first_imgVermont Business Magazine NuHarbor Security, based in Essex Junction, has launched its proprietary Knox Security Certification Program. Cybersecurity is an increasingly important part of business, and external influences such as compliance regulations and customer relations require proof of organizations’ cybersecurity. Along with other next-generation information security services, NuHarbor Security will offer industry-leading security certification to help clients demonstrate their security posture. What’s different about Knox?NuHarbor Security does things differently, but not for the sake of being different. Many control assessments allow organizations to check a box next to a compliance requirement. However, such assessments do not examine the depth and breadth of their security posture. Assessments often have multiple requirements that do not add value to an organization. NuHarbor operates with the client’s best interests in mind. Instead of perpetuating box-checking and inefficiency, NuHarbor’s Information Security Analysts tailored the Knox Security Certification criteria on cybersecurity AND organizational best practices. How Knox WorksThe Knox Security Certification contains three levels and works for small organizations with fledgling cybersecurity programs as well as larger organizations with more robust systems in place. For most, a lower tier will be a better fit. As a security program matures, clients may evolve their security footprint to achieve a higher level of certification. Just as the cybersecurity landscape is ever-changing, so is an environment. The value and viability the Knox Security Certification is its annual reassessments. Knox is not intended to be a one-and-done assessment. As new threats emerge, and your environment changes, the certification process accounts for that change.About NuHarbor SecurityNuHarbor Security is a leader in information security services. Working throughout the US since 2014, NuHarbor helps clients design, implement and sustain Information Security, Compliance and Risk Management programs. Learn more at nuharborsecurity.com.Source: Essex Junction, VT – October 23, 2018: NuHarbor Securitylast_img read more

first_imgHITS Inc, the event management company behind the HITS Triathlon Series, has confirmed that acclaimed endurance athlete and activist Barry Siff has joined the team to help launch a new endurance endeavour that will debut throughout the United States beginning in the spring of 2013. In keeping with its ‘A Distance for Everyone’ mantra, HITS’ new project will be aimed at growing endurance sports participation and bringing newcomers on board.The appointment of Siff follows hot on the heels of HITS confirming a new pricing structure for its HITS Triathlon Series events, with strong discounts for early event sign-ups helping to shake up the competitive North American endurance sports category.To lead the company’s expansion efforts, HITS President and CEO Tom Struzzieri has brought on Siff of Boulder, Colorado; who, like Struzzieri, has a long entrepreneurial career history with a passion for sports and a shared vision aimed at age-groupers and novices, as well as elite athletes.“I am extremely excited to join HITS and help develop a new national endurance series,” Siff said. “Together, we share a passion – and the ability – to get America moving, by making it easy, affordable and exciting for people to be part of the fitness movement.”Siff comes to the position with a broad range of experience, having directed over 100 multisport events since 1998, including adventure races and camps, winter triathlons, numerous nationally acclaimed summer triathlons, cycling events and running races. As an athlete, he has completed over 50 marathons, 10 Ironman triathlons, and virtually every major adventure race in the world from 1998-2003.Before starting MountainQuest Adventures in 1998 with partner Liz Caldwell, Siff was a partner in a highly successful telemarketing company in Omaha, Nebraska, as well as Senior Vice President of a US$7 billion food business. In addition, he serves on the National Board of Directors for USA Triathlon (USAT) and in May of 2012 was named Vice President of USAT’s Board of Directors. Siff also serves as Co-Chair for the Boulder Local Organizing Committee for the USA Pro Cycling Challenge.Further details on Siff’s role are expected in the coming weeks. It is currently unclear if the newly reinvigorated 5430 Sports, which directs the popular Boulder Downtown Running Series, will have a cooperative role with HITS going forwards. In March 2012,  the founders of 5430 Sports – Barry & Jodee Siff – regained ownership of the name, 5430 Sports, as well as the Boulder, Colorado, running race series.“Our entree into the endurance world last year with our triathlon series has really solidified our commitment to this space,” said Struzzieri. “As we gain momentum in triathlons and hit our stride with a consistent product that athletes have really responded to, we see great potential in expanding that approach and formula.”According to Struzzieri, Siff’s credentials and reputation in endurance sports, along with his business acumen, make it a perfect match. “In a few short weeks, Barry’s contributions have already brought great momentum and focus to this effort. His background as an athlete, thought leader and successful businessman makes him a great fit for the team,” he added.Siff, with the full support of HITS behind him, will be based out of Boulder, Colorado, and directs the new HITS project, which will ‘target major metropolitan areas and culminate in a year-end championship’ in the Fall/autumn. A search for venues and host cities is underway as are talks with major title sponsors and media partners. More information about the new HITS endurance series will be announced in the coming weeks.www.HitsTriathlonSeries.com Relatedlast_img read more

first_imgWant to host a TV show? March 15, 2015 Regular News W ant to host a TV show?Divorce is messy, contentious, expensive, heartbreaking, and very popular. Most people going into the divorce process have no idea what lies ahead. Divorce SOS is a new talk show that helps guests with their divorce questions and educates the audience about the ins and outs of divorce. Each show includes a guest and a panel of professionals. No issue will be off limits: “My husband has a mistress! What are my rights?”  “My spouse wiped out our bank accounts. What can I do now?” “Were you removed from your home?” “Can I legally record conversations?”Are you charismatic? Empathetic? Are you able to convey humor and connect with a live audience? Are you interested in gaining national exposure?Idea Girls Entertainment and Better World Productions are searching for an accomplished divorce lawyer to host a TV pilot episode for DIVORCE SOS. If you are interested, send a two-minute video of yourself telling us why you would make a good host. Videos should be filmed on an iPhone or computer. Producers will screen all videos and select finalists who will be contacted for an audition. Email your video to  laurie.igentertainment@yahoo.com.last_img read more

first_imgTwo research letters published today in JAMA Network Open highlight racial disparities in COVID-19 burden—regardless of income level—and examine Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data presentation that may perpetuate racial health disparities.In the first study, non-white, urban US counties had higher rates of COVID-19 infections and deaths than predominantly white counties in the early months of the pandemic, regardless of income level, according to a research letter published today in JAMA Network Open.Researchers at NYU Grossman School of Medicine analyzed COVID-19 case and death data from the 2018 US Census Small Areas Income and Poverty Estimates program, the CDC, and state health departments from 158 metropolitan counties encompassing Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York City, Philadelphia, and Seattle.The counties, all of which experienced early coronavirus surges, were home to 64% of confirmed US coronavirus infections as of May 10.Disproportionate rates of infection, deathPredominantly non-white communities bore nearly three times the burden of COVID-19 infections and deaths as white neighborhoods. In poorer counties, those with predominantly non-white residents had an infection rate nearly eight times that of counties with mostly white residents (relative risk [RR], 7.8; 95% confidence interval [CI], 5.1 to 12.0) and a death rate more than nine times greater (RR, 9.3; 95% CI, 4.7 to 18.4).Both poor and less poor counties with mostly non-white residents had higher COVID-19 infections than those with largely white residents (RR, 3.2; 95% CI, 2.3 to 4.6). Similarly, risk of COVID-19 death was elevated in diverse counties with less poverty (RR, 3.8; 95% CI, 2.2 to 6.7).But the sharpest contrast between largely non-white and white counties was seen when the researchers studied data from only low-income counties, where residents of mostly non-white communities died of the coronavirus at nine times the rate of residents of largely white areas.Racism, other social driversLead author Samrachana Adhikari, PhD, said in an NYU press release that the rates by income were unexpected. “While we expected to see greater numbers of COVID-19 cases and deaths in predominantly non-white, low-income communities, we were surprised that this relationship still held even after we accounted for poverty rates,” she said. “Given our findings, we believe that structural racism may explain these racial disparities in number of cases and deaths noted in Black counties.”The authors called for research using individual-level data and a breakdown of residents by race and ethnicity to identify causal mechanisms (eg, structural racism, other social drivers) and the neighborhoods most in need of improved public health interventions.”The fact that non-white residents died from the virus at higher rates than white residents in both wealthier and poorer communities should be a major alarm bell to policymakers at the national and local government levels, academic medical centers, and the country at large,” coauthor Gbenga Ogedegbe, MD, MPH, said in the press release.Underestimating true burden of people of colorIn the second study, researchers at Harvard University compared the distribution of coronavirus deaths by race with data from the National Center for Health Statistics weighted population and the US Census unweighted population. Both data sets were provided by the CDC.As of May 13, officials reported 54,861 COVID-19 deaths. Applying the unweighted US Census population distribution, blacks were overrepresented among COVID-19 deaths, accounting for 9.9% more deaths than their share of the US population, while whites were underrepresented by 8.1%.In contrast, comparisons with the weighted data suggested that whites were overrepresented among COVID-19 deaths by 10.9%. Discrepancies were also found when comparing deaths with the unweighted vs weighted populations in Latinos (−1.7% vs −10.2%) and Asians (0.1% vs −5.7%).The authors concluded that the CDC’s approach inflates the proportion of people of color in the weighted population (eg, a state’s true population is 30% people of color vs the CDC’s weighted population of 46.7%).”For example, in New York, large urban counties with higher percentages of crowded households and residents of color are weighted more heavily compared with their share of the population than smaller, suburban, and rural counties, where residents are predominantly White,” the authors wrote.’Nuisance parameter’ or reflection of reality?The researchers concluded that the CDC’s weighted population distributions underestimate the excess burden of COVID-19 among blacks and Latinos. They said that CDC officials had stated that they weighted the data because “COVID-19 deaths are concentrated in certain geographic locations where the racial and ethnic population distribution differs from that of the United States overall.”Yet the authors said that the CDC, in effect, treats the geographical clustering of coronavirus deaths as a “nuisance parameter” that must be controlled for to accurately compare death rates across racial groups in the same geographical area.”However, the same mechanisms that pattern the geographical distribution of COVID-19 mortality also operate to produce racial/ethnic inequities in mortality,” they wrote. “The indirect standardization procedure implemented by the CDC is misleading and obviates a key mechanism by which structural racism operates to produce health inequities: social segregation.”Because it has consequences for mitigation of health disparities, the authors urged the CDC to “drop the misleading weighted counts and publish mortality rates per race/ethnicity group stratified by age, gender, education, and ZIP code characteristics to adequately equip epidemiologists and policy makers with the data to mitigate inequities.”last_img read more

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first_imgThe ten-year loan guarantee enables Bright Sensors to further develop and globally market its gas sensor technology, allowing ultra-cost, real time and accurate gas quality measurement. Bart Riemens, Bright Sensors’ CEO, said, “We are extremely honoured to be awarded this loan guarantee by the Technology Fund. It proves the environmental benefits our technology offers.”“This loan guarantee is a recognition of the long road behind us to commercialise our novel technology and the progress we made over the last five years since we spun off from EPFL.” “We now have two industrialised products to market and thanks to the support of the Technology Fund, we can expand our product line and start marketing our analysers globally.”In a statement, the company said the credit line will be primarily used for the further development of its existing technology, enabling the combination of multiple measure principles with the same MEMs-based sensor cell.The sensor cell allows to economically solve the technical challenge of increasing gas quality variation resulting from growing biomethane production blending in natural gas, while simultaneously improving the combustion efficiency.Simone Riedel Riley, General Manager of the Technology Fund, said, “More and more enterprises look into improved operational efficiency to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”“We are therefore happy to support Bright Sensors, an innovative company for development, production and commercialisation of gas quality sensors that allow natural gas to be safer, cleaner, more efficient and enable decarbonisation.”last_img read more

first_imgInto the woodsHS2 is no stranger to tendering major multi-million pound contracts, but a more unusual request has been drawn to our attention – the procurement of 7 million trees to line the route the route and spruce up the landscape. The client, HS2 Ltd, is expected to announce a winner over the next few weeks, with tree specialists W Crowder and Sons, Johnsons of Whixley and a joint venture between Hillier Nurseries, Oakover Nurseries and Wyevale Nurseries, in the running for the £7m contract. Any of our readers fancy branching out?Family plotDeveloper Minerva is facing opposition from the daughter of a cinematic legend over plans to demolish Kensington’s Odeon cinema and turn it into luxury homes. Patricia Hitchcock O’Connell, daughter of director Alfred Hitchcock, has joined the fight to have the art deco building designated an asset of community value – which could afford it protection from Minerva’s already approved plans. Hitchcock, a “proud” resident of Kensington, liked to watch films at the 90-year- old cinema and his daughter said the family supported an alternative plan to turn the building into an arts centre called The Hitchcock in his honour. Other famous names supporting the cause include both Gandalf (Sir Ian McKellen) and Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch).Only connectThe Shard has been certified as one of the best buildings in the UK for broadband and telecoms connectivity. The London tower has been awarded a Platinum rating, the highest level achievable by international connectivity accreditor WiredScore. Developer Sellar’s Renzo Piano-designed building’s connectivity has apparently been instrumental in attracting its 29 occupiers. London offices can be patchy for connectivity. The rest of us can only look up with envy at those in The Shard, able to make a mobile call without having to hug a window frame.A close shaveHats off to the Education Funding Agency’s director of capital, Mike Green, who has committed to Brave the Shave for cancer charity Macmillan. Green will have his hair shaved off to raise money for the charity, with a fundraising goal of £3,000. Explaining why he has decided to Brave the Shave, Green said: “I have seen the devastation that cancer can cause and we should put every effort into fighting back and ensuring that those suffering and their families receive the best support possible.”Match of the dayA football player for the little-known Irish team Dundalk has been the architect of his team’s success – quite literally – as they chased a place in Europe’s premier competition the Champions League, before Building went to press this week. David McMillan, whose day job is as an assistant architect at the Dublin-based practice O’Brien Finucane Architects, scored five goals in the early qualifying rounds to set up a tie with Polish champions Legia Warsaw for a coveted group stage place. County Louth-based Dundalk FC – known as the Lilywhites – trailed Legia 2-0 heading into the second leg in Warsaw on Tuesday evening. Yet, despite his recent success on Europe’s biggest stage, the footballer/architect has no plans to quit his work in the built environment. McMillan explained: “Unless you move to the Premier League, which ain’t going to happen, this is as good as it gets.”Sign of the timesBuilding readers will know that the hit “augmented reality” game Pokémon Go has prompted some players to trespass on construction sites in their efforts to catch the randomly-appearing digital monsters, as our investigation into 50-plus trespassing instances highlighted earlier this month. Some contractors are certainly taking the issue seriously, as evidenced by this warning outside a Bam Construct site (pictured). Contractors’ trade body Build UK has also voiced its concerns since our report, with a warning sent to members to keep site boundaries secure to keep out pesky Pokémon players. If you want to report an issue with the game to its developer Niantic visit bit.ly/29G1qgP.Send any juicy industry gossip to hansom@ubm.comlast_img read more

first_imgPeople considering talking to the media about a sensitive issue should first seek out a lawyer, according to latest government advice. It appears in guidance published last week by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport for handling media attention after a major incident. Recent terror attacks and disasters such as the Grenfell Tower fire have naturally attracted considerable media attention, thrusting members of the public into the spotlight often without any idea how to handle the attention. The guidance says that communicating with the media in a controlled way can be a positive expeirence and may reduce the number of enquiries people have to field. But the advice cautions that providing information may also lead to more coverage and could affect any investigations that might be ongoing. It adds: ’You should remember that you do not have to answer any questions, but the media could use any information that you give them – even if you tell them something in confidence or off the record. Alternatively, you could also ask a friend, family member or employer to speak to the press on your behalf. If you want to speak on a sensitive matter you might wish to consider seeking the advice of a lawyer.’ Readers are made aware that the media might use information in the public domain such as the electoral roll and social media feeds.  Anyone concerned about intrusions into their personal life are advised to have a trusted person look after their phone and filter calls for them, as well as to tell friends, family and colleagues not to speak with the press. The guidance adds: ‘Dealing with the media can sometimes be distressing and daunting. It is your decision whether or not to speak to journalists. While it may not feel like it, you are in control of this. Remember if you do not want to, you do not have to.’last_img read more

first_imgLocal residents in need of food are welcome to attend a community mobile food pantry, held on Saturday, July 21, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., at the Tawheed Center, 29707 W. 10 Mile Rd., in Farmington Hills.The Tawheed Center hosts the pantry with Muslim Family Services on the third Saturday of each month.For more information, call 248-252-6962. Reported by Farmington Voice Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)last_img read more