Surrogacy payment review urged


first_imgStuff co.nz 18 August 2014Rules around how much surrogate parents and egg donors are paid in compensation needs an urgent review, with many New Zealanders choosing to head overseas for costly fertility treatment instead.The Advisory Committee on Assisted Reproductive Technology (Acart) has assembled a group to advise the next health minister to review payments that can be legally offered to surrogate and egg donors in New Zealand.“We are looking at what are the policy drivers that are sending New Zealanders overseas for fertility treatment,” acting chairwoman Alison Douglass said.The move comes amid international outrage over the case of Gammy, the baby boy with Down syndrome born to a Thai surrogate, who was allegedly abandoned by his Australian parents who in turn denied abandoning the child, blaming the surrogacy agency. The case has sparked a government crackdown on the international surrogacy industry in Thailand.In New Zealand, Acart finished public consultation about importing and exporting embryos and gametes in March, which included seeking views about paying donors more.Many submissions raised concerns about poor compensation for Kiwi surrogates and egg donors and said it was the main reason few women were offering to do either. That meant desperate parents-to-be were forced to seek fertility services overseas.http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/10393540/Surrogacy-payment-review-urgedlast_img read more

CAF Crisis: Fatma Samoura to lead forensic audit


first_imgThe Executive committee of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has requested help from world football governing body FIFA to deal with its current leadership and administrative predicaments.CAF have been in the news for all the wrong reasons in the build up to the African Cup of Nations,its flagship and most valuable competition.BackgroundSecretary General Amr Fahmy was removed from his position on April 11, on the recommendation of CAF President Ahmad Ahamad after the former sent emails to FIFA detailing bribery and sexual misconduct activity by Ahmad.Ahmad is said to have unanimously agreed to terminate CAF’s deal with Puma in favour of one with French company Tactical Steel.He is alleged to have received bribes in the range of USD 800,000 in connection with the deal..The CAF President  was arrested by French authorities in Paris on June 6 while waiting to attend a FIFA congress for his role in the Puma-Tactical steel deal.He also stands accused of sexual misconduct and allegedly embezzling CAF money on luxury vehicles.The Finals of the Caf Champions league has also delivered another dose of embarrassment to the body after a replay of the final between WAC of Morocco and Esperance of Tunisia was ordered over issues relating to VAR.CAF is expected to ask FIFA to conduct a purge and repair of its administrative structure as well as its finances.Fatma Samoura,FIFA’s Secretary General is expected to lead the team whose work will span several months.With just two days to the commencement of Afcon 2019 in Egypt, CAF’s hierarchy have admitted their failure to properly handle the internal wranglings of the organisation.last_img read more

How the Buccaneers became Tom Brady’s best fit in his quest to win a Super Bowl without the Patriots


first_imgMORE: Why Tom Brady is joining the BuccaneersThe Bucs weren’t the obvious choice when it became apparent Brady could leave New England. But they reportedly were willing to give him the most bucks — potentially $30 million per season over two years, according to NFL Media — on top of selling him on the winning potential of a team that finished 7-9 last season.As with most moves in NFL free agency, a familiar face helped make the deal possible for Brady — Bucs general manager Jason Licht, who once served as Patriots director of.player personnel under Bill Belichick. Licht was intent on working with Brady again, so much so that he gave Brady a $7 million raise despite his coming off a down season at age 42.The next layer was a respected coach with whom Brady could mesh as well as he did with Belichick. That’s Bruce Arians, who is exactly the same age (67) with the same confidence in his own football philosophies and zero tolerance for players not doing their jobs.MORE: Fantasy analysis of Brady to Bucs (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/db/ab/bruce-arians-09222019-getty-ftr_1l3v9t5bwygz816pznd9v2hgsj.jpg?t=-349703496&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/27/74/tom-brady-021220-getty-ftrjpg_u82zfrkhip2c1j8ik5xe3uvvx.jpg?t=989915864&w=500&quality=80 Tom Brady to Tampa Bay will soon be a reality.Hours after the greatest NFL quarterback of all time officially parted ways with the Patriots, reports indicate the 42-year-old has made his long-awaited NFL free agency decision to join the Buccaneers. When digging deeper into the Bucs, it was clear that of all the QB-needy teams, they offered the best resume with the most upside. It doesn’t hurt that they are in the NFC, which just crowned an unpredictable big-turnaround champion in the 49ers last season.There was some talk of Brady fitting in a place such as Los Angeles with the Chargers, Las Vegas with the Raiders and even Nashville with the Titans. But in the end, throughout his career, his favorite landing spot has been the Super Bowl.Guess where Super Bowl 55 will be played: In Tampa. Outside of New England, for Brady, the Bucs represented both the extended journey and the destination no other team could match. (SN Illustration) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/1b/7d/tom-brady-bucs-031720-getty-ftr_174e708jcyg8q141y3obmutxvi.png?t=-352271920&w=500&quality=80 The bonus is that Arians is offensive-minded, a QB guru at heart who has worked to get the best out of Ben Roethlisberger, Andrew Luck, Carson Palmer and, yes, despite those interceptions, Jameis Winston. Both Arians and his offensive coordinator protege Byron Leftwich will be malleable to adjust their offense to Brady’s strengths and style. At only 40 and as a former NFL QB, Leftwich can be more of a peer to Brady, much like Josh McDaniels was in New England.While Brady saw the cupboard go bare in New England with tight end Rob Gronkowski retiring and makeshift wide receivers beyond Julian Edelman, Tampa Bay is fully stocked for his convenience. Mike Evans and Chris Godwin are now the best staring duo in the league, and the potential re-signing of Breshard Perriman — even without the crazy wild card of bringing in Antonio Brown — might give the Bucs the best trio, too. That’s before getting to the fact the Bucs have not one, but two Gronk-light receiving tight ends in O.J. Howard and Cameron Brate.The Bucs did see Winston throw for 5,109 yards and 33 TDs last season. But he had 30 interceptions to lead the league, while Brady, even in a grind of a season physically, had only eight. Arians likes his QBs flinging it in the downfield passing game. Brady likes to be efficient in his distribution of the ball all over the field. With the receiving personnel the Bucs have, including some strong after-the-catch skills, they can find a happy medium of enough big plays with much fewer big mistakes. The Bucs’ defense was No. 1 against the run in a vast improvement last year. The key now is re-signing Ndamukong Suh. Their pass rush got going in the first year of Todd Bowles’ 3-4 scheme, with Shaquil Barrett (19.5 sacks) leading the league and Jason Pierre-Paul rejuvenated. Both of those players will be back. As the season progressed, the Bucs found more answers in the secondary to back that up.During his last season with the Patriots, Brady was supported by the No. 1 total defense in the NFL. The Buccaneers finished 15th, but that was an amazing improvement from being a terrible No. 27 the season before. The arrow is pointing up for Bowles’ defense to push into the top 10.You can bet Brady, beyond hearing the money the Bucs were willing to pay him, made sure Tampa Bay was the best possible place for him to try to win a championship apart from Belichick and the Patriots.MORE: Patriots among losers of NFL free agency The Bucs have more to do on offense. They must get better at right tackle and right guard, but they’re better than you think at left tackle through center. Brady will make the protection look better regardless with his ability to shuffle in the pocket and get the ball out quickly instead of holding it and looking for the deep shot. Regardless, the Bucs should aim to land a dominant edge blocker in the first round of the draft.The Buccaneers ranked only 24th in rushing offense last year. But the Patriots were only a few notches better at No. 18. If the Bucs don’t replace Ronald Jones as the power back, too, they at least need a strong pass-catching back from either the rest of free agency or in the draft. At this point, no one will be surprised if Melvin Gordon is sharing the backfield with Brady soon.When the Bucs make a big short-term “all in” move like signing Brady, with their ample salary cap space, their next move is doing everything they can to support their big investment with smart smaller ones tailored to the QB.last_img read more

Draymond Green fined $50,000 for saying Devin Booker should leave Suns


first_imgDraymond Green talking Devin Booker on @NBAonTNT: “Get my man out of Phoenix. It’s not good for him, it’s not good for his career. I need my man to go somewhere he can play great basketball all the time, and win.”Ernie Johnson: “Are you tampering?’Draymond: “Maybe” pic.twitter.com/vTUn4pK3iq— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) August 7, 2020From the NBA:”The NBA announced today that it has fined Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors $50,000 for violating the league’s anti-tampering rule. The fine is in response to statements Green made as an analyst on TNT on August 7 regarding the Phoenix Suns’ Devin Booker. As announced prior to the start of the 2019-20 season, the NBA has adopted a stricter enforcement approach for conduct relating to tampering, salary cap circumvention, and free agency timing rules, including with respect to the rule prohibiting player-to-player tampering.”MORE: How to become a virtual fan, land on video board during 2020 NBA restartGreen started by praising Booker and the Suns for their undefeated start in the NBA bubble but later added, “but get my man out of Phoenix.””It’s not good for him. It’s not good for his career,” Green said. “… They gotta get Book out of Phoenix. I need my man to go somewhere where he can play great basketball all the time and win, because he’s that type of player.”Green was asked by TNT’s Ernie Johnson whether he thought his comments were tampering, and Green responded, “Maybe.” The NBA was not happy with Warriors forward Draymond Green for suggesting Suns guard Devin Booker should request a trade out of Phoenix.The league on Sunday fined Green $50,000 for tampering after the comments he made Friday as a guest analyst on TNT’s “Inside the NBA.” The NBA said his remarks violated the league’s anti-tampering rule. The NBA has decided that they were.Booker is under contract with the Suns through the 2023-24 season. The 23-year-old, who averages 26.4 points per game this season, signed a five-year, $158 million extension with the team in July 2018.Phoenix, which has not reached the postseason in 10 years, is a half-game behind the Trail Blazers for the No. 9 seed in the Western Conference.last_img read more