 years of industry experience and has worked at some of the largest title and escrow companies.  Prior to joining Thomas Title, she served as a national commercial escrow officer at Lawyers Title.“The national commercial services platform is off to a very strong start. The combined experience among our offices now effectively enables us to handle the largest and most sophisticated multi-site, multi-state transactions across the U.S.,” CEO Busch says.last_img read more

Consumption of ‘Cannibal drug’ in adolescence increases risk of cocaine addiction in adulthood

first_imgShare Pinterest Share on Facebook Email LinkedIncenter_img Consumption of the synthetic drug MDPV –a powerful psychostimulant known as ‘cannibal drug’- in adolescence, can increase vulnerability of cocaine addiction during adulthood, according to a study carried out with laboratory animals and led by the researchers Elena Escubedo, from the Faculty of Pharmacy and Food Sciences and the Institute of Biomedicine of the UB (IBUB) and Olga Valverde, head of the Neurobiology of Behaviour Research Group (GreNeC) of Pompeu Fabra University (UPF).Cocaine addiction is now a great social, economic and health problem in lots of countries around the world. Therefore, any factor stimulating the effects of its consumption should be considered, and this is the aim of the new study, carried out on mice and published in the journal British Journal of Pharmacology.Other authors of this study are the experts David Pubill, Jordi Camarasa, Raúl López-Arnau and Letícia Duart, from the Research Group Neuropsicofarmacologia dels Derivats Amfetamínics (Neuropsychopharmacology of Amphetamine Derivatives) of the UB, and Miguel Àngel Luján, from the Neurobiology of Behaviour Research Group (UPF). Share on Twitter A new design drug with effects similar to those of cocaineDesign drugs are a new generation of addictive substances which have become popular among youngsters. Methylenedioxpyrovalrone (MDPV) is an amphetamine derivative spread as a high-abuse substance with higher psychostimulant effects than those of cocaine. Regarding the effects of this drug on humans, which inhibit the collection of neurotransmitters dopamine and noradrenaline, there is no scientific bibliography yet.The new study analyses the influence of MDPV consumption during adolescence and its impact on adults’ vulnerability in cocaine use. The breaking point reference of the experts was the similarity of MPDPV and cocaine action mechanisms, and the practically permanent effects created by these addictive substances in certain brain areas –mostly in the nucleus accumbens- and pattern response alterations when facing specific stimuli.In the research, adolescent mice were treated with MDPV during seven days. After three weeks without the substance, adult animals’ sensitivity to cocaine was analyzed under different experimental protocols. At the same time, the changes in certain proteins associated to the addictive process were also analyzed.“In the new study, we state that the animals treated with MDPV during adolescence show reinforcing behavior patterns to cocaine which are higher than the control group. Also, these behavioural changes are related to alterations of factor expression directly related to addiction. For instance, the level of the factor DeltaFosB is three times higher than the normal level and it stays high during the three weeks after removing the addictive substances from the animals”, says Professor Elena Escubedo, also member of the Research Group Neuropsicofarmacologia dels Derivats Amfetamínics (Neuropsychopharmacology of Amphetamine Derivatives) of the UB.DeltaFosB, in particular, is a transcription factor involved in neuroplasticity expressed in addictions. “Since this factor is understood as a molecular “power switch” for cocaine addiction, we think this is the essential molecule to explain a great part of this phenomenon” says Escubedo.According to Professor Olga Valverde, from the Department of Experimental and Health Sciences of the Pompeu Fabra University, “although drug use can lead to addiction at any age, the new research shows that the sooner someone starts taking drugs, the more likely s/he will develop future severe problems. Therefore, efforts have to be focused on the study of consequences of exposure to the main abusive drugs during adolescence”.last_img read more

Mine craft: Harworth Group interview

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Ringing the changes: James Dipple on the next phase in MEPC’s evolution

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Hotels forced to adapt or die

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Skills, resources and the future

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