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first_imgThe Vermont Council for Quality is pleased to announce that the VA Medical& Regional Office Center (VAM & ROC) in White River Junction is therecipient of the 2003 Governor’s Award for Performance Excellence.Governor James Douglas will honor the VA at the Vermont Council forQuality Annual Recognition and Award Ceremony hosted by NorwichUniversity, February 18, 2004.The Governor’s Award for PerformanceExcellence recognizes organizations in Vermont that successfully achieveperformance excellence within their management and operation. Awardrecipients undergo a series of in-depth assessments and evaluations byVermont Examiners that analyze productivity and organizationalperformance.”The Governor’s Award for Performance Excellence is the highest honor anorganization can receive for its organizational performance,” saidGovernor Douglas. “During these challenging fiscal times, it is refreshingto honor a health care organization for taking strides to improvemanagement and operational effectiveness while working toward the commongoal of ensuring Vermont maintains the health of its veterans and theirfamilies.””The entire workforce at our main campus in White River Junction and atour VA Community Based Outpatient Clinics in Bennington, Colchester,Littleton, NH and Rutland, deserves credit for this wonderfulrecognition,” said Gary DeGasta, Director of the VAM & ROC. “Theirdedication and commitment to continually improve quality of the healthcareand services we provide to Vermont and New Hampshire veterans areevidenced in the recognition this prestigious award bestows. TheGovernor’s Award is the hallmark of the White River Junction VA’s qualityimprovement journey. With the continued involvement and support of ourworkforce and our key customers and stakeholders, we remain committed toimprove our systems and processes and to better serve America’s Heroes -our deserving veterans.”The VA Medical & Regional Office Center, White River Junction wasestablished in 1937. The Medical Center is a 60-bed teaching hospitalaffiliated with the Dartmouth Medical School and the University of VermontCollege of Medicine as well as numerous other nursing and allied healthprograms. It provides primary and specialty acute care services to nearly22,000 Vermont and New Hampshire veterans. The Regional Office administersover $79 million in compensation & pension benefits/service annually toapproximately 9,200 beneficiaries.The White River Junction VAM & ROC has demonstrated a long-term commitmentto achieving performance excellence in all aspects of the organization.Through quality-minded leadership, a culture of continuous improvement,and dedicated staff, who maintain a strong focus on patient satisfaction,the Center has achieved role model practices and results in the keycategories of the Performance Excellence Criteria, based on the NationalMalcolm Baldrige Quality Award.Founded in 1996, the Vermont Council for Quality is a non-profit thathelps Vermont organizations improve performance and competitiveness. VCQ’sproducts and services include a comprehensive organizational assessmentthat identifies strengths and improvement opportunities and serves as thefoundation for the Vermont Council for Quality Award process. In addition,VCQ provides continuous improvement education and training, and brokersimprovement-related resources, information, knowledge, and best practiceswithin and between Vermont organizations.last_img read more

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first_img Things had started well enough for the reigning champions as they got the better of a manic seven-minute, first-half spell, started when Oscar’s free-kick crept into the far corner. Debutant Andre Ayew drew Swansea level in style, following a fine touch with an unerring finish, only for a Willian cross-shot to then loop in off Federico Fernandez. However, Monk’s side did not falter and dominated the second half, deservedly levelling through Bafetimbi Gomis after the striker was taken down in the box by Courtois. Chelsea just about held on after the goalkeeper’s sending off and had a few chances of their own, but in truth they were lucky to escape with a point as Swansea continued where they left off last season. Swansea were first to threaten, with Gomis heading wide and then being denied by a late John Terry block. Diego Costa was infuriated by Michael Oliver’s decision not to award a penalty against Fernandez, before a n already entertaining, end-to-end contest burst into life with three goals in seven minutes. With 23 minutes on the clock, Chelsea struck the first blow as Oscar curled in a free-kick that evaded those in the box and nestled in the far corner. Courtois saved well from Gomis, only for the ball to run free and, having seen his initial follow-up blocked, Ayew showed exceptional awareness to drag the ball back and rifle home. Chelsea were fortunate not to become the first ever Premier League champions to start their title defence with defeat after Swansea threatened an opening-day upset. A celebratory atmosphere remained around Stamford Bridge as the club basked in the afterglow of last season’s success – a feat Jose Mourinho, fresh from signing a new deal, warned would not be repeated unless they showed the “quality and determination of champions”. The Blues were found wanting in the first department against Garry Monk’s impressive side, although they showed no little determination to secure a 2-2 draw after Thibaut Courtois’ sending off. Press Association It was a memorable introduction but one cancelled out inside 100 seconds as Willian’s cross-shot looped in off Fernandez. Costa and Gylfi Sigurdsson tried their luck as the first half continued, with Gomis denied from close range as Swansea returned strongly after the break. Gomis, put through on goal by Jonjo Shelvey, was halted by a clumsy Courtois challenge, earning Swansea a penalty and the goalkeeper a red card. Terry was booked for protesting and summer signing Asmir Begovic’s first moment in a Chelsea shirt involved him picking the ball out of the net as Gomis coolly slotted home. Monk’s side did not stop there and Jefferson Montero forced Begovic into two fine saves, before Shelvey tried his luck direct from a corner. Swansea fans celebrated wildly as Gomis turned in their third – only to be rightly chalked off for offside – before Wayne Routledge, on for the injured Montero, forced another save from Begovic. After Eden Hazard and Radamel Falcao had gone close Costa punched the deck in frustration having felt the excellent Ashley Williams had clipped him just outside the box – frustration that summed up Chelsea’s afternoon. TWEET OF THE MATCH “Oh no, Chelsea’s keeper has been sent off. Lucky they’ve got C….hold on.” – Broadcaster Andy Goldstein remembers Petr Cech. https://twitter.com/andygoldstein05/status/630071507272777728 PLAYER RATINGS Chelsea Thibaut Courtois: 4 (out of 10) Branislav Ivanovic: 5 Cesar Azpilicueta: 5 Gary Cahill: 6 John Terry: 5 Nemanja Matic: 6 Cesc Fabregas: 5 Willian: 7 Oscar: 6 Eden Hazard: 5 Diego Costa: 5 Subs Radamel Falcao: 5 Kurt Zouma: 5 Swansea Lukasz Fabianski: 6 Kyle Naughton: 7 Neil Taylor: 7 Federico Fernandez: 7 Ashley Williams: 8 Jonjo Shelvey: 7 Ki Sung-Yeung: 7 Andre Ayew: 7 Gylfi Sigurdsson: 7 Jefferson Montero: 8 Bafetimbi Gomis: 8 Subs Antonio Eder: 6 Wayne Routledge: 6 STAR PLAYER Ashley Williams: Swansea’s captain led by example against the reigning champions. A rock in defence, he kept Chelsea’s attack at bay for the most part and stepped up when they threatened a late winner. MOMENT OF THE MATCH Andre Ayew: The summer signing impressed on his debut, with his equalising goal in the first half a moment of real quality. Having seen his initial attempt blocked, the former Marseille forward showed great intelligence to drag the ball back before rifling home. VIEW FROM THE BENCH This was always going to be a difficult opener for Chelsea and so it proved. The hosts started well enough but were unable to cope with Swansea’s increased intensity, leading to desperation on and off the pitch. Mourinho simply sat back and laughed as things went against his side. MOAN OF THE MATCH The constant haranguing of referee Michael Oliver and his assistants – there looked very few decisions he got wrong. NEXT UP Manchester City v Chelsea (Premier League, Sunday August 16) Swansea v Newcastle (Premier League, Saturday August 15) Swansea manager Monk told Sky Sports 1: “It’s surprising to say that (he was disappointed). When we came here last year we did well for 45 minutes but today we were excellent for 90. “The players came to the home of the champions and naturally we didn’t quite push enough but I have told the players to believe in themselves. “The message to the players all pre-season is that I want these players to be able to play and express themselves.” On the sending off, he added: “I’ve seen the replay, it was an opportunity for a goal.” Ghana international Ayew was pleased to score a goal on his Chelsea debut. “I think It was a tough one; I am lucky that the guys are really cool. I really want to praise that we had a great game. I think we had a great quality today and need to continue like that.” Chelsea boss Mourinho would not discuss the decision to send off Courtois. “Penalty, red card, goal. After that it was difficult,” he said. “We played very well until the second half. First half I think high quality, with 10 men we fought hard. “We played very well in the first half and the game was under control. “To play 35 minutes with one player less, the first game of the season when the condition is not sharp, it is difficult.” last_img read more

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first_img Published on December 5, 2010 at 12:00 pm Contact Michael: [email protected] | @Michael_Cohen13 Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Quentin Hillsman shied away from that pair of four-letter words, saying he had to be careful. Even though every statistic from his team’s 70-point annihilation of Delaware State pointed toward those two words and even though Hillsman himself said he has yet to see a better defensive effort, the Syracuse women’s basketball coach still wouldn’t agree with that one phrase. ‘‘Best ever’ is a little strong,’ he said with a smile. ‘But it was good. It was very good. ‘I’m just careful with using that word ‘ever.” Whether or not Hillsman anointed his team’s 87-17 dismantling of Delaware State as the best defensive performance in the history of the women’s basketball program is irrelevant, though. The numbers do it for him.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text The 70-point margin of victory Saturday set a new Syracuse (6-0) record. The 17 points allowed are the fewest an Orange team has ever given up. The 1,102 fans in the Carrier Dome saw a record-setting performance in which SU’s relentless defensive pressure held the Hornets (1-5) without a field goal for all but 28 seconds of the second half. SU allowed just three points in the final 20 minutes. It was sheer domination. This marks the second consecutive season in which the Orange defeated Delaware State by at least 50 points. SU trounced the Hornets 72-20 in 2009, with the 20 points allowed setting a program record. One year later, the Hornets were the victims of another record-setting blowout. ‘We were very active all over the place,’ SU guard Carmen Tyson-Thomas said. ‘We were shutting them down for quite a bit.’ The first half saw Syracuse turn a one-point deficit into a 24-point lead with a 27-2 run. SU’s full-court press stifled the Hornets offensively, preventing them from setting up their offense on most possessions. With 2:26 left in the first half, Delaware State broke the press on a rare occasion. But the first pass over half court was deflected by Tyson-Thomas, and she threw it off a DSU player out of bounds to give Syracuse the ball back. The Hornets finished the first half with more than three times as many turnovers as field goals. ‘Our pressure sped them up a little bit and didn’t let them get into their offense in the half court,’ Hillsman said. ‘Or if they did get into their offense, there was 12 or 13 seconds left on the shot clock, and that wasn’t enough time to reverse the ball against our zone.’ Already with a 35-point advantage by halftime, Syracuse increased the defensive intensity even more in the second half. In the first five minutes, Kayla Alexander had six blocks. It took 2:54 for the Hornets to have a shot hit the rim. ‘I think just contesting shots on defense (was huge),’ SU senior guard Erica Morrow said. ‘Kayla was big down low. She had a lot of blocks.’ And that was just the beginning. For the first 19:32 of the second half, the team was held to one point. The Hornets missed its first 27 shot attempts of the second half. With each and every miss by Delaware State, the snickers from fans inside the Carrier Dome grew louder. Especially after the Hornets had a two-on-none breakaway but wasted it with a poor pass out of bounds. Especially after Delaware State’s Kianna Conner (six turnovers) made a double-clutch 3-pointer just tenths of a second after the horn had sounded for a shot-clock violation. ‘I can’t say that I’ve seen one better,’ said Hillsman of the defensive performance. ‘You’ve got to give our kids a lot of credit.’ The Orange held Delaware State to just 14 percent shooting for the game, including a comical 1-for-28 clip in the second half. Finally, though, the Hornets broke through on a layup by Kianna D’Oliveira with 0:28 left in the game. It broke a field goal drought of 20:05 dating back to the first half. D’Oliveira’s layup, although meaningless with Syracuse leading by 72, left the Orange players disappointed. They didn’t want to give up a single field goal in the second half, no matter how insignificant. ‘Honestly, yeah, we were disappointed,’ Tyson-Thomas said. ‘That one was a little shocker. … We were a little upset. ‘It was just that kind of game for us.’ [email protected]last_img read more

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first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua, CMC –  In-form all-rounder Windies Keemo Paul has replaced suspended West Indies captain Jason Holder in the 14-man squad for the final Test of the three-match series against England starting in St Lucia on Saturday.The 20-year-old Paul has played two Tests, the last coming against India in Rajkot last October. The Guyanese batsman was also a member of the one-day and Twenty20 side which toured Bangladesh last December.Excellent form Since his return to the Caribbean, Paul has been in excellent form, taking 20 wickets in his three appearances in the first-class tournament for four-time reigning champions and current leaders Guyana Jaguars.He also lashed a whirlwind unbeaten 66 against Trinidad and Tobago Red Force in Port of Spain last weekend, in Jaguars’ sixth round encounter.“He is having a good showing in the West Indies first-class championship at the moment,” chief selector Courtney Browne said.Holder banned for one matchHolder was slapped with a 40 per cent fine of his match fee and a one-match ban, after West Indies found themselves two overs short of their quota in the second Test in Antigua.The hosts crushed England by 10 wickets inside three days to take a winning 2-0 lead and reclaim the coveted Wisden Trophy for the first time in a decade.Fast bowler Alzarri Joseph, meanwhile, remains in the 14-man squad despite the death of his mother, Sharon, last Saturday.Browne praised the 22-year-old’s strength for continuing to play in spite of his grief.“Our heartfelt condolences to Alzarri and his family on the passing of his mother. His heroics in the Test match were outstanding and shows a player of great character,” he said.In Holder’s absence, opener Kraigg Brathwaite will lead the unit.SQUAD – Kraigg Brathwaite (captain), Darren Bravo, Shamarh Brooks, John Campbell, Roston Chase, Shane Dowrich, Shannon Gabriel, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Keemo Paul, Kemar Roach, Oshane Thomas, Jomel Warrican.last_img read more

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first_imgIt came from his mother, Kim, who wasn’t pleased.“The only text I got back from my mom was she sent me a video clip and told me to stop cursing,” Marshall recalled. “They caught me on the bench saying some things. I guess I have to watch my mouth now.”With the Lakers (14-19) entering tonight’s game against the Denver Nuggets (15-17) at Staples Center, coach Mike D’Antoni had much fewer critigues.“He might not have those numbers all the time. Maybe he does. Maybe he doesn’t,” D’Antoni said. “But the rhythm is something he gives us that is important.”Against Denver, Marshall also will have to defend speedy guard Ty Lawson. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “We have to do a great job as a team,” Marshall said. “I don’t know if there’s anybody in the league that can guard him one on one. I’m excited about the challenge.”Marshall has stayed humble through this process.He peppers the Lakers’ injured backcourt, namely Steve Blake and Jordan Farmar, with questions. Marshall would do the same to Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash if they weren’t endlessly floating in and out of treatment on their respective knee and back injuries. He also has a family that appears ready to provide honest feedback.“My mom sends me shooting clips telling me I need to work on stuff,” Marshall said. “I use that as motivation. My sister tells me she scored more points in her (rec league) game than me. I’ll use that as motivation.”After Phoenix selected him with the 13th pick in the 2012 Draft, Marshall was sent to the Wizards in a trade. Washington then cut him before the season started, leaving Marshall toiling with the Delaware 87ers of the NBA’s Developmental League. Marshall has a contract worth $547,570 that doesn’t become fully guaranteed until after Jan. 10.“I still feel like I’m fortunate I get to play basketball for a living,” Marshall said. “When I was in high school and played at Chris Paul’s camp, that’s one thing he stressed to us. He’s humbled by the fact that every day he gets to wake up and do something he would do for free. That really hit me in high school and I stuck to that since then.”Also …For the second consecutive game, D’Antoni said his startng lineup against Denver will include Marshall (point guard), Jodie Meeks (shooting guard), Nick Young (small forward), Pau Gasol (power forward) and Robert Sacre (center). center_img The stream of text messages filled Kendall Marshall’s inbox as quickly as one of his timely passes and as frequently as one of his clutch baskets.Marshall had just finished posting 20 points and 15 assists in the Lakers’ victory Friday over Utah, and the significance went beyond ending the team’s six-game losing streak. It marked his first career start as a Laker and was a temporary solution to an ailing backcourt that misses six point guards.Marshall had toiled this season in the Development League after spending last season in Phoenix as a first-round washout from North Carolina.The text messages from Tar Heels coach Roy Williams and Jazz guard and former UNC product Marvin Williams, among others, offered encouraging words. Marshall’s overnight growth on his Twitter account — he estimated an additional 8,000-9,000 followers — also illustrated the buzz he created with the Lakers. But there was one message that popped out to the Lakers’ 22-year-old point guard the most.last_img read more

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first_imgRELIGION: DiNardo’s appointment reflects the increasing number of Catholics in the state. By Nicole Winfield THE ASSOCIATED PRESS VATICAN CITY – Texas is getting its first Roman Catholic cardinal – a nod to the influx of faithful from Mexico and Central America. There are about 7 million Roman Catholics in Texas, about 1.3 million of whom live in the Galveston-Houston archdiocese.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Archbishop Daniel N. DiNardo’s appointment was to some degree unexpected, but Vatican watchers say it shows Pope Benedict XVI clearly understands where the American church is growing – and who is behind the growth. “It says something about Texas and how wonderful Texas is in the terms of the growth of our Catholic faith,” DiNardo, leader of the Galveston-Houston archdiocese, told reporters in Houston on Wednesday. DiNardo was among 23 new cardinals appointed Wednesday by Benedict, who tapped Vatican officials, academics, diplomats and archbishops from five continents. Eighteen of the new cardinals are under age 80 and eligible to vote in a conclave; five others, including the patriarch of Baghdad, were named in recognition of their service to the church. The appointments of DiNardo and another American bring the number of U.S. cardinals to 17 – second only to Italy – and increases the American contingent’s clout in any conclave to elect a future pontiff. Benedict said he would give them all their red hats at a Vatican ceremony Nov. 24. last_img read more