Vermont Travel Industry Conference April 7 & 8 at the Stoweflake

first_imgThe 27th Annual Vermont Travel Industry Conference will be held on April 7 & 8, 2010 at the Stoweflake Resort in Stowe, Vermont. The event will feature compelling keynote speakers, pertinent workshops on industry topics and trends, and a trade show featuring over 30 exhibitors who sell products or services to the tourism industry.On Wednesday April 7th at 9:00 am, keynote speaker James Chung of Reach Advisors will educate the tourism industry on the Four Macro Trends and the Implications on Travel. Chung will discuss the major trends that will reshape the consumer market as it relates to the tourism industry including: generational shifts, gender differences, health and wellness behaviors, outdoor recreation trends, and household purchasing power.Thursday April 8th at 9:00 am, Steve Richer of the National Tour Association will enlighten attendees on the future of the tourism industry through his keynote presentation the Tourism Industry Crystal Ball: Where We Are, Where We Are Headed. Richer will pull from his experience working on the legislation that will become the Travel Promotion Act to discuss current border and public land issues, and provide attendees with a glimpse into the future and what we can do.The Vermont Travel Industry Conference will feature workshops from five educational, industry related tracks: Management, Miscellaneous Marketing, Media Relations, Social Media & Marketing, and Web Marketing. Some of the hot topics this year will include How to Effectively Publicize Your Business Through New Media Tools with Nicole Ravlin of PMG Public Relations, Sustainability and the Triple Bottom Line: People, Planet and Profit with Hans van Wees of Van-Wees, Inc., and How to Recognize, Evaluate, and Seize Money-Making Marketing Opportunities with Chris Diaz of Redpoint Marketing.If you are part of a tourism-related business or have an interest in the Vermont travel industry, this conference is for you! Registration is now open. For more information on participating in the event and to register, please visit the Vermont Travel Industry Conference website at www.vtic.org(link is external) and receive instant updates by becoming a fan on the Vermont Travel Industry Conference Facebook page. Source: VTIC. 2.16.2010last_img read more

Freshman Bianca Chevarie steps up after Morgan Alexander’s injury

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 11, 2020 at 10:24 pm Contact Alex: athamer@syr.edu | @alexhamer8 Starting 20 yards from goal, Bianca Chevarie feinted left before dodging right, breezing past Colgate’s man-to-man pressure. Striding into the 8-meter arc, this time she elected to veer left, absorbing a stick check from one Raider defender and sidestepping another before a shot meshed into the cage’s top left corner.“(Chevarie) has really fast feet, really quick steps, really good stick skills,” senior midfielder Mary Rahal said. “I mean, she’s pretty hard to defend.”After Morgan Alexander’s season-ending leg injury during a Feb. 19 practice, it was unclear who would replace the redshirt senior in No. 4 Syracuse’s (7-1, 1-0 Atlantic Coast) attack. But Chevarie has started the four games since in Alexander’s left attack position, helping the Orange defeat three top-20 ranked opponents amid their six-game winning streak. The freshman’s scored four goals and dished four assists since joining the starting lineup on Feb. 22 against Northwestern.Chevarie, whose listed and preferred position is midfield, had split reps in practice — and in the Orange’s first four games — with the second midfield line and as Alexander’s backup on attack. Even before starting, she was the only freshman receiving consistent minutes off the bench. The Ontario native said her transition to SU was aided by competing in U-19 World Championships last fall, where Chevarie earned a silver medal after Canada was defeated by Megan Carney and the USA in the final.With four goals and four assists so far this season, Chevarie isn’t scoring at the same rate as Emily Hawryschuk (second in the nation with 4.88 goals per game) or even secondary scorers Meaghan Tyrrell and Carney. But Chevarie said she knows she doesn’t need to.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Probably the biggest thing has been that she’s been working hard and hustling every day,” SU head coach Gary Gait said of the decision to start Chevarie. “We just looked at the energy she brings.”Emily Steinberger | Design EditorFor Chevarie, the defensive side of the game is part of why she loves playing midfield, and she admits at times she “hates being stuck behind a line” on attack. But since transitioning into her left-sided attack role, Chevarie, the Orange’s only freshman starter, has focused more on learning the attacking nuances of Syracuse’s system, often soliciting advice from Alexander.In Chevarie’s first start against Northwestern, Alexander noticed early on that Chevarie was stationed too far back when the Orange were on the offensive. Chevarie said that initially she struggled with her positioning and timing her cuts at different times than her teammates.“I told (Chevarie), ‘Right there, you’re hanging too far out. You’ve gotta step in, have that killer instinct, that attack mindset,’” Alexander said.Chevarie took Alexander’s advice into her next start against Colgate, focusing on being more aggressive. Gait called her effort on the ride against Colgate “relentless.” Not only did her new approach lead to her aforementioned twisting solo goal, but Chevarie also recorded a season-best three points against the Raiders.For Syracuse’s third goal, Chevarie received a handoff from Sierra Cockerille at the edge of the 12-meter arc. Chevarie didn’t hesitate, immediately making a diagonal run toward the cage, stretching to get her shot off beyond a Raider defender’s outstretched stick before finding twine.“I think all of us were just running smoothly,” Chevarie said.But it wasn’t just Chevarie’s goals that stood out; Chevarie said her overall comfort in the offense has grown with each passing game. As Rahal led a counterattack against the Raiders, her pass found Chevarie, who moved the ball on instantly to a wide-open Tyrrell along the crease before another quickfire pass found Carney for an easy goal. Later on from a free position, Chevarie’s shot appeared wide, but Carney emerged from behind the cage for another simple score.In the following game against Maryland, Chevarie was quiet with no points, but the entire Orange offense had a down day, scoring well below their season average with just 10 goals in the victory. Last Sunday against Virginia Tech, Chevarie’s aggression was back, peppering the Hokies’ goal with a season-high five shots as she went on to score one and set another goal up.Now that Chevarie has acclimated to attack and become more aggressive, Gait said she just needs to work on her decision-making. But he has little doubt about whether Chevarie will continue to improve.“She wants to be good and she’s been willing to work at it,” Gait said, “she stays focused and really puts the effort in. We gave her the opportunity and we’re happy with it so far.” Commentslast_img read more

Bethlehem’s Ronald Cruz takes it on the chin in a loss to a sharp Ray Narh

first_imgBethlehem’s Ronald Cruz hadn’t fought in nine months, but Ray Narh, his opponent on Friday night at the Sands Bethlehem Event Center had the potential for even more rust.That’s because Narh hadn’t fought in two years.Any potential rust never revealed itself as Narh soundly defeated Cruz by unanimous decision to the disappointment of a large hometown crowd that wanted to see the hometown favorite get his welterweight career back on track after his first professional loss.Instead, they saw a dominant performance from Narh, originally from Accra, Ghana.The taller, long-armed Narh couldn’t have been sharper with his punches or his movement in controlling the action all night.The fight was part of another NBC Sports Network “Fight Night” card at the Sands and the place remained packed through seven bouts, including four that showcased local fighters. It was Cruz’s fourth fight at the Sands, but it was not a night he will want to remember.“It was just hard for me to focus tonight,” he said a somber dressing room. “There are no excuses. He beat me fair and square.”One of three judges, Pierre Benoist, didn’t give Cruz a single round. Julie Lederman had it 8-2 in rounds and David Braslow had it 6-4.Narh, who will turn 35 next month, had Cruz on the defensive almost the entire fight. He never allowed Cruz to get inside to use his jab.“There was nothing he did that I didn’t expect,” Cruz said. “I don’t know what to say. I just couldn’t pull the trigger tonight.” The 17-2 Cruz, fighting for the first time since a much closer loss by decision last September, said he was never hurt by Narh, who has 21 knockouts on his resume.“He was a pretty hard puncher, but he never hurt me,” Cruz said.He did get cut under his left eye and his face was bruised at night’s end, while Narh was singing and celebrating with his entourage in one of the Sands’ backstage rooms.Narh, a member of the 2000 Ghanaian Summer Olympics team, hadn’t fought since losing to Mike Alvarado in Las Vegas in May of 2011. He is now 26-2 and both losses were to unbeaten fighters.“It wasn’t that Ray didn’t want to fight; nobody wanted to fight him,” said his trainer Asante Qwamie. “He just needed to stay in shape and get someone to fight him. When this opportunity came up, he took it and made the most of it.’ Qwamie said Narh needed to keep moving and box Cruz.“He was in control the whole time,” Qwamie said.Cruz vowed he’d be back.“I would like to fight again, right away,” Cruz said. “I need to go back and learn from my mistakes, but it’s pretty hard to say what will happen right now.”last_img read more