Man Utd, PSG jump into Messi scramble; contact made with Dad

first_img Loading… read also:‘Why Inter have Messi ‘advantage’ over Man City’ Additionally, United have reportedly made contact with Messi’s representatives, including his father and agent Jorge, as have Serie A side Inter Milan. Manchester City are also in contact as Messi’s lawyers push for a release from his Barca contract. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Manchester United have acted quickly to news of Lionel Messi demanding a transfer from Barcelona. According to Sport, Manchester United and PSG have already pushed to look to sign the 33-year-old. The report details that Messi would be keen to join former team-mate Neymar, as well as Kylian Mbappe, at the Ligue 1 champions, who lost in the Champions League final on Sunday to Bayern Munich. The arrival of Messi would form a sensational front three duo at the Parc des Princes, as they look to go a step further in Europe next season.Advertisementlast_img read more

USC, NASA send fungi to space for drug research

first_imgResearchers at USC and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab are working toward observing the growth of fungi in space that could help create useful drugs in the future.Clay Wang, a professor of pharmacology, pharmaceutical sciences and chemistry at the USC School of Pharmacy and the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, said the team wants to examine how the organisms behave in the new environment.“In this project we’re utilizing the space station to understand how microorganisms, specifically fungi react to space conditions. And we are interested to see whether we can find new drugs from them,” Wang said.According to studies, the vast majority of molecules that fungi can produce remain undiscovered. The study is specifically based on the fungus Aspergillus nidulans. The space station will be used to understand the growth, gene expression and physiological responses of these organisms and compare them to earth. In most cases, the mechanisms to make these drugs are not turned on, and these organisms make drugs only when they have to. The space condition is used to test how the organisms behave under the stressful environment of the International Space Station.Fungi have the potential to produce many substances that could be useful for drugs, such as penicillin, but in most cases they are not produced. There is potential to find new molecules produced by these organisms when they grow on the space station.“We are going study how these microorganisms behave and also its gene expression,” Wang said. “If we can figure out whether they are being made more on the space station and what are the switches to make more, we can repeat that on Earth. Once we know what the genes are, we can genetically modify them on earth so we will be able to make drugs in large amounts and bring down their costs.”This project originated in NASA’s space biology division and NASA provided the grant to USC. This research mission, called Micro-10, examines the effects of space conditions on fungal cells and seeks to understand the changes in the types of molecules that these cells produce as a response to different conditions.Kasthuri Venkateswaran, a scientist at NASA’s JPL, was the main collaborator with Wang in this research. Two members of Wang’s research team, Jillian Rohmsdahl and Adriana Blachowicz are graduate students at USC.Wang stressed how crucial the work of Rohmsdahl and Blachowicz has been to this experiment.“I think it’s important to highlight the graduate students who are the main drivers on this project and the opportunities here at USC to be able to do things,” Wang said. “It is a very exciting point that School of Pharmacy is now doing space research. It was a very good collaboration with NASA and Dr. Venkat because he gave his expertise, but we at USC gave the pharmaceutical science expertise.”The samples of the organisms have been provided to NASA by Wang and his team. The first attempt of the space launch of the samples Friday.last_img read more

MOCI Warns Businesses against Hoarding, Hiking Onion Price

first_imgWilson Tarpeh, Minister of Commerce spe-US$6.00 for onion bagThe Ministry of Commerce and Industry, (MOCI) said it has received information on an alleged shortage of onion on the Liberian market, a situation that is contributing to hoarding and hiking of onion price on the market.“We want to inform the general public and consumers that there is an adequate supply of onion on the Liberian market as it is being speculated,” the ministry said in a statement issued on Monday.“Those engaged in price hiking of onions must stop, as the price of onions is US$6.00 or its equivalent in Liberian dollars,” the ministry said.The ministry has called on businesses involved in hoarding and hiking the price of onion to desist from such unscrupulous behavior as the act is a violation of the Competition law of Liberia, which provides penalty ranging from US$1.00 to US100,000.00 as a fine, the Ministry said.In the ministry’s mandate, “We regulate all prices of goods on the Liberian market for the benefit of both the consumers and the sellers. A consignment of about thirty containers of onion is expected to arrive in the country Friday, August 3, 2018.The ministry of Commerce and Industry remains committed in ensuring that the basic commodities are available and affordable within the commerce of Liberia.The release said, the Ministry has further instructed the inspectorate division to keep surveillance on the sale of onions in the various markets around the country to ensure that those involved stop or be fined.Meanwhile, the Ministry is appealing to the public to report anybody who is found hiking the price of onions or hoarding the product and other basic commodities on the market.The numbers to call are: on Lonestar Cell MTN 9911 or on Orange 6624.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more