WILMINGTON, MA — At Monday night’s Board of Selectmen Meeting, Town Manager Jeff Hull provided an update on the town’s search for its next Finance Director/Town Accountant.The search has faced some challenges as one of the two original finalists withdrew her name. The screening committee then decided to re-advertise the position to seek additional applicants.“It’s a real struggle in Massachusetts to get individuals who are qualified in municipal finance positions,” began Hull. “The fact that we had only 11 applicants during the first go around and 9 applicants the second time, many having no experience, just goes to show you the challenge we face in replacing some of these key positions.”The screening committee — which consist of the soon-to-be-retiring Town Account Mike Morris, Town Manager Jeff Hull, Assistant Town Manager Kerry Colburn-Dion, and Selectman Jonathan Eaton — identified two finalists.The two finalists are Jennifer Finnegan — who currently serves as the Town Treasurer/Collector for the Town of Tyngsboro — and Bryan Perry — who currently serves as the City Auditor for Lowell.Selectmen will interview both candidates on Wednesday, May 15, 2019, beginning at 6:15pm, in Town Hall’s Room 9. The interviews are open to the public. The interviews will be telecast live by Wilmington Community Television on Channel 9 on Comcast and Channel 37 on Verizon. The meeting will also be streamed on WCTV’s website HERE.Selectmen will then hold a special meeting on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at 7pm at Town Hall to make the appointment.“Mike Morris’s last day is July 12. He has agreed to provide some assistsance on a limited basis thereafter,” said Hull. “Clearly, we want to have someone on board as soon as possible. Being able to speak with him and have his help during the transition is going to be key. The applicant is likely going to have to give 3-4 weeks notice to their employer.”“It’s imperative that we move as quickly as we can add,” added Selectman Jonathan Eaton. “The two finalists we have are both very capable of the position.”Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSELECTMEN NEWS: Finalists For Town’s New Finance Director Position Revealed; Public Interviews ScheduledIn “Government”SELECTMEN NEWS: New Finance Director & Town Accountant AppointedIn “Government”SELECTMEN NEWS: Finance Director Appointment, Olin, Indoor Recreational Facility Committee To Be Discussed Tuesday NightIn “Government”
Reliance Defence and Engineering Limited (Reliance Defence), an Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group company, plans to raise up to Rs. 1,200 crore via a rights issue to augment long-term resources and retire debt. The company informed the stock exchanges that a decision to the effect was made at its board meeting on Friday.The price and the entitlement ratio will be decided after consultations with bankers and advisors to the issue, the company said in its regulatory filing to the BSE.”The proceeds of the issue would enable RDEL (Reliance Defence) to exit from the corporate debt restructuring (CDR) and strengthen its financial position. Further, the resources would equip RDEL to undertake strategic business from the ministry of defence in line with the ‘Make in India’ programme,” it said.Meanwhile, the company has applied for approval to make defence equipment at its special economic zones (SEZs) in Mihan near Nagpur in Maharashtra, and Pithampur near Dhar, Madhya Pradesh.”The proposals of Reliance Defence Ltd for grant of industrial licences for manufacturing of defence products… is placed before the BoA (Board of Approval) for a decision,” the Commerce Ministry said in a note, reported PTI.The request will be considered at an inter-ministerial meeting on April 28, the agency added.The company was formerly known as Pipavav Defence and Offshore Engineering Company Limited.The company’s losses for the December 2015 widened to Rs. 293.60 crore on a turnover of Rs. 50.54 crore. It had incurred a loss of Rs. 70.46 crore for the December 2015 quarter and Rs. 170.22 crore for the September 2015 quarter.The Reliance Defence stock closed at Rs. 68.05 on Friday, up 1.04 percent from its previous close.
UNICEF goodwill ambassador, actress Priyanka ChopraReutersPakistani official demanded the removal of Indian actress Priyanka Chopra as United Nation’s goodwill ambassador over her encouraging nuclear war between the armed neighbouring countries.Human Rights Minister of Pakistan, Shireen Mazari, in a letter address to UNICEF chief Henrietta Fore, accused the actress of supporting the Indian government’s decision of abrogating Section 370 that gave Jammu and Kashmir special status as per the constitution.”Her jingoism and support for violations by the Modi government of international conventions and UN Security Council resolutions on Kashmir, as well as support for war, including a nuclear war, undermines the credibility of the UN position to which she been elevated,” the letter read.Sent letter to UNICEF chief regarding UN Goodwill Ambassador for Peace Ms Chopra pic.twitter.com/PQ3vwYjTVz— Shireen Mazari (@ShireenMazari1) August 21, 2019The 37-year old actress who was appointed as the goodwill ambassador in 2016 was criticised over her tweet hailing Indian Army amid escalating tensions between India and Pakistan. She made headlines after a US citizen of Pakistani origin, Ayesha Malik, condemned her views at a cosmetics event in Los Angeles last week.Priyanka Chopra tweeted during a time when we were this ?? close to sending nukes to one another. Instead of advocating for peace she tweeted in support of the Indian army pic.twitter.com/LhbMkOW59v— Ayesha Malik (@Spishaa) August 11, 2019The former Miss World’s tweet on February 26 following the Balakot airstrike where Indian Air Force crossed over the border and bombed the headquarter of Pakistan-based militant group, Jaish-e-Mohammad, was cited by Malik as an example of Chopra’s “nationalism” that contrasts her representation as a peace advocate.Jai Hind #IndianArmedForces ?? ??— PRIYANKA (@priyankachopra) February 26, 2019Chopra responded to Malik’s remarks and reasoned that she was “patriotic.””I’m sorry if I hurt sentiments to people who do love me and have loved me, but I think that all of us have a sort of middle ground that we all have to walk, just like you probably do as well,” Chopra said.The actress was recently supported by actor colleague Kangana Ranaut who sympathised with Chopra and said that the situation was that of being stuck between “duty and emotions.””It’s not an easy choice to make… when you are stuck between your duty and your emotions, being a UNICEF goodwill ambassador sure you can’t limit your identity to one nation, but how many of us choose heart over mind every day,” Kangana said in a statement.Lyricist Javed Akhtar also supported the actress and said that her view will “obviously be an Indian point of view.””If there is some kind of a controversy and difference in point of view between an average Indian citizen (like Priyanka Chopra) and the Pakistani establishment, obviously her point of view will be an Indian point of view,” he said at the sidelines of a literary event in Kolkata.The United Nations Security Council has echoed India’s claim of Kashmir issue being an internal matter according to the 1972 Simla Agreement and the Lahore Declaration of 1999.
January 31, 2018 This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 5 min read Roughly half of all small businesses in the U.S. are at serious risk of being hacked.A CNBC survey of 2,000 small-business owners found that they aren’t spending enough on cybersecurity — and as a result 14 million of them (out of 28 million total in the U.S.) have been breached.Related: Making Your Data Unreadable to Whoever Steals It Might Be the Only Way to Keep It SafeThe good news is that companies can do something to dramatically reduce their odds of getting hacked, namely training their employees on security. That’s because most cyber intrusions are a direct result of employee misbehavior — which is usually unintentional.Here are the five most common things your employees are doing that will get you hacked:1. Being lazyThere’s a prevailing notion that users don’t have to worry about security because it’s not their job. They believe the odds of a cyber intrusion are so small that they don’t have to worry about it. Or, the IT staff takes care of that stuff.That attitude makes your employees vulnerable, and it’s exactly why hackers target small businesses. The IT people at small businesses are usually not security experts, and they’re often unprepared to deal with ransomware — the most popular type of cyber attack.Related: Protect Your Business! The 7 Cybersecurity Tools You Need as an Entrepreneur.2. Unprotected email Your employees likely have 2-step verification turned off in their email app. This means hackers with stolen login IDs and passwords belonging to your company can access your employees’ email accounts. Once they get in, they can easily find more log-in credentials, personally identifiable information (PII), credit card data, proprietary data, private conversations and much more.Hacks on email accounts are one of the fastest growing cyber crimes. Hundreds of millions, and possibly billions, of stolen emails are for sale on the dark web as a result of major hacks on Yahoo, Equifax, Uber and many others. The remedy is turn 2-step verification on. It’s a simple, editable setting in all of the popular email platforms such as Gmail. If it’s turned on, then each time users log into their email account they’ll have to type in a special code (after they type in their email address and password). The code is texted to their phone by the email app. When cyber thieves log in with a username and password, they have no way of knowing the special code. Two-step verification turns your employees’ phones into physical keys to their email accounts.Related: Watch Out for These Cryptocurrency Scams3. Clicking in fake emailsAccording to cybersecurity company PhishMe, 91 percent of cyber attacks begin with a spear phishing email, which induces your employees to click and share information — such as their log-in ID and password — with hackers. The phishing emails are designed to look authentic, seemingly coming from credible sources such as a customer support representative from Microsoft, Google or another major tech vendor (a ploy referred to as “Tech Support Scams”). Or, they may actually appear to be coming from you (their boss) with a fake email header. Phishing email scams often inject computers and mobile devices with ransomware.Related: Here Are the 25 Worst Passwords of 20174. Lousy passwords Shockingly, the most popular password in use today is 123456, according to SplashData. To make matters worse, people reuse these easy-to-crack passwords on multiple devices and apps. Some users go so far as sharing their passwords with coworkers, friends and family members. Using 123456 as a master password and never being hacked is a badge of honor for braggarts (until of course, they get hacked).This is what some of your employees are probably doing right now. Walk around your office and look on everyone’s desk — and you’re bound to see log-in IDs and passwords handwritten for anyone who wants to have a little hacking fun.Walk up quietly behind someone sitting at a computer and you might get a glimpse of his or her password.Chances are, most of your employees are well-intentioned — but clueless when it comes to cyber protection.Related: The Dos and Don’ts of Cyber Security Measures to Help You Protect Your Business and Assets5. No backupIf just one of your employees isn’t backing up data he or she is supposed to be, then you’ve got a big problem on your hands. Most likely, there’s more than one person in your company who isn’t backing up, or hasn’t in a while.Ransomware locks users out of their computers and smartphones, and denies access to their files, until money is paid to the ransomware author. Worse, all of a user’s data can be permanently destroyed by the ransomware. And even when a ransom is paid, there’s no guarantee that a user will regain access to the files.”Regularly back up data and verify the integrity of those backups. Backups are critical in ransomware incidents; if you are infected, backups may be the best way to recover your critical data,” states the FBI in a 2016 public service announcement.Back to the good news. There’s a slew of great online security awareness training programs, and they’re relatively inexpensive. The programs are designed to make learning about security entertaining, while changing bad computing habits.An action item for today — before enrolling your employees into training — is to give all of your employees the list of five things they are doing to get your company hacked, and tell them to stop. If not, then you’re putting your profits at risk. Enroll Now for Free