Michael Jackson was fixated on becoming “the first multi-billionaire entertainer-actor-director” shortly before his death, his diary reveals. An explosive book tells how Jacko, 50, hoped to become a movie star as well as playing concerts in Las Vegas just months before his death in June 2009. The musings show the performer grappling with his desperation to be “the greatest ever” and “immortalized”, like idols Charlie Chaplin and Walt Disney. According to the diary, Jackson was hoping to earn $20million a week and listed opportunities including Cirque du Soleil concerts, a deal with athletics brand Nike and Hollywood films. He had been weeks away from gigs at London’s O2 Arena before his death. He planned to hire “a merchandising guy”, and remake movie classics such as 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and The 7th Voyage of Sinbad. “If I don’t concentrate on film, no immortalization,” he wrote. The journal also shows how the singer was trying to take back control of his … [Read more...] about Michael Jackson’s secret diary: His dark final days and dreams of ‘immortality’
Managing for competitive advantage
MERCEDES have released images of the car they hope will power Lewis Hamilton to a record eighth world title. Hamilton , who is currently tied on seven with Michael Schumacher, will be going all out in 2021 to move into a class of his own. The Brit already has the most wins (95), pole positions (98) and podium finishes (165) in F1 and can now go on to become the undisputed champ. He said: "The launch day of a new car is always a really exciting one. It's great to reveal to the world the result of everyone's hard work at the factories and to see some of my team-mates in person, which has been so rare during the past year. "I've been in touch with the engineers through the winter, keeping track of their preparations as I prepare myself for the season ahead. "The excitement has been building and building, so now I just can't wait to get out on track in the W12." The car - or to give it its full title the Mercedes-AMG F1 W12 E Performance - is an evolution of last … [Read more...] about Mercedes release images of Lewis Hamilton’s new F1 2021 car which Brit helped engineers build to go for another title
The European Commission is putting forward many pieces of legislation with the aim of stimulating investments in energy transition, and the measures go beyond the proposed EU climate neutrality law. Considering the need to support the entire economy , it looks like a Herculean task. The proposals of the European Commission and the EU Parliament's stance on green issues allow for some cautious optimism. The bloc's 27 member states, which are the ultimate decision-makers when it comes to energy policy, can give rise to some skepticism, though. "Objectives are set at the European level to give room for national ambitions, so governments can decide their ambitions, and the Commission can encapsulate them in a European frame. The Commission can then step in if national plans are not respected," Jean-Michel Glachant, director of the Florence School of Regulation (FSR), told DW. Glachant says that EU institutions are called upon to increase fair competition in the energy sector, … [Read more...] about EU energy investments: Will 2021 be decisive?
Oprah Winfrey is said to have "wasted a couple of million" on her interview with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle after the Duke of Sussex gave away a huge exclusive to James Corden. The media titan's chat with the couple is to debut in the US this Sunday - with a broadcast in the UK on ITV on Monday - and it will show them opening up about their new life in America after stepping down as senior royals. However, just days before the big interview is due to air, Harry appeared on The Late Late Show With James Corden - and dropped a huge bombshell about his decision to leave. He spoke to his pal James about why he quit Britain - a subject which was to have been a huge feature of his chat with Oprah as she may have wanted to keep that line for her own interview. Now the i Paper's Late Editor Benjamin Butterworth has insisted the revelation must have left TV giant Oprah fuming . He said: "I think they were desperate to get their story out there. "Anyone that saw James … [Read more...] about Oprah ‘wasted millions’ as Prince Harry threw away big exclusive on James Corden’s show