Friday, September 30, 2011

By LOUISE NORDSTROM - Associated Press

..STOCKHOLM (AP) — Swedish fashion chain Hennes & Mauritz AB on Thursday posted a near 15 percent drop in third-quarter net profits mainly on the back of rising procurement costs, a bump-up in the expansion of new stores, a lower U.S. dollar as well as marketing investments.

Still, considering an unusually warm seasonal start for its autumn collection and the financial jitters that are currently spreading across the world, the results pleased market watchers and the H&M share price jumped 3.5 percent to 202.70 kronor ($29.99) in early trading on the Stockholm stock exchange.

The Stockholm-headquartered group reported a net profit of 3.6 billion kronor ($533 million) in the June to August period, down from 4.2 billion in the same three months a year ago.

Sales rose slightly however to 31.51 billion kronor from 31.48 billion in the corresponding quarter in 2010. The company labeled its sales numbers "satisfactory" considering large parts of Europe had experienced a warmer-than-usual start to the autumn when its seasonal collection became available in its stores.

The company also noted that competition within the industry continues to be tough, especially when it comes to the pricing of clothes. This trend continued into the third quarter and was more challenging than in the same period last year, it said.

But the group's CEO Karl-Johan Persson said H&M continues to gain market share.

"In this situation, it is extra important to have a long-term perspective and to always make sure that we give customers the best combination of fashion and quality for their money in every market," Persson said.

For the full financial year 2011, H&M will add 265 new stores to its business and both Indonesia and Thailand are scheduled to become new H&M franchise markets next year.






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5 Healthy Snacks

Daphne Oz, co-host of "The Chew," has created five healthy (and delicious) snacks under 150 calories. Get the skinny on these creative (Spicy Fruit Pops, anyone?) and addictive good-for-you snacks.

A couple of weeks ago, Robin Roberts and company of “Good Morning America” invited me on the show to present "Five Healthy Snacks Under 150 Calories."

Developing the recipes was good fun—I wanted to offer things that were anything but average, and I needed to find some creative and tasty ways to make these snacks count as "functional foods."

That is to say, I wanted them to have a real health purpose beyond just tiding us over until mealtime.

I got to work in my kitchen, pulling things off the shelves and dabbling with all sorts of different combinations of the healthy ingredients I had on hand. When it comes to healthy eating, the point is not to send yourself into a tizzy trying to find exactly the right kind of Blackstrap Molasses or Virgin Coconut Oil.

The idea here is to use what you and I probably already have on hand and look for creative ways to put delicious spins on what otherwise would qualify as distinctly boring, healthy snack options. Trying new flavor combinations, adding fun spices or simply paring down on some of the more fattening ingredients are all great ways to ensure that healthy eating stays exciting and easy!


After lots of brainstorming and product testing on my husband and various other helpless bystanders (not to mention a few samples for myself), the five final recipes are unique, easy and above all, delicious! From the Herbal Popcorn, the Spicy Fruit Pops or the Broiled Dates, to the Pizza Pita Chips or the Banana Whip, there is something here for everyone. Just ask the GMA family, who all stopped by during the segment for taste tests.

The following recipes are easy enough for kitchen beginners, and promise to win you fans of all ages in the snacking department! You’ll also find a brief summary of why each of these snacks are worth their weight in nutritional gold. Basically, we’re making our snacking earn triple mileage for filling us up, tasting wonderfully and packing a powerful health punch. Enjoy!

Healthy Herbal Popcorn (makes 3 ½ quarts, popped)

Popcorn contains antioxidants called polyphenols, which, like other whole grains, work to protect the heart and reduce the risk of some cancers. The great thing is that popcorn comes to us in its unprocessed form, with the shell still intact and all the healthy nutrients locked inside. Popcorn is also a low-fat snack, with only about 30 calories per cup of popped corn. The coconut oil in this recipe will add about 120 calories per tablespoon, but it is a functional fat that is used to aid in digestion and lubrication, and may help to reduce weight gain! The herbs we're using here have long been used as natural detoxifiers, and contain a wide range of vitamins and disease-fighting phytochemicals that have potent anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. And the brewer's yeast is a powerhouse nutritional supplement that is a complete protein with all 18 amino acids. Remember to look for non-genetically modified, organic varieties of your ingredients whenever possible.

•3 ounces popcorn kernels, approx ½ cup -- pop without oil in air-popper
•4 tbsp virgin coconut oil, melted
•2 tbsp nutritional yeast
•2 tbsp mixed dried herbs: dill, parsley, thyme and oregano
•*cayenne optional for a spicy variation
•garlic salt or sea salt to taste
Pop popcorn and sprinkle herb mixture over top. Drizzle melted coconut oil overtop and toss with hands to coat popcorn. Sprinkle with garlic salt or sea salt to taste.


Spicy Fruit Popsicles (makes 8-10 popsicles)

We’re getting a great source of protein in the Greek yogurt, and the coconut milk contains all the great nutrients of coconut meat, so it has antimicrobial and antiviral properties, is a functional saturated fat, and may help to lower bad cholesterol (LDL) levels, as can be seen in cultures where coconuts are a mainstay of the local diet. And cayenne is a great way to boost your metabolism since the capsaicin in cayenne raises the body’s heat index, revving up the metabolism as it works to cool your body down. Mango is a great source of Vitamin A, which helps maintain proper eyesight, and honey is a great all-natural sweetener with anti-viral properties.

•3 (8-oz) containers plain Greek/strained yogurt
•1 8-oz can coconut milk
•1 (12-oz) bag frozen mango chunks
•2 tablespoons honey
•1 tsp cayenne
In a blender, combine the yogurt, mango and honey until smooth. Add cayenne and blend. Pour mixture into Popsicle molds, cap and refrigerate overnight or until solid.

Banana Whip (makes 1 large serving)

Bananas offer us protein, natural fats and carbohydrates our body can process well, plus a slew of nutrients, including potassium and magnesium. Plus, this whipped treat comes out so creamy and delicious, you'll think you're digging into a pint of ice cream!

I first tried this at the Bent Spoon (an artisan ice cream shop in Princeton, N.J.) and it became a college staple for me because it tastes just like ice cream, but is made from pure banana!

•Freeze 2 small-to-medium bananas overnight
•Blend in a blender until smooth and creamy, adding a tablespoon of warm water or milk if necessary
Enjoy!


Broiled Dates (4 servings)

Dates contain fruit sugars fructose and dextrose, which act as natural revivers and offer your body an instant energy boost in the slump of the afternoon or as a morning pick-me-up. They are also rich in dietary fiber, which helps to decrease the absorption of LDL cholesterol in the gut, and contain plenty of tannins, an antioxidant flavonoid that has anti-microbial properties and protects cell integrity. The walnuts will also provide some lutein, another great nutrient to protect eyesight, and great omega fats, essential for cell communication and proper lubrication throughout the body.

•4 Medjool dates, cut in half lengthwise
•1 oz goat cheese
•4 walnut halves
•1 sprig fresh thyme
Tear thyme leaves from stem and mash into goat cheese. Stuff each date with ¼ goat cheese and 1 walnut half. Place on parchment lined baking sheet and broil for 3-4 minutes.

Baked Spicy Pizza Chips (2 servings)

Whole-wheat pita is a great source of complex carbohydrates, which provide fuel to your body and lots of added fiber to stabilize your blood sugar and ensure you're not running to the pantry or vending machine for another snack and hour after your first. The olive oil offers nice omega fats and flavor, while the herbs add vitamins and phytochemicals, and anti-inflammatory properties.

•1 whole-wheat pita pocket
• 3 tbsp olive oil
•1 tsp dried oregano
•¼ tsp red pepper
•¼ tsp sea salt or garlic salt
•2 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese or vegan substitute

Mix oil with dried herbs and salt. Split pita pocket into its two halves and spread each with the oil mixture. Cut each half into 6 triangles and place on a lined cookie sheet. Bake in a preheated oven for 5 to 7 minutes at 400 degrees or until golden brown and crispy. Half way through baking, sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and allow to melt, being careful not to burn.





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Shania Twain

Shania Twain's alleged stalker, Dr. Giovanni Palumbo, interrupted her testimony at his trial today (29.09.11) to declare he would plead guilty because he'd had enough.


Shania Twain's alleged stalker interrupted her testimony at his trial today (29.09.11) to declare he would plead guilty.

Dr. Giovanni Palumbo - who is charged with three counts of failure to comply with a court order and criminal harassment by watching and besetting - was listening to the Canadian singer testifying via a video link and after around 90 minutes he abruptly stood up and announced he'd had enough.

He told Shania, whose real name is Eilleen Regina Edwards: "Eilleen, you can trust me, I'm going to plead guilty."

He then told the judge in the Toronto courtroom: "I've been offended too much, your honour."

A court recess followed.

During Shania's testimony, she said how Palumbo's lovelorn letters and unexpected visits at her family cottage made her feel uncomfortable.

She also said she had to hire security for a family gathering at her Ontario cottage because Palumbo was seen repeatedly parked in his car down the road.

In March, Palumbo was arrested after he was spotted in the crowd at an awards ceremony she was attending despite being forbidden from going within 500 yards of her.

Psychiatric reports on the medic - who was wearing a Shania t-shirt and carrying a book about her when he was arrested - have previously stated he wants to pursue a romantic relationship with the 'Still the One' hitmaker.





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Elisabetta Canalis

George Clooney's ex-girlfriend Elisabetta Canalis has finally come clean about the covered-up Eminem tattoo on her arm.

The Italian TV host made an appearance on TV show Access Hollywood Live on Thursday (29Sep11) and turned coy when she was asked about her body art.

Insisting she didn't have a tattoo tribute to the rapper, as has been reported, she initially refused to let host Billy Bush check out the ink on her right bicep close up, but when he persisted she held out her arm, stating, "It's roses..." But Bush was more interested in what the floral design covered up.

He read, "E-M-i-n-e-m," prompting his red-faced guest to own up to a youthful mistake.

She said, "OK, I was 21 and I wanted to do exactly the same tattoo that this singer had, because you're a little bit dumb maybe sometimes at 21 and I did it, but I covered it."





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Beatles First Recordings

Fans of the Beatles are set for an early Christmas present - the group's earliest recordings with singer Tony Sheridan have been collected for a new double album package to mark the Fab Four's 50th anniversary.

The Beatles With Tony Sheridan: First Recordings features tracks the band performed with Sheridan as Polydor artists after bandleader and music executive Bert Kaempfert discovered them performing in a German nightclub in 1961.

The CD will be accompanied by a booklet full of rarely seen photographs, taken by one-time Beatles guitarist Stuart Sutcliffe's fiancee Astrid Kirchherr, band contracts, poster art for early shows and handwritten biographies by each member of the group.

The package will be released on 8 November (11).





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Demi Moore

Demi Moore is remaining silent on recent tabloid rumours her marriage to Ashton Kutcher is on the rocks, although People Magazine have pointed out a tweet from the Hollywood actress that could hint at possible unrest. The pair reportedly spent their recent sixth wedding anniversary apart.

The magazine highlights a particular message that Moore shared with Twitter followers on 23rd September 2011. Quoting the Greek philosopher Epictetus, the actress said, "When we are offended at any man's fault, turn to yourself & study your own failings. Then you will forget your anger". Tmz.com obtained photographs of Kutcher partying alone at the San Diego nightclub Fluxx one day after Moore, who was promoting her new movie, had issued the tweet. The couple's respective spokespeople are yet to comment on the speculation. 33-year-old Kutcher, who has over 7 million Twitter followers, has curbed his prolific tweeting in recent days. A message on Tuesday (28th September 2011), simply encouraged fans to re-watch his debut on 'Two and a Half Men' by visiting the iTunes store. The actor replaced Charlie Sheen on America's most popular sitcom, playing Internet billionaire Walden Schmidt.

The couple, who began dating in 2003, married in 2005. The actress was previously married to the singer Freddy Moore, and then Hollywood star Bruce Willis, with whom she has three daughters.




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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

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By Jenna Mullins

Another week of stars dancing, and another elimination of one said star.

Tonight, Dancing With the Stars said ciao to Elisabetta Canalis and partner, first year pro Val Chmerkovskiy. Canalis had struggled during her two weeks on the show, and when it came down to her and David Arquette on the chopping block, the viewers voted off the Italian beauty.

So what are her plans now that her dancing days are over? Plus, Nancy Grace once again explains denies her "wardrobe malfunction"...


In case you missed all the brouhaha over Nancy's nip slip, she's back to set the record straight.

"Listen, there's an industrial strength bra in here. There's a bra sewn into the dress. There is a pale covered lining, and I think when I did that back [bend] thing, that pushed it out," she tells us. "That is not a nipple. That's going to be on my gravestone. There was no nipple. I certainly don't want my children to learn to read and read on the Internet that mommy's a tramp and mommy flashed America! That did not happen. I deny, deny, deny it. You can't break me. That's my story and I'm sticking to it."

Oh, Nancy. Don't you dare go changing.

Unfortunately, Elisabetta and Val do not get to live to dance another week, as they got sent home tonight. "We had bad luck. It makes me sad. I'm sorry because Val was a great teacher. He didn't deserve that," she tells us sadly. "You can expect that from me because I've never been a dancer in my life, but he's a champion."

Her partner Val seemed equally upset over the outcome, more for her sake than his. "It's not about me, it's about her. It might sound a little cliché, but I'm not upset with me. I'm upset for her," he says. "This is not my time to shine. This wasn't my stage; this wasn't my competition. I just wish she had another chance to shine."

Elisabetta also filled us in on her post-DWTS plans, which sound pretty awesome to us. "I will gain weight for sure," she laughs. "Of course I will not stop doing sports. Maybe I will take a little break from dancing. I'm a little bit sad now."

And in case you were wondering, there is no sibling rivalry between Val and his brother Maksim Chmerkovskiy, who remains in the competition. "We put our own pressure on ourselves. We have very high expectations for ourselves. I'm going to support him, and I hope he does well," he tells us.



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Michael Jackson by Natalie Finn

Nothing like starting things off with a jolt to get the peanut gallery gunning for justice.

Monday marked day one of Dr. Conrad Murray's trail on an involuntary manslaughter charge for allegedly causing Michael Jackson's death two years ago.

While we were expecting a media circus (check!) and Jackson's family to be a steady presence in the courtroom (check!), certain developments from the day in court threw us for a loop, and here they are:


1. Very Candid Camera: Deputy District Attorney David Walgren launched his case by showing a blown-up photo of Michael Jackson's dead body. (Trust us, it was as shocking as it sounds.) If the prosecution wanted to upset Jackson's family—and thereby upset anyone who might be thinking about what Jackson's death did to his family—he probably succeeded.

2. Voice From Beyond: Walgren also played a recording from Murphy's iPhone of a groggy, allegedly under-the-influence Jackson talking up his planned This Is It concert series. "We have to be phenomenal," the singer said slowly, slurring his words at points. "When people leave this show, when people leave my show, I want them to say, 'I've never seen nothing like this in my life. Go, go! I've never seen nothing like this. Go, it's amazing! He's the greatest entertainer in the world! I'm taking that money, a million children, children's hospital, the biggest in the world, Michael Jackson's children's hospital...'" Yeah, there could've been some substances involved in that.

3. Waterworks: Conrad Murray did not hide his emotions as attorney Edward Chernoff tried to impress upon the jury the doctor's history of helping people, not negligently causing their demise. The Texas-based cardiologist silently wept and wiped his eyes several times during his lawyer's opening remarks. At least one Jackson family friend wasn't impressed. "Those are tears of nothing," Las Vegas magician Majestik Magnificent told E! News after court today. "Compared to the tears that Katherine Jackson had...No sympathy. I ain't buying it." Not surprisingly, Murray wasn't the only one who shed tears today: Rebbie and Janet Jackson cried and passed tissues as they listened to the recording of their brother speaking. La Toya Jackson dabbed at her eyes with a tissue and Katherine cried as prosecutors played a video taken June 23 of Jackson singing "The Way You Make Me Feel," and then "Earth Song" on June 24, the last footage ever shot of him singing.


4. Steady Stream: Who needs TruTV?! La Toya Jackson tweeted up a storm! Since there are cameras in the courtroom, it's not as if she was spilling any confidential secrets, but her run of commentary was interesting nonetheless, from "It sickens me to see what they did to my brother!! Seeing his lifeless body laying there on the gurney is heart wrenching!" to her last tweet, "What an interesting day!" (FYI, people are not allowed to have their phones on when court is in session, and La Toya was present for all of the day's statements and testimony, diligently taking notes throughout. But we analyzed the timestamps and she conceivably could have been tweeting during their lunch break and various recesses.)

5. D.A. McDreamy: The likely star from the legal world to arise from this trial is Deputy D.A. Walgren. There is already quite a bit of buzz about the handsome prosecutor and, if people are going to find a distraction or something to fixate on to better stomach these morbid proceedings, it might as well be Walgren's suits, haircut and mannerisms!

Court concluded today after opening statements from both sides and testimony from prosecution witnesses Kenny Ortega and This Is It promoter Paul Gongaware from AEG Live. The judge instructed the jury to return Tuesday at 8:45 a.m.





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By Michelle Fields - The Daily Caller

Former “The L Word” actress Leisha Hailey is asking travelers to boycott Southwest Airlines after she and her girlfriend were kicked off a Southwest flight for kissing.

Hailey tweeted that a flight attendant said Southwest was a “family airline and kissing was not ok.” She tweeted shortly after that her and her girlfriend were “escorted off the plane for getting upset about the issue.”

“Since when is showing affection towards someone you love illegal?” she tweeted. “I want to know what Southwest Airlines considers as ‘family.’”

Hailey is also demanding a public apology.

The airline issued a statement via Twitter saying that initial reports “indicate that we received several passenger complaints characterizing the behavior as excessive.”

“Our crew, responsible for the comfort of all customers on board, approached the passengers based solely on behavior and not gender,” the airline said. “The conversation escalated to a level that was better resolved on the ground, as opposed to in flight.”




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Europe by Zachary Roth | The Lookout

Until now, many Americans have largely tuned out Europe's debt crisis. Its causes are complicated, it's happening somewhere else, and we've got enough of our own economic problems to worry about, thank you very much.

But Americans may not be able to disregard the crisis much longer. Europe's leaders met in Washington over the weekend, trying to devise a plan to finally address the growing financial emergency. And U.S. government officials are using increasingly urgent language in their appeals to their European counterparts to come up with a viable plan before the crisis spirals out of control, plunging the global economy back into recession.

So it's time to start getting familiar with Europe's debt crisis. Here's the crucial background you need to know:

How and when did the crisis originate?

Let's start back in 2001, when 17 European countries scrapped their national currencies and replaced them with the euro. The new "eurozone" bloc permitted some of its economically weaker members to borrow money more cheaply than they 'd been able to do previously, because they benefited from the higher credit ratings of the region's stronger economies.

As a result, many European countries, including Greece and Ireland, began to take on debt. (In Greece's case, by the way, this effort was aided by Goldman Sachs, which, for a fee, came up with a clever way to allow Greece to disguise the extent of its borrowing). By early 2010, investors began to worry that those two countries, and also Portugal, might not be able to repay their obligations.

Details of the financial meltdowns have varied from country to country. In Greece, the problem was a culture of tax evasion, combined with excessive public spending. (As Michael Lewis of Vanity Fair wrote recently, to get around pay restraints in the calendar year, "the Greek government simply paid employees a 13th and even 14th monthly salary--months that didn't exist.")

Things got worse, of course, with the global economic downturn, which reduced revenues further. In Ireland, the debt was largely a result of the government guaranteeing the nation's largest banks, which were threatening to collapse after financing a housing bubble--a familiar scenario to any jaundiced observer of Washington's lavish bailouts of U.S. investment banks. Portugal's public debt was in fact far lower, but investors lost confidence anyway, in part because of relatively high levels of government spending and intervention in the economy.

The markets' fears created a vicious cycle. Once investors decided that those countries might not be able to repay their debt, it became much more expensive for those governments to finance new borrowing. And the credit squeeze in turn made it less likely that the cash-strapped governments would ever be able to repay the original debt, raising the prospect of a default.

Sounds scary. What have European leaders done in response?

Greece last year won a $154 billion bailout from the European Union and the International Monetary Fund. The rescue package required the Greek government to undertake a series of harsh budget-slashing austerity measures. Those cutbacks have prompted widespread protests in Athens that at times have turned violent. Ireland and Portugal received their own bailouts, worth $115 billion and $105 billion respectively.

But especially in Greece's case, the bailout and belt-tightening haven't been enough to convince investors to loan money at more reasonable rates or to ease fears of a default. So in July, European leaders committed an additional $600 billion to create the European Financial Stability Facility--essentially, a bailout fund for whichever European countries need it. The idea was to remedy the worst of Europe's financial woes by creating a "fence" around its most troubled economies.

But even that plan, which has yet to win approval from Europe's member states, so far hasn't succeeded in calming financial markets. And thanks to a lack of political consensus combined with Europe's unwieldy decision-making process, any new plan likely won't go into effect for several weeks or more. And that might be too long for Greece to hold out.

So if Greece is the only economy at risk, what's the big deal?

It's not. The fear is that the Mediterranean country's troubles could spread to other eurozone members, by reducing investor confidence more broadly. Based on the market's behavior, it's not just Ireland and Portugal either: Italy and Spain--the third and fourth largest economies, respectively, in the eurozone--also now appear to be in the firing line.

Italy's public debt to GDP ratio is 120 percent, one of the highest in the world, and the country is plagued by anemic growth and a chronically dysfunctional political system. (Its prime minister is currently being investigated in connection with alleged encounters with a 17-year old prostitute.) Spain had the world's biggest real estate bubble--it had as many as 1.1 million unsold homes at the start of the year. And both countries, like Greece, have been forced to adopt strict and unpopular austerity measures.

One analyst recently likened the situation to the 2008 failure of Lehman Brothers, which sparked the near-collapse of the entire financial system. "You were concerned if Lehman went, how many other banks would go," Hans Lorenzen, a credit strategist at Citigroup, told the Washington Post. "If Greece defaults, what's the probability of Portugal and Ireland and then Italy and Spain?"

Even relatively healthy economies aren't thought to be safe. European banks--led by those in Germany and France--hold a total of 54 billion euros of Greek debt. Earlier this month, credit ratings agency Moody's downgraded the ratings of two large French banks, citing concerns over their exposure to Greek debt.


So could things spread to the United States?

U.S. banks don't have much Greek debt on their books, so a Greek default in itself wouldn't be earth-shattering here. But if Italy or Spain --where Wall Street does have more at stake--were to become ensnared, things might look different.

The real fear for the United States though is that the whole European continent could be engulfed by financial panic at the prospect of widespread seizure of credit markets in the eurozone-- as Dan Gross of Yahoo! finance wrote last year for Slate. The panic would be a repeat, in structural terms, of what happened to global economies during the 2008 financial crisis. And it could very quickly cause a chain reaction on this side of the Atlantic.

Right now, that's not imminent. But if Europe's leaders don't come together on an effective plan soon enough, the contagion of debt could rapidly spread throughout the continent--and across the Atlantic. And with the global economy already coming off of nearly four years of sluggish growth, the consequences could be even worse this time.

Can't anyone fix this?

Germany boasts the eurozone's strongest economy, and therefore will bear the brunt of any further bailouts. Chancellor Angela Merkel has lately been trying to convince her countrymen that rescuing Greece is in their interest, warning that a Greek default could trigger a financial crisis. But it may be an uphill battle. The country's economy minister recently suggested engineering "an orderly default for Greece," as an alternative to endless unsuccessful rescue efforts.

The continent's last best hope could be Christine Lagarde, the new head of the International Monetary Fund. In recent days, she's been pushing hard to massively increase the bailout fund to as much as $4 trillion or more, and to start releasing the first batch of money to Greece as soon as possible.






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By AFP posted Sept. 26, 2011

Racing-Metro president Jacky Lorenzetti on Monday deplored the presence of one of his players, Henry Chavancy, in a risque calendar produced by Racing's Top 14 rivals Stade Francais.

Chavancy, a 23-year-old centre, posed naked for the calendar, 'Les dieux du stade' (Gods of the Stadium), which is due to go on sale on Thursday.

"If Stade Francais want to sell a calendar with their players posing in the buff, it's nothing to do with us," said Lorenzetti in a statement.

"It's not our story. These 'gods of the stadium' are not from our stadium. So to find a Racing player... in the 2012 calendar? We say clearly, no."

Chavancy, who has been with Racing for 12 years, is one of 43 players from Stade Francais and other clubs to pose in the now customary calendar, which is put together by former Stade president Max Guazzini.

Lorenzetti described Chavancy's involvement as "an error, of youth perhaps".

A statement from Racing said: "After discussing it with the president Jacky Lorenzetti, Henry Chavancy has asked not to appear in the calendar.

"Several steps have been taken in this direction. A lawyer is also looking at the case."

Despite his annoyance at Chavancy's actions, Lorenzetti said that Racing and their Parisian rivals Stade still shared several common values.

"Racing also harbour a taste for liberty and impertinence," he said.

"When it comes to values, Max Guazzini's fight against homophobia and all other forms of discrimination is also ours."








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It's official! Molly Sims is a married woman.

The stunning 38-year-old former supermodel said "I do" to producer beau Scott Stuber Saturday at the Frank Cafaretta Vineyard in Napa Valley, E! News has confirmed.

MORE: Watch Out Kim, Molly Sims Planning Wedding of the Century

Sims and Stuber tied the knot in an intimate ceremony in front of family and friends (including Josh Duhamel and Fergie), with Sims strolling down the aisle in a Marchesa gown, according to People.

While the former Las Vegas star and Stuber are keeping other specific details of their wedding under wraps for now, the blushing bride did share a few laughs with us prior to the big day about what to expect when she walked down the aisle.

"It's an entire wedding filled with celebrities," Sims said in August. "It's the wedding of the century. They are all celebrities, and they are all singing!"

The jokester got serious when it came down to her wedding planning, however.

MORE: Whirlwind Weddings: Kim Kardashian Isn't the Only One

Sims hired famed celebrity wedding planners Yifat Oren and Stephanie Cove to plan out the upscale affair, who've planned weddings for the likes of Reese Witherspoon and Jim Toth, as well as Charlie Sheen and Brooke Mueller.

This is the first marriage for Sims, and the second for Stuber, who was previously married to actress Rachel Nichols.

The Love and Other Drugs producer popped the question to Sims last May after having dated for about a year and a half.



source:eonline.com