Walmart, Kroger among grocery stores installing plexiglass barriers, social distancing markers amid outbreak

Walmart, Kroger, Albertsons, Publix and other major grocery stores are adding physical barriers to keep customers and employees safe during the coronavirus outbreak. In press releases, both Walmart and Kroger shared that supermarkets would be adding temporary plexiglass sneeze guards to pharmacy lanes and checkout counters. Walmart shared the news Tuesday, confirming that all locations across the country will install the plexiglass shields at store registers in the next 2 to 3 weeks. The company will also be installing the barriers at both Walmart and Sam’s Club pharmacy lanes during the same time period. Kroger, which operates several regional chains such as Ralphs, Smith’s and others, also said it would be adding the sneeze guards on Tuesday to its more than 2,700 stores in the coming weeks, USA Today reported. Publix, too, announced this week it would be installing the guards to its store registers. Albertsons grocery stores, which own and operate supermarket chains including Safeway, Shaws, Star Market and Acme, among others, has already started installing the plexiglass barriers to its checkouts at its 2,200 locations. Installation is reportedly expected to be completed by the end of March. In addition to the sneeze guards meant to protect both customers and employees, the major grocery store chains have also implemented social distancing tools by installing floor decals and waiting points designed to keep people six feet away from each other. “Over the coming days and week we are installing floor decals in our stores at both the entrances and in checkout lanes, making it easier for customers to judge the proper social distance from each other,” a press release from Walmart read. On Monday, Albertsons shared it would be installing designated waiting points via floor markers, to be located throughout the store, and especially places where people congregate, e.g., checkout stands, the bakery and deli section, and the pharmacy. “We have seen our customers begin to implement social distancing on their own with our ‘two carts apart’ reminders as they shop our stores, so we think our floor markers will increase awareness,” said Vivek Sankaran, president & CEO of Alberstons brands. The floor markers will be rolling out in stores in the coming weeks, as well.

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Dom Perignon, Virgin Housecleaning, 80s Hits: Celebrities Star in Tone-Deaf Coronavirus Videos

Hollywood celebrities clearly haven’t gotten the memo that their coronavirus-themed social media videos are falling flat with the public. Despite widespread derision, the stars keep pumping out stay-at-home dispatches that, in some cases, reveal a startling disconnection from reality. Stars including Jessica Chastain, Minnie Driver, Mark Duplass, and Rita Wilson have posted new videos revealing glimpses into their homes, as well as inadvertent glimpses into their attention-craving Hollywood mindset. While working class families around the world face economic uncertainty, actress Chastain celebrated her birthday with a bottle of Dom Pérignon rosé champagne, which typically sells for more than $200. In what was likely meant to be a humorous video, actress Minnie Driver, a self-declared “virgin housekeeper,” explained how she fell in love with the Swiffer as a result of being stuck at home. Actress Eva Longoria used the worldwide pandemic to promote the sitcom One Day At a Time, which now airs on Pop TV after being canceled by Netflix. Singer Jason Mraz recorded himself urinating outdoors for no apparent reason. Actor Mark Duplass performed 80s hit singles including “The Finer Things” by Steve Winwood, on his melodica. Actress Rita Wilson, apparently still in COVID-19 isolation, invited her fans to text her on a private cell phone with music requests that she will perform. Click here to see those videos and more:

Typical HollyWEIRD..  They idiots are SO out-of-touch with those of us peasants that pay money to see them act.  Unreal…  Scroll down to see Ryan Reynolds’ response to these narcissistic tools…

Ryan Reynolds mocks fellow celebrities for their coronavirus response in new PSA

Ryan Reynolds shared a public service announcement to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus in Canada in which he poked fun at fellow celebrities feeling self-important amid the ongoing crisis. The Canadian actor shared the brief one-minute video on his Twitter page Monday in response to a social media chain launched by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. In it, the actor struck a serious tone while asking fellow Canadians to stay at home in an effort to curtail the spread of COVID-19. “Thank you, Prime Minister Trudeau,” Reynolds says in the video of himself sitting on the couch and speaking directly to camera. “We need to work together to flatten the curve and fight off COVID-19.” For the sake of levity, that’s when the 43-year-old “Deadpool” star joked about the many ways in which celebrities are seizing the current world health crisis for attention on social media. “I think in times of crisis, I think we all know that it’s the celebrities that we count on most,” he deadpanned. “They’re the ones that are going to get us through this… right after health care workers, of course… First responders, people who work in essential services, ping pong players, mannequins — they’re great — childhood imaginary friends, sure. Like 400 other types of people.” The actor then concluded his message on a serious note by asking his followers to practice social distancing and encouraging them to look ahead to the future. “Look, stay at home, practice social distancing, wash your hands. We are going to get through this thing, we’re going to get through this thing together,” Reynolds concluded. Trudeau, whose wife tested positive for the virus, started the social media chain calling on high-profile people to help him “plank the curve.” Reynolds ended his video by nominating Canadian musician Steven Page, his brother, Terry Reynolds, and fellow actor Seth Rogen. Click here to watch Ryan’s video.

Awesome!!  Ryan used his almost Deadpool-like sarcasm to poke fun of his fellow HollyWEIRD actors making all of these mind-numbingly out-of-touch videos and comments on social media.  We love Arnold S..  BUT, the one of him sitting in his hot tub and smoking a cigar and telling everyone to relax.  Really?  Those of us who aren’t gazillionaires like the former Terminator are worried about our jobs, putting food on the table, and paying our bills.  All Arnold has to worry about is whether his maid won’t show up due to quarantine.  These HollyWEIRD liberal elitists have no clue..  Thanks Ryan for slapping them.  Excellent!!     🙂

Trump Signs TAIPEI Act to Increase U.S. Support for Taiwan

President Donald Trump on Thursday signed the Taiwan Allies and International Protection and Enhancement Initiative Act, whose acronym in a remarkable coincidence spells out TAIPEI, the name of Taiwan’s capital. The TAIPEI Act enhances U.S. support for Taiwan by encouraging other nations to engage with the island and punishing those who follow the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) orders to isolate it. “This bipartisan legislation demands a whole-of-government approach to ramp up our support for Taiwan, and will send a strong message to nations that there will be consequences for supporting Chinese actions that undermine Taiwan,” said Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO), who introduced the bill along with Democrat Chris Coons of Delaware in May. The bill enjoyed strong bipartisan support after some revisions and passed the House on a 415-0 vote. The Senate passed the final version of the TAIPEI Act with unanimous consent on March 11. A joint statement from Gardner and Coons highlighted the importance of the Act during the current crisis, stressing America’s determination to “support Taiwan’s participation in appropriate international organizations like the World Health Organization, which would help Taiwan respond to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and be able to share globally its expertise and knowledge in handling this crisis.” Taiwan was forced into observer status at the World Health Organization (WHO) by Communist China in 2009 and was blocked altogether after the election of Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen in 2016. During the coronavirus crisis, WHO uncritically relayed false information provided by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and inexcusably delayed declaring a global health emergency, while Taiwan devised the world’s most effective coronavirus response – in some ways benefiting from its separation from a World Health Organization compromised by CCP politics. Taiwan still correctly objects to its exclusion as outrageous, and at this point the rest of the world is probably suffering more than Taiwan from keeping Beijing in and Taipei out. In February, Taiwan was able to get some of its experts into an online WHO meeting about the coronavirus by working directly with WHO leaders and freezing Beijing out of the discussion. The Chinese Communist government later claimed it had approved Taiwan’s request. As the Taiwanese Foreign Ministry pointed out in February, even after unleashing a historic global pandemic, the CCP still has enough sway over WHO to make it change its reports so they describe Taiwan as part of Communist China. Supporters of the TAIPEI Act also said it would be an important step toward reversing China’s economic and political campaign to isolate Taiwan by bribing and intimidating its allies into abandoning the island and switching their formal diplomatic recognition to Beijing. Eight of Taiwan’s allies have done so since President Tsai’s election, leaving it with 15. “The TAIPEI Act sends a clear message that the United States stands with Taiwan’s free-market democracy. I look forward to finding additional ways to support the positive role Taiwan plays in international affairs,” Sen. Coons said on Thursday. The Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO), Taiwan’s de facto embassy in the United States, on Thursday offered “big thanks to President Donald Trump and Congress’ staunch support for Taiwan.” President Tsai said it was “gratifying” to see the TAIPEI Act signed into law, hailing it as a “testament to Taiwan-U.S. friendship and mutual support as we work together to address global threats to human health and our shared economic values.” “The bill reflects the strength of Taiwan-U.S. ties. It also paves the way for expanded bilateral exchanges while preserving the country’s international space in the face of authoritarian China’s campaign of coercion,” said the Taiwanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Chinese Communist Party is, unsurprisingly, less pleased with the TAIPEI Act. The Chinese Foreign Ministry actually threatened a “resolute strike back” if the law was implemented. “We urge the United States to correct its mistakes, not implement the law, or obstruct the development of relations between other countries and China, otherwise it will inevitably encounter a resolute strike back by China,” a Foreign Ministry spokesman warned. China stepped up its campaign of military intimidation against Taiwan after the coronavirus pandemic began, conducting provocative naval and air drills. Taiwanese citizens are increasingly angry about these provocations, which have included brief violations of Taiwan’s airspace by Chinese military jets.

This is extremely important, and sends a message to China that we stand with Taiwan.  Kudos to Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) and the others who pushed this bill and got it to President Trump’s desk for signature.    🙂

 

Hillary Clinton under fire for joke about US leading in virus cases: Trump ‘did promise America First’

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was blasted on social media Friday for her swipe against President Trump amid the growing coronavirus outbreak within the U.S. Since the availability of testing kits has broadened in recent days, the number of confirmed cases in the U.S. has skyrocketed. On Thursday, the U.S. has reportedly outpaced both China and Italy with more than 97,000 reported cases. Clinton took the latest developments as an opportunity to knock her former 2016 rival on Twitter. “He did promise ‘America First,'” Clinton wrote, referring to one of the president’s oft-repeated campaign slogans. Her tweet was slammed by critics across Twitter. “Delete your account. This isn’t the time. This can’t be the new normal, where American tragedy is applauded for the sake of political opportunism,” Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas, wrote. “This sort of vicious celebratory tone about Americans getting sick & dying during a deadly global pandemic is just appalling,” Washington Examiner reporter Jerry Dunleavy reacted. “Hillary Clinton touting figures that are a result of Chinese disinformation to dunk on America and sick Americans is a pretty good reminder why she lost in 2016,” National Republican Senatorial Committee senior advisor Matt Whitlock said. “This is beyond the pale,” Human Events managing editor Ian Miles Cheong tweeted.

Hillary continues to be an out-of-touch, self-serving, entitlement-minded, arrogant, elitist bitch.  For starters, she stole that “joke.”  So, she gets a zero for originality.  Then, because she is so out-of-touch, she thinks she’s being funny/cute by taking a dig at Trump.  What she clearly doesn’t get (or maybe she just doesn’t care) is that the dig is at those poor Americans stricken with this awful Wuhan virus…or who have died from it.  Think about that.  Like I said…what a bitch.  There’s a special place in hell for people like her.

Trump signs $2 trillion economic rescue plan to rush aid to businesses, workers hurt by pandemic

President Trump signed a $2.2 trillion economic rescue package into law Friday to provide direct payments to most Americans and aid to workers and businesses idled by the coronavirus outbreak. “I want to thank Democrats and Republicans for coming together and putting America first,” the president said at the White House. Among the five congressional Republicans with the president in the Oval Office were Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy. There were no Democratic lawmakers in attendance at the signing ceremony “It’s a proud moment for all of us,” Mr. McConnell said. Vice President Mike Pence said the new law means that “today, every American family, every American business can know that help is on the way.” The president’s signature capped a frantic week of deal-making between the White House and congressional Democrats as major portions of the economy ground to a halt to stop the spread of the virus. The measure provides $500 billion in loans for distressed companies, beefed-up unemployment insurance for 39 weeks in most states, $350 billion in loans and grants for small businesses and direct payments of $1,200 to most Americans.

Tips for staying fit while stuck at home during the coronavirus pandemic

Just because the gyms are closed, doesn’t mean you still can’t get fitter in time for summer. Thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, more and more people are finding themselves working from home. At the same time, many local businesses (including gyms and fitness centers) have temporarily closed their doors, creating a situation where some may becoming less active than they normally are. The timing doesn’t help either, considering many people were still recovering from the holidays. “Ideally, most people start thinking about their summer bodies right after the holidays in December,” physical trainer Marvin Toney told Fox News. “During this time, people tend to put on an average of five to 10 pounds of weight from all the delicious food they have been consuming.” For people still looking to get in shape in time for summer, or who are just trying to prevent putting on extra weight while stuck at home, Toney said it’s still possible — even at home. As far as exercising is concerned, Toney recommended starting with a full-body workout to stimulate all of the muscles. After that, your workouts should vary based on your specific goals. “If you ask most women working on an exercise goal, you will find that many want to trim their legs and tone their hips,” he explained. “Some examples of this would be: basic squats, hip abductors, leg extensions, and bicep curls to tone up arms. You would be keeping the reps high, the weight low to moderate, and do three to four sets of these on a rotation.” For men, however, Toney said he’s noticed they often want to increase strength and muscle mass. “The reps would be lower (around four to five), the weight would be higher, and the sets would be the same (three to four). Some popular body parts for men are chest, arms, and back.” Some examples of exercises that target these areas, Toney said, include “bench press, seated cable row, cable rope extensions (both bicep and triceps), and band chest fly. You can also include squats and leg press for building up muscle in the quads. Seated machine exercises for these body parts are also a great way to build muscle and strength for both sexes.” In the absence of those machines, however, gyms and fitness influencers are taking their workouts online — sometimes for free — to help folks stick to an exercise regimen using weights or resistance techniques. Diet also plays a big part in your fitness, Toney said. “For women wanting to tone and firm, you would be consuming good protein such as lean meats, protein powder, nuts, and eggs,” Toney explained. “Your carb intake should be low to moderate, and water intake should be increased. This helps to burn fat, increase metabolism, and promote lean muscle growth that leads to that ‘toned’ look.” If you’re looking to bulk up, however, he recommends increasing your protein consumption along with carbs and “good fats.” “How much protein you should be consuming is a widely debated topic in the exercise community, and there is no clear answer,” he continued. “For men, a good rule of thumb is 1.5 grams of protein per pound of bodyweight. For women, this would be slightly lower.” Lastly, if you do get in shape for the summer, how do you prevent yourself from falling apart again during the winter? “The key to maintaining anything is consistency” Toney answered. “Although we all have a good degree of determination about our goals, it can change depending on our mood. Consistency never changes!” For anyone struggling to work out while at home, many fitness companies have opened up their online catalogs for free, with several providing “no-equipment workouts” to a wider array of people.