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California gives an extension to a $ 1 billion mask order



California gives an extension to a $ 1 billion mask order

Two months after Governor Gavin Newsom announced a $ 1 billion deal with Chinese car maker BYD to buy respirators, California has not yet received the much-needed N95 mask. And on Friday, state officials announced that they would give the company a second extension to fulfill its promise.

This is the latest complication in an agreement with BYD, which has a US subsidiary headquartered in Los Angeles County, to supply 300 million highly protective respirators during the COVID-19 pandemic. The electric car maker has struggled to have an N95 mask certified by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. BYD first failed to meet the April 30 contract deadline for its N95 mask to be certified, forcing the company to return half of California’s $ 495 million down payment.

State officials changed the agreement to grant BYD until May 31 so that the N95 mask was approved by federal regulators. The amendments allow the state to extend the deadline or for BYD to return the remaining California $ 247.5 million down payment on Friday. State officials announced Friday that they will now give BYD until June 12 to have a certified mask. The new amendment notes that if the respirator is certified by the new timeline, the country plans to buy 150 million masks, which will be shipped this month and next.

“If a vendor fails to get NIOSH certification in the new timeline, unpaid payments to the vendor will be returned to the country,” Brian Ferguson, a spokesman for the Governor’s Emergency Services Office, said in a statement.

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On Friday, BYD declined to comment on this issue.

In April, California agreed to pay $ 990 million to BYD for 300 million N95 protective masks at a cost of $ 3.30 each. Even though the price was higher than the cost of masks in the non-pandemic period, countries signed contracts during mask shortages throughout the world. Respirators filter 95% of particles, providing important protection for nurses and other important workers.

While state lawmakers said they understood the country’s desire to buy critical supplies, the governor received a bipartisan backlash over how his government handled the agreement.

MPs said they learned about a $ 1 billion contract at the same time as the public, when Newsom continued MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show” to announce the agreement. Then, the contract itself is kept hidden for a month. The governor’s office at first refused to reveal documents for lawmakers and journalists – although government contracts are public under state law – citing fears that masks might be confiscated if the information was released.

In recent weeks, Newsom has underestimated the delay and said California taxpayers would not shell out if BYD did not arrive.

“We pay for what we get,” Newsom said on Friday. “We don’t pay for things we don’t get.”

Newsom added that the country was working with other suppliers and would “have reserves.”

In a statement last month to The Times, NIOSH said it told BYD on May 4 that on-site visits to factories and company production facilities in China had resulted in an “unacceptable” rating. The agency also said “the review of the documentation provided to NIOSH for the design, manufacture and quality inspection of the device is cause for concern.”

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NIOSH declined to elaborate on the specific reasons for his refusal, saying the information was confidential under federal rules, but added in a statement that the decision was “based on a number of factors.”

BYD submitted a total of four applications for N95 respirators, according to a letter from the regulatory body. Three applications were rejected and the fourth was withdrawn, an NIOSH official told The Times.

Federal regulators did not respond to requests for comment Friday about the status of BYD mask certification.

Although the state has not yet received an N95 mask from BYD, the company has provided millions of surgical masks to California.

The state agreed to pay BYD $ 54.9 million to buy 100 million surgical masks. So far, more than 90 million have been sent to California, Newsom said. Over the next two months, BYD’s contract with California also gave the country the option to buy an additional 250 million N95 respirators for $ 825 million and 112.5 million surgical masks for $ 61.8 million.

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Government approves strategy to combat “Portuguese underrepresentation” in Brussels



Government approves strategy to combat "Portuguese underrepresentation" in Brussels

This afternoon the Council of Ministers will approve a national strategy to combat what it considers “underrepresentation de Portugal” in European institutions, in particular the European Commission.

“There is a significant shortage of Portuguese, especially those working for the Commission,” explains the Secretary of State for European Affairs in statements to Renaissance🇧🇷 The problem, according to Thiago Antunes, is not limited to middle management: “This is the first time Portugal does not have a CEO in the European Commission”.

The government wants to “correct this imbalance and fight this deficit in order to win.”ability to influence in decisions.” But it is not possible to increase the number of vacancies for the Portuguese, if only because there are no national quotas for employees working in institutions.

To go to Brussels or even work in Portugal on a full-time basis, you need to pass a series of tests prepared by EPSO (European Personnel Selection Office). 🇧🇷These are very difficult competitions.with very concrete evidence,” the official explains.

The strategy will be based on several pillars: training, increasing grants and encouraging the mobility of civil servants. The Portuguese government is going to create a national training center to “better prepare our candidates for competitions”; to bet on “dissemination of opportunities; increase the balls (by quantity and value); and create a statute that allows those who work in the public administration of Portugal to move into the European public administration.

The aim is to achieve “greater representation” in the European Commission in order to have “greater influence” on the decision. Although the strategy is to strengthen the Portuguese presence in Brussels and the employees do not work for doesn’t matter that they are portuguese“, he defends.

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Fruits may not appear early or may not even be measurable. “It will take some time until we see results,” admits the former secretary of state to the prime minister. But the wait does not stop the Portuguese government. “We have to start right now,” Thiago Antunes insists, pointing to the demographic problem among those working in Brussels. “There are a lot of Portuguese who came in at the time of our accession and are now retiring.”

The strategy aims to reverse the cycle of loss of Portuguese representation among the 27. The diploma will be approved this Wednesday in the Council of Ministers.

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“His manager is Portuguese and…”; The agent changes plans, and Luis Castro “arranges” the problem in the protection of “Botafogo”



"His manager is Portuguese and...";  The agent changes plans, and Luis Castro "arranges" the problem in the protection of "Botafogo"


The defender must return from loan ahead of schedule, and the Glorioso coach will have to make a decision at the beginning of the preseason.

Photo: Jorge Rodriguez/AGIF.  First, Luis Castro does not have Diego Loureiro for 2023.
Photo: Jorge Rodriguez/AGIF. First, Luis Castro does not have Diego Loureiro for 2023.

With the end of the season Botafogo its reformulation is already underway with the participation of Luis Castro. Names like Carlinhos, for example, have already left General Severiano, but there is a tendency for the “purge” to continue a little longer. Especially with the return of borrowed athletes during the year.

goalkeeper case Diego Loureiro, who played on loan at Atlético GO, promoted to Serie B. Curiously, the Botafogo archer has a contract at Goiania until the end of 2023, but Dragao president Adson Batista is pessimistic about the player’s consistency.

“Diego Loureiro is a bit off because he still has a contract with Botafogo, his manager is Portuguese and he has a different vision.” said the director in an interview with radio Sagres from the capital of Goiás.

The goalkeeper played only two games for Atlético-GO, who were betting on Renan in the starting lineup. If he returns to Rio, Loureiro will likely see high competition in the black and white net as Luis Castro now has alternatives to Gatito Fernandes and Lucas Perry.

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Portuguese footballer, former Sporting player, flees the country



Portuguese footballer, former Sporting player, flees the country

Ruben Ribeiro is accused of domestic violence and was arrested two weeks ago. He left with a term of identity and residence and disappeared from the “trace” of the authorities.

Ruben Ribeiro left Portugal a few days after his arrest due to accusation of domestic violence.

The wife blamed the 35-year-old Portuguese footballer last month.

Woman introduced several episodes of physical and psychological abuse over the past few years – some of which in front of the couple’s three children.

The court considered that the football player’s wife was in danger and, therefore, arrested Ruben about two weeks ago, November 16th.

The midfielder was questioned by the referee, but later releasedindicating the identity and place of residence – with a ban on contact or approaching the victim and under electronic surveillance.

However, the player has disappeared. O morning Post indicates that the General Directorate of Reintegration and Prison Service went to the defendant’s house to install an electronic surveillance device, but when it arrived, the accused was not.

The player also received a phone call, but this never answered🇧🇷 He did not cooperate, according to the Porto Criminal Court.

The newspaper writes that Ruben Ribeiro is in Turkey – His club is Hatayspor, but the family is still in Portugal.

The court has not yet decided what it will do after that. violation of coercive measures – An international arrest warrant may be issued.

Despite this development, the wife’s lawyer assures that she ” trusting that institutions know how to ensure justice and adequate protection for victims.”

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Born in Porto, Rubén Ribeiro grew up playing for Boavista and the Leixoyes. Later distinguished himself in the service of river birdwhich brought him a move to Sporting.

He played in Alvalada for only half a season; was one of nine players who terminated the contract with the club after hitting the gym in Alkoshet, 2018.

ZAP //

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