US and China will not likely reach a trade deal this year, says former ambassador

CNBC | August 05, 2019

The latest escalation in tensions between the U.S. and China has reduced the chances that both sides could reach a trade deal this year, a former American diplomat said on Monday. Negotiations between Washington and Beijing appeared to be progressing well until U.S. President Donald Trump shocked markets in May by hiking tariffs from 10% to 25% on $200 billion of Chinese goods. Talks subsequently broke down and had resumed last week before Trump again threatened to slap 10% tariffs on $300 billion of Chinese goods starting Sept. 1. Trump’s latest actions are “a step away from a solution,” said Frank Lavin, U.S. ambassador to Singapore from 2001 to 2005. He added that it’s “unlikely” both sides would reach a deal by the end of this year.

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As part of the Joining Forces initiative to support our nation's service members and their families, several U.S. government agencies announced an annual pass to active duty service members and their dependents, granting free access to more than 2,000 national parks, wildlife refuges, national forests, and other public lands around the nation in the coming years.

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As part of the Joining Forces initiative to support our nation's service members and their families, several U.S. government agencies announced an annual pass to active duty service members and their dependents, granting free access to more than 2,000 national parks, wildlife refuges, national forests, and other public lands around the nation in the coming years.

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SkyePoint | September 14, 2022

SkyePoint Decisions, Inc. (SkyePoint) is pleased to announce the purchase of SNR Government IT Services LLC (SNR GITS), a subsidiary of Arrowpoint Corporation of Ashburn, VA, effective September 9, 2022. SkyePoint acquired all assets including its DLA JETS, Army RS3, and Army ITES-3S information technology and cybersecurity services contract vehicles. SNR GITS, now as a subsidiary of SkyePoint, offers comprehensive information technology services including technical and management expertise supporting applications, software, hardware, infrastructure, and systems in support of Department of Defense (DOD) agencies. As a Division of SkyePoint, SNR GITS will operate as the Defense sector arm for SkyePoint’s continued growth and investment. “This acquisition reflects SkyePoint’s determined and unrelenting focus on growth and delivering excellence to our federal government customers. Our ability to provide meaningful solutions to Federal agencies, anytime, anywhere now further expands SkyePoint’s reach to the DOD as a Prime contractor. We look forward to working with our technology and industry services partners to deliver SkyePoint’s proven cybersecurity, IT infrastructure, data analytics, and application development solutions.” -Frank Sturek, President, SkyePoint. About SkyePoint Decisions: SkyePoint provides innovative enterprise-wide and targeted solutions for the complex challenges faced by our federal government clients. Our focus is on enabling our client’s ability to deliver their mission – anytime, anywhere, securely as a prime contractor committed to delivery excellence. We combine technical expertise, mission awareness, and an empowered workforce to produce meaningful results. SkyePoint is an established ISO 9001:2015, ISO/IEC 27001:2013, and CMMI for Services Level 3 business with operations across the U.S. About SNR GITS: SNR GITS, a division of Arrowpoint Corporation, offers comprehensive IT services including technical and management expertise that supports applications, software, hardware, infrastructure, and systems in support of the Defense Logistics Agency and the Department of the Army. SNR GITS provides services through its Indefinite Delivery / Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract vehicles.

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Avaap and Alation Partnership Help State and Local Government Find, Understand, and Trust Data

Alation | September 27, 2022

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MURAL | October 11, 2022

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