James Yap is PBA 3-point king once again

first_imgJames Yap reclaims 3-point crown. Photo by Randolph Leongson/INQUIRER.netBATANGAS — After nine years, James Yap is once again the league’s best marksman.The Rain or Shine sniper claimed the Three-Point Shootout title Friday in the 2018 PBA All-Star Week here at Batangas City Sports Center.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Yap took home the P30,000 cash prize for winning the event.Blackwater’s Allein Maliksi, who won the event last year, could only score 11 points, the lowest in the first round.Also participating in the event were Ronald Tubid, Matthew Wright, LA Tenorio, Paul Lee, Marcio Lassiter, Nino Canaleta, JVee Casio, and Larry Fonacier.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments WATCH: Chris Paul shimmies in Steph Curry’s face after draining tough 3 Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ 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 Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film “I still can do it,” Yap sighed after capturing the crown.Making the most of the money balls, Yap drained nine out of the available 10 colored basketballs to wound up with 24 points, missing only his last ball.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“Every time I shot the ball, I thought that this is the most important ball. Whenever it goes in, it adds to my confidence,” he said.Stanley Pringle finished second with his 21 points, while former champion Terrence Romeo could only get to 16. Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

MRU Sets Target: Wants Zero Case in 60 Days

first_imgAn extraordinary Summit held recently in Conakry, Guinea of leaders of the three countries worst hit by Ebola, along with their Ivorian counterpart represented by its Foreign Minister, committed themselves to achieving “Zero Ebola Infection” within the next 60 days beginning last Sunday, February 15, 2015.This commitment, the three Mano River Union (MRU) leaders noted, cannot be achieved in isolation.  Therefore they have appealed to the International Community to provide all necessary support to achieve their objective of zero Ebola cases by mid-April 2015According to a Dispatch from Conakry, Guinea, the commitment was contained in a Declaration of MRU Heads of State and Government on the Eradication of Ebola and Post-Ebola Socio-Economic Recovery, during an Extraordinary Session to adopt common strategies to end the Ebola virus disease epidemic in the sub-region, and address the post-Ebola socio-economic development recovery needs.The Summit brought together host President Alpha Condé of Guinea, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President Ernest Bai Koroma of Sierra Leone, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Representative of President Alhassane Ouattara of Côte d’Ivoire, Mr. Charles Koffi Diby.The leaders approved the strategy for reaching and sustaining “Zero Ebola Infection” in the sub-region with special emphasis on infection prevention control, social mobilization, community engagement, surveillance, cross border collaboration, instituting robust and sustainable social protection programs, providing mental and psychosocial support and ensuring coordination.The MRU Heads of State and Government recognized that to get to and stay at zero will depend on their collective political will to provide the enabling environment to translate intervention strategies into action, the dispatch noted.They advocated that international partners should plan and manage their exits responsibly dictated by the epidemiology while ensuring that capacity is transferred adequately to national institutions; and achieve seamless flow of information amongst nations at all levels.Meanwhile, the MRU leaders have endorsed the Post-Ebola Socio-Economic Frameworks prepared by Ministers in order to mobilize required resources for implementation.  They acknowledged the emphasis on instituting sustainable healthcare delivery systems, reopening of educational institutions, revitalizing the agriculture sector, addressing the needs of women, children, youth, orphans, survivors and persons with disabilities.   MRU leaders equally sanctioned implementing the Mano River Union-African Development Bank Initiative on critical infrastructure needs and improving governance.They have directed their Ministers to harmonize and consolidate the regional and country specific documents, including the costs of intervention to be presented at the European Union Ebola Conference that is expected to take place in the Belgian Capital, Brussels on March 3. The Brussels conference is aimed at mobilizing support for the region. The MRU leaders also appointed President Sirleaf as their Spokesperson at the conference. The MRU leaders, also at the Summit, welcomed planned meetings by bilateral and multilateral partners and urged them to adopt the MRU and country specific strategies. They called upon them to go beyond ties and relationships in supporting the affected countries.They welcomed the World Bank’s proposal to establish a Post-Ebola Recovery Marshall Plan with dedicated resources and agreed that this is the best way forward.  They urged development partners to utilize country systems for disbursements and implementation of Post-Ebola Recovery activities. The MRU leaders called on the International Community to provide direct budget support and debt cancellation for the affected countries.They called on partners to renew their commitments to Mutual Accountability and ensure full disclosure of all resources committed to the fight against Ebola; as well as renew their commitments to the New Deal Principles and country-specific Mutual Accountability Frameworks as the main levers to guide post-Ebola recovery interventions.They agreed that in support of post-Ebola recovery, Member States will allocate a proportion of their public investment to local Small and Medium Scale Enterprises. They believe that this decision will improve the resilience of their economies by supporting national production and creating employment opportunities.The leaders expressed their deep condolences to the families of the victims across the three countries especially those healthcare personnel who were in the forefront of fighting the epidemic. They also expressed their concerns about the wellbeing of their populations and the risks associated with their development agendas.They appreciated the solidarity manifested by Côte d’Ivoire through ECOWAS Initiative in deploying healthcare workers to the affected Member States.The Heads of State and Government thanked all airline carriers that have maintained flights to the affected countries and particularly commended Member State Cote d’Ivoire for the early resumption of Air Côte d’Ivoire flights and called on other regional carriers to emulate this good example.  Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

From Russia with love… Brief stories from the World Cup

first_imgGerman astronaut Alexander Gerst keeping tabs on the World Cup from space© AFP MICHAEL GOTTSCHALKWorld Cup holders Germany received a morale-boosting message from the heavens after their shock opening loss to Mexico. Astronaut Alexander Gerst posted on Twitter from the International Space Station: “The first game is only to get your bearings. I’m crossing my fingers for you from the ISS.” With the words of encouragement was a selfie of Gerst in a Germany shirt, floating in front of a television watching the game.Olivia gets it wrongJapan’s match winner Yuya Osako foils Olivia’s prediction of defeat to Colombia© AFP Filippo MONTEFORTEAt the 2015 Women’s World Cup, Olivia, a grey parrot who calls home a zoo north of Tokyo, was spot on when she predicted great things for runners-up Japan. Three years later, she appears to have lost her touch after heretically suggesting defeat by Colombia for Japan in their World Cup opener. “She hesitated a moment so perhaps it will be a very close game,” said her zoo minder Nozomi Oikawa before kick-off. History records a famous 2-1 win for Japan, to avenge their 4-1 loss to the South Americans four years earlier in Brazil.Al dente NeymarNeymar’s latest look attracts plenty of comment on social media© AFP Pascal GUYOTAs well as being the most expensive player in the world, Neymar has earned himself a reputation for natty haircuts. The Brazilian’s latest blond reincarnation for the World Cup has triggered plenty of comment on social media. Manchester United great Eric Cantona posted on Instagram a caption:: “Neymar style….spaghetti al dente” alongside a picture of himself with a plate of pasta on his head and a photo of Neymar in his hands. On Tuesday the Brazil captain was seen with the noodles-bits chopped off.Sainsbury a 33rd-minute hitAustralia’s Trent Sainsbury sparks quick interest from European clubs© AFP Kirill KUDRYAVTSEVAustralia may have lost their opening match against France but defender Trent Sainsbury reportedly impressed one European club so much that his agent fielded an offer 33 minutes into the fixture. “I’ve never experienced it before and I’ve done 26 transfers overseas,” agent Tony Rallis told the Sydney Morning Herald. Melbourne’s Herald Sun reported that a total of five clubs, two of them English, had expressed interest in the 26-year-old. Sainsbury is in the final year of his contract with China’s Jiangsu Suning but spent most of last season on loan with Grasshoppers Zurich in Switzerland. Rallis said Sainsbury was concentrating on Australia’s World Cup campaign, with the Socceroos due to play Denmark in Samara on Thursday, and would not decide his playing future until the team’s tournament is over.Moscow’s rain ruseRain in Moscow, but not on parades© AFP Mladen ANTONOVMoscow makes sure nothing rains on its parades or other big days by artificially dispersing clouds before they reach the Russian capital. But weather service chief Roman Vilfand says no such plans are being made for the June 15 final in Luzhniki Stadium. “We are not going to artificially influence the weather,” he said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Russia fans outside the St Petersburg Stadium celebrate after seeing their team take a three-goal lead in the crucial match. Photo/REUTERSMOSCOW, Russia, June 19 – AFP Sport takes a look at some of the stories you may have missed at the World Cup:Germany’s floating viewerlast_img read more