PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Senators to proceed with review of VFA LeBron on MJ comparisons: ‘There’s no similarities in our game at all’ Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town We are young Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Harrison Barnes had 17 points and nine rebounds, and Dwight Powell and Devin Harris each scored 14 points off the bench for Dallas.Julius Randle scored 18 points and Nick Young had 17 for the Lakers, who had as many turnovers (15) as assists.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliThe Mavs trailed 65-60 early in the second half when they went on a 21-5 run to close the third quarter and take control.The first half was a game of scoring runs, with the Lakers finally heading into the break leading 57-50. Dallas scored the game’s opening five points before the Lakers responded with a 13-0 spurt. Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Los Angeles Lakers guard Nick Young, left, tries to knock the ball away from Dallas Mavericks guard Wesley Matthews during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016. APLOS ANGELES, California—Wesley Matthews scored 20 points to lead the Dallas Mavericks to their 12th consecutive victory over the Los Angeles Lakers, 101-89 on Thursday night.The Mavericks outscored the Lakers 31-13 in the third quarter to take command.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ EDITORS’ PICK View comments
The United States tested its largest thermonuclear bomb in 1954 over Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands, generating radioactive fallout downwind, including over remote Rongelap Atoll.We surveyed protected reefs of Rongelap and neighboring Ailinginae Atoll, finding extremely variable coral condition and widespread evidence of recent ocean warming.Variation in reef condition underscored an increasing need to assist diver-based surveys with improved satellite and aircraft imaging to assess the health of the coral reefs.Climate change mitigation is paramount to coral reef survival, as increasing ocean temperature could trump earlier nuclear radiation as a driver of reef degradation in the Marshall Islands. On the morning of March 1, 1954, the United States tested its largest thermonuclear bomb over Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands. Code-named “Castle Bravo”, the explosion was more than 1,000 times more powerful than the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombs that had ended World War II a decade earlier.Explosion of the Castle Bravo atomic bomb at Bikini Atoll in 1954. Photo: United States Department of Energy.The Castle Bravo test surprised its engineers, yielding twice as much power as had been predicted, and a massive fireball that destroyed three neighboring islands and contaminated 18,000 square kilometers (7,000 square miles) of ocean with radioactive fallout to the east of Bikini. Directly in the path of the Castle Bravo fallout was Rongelap Atoll, where radioactive debris up to 2.5 centimeters (1 inch) deep was deposited on the atoll’s small islands and extensive coral reefs. The tragic impact of the nuclear fallout on the people of Rongelap is well documented, involving hundreds of deaths from radiation poisoning and cancer, and lingering health effects that plagued several generations of survivors. The Rongelapese were eventually evacuated south to Kwajalein Atoll, but the damage to their community and the surrounding environment was devastating and could not be undone.Visiting Rongelap Atoll is no quick day trip. Few ships run that far north in the Marshall Islands, and doing so requires open-ocean transits fraught with potentially rough seas. We entered the country via the U.S. Army’s base on Kwajalein Atoll, then boarded a trawler converted for remote diving operations for the long ride north. We arrived on the outer edge of Rongelap as the sunrise cast light on iridescent green vegetation and white sand beaches. We saw neither boats nor even a single aircraft contrail during the entire 10-day trip. The utter remoteness of the region had come into sharp focus for our dive team.
New research published in the journal PLoS ONE this month finds that the US Endangered Species Act (ESA) is effectively aiding in the recovery of beleaguered populations of marine mammals and sea turtles.Marine mammals and sea turtles comprise 62 of the 163 marine species that are currently afforded ESA protections. Researchers collected annual abundance estimates for populations of all 62 of those marine mammal and sea turtle species in order to analyze population trends and the magnitude of observed changes in population numbers.The research team hypothesized that populations that have been listed under the ESA for longer periods of time would be more likely to be recovering than those species listed recently, regardless of whether they were listed as “threatened” or the more severe “endangered,” and that’s exactly what they found. New research published in the journal PLoS ONE this month finds that the US Endangered Species Act (ESA) is effectively aiding in the recovery of beleaguered populations of marine mammals and sea turtles.Extinction risks for many of the species that call Earth’s oceans home have increased as the impacts of human activities, such as overfishing, habitat loss, pollution, and climate change, have caused the degradation of marine ecosystems. This, in turn, has led to a growing number of marine species being listed under the ESA.Mammals like humpback whales and sea turtles comprise 62 of the 163 marine species that are currently afforded ESA protections. Abel Valdivia of the Center for Biological Diversity in California led a research team that collected annual abundance estimates for populations of all 62 of those marine mammal and sea turtle species in order to analyze population trends and the magnitude of observed changes in population numbers.Of those 62 species (which includes species in addition to some subspecies and distinct population segments), the researchers chose to focus on the recovery status of 23 representative populations of 14 marine mammal species and eight representative populations of five sea turtle species that not only occur but also reproduce in U.S. waters. All of the populations that were the focus of the study were listed under the ESA before 2012.More than three-fourths of the marine mammal and sea turtle populations that Valdivia and team studied have seen substantial population increases. The researchers report that 18 of the marine mammal populations and six of the sea turtle populations “significantly increased after ESA listing,” while two marine mammal populations and no sea turtle populations were found to have declined after being granted ESA protections. Three marine mammal populations and two sea turtle populations showed “non-significant changes.”Valdivia and colleagues hypothesized that populations that have been listed under the ESA for longer periods of time would be more likely to be recovering than those species listed recently, regardless of whether they were listed as “threatened” or the more severe “endangered,” and that’s exactly what they found.“Overall, the 24 populations that increased in abundance were from species listed for 20 years or more (e.g., large whales, manatees, and sea turtles),” the researchers write in the study. “Conservation measures triggered by ESA listing such as ending exploitation, tailored species management and fishery regulations, and other national and international measures, appear to have been largely successful in promoting species recovery, leading to the delisting of some species and to increases in most populations.”The study includes case studies of how the ESA has been an important tool for helping the Hawaii population of humpback whales, the western population of Steller sea lions, and the North Atlantic population of green sea turtles rebound. For instance, the authors note that the ESA prohibited the harvesting of adult turtles and their eggs, which helped ensure that mature and reproductive adults are not removed from the North Atlantic population of green sea turtles, who mostly nest on Florida’s beaches. At the same time, fishery regulations instituted as a result of ESA listing helped reduce green sea turtle bycatch from pelagic longlines and gillnets in the Atlantic, the pound net fishery in Chesapeake Bay, and the shrimp and flounder trawl fisheries in the Gulf of Mexico.“ESA protections and several local and international conservation efforts have been important for the recovery of green sea turtles in the North Atlantic and other regions,” the researchers write. “ESA regulations have led to fishing gear modifications, major changes in fishing practices, time and area closures, and the establishment of turtle excluder devices for shrimp trawlers.” The result is a conservation success story for green sea turtles: “The species has been increasing exponentially.”The researchers say their findings support the conclusions of previous studies that looked at a variety of terrestrial taxa, marine birds, and fish and determined that the longer they are listed under the ESA, the better their chances of bouncing back. Just as importantly, they write in the study, “Our results also support previous studies that highlight the capacity of marine mammals and sea turtles to rebound from decades of exploitation after coordinated national and international conservation efforts.”A green sea turtle in Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary. Photo Credit: Claire Fackler/NOAA.CITATION• Valdivia, A., Wolf, S., & Suckling, K. (2019). Marine mammals and sea turtles listed under the U.S. Endangered Species Act are recovering. PLoS ONE 14(1): e0210164. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0210164FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page. Animals, Climate Change And Biodiversity, Climate Change And Conservation, Conservation, Endangered Species, Endangered Species Act, Environment, Fishing, Habitat Loss, Marine Animals, Marine Biodiversity, Marine Conservation, Marine Ecosystems, Marine Mammals, Overfishing, Pollution, Research, Saving Species From Extinction, Sea Turtles, Turtles, Whales, Wildlife, Wildlife Conservation Article published by Mike Gaworecki Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored
Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Murray, who won back-to-back Doha titles in 2008 and 2009, was greeted enthusiastically by the crowd when he took to the court.One fan held up a handwritten sign, “Welcome to Doha Sir Andy,” referencing his recently being knighted by Britain’s Queen Elizabeth.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 returnMurray won the opening set by posting only one unforced error and seven winners. In all, Murray had nine unforced errors and 18 winners.The 69th-ranked Chardy settled into the second set, even managing to break Murray’s serve in the first game. 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 ‘Old school work ethic’ pays off for immaculate Federer 15-year-old Gauff stuns Venus anew in first round Super Bowl a tossup at legal sports books Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town MOST READ Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Rodgers again falls short of another Super Bowl stint Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. But from 2-2 in the second set tiebreaker, Murray reeled off five straight points to finish off the match.Murray, who has beaten Chardy in nine of the 10 matches they have played, will face Gerald Melzer of Austria in the next round.Fifth seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France, playing in Doha for the first time since he won the title in 2012, ousted Andrey Kuznetsov of Russia 6-1, 4-6, 6-2.The win booked Tsonga a second-round outing against Dustin Brown of Germany.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos 2016 AP YEAR END PHOTOS – Serbia’s Novak Djokovic lies on the clay in a heart he drew after defeating Britain’s Andy Murray during their final match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium on June 5, 2016, in Paris. Djokovic won 3-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4. (AP Photo/David Vincent, File)DOHA, Qatar — Top-ranked Andy Murray extended his winning streak to a career-best 25 matches by defeating Jeremy Chardy of France 6-0, 7-6 (2) in his first match of the year at the Qatar Open on Tuesday.Murray clinched the year-end No. 1 ranking in his last match of 2016, winning a career-best ninth title by holding off long-time No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the ATP Finals championship match.ADVERTISEMENT Lyceum blanks EAC for share of 2nd in NCAA volleyball Senators think TWG’s move to axe motorcycle taxi pilot run an act of ‘revenge’ LATEST STORIES View comments
For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ End of Pacquiao reign is here, Horn claims Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working MOST READ Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet 7 NPA members surrender in Isabela province 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 A dream fulfilled for Christian Newcomer Santi Santillan completed a three-point play with 10 seconds remaining to lift UAAP champion La Salle to a thrilling 100-99 victory over Lyceum and forge a title duel with San Beda in the Filoil Flying V Premier Cup.A recruit from University of the Visayas, who is set to make his debut in the UAAP this season, Santillan was at the right place at the right time, capping a wild sequence with a lay-up while drawing a foul as the Green Archers survived a gutsy stand by the Pirates, who nearly completed a comeback from 12 points down in the final period at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENT Swing Out Sister back to PH this April Flashing a balanced offensive, San Beda turned back Jose Rizal U, 80-66, in the other semifinal match.Pint-sized playmaker Aljun Melecio exploded for 30 points, while Ricci Rivero and Ben Mbala combined for 51 for the Archers. “This is a good game for us, because we learned a lot with having composure with our decision making,” said La Salle coach Aldin Ayo.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 ground View comments Trump invites Duterte again to visit US – this time for March summit
Getting into the national team was not easy. Rebecca Robinson, who is seeking her first cap as a Sunshine Girl, reckons it will be just as difficult to retain a place. “I just love netball. [It’s] a lot of hard work, a lot of determination, and being part of a national squad is not easy,” she admitted. It is not the first time that she has had a brush with the national team, having trained for over a month with the Under-16s while attending Immaculate Conception High School. As her game progressed, through playing with Alpha, Liguanea United and now UWI Pelicans, Robinson found favour with the national selectors and made it to New Zealand with the Jamaica team last September. Again, she never played. Her starring role in the goalshooter and goal attack positions for UWI Pelicans this season has once more thrust her to the forefront and she is now eyeing a game in the three-Test series against Barbados, which will start this evening with a 7 p.m. encounter at the National Arena. “I think we will do well. It’s a new team, but we’re working to get there. I must say we’re putting in the work and we will give them a fight,” was Robinson’s modest, but honest assessment of the impending contest against world number 12 Barbados. That is eight ranking spots lower than the Sunshine Girls, an unfamiliar title and adaptation for the 22-year-old. NEW EXPERIENCE “It’s a new experience – a lot of hard work. It pushes you and there’s a lot of time management as well because you’re not only playing for the national team, you have national responsi-bilities,” noted Robinson, a fun-loving young woman with an affinity for blue. “I love the colour sky blue. I love fruits. I’m a fruity girl. I love to smile; I love to laugh,” she admits, with a broad smile. “I don’t like pink. I’m not a pink type of person. I like sky blue. I like how it fits me – complexion and all,” she reinforced. As with colour, her area of study varies, but remains distinct. “I’m a psychology major,” she said. “I wanted to pursue sports psychology, so I started out with psychology. It wasn’t my first choice; I wanted to do physiotherapy at first. You know when you love something? So after I’m done with psychology, I’m going to go back to do physiotherapy … and then I’ll continue doing sports psychology after.” In-between all that is netball, and Robinson is looking to shoot her way to the top. “I want to go all the way. I’d like a contract to go abroad, like England, anywhere it takes me, I’m willing to go all the way, so I’m just working towards that,” she said. “You have a lot of talent here and you have to always try to make yourself seen. So it’s not an easy run. It’s a lot of perseverance, a lot of determination, and you’ve to work really, really hard to stay in,” added Robinson.
SHE’S A MANEATER yesterday impressed trainer Wayne DaCosta but gave jockey Omar Walker something to sleep on, scoring a four and a half length open allowance win at a mile.”In the morning, I will know in the morning,” the four-time champion jockey told The Sunday Gleaner when asked whether the filly’s victory was convincing enough to sway him from her stablemate and 2000 Guineas winner FEARLESS SAMURAI, who he has been leaning towards as his mount for the June 24 Jamaica Derby.However, there was no question as to how impressed he was with SHE’S A MANEATER’s response to a hand ride in the last furlong, pulling away from superfit ANOTHER BULLET to clock 1:38.2 for the distance.”She’s just ready to run. She takes some riding but got going in the last furlong,” Walker said in response to questions surrounding her ability to stay 12 furlongs in the Derby.Speedy ANOTHER BULLET went off at odds of 4-5 on the back of his last three races, two wins, and a strong second to FEARLESS SAMURAI, also at a mile, but in a fast-run 1:37.4 on April 29, the race that has had Walker in the gelding’s corner for the Derby.However, with FEARLESS SAMURAI wilting to third under topweight in last Saturday’s 10-furlong Lotto Classic Governor’s Cup, albeit the handicaps were against him, Walker’s dilemma increased tenfold yesterday with SHE’S A MANEATER’s win.”I don’t have a clue who he will ride,” DaCosta said after the race, adding that he was keeping his fingers crossed that the filly comes out of the race all right after a pulled muscle caused her to miss the 10-furlong Jamaica Oaks in April.IMPRESSIVE”I was really impressed to see her find another gear,” DaCosta pointed out after watching SHE’S A MANEATER hook up with ANOTHER BULLET down the backstretch, engaging in a speed duel from the half mile in splits of 47.0 and 1:11.0 into the lane.Game to the core, ANOTHER BULLET rallied when SHE’S A MANEATER challenged him on his inside off the turn and put up a mighty fight to the furlong pole.”She is a classy horse, sired by a staying stallion, Natural Selection, so she should get the (Derby) distance, plus she will be five pounds lighter than the colts,” DaCosta pointed out.
KOLKATA, India (CMC): West Indies Twenty20 captain Carlos Brathwaite grabbed two wickets in the final over as his Sunrisers Hyderabad stunned Sunil Narine’s Kolkata Knight Riders by 14 runs to reach tomorrow’s final of the Indian Premier League. Chasing 175 for victory at Eden Gardens yesterday, KKR were coasting at 87 for one in the ninth over before suffering a collapse to end on 160 for nine from their 20 overs. Australian opener Chris Lynn top-scored with 48 while Narine made 26. Lynn put on 40 off 20 balls for the first wicket with Narine. Lynn, who struck six fours and a pair of sixes in a measured 31-ball knock, added a further 47 for the second wicket with Nitish Rana (22) before six wickets tumbled for 58 runs to leave the innings in ruins. KKR required 19 runs from the last over, but Brathwaite claimed Shivam Mavi to the second ball, caught at deep midwicket for six, before removing Gill off the very next delivery in a carbon copy dismissal. Brathwaite, in only his third match of the tournament, ended with two for 15 from his two overs. Sunrisers clash with Dwayne Bravo’s Chennai Super King in the final.
THE STRUGGLE Age: 27 Height: 1.62m PB 400m: 51.52 PB 800m: 1:56.15 Natoya Goule In a flashback to 2016, the former Manchester High School star recalled struggling through the indoor season. “I was sleeping every day until noon and wondered what was wrong with me,” she explained. “I was eventually diagnosed as having an iron deficiency, and I was put on iron supplements to help fix the problem,” Goule said. Things came to a head at a meet in 2017. “My low moment arrived in 2017 after I stepped off the track at the Boston Games and threatened to walk away from the sport,” she said. “Lance Brauman (former coach of Veronica Campbell-Brown) was there at the time and he encouraged me that everything would be OK,” she remembered. “Thankfully, I did not carry out my wish,” she said, crediting Trinidadian 400m sprinter Jovan Toppin, other friends, and family for rebuilding her confidence. Long runs have built up her endurance. “Last winter, I made a big effort to complete my long runs and run at least 10 miles, if not longer”, Goule intoned. The benefits became apparent when coach Mark Elliot detailed a one-kilometre run with a target time of two minutes and 45 seconds. She did the distance in 2.35. “I was amazed at the time, and it told me I was in super shape.” The improvement has produced an indoor personal best – one minute 59.86 seconds – and great success outdoors. “This year, I’ve gone into big races with a different attitude, believing I can compete with the best,” she confessed. Now, she is the holder of a bronze medal from the Commonwealth Games in April and two reductions of the national record held formerly by Kenia Sinclair at one minute 57.88 seconds. Goule first moved it to 1.57.69 in Paris on June 30, and in a brave run at the Monaco Diamond League meet, she zoomed it to 1.56.15 on July 20. When she arrived in the wealthy municipality, she was confident. “To be given an invite was a great boost,” she reminisced, “and I was smiling and relaxed on the start line because I knew I would run a PR.” She was right. Her record time makes her the third-fastest woman of the year, with South African Caster Semenya leading the list at 1. 54.25. Natoya Goule is now enjoying the best season of her track and field career, but she almost walked away from the sport in 2017. In an interview appearing on the IAAF website yesterday, the new national 800-metre record holder said that an iron deficiency almost ended her career. Goule also explained that one key to her great 2018 season is an emphasis on endurance work.
Western Bureau: It was a case of biting the hand that feeds you at the Montego Bay Sports Complex on Monday night. Deshane Beckford, on loan from Montego Bay United, struck twice for Harbour View as the Stars of the East blanked his parent club 3-0 in the Red Stripe Premier League. Beckford’s goals came in the 22nd and 75th minutes. Timar Lewis (36th) was Harbour View’s other goalscorer. The former national Under-17 player, who had a trial stint with English Premier League club West Ham United in 2015, said he did not feel any special pressure, but he wanted to put on a show against his contracted club in the parish where he was born. “I know this is my home ground and a lot was expected from me, so I had to come tonight and play well, and that’s what I did. I got two goals, and Harbour View won, so I am grateful,” said Beckford. He added: “To be honest, It was rough for me at first, but because I’m a part of them, they weren’t very hostile against me.” As the January transfer window approaches, the former Rusea’s High star declined to comment on a likely return to Montego Bay. He told The Gleaner that he is focusing on playing for Harbour View. “From where I stand, I’m just focused on the next two games and [I’ll] see what happens after,” said Beckford, who believes Monday night’s win will do a lot for their confidence as Harbour View look towards the top six. They are now seven points off the play-off places. “We just have to stay out of the relegation zone and climb up the ladder and win these next two games and hopefully, depending on the results of the other teams, make it into the top six,” he added. The win saw Harbour View, who started the game in 12th place and at the foot of the table, move up just above the relegation zone and into 10th place with 16 points.