U.S. airlines seek billions in aid from federal government

Bangor Daily News | March 16, 2020

As of 11 a.m. Monday, March 16, eight Maine residents have been confirmed positive and nine others are presumed positive for the coronavirus, according to the state. Click here for the latest coronavirus news, which the BDN has made free for the public. You can support this mission by purchasing a digital subscription. U.S. airlines are asking the federal government for grants, loans and tax relief that could easily top $50 billion to help them recover from a sharp downturn in travel due to the new coronavirus. Airlines for America, the trade group representing the carriers, posted its request for financial help on Monday, just as more airlines around the world were announcing ever-deeper cuts in service and, in some cases, layoffs.

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Business and Economy in Auckland 2014 explores these international opportunities in a variety of ways. An oft-cited OECD1 report found that New Zealand’s size and global position could explain as much as 75 per cent of the per capita income gap with the average OECD economy. To many, this finding seems like an insurmountable obstacle for those living on an island at the bottom of the world. Short of turning the migration taps on full, it is not clear what policy can do to address such challenges. At the same time, policies aimed at other issues, such as savings rates or exchange rates, may be marginal tinkering in comparison.

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Business and Economy in Auckland 2014 explores these international opportunities in a variety of ways. An oft-cited OECD1 report found that New Zealand’s size and global position could explain as much as 75 per cent of the per capita income gap with the average OECD economy. To many, this finding seems like an insurmountable obstacle for those living on an island at the bottom of the world. Short of turning the migration taps on full, it is not clear what policy can do to address such challenges. At the same time, policies aimed at other issues, such as savings rates or exchange rates, may be marginal tinkering in comparison.

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QinetiQ US Completes Acquisition of Avantus Federal

Avantus Federal | November 24, 2022

Lorton, VA and McLean, VA – QinetiQ US, a wholly owned subsidiary of QinetiQ Group plc, an integrated global defense and security company, announced today that it completed its acquisition of Avantus Federal (Avantus) from NewSpring Holdings for an enterprise value of $590 million. The combination of QinetiQ US and Avantus creates a unique platform to offer comprehensive mission-led innovation for the most sensitive and complex challenges intelligence, defense, homeland, civilian, and other government customers face today. This transaction was previously announced August 5, and the transition is expected to be seamless for customers, partners, and employees. This integration will combine QinetiQ’s leadership in robotics and autonomous systems, sensing, protection systems, and next-generation technology services with Avantus’ advantages in strategic planning, operations, and stakeholder collaboration in a host of government operations, including cyber, data, government facility, and outer space solutions. The combination will deliver mission-led innovation in hardware, software, and mission services to the growing needs of defense, intelligence, homeland security, and law enforcement organizations, along with civilian agencies in the United States and close-U.S. allied nations including the United Kingdom and Australia. “I am delighted that we have completed the acquisition of Avantus today – it is a strategic milestone in our five-year ambition to build an integrated global defence and security company, delivering innovation for our customers’ mission, This acquisition extends our customer base, strengthens our capabilities and builds scale in the largest defence and security market in the world. With a strong track record of 10%+ growth at attractive margins, Avantus is a brilliant strategic and cultural fit and positions us to meet the increasing mission-critical needs of our US defence and intelligence customers with agility and pace.” -Steve Wadey, Group Chief Executive Officer for QinetiQ Group plc. Andy Maner, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Avantus, said the combination with QinetiQ US is key to providing more opportunities and growth for our people and customers. We started this journey with our great partner, NewSpring Holdings, and now we’re taking a critical step forward that allows our collective team to leverage additional scale and investments across our world class talent, technology, and processes at a pivotal time in our market and geopolitical landscape. “We are thrilled to welcome our Avantus colleagues to QinetiQ US, Avantus’ elite talent, differentiated technology solutions, and dedication to mission complement our innovative culture. I am honored to lead a combined team that shares a focus on performance and a proven ability to be agile in impactful delivery at the speed of our customers’ missions.” QinetiQ is a leading science and engineering company dedicated to protecting lives and securing the vital interests of defense and security customers with distinctive offerings in experimentation and technology; cyber and information advantage; engineering services and support; robotics and autonomous systems; training and mission rehearsal; and, test and evaluation. This is complimented by the Avantus capabilities to leverage a strong consulting force to deliver technology, cyber, data, digital engineering and integration, intelligence analysis, and operations strategy and tactics to its clients, ensuring maximum efficiency and impact. -Shawn Purvis, President and Chief Executive Officer of QinetiQ US. About QinetiQ US: QinetiQ US is a leading defense and security company in the United States providing mission-led innovation at pace. QinetiQ US is a provider of technologically advanced services and products to the US Department of Defence and national security agencies, positioned to deliver key aspects of the modernization required to address our customers’ pivot to counter near peer adversaries. QinetiQ’s engineering services span the DoD and Intel community providing subject matter expertise in the areas of communications, sensor integration and research and development, survivability and unmanned ground combat systems. QinetiQ US operates as the U.S. arm of QinetiQ Group plc (QQ.LSE), an integrated global defense and security company focused on innovation for defense, security and civil customers. QinetiQ US employees are based predominantly in Virginia and Massachusetts and operate under a Special Security Agreement (SSA) with the U.S. Defence Counterintelligence & Security Agency (DCSA). QinetiQ US is creating new ways of protecting what matters most; testing technologies, systems, and processes to make sure they work as expected; and enabling customers to deploy new and enhanced-existing capabilities with the assurance they will deliver the outcomes required. About Avantus Federal: Avantus Federal is a mission-focused data, cyber, and space services and solutions company. As a mid-market powerhouse with an intentional blend of elite talent, infrastructure, and speed to impact, Avantus and its approximately 1,150 highly cleared professionals lead with technical and domain expertise for its Defence, Intelligence, Homeland Security, and Federal Civilian customers.

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Haivision Launches FedRAMP for Government to Securely Stream Live Video

Haivision | January 24, 2023

Haivision Systems Inc., a leading global provider of video networking and visual collaboration solutions, announced today that Haivision Hub for Government has achieved Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) "In Process" designation and is currently available on FedRAMP Marketplace as the only video network service. Government agencies can securely stream live video via CDNs, OVPs, EVPs, and social media using the fully managed cloud solution. US Department of Veterans Affairs’ VA approved Haivision's FedRAMP (VA). Live video helps governments succeed today. However, networking exposes agencies to cyberattacks. Even secure companies are vulnerable to cyberattacks. When streaming live video, Haivision Hub for Government protects public sector enterprises' largest risk of network exposure. CIOs can use Haivision Hub for Government to secure live video streaming in accordance with the rules from federal information assurance. Mirko Wicha, President and CEO of Haivision, said, "Our FedRAMP milestone is a powerful example of Haivision's longstanding commitment to ensuring the security of our customer's deployments." He added, "In the FedRAMP process, we've worked rigorously to make Haivision Hub for Government an ideal solution to help government agencies stream securely via the cloud. We're very proud to be the first video network service to achieve this important FedRAMP milestone and to be among the few technology companies to achieve this authorization."  (Source- PRNewswire) FedRAMP standardizes security assessment, authorization, and continuous monitoring for cloud products and services. The FY23 NDAA includes the FedRAMP Authorization Act (NDAA). All service models and executive agency cloud deployments require FedRAMP. Haivision Hub for Government has many features that can help agencies share live video content quickly and safely with internal and external audiences. The key features include the following:- Live visual content distribution in real time: Share live video in real-time, giving up-to-date information and events and letting people work together in real-time on mission-critical common operating pictures. Secure: Designed to meet the strict security needs of government agencies (Achieved FedRAMP supporting Department of Defense Impact Level 2 (DoD IL2)). Scalability: Ability to serve a wide range of internal and external audiences. Flexibility: Use the cloud and direct high-performance connectivity options. Simplification: When supporting digital transformation, easily overcome network issues and technological debt. Haivision delivers high-performance, secure video network solutions for mission-critical applications. Getting through rigorous third-party assessments and implementing FedRAMP-compliant policies to protect federal customer data and systems shows that commitment. About Haivision A global pioneer in mission-critical, real-time video networking and visual communication. Our connected cloud and intelligent edge solutions enable global engagement, collaboration, and decision-making globally. We deliver secure, low-latency, high-quality live video worldwide. Haivision created the SRT Alliance to promote their SRT low-latency video streaming protocol. Haivision, which drives the IP video revolution, won four Emmys® for engineering and technology from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Haivision was founded in 2004 in Montreal and Chicago, with offices, sales, and support in the Americas, Europe, and Asia.

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Sapia.ai now a supplier to the UK government G-Cloud 13 Framework

Sapia.ai | December 02, 2022

Sapia.ai, creator of the world's first smart interviewer, are proud to announce that they have been accepted onto the UK government's Crown Commercial Service (CCS) procurement framework G-Cloud 13.Organisations can now find and purchase Sapia.ai's tools, including its AI-empowered smart chat which has shown to help companies deliver on their Diversity KPI's when hiring, from the government's digital marketplace. The G-cloud framework launched in 2012, with the aim of easing the procurement process for the UK government and other public sector bodies. Sapia.ai has joined over 5000 suppliers to offer its solutions within the framework. Public sector organisations are now able to access, review, and purchase Sapia.ai's automated and bias-free hiring solution easily through the marketplace, knowing that it has been vetted by the G-cloud framework. Sapia.ai is truly unique in that it allows candidates to apply for a job through a simple text chat - negating the need for CVs which have been shown to be full of bias - even when anonymised. Instead, using Sapia.ai's AI-driven technology and its bias-free database of interview responses, Sapia.ai can create an accurate and independent profile of a candidate matching their skills with their ability to do the job within seconds. Every candidate also receives personalized feedback that they can use to improve in areas for future job searches, as well as helping them understand where their strengths lie. "We are delighted to have been included in the G-Cloud 13 framework. When our technology can simultaneously lead to customers seeing accelerated diversity after just 3 months of use, as in the case of our customer Woodies, you know you have built game changing technology,We cannot wait for it to do the same in the public sector that we have for so many companies. " -Barb Hyman,CEO Sapia.ai. By using Sapia.ai public sector customers can now deliver: An interview for every candidate that applies without any need for CVs. A fast and human-focussed automated hiring system that fits into current HR processes. A time-efficient shortlisting process, while every candidate receives personalized feedback. More diverse hires with highly accurate job matching. An immediate impact on D&I KPIs. Huge cost and time savings on recruitment. About Sapia: Sapia's mission is to help companies unlock and engage talent at scale. With its blind, automated chat interview and comprehensive DEI analytics platform, Sapia's technology is the first solution of its kind to disrupt biases that affects traditional recruitment processes – resulting in fair outcomes for candidates and companies.

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