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The governor warned congressional leaders would be short of billions of dollars because of the coronavirus

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Three governors testified to Congress in a virtual hearing on Tuesday, giving updates on victims of the corona virus, plans for reopening, and the impact of a projected billions of dollars in a pandemic on state finances.

“COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on our budget,” Michigan Michigan Governor, Gretchen Whitmer, told the Parliamentary Committee for Trade and Energy. The country faces a projected decline of $ 6.2 billion in revenues over the next two years, and by some projections, over the next three years the state budget shortfall across the country is expected to reach $ 765 billion.

Democratic Governor Jared Polis said that Colorado would “appreciate” the $ 500 billion that would be provided by the Heroes Act, which was passed by Parliament on May 15. Under the bill, which is currently awaiting the Senate vote, Colorado will receive $ 8.5 billion in federal funding over two years.

“Unlike the federal government, we have balanced budget requirements,” said Polis. “The state cannot borrow.”

Without the Hero Act – which according to some is impossible get approval – Colorado will suffer “major cuts,” said the Policy, starting with the social service program, the Safety Net program, and Medicaid.

Whitmer explained that the lion’s share of the state budget involved public health, safety, and education. “That is the front-line hero we want to support, not damage,” he said. “The point is that we need additional flexibility and additional resources.”

Tim Walberg’s representative (R-Mich.) Presses Whitmer about whether every dollar of the CARES Act has been issued. “I want to know why Michigan is one of the states that withhold funds from our local community,” he said. “Our federal government is indeed moving forward. … other countries do it more effectively. “

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The Arkansas Governor of the Asa Republic of Hutchinson did not ask for an increase in federal funds and instead asked for greater flexibility to spend part of the country’s $ 1.2 billion CARE provisions in the fall.

Whitmer also chided the federal government for being “unhelpful” because of “failure” to provide adequate supplies and pushed the state into a bidding war for supplies sold by private companies. He said supply shipments, although useful, had come in waves that were uneven and “did not reflect what we planned.”

“Each of these different COVID tests requires different types of swabs,” he said. “When we expect 180,000 different swabs, and we get 180,000 foam swabs, we thank you for the foam swabs but that means we can’t do tests that require other types of swabs.”

Whitmer suggested that the Defense Production Law be used to accelerate production. He also said that instead of being swept away, several other governors had received q-tips.

The policy agrees. “We will like the way in which it is clear what they will and will not get,” he said.

Hutchinson acknowledged that federal aid was “rather slow from the start,” but praised Washington’s overall response. “Geez,” he said. “In 90 days we increased the supply chain in one of the biggest investments in health care supplies we have seen in history.” Rep. Susan Brooks (R-Ind.) Asks the governor about the potential of the second wave of coronavirus and how it fits into each state’s plan to reopen public schools.

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Hutchinson said that Arkansas was “very committed” to having a school in the fall and was making plans for a “mixed learning environment.”

“If we have to close for two days to clean up the school or for other reasons, we can switch very quickly to online instruction for a few days and then return to class instruction,” Hutchinson said.

The University of Arkansas will gradually begin returning to campus on June 15 to prepare for the expected return of students in August, according to the school. website.

Police said the closure of temporary schools in Colorado might take two weeks, to accommodate the virus incubation period and testing time. Whitmer avoided specifics but mentioned that Michigan public schools might have to reduce class sizes in the fall.

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Who is Paulo Bento, the Portuguese coach from South Korea who coached Cruzeiro?

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The coach commanded the Portuguese national team at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and left the South Korean national team after being eliminated in Qatar.

Portuguese coach Paulo Bento qualified South Korea for the playoffs of the World Cup, something the team had not achieved since 2010, when the South Korean team reached the 1/8 finals of this championship. But 4-1 rout against Brazil as a result, shortened the path of the Asian team, as well as put an end to the work of Paulo Sousa in the national team.

Paulo Bento started his career as a coach with the youth team of Sporting Clube Portugal in 2004. At the club, he commanded the youth team for two seasons, winning the junior national tournament in his first year. Incidentally, the coach took over the first team shortly after he announced his retirement as a player.

Given his prominence in the youth categories, Paulo was chosen to replace José Peseiro, who was eliminated in European competition, in the professional team of Sporting CP for the 2005 season./2006.

Professionally, Bento was runner-up for four seasons in a row in the Portuguese Championship. Despite this, the coach won two Portuguese Cups and two Candido de Oliveira Super Cups. On November 6, 2009, the coach resigned.

Having distinguished himself at Sporting, Paulo Bento was announced as Portugal’s coach on 21 September 2010 after the World Cup in South Africa, where the then-champion Spain was selected in the round of 16.

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In qualifying, the coach managed to show good results in the first games, plus, of course, take Portugal to the semi-finals of Euro 2012, taking off from Spain on penalties. Having stood out in competitions, the coach extended the contract until Euro 2016.

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However, after losing to Albania in qualifying for Euro 2016, the coach could not resist and was fired in September 2014. The unsuccessful campaign at the World Cup of the same year in Brazil also affected.

After the Portugal national team, Paulo Bento returned to Brazil in May 2016, but this time to coach the Cruzeiro club. With a contract until December 2017, the coach made his debut in the second round of the Brasileirão the same year.

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However, Bento only lasted 17 matches in power with six wins, three draws and eight losses, leaving the team in second-to-last place in the tournament.

On 11 August 2016, the coach was announced as the new commander of Olympiacos, Greece, where he remained until 6 March 2017, winning the Greek title. Following this, Paulo Bento was announced as Chongqing Dangdai of China leading the team for only 15 matches.

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On August 16, 2018, Paulo Bento was announced as the new coach of South Korea following the departure of Shin Tae-yong, who lost in the group stage of the 2018 World Cup.

As part of the South Korean national team, the coach has 55 wins, 12 draws and eight losses, having won the East Asian Cup title and classified the team at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. After being knocked out against Brazil in the 1/8 finals, the Portuguese announced his retirement from the national team.

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Pioli ‘pulls’ Leao by the ears and says the Portuguese ‘must make a dash’

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Pioli 'pulls' Leao by the ears and says the Portuguese 'must make a dash'

FROMTefano Pioli, Milan coach, gave an interview on the Italian radio program Sky Calcio Club on Sunday in which he talked about Rafael Leao’s participation in the 2022 Mundial, a test in which the Portuguese striker was a replacement for Fernando Santos. ‘, indicating that he has been talking to his player over the past few days.

“If we talk? They have an obligation to call me at the end of the game. He is happy because Portugal is doing well. It is clear that he would like to play more. I can take advantage of this for a contract extension,” said Pioli, who also spoke about the Portuguese’s renewal process.

“He is fine with us and management and Rafael are talking. We are waiting for good news,” the Transalpine coach fired.

Looking at his player’s short playing time at this 2022 World Cup, Pioli admitted that Rafael Leau would like to have more playing time for the national team, but hinted that the Portuguese striker is not unhappy.

“If he plays a little? It’s hard to judge because Portugal has a very high quality team. Rafael is happy because Portugal is having a good World Cup, but there is a lot of quality and competitiveness in the attacking sector of the Portuguese team. “, – stressed the coach of the Italian, who also left a small warning to Rafael Leau.

“When you see him in training, you immediately understand that he has incredible potential. He has technique and speed that few others have. Over the course of a period, he had to develop and adapt to the reality at Milan, where the pressure is different from what he is. he was in Lille. It took time, but his potential to become a great player was always there. But he still needs to make the leap to become a champion because he can be even more decisive in the opponent’s zone,” he stressed.

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“If you think about Rafael from two years ago, he has made tremendous progress. He’s missing a few things, but he’s smart and approachable. I can give him all the ideas he wants, but his talent must be left free. should improve his heading, given his physique,” he concluded.

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Portugal, nuts and the Portuguese consumer: a successful trilogy

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Nuts have become part of a limited group of Portuguese agri-food sectors that manage to achieve much-desired food self-sufficiency. In the case of almonds it is 170% and in the case of chestnuts it is 116% in relation to the national consumption.

The value of Portuguese agricultural production in 2021 was 9.6 billion euros, representing a growth rate of 14.6% compared to 2020, and therefore it is fair to say that dried fruits today, with a production of 80,000 tons and exports reaching 100 million euros contributed. to this success.

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