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 Some tech companies laid off recent college graduates or rescinded their job offers.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
The mob boss Tony Soprano — played by the great James Gandolfini , who died last week of a heart attack — was one of the most memorable fictional characters to emerge in the past several decades. He was also a prototype for a wave of provocative antiheroes who, as Brett Martin’s new book points out, would place cable television at the vanguard of a creative revolution, one that would make open-ended serialized drama “the signature American art form of the first decade of the 21st century.” The secretive and lonely Don Draper in “Mad Men,” the murderous Al Swearengen in “Deadwood” and the wily Walter White in “Breaking Bad”: these “difficult men,” as Mr. Martin calls them, are all Tony’s psychological relatives — “unhappy, morally compromised, complicated, deeply human” characters who stir both our sympathy and our revulsion, a sense of identification and an implied complicity in their darkest deeds. Conventional wisdom, Mr. Martin writes, “had once insisted Americans … [Read more...] about Tortured Souls, Terrific Television
In his first session with Dr. Melfi, Tony Soprano says: “It’s good to be in something from the ground floor. I came too late for that, I know. But lately, I’m getting the feeling that I came in at the end. The best is over.” As the television critic Alan Sepinwall points out in his incisive new book, the joke on Tony is “that the show that told his story represented not the end of something, but the thrilling ground floor.” Though other series like “NYPD Blue,” “Twin Peaks” and “Oz” made the revolution possible, “The Sopranos” is “the one that made the world realize something special was happening on television,” he says. “It rewrote the rules and made TV a better, happier place for thinking viewers, even as it was telling the story of a bunch of stubborn, ignorant, miserable excuses for human beings.” In “The Revolution Was Televised,” Mr. Sepinwall — who writes the blog “What’s Alan Watching?,” best known for its observant episode-by-episode commentary — analyzes a dozen “great … [Read more...] about Television That’s Worth Dissecting
President Joe Biden’s Department of Labor has fined U.S. farm companies for allegedly misusing the H-2A visa-worker program to swindle American and foreign workers. But Biden’s progressive deputies are also backing a congressional expansion of the H-2A program that would cripple the ability of many rural Americans to get fair-market wages. On November 28, Mississippi Today reported the labor department fined 11 farms for their exploitation of the H-2A program: “The allegations made by Mississippi Delta farmworkers are alarming,” Wage and Hour Division District’s Jackson director, Audrey Hall, said in a statement. “The outcome of these investigations confirms that employers denied many farmworkers their lawful wages and, in some cases, violated the rights of U.S. workers by giving temporary guest workers preferential treatment.” … Agents found employers paid local workers lesser wages per hour than their foreign counterparts for the same type of jobs; failed to disclose … [Read more...] about Democrats, Business Ally to Expand H-2A Visa Workers in Agriculture Jobs
PARIS — Where can you find elaborate costumes, choreographed flourishes and live music in France right now? Not in theaters. Since the country eased its second lockdown in late November, the show has resumed in only one setting: churches . Catholicism is the predominant faith in France, and on paper, a Roman Catholic Mass and a stage performance aren’t all that different: Both events involve a cast of professionals addressing a seated, and now socially distanced, audience. The connections don’t stop there. At several sung Masses over the course of a week this month, I had a feeling of déjà vu, even though I had attended only a handful of religious services in my life. The ritualistic nature of the event, the dramatic buildup from scene to scene — even the slightly labored monologues — are all part and parcel of regular theater attendance. If anything, I understood how a first-time theatergoer must feel, because it was clear everyone else knew things I didn’t: when … [Read more...] about With Paris Theaters Closed, Church Is the Only Show in Town