February 2, 2015 |
Most Americans born after World War II take peace and democracy in Western Europe for granted. Enfolded in the European Union, France and Germany became allies and Spain absorbed democratic values. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, former communist countries joined the fold and embraced parliamentary norms. But we forget all too easily that the 70 years since 1945 are an anomaly for Europe, whose previous 150 years of history were marked by war, ideological strife, and revolution.
January 25, 2015 |
Europe is far off, but the European Central Bank's decision to infuse money into the Eurozone via so-called quantitative easing will hit us all in the pocketbook, one way or another. Here's how: "Even if you don't live in Europe, this matters," says this post and video clip at Money.CNN.com. The markets' initial reactions were positive. Among other things, "the ECB's announcement showed investors that Europe may finally be serious about repairing its many economic problems. That should help contain the negative spillover to the U.S.," the post says.
January 14, 2015 |
The Philadelphia Orchestra last toured Europe in 2011 in deeply uncertain circumstances: The orchestra was still in bankruptcy and entering contract negotiations amid fears about the future. Yannick Nézet-Séguin had been appointed, but would not become music director until the next year. The orchestra was led by chief conductor Charles Dutoit. In contrast, the 2015 Tour of Europe, announced Tuesday, promises to be a consolidation of more successful times for the Philadelphia Orchestra, and under the leadership of Nézet-Séguin, already a well-known figure there.
September 13, 2014 |
Comcast Corp.'s WiFi ambitions are going global. The Philadelphia cable company and Europe's Liberty Global say they have formed a partnership to offer Internet subscribers more than 10 million WiFi hotspots on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. Xfinity Internet customers who travel to Europe can use Liberty's Global's WiFi for free, while Liberty Global subscribers who travel to the United States can use Comcast WiFi for free, the two companies said on Thursday. The Liberty Global partnership is the latest expansion of Comcast's fast-growing WiFi network that Wall Street analysts view as a potential asset and possible threat to Verizon Communications Inc., AT&T Inc. and other traditional wireless carriers.
August 1, 2014
TWO FORMER Villanova guards have signed to play for teams in Europe. For Roman Catholic High's Maalik Wayns, this will be the first time he's taking his game overseas. Allan Ray, who as a senior was part of the Wildcats' 2005-06 Final Eight run, is making his eighth stop in six seasons (he sat out in 2009-10 with a knee injury). Wayns, who left college a year early and spent part of the last two seasons in the NBA with the Sixers and Los Angeles Clippers, will be suiting up for EuroLeague power BC Zalgiris, which is based in Kaunas, Lithuania.
July 21, 2014 |
Vladimir Putin has become a global menace. There is an irrefutable link between the Russian leader's reckless policies on Ukraine and the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. This tragedy is the direct outgrowth of his decision to train and arm Ukrainian separatists with heavy weapons in an effort to destabilize Ukraine. It doesn't matter whether the triggerman thought he was targeting a Ukrainian military plane rather than a civilian airliner. More than 200 European civilians, along with dozens of Aussies, Asians, and North Americans, lie dead because of Putin's determination to force Ukraine to join a new Russian empire.
July 4, 2014 |
Vlendy "Eric" Slueue does a lot of his work in a crowd. If he's free from the masses, and a soccer ball is at the Junior Lone Star midfielder's feet, his opponent may be in trouble. "People can't stop me one-on-one," Slueue said. "They can't. " In practice or in a game, the anticipation level rises when the ball finds Slueue. His turns and feints keep defenders off balance, setting up the next move. His best attribute? "I'm good with my left foot," Slueue said. A recent graduate of Bartram High, the 18-year-old native of Liberia drew a lot of Division I college interest but recently decided to play professional soccer.
April 25, 2014 |
AS USUAL, WE'LL get the big news out of the way first: Miley Cyrus has left the hospital. Miley was hospitalized on April 15, for an "absolutely horrible reaction" - elsewhere called an allergic reaction - to flu medication. In the interest of public safety, could someone please tell us the flu medication so flu sufferers can be aware of its potentially scary nine-day hospital-stay side effects? "She is feeling much better and Europe [tour] is still on," an unnamed Miley source told E!
March 10, 2014 |
ABOARD THE CRYSTAL SERENITY - I'm sitting beside a pool in the Bay of Biscay, sipping a gin and tonic as a Thai band plays a vigorous rendition of Van Halen's "Jump. " A life-sized Barbie in a black-fringed thong bikini has just lowered herself into the water, no doubt inducing heart palpitations and several cases of whiplash among the men relaxing on the Lido Deck around me. That might seem to be sufficient excitement for one afternoon, but all eyes are directed upward when a crimson helicopter appears overhead, dangling two black-clad men from cables.
December 22, 2013 |
The average fuel economy for a new car in the United States is 25 m.p.g. That's far less than the 121 m.p.g.-equivalent of the Scion iQ EV, which is the most fuel-efficient passenger vehicle on the market. But what if a car could get 200 miles per gallon? That's what Volkswagen has achieved with its XL1 - a two-seater that will be the most fuel-efficient car to ever go into production when it makes its way down a German assembly line next year. With a price tag of about $145,000, the return on investment, at current fuel prices, would take decades.