VBM to celebrate 25th Vermont 100+ in January 2012 issue

first_img About the Vermont 100+The January 2012 edition will be VBM’s 25th annual Vermont 100+. In January 1987, we ran our first Vermont 100 ranking of the largest Vermont-based companies, predicated on 1986 revenues. Since then there have been only three companies that have been Number One, C&S Wholesale Grocers, National Life Group and Fletcher Allen Healthcare. The ranking was expanded beyond just 100 companies in the 1990s to allow for more diversity within industry categories. Now we use a $3 million cutoff for the list. All Vermont-based companies and stand-alone subsidiaries qualify.About Vermont Business MagazineSince 1972, VBM has been the leading source of statewide Vermont business news and data. It publishes every month, in addition to three annual publications: The Vermont Business & Manufacturers Directory (May), The Book of Lists (August), and the Ask the Experts/Business Profiles (December). VBM also sponsors or co-sponsors several business awards events: Vermont Centennial Business Awards (March); Best Places to Work in Vermont (April); Deane C Davis Outstanding Vermont Business of the Year Award (May); Vermont SBA Small Business Person of the Year (June); 5x5x5 Growth Awards (September); and Vermont Rising Stars (November). VBM will be celebrating its 40th Anniversary in 2012.www.vermontbiz.com12.1.2011 AttachmentSize VT100_BLANK_Letter.doc32.5 KB Vermont Business Magazine,Vermont Business Magazine will publish the 25th anniversary edition of its Vermont 100+ list of the state’s largest Vermont-based companies in its January 2012 issue. VBM includes all companies with corporate headquarters here, including subsidiaries, with $3 million or more in revenues.All the companies ranked are also then broken out into industry sub-categories. They are also ranked into the fastest growing over 5, 10, 20 and 25 years. The list is used for the 5X5X5 growth awards next September, which VBM does in conjunction with KeyBank Vermont. The 5X5X5 honors the five fastest growing companies over the last five years in five different industry sectors.A list of last year’s ranking, with National Life once again leading the list, is below. Any company wishing to be included who has not already received a survey letter may print out and return the attached form. The deadline to return the form is December 12, 2011.The Vermont 100+ 2010 Rank    Company        Revenues ($ Million) 1National Life Group$1,540Montpelier2Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc$1,356.8Waterbury3Fletcher Allen Health Care$875Burlington4University of Vermont$579Burlington5Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont$552Montpelier6Casella Waste Systems Inc$522.3Rutland 7Pizzagalli Construction Company$373South Burlington8Central Vermont Public Service$342.1Rutland9Rutland Regional Medical Center$321.1Rutland10St Albans Cooperative Creamery Inc$320Saint Albans11Orvis Company Inc$300Sunderland12Champlain Oil Co, Inc$285South Burlington13Vermont Mutual Insurance Group$285Montpelier14Green Mountain Power Corp$249.4Colchester15Mack Group$228Arlington16SB Collins Inc$175Saint Albans17Velan Valve Corporation$152Williston18Seventh Generation$150Burlington19Heritage Automotive Group$148Burlington20Central Vermont Medical Center$137.2Barre21Southwestern Vermont Medical Center$130.3Bennington22MVP Health Care$130Williston23Union Mutual of Vermont Companies$113Montpelier24Vermont Electric Power Company$107Rutland25Vermont Gas Systems Inc$94.5Burlington26Okemo Mountain Resort$89.3Ludlow27BioTek Instruments$85Winooski28Dealer.com$85Burlington29GW Plastics Inc$85Bethel30King Arthur Flour Company$84.1Norwich31Harbour Industries Inc$80Shelburne32Maple Grove Farms of Vermont, Inc$80Saint Johnsbury33Brattleboro Retreat$78Brattleboro34Engelberth Construction Inc$78Colchester35Saint Michael’s College$77Colchester36Northwestern Medical Center, Inc$73Saint Albans37North Country Hospital$72Newport38Vermont Electric Cooperative, Inc$71.6Johnson39DEW Construction Corp$71Williston40The Vermont Agency$70Burlington41Poulin Grain, Inc$68Newport42Brattleboro Memorial Hospital$61.2Brattleboro43Land Air Express of New England LTD$60.4Williston44SD Ireland Concrete Construction Corp$60South Burlington45Porter Medical Center, Inc$59.9Middlebury46Gifford Medical Center$59Randolph47Springfield Medical Care Systems, Inc.$59Springfield48Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital$58.4Saint Johnsbury49Cooperative Insurance Companies$57Middlebury50Champlain Cable Corp$55Colchester51Global Resource Options, Inc$55White River Jct52Burlington Electric Department$54.3Burlington53HUBER+SUHNER, Inc$51Essex Junction54Bond Auto Parts Inc.$50.7Barre55Copley Hospital, Inc$49Morrisville56Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center$47.8Windsor57Rock of Ages Corporation$45.5Barre58NRG Systems Inc.$43.5Hinesburg59Castleton State College$43Castleton60Sonnax Industries$42.5Bellows Falls61Earth Brothers Ltd$41.3North Springfield62Cine Magnetics Video And Digital Laboratories$41Charlotte63iTech US Inc$40.5South Burlington64Smugglers’ Notch Resort$40Jeffersonville65Child Travel Services, Inc$37Colchester66GS Precision, Inc$35.2Brattleboro67SymQuest Group, Inc$33.4South Burlington68Twincraft, Inc$32.5Winooski69Autumn Harp Inc$32Essex Junction70Barry T Chouinard Inc$32Northfield71Control Technologies Inc$31Williston72Bread Loaf Corporation$30Middlebury73Hazelett Strip-Casting Corp$30Colchester74Simon Pearce (US) Inc.$29Windsor75Britton Lumber Company Inc$26.8Fairlee76VNA of Chittenden & Grand Isle Counties$26.6Colchester77Hubbardton Forge Corporation$26.4Castleton78Mount Family Group, LTD$26Burlington79EF Wall and Associates$25Barre80Wright & Morrissey Inc$25Burlington81Vermont Composites, Inc$23Bennington82Small Dog Electronics$22.6Waitsfield83Vermont Precision Tools, Inc.$22.6Swanton84Instrumart$22Williston85New England Air Systems LLC$22Williston86North Hartland Tool Corp$21North Hartland87Chroma Technology Corp$19.2Bellows Falls88Offset House, Inc$19Essex89Whitman’s Feed Store, Inc$19North Bennington90Pizzagalli Properties LLC$18.6South Burlington91Hearthstone Quality Home Heating Products, Inc$18.5Morrisville92Neagley and Chase Construction Co$18.2South Burlington93Holstein Association USA$18Brattleboro94Macro International Inc$18Burlington95Vermont Heating & Ventilating$17Winooski96Naylor & Breen Builders Inc$16.8Brandon97Grace Cottage Hospital$16.2Townshend98PCM Image-Tek$15.9Springfield99Adecco$15.8South Burlington100Washington Electric Cooperative Inc$14.7East Montpelier101Hayes Ford Lincoln Mercury$14.1Newport102Sheraton Burlington Hotel & Conference Center$13.8South Burlington103Vermed Inc.$13.6Bellows Falls104Foster Motors$13.4Middlebury105Kalow Technologies Inc$13North Clarendon106Omega Optical, Inc$13Brattleboro107Westminster Cracker Company$13Rutland108Cersosimo Industries, Inc$12.9Brattleboro109SUI International, LTD$12.8Williston110Rice Lumber$12.7Shelburne111Granite Industries of Vermont, Inc$12.3Barre112MicroStrain, Inc$12Williston113Vermont Store Fixture Corporation$12Danby114Mobile Medical International Corporation$11.8Saint Johnsbury115Flex-A-Seal Inc.$11.5Essex Junction116ARC Mechanical Contractors$11Bradford117Logic Supply Inc$11South Burlington118Jager Di Paola Kemp Design$10.8Burlington119Southern Vermont College$10.8Bennington120All Earth Renewables$10.7Williston121Stowe Electric Dept$10.6Stowe122The Choice Care Card, LLC$10.2Waterbury Center123Preci-Manufacturing, Inc$9.9Winooski124Competitive Computing, Inc$9.7Colchester125Bennington Iron Works Inc$9.5Bennington126Hallam Associates, Inc$9.5South Burlington127Farm-Way$9.3Bradford128Windjammer Hospitality Group$9South Burlington129Connor Contracting, Inc$8.8Berlin130Gallagher, Flynn & Company, LLP$8.8South Burlington131TFM Construction$8.8Colchester132Dore & Whittier Architects$8.7South Burlington133CE Bradley Laboratories, Inc.$8.5North Brattleboro134Stewart Construction Inc$8.3Essex Junction135Acrylic Designs Inc$8.2North Springfield136Beans Mobile Homes Inc$8Lyndonville137Grafton Village Cheese Co, LLC$8Brattleboro138Homestead Design, Inc.$8Essex Junction139JA Morrissey, Inc$7.8Burlington140HA Manosh Corp$7.5Morrisville141McKernon Group, Inc$7.5Brandon142CCS Constructors LLC$7.4Morrisville143ReArch Company, LLC$7.4South Burlington144Vermont Public Radio$7.1Colchester145Spherion$7South Burlington146VHB$7North Ferrisburgh147DuBois & King, Inc$6.9Randolph148Spates Construction, Inc$6.9Derby149Twinstate/Voice.Data.Video, Inc$6.8Colchester150Lyndon Woodworking Inc$6.5Lyndon151GeoDesign Inc$6.4Windsor152Anichini Inc$6Tunbridge153Reynolds & Son Inc$6South Barre154Vermont Public Television$5.8Colchester155Cole Electric, Inc$5.6East Thetford156Advanced Illumination, Inc$5.5Rochester157Bates & Murray Inc$5.5Barre158College of St Joseph$5.5Rutland159Redstone Commercial Group$5.5Burlington160Wright Construction Co, Inc$5.5Mount Holly161Nathaniel Group Inc$5.3Vergennes162Northwoods Excavating Inc$5.3Thetford Center163Lovejoy Tool Co, Inc$5.1Springfield164Monument Farms, Inc$5.1Weybridge165Champlain Valley Exposition$5Essex Junction166TPW Management LLC$5Mancester Center167Dock Doctors, The$4.7Ferrisburgh168Martin’s Hardware & Building Supply Inc$4.5Bristol169ASIC North Inc$4.3Williston170Reliance Steel, Inc$4.3Colchester171Walker Construction, Inc$4.2Waterbury Center172Vermont Equipment Supply$4.1New Haven173Geiger Of Austria, Inc$4Middlebury174Kittell, Branagan & Sargent$4St Albans175Franklin August Trading, Inc$3.8Williston176SBE, Inc$3.8Barre177Creative Labels of Vermont, Inc$3.6Winooski178Davis Contracting Service$3.6Hardwick179Downeast Trading Co Inc$3.5Middlebury180EME Management$3.5North Springfield181The Buckley Company, LLC$3.5Colchester182Neil H Daniels, Inc$3.4Ascutney183HEB Manufacturing Co, Inc$3.3Chelsea184Homestead Landscaping$3.2Bondville185Aldrich + Elliott, P.C.$3.1Essex Junction 186The RehabGYM Inc$3.1Williston187Denis White Interior Contractors,  Inc$3Williston188Repro Digital & Champlain Valley Printing$3Winooskilast_img read more

Kidnapped Brooklyn Man Found Dead in Great Neck

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Nassau County police Saturday confirmed that the man found dead in a Great Neck gas station’s dumpster was a 39-year-old Brooklyn man kidnapped after leaving work Thursday.Menachem Stark’s body was discovered at the Getty gas station on 120 Cuttermill Road just before 4 p.m. Friday, police said.Investigators have yet to reveal a cause of death.Stark went missing around 11:30 p.m. Thursday after he was forced into a light colored Dodge Caravan on Rutledge Street in Williamsburg.The van was caught on surveillance.“They came out of the minivan and went straight for him,” the victim’s brother, Yitzy Stark, told the Daily News. “They grabbed him and he fought with them for about five minutes.”Both the New York Post and NBC New York reported that Stark’s body was burned, citing unnamed sources. Nassau police have yet to confirm if that was the case.Stark’s body was transported to the medical examiner’s office, police said.The investigation is ongoing.last_img read more

Juggling the demands of regulatory change in 2016

first_imgAs a compliance officer in today’s regulatory environment, it’s easy to pinball between hot button regulations that dominate the headlines. But the frantic pace of regulatory change has made it nearly impossible for credit unions to keep up with the latest changes – let alone ensure compliance with existing regulations. After analyzing the latest Banking Compliance Index (BCI) figures, three trends stand out for 2016:    The enforcement climate is still hot, and only getting hotter.    Many institutions lack compliance with longstanding, fundamental statutes.    Agencies are still introducing change at a burdensome pace. Acclimating to a “New Normal”Anyone examining this quarter’s BCI figures closely will notice the jump in the enforcement rate against financial institutions up to 11.19 percent, which eclipses the enforcement rates of the preceding two quarters.Historically, the BCI tracked wild enforcement rate fluctuations within calendar years; for instance, over the past three years, the BCI has been in a range of 6.87% at the start of 2013 on the low end to 12.9% in Q2 of 2015. But more recently, we’ve seen enforcement rates steadily creep higher: over the last five quarters, the enforcement rate has consistently remained above 10 percent.This data supports the argument that bankers must acclimate to a “new normal,” where more than one in 10 financial institutions could face enforcement action in any given year.In our experience, some compliance leaders mistakenly believe focusing on the newest or most popular regulation for a short period of time will keep their institution safe from scrutiny or action. Our research team in the Regulatory Operations Center® has confirmed what bankers have long known: it takes regulatory bodies months if not years after introducing a new rule to begin cracking down. The average time from a new rule’s effective date to its first appearance in adverse examination-related findings is approximately two years.Back to BasicsHaving analyzed Q1 2016’s enforcement actions, one thing is clear: many institutions still struggle to comply with basic regulations that have been in place for years.The Bank Secrecy Act and Safety and Soundness standards aren’t new, and Call Reports have always required timely filing. But violations of those and other longstanding rules still cost institutions millions of dollars last quarter.With limited resources, compliance leaders can struggle to ensure their institution stays on the straight and narrow. They can often find themselves too distracted by incessant streams of new rules to chip away at the cumulative regulatory burden or take action to shore up fundamental compliance weaknesses. Bouncing from new regulatory item to new regulatory item, despite good intentions, doesn’t make institutions immune from examination woes or enforcement actions.What’s Sustainable?Amidst higher rates of enforcement, regulatory agencies still introduced 69 regulatory changes in Q1 2016, which equates to over 425 hours each institution must spend to ensure compliance with just these new requirements. At the end of the day, institutions still need the efforts of more than one full-time employee just to keep up with the most recent regulatory issuances from the previous quarter.Our team has also noticed a greater degree of complexity as well as specialization in the newest regulations, making it even more difficult for institutions to ensure compliance. And the volume of regulatory changes from quarter to quarter remains incredibly volatile and unpredictable. It’s challenging for compliance leaders to make sound staffing and forecasting decisions when they may need to pore over more than 4,000 pages of new regulations in one quarter (as was the case in Q4 2015) and 1,500 pages in another (as was the case for Q1 2016). A tripling of workload over a 90-day period, followed by a subsequent reduction to more normal levels immediately afterwards, can be difficult to accommodate using traditional methods.The self-directed approach to compliance management is proving difficult and unsustainable, if not impossible. When examiners come calling, they prefer to see detailed records of actionable progress to ensure compliance with regulations in question. An institution that can’t produce suitable evidence of its compliance actions finds itself in jeopardy of examiner criticism. An even worse consequence than unhappy examiners are inefficient business processes that mean dollars lost to ineffective outcomes. Given the perils of getting it wrong, it’s time for institutions to update their approaches to regulatory change management. By introducing better methods and modern technology to their compliance management systems, institutions can properly identify, evaluate and manage the many risks facing their organizations. 19SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Pam Perdue Pam is a distinguished regulatory expert with over 20 years of experience in compliance. In her career, Pam has served as a chief compliance officer, an educator and consultant for … Web: www.continuity.net Detailslast_img read more

Laudamotion introduces the Vienna – Zadar line

first_imgNew Ryanair line to Gdansk RELATED NEWS: Europe’s largest low-cost airline Ryanair has announced a new route for the 2020 season from the Polish city of Gdansk to Zadar.  The Boeing 737 aircraft will fly three times a week – on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The line starts on March 31, 2020 and ends on October 24, 2020. Along with Poznan and Krakow, this is the third line of Ryanair from Poland, and a total of 21 lines for Zadar Airport. Austrian low-cost airline Laudamotion, otherwise owned by Ryanair, is introducing a new route from Vienna to Zadar for the next tourist season.center_img In its summer flight schedule for the 2020 season. The line starts on March 30 and lasts until October 23, 2020. Airbus A320 aircraft will fly from Vienna to Zadar three times a week – on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Photo: Laudamotion RYANAIR FROM 2020 IN OSIJEK AGAIN?last_img read more

Railtrack plans distribution centre at former colliery

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Jose Mourinho relishing chance to play Arsenal after Freddie Ljungberg’s appointment

first_imgJose Mourinho relishing chance to play Arsenal after Freddie Ljungberg’s appointment Comment Mourinho is in charge at Arsenal’s local rivals (Picture: Reuters)Jose Mourinho can’t wait to play Arsenal following the club’s decision to sack Unai Emery and replace him with Freddie Ljungberg.Arsenal axed Emery following a dismal start to the campaign and turned to club legend and coach Ljungberg to take temporary charge.Mourinho was confirmed as Tottenham’s new coach last week, taking over from Mauricio Pochettino, and is relishing the chance to compete in the north London derby.Tottenham host Arsenal in April in the Premier League and Mourinho is looking forward to taking on the Gunners, regardless of who is in the opposing dug-out.ADVERTISEMENT Jose Mourinho: Unai Emery sacking is ‘sad news’To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 3:41FullscreenJose Mourinho: Unai Emery sacking is ‘sad news’https://metro.co.uk/video/jose-mourinho-unai-emery-sacking-sad-news-2059914/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.‘I look forward to playing against Arsenal. I want to play against Arsenal. I know what it means for our fans,’ Mourinho said.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘But with Mauricio or Emery or Freddie Ljungberg or whoever else, that’s no problem.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘I know the big ones and I know that’s a big one. Not just because Arsenal is a big club that fights for the same objectives as we do. But also I know the meaning. And I like it.’Arsenal could have a new boss in place by the time they travel to Tottenham in April, with a host of names linked with the vacant manager’s position.Leicester City’s Brendan Rodgers is under consideration, as is Manchester City assistant coach Mikel Arteta and Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo. Ljungberg is Arsenal’s interim head coach (Picture: Getty)It is unclear if Arsenal will wait until the end of the season to name a new boss, but Mourinho was rumoured to be of interest before he linked up with Tottenham.Responding to claims he had dinner with Arsenal chief Raul Sanllehi, Mourinho said: ‘When it was written that I was in a meeting with Mr Sanllehi, it was not true.’Ljungberg’s first game in charge will be an away trip to Norwich, with Arsenal without a win in their last seven games in all competitions.Who should be Unai Emery’s permanent replacement at Arsenal?Freddie Ljungberg0%Mauricio Pochettino0%Mikel Arteta0%Carlo Ancelotti0%Nuno Espirito Santo0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMORE: Charlie Nicholas reveals the moment sacked Unai Emery was doomed at Arsenal Coral BarrySaturday 30 Nov 2019 7:53 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link312Shares Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Ding fights back for thrilling win

first_img Ding had been in brilliant form during the tournament , including scoring a maximum 147 in the quarter-finals, but looked to finish empty-handed as world number three Robertson stormed into a three-frame lead. The Australian won the first with a break of 88 after Ding had made a decent start, took the second with a break of 58 and then claimed the third with a half-century clearance. At that point last season’s runner-up Robertson looked on course to follow the 4-0 whitewashes secured by Stephen Lee and Shaun Murphy in the previous two finals, but Chinese ace Ding had other ideas. The 2011 Masters champion showed he was far from beaten with breaks of 52 and 70 in winning the fourth frame, and then a brilliant 130 – his eighth century of the tournament – saw him reduce the deficit to 3-2. It was all-square soon after and, with the momentum behind him, Ding clinched the title with a break of 98 in the deciding frame. The victory earned Ding his sixth ranking title of his career and first since winning the Welsh Open over a year ago. Press Associationcenter_img Ding Junhui staged a stunning fightback from 3-0 down to claim a remarkable 4-3 victory over Neil Robertson in the final of the Dafabet Players Tour Championship Grand Finals in Galway.last_img read more

O’Neill happy to be back at work

first_img O’Neill recorded a long overdue first victory in charge of the national team with a 1-0 home win over Fabio Capello’s men on August 14 and has an early chance to build on that next month. A World Cup qualifying double header, involving a home clash with Portugal on September 6 and an away date in Luxembourg four days later, is looming and O’Neill is hungry to use the Russia game as a springboard. Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill is delighted to be getting back to work with his side so soon after the morale-boosting win over Russia. The return of senior men like Brunt and Kyle Lafferty is a cause of great cheer for O’Neill, but neither can consider themselves a guaranteed selection when game time arrives. That represents somewhat of a sea change, but with the likes of Oliver Norwood, Martin Paterson and Jamie Ward turning in fine performances in their absence last time out, the competition for starting spots is growing – even for the established players. “Brunty is back after missing the last game with suspension and Kyle is available after injury,” said O’Neill. “There’s competition for places and that’s what you want. I felt the front four were superb in the Russia game, in terms of how they stopped the Russians playing. “They were all very disciplined when we didn’t have the ball – Jamie Ward knew what we were after, Niall McGinn and Shane Ferguson did well and Martin Paterson gives everything he has got. “There are no secrets with what Martin gives, it’s always a fully committed performance and I was delighted he got the goal.” One man who remains out of contention is Chris Baird, who was released by Fulham in the summer and has yet to finalise a new club despite training with QPR. “It’s a miss when Chris is not here,” admitted O’Neill. “It’s not a question of him not getting a club, it’s more about ensuring he gets the right club. It’s his livelihood. “I would like it resolved sooner rather than later because he is a very important player for us, gives us lots of options and has been a big player for Northern Ireland for the best part of 10 years.” Northern Ireland squad: Carroll (Olympiacos), McGovern (Falkirk); Hughes (Fulham), McGivern (Hibernian), Cathcart (Blackpool), McAuley (West Brom), J Evans (Manchester United), Bruce (Hull), Hodson (MK Dons), D Lafferty (Burnley); Davis (Southampton), Norwood (Huddersfield), McGinn (Aberdeen), Ferguson (Birmingham), C Evans (Blackburn), Brunt (West Brom), O’Connor (Rotherham); K Lafferty (Palermo), Grigg (Brentford), McKay (Inverness), Paterson (Huddersfield), Ward (Derby). He has named a 22-man squad for the matches, though left-back Daniel Lafferty is only available for the second having picked up his second yellow card of the campaign. As well as those who delivered the first three points of Northern Ireland’s World Cup campaign, O’Neill has been able to add midfielder Chris Brunt, who is back from a one-game suspension, and striker Kyle Lafferty, fit again following Achilles trouble. Manchester United defender Jonny Evans, who was a matchday withdrawal for the Russia game due to sickness, is once again included. “The main benefit for me is getting the lads together again so soon after the last game,” O’Neill told Press Association Sport. “We can approach this game in as good a place as we could hope to be as a squad. “We have to prove we are capable of doing it all again, showing the same intensity, the same discipline, the same intelligence against Portugal that we did against Russia. “To get the players so soon again after we had them for Russia means the preparation for these games is slightly more straight forward, given the proximity between the sessions. “There’s a settled look to the squad and now the belief and confidence of playing at this level is growing.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Leinster survive Wasps comeback

first_img The Leinster centre was relieved that his four missed penalties did not cost the Dubliners safe passage at the Ricoh Arena. Fergus McFadden and Isaac Boss claimed Leinster’s tries, with Matt Mullan and Nathan Hughes responding in a frenzied last quarter for Wasps. Wasps edged out Harlequins into second place in Pool Two on points aggregate between the two sides’ meetings. Dai Young’s side must now wait for the rest of the weekend’s action to see if they progress as a best-placed runner-up, but that looks unlikely. Dave Kearney’s shoulder injury and Eoin Reddan’s knee knock could prove troublesome for Ireland boss Joe Schmidt however, with the Six Nations opener in Italy just a fortnight away. Wasps’ start was rendered inauspicious just 24 seconds in, as flanker Johnson upended the airborne Kearney. The Ireland wing soldiered on for another two minutes, but was withdrawn nursing his left shoulder. South African Johnson was probably fortunate to receive merely a yellow card for his crude but unintentional challenge. Leinster however, took full advantage: two penalty line-outs later Rob Kearney sent wing McFadden into the right corner. Madigan slotted the touchline conversion with ease to set Leinster seven points to the good. Sean Cronin unwittingly handed Wasps three points from Goode’s opening penalty when fielding a loose pass in an offside position. Madigan had a straightforward shot at goal in near-immediate response, but dragged his effort wide. Johnson returned from the sin-bin with Wasps trailing just 7-3, but the hosts still could not settle. Madigan missed a second penalty shot, then compounded that error by chipping out on the full under no pressure. The 25-year-old set Leinster back on the front foot with a neat break, but his refusal to oblige a three-man overlap cost his side a try. Madigan did convert a penalty shortly afterwards to move Leinster 10-3 ahead, but the Dubliners were still ruing an opportunity missed. Leinster scrum-half Reddan then trudge off with apparent knee trouble, before Wasps prop Cittadini was sin-binned for killing the ball. Kiwi outside-half Gopperth then assumed the goal-kicking duties to nudge Leinster 13-3 ahead. Goode responded in kind from the tee with Cronin offside at the ruck, before scrum-half replacement Boss claimed an opportunist’s try for Leinster. Gopperth thought he had scored after ignoring an overlap, but Television Match Official (TMO) Herve Dubes awarded the score to Boss from an earlier snipe to the line. Madigan took back the tee to slot the conversion and move Leinster into a 20-6 lead. And so the scores remained at the break, but Leinster turned around a man light after Kane Douglas’ rustic shoulder charge on Johnson. Goode inexplicably missed the routine penalty, leaving Leinster in charge at the break. Tom Varndell thought he had dragged Wasps straight back into the mix by sneaking into the left corner on the restart, only for Nathan Hughes to be penalised for obstruction. Leinster escaped the sin-bin unscathed as a result, a feat to underline the visitors’ dominance until the hour. Madigan had the chance to stretch Leinster’s lead, but duly missed his third penalty of an off-kilter afternoon from the tee. Wasps raised the tempo in a sustained bid for a foothold, but Luke Fitzgerald produced an astute tackle on Varndell that typified the visitors’ stubborn resistance. Finally Wasps breached that defence just past the hour, Mullan burrowing home after good work from number eight Hughes. Goode’s conversion cut Leinster’s lead to 20-13 with the final quarter still to unfold. A loose kick dead from Gopperth gifted Wasps the immediate initiative, and the hosts gleefully accepted with their second try. Number eight Hughes powered home from a driven lineout to trim Leinster’s lead to two points. Goode struck the post with the conversion, only to be handed a second chance courtesy of an early Leinster charge. The former England marksman grabbed the reprieve and levelled the scores, with nine minutes to play. Gopperth snatched at a drop-goal attempt as Leinster rallied, but stood it up in his haste to strike. Madigan had the chance to snatch Leinster the lead after Elliot Daly hit a ruck from the side, but dragged his penalty wide for his fourth miss of the day. Goode lined up the final-play drop-goal effort in a desperate bid to upstage the visitors, only to drag his effort wide and send Leinster through. Leinster survived a late Wasps fight back to book their place in the Champions Cup quarter-finals despite a 20-20 draw in Coventry. Press Association The three-time Heineken Cup champions let a 14-point lead slip in the final quarter, but still topped Pool Two to sneak into Europe’s last eight. Andy Goode failed with a last-gasp drop-goal attempt that would have sent Wasps through to the knockout phase, allowing Ian Madigan to wipe his brow. last_img read more

Clonmel Commercials aiming to make history

first_imgTraining has gone well for the Tipp county champions but defender Ferghal Condon told Tipp FM Sport that it’s all about performing well on the daySunday’s game throws-in at 2 o’clock in Mallow and Tipp FM will have full live coverage in association with Stapleton’s Bakery, Roscrea.last_img