August 16, 2016 |
You may be thrilled by the feats of swimmer Katie Ledecky, mesmerized by the grace of the women gymnasts, startled by Rio spectators mocking U.S. soccer star Hope Solo with chants of "Zika! Zika!" (the first recorded instance, noted one wit, of a stadium rocking to the invocation of a virus). Allow me, however, to interrupt the prepackaged, heart-tugging, tape-delayed Olympic coverage to bring you the real sporting news of the year. It has just been announced that on Nov. 11 in New York City, the World Chess Championship will begin.
April 15, 2016 |
Floating tantalizing growth prospects, including $6.3 billion in new sales each year and 35,000 additional jobs, economic-development officials Wednesday released a three-year export plan for the Philadelphia region. "If we ask ourselves how Greater Philadelphia is going to grow, going global has to be a big part of it," the 28-page plan, "Selling to the World," states on its opening page. The full report is available at economyleague.org/exports. Prepared by the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia and the World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia, it was the cornerstone of Wednesday's World Class Business Growth Forum at WHYY.
August 27, 2015 |
Maybe you haven't heard, but Pope Francis is coming to Philadelphia. And conveniently for the people organizing a two-month-long series of events designed to showcase Philadelphia as an international city, the pope's visit occurs in the midst of the 60-plus-day GlobalPhilly 2015. "It's the global event par excellence ," said Zabeth Teelucksingh, executive director of Global Philadelphia Association, the group producing GlobalPhilly, which will include 150 events from Sept.
August 15, 2015 |
It was a pipe dream hatched by firefighters at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida: to build a 9/11 memorial at the NASA center to honor the hundreds of firefighters and others killed when the World Trade Center towers collapsed in a terrorist attack. And they wanted to add an artifact - a 7-foot-long steel beam - recovered from the rubble at the towers. The space center firefighters raised the money to build a pair of concrete scale replicas of the twin towers. But persuading the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to give them the relic took several years.
June 11, 2015 |
By the time they moved to Woolwich Township, Tony Gioia and Grace Ellis had already had their lives altered for the worse; both had lost loved ones on 9/11. Denise Dales had a new perspective on life on that morning nearly 14 years ago, too. Then a Woodbury resident, she had plans to attend a 9 a.m. work meeting at the South Tower of the World Trade Center, but canceled, uneasy about taking her 2-month-old son along. Gioia, Ellis, and Dales, who also moved to Woolwich after the attacks, will be in the procession Wednesday when township officials bring a 4,000-pound steel beam - a relic from a day of tragedy - to the township from New York City, for a future 9/11 memorial in front of the town hall.
May 5, 2015 |
The conundrum for Superfit Inc. of Philadelphia is as complicated as love itself: The family-owned company has created a product it wants ring-wearers worldwide to know about, yet it's designed to go unnoticed. "We're still too much the best-kept secret in the world," said Gena Alulis, chief executive officer of a business trying to revolutionize, elegantly and unobtrusively, the way a ring is made to fit. Superfit's patented hinge-and-latch technology eliminates the annoying spinning that occurs when rings are sized to fit over a large knuckle, rather than fitted to the base of a finger.
March 4, 2015
A Business column Sunday on Pennsylvania and international trade misidentified the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia and the World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia.
December 19, 2014 |
Dulce de leche is not currently a flavor offered by Philadelphia-based Bassetts Ice Cream Co. "Closest to that is our classic butterscotch vanilla, which has . . . those caramel notes that a dulce de leche does," Bassetts president Michael Strange said Wednesday when asked whether and how his company would serve Cuba if a U.S. plan to reestablish diplomatic ties and expand economic trade after nearly 53 years succeeds. "If we find the right retail partners there . . . and they give us direction on flavor . . . I would certainly look into developing those flavors," Strange said.
September 12, 2014 |
THIS YEAR'S 13th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks is the first one since the May opening of the museum at the National September 11 Memorial at the former World Trade Center site in lower Manhattan. Visitors there can see significant and trivial reminders of that day - from the wallets of the dead and the dust-encrusted boots of rescue workers to the farewell letter written in Arabic by some of the al Qaeda terrorists - but for some the museum's lasting impression is its assertive and perhaps suffocating security.
August 5, 2014 |
"It's the only job I ever had," says Eddie Gindi , co-owner of the eight New York-area Century 21 department stores. He is preparing another one for Philadelphia this fall. Scion of a retailing and real estate family, Gindi went to work for his father and uncle - who founded Century 21 - as a student in 1977. "Back then it was just two stores: Brooklyn Bay Ridge and Manhattan," across from the World Trade Center, he said. The store had been there since 1961, even before the towers.