University appeals HHS ruling

first_imgThe University is again challenging a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services mandate that requires Notre Dame’s insurance plan to cover contraceptives, according to a report in The South Bend Tribune.Notre Dame is asking the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit to grant the University an exemption to the mandate, which is part of the Affordable Care Act, in light of a recent Supreme Court decision, the Tribune reported. The Supreme Court ruled Jan. 24 that the nonprofit organization Little Sisters of the Poor and other similar religious groups do not have to cover contraceptives until the Sisters’ lawsuit is resolved.“There is no legitimate basis upon which an injunction could be granted to the Little Sisters of the Poor but denied to Notre Dame,” the University said in its motion, according to the Tribune.A federal appellate judge in Chicago will hear oral arguments in Notre Dame’s case Feb. 12, the Tribune reported.“If government is allowed to entangle a religious institution of higher education like Notre Dame in one area contrary to conscience, it’s given license to do so in others,” Paul Browne, vice president for Public Affairs and Communications, said.Tags: Contraception, HHS Lawsuit, HHS Mandate, Notre Dame, Supreme Courtlast_img read more

Terry ranks points over perfomance

first_img Terry followed suit and insisted winning football was what mattered, while pointing to Chelsea’s free-flowing style earlier in the season. The Blues captain said: “We are definitely not boring and if we do go on to win it, nobody’s going to remember those performances when perhaps it’s not been that exciting. “We’ve dug deep and other teams haven’t done and that is why they are so far behind us. “Possession and tippy-tappy football’s great – we could see that from the Manchester United game last week (when Chelsea won 1-0, despite United having the majority of the ball) – but if you are not winning games, you’re not going to win the league. “Let’s not forget the first half of the season, up until Christmas, we were the best side by far. “The football we played with (Cesc) Fabregas and his assists, the goal at Burnley (Andre Schurrle’s strike on the opening day) and goals after that. The play was different class.” Capital One Cup winners Chelsea have lost just twice in the Premier League all season, at Newcastle in December and Tottenham on New Year’s Day. Mourinho last Friday said the “more strategic, less artistic” approach was imposed on Chelsea due to injuries and suspensions to key personnel. Arsenal supporters sang “boring, boring Chelsea” during Sunday’s goalless draw at the Emirates Stadium, leaving the Blues needing six more points to be confirmed as champions for the first time in five years. Mourinho responded by pointing to Arsenal’s Premier League drought – “boring is 10 years without a title”, he said – and questioned why Gunners boss Arsene Wenger was not more positive with his changes in the second half. John Terry recognises Chelsea’s performances in the second half of the season have been forgettable, but says it matters not a jot as Jose Mourinho’s men close in on the Premier League title. Press Association Terry added: “Things then went us against us and the manager being him, came up with the way to get us through games and that’s where he’s at his best. “Let’s not forget we were the best side up until Christmas, for sure, and we have actually beaten the teams who have made things difficult for us.” Wenger described defending as “easy” ahead of the Chelsea match, but Terry’s performance was singled out by Mourinho for being outstanding. “(Defending) is an art,” Terry added. “Listen I totally respect him (Wenger), he is a great manager, but from our point I am just delighted. “They are a really good side, especially going forward, so we needed to be on it defensively, which we were. “I got on the end of a lot of crosses and cleared a few. You can feel when things are going well. “But to hear that from the likes of the manager (Mourinho), who stands there and assesses you day-in, day-out, is really nice. “I just have to keep on and keep going, because it can go the other way.” Terry says the title is close for Chelsea, but still they need to win it and face a troublesome trip to Leicester on Wednesday, who have won four in a row to climb out of the relegation zone. “We are a step from where we wanted to be,” he said. ” Leicester are flying, you can see they have got a bit of wind in their sails. “It is going to be a really tough game but it is in our hands and not anybody else’s. “We are grinding out results, we have got the quality in the squad, so hopefully we can get over the line because we are very close.” Terry appeared to be coming to the end of his time at Stamford Bridge under Mourinho’s predecessors Andre Villas-Boas, Roberto di Matteo and Rafael Benitez, who two years ago used the former England captain sparingly. The 34-year-old, who has signed a one-year contract extension until the end of next season, continues to enjoy Mourinho’s confidence, though. “That’s true. The two seasons previous to my arrival he was not an important player for Chelsea managers any more,” Mourinho said. “He was not playing, he was on the bench, he was playing sometimes, you are anticipating his departure. “Last season was good for him and this season is, in my opinion, better than last season. “Maybe it’s his diet, he is eating some green stuff or special drink. “I’m happy with all he’s doing and when I said yesterday that his performance (against Arsenal) was probably the best, maybe it’s too much, but for sure it was one of his best performances for Chelsea.” last_img read more

Luke Shaw given all-clear to fly home after double leg break

first_img Shaw had an operation on the leg on the night of the game and was due to have another procedure at the hospital on Friday. Instead, that second procedure has been moved to Manchester. Doctors are happy with the initial operation, which set his leg together after a clean break of the tibia and fibula. There were fears Shaw would have to make his return journey via road or train – which could have taken over eight hours – because the pressure on the leg would be too high in a plane. But United manager Louis Van Gaal says Shaw will be okay to fly back to England and could even land on Saturday. “The second procedure could not be done today (Friday) so we have to do it here in Manchester. The pressure is low now so he can fly back,” the Dutchman said. “That is the last information I got. It will be today (Friday) or tomorrow (Saturday) then he will go to a private clinic in Manchester. “When it’s all right, depending on the development of the injury, then he goes home, maybe Tuesday or Wednesday.” Van Gaal downplayed the importance of Shaw requiring a second procedure on the leg within the space of a few days. Press Association After three days’ treatment at the St Anna Ziekenhuis hospital on the outskirts of Eindhoven, Shaw is almost ready to return to England. The Manchester United defender has been in the Dutch city since he broke his leg in two places following a tackle by Hector Moreno in PSV’s 2-1 Champions League win over the Red Devils on Tuesday. He said: “It’s a closing of the stitches or something. “The pressure was too high, that’s why an immediate operation was needed. Because opening the leg you need to close it also. It’s not an operation but it’s a typical minor operation.” Shaw left the pitch at the Philips Stadion on a stretcher while receiving oxygen. The former Southampton left-back was in tears at the time but is now in better spirits, according to his manager. ”I called him last night (Thursday),” Van Gaal said. ”He sounds very strong, which was amazing for me – a big surprise. ”It is a good signal but he knows he has a long way to go and it is not easy… He will have a long period of rehabilitation and he has a long way to go.” Van Gaal believes the earliest date Shaw could return to action is March. The Dutchman believes it will be a tough challenge for him to reach the kind of form that made him one of the best players in the team so far this season ”It is not only physical but mental,” Van Gaal said. ”For us it is a big loss, as a team. I said (in pre-season) this will be the season of Luke Shaw but now it is finished nearly. ”He started so well, built up a left wing with (Memphis) Depay and Shaw, but we have to start filling it again and it is not easy.” As well as Van Gaal, England manager Roy Hodgson is understood to have been in regular contract with Shaw during his stay at the hospital. Wayne Rooney broke Sir Bobby Charlton’s England record under Hodgson over the most recent international break. He is 16 goals short of Charlton’s United record and Van Gaal has no doubt the striker will become the club’s top scorer of all time. Van Gaal was irked when it was put to him that Rooney had failed to score in his last 10 league matches. “He scored against (Club) Brugge,” Van Gaal said after confirming his captain had overcome a hamstring injury to be fit for Sunday’s game at Southampton. “Rooney has scored a lot. He’s nearly the record holder, so I hope he will beat that record but I have to wait and see, like you do.” Luke Shaw will be spared the torment of completing his 500-mile return to Manchester from Eindhoven by land. last_img read more