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Jason Luke

first_imgYou might not know Jason Luke ’94, but you know his work.He’s associate director for custodial and support services at Harvard’s Facilities Maintenance Operations. That makes him the Commencement superintendent who every June transforms the campus into a well-oiled machine for merriment (and solemnity).His team sets up 80,000 chairs, 7,500 tables, 120 tents, and all the signage, pole hardware, and sound equipment to go with it.During most of the year, Luke’s work takes a quieter path, but one that you see every day. He supervises a crew of 250 Harvard staffers who wash, buff, and shine 40 percent of Harvard’s 5 million square feet of building space.The onetime Leverett House English concentrator worked on the Harvard cleaning staff as an undergraduate. In the past 13 years, Luke has traded a head full of Shakespeare and Melville for grittier (but still important) stuff. These days he puzzles over things like the life span of mops and what polishes work best on stone, slate, and marble.While doing that, the father of two goes for the green. Ten years ago, Luke sensed a shift in his line of business, and started evaluating environmentally sound cleaning products. In the past five years, what was once a fringe fraction of the marketplace has emerged into the mainstream. As green products got steadily cheaper and better, he said, “we started to see this was the future of the whole cleaning industry.”A 2003 pilot program at Harvard Divinity School turned into a blessing. For two years, Luke and his crews tested nonpolluting cleaners based on hydrogen peroxide, reusable microfiber rags, HEPA-filter vacuums, and nonammoniated glass cleaners. They used nontoxic floor strippers, adopted exact-measure dispensers for cleaning products, installed nonaerosol dispensers for restroom soap, and replaced toweling with unbleached brown paper.Products and technologies like these improve indoor air quality, reduce waste, and minimize toxins and carcinogens.By 2005, Luke said, the Divinity School had reduced the number of its cleaning chemicals from 40 to four, and the FMO’s Green Cleaning Service was ready to roll out University-wide.He credited the Harvard Green Campus Initiative with co-developing the program. The University’s sustainability principles are important, said Luke, but the HGCI “creates excitement around participation.”Low-tech and low-toxicity brands are his staff’s “default products,” he said, and comprise 75 percent of all the general-purpose, glass, and floor cleaners used. These safe, multiple-use products are certified by Green Seal, a nonprofit organization that identifies environmentally friendly cleaners.Green products are gradually edging out their aggressively chemical counterparts, said Luke. “We’re continually trying to look at what’s out there, to stay on the cutting edge.”— Corydon Irelandlast_img read more

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Central Vermont RPC seeks transportation planning and study ideas

first_imgVermont Business Magazine The public is invited to offer suggestions to the Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission (CVRPC) for transportation planning projects that would benefit Washington County and the towns of Orange, Washington, and Williamstown. CVRPC is asking for help to make getting around easier, safer, and more convenient for everyone by contributing your transportation planning and study ideas. CVRPC will complete up to $70,000 in transportation special projects and studies using funding from the Vermont Agency of Transportation’s Transportation Planning Initiative.  We would appreciate your ideas for projects that would benefit Central Vermont.  While our funds cannot be used for construction, our planning helps shape projects for future construction. Projects might benefit any transportation system, such as rail, transit, aviation, roads, bicycle or pedestrian.  Ideas can vary from specific intersection improvements to multi-town road improvement plans to applying green infrastructure to neighborhood streets. Project ideas should be submitted in writing to Bonnie Waninger, Executive Director, [email protected](link sends e-mail), by January 27, 2017.  Please describe the type and location of the project.  Residents are strongly encouraged to discuss project ideas with their municipal staff and officials as local support and involvement are typically required for a project. Projects will be reviewed and prioritized by CVRPC’s Transportation Advisory Committee. The CVRPC provides planning and technical assistance in the areas of community development, transportation, natural resources, housing, economic development, and emergency management to 23 municipalities in Central Vermont, including all of Washington County and Orange, Washington, and Williamstown in Orange County.  The collaboration between CVRPC, Central Vermont municipalities, and other related resource agencies results in the development and implementation of plans that support sustainable development and improve the region’s economy, environment, and quality of life. Source: CVRPC, 1.6.2017 www.centralvtplanning.org(link is external).last_img read more

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More races come to life on triVIEWER+

first_imgwww.triviewer.com www.facebook.com/GEtriathlon www.tri247.com www.canarywharftriathlon.com The GE triVIEWER+, which brings triathlon results to life, enabling triathletes to visualise their races and compare their performances against the field, is expanding.UK tri fans can now re-live the GE Canary Wharf Triathlon 2011, which took place on Thursday 30 June 2011, through triVIEWER+. This follows the addition of triVIEWER+ features to the 2011 GE Blenheim Triathlon and the 2011 Toshiba Windsor Triathlon.More UK triathlon events shall receive the triVIEWER+ treatment in the coming weeks.triVIEWER reaffirms GE’s commitment to support UK triathlon. The dynamic race results software is fully integrated into the comprehensive Tri247 events and results database, and is already building a strong following with triathletes across the UK.GE’s triVIEWER, powered by ZumTri technology and available at  tri247.com, allows triathletes to:View race results in graphical form (triathlons, duathlons and aquathlons)Watch a personalised post-race animation of their raceCompare their race to that of friends… or rivals!Share their race with friends and family via Facebook, Twitter and emailAnalyse their race through additional graphs and chartsSee how their results compare to the race winner or celebritiesTrack how all their club-mates performed in a race Relatedlast_img read more

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Cristiano Ronaldo to be Served Rape Summons after Hiding House Address

first_imgLawyers for the woman accusing Cristiano Ronaldo of rape have tracked down his home, meaning he can finally be served a summons.Kathryn Mayorga’s team began ­hunt­ing for the football superstar’s Italian address in October, when US police reopened the inquiry.Lawyers for the Juventus striker have been trying to get the case dismissed and court papers claim they have declined to provide his address.Referring to the person originally hired to serve the sum­­mons, the documents allege: “Records go blank when he searches anything for Ronaldo. Property records have been blacked out.”Former teacher, Ms May­orga alleges Ronaldo raped her 10 years ago at a hotel in Las Vegas. However, the Portuguese star emphatically denies the claim.Now the 34-year-old’s home address in Turin has been located, Ms Mayorga’s team have enlisted Italy’s Central Authority – the official process servers – to deliver the summons and complaint.They are expected to send the ­document in the next couple of weeks, once it has been translated.Unlike in the US, summonses in Italy do not have to be served by hand and can be sent via registered post.Last month, with time running out and her legal team struggling to find some­one to track down the Portugal national team captain, a US judge allowed an extra 180 days for the summons to be delivered.Ms May­­orga at first accep­­­ted a £295,000 “hush money” set­­tle­­­ment with Ron­­aldo “­because she felt intimidated”.She declined to reveal to police the name of her alleged attacker and the case was shut.It was reopened after Ms Mayorga told officers for the first time the ­identity of the man she is accusing.RelatedPolice Request for Ronaldo’s DNA in rape InvestigationJanuary 11, 2019In “Lifestyle””The truth is always coming in a first position…” – RonaldoOctober 22, 2018In “Features”Ronaldo Set To Marry Longtime GirlfriendNovember 15, 2018In “Lifestyle”last_img read more

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Orioles shortstop Hardy increasing baseball activity in Sarasota

first_imgBALTIMORE — The Orioles appear to be moving closer to restoring their regular left side of the infield with shortstop J.J. Hardy beginning baseball activities in Sarasota.After playing catch from 90 feet over the weekend, the 33-year-old took 25 ground balls on Monday and is taking swings and hitting off a tee as he continues to work his way back from a fractured left foot suffered on May 1. According to manager Buck Showalter, Hardy will not rejoin the club to continue his rehab until he is participating in full baseball activity in Sarasota.The hope is that Hardy could still be ready to be activated from the disabled list later this month, but he would need to complete a minor-league rehab assignment after such a lengthy absence.“It’s more about the player. J.J. knows what it takes to be up here,” said Showalter when asked how long Hardy’s rehab assignment might take. “We’ll trust him with that. I don’t think you’re going to see him go down there and play one game and four at-bats and say, ‘I’m ready.’ He’s going to do some of that in the extended-spring program probably before he goes out [on an assignment].“But I wouldn’t say it’d be quick. I’d like for it to be quick. We miss him.”Two-time Gold Glove third baseman Manny Machado has filled in admirably playing his natural shortstop position in Hardy’s absence, but the Orioles have struggled to receive production at third base with defensive-minded players Ryan Flaherty and Paul Janish providing below-replacement-level offense and slugger Pedro Alvarez serving as a defensive liability in his six starts at the hot corner.Though coming off the worst season of his major league career in 2015, Hardy was hitting .244 with two home runs, eight RBIs, and a .701 on-base plus slugging percentage in 86 plate appearances this season.Last rehab start for Gallardo?Right-hander Yovani Gallardo will make what the Orioles hope is his final rehab start on Tuesday afternoon at Triple-A Norfolk, putting him in line to potentially return to start the series finale in Toronto on Sunday.Have the woes of the current starting rotation altered how the Orioles evaluate Gallardo’s readiness to return from right shoulder tendinitis?“You mean all he’s got to do is show up and be breathing and he’s in it?” said Showalter, cracking a smile. “I’m just being frank. No, it shouldn’t and I’d like to think it doesn’t. Are you going to base it on performance or how he feels? You hope you get both.“Yovani wants to get back. He’s champing at the bit. If I had a choice between [him] being productive and being healthy tomorrow, I’ll take the healthy part.”Waiting game for JosephA week after Caleb Joseph suffered a testicular injury that required surgery from a foul ball to the groin area, Showalter confirmed the backup catcher would not be ready to return after the minimum 15 days for a DL stint.Joseph will not to resume catching until the four-week mark from when the injury took place on May 30. Showalter said the 29-year-old should be able to take part in all other baseball activities before then, but there understandably will be an adjustment period for Joseph to once again take work behind the plate after sustaining such a gruesome injury.Fortunately for the Orioles, recently-promoted backup Francisco Pena has collected multi-hit games in each of his first two starts since Joseph was placed on the DL.last_img read more

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Energy Security

first_imgPresident David Granger represented Guyana at the 2nd US-Caribbean-Central American Energy Summit, hosted by Vice President Joe Biden in Washington on May 3-4.The first Summit last year emphasised the need for energy security through the substitution of renewables for petroleum products for energy development.Even with current low oil prices, electricity prices in Guyana – as in the rest of the Caribbean – average over US>President David Granger represented Guyana at the 2nd US-Caribbean-Central American Energy Summit, hosted by Vice President Joe Biden in Washington on May 3-4.The first Summit last year emphasised the need for energy security through the substitution of renewables for petroleum products for energy development.Even with current low oil prices, electricity prices in Guyana – as in the rest of the Caribbean – average over US$0.25 per kWh, about three to four times more than what is paid in the US or other developed countries. This high cost of energy for manufacturing and other uses has acted as a fetter on Guyana and the region’s efforts to produce more value-added products competitively.Following the previous Summit, several Caricom countries embarked on projects to reduce energy costs and petroleum dependency. Jamaica moved ahead in renewables with a 36 MW wind farm that received US$63 million in funding from the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation and other donors. Exploratory drilling and preparatory work has been initiated in Dominica, Grenada, Monserrat, St Lucia, St Kitts and Nevis, and St Vincent and the Grenadines to harness geo-thermal energy to generate electricity.In Guyana, however, efforts have lagged even though this country launched a Low Carbon Development Strategy (LCDS) in 2009, which had the generation of clean, renewable energy at its core.The Amaila Falls Hydro-Electric Power (AFHEP) project was a flagship vehicle for renewable energy generation designed to replace the present generating capacity of 165 MW through petroleum products. Unfortunately, even though funding had been secured with US$80M committed by Norway from its GRIF contribution and the remaining funding had been secured though the China Development Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the developer Site Global, the government which was then in opposition, derailed the project through its obdurate resistance.President Granger returned from Washington an evidently disappointed man since the US committed only US$10M grant to seed the efforts of the entire Latin America and the Caribbean to move into renewables. His comment, “That’s not serious money. Guyana will put in a bid… but that is not enough seed money for the magnitude of project that we are envisioning” must be evaluated against the recent moves by the US to encourage the region away from the Venezuelan-initiated PetroCaribe energy facility.Back in June 2014 US Vice President Joseph Biden had launched with great fanfare, the Caribbean Energy Security Initiative (CSEI) at a meeting with Caribbean leaders in the Dominical Republic. Biden emphasised US commitment to Caribbean energy security. Six months later, in January 2015 this was followed up with the US-Caribbean Energy Security Summit (CESS) in Washington DC.CESS was supposed to lay the groundwork to enable countries to build the fiscal and legal frameworks necessary for the Caribbean’s wider adoption of renewable energy and energy efficient technologies. But as one Think Tank pointed out after the meeting, the US needed “to help the region address the three elephants barely mentioned in that ever-so-diplomatic room on January 26: the continuing erosion of the Venezuelan economy and its credit support for so many of the regions’ key energy consumers; the serious barriers to entry of private capital to power generation in so many Caribbean economies; and the need to formulate a serious response to the Caribbean Community’s (Caricom) request for more rapid access to volumes of US LNG and CNG.”When in April of 2015 US President Barack Obama met leaders of the Caribbean in Kingston, Jamaica, he committed to providing “early-stage funding” for clean energy projects in the Caribbean. And also to establish a Task Force to examine the future of clean energy development in the Caribbean and Central America. And now just US$10M.President Granger is correct. We cannot depend on aid for our energy security. AFHEP must be returned to the front burner.<.25 per kWh, about three to four times more than what is paid in the US or other developed countries. This high cost of energy for manufacturing and other uses has acted as a fetter on Guyana and the region’s efforts to produce more value-added products competitively.Following the previous Summit, several Caricom countries embarked on projects to reduce energy costs and petroleum dependency. Jamaica moved ahead in renewables with a 36 MW wind farm that received US million in funding from the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation and other donors. Exploratory drilling and preparatory work has been initiated in Dominica, Grenada, Monserrat, St Lucia, St Kitts and Nevis, and St Vincent and the Grenadines to harness geo-thermal energy to generate electricity.In Guyana, however, efforts have lagged even though this country launched a Low Carbon Development Strategy (LCDS) in 2009, which had the generation of clean, renewable energy at its core.The Amaila Falls Hydro-Electric Power (AFHEP) project was a flagship vehicle for renewable energy generation designed to replace the present generating capacity of 165 MW through petroleum products. Unfortunately, even though funding had been secured with USM committed by Norway from its GRIF contribution and the remaining funding had been secured though the China Development Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the developer Site Global, the government which was then in opposition, derailed the project through its obdurate resistance.President Granger returned from Washington an evidently disappointed man since the US committed only USM grant to seed the efforts of the entire Latin America and the Caribbean to move into renewables. His comment, “That’s not serious money. Guyana will put in a bid… but that is not enough seed money for the magnitude of project that we are envisioning” must be evaluated against the recent moves by the US to encourage the region away from the Venezuelan-initiated PetroCaribe energy facility.Back in June 2014 US Vice President Joseph Biden had launched with great fanfare, the Caribbean Energy Security Initiative (CSEI) at a meeting with Caribbean leaders in the Dominical Republic. Biden emphasised US commitment to Caribbean energy security. Six months later, in January 2015 this was followed up with the US-Caribbean Energy Security Summit (CESS) in Washington DC.CESS was supposed to lay the groundwork to enable countries to build the fiscal and legal frameworks necessary for the Caribbean’s wider adoption of renewable energy and energy efficient technologies. But as one Think Tank pointed out after the meeting, the US needed “to help the region address the three elephants barely mentioned in that ever-so-diplomatic room on January 26: the continuing erosion of the Venezuelan economy and its credit support for so many of the regions’ key energy consumers; the serious barriers to entry of private capital to power generation in so many Caribbean economies; and the need to formulate a serious response to the Caribbean Community’s (Caricom) request for more rapid access to volumes of US LNG and CNG.”When in April of 2015 US President Barack Obama met leaders of the Caribbean in Kingston, Jamaica, he committed to providing “early-stage funding” for clean energy projects in the Caribbean. And also to establish a Task Force to examine the future of clean energy development in the Caribbean and Central America. And now just USM.President Granger is correct. We cannot depend on aid for our energy security. 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Vacation photography that doesn’t scream ‘Disney’

first_imgShare This!Anyone who has been Walt Disney World has the instantly recognizable photographs of their family in front of Cinderella Castle or Spaceship Earth or the Sorcerer’s Hat (at least until last year).There’s nothing wrong with those photos; I have a ton of them myself. But I’ve found that some of my favorite photos from my favorite vacation spot were often in unconventional locations — places where you can escape the crowds and still find a striking background. Here’s one case in point.An unconventional spot for a photo.Can you guess where this was taken? Most people looking at it probably wouldn’t think it was at a theme park. No characters or crowds to be seen, just an exotic looking setting providing the background for a magical moment.We happened upon this location in the Maharajah Jungle Trek at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, an area that’s full of interesting details. Here, you have the weathered, ancient walls of temple ruins, enhanced with various props. In subsequent visits, the bicycle pictured here had been moved to another location in the park. So this ended up being a one-of-a-kind snapshot for us.But this is what I love about the Disney theme parks. The effort the Imagineers put into theming even out-of-the-way corners creates photography opportunities far beyond the Nikon branded picture spots.By the way, the above photo was taken with an average point and shoot camera. I’m no professional, but that doesn’t stop me from experimenting with the settings on my camera, particularly when it comes to shooting at night. I encourage you to play around with the shooting modes or ISO settings on your camera to see what works in various situations. Most point and shoots allow you to adjust ISO (the camera’s sensitivity to light). Some also allow control of shutter speed and aperture, which gives you even more control.Morocco in Epcot is a beautiful location at night.If you intend to shoot at night, I recommend you get a mini tripod that you can slip into a backpack or purse and then take out when you’re ready to shoot some photos. If you don’t have a tripod, I’ve found garbage cans can be convenient tools to steady your camera and avoid blurry images. Don’t forget to turn off your flash unless you’re taking a picture of a person or object in the near foreground.One of my favorite places to shoot at night is World Showcase in Epcot, once the crowds have cleared out after IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth. Beautiful architectural details can be found around every corner, and the dramatic lighting accentuates the scenery. Plus, with fewer people walking around, you avoid the distraction of random tourists in your shots.The picturesque path from Disney’s Wilderness Lodge to the boat dock.Finally, be sure to look for opportunities to shoot photos at resorts with theming that doesn’t scream “Disney” (Art of Animation would not fall into this category). Two of my favorite resorts for photos are the lodges, Disney’s Wilderness Lodge and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. Both resorts boast a stunning lobby with detailed decor and interesting vantage points. For example, you can get some interesting photos from the fifth floor bridge that spans the Animal Kingdom Lodge lobby. Both also carry their theming outside to the grounds. At Wilderness Lodge, the landscaping says Pacific Northwest, not Florida. At Animal Kingdom Lodge, you’re transported to Africa, along with furry and feathered friends for your photography pleasure. I also enjoy shooting resort pools at night, when they’re clear of guests. The tranquility of an empty pool, as the lights reflect on the water, can make a great photo.Do you have a favorite non-conventional photo spot at Walt Disney World Resort? Please share your thoughts and photography tips in the comments.last_img read more

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Apple’s New MacBook Pro Is the Best Laptop You Can Buy – But You Probably Shouldn’t Buy One

first_imgBut as soon as you open up the device, the amazing 2880-1800 display sucks you into its world. Unlike the Retina displays on the iPhone and iPad, the MacBook Pro screen has the scale to truly envelop your field of vision. fredric paul RWW’s Eliot Weisberg shares his impressions of the new MacBook Pro and offers tips on where to find wallpapers worthy of its Retina display. All photos by Eliot WeisbergHands-on testing of the MacBook Pro with Retina display reveals an incredibly sleek, powerful notebook computer with simply the very best display ever attached to a keyboard. So why shouldn’t most people buy one?Read more: Where To Find Hi-Res Wallpapers To Fit the New MacBook Pro Retina DisplayAt first glance, the new MacBook Pro with Retina display doesn’t look that different from a standard 15-inch MacBook Pro. A closer look reveals a slimmer body and lid, with no optical drive. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Related Posts The high-contrast screen’s 5.1 million pixels make text appear noticably sharper and more readable than other screens. And with truly high-res images, it’s like looking into a window. The more you look at it, the more the level of detail seems to open up. You don’t want to just look at this screen – you want to move in.The downside? Many low-res Web images suddenly look terrible, all jaggy and blurry. It’s like when TV went HD and everyone could suddenly see how ratty all those old shows were.The new machine’s specs are equally impressive: An Intel quad-core Core i7 processor with speeds up to 2.7GHz, up to 768GB of fast SSD storage (no more poky hard drives), and support for up to 16GB of RAM. The Nvidia GeForce GT 650M graphics card has 1GB of dedicated memory.In my testing, all that hardware translated into smooth, fast operations on everything from launching programs to manipulating large images. And while others have reported battery life issues (Apple rates battery life at 7 hours), I found the new MacBook Pro easily ran for the better part of a day in intermittent use – about as long as a 13-inch MacBook Air.Put it all together, and you’ve got the best personal computer I’ve ever seen.But – you knew there was a but, right? – the new MacBook Pro is not for everyone – or even most people. Tags:#Apple#web For one thing, this is no MacBook Air. At 0.71 inches thick and 4.46 pounds, it’s slightly more svelte than a standard 15-inch MacBook Pro, thanks to a thinner screen and the lack of an optical drive. But it’s much heavier and bulker than the Air or other ultrabook-style laptops. That matters for people who drag their computer with them everywhere they go.Other folks – fewer and fewer, though – will miss the things the device leaves out: the DVD drive, the ethernet port and a power connector that’s incompatible with other Mac models (apparently, the old Magsave connectors wouldn’t fit). Sure, there are external devices and adapters to mitigate these issues, but they ruin the computer’s beautiful lines and portability. If portablity is a key concern for you, this is not your ideal solution.$3,500? For a laptop? In 2012?The big issue, though, is cost. Prices for the MacBook Pro with Retina display start at a hefty $2,200, and a fully tricked-out version clocks in at a whopping $3,449.That’s nearly $3,500. For a laptop. In 2012.I remember an era when laptops routinely cost $2,000, but I had hoped we’d moved beyond those troubled times.While the new MacBook Pro may not be overpriced for what you get, the vast majority of computer users simply don’t need this kind of power. Unless you’re doing serious video processing, image manipulation or some other computing-intensive tasks, this machine is expensive overkill.Do you really want to pay a four-figure premium just to look at pretty pictures? That’s not entirely fair, of course, but the real question about the MacBook Pro with Retina display is whether the benefit it brings to your particular situation is worth the cost – especially since Retina displays will eventually find their way into more mainstream laptops.If you really need the MacBook Pro’s Retina display capabilities now, go ahead and bite the bullet and buy one. If you absolutely have to impress your geeky friends, this’ll do the trick. If money is not an issue, there’s no question that this is the computer you should own. Whatever the reason, you won’t regret having it – except maybe after you’ve schlepped it through the International Terminal for the sixth time in eight days.But for most people, the MacBook Pro with Retina display is not exactly a practical choice. In a year or so when the price comes down, sure, but not yet. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

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What It Will Be Like To Buy An Apple Watch

first_imgRelated Posts How Wearables Will Take Health Monitoring to th… david nield You Think Your Employees WANT to Wear That Devi… Tags:#Apple#Apple Watch#smartwatches#wearables center_img The Key to Mass Adoption of Wearables 4 Ways Big Data & VR Are Changing Professi… The waiting’s almost over for those of you eager to strap an Apple wearable to your wrist, with pre-orders for the Apple Watch starting on April 10 and the device available to buy from April 24. As the on-sale date approaches, we’re seeing a pile of leaked information about how the retail experience will work.No walk-in sales, for example, so you’ll need an Apple Store appointment to get your hands on a shiny new smartwatch; VIP areas for Apple Watch Edition buyers; and no opportunity to swap bands while you’re actually trying on the device.Both 9to5Mac and MacRumors claim to have seen training documents and spoken to insiders regarding the upcoming device, giving some indication of how you’ll be able to test and pick up a watch on the 24th. Here are the highlights.Roll Up, Roll UpApple Watch display cases.If you walk into an Apple Store to buy an Apple Watch, you’re going to need an appointment to be able to try on a device—otherwise you’ll have to join a walk-in queue that staff may or may not get around to.Once your try-on time with an Apple Watch specialist is booked, you’ll be taken to one of the dedicated display cases to see a full set of Apple Watches put through their paces via a demo loop. You can then choose two to try on.In the try-on area, Apple is planning secure watch drawers that can only be unlocked by special RFID sensors carried by Apple employees. Again, the demo loops will be in place, but customers can try out the haptic feedback and tested how it feels on the wrist. Mats and cleaning cloths will be available.Once you’ve gone through this process, you’ll then be offered the chance to buy accessories such as alternative straps and Bluetooth headphones. An extended AppleCare+ program is going to be available, as well as a combined coverage plan for an Apple Watch and an iPhone.If you’ve reserved a watch in advance, you can walk away with your new purchase. If not, you’ll be invited to make a reservation for your chosen model either in store or online.The VIP TreatmentApple Watch Edition.If you’re planning to spend $10,000 or above on the 18-karat gold Apple Watch Edition, meanwhile, Apple Store staff will treat you like tech royalty. Buyers will be connected straight to an expert adviser, with no need to wait around, and you’ll get a separate try-on area away from the masses spending less on their wearables.Appointments will be longer and can last up to an hour (rather than 5-15 minutes) if you’re buying the premium model. To reduce the risk of theft, you’ll only be able to try two gold watches at once.When you’re happy with the deal, your accommodating Apple Store assistant can set up the watch for you, or you can connect to a specialist from home via a video link—these are the kinds of perks that several thousand dollars can get you. 24/7 live video assistance is apparently going to be available for Apple Watch Edition owners.On the one hand, this all fits in with the noises Apple has been making so far: This is very much a different type of device to an iPad or an iPhone, and the company wants to provide a different type of sales experience too, one that’s much more personal and guided.On the other hand, the problems Apple has had trying to get its Watch right—and manufactured in sufficient quantities—have been widely reported. It’s also possible that this custom-made, appointment-only system is designed to help the company limit supply until Apple Watch 2.0 is ready to go.Images courtesy of Applelast_img read more

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Yuvraj Singh may not be picked for Australia tour: Sourav Ganguly

first_imgFormer India captain Sourav Ganguly feels Yuvraj Singh will never again make a comeback to the Indian team on the eve of the selectors’ meeting to pick a squad for the limited-overs tour of Australia.Yuvraj last played for India in the ICC World T20 last year but has built a strong case for a return with some strong performances in the domestic circuit. However, Ganguly reckoned Yuvraj’s time was up.”There’s no doubt that Yuvraj is doing extremely well. But if the selectors did not pick him during the 2015 World Cup which was in Australia, they won’t pick him again for another tour of the same country. That is a realistic view from a fan of his batting,” Ganguly told Sports Today.Yuvraj had made his debut in 2000 when Ganguly was captain but the Bengal southpaw said Yuvraj was at the stage of his career when the selectors may not be very enthusiastic about bringing him back.There is a feeling in certain quarters that Yuvraj might be included to strengthen the batting but Ganguly said the selectors needed to focus on the bowlers.”The team has not struggled just because of the batting – the bowling department has let them down. The selectors have to address that. The bowlers didn’t have enough pace to trouble South Africa in India. The selectors need to balance the bowling – there is enough ammunition in the batting line-up,” Ganguly said.Ganguly was of the opinion that India should take only two spinners to Australia and preferred Axar Patel over Ravindra Jadeja, who made a dream comeback into the Indian team during the Test series against South Africa.advertisement”We should take only two spinners – Jadeja’s record in Australia has not been good. There is a case for Axar Patel to continue with his place alongside R Ashwin.”Among the pacers, Ganguly felt Umesh Yadav was an automatic choice for a series in Australia but hoped that the selectors picked someone like Ashok Dinda, who has been consistent in domestic cricket. Ganguly said the five wise men will have to pick between Mohit Sharma and Bhuvaneshwar Kumar.Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni will be under pressure to deliver some good results Down Under but Ganguly maintained his stance that Dhoni would not be touched until the World T20 which will take place in India next year.”Dhoni won’t be touched till the World T20 in India and very rightly so. Once the tournament is over, then they should sit with Dhoni and take a call on his future. Virat Kohli needs time to build a team for the Cricket World Cup in 2019,” Ganguly said.last_img read more

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