World Joined Forces to Rescue Thai Soccer Team

By Lauren Monsen Divers and rescue workers from around the world — including dozens of Americans — pitched in to rescue 12 boys and their soccer coach from a flooded cave in northern Thailand, where the team had been trapped for
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March Madness Explained

By Mark Trainer If you come to study in the U.S., you’ll find that this is the time of year when many college students — and Americans from all walks of life — become obsessed with March Madness, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (more...)

Female Olympians Inspire The Next Generation

By Emily Louise Bowman The Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang are over, but their impact is just beginning for millions of children who watched the feats of female athletes and are inspired to go “faster, higher, stronger.” Girls participate in sports as much as boys until age 13, but then  (more...)

Olympic Figure Skating: The Early Years

By Sherry L. Brukbacher Edward Bushnell, an industrial-era businessman from Philadelphia, revolutionized winter sports in 1850 by fitting a steel blade to a common boot. This allowed a skater to perform intricate spins and turns on the ice. By the turn of the century, figure skating was introduced to the Olympic (more...)

What’s behind those shiny Olympic medals?

By Christopher Connell Those shiny gold medals around the necks of triumphant Olympic athletes represent a priceless honor. Well, almost priceless. The precious metals in the gold-plated medallions for the Pyeongchang Games actually are worth $576, according to Dillon Gage, a metals dealer in Dallas. The medallions are almost entirely silver — 580 grams — (more...)

Celebrating the Lunar New Year: The Year of the Dog

By ShareAmerica People across the United States and around the world will come together this month to celebrate the Lunar New Year with fireworks, parades and lanterns. Americans also will be able to commemorate the holiday each time they mail a letter, with a new postage stamp dedicated to the Year (more...)

American Ice Masters Will Keep Rinks Frosty For Olympic Hockey

By Emily Louise Bowman As the chief ice technician for hockey, Moffatt has shuttled to South Korea several times over the past two years to develop the rinks at Gangneung Hockey Centre and Kwandong Hockey Centre for the men’s and women’s competitions. Moffatt and his assistant Klement have been working with (more...)

Goodbye To The Real-Life Rosie the Riveter

By Christopher Connell The woman believed to be the real “Rosie the Riveter” has died at the age of 96. She was Naomi Parker Fraley and inspired an iconic war poster of a young factory worker clad in a work shirt and bandana and flexing her bicep. The poster salutes patriotic American (more...)

‘Shape of Water’ Lands Leading 13 Oscar Nods

VOA Guillermo del Toro's lavish monster romance "The Shape of Water" fished out a leading 13 nominations, Greta Gerwig became just the fifth woman nominated for best director and "Mudbound'" cinematographer Rachel Morrison made history as the first woman to earn a nod in that category in nominations announced Tuesday for (more...)

Mayor’s Statement on the Eagles’ Victory in NFC Championship

Mayor Kenney offered this statement after the Eagles victory over the Vikings in tonight's NFC Championship: "I would like to offer my congratulations to Jeffrey Lurie, Christina Weiss Lurie, Howie Roseman, Doug Pederson, and all the coaches, players and staff of the NFC Champion Philadelphia Eagles!  It's been an amazing season, and (more...)

For The Love Of Dance, An American Ballerina Visits Russia

By ShareAmerica Catherine Cata, a 17-year-old ballerina from Stafford, Virginia, recently got the chance to study with the world’s best dancers. Invited to spend six weeks at the Bolshoi Ballet dancing and studying the Russian language, Cata felt some stage fright. Though used to the rigors of ballet training, she wasn’t sure (more...)

NBC News Fires Lauer Over Inappropriate Sexual Behavior

The U.S. television network NBC has fired its leading morning news anchor, Matt Lauer, after receiving a complaint against him describing sexual misconduct. "On Monday night, we received a detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace by Matt Lauer. It represented, after serious review, a (more...)

37th Annual Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival

 Some very special guests are packing their bags to visit Philadelphia for the 37th Annual Philadelphai Jewish Film Festival And with 35 films set to screen in 12 venues over 12 days in November (the 4th to the 19th -- save the dates!), we're busily booking directors, stars, film subjects, experts, (more...)

Philadelphia Orchestra Makes Music and Friends in China

By ShareAmerica Photo - (Jan Regan/Philadelphia Orchestra) China is almost a second home for the Philadelphia Orchestra. It was the first American orchestra to perform in the People’s Republic of China, at the special request of President Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger, nearly 45 years ago. Its 2017 tour of Asia brought the orchestra (more...)

Baltic Embassies Delight Washington With Song and Dance

By Mary Jane Maxwell The Baltic states have long turned to song and dance to celebrate and protect their heritage. The tradition was on display recently, when the embassies of Baltic countries Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania opened their doors to visitors during (more...)

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