Militant group claims bombing responsibility

first_imgNEW DELHI – A little-known group that police say has ties to Kashmir’s most feared militants claimed responsibility Sunday for a series of terrorist bombings that killed 59 people in New Delhi. Authorities said they already had gathered useful clues about the near-simultaneous blasts Saturday night that ripped through a bus and two markets crowded ahead of the Hindu festival of Diwali, one of the year’s busiest shopping seasons. Investigators reportedly raided dozens of small hotels across India’s capital looking for possible suspects, and police said “numerous” people were being questioned. The attacks came at a particularly sensitive time as India and Pakistan were hashing out an unprecedented agreement to partially open the heavily militarized frontier that divides the disputed territory of Kashmir to speed relief to victims of a massive earthquake earlier this month. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The agreement was finalized early Sunday, and Indian officials appeared hesitant to quickly put the blame for the bombings on Pakistan-based militants, unlike in previous terror attacks during a 16-year-old insurgency by Islamic separatists in India’s part of Kashmir. India’s accusations of Pakistani involvement in a 2001 attack on parliament put the two nuclear-armed rivals on the brink of a fourth war. But they pulled back and, after pursuing peace efforts since early last year, both appeared intent on keeping the atmosphere calm. “We have lots of information but it is not proper to disclose it yet,” Indian Home Minister Shivraj Patil told clamoring journalists after an emergency meeting of the Cabinet called to discuss the attacks. “Our people are making good progress. The investigation is going well.” A man called a local news agency in Indian Kashmir to say the militant Islamic Inquilab Mahaz, or Front for Islamic Uprising, staged the bombings, which police said killed 59 people and wounded 210. The caller, who identified himself as Ahmed Yaar Ghaznavi, said the bombings were “meant as a rebuff to the claims of Indian security groups” that militants had been wiped out by security crackdowns and the Oct. 8 earthquake that devastated the insurgents’ heartland in the mountains of Kashmir. A senior police officer in India’s Jammu-Kashmir state said the caller’s name was not familiar to intelligence agencies, and New Delhi’s deputy police chief, Karnail Singh, said the group had not been very active since 1996. However, while Singh refused to comment on the claim of responsibility, he said the group is linked to the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Tayyaba, the most feared of the dozens of Kashmiri militant groups. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Documentary on 49ers legend Ronnie Lott set to debut Friday night

first_imgHere’s a hard-hitting documentary if there ever was one: NFL Network will air a new episode of “A Football Life” on Friday night, focusing on tough-nosed Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott.The onetime tenacious defensive back for the 49ers and Raiders will be feted at 7 p.m. PT during the latest one-hour show of the Emmy-nominate series.In typical unassuming fashion, Lott discussed how he contributed to a 49ers rebirth, which led to four Super Bowl title while he was in San Francisco.“I brought an …last_img

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Qatar offers loaner laptops on US flights

first_imgQatar Airways appears to have pipped rival Emirates at the post with an offer to loan passengers laptops on US-bound flights affected by the ban on large electronic devices in aircraft cabins.The complimentary laptops will be available to business class passengers on US-bound flights and can be collected at the gate prior to boarding. Emirates has also been looking at providing customers with loaner laptops.The airline said customers would be able to download their work to a USB drive prior to boarding and their prohibited electronic devices would be collected, securely packaged, tagged and delivered to them on arrival in the US.“By providing this laptop loan service we can ensure that our passengers on flights to the US can continue to work whilst on-board,’’ Qatar chief executive Akbar Al Baker said.All three Gulf airlines are now offering to secure laptops in the hold if passengers turn up with them at security checkpoints, although Abu Dhabi-based Etihad has urged passengers to pack them in checked luggage to avoid delays.They are all also emphasising their on-board entertainment and connectivity.Qatar said passengers had a choice of 3000 entertainment options and it was also offering US-bound passengers an hour of free wi-fi as well as a special wi-fi package of $US5 to stay connected throughout the flight.Although passengers’ laptops, tablets, e-readers, cameras and even noise-cancelling headphones are banned as cabin baggage, smart phones are still allowed.In addition to the three Gulf destinations, the US ban covers all direct flights to the US from Cairo, Egypt; Amman, Jordan; Kuwait City, Kuwait; Casablanca, Morocco; Riyadh and Jeddah in Saudi Arabia; Istanbul, Turkey.Ironically, an Emirates service from Athens to the US is not affected.The UK also banned devices from a number of destinations but did not include the Gulf States.In a  Bloomberg TV interview, Emirates president Tim Clark said it the airline would be watching the demand to US cities carefully but it would not be until next month until the airline would be able to tell whether the ban had affected traffic.Asked about the connection between the ban and a campaign by US airlines against the gulf carriers, Clark said any move to cross over into the commercial world made no sense and he hoped that had not been the case.“I believe that the United States had a clear and present threat presented to them and they reacted accordingly,’’ he said.But he said if there was a threat, the ban should be applied to the airline industry universally because devices such as laptops could be carried on any airline or aircraft anywhere.“So that should be looked at very carefully,’’ he said. “The notion that they should be confined indefinitely to these countries that are proscribed by the United States is a worry.’’The International Air Transport Association has criticised the ban and urged the governments to rethink it.last_img read more

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Gallery: South Africa at 2010 Expo Shanghai

first_imgCompiled by Mary Alexander View and download in high resolution photographs of South Africa’s pavilion at the massive Expo 2010 Shanghai , a six-month fair showcasing the best the countries of the world can offer, held in the largest centre of commerce and finance on mainland China and expected to attract 100-million visitors.The pavilion was officially opened on 6 May by South Africa’s international relations minister, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane. Read the full story .Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.  • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image MORE GALLERIESlast_img read more

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New Study Finds Correlation Between Social Media and Financial Success

first_imgA new study released by enterprise wiki provider Wetpaint and the Altimeter Group shows that the brands most engaged in social media are also experiencing higher financial success rates than those of their non-engaged peers. To determine this relationship, the study focused on 100 companies from the 2008 BusinessWeek/Interbrand Best Global Brands survey and the various social media platforms they used like Facebook, Twitter, blogs, wikis, and forums. Although it’s difficult to prove for certain that the companies’ involvement in social media has led to their increased revenues, the implication behind the new data is that it has. After examining the companies and their social media activity levels, the brands were ranked on an “engagement scale” where scores ranged from a high of 127 to a low of 1. Those brands that were the most engaged saw their revenue grow over the past year by 18% while the least engaged brands saw losses of negative 6%.Four “Engagement Profiles”The study grouped the brands into one of four engagement profiles that related to the number of channels they’re involved in and how deep that involvement is. At the top of the list are “mavens,” the brands heavily engaged in seven or more social media channels – like Starbucks and Dell, for instance. “Butterflies” are like wannabe “mavens,” and are also engaged in seven or more channels but are spread too thin, investing in some channels more so than others. “Selectives” focus on six or fewer channels but engage customers deeply in the ones they’ve chosen. Finally, there are “wallflowers,” or brands engaged in six or fewer channels with below-average engagement; these include companies like McDonalds and BP. Out of the top 10 brands engaged in social media, the mavens dominate the list. All of the top 10 are mavens and have seen financial success even in a down economy:1. Starbucks (127)2. Dell (123) 3. eBay (115) 4. Google (105) 5. Microsoft (103) 6. Thomson Reuters (101) 7. Nike (100) 8. Amazon (88) 9. SAP (86) 10. Tie – Yahoo!/Intel (85)$$$ Does Social Media Pay? $$$Of course what everyone really wants to know is whether or not social media actually pays off in terms of dollars and cents. This study seems to show that it does. The most-engaged brands are significantly outperforming their peers across numerous industries in both revenue and profit performance. They have even sustained strong revenue and margin growth in spite of the economy, notes the report. Whether this correlation is actually a causation cannot be proven with the data on hand, it can only make the implication. Given the large number of companies analyzed and the consistent findings, it seems probable that social media has had a major impact on the companies’ financial success. It’s also worth noting that the level of engagement appears to be a factor, too. The companies deeply engaged in fewer channels (“selectives”) delivered higher gross and net margins than those only lightly engaged in more channels (“butterflies”). It other words, as the report says, “it’s not about doing it all, but doing it right.”The ENGAGEMENTdb Web SiteAlong with the complete study, available here, an accompanying web site has also been launched at www.engagementdb.com. On the site, companies can compare their social media efforts with the top 100 cited in the report. They can also opt to detail their social media efforts for inclusion in the online database at the site for future research and study. sarah perez Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Tags:#Features#NYT#Trends#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts last_img read more

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Aiming for Net Zero Energy in Fog City

first_imgIn San Francisco, where the city’s patchwork of microclimates deliver weather that is almost always moderate, upgrading the energy efficiency performance of a home to net-zero can include any number of strategies.One NZE project in the city that attracted attention over the summer involves the renovation of a Queen Anne Victorian in Noe Valley, a relatively sunny residential neighborhood in the east-central part of town. Barbara Shands, a principal with LSarc, a San Francisco architecture firm working on the remodel, updated GBA with details about improvements that are expected to make the house one of the very first in the city to operate at net zero energy.Plans call for retention of the front façade, the building’s sidewalls (both of which abut the property line), the first 14 ft. 6 in. of original roof framing, and the floor framing. About 1,375 sq. ft. of the original floor space will be kept intact, although next year when the renovation is completed the interior space will total 2,424 sq. ft. Any dismantled framing lumber is expected to be reused where demolition occurs, Shands noted.Leaning on solar energyThe house will be equipped with an 8-kW solar power installation on the roof (the owner has been in the solar power business for about 20 years, according to LSarc). The floors will feature inch-thick Gyp-Crete underlayment with radiant tubing heated by a 2/3-ton electric heat pump and through solar gain at the front of the house, which faces south. The floors at the north end will be finished with wood while those in the front section, where Marvin High-R Tripane wood-frame windows will help fill the façade, will be finished with a thin layer of concrete to maximize the solar gain.The R-19 walls and R-40 roof will be insulated with BioBased spray foam. The renovation also includes a three-story stairwell, topped with skylights that can be opened to create a ventilation stack for the interior. (Although the Bay Area’s inland regions may bake in 90°F heat during the summer, temperatures in San Francisco rarely exceed 80°F, which means very few houses in the city are equipped with air conditioners.)A second heat pump will provide domestic hot water, LSarc says, and LED fixtures and high-efficiency appliances will be installed to lower the total electrical load. The property also will include a graywater reclamation system designed to provide irrigation for a vegetable garden and drought-tolerant landscape.last_img read more

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Kings Crown The Devils, 3-1

first_imgNEWARK, N.J. — The Los Angeles Kings’ chances of defending their Stanley Cup title might depend on their current five-game road trip.The opener against the New Jersey Devils got them off to a good start.Anze Kopitar had a goal and two assists, and the Kings used their size and strength to beat the Devils 3-1 on March 23 to snap a two-game losing streak.“Every time you go on a long road trip, the first game is obviously very important,” Kopitar said. “It sets the tone. No disrespect to them, but they’re the only (team on the trip) not in a playoff position.“This was supposed to be the easy game, but that was not the case. We wanted to make sure we were sharp right off the get-go.”The Kings, who are on the outside of the Western Conference playoff picture heading into the final weeks of the season, dominated early. They outshot New Jersey 16-3 and took a 2-0 lead on goals by Andrej Sekera and Tyler Toffoli .“We talked about needing to come out hard,” said Marian Gaborik, who like Kopitar assisted on the first-period goals. “It was the start of a road trip, a lot of travel. It’s a time change.“We had to use our speed, use our forecheck. It was a big 20 minutes at the start. Second period, we slipped a little bit but then we came back.”Jonathan Quick made 19 saves for the Kings, who won for the second time in five games.The trip continues March 24 against the New York Rangers and then on March 26 against the New York Islanders. Los Angeles will also face Minnesota and then close out the trip at Chicago.Scott Gomez scored for the Devils, who lost their second straight game and are on the verge of being knocked out of the Eastern Conference playoff race with nine games left.Cory Schneider made 30 saves for New Jersey, which is in danger of missing the playoffs for the third straight season.The game also marked the return of veteran center Mike Richards to the Kings lineup after he spent 16 games with Manchester of the AHL. He didn’t register a point but set up a good chance by Trevor Lewis in the second period.“At the start I was chasing it a bit,” Richards said. “After that, it was all right. I felt more comfortable as the game went on. You just want to go out there and help out and contribute.”Kopitar was instrumental in ending the Kings’ skid. He earned the primary assist on the opening goal by Sekera and sealed the win early in the third period, putting the rebound of Jake Muzzin’s shot past Schneider for his 15th goal.It gave the Kings a 3-1 lead, and the Devils never seriously threatened until the closing moments when they pulled Schneider for an extra skater.Quick had kept the Kings in front minutes earlier, stopping recent call-up Reid Boucher with a glove save early in the period. He then stoned Jordin Tootoo and Travis Zajac in close during a Devils power play.“We knew they were going to come out hard,” Tootoo said. “We have to look ourselves in the mirror. We’re all professionals. We can’t wait for the guy next to us to get the job done. You have to bring your work boots every night.”The Devils didn’t in a one-sided opening period, and that allowed the Kings to take a 2-0 lead.Kopitar did the work on Sekera’s first goal in 19 games and his first since the defenseman came to the Kings in a trade with Carolina in February.Kopitar skated from the Devils’ left circle out to the blue line, and left the puck for Sekera, who skated back to the circle and ripped a shot into the top of the net against a helpless Schneider.Toffoli’s 21st goal came with the Kings on a 5-on-3 power play late in the period. Gaborik held the puck in the right circle and made a brilliant cross-ice pass that Toffoli snapped into an empty net.Gomez scored his seventh of the season 2:12 into the second period.(TOM CANAVAN, AP Sports Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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