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first_imgHarvard Toastmasters chapter to welcome guest speakerThe Crimson Toastmasters Club, a local chapter of Toastmasters International, the public speaking and leadership organization, will welcome T Chendil Kumar to its Oct. 24 meeting. A corporate trainer and guest faculty member at the Indian Institute of Management in Bangalore, India, Kumar is the sponsor of 10 Toastmasters Clubs in India. His speech, titled “Stand Up, Speak Up and Shut Up,” will explore the art of using humor in communication.On Monday (Oct. 15), the Harvard Toastmasters Chapter celebrated its one-year anniversary. Julie Wilson of the Center for Workplace Development and Allison Shapira of the Center for Public Leadership founded the club, which is composed of faculty and staff from across the University. Members meet weekly at the Center for Workplace Development at 124 Mt. Auburn St. and work through a series of structured materials to develop public speaking and leadership skills. For more information, visit http://crimson.freetoasthost.us/.Safra Foundation seeks graduate fellowship applicantsThe Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics is now accepting applications from graduate students for its 2008-09 fellowship in ethics. Eligible students are either writing dissertations or engaged in major research on topics in practical ethics, especially ethical issues in architecture, business, education, government, law, medicine, public health, and public policy.Students should be enrolled in a doctoral program of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences or in one of Harvard’s professional Schools, and should have completed all course requirements and general examinations by September prior to the fellowship year. In professions such as law or medicine, where a doctoral dissertation is not required for an academic career, advanced students taking leaves of absence, recent graduates, and Harvard affiliates engaged in postgraduate training are also eligible.The application deadline is Nov. 15. Visit http://www.ethics.harvard.edu/ for more information.Christmas Revels usher in holiday seasonTickets for this season’s Christmas Revels will go on sale Saturday (Oct. 20) at noon. Now in its 37th year, the unique dance and music ensemble will hold 18 total performances at Sanders Theatre on the following dates: Dec. 14-16, 20-23, and 27-30. To order tickets, visit http://www.revels.org.last_img read more

Feds found security flaws in Vermont Health Connect website

first_imgVermont Business Magazine In an Associated Press story published Thursday night, the US Government Accountability Office “found significant cybersecurity weaknesses in the health insurance websites of California, Kentucky and Vermont that could enable hackers to get their hands on sensitive personal information about hundreds of thousands of people.” In the story related to a report issued by the GAO last summer, Vermont health care reform chief Lawrence Miller is quoted as saying that Vermont has since changed vendors and the state has “ensured correct controls were in place” to meet a federal standard. That did not keep Lieutenant Governor Phil Scott from issuing a blistering response late Thursday.   Lawrence Miller, with Governor Shumlin, discussed the status of Vermont Health Connect at a press conference in June 2015. VBM photo.“Enough is enough,” Scott said. “Once again we are learning of another problem with Vermont Health Connect, and once again we are finding out from a national news agency rather than our own Administration. Just one day ago the Administration was updating legislators on the ongoing issues with 1095-A tax forms, without mentioning potential security vulnerabilities.“The Associated Press did Vermonters a great service by shining a light on the issues we weren’t aware still existed; after all, we were told everything was good and getting better. This article proves that the Administration is not only gambling with Vermonters’ access to affordable health care, but also with their most personal information. And this isn’t the first time.Associated Press article, “Security flaws found in 3 state health insurance websites”(link is external)FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Federal investigators found significant cybersecurity weaknesses in the health insurance websites of California, Kentucky and Vermont that could enable hackers to get their hands on sensitive personal information about hundreds of thousands of people, The Associated Press has learned. And some of those flaws have yet to be fixed.The vulnerabilities were discovered by the Government Accountability Office, the investigative arm of Congress, and shared with state officials last September. Vermont authorities would not discuss the findings, but officials in California and Kentucky said this week that there was no evidence hackers succeeded in stealing anything.MORE…(link is external)·       October 2013 — First security breach, where a customer’s Social Security information and other data was compromised·       Late 2013 — “Privacy Breach” of personal information due to human error·       December 2013 — Second security breach, where a Romanian attacker hacked the system 15 times and went undetected for a month·       September 2014 — Federal government shuts down Vermont Health Connect due to inability to meet security requirements·       April 2015 — Auditor Doug Hoffer’s first audit identifies security issues, including 70 moderate security weaknesses, 91 percent of which the State had known about for 13 months·       November 2015 — Outside audit by a Virginia firm highlights concerns over security protocols·       November 2015 — Auditor Hoffer’s supplemental audit identifies 121 security weaknesses, three of which were “high risk” and 63 of which were “moderate-risk”“Vermonters deserve better than this. Our health, personal finances and sense of security have been violated and decisive action is long overdue. There is no shame in saying: “We tried, but we couldn’t do it.” The shame is in continuing down the same road, throwing good money after bad, and putting even more Vermonters at risk.“I cannot, in good conscience, support continued efforts to consider whether or not Vermont Health Connect is functional, because we know it isn’t. I, and my fellow Vermonters, have run out of patience, and lost any faith and trust we might have had.“As a public servant, I’m angry. As a small-business owner, I’m frustrated. As a Vermonter, I feel deceived. And I know I’m not alone.“Scott is also a Republican candidate for governor.last_img read more

Rapinoe says she will respect US Soccer policy for anthems

first_imgIn this Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016 file photo, United States’ Megan Rapinoe, right, kneels next to teammates Ali Krieger (11) and Crystal Dunn (16) as the U.S. national anthem is played before an exhibition soccer match against Netherlands in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)Megan Rapinoe says she will respect a new U.S. Soccer Federation policy that says national team players “shall stand respectfully” during national anthems. The policy was approved last month but came to light Saturday before the U.S. women’s national team lost to England in a SheBelieves Cup match. A Fox Soccer analyst posted an image of the rule on Twitter.The policy comes after Rapinoe knelt during the anthem at a pair of national team matches last year. The midfielder has said she wanted to express solidarity with former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who knelt last season in an attempt to bring attention to racial inequality.“It is an honor to represent the USA and all that we stand for — to be able to pull on the red, white and blue to play a game that I love. I will respect the new bylaw the leadership at USSF has put forward. That said, I believe we should always value the use of our voice and platform to fight for equality of every kind,” Rapinoe said in a statement released Monday by her agent.Rapinoe was not on the roster for the national team for the SheBelieves Cup tournament while she continues to regain her form after knee surgery. She also knelt last year during at least one game with the Seattle Reign, her National Women’s Soccer League team.Policy 604-1 states: “All persons representing a Federation national team shall stand respectfully during the playing of national anthems at any event in which the Federation is represented.”U.S. Soccer’s Board of Directors passed it on Feb. 9.Following the 1-0 loss to England on Saturday, U.S. coach Jill Ellis was asked about the policy.“I’ve always felt that that should be what we do to honor the country and have the pride of putting on a national team jersey. I said that previously, I think that should be the expectation. That’s our workplace out there and we should represent ourselves and our country,” Ellis said.It is unclear what action would be taken if players do not follow the rule.The U.S. Women’s National Team Players Union issued a statement over the weekend that said it was aware that U.S. Soccer was meeting and would be voting on new bylaws, however: “We were unaware of the content of those bylaws amendments, and we will assess the implications of any unreasonable restrictions for our members.”,The policy was approved last month but came to light Saturday before the U.S. women’s national team lost to England in a SheBelieves Cup match. A Fox Soccer analyst posted an image of the rule on Twitter.The policy comes after Rapinoe knelt during the anthem at a pair of national team matches last year. The midfielder has said she wanted to express solidarity with former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who knelt last season in an attempt to bring attention to racial inequality.“It is an honor to represent the USA and all that we stand for — to be able to pull on the red, white and blue to play a game that I love. I will respect the new bylaw the leadership at USSF has put forward. That said, I believe we should always value the use of our voice and platform to fight for equality of every kind,” Rapinoe said in a statement released Monday by her agent.Rapinoe was not on the roster for the national team for the SheBelieves Cup tournament while she continues to regain her form after knee surgery. She also knelt last year during at least one game with the Seattle Reign, her National Women’s Soccer League team.Policy 604-1 states: “All persons representing a Federation national team shall stand respectfully during the playing of national anthems at any event in which the Federation is represented.”U.S. Soccer’s Board of Directors passed it on Feb. 9.Following the 1-0 loss to England on Saturday, U.S. coach Jill Ellis was asked about the policy.“I’ve always felt that that should be what we do to honor the country and have the pride of putting on a national team jersey. I said that previously, I think that should be the expectation. That’s our workplace out there and we should represent ourselves and our country,” Ellis said.It is unclear what action would be taken if players do not follow the rule.The U.S. Women’s National Team Players Union issued a statement over the weekend that said it was aware that U.S. Soccer was meeting and would be voting on new bylaws, however: “We were unaware of the content of those bylaws amendments, and we will assess the implications of any unreasonable restrictions for our members.”last_img read more

Ex-Barça boss Tata Martino close to coaching Mexico

first_imgGerardo ‘Tata’ Martino’s time at Atlanta United could be coming to an end. The former Barcelona coach is the front runner to take over the Mexico national team.  26/09/2018 The FMF originally wanted Bielsa to take over but he rejected the offer as he’s currently with Leeds United in England’s second tier. Sport.es La nueva opción: Tata Martino está muy cerca de dirigir México Upd. on 27/09/2018 at 10:45 CEST IN SPORT.ES Reports first emerged that Martino was Mexico’s top option around one week ago, with Marcelo Bielsa said to have connected the Mexican Federation (FMF) with the Argentine coach.  ESPN Deportes have claimed that Martino will leave Major League Soccer to take over as the new coach of El Tri.  last_img read more

Spray canned

first_imgBy DANIELLE GALVIN TERRITORIAL taggers squeezed out by the anti-graffiti movement in Casey may be moving in on Pakenham, damaging…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img