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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Xinjie Tong and Lingying ZhaoThe Ohio egg production industry is a significant economic sector in the state and is responsible for creation of 12,503 jobs and $438 million in annual earnings. Technology advances in egg production facilities over the past decades have enabled very efficient operations of large-scale layer houses, that can typically host 100,000 to 250,000 hens with stacked cages, automated manure-belts, feed and water delivery, egg transport, and mechanical ventilation systems. In these larger layer houses, ventilation plays a crucial role in maintaining a proper indoor air conditions and for disease control for hen health and efficient egg production. However, it has been a challenge to achieve the comfort and health standards with existing ventilation systems. At The Ohio State University, an innovative ventilation system has been designed at the air quality and bioenvironmental lab, which can potentially improve indoor environment and limit disease outbreaks in layer houses. Ventilation systemsThe most commonly used ventilation systems in layer houses are tunnel ventilation and cross ventilation. With a cross ventilation system, air enters a layer house through air inlets under the eaves or on the ceiling and exits through exhaust fans on side walls. It creates relatively uniform airflow inside the house, but is not able to effectively remove heat produced by hens in the summer. To abate heat stress, tunnel ventilation system has been widely adopted in layer houses, with which fresh air enters a layer house from one end of the house and is exhausted by fans located on the other end of the house. The tunnel ventilation provides a wind chill effect with high-speed air flow across animals and thus can make them feel cool in hot weather conditions and effectively alleviate heat stress in summer. As air travels from the inlets to the exhausts of a layer house with the tunnel ventilation system, it absorbs heat and moisture generated from hens. One big drawback of tunnel ventilation systems is that it results in large gradients of air temperature and relative humidity, air pollutant concentrations along the airflow pathways, and will make the air cool and dry near the air inlets but hot and moist near the air outlets. This non-uniform thermal condition is not desirable because it not only puts hens near outlets at higher risks, but also results in differentiation in hen performance, such as various sized eggs. It is therefore imperative to fully understand the thermal environment of large-scale commercial layer houses and develop an innovative ventilation system in order to manage heat stress problems accordingly and effectively. Heat stress problems in layer housesHeat stress is a common problem in layer houses because hens stocked in high density form intensive heat sources and the state-of-the-art ventilation system, tunnel ventilation, still cannot uniformly remove heat. Poultry are homoeothermic with a core body temperature maintained at 41.2 degrees C to 42.2 degrees C by thermoregulatory mechanisms in a comfortable environment. As the indoor temperature rises above the poultry comfort zone during hot summer months, hens start experiencing heat stress, where they usually spend less time feeding and moving, and more time drinking, resting, and panting. Egg production is also impaired under heat stress (i.e., annual losses of $61 to 98 million nationwide) through decreased egg production rate, reduced egg quality, and increased hen mortality. Heat stress problems will be further worsened due to increasing events of extreme temperature and heavier precipitation. Disease outbreaks and virus transmission in layer houses. Disease outbreaks are another big threat to the poultry industry. In 2015, the highly pathogenic H5 avian flu infected about 57 million birds in the U.S., resulting in a disastrous loss to the layer and turkey industries. Because the flu spread quickly, researchers suspect that the viruses were possibly airborne, meaning that their transmissions can be possibly driven by airflow.With the current ventilation systems, air mixing causes concerns about possible disease transmission. Once a hen has the virus, the ventilation airflow will transport the air polluted by that hen, and pass through many other hens located in different areas of the house before being removed via exhaust fans. In other words, the mixing ventilation possibly facilitates the transmission of viruses among hens and fastens the spread of the disease. Development of a new ventilationTo reduce economic losses due to heat stress and disease outbreaks, we are developing an upward airflow displacement ventilation (UADV) system for commercial manure-belt layer houses. In this new system, fresh air is uniformly supplied from air ducts located beneath the cages; it directly reaches hens and is heated by hens; the heated air will then escape the cages and flow upward in the aisles due to the buoyancy effect and suction caused by exhaust fans installed on the roof; air is finally exhausted out of the house through these exhaust fans. With this new ventilation system, an upward airflow can be formed inside the house and the polluted air traveling upward in aisles will be directly removed by exhaust fans on the roof without passing through other cages. This ventilation design allows for the shortest pathways of contaminated air and provides efficient removal of heat, moisture, air pollutants, and viruses compared to existing tunnel and cross ventilation systems. Performance of the new ventilation systemThe performance of the new UADV system was preliminarily simulated using a Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) model developed by an Ohio State University research group. Using CFD models, indoor thermal conditions and disease transmission were simulated under different weather conditions with both the new UADV system and the existing tunnel ventilation system. It was found that the new UADV system provided more uniform thermal conditions with less heat stress compared to the existing tunnel ventilation. By using the new UADV system, heat stress at a danger level could be reduced from 8.7% to 0.7% in summer and cold stress could be reduced from 18.3% to 5.8% in winter. The new system also reduces the disease transmission from 29.8% to 2.7% in summer and from 61.4% to 44.3% in winter in the presumed scenario. Development statusResearchers, Dr. Lingying Zhao, an extension engineer and professor, Xinjie Tong, a Ph.D. student, and Dr. Sewoon Hong, a postdoctoral research associate at The Air Quality and Bio-Environmental Engineering Lab (AQBEL) of The Ohio State University, have submitted a provisional patent application for this new ventilation design. Further efforts are needed to test the UADV system in commercial laying hen farms. Any feedback and inputs from poultry farmers about the new ventilation systems will be very much appreciated.In summary, maintaining a comfortable and safe indoor environment of layer houses is a necessity, but a challenging task that cannot be fulfilled by the existing ventilation systems. The heat stress and disease outbreaks have caused significant economic losses. Ohio State researchers have developed an innovative upward airflow displacement ventilation (UADV) system for abating heat stress and limiting disease transmission among the hens. It can effectively improve uniform thermal conditions in layer house for abatement of both heat and cold stress. It also has the potential to limit pathogen transmission in layer houses. Further research is needed to test the UADV system in commercial laying hen farms. Xinjie Tong, Graduate Research Associate, Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering and Lingying Zhao, Professor and Extension Ag. Engineer, can be reached at zhao.119@osu.edu. This column is provided by the OSU Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, OSU Extension, Ohio Agricultural Research & Development Center, and the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.last_img read more

first_imgMaterialsThe materials you can use to bounce light vary greatly — sometimes, the locations themselves determine what you can use: a ceiling, white muslin, foam insulation. Typically, when you’re using bounce sources, you’ll want to ensure that the bounce won’t affect the color quality of your light. For example, if you’re in a room with slightly yellow walls, once you bounce your light off of them, your lighting become slightly yellow, too.If you want to bring in your own bounce material for more color control, one of the best (and easiest) things you can use is white foam insulation from any home improvement store. This versatile material is easy to work with, and it can even help you bounce the sun to even out your lighting. This material has become a filmmaking staple, and you’ll find it on practically every professional set.Bounced lighting can really improve the look and feel of your work. It’s super easy to work with, and in many cases, it doesn’t cost you anything. Essentially, bounced lighting boils down to understanding that the larger the light source, the softer its spread.Looking for more info on lighting? Check out these articles.Production Tip: Why Reducing Light Is as Important as Adding ItWhat You Need to Know About High Key vs. Low Key LightingCinematography Tip: Lighting Your Production with the Inverse Square LawLearn How to Enhance Your Film with Ambient LightThree Ways To Light A Tent Scene On a Low Budget Bounce LightBouncing light is the process of redirecting a main light source onto a reflective or “bounce” surface, essentially taking your spotted and harsh light and turning it into an area light. You can bounce light off of anything from a white wall to a drop ceiling to a piece of white bead board. By bouncing your light onto a new material, this material becomes the larger light source — not the lighting fixture. Bounced light will usually be “larger,” creating a much softer throw and spread. Which makes it more pleasing to the eye.Limited SpaceBounced Light is perfect in small spaces that can’t accommodate a lot of equipment. Let’s say you’re shooting in a cramped office environment. You barely have enough room to set a light, let alone fly in a 4×4 frame of diffusion material. To combat this, you can easily bounce your lighting.By simply shooting your light into the ceiling or onto an adjacent white wall and using that as your light source, you fill the room with a beautiful, soft, and even bounced light. This is an incredibly simple process that can produce outstanding results. Even a simple bounced source can make the lighting on your subject far more cinematic. Bounced light can soften your lighting without the use of diffusion materials, flags, or extra stands. Take a look at how it’s done.Cover image via Komsil.Bouncing light is a fascinating-yet-simple concept that can instantly elevate your cinematography. In this article, we’ll take a look at how bouncing light can help improve your shoot in ways you haven’t even considered.last_img read more

first_imgWelcome to India Today Online’s coverage of the first cricket Test match between India and New Zealand from the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Uppal, Hyderabad. Score | PhotosIndia vs New Zealand Day 1Pujara: I am happy that I have made a comeback and I have started well. I like to thank my father for supporting me. It is my immense love for the game that keeps me going. We were playing in tough conditions on the A tour to the West Indies. I knew that I was facing these kind of bowlers and I knew the ground well. I was better prepared. The pitch is slowing down and it is starting to turn. MS Dhoni is telling me to score a double ton and we will look to go past 400.Summary: The day belonged to Cheteshwar Pujara. He has nicely slotted back into the Indian Test team after a gap of 20 months. His first Test century lit up what has been an even day for both India and New Zealand. Both the openers fell to poor shots while Tendulkar was sent back by a wonderful delivery from Boult. Kohli and Pujara shared a 125 run stand before Martin accounted for Kohli. Raina too fell cheaply before Dhoni and Pujara steadied the ship.5:05 pm | 86.6 overs: STUMPS – India score 307/5 on Day 1. Chris Martin to Pujara, no run, back of a length delivery and it nips back in just outside off, Pujara defends it to mid off and that will be stumps. Pujara (119*) and skipper MS Dhoni (29*) remain unbeaten.4:50 pm | 84.1 overs: PUJARA GETS A LIFE! Chris Martin to Pujara, no run, loud appeal for a catch but not given, New Zealand cannot believe it, good length ball that darts back in around the off stump, the ball flicks the glove as Pujara takes the bottom hand off, van Wyk dives to his left and collects it, umpire Gould does not give it out, that is a poor decision. The TV replays clearly point out that he was out.advertisement4:30 pm | 10 overs remaining: New Zealand have taken the NEW BALL. We should have called it a day now, but they’re short by ten overs.MS Dhoni, right handed bat, comes to the crease4:05 pm | 72.4 overs: WICKET! Raina departs cheaply. His poor form continues. Jeetan Patel to Raina, out Caught by van Wyk!! Oh boy, this is a very unlucky way to go. Quicker ball fired down the leg side, Raina looks to tickle it down to fine leg, gets a feather edge and van Wyk moves to his right to collect a sharp catch, Jeetan is thrilled to bits. Raina c van Wyk b Jeetan Patel 3(13) (India 260/5 in 72.4 overs)3:37 pm | 69.3 overs: 100 UP FOR PUJARA! Franklin to Pujara, 1 run, the crowd erupts as Pujara gets to his first Test century, take a bow, Che Pujara! Short of length ball on the middle and leg stump, Pujara clips it to long leg and punches the air in delight, he is just soaking in the adulation here, many more to come I am sure. And that’s his break-up for the century – 169 balls, 14 fours, 1 six. This is also his maiden international ton. He also has 14 first class centuries to his credit.  3:42 pm | 68.4 overs: Chris Martin to Pujara, FOUR, to third man. And Paujara moves on to 99. You bet, he has batted like Rahul Dravid. Good decision by skipper MS Dhoni to bring him on No. 3 position.Suresh Raina, left handed bat, comes to the crease3:38 pm | 68.1 overs: WICKET! Thank God it’s not Pujara! Chris Martin to Virat Kohli, out Caught by Guptill!! The Phantom breaks this dangerous stand. Good length ball in the zone outside off and gets it to kick up a touch, Kohli plays away from the body and looks to force it to the off side, gets an outside edge that flies to Guptill at second slip, Kohli is gutted as he walks back. Virat Kohli c Guptill b Chris Martin 58(107) [4s-8] (India 250/5 in 68.1 overs)3:28 pm | 66.2 overs: Chris Martin to Virat Kohli, no run, loud shout for an LBW from Martin but not given, length ball and it nips back in off the pitch, Kohli plants his front foot across and looks to work it to the leg side, he misses it and gets rapped on the pads, but that ball was sliding down the leg side.3:03 pm | 60 overs: India are 219/3 at the stage with Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara in the middle.2:30 pm | THIRD SESSION2:10 pm | TEA: India are 182/3 in 54.0 overs (Pujara 54, Kohli 32)advertisement2:05 pm | 51.6 overs: FOUR and that brings up Pujara’s 50. He is definitely living up to his expectations. Franklin to Pujara, FOUR, fantastic shot! Short and a touch wide outside off, Pujara latches on to it and cuts it away off the back foot, to deep backward point, for a boundary.1:32 pm | 44.1 overs: Nicely driver by Pujara towards the boundary. Doug Bracewell to Pujara, FOUR, wonderful shot! Full outside off, Pujara gets onto the front foot, leans in to the delivery and drives it with perfect timing, through the gap on the off side, to the sweeper cover fence.Virat Kohli, right handed bat, comes to the crease12:54 pm | 34.5 overs: WICKET! It’s a big one …Sachin walks! Boult to Tendulkar, out Bowled!! Lovely delivery! Good length on middle, angled across, pitches and jags back in to the right hander, Tendulkar tries to push at it but the ball goes through the gap between bat and pad, and crashes in to middle stump. Tendulkar reacts as though the ball stayed a little low, however, replays suggest otherwise. Tendulkar b Boult 19(62) [4s-2] (India 125/3 in 34.5 overs)12:30 pm | 29.6 overs: India are 111/2 at the stage. Boult to Pujara, no run, pitched up outside off, Pujara lets it go through to the wicketkeeper.12:12 PM |  25.3 overs: Four and that brings up the 100 to Team India. Patel to Pujara, FOUR, that’s a cracking shot! Too wide by Patel, Pujara had the time to rock back and slap it wide of point12:10 pm | SECOND SESSION – The players are coming back out to the middle. This session is going to be a very important one for both sides.LUNCH – India are 97/2 at the stage. Sehwag and Gambhir got starts but couldn’t convert them into big scores. The Kiwis have got rid of the openers and if they can get Tendulkar soon after lunch, they’ll feel that they have an upper hand. Join us at 12:10 for the next session11:30 am | 25 overs: India are 97/2 at the stage with Sachin Tendulkar and Cheteshwar Pujara at the crease. They are batting at ease after Virender Sehwag provided the hosts with a quick start.10:55 pm | 15.3 overs: Sachin opens his account. Boult to Tendulkar, 1 run, off the mark with a single, down the leg side and Tendulkar glances it to fine leg for one.Sachin Tendulkar, right handed bat, comes to the crease10:45 am | 14.3 overs: WICKET! Oops Sehwag falls three runs short of his 50! Doug Bracewell to Sehwag, out Caught by Guptill!! No drop catches this time. In fact, it’s a sharp catch! Short of length but too close to the off stump, Sehwag still goes for the cut but he ends up guiding it straight to second slip, he hit that hard but Guptill did very well to hold on. An entertaining knock comes to an end, but India needed more than just 47 from Sehwag.. Sehwag c Guptill b Doug Bracewell 47(41) [4s-9] (India 77/2 in 14.3 overs)10:40 am | 13 overs: India are 65/1 at the stage. DRINKS! Drinks are on the field now . A good first hour for India, but New Zealand are just getting some rhythm going now. Things would have been very different had they taken the catch in the last over..advertisement10:38 am | 12.5 overs: Driven away towards the boundary. Easy 4 there. Doug Bracewell to Sehwag, FOUR, edged and between 1st slip and the keeper! Oh dear, oh dear. Good delivery that – full and close to the off stump, Sehwag pushes away from the body and gets a thick edge, it goes right between van Wyk and Ross Taylor and both of them leave it to the other. Taylor reacts late and attempts to go for the catch but it’s a bit too late.. will that prove costly?So Pujara has stepped into Rahul Dravid’s boots. Hope he lives up to the expectations. Cheteshwar Pujara, right handed bat, comes to the crease10:20 am | 9.6 over: WICKET! And Boult gets his man of the last ball of the over. Boult to Gambhir, out Caught by van Wyk!! That’s the first strike. The bowling has been good in the last 2 overs and that ultimately consumes Gambhir. Perfect length in the corridor of uncertainty outside off, Gambhir pokes at it as he always does and gets an edge to the keeper. Gambhir started well, but has to walk back now. Gambhir c van Wyk b Boult 22(36) [4s-4] (India 49/1 in 10 overs)10:10 am | 8.2 overs: DROPPED! It was a tough one though. Chris Martin to Sehwag, 2 runs, a harsh man will call that a chance. It would have been an incredible catch had he taken it. Martin digs it in short, Sehwag looks to pull but it gets a bit too big on him, goes off the top of the bat but just clears mid wicket. Flynn ran back from that position and tried to get there but couldn’t.10:10 am | 8 overs: Two quick fours off Sehwag in that over off Doug Bracewell even as India total reach 39 for no loss.9:50 pm | 3.6 overs: An easy FOUR there Boult to Gambhir, 4, edged, in the air, but safe! Good delivery that – full and moving away, Gambhir was drawn into the drive but only manages a thick edge, luckily for him it went between the slip cordon and gully9:46 pm | 3 overs: India are 8 for no loss against the Kiwis even as Chris Martin has completed his over. Sehwag and Gambhir are going easy there.9:42 pm | 2 overs: Boult to Sehwag, no run, angled away from Sehwag who leaves it alone.9:35 pm | 0.6 over: Chris Martin to Sehwag, no run, a bouncer to end the over, Sehwag stays away from that one.9:30 am | Gambhir and Sehwag are at the crease. Gambhir is on strike. Chris Martin will open the attackNot many surprises in the Indian playing eleven. Pujara was an obvious choice and Raina has pipped Badrinath for the number 6 spot. The tougher question is: who will bat at number 3? Will it be Pujara – who is touted as the next Rahul Dravid, or Kohli – who has already tasted success at that position in ODIs?Teams:  New Zealand (Playing XI): Martin Guptill, Brendon McCullum, Daniel Flynn, Ross Taylor(c), Kane Williamson, James Franklin, Kruger van Wyk(w), Doug Bracewell, Jeetan Patel, Trent Boult, Chris Martin India (Playing XI): Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Sachin Tendulkar, Cheteshwar Pujara, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni(w/c), Ravichandran Ashwin, Zaheer Khan, Pragyan Ojha, Umesh Yadav Taylor: The pitch is hard. We have played here in the IPL and seen that the wicket is hard. It was a disappointing tour of the West Indies but we had 1 and a half weeks to get over it. Chris Martin, Jeetan Patel and Franklin come in to the side. Dhoni: The wicket will assist spinners later on. The last game we played here was a draw. It’s good to see a wicket like this in the sub-continent. There is something for the batsmen and the bowlers. The break helped us, especially in the fitness aspect. We’ll miss Rahul Dravid and Laxman. They’re legends of the game. Rahane, Ishant, Piyush and Badri are missing this game. 9:00 am | TOSS: India have won the toss and elected to bat Pitch report: It’s evenly rolled, but it’s very dry, with no grass whatsoever. We expect the pitch to take turn as the Test match progresses. The pitch has a bit of dampness, which will aid faster bowlers initially. With the humidity around, it might swing, but it will be tough conditions for the Kiwis.last_img read more

first_imgHome to many young, promising designers, Hyderabad is fast making its mark on the fashion map. Classic saris rub shoulders with opulent Indo-Western wear even as young designers are going green with recycled materials or luring the modern fashionista with experimental and creative innovations. Join us for a tete-a-tete with,Home to many young, promising designers, Hyderabad is fast making its mark on the fashion map. Classic saris rub shoulders with opulent Indo-Western wear even as young designers are going green with recycled materials or luring the modern fashionista with experimental and creative innovations. Join us for a tete-a-tete with some of the city’s coolest, most innovative designers.Uber chic: Sagar TenaliHe launched his label, Sagar Tenali in 2006 and since then, has been on a roll. A NIFT graduate, he worked with the brand XLNC in Hyderabad, designing men’s clothing before he started his own studio in 2008.With his creations displayed in most leading studios throughout India, he’s carved a niche in the genre of western wear, club wear, resort wear and wedding trousseau. ‘Confident subtlety’ is his mantra and his latest collection titled Oh Bahamas reflects that rather stylishly. Essentially resort wear with a lot of linen jackets, chinos, ponchos and kaftans thrown in, he’s experimented with the embellishing and has used European style stones, crystals and other such adornments. “Expect to see a lot of silver, and black this season is blended with other shades,” he says. Other hot colours this season are slated to be dark emerald green, olive greens, brick red, shades of yellow, and blues like ultramarine and midnight. Layers are back. Like a kurta emerging out of a sherwani, paired with churidars.Style tip: Men can do away with the stoles and dupattas and go in for the pagdi or turban while sporting ethnic wear.advertisementUrbane hues: Asmita MarwaAsmita Marwa’s creations fuse the traditional with the contemporary, producing a chic urbane sensibility. An extensive traveller, Asmita draws inspiration from anything ranging from exotic spice markets to things lying on her desk in her studio. In 2008, she was featured among ‘Nine Designers to Look Out For’ by Vogue and now she’s already got a number of fashion weeks to her credit. Though having received no formal training in fashion, Asmita, a Psychology graduate was always interested in clothing design and has learnt designing through observation and experimenting besides her numerous travels abroad. Besides clothes, she also designs spaces and furniture as a hobby. Her label Asmita Marwa was launched in 2003 and for a few years following that, she retailed from a few stores.Her big break came in 2008 when she showcased her kalamkari collection at Lakme India Fashion Week, Mumbai. “One of the most fascinating aspects of contemporary fashion is the liberty of expressing yourself the way you like without any rigid set of style mantras,” says Asmita. Her latest collection, titled La Vi En Rose, showcased at the Blender’s Pride Fashion Tour this month is all about viewing life through rose tinted glasses even though everything around is affected by corruption, recession, violence and negativity. Her inspiration for this collection came from Woodstock and the times of the 60s and 70s that she keeps going back to.Her designs reflect a hippie chic look with a kaleidoscope of colours and prints. There are two distinct looks for this season-a boyish androgynous look and a more feminine bohemian kind of look,” she says. “Solid colours are the ‘in’ thing with a focus on deep tone shades of primary colours-burnt red, indigo, dirty mustard or military green. The last season’s obsession with purple is certainly over. The silhouettes are more structured and no-fuss. In India, a draped look still works. This translates into kaftan dresses and stuff like that.”Style tip: For evening wear, go in for a crisp white asymmetrical shirt with a pair of black leggings or pyjama pants or even palazzo trousers.Natural pizzazz: Sashikant NaiduEngineering didn’t quite agree with his more creative inclinations and Sashikant Naidu decided to follow his calling when he took up a diploma in designing at NIFT and debuted on the fashion week circuit at Lakme India Fashion Week, 2010. Listed among the top 50 upcoming designers of India in the Femina Book of Fashion 2003, he launched his label, Sashikant Naidu in the same year, but not before facing his fair share of struggles. He still thinks of himself as a struggling designer since he isn’t a cut throat businessman and can’t be one. “I like doing things my way and it’s been good so far-step by step with no overnight breakthroughs.” He started out really small in his father’s garage and not only had to work hard, but also face jibes like ‘After all you’re just a tailor!’ Inspired by Indian culture, heritage, tribes, and colours, Sashikant’s designs are subtle and classy. This season too he continues to work with ikat and kalamkari in silks apart from khadi that keep you cool in summer and warm in winter. When it comes to trends he says, “Burnt oranges, reds, deep purple, dull gold, royal blue, deep teal, primrose yellow are hot on the ramp and peach is the new neutral this season.” According to him, prints and colour blocks with structured cuts, carrying just a hint of sparkle and layering sums up the current look.Style tip: Aclassy shirt dress will always work since you can dress it down for work and up for the evening.advertisementClassy appeal: Archana RaoShe’s among the youngest of the lot and among the most promising too, going by the impressive looks in her look book. Archana Rao made a stunning debut on the fashion circuit this year, launching her label Frou Frou-a name inspired by the rustling sound of fabric-at the Gen-Next show, Lakme Fashion week, March 2012. After a bachelors degree at NIFT, Archana attended Parsons school of Design, New York and was selected to showcase her graduation collection at the prestigious Parsons Line Debut 2009 at Lord and Taylor, New York. That was followed by an internship at Kaufman Franco, New York, and after getting back to India, she started working as a menswear designer. The look for her latest collection Prologue is very androgynous. Classic masculine designs have been tweaked with a romantic, feminine twist. The structured, uniformed style of menswear has been made fluid with the use of oversized garments. “Inspired by the basic principles of line and form, silhouettes this season will be streamlined,” says Archana. Structured clothing with bold fabrics and simplistic style details are the forecast for the season.Style tip: Women should experiment with detachable collars, embellished neck pieces, oversized cuffs and metal belts.Ethnic elan: Ganesh NallariGanesh Nallari’s passion for fashion may have been a late discovery, but is certainly enriched with all that he’s done before, in line with his design philosophy of varied styles and inspirations coming together eclectically. Since art is known to show up in unexpected and often unpredictable ways, the painter, trained Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi dancer, theatre actor, and once even a qualified dentist eventually took to dressing up the fashion conscious in the city. After having studied at Domus Academy, Milan and NIFT, he launched his label, Ganesh Nallari in 2007 that specialises in wedding trousseau for women and men. Over the last few years, he’s designed clothes for weddings, styled for several Telugu movie projects and dance productions and also finds his creative expression in theatre. “My brand celebrates the luxury of clothing, originating from the classic Indian art forms,” he explains. Ganesh finds Indian ethnic wear dominating this season in India. Apart from saris and anarkalis, which have been safe bets all through, the half-sari is becoming popular for its mix of fusion elements and diversity in style, allowing women of all ages to adapt to the new interpretation of this traditional attire with easy grace. Traditional fabrics like chanderi, kota tissues, kanchivaram and shaded Benaras georgettes are evergreen and the year 2012 celebrates color in contrasts, with warm hues like golden yellow, cadmium orange, Indian red, bright hyacinth, hot pink, light fuchsia, sea blue-green and royal ink blue dominating.Style tip: Pick the style and colour of your outfit based on your body type. Ink blue, for instance, can make you look slimmer. Larger prints on a bigger body type should be avoided. Shaded colours tend to give you a leaner look.advertisementEarthy femininity: Ishita SinghChic, elegant and comfortable-the words that best describe Ishita Singh’s sense of design. It’s the mantra she follows when dressing film stars and style divas. A NIFT graduate, Ishita has already been around for a decade in the fashion industry and her label, Anhad is all about the use of lots of colour, loads of Indian sensibility, style and simplicity. Ishita has also been designing extensively for films and her designs for actor Genelia D’Souza Deshmukh got her quite a lot of recognition. A socially conscious youngster, she happens to be the first designer in south India to have single handedly organised a fashion show to promote breast cancer awareness in Hyderabad in 2008. Talking about the trends this season she says, “A lot of bubblegum colours like pinks and oranges along with neutrals like dull grays will be in. More fitted silhouettes and sleek cuts will also be seen this season.”Style tip: Let accessories be minimal. A pair of big earrings should be good enough. Or a set of bangles in gold or silver are equally good.Clean cuts: Shravan KumarShravan’s self confessed “ramp to road” creations are a hit with wedding households and high society wardrobes alike. A NIFT graduate, he has been in the fashion industry for about 18 years now with his first breakthrough show being Design 04 at Pragati Maidan, Delhi in 2004. His re-diffusion couture with a definite love for traditional fabrics like kalamkari and namikari has earned him clients all over India and several shows; the latest being the Punjab and Kochi International Fashion Weeks. His collection showcased at the recently concluded Kochi Fashion Week has been inspired by the female matriarchal system in Kerala. While he works closely with weavers, he’s also associated with two NGOs-Passionate Foundation that works towards better education and Impact, which is associated with the treatment of cancer among children. Talking about this season, he says, “There seems to be a colour confusion of sorts, with shades from last season lingering on. So there’s a little bit of everything happening. The look, however, is a clean one with straight lines. Asymmetry is surely out. Frills and flounces are back and so are sheers, laces and net. For the future, the focus is quite certainly shifting rapidly to health fashion.”Style tip: If you’re wearing earrings, do away with the neckpiece; if it’s a statement clutch, go easy on the wrist-allow the focus to be on one eye-catching accessory.The saree soiree: Gaurang ShahHis designs are all about celebrating India and the sari. Perhaps that’s why actor Kiron Kher walked the ramp for Gaurang Shah at the Mumbai Fashion Week Winter Fest by Lakme in August this year. It was a rich collection which won him the Best Indian Designer Award for his kanjeevarams, kalamkari and zardozi saris in festive reds, yellows, pinks and oranges. At the July 2012 Berlin Fashion Week at Lavera Showfloor -Eco Designs Platform, he used a lot of whites and off-whites with splashes of colour. “I cannot work without colour. It’s how we Indians are and it’s who I am.” With no formal education in fashion or textile design, Gaurang learnt pretty much on the job, growing up among saris since his father had been running a textile business for years. Gaurang Shah was raised in Hyderabad and although his roots are in Gujarat, he draws immensely from the aesthetics of the south. Floral motifs are his all time favourite. Another signature motif is the peacock that he uses often in his creations. He believes in first understanding a weaving technique and then coming up with a design accordingly. The result-a healthy dose of texturing that his saris are enriched with. Expect to find unusual creations like a khadi Andhra sari with a pure silk border.Style tip: Choose simple, no-fuss blouses to go with your saris since the focus should remain on the sari, rather than shift to the blouse.last_img read more

first_imgKlopp deflects agent comments on Liverpool exit: It was German humour!by Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveJurgen Klopp has brushed off comments from his agent saying he could leave Liverpool because of the weather.The Liverpool manager’s agent Marc Kosicke suggested in a recent interview that Klopp could be tempted to switch Merseyside for a hotter destination.Speaking on the eve of Liverpool’s Champions League opener against Napoli, Klopp said: “There is nothing in that story.”He wanted to make a joke so now I have to be serious.”It is German humour but obviously nobody got it…I am completely fine with the weather.”Let me spell it out, the weather has never been a reason for me to choose a city and it’s certainly not a reason for me to leave the country.”Maybe at the moment (in England) it’s the most healthy weather in the world – we have enough rain, it’s cool, pretty much the opposite of this room!”There’s nothing in that story. He’s my agent and my friend.”When I speak about the weather it was about the wind which can have an effect on football, but that is not allowed in England. But that is not to a reason leave the country. I am fine.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgCalipari tweets about Andrew Harrison following the NBA draft.Calipari’s NBA Draft RecapThe NBA Draft came and went last night and, once again, it was full of Kentucky players. Karl-Anthony Towns went No. 1 to Minnesota, Willie Cauley-Stein went No. 6 to Sacramento, Trey Lyles went No. 12 to Utah, Devin Booker went No. 13 to Phoenix, Andrew Harrison went No. 44 to Phoenix and Dakari Johnson went No. 48 to Oklahoma City. Only one of the Wildcats’ seven draft entrants went unselected: shooting guard Aaron Harrison. Following the draft, Kentucky’s John Calipari, who was in attendance in Brooklyn, tweeted about his former players. He says Aaron Harrison “will be fine.” Six guys get drafted and tie a record, four lottery picks, and another No. 1 pick – it’s been another unbelievable night.— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) June 26, 2015I’m proud of the guys. Our job as coaches is to help these kids realize their dreams. I’m so happy that a lot of lives were changed tonight.— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) June 26, 2015I’m disappointed Aaron didn’t get drafted, but he will be fine. He will be on a summer league team fighting for a position on an NBA team.— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) June 26, 2015How many Kentucky players will get picked in the 2016 NBA Draft?last_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement In the opera, which is set in ancient Beijing, the steely princess subjects all her suitors to three seemingly impossible riddles. The price of a wrong answer? Death, of course. But when Calaf (played here by Argentine tenor Marcelo Puente) falls in love with her, he gets all the questions right. Turandot still refuses to marry him, and that’s when he turns the tables, posing a puzzle of his own to the princess.READ MORE Advertisement Facebook The common perception of Turandot’s title princess is that she is a fearsome, all-powerful ice queen with a penchant for chopping her suitors’ heads off. But in Vancouver Opera’s new production of Giacomo Puccini’s outsized final work, American soprano Amber Wagner is tasked with bringing much more to the role.Acclaimed Quebec director Renaud Doucet is focused on finding Turandot’s humanity. “He’s more interested in making it a story that’s believable,” says Wagner, who’s taking on the monumental role for the first time, after years of specializing in Richard Wagner. “Rather than saying ‘Here’s this frozen ice princess,’ how can we make it human so the audience believes it?“This is what opera is really about now,” she adds, on a break before rehearsal, sitting at the O’Brian Centre for Vancouver Opera, sipping on tea to preserve a voice the New York Times has called “powerful, gleaming and richly expressive”. “Renaud’s done quite a good job building a layered and multifaceted back story for her.” Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

first_imgThe Leela Palace Kovalam. Canadian investment firm Brookfield has signed an agreement to take over four hotel properties of the Leela Group. Picture courtesy: www.theleela.com.Debt-hit hospitality group Hotel Leela Venture will sell its assets to Canada-based private equity firm Brookfield Asset Management for Rs 3,950 crore under a deal that covers four hotels – in Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi and Udaipur – on a slump sale basis, media reports say. The deal also gives Brookfield a 100 per cent shareholding in Leela Palaces and Resorts Ltd, which holds the licence to develop a hotel property in Agra. These assets account for nearly 80 per cent of Leela’s revenues and 88 per cent of the company’s net worth.The Leela Group will continue to operate a hotel in Mumbai and own some land in Hyderabad and continue to jointly develop residential apartments with Prestige Developers in Bengaluru. Brookfield will have the right of first refusal over the company’s Mumbai hotel.The hotel chain said in a communication to the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) that the sale proceeds would go to repay its lenders. “After the completion of the aforesaid transaction, all borrowings of the company from all banks and financial institutions would stand repaid,” the statement said. News about the deal buoyed Hotel Leela Venture share in the National Stock Exchange (NSE) to rise 5 per cent in early trading on Tuesday to touch 11.55 from the previous close of 11. Themed after the Mysore Palace, the Leela Palace Bengaluru, is a luxury destination for the tourist and the businessman. The Leela Group’s deal with Brookfield includes the four luxury properties in the metros. Courtesy: theleela.comUnder the agreement, Brookfield will pay Rs 150 crore for all the intellectual properties of Hotel Leela Venture including the ‘Leela’ brand to Brookfield. The deal also makes the Leela Group sign a separate licence and centralised services agreement for The Leela Hotel, Mumbai, and transfer of leasehold rights for 24,404 square metres of land on Old Airport Road, Bengaluru, to Brookfield, a report in the Business Line says. The two parties will form a joint venture to carry out development activities in the future.Ankur Gupta, managing director and head-India real estate of Brookfield, told Business Line: “The Leela is one of the finest hospitality groups in India and over the years it has gained extraordinary recognition from some of the most prestigious authorities on travel and luxury in the world. We are excited with this opportunity and look forward to completing this transaction at the earliest while ensuring that all operations remain unaffected.”JM Financial Asset Reconstruction Co, which is Leela’s biggest lender, had approached the Mumbai bench of the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) seeking proceedings under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC) after the company failed to arrive at a debt resolution plan.The total debt burden of Leela at the end of December 2018 stood at Rs 6,164 crore, the company’s losses having grown to Rs 89 crore in the nine months that ended in December 2018 against Rs 7.42 crore year on year.last_img read more

first_imgEvery year, Bollywood sees a plethora of movie releases and this year is no different for the film industry. Hundreds of Bollywood films are set to release this year, but there are certain releases that have gained immense popularity and generated enthusiasm among audience. One such eagerly awaited directorial venture-Fitoor by Abhishek Kapoor, starring Aditya Roy Kapur, Katrina Kaif and Tabu, will release on February 12. The film is an adaptation of Charles Dicken’s classic novel Great Expectations. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Abhishek Kapoor, an award winning writer-director, who has three prominent films to his credit, started his career as an actor but his acting career did not take off very well. But destiny had some different plans for him as after the success of Rock On, he won multiple awards including India’s Filmfare award for best story and prestigious National award for best Hindi film.Commenting on his acting career, Abhishek, who was recently in the national Capital for the promotion of Fitoor said: “I started my career as an actor but it did not take off very well after which there was a very dark space in my life. The transition period was very difficult for me. I had just stopped writing and after a few years, I produced my first feature film Aryan in 2006, which was based on the story of a boxer and his travails to keep his head high against all odds, through the storms of love, life and everything else in between as he attains self actualisation. Although the movie was not a hit on the box office but it is very close to my heart.” Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixFitoor, which set in Kashmir, is a passionate love story between Firdaus, played by Katrina Kaif and Noor, played by Aditya Roy kapur. Tabu will be seen playing the character of Begum, which is the Indian version of Miss Havisham’s character from the book. The reason why the movie has been set up in the backdrop of Kashmir was also revealed by Abhishek Kapoor. “I have grown up as a child by watching most romantic films set in Kashmir. Those movies left a mark on me and influenced me lot.  “Kashmir is a very beautiful hill station and my film’s story is also like that. Also for a very long duration nobody shot in Kashmir”, said the Rock On director. The movie has been produced by Disney UTV and Guy in the Sky Pictures. On his joint venture with UTV Disney, Abhishek commented, “Guy in the Sky Pictures is my company. I have good relations with UTV Disney and we have done Kai Po Che and now Fitoor together. We are very hopeful that this movie will do well and we hope to collaborate again in the near future.”Commenting on the movie, Abhishek said: “The film will showcase passionate love between the characters. This is the first time that I have done any love story, so it was a totally new experience for me. Although the movie is based on the novel but the storyline is quite different as we have done some modifications from our side.”“It is a story about love which is based on real emotions that everybody faces in their daily lives. We have worked very hard and we hope that people will enjoy it”, concluded Abhishek.last_img read more

first_imgMichael ThorntonThe Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE US) and the Society for Broadband Professionals (SCTE UK) have signed a memorandum of understanding, designed to “address brand confusion”.The pact will address confusion between the two SCTE brands and lay the foundations for developing a longer-term relationship between the two technical education organisations and their affiliated brands, according to the two societies.Together, the organisations said they plan to increase the quality of training outcomes for the benefit of the cable broadband community worldwide.“Our two societies share a common goal of improving engineering standards and skills throughout our industry. Eliminating confusion between our brands is the first step towards global collaboration that can help the industry to maintain – and even increase – its competitive edge,” said Michael Thornton, president, Society for Broadband Professionals.Currently, the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers operates globally via the International Society of Broadband Experts (ISBE). The Society for Broadband Professionals operates globally and conducts training through Broadband Training Limited (BTL).last_img read more