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first_imgThe 747 just before its roll out. Forty five years ago on February 9 the aircraft  that made travel affordable for all took to the air but its birth almost bankrupted the three leaders in commercial aviation at the time.Ironically, the 747 wasn’t supposed to carry passengers for very many years as the world looked to supersonic travel with the Boeing SST (see picture) and the Concorde.Boeing has now sold 1,537 747s and it’s still in production with a new model wowing passengers.But giving life to the aircraft that changed the world was a challenge that brought the world’s largest aerospace company, Boeing, the then biggest engine make Pratt and Whitney and the legendary Pan Am to their knees.In the late 60s Boeing’s resources were stretched to the absolute limit as its engineers grappled with the complexities of its US government sponsored 2707 super sonic transport, which was eventually scrapped by Congress on May 20, 1971, despite commitments for 115 from 25 airlines.At the time the 747 was considered only an interim solution before the world’s air routes were taken over by supersonics but fortunately Boeing had appointed Joe Sutter, a brilliant young designer, to the project and he was to father the classic of the jet age.Mr Sutter, who still has an office at Boeing, is extremely modest on this role.“I was the only qualified person available. All the smart guys, Maynard Pennell, Bill Cook, Bob Withington and many others were tied up on the SST, while Jack Steiner was heading the 737 program,” Mr Sutter said in a 2009 interview.And the 747 was designed at the outset to be a freighter as everyone thought the 747 would be relegate to cargo routes.“That’s what Boeing’s marketing people thought; they estimated we’d probably sell 50 or so 747s for passenger use.” The 747 was a mass travel dream of Pan American World Airways founder Juan Trippe and Boeing chief Bill Allen. Mr Trippe had started mass travel in 1948 when he introduced economy class onto 70 seat DC-4s.But the 747 was far bigger. It would carry over 350 – almost double the 707 – and would slash fares.It is impossible to find anyone who recalls if there was a definitive business plan for the 747. But traffic was booming for the airline industry which had enjoyed growth of 15 per cent a year through the early 1960s as passengers flocked to jet aircraft.Mr Trippe was a man on a mission.He wanted to make travel affordable for everyone and he believed that the 747 with the new high bypass turbofan engine could do just that.Pan Am ordered 25 but most airlines were terrified of the jumbo’s size. Qantas ordered 4, British Airways 6, while many airlines just ordered 2 or 3 just to stay in the jumbo race.However the trickle of orders wasn’t the major problem it was the 747’s weight.Initially it was to weigh 250,000kg but this leapt to 322,000kgs by the time it flew because of design changes impacting range, altitude, speed and fuel burn. A solution, to run the engines at higher temperatures to give more thrust, was found and within six months of entering service the jumbo was performing at acceptable levels.Despite the many problems encountered in its manufacture, the birth of the 747 was an amazing feat. Pan Am took delivery of its first aircraft just 3-and-a-half years after its order was placed and that included a 10-month flight-test program.Because the 747 was so big airlines splashed out with lounges. There was the upper deck lounge (see picture) and many had lounges at the back of economy (see picture). However a Boeing proposal for a lower deck lounge – called the Tiger Lounge, because of the fabric design used in the mock-up never made it.The spacious age however was short lived with airlines responding to a demand for cheaper and cheaper travel in the late 1970s by adding more seats.Today the 747 is till the Queen of the Skies to many and for billions of passengers it is the plane that enabled them to see the world.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_imgNaomi Osaka wins Madrid opener, Garbine Muguruza loses in 1st round MOST READ DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In an April 29 letter to colleagues, AIBA interim president Mohamed Moustahsane proposes a vote on preparing a legal challenge “should the IOC decision … not be favorable.”Moustahsane also suggests, in the letter seen by The Associated Press, complaints could be filed against “some IOC members” to the Olympic body’s ethics commission.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe agenda items were later withdrawn in a follow-up email sent by the stand-in president.Moustahsane, a doctor from Morocco, took over in March when elected president Gafur Rakhimov of Uzbekistan stepped aside from his duties. Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue LATEST STORIES 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 Krausscenter_img Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach speaks at the Australian Olympic Committee annual general meeting in Sydney, Australia, Saturday, May 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)LAUSANNE, Switzerland — Under pressure from an IOC inquiry into its integrity, the International Boxing Association (AIBA) has been weighing legal action and formal complaints against Olympic officials.AIBA leadership has called a meeting in Lausanne on May 15 — one week before the International Olympic Committee executive board also meets in the city to decide if the boxing body should be excluded from the 2020 Tokyo Olympics tournaments.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Rakhimov’s status on a U.S. Treasury Department sanctions list with suspected links to organized crime and international heroin trafficking is central to the IOC’s concerns about AIBA’s right to run Olympic boxing. He denies the allegations that he says are politically motivated.The IOC board set up a three-member panel in November to investigate AIBA’s governance, finances and integrity, with doubts about some judging decisions at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.Moustahsane dismissed a suggestion in an interview with The Associated Press last month that AIBA could appeal against the IOC at the Court of Arbitration for Sport, saying: “This is not one of our values.”ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassleslast_img read more

first_img IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/4:16Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-4:15?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … The new Wipro logoSpecial arrangementWipro has announced the launch of a global digital product compliance lab in Hyderabad. The IT major said the 10,000 square feet lab will be equipped with international standards for reliability, safety and security for cross-industry customers.The lab is planned to help the customers in sectors like defence, automobile, aerospace, telecom, medical energy, and manufacturing. The newly built lab will be a subsidiary of Tarang labs, the only southeast Asian lab qualified for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth device certification.It will also help customers meet their global product launch requirements by providing security, compliance, and certification for their IoT and Industry 4.0 value proposition, Harmeet Chauhan, Senior Vice President and Global Head for Wipro’s Industrial and Engineering Services division, told the Economic Times. Tarang Labs |Wipro.comThe Tarang Lab is Wipro’s independent product qualification and compliance laboratory that helps in testing electromagnetic compatibility, safety, environment, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, shock and vibration, noise, material, calibration, and medical devices. The lab also works as a consultancy wing for standards compliance, certification testing, and interoperability.The lab was inaugurated by the Principal Secretary at Telangana’s Information Technology and Industries & Commerce, Jayesh Rajan. He told Economic Times that the lab would boost ‘Make in Telangana’ initiative. Wipro is stepping into the digital market by leveraging its experiences in providing end-to-end engineering services for industries by holding onto technologies like IoT, blockchain, cloud computing, virtual and augmented reality, and artificial intelligence. Close Azim Premji | The ‘trustee’ of Wipro wealth bids farewelllast_img read more

first_imgPrior to being recruited for the CEO post, Miller said he was a “lightweight” user of Fandom, which he used mainly to resolve debates about Star Trek. “I happen to be a bit of a Star Trek nerd,” he said. Fandom, which launched as Wikia in 2004 before rebranding in 2016, claims to reach nearly 200 million unique visitors per month across more than 300,000 wiki entries spanning TV, movies and games, as well as original video.Today, Fandom’s main source of revenue is advertising but Miller said he also sees opportunities to launch new subscription businesses and events: “Comic-Con has become an enormous destination for fans,” he said.Perkins Miller previously was GM of StubHub’s Americas business, where he oversaw the ticket-seller’s $5 billion marketplace business in North America and Latin America. Before joining StubHub in 2016, he was the NFL’s chief digital officer and head of media operations for two years, responsible for all of the league’s media and technology platforms. Miller has held other senior management roles at media companies, including EVP of digital media for WWE, where he helped launched the WWE Network subscription service, as well as COO at Vocativ and COO at Universal Sports.“Perkins brings a powerful mix of vision and market experience to Fandom, along with a strong track record of building compelling fan-centric experiences,” Jon Miller (who is not related to Perkins) said in a statement. “He has meaningfully scaled companies, launched innovative new revenue streams, and, most importantly, done so with a true spirit of collaborative leadership.”Last month, Fandom completed its acquisition of Curse Media — operator of gaming-focused fan sites including Gamepedia and D&D Beyond — from Amazon-owned Twitch. Perkins Miller noted that D&D Beyond, for Dungeons & Dragons fans, operates two subscription tiers that strip out ads and provide enhanced features. Also, in the summer of 2018, Fandom bought digital video channel Screen Junkies, best known for its popular “Honest Trailers” spoof series, from now-defunct Defy Media.Miller said he recognizes the need to “be respectful steward of [the Fandom] communities,” while developing new ways to monetize the site’s large user base. Community fan-culture platform Fandom has hired Perkins Miller, a longtime digital-media and technology exec who most recently led StubHub’s Americas operations, as CEO.He assumes the role at Fandom from interim CEO Andrew Doyle, director at TPG Capital. Miller will be based out of Fandom’s San Francisco headquarters beginning Feb. 11.Fandom’s corporate name is Wikia Inc., the for-profit company founded by Wikimedia Foundation’s Jimmy Wales and Angela Beesley Starling. Last year, the raised funding from private-equity firm TPG Capital and media and tech veteran Jon Miller, who serves as co-executive chairman with Wales. Other Wikia investors include Bessemer, Amazon, IVP and Digital Garage. Wikia received a $106 million round of funding in 2018, according to Crunchbase.“I’ve spent my career trying to find a way to connect fans and content, and there’s really no better place to do that today than Fandom,” Perkins Miller told Variety. “I think there’s a runway for this business that’s massive over the next three to five years.” Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more