ADC Recognizes 10 Communities for Outstanding Support to Service Members Military Families

first_imgThe Association of Defense Communities and the Defense Communities Caucus on Monday announced the first class of “Great American Defense Communities,” an initiative launched this year to acknowledge the unique contributions cities, counties and regions that host installations make to improve quality of life for service members, veterans and their families.The 10 communities were selected by a panel of defense community advocates and experts from dozens of nominees based on the broad range of efforts they carry out on behalf of military personnel and their families, covering areas such as education, job opportunities, housing, family support during deployments and community appreciation.“All 10 of our inaugural class of honorees truly embodied the ideals this initiative was designed to celebrate — making host communities for our nation’s military installations ‘Great Places to Call Home,’” said ADC CEO Tim Ford.“The Great American Defense Communities program will help ADC and the Defense Communities Caucus share positive stories about the exemplary efforts being made in communities to support defense installations and their personnel,” Ford said.The inaugural class of honorees includes:Colorado Springs, Colo.Dayton, OhioFt. Leonard Wood Region, Mo.Goldsboro, N.C.Grand Forks, N.D.Lawton, Okla.Manhattan, Kan.Monterey, Calif.Okaloosa County, Fla.South Puget Sound, Wash.This year’s class will be recognized throughout 2016 at a variety of events in Washington, D.C., including an exhibit and reception on Capitol Hill. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Tyndall AFB Absorbs Direct Hit from Michael

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Hurricane Michael powered through Tyndall Air Force Base Wednesday afternoon as a Category 4 hurricane, causing extensive damage. The storm made landfall just miles away along the coast of the Florida Panhandle from Tyndall with winds as high as 155 mph, removing roofs from buildings, bringing down trees and power lines, and causing significant structural damage to the base. No injuries were reported on Tyndall, which is situated on a peninsula just south of Panama City, as of Wednesday evening. The installation recorded a wind gust of 130 mph before the weather station signal was lost, reported Stars and Stripes.The condition of Tyndall’s runway was unknown, according to the installation’s Facebook page. The base’s mandatory evacuation order remains in effect until further notice, it said.Photo courtesy of U.S. Navylast_img

Save 15 on a tiny selfcontained Spotify player

first_img 4 The Cheapskate Share your voice Comments Sarah Tew/CNET Are you a Spotify subscriber? Then you’ve no doubt discovered the limitations for listening offline. It requires a phone, which isn’t always convenient — like when you’re at the gym or out for a run. And even if you do have your phone, you’ll have to devote a chunk of precious storage to your Spotify playlists.The Mighty Vibe solves those problems. This portable player — a dead ringer for Apple’s dearly departed Shuffle — absorbs your Spotify playlists and podcasts for easy offline listening. Read CNET’s Mighty Vibe review to learn more.It normally sells for $86 (currently on sale for $5 less), but for a limited time, Cheapskate readers can get the Mighty Vibe for $69.99 with promo code MIGHTYCHEAP. Shipping adds $5.See it at MightyThis is the second-gen version of the Mighty, featuring better battery life (at least 5 hours of play time), broader Bluetooth compatibility, better Bluetooth range and a redesigned mobile app.It’s also now available in a couple snazzy colors. In addition to basic black, you can choose a teal or red case.As noted, the Mighty Vibe looks and operates much like an iPod Shuffle, right down to its spring-loaded clip and simplistic controls. What’s handy here, though, is that you can pair it to Bluetooth earphones for a wireless listening experience. I just tried it with a wire-free set — pretty nice!There is a headphone jack if you want to go wired, and that jack is also used to charge the Vibe. A spare cable will run you $7. The player can hold up to 1,000 songs, but you can’t sync specific artists or albums, only playlists.That minor limitation aside, I can’t understand why this is product isn’t better known or more popular. It is, to my knowledge, the only offline-Spotify gadget currently available, and it’s a very affordable way to carry around your favorite playlists and podcasts without a phone.Note: This post was published previously and has been updated regarding pricing and discount code.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! center_img Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Tags MP3 Playerslast_img read more

95 children in Bangladesh affected by nicotine

first_imgnonameA major percentage of Bangladeshi children are the victims of second-hand smoke (SHS).Oxford journal of Nicotine and Tobacco Research, published from England on 7 December, showed that about 95% children in the Dhaka city corporation and nearby areas carry nicotine in their bodies due to indirect smoking.The survey was based on saliva tests of 479 primary school children at Mirpur and Savar areas of Dhaka in 2015.The article, Secondhand Smoke Exposure in Primary School Children: A Survey in Dhaka, Bangladesh, said that there was urgent need to reduce exposure to SHS (second-hand smoke) in Bangladeshi children.The study was carried out jointly by Dhaka University of Bangladesh, York University of England, University of Edinburgh and Leeds City Council Public Health Department.Member of the research team, Rumana Huque, professor of economics at Dhaka University, told Prothom Alo, “Children are harmed by family members smoking at home. On the streets, in buses, shops and restaurants, many people smoke and children get affected. Our study was on the effect of that second-hand smoke exposure.”Referring to the research results and the severity of the situation, former director of NIDCH (National Institute of Diseases of the Chest and Hospital) and chest diseases specialist professor Ali Hossain said, “One of the major contributors to child asthma is SHS. Fathers, brothers or passers-by exhale the smoke and children are the victims. There is no way to save the children from this danger except through mass awareness.”While a smoker exhales smoke, other people inhale this second-hand smoke. The article also stated that, about 40% children of the world are victim of second-hand smoke exposure.The same environment poses more risks for a child than for an adult as a child’s respiratory rate is higher than that of an adult. Moreover, a child is less capable of protesting against anyone smoking nearby.Research methodRumana Huque said, the study was conducted with the approval of BMRC (Bangladesh Medical Research Council) on 479 children between the ages of 11 to 13 years.At first, the saliva samples were sent to the ABS lab in England as Bangladesh has no nicotine testing lab. The presence of nicotine could be detected in saliva, urine and hair samples.The research team prepared the questionnaire for the children, based on tobacco-related behaviour. Questions included, “Do you live with anyone who smokes tobacco?” or “Does anyone smoke while you are in the car?”Results of the studyNicotine was found in 453 children’s saliva samples out of 479 which means 95% of the children were victim of SHS.Rumana added, “There is no other source for the nicotine that enters the child’s body other than ‘bidi’ or cigarette smoke.”She said she did not know of any similar study in neighbouring or other developing countries. Referring to the 2011 statistics of the famous British medical journal Lancet stating 40% of the world children as victim of SHS, Rumana said that Bangladesh was in a much worse condition than the others.About 43% (208) children said in the survey that at least one in the family smoked. About 21% (100) children said, their family members and guests were not allowed to smoke inside while 87% (419) said that they were recently exposed to SHS at public place (roads, shops etc.)last_img read more

Rangpur Metropolitan Police bill passed in JS

first_imgThe Jatiya Sangsad on Thursday passed a bill to form Rangpur Metropolitan Police with a view to improving the law and order and strengthening the police services to ensure public security in Rangpur metropolitan area, reports UNB.Home minister Asaduzzaman Khan moved the bill titled Rangpur Metropolitan Police Bill, 2018 which was passed by voice vote.In November 2017, the cabinet approved the draft law to form the separate police force for Rangpur Metropolitan area, which was placed in parliament on 11 February.The bill empowered the police force of the metropolitan area to award pecuniary punishment and jail-terms for violation of laws. It can fine up to Tk 10,000 and one-year jail subjected to types of crimes.The draft law was framed in the light of the existing Sylhet Metropolitan Police Act 2009 and Barisal Metropolitan Police Act, 2009.As per the bill, the police members will have to execute the orders of the competent authorities, apply full power of the police officers concerned to prevent or resist any possible criminal offence and resist all public nuisances.In 2012, Rangpur City Corporation was formed with 203 square kilometre areas and nearly eight lakh dwellers.last_img read more

Thousands flee fighting on Myanmars border with China

first_imgThousands of people fled heavy fighting on Myanmar’s northern border with China overnight, activists said Wednesday, as the government blocked a senior UN official from visiting the area.Clashes between the army and ethnic minority militias in Myanmar’s borderlands have intensified in recent months, undercutting Aung San Suu Kyi’s vow to bring peace to the country since her party took power in March.Dozens have been killed and thousands displaced since fresh fighting erupted between the Myanmar military and the ethnic minority Kachin Independence Army (KIA) in November.The unrest has rippled across Shan and Kachin states, threatening the next round of peace talks between the government, military and ethnic groups scheduled for February.Dashi Naw Lawn, secretary of the Kachin Network Development Foundation, said the army launched airstrikes near the border town of Laiza on Tuesday.“There was a big fight yesterday and the Myanmar army used planes to attack the area around Laiza,” he told AFP on Wednesday.“The fighting is getting worse and worse.”Kachin activist Khon Ja said some 3,600 people had fled from two IDP camps overnight to escape the violence.She cited testimonies from escapees saying around a third had crossed a river into China, while the rest were stranded on the Myanmar side.The UN’s relief agency said this week that 2,700 displaced people had been moved to new camps because of the clashes, warning there was not enough shelter to protect them against dropping temperatures.Myanmar’s army said its troops have killed seven KIA rebels and seized several bases over the weekend.The growing crisis comes as UN special rapporteur Yanghee Lee was barred from visiting the conflict area this week as part of a 12-day trip to probe escalating violence in the country.“She was not allowed to travel to Hpakant and Laiza,” said her spokesman Aye Win.On Friday she is expected to visit Rakhine state to probe claims the army has been carrying out severe human rights abuses against the Muslim Rohingya minority—allegations the government has denied.last_img read more

Mosquito Hunters Set Traps Across Harris County Searching for Signs of Zika

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share Carrie FeibelRoberts retrieves a mosquito trap from a backyard in southwest Harris County. Homeowners give permission to have traps placed on their property.Local health officials are preparing for the possibility that the Zika virus could soon find its way into mosquito populations along the Gulf Coast.Harris County operates one of the largest mosquito control operations in the U.S., with a permanent staff of more than 50 scientists and technicians. In the summer, two dozen extra seasonal workers are hired to help with the work of setting traps, sorting mosquitoes by species, and conducting lab tests for West Nile, St. Louis encephalitis, dengue, and chikungunya. Zika was added to the testing panel this year.Watch: Mosquito ProcessingThe division has an annual budget of $4 million, and operates its own virology lab. In the insectary, an entomologist breeds a steady supply of Culex mosquitoes, used as a control group for periodic tests of pesticide resistance. Spraying is part of the overall strategy, but pesticides are applied selectively, only in neighborhoods where mosquitoes have tested positive for harmful viruses.The surveillance cycle begins outdoors, with three types of traps. Technicians set and retrieve traps every weekday, hiding them beneath manhole covers, in medians, and in yards (with homeowners’ permission.) Harris County, the third most-populous in the country, covers 1, 777 square miles. For mosquito surveillance, the county is divided into 268 sectors. During mosquito season, from May to October, mosquitoes are collected from each sector at least every other week. Carrie FeibelMosquitoes are kept alive during the drive to a laboratory, where they are killed through freezing. Freezing also helps preserve viruses the mosquitoes might be carrying.Christy Roberts, a Texas A&M-trained entomologist, makes her rounds in a white, county-issued pickup truck. At each stop, even on quiet residential streets, she sets out orange traffic cones before crossing into yards to retrieve traps. If the trap was set inside a storm sewer, she uses a pick-axe to pop open the manhole cover, then pulls up the trap.One type of trap, a “gravid,” sits on top of a plastic tub of water. The stagnant, smelly water is irresistible to female mosquitoes. Roberts pulls the tub out from underneath some bushes along the side of a house. She peers inside the trap’s cylindrical net, spotting individuals  in the blur of  flickering wings.“Lots of females, some of them are blood-fed, and we have males in there too,” she said.“The female will fly over the water and then land on top of the water to lay their eggs,” Roberts explains. “And as they’re floating on top of the water, the fan will suck them up into the net.”The focus of surveillance is females: they need at least one blood meal in order to reproduce. Roberts makes a circuit around southwest Harris County, pulling traps from Westbury, Missouri City, and stops in between. The empty traps and batteries go in the truck bed, but the nets of trapped mosquitoes are hung inside, from the roof of the cab.“We hang the nets, so that the mosquitoes will be able to continue to fly,” Roberts said. “They won’t rub their scales off, which is what we need to identify them. And it also helps keep them alive until we can freeze them.”Traps stay out overnight, about 12 hours. In the mornings, technicians fan across the county to retrieve traps. In the afternoons, they set out fresh ones in different locations.Back at the lab, the mosquitoes are flash frozen, which helps preserves any viruses they might harbor. The cold mosquitoes are boxed up and labeled by location, and then must be sorted by sex and species.Roberts sits down at a lab bench and uses green tweezers to pick through the fragile, feathery bodies. To the untrained eye, they just look…grey. But Roberts is searching for banding, wing color, and variations in the shape and size of the insect’s proboscis and other organs.“I am sorting for Culex quinquefasciatus, which is our primary vector for West Nile. And I’m just placing them directly in to the vial.” (As the Latin name indicates, that mosquito has five bands across its abdomen.)Vials are sent to virology, where they are tested for West Nile, St. Louis encephalitis, dengue, and chikungunya. For Zika testing, samples are currently sent to the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. But soon, the lab will add a PCR assay machine, allowing genetic analysis of Zika and other viruses on site. The expansion will cost $300,000.Harris County is home to 56 different species of mosquitoes, says Dr. Mustapha Debboun, director of mosquito control. But only three species are relevant, because they carry viruses harmful to humans.“We have the Aedes aegypti, which is the yellow fever mosquito. And also the Aedes albopictus, which is the ‘Asian tiger mosquito,’ and the Culex mosquito,” Debboun explains. “These are the three that we are after. And thank God, we’re only dealing with three.”Zika has not yet been found in Harris County mosquitoes.Most people assume “mosquito control” simply means spraying chemicals, Debboun says. And in many municipalities that’s true.  But in Harris County, spraying is done strategically, only in places where a mosquito has tested positive for a virus.“We go hit the area where we know the mosquitoes have the disease in them,” Debboun explains. “So we don’t just go randomly and just spray, and not only waste the pesticide, but also put a pesticide in the environment when you don’t need to.”Selective spraying also keeps the insects from developing resistance, Debboun said. Occasionally, aerial spraying is also used, but only twice in the past eight years. In 2008, large areas of the county were sprayed after Hurricane Ike. Some areas were sprayed in 2014, when hundreds of samples turned up positive for West Nile.Debboun says his team is prepared for Zika. In 2013, he diversified the traps, purchasing  models that are especially attractive to Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus. At that time, Debboun was anticipating a possible outbreak of dengue or chikungunya. But those two species also transmit Zika. His employees have already had a few years to learn to use those traps. He’s planning to ask the county commissioners for 74 more of those traps this year, at a cost of $300 each.Carrie FeibelEntomologist Christy Roberts retrieves a mosquito trap from a storm drain. The trap uses a light and dry ice to attract mosquitoes.Ruthy Muñoz contributed reporting to this story. X Listen 00:00 /03:40last_img read more

UPDATE Houston School Board Apologizes for Contentious Meeting Behavior Over Last Ten

first_img Listen Laura Isensee/Houston Public MediaTrustee Diana Dávila issued an apology to the community on behalf of the Houston school board, for how they’ve behaved over the last 10 months.The Houston school board has apologized to students, teachers and parents for a contentious meeting last meeting that saw the board split along racial lines, an abrupt change in leadership and widespread criticism for dysfunctional governance.All nine members of the board for the Houston Independent School District stood together, as Trustee Diana Dávila issued the formal apology. She’s the one who made the motion last week to bring back former Houston superintendent Abelardo Saavedra as an interim leader, replacing Grenita Lathan. “Our actions have not modeled the behavior that we hope to instill in our children that we serve,” Dávila said. The board announced at the Monday afternoon press conference that they are scrapping that plan to shuffle leadership. Lathan is expected to return as interim superintendent, after an official vote at a special meeting Thursday.“The most important line of action right now is getting to work for the benefit of our school communities, our parents and, most importantly, our students,” Lathan said, quoting Maya Angelou on getting to work. “Thank you, thank you to the Board of Education for reaffirming your confidence in my abilities to lead this district.”Until last Thursday, Lathan had served as interim superintendent since March, when the previous leader, Richard Carranza, abruptly resigned and left for a job in New York City in March. Under Lathan’s tenure, the state’s largest school district, with over 200,000 students, improved several chronically struggling schools and managed to avoid tough state sanctions.The school board plans to meet Thursday to reinstate Lathan and consider other ways to improve how they govern and treat each other. Those include:an executive coach for the board;an executive coach for the acting superintendent;creating an official end date for the ongoing search for a permanent superintendent and;requesting a change in conservator from the Texas Education Agency.“We cannot change the past but must learn from it,” said Trustee Jolanda Jones. “That is a value we foster in our students and must also foster in ourselves. We will work to behave as adults and treat each other with respect.”The board also said they plan to create new guidelines for transparency and ethics.Still, the nine members of the Houston school board refused to answer any questions from reporters at the press conference and didn’t explain why they decided to backtrack on changing leadership.UPDATE:Several elected officials have defended the Houston school board. U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Houston, spoke to reporters after trustees apologized and then refused to answer questions.“I think an apology and saying I’m sorry is one of the greatest lessons any child or any person can learn. Let’s give them a chance. They’re going to have another board meeting on Thursday. That will be a board meeting in regular order, if you will,” Jackson Lee said.Other lawmakers, however, have called for major changes. State Sen. Paul Bettencourt, R-Houston, said in a statement that it’s time for the Texas Education Commissioner to appoint a board of governors to manage the state’s largest school district.Bettencourt, who chairs a key education committee in the Texas Legislature, said that he was already planning to file a bill to reform how the district is governed.“These superintendents are not the problem, the HISD Board of Trustees is!” Bettencourt said in a statement. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /00:54center_img X Sharelast_img read more

Handson craft this summer

first_imgHolidays are happier in the beginning but soon turn out to be a boring routine for kids with each passing day. There are days when children would want to explore outdoor activities with friends; while there are others when they would just want to stay indoors. It is for the parents to ensure that their kids have a gala time during their vacation and simultaneously learn something productive.Keeping this in mind, Delhi Tourism has organised a Summer Craft Workshop in Dilli Haat, Janakpuri, for both children and adults which commenced on May 18 and will continue till June18. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’ Pottery, tie and dye, madhubani paintings, clay work and paper craft are some of the creative activities organised by Dilli Haat and the list also has entertaining yet challenging activities like robotics, vedic maths. Observing the overwhelming response of the audience, the organisation has decided to add many more activities very soon.In the rush of tuition, school, hobby classes, there is no time left to do things that kids genuinely enjoy and in the process they don’t even get quality time with their parents.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixDilli Haat encourages parents to turn up with their kids to the place so that they can have the fun of physical activities and explore their skills, creativity and other natural strengths unknown to them. These qualities only get highlighted when one take part in hands on activities that allow one to showcase their interests.So, get your kids outdoor this summer to experience the joy of learning crafts.When: June, 2016Where: Dilli HaatTimings: 11 am– 1 pmlast_img read more

TV user experience specialist Ruwido has opened a

first_imgTV user experience specialist Ruwido has opened a new user behaviour research centre in Toulouse, France.Ruwido conducts its own scientific user behaviour research to help with the design of new products. The new facility will operate in addition to the existing usability lab in Austria, and will focus on research into new forms of interaction technologies, consumer behaviour and the latest IPTV technology.“We chose Toulouse because France is a particularly developed TV market, enabling us to be at the centre of innovation,” said Regina Bernhaupt, director of user experience research, Ruwido France. “Given the strength of the research we have already undertaken and the reliability of the results, we have been able to confidently predict the needs and desires of the next generation of television viewers, and those past predictions are now a market reality. This new facility will further strengthen our ability to develop devices and solutions that provide exactly what operators, and ultimately consumers, need in the home.”Ruwido is using IP&TV World Forum to reinforce its message that new interaction techniques, such as voice control, will enhance, rather than replace, remote control devices in the living room.According to CEO Ferdinand Maier, the majority of multi-button remote control devices have become unnecessarily complicated, and intuitive ways of navigating and selecting from content menus need to be created to enhance the user experience. “New interaction techniques for TV are currently a hot industry topic, yet while we do not dismiss these as methods of enhancing the navigation and discovery experience, they will not replace remote control devices,” said Maier. “People at home do not want to move away from the experience they are used to and they enjoy, but they should be encouraged and allowed to interact with their services in a more natural and enjoyable way. At Ruwido we understand that the next generation of TV services must enable the user to feel comfortable and that every way of navigation has to be used in the right context.”Demonstrations at Ruwido’s stand will aim to highlight the importance of allowing consumers to feel in control when interacting with their devices and services. The company will demonstrate Aura, which consists of a physical device and a graphical user interface designed to allows more intuitive navigation by enabling viewers to physically push the moveable slide of an input device faster or slower depending on how they want to scroll. Depending on how much distance the moveable slide covers, the more tactile resistance is experienced by the user.last_img read more

TSX Venture 96468 103862 14165

first_img TSX Venture 964.68 1,038.62 1,416.54 Silver Stocks (SIL) 14.86 16.59 20.32 Gold Producers (GDX) 29.69 34.25 43.88 Silver 24.13 27.19 30.36 One Month Ago One Year Ago Rock & Stock Stats Last Copper 3.10 3.33 3.74center_img TSX (Toronto Stock Exchange) 12,438.03 12,422.12 12,014.90 Dear Reader, Last week, our senior precious metals analyst, Jeff Clark, advised: Buy Gold NOW. So far that has worked out well, but it begs the question: What about gold stocks? When do we back up the truck for them? My own answer in the current edition of the International Speculator is that no one really knows, but that those who buy value when its price is low should do very well indeed. Jeff returns this week with a by-the-numbers look at the last two biggest gold stock corrections, comparing them to our market today. This is excellent context we would all do well to remember when asking such questions. Sincerely, Gold 1,470.70 1,574.75 1,637.75 Gold Junior Stocks (GDXJ) 12.20 14.67 22.30 Louis James Senior Metals Investment Strategist Casey Research Oil 93.99 94.45 102.54last_img read more

Thats the latest iteration of the CTCiChip cre

first_img That’s the latest iteration of the CTC-iChip , created by a team of researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School led by Mehmet Toner. The “chip” is about two inches long, one inch wide, and paper thin. It’s designed to capture what are known as circulating tumor cells (CTCs) to give doctors a way to diagnose and track cancer that is less invasive, cheaper, and more informative than a biopsy. CTCs are shed into the bloodstream by tumors, and their isolation and analysis could lead to early detection of invasive cancers—which is important, because the earlier a patient is diagnosed, the better his or her chances of survival—and help doctors develop better and more personalized treatment regimens. The problem is that these things are rare, typically just 1 to 10 CTCs per billion blood cells. Isolating them has proven difficult over the years. The new CTC-iChip combines multiple technologies like size separation (which takes advantage of the fact that CTCs are larger and stiffer than blood cells) and magnetic-tag separation (which involves tagging white blood cells with magnetic beads so they can be discarded using a magnetic field after the sample is run) to isolate the individual CTCs. Isolating the individual CTCs this way allows scientists to perform single-cell genomic analysis. And that’s important. Consider a cancer biopsy. You can look at the sample and see that the cells are different from one another, yet the way researchers further analyze the sample is by grinding up the tissue and examining the smearing of all the genetic signatures of the different individual cells. This provides you with a rough average of the genetics of all the cells in the sample, but it masks critical differences. For example, the genetics of the metastatic cells are quite different from the cells that won’t spread the disease; with conventional methods of analysis you can’t see that. So you won’t be able to understand what makes the cancer go from a dangerous to a deadly state. By employing single-cell analysis that’s facilitated by this microfluidic chip, physicians can develop a better understanding of the disease, which could lead to more effective personalized treatments. Pretty cool. But it doesn’t stop there. Another new and particularly interesting effort in the area of microfluidics is a play on the well-known system-on-a-chip (SoC) technology from the world of computers. It can be described as human-organs-on-a-chip and could eventually become an invaluable tool that leads to a more efficient drug-discovery process. The idea is not to make replacement organs for transplant, but to replicate enough of an organ’s functions to make the chips useful in testing substances for toxic and therapeutic effects. That has immediate applicability, because a major part of the preclinical phase of drug development involves assessing safety and biological activity in the laboratory—especially in animal studies. (It’s difficult to access reliable figures, but it’s safe to say that billions of dollars a year is spent on animal tests.) The problem with these animal models—without even touching on the various potential ethical issues involved—is that, although they have historically been one of the most trusted tools in drug development, they are not actually all that predictive of the human situation. Not only do animal models fail to identify numerous drugs that are toxic to humans, they also derail drugs that would have been efficacious. Of course this makes sense. Different animals evolved differently and have different biologies. Nevertheless, we continue to rely on expensive, time-consuming, and unreliable animal models in the drug-development process because they’re the best we have. But thanks to advancements in microfluidic technologies, human organs on chips could be a better way. The breakthrough in this area came in mid-2010, when researchers from the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard announced they had successfully developed a lung-on-a-chip. The device, which is about the size of a rubber eraser and is made using human lung and blood-vessel cells, actually mimics a living, breathing human lung. It’s essentially a porous membrane with human cells from the lung’s air sac on one side and human capillary blood vessel cells on the other side. There’s air flowing through the channel on the lung side and a medium (like blood) with human blood cells in it flowing through the channel on the capillary side. The whole thing stretches and relaxes like our lungs do when we breathe. And it does a good job replicating the natural responses of living lungs to various stimuli. Just as the living lung-blood interface recognizes invaders such as inhaled bacteria or toxins and activates an immune response, so too does lung-on-a-chip. The researchers tested this by introducing E. coli bacteria into the air channel on the lung side of the device while concurrently adding white blood cells to the channel on the blood vessel side. The lung cells detected the bacteria and, through the porous membrane, activated the blood vessel cells, which in turn triggered an immune response that ultimately caused the white blood cells to move to the air chamber and destroy the bacteria. Lung-on-a-chip was just the beginning. The Wyss Institute also has kidney-on-a-chip, bone-marrow-on-a-chip, and gut-on-a-chip—a silicon polymer device about the size of a flash memory stick that mimics complex 3D features of the human intestine. All could prove to be valuable diagnostic tools in the development of safe and effective new therapeutics. We’re on the cusp of a revolution in life-science research. This revolution promises to bring with it better ways to detect cancer and other diseases, as well as a more efficient drug-discovery process. And it promises these benefits on the cheap—thanks in large part to what’s known as microfluidics. Let’s back up for a moment… back to December 29, 1959. It was then that physicist Richard Feynman gave his now-famous lecture titled There’s Plenty of Room at the Bottom, during which he essentially anticipated what we now call nanotechnology. Feynman actually never mentioned the word “nanotechnology” in his talk—and it wasn’t until the 1980s that nanotech researchers began regularly citing his lecture—but what he did do at that time was posit the amazing possibilities afforded by miniaturization, including “miniaturizing the computer.” He foresaw that the clunky “computing machines” of his day would be infinitely more useful if they could be shrunk. At the time of Feynman’s talk, although transistors were beginning to replace vacuum tubes, computers were still huge and grossly inefficient. The IBM Stretch computer of 1959 managed to fit a mere 150,000 transistors into its 33-foot length. Meanwhile, Feynman was talking about wires “that should be 10 or 100 atoms in diameter” and circuits that “should be a few thousand angstroms across.” (One thousand angstroms is equal to 100 nanometers.) By 2011, Intel was mass producing processors with 32-nanometer technology that contained 2.6 billion transistors. Intel’s Xeon server chip that’s due to be released this year has 4.31 billion transistors. And consider that one of today’s smartphones has significantly more computing power than all of NASA circa 1969, when it sent Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin to the moon. While it’s true that we don’t yet have the capabilities Feynman envisioned—of building “a billion tiny factories, models of each other, which are manufacturing simultaneously” from the bottom up, atom by atom—his miniaturization-of-computers idea was clearly spot on. So what if we applied his approach to a different area of scientific study… say biology? After all, much of biology today is similar to where electronics was yesterday—except instead of vacuum tubes and cable wires, you have arrays of test tubes and hoses. What if all that “plumbing” used to study biological systems could be shrunk—would we reap the same benefits as we did in electronics? Turns out the answer is yes. And that’s where microfluidics comes in. Microfluidics is the science of fluid dynamics on the micro scale (i.e., millionths of a meter). We’ll spare you the details of the fluid mechanics at this scale—where things like laminar flow, diffusion, capillary effects, and surface tension dominate—and boil things down to one simple idea: Microfluidics and its application is all about conducting biological experiments and tests with really small plumbing. How small is the plumbing we’re talking about? The channels through which the fluids travel in the devices today are roughly the width of a human hair, and sometimes smaller. If you think you’re not already acquainted with the world of microfluidics, think again. Two very recognizable examples of microfluidic technologies are the glucometer to measure blood sugar levels and pregnancy tests. Basically, we’re talking about precisely manipulating fluids—to do things like blood screening for diseases and single-cell genomic analysis—using a microscale device built with technologies that were first developed by the semiconductor industry, and were later expanded into fluidics due to the benefits that accrue from shrinking things. For starters, miniaturization means lower costs, since researchers require much smaller volumes of samples and reagents to conduct experiments and run tests. There’s also the potential for running multiple experiments in parallel and cutting down on the number of steps required to run them. But microfluidics technologies also make novel tasks possible, like giving us the ability to interact with individual cells. Let’s look at another example to explain further. Lung-on-a-chip (top) and Gut-on-a-chip (bottom) The Wyss team’s ultimate goal is to build 10 different human-organs-on-chips and link them together on an automated instrument to mimic whole-body physiology. This could eventually lead to personalized chips that could predict a specific individual’s drug response. The bottom line: In theory, since these microfluidic human-organs-on-chips use human cells and mimic both the mechanics and biology of the organs they represent, they would be more predictive than animal models, so drug failure rates would be lower. Modeling with these chips would cut costs and reduce the time involved in the drug-discovery process. It’s still too early to tell how successful this field of research will be… but the prospects are exciting. Microfluidic technologies for many applications like this are still relatively early stage, but the above examples demonstrate how microfluidics should play an increasingly important role in disease detection and could ultimately disrupt the drug-discovery process for the better. This kind of game-changing technology is what we at Casey Extraordinary Technology specialize in finding and investing in. From cutting-edge biotech drug companies and molecular-diagnostic innovators to the firms that created the 3D printing industry and those that are building the smart grid, the track record of our investment recommendations stands out among all our competitors and truly speaks for itself, with an average gain per closed position during 2013 and 2014 of 66%. To become part of this track record of success, simply sign up for a 90-day, risk-free trial of Casey Extraordinary Technology.last_img read more

Which billiondollar unicorn startups will go ex

first_img Which billion-dollar ‘unicorn’ startups will go extinct? Will Yemen become Saudi Arabia’s ‘Vietnam’? Larry Summers: The US may just have lost its role as underwriter of the global economic system. Is coal dying? Or can India make up for falling Chinese coal demand? Are you a terrorist? No? That’s exactly what a terrorist would say… Governments have long used “the war on terrorism” as a justification for stealing our freedoms. Now the French government is using terrorism as an excuse to impose capital controls. Terrorists like to use cash, you see. So French citizens who make cash payments exceeding €1,000, or withdraw more than €10,000 in a month, will have to answer to the money laundering authorities. Think this can’t happen in the US? Think again. A series of transactions that exceed $5,000 could get you reported for “suspicious activity,” warns Jeff Thomas in Doug Casey’s International Man. The trend toward a cashless society is clear. Soon, using any cash at all will arouse suspicion. Of course this has little to do with terrorism. Digital currency is easier to track, making it easier for a government to squeeze every last tax dollar out of its citizens. Digital currency is also more convenient for the government to steal right out of your bank account when the next financial crisis hits… just like the government of Cyprus did in 2013. When Will Brazil Hit Rock Bottom? Things are going from bad to worse in Brazil. Investors were hoping that its oil industry could blunt the pain of the collapse of its credit-fuelled boom. But cheap oil has crushed that dream. The stats are really ugly. Brazil’s currency has lost 40% of its value since early 2014, and its central bank has given up defending it. Consumer and business confidence are in the toilet. Inflation is running at 8%. Interest rates and taxes are rising. Utility and transportation tariffs are soaring. And the labor market is deteriorating. Not surprisingly, Brazil is facing a deep recession this year. It also must deal with the murky politics of Petrobras, which could lead to the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff. The scandal also threatens to put a stop to virtually all of the country’s civil construction projects. Like any country in crisis, Brazil is on our radar. But Casey Report Editor Dan Steinhart doesn’t like what he sees yet. The problem: unrepentant Marxists are still in power there. Gold: A Barometer of Financial Fear Don’t get distracted by misleading headlines about “Peak Gold.” Global gold production has not peaked and we’re not going to run out of gold, says Louis James, our chief Metals & Mining strategist. Louis adds that there’s no case for Peak Gold because, “[T]he supply of pure gold in easily tradable forms in private and public hands all around the world dwarfs mine supply almost to insignificance.” It’s true that high-grade discoveries are becoming rarer. But technology will always find ways of getting stuff out of the ground more cheaply, or recycling it more efficiently. The real limiting factor to the supply of gold is political and economic instability in many of the places where gold is found in the ground. With the Fed painted into a corner and respected analysts talking about a multi-decade global depression, gold bulls are perking up. The price of gold is really nothing more and nothing less than a barometer of financial fear. Is a College Degree Worth It? Going to college used to be a no-brainer. Not anymore, due to the incessant rise in college costs. But Dennis Miller, editor of Miller’s Money Forever, explains that college can still be a worthwhile investment… IF (and that’s a big ‘if’) you pay for it the right way. Blips and Bogeys The world’s second largest gold reserves remain untapped in the Philippines. Could that change? Oil didn’t fall off a cliff in response to the ‘tentative’ Iran nuclear deal. Instead, it gained 3% after Saudi Arabia raised Asian oil prices. The case for gold on the basis of currency fundamentals. A neat explanation on why less energy equates to lower GDP. Why Europe hates American tech companies Turkey is turning into a basket case. A rare interview with Barrick chairman. Tesla pushes its luck on Twitter. Ukraine’s economy has already fallen 15% this year. Just who is going to pay for that? Is Greece preparing to reintroduce the drachma? Amazon takes on Yelp and Angie’s List as it expands into home services. NSA spying to cost US IT companies $47 billion in the next 3 years. Google-backed Bitcoin exchange is shutting down… just as high frequency traders are starting to trade bitcoin. Artists install Edward Snowden statue in Brooklyn park. NYC immediately covers it up.last_img read more

Google May Have Violated Wiretap Laws

first_imgTechnology Ray Hennessey 3 min read –shares Guest Writer Google May Have Violated Wiretap Laws Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Image credit: AFP Register Now »center_img In a victory for online privacy advocates but a blow to advertisers, a federal judge in California has ruled Google may have violated wiretapping laws by scanning and reviewing users’ Gmails.Google has long scanned Gmail messages to then target advertising to its users. The company has argued the practice is perfectly within the confines of both federal and state eavesdropping laws because Gmail users give up their privacy as part of Gmail’s Terms of Service contract.U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh disagreed, saying those Terms of Service “did not explicitly notify Plaintiffs that Google would intercept users’ emails for the purposes of creating user profiles or providing targeted advertising.”What’s more, even if Gmail account holders consented to having their emails searched, the people with whom those users are communicating didn’t. Google has claimed that users of, say, Microsoft’s Outlook, should know that Google will view their mail when sent to a Gmail account.Related: Google Looking Beyond ‘Cookies’ to Track People OnlineKoh was unconvinced, saying she “cannot conclude that any party — Gmail users or non-Gmail users — has consented to Google’s reading of email for the purposes of creating user profiles or providing targeted advertising.”The ruling, part of a proposed class action against Google, is a big win for privacy advocates, who have complained that technology companies have too much access to personal information and are not overt enough in explaining how customer information and data are used.The chorus for more protections has only gotten louder since it was revealed that companies like Google shared information with the U.S. government as the National Security Agency spied on American emails, texts and phone calls.Still, companies have long found that there is a potentially high value proposition for advertisers in targeting marketing toward users based on their interests. Google, for instance, has long tied advertising to search results from users. Gmail, it argues, is an extension of that.But Google has found itself more and more in the crosshairs of the privacy-protection crowd. Earlier this month, the company found out its capture of data over open Wi-Fi routers also could violate federal wiretapping laws. Google captured data through cars sent throughout the company to record images for its Google Street View maps. It has said it did so to improve its location-services features, but broader content was captured by the cars.Google is not alone. In theory, Judge Koh’s ruling could affect other companies that mine free email for information to match with advertisers. Yahoo mail, for instance, has a Terms of Service that allows for broader data capture.Court: Facebook Likes Are Protected Speech Next Article September 27, 2013 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Editor-at-Large Add to Queuelast_img read more

Uber Teams Up With Spotify So Passengers Can Play Backseat DJs

first_imgPartnerships Uber Teams Up With Spotify So Passengers Can Play ‘Backseat DJs’ Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Add to Queue Laura Entis Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Guest Writer November 17, 2014center_img It’s official: After rumblings on Friday that Uber was teaming up with Spotify, the ridesharing service officially announced the partnership this morning in a blog post.“We’ve joined forces with Spotify, a world leader in streaming music, to enable you to remotely control the music that plays through your Uber’s speakers,” the company’s senior product manager wrote. “Whether you’re starting the night with your pre-party mix or unwinding with a chill playlist on your way home, the choice is now yours with Uber.”Related: Lyft Says Former COO Took Confidential Files With Him to UberTo play “backseat DJ,” you first need to connect your Spotify account with your Uber profile; when you request a ride, a music bar will appear at the bottom of the Uber app and you can select a playlist from your Spotify account while you wait for your car to show (although this only works if you get a music-enabled car, a detail that’s apparently stressing out Uber drivers with older vehicles who fear they’ll be penalized for not offering the service).Get in the car, and viola – your soundtrack will automatically start playing.For both companies, the partnership makes sense. On Uber’s part, it’s a way to differentiate itself from archrival Lyft, while Spotify (currently caught up in a tiff of its own with…Taylor Swift) gets increased exposure and presumably, new customers.The feature is slated to launch this Friday in 10 major cities, including London, Los Angeles, Mexico City, New York, San Francisco and Sydney with additional rollouts coming in the next few weeks. Related: Uber, Lyft Find Ally in New York’s Attorney General Next Article Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. –shares 2 min read Register Now »last_img read more

How is Artificial Intelligence Improving Advertising in 2019

first_imgHow is Artificial Intelligence Improving Advertising in 2019 Sebastien FilionApril 30, 2019, 4:00 pmApril 30, 2019 ad exchange platformsAdvertisingArtificial IntelligenceMarketing Technology Blogprogrammatic advertising Previous ArticleTechBytes with Chemi Katz, Co-Founder and CEO, NamogooNext ArticleSurefire Signs Your Revenue Team Is Disconnected from the Buyer Journey Artificial Intelligence (AI) is quickly becoming a mainstay in numerous industries across the world, enabling more efficient manufacturing, safer transportation, and faster problem-solving and data processing. While these practical applications are actively seen almost daily, AI is also being applied in ways we don’t see at first glance, namely in the world of advertising.How is AI Assisting Full-Scale Advertising CampaignsAs AI evolves and improves, it will provide numerous benefits for advertisers, publishers, marketers, and especially so in programmatic advertising. With programmatic advertising today, Artificial Intelligence is used to develop profiles of online and in-app viewers, which are then used to tailor appropriate, relevant ads for each unique user. This allows advertisers to target large scale audiences more effectively and publishers to offer ad experiences tailored to their editorial content without having to blanket entire sets of websites in the hopes that the right viewers will visit.AI is also assisting full-scale campaigns, analyzing entire datasets against KPIs to determine what is working and what needs to be changed. While not particularly innovative in the wider industry context AI’s entry here provides valuable support for advertisers, publishers, and marketers by significantly reducing the capacity for human error, which is always a possibility when comparing and contrasting any amount of performance data.Read More: Why Measurement is the Secret to Agency SuccessIs AI actually solving real digital advertising problems?First, by expanding on the development of audience profiles Artificial Intelligence systems are being used to evaluate and identify the most eye-catching and relevant advertisement to use for any online individual. This process, often known as Dynamic Creative Optimization (DCO), begins with the system identifying a unique user and their specific profile. With this information, the system can then look through any number of creative items in a campaign and based on the user’s profile, select the creative that will work best for them.For example, if a campaign is running hundreds of various images to drive traffic, it will have numerous color combinations. If the campaign begins to see a trend of stronger positive response to creative assets featuring a red call-to-action than a blue or a green, the DCO system will select and display the pieces of creative which match that profile. The purpose here being to present viewers with an advertisement similar in characteristics to ones they’ve connected with in past.Read More: Demystifying Predictive AnalyticsAI in programmatic digital advertisingMoving forward, Artificial Intelligence is becoming an ever more valuable tool in programmatic digital advertising through the process of Supply Path Optimization (SPO). Through this process, marketers can maximize every advertising dollar. SPO selects each possible avenue to deliver an advertisement to a given website or application, evaluates and compares the options offered by each ad publisher, and makes a choice that gives the buyer the best bang for their buck.If an advertiser wants to run an ad on a specific site, this advertiser should optimize that ad at different times, for different prices, to different audiences. Instead of choosing randomly or working through each possibility manually, an AI system can run through the possibilities quickly and determine the best choice for each ad.Looking ahead to what is next for artificial intelligence and its application in advertising, ad exchange platforms are at the forefront of development. On these exchanges where multiple publishers put forth potential avenues for an advertiser to get in front of an audience, the best choice comes down to the best price to performance ratio of any given option.Using an AI system, a company can build a pool of information based on previous sales for a certain target site or app, at a specific time, for any given audience – in this pool of information would be the most recent prices any given ad has sold for. With this information at hand, predicting the price an advertising space will sell for becomes a possibility, providing a valuable competitive edge for specific publishers. Further, this could create a more competitive marketplace in the future as prices are predicted earlier and more accurately, giving a window to price slightly above or below the trend.While these are only a few ways Artificial Intelligence is moving in to and affecting the world of digital advertising, especially as programmatic advertising becomes a primary driver in the industry, one thing is quickly becoming clear; AI is only going to become more important to effective advertising.Read More: Why Senior Business Leaders Should Care About CX Datalast_img read more

Collagen powder found to be effective in wound closure

first_imgDuring normal wound healing, collagen acts as a scaffold for cellular entry and growth in the wound bed and encourages the deposition of new collagen. While collagen has been used as a wound healing adjuvant, a good comparison to the standard of wound care has been lacking.”Adam Friedman, MD, interim chair of the Department of Dermatology, GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences, author on the study Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Jul 8 2019Collagen powder is just as effective in managing skin biopsy wounds as primary closure with non-absorbable sutures, according to a first-of-its-kind study published in the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology by a team of physician researchers at the George Washington University.The team investigated the efficacy of topical collagen powder compared to primary closure on the rate and quality of full-thickness wound healing through histopathological analysis of healing and comparison of symptoms and early cosmetic outcomes.Collagen is best known as an essential structural component of several organs, importantly the skin, but it also plays a pivotal role as a signaling molecule in the regulation of all phases of wound healing. Therefore, externally applied, collagen powder has significant potential for wound healing and care due to its ability to stop bleeding, to recruit immune and skin cells central to wound healing, as well as stimulate new blood vessel formation, and can be left in wounds without causing irritation or facilitating bacterial growth. Related StoriesFibrinogen a key player in health and disease, says new studyChronic inflammation removes motivation by reducing dopamine in the brainArmy research may help improve cancer treatments and treat combat woundsFriedman’s team administered two punch biopsies to eight volunteers and treated one wound with a daily topical collagen powder and the other with primary closure. Wounds were biopsied at four weeks for analysis and subjects were asked to rate the itch, pain, and treatment preferences throughout the process.The researchers found that six out of eight collagen-treated wounds were completely healed after four weeks after initial wounding and all wounds were completely healed eight weeks after the second biopsy. Patients reported similar pain and itch for both primary closure and collagen, with most attributing the itch to the adhesive dressings rather than the wound itself. The team concluded that based on these findings, wounds treated with collagen powder healed at least as well as those treated with primary closure and that the powder can be applied safely for at least four weeks.”Given the cost and time to place and remove sutures and the potential reimbursement for collagen, using topical collagen powder for punch biopsy wounds may be easier on the patient, not requiring an additional visit for suture removal and yielding an equivalent or possibly better wound healing outcome,” Friedman said. “Moving forward we need to further examine the parameters of collagen use on wounds, including duration of therapy and wound sizes.” Source:George Washington Universitylast_img read more

Manure could heat your home

Farm manure could be a viable source of renewable energy to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming. Researchers at the University of Waterloo are developing technology to produce renewable natural gas from manure so it can be added to the existing energy supply system for heating homes and powering industries. That would eliminate particularly harmful gases released by naturally decomposing manure when it is spread on farm fields as fertilizer and partially replace fossil natural gas, a significant contributor to global warming.”There are multiple ways we can benefit from this single approach,” said David Simakov, a professor of chemical engineering at Waterloo. “The potential is huge.”Simakov said the technology could be viable with several kinds of manure, particularly cow and pig manure, as well as at landfill sites.In addition to being used by industries and in homes, renewable natural gas could replace diesel fuel for trucks in the transportation sector, a major source of greenhouse gas emissions.To test the concept, researchers built a computer model of an actual 2,000-head dairy farm in Ontario that collects manure and converts it into biogas in anaerobic digesters. Some of that biogas is already used to produce electricity by burning it in generators, reducing the environmental impact of manure while also yielding about 30 to 40 percent of its energy potential.Researchers want to take those benefits a significant step further by upgrading, or converting, biogas from manure into renewable natural gas. That would involve mixing it with hydrogen, then running it through a catalytic converter. A chemical reaction in the converter would produce methane from carbon dioxide in the biogas.Known as methanation, the process would require electricity to produce hydrogen, but that power could be generated on-site by renewable wind or solar systems, or taken from the electrical grid at times of low demand. The net result would be renewable natural gas that yields almost all of manure’s energy potential and also efficiently stores electricity, but has only a fraction of the greenhouse gas impact of manure used as fertilizer.”This is how we can make the transition from fossil-based energy to renewable energy using existing infrastructure, which is a tremendous advantage,” said Simakov, who collaborates with fellow chemical engineering professor Michael Fowler.The modelling study showed that a $5-million investment in a methanation system at the Ontario farm would, with government price subsidies for renewable natural gas, have about a five-year payback period.A paper on modelling of a renewable natural gas generation facility at the Ontario farm, which also involved a post-doctoral researcher and several Waterloo students, was recently published in the International Journal of Energy Research. Provided by University of Waterloo Credit: CC0 Public Domain Cow power could generate electricity for millions Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Manure could heat your home (2018, March 8) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-03-manure-home.html read more

No weapon formed against you shall prosper Neymar appears in Barca shirt

first_imgNeymar has added fuel to rumours of a Barcelona return by posting a video containing an image of himself in the club’s shirt – alongside a cryptic message from the Old Testament. Just two years after leaving Camp Nou for Paris Saint-Germain in a world-record transfer, the Brazilian is angling for another transfer. PSG sporting director Leonardo has since said Neymar was free to leave, provided the club’s valuation for the Brazil star was met, but insisted the Ligue 1 champions had not received a real offer from Barcelona. And on Saturday Kia Joorabchian, the agent of Philippe Coutinho, added a further dimension to the saga by claiming that his client was unwittingly being used as a makeweight in Neymar’s possible repatriation. Neymar himself has preferred to let those around him do the talking, keeping a guarded silence – biblical hints excluded.center_img Catalunya appears to be his favoured destination, as a battle rages between himself, Barca and PSG over his future. And while there is little sign of a resolution on the horizon, Neymar made his latest move on Saturday with a bizarre video uploaded on Instagram. MORE: Manchester United scrape past Perth Glory | ‘Painful’ – Channel Seven slammed for Manchester United coverageThe clip shows Neymar in black and white and unmistakeably wearing a Barcelona shirt. And it is accompanied by a passage from the Bible’s Book of Isaiah which seems to hit out at the star’s critics. The full text of Isaiah 54:17, printed in full in Portuguese in the video, reads as follows: “No weapon formed against you shall prosper,And every tongue which rises against you in judgmentYou shall condemn.This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord,And their righteousness is from Me,”Says the Lord.”Neymar keeping everyone guessing on Instagram. pic.twitter.com/yOtOuPIQb6- Get French Football News (@GFFN) 13 de julio de 2019While Neymar stops short of clarifying at whom the biblical broadside was aimed, it would appear to be related to his current transfer impasse which is becoming more bitter by the day. At the start of July, Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu risked PSG’s wrath by confirming reports Neymar wanted out of Parc des Princes, while admitting the Ligue 1 champions did not want to sell. PSG hit back by sanctioning their star for missing the start of pre-season training last Monday, while the player’s father insisted his delayed return had been agreed in advance as he took in Brazil’s victory in the Copa America.last_img read more