Swain County High School senior Heather Whitt, who participates in Southwestern Community College’s Upward Bound program, is a QuestBridge CollegeMatch Finalist.The QuestBridge program connects high-achieving, deserving students with full scholarships at select colleges and universities. Out of 13,264 applications, 4,895 students were selected as finalists based on academic, financial and extracurricular credentials.This year’s recipients will be announced in December. Each recipient will receive a guaranteed full, four-year scholarship worth more than $200,000 to one of 36 partner colleges including Columbia, MIT and Stanford.To be eligible for the scholarship, Whitt submitted an application that included academic, extracurricular and personal info as well as two teacher recommendations, two essays, a secondary school report, transcripts and test scores.“We are extremely proud of Heather for being named a finalist for this prestigious honor,” said Annette Kesgen, director of the Upward Bound program at SCC. “She’s an exceptional student. We would be thrilled if she receives a full-tuition scholarship to one of these institutions, but we know she will be successful in life because she is driven to reach her goals.”For more information about SCC’s Upward Bound program, contact Kesgenatakesgen@southwesterncc.edu or 828.339.4281.
The IRS has issued new procedures for issuing opinion letters regarding the qualification in form of pre-approved plans. The new procedure modifies the IRS’s historic approach to pre-approved plans in order to expand the provider market and encourage employers that currently maintain individually designed plans to convert to the pre-approved format. The pre-approved program has been simplified by eliminating the distinction between master and prototype (M&P) and volume submitted (VS) programs and combining the two into a new opinion letter program. In addition, IRS has expanded the types of plans eligible for pre-approved status to afford greater flexibility in the design of pre-approved plans. Finally, the on-cycle submission period for third six-year remedial amendment cycle for providers of pre-approved defined contribution plans is modified so that is begins on October 2, 2017, and ends on October 1, 2018.Rev. Proc. 2015-36, I.R.B. 2015-27, 20, is modified and superseded in part and Rev. Proc. 2017-4, I.R.B. 2017-1, 146, and Rev. Proc. 2016-37, I.R.B. 2016-29, 136, are modified.Rev. Proc. 2017-41, 2017FED ¶46,308Other References:Code Sec. 401CCH Reference – 2017FED ¶17,507.2543CCH Reference – 2017FED ¶17,507.2546CCH Reference – 2017FED ¶17,929.30CCH Reference – 2017FED ¶17,507.331Code Sec. 409CCH Reference – 2017FED ¶18,951.27Statement of Procedural Rules Sec. 601.201CCH Reference – 2017FED ¶43,360.173CCH Reference – 2017FED ¶43,360.2113CCH Reference – 2017FED ¶43,360.2116CCH Reference – 2017FED ¶43,360.212Tax Research ConsultantCCH Reference – TRC RETIRE: 51,052CCH Reference – TRC RETIRE: 51,102CCH Reference – TRC RETIRE: 51,112
Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH LATEST STORIES Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges The Tornadoes are shooting for their third straight title, but they have to do it without 2015 Grand Prix MVP Lindsay Stalzer, who was instrumental in their last two championships.Stalzer has jump shipped to Petron, the team Foton beat twice for the titles, in a move which Branislav respects.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“We respect all players, and thanks to Lindsay because she played very hard last year for Foton.”Helping Branislav in his quest for a third straight Grand Prix title are Dragana Perunicnic, Sara Klisura, and libero Katarina Vukomanovic. Coaches Ramil de Jesus of F2 Logistics, Francis Vicente of Generika-Ayala, Parley Tupaz of Iriga City, George Pascua of Cignal, Moro Branislav of Foton, Shaq Delos Santos of Petron, John Paul Dolorias of UST, Kungfu Reyes of Cocolife and Macky Carino of Sta. Lucia declare readiness to compete in the Chooks To Go Philippine Superliga Grand Prix starting Saturday at Filoil Flying CentreFoton has been the ruler of the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix Conference and head coach Moro Branislav has been preparing his team to keep it that way this 2017.“My opinion is, Foton will bring a very big surprise this conference,” said Branislav Wednesday during the pre-season press conference atr Viking Venue. “I’ve been preparing my team and we’ll see how we’ll finish so good luck to all the other coaches.”ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View comments Iceland prepared for World Cup debut with 2 games in Qatar Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim MOST READ No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Foton will defend its title against eight other teams in the biggest Grand Prix to date.This season’s Grand Prix will feature nine teams—Foton, Petron, Cocolife, F2 Logistics, Generika, Sta. Lucia, Iriga, Cignal, and guest team University of Santo Tomas.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims
Australian coach Darren Lehmann tendered an apology on Wednesday for the team’s poor performance during the ongoing Ashes series in England.Lehman was responding to stinging criticism after the Australians lost the fourth Test at Trent Bridge cricket ground by an innings and 78 runs inside three days. The visitors had earlier lost the first and third Tests and are trailing the five-match series 1-3.”We have been poor, we have been outplayed by a superior opponent and, as coaching staff, players and selectors, we fully accept the blame for our losses at Edgbaston and Trent Bridge,” said Lehmann in a column on the Cricket Australia website.Also read: What really went wrong for Australia in Ashes”We don’t walk away from that responsibility, and we have been as up-front as we can over the past few days to explain that’s the case rather than try to find excuses. Not only do we want to be accountable for our efforts, but on behalf of our team I want to apologise for the manner in which we have lost,” he added.”We understand how disappointing the series has been, and I can reassure you we are doing our very best as a group to identify the areas in which we need to improve in order to ensure we get better as a team.”Also read: Michael Clarke retires Lehmann has, however, dismissed suggestions that poor leadership by outgoing captain Michael Clarke and the presence of wives and girlfriends on the tour has contributed to the team’s poor show.advertisementMichael deserves respect”Michael deserves the chance to go out with the respect and dignity that he has undoubtedly earned over a fantastic career, and I want to see that career suitably celebrated,” the former batsman asserted.”As a coach and as a selection panel, we know how much pressure and scrutiny comes with the job of captaining Australia’s Test team and we want him to enjoy some time with his family who have come over to see him play his final Test.””While we’re happy to cop criticism for the way we bat, bowl, field or prepare I believe it’s unfair to suggest having families with us as a reason for our on-field efforts. Some of the guys in our squad have schedules that have meant they’ve been at home for a total of three or four days since the Boxing Day Test last December – less than a week in more than seven months,” he added.”There is no way, as coach of the Australian cricket team, that I am going to oversee a set-up that doesn’t welcome wives, girlfriends, children and other family members when our players and staff are spending that length of time travelling. Their presence also helps to provide a bit of normality during a long stint of travel.”He also said that the team could not be blamed for lack of effort in preparation and training during the tour.”Even on the occasions when we’ve lost Test matches in three days, I don’t see the value of scheduling extra training sessions,” Lehmann remarked. “There are times when you need to switch off and just relax.”The 45-year-old also stated that he continues to have great confidence in the future of Australian cricket, the coaching staff and the players.
Lukaku set to miss Solskjaer’s Man Utd kickoffby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United striker Romelu Lukaku is struggling to make Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first game in charge.The Daily Mail says it’s understood that Lukaku has spent this week on compassionate leave and is unlikely to return to the club until Boxing Day. He will not be available to Solskjaer until United face Bournemouth on December 30. The news is a blow for the 45-year-old Norwegian, who started a six-month stint in charge of United on Thursday. Solskjaer is expected to restore Paul Pogba to the line-up at Cardiff on Saturday after telling the squad they will have a “clean slate” under him. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Some $2.6 million has been earmarked in the 2013/14 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives, to facilitate payment of unsettled land claims under the arterial roads programme.The programme seeks to improve 809 kilometres of the island’s network of main roads and highways, which link the 14 parishes, and associated structures, such as bridges, through a programme of construction, improvement and maintenance activities.Of the allocation, $2 million will go towards settling claims in relation to the Old Harbour by-pass in St. Catherine, while the remaining $600,000 is similarly earmarked for the Ocho Rios development road in St. Ann.Meanwhile, another $700,000 has been set aside to effect similar payments in relation to 692 kilometres of roads, linking secondary towns and other commercial centres, to the main arterial road system.This secondary road programme aims to effect routine maintenance of roadways and associated infrastructure.By Douglas McIntosh, JIS Reporter
New Delhi: A man in his 60s allegedly committed suicide on Saturday by jumping in front of a moving train at the Tilak Nagar station on the Blue Line of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), police said. The victim jumped in front of the train headed towards Dwarka around 10:40 am, a DMRC spokesperson said, adding that services were briefly delayed on the Blue Line that connects Dwarka in Delhi to Noida. “An elderly man, about 65, jumped in front of a metro train at Tilak Nagar metro station. He was taken to the Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital, where he was declared brought dead,” Deputy Commissioner of Police (Metro) Mohammed Ali said. Efforts are underway to ascertain the identity of the deceased, Ali added. On Wednesday, Sita Ram Arora, an elderly resident of Ramesh Nagar, had allegedly committed suicide by jumping in front of a moving train at the Ramesh Nagar metro station on the Blue Line.
Photo by The Associated Press.Sam Hurd, once a promising receiver with the Dallas Cowboys and Chicago Bears, was sentenced to 15 years in a federal prison for drug trafficking that occurred during and after the 2011 NFL season.Prosecutors in Texas wanted U.S. District court judge Jorge A. Solis to sentence Hurd to life in prison without the possibility of parole for his involvement in cocaine and marijuana trafficking. But a remorseful, weeping Hurd asked for leniency, calling himself “the stupidest drug guy ever.”Hurd had prepared a statement to read, but instead offered an emotional explanation of his crimes, which included a meeting with an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) informant and undercover ICE special agent in a Chicago steak house in December 2011, where Hurd was given a kilo of cocaine.“My life is a train wreck because of the bad decisions I made,” he said, according to Sports Illustrated. “Everything I did was a result of my marijuana addiction… I was extremely stupid. I feel the pain I caused my wife, mother, father, sisters and brothers and my community.”Hurd asked Solis for a “second chance” and promised to “be an upstanding citizen and a loving husband and father.”The plea appears to have had at least some impact on Solis, who said he felt inclined to sentence Hurd to 27 years before pointing out that this was Hurd’s first offense and chopped his initial assessment nearly in half. The judge’s final ruling – 15 years, to be followed by five years of supervised release -caused an audible gasp from the gallery.It also helped Hurd that phone records suggested that he was not involved in dealing narcotics with his cousin Tyrone Chavful while Hurd was out on bond in San Antonio following his arrest in Chicago.According to S.I., Assistant U.S. Attorney Gary Tromblay provided minimal evidence during the hearing and offered only brief cross examinations of Hurd’s character witnesses. Tromblay responded to claims that his office had tried to make an example of Hurd because of his NFL notoriety by saying, “This isn’t because he’s an NFL player–it’s because he’s a drug dealer. He [knew] exactly what he was doing.”
Using Essence magazine as the vehicle, accomplished and respected Fox NFL sideline reporter Pam Oliver wrote in a first-person essay that rumors of being replaced by Erin Andrews on the network’s No. 1 team “humiliated” her and that she publicly handled the eventual demotion with class while privately crying in isolation.The word spread that Andrews, hired away from ESPN two years ago, would be bumped up to the broadcast team with play-by-play man Joe Buck and analyst Troy Aikman, displacing Oliver, who had been a credit to the profession for 19 years.“Colleagues, and even coaches and players, would come up to me and say things like, ‘Boy, you’re handling this well. You’re really a class act,’” Oliver, 53, writes for the magazine.“But I let the rumors roll off my back. Without official confirmation about a change in my position, I decided I was going to do my work like I always had. Still, I was humiliated.”In April, Fox executives flew to Atlanta to tell Oliver that she was out and Andrews was in as the sideline reporter. Further, Oliver wrote that the network planned to move her to the hard-to-find Fox Sports 1, but she persuaded management to let her work her 20th season on the sidelines with Fox’s “B” team of Kevin Burkhardt and John Lynch.Remaining above the fray, Oliver was careful with her words, but it was clear the move was based on age and race. “As one executive said to me, Fox Sports will look radically different in the coming years. I assume that means they want to look younger,” Oliver wrote.”It’s not difficult to notice that the new on-air people there are all young, blond and ‘hot’. That’s not to say that Erin isn’t capable. I think she’s very capable. She’s also popular on Twitter and social media, so I can see how that would also make her highly sought after. Still, covering the NFL is a big deal. Stations like ABC and NBC entrust their programming to veterans. So when people talk about all networks making a turn to a particular type of girl on the sidelines, it doesn’t hold water.”Oliver opened up about the pain caused by the demotion, saying she broke down while watching the film Apollo 13.“When I look back at that time, I feel embarrassed that I was so emotional,” Oliver wrote. “Among my friends I’m the tough girl. I am not a crier. But I realize I was in mourning. I had to let it go.”Now, she says she is prepared to tackle her new position with the same professionalism and vigor. But will do so with a nostalgic sense.“Don’t get me wrong, I love being on the sidelines,” she wrote. “I love the ins and outs of the game. But I’m headed into this season knowing it’s time to say my goodbyes. I’m going to savor every moment.”