Brazil preparing for end of U.S.-China trade war, mulls response -officials

Reuters | March 13, 2019

Brazil is conducting studies on how it could be impacted by the end of the trade dispute between China and the United States, which could help Latin America’s largest economy to formulate a response if it disrupts soy exports, agriculture officials told Reuters. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said on Tuesday that negotiations are entering their final weeks on a possible accord, that could see China remove a 25 percent tariff on U.S. soy that upended global farm trade and shifted demand toward Brazil.

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Tick-borne diseases (TBDs) affect tens of thousands of Americans each year, afflicting them with serious illness that causes significant morbidity and sometimes mortality. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) of ticks that bite humans is an important part of preventing TBDs. Although better tools for vector surveillance and control would make IPM programs stronger, more effective, and less expensive, the technology already exists to start preventing TBDs. Programs exist locally for IPM of ticks, but those programs are very limited and have not prevented what appears to be the expanding importance of tickborne diseases in the United States. Communicating the need and capability for community-wide tick IPM is a priority, as well as organizing the information and IPM techniques already available.

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Tick-borne diseases (TBDs) affect tens of thousands of Americans each year, afflicting them with serious illness that causes significant morbidity and sometimes mortality. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) of ticks that bite humans is an important part of preventing TBDs. Although better tools for vector surveillance and control would make IPM programs stronger, more effective, and less expensive, the technology already exists to start preventing TBDs. Programs exist locally for IPM of ticks, but those programs are very limited and have not prevented what appears to be the expanding importance of tickborne diseases in the United States. Communicating the need and capability for community-wide tick IPM is a priority, as well as organizing the information and IPM techniques already available.

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Deloitte Launches Artificial Intelligence Institute for Government

Deloitte | March 17, 2021

Deloitte's administration and public administrations practice announced the new Deloitte Artificial Intelligence Institute for Government today. Institute pioneers illustrated a bunch of commitments and activities to progress applied AI in the public area by building a cross-area local area for research and shared mastery, and tutoring and developing the talent of things to come. "As evidenced in the recent National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence report, advancing the use of artificial intelligence is a national imperative. While decisions and actions to accelerate AI innovation need to happen today, implementing AI brings ethical and technical challenges that are as complex as any we have faced in recent history," said Ed Van Buren, principal with Deloitte Consulting LLP and executive director of DAIIG. "Deloitte's AI Institute for Government is focused on efforts to actively help the public sector harness and shape this movement towards blending human and machine capabilities in a way that improves citizen services, promotes economic growth and recovery, and expands human opportunity" The institute is a center for imaginative viewpoints, coordinated effort and examination zeroed in on everything AI and related innovations for government. To accomplish this, the institute will draw in pioneers from state, neighborhood and national government, industry, and the scholarly world. The people group will reach past technologists to remember disciplines for the humanities and sciences. "AI is more than technology — its adoption presents a seismic shift in the future of how work is done and how public servants, individuals and society work with intelligent machines and big data," said Tasha Austin, principal with Deloitte Risk & Financial Advisory, Deloitte & Touche LLP; and director of DAIIG. "The community built through this institute is at the leading edge of how AI is applied to the work of government to improve everything from health care to national defense. We will address critical questions of how we build ethics and transparency into the very DNA of AI to foster trust and advance human potential, rather than increase inequity." Some of the work and commitments underway for DAIIG's first year are listed below. Build an AI community of research and shared expertise The talent and capabilities embodied in the institute convey applied AI contextual analyses that make solid contrasts in open area challenges. The institute is a middle for AI in the public area local area and cultivates learning, investigation and a trade of thoughts. Early commitments include: • Research and develop AI-powered solutions in collaboration with https://www2.deloitte.com/us/en/pages/life-sciences-and-health-care/articles/health-equity-institute.htmlDeloitte's AI Exploration Lab at the Capital Factory in Austin, Texas and the newly launched CortexAI™ for Government platform. The lab is an innovation hub and storefront to sense new AI technologies, incubate capabilities and create a space for co-development and collaboration. The lab specializes in operational data science, edge computing and the intersection of national security and AI technology innovation. • Leverage industry leading AI experts from our government and public sector practice to research AI, develop solutions and publish insights to problems that matter to the government. • Support existing AI communities of practice in government through events co-sponsored with leading nonprofits and trade associations. • Establish relationships with academic institutions to identify trends and conduct interdisciplinary research on applied AI for the purpose of pioneering and creating disruptive AI technologies and solutions for the public sector. Mentor and grow AI talent of the future Establish a robust arrangement of partnerships with driving scholastic projects and advance individual coaching programs for early profession people, based on the central obligation to advance variety and incorporation in the field. Early activities include: • Lead a discussion of women leaders around AI and Success for Women in STEM careers at the virtual University of Virginia Women in Data Science Worldwide Conference on Friday, March 19. • Provide mentorship opportunities and resources such as scholarships for rising STEM students from underrepresented communities and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). • Collaborate with United Way of the National Capital Area to bring AI concepts and technology to middle schoolers in the Greater Washington Metro Area. Deloitte's administration and public administrations practice — our kin, thoughts, innovation and results — is intended for sway. Deloitte's group of more than 16,000 experts carry new viewpoint to assist customers with expecting interruption, reconsider the conceivable, and satisfy their main goal guarantee. About Deloitte Deloitte provides industry-leading audit, consulting, tax and advisory services to many of the world's most admired brands, including nearly 90% of the Fortune 500® and more than 7,000 private companies. Our people come together for the greater good and work across the industry sectors that drive and shape today's marketplace — delivering measurable and lasting results that help reinforce public trust in our capital markets, inspire clients to see challenges as opportunities to transform and thrive, and help lead the way toward a stronger economy and a healthier society. Deloitte is proud to be part of the largest global professional services network serving our clients in the markets that are most important to them. Building on more than 175 years of service, our network of member firms spans more than 150 countries and territories.

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Kwizcom has been approved as a Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider for the U.S. Government

KWizCom | March 24, 2021

KWizCom, a global leader in the development of SharePoint Forms and Workflows, as well as other SharePoint web sections and applications for Microsoft 365, is pleased to announce that their Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) for Microsoft Cloud for US Government has been approved. The Microsoft Cloud for Government is a comprehensive portal for US government public sector agencies. The portal is designed exclusively for federal, state, and local governments to comply with the US government's stringent protection and enforcement regulations. The US government agencies will also take advantage of the KWizCom's Microsoft 365 applications accessible via the system, in addition to being able to transfer their existing system to a cloud-based system to improve efficiency, reliability, and minimise costs. Via the Cloud Solution Provider programme (CSP) for Microsoft Cloud for US Government, KWizCom will now offer Microsoft cloud solutions and services to federal, state, local, and tribal agencies in the United States. About the company’s most recent achievement KWizCom’s Product Group Manager Nimrod Geva said, “We are happy to answer many of our US government customers’ requirements, by being able to provide our apps to customers who are switching to the Microsoft Government cloud.” About KWizCom Corporation Since 2005, KWizCom has provided innovative solutions and services to make SharePoint even better for over 10,000 companies worldwide. KWizCom's solutions and services expand Microsoft SharePoint out-of-the-box capabilities, streamline workflow, maximize efficiency and enhance over-all productivity for hundreds of thousands of users. KWizCom, a Gold Certified Microsoft Partner, is headquartered in Toronto, Canada.

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Scale Computing Continues to Deliver High-Performing, Scalable Edge Computing and IT Infrastructure to the Government Sector

Scale Computing | September 22, 2021

Scale Computing, a market leader in edge computing, virtualization, and hyperconverged solutions, today announced ongoing momentum with customers in the public sector. The company’s HC3 Edge and IT infrastructure solutions continue to enable municipal institutions of all sizes to optimize operations with self-healing, automated infrastructure for all applications while protecting sensitive government data. In today’s world, IT management is tasked more than ever with simplifying infrastructure and delivering solutions to employees and citizens that mitigate risks in a whole new way. IT departments need to ensure that hardware and software are reliable, remotely accessible, and protected against cyberthreats. Scale Computing meets the complicated IT infrastructure demands of state and local governments. Our agile, reliable platforms can replace traditional IT infrastructure across any agency, any department, or any system, while driving out the high costs of downtime and system administration. Jeff Ready, CEO and co-founder of Scale Computing Scale Computing brings municipal institutions, including governments, government agencies, and other public institutions, into a new era of computing by revamping IT operations with a solution that simplifies management, protects sensitive government data, and helps deliver smart, digital services. Kitselas First Nation is a self-funded and self-governing nation, and one of the 14 Tsimshian tribes in British Columbia. After experiencing a flood, Kitselas First Nation needed new servers and a modern solution for simplicity, scalability, availability and disaster recovery. With only one person on the IT staff, they were also in need of powerful systems capable of running workloads with efficiency and speed, as well as an affordable, easy-to-use solution capable of maximizing uptime. Kitselas First Nation selected Scale Computing’s HC3 platform which provides them with simplified, highly affordable IT infrastructure with improved performance. Since implementation of Scale Computing HC3, Kitselas First Nation saved resources and 15% of time spent managing infrastructure, leading to an increase in time spent working on other projects. Scale Computing’s HC3 solution also provides Kitselas First Nation with disaster recovery and the ability to manage IT infrastructure without the need for local IT staff. We have an on-site backup and a Google Cloud Platform in Quebec. If another disaster strikes, the hardware component fails or the entire HC3 appliance breaks down, we’re covered. The Scale Computing HC3 cluster is highly available and keeps our systems running with no downtime. HC3 won’t let us down. Don Agnew, IT support and asset management officer at Kitselas First Nation The Summit County Board of Elections in Ohio is responsible for securely managing the records of 370,000 registered voters and over one million citizen records. As Ohio’s fourth most populous county, the Summit County Board of Elections' entire network infrastructure is managed by a team of just two full-time IT professionals. With an aging server infrastructure and a heavily scrutinized Presidential election fast approaching in 2020, this IT duo needed to modernize their systems, comply with strict new security directives, and do so in an expedited time-frame. After selecting Scale Computing’s HC3 solution, the Summit County Board of Elections was able to consolidate seven servers to a cluster of three HC3 notes in less than seven months, implement automated snapshots of servers that are backed up to a remote cluster providing full system redundancy, simplify management and operations so their two-person IT team could focus on operational priorities, and comply with new state and Federal security directives. As Kevin Moreland, Network & Systems Administrator, Summit County Board of Elections says, “Every decision we make comes down to, ‘can you make it through a Presidential election’? We knew we needed something that was intelligent, scalable, had built-in redundancy, and was cost-effective. Scale has delivered on all of these and more. We went from an environment where we had about seven physical servers to a three node cluster. From that three node cluster, then we can spin up as many virtual servers as warranted by demand – this not only simplified our operational workload but it also dramatically shrunk our eco-footprint.” Chris Iseral, Chief Information Officer of Madison County, Kentucky, was challenged with upgrading old infrastructure in an affordable way. The infrastructure in Madison Country includes 700 users in 26 different facilities across the country, accounting for 23 different departments or agencies. Chris’ challenges included multiple vendors and an expensive, complicated, and aging infrastructure. Madison County, Kentucky partnered with Scale Computing to deliver high quality, responsive, and budget friendly infrastructure that simplifies management, protects sensitive government data, and helps deliver smart, digital services anywhere, anytime. As Chris Iseral says, “We wanted something highly available, redundant, scalable, affordable, and easy-to-use. We’re happier than we’ve ever been. Scale Computing has been an awesome product.” About Scale Computing Scale Computing is a leader in edge computing, virtualization, and hyperconverged solutions. Scale Computing HC3 software eliminates the need for traditional virtualization software, disaster recovery software, servers, and shared storage, replacing these with a fully integrated, highly available system for running applications. Using patented HyperCore™ technology, the HC3 self-healing platform automatically identifies, mitigates, and corrects infrastructure problems in real-time, enabling applications to achieve maximum uptime. When ease-of-use, high availability, and TCO matter, Scale Computing HC3 is the ideal infrastructure platform.

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