The Daily Populous

Tuesday October 4th, 2022 day edition

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SACRAMENTO – Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed into law a measure from a Bay Area lawmaker that would decriminalize jaywalking in most cases.

On Friday, Newsom signed Assembly Bill 2147 by Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), which the author has dubbed "The Freedom to Walk Act.".

AB2147 lets pedestrians cross the street outside of an intersection when it's safe to do so.

It also limits when officers can stop a pedestrian for jaywalking to situations where there is an immediate danger of a collision.

"It should not be a criminal offense to safely cross the street," Ting said in a statement.

His office cited a study of California Racial and Identity Profiling Act data showing Black residents are stopped 4.5 times more for jaywalking than their White counterparts.

A similar measure introduced by Ting last year passed the legislature and was vetoed by Newsom. »

Australia to set aside at least 30% of its land mass to protect endangered species

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"The need for action to protect our plants, animals and ecosystems from extinction has never been greater," Plibersek said in a statement.

By prioritising 110 species and 20 places, Plibersek said the areas managed for conservation will be increased by 50 million hectares.

The recently elected federal Labor government has pledged A$224.5 million ($146 million) to help protect Australia's threatened native plants and animals. »

Ukrainian ambassador tells Elon Musk to ‘f- off’ after billionaire infuriates nation with Twitter poll -

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“F— off is my very diplomatic reply to you,” Ukraine’s outgoing ambassador to Germany, Andrij Melnyk, wrote in response to Musk’s tweet.

The sharp rebukes were also notable because Musk has earned quasi-folk-hero status in Ukraine since the start of the conflict.

Musk posted a Twitter poll gauging support for what he claimed was a likely outcome of the seven-month conflict. »

Ukrainian diplomat blasts Elon Musk with profanity over the billionaire's peace plan parroting Putin propaganda

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One Ukrainian official told Musk to "fuck off" while a member of parliament said it looked like he'd "unexpectedly gone mad.".

Musk argued "this is highly likely to be the outcome in the end – just a question of how many die before then.".

Mykhailo Podolyak, a top advisor to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, responded to Musk's idea with what he referred to as a "better peace plan.". »

Giant supertanker uses 9.8% less fuel thanks to 130-foot sails

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The China Merchant Energy Shipping company (CMES) has taken delivery of a new supertanker, whose four large sails will cut down average fuel consumption by nearly 10%.

Sails, of course, were the primary source of power for large ships for thousands of years.

Four relatively modest 40-meter sails will reduce the New Aden's fuel consumption by nearly 10% on long voyages China Classification Society. »