Hollywood's loves and losses



Star-struck stars...

JULIANNA MARGULIES AND KEITH LIEBERTHAL Margulies told Ellen DeGeneres she knew immediately that lawyer Lieberthal was her guy when they met at a dinner party. "When he came over to me, I said, 'Look, I just think you are so handsome. Are you a model or an actor and are you 12 [years old]?'"

MELANIE GRIFFITH AND ANTONIO BANDERAS "I got weak in the knees, and my heart beat really fast," Griffith has said of their meeting on a movie set in 1995. "I said something really stupid, but I can't remember what."

TOM CRUISE AND KATIE HOLMES "I knew that I wanted to marry her after the first day I met her," Cruise told OK! magazine. "What's even more interesting is that Katie confessed that when she was a teenager she dreamt of marrying me."

VANESSA PARADIS AND JOHNNY DEPP Paradis told Harper's Bazaar that their meeting in 1994 was a "coup de foudre", translating roughly, you guessed it, to love at first sight.

...and some who came unstuck

HILARY SWANK AND CHAD LOWE "I went to a party with Leo DiCaprio, and Chad was there," Swank told People magazine. "We just started talking, and he said, 'Would you like to go to dinner?' and I said yes, and we've been together ever since." The couple divorced in 2006.

VANESSA HUDGENS AND ZAC EFRON "Right off the bat, we had a connection," Hudgens told US Glamour. She said their chemistry mirrors that of their characters in High School Musical. They broke up last December.

Country-size land deals

US interest in purchasing territory is not as outlandish as it sounds. Here's a look at some big land transactions between nations:

Louisiana Purchase

If Donald Trump is one who aims to broker "a deal of the century", then this was the "deal of the 19th Century". In 1803, the US nearly doubled in size when it bought 2,140,000 square kilometres from France for $15 million.

Florida Purchase Treaty

The US courted Spain for Florida for years. Spain eventually realised its burden in holding on to the territory and in 1819 effectively ceded it to America in a wider border treaty. 

Alaska purchase

America's spending spree continued in 1867 when it acquired 1,518,800 km2 of  Alaskan land from Russia for $7.2m. Critics panned the government for buying "useless land".

The Philippines

At the end of the Spanish-American War, a provision in the 1898 Treaty of Paris saw Spain surrender the Philippines for a payment of $20 million. 

US Virgin Islands

It's not like a US president has never reached a deal with Denmark before. In 1917 the US purchased the Danish West Indies for $25m and renamed them the US Virgin Islands.

Gwadar

The most recent sovereign land purchase was in 1958 when Pakistan bought the southwestern port of Gwadar from Oman for 5.5bn Pakistan rupees. 

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Second Test: October 10-14, at Maharashtra

Third Test: October 19-23, at Ranchi

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New Zealand: Williamson (c), Blundell, Boult, De Grandhomme, Henry, Latham, Nicholls, Ajaz, Raval, Sodhi, Somerville, Southee, Taylor, Wagner

Umpires: Bruce Oxerford (AUS) and Ian Gould (ENG); TV umpire: Paul Reiffel (AUS); Match referee: David Boon (AUS)

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The 12 breakaway clubs

England

Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur

Italy
AC Milan, Inter Milan, Juventus

Spain
Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Real Madrid

TEACHERS' PAY - WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Pay varies significantly depending on the school, its rating and the curriculum. Here's a rough guide as of January 2021:

- top end schools tend to pay Dh16,000-17,000 a month - plus a monthly housing allowance of up to Dh6,000. These tend to be British curriculum schools rated 'outstanding' or 'very good', followed by American schools

- average salary across curriculums and skill levels is about Dh10,000, recruiters say

- it is becoming more common for schools to provide accommodation, sometimes in an apartment block with other teachers, rather than hand teachers a cash housing allowance

- some strong performing schools have cut back on salaries since the pandemic began, sometimes offering Dh16,000 including the housing allowance, which reflects the slump in rental costs, and sheer demand for jobs

- maths and science teachers are most in demand and some schools will pay up to Dh3,000 more than other teachers in recognition of their technical skills

- at the other end of the market, teachers in some Indian schools, where fees are lower and competition among applicants is intense, can be paid as low as Dh3,000 per month

- in Indian schools, it has also become common for teachers to share residential accommodation, living in a block with colleagues

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