Head of Vermont Health Connect scolded for security breach testimony to Legislature

first_imgGovernor Shumlin issued the following statement Monday morning in response to Vermont Health Connect Commissioner Mark Larson’s letter to the House Health Care Committee. Larson had suggested to legislators that the Exchange’s online system was secure, though that turned out to be incorrect. A security breach occurred in October. On November 5, Larson offered the incorrect testimony to legislators. Larson apologized in a letter sent to legislators Sunday. House Speaker Shap Smith also issued a blistering response to Larson’s previous testimony.At a House Health Care Committee meeting November 5, Representative Mary Morrissey, R-Bennington, directly asked Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA) Commissioner Larson if there had been any security breaches with Vermont Health Connect.Larson told her there hadn’t been, failing to disclose the October 17 incident in which one user was able to access another user’s social security information.Governor Shumlin stated: ‘I take this incident extremely seriously. It is unacceptable to be anything less than fully cooperative and transparent with Vermonters and their elected representatives in the Legislature. I am tremendously disappointed in Commissioner Larson’s lapse of judgment in this matter. The legislators in Montpelier represent the Vermonters we are all elected to serve, and they have a right to have their questions answered fully. That did not happen in this case, and I have made clear to Mark and other members of my administration that it must never happen again.’ Governor Shumlin, left, with Mark Larson in October. vtdigger.org photo‘I know that Mark, as a former legislator and House Health Care Committee chair, values and appreciates the importance of being forthcoming with legislators. I take him at his word that his comments were not meant to deceive. As the Commissioner of the Department of Vermont Health Access, Mark has worked extremely hard over the past months under incredibly difficult circumstances; this incident is not reflective of his many years of admirable public service. I am confident he will take the steps to remedy this situation and work to regain the trust of the legislature.’ ‘I was unaware of Commissioner Larson’s specific testimony in question until Saturday. Regarding the privacy incident itself, my staff briefed me on it shortly after it occurred. I received updates as the incident was investigated, and I was relieved to learn that it was isolated, involved two individuals, and was not caused by any malicious or intentional breach of the site’s security. I learned that the situation was promptly remedied, that the two individuals involved had been contacted, that the incident was reported as required, and that CMS considered it closed.’ “I take the security of Vermonters’ information incredibly seriously. This isolated incident, while of course concerning in its own right, did not at the time, and does not currently, cause me to have broader concerns about the security of Vermont Health Connect.’  This incident was promptly identified and resolved, and I was disappointed to learn that Commissioner Larson did not adequately disclose the circumstances of it when asked about this topic in committee earlier this month.’ “In Vermont, the trust between the different branches of government is stronger than in many states or in Washington. We often point to our tradition of cooperation and sensible discourse as a model for the nation and a mark of pride for Vermonters.’  I sincerely hope this situation will be seen for the mistake it was and will not adversely affect that tradition.”Speaker Smith said: ‘Vermonters have an expectation that those testifying in front of the legislature, particularly public officials, will do so accurately and in a forthright manner.’  Commissioner Larson did not meet those expectations when he testified in the House Health Care Committee on November 5th.’  This failure is particularly troubling coming from a friend, former legislative colleague and Chair of the committee.’ “Incidents such as this erode the public’s confidence in their officials.’  I have spoken with Commissioner Larson and Governor Shumlin and have shared with them my view that this incident is unacceptable.’  I have also expressed my view that a breach such as this will undermine Commissioner Larson’s ability to be an effective representative for the administration in the Legislature.’  It is now incumbent on Commissioner Larson to work to rebuild the trust he once had with his legislative colleagues.’vtdigger.org contributed to this report.last_img read more

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Healthy Bartnik looks to contribute to young team

first_imgHealthy Bartnik looks to contribute to young teamAaron Bartnik finished first in his college debut, the 2013 Fall Finale. Aidan ColemanSeptember 11, 2014Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintFor most high school runners, making it to cross country state competition is a feat they’ll never achieve.Then there’s Gophers junior Aaron Bartnik.Not only did Bartnik make the state tournament three times, but he won it his junior year and placed third his senior year.Bartnik may have had a lot of success running for Eden Prairie High School, but he doesn’t dwell on those accomplishments.He had success in high school, but his collegiate path didn’t begin quite as smoothly.Bartnik, who won the 2013 Fall Finale in his first college race, has dealt with several different stress fractures that have delayed his career.He redshirted in 2011 and had to sit out the entire 2012 season due to injury. These setbacks forced him to change his running tactics in an attempt to make himself less susceptible to injuries.“I’m still developing as an athlete. … I had to go through stride training,” Bartnik said. “That has kept me healthy ever since. My mechanics allow me to stay healthy as a runner, which I’m really excited for.”Bartnik is a crucial piece for the Gophers this year, after the team graduated some very prominent runners from last season. Bartnik has shown that he can be a big contributor when he’s healthy, senior Blayne Dulian said.“He’s a hard worker,” Dulian said. “He’s doing what he’s supposed to be doing every day.”Dulian said he has high praise for Bartnik, especially as a locker room figure.“He’s a good overall locker room presence,” Dulian said. “He keeps people in the right direction.”Head coach Steve Plasencia said he expected Bartnik to take on a leadership position on the team.Bartnik, who has never competed in the Big Ten championship, said winning the Big Ten is his goal for this season.“I’m most excited for the Big Ten cross country meet,” Bartnik said. “I’ve never [gotten] to compete in [the Big Ten meet] before.”Though there might be extra pressure on Bartnik — now more than ever before in his collegiate career — he doesn’t seem to be letting the nerves get the best of him this season.“I’m a lot more confident with myself as a runner,” Bartnik said. “I’m a lot more efficient in my stride.”last_img read more

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Japan teenager skis to wakeboard gold

first_imgAKITA – Mero Narita, who helped deliver the athletes’ oath for the World Games 11 days ago, delivered a gold medal Sunday — the final day of competition — when she won the women’s wakeboard event in water skiing.Tokyo lifeguard Masami Yusa then made it a mini-gold rush for the host country by winning the women’s beach flags event in the life saving competition, which brought Japan’s gold medal total to nine. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES Japan also struck gold in the demonstration sport of sumo, winning four of the eight gold medals on offer at Tenno Municipal Gymnasium.Russia topped the final medal standings with 24 gold medals and 44 overall (24-15-5), followed by the United States with 31 (15-8-8) and France with 23 (12-5-6). Japan was seventh with nine gold medals and 25 overall (9-6-10). At Ogata Water Ski Course, Narita ignored the pain of a shoulder separation suffered in July to turn in an energetic routine for 44.30 points and the gold medal ahead of Australia’s Leza Bugden and compatriot Kiyomi Suzuki.“I couldn’t worry whether (my shoulder) hurt or not. I had to get out there and do what I enjoy doing,” the Osaka native said.Domu Narita, however, did not fare as well as his 13-year-old sister, finishing eighth in the men’s wakeboard event, won by Vinh-tung Rodolphe of France. Morgan Krause of South Africe won the silver medal and Fabrizio Bennelli of Italy grabbed the bronze.Also in water skiing, three-time world champion Martin Patrice of France came from behind to win the men’s overall title and Elena Milakova of Russia took the women’s crown.In life saving’s surf events, Yusa edged Spain’s Rosa Gonzalez for the gold medal in women’s beach flags and Japanese compatriot Kozue Fujiwara grabbed the bronze at Iwaki Island Park.“I’m so happy to win a gold medal in the first international meet to be held in Japan,” Yusa said.Japan also got a bronze medal in the men’s beach flags event from Hidenobu Tadano behind Spain’s Sergio Leon and Waleed Damon of South Africa. center_img IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5last_img read more

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Crews race to rescue woman whose car was submerged in icy pond

first_img Related Indianapolis Fire Department(INDIANAPOLIS) — Dramatic photos capture the moments fire crews raced to rescue a woman from her submerged car after she drove into an icy pond at an Indiana apartment complex, the Indianapolis Fire Department said.The woman was hospitalized in critical condition, the fire department said in a Facebook post earlier Monday.The winter weather dangers aren’t just in the Midwest. Police in the Northeast and the South are also on high-alert for problems on the road.In Montgomery County, Maryland, people were rescued Tuesday night after a car was stuck in icy water, according to local police.In Connecticut, minor injuries were reported after a two-car crash, the Connecticut State Police said.“Thankfully everyone was able to get out of the car and frigid water,” the state police tweeted.The police department in North Richland Hills, Texas, tweeted Sunday that a car hit a police vehicle after going over an icy patch. Neither driver was seriously injured, police said.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMaticolast_img read more

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Former Galway star Ollie Canning to host the latest Bord Gáis Energy Legends Tour…

first_imgThe former Galway captain has All-Ireland medals at minor and U-21 level and represented his county in two All-Ireland senior finals in 2001 and 2005.  He also has three National League titles and two Railway Cup medals.  Over the course of his inter-county career, Ollie was also awarded four All-Stars for his contribution to his county.After a 15-year service, the sturdy corner back hung up his inter-county boots in 2010, but has continued to play with his club, Portumna, where he captained the team to All-Ireland senior success in 2008, 2009 and 2014.Ollie’s tour will offer fans a once-in-a-life time opportunity to see Croke Park alongside one of a Tribesmen great.  Due to popular demand, tickets for Ollie’s tour are limited.  For information on how to book tickets to Ollie’s tour log on to www.Crokepark.ie/legends.  Bord Gáis Energy customers can win tickets for all Legends Tours by signing up to the Bord Gáis Energy Rewards Club (bordgaisenergyrewards.ie).Speaking ahead of the Bord Gáis Energy Legends Tour, Ollie Canning said: “What a day to be hosting a tour in Croke Park, the eve of the biggest day of the year, the All-Ireland Final! “I’m so excited to bring this small group of GAA fans on a behind-the-scenes tour around the stadium, and hope they’ll enjoy the tale or two I have planned to share with them.”“As a player, you seldom sit back and appreciate how special it is to be involved in days like the All-Ireland final.  You’re usually focusing on the job to be done on the pitch.  So it’s great that Bord Gáis Energy and the GAA Museum are giving players and fans the chance to be part of this unique experience.”“I hope the folks on the tour enjoy themselves and, more importantly, I hope Galway get over the line in the final!”These tours were first introduced in 2008 and continue to provide fans with an unforgettable opportunity to hear memories and anecdotes first hand from their GAA heroes.All Bord Gáis Energy Legends Tours include a trip to the GAA Museum, which is home to many exclusive exhibits, including the official GAA Hall of Fame and the new Imreoir to Bainisteoir exhibition, celebrating those who have won All-Ireland senior titles as player and then manager.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Galway stalwart to relive magical memories in GAA HQ Galway’s Ollie Canning celebrates at the end of the game. 2005 Guinness All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Quarter-Final, Galway v Tipperary, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit; Ray McManus / SPORTSFILEcenter_img Ollie Canning, Galway legend, and brother to Seamús, Frank, Davy, Ivan, Deirdre, and modern day hurling hero, Joe Canning, is the latest GAA star to host the Bord Gáis Energy Legends Tour series at Croke Park.  Ollie’s tour will very fittingly take place on, Saturday 2nd of September, the eve of the 2017 GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final which will see the Tribesmen take on Waterford in the hope of securing the Liam MacCarthy Cup for the first time since 1988.last_img read more

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