Vermont Electric Power Company Honoredwith theProject Management Institute’s 2008 Distinguished Project AwardDenver, Colorado, USA (Oct 30, 2008) Vermont Electric Power Company (VELCO), the nation’s first ever “transmission only” company, has been honored by Project Management Institute (PMI) for earning “The PMI Distinguished Project Award”, in recognition of VELCOs project management approach for the first project executed under VELCOs larger reliability program, the Northwest Vermont Reliability Project (NRP), a coordinated series of initiatives designed to provide reliable electrical transmission service to the state of Vermont and the New England Region. The PMI Distinguished Project Award rewards successful projects that have advanced project management concepts, techniques, practices or theories through the effective application of project management principles.VELCO and its Vermont distribution utility owners had determined that electricity load growth was beginning to overload an aging electrical infrastructure and so sought approval for the NRP as its solution. From the project’s inception, VELCO team members identified that this initiative would require the creation of a project management organization (PMO) to increase the level of project management capability across the organization. The value of this foresight is readily visible: instituting the PMO decreased costs by 35% even as the companys overall project work doubled.The project team collaborated with executive management to create an innovative process to engage stakeholders gain their expertise and inspire their continued participation throughout the project life-cycle. By completing this project, VELCO has created the foundation for efficiently organizing and structuring future projects and challenges.”The Northwest Vermont Reliability Project created an opportunity to apply the project management methodology,” said John Donleavy, president and CEO of VELCO. “This award is a great honor and VELCO thanks all of our Associates and Contractors who earned it by making the NRP’s 370 line project from West Rutland to New Haven a success. Their heartfelt commitment to continuous learning and hard work produces VELCO projects that conserve Vermont’s picturesque landscape, save precious customer dollars and maintain essential electric system reliability.””The success of an organization today depends on the ability of all of its parts to work cohesively to bring a return on investment,” said Mark Langley, executive vice president and chief operating officer of PMI. “VELCO’s PMO employed key project management processes to streamline operations within the company.”The PMI Distinguished Project Award was presented on 18 October during the PMI Awards Ceremony at PMI Global Congress 2008North America in Denver, Colorado.* * *About Vermont Electric Power Company (VELCO)Vermont Electric Power Company (VELCO) was formed in 1956 when local utilities joined together to create the nation’s first statewide, “transmission only” company in order to share access to clean hydro power and maintain the states transmission grid. VELCO’s current system includes 650 miles of transmission lines, 34 substations, equipment that enables interconnected operations with Hydro-Quebec, and fiber optic communication networks that monitor and control the electric system, as well as provide the backbone for most Vermonters’ high-speed data internet access. Today, the company is the country’s fastest growing transmission company with 144 associates that work every day to ensure continued access to reliable, climate friendly power technology. Their commitment allows VELCO to serve as Vermonts transmission reliability resource. VELCO: moving power, moving forward.About Project Management Institute (PMI)Project Management Institute (pmi.org) is the leading advocate for the project management profession globally. Founded in 1969, PMI has more than 400,000 members and credential holders in 174 countries. PMIs Project Management Professional (PMP) credential is recognized as the only globally transferable credential in project management.# # #
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 29-year-old Queens man who crashed his car in Deer Park last week has died, Suffolk County police said Monday.Vijay Maraj was driving a Lexus southbound on Commack Road when he lost control of his vehicle and struck a tree on the side of the road at 1:55 p.m. Thursday, police have said.The victim was taken to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore, where he was listed in critical condition before he died several days later.First Squad detectives impounded the vehicle, are continuing the investigation and ask anyone who may have witnessed the crash to call them at 631-854-8152.
FORMER president of the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) Drubahadur was elected president of the Demerara Cricket Board (DCB) following last Saturday’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) held at the Wales Community Centre. The AGM featured representation from clubs; West Demerara Cricket Association (WDCA), East Bank Demerara Cricket Association (EBDCA) and East Coast Cricket Board (ECCB) while sources confirmed that there was no representation from the Georgetown Cricket Association (GCA); despite an invitation was issued.With clubs like Upper Demerara Association (UDCA) recently holding their Elections for 2020 and electing a new president/executive committee in a bid to reignite cricket in Region 10, the newly reformed DCB executive committee will now seek to resuscitate cricket in the Demerara County after years of dormancy.Other executives elected as part of the new committee are; Rohan Sarjoo (vice-president), Anand Sanasie (2nd vice-president), Anil Persaud (secretary), Sudesh Persaud (assistant secretary), Anand Kalladeen (treasurer), Lancelot Easton (assistant treasurer), Lalta Gainda (Marketing Manager), Manzoor Nadir (Public Relations Officer) and Colin Europe (Chairman of the Competitions Committee).Guyana has earned credits from Cricket West Indies (CWI) recently for being the frontrunner of cricket development over the last six years with regard to its academy structure and transitioning speed which has seen a number of players represent the West Indies from the junior all the way to the Test levels.Drubahadur, one of the country’s senior accountants, was elected GCB president back in 2013 and served as president during the peak of Guyana’s success in the Professional Cricket League (PCL) when Guyana had transformed into the best 4-Day team in the Caribbean. He resigned from the post in 2017.Meanwhile Nadir, the current president of Everest Cricket Club (ECC) and executive member of the GCA, along with Sarjoo, Persaud and Europe, will add experience to the committee whose two-year term ends in 2022.
BRYAN FAUST/Herald photoTen days after Barry Alvarez called him the “most versatile of all the backs that I’ve had,” junior running back Brian Calhoun announced that he would not be the first premier back to play under new UW head coach Bret Bielema.Instead, the former Oak Creek, Wis., prep star will take his talent to the professional ranks, opting to forego his final year of eligibility and enter the NFL Draft.”It was a difficult decision, but it has been done with a lot of forethought, a lot of research, counsel, prayer and help from my family,” Calhoun said at a press conference Jan. 12.After spending his freshman and sophomore seasons at the University of Colorado, Calhoun spent the 2004 football season on the Badgers’ scout team, sitting out due to NCAA transfer rules.In 2005, he became Wisconsin’s workhorse and gave Badger fans a season to remember. He became just the second player in NCAA history to rush for at least 1,500 yards (he had 1,636) and garner more than 500 receiving yards (Calhoun compiled 571 yards).”Obviously, I wanted Brian back for another year, but the biggest thing he had to do was take into account everything that he had learned and [the] information he had gathered,” Bielema said. “No matter how much time he spent here at the University of Wisconsin, the one thing that can never be taken away is the accomplishments.”Calhoun fielded questions about whether or not he would leave the program early since the beginning of the season, and the speculation only increased as the season came to a close.But after a 30-carry, 213-yard, one-touchdown performance against Auburn, earning him Capital One Bowl MVP honors, Calhoun had all but made his decision.”It’s been a pretty good year,” said Calhoun, who didn’t even begin playing football until his freshman year of high school. “For me to go out that way and to send Coach Alvarez out on a good note like that, I think that was kind of the nail in the coffin.”Calhoun made the decision official after consulting many avenues, including Alvarez, Bielema, his family, former Colorado running back coach Eric Bienemy and former teammate and current NFL back Chris Brown.”I tried to gather as much information as possible as far as what they thought I should do, and maybe their opinion [on] if I was ready for that next step,” Calhoun said. “I think it was the right choice and time for me to make that jump.””The thing that I really am happy about is that I think this is something that was thought out for a long period of time,” Bielema said.Maybe the biggest surprise in gathering that information was that Bienemy — the main reason Calhoun went to Colorado after high school — advised him to stay in school for one more year, and that Calhoun opted not to take that recommendation.”We talked on three or four occasions, and I disagree with him, obviously, but he supported me whatever decision I made,” Calhoun said. “He just felt like another year under my belt could help me.”Calhoun said that if he thought that he was going to be taken in the second day of the draft — rounds four through seven — he would not have left early. With a variety of running backs in the draft, including Reggie Bush and LenDale White, there has been some debate as to how high Calhoun would go in the draft, which begins April 29.Calhoun’s father, Andrew, said he is well aware of how his son’s numbers stack up to the likes of Bush, who is expected to be the top pick.”The stats are there. If you look at it statistically, only in rushing and receiving categories, you’ll find out that there’s 11 yards that separate him and Bush,” Andrew Calhoun said.Of course, his stock could rise or fall depending on his performance at the NFL combine, which will be held Feb. 22-28 in Indianapolis.Calhoun’s departure — coupled with the indefinite suspension of junior Booker Stanley, who faces three felony charges after a Dec. 21 incident — will leave Wisconsin with a significant gap in experience at the running back position.Jamil Walker and Dywon Rowan could be the only backs with any game experience, though their carries have been few and far between. UW may also rely on the emergence of P.J. Hill, Dion Foster and Jerry Butler, a trio of redshirt freshmen.Bielema begins hiring staff: Amid Calhoun’s exit, Bielema began selecting his assistant coaches, starting with the re-hiring of wide receivers’ coach Henry Mason, who has been with the program since 1995.Bielema also announced the hiring of Kerry Cooks as his defensive backs coach. Cooks coached at Minnesota last year and was on staff with Bielema at Kansas State in 2003.”I’m very excited to be here,” Cooks said. “I’ve had the opportunity to work with Bret … and I love his energy. I think it’s a great opportunity to learn from a great, young head coach.”Bielema will announce the rest of his staff in the coming weeks and said it is a tricky situation with many current assistants recruiting for their current programs. Official signing day for incoming recruits is Feb. 1.
1 Kevin Mirallas Everton winger Kevin Mirallas has signed a new three-year deal at Goodison Park, the club has confirmed.The Belgian international had been linked with a move away from Merseyside, with both Tottenham and Arsenal reportedly monitoring his progress.His long-term Toffees future was plunged into doubt towards the end of last season after he inexplicably took the ball off usual penalty taker Leighton Baines during a Premier League match with West Brom, before duly missing the spotkick.But the 27-year-old revealed his delight at his new contract: “I’m very happy to sign.“I’ve signed at Everton to win a trophy. I’m at a good team and I can continue my performances here.“Now I am very happy because I can concentrate on my team and our future, starting with the Premier League tomorrow.”Mirallas follows in the footsteps of midfielder James McCarthy in penning a new Everton deal this week.