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Roger Federer is back in the semifinals of the US Open for the 10th time. To get back to his first final at Flushing Meadows in six years, he’ll have to beat someone he knows quite well: Swiss Olympic and Davis Cup team-mate Stan Wawrinka.The No. 2-seeded Federer and No. 5 Wawrinka both won quarterfinals about as handily as can be Wednesday night. Federer never faced a break point, compiled a remarkable 50-8 advantage in winners, and needed less than 1 1/2 hours to dismiss 12th-seeded Richard Gasquet of France 6-3, 6-3, 6-1 in Arthur Ashe Stadium.”No doubt about it: I think I played a very good match,” Federer said. “I felt the ball great.”He won five consecutive titles at the US Open from 2004-08, then lost in the 2009 final and hasn’t been that far again since.Forced to play in Louis Armstrong Stadium because of two lengthy women’s quarterfinals plus a 1 1/2-hour rain delay earlier, Wawrinka eliminated 15th-seeded Kevin Anderson of South Africa 6-4, 6-4, 6-0. The match took 1 hour, 47 minutes in all, but the third set, in particular, was about as lopsided as possible: Wawrinka won 24 of the 29 points.Wawrinka solved the 6-foot-8 Anderson’s serve, converting 5 of 8 break points. Anderson had been broken a total of four times through his first four matches combined.”For sure,” Wawrinka said, “the best match of the tournament for me.”Most of his career, Wawrinka has lived in the shadow of his older and far more successful countryman, Federer. While Federer owns a record 17 Grand Slam singles titles, Wawrinka didn’t break through with his first until the 2014 Australian Open. But Wawrinka added No. 2 this year at the French Open, beating Federer in the quarterfinals along the way.advertisementStill, that was only Wawrinka’s third victory in 19 career matches against Federer.”Stan played a wonderful match against me in Paris, and I was very happy for him that he went on to win the tournament. He deserved it. He’s been such a great player throughout his career. He always improved a lot, kept on working really hard,” Federer said.”Couldn’t be happier to play him here, to be quite honest,” Federer added. “Two Swiss in the semis of the US Open it’s very cool for both of us.”Asked whether he expects a vast majority of spectators to be pulling for Federer on Friday, Wawrinka replied: “Everybody loves Roger. He’s the best player ever.”In Friday’s other men’s semifinal, No. 1 Novak Djokovic of Serbia will play defending champion Marin Cilic of Croatia. Djokovic has won all 13 of their previous meetings.The women’s semifinals are Thursday night: No. 1 Serena Williams of the United States vs. unseeded Roberta Vinci of Italy, and No. 2 Simona Halep of Romania vs. No. 26 Flavia Pennetta of Italy.It’s the first time two Italians reached the semifinals at the same major tournament.Halep and Pennetta advanced Wednesday by beating two-time major champions. Halep rested up and composed herself after the third-set rain break and defeated Victoria Azarenka 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, while Pennetta edged Kvitova 4-6, 6-4, 6-2.
A first-half goal from Dominic Calvert-Lewin gave England a 1-0 win over Venezuela in the 2017 Under-20 World Cup final at Suwon World Cup Stadium on Sunday and a first global title since 1966.The Everton striker made the difference, though goalkeeper Freddie Woodman saved a second-half penalty from Adalberto Penaranda as the South Americans piled on the pressure in an open and entertaining clash in which both teams hit the woodwork.England made most of the running in the first half though Venezuela looked dangerous in attacking areas.The European team had the first chance as Dominic Solanke took advantage of a defensive slip to enter the penalty area, but with just the goalkeeper to beat, the Liverpool striker did not make clean contact and shot against Wuilker Farinez’s legs.Ten minutes later, Ademola Lookman forced an acrobatic save from Farinez with a fierce drive from outside the area.Venezuela came even closer moments later. Ronaldo Lucena’s swerving free kick from more than 30 meters (33 yards) out swerved and beat a surprised Woodman, but bounced off the post.Calvert-Lewin broke the deadlock 10 minutes before the break. The forward beat a defender to a free kick from Lewis Cook, had his first shot saved by Farinez and reacted quickly to put the rebound over the line from close range.England, which arrived in South Korea without winning a game in this competition since 1997, was composed in possession in the first half but guilty of giving the ball away in the second.Six minutes into the second half, Venezuela, a country that has never appeared at the senior World Cup, should have drawn level. Sergio Cordova looked certain to score a fifth goal of the tournament with the ball at his feet and just Woodman to beat but the goalkeeper came out quickly to block.advertisementEngland then almost extended its lead out of nowhere. Josh Onomah’s shot from well outside the area hit the crossbar before bouncing onto the goal line and away to safety.With 17 minutes remaining and Venezuela increasingly pushing forward, referee Bjorn Kuipers from the Netherlands pointed to the spot after Jake Clarke-Salter took down Penaranda in the area despite English protests.Woodman, of Newcastle United, made a fine save from Penaranda, one of the stars of the tournament, sticking out a hand to palm the ball away though he was diving in the opposite direction.Venezuela had equalized in the final moments of a semifinal victory over Uruguay but was unable to repeat that feat. It was England celebrating a rare taste of global glory on the final whistle.
About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Robertson challenges Liverpool to maintain recordby Ansser Sadiqa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool defender Andy Robertson wants to see his side maintain their perfect record in the Premier League.The Reds made it six out of six after an impressive and battling 2-1 win at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea.It was a tough game, with the Reds hanging on in the second half.But they got all three points, and Robertson wants to see them do the same in their coming fixtures.”It’s all about winning games and to keep on moving forward, so we cannot dwell on this,” said Scotland captain Robertson to reporters. “We have got another big week coming up and we just focus on our own game, we don’t focus on anything else other than that.”There are big challenges ahead and we need to keep ticking them off. In this period, if we can keep it going until the internationals and keep looking at the fixtures then that is what we’ll do. We’ve got a tough run but if we can get to the next internationals with positive results then we’ll be in a very good place.”Hopefully we can go one better than last season in terms of finishing second. We won the Champions League but we want the Premier League and hopefully this season we do that. But, there is a long, long way to go and everyone behind us will be waiting for us to drop points.”So I am sure they will be ready to pounce, so we need to be ready for that and I think last season has helped us massively for that.”
LOUISVILLE, KY – NOVEMBER 07: A general view of the stadium during the Louisville Cardinals game against the Syracuse Orange at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium on November 7, 2015 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)One of the top recruits in the country for the 2019 class has announced some major recruiting news this morning.Austin Griffin, the No. 1 JUCO tight end, announced on Twitter that he’s decided to de-commit from the Louisville program.The top prospect announced the news on Twitter.“I decommitted from Louisville. I’m so thankful for the staff at UofL for the love they showed me. I feel I made my decision a little to early, and all I ask is that you respect my decision. I will be opening my recruitment back up,” he writes.I decommitted from Louisville. I’m so thankful for the staff at UofL for the love they showed me. I feel I made my decision a little to early, and all I ask is that you respect my decision. I will be opening my recruitment back up. ??— Austin Griffin (@austgriff) November 1, 2018There are major questions about the current state of Louisville’s program, with some thinking Bobby Petrino will be fired, so this isn’t too surprising.Griffin is ranked the No. 15 overall recruit in the JUCO class for 2019.
OTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau marked the third anniversary of the terrorist attack at the National War Memorial by calling on Canadians to pay tribute to the soldier who was killed.Cpl. Nathan Cirillo was shot while standing guard at the memorial, during a day of terror at Parliament Hill in 2014 that ended with a masked gunmen being shot and killed.In a statement issued Sunday, Trudeau also called on Canadians to honour the bravery of first responders during the attack.He also honoured Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent, who was killed two days earlier that year in a terrorist attack in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec.The Prime Minister said he thanked Canadian men and women in uniform at large for putting their lives in harm’s way to defend the country.He added that Canada emerged stronger than ever in the wake of the attack.“These attacks were intended to instill fear and divide Canadians. Instead, they only served to unite us,” said Trudeau.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Priyanka Chopra has called for more support for vulnerable Rohingya refugee children and women following a four-day trip to refugee camps and informal settlements in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.Priyanka visits Rohingya refugee children at a UNICEF-supported therapeutic feeding center for malnourished childrenCredit/Copyright: UNICEF/UN0211302/Sokol“After seeing the distressing images of the Rohingya crisis unfolding last year, being here and meeting the children and families affected has helped me better understand the enormity of this crisis,” said Chopra. “Nearly 60 percent of the more than 700,000 refugees are children, living in desperately difficult conditions – with limited access to permanent shelter, clean and safe water, food and education.”“In the past four days, I’ve seen the incredible work that UNICEF and partners are undertaking, and the progress made in these makeshift camps in the last 9 months, but there is still so much more support needed. The kids I met were smiling but I could still see a sadness in their eyes that reflected the carnage and horror they witnessed. Yet at the same time, meeting children at a learning center, I saw real hope. I saw children happy, learning and playing. I saw enthusiasm and children living their childhood the way it’s meant to be. There are so many more children eager to go to school. Because of lack of space, only a fraction of these children has access to the basic education provided by UNICEF.”Chopra also journeyed to the border area near Myanmar where hundreds of thousands of Rohingya women, children and men crossed following the escalation of violence in August 2017.In a nutrition center in Jamtoli makeshift settlement, Chopra saw children being screened for malnutrition. With 163,295 children under the age of five living in the camps, and an average of 60 babies being born every day, nutrition centers offer a vital lifeline by screening and treating children for malnourishment and teaching new mothers breastfeeding practices to help make sure their babies have the best possible start in life during the critical first 1000-day period.Chopra then visited a UNICEF-supported learning center at Balukhali where she actively participated in lessons, games and songs and learned about the challenges in providing Rohingya children with education.“No matter where a child is from or what his or her circumstances are, every child is the future of this world, and it is up to us, as global citizens, to make sure they have a future. Please support the aid organizations that are on the ground like UNICEF, that help in providing sufficient schools and teachers in these camps and settlements as well as appropriate materials and curricula.”“Without education and learning opportunities, Rohingya children will quickly become a lost generation. Education cannot wait,” she said.UNICEF Representative in Bangladesh Edouard Beigbeder said that as the crisis continues to unfold, the international community must not ignore the huge needs of Rohingya children and the new risks they face.“The international community must redouble its efforts to support the Government of Bangladesh to protect and invest in the future of Rohingya children, particularly in their education,” Beigbeder said.The Government of Bangladesh has generously taken in more than 700,000 Rohingya refugees since August 25th, 2017 and has been working with UNICEF to deliver life-saving support to the most recent and previous influxes of Rohingya refugees. Aid is also being provided to local Bangladeshis in host communities in Cox’s Bazar.“It’s heartening to see the immense support that has been provided by the Government of Bangladesh. They have not just opened their hearts but have made every effort to accommodate as many refugees as they can. We have to care. The whole world has to care and take action,” Chopra said.
The Montreal-born actor had many opportunities to put those words into practice during a prolific film and television career in which he found success both in Canada and internationally.Pilon began his film career in 1968 when he was cast as Capt. Allwood in the British war film, “Play Dirty.”He would go on to appear in dozens of films and television shows, including the highly popular TV series, “Dallas,” in which he played a wealthy villain.Pilon’s soap career included appearances in “Ryan’s Hope,” “Guiding Light,” and “Days of Our Lives.”In Canada, he often worked with renowned Quebec filmmaker Gilles Carle, most notably in the films, “Red,” “The Death of a Lumberjack,” and “Le viol d’une jeune fille douce,” where he appeared alongside his brother, Donald.Pilon also worked with a number of Canadian film directors including Jean Beaudin, Yves Simoneau, Jean-Claude Labrecque, Christian Duguay and Claude Fournier.His more recent appearances were for the TV series, “La Galere,” and “March a l’ombre,” as well as the 2011 short film, “L’invite.”Pilon’s funeral will be private, his agency said. Facebook MONTREAL – Canadian actor Daniel Pilon, whose film and television career spanned nearly 50 years, has died following a lengthy illness. He was 77.The actor known internationally for his role as Renaldo Marchetta in the American TV soap “Dallas,” died Tuesday in hospital surrounded by family, his talent agency said in a statement.“Happiness is every moment; it’s living every moment,” Pilon said in a 2009 interview for Elephant, a project to restore and digitize Quebec’s cinematic history. Daniel Pilon (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)DANIEL PILON LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With:
Supreme Court sides with GlaxoSmithKline in tax battle with Ottawa AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 18, 2012 5:03 pm MDT The Supreme Court of Canada has opened the door to allowing foreign multinational corporations to dodge their Canadian tax liabilities by siding with British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline in its 20-year tax battle with the federal government.The high court endorsed an appeals court ruling about “transfer pricing,” which allows multinationals to charge their subsidiaries high prices for ingredient costs in order to reduce Canadian profits.The Department of National Revenue had challenged Glaxo Canada’s use of a licence agreement that allowed it to pay Glaxo Swiss subsidiary Adechsa between $1,512 and $1,651 per kilogram for the purchase of ranitidine, the active ingredient in the anti-ulcer drug Zantac. Glaxo also paid parent company Glaxo Group a six per cent royalty on net sales of Zantac.The price of ranitidine exceeded the $194 to $304 per kilogram charged to Canadian generic pharmaceutical companies Apotex Inc. and Novopharm Inc. by arm’s-length suppliers.The government successfully argued in Tax Court that applying the “reasonable” charges to Glaxo Canada would have increased the subsidiary’s net income for 1990 to 1993 by $51 million.But the Federal Court of Appeal in July 2010 overturned the Tax Court’s decision and rejected the Department’s argument that fair market value paid by generics was the relevant measure. It sent the calculation back to the Tax Court for a redetermination.Writing for the Supreme Court, Justice Marshall Rothstein said in a ruling released Thursday that the Tax Court “erred in refusing to take account of the licence agreement.”“The generic comparators do not reflect the economy and business reality of Glaxo Canada and, at least without adjustment, do no indicate the price that would be reasonable in the circumstance, had Glaxo Canada and Adechsa been dealing at arm’s length.”The court declined to say whether the price paid by Glaxo Canada was fair and referred it back to the Tax Court for a recalculation.One of the relevant issues of the licence agreement not considered by the Tax Court was that Glaxo Group owned the intellectual property rights of Zantac, which commanded a premium over generics. Without the agreement, Glaxo wouldn’t have had access to the Zantac trademark or the parent company’s other products.GlaxoSmithKline welcomed the court ruling even though the Tax Court could still establish prices that boost its reported Canadian income and taxes.“We are pleased that the Supreme Court of Canada has agreed with the Federal Court of Appeal on the main appeal. As the case is still before the courts, we are not in a position to comment further,” spokeswoman Anna Robinson said in an email.Queen’s University tax law expert Art Cockfield said the ruling is a win for Glaxo and could prompt others to adopt sophisticated cross-border tax structures to shift profits to low-tax jurisdictions.“There’s massive flows going back and forth and companies have an incentive to game the system by shifting profits always to the lowest tax country,” he said in an interview from Kingston, Ont.“It’s negative for Canada because it supports aggressive international tax planning that sends revenues outside of the country.”Canada’s lower corporate tax rate than the United States could, however, insulate it from such profit shifts between companies with operations on both sides of the border, Cockfield added.Two-thirds of the $2 billion of daily trade between Canada and the United States is between related companies.The Department of National Revenue didn’t return calls seeking comment or estimates of how the Supreme Court’s ruling could potentially impact tax revenues.The Supreme Court’s ruling applies to a section of the tax code that was changed in the late 1990s. Consequently, Cockfield said it’s not clear whether other courts will use the ruling as a precedent for the principles that should apply in the new law.
Special Representative of the Secretary-General Said Djinnit made the statement following a ministerial meeting on security in Nigeria convened yesterday by United Kingdom Foreign and Commonwealth Secretary, William Hague. “Nigeria has been playing a pivotal role in promoting regional peace and security,” Mr. Djinnit noted, “and the UN is committed to its stability and the consolidation of its democratic achievements.”He also welcomed the support provided by partner countries, including on strengthening regional response against the activities of Boko Haram in the entire Lake Chad area, which also includes Chad, the Central African Republic, Nigeria, Sudan, Algeria, and Libya.According to the UN Office for West Africa (UNOWA), Mr. Djinnit extended the UN’s support to efforts of the National Emergency Management Agency and the National Human Rights Commission.He also highlighted a UN Integrated Support Package (ISP) to complement the Government’s efforts towards securing the safe release of the more than 200 girls seized from their school on 14 April, and to addressing related challenges.The Package includes immediate support to the affected families, the population and the girls after their release, in particular with psycho-social counselling and helping them reintegrate with their families and communities.The package also includes projects related to education, water supply and livelihoods.
For her part, Maxine Pamela Ometa McClean, Barbados’ Minister for Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, cautioned the Assembly about the ramifications of unchecked climate change, echoing past remarks on the existential threat faced by vulnerable small island developing States. She noted that for years many leaders from small islands have warned of the inherent danger to lives, livelihoods and the very existence of sovereign nations without the sufficient action taken to reduce global emissions and provide support for resilience building in vulnerable countries. “This clarion call from the Caribbean was ignored.” “Today,” she added “we bear witness to the results of this act of reckless indifference.” The Foreign Minister reported, not on a potential threat, but rather on the destructive impact of climate change on the globe, speaking specifically of the utter devastation of several small islands developing States in the Caribbean overwhelmed by an unprecedented wave of hurricanes. “For Barbados and other [small island developing States], whether in the Caribbean, the Pacific, Asia or Africa, climate change is a matter of life or death,” Ms. McClean underscored, saying that the issue is for sterile debates and endless meetings but about loss of life and livelihood. Full statement available here Also addressing the Assembly, Wilfred Elrington, Belize’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, pointed to security and climate change as equally fundamental threats to his country’s survival. “We have been at the forefront of the global fight to protect and preserve our shared natural environment against environmental degradation and climate change and to ensure sustainable use especially of our ocean which sustains life on earth” he said. He noted that the region is pioneering innovative approaches to build resilience and facilitate its transition to low and no carbon economies. Mr. Elrington stated that Belize has embraced the 2030 Agenda – launching its own strategy that integrates the SDGs and is complimentary to the Paris Agreement. Mentioning that Belize has met several goals on road safety, marine protection and sustainable fisheries, he said “already we are seeing the dividends of that early investment in policy and action.” Calling his country’s early accomplishments “mere benchmarks,” he explained that Belize knows that it must go “above and beyond” for its sustainable development. For that reason, it is setting even more ambitious targets. “At the Oceans Conference,” he said, “we announced our commitment to further strengthen the legislative and regulatory framework on fisheries; to increase marine reserves from three per cent to 10 per cent of our territorial waters; and to implement legislation to curb the use of plastics/microplastics.” “Belize is committed to zero emissions growth in its forestry sector and aims to achieve 85 per cent renewables in electricity production by 2027,” he added. Full statement available here “Today, it is a barefaced insult to the intelligence and experience of the peoples of Island States and coastal areas to call climate change a hoax,” the Deputy Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines told the Assembly as he took the podium. “Almost every year is hotter than the preceding one. Almost every hurricane season more intense. Almost every storm, drought and flood more destructive than the previous one,” said Louis Straker, pointing to the death and destruction wrought by the current hurricane season. “They are the manifestations of climate change; the symptoms of the prescient predictions made by the overwhelming majority of scientists,” he stressed, reaffirming that small island developing States are the most vulnerable to climate change, while contributing the least to the emissions that cause it. Turning to the Paris Agreement, the Deputy Prime Minister underscored that it views any attempt to disavow the agreement designed to arrest climate change and assist the most affected as an act of hostility, saying “we draw a direct, causal connection between any such abdication and the future death and destruction that island states face as the result of increasingly frequent and intense weather events.” Mr. Straker said his country puts the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the centre of its national development strategies. “In areas of climate change, pollution and biodiversity, we have banned Styrofoam products, banned the hunting of turtles, tightened restrictions on internationally permitted indigenous whaling activity, and implemented new coastal protection regulations,” he relayed, adding that by investing in geothermal and solar energy, it hopes to generate 80 per cent of its energy needs from renewable sources within the next three years. Full statement available here Allen Michael Chastanet told the Assembly that the UN’s promise to small island developing States is being tested today more than ever. “The world is experiencing extraordinary change at a breath-taking pace – change that is reshaping the way we live […] and the very nature of peace and security.” he said. Calling the intensification of extreme weather events the “new normal,” he recounted small islands’ repeated warnings that an inadequate response to climate change would condemn future generations to certain doom. “I daresay, we do not have the luxury to be silent on this front anymore – we must act,” he stressed. “Never forget that we are all in a symbiotic relationship, we should all be our brothers’ keeper,” said Mr. Chastanet, offering condolences to Mexico, which faces a mounting death toll from recent earthquakes. Noting that the world is increasingly integrated, and economies, natural environment and people are all connected, he said: “a disruptive event in one country begets similar or worse events in neighbouring countries, and spreads, impacting us all and testing our social, political and economic systems.” He maintained that the international community “must change with the times,” calling “unconscionable” the need to depend on commercial rates to rebuild broken economies. “The model has to change to allow the opportunity to build back stronger and more resilient, the infrastructure that can secure our futures and that of our people,” exhorted the President. He asked the Assembly to remember that we share a common future – “a future that will only be secure if we meet threats, challenges and opportunities together, with greater cooperation and understanding.” Full statement available here Wilfred Elrington, Attorney General and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade of Belize, addresses the general debate of the General Assembly’s seventy-second session. UN Photo/Cia Pak Maxine Pamela Ometa McClean, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade of Barbados, addresses the general debate of the seventy-second of the General Assembly. UN Photo/Cia Pak Louis Straker, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Regional Integration of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, addresses the general debate of the General Assembly’s seventy-second session. UN Photo/Cia Pak
It’s been about two weeks since Apple announced its iCloud service at WWDC, but two weeks is enough time to keep MobileMe customers wondering what services will transfer over to iCloud. Apple has now published a helpful FAQ to answer all those lingering questions that went unanswered during the WWDC keynote.Apple said MobileMe’s main services have been “rewritten to work seamlessly with iCloud.” For existing MobileMe customers, the services that won’t be sticking around after June 30, 2012 are iWeb, Gallery, and iDisk. Apple said it will continue support for iWeb publishing, posting, and viewing photos in the MobileMe Gallery, as well as reading and writing to iDisk cloud storage through June of 2012. Those services will be available for you even if you do decide to switch over to iCloud. However, after June 30, 2012, they’ll be gone.AdChoices广告For those hosting their web site with iWeb, you can continue publishing it to MobileMe through June 30, 2012 and easily move it to another web hosting service before the end of the month.If you do make the jump to iCloud before the June 2012 date, you won’t have access to MobileMe services including widgets, keychains, Dock items, syncing your dashboard, and System Preferences. Again, these will still be available for current MobileMe users, but if you decide to transfer to iCloud before June 2012, you will lose those features.Some people may be angry about losing these, but Apple is basically trimming the fat and said that iCloud will introduce new features that aren’t available in MobileMe. These include iTunes in the Cloud, Photo Stream, Documents in the Cloud, automatic downloads and purchase history for apps and books, and cloud backup and restore.You’ll be able to take commonly-used services like Mail, Contacts, and Calendar over to iCloud. These will be available via web apps, as will Find My iPhone, which is a handy tool to have in the event that you ever lose your phone. Having these features as web apps could be really useful when you’re away from your home computer and want to look up an email, for example.There is at least one nice thing about the iCloud transition; MobileMe users that have an account as of June 6, 2011 will have their service automatically extended through June 30, 2012 at no extra charge. You’ll also be able to keep your me.com or mac.com email address.Read more at Apple, via GigaOm
West Ham United have submitted findings from an investigation into an alleged racist abuse directed towards Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah to the Metropolitan Police.Salah was the subject of racial and derogatory remarks to his Muslim faith from a supporter at London Stadium both teams settled for a stalemate in the tie.Racism at its worst: West Ham fans call Liverpool & Egypt star Mohamed Salah “f**king muslim c*nt”#kickitout #KickRacismOutOfFootball pic.twitter.com/aSO1EOQwTI#MoSalah #hammers #WHU #LFC #YNWA #Egyptian #racists #rightwing #muslims #westhamvsliverpool #islam #SayNoToRacism #salah— AlexCam (@followalexcam) February 6, 2019The abuse was loud on mobile phone footage, captured from the West Ham end, of Salah talking a corner, which later went viral on social media.West Ham announced an internal investigation into the incident on Wednesday and have moved quickly to involve the authorities.“After a thorough and immediate investigation following the abhorrent racist abuse aimed at Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah on Monday night, West Ham United can confirm that it has handed evidence to the Metropolitan Police,” a club statement read.Mo Salah laughs off Sadio Mane incident with a brilliant video Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Mohamed Salah laughed off his little spat with Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane by posting a brilliant video showing they’ve made up.“The club is unequivocal in its stance – such abuse will not be tolerated. There is no place or excuse for this kind of behaviour.”The Club has made a statement. https://t.co/Jwmqfrhfd3— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) February 7, 2019Speaking at a news conference earlier on Thursday, West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini affirmed a swift punishment should be meted out to any fan found guilty of racially abusing players.“Of course, I think that cannot happen in the stadium,” he said. “The best way to manage those things out of the game is to remove them from the great spectacle that is the Premier League.“We must have high standards and when this happens, you must take action. The club knows how to work and says it cannot accept this kind of things in the game.“It was a very good game and everybody was enjoying the game, so these people must be punished as soon as we can.”
Share Allison Lee/Houston Public MediaThe Buffalo Bayou and its tributaries are one of the locations where the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will implement disaster recovery projects.The Office of Governor Greg Abbott informed Tuesday that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has announced an initial list of projects to address high-priority needs in states recently impacted by natural disasters, including several in Texas in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.A news release from the Governor’s office, detailed that, according to the USACE, the initial allocation of approximately $360 million will be used to address at 32 projects in 12 states.The funding for the projects comes as a part of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018.U.S. Army Corps of Engineers disaster recovery projects will address concerns in a number of local communities affected by Hurricane Harvey and help combat future flood events. https://t.co/ndXttR1B8W— Gov. Greg Abbott (@GovAbbott) May 1, 2018“As Texas continues on the road to recovery, our shipping channels and bayous are among the highest priorities for investment and repair,” said Governor Abbott.The USACE identified the following projects in Texas to begin repair work on: Buffalo Bayou and Tributaries; Corpus Christi Ship Channel; Galveston Harbor and Channel; GIWW, Channel to Victoria; Gulf Intracoastal Waterway; Houston Ship Channel; Matagorda Ship Channel; Sabine Neches Waterway; and Wallisville Lake.Click here to see a full list of USACE projects.
Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now » As an entrepreneur, the one thing that I consistently wish for is for more hours in a day. Every startup has so many things to get done that getting all the boxes checked each day seems well-nigh impossible. However, I won’t give in to the friendly startup chaos. I’ve found ways to create time where there is none.Here are four secrets behind my time-stretching shenanigans.1. Zirtual.Zirtual is your very own personal assistant in cyberspace. Confused? Well, most small businesses are lean outfits with just enough people to get things going along smoothly. This means, having a personal assistant to run around doing time consuming chores is a luxury most small businesses can ill-afford.Zirtual offers small businesses exactly this in the form of a virtual assistant. With a Zirtual account, you can delegate non-productive tasks like filing invoices, chasing clients for payments, scheduling meetings into your calendar, making travel bookings, finding contact information for a potential client and so much more. With all your time-sinks out of the way, you now have all the time in the world to focus on what you do best — growing your business.2. LiquidSpace.LiquidSpace is, hands down, my favorite app to locate workspaces in any city in the world. The app offers freelancers, startups and small businesses the option of working in a shared office space without compromising on the quality of office infrastructure.It hunts down fully-outfitted workspaces to suit every kind of business need — from a single work desk to multiple desks, meeting rooms, conference rooms to private offices. No more wasting time running from one end of town to another in a new city for multiple meetings through the day.LiquidSpace is perfect for a startup with just a handful of team members who need to work together from a fully equipped, co-working space, or even for freelance consultants and coaches who want to schedule a client meeting or a training session. LiquidSpace gives you the option of renting spaces by the hour, per day or even on a monthly basis.Related: Office Space à la Carte Is on the Menu for Some Entrepreneurs3. CamCard.I used to dread attending trade events. Not because I am uncomfortable among large, milling crowds (I am), but because I would invariably end up with a stack of business cards from people I don’t even remember meeting. This card maze is not just a result of trade events. Even regular meetings with people in your office leads to a gigantic build-up of business cards that are never available when I need to make that all-important phone call from my car outside my apartment.CamCard puts an end to this mess that nearly every business owner has faced. All you need to do is take a picture of the business card you just received. CamCard reads the data on the card (in 16 different languages) and saves all the contact details for future use. The data for each contact gets updated instantly when your contact joins a new company or changes his number. Contact data is synced across all your devices making it available to you whenever you want it, wherever you want it. You can search for individual contacts in CamCard’s address book, add notes about a particular contact or even build your own virtual business card that you can share with your contacts.Related: 5 Reasons Business Cards Still Matter4. Flyp.Ever had those moments when you wanted to separate work from pleasure in every way possible? While it’s possible to have physically separate spaces for work and home, what would you do about your phone number? Getting two phones can be a real hassle and most people just resign themselves to using the same phone number for everything.Not anymore. With Flyp, you can now have a bunch of different phone numbers all parked inside a single phone. All your texts, voice messages and calls for each number get stored in one unified feed. Flyp also offers a unique voice-to-text feature that you can use to respond to callers when answering an incoming call is inconvenient.The real benefit of Flyp comes in its amazing flexibility. With a dedicated mobile number for work, you offer clients the option of reaching you outside of work hours. However, you still retain the choice of muting the business number when you are immersed in a family activity or don’t want to be disturbed.Related: The Jury Is Still Out on Texting for Professional Communication Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 4 min read June 30, 2015
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News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more January 12, 2012 — An article in the January issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology summarizes methods for radiation dose optimization in pediatric computed tomography (CT) scans. Approximately seven to eight million CT examinations are performed for various pediatric clinical indications per year in the United States.Justification of clinical indication is the most important aspect of reducing radiation dose with CT scanning. A substantial number of pediatric CT scans lack appropriate justification or can be replaced with other imaging modalities with lower or no ionizing radiation, such as radiography, ultrasonography and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), which can provide similar diagnostic information for some clinical conditions. “When not clinically indicated, not performing a CT examination is certainly the best radiation dose reduction strategy. However, when a CT scan is indicated, there are steps that can be taken to optimize the dose that children receive. It’s important that all imaging providers take these steps as indicated,” said Mannudeep K. Kalra, M.D., author of the article. Investigators from Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, in Boston, and Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, reviewed practical strategies for reducing radiation dose associated with pediatric CT examinations. “Radiation dose reduction in children starts with the optimization of pediatric CT protocols,” said Mahadevappa Mahesh, MS, Ph.D., author of the article. “CT protocols should be strictly optimized on the basis of body size, body region, clinical indication and the availability of prior imaging.”Additional steps include using a lower tube current and voltage, restricting the scan length to include only the region of interest and using new techniques of image post-processing and reconstruction. “Children are more sensitive to radiation-induced risks and need special attention. Therefore, while designing CT protocols, it is crucial to keep clinical indications, weight and prior available imaging in mind to optimize radiation dose,” said Mahesh. For more information: www.jacr.org, www.imagewisely.org, www.imagegently.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more Related Content News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more Feature | January 12, 2012 Experts Offer Pointers for Optimizing Radiation Dose in Pediatric CT Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom Go.top cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems Video Player is loading.GE Cardiographe cardiac CT scanner at SCCT19Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:38Loaded: 26.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:38 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications An example of a pencil beam proton therapy treatment plan for a brain tumor. Each dot is a pencil beam location for proton energy deposition in the tumor. The colors represent the dose delivered. News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more An example of a pencil beam proton therapy treatment plan for a brain tumor. Each dot is a pencil beam location for proton energy deposition in the tumor. The colors represent the dose delivered. A few of the big takeaways from the American Society of Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) 2018 meeting in October were industry trends and advances in proton therapy technology. The key messages are that proton therapy systems are getting smaller, pencil beam therapy will likely become the standard of care in the coming years, and two new treatment methods may significantly cut treatment times and improve outcomes.The Shrinking Size of Proton SystemsIn speaking with vendors and according to experts in sessions, the trend in proton therapy has definitely swung toward smaller, compact, single-room proton therapy system installations and a movement away from large, multi-room treatment centers. This is in part due to the high cost of building a proton therapy center, which includes not just the system, but a specially tailored building to be constructed for the system to reside in. In speaking to Aymeric Harmant, IBA’s global marketing director for proton therapy, over the past year IBA and the other proton therapy vendors have reported only single-room system contracts being signed. The main reason for this is the cost of these systems and issues with getting enough referrals to make the systems profitable. He said one-room systems cost about $20 million and about $15 million more for the building. Multi-room systems cost upwards of $80 million. The vendors’ ability to create smaller-footprint cyclotrons has helped make smaller systems possible.At ASTRO, Varian introduced its new ProBeam 360 system, a single-room system that is 30 percent smaller than Varian’s previous-generation proton therapy system. The vendor also said the smaller footprint means the system can reduce vault construction costs by about 25 percent.In addition to smaller, single rooms, the technology is being simplified to make it easier for hospitals to use. “About 90 percent of people at ASTRO do not do proton therapy, so we are trying to show them that proton therapies are not as complex as they were 10 years ago,” Harmant explained. News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. A model of the new, compact, single-room Varian ProBeam 360 system. The system is an example of the trend in proton therapy toward single-room, smaller systems and away from multi-room treatment centers. Feature | Proton Therapy | November 01, 2018 | Dave Fornell, Editor Trends in Proton Therapy — Faster Therapy Delivery, Single-room Installs News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more Related Content Find more key news, trends and videos from ASTRO 2018. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 The Movement to Pencil Beam Proton TherapyIn sessions, several speakers noted that proton therapy is moving rapidly toward pencil beam scanning (PBS) therapies and that all new systems being installed are pencil beam-capable. Speakers said pencil beams are easier to work with and more exact as to where the dose is being delivered, eliminating the need for traditional collimation. It also enables intensity modulated proton therapy (IMPT).Two New Methods to Speed Proton TherapyHowever, with a single treatment room, facilities are looking at how to increase patient throughput, especially as patient volume grows. Two new solutions to speeding up proton therapy were displayed as works in progress by Varian and IBA.Varian announced at ASTRO it is working on a way to deliver a single-fraction, one-second, very-high dose of protons to a tumor to enable a one-day, one-and-done session called Flash therapy. The vendor said its newer cyclotron has the capability of delivering much higher proton dose rates than previous-generation systems, enabling it to deliver ultra-high dose rates of 40-120 Gy per second (or 700,000 cGy per minute). By comparison, linear accelerators (linacs) generally deliver about 2,400 cGy per minute, and Varian’s ProBeam system delivers up to 10,000 cGy per minute. “We are seeing a very, very different biological response with extremely low toxicity,” explained Bill Hansen, Varian’s director of strategic initiatives. “The healthy tissue does not see it, but the cancer does.”He said the Flash technique is currently being tested preclinically and a group of hospitals interested in pursuing this technology have created the Flash Forward Consortium to study the concept. Current proton therapy treatments are usually spaced into 30 fractions for 60 seconds each. This requires patients who live a distance from their proton center to travel extensively or get an extended-stay hotel room for the duration of their treatments. Flash therapy may enable a single-day, single-dose treatment, which would free up a significant amount of room in proton center schedules and enable a much larger number of patients to be treated on a system.IBA announced at ASTRO the first patients treated with a Spot Scanning Proton Arc (SPArc) plan at the Beaumont Health Proton Therapy Center in Royal Oak, Mich., on its single-room Proteus One system. Instead of using a traditional series of beams that intersect a tumor and require the gantry or patient to be rotated for each beam, proton arc therapy leaves the beam on as it rotates around the patient, enabling much shorter therapy delivery times. Read more about this therapy in the article “Beaumont Hospital Cancer Institute Performs First Irradiation of Spot Scanning Proton Arc Therapy Plan.”IBA said this technique may improve the quality of the treatment by enhancing the dose conformity at the tumor level while reducing the total dose received by the patient. In addition, the Spot Scanning Proton Arc therapy technique potentially increases the robustness of the treatment plan and may further improve the adoption of dose escalation and hypofractionation. This first irradiation achieved is the result of a long-standing research and development program between IBA and Beaumont Health’s proton therapy team.Watch a VIDEO interview at ASTRO 2018 with Peyman Kabolizadeh, M.D., the medical director of Beaumont Proton Therapy Center. He explains how proton therapy fits into Beaumont’s overall strategy of cancer treatment and its development of proton arc therapy. Toward the end of the video are examples of arc therapy delivery. News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more PreviousNext News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July. News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read more
This tutorial discusses logical data extraction, and one of its subtopics Android SIM card extractions. This article is taken from the book Learning Android Forensics by Oleg Skulkin, Donnie Tindall, and Rohit Tamma. This book explore open source and commercial forensic tools and teaches readers the basic skills of Android malware identification and analysis. Logical extraction overview In digital forensics, the term logical extraction is typically used to refer to extractions that don’t recover deleted data or do not include a full bit-by-bit copy of the evidence. However, a more correct definition of logical extraction is any method that requires communication with the base operating system. Because of this interaction with the operating system, a forensic examiner cannot be sure that they have recovered all of the data possible; the operating system is choosing which data it allows the examiner to access. In traditional computer forensics, logical extraction is analogous to copying and pasting a folder in order to extract data from a system; this process will only copy files that the user can access and see. If any hidden or deleted files are present in the folder being copied, they won’t be in the pasted version of the folder. As you’ll see, however, the line between logical and physical extractions in mobile forensics is somewhat blurrier than in traditional computer forensics. For example, deleted data can routinely be recovered from logical extractions on mobile devices due to the prevalence of SQLite databases being used to store data. Furthermore, almost every mobile extraction will require some form of interaction with the operating Android OS; there’s no simple equivalent to pulling a hard drive and imaging it without booting the drive. What data can be recovered logically? For the most part, any and all user data may be recovered logically: Contacts Call logs SMS/MMS Application data System logs and information The bulk of this data is stored in SQLite databases, so it’s even possible to recover large amounts of deleted data through a logical extraction. Root access When forensically analyzing an Android device, the limiting factor is often not the type of data being sought, but rather whether or not the examiner has the ability to access the data. All of the data listed previously, when stored on the internal flash memory, is protected and requires root access to read. The exception to this is application data that is stored on the SD card, which will be discussed later in this book. Without root access, a forensic examiner cannot simply copy information from the /data partition. The examiner will have to find some method of escalating privileges in order to gain access to the contacts, call logs, SMS/MMS, and application data. These methods often carry many risks, such as the potential to destroy or brick the device (making it unable to boot), and may alter data on the device in order to gain permanence. The methods commonly vary from device to device, and there is no universal, one-click method to gain root access to every device. Commercial mobile forensic tools such as Oxygen Forensic Detective and Cellebrite UFED have built-in capabilities to temporarily and safely root many devices but do not cover the wide range of all Android devices. The decision to root a device should be in accordance with your local operating procedures and court opinions in your jurisdiction. The legal acceptance of evidence obtained by rooting varies by jurisdiction. Android SIM card extractions Traditionally, SIM cards were used for transferring data between devices. SIM cards in the past were used to store many different types of data, such as the following: User data Contacts SMS messages Dialed calls Network data Integrated Circuit Card Identifier (ICCID): Serial number of the SIM International Mobile Subscriber Identity (IMSI): Identifier that ties the SIM to a specific user account MSISDN: Phone number assigned to the SIM Location Area Identity (LAI): Identifies the cell that a user is in Authentication Key (Ki): Used to authenticate the mobile network Various other network-specific information With the rise in capacity of device storage, SD cards, and cloud backups, the necessity for storing data on a SIM card has decreased. As such, most modern smartphones typically do not store much, if any, user data on the SIM card. All network data listed previously does still reside on the SIM, as a SIM is necessary to connect to all modern (4G) cellular networks. As with all Android devices, though, there is no concrete stipulation that user data can’t be stored on a SIM; it simply doesn’t happen by default. Individual device manufacturers can easily decide to write user data to the SIM, and individual users can download applications to provide that functionality. This means that a device’s SIM card should always be examined during a forensic examination. It is a very quick process, and should never be overlooked. Acquiring SIM card data The SIM card should always be removed from the device and examined separately. While some tools claim to read the SIM card through the device interface, this may not recover deleted data or all data on the SIM; the only way for an examiner to be certain all data was acquired is to read the SIM through a standalone SIM card reader with a tool that has been tested and verified. The location of the SIM will vary by device but is typically either stored beneath the battery or in a tray located on the side of the device. Once the SIM is removed, it should be placed in a SIM card reader. There are hundreds of SIM card readers available in the marketplace, and all major mobile forensics tools come with an included reader that will work with their software. Oftentimes, the forensic tools will also support third-party SIM readers as well. There is a surprising lack of thorough, free SIM card reading software available. Any software used should always be tested and validated on a SIM card that has been populated with known data prior to being used in an actual forensic investigation. Also, keep in mind that much of the free software available works for older 2G/3G SIMs, but may not work properly on a modern 4G SIM. We used the Mobiledit! Lite, a free version of Mobiledit!, for the following screenshots. It is available at: http://www.mobiledit.com/downloads. The following is a sample 4G SIM card extraction from an Android phone running version 4.4.4; note that nothing that could be considered user data was acquired despite the SIM being used actively for over a year, though fields such as the ICCID, IMSI, and MSISDN (own phone number) could be useful for subpoenas/warrants or other aspects of an investigation: SIM card extraction overview The following screenshot highlights SMS messages on the SIM card: The following screenshot highlights the phonebook of the SIM card: The following screenshot highlights the phone number of the SIM card (also called the MSISDN): SIM Security Due to the fact that SIM cards conform to established, international standards, all SIM cards provide the same security functionality: a 4- to 8-digit PIN. Generally, this PIN must be set through a menu on the device. On Android devices, this setting is found at Settings | Security | Set up SIM card lock. The SIM PIN is completely independent of any lock screen security settings and only has to be entered when the device boots. The SIM PIN only protects user data on the SIM; all network information is still recoverable even if the SIM is PIN locked. The SIM card will allow three attempts to enter the PIN; if one of these attempts are correct, the counter will reset. On the other hand, if all of these attempts are incorrect, the SIM will enter Personal Unblocking Key (PUK) mode. The PUK is an 8-digit number assigned by the carrier and is frequently found on documentation when the SIM is purchased. Bypassing a PUK is not possible with any commercial forensic software; because of this, an examiner should never attempt to enter the PIN on the device as the device will not indicate how many attempts remain before the PUK is activated. An examiner could unwittingly PUK lock the SIM and be unable to access the device. Forensic tools, however, will show how many attempts remain before the PUK is activated, as seen in the previous screenshots. Common carrier defaults for SIM PINs are 0000 and 1234. If three tries remain before activating the PUK, an examiner may successfully unlock the SIM with one of these defaults. Carriers frequently retain PUK keys when a SIM is issued. These may be available through a subpoena or warrant issued to the carrier. SIM cloning The SIM PIN itself provides almost no additional security, and can easily be bypassed through SIM cloning. SIM cloning is a feature provided in almost all commercial mobile forensic software, although the term cloning is somewhat misleading. SIM cloning, in the case of mobile forensics, is the process of copying the network data from a locked SIM onto a forensically sterile SIM that does not have the PIN activated. The phone will identify the cloned SIM based on this network data (typically the ICCID and IMSI) and think that it is the same SIM that was inserted previously, but this time there will be no SIM PIN. This cloned SIM will also be unable to access the cellular network, which makes it an effective solution similar to Airplane Mode. Therefore, SIM cloning will allow an examiner to access the device, but the user data on the original SIM is still inaccessible as it remains protected by the PIN. We are unaware of any free software that performs forensic SIM cloning. It is supported by almost all commercial mobile forensic kits, however. These kits will typically include a SIM card reader, software to perform the clone, as well as multiple blank SIM cards for the cloning process. This article has covered SIM card extraction, which is a subtopic of logical extractions of Android devices. 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