Minimum wage rises in more than 20 states and cities in the US – Telemundo San Antonio (60)

MIAMI – The minimum wage rose between Tuesday and the first day of the year in 21 states and 26 cities and counties in the United States, according to figures compiled by the National Employment Law Project (NELP).

The first employees to benefit from this increase were those who work in New York City, who as of Tuesday must receive a payment of at least $ 15 dollars per hour, while in the rest of the state it is $ 11.80 per hour.

New York is one of 17 jurisdictions where the minimum wage has risen to as high as $ 15 an hour that unions and organizations like NELP have been asking for for years.

But the increase is not limited to this start of the year, as throughout 2020 another 4 states and 23 cities and counties will reach the desired figure of $ 15 an hour.

In total, 24 states and 48 cities and counties will increase their minimum wages sometime in 2020.

In Illinois and Saint Paul, in the state of Minneapolis, they will increase the minimum wage twice this year, on January 1 and in July, the NELP noted.

In addition to Illinois, states that already have new minimum wages include Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, New Jersey and Washington.

The increase in the minimum wage will benefit about 6.8 million employees, according to figures from the Institute for Economic Policy.

Those who will see no change in their pay are employees under the federal minimum wage, which has stood at $ 7.25 an hour since it last rose to that figure more than a decade ago.

On July 24, 2009, the US federal minimum wage had its last hike and despite various attempts to increase this figure, workers will have to wait until they see the results of next November’s elections to try to achieve an increase.

One of those efforts was the House of Representatives’ approval in 2019 of the “Raise the Wage Act” project, which would have allowed the current federal minimum wage to rise to $ 15 an hour in stages, in addition to other protections.

But the hopes of workers in about fifteen states currently living on the federal minimum wage were dashed in the words of Senate leader Republican Mitch McConnell, saying the upper house was not going to vote on the bill.

Added to this was the White House notice that he would veto the measure if he reached his desk.


De Blasio presents “war” budget and demands urgent rescue from the Government – Telemundo New York (47)

NEW YORK – Ensuring health, safety, food and a roof for all are the priorities of the budget presented this Thursday by the city of New York, some accounts of “war” in the face of the coronavirus crisis, which come accompanied by an appeal to the American president Donald Trump to allow a “rescue” of the Big Apple.

With tax revenues slumping as a result of the slowdown in economic activity, the mayor, Bill de Blasio, announced “painful” cuts of more than $ 2 billion to try to balance the budget in the year that begins in June.

According to his calculations, New York is going to lose some 7,400 million dollars in income, a “horrible” number, according to admitted De Blasio, that requires a determined intervention of the federal Government.

The mayor urged Washington to cover this deficit in full and warned that without that money, the basic needs of New Yorkers cannot be guaranteed.

“If they can find 58,000 million to rescue the airlines, surely they can find 7,500 million for the largest city in the country,” stressed the mayor.

Democrat De Blasio appealed directly to Trump, whom he asked for a clear signal of support for his hometown for Senate Republicans to give the green light to necessary aid.

As he insisted, the city is already doing everything possible on its part, with a budget of $ 89.3 billion, $ 6 billion less than the proposal that the City Council had initially made in January, $ 3.4 billion less than last year’s accounts and using the reserves he had accumulated to have “balanced” accounts.

Among other things, the budget foresees that all public activities be drastically limited and, for example, this summer the swimming pools will not be opened.

De Blasio also warned New Yorkers not to hold out too much hope about beach opening, given the risk of contagion from the coronavirus posed by the huge crowds seen in places like Coney Island.

Public resources, he insisted, will be devoted to basic issues: health, safety, food and housing.

“These are four things that people are mostly thinking about and the government has to focus on those four things. Things that would have been a priority two or three months ago cannot be now. Things we would like to focus on in times of peace cannot be the priority in times of war and these are times of war, “said de Blasio.

The Democrat also warned Trump and Republicans that their desire to restart the economy as soon as possible will be ruined if the basic needs of the population are not met or if they precipitate and cause a resurgence of COVID-19. .

Trump, De Blasio insisted, has only one chance to do this well and, if he is wrong, he will regret it for a long time.

In addition, New York Police Commissioner Dermot Shea offered a video conference on Thursday to detail how the coronavirus has affected the city’s police forces to date.

Specifically, the New York police have registered 7,155 positive cases for COVID-19 among its members, about 20% of its staff and 27 officers have died from the virus.

Shea also detailed that it is estimated that between 1,400 and 1,500 of the sick police officers have returned to work.

“You start to see a little light at the end of the tunnel and it seems that the worst is over,” said Shea, who regretted the losses and asked for a moment of silence.


Javier Cercas: “I don’t know how, but this will change us, just as the process has changed”

In this extensive interview, Javier Cercas exposes his views on this crisis, their hopes, but hopes light on how we will get out and analyzes the actions of past governments Spanish and Catalan.

Is this what we are experiencing … is it real?

Do you have any doubt?

Sometimes yes, I have doubts. Are those that at first were of importance to the coronavirus?

Neither did he remove it. It’s that he had no idea what he was, like almost everyone else.

What is your greatest fear?

Obviously, people die. Above all, the truth is worth telling, the death of close people. I am also afraid of the economic and political consequences.

Are the consequences similar to those of a war?

I do not know: many people are dying, there will be a political and economic bustle … Ours was the first generation of Europeans who did not know a war, at least – I do not forget the former Yugoslavia – a war between the great powers; Well, we already have something quite similar to a war. Well, I suppose it all depends on how long it takes to stop it.

How will it affect the economy?

I am not an economist, but it is obviously affecting us already: there are many people who have lost their jobs, economic activity is practically stopped, there will be businesses and businesses that will have to close. Again, it all depends on the duration of the crisis, but also on the response of the Spanish Government and, especially, the EU. The first one does not seem so bad to me, but at first it will be seen as not enough. As for the EU, it has been slow, doubtful, unsupportive and scarce. If the crisis is within the reach of 2008, as Christine Lagarde, ECB director said, and a pillow is not created to calm the consequences of the crisis and to reactivate the economy later, the catastrophe is assured because Europe will not endure two consecutive crises like the 1929 – which led to World War II – national populism will grow everywhere and the result will be a disaster. We expect that European politicians, starting with Spanish, will live up to the circumstances.

And in the publishing sector?

The publishing sector is going to suffer a lot, like so many other economic sectors. They say book sales dropped about 50 percent in the wake of the 2008 crisis; if this one is like that, calculate.

Will the literature suffer?

Literature will benefit from this, without a doubt. The explanation is that, for writers, bad things are good, and good things bad. I mean, happiness is dumb; in a happy world there would be no literature, at least there would be no novel, poetry maybe, but very little and very bad. We, the writers, are scavenging animals: we feed on conflict, on pain, on catastrophes; we are also, at best, alchemists, who turn iron into gold: we turn disasters into literature, that is, meaning and beauty. In short: we are the worst of the worst.

You making non-novels, you should already be preparing one for this, right?

It takes time to digest what’s going on. Now I am writing the second part of Terra Alta, where I am still digesting the process.

Psychologically how do we get out of it all?

No idea. What is certain is that this will change us, as the process has changed; The thing is, we still don’t know how it will change us, just as we don’t yet know how the process has changed us. Literature is the one who will tell us this, but not in a clear, unambiguous and appraising way, but ambiguous, contradictory, polyhedral and essentially ironic. Because this is the truth of literature, or at least of the novel. Which, I do not know if I must add, are the deepest truths I know.

In times of great trouble, are better authoritarian regimes like China, Russia, etc., than democracies?

Right now, everything is saying yes, and that’s why Asia seems to be emerging faster than in Europe, even in democratic countries (but with a much more disciplined culture than ours, where security prevails over it). of freedom). This is, right now, one of the million questions that this crisis poses: Will we sacrifice freedom at the altar of security, how do these countries do? Or will we be able to balance freedom and security, as our democracies should do? The answer to this question, like all serious questions right now, cannot be national or state. The coronavirus crisis shows once again that our greatest problems are transnational and can only be resolved with transnational instruments; the problem is that we do not have them, or we have very few and those that we have are completely inadequate, such as the EU. That is why I think in the coming years there is only one way to preserve peace, prosperity, democracy and security between us, and it is by creating a federal Europe, a great state that combines political unity and diversity. cultural. Hopefully, this crisis will not be burdened by the few hopes that we have that this will go forward.

Are there any literary works that make you think about the situation we are living in?

I hear many, some obvious – like him Diary of the plague, by Daniel Defoe-, other great ones – like him He decamered, by Boccaccio- and others not less obvious but mediocre – as The Plague, from Camus. Instead, I don’t see anyone mentioning Kafka, which is what I would mention in the first place, because his stories and novels have the exact texture of a nightmare, which is the texture that has the reality right now.

Already put in: Recommend a book to make confinement more passable

One very long and very absorbent. I would recommend a Catalan reader Pulling the Blanch, a novel that has absolutely everything and that Cervantes said was ” the best book in the world». And when Cervantes speaks, the rest is silent.

How do you rate the action of the Spanish Government?

As far as I know, reasonably good. But I would like to convince the EU that the Marshall Plan is needed for Europe, and especially for southern Europe, and the urgency of the so-called “eurobonus”. Of course, when all this happened, I would also like somebody to explain to me how it is possible that the rallies on March 8 would be authorized. Because I still do not understand.

And that of Torra and the Generalitat?

You do not need to qualify me – you qualify alone.

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UEFA postpones Euro to summer 2021 for coronavirus

UEFA has postponed the European Cup in the summer of 2021 for the coronavirus. The decision opens a window for the continental leagues to end this season.

Earlier, Tuesday had indicated Tuesday as the key day to shed light on the immediate future of football, following the coronavirus-driven slap in the calendar, and the decision made was not significant.

The Euro is postponed one year, until the summer of 2021.

At a meeting led by UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin, in which the 55 federations of the European Confederation, the ECA Club Association and the FIFpro Players’ Union took part, it was decided to sacrifice the Euro. was scheduled for June-July in 12 European countries.

There were national leagues and European club competitions, the Champions League and the Europa League under debate, but the postponement of the Euro was presented as the salvation that everyone expected. gain one month on the calendar and be able to close their championships with limited damage.


26 new coronavirus cases in Massachusetts take the total to 164 – NBC Boston

There are currently 164 coronavirus cases in Massachusetts, state health officials shared on Sunday, and the number of residents tested went from 475 to nearly 800.

The 26 new cases were announced in a Commonwealth attempt to speed up testing for coronavirus after restrictions have been relaxed on the test protocols.

New guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention requires doctors only to present a nasal swab instead of presenting previously required nasal and throat swabs. With the modification of the clinical test protocols, the state laboratory test capacity has doubled from 200 to around 400 patients per day.

Massachusetts doctors also now have greater flexibility to determine which patients should be tested without having to call DPH’s Epi Line.

With multiple clinical laboratories in the Bay State working to obtain FDA approval, health officials say that even more testing capabilities will soon be available.

As of Sunday, the Massachusetts State Public Health Laboratory has tested 799 patients, officials said, compared to 475 the previous day.

Forty-five of the 164 positive state cases were subsequently confirmed by the CDC.

Governor Charlie Baker is expected to provide an update on Sunday night about state testing efforts and what is being done to slow the spread of coronavirus in the Commonwealth.

Governor Baker and Governor Lieutenant Karyn Polito will join Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders and Commissioner of the Public Health Department Dr. Monica Bharel at the State House at 18:00. The Baker-Polito administration says that, contrary to popular rumors, it is not preparing a refuge in order.

Four of the 26 new cases announced on Sunday are related to the employee meeting held at a Boston hotel by Cambridge Biogen biotechnology company last month. Health officials say 108 of the 164 cases are now related to the February 24-27 meeting held at the Marriott Long Wharf hotel, which has since closed “in the interest of public health”.

In new cases, a healthcare professional is included at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. The hospital announced the case Sunday morning and said that patients and staff who may have had contact with the infected worker are being contacted.

Eight more cases are associated with travel, bringing the total to 13. Eight remain associated with a cluster in western Massachusetts and 35 of these are currently under investigation, health officials say.

Of the 164 cases in the state, 74 are women and 90 are men. Middlesex County residents still account for nearly half, 75 of the cases across the state. The counties of Norfolk and Suffolk both have 31 cases, while there are nine cases in County Berkshire. There are now six cases each in the Essex and Worcester counties.

The counties of Plymouth, Hampden, Barnstable and Bristol have one case each. Two cases are of unknown counties at the moment.

Two other patients have been hospitalized, bringing the total to 13 so far, although another 36 cases are listed as being investigated, according to Sunday’s data.

The update in coronavirus cases on Sunday came shortly after Boston Mayor Marty Walsh declared a public health emergency for the coronavirus epidemic and announced radical changes for bars and restaurants in the city in an attempt to protect residents.

Boston EMS urges people not to call 911 to request COVID-19 tests. People are asked to call their primary care providers, the mayor’s hotline at 617-534-5050 or the state DPH hotline at 211.

Virus-related symptoms include fever (100.4 ° F or higher), cough, breathing difficulties or shortness of breath.

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Collin County reports the fifth presumptive positive coronavirus case – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

The Collin County Department of Health reported Friday that a fifth person – a 40-year-old Frisco woman – tested the supposed positive for the new coronavirus.

He has no basic medical conditions and remains in quarantine at his home. The woman, whose name has not been released, has not recently traveled outside the state, so health officials are working to determine if the case has been spread by anyone in the community, a press release said.

Collin County Health says there are 63 people monitored as of Friday afternoon.

Collin County’s most recent allegedly positive case comes after disaster reports from the Dallas and Tarrant counties. Collin County has not declared a health emergency since Friday.

County operations

  • All non-essential court operations in Collin County have been postponed to April 1st. Essential court proceedings will continue as intended and are defined by the respective court orders: district courts, county courts and justice courts.
  • The county offices are open and operational during normal business hours.
  • Under the direction of elected officials and department heads, employees with the ability to work remotely are instructed to do so.
  • Any non-essential travel related to the work of county employees is prohibited. All travel related to county employee work for training and conferences were canceled until April 1.
  • County employees with fever or flu-like symptoms are expected to stay home from work and cannot return to work until they have been free of fever without medication for 24 hours.
  • Collin County employees were asked to cancel all nonessential staff meetings and community meetings.
  • The Collin County Commissioner Court will not cancel meetings at this time. All non-essential employees were asked to monitor the Court’s meeting via the web and not to attend in person.

Closures and cancellations

  • The 2020 Gardener Collin County Garden Show, scheduled for Saturday March 14 and Sunday March 15, has been canceled. At the moment, no decisions have been made on the reprogramming of the event.


The New York State plastic bag ban goes into effect – NBC New York

What to know

  • The ban on plastic bags in New York has officially entered into force, but the state will wait until April 1 to penalize stores that violate it.
  • Disposable paper bags will still be allowed, but counties have the option of imposing a 5-cent fee
  • The New York ban exempts bags used for takeaway food from the restaurant, plastic bags used to wrap meat, and bags used for prepared food.

The ban on plastic bags in New York has officially entered into force, but the state will wait until April 1 to penalize stores that violate it.

The state began banning stores from distributing most thin plastic bags on Sunday. But State Environmental Conservation Department commissioner Basil Seggos said on Friday that New York had agreed to delay execution while fighting an Albany County court case filed by a plastic bag maker and convenience store owners who define the unconstitutional ban.

An association of 6,000 convenience store owners across the state opposes state efforts to allow stores to distribute only thick, reusable plastic bags that the industry claims cannot yet produce.

“Since the beginning of our awareness campaign we have consistently said that we will focus on education rather than application and today this does not change,” said Seggos.

The state planned to enforce the ban by issuing a notice to dealers who violate the law for the first time. Resellers could eventually face a $ 250 fine for a subsequent violation and a $ 500 fine for violations in the same calendar year.

The New York ban has also attracted criticism from environmental groups who don’t want New York to allow plastic bags at all.

The law passed last April prohibits many types of businesses from using the thin plastic bags that have clogged landfills, caught in trees and accumulated in lakes and seas. Disposable paper bags will still be allowed, but counties have the option of imposing a 5-cent fee.

The New York ban exempts bags used for takeaway food from the restaurant, plastic bags used to wrap meat, and bags used for prepared food.

Environmental state officials are encouraging New Yorkers to start using reusable bags often made of canvas or polyester. The state said it had purchased over a quarter of a million reusable bags to distribute pantries and food shelters.