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Woman kills self in Baramati, names CRPF man in suicide note

first_imgA Maharashtra Public Service Commission aspirant killed herself on July 20, 2017 in Baramati after blaming a Central Reserve Police Force commando and seven others in her suicide note, police has said. She had alleged mental harassment and blackmail among other reasons for her decision. The incident occurred in the evening of July 20, 2017, said the distraught kin of the woman. In a detailed and impassioned three-page note, the woman revealed she had known the CRPF commando for the past year-and-a-half and alleged that she had been lured into a physical relationship by him on false promises. The woman had accused others named in note of continuous blackmail and threat in the last three years.”They used to harass me at tuition classes and the academy with the baleful intention of coercing me into sexual relationship. They said they would tarnish my reputation… My loved ones are not aware of these events. I have been traumatised for the past several months… seek justice against those named in my letter,” reads the note.An officer with the Baramati Police Station said, “The girl apparently never confided in her parents about these events for fear of causing distress to them. We have lodged an FIR against those named in the suicide note and are probing the case to determine all angles.” Police have lodged an FIR under sections 306 (abetment of suicide) and 34 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) acting on a complaint lodged by the woman’s kin.last_img read more

After frustrating him in NCAA, Thompson looks to turn tables on Amer in PBA

first_imgPBA IMAGESFor Scottie Thompson, it’s time for the second part of his redemption tour against Baser Amer.With the upcoming Finals clash between Ginebra and  Meralco in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup,  the former Perpetual playmaker and the San Beda floor general also renew they rivalry.ADVERTISEMENT “They [San Beda] were the ones in red then. Now, I’m the one in red so I wish to eliminate them again,” he said smiling.Thompson was on the losing end thrice in the Final Four as his tough-as-nails Altas failed to knock off Amer’s Red Lions from 2012 to 2014.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHe didn’t get his fourth crack at San Beda after Perpetual missed out on the playoffs in his senior year in NCAA Season 91.But Thompson did get one back on Amer after his Gin Kings won the 2016 Governors’ Cup at the expense of the Bolts last season. MOST READ Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes PLAY LIST 01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes00:40Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIEScenter_img Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH While they may be rivals on the court, Thompson could not help but be impressed with Amer’s improvement this year.“Baser has been playing really good. They’re successful right now is because of the way he plays. It’s also a big boost for them when they added kuya Ranidel (de Ocampo) and Mike Tolomia, so they have more weapons this time compared to last year,” he said.But the goal remains the same for Thompson as he hopes win his second championship at his friend’s expense.“I’m thankful to be back in the Finals and we really want to win this one,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Blue Eagles move closer to PVL finals sweep View comments BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasalast_img read more

Four Filipinos to see action in ONE: Warriors of the World in Bangkok

first_imgPangilinan: PH ‘putting very good bid’ to host 2023 Fiba World Cup Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:18Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 City Photo from ONE ChampionshipFour Filipinos will proudly hoist the country’s flag when they enter the cage at ONE Warriors of the World at Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand on December 9.Female fighters April Osenio and Rome Trinidad banner the Philippine delegation as they take on different opponents in the undercard.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next The Bangkok fightcard will see ONE Strawweight World Champion Yoshitaka Naito defend his title against Brazilian Alex Silva in the main event, while Shannon Wiratchai and Rasul Yakhyaev figure in a ONE Lightweight World Championship title eliminator.Singapore’s Christian Lee will also lock horns with Kotetsu Buku of South Korea, former ONE Strawweight World Champion Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke going up against Riku Shibuya, hometown bet Yodsanan Sityodtong taking on Dodi Mardian of Indonesia, and Chinese bantamweight Tang De Pan facing Asraful Islam of Bangladesh. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA LATEST STORIES QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohortcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH The 23-year-old Osenio (2-2) is seeking to bounce back from her loss to Jenny Huang last year as Team Lakay pins its hopes on her when she faces the debuting Xiong Jingnan of China in their flyweight bout.Meanwhile, the 20-year-old Trinidad will be making her ONE debut as she showcases her Sikaran background and shoots for an upset against Thai contender Rika Ishige in their atomweight showdown.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCebuano featherweight Jimmy Yabo (5-5) is also seeking to end his three-match skid when he tangles with Muay Thai specialist Sagetdao Petpayathai.Wushu expert Rabin Catalan (4-3) is also motivated to snap his own slump as he faces strawweight contender Kritsada Kongsrichai of Thailand. View commentslast_img read more

TNT’s Pogoy scoreless since career performance in Game 1

first_imgRoger Pogoy. PBA IMAGESMuch-maligned after his apparent low-blow against Arwind Santos in Game 2, Roger Pogoy shared that he has already extended his apologies to his fellow Tamaraw.“That’s over with. I don’t have any comment on that. I already apologized to kuya Arwind,” he said in Filipino.ADVERTISEMENT Pogoy shrugged off his bad shooting and insisted that his main job is to be one of the KaTropa’s defensive anchors.“My role here in this team is to do the defense and the little things. The points I get are just bonuses. I want to do my role here in the team so that we can win,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games LATEST STORIES 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chickencenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Jeff Horn has ’10-point plan’ to upset Pacquiao Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ What ‘missteps’? “Maybe it’s just bad game. They were really closing out on me. Before, they are letting me shoot and they’re challenging everything. I’ll make up for it next game,” he said.TNT coach Nash Racela also isn’t losing sleep with Pogoy’s poor two-game stretch, noting that though, the FEU standout has been missing his shots, he’s still able to contribute in other ways.“It’s okay as long as he’s making the right decisions and taking the shots that he needs to take. If he’s open, it’s okay. If it doesn’t go in, there’s no problem,” Racela said.“I think it’s the same with (Marcio) Lassiter. He was struggling a little bit but he was taking the right shots. Today, he contributed, starting hitting his shots. So it is what it is.”For his part, Pogoy noted that more than his offense, it’s his defense which is counted more in the KaTropa camp as he expects a tougher battle against the likes of Lassiter, Alex Cabagnot, and Chris Ross come Game 4 on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT The TNT rookie has put the incident behind him but things haven’t been going well for him in the finals since.For the second straight game, Pogoy was held scoreless two games after having a career performance in Game 1.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAnd t’s no surprise that the KaTropa yielded Game 3 to the Beermen, 109-97, with Pogoy dealing with major offensive woes.Pogoy is currently 0-of-13 from the field after exploding for  27 points in the finals opener. WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garagelast_img read more

Serena Williams asks McEnroe for respect after comparison to men

first_imgWhat ‘missteps’? Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ “Dear John, I adore and respect you but please please keep me out of your statements that are not factually based,” she wrote.“I’ve never played anyone ranked ‘there’ nor do I have time. Respect me and my privacy as I’m trying to have a baby. Good day sir.”Williams, 35, won this year’s Australian Open for her seventh Melbourne crown and her 23rd Slam singles title, setting an Open Era record and moving one shy of Margaret Court’s all-time Slam singles title record.In April, Williams announced that she was pregnant and would not compete for the remainder of the season.Williams has won Wimbledon and the Australian Open seven times, the US Open six times and the French Open three times.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games MOST READ Serena Williams . AP File PhotoNEW YORK—Serena Williams, a 23-time Grand Slam singles champion, fired back Monday at John McEnroe’s remark that she would only rank about 700th on the men’s tennis circuit.McEnroe, a seven-time Grand Slam singles winner, called Williams “best female player ever — no question,” in comments to National Public Radio aired Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chickencenter_img 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire But asked why she should not be considered the best of all time, McEnroe added: “If she had to just play the circuit — the men’s circuit — that would be an entirely different story.”McEnroe, speaking on a tour to promote his new book “But Seriously,” said he would place Williams “like 700 in the world” on the ATP Tour.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutREAD: Tennis: McEnroe ranks Serena 700th on men’s tourOn Monday (Tuesday, Manila), Williams responded in two Twitter postings. McEnroe, 58, is a former world number one like Williams. He won four US Open and three Wimbledon singles titles.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Brother of boxer Julio Cesar Chavez slain in home in Mexico Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide View commentslast_img read more

New Sunshine Coast Stadium

first_imgHaving constructed the main field at Stockland Park to national standard, the Sunshine Coast Regional Council agreed to further develop the precinct by constructing a grandstand with high standard player and spectator facilities that would comply with State Sports Venue standards. The stadium is a 1000 seat grandstand with high standard player and spectator facilities, including three levels, state of the art player change rooms, coaches’ boxes, medical rooms and catering facilities. To keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information in the lead up to and during the 2011 X-Blades National Youth Championships, go to www.nyc.mytouchfooty.com. Don’t forget to follow Touch Football Australia on Facebook and Twitter by clicking on the following links:www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Touch-Football-Australia/384949403384 www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus Touch Football Australia’s YouTube Channel will also be updated regularly throughout the event with highlights and interviews from the 2011 X-Blades National Youth Championships. To view the Channel, please click on the following link:www.youtube.com/touchfootballauslast_img read more

10 months agoLyon ace Depay: The challenge Mourinho made me…

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Lyon ace Depay: The challenge Mourinho made me…by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveOlympique Lyon ace Memphis Depay has revealed Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho offered the carrot of buying him back when he was sold two years ago.Depay failed to settle in at Manchester United during his two years at the Old Trafford club, but has his career back on track at OL.Talking to The Times, Depay said: “When I left, I said to Mourinho ‘you will see me at the top’. “He said ‘OK, I hope that and I hope we will buy you back one day.’ I never had a bad relationship with him.” On his relationship with Louis van Gaal, who brought him to Manchester United, the Dutchman said: “We didn’t fall out, it was just a miss-connection with each other.”As a team we didn’t play great football and some things I don’t understand – if you have talented young players, Anthony Martial, Luke Shaw and the others, they need freedom.” last_img read more

Video: Jimmy Kimmel Asked Erin Andrews For $1 Million Of Her $55 Million Lawsuit Money

first_imgErin Andrews appears on Jimmy Kimmel Live!erin andrews jimmy kimmelErin Andrews, who recently won her lawsuit in the much-publicized stalker trial, was awarded $55 million in damages from the Nashville Marriott, the Windsor Capital Group and Michael David Barrett. It didn’t take long for ABC late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel to get to the point when Andrews came on as his guest Wednesday night.Kimmel, jokingly, asked Andrews for $1 million. Of course – as we’ve written – she doesn’t have any of that money yet, and she won’t get it all.In all seriousness, it’s great to see Andrews smiling and laughing after the trial. The pictures/video from the ordeal were pretty tough to see.last_img

Bill Cosbys Canadian accuser is calm and focused as trial nears friends

first_imgThey became friendly over the next two years, discussing sports, health tips and Constand’s career. Cosby, according to his deposition in her lawsuit, once invited her to a dinner with local college presidents and also took her to Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut to talk career options with an executive. Bill Cosby – Andrea Constand. Image: AP – Associated Press Andrea Constand will be the star witness when the comedian dubbed America’s Dad goes on trial Monday in suburban Philadelphia on charges he drugged and sexually assaulted her. Cosby, 79, could get 10 years in prison if convicted. On the night in question, in early 2004, Cosby summoned her to his gated estate near Philadelphia to discuss her job search. In his deposition, he said he gave her three unidentified pills to ease her stress. She said she thought it was an herbal remedy. Cosby, 36 years her senior, then put his hand down her pants, according to his deposition. Facebook Advertisement NORRISTOWN, Pa. — When Andrea Constand takes the stand in the coming days to break her decade-long silence about Bill Cosby, jurors will hear from a free spirit who devotes her life to family, her French poodle, and her work treating cancer patients and others as a massage therapist. “She’s the only one who found the fortitude to press charges against him within the statute of limitations. I think that’s not a coincidence. She’s so strong and courageous,” said Lili Bernard, who said Cosby sexually assaulted her before giving her a one-time role on “The Cosby Show” in 1992, the eighth and final season of the top-ranked sitcom. Constand, an athletic six-footer with colourful arm tattoos and a wild mane of brown curly hair, is the only Cosby accuser whose complaint has led to criminal charges. About 60 women have accused him of similar conduct, most of them coming forward in Constand’s wake. The trial is expected to last about two weeks. Constand has visited Motsinger during trips to the Southwest, an area she loves from her college days in Arizona. They hike, talk about their spiritual journeys and share the occasional margarita. One thing they don’t talk about is Cosby, the older woman said. Constand also visited Bernard in Los Angeles last year, where they happened upon his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame while taking in the sights. They kept walking, Bernard said.Cosby, Temple’s most famous booster and trustee, first spied Constand from across the school gym in 2002. He had a friend introduce them. When she mentioned having back pain, he led her into the locker room to engage in a back-to-back, two-person stretch. Login/Register With: Advertisement Constand’s lawyer, Dolores Troiani, considers that ludicrous, since the 30-year-old Constand was dating a woman at the time. She later told police she was drifting in and out of consciousness, unable to fend him off.center_img When they last met, in 2004, Constand was wrapping up a life in basketball that had taken her from the Toronto suburbs to a national title with the University of Arizona to a pro league in Europe and finally a job on the coaching staff at Temple University in Philadelphia, Cosby’s alma mater. Twitter “Andrea was a basketball player. She would prepare for a championship game like no other,” Motsinger said. “That’s what she’s done here.”By: Maryclaire Dale – The Associated Press “Andrea is not focused on the outcome. She is not emotional. She’s the opposite. She is so centred and focused. She does yoga, she meditates,” said Donna Motsinger, 75, a fellow Cosby accuser who has become close to Constand since the Canadian woman reached out to her two years ago. “She lives a beautiful life.” Constand then filed the first sexual battery lawsuit against the Hollywood star, a case he settled for an undisclosed sum after giving four days of lurid testimony about his sexual conduct with Constand and other young women. He acknowledged giving some of them pills and alcohol and at least one woman quaaludes. After that testimony became public in 2015, more women came forward and a new set of prosecutors took another look at the case and arrested Cosby. Constand left Temple when the basketball season ended, returning home to become a massage therapist like her father. During her training, she learned about the professional boundaries involving touch and started having nightmares, according to court documents. She told her mother in 2005 that something had happened. They went to the police. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Constand, now 44, has never spoken publicly about the TV star under the terms of a confidential settlement they negotiated in 2006. And her deposition from that lawsuit remains sealed. Yet friends say she is ready to face Cosby and the crush of media in the courtroom. Prosecutors in Pennsylvania at the time deemed the case too weak to prosecute. The Associated Press does not usually identify people who say they are the victims of sexual assault, but Constand’s lawyer has said her name can be used. Cosby called some of their time together “romantic,” describing a few occasions when he said he made advances toward her or lay next to her on his bed during the 2003 casino trip. He insists the encounter at the heart of the criminal case was consensual.last_img read more

Justice ministers ask Ottawa to hurry court delays slow down legalizing pot

first_imgVANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Provincial and territorial ministers of justice and public safety are urging the federal government to hurry up on solving court delays and slow down on legalizing pot.BC’s Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth said today after the two-day political meeting that all provinces are concerned about the Canadian government’s refusal to reconsider its deadline of legalizing marijuana by July 1st, 2018. “I would like us to have more time,” he said. “But in the case of British Columbia, our job is to make sure that we can put in place that framework, and we’re working to that July date.”Quebec Justice Minister Stephanie Vallee said the rush to meet next summer’s deadline is interfering with the province’s own legislative plans for the fall session. “It’s asking for us to do a lot within a very short period of time,” Vallee said. “We also had a legislative agenda that’s been pushed because of this. We had no choice. I think it’s the same for all provinces,” she added.Canada’s public safety minister, Ralph Goodale, insisted at the conclusion of the two-day gathering that the July timeline still “appears to be a reasonable one,” despite a crescendo of misgivings from other governments, public health experts and police forces.“We are going to continue to work diligently with all of our partners to make sure that this is done in a thorough, competent, professional fashion,” Goodale said. “Public health and safety will always be paramount.”Quebec’s public consultations wrapped up two days ago and Vallee said she expects her government to unveil its regulatory framework for marijuana in the coming months.Alberta is partway through its own public consultation process and Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley said she expects to use the results of a recent outreach initiative to release a draft in the coming weeks.“That framework will go back out to the Alberta public for further validation,” she said. “We’re essentially going back and asking, ‘Was this the view you took?’”Besides pot laws, the ministers discussed strategies to address the so-called Jordan decision from the Supreme Court of Canada which imposes strict time limits on criminal prosecutions and has resulted in numerous serious cases being tossed over court delays.Federal Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould said the areas being considered for reform in an effort to accelerate the trial process include mandatory minimum penalties, the bail system, preliminary inquiries, the reclassification of some criminal offences and judicial case management.She did not elaborate when asked about specific details or a timeline for those reforms.“We had very detailed conversations about potential options,” Wilson-Raybould said. “We are going to proceed as quickly as we can,” she added, describing court delays as a priority. “I’m hopeful that we can have a package in the near future.”Quebec has borne much of the fallout from the so-called Jordan decision, with more than a thousand applications working their way through the province’s court system, including cases of alleged murder and sexual assault, Vallee said. “We need to do more than just cosmetic changes,” she said, emphasizing the need for changes to the criminal code and preliminary inquiries.Quebec has invested $135 million for more judges, prosecutors and court staff to deal with the backlog, she added.last_img read more

Gasoline companies to speak at public inquiry into BC pump prices Wednesday

first_imgThe utilities commission released a schedule and description of the so-called oral workshops, along with questions that will be asked, over the next two days. But it said it’s committed to staying on schedule and Parkland said Friday it would still participate.Other companies said they were reassured by the new confidentiality terms, including a spokesman for Husky, but didn’t commit to release the data.“The advance ruling on confidentiality does go a long way to satisfy Husky’s concerns,” Mel Duvall said in an email Thursday.“That said, we are still considering whether there are other measures that can be implemented by the BCUC that would provide further protection for the interveners.”Shell said it would provide the data ordered but requested the inquiry use the same confidentiality process that the National Energy Board used in proceedings dealing with pipeline access, including storing confidential material in a red folder.Suncor said it was preparing to submit the figures by Monday, while Imperial Oil said it still wasn’t comfortable doing so. Costco submitted two copies of a questionnaire Friday, one for the public and one with three additional answers it deemed confidential.Questions shared in advance by the utilities commission reveal some of the information the public may learn.They cover capacity and costs of using the Trans Mountain pipeline, whether refineries co-ordinate with one another to plan for maintenance repairs and shutdowns, and whether companies divert refined product from B.C. when gas prices are low.“We’ll be making findings on what we’ve found, whether it’s competitive or not, how the prices are set, why the prices are different here and why they fluctuate more than they do in other parts of Canada,” Morton said.The province has also asked the utilities commission to explore mechanisms the province could use to moderate price fluctuations and increases.Recommendations on the Trans Mountain pipeline are unlikely, Morton said, adding that he didn’t want to preclude anything prematurely.Ervin said there are a few options facing the province:— It can create a watchdog agency to monitor the elements going into the pump price and where they seem to change, in order to better understand and explain to the public what happens and why.— It can reduce taxes, which are among the highest in Canada, especially in the Metro Vancouver area where the carbon tax represents 9 cents per litre and the transit authority adds another 18.5 cents per litre.— Or it could pursue regulation of crude going into refineries, wholesale gasoline prices, or prices at the pump. Each of those regulations is “problematic,” he said.Crude and wholesale gasoline are globally traded commodities, he said. That means for example, that if wholesale gasoline prices are capped low, American wholesale buyers may buy them up leaving B.C. dry, he said.The Atlantic provinces regulate prices at the pump but that may have a counterproductive effect in B.C. Retail margins aren’t large and have actually declined over the last 20 to 30 years when inflation is taken into account, Ervin said.“It would most certainly have the consequence of putting gas stations out of business,” he said.Amy Smart, The Canadian Press VANCOUVER — An industry expert says a public inquiry into British Columbia’s record-breaking gasoline prices may increase the public’s understanding of a murky market but the provincial government’s options for response are limited.Michael Ervin, senior vice-president with consulting firm Kent Group that specializes in the downstream petroleum industry, said he also doesn’t expect the inquiry to uncover any bombshell revelations.The reason prices at the pump are so much higher in Vancouver and other B.C. cities than comparable jurisdictions all funnels down to supply and demand, he said. “We felt that under the circumstances it would not be unreasonable to provide them with that assurance,” Morton said in an interview.Calgary-based Parkland Fuel, which had raised concerns about confidentiality, also complained of tight deadlines in a letter from its lawyers to the commission on Tuesday.“The inquiry has the potential to profoundly impact Parkland’s business,” it said, adding that it is a voluntary participant and short notice on what the hearings would look like impedes their “full and fair participation.”“The only way to mitigate that harm is to delay the workshop.”center_img “It really comes down to very tight supply relative to pretty strong demand in the Lower Mainland and B.C. in general,” Ervin said in a phone interview.Premier John Horgan ordered the inquiry in May when prices at the pump reached $1.70 a litre, saying gas and diesel price increases were “alarming, increasingly out of line with the rest of Canada, and people in B.C. deserve answers.”He tasked the British Columbia Utilities Commission with overseeing the inquiry. A three-member panel chaired by CEO David Morton is set to begin its oral proceedings on Wednesday in Vancouver.But the inquiry has already encountered some hurdles.The utilities commission beefed up its confidentiality terms last week after six of seven fuel companies refused to share their retail margins, saying it would compromise their positions in a competitive market.The new terms grant advanced approval of confidential status to those who submit information that they identify as commercially or competitively sensitive under the new terms, rather than granting the status after the content is reviewed and deemed eligible.last_img read more

Businessman allegedly robbed of Rs 14 crore at gunpoint by unidentified men

first_imgNew Delhi: A businessman was allegedly robbed of Rs 1.4 crore at gunpoint by bike-borne men after intercepting his car in outer Delhi’s Rani Bagh area, police said Friday. The incident took place on Friday evening when Vinod, a resident of Rani Bagh, was returning home and suddenly his car was intercepted by the bike-borne men, they said. The men, wearing helmet, forced him to get off his vehicle by pointing a pistol at him and robbed of Rs 1.4 crore. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder One among them took his car while others fled on their motorcycles, the police said. The men drove away the trader’s car containing the money, but abandoned it some distance away, the police said. The police have recovered the car and are looking for fingerprints that may help them to nab the accused. Vinod’s car was found abandoned over a kilometre from the crime spot an hour later. The bag containing the cash was missing, police said. They are scanning through CCTV footage around the crime spot as well as the route to the place where the car was found abandoned. Further investigation is underway, police said.last_img read more

Registration of hospitals under clinical establishment act begins

first_imgGurugram: A large number of private hospitals have not registered themselves under the clinical establishment act. Even as there was a deadline to include all the hospitals in February, the district authorities have not been able to meet the target of including all the hospitals under this act.Despite the move garnering a lot of resentment by a large number of protests by the medical experts, the Haryana government is all sett bring in the clinical establishment act of 2010. The act tries to bring in more transparency in the hospitals of Gurugram. According to senior government officials the act once implemented will make the doctors more accountable to patients. Challenges withstanding there have been six hospitals that include two government hospitals which have already enrolled for the project. Even as the ethical practices of the private hospital in the city come under question over recent months, poor public healthcare has only resulted in an increase in the population of patients in private hospitals. All the hospital that have the capacity of more than 100 beds are required to register themselves under this act. Most of the hospital protested the move citing that it will provide more powers to the public officer to unnecessarily harass the doctors. There are an estimated 150 medical institutions that are liable for getting registered under this act. “We are committed to registering all the medical institutions under this act. This act is bound to bring in more transparency. As of now six hospitals that includes four large private hospitals have registered themselves in the act,” said Dr BK Rajoura, Chief Medical Officer Gurugram health department. For long while public healthcare system continues to struggle with inadequate infrastructure, the private healthcare system in the face the credibility crisis.last_img read more

Elaborate traffic arrangements in place for IPL match in Delhi

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi Police has made elaborate traffic arrangements for parking of vehicles, pedestrian movement and safety of persons in and around the Feroz Shah Kotla Ground here, which will host an IPL T-20 cricket match on Thursday, officials said. The match between Delhi Capitals and Mumbai Indians will be played at the ground between 8.00 pm 11.30 pm. “Limited parking is available for labelled vehicles in the proximity of the stadium and no vehicles would be allowed to be parked on Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, Jawaharlal Nehru Marg and Ring Road from Rajghat to I.P. Flyover (both the carriageways) on the day of the match,” a traffic advisory said. Vehicles parked on these roads shall be towed away and prosecuted as per law, the advisory added. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderFor unlabelled vehicles, ‘park and ride’ facility has been created at Mata Sundari Parking, Shanti Van Parking and under Velodrome Road, it said. All buses will start their services two hours before the match and will continue till one hour after the start of the match. The bus service from the stadium to their respective destinations will start as soon as the game ends and will continue for an hour after the match ends, a senior traffic officer said.last_img read more

Yeah The Blackhawks Are A Dynasty

The Chicago Blackhawks will take the ice tonight for the chance to win their third Stanley Cup in six seasons. For NHL fans whose memories stretch back to the 1970s and 1980s, such a feat might not seem all that impressive. The NHL was once extremely friendly to dynasties: The Montreal Canadiens won four consecutive Stanley Cups from 1976 to 1979, the New York Islanders did so from 1980 to 1983 and then the Edmonton Oilers won five Stanley Cups in seven seasons from 1984 through 1990.But this isn’t the same league: No team has won back-to-back Stanley Cups since the Detroit Red Wings in 1997 and 1998. And cases like the Blackhawks’ — where teams win championships separated by a couple of seasons, as they did in 2010 and 2013, or as the Los Angeles Kings did in 2012 and 2014 — are fairly rare, too.In the series of charts below, I’ve tracked the share of NHL, NBA, NFL and MLB champions who were repeat winners, along with the share who had won at least one title in any of the three previous seasons.1For instance, the 2014 champion would qualify by having won the championship in 2011, 2012 or 2013. These trends can also ebb and flow over time. After the Boston Celtics won 11 championships in 13 seasons from 1957 through 1969, the NBA then went 19 seasons without a repeat champion until the Los Angeles Lakers did it in 1987 and 1988. Since this data can be a bit noisy, I’ve stretched it over a fairly long time frame, showing trailing 20-year windows for each sport.Over its past 20 seasons, the NHL has the lowest share of repeat winners among the major sports leagues — the Red Wings in 1997 and 1998 were the only one — along with the lowest share of teams to repeat within a three-season window (four out of the past 20 Stanley Cup champions did so). By contrast, before about 1990, it was probably the easiest sport for repeat winners. From 1971 to 1990, for instance, 45 percent of Stanley Cup winners had also won the championship in the previous season, and 75 percent had won a Stanley Cup within the previous three years.The reasons for this are obvious enough: The NHL has expanded rapidly, from six teams in 1966-67 to 30 teams today. It implemented a hard and unforgiving salary cap in 2004-05. And it’s a fairly random sport: Compared with something like basketball, the best team won’t necessarily prevail, even over a seven-game series.Still, the differences are striking. Given the difficulties of keeping a team together in the modern NHL, winning three championships within six years, as the Blackhawks will do if they can finish off Tampa Bay, would perhaps be no less impressive a feat than what the Islanders did by winning four in a row, for example. And they’ll have done it with largely the same group of talent. Nine of the Blackhawks’ top 10 players by point shares this season, including Duncan Keith, Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews, were also members of the franchise in 20102Although goalie Corey Crawford spent most of the 2009-10 season in the minor leagues and played just one regular-season game for the Blackhawks; the only exception is left wing Brandon Saad, who had not yet been drafted. UPDATE (June 16, 11:13 a.m.): The Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup on Monday night, confirming their status as a modern dynasty. read more

Prahalis has big shoes to fill

The loss suffered by the Ohio State women’s basketball team in the Sweet 16 represented more than the end of the season — it represented the last time Jantel Lavender would don scarlet and gray. The vacancy left by the four-time Big Ten Player of the Year will be coach Jim Foster’s toughest obstacle, as he will look toward Ashley Adams to improve on her solid freshman season and develop into the type of low-post threat Lavender posed. “We have to find someone else,” Foster said. “Sammy (Prahalis is) back — another opportunity for her to lead and help some of our younger players grow over the summer.” Samantha Prahalis will be a senior next season under the expectation that the team will be hers to lead. Her 14.5 points per game were second, behind only Lavender. She finished Big Ten play as the conference leader in assists, with 6.9 per game, ranking third in the country. It’s likely that the majority of her assists next season will be from baskets made by Adams, who shot 61 percent from the field this year. After averaging less than six minutes of playing time over her first nine games, Adams moved into the starting lineup and contributed heavy minutes after senior Sarah Schulze suffered a serious knee injury Jan. 16. From then on, Adams averaged more than 27 minutes per game and started 16 of the team’s last 17 games. At 6-foot-4, Adams presented opposing teams with the challenge of facing two sizeable players in the post when paired with Lavender. After Schulze went down, Adams averaged 8.2 points per game. Before she moved into the starting lineup, she averaged fewer than two points a contest. Guard Brittany Johnson is the other senior starter leaving. Johnson was the team’s most potent threat from beyond the 3-point line, making 42.7 percent of her attempts. Johnson was the 29th player in program history to record 1,000 points, and was second in the Big Ten, averaging 2.9 threes per game. It will be up to guards Tayler Hill and Amber Stokes to fill the void Johnson leaves next year. Hill, entering her junior campaign, earned Big Ten All-Defensive team honors this season, and was voted honorable mention for the conference. She was third on the team in scoring, with 12.8 points per game, and handled the ball when teams looked to shut down Prahalis. Stokes became known as the team’s spark plug off the bench, often providing the Buckeyes with intangibles. Others who will likely see increased roles next season are centers Aleksandra Dobranic and Darryce Moore, forwards Martina Ellerbe, Brianna Sanders and Emilee Harmon, and guard Amy Scullion. Foster has four incoming freshmen signed for next season, including guards Raven Ferguson and Kalpana Beach. Ferguson is rated as the No. 35 overall prospect and sixth among point guards by ESPN. Beach is ranked as the No. 26 incoming freshman guard. “You just sort of reload and get ready,” Foster said after the Sweet 16 loss. “You can’t dwell.” read more

Legendary Riot Grrrl Band Bikini Kill Reunite Announce Tour

first_imgNews Twitter The “Rebel Girl” band, who inspired women to express themselves via music and DIY culture, will play all-ages shows in Los Angeles and New York City, as well as a 16+ show in Brooklyn, N.Y. that will begin in the spring.”Bikini Kill are thrilled to announce they will be regrouping to play shows in NY and LA this spring,” the band said on their website. “They will perform with their iconic line-up of Kathleen Hanna on vocals, Tobi Vail on drums, and Kathi Wilcox on bass — along with guitarist Erica Dawn Lyle.”The group formed in 1990 and were based in Olympia, Wash. and Washington, D.C. Before their break-up in 1997, they recorded and released a demo, two EPs, two LPs and three singles. They toured the U.S., Japan, Europe and Australia.  Frontwoman Hanna went on to form band Le Tigre and a solo career as Julie Ruin. The Punk Singer documentary is based on her activism and musical career and shows the singer’s life and battle with Lyme disease.Tickets for all three shows will go on sale on Friday, Jan. 18. Both NYC shows will be on sale at 9 A.M. PT / 12 P.M. ET, while the L.A. show will go on sale at 10 A.M. PT / 1 P.M. ET. For more info, visit the band’s website.Coachella Announces “Every One” Initiative To Fight Harassment And Assault The “Rebel Girl” band will play all-ages shows in Los Angeles in New York City and a 16+ show in Brooklyn, N.Y. in the springJennifer VelezGRAMMYs Jan 15, 2019 – 12:24 pm Bikini Kill, the legendary politically outspoken feminist ’90s punk band that launched the Riot Grrrl movement, have reunited and announced a tour. Facebook Email Legendary Riot Grrrl Band Bikini Kill Reunite, Announce Tour Riot Grrrl Band Bikini Kill Announce Tour legendary-riot-grrrl-band-bikini-kill-reunite-announce-tour Read morelast_img read more

Union Budget 2017 Highlights Here is FM Arun Jailtleys speech key takeaway

first_img[Representational Image]PIB IndiaAmid uproar over Narendra Modi’s government continuing with the Union Budget 2017-2018, following the death of E Ahmed, Congress MP from Kerala had raised doubts over the possible postponement of Budget speech. However, the House Speaker, Sumithra Mahajan gave the go ahead following a tribute and few minutes silence in respect of the deceased MP. The highlights below let us have a peek into the government’s focus for the next fiscal year, until the fine print of the Budget reaches everyone. Read: Union Budget Session 2017 Live Updates: MP Ahamed’s death creates uncertainty; FM Arun Jaitley reaches Parliament, Union Cabinet to meet shortlyFinance Minister, Arun Jailtley started his Union Budget 2017 at 11 pm as planned. Top highlights of Union Budget 2017-2018:We have moved from a discretionary administration to a policy-based administration.Focus will be on energising our youth, to reap benefits of growth and employment.International Monetary Fund estimates that the world GDP will grow by 3.1 percent in 2016 and 3.4 percent in 2017.Demonetisation is a bold and decisive measure, for many decades tax evasion was a way of life for many.Pace of remonetisation has picked up and will soon reach comfortable levels. Effects of Demonetisation  not expected to spill over to next year.Have done away with planned and  non-planned allocation.Agenda is to transform, energise and clean India.Surplus liquidity in the banking system will aid in lower cost of lending and credit.Committed to double farmer income in five years. Agriculture is expected to grow at 4.1 percent in the current year.Overall approach in this year’s Budget has been to spend more in rural areas.Farmers will benefit from 60-day interest waiver announced by PM.Target of agricultural loans to farmers set at record Rs 10 lakh cr in 2017-18Fasal Bima Yojana coverage will be increased to 40 percent.Issuance of soil health cards has gathered momentum.Pledges to setup a mini lab in krishi vigyan kendrasWill support NABARD to digitise 63,000 primary agri co-operatives.To set up Rs 5,000 cr worth dedicated micro irrigation fund by NABARD.Long term irrigation fund set up in NABARD, additional corpus Rs 20,000 cr.Dairy processing fund initial corpus at Rs 2,000 cr.Pledges to bring one crore households out of poverty by 2019.National agricultural markets to be expanded to 585 markets.Cabinet approves extension of tenure of loans under credit linked subsidy scheme of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana from 15 to 20 years.Budget allocation to MNREGA increased to a record Rs 48,000 crore for 2017-18 from Rs 37,000 cr in 2016-17.Total allocation for rural, agricultural and allied sectors for 2017-18 is Rs 187223 cr, which is 24 percent higher than last year.100 percent village electrification will be achieved by May 1, 2018.Proposes to introduce a system of measuring annual learning, science to be given more focus.To complete 1,00,00,000 houses by 2019 for houseless and those living in kaccha house.Open defecation free villages are now being given priority for pipe to water supply.Safe drinking water to cover 28,000 arsenic and Fluoride affected habitations in the next four years.For senior citizens, Aadhar cards giving their health condition will be introduced.Two new All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) to be set up in Jharkhand and Gujarat.Steps will be taken to launch dedicated trains for pilgrimage and tourism.Rail safety fund with corpus of Rs 100,000 crore will be created over a period of five years.A new metro rail policy will be announced, this will open up new jobs for our youth.At least 25 stations are expected to be awarded during 2017-18; 500 stations are to be made differently abled-friendly by providing lifts and escalators.By 2019, all coaches of Indian Railways will be fitted with bio-toilets.Service charges on e-tickets booked through IRCTC will be withdrawn.Transport sector allocated Rs 2.41 lakh crore and Bharat Net Project allocated Rs 10,000 cr.The Foreign Investment Promotion Board has been abolished.Action plan to eliminate Kala Azar and Filariasis by 2017, Leprosy by 2018, Measles by 2020 and Tuberculosis by 2025.Mission Antyodaya to bring 1 crore households out of poverty and to make 50,000 Gram Panchayats poverty-free.During 2017-18, another 5 lakh ponds will be constructed, for drought-proofing.Railway related state-run companies like IRCON and IRCTC to be listed on stock exchanges.3.5 crore youth will be trained under Sankalp program launched by the government.Propose to double the lending target of Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana and set it up at Rs 2.44 lakh crore for 2017-18.Unmanned railway level crossings to be done away with by 2020.Government to commission 3,500 km of railway tracks in 2018.Propose to feed 7000 solar railway station in medium term.Government proposes 1 lakh cr corpus for Railway ministry’s safety fund over five years.Chandigarh and eight districts of Haryana have been declared kerosene free.Pace of construction of roads has increased to Rs 133 km/day in 2017.2,000 km of coastal roads have been identified for development.National Highway allocation now stands at Rs 64,000 cr.FM proposes Rs 2.41 lakh cr allocation.Rs 3.96 lakh cr have been allocated for infrastructure.Government to take up second phase of solar power development for additional 20,000 mw.Government to launch Adhaar Pay soon.Rs 10,000 cr allocated for recapitalisation of PSU banks.New rules for pricing medical devices to benefit common man.Government considering introduction of new law to confiscate assets of offenders who escape the country.Aadhar enabled payment system to be launched soon. Banks have targeted to introduce additional 10 lakh Point-of-Sale terminals by March 2017.Total expenditure of budget 2017-18 has been placed at Rs 21.47 lakh cr.Defence expenditure excluding pension at Rs 2.74 lakh cr.Total resources being transferred to the states andunion territories with legislature is Rs 4.11 lakh cr.Fiscal deficit target for 2017-18 is 3.2 percent. Proposes to create a payment regulatory board at RBI.Government to launch two new schemes to promote BHIM App.Government to take steps to promote digital payments at petrol pumps, hospitals.Government to set up new crude oil reserves.Web-based pension distribution system for defence will be established.We are largely a tax non compliant society, when too many people evade taxes burden falls on those who are honest.Out of 3.7 crore who filed tax returns in 2015-16, only 24 lakh persons showed income above Rs 10 lakh.Due to demonetisation advance tax on personal income tax has been increased by 34.8 percent. There is an urgent need to protect the poor from chit fund schemes, draft bill placed in public domain.The net tax revenue grew by 17 percent in 2015-16.Capital gains tax to be exempted, for persons holding land from which land was pooled for creation of state capital of Telangana.Holding period for land and building will be reduced to 2 years from 3 years.Income tax for small companies with an annual turnover of 50 crore, now to pay 25 percent, a 5 percent reduction.Not to remove Minimum Alternative Tax in 2017-18; Propose to allow a carry forward of MAT for a period of 15 years as against 10 years now.Proposes to reduce basic customs duty on LNG from 5 percent to 2.5 percent in 2017-18.To cut presumptive turnover threshold for companies with turnover up to Rs 2 cr to 6 percent.SIT has suggested no cash transaction above Rs 3 lakhs. Government has accepted this.Maximum cash donation any party can receive will be Rs 2000 from one source.Political parties will be entitled to receive donations by cheque or in the digital mode from their donors.Political parties will need to file income tax returns.Proposes transparency in political party funding.Proposes to amend RBI Act for issue of electoral bonds for political funding.Government abolishes Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB), more easing of the FDI policy on the anvil.Propose to reduce existing rate of taxation of those with income between 2.5 lakh to 5 lakh from 10 percent to 5 percent.Surcharge of 10 percent for those whose annual income is Rs 50 lakh to 1 cr.Finance minister to exempt some foreign portfolio investment from indirect transfer provisions.Tax foregone from deduction in tax rate at Rs 15,500 cr.Net revenue loss in direct tax could be Rs 20,000 cr due to exemptions.FM concludes his speech. Lok Sabha adjourned.  (Source: EY India, ANI, CII)last_img read more

Imran says world inaction on Kashmir like appeasing Hitler

first_imgImran KhanPakistan prime minister Imran Khan asked Sunday if the international community would just stand by as Indian Hindu nationalism spread into Muslim-majority Kashmir, saying it was the same as appeasing Hitler.His outrage on Twitter came as tensions simmered between the two countries over the divided Himalayan region after New Delhi last week rescinded years of autonomy enjoyed by the Indian-ruled part of Kashmir and gave full control to the central government.Kashmir has been under virtual lockdown since shortly before the move, with a curfew across the region, and phone and internet lines cut — ostensibly to prevent unrest.Huge numbers of troops are patrolling the streets of major centres, and security forces used tear gas Friday to break up a demonstration by about 8,000 people against the government’s move.Tensions also remain fraught in the mountainous Ladakh region.A local activist told AFP dozens of protesters took part in rallies on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with at least 10 injured as security forces used tear gas and sticks on demonstrators.State police chief Dilbagh Singh said late Saturday that “not a single incident of violence was reported from anywhere” in Kashmir, although this conflicted with independent sources.Kashmir has been split between India and Pakistan since their independence in 1947.They have fought two wars over the former kingdom, while an insurgency against New Delhi’s rule in Indian-administered Kashmir has claimed tens of thousands of lives in the past three decades.Khan tweeted Sunday that the “ideology of Hindu Supremacy, like the Nazi Aryan Supremacy, will not stop” in Kashmir.Describing the move as “the Hindu Supremacists version of Hitler’s Lebensraum”, he said it would lead to “the suppression of Muslims in India & eventually lead to targeting of Pakistan”.”Attempt is to change demography of Kashmir through ethnic cleansing,” he tweeted. “Question is: Will the world watch & appease as they did Hitler at Munich?”‘Clampdown affects Eid’He referred specifically to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), the ultra Hindu nationalist volunteer movement considered the parent of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of Indian prime minister Narendra Modi.Khan’s social media outburst came as the residents in Kashmir valley said they were struggling to celebrate the major Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha because of the security crackdown.A mother who gave her named as Razia said she tried to explain to her daughter that she would not be able to buy her clothes to mark the occasion, as her husband fretted about feeding the family.”What sort of Eid is this?” asked the 45-year-old in Srinagar.”We are not even allowed to move outside. My husband is a daily wage labourer but hasn’t made any money for the last eight days.”A sheep trader at a Srinagar market, who gave his name as Maqbool, said the number of people buying sacrifical animals for the holiday was sharply lower and he had gone from “huge profits” to a “big loss” this year.Modi insisted last week the decision to strip Kashmir of its autonomy was necessary for its economic development and also to stop “terrorism”.He said with Kashmir now fully part of the Indian union, the region would enjoy more jobs and less corruption and red-tape, adding that key infrastructure projects would be expedited.Previously, under its constitutional autonomy, Kashmiris enjoyed special privileges such as the sole right to own land and take government jobs or university scholarships.Islamabad has been infuriated by New Delhi’s moves and has expelled the Indian ambassador, halted what little bilateral trade exists and suspended cross-border transport services.last_img read more

Cambridge team exposes EMV card vulnerabilities

first_img(Phys.org)—At a cryptography gathering in Leuven, Belgium, on Tuesday, Cambridge University researchers made it known that they do not like what they see in chip and pin systems. Banks rely on customer confidence in their word that chip and pin systems are safe, but the researchers tell quite a different story. Part of the problem has to do with the number generators, which the researchers give a failing grade. Each time a customer is involved in a chip and pin transaction, withdrawing cash or buying goods, a unique unpredictable number is created to authenticate the transaction. The unpredictable number, generated by software, is supposed to be chosen at random. But researchers say the number is highly predictable, because dates or timestamps had been used. www.lightbluetouchpaper.org/20 … the-pre-play-attack/www.cl.cam.ac.uk/~rja14/Papers/unattack.pdf Explore further © 2012 Phys.org More information: Their paper, “Chip and Skim: Cloning EMV Cards with the Pre-play Attack” presents the troubling details of weaknesses in protocol and random number generation which leave customers in the cold as fraud victims. “EMV” is the name given to the system from its original developers Europay, MasterCard and Visa. The system is also known as chip and pin, and is the leading system for card payments, in Europe, much of Asia, and starting to be used in North America. Payment cards contain a chip so they can execute an authentication protocol. POS terminals or ATMs generate the unpredictable number, for each transaction to ensure it is fresh. Some EMV implementers have merely used counters, timestamps or home-grown algorithms to supply this number. This exposes them to a pre-play attack, say the Cambridge team. The researchers find it shocking that many ATMs and point-of-sale terminals have “seriously defective” random number generators, often “just counters.”The study authors also point to a key shortcoming at the protocol level where “the party depending upon freshness in the protocol is not the party responsible for generating it.” Although the issuing bank is depending on the merchant for transaction freshness, they said, the merchant “may not be incentivised to provide it, may not be able to deliver it correctly due to lack of end-to-end authentication with the issuer, and might even be collusive (directly or indirectly).”The study team’s harshest words are for those banks that “suppress information about known vulnerabilities, with the result that fraud victims continue to be denied refunds.” The researchers argue the lack of fairness when any customer who complains of fraud may be told by the bank that since EMVs are secure, the victim is mistaken “or lying when they dispute card transactions.” And yet, said the study, “again and again, the banks have turned out to be wrong.” One vulnerability after another has been discovered and exploited by criminals. They said it has mostly been left to independent security researchers to identify what is happening and to spread the word.The researchers said that, in looking for solutions, it would not be practical to turn to what is a slow and complex negotiation process between merchants, banks and vendors. “It is time for bank regulators to take an interest,” they said. “It’s welcome that the US Federal Reserve is now paying attention, and time for European regulators to follow suit.” This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Cambridge researchers show Chip and PIN system vulnerable to fraud Citation: Cambridge team exposes EMV card vulnerabilities (2012, September 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-09-cambridge-team-exposes-emv-card.htmllast_img read more