Hackett earns light discipline

first_img“If he makes class (today), he’ll play,” Floyd said of tonight’s game against Oregon State. The freshman point guard mostly has come off the bench since the return of Gabe Pruitt from academic ineligibility Dec. 22. With Pruitt recovering from a stomach virus, Hackett may be needed for more minutes against the Beavers. Pruitt said he spent four hours at the doctor Tuesday and needed two bags of fluids intravenously. The doctor indicated he probably had a virus. In his first 17 games, freshman forward Taj Gibson scored in double figures 15 times with eight double-doubles. In the past five games, he’s had nine points three times and 11 twice. He hasn’t reached 10 rebounds in the last six. “I think a lot of it is scouting, a lot of it double teams,” Gibson said. Tendonitis in his left knee has bothered him during the week but isn’t hindering him in games, according to Gibson. Floyd said the size and length of teams USC has played recently has made an impact. Against Cal, the 6-foot-9 Gibson gave up an inch to Ryan Anderson. At Stanford, he had at least five shots blocked by 7-foot twins Brook and Robin Lopez. Free-throw woes also have hurt Gibson’s point total. Before making all three against Cal, he converted just four of 15 over the previous four games. He has been spending time after practice to correct that problem. “If he just makes his free throws, he’d be scoring four more points a game,” Floyd said. ” I’ve been giving him assignments to chart 50 free throws after practice or make 10 in a row. (Wednesday), he just stayed on his own, which is great.” matthew.kredell@dailynews.com (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LOS ANGELES – Daniel Hackett sat and watched USC basketball practice from a sideline seat Wednesday as punishment for missing a study hall. Coach Tim Floyd said that would be the extent of the discipline. center_img Hackett, who graduated from St. John Bosco High in Bellflower a year early to enroll at USC, was singled out by Floyd as the difference in Saturday’s 76-73 victory over California. He scored the game-winning points by driving to the basket for a layup with 17 seconds left after the drawn-up play broke down. He seems to be earning Floyd’s trust in late-game situations because of his defense and fearlessness. “He’s certainly one of the more intense guys, and he brings that intensity to his defense,” Floyd said. After missing practice Tuesday, Pruitt returned Wednesday and battled through most of the drills though he wasn’t feeling his best. “I’m just real weak right now, like my body’s just aching – my stomach and lower back,” Pruitt said. “I should be (healthy) enough to play and contribute (tonight),” he said. last_img read more

Living large

first_imgBOSTON At first glance, the catalog’s pitch for lawn chairs appears ordinary: A seated man and woman relax near a tree-lined lakeshore, enjoying drinks. But look closer. “Supports up to 800lbs,” reads the text next to the man’s $139.95 lawn chair. Flip deeper into the catalog, and the products get even more specialized, such as a “Big John” toilet seat with a 1,200-pound capacity – “larger than any other toilet seat in the world” – priced at $124.95. LivingXL is the new incarnation of www.SuperSizeWorld.com, a Vancouver, Wash.-based online store that Casual Male bought for $400,000 in October. Casual Male Chief Executive David Levin learned about the business while reading an article on obesity last fall during a business trip. The switch to a new name was in keeping with the company’s re-branding of its stores last year from the old name Casual Male Big & Tall to Casual Male XL – a move that dropped the word “big” to eliminate a term often seen as a code word for “fat” in the euphemism-rich world of retail branding. “We knew from our Casual Male stores that they didn’t like ‘Big & Tall,”‘ Levin said, “and they certainly wouldn’t like ‘SuperSize,’ especially with that movie ‘Super Size Me”‘ – a 2004 documentary about an independent filmmaker’s experiment eating nothing but McDonald’s for 30 days. Levin is trim, but he claims to understand the challenges heavier people face, in part because the company used a focus group of overweight people to develop the catalog. The group helped Casual Male navigate the idiosyncrasies of marketing lifestyle products to heavy people, who often feel stigmatized about their weight even though they’re greater in number than ever before. An estimated two-thirds of American adults are overweight or obese, compared with 47percent from a survey done in the late 1970s, according to federal statistics. A public health advocate welcomes the marketplace’s efforts to reach out to the growing ranks of overweight people, but also cautions against instilling any sense of complacency among heavy folks. Obesity raises the risk of heart disease, diabetes, arthritis and some cancers. “It’s a balancing act between assisting people coping with the results of being obese, and not losing track of the public health message about being more active and eating healthier diets,” said Jeff Levi, executive director of the Trust for America’s Health, a Washington-based nonprofit. “But if we stigmatize obesity, it makes the public health challenge that much more difficult.” Many heavy people favor shopping from the privacy of their homes over searching store aisles for such hard-to-find items as oversize bath towels and seat-belt extenders to accommodate heavy people buckling up for commercial flights. “Anyone who sells in the large-size market knows how many customers are traumatized by their size,” said Bill Mabrey, president of Amplestuff, a Bearsville, N.Y.-based online and mail-order catalog that he describes as “a mom-and-pop store” with less than $200,000 in sales a year. “Often, people who need this stuff have a sense of hopelessness, and some are even afraid to go out in public because there’s no place they can go and sit down in a chair without breaking it.” Casual Male, which had $468million in revenue last year, last month mailed 350,000 catalogs nationwide in the first of seven Living-XL editions to go out this year. The company expects to send 2.5million catalogs with items ranging from 500-pound capacity bicycle seats to large-button TV remotes and extra-strong hangers. Levin said his company must closely watch consumer response to gauge which products and marketing approaches resonate. “We believe we’ve created something that doesn’t exist. I’m sure this catalog will morph into something different than what you see in its first initial edition.” For now, Casual Male is bowing to convention by using only moderately overweight catalog models. “It’s pretty much the way the world operates, for better or worse,” Levin said. He added that he would be open to using obese models if customers want it. The market opportunity for lifestyle products is a mystery compared with the more established plus-size fashion market. U.S. sales of plus-size clothing for adults and children reached nearly $76billion last year and are forecast to grow to $107billion by 2012, according to a study by Packaged Facts, a Rockville, Md.-based market research company. But that company and other research organizations haven’t published information estimating sales of plus-size lifestyle products. Thomas Filandro of Susquehanna Financial Group, an industry analyst who follows Casual Male Retail Group, expects LivingXL will ultimately pay off for the company, but not quickly. Even with LivingXL’s emergence, the market is still wide open, said Mabrey, of Ample Stuff. “My response to them is, `Welcome aboard.’ My suspicion is that between their sales and our sales, we’ll only have reached 1percent of the total market. Most fat people – excuse the term – have never heard of either of us.” Howell hopes other retailers follow Casual Male’s lead. “It is an underserved market, and one I believe more and more retailers will be taking a more serious look at. We need more than just clothing.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The products are in “LivingXL,” an online and print catalog launched in May by the parent company of Casual Male XL, the nation’s largest chain of men’s plus-size clothing and apparel stores. Casual Male Retail Group hopes to parlay the marketing know-how from its 500 stores into the largely untapped market for specialty products that make life easier for the growing population of obese men and women. The Canton, Mass.-based chain is the first large retailer to enter the niche, now served by a handful of mom-and-pop catalog and online retailers offering a limited selection of products with little marketing glitz. For Peggy Howell, a 300-pound woman who runs an online store featuring art with positive depictions of heavy people, Living XL could help her more easily find products that give her confidence. “When I’m trying to buy lawn chairs, I want to get one that’s wide and sturdy,” Howell said. “My sister and I share a home in Las Vegas, and whenever we go to a party or an event, we take our special collapsible lawn chairs. We know we’ll feel secure in them, and comfortable. “You can find these kinds of specialty things once in a while, but they’re not always easy to find,” she said. “When you do, you tell all your friends.” last_img

U.S. to finalize new human subject protections

first_imgAfter 4 years of mulling, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is preparing to tighten rules designed to protect people who participate in research funded by the federal government and many private entities. HHS, along with 15 other agencies, released a Federal Register notice today describing the intended changes, which include tighter consent requirements for the reuse of stored blood or tissue in new research.The requirements, collectively known as the Common Rule, have been in place since 1991. But the expanding scale of research involving human subjects—enabled in part by more sophisticated ways to analyze biospecimens and by the large-scale collection of digital health records—has inspired an overhaul. In 2011, HHS announced plans to tighten the rules, and began collecting public feedback.The notice released today follows through on several ideas floated in that announcement. One major change would require researchers to get a participant’s consent to analyze donated biospecimens in future studies that are unrelated to the original research. For now, researchers can make use of stored samples leftover from previous studies or clinical tests without explicit consent by stripping them of any personal identifying information. That sidesteps the typical consent by “taking the human out of human subjects research,” says Kathy Hudson, deputy director for science, outreach, and policy at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland. But “that is not really consistent with the views we have about the partnership we have with research participants,” she adds. 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The notice calls for making these long and complicated forms clearer by requiring a few essential components in the body of the form, and by relegating other details to an appendix.Not all of the revisions raise the ethical bar. Another set of changes would exempt eight categories of study from Common Rule requirements. The exempted research includes studies conducted as part of a public health surveillance effort and social science studies that involve collecting oral histories and biographies. Another simplifying measure would require that a research project spanning multiple institutions be consolidated under a single institutional review board.The move comes as NIH itself is gearing up for an ambitious bit of human subjects research—a longitudinal study of at least 1 million volunteers as part of the White House’s precision medicine initiative. Hudson says she expects the new rules will make it easier to make use of samples and data from that broad cohort as the study evolves.After the notice is officially published in the Federal Register next week, there will be a 90-day comment period before the release of a final rule.last_img read more

Wilmington Youth Hockey To Hold Try Hockey For Free Event On November 11

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Join Wilmington Youth Hockey this weekend for its “Try Hockey for Free Day” on Sunday, November 11, 2018, from 1:30pm to 3pm, at Ristuccia Memorial Arena (190 Main Street) in Wilmington.Has your child been wanting to try hockey? This is the event to learn more about youth hockey in Wilmington. Equipment will be available. You will need to bring your own skates.Register for this event HERE. Please share this announcement with family, friends & neighbors that you know may be interested in attending.(NOTE: The above announcement is from Wilmington Youth Hockey.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Youth Hockey To Hold ‘Drop The Puck’ Street Hockey Tournament Fundraiser On August 25In “Community”QUESTION OF THE DAY: Got A Child Who Wants To Try Hockey? Here’s Their Chance!In “Question of the Day”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday, August 20, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

On Chiranjeevis birthday Pawan Kalyan releases Amitabh Bachchans onset pictures from Sye

first_imgPawan Kalyan with Amitabh Bachchan, Chiranjeevi and Ram Charan on the sets of Sye Raa Narasimha ReddyTwitterPower star Pawan Kalyan has released pictures of his meeting with Amitabh Bachchan on the sets of Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy and wished his brother, megastar Chiranjeevi, on his 64th birthday.The soured relationship between Pawan Kalyan and Chiranjeevi has been a hot topic of debate for almost a decade. The mega brothers have often tried to put the rumours to rest but various situations kept fueling the speculations.The gossip mongers recently got busy with reports about their differences, when Chiru declined to campaign for his brother’s Jana Sena Party in the Andhra Pradesh Assembly and Lok Sabha elections.Pawan Kalyan has once again made an attempt to show the world that everything is fine between him and his brother Chiranjeevi. On the eve of his brother’s birthday, the power star released a press note in which he explained Chiru has an inspiring personality like Abdul Kalam. In the letter shared on Twitter, the actor wished a happy birthday to his brother. Pawan Kalyan wishes to ChiranjeeviTwitterInterestingly, Pawan Kalyan is working as the narrator in Chiranjeevi’s Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy and the makers recently released his dubbing video, which grabbed many eyeballs and thrilled the fans of the mega family. This morning, the Jana Sena leader tweeted a photo featuring the history of Narasimha Reddy and captioned it with “Uyyalawada Narasimha Reddy – an Unsung Hero.”Pawan Kalyan tweeted a couple of photos featuring him with Amitabh Bachchan, Chiranjeevi and Ram Charan on the sets of Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy. The power star also wrote, “Most cherished moment of my Life;meeting my Idol, Respected ‘Shri Amitabh Bachchan ji’, on the sets of ‘Saira.’ His life teaches us ,how one should rise against all odds that life keeps throwing and be victorious.” Pawan Kalyan with Amitabh Bachchan, Chiranjeevi and Ram Charan on the sets of Sye Raa Narasimha ReddyTwitterAll the fans of mega family and film fraternity are pouring wishes for megastar Chiranjeevi on his birthday. Pawan Kalyan’s tweets about Chiru have come as a big surprise for them. A fan named Yaswanth replied to his post, “India’s biggest superstar Amitabh sir, power star, megastar.. Damn, show me the better trio than this , I’ll wait “last_img read more

Quota reform leaders fear arrest enforced disappearance

first_imgStudents demanding reform in quota system in government jobs were attacked by ruling party student wing Bangladesh Chhatra League leaders and activists several times in last four days. Picture: Prothom Alo.The leaders and activists of quota reform movement fear arrest and enforced disappearance in the face of repeated attacks by the ruling party’s student cadres and following arrest of their leaders.They are not also planning any fresh programme, rather the leaders of the movement say their main concern is about how to free the arrested leaders.Students under the banner of ‘Sadharon Chhatra Odhikar Songrokkhon Parishad’ have been pressing for their demand for reforms in existing quota system in government jobs.On the recent spate of attacks on them reportedly by Bangladesh Chhatra League men and arrest of several of its leaders, convenor of the the platform Hasan Al Mamun said to Prothom Alo, “We are scared of arrest and enforced disappearances. We have no doubt they will file cases against us. Future of those of us who led the movement is apparently bleak.”Mamun said the joint conveners of the movement, Faruk, Jasim and Mashiur were arrested on Tuesday. Another one named Mahfuz remains missing and joint convenor Nurul Haque, in ailing condition, is not seen publicly.Nur was severely beaten by the BCL men and activists in front of central library of Dhaka University on 30 June.Mamun alleged that the government forces have deactivated their Facebook accounts so that they could not forge any fresh movement.Meanwhile, students and teachers of Rajshahi University on Tuesday demonstrated demanding the release of the arrested students, punishment of the attackers on students and reform in quota system.However, the students could not launch any demonstration in the Dhaka University campus as the BCL men were heavily deployed there.Leaders of the platform could not come to the campus fearing attack and arrest.Eight leaders of the platform have been shown arrest so far in four cases.BCL leaders on Monday handed over Faruk Hossain in Shahbagh police station after beating him severely. He was shown arrested on Tuesday.Joshim Uddin and Toriqul Islam were shown arrested in cases filed in connection with attacks on the residence of DU vice chancellor and vandalising motor bike of a police man.Joint convenor of the platform Rashed Khan was shown arrested under section 57 of ICT act on Sunday.Deputy commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Masudur Rahman confirmed that eight students had been arrested between Saturday and Tuesday.A group of lawyers have decided to provide legal assistance to the ‘harassed students’.Lawyer Jyotirmoy Barua said, a group of 20 lawyers are ready to provide the students with legal assistance.If the members of the family seek any legal help, they would readily extend their hand, he added.The government has formed a seven-member committee led by the cabinet secretary to make recommendations about quota reforms. Formed on Monday night, the committee is likely to meet on 8 July for the first time.Human chain protesting harassment of Fahmidul HaqueA group of teachers and students formed human chain in front of Aparajeyo Bangla on Wednesday protesting at the harassment of DU teacher Fahmidul Haque.Fahmidul was attending a demonstration in front of National Press Club on Tuesday protesting at the attack on students demanding quota reforms  But some policemen harassed and threatened him to arrest.Attending the human chain, Gitiara Nasreen, teacher of DU’s Mass Communication and Journalism department, said, every citizen has the right to express his/her concern. “But those who are expressing their concern are being attacked or harassed,” she added.Teacher of Economics department Rushad Faridi said, “I am feeling mentally sick seeing all this incidents. University students are being beaten mercilessly and being taken on police remand for no reason. We want justice for all of these incidents.”Dhaka University’s teacher of International Relations department Tanzimuddin Khan and Sociology department’s Samina Luthfa also attended the human chain.last_img read more