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Rugby player, 22, dies one day after marrying love of his life in dream ceremony

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A terminally-ill dad died a day after marrying the love of his life in an emotional garden ceremony in front of family and friends.

Rugby union player Navar Herbert, whose funeral will be held on his son’s first birthday, was diagnosed with a brain tumour nine months ago and his condition rapidly deteriorated with no chance of survival.

The 22-year-old and his partner Maia Falwasser were determined to get married as he battled a cancerous sarcoma, and they tied the knot at in intimate ceremony as he had just hours to live.

Guests were brought to tears as Mr Herbert held his wife’s hand and told her how much he loves her after she walked down the aisle.

Navar Herbert married his bride Maia Falwasser in a garden ceremony (Image: GoFundMe)

 

Footage from the couple’s big day shows his groomsmen helping him to get dressed for his big day before bringing him down the aisle in a wheelchair.

His bride wipes away tears as she walks down the aisle, while holding her mother’s hand.

As she joins Mr Herbert under a canopy, he takes her hand and tells her that he loves her, and she leans down to kiss and hug him.

Mr Herbert held his wife’s hand and told her he loved her (Image: GoFundMe)

Their young son Kyrie, wearing a white shirt and a bow tie, also features in the video.

His father won’t be around when he turns one on July 2.

People who watched the video online told how they were brought to tears.

The couple exchanged vows in a garden in Gold Coast, Australia, the day before Mr Herbert lost his battle with cancer.

The newlyweds are joined by their son Kyrie and family members at their wedding (Image: GoFundMe)

Following the ceremony, family and friends performed an emotional haka for the newlyweds as Mr Herbert became emotional and teared up.

He died on Tuesday night.

Mr Herbert had received the devastating diagnosis just weeks after his son was born in July last year.

Widow Ms Falwasser shared footage of the wedding on a GoFundMe page set up to raise money to repatriate Mr Herbert’s body to New Zealand.

Mr Herbert died just nine months after he was diagnosed with a brain tumour (Image: GoFundMe)

It was his final wish to be buried in his hometown of Kotahitanga Marae.

In a touching tribute to her late husband, Ms Falwasser wrote on the GoFundMe page: “Today my heart is heavy and sad, I lost my best friend, Husband and the Father to our Son.

“I feel absolutely showered in LOVE by friends and family, this is a hard time, however i do find my strength and refuge in everybody’s support.

Footage of the wedding ceremony was shared after Mr Herbert’s death (Image: GoFundMe)

How to spot the signs of a brain tumour

Brain tumours are notoriously difficult to diagnose, as there are more than 120 different types, says Brain Tumour Research.

Most develop from glial cells that support the nerve cells of the brain.

And they can present themselves with a wide variety of symptoms, depending on which part of the brain is affected.

The most common symptoms – usually headaches and/or vomiting/nausea – occur when the growing tumour increases pressure in the skull.

The headaches can be severe and persistent, and are often worse in the morning.

Other symptoms of intracranial pressure can include:

  • Visual disturbance
  • Convulsions (fits or faints, particularly for those over 40)
  • Confusion

Other common symptoms can include:

  • Loss of balance or co-ordination
  • Numbness or weakness on one side of the body
  • Changes in personality
  • Impaired memory or mental ability such as loss of intellect, blurred or double vision, changes in senses including small and hearing, problems with speech, writing or drawing, and problems with averting the eyes upwards

Brain stem symptoms can include lack of co-ordination when walking, double vision, difficulty in swallowing and speaking, and facial weakness such as a one-sided smile or drooping eyelid.

Brain Tumour Research says: “In order to diagnose the presence of a brain tumour an MRI or CT scan is imperative.

“If your doctor has failed to satisfy you as to the cause of your symptoms be adamant about getting a referral to a specialist, who should then send you for such a scan.

“Navar’s Journey has just begun, shortly we will be taking him back to Kotahitanga Marae, where he has asked to be laid to rest.

“He has impacted so many people near and far, and he will always be in our memories and have a special place in our hearts.

“As expected, costs to take Navar back home along with his immediate family have been quite extensive, and to give us every opportunity to spend our last moments spending time with him, we are asking for donations to assist with this.

Mr Herbert’s groomsmen helped to dress him and bring him down the aisle (Image: GoFundMe)
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“I am truly truly appreciative of your support. I hope you enjoy our wedding video xx.”

She posted a photo of herself and her husband on Facebook following his death, writing: “My forever and always. In sickness & in health.”

Ms Falwasser had announced on Facebook on June 1 that doctors told the couple that there were no further treatments available for Mr Herbert, and his cancer had spread and was terminal.

Mr Herbert’s former rugby club, the Nerang Bulls, has organised a celebration of his life.

The club wrote on Facebook : “Nerang Bulls Rugby Union Club Committee would like to send all our love to our own Herbert Family on the sad news this morning that Navar has grown his wings overnight.”

Mr Herbert’s funeral will be held next Tuesday, his son’s first birthday.

Friends performed an emotional haka for the newlyweds (Image: GoFundme)

Facts about brain tumours

Brain tumours are indiscriminate and can affect anyone at any age, but they kill more children and adults under 40 than any other cancer.

Yet just one per cent of the national spend on cancer research has been allocated to brain tumours, according to campaigners.

  • In the UK, about 16,000 people are diagnosed each year with a brain tumour – or almost 44 people a day.
  • It is estimated that more than 5,000 people lose their lives to a brain tumour die each year.
  • Less than 20 per cent of those diagnosed with a brain tumour survive beyond five years compared with an average of 50 per cent across all cancers.
  • Brain tumours kill more children than leukaemia, more women under 35 than breast cancer and more men under 45 than prostate cancer, according to Brain Tumour Research.

The GoFundMe had raised more than £46,000 (AUD $84,000) within two days of being set up.

Thousands of pounds have been donated by strangers.

One donor wrote on the page: “Your video brought tears to my eyes sending all my love rest in peace keep watch over your whanau. Fly high.”

Another wrote: “When he looked up at you his wife to be he seen the beauty of this world in his eyes his forever and eternity my heart grew heavy and I want to be apart of helping him to come home for his final journey.

“I’m sorry I couldn’t donate more and I’m very sorry for your loss.”

And one posted: “Safe journeys home to the Motherland Navar!! Much love Herbert/Falwasser.”

On Wednesday, an “inspirational” make-up artist lost her cancer battle just one week after marrying her partner.

Eimear Gooderham, 25, was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma at just 22 before she and her family campaigned tirelessly to find a potential stem cell match.

Source:Mirror.co.uk

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Court postpones case against Sonko’s impeachment

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BY KEVIN KOECH

The Labour Court has suspended the temporary issued over half a year ago to have Nairobi’s governor Mike Sonko impeached.

On Friday, justice made the decision after disbanding an initial report filed former Nairobi county assembly speaker Beatrice Elachi.

Elachi sought to have Mike Sonko relieved of his duties at Nairobi’s county boss.

In her argument, Elachi said that there was no employer-employee relationship between the governor and members of the county assembly.

She added that such a relationship didn’t give the governor the mandate to determine any arising dispute.

Elachi further stated that the case breaches the basic principle of law that states all government entities should not encroach on each other since they are separate.

Additionally, the former speaker stated that the governor’s case was against the law as it abused the entire court process.

Justice Ongaya, however, ruled that the governor didn’t have to create an employee-employer relationship with ward representatives.

He added that impeachment is a disciplinary process for removing a person from the office which is a function of human resource.

Therefore, it is within the realms of the Constitution and Statutory provisions.

Additionally, the judge said Sonko’s case was within Constitutional and Statutory jurisdiction that can decline issues pertaining to labour relations and employment.

Also, section 12(2) of the Employment Labour Relations Court Act, 2011 it’s okay for a case to be filed in court against or by any institution under the written law.

Additionally, the Act allows the court to determine disputes against people working as either employers or employees.

On his part, Ongwaya said proceeding with the case didn’t mean he was undermining the comity of the three government arms.

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Uhuru warns boda boda riders against being used by politicians for personal gains

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President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday the 23rd of October oversaw the signing of a grand deal between capital markets authority, Boda Boda Safety Association of Kenya (BAK) an investment firm and an oil marketer.

The head of state further gave the riders some financial advice on how to scale and become rich.

Uhuru also encouraged the bodaboda riders to work hard so that they can achieve their goals.

“Boda boda industry is a sleeping giant that needs to be awakened, which is why the boda boda investment scheme is a great idea.

“Every individual should take pride in paying the price for what they want. If you do not pay the price, someone will pay to misuse you,” Uhuru said.

President Uhuru further questioned why some Boda Boda riders are poor despite the industry raking a staggering ksh 27 billion monthly.

According to him, the industry earns more than what the Government gives counties yearly.

“Every year, in totality, the boda boda industry makes ksh 357 billion. Boda boda association if together, would make more than what the government gives to the 47 counties.

“If you collect almost ksh1 billion every day, why does every boda boda rider cry of poverty?” Uhuru questioned.

“The boda boda sector supports, directly or indirectly, 5.2 million kenyans which accounts for 10% of the population. This means that one in every ten kenyans makes his livelihood because of the business that you do,” he added

The head of state also cautioned the riders against accepting influence from political forces.

According to him, the riders should unite and work hard to visualize their dreams.

“If the working life of a boda boda is ten years after which he joins another sector, then this scheme offers a safe landing for him outside the said industry. My government is in full support of this association.

“My advice is to tell you to leverage your numbers.. look at things not in an individual aspect, but in a collective point of view. At times you’ll have to make unpopular decisions hence the reason why I came with a lean team. But always think of yourselves first and be careful not to be swindled based on political grounds.”

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Why we built and turned our house into a resort

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When architect Dorothy Abonyo’s husband, architect Erastus Abonyo, received a call that the beach plot they had been looking for had been found in Sakwa, Siaya, they were elated.

The land had been standing idle for many years and snubbed by potential buyers because of the many bushes around it, but they saw the potential in it. “When my husband asked us (his family) what we thought about the piece of land, and suggested how we could use it, we were sold out. We loved the scenery and the fact that it was on the shores of Lake Victoria,” narrates Dorothy.

With the go ahead from his family, the land was bought in 2016 and they began clearing the bushes and fixing the road to the land. In 2017, the family comprising of four, all architects, began the process of designing and building their dream house on the land.

“I am an architect with my own practice, Tekto consult, my husband and our first- born child are architects. Our second born is studying interior design and architecture abroad. The house was designed by our first born, Teddy Abonyo, who was then a final year student,” says Dorothy, who has been practicing architecture for about 30 years.

Shared responsibility

To them, building the house was a small project that they felt their son could handle. Dorothy came in to strengthen the design and add a few details and her husband did a lot of work in the initial stages, such as fencing and setting up structures where people could sleep in. Dorothy, who became the senior architect to the project, opted to stay and oversee the process of building the home.

“It was frustrating supervising the project while living in Nairobi where I work. Every time I came to check on the progress of the project, I would find workers have messed things up, which meant we had to start all over again. So I decided to stay and oversee the project by myself and when I took a break, I would close the entire site until I came back,” she narrates.

Low business as a result of the 201 7 elections that year also allowed Dorothy extra time to focus on the project. And in 2018, the three-bedroom house was completed. It was constructed with as much natural materials as they could find in the area.

For instance, the pebbles they used on the exteriors of the house were mostly picked from their land while the rest were harvested from their neighbour’s land. Nyanza being a relatively hot place, the house was designed with thick walls that shield the interior from heat penetration. “When you have thin walls, heat goes in easily. We used cladding, which is attaching a layer of stones outside of a house to safeguard it from the weather effects. With the two thick walls, it will take a long time for the heat to penetrate,” Dorothy explains.

The house was meant to be their retirement home, but they changed their mind after realising that the beauty and the set up spoke more and decided to share it with the public.

“We gave it a second thought and opted not to just have this place to ourselves as our boys were now old. Our second born is out of the country, he may or may not come back and is too old to even want to live with us. The last born too is on his way out meaning that it’s just me and my husband, so we decided to make it a holiday home,” she shares.

Getting into hospitality

That’s how their retirement home became a beautiful resort. Having come from the construction industry, the family knew nothing in hospitality except what they had experienced during their travels. “We have also travelled a bit and in particular, my trip in two cruises one at west Mediterranean cruise with the royal Caribbean for seven days in water really made me learn a bit on hospitality. Though we were over 5,000 guests, the staff took care of us as if we were five guests and there was no one time that we went to the restaurant and missed food. Their service, unlike other hotels I had been to, was superb,” she recalls.

Having unanimously decided that their home would be turned into a resort, the family came together to name it. Dorothy’s choice, Pi Kidi, won. Pi means water in the Luo, while Kidi meant the stones. The area too was green and lush, so it also functions as a garden resort.

“Not many people were comfortable with the fact that you can share your home with strangers, but it’s a new trend, they have eventually gotten used to it. The boys then came up with the idea of putting up tents saying that their age mates would fancy that. So we set up a campsite that’s pretty formal, but we are also thinking of opening up the bush for people who are more adventurous and just want to camp by the water or in the bush,” Dorothy adds.

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