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November 14, 2011 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
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.
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November 13, 2011 | By Ben Feller, Associated Press
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.
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July 12, 2013 | BY GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer thompsg@phillynews.com, 215-854-5992
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)
NEWS
November 16, 1993 | By Jennifer Lin, INQUIRER WASHINGTON BUREAU
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)
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November 26, 1996 | By John F. Harris and Steven Pearlstein, WASHINGTON POST Jodi Enda of the Inquirer's Washington Bureau contributed to this report
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.
NEWS
July 1, 1990 | By ALAN WOOD
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?
NEWS
November 16, 1994 | By Jennifer Lin, INQUIRER WASHINGTON BUREAU
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.
NEWS
July 16, 2013 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
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....
NEWS
April 27, 2014 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
BUSINESS
August 13, 2005 | By Kevin G. Hall INQUIRER WASHINGTON BUREAU
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.
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April 28, 2014 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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April 11, 2014 | BY GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer thompsg@phillynews.com, 215-854-5992
NEW radar data indicates that the missing Malaysian airliner detoured around Indonesia, and "Raid 2: Berandal" gives you some idea why. This hyperviolent Indonesian action movie doubles down on all the elements in the cult hit original, "Raid: Redemption" - essentially the story of what appears to be the country's last honest cop, waging a one-man war against the forces of organized crime and co-opted law enforcement. Both movies depict Indonesia as a rolling mob war with civilization somewhere in the distant background (the word "berandal" is Indonesian for "hooligan")
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July 16, 2013 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
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....
NEWS
July 14, 2013
Film New This Week: Pacific Rim (*** out of four stars) Guillermo del Toro's thunderous, thumping monsters-vs.-robots throwdown fuses a modern-day, apocalyptic sense of dread with the crazed spirit of those vintage Japanese sci-fi pics starring Godzilla and Gorgo. It's a nuclear-powered mixed-martial-arts match, and pretty soon you lose count of how many rounds they've gone. Big, loud fun. PG-13 (violence, intense action, adult themes). - Steven Rea Music Wire Together since 1976, guitarist/singer Colin Newman, bassist/vocalist Graham Lewis, and drummer Robert Grey - the core of Britain's post-everything ensemble Wire - make experimentation their god and goal.
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July 12, 2013 | BY GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer thompsg@phillynews.com, 215-854-5992
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)
NEWS
May 19, 2013
Reserving a larger defense role The current guidance from the Defense Department is that the United States will no longer conduct long-term stability operations, despite 50 years of doing so in Iraq, Afghanistan, Bosnia, Kosovo, Vietnam, and Korea. Presently, we are said to be "pivoting" to the Pacific Rim, needing to maintain a large military presence to defend that area. Given our precarious economy and exploding debt, the nation must find a way to provide an adequate land force at a sustainable cost.
NEWS
December 3, 2012 | By Kevin Ferris, Inquirer Columnist
The recent hostilities between Israel and Hamas are a chance for the United States to think strategically. Or, better yet, rethink - specifically the Obama administration's "pivot to the Pacific. " The challenge was issued - "respectfully but forcefully" - by Paul McHale, who has been a Democratic congressman from Pennsylvania (1993-99) and an assistant secretary of defense for homeland defense (2003-09), and is a retired Marine colonel whose most recent deployment was to Afghanistan in 2007.
NEWS
November 14, 2011 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
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.
NEWS
November 13, 2011 | By Ben Feller, Associated Press
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.
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