By The Associated Press Sat., May 11, 2019 GENEVA - Nearly every country in the world has agreed upon a legally binding framework to reduce the pollution from plastic waste except for the United States, U.N. environmental officials say. An agreement on tracking thousands of types of plastic waste emerged Friday at the end of a two-week meeting of U.N.-backed conventions on plastic waste and toxic, hazardous chemicals. Discarded plastic clutters pristine land, floats in huge masses in oceansand rivers and entangles wildlife, sometimes with deadly results . Rolph Payet of the United Nations Environment Program said the “historic” agreement linked to the 186-country, U.N.-supported Basel Convention means that countries will have to monitor and track the movements of plastic waste outside their borders. The deal affects products used in a broad array of industries, such as health care, technology, aerospace, fashion, food and beverages. Article Continued Below … [Read more...] about Landmark UN plastic waste pact gets approved, but not by U.S.
By Vinay Menon Entertainment Columnist Fri., May 3, 2019 Have you ever lined up for fast food and thought, “Gosh, wouldn’t it be great if I could order something that reflected my mood at this moment in time?” Me neither. But let’s think about Burger King’s new marketing campaign for a moment before we dismiss it as flame-grilled nonsense for hungry millennials. This week, the company unveiled a new line of “Real Meals.” Available in select markets, these “Real Meals” are basically Whopper combos — burger, fries and drink — that come in boxes emblazoned with, um, a “variety of moods.” It’s as if Nike marketed a new line of cross-trainers for the glum. Or Ikea released a special-edition Billy bookcase for self-hating hoarders and conflicted pack rats. So let’s say you just quit your new job because your boss is a maniac, one of the scenarios in Burger King’s new … [Read more...] about Burger King’s ‘Real Meals’ is the fake news of fast food
By Natalie Wong Bloomberg Thu., May 2, 2019 A one-bedroom condo plus den listed at $648,000 in Toronto’s east end has been sitting on the market for weeks. A similar unit in the same building priced $69,000 cheaper ended up selling way over asking. Whether it’s an apartment in a glitzy new skyscraper or a mansion in exclusive Forest Hill, pricing has become paramount as Toronto heads into the busy spring property season. As the market stabilizes after a year of plunging sales, condos sales are a mixed bag and big detached homes are hard to shift. “The right product, in the right location, at the right price will get lots of interest and likely multiple offers,” said real estate agent Justin Wu, who’s handling the condo that’s still on the market. “Others take more work to sell.” Home sales in the Toronto region have dropped 37 per cent from their peak in 2016 while prices are down 4.4 per cent since maxing out at $815,200 … [Read more...] about Toronto real estate market faces spring test
LONDON: Gareth Bale is still "100 per cent" committed to Real Madrid despite speculation over his future, the Wales star's agent insisted on Monday (Apr 29).Former Tottenham winger Bale has been linked with a return to the Premier League after a difficult season with the troubled Spanish club.The 29-year-old has had to endure claims that he doesn't have a strong relationship with his team-mates, while Real have suffered a woeful campaign on the pitch.Bale played the full 90 minutes when Real suffered a shock 1-0 defeat against lowly Rayo Vallecano on Sunday, but Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane later questioned whether he was fully focused.Bale's agent Jonathan Barnett has responded to Zidane's comments by telling BBC Sport Wales: "Gareth is 100 per cent committed to Real Madrid."Referring to his past assertion that Bale wanted to spend the rest of his career with Madrid, Barnett added: "Nothing has changed."Frustrated at a lack of starting opportunities for Real towards the end of last … [Read more...] about Football: Bale ‘100 per cent’ committed to Real Madrid, claims agent
AKCAKALE, Turkey — Like thousands of other Syrian refugees, Shakar Rudani worked last summer in Turkey’s Black Sea region, home to the largest concentration of hazelnut farms in the world. He arrived in August, expecting that he and his six sons, ages 18-24, would earn the equivalent of a few thousand dollars. He left in late September with little more than a firm resolution: to never return again. The work was arduous and risky. Because the terrain is filled with steep inclines, his sons spent much of their time attached by ropes to rocks, a precaution against a potentially fatal fall. Worse, the pay was $10 a day, half the rate promised by the middleman who had pitched him the job. “We made just enough to cover the cost of getting there and getting back,” said Rudani, a sun-baked 57-year-old who lives in a Turkish village on the Syrian border. “Plus our living expenses. We returned with nothing.” About 70 percent of all hazelnuts come from Turkey, … [Read more...] about News Where Ferrero gets its hazelnuts, Syrian refugees eke out a living