first_imgBREAKING EWES: A Donegal sheep farmer is feeling ‘wooly’ proud of himself after one of his sheep gave birth to four lambs.William Maxwell, from Glencolmcille, couldn’t believe his luck when one of his Scotch ewes went into labour and just kept producing lambs on Sunday morning.William hadn’t scanned the three year old sheep so didn’t know what to expect. William was checking his flock early on Sunday morning on his farm at Braide and noticed the ewe was ready to give birth around 7am.“She was pretty big but I certainly never thought she would give birth to four lambs.“They just kept on coming one after another. It was a wonderful sight,” he said.William, who keep around 100 ewes, is the talk of the area where his family have farmed sheep for generations. He has never had quad lambs before.Twin and even triplet lambs are born occasionally but quad lambs are rare, according to William.“It’s the first time I’ve heard of quad sheep in this area in my lifetime.“I have heard of four lambs being born but often a couple of them die fairly soon afterwards.“We’re just delighted they’re all healthy and it’s great to see them around the farm now,” he said. EWE MUST BE JOKING! FARMER WELCOMES RARE LAMBS was last modified: March 5th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:eweGlencomcillelambsWilliam Maxwelllast_img read more

BMW to skip Paris Motor Show; might produce new electric cars

first_imgBMW’s management board is skipping the Paris Motor Show to hold talks aimed at breaking a deadlock over whether to produce new electric cars, including a battery-powered Mini, sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.Spurred on by the success of US rival Tesla, which has received almost 400,000 pre-orders for its Model 3 car, German carmakers Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen have accelerated their own electric car program.ALSO READ:BMW to recall over 156K X3, X4 models over defects in child seatsVW, for example, has said it plans to launch more than 30 electric vehicles over the next decade, forecasting they would account for about a quarter of group deliveries by 2025.Executives across the industry predict electric cars will increasingly gain mainstream acceptance among customers thanks to advances that make batteries get cheaper and more powerful and the VW emissions scandal, which has sparked a regulatory backlash against diesel-engine vehicles.But BMW has been torn about whether to accelerate development of new electric cars, given its expensive early investments into the area which resulted in only lacklustre sales of its i3, which saw only 25,000 deliveries last year.ALSO READ:BMW i3 sales rise after government’s push to subsidize electric carsNorbert Reithofer championed the i3 project while chief executive of the Munich-based carmaker and, in his new role as chairman, is keeping up pressure on new CEO Harald Krueger and BMW management to expand the company’s electric program.But some other senior executives are unwilling to plough more resources into electric cars until i3 sales improve and there is a clearer business case for such investment, according to one of the four sources, who declined to be named because of the confidential nature of the discussions.advertisementMost of BMW’s eight-strong management board – including the CEO and chief financial officer – traditionally attend the closed-door press and executive days of the biennial Paris Motor Show for one of the biggest industry gatherings of the calendar.ALSO READ:BMW to build electric car battery factory in ThailandBut this year only Ian Robertson, board member for sales and marketing, will be at the show, while the rest will instead attend a company strategy meeting at the end of September, according to the sources.Board members will attempt to reach agreement on the carmaker’s electric car strategy, including whether to build an electric Mini, said the sources.BMW declined to comment.ALSO READ:BMW launches 520d M Sport in India; priced at Rs 54 lakhBMW’s car division has delivered a return on sales above 8 per cent for 25 quarters in a row, a track record that the new management does not want to blemish, even as heavy investments into ride-hailing services loom.”How does the company expand into the loss-making segment of electric cars and retain its industry-leading profitability. That’s essentially the question facing management now,” said another of the sources.The carmaker recently revamped the i3 by giving it a new battery with greater range, a step which has given a boost to sales.ALSO READ: BMW Motorrad commence G310R motorcycle production in Indialast_img read more

Wed me good

first_imgStyle fileTrendy twistSashi VangapalliSashi Vangapalli The new-age bride in 29-year-old Sashi Vangapalli’s lookbook is all about drawing from the endless possibilities of modernity, while being deeply connected to one’s roots. Customary reds have been replaced by beautifully embellished whites and demure pinks, contrasted with bold cuts to create subtle drama.,Style fileTrendy twistSashi VangapalliSashi Vangapalli The new-age bride in 29-year-old Sashi Vangapalli’s lookbook is all about drawing from the endless possibilities of modernity, while being deeply connected to one’s roots. Customary reds have been replaced by beautifully embellished whites and demure pinks, contrasted with bold cuts to create subtle drama. Known for her richly detailed and intricately embroidered ensembles, this season Vangapalli offers brides flared lehengas teamed with shoulder-baring crop tops or longsleeved peasant style blouses. Pretty pastels and intense blues are her colours, “for a carefully curated trousseau featuring diverse looks for the various festivities of a wedding,” she says. The same intricacy of detailing and richness of colours are used in sherwanis and bandgalas for grooms. At Mugdha Art Studio; Tel 9010906544; Details facebook.com/mugdhaartstudioRefashion reuseSeema DoshiPhoto: Krishnendu HalderBring her a sari stashed away in your cupboard for years, and Seema Doshi, 33, will turn it into a classic of another kind-an outfit nothing short of a bold pleasant surprise. Specialising in reinvention, she will pep up an old sari or tone down something that might be too jazzy for a contemporary wedding, spinning cocktail dresses from out-of-vogue fabrics or traditional lehengas using equally traditional handlooms. “The idea was born a couple of years ago when my mother was cleaning up her cupboard and found old Kanjeevarams that she didn’t know what to do with,” says Doshi, showing us a sangeet lehenga made from a traditional patola silk sari. Another old-fashioned sari that someone got her turned into an evening gown. She retained its motifs and added stonework “to make it shimmer under the lights at the wedding reception,” what with brides opting for traditional weddings and western-themed receptions. The possibilities are quite endless, she says, “with the addition or removal of bootas,tassles, hangings, embroideries and embellishments.” At Reinvent Studio, Doshi Crest Towers, Hyderguda Tel 9849003535 Details facebook.com/thereinventstudio/advertisementActor Samantha Ruth Prabhu wearing an outfit from his bridal collection Vintage charmShravan KumarPhoto: Krishnendu Halder Dressing up brides for over two decades, Shravan Kumar, 40, has come to value sentiment over all else in creating his bridal couture, with every endeavour to recreate “the look worn by your mother or grandmother at her wedding.” The old-school style is rather in, he says, with a heritage and heirloom feel to saris or lehengas. With minimalist embroidery and rich weaves on jamdani fabrics, he insists on sari borders that are artfully distinctive. According to him, flared lehengas in Benarasi weaves with elaborate hems and long blouses are classics. In colours, deep vermillion maroons and burgundy are good picks for an evening look, while shades of bright tinted orange work well for a morning wedding. “Showing too much midriff or a western silhouette is not a trend of late; the focus instead is on artwork created with motifs and embroidery,” says Kumar. At Shravan’s Studio, Shree Venkateshwara Hotel, Lakdi Ka Pul Tel 23210255 Details facebook. com/shravansstudio/The look bookRadiant skinTamanna RoozPhoto: Rohan Kumar Beauty expert and makeup artist Tamanna Rooz, 40, has plenty of suggestions for the brides-to-be, and shares that a healthy, hydrated and glowing skin is the perfect base for one’s wedding makeup. “Sipping on watermelon juice or eating hydrating foods such as grapefruit, cucumbers and tomatoes makes skin supple and beautiful.” Keep your skin oil-free to avoid acne and pimples by gently dabbing blotting paper on oily spots. Get rid of dark circles too by simply dabbing a cotton ball soaked in chilled potato juice under the eyes for a week. “Often, brides do not focus on areas such as the elbows or back. Use a salt scrub with sodium bicarbonate in your bath for your elbows once a week to get rid of dead skin and dry patches,” she says. If after all the care and attention, a pimple breaks out just a few days before the wedding, do not panic. “A quick fix solution is to apply benzoyl peroxide gel, which will enable the pimple to quickly heal and dry,” says Rooz. At Tamanna Makeup Studio, Zaib Arcade, Above Ritu Kumar, Road No 10, Banjara Hills; Tel 9866121121; Details tamannamakeup.comTamanna Rooz (left) doing makeup for a bride Beautiful inside-outKaren Campos BhatiaPhoto: Krishnendu Halder The nutritionist and lifestyle consultant advises detoxing before the wedding, “but drastic measures in any form are not recommended.” Bhatia, 38, suggests starting a detox diet five days before the wedding. “Make a smoothie with a cupful of papaya, kiwi or pineapple with some berries mixed in and a couple of spoons of yoghurt for breakfast, followed by a cold-pressed juice of pomegranate, beetroot, carrot celery and ginger as a mid-morning snack with a small fistful of nuts. Keep lunch and dinner light, with vegetables and some simple protein in a quantity suitable to your bodyweight. Teatime can be another fresh fruit smoothie,” says Bhatia. This regime will ensure your diet is rich in antioxidants, simple protein and vegetables and low in starch and whole grains, thereby ensuring your skin looks healthier and you feel fresh from within. Getting to your optimum weight is important too, “but this starts months before the wedding and needs a balanced approach rather than crash dieting.” At Vigor Health Consulting, Road No 12, Banjara Hills; Tel 96185 60111; Details facebook.com/VIGOR-Health-ConsultingadvertisementOff the rampBridal packages by Lakme SalonInspired by the Lakme Salon Show Stopping Bride Show by Mumbaibased designer Nachiket Barve at Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2017, Lakme Salon backstage experts have created stunning bridal packages with eight distinct looks to pick from for the new-age bride. Subdued gold glittery eye shadow for the wedding to dramatic bold burgundy hues for a cocktail sangeet, and fuchsia lip colour for a contemporary bride-all feature in the Lakme Salon lookbook this season. Details lakmeindia.com/runway-servicesmodel sporting a bridal look from Lakme Salon Jewels of desireQueen’s ransomPadmavati collection by TanishqNecklace from the Padmavati collection by Tanishq Add a touch of grandeur to your special day by selecting your bridal jewellery from the Padmavati collection by Tanishq. Recreating traditional Rajasthani jewellery, this grand array features fine craftsmanship and intricate designs in opals, emeralds, kundan and more, made by 200 artisans out of 500 kg of gold. Besides heavy chokers, bangles and elaborate chandelier earrings, choose from traditional Rajput wear such as mathapattis and hathphools to look like a resplendent bride. At Tanishq, Himayatnagar Main Road Details tanishq.co.inArtful soireeSuhani PittieSuhani Pittie Suhani Pittie’s creations are an artsy departure from the conventional with bespoke pieces crafted out of silver or gold plated copper. Her ideas translate into stunning artworks in her collection Dakshinam, which draws inspiration from the beautiful motifs of southern Indian temples and architecture. Multi-strand neckpieces and statement earrings in striking patterns make up this unique collection, with motifs of peacock, the moon and temple idols inviting subtle interest. She calls this collection a “travel-friendly and practical alternative to vintage traditional jewellery.” At Suhani Pittie, Above Elahe, Road No 10, Banjara Hills Tel 9014089000 Details suhanipittie.comRock jazzSarafaPhoto: Krishnendu Halder An interesting blend of conventional and modern designs, the creations at Sarafa by Sangeeta Malpani Gupta, 37, and Priyanka Agarwal, 35, are perfect accompaniments for bridal wear, but more importantly, for later wear as well. “Do not choose jewellery that is so heavy that it mostly lies in your locker after your wedding,” suggests Gupta, adding that it is a good idea to invest in evergreen designs. Select a variety of pieces, “so you will always have a choice between plain gold, diamonds or kundan to pick from. These are also neutral shades that can be paired with any outfit.” Choose from beautifully crafted dangler earrings and bracelets or statement finger rings. Besides these, a good pair of solitaires can never go out of vogue. Tel 9866115151 Details facebook. com/sarafastudio/advertisementVenue wiseGrand affairChowmahalla PalacePhoto: Krishnendu Halder Tucked away and beyond the Laad Baazar off Charminar in the old city of Hyderabad is the magnificent Chowmahalla Palace that comes alive in all its royal splendour in the evenings, with chandeliers lit up outside the Khilwat or the grand durbar hall. A backdrop as resplendent as this is simply perfect for a wedding reception to impress one and all. Built more than 200 years ago, the monument is infused with the rich past and the culture of the Nizams. With live music and stunning visuals everywhere, it is easy for an evening to turn magical. At 20-4-236, Motigalli, Khilwat Tel 24522032 Details chowmahalla.co.inRoyal rendezvousTaj Falaknuma Palace Make your wedding a truly memorable affair at the erstwhile royal guesthouse of the Nizams. There is a slice of history to behold in every wall and pillar- from exceptionally unique art to the world famous 101-seater dining table and the breathtaking venetian chandeliers. Tie the knot at the gold-hued Durbar Hall richly detailed with an aura of the past or have an outdoor wedding in the sprawling Rajasthani gardens, supposed to have been conceived and designed by the Nizam himself. With 60 striking guestrooms and suites, the best of international cuisine and traditional Hyderabadi fare on offer, your dream wedding could just turn into a stunningly beautiful reality. At Taj Falaknuma Palace, Engine Bowli Tel 66298585 Details facebook.com/TajFalaknumaPalaceHyd/last_img read more