Champlain Valley Exposition names Tim Shea executive director

first_imgChamplain Valley Exposition,The Board of Directors of the Champlain Valley Exposition, Inc. today named Tim Shea of Williston as the organization’s new Executive Director. Shea will assume his new position in February 2012. In making the announcement, Matthew Stevens, President of the CVE Board, noted that Shea will have the benefit of working with longtime General Manager David Grimm for approximately eight months. Grimm announced in March 2011 that he would step down as General Manager following the Champlain Valley Fair in September 2012, concluding a 23-year career at CVE.  Shea, who was chosen after a national search, currently serves as Vice President and Congressional Liaison for the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce inBurlington. Shea has been with the Chamber since 1994, holding a number of different titles during his employment, thus bringing a wealth of experience and community knowledge to the Exposition, according to Stevens. In addition, Shea has served the State of Vermont on many Commissions and Committees, while serving his community on the Burlington Electric Commission, Burlington Legacy Project, and the United Way of Chittenden County. He is Past President of the Vermont Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives. Shea and his wife, Amy, live in Williston with their three children.  Stevens expressed the Board’s strong support for Shea. ‘The Champlain Valley Exposition has a unique history of serving the various constituencies of our community and state, and it takes a special person to build upon past success while moving us into the next generation. Tim is a talented, intelligent executive with a special feel for the needs of the many audiences that visit CVE,’ Stevens said. ‘We’re excited to work with him to strengthen and expand CVE’s connection to Chittenden Countyand beyond.’ In his new role, Shea will direct the Exposition’s fulfillment of its mission ‘to serve the people of Vermont and the region through agriculture, education, arts & culture, entertainment, and commerce.’ Celebrating its 90th Birthday in 2012, CVE is the largest event center in Vermont, hosting more than 110 events annually, including the Champlain Valley Fair. The Robert E. Miller Expo Centre has made CVE a year-round venue for numerous large and small shows, events and conferences. Among the new events at the Exposition for 2012 will be the Vermont Farm Show Jan. 24-26. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, the Exposition relies on a variety of revenue sources to fulfill its mission, including private and foundation support. For more information about the Champlain Valley Exposition, visit www.cvexpo.org(link is external). Essex Junction, VT ‘ December 16, 2011 ‘last_img read more

Syracuse defense plays pivotal role in NCAA tournament 1st-round win over Boston University

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ As the referees ordered captain Emma Russell off the field, Syracuse knew the next two minutes could determine its season.For the next 1:16 early in the second half, the Orange held a one-goal lead and had to play with two of its best players, Russell and freshman Laura Hurff, in the penalty box. And SU’s defense, led by Alyssa Manley and Jordan Page, rose to the occasion and didn’t let Boston University get a shot off in that stretch.This defensive shutdown was key in the No. 4 Orange’s (16-5, 2-4 Atlantic Coast) 2-1 victory over the  No. 17 Terriers (13-8, 5-1 Patriot) at J. S. Coyne Field in the first round of the NCAA tournament on Saturday. SU will now host the winner of Penn State vs Boston College in the quarterfinals on Sunday at 2 p.m.The timely defensive effort was led by Manley and Page and complemented by a Lieke Visser goal shortly after, which put BU permanently out of reach.“We had to endure and be able to manage it,” head coach Ange Bradley said. “They had good structure behind the ball, and we valued possession and bought time to be able to get our players back on the field.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhen the referee issued Russell the green card, Manley’s thoughts immediately turned to strategy and how her team would defend while down two players.“I just knew that we needed to not drop off and keep pressure, but not so much that we were just like running all over the place,” Manley said. “We just needed to stay calm and stay together with the players we had left on the field.”As soon as Boston started attacking, Manley and her team did just that. Syracuse played somewhat off of BU, but as the Terriers tried to get into the circle, Manley stole the ball and was able to possess it for a little bit, taking off precious seconds of the penalty.While she was not able to cross midfield with the ball, she did eat almost half of the penalty time in the process.“I think we did a pretty good job of double teaming and getting pressure on the ball pretty quickly,” Manley said. “Then getting the ball back and trying to keep control.”Manley was not the only one to step up on defense during this penalty kill. The whole Orange team stuck with the strategy once BU got the ball back, playing a little off and not letting the Terriers to establish themselves in the circle.As BU tried to get in the circle, Page was able to poke the ball away multiple times and prevent the Terriers from firing a shot off.The job Page and Manley did is even more impressive when considering the pair starts in  the midfield. Page and Manley had to play both offense and defense the entire game, a dangerous job where stepping out too far on offense could cost the team a goal.“We were just having a better defensive structure and making sure we have layers behind,” Page said. “So that when we are aggressive in our attack, that we have people behind to stop them from getting those breakaways.”The Orange was able to ride the momentum off its penalty stop to a goal shortly after, as freshman Lieke Visser scored just 29 seconds after Russell stepped back onto the field to give the Orange a 2-0 advantage.“I was really happy,” Visser said. “It was a really frantic game. I think that goal was really important so that we could be calm and relax a little more.” Comments Published on November 15, 2014 at 7:36 pm Contact Ryan: rlraigro@syr.edulast_img read more

AFCON 2015: Mali and Guinea coaches criticise Africa Cup of Nations lottery

first_imghe coaches of Mali and Guinea on Wednesday criticised drawing lots to decide which country reaches the Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals.A 1-1 draw in Mongomo between the west African countries left them joint runners-up behind Ivory Coast in Group D, level on points, goal difference and goals scored.Who advances to face Ghana in the quarter-finals will be decided Thursday by drawing lots in a Malabo hotel.Two balls, with the name of one team inside each, will be placed in a pot. An African Football Confederation (CAF) official will then pick one ball from the pot and the team inside it secures a last-eight place.Mali coach Henryk Kasperczak said: “You have to respect the rules, we have no choice. We are going to be nervous, Guinea also. We must find a more sporting way, fairer,” he said.“We have to solve the problems of qualification … without a drawing of lots. This does not correspond to a sporting spirit.” Guinea coach Michel Dussuyer said: “I would be disappointed but it’s hard for any team. No one deserves to be eliminated.“Mali didn’t lose a game — they played very well in the tournament. They do not deserve to be eliminated in this way, just as we do not.”Drawing lots was last needed at the Cup of Nations in 1988, with Algeria progressing to the knockout stage at the expense of Ivory Coast in Morocco.Kevin Constant put Guinea ahead and Modibo Maiga equalised after Seydou Keita missed a Mali penalty.Meanwhile, Ivory Coast coach Herve Renard said the real Africa Cup of Nations started now for his team after Wednesday’s 1-0 win against Cameroon took them into the quarter-finals. The Elephants can look forward to a last-eight showdown with Algeria after Max-Alain Gradel’s first-half strike secured a 1-0 win against the Indomitable Lions and clinched first place in Group D.“For a team like this, the Africa Cup of Nations begins in the quarter-finals because to go out before is a failure,” said the Frenchman, whose team survived where other fancied sides such as Cameroon and Senegal have failed.“If you don’t get through with a team like Cameroon or the Ivory Coast or Senegal you get the finger pointed at you.“The Algeria game will be very difficult — another one after a really tough group — so there you go the competition begins now.”The Elephants have improved after a sluggish start that saw them play out 1-1 draws with both Guinea and Mali, and Renard added: “I said before this game that it’s not necessary in a Cup of Nations to start too quickly because it’s a very difficult competition and, with players like this, they are ready to compete and they love games like this. “When you play Cameroon you don’t have to try to find motivation especially when we lost 4-1 to them in September [in qualifying].”Renard saw captain Yaya Toure come off late on after taking a knock in the second half and will hope the Manchester City man recovers in good time for the meeting with an Algeria side considered by many as favourites ahead of the competition.He added: “I think we showed everything you need to win a competition. All the teams in the last eight will want to get to the final — we are only three steps from the title.“We do this job to win. We won’t be happy if we lose in the semi-finals or even in the final, because if that happens it will always come into your mind for the rest of your life.”Against Algeria, the Ivorians will be looking for revenge for a dramatic 3-2 defeat after extra time when the sides met in the last eight in Angola in 2010. And for Renard it will be a special occasion after he spent time coaching leading Algerian club USM Alger in 2011.“I had 10 great months in Algeria with them. Their fans will of course not be behind the Ivory Coast but I say hello to them and their president and now I’ll try to make them cry,” he joked. Results & standingsAfrica Cup of NationsWednesday’s matches Group DIvory Coast 1 Cameroon 0Guinea 1 Mali 1StandingsTeam P W D L F A Pts Ivory Coast 3 1 2 0 3 2 5Guinea 3 0 3 0 3 3 3Mali 3 0 3 0 3 3 3Cameroon 3 0 2 1 2 3 2Note: Drawing of lots to decide whether Guinea or Mali finish runners-up and qualify for quarter-finalslast_img read more

Families of three deceased workers sue Tyson over Iowa outbreak

first_imgWATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — The families of three workers who died after contracting coronavirus in an Iowa meat plant outbreak are suing Tyson Foods and its top executives, saying the company knowingly put employees at risk and lied to keep them on the job.The lawsuit alleges that Tyson officials were aware the virus was spreading at the Waterloo pork processing plant by late March or early April but kept that information from employees and the public.As the outbreak grew, the lawsuit alleges the company failed to implement safety measures, allowed some sick employees to remain on the production line, and falsely assured workers and the public that the plant was safe.last_img read more

Africa could host Olympics as soon as 2032 – IOC boss

first_imgIn a separate statement about Africa for the YOG, Bach said that the IOC “will proactively approach a number of African (countries) to evaluate the feasibility of such a project”.The IOC hopes to elect a host city at the next IOC session, to be held in October 2018 in Buenos Aires.Rio de Janeiro in 2016 became the first South American host of the Olympic Games.Share on: WhatsApp Pyeongchang, South Korea | AFP | International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach said on Wednesday that Africa could host the Olympics for the first time as early as 2032.It came after the IOC approved plans to target Africa to host the fourth Summer Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in 2022.“This Youth Olympic Games we hope can inspire one of the African countries to come up with a feasible candidature for 2032 or 2036,” said Bach, speaking in Pyeongchang two days before the start of the Winter Olympics.“But we have enough confidence in Africa that we said we do not want to wait so long, let’s go in 2022 with the Youth Olympic Games (YOG),” added Bach, declining to name which African country he had in mind for the full Olympics.last_img read more

Restaurant Review: Modine

first_imgBy Bob Sacks |Now for something completely different. Modine, in Asbury Park, serves food you didn’t even know you were craving until you eat it. The theme is Low Country Cuisine; local fare from South Carolina and the Georgia coast, which is similar to New Orleans/ Cajun but with its own special twist. Sweet and spicy, crispy fried textures, and lots of seafood make up the unique menu offerings.For one starter we picked Boiled Peanut Hummus ($8); a spicy, less oily take on chunky peanut butter; served up with large triangles of tasty homemade flatbread, which would have been better if served crispy, not limp. Barnegat Bay Oysters are offered two ways: broiled with bourbon chipotle butter ($12/4) or raw on the half shell ($14/6). I chose raw in order to taste these local oysters by themselves, and was rewarded with a half dozen sparkling fresh, plump, sweet mollusks, with a slightly saline flavor which was very refreshing.Juicy, cold-smoked Berkshire Pork Chop was paired with sauerkraut and fried apples, creating a medley of salty, sweet and meaty, which was very enjoyable.More area seafood was sourced for the Local Diver Scallop Hush Puppies ($11). The round, deep-fried balls of cornmeal were light and creamy, not at all greasy. For dipping, a small dish of Comeback Sauce was provided. Similar to remoulade, this tangy blend of mayonnaise, chili, ketchup, lemon juice, paprika, Worcestershire and hot sauce, made for a nice counterpoint to the mild cornbread flavor. I wasn’t sure what to expect from Shrimp Toasts ($9), but was pleasantly surprised by thick triangular puffs of bread coated with chopped shrimp instead of the usual thin paste, Szechuan spice, scallions, and topped with white sesame seeds, making for great textural interest and pronounced shrimp flavor. One of the dishes of the night.Monticello Salad ($10) was another tasty starter. Frisee greens, large slices of pink smoked trout, pecans, and benne seed (sesame) dressing, was a welcome change from the usual green salad. The smoked trout was notable for its lack of excessive saltiness and succulent juiciness.One of the Signature dishes of Modine is the Smoked Fried Chicken ($22/half or $36/whole); we saw it on many of the surrounding tables. Buttermilk-brined, cold smoked, and then fried to perfection with a thick, but light, crunchy crust which seemed to render the skin almost nonexistent, it was perfectly moist and tender. Garnished with curls of fried pickles, it’s served with two biscuits and choice of two sides. We opted for cornbread served in a mini-skillet, and a ramekin of Sweet Potato and Turnip Gratin with melted cheese on top. I requested the accompanying hot honey drizzle be served on the side, rather than over the chicken, in order to preserve its crispness. This dish is worthy of a visit, as it is a cut above most of the commercial versions available elsewhere.Pan Seared Sea Trout ($28); a strip of pink fish, served medium rare as requested, was plated with a bouquet of roasted baby carrots, cubes of pickled Hakurei turnips and brown butter.An interesting presentation of cold smoked Local Berkshire Pork Chop ($34) combined mildly salty sauerkraut and sweet fried apples, making for an enjoyable contrast of flavors. Service was knowledgeable, warm and friendly with only one glitch. Although the restaurant was not full, we had barely finished swallowing our appetizers when the entrees arrived unbidden. There had been no sense of being rushed before or after this point, so perhaps it was a simple timing error by the kitchen.From a choice of four tempting homemade desserts, sanity prevailed and we ordered just one to share – Black Bottom Pie ($8). A crispy crust served as base for a rich and creamy ganache-like dark chocolate, a layer of banana custard, and a thick mound of whipped cream on top. Best shared.If you have not yet experienced Low Country Cuisine, Modine is a good choice to introduce you to the foods and flavors of the South served up in a cool, hip setting. You may discover some dishes that you never knew, but now are on your list of favorites; I did.MODINE601 Mattison Ave.Asbury Park732-893-5300ModineAsbury.comBob Sacks, longtime food and wine buff, reviews restaurants in this bimonthly column. Follow him on Instagram @dinnerwithbob.This article was first published in the Feb. 22-March 1, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.center_img Buttermilk-brined, cold-smoked fried chicken served with friedpickle slices is a very tasty signature dish of Modine.Modine has an extensive list of cocktails, beers and spirits, as well as wines by the glass or bottle. The restaurant allows corkage; and as we were curious to pair two of our own special wines with this unusual cuisine, we brought in a white: 2010 Blain-Gagnard Chassagne-Montrachet La Boudriotte, a lovely white burgundy with plenty of acid and a mineral spine, which complemented the hummus, oysters, smoked trout, and hush pup- pies. Our red, a 1997 Montevetrano, an Italian blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Aglianico, had a nose of black fruits and spices, and was assertive enough to stand up to the Fried Chicken and Pork Chop without overwhelming them.last_img read more