This week, the Nikkei newspaper cited ministry sources as saying approval could be granted within a month of receiving such a request.In July, Fujifilm sold its global rights to Avigan to India’s Dr Reddy’s Laboratories. Already available generically in many countries under the name favipiravir, the drug has been approved to treat COVID-19 in India and Russia.Avigan acts on the RNA of viruses, inhibiting their ability to replicate. It is the subject of dozens of trials worldwide, but concerns remain over birth defects it caused in animal studies.Dr Reddy’s shares were 0.7% higher at 0430 GMT. Topics : Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had touted Avigan’s potential as Japan’s contribution to a global race for coronavirus treatments, aiming for domestic approval in May.The government called on Fujifilm to triple national stockpiles of Avigan, approved in 2014 as an emergency flu treatment, and pledged to donate it to countries on request.But a lack of patients in Japan hampered clinical testing. In July, researchers at Fujita Health University said their Avigan study failed to reach statistically significant results.In its statement, Fujifilm said it would perform further analysis of the trial data and seek to file for approval of Avigan for use in COVID-19 as early as October. Fujifilm Holdings Corp said on Wednesday a late-stage study of its antiviral drug Avigan showed it reduced recovery times for COVID-19 patients with non-severe symptoms, boosting expectations for regulatory approval in Japan.The Phase 3 clinical study of 156 patients in Japan showed that those treated with Avigan improved after 11.9 days, versus 14.7 days for a placebo group. Results of the study, conducted by subsidiary Fujifilm Toyama Chemical, were statistically significant, the company said in a release.The announcement sent Fujifilm shares up more than 4% in Tokyo to their highest level in four months.
If you had the space and the skill to pull this off, would you?If you were impressed by the Brisbane house that had a giant skate bowl in it, you’ll be blown away by the wicked genius of this home that comes with an entire wooden skate park inside. 28-year-old buys house sight unseen, again Experts warn of sharp fall in house prices Owner Rob Marsden is a mechanic that built a 8m by 11.88m wooden skate bowl inside a converted church hall he calls home, complete with ramps, 4m vertical wall and three 1.2m quarter pipes. MORE: Giant skate bowl home sold for millions Listed for sale for just under $432,000 (£240,000) by Attik Property Services, the property actually comes in way cheaper than Brisbane’s hidden skate bowl home, which went viral after it was listed for sale earlier this year.The Brisbane house was understood to have sold for close to its advertised listing price of over $2.375m. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus8 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market8 hours ago Mr Marsden’s love of boards is everywhere in the Norfolk home. You wouldn’t even know if you walked right past it in the street. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58 LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS Justyn Wood and Susan Chenoweth with their skate bowl inside the Hamilton home they went on to sell in Brisbane for millions. Picture: Adam Head. Anyone wanting a home with entire skate park inside will have to pack up and relocate to a much cooler climate, with the 19th century home located in Terrington Saint Clement, which is the largest village in Norfolk in England’s east.The property has gone viral since it was listed and featured across multiple sites including BBC.Mr Marsden told The Sun he has not given up on skating despite his injury.“I want to work from home and fix up the new place. I’ll make a concrete feature there that I’ll skate — just not inside this time.” Behind this unassuming exterior lies a gnarly secret – the most amazing handbuilt skate park. Mr Marsden is a mechanic who began building the skate park to indulge his skating obsession – and it just kept growing. It does have a modern kitchen. The home’s dining area and kitchen. The backyard.Upstairs, the home has three bedrooms, but the vast majority of it is taken up by his skate park indoors.The indoor skate haven is so popular that it even has its own Facebook page, which livestreams every Wednesday.“I’m 45, I have a broken back and I’m a middle-aged shredder,” he said. “I never thought I would leave this place but I found a place out in the country that I have bought,” Mr Marsden told The Sun. Something like this is definitely a labour of love. The rest of the property is quite spacious and well loved.He even built in a spot for verticals. read more
Mrs. Virginia Lynn “Vickie” (Elliott) Bailey, age 63, of Fairview, Indiana, entered this life on October 9, 1955, in Hamilton, Ohio, the loving daughter of the late, Robert and Mary Frances (Boggs) Elliott. She had resided in Switzerland County most of her life and was a 1973 graduate of the Switzerland County High School. Vickie was united in marriage to Paul Denver Bailey, Jr. on June 17, 1988 in Warsaw, Kentucky. This happy union was blessed with two daughters, Rhonda and Christina. Vickie and Paul shared nearly 31 years of marriage together until her death. Vickie was employed at the US Shoe Factory in Vevay, Indiana, Belterra Casino in Florence, Indiana as a cage cashier and for BESI, Inc. as a seamstress. Vickie attended the Patriot Baptist Church in Patriot, Indiana. Vickie enjoyed spending time with her family and collecting dolls. She thoroughly enjoyed the holidays and collecting Halloween and Christmas decorations. Vickie will be deeply missed by her loving family. Vickie passed away with her loving family by her side at 3:30 a.m., Friday March 29, 2019, at her residence in Fairview, Indiana.Vickie will be lovingly remembered by her husband, Paul Denver Bailey, Jr. of Fairview, IN; her daughters, Rhonda Partin and her husband: Chris of Fairview, IN, Christina Wagner and her husband: David of Vevay, IN; her grandchildren, Dalton Wagner and his companion: Destiny Brown, Owen Wagner, Bailey Castle and Rosemary Partin; her great-granddaughter, Madelyn Wagner; her sisters, Wanda Kittle and her husband: Eddie of Center Square, IN and Pauline Cunningham and her husband: Robert of Fairview, IN; her brother, Bobby Elliott and his wife: Brenda of Lebanon, OH and her several nieces and nephews.She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Mary Frances (Boggs) Elliott; her brother, Ronnie Elliott and her sisters, Rosemary Tice and Gloria Richards.Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, April 3, 2019, at 10:00 a.m., by Pastor Keith Morris at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.Interment will follow in the Grandview Memorial Gardens, Madison, Indiana.Friends may call 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Tuesday, April 2, 2019, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.Memorial contributions may be made to the Keeping Pace Cancer Fund % CFSCI. Cards are available at the funeral home or online at www.haskellandmorrison.com read more
CRICKET Australia executives have declared West Indian all-rounder Andre Russell’s use of a black bat as completely within the laws of the Big Bash competition.Russell stoked controversy yesterday after showing up for the tournament’s opening encounter against the Sydney Sixers with a black and pink bat. The instrument immediately set tongues wagging on social media platforms.While many praised the talented Jamaican’s creative spark, many pointed out that the equipment could be illegal, citing Law 6.6 which states that it is not legal for a player to have a blackened blade.A similar controversy arose in the English Country Twenty20, with Ashar Zaidi also wielding a black coloured bat for Essex, until it was outlawed.A Cricket Australia spokesperson quickly clarified the ruling, saying the West Indian all-rounder had not broken any laws.“A player can use a coloured bat subject to Cricket Australia approval. The bat may be the same colour as the club’s primary colour, or black,” said the spokesperson.“CA retains the right to withdraw approval in its absolute discretion. The umpires can also request a player change the bat if they believe it affects the integrity of the match.”Russell made just nine runs and took one wicket as the Thunder lost by nine runs to the Sixers.(Sportsmax.com) read more
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) – Recently-elected Cricket West Indies (CWI) chief, Ricky Skerritt, has given the assurance that interim head coach, Floyd Reifer, will remain in his post for the remainder of the year, and says there will be no “hasty political decisions” in the wake of the Caribbean side’s disastrous showing at the ICC World Cup.Speaking following West Indies’ final outing of the campaign on Thursday in Leeds, Skerritt praised Reifer as a coach with a “winning track record” and also rubbished suggestions that the change in management prior to the World Cup played a role in the team’s poor showing.West Indies won two of nine group stage matches to finish ninth in the 10-team standings on five points, their worst-ever performance at a World Cup.“That is a whole joke in terms of continuity (of coaching staff for the World Cup). In six years, we’ve had seven coaches, including Floyd Reifer who was coach for a few matches before the politics-appointed (Richard) Pybus,” Skerritt told i95.5FM sports programme here.Now people want Floyd Reifer to go and bring somebody else and then somebody else will go – that is not going to happen under my watch.“We have already put it clearly out that by the end of this year a head coach would be hired for at least a three-year plan and that is to take us to the next ODI (World Cup) of 2023.”He continued: “Floyd Reifer has a temporary contract that was always going to be up until the end of this calendar year. If he wins the recruitment process, he will then continue; if he loses the recruitment to somebody else, he will continue in some other position for three months until his one-year contract expires.“The new coach would start, if things go according to plan, somewhere early in 2020.”Englishman Pybus was controversially thrust into the role of West Indies head coach last January on the eve of the England series, a decision that resulted in public acrimony among CWI board members who feuded over the manner of the appointment.A former director of cricket, Pybus then oversaw a shock 2-1 win in the three-Test series and a 2-2 draw in the five-match ODI series.After toppling three-term incumbent Dave Cameron in March, Skerritt and vice-president Dr Kishore Shallow then moved to install Reifer as interim head coach in a complete overhaul of the team management and selection panel.Warning that the shambolic means by which Pybus was appointed would not be repeated, Skerritt said the recruitment for a permanent coach would not be rushed but would be allowed to go through the proper processes.“The recruitment process will take whatever length of time it takes to get the best coach in place,” Skerritt pointed out.“Recruiting a coach involves money, involves time, involves certain administrative requirements and there are processes. We’re going to go through a methodical process and get the best people in the best timing in the best places.“We’re not panicking, we’re not going to make any hasty political decisions and repeat what has been done in the past. That’s not how we operate.”Reifer’s next assignment will be India’s tour of the Caribbean for two Tests, three ODIs and three T20 Internationals from August 3 to September 3. read more
Photo courtesy of USC NewsA man with a plan · Earl Paysinger meets with USC President C. L. Max Nikias after an LAPD Cadet Leadership Program event in 2014.It’s been a long road for Earl Paysinger. He became an officer with the Los Angeles Police Department in the 1970s and served for over four decades. Afterward, he sought to make a difference in the community by empowering youth through the LAPD Cadets Academy Leadership program since 2006. Now, he has made the decision to join the Trojan Family as the new vice president of civic engagement.“He’s got an intimate knowledge of the city, particularly the areas surrounding our campuses,” said Thomas S. Sayles, senior vice president of university relations, in an interview with USC News. “Part of his role was to engage with the community, and this will be an opportunity to utilize all that experience to further expand our work with residents and community-based organizations.”Now with some experience after starting work in July, Paysinger talked to the Daily Trojan about his experiences at the University thus far and the changes he plans to make in the future.Daily Trojan: Could you give a quick summary of what the VP of Civic Engagement does? What would be a typical day for you?Earl Paysinger: There’s never a typical day. Our primary responsibility, as I mentioned earlier, is community outreach and community development. Not only looking at vast territories of the community and business centers, but even beyond that to create opportunities for our youth to learn and grow. It’s also about making opportunities for businesses to become more sustainable and productive. That not only builds the character of the business, but allows them to hire local workers, people with families that live in the [place] and worship in the neighborhood. As these businesses grow, and economic opportunities grow for families, it helps families become more solid and meaningful. With civic engagement, part of what we do is we act as a conduit to nearly 20 other community outreach systems. Many schools and colleges have their own civic engagement or community outreach opportunities for individuals who are responsible for that, and we partner with them and help them understand some of the other programs and resources that are available throughout the University. They can apply them to their school or college, so not only are the students and faculty and community aware of what that school has to offer, but they are aware of other opportunities in the University. Additionally, we provide opportunities for students to volunteer, for outreach, and for mentoring in the community. I recently had the opportunity to speak with 500 freshmen from the New North Residential College not too long ago at the start of the new year, and I challenged them to imagine what would it be like if every student every week for 52 weeks volunteered one hour a day. That is the kind of crusade that Civic Engagement is trying to make happen, so USC not only becomes the most preeminent learning institute in the world, but also sets the standard for community outreach and service to which all other learning institutes in the world are held by.DT: What made you want to step up and be a part of the Trojan family in the capacity that you are now? And why community outreach through USC?EP: The community outreach and youth development really have defined who I am and who I have been for many years. I started out as a member of the LAPD, and I recognized early on the idea of community outreach and youth development. Partnering with the community can help them become safer and more sustainable, but also help them achieve identity and fortitude, which was really the principle way I believed could address crime and quality of life in the community. I was [contacted] by the USC administration, specifically President Nikias, and I mentioned to him I was nearing retirement. We talked about the importance of outreach, which for decades has been a principal mission. It seemed to me that there was not only a nexus but almost a symbiotic relationship between his vision and the vision of the University and mine, as I had come to believe, not only for the LAPD and law enforcement in general, but for USC. It was a perfect match.DT: What do you feel is the most rewarding aspect of your job?EP: Probably seeing the joy of young people realizing their dreams. So often young people and families in the community aren’t provided the opportunities or they don’t know about them. To give an example, in the Neighborhood Academic Institute, kids have an opportunity to participate academically in a program that guarantees them the ability to be students at USC starting in middle school. What’s better than that? To help a young person realize his or her dream, I can’t imagine that there’s something better or more meaningful besides raising your own kids. This is not only what USC does, it is what USC is defined as.DT: Let’s say you still have the job five years from now. What is the number one thing you hope you would have accomplished by then?EP: Part of it to create a symbiotic relationship between the community, not only with USC on this campus, but also the health science campus. It’s creating a symbiotic relationship between the community, with business interests of the community and with students in the community. What I hope to accomplish is that they will look to USC as an institute upon which they can depend and live more productive and prosperous lives. read more
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error TORONTO >> In between grieving with his family over his mother’s passing, Lakers coach Byron Scott monitored his team in the past week.He watched the Lakers’ loss in Oklahoma City, fuming at the team’s defense. Scott listened to the radio when the Lakers scrapped to an overtime win in Minnesota. The Lakers hardly looked prettier once Scott saw them in person, a 94-83 loss to the Toronto Raptors at Air Canada Centre featuring too many ugly images to watch. The Lakers (19-52) shot 34.5 percent from the field, as Jeremy Lin (18 points) and Jordan Clarkson (14 points) represented the team’s lone double-digit scorers. A 10-point second-quarter lead soon changed to double-digit deficits for much of the second half.“When our offense seemed to go down, so did our defense,” Scott said. “The guys started to get down on themselves.” Scott planned to sit Carlos Boozer and Jordan Hill to develop the younger frontline players, while opening the possibility their benchings would end either in Brooklyn (Sunday) or Philadelphia (Monday). Yet, Boozer became unavailable anyway, the Lakers’ veteran forward revealing he has nursed the flu the past two days. “I feel like (crap),” said Boozer, who will take antibiotics and rest. Scott also conceded Clarkson recording zero assists represented “one of the first things I noticed” on his box score that also featured 4-of-14 shooting. Then, Scott defended Clarkson.“That’s something that at a young age, he’s going to have to figure out on the fly,” said Scott. “He did get in the paint a few times and finish it off. But guys just didn’t make layups or they got fouled and went to the free-throw line. He was still unselfish and doing the right things. It just didn’t show up in the stat sheet.” Lin, who usually laments games that lacked ball movement, attributed the poor shooting numbers to good shots falling out of the basket. Clarkson described his play as only “OK” and conceded, “I’m still learning how to make plays.”“We were getting the looks we wanted,” Clarkson said. “We had opportunities at the rim. It was just one of those games where it wasn’t rolling for us.”All of which made for a pretty unpleasant experience on Scott’s first day back on the job. The Raptors (43-30) clinched the Atlantic Division after losing four of their past eight games. The absence of All-Star Kyle Lowry (back spasms) was hardly noticeable with Jonas Valanciunas (19 points), James Johnson (18), Bruno Caboclo (17), Amir Johnson (11) and Terrence Ross (10) filling the void. So many bizarre things plagued the Lakers’ offense, so much that they could not overcome a 46-40 rebounding edge. Scott considered Lin a “game-time decision” before tipoff after the Lakers’ guard reported “no progress” in his sinus issues he nursed in recent days. But he opened the first quarter with 10 points on a 3-of-5 clip, only to crash-and-burn with a 3-of-10 clip through 36 minutes.“Once I get going with the adrenaline and took some pain killers,” Lin said, “I go out there and play as hard as I can.”The Lakers’ health ailments extended elsewhere, beyond the obvious season-ending injuries to Kobe Bryant (right shoulder), Steve Nash (back) and Julius Randle (right leg) as well as Nick Young’s 16-game absence from a fractured left kneecap. read more