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WIP TEENS, Book Review by Heidi Schmidt

March 14, 2011 By: admin Category: Consumer Education

Women Heroes of World War II
By Kathryn J. Atwood
Women Heroes
I found this book extremely interesting and couldn’t put it down.  I am learning about World War II in history class right now and it fit in perfectly with what we are learning.  The book tells the stories of the brave, unknown women who risked their lives during World War II to fight for what they believed in.  I loved the short stories on the adventures of all the women and felt inspired by all of their courageous acts.  Some performed tasks that even men were afraid to do.  The book was well organized and easy to understand.  While reading about these incredible women it was easier and more interesting to learn more about World War II and the battles that occurred in it.  I highly recommend this book to all adults and young adults.  History may not be my favorite subject, but I thoroughly enjoyed this book.  J
 -Heidi M. Schmidt

Business Program Calendar March 2011

March 14, 2011 By: admin Category: Business Library Schedule


Programs are held at 12:15 on Thursdays at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Downtown & Business, 612 Smithfield St., Downtown.  They are free and open to the public.

Thursday, March   3          The Ins and Outs of Schedule D

                                       Patrick N. Price, Tax Specialist

                                       Internal Revenue Service, Pittsburgh Office


Sales of capital assets are reported for tax purposes on the Federal Schedule D.  There are many confusing terms related to asset sales and the 1099-B form that will be explained in this session.  Once you know the basic rules, reporting asset sales is not difficult!



Thursday, March 10          Your Start-Up: Designing an Internet Presence

                                       Kate McGinley, CEO

                                       McGinley Media Limited


Ready to launch your own company?  In the early stages of a start-up?  This hands-on workshop will guide you through the process of setting up an internet presence.  Topics include: niche marketing, website and mobile app design, and overviews of available tools to help you boost your marketing efforts.



Thursday, March 17          Roth IRAs:  2010-2011

                                       Larry J. Marks, First Vice President, Investments

                                       Dawn M. Porto, CRPC, Vice President – Investments

                                       Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC, Member SIPC


Beginning last year, the eligibility rules for a Roth Conversion changed.  Come and hear about the new opportunity you may have to convert your tax-deferred retirement accounts to a Roth IRA.



Thursday, March 24          Mind Over Money:  How Human Psychology and Finance Interact

                                       (DVD – 56 minutes)


This PBS documentary explores what science can tell us about the way we make crucial financial decisions in times of stress.  It’s assumed that we make rational and considered choices when it comes to money, but history has shown this isn’t always so. The fascinating connection between economics and cognitive psychology is revealed here in many ways that might surprise you.



Thursday, March 31       A Homeowner’s Guide to Hiring a Contractor:  What Service Providers Don’t Want You to Know

Alexandra Sabina, Author and Lecturer

When you are ready to make repairs or major renovations to your property, how do you know if the company or person you plan to hire is trustworthy and reliable?  Ms. Sabina, author of A Homeowner’s Guide to Hiring a Contractor, will explain where to find a service provider, questions to ask during the interview, how to obtain reliable references, everything you should see on a contract before signing and more.  Copies of Ms. Sabina’s book will be available for purchase.

World Water Day?

March 14, 2011 By: admin Category: Feature Article

The U.N. designates March 22 as the day of the year when we spotlight the global safe water and sanitation issue and the collective efforts underway to get solutions to those struggling and in need

Together, We Are Solving the Global Water Crisis

In contrast to easy access to taps and toilets across the United States, today much of the world faces a global safe drinking water and sanitation crisis. One out of every eight people lacks safe drinking water and two out of every five people lack adequate sanitation.

World Water Day is March 22. Recognized by the United Nations and the global community, World Water Day reminds us that much of the world still faces a global water and sanitation crisis, and that it is our urgent obligation to act. This year, a coalition of diverse US-based groups is calling for increased commitments by the US government and private citizens to reduce poverty, disease and hunger by helping to improve sustainable access to safe drinking water and improved sanitation for many millions around the world.

Why Invest in Water and Sanitation?

Investing in safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene makes economic, social, and financial sense. Many key water and sanitation solutions are cost-effective: every $1 invested in water and sanitation improvements returns on average $8 in increased economic productivity and averted healthcare costs. In addition, these solutions have immediate impacts on health and education: preventing cases of diarrheal diseases among children - the leading cause of child death in Africa - can prevent deaths as well as improve cognitive development and nutritional status.

Americans support prioritizing water and sanitation in developing countries, creating a ripple effect making this investment one of the smartest in tight economic times. Recent UN Foundation polling shows enthusiasm among Americans for the US government to support clean water and sanitation in developing countries. Water and sanitation programs are important in their own right, and get results across multiple sectors. Communities with safe drinking water and sanitation also see tangible progress in children’s health, school attendance, and local economic development.

Investments in water and sanitation are working, but there is a long way to go. Significant progress has been made globally towards achieving the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) for water. The world is on track to meet the MDG targets for water, and in sub-Saharan Africa access to drinking water has improved 22% since 1990. .

However, many of the most vulnerable countries remain underserved. Sub-Saharan Africa, for example, is home to 40% of those without safe water, with at least 15 countries in the region not on track to meet the MDG target. Even more startling, nearly 40% of the world’s population lives without access to adequate sanitation and only a handful of developing countries are on track to meet the MDG target.

What Should Be Done?

Scale up the solutions that are already working. US support for water and sanitation has produced demonstrable results in thousands of communities around the world. Solutions include digging wells and boreholes, harvesting rainwater, protecting springs, water filtering and purification, and building safe and affordable latrines. Sustainability is key: programs must be implemented in a fashion that is sustainable on a local level, in technical, financial, social, and environmental terms. Integrating simple and cost-effective water and sanitation solutions into child survival, health, and nutrition programs can dramatically decrease both child mortality and long-term developmental problems caused by the most common child killers - diarrhea, pneumonia and malnutrition.

Encourage decision makers to target US funding to the countries and communities most in need of first-time access. The US government must ensure the funding it provides for international water and sanitation programs benefits the people who need it most. Most of those living without safe drinking water and improved sanitation are poor people in impoverished countries. Helping to provide first-time access to safe drinking water and improved sanitation in those communities will also ensure progress toward other related goals: improved health, poverty alleviation, environmental sustainability, and increased educational opportunities.

Why now?

The needs are great, and solutions exist today. Today’s investments in global water, sanitation and hygiene initiatives are working. Around the world successful models for replication exist. While working towards long-term change in infrastructure, capacity building and health systems, we should prioritize funding and implementation for programs that can deliver packages of cost-effective, sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene interventions available today.

About the Coalition for World Water Day

A diverse coalition of water, sanitation, hygiene and health organizations has come together for World Water Day 2011. Its goal is to raise awareness and call for stronger commitments and more robust action to ensure universal access to safe drinking water and sanitation. The global safe drinking water crisis can be solved with solutions available today. The 2011 coalition includes Catholic Relief Services, CARE, charity: water, Church World Service, Food for the Hungry, Global Water Challenge, International Relief & Development, Lifewater, Living Water International, Millennium Water Alliance, Natural Resources Defense Council, PATH, Procter & Gamble, PSI, Save the Children, Tetra Tech, WASH Advocacy Initiative, WaterAid, Water For People, Water.org, World Vision, and Water and Sanitation Program.