White House proposes compromise

first_imgThe White House proposed a new compromise Friday regarding religious nonprofits and the mandated contraceptive coverage, a deal that would potentially allow Notre Dame to issue a health insurance plan to its employees without directly providing birth control coverage. The proposal suggested a separate, individual private insurance policy that could provide contraceptive coverage at no cost for the employees of faith-based organizations. “These proposed rules aim to provide women with contraceptive coverage without cost sharing and to protect eligible organizations from having to contract, arrange, pay or refer for contraceptive coverage to which they object on religious grounds,” the proposal stated. The proposal is an amendment to rules regarding minimum insurance packages set forth by the Department of Health and Human Services as part of its regulatory authority under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). If the proposal takes effect, objecting organizations could provide employees with a plan that does not offer contraceptive coverage. The health insurer providing the plan would then enroll those employees in a separate, stand-alone policy that only covers contraceptives at no extra cost. The University, however, is self-insured. The policy proposed by the White House on Friday presented several possible approaches for self-insured organizations. In all approaches, self-insured plans could work with the company that administers their health benefits to avoid coverage contraceptives. A third-party administrator would “automatically arrange separate individual health insurance policies for contraceptive coverage from an issuer providing such policies,” the proposal stated. A previous proposal had suggested a similar solution for self-insured plans, but under that proposal, the third-party administrator would have had no way to pay for the contraceptive coverage other than the revenue it receives from self-insured plans. That proposal was criticized by many as nothing more than an accounting gimmick. The current proposal would lower fees in other parts of the ACA to provide third-party administrators with savings they could use to pay for the contraceptive coverage. The third-party administrator would receive a credit in an amount that would offset a reasonable charge by the third party administrator for performing this service. University Spokesman Dennis Brown declined comment on the proposal until Notre Dame administrators have fully analyzed its contents. Last May, the University filed one of more than 40 religious liberty lawsuits from faith-based organizations to contest the constitutionality of the contraception mandate. The lawsuit states the mandate would go against Church teachings and therefore violates the First Amendment, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and other federal laws. A federal judge dismissed Notre Dame’s lawsuit last month, when U.S. District Court Judge Robert Miller Jr. ruled Jan. 2 that the lawsuit should be dismissed because the University’s claim is not yet “ripe,” meaning it is not ready to be litigated – in this case, because the rule regarding contraceptive coverage had not been finalized.last_img read more

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Report: LeBron James and Anthony Davis expected to play in Lakers-Clippers on Christmas

first_imgYou can keep Christmas circled on the calendar.A mega-watt crosstown match-up between the Lakers and the Clippers is expected to have all its stars, according to an ESPN report. While LeBron James (thoracic muscle strain) and Anthony Davis (right knee soreness) will officially be listed as questionable on the night before Christmas, both are likely to suit up for the game.A source confirmed to Southern California News Group that the Lakers had a morning walkthrough, and that both James and Davis were improving. James missed Sunday’s loss to the Nuggets, his first absence of the season, while Davis tweaked his knee in the third quarter of the game.ESPN reported that James also sat out with discomfort in his groin — perhaps an uncomfortable sign a year removed from his groin tear suffered last year on Christmas Day against the Golden State Warriors. That injury saw James miss 17 straight games, the longest absence of his professional career. How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersBetween them, James and Davis constitute an irreplaceable bulk of the Lakers’ production: 53.7 points, 13.9 assists and 16.9 rebounds per game. They’ve powered a 24-6 start, and the Lakers are just 1-2 with one of their stars.The star power will be needed in a rematch with the Clippers, who topped them 112-102 in the season opener. And that was with just one of their stars: Kawhi Leonard played while Paul George sat on the bench with injury. With both healthy now, the Clippers (22-10) are hoping to move to a 2-0 lead in the season-long series. Both James and Davis played in the first meeting.Related Articles Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs last_img read more

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Dorset club hits the mark with a national first

first_img Sturminster Marshall Golf Club in Dorset has just become the first in the country to achieve England Golf’s new GolfMark award. “It’s always nice to be first,” said club owner and PGA professional Mike Dodd. “We are a pro-active club working at grass roots to get people into golf and this award underlines that we’re doing everything the right way.” GolfMark, which was originally started in 2006, has been updated and relaunched to make it more relevant in today’s challenging commercial landscape. The new scheme has an increased focus on development and business support and a GolfMark club is one which takes positive action to: •    to recruit and retain members •    to plan effectively for the future •    to offer coaching and playing opportunities for all golfers •    to have the right policies and procedures in place to safeguard members of all ages. GolfMark, which incorporates Sport England’s ClubMark award, has been hugely successful since it was first launched in 2006. A total of 766 clubs achieved the award under the previous system and over 200 are already working towards the new award. They’re led by Sturminster Marshall, which has long been a supporter of the scheme and was one of the first clubs in Dorset to get the original GolfMark award. “It helps you to focus on any areas where you need to tune up and it keeps you on your toes, makes sure everything is up to scratch,” said Mike Dodd. He bought the club eight years ago and has developed it as a centre for new and improving golfers. “We have a short nine-hole course and a purpose built driving range with a classroom and a practice area,” said Mike. “We have about 250 members and probably 200 of them will have come through our coaching programmes. Some move on to other clubs but we always have new people and our membership never goes down.” The club works closely with the Dorset Golf Partnership and is one of its Get into golf centres, offering a course of six group lessons for adult beginners for £30, together with a range of other packages. The club is involved in the Dorset Tour, which offers playing opportunities to new golfers who have gone through the Get into golf scheme. Sturminster Marshall also hosts Feel Inspired sessions for golfers with disabilities. Mike has a thriving junior academy and he set up the EZGO Junior Tour which gives children of all standards the chance to play different courses and meet other golfers. He is also one of the coaches with the Dorset Academy. Dee Wood, who recently retired as Dorset County Development Officer, worked with Mike to achieve the new GolfMark and commented: “All credit to him. Mike thrives on working with beginners and juniors and there’s always something for everyone going on at the club.” For more information about GolfMark please click here Caption: Mike Dodd with Dee Wood (left), who has just retired as Dorset County Development Officer, and Elaine Barrow, who has taken on the role. 12 Nov 2014 Dorset club hits the mark with a national first last_img read more

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Tiger Woods’ recovery plan is on the golf course

first_imgby Tim DahlbergAssociated Press Writer AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP)—Kultida Woods was worried.No, her son wasn’t being slapped with divorce papers. No mistresses or porn stars were stalking him.But he did seem on the verge of throwing away any chance he had to win the Masters. And at this moment that seemed like the most critical part of Tiger Woods’ recovery so far.“Bogey?” Mrs. Woods yelled out from her vantage point off the seventh fairway. “Come on now, stop that.” FIGHTING BACK—Tiger Woods tees off at the fourth hole during the third round of the Masters golf tournament in Augusta, Ga., April 10. Woods was plenty worried himself. He couldn’t figure out the speed of the greens, some of his shots were going sideways, and two early birdies seemed like a distant memory.And that thing he promised about controlling himself on the golf course? One bad swing on the par-3 sixth took care of that.“Tiger, you suck,” Woods muttered, before adding a curse for good measure. All caught by the CBS microphones, of course, for the listening pleasure of millions watching an afternoon of Masters drama play out on a gorgeous Saturday.Informed that he cursed, Woods said, “Did I? If I did, then I’m sorry.”Being Tiger Woods once meant never having to say you’re sorry. So count that in Woods’ favor, even if weeks in therapy haven’t changed everything about the world’s greatest golfer.Indeed, after a wild round left him still within striking distance on Sunday, it was clear one vital thing was still the same—Woods still has the resolve that made him so feared for so many years.“That’s fine. That’s never a problem,” Woods said, referring to his mental toughness before repeating himself for emphasis. “That’s not a problem.”No, the problem was the swing that had served Woods so well in the first two days of his comeback from a scandal that sent him into rehab for reasons he refuses to disclose. The putter disappeared for long stretches, too, in an erratic round that seemed to confound Woods as much as it did his mother.Kultida Woods couldn’t do anything about it, though she offered a running commentary to Nike chairman Phil Knight as they followed her son around the course, and following them was a uniformed deputy sheriff.After Woods hit his first putt up a big hill and well past the hole on No. 6, she explained to Knight that the putt was just too tough.“If you do not putt it hard it will come down,” she said. “It’s a hard putt. A hard putt.”Missing from the small entourage was Woods’ wife, Elin, but that was hardly a surprise. How things stand between Woods and his wife only they know, though it wouldn’t be hard to guess that the marriage remains a work in progress.It’s not hard to guess what this Masters means to Woods, either. Returning to the place he feels most comfortable was a big step in his comeback from public ridicule, and getting into contention after two rounds was an even bigger step in proving he still has his magic touch.Saturday wasn’t nearly as easy, despite two birdies on the first three holes that moved Woods to within one shot of the lead. He had struggled on the practice range, and the swing was not there once play began no matter how hard he tried to find it.He was seven shots back and heading in the wrong direction when he plunked it in the sand on the par-3 12th. But he got up-and-down for par, then went birdie-birdie-birdie before following a bogey on No. 17 with a birdie on the final hole.The final tally was seven birdies and five bogeys, but it could have been a lot worse. It left him tied for third, four strokes back of Lee Westwood and three behind Phil Mickelson.More importantly, it left him with a smile on his face as he walked off the 18th green.“I fought as hard as I possibly could to get myself back in the ballgame,” Woods said. “At one point I was seven back and to fight back there and to get it where I’m only four back right now was a pretty big accomplishment.”Fighting back seems to be a recurring theme here for Woods, who the day before likened his return to golf to that of Ben Hogan following the 1949 car accident that nearly took his life. That was an unfortunate comparison at best, considering his own accident resulted in just five stitches to his lip and was of his own making.Then there’s the Nike ad that invokes the voice of his late father. Woods thinks it’s “apropos.” It’s not. It’s creepy and exploitative, with the words of Earl Woods taken out of context.None of that bothered the thousands who swarmed around him on every hole Saturday, trying to get a look at Woods in action. They cheered for him from the first tee to the 18th green, excited to see him in the mix again.Woods seemed almost as excited to be there himself, on a day when roars cascaded across Augusta National and it felt more like a final round. He was in contention again, and he seemed as if he almost couldn’t wait to get to the driving range to figure out what was wrong with his swing so he could fix it for Sunday.There may be a few curse words then, too. Woods, after all, is new to the gentleman part of a gentleman’s game.Fans may cover their ears, but no one will cover their eyes. Woods in red on Sunday in the next-to-last group at the Masters is compelling enough even in normal times.And if the last five months have proved anything, these are not normal times.Except for watching Phil Mickelson slip into another green jacket, Tiger Woods should have few complaints about his week at the Masters.He tied a tournament record by making four eagles. He was never out of the top 10 from the opening round. He had his best 72-hole score at Augusta National in five years.“Overall, it was a good week,” Woods said Sunday after he tied for fourth.last_img read more

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Black Hills High School Video Team Wins National Award

first_imgFacebook88Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Tumwater School DistrictBlack Hills High School iVideo team of students Ally Remy, Kyle Fischer, Gabrielle Mitchell, Michael Lemon and Kelsie Otos received the Alliance for Community Media (ACM) national award for the BEST VIDEO in the “Hometown Media Award” category!The video “Day in the Life” (see video here) made for Tumwater Middle School was produced with the assistance of Thurston Community Media in the winter of the 2016-17 school year. This was a collaborative effort and the results were spectacular! Seeing the need for Tumwater Middle to produce a video as 6th graders would be joining the middle school level (new middle school structure) in the fall of 2017, Video Productions teacher Susan M. Larson, technology TOSA Justin McKaughan, and TMS Asst. Principal Nick Reykdal got the project started and assisted throughout the process of the video production.The award will be received by Thurston Community Media and Tumwater School District personnel this summer in Baltimore, MD.last_img read more

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