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Three students intervene in University lawsuit

first_imgThree students who want the University’s health care plans to cover birth control are intervening in Notre Dame’s lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled Jan. 14 that the female students, who remain anonymous, can participate in the lawsuit, according to a report by the Associated Press.The lawsuit challenges an HHS mandate that required nonprofit religious organizations to start to cover contraceptive services Jan. 1. Paul Browne, the University’s vice president for public affairs and communications, said Jan. 2 that Notre Dame is providing this coverage through its third-party insurance administrator.Americans United for Separation of Church and State is representing the students, according to the organization’s director of communications, Rob Boston.“We felt that, in this case, the voices of the parties who would be most affected by a loss of contraceptive access, largely women, were not being heard, and it was a possibility that their perspective might not be represented,” Boston said. “We filed this motion to intervene on behalf of these students, specifically so that their perspective would be heard by the court.“We believe that if Notre Dame is allowed to deny contraceptives, it could negatively affect students, faculty and staff at the institution, so we feel that the courts should hear from them.”STEPH WULZ | The Observer Americans United’s legal director, Ayesha Khan, who is representing the women, said the result of the lawsuit will have important implications for the students.“They will get funded contraception, or they will continue to have to pay for it out of pocket, and that’s of great importance to them because all three of them would like access to contraception, which they can’t afford right now,” Khan said.Boston said Americans United’s intervention in the lawsuit is about people “losing important medical services.”“The students are really looking at this more as an issue of their access to needed medication, more than they’re looking at it as a religious liberty question. And I think that’s what this is going to come down to in the courts.“Is it a religious liberty matter, or is it a matter of people getting access to medication that they need? … Once those questions are settled, we’ll have some sort of a clearer understanding of how this is going to shake out.”Browne said the lawsuit “is fundamentally about religious liberty, and only incidentally about contraceptive services.”Khan said the students chose to be anonymous because they did not want to release information about intimate aspects of their lives.“They were concerned about retaliation, both from the University and from the larger community,” she said.Tags: Americans United for Separation of Church and State, Contraception, HHS Lawsuit, HHS Mandate, Paul Browne, religious libertylast_img read more

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Transforming FIs through digital growth with James Robert Lay

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Heading into 2020, life was looking pretty rosy. There was no pressing impetus for banks or credit unions to change. Then COVID hit: the wrecking ball that has upended this industry virtually overnight.In this episode of  Banking on Experience podcast hosted by CRMNEXT, James Robert Lay outlines the digital growth imperative for banks and credit unions to ensure their survival post-pandemic, in what he refers to as “Digital Darwinism.”During the conversation with host Marla Fields, James Robert Lay reveals:How many financial institutions will disappear or merge in the next 5-to-10 yearsWhat some of the biggest mistakes banks and credit unions will make as they try to adapt to changing customer and member expectations continue reading »last_img read more

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The full Monte

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Swiss BVK avoids CHF1bn loss with ‘comprehensive’ currency hedge

first_imgSimilarly, Publica, Switzerland’s largest public pension fund, reported an annual return of just under 6%, attributing its underperformance – relative to the national pension-fund average of 8% – to its currency hedging policy.The BVK said its performance for 2014 was a positive step in achieving its goal of full funding.The scheme’s funding level now stands at 99.3%, up by more than 300 basis points year on year.It added that one of the main performance drivers last year had been directly held property, which returned 5.6%.The BVK also announced that all of its asset managers and consultants confirmed in writing last year that they were not withholding any bonuses they might have received, working on behalf of the pension fund, with third parties.With respect to the corruption scandal that rocked the scheme in 2011-12, the BVK said that external experts, as well as internal councils, were still looking into questions of responsibility and liability, and would keep the public informed of any future developments. Have a look at this article by Alfred Buehler and Lukas Riesen on what the Swiss can expect from their pension funds The pension fund for the Swiss canton of Zurich (BVK) has said its currency hedge prevented more than CHF1bn in losses after the Swiss National Bank’s recent decision to abandon the franc’s peg to the euro. The CHF28bn scheme said it had “comprehensively hedged” its currency positions, allowing it to weather the volatile currency shifts of recent weeks “comparatively well”.For the whole of 2014, currency hedges returned 6.1%, slightly lower than the national average but still above the BVK’s internal benchmark, which returned 6%.The BVK acknowledged that currency hedges introduced three years ago meant it would profit less from last year’s strong US dollar, adding that, without the costs for the hedge, the overall 2014 return for the pension fund would have been 8.4%.last_img read more

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Ice skating icons’ skyhome glides onto the market

first_imgBuyers should get their skates on if they want to secure the keys to 1452/9 Ferny Ave, Surfers Paradise. The stylish Surfers Paradise skyhome of two former Gold Coast ice skating icons is set to dazzle on the property market. The three-bedroom apartment on the 45th floor of the Mantra Circle on Cavill building was home to Donald McKnight and Colin Jackson, who played a pivotal role in ice skating across Queensland. The pair have a long list of achievements on the ice, including a national championship, Olympic judging, coaching and the formation of the Queensland’s two Iceworld Olympic Ice Rinks. Not a bad view to wake up to. Close friend and one of the executers of the estate Gillian Levett said the couple lived and breathed ice skating. “They dedicated their whole lives to it,” Ms Levett said. “They ran a small ice rink in the ’70s and their dream was to develop a full size rink for Queensland.“Over the years they did that twice for the (Ice Skating Queensland) association — they could have done it privately but they chose to do it for the association so ice skating was ensured of its future.” The property is set to go to auction on April 28. Their three-bedroom Coast apartment at 1452/9 Ferny Ave features spacious, light-filled living areas, impressive views and multiple balconies. “It’s the most beautiful place, it’s just glorious,” Ms Levett said. “It’s very peaceful — you feel a beautiful calmness, you can see all the world but you’re separate from it all. “And there’s a beautiful outlook with 270 degree views.” The property is set to head under the hammer on April 28 via NGU agents Edward Smyth and Karen Stewart. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa12 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoThe dazzling apartment. center_img Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:44Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:44 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p288p288p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow to bid at auction for your dream home? 01:45 McKnight was also the trailblazer for two world junior championships held in Brisbane. “That was quite something bringing world skaters here,” Ms Levett said. “Don had an Order of Australia for his services to the sport.“And their final gift to the sport was a bequest for promoting skaters, a $500,000 development fund.” Ms Levett said their time was split between living in Brisbane and the Gold Coast. The three-bedroom skyhome was owned by ice skating icons Donald McKnight and Colin Jackson. McKnight, who died last year, was the president of Ice Skating Australia for more than two decades and was a figure skating judge at the 1994 Winter Olympics.His partner of 53 years, Jackson, died in 2017. He was also a skater and coached two-time Olympian Anthony Liu. MORE NEWS: Make the most of the Coast’s enviable lifestyleMORE NEWS: US buyers snap up Coast house in pre-auction deal last_img read more

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ICC to wrap up probe on PH ‘drug war’ by 2020

first_img In a report released on Friday, ICC said its Prosecutor’s Office has “advanced its assessment of whether there is a reasonable basis to proceed under Article 15 (3) of the Statute.” The Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court aims to finalize its preliminary examination on issues on the Philippine drug war in 2020. ABS-CBN NEWS MANILA – The International Criminal Court (ICC) aims to finalize its preliminary examination by next year on the Philippines’ controversial war on drugs to see if there is a need for a full-blown investigation.center_img “During 2020, the Office will aim tofinalize the preliminary examination in order to enable the Prosecutor to reacha decision on whether to seek authorization to open an investigation into thesituation in the Philippines,” the ICC added. Article 15 (3) of the Rome Statute states that“if the Prosecutor concludes there is a reasonable basis to proceed with aninvestigation, he or she shall submit to the Pre-Trial Chamber a request forauthorization of an investigation, together with any supporting materialcollected.”On October 2016, the ICC prosecutor issued astatement “expressing concern about the reports of alleged extrajudicialkillings of purported drug dealers and users in the Philippines.”It was on February 2018 when ICC prosecutorFatou Bensouda said that they opening a preliminary examination on the allegedcrimes committed in President Rodrigo Duterte’s drug war after a review ofcommunications and reports documenting alleged crimes including extrajudicialkillings.Following Bensouda’s announcement, thePhilippine government deposited on March 17, 2018 a written notification ofwithdrawal to the UN Secretary-General. The withdrawal took effect a yearafter, on March 17, 2019.However, despite Philippines’ withdrawal, theICC prosecutors said that they still has jurisdiction over the case.“[T]he Court retains jurisdiction over allegedcrimes that have occurred on the territory of the Philippines during the periodwhen it was a State Party to the Statute, namely from 1 November 2011 up to andincluding 16 March 2019. Furthermore, the exercise of the Court’s jurisdiction(i.e. the investigation and prosecution of crimes committed up to and including16 March 2019) is not subject to any time limit,” it said.The Prosecutor’s Office “continued to engage andconsult with relevant stakeholders in order to address a range of mattersrelevant to the preliminary examination and to seek further information toinform its assessment of the situation,” including meetings withstakeholders, such as various civil society organizations.More than 5,000 drug suspects were killed fromJuly 1, 2016, the start of the Duterte administration, until June 30 this year.Government has denied involvement in extrajudicial killings, saying those slainin the drug war had resisted arrest./PNlast_img read more

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Volunteer for the annual butterfly count at Big Oaks NWR

first_imgMadison, IN—Great Spangled Fritillaries, Spicebush Swallowtails, and Silver Spotted Skippers!These are just a few of the many species of butterfly you are sure to encounter when volunteering at Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge for the annual butterfly count.Fifty-Two species of butterflies were spotted during the previous year’s survey count.Those attending are asked to meet at the refuge office on the morning of Saturday, August 3rd at 8:00 am. The refuge is especially interested in counting Monarch butterflies, whose populations have recently plummeted. These migratory beauties require native milkweeds to successfully reproduce. The loss of milkweed across the Midwest is one of the primary reasons for their decline. A $3.00 donation to the North American Butterfly Association is appreciated for those participating in the count. Survey teams will be divided up based on the length of time spent in the field. You may choose to join for the entire day or make it a half-day. Bring water, bug spray, sunscreen, snacks or lunch, and binoculars. Butterfly field guides are recommended, but not required. Long pants are also recommended. For directions to the refuge, please call or click here.last_img read more

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“Egregious” Behavior Gets Two Miami Police Officers Fired

first_img“I terminated the officers because the behavior was egregious and will not be tolerated at the department,” Noel-Pratt added in a statement.It is inexcusable, unacceptable, unjustifiable, and criminal what occurred to Mr. G. Floyd. I don’t have any sons, but I have a husband, brother and nephews. This cannot be our reality, we must be professional and treat others with respect, compassion and dignity. @MGPDFL— Delma K. Noel-Pratt (@ChiefNoelPratt) May 28, 2020 The firings took place due to a beating that was caught on several videos. A police chief in Miami-Dade County said she recently released two of her officers from the department for “egregious” behavior.Miami Gardens Police Chief Delma Noel-Pratt explained Wednesday that the two men, identified as Jaiver Castano and Jordy Yanes Matel, are under a criminal investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.center_img One of the officers is accused of physically attacking a suspect’s acquaintance. Meanwhile, the other officer is accused of trying to cover up that act by not downloading his bodycam footage, which is officers are required to download after every shift.Records show the Miami Gardens Police Department hired Castano in August 2018 and Yanes Matel in October of that year.According to the victim in the case, the beating happened on March 21 at the RaceTrac gas station located at 19100 NW 2nd Ave., in Miami Gardens.last_img read more

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County Cheering Champs

first_img Latest posts by admin (see all) BANGOR — Three Hancock County cheering squads placed first and two more were runners-up at the recent State Elementary and Junior High Cheering Invitational at the Bangor Auditorium.In the Superstars 3 Division, the Lamoine Lions took top honors — for the ninth consecutive year. A squad from the Beech Hill School in Otis placed sixth. In the Superstars 2 Division, the Ellsworth Middle School Falcons, coached by Jane Stackpole and Kelli Mitchell, took top honors with 124.3 points. The Cave Hill Bears from Eastbrook, with just four cheerleaders, finishing as runners-up, just three points behind Ellsworth. This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textAlso competing in Superstars 2 were Trenton, placing fifth, and Hancock, placing ninth. In the Superstars 1 Division, a squad from Deer Isle-Stonington finished as runner-up with 122.9 points, just 1.2 points behind a team from the Mount Blue Middle School. In the Northern Stars Division at the elementary school level, the Union 96 cheerleaders took top honors, besting four other teams, with a score of 87.7. For complete story, pick up a copy of The Ellsworth American. admin Hancock County Court News Nov. 3 thorugh Dec. 11 – January 22, 2015 Biocenter_img State budget vs. job creation – January 22, 2015 Latest Posts House fire in Winter Harbor – October 27, 2014last_img read more

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Simmons latest addition to upcoming Golden Republic T20 Bash

first_imgFLASHY West Indies batsman, Lendl Simmons, joins Rayad Emrit as the next high-profile International T20 star confirmed for the Golden Republic T20 Bash set for February 21, 2020, at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence.Simmons, the West Indies opener and one of the more reputable T20 guns-for-hire, was confirmed as the latest addition to the upcoming event set to mark Guyana’s 50th Republic anniversary celebrations.All-rounder Emrit is considered a limited-overs specialist with his skill-set earning him places in many franchise teams globally, while Simmons is an attacking top-order batsman who was part of the West Indies T20 side that won the title in India in 2018.Both players are no strangers to local fans having played a number of seasons for the Guyana Amazon Warriors in the Caribbean Premier League with tremendous success.The Golden Republic T20 Bash will see two exciting matches for all cricket fans to enjoy as Guyana celebrates 50 years as a Republic on February 23.In the first game starting at 14.00hrs, national softball champions Regal All-Star will take on the up and coming Ariel Speed Boat All Stars, followed by the feature event at 18:00hrs (6:00 pm) when Hetmyer Hurricanes take on Rutherford Renegades.The event is organised by the Guyana Cricket Board in collaboration with the Ministry of Social Cohesion Department of Culture Youth and Sport.last_img read more

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