November 14, 2011 |
KAPOLEI, HAWAII - A U.S.-backed initiative to forge a Pacific free trade bloc got a big boost yesterday when leaders of Canada and Mexico said their countries are interested in joining. The news was a coup for President Obama, who made progress on the pact one of his top priorities for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit being held in his home state of Hawaii. It comes after Japan, the world's third-biggest economy, said it would join the nine nations already involved in talks on what has been dubbed the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
November 13, 2011 |
HONOLULU - With high hopes for the economic power of Pacific rim nations, President Obama on Saturday declared the Asia-Pacific region the heart of explosive growth for years to come. For businesses, he said, "this is where the action's going to be. " Obama was in Hawaii courting Asian powers as he sought to improve the beleaguered U.S. jobs outlook. His administration has poured attention and capital into deepening relations with Asia as a source of trade, jobs, and security ties.
July 12, 2013 |
WHEN WE LAST looked in on Guillermo del Toro, he was writing "The Hobbit," a gigantic movie about dwarves. How big might del Toro go to make a movie about giants? Pretty freaking big, as we see in the long and thunderously loud "Pacific Rim," a sci-fi actioner about near-future earthmen building mega-battlebots to repel an invasion by seaborne aliens. The alien creatures are called Kaiju, our bots are called Jaegers, and the plot centers on a Jaeger pilot named Raleigh (Charlie Hunnam)
November 16, 1993 |
On an island off Seattle, in a cedar longhouse built like an ancient meetinghouse of the Northwest Coast Indians, President Clinton will make history Saturday when he meets the heads of state of 10 other Pacific Rim countries. Not only will this be the first meeting of so many Asia-Pacific leaders, it also will be the first time a president has so clearly linked the fate of the U.S. economy to trade within the Pacific Rim. The gathering of leaders was Clinton's idea. It will conclude the annual meeting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)
November 26, 1996 |
Pacific Rim nations vowed yesterday to eliminate nearly all tariffs on computers, semiconductors, faxes, software and telephone equipment in the next three years, bowing to a last-minute personal appeal by President Clinton. The declaration came as leaders of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum concluded their annual meeting here. The support of the 18-member nations raises the probability that a worldwide agreement to eliminate high-technology tariffs will be sealed next month in Singapore at the annual meeting of the World Trade Organization.
July 1, 1990 |
For most of Western history, the Mediterranean Sea has been the principal focus of world trade. For centuries it was a Roman lake. By the end of the 16th century, however, the New World had opened up and the Atlantic had replaced the Mediterranean. Now, after an interval of more than 400 years, another major shift has taken place. The Pacific - as of the early 1980s - has overtaken the Atlantic in terms of vital trade passing over its waters. The gap is growing. In the last year 40 percent of world trade took place across the Pacific, and the countries on its periphery produced 44 percent of total world GNP. Will the Pacific trade boom lead to a "Pacific community" on roughly the same model as the European Economic Community?
November 16, 1994 |
The leaders of 18 nations on the Pacific Rim have embraced the goal of free and open trade in the region by 2020, but the devil may be in the details. At a summit here yesterday in the opulent Bogor Palace, the leaders appeared the picture of unity, standing shoulder to shoulder in batik shirts and pledging at the day's end to tear down all barriers to trade and investment in the next quarter-century. But they have left working out the specifics of how this new economic vision will become reality until they meet again next year in Osaka, Japan.
July 16, 2013 |
LOS ANGELES - Universal's minions ran away with the box office for the second week in a row. With $44.8 million in domestic ticket sales Friday through yesterday, the animated sequel "Despicable Me 2" outdid the debuts of the Adam Sandler comedy "Grown Ups 2" and director Guillermo del Toro's monsters-versus-robots action flick "Pacific Rim. " The weekend's No. 1 movie featuring Steve Carell as ex-supervillain Gru made another $55.5 million overseas....
April 27, 2014 |
John H. Richards III, 71, of Bryn Mawr, a Philadelphia businessman and sportsman, died of lung cancer on Monday, April 21, at Bryn Mawr Hospital. Mr. Richards grew up in Villanova, attended the Haverford School, and earned his degree in chemical engineering from Bucknell University in 1966. An avid sportsman, Mr. Richards grew up foxhunting, said his son, Bradley N., and later in life enjoyed spending time at his cabin in Eagles Mere, Pa. An accomplished equestrian, fly fisherman, and beagler, Mr. Richards was a member of the Rose Tree Foxhunt, Broadacers Anglers Club and the Ardrossan Beagles, where he served as joint master.
August 13, 2005 |
The United States faces a crisis in engineering - the nucleus of many vital industries, some say. Pacific Rim nations, which have rapidly growing economies, are graduating greater numbers of top-level engineers, and threaten to wrestle away the mantle of innovation from U.S. companies. Foreign nationals earned almost 60 percent of American engineering doctorates, which are the most advanced degrees available in the field, in 2004. Another survey shows that the United States has fallen substantially behind many other countries in the rate of both doctoral and undergraduate engineering students.