Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite In addition, they say he only declared 11.5 million euros of Spanish-related income from 2011 to 2014, while what he really earned during that time was close to 43 million euros.And finally, they accuse him of “voluntarily” refusing to include 28.4 million euros in income linked to the sale of his image rights for the 2015 to 2020 period to a Spanish company.Ronaldo’s lawyer said the four-time World Player of the Year was stunned by the accusations.“It’s a total surprise for the player who feels wronged, which gives me a special responsibility to speak in his name of his feeling of sadness and injustice,” Antonio Lobo Xavier told Portuguese television.“Ronaldo declared his income in relation to his image rights in 2014, which also included the three previous years.”ADVERTISEMENT In a television interview last month when it was revealed that tax authorities had sent a report to prosecutors on Ronaldo’s alleged fiscal evasion, Ronaldo had said he was “very serene.”“I know these things will be resolved with the best decision, so I’m fine,” he had said.Football scandals The football world in Spain has been rocked by charges of tax evasion or corruption pressed against some of its top stars.Messi was sentenced to a 21-month jail sentence and 2.09-million-euro fine last year for tax fraud.The prison term will be suspended as is common in Spain for first offences for non-violent crimes carrying a sentence of less than two years.The 29-year-old and his father Jorge Horacio Messi were found guilty of using companies in Belize, Britain, Switzerland and Uruguay to avoid paying taxes on 4.16 million euros of Messi’s income earned from his image rights from 2007-09.The income related to Messi’s image rights that was hidden includes endorsement deals with Danone, Adidas, Pepsi-Cola, Procter & Gamble and the Kuwait Food Company.In its statement, Gestha said the most favourable scenario for Ronaldo would be that he is also given a 21-month prison sentence.Former Barca defender Javier Mascherano also agreed a one-year suspended sentence with authorities for tax fraud last year. 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Swing Out Sister back to PH this April Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working MOST READ Meanwhile Brazil star and Barcelona forward Neymar and his parents are due to stand trial for alleged corruption over his transfer from Santos in 2013.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer View comments For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte If he too is put on trial and found guilty, he risks “a fine of at least 28 million” euros ($31.3 million) and could potentially be jailed for three-and-a-half years, the Gestha union of experts at Spain’s Inland Revenue said in a statement.Ronaldo is accused of “four crimes against the public treasury between 2011-14… which involves tax fraud of 14,768,897 euros ($16.5m, £12.9m)”, Madrid’s public prosecutor’s office said in a statement.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new ground“The accused took advantage of a company structure created in 2010 to hide income generated in Spain from his image rights from tax authorities, which is a ‘voluntary’ and ‘conscious’ breach of his fiscal obligations in Spain,” it said.Prosecutors accuse the Portugal international of evading tax via a shell company based in the British Virgin Islands and another in Ireland, known for its low corporate tax rate. LATEST STORIES Azkals survive Tajiks in thriller, firm up hold of top spot in Group F Real Madrid’s Portuguese forward Christiano Ronaldo warms up during a training session at Mitsuzawa stadium in Yokohama on December 13, 2016 ahead of their Club World Cup football match against Club America of Mexico on December 15. / AFP PHOTO / KAZUHIRO NOGISpanish prosecutors on Tuesday accused Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo of evading 14.7 million euros in tax through offshore companies, the latest footballer to fall foul of fiscal authorities.The 32-year-old — the world’s highest paid athlete according to Forbes magazine — follows in the steps of Barcelona forward and Argentina star Lionel Messi, who was found guilty of the same offense last year although the sums involved were allegedly smaller.ADVERTISEMENT End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend
Taal evacuees make the most of ‘unusual’ clothing donations, leaves online users laughing Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Ukrainian prime minister resigns after recordings published Team Nos. 3 and 6 will clash and Nos. 4 and 5 will battle in separate best-of-five series to determine the other two semifinalists.Only NLEX has so far bombed out of contention, with Columbian Dyip within another loss of joining the Road Warriors.Troy Rosario and four more locals tossed in twin digits for TNT, something which Jones said could be attributed to their ever-improving chemistry.“[We’re] building chemistry. I know where my guys are going to be with those up and down shots. That’s all I could ask from them: be aggressive and shoot the ball,” he said.Rookie Ray Parks Jr. scored 21 to pace the Elite.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption 11 nabbed for shabu, drug den busted in Maguindanao Lanterns show more cohesion in nipping Kuyas; Risers triumph Deandre Ayton shines as Suns pound Knicks PBA IMAGESTentative at first, TNT turned to its defense to thwart Blackwater, 115-97, and capture the other twice-to-beat incentive while extending its sterling run in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup on Sunday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.The KaTropa cranked it up in the second quarter and took everything the Elite could muster, marching to a tournament-best seventh-straight win for 9-1 overall that assured them of the playoff bonus in the quarterfinals.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Olympic rings arrive in host city on barge into Tokyo Bay View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted The Hotshots dropped to 5-4.“[Defense] got us tonight’s game—it started for us in the first half with a lot of stops and then we get it in transition where everybody can score and be aggressive,” he said in a televised interview.Jones’ view was echoed by coach Bong Ravena: “We really planned to lock in on defense—to be consistent with it. We didn’t take them (Elite) for granted.”The KaTropa close out against Magnolia on July 17, and a win would give them No. 1 ranking and the lowest-ranked foe in the quarterfinals. TNT would need to beat that team just once to make the Final Four.Idle NorthPort secured No. 2 seeding as early as last week and will face the No. 7 seed, also needing to win just once.ADVERTISEMENT Terrence Jones had a big night once again, completing a third triple-double with 36 points, 16 rebounds, and 14 assists.But he still stressed that it was TNT’s defensive might that took the fight out of Blackwater, which fell to 6-4 but still remained in good position heading into the playoffs.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsBarangay Ginebra, packing so much firepower, broke away in the third quarter later in the night to rout Magnolia, 102-81, and remain in the upper half of the playoff draw.Justin Brownlee had 49 points, 20 rebounds and missed a triple-double by just three assists in leading the Gin Kings to their sixth win in 10 games.
Dear Editor,Please publish this letter as an appeal to His Excellency, President David Granger, to review the performance and conduct of some ministers of Government, and take appropriate actions to engender national confidence in the economy and security of the people and nation. The buck stops with you, Mr President, as the Executive Leader of Guyana.Citizens are aware of the widespread perception and belief that the situation in Guyana is deteriorating. This is causing much anguish for the people, who look for redress through active and timely interventions. There is also the widespread perception and belief that the performance of some ministers is at best third rate and mediocre. This must be a source of grave embarrassment to you, as President.The conduct, behaviour, and performance of some ministers leave much to be desired.One can point to several recent examples in words and actions of some ministers, including the following: attacks and intimidation of the Judiciary, and direct attacks on judges; financial management of the economy relating to actions by the Ministry of Finance; rising crime rates, which are engendering fear and anxiety for the security of citizens and the business community, relating to actions/inactions by the Ministry of Public Security; the unsatisfactory and wasteful expenditure in the health sector under the Ministry of Public Health; and the unsatisfactory situation in the agriculture sector under the Ministry of Agriculture.Some ministers appear not to understand their constitutional functions, and they micro-manage and get involved in management/administration of operational matters, instead of concentrating on their policy direction role. Article 115 of the Constitution of Guyana defines the responsibilities and functions of ministers and permanent secretaries, the accounting heads of ministries.The view is widespread that there should be radical changes in the Cabinet – a cabinet reshuffle, dropping some ministers and bringing in some high-level technocratic skills into the Cabinet and Government.Yours faithfully,Joshua Singh
Friends Arena: Alexander Isak plies his trade at the Stockholm-based stadium In years gone by, pint-sized Argentine attackers have often been dubbed the ‘New Diego Maradona’. Ariel Ortega, Javier Saviola and Franco di Santo, among others, were tipped to follow in the great man’s footsteps, yet all struggled with the tag.All in all, Lionel Messi has been the only true heir to the throne, with some suggesting his exploits outshine that of Maradona. Nevertheless, any young player who excels is often likened to one of the nation’s great footballing talents.The latest in the Swedish production line is young Alexander Isak, who has – of course – been tagged the new Zlatan Ibrahimovic.The Manchester United man has even reportedly stated he wants the Premier League side to sign the 17-year-old, who has developed a WhoScored.com strength of ‘finishing’ having bagged nine league goals for AIK Fotboll this season. Like Ousmane Dembele last season, Isak is already attracting interest from a number of top teams across Europe, with United and Chelsea among the potential suitors.At 6’3”, the similarities between the teenager and Ibrahimovic are not without reason given their standing and technical qualities. Isak’s stature means he’s been able to stand up to the physical demands of the Allsvenskan with consummate ease, which has only increased his popularity among European giants. However, for a player his size, Isak is not prepared to simply remain static in the opposition area and wait for goalscoring chances to be presented to him. Rather, he is more than capable of running the channels to capitalise on any balls placed down the flanks and to chase down opponents to apply pressure on the defence and increase the likelihood of an opportunity being forged.Indeed, it’s this approach that has helped Isak muster a shot on goal every 29.9 minutes and a key pass every 64 minutes in Sweden’s top tier this term. While Ibrahimovic would rather drop deeper to receive possession, Isak adopts a different approach, but both are just as effective when it comes to pressuring the opposition goal.However, that is not to say he does not maximise his strength to put the ball in the back of the net, with two of his nine league goals this season being headers, accentuating a WhoScored.com strength of ‘headed attempts’. Furthermore, he utilises his strength when in possession, which is an asset when it comes to playing the role of the lone frontman. A dribble success rate of 63.9% is a respectable figure for the striker and is one of the better returns of the 46 players to attempt 30 or more dribbles in the Allsvenskan this term.With a greater onus on lone strikers to either drop deep or run the channels, Isak ticks all the boxes of the modern day forward.“Even when he was 10, he had an extremely developed game. He had nice feet and fine qualities in this way. Properties that you look at and that can help you to become a good player as a senior,” AIK scouting director Tobias Ackerman said of Isak and it is clear that all those associated with the club are aware that the teenage attacker has a bright future in the game, be it in Sweden or elsewhere.Isak has all the attributes to succeed in the game, with it being a little shock that football’s biggest teams are courting the youngster. If he can continue his rapid development in the right environment, then the ‘New Ibrahimovic’ billing will be well and truly justified.For more stats on Alexander Isak, click here to view his WhoScored.com player page 2 2
targets LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS 13 Getty – Contributor 13 Daniel Sturridge (Trabzonspor)It was ultimately fitness that led to Liverpool letting Sturridge go for free. He can be incredible when available but unfortunately that’s about four or five games per season.His career at Turkish club Trabzonspor was put on hold because of injury, of course, but he played his way into the team in late September, getting two goals and two assists in three league matches.But in true Sturridge fashion he picked up another niggling injury at the end of October and you wouldn’t be surprised if his stop-start form becomes the pattern of his season. 13 Baker has been hit and miss this season Lookman (left) had decent loan spells in Germany before moving there permanently Were Spurs too hasty in their decision to sell Trippier? Getty Images – Getty Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti 13 AFP or licensors It’s an exciting time for the England national team but not necessarily for all of their clubs 13 It’s been a mixed season for Sancho so far update Getty Images – Getty The forward is competing with the likes of Timo Werner so in a way it’s no surprise that he’s only made one start this season.What will also be of concern for Lookman is that he has yet to score this season too.Ethan Ampadu (Red Bull Leipzig)Lookman is, though, getting more action at Leipzig than on-loan Chelsea player Ampadu, 19.The defender, who can also play as a midfielder, has just two Bundesliga appearances to his name and Wales boss Ryan Giggs has made no secret of his concern at Ampadu’s lack of game time.Giggs said: “He is such a talent it’s hard to ignore. But it’s very difficult for him to play 90 minutes and back-to-back games, because he’s not had the minutes.” Getty – Contributor Rabbi Matondo (Schalke)Another Wales international who is playing in Germany is Matondo.Like Sancho, Matondo played for Manchester City at youth level before leaving the club to start his pro career in Germany.The 19-year-old has five appearances under his belt for Schalke, scoring one goal in the process. Getty – Contributor Liverpool transfer news live: Mbappe latest, Lille star wants to join Reds in future 13 on target AFP or licensors Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship But at talkSPORT.com, we’ve used the international break to look at how British players who are playing their club football in Europe are getting on.The likes of Chris Smalling and Aaron Ramsey have tried their hand in Italy, while Kieran Trippier moved to Atletico Madrid in the summer.A number of promising young English players are playing in Germany following Jadon Sancho’s success last season.Below you can see how some of the most well-known British players currently playing on the continent are doing so far this season. Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ Lewis Baker (Fortuna Dusseldorf)Given the opportunities Frank Lampard is offering young players at Chelsea, Baker is probably a bit peeved he’s on loan for the season.Baker made a strong start to his time in Germany but has not had any action in the Fortuna Dusseldorf team in their last five matches. statement The international break is often a good time for clubs to reflect on their progress in the season.And it can even be a welcome break from the struggles of club football.Take England for example, going on international duty will have been a relief for any Tottenham player in Gareth Southgate’s squad due to Spurs’ patchy form in 2019/20. Matondo is following in Sancho’s footsteps, although he plays for Dortmund’s rivals Schalke Ramsey is at least in Juve’s Champions League squad, unlike Emre Can and Mario Mandzukic Getty Images – Getty 13 Reece Oxford (Augsburg)You might remember him as the West Ham starlet who had Mesut Ozil in his pocket aged just 16 a few seasons back.Well, Oxford has since gone to Germany and signed for Augsburg in the summer.The midfielder has eight Bundesliga appearances under his belt but has only played 90 minutes in one of them. stalemate A run of games without a goal will always bug strikers Exclusive: Chris Smalling on his new chapter in Italy 13 Bobby Duncan (Fiorentina)Steven Gerrard’s cousin left boyhood club Liverpool in pretty acrimonious circumstances in the summer.The striker, 18, moved to Italian club Fiorentina with a view to getting some first-team football.However, it hasn’t worked out that way for Duncan thus far as he’s been playing for Fiorentina’s Under-19 side, something he probably could have done at Liverpool… 13 Getty Images – Getty Smalling has one Roma goal to his name so far, scoring against Udinese in October The pioneer of British footballers trying Europe in recent seasons is having an up and down 2019/20 campaign, scoring three goals and providing five assists in nine Bundesliga matches.His stats look okay but there have been issues surrounding his discipline. Sancho is understood to have arrived late for training on his way back from England duty in October, which led to him being dropped and fined.Sancho had a forgetful performance during Borussia Dortmund’s 4-0 defeat at Bayern Munich as he was substituted just 36 minutes into the clash.Rumours surrounding Sancho’s future in Germany have surfaced – Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester United and even Real Madrid all thought to be considering a move for him.Ademola Lookman (Red Bull Leipzig)It’s been slow going in Germany for former Everton man Lookman though, who has just four appearances to his name this season. Getty Images – Getty 13 Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund) appointed rookie error Aaron Ramsey (Juventus)Getting into the Juve first-team is hugely competitive so Ramsey has to be brilliant whenever he gets the chance.The Welshman has been good at points but is by no means high in the pecking order at the club.Ramsey scored his first Champions League goal for Juventus earlier this month, cheekily poking home a free-kick by Cristiano Ronaldo on the goalline which squirmed under Lokomotiv Moscow goalkeeper Guilherme Marinato. Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta Ampadu has made the more appearances for Wales (3) than he has in the Bundesliga (2) this season West Ham, who have not won in their last six Premier League matches, could certainly do with Oxford right now 13 Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son AFP Getty Images – Getty 13 Duncan is still earning his stripes at Fiorentina 13 AFP or licensors Sturridge being injured was a sight Liverpool fans got all too familiar with Jerome Sinclair (VVV Venlo)The Watford man, who also holds the record as Liverpool’s youngest ever player, is spending the season on loan at the Eredivisie side.Venlo are not doing very well though as they find themselves second bottom of the Dutch top flight.Striker Sinclair has made eleven appearances but has yet to find the net. Worrying. Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff latest Chris Smalling (Roma)The on-loan Manchester United defender got his Roma career off to a bad start with a loss at home to Atalanta.However, things have got better for Smalling and Roma, who are just two points off the Champions League spots.In fact, stats suggest that he has actually been the best performing English centre-back this season. Kieran Trippier (Atletico Madrid)Tottenham may be starting to regret selling Trippier to Spanish giants Atletico so soon.The right-back has made a very good start for his new club, making twelve appearances this season.He’s at the right place to improve his defending given the way Atletico play and Trippier has kept clean sheets in seven of the matches he’s played.
Callum McGregor and John McGinn play behind an attacking duo of Naismith and Johnny Russell. Alex McLeish has named his Scotland side to face Albania in the Nations League with Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths on the bench for the match at Hampden.Steven Naismith starts in attack in a side that has several changes from Friday’s 4-0 friendly defeat to Belgium.Allan McGregor replaces Craig Gordon in goal, with Kieran Tierney, Charlie Mulgrew and John Souttar forming a three-man central defence.Captain Andrew Robertson and Kilmarnock’s Stephen O’Donnell start as wing-backs with Kevin McDonald anchoring the midfield.
People like to feel comfortable.No matter what the situation is, for most people, if they feel comfortable in their surroundings, they will be quite happy where they are.This is the same when it comes to nutrition, health and wellness. If you don’t know that there is an issue, you will be quite comfortable and you won’t notice that anything is ‘wrong’ until something shines a light on where you currently are.How you can lose friends and alienate people.1. Start a training regime.This one isn’t too much of a faux-pas within the grand scheme of things. However, that does depend on what type pf training you decide to partake in.If you start walking, jogging, some light running, yoga, Pilates etc., it is unlikely that you will be shunned at the water cooler. If you decide to start weight training or doing anything that involves structured training with an actual plan and a purpose, you may be subjected to an array of fables that will include such gems as ‘You will end up looking like a man’, ‘you will end up like a bodybuilder’, and other nonsense that just isn’t true.So on a scale of 1-10, training would come in at a 4-5 on the how to lose friends and alienate people chart.2. Go on a diet.If there is one way that you can suddenly become the centre of attention, for all the wrong reasons, it is when you go on a diet.By diet, I mean that you are changing the way that you are eating to improve your health, lose some weight or both.When you do this, you will make your co-workers feel uncomfortable. They will be forced to look at how they are eating. They will question why you are eating certain things. They will ask why you are drinking so much water. They will tell you horror stories about friends who have perished because of the diet that they have tried.They will basically try anything to steer you off course.This is because you are disrupting the norm; the rut that people get into of always eating junk, bringing ‘treats’ to work, freestyling their meals and snacks and not knowing or caring what or how much they are eating.Your diet, has highlighted this to them, and they don’t like what they see within themselves. So on a scale of 1-10, diet would come in at a 7-8 on the how to lose friends and alienate people chart. 3. Start training and a new diet together.Wo-Betide anyone who shall start a training program and a new diet plan at the same time.This is alien territory.Be prepared to be the brunt of their ‘jokes’.Have you given up alcohol also? No more invites out for you. Watching what you eat? No more dinner invites for you. Refusal of a Friday ‘treat’ Well aren’t you just a saint……You get my drift of where this is going.So on a scale of 1-10, training would come in at a 15 on the how to lose friends and alienate people chart.This is all a bit ‘tongue in cheek’, but the scenarios above are real and have happened more than once to people I have trained and to myself.People do not like to have their failings held up in front of them, especially when it comes to sensitive issues like their health and nutrition.There are a few ways that this can happen.> A health scare.Maybe your doctor has advised you to lose some weight because of cholesterol issues, or other weight or fitness related issues.> An awakeningThis ‘awakening’ usually comes out of the blue.For a friend of mine, his awakening came when the lift to his apartment was broken and he had to walk 10 flights of stairs to get to his flat.He got half way up and had to give up, he physically couldn’t make it up the stairs.His awakening lead to him losing 100lbs over 2 years and radically changing his life.> A friend or co-worker who decides to change their health and nutrition habits.This is the main one.This is the one that will snap you out of your comfort zone and make you look at yourself and your nutrition and health habits in a whole new light.While the first two on the list might make you change a few things as they will seem important, the 3 rd shouldn’t be ignored.If you feel uncomfortable around someone who is trying to better themselves, maybe it is because you have let things slip.You realise this, but you have become so accustomed to it that you didn’t see it as an issue until one of your friends decided to change their own habits.Don’t shy away from this.Use this as motivation and join your friend.You may have tried before and failed because you didn’t have any support. But with someone alongside you who is on the same journey as you, you may have the right ingredients to succeed this time.All you have to do is try.#TrainSmartFor further information on Personal Training or to get a structured training program, please contact me through the link below.https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rushe-Fitness/120518884715118* Emmet is the owner and operator of Rushe FitnessDD Fitness: How to lose friends and alienate people was last modified: May 13th, 2017 by Emmet RusheShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:dd fitnessdietrushe fitnessweight loss
To assist with the construction of a new health sciences building, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration has awarded a grant worth $2,015,395 to Southwestern Community College and Jackson County.The new workforce training facility, which will be located on SCC’s Jackson Campus, is on schedule to be completed in spring of 2021. It will allow SCC to admit 144 additional students in each of the first two years after the building opens, and the project is expected to create 236 new jobs within Jackson, Macon, Swain Counties and the Qualla Boundary.“We are honored and excited that the EDA chose to help fund our project,” said Dr. Don Tomas, President of SCC. “Our new health sciences building is a huge economic development opportunity for our region. There’s a tremendous need for more healthcare professionals. A number of long-term care facilities have beds available right now, but they can’t accept more patients because there aren’t enough qualified individuals available to provide the necessary care. Our new facility will help change that.”In addition to the EDA grant, other funding sources for construction include the Connect NC Bond and the Jackson County one-fourth-of-a-penny referendum, both of which were passed by voters in 2016. Connect NC will contribute approximately $5.4 million, and Jackson County’s investment will be between approximately $12.3 and $14.4 million – depending on bids.College officials plan to bid the project out within a month.“Investment in this new health sciences building is really an investment in our people, both locally and regionally,” said Don Adams, Jackson County Manager. “The educational opportunities that will be made available through this new facility will empower our citizens to improve the quality of their lives for generations.”SCC needs the new building as it has outgrown the Balsam Center, which was built in 1988 to accommodate four healthcare training programs. Southwestern now has 15 health sciences programs, and the new building will allow for three more once approved by the state.According to research conducted by William Brothers, SCC’s Vice President for Financial and Administrative Services, the average starting salaries for each of SCC’s existing health sciences programs exceed the state’s poverty level for a family of four. The proposed new programs also eclipse that same standard.“We’re training people for jobs that can change their lives,” Brothers said. “Our graduates will find fulfilling careers, and they’ll be able to provide for their families while remaining in this beautiful region we call home.”The proposed three-level building will be 55,411 square feet. It will house 23 classrooms and labs, and many of the college’s health sciences programs will offer free community clinics. Among those are Physical Therapist Assistant, Occupational Therapy Assistant and Medical Sonography.For more information about Southwestern and the programs it offers, visit www.southwesterncc.edu, call 828.339.4000 or drop by your nearest SCC location.POSSIBLE BREAKOUT BOXFollowing are the health sciences programs SCC currently offers as well as the ones that may be added following construction of the new building:Current programsEmergency Medical ScienceHealth Information TechnologyHuman Services TechnologyMedical AssistingMedical Laboratory TechnologyMedical SonographyNursingNurse AideOccupational Therapy AssistantOutdoor Leadershipo Wilderness Emergency Medicineo Wilderness TherapyPhlebotomy CertificatePhysical Therapist AssistantRadiographyRespiratory TherapyTherapeutic MassageNew Programs (pending state approval)Surgical TechnologyOpticianrySpeech Language Pathology Assistant
Boeing is celebrating and recognizing its Employees Community Fund of Boeing (ECF) which has funded approximately $1 billion to local communities across the United States.By pooling their funds, Boeing employees and retirees have been able to maximize their impact to nonprofits in 20 chapters across the United States. Now Boeing’s community-building employees are being recognized in a whole new way.Would you fly in a wing??The 787 program is certifying the largest full-body decal ever tested on a composite aircraft. If certified, the technology will offer airline customers new opportunities to promote their brand on the 787 Dreamliner through the creative use of photographs, complex multicolour graphics, logos, and various specific finishes with the same durability as paint.Innovation and inspiration just rolled out of our paint hangar. Learn more about how our employees help dreams take flight and this special 787 #Dreamliner: https://t.co/IPmGzXL0Mj#BoeingInspires pic.twitter.com/KsqGASzKZf— Boeing Airplanes (@BoeingAirplanes) August 20, 2019“For us, choosing a livery design to test was easy – our employees that donate to the Employees Community Fund inspire us, and we wanted to do something special for them,” said Brad Zaback, vice president and general manager for the 787 program.While the decal was being applied, a few employees that are involved with ECF got a first look at the special pink and purple livery and shared their personal connections to the ECF, which is owned and managed by Boeing employees.“For more than 70 years, our employees have helped better their communities through ECF,” said John Blazey, vice president of Boeing Global Engagement. “ECF is our most popular employee giving program, and I’m excited to see it positioned for continued success.”