May 14, 2015 |
Blanchett: Hear me roar "We have to push forward," Cate Blanchett tells Variety regarding the responsibility of women in the film industry to achieve parity - in pay and in opportunity, for not only actors but also writers and directors. "What industry has parity pay for women? None. Why would we expect this industry to be any different?" Blanchett, 45, plays Rooney Mara 's lover in Carol , director Todd Haynes ' adaptation of Patricia Highsmith 's scandalous 1952 novel The Price of Salt . It's one of a growing number of films, she says, that tell women's stories.
February 26, 2015 |
Patient and physician groups cheered Monday as the Pennsylvania House overwhelmingly passed legislation to equalize patients' out-of-pocket costs for oral and intravenous cancer drugs. Patients currently may be charged thousands of dollars a month for cancer pills, vs. a $50 co-payment for a dose of a drug given through a vein, because most insurers cover the two formulations in different ways. This is the second consecutive year the House has passed a bill; its prospects in the Senate are unclear.
June 2, 2013 |
The mutual fund industry is forever trying to build a better mousetrap - with mixed results. Index funds were once a novelty, but pioneers such as Vanguard 500 brought about a new standard for low costs, tax efficiency, and solid performance. Target-date funds, too, were once the next big thing, but losses as high as 45 percent during the 2008 crash gave the category a black eye. The latest contender to be a better mousetrap is known as the risk-parity fund. Just four years after its debut, the new breed of funds has already attracted nearly $30 billion in assets - $16 billion of that in the last year, according to Lipper.
October 19, 2012
The first are the last and the last are the first in the AFC East, or AFC Least, if you prefer. The Jets, Patriots, Dolphins, and Bills are all 3-3, a rare logjam this far into the season that has coaches and players unsure if they should be happy or concerned. "It's good news, bad news," Jets coach Rex Ryan said. "Let's face it, we're tied for first in our division, so that's great. We're also tied for last. It's a little depressing. " Since the NFL merger in 1970, this marks only the fourth time every team in a division has the same record after Week 6 or later, and first since the AFC East was knotted up at 5-5 after Week 10 in 1987, according to Stats L.L.C.
May 21, 2012 |
Even in the world of entertainment, somebody's always mad about something. At the Cannes Film festival, five women from French feminist group La Barbe took to protesting on the red carpet due to the lack of female directors at this year's fest. Of the 22 films vying for this year's Palme D'Or, none were directed by women. La Barbe (which means The Beard) previously had a letter complaining about the male-dominated line-up published in Le Monde and The Guardian newspapers.
April 21, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Mitt Romney's presidential campaign raised $12.6 million in contributions in March, adding to roughly $14 million his Republican Party brought in last month. But the combined figure puts Romney at a disadvantage with the man whose job he wants in November. President Obama countered Romney's fund-raising haul with about $53 million in donations between his campaign and the Democratic Party during the same period. That left his campaign with $104 million cash on hand - about 10 times more than the $10 million Romney had in the bank at the end of March.
October 26, 2011
When it comes to wage parity between men and women, Pennsylvania is the only state in the region below the national average, according to a U.S. Labor Department report released Wednesday. Nationally, the average weekly wage in 2010 was $747, with women earning $669, or 81.2 percent of the men's wages of $824. In Pennsylvania, women earned $664, or 80.8 percent of the $822 that men made. The average state wage was $751. New Jersey women fared better, earning $824, or 84.8 percent of the $972 earned by men. The average New Jersey wage was $895.
April 5, 2011
IF YOU ARE a fan of the Connecticut women's basketball program, or a fan of dynasties in general, you probably didn't like what happened Sunday in the semifinals of the NCAA women's tournament. But if you are looking forward to the continued growth of women's basketball, then Notre Dame ending UConn's bid for a third straight NCAA title and Texas A&M stunning Stanford was a good thing. As far as NCAA championships have been concerned, it's always been an exclusive society with a few schools winning the bulk of the first 29 titles.
March 21, 2011 |
The NCAA tournament didn't disappoint during the opening weekend. Unless your enjoyment of the event is directly related to how you're doing in your bracket, in which case it probably disappointed you greatly. Pool sheets aside, the tournament provided all the dramatic and unexpected moments that make March Madness an annual thrill. The first five games of the weekend were decided by just 15 points. From Butler's opening-day buzzer-beater over Old Dominion to Temple's dramatic but heartbreaking, double-overtime loss to San Diego State, the tournament was mesmerizing.
December 16, 2010 |
While teams compete to win conference, South Jersey, and possibly state titles, an always interesting subplot to any season is the battle for the No. 1 spot in South Jersey. Last year, Eastern began the season on top in The Inquirer's South Jersey girls' basketball rankings and ended there. In between, there were close games, but not a lot of suspense. This season, that top spot could turn into a game of musical chairs. Parity is the buzzword in South Jersey. It's possible that any team in the preseason Top 10 could end up as No. 1. The same goes for the teams under consideration, and a team not mentioned also could sneak in. Without that one dominant team, the race for No. 1 will consist of plenty of awfully good contenders.