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Tech CEO spews racist bile at Asian family at California restaurant

A diner at a California restaurant hurled a racist diatribe at an Asian family sitting at a nearby table, causing the eatery to kick him out, shocking video shows.

The woman who recorded the jarring footage says she was celebrating her aunt’s birthday at the Lucia restaurant at the Bernardus Lodge & Spa in Carmel Valley when the man began making comments toward them, according to news station KION.


The clip shows the man telling the family they “need to leave” and at one point says “f--king Asian piece of s--t.”


Lofthouse was identified as the CEO of a tech company in Silicon Valley called Solid8, according to TMZ.

Read more: https://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/ny-video-man-racist-remark-restaurant-20200707-wq3dgyqctjesvnfncktlv26bpm-story.html

Posted by TexasTowelie | Wed Jul 8, 2020, 12:10 AM (1 replies)

Delays in COVID test results becoming a 'problem' for NYC, de Blasio aide says

Lab delays in providing coronavirus test results are disrupting the city’s ability to track the outbreak, according to a senior health adviser to Mayor de Blasio.

“Unfortunately, this is becoming a problem. We are seeing longer turnaround times from certain laboratories,” Dr. Jay Varma said at a Tuesday press briefing.

He confirmed some test results are taking a week or longer to reach patients, though he did not go into detail or name the slow labs.

A mix of city-run and private labs runs the tests. Varma noted private labs are processing test results from around the country in the midst of an alarming surge in cases at localities outside New York.

Read more: https://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/ny-coronavirus-testing-bill-de-blasio-jay-varma-20200707-hicbbwsofbh5hifjsohwak64dm-story.html
Posted by TexasTowelie | Tue Jul 7, 2020, 11:53 PM (0 replies)

Joe Biden wins presidential primaries in New Jersey and Delaware

Source: AP

Former Vice President Joe Biden has won New Jersey’s mostly mail-in Democratic presidential primary and after his third run for the White House, Joe Biden has finally won a presidential primary in his home state.

Biden, the last man standing from a Democratic field that once numbered more than 24 candidates, won Delaware's Democratic presidential primary on Tuesday, beating Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

Sanders and Warren both suspended their campaigns months ago but their names remained on Tuesday's ballot because they did not officially withdraw as candidates in Delaware by the March 6 deadline. Warren suspended her campaign just one day before the deadline, while Sanders didn't stop campaigning until April.

Pete Buttigieg and Tom Steyer also had filed for Delaware's primary but withdrew their names in early March.

Read more: https://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/ny-election-2020-elections-new-jersey-delaware-20200708-hqbcgqenebcori32e5xwarlxpi-story.html
Posted by TexasTowelie | Tue Jul 7, 2020, 11:49 PM (7 replies)

Essential workers call for workplace protections against COVID-19 at Jackson Heights rally

Essential workers rallied together at Diversity Plaza in Jackson Heights to call for state legislation that enforces personal protective equipment and other COVID-19 protection measures during the third phase of New York City’s reopening on Tuesday, July 7.

Workers from a wide variety of industries shared personal accounts of lacking PPE and COVID-19 testing at their workplaces. Many essential workers said they had to maneuver around the dangers of COVID-19, purchasing their own gloves and masks in an attempt to protect themselves when their employers did not offer these items. Workers also expressed a general feeling of being mistreated and under-appreciated by their respective employers.

Robert Pena, a sanitation worker, said he felt unsafe and exposed at work.

“To this day, we are still working under those same conditions,” he said.

There is currently no clear standard that requires employers to offer access to COVID-19 tests or make the work environment safe for their employees.

Read more: https://qns.com/story/2020/07/07/essential-workers-call-for-workplace-protections-against-covid-19-at-jackson-heights-rally/
(Queens Times Ledger)
Posted by TexasTowelie | Tue Jul 7, 2020, 09:26 PM (0 replies)

Levi's to cut 700 office jobs

NEW YORK — Levi’s said Tuesday that it will cut 700 office jobs, or about 15% of its worldwide corporate workforce, as it deals with a sharp drop in sales due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The San Francisco-based jeans maker said the layoffs will save it about $100 million a year and won’t affect workers at its stores or factories.

Like other clothing companies, Levi’s had to temporarily close its stores due to the virus. Many of the department stores that sell its jeans were also shut.

Levi Strauss & Co. said its second quarter revenue sank 62% to $497.5 million. It reported a loss of $363.5 million, after reporting a profit a year ago. Adjusted losses came to 48 cents per share, beating Wall Street expectations, according to Zacks Investment Research.

Read more: https://www.uticaod.com/news/20200707/levis-to-cut-700-office-jobs
Posted by TexasTowelie | Tue Jul 7, 2020, 07:46 PM (2 replies)

Progressive Advocates Seek Budget Parity For Legislature

A coalition of 39 progressive organizations on Tuesday urged state lawmakers to approve first passage of a measure meant to close a power imbalance between the Legislature and governor during the budget-making process.

"Separation of powers and checks and balances are fundamental to our democracy," the groups wrote in a letter sent to top-ranking lawmakers in the state Senate and Assembly. "For too long, the budget process in New York State has been lopsided, giving the executive branch virtually unlimited power to dictate appropriations, as well as to force enactment of legislation it favors through the state budget."

The move would require an amendment to the state constitution, a process that involves it being approved twice by separately elected sessions of the Legislature and then put before voters in a referendum.

The amendment would address how the state's budget is drawn up, arguably the most important document considered by members of the state Senate and Assembly as well as the governor.

Read more: https://nystateofpolitics.com/state-of-politics/new-york/ny-state-of-politics/2020/07/07/advocates-seek-budget-parity-for-legislature-
Posted by TexasTowelie | Tue Jul 7, 2020, 07:00 PM (0 replies)

Schools Can Make Plans, But State Will Make Reopening Decision

In more normal times, school children would have about eight more weeks of enjoying summer before heading back to school. But these aren't normal times.

And for now no decision has been made on New York school children returning to in-person classroom instruction by September, Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday said.

School districts are still be tasked with developing plans for reopening safely for teachers, staff and students to be back in buildings. Cuomo, however, said that's no guarantee state officials will allow buildings to open.

"We obviously would like to," Cuomo said. "We want kids back in school for a number of reasons, but we're not going to send kids back to school until we know it's safe."

Read more: https://nystateofpolitics.com/state-of-politics/new-york/ny-state-of-politics/2020/07/07/no-decision-on-school-year--cuomo-says-
Posted by TexasTowelie | Tue Jul 7, 2020, 06:30 PM (1 replies)

State report: Covid-19 entered nursing homes through staff, admission policy not to blame

A State Department of Health report said that Covid-19 entered nursing homes through staff members, and that the death rate was similar to the state's overall coronavirus fatality rate, Health Commissioner Howard Zucker said Monday morning.

Zucker said the state's report showed that "admission policies were not a significant factor in nursing home fatalities."

The state and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo have come under criticism regarding a March 25 state order that stated nursing homes were to take in Covid-19 positive patients.

Referencing reports and criticism the state has received, Zucker said at the opening of Monday's briefing, "that sometimes a narrative gets perpetuated, when its not based on facts."

Read more: https://buffalonews.com/news/local/state-and-regional/state-report-covid-19-entered-nursing-homes-through-staff-admission-policy-not-to-blame/article_17ae2b30-bf97-11ea-aae0-5b5d6b4012ce.html
Posted by TexasTowelie | Tue Jul 7, 2020, 06:11 PM (3 replies)

New York State Fair canceled by pandemic

SYRACUSE — Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday said there would be no New York State Fair this year — marking the first time the event has been canceled since World War II.

“This is a really tough one,” Cuomo said during a COVID-19 update in New York City.

Cuomo, who has been a major booster of the event during his decade in office, noted that fairs all across the nation have been shut down by the coronavirus pandemic. "We have a fantastic State Fair in Syracuse. ... We've had record attendance — 1.3 million people last year. ... We invested money, we redid the whole State Fair. We built a new expo center, 110,000 square feet — it's really amazing."

"This year we're going to have to cancel it and that makes me personally very unhappy, but that is where we are,” he said.

Read more: https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/New-York-State-Fair-canceled-due-to-coronavirus-15389252.php
Posted by TexasTowelie | Tue Jul 7, 2020, 05:59 PM (5 replies)

PEF to Cuomo: Install COVID-blocking air filters for all state workers

ALBANY — One of the state's largest public labor unions is calling on Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to require buildings that house state workers to meet the same air-filtration standards that the governor recently said he will impose on large malls and potentially other private-sector businesses.

The Public Employees Federation (PEF) this week called on the Governor's Office of Employee Relations to mandate the installation of high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters to protect employees returning to offices as New York reemerges from a months-long “pause” on business operations to slow the spread of COVID-19.

“If New York state is mandating or recommending these filters for large public spaces, businesses and offices, then New York state should follow its own recommendations and ensure adequate air filtration for its own workers,” PEF President Wayne Spence said in a news release. “You must lead by example, and this is an opportunity for the governor to do that.”

Cuomo last week said large malls would be required to install HEPA filters before they could reopen.

Read more: https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/PEF-calls-on-Cuomo-to-install-COVID-blocking-air-15390949.php
Posted by TexasTowelie | Tue Jul 7, 2020, 05:44 PM (2 replies)
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