April 11, 2015 |
U.S. airlines and travel groups will be watching as President Obama interacts with Cuban President Raul Castro this week at the Summit of the Americas in Panama, marking their first meeting since the White House announced new regulations that would make it easier for Americans to travel to Cuba. It has been 54 years since U.S. airlines have flown commercial flights to Cuba, but that could soon change. American Airlines, Philadelphia's dominant carrier, along with JetBlue, United, Delta, and Southwest Airlines have all expressed interest since Obama announced in December that the U.S. would move to renew diplomatic relations and expand trade and tourism with Cuba.
April 10, 2015 |
In 2008, the economic crisis that crashed down on Wall Street and rippled around the globe eventually washed over the impoverished Kisii region of Kenya, where Sara Holby, then 21, was volunteering for a nonprofit that provided food and medicine to HIV/AIDS patients. It swept away the organization's funding almost overnight. "When people came to the office looking for help every day, we basically had nothing to offer them," recalled Holby, who is from Upper Black Eddy, Bucks County.
March 29, 2015 |
Inevitably, beach weather will arrive this year, so it's time to take a trip to the Jersey Shore to check out the residential real estate market there. When we deal with the Shore, of course, we are looking at sales of both primary and second homes. And we need to look at the 2014 market, which Kevin Gillen, chief economist at Meyers Research and senior research fellow at the Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation at Drexel University, describes as behaving "with schizophrenic uncertainty.
March 29, 2015 |
The Environmental Protection Agency unveiled on March 4 what it is calling the "Safer Choice" label, to help you find cleaning and other products that are safer for people and the environment. The agency said the new designation would be in stores beginning in the next few months. The Safer Choice label aims to help with identifying products with safer chemical ingredients, without sacrificing quality or performance, the EPA said. When you see a product with the Safer Choice label, it means that every ingredient in the product has been evaluated by EPA scientists according to stringent health and safety standards.
March 29, 2015 |
After the bold individualism in his Philadelphia Orchestra program last weekend, conductor Gianandrea Noseda's Mahler Symphony No. 5 Thursday night arrived with high expectations. Audiences come to this piece loaded for bear, spiritually speaking. Its "Adagietto" is nothing if not classical music's great inspirational altarpiece. Noseda, though, was doggedly earthbound (his eyes often score-bound). His was a rather objective view. He passed over chances for wrenching moments of transition in the first movement, and led the "Adagietto" with momentum held in higher esteem than spiritualism.
March 27, 2015
HUNDREDS of jobs at city pools and summer camps are up for grabs tomorrow when Philadelphia Parks & Recreation holds its employment fair at Lawncrest Rec Center on Rising Sun Avenue near Comly in Northeast Philadelphia. The youth-focused job fair runs from noon to 2 p.m. with an information session at 12:30 p.m. Job openings include 800 lifeguards (16 years old and up) and pool maintenance workers (18 and up) for the city's 75 pools, as well as hundreds of summer camp jobs for youths 14 and up. In addition, the Philadelphia Youth Network will offer summer jobs specifically for youth from low-income families.
March 25, 2015 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Yesterday was it. If you are like most people, a part of you wonders about this Phillies' team's upside, refuses to abandon all hope that this season will end in something other than a dumpster fire of losses. If X happens and Y happens and Z happens, couldn't they be all right? Well, yesterday was it. The If. The X and the Y and the Z. The ceiling. David Buchanan pitched five scoreless innings, then turned things over to a bullpen that held the Twins to three hits and one walk over the final four frames.
March 23, 2015 |
It was a moment that almost certainly had inhabited R.J. Hunter's dreams for as long as he could hold a basketball. The NCAA tournament. Time running out. His team trailing. A miracle required. The desperately deep three-pointer the Georgia State guard sunk to upset Baylor in the final seconds of an NCAA opener Thursday was innocence on hardwood, a heartwarming scene enhanced by his hobbled coach-father's excited tumble from a stool. That's exactly how Bronc Burnett would have done it. Such heroics were routine for Burnett, a fictional high school baseball and football player who was the star of a series of young-adult sports books written between 1948 and 1967, books my elementary school librarian had the good sense to stock.
March 23, 2015 |
I had traveled to Dominica for the jungle, for the verdant cloak of bromeliads and fern trees that overlays this volcanic island in the Eastern Caribbean. But life just outside the forest, I would quickly discover, was as intriguing as inside. As we drove, my focus kept shifting from the incredible flora to the strips of asphalt spilling down the coast, twisting at improbable angles on descents. Locals walked the streets carrying umbrellas in one hand (to fight the inexorable rains)
March 19, 2015 |
E GYPT SHERROD , host of HGTV's "Property Virgins" and a native of Philadelphia, was in Cherry Hill last week to sign copies of her new book, Keep Calm . . . It's Just Real Estate: Your No-Stress Guide to Buying a Home . Sherrod, originally from West Oak Lane, is famous for being known as "America's most beloved real-estate agent," appearing on TV and radio. She's hosted "Property Virgins" since 2012. Co-authored by real-estate expert Amber Noble Garland , who also was born and raised in Philly, the book offers a guide to navigating the sometimes complicated process of buying a home - from saving for a down payment to signing on the dotted line at the closing table.