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Chart of the Week: A long way to go on representation

first_imgOn Monday, State Street Global Advisors (SSGA) unveiled its Fearless Girl statue in London, outside the London Stock Exchange.The statue, created by sculptor Kristen Visbal, was transferred from Wall Street in New York City, where it has been situated facing Manhattan’s iconic ‘Charging Bull’ since March 2017.In a press release announcing Fearless Girl’s relocation, SSGA claimed that 445 companies had “responded to the call to action” by adding or committing to add a female director.SSGA’s deputy CIO Lori Heinel said: “Studies have shown that companies with greater gender diversity at the senior leadership levels generate better returns than their peers. That drives our conviction to continue our engagement and voting efforts as we look to make further progress on this important topic.” Further readingDutch pension funds ‘falling short’ on board diversity Pension funds in the Netherlands are improving their compliance with the country’s code of conduct but still falling short on improving gender and age diversity, according to the code’s dedicated monitoring committee. However, data from the $2.5trn (€2.2trn) asset manager indicates that there is still a great deal of work to be done to improve female representation on corporate boards.In 2018, SSGA identified 1,265 companies globally that did not have a single female board member, up from 1,228 in 2017.Companies without a female board memberChart MakerSSGA said that, from next year, it would vote against “the entire slate of board members” on nomination committees if a company does not have at least one woman on its board, and has failed to engage with the manager’s diversity project for three straight years.Number of companies adding a female directorChart Makerlast_img read more

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​Inflation measure changes could shift pension funding by up to 10%

first_imgA planned inflation measure change by the UK’s statistics authority could improve or knock funding positions of defined benefit (DB) pension schemes by as much as 10%, according to consultancy LCP.In a new report, Phil Cuddeford, partner and head of corporate consulting at LCP, said the reform by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) would introduce big risks and opportunities.“With a potential change to the funding position of +/-10%, the change will be huge good news for some and huge bad news for others,” he said.“Regardless of the impact for each scheme, sponsors who engage now will be best-insulated from future shock,” he said. LCP said it urged all sponsors to consider the issue of the Retail Prices Index (RPI) change carefully, but particularly if they were involved in any significant pensions action.This could include buying or selling index-linked gilts or similar swaps, buy-ins and buy-outs, changing the index used for pension increases, transfer value or pension increase exchange (PIE) exercises, and “long-term journey planning”, it said.On 4 September, the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced his intention to consult on whether to bring the methods in CPIH (Consumer Prices Index including owner occupiers’ housing costs) into RPI between 2025 and 2030, effectively aligning the measures, according to the ONS.The chair of the UK statistics office David Norgrove had written to the previous chancellor on 4 March recommending the publication of the RPI be stopped at a point in future.According to LCP, the CPIH measure is expected to be around 1% a year less than the current RPI. “This means that DB scheme members with RPI-linked increases will expect to get lower pensions from 2030 than they otherwise would have had,” the firm said.“While a net financial gain is expected if the scheme increases are mainly RPI-linked and this is only partially hedged, schemes are likely to suffer a net financial loss if they are mainly CPI-linked and RPI instruments are in place to hedge this,” it said.Actuarial valuations, company accounting, and long-term funding targets would all be affected by the change, it said, adding that buy-in and buy-out insurers and consolidators may eventually charge less to take on RPI-linked benefits.“Year-end accounting assumptions for RPI and CPI must be set consistently to avoid unwanted volatility, and sponsors with upcoming year-ends need to address this now,” the firm said.last_img read more

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What the coolest rentals will cost you

first_imgBargain?But for those wanting to live a more luxe life, Malumba Estate at Buderim could be yours for $6500 a week, and a bond of $26,000. MORE: Hottest listing of 2018 has sold Phwoar levels of awesome!THE weekly rent may be two and half times the average monthly mortgage repayment, and the bond alone would be a handy house deposit.But this Ascot house could be Brisbane’s coolest rental house. At $2800 per week, this Hedges Avenue luxury home is a bargain by comparison.Spanning three levels, the freestanding mansion is located on the Gold Coast’s hottest street, and has 180 degree ocean views. Here, you could rent your own estateSituated on 10 acres, the Hamptons home comes with its own groundskeeper whose primary job is to weed the field of lavender. Aint no boring abode hereIt has three living areas including a media room, a gourmet kitchen, a gym room, a study, a powder room, four bedrooms with ensuites including a master suite with spa. The view from the Hope Island rental For $5000 a week, you could live here.For a cool $5000 per week, and $20,000 bond, you could live like a rockstar on Bartley’s Hill in Ascot.Built over four storeys, this house has five bedrooms, six bathrooms and space for 10 vehicles. RELATED: Is this Victoria’s most fun rental? The pool and outdoor areas are fit for rock royalty More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus16 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market16 hours agoThe other kind of pool (or rather, snooker)A secluded parents’ retreat with views of the CBD, Brisbane River and mountains has a separate ensuite, large balcony and spacious dressing room.It is listed with Eadan Hockings of LivingHere. “It is definitely one of the coolest,” he said. “I have not seen one at this level before.”Mr Hockings said there had been a “surprising number of enquiries”, with a few coming from doctors but the bulk coming from interstate.For a grand less, 2112 Carlton Drive at Hope Island is also up for grabs.Overlooking the canal and golf course, this four bedroom house is more holiday home than humble abode. And kick back while the groundskeeper takes care of the lavenderThe house itself has four huge suites, a Martha Stewart kitchen and butlers pantry, an open plan formal living area and log fireplace, a hall, children’s playroom, a gym/yoga studio, a heated resort-style pool, sauna, surveillance cameras, smart home wiring, Tesla electric vehicle plug in, a fire pit, croquet lawn, spring fed dams, an organic veggie patch and much more. The 1470sq m house has a modern commercial grade calacatta marble kitchen, an infinity lap pool located off the main living area that appears to cascade over the hillside, an oversized bar and entertaining area currently housing a full size snooker table, a climate-controlled wine cellar, a private gym, shower and steam room, and an internal lift.last_img read more

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Baleària’s New LNG-Fueled Ferry Floated Out

first_imgBaleària’s newest smart ship with LNG engines, Marie Curie, was floated out at Cantiere Navale Visentini in Italy on November 28.The newbuilding is one of the company’s first two ferries fueled by LNG that will operate in the Mediterranean.Marie Curie’s sister vessel, Hypatia de Alejandría, is expected to complete its construction and commence sea trials in the coming weeks with both LNG and fuel. Hypatia de Alejandría will begin operating at the beginning of next year and Marie Curie a few months later, according to the company.As informed, the entire structure is finished on Marie Curie and work is being done to prepare the passenger and crew areas meaning more than 50% of the construction is now complete. Moreover, the LNG engines and tanks, as well as the primary equipment, are already onboard.With a length of 186.5 meters and a maximum speed of 24 knots, the two vessels have a capacity for 810 passengers, 2,180 linear meters of cargo and 150 vehicles.Baleària has invested around EUR 200 million (USD 226 million) in these two smart ships.Recently, the company unveiled the construction of a fast ferry for passenger and cargo powered by dual-fuel LNG engines, described as the world’s first such ship. The Incat Crowther 125 design ferry will be the first to use dual-fuel reciprocating engines and will also be one of the largest fast catamarans in service once it is delivered in summer 2020.The project is part of the smart maritime concept developed by Baleària, consisting of the application of new technologies, Big Data and artificial intelligence.Baleària is also introducing LNG powerplants to its fleet, pioneering agreements with fuel and machinery suppliers.What is more, the company has embarked on a new project involving retrofitting of six of the fleet’s ships. Worth EUR 72 million, the project received a grant of EUR 11.8 million from the European Commission.Within the next three years, the company plans to have at least half of its fleet powered by clean energy and one hundred percent of the fleet within ten years.last_img read more

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Ole drills Ighalo, others

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U EPL: Red Devils attack Palace Manchester United returned to training on Wednesday as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad worked on fitness levels in anticipation of the Premier League resuming next month.French midfielder Paul Pogba, whose 2019/20 season had been blighted by injuries before the coronavirus-enforced lockdown of sport in Britain more than two months ago, was among the United first-team players reporting for duty at Carrington. Fellow midfielders Scott McTomminay and Fred were also pictured arriving at the AON Training Complex, along with striker Odion Ighalo, who is on loan from Chinese Super League club Shanghai Greenland Shenhua.As part of Project Restart, players must practise social distancing at all times, the league said, with contact training not permitted at this stage.Players will be asked to use an app on a daily basis to record any symptoms.Tags: Manchester UnitedOdion IghaloOle Gunnar SolskjaerPaul Pogbatraininglast_img read more

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Cricket News Mohammad Kaif announces retirement from all forms of cricket

first_imgNew Delhi: Indian batsman and one of the brilliant fielders that India have experience in their squad, Mohammad Kaif on Friday announced his retirement from all forms of cricket with immediate effect, exactly 16 years after he and Yuvraj Singh scripted one of India’s most famous and memorable ODI victories at the Lord’s. The former Under-19 world cup winning captain posted an emotional message on twitter to hang his boots, almost 12 years after he last played for India.”When I started playing Cricket,the dream was to play in the India Cap one day.Have been very fortunate to step on to the field & represent my country on 190 days of my life. Today is an apt day for me to announce my retirement from all competetive Cricket. Thank you everyone,” he wrote on his Twitter account. The 37-year-old last donned the Indian jersey in 2006.  Kaif made his debut for India in a Test against South Africa in 2000, adding his ODI cap a couple of years later, against England at Kanpur. But, he will always be remebered for his match-winning knock of 87 at the Lord’s during the nail-biting Natwest Trophy final in 2002.Alongside Yuvraj Singh at point, Kaif formed an undisputed fielding partnership during the time Sourav Ganguly led the Indian cricketing comback.Kaif represented India in 13 Tests and 125 ODIs.The acrobatic fielder won the Ranji Trophy for Uttar Pradesh and later played for Chattisgarh in domestic cricket.The Allahabad-born Kaif also played 29 games in the IPL, his last match being way back in 2012. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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Other Sports India continue to lead Munich shooting World Cup standings

first_imgIndia continue to lead Munich shooting World Cup standings.Filip Nepejchal of the Czech Republic won the 10m air rifle gold.Deepak Kumar posted 628.3 in the qualification round. All the three Indians in the women’s 50m rifle 3 positions event negotiated their elimination rounds to make it through to the qualifiers scheduled for Wednesday, to be followed by the final.N Gaayathri had the best return among them, shooting 1173 to rank 11th, while teammates Sunidhi Chauhan and Kajal Saini shot 1171 and 1167 to end the day on 18th and 26th respectively.  highlights Munich: India continued to lead the ISSF World Cup medals tally despite none of its shooters making it to the final of men’s 10m air rifle competition here Tuesday. Filip Nepejchal of the Czech Republic won the 10m air rifle gold, the only final scheduled on the day. Deepak Kumar posted 628.3 in the qualification round, but it was not enough for him to be among the eight finalists, finishing 19th. He was among the top two for a while and in contention, but a modest closing 20 shots put paid to his hopes.Teammates Divyansh Singh Panwar and Ravi Kumar shot scores of 627.6 and 621.4 to finish in 31st and 86th positions respectively. In the first precision round of the men’s 25m rapid fire pistol competition, Arpit Goel, at 13th, was the best Indian on show with a score of 291. Adarsh Singh was placed 37th with 285 while Anish was 59th with 280. For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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Jadeja boosts India’s victory chance after Pujara double

first_imgBy Amlan ChakrabortyRANCHI, India,(Reuters)-Cheteshwar Pujara compiled an epic double century and Wriddhiman Saha hit a career-best 117 to deflate Australia and put India in a strong position on the fourth day of the third Test on Sunday.Left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja then brightened India’s victory prospects dismissing David Warner and nightwatchman Nathan Lyon cheaply to reduce Australia to 23-2.Matt Renshaw was batting on seven at stumps with Australia still 129 runs behind and under considerable pressure to save the match.“Obviously we’ve got to save the game,” Australia coach Darren Lehmann told reporters, lamenting the two late losses.“Once the ball gets a little bit softer it plays pretty well, so there’s no real demons in the track.“It’s a case of obviously applying ourselves much like Pujara and Saha did today,” he added.Earlier, Pujara became the first Indian batsman to face 500 deliveries in a Test innings, spending more than 11 hours at the crease for his marathon 202 on the penultimate day of the contest.Resuming the day with India 91 runs behind Australia’s first innings total of 451, Pujara and Saha frustrated the tourists and batted through the first two sessions to forge a 199-run seventh wicket partnership.Both fell in the final session trying to accelerate with Australia looking pretty jaded by then.Pujara faced 525 balls in his tireless knock, capitalising on the exceptionally fast outfield to score 21 boundaries at the Jharkhand State Cricket Association Stadium, which is hosting its first test.Pujara was given out lbw to a sharply turning Nathan Lyon delivery when on 157 but he managed to prolong Australia’s misery by using review to get the decision overturned.The 29-year-old took a single off Lyon to bring up his third double century before falling to the off-spinner.Saha matched Pujara’s doggedness at the other end after surviving a couple of reviews earlier in the day.Playing his second Test more than five years after his first, Australia paceman Pat Cummins (4-106) nearly completed a five-wicket haul when Saha was given out leg-before.The batsman immediately reviewed and replays suggested the ball would have missed the stumps.Saha also got a reprieve on 51 when his fellow wicketkeeper Matthew Wade spilled an edge.The stumper-batsman ducked well under the bouncers from Cummins and took a single off Glenn Maxwell to complete his century which drew his team mates in the dressing room on their feet.Once past his hundred, he too went for quick runs and fell to Steve O’Keefe who bowled a staggering 77 overs for his three wickets as Australia endured a tough day in the field.Down the order, Jadeja clobbered a couple of sixes in his brisk unbeaten 54 to rub salt into Australia’s injuries, celebrating his fifty by twirling his bat like a sword.Home skipper Virat Kohli called his batsmen in as soon as they crossed the 600-run mark and unleashed his spinners on Australia to drive home the advantage.“I am very confident our spinners will bowl really well. There is rough, there are cracks…” Pujara told Star Sports channel.The four-Test series is tied 1-1 with Dharamsala hosting the final match from Saturday.AUSTRALIA1st innings 451 (S. Smith 178no, G. Maxwell 104; R. Jadeja 5-124)India 1st innings (Overnight: 360-6)L. Rahul c Wade b Cummins 67M. Vijay st Wade b O’Keefe 82C. Pujara c Maxwell b Lyon 202V. Kohli c Smith b Cummins 6A. Rahane c Wade b Cummins 14K. Nair b Hazlewood 23R. Ashwin c Wade b Cummins 3W. Saha c Maxwellb O’Keefe 117R. Jadeja not out 54U. Yadav c Warner b O’Keefe 16I. Sharma not out 0Extras(b-14 lb-5) 19Total (for 9 wickets, 210 overs) 603Fall of wickets: 1-91 L. Rahul,2-193 M. Vijay,3-225 V. Kohli,4-276 A. Rahane,5-320 K. Nair,6-328 R. Ashwin, 7-527 Pujara, 8-541 Saha, 9-595, YadavBowlingJ. Hazlewood 44 – 10 – 103 – 1, P. Cummins 39 – 10 – 106 – 4,S. O’Keefe 77 – 17 – 199 – 3, N. Lyon 46 – 2 – 163 – 1,G. Maxwell 4 – 0 – 13 – 0.AUSTRALIA 2nd inningsD. Warner b Jadeja 14M. Renshaw not out 7N. Lyon b Jadeja 2Extras 0Total (2 wickets 23Fall of wickets: 1-17, 2-23Bowling: R. Ashwin 4-0-17-0, R.Jadeja 3.2-1-6-2last_img read more

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After heart attack, Dantonio to return to coaching Spartans

first_imgThe feeling last Saturday was a bit unfamiliar to Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio. Unable to take his usual place on the sidelines at Spartan Stadium, Dantonio was relegated to the couch at his home for his team’s non-conference clash with Northern Colorado. Something much more serious than football was keeping him away. Just a week earlier, Dantonio had suffered a mild heart attack that required surgery. His condition made it impossible for him to be with his team on game day. And for their coach, the Spartans pounded the Bears, 45-7. ‘I will say it was a little bit surreal watching the game at home,’ Dantonio said in the Big Ten coaches’ teleconference this week. ‘I had no chips, wasn’t allowed, but it was different because you know when you see your football team — or our football team — playing, and you’re not there, and you’ve been there for four years. … It’s a little bit different.’ The game day feeling will return to somewhat normal this Saturday, as the 54-year-old Dantonio is back at practices as No. 24 Michigan State (4-0) prepares for its Big Ten opener at home against No. 11 Wisconsin (4-0). But he won’t be back on those familiar sidelines in East Lansing, Mich. Instead, he’ll be in the coaches’ box to avoid any fatigue walking around might cause. Dantonio’s primary goal for the week is to turn attention away from himself and make sure his team focuses on the vital conference matchup.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text ‘The reason I came to the press conference today, the reason I was around our football team on Sunday, the reason I was in the office on Monday was because I think it’s very, very important that we focus on Wisconsin,’ Dantonio said. ‘That the focus goes from Mark Dantonio and that night to Wisconsin and what we have to get done this weekend.’ Dantonio’s last appearance on the Spartans’ sideline was a dramatic one. Notre Dame traveled to Spartan Stadium for a showdown with MSU. After 60 hard-fought minutes, the teams were knotted at 28-28. After the Spartan defense forced the Fighting Irish to kick a field goal, the Michigan State offense sputtered to a fourth-down attempt on its chance in overtime. The field-goal unit ran onto the field, seemingly to kick the tying 46-yard field goal. But Dantonio decided to risk it all and called a fake. Holder Aaron Bates caught the snap, rolled out to his right and found a wide-open Charlie Gantt for the winning touchdown. ‘Boy, hats off to Mark,’ said Boise State head coach Chris Petersen, who is known for his trick play calls with the Broncos. ‘Without question that was quite a call right there. You know they’re scary. Those are scary to call because it’s just an unbelievable call if it works, and if it doesn’t, everybody’s saying, ‘What were you thinking?” But even scarier than the call was the heart attack Dantonio suffered later that night. He said he was frightened by the situation, but now it’s simply a matter of moving on. ‘I think the key will be moving forward and getting stronger every day and dealing with the consequences and dealing with the things that you have to do,’ Dantonio said. ‘And that’s all a part of this, so that’s what I’ll do.’ Michigan State did crush Northern Colorado without Dantonio on the sideline. But the Badgers should be a much more formidable opponent than the Bears, a member of the Football Championship Subdivision. The Spartans head coach wants to rid his team of any distractions, whether they come from him or elsewhere. He said he was treating the heart attack like an injury to the team, and Michigan State typically doesn’t discuss injuries. So for him and MSU, it’s time to put the incident from Sept. 19 behind them and look forward to their Big Ten conference opener. ‘(Wisconsin) coach (Bret) Bielema has an outstanding football team,’ Dantonio said. ‘When you look at them as a football team, they bring back everybody on the offensive side of the ball except one player. … Defensively, they return six starters. It’ll be another outstanding challenge for us offensively and defensively.’ Big man on campus Terrelle Pryor Junior quarterback Ohio State Last week’s stats: 20-of-26, 224 yards, 4 passing TDs, 7 carries, 104 yards, 1 rushing TD, 1 catch, 20 yards, 1 receiving TD Yes, Pryor’s performance did come against a lowly Eastern Michigan squad that hasn’t won a game since 2008. But any time someone scores six touchdowns, let alone does it three different ways, he deserves some recognition. Pryor pioneered No. 2 Ohio State’s 73-20 romp over the Eagles with four touchdowns through the air, sandwiched between a 53-yard touchdown scamper and a 20-yard catch for a score. ‘I think he’s making significant steps,’ Buckeyes head coach Jim Tressel said. ‘You knew that year two was going to be a big one, but you also knew it wasn’t going to be perfect and that there would be some great lessons. And if we would learn them and internalize them, then maybe we could get close to reaching that potential that we all feel that he can be special.’ Pryor opened the scoring onslaught with his touchdown on the ground, and the Buckeyes (4-0) jumped out to a 24-0 lead by the end of the first quarter. All four of the junior’s touchdown passes went to senior wide receiver Dane Sanzenbacher, tying the single-game record for an Ohio State receiver. The Buckeyes’ 73 points marked the highest point total for the school since an 83-21 win over Iowa in 1950. Team of the week No. 1 Alabama (4-0) Last week’s result: W, 24-20 at No. 15 Arkansas (3-1) With just more than five minutes left in the third quarter Saturday, Alabama looked like it was headed toward its first loss since the 2008 Sugar Bowl. Down 20-7 in a rowdy Razorback Stadium, the Crimson Tide’s title defense looked to be just about over. But the nation’s No. 1 team buckled down on defense and turned to Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram, as it has so many times before, to pull out a dramatic 24-20 victory in its Southeastern Conference opener. Ingram finished with 157 yards on 24 carries and scored the go-ahead touchdown from a yard out with 3:18 left on the clock. The Tide defense then closed out the game with its third interception of Heisman candidate Ryan Mallett, keeping Alabama at the No. 1 spot for at least another week. zjbrown@syr.edu Published on September 28, 2010 at 12:00 pm Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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New Face: Transfer Iacono’s academic struggles send him on journey to being SU’s potential answer at the X

first_imgA national championship was falling further and further away from Syracuse with every faceoff that Duke won. And there was nothing that Mike Iacono, a faceoff specialist himself, could do about it. He was in his living room 150 miles away, watching on television as his future team collapsed.“Even before the Duke game, I knew they needed help at the X,” Iacono said. “After they called me, I just pretty much locked my phone up and said, ‘I’m going there.’”It took longer than Iacono had hoped, but he’s set to wear orange this season. A two-time All-American at Nassau Community College on Long Island, the midfielder has transferred to Syracuse this semester to try to resolve the Orange’s issues at the faceoff X. The 6-foot-5 Iacono offers potential mismatches at the X, where he looks to overpower midfielders who line up opposite him.He also brings championship experience to SU. In both of his two years playing at Nassau, the Lions reached the National Junior College Athletic Association championship game, but lost to Onondaga Community College each time. At Smithtown (N.Y.) High School West, the Bulls reached the Suffolk County Championship twice during Iacono’s career, but also fell short both times.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I’ve been in four championships since I’ve been playing, so it’s time for me to get one” Iacono said, before looking out at his new teammates. “And it’s time for these guys to get one.”Iacono was raised in Smithtown — the lacrosse hotbed that is Long Island. He wasn’t always a lacrosse player, though. Spencer Bodian | Staff PhotographerHe wrestled from seventh to 11th grade, which has influenced the physical, low-to-the-ground approach he takes to the X. He played ice hockey, too — until his mother Lisa forced him to decide between hockey and lacrosse when he was in second grade.The thought of continuing to wake up at 5 a.m. for hockey didn’t thrill Iacono. Lacrosse it was.He developed into a competent midfielder, until he nonchalantly gave faceoffs a shot in middle school and loved it. He honed his technique in high school, where he won 57.5 percent of his faceoffs as a senior and all-county selection.But his grades weren’t up to par. He received inquiries from Ivy League schools, but knew he had no shot of getting into them. Hofstra, Stony Brook and Drexel expressed interest, but his academics didn’t cut it there either.“He kind of had high hopes in high school, but things didn’t work out because he’s not strong academically,” Lisa Iacono said. “So he went to Nassau, and I wouldn’t consider it a high point, but I’d have to say it was probably the best thing that could’ve happened for him.”The midfielder, disappointed not to be playing at the Division I level, was nearly on the verge of quitting, his mother said. But Nassau head coach George Powers helped Iacono straighten himself out. The head coach motivated Iacono to stick with it, and both of their persistence paid off. As Nassau’s primary faceoff specialist, he earned the NJCAA Region XV MVP in 2013 and won 78 percent of his faceoffs that were recorded as he led the Lions to a national title game appearance for the second straight year.“He was the heart and soul of the team for two years,” Powers said. “The way we played was predicated on him getting us the ball.”He was the heart and soul of the team for two years. The way we played was predicated on him getting us the ball.George Powers, Nassau Community College head coachOne phone call was all it took for Iacono to be sold on committing to the Orange. But before he could get his Division I career started, he needed more credits before he could officially transfer to SU.Iacono took four classes online in the fall, and said he hated every minute he spent sitting in his room. He’d practice faceoffs, but had no one to go up against — and he’s seeing the repercussions of that now.But he took it upon himself to stay in shape, even if it meant going to the gym by himself. He’d go four times a week, running a mile each trip until he got his time down to 6:30. He primed himself for the highest level of competition he’s ever faced. Competition he’ll embrace, like he always has.“If you don’t win faceoffs and you don’t have the ball, you’re not going to win the game,” Iacono said. “For that split second it’s just you, and then your team.”The whistle blows, and Iacono goes to work.The hardest part, he said, is getting the ball. He goes with the motorcycle grip, his palms facing down. Unlike the other Syracuse faceoff specialists, Iacono never drops to his knees — he stands tall on his two legs throughout the whole battle.“I can’t remember him being out-hustled or out-leveraged off the ball, with him being so high above his opponent,” Powers said.Once Iacono controls the ball, he pops it out ahead to himself. By not leaving his feet, he allows himself to pounce on the ground ball, and suddenly he’s a foot ahead of the opposing midfielder.A couple of long strides later, he’s 5-feet-ahead. And with his experience as a midfielder, he said, he has the vision to move the ball downfield, start the fast break and make the right pass.“In the past, we haven’t made good decisions as far as picking the ball up and knowing where to find the open man,” SU head coach John Desko said. “We’d like him to be the one getting to the ball first and getting it out first.“…But we need him to step up and start winning the faceoff himself right now, instead of reacting to somebody.”Iacono is the No. 2 faceoff option for SU behind Chris Daddio going into this year, but he’s not worried. He’s lined up against Division I-caliber faceoff specialists in his past summer leagues, and just needs the time to prove his own strengths and separate himself from Syracuse’s other faceoff specialists. Then his ride will be complete. “I just have to start showing the coaches the difference between what happens when I get the ball from when they get the ball,” Iacono said. “The decisions I make from what they make, and how fast I get the ball and how fast I get it out.“Every day I wake up, I’m ready to go. There’s no stopping me now.” Comments Published on February 13, 2014 at 1:30 am Contact Phil: pmdabbra@syr.edu | @PhilDAbblast_img read more

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