Correctional officers at the Ramsey County, Minnesota jail (where Derek Chauvin is being held) were temporarily denied entry to the area where he was located because of their skin color.
According to discrimination charges filed with the Minnesota Department of Human Rights, the eight officers were barred from the floor hosting the former Minneapolis Police Officer involved in the death of George Floyd.
The officers stated that on May 29, the day Chauvin was charged with murder, all of them were instructed to report to the third floor.
When they arrived on the third floor, they realized that all employees of color had been segregated from the fifth floor where Chauvin was to be held.
According to the charges, the facility’s superintendent, Steve Lydon, later reversed the decision but the officers were deeply humiliated by the segregation order.
In this day and age, aren’t the actions of the Ramsey County highly regrettable and shameful?
Saudi Arabia Shuts Borders to Hajj Pilgrims
On Monday, Saudi Arabia said that all arrivals from abroad attending the Hajj this year will be denied entry into the country because of the coronavirus.
Instead, it will only allow a controlled number of Saudi residents or citizens to make the pilgrimage after adhering to social distancing measures.
According to the ministry that handles pilgrimage, ‘This decision is taken to ensure Hajj is performed in a safe manner from a public health perspective while observing all preventative measures and the necessary social distancing protocols to protect human beings from the risks associated with this pandemic and in accordance with the teachings of Islam in preserving the lives of human beings.’
The week-long Hajj usually hosts 2.5 million faithful people in the holy cities of Mecca and Medina.
With such massive numbers involved, don’t you that the Saudi government made a wise move, considering the risk of possible infections at the Hajj?
Barcelona Opera House Plays to Plants
It was a packed affair as the El Liceu opera house in Barcelona reopened. Except the opera house didn’t host your ordinary audience – at least not one that can give a standing ovation!
The 2,292-seat venue played host to 2,292 potted plants, a concept designed by Spanish conceptual artist Eugenio Ampudia.
Ampudia said that he was inspired by the ‘connection he built with nature’ during the pandemic: ‘I watched what was going on with nature during all this time. I heard many more birds singing. And the plants in my garden and outside growing faster. And, without a doubt, I thought that maybe I could now relate in a much more intimate way with people and nature.’
In the concert, dubbed Concert for the Biocene, the UceLi string quartet entertained the plants with Giacomo Puccini’s ‘Crisantemi.’
This was the first concert since the beginning of Spain’s national emergency back in March, and although people weren’t allowed into the venue, they were able to ‘attend’ via live stream.
Trump’s Order Extends a Ban on Employment Visas Through 2020
As COVID-19 rages on across U.S states, President Donald Trump has issued a temporary suspension of entry to specific alien workers into the country.
Many see this move as an attempt to free up more jobs even as the economy wobbles from the pandemic.
The executive order issued on Monday extends a ban on all green cards issued outside the country until the end of 2020.
It also adds lots of temporary work visas, such as H-1B visas to the freeze.
The H-1B visas allow employers to retain alien workers with specialized skills, which are highly preferred by multinational firms and tech companies.
Although the ban will free up around 525,000 jobs for Americans, there has been strong opposition from numerous businesses.
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Disney World Staff Urge Theme Park to Reconsider Reopening
Disney World staff has signed a petition that urges for the delaying of the reopening of the theme park due to the increasing number of COVID-19 cases.
By Monday, the petition had close to 4,000 signatures, although this is a drop in the ocean considering that the Florida-based park’s currently has about 78,000 employees.
The workers are urging Disney executives to extend the July reopening date despite that fact that tens of thousands of workers furloughed in April would be able to resume work.
On Saturday, Florida set a single-day record of 4,049 for new infections. And on Monday, the state reported 100,000 coronavirus cases, 2,926 new cases, and 12 deaths.