June 7, 2016 |
Socially responsible investing used to be on the fringe. Now, it's officially mainstream, said Amy O'Brien, managing director and head of TIAA Global Asset Management's Responsible Investment Team. But for any given company or group of them, what constitutes the relevant ways to be socially responsible or sustainable? "Jargon is certainly part of the problem," O'Brien said. To solve that problem, the fund-tracking firm Morningstar earlier this year introduced the industry's first scoring system for mutual funds and exchange-traded funds for ESG, or environmental, social, and governance metrics.
May 13, 2016 |
This one was much different from the Union's most recent matches against their nemesis, the Los Angeles Galaxy. Playing aggressively for much of the game, the Union overcame a 2-1 second-half deficit to earn a 2-2 Major League Soccer draw Wednesday night before 17,985 at Talen Energy Stadium. At 4-3-2 for 14 points, the Union trail first-place Montreal by a point in the Eastern Conference heading into their road game Saturday against the Impact. Los Angeles (5-1-4) extended its unbeaten streak to eight games.
May 12, 2016 |
The Union on Wednesday will have their one chance to face Major League Soccer royalty when the Los Angeles Galaxy visit Talen Energy Stadium for the first time since 2013. The Galaxy (5-1-3) are again among the top teams in MLS. Coach Bruce Arena's team has won three of the last five MLS championships "They are the gold standard of the league, the [NFL's New England] Patriots of MLS, and they have a way of winning," Union coach Jim Curtin said of the Galaxy. Over the years the Galaxy have had some of the biggest names in MLS, such as Landon Donovan and David Beckham, and there is still plenty of star power.
May 12, 2016 |
Wednesday at 7 p.m., Talen Energy Stadium. TV: The Comcast Network. Records: Galaxy, 5-1-3, 18 points; Union, 4-3-1, 13 points. Coaches: Galaxy, Bruce Arena, 195-116-76; Union, Jim Curtin, 21-25-14. Galaxy on the road: 1-1-2; Union at home: 3-0-1. Most recent game: The Galaxy won at New England, 4-2, on Sunday. The Union played visiting San Jose to a 1-1 draw on April 30. Goals for: Galaxy, 22; Union, 11. Goals against: Galaxy, 10; Union, 8. About the Galaxy: Robbie Keane returned after missing five games following knee surgery to score twice against New England.
January 27, 2016 |
Vivian Camphor loves everything Star Wars - the movies, the music, the metaphors for life. So when the Philadelphia Sports Club fitness instructor had the chance to teach "Awaken Your Inner Force," a Jedi-themed exercise class, she jumped at the chance. " Star Wars is the triumph of good over evil no matter what, and these are the things that people can apply to their everyday life, because we all have challenges," said Camphor, 49. Star Wars is the perfect exercise theme, she insisted, "because you have to dig deep within your inner force to overcome challenges, both in life and in the gym. " The cardio boot-camp class combines strength and core exercises, martial arts, Tai Chi, and yoga, all to the Star Wars score.
January 5, 2016 |
In a documentary about the making of Star Wars , the venerable Walter Cronkite lauded the first movie for lifting the United States out of our "depression of the '70s," the mood induced by the trauma of Vietnam and the skullduggery of Watergate. We were ready to believe in heroes again, and to affirm an intergalactic morality tale wrapped in dazzling special effects. Since we knew not our preternatural need for Star Wars , it hit us with the force of The Force. We can't reasonably expect J.J. Abrams to deliver the same kind of experience that George Lucas did back then, nailing the zeitgeist with a product we couldn't ask for because we didn't know we needed it. We have asked and asked; finally he's delivered an engaging flick.
January 10, 2015 |
Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), one of the central heroes of Marvel's wildly successful comic-book film Guardians of the Galaxy , is a space rogue who was kidnapped as a kid from his Missouri home by a band of marauding interstellar pirates called the Ravagers. There's some planet called Morag, where Quill steals a superspecial orb, and an assassin named Gamora (Zoe Saldana) who goes after him. Huh? Don't worry if descriptions of director James Gunn's Disney film make it sound more complicated than the entire Lord of the Rings saga.
September 4, 2014 |
When John Bochanski was 7, he would sit on the porch at night in Washington Township and watch as his grandfather pointed out the constellations. By 12, he was reading everything he could find about astronomy. The following year, he saved up more than $400 from his Gloucester County paper route to buy an 8-inch telescope. Lately he has been setting his sights quite a bit farther: more than 5 quintillion (five followed by 18 zeroes) miles away. That is the distance between Earth and the most distant known star in the Milky Way - a "cool red giant" that Bochanski helped discover while a visiting assistant professor at Haverford College.
September 3, 2014 |
"GUARDIANS of the Galaxy," the Marvel movie everyone scoffed at because no one knew the characters, became the No. 1 movie of the year this past weekend, finishing in first place once again with $16.3 million and upping its domestic gross to nearly $275 million. In another week or so it will pass "Man of Steel," a DC movie featuring a character everyone knew. Throw in another $275 million in foreign box office and "Guardians" is continuing to make Disney's $4 billion purchase of Marvel seem like a bargain.
August 5, 2014 |
IT LOOKS AS IF the move by Marvel Studios to announce a sequel to "Guardians of the Galaxy" before the movie opened was a winner. The space romp, starring Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana , earned a whopping $94 million in its debut weekend, according to studio estimates yesterday, blowing away its most optimistic preopening estimate of $75 million. The opening crushes the previous record opening for an August release, the $69.2 million debut of 2007's "The Bourne Ultimatum.