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Amazon supports drug legalisation and has eliminated pot tests for certain positions.

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Amazon.com Inc said on Tuesday that it supports a bill that would legalise cannabis on a federal level in the United States and that it would eliminate weed-testing conditions for certain job applicants.

According to its consumer manager Dave Clark, the e-commerce company’s public policy team will be strongly promoting The Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act of 2021 (MORE Act), which aims to legalise marijuana at the federal level. For all jobs not governed by the Department of Transportation, Amazon will no longer test work applicants for marijuana use. 

Despite the fact that many states have legalised marijuana, employers have still declined to collaborate with the industry because cannabis is still listed as a controlled substance under federal law. “In the past, we’ve prohibited people from working at Amazon if they tested positive for drug use, much like many other employers,” Clark said.

According to a Westlaw study, Amazon was hit with a pending class action lawsuit alleging that the corporation was breaking a New York City law by checking candidates for work at local facilities for marijuana. On its website, the company does not allow marijuana sales.

“Time off Task,” Amazon’s worker efficiency monitoring tool, is also being tweaked. “We’re now averaging Time off Task over a longer period of time, starting today, to ensure that there’s more signal and less noise—reinforcing the program’s original purpose,” Clark said.

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Crypto.Com hacked, $35million worth bitcoins stolen

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Shashwat Mishra – Mumbai Uncensored, 24th January 2022

Leading cryptocurrency platform Crypto.com backed by superstar actor Matt Damon, admitted via a post on social media that the accounts of 483 of its users have been “compromised” which has led to unauthorized withdrawals worth $35million of Bitcoins and Ether. CEO Kris Marszalek was forced to issue a formal statement on social media following the said hack. He wrote, “On 17 January 2022, Crypto.com learned that a small number of users had unauthorized crypto withdrawals on their accounts,” “Crypto.com promptly suspended withdrawals for all tokens to initiate an investigation and worked around the clock to address the issue. No customers experienced a loss of funds. In the majority of cases we prevented the unauthorized withdrawal, and in all other cases customers were fully reimbursed.” 

It is learned that the major reason for the hack was the transactions of aggrieved users were approved without the second factor of authentication (two factor (2FA) authentication an additional one-time code entered after the password allowing access to the account) entered by the user. “While we are reminded of the existence of bad actors intent on committing fraud, this new Worldwide Account Protection Program, along with our new MFA [multi-factor authentication] infrastructure, gives our users unprecedented protection of their funds, and hopefully, peace of mind,” said Kris Marszalek. 

As cryptocurrency exchange platforms continue to grow across jurisdictions around the world the concern of cyber fraud and cryptocurrency hack is a major challenge for the regulators to deal with. These instances lead to uncertainties in the mind of crypto investors and traders.

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Russia to consider banning Cryptocurrency

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Shashwat Mishra – Mumbai Uncensored, 22nd January 2022

The Russian apex bank on Thursday has proposed banning cryptocurrencies including mining and purchasing crypto coins in the Russian territory. The central bank of Russia said that cryptocurrency pose serious threats such as money laundering, terror financing etc. Another reason cited by the authority is the fact that allowing cryptocurrency would seriously affect the money supply and control of monetary policy of the central bank. The other reasons cited by the central banks are protecting investor’s interest, ensuring financial stability etc. 

The ban will also be on the crypto exchange platforms, cryptocurrency exchange platforms told Reuters, that they are willing to work together with the regulators in Russia and wait for the report to come out. The said proposal by central bank of Russia is viewed as a decision which China took against cryptocurrency which was a blanket ban on cryptocurrency, however, Russia is not willing to do that as Elizaveta Danilova, head of the central bank’s financial stability department, said, “For now there are no plans to ban cryptocurrencies similar to the experience of China,” “The approach we have proposed will suffice.” As of now the more likely result of central bank’s proposal is that it is willing to ban cryptocurrency mining in Russia. 

Russia is world’s third largest country in bitcoin mining only behind, United States and Kazakhstan. Bank of Russia says that crypto mining is posing a serious threat as mining is a process executed by powerful computers which are connected to a global network and solve complex cryptographic puzzles, this process results in consuming loads of electricity and it is often powered by fossil fuels. In august, 2021 Russia accounted for a hash rate of 11.2% of the global “hashrate”- term used for the amount of computing power used by computers which are connected to a global crypto network. 

The central Bank of Russia is planning to launch its own digital currency in future.

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US Flight turns midway as passenger refuses to wear mask

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Zero tolerance policy towards people who reject to follow COVID 19 protocols on country’s domestic flights

Akankshya Mukherjee : Mumbai Uncensored, 21st January 2022

American Airlines jetliner which was travelling from Miami to London turned around when a passenger refused to wear a mask following the COVID 19 protocols. American Airlines Flight 38 returned to Miami because of a disruptive passenger refused to wear a mask during the flight said the airline.

Police were awaiting when Boeing 777 with 129 passengers and 14 cabin-crew members on board landed to Miami was reported. When the flight landed, the police escorted the passenger off the plane, the police official informs. Further to add on, the passenger has been barred to travel with the American Airlines in future.

Federal Aviation Administration states in January 2022 that it would follow zero tolerance policy towards people who reject to follow COVID 19 protocols, federal rules mandating wearing of mask on country’s domestic flights. This news comes after the flight attendants, cabin crew members report about the high number of cases of physical and verbal abuse from travelers refuse to wearing masks.

The pilot decided to return the flight to Miami because of the passenger arguing with cabin crew members. The flight was also cancelled and the travelers had to rebook a future flight

said the airline’s spokesperson. “The flight landed safely at MIA where local law enforcement met the aircraft. We thank our crew for their professionalism and apologize to our customers for the inconvenience” the airlines says. Another passenger Steve Freeman says that the woman was verbally abusing the flight crew member. He says “She sat behind us in first class. She was a first-class passenger and was extremely abusive to the stewards, who was flying home to London. I could see the writing on the wall — they gave her a lot of warnings, so we were kind of ready for it”. He further adds that the flight attendants tried offering various masks but she was complaining about every mask.

Det. Argemis Colome of Miami Dade Police Department says that the police were contacted by the Airlines. Further adds that the police officers met the plane when it returned, she was not arrested or charged against though. “We thank our crew for their professionalism and apologize to our customers for the inconvenience” the American Airlines said.

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