San Beda stays in Final 4 hunt, overcomes gritty Mapua

first_imgMarcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely San Beda held its ground and stayed alive for a Final Four spot in the NCAA Season 92 women’s volleyball tournament, stopping Mapua in five sets, 25-16, 25-15, 22-25, 20-25, 15-9 Friday at San Juan Arena. The Lady Red Spikers improved to 6-3, solidifying their hold of the fourth spot behind defending champions College of St. Benilde which sits at third. ADVERTISEMENT Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Anne Curtis talks about renewing faith in God amid the world’s ‘noise and clutter’ Gamboa officially assumes post as new PNP chief Westbrook snubbed for Curry, Harden as All-Star starter Bulacan inmates, jail guards raise donations for Taal victims Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READcenter_img Ben&Ben, IV of Spades, SB19 win big at 5th Wish Music Awards San Beda’s 6-3 record is the school’s best since 2014 when Frances Molina, who represented the Philippines as part of F2 Logistics in the 2016 FIVB Women’s Club World Championship, and Janine Marciano still played for the Lady Red Spikers. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Head coach Nemesio Gavino pulled out most of his starters in the third and fourth set, a move which almost cost them the win as the 0-9 Lady Cardinals tried to pull off a stunning upset. “I wanted to give my second stringers the confidence they need because we can’t just rely on our first six,” said Gavino. “Once the fifth set started I just told them to forget about the first sets and focus on this last one so they can get over those frustrations.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnFrancesca Racraquin, who suffered muscle spasms on the left part of her abdomen after the game, led San Beda with 16 points while Satrianni Espiritu added 13. Paticia Pena led the Lady Cardinals with 13 points. LATEST STORIES DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal View comments 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 Luis Manzano jokes about Mikee Morada’s proposal to Alex Gonzaga: ‘Baka nagtali lang ng sintas’last_img read more

Kings book Finals berth

first_imgLATEST STORIES “The thing I learned about this run is that we’re never out of the basketball game, we’re never out of the series and that’s because of the energy that the crowd gives us,” said coach Tim Cone, who guided Ginebra to its first finals appearance in the All-Filipino conference in a decade.Ginebra had fought off elimination several times since its quarterfinal showdown against a second-ranked Alaska squad and needed to overcome a 0-2 series deficit against Star.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnAnd the job gets increasingly difficult now for the Gin Kings with the defending champion San Miguel Beermen standing in their way of a second consecutive crown.The Beermen themselves have no shortage in motivation, gunning for the Perpetual Trophy as they target a third straight All-Filipino title. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I have not watched their series,” Cone said, referring to the Beermen’s seven-game conquest of TNT KaTropa. “I never paid attention to their series. I didn’t want to distract myself.”Cone had his hands full in his own series. After losing Game 5 and trailing early in Game 6, Ginebra looked like it had lost its magic.“I think in the middle of the series, I felt we didn’t have it (anymore),” said Cone. “We were dragging in practice, dragging in pregame meetings but then we walk out on the court and everybody is energized again.”With Ginebra legend Robert Jaworski in attendance, the Gin Kings broke out of the gates hard with the trio of LA Tenorio, Japeth Aguilar and Joe Devance leading the charge for a 33-18 lead in the second period.Sol Mercado took over in the third with a string of triples, helping the Gin Kings keep the Hotshots at bay.ADVERTISEMENT Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Taal Volcano continues to emit steam, ash from weak explosions PBA IMAGESThe road back to the PBA Philippine Cup finals was a long and treacherous one for Barangay Ginebra, but those brushes with elimination the past three weeks could serve the Gin Kings well for the most important battle ahead.Buoyed by a crowd that provided them an extra dose of energy, the Gin Kings survived yet another do-or-die match with an 89-76 victory over the Star Hotshots in Game 7 Tuesday night before 20,220 fans at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.ADVERTISEMENT 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 When Star closed in at 68-65, LA Tenorio quickly restored order with a step back triple, before Aguilar nailed four straight points and Jervy Cruz capped the run with a fast break lay-up for a 79-65 lead.“It was tough because of the expectations on you,” said Cone. “You try to be a little bit careful not to lose, but my guys did a good job. They kept pushing and kept battling.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Beggar dead in Quezon hit-and-run incident Did the Old Fox get outfoxed? China counts sharp rise in coronavirus cases, 2 in Beijing 2 ‘bookies’ bet collectors held in Quezon Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town MOST READ Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely View commentslast_img read more

I lost motivation after grandfather died, says emotional Kyrgios

first_imgTrump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Yanson buses to keep operating despite legal battle Meanwhile, Kyrgios brushed off his spectacular racquet demolition, insisting that was part of the whole package — like it or not.“I don’t know if that’s the best role model you want,” he said.“But I’m not trying to show anybody my frustration. I just do it for myself. I’ve been doing it my whole career. It’s just a habit now.”Anderson, meanwhile, said he was able to take advantage of Kyrgios’s meltdown to record his second win in two meetings with the Australian, having also come back from a set down to win in Chengdu, China last year.“I was in his head after winning that second set,” admitted Anderson.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES View comments Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead “He was struggling with his own battles, I didn’t give him a way to get back in the match. So it’s something that I knew I needed to do, and I thought I was able to execute that very well today.”Anderson, ranked at 56 in the world, made the most of the 18th-seeded Australian’s 42 unforced errors to progress to the third round where he will face Britain’s Kyle Edmund.Anderson has gone as far as the fourth round in Paris in 2013 and 2014.“I feel like each week I’m playing better and better tennis,” said the South African.“My body feels really strong and healthy, which is the biggest focus.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Swing Out Sister back to PH this April More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Murray, Del Potro set up French Open blockbuster MOST READ Australia’s Nick Kyrgios returns the ball to South Africa’s Kevin Anderson during their tennis match at the Roland Garros 2017 French Open on June 1, 2017 in Paris. / AFP PHOTO / Thomas SAMSONAustralian firebrand Nick Kyrgios admitted that the death of his beloved grandfather made him fall out of love with tennis.The 22-year-old, who tumbled out of the French Open on Thursday, losing 5-7, 6-4, 6-1, 6-2 to big-serving Kevin Anderson of South Africa, was on the brink of tears when asked to recall memories of Christos Kyrgios who passed away in April after a long battle with cancer.ADVERTISEMENT China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak The family tragedy forced Kyrgios to dash back home, cancelling the start of his claycourt season in Estoril before jetting pack to Europe in the build-up to Roland Garros.“After my grandpa’s passing, I just lost a lot of motivation to do anything really,” said Kyrgios whose frustration boiled over as he slid to defeat, smashing a racquet on a courtside chair and picking up a penalty point for his troubles.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundWhen he was asked to talk about his relationship with his grandfather Kyrgios was on the verge of tears and called a swift halt to his press conference.“It was tough back home. I can’t talk about it, I can’t,” he said. 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 respitelast_img read more

London 2017 | TODAY’S SCHEDULE #ReturnToLondon

first_imgJamaica will be hunting more medals on day three of the 16th IAAF World Championships in London, England today. See the full schedule:  MORNING SESSION 4:00 AM W Long Jump Heptathlon 4:05 AM M 3000 Metres Steeplechase Heats 4:40 AM M Pole Vault Qualification4 4:55 AM M Marathon Final 5:05 AM M 400 Metres Hurdles Heats  Kemar Mowatt – Heat #1 – Lane 8 Jaheel Hyde – Heat #2 – Lane 9 Ricardo Cunningham – Heat #4 – Lane 7 5:45 AM W Javelin Throw Heptathlon Group A 5:55 AM W 400 Metres Heats  Stephenie Ann McPherson – Heat #2 – Lane 7 Shericka Jackson – Heat #3 – Lane 4 Novlene Williams-Mills – Heat #4 – Lane 4 Chrisann Gordon – Heat #6 – Lane 4 7:00 AM W Javelin Throw Heptathlon Group B 7:15 AM M 110 Metres Hurdles Heats Omar McLeod – Heat #1 – Lane 1 Ronald Levy – Heat #4 – Lane 9 Hansle Parchment – Heat #5 – Lane 5 8:00 AM W Marathon Final AFTERNOON SESSION 12:50 PM MEDAL CEREMONY – 100m  Usain Bolt – Bronze 1:00 PM W Pole Vault Final 1:05 PM W Javelin Throw Qualification A 1:10 PM W 100 Metres Semi-Final Simone Facey – Heat #1 – Lane 3 Jura Levy – Heat #1- Lane 9 Elaine Thompson – Heat #2 – Lane 4 Natasha Morrison – Heat #3 – Lane 8 1:40 PM M 400 Metres Semi-Final Nathon Allen – Heat #1 – Lane 6 Demish Gaye – Heat #3 – Lane 6 2:10 PM M 110 Metres Hurdles Semi-Final 2:30 PM W Javelin Throw Qualification Group B 2:35 PM M Shot Put Final 2:40 PM W 800 Metres Heptathlon 3:15 PM M 800 Metres Semi-Final 3:50 PM W 100 Metres Final Track #London2017 at www.jamaica-gleaner.com, watch on Television Jamaica and follow on Twitter @JamaicaGleaner #ReturnToLondonlast_img read more

JFF, Umbro unveil new kits

first_imgUmbro has unveiled the new home and away kits for the Jamaica Football Federation National Teams, with a campaign inspired by the unique culture and energy of the Caribbean nation.​ The new JFF/Umbro home and away kits will be worn by the JFF this week – the away design will make its debut in today’s friendly fixture against Ecuador in New York, while the home will feature as Jamaica begin their CONCACAF Nations League campaign versus the Cayman Islands at the National Stadium on Sunday. The new home jersey is in Jamaica’s traditional vibrant gold colour, with a striking black, green and gold taping design on the sleeves inspired by the Umbro double diamond logo and the country’s iconic flag. On the body of the shirt there is a subtle embossed graphic inspired by the palm trees that line the Jamaican coastline. Black shorts with the colourful taping trim and yellow socks complete the home look. The away shirt is sure to start some lively conversations amongst football fans, with an eye-catching design inspired in equal parts by current trends for strong graphics and the vibrant culture of Jamaica. A black jersey with green collar and sleeve trims, it features a vivid, colourful graphic on the mainbody that draws from the colours of the Jamaican nation, the energy of the island’s culture and Umbro’s timeless diamond logo. The Reggae Boyz nickname features on the back neck in yellow, while a tonal black version of the home kit’s taping design runs down the sleeves of the shirt and also features on the accompanying yellow shorts.  Black socks complete the away strip. Both home and away kits are crafted from lightweight performance materials designed for movement and breathability. Both designs will be worn throughout Jamaica’s involvement in the CONCACAF Nations League tournament, with the ultimate aim of qualification for the 2022 World Cup. The new Jamaican 2018/19 Kits go on sale on September 7, 2018 and replicas may be ordered at that time online at www.JFF.Livelast_img read more

ITF defends US Open chair umpire

first_imgLONDON (AP): The International Tennis Federation (ITF) is defending the chair umpire who gave Serena Williams three code violations during the US Open final, saying his “decisions were in accordance with the relevant rules.” Williams was cited by Carlos Ramos three times on Saturday during her 6-2, 6-4 loss to Naomi Osaka: for getting coaching signals; for breaking her racket, which cost her a point; and for calling Ramos a thief, which cost her a game. On Sunday, the tournament referee docked Williams US$10,000 (J$1.3 million) for “verbal abuse” of the chair umpire, US$4,000 (J$550,000) for being warned for coaching, and US$3,000 (J$412,000) for breaking her racket. The ITF said in a statement yesterday that Ramos’ citations were “reaffirmed by the US Open’s decision to fine Serena Williams for the three offences” The governing body of tennis added that “Ramos undertook his duties as an official according to the relevant rule book and acted at all times with professionalism and integrity.”last_img read more

NTN wins 6th annual duck curry competition

first_imgAfter a perfect mix of spices and well cooked duck meat, Bramha Persaud of National Television Network (NTN) walked away with the top prize of the 6th annual Digicel Duck Curry competition at  Number 63 Beach, Corentyne, Berbice, on Sunday last.Outshining 19 other competitors, the NTN crew, lead by its owner, walked away with 5,000 as the first prize, while Devesh Darpat who came in second place bagged 5,000 and Looknauth Durbiji who came in third took away 5,000. Coming in fourth was Robert Singh and his team winning 0,000.Upon receiving his award from Director of Marketing, Jacqueline James, Persaud explained that in the past, his team “Bombay Massala” created quite a stir but of recent, they made a decision to change the name while nothing that his mother who is an excellent cook would have prepared the mixture to cook and marinate the duck meat.However, he was thankful to his team for the hard work they put in to make preparations for the big day. A member of his team afterwards thanked Digicel for hosting the competition, nothing that they had lots of fun; although reluctant to release the recipe that gave them the top spot. This year’s competition took on a different dimension since those who participated had the opportunity to show off their cutlery skills.Digicel’s Public Relations Officer Vidya Sanichara explained that the company received an overwhelming response with respect to registration, adding that the company even received two registrations after the cut-off date – they had already received the quota to participate.However, due to the amount of registration forms received, the company is hoping that the next competition caters for more participants. “We want as much people to participate and next year we are going bigger and better,” Sanichara noted.As the sun set on the day’s competition, the crowd was entertained by Trinidad’s Chutney Sensation, Nishard M and Guyana’s own, Jumo “Rubber Waist” Primo who definitely put on a show.last_img read more

On names…

first_img…of placesWhat does naming a place mean? Well, there’s the obvious one of folks being able to know what they’re actually talking about. Not in the ontological sense of “knowing” what the “thing” REALLY is, but simply to “reference” it. But “referencing” something – let’s say, a chair – implies you know what the qualities of “chairs” are.So with all that extended clearing of underbrush, can we examine what does calling Bartica a “town” mean? If Bartica on the day before wasn’t a “town”, what does the baptism mean? Towns, we know, are larger than villages and have larger populations. When, for instance, Anna Regina was made a “town” back in 1970, the Government cobbled together several villages with the village of Anna Regina to take care of that requirement. Any villages around for Bartica Town to annex?The commercial activities in a town are much more diversified and extensive than in a village – but as far as we can tell, Bartica will still be depending on mining. But if the mining is extensive enough, it can be a “mining” town – like Linden. But then Barticians better watch out, since Bartica’s existence will be dependent on that one (precarious) activity. And that’s where the main function of a town comes in: the Mayor and Town Council elected to run the “town” has to now actively plan and execute programmes to diversify its economy. So let’s all hold our breaths as we look at what the new executives of Bartica Town will be doing. “Go Green”, we’re told!Then there’s the “renaming” drive. What does re-naming a place mean? Well, for one, the name could be objectionable for one reason or another. For instance, “Murray St” named after the Lt Governor during the 1823 Rebellion, was renamed “Quamina St” after one of the slaves who was beheaded for participating in the rebellion.Then we may want to honour a respected figure. The folks at Mackenzie and Wismar decided to rename their town “Linden” after PM Forbes Linden Sampson Burnham. The PPP decided it wanted to similarly honour President Cheddi Jagan by renaming Timehri Airport after him. But President Granger seems to have a special liking for renaming places. He startled everyone when he named the Convention Centre after the first President Arthur Chung, since he didn’t seem to have consulted anyone.But there wasn’t any fuss since Chung was, after all, a notable figure in Guyana’s history. But now that he’s decided to rename Ogle Airport after EF Correia, he’s being challenged.Both procedurally, on who decides these things in a democracy and substantively, as to why Correia.Guyanese want to know what in the name!…and hucksteringWith all this talk of “arrivals” we can’t help but remember that this “vendor” situation isn’t new. Even before the abolition of slavery, it was slave women who planted the “provision grounds” and some went on to sell their excess produce on Sunday in what became markets. Markets were more than a place of exchange and like the ones they would’ve known in West Africa were centres of cultural sharing and transmission. After slavery this activity intensified throughout the Caribbean mostly by women called “hucksters” here and “higglers” in Jamaica.But when women tried to go from vegetables into other products, the British Merchants who controlled the import trade gave priority to the newly-arrived Portuguese who had finished their indentureship and entered the retail trade. The African female-dominated hucksters were practically driven out and left in the margins.The Government in 2016 has an obligation to finally bring them Ibai into the mainstream.…and “fat cats”Back in 2012, Moses Nagamootoo, man of words as he fancies himself, dubbed the PPP Ministers and those aligned with them as “fat cats” who had become “playful, prime and plump”.With the “marginal” $200,000 he added to the $1.5M monthly salary, what has he become?last_img read more

Musings…

first_img…on Christmas and ScroogeYour Eyewitness takes his hat off to Charles Dickens, who – even though he wrote his novels in the mid-nineteenth century –  still speak to us in Guyana with immediacy. It’s not coincidental that Karl Marx was writing about the same phenomena of poor and the powerless – in somewhat less riveting prose! Every year around this time of the year, your Eyewitness returns to the Dickensian classic, “A Christmas Carol”.And no, you young whippersnappers, it’s not about belting out “Deck the halls with boughs of holly!!” It was a time when the grungy English Industrial Revolution was at its apex, and making money (and more money!) was the mantra of the day. In other words, not much different from today; in the developed countries at least – where the top one per cent own 90 per cent of the wealth!Here in Guyana, there isn’t really enough wealth in our top one per cent to appreciate what real income equality’s all about. Let’s just remind you that Jeff Bezos, the owner of Amazon, saw his wealth increase by US$27.6 billion between 2016 to 2017 to over US$100 billion!! To give you an idea of what that means, Guyana’s ENTIRE GDP in 2016 was US$3.5 billion!! That’s right – he earned in one year more than eight times what the entire Guyana produced that year!! But since everything’s relative – especially deprivation – our disparities are still as stark, aren’t they?So, back to Scrooge and his still-relevant story. Even if you don’t know the story, dear reader, surely you recognise the name “Scrooge” being synonymous with “mean and selfish” from the movie that’s been gracing your TV screen all week! The money-lender Scrooge, was so tight-fisted on those rare occasions when he took a five pound note out of his wallet, the Queen blinked!! To make you understand, he was so mean he wouldn’t have minded throwing five thousand workers into the streets if it meant making a few bucks more profits. “Profits over people” was his mantra!!Anyhow, he had a dream one night on Christmas and is visited by his dead partner, who’d been as mean as he was and who tells him he’d be visited by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future. “Christmas Past” takes Scrooge to see his young self – suffering and lonely at the hands of a cruel father and the death of his beloved sister. Christmas Present shows folks all over London having a good time with their families, even under the most dire circumstances. Christmas Future shows him dying a miserably, unmourned and lonely death.Scrooge, wakes up, wises up and changes his ways. Will our Scrooges, piss poor only yesterday, change their ways?…on Christmas giftsYour Eyewitness isn’t too big on all this gift giving and all that jazz. It’s not that he’s a Scrooge or anything like that (he hopes!!) but he just has this thing about the over commercialisation of what he sees as ought to be a close family affair. It’s just TOO over the top for him. Christmas has joined all the other manufactured “Days” – “Mother’s Day”, “Father’s Day”, “Valentine’s Day”, “Teachers’ Appreciation Day” etc…etc…etc when you’re forced to PROVE your love by buying a gift!Your Eyewitness prefers to show his appreciation of significant others by sitting down with them and breaking bread. What can beat enjoying a meal together, with good conversation and possibly some good Vino or beer? It doesn’t matter what the food is…It doesn’t have to be a suckling pig or a fatted calf. The warmth and joy of being together with those you love will make even thin gruel, taste like New England Clam chowder!Salute to all this Christmas!!…on what might’ve beenYour Eyewitness promised himself he wouldn’t haul the usual suspects over the coals this Christmas Day – even the leaders of the AFC.“De mortuis nil, nisi bonnum” – of the dead one should only speak good!!last_img read more

Living longer, healthier lives

first_imgthe World Health Organisation (WHO) published its latest report “World Health Statistics 2016” which among other things, details the life expectancy rate in various countries of the world. As expected, some useful facts are included in the report which could guide policymakers and governments as it relates to improving the health and living conditions of citizens so that they could live longer and healthier lives.“World Health Statistics: Monitoring Health for the SDGs” contains data from 194 countries on a range of mortality, disease and health system indicators, including life expectancy, illness and death from key diseases, health services and treatments, financial investment in health, and risk factors and behaviours that affect health.The report points to the “dramatic gains” in life expectancy that have been made globally since 2000, but noted the fact that major inequalities persist within and among countries. For example, the report states that life expectancy increased by five years between 2000 and 2015, the fastest increase since the 1960s. The increase was greatest in the African region of WHO where life expectancy increased by 9.4 years to 60 years, driven mainly by improvements in child survival, progress in malaria control and expanded access to antiretrovirals for treatment of HIV.The report adds: “Global life expectancy for children born in 2015 was 71.4 years (73.8 years for females and 69.1 years for males), but an individual child’s outlook depends on where he or she is born. The report shows that newborns in 29 countries – all of them high-income – have an average life expectancy of 80 years or more, while newborns in 22 others – all of them in sub-Saharan Africa – have life expectancy of less than 60 years”.With an average lifespan of 86.8 years, women in Japan can expect to live the longest. Switzerland enjoys the longest average survival for men, at 81.3 years. While people in Sierra Leone have the world’s lowest life-expectancy for both sexes: 50.8 years for women and 49.3 years for men.This year’s World Health Statistics brings together the most recent data on the health-related targets within the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in September 2015.While the Millennium Development Goals focused on a narrow set of disease-specific health targets for 2015, the SDGs look to 2030 and are far broader in scope. For example, the SDGs include a broad health goal, “Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages” and calls for achieving universal health coverage.Of note too is that the report includes data that illustrates inequalities in access to health services within countries – between a given country’s poorest residents and the national average for a set of reproductive, maternal and child health services.Everyone wants to live a full, healthy and productive life. Some persons are very health conscious in their lifestyle habits; they eat healthy, exercise regularly and so on. But in addition to this, they expect that the State would make the necessary investments in ensuring that certain key interventions are made to support a healthy population; such as modern hospitals staffed with competent health professionals, specialised healthcare, high quality medical supplies, etc.In Guyana, life expectancy rates over the past decade or so have seen remarkable improvements; and this is due to a number of factors. Guyana has a life expectancy rate of close to 71 years. Life expectancy has risen from 40 in the 1960s to 61 by 1970 and that remained the same by 1990. However, critical interventions in the health sector have allowed for further improvements in health care delivery which resulted in life expectancy rates going up to about 64 for males and 71 for females.This country can now boast of a life expectancy rate that is similar to many other Caricom countries. However, in order to ensure that Guyana’s life expectancy rating improves further, Government must continue to make the necessary investments in the health sector with the aim of improving health care delivery; for example, the Specialty Hospital is needed urgently. Citizens must not only be able to access affordable health services but the services provided must be of an extremely high standard.last_img read more