Daily Archive: September 8, 2010

Business

Recognize your inner treasury

(NNPA)—Recently Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke acknowledged the economic “elephant” in the room—that the U.S. economy has weakened far more than expected and, Bernanke called the economic recovery “inherently uncertain.” Bernanke’s affirmation of the economy’s sluggish economic recovery comes after a week of troubling economic news. Getting the message? It is time to dig deep for your inner treasury assets and resources to embrace your entrepre­neurial nature to have a hand in your personal economic recovery.

Business

Official: Obama to back business tax breaks

by Julie PaceAssociated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP)—President Barack Obama will call on Congress to pass new tax breaks that would allow businesses to write off 100 percent of their new capital investments through 2011, the latest in a series of proposals the White House is rolling out in hopes of showing action on the economy ahead of the November elections. An administration official said the tax breaks would save businesses $200 billion over two years, allowing companies to have more cash on hand. The president will outline the proposal during a speech on the economy in Cleveland Sept. 8. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA

Business

Business Calendar

Finance seminar SEPT. 8—The Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University will host a Finance and Business Seminar from 8-9:30 a.m. at Chatham University, Howe-Childs Gatehouse, Woodland Rd., Shadyside. This is the first of a four-part seminar series held in conjunction with Grossman Yanak & Ford LLP about finances, which is a critical part of business. After each session there will be an “ask the finance expert” session. The seminar will run every Wed­nes­day throughout September. Registration is required and the cost is $20 per seminar and $65 for all four, which includes a continental breakfast. For more information, visit http://www.chatham.edu/cwe.

Sports

Central Catholic serves notice at ‘Wolvarena,’ inexperience hurts other WPIAL powers

The old adage that football teams improve most between game one and game two rang true Saturday at the “Rally at the Wolvarena” as the WPIAL went 1-3 against some of the nation’s top teams. Ohio’s Steubenville Big Red and Akron Buchtel; and Florida’s Cocoa and Manatee, all rode into Turtle Creek with one game in their holster and took advantage of the inexperience of the WPIAL opening weekend teams. McKeesport, Thomas Jefferson and Woodland Hills all went down to defeat but the Vikings of Central Catholic served notice to all WPIAL teams that they expect to win a championship by blowing out Ohio powerhouse Buchtel, 35-6. ANTHONY NIXON, DAMIAN JONES-MOORE

Sports

Roethlisberger out as captain, Dixon in at QB

PITTSBURGH (AP)—Ben Roethlisberger is no longer a Pittsburgh Steelers captain. Dennis Dixon is the new Steelers quarterback, at least for the time being. Roethlisberger, suspended by the NFL for the first four games of the season, was not chosen a Steelers captain in a vote by his teammates. He has been selected the previous two seasons. Wide receiver Hines Ward and tight end Heath Miller will be the offensive captains. STARTING QB—Dennis Dixon, who has played well in the preseason, was named starting quarterback for the opener against the Atlanta Falcons. In a different vote regarding the quarterbacks, Dixon got the one that counted—by coach Mike Tomlin. Dixon was selected over longtime backup Charlie Batch to start Sunday’s opener against Atlanta, although he has started only one NFL game.

Sports

Clemente’s shadow falls on Pirates’ Neil Walker

PITTSBURGH (AP)—When Pirates second baseman Neil Walker takes the field at PNC Park, he needs only to glance over his shoulder at the 21-foot Roberto Clemente Wall in right field for inspiration. Walker, one of the majors’ top rookies, grew up in Pittsburgh hearing countless stories about one of baseball’s greatest outfielders and a man whose influence in his native Puerto Rico extends far beyond the diamond. TOP ROOKIE—Pittsburgh Pirate Neil Walker rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run against the Chicago Cubs in the third inning during a baseball game in Chicago, Sept. 1.

Sports

Gut check

This coming weekend the Steelers begin their 2010 campaign in the city that is quickly earning the name, “The Big Queasy.” There is lots of stomach churning and Tums chewing going on “n’at” over at the headquarters of Steeler Nation. Just when I thought all was lost in the guts and fortitude department, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin did not name the more experienced Charlie Batch as his temporary starter but the more raw and athletic “young buck,” Dennis Dixon.

Lifestyle

15 years and ­counting for ­WPMJGA

On Aug. 22 the place to be for the junior golfer was Oakmont Country Club. The West Penn Minority Junior Golf Association celebrated 15 years and their Seventh Annual Black Tie Gala. In 1995 Robert “Rock” Robinson along with his childhood friend Raiford Beasley, founded ­WPMJGA. It was the brainchild of Rock after he participated in a National Minority Junior Golf Association tournament in Phoenix, Ariz. READY FOR THEIR CLOSE UP—Stormy Brice, Caitlin Webster, Nina Hector, Sable Goodwin, Zamar Ushery, Jack Webster, Jacquez Ushery and Matthew Goodnight. Robinson and Beasley began to establish a program that would teach young people in the Pittsburgh community the game of golf while at the same time gaining access to local golf courses.

Lifestyle

After historic election, McCaskill looks to help young males

Sean McCaskill recently became the first person from Pittsburgh to hold the position of Eastern Region vice president of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. He joined the fraternity April 7, 1990. There were eight who went over with him. After he graduated from Indian University of Pennsylvania, it took him some time to get involved with the alumni chapter again. He is a graduate of Brashear High School and went to IUP for criminology in which he received his bachelor’s degree. He also went back to earn his master’s degree in sociology. NEW VP—Sean McCaskill gives a speech after his election. “One of the things we stand for is scholarship and leadership and I started seeing the leadership opportunities within the fraternity. The biggest thing about our fraternity is that we have social partners that we work with along with corporate organizations. March for Babies is an organization that raised almost $300,000 for them. We have a thing called “Project Alpha” where we work with inner male,” McCaskill said.

Lifestyle

Church Circuit

Health workshop SEPT. 8—The Mercy Parish Nurse and Health Ministry Program will host “America’s Child Obesity Epidemic: Parish Nurses Can Make a Difference” from 5:30-8 p.m. at UPMC Mercy Hospital, 1400 Locust St., Uptown. The workshop will be presented by Registered Nurse and Dietician Julianne Hagen and there will also be a session held Sept. 11 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. For more information, call 412-232-7997 or e-mail parishnurse@mercy.pmhs.org.