Monday, June 1, 2020

103-year-old woman celebrates coronavirus recovery with a cold beer

After she overcame coronavirus, the nursing home staff offered this great-great-grandma an ice cold beer to celebrate the good news. The 103-year-old great-great-grandma, survived the coronavirus and celebrated with an ice cold Bud Light. The Polish-American woman was the first person to contract COVID-19 at her Wilbraham, Massachusetts nursing home, and she became the first person at the facility to beat it. The 103-year-old fought the virus for about 20 days, her granddaughter said. Family members said they were hopeful when she was first diagnosed, but then things started to trend downward and they were “bracing for the worst.” The family said their goodbyes when her condition worsened. When her granddaughters’ husband asked whether she was ready to go to heaven, she replied, “Hell yes.” But then the next day, her family was stunned when she woke up and said, “I’m not sick.” She was also annoyed at the crowd of people in her room. She officially tested negative for the virus on May 13th. To celebrate overcoming the virus, the nursing home staff gave the woman an ice cold Bud Light, something she loved but hadn’t had in a long time. (New York Post)


Canada Post delivered this man’s hair cream 8 years after he ordered it

A man was surprised when Canada Post delivered a package to his home a few weeks ago — eight years after he’d ordered it. The Toronto doctor came across the package left at his door from on May 6th. “I was very confused because I hadn’t ordered anything from in awhile,” he said. “And then I remembered one time about eight years ago I ordered something from them.” Inside the package was one tube of Brylcreem hair product he ordered in 2012. “If I remember correctly, [the show] Mad Men was pretty popular back then, so I think I was trying to get the Donald Draper kind of haircut,” he said. “Probably good it didn’t show up, though.” At first, he was going to try it out nearly a decade after he was inspired by the “retro comb-over type of haircut’ — but then he opened the tube. “It was bright yellow,” he said. “When I Googled it, it was supposed to be pretty white, so I didn’t try it out.” He posted his story on Reddit, where it got a lot of attention. In fact, a person claiming to be from replied to his post expressing their apologies he never received the shipment on time. He says he checked the tracking code, but it wasn’t valid anymore. “I think it was just in a corner somewhere and then someone just decided to mail it,” he said. “I thought it was pretty funny that they just didn’t throw it out or something. … I wonder why now they sent it out since they’re pretty far behind on their current packages and stuff.” He says he contacted Canada Post, mostly out of curiosity, but hasn’t heard back. (CBC)


Louisiana cop fired for saying ‘unfortunate’ more black people didn’t die of coronavirus

A Louisiana police officer was fired over a Facebook comment that said it was “unfortunate” more black people did not die of the coronavirus. The chief of police in Kaplan, about 87 miles southwest of Baton Rouge, said the Officer commented under a local news station’s live feed of the governor’s coronavirus news conference on May 15th. He was fired later that day. The officers post was made on its Facebook page in response to another commenter who wrote,“virus that was created to kill all the BLACKS is death.” The police department said in a statement on its Facebook page that it was made aware of his comments. The Chief “looked into it,” and the officer was terminated. “Chief Hardy and the Kaplan Police Department would like to apologize for this matter,” the statement said. The former officer had worked previously for the department for eight months and had been back on the force for about three months before he was let go, a spokeswoman for the police department said. (NBC News)


Florida man kicked chicken like ‘a field goal,’ deputies say

A Florida man is accused of kicking a chicken “like a football player kicks a field goal,” so hard that he broke four of the animal’s ribs, authorities said. The 43-year-old man of Marathon, Florida was arrested and charged with animal cruelty, according to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. The man told deputies he was “kicking the chicken out the way” and was annoyed by the noise the animal was making. Authorities responded to a call about a domestic argument. When the deputy arrived, he was told by the man’s girlfriend that “she was mad that he kicked a chicken and possibly broke its leg,” the Sheriff’s Office said. A separate witness stated he saw the man kick the chicken in the way a football player would kick a field goal. Authorities found the Rhode Island Red chicken standing on one leg and appearing to be “in respiratory stress”. The chicken was taken by Animal Control to Marathon Veterinary Hospital and it was discovered the animal had four broken ribs. The chicken’s owner was reunited with the animal after it had been taken to the Florida Keys Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The man is being held on a $10,000 bond and will be arraigned June 11th, according to arrest records. (Miami Herald)


Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has been arrested in connection with the death of George Floyd while in police custody

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Commissioner announced this past Friday (5/29) after a news conference ended, saying that the the former police officer was taken into custody by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension charged with murder and manslaughter in George Floyd’s death. He is the former officer in the video seen with his knee on Floyd’s neck. He’d been with Minneapolis police for 19 years. No word about the other three officers who were involved and fired from the department. Protests over the death of George Floyd flared up in several U.S. cities, including Chicago, Oakland, New York, and Denver. Demonstrators stormed a police precinct in Minneapolis and set it on fire. Minneapolis Mayor said that at least 170 businesses have been damaged and five buildings set ablaze. In late-night tweets, President Trump described protesters in Minneapolis as “thugs” and proposed sending soldiers to the city, writing, “when the looting starts, the shooting starts.” Twitter added a tag to warn users that one of the messages was against its rules “about glorifying violence,” but did not delete the tweets, saying that they were in the public interest. (Fox 4)


CDC recommends an office makeover

U.S. offices may need to make drastic changes in order to reopen safely during the pandemic, according to new guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Turning conventional guidance on its head, they urge commuters to drive to work by themselves instead of car-pooling or using public transit. Firms should then screen workers’ temperatures and symptoms on arrival, while face coverings should be worn at all times and desks should be six feet apart. Perks such as snack bins, common seating areas and coffee bars are out, as are handshakes and fist bumps. (Center for Disease Control and Prevention)


Crisis hurt millennial workers most

Millennials face the worst comeback odds of any generation, already hammered by 2008’s Great Recession, and now dealing with an economic slowdown akin to the Great Depression. Their employment plunged 16% in March and April, hitting older millennials as they entered prime working years. Many are saddled with student debt, and their pay never fully recovered from the last downturn. Studies also show millennials are tapping into their retirement savings at a higher rate, and “delaying major life milestones,” like marriage, starting a family, and home ownership. (CNBC)


Ft. Campbell soldier arrested with 15 pounds marijuana, 500 Xanax bars

A Ft. Campbell, Kentucky soldier was arrested after he was found with 15 pounds of marijuana, 500 Xanax bars, and a weapon. The Stewart County Sheriff’s Office reports the soldier was arrested following a traffic stop. The deputies pulled him over and after speaking with him suspected drug activity. He refused to allow consent to search his vehicle so a K-9 was brought to the scene and alerted police to the presence of drugs inside. Police say he admitted to having marijuana in the car but a search found much more. In total, officers found 15 pounds of marijuana, 500 Xanax, and a weapon. Police say the arrest has led to search warrants in other jurisdictions. (Fox 17 Nashville)


Boston Marathon canceled for first time in its 124-year history

The Boston Marathon has been canceled for the first time in its 124-year history due to the coronavirus pandemic, race organizers announced. The annual race will now be held virtually in September. “There’s no way to hold this usual race format without bringing large numbers of people into close proximity,” the Mayor said during a press conference. “And while our goal and our hope was to make progress and contain the virus in recovering our economy, this kind of event would not be responsible or realistic on September 14, or any time this year.” In March, the famed marathon was postponed from April 20 to September 14. But the race will now occur solely as a virtual event, the marathon’s organizer, the Boston Athletic Association (BAA), said in a press release. (CBS Boston)


President Trump signed an executive order that could make social media companies liable for the content they publish

The order comes amid an ongoing feud with Twitter over the company’s decision to flag several tweets by President Trump for spreading misinformation about mail-in ballots and for glorifying violence. The President responded to Twitter’s interventions by accusing social media companies of trying to silence conservative voices. Trump said that his executive order will pave the way for new regulations so that social media platforms “that engage in censoring or any political conduct will not be able to keep their liability shield.” The order is designed to weaken Section 230, a law that gives social media companies legal immunity from the content that users post on them. President Trump said that social media companies have “unchecked power to censor, restrict, edit, shape, hide [and] alter” communications between private citizens and the general public. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg appeared to criticize Twitter when he said that social media companies should not act as the “arbiter of truth.” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that social media platforms’ main goal is to make money “at the expense of the truth and the facts.” However, she accused Trump of engaging in a feud with Twitter to divert attention from the coronavirus crisis. (ABC News)


The world’s largest electric aircraft took a 30-minute flight over Moses Lake, Washington

The Cessna eCaravan is an electric version of a 9-passenger aircraft that has been in production since 1982. It features an engine designed by Magnix that delivers 750 horsepower, enough to power an aircraft with up to 19 passengers. By fitting an existing aircraft with an electric engine, the team wants to show that electric flights are possible even though building a large electric airplane may still be decades away. “This first flight of the eCaravan is yet another step on the road to operating these middle-mile aircraft at a fraction of the cost, with zero emissions, from and to smaller airports,” said Magnix CEO Roei Ganzarski. (CNET)


Britain considering opening citizenship to some in Hong Kong

The British government is considering offering some Hong Kong residents British citizenship if Beijing follows through with a plan to pass a law to reduce the city’s autonomy. The offering would effectively allow some 315,000 Hong Kongese to move to the U.K. for extended periods of time and eventually obtain British citizenship. “If China continues down this path and implements this national security legislation we will change that status and we will remove that 6-month limit and allow those BN(O) passport holders to come to the U.K. and apply to work and study for extendable periods of 12 months and that would itself provide a pathway to future citizenship,” the British Foreign Secretary said. (UPI)


President Trump’s anger toward China has reached a breaking point

The president said he would end Hong Kong’s special relationship with the U.S., including on trade and law enforcement, and withdraw from the World Health Organization, where the U.S. has been by far the largest funder. While the announcement came largely in response to Beijing’s move to implement broad new security powers over Hong Kong, Mr. Trump voiced a range of grievances against China at news conference this past a Friday afternoon (5/29), denouncing the country’s trade policy and its handling of the coronavirus outbreak. The decision to cut ties with the W.H.O. is the latest escalation of Mr. Trump’s efforts to blame China and the health organization for the spread of the virus and to deflect blame for his handling of the crisis. (The New York Times)


Monday Is Attached To:

  • Baby Boomers Recognition Day
  • CNN Day
  • Global Day of Parents
  • Heimlich Maneuver Day
  • International IGBO Day
  • International Table Top Day
  • National Dare Day
  • National Go Barefoot Day
  • National Nailpolish Day
  • National Olive Day
  • National Pen Pal Day
  • National Thank God It’s Monday Day (First Monday)
  • Oscar The Grouch Day
  • Say Something Nice Day
  • Stand For Children Day
  • Superman’s Birthday (Comic Book)
  • World Milk Day
  • World Narcissistic Abuse Day
  • World Reef Awareness Day

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