Provide security to Minister: AAP

first_imgThe Goa unit of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Tuesday demanded that the State government provide security to Minister for Water Resources Vinod Paliekar, who took on the drug mafia in his constituency, Siolim.The Minister had claimed that he sensed a threat to his life and was scared of going out for a morning walk. Ashley do Rosario, Goa spokesperson of AAP, demanded that the government open an investigation into the threats received by the Minister following his recent outbursts against the rampant drug mafia in Siolim.Mr. Rosario said, “If a Minister feels threatened, then what will be the fate of ordinary citizens of Goa? Mr. Palyekar should be provided the highest personal security.”last_img read more

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, hospital join forces to develop cancer drugs

first_imgThe famed Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) on Long Island, New York, a bastion of basic biomedical research, is making a major foray into more applied drug development. Today the lab and North Shore-LIJ Health System, a local hospital system, announced a new alliance and a more than $120 million investment aimed at moving basic cancer discoveries into the clinic.The alliance does not mean that CSHL is moving away from basic research, says Bruce Stillman, CSHL CEO and President. “Our discovery science has placed us as one of the leading research institutions in the world,” and “I want to keep it at that level,” he says. But the lab also wants to turn those discoveries into drugs. It found an “ideal marriage” with North Shore-LIJ, which has 16,000 new cancer patients each year in the New York City area and wanted to expand its academic clinical research, he says. “This will provide a substantial amount of funding to do the translational cancer research that we have been doing on a shoestring budget,” Stillman says.The not-for profit CSHL, which turns 125 this year, has a $145 million budget and 600 researchers and technical staff who study cancer, neuroscience, plant biology, and quantitative biology. The lab has long had a National Cancer Institute–designated Cancer Center where work using genomics, RNAi screens, and mouse models has yielded important cancer drug targets. But until now the lab has relied largely on pharmaceutical companies to develop those findings into treatments. “This will take it to a different level” with the alliance’s researchers validating targets, developing protocols, and conducting early stage clinical trials, Stillman says.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)However, “we’re not pretending we’re going to become a full-service pharmaceutical company,” Stillman says. The lab expects to use outside contracting research organizations for steps such as screening small molecules and conducting medical chemistry.North Shore-LIJ will recruit a new head for its cancer institute, who will also be on the faculty of CSHL. The lab also plans to hire more clinician-scientists like David Tuveson, a pancreatic cancer researcher recruited 4 years ago from the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute in the United Kingdom, who is now deputy director of CSHL’s Cancer Center. Tuveson and Stillman say the new venture aims to emulate the Institute of Cancer Research in London, where basic and clinical researchers worked together on the early development of drugs such as PARP inhibitors, which target cancers with defects in DNA repair, and abiraterone, used to treat prostate cancer. “The idea is to take our scientific approach into early stage clinical studies,” an area that is not well supported by either federal funding or drug companies, Tuveson says.The two partners are not disclosing the source of the initial $120 million. But Stillman notes that private donors and foundations contributed $22 million for a preclinical therapeutics development facility that CSHL began building in 2013.Stillman says the new venture will not compromise CSHL’s basic research. Despite more than a decade of flat budgets at the National Institutes of Health, CSHL’s federal funding is up and the lab is two-thirds of the way toward a goal of raising $250 million largely for its endowment to support basic research. Nor does the lab have any plans to trim its meetings and courses program that hosts gatherings such as The Biology of Genomes, one of the genomics field’s most important meetings. “Cold Spring Harbor’s identity is not going to change,” Stillman says.*Correction, 2 April, 1:25 p.m.: David Tuveson’s previous affiliation has been corrected.last_img read more

San Miguel to debut new import vs ‘team to beat’ Ginebra

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES De Ocampo jokes as challenge on LeBron goes viral: I made him popular Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Austria defended the team’s change of import. He said the team wanted an import who can be a complementary piece to reigning three-time MVP June Mar Fajardo.READ: McKines wishes players well, hopes SMB wins Grand Slam“What we’re thinking is to have a player who can matchup with the import of other teams like Justin Brownlee. What we want is somebody who an attack in the middle, shoot from the outside and who can bring down the ball. At least not a one-dimensional player,” he said.“Wendell is a good import, but he and June Mar play almost the same position. June Mar is already healthy that’s why want someone who can complement him, we want someone who can shoot from the perimeter,” he added.Austria expects war against Gin Kings, who he believes as this conference’s favorites.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games “The new import is already here. We was just not able to play because he still needs to accomplish necessary papers,” he said after the Beermen snapped a two-game slide with a 103-96 win over the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters.READ: PBA: San Miguel snaps skid, downs Rain or ShineFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“But definitely, we will have a new import next game.”The Beermen made an eyebrow-raising move when they sent Wendell McKines home and took flak when Bridgeman underperformed, scoring only two points in his PBA debut in a loss to Alaska Saturday. MOST READ E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Miguel Beer head coach Leo Austria said his new import Terrence Watson will make his debut against Barangay Ginebra on Sunday.Austria said Watson, who was tapped to replace Terik Bridgeman, arrived in Manila Wednesday morning.ADVERTISEMENT “Ginebra is playing really well and for me, they are the team to beat because of the arrival of Greg Slaughter.” SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief View commentslast_img read more

Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton pace Bucks past Pacers

first_img1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Milwaukee, which improved to an NBA-best 49-16, was coming off back-to-back losses to Utah and Phoenix after opening a five-game road trip with three victories.The Bucks ran off 13 consecutive points after Antetokounmpo was assessed a technical midway through the third quarter, one possession after he was knocked down attempting a shot, with no foul called. The Pacers missed the technical free throw and the Bucks responded with a 13-0 run. Antetokounmpo started the spurt with a dunk and finished it with another to put Milwaukee up 80-64 with 2:56 left in the period.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“Sometimes, things are not working out the way you wanted and you just get frustrated,” Antetokounmpo said. “Sometimes you take it out on the ref, sometimes you take it out on yourself. Today, obviously I took it out on the ref and got a tech. Definitely deserved it.“But, I think my team did a great job just picking it up, playing with energy, rebounding the ball and responding that way.” Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte The Bucks host Charlotte on Saturday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hall of Fame Mets all-star pitcher diagnosed with dementia Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem LATEST STORIES P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed “It felt like the whole arena, his teammates, I think everybody was probably somewhat frustrated, but I think that frustration got channeled into a great energy,” Budenholzer said. “His teammates, and then Giannis, I thought made a couple big plays coming off the technical.”The Bucks opened their largest lead of the first half at 47-33 on two free throws by Antetokounmpo, but the Pacers went on a 17-7 run to close within 54-50 at the break.“Too much Antetokounmpo, too much Middleton,” Pacers coach Nate McMillan said. “When they have the attack at the basket and are knocking down 3s, they’re going to be tough to guard. They were pretty much knocking shots down from the perimeter and getting shots at the rim tonight. We missed some shots. We had some open looks that you need to knock down and we didn’t early.”TIP-INSPacers: Indy’s two-game road trip to Milwaukee and Philadelphia has important implications in the standings. The Pacers entered the game in third place in the Eastern Conference at 42-23, one game ahead of the Sixers.Bucks: Rookie guard Donte DiVincenzo, sidelined for almost two months with a heel injury, was available for Thursday night’s game against the Pacers. DiVincenzo, who was averaging 4.8 points and 15.6 minutes, is not likely to be back in the rotation immediately. DiVincenzo played slightly more than six minutes in the first half, then scored five points in the closing minutes.McMILLAN LIKES BUCKS MOVESVeteran center Pau Gasol, signed by the Bucks on Monday after a contract buyout by the Spurs, made his home debut, grabbing five rebounds in almost 11 minutes. Milwaukee already had added forward Nikola Mirotic in a three-team trade in early February. “I think they’ve done a nice job of adding to their roster,” McMillan said. “I think it’s a message to the rest of the league that they’re going for it.”UP NEXTIndiana is at Philadelphia on Sunday. P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo drives to the basket against Indiana Pacers’ Myles Turner (33) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, March 7, 2019, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)MILWAUKEE — Giannis Antetokounmpo channeled his frustration over a technical foul in the best way possible.Antetokounmpo scored 29 points and Khris Middleton added 27 to help the Milwaukee Bucks bounce back from their first consecutive losses of the season with a 117-98 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Thursday night.ADVERTISEMENT The Bucks padded their lead with a 12-0 spurt early in the fourth quarter. Kyle O’Quinn opened the final period with a floater from the lane to bring the Pacers within 10 at 84-74. Ersan Ilyasova hit a 3-pointer to trigger the run, capped by Antetokounmpo’s drive to make it 96-74 with 8:21 left.Myles Turner had 22 points and Bojan Bogdanovic 17 for the Pacers.Bogdanovic hit a pair of 3-pointers to pull Indiana within three points at 67-64 before the technical on Antetokounmpo. Indiana’s Thaddeus Young thought that was the turning point.“The next play down, he imposed his will,” Young said. “He got a foul on me, got a dunk, and another dunk after that. I think that was the change in the game.”Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said the entire team fed off the technical foul.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more

ICC World Twenty20: Ramiz Raja, Mohammad Yousuf blame Waqar Younis for Pakistan’s decline

first_imgAfter Pakistan’s failure to make it big in major tournaments in last few years, former captains Ramiz Raja and Mohammad Yousuf have targeted coach Waqar Younis for team’s downfall. Pakistan are currently ranked No. 7 in the T20I format, No. 8 in ODIs and No.4 in Tests.They have suffered series defeats to England and New Zealand before they bowed out of Asia Cup and the World T20 early. Their last T20I series win came against Zimbabwe in September in 2015. In last year’s 50-overs World Cup too, they failed to reach the semi-finals.”The thing is no one is willing to face criticism or resign voluntarily. If the team had been producing good results the situation would have been different. The sad part is that neither have we seen a change in performance nor the mindset. So the time has now come for changes,” Ramiz said.Ramiz said he had played with Waqar and didn’t want to hurt him by saying anything more.”A lot of space and liberty has already been given to stakeholders. Now the time has come for hard decisions,” Ramiz said.The former captain said it was obvious the team’s graph had gone down in the last three years and Waqar had failed to bring about improvements.”If our talent on the bench is not good enough whose fault is it? The skill level of some players is just not improving. I think it is time to rest some players and try out new faces,” he added.advertisement”When I was criticised, I resigned and left myself. I think two years are enough for anyone to prove himself and if that does not happen he should leave himself,” he said.’Waqar should work with A team’Yousuf said it made no sense for Waqar to apologise after two years.”He is one of our greats and it would be better if he is assigned with the junior team like Rahul Dravid is working with the Indian juniors. I am sure he will produce better results and players,” Yousuf opined.”Radical and hard decisions need to be taken now. Bring honest people who are willing to give time and commitment to their jobs.”‘Painful to see Waqar apologising'”Waqar is one of our greats and it was painful to see him apologising. I don’t think anything will change by individuals apologising. A lot of things need to be set right in Pakistan cricket,” Akhtar said on Geo News.Akhtar said although Waqar had apologised but each and every person in the team and the PCB was responsible for the decline.”The target and ambition of our players are very small now and they don’t have the talent or achievements to even think about forming groupings in the team,” he said.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

BCCI secretary Amitabh Choudhary blames Srinivasan, Anirudh Chaudhry for stalling of Lodha reforms

first_imgBoard of Control for Cricket in India secretary Amitabh Choudhary has filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court on Thursday saying majority of the members want to implement but few are stalling the process.In his affidavit, Amitabh Choudhary blamed former BCCI president N Srinivasan, treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry and few others in not letting the implementation of the reforms.This comes a day after the Committee of Administrators filed a status report that will be taken up by the Supreme Court on Friday.In a very aggressive and explosive fourth and final status report, the CoA lambasted BCCI treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry and disqualified officials like former boss N. Srinivasan.Placing before the Supreme Court CoA said, “Chaudhry lacks the courage and conviction to implement the reforms despite filing an affidavit to that effect in court.”They called the actions of Srinivasan and Niranjan Shah disruptive and subversive and say they are both acting with vested interests. In a 37-page report in possession of India Today, CoA have also submitted audio recordings of BCCI meetings to substantiate their claims.Earlier on June 26 at the BCCI’s Special General Meeting (SGM), Srinivasan took the lead in resistance to Lodha reforms citing ‘the 19 affidavits state units had filed with various courts over difficulties in implementing the July 18th 2016 Supreme Court order.’last_img read more

EKF: CompactPCI Serial to CompactPCI Classic bridge

first_imgEKF introduces the SXP-JAM, a backplane bridge for CompactPCI Serial systems with need for integrating CompactPCI Classic cards. The SXP-JAM is a dual card assembly, which expands a modern CompactPCI Serial system by up to seven CompactPCI Classic card slots. In addition to the 32bit 33/66MHz PCI bridge, the SXP-JAM is provided with three RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet jacks for industrial networking, and three USB 3.0 Type-A receptacles. Furthermore, the SXP-JAM can accommodate a SATA SSD module, size M.2 up to 22110.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules Continue Reading Previous Race for long-range IoT network finds early leadersNext TECHWAY: Kintex-7 FPGA PCIe platform to boost data rate performance with 12 HSS linkslast_img read more

Ghana U17 coach: Expect a good tournament

first_imgU17 World Cup Under-17 World Cup: Ghana coach – Expect a good tournament from us Goal Last updated 2 years ago 04:25 15/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Samuel Kwasi Fabin coach of Ghana U17 Backpagepix U17 World Cup Ghana U17 The coach of the Black Starlets believes that his team has the quality to win the Under-17 World Cup… Ghana are keen to win their third Under-17 World Cup this time around having last clinched it back in 1995.In 1997 and 2003, they finished runners-up and coach Samuel Kwasi Fabin is focused on working hard so that his team can lift the trophy in Kolkata on October 28.“We are not travelling to India just to add up to the numbers. We are going to work hard to win the ultimate but I don’t want to promise. I just want to tell Ghanaians that they should expect a very good tournament from the team,” he was quoted saying. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Ghana are placed alongside India, Colombia and USA in Group A of the Under-17 World Cup.Meanwhile, Ghana government has planned some surprise monetary packages for their team besides the bonus of 1000 USD per match.“We are cool with the bonus because money is not everything. We are rather hoping to win all our matches and win the trophy at the end of the tournament because that will be good for our careers,” said skipper Eric Eyiah, who is the star striker of the Ghana team and dons the number six jersey.last_img read more

This win keeps World Cup campaign in our own hands: Jonny Bairstow after England win

first_imgThis win keeps World Cup campaign in our own hands: Jonny Bairstow after England winEngland opener Jonny Bairstow made headlines when he said that the team has been looking for an opportunity to pull the Indian team down. Bairstow agreed that the England team hasn’t done enough to justify the favorites tag. scorecard commentary No data available! graphs advertisement Indo-Asian News Service BirminghamJuly 1, 2019UPDATED: July 1, 2019 09:43 IST Jonny Bairstow says team wasn’t at its best in last few weeks. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSBairstow felt that England haven’t yet justified the favorites tag in World Cup 2019The win against India saw England move over Pakistan to clinch 4th spot in the tableEngland need to win their final league match vs New Zealand to reach the semi-finalsEngland opener Jonny Bairstow has been in the news in recent times for all the wrong reasons. With pundits criticizing the English outfit, Bairstow had made headlines when he criticized them and said that they have been looking for an opportunity to pull the players down.While skipper Eoin Morgan said after Sunday’s loss that Bairstow does tend to get fired up (after confrontations), Bairstow said he wasn’t literally looking for such war of words.”I’m not saying I want everyone to come out abusing me, not by any means. I think there are different ways to look at it. Along the way, people have questioned techniques, conditions and other things. It is important to react to different scenarios and circumstances and work out how you can play your best.”You go out every time with the intention of scoring a hundred. Sometimes it comes off, sometimes you nick one behind and sometimes the edge goes for four and you’re up and running.”Bairstow though did agree that the team hasn’t done enough to justify the favorites tag that was given to the outfit at the start of the tournament.”It was obvious that over the past couple of weeks we have not played our best cricket,” he said. “This was a game that keeps the World Cup campaign in our own hands rather than needing other people to win.”I think the application everyone showed with the bat, and the way we started with the ball against India’s dangerous opening batters was outstanding.”advertisementWhile England reaped the benefits of starting cautiously, Bairstow made no bones about the fact that the Indian pacers started really well.”It was a difficult start with the way their seamers bowled. The way we played spin, which has been one of India’s strengths in the middle overs, wasn’t calculated but just came about and we built confidence there from the way Jason started.”Jason (Roy) has been frustrated with the setback to his hamstring. He was very relaxed, in good touch and it was great to be back out there with him.”Also Read | World Cup 2019: India could have played better vs England, says Shoaib AkhtarAlso Read | India vs England, World Cup 2019: Fans troll MS Dhoni after strange knock in BirminghamAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Any team would want to have Jasprit Bumrah in their side, says Sachin TendulkarAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Pakistan fans gutted after India lose to EnglandAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow Jonny BairstowFollow India vs EnglandFollow Eoin Morgan view more view less Nextlast_img read more

Illegal Tobacco Seized in Cumberland County

first_imgMore illegal tobacco has been taken off the streets of Nova Scotia following a short-term investigation by Service Nova Scotia’s Compliance and Special Investigations Unit. On Saturday, June 30 in Amherst, Cumberland Co., a 41-year-old man from Clementsport and a 52-year-old women from Princedale were arrested after they were found in possession of 295,000 illegal cigarettes. The cigarettes and a vehicle were seized. The estimated provincial tax value of the cigarettes is $81,184 and federal tax value is $61,950. Sûreté Québec, New Brunswick Contraband Tobacco Enforcement Unit and Cumberland District RCMP assisted Service Nova Scotia with the investigation. The pair are scheduled to appear in Amherst Provincial Court on Oct. 29 to face charges under the provincial Revenue Act, the federal Excise Act 2001 and the Criminal Code. Since Jan. 1, 2017, the Compliance and Special Investigations Unit has seized over 2.7 million illegal cigarettes, with an estimated provincial tax value of $754,048. Service Nova Scotia, through its Audit and Enforcement Section of the Alcohol, Gaming, Fuel and Tobacco Branch, is responsible for reducing illegal tobacco in Nova Scotia by working with its law enforcement partners, and through education and enforcement. Service Nova Scotia’s interprovincial and interagency co-operation with law enforcement partners is a valued asset, as it assists in the fight against contraband tobacco smuggling. Anyone with information about the sale and manufacturing of illegal tobacco is asked to contact their local police or Crime Stoppers. Calls to Crime Stoppers are not taped or traced. If police make an arrest and lay charges based on a tip, callers qualify for a cash reward between $50 and $2,000.last_img read more

What does the federal budget mean for the average Canadian

first_imgVANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – The federal government is trying to sell its budget to Canadians by saying there’s something for everyone. The budget continues to contain a deficit, but includes a national pharmacare program and some help for first-time homebuyers.The first-time homebuyers’ incentive will see a reduction in the requirements for down payments under mortgage insurance. There is also an increase in the amount you can take out of your RRSP for a first-time home purchase, going up to $35,000.A tax expert says aside modest help for first-time buyers, there isn’t a lot of relief for the average Canadian, considering this is an election year.RELATED: Liberals offer ‘modest’ help for first-time homebuyersThom Armstrong, the executive director of BC’s Co-Operative Housing Federation, says it is important to remember more than half of all homes in Vancouver are occupied by renters. “A fifth of them pay more than 50 per cent of their gross income on shelter and utilities. So, it’s difficult to imagine that they will see themselves in a position to qualify for even the most generous first-time homebuyer plan.”He says the federal government’s challenge in B.C. is to match $7-billion worth of investments promised by the provincial government over the next 10 years.“The big impact on affordability is really going to come from provincial investments in housing. We can only hope the province and the federal government will figure out a way to coordinate their spending and investment in housing to get the maximum benefit for people who need it the most.”RELATED: As deficit grows, feds spend on job retraining, home incentivesRussell Crawford with KPMG says given it’s an election year, he was hoping there would be more tax relief for the average Canadian. “There are a few minor items that are included in the budget. I’m not sure there is anything overly significant, in that regard.”“There was some hope that you might see a decrease in certain tax rates, although that wasn’t expected,” Crawford added.“Currently — if you compare to the U.S. corporate rate, for example — we’re pretty competitive, here in Canada.”Meanwhile, Dane Eitel, a Vancouver-area real estate analyst, says he’s pleased there are no changes to the mortgage stress test introduced last year. “Real estate is supposed to be a free market. I wasn’t expecting to see anything — I’m kind of happy we didn’t see a knee-jerk reaction to taking thing out literally within a year or two of putting implements in.”“Now that we’re in this new reality, there hasn’t been enough of a drop across the nation … especially Vancouver and Toronto — to take the foot off of the pedal.”Although the feds are not making changes to the mortgage stress test, it says it will adjust, if necessary. – With files from Mike Eppellast_img read more

Habitat For Humanity And The New York Mets Slide Into Home

first_imgComing “home” will have a different meaning for the New York Mets as they kick off the baseball season on April 3.Habitat For Humanity will launch its first nationwide cause campaign, Home is the Key during the Mets home opener to raise awareness and support of the critical need for affordable housing in the country and around the world.The campaign will gather sponsors, celebrities and community leaders for a month of activities and build events across the country. Consumers can help Habitat’s efforts by purchasing products from participating partners, sharing #HomeIsTheKey on social media, or donating at habitat.org.“We all need decent shelter to thrive, and yet many in the U.S. live in inadequate housing conditions, creating a significant barrier to opportunity, success and health,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International. “Home is the Key reminds us that home is more than just bricks and mortar. A home unlocks the opportunity for a better life and we hope people see that, by donating to Habitat, they’re opening the door to strength and stability for millions of families who need a hand up.”Country music star Eric Paslay and HGTV personality Chip Wade have signed on to lend their support and raise awareness of the transformational impact a decent, affordable home can have on a family and community.“As a designer, builder and contractor, home is such an important part of every aspect of my life,” said Wade. “My home is the source of my serenity, my security and my confidence to continue pursuing my passions – it’s truly the foundation of all of my success, professionally and personally. Everyone deserves the opportunity to unlock the bright future a decent, affordable place to live can provide, which is why I’m proud to support Habitat for Humanity.”Thanks to partners that have joined the campaign, numerous opportunities are available in April for the public to get involved or to help generate awareness of the need for affordable housing:• Nissan: For every #HomeIsTheKey social post, Nissan will donate $1 to Habitat, up to $250,000. Nissan and Habitat have partnered together for over a decade and have helped families all over the world build and own their home.
 • At Home Stores: The home décor superstore will sell special edition candles with 100 percent of the proceeds going to Habitat. Opportunities to donate at check-out will also be available.
 • BLACK+DECKER: Building on a 25-year local partnership with Habitat, BLACK+DECKER will use its social media channels to promote the campaign and drive awareness of the need for decent, affordable housing.
 • Kum & Go Convenience Stores: Customers will have the opportunity to donate to Habitat at checkout. Continuing its annual in-store fundraising competition for the fourth year, Kum & Go will build a new Habitat home in the community that raises the most donations.
 • HSN Cares and Ballard Designs: Habitat will be the featured nonprofit partner for HSN and Ballard Designs in April. Shoppers can contribute throughout the month. HSN Cares is sponsoring and volunteering to build two homes in their hometown of St. Petersburg, Florida, alongside two future Habitat homeowners.
 • Sur La Table Stores: At-register or online donations will be available and a portion of the proceeds from sales of Scanpan cookware will benefit Habitat.Habitat for Humanity will also have a #HomeIsTheKey Twitter party on Wednesday, April 5 from 2-3 pm EDT. Hosted by Amy Lupold Bair, blogger and founder of Resourceful Mommy Media, the chat will be an opportunity to show support for Habitat and enter to win prizes from campaign partners.The campaign will culminate at the end of April in Habitat’s hometown of Atlanta with Nissan and the Heisman Trophy Trust for the 5th annual Heisman House Build.To learn how to get involved with Home is the Key and more about the month-long activations, visit habitat.org/homeisthekey.last_img read more

Kosovo UN envoy presents revised proposals on future status

8 March 2007The United Nations envoy for the status of Kosovo has submitted revised plans after reporting that Serbia and the ethnic Albanian-led government remain diametrically opposed over the future of the Albanian-majority Serbian province, which the world body has run since Western forces drove out Yugoslav troops in 1999 amid ethnic fighting. The parties are currently considering Special Envoy Martti Ahtisaari’s revised proposal ahead of a meeting of both sides and major international partners in Vienna on Saturday, spokesperson Michele Montas told a news briefing at UN Headquarters in New York today. Serbia rejects independence, a goal sought by many Albanians who outnumber Serbs and others by 9 to 1 in the province, and both sides interpreted Mr. Ahtisaari’s initial plan as meaning independence supervised by the international community. While that plan did not specifically mention independence, it would give Kosovo the right to govern itself and conclude international agreements, including membership in international bodies, under international civilian and military supervision to help to ensure peace and stability. Mr. Ahtisaari aims to deliver the final version to the Security Council by the end of the month when he has said he will make “a very clear statement” on the independence issue. Currently there are no plans for any further meetings following the one on Saturday, which will bring together not only Serbia and the Kosovo Government but also the so-called Contact Group – the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy and Russia – which has been helping to seek a solution, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) whose forces drove out Yugoslav troops in 1999 and who now help to maintain security in the province, and the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK). read more

Johnson Johnsons Q1 profit rises 8 pct on lower spending surge in

Johnson & Johnson’s Q1 profit rises 8 pct on lower spending, surge in prescription drug sales by Linda A. Johnson, The Associated Press Posted Apr 15, 2014 6:11 am MDT This Oct. 16 2012 photo shows Johnson and Johnson products, including Band Aid brand adhesive bandages, arranged for a photo in St. Petersburg, Fla. Johnson & Johnson reports quarterly financial results before the market opens on Tuesday, April 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email A turnaround in Johnson & Johnson’s prescription medicine business fueled by new drugs, combined with reduced production and administration expenses, lifted first-quarter profit by 8 per cent.The world’s biggest maker of health care products beat Wall Street expectations and raised its earnings outlook Tuesday. The maker of Band-Aids and biologic drugs said net income was $4.73 billion, or $1.64 per share, up from $3.5 billion, or $1.22 per share, a year earlier.Excluding one-time items, income was $4.43 billion, or $1.54 per share. Analysts expected $1.48.The New Brunswick, N.J., company said revenue totalled $18.12 billion, up 3.5 per cent. Analysts expected $18.04 billion.The prescription drug business, which has wrested the lead in sales back from the medical device business, saw revenue jump 11 per cent to $7.5 billion.J&J credited strong sales of new drugs: prostate cancer pill Zytiga ($512 million), hepatitis C medicine Olysio ($354 million) and Xarelto for preventing strokes ($319 million). Each is on pace to become blockbusters exceeding $1 billion in annual sales.The company didn’t disclose sales for type 2 diabetes drug Invokana, approved in March 2013, or Imbruvica, approved in February for a rare type of leukemia. Several other key drugs sold well, but top seller Remicade for immune disorders had flat sales at $1.61 billion.J&J reported lower-than-expected sales for the medical devices and diagnostics segment, flat at $7.06 billion, and consumer health products, down 3.2 per cent to $3.56 billion.The consumer products business has had dozens of recalls since 2009 for products including pain relievers Tylenol and Motrin. J&J must win back customers who switched to cheaper store brands when J&J’s weren’t available.“Consumer products … will stay weak because consumers learned there is nothing special about” J&J’s, said Erik Gordon, an analyst at University of Michigan’s business school.Edward Jones analyst Judson Clark predicted “earnings growth will accelerate over the next few years, driven primarily by new biopharmaceutical product launches and a decreasing impact from patent losses,” which trigger generic competition.He added that shares don’t fully reflect the value of J&J’s “pipeline potential.”Chief Financial Officer Dominic Caruso said harsh winter weather reduced doctor’s visits, elective surgeries and other health care use. That affects sales of products from medicines to artificial joints.“We’re well positioned for growth throughout the year,” Caruso told analysts during a conference call.The company raised its profit forecast for 2014 to $5.80 to $5.90 per share, excluding special items, up a nickel from its January forecast.In midday trading, shares rose $1.11, or 1.1 per cent, to $98.25. Sales have jumped by 50 per cent over the past two years.___Follow Linda A. Johnson at http://twitter.com/LindaJ_onPharma read more

Montreal startup Element AI nabs US102 million in investments for expansion

Montreal startup Element AI nabs US$102 million in investments for expansion TORONTO – A Montreal startup is getting a total of US$102 million from Microsoft, Intel and several other investors that will fund the eight-month-old company’s drive to become a leader in artificial intelligence.Element AI chief executive Jean-Francois Gagne says the new round of funding will pay for 250 jobs and offices in Toronto and Asia that the company aims to have in place by January.Gagne says Element AI’s goal is to create a Canadian publicly listed company that brings AI capabilities to traditional industries, such as manufacturing and financial services.In addition to the prominent technology giants, some of the funding will come from National Bank and Fidelity Investments Canada.Gagne says confidentiality agreements prevent Element AI from saying how much it received from each investor or how much of the total equity was purchased by the new investors.Gagne co-founded Element AI in October with fellow entrepreneur Nicolas Chapados, the Real Ventures fund and Yoshua Bengio, an AI pioneer and professor at the Universite de Montreal. by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 14, 2017 6:01 am MDT Last Updated Jun 14, 2017 at 6:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Food prices are staying lower for longer periods – UN agency

The FAO Food Outlook released today also said that trade in cassava is poised to grow by 19 per cent and to hit a record high, due mostly to demand from China for a cheaper raw material for its animal feed, energy and industrial sectors, while trade volumes in seafood are also rising. On the prices of agricultural commodities, FAO said that “after several dramatic upward price spikes from 2007 through early 2011, most cereal and vegetable oil prices are on a trajectory that is both steady and declining.”“Among the reasons are high inventory levels, sharply lower oil prices and the renewed strength of the US dollar, none of which appear likely to be reversed in the short term, although unexpected shocks, such as weather-driven impacts on harvests, can never be excluded,” the report noted.The report’s authors Adam Prakash and Friederike Greb, both commodity specialists at FAO, wrote that “the takeaway message here is that statistically, the most recent shifts in behaviour foresee downward price momentum with lower volatility.”The FAO Food Price Index, a trade-weighted index tracking international market prices for five major food commodity groups also release today, fell to a six-year low in August. “New figures, also released today, show it inched up by about two-thirds of a percentage point from its August low to 165.3 points, which is still 18.9 percent less than a year earlier,” according to the index. But FAO also noted that “the price path of the past few years and the prospective path ahead, are not the same for all food groups.”Staple grains are at the core of the declining price trend, as a result of several years of robust harvests around the world as well as stockpiling that has taken reserves to record highs, according to the agency. Analyzing the latest figures, the report said “lower food prices seem to be a boon to food security and are indeed just that for households who spend a large share of their income on food purchases.”On trade, FAO said that global production is robust and inventory still high, but the volume of cereals being traded internationally is declining, driven by wheat – mostly due to lower imports in Asia, especially Iran and North Africa – and by coarse grains, where demand from Asia is lower, even though Africa and Europe are both expected to increase their imports. read more

Mens basketball Ohio State facing toughest task at worst time against Maryland

OSU senior forward Marc Loving (2) fistbumps with a fan during the Buckeyes’ game against Northwestern on Jan. 22. The Buckeyes lost 74-72. Credit: Nick McWilliams | Sports EditorIt’s been a rough season for the Ohio State men’s basketball team, and it could get a lot rougher after the team’s next game.The Buckeyes were embarrassed by then 11-10 Iowa in their last game, dropping a winnable game 85-72 in a contest that could have pointed the program in the right direction. OSU picked up a big win against Minnesota at home, but lost all momentum against the Hawkeyes.Simply put, the loss to Iowa was a low point for OSU. Even though the worst loss in terms of score came at the hands of Wisconsin, the Buckeyes looked totally outmatched by an Iowa team missing its leading scorer, Peter Jok. Now, with a 3-6 conference record and just nine games left to salvage anything from a season littered with missed opportunities, the Buckeyes must find a way to beat the Big Ten’s best team — Maryland. And given how OSU has played thus far, there is little to convince Buckeye fans of a possible win on Tuesday. Following the team’s loss to Northwestern, junior center Trevor Thompson expressed his views as to why the team was losing, and losing in such ugly fashion. “We have to play for Ohio State,” he said. “We have to play for the university and for each other. What happens is we start to play for ourselves and were not thinking about the team. We have to be selfless. That has to be consistent.”The Terrapins are 19-2 this season and have won six straight conference games. Highlighted by a tough defense and the dynamic scoring ability of junior guard Melo Trimble, Maryland is one of the toughest matchups OSU will have this season. After Iowa, OSU coach Thad Matta was straight to the point about what went wrong.“We’ve got to try harder,” Matta said. “We did some things defensively tonight that I’ve never, ever seen us do. And give Iowa credit, my god did they play well. We just couldn’t get the stops that we needed.”Against Maryland, OSU will have to get stops. The Terrapins are a team that might not light up the scoreboard with points, but will limit an opposing offense to an average of 65.8 points per game. By contrast, the Buckeyes average 73.4 points per game, but have suffered from a lack of output from upperclassmen like senior forward Marc Loving and redshirt junior guard Kam Williams. Although each have averaged 11.4 and 10.3 points per game, respectively, both have been wildly inconsistent.Both players have the lowest plus-minus mark of the OSU starters, as Loving has posted a 3.7 on average, while Williams averages a meager 2.9. Thompson has been one of the lone bright spots for the Buckeyes, averaging 10.5 points and 9.2 rebounds per game this season in his starting role. However, against Iowa, he failed to score in 13 minutes, and fouled out in the second half. Although a rebound for Thompson is likely against Maryland, OSU will need stronger output from Williams and Loving for the rest of the season if anything is to come for the Buckeyes. After the loss to Northwestern, Williams stood up in the locker room, and addressed the team. “We need everybody, going into a basketball game, to have the same, positive, common goal to win the game,” he said. “Not stats, not how many rebounds I can get or how many points I can get. The ultimate thing we are trying to achieve is to win basketball games. That’s why it’s a team game.”Williams might be standing up,expressing his views vocally and trying to rally the troops, but OSU has little hope if play does not improve. Maryland rolls into Columbus on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Schottenstein Center.Prediction: Maryland 83, Ohio State 69. read more

257 minutes the time teens can spend on computers each day before

first_imgToo much computer time has previously been linked to hyper-arousal and poor sleep  Dr Andrew PrzybylskiCredit:Oxford University  Dr Andrew Przybylski Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Too much computer time has previously been linked to hyper-arousal and poor sleep  However the study did not take into account whether physical health was affected by spending too much time staring at screens, or calculate the cumulative effect of using multiple devices.In 2014, researchers in China found that too much internet use caused brain shrinkage, while psychiatrists say children can become hyper-aroused by gadgets, a condition dubbed ‘electronic screen syndrome.’ Studies have also shown that using computers, smartphones or tablets before bedtime disrupts sleep.Sir Anthony Seldon the Vice Chancellor of the University of Buckingham and former master of Wellington College said screen time was a ‘very significant concern’.“Intelligent use of computers can enhance the life of teenagers but overall they are spending vastly too much time online,” he added.“Real people, real exercise, real environments and above all real relationships in the flesh are what young people need to develop into healthy adults.“I’m extremely worried by the extensive and indiscriminate exposure of adolescents to computers. It should be a very significant concern.”center_img The researchers say that digital connectivity may enhance creativity, communication skills and development and conclude there is little to support fears that spending time on digital devices is harmful.“Previous research has oversimplified the relationship between digital screen time and the mental wellbeing of teenagers,” said Dr Andrew Przybylski, of the Oxford Internet Institute.“Overall we found that modern use of digital technology is not intrinsically harmful and may have advantages in a connected world unless digital devices are overused or interfere with schoolwork or after school activities.“Our research suggests that some connectivity is probably better than none and there are moderate levels that as in the story of Goldilocks are just right for young people.” The researchers of the new study agreed that electronic devices could be harmful if youngsters were using them to avoid exercise, sleep or avoid making friends. But they also said they could actually be beneficial for development.Co-author Dr Netta Weinstein of Cardiff University said: “To the extent that digital activities either enrich teenagers’ lives or displace more rewarding activities, they should have either positive or negative effects on their mental well-being.“There have been theories that digital use is disrupting more satisfying pursuits. However, the role of digital technology has a central role in everyday life and online gaming is now a shared way of playing for teenage boys.“There is good reason to think digital technology used in moderation is not disruptive and may even support development.’Commenting on the research, Dr Pete Etchells, senior lecturer in Biological Psychology, Bath Spa University, said: “The study shows that certain levels of technology use may actually be beneficial to children.”Where negative effects do exist, these are in fact quite weak, compared to other factors such as getting a decent night’s sleep which have previously been shown to have an influence on well-being. “Taken altogether then, the study shows that we need to drastically reconsider the way we think about screen time – there just isn’t a simple negative correlation between using digital technology and wellbeing.The research was published in the journal Psychological Science. Intelligent use of computers can enhance the life of teenagers but overall they are spending vastly too much time onlineSir Anthony Seldon, Vice-Chancellor, University of Buckingham Parents should worry less about the amount of time their children spend using smartphones, computers and playing video games because screen time is actually beneficial, the University of Oxford has concluded.The rise in technology in the past decade has led to fears that teenagers could be damaging their social skills and mental health by spending increasing amounts of time online or immersed in a virtual world.Yet when researchers at Oxford University quizzed 120,000 15-year-olds about their wellbeing and compared it to screen time, they found the use of gadgets had a positive impact.In fact, wellbeing peaked at four hours and 17 minutes of computer use a day before starting to dip again, suggesting devices have a Goldilocks Zone where the amount of screen time is ‘just right.’  For smartphones the ‘sweet spot’ was around two hours and one hour 40 minutes for video games.  last_img read more

Qualcomm TI announce ARM chips with Windows 8 support

first_imgYesterday, Microsoft finally shared an official first peek at the upcoming Windows 8 experience for tablets. Its hardware partners, meanwhile, were busy unveiling their new wares which will allow the next version of Windows to run in its full Metro glory on a variety of computing platforms, from phones to tablets to HTPCs.And since we already saw Windows 8 demoed on the ARM architecture earlier this year, it wasn’t all that surprising to see two major manufacturers of ARM-based chips ready to show off new processors which will support Microsoft’s upcoming operating system.AdChoices广告Qualcomm has announced that its upcoming Snapdragon processors — the dual-core MSM8960 and quad-core APQ8064 — will fully supports Windows 8. The 8960 is currently in the hands of OEMs, while the 8064 won’t ship until next year. The updated Snapdragons boast clock speeds of up to 2.5GHz and a foursome of wireless connectivity options, including Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, and FM radio. Support for NFC and stereoscopic 3D is also baked in, and beefed-up Adreno GPUs will provide additional multimedia horsepower.Texas Instruments, meanwhile, outed the new OMAP4470, which the company expects to ship sometime in the first half of 2012. The chip sports four total cores — two ARM Cortex A9 running at up to 1.8GHz and two ARM Cortex-M3 clocked at 266MHz to handle multimedia processing. Its SGX544 graphics core is capable of pushing resolutions up to 2048 x 1536 to as many as three displays, and it supports HDMI output and stereoscopic 3D. The SGX544 is fully DX9, OpenGL ES 2.0, OpenCL 1.1, and OpenVG 1.1 compatible.More at TI, via Engadgetlast_img read more

How to upgrade to Windows 8

first_imgDespite any doubts concerning Windows 8 and its infamous Start screen, lots of people will be jumping on board today. For those still on the fence, Microsoft’s limited-time upgrade discounts will be a tempting reason to make the switch.Until January 31, 2013, the boxed retail edition costs $70, while a digital download version is available through Microsoft’s Windows Upgrade Assistant for $40. Windows 7 PCs purchased between June 2, 2012 and January 31, 2013 get the best deal of all, however; just register for a promo code by February 28, 2013 and you can upgrade your new Windows 7 machine for a mere $15. If you’re ready to become an early adopter, here’s what you need to know before moving to Windows 8.RequirementsThe Windows 8 setup process will check your system for compatibility, but the modest hardware requirements are as follows:Processor: 1GHz or faster with support for PAE, NX, and SSE2RAM: 1GB for the 32-bit version, 2GB for the 64-bit versionHard disk space: 16GB for the 32-bit version, 20GB for the 64-bit versionGraphics card: Microsoft DirectX9 graphics device with WDDM driverKeep in mind that those are the minimum specs. If you want to run Windows 8 well you’ll want to have a little more where it comes to processor speed and memory. The computer you’re upgrading will need to have Windows XP (SP3), Windows Vista, or Windows 7 installed. The version you’re coming from is important, since it determines how much can be transferred over:Windows 7: Windows settings, personal files, and programsWindows Vista (SP1): Windows settings and personal files (If you don’t have the service pack, you won’t be able to transfer settings)Windows XP (SP3): personal files onlyAlso note that you can’t jump between 32 and 64-bit when upgrading. So if you’ve got a 64-bit processor and want to bump up to a 64-bit OS, you’ll have to buy the boxed Windows 8 System Builder and do a full install. If you’re going the digital route, you’ll of course need an Internet connection and some time for the download to complete. Microsoft estimates that the whole package will be about 2GB, and will require around 90 minutes to complete over a broadband connection. Finally, make sure you have your old Windows product key on hand in case the upgrade install asks for it.Backup your filesI’m sure the Windows 8 installer works well, and that it’s perfectly capable of transferring your personal files over during the upgrade. But when you’re dealing with important data, you can’t be too careful. Before upgrading, make sure you’ve got all the documents, pictures, game saves, and anything else you need backed up to another drive or your cloud storage service of choice.Option 1: Digital downloadDownload and run the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant to get started with the digital download. If you’re doing the $15 upgrade option, don’t get thrown off when you see the $39.99 price show up in the Assistant; once you go into the order screen you’ll have an option to enter your discount code.If you want a physical upgrade disk, you have a couple of options. When you purchase the upgrade through the Assistant you’ll be able to get a disk mailed to you for $15; even if you’re paying the full $40 for the download, that’s still cheaper than buying a boxed copy. You can also put the installer on your own writable DVD or USB drive using an option in the Assistant.Option 2: Boxed copyIf you like getting your software the old fashioned way, or feel more comfortable buying a boxed product, you’re going to have to pay a bit more. Currently Amazon has one of the best deals, though: a $30 promotional credit if you purchase the upgrade before October 27. Just make sure that you buy the upgrade version, which is labeled “Windows 8 Pro.” The “System Builder” edition is for doing a fresh install on a new machine, and the “Pro Pack” is for bumping regular Windows 8 up to Windows 8 Pro.With both the physical and digital upgrade options, the install interface seems straightforward enough, and it provides information on what will be transferred and which of your programs will be compatible with Windows 8.No matter what the final verdict on Windows 8 is, it’s nice to see Microsoft making the upgrade process easier and cheaper than ever before.last_img read more