Michael Jackson could have earned US$1.1 billion (NZ$1.9 billion) or more if he had performed a worldwide concert tour and created a Las Vegas show before his death, an accounting expert familiar with the singer’s earning potential told jurors. Arthur Erk, a certified public accountant who conducts royalty audits for musicians, told jurors that Jackson might have earned US$1.5 billion for the shows if he had charged higher ticket prices during later shows on the This Is It tour
New mum Kim Kardashian has tried to catch out false friends by sending them bogus baby pictures.
There is a ‘girl power’ void in new books for Kiwi kids, according to judges on a children’s book awards panel.
The baffling history of mankind is full of obvious turning points and significant events: battles won, treaties signed, rulers elected or deposed, and now, seemingly, planets conquered. Equally important are the great groundswells of popular movements that affect the minds and values of a generation or more, not all of which can be neatly tied to a time and place.
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Taiwan said Thursday that it will allow a visit by the Dalai Lama to pray for the victims of the typhoon-battered island. Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou made the announcement Thursday while visiting a school in the southern part of the island, a government spokesman said. Typhoon Morakot slammed into Taiwan on August 8 and unleashed floods, mudslides and misery
Treating flu-stricken children with anti-viral medication including Tamiflu and Relenza could do more harm than good, a new report has warned. Researchers from the University of Oxford found that while the anti-virals reduced the duration of illness by up to one day and a half, they had “little or no effect” on the likelihood of the children developing complications. The researchers conceded that they didn’t know the extent to which their report applied to the current swine flu pandemic, but said, “based on current evidence, the effects of anti-virals on reducing the course of illness or preventing complications might be limited.” In compiling their report, published in the British Medical Journal, the Oxford University researchers searched the world for trials of Tamiflu and Relenza on children under 12.
No one has contributed to Pakistan’s slide into chaos over recent years more than Baitullah Mehsud From his base in the wilds of South Waziristan, the leader of the Pakistan Taliban has overseen the killing of over 1,200 civilians and several hundred soldiers through brutal means including suicide bombings, kidnappings and beheadings. He has been accused of masterminding the assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto in late December 2007. In late March, Washington announced a $5m reward for information leading to his capture, describing Mehsud as a “key al-Qaeda facilitator.” And over the past week alone, he claimed responsibility for five separate terrorist attacks, including the bombing of a luxury hotel in Peshawar and the killing of a vocal anti-Taliban cleric in Lahore
The Republican Party risks further alienation from Hispanics by challenging the nomination of Sonia Sotomayer, who would become the first Hispanic, and third woman, on the Supreme Court. On Tuesday, President Obama nominated 54-year-old Sotomayor — who is of Puerto Rican descent — to replace the retiring Justice David Souter. Sotomayer is a judge on the 2nd U.S.
Indian telecom services provider Bharti Airtel Limited and South Africa’s MTN Group Limited have renewed merger talks with the aim of creating an emerging market telecom giant, both companies announced Monday. Such a merger would create an operator with combined revenues of over $20 billion and a combined customer base of over 200 million, according to both companies. In addition to savings, “this opportunity also represents a first of its kind in developing an Indian-African initiative that would serve as a shining example of South-South cooperation,” said Bharti chairman and managing director Sunil Bharti Mittal.