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Local churches aim to shelter illegal immigrants

Updated: Feb 21, 2017 – 10:44 AM

BROCKTON, Mass. – The Department of Homeland Security is set to issue new guidance for additional immigration enforcement officers, and proposed guidelines would empower federal authorities to more aggressively detain and deport undocumented immigrants. When Trump rolls those plans out, many people, including local parishioners, will be watching closely. An estimated 200,000 illegal immigrants are living in Massachusetts right now and with Trump’s immigration ban in place, many of them are worried they could be deported.

Many congregations in the state, including the Central United Methodist Church in Brockton, are joining dozens of other U.S. churches to help shelter illegal immigrants as the Trump administration intensifies deportation efforts. According to the Boston Globe, at least three Boston-area congregations plan to offer living space in their buildings to illegal immigrants. Houses of worship offer no legal protection for undocumented immigrants, but immigration officials have generally followed a “sensitive locations policy and have not taken people into custody in houses of worship, schools or hospital.

Sanctuary cities have come under scrutiny since Trump took office. He’s threatened to pull federal funding and that could impact places like Somerville, Boston and Lawrence. Last week the Associated Press reported a leaked memo indicated that the National Guard may be called in to help with deportations. Trump s original executive order triggered chaos at airports across the country and around the world including in Boston as travelers were detained when his original order went into effect.

Trump revised his immigration ban after federal courts held up his original executive order. According to Trump administration officials, the revised ban will target the same seven countries listed in his original executive order. It will also so exempt travelers who already have a visa to travel to the United States, even if they haven’t used it yet.

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Maryland basketball vs. Minnesota preview: Terps look for 2nd straight win over Gophers

Maryland basketball has four regular season games left. The first of those comes Wednesday at home against Minnesota. The Terps will host the Gophers in a relatively late matchup at 8:30 on BTN. Maryland won the teams first matchup this season, 85-78, in Minnesota. The Gophers are in the midst of a five-game winning streak, having just topped Michigan in double overtime. Maryland just finished its hardest week of the season. The Terps beat Northwestern on the road on Wednesday, then fell at Wisconsin on Sunday. They re still holding on strong to the No. 3 spot in the Big Ten, while Minnesota is two spots behind.

This won t be Maryland s first game without Michal Cekvosky, but it ll be the first where Mark Turgeon knows he won t have his Slovakian center for the rest of the season. Just as the Terps appeared to have him back at full strength for the first time this season, Cekovksy fractured his left ankle against Wisconsin[1]. He s out for the rest of this season, meaning Damonte Dodd and Ivan Bender will stay as Maryland s primary centers.

Minnesota Golden Gophers (20-7, 8-6 Big Ten)

2015-16 record: 8-23

Head coach: Richard Pitino. He s 71-58 as Minnesota s head coach, and could lead the Gophers to their first NCAA Tournament bid in his time at the helm.

KenPom ranking: 39 (Maryland is 32)

Players to know

Nate Mason, guard, junior, 6 2/190, No. 2. Mason is a high-volume shooter, scoring 15 points per game on 37 percent shooting from the field, but Minnesota needs him. He s got the team s best offensive rating on KenPom at 109. Mason also adds a team-high 5.3 assists per game with only 1.7 turnovers.

Amir Coffey, guard/forward, freshman, 6 8/195, No. 5. Coffey was a heralded local recruit (the No. 7 shooting guard in the country), and he s paying dividends for Pitino. He averages 12 points per game on 36 percent shooting, along with 3.9 rebounds and 3.1 assists.

Jordan Murphy, guard, sophomore, 6 6/240, No. 3. He s just as powerful a scorer as Coffey. Murphy is shooting 20 percent better than he was last season, chipping in 11 points per game.

Strengths

Defense. The Gophers have the 15th-best defense in the land, by KenPom s adjusted efficiency metrics. Their opponents have an effective shooting percentage of 45, the 12th-best mark of any defense in the country. With the fifth-best block percentage, they also make things tough inside.

Ball security. Minnesota only turns the ball over on 16 percent of its possessions, the 37th-best mark in the country. The team s offense isn t explosive, but doesn t give its opponents too many extra possessions.

Weaknesses

Shooting. This is the one clear area in which the Gophers fail. Their effective shooting mark is 48 percent, 266th in the country. They re especially bad at two-pointers. Their mark of 47 percent from inside the stripe ranks 280th, an especially putrid number.

Prediction

KenPom s prediction: Maryland 73, Minnesota 68. Terps have a 66 percent chance of victory.

Ryan s prediction: Maryland 76, Minnesota 66.

References

  1. ^ Cekovksy fractured his left ankle against Wisconsin (www.testudotimes.com)

CSC Closes the Gap Between Security and IT Operations with …

TYSONS, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–

CSC[1] (CSC[2]), a global leader in next-generation IT services and solutions, today announced an offering that integrates its security operations, threat intelligence, incident and vulnerability services with ServiceNow Security Operations on a single platform.

CSC s Integrated Security Operations (ISecOps[3]) offering helps clients deliver efficient security incident management, streamline remediation and clearly visualize their security state by extending the cloud-based IT service management capabilities of ServiceNow to security teams. The ISecOps platform combines CSC s cybersecurity operational processes, specialized consulting and advanced workflows with ServiceNow to automate manual processes and prioritize threats, incidents and vulnerabilities based on their potential business impact.

Incorporating ServiceNow Security Operations will bring enhanced integration, orchestration and automation to CSC s Managed Security Services platform, said Christina Richmond[4], IDC, program director, Worldwide Security Services. This offering will create smoother coordination between a company s SOC analysts, threat research teams and incident responders, and may shorten time to detection helping to break the kill chain earlier.

This offering will also help the managed security service provider (MSSP) to collect and correlate more forms of data and to identify threat patterns more rapidly. In today s complex environment, it is critical to provide the level-one triage team both at the client and within the service provider a playbook of step-by-step activities to guide them in combatting each event and incident in order to thwart a costly breach. Automation and orchestration is a key element in today s more mature MSSP, which, according to IDC s evaluation, CSC certainly is.

In the battle for cyber security, companies have a new weapon — a structured response engine, said Sean Convery, general manager of Security, ServiceNow. By replacing the manual work patterns of the past with intelligent workflows of the future, CSC and ServiceNow are helping customers resolve threats based on the impact they pose to the organization.

IDC believes the security as-a-service (SaaS) model is going to be an increasingly critical option for enterprises to source their security needs, according to the IDC MarketScape: Asia/Pacific Managed Security Services 2016 Vendor Assessment[5]. The report named CSC as a MSS leader for the second time.

Cybersecurity challenges extend beyond the traditional techniques of protecting the perimeter, patching end-points and monitoring for event based alerts across the enterprise, Dan Hushon[6], CTO, vice president & general manager, Cybersecurity, CSC. Today s information security programs must evolve to become integrated across the IT landscape, intelligence-driven by analytics, context aware and automated.

CSC s internal IT department is driven by the same security challenges and threat landscape as its clients. ISecOps enables CSC s incident response team to create visualizations of incident data, indicators of compromise and threat intelligence to better detect security breaches and manage incidents and vulnerabilities.

Clients in a wide range of sectors from financial services to insurance, healthcare and manufacturing can benefit from closing the remediation gap between security and IT operations in resolving critical threats with ISecOps:

  • Reduce risk exposure, increase efficiency and enhance visibility;
  • Identify risks faster and accelerate incident management;
  • Streamline security and IT processes and improve collaboration cross the enterprise;
  • View security posture with an integrated dashboard; and
  • Leverage CSC Security Operations with global 24×7 support.

By combining CSC s Managed Security Services[7] and Fruition Partners[8] ServiceNow implementation expertise and ServiceNow technology, CSC is uniquely positioned to provide clients with a complete security operations portfolio addressing their consulting, integration and managed services needs delivered through ISecOps.

CSC will showcase ISecOps at the 2017 HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition in Booth 2773.

IDC MarketScape: Asia/Pacific Managed Security Services 2016 Vendor Assessment (doc# AP40939616, October 2016).

About CSC

CSC (CSC[9]) leads clients on their digital transformation journeys. The company provides innovative next-generation technology services and solutions that leverage deep industry expertise, global scale, technology independence and an extensive partner community. CSC serves leading commercial and international public sector organizations throughout the world. CSC is a Fortune 500 company and ranked among the best corporate citizens. For more information, visit the company s website[10] to learn more about how Integrated Digital Service Management (IDSM[11]) and the modern agile hybrid cloud platform[12] empowers IT departments in today s digital enterprise.

View source version on businesswire.com: http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20170221005600/en/[13]

References

  1. ^ CSC (cts.businesswire.com)
  2. ^ CSC (finance.yahoo.com)
  3. ^ ISecOps (cts.businesswire.com)
  4. ^ Richmond (cts.businesswire.com)
  5. ^ Asia/Pacific Managed Security Services 2016 Vendor Assessment (cts.businesswire.com)
  6. ^ Hushon (cts.businesswire.com)
  7. ^ Managed Security Services (cts.businesswire.com)
  8. ^ Fruition Partners (cts.businesswire.com)
  9. ^ CSC (finance.yahoo.com)
  10. ^ website (cts.businesswire.com)
  11. ^ (IDSM (cts.businesswire.com)
  12. ^ modern agile hybrid cloud platform (cts.businesswire.com)
  13. ^ http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20170221005600/en/ (www.businesswire.com)