Texas Boss Won’t Allow Masks In Office, Workers Say

There were about 15 people in the May 4 meeting in Houston, with about 10 more calling in remotely, when Al Hartman, the CEO of commercial real estate company Hartman Income REIT, turned to a 20-year-old employee.

“We didn’t even get to start the meeting, and Al looked directly at him and said, ‘Take off your mask,’” said one employee, who — like all four others interviewed for this story — asked to remain anonymous for fear of retaliation.

The young worker refused — he had an elderly grandma at home he couldn’t put at risk. So Hartman gave him an ultimatum.

“Hartman said, ‘Well, you can either take off your mask, or you can go home,’” the employee witnessing the exchange recalled. “He threw him out of the meeting in front of about 25 people, and it was very embarrassing and very humiliating.”

Staff in Hartman Income REIT’s Houston headquarters say they are now dealing with a suspected coronavirus outbreak in their office. At least three employees have returned a positive COVID-19 test, staff told BuzzFeed News, while many others are experiencing symptoms. (OSHA says coronavirus infections are likely work-related “when several cases develop among workers who work closely together and there is no alternative explanation.”) Many of the Hartman Income REIT workers are single parents, caretakers for elderly relatives, or have comorbidities that put them at serious risk for complications with the virus. Still, they do not wear masks, out of fear of losing their jobs during such a difficult economic time.

Source: Texas Boss Won’t Allow Masks In Office, Workers Say

Friday coronavirus up to 683 — ORANGE COUNTY TRIBUNE

Friday’s total of new COVID-19 cases reported to the Orange County Health Care Agency is 683, up from 348 the day before. There were 20 deaths, down from 24 the day before. The new to-date total for Orange County cases is 42,854, of which 33,697 are judged recovered. The death toll is 789. The test […]

Friday coronavirus up to 683 — ORANGE COUNTY TRIBUNE

3 Mississippi Police Officers Charged With Murder of Black Man

A grand jury indictment accused the officers of pulling George Robinson, 62, from his car in Jackson, Miss., last year, slamming him headfirst into the pavement, and striking and kicking him in the head and the chest.

A grand jury indictment accused the officers of pulling George Robinson, 62, from his car in Jackson, Miss., last year, slamming him headfirst into the pavement, and striking and kicking him in the head and the chest.

UPS, FedEx shut down calls to handle mail-in ballots, warn of ‘significant’ problems: report

USPS has ten times of more the capacity of UPS and FedEx who use USPS for many of their deliveries, as matter of fact. Senate must act!

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As concern mounts that the United States Postal Service (USPS) will not be able to handle an influx of mail-in ballots during the coronavirus pandemic, many on social media have called for delivery services FedEx and UPS…

Trump orders TikTok to divest interest in US ops

Does not really have this power. If he did, on a whim, he could order, BP to sell of all US activities. Senate must reel him in or risk all US economy to Trump’s whim and ego.

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US President Donald Trump on Friday ordered the Chinese company ByteDance to divest its interest in video-sharing app TikTok’s operations in the United States within 90 days. “There is credible evidence that leads me to believe that ByteDance … might take action that threatens to impair the national security of the United States,” Trump said in the order.

Florida Voters May Not Get Their Ballots on Time for Mail-In Voting

Does this mean Trump and wife might not get their mail in ballots? LOL

Many Florida voters have chosen mail-in voting due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. However, their votes may not be counted come November presidential elections, postal officials warn.

Many Florida voters have chosen mail-in voting due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. However, their votes might not be counted come the November presidential elections, postal officials warn.

Florida Voters May Not Get Their Ballots on Time for Mail-In Voting

Does this mean Trump and wife might not get their mail in ballots? LOL

Many Florida voters have chosen mail-in voting due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. However, their votes may not be counted come November presidential elections, postal officials warn.

Many Florida voters have chosen mail-in voting due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. However, their votes might not be counted come the November presidential elections, postal officials warn.

US sees embarrassing UN defeat over Iran arms embargo proposal

the scale of the defeat on Friday underlined US isolation on the world stage ahead of a major diplomatic confrontation that threatens to consume the security council and further sap its authority.

The US stripped anti-Iran rhetoric from earlier drafts of the resolution in the hope of recruiting more supporters, but its insistence that an extension to the UN embargo would be indefinite made that impossible. Estonia and Tunisia withstood eleventh-hour US pressure to support the revised draft, a measure of diminished American clout at the UN. Russia and China voted against the resolution, the US and the Dominican Republic voted in favour, and all the other council members abstained.

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Just one country joins US in vote, highlighting Washington’s isolation as it seeks more drastic action against Iran

The US has suffered a humiliating defeat at the United Nations as its proposal to extend an arms embargo on Iran won support from only the Dominican Republic at the security council vote.

The US resolution was never likely to be passed in the face of Russian and Chinese opposition. It was proposed as a ploy by the Trump administration to open the way to more drastic action against Iran.

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Coronavirus: Global flare-ups show need for forced isolation of cases, Australia/NZ News & Top Stories – The Straits Times

In Australia, where Victoria state has been reporting record deaths, some 3,000 checks last month on people who should have been isolating at home found 800 were out and about. In Japan, where the virus has roared back, people are staying home but are not in isolation: 40 per cent of elderly patients are getting sick from family members in the same apartments.

The failure to effectively manage contagious people with mild or no symptoms is a driving factor behind some of the world’s worst resurgences.

 

Source: Coronavirus: Global flare-ups show need for forced isolation of cases, Australia/NZ News & Top Stories – The Straits Times

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