The whistleblower’s story

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Virus lockdown strands 100 surrogate babies in Ukraine

first_imgTopics : BioTexCom, the facility in question, has released a video showing dozens of newborns lying side by side in separate cots and being cared for by employees.Denisova said the clinic appealed to Ukraine’s foreign ministry to facilitate the arrival of babies’ parents but the issue has not yet been resolved.Commercial surrogacy is illegal in most European countries but permitted in Ukraine.One of the poorest European countries, post-Soviet Ukraine is an increasingly popular destination for foreigners looking for surrogate mothers. That number will grow the longer the lockdown is extended, she said.Denisova said that 51 newborns were  being housed at a Kiev hotel which is owned by one of the clinics in the capital.Fifteen of these 51 babies were with their parents while the other 36 were in the care of clinic staff. Denisova said they were due to be collected by parents from countries including the  US, France, Italy, Spain, and Germany.center_img More than 100 babies born to surrogate mothers have been stranded in Ukraine as their foreign parents cannot collect them due to border closures imposed during the coronavirus pandemic, authorities said on Thursday.Ukraine’s borders were closed in March as a result of the virus outbreak.”In total, more than 100 children in Ukraine are waiting for their parents in various medical centers,” Ukraine’s Ombudsman Lyudmila Denisova told reporters.last_img read more

With Tyson-Thomas out, Syracuse sees increased production from rest of rotation

first_img Published on January 31, 2013 at 12:32 am Contact David: dbwilson@syr.edu | @DBWilson2 Facebook Twitter Google+ As Syracuse walked out of the locker room to start the game, Carmen Tyson-Thomas walked more slowly behind the group, still dressed in sweat clothes.After pregame introductions, she walked to the bench like she normally does. But instead of choosing one of the first seats, prepared to enter, she walked to the end and plopped down in the last seat. She remained there for the entirety of the game, sidelined after having a tooth pulled.“She definitely brings the energy coming off the bench,” SU guard Brianna Butler said. “So that was something that we were missing.”Even with Tyson-Thomas sidelined, though, the Orange was able to cruise to a 65-34 victory Wednesday in the Carrier Dome thanks to elevated play elsewhere on the court.It meant a different sixth man. La’Shay Taft was the first player off of the bench and logged a season-high 16 minutes. It meant more minutes from Rachel Coffey. The guard played 18 minutes, 11 more than in the game against Villanova on Saturday. And it meant bigger contributions from the usual suspects. Butler chipped in a career-high 14 points, Sykes added another 14, four more than her average scoring output, and Elashier Hall grabbed a season-high 14 rebounds, including five offensive.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We had a lot of contributions from a lot of different players tonight and that’s how we have to play,” Hillsman said. “We’ve got to try to play nine, 10 deep so we can press and play fast and get the tempo that we like to play.”Less than two minutes into the game, Butler headed to the bench. In came Taft, who had logged all of 89 minutes on the year before the game. With Pachis Roberts also sidelined, Taft was left as the leader in minutes for the non-rotation players.An up-and-down performance followed for the seldom-used guard. Almost immediately, Taft came away with a steal, but seconds later she turned the ball back over.That was how most of her night went, the good plays – the steal and three rebounds – interspersed with the bad – 0-for-3 shooting and three turnovers.“I thought that she was trying really, really hard to make the right plays and to do the right thing on the court,” Hillsman said. “And I give her a lot of credit for just stepping in and playing major, major minutes and she hadn’t done all season, pretty much.”Though Taft was the first player off of the bench, it was Coffey taking on the de facto, sixth-man role. She led all bench players with 18 minutes and led the team with four assists.But it was on the defensive end where she was most important. With two regulars out, Hillsman made sure everyone was comfortable playing multiple positions. That meant Sykes had to slide into Tyson-Thomas’ role on the press, and Coffey had a major effect defensively with a pair of steals.“When Coach has us scrimmage he always tells us to pressure the ball and (force) turnovers,” Sykes said. “ … From practice transferring to the game, me and Rachel and the whole team, we all want them to turn the ball over because the faster we get the ball back the more we can score.”Syracuse entered the second half with a nine-point lead. Less than 10 minutes later, that lead ballooned to 29 thanks largely to Coffey, Sykes and the SU press. From there, the Orange cruised.Butler heated up, knocking down three out of six 3-pointers in the second half. Hall kept grabbing rebounds the Orange usually expects from Tyson-Thomas. As time wound down, Hall was nearing her second double-double of the year. She had long ago reached the double-digit rebound plateau, but for seven minutes and counting she was stuck at seven points.With 2:23 remaining, Tiara Butler found Hall at the top of the key. The senior pulled up and drained it.As the ball hung in the air, Tyson-Thomas rose out of her seat in anticipation. When it fell through, she jumped and pointed at Hall with both hands.SU called timeout and Hall immediately found Tyson-Thomas at the end of the bench.“I was waiting for that,” Hall said to her teammate before sitting next to her at the end of the bench.Even injured, Tyson-Thomas made her presence known, her enthusiasm and upbeat attitude still affecting the team.“Her energy on the sideline made us play with more energy, play hard,” Butler said. “So it was good to have her even energized even though she wasn’t able to play.“It was almost as if she was playing with us.” Commentslast_img read more

Flutter backs strategy to navigate 2019 complexities

first_img StumbleUpon Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Publishing its full-year 2019 results, the governance of FTSE100 Flutter Entertainment Plc has detailed confidence in the firm’s future growth prospects after closing a year of regulatory adjustments and sustainability challenges.  Citing strong international expansions, Flutter achieved record revenues of £2.14 billion, up 14% against corresponding FY2018’s £1.81 billion – a tough comparative period featuring World Cup trading.Flutter governance underlined its record revenue achievement as a testament to the firm’s guiding  ‘four-pillar growth strategy’, in which the firm seeks to ‘maximise UK profitability’ whilst establishing ‘podium positions’ within new markets.  Despite maintaining revenue growth, Flutter’s FY2019 corporate EBITDA results declined 15% to £385 million (FY2018: £451m), as FTSE betting group absorbed £107 million in incremental taxes and regulatory charges.Updating investors, Flutter Group CEO Peter Jackson commented: “The Group’s four-pillar strategy that we laid out last year remains in place and good progress has been made against each pillar during 2019. In our core markets, we remain strongly positioned. Internationally we have made progress in improving the Betfair proposition and have added to our podium positions with the acquisition of Adjarabet. In the US, our business goes from strength to strength.”A breakdown of segments saw Paddy Power Betfair’s (PPB) UK online division maintain 6% growth to £1 billion (FY2018: £950m), navigating a tough regulatory backdrop in which its assets have been supported by improved products, customer retention and high coverage marketing campaigns.Internationally, Flutter’s Sportsbet Australia unit maintained its ‘podium position’ by recording revenue growth of 14% to £446 million (FY2018: £400m), offsetting incremental tax increases across several Australian states. Elsewhere, governance details strong US progress as its new FanDuel sportsbook records revenues of £325 million to complete its first year in operations. It said that FanDuel has taken an ‘online share’ of 44% within US regulated states as growth saw the division record an underlying EBITDA loss of £40 million.Looking to the year ahead, Peter Jackson noted that Flutter will have to navigate further regulatory challenges within its UK and Irish home markets.“On January 14th, the UK Gambling Commission announced that it would introduce a ban on gambling by credit card from 14th April this year,” he said. “In our submission to the UK Gambling Commission on credit cards, we had acknowledged that there was a need for some change in this area and we will be in a position to implement the required changes on schedule.” “In addition, the UK Government has announced that it will review the 2005 Gambling Act in the months ahead and we are hopeful that the emphasis of future UK regulation will be on player protection with a clear focus on affordability. In Ireland, we remain supportive of the Government’s work on the Gambling Control Bill which seeks, among other things, to establish a dedicated regulator for the gambling sector in Ireland.” PokerStars moves to refresh global appeal with ‘I’M IN’ August 18, 2020 Share ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure  August 27, 2020 Related Articles Share Submitlast_img read more