Daily Archive: June 8, 2011

Opinion

Work is a necessity

(NNPA)—I consider myself something of a wordsmith, so I am always amazed in the work of others, especially when they are government bureaucrats. The most recent unemployment figures, which show the unemployment rate rising, and the pace of job creation slowing, are interesting and incisive. The Employment Situation says that the unemployment rate is “essentially unchanged” as it has moved from 9 to 9.1 percent. In April more than 200,000 jobs were created; in May it was a scant 54,000. Still, the situation was “essentially unchanged”. Give me a break. That means someone is fudging and smudging the fact that our economy is sputtering.

Opinion

Killing public education posing as budget cuts

Recent rallies to protest education cuts by church groups and other concerned parties underscored a larger movement that is taking place across the commonwealth. Governor Corbett’s cuts, which hit K–12 and higher education, go beyond the need to deal with a $4 billion budget shortfall. It smacks of—in the regrettable words of GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich—right-wing social engineering. Some believe SB 1, also called the school choice bill, is a Trojan horse to privatize public education.

Entertainment

Boyz II Men joins PSO for charity

Wanya Morris of legendary R&B group Boyz II Men is excited to be returning to the Golden Triangle to perform with the world renowned Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra for its annual Community Partners Program concert “This is going to be a different experience for us because we have sung with orchestras in the past in other countries but not in the United States or for a non-profit organization,” said Morris. BOYZ II MEN

Entertainment

Mekhi Phifer joins cast of ‘Torchwood’

by Shantella Y. Sherman For New Pittsburgh Courier One day, nobody dies. All across the world, nobody dies. And then the next day, and the next, and the next, people keep aging—they get hurt and sick—but they never die. The result: a population boom, over­night. With all the extra people, resources are finite. It’s said that in four months time, the human race will cease to be viable. But, this can’t be a natural event—someone’s got to be behind it. It’s a race against time as CIA agent Rex Matheson investigates a global conspiracy. The answers lie within an old, secret British institute, Torchwood. As Rex keeps asking “What is Torchwood?” he’s drawn into a world of adventure, and a threat to change what it means to be human, forever. MEKHI PHIFER

Entertainment

Out & About with Brotha Ash

This week I visited Toro’s Bar in Garfield, Carson Street Live in Station Square, Kenny’s Place in the Hill District, Galaxy Entertainment Lounge and Entertainment Center in Homewood, and CJ’s in the Strip District. My first stop was at Toro’s Bar in Garfield, where the Hyatt family held a mixer to raise funds for their family reunion. It was great to see all of the old family members and meet some of the new ones. It was ladies night out at Carson Street Live in Station Square.

Entertainment

Arts & Culture Calendar

Thursday 9 Three Rivers Arts Festival The Pittsburgh Cultural District and Dollar Bank presents the 2011 Three Rivers Arts Festival at Point State Park, Downtown. There will be free concerts open to the public, art, vendors and more. Enjoy this annual event, which will run through June 12. For more information, call 412-456-6666 or visit http://www.3riversartsfest.org.

Business

African American Chamber features diabetes workshop series

by Christian Morrow As a full-service organization, the African American Chamber of Commerce offers its members a variety of extras aimed at improving small business productivity and profitability. In addition to its business institute, PowerBreakfast meetings, networking opportunities, and even payroll services, the Chamber also offers its members health, life, disability, dental, vision, and discount automobile insurance. “We’re trying to deal with the totality of companies needs,” said President and CEO Doris Carson Williams. “They need access to healthcare and a healthy workforce. Healthy employees miss fewer days and are more productive. So this is one of the value-adds that we provide to help our small and minority-owned businesses improve their bottom lines.”

Business

Quality time on Social Security website

by Patricia Thibault Summertime is here, and for many people that means vacation. Some of the best vacations are the ones that allow you to spend time with family who live far away. If you’re planning to visit your kids and grandkids this summer, why not make the most of your time with them? You may know your way around a computer. But youngsters today who grew up on a computer can teach most of us some new tricks. And they’d probably be thrilled to share some online time with their grandparents. Ask them to pull out their tablet, iPad, or laptop and show you how to find your way around Social Security’s website, http://www.socialsecurity.gov.

Business

The state of your estate

“Fifty-five percent of all American adults do not have a will,” according to a 2007, Harris Hubbell research study. “Only one in three African-American adults (32 percent) and one in four Hispanic American adults (26 percent) have wills, compared to more than half (52 percent) of White American adults.” “Every adult should have an estate plan, regardless of age, family circumstances or net worth,” advises Attorney William Smith of Cleveland, Ohio. “In too many cases, I have seen family conflicts, unnecessary expenses and delays as a result of little or no estate planning. It’s really unfortunate that people can spend a lifetime building and accumulating wealth, only to have it wither away at their death. Their heirs are the real losers. It really doesn’t have to be that way.”

Business

Business Calendar

Panel discussion JUNE 8—TiE Pittsburgh will host “Get In the Game-Entrepreneurial Opportunities in Gaming Technologies” Panel Discussion from 5:30-8 p.m. at Carnegie Mellon University, Entertainment Technology Center, 700 Technology Dr., Oakland. This is a networking and a panel discussion to learn how one can get in the game and grow one’s opportunities for success. Reservations are required by June 7. For more information, visit infor@pghtie.org.