As the only professional coed team sport in the continental United States, Alaska, and Hawaii, World TeamTennis provides tennis enthusiasts with an adventurous approach to match play. A single match consists of two teams made up of high-ranking men's and women's professionals. These four-player teams (two men and two women) battle one another across a five-set gauntlet?the one-on-one onslaught of men's and women's singles, the low-five-laden lusciousness of men's and women's doubles, and the gender-juxtaposed jubilation of mixed doubles. Whoever wins the majority takes home bragging rights and, possibly, temporary immortality. This year's Philadelphia Freedoms roster features fast-serving superstar Andy Roddick alongside pros such as Ramon Delgado and Courtney Nagle.
Online Trading Academy Philadelphia’s instructors want to put the fate of the future—or, at least, the fate of the financial market futures—into the hands of their students. Via online and in-person classes, the instructors, many of whom are former market makers, professional traders, or current hedge-fund managers, teach the tools and strategies required to navigate the market. They use the academy’s rule-based core strategies as tools for guidance during all manner of endeavors, from determining which markets suit a particular student to instilling confidence in students so they can protect their portfolios against potentially crooked brokers and overly aggressive ATMs.
Helmed by state-certified teachers, KnowledgePoints learning centers mold the minds of those students who have fallen behind–or those students who need an extra challenge–in a comfortable and supportive environment. The organization's teachers take a personal approach to basic skills tutoring, relying on tried-and-true techniques to help students boost grades in math, reading, and writing, and to develop better study habits. Additionally, KnowledgePoints utilizes diagnostic skills assessments in order to identify every student's strengths and weaknesses.
John Morris made his fortune in iron and then, with the help of his sister Lydia, turned to a far more delicate medium: exotic plants. Starting in the 1880s, the duo traveled the world in search of specimens to bring back to their Philadelphia home. That formidable collection blossomed into the Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania after the siblings donated their estate to the University of Pennsylvania in 1933.
Their carefully manicured English-style gardens, complete with swan pond and azalea meadow, now also belong to the National Register of Historic Places. Visitors today stroll winding footpaths among 13,000 plants, hailing from 27 countries; there's a prominent Japanese influence in several areas, including the Japanese Hill and Water Garden. Stately trees dot the property, including trident maple, Engler beech, and Bender oak?the latter of which researchers believe may predate the Morris estate by more than 100 years. And some notable plants are kept inside: the Victorian-style fernery encases tropical fronds and trickling waterfalls in a balmy paradise of glass.
Children especially flock to the Garden Railway, where G-scale model trains chug through a miniature garden, passing buildings made entirely of natural materials by skilled chipmunk carpenters. The Garden Railway runs from Memorial Day through Labor Day, and on weekends through mid-October. They and their minders also tend to enjoy scrambling across wooden bridges suspended high above the forest floor to get a bird's-eye view of the arboretum at the Tree Adventure.
When working to improve the operations of their business clients, staffers at Paradigm Group Consultants refer to the three qualities that have aided in their own success: innovation, implementation, and improvement. With the aid of their optimization experts, businesses learn new ways to handle their operations, institute those methods, and continue to chip away at inefficiencies, such as accidentally buying chairs with three armrests. The group splits its focus into four specialities, including talent management, human-resource strategy, diversity and inclusion, and organizational development. The consultants also offer training courses to individual businesspeople on such topics as interviewing candidates and being effective leaders.
MSBedge makes compliance training quick and convenient with online courses that last less than an hour each. Pre-tests help to instill knowledge before final exams, which assess a wide range of skills in the money service business sphere. Course topics include anti-money laundering, the Bank Secrecy Act, and record keeping requirements and currency transaction reporting?all of which help to ensure business owners and their employees are in compliance with the law and industry trends.