August 16, 2014 |
The Aker Philadelphia shipyard, awarded approximately a half-billion dollars in taxpayer subsidies when Tom Ridge and Ed Rendell were Pennsylvania's governors, is now looking to borrow $100 million through "international capital markets," according to a stock exchange filing in Norway, the parent company's home. The financial resourcing from the state was meant to create or preserve hundreds of trade union jobs at the former Navy Yard. This is a good sign for Aker, writes Aaron Kelley, a shipping analyst: "The search for new sources of financing and other initiatives involving the yard, which is one of two that are active in the construction of Jones Act tankers, serves as a testament to the underlying strength of the group and its core markets.
June 27, 2014 |
As Cristina Martinez heated a wide maguey leaf on the food cart's griddle, her husband, Benjamin Miller, reached into a warming box holding slow-cooked barbacoa lamb, and the earthy aromas of Capulhuac, Mexico, suddenly wafted over this South Philly corner at Eighth and Watkins Streets. "You want rib meat, leg, or spine?" asks Miller, assembling a one-pound package of moist flesh to be gift-wrapped inside the maguey leaf, with a pint of lamb consomme, spicy cactus salad, and a stack of fresh tortillas on the side.
June 9, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA cyclists, rejoice! City Council's Transportation and Public Utilities Committee approved a bill yesterday that would pave the way for a bike sharing program in Philadelphia The bill, introduced by Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown, now moves to Council for a full vote. "Bike sharing will bring Philadelphia to the next level of bike friendliness, sustainability and put us on par with tourism and hospitality destination cities across the world," said Reynolds Brown.
May 7, 2014 |
BEFORE the Philadelphia Orchestra departs on a three-week visit to Asia with Yannick Nezet-Seguin, making his first tour with the musicians, they're offering six free programs throughout the region. Designed to reach audiences in different venues, and in collaborative participation with other organizations, the week could be seen as a present to the public after Yannick's second season here. To make that gift, the 95-member ensemble will split into smaller groups, the better to reach more neighborhoods.
May 6, 2014 |
AS MOURAD Marofit was approaching the finish line of the 35th annual Independence Blue Cross Broad Street Run, he looked over his shoulder to realize he could stroll comfortably to victory with more than 41,000 runners behind him. Once finishing the 10-mile race at the Navy Yard, the 32-year-old Moroccan native, a first-time participant, crashed to the ground with a cramp and exhaustion but was unable to hide the large, satisfied smile on his...
May 6, 2014 |
Paul Williams, 71, of Villas, N.J., who retired in 1989 as assistant fire chief at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, died of lung cancer Wednesday, April 30, at home. Born in Philadelphia, Mr. Williams attended what is now West Catholic Preparatory High School but left to help support the family because his father died when he was very young, daughter Wendy Hueftle said. Mr. Williams served a four-year enlistment as an Air Force firefighter, and while stationed at a Royal Air Force base near Sculthorpe in Norfolk, England, he met and married his British wife, Wendy.
May 5, 2014 |
Eric Chesterton said he hasn't raced a ton competitively since graduating from Haverford College in 2011, but he'll be at the start line with thousands of others Sunday at the Broad Street Run. He's a rookie in this race. "I talked to a bunch of people who are running Broad Street," Chesterton said Friday. "The one thing they talk about is how great the crowds are. People who are running for fun, having crowds and that kind of support certainly helps. A lot of people have never run 10 miles in their life.
May 2, 2014 |
MARKING THE 35th year of Philadelphia's largest race, the Blue Cross Broad Street Run will offer a chance for some 40,000 runners to cross the finish line on Sunday. The 10-mile race begins at Broad Street and West Fisher Avenue at 8:30 a.m. and will take runners past such landmarks as Temple University, City Hall, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Avenue of the Arts and the Philadelphia stadium complex before ending in the Navy Yard. The run will feature increased security for the second consecutive year due to the Boston Marathon bombings last April.
April 16, 2014 |
THERE ARE so many elements that need addressing for the 76ers to seriously start the rebuild they're currently in, with a new practice facility being at or near the top of the list. But sources have told the Daily News that some employees have been told that the plan of building at the Navy Yard has been scratched, leaving management frantically searching for a place to build a state-of-the-art facility they can call their own. Currently, the Sixers practice at the gym at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, which doesn't provide the intimacy or the updated equipment that most other teams in the league already have.