UPDATED: Born Without Arms, Legs, Nick Vujicic Gets Married

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreOne of the most inspiring people in the world, Nick Vujicic, a well-known motivational speaker born without arms or legs, got married last year.He overcame incredible odds to live a relatively normal, but at times extraordinary, life.(GNN featured his 2011 Video and Book Here)He and his 25-year-old wife were married on Valentine’s Day 2012 and the couple gave birth to their first child six months ago.Their baby Kiyoshi has “all ten fingers and all ten toes” and his photo was posted on Nick’s Facebook Page.(WATCH the video below from CBS Sunday Morning)[This article was updated with current information on Nick’s family]AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Inquisitorial judges at heart of family reform proposals

first_imgGreater case management by judges is at the heart of the judiciary’s proposals for the modernisation of family justice, published today. Mr Justice Ryder, the judge in charge of the family court modernisation process accompanying the Crime and Courts Bill, set out his plans to improve the workings of family courts this morning. The bill currently before parliament provides for a new single family court to replace and simplify existing arrangements. Its launch will provide the vehicle for the modernisation programme. The aim is for the court to have a new structure, with its work directly managed by the judiciary and where all levels of judge and magistrate are members of the same court, sitting as ‘judges of the family court’. The High Court will remain separate and its jurisdiction preserved. The plan follows themes set out in a speech given by Ryder last month. These include proposals to manage cases closely, identifying key issues and making sure timetables are followed with parties penalised for failing to comply, and greater scrutiny of experts. Under the new regime, judges will adopt an inquisitorial approach to family cases, limiting cross-examination by the parties themselves, to deal with the volume of litigants in person expected once legal aid is withdrawn for most private law family cases. One of the ‘immediate challenges’, the report says, is how to develop effective methods of assisting litigants in person in private law cases while maintaining fairness to all parties. It says that a ‘consistent but firm approach’ will be developed to litigants, whether represented or not, to ensure that issues remain in focus and are addressed within the timetable set by the court, with sanctions including fixed costs being paid by parties for non-compliance. A private law pathway will be published to describe what a court can and cannot do and how it does it. ‘In a conventional case there may be restrictions on the right of one party to cross-examine another, relying on each party having their say, then the judge identifying further issues and asking questions him or herself,’ it says. One if the key aims of the changes is to reduce delays in the system, and essential to that will be more effective management of existing judicial resources with more continuity and better listing practices. To better manage public law cases, there will be rule and practice direction changes, known as pathways, relating to the use of experts and a timetable track which will presume that non-exceptional cases can be completed in 26 weeks. A statement of principles of evidence to use in children proceedings will explain that other than adversarial fact-finding where necessary, the judge’s function in determining the welfare of the child is investigative. Ryder’s report says that the judge is in control will decide what is to be determined, what evidence is necessary for that decision to be made and how it is to be tested before the court. On plans for greater openness and transparency of the family justice system, Ryder says that arguments for the confidentiality of proceedings are balanced by arguments for the need for a family court to explain and demonstrate its decision-making. Ryder’s recommendations were today endorsed by the lord chief justice Lord Judge. He said: ‘The traditional model of the judge as a passive arbiter, holding the ring between the protagonists, allowing the parties to adduce whatever evidence they wish and however relevant it may be to the ultimate outcome of the case or not, will change. ‘This process has been tried in the Crown court. Active case management is part of the judge’s daily responsibility. IT has produced efficiency in the criminal justice process, without any consequent diminution in the quality of justice administered there.’ But he said that the ambition to reduce delay cannot be achieved by judges alone. ‘Huge efforts will be required from the different parts of the system, including in particular Cafcass and local authorities. There will be a measure of shared responsibility for the improvement that we all require.’ Law Society president Lucy Scott-Moncrieff said, ‘Effective case-management is vital to reducing delays in the family courts. Judicial continuity, specialisation and leadership are all essential to good case-management.  Fast-tracking child care cases will help identify those cases which can be finished within the government’s proposed 26-week time limit. Delays also need to be reduced in cases where separating and divorcing couples are seeking the court’s help in making arrangements for their children.’  ut she added: ‘Achieving these aims without additional resources will be a challenge. The rise in numbers of unrepresented participants following the cuts to legal aid will put enormous pressure on the courts and the family justice system as a whole. There is an immediate challenge to develop effective methods of assisting parents without legal representation in private law cases.’last_img read more

RHTYSC, MS, holds impressive 28th Awards Ceremony

first_imgBy: Colin Bynoe– Kevin Sinclair cops Cricketer-of-the-Year AwardTHE Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club, (RHTYSC) MS can be considered a household name in Berbice and by extension Guyana. This time around the club “pulled out all the stops” on Sunday when they hosted their 28th Annual Awards Ceremony at the St Francis Community Training Centre.With a packed audience, including CEO of Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) Dr Richard Van-West Charles; Executive Officer at President Youth Award Republic of Guyana, Medal Of Service (PYARG, MS) Allister Collins; Regional Chairman David Armagon; Commander of ‘B’ Division Linden Alves; Director of Sport Christopher Jones; Chief Executive Officer of Nand Persaud Incorporated, Mohindra Persaud; donors, club members and other special invited guests.Cricketer-of-the-Year Kevin Sinclair receives one of his five awards.Making the first remark was Secretary/CEO Hilbert Foster who made mention of the Club’s unmatched list of achievements and activities. Since its formation in September, 1990, by the St Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Youth Club, the RHTYSC MS has exceeded expectations.Foster expressed, “Last year 2017 was another successful year for us. We successfully completed a record of 712 activities under a range of sub-headings which included Education, Charity, Sports, Community Development, Youth Development, Religion, Anti-Suicide, Jobs for Youths, Health and Anti-Crime among others”.Executive Officer of PYARG, Allister Collins, gave the feature presentation and drew attention to the expression of love, and honour that the RHTYSC MS displayed at its 28th Awards Ceremony.The PYARG executive officer expressed his astonishment when he arrived with his staff to behold the many gifts. Allister Collins said, “It takes a special heart, a special mind to have that spirit of honour, the spirit of giving.” At that time the guest speaker was referring to the CEO/Secretary of RHTYSC, MS Hilbert Foster. Mr Collins articulated many biblical references. He mentioned the first line of Matthew 7:16 “Ye shall know them by their fruits.” Collins continued to shower praises on RHTYSC MS for a job well done when he said, “The act of honouring someone for his or her outstanding work or contribution is an act of love,” specifically laying his focus on the club’s initiative in honouring teachers and policemen.Collins then added, “There is something that is magical when you can show honour, because many times a father, the unsound hero in a home is never honoured,” Mr Collins concluded his speech with the use of a Zulu word ‘Obuntu’ which simply means humanity, “I am because you are; what empowers me empowers you; what diminishes me diminishes you.”The work of RHTYSC MS, for the period January 2017 to April, 2018 reads: Producing 23 players for Guyana at the junior and senior levels, three Under-15s, two Under-17s, two Under-19, also eight Under-19 female, five National Senior Females while the club had three National Senior cricketers for the period. Secondly, the club hosted a number of cricket tournaments during the year including the GBTI Inter-secondary, Busta Champion of Champions, Patron Green Economy Cup and Nasir Memorial Cup.Additionally, two new cricket teams were established, King Solomon Logistics Under-12 and Poonai Pharmacy Under-13.In July of 2017 the club held a highly successful cricket academy. With sponsorship from Demerara Mutual the RHTYSC organised a six-month practice programme for its members. Moreover, 20 of the club members received assistance with gear. Besides all of this, the club co-sponsored 37 sports tournaments in Berbice in relation to football, basketball and cycling.School bags, school uniforms and footwear worth $1.5M were distributed during the period, in addition to another sum of $1M worth of exercise books. The club also presented 25 bicycles to less fortunate students.Furthermore the club hosted a monthly programme to provide snacks for pensioners. 17 Guyanese were honoured with the club’s highest award, ‘The Dolphin Award of Excellence’, and over 50 cricket clubs and 23 NGOs received millions of dollars in sports gear. A Career Fair was organised with over 50 booths which attracted thousands of students. In addition to this, four medical outreaches were organised and catered to the needs of a number of residents in the area.The work of the club continued with a successful hosting of the Annual Berbice Christmas Village. Also during that period the club donated over $3M in toys and food hampers to less fortunate families. The club held an Evening of Music with the Guyana Defence Force and many other activities such as Mother and Father of the Year, Dare to Dream, Make a Wish, Role Model-of-the-Year and Say Yes to Religion.Weighing in on the club’s major 2018 plans, Foster shared their desire to obtain funds for an all-weather outdoor practice facility. He then made mention of completing the restoration of the Area ‘H’ Ground. Finally the RHTYSC will seek help in assisting their promising cricketers with much-needed cricket gear.Highlighting the major part of the Awards Presentation was Berbice Under-19 captain Kevin Sinclair. He was awarded the Pepsi Under-19 Batsman-of-the-Year and Cricketer-of-the-Year.Similarly young Sinclair received the Bakewell second division batsman and Cricketer-of-the-Year prize. Kevin Sinclair’s’ smiles got even wider when he was named the 2018 RHTYSC Cricketer-of-the-Year, while Berbice Under-19 middle-order batsman Kevlon Anderson was adjudged runner-up Cricketer-of-the-Year.The work of RHTYSC, MS would not have been possible without the support from its numerous donors. Mr Hilbert Foster specially thanked the Patron of the Club, His Excellency President David Granger for his support over the last year, also to the Regional Chairman David Armogan, Vice- Chairman Dennis Deroop, Regional Executive Officer (REO) Kim Williams Stephen and Mayor Vijai Ramoo.The other club awardees are as follows: Kevin Basdeo, who received the King Solomon Logistics Under-12 Male Cricketer-of-the-Year; King Solomon Logistics Under-12 female Cricketer Daniela Hicks.Poonai Pharmacy Under-13 Batsman-of-the-Year Angelino Ramdihal; Poonai Pharmacy Under-13 Bowler-of-the-Year Christopher Deeroop; Poonai Pharmacy Under-13 Cricketer-of-the-Year Matthew PattayaFarfan and Mendes Ltd Under-15 Bowler-of-the-Year Jeremy Sandia; Farfan and Mendes Ltd Under-15 Batsman-of-the-Year Mohendra Gopilaaa; Farfan and Mendes Ltd Under-15 Cricketer-of-the-Year Jonathan RampersaudBakewell Uunder-17 Bowler-of-the-Year Junior Sinclair; Bakewell Under-17 Batsman-of-the-Year Kevlon Anderson; Bakewell Under-17 Cricketer-of-the-Year Kevlon AndersonPepsi Under-19 Bowler-of-the-Year Keith Simpson; Pepsi Under-19 Batsman-of-the-Year Kevin Sinclair; Pepsi Under-19 Cricketer-of-the-Year Kevin SinclairMetro Female Bowler-of-the-Year Erva Giddings; Metro Female Batter-of-the-Year Shabika Gajnabi; Metro Female Cricketer-of-the-Year Shemaine CampbelleBakewell Second Division Bowler-of-the-Year Sylus Tyndall; Bakewell Second Division Batsman-of-the-Year Kevin Sinclair; Bakewell Second Division Batsman-of-the-Year Kevin SinclairGizmos and Gadgets First Division Bowler-of-the-Year Eon Hooper; Gizmos and Gadgets First Division Batsman-of-the-Year Clinton Pestano; Gizmos and Gadgets First Division Cricketer-of-the-Year Clinton PestanoMost Disciplined Male cricketers: Chanderpaul Govindan and Shivnarine Ramnarine; Most Disciplined Female cricketer: Mariam Somaroo;Most Promising Male cricketer: Jonathan De Viera; Most Promising Female Kassie MunroeMost Improved Male cricketer Nicholas Lawson; Most improved Female cricketer Kimmone ThomasMost Committed Male cricketer Vikash Subramanie; Most Committed Female cricketer Uma MattadinFielder-of-the-Year Keith SimpsonBenefit Cricketer-of-the-Year Shawn PereiraCooperation with Management award Navin Raghoo and Sunil MadrimootooCooperation Joel Pike and Simon Naidulast_img read more

Guardiola makes winning start at City

first_imgBut with three minutes to play, Jesus Navas’s right-wing cross was helped on by fellow substitute Kelechi Iheanacho and McNair, who had only come on four minutes earlier, headed the ball into his own net from close range.The Northern Ireland international signed from City’s cross-town rivals Manchester United earlier this week and his unwitting intervention denied David Moyes a creditable point on his bow as Sunderland manager.City finished the opening day joint-top of the table with Hull City — surprise conquerors of champions Leicester City — but Guardiola will have been concerned by his players’ struggles to break Sunderland down.The former Barcelona coach, who started with Willy Caballero in goal in place of Joe Hart, must now prepare his troops for Tuesday’s Champions League play-off first leg away to Romanian side Steaua Bucharest.Guardiola awarded full debuts to centre-back John Stones, his 47.5 million pounds ($61 million, 55 million euros) signing from Everton, and Spanish winger Nolito, who lined up on the left.He set his team out in a 4-1-4-1 formation, with full-backs Bacary Sagna and Gael Clichy stepping into central midfield and holding player Fernandinho dropping between the centre-backs when City had the ball.But the most eye-catching element of his first competitive team selection was the inclusion of Caballero, usually City’s reserve goalkeeper, instead of Hart.Guardiola cast doubt on Hart’s City future on Friday, amid reports he wants to sign Marc-Andre ter Stegen from his former club Barcelona.– Sucker-punch –Aguero scored from the penalty spot after Raheem Sterling had been fouled in the box by Patrick van Aanholt.PHOTO/courtesyCaballero’s distribution was careless, but he made an important early intervention by boxing away a free-kick from Patrick van Aanholt.Van Aanholt was in the spotlight again two minutes later, but at the other end of the pitch, as his rash sliding challenge on Raheem Sterling gave Aguero the opportunity to put City in front from 12 yards.Kevin De Bruyne saw a free-kick fisted clear by Vito Mannone, but despite pinning Sunderland back in their own half, the hosts created few chances from open play.Indeed, had Caballero not produced a smart reaction save to thwart Defoe, Sunderland might have levelled before half-time.With City continuing to toil in the second half, Guardiola made two changes, sending on Navas and Fabian Delph for Nolito and David Silva.Wahbi Khazri and Adnan Januzaj came on for Sunderland, the latter roundly booed as he made his debut following a loan move from Manchester United.Aguero hit a snapshot wide and De Bruyne saw another free-kick repelled by Mannone, before City were hit with a sucker-punch that Guardiola must have feared.Former City midfielder Jack Rodwell was the architect, releasing Defoe with an incisive pass that afforded the one-time England striker time to drill a shot beneath Caballero.Guardiola sent for Iheanacho and within seven minutes of coming on he had a hand in the winning goal as his touch from Navas’s cross sent the ball cannoning off the hapless McNair’s forehead and into the net.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Sergio Aguero’s penalty, after Raheem Sterling was fouled by Patrick van Aanholt, gave City an early lead.MANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Aug 13 – Sunderland debutant Paddy McNair scored an 87th-minute own goal to earn Pep Guardiola a 2-1 victory in his first Premier League game as Manchester City manager on Saturday.City took an early lead courtesy of Sergio Aguero’s penalty, but they failed to make their territorial dominance count and Jermain Defoe looked to have earned Sunderland a point with a second-half equaliser.last_img read more