Daily Archive: September 19, 2012

Entertainment

At last! Fashion creativity… Fresh and futuristic concepts

(NEW YORK CITY)—At last! When the new millennium began with a global bang, there was the unspoken expectation that a new era would usher in fresh and futuristic concepts in every creative field. That didn’t happen in American fashion. CARMEN MARC VALVO For much of the last 13 years, America’s most prominent and influential designers generally have failed to push the creative envelope. They have played it safe, from riding the same trend bandwagons as their peers to hovering just above minimalism in terms of color and cut. Add in a recession and changes in consumer spending habits, and American fashion has been anything but adventurous and exciting.

Entertainment

Arts & Culture Calendar

Thursday 20 Jazz Jam CJ’s Restaurant & Lounge presents “The Roger Humphries & RH Factor Jazz Jam Session” at 8 p.m. at 2901-2911 Penn Ave., Strip District. There will be live jazz and fun every Thursday night. Must be 30 years or older and there is a dress code that will be enforced. No tennis shoes, sweats, or athletic gear. For more information, call 412-642-2377.

Entertainment

Out & About with Brotha Ash

This week I visited West Park on the North Side of Pittsburgh, Kennard Field in the Hill District, Ammon’s Recreational Center in the Hill District and Tim’s Bar in the Hill District. State Rep. Jake Wheatley, of the 19th District, and Renee Aldridge at the 10th Annual Community Appreciation Day held at Kennard Field in the Hill District.

Business

Apple: iPhone 5 orders topped 2M in 24 hours

CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP)—Orders for the iPhone 5 topped 2 million in their first 24 hours, more than double the amount of its predecessor over the same period. Since Apple started taking iPhone 5 orders on its website on Sept. 14, buyers who have a two-year service agreement with AT&T, Sprint or Verizon Wireless have been able to order the phone for $199 (16 gigabyte model), $299 (32 GB) or $399 (64 GB model). NEW iPHONE 5—The Apple iPhone 5 is shown on display following the introduction of new Apple products in San Francisco, Sept. 12. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Business

Time to pull back from the fiscal cliff

(NNPA)—Ignorance is not bliss. However, there are too many of us who are ignoring the discussion about a legislative maneuver known as “sequestration.” This is also known by a more descriptive term—“fiscal cliff.” (Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is credited with coining the phrase). Unless this is updated, all financial rules and budgeting will come to a halt Dec. 31. Let me tell you about a few of the programs that are at risk.

Business

The significance of struggle

(NNPA)—One of the main themes in the political conventions was centered on how hard it was for the speakers’ families, their parents and grandparents, and how they struggled to make it. Virtually every top speaker reflected on the hard times they went through and how their relatives struggled to put food on the table, how their parents worked two jobs to support their families, and how they lived in a small apartment. They wanted to believe they were “special” because they knew what it was like to struggle. It was kind of funny hearing all the stories and seeing them worn as badges of honor that merited our votes.

Business

Business Calendar

Business Series SEPT. 20—The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh will host their Business Program Series at 12:15 p.m. at the Downtown & Business branch, 612 Smithfield St., Downtown. The topic is “Recognizing Who Is At Risk for Financial Exploitation and Knowing Where to Find Help if it Happens.” Anna Hayes, Esq., of Julian Gray Associates, will provide important information that will help individuals safeguard their assets to provide for both longevity and rising healthcare costs. She will discuss the resources available to seniors and their families to understand the financial risks and how to avoid exploitation. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 412-281-7141 or email business@car­negie­library.org.

Sports

North Side merger no problem for Perry Commodores

The trimming of the City League to six teams has marked a new trend of combining football programs due to a string of school closings. The 2009 closing of Schenley started what’s now become commonplace. THE PERRY DEFENSE swarms all over Alfred Diggs of Allderdice. The Perry “D” shut out “The Dice” 12-0 in the City League opener for both teams. (Courier Photos/William McBride)

Sports

Home cookin’

When I took a look at the Pitt’s football schedule and saw Virginia Tech penciled in I automatically chalked up the win to the Hokies. The horrible losses Pitt suffered at the hands of Youngstown State and Cincinnati certainly reinforced the logic behind my prediction. You can now officially gloat, boys and girls; the “great Swami” was wrong. Pitt danced all over VT, 35-17. Next up is Gardner-Webb. Gardner, who? Well if the Panthers don’t experience a significant letdown, all indicators point to their record being elevated to 2-2 on September 23, the day after they face who? Gardner-Webb.

Sports

Steelers get back on track with win over Jets, 0-2 Raiders next

The Steelers took care of business Sunday by beating the New York Jets, 27-10, to move into a tie with the Baltimore Ravens, and Cincinnati Bengals on top of the AFC North. Now they must continue this play on both sides of the ball against the constantly rebuilding Oakland Raiders. Mark Sanchez was coming off the best game of his brief career against the Buffalo Bills, but even without its two best players, James Harrison, and Troy Polamalu, the Steelers defense dominated the Jets after the first half. BIG SACK—LaMarr Woodley (56) celebrates after sacking Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez while teammate Chris Carter (54) looks on. (Courier Photos/William McBride) The Jets were able to put together two outstanding drives that led to a 10-6 lead, but it was all Steelers from that point on, holding Sanchez to a mere 138 yards passing.