Saturday, June 30, 2012

Mr. Roger Ebert

Better late than never. Happy Birthday Mr. Ebert. God bless you.

Ms. Nancy Dussault, David Alan Grier, Leonard Whiting and Fantasia Barrino

Happy Birthday guys. God bless.

Monica Potter

Happy Birthday. God bless.

Cheryl Cole

Happy Birthday. God bless.

Kate Luyben

Michael Phelps

Happy Birthday. God bless.

Vincent D'Onofrio, Lizzy Caplan, Marton Csokas, Rupert Graves, Mike Tyson, Megan Fahlenbock and Kate Luyben

Happy Birthday guys. God bless.

Maria Sharapova, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic

Keep it up Maria.

God bless.

LONDON (AFP) - Roger Federer kept his dreams of equalling Pete Sampras's record of seven Wimbledon titles narrowly alive on Friday as top seeds Novak Djokovic and Maria Sharapova also reached the last 16.

Six-time champion Federer survived a huge scare, coming within just two points of crashing to his worst Wimbledon defeat in 10 years before battling from two sets down to beat French 29th seed Julien Benneteau.

Federer clinched an eighth career fightback from two sets in arrears to win 4-6, 6-7 (3/7), 6-2, 7-6 (8/6), 6-1 and will face unseeded Belgian Xavier Malisse for a place in the quarter-finals.

The Swiss star, who won the last of his record 16 Grand Slam titles at the 2010 Australian Open, was staring at his earliest defeat at the All England Club since a shock first round exit to Mario Ancic in 2002.

But after being two points away from joining Rafael Nadal on the Wimbledon scrapheap in the 12th game of the fourth set, Federer raced through the decider as Benneteau wilted and twice needed treatment by the trainer.

"It was a tight match and maybe I had a bit of luck on my side," said Federer, who had also come back from two sets to love down to beat Juan Martin del Potro at the French Open quarter-finals this year.

"It was tough and brutal. I fought until the end to stay alive."

Defending champion Djokovic avoided another Czech Republic Centre Court ambush with a 4-6, 6-2, 6-2, 6-2 win over veteran Radek Stepanek.

Djokovic, like Federer, playing under the roof on the same court where Rafael Nadal had been stunned by world 100 Czech Lukas Rosol on Thursday, overcame dropping his first set of the tournament to see off 33-year-old Stepanek.

The Serb goes on to play compatriot Victor Troicki, who put out Argentine 15th seed Juan Monaco 7-5, 7-5, 6-3, for a place in the quarter-finals.

"I had break points in the first set but he came up with the big serves. It was a tough match, but I played really well in the second, third and fourth sets," said Djokovic.

French 18th seed Richard Gasquet, a semi-finalist in 2007, beat 12th seed Nicolas Almagro 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 to claim a first win over the Spaniard in four meetings.

He will tackle German 31st seed Florian Mayer who edged Polish qualifier Jerzy Janowicz 7-6 (7/5), 3-6, 2-6, 6-3, 7-5.

Xavier Malisse of Belgium, who reached the last four in 2002, defeated Spanish 17th seed Fernando Verdasco 1-6, 7-6 (7/5), 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 to set up a date with Federer.

Denis Istomin became the first Uzbek to make the last 16 when he defeated Alejandro Falla of Colombia 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (7/5).

He will face Russian 26th seed Mikhail Youzhny who saw off Serb eighth seed Janko Tipsarevic 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.

Women's top seed Sharapova cruised to a 6-1, 6-4 victory over Taiwain's Hsieh Su-Wei as the world number one set up a Wimbledon rematch with Sabine Lisicki.

Sharapova breezed past world number 63 Hsieh despite some serious issues with her serve in the windy conditions on Court One.

The French Open champion's reward for a typically gritty display is a last 16 meeting with German 15th seed Lisicki in a repeat of last year's Wimbledon semi-final clash which the Russian won in straight sets.

"Playing Lisicki will be a tough one. She obviously did really well here last year. She's a good grass-court player and I look forward to it," said the Russian.

Former world number one Kim Clijsters, a semi-finalist in 2003 and 2006 and playing her last Wimbledon before retirement, reached the last 16 when Russian Vera Zvonareva quit with breathing problems.

Twelfth seed Zvonareva, the 2010 runner-up to Serena Williams, was trailing 6-3, 4-3 at the time.

Clijsters goes on to face German eighth seed Angelique Kerber who reached the last 16 for the first time with a 6-2, 6-3 win over American 28th seed Christina McHale.

Polish third seed Agnieszka Radwanska, a quarter-finalist in 2008 amd 2009, crushed Britain's Heather Watson 6-0, 6-2.

Radswanska next faces Italian qualifier Camila Giorgi who defied her lowly 145 world ranking to shock 20th seed Nadia Petrova 6-3, 7-6 (8/6).

Chinese 30th seed Peng Shuai made the fourth round for the second successive year with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Dutchwoman Arantxa Rus and will face Russia's Maria Kirilenko.

Erin Andrews

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Erin Andrews by Bruna Nessif

ESPN will be missing one vibrant, spunky, beautiful and talented face.

Former Dancing With the Stars contestant Erin Andrews will be leaving her cohosting gig on the sports network after eight years on the job, Deadline reports.

The network's VP of Communications Josh Krulewitz tweeted this afternoon, "Erin Andrews leaving ESPN. She did great work for us & we made an aggressive offer to keep her. We wish her the best on her next chapter."

So, what's her next move? is reporting that Fox Sports News is trying to snag Andrews, although a rep told the site, "We are not in a position to discuss Erin's next career move."

Andrews, whose contract ends tomorrow, joined with ESPN in 2004 and has been cohosting College GameDay since 2011.

Too bad

by Leslie Gornstein

At first this split may seem like a Katie vs. Goliath story, given that Tom Cruise is known for being a shark in the courtroom with tens of millions of yearly earnings at his disposal.

But dig deeper, children. Or, wait—I've already done it for you. And from the looks of things, Katie Holmes just may have a shot at getting everything she may want, including (if she so desires) her adorable daughter/sidekick Suri:

I spoke to several high-powered celebrity divorce attorneys who have been following the split. If you buy some of the tabloid reports, Katie may or may not be seeking sole custody of Suri, and she may have filed in New York. (Her attorney, Jonathan Wolfe, appears to be based on the East Coast.)

If she did file in the Big Apple, that's a very telling fact, I am told.

"It's the public policy of New York state to recognize pre-nuptial agreements," says Paul Talbert, partner at Chemtob Moss Forman & Talbert LLP.

California, by contrast, is known for being friendlier to people hoping to fight a prenup.

Now, it's pretty much a given that Tom and Katie's prenup—and by all indications, there is one—likely favors the Rock of Ages actor in the cash department. So if Katie filed in NYC, she might desire something else instead, something she really thinks she can get.

And that would be her daughter.

"It's very interesting if she filed there," Talbert tells me. "If she filed in New York, as opposed to Colorado or California, that would lead me to believe that there is a significant purpose to that filing, and my best guess is that this is where she wants to live with Suri."

Another salient point:

Suri reportedly attends a Scientology-influenced school in California. The logical takeaway if Katie filed in New York? She may want her daughter out of that school, too.

But will Katie succeed? After all, Cruise doesn't go to court unless he aims to win.

"He didn't ask for this lawsuit," Talbert points out. "I don't think that, as Katie Holmes, you need to be scared of Tom Cruise just because of who he is. I think she will do just fine, especially in terms of child support."

Even Tom's other two kids, Connor and Isabella—adopted while he was married to Nicole Kidman—fall under a joint custody agreement.

If Katie really is seeking sole custody of Suri, that's definitely "is sending a message," divorce attorney Stephanie Blum tells me. "It's not the kindest, gentlest way she could have done things."

Let's just hope the former couple keeps any arguments away from their 6-year-old kid.

El primer hombre del mundo sin corazón vive en Praga

Por Gustavo Monge | Agencia EFE

Las bombas que sustituyen al corazón de Jakub Halik.

Praga, 27 jun (EFE).- El checo Jakub Halik es el primer hombre del mundo que sobrevive desde hace casi cuatro meses sin corazón, después de que el suyo fuera extirpado para ser sustituido por dos bombas sin válvulas cardiacas y que no producen pulsaciones sensibles al tacto.
El paciente, un bombero de 37 años, tenía un tumor maligno en el corazón, y la única alternativa que se le ofrecía en lugar de un trasplante inmediato era la implantación de las bombas, una que manda la sangre por la aorta, y la otra a los pulmones.

"Está contraindicado hacer un trasplante cuando hay en el corazón un tumor maligno", porque los medicamentos para evitar el rechazo de un órgano extraño apoyan el proceso tumoral de las células, explicó Jan Pirk, el cardiólogo que ha realizado la intervención.

Halik fue operado el pasado 3 de marzo, en una intervención que duró más de siete horas.

Antes que él, esta novedosa técnica sólo se había practicado a un hombre de Texas (Estados Unidos), que sin embargo falleció poco después.

El equipo médico considerará exitosa la operación "si el tumor no se extiende y si el paciente sobrevive hasta que le hagamos un trasplante de corazón", declaró Pirk a Efe.
"Por eso debemos esperar todavía entre seis y nueve meses", precisó el cardiólogo del Instituto de Medicina Clínica y Experimental de Praga (IKEM).

"El paciente no tiene pulso sensible. Se creía que sin esto no se puede vivir, y se ha mostrado que sí se puede vivir sin pulso", afirma Pirk con visible orgullo.

Lo más costoso fue fijar la presión de bombeo de cada uno de los dispositivos, pues la sangre que va a los pulmones debe tener menor presión para que éstos no se irriten.

El único inconveniente es cargar con las pilas bajo los brazos, "al igual que James Bond lleva las pistolas", bromea el cirujano, que se ha convertido en una estrella mediática en su país.
Los acumuladores no se ven, no pesan mucho y duran entre 8 y 12 horas, mientras que el equipo regulador se lleva como una riñonera.

En el caso de Halik, las revoluciones están fijadas para una actividad normal, no para correr, hacer deporte ni subir por una escalera. "No es capaz de reaccionar al esfuerzo", aseveró Pirk.

Los primeros intentos de bomba artificial colocada fuera del cuerpo para apoyar al corazón durante cortos períodos de tiempo datan de la Segunda Guerra Mundial y se utilizan desde 1953.

El primer implante de bomba se hizo en 1968, si bien "no se ha llegado (a uno) tan desarrollado como éste hasta estos últimos diez años", cuenta Pirk, candidato al galardón "Cabeza checa", el más prestigioso en la esfera de la ciencia y la tecnología en el país centroeuropeo.

La calidad de vida tras la operación tiene una limitación: "No pueden nadar, sólo ducharse. Pueden jugar al golf, o al ajedrez, pero seguro que no pueden correr un maratón", explica el médico.

El coste se eleva a los 80.000 euros por unidad, a lo que hay que agregar los gastos de la operación, lo que deja toda la intervención en unos 250.000 euros.

Esta cantidad es, a pesar de todo, bastante más asequible que la que supone implantar un corazón artificial, y además este sistema debería tener, según el experto, una vida útil mucho mayor.

Cuando la bomba se utiliza como apoyo del ventrículo izquierdo -es decir, sin que extirpe todo el corazón- hay pacientes que viven con ella al menos siete años.

Son ya cien los dispositivos que, desde el año 2003, se han implantado en el prestigioso instituto médico praguense.

Uno de los que se ha beneficiado de esta nueva tecnología es Vladimir Vlach, de 60 años, que está feliz tras su operación, realizada hace tres semanas.

"Esta bomba asegura que la presión sanguínea sea la adecuada", explica a Efe el paciente, que tras una gripe empezó a tener disfunciones en el ventrículo izquierdo.

"He andado ya un kilómetro y he subido tres pisos. Cada piso tiene 26 peldaños. Voy rápido, y la enfermera con quien hago la rehabilitación dice que no vaya tan rápido", concluye. EFE

Australian winery

2004 Kalimna Block 42 Cabernet Sauvignon wine in a unique hand-blown glass 'ampoule'

An Australian winery Friday unveiled 12 bottles of a rare vintage for sale at an eye-watering price of $170,350 each, which can only be opened by a specially-trained wine expert.

The wine is held in a unique hand-blown glass "ampoule" designed to provide the ideal environment for the liquor, and this is suspended inside a bespoke glass container which sits inside a wooden cabinet.

"It is our understanding this is one of the most expensive Australian wines released in this unique format," said Penfolds spokeswoman Ildi Ireland.

But when the buyer decides to crack open the high-priced vintage, he or she will have to call out a senior member of Penfolds' wine-making team, the only person with the correct training to uncork the prized bottle.

The wine expert will travel to wherever the customer is to remove the ampoule from its glass casing and open the bottle using a specially-designed device.

"The wine contained within the ampoule, first released in the 1950s, holds a particular significance among generations of Australian and international wine collectors," Penfolds said in a statement.

The wine, a 2004 Kalimna Block 42 Cabernet Sauvignon, is a rare single-vineyard wine which is only released in stellar vintages.

The Block 42 vineyard, planted in the mid-1880s, is in South Australia's Barossa Valley and Penfolds said it is thought to have some of the oldest continuously-producing Cabernet Sauvignon vines in the world.

"There is something really magical about the 2004 Block 42 Kalimna Cabernet," said Penfolds chief winemaker Peter Gago.

"It has an ethereal dimension and a saturated blackness on the palate, it's extraordinarily perfumed with layer upon layer of flavour."

Four artisans were commissioned to produce the ampoule and casings which feature fixtures made from precious metals that help anchor the glass sculpture to the jarrah wood box.

Penfolds, which has been producing wines since 1844, is known for its Grange wines -- Australia's most famous.

One of the ampoules will remain at Penfolds' Magill Estate Winery in South Australia, and one will be kept by luxury retailer DFS and feature at the Master of Spirits event in Singapore early in the New Year, Penfolds said. RELAXNEWS/photo-- Penfolds/AFP

Emma Stone

Emma Stone

Von Stefi Camden | Fashion Police

Emma Stone hat mit ihrem Kleid einen Volltreffer gelandet — aber leider nur obenrum. Denn die untere Hälfte ihres 2-in-1-Kleids verpasste der Schauspielerin eine fiese XXL-Hüfte.

Als Emma Stone bei der Premiere ihres neuen Films „The Amazing Spider-Man" erschien, müssen alle Anwesenden von ihrem Anblick entzückt gewesen sein — bis ihr Blick auf die untere Hälfte von Emmas Kleid fiel. Denn während die Oberpartie ihres weißen Minikleids durch seine himbeerroten Barock-Stickereien perfekt mit dem Porzellanteint der zierlichen Beauty harmonierte, verpasste der Teil unterhalb der Gürtellinie ihr eine fiese XXL-Hüfte.

Man konnte angesichts der Ecken im Rock der Chanel-Kreation fast meinen, Emma Stone hätte ein gerahmtes Filmplakat mitgehen lassen, so eckig ließ es die Hüfte der 23-Jährigen erscheinen. Uns erinnert der unterfütterte Rock fast an ein Tutu. Doch das gehört nun mal an eine Ballerina und eben nicht an ein edles Cocktail-Dress. Auch der herauslugende Unterrock verschlimmerte den schlechten Eindruck der Unterpartie nur noch. Hatte Emma vor der Premiere etwa einen Kampf mit einer wildgewordenen Katze? Wenigstens hat die Hollywood-Schönheit bei der Wahl ihrer Schuhe wieder echte Klasse bewiesen: Mit den zuckersüßen, silbernen Louboutins kann man einfach nichts falsch machen.

Fazit: Wir finden, Emma Stones Premieren-Look ist weder Top noch Flop. Er ist beides, vereint in einem einzigen Kleid. Und das muss man auch erst mal schaffen…

Petra Nemcova

Petra Nemcova

Petra Nemcova

Petra Nemcova

AmfAR's Cinema Against Aids gala 2012 during the 65th annual Cannes Film Festival. Cannes, France - 24.05.12.

Elle Macpherson

Elle Macpherson, Julien Macdonald, Whitney Port and Tyson Beckford

Britain and Ireland's Next Top Model - press launch held at Claridge's.. London, England - 19.06.12

Elle Macpherson ring

Elle Macpherson

Elle Macpherson

Elle Macpherson's son is so embarrassed by her that he won't allow her to be seen dropping him off at school.

Elle Macpherson's son is embarrassed by her.

The 48-year-old supermodel has kids Flynn, 14, and Cy, nine, from a previous relationship and admits she has to keep her distance when dropping her eldest child at school.

She said: ''I have to park away from the school when I drop him off so we don't get seen together - he gets so embarrassed.''

Despite her hectic work schedule, Elle insists her family always comes first.

She added to Closer magazine: ''I always prioritise my boys. I take them to school every day and we have the usual fights over homework. But they're amazing.''

The Australian beauty feels ''lucky'' to be very tall as she thinks it means she is able to be less strict with her diet as excess weight doesn't show so much.

She said: ''I'm lucky to be 6ft tall as it makes you look slimmer. I eat carbs and cakes, but in moderation.

''It would be a pretty sad existence if I had this great life, but had to starve myself.''

Friday, June 29, 2012

Gary Busey, Addison Timlin, Christopher Egan, Kathleen Wilhoite, Christy Taylor and Amanda Donohoe

Happy Birthday guys. God bless.

Mr. Mel Brooks

Happy Birthday Mr. Brooks. God bless.

Maria Conchita Alonso

Happy Birthday. God bless.

Melora Hardin

Happy Birthday. God bless.

Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence by Rebecca Macatee

Katniss Everdeen is a hero in real life, too!

The Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence saved the day on Monday when she rushed to help an ailing woman in Santa Monica, Calif.

Local police told E! News they received a 911 call at 6:49 p.m. about a woman who had passed out, possibly from alcohol, outside an apartment complex. Although it wasn't Lawrence who placed the call, police confirmed the Oscar nominee was with the sick woman and stayed with her until paramedics arrived.

Lawrence calmly assisted the woman who was sprawled out on the grass. Wearing flip-flops, gray sweatpants and a tank top, the actress got down on the ground as she kindly waited with the woman in need of medical assistance.

Several police officers came to the rescue as well.

Way to make District 12 (and Hollywood) proud! by Sharareh Drury

Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus steps out at the 8th Annual Australians In Film Breakthrough Awards & Benefit Dinner at InterContinental Hotel in Century City, Calif. ( June 27, 2012) -- Getty Images...

Madame Carla Bruni and Madame Valérie Trierweiler

Ce n’est pas auprès de Carla Bruni que Valérie Trierweiler pourra trouver du réconfort. L’ex première dame de France n’apprécie pas les manières de la compagne de François Hollande.

Il devient décidément de plus en plus difficile de trouver des personnes prêtes à soutenir Valérie Trierweiler. On aurait pu penser qu’entre femmes qui ont partagé la même « fonction », les ex et nouvelles premières dames se serraient les coudes. Il n’en est rien.

Carla Bruni, en privé, ne cache pas l’agacement que lui inspire la compagne de François Hollande selon VSD. « On m’a beaucoup critiquée, s’indigne-t-elle auprès de son entourage, mais moi au moins, je n’avais que deux personnes à mon cabinet, et je n’intervenais pas quand un papier me déplaisait ».

Allusion limpide aux tendances interventionnistes de Mme Trierweiler qui n’a pas hésité à plusieurs reprises à prendre son téléphone ou son compte Twitter pour faire passer des messages. Avec les conséquences que l’on sait.

Les deux femmes ont cependant un point commun : elles cherchent encore leur place. Carla Bruni, si discrète pendant le quinquennat de son mari aimerait revenir sur le devant de la scène musicale mais son comeback s’annonce difficile. La chanteuse s’est coupée d’une partie de ses fans et traîne un blues persistant, toujours selon VSD. « Elle ne fait plus rêver », glisse, cruel, un habitué du milieu musical parisien. Valérie Trierweiler, quant à elle, oscille entre coups de sang médiatiques et discrétion forcée.

La journaliste politique et l’ex-super top devrait pourtant le savoir : Il n’y a que sur le papier que célébrité rime avec sérénité.

Charlène de Monaco

Charlène de Monaco

Hier, Charlène de Monaco est arrivée à Los Angeles. Elle semblait très épanouie… alors que son prince n’est même pas avec elle.

Après onze heures de vol (le temps nécessaire pour rejoindre Los Angeles depuis Paris), on ressort en général de l’avion un peu bougon, fatigué par le trajet. Charlène de Monaco, elle, semblait très heureuse hier à son arrivée à L.A. Peut-être était-elle tout simplement heureuse de pouvoir se dégourdir les jambes (quoi que... elle a dû voyager en première classe) ou de voir qu’il existe des endroits sur cette planète qui ne sont pas balayés par des orages le premier jour de l’été. Ou peut-être était-ce le bonheur de ne plus avoir à enfiler de longues robes de princesse et des tailleurs trop cintrées pour d’éternelles représentations ? Car pour son voyage, Charlène avait enfilé un jean brut, un top beige sans manches, une paire de baskets blanches et portait un gros sac en bandoulière Louis Vuitton à l’épaule.

Charlène de Monaco est venue seule – comprenez sans le prince Albert II. Est-il bloqué à la principauté par ses nombreuses obligations ? La rejoindra-t-il dans quelques jours ? Mystère. En tout cas, on est heureux de savoir qu’elle s’est parfaitement remise de sa petite angine qui l’avait provisoirement éloignée de son époux.

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard

Après l’annonce de sa rupture avec Vanessa Paradis, Johnny Depp a été régulièrement lié à son ex-partenaire de tournage Amber Heard. La rumeur de relation prend de plus en plus de consistance.

Depuis l’officialisation de leur rupture après 14 ans d’histoire, ni Johnny Depp, ni Vanessa Paradis n’ont fait le moindre commentaire. Des sources et des proches plus ou moins fiables s’en chargent pour eux dans la presse. Très vite, le nom d’Amber Heard est sorti du chapeau.

Selon des rumeurs, l’acteur de 49 ans était tombé dans les bras de sa partenaire de Rum Diary (Rhum Express chez nous). Us Weekly, généralement fiable, enfonce le clou dans son nouveau numéro : Johnny Depp et Amber Heard auraient non seulement vécu une histoire ensemble, mais en plus, elle continuerait. Une source de l’hebdomadaire l’assure : « Ils sont totalement ensemble. […] Il prend vraiment soin d’elle. »

Le magazine raconte que Johnny Depp et Amber Heard auraient craqué l’un pour l’autre en 2011, durant la promo de Rum Diary, un moment où l’acteur et Vanessa Paradis s’étaient déjà éloignés. Un ami de l’actrice livre un témoignage sans ambiguïté : « Ils ont commencé à coucher ensemble durant la tournée de promo ». Us Weekly confirme enfin une autre rumeur (capitale) apparue la semaine dernière : la star de Pirates des Caraïbes aurait bel et bien offert un cheval à Amber. Signe qu’il a tourné la page Vanessa Paradis au triple galop ?

By Elisa Oddone

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's foreign minister added his voice on Thursday to a chorus of criticism of a court decision to ban the circumcision of young boys for religious reasons, arguing that such traditions must be permitted in a tolerant society.

"Germany is an open-minded, tolerant country where religious freedom is firmly established and religious traditions like circumcision are considered an expression of religious pluralism," Guido Westerwelle told the daily Bild in an interview to be published in its Friday edition.

A court in Cologne ruled on Tuesday that involuntary religious circumcision should be illegal as it could inflict serious bodily harm on people who had not consented to it.

The ruling, which applies only to the area around the western city of Cologne but sparked fears among Muslims and Jews in particular that other German states could copy the ban, said boys can consciously decide to be circumcised later in life.

According to the court ruling, "the fundamental right of the child to bodily integrity outweighs the fundamental rights of the parents".

Westerwelle said the ruling caused "irritation" around the world after being reported in the international media.

The Turkish newspaper Hurriyet's website said Turkish European Minister Egemen Bagis had criticized the German ruling, saying that circumcision was a matter of freedom of religion and conscience.

"If German judges have a problem understanding this issue, we can send our scientific circumcisers, we can give them lessons in how to circumcise," he was quoted as saying.

"We are ready to make any contribution for a country that is a friend and ally. But it is not possible for us to accept this ruling as a fait accompli ... God willing, this verdict will be changed," Bagis said.

The Central Council of Jews in Germany called the ruling an "unprecedented and dramatic intrusion" on religious freedom and the Central Council of Muslims in Germany called it "blatant and inadmissible interference" in the rights of parents.

Germany's two main Christian churches also criticized the Cologne court ruling, the Catholic Episcopal Conference calling it "extremely disconcerting".

"To ban circumcision is a serious attack on religious freedom," said Catholic Bishop Heinrich Mussinghoff.

The Evangelical Church's Hans Ulrich Anke said: "Religious freedom and parents' right to choose how to educate their children have not been weighed against the fundamental right of the child to bodily integrity".

The United Nations' special rapporteur on religious freedom, Heiner Bielefeldt, told German radio the court's reasoning was "nonsense".

source:Edited by Stephen Brown, editing by Tim Pearce/

Corinne Touzet

.Victime d’une terrible rumeur, Corinne Touzet, blessée, a tenu à rétablir la vérité.
Sur la couverture du dernier Ici Paris, nous avons découvert avec stupeur que Corinne Touzet faisait partie des centaines de milliers de femmes battues chaque années par leur conjoint.

A la lecture du papier heureusement – et comme d’habitude avec Ici Paris - nous avons été vite rassurés : Corinne Touzet n’a côtoyé ce fléau de la violence conjugale que le temps d’un tournage, particulièrement éprouvant. Quelques sites internet people, trompés par l’angle particulièrement tendancieux de l’article ont cependant titré ce matin sur « l’enfer » qu’avait vécu l’actrice.

Cette dernière, très aimée du public français, n’a pas tardé à être alertée par les messages de soutiens et d’inquiétude qui n’ont pas tardé à affluer. En colère, meurtrie par ce terrible raccourci, Corinne Touzet a rétabli la vérité par un démenti publié sur son site officiel : « Nous tenons à rassurer les internautes concernant les rumeurs sur internet et dans certains journaux de ce jour. Le récit dramatique de ces articles n’est absolument pas l’histoire personnelle de Corinne Touzet mais le récit de son prochain thriller "un crime oublié". Certains articles pour “appâter les lecteurs” sont allés jusqu’à citer notre site officiel dans leur article ! I Ils se réfèrent à l’épisode “Une femme battue” de la série Une Femme d’Honneur ! C’est bien mal connaitre la carrière de Corinne Touzet. Ces sous-entendus sont inadmissibles et nous les démentons fermement. Par respect pour les femmes qui vivent réellement ces injustices et atteintes à leur personne, nous attendons des médias qu’ils ne fassent pas de sensationnalisme sur de tels sujets. »

Une question d’honneur. Copyright (c)2010, Voici |

By ANGELA CHARLTON and DON MELVIN | Associated Press

BRUSSELS (AP) — After tough all-night bargaining, European leaders appeared to salvage what had seemed to be a summit teetering toward failure by agreeing early Friday to use the continent's bailout fund to funnel money directly to struggling banks, and in the longer term to the idea of a tighter union.

The bank decision at overnight meetings in Brussels was aimed at helping Spain, which sought a €100 billion rescue to help its troubled banks and wound up facing rising borrowing costs for the government.

European Council President Herman Van Rompuy called it a "breakthrough that banks can be recapitalized directly."

In addition, the leaders agreed that EU countries that were following budget rules could apply for bailouts that would not come with the stringent conditions that have accompanied previous EU bailouts — a recognition, said Italian Premier Mario Monti, who pushed for the deal, of the work such countries were already doing in reforming their budgets.

Monti said Italy did not intend to apply for a bailout.

Still, Van Rompuy said the bailout agreement was important.

"We are opening the possibilities for countries that are well-behaving to make use of financial stability instruments, the EFSF and ESM, in order to reassure markets and get again some stability around some of the sovereign bonds of our member states," he said, referring to two bailout funds set up by the EU.

That meant, he said, that there would not be any more countries struggling under the stern conditions that have been imposed on previous EU countries that received bailouts — an apparently sharp change in EU policy.

Van Rompuy said leaders of the 17-nation eurozone also agreed to a joint banking supervisory body. And he said the leaders of the full 27-member European Union agreed to a general long-term plan for a tighter budgetary and political union.

The importance of recapitalizing banks directly became evident when Spain asked for money for its shaky banks. Under current rules the bailout loan had to be made to the government, which would then lend it on to the banks. But having that debt on the government's books spooked investors, who began demanding higher interest rates for lending money to the government.

The result was rates that would have been unsustainable in the long term. Lending the money directly to the banks would avoid putting that debt on the government's books.

The leaders agreed on "the four building blocks" of a tighter European Union — but said they wouldn't start pinning down details until a report in October. The building blocks were laid out in a sweeping document presented by Van Rompuy and colleagues earlier this week that included sharing debt in the form of jointly issued eurobonds.

Van Rompuy said the report expected in October would be "a specific and time-bound roadmap for the achievement of a genuine economic and monetary union."

"The aim is to make the euro an irreversible project," he said.

He did not say Friday, however, whether the general agreement on the tighter union included a firm commitment on Eurobonds from Germany — which has firmly opposed sharing debt with more profligate countries such as Greece.

Don Grady We Salute You

by Natalie Finn

Don Grady, perhaps best known for playing one of the titular offspring on My Three Sons, actually got his start in showbiz alongside one of the world's most iconic characters—Mickey Mouse.

The 1960s-era sitcom star, whose career took off at age 11 when he was cast as one of the original Mouseketeers, died Tuesday after reportedly battling cancer. He was 68.

"Sad, sad day. My dear friend and TV brother, Don Grady, passed away today," Barry Livingston, who played Grady's adopted brother on My Three Sons, wrote on Facebook. "He was an inspiration to me in so many ways and his impact on my life is indelible. I will miss him greatly."

And while Grady's boyishly handsome face made dozens of TV appearances over the years, audiences could enjoy his work even when he wasn't onscreen!

Grady was also a musician who penned the theme song for The Phil Donahue Show and contributed to the score of the Ellen Barkin-starring comedy Switch and the long-running Las Vegas show EFX.

The multitalented San Francisco native, born Don Agrati in 1944, made his TV debut on The Mickey Mouse Club in 1955. He landed the role of Robbie Douglas on My Three Sons five years later—and that gig lasted him until 1972.

But even while Robbie was going from high-schooler to young adult to father of triplets (what else?), Grady kept busy.

His other TV credits during that span included appearances on The Rifleman, Wagon Train, Have Gun—Will Travel, The Eleventh Hour, The Lucy Show and Love, American Style.

After My Three Sons ended its 12-season run, music became Grady's main focus. He released a solo album, Homegrown, in 1973, before moving into composing—and, 35 years later, he followed up with another original album, Boomer: JazRokPop.

Grady is survived by his wife, Ginny, and their son, Joey, and daughter, Tessa.


Snoop Dogg

..OSLO, Norway (AP) — Norwegian media are reporting that Snoop Dogg was briefly detained in Norway after entering the country with marijuana and a large amount of cash.

Customs officials decline to confirm the report, saying only that an American artist entered Norway with a small amount of marijuana that was detected by a sniffer-dog. Norwegian law prevents law enforcement officials from naming suspects.

A customs officer who spoke on condition of anonymity said Thursday that the artist was also carrying more cash than is legally allowed and was subsequently fined 52,000 kroner ($8,600) for the violations.

Snoop Dogg was scheduled to perform Thursday at a musical festival in the southern town of Kristiansand.

The rapper, whose name is Calvin Broadus, has in the past been arrested on marijuana possession. Press


..The French economy posted zero growth in the first quarter of this year following a weak 0.1 percent expansion in the fourth quarter of 2011, the INSEE national statistics institute said Friday, confirming an earlier estimate.

On Tuesday, INSEE forecast that the French economy would grow only 0.4 percent in 2012, slightly less than the 0.5 percent previously forecast and budgeted by the government.

"France will suffer from a contraction in internal demand from its eurozone partners, which will hurt exports, and its efforts to consolidate its budget," INSEE's research director Eric Dubois had said.

By Charles Purdy, Monster Senior Editor

Wondering whether a job post is worth applying to? If you're afraid that a job ad sounds either too good to be true or just plain fishy, certain cautionary signs in the posting could confirm your suspicion. Of course, one or two of these red flags don't always mean something is wrong, but if the clues start to pile up, you may want to proceed with caution. Here are seven signs to watch out for.

1. The job was posted months ago, or the job is constantly reposted.

Often, the reason for this is perfectly legit: A company may simply have lots of similar positions to fill, or it may be looking to fill typically high-turnover positions (such as seasonal hospitality jobs). But if that's not the case, this may be a sign that the company has put the position on hold or has high turnover for reasons that might raise concern. And sometimes companies will collect resumes just for the sake of gathering information about current salary conditions. But it’s also true the employer might be waiting for the perfect match, so if you're it, you'll want to apply.

2. The post says, "Company confidential."

You should ask yourself the reason for the secrecy. Is the position not really open? Is an agency collecting resumes without a company’s consent? There may be no cause for concern; however, a post like this makes it difficult to tailor your resume and conduct the appropriate company research.

3. The post says, "Fax your resume to…"

This is a sign that the company isn't keeping up with the times. Then again, the company may just be testing your ability to follow instructions.

4. The post contains phrases like "must be extremely hardworking" and "must be able to handle extremely high stress."

An ability to work hard should be a given, so if a post says "extremely hardworking," know that it means "extreeeeeemely hardworking." Such a work environment might be perfect for you, and lots of high-stress jobs are very rewarding. But if a job post focuses on the difficulty of a job (instead of selling the company as a great place to work to attract the best candidates), you should at least go into the application process knowing that your work-life balance will not be a priority at this company.

5. The post lists the salary as "up to $500K per year."

This is another matter of simply being aware of what you're signing up for. If a job post talks about the salary in terms of "up to," then the job pays on commission. Just be sure to ask about base salary and average incomes when you talk to the hiring manager. (Another phrase to watch out for in this vein is "Be your own boss!")

6. The post says the successful candidate will need to work for free or for less than minimum wage for a trial period.

Employment tests are often completely legitimate. For instance, if you're applying for a job that requires writing press releases, a company might ask you to write a sample press release. And both paid trial periods and unpaid internships are common in some industries. But the US Department of Labor is clear that any productive labor be paid under minimum-wage laws, and that an internship cannot be a condition of employment at a company.

7. The job post asks you to submit sensitive information.

Being smart online means guarding information such as your Social Security number and bank-account information until you're sure that the entity asking for it is on the up and up. Until a job offer is in the works, a legitimate company has no need for private information such as this.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Ms. Nora Ephron We Salute You

Ms. Nora Ephron, one of the most powerful figures in Hollywood as the creative force behind such blockbusters as You've Got Mail, Sleepless in Seattle and When Harry Met Sally, died at age 71 on Tuesday, according to multiple news reports. The cause of death for the three-time Oscar nominee wasn't immediately known. Friends and family had told ABC News she had battled leukemia. A writer and director who was as comfortable with romantic comedies as she was with hard-hitting dramas with social themes, Ephron's films featured strong female roles that attracted such A-listers as Meg Ryan, Meryl Streep, Amy Adams and Cher.

RIP Fleeman

Chris O'Donnell

Happy Birthday. God bless.

Elena Lyons

Happy Birthday. God bless.

Dany Verissimo-Petit

Happy Birthday. God bless.

J.J. Abrams

Happy Birthday. God bless.

Tobey Maguire

Happy Birthday. God bless.

Isabelle Adjani

Happy Birthday. God bless.


A growing number of Americans use their mobile phones to access the Internet, and some use that as their only device to get online, a survey showed Tuesday.

The Pew Internet & American Life Project found 88 percent of US adults had a cell phone of some kind as of April, and 55 percent of them use their phone to go online.

One out of six, or 17 percent of cell phone owners do most of their online browsing on their phone, rather than a computer or other device.

Most do so for convenience, but for some their phone is their only option for online access, the survey found.

Young adults and non-whites are most likely to use their cell phones for the majority of their online browsing, it found.

Among 18-29 year-olds, 45 percent said they do most of their online browsing on their mobile device. That was also true of 51 percent of African-American cell Internet users and 43 percent of Latinos.

"Cell phones are convenient, always available -- 64 percent of cell-mostly Internet users mention factors related to convenience or the always-available nature of mobile phones when asked for the main reason why they do most of their online browsing on their cell phone," a Pew report said.

Eighteen percent of cell-mostly Internet users said using their phone is "a simpler, more effective choice for going online," it added.

The report was based on a telephone survey conducted March 15 to April 3 of 2,254 adults age 18 and over, including 903 interviews conducted on the respondent's cell phone. Relax News

Russian President Vladimir Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin said he was "at a bit of a loss" that a street was named after him in Bethlehem, revered by Christians as the birthplace of Jesus.

Putin spoke in Jordan as he wrapped up his Middle East tour, which included a stop in Bethlehem in the West Bank and talks with Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas who ordered a street to be named after his guest.

"I would like to live a bit longer," Putin quipped, referring to a European tradition according to which streets are named after the deceased.

"It was absolutely unexpected to me," he told reporters in the Jordan Valley, the last stop of his two-day tour, which included a visit to Israel and talks with Jordan's King Abdullah II.

"To be honest, I am at a bit of a loss but there's nothing you could do," he said, indicating he did not want to protest so as not to offend his host.

After Putin's predecessor in the Kremlin, Dmitry Medvedev, travelled to Jericho in the West Bank last year a decision was made to name a street after him.


Spain cannot finance itself for long at the high rates it now pays on the markets, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy warned Wednesday on the eve of a European Union summit.

If Spain, the eurozone's fourth biggest economy, is shut out of the markets it could lead to a full-blown bailout for the country with unfathomable consequences for the 17-nation eurozone.

"The most urgent subject is the subject of financing," Rajoy told parliament.

"We cannot finance ourselves for a long time at prices like those we are now paying," he said as the yield on Spanish government 10-year bonds traded at more than 6.8 percent.

Rajoy's message served as a blunt warning to his EU partners to take actions to reassure markets and bring down the punitive rates that Spain, Italy and other fragile eurozone economies must pay to finance themselves.

"There are institutions and also financial entities that cannot access the markets. It is happening in Spain, it is happening in Italy and it is happening in other countries," he said.

Investors are deeply concerned over Spain's banking sector, which has been thrown a 100-billion-euro ($125 billion) rescue loan by the eurozone to fix balance sheets heavily exposed to the collapsed real estate sector.

But markets also are sceptical of Spain's targets of slashing the public deficit during a recession with unemployment at 24.4 percent -- the highest in the industrialised world.

That recession is deepening, the Bank of Spain warned.

After economic output shrank by 0.3 percent in the last quarter of 2011 and again in the first quarter of 2012, latest data showed further contraction in the second quarter "at a more intense pace", it said.

Investors fear Spain, whose public debt would actually increase because of the banking loan, could be forced to seek a state bailout, going the same way as Ireland, Greece and Portugal before it.

But Spain's economy is twice the size of those three eurozone victims combined, and if it falls many analysts fear the eurozone itself would be in peril.

Even the IMF has said it doubts Spain can meet its goal of slashing the deficit to from 8.9 percent of economic output last year to 5.3 percent this year and 3.0 percent in 2013.

Rajoy said he would press his European partners to agree to "greater European integration," including for fiscal and banking union among the eurozone partners.

But calls by Spain, Italy, France and other European nations for a pooling of eurozone debt in the shape of eurozone bonds to quickly relieve market pressure has met stiff opposition from Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel.

In the run-up to the summit's opening on Thursday, she even appeared to harden her line, dismissing eurobonds as "economically wrong and counterproductive".

Berlin is unwilling to consider what Merkel termed "easy" solutions to the debt crisis -- such as eurobonds -- that it believes do not strike at the heart of the problem: lax fiscal discipline and insufficiently centralised EU control.

Merkel has reiterated that the answer to the crisis is "more Europe, not less Europe" and wants to see member states ceding more sovereignty to Brussels. "Guarantees and controls must go together," she has insisted.

With Cyprus the fifth member of the 17-nation eurozone to seek a bailout, Europe's politicians have engaged in a flurry of shuttle diplomacy to thrash out a solution, culminating in Merkel's with French President Francois Hollande later Wednesday.

The summit is likely to agree on a "growth pact" with measures worth around 130 billion euros as well as a plan towards closer union that will hand the EU the final say over national budgets in the eurozone as well as a banking union.

Rajoy's warning could also be directed at the European Central Bank, which has intervened on bond markets before when Spanish and Italian rates reached such unsustainable levels, but has stood on the sidelines for months.

The ECB has said it is up to EU governments to fix the root problems of fiscal controls.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Carly Simon, Brandi Burkhardt, Christa Theret, Shannon Lucio and George Michael

Happy Birthday guys. God bless.

Ricky Gervais, Busy Philipps, Linda Cardellini, Angela Kinsey, Erica Gimpel and Eve Gordon

Happy Birthday guys. God bless.

Have You Ever Seen The Rain - Creedence Clearwater Revival

Have You Ever Seen The Rain-Rod Stewart

Comments:Not suitable for kids

Have You Ever Seen The Rain - Creedence Clearwater Revival

Someone told me long ago
There's a calm before the storm
I know it's been coming for some time

When it's over so they say
It'll rain on a sunny day
I know shinning down like water

I want to know
Have you ever seen the rain
I want to know
Have you ever seen the rain
Coming down on a sunny day

Yesterday and days before
Sun is cold and rain is hard
I know, been that way for all my time

'Til forever, on it goes
Through the circle fast and slow
I know it can't stop, I wonder

I want to know
Have you ever seen the rain
I want to know
Have you ever seen the rain
Coming down on a sunny day

I want to know
Have you ever seen the rain
I want to know
Have you ever seen the rain
Coming down on a sunny day

Mr. Alex Trebek

Mr. Alex Trebek by Brandi Fowler

Luckily, it appears Alex Trebek's health isn't in jeopardy after he suffered a mild heart attack Saturday.

The 71-year-old Jeopardy! host is reportedly in "good spirits" and undergoing further testing at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, where he was admitted shortly after his health scare, a rep for Jeopardy! tells E! News.

"He is expected to fully recover and be back at Jeopardy! when production begins taping in July for the new season, the show's 29th," the rep added.

This isn't Trebek's first heart attack. Back in December 2007, he suffered another, but bounced back and returned to host Jeopardy! just a few weeks later.

Here's wishing Trebek the same speedy recovery this time around.

**Get well soon Mr. Trebek. God bless.

Work your perks! by Rachel Burge ,

No one likes paying taxes but thankfully there are ways to keep more of your hard-earned cash in your pocket. Salary sacrifice schemes allow you to purchase benefits from your pay packet BEFORE it is taxed - potentially saving you hundreds of pounds each year. Here are a few of the most popular...

Get on your bike
The government's Cycle to Work Scheme is one of the best-known salary sacrifice benefits available to PAYE workers - and allows participants to save between 32 per cent and 42 per cent (depending on their tax bracket) on the cost of a new bicycle priced up to £1,000.

The scheme sees your employer buying the bike, reclaiming the VAT and deducting a certain amount of money from your pay before tax each month towards the remaining cost. The bike is supposed to be used to ride to work and back, but you don't have to do it every day - and you can spend a portion of the amount you borrow on accessories such as helmets, lights and clothing if you wish.

Employers often outsource the administration of this scheme to third party companies, but your payroll department can also choose to make the calculations and adjustments itself.

Max out your pension
Another popular salary sacrifice scheme allows you to top up your pension pot. It can work in a number of ways, but basically you sacrifice part of your salary which is paid to your pension plan directly by your employer, rather than being paid to you.

The result is that you either don't pay - or can claim back the income tax - on the additional funds put into the pension scheme. Employers also save around 12.8 per cent National Insurance contributions on this money, and some add this to their workers' pension pots too, so you can potentially benefit even more.

Vouching for childcare
The childcare vouchers scheme allows money to be taken out of your pre-tax and National Insurance salary and be paid directly to your child's nursery or childminder - up to £55 per week or £243 a month.

The vouchers can be used to pay for any childcare that is registered and regulated by Ofsted - which can include summer classes and clubs as well as nursery schools, playgroups, nannies and childminders - up to the age of 15.

It may not sound like much, but paying for childcare this way could potentially save you more than £1,000 a year. For example, if you're on a basic tax rate, £1,000 salary after tax and NI is worth about £700 in your pocket. For every £1,000 of salary you choose to 'sacrifice' or buy childcare vouchers with, you save around £300 as you're not being taxed - but still getting the same value of childcare.

The scheme is only available via employers, but many large and small companies take part. Check with your personnel department to see if your company has a scheme in place.

A word of caution
If you're on a low income and receive child tax credits and you accept childcare vouchers you could end up out of pocket. This is because the amount of tax credit you get depends on how much you pay in cash (not vouchers) for childcare. If you do not receive tax credits you're almost certainly better off buying childcare vouchers.

Not sure if you're eligible for child tax credit? As a rough guide, you need to earn £26,000 or less as a couple if you have one child and £32,200 if you have two children in order to claim. You will also need to work at least 24 hours a week between you as a couple, or 16 hours a week if you're single.

If you're on a low income, it should also be noted that any type of salary sacrifice scheme could potentially affect your entitlement to the state second pension, maternity, paternity, adoption and statutory sick pay - as well as working tax credits and other means-tested benefits - should your National Insurance contributions or earnings fall below a certain level.

Prime Minister David Cameron

..David Cameron is to moot slashing benefits for feckless families and young people as he warns the welfare system is causing deep social divisions.

In a major speech on a core Tory issue, the Prime Minister is to suggest stripping housing benefit from the under-25s and forcing them to live with their parents.

He will also float time-limited unemployment benefit, and hint at restricting handouts for those who have large numbers of children.

Mr. Cameron will tell an audience in Kent: "We have, in some ways, created a welfare gap in this country - between those living long-term in the welfare system and those outside it. Those within it grow up with a series of expectations - you can have a home of your own, the state will support you whatever decisions you make, you will always be able to take out no matter what you put in.

"This has sent out some incredibly damaging signals. That it pays not to work. That you are owed something for nothing. It gave us millions of working-age people sitting at home on benefits even before the recession hit. It created a culture of entitlement. And it has led to huge resentment amongst those who pay into the system, because they feel that what they're having to work hard for, others are getting without having to put in the effort."

Mr. Cameron will say it is time to ask "searching questions about working-age welfare - what it is actually for; who should receive it; what the limits of state provision should be; and what kind of contribution we should expect from those receiving benefits".

The premier will say the coalition's reforms are based on getting people into work, insisting that "compassion isn't measured out in benefit cheques - it's in the chances you give people".

Mr. Cameron will indicate that he wants to adjust the benefits system so it does not encourage people to have large numbers of children. The premier will admit that he is straying into "difficult territory". "But at a time when so many people are struggling, isn't it right that we ask whether those in the welfare system are faced with the same kinds of decisions that working people have to wrestle with when they have a child?" he will add.

But he will risk fuelling friction with the Liberal Democrats by signalling that the Tories want a much more radical programme than has currently been agreed. The Lib Dems have insisted they are "very relaxed" about the speech, stressing that both party leaders will need to address comments at their political base from time to time. But sources also made clear that the junior coalition partner did not support much of what Mr. Cameron was proposing.

Employment Minister Chris Grayling told ITV Daybreak: "You have to start with some basic principles. What we have been saying is we have to have a welfare state which is not a place in which you live but which is a ladder up which you climb. All too often over the course of the last decades as our current welfare state has built up, it has become a place in which people live." Association

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Sarai Givaty

Lotte Verbeek

Sherry Stringfield

Sherry Stringfield, Ms. Michele Lee, Sarai Givaty, Joe Penny, Sheetal Sheth and Raven Goodwin

Happy Birthday guys. God bless.

Mr. Mick Fleetwood

Happy Birthday. God bless.

Nancy Allen, Peter Weller, Iain Glen, Mr. Robert Downey Sr., Carla Gallo, Lotte Verbeek and Ms. Bette Ford

Happy Birthday guys. God bless.

Duchess of Cambridge

Britain's Duchess Catherine is redecorating Kensington Palace.

The Duchess of Cambridge is hoping to recruit interior designer Kelly Hoppen to help her plan changes to her and Prince William's home, which looks set to be the royal couple's official permanent base if he doesn't undertake another tour with the RAF.

A source told Us Weekly: ''She's keen to work with interior designer Kelly Hoppen, but she wants to do a lot herself.''

Catherine - who was known as Kate Middleton prior to her and William's nuptials - is set to start work on the apartment the pair will inhabit, which used to belong to Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon, and structural work on the abode is due to begin this September.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are currently residing at their home in Anglesey, North Wales, where they celebrated the prince's 30th birthday on Thursday.

Catherine served the second inline to the throne breakfast in bed on his landmark birthday, and presented him with an especially designed watch by Crown Jewelers Collins & Sons.

The 30-year-old beauty is also said to be organizing a big party for his 30th birthday and she has enlisted the help of his close friends and brother Prince Harry to create a day to remember for the royal, which will see guests asked to make a brief speech about the prince to ''provoke memories'' of his student days.

Minka Kelly

Happy Birthday. God bless.

Mr. Vittorio Storaro

Happy Birthday Mr. Storaro. God bless.

British stars who are successful abroad

If you've got a dream to be a successful recording artist, you'll grab whatever chances come your way. For some, that means becoming far more famous abroad than you are in your home country. Here are some of the successful British music stars you're a bit less likely to have heard of...

Charlie Winston
Even Charlie Winston's website is in French. This says much about the success the Cornwall-born 33-year-old has had since moving to Paris. Formerly a busker, he's found himself playing to 55,000 fans at France's biggest music festival and when 'at home', has to travel with security. Raised in his parents’ East Anglia hotel, his 2009 single 'Like A Hobo' went straight to number one in France, as did the album 'Hobo' which stayed in the top spot for four weeks. However, while he's had little success in the UK, he is known for his cover version of 'I'm A Man' by The Spencer Davis Group, which was used in the banned Volkswagen advert which featured a dog miming the lyrics.

Ross Anthony
Ross Anthony Catterall is probably able to walk around his hometown of Bridgnorth in Shropshire without being harassed by fans. This is less likely in Germany, however. He was part of the band Bro'sis, who emerged from the German version of early TV talent show 'Popstars', a quintet who over three albums sold 2.2 million records, the biggest being their album 'Never Forget (Where You Come From)', which was a number one in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The band split in 2006, with Anthony becoming a TV personality, appearing in 'Ich bin ein Star – Holt mich hier raus!', or 'I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here'.

Richard David Court
Beckenham-born Ritchie, or Richard David Court, moved from London to Brazil when he was 20, having grown up all over the world, thanks to his father who was in the military. While playing the flute in a band in London, he met members of the psychedelic rock band Os Mutantes and soon ended up in Sao Paulo and then later Rio, where he married. He's been a big wheel in the Brazilian music scene ever since, working with many of the greats in Brazilian music. He released his debut album 'Flight Of Heart' in 1983, and his most recent (his 13th in all) called '60' earlier this year. As well as being a recording artist, he's also worked as a sound designer developing audio software, and has his own record label called PopSongs which he launched in 2008.

Irene Sheer
Ireen Sheer was originally a member of the British band The Family Dogg, who recorded with the likes of Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin. But Basildon-born Sheer would later concentrate on building her pop career in Germany, where she has had enduring success. She has competed in several Eurovision Song Contests, representing both Luxembourg and Germany, while her prolific pop career has earned her gold records. To date, she's released 20 German-language albums and won the German music award the Golden Tuning Fork twice.

Favourite foods in the U.S.

Some American foods, such as burger and fries, spicy gumbo and mustard-smeared hot dogs, are much loved and have been adopted by other cultures around the world. But what about some of the lesser known U.S. foods? We take a look at some of the dishes that Americans love, but the rest of the world has chosen to ignore, and ask why.

Grits come from the southern American states, which include Texas, Georgia, Louisiana and South Carolina and are made by boiling ground corn until it reaches a smooth, porridge-like consistency. Grits are commonly eaten for breakfast with eggs, bacon, sprinkled with cheese or butter or just left plain. Foreign visitors to the U.S. that have tried grits during their stay often describe them as bland or gloopy but fans of the creamy treat insist that they must have had a bad experience. Although some specialist restaurants outside of America serve grits, it is rare. It’s interesting that many people describe grits as similar to polenta – which is also made with ground corn but has become a firm menu item on many high-end restaurants around the world. Maybe we should give grits a chance, too?

Root Beer
First brewed in Philadelphia by a pharmacist and introduced to the world in 1876, root beer is popular throughout the US, but outside of America people dismiss its flavour as strongly herbal-based or even similar to antiseptic. American-born 2011 Masterchef winner Tim Anderson told Yahoo!: “Root beer contains a ton of different extracts and oils from various roots, herbs, and spices. A few of them, like sarsaparilla and wintergreen, are traditionally used to flavour medicines in the UK, so some people perceive root beer as tasting overpoweringly medicinal. This is coupled with a typically strong flavour of anethole, the characteristic aroma of liquorice or aniseed, which many people dislike.” If you’re not used to these flavours, says Tim, the drink can be “very off-putting”. Despite this, however, it does trickle into UK supermarkets every now and then.

Thought to have been introduced by European settlers to Pennsylvania, scrapple is still a popular dish in some parts of America. It’s made from pieces of pork offal, which are mixed with cornmeal and baked into a loaf, resembling a coarse paté. Pieces of this loaf are then sliced off and fried until golden. But while scrapple nowadays hasn’t really ventured outside of American shores, it’s not that different in theory from paté or meatloaf – both successful outside of the U.S.

A tough one, this. Why cornbread doesn’t grace dining tables worldwide is a bit of a mystery: it’s sweet, yellow and eggy. Cornbread is especially popular in the southern states and many people see it as a childhood comfort food, eaten with a drink of milk as a snack. Because of its popularity, many variations of cornbread exist. Cooks add everything from green jalapeño chillies, cheese and even honey for a sweeter bread. It’s made by combining cornmeal with eggs and sugar, stirring in some flour and seasonings and then baking it in a hot oven for around half an hour. Perhaps it’s not taken off elsewhere because we didn’t grow up eating it and don’t have that comfort food factor. But while it’s not yet widely available to buy ready-made, more European cooks are buying bags of cornmeal and trying out cornbread recipes at home. Perhaps this is one to watch.

Fried Green Tomatoes
We’ve been conditioned to expect our tomatoes to be shiny, large and ruby red. But the southern states of America came up with a great idea for using up unripe, green tomatoes. Green tomatoes are sliced and dipped in egg followed by breadcrumbs or cornmeal, or a mixture of the two. The coated green tomato slices are then fried for a few minutes on each side, until crisp. You don’t see many fried green tomato dishes on menus on this side of the pond just yet, but British food writer Nigel Slater has devised a number of green tomato-based recipes including fried tomatoes and chutneys; so for the curious, the tide may turn yet.

Eurozone Leaders

The leaders of the eurozone's four top economies have agreed the European Union should boost growth by adopting a series of measures worth about 130bn euro (£104bn).

Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande and Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy held talks in Rome.

Mr Monti said the four leaders had agreed that kickstarting growth in the eurozone was key to restoring confidence.

He said: "The first objective we agree on is to relaunch growth, investments and to create jobs."

Mr Monti said the leaders agreed that, while much had been done to stem the euro crisis, there was still more work to do.

The Italian leader told reporters: "We want there to be a significant European growth package, that is worth about 1% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP), or 130bn euro.

"Growth can only have solid roots if there is fiscal discipline, but fiscal discipline can be maintained only if there is growth and job creation."

Ms Merkel hailed the move as "an important signal", adding: "The lesson of this crisis is more Europe, not less Europe."

The talks come ahead of a crucial full European Union summit in Brussels next week aimed at resolving the debt crisis.

Mr Monti said the message the four nations want to come out of the forthcoming meeting in Belgium on June 28 to 29 is that the euro will survive.

He said the meeting should "put at ease the financial markets expectations", adding "that the euro is here to stay and we all mean it".

"The great project which has been successful until now, the euro, is irreversible."

Mr Hollande added that the four leaders had agreed on the need for a financial transaction tax.

The French president also said there could be "no transfer of sovereignty without greater solidarity".

A transfer of sovereignty would be required for deeper fiscal integration in the eurozone, which Ms Merkel is pushing for, but France wants financial burden sharing to be a higher priority. News

Italy and Spain by JM/Sharecast posted June 13, 2012

LONDON (ShareCast) - Germany's finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble has indicated that both Italy and Spain seem to be on the right path to completing their reforms, following austerity measures to reduce their deficits. Schäuble praised Italian prime minister Mario Monti and said that his reforms are key to avoiding contagion and the need for a bailout. "If Italy continues along Monti's path, there won't be any risks", he said in an interview with La Stampa. The German finance minister also had praise for Spain despite the recent request for €100bn in Eurozone aid to bailout its financial system. "Spain too is on the right path. It doesn't need an aid program. It only has a specific problem with its banking sector and it is one which I am sure it will solve", he said. With regard to Greece, he asserted that its exit from the euro was not inevitable and insisted that the country needed to carry out its structural reforms regardless of its final decision. "If Greece left the euro, this wouldn't change its need to carry out reforms," he pointed out.

German finance minister (AFP)

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble called for EU member states to hand more powers to the European Union in "major political areas", Der Spiegel news magazine reported Saturday.

"We must transfer more responsibilities to Brussels in major political areas, without national governments being able to block decisions," said Schaeuble in an interview with the weekly to be published Monday.

His appeal comes after repeated calls by Chancellor Angela Merkel for "more Europe" rather than less to fight the bloc's financial crisis.

"Up to now, European member states almost always have the last say," said Schaeuble. "This cannot go on."

Der Spiegel said the finance minister, a key figure in Merkel's conservative Christian Democratic Union party, was in favour of turning the EU's executive Commission into a real government, strengthening the European Parliament and electing a European Union president by universal suffrage.

But Schaeuble cautioned that Europe "will not be a federal state like the United States or the Federal Republic" of Germany. "It will have its own distinct structure."

Schaeuble also warned of the euro single currency disintegrating.

In this case "many things that we have achieved and cherish would be called into question -- from the common market to free travel across Europe".

"But a disintegration of Europe would be absurd. The world is moving closer together, and in Europe each country would go it alone again? This cannot be, must not be and will not be," he added.

Argentines by Daniel Merolla | AFP

Argentines are on edge since the government imposed draconian measures to control money changers, measures which have complicated their compulsive buying of dollars which, alongside football, is a national pass-time.

So-called cellars, the few places where US dollars can still be illegally bought, have sprung up in the capital, but the greenback in these places is now sold at a premium -- up to six pesos. The official exchange rate is 4.5.

The vendors lining Florida street in the city center are constantly at risk of being caught by policemen, who have dogs trained to sniff out dollars.

"The dollar is an Argentine disease," economist Miguel Kiguel, director of Econviews Institute and a consultant for the Inter-American Development Bank, said in an interview with AFP.

"Decades of instability during which people saw their savings seized or evaporate in 2001 when the pesos crumbled" led to the current hysteria, he explained from his 16th-floor office in Buenos Aires.

Dollar fever rose when President Cristina Kirchner opted to impose radical controls on currency exchanges and curb imports to protect $46 billion in reserves and a $10-billion trade surplus.

"I myself don't buy the dollar," said Augusto, beating a drum in an anti-government protest on posh Santa Fe Avenue.

"But we must be free to do what we want with our money," he added.

He and 4,000 other middleclass protestors were railing against what they say is a corrupt government that has created economic havoc and imposed draconian restrictions on buying dollars.

"With my money, I do what I want!" or "I want to save without explanation!" said the banners around Buenos Aires.

"The saver doesn't know where to go any more," said psychiatrist Lia Rincon of Buenos Aires University.

"He's looking for his bearings."

These last weeks, tax authorities have stopped authorizing exchanges of pesos for dollars, except for trips abroad, in a bid to stop hoarding.

"People will have to accept that it is impossible to return to the time (in the 1990s) when the pesos was pegged to the dollar," said Mario Rapoport, an economist at the Institute for historic, economic and social studies.

Meantime, people are facing increased hardships while media reports have revealed that members of the government are holding onto their dollars.

Kirchner herself was forced to announce on television that she would convert her dollars savings into pesos, a total of $3 million, according to the media.

However "pesofying" the economy, could backfire in many sectors such as real estate which rely on the dollar. "We risk slowing economic activity," predicts economist Eduardo Curia.

Growth projections for Argentina are on the decline, after reaching an average eight percent between 2003 and 2011 (except in 2009 when a recession hit).

"There are unfortunately risks of stagflation," in other words combined inflation and a recession, says Kiguel. "In Chile or Brazil, interest rates are higher. It's the price to pay for a stronger currency."

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Petra Nemcova

Tomorrow is your birthday. Happy Birthday.

God bless.

Zinédine Zidane

Happy Birthday. God bless.

Ted Shackelford, Nikki Moore, Lauren Shuler Donner, Billy Wirth and Kate Melton

Happy Birthday guys. God bless.

Marielle Jaffe

Joss Whedon, Frances McDormand, Selma Blair, Melissa Rauch, Joel Edgerton, Emmanuelle Vaugier, Martin Klebba, Marielle Jaffe and Jason Mraz

Happy Birthday guys. God bless.

Mr. Richard Adler We Salute You

by Alexander C. Kaufman

Mr. Richard Adler, the Tony Award-winning composer and lyricist renowned for his songs for such Broadway hits as "Damn Yankees" and "The Pajama Game" and who organized President John F. Kennedy's birthday with Marilyn Monroe, died Thursday in New York. He was 90.

Adler died in his home in Southampton, New York, his widow, Susan A. Ivory, told the Associated Press.

He staged and produced several shows for U.S. presidents, including Kennedy's 1962 birthday featuring Monroe's breathy, seductive rendition of "Happy Birthday."

But his songs went well beyond the average birthday ditty.

Among his most popular were "Everybody Loves a Lover," "Hernando's Hideaway," "Heart," "Another Time, Another Place," and "Rags to Riches."

Adler's life came full circle in New York City, where he thrived in the sprawling metropolis' theater scene.

He was born in New York, the son of famed concert pianist Clarence Adler. Raised around music, he began his career as a lyricist after serving in the Navy and teamed up with Jerry Ross in 1950. They worked in tandem, sharing credits on both the words and the music.

The five-year partnership, which produced some of Adler's more popular work, was curtailed when Ross died suddenly in November 1955 at age 29.

He continued working alone or with various partners until 1976, when he composed music for his last original Broadway musical "Music Is."

Since then, his songs have been sampled in such songs as Debelah Morgan's 2000 R&B hit "Dance With Me."

Adler died roughly two months before his 91 birthday at his home on Long Island. According to his daughter-in-law, he is survived by his widow, two sons Andrew Adler and Charles Shipman, daughter Katherine and three grandchildren Damien and Scarlett Adler and Lola Jane Shipman. His son Christopher Adler died in 1984.


Nicollette Sheridan by Tim Kenneally & Pamela Chelin

Nicollette Sheridan's ongoing legal battle with her former "Desperate Housewives" bosses hit a stumbling block on Friday, as a judge vacated the scheduled September retrial date and ordered both sides to enter settlement talks with a different judge.

Judge Elizabeth Allen White of Los Angeles Superior Court vacated the retrial date after admitting to being confused by wording in a writ issued by the court of appeals which put a temporary stay on the retrial.

The writ prevented Sheridan's team from going ahead with the wrongful termination claim, but allowed for Sheridan's team to amend its complaint and make claim under California Labor Code 6310 (b), which protects employees from being terminated or threatened with termination if they make a complaint about workplace safety.

"Frankly, I find the language puzzling," the judge said.

The judge also ordered attorneys for both sides to return to settlement talks to Judge Helen Bendix on July 20.

During Friday's hearing, Sheridan's attorney, Mark Baute, continued to try to make the case for a wrongful termination claim.

"To keep this simple, Ms. Sheridan was fired before her contract was up," Baute told the court.

"Mr. Baute has argued this nine times," Adam Levin, attorney for ABC, countered, adding, "The plaintiff is frankly ordering nonsense. The plaintiff is asking the court to violate the court of appeal."

Judge White concluded, "I am going to let the court of appeal sort it out ... I will do whatever the court of appeal asks me to do."

Sheridan originally sued Touchstone and ABC for $20 million for being improperly fired after she said she was slapped by Marc Cherry in a dispute. Cherry countered that he was merely attempting to give Sheridan stage direction, and that the decision to kill off her character, Edie Britt, was made months before the incident.

In March the case ended in mistrial after the jury failed to reach a verdict. A retrial had been set for Sept. 10, before Judge White vacated the date.

On May 31, an appeals court issued the temporary stay, affirming an appeal by ABC lawyers that argued that Sheridan did not have the right to sue for wrongful termination.

Baute told TheWrap on Friday that he will focus on preserving the wrongful termination claim, despite the appeals court's writ.

"The trial court recognizes, as did the Court of Appeal, that the Section 6310 (b) claim must go forward and the complaint amended to include that claim," Baute told TheWrap after the hearing. "The trial court wishes to have the Court of Appeal resolve through the writ process whether the wrongful termination in violation of public policy will also go forward."

Levin had no comment for TheWrap.