UK roundup: National Trust, DWP, working over 50

first_imgNational Trust has announced the closure of its defined benefit scheme after continued growth in the fund’s deficit.The £447m (€540m) National Trust Retirement and Death Benefits scheme was closed to new entrants in 2003, with the charity at the time launching a defined contribution (DC) arrangement for new employees.In a statement, the charity said it agreed with the trustee to increase its deficit reduction payments from £3m to £8.5m from 2016 onward, with the payments increasing by 1% above the consumer prices index each year until 2029.It estimated that the deficit, which stood at £69m following its last triennial valuation in 2011 had since increased to around £116m, resulting in the 60-day consultation to close to new accrual. “We have made these proposals now because we feel we can no longer sustain the level of cost and risk associated with providing a defined benefit pension scheme without it impacting on our ability to fulfil our core purpose of looking after thousands of special places on behalf of the nation forever, for everyone,” the charity, which maintains buildings of historical significance across the UK, said in a statement.According to its most recent annual report, from 2013-14, the charity expected members of the fund to live to 89, with female life expectancy increasing two years by 2033.At the end of March, the fund had £106m in bonds, £47m in derivatives and swaps and £290m in equities – which returned 7.7%.In other news, the UK government has welcomed a report on how to increase participation of workers over 50 in the workforce.The report by Ros Altman was commissioned by the Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) and examined the importance of an active, older workforce at a time when employees could no longer rely on guaranteed income.“As pension provision moves to less generous defined contribution pensions, millions of older people will not be able to rely on a decent level of later life income, especially as annuity rates have fallen and investment returns have not met expected forecasts,” it said.It argued increasing the number of workers over 50 would have a number of benefits – not only improving economic growth, but lowering the amount of money spent on benefits and improving overall intergenerational cohesion.Altman also recommended the government consider a permanent role across all departments to extend working lives.Pensions minister Steve Webb, one of the two ministers for whom the report was prepared, recently called for the creation of a Department for Pensions and Ageing Society.The Liberal Democrat suggested the department be responsible for occupational and state pension policy – currently with the DWP – pension tax affairs (the responsibility of the Treasury) and old age care (overseen by the Department of Health).,WebsitesWe are not responsible for the content of external sitesLink to ‘A New Vision for Older Workers’last_img read more

Kiwi teen hits out in video over school’s transgender toilet policy

first_imgNZ Herald 22 February 2017Family First Comment: “As a girl I feel uncomfortable with a guy being in the same toilets [as me]. There are already gender-neutral toilets in the school. Girls going through puberty and stuff, it can be quite stressful and embarrassing. And knowing that there could be a guy that could walk in, it’s a little bit terrifying to think about that.”http://www.askmefirst.nzA Kiwi teenager has spoken out about her school’s decision to allow a transgender student to use the girls’ bathrooms, saying it was made without consultation and her rights were overlooked.In a video the girl, known only as Laura, says the management’s decision to allow a transgender teenager, who was born male but identifies as female, to attend the all-girls’ school last year shocked her.School leadership initially told the transgender student she could use the gender-neutral toilets, but she successfully campaigned to access the girls’ halfway through the school year.Laura said it was then that she spoke to the school’s management, voicing her concerns for her and other students’ safety.“And at that point I was like ‘No this isn’t right’,” she says in the video.“As a girl I feel uncomfortable with a guy being in the same toilets [as me]. There are already gender-neutral toilets in the school.“Girls going through puberty and stuff, it can be quite stressful and embarrassing. And knowing that there could be a guy that could walk in, it’s a little bit terrifying to think about that.”Laura says her concerns fell on deaf ears, and the principal told her if she had a problem with being in the same toilet block as the other student, she could use the unisex toilets herself.“And that’s when I thought ‘hold on a minute. I’m at an all-girls’ school with these girls’ bathrooms and you’re telling me if I don’t want to use them I can go to a unisex toilet?’ It doesn’t make sense. It really doesn’t.”Lynda Whitehead, spokesperson for Tranzaction, an advocacy organisation for transgender people, was shocked when watching the video.“I was dismayed. Transgender people do not go around harassing anybody. They don’t go into a bathroom and use them for any other reason than anyone else,” Whitehead said.“What I would say to this young lady [Laura] is go out there, find a transperson and have a talk with them and see where they are coming from.”Laura’s mother also voices her opinion in the video, which lobby group Family First produced as part of a campaign to bar transgender females from using girls’ and women’s’ facilities such as toilets and changing rooms.“As a mother when I found out about the issue I was extremely distraught and upset,” she says.Laura’s mother says the school’s claims that it considered the rights of all its students before making the decision are “really incorrect”.“They have not respected the value of the girls’ vulnerability. They haven’t respected their thoughts on the matter. There’s over 600 girls. They also have a right to have a voice.“I think as a parent, we should’ve got together in the school itself before it all happened. Why didn’t they ask us what we wanted to do?”Laura adds that while she has nothing against the transgender student involved in the stoush, she takes issue with the school’s lack of consideration of her views.“[The school] never asked me my opinion. They never respected my rights. Nobody asked me first.”Whitehead, who is a trans woman, said students should be consulted but she believes most would rule in favour of transgender people being able to use the bathroom they consider most appropriate to them.“It’s straightforward. If a person identifies and presents as a female they will use the facility appropriate to them. The same goes for a male.”Whitehead said the issue was laid to rest last year and has only been rekindled by Family First.“We are a marginalised and small community in New Zealand so we’re an easy target for [Family First]. But why is this being stirred up now if it was done and dusted last year?“Its nothing more than organised bigotry and quite frankly we’re sick of it.“All we want is to get on with our lives like everyone else.”http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11804688Kiwi teen hits out over transgender toilet policyOtago Daily Times 21 February 2017A Kiwi teenager has spoken out about her school’s decision to allow a transgender student to use the girls’ bathrooms, saying it was made without consultation and her rights were overlooked.In a video titled Ask Me First About School Toilet Privacy: Laura the girl, known only as Laura, says the management’s decision to allow a transgender teenager, who was born male but identifies as female, to attend the all-girls’ school last year shocked her.School leadership initially told the transgender student she could use the gender-neutral toilets, but she successfully campaigned to access the girls’ halfway through the school year.Laura said it was then that she spoke up to the school’s management, voicing her concerns for her and other students’ safety.READ MORE: https://www.odt.co.nz/news/national/kiwi-teen-hits-out-over-transgender-toilet-policyLizzie Marvelly: Our toilets are the new battlegroundNZ Herald 25 Feb 2017Somewhere between the broken soap dispenser, the constantly dripping tap and the hand drier that hasn’t worked in about 20 years, it appears that you’ll now find conservative lobby group Family First lurking in the background to ensure each girl who pops in for a wee between classes has the type of genitalia up her skirt that Family First deems appropriate. This week, New Zealand’s favourite pearl-clutchers took it upon themselves to join an American campaign fighting against advances in the human rights of transgender people.I am a staunch advocate for amplifying young women’s voices, but I also believe teens deserve the right to formulate their own views and opinions without the pressure of voicing them in a conservative lobby group’s controversial campaign that they may or may not agree with in the future.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=11805955Nadine Chalmers-Ross: ‘Morality guardians invade the toilets’Sunday Star Times 26 Feb 2017Teenagers are arguably more vulnerable than my strident almost-31 year old self.  That vulnerability was not given enough consideration, according to the mother of a girl whose school decided to let its one transgender student use the girls’ bathrooms. Laura and her mum have been wheeled out as the faces of Family First’s new ‘Ask Me First’ campaign. A campaign that adopts the usual approach of the bully – sorry, lobby group –  that is: inciting fear, discrimination and intolerance as it carries out its self-appointed role as the guardian of morality…. Laura’s mum is right about one thing; teenagers are vulnerable….http://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/89740782/nadine-chalmersross-morality-guardians-invade-the-toilets#AskMeFirst: The left’s shameful response to Laura will push more women to the rightWriting by Renee Blog https://reneejg.net/2017/02/24/askmefirst/….Cue the liberal backlash. Journalists on the left are completely ignoring the implications to girls’ and women’s safety of opening up female-only spaces on the basis of identity politics, being too busy scrambling to profess their “love” for trans people and hatred of “bigotry” to think about girls. They are so rushed, in fact, they can’t even stop to define the terms of their own arguments. The Herald‘s Lizzie Marvelly cannot cough up a definition of a “girl” to back up her choice to ride roughshod over a young woman’s legitimate concerns about her rights to consent, privacy, safety and speech.Commentators like Alison Mau and Marvelly have dismissed Laura herself as “exploited” by Family First, in order to sidestep consideration of the concerns she raises. Auckland University academic equity leader Lexie Matheson even bluffs that this “exploitation” actually “worries” him.… Women are increasingly prevented from discussing the root causes of epidemics that affect us, like eating disorders and sexual abuse – because doing so involves looking at the nature of gender as a hierarchical system that men impose on women, on the basis of sex. Even saying this is now considered “transphobic”, because “transwomen are women!”… To see Laura’s legitimate concerns dismissed in this condescending manner is nauseating. Given these sorts of reactions, it is also no wonder that women and radical feminists are finding themselves increasingly accepting support from right wing groups.… So if the right supports girls and women like Laura to ask questions pertinent to our safety, while liberals hound and bully them for it – those same liberals should be prepared. When more and more women start making political swings to the right, seeing no other options to make themselves heard – liberals will only have themselves to blame.Rosemary McLeod: I don’t want to be intimate with strangersStuff co.nz 2 March 2017The dunny drama of 2017 was a happy moment for liberal-minded people to puff out their chests, preen, and congratulate themselves for being more progressive than bores like Family First. But they weren’t entirely heroic.READ MORE: http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/comment/columnists/89923312/rosemary-mcleod-i-dont-want-to-be-intimate-with-strangersKyle MacDonald: Why are New Zealand’s suicide rates so high among transgender youth?NZ Herald 2 March 2017One of the amazing things about humans is we have this ability to think about how we see ourselves. We call it our identity.READ MORE: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=11810387Who would dress as a woman just to enter a female toilet? Diane SparkesNZ Herald 1 March 2017Being transgender is not about sexual orientation, who you have sex with. A person who identifies as female is not being that way just so he can go to the bathroom or locker room just to get his, that should read, her, jollies off.READ MORE: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11809702Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Court in Australia approves treatment for transgender teen amid parental dispute

first_imgStuff co.nz 12 September 2020Family First Comment: Disturbing…“A 16-year-old transgender girl whose mother opposed her transition will be able to access gender-affirming hormone treatment following a landmark Australian Family Court ruling. Family Court Justice Garry Watts granted authorisation for the teen, given the pseudonym Imogen, to access oestrogen treatment to aid in her physical feminisation. Imogen’s father consented to the treatment but her mother did not. Imogen’s mother had disputed her competency to consent, diagnosis and treatment. But the activist judge said Imogen, “aged 16 years and 8 months”, had “expressed a consistent, persistent and insistent view that she wishes to move to … gender affirming hormone treatment”. She had felt she was female from the age of six or seven.”Yes – 6 or 7! A 16-year-old transgender girl whose mother opposed her transition will be able to access gender-affirming hormone treatment following a landmark Australian Family Court ruling.On Thursday Family Court Justice Garry Watts granted authorisation for the teen, given the pseudonym Imogen, to access oestrogen treatment to aid in her physical feminisation.Imogen’s father consented to the treatment but her mother did not.“We got the result last night and we had a bit of a cry,” Imogen’s father said on Friday, describing the decision as a relief.He said the judge was “very fair” in hearing both sides and the court was focused on Imogen’s best interests.Hormone treatment with oestrogen or testosterone is the second step in a three-stage medical transition process for transgender adolescents, and follows an initial round of puberty blockers. Surgical interventions may follow at stage three.The law has evolved rapidly in Australia. Prior to 2013, it was not possible for a parent or child to give valid consent to any of the three stages and court approval was mandatory.READ MORE: https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/australia/300105668/court-in-australia-approves-treatment-for-transgender-teen-amid-parental-dispute?cid=app-iPhonelast_img read more

LIAT appoints new chief executive officer

first_img Share Sharing is caring! 60 Views   no discussions David Evans, a British national, is a results driven executive with more than 35 years of experience in senior roles within the aviation industryThe Board of Directors of LIAT – The Caribbean Airline – today announced the appointment of David Evans as chief executive officer (CEO), effective April 22, 2014.Mr. Evans, a British national, is a results driven executive with more than 35 years of experience in senior roles within the aviation industry.Between 1975 and 1997, Mr. Evans served as Airport Manager, Country Manager and Area Manager with British Airways in East Africa, Saudi Arabia, France, Philippines, China, Denmark and the United States. In this latter role, he held responsibility for the airline’s activities in Latin America and the Caribbean.In 1997, he became Managing Director, British Airways Regional, a position held until 2001 when he became Managing Director, British Airways CitiExpress and BA Connect, serving in that capacity for six years.He Joined the United Nations UNDP programme in 2007 and under their auspices served as Chief Operating Officer of Zambian Airways in 2007. In 2009 he joined Kuwait start-up airline Wataniya Airways as Chief Commercial Officer. Since then he has provided strategic and commercial consultancy services to Egypt’s Nile Air and other organizations in the Middle East.Mr. Evans, who speaks Spanish, French, German and Mandarin Chinese, holds an MBA in Business Administration from Lancaster University and Combined Honours in Modern Languages from Wadham College, Oxford University.Mr. Evans assumes the chief executive responsibilities from Julie Reifer-Jones, who has been Acting CEO since the resignation of Captain Ian Brunton in September 2013. BusinessLifestyleTravel LIAT appoints new chief executive officer by: – March 31, 2014center_img Tweet Share Sharelast_img read more

Nigeria Cycling Federation to train 30 officials

first_imgRelatedPosts World Powerlifting Championships: Nigeria’s success mandatory because of 2020 Paralympics Commonwealth Games: Para-Powerlifting Federation releases names of six athletes to represent Nigeria The Nigeria Cycling Federation on Tuesday said it was ready to train no fewer than 30 participants at a three-day course on the art of officiating in cycling.A statement from the CFN Secretary, Dayo Abulude, said the participants were drawn from the 36 states and Abuja.Abulude disclosed that the course would hold from Wednesday to Friday in Ilorin.“One participant each came from 21 states and Abuja and the host state of Kwara is representing five pariticipants.“Some of the states fielding participants are Edo, Rivers, Ondo, Kaduna, Borno, Delta, Imo and Cross River, among others,” he said.The CFN secretary added that Dr Emmanuel Igbinosa, an International Cycling Union certified referee and Osaretin Emuze, the Chairman of the National Cycling Commissioner Association of Nigeria are the resource persons for the event that will come to a climax on Friday.“The participants are expected to write an examination on Friday to round off the course and those that pass will be issued with certificates.“In view of this, majority of them will be invited to officiate in major events in the future,” he said. Tags: DAYO ABULUDENigeria Cycling Federationlast_img read more

Alberto loaned to Malaga

first_img Press Association Liverpool midfielder Luis Alberto has joined Malaga on a season-long loan after struggling to make an impact in his first year at Anfield. “The 21-year-old, who arrived at Anfield from Sevilla last summer, will spend the entirety of 2014-15 with the side that finished 11th last season.” Rodgers is still trying to add to his summer signings of England and Southampton striker Rickie Lambert and Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Emre Can but appears to have failed in the bid to sign Sevilla left-back Alberto Moreno after the sides failed to agree a fee. The Europa League winner, 21, has been tracked for some time and although negotiations were lengthy the two have been “miles apart” on their valuations of the player with the Spaniards looking for £20million. “The matter of Alberto is practically settled. We couldn’t reach an agreement and I don’t think it can be revived,” Sevilla’s sporting director Monchi told Spanish newspaper El Correo de Andalucia. “It was a great offer but the player is only 21 years old and it’s possible that the catharsis of being with the national team had a positive effect. “He has a lot of room to grow and the coach is very happy to have him. “I don’t think we’ll make a lot of moves but if on August 14 a club comes along and they give you a mountain of cash, well….I know you don’t like to hear it, but we are economic managers. “My feeling is that the negotiations are paralysed and I don’t see any hint that they will be restarted. “We put a price on our players which we believe to be appropriate. Whoever wants to buy, can buy, and if you can’t…. “Also, with the sale of Ivan Rakitic (to Barcelona) our needs were covered. We don’t have the (financial) burden we had at other times.” center_img The 21-year-old made just two starts and 10 substitute appearances after an £8million move from Sevilla last summer but manager Brendan Rodgers is not prepared to give up on the youngster just yet and hopes he will gain more first-team experience with the Spanish club. A Liverpool statement read: “Liverpool today confirmed that midfielder Luis Alberto has completed a season-long loan switch to Spanish outfit Malaga. last_img read more

The Latest: Louisville football opener vs. NC State moved up

first_img Associated Press Four of the players have displayed symptoms of COVID-19 while one has shown no symptoms at all.The club says the five players did not attend the match against Proleter on Saturday when the Serbian league champions completed their season.About 20,000 fans attended a Serbian Cup semifinal match against Partizan Belgrade this month as the country lifted most of its COVID-19 restrictions.The match against Proleter was also attend by about 20,000 fans. Both gatherings have drawn criticism from the public as Serbia records dozens of new coronavirus cases each day.___ The Latest: Louisville football opener vs. NC State moved up June 22, 2020 Croatian tennis player Borna Coric says he has tested positive for the coronavirus after taking part in an exhibition event.The 33rd-ranked Coric posted the news on Twitter.He says “I want to inform you that I am positive for Covid-19. Please everyone who has been in contact with me for the last few days gets tested!”He says he is feeling well and has no symptoms.Coric was among about 1,000 people who were tested for the virus after Grigor Dimitrov announced that he tested positive. That led to the cancellation of an exhibition event in Croatia where top-ranked Novak Djokovic was scheduled to play in the final.center_img The Kentucky Oaks and Derby were postponed from May 1-2 to Sept. 4-5 because of the coronavirus pandemic. The preceding and highly attended Thursday race card known as “Thurby” was set for the same day as the Cardinals’ Atlantic Coast Conference matchup against the Wolfpack, but the schools announced Monday that they had agreed to the switch to avert logistical conflicts with parking and traffic.“We appreciate the NCAA, ACC and N.C. State honoring our request for a date change for the opening game,” Louisville athletic director Vince Tyra said in a news release. “We are trying to be thoughtful about the shared city resources needed to host a football game and Thurby at the same time.”___Serbian soccer club Red Star Belgrade says five players have tested positive for the coronavirus.The club says the players are feeling fine and remain in isolation. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Louisville football’s season opener against North Carolina State has been moved up a day to Wednesday, Sept. 2 to avoid conflicting with the rescheduled Kentucky Derby weekend at neighboring Churchill Downs. Coric played a match against Dimitrov in Zadar on Saturday in the second leg of the exhibition series.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sportslast_img read more

Warri Wolves, FC IfeanyiUbah Sanctioned by LMC for Fans Unruly Conduct

first_imgUnder Rules B.13.18, Warri Wolves was charged for the encroachment on to the field of play by their Stewards and Supporters immediately after the match and fined N1, 000, 000. The club was further fined N750, 000 for breach of Rules B8.21 and B13.52.Warri Wolves was cited for breach of Rules C1 in that the club stewards and supporters severally assaulted the match officials after the match against Wikki Tourists on Match Day 26 including at their hotel rooms thereby failing to show sportsmanship and conducting themselves in a manner capable of bringing the league to disrepute.Consequently, the club was fined N1, 250, 000 representing N250, 000 each as compensation for the assault on the Match Commissioner and the four Referees. The club was also directed to pay another N250, 000 being the value of the items lost by the match officials in the course of the assault.The next three home games of Warri Wolves have been ordered to be played behind closed doors with the execution of the last two suspended subject to good conduct for the remainder of the season.The LMC also noted that in consideration of the gravity of the offence, including the assault perpetrated by the Stewards of the club and several incidents of assault, including at the hotel rooms, a suspended two-points deduction has been ordered on Wolves subject to good conduct for the remainder of the season. Warri Wolves have 48 hours within which to submit in writing to the summary jurisdiction or elect for a hearing.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Warri Wolves and FC IfeanyiUbah were on Thursday handed varying fines and sanctions by the League Management Company (LMC) in a Summary Jurisdiction notice issued the two clubs for breaches of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) Rules during their respective Match Days 25 and 26 fixtures.FC IfeanyiUbah was cited for contravening Rules B8.21 and B13.52 of the Framework and Rules for their failure to provide adequate security for match officials when the Referee was assaulted at his hotel room after the match against Sunshine Stars on Match Day 25. The Referee also lost some of his personal belongings in the process.The LMC decision however took cognizance of the prompt action of officials of FC IfeanyiUbah in compensating the Referee for the lost items and fined the club N750, 000. The club has 48 hours within which to submit in writing to the summary jurisdiction or elect for a hearing.Warri Wolves were cited for multiple breaches which include Rules B13.18, B8.21, B13.52 and C1.last_img read more

F-M cross country runners finish sweep of league foes

first_imgThough it didn’t carry the same suspense and drama as their 2018 duels, the Fayetteville-Manlius girls cross country team’s meet against Liverpool carried the same stakes.Namely, whoever won this three-team battle at Baldwinsville would claim the SCAC Metro division regular-season title, and the state no. 1-ranked Hornets earned it, defeating the no. 5-ranked Warriors 20-41 while also sweeping the Bees 15-50.Though challenged by Liverpool’s Jenna Schulz, F-M’s Claire Walters still won in 17 minutes, 28 seconds on the Durgee Junior High School Course, 10 seconds ahead of Schulz’s 17:38. Christian Brothers Academy, who had climbed to no. 5 in last week’s boys state Class C rankings, swept both the boys and girls meet against the Phoenix Firebirds.Joel Gaffney, in a time of 19:13, led the boys Brothers as Riley Nash, Cooper Groat, Michael McMahon and Zach Medicis each finished in 19:14.Olivia Morganti won the girls race for CBA in 20:59, comfortably ahead of Isabella Cannizzo’s second-place 21:36, with Lea Kyle third in 22:49 as Annie Toole got fourth place in 23:55 and Mia Kirch (24:03) completed a top-five sweep.East Syracuse Minoa, who ran Sept. 21 in a meet on the eventual state championship course at Plattsburgh, got a sweep in last Wednesday’s boys meet against Oswego and Fulton, edging the Buccaneers 27-28 and topping the Red Raiders 22-39.Nick Berg, eighth out of 142 runners at Plattsburgh, won here in 17:19, more than a minute ahead of the 18:22 by Oswego’s Jason Purtell. Casey Engineri was fifth in 18:54 as Spencer Carnival got seventh place in 19:35 and Tommy Walters finished 10th in 20:24.The girls race had ESM lose to Oswego by that same 27-28 margin while it beat Fulton 20-35 to salvage the split. The Spartans’ Rachael Ladd gained third place among individuals in 22:14 as Mary Roach finished fifth in 22:34. Taylor Hoffman (23:51) beat out Elena Vespi (23:53) for ninth place.Jamesville-DeWitt swept Cortland 19-42 in last Wednesday’s SCAC Empire division boys meet, with Ahviere Reese leading the Red Rams by posting a time of 17:54 as Nate Rindfuss was close behind Reese, finishing in 18:22.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Phoebe White, in 18 minutes flat, was third, ahead of Grace Kaercher (18:28) and Hannah Kaercher (18:42) in the top five. Deborah Lucchetti gained seventh place in 19:31 as Adi Sydorowych was eighth in 19:50 and Amelia Amack ninth in 20:01.F-M’s state no. 1-ranked boys team handled Liverpool 19-41 and Baldwinsville 19-42, keyed by a top-three sweep as Geoff Howles and Peyton Geehrer both finished in 15:43 and Sam Otis was third in 15:57.Liverpool and B’ville runners claimed the next four spots before Jack Altimonda, in 16:58, beat out James Peden (17:01) for eighth place, with Daniel Patrick 10th in 17:25.center_img Tags: CBAcross countryESMF-MJ-Dlast_img read more

Syracuse midfielder Lecky uses speed to advantage, scores 2 goals in win over Notre Dame

first_img Published on April 28, 2013 at 11:50 am Contact Trevor: tbhass@syr.edu | @TrevorHass EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — JoJo Marasco knew Notre Dame’s defense couldn’t cover Hakeem Lecky.Lecky was way too fast.“In the first quarter he was just kind of dodging just to dodge,” Marasco said, “and then we spoke to him and a couple other guys and told him, ‘These guys can’t cover you with your speed.’”They were right. Lecky scored two goals off his speed, helping No. 7 Syracuse (11-3, 5-1 Big East) to a statement 10-4 win over No. 1 Notre Dame (10-3, 4-2) at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. on Saturday night.“He really went hard to the net, and he’s finally seeing the field a lot better offensively,” Marasco said. “He’s taking some great shots.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHis first goal ended a 20-minute scoring drought to start the game for the Orange. Lecky blew by Matthew Collins, maximizing the quickness Marasco wanted him to use. He scored unassisted from 10 yards out, tying the score at one.Lecky added another goal with three minutes left in Syracuse’s dominant fourth quarter. He feasted on Notre Dame’s defense all night long, scoring a season-high two goals.“Having Lecky hit two big goals like that was huge for us,” Syracuse head coach John Desko said.Fresh off a strong performance against Georgetown when his first-half goal helped lead Syracuse to a win, Lecky’s play has improved considerably of late.Early in the season the problems were obvious. Lecky dodged too frequently and missed contested shots from mainly the right side.But the past two games those problems have disappeared.“I think it’s all coming together for him,” Marasco. “He’s playing relaxed out there.”Lecky, Ryan Barber and Henry Schoonmaker all shined on Syracuse’s second unit Saturday night.Marasco, Scott Loy and Luke Cometti consistently produce on the first line, and Marasco says that other teams don’t stand much of a chance when the second line produces.Said Marasco: “That second line’s coming together. When they produce I don’t really see a team beating us this year.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more