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Mass wedding held against racism in Belgium

Thursday, March 22, 2007 

When Wouter Van Bellingen became the first black registrar in Belgium, he knew there would be negative reactions, but he admitted that he didn’t expect them to be “so direct, so soon.” In February, three couples refused to pledge their wedding vows in front of the first black alderman of the city of Sint-Niklaas, because of the colour of his skin. After the racist incident, Van Bellingen told himself: “If people don’t want to marry, then that’s not my problem, it’s the problem of those people.”

But then someone gave him the idea to react with a positive signal against racial discrimination. Together with local NGOs and the Center for Equal Opportunities and against Racial Discrimination, he decided to organise a multicultural group marriage happening to, as mayor of Sint-Niklaas Freddy Willockx describes it, “forge this stupid racist behaviour into an unparallelled positive signal against racism and for tolerance.”

Mayor Willockx told the press about when he first heard about the 3 couples: “I was angry and ashamed that there were such people.” He elaborated: “We are not a racist city. 400 meters from here is a center for immigrants, which was installed without contestation from the city council, in spite of fruitless attempts from an intolerant party to set people up against installation of the center.”

When asked about the role of the far-right political party Vlaams Belang, Van Bellingen told Wikinews: “It’s true that a climate of fear has been created, but to blame it on a single party would be too easy. It’s the responsibility of all parties.” Van Bellingen wants to be the councilor of civilian affairs for all citizens, “not just for those who voted for me.”

Although Van Bellingen too denies Sint-Niklaas is a racist city, he is often reminded of the colour of his skin. Mayor Willockx gave the example of an incident last Friday, when someone refused to serve him a plate of mussels, because the person mistook the deputy for a waiter.

A spokeswoman for the organising committee told the press that it all started with a “nice little idea” to have a mass wedding event on March 21, the U.N.-declared International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. However, they were “really surprised that the event became something huge.”

Couples who wanted to renew their vows or pledge them for the first time could register on the event website. Stijn De Maeyer, a volunteer working on the registrations, told Wikinews that they had to close the online registration when some 692 couples had registered, because of logistic limitations. On the evening itself, he estimated that 1 out of 3 couples who showed up hadn’t registered beforehand. There were couples from the Netherlands, Germany, the United Kingdom and even a couple from Norway. Some of the Belgian couples were immigrants from Nigeria, Ivory Coast, and Kosovo, according to De Maeyer.

While singer Axl Peleman, who demonstrated his concern about racial discrimination in Flanders on the 0110 concerts last October, opened the podium, the couples began to register on the city’s Market Square.

The symbolic wedding pledge was open to anyone, from any culture, age, or sexual preference. For Van Bellingen, “Every person who lives in Flanders is Flemish, it doesn’t matter if you live here for a month or for generations.”

The couples were from all ages and all layers of society. Some came in their original wedding costume or dress, to relive the moment of their marriage. Even a group of children from a local primary school came to vow eternal fidelity to a classmate.

One duo queuing for the registration were two undercover reporters from the Dutch television, who wanted to become “the two first heterosexual men to be wed by a black registrar in Belgium”. At the end of the evening, they threw their wedding bouquet off the main stage, shouting: “Whoever catches this, is not a racist.”

Several organisations promoting diversity provided free soup and Arab mint tea to warm the attendees in the rain and cold. Ahmed Hanouch from the sociocultural youth organisation Hidâya told Wikinews: “As new Belgians, we all are looked at differently from time to time. Then we get the feeling we are second-class citizens. The solution is to be open-minded about cultures, like during this event.”

For Ahmed, an event like this one would be welcome each year. Van Bellingen however told the press: “At the end of the evening, I will drink a pint, and get on with my life.”

On the main stage, several performers from the collective “The African Stage” entertained the growing crowd. Speeches, songs and dancing strengthened the message of diversity that the organisation wanted to send.

Several comedy acts followed, such as “Joeri”, a Flemish television character. To warm up the crowd to say “I do”, he set the example for registrar Van Bellingen by wedding a special couple; who lived in Sint-Niklaas with their children and who are both deaf. Joeri was assisted by an interpreter for the deaf, who was present all day at the request of Van Bellingen, whose father became deaf some years before he died.

The culmination of the event came when Van Bellingen held a final speech on the stage, and then started with the symbolic wedding ceremony. He built up the excitement during his speech, explaining that “excitement is important in a relationship.”

The ceremony was planned for about 8 p.m., but was postponed to allow as many as possible of the couples that turned up to register. Van Bellingen then joined in holy matrimony well over 700 couples. He then demonstrated to the couples how to kiss the bride, by kissing his own wife, with whom he has 2 children. The next challenge, a big group hug on the Market Square, wasn’t a problem after the kisses.

At that moment, the Flemish radio station Radio 2 took over and started a live DJ set, playing the songs the couples had voted for. The number one wedding dance wasn’t Bryan Adams or Clouseau, but Ik hou van u (I love you) by Noordkaap, a song that already proved popular in 2005 when it was reworked for the celebration of the 175th anniversary of the state of Belgium.

For the final challenge, those who like international food could select from the wedding buffet, with desserts provided by local communities such as the Turkish, Syrian, Moroccon and Roma societies, by organisations such as the Red Cross immigration center. There were also desserts from Mexico, Chile and from the Hare Krishna. Together with a wedding cake for 750 people, the organisation hoped to provide for enough desserts for all present, and to end the wedding party in beauty.

As Axl Peleman kicks off on the main stage…

…the first couple registers for the wedding ceremony.

Some couples have brought their original wedding outfit.

All couples are photographed by professional photographers from the organisation, with the City Hall of Sint-Niklaas in the background.

The couples make the best of it, in spite of the occasional rainshower and the cold.

This stand on the Market Square serves hot Arab mint tea.

As the evening falls, the queue for the registration continually becomes longer instead of shorter.

On stage, these percussionists from Togo bring some multicultural atmosphere to the event.

Comedian Mungu explains how he spent his youth in Flanders as a black child; he liked to imitate Michael Jackson.

A reporters duo from the Dutch television comes to throw their wedding bouquet off stage.

The crowd eagerly awaits Van Bellingen.

A black gospel choir is the last act before…

…Wouter Van Bellingen finally comes on stage, accompanied by mayor Willockx and an African band.

Mayor Willockx addresses the crowd while Van Bellingen confers with host Dimitri Leue.

Security guard Joeri demonstrates his hand cuffs and pepper spray.

Van Bellingen demonstrates with the others on stage to the crowd how they should do the group hug -the gathered international press joins them.

The DJ set begins, and the couples start the wedding dance.

The five songs with the most votes are mixed by Radio 2.

Then the people can taste the international desserts, provided by volunteers…

…or end the evening like real Belgians… with French fries!

December 15, 2014

Mass wedding held against racism in Belgium

Thursday, March 22, 2007 

When Wouter Van Bellingen became the first black registrar in Belgium, he knew there would be negative reactions, but he admitted that he didn’t expect them to be “so direct, so soon.” In February, three couples refused to pledge their wedding vows in front of the first black alderman of the city of Sint-Niklaas, because of the colour of his skin. After the racist incident, Van Bellingen told himself: “If people don’t want to marry, then that’s not my problem, it’s the problem of those people.”

But then someone gave him the idea to react with a positive signal against racial discrimination. Together with local NGOs and the Center for Equal Opportunities and against Racial Discrimination, he decided to organise a multicultural group marriage happening to, as mayor of Sint-Niklaas Freddy Willockx describes it, “forge this stupid racist behaviour into an unparallelled positive signal against racism and for tolerance.”

Mayor Willockx told the press about when he first heard about the 3 couples: “I was angry and ashamed that there were such people.” He elaborated: “We are not a racist city. 400 meters from here is a center for immigrants, which was installed without contestation from the city council, in spite of fruitless attempts from an intolerant party to set people up against installation of the center.”

When asked about the role of the far-right political party Vlaams Belang, Van Bellingen told Wikinews: “It’s true that a climate of fear has been created, but to blame it on a single party would be too easy. It’s the responsibility of all parties.” Van Bellingen wants to be the councilor of civilian affairs for all citizens, “not just for those who voted for me.”

Although Van Bellingen too denies Sint-Niklaas is a racist city, he is often reminded of the colour of his skin. Mayor Willockx gave the example of an incident last Friday, when someone refused to serve him a plate of mussels, because the person mistook the deputy for a waiter.

A spokeswoman for the organising committee told the press that it all started with a “nice little idea” to have a mass wedding event on March 21, the U.N.-declared International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. However, they were “really surprised that the event became something huge.”

Couples who wanted to renew their vows or pledge them for the first time could register on the event website. Stijn De Maeyer, a volunteer working on the registrations, told Wikinews that they had to close the online registration when some 692 couples had registered, because of logistic limitations. On the evening itself, he estimated that 1 out of 3 couples who showed up hadn’t registered beforehand. There were couples from the Netherlands, Germany, the United Kingdom and even a couple from Norway. Some of the Belgian couples were immigrants from Nigeria, Ivory Coast, and Kosovo, according to De Maeyer.

While singer Axl Peleman, who demonstrated his concern about racial discrimination in Flanders on the 0110 concerts last October, opened the podium, the couples began to register on the city’s Market Square.

The symbolic wedding pledge was open to anyone, from any culture, age, or sexual preference. For Van Bellingen, “Every person who lives in Flanders is Flemish, it doesn’t matter if you live here for a month or for generations.”

The couples were from all ages and all layers of society. Some came in their original wedding costume or dress, to relive the moment of their marriage. Even a group of children from a local primary school came to vow eternal fidelity to a classmate.

One duo queuing for the registration were two undercover reporters from the Dutch television, who wanted to become “the two first heterosexual men to be wed by a black registrar in Belgium”. At the end of the evening, they threw their wedding bouquet off the main stage, shouting: “Whoever catches this, is not a racist.”

Several organisations promoting diversity provided free soup and Arab mint tea to warm the attendees in the rain and cold. Ahmed Hanouch from the sociocultural youth organisation Hidâya told Wikinews: “As new Belgians, we all are looked at differently from time to time. Then we get the feeling we are second-class citizens. The solution is to be open-minded about cultures, like during this event.”

For Ahmed, an event like this one would be welcome each year. Van Bellingen however told the press: “At the end of the evening, I will drink a pint, and get on with my life.”

On the main stage, several performers from the collective “The African Stage” entertained the growing crowd. Speeches, songs and dancing strengthened the message of diversity that the organisation wanted to send.

Several comedy acts followed, such as “Joeri”, a Flemish television character. To warm up the crowd to say “I do”, he set the example for registrar Van Bellingen by wedding a special couple; who lived in Sint-Niklaas with their children and who are both deaf. Joeri was assisted by an interpreter for the deaf, who was present all day at the request of Van Bellingen, whose father became deaf some years before he died.

The culmination of the event came when Van Bellingen held a final speech on the stage, and then started with the symbolic wedding ceremony. He built up the excitement during his speech, explaining that “excitement is important in a relationship.”

The ceremony was planned for about 8 p.m., but was postponed to allow as many as possible of the couples that turned up to register. Van Bellingen then joined in holy matrimony well over 700 couples. He then demonstrated to the couples how to kiss the bride, by kissing his own wife, with whom he has 2 children. The next challenge, a big group hug on the Market Square, wasn’t a problem after the kisses.

At that moment, the Flemish radio station Radio 2 took over and started a live DJ set, playing the songs the couples had voted for. The number one wedding dance wasn’t Bryan Adams or Clouseau, but Ik hou van u (I love you) by Noordkaap, a song that already proved popular in 2005 when it was reworked for the celebration of the 175th anniversary of the state of Belgium.

For the final challenge, those who like international food could select from the wedding buffet, with desserts provided by local communities such as the Turkish, Syrian, Moroccon and Roma societies, by organisations such as the Red Cross immigration center. There were also desserts from Mexico, Chile and from the Hare Krishna. Together with a wedding cake for 750 people, the organisation hoped to provide for enough desserts for all present, and to end the wedding party in beauty.

As Axl Peleman kicks off on the main stage…

…the first couple registers for the wedding ceremony.

Some couples have brought their original wedding outfit.

All couples are photographed by professional photographers from the organisation, with the City Hall of Sint-Niklaas in the background.

The couples make the best of it, in spite of the occasional rainshower and the cold.

This stand on the Market Square serves hot Arab mint tea.

As the evening falls, the queue for the registration continually becomes longer instead of shorter.

On stage, these percussionists from Togo bring some multicultural atmosphere to the event.

Comedian Mungu explains how he spent his youth in Flanders as a black child; he liked to imitate Michael Jackson.

A reporters duo from the Dutch television comes to throw their wedding bouquet off stage.

The crowd eagerly awaits Van Bellingen.

A black gospel choir is the last act before…

…Wouter Van Bellingen finally comes on stage, accompanied by mayor Willockx and an African band.

Mayor Willockx addresses the crowd while Van Bellingen confers with host Dimitri Leue.

Security guard Joeri demonstrates his hand cuffs and pepper spray.

Van Bellingen demonstrates with the others on stage to the crowd how they should do the group hug -the gathered international press joins them.

The DJ set begins, and the couples start the wedding dance.

The five songs with the most votes are mixed by Radio 2.

Then the people can taste the international desserts, provided by volunteers…

…or end the evening like real Belgians… with French fries!

November 29, 2014

The 40 Years Of Omega Speedmaster

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In the past half a century and more, the Omega Speedmaster had been the wrist watch of choice for a lot of people. That can be attributed to a lot of reasons, most of which may be the high water-resistant rating, or the stainless casing, or the Hesalite, which is the shatterproof crystal, or even because it is an Omega watch? But most of all, it would be since it was the very first ever accepted watch by National Aeronautics and Space Administration also known as NASA.

Now on which missions have the omega speedmaster gone to? The list is long nevertheless it includes the October 3, 1962 flight of Mercury-Atlas 8 also called Sigma 7, where the speedmaster was worn by Wally Schirra. The 1st Omega Speedmaster watch was even worn outside the pressure suit of Young and Grissom, both were the crew of Gemini 3. Plus it was solely supported to the wrist by long black Velcro band. Gemini 4 followed Gemini 3, and one thing they’ve got in common was the speedmaster professional that Edward White, the very first American to be able to walk in space, worn. And who could forget the Apollo 11 mission towards the moon, the event which provided the Omega Speedmaster the label of “Moon Watch”.

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July 21, 2009 marked the fortieth anniversary of the Apollo mission. In addition, it was also the anniversary of the Omega Speedmaster. On July 21, 1969 at around 02.56 GMT, the swiss chronograph evolved into the first watch to ever reach the moon. However in truth, it’s Buzz Aldrin’s Omega watch that should receive the credit of becoming the 1st watch on the moon since Neil Armstrong had left his Omega watch on the deck of the Lunar Module.

Perhaps now you comprehend why the Speedmaster is a choice for many people. Having a lunar heritage, the Speedmaster consists of a stainless steel casing, with white numeric symbols on the black face. It’s the type of watch which can be trendy with a tailored black tie suit, or perhaps a casual gear, but don’t forget the space suit. Incidentally, as a special treat for its 40th Anniversary, “7,969” pieces of limited edition commemorative version of the Omega watch have been released. One particular feature was the seconds counter sub dial showcasing a variation of Apollo 11’s “Eagle” mission patch, together with this design are the words “The first watch worn on the Moon.”, which was stamped on the caseback. It is such a fantastic sight for collectors.

The Omega watch also obtained acknowledgement from the late United states President John F. Kennedy. At the moment, a low priced quartz watch will always tell a better time than anything that has cogs and springs inside, however it’s not the point. The reason being mechanical watches are a symbol of Man’s ambition to create miniature machines that will perform incredible things. As cited from President Kennedy: “We choose to go to the Moon in this decade, and do the other things, not because they are easy but because they are hard, because that goal will serve … to measure the best of our energies and skills.” And those words is truly fitted for the Omega watches.

Alongside the forward and unstoppable movement of time would be the consistently developing Omega watches. In field of sports new and better individual models of the chronograph collections are made and released and these are; Legend, Broad Arrow, Date, Day Date, Moon Phase, Professional, Racing Chrono and X-33. They’re only a few of the new factors why the Omega Speedmaster continues to be sought for after the fortieth year of space flight.

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November 27, 2014

Chip and PIN ‘not fit for purpose’, says Cambridge researcher

Sunday, February 14, 2010 

University of Cambridge security expert Professor Ross Anderson has blasted the EMV system used worldwide for credit and debit card transactions, and known in the UK as Chip and PIN, after his research team discovered a serious vulnerability. The group were able to carry out purchases using a card, even without knowing the associated personal identification number (PIN), by using a “man-in-the-middle” attack.

Retail terminals at the point of sale require the cardholder to insert their card and enter their secret PIN before a transaction can be authorised. They then communicate with the microchip built in to the card itself, which holds the PIN. If the correct number has been given, this chip returns a standard verification code (0x9000) to the terminal.

In the researchers’ attack they inserted a genuine card into a second reader, connected to a laptop. The laptop is linked by thin wires to a fake card, which is inserted into the retailer’s terminal. The laptop relays the communications between the terminal and the stolen, but genuine, card, up until the stage where the PIN is to be checked. At this point it intercepts and responds with the verification code, no matter what number was entered. The retailer’s terminal then believes that the correct PIN has been entered, and the card can be told that a signature was used to verify the cardholder instead.

Their technique has been tested successfully on cards from six different issuers: Bank of Scotland, Barclaycard, Co-operative Bank, Halifax, HSBC and John Lewis.

The group say that not much technical skill is required for the attack, and suggested the equipment needed could be kept in a backpack, with the wires to the fake card running down a user’s sleeve. They believe the equipment could be miniaturised to the size of a remote control.

“In practice how this attack would work is that one reasonably technically skilled person would build a device that carries out the attack and then sell this equipment on the internet just like criminals already do,” said Dr Steven Murdoch who worked on the project.

Professor Anderson claimed that the attack could already be in use by criminals. “We have many examples of people who have had their cards stolen and then purchases made using the chip and pin,” he said. “They are adamant they didn’t use it but if the banks say chip and pin has been used you have to pay. I think many of these people would have been victim of the kind of technique we have developed.”

He was scathing about bank claims that the system was secure. “The banks are wrong. All the banks are lying. They are maliciously and wilfully deceiving the customer. If there was any justice then the police would be looking into this. The system is not fit for purpose.”

Consumer group Which? have also called for an investigation, stating that in a recent survey one in seven people said that money had been taken from their accounts without authorisation. Around half of these did not have the money refunded by the bank.

“We want the banks to look into these potential flaws,” said Cathy Neal from Which? Money, “because we have had many examples where the banks have said a pin was used and the customer said it hasn’t.”

Over 90 percent of UK card transactions at point-of-sale use chip and PIN, according to the UK Payments Administration. The attack does not affect ATM transactions, which use different standards. Mark Bowerman, a spokesman for the group which represents card companies, said that there was no evidence the attack was in use and emphasised that card fraud had fallen with the introduction of chip and PIN.

“We are taking this paper very seriously, as maintaining excellent levels of card security is paramount,” he said. “However, we strongly refute the allegation that chip and PIN is broken.”

The research paper has been made available as a working draft, and is due to be published at the IEEE Security and Privacy Symposium in May 2010. Members of the banking industry were informed of the vulnerability in early December last year.

November 18, 2014

Chilean earthquakes: in pictures

Thursday, March 18, 2010 

On the Feb. 27, Chile was hit by an magnitude 8.8 earthquake; almost 500 were killed, with resulting tsunami destroying most coastal towns between Llolleo and Araucanía Region. A second earthquake last week, with its epicentre in Pichilemu, caused destruction in the Coquimbo and Bío Bío regions.

A Wikinews contributor is in the area, and we look at the extent of this natural disaster’s damage through his photographs.

November 16, 2014

Chilean earthquakes: in pictures

Thursday, March 18, 2010 

On the Feb. 27, Chile was hit by an magnitude 8.8 earthquake; almost 500 were killed, with resulting tsunami destroying most coastal towns between Llolleo and Araucanía Region. A second earthquake last week, with its epicentre in Pichilemu, caused destruction in the Coquimbo and Bío Bío regions.

A Wikinews contributor is in the area, and we look at the extent of this natural disaster’s damage through his photographs.

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WARNING: Due to the Wikinews’s open and collaborative nature, it cannot guarantee the veracity of outside links or the absence of possible scams involving charities, thus the potential danger of fraud exists. In particular, beware of bogus organizations that have names similar to those of well-known aid agencies. Also beware of unsolicited emails that ask for your donation online. For those who want to make a donation, the most secure channels are established web sites and well-publicized telephone hotlines.

Amritsar District Red Cross Branch, Court Road, Amritsar – 143 001. Punjab. Ph : 0183-2500598 Fax: 2216161

District Red Cross Branch, Near Civil Lines, Bathinda – 151 001. Punjab. Ph : 0164-2212860 Fax: 2212789

District Red Cross Branch, Sadiq Road, Faridkot – 151 203. Ph : 01639-250228 Fax: 250418 Punjab.

District Red Cross Branch, The Mall, Firozepur – 152 001. Punjab. Ph : 01632-244247

District Red Cross Branch, Manpur, Near Atteywali, Fatehgar Sahib – 140 407. Punjab. Ph : 230294 Fax: 230215

District Red Cross Branch, Near Bus Stand, Gurdaspur – 143 521. Punjab. Ph : 01874 -230085 Fax: 230501

District Red Cross Branch, Civil Lines, Hoshiarpur – 146 001. Punjab. Ph : 01874-221071 Fax: 220303

District Red Cross Branch, Lajpat Nagar, Jalandhar – 144 001. Punjab. Ph : 0181-224366 Fax: 224783

District Red Cross Branch, Near Bus Stand, Kapurthala – 144 601. Punjab. Ph : 01822-233728 Fax: 233777

District Red Cross Branch, Tha Mall, Ludhiana – 141 001. Punjab. Ph : 0161-2444923 Fax: 2449904

District Red Cross Branch, Near Bus Stand, Mansa – 151 505. Punjab. Ph : 01652-220892, Fax: 220933

District Red Cross Branch, Moga – 142 001. Punjab. Ph : 01636-226060

District Red Cross Branch, Muketsar – 152 026. Punjab. Ph : 01633-263189 Fax: 263808

District Red Cross Branch, Nawan Shahar – 144 514. Punjab. Ph : 01823-221447 Fax: 221301

District Red Cross Branch, Rajbaha Road, Patiala – 147 001. Punjab. Ph : 0175-2215971 Fax: 2213191

District Red Cross Branch, Bhai Ghanaiya Red Cross Bhawan, Ropar – 140 001. Punjab. Ph : 01881-221167 Fax: 221180

District Red Cross Branch, Ranbir Club, Sangrur – 148 001. Punjab. Ph : 01672-234272

The Tribune Tsunami Relief Fund The Tribune Trust, Sector 29-C, Chandigarh – 160 030 (91-172) 2655066. Fax: (91-172) 2651291

Ambala Ph : 0171 2530556

Faridabad District Branch, Red Cross Bhawan, Sector 12, Faridabad. Ph : 0129-2528317. Bhiwani ph. 01664-242426 Fatehabad 01667-224696 Gurgaon 0124 -2320468

Indian Red Cross Society, Red Cross Bhawan, Barnes Court, Shimla – 171 002. Phone : 0177-221868.

Hon. Secretary Indian Red Cross Society, Exchange Road, Srinagar (Kashmir)-190001. Phone : 0194-473910 (R) 431411. Fax : 0194-473910 Telegram : REDCROSS

Honorary Secretary, Kashmir Regional Red Cross Committee, Exchange Road, Srinagar – 190 001. Ph : 0191-473910. (R) 422129.

Dy. Commissioner cum Chairman District Red Cross Committee, Tankipora, Srinagar – 190 001. Ph : 0191-452182 (R) 452223.

Dy. Commissioner cum Chairman District Red Cross Committee, Budgam, Ph : 0911-55203/5 (R) 55204.

Dy. Commissioner cum Chairman District Red Cross Committee, Baramulla. Ph : 01952-34210 (R) 34257

Dy. Commissioner cum Chairman District Red Cross Committee, Anatnag. Ph : 01932-22337 (R) 222335.

Dy. Commissioner cum Chairman District Red Cross Committee, Kupwara. Ph : 01955-52343 (R) 52343.

Dy. Commissioner cum Chairman District Red Cross Committee, Pulwama. Ph : 0926-41243 (R) 41243.

Dy. Commissioner cum Chairman District Red Cross Committee, Kargil. Ph : 0195-32216 (R) 2222.

Dy. Commissioner cum Chairman District Red Cross Committee, Leh. Ph :01982-52010 (R) 52027.

Dy. Commissioner cum Chairman District Red Cross Committee, Jammu – 180 001. Ph : 0191-54943

Dy. Commissioner cum Chairman District Red Cross Committee, Udhampur, Jammu.

Dy. Commissioner cum Chairman District Red Cross Committee, Kathua, Jammu. Ph : 01922-34007 (R) 2210.

Dy. Commissioner cum Chairman District Red Cross Committee, Rajouri, Jammu. Ph : 01962-62481 (R) 6242.

Dy. Commissioner cum Chairman District Red Cross Committee, Poonch, Jammu. Ph : 01965-24333 (R) 300.

Dy. Commissioner cum Chairman, District Red Cross Committee, Doda, Jammu. Ph : 01987-33231 (R) 3239.

Honorary Secretary, District Red Cross Committee, Kachi Chawney, Jammu-180 001 Ph. (O)0191-549413 (R) 577258

Indian Red Cross Society, Kachi Chawney, Jammu – 180 001. Phone : 0191-543739

Madhava Sadhan, Kaleshwara Rao Road, Vijaywada – 520002, Andhra Pradesh

The areas of Cuddalore, Nagapattinam and Chennai are among the worst hit in Tamil Nadu. The International Association for Human Values, in association with Art of Living Foundation, have strated relief efforts focused in these areas. More than 200 volunteers are already onsite. Medicines, clothes, food and other relief material are being distributed to affected families in Chennai. A special team has been established which is making an assessment in terms of short term needs and long term rehabilitation needs. Art of Living volunteers will also be setting up trauma relief camps to recoup from the shock and trauma the victims are undergoing due to the disaster.

You can donate in the following ways

1. ONLINE: Please go to http://www.iahv.org/disasterRelief.htm and donate using our secure website (the secure website will be launched at the time of payment). We accept all major credit cards.

2. CHECK/MONEY ORDER: Please make them payable to IAHV and mail to: IAHV, 12121 Quadrille Lane, Bowie, MD 20720 Contact: Filiz Odabas 202-363-2136 or Madhu Kadari 301-806-7983 for more information. For other countries, please contact local person.

IAHV is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Your contributions are fully tax deductible in USA and 100% of your donations go to the victims. For tax relief in other countries, please contact your national contact person (www.artofliving.org)

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Vinoba Ashram, Kuthur – 611 105, Nagapattinam district, Tamil Nadu. Phone: 04366-275443 and 275540. E-mail: laftitngsm@yahoo.co.in)

Madurai Henri Tiphagne ( Executive Director ) People’s Watch – Tamilnadu 6, vallabai Road, Madurai 625 002 Tamilnadu (Tel 91 452 2539529, 2531 874)

CEDA Trust 98A Kooturavu Nagar Opp Beschi College Dindigul, Tamil Nadu 624005 ph : 0451 2431090

3. East Coast Citizens Organizations or ECCO aims to promote awareness, responsibility and activism in environmental matters among citizens along Chennai’s East Coast Road.

Just twenty years ago Besant Nagar and Tiruvanmiyur were sweet watered, clean, spacious neighbourhoods. Look at them today and you can see the future that awaits all villages south. Between peoples’ migration, rapidly growing commercial establishments and little awareness of laws, that future might in fact be racing towards us.

Issues of water conservation, waste management and noise and other pollutions should engage all concerned citizens along the ECR. ECCO is an organisation conceived to bring together such citizens.

ECCO has also been working for helping the people of the area who were affected by the Tsunami. ECCO is completely focussed on helping the Tsunami affected and has no overheads.

National Fishworkers Forum Velankanny Junction, Valiathura Vallakadavu P.O. Trivandrum – 695008 Ph: 0471-2501376/2505216 Email: nff@vsnl.com

November 15, 2014

Chip and PIN ‘not fit for purpose’, says Cambridge researcher

Sunday, February 14, 2010 

University of Cambridge security expert Professor Ross Anderson has blasted the EMV system used worldwide for credit and debit card transactions, and known in the UK as Chip and PIN, after his research team discovered a serious vulnerability. The group were able to carry out purchases using a card, even without knowing the associated personal identification number (PIN), by using a “man-in-the-middle” attack.

Retail terminals at the point of sale require the cardholder to insert their card and enter their secret PIN before a transaction can be authorised. They then communicate with the microchip built in to the card itself, which holds the PIN. If the correct number has been given, this chip returns a standard verification code (0x9000) to the terminal.

In the researchers’ attack they inserted a genuine card into a second reader, connected to a laptop. The laptop is linked by thin wires to a fake card, which is inserted into the retailer’s terminal. The laptop relays the communications between the terminal and the stolen, but genuine, card, up until the stage where the PIN is to be checked. At this point it intercepts and responds with the verification code, no matter what number was entered. The retailer’s terminal then believes that the correct PIN has been entered, and the card can be told that a signature was used to verify the cardholder instead.

Their technique has been tested successfully on cards from six different issuers: Bank of Scotland, Barclaycard, Co-operative Bank, Halifax, HSBC and John Lewis.

The group say that not much technical skill is required for the attack, and suggested the equipment needed could be kept in a backpack, with the wires to the fake card running down a user’s sleeve. They believe the equipment could be miniaturised to the size of a remote control.

“In practice how this attack would work is that one reasonably technically skilled person would build a device that carries out the attack and then sell this equipment on the internet just like criminals already do,” said Dr Steven Murdoch who worked on the project.

Professor Anderson claimed that the attack could already be in use by criminals. “We have many examples of people who have had their cards stolen and then purchases made using the chip and pin,” he said. “They are adamant they didn’t use it but if the banks say chip and pin has been used you have to pay. I think many of these people would have been victim of the kind of technique we have developed.”

He was scathing about bank claims that the system was secure. “The banks are wrong. All the banks are lying. They are maliciously and wilfully deceiving the customer. If there was any justice then the police would be looking into this. The system is not fit for purpose.”

Consumer group Which? have also called for an investigation, stating that in a recent survey one in seven people said that money had been taken from their accounts without authorisation. Around half of these did not have the money refunded by the bank.

“We want the banks to look into these potential flaws,” said Cathy Neal from Which? Money, “because we have had many examples where the banks have said a pin was used and the customer said it hasn’t.”

Over 90 percent of UK card transactions at point-of-sale use chip and PIN, according to the UK Payments Administration. The attack does not affect ATM transactions, which use different standards. Mark Bowerman, a spokesman for the group which represents card companies, said that there was no evidence the attack was in use and emphasised that card fraud had fallen with the introduction of chip and PIN.

“We are taking this paper very seriously, as maintaining excellent levels of card security is paramount,” he said. “However, we strongly refute the allegation that chip and PIN is broken.”

The research paper has been made available as a working draft, and is due to be published at the IEEE Security and Privacy Symposium in May 2010. Members of the banking industry were informed of the vulnerability in early December last year.