Virus-hit Morocco locks down Casablanca, shuts schools

first_img‘Negative effects’ The decision not to reopen schools drew criticism on social media from Moroccans expressing their disappointment.”We spent the weekend labeling school supplies with the children, they were on cloud nine over returning to school tomorrow,” wrote one father on Twitter. “How do you explain this to a six-year-old and an eight-year-old?” Another parent was also indignant: “They tell us, without any notice, without delay and late in the evening… that we are being forced into semi-imprisonment,” he tweeted. Ahead of the planned opening, epidemiologists had raised concerns over the health risks of students returning to school and the capacity of the health sector to respond to a further spike in cases. Dr. Tayeb Hamdi, vice president of the national health federation had recommended postponing the start of the school year to “avoid schools becoming vectors of contamination”, in an interview published Monday by the news site Medias24.But the head of the child psychiatry department of the largest hospital in Casablanca, Ghita Benjelloun, also flagged “extremely negative effects” of keeping schools closed after a long lockdown that generated among young people “a lot of fear, anxiety and insecurity”.  Cases of suicide attempts, violence and conduct disorders among young patients — both children and adolescents — have tripled in her department since the lockdown, she said, according to Medias24. In mid-June, the Moroccan Pediatrics Society had alerted authorities to the possible “devastating effect” of lockdown on youths. “Therefore, drastic measures are required, otherwise the situation may get out of control in the coming days,” the official MAP news agency quoted him as saying.Morocco has seen a spike in coronavirus cases in recent weeks. It recorded 2,234 new infections on Sunday, a record for a single day, with 42 percent of them in Casablanca, home to 3.3 million people.Since detecting its first case in early March, Morocco has recorded 72,394 cases of COVID-19 infection, including 1,361 deaths.The authorities blame the spread of COVID-19 on people’s failure to adhere to health protocols. Morocco imposed a lockdown on Casablanca and shut its schools Monday, the day pupils were due to return to classes, in a bid to stop the spread of COVID-19.The new measures, which include restrictions on movement and a night-time curfew, would be in place for two weeks in the commercial capital, the authorities said a statement issued late Sunday.”We risk being overwhelmed by the virus,” said Health Minister Khalid Ait Taleb. Casablanca, along with Marrakesh, had already been subject to a series of restrictions three weeks ago, including beach closures and shortened business hours.Authorities decided on Monday to close educational institutions including primary, middle and high schools as well as universities.That came after epidemiologists voiced concern over the health system’s capacity to respond to the crisis, and the additional risks posed by the start of the school year.All exits to major cities were closed from midday, with travel only allowed with “exceptional authorization” issued by local authorities.  Topics :last_img read more

Lazio to complete David Silva deal on Monday

first_img Lazio are reportedly offering a three-year contract and use of a private jet to seal the deal. Silva holds the record for the player with the most Premier League appearances, wins and assists for City. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of ArtFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread Art5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market Value6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes18 Cities With Neverending Tourist-FlowThe Best Cars Of All TimeWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?What Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year Loading… center_img Lazio are expected to complete the signing of free agent David Silva on Monday, according to various reports in Italy. The Spaniard’s 10-year stay at City will come to an end following their Champions League campaign, having already played his final game domestically. read also:Lazio forward set for coronation as Europe’s goal kingAdvertisementlast_img read more

Mackay in dark over Tan talks

first_img Mackay watched his side lose 3-0 at home to Southampton on Boxing Day as the Saints claimed a first win in seven games thanks to a double from Jay Rodriguez and a Rickie Lambert strike. Peter Whittingham had missed a great early chance for the Bluebirds but, aside from a brief rally early in the second half, they were outplayed by their visitors. The on-field performance added to the sense of off-field discontent caused by the ongoing battle between Mackay and Tan which has put the manager’s position in jeopardy. The lingering uncertainty over Mackay’s future, despite a statement from chairman Mehmet Dalman that he would be in charge for the “foreseeable future”, fuelled a pre-match protest where a group of supporters voiced their disapproval of Tan’s running of the club. Chants of ‘Don’t sack Malky Mackay’ and ‘We’ll always be blue’ also rang around the stadium during the game. But the woeful nature of the performance was such that by the full-time whistle not all of the boos from the remaining home fans were for the Malaysian owner, who himself left his seat five minutes before the end. Mackay revealed earlier this week that Tan had rejected two requests for the duo and Dalman to meet in an attempt to reconcile their differences. Press Association Sport understands the meeting could take place on Saturday, when the Bluebirds are due to face Sunderland. But when asked if a date had been set, Mackay said: “Not as far as I’m aware. I’ve not been told of any meeting. I don’t usually talk to him (Tan) on a game day. That’s not something that normally happens. I usually speak to other people. “I was informed we would try to have a meeting but there has been nothing to this point.” Press Association Malky Mackay insists he still does not know when he will hold critical talks with owner Vincent Tan which could decide whether he remains as manager of Cardiff. The poor performance could not have come at a worse time for the Scot, although he did not believe off-field matters had played a part. “I’m certainly not going to make any excuses at all as far as that is concerned,” he said. “People can draw their own conclusions. Myself, the staff and the players are fully focused on what we do on a Saturday or any given game day.” And the former Watford boss believes he should be in charge against the Black Cats come Saturday teatime. “It is something you’ll have to ask someone else, if that is the case or not,” he said. “But I have belief in my ability to be the manager here and that group of players are working hard for me. “The staff are working hard and everyone is pulling in that direction right now, so as far as I am concerned that group are competing well in this league. They are not in the bottom three at the moment and they are where they are supposed to be.” While Lambert and Rodriguez got the goals for the visitors, it was Adam Lallana who proved the stand-out player, with his movement and class on the ball proving too much for Cardiff to handle. It caps a memorable couple of days for the midfielder, who got married on Christmas Eve. The 25-year-old has been linked with the likes of Manchester United but manager Mauricio Pochettino is confident he can keep him on the south coast. The Argentinian said: “I think Adam and other players are going to stay with us. There is no pressure to sell them, Adam has said he is happy at Southampton and Southampton have no plans to sell him.” Of Lallana’s wedding, he added: “He has had a complete week. “He trained yesterday, then went off to get married and then went back to training. He did not even have a day off.” last_img read more

Rory handed early shot at Mickelson

first_img McIlroy and the rest of the European team laughed off the remarks, with the world number one revealing he had landed a few verbal “jabs” on the left-hander at the gala dinner in Glasgow. So perhaps it was appropriate that Watson also described the final morning fourball between McIlroy and Sergio Garcia and Mickelson and Keegan Bradley as the “main event in the first round”. “That last contest is the striking contest,” added Watson, who was also captain in the 1993 when the United States last won on European soil at The Belfry. “We are looking forward to that.” Mickelson and Bradley won all three of their matches together two years ago and Watson put another successful Medinah pairing, Webb Simpson and Masters champion Bubba Watson, out first against Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson. Thomas Bjorn and Martin Kaymer take on Jimmy Walker and Rickie Fowler in the second match, with local favourite Stephen Gallacher and Ryder Cup talisman Ian Poulter out third against young rookie pairing Jordan Spieth, 21, and Patrick Reed, 24. Watson left out Jim Furyk, Matt Kuchar, Hunter Mahan and Zach Johnson but said all four would play in the afternoon foursomes, while European captain Paul McGinley said it was his intention to play Lee Westwood, Graeme McDowell, Victor Dubuisson and Jamie Donaldson, although it was not “written in stone.” “I’ve gone with one rookie in the morning and Tom has gone with three. That might be a genius move by Tom, it might not,” McGinley said. ” My ideas might backfire, as well, but that’s what you do as captain, make your decisions, set out your stall, watch what happens and you adapt to what happens. “There will be decisions I’ll get wrong as captain, I’m prepared for that. But I’d like to think that I’ll be able to adjust things and go forward.” All four of Europe’s pairs have not played together in the Ryder Cup before, with McGinley revealing that McIlroy and Garcia had been asking for months to be paired up. ” These guys all know each other very well and you move forward,” said McGinley, who had spoken all week about not changing the successful European template. “Two years down the road, a different view and take on things, and games have evolved in slightly different ways and guys become more experienced. “Ian Poulter is a very experienced player now. There’s going to be a big atmosphere in that group, we’ll need a guy with a big attitude for that and I think Ian Poulter fits that bill. “Justin and Henrik spent a lot of time together at Lake Nona (in Orlando) over the years, know each other very, very well, and you have Sergio and Rory who have formed a real bond and friendship and respect for each other’s games during the summer period. “Things evolve and move. The template doesn’t mean pairings have to be the exact same pairings.” McIlroy and Garcia did battle for the Open Championship and WGC-Bridgestone Invitational – both won by McIlroy – in the space of three weeks, but McGinley added of their pairing: “I probably wouldn’t have seen it to be honest. They kind of raised it to me around BMW time in Wentworth (in May) and I said, okay, let me think about that. “I didn’t really pay a lot of attention to it and it’s only as they started talking to me more and more around Firestone that my position became a little bit clearer.” US Open champion Kaymer hailed Bjorn as his “mentor” after the Dane’s influence on him while vice-captain in 2010 and 2012, the latter contest ending in Kaymer holing the putt to ensure Europe would retain the trophy. “Actually before we even qualified, we said we have to make the team so we can play with each other,” Kaymer said. “He was on the team earlier than me. I just needed to make sure to be on the team. And after the US Open, when he called me, I said maybe we get paired and we can play together.” Unsurprisingly, Poulter – who has won 12 of his 15 Ryder Cup matches and 11 of the last 12 – said he was “absolutely buzzing” at the prospect of playing alongside fellow wild card Gallacher, who lives just 35 miles from the course. But Watson said he had no fears that Spieth and Reed would be intimidated, adding: “These kids are tough kids and they are not dumb. “They know Ian has that reputation of being a great Ryder Cup player. If they beat him, it’s more power to them. “Same thing about the last group there. If Phil and Keegan win that match, just think of the boost it will give our team.” McIlroy explained how he got his own back on Mickelson over the litigation quip. ”I got a couple of jabs back at him at the gala dinner,” McIlroy told the Golf Channel. ”I know Phil well and we had a couple of laughs about it. We took it well. ”Myself and G-Mac confronted him at the gala dinner and it was all good fun.” Rory McIlroy has the chance to let his golf do the talking against Phil Mickelson in the opening session of the Ryder Cup, in a match US captain Tom Watson predicted should be a “barn-burner”. Press Association Mickelson joked on Wednesday about McIlroy’s court case against the Northern Irishman’s former management company Horizon, which has seen team-mate Graeme McDowell dragged into the dispute as he is still represented by them. “Not only are we able to play together, we also don’t litigate against each other and that’s a real plus,” said five-time major winner Mickelson. last_img read more

Man arrested after his girlfriend is found dead in Sunrise townhome

first_imgSunrise police have arrested 28-year-old Kacey Wilson overnight after they found his girlfriend, Belkis Rosales, stabbed to death Wednesday morning inside a townhouse where she lived with him.Wilson faces a charge of premeditated murder.Officers responded to a call  that came from the home of Wilson and Rosales at 8:20 a.m. at the Sunblest Townhomes community in the 4700 block of Northwest 89th Avenue.According to family members who told Local 10 News, Rosales was killed while her 3-year-old son was home, and that she tried to call for help before she died.A GoFundMe page has been created to help with Rosales’ funeral costs and to help care for her 3-year-old son.last_img read more

‘We can run in the top five’ …Jeffrey cites impressive Radical pace at Donington

first_imgGUYANESE motorcar racer Kristian Jeffrey opened his European career with mixed fortunes as the first of his multi leg Radical Tour concluded at Donington Park in England yesterday but was in impressive form.Speaking exclusively to Chronicle sport, the Guyanese, who signed a contract with the Radical Works team earlier this year,said that, “Our race pace was very impressive, we showed that we can run in the top 5.”After a rousing bit of practice, the Guyanese qualified 11h in race one of the 33 grid event before driving his way to finish in the top 10;placing Seventh.Race two saw him start badly but managed to finish just outside the top 10, in 11th, but that hadn’t dampened his always enthusiastic outlook.That enthusiasm,paired with his race craft,allowed him to push his way to fourth in the final race before an unavoidable incident ahead of him almost ended his day.He was however able to recover to finish 17th when the chequered flag dropped.“Race 3, we did some changes to the car, which I felt a lot more comfortable with. The team got the car handling to where I wanted;I clocked the 3rd fastest time.”According to the second generation racer, “I’m waiting for the results, but we should be in the top 10 for points after the first round.Our next round is at Spa in Belgium,”he added.“It was the first time racing the car which I acquired after the only person to drive was Lewis Hamilton. So after the weekend’s shakedown, I’m looking forward to a better result at the next round,” Jeffrey stated.“I’m proud to be a part of a great team, ‘Radical Works Team’, and hopefully we can keep putting Guyana on the map,” he concluded.last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgUNDATED (AP) — Stefanie Dolson is the first Chicago professional athlete known to have contracted COVID-19, and the second from the WNBA.The Chicago Sky center announced the news in a video that aired Friday night during ESPN’s broadcast of the WNBA draft. She says her entire family tested positive, but that only her mother became seriously ill. She says her mother was admitted to the hospital but is back home and healthy again.Los Angeles Sparks guard Sydney Wiese (wees) is the only other WNBA player to test positive for the virus.In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic:— British horse racing’s most successful flat trainer of all time is recovering after contracting the coronavirus. Mark Johnston has been isolating since having the symptoms confirmed and his family says he is making good progress. In 2018, Johnston celebrated his 4,194th winner, which is the most of any trainer in British flat racing. He has won the 1,000 and 2,000 Guineas classics as well as the Gold Cup at Ascot on three occasions. All racing in Britain is suspended amid the pandemic and no return date has been set. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditBASEBALL-WINKLES OBITASU, Angels skipper Winkles diesTEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Bobby Winkles was among the most successful coaches in college baseball before serving as a major league manager. — West Ham chief executive Karren Brady says she believes the timescale for an English Premier League return is no clearer than when the coronavirus lockdown started almost a month ago. Brady feels that complex questions still need to be answered over player training, the presence of police at matches, virus testing, hygiene and medical protocols. The EPL stated after talks with the 20 clubs on Friday that its objective remains to complete the season but added that all dates are tentative while the impact of COVID-19 develops.— The mayor of Madrid says soccer matches and other sports events in Spain will take place in empty venues at least until the end of the summer. He says the coronavirus pandemic likely “won’t be under control” in time for events with big crowds to resume normally. The Spanish league is not expecting to resume at least until the end of May. It is working on several scenarios, including playing without fans through the fall.— Major League Soccer is putting on a five-week video game tournament starting Sunday that will be televised nationally. Each of the MLS teams involved picked a player to participate. The tournament will benefit Feeding America and Food Banks Canada.— Top-ranked men’s tennis player Novak Djokovic (JOH’-koh-vihch) says he spoke with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal about working with the ATP to set up a fund to help lower-ranked tennis players financially affected by the pandemic. Djokovic described what he called a long conversation with Federer and Nadal about “how we can contribute and how we can help lower-ranked guys who obviously are struggling the most.” Djokovic talked about trying to amass somewhere around $3 million to $4.5 million to distribute, perhaps to players ranked from around 200th or 250th to around 700th.— Serena Williams’ coach says he is starting an independent tennis league to have professionals play matches without spectators starting in May at his academy in Nice, France. Patrick Mouratoglou says the plan is to live-stream 10 matches per weekend for five weekends in May and June. The ATP and WTA professional tours have been on hold since March and are suspended at least until mid-July. April 19, 2020 Associated Press RB Brian Hill signs fifth-round tender to stay with FalconsFLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Running back Brian Hill has signed his $2.1 million tender offer to remain with the Atlanta Falcons.The restricted free agent received an original-round tender last month, giving the team a right to match any offer Hill received from another team or accept a fifth-round draft pick as compensation.Hill played in 12 games with two starts in 2019, rushing 78 times for 323 yards and two touchdowns along with 10 catches for 69 yards and one TD.INDYCAR-iRACINGcenter_img Winkles died Friday at age 90 with family and friends by his side. That word from Arizona State.Winkles became the Sun Devils’ first varsity baseball coach in 1959 and led them to national championships in 1965, 1967 and 1969. He went 524-173 at ASU while coaching such players as Reggie Jackson, Rick Monday, Sal Bando, Larry Gura and Gary Gentry. Arizona State retired his No. 1 jersey in 1972 and the field at Packard Stadium was dedicated in his honor in 2001.Winkles later managed the California Angels and Oakland Athletics from 1973-78, compiling a 170-213 record for teams that were either rebuilding or spiraling downward.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSChicago Sky’s Dolson tests positive Update on the latest sports — The San Diego Junior Golf Association has canceled the 53rd annual IMG Academy Junior World Championships set for July 4-10. The event annually attracts more than 1,250 golfers from more than 50 countries to Torrey Pines and other San Diego golf courses. Many PGA and LPGA players faced their initial international competition at the Junior Worlds.— Socially distanced crews in New York and California are keeping horse racing on television in the U.S. during the coronavirus pandemic. Horse racing is one of the few sports ongoing, albeit in a limited capacity at a handful of empty tracks. But its TV presence has expanded because of the dearth of other options. The New York Racing Association helps produce “America’s Day at the Races” on Fox Sports, TVG has partnered with NBC Sports for a dozen hours of coverage each week and the hope is that the fledgling industry can stay afloat and gain more exposure.— Youth sports leagues are bracing for even bigger financial losses with no end in sight for the shutdown of activity because of the outbreak. Communities with sprawling, empty fields and arenas are losing millions of dollars with lucrative tournaments canceled or postponed. Team sports participation dipped after the 2008 recession, so officials wonder what youth sports will look like when kids begin to return to fields and courts. — An online petition addressed to Tokyo Olympic organizers and the city government has drawn tens of thousands of signatures for permission to occupy the massive Athletes Village going up alongside Tokyo Bay. The village was to be home to 11,000 Olympic athletes and 4,400 Paralympic athletes. It is largely complete and empty with the Olympic opening postponed by the virus outbreak until July 23, 2021.NFL-FALCONS-HILL Pagenaud wins simulated IndyCar raceCHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Reigning Indianapolis 500 winner Simon Pagenaud (PA’-zheh-noh) competed in his firesuit and captured IndyCar’s race on a simulated Twin Ring Motegi in Japan.Pagenaud took advantage of a frantic final 10 laps to get the victory. Penske drivers Will Power and Scott McLaughlin were racing each other for the lead and a likely victory when they came upon the lapped car of Oliver Askew, causing Power to touch McLaughlin’s car. McLaughlin was livid and actively trying to calm himself on his simulator in Brisbane when he was spun into the wall and out of contention.Pagenaud then raced Power wheel-to-wheel and the cars appeared to touch before Pagenaud took the lead. He still had to hold off Scott Dixon’s last-lap attempt to pass him for the win.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

2020 Ryder Cup Postponed Until Next Year

first_imgThe 2020 Ryder Cup has been postponed for a year because the coronavirus pandemic means the event cannot be staged safely with spectators present.The event between the United States and Europe was due to be held at Whistling Straits, Wisconsin on 25-27 September.But the biennial event has now been rescheduled for 24-26 September 2021. “The spectators make it a unique and compelling event and playing without them was not a realistic option,” said PGA of America chief Seth Waugh.“It became clear that as of today, our medical experts and the public authorities in Wisconsin could not give us certainty that conducting an event responsibly with thousands of spectators in September would be possible.“Given that uncertainty, we knew rescheduling was the right call.”Professional men’s golf in the US has resumed behind closed doors but players have said the Ryder Cup should not go ahead without fans.The European Tour announced that the qualification process for the European team has been frozen until the beginning of 2021.And the next Ryder Cup to be held in Europe has been pushed back a year with Rome now set to host the event in 2023.Europe skipper Padraig Harrington said rescheduling the tournament was the correct decision.“When you think of the Ryder Cup you think of the distinctive atmosphere generated by the spectators, such as around the first tee at Le Golf National two years ago,” said the 48-year-old Irishman.“If that cannot be responsibly recreated at Whistling Straits in September, then it is correct that we all wait until it can be.”US captain Steve Stricker, 53, echoed Harrington’s sentiments, and added: “We want to stage a Ryder Cup that will rival all other Ryder Cups in my home state of Wisconsin.”In 2018 Europe regained the trophy with a 17½-10½ win over USA in the 42nd edition of the biennial competition.Meanwhile, there has been a knock-on effect from the rescheduling with next September’s Presidents Cup – between the US and a Rest of the World team – at Quail Hollow also now postponed for a year.The Wells Fargo Championship will be played at its traditional venue at Quail Hollow in 2021 and at TPC Potomac in 2022, during Presidents Cup year.The PGA Tour in the US has played four events behind closed doors following the shutdown enforced by coronavirus, despite a handful of positive tests, while the European Tour will resume on 22 July with the first of six successive UK events.The number of daily coronavirus cases is rising again in the US with fears it could reach 100,000 per day.Only three of the four annual men’s majors are scheduled to take place in 2020 – all of them in the United States – after the Open Championship, due to be played from 15-18 July at Royal St George’s in Kent, was cancelled.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

He’s seen it all: Tim Tessalone brings guidance, work ethic to USC’s athletic department

first_imgAfter college, however, he left USC for a few years to work at a public relations agency that served financial firms, the Motion Picture Academy and, most importantly, the Rose Bowl. Being on the sidelines for the Rose Bowl each year made him miss USC and the atmosphere of a sports department. It also means that, even though he probably cares more about USC football than any non-coach or player in the country, Tessalone can never be a normal fan. During each game, he’s at work, keeping stats, watching the field and coordinating with reporters. Even when Tessalone went to a Rams game on a day off, he couldn’t quite figure out how to cheer along with the rest of the crowd. It’s why head coaches like Andy Enfield feel their players are always comfortable with the media because of Tessalone’s ability to relate to them. It’s why countless athletes, from Keyshawn Johnson to Sam Darnold, believe they are more prepared for the professional leagues than players from any other school. While coaches are preparing their players on the field and the court, Tessalone is the quiet force in the background prepping them from everything that comes after the buzzer. Hayes wasn’t a star. He worked clean-up for a guy who went on to win the Heisman and become All-Pro in the NFL. He rushed for zero yards until his senior year, when he picked up a little over 500 yards as a stacked Trojan team rolled to an undefeated finish and a Rose Bowl win. But as Tessalone walked onto the field, he watched Hayes do something special in an otherwise lackluster fourth quarter. Hayes burst through a hole, sprinted 20 yards and somersaulted into the endzone. It was Hayes’ first and only touchdown of his college career, and he celebrated as if it was the game winner. For Tessalone, the moment captured everything that had drawn him to sports in the first place. And perhaps the greatest challenge of the job now is social media, which allows young athletes to access the media wherever and whenever, without oversight from the sports information department. Tessalone works with athletes during their college careers, but he is known for showing up for them in every step that comes afterward — games, weddings, funerals. This stems from his desire to help each athlete, starters or benchwarmers, to grow through their years at USC. Over time, this sense of community has helped Tessalone embrace the idea — however cheesy — of the Trojan Family. Tessalone’s work ethic, according to colleagues, is unparalleled. Assistant SID Paul Goldberg says that the image of Tessalone, with a pen tucked behind his ear and a carefully folded to-do list in his back pocket, has become one of the iconic images of the school’s athletic department. One example is former linebacker Rey Maualuga. When Maualuga entered USC as a freshman, he could barely hold eye contact with a reporter, answering in broken half-sentences and struggling to speak up loudly enough for recorders. But rather than pulling him from scrums, Tessalone continued to encourage the young player, gently preparing him to face the media each week. The fact that Ellis used to be an intern for the athletic department only made the comeback sweeter. For Tessalone, it was a culmination of four years of watching yet another athlete grow both on and off the track. In fact, he didn’t have a second favorite up until last year. That flipping touchdown by Hayes was his favorite, hands down. But then, he watched the women’s 4×400 meter team come back to win the national championship in 2018, and Tessalone was forced to add another favorite. By his senior year, Maualuga was almost unrecognizable as a confident All-American who easily spoke in public. When he won the Chuck Bednarik Award for college defensive player of the year, Maualuga put on a tuxedo, stood up in front of a crowd of thousands and gave a full speech without notes for almost 20 minutes. To Tessalone, that growth was as important as any progress he made on the football field. It has been four decades since that moment. Tessalone is now a staple of USC athletics, entering his 40th year working full-time in sports information and having served as the head SID since 1984. “I think what also keeps him going is his natural role as a mentor — and a university is a great place to serve in that role,” Goldberg said. “He derives a real satisfaction and enjoyment from helping students advance in their careers and never turns away anyone who has a question. I cannot count the number of people who have sought his counsel. His door is always open.” A lot has changed since Tessalone first walked into his job. The sports information department used to consist of just three people: the SID, an assistant SID and a secretary. The internet had not been invented yet, and social media didn’t exist. Despite the popularity of the USC football team, Tessalone considered his job well done if the Los Angeles Times beat writer popped his head into practice every few weeks. Although Tessalone joked that social media keeps him up at night, he’s found that the values he held at the start of his career remain the same now. At the end of the day, his goal as sports information director is to help athletes tell their stories. He’s never believed in sheltering athletes or keeping them from the press. While many other schools deny access to freshmen or only allow coaches to comment after losses, USC athletes face the media win or lose, taking hard questions even after blowouts. “It’s a hokey concept, the Trojan Family,” Tessalone said. “People from the outside don’t get it, but it is a very real thing. Trojans love each other and take care of each other. Just to see them move on in life, whatever they do, that’s what’s really cool.” Tal Volk/Daily Trojan “I don’t need to see a poll to know that Tim is at the top of the list,” said Fred Claire, the former general manager of the Dodgers and Tessalone’s long-time friend. “I have seen his work and the performance of his team members play out year after year with outstanding performance. At a time when integrity and credibility come into question in the world of sports, Tim stands as an example of always doing the right thing.” To manage this ever-increasing flow of information about his teams, Tessalone has to be constantly on-duty. He works seven days a week from August to January for football season, then six days a week for the rest of the year. In June and July, over summer break, he can take a breather for a little bit before the next season begins.center_img “It’s easy to talk about the stars and remember all those great players,” Tessalone said. “But for every one of those there’s 20 kids who ride the bench and don’t get their moment in the sun. This kid got his moment. It was small, it didn’t really mean anything to the game, but he got his moment. There’s been a million of those moments since, and to me, that’s what athletics is about.” The first came in 1979, his very first year working in the department. It was a small memory, one of many that Tessalone would collect over the next four decades. In the final minutes of a blowout over UCLA, as Tessalone traipsed down the stairs from the Coliseum press box to the field, backup tailback Michael Hayes subbed in for Charley White. “It used to be that all we talked to [players] about was media relations and how to do an interview,” Tessalone said. “Now, that’s only half of our conversation. Social media is the other half.” “That kind of symbolizes who he is,” Goldberg said. “He is ready to jump into action on anything at any time.” Over his 40 years in the USC athletic department, sports information director Tim Tessalone treasures two specific memories the most. So in 1979, the same year that a sports channel called ESPN launched and Jimmy Carter was president, Tessalone returned to USC as an assistant sports director. He hasn’t left since. Now, everything about the job of sports information director is more demanding. Tessalone oversees a staff of seven sports information directors and student workers. His job description includes running a website and social media accounts while managing the football press corps — typically at least 10 beat writers — that attends every single practice and scrimmage. He watched football players hold up a student who impaled herself on a fence after falling out of a dorm window. He kept the team calm as turbulence knocked players’ heads against the airplane ceiling on a flight to Notre Dame. He sat in front of his idol, Muhammad Ali, at a private screening of his film “When We Were Kings,” listening to the star mumble along narration out of the corner of his mouth. Tessalone grew up in Los Angeles, rooting for both USC and Notre Dame, oddly enough. He entered USC hoping to be a sportswriter but quickly switched to public relations, then interned with the sports department as a senior. Over all these years, more than perhaps anyone except for band director Arthur Bartner, Tessalone has seen it all. The race quickly became a national sensation. Senior anchor Kendall Ellis started the final leg of the race in fifth place and tore up the first place runner’s 100-meter lead to lunge forward for a last-second win. It was one of the best things Tessalone had ever seen at USC, better even than the 1974 comeback over Notre Dame that he watched from the stands as a student. Tessalone has weathered eras of USC football, from the championship-drought decades of the 1980s and 1990s to Pete Carroll’s dynasty and the ensuing sanctions. He’s managed four Heisman campaigns, from Charley White to Matt Leinart. And in his time, he’s become one of only 12 media members to be inducted into the USC Athletics Hall of Fame. “Our philosophy is that for our athletes, dealing with the media is part of their educational experience here,” Tessalone said. “That’s why we’ve never really shielded our athletes like some other places do. We think that if they’re properly educated and trained, that this is part of the total athlete experience.” But none of those are his other favorite memory of USC. Whether it’s on or off the field, Tessalone is known as the guy who always shows up. That’s always been the case in the 23 years that Tessalone and Goldberg have worked together. When Goldberg’s first son was born, Tessalone came to the hospital unannounced. Thirteen years later, he was in the crowd for the same kid’s recital. It makes sense, after all, given that his own family is part of that community as well. He met his wife at USC when they both lived in the dorms. All three of his children — the eldest of whom is named Troy — attended their parents’ alma mater. For Tessalone, USC is his career, home and family all wrapped into one. “I’m a USC fan, there’s no doubt about it,” Tessalone said. “But there’s no cheering in the press box. I can’t remember the last time that I clapped. For me, it’s a weird feeling to sit in the stands anymore. That cheering gene is no longer active.” “To see that comeback — and I’ve been around some pretty cool comebacks — that was maybe the single greatest USC athletic feat in any sport that I’ve ever seen,” Tessalone said. “That, to me, is the coolest part of the job,” Tessalone said. “It’s not the wins and losses, it’s not the superstars and champions. It’s watching athletes grow from freshmen to seniors and knowing that we might have touched them a little bit.”last_img read more

Tough Asia backdrop sees Playtech issue new profit warning

first_img Playtech goes live in the US with bet365 August 7, 2020 GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile  August 25, 2020 Submit Share Related Articles Share StumbleUpon Jason Ader – No Boogeyman… Activism will play a vital part in reshaping gambling August 20, 2020 FTSE250 gambling technology group Playtech Plc has today issued a corporate profit warning, detailing continued Asian market woes.Issuing its second Asia related profit warning over the past year, Playtech governance details a continued slowdown of its Asian market operations and services.“As previously reported, average daily revenue in Asia continues to be impacted by an increasingly competitive backdrop. Towards the end of the first half, this market has seen a particularly aggressive pricing environment from new entrants to the market and this has impacted revenue” details Playtech in its corporate announcement.Updating investors, Playtech governance has detailed that it sees ‘no material improvement’ with regards to its Malaysian position, a major territory for Playtech’s Asian market operations.Due to the impacts, The FTSE firm anticipates its Asia market revenues to be circa €70 million below its original expectations, which will consequently impact Playtech full-year 2018 corporate run rate.Playtech governance has moved to revise its full-year 2018 corporate forecast, targeting adjusted earnings between the range of €320-360 million.Playtech’s revised forecast will not include the +€220 million of profits made from the operator selling divesting its stake in the enlarged GVC Holdings.Commenting on the update,  Mor Weizer, Group CEO of Playtech Plc, said: “Clearly the recent trading performance in Asia is disappointing. We have taken steps to further support our partners in the region and we will continue to work to preserve our position in the face of an increasingly competitive environment.“In line with our stated strategy, progress in fast-growing, regulated and soon to-be-regulated markets continues apace. Momentum in key regulated markets continued in the first part of 2018 with new agreements with Gala Leisure in the UK, SAS in Portugal and Totalizator, the Polish national lottery. Additionally, regulatory developments in the US represent a significant opportunity for the Group. The organic growth reported in the non-Asian B2B gaming business combined with the recent acquisition of Snaitech in Italy provides management with confidence that this strategy will materially improve the quality and diversification of Playtech’s performance in 2018 and beyond.”last_img read more