GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Westbrook’s triple-double leads Thunder past Spurs LATEST STORIES Here are the top 10 for all three PBA All-Star teams after the first window of balloting:Luzon All-StarsJapeth Aguilar – 11,692Calvin Abueva – 10,083Marc Pingris – 8,553LA Tenorio – 7,051Paul Lee – 6,880Jayson Castro – 6,566Mark Caguioa – 5,550Alex Cabagnot – 5,129Marcio Lassiter – 5,093Arwind Santos – 4,972Visayas All-StarsJune Mar Fajardo – 17,498James Yap – 17,006Kiefer Ravena – 14,550Greg Slaughter – 11,665Terrence Romeo – 11,052Joe Devance – 8,341Roger Pogoy – 7,467Jeff Chan – 7,386Chris Ross – 6,413Aldrech Ramos – 4,352Mindanao All-StarsScottie Thompson – 17,851Mark Barroca – 17,377Jio Jalalon – 14,368Peter June Simon – 13,596Mac Belo – 12,192JP Erram – 8,342Baser Amer – 7,526Rafi Reavis – 7,331Cyrus Baguio – 7,269Sonny Thoss – 6,395Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Cebuano giant, meanwhile, showed the way for the Visayas All-Stars with his 17,498 votes built from 17,250 online and 248 venue ballots.Also among the top candidates are Magnolia playmaker Mark Barroca, who had 17,377 votes to place second in Mindanao, and Rain or Shine sniper James Yap, who got 17,006 votes to wind up second in Visayas.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkNLEX super rookie Kiefer Ravena is also making his mark in the polls as he places fifth overall and third in Visayas with his 14,550 votes, in front of Ginebra big man Greg Slaughter (11,665 votes) and GlobalPort scorer Terrence Romeo (11,052 votes).The Hotshots are also well represented down South, with Jio Jalalon (14,368 votes) and Peter June Simon (13,596 votes) among the top vote-getters in Mindanao. Blackwater sophomore Mac Belo sits at fifth with 12,192 votes. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netCharismatic guard Scottie Thompson and four-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo emerged as the top players in the first 2018 PBA All-Star voting returns.The third-year Ginebra guard from Digos, Davao del Sur amassed league-leading 17,851 votes from 17,573 online votes and 278 in-venue ballots to lead the Mindanao All-Stars.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Meanwhile, it’s a tight contest for the pole position for the Luzon All-Stars with Ginebra forward Japeth Aguilar, who collected 11,692, pacing the list ahead of Alaska energizer bunny Calvin Abueva, who gathered 10,083 votes.Joining them in the top five in Luzon are Marc Pingris of Magnolia (8,553 votes), LA Tenorio of Ginebra (7,051 votes), and Paul Lee of Magnolia (6,880 votes).Voting for the All-Stars will resume in the eliminations of the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.The top five players in each region will earn the starting positions for their respective squads in the three-leg midseason extravaganza against Gilas Pilipinas.Digos City, Batangas, and Iloilo are set to host this year’s 2017 PBA All-Star Week, slated from May 23 to 27.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours View comments Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, who arrived in Liberia yesterday for high level talks about the Ebola pandemic, has said that positive results are beginning to emerge as the response efforts from the United States and other international community partners against the Ebola virus begin to take root.Ambassador Power said these tangible results are also coming forth as a result of the robust mechanisms and strategies employed by the government of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and citizens are now aware of the situation around them and are responding positively.Speaking at a joint press conference held along with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in the foyer of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs after a closed door meeting, Ambassador Power said that President Barack Obama had asked her to come to the worst hit countries to show solidarity and assure the people that they are not alone.Ambassador Power arrived in Monrovia on Tuesday, as part of a tour of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, to demonstrate U.S. support for their efforts to combat the spread of the disease and to draw attention to the need for increased support from the international community.She held talks with President Sirleaf and other high ranking Liberian government officials. Ambassador Power also discussed international efforts to combat Ebola with the USAID-led Disaster Assistance Response Team, which is overseeing the U.S. overall response to the health emergency and with representatives from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Department of Defense, UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) and the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL).At the press conference, she indicated that the US has put its military and experts from the Center for Disease Control on the ground in Liberia and are now assembling their response efforts which will soon go full swing.The US diplomat said with all of the processes now in place, the three countries are now on track to eradicate the virus from the region, indicating that the coordination of the response process is now being efficient unlike from the onset.Giving an example of the robust coordination that is presently in place, the US Ambassador said that while it would take more than five days to get the result of tests of blood samples in places like Gbarnga, Bong County, it now take less than five hours.This is, however, being made easier by the presence of mobile labs in and around the country. She further noted that the 17 Ebola Treatment Units that the US is constructing will be located in all parts of the country; some of which will be as large as 100 beds as well as smaller ones that will be community-centered.These logistical and technical gaps could be contributing factors to the wide and further spread of the virus from the onset, as international response was very slow in coming. She said that the US is mobilizing more technical, human and financial resources in addition to what it has given already, when and where the need arises.The US government, early last month, ramped up its assistance with the announcement of a 3,000-strong U.S. military team to West Africa “to combat and contain” what was then being referred to as an “extraordinarily serious epidemic with over US$400,000, 000.00.The assistance is now seeing the supply of medical and logistical support to already overwhelmed local health care systems and increase the number of beds needed to isolate and treat victims of the Ebola crisis.President Sirleaf welcomed and lauded Ambassador Power, who she said has been very instrumental in rallying for help for the response exercises in Liberia.She thanked the US for its leadership role in the fight, something she said should continue till the virus is kicked out of the country also urging the US diplomat to continue to advocate for three affected countries.Meanwhile, Ambassador Power’s comments about progress in the fight is worth welcoming though much is yet to be reported of what may be considered as the gradual decline of Ebola virus infection in Liberia by the international media known for its robust reportage from the onset of the crisis.As the virus raged about Liberia few weeks back, the international media, including the British Broadcasting Corporation, Cable News Network and other were vigilant on reporting the damages on the ground, but much is yet to be seen from them as news of drastic decline in infection cases emerge.The ETUs are visually empty according to reports, but reports are also emerging that there is actually no reduction in cases but people are now afraid to take their loved ones to the ETUs for fear of being cremated.Her comments also come amidst numerous reports that there will be over 90,000 will die in the coming months, while others have said that they expect to see ten thousand new infection cases in coming weeks.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Saturday evening, the Spirit River Rangers attempted to make their way to Fort St. John, but were forced to turn around due to the extremely poor road conditions brought upon by the heavy snowfall experienced by the region.If all goes to plan, Wednesday’s game will be the second and final game in a home-and-home series between the Rangers and the Senior Flyers, with the Rangers taking game one 8-6 in Spirit River two weekends ago.Wednesday’s game will begin at 8:30 p.m. and will be taking place at the North Peace Arena.- Advertisement -Despite the calendar reading December, half of the gate proceeds from the game will still be donated to the team’s Movember page, following its first fundraising campaign as a collective team.