Solar System News

first_imgA flurry of discoveries about the Sun’s family has some scientists smiling and others furrowing their brows.  Astrobiologists, as usual, are wielding their divining rods, looking for water.  Some of these reports surfaced at the European Planetary Science Congress last week at Potsdam, Germany; see agenda and press releases at Europlanet.Basalt assault:  How did small objects in the solar system get hot enough to melt?  The European Space Agency is baffled to find evidence of basalt on asteroids between Mars and Jupiter, reported Science Daily.  Dr. Rene Duffard said, “We do not know whether we have discovered two basaltic asteroids with a very particular and previously unseen mineralogical composition or two objects of non basaltic nature that have to be included in a totally new taxonomic class.”  See also the report.    The Dawn Spacecraft, scheduled to launch Sept. 26, may be able to find out more about the asteroid belt when it orbits Vesta in 2011 and Ceres in 2015.  Basalt has been observed on Vesta, an asteroid considered large enough to sustain internal heating.  Before now, basalt-containing asteroids were thought to be fragments from Vesta.Comet panspermia:  Chandra Wickramasinghe (Cardiff U) is still pushing panspermia, claiming comets are cosmic storks that seeded the Earth with life.  PhysOrg discussed his investigation of comet interiors based on the Deep Impact and Stardust missions, and quoted his conclusion: “The findings of the comet missions, which surprised many, strengthen the argument for panspermia.  We now have a mechanism for how it could have happened.  All the necessary elements – clay, organic molecules and water – are there.  The longer time scale and the greater mass of comets make it overwhelmingly more likely that life began in space than on earth.”Jupiter: Earth’s protector?  A report on [email protected] questions whether Jupiter is Earth’s bouncer, shielding our planet from impacting comets.  This was a claim in Ward and Brownlee’s book Rare Earth and was also listed in Richards and Gonzalez’ book The Privileged Planet as an indicator of Earth’s good fortune.  Now, the case does not seem as clear cut.  National Geographic also reported on the study presented at the European Planetary Science Congress last week.  Astronomers Jonathan Horner and Barrie Jones concluded that Earth is no better or worse off with Jupiter present.  Their model found, strangely, that the highest risk to Earth would have come if Jupiter were about the mass of Saturn.  Many factors affect the risk analysis, so some disagreement remains.  Science Now mentioned that asteroids and different classes of comets respond differently to the gravitational pull of Jupiter.Comet bomb:  Speaking of comets affecting Earth, PhysOrg presented a story from scientists at UC Santa Barbara that “a large comet may have exploded over North America 12,900 years ago, explaining riddles that scientists have wrestled with for decades, including an abrupt cooling of much of the planet and the extinction of large mammals.”  They based this on iridium levels and microspherules with traces of gas said to be of extraterrestrial origin.  The cometary explosion would have affected ocean currents, ice sheets, and global climate, they claimed.Enceladus no aquarium:  Don’t count on finding life at Enceladus, the erupting moon of Saturn, reported a press release from the University of Illinois.  A new model by Susan Kieffer invokes non-watery processes that don’t require a hot interior.  Her model is being added to the mix of possible explanations for this small moon’s activity.Sharp moon:  The European Space Agency is using images from the SMART-1 spacecraft to try to piece together a story of our moon’s volcanic history.  They claim that “Different ‘pulses’ of volcanic activity in lunar history created units of lava on the surface,” yet did not mention a mechanism that would re-awaken the moon periodically between long periods of silence.    The BBC News reported that Arizona State University is scanning Apollo moon photos at high resolution and releasing them on a new Apollo moon archive website.  These ultra-sharp orbital photos, taken from Apollo 15, 16, and 17, have been “locked away in freezers by Nasa [sic] to preserve them.”  Digital scanning at high resolution and contrast depth will allow these rarely-seen images to be widely viewed for the first time since the 1970s.Uranus ring circus:  Now that the rings of Uranus can be seen edge-on for the first time in 42 years, scientists are taking advantage of the rare alignment to study them, reported EurekAlert, the European Southern Observatory and the BBC News.  A group at UC Berkeley was surprised that “their images show that the rings are changing much more quickly than researchers had previously believed.”  In particular, the inner rings are more prominent now than they were when Voyager 2 flew by in 1987.  A press release from UC Berkeley mentions that similar, dramatic changes have been detected in the rings of Neptune and Saturn, because a lot of forces act on the small dust grains in the rings.  “These forces include pressure from sunlight, drag produced as the dust plows through ionized plasma around Uranus, and even drag from the planet’s magnetic field.”  Impacts from larger bodies can also affect the rings.Martian life redox:  A German astrobiologist is claiming that life could still exist on Mars, provided it uses hydrogen peroxide and water.  Science Now reported how Dr Joop Houtkooper of the University of Giessen, Germany, looked at the Viking soil test results and speculated that “hydrogen peroxide may have been more suitable for organisms adapting to the cold, dry environment of Mars.”  A 1979 Viking image adorned Astronomy Picture of the Day along with Houtkooper’s “speculative question.”  While admitting “such speculation is not definitive,” it justified the story thus: “debating possibilities for life on Mars has again proven to be fun and a magnet for media attention.”  But Ker Than reported for that other scientists consider Houtkooper’s claim “bogus.”  Norman Pace (U of Colorado) said, “I don’t consider the chemical results to be particularly credible in light of the harsh conditions that Mars offers.”  He also noted that hydrogen peroxide is deadly to terrestrial cells except when cells produce it locally to combat bacteria.Titan your seat belts:  When the Huygens probe descended through Titan’s atmosphere in January 2005, it had a bumpy ride.  EurekAlert reported that Cassini scientists working with weather balloon specialists are getting a handle on understanding how turbulence affected the probe’s descent.  The feedback from Titan may actually help improve weather balloon sensor design.  “We went to Titan to learn about that mysterious body and its atmosphere,” said Ralph Lorenz (Johns Hopkins U); “it’s neat that there are lessons from Titan that can be usefully applied here on Earth.”  The Cassini site also echoed the story that originated from the European Space Agency.    Another story on Titan from the European Planetary Science Congress concerned the erosion of Titan’s methane (see Europlanet press release).  Vasili Dimitrov said “The conditions of Titan’s accretion and evolution are poorly understood,” admitting that the long-term storage of methane on the giant moon is a problem.  “Methane drives the chemical reactions in Titan’s atmosphere but, because it’s so highly reactive and therefore short-lived, it must be replenished,” he said.  He suggested that it might be stored in water-ice clathrates, like crystal cages, but the best packing ratio would require temperatures close to absolute zero.  How and where Titan’s methane reservoir was stored is an unsolved problem.All you wanted to know about Hyperion:  The Cassini mission released a PDF presentation about Hyperion by James Bauer (JPL) and Peter Thomas (Cornell), describing all that is known from Voyager and Cassini about the “sponge moon” and its anomalous carbon dioxide deposits on surface.  Notable facts include the low density (40%), the dark deposits on crater floors, and the apparent match between the dark material on Hyperion and on Iapetus.  Speaking of Iapetus, Cassini is aimed at a super-close flyby of the black-and-white moon on September 10.  On the way it will make fairly close passes by Rhea and Titan on August 30 and 31.  Cassini’s last good look at Iapetus was from more than 76,000 miles away in 2005.  In less than two weeks, the spacecraft flies within 1,000 miles of one of the most intriguing moons of the solar system.Saturn mysteries:  Charles Q. Choi wrote for that the mysteries at Saturn are mounting.  He catalogued some of the mysteries that Cassini has revealed and so far been unable to answer, including the north polar hexagon, the purity of Saturn’s ring material, the well-defined structures within the rings, the spin rate of the planet and the tugging effect by the little moon Enceladus, and the “energy crisis” of unexplained heat in Saturn’s atmosphere.  Dave Mosher wrote last week in about another Saturnian mystery that scientists cannot explain: the electrically-charged torus around Saturn is “a lopsided mess.”  For those wanting to just enjoy the pictures, posted a “Best Cassini Image” gallery for visitors to vote on.Something nu under the sun:  “After 4.5 billion years, sunshine finally figured out,” said Andrea Thompson in her headline for  That’s odd, since recorded human history only extends back about one millionth of that time.  Anyway, Princeton researchers using an Italian neutrino detector have detected the low-energy neutrinos expected from current models of solar fusion reactions.  Neutrinos are notated by the Greek letter nu.    Solar energy was blamed for stripping Mars of its water, according to  Scientists reporting at the European Planetary Science Congress said that “The water might have been blown into space long ago by strong gusts of solar winds, new satellite observations suggest.”  Effects of solar flares were studied by four spacecraft simultaneously: NASA’s Mars Express, Venus Express and Earth-orbiting GEOS satellite, and the European Space Agency’s SOHO solar orbiter.  High-energy particles were detected at Venus, Earth and Mars simultaneously.  The Earth’s atmosphere is protected by its global magnetic field; Mars is not so blessed.Want to see the stars from Earth any time?  Go to the new Google Sky addition to the popular Google Earth, reported  It shows Hubble Telescope images against starry backgrounds and gives you a virtual tour of outer space.These are great days for discovery about our solar neighborhood.  So much is happening in planetary science, it’s hard to take it all in.  Be sure to separate the observations from the speculations.  Sometimes that’s like trying to unbutter toast.(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

SA signs search and rescue agreements

first_img22 November 2010 Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele said the agreements, signed in Pretoria on Friday, would help South Africa tighten its operations, enhancing its good safety record. As part of the agreement, common search and rescue procedures will be developed, resources will be pooled and mutual visits will be undertaken. It will also facilitate the easy entry of search and rescue units into each other’s territories. Ndebele said the agreements would make it easy for all these countries to execute their rescue missions and rely on each other for assistance and support. South Africa has identified 14 countries in its search and rescue region with which to partner. To date, seven agreements have been signed, while four agreements have been concluded and are ready for signature. One has been negotiated and two are still to be negotiated. Common search and rescue procedures Ndebele said there was a high level of inter-regional cooperation when it came to passing on information regarding incidents within each other’s regions. South Africa has boosted its sea and air search and rescue capabilities by signing agreements with Zimbabwe, Mauritius and Uruguay that will make it easier for the four to countries to carry out their rescue missions while being able to rely on one another’s support. “We strive to implement stringent safety measures in the areas of aviation and maritime transport in pursuance of international standards and recommended practices,” said Ndebele. “When we are aware of an incident within the neighbouring region, we will try to assist where possible by gathering information, put out broadcasts and on occasion, even contract vessels in order to assist. This practice is reciprocated by all concerned,” he said. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Apple’s iPhone Not Profitable for Carriers?

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts Tags:#Apple#NYT#Trends#web center_img According to a research report released by Denmark’s Strand Consult, the iPhone is not the profit-generating machine that people have made it out to be…that is, unless you’re Apple. For carriers, however, gaining the exclusive rights to sell the iPhone isn’t exactly a winning situation. The report says that the hidden costs of the phone, which include things like the subsidies and the revenue share Apple demands, have actually hurt rather than helped mobile operators’ earnings. iPhone: Bad-for-Business? According to a Sunday article in The Guardian, the report states that the iPhone isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be, at least from the carriers’ perspective. Because Apple requires carriers to pay subsidies and, in some markets they demand revenue share, the carriers don’t make as much on phone sales as you may think. “We have not found one operator which has created shareholder value with iPhone,” notes the report. Not only does the report state that the phone isn’t as profitable for carriers as you may think, it argues that it might actually be a hindrance. “A lot of competitors are actually doing better,” it says when referring to the carriers who don’t offer the Apple device in their lineup. An earlier press release from the company even went so far as to claim that “operators that choose not to carry iPhone products have an increased probability of serving their shareholders interests.” Also mentioned is something called the “iPhone effect,” a coin termed by a chairman of a multinational operator. “The iPhone effect is the effect that comes from moving our management’s focus away from the 99% of our customers that generate the cash flow that pays our bills,” claims the unnamed chairman. In addition to these issues, Strand Consult also notes that the iPhone only attracts a limited market segment and one in which customers already were heavy data users…so they’re not actually bringing in that much new revenue via their iPhone data plans. Meanwhile, flat rate data plans mean that the “high data consumption results in high production costs without the corresponding increased revenue.”Although not mentioned in the Guardian piece, we’re currently seeing the problems AT&T has encountered here in the U.S. – thanks to it being the only network that provides the phone in this market. The company has struggled to provide coverage in heavily populated urban areas, like New York and San Francisco, where iPhone users are plenty. The issue went beyond just being hearsay to warranting a public shaming in a recent New York Times article. According to the article, the company has been working on expensive upgrades to those data-heavy networks to help ease the traffic burden which has led to dropped calls, slow speeds, and often a lack of signal. Problems like these have angered consumers and have given AT&T a bad name in many circles. The company has also had to delay the launch of new iPhone features like MMS and tethering, since their network again had to be prepared to handle the additional data traffic. Some Carriers DisagreeWhile AT&T never directly commented on the report, they’ve been consistent in touting the positive benefits of the phone with every release of their quarterly earnings. For example, in their latest earnings announcement, AT&T revealed that the iPhone 3GS launch was the “best sales day” the company ever had. They also gained more than 2.4 million customers this past quarter, 35% who were new to AT&T. They noted that more than 80% of the upgrades were from a non-iPhone device or a 2G iPhone, increasing ARPU [average revenue per unit]. And as for the iPhone owners themselves, the company says their ARPUs are significantly above the company’s post-paid average, churn is much lower, and recurring margins continue to be high. Another carrier, U.K.-based O2, did comment on the report. They told the Guardian they disagree with the findings, saying that they’ve benefited from the so-called “iPhone effect.” Although the article didn’t go into specifics as to what those benefits are, it’s likely they’re seeing much of the same benefits as AT&T. Finally, according to Reuters, Japan’s exclusive iPhone carrier, the #3-ranked in the country, passed the number one carrier in August in terms of new subscriber sign-ups. Perhaps the truth here is in the middle. Maybe Strand is right in saying that carriers don’t benefit from iPhone sales. However, they could benefit simply from having iPhone customers who stick with the company for long periods of time, paying for hefty data plans along the way. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… sarah perezlast_img read more

How to Upgrade Your Targets

first_imgTake a look at your target list.Some of the “prospects” on that list have been there for years. Many of them experienced changes in their business and no longer buy much of what you sell. A few of them don’t buy at all. They’re no longer prospects.Some of these “prospects” might buy a lot of what you sell, but they don’t value what you do enough to pay you for it. They buy on price alone, and you don’t compete on price. Because you can’t sell to them at a price they’re willing to pay, they’re no longer prospects either.Some of your “prospects” have needs that you can’t meet (even outside of price). They need delivery terms that don’t work for you, or payment terms that you can’t meet. Or maybe the way they need a solution work isn’t something you can deliver. They’re no longer prospects or leads.Target Companies That Buy NowTo upgrade your target list you need to build a list of dream clients and prospects that use what you sell now. Companies that are buying what you sell have orders now. You can only get orders from people that have orders to give you.Target Companies That Value What You DoYou also need to upgrade your list by identifying targets that value what is you do. Clients that value what you do will expect you to create that value, and they’ll also allow you to capture some of the value that you create.Target Companies That Don’t Need Exceptional ExceptionsIt’s tough to let go of targets that buy what you sell because you can’t meet their needs. You want to make exceptions, win the business, and move on. But sometimes your company’s business model, your processes, and the other unique ways you do business won’t allow for those exceptions. You’re better off targeting prospects that don’t need exceptions that you can’t make.Upgrade your target list. Eliminate the old stuff that hasn’t been good for years. Fill it back up with real leads and prospects that do buy what you sell, value what you do, and for whom your work will make a difference. Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Nowlast_img read more

The secret web

first_imgThe Government suspects money-laundering, pay-offs and acquisitions of assets through tax havens by some key players, according to internal reports, based on the Niira Radia phone tapes, filed by the investigations wing of the Income Tax Department. These documents are in the exclusive possession of INDIA TODAY.The top secret confidential,The Government suspects money-laundering, pay-offs and acquisitions of assets through tax havens by some key players, according to internal reports, based on the Niira Radia phone tapes, filed by the investigations wing of the Income Tax Department. These documents are in the exclusive possession of INDIA TODAY.The top secret confidential reports were prepared by Director-General Income Tax (Investigations) Milap Jain and joint director Ashish Abrol based the wiretaps. Another set of documents reveals correspondence between Abrol and Vineet Agarwal, DIG, anti-corruption branch of the CBI. Vineet Agarwal writes a letter dated November 16, 2009 to Jain, informing him of an investigation “relating to a criminal conspiracy between certain public servants and private persons in the grant of UAS licences in the year 2007-08”. It requests Jain to make available any information relating to Radia, particularly information obtained through telephonic surveillance. Abrol writes a letter in reply to Agarwal on November 20, 2009 and confirms the existence of taped conversations that suggest that Radia’s firms “not only manage the media but as per conversations, apparently try to influence policy changes and decisions of various government departments to the suit the commercial requirements of their clients”. He goes on to say, “If deemed necessary, you may depute an officer to collect the extract from the undersigned.”The following are excerpts from the letters and the internal reports of the Income Tax Department, lifted verbatim. These excerpts give a sense of where the Government investigation is headed and are likely to form the basis for the drawing up of any formal charges against Radia and her associates.advertisement’Radia is a very close associate of A. Raja and has been instrumental in getting licences and spectrum for Swan Telecom, Aircel, Unitech and Datacom.’Of the above Datacom, set-up by HFCL group along with Dhoot of Videocon, is alleged to be having funding through the Mukesh Ambani group and an employee of Reliance Manoj Modi, who is constantly in touch with Radia.’Swan on paper is backed by a Mumbai real estate company Dynamix Balwas group of companies? Apparently Tata as per conversation, indirectly controls equity in Aircel through Maxis Communication and Apollo.”Tata through Voltas is in touch with Neera and Ratnam, CA of (Rajathi) Ammal, wife of M. Karunanidhi. They are apparently going to construct a building in Chennai on a land controlled by ‘Trill’ with the Karunanidhi family as payoff to DMK for keeping Maran out of Telecom (Ministry)? Radia was very close to Ratnam, Kanimozhi and of course Raja. She was to meet Raja in relation to their common investment in Swan telecom and other matters.”There are also some calls relating to betting in cricket and other sports. These people also appeared to be involved in cross-border transactions such as acquisition of assets through tax havens. Some of the proceeds have apparently come back into defunct Indian companies.”Vitcom (one of Radia’s four companies) has been handling the affairs of NDTV Imagine while Neucomm was set up essentially for the purpose of handling the affairs of Mukesh Ambani Group of Industries. Vaishnavi handles the media affairs as well as ‘environment management’ for the Tata Group, Unitech, Star TV along with the other corporate clients.”There is a suspicion that the group has taken bogus loan entries through entry operators. The entry operator, worried by then recession wanted to reverse the loan entries? Radia had arranged for an ‘advance’ for Unitech group from Tata Realty of which outstanding of Rs 250 crore is spoken of (advance projected as one for a vague purpose though some 500 acre land is talked about)? cheques given by Unitech to Tata Realty have bounced even though press briefings dictated by Radia give out that advance has been cleared? Unitech advised by Radia to bring Telenor funding in tranches and to give impression that the investment is coming in the company and there is no windfall gain for promoters in the valuation of the Telecom licence at over Rs 6,000 crore.”Apart from allegedly managing the telecom licence for Unitech, conversations seem to hint that Radia has either handled and facilitated cross-border transfer of funds or is in the know of the same. Lehman Brothers were supposed to invest three tranches in Unitech’s Mumbai project. The first investment that was done was Rs 740 crore towards 50 per cent of Unitech’s holdings in Shivalik Ventures Pvt Ltd in 50-50 JV SPV between Unitech and Rohan Developers, Mumbai.’The balance was to come in two tranches of around $550 million. Analysis of a series of conversations reveal that of the investments to be routed into India through Lehman Brothers Real Estate Partners, investing ‘third party funds in real estate’. At least a part comprised round-tripped funds and when Lehman Brothers collapsed, only one tranche had come and the balance was stuck. Conversations suggest that part of the funds would be re-routed through the deal structured with the international partner in the sale of equity in the Unitech Telecom entity. The initial discussions appeared to be with Telecom Italia as well as Telenor. The deal was finally closed with Telenor of Norway.’advertisement’Sunil Mittal of Bharti Airtel had been lobbying to prevent Raja from becoming telecom minister essentially for three reasons. (i) GSM lobby aggrieved at the favour shown to cdma lobby on spectrum; (ii) Mittal was lobbying for Dayanidhi Maran; (iii) There appears to be some irregularity in purchase of Vodafone’s investment in Bharti Airtel. Mittal contacted Radia and wanted her to work for him on informal basis. Radia said she would as long as there was no conflict of interest with Tatas. However, she would help him mend fences (for a fee) with telecom minister Raja. There is a third person who apparently met Mittal at Suhel Seth’s house, acting as a link between Mittal and Radia.”With regards to the Tata group telephone conversations, it suggests that the entire media and political environment management for the failed Singur project and the subsequent shifting to Gujarat was handled by Radia and her associates. This included ‘managing’ important CPI(M) leaders (Radia apparently has an independent, very good relationship with certain Left Front and CITU leaders).”Radia and Jehangir Pocha have been in touch with Chhajlani from Nayi Dunia. They wanted Nayi Duniya to front for someone else who wants to control a news channel in India, which later as per conversation turns out to be NewsX taken over from Peter and Indrani Mukherjee.”There appear to have been some cross-border transactions in this acquisition (of NewsX). Radia is also spreading business connections to Africa, including investments in Guinea and Senegal through Global Minerals. There are several conversations in this regard, including reference to a mail from Muthuraman and by (Pradip) Baijal, her associate? Baijal appears to be getting Reliance people on the pipeline regulatory agency.”Radia seems to be instrumental in organising certain institutional land in Rajasthan through her close associate Sunil Arora, an IAS officer, former PS to CM, Rajasthan… A call between Arora and Radia appears to be in relation to some income tax enquiry relating to land allotments in Rajasthan to N.K. Singh and other companies.’FICCI chief (SIC) Tarun Das is chairman of Haldia Petrochem (government nominee). As per a conversation apparently Mukesh Ambani wants to take over Haldia Petro Chemicals and Das through Radia is facilitating the same. Das got them to open the issue with CPI(M). Nirupam Sen of CPI(M) set up a meeting with Prakash Karat. They fear that one Purnendu (Chatterjee) may create a problem and will have to be handled by Mukesh.’advertisement’There is a conversation between Manoj Modi and Radia regarding Radia organising a Delhi-based NGO to file PIL cases and other cases against ADAG group. Earlier Modi claims to have used ngo Ramjibhai Mavani (Rajkot). The NGO, which Radia has organised, had earlier done the high profile DLF case. It is apparently controlled by three people, one of them is a close associate of Radia, other is a sardar from jnu, third being some person with lots of credibility. Daljit, her employee, and Arora have helped in locating this NGO.”She is in the process of interfering in the appointment of Members of Pipeline Regulatory Agencies along with Baijal.’last_img read more

Minus coach, San Juan trips Davao to near title

first_imgPanelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Mike Ayonayon finished with 15 points, but it was unheralded forward Johnard Clarito who delivered down the stretch as the Knights grabbed a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five series.Clarito finished with 12 points, including a crucial putback with a minute left. The extra possessions that he gifted his team proved key with 12 of his 18 rebounds coming off the offensive glass.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics LATEST STORIES PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess A night that started with plenty of uncertainty ended in triumph for the San Juan Knights, who are now just one win away from the MPBL Datu Cup National title.The Knights survived the absence of head coach Randy Alcantara and the strong start from the Davao Occidental Tigers for a 67-62 win in Game 3 on Tuesday night at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Coup attempts versus Vargas belied Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ Philippine Arena Interchange inauguratedlast_img read more

Oppal says he wont resign from inquiry

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe man picked to chair a public inquiry into how police investigated the Robert Pickton case is responding to calls for his resignation.Wally Oppal was a former attorney general for British Columbia.Critics say he’s too close to the provincial government to be considered impartial and should resign.They say Oppal has previously rejected having an inquiry and often defended the actions of police.last_img