Defense Department agency suffers data breach: report

first_imgA Defense Department agency reportedly suffered a data breach last year that may have compromised personal information, including Social Security numbers, of victims involved.Reuters reported Thursday that the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) sent out a letter last week to all individuals affected by the breach, which DISA wrote took place between May and July of 2019.DISA told victims in the letter, which was also tweeted out by one of the potential victims earlier this week, that “some of your personal information, including your Social Security number, may have been compromised” due to a data breach of DISA’s systems. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img

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Marriage equality debate: Craig raises polygamy

first_imgStuff.co.nz 2 Aug 2012If Parliament moves to make same-sex marriages legal, then “polygamous relationships need recognising as well”, says the leader of the Conservative Party . In a live discussion today, Labour MP Louisa Wall and Conservative Party leader Colin Craig went head to head on the issue of marriage equality. Wall is leading the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill, which has sparked heated debate since it was pulled from the ballot last week. Craig made headlines when the bill was drawn, after he said it wasn’t “intelligent to pretend that homosexual relationships are normal”. During the live chat both sides aired a number of views, while fielding questions from readers. In response to one question on whether the bill would just end up creating “fresh injustices” discriminating toward polygamy, Craig said the bill would inevitably raise that issue. “Louisa and I agree that marriage just can’t be open on the basis of people loving each other, it’s a question of the right place to draw the line. “If we are going to be consistent, and love is all that matters, then we will have to accept polygamous relationships need recognising as well,” he said. But Wall disagreed, saying marriage was based on love, which was why gay and lesbian people wanted the same rights. “Marriage is the institution of two people who love each other committing themselves to a shared life together. This bill will not address polygamy or other forms of relationship.” Craig said he did not think New Zealand needed to change the existing law.http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/7400965/Marriage-equality-debate-Craig-raises-polygamylast_img read more

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Students head to Iowa for political campaigns

first_imgSophomore Mahima Varanasi met Joe Biden as a field intern for his campaign this summer. Varanasi is one of 10 students participating in the Inside Iowa Project. (Photo courtesy of Mahima Varanasi). Mahima Varanasi has always been a fan of politics. For her 17th birthday, her high school friends bought her a shirt with a photo of former Vice President Joe Biden eating an ice cream cone — a gag gift she has come to cherish. As the only student in the program with a STEM major, Varanasi said her experience has given her a new perspective on the emerging importance of scientific and technological literacy in politics.  “Especially if you’re in a place like California, we don’t have the same relationship [with elections] as states like Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina — all these early primary states,” said Meghan Ginley, program director of the Unruh Institute. “The access these students get to the candidates is unparalleled to anything they would get to what they would get in California.” “They would give us advice and have us ask them questions to prepare us for [Iowa],” said project fellow Lan Duong, a sophomore majoring in international relations. “After this whole talk about election security in 2016, it felt like the two fields [of computer science and political science] needed each other more than ever,” Varansi said. “With Obama’s campaign, I think that was the first time we ever saw someone take the digital space seriously in an election.” “In a week, we have to take some phone calls, we have to canvas and we also have to set up meetings with people [that are] one on one,” Duong said. “That’s part of the relationship building.” Students had the opportunity to gain campaign and communication experience, while living and learning in the state’s capital. Of the 10 USC students involved in the project, three students are interning for Biden, two for South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, two for Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, one for California Sen. Kamala Harris, one for Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and one for the Republican Party in Iowa.  So, when Varanasi, a sophomore majoring in computer science, was given the chance to spend her summer in Des Moines, Iowa as a field intern for Biden’s presidential bid, the Pennsylvania native jumped at the opportunity. For Varanasi and the rest of her cohort, the program will extend past its 10-week internship. During the caucus in February, the students will travel back to Iowa to observe the kick-off of the 2020 presidential election. “Iowa represents the rest of the country, [and] I believe the people here are really genuine about being informed,” Varanasi said. “If you want to know what this extremely populated country is thinking about politics, you go to Iowa. It has that metropolitan city, and it has so many farm towns … it makes sense as to why it is representative.” For Duong, however, the program has inspired her to postpone her sophomore year at USC to work in Iowa for Harris’ campaign until the caucus. Duong said the greatest lesson she learned on the campaign so far has been the importance of making authentic connections with others. Duong said that though there are typical tasks she has to complete as a field intern, every day on the job is different. According to the USC Center for the Political Future website, students attended various workshops about how to run and operate a presidential campaign to learn more about the political culture of Iowa. In February, Iowa will host the 2020 Democratic Caucus, the first nominating contest of the Democratic presidential primaries for the upcoming election.  Varanasi is taking part in the Unruh Institute of Politics’ Inside Iowa Project, a new initiative that gave a cohort of 10 students the chance to work in Iowa for the summer to see the states’ impact on the 2020 presidential election. The program started at USC after co-director Mike Murphy piloted the program at the University of Chicago in 2015. “I didn’t realize how much more there was to a campaign that I didn’t see,” Varanasi said. “My job is to talk to people [and] my role, whether it be through phone calls or door-knocking or meeting people, is to have honest conversations about what they think … and what they care about the most.” Before their time in Iowa, the cohort participated in various sessions where the students got to speak with campaign professionals and political operatives to gain more insight into their work as field interns. Similar to Duong, Varanasi’s schedule always differed — from calling voters and campaigning at events, to canvassing door-to-door and meeting voters from all over the state. On more than one occasion, Varanasi even got the chance to meet Biden. “I kid you not, I started crying,” Varanasi said. “I feel like I was really cynical in terms of politics … and felt that everything anyone said wasn’t coming from a place of authenticity, but he was so authentic.” “The value of interpersonal relationships, even in other careers and genuinely caring about [others] as opposed to empty networking … is what wins elections,” Duong said. “And in general, that is what will help you.”last_img read more

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Women’s soccer: Wisconsin finishes home stand with draws versus Rutgers, Maryland

first_imgThe No. 22 University of Wisconsin women’s soccer team (8-2-3, 2-1-3 Big Ten) tied both Rutgers (7-1-4, 3-0-2 Big Ten) and Maryland (3-6-4, 1-3-1 Big Ten) over the weekend in 0–0 decisions both in Madison.The first contest versus Rutgers saw few attacking opportunities as the Scarlet Knights outmatched the Badgers in shots on goal just three to one in the 110 minutes of stagnant play. The game was also an astonishing fifth straight overtime game for Rutgers goalkeeper Meagan McClelland, her fourth shutout of the year.In her post-game conversation with UW Athletics, Wisconsin Head Coach Paula Wilkins was impressed by the Badgers’ ability to keep up with a solid Rutgers squad, but couldn’t overlook her team’s silent offense.“I think we need to be more potent in our attack. Getting one shot on goal is not enough for us. We need to focus on that and that’s something we’ll talk about tomorrow and try to watch some video and get a little bit better at,” Wilkins said.Football: Taylor’s season starts off strong, but strong enough for a Heisman?The University of Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor has been a victim of his own excellence. After submitting one of Read…Wisconsin’s next game against Maryland wasn’t much more offensively robust . The teams tied with four shots on goal each and end double overtime in a draw. Maryland goalkeeper Rachel Egyed gained her fourth shutout on the year while Badger goalkeeper Jordyn Bloomer racked up her fifth shutout.The Badger offense has seemingly stalled in the past couple weeks as they’ve been shutout in three of their last four contests. On the year, the Badger’s 3–0 August victory over Kentucky remains the only time the team has scored more than twice in a contest.Women’s hockey: Badgers roll to smooth victory against Lindenwood after shaky first gameThe University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team (2-0-0) won their first two games over the weekend versus Lindenwood (0-2-0) in Read…To begin the year, 2017 leading scorer Dani Rhodes was held to zero goals through her first six games. Wisconsin was still getting scoring production from different areas as Lauren Rice, Cameron Murtha and others took on the load. But Rhodes’ offense returned to start conference play, as she scored two goals as the Badgers opened conference play. She would earn Big Ten Player of the Week for her performance.As of late, it seems no one is hitting their mark as Wisconsin’s defense and goalie-play seem to be the only aspects keeping the team in games.The Badgers will look to get back on the board during their Hoosier road trip this weekend as they face Indiana Friday and Purdue Sunday.last_img read more

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Ragan, Steckman to hold legislative preview this weekend

first_imgMASON CITY — With the 2020 legislative session right around the corner, Mason City’s two representatives at the statehouse will be holding a town hall meeting this weekend to talk about the upcoming session. State Senator Amanda Ragan and State Representative Sharon Steckman will hold the legislative preview on Saturday from 10:00 to 11:30 at the Mason City Public Library. Ragan and Steckman say they’ll discuss north-central Iowa priorities for the 2020 session, with constituents having the opportunity to ask questions, as well as share concerns and ideas. The event is free and all are welcome to attend.last_img

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