1. Local Amazon Jobs
Amazon is adding new jobs in Virginia. US News reports that the Tech Giant plans to hire nearly 2,000 workers in a variety of jobs. The new hires will more than double Amazon’s presence in Arlington, where about 1,600 are currently employed. The jobs cover a variety of specialties, including software developers, project managers, engineers and store designers. By 2025, the company expects to employ 25,000 in Arlington, supported by a $2.5 billion investment.
2. East Coast Fuel Drama
Did you see the long lines of cars waiting to get gas in the DMV today? This was in response to the possible gas shortage looming. Reuters reports that Colonial Pipeline, operator of the nation’s largest fuel pipeline network, has begun the process of restarting its service to the East Coast after a six-day shutdown, a company spokeswoman said on Wednesday. The system transports more than 2.5 million barrels per day of gasoline, diesel and jet fuel from the U.S. Gulf Coast to the Southeast and East Coast. The restart follows a ransomware hacking attack on the company.
3. New Tanzanian President
Tanzania’s new and first female President is Ghana is tackling COVID-19 differently from the Former and Late President. CNN reports that Tanzania’s new president, Samia Suluhu Hassan, on Friday stressed the importance of face masks in fighting Covid-19, ditching one of the most controversial policies of her late coronavirus-sceptic predecessor. Hassan took office in March after the death of John Magufuli, who had urged Tanzanians to shun masks and denounced vaccines as a Western conspiracy, to the frustration of the World Health Organization. Last month, she formed a committee to research whether Tanzania, which under Magufuli stopped reporting coronavirus data, should follow the course that the rest of the world has taken against the pandemic.