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Friday - 05/14/21
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POLITICS 🏛️

Biden attempts to bolster cybersecurity  

  • President Biden signed an executive order on Wednesday in hopes to strengthen U.S. cybersecurity defenses after the nation has experienced several devasting hacks
  • This order will require federal agencies to implement multi-factor authentication within their systems while also encrypting all information in a period of six months to make it more difficult for cybercriminals to access data
  • These measures derive from the SolarWinds hack by Russian hackers, the Chinese hijackers targeting Microsoft, and the most recent ransomware attack that disabled a key East Coast pipeline that interrupted fuel distribution 

WORLD 🌎

A U-turn in policy

  • Relief groups in the Himalayan nation are asking for used oxygen cylinders from mountain climbers to refill in hopes to treat their citizens infected by the coronavirus
  • General Secretary of the Nepal Mountaineering Association, Kul Bahadur Gurung says that expedition operators are preparing to airlift thousands of cylinders from the Himalayas after this month’s completed expeditions to Mount Everest
  • It is estimated that a total of at least 4,000 cylinders will be collected and distributed from tour companies by the first week of June

BUSINESS 💰

Amazon hires an additional 75,000 workers

  • The company will also be offering $1,000 signing bonuses in some locations as the additional rules will represent nearly 8% of its U.S. workforce with an average pay of $17 an hour
  • The new positions are for Amazon’s warehousing network across the country, as most available roles will become available in California, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Washington, and Michigan
  • Recruiting additional employees will assist in keeping up with the demand of e-commerce that accelerated throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. This hiring surge represents Amazon’s constant need for labor to sort, pack, and deliver products to shoppers in a timely manner

TECH 📱

Pokemon cards pulled from stores due to safety concerns

  •  Target will suspend the sale of all trading cards, including MLB, NFL, and NBA cards on May 14th out of “an abundance of caution” 
  • Since the demand has skyrocketed, customers have demonstrated consistent violent behavior among stores while consuming these products. A particular incident involved a man pulling a gun on another customer who attacked him over a pack of sports cards in a Target last week
  • The demand for Pokemon cards has additionally provoked actions of scalping cards provided in McDonald’s Happy Meals, while some people were also discovered cutting open cereal boxes in store isles to dig out valuable packs located inside

US 🦅

Judge delays trial for ex-cops charged with the death of George Floyd

  • The trial of three former Minneapolis officers has been postponed to March 2022 due to a judge’s decision to allow the publicity over Derek Chauvin’s conviction to mitigate
  • Thomas Lane, J. Kueng, and Tou Thao’s trial were originally scheduled for August 23rd on charges abetting murder and manslaughter after their co-defendant Chauvin was sentenced. All four of the ex-officers also face charges alleging that they violated Floyd’s civil rights
  • The former officers’ defense attorneys all agreed with the judge’s decision to postpone the hearing, as they are all aware of the high-profile nature of Chauvin’s case that may disrupt the trial

HEALTH 🏥

E. coli outbreak spreads through state of Washington

  • An outbreak of the toxin-producing E. coli has transferred to four different counties throughout Washington, with a cluster of seven cases in children first reported in King County
  • Health officials say that the outbreaks may be connected to fresh produce, explaining that the infection can occur through consumption of contaminated raw fruits and vegetables, unpasteurized milk, or undercooked beef products
  • The bacteria thrive in the intestines of humans and animals and can cause stomach cramps or blood in the stool. The illness has been reported to last several days and is easily contagious even if the symptoms are no longer visible

EXTRA BLING ✨

  • Environment 🌲Asia holds 99 out of 100 of the world’s most vulnerable cities to pollution and natural disasters
  • Sports ⚽. Firefighters who shared pictures of Kobe Bryant’s helicopter crash site may be fired from their jobs 
  • Arts 🎭. Ellen DeGeneres will end talk show in 2022 after 19 seasons
    Interesting 🔎. CDC says fully vaccinated Americans no longer need masks indoors or outdoors
  • Funny 😹. After a bakery in Milwaukee, Wisconsin is robbed, its owner gives away cookies with suspect’s face printed on them   


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