May 20, 2015 |
U.S. airlines are expecting their busiest summer ever, with 222 million travelers - or 2.4 million a day - expected to fly between June 1 and August 31, Airlines for America, the industry group for U.S. carriers, said Monday. The 4.5 percent increase from last summer will include 31 million travelers on international flights. To accommodate the anticipated busy summer travel season, airlines are adding flights and seats, and deploying larger aircraft, said John Heimlich, chief economist for the Washington, D.C. trade group.
February 12, 2015 |
JULIO FRANCO played his first major league game for the Phillies on a chilly Friday night in April 1982. Went 1-for-4 in a 9-2 loss to the Cardinals at the Vet. Bob Forsch got the win. Mike Krukow took the loss. You can look it up. This April, the 56-year-old Franco will be player-manager of the semi-pro Ishikawa Million Stars in Japan. It will not be his first trip to the Land of the Rising Sun. In 1995, following the major leagues' strike season, he played for Chiba Lotte Marines in the Pacific League.
December 11, 2014 |
JAPANESE NATIONALISTS are in a tizzy over Angelina Jolie 's new movie, "Unbroken," the story of U.S. Olympian and World War II POW Louis Zamperini . According to Zamperini's story and the book about him by Laura Hillenbrand , Zamperini wasn't treated too well by Japanese guards while he was being held captive. But protesters claim that the depiction is unfair and untrue, and the London Telegraph says that those criticizing the film are trying to have it banned from Japan.
December 11, 2014 |
Several nationalist groups in Japan have called for the country to ban Angelina Jolie because of her film Unbroken , which, they claim, represents Japanese officers during WWII in a negative light. Jolie's film tells the story of real-life Olympian Louis Zamperini , an Army Air Forces second lieutenant taken prisoner by the Japanese. One scene has an imperial officer named Mutsuhiro Watanabe mercilessly beating the American. The film is based on Laura Hillenbrand 's biography of the same name and Zamperini's own accounts.
November 16, 2014
Mariners star Robinson Cano is expected to miss three to four weeks after breaking a toe during the Major League Baseball All-Stars tour of Japan. Seattle said Saturday that Cano will not need a cast and that the injury will heal with rest. He will likely be able to resume baseball activities in mid-December. The second baseman was hit by a pitch on the right foot during a 4-0 loss in Tokyo on Saturday. X-rays revealed a fracture in his small toe. Cano signed a $240 million, 10-year contract with the Mariners before last season.
November 4, 2014 |
You may not agree with what central banks are doing worldwide, but their actions will force stock markets to levitate, says one prominent local money manager. David Kotok, chairman and chief investment officer at Cumberland Advisors in Vineland, argues that Friday's announcement by the Bank of Japan strongly increasing its quantitative-easing program represents a "massive, bullish shift for many stock markets worldwide. Included in the shift are Japan and its associated markets but also, importantly, the United States," he contends.
February 16, 2014 |
Felice Fischer, longtime curator of Japanese and east Asian art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, has been awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays, by the government of Japan. Ambassador Sumio Kusaka, consul general of Japan in New York, is scheduled to confer the distinction in an award ceremony to be held at the museum Tuesday. Fischer, who joined the Art Museum in 1972, is being honored for her "lifetime achievement," Kusaka said in a statement. "The Emperor of Japan honors Dr. Fischer as a recipient of an imperial decoration and one of the highest civilian honors in recognition of her lifetime achievement and commitment to excellence, particularly including significant contributions to mutual understanding and friendship between the United States and Japan," Kusaka said.
February 15, 2014 |
Is there a more terrifying line than Mark Antony's in Shakespeare's Julius Caesar : "Cry, 'Havoc!' And let slip the dogs of war"? This powerful play is about self-deluded warrior-politicians; it is filled with conspiracy, ambition, corruption, betrayal, and tyranny. And if the leaders are vicious, the public, easily manipulated, is worse. The Lantern Theatre production, under the direction of Charles McMahon, is both intriguing and frustrating. Julius Caesar is a play for all times, as Shakespeare's plays always turn out to be, whether the setting is ancient Rome or the forest of Arden.
November 14, 2013 |
KUMIKO MIYAMOTO grew up in a world torn apart by bombs and racked by poverty. Her childhood was spent in Osaka, Japan, during World War II, and it became a target of American bombing raids. When she was evacuated to the countryside, she was exposed to hunger so intense, she remembered seeing people eating grass. But after the war, she met and married an American soldier, came to the U.S. in 1952, and lived the rest of her life as an American wife, mother and government worker.
November 7, 2013 |
Herbert R. Weiman Sr., 88, of Wynnewood, an attorney in Philadelphia for 50 years, died Monday, Nov. 4, of cancer at Bryn Mawr Hospital. After training at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Mr. Weiman maintained a law practice on Allegheny Avenue in Port Richmond and also on John F. Kennedy Boulevard in Center City. His specialty was family law. He chaired the Family Law Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association, and in 1980, was instrumental in enacting a new divorce code for Pennsylvania.