The Daily Populous

Friday April 17th, 2020 night edition

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The Trump administration has awarded a $55 million contract for N95 masks to a company with no experience producing medical supplies and whose parent company filed for bankruptcy protection last year.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency told Insider that the company, Panthera, is scheduled to deliver the masks on April 23.

In this chaotic effort to obtain supplies, the Trump administration awarded a $55 million contract to Panthera Worldwide LLC, a company with no expertise in the world of medical equipment, for N95 masks, The Washington Post reported on Wednesday.

Panthera's parent company filed for bankruptcy protection last fall, and one of its owners last year said it'd had no employees since May 2018, The Post reported, citing sworn testimony.

James V. Punelli, one of Panthera's executives, told The Post that the company was working with military contacts to obtain the masks.

"As with any contract if the company cannot deliver or delivers sub-standard product, the agency can use legal means against a company.".

Since mid-March, the government has purchased more than $600 million worth of masks, according to The Post. »

Coveney quadruples Ireland’s WHO budget as Trump slashes €500 million

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Tanaiste Simon Coveney has announced the Ireland will pledge extra money to the World Health Organisation after Donald Trump slashed the US’s contribution.

He tweeted: ‘#Ireland strongly supports @WHO in efforts to coordinate a global response to combat #COVID19.

‘Ireland is quadrupling our normal annual financial contribution to @WHO for 2020 to €9.5 million.’. »

Russian jet flies within 25 feet of U.S. spy plane in "unsafe" high-speed maneuver, Navy says

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The 6th Fleet said the Russian SU-35 flew within 25 feet of the U.S. P-8A Poseidon plane in an "unsafe" high-speed, inverted maneuver, putting the American "pilots and crew at risk.".

"While the Russian aircraft was operating in international airspace, this interaction was irresponsible," the statement said.

Last June, another U.S. aircraft flying over the Mediterranean Sea was intercepted three times by a Russian fighter jet. »

Hugh Jackman Turned Down ‘Cats’ and Has Made Peace With MCU Rebooting Wolverine – IndieWire

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“There were a couple of options there based on availability and time,” Jackman said, “but I just wasn’t available at the time.”.

Not starring in “Cats” was probably the right move, as the film is one of the most infamous movie disasters in recent memory.

“I knew it was the right time for me to leave the party—not just for me, but for the character,” Jackman said. »

South Korea to implement Green New Deal after ruling party election win

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Seoul is to set a 2050 net zero emissions goal and end coal financing, after the Democratic Party’s landslide victory in one of the world’s first Covid-19 elections.

South Korea is on track to set a 2050 carbon neutrality goal and end coal financing after its ruling Democratic Party won an absolute majority in the country’s parliamentary elections on Wednesday.

Under the plan, South Korea has become the first country in East Asia to pledge to reach net zero emissions by 2050. »