first_imgNZ Herald 15 April 2014The Ashcrofts were the first New Zealand couple to take advantage of commercial surrogacy laws in India, which is only one of a handful of countries that allow surrogates to be paid. As a result of the 2002 law, lower costs, increasing medical infrastructure and the availability of surrogates, the country has emerged as a hotspot for this type of fertility tourism. International surrogacy, also legal in the United States, Thailand, the Ukraine and at least one state in Mexico, is a growing trend for couples and singles, both gay and straight, seeking ways to overcome the hurdles biological, technological, financial, and legal of having children. The subject was the hot topic at the fifth Congress of the Asia Pacific Initiative on Reproduction (ASPIRE Conference) in Brisbane this month. Closer to home members of the Law Society heard presentations from fertility specialists on the issue last week. Fertility Associates group operations manager Dr John Peek says New Zealand had always aligned itself ethically with European standards but with the amount of reproductive technology exploding in Asia it could no longer be ignored. “There’s going to be a lot more reproductive tourism in this part of the world,” Dr Peek says.Using a surrogateSurrogacy is where a woman, who cannot carry a baby, uses another woman to bear the child. An embryo, created using IVF, is transferred to the surrogate. Commercial surrogacy, where women are paid to carry and deliver someone else’s baby, is only available in a handful of countries including the US, Thailand and India. Surrogacy is available in NZ but the time and cost to gain ethics committee approval, and the limited number of surrogates, mean some parents choose to pay an overseas surrogate. India has become a hot spot for this type of fertility tourism, thought to generate the country $400 million a year. About 3000 clinics offer surrogacy services and 2000 foreign babies are born annually in India to surrogates. Five couples from New Zealand have pursued surrogacy in India, four with success while the other is still at the IVF treatment stage. The costs, in the tens of thousands of dollars, vary considerably but India and Thailand are cheaper than the US. In 2011-2012, there were eight applications for surrogacy in New Zealand, seven of which were approved. Between 2005 and 2011, surrogacy applications approved by NZ’s ethics committee resulted in 33 births. baby makers: Critics push for regulation of India’s booming surrogacy industryABC News 15 April 2014The calls come as increasing numbers of foreigners, including many Australians, pay thousands of dollars to Indian surrogacy centres to fulfil their need to have children.The industry has been criticised for operating in a regulatory vacuum, and while there are some rules for people who take the journey to India, it is still a minefield for many unsuspecting parents.Author and critic Kishwar Desai has strong reservations about the lack of legal oversight and what it means for the women who rent out their wombs.“We’re treating these women like animals, like you would do with cattle … so I think that is something we need to be very careful about,” she said.“It’s not the numbers of the women who die – and indeed we may not even know about them because a lot of the clinics are operating without any regulation, without any rules, without any scrutinies – we may not even hear about them. The women may be allowed to just go home and die there.” read more

first_img Share 11 Views   no discussions LocalNews Attempted murder charge withdrawn by: – May 9, 2012 Share Sharing is caring!center_img Court gavel. Photo credit: lazytechguys.comA man of Gutter who was charged with the attempted murder of Mandella has had that charge withdrawn against him and will be tried for wounding with intent in July of this year.Albert Stevens Jr was charged for the attempted murder of Mandella Andrew on 26th December, 2008 at Bowers Lane. The trial commenced in the January 2012 Criminal Assizes however the judge was forced to discharge the jury based on “media reporting”.Andrew, after receiving a stab wound to his chest, attempted to drive himself to the hospital with the knife stuck in his chest but the vehicle ran off the road. He was later rushed to the hospital by Fire and Ambulance Services and treated at the Princess Margaret Hospital.Defence counsel Gina Dyer-Monroe objected to the media reporting on the matter on March 15th, 2012 a couple days into the trial, stating that certain information should not have been reported and this has thereby compromised the trial.Dyer-Monroe told the judge that she is not sure whether her client would receive a “fair trial” as a result of this.Justice Birnie Stephenson-Brooks who presided over the trial issued a stern warning to media houses that they ought to be “very responsible in what they report from the Court” before traversing the trial to the May Criminal Assizes.Stevens is on bail awaiting his trail which has been scheduled for July 16th, 2012.Meanwhile, Stebin Valentine who has been charged for manslaughter is reportedly nursing serious injuries at the Princess Margaret Hospital resulting from a vehicular accident. His trial has also been scheduled for July 16th, 2012.Dominica Vibes News Share Tweetlast_img read more

first_img The Royals have endured a disappointing season back in the Barclays Premier League, with the form of their 23-year-old goalkeeper one of the few things to shout about. After a number of loan spells taking him from Yeovil to Leeds, McCarthy has impressed in the Reading first-team despite only making 11 top-flight appearances this term. He would have more had it none been for a shoulder injury from which he returned in such stunning fashion against Liverpool. McCarthy was outstanding again in Saturday’s 4-2 win at Fulham and has been linked with a summer move to both clubs – something that does not surprise Karacan. “He’s amazing – unbelievable,” he said of the goalkeeper. Press Association “It’s surprising for myself when you see the likes of Jack Butland getting called-up ahead of him. I think he showed again with three unbelievable saves. You can see the top clubs knocking on the door. But he is playing here and proved himself to be an unbelievable goalkeeper in the Premier League. “It would be a coup if we could keep him, but he loves it here, is playing here and that’s all he ever wanted to do. You never know. He will get a lot of games next year, but there will be clubs knocking on the door and definitely a future number one.” Asked how much he is worth, Karacan added: “Around 15 to £20million? You see how much young English players go for – there are some crazy sums out there. I don’t see why he shouldn’t be in that bracket. It would definitely take a lot of money to get him away from Reading – that’s how our club works.” McCarthy is not the only Reading player reportedly attracting interest, with Karacan himself regularly linked to Turkish giants Galatasaray. The English-born midfielder is part of the Turkey set-up and made no secret of his desire to ply his trade there at some point. “It happens every year and I keep getting bugged about it,” Karacan said. “I’m a Reading player, though. “I signed a deal last summer and everyone wants to play in the best league in the world and it’s gutting to not have that next year. Reading is a Premier League club and we know we should be there and we will try our hardest to get back up. “Anything can happen in the summer. I’m a Reading player and I will be as happy as ever if I’m still here.” center_img Reading have a £20million future England goalkeeper in Alex McCarthy, according to team-mate Jem Karacan.last_img read more

first_img For Odemwingie, it was a first goal since his infamous January deadline day drive to London in a bid to force a move from West Brom to QPR. “I thought he was excellent,” said City manager Malky Mackay. “He always looked a danger and a threat but we have to get match minutes into him, he hasn’t played a lot of football over the last six months. “He’s trained well but match practice is few and far between so that’s something he needs to get him up to speed. “But he’s a terrific player and I’m delighted that we managed to sign him.” Ricardo Vaz Te could be asked to solve West Ham’s striker crisis – barely a month after handing in a transfer request. The Portuguese forward looked set to leave Upton Park on deadline day but a move failed to materialise, leaving him in limbo and boss Sam Allardyce with a player he would have been happy to get rid of. But Allardyce handed Vaz Te a rare start in the Capital One Cup against Cardiff on Monday night and he responded with an all-action display culminating in the winning goal as the Hammers triumphed 3-2. And with attackers Andy Carroll, Joe Cole and Stewart Downing still injured, new signing Mladen Petric short of match fitness and Modibo Maiga struggling for form, Vaz Te could get the nod at Hull on Saturday. Assistant manager Neil McDonald said: “He keeps on telling everyone that he creates chances and scores and that’s what the manager wants – people to put the ball in the back of the net. “That’s a knock on the door for the manager, he’s available on Saturday against Hull and gives the manager a nice little problem. “You have to forget what happened in the past, maybe it was bad advice, but he’s a genuine lad who just wants to play. “He wanted to go and play somewhere but he got a game here and scored the winner which is great.” The Hammers were 2-0 up after seven minutes through Ravel Morrison – who scored after just 20 seconds – and Matt Jarvis. But Cardiff staged an unlikely comeback thanks to a fine curler from Craig Noone just before half-time, and a first Cardiff strike for recent signing Peter Odemwingie. However, with two minutes left Vaz Te rose highest to nod in a cross from Jack Collison and send the hosts through. Press Associationlast_img read more

first_imgPALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. — A gunman is on the run after a deadly double shooting near Lantana on Wednesday morning, authorities say.According to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to a domestic dispute in 7900 block of Overlook Road around 9 a.m. and found two women dead from apparent gunshot wounds.Neighbors say they heard at least gunshots and the identity of the victims has not been released yet.The shooter was gone when deputies arrived.A domestic dispute resulted in a shooting in the 7900 block of Overlook Road, unincorporated Lantana. Two adult women were found deceased from what appears to be gunshot wounds. The suspect was gone.Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers 1-800-458-TIPS.— PBSO (@PBCountySheriff) July 22, 2020last_img read more

first_imgFive innings, four Syracuse pitchers, 22 Pittsburgh runs.Syracuse was overmatched.“We struggled today pitching, obviously,” SU head coach Leigh Ross said. “… Pitt’s a good hitting team, so you can’t take that away from them. When they needed the big hits, they got the big hits.”In the second game of a Saturday doubleheader at SU Softball Stadium, the Orange (15-21, 1-9 Atlantic Coast) lost 22-7 to Pitt (28-14, 8-9) in a game shortened by the mercy rule, after conceding the first game, 8-6. Freshman AnnaMarie Gatti started game two and pitched two innings before SU went with a different pitcher each inning for the rest of the game.Leading off the game, Gatti walked Shelby Pickett. Two fielders’ choices and a bunt later, McKayla Taylor bombed a home run over the playground beyond the right-centerfield fence.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textGatti induced a ground out to open the second before giving up back-to-back singles followed by a walk to load the bases. Pitt’s Jenna Modic hit a swinging bunt back to Gatti, who misplayed the ball, allowing a run to score and the bases to remain loaded.“I don’t think (Gatti) was feeling as good as she wanted to be,” Ross said. “But you know, she’s a freshman and she’s young and she’s just getting back into it.”After a sacrifice fly to deep center, Gatti hit Taylor to load the bases again. Kaitlin Manuel followed with a single that landed in front of second baseman Sammy Fernandez. After the ball rolled into the outfield, two runs scored, extending the Panthers’ lead to 7-0.Gatti loaded the bases with another walk, but got the next out to end the inning and her day on the mound.Lindsey Larkin came in to pitch the third, but didn’t find much more success than Gatti.Pitt loaded the bases with one out for Carly Thea, who singled home a run, prompting Ross to send Sydney O’Hara to the bullpen to warm up. Taylor followed with a bases-clearing double.The next batter, Manuel, hit a fly ball to left field that Rachel Burkhardt dropped, which allowed Pitt’s fifth run of the inning to score, but the freshman recovered to throw Manuel out when she attempted to advance to second.Larkin struck out the next batter to end the third inning, but the damage was done. The Panthers were up 12-0 before the Orange even hit for the third time.Syracuse managed only one hit through the first two innings. Only when the game was out of reach did the Orange bats came to life.In the last three innings, the team managed to collect seven runs on 10 hits. On a full count, Alyssa Dewes blasted a three-run home run into the trees behind the right-centerfield fence to round out the scoring for SU.“Too little, too late,” Ross said. “… It was great to get (11) hits or seven runs, but we needed more earlier.”Syracuse will look to prevent a Panthers sweep at noon on Sunday at SU Softball Stadium. The team has already been swept in three games by two other conference opponents.“Well, now’s when we prove who we are,” Ross said. “This is where your character shows. However you deal with the adversity, come back tomorrow and let’s see who we are.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 11, 2015 at 9:14 pmlast_img read more

first_imgLaGarrette Blount.Many of you know him as the man who, last weekend, threw the best punch on a blue field in history.But once you get past how that one punch that connected with Boise State defensive end Byron Hout’s jaw right made watching that slow game worth it, the reality of the situation sets in. That was the first time many had ever heard the name LaGarrette Blount, and now Blount will be always be remembered as a villain.It’s not only Blount that is affected; the University of Oregon reputation fell much harder than the 241-pound defensive end. For weeks that replay will be shown during broadcasts of Oregon football games and it will be included in national year-end summary packages about the college football season.Blount hopped, skipped and jumped over the fine line that separates uncalled-for taunting from “friendly” trash-talking (yes you just read the most obvious statement since Brett Favre announced his return to the NFL). Sure, trash-talking happens all the time, and mostly it’s in good nature. Just ask Matt Hasselbeck about his famous line when he won the coin toss a few years ago in a playoff against Green Bay,:“We want the ball and we’re gonna score.”Unfortunately, as in Hasselbeck’s and Blount’s cases, the nudges and knocks at the opponent come back to haunt you.Those two examples are at the extreme ends of the spectrum. Hasselbeck’s comment was perfectly fine, as he did it mainly in good humor and didn’t inflict any physical or emotional harm on the opponent (although the same can’t be said for the harm done to himself).But with the USC-Ohio State football game coming up, there have been a few remarks made by people associated with USC that are uncalled for and have crossed the line between good, joking fun and harmful, ignorant taunts.You might remember last year, how former USC Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Carson Palmer, now of the Cincinnati Bengals, came out before the showdown at the Coliseum and said, “I cannot stand the Buckeyes … It’s amazing to hear what those guys think about that university and what they think about that football program and Tressel and all the crap I gotta put up with being back there … I’m really getting sick of it.”Rooting for your alma mater is one thing. But taking a cheap shot at another program, especially a program that shares the same fans that come out to your games, is a classless act that reflects poorly on USC.However, this year it’s his brother’s turn. Jordan Palmer is a third-string quarterback on the Bengals with older brother Carson, and he played quarterback at UT-El Paso. And yes, he’s the same guy who invented the iPhone application called Run Pee, which lets people know the points in various movies to hit the restroom and then fills you in on what you missed upon your return. Pretty ingenious. But I digress.On Tuesday, the younger Palmer took a page out of his older brother’s book and made comments on the radio about Ohio State that he’ll probably hear in Cincinnati for a long time (or however long a third-string quarterback can stay with the Bengals).“Ohio State fans are the most annoying people on the planet. So you’ve got an entire state’s worth, of, uh, I don’t have a word that I can use on the air,” Palmer said. “What kills me living in Ohio is I have a Big Ten Network channel where I get all the Big Ten games. That’s like giving a My Little Pony rerun channel, that’s how much I want to watch the Big Ten games.”While this doesn’t do anything to help Jordan Palmer’s image, I’m not concerned about these comments as a USC fan. But he prefaces all this taunting with one sentence:“Our Trojans are going to wreak some havoc this week.”Last time I checked, Jordan Palmer never attended USC. But by associating himself with the school, his harsh words and bold statements, coupled with his older brother’s statements last year, give USC the appearance of a classless, ill-mannered institution. That is not something that I want my team or school to symbolize.There are ways to show school spirit or pride without torching the opponents, and the Palmers crossed the line. There was no need to bash Ohio State like they did. Ohio State has lost two BCS Championship games in the last three years by a combined 41 points, got outplayed by the Trojans last year in a 35-3 loss and its quarterback, Terrelle Pryor, recently had this to say when defending Michael Vick:“I mean everyone kills people, murders people, steals from you, steals from me.”So as you can see, Ohio State shoots itself in the foot enough already. Regardless, there’s no excuse for badmouthing other teams or institutions in a way that does nothing but bring them down. I have the utmost respect for Carson and Jordan Palmer, and, sure, they didn’t punch anyone, but their verbal jabs shouldn’t be used as examples for fellow Trojan fans to follow.Wherever you plan on watching the game this weekend, have fun but be smart. Trojan fans are some of the most passionate fans around, and I encourage that. Do anything you have to do to show your enthusiasm for USC, just don’t beat up the Buckeyes.Our football team will take care of that.“Spittin’ Sports” runs Fridays. To comment on this article, visit or email Kenny at read more

first_imgHarrington will return to the Baltusrol Golf Club in New Jersey today on 1-over par, which is six shots behind out-right leader Jimmy Walker, who carded a 5-under par 65 yesterday.But McIlroy’s performance was one of the major talking points of the opening day – for all the wrong reasons.The world number four was one of the favourites going into this week, but he laboured to a 4-over par 74 – the same score as the European Ryder Cup captain, Darren Clarke. Shane Lowry and Graeme McDowell finished-up on 2-over and 4-over respectively.last_img read more

first_img WATCH US LIVE Associated Press Television News First Published: 5th September, 2020 08:17 IST Last Updated: 5th September, 2020 08:17 IST Hassan Beats Women’s One-hour World Record In Brussels Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands broke the rarely run one-hour world record on Friday by covering 18.930 kilometers at the Memorial Van Damme meeting FOLLOW US SUBSCRIBE TO UScenter_img LIVE TV Written By COMMENT Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands broke the rarely run one-hour world record on Friday by covering 18.930 kilometers at the Memorial Van Damme meeting.The previous record of 18.517 kilometers was set by Ethiopia’s Dire Tune at the Ostrava Golden Spike meeting in 2008.Hassan and Kenya’s world marathon record-holder Brigid Kosgei fought toe to toe at the King Baudouin stadium with no fans watching because of the coronavirus crisis. Hassan accelerated in the final minute to leave Kosgei powerless in her slipstream.Four-time Olympic champion Mo Farah will later try to set a new men’s one-hour record at the meeting, which is part of the Diamond League series.Image credits: AP last_img read more

first_img Submit Fredrik BurvallUpdating the market, the governance of Cherry Gaming AB (Cherry) has informed that Fredrik Burvall has stepped down as Chief Executive Officer due to family reasons. Cherry AB has moved to appoint Anders Holmgren as ‘interim CEO’ until Burvall’s replacement is found.Burvall departs Cherry following ten years’ leadership service, having acted as CEO and CFO of the company. Updating investors, Cherry governance stated that Burvall would maintain an advisory position within the company until summer 2017.Burvall has played a significant role in leading Cherry AB’s expansion strategy which has seen the company become a the leading multi-vertical operator within the European igaming sector.Commenting on the leadership update, Rolf Åkerlind, Chairman of the Board, thanked Burvall for his service: “Fredrik Burvall has been CEO during a busy period when the company has expanded rapidly and been very successful. During the last two years, Cherry’s turnover has grown 137 percent and the company has completed seven acquisitions. It has been a period which has required a heavy workload, in particular from Fredrik. I am extremely grateful for the dedication and hard work Fredrik has given the company.”Cherry governance stated that executive search firms had been contacted to begin the recruitment process for Burvall’s replacement.Fredrik Burvall commented on his departure as Cherry leader “I am extremely proud of having been part of the development of the company which has led to a revaluation of Cherry as a company. Cherry is today well positioned for the future with five strong business areas all with strong management teams. Although I will continue with Cherry until the summer, I would like take this opportunity to say thank you to all colleagues and the Board of Directors for our time together, with best wishes for continued success in the future.” ComeOn rebrands to reflect company set-up January 16, 2020 Cherry AB delivers excellent final statement as a Stockholm enterprise February 13, 2019 Share StumbleUpon Related Articles Share ComeOn withdraws all brands from UK market September 2, 2019last_img read more