Here are some of the biggest new laws that went into effect Jan. 1

first_imgartisteer/iStockBY: IVAN PEREIRA, ABC NEWS(NEW YORK) — With a new year comes new rules and regulations across the country.State legislatures and local jurisdictions passed hundreds of bills last year on topics ranging from police reform and employment regulations to road safety and environmental protection.Here are some of the biggest changes that went into effect on Jan 1.Criminal justice reformFollowing George Floyd’s death at the hands of police officers, elected officials across the country pushed ahead with bills designed to curb racial profiling, reduce violent conflicts between officers and civilians, and improve transparency among police precincts.A new law in California bans police officers from wearing uniforms that have camouflage or otherwise resemble military uniforms.All uniformed officers in Connecticut are now required to wear their badges in a prominent place. The state’s officers must also undergo a mental health screening once every five years.In Portland, private businesses are now banned from using facial recognition technology “in places of public accommodation.”Some states have implemented laws that reduce punishments for nonviolent offenses and provide alternatives to prison.Following the passage of Proposition 17 during the November election, former felons on parole will be allowed to vote in California.Four states — Montana, New Jersey, Arizona and South Dakota — are slated to introduce legalized recreational marijuana for adults this year, following ballot measures approved in November.EmploymentTwenty states, including Florida, California, Ohio and Arizona, raised their minimum wage on Jan. 1. By August, four more states will join the list.The move comes as millions of Americans are struggling financially as the coronavirus pandemic enters its second year.Colorado implemented a new law at the beginning of the new year that requires employers to post a salary range with each job opening and announce promotion openings within their company.The law also prohibits employers from asking prospective employees about their salary history.California will now allow people who worked on inmate fire crews while incarcerated to petition the court upon their release to have their records cleared, which will give them better opportunities for jobs once they’re out of prison.ImmigrationDriver’s license and state ID card applicants in Oregon won’t be required to show “proof of legal presence” under a law that went into effect on Jan. 1.The applicant will still have to prove their identity and Oregon residency, and their license will not be “Real ID” compliant, which will be required for all Americans to board passenger planes starting in October.In Colorado, landlords are now prohibited from asking an applicant about their immigration status. Landlords in that state are also banned from denying housing to someone based on their source of income — but they’re allowed to do credit checks as long as the check is performed on all applicants.Other new lawsIt is now illegal to hold a cell phone and drive in Virginia.Under the new law, drivers are also only permitted to have their headphones in one ear if they are talking on the phone hands-free. Exceptions will be made for calls to report an emergency, and when the car is parked.Delaware became the eighth state in the union to ban plastic bags. Roughly 2,400 tons of plastic bags currently end up in Delaware’s landfills, according to the state’s Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control.And two years after Florida voters chose to ban statewide greyhound racing, the sport is now prohibited in the Sunshine State. Florida’s final greyhound race took place at Derby Lane in St. Petersburg on Dec. 27.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Science dons jump ship over cutbacks

first_imgProfessor Foster is the European Director of The International Linear Collider, which had its funding withdrawn in 2008. Major elements of the research for the this project were based in Oxford, but Urner told how the cuts meant that Oxford’s “involvement with this project has been practically taken away.”Foster said, “There is certainly a tendency for specialists to be attracted elsewhere due to better funding opportunities in other countries. This will affect the university as well, as it will mean that leading subjects in Oxford will become weaker.” Armin Reichold said, “When we look at the work of scientists in departments elsewhere, there is a sense that they’ve achieved a lot more because of the better funding. Unlike our projects, they have facilities dedicated to their own research.”Reichold explained how although Oxford has not made any official redundancies, extensions on contracts have been withdrawn and people have left prematurely. “We do our research very efficiently, but with these cuts there comes a point when you can no longer do what you need to do”, he said. Reichold’s own project was recently brought to a halt as a result of reduced funding. He has now been “forced” to work with better financed industrial science projects. David Urner, a department lecturer, told Cherwell that his time at Oxford has come to a “disappointing end”, after he learnt that his contract will not be renewed, and he will be leaving the University permanently later this month. Urner said, “My line of work has essentially been discontinued here as there was not enough money available to continue employing everyone in the department. The people without permanent contracts are the first to go.“Core research should be pushing the boundaries of technology, but now we are reliant on money from commercialisation, which puts constraints on our research. Once the commercial interest dries up, everything stops.”Of Professor Foster’s post offer at Hamburg University, Urner said, “Brian Foster was offered a very prestigious position; him leaving would be a very big loss for the department.”Professor Foster is a Fellow of the Royal Society, as well as Chair of the European Committee for Future Accelerators, and European Regional Director for Linear Colliders Global Design Effort.Joe Phillips, a third year Physicist from Hertford, said, “If the leading experts leave to conduct their research elsewhere, this will have a massive effect on Physics at Oxford, as one of the main attractions is that you are taught by the best in the field.“Oxford is known as having one of the best Physics departments in the country, if not the world, and it would be terrible to lose this reputation through a lack of funding.”A spokesperson from the University Press Office said, “The University’s commitment to supporting the Department of Physics is as strong as ever. Oxford University’s world leading research position is in robust health.”The origin of the cuts can be traced back to December 2007 when the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) announced that it had an £80m budget deficit. It is thought that the deficit emerged through an accounting mistake that was made when the STFC was created by merging two existing councils. Cherwell can reveal that government cuts to scientific research are causing a brain drain in Oxford, as leading Physics professors are increasingly taking up better funded posts abroad. Brian Foster, Professor of Experimental Physics, confirmed that he is currently negotiating the terms of a “very generous offer” to take up a research post at Hamburg University. “My decision is based on prospects for funding; Oxford cannot financially compete with national schemes of this magnitude.”Prof Foster was approached by the Humboldt Foundation, who are funded by the German government, earlier this year. They offered him one million euros per annum to carry out his research, plus a generous salary on top of this. Foster said that this sum is approximately half of what he gets in Oxford to run his entire department.Armin Reichold, a Tutorial Fellow and Reader in Physics at Balliol, revealed, “In the last two years, at least three post doctorates from the Physics Faculty at Oxford have left the country for departments and funding elsewhere, in places like the US, Spain and China.“Other countries such as Germany, France, Japan are making huge investments in research and achieving more.” David Urner, a Physics department lecturer, told Cherwell, “Many people are actively looking for new positions elsewhere; it’s not just the professors who are leaving but the departmental leturers as well. One of my colleagues left a few weeks ago. He liked it here, but he reluctantly accepted a position in France as it was an opportunity for him to continue his work there.”In the seven years that Professor Foster has been at Oxford, he said that the funding has dropped by approximately 50%, and the size of his department is now about half what is was when he arrived in terms of support staff and technicians.Foster said, “If I accept the new research post, the centre of gravity of my research will move to Hamburg, so it will be a loss to Oxford from that point of view”. last_img read more

Good news for Gutierrez

first_img “Thank you very much to all who accompanied me at this time, especially my family, my parents, brothers, godmother, friends and @alemaglietti” Gutierrez then retweeted congratulatory messages from followers, while Newcastle also tweeted their congratulations, posting: ” Everyone at #NUFC is delighted to share the news that @elgalgojonas has been discharged from hospital in Argentina #UnitedWithJonas’.” Gutierrez joined Newcastle from Real Mallorca in July 2008 and became a fans’ favourite when he played a starring role in helping the club win the Championship in his second season in the north-east. However, he was largely unused by manager Alan Pardew last season and was allowed to join Norwich on loan for the second half of the campaign, where he made his last league appearance in the Canaries’ 1-0 defeat to West Brom in April. Press Association The 31-year-old revealed in September that he was having treatment following the diagnosis of testicular cancer in his native Argentina. But he took to Twitter on Monday evening to announce, in Spanish: “Today I was given a medical discharge. center_img Newcastle winger Jonas Gutierrez has been given the all-clear from cancer.last_img read more

Lyon to win race for Spurs wonderkid with PSG as Real Madrid miss out

first_img TOP WORK Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father 3 3 LATEST TRANSFER NEWS Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade moving on Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer LATEST Griffiths netted 33 times for Spurs’ under-18s in 2017/18, including four in a 9-0 humbling of fierce rivals Arsenal in April.The Sun report that he will have a medical at Lyon this week after promising talks with the Ligue 1 club, led by head coach Bruno Genesio.He will then need to agree personal terms with the club.Griffiths rejected Spurs’ offer of a professional deal and took the uncommon step of entering a third year as a scholar in the academy. Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ 3 Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Griffiths hit 33 goals for the under-18s in 2017/18 Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti targets center_img Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing REVEALED three-way race IN DEMAND His goal tally included four in a 9-0 thumping of Arsenal LIVING THE DREAM Spurs wonderkid Reo Griffiths is on the verge of a move to Lyon after rejecting a contract with the North London club, according to reports.The 18-year-old striker was trailed by PSG and Real Madrid after turning down the chance to stay with Spurs. targets The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Griffiths becomes the latest English youngster to move to the continent Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? RANKED Players usually spend two years as scholars before going pro after turning 17.After realising they had lost the battle to convince Griffiths to sign a professional contract, Spurs will allow him to terminate his scholarship and move elsewhere.PSG and Real were among the top clubs linked with Griffiths this summer.RB Leipzig, whose have Spurs’ former head of recruitment Paul Mitchell as sporting director, were also said to be in the running.last_img read more