Uber Cuts 600 Jobs In India Amid Covid-19 Lockdown

Ride hailing company Uber Technologies Inc. is cutting 600 jobs in India amid the impact of continuing coronavirus-related lockdown across the country, reports said citing Uber India and South Asia President Pradeep Parameswaran.

The affected employees include full-time workers in driver and rider support, as well as other functions, and represent around 25% of its workforce in the country.

The affected employees will get a minimum 10-week payout and medical insurance coverage for the next six months. They will be given outplacement support and will allow to retain their laptops. The employees will also have the option to join the Uber talent directory.

The decision is part of the company’s recently announced around 6,700 job cuts across the globe as the coronavirus lockdown has halted businesses globally. Last week, Uber announced plans to lay off around 3,000 more jobs in addition to the earlier announced layoff of 3,700 employees.

CEO Dara Khosrowshahi then said the company was concentrating its efforts on core mobility and delivery platforms and resizing company to match the realities of its business due to the impact of the pandemic and the unpredictable nature of any eventual recovery.

Uber’s ride hailing services in India were stopped since late March due to the lockdown, but resumed services earlier this month in about 50 cities.

Uber’s Indian rival Ola last week announced job cuts of over 1,400 employees, representing around 35 percent of its total workforce in the country, citing Covid-19’S unprecedented economic and social destruction.

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This new Aston Martin has no roof or windshield

London (CNN Business)Aston Martin has replaced CEO Andy Palmer with the current head of Mercedes-AMG as the ailing luxury sports carmaker tries to revive its fortunes.

The company named 54-year old Tobias Moers as its new CEO in a statement Tuesday. Palmer, who has held the role since 2014, will step down at the end of this month, it added.
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Moers has been with Mercedes-AMG, the high performance arm of Daimler (DDAIF), since 1994. He will join Aston Martin on August 1.

    “The board has determined that now is the time for new leadership to deliver our plans,” Lawrence Stroll, Aston Martin’s executive chairman, said in a statement. A serial investor and part owner of the Racing Point Formula 1 team, Stroll rescued Aston Martin with a £500 million ($656 million) bailout earlier this year.

    Tobias Moers will join Aston Martin as CEO on August 1.
    Shares in the carmaker, the favorite ride of British fictional secret service agent James Bond, soared 38% in London on Tuesday to trade at 50 pence (61 cents). The stock has collapsed since it was listed at £19 ($24.70) a share in October 2018, as the brand faced weak demand for some of its models, a global auto slowdown and uncertainty over Brexit.

    The coronavirus pandemic added to its problems, forcing factories and showrooms to shut around the world. Aston Martin posted a £76.7 million ($94.4 million) operating loss in the first quarter of this year, compared with a loss of £3.2 million ($3.9 million) in the same period last year.
    Stroll said that under Palmer’s leadership the carmaker had “successfully renewed its sports car range” and brought its first SUV, the DBX to market.
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    “I would like to thank Andy for his hard work, personal commitment and dedication to Aston Martin Lagonda since 2014,” Stroll said, adding that Moers was the “right leader” for the company.
    “All of my and Tobias’ energy will be dedicated to building on the company’s inherent strengths, its brand, its engineering prowess, and the skills of its people to enable Aston Martin to become one of the pre-eminent luxury car brands in the world,” he said.

      Aston Martin and Daimler have had a technical and commercial partnership since 2013.
      “I have always had a passion for performance cars and relish the chance to work for this iconic brand, which I was close to on the technical side at the beginning of the partnership between the two companies,” Moers said.
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      Merck Advances Covid Vaccine Candidates in Research Drive

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      Merck & Co. moved to bolster the global fight against the coronavirus, unveiling development plans for a pill to the treat the infection and two vaccines to prevent it.

      The U.S. drugmaker bought rights to develop a promising antiviral discovered at Emory University and will work with partners to advance candidate vaccines based on the technology behind Ebola and measles immunizations, according to statements on Tuesday.

      Chief Executive Office Kenneth Frazier said the pandemic and Merck’s efforts to counter it have delayed planned leadership changes, but galvanized the Kenilworth, New Jersey-based company’s commitment to global solidarity. Even as a rush to restart economies has prompted some nations to compete for vital pharmaceuticals, Merck won’t be pressured to supply any one country, and will prioritize access for health-care workers and others at highest risk, he said.

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      “This is a global pandemic. No one country can solve it, and we can’t put borders around any one country,” Frazier, 65, said in a phone interview. “If we’re successful, we want to ensure broad, supportable access for whoever needs it, wherever they are.”

      Merck shares rose 2.5% in premarket trading. They’ve fallen 16% so far this year.

      The company, which over the past century has pioneered inoculations to stop diseases from diphtheria to Ebola, started researching ways to thwart Covid-19 after the pandemic-causing virus was discovered, and has evaluated hundreds of potential vaccines, Frazier said. Below are the highlights of news announced in separate emailed statements:

      • Collaboration with IAVI and funding from BARDA to develop a Covid vaccine using technology behind Merck’s Ebola shot
      • Acquisition of Themis to gain a Covid vaccine candidate that uses measles virus vector platform discovered by the Pasteur Institute
      • Rights to EIDD-2801, an orally available antiviral candidate in early clinical development, bought from Ridgeback Biotherapeutics LP and discovered at Emory University

      Ebola Inspiration

      Merck’s immunization against Ebola -- the only one approved by the Food and Drug Administration -- provided a reference point for a candidate Covid vaccine since it confers protection with a single shot and uses technology that’s shown to be safe and effective, Frazier said.

      A collaboration with International AIDS Vaccine Initiative Inc., a nonprofit scientific research organization, aims to develop a Covid vaccine by adapting the so-called recombinant vesicular stomatitis virus technology behind Merck’s Ebola shot.

      IAVI scientists in Brooklyn are researching the experimental shot, which is receiving funding from the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, or BARDA, and may enter human studies later this year.

      “We start with a platform we understand,” Frazier said. “We understand how it behaves, how to make it, how to scale it up, because we have experiencing with that platform.”

      Measles Vector

      Merck will buy Themis, a privately-held biotechnology company, for an undisclosed sum, gaining a Covid-19 vaccine candidate that uses the existing measles virus vector platform. Development of the shot has received support from the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations. It’s slated to start phase 1 clinical studies within weeks, Frazier said.

      He said he’s unable to say how much any successful immunization would cost, but that Merck is committed to supplying “affordable access.” Also the company would need to find partners to manufacture them en masse to meet global demand. “We’re prepared to do that,” he said.

      Covid-19 Pill

      Merck is also pressing ahead with potential treatments for Covid-19. It agreed to buy rights to EIDD-2801, an antiviral compound discovered at Emory University, from Ridgeback Biotherapeutics LP, a closely held biotechnology company.

      An early stage clinical trial showed it was well-tolerated, while preclinical studies by scientists at Emory and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill found it induced mutations in a broad range of coronaviruses, causing them to make catastrophic errors when they replicate. Remdesivir, the antiviral infusion developed by Gilead Sciences Inc. works in a similar way and has been shown to improve outcomes in some patients, Frazier said.

      “But importantly, this compound can be given in pill form, which would make it easier to use,” he said.

      EIDD-2801 may potentially arrest infections at an earlier stage, he said, adding that it also appears easier to synthesize and manufacture on a large scale.

      Earlier Efforts

      Merck announced in April a research collaboration with the Institute for Systems Biology to investigate and define the molecular mechanisms of the virus and Covid-19, the disease it causes, and identify targets for medicines and vaccines.

      That same month, Merck joined the U.S. National Institutes of Health in an effort known as Activ, or Accelerating Covid-19 Therapeutic Interventions and Vaccines. The public-private partnership brought together government health agencies and 16 biopharmaceutical companies with the goal of expediting development and production.

      Merck scientists spent time determining optimal research strategies, Frazier said. “They’re asking, what kind of vaccine and therapeutic does the world need to deal not just with the pandemic, but the endemic phase.”

      He said the pandemic and the company’s research and development efforts to fight it have disrupted plans to appoint his successor and a replacement for R&D leader Roger Perlmutter, a former president of the American Association of Immunologists who first joined Merck in 1997.

      “We’ll get back to normal at some point,” Frazier said. “I’m totally confident in the high quality people who we have behind me and behind Roger Perlmutter.”

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      Rupee recovers 29 paise to 75.66 on growth optimism, weak dollar

      At the interbank foreign exchange, the rupee opened higher at 75.69 and moved in a range of 75.62 to 75.74 in day trade.

      The rupee appreciated by 29 paise to close at 75.66 against the U.S. dollar on Tuesday tracking weakness in the American currency as easing of COVID-19 lockdown measures fuelled growth optimism.

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      Forex traders said weakness in the U.S. dollar against major world currencies overseas and easing of lockdown restrictions across the world boosted investor sentiment and supported the local unit.

      At the interbank foreign exchange, the rupee opened higher at 75.69 and moved in a range of 75.62 to 75.74 in day trade.

      The rupee finally ended at 75.66, registering a rise of 29 paise over its previous close. On Friday, rupee had settled at 75.95 against the US dollar. The forex market was closed on Monday for Id-Ul-Fitr.

      The dollar index, which gauges the greenback’s strength against a basket of six currencies, was trading 0.44 per cent down at 99.42.

      Meanwhile, foreign institutional investors were net sellers in the capital market, as they sold equity shares worth Rs 1,353.90 crore on Friday, according to provisional exchange data.

      “Rupee led gains among emerging market currencies as investors factor in prospects of economies moving toward reopening,” said Devarsh Vakil, Head Advisory, HDFC securities.

      The dollar index was unable to sustain 100 mark and lost 0.45 per cent to 99.42 as many economies ease restrictions, with Japan lifting its state of emergency and select European countries allowing more sectors to reopen for business, Vakil said.

      “The weakness in broad dollar index supported the rupee in today’s trade. However, the gains will be limited due to month-end dollar demand from oil importers,” he added.

      According to Jateen Trivedi, Senior Research Analyst at LKP Securities, the rupee appreciated on likely overseas inflows into local stocks amid a weak greenback.

      Meanwhile, in India, the death toll due to COVID-19 rose to 4,167 and the number of cases climbed to over 1.45 lakh, according to Health Ministry data.

      The number of cases around the world linked to the disease has crossed over 55.12 lakh and the death toll has topped 3.46 lakh.

      After rallying 414.11 points during the day, the 30-share BSE Sensex declined 63.29 points or 0.21 per cent to end at 30,609.30. The NSE Nifty ended 10.20 points or 0.11 per cent down at 9,029.05.

      Brent crude futures, the global oil benchmark, rose 1.41 per cent to $36.03 per barrel.

      The Financial Benchmark India Private Ltd (FBIL) set the reference rate for the rupee/dollar at 75.7868 and for rupee/euro at 82.8183. The reference rate for rupee/British pound was fixed at 92.4927 and for rupee/100 Japanese yen at 70.55.

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      Federal Workers See Risks to Them in Trump Push to Reopen U.S.

      As Donald Trump presses states to reopen, government workers and their unions say they’re increasingly concerned that their bosses will force them back to the office without sufficient protection.

      Agencies’ approaches to returning to offices have been uneven, they say. Although the Securities and Exchange Commission’s chief told many workers to plan on staying home through at least mid-July, the Internal Revenue Service has called back 11,000 workers to begin processing paper tax returns, responding to a backlog of mail and answering taxpayer calls.

      Workers at some agencies who are already back — or who never left — report wide variations in their employers’ attitude toward safety. For starters, there are no plans for broad testing or contact-tracing. The haphazard approach has led to confusing and often contradictory messages being sent to more than 2 million federal workers, 85% of whom live outside the greater Washington, D.C. region.

      “Their lives shouldn’t be taken for granted, and that’s the way we feel right now,” said Everett Kelley, president of the American Federation of Government Employees, which represents about 700,000 government workers. “Agencies are trying to appease some in this hierarchy by saying, ‘OK we’re going to reopen,’ but the reality is it’s just not feasible.”

      The government’s dilemma is one many large companies have struggled to address. Banks including Citigroup Inc. and Goldman Sachs Group Inc. are trying to figure out how employees can safely return, exploring policies from alternating teams that would rotate through offices on a staggered basis to seeking ways to better monitor employee health so another outbreak can be quickly thwarted. In a sign that telework is here to stay, Twitter Inc. has told some staff they can work from home permanently.

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      Asked to respond to criticism about the federal approach to reopening, the Office of Personnel Management issued a statement saying that “as conditions warrant across each state, Federal agencies are working to return to normal operations. Our Federal workers have shown tremendous fortitude in keeping the U.S. strong throughout this emergency.”

      Many employees at key national security agencies such as the CIA, Pentagon and State Department have been hard-pressed to work from home during the pandemic simply because classified documents they need often can be reviewed only in secure facilities, not on a laptop at home.

      At the State Department, the “Diplomacy Strong” back-to-work plan for when employees return en masse provides few requirements for temperature checks or social distancing, and masks are encouraged but not required.

      That’s in line with Secretary Michael Pompeo’s approach to the pandemic — he’s rarely worn a mask in public — and few top aides are seen in them at the State Department. As one of Trump’s closest and most fervent supporters, Pompeo seems to be following the lead of President Trump, who has said he doesn’t want the media to catch him wearing a mask.

      State Department staff have been given three masks that can be washed and reused several times but haven’t been told to expect much more.

      IRS Incentive

      At the IRS, staff is being provided with hand sanitizer, masks and gloves, though supply levels aren’t consistent at different IRS facilities, said Chad Hooper, an IRS official and president of the Professional Managers Association, which represents the tax agency’s managers.

      The IRS is also offering incentive pay of 10% to 25% to workers to return, largely to perform work that can’t be done at home, either for practical or taxpayer privacy reasons.

      But the resumption of work at IRS processing centers hasn’t been uniformly smooth. Days after reopening a facility in Kansas City, Missouri, the IRS had to close it for several days after an employee tested positive for Covid-19. Nonetheless, the IRS plans to order thousands more employees to return to work June 1 in states, including Texas, Utah and Kentucky, that have relaxed lockdowns.

      National Park employees are more dependent on the patchwork of shifting regulations at the state level than are their counterparts at more centralized agencies. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt said decisions over reopening at his department’s 419 historic battlefields, natural sites and heritages areas are made based on local conditions overlaid by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.

      The SEC, an independent agency, may have the most far-reaching — and cautious — policy so far. Chairman Jay Clayton told employees in an email this month that mandatory telework will remain in effect until at least July 15 for the vast majority of the agency’s 4,000-plus employees. Clayton said the move was intended to provide some near-term certainty for staff.

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      The push and pull among government agencies echoes the battle going on across the nation, where stay-at-home orders, back-to-business moves and even the wearing of masks and other protective gear have often taken on political connotations.

      Republican-led states such as Georgia and Florida initiated a gradual reopening that has now reached all 50 states, though conditions vary within each state depending on the severity of the outbreak.

      Trump is betting that his political base will reward him for pressing the country to reopen quickly, even as the U.S. death count from Covid-19 approaches 100,000. Polls show that Republicans are increasingly supportive of his view that the nation’s economy can’t endure a longer shutdown. That sentiment was bolstered by comments Friday from Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, who said staying closed for too long may cause “irreparable damage.”

      Yet mistrust runs deeper across much of the federal workforce after the president’s repeated attacks on government employees as a “Deep State” seeking to undermine his tenure. There’s also the memory of a government shutdown in 2019.

      Interviews with union representatives, federal employees and experts show a perception that political appointees want to show up at the office as a sign of loyalty to Trump. Other workers feel under pressure to go to the office and express wariness about donning masks for fear it will displease their superiors.

      “There’s a lack of leadership that would ensure employees that they’ll be taken care of,” said Paul Light, a professor of public service at New York University. “There’s all this turmoil in the personnel system and that doesn’t set it up for an agile response to orders to go home and come back.”

      OPM issued guidance in late April spelling out steps aimed at helping government agencies prepare to bring back employees. Although the advice was broadly written because state regulations vary, critics warned that it left key gaps.

      Ecstatic and Terrified, Americans Are Rushing Out of Their Homes

      One big demand from federal workers is for more of the data that public health officials say is crucial for reopening, according to Tony Reardon, president of the National Treasury Employees Union.

      “Testing and contact tracing is something I have raised pretty darn frequently, and I think it’s important at every agency if you’re going to require people to come back to work,” said Reardon, whose union represents about 150,000 federal employees, including those from the IRS and many from Customs and Border Protection. “It did not sound promising to me in the near-term that the necessary testing is going to be available.”

      Officials who feel the most anxious about the openings say the system has a natural backstop in the nation’s capital because so far the District of Columbia and its Maryland and Virginia suburbs — where many federal employees live — are moving cautiously on easing stay-at-home orders and it would be difficult for employers, even in the federal government, to defy them. The region is among those still struggling the most to contain the outbreak.

      And as the federal government lurches toward a reopening, some of its employees may simply refuse to do so, pressing for great flexibility with telework options, just as their peers at financial and technology companies are doing.

      “The feds are smart people,” Light said of the government employees. They “will make the decision with partners, spouses, friends and family about whether they want to take the risk, and I suspect a lot won’t go in.”

      — With assistance by Laura Davison, Benjamin Bain, Ari Natter, Glen Carey, Josh Eidelson, and Jennifer A Dlouhy

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      J.C. Penney To Permanently Close About 242 Stores

      Struggling retailer J. C. Penney Co. Inc., which is going through bankruptcy protection, plans to permanently close about 242 stores, according to a regulatory filing with the Securities and Exchanges Commission.

      In a separate development, Women’s Wear Daily reported that e-commerce giant Amazon.Com Inc. is planning to buy J.C. Penney to bolster its apparel business.

      The company, which filed for Chapter 11 protection last Friday, said it plans to cut around 29 percent of its total 846 stores. The company would close about 192 stores by February next year, and about 50 stores in 2022. Following this, the company would be operating around 604 stores, which accounted for 82% of its fiscal 2019 sales.

      J.C. Penney said in the SEC filing, “The approximately 604 future fleet represent the highest sales-generating, most profitable, and most productive stores in the network.”

      The coronavirus lockdown and related crisis has been taking a toll on retailers as majority of brick and mortar stores stay closed across the globe. J.C. Penney filed for bankruptcy protection citing the impact of unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic on its business. The company then noted that it would reduce its store footprint to better align its business with the current operating environment.

      During the restructuring process, the company will open select stores and continue to offer contact-free curbside pickup service at all open stores. JCPenney’s eCommerce distribution centers continue to fulfill online orders and customer care centers are answering inquiries as usual.

      The retailer had closed stores in recent years following weak results and hefty debt of around $4 billion.

      Last week, CEO Jill Soltau said the closure of stores due to the pandemic necessitated a more fulsome review to include the elimination of outstanding debt.

      Amid the ongoing Covid-19 crisis, Neiman Marcus Group Inc., J.Crew Group Inc. and Stage Stores Inc. have all filed for bankruptcy this month.

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      Twitter Users Mock Trump For Claiming He’s Getting ‘Great’ COVID-19 Reviews

      Twitter users brutally mocked President Donald Trump on Memorial Day for simultaneously claiming he’s getting “great reviews” for the way he’s handled the coronavirus pandemic and griping he’s not getting enough credit.

      The tweet came Monday afternoon as U.S. deaths related to COVID-19 neared the 100,000 mark. Not that the president thought that was worth mentioning.

      Many Twitter users were shocked by what they were reading.

      Some people pointed out that the Trump’s handling of the pandemic is more of a lesson plan on what not to do.

      Others wondered where these “reviews” were actually published and wished they could post their own.

      One guy pointed out that Trump seems to be the guy for whom “participant trophy” was invented.

      Another suggested that bringing up the idea of “reviews” was just another example of the president’s disinformation tactics.

      Finally, there was the woman who answered Trump’s claim of “great reviews” with a devastating takedown of her own.

      CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article said that the tweets came after the COVID-19 death toll in the U.S. had passed 100,000. That had not yet been officially reported as of Monday evening.

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      Trump Visits Baltimore, Dismissing Mayor’s Concerns About Virus

      President Donald Trump paid a controversial visit to Baltimore for a Memorial Day celebration on Monday, dismissing the mayor’s warnings to stay away from the city as it grapples with the pandemic.

      The White House said that the ceremony at Fort McHenry — which defended Baltimore Harbor during the War of 1812, inspiring the poem later adapted as “The Star Spangled Banner” — was intended to honor American service members who lost their lives in battle.

      But Baltimore Mayor Jack Young said a non-essential trip by the president sends “the wrong message” to residents who are sheltering in their homes. The trip diverts police officers who could be enforcing social-distancing measures on a holiday weekend to provide security for the White House, he said.

      Trump didn’t directly address Young’s comments in remarks at Fort McHenry, but expressed optimism about the fight against the pandemic, which has already claimed nearly 100,000 lives in the U.S.

      “Together we will vanquish the virus and America will emerge from this crisis to new and even greater heights,” Trump said.

      But Young has signaled his city needs resources, not rhetoric.

      “We don’t need to be spending our resources for the president who’s coming here under our orders to stay at home,” Young, a Democrat, said at a press conference Friday. “I think he’s violating the law.”

      In a separate interview with CNN, Young said the White House did not inform the mayor’s office before announcing the trip. He added that the president’s trip was certain to violate restrictions in Baltimore banning gatherings of more than 10 people.

      “It sends a bad, bad message to the citizens of Baltimore because I’m asking them to stay home and only come out for essential reasons,” Young said.

      Trump has openly urged cities and states to reopen despite the continued presence of coronavirus, which has already killed nearly 100,000 Americans. On both Saturday and Sunday, the president visited his golf club in Virginia. And earlier Monday, Trump attended a Memorial Day event at Arlington Cemetery.

      “The brave men and women who have preserved our freedoms for generations did not stay home and the President will not either as he honors their sacrifice by visiting such a historic landmark in our Nation’s history,” White House spokesman Judd Deere said in a statement.

      Trump already has a tense relationship with Baltimore. In 2019, the president tweeted that the city was a “rat and rodent infested mess” where “no human being would want to live,” while criticizing longtime congressman Elijah Cummings.

      “We have a president coming to a city that he just degraded over a year ago, and I just want him to set the example for the rest of the country and not do this trip because it’s not essential,” Young told CNN.

      More recently, Trump has criticized Maryland Governor Larry Hogan — a Republican who did not join the president at Fort McHenry — after the announcement the state had secured 500,000 coronavirus tests from South Korea. Trump told reporters that Hogan “didn’t really understand” the federal testing capacity and that he could have “saved a lot of money” by using U.S. federal labs instead.

      Hogan, who leads the National Governors Association, has also pushed for direct funding to states grappling with lost revenue due to the coronavirus pandemic as part of the next phase of stimulus legislation being negotiated in Congress. Trump has said he sees the situation with state budgets as leverage he can use to extract political concessions from Democrats.

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      Elon Musk’s SpaceX is hiring: Take a look at some of the positions

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      On Wednesday, Elon Musk’s SpaceX will launch its Crew Dragon spacecraft from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

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      The historic launch will be the first time astronauts launch into orbit on a private company’s spacecraft and the first time American astronauts launch in an American-made spacecraft since 2011 when the Space Shuttle program ended.

      Vice President Mike Pence has said he plans to attend the launch and officials said President Trump will likely also attend.

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      Leading up to the launch, SpaceX has been focused on hiring. In early February, Elon Musk tweeted about a career fair in Texas for SpaceX

      “This is mainly for staffing up 4 production shifts for 24/7 operations, but engineers, supervisors & support personnel are certainly needed too,” Musk tweeted on Feb. 4. “A super hardcore work ethic, talent for building things, common sense & trustworthiness are required, the rest we can train.”

      Even as the company prepares for the launch on Wednesday, SpaceX still has a long list of job openings — more than 500 — with the promise of “competitive salaries, comprehensive health benefits and equity packages,” according to the website.

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      The available jobs are primarily located in Texas and California, but there are also postings in Washington state, Washington, D.C., and Florida.

      Here’s a look at 10 open positions.

      Real Estate Coordinator

      SpaceX is looking for a real estate coordinator in Hawthorne, Calif., who will “support the Facilities team with corporate real estate matters such as identifying prospective properties of interest, negotiating lease and own acquisitions, dispositions (terminations and subleases/assignments), exercising options and any related matters,” the job posting said.

      For applicants with a bachelor’s degree in business or real estate, at least three years of experience is required, but for applicants without a degree, at least eight years of experience is required, according to the posting.

      Financial Analyst

      According to the job posting, the SpaceX financial analyst will work with company business partners and provide “analysis and reporting” to management.

      The position is listed for Hawthorne, Calif., and requires a bachelor’s degree in finance, engineering or a similar subject as well as “experience in the finance function,” the posting said.

      Environmental Health & Safety Engineer

      There are several openings for environmental health and safety engineers at SpaceX, including in Brownsville, Texas, Cape Canaveral, Fla., Vandenberg, Calif., Hawthorne, Calif., and Redmond, Wash.

      The position entails creating and managing “site specific safety policies and programs,” and requires a bachelor’s degree and at least three years of experience developing “environmental, health and safety disciplines,” the posting said.

      Electrical Design Engineer (Satellites)

      At SpaceX’s Hawthorne, Calif., location, the company is looking for an electrical design engineer to work on flight hardware specifically on satellites, the posting said.

      According to the posting, the engineer will “rapidly design, develop and test highly reliable electronics for satellites,” among other responsibilities.

      “We’re looking for people who want to dive in and get their hands dirty and those who are not afraid to make important decisions and work to provide a data driven rationale,” the posting said.

      The position requires a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, computer engineering or a similar degree and at least two years of professional experience, among other qualifications.

      Launch Build Reliability Engineer

      The launch build reliability engineer, located in Cape Canaveral, Fla., will “reliably launch astronauts and other payloads by ensuring vehicle, payload and spacecraft processing is efficiently designed and executed,” the posting said.

      At least two years of professional or internship experience and an engineering-related bachelor’s degree are among the requirements for the position.

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      Barista

      SpaceX is also hiring a barista for its corporate offices in Hawthorne, Calif. According to the job posting, a high school diploma, GED, or at least six months of barista experience is required.

      Cook

      Several of SpaceX’s locations are looking to hire cooks, including in Brownsville, Texas, McGregor, Texas, and Hawthorne, Calif.

      The position requires at least two years of experience “in kitchen preparation and cooking” and a high school diploma or GED, the posting said.

      Modeling and Simulation Engineer (Top Secret Clearance)

      According to the job posting, the Hawthorne, Calif.-based modeling and simulation engineer “will be instrumental to the design, optimization and execution of SpaceX developed satellite constellations and payload missions.”

      The position requires an engineering-related bachelor’s degree, and experiences with “orbital design and analysis,” “constellation design,” and tools for software modeling.

      The modeling and simulation engineer will also need top secret clearance, the posting said.

      Internal Fleet Driver

      SpaceX is hiring an internal fleet driver who will transport “aerospace production, test, and flight components between SpaceX and vendors within an approximate 100-mile radius of Cape Canaveral,” the posting said.

      The driver will use LTL vans and flatbeds and the position requires a high school diploma or GED and at least three years of experience driving in a professional delivery vehicle, the posting said.

      Welder, Stainless

      In McGregor, Texas, SpaceX is hiring a “structural, stainless welder,” according to the posting.

      “This position requires skill in a specialized trade in order to complete welding requirements and operational needs,” the posting said. “The position is responsible for welding piping, structural steel and other facility equipment/infrastructure.”

      Some of the requirements for the position include a high school diploma or equivalency certificate, at least three years of professional experience with TIG welding and at least three years of professional experience “working in a process piping environment,” the posting said.

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      FDA Halts Bill Gates-backed Coronavirus Testing Program

      The Food and Drug Administration has halted an at-home coronavirus testing program by Seattle Coronavirus Assessment Network or SCAN, which is backed by Bill Gates, for lack of proper approval.

      In an update of the project on its website, SCAN said its testing of home-based, self-collected samples for COVID-19 is currently paused after the FDA notified that a separate federal emergency use authorization or EUA is required to return results for self-collected tests.

      SCAN’s test is authorized by the Washington State Department of Health, but any coronavirus tests in the U.S. requires FDA’s emergency use authorization.

      SCAN said, “The FDA has not raised any concerns regarding the safety and accuracy of SCAN’s test, but we have been asked to pause testing until we receive that additional authorization.”

      SCAN, a disease surveillance program, is a partnership involving Seattle and King County public health department and a number of institutions such as the University of Washington Medicine and Seattle Children’s Hospital, among others. It receives support from Gates’ private office, Gates Ventures, and as well as The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

      The project sends free self-swab test kits including a nasal swab to participants, who would then return it to a lab involved in the program without leaving home. The program has the capacity to analyze 1,000 tests a day.

      In a blog post last week, Gates noted that early results from SCAN found many cases of COVID-19 in Seattle that might otherwise have gone undetected among individuals who had experienced some symptoms but had not yet sought medical care. Meanwhile, ongoing COVID-19 medical testing has been largely focused on people with symptoms.

      Gates wrote that “as SCAN gathers more test results in the weeks ahead, researchers expect the new data to provide a better sense of the number of infections and serve as one source to help answer other questions, like when physical distancing measures can be relaxed.”

      The FDA last week had approved Everlywell Inc.’s at-home sample collection kit for COVID-19 diagnostic testing, the first standalone sample collection kit to receive a proper EUA. The Test kits will be available for individual purchase by the end of the month, which can then send to specified laboratories for COVID-19 diagnostic testing.

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