Lane Press in South Burlington and Omya in Proctor are the latest Vermont firms to lay off workers. Each stated that the recession has slowed business resulting in a need to reduce payroll.Lane Press laid off 29 in March after laying off 10 in January. This leaves them with about 225 employees. In January, the printer also cut hours and reduced pay for most workers. The company prints high-end glossy magazines, such as college alumni magazines. It stated that clients have been cutting back on frequency of publication, such as going from monthly to bi-monthly, or printing on less expensive paper.Omya said it cut seven workers at its two sites in Vermont and five others in operations outside the state. It employs 63 in Proctor and 145 in Florence. It mines and distributes calcium carbonate as an additive for many products from glossy paper to plastics to antacid tablets.
No sport stresses the importance of communication and chemistry quite like the game of soccer.No timeouts, no huddles and everybody’s spread out. And without communication, especially in the last line of defense, any team will start to sink fast.In the back line of the Wisconsin women’s soccer team, though, you’ll find that all four players are tuned into the right frequency.Senior Taryn Francel, junior Meghan Flannery, sophomore Lindsey Johnson and freshman Catie Sessions have formed a strong sense of togetherness that has helped the Badgers keep opponents scoreless and their own offense clicking.Through their first four games, the Badgers allowed five goals, with all of them coming off of set pieces rather than in the run of play. And in the two games since, the UW defense has tightened their vice on opposing offenses by posting two consecutive shutouts – leaving opponents high and dry for the last 231 minutes of play.“I think that’s important for them to be a unit and move together,” head coach Paula Wilkins said. “I think that Taryn really has a major role in that, and Flan is kind of growing into that role. They really like to control everyone in front of them, in terms of the midfielders and the forwards. I’m glad we have people willing to talk.“And I think they’re competitive. In the last couple games, they’ve dove to make blocks and thrown their bodies in front of the ball.”Led by the upperclassmen Francel and Flannery from the two center positions, the backline has proved to be a solid unit in the team’s efforts to climb out of a slow 1-2-3 start.In their last match against a dangerous UW-Milwaukee offense, the backline allowed just two shots on goal and displayed their capability of tackling as well as denying the through pass.But after losing defender and team MVP Whitney Owusu to graduation after the 2009 season, senior goalkeeper Michele Dalton felt slightly nervous about the line in front of her. But with the emergence of Sessions at left back, Dalton feels blessed to have such a sound group watch over her goal.“Off the field we get along so well, and I think that carries over into the field both in practice and in the games, so I think we just work well naturally,” she said. “That’s hard to come by, and I feel very fortunate to be able to work with the backline in the way that we do. Whitney was a big loss last year, but I think Catie Sessions has stepped into that role phenomenally well – everything seems to be working out.”Not only has the unit provided a worthy safety net defensively, but they have also been described by Wilkins as the “catalyst” for the offense, each by bringing their own unique skills to the equation.Flannery, who operates as the team’s corner kick taker, sent in a perfect lob against UW-M that allowed forward Laurie Nosbusch to head it in for the game’s only score. Johnson can make any opponent regret touching the ball last before going out-of-bounds, since her flip throw-in can drop the ball right into the goalmouth.Francel, a team captain, provides organization and leadership while Sessions, who is repeatedly noted for her speed, has shown to be reliable in advancing the ball downfield through dribbling or passing.Each defender contributes in their own way to the defense as well.“You got Catie Sessions and Lindsey Johnson on the outsides, and they bring their speed, and you have Flan and I that play center and bring more background knowledge to the game and anticipating stuff,” Francel said. “Everyone brings their own special quality.”Dalton, Francel and Sessions all mentioned, though, that the unit’s strengths mainly derive from the confidence each defender holds in one another to hustle back and cover for each other as the offense begins a counterattack.“I think the reason we’ve been so successful is because we all cover for each other,” Sessions said. “We know we need to have each other’s back, and we’ve really focused on that a lot in practice.”Francel expanded on that idea by illustrating how the confidence she puts in her teammates can allow her to take on an opposing forward with delight rather than a sense of uneasiness.“When I have good communication behind me I can just tell that it’s going to be a fun and good tackle,” she said. “You can just kind of feel that you’re going to go into it hard, and I know that they’re behind in case something happens.“It’s hard when there’s a counterattack and you’re the last defender and they’re running at you – that’s a little scarier – but when you know you have good coverage, you can trust each other.”
Wayne Rooney has told manager Louis van Gaal he can still rely on him to deliver the goals for Manchester United this season despite a poor start to the campaign.Van Gaal has decided against signing a striker in the transfer window so far because he believes Rooney can score at least 20 goals for the club.Despite letting Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao leave over the summer, the United boss is determined to stick with Rooney, Javier Hernandez and James Wilson as his three main strikers.And despite the recent criticism of his performances, the United captain is sure he will not let his manager down this year.“I’m an honest guy. I know when I don’t play well and against Aston Villa I was below my standards,” Rooney said after United’s 3-1 win over Club Brugge on Tuesday night.“It’s not a game which I want to look back on but obviously that happens in football. You’ll have nights like that and you have to move on.“It’s early on in the season. We are just three games in. I’ve experienced this (criticism) before and the goals will come, I know that.“I understand I have to be the one who’s going to lead that line for us and try and find the goals for us.”Rooney spent part of last season in a deeper midfield role but returned to his favoured striker’s position on United’s pre-season tour, when he scored once in four matches.Rooney insists he still knows how to operate as a lone striker, despite having not occupied that position on a regular basis for three years.“My mind is clear. I know how to play the role,” said Rooney, who will start up front for United against Newcastle on Saturday.It’s just a case of getting the chances and taking them, which I’m hopefully going to do soon.“I’ve always enjoyed playing against Newcastle, so hopefully on Saturday I can open my scoring.”While Rooney failed to bag in his ninth successive match, Memphis Depay stole the show at Old Trafford on Tuesday, scoring two and setting up Marouane Fellaini for the third goal, which puts United within touching distance of the Champions League group stages.Rooney feels the presence of the powerful Dutchman will help him break his duck.“It’s important that we all chip in,” Rooney said.“Memphis managed to get off the mark this season. I’ve had one bad game this season and everyone’s all over it.“I know, I’ve had that throughout my career but hopefully at the weekend I can get off the mark.”Despite his disappointment in front of goal, Rooney still enjoyed being part of United’s first Champions League game in 16 months.The United captain has missed playing in Europe’s top club competition and does not want to see any slip-ups from the team in Wednesday’s second leg in Belgium.“The Champions League is what you want to play in,” said Rooney, who was part of the United team that lifted the trophy in 2008.“It’s a great feeling stood there before the game when the music comes on and that’s when you know how special a tournament it is.Still, there’s an important game for us next week to go and finish the job off but Tuesday was a good result for us in terms of starting well.” 1 Wayne Rooney
In the most intensely fought campaign since the Trump vs Clinton presidential race in 2016, the regal throne in the Kingdom of Maghery is up for grabs – and six local men are battling it out to win the coveted crown and most importantly, the prestigious title of Maghery King.There are six men in the race to become king; David Gallagher (The Party King), James O’Hagan (The GAA King), Stephen Doogan (The Rally King), Jamie Glackin (The Drumming King), Christopher Mc Shea (The Farming King), and John Paul O’Donnell (The Singing King – whose father was also King!) The coronation of the new King is part of Maghery Community Festival, which is in full swing this weekend. The committee has planned a huge range of events for all the family including a sports day, music sessions, and a pet show!Tonight the Maghery King will be elected at 9 pm at Ionad an Mhachaire, with music and celebrations afterwards at the Strand Bar.The reigning Maghery Queen Bridget O’Donnell opened the festival on Thursday evening, having been elected queen for her embodiment of all that Maghery festival stands for; kindness, humour, and loyalty to her friends, family and community.Some of the kings have made campaign videos, with the Party King gaining endorsements from some of Ireland’s biggest celebrities! Lifford native and world class goalkeeper Shay Given says “you know it makes sense”, with rugby legend Tommy Bowe wishing him the best of luck with the promise of a pint next time he visits Maghery! The Coronas crooner Danny O’Reilly has also revealed he’s backing David. Even Daniel O’Donnell gave his best wishes to the Party King, exclaiming “hup ya boy ya.”Francis Boyle, manager of Ionad an Mhachaire has been regally appointed to assist The Party King with his important administrative duties. The monarch was even spotted getting his lustrous locks preened in Maghery Bay Salon ahead of the big reveal tonight.“This will be my land. And these will be my people,” he proclaims in his hilarious campaign video.However David isn’t the only sovereign hopeful that has been busy making campaign videos!The blue-blooded Singing King released a theatrical video stating why he should be King. Performer, charity worker, husband, and self-proclaimed “general dude and the hardest working Donegal man in London” says it’s in his blood to be the Maghery King, and hopes to reclaim his father’s crown – which he believes is rightfully his.Mary from Dungloe winner Alisha Medford has put her bet on The Farming King to win and urges the subjects of Maghery to vote for Christopher! GAA King James has been spotted canvassing in Mulhern’s Corner Bar on Dungloe Main Street and Dungloe GAA. He has even been spotted mingling with the Marys!In the lead up to the next King’s coronation, Maghery Community Festival have shared nostalgic pictures on their Facebook page of past Kings, sincerely thanking Paul Wallace for sharing them.Win or lose – true to his name the Party King promises one hell of a party regardless of the outcome!The race is on – who will the next King be?Watch: Race for the throne heats up as Maghery King to be crowned tonight was last modified: August 13th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalmaghery community festivalmaghery kingwatch