September 5, 2016 |
It's said you have to take the bad with the good. The idiom applies perfectly to the Jersey Shore, where good weather can drive a seasonal economy, and bad weather can bust it. Weeks of unrelenting hot weather during prime vacation time in July and August may ultimately mean record-setting tourism spending for 2016, maybe up by as much 2 percent over last summer. But Hermine's stormy kicker over Labor Day weekend threatened to seriously dampen the bottom line for businesses that depend on every sunny day to keep them out of the red. "We were kind of counting on this weekend to push us into where we want our bottom line to be," said Toby Ciankowski, whose family operates an ice cream stand on the Wildwood boardwalk.
April 7, 2016 |
The NBA draft could be set up for a needed revamping of the eligibility requirements if five-star basketball recruit Thon Maker follows through on his reported intent to declare for the 2016 draft and is allowed to enter. On Sunday, Bleacher Report columnist Adam Wells reported that Maker, a 7-1 center who plays at Orangeville District Secondary School in Ontario, Canada, will forgo college to go directly into the NBA if the league approves it. Under the current collective bargaining agreements, players applying for the draft must be 19 by the time of the draft and one year removed from their class graduating high school.
March 11, 2016 |
YO, THIS presidential jawn got you thinking of moving to Canada, eh? Join the club. "How to Move to Canada" was the most-searched phrase after Donald Trump's victory on Super Tuesday, March 1. I've never been one to run away from ignorant loudmouths, but I happened to be in Canada when America lost its collective mind, and maybe it was the thin air of the Canadian Rockies, but I started trying "Canuck Helen" on for size. I had been in Alberta for just a few days, and bonded with an adorable sled dog named Apache and a Dudley-Do-Right-looking Canadian Mountie.
February 3, 2016 |
It's one day before Groundhog Day and the groundhog is dead. No, not that one. Pennsylvania's own Punxsutawney Phil is just fine, resting up for his big day Tuesday. But Canada's weather-watching woodchuck, Winnipeg Willow, died Friday night, likely of old age, at the wildlife rehabilitation center where she's lived since a dog killed her mother five years ago. And Groundhog Day celebrations in Manitoba capital city have been canceled. Punxsutawney Phil's people were surprised by news of his colleague's death - but also surprised by news of her existence.
October 23, 2015 |
SAY IT AIN'T so, Jacques. According to a report, this season marks the first time in the the NHL's 98-year history that a majority of its players aren't Canadian-born. Former Daily News staffer Frank Seravalli, writing for Canada-based TSN, notes that Canadian-born players account for just 49.7 percent of the 690 players who have laced up their skates this season. That's a big change from 15 years ago when, according to the report, approximately 75 percent of the players were Canadian-born.
August 4, 2015 |
Update: TORONTO (AP) - The Canadian talking and tweeting hitchhiking robot that met its untimely end in the United States over the weekend might be given another chance at life. HitchBOT's co-creators Frauke Zeller and David Smith said Monday that they've been overwhelmed with support and offers to revive the robot since it was vandalized beyond repair on the streets of Philadelphia on Saturday and they are considering rebuilding it. The robot was on a hitchhiking, social experiment adventure in the U.S. after trekking across Canada and parts of Europe last year.
May 30, 2015 |
Many young Philly-area concertgoers Saturday will attend the annual Roots Picnic on Festival Pier. But at Union Transfer, a pair of dreamy, electro-pop experimentalists will be holding forth: Purity Ring and Braids. There are two full shows, the late one being ideal for picnic attendees still looking for a live gig to hit. After a hot day in the sun, a blast of Canada's finest electro-pop acts should send you home cooler. Both bands benefit from similar influences - a little Björk here, a little Crystal Castles there.
May 10, 2015 |
The list of Canadian singer-songwriters making their own brand of heartfelt American roots music (at least early in their careers) starts with Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Bruce Cockburn, Gordon Lightfoot, and Leonard Cohen. Blank, hilly lands; cussed winds and worse relationships - these artists know such things as well as any Heartland U.S. musician. And so do the Manitoba-based Bros. Landreth, who held court at Chestnut Street's Milkboy on Thursday night. Make no mistake. Their principal singer and songwriter, Joey Landreth, is no Young, Cohen, or Cockburn.
February 19, 2015 |
ON A VISIT to Philadelphia in November, Colleen Hanycz did what most visitors do when in our midst: She ate her first cheesesteak. The Canadian native isn't sure which locale she consumed said sandwich, only remembering that the eatery was inside the Reading Terminal Market and featured a "Best of" sign. The sandwich "alone is reason to move to Philadelphia," Hanycz said yesterday. In fact, a much higher calling has attracted the married mother of three here: Hanycz was named president of La Salle University yesterday by the school's Board of Trustees.
January 25, 2015 |
COLUMBUS, Ohio - With each cent the Canadian dollar drops in relation to its American counterpart, so too may Ron Hextall's chances to hasten the Flyers' rebuild. At the NHL's Board of Governors meetings in Florida in early December, commissioner Gary Bettman suggested next season's salary cap might rise to $73 million from this year's $69 million limit. When he made that prediction, the Canadian loonie was trading at 89 cents to one American dollar. Yesterday, it closed at 80 cents on the market.