August 14, 2012 |
IPOs by Facebook and Manchester United notwithstanding, there are other ways to tap deep pockets. Companies can get acquired. Octagon Research Solutions Inc. , a Wayne software company that helps pharmaceutical companies with submitting clinical data to regulators, agreed to be acquired by Accenture P.L.C. earlier this month. Terms of the transaction, which is expected to close by the end of September, were not disclosed. At $25.5 billion in net revenues for 2011, Accenture is by far the bigger company.
April 26, 2012 |
When Akbar Hossain tells his story, others sometimes cry, but he doesn't. The 21-year-old Bengali student from Norristown is so polished and cool that he seems always in command. His family came to the United States when he was 10 and was immediately swindled out of $5,000. The family went on to live crammed into a one-bedroom apartment. Eventually, Hossain watched his father die on their front lawn. "When he told me, it was tough for me to keep it together," said Susan Dicklitch, Hossain's teacher and an associate dean at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster.
March 30, 2012 |
DANNY MWANGA is trying his utmost to become a chameleon. Adapt, adapt . . . adapt. He conveyed this while speaking with me on Wednesday. He also said - in confidence - he knows his play is not up to the level fans expect. But he's healthy, showing no ill effects from last season's debilitating shoulder and hip injuries. He's happy too, entrusted with being the team's top striker alongside newcomer Lionard Pajoy. But here's the issue. Mwanga, with Pajoy as his third strike partner in as many seasons, has remained the only constant.
April 26, 2011 |
The times when Israel Diaz needs help on a baseball field are rather infrequent. Hitting, fielding, throwing, running . . . no problem. Facing a guy wielding a notepad and No. 2 pencil? Now you're talking . . . And when he does, it's in Spanish. Moments after visiting Frankford High yesterday completed a 16-7 win over Central in a not-exactly-tight, far-from-bright Public A game, coach Juan Namnun, who's of Dominican descent, suspected Diaz might require assistance in answering questions.
January 8, 2011 |
BRIAN BOUCHER has found his Zen. On the ice, Boucher has helped push the Flyers to the top of the Eastern Conference with an 8-1-1 record over his last 10 starts. Off the ice, Boucher has taken up a mentoring role with rookie partner Sergei Bobrovsky - promoting a healthy goalie-to-goalie relationship that isn't always the norm in the NHL. Watching Bobrovsky, a 22-year-old undrafted and unheralded rookie, beat you out for the Opening Night starting job would have thrown most veterans over the edge.
November 9, 2010 |
Flyers goalie Sergei Bobrovsky, the unflappable rookie from Russia, goes post to post and makes a sliding save, and now here comes the loud, squawking voice of actor Richard Dreyfuss. Welcome to America, kid. Dreyfuss' voice comes from a scene in the 1991 comedy What About Bob? Dreyfuss plays a psychiatrist gone mad after his patient, Bill Murray's Bob character, tracks him down during his family vacation. He sounds like a parrot in heat as he shouts at his friend: "B-o-o-o-o-o-o-b-b-b-b-b-b-b-b!
September 27, 2010
BEHIND A TINTED visor, Nikolai Zherdev's eyes are hidden like a poker player at the final table of a big tournament. Through 2 weeks in Philadelphia, Zherdev remains every bit of the enigma he was when he skated back to Russia in 2009 after an arbitration dispute with the New York Rangers. His shaded visor is just one hint of the complex character that he is, both on and off the ice. "He's hard to figure out," one longtime NHL scout said in the press box in Toronto on Friday, shortly before Zherdev went on to score twice to spark the Flyers to a two-goal comeback win. "Every other shift, he looks like a completely different player.
July 27, 2010
9 tonight TNT A pregnant woman from Afghanistan needs critical treatment, but the language barrier complicates things. Tom (Michael Vartan, right) prepares to undergo surgery.
February 27, 2010 |
The four Chester County kids played baseball for different high schools, but they became best friends and lived together for three years as teammates at Kutztown University. And when Ryan Vogelsong made the majors with the Giants and Pirates, his three friends made frequent trips to see him pitch. When he went to Japan to play for three seasons, they took vacations to boost his confidence. Before he turned pro, they went to Phillies games. Then, at 9 p.m. on New Year's Eve, the Phillies called with an invitation to spring training.