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Key dates in Michael Jacksons life

Saturday, June 27th, 2009

Michael Jackson on stage during his History concert tour in New York, 1997.

Below are the principal dates in the life of pop star Michael Jackson, 50, who has died in Los Angeles after suffering a cardiac arrest.

Michael Jackson

August 29, 1958: born in Gary, Indiana

August 1962: singing debut with his brothers, The Jackson Five

March 1969: first Jackson Five contract with Tamla Motown, Detroit’s black-owned record label. Michael’s voice propels the group onto the hit parade with ABC and I’ll Be There

1970: launch of solo career alongside that of the Jackson Five
August 1979: release of Off The Wall album, produced by Quincy Jones, which sold 11 million copies

December 1982: release of Thriller album, whose seven hits included Billie Jean and Beat It, pushing sales to 50 million copies worldwide

1984: Jackson’s face gets burnt during filming for a Pepsi ad

1985: buys ATV Music - a company with rights to John Lennon and Paul McCartney songs - for $US47.5 million

1985: Jackson writes We Are The World, which benefited the fight against hunger in Africa

1987: release of Bad, which sold 26 million copies and marked the end of his collaboration with Quincy Jones

1988: his autobiography Moonwalk comes out

1990: Michael Jackson is seen for the first time wearing a surgical mask in public

1992: release of Dangerous, which sold 22 million copies

August 1993: a father accuses Jackson of molesting his 13-year-old son, but settles out of court

May 1994-February 1996: marriage to Lisa Marie Presley, daughter of Elvis

June 1995: release of HIStory album

November 1996-October 1999: marriage to Debbie Rowe, a 37-year-old nurse with whom he has two children, Prince Michael and Paris Michael Katherine

October 2001: release of Invincible

July 2002: Jackson accuses record labels of exploiting artists, especially African-Americans

November 19, 2002: scandal after Jackson dangles his third son, nine-month-old Prince Michael II, from a Berlin hotel balcony

January 31, 2003: Sotheby’s auction house sues for non-payment of $US1.7 million for two paintings

February 3: in documentary Living with Michael Jackson broadcast on ITV, Jackson claims never to have abused a child, merely to have shared his bed

February: the singer’s manager brings a $US13 million lawsuit for back salary, which is settled out of court in June

November 18: police raid Jackson’s Neverland ranch in California as Number Ones album is released

November 19: warrant issued for Jackson’s arrest on several counts of child molestation

November 20: Jackson is arrested and handcuffed after surrendering to police, held briefly then released on bail

December 18: he is formally charged with child molestation

January 16, 2004: Jackson pleads not guilty during his first appearance amid a media circus

January 31, 2005: Jackson trial begins with jury selection

February 28, 2005: Opening arguments begin in trial

June 4, 2005: Jurors begin considering their verdict

June 13, 2005: Jackson acquitted on all charges against him

March 5, 2009: Jackson announces series of comeback concerts in London - billed as the “final curtain” - his first major shows for more than a decade

May 20, 2009: Jackson delays comeback shows. Concert organisers say singer’s health is “fantastic”

June 25, 2009: Jackson reported dead in Los Angeles after suffering cardiac arrest

Michael Jackson Tribute Beat It

Friday, June 26th, 2009

Tribute from personalities on Michael Jackson’s death.

“I am so very sad and confused with every emotion possible. I am heartbroken
for his children who I know were everything to him and for his family. This
is such a massive loss on so many levels, words fail me.” - Lisa Marie
Presley, former wife of Michael Jackson and daughter of Elvis Presley.

“I must confess I am not surprised by today’s tragic news. Michael has been
on an impossibly difficult and often self-destructive journey for years. His
talent was unquestionable but so too was his discomfort with the norms of
the world. A human simply cannot withstand this level of prolonged stress.”
- Michael Leaven, a publicist who represented Jackson when the singer was
accused of molesting a child in 1993.

“I knew Michael as a child and watched him grow over the years. Of all the
thousands of entertainers I have worked with, Michael was THE most
outstanding. Many have tried and will try to copy him, but his talent will
never be matched.” - Dick Clark, host of the old “American Bandstand.”

“Michael Jackson was my generation’s most iconic cultural hero. Courageous,
unique and incredibly talented. He’ll be missed greatly.” - Russell Simmons,
hip-hop entrepreneur and founder of Def-Jam Records.

“We have lost an icon in our industry and my heartfelt condolences go out to
his family and children in this hour of sorrow that they are now going
through. He will live on in my memory and most definitely through the music
he shared with so many.” - Dionne Warwick, singer and Jackson’s friend.

“Michael was a pop phenomenon who never stopped pushing the envelope of
creativity. Though there were serious questions about his personal life,
Michael was undoubtedly a great entertainer and his popularity spanned
generations and the globe.” - California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

“He was a true musical icon whose identifiable voice, innovative dance
moves, stunning musical versatility, and sheer star power carried him from
childhood to worldwide acclaim. A 13-time Grammy recipient, Michael’s career
transcends musical and cultural genres and his contributions will always
keep him in our hearts and memories.” - Neil Portnow, National Academy of
Recording Arts and Sciences president.

“Michael Jackson was my musical God. He made me believe that all things are
possible, and through real and positive music. He can live forever! I love
Michael Jackson. God Bless him.” - Wyclef Jean, rapper and former member of
the Fugees.

“Michael Jackson was born in Gary, Indiana, and our hearts are heavy, heavy
here. Michael Jackson was the world’s greatest entertainer but more than he
was great humanitarian and a great, humble individual. The people of Gary,
our hearts are full of tears because of the loss of Michael Jackson.” -
Gary, Ind., Mayor Rudy Clay.

Overcoming public speech nervousness

Saturday, June 28th, 2008
by Sck

The taxi was late, and you’ve only just made it to the reception. You’re breathing hard, your hands have gone all clammy and your heart is pounding so loudly you look around to see if anyone can hear it. The speeches have already started. You start madly fumbling in your coat pocket for your speech notes. ‘Oh no, where have they gone?’ Then it’s your turn. ‘Ladies and gentlemen, may I please have your attention for… the Groom!’

Don’t worry, there’s absolutely nothing unusual about feeling nervous - it happens to the best of us. I’ve known grooms who would rather jump out of an aeroplane at 10,000 feet than stand up in front of a room full of people. And I’m not only talking about men who’ve never had to make a speech in their lives. Many lawyers, doctor’s, teacher’s and even businessmen can suffer with nerves on their ‘big’ day. Then again, some groom’s seem to make it all look so easy - but just how do they do it?

The two essential elements to a successful speech are preparation and delivery. Put a little time and effort into both and you will end up a winner, and wonder why you ever doubted yourself in the first place.

>> Speech Preparation

1. Your speech should consist of an introduction, a body, and a conclusion. Write down your speech on paper well in advance (weeks) of the wedding. Have it proof read by family member or a friend.

2. Keep it short and simple, and leave them wanting more. Use your best material at the beginning and the end of your speech. Start and end with impact.

3. If you don’t know most of the audience, it’s a good idea to identify yourself, for example, “Hi, my name is John and I met Chris at college.”

4. Include fond memories of the bride and groom from your own past. If you’d like to make the speech funny, by all means do so.

5. DO NOT mention previous relationships that the groom or bride may or may not have had (don’t spread rumor or gossip).

6. The wedding speech should be concluded with joyful, heartfelt words.Wedding Speech Express your very best future wishes, acknowledge the joy you’ve experienced in seeing this couple unite, and your happiness in sharing it with them. Speak sincerely and from the heart, and you’ll never sound contrived.

>>Speech Delivery

1. Go into the reception with a positive attitude, thinking that ‘The audience are going to like me and I am going to like them’.

2. First impressions count. The first impression is the lasting impression, so the first few moments of interaction are the most important in the rapport building process with the audience.

3. Be conscious of your appearance. You wouldn’t want lipstick smeared over your cheek would you?

4. Body Language. Be aware of your own body language. Stand up straight and look confident, coat unbuttoned, arms and legs apart, palms exposed, leaning forward and smiling.

5. Make eye contact, by taking slow ’sweeps’ back and forth across the room as you speak, so that everyone will feel included. This is a useful technique is for reassuring the audience and winning people’s attention.

6. Think of your audience. Try to engage with them, rather than speaking ‘at’ them. How about a little audience participation, for example, if you know one or two faces in the audience, speak to them, using their names.

7. Be prepared for interruptions. Yes, they do happen, so enjoy them, particularly the funny ones. These ‘comedy breaks’ provide useful thinking time, and also people will remember your speech as the one that got the laughs.

8. Laughs. If you’ve made a funny remark and are expecting a laugh, then wait for it. If it doesn’t come, tell the people that they were supposed to laugh and refuse to continue until they do.

9. Slow Down And Take Your Time. Each sentence of your speech may seem to be taking forever to you, but will really only be a few seconds to your audience.

Have a history teacher explain this - if they can.

Saturday, June 28th, 2008

Abraham Lincoln

John F. KennedyAbraham Lincoln was elected to Congress in 1846.

John F. Kennedy was elected to Congress in 1946.

Abraham Lincoln was elected President in 1860.

John F. Kennedy was elected President in 1960.

Both were particularly concerned with civil rights.

Both wives lost their children while living in the White House.

Both Presidents were shot on a Friday.

Both Presidents were shot in the head

Now it gets really weird.

Lincoln ’s secretary was named Kennedy.

Kennedy’s Secretary was named Lincoln

Both were assassinated by Southerners.

Both were succeeded by Southerners named Johnson.

Andrew Johnson, who succeeded Lincoln , was born in 1808.

Lyndon Johnson, who succeeded Kennedy, was born in 1908.

John Wilkes Booth, who assassinated Lincoln , was born in 1839.

Lee Harvey Oswald, who assassinated Kennedy, was born in 1939.

Both assassins were known by their three names.

Both names are composed of fifteen letters.

Now hang on to your seat.

Lincoln was shot at the theater named ‘Ford.’

Kennedy was shot in a car called ‘ Lincoln ‘ made by ‘Ford.’

Lincoln was shot in a theater and his assassin ran and hid in a warehouse.

Kennedy was shot from a warehouse and his assassin ran and hid in a theater..Marilyn Monroe

Booth and Oswald were assassinated before their trials.

And here’s the kicker…

A week before Lincoln was shot, he was in Monroe , Maryland

A week before Kennedy was shot, he was with Marilyn Monroe.

Second choice for job? Read this

Friday, May 30th, 2008

Some of you have had the experience of being second choice for a job. You know the story. This looked like the ideal job for you, and you spent much time and effort preparing for those interviews. Perhaps there were several rounds of interviewing with different people. Your excitement kept building as you got closer and closer to the prize. And then – you got the verdict. You came in second to someone else. Bummer! Whether the news was delivered through a personal phone call or you received one of those standard rejection letters, it still hurt.

What do you do next? The advice you expect to hear is, “Let go and move on to the next possibility.” Well – that is part of my suggestion for you. However, if you really wanted that job and honestly thought that it is an ideal situation for you, the first step is a letter something like this:

Dear Decision Maker,

Thanks for your consideration during the interview process for the position of Assistant Manager. I truly enjoyed our conversations and was excited about the possibility of working for you.

I was of course disappointed to learn that I was not selected, but I do wish you the best. Should that particular job become available in the future or another that requires someone with my qualifications, please do not hesitate to contact me. I would be happy to work for your organization.

Best wishes,
Job Seeker

Sometimes things do not work out with the first-choice candidate. For whatever reason, the organization may need to replace that person. They may be hesitant to contact others they interviewed and think that they need to begin their entire hiring process again. Your assurance that you are still open to their offer can be great news for them. And – it could mean the beginning of a terrific working relationship for you.

Every interview is a learning opportunity. Always debrief afterwards and use the knowledge you gain. Being invited to an interview affirms that you are a winner. Practice to win bigger every time!

Second choice.. No prob..

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