ThreatLocker® Unveils the Future of Zero Trust with New Products

Global Cybersecurity leader unifies critical components of their stack with new Ops and other features.

Orlando, FL, Feb. 02, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — ThreatLocker®, a pioneer in endpoint protection technologies, has today announced at Zero Trust World the launch of ThreatLocker Ops, a community-driven threat detection tool. This new product assists administrators to detect attempted breaches or weaknesses in their systems.

“Zero Trust is the required foundation of security for all organizations,” said Danny Jenkins, CEO & Co-Founder of ThreatLocker. “By combining controls with Ops, organizations are not only able to benefit from knowledge ThreatLocker has received of attempted attacks but from similar businesses  defending their system from these attacks.”

Ops is a policy-driven system that uses data received from the ThreatLocker agent to determine good or bad behavior. This data can be used to alert I.T. administrators of attempted attacks or to trigger actions to further harden an environment using other components of the platform. The Ops platform also integrates into ThreatLocker’s new community, which allows like-kind businesses to public policies that are relevant to their business, which allows for information sharing and a more extensive set of alerts.

“I love when you can take the collective intelligence of an entire group and share it across a community,” said Brent Yax, CEO of Awecomm. “ ThreatLocker Ops creates an environment that will encourage IT professionals to share knowledge and expertise from a threat mitigation standpoint and will act as an extra tool set for risk mitigation and risk response.”

Ops limits reliance on other IT resources with more security controls, less agent fatigue, and no overhead on personal computers (PCs).

ThreatLocker also announces the integration of Third Wall plug-in in its zero trust platform. This announcement follows the acquisition of Third Wall last November.

The powerful configurations manager for Windows consists of 58 lockdown policies and emergency actions to broaden the scope of ransomware prevention and ensure users are HIPAA, PCI, NIST, and GDPR compliant.

“Our security stack includes Third Wall to help us ensure that we have a good baseline policy to secure & prevent malicious activity on our systems, and ThreatLocker to ensure that only authorized third-party applications can run,”  said Harry Boyne, Co-Founder & Technical Director at Chalkline. “We are excited to see the two products working together which will further help improve our clients’ security posture and increase efficiencies.”

“The future of Zero Trust is simple; more controls, more automation, more alerts and the help and support of the community,” Danny Jenkins, CEO and Co-Founder of ThreatLocker.  

ThreatLocker’s new additions satisfy many government regulations on implementing Zero Trust strategies to prevent modern-day attacks.

ThreatLocker will rollout out its new products to new and existing partners. It currently protects over one million endpoints globally.

Join the ThreatLocker® Community  

ThreatLocker’s Ops is available in early access and will go into general availability over the coming months.

About ThreatLocker® 

ThreatLocker® is a leader in endpoint security technologies, providing enterprise-level cybersecurity tools to improve the security of servers and endpoints. ThreatLocker’s combined Application Allowlisting, Ringfencing™, Storage Control, Elevation Control, and Endpoint Network Access Control (NAC) solutions are leading the cybersecurity market toward a more secure approach of blocking the exploits of unknown application vulnerabilities. To learn more about ThreatLocker® visit: www.threatlocker.com

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Global Chauffeur Service Blacklane names Cindy Rubbens as Chief People Experience Officer and Gudrun Herrmann as Global Head of Communications

Rubbens will oversee the continuous scaling of Blacklane while driving growth via learning and development, while Herrmann is tasked with building up an external and internal strategic communications function and co-drive its sustainability efforts.

BERLIN, Feb. 02, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Global chauffeur service, Blacklane, announced that it has named Cindy Rubbens Chief People Experience Officer (CPXO) and Gudrun Herrmann Global Head of Communications, effective immediately. Both will report to Blacklane CEO and CO-Founder Dr. Jens Wohltorf and will be charged with developing the Talent Attraction and Human Resources as well as Communications respectively during the company’s bid to scale while driving the next phase of growth.

In her role as CPXO, Rubbens will support the sustainable development of Blacklane’s crew while the business continues scaling new, industry-leading services and expanding markets. Rubbens will focus on strengthening the Talent Attraction function while assisting Blacklane manage its growth via a strong company culture and enabling learning and development across Blacklane’s team. Rubbens brings more than 15 years of experience in start-ups at any stage from founding to IPO. Prior to joining Blacklane, Cindy served as Chief People Officer at Relayr, Amorelie, Marley Spoon, DaWanda and payleven (SumUp).

“I am excited to bring my passion for HR to Blacklane and help shape the organization in the way needed for the next development stages. The key is to do this sustainably while maintaining Blacklane’s culture and at the same time making its employees resilient and future-ready, primed to meet any challenges coming our way head on. I am thankful for the trust Jens and the Board have placed in me as we move forward with a shared vision of how to drive Blacklane’s growth.“

Herrmann is joining Blacklane as Global Head of Communications where she is tasked with designing a strategic internal and external communications function as well as supporting Blacklane’s industry-leading sustainability initiatives. Herrmann joins Blacklane from sustainability start-up Treedom and before that she held positions at social network platforms TikTok and LinkedIn.

“Thank you for having me on-board of the amazing Blacklane crew! Our services make a positive impact on our chauffeurs, our customers and our employees,” said Gudrun Herrmann. “Being part of telling this story and ensuring that a strong communications strategy supports business growth and culture will be a privilege.”

Dr. Jens Wohltorf Co-Founder and CEO of Blacklane, said: “Blacklane is strategically expanding its management team as we invest in the company’s growth. Coming out of a highly successful period where we quadrupled revenue in 2022 year-over-year and won a significant investment from Gargash Group and Mercedes-Benz Mobility, we plan for 2023 to introduce innovative products as well as expand and open markets. Cindy’s wealth of experience building the People functions of successful global businesses make her an outstanding fit for our mission to create true peace of mind by delivering perfect experiences around the world. Gudrun is well placed to take Blacklane’s communications to the next level due to her depth of experience building communication teams for high growth companies. I look forward to working very closely with both on our global development and the next chapter of the Blacklane story.”

About Blacklane (blacklane.com)

Blacklane’s global chauffeur service brings peace of mind to travelers moving through a fast-paced world. The crew’s dedication to safety, reliability, and smart technology places Blacklane at the forefront of a new era of stress-free travel. Since 2017, the company has been carbon-neutral, combining a five-star guest experience with care for the planet. Upgrade your travels on Blacklane’s mobile apps or website.

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CGFNS International Reaffirms Its Commitment to Combatting Fraud in Nurse Credentialing

CGFNS International

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 02, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — In the wake of federal charges related to large-scale schemes to sell fake nursing diplomas at some U.S. nursing schools, CGFNS International, a global leader in international credentials evaluation to support health worker mobility, has bolstered its efforts to combat fraud and ensure patient safety through the assessment and authentication of credentials.

Leaders at the organization, which has 45 years of experience in evaluating international education credentials for foreign-trained health workers, pointed to the global nursing shortage as a key driver of increased fraud.

“CGFNS is actively reviewing whether any of the reports we issued are impacted,” said CGFNS President and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Peter Preziosi. “If we find evidence of this, we will move quickly to address it.”

“An honestly-earned education paired with appropriate clinical experience is a prerequisite for nursing licensure and is absolutely essential to protecting public safety and trust in the healthcare professions. This applies to all health professionals regardless of whether education was received domestically or internationally,” he said.

As a preventive measure to combat fraud, CGFNS requires transcripts and validations of licenses to be sent directly from primary source institutions, and it maintains a database of school and licensing officials who are authorized to send documents to CGFNS. The organization catalogues the signatures of these officials as well as their institutional seals or stamps.

Preziosi said that CGFNS, as a longstanding partner of nurse regulators, accreditation agencies, and licensing test providers, will aim to further increase collaboration among the credentialing community to increase vigilance and combat fraud. The organization will also be reviewing its internal security practices to ensure up-to-date, robust protections are in place during the assessment of education and licensing documents of the migrant nurses utilizing its programs.

“In light of this discovery, CGFNS will continue to make every effort to ensure the quality and integrity of the nurses it supports and to uphold the integrity of the global healthcare workforce,” he said.

About CGFNS International, Inc.
Founded in 1977 and based in Philadelphia, CGFNS International is an immigration-neutral not-for-profit organization proudly serving as the world’s largest credentials evaluation organization for the nursing and allied health professions. For more information, visit www.cgfns.org.

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Graid Technology Announces Software Update Targeted at Enhancing Business Continuity for NVMe Deployments

SupremeRAID™ new high availability feature provides an additional level of business continuity protection coupled with superior overall performance.

Graid Technology Software Release V1.3

Graid Technology Software Release V1.3

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Feb. 02, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Graid Technology, the award-winning data protection provider and developer of the only RAID card to offer customers access to the full performance of NVMe SSDs, is proud to announce its latest software release (V1.3) for SupremeRAID™ SR-1000 and SR-1010. The various enhancements in this release include features and software updates designed to support dual controller high availability along with support for multiple new NVMe SSDs.

Among the enhanced features in the new release is a configurable strip size, allowing customers using RAID 0 and RAID 10 to realize even better server performance, a strategic move that continues to position SupremeRAID™ as the performance leader for both random and sequential workloads.

“This latest release gives our customers peace of mind knowing that their business operations can continue in the event of a hardware failure. Along with supporting new NVMe SSDs, release V1.3 continues to enhance Graid Technology’s industry-leading offering by bringing tremendous value to our customers and partners,” said Leander Yu, President, and CEO of Graid Technology.

The SupremeRAID™ V1.3 software release continues to elevate Graid Technology’s innovative NVMe solution, which aims to disrupt the status-quo RAID market by unlocking the full potential of high-performance workloads across the global enterprise. As with all Graid Technology software releases, the organization continues to rely on customer and partner input to prioritize the enhancements that the market requires. The SupremeRAID™ V1.3 software release is available immediately. Learn more about our latest software release here.

About Graid Technology

Graid Technology is headquartered in Silicon Valley, California, with an office in Ontario, CA, and an R&D center in Taipei, Taiwan. Graid technology’s SupremeRAID™ performance is breaking world records as the first NVMe and NVMeoF RAID card to unlock the full potential of your SSD performance: a single SupremeRAID™ card delivers 19 million IOPS and 110GB/s of throughput. For more information, visit www.graidtech.com or connect with us on Twitter or LinkedIn.

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Verisk Announces Closing of Wood Mackenzie Sale

JERSEY CITY, N.J., Feb. 02, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Verisk (Nasdaq: VRSK), a leading global data analytics provider, today announced the closing of the sale of Wood Mackenzie to an affiliate of Veritas Capital (“Veritas”), a leading investor at the intersection of technology and government.

“This marks a significant value-creating step for Verisk, which returns the company to its roots as a dedicated strategic partner to the global insurance industry,” said Lee Shavel, president and CEO, Verisk. “We’ll continue to execute our strategy to deliver long-term sustainable growth by enabling our customers to make better decisions, increase efficiency and reduce operating expenses, while delivering a better experience to their customers.”

The sale of Wood Mackenzie followed divestitures of Verisk’s financial services and environmental health and safety businesses last year. The divestitures were the result of an in-depth portfolio review by Verisk.

The terms of the sale of Wood Mackenzie to Veritas were described in a previous press release, which can be found here.

Morgan Stanley & Co LLC is acting as financial advisor and Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP as legal advisor to Verisk in connection with the transaction. Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is acting as legal advisor to Veritas.

About Verisk
Verisk (Nasdaq: VRSK) provides data-driven analytic insights and solutions for the insurance industry. Through advanced data analytics, software, scientific research and deep industry knowledge, Verisk empowers customers to strengthen operating efficiency, improve underwriting and claims outcomes, combat fraud, and make informed decisions about global issues including climate change and extreme events as well as political and ESG topics. With offices in more than 20 countries, Verisk consistently earns certification by Great Place to Work and fosters an inclusive culture where all team members feel they belong. For more, visit Verisk.com and the Verisk Newsroom.

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NT$120 million Grand Lottery winning ticket sold in Tainan

The sole winning ticket for the top prize of over NT$120 million (US$4.04 million) in Wednesday’s Grand Lottery was sold by a lottery store in Tainan’s East District, according to Taiwan Lottery Co.

 

The winning ticket was sold by the Hui Te lottery ticket store (惠德彩券行) on Chongshan Road, and the winning numbers were 33, 19, 08, 05, 23 and 46, plus the special number 48.

 

Meanwhile, also on Wednesday, there were a total of 32 tickets with six or more of the nine numbers drawn in the special prize lottery.

 

The nine numbers drawn in the special prize lottery were: 28, 02, 40, 26, 15, 11, 03, 06 and 04.

 

Of the 32 winners, 18 walked away with the top prize of NT$1 million each, while 14 won NT$500,000 each after selecting the same six numbers as another winning ticket.

 

The special draw is part of a bonus game for Grand Lottery tickets, which allows ticket holders to win a maximum of NT$1 million if all of their numbers match six from the set of nine numbers.

 

Since Jan. 20, 360 winning sets of the nine-number draw have produced 353 winning tickets, according to the lottery company.

 

 

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel

Female participation in Taiwan’s politics at all-time high: Cabinet

The number of female local government heads in Taiwan reached a historic high of 56.3 percent after the 2022 local elections, with the number of women with Cabinet positions also rising by almost 10 percent, the Cabinet said Wednesday.

 

Compared to the previous local elections in 2018, the number of female mayors and county magistrates increased by 18.8 percentage points in 2022, the Cabinet said in a statement.

 

In particular, women now account for at least one-third of the seats on city and county councils nationwide, while the percentage of female judges and members of the Control Yuan, Taiwan’s government watchdog, has passed 40 percent, the Cabinet said.

 

Referring to the 2023 Gender at a Glance report published on Tuesday, the Cabinet said the percentage of female lawmakers reached an all-time high of 42.5 percent in Jan. 2022 following a legislative by-election that month.

 

Meanwhile, the number of women in the new Cabinet sworn in on Tuesday is just under 16 percent, a marked increase compared to 7.3 percent for the previous Cabinet of former Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌), according to the report.

 

Despite becoming Taiwan’s first female president in 2016, Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) has come under fire for the government’s lack of gender diversity over the course of her first seven years in office.

 

Meanwhile, female participation in the private sector also improved significantly, with about 586,000 small- and medium-sized enterprises (SME) led by women in 2021, an increase of 112,000, or 20 percent, compared to 2012, the Cabinet said.

 

However, there was still much room for improvement at listed or over-the-counter companies, where only 2,738, or 14.9 percent, of directors were female in 2021, it said.

 

Meanwhile, the difference in income per capita for male and female workers in 2021 was 15.8 percent, with male workers paid an average monthly salary of NT$46,056, compared to NT$40,030 for female workers, it said.

 

The gap increased by 1 percent in 2020, which the report attributed to male workers receiving bigger salary raises that year.

 

The labor force participation rate for women aged 15 or older was 51.5 percent in 2021, compared to 66.9 percent for men, and peaked at 89.9 percent for the 25-29 age group, the report showed.

 

The difference in labor force participation, 15.4 percentage points, was an improvement from 16.7 percentage points recorded in 2011.

 

However, fewer women in Taiwan joined the workforce in 2021 compared to Japan and South Korea, where 53.5 and 53.3 of women worked routinely during that year.

 

By education and occupation, 43.1 percent of women who obtained a higher-education degree in 2019 specialized in science, math or statistics, while 18.9 percent worked in construction, manufacturing or engineering, up 0.8 and 0.5 percentage points, respectively, compared to 2018.

 

The report also tracked the number of female researchers in 2020, which accounted for 22.9 percent of all researchers in Taiwan, an increase of 1.4 percentage points compared to 2011.

 

While the number of sexual assaults or harassment against women reported in 2021 (7,787) represented a decrease of 1,425 compared to 2020, the number of minors who fell victim to sexual exploitation on the internet grew to 1,395, compared with 1,239 in 2020 and 795 in 2019, the report showed.

 

The Cabinet said that if using the same metrics adopted as the UN Development Program’s annual Gender Inequality Index, which measures gender inequality based on reproductive health, empowerment and the labor market but does not include Taiwan, the country’s gender inequality index score would have been 0.036.

 

This would have placed it first in Asia and 7th among 170 countries ranked in the index in terms of efforts to eliminate gender inequality, according to the Cabinet.

 

 

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel

CORONAVIRUS/China urged to provide COVID data before restoring cross-strait flights

Beijing needs to provide more information about the COVID-19 situation in China before decision-makers in Taiwan can determine whether to fully restore direct flights between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait, the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) said Thursday.

 

The government has to explain to the people the COVID-19 situation in China before a decision can be made on restoring direct cross-strait flights, MAC Minister Chiu Tai-san (邱太三) said, adding “this requires the assistance of the other side,” to provide more transparent information and accelerate decision-making.

 

Chiu was responding to a proposal made by Beijing the previous day to resume cross-strait flights to 16 destinations.

 

The Chinese aviation authorities have suggested through existing channels that the Taiwan authorities resume cross-strait direct flights, said Zhu Fenglian (朱鳳蓮), spokesperson for the Taiwan Affairs Office under China’s State Council, in a press release issued Wednesday.

 

The COVID-19 epidemic situation on both sides of the strait has stabilized at present, which is a favorable opportunity to resume the normal operation of cross-strait air routes, Zhu said, citing correspondence from the Chinese side to the Taiwanese aviation authorities.

 

It is hoped that both sides will work to promote the normal operation of cross-strait air routes, and give priority to the resumption of direct cross-strait flights to 16 destinations such as Guangzhou, based on the requests of Taiwan compatriots, according to Zhu.

 

On Thursday, Chiu acknowledged that Beijing had made the proposal and noted that related government agencies in Taiwan are assessing and discussing the matter.

 

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, direct cross-strait flights covered 51 destinations in China and 10 destinations in Taiwan. However, there are currently only four destinations in China (Beijing, Shanghai, Xiamen and Chengdu), according to Chiu.

 

Noting that it was originally proposed that direct cross-strait flights be resumed to more than 16 destinations, Chiu said further assessment is required before a determination can be made given the fluctuating COVID-19 situation in China.

 

Chiu emphasized that there are channels of communication in place between the two sides through which the two sides have signed 23 agreements and engaged in cooperation in various areas.

 

In terms of the resumption of the direct ferry services linking Taiwan’s outlying Kinmen and Lienchiang counties with Xiamen, Mawei and Quanzhou in China’s Fujian Province, Chiu said the government is working toward reviving the normal operation of the services, which were suspended in February 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

The government temporarily reinstated the services for homebound travelers for the Lunar New Year holiday between Jan. 7 and Feb. 6 under a special arrangement.

 

From Jan. 7 to Feb. 1, 3,594 people used the services, including Taiwanese, Chinese spouses and Chinese students, according to Chiu.

 

 

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel

Ex-U.S. admiral meets with President Tsai in Taipei

Retired United States Admiral Philip Davidson, who is on a visit to Taiwan from Jan. 30- Feb. 4, met with President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) in Taipei on Thursday.

 

Davidson, who warned of a potential Chinese attack against Taiwan by 2027 while serving as head of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command from 2018 to 2021, is part of a delegation from the National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR), a Washington-based think tank.

 

According to a press statement from the Presidential Office, Davidson told Tsai that the delegation had productive discussions with Taiwan’s government officials and think tank representatives over the past few days.

 

The former Pentagon official went on to say that both sides exchanged views about the range of actions Beijing has taken toward Taipei, while highlighting areas in which the U.S. and Taiwan can continue to strengthen their relationship, without elaborating.

 

Taiwan’s foreign ministry said on Tuesday that the NBR delegation would meet with senior Taiwan officials from the National Security Council, the Ministry of National Defense, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Mainland Affairs Council.

 

Other members of the delegation include Tami Overby, senior advisor at the Albright Stonebridge Group; James L. Schoff, senior director of the “U.S.-Japan NEXT Alliance Initiative” at the Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA; and three NBR members, April A. Herlevi, Alison Szalwinski and Rachel Bernstein, the ministry said.

 

In her remarks, Tsai highlighted increasing military and trade exchanges between Taipei and Washington in recent years and said Taiwan “looks forward to closer cooperation with the U.S. on semiconductors, telecommunications security, science and technology.”

 

The president also stressed that Taiwan’s government would continue strengthening the country’s self-defense capabilities in the face of authoritarian expansion in the Indo-Pacific.

 

She went on to stay that the government will extend the compulsory military service in Taiwan from four months to one year starting 2024 and roll out measures to strengthen troop training.

 

“We have the determination, the confidence and the ability to protect our homeland,” she added.

 

During a previous stop in Japan prior to visiting Taiwan, Davidson told Japanese media that he still stands by his previous remarks that China might attempt an attack of Taiwan by 2027, a warning he first issued in 2021 when he was in office.

 

Many media described his remarks as predicting a Chinese “invasion” of Taiwan by 2027, but Davidson said in Japan that when he made the comment in 2021 at a Senate hearing, he was not asked about an invasion but about any potential conflict with Taiwan.

 

“What does that include? In my mind, that can be many lesser things than an all-out invasion. One of those would be the threats to outer islands, and I think it’s a grave security concern of Taiwan’s,” he was quoted as saying by the Japan Times on Jan. 25.

 

 

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel

P. LEAGUE+ & T1 LEAGUE/Dwight Howard to star in first-ever T1 LEAGUE All-Star Game

Eight-time NBA All-Star Dwight Howard of the Taoyuan Leopards has been selected to lead a team in the All-Star Game (ASG) of the T1 LEAGUE that will take place on Feb. 28 in Taipei, with the New Taipei CTBC DEA small forward Mohammed al Bachir Gadiaga leading the other side.

 

The T1 LEAGUE, one of two professional basketball leagues in Taiwan, is set to hold its inaugural ASG festivities at Taipei Heping Basketball Gymnasium, where Howard and Gadiaga, known as “Abbasi” to local fans, will lead Team Infinity and Team Beyond, respectively, according to an announcement by the league on Wednesday.

 

“I just want to say thank you to all the fans in Taiwan who voted for me and the rest of my teammates. I really appreciate each and every one of you,” said the American “Superman” in a recorded video released on the Leopards’ Instagram account.

 

“I want to go out there and get some slams, get some threes and make the game very competitive, so we can have a great all-star game for all the fans that will be watching,” Howard added.

In accordance with the theme of the T1 LEAGUE’s 2022-23 season “Welcome to the T1 Universe,” players in the ASG were divided into two teams according to their zodiac signs, with those with air and fire signs put on one team and those with water and earth signs grouped in the other team.

 

Here are the two teams’ starting lineups:

 

Team Infinity

Chiang Yu-an (蔣淯安, TaiwanBeer HeroBears)

 

Lee Chi-wei (李啟瑋, HeroBears)

 

Ku Mao Wei-chia (谷毛唯嘉, Tainan TSG GhostHawks)

 

Mindaugas Kupsas (Kaohsiung Aquas)

 

Dwight Howard (Leopards)

 

Team Beyond

Mohammed al Bachir Gadiaga (New Taipei CTBC DEA)

 

Lin Wei-han (林韋翰, DEA)

 

Hsieh Ya-hsuan (謝亞軒, DEA)

 

Jason Brickman (Aquas)

 

Robert Upshaw III (GhostHawks)

 

The other players that will come off Team Infinity’s bench are the Aquas’ Chiu Tzu-hsuan (邱子軒), Yu Huan-ya (于煥亞) and Lin Jen-hung (林任鴻); the Leopards’ Lu Chieh-min (盧捷閔) and Michael Efevberha; the HeroBears’ Chu I-tsung (朱億宗) and Branden Dawson; and the DEA’s Edgaras Zelionis.

 

As for Team Beyond, their other players include the DEA’s Lin Ping-sheng (林秉聖), Tseng Wen-ting (曾文鼎) and Krajina Kristijan; the Taichung Suns’ Marlon Johnson and Aaron Geramipoor; the Aquas’ Hu Long-mao (胡瓏貿), the GhostHawks’ Chien Wei-ju (簡偉儒), and the HeroBears’ Tsao Xun-xiang (曹薰襄).

Howard, who is averaging 23.8 points, 12.8 rebounds, and 4.8 assists after making six appearances for the Leopards so far, topped all selections with 46,968 fan votes in the 12-day voting campaign, while Abbasi, who nearly stole the spotlight at Howard’s debut by scoring 51 points when their teams met on Nov. 19, got 44,266 votes, according to the T1 LEAGUE’s press statement.

 

The 13 players on each team consist of five local backcourt players, three local frontcourt players, and five imported players, who were decided by team staffers, media workers and fans, the league said in a statement earlier in January.

“It’s our responsibility to be showy enough to thank the fans for their support,” Abbasi said, asking fans to look forward to the special tricks he will prepare.

 

The DEA led the league with seven players chosen while the Suns had the least with two selected.

 

In addition, the GhostHawks’ Ku Mao will be the sole rookie to start in the ASG, where he will be joined by the HeroBears’ Tsao and the Aquas’ Chiu as the only three rookies on the two All-Star teams.

 

The two teams’ head coaches, however, will not be officially announced until the end of the game between the Leopards and the Suns on Feb. 5, when the league will select the head coaches of its top two teams at that point to lead Team Infinity and Team Beyond.

 

As of Thursday, the DEA and the Aquas are first and second in the league with 10-4 and 9-5 records, respectively, while the GhostHawks are third with an 8-7 record.

 

Aside from the ASG, the festivities will also consist of a three-point contest and a dunk contest, in which Howard said he would not participate in order to get a better rest for the ASG and the second half of the regular season.

 

 

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel