March 14, 2012 |
Destiny is a funny thing. From Day 1 to Day 24 - and the months before and after a four-week shoot in Ghana - Deron Albright's first feature film, The Destiny of Lesser Animals , appeared doomed. "It was just the relentlessness of the challenges," said Albright, 42, of Narberth, a director and associate professor of film at St. Joseph's University. "Any one given bad day is doable. This was day upon day. . . . It has been an exhausting process. " On more than one occasion, everyone involved - from the L.A. cameraman who slept on Albright's couch to the lead actor who paid his own airfare to Ghana - wondered whether the film four years in the making would ever see the big screen.
January 10, 2016
Answer: Mount Kilimanjaro. The Tanzanian peak tops out at about 19,340 feet. It's an ascent popular with inexperienced climbers.
June 25, 2010
US Airways and Spanish carrier Spanair announced today an agreement that will give US Airways passengers access to additional destinations in Spain, the Canary Islands, continental Europe and Africa. The deal, which substantially expands an existing agreement between the two airlines, is effective Saturday. It gives passengers so-called single-source booking, ticketing and baggage connections for flights on either airline. US Airways is the dominant carrier serving Philadelphia International Airport, with about 60 percent of the traffic.
February 23, 1988 |
The wandering ash ship from Philadelphia has set out into the Atlantic again, this time headed for an undisclosed destination in Africa. The Coast Guard in Miami said today the Khian Sea, which has roamed the oceans for 17 months, left for Africa over the weekend after repairs were made to the vessel off the Florida Coast. "I'm not able to find out where he's going in Africa and it's really no concern of ours to pursue it any further," Coast Guard Petty Officer Steven Allen said.
May 18, 2004
The United States has two ways to export its most prized beliefs and pursue the fight against terrorism. One means, as seen in Afghanistan and Iraq, is to use unparalleled military might to crush regimes implicated in terror (or at least alleged to be). This works to chase despots out of capitals, but it has some ever-more-obvious drawbacks. The other means are good deeds that show the benign side of the American superpower by aiding struggling nations, including many in Africa, that might become havens for terrorists.
April 22, 2011 |
'Possible Cities: Africa in Photography & Video" is a major exhibition now at Haverford College, developed in conjunction with the 2011 Mellon Symposium "Imaging Africa," an international event held there recently. The display acknowledges that we live in a "city century" or "urban millennium," and that Africa is growing more citified at a faster rate than any other continent. Lagos, Nigeria, is one of the largest cities on Earth, and Nigeria's Nollywood is the world's third-largest and fastest-growing film industry.
January 28, 2014
A FREE TRIP TO Africa? Yo, what kind of scam is that? That's what I thought when I first heard what the d'Zert Club does. It sounded like a deal that was way too good to be true. But it's the real deal. Since 1998, the d'Zert Club has been taking groups of youngsters to explore Africa the way some groups take kids to ride roller coasters at Hershey Park. For their first trip, the d'Zert Club went to Senegal's Goree Island, visiting the Door of No Return, through which slaves passed on their way to the Americas.
April 4, 1993 |
"Americans, and particularly American children, are quite unfamiliar with contemporary Africa and especially the positive and progressive aspects of Africa," says Jack Lutz, a retired educator and a Mount Laurel resident. "When children here think of Africa, they think of it as being Tarzan and the jungle, . . . which is a shame because it's really quite a beautiful place. " Lutz should know. He and his wife, Paz, spent more than 20 years in Africa working in small villages helping to develop programs for education, health and community development.
July 3, 2014 |
JACK LUTZ didn't know how to quit. After serving as an educator all over the world - Philadelphia, Montgomery County, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Poland - he was teaching cartooning at an adult learning center. In fact, he was preparing a lesson plan for the course when he died June 29 at age 92. He lived in Mount Laurel, N.J. "He would exhaust you and me and five other people," said his son, Barry Lutz. "He didn't sleep. " After 30 years in Africa, and pushing 70, Jack decided to join the Peace Corps and taught college in Poland for several more years.
July 30, 2012 |
Our Kind of People A Continent's Challenge, a Country's Hope By Uzodinma Iweala Harper Collins. 240 pp. $24.99 About halfway through Our Kind of People: A Continent's Challenge, a Country's Hope , a stunning inquiry into the AIDS crisis in sub-Saharan Africa, Uzodinma Iweala makes the thrust of his investigation clear. "I found his words interesting," he writes of a Nigerian politician who blames the disease's spread on long-distance truckers and rest-stop sex workers, "because they seemed to externalize both the epidemic and its primary means of transmission - sex. By focusing on these groups of people that Nigerians traditionally consider promiscuous or of lax morality, he seemed to suggest that normal people with normal monogamous sexual relationships exist outside the reach of the virus.