“We told ourselves that this would be the biggest game we’ll play in,” said Santiago, who finished with 19 points. “We know that we’ll go through a really tough game but Tyang just told us to believe we can win.”Maraño, though, not only provided the emotional support as she put up 11 points to help the Philippines.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend BEAST MODE. Aby Maraño attempts a spike against a Vietnamese blocker. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOBIÑAN, Laguna—Alyssa Valdez and Jaja Santiago were the ones who produced the numbers for the Philippines in its stunning upset of Vietnam, 27-25, 26-24, 17-25, 25-23, in the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship, yet the two credited one unsung figure in the victory.That person was the fiery Aby Maraño.ADVERTISEMENT “There was doubt, the question on how we ended up in this predicament, and Tyang Aby just told us to claim this win, to believe in ourselves, that we can win,” said Valdez, who had 20 points, in Filipino Monday at Alonte Sports Arena.The Philippines were scrambling when Vietnam, the 44th-ranked team in the world, suddenly put on a masterful counter attack in the third set.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’And the Vietnamese almost pulled off another comeback in the fourth set when they trimmed the Philippines’ 24-20 lead to just 25-23.Still, the 79th-ranked Philippines managed to hold on for the stunning victory. Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite MOST READ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Philippines stuns Vietnam in AVC Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Teen gunned down in Masbate Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings LATEST STORIES 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano View comments
The Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission (GL&SC) on Tuesday presented a lease to the National Toshaos Council (NTC) for a plot of land in Sophia, Greater Georgetown.The land will house the secretariat of the Toshaos Council. The Indigenous leaders, during the 2016 NTC Conference, had requested a plot of land from the Government to construct its long-awaited secretariat.During a briefing handing over ceremony on Tuesday afternoon, Commissioner and GL&SC Chief Executive, Trevor Benn, reminded that the GLSC had expedited the request of the NTC to have the land available.“There has been a lease available since February for the National Toshaos Council,” he said, while addressing the Toshaos and Minister within the IndigenousNational Toshaos Council Chairman Nicholas Fredericks receives the lease from Commissioner Trevor Benn on TuesdayPeople’s Affairs Ministry, Valerie Garrido-Lowe at the simple ceremony.Benn also called for greater dialogue between the GLSC and the NTC, noting that that is the only way a number of land-related issues affecting the Indigenous communities could be addressed.“We at the GLSC have an open door policy and we are prepared to work with you to have your issues addressed, we may not be able to do so individually but as a body, I can assure you that we are going to look closely at the land related issues affecting your various communities,” he assured. To this end, Benn also pledged the support of the legal section of the GLSC to assist the NTC on land related matters they may encounter.The Indigenous People’s Affairs Ministry, the Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission and the National Toshaos Council will be working together to identify a larger plot of land for the establishment of a complex that would include dormitories to accommodate Toshaos, conference rooms and other facilities as promised by President David Granger earlier this year.Minister within the Indigenous People’s Affairs Ministry, Valarie Garrido-Lowe praised the GL&SC for expediting the process on behalf of the NTC and also called for a better working relationship between the GLSC and the NTC, stating “That is the only way the matters we hear about daily about your lands are going to be addressed, you cannot have two and three persons sharing different views on aMembers of the National Toshaos Council with Minister within the Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Ministry, Valerie Garrido-Lowe and Commissioner of the Guyana Land and Surveys Commission, Trevor Bennmatter and expect that it will be addressed”.She further stated, “Meet with your people, sit as a Council, and then raise concrete issues with the Lands Commission so that those matters could be addressed and be addressed speedily,” the Minister advised.Meanwhile, Chairman of the National Toshaos Council Nicholas Fredericks, expressed his willingness to work hand in hand with the GL&SC to advance the relationship between the two bodies.Fredericks pointed out that in most indigenous communities the burning issue is about land and therefore, he said, the GLSC is a crucial partner in advancing the development of the Indigenous communities. “If we look at most of the Indigenous communities today, one of the most consistent issues is that of land, most persons have issues with their lands and because of this, development is slow in some of those communities because there are not so much you can do on disputed lands,” he reasoned.“So my fellow colleagues we see the Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission as a very important partner that will aid in our development and we must be prepared to work with them to have those issues affecting us addressed,” he added.Fredericks also thanked the GLSC for fast-tracking the NTC’s lease, pointing out that it signals the beginning of great things to come for the Indigenous peoples. “So much we can do with our own secretariat, our own land and this is just the beginning of great things to come,” he posited. Toshaos from the various Indigenous communities, raised a number of land related issues with the GL&SC, and the Commission through Benn, promised that those issues will be looked at and addressed once if falls within the ambit of the GL&SC.
Inishowen county councillor Martin Mc Dermott has expressed concern about proposed changes to the Seniors Alert Scheme for pensioners across Donegal.A personal alarm is recommended for elderly people across Donegal.The Glengad public representative says a national tendering process for the supply and installation of personal monitored alarms as well as a range of other measures centred on the operation of the scheme is now on the cards.The Senior Alert Scheme provides assurance, confidence and independence to thousands of older people who want to continue living in their own homes, through a personalised alarm system. Cllr Mc Dermott commented, “I have serious reservations about the centralisation of this important scheme, which will essentially see the monitoring and rollout of this resource taken out of the hands of community groups and handed over to an outside company. This would mark a significant departure from the existing programme, which allows community groups to support the needs of their elderly relatives, friends and neighbours through regular contact and visits.“These are some of the most vulnerable people in our society, who have faith and confidence in a system which has served them well. The changes that are proposed, including a new online application system and a centralised financial management service, has unnerved and unsettled many of the SAS users and their families. Despite attempts by the Department of the Environment to clarify the situation there are a series of questions that remain unanswered.“The national tender will change the structure of the current system, and could see community volunteers removed from the decision-making process for choosing an alarm company. If we see significant changes in the providers it will raise concerns about cost increases, equipment maintenance and customer service issues.”He has written to Minister Alan Kelly raising all of these issues and calling for clarity. “Thousands of older people, some of whom are highly dependent on the SAS, will be affected by any changes to the current system. They need to be given peace of mind that their service will still be of the same high standard and that they will be able to maintain contact with the community volunteers who act as a support for them.“The system has been highly efficient and cost-effective and should not be changed without serious consideration and discussion. There has been a lack of consultation to date and I would urge Minister Kelly to rectify this situation before proceeding with any measures which could prove detrimental the success of scheme”.COUNCILLOR ALARMED AT PROPOSED CHANGES IN PENSIONER’S PERSONAL CALL DEVICES was last modified: November 28th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Cllr Martin McDermottdonegalpersonal alarms