Condos, Donovan push Legislature to protect Vermont voter data

first_imgVermont Business Magazine On January 16th, H.624 was introduced, proposing increased protections for Vermonters’ sensitive and personal data contained in the statewide voter checklist. H.624 is sponsored by Rep. Dylan Giambatista of Essex Junction. Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos and Attorney General TJ Donovan have underscored the importance to legislators of ensuring that Vermonters’ most sensitive personal data is protected in light of the request for sensitive data about Vermont voters from the President’s Election Integrity Commission.“I refused to comply with the Commission’s request because I take the protection and security of Vermont voters’ personal data very seriously” said Secretary Condos, who responded to the initial request for voter data by saying “we cannot compromise the privacy of Vermont citizens to support the President’s witch hunt for widespread voter fraud, which has been disproven many times over by non-partisan experts.”While the President’s Election Integrity Commission was dissolved by executive order on January 3rd of this year, statements by President Trump and former Chair Kobach indicate that the work will continue under cover of the Department of Homeland Security and without the public scrutiny that comes with a formal commission.“Vermont has a long history of protecting people’s privacy” said Attorney General TJ Donovan. “This bill continues that tradition. I stand with Secretary of State Condos in support of protecting Vermonters’ privacy and thank him for his leadership on this issue.”“H.624 will create increased protection of the statewide voter checklist, and I urge the Legislature to act quickly and pass this bill” said Secretary Condos.last_img read more

Study finds shyness varies according to attained social roles

first_imgPinterest Share on Facebook Share on Twitter The study also found that people who were employed consistently had the lowest levels of shyness, while people who were unemployed or worked at home had the highest levels of shyness. People working in sales reported the lowest levels of shyness, while those working in unskilled jobs tended to report the highest.People who were in relationships had consistently lower levels of shyness across the lifespan compared to people who were not in relationships.PsyPost interviewed the study’s corresponding author, Nejra Van Zalk of the University of Greenwich. Read her responses below:PsyPost: Why were you interested in this topic?Zalk: The topic has been of interest to me since the beginning of my postgraduate studies. When starting my doctoral dissertation, which focused on shyness (or social anxiety) as a human trait (rather than a state), I noticed that the vast majority of studies I was reading were portraying shyness as an issue, or a problem to be dealt with. Even though this is slightly oversimplifying things, it is nevertheless the case that many people in the Western world (and nowadays in other parts of the world as well, as indicated by growing research), simply do not want to be shy. Since publishing my dissertation I’ve received numerous e-mails from parents asking me for advice on what to “do” about their child’s shyness. Historically speaking, however, this hasn’t always been the case, as shyness was once seen as a desirable trait (particularly for women). These tendencies in the literature have led me to question the stability of human traits in general, and I have often wondered how certain environments or significant events in a life might affect shyness – for “better” or for “worse”.Getting access to a very large dataset collected by the BBC in the UK (where more than 550.000 aged 17-70 people provided data for this particular study), we were able to explore whether rates of shyness varied across different social roles, such as working in unskilled professions (where people had highest levels of shyness) versus working in sales (with lowest levels of shyness). People in romantic relationships also had lower levels of shyness compared to those who were single. Because the data is cross-sectional we were not able to address the issue of change over time, but the data do point to an important trend – that people either change their shyness by adapting to their environment, or they choose their environment based on their shyness (such as a profession, for example).What should the average person take away from your study?The take home message from this study, I think, is that traits are malleable – that is, they are subject to change. The way we “are” isn’t necessarily written in stone, and people could use this information to their advantage. For example, if one wishes to feel less shy, one thing to do would be to subject oneself to social challenges and do things one wouldn’t usually do. In many respects, this sounds like common sense, but it is now backed up by data. This study isn’t the first to look at variations in human traits, but is certainly (as far as we know) the first one to look at variations in shyness according to social roles on such a large scale.Are there any major caveats? What questions still need to be addressed?The main caveat of the study is the fact that the data is cross-sectional. Having longitudinal data would have allowed us to test for bidirectional effects between the effects of social roles on shyness, and the effects of shyness of social roles in turn. This is a question that still awaits testing, and is an important one if we are to understand more about these processes.The study, “Does Shyness Vary According to Attained Social Roles? Trends Across Age Groups in a Large British Sample“, was also co-authored by Michael E. Lamb and Peter Jason Rentfrow. Research published in the Journal of Personality suggests that shyness is not a fixed trait, but something that varies over time based on a person’s social roles.The study, based on data from more than 550,000 adults in the United Kingdom, found that shyness was associated with gender, occupation, and relationship status even after controlling for various sociodemographic variables.Overall, women tended to be shyer than men throughout adulthood. But women and men displayed a different pattern of shyness over time. Men tended to be shyer when they were younger, but less shy as they grew older. Shyness levels among women, however, were more stable.center_img Share LinkedIn Emaillast_img read more

Rail delays expected after fire

first_imgBy Alana Mitchelson PAKENHAM line commuters can expect delays as train services resume between Berwick and Pakenham after an overhead…[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

Galway Tribesmen March On To The Republic Of Ireland League Final

first_imgGalway Tribesmen 28 Dublin City Exiles 20 The Galway Tribesmen met the Dublin City Exiles at the Claddagh last Saturday in the Rugby League Republic of Ireland semi-final. The Tribesmen kicked off and had the Exiles squeezed inside their own danger zone almost immediately as the visitors tried to work the ball upfield. Tough tackling from the Galway men resulted in a handover of possession and sustained pressure near the Exiles line gave big prop forward Enda Stanford an early try which seems to have become almost customary over the last few games. With the conversion added by Peter O’Neill, the score was 6-0 to the Tribesmen.From the kick restart the Tribesmen attempted to build on the good start but a handling error gave the Exiles possession that showed glimpses of what they were capable as they gained valuable field position. However, a knock on by the Exiles offered the Tribesmen a chance to capitalize, which they did with a fine break down the right-hand wing. The move was finished off by Eddie Weaver who crossed the line for 4 points. With the conversion added by O’Neill, the Tribesmen were 12-0 to the good after 10 minutes.The early scores seemed to galvanise the Exiles and with memories of their last trip to Galway only a month ago, when they experienced a 52-0 drubbing they were determined to make their mark. Some clever interplay between the half backs gained them their first score after 15 minutes; with the conversion added the score was now 12-6. The next period of play saw a succession of handling errors by both teams as they both tried to gain ascendancy. The visitors maintained their fine spell and doubled their score on the 30-minute mark which put the scores level. When a penalty was awarded in front of the Tribesmen posts due to a high tackle, the Exiles didn’t hesitate in choosing to kick for goal. The 2 points from the kick put the visitors in front for the first time after 37 minutes with the scores 12-14. As the half drew to a close, and with the ball back in inside the Exiles half, the Tribesmen managed to add to their score through Peter O’Neill, and after converting his own try the half finished 18-14 to the Tribesmen.The Exiles began the 2nd half strongly and a great attack down the right wing came to nothing as the ball was eventually thrown into touch. The tribesmen made the most of this error and demonstrated great enterprising play to allow Weaver in for his 2nd try on the 45th minute mark and with the conversion missed the scores were now at 22-14. As the half progressed, both teams gave everything to add to their respective scores. Brian McDonagh and Nick Clark were tireless in their efforts in trying to gain momentum for the Galway men but tenacious defence from the Dubliners thwarted every attempt. Good work from the Exiles allowed them to exert pressure on the Galway line and with just 15 minutes left on the clock they were back within 2 points with a cleverly worked try and the conversion added. The tension was palpable in the closing stages with practically nothing between the teams and a place in the ROI final next Saturday at stake. However, the Galway nerves were settled when Aaron Byrne crashed over the line from close range to register 4 points. O’Neill added the conversion which put the scores at 28-20 to the Tribesmen and this how the game ended. The Tribesmen now move on to the Republic of Ireland final in Ashbourne Rugby Club next Saturday, 29th August, where they will face the Athboy Longhorns in a repeat of last year’s final. Kick-off is at 2pm.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more