Park leads by 4 in Taiwan over Lewis, Feng

first_imgTAIPEI, Taiwan – Inbee Park shot a 3-under 69 in windy conditions Saturday in the LPGA Taiwan Championship to increase her lead to four strokes. Playing her first event since regaining the No. 1 spot in the world from Stacy Lewis on Monday, the South Korean newlywed had an eagle, four birdies and three bogeys at Miramar in wind gusting to about 30 mph. In calm conditions the first two days, she shot 64-62 to take a three-stroke lead. ”It was quite different situation with the wind,” Park said. ”It was playing a lot tougher. The downwind holes, it was tough to stop the ball on the green. We have quite tough holes out there, but I think I managed myself quite good.” Park had a 21-under 195 total. She won the LPGA Championship in August for her second victory of the year and fifth major title. Last year, she swept the first three majors and won six times. The second-ranked Lewis was tied for second with China’s Shanshan Feng. ”We’re going to have a good competition tomorrow and, obviously, four strokes around this golf course, it’s not impossible,” Park said. ”I just need to putt like the way I did for the last couple days and control the ball really good in the wind.” Lewis birdied four of the last five holes for a bogey-free 64, the best round of the day. ”I kind of got things together there. Played really good,” Lewis said. ”The wind started blowing on 7, and my caddie kind of made a comment about it and I said, ‘Good.’ That was my response. I knew I needed some help with the weather to get a little bit closer and played some great golf there coming in.” The American has a tour-high three victories this season. ”You go into this golf course thinking it’s going to be windy and you kind of have it set in your head that that’s the way it’s going to be,” Lewis said. ”When it’s not windy you have to change the game plan a little bit. Didn’t quite adjust the last two days. ”But I love it when it’s like this. When it’s windy and hard, I think it brings the best out of me and the big thing today was I made some putts there at the end and got me close enough for tomorrow and in the last group, so good spot to be in.” Feng had a 70. Spain’s Azahara Munoz was fourth at 13 under after a 69, and South Korea’s So Yeon Ryu was another stroke back after a 68. Third-ranked Lydia Ko shot 71 to fall into a tie for sixth at 11 under. The 17-year-old New Zealander won the Swinging Skirts World Ladies Masters in December at Miramar. Michelle Wie had a 72 to drop into a tie for 27th at 6 under. Norway’s Suzann Pettersen, the winner the last two years at Sunrise, was another stroke back after a 74. Taiwan’s Yani Tseng, the winner of the inaugural event in 2011, was tied for 39th at 4 under after a 69. She won the last of her 15 LPGA Tour titles in March 2012.last_img read more

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SVMC receives fourth ANCC Magnet recognition for nursing excellence

first_imgVermont Business Magazine Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) has attained its fourth Magnet recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the highest honor an organization can receive for excellence in nursing. SVMC was the first hospital in Vermont to receive the designation. This fourth consecutive recognition places SVMC in an elite community of only three four-time designees in New England and one of only 31 four-time designees in the world. Obtaining Magnet recognition requires the integration of the program’s concepts: transformational leadership, structural empowerment, exemplary professional practice, innovation, and the measurement of outcomes. The concepts are evidenced in departmental organization and governance. Nurses work with the support and guidance of their supervisors and in collaboration with other departments to improve care.“Being recognized by Magnet is a tremendous honor,” said SVMC’s President and CEO Thomas A. Dee, FACHE. “We pursue this designation, because it holds us to the absolute highest standard. This fourth achievement affirms the foundation of nursing excellence we have built at SVMC and our continued commitment to provide exceptional care for our patients.”“We are so proud of the nurses and others who have worked tirelessly to conceptualize, execute, and document the processes that led to this prestigious achievement,” said Carol Conroy, chief nursing officer and vice president of operations.The program’s concepts have a proven association with the highest quality care and better hospital performance overall. Patients in Magnet facilities report higher satisfaction with nurse communication, availability of help, and receipt of discharge information. Magnet hospitals receive better outcomes in key performance indicators, including rates of falls, skin integrity, and risk of 30-day mortality. In addition, Magnet facilities have higher job satisfaction among nurses, more highly trained nurses, and lower turnover rates. Highly qualified and satisfied staffs are shown to have a positive impact on patient safety, and are more likely to prevent adverse events that can harm patients and increase hospital costs.“Magnet status is one of the most powerful indications of hospital quality,” said Chair of SVHC’s Board of Trustees David Meiselman. On behalf of the Board of Trustees, we’d like to thank our nurses and the teams who work with them to achieve this level of excellence. Ultimately, it’s patients who win.”Three SVMC programs were noted by Magnet appraisers as exemplary:·         Transitional Care Nursing, which drastically reduces hospital readmission rates;·         Safe Arms, a program that keeps infants withdrawing from opiates from being transferred to hospitals further from their families; and·         the Community Care Team, which brings leaders from the most often used services together to collaborate on care for patients with complex needs.“Magnet shares our innovations with others to improve nursing practice globally,” Conroy added. “In this way, we are able to benefit patients right here while paving the way for other hospitals to improve care for their communities.”The Magnet review is a rigorous year-long process. The documentation a hospital presents must meet a high standard in order to continue to the next level, an on-site appraisal. The appraisal is a thorough in-person review of all aspects of nursing, including the collection of feedback from leaders, staff, and community members.Hospitals must reapply for Magnet recognition every four years. SVMC adopted Magnet standards in 1998 and was first designated in 2002. At every stage, facilities undergoing the redesignation process must provide evidence that their nursing teams have sustained and surpassed their execution of Magnet standards since the previous review.“Our 16 year partnership with Magnet has been so rewarding. The program sets forth a tremendous challenge,” Conroy said. “We continue to accept it for all the benefits to patients, for nurses’ satisfaction, and for the culture of excellence it inspires at SVMC.” About SVHC:Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) is a comprehensive, preeminent health care system providing exceptional, convenient, and affordable care to the communities of Bennington and Windham Counties of Vermont, eastern Rensselaer and Washington Counties of New York, and northern Berkshire County in Massachusetts. SVHC includes Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), a 99-bed community hospital, whose providers are members of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam Physicians. SVMC’s services include an emergency department staffed by physicians each of whom is board certified in emergency medicine; the Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center, which is accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer and managed by Dartmouth-Hitchcock; and a fully-digital imaging department. SVMC also includes 19 primary and specialty care practices and primary care offices in Bennington, Manchester, Pownal, West Dover, and Wilmington, VT. In addition to SVMC, SVHC includes the Centers for Living and Rehabilitation, a 150-bed long- and short-term care skilled nursing facility, and the SVHC Foundation. To learn more, visit svhealthcare.org(link is external).About the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program®: The Magnet Recognition Program® administered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the largest and most prominent nurses credentialing organization in the world, recognizes healthcare organizations that provide the very best in nursing care and professionalism in nursing practice. The Magnet Recognition Program® serves as the gold standard for nursing excellence and provides consumers with the ultimate benchmark for measuring quality of care. For more information about the Magnet Recognition Program® and current statistics, visit www.nursecredentialing.org/magnet(link is external).BENNINGTON, VT—December 15, 2015— Southwestern Vermont Medical Centerlast_img read more

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UWF Baseball Heads To Rollins For First Road Series

first_img* UWF baseball opened its 2019 season with a 9-5 comeback win over No. 4/5 Florida Southern Friday at Jim Spooner Field. Joey Bend led the Argos attack with a 3-for-4 night that included three RBIs.* UWF struck six times in the seventh inning to erase a three-run deficit. The season-opening win was the first for the Argos since 2015. Much of the game was played through a steady, driving rain, which caused multiple pauses in the action but never an extended delay.* Games 2 and 3 of the series both proved to be tight affairs. The Argos dropped the second game 4-2. In Game 3, UWF fell behind 3-0 but stormed back to take a 5-3 lead that held until the seventh. There, the Mocs stole the advantage and staved off the UWF comeback effort to take the series. UWF opens at Rollins Friday. First pitch is slated for 5:00 p.m. ET/4:00 p.m. CT. The series will continue Saturday at 1:00 p.m. ET/12:00 p.m CT before wrapping Sunday at 12:00 p.m. ET/11:00 a.m. CT. UWF baseball (1-2) will remain on the road Feb. 13 at Spring Hill before returning for five games in four days vs. Christian Brothers and Nova Southeastern beginning Feb. 16. SOPHOMORES STEP UP VS. FLORIDA SOUTHERN ARGOS WIN OPENER VS. MOCS “Really just looking forward to our teams first road trip, and seeing how we respond to lessons we hope they learned from the Floorida Southern series and applying them to our keys to success against Rollins,” said UWF head coach Mike Jeffcoat.  Print Friendly Versioncenter_img #ARGOS# SCOUTING ROLLINS * The Tars are 2-1 so far this season. The team battled Lenoir-Rhyne to open the season and won the opening and closing games of the three-game series.* The series vs. UWF is part of a six-game homestand to open the season for Rollins. They head to Flagler for their first road game Feb. 12.* The Tars struggled with the bats vs. Lenoir-Rhyne, hitting just .191. The team got excellent pitching though to power the two wins. The staff held the Bears to just three runs for the series.* Senior Cameron Enck won the Sunshine State Conference Pitcher of the Week award after shutting Lenoir-Rhyne out in a 5-0 win to open the series. He went seven innings of one-hit, seven-strikeout ball.* Rollins is coming off a 20-29 season a year ago. The team went 8-22 in conference play in 2018. UWF defeated the Tars in both games of a Feb. 2018 doubleheader in Pensacola.* The Tars were ranked T-6th in a preseason poll of Sunshine State Conference coaches. The team is looking to overcome the losses of 2018 pitching stars Brad Case, who was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates, and Brian Auerbach, who signed with the Philadelphia Phillies.* UWF is 19-6 vs. Rollins since 2006 and has won the last four head-to-head matchups.For the latest information on UWF baseball, follow the team on Twitter @UWF_Baseball. * Sophomores Matthew Estrada and Josh Pahlad helped the Argos to the Game 1 win vs. Florida Southern Friday. Estrada posted an early 2-RBI single to put the Argos on top. Pahlad entered a three-run game with two on and no out in the eighth. He would go on to post two scoreless innings and earn the second save of his UWF career.* Estrada, last year’s GSC Freshman of the Year, turned in a strong performance all series vs. the Mocs. The Pensacola native went 5-for-12 with one home run, three RBIs, three runs scored and two hit-by-pitches across the three games.* Estrada was one of four Argos, along with seniors Robert Lopez, Joey Bend and Matthew Jones, who had four hits in the opening series. LIVE STATS | LIVE VIDEOPENSACOLA, Fla. – UWF baseball will head to Rollins College this weekend for its first road series of 2019. The Argos are coming off a tight series vs. No. 4/5 Florida Southern last weekend.last_img read more

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Cavin: Saturday’s crash could cost Castroneves

first_imgParts fly off of A.J. Foyt EnterprisesÕ Jack Hawksworth (41) cart as the field of cars turns into turn one at the start of the the Angie's List Grand Prix of Indianapolis Saturday, May 9, afternoon at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.Parts fly off of A.J. Foyt EnterprisesÕ Jack Hawksworth (41) cart as the field of cars turns into turn one at the start of the the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis Saturday, May 9, afternoon at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.Penalties could still come from Saturday’s first-lap IndyCar Series crash at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and hold off saying it will be too little, too late.Scott Dixon might not feel better about his car getting turned around by Helio Castroneves in Turn 1 of the road course, and he surely will remain stuck in 10th place. But a decision by IndyCar could help Dixon win another series championship.It also could help Castroneves lose his first.IndyCar still reviewing Saturday’s first-lap crashPoints are precious in a series this competitive, particularly with a half-dozen title contenders, including Dixon and Castroneves, and any reduction likely will be felt when the parties gather for the season-ending event Aug. 28-30 at Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway.The past nine IndyCar championships have been decided at the season’s final race. Two drivers ended 2006 with the same number. Dario Franchitti won the ’10 title by just five points; Ryan Hunter-Reay won ’12 by three. The series is littered with close battles, with Castroneves involved in several of them.And remember, this year’s final race is worth twice the number of points.As of Monday — and that’s an important designation — the separation between Juan Pablo Montoya in first place and Castroneves in third is just 10 points.Any need to re-tabulate points won’t come until Wednesday because that’s when IndyCar announces post-race penalties, if necessary. Drivers punished for indiscretions in the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis will learn their fate before the news breaks.But it seems something is coming. Because it should.Cavin: How was that not avoidable contact?First, a historical reminder: At the season-opening race in St. Petersburg, Fla., Charlie Kimball took a similar bump from Graham Rahal, and Rahal was called to pit road for a drive-through penalty. Instead of contending for the win, Rahal finished 11th.In this case, Dixon was the No. 2 qualifier and turning into the right-hander when rear contact came from Castroneves. Dixon spun, holding his breath as trailing cars darted and spun around him. How Jack Hawksworth stopped his car without hitting Dixon is a testament to the grip of the Firestone tires. But the incident was reminiscent of what happened in St. Pete, and it’s called avoidable contact.“Just like the Graham deal,” Tony Kanaan said Monday. “Only different ruling.”(In the interest of full disclosure, Kanaan is Dixon’s teammate. Similarly, Montoya is Castroneves’ teammate, and he thought Saturday’s incident was a non-story.)Said Montoya: “You put us on the longest straight you can think of, you put a first-gear corner at the end of it, what do you think is going to happen?”Weighing in from a neutral corner was Sebastien Bourdais, who said, “Just be consistent with these (rulings) so we know what’s allowed.”Saturday’s Dixon-Castroneves contact caused those behind them to adjust; some did correctly, some not so much. Before Hawksworth slid to a stop, he bounced off Luca Filippi and that activity caused James Hinchcliffe to bounce off Josef Newgarden, who hit Stefano Coletti. The accordion effect made a mess of Turn 1.Doyel: Is the Grand Prix cursed?How IndyCar sorts through the debris will set the paddock mood for this week’s Indianapolis 500 practice.Several drivers could still hear from IndyCar, including the handful who used the escape road to improve their position.IndyCar president Derrick Walker kept his words measured Monday, but it seems he’s on the verge of saying something about someone. Castroneves could be one of those someones.Follow Star reporter Curt Cavin on Twitter: @curtcavin.last_img read more

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GFA Exec. Com, member backs Maxwell Konadu to manage both Kotoko and Black Stars

first_imgExecutive Committee Member of the Ghana Football Association George Afriyie has backed new Black Stars assistant coach Maxwell Konadu to effectively manage combine the Black Stars role and that of Asante Kotoko.The GFA’s decision to permit Coach Maxwell Konadu to hold onto his position as Kumasi Asante Kotoko coach has suffered some criticisms.The management of Kotoko wants to maintain the man who has led them to their first premier league title in four years this season.But there are concerns that he might not be effective in combining the two pressure jobs.According to George Afriyie who doubles as an emergency committee member of the GFA, Maxwell Konadu can manage it professionally.“Maxwell himself has told us that he can manage the two jobs and that is the most important thing”. He told JOY Sports “I don’t see any conflict in handling the two jobs it depends on how you approach it and I believe if you are you van do it”.The Football Association confirmed the Kotoko coach as assistant to Kwasi Appiah on Thursday.last_img read more

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