Trump and Macron said to reach tariff truce over digital tax fight

Los Angeles Times | January 20, 2020

President Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron agreed to a truce in their dispute over digital taxes that will mean neither France nor the U.S. will impose punitive tariffs this year, a French diplomat said. “Great discussion with @realDonaldTrump on digital tax,” Macron said Monday in a tweet. “We will work together on a good agreement to avoid tariff escalation.” The respite defuses for now transatlantic tensions that had been building between Washington and Brussels along another potential trade war front. Last week, Trump signed a cease-fire with China in phase one of a broader deal aimed at balancing trade between the world’s two largest economies.

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Merck and Ridgeback Announce U.K. Government to Purchase Additional 1.75 Million Courses of Molnupiravir

Merck | December 22, 2021

Merck , known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics today announced that the United Kingdom Government will purchase an additional 1.75 million patient courses of molnupiravir (MK-4482), an investigational oral antiviral COVID-19 medicine. In the U.K., LAGEVRIO® is the planned trademark for molnupiravir; the trademark for molnupiravir in other countries has not been approved. With this additional procurement agreement, which follows a previously announced agreement for 480,000 courses of treatment, the U.K. Government has now committed to purchase a total of 2.23 million courses of molnupiravir. In early November, molnupiravir received conditional marketing authorization in the U.K. for the treatment of mild to moderate COVID-19 in adults with a positive SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic test and who have at least one risk factor for developing severe illness. Molnupiravir is currently available in the U.K. and patients have started to receive treatment. An application for Emergency Use Authorization for molnupiravir is under review by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Merck has entered into advance purchase and supply agreements for molnupiravir with governments of more than 30 countries worldwide, including 21 agreements with countries in Europe. About Merck’s Global Efforts to Accelerate Access to Molnupiravir Following Regulatory Authorizations or Approvals Global access has been a priority for Merck and Ridgeback since the inception of their molnupiravir collaboration. The companies are committed to providing timely access to molnupiravir globally through our comprehensive supply and access approach, which includes investing at risk to produce millions of courses of therapy; tiered pricing based on the ability of governments to finance health care; entering into supply agreements with governments; and granting voluntary licenses to generic manufacturers and to the Medicines Patent Pool to make generic molnupiravir available in more than 100 low- and middle-income countries following local regulatory authorizations or approvals. Supply: In anticipation of the results from MOVe-OUT and the potential for regulatory authorization or approval, Merck has been producing molnupiravir at risk and expects to produce 10 million courses of treatment by the end of 2021, with at least 20 million courses to be produced in 2022. To date, Merck has shipped molnupiravir to 12 countries; in countries where it is approved or authorized, patients have begun to receive the drug. Supply agreements: Merck entered into a procurement agreement with the U.S. Government under which the company will supply approximately 3.1 million courses of molnupiravir to the U.S. Government, upon Emergency Use Authorization or approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Merck has entered into advance purchase and supply agreements for molnupiravir with governments for over 30 countries worldwide, including Australia, Canada, Korea, Japan, Thailand, United Kingdom and United States, pending regulatory authorizations, and is currently in discussions with additional governments. Merck plans to implement a tiered pricing approach based on World Bank country income criteria to reflect countries’ relative ability to finance their health response to the pandemic. Voluntary licenses: As part of its commitment to widespread global access, Merck previously announced that it has entered into a licensing agreement with the Medicines Patent Pool to increase broad access for molnupiravir in low- and middle-income countries. Additionally, Merck previously announced that the company has entered into non-exclusive voluntary licensing agreements for molnupiravir with established generic manufacturers to accelerate availability of molnupiravir in more than 100 low- and middle-income countries following approvals or emergency authorization by local regulatory agencies. Merck continues to discuss additional measures and collaborations to accelerate broad, global access to molnupiravir. About Molnupiravir Molnupiravir (MK-4482) is an investigational, orally administered form of a potent ribonucleoside analog that inhibits the replication of SARS-CoV-2, the causative agent of COVID-19. Molnupiravir has been shown to be active in several preclinical models of SARS-CoV-2, including for prophylaxis, treatment, and prevention of transmission. Pre-clinical data suggest that molnupiravir has a high barrier to the development of resistance.

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GOVERNMENT FINANCE

City of Peekskill, NY selects Springbrook Software's cloud based Cirrus fully integrated local government ERP financial platform

Springbrook Software | December 21, 2021

Springbrook Software, a leading cloud-based ERP platform provider for local government agencies today announces that the City of Peekskill, New York has selected Springbrook's Cirrus Cloud platform to run its agency's entire financial and administrative operations. The City selected Springbrook over another regional software provider as part of a modernization initiative. Peekskill acquired Springbrook's Finance, Property Tax, Payroll, Fixed Assets, Purchase Orders and Accounts Receivable modules. All modules are delivered on a single, integrated platform which enables data to flow accurately and in real-time across all departmental units within the City, thereby ensuring accuracy, efficiency and transparency of information. "We started down the path of selecting an ERP system that enabled us to run our municipality from a single platform and found, through trial and error with another vendor, that Springbrook was the best alternative in the marketplace. We needed to get all our data into one single platform, and Springbrook's modern, cloud based Cirrus solution was the right answer for us." Matt Alexander, Finance Director for the City of Peekskill "The efficiency, data security and scalability of Springbrook's software means our entire back-office process is in sync," he added. "This accuracy and speed will help us respond to our commissioner requests and citizen needs with confidence." "The City of Peekskill's modernization vision is something that many local governments across the country are going through right now. A vital part of becoming a 21st century-ready city includes modernizing the technology backbone from which the city runs its core functions. Springbrook is proud to help the City of Peekskill make that transformation a success" said Robert Bonavito, CEO of Springbrook. About The City of Peekskill, NY The City of Peekskill is a thriving, historic community located on the banks of the Hudson River. Just under one hour north of New York City, Peekskill is culturally and economically vibrant, and it is blessed with abundant natural resources due to its location on the river and at the gateway to the Hudson Highlands. About Springbrook Software Springbrook Software is the country's leading cloud-based finance and administration software provider designing solutions specifically for small to medium sized local government agencies. More than 1700 cities, towns and districts from coast to coast use our suite of modern, high-performance solutions to manage their finances, payroll, utility billing and collect citizen payments. Springbrook is headquartered in Portland, Oregon, with regional presence in Washington, New York and Massachusetts.

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GOVERNMENT BUSINESS

Coastal Cloud Launches Suite of Accelerated Solutions to Drive Public Sector Digital Transformation

Coastal Cloud | March 25, 2022

Coastal Cloud, an award-winning provider of consulting, implementation, and managed services announced that it has developed a suite of solutions built on the Salesforce platform that are designed to jumpstart project implementation more quickly and efficiently. Many government agencies today rely on outdated systems with limited ability to upgrade and adapt to the needs of modern government. Coastal Cloud is building solutions for public sector clients across the country, delivering the agility, speed, and scale that federal, state, and local governments need to address employee and citizen needs while lowering IT costs and complexity.” Tommie Fern, Senior Vice President of Public Sector Sales, State and Local Government at Salesforce “I am incredibly proud of Coastal Cloud’s public sector initiatives, particularly over the past two years,” said Sara Hale, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Coastal Cloud. “We are known for pivoting our efforts to rapidly respond to state agencies and organizations in need. As a result of our strategic, agile response to the market, Coastal Cloud has been able to play a significant role in the nation’s recovery. I look forward to building on that momentum as we continue to work with government agencies to utilize the power of Salesforce to solve today’s public sector challenges.” Coastal Cloud’s Accelerated Solutions for the Public Sector: Federal and State Grants Management: The process to award and deliver grants needs to be quick, yet thorough, ensuring unique grant criteria are met and data is detailed enough to make reporting easy. Using robust modern configurable cloud-based software, it is possible to create a solution that connects the data, users, and process in one platform – that not only fits today’s needs but can adapt to future challenges or enhancements. Emergency Management: Emergency management professionals are delivering a broader range of services for a wider base of the populous, that require fast, flexible, and creative solutions. Coastal Cloud’s integrated solution supports the management of multiple simultaneous incidents, events, and exercises that are flexible to the incident type, scope, and complexity for different scenarios. It can track critical needs, lifelines and infrastructure, evacuation and sheltering, and much more. Workforce Development: This robust, innovative solution provides a public-facing portal to allow self-service for job seekers to search, apply for, and update their registration for unemployment services, jobs, or training programs. It also allows employers to post jobs, search candidates, track applications, request training, and make hires. The solution automatically connects the portal to a robust Customer Relationship Management system to fully empower the workforce development professional. Licensing, Permitting, and Inspections (LPI): Coastal Cloud’s LPI solution allows agencies to simplify and provide more visibility to its authorization processes. Coastal Cloud’s solution, built on Salesforce, allows regulatory agencies to digitally transform the way they conduct government business and will increase their efficiency and effectiveness for employees and customers. Social Services Case Management: The Coastal Cloud Empowerment solution is a case management application that leverages the Salesforce user interface and automation functions of data security, workflow, and reporting to provide a comprehensive prevention management program. The unique solution allows at-risk families to view their case information and progress and connect directly with their case manager, while also maximizing funding resources and providing stability for families. Public Safety Recruitment and Retention: Coastal Cloud’s Public Safety Recruitment and Retention solution allows public safety agencies to eliminate silos between Human Resources, Recruitment, and Background Investigation departments by creating one system. This technology can help recruit and retain the best talent by targeting candidates, automating tools, and providing a 360 view of prospects throughout the agency. Foster Care Parent Recruitment and Retention: Coastal Cloud’s custom Foster Parent Recruiting solution was built in conjunction with child welfare experts to meet the needs of organizations in the public sector and nonprofits who are working every day to find more good homes for children in need. The solution allows organizations that recruit foster parents to cut down on paperwork, create automated processes to track applications, and accelerate the approval process. About Coastal Cloud Coastal Cloud is a Salesforce Multi-Cloud Expert based in Palm Coast, Florida. Through its unique consulting business model, the company provides implementations and managed services to assist clients in migrating to next-generation systems. Coastal Cloud has pre-configured the Salesforce platform to help state and local government agencies meet the challenges of grants management, workforce management, connected city initiatives, and disaster recovery. Coastal Cloud has earned a 5/5 Customer Satisfaction rating on the Salesforce AppExchange and is ranked #1 on G2.com for Salesforce Consulting.

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CYBERSECURITY

QuoLab Technologies Announces Partnership With B Technology

QuoLab Technologies | April 18, 2022

QuoLab Technologies, provider of a data-centric security operations platform (SOP), announced its partnership with B Technology, an Austin, Texas-based IT infrastructure and cyber security solutions provider. B Technology will serve as an official reseller of the QuoLab platform, helping the company to extend its reach to both commercial and government entities. Now more than ever, strong security is a requirement for every organization. This partnership will empower us to deliver much-needed collaboration capabilities to more practitioners than ever before. Mirroring our own beliefs, B Technology is acutely focused on helping the people behind the scenes make security a reality for organizations. Together, we can truly be a force for good by putting power back into the hands of those protecting our most vital systems.” Dan Young, CEO of QuoLab As an official reseller, B Technology will offer QuoLab’s platform to its current customer base, including the Department of Defense (DoD), Intelligence, and Civilian Agencies across the Federal Government, as well as all future customers. This is the first partnership of its kind for B Technology, and will open the door to more opportunities for both companies. “Security is a monumental task, and it takes a lot of time and resources to ensure that it’s getting done right,” said Stephanie Miller, President of B Technology. “With QuoLab’s platform, organizations will be able to cut time and costs, freeing individual practitioners up to focus more on the tasks that matter most, while also removing the common roadblocks that have prevented them from fully accomplishing their goals in the past.” This partnership highlights QuoLab’s continued commitment to bringing enhanced security operations capabilities to organizations worldwide, last seen in its partnership with WhoisXML API. In addition to these efforts, QuoLab aims to continue being an innovative force within the industry and will be bringing new capabilities to market, as well as engaging in more reseller partnerships in 2022. About B Technology B Technology is an SBA-Certified Woman-Owned and HUBZone small business leveraging over 20 years of experience in federal government service, contract administration, Command, Control, Communications, Computers, and Information Management (C4IM), and cybersecurity expertise to delivering a broad range of Infrastructure Operations, Cybersecurity, Virtualization, and Cloud Computing services. The company delivers critical communications and network security to customers in the Department of Defense (DoD), Intelligence, and Civilian Agencies across the Federal Government. B Technology is quality and security focused – ISO 9001:2015 and ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certified. About QuoLab Technologies QuoLab Technologies empowers security professionals to analyze, investigate and respond to threats within an integrated ecosystem. The collaborative, data-centric platform merges deep analytics and intuitive workflows, enabling human operators to efficiently deliver on their mission. The company believes that increased focus on cooperation, combined with scalable, distributed data handling and processing techniques is the key to gaining a decisive advantage in the ever-evolving security operations space.

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