June 11, 2016 |
The Philadelphia Latino Film Festival (PHLAFF) returns this weekend for its fifth year with a selection of 21 films (with a focus on shorts and documentaries), a panel discussion, and a youth workshop. Selections this year include films from Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Peru, and, of course, the United States. Festival director Marangeli Mejia-Rabell said she hoped that PHLAFF not only raised the profile of minority filmmakers, but also inspired community activism.
May 22, 2016
School will be over soon, so many local athletes are finalizing their summer plans. Some will take on jobs at the shore or around the neighborhood. Others will continue to compete in their sports at camps or other events. And some will travel the world to see the sights and help others in need. Here is a look at how some of the region's top athletes plan to spend their summer: Hailey Andress, Agnes Irwin junior lacrosse goalie The 17-year-old Wallingford resident spent 16 days in Peru last summer as part of the Agnes Irwin Special Studies Program.
April 18, 2016 |
Every year about this time, Miriam Smith scours the Internet for one name. She's looking for "anything new" about Louis Giambi, and is relieved when she finds that he's where he's supposed to be - locked up in New Jersey State Prison. Giambi was convicted of murdering her parents and little sister more than three decades ago in a notorious mistaken-identity hit. For a year after the April 17, 1982, killings of William and Catherine Stuart and their 2-year-old daughter, Sandra, in their Pine Hill home, the crime went unsolved, leaving the Camden County suburb on edge.
April 4, 2016 |
After six months in Lima, the oddities of the Peruvian capital no longer fazed me: the cacophony of the car horns and alarms, the colorful micros teetering maddeningly along the congested streets, the persistence of the gray skies and misty mornings. I invited my parents to visit because I wanted them to experience firsthand the Lima I had come to love and hoped they would approve of my decision to live there. They came in late March, at the end of summer, when Lima is bathed in generous hours of sunshine.
February 21, 2016
Answer: South America. Located in the Andes, the Altiplano is a high-plateau area in parts of Bolivia, Peru, Chile, and Argentina. The world's highest navigable lake, Titicaca, is located there.
November 4, 2015 |
A delegation from Philadelphia this week is in Peru, where Philadelphia is expected to be voted the first U.S. municipality to gain the designation of World Heritage City. The title is held by about 260 cities worldwide. It could enhance the city's status on the world stage and boost it as an international tourism site and business hub. "We are looking forward, with a mixture of excitement and confidence, to a positive outcome in the city's remarkable case to become a World Heritage City," John F. Smith III, chair of the Global Philadelphia Association, said in a statement.
July 22, 2015 |
CHRIS JOYNES JR. always had a taste for travel, but until recently, the farthest the 17-year-old high school student had gone was a childhood trip to Niagara Falls. That changed when he started Summer Search, a national nonprofit program that partners promising low-income high school students with mentors who help shepherd them through high school and college. It also offers them opportunities for transformative travel during their sophomore and junior years. First trip for Joynes, an incoming senior at Boys' Latin Charter School of Philadelphia, was a monthlong backpack trip into Wyoming's rugged Wind River Range last July.
June 11, 2015 |
Elizabet took a taxi to Reynosa, Mexico, then walked across the border with $200 in her pocket and a handful of English words in her vocabulary. In Cuba, she'd been a teacher, a daughter, a sister. Here, she dreamed of freedom - for herself and for the child she hoped, someday, to have. That first year in the United States, at 26, she lived with relatives of her brother-in-law; she acquired a Social Security card and cleaned the machines in an egg-processing plant at night. She cried a lot. And she persisted, getting her teaching certification and other paperwork from Cuba, eventually landing a job as a bilingual teacher in a Camden public school.
December 9, 2013 |
In August 2012, my companion, Ann, and I took a hiking trip with five other couples to the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu. Each evening, we would bunk down in a modern, rustic eco-lodge. The nine-day trip involved hiking about 52 miles in six days through Peru. We are both in our mid-60s and fairly physically fit and active. However, there were many challenges on this trip: hiking 8 to 10 miles each day; adjusting to a high altitude of 15,000-plus feet; multiple changes in climate; eating local, unfamiliar foods; and avoiding injury.
July 18, 2013
Putin: Military proves its skills MOSCOW - President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday that Russia could be proud of its military, which has shown a "high degree" of combat readiness during the nation's biggest war games in more than two decades. The maneuvers, which began Friday and continue through this week, involve 160,000 troops and about 5,000 tanks and other armored vehicles across Siberia and the far eastern region in a massive show of the nation's resurgent military might. The exercise also involved 70 Pacific Fleet ships and 130 aircraft, including Tu-95 strategic bombers.