This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 8 BOSTON (AP) — Amid warnings that biodiversity is in freefall, environmental leaders will gather in Montreal to hammer out measures aimed at shoring up the world's land and marine ecosystems and coming up with tens of billions of dollars to fund these conservation efforts. Delegates from about 190 countries will assemble for nearly two weeks, starting Wednesday, at the United Nations Biodiversity Conference, or COP15, to finalize a framework for protecting 30% of global land and marine areas by 2030. Currently, 17% of terrestrial and 10% of marine areas are protected. The proposed framework also calls for reducing the rate of invasive species introduction and establishment by 50%, cutting pesticide use in half and eliminating the discharge of plastic waste. The goals — more ambitious than earlier ones that have mostly gone unmet — are expected to be … [Read more...] about Governments gather in Canada in bid to boost biodiversity
November was a bleak month for tech workers. Meta , Amazon, Lyft, Stripe and Twitter laid off thousands of employees. Microsoft and Google announced hiring slowdowns. The cutbacks and hiring freezes affected not only veteran employees. Some tech companies laid off recent college graduates or rescinded their job offers. Some firms are also cutting their summer internship programs for college students next year. The industry slowdown is sending shock waves through a generation of computer science and data science students who spent years preparing themselves for careers at the largest tech companies. Many recent grads and college seniors are now seeking tech jobs outside the tech industry, in industries like retail, banking and finance. I’m a technology reporter at The New York Times who investigates the societal impacts of tech innovations and tech company business practices. And I am reporting a story about the implications of the industry jobs slowdown for people in the … [Read more...] about Are You Applying for Tech Jobs or Internships? We Want to Hear About It.
New York (CNN Business) Philadelphia Cream Cheese is launching a non-dairy version of its signature spread. The plant-based cream cheese is now available at grocery stories in Atlanta, Houston, Miami and other locations in the Southeast, with a wider rollout planned for summer 2023. The new variety is made with coconut oil and faba bean protein among other ingredients, and is designed to mimic the experience of eating traditional cream cheese. Philadelphia's non-dairy cream cheese has a suggested retail price of $6.49, compared to $4.57 for traditional. The brand's owner Kraft Heinz ( KHC ) , has been focusing on driving growth by innovating within its powerhouse products like Philadelphia, including by launching plant-based alternatives, where the company sees room for growth. "Plant-based has been outpacing the overall categories within all of dairy for quite some time," said John Crawford, VP of client insights for dairy at IRI. … [Read more...] about Philadelphia is launching a plant-based cream cheese
This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 14 NEW YORK (AP) — In a darkened hotel room in New York's Soho neighborhood, Brendan Fraser kindly greets a reporter with an open plastic bag in his hand. “Would you like a gummy bear?” Fraser, the 54-year-old actor, is in many ways an extremely familiar face to encounter. Here is the once ubiquitous ’90s presence and action star of “The Mummy” and “George of the Jungle,” whose warm, earnest disposition has made him beloved, still, many years later. But Fraser, little seen on the big screen for much of the last decade, is also not quite as you might remember him. His voice is softer. He’s more sensitive, almost intensely so. He seems to bear some bruises from an up-and-down life. If Fraser seems both as he was once was but also someone markedly different, that’s appropriate. In Darren Aronofsky’s “The Whale,” he gives a … [Read more...] about Brendan Fraser is back. But to him, ‘I was never far away’
There are times when The Passenger , Cormac McCarthy ’s first novel since 2006’s Pulitzer Prize-winning The Road , defaults to the most elementary tropes of noir. One night on the job, a few miles off Louisiana’s Gulf Coast, Bobby Western, a salvage diver with a mysteriously cosmopolitan past, sees something he shouldn't. G-men descend, feigning manners when he's home and ransacking his apartment when he isn't. He moves into a room above the bar where he's a regular. He owns a luxury car whose decay runs parallel to his own. The love of his life is dead. The friend who saw what he saw gets killed. His bank account is frozen. His cat runs away. If each added wrinkle in a good noir ripples through those that came before, stakes doubling and pace quickening, here they drown in negative space. While the novel's title refers to its characters' resignation in the face of forces more powerful than them (or to the bodies in sunken airplanes that rise up "like circus balloons"), it … [Read more...] about Decades after ‘The Road,’ Cormac McCarthy returns with Gulf Coast dramas
Near the end of Cormac McCarthy 's last novel, No Country for Old Men , the sheriff discovers his wife has been reading the book of Revelation and inquires what she has learned: "So I asked her if Revelations had anything to say about the shape things was takin and she said she'd let me know." McCarthy's new novel, The Road, arriving in stores Tuesday, fulfills that promise. The novel's plot is simple and venerable — a journey. Two males, an unnamed father and his son, both of unspecified age, are traveling by foot somewhere in America. The landscape through which they move, "barren, silent, godless," has been devastated by an enormous catastrophe, some sort of holocaust. Whether this was a terrorist act, a nuclear war or a cosmic cataclysm is not spelled out. We are told only that "the clocks stopped at 1:17" and that there was "a long shear of light and then a series of low concussions." A gray ash covers everything. The nameless boy appears to be the voice of salvation in … [Read more...] about The Road by Cormac McCarthy