May 15, 2016 |
When the Chinese economy took a southward turn at the start of 2016, Philadelphia Orchestra watchers had to pause. The orchestra has invested heavily in relationships throughout China in recent years - were these ties now in jeopardy? Any hand-wringing seems to have evolved into a why-worry shrug as the orchestra embarks on its 2016 Tour of Asia. It starts with a pair of Hong Kong concerts May 19 and 20 that will be broadcast live by WRTI-FM - the first visits there since 2005 - followed by dates in Macau, Shanghai, Beijing, and then Japan.
February 28, 2016
Answer: Asia. With about 17 million square miles, it easily outranks Africa, which is about 11.7 million square miles.
November 3, 2015 |
Picture this: nearly 500 million people - more than four times the number of people who watched the Super Bowl last year. That's the equivalent of every man, woman, and child living in the 11 other countries that make up the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), and they're all hungry for the American brand of agriculture. These half-billion potential shoppers can't get enough of what American agriculture is dishing up, and their needs aren't currently being met. The Obama administration's team of negotiators has taken America's farmers one step closer to fully tapping into that market with the finalization of the TPP agreement.
August 10, 2015 |
Philadelphia has long wanted a direct flight to the Asia Pacific region. A survey of business travelers here in 2012 found the top desired international business destinations were Tokyo, Shanghai, Beijing and Mumbai, India. Philadelphia already has a lot of international service to Europe, Mexico, the Caribbean, and the Middle East. But attracting a nonstop flight to China, Japan, Hong Kong, or Korea has proven difficult. "We are the largest metropolitan area in the United States without direct nonstop service tothe Asia Pacific," Philadelphia International Airport CEO Mark Gale saidin a recent interview.
August 2, 2014 |
Those eager for the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes of Southeast Asia or Africa need only visit Penn's Landing this weekend to find satisfaction. Two popular ethnic festivals are returning to the Delaware River waterfront, promising fun without flight delays or foreign currency exchanges. On Saturday, the fourth annual Southeast Asian Dragon Boat Festival will put a focus on Penn's Landing Marina, near the popular pop-up Spruce Street Harbor Park. Besides races in the vessels that give the event its name, visitors can enjoy dance performances traditional and modern at the Great Plaza stage.
May 28, 2013 |
When Martin Rawls-Meehan started making adjustable beds in 2004, it was a foregone conclusion that key parts would be made overseas. It was cheaper to manufacture in Taiwan than in the United States, and from Taiwan it was easier to ship to customers in Asia. But this year, Rawls-Meehan's company, Reverie, began making some beds in their entirety at a factory in New York. "Shipping costs are tremendous," he said, soaring between 50 percent and 60 percent since the company was founded.
January 1, 2013 |
LONDON - Lavish fireworks displays ushered in 2013 across the Asia-Pacific region on Tuesday, and Europe was holding scaled-back festivities and street parties in the hope of beginning a year that will be kinder to its battered economies. Asian cities kicked off New Year's celebrations in style and an atmosphere of renewed optimism. Huge fireworks lit up skylines in Sydney, Hong Kong, and Shanghai, and the once-isolated country of Myanmar joined the countdown party for the first time in decades.
December 24, 2012
HARRISBURG - Three state police lieutenants - including the former head of the elite detail that guards the Pennsylvania governor - were investigated by the FBI and the state police for their involvement with prostitutes during successive personal vacations to Southeast Asia. Records in a case pending in federal court in Pennsylvania say the lieutenants all admitted hiring the prostitutes on trips between 2002 and 2008. An Associated Press review of the internal state police records shows the supervisors evaded significant punishment, and a Right-to-Know Law request found no evidence they were discharged or demoted, the state police said Wednesday.
December 24, 2012 |
HARRISBURG - Three state police lieutenants - including the former head of the elite detail that guards the governor - were investigated by the FBI and the state police for their alleged involvement with prostitutes during successive personal vacations to Southeast Asia. Records in a case pending in federal court in Pennsylvania say the lieutenants all admitted hiring the prostitutes on trips between 2002 and 2008. An Associated Press review of the internal state police records shows the supervisors evaded significant punishment, and a Right-to-Know Law request found no evidence they were discharged or demoted, the state police said Wednesday.
December 9, 2012 |
MANAMA, Bahrain - American envoys challenged assertions Saturday that Washington seeks to diminish its role in Middle East affairs, insisting that U.S. political ties and energy needs bind the country closely to a region full of "threat and promise. " The defensive tone by U.S. officials, in response to questions raised at an international security summit in Bahrain, reflects growing speculation about a possible U.S. policy realignment toward Asia at the expense of Mideast initiatives.