May 21, 2016 |
The national championship team in college basketball is going to get to see some of the world this summer. A source confirmed an ESPN report Thursday that Villanova will be traveling to Spain, practicing and playing in games in Madrid and Barcelona from Aug. 2 through 10. Of course, not all the players from the team that defeated North Carolina in April for the NCAA championship will be heading overseas. Ryan Arcidiacono and Daniel Ochefu are moving on, and Josh Hart has until Wednesday to decide if he is returning to the Wildcats or making himself available for the NBA draft.
April 17, 2016
Spain in Our Hearts Americans in the Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939 By Adam Hochschild Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 464 pp. $30 Reviewed by Bob Drogin The Spanish Civil War (1936-39) is most notable to historians for how it foreshadowed the horrors of World War II. Yet, few distant conflicts are so burned into our culture and consciousness. Ernest Hemingway, who covered the war, made it the setting of For Whom the Bell Tolls . George Orwell, who fought in it, called his popular memoir Homage to Catalonia . Less well known are the 2,800 American men and women who risked their lives to defend Spain's democratically elected government.
December 13, 2015 |
The Algerian-born terror suspect accused of recruiting Colleen "Jihad Jane" LaRose of Montgomery County in a 2009 plot to assassinate a Swedish artist was arrested Thursday in Spain, seven months after he dodged a U.S. bid to extradite him from Ireland. Spanish authorities said Friday that they detained Ali Charaf Damache, 50, at a hotel along Barcelona's busy Avinguda Meridiana after receiving a phone tip that he was living in the city. The Justice Department will again seek his extradition to face terrorism-related charges in Philadelphia, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office said.
October 30, 2015 |
Fishtown, you're famous in Spain, of all places. And you have a bunch of beer drinkers to thank for that. Specifically, the Fishtown Beer Runners, the enthusiastic, sneaker-wearing barflies who lace up on Susquehanna Avenue every Thursday night and lope off to different taprooms - all, as they proclaim, "in the interest of science. " If you've ever found yourself rubbing elbows in a bar with 75 or so sweaty suds-slurpers in shorts raising a toast to "the professor," that's them.
October 9, 2015
B UZZ: Hey, Marnie, I saw a big display of Spanish wines that were a mix of red, white and rose, but they were all labeled "Rioja. " Marnie: October is Rioja month in Pennsylvania wine and spirits stores, so I'm not surprised by that. Buzz: "Rioja" means red, so why the blanca are they calling white and pink wines Rioja, too? Marnie: Buzz, I can see how you might have gotten confused. The words for red in Spanish are "rojo" for things that are considered male and "roja" for those considered female.
October 1, 2015 |
In this country, top soccer honchos tend to turn their nose at college soccer. Too many time limits, not enough play. That's no way to become a soccer nation. Yet in the more established soccer nations, talented players look at this country with some mix of wonder and excitement. You can go to school, tuition-free, and play competitive soccer? And pro leagues will scout you? Where's my letter of intent? (And what's a letter of intent?) How do I get on the plane? What's this have to do with Temple emerging this fall as a local power after winning just two games in 2014?
July 24, 2015 |
Four swift clicks of the drumsticks and an urgent count-off of "1-2-3-4!" to commence another blistering live punk-rock tune - common enough. It's certainly been heard for decades in the band-practice rooms and house-party performance spaces of West Philadelphia. But in crisp, Castilian Spanish? Such was the case Tuesday, when Spain's superfast power trio Sudor (Sweat) blazed through a 20-minute set at Second Empire, providing a dizzying display of top-shelf modern Euro-punk. Sudor, of the Castilla-La Mancha region, is the second highly regarded Spanish hard-core trio this year to play the shifting West Philadelphia underground punk-plus circuit, following Barcelona's Suicidas, which played a memorable local gig in April.
April 15, 2015 |
America last went to war with Spain when Admiral George Dewey famously instructed the captain of the Olympia - the storied cruiser now docked at Penn's Landing - "You may fire when you are ready, Gridley. " That was in 1898. And yet these bygone hostilities seem strangely fresh in the minds of members of Philadelphia City Council, alongside an understanding of economics that is similarly rooted in the 19th century. Since Council rejected Connecticut-based UIL Holdings' $1.87 billion offer for the Philadelphia Gas Works without so much as a hearing, its members have taken to noting UIL's subsequent merger with the Spanish utility Iberdrola as if it somehow justifies their abdication of duty.
March 19, 2015
RECENTLY, less than three months after UIL Holdings Corporation abandoned its bid to purchase Philadelphia Gas Works, an energy firm based in Spain - Iberdrola - announced that it was acquiring UIL in order to "help the company [diversify] away from Spain," according to the Financial Times . That's great for Iberdrola, which now has an expanded portfolio in the United States, a much more economically stable nation than Spain. That's also great for UIL, which was purchased for $4.6 billion, including assumption of its debt in the deal.
February 28, 2015 |
UIL Holdings Corp. wasted little time setting a new course after its bid to buy the Philadelphia Gas Works failed. The Connecticut utility announced late Wednesday that it would be acquired by Spanish energy giant Iberdrola for $3 billion. The merger will create a new U.S. publicly traded company to run UIL's and Iberdrola's utility operations, which have 3.1 million customers from New York state to Maine. The company will also manage Iberdrola's renewable power portfolio in 20 states.