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A jury in the United States has ruled that the writers of Blurred Lines - one of the best-selling singles of all time - copied a Marvin Gaye track. Jurors in Los Angeles decided that the 2013 single by Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke breached the copyright of Gaye's 1977 hit Got To Give It Up. The family of the late soul singer has been awarded $7.3m (£4.8m) in damages. Thicke and Williams denied copying the hit, and their lawyer said the ruling set a "horrible precedent". Meanwhile, the Gaye family's lawyer told Rolling Stone he wanted to stop the sales of Blurred Lines. "We'll be asking the court to enter an injunction prohibiting the further sale and distribution of Blurred Lines unless and until we can reach an agreement with those guys on the other side about how future monies that are received will be shared," attorney Richard Busch said. Gaye died in April 1984, leaving his children the copyright to his music. His children - Nona, Frankie and Marvin Gaye III - sued Thicke and Williams in 2013. Nona wept as the verdict was read in court. "Right now, I feel free," she told reporters after the ruling. "Free from... Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke's chains and what they tried to keep on us and the lies that were told." In court, Williams had told jurors that Gaye's music was part of the soundtrack of his youth but he insisted it was not on his mind when he wrote the song. But the musician recognised a likeness between the songs and agreed he was "channelling... that late-70s feeling" when he co-wrote the song. Thicke testified that he had contributed little to the writing of the song. "While we respect the judicial process, we are extremely disappointed in the ruling made today, which sets a horrible precedent for music and creativity going forward," the pair's lawyer Howard E King said. "We are reviewing the decision, considering our options and you will hear more from us soon about this matter." The hit, which earned a Grammy nomination, generated more than $16m (£10.8) in profits and made more than $5m (£3m) for both stars.
Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson has been suspended by the BBC "following a fracas" with a producer. The corporation said the 54-year-old presenter had been suspended "pending an investigation". "No one else has been suspended. Top Gear will not be broadcast this Sunday," it said. Clarkson was given what he called his "final warning" last May after claims he used a racist word while filming the popular BBC motoring show. At the time, he said the BBC had told him he would be sacked if he made "one more offensive remark, anywhere, at any time". The BBC gave no further details on the current incident involving Clarkson, and said it would not be making any further statements at this time. Clarkson's representatives have yet to reply to requests for a comment. The presenter himself has remained silent, however last month he tweeted a post saying a "new presenter for Top Gear" was wanted. "Applicant should be old, badly dressed and pedantic but capable of getting to work on time," he said. This weekend's episode of Top Gear was set to feature Clarkson - who has fronted the show since 2002 - along with regular co-hosts Richard Hammond and James May at a classic track day. Former footballer and pundit Gary Lineker was also to appear as the "star in a reasonably priced car". Lineker has now tweeted, writing: "I don't think I'm ever meant to appear on Top Gear!" 'Strong character' Former Top Gear presenter Chris Goffey told BBC Radio 5 live while discussions on the programme sometimes became heated when he worked on the show, "it must have been something fairly serious behind the scenes to warrant his immediate suspension. "I can't think what the hell's gone on, but there you go. When you've got a very strong character who likes things his own way, if somebody stands up to him, there's going to be a row." Clarkson has courted controversy on several occasions during his time hosting Top Gear. Top Gear was censured by Ofcom for using a "racial" term in its Burma special programme The show's executive producer, Andy Wilman, described last year as "an annus horribilis" for the programme. It followed an incident in Argentina where the presenters and crew were forced to flee the country after trouble erupted over a number plate reading H982 FLK - which some suggested referred to the Falklands conflict of 1982. Last year the show was also censured by Ofcom for breaching broadcasting rules after Clarkson used a derogatory word for Asian people during its Burma special programme. TV critic Toby Earle: 'He was on his final warning' TV critic Toby Earle told the BBC he was not surprised at Clarkson's suspension. "This incident is the one that's really forced management to take action," he said. "Part of the show's appeal, to many viewers, has been it's sort of edginess and the fact that it's rough around the edges - in some ways takes no prisoners. "But of course there is a very delicate line to tread with that, and it has crossed that line I feel." But the TV Times' Mary Evans said she did not think it was the end of the road for the presenter: "He is what he is, like him or loathe him. "He knows who he is and he knows what he wants to say. Top Gear obviously existed before him, and it wasn't the phenomenon that it is now. So obviously it has something to do with his personal charisma and his fanbase. "I can't see this will be it for Clarkson, I really can't. But I think he's probably slightly overdue a slap on the wrist," she told the BBC. Top Gear controversies With Clarkson at its head, Top Gear has been no stranger to controversy. October 2014 - The show's stars and crew had to abandon filming in Argentina amid angry protests over a car number plate that appears to refer to the Falklands War. July 2014 - Ofcom ruled a Burma Special in which Jeremy Clarkson used a racial slur broke broadcasting rules. Clarkson had used the word "slope" as an Asian man crossed a newly built bridge over the River Kwai in Thailand. May 2014 - The programme drew complaints when video footage leaked to the Daily Mirror appeared to show Jeremy Clarkson using a racist term while reciting the nursery rhyme Eeny, Meeny, Miny, Moe. The presenter later apologised for the incident - which was never broadcast - in a video statement where he "begged forgiveness". October 2012 - The BBC Trust ruled comments by Clarkson which likened the design of a camper van to people with facial disfigurements breached disability guidelines. January 2012 - Indian diplomats complained about a 90-minute India special in which a car fitted with a toilet in its boot is described by Clarkson as "perfect for India because everyone who comes here gets the trots." February 2011 - The BBC apologised to Mexico after Clarkson and his co-hosts characterised Mexicans as "lazy" and "feckless".
West Indies all-rounder Kieron Pollard is to take an “indefinite break” from first class cricket, Trinidad and Tobago Cricket officials have confirmed. The confirmation came shortly after Pollard took five for 36 Monday for T&T in a 175-run loss against the Windward Islands in the WICB Professional Cricket League (PCL) at the National Cricket Centre in Couva. He will be out of the Red Force team for their next PCL four-day match against current leaders Guyana Jaguars in Guyana starting Friday. “Pollard has informed the TTCB that he is taking an indefinite break from first class cricket,” said the TTCB facebook page. “Pollard is now unavailable for selection for the remainder of matches in the WICB Professional Cricket League Four-Day tournament”. Earlier this season opening batsman Adrian Barath pulled out of the team saying he, too, was taking a break. Pollard’s announcement comes on the heels of countrymen Dwayne Bravo and Lendl Simmons’ retirement from Test cricket. Simmons is currently in the West Indies ODI team taking part in the ICC World Cup in New Zealand and Australia. “The Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board would like to thank Kieron Pollard for his services in the first-class match against the Windward Islands,” said another post on the TTCB facebook page. “The board wishes him the best during his period of indefinite leave from first-class cricket and wishes him an early return”. Media reports from Port of Spain said Pollard sent an email to the CEO of the T&T Cricket Board and the team selectors informing them of the situation. Pollard’s appearance against the Windward Islands was his first match for T&T since the Nagico Super50 tournament in January, hosted by T&T. He returned to the T&T line up against the Windwards after recovering from a leg injury. “He (Pollard) said the stress and strain of the four-day cricket was taking a toll on his body,” said T&T Cricket Board chairman of selectors Alec Burns. “Well it is up to him, when he is ready he will return.” Fast bowler Shannon Gabriel and batsman Mark Deyal have been included in the T&T squad to face Guyana in the next round of the WICB four-day competition. Gabriel replaces Daniel St Clair, who is suffering with a kidney infection and Deyal comes in for Akeal Hosein, who has had a disappointing season.
A 27-year-old man is due to be sentenced on Thursday after he pleaded guilty to raping five females, including an eight-year-old child in the western parish of St. James in 2012. Patrick Green, described by the police as a serial rapist, made the confession when he appeared in court on Monday. Police said he was also facing charges in connection with several other cases of rape in the central parishes of Clarendon and Manchester. He was linked to the 2012 incident following the results of DNA tests. The five were raped on the night of September 24, 2012, when armed men invaded a home in the community of Irwin Point and forced four women and a child into a nearby open lot.
Bobbi Kristina Brown's cousin Jerod Brown claimed that Bobbi and her mother Whitney Houston were murdered by Pat Houston. Jerod made the allegations on Facebook on Monday night, March 9. Jerod wrote, "Auntie Whitney was murdered not drowned. That's a fact. Now the whole bathroom plot shows up again w/ Bobbi Kristina's situation. C'mon are you people that bold to try to perform this act again on my family. And the public believes whatever these people put in their faces, i mean it is convincing if you're not on the inside." "However, I will let it be known Kristina has always had suspicion about Pat Houston," he continued, "Soon evidence will be handed over to assist this investigation." Jerod then defended himself, posting "I was always taught to respect my elders. I also believe the older generation must give us younger generation respect as well. Older generation have experience over us and with the strength and boldness of our younger generation we can change the world. #MyThoughts. #TrueJusticeForWhitney #StillPrayForBK. Bobbi girl is ALIVE & still fighting! Continue to #PrayForBK #TrueJusticeForWhitney." A source of the Houston family told Gossip Cop that Jerod's allegations were "insanity." The source said, "[Jerod]'s not in any way associated with the family," before adding, "The police record speaks for itself." Last month, Jerod was slammed by Bobby Brown for posting updates about Bobbi's condition on Facebook and setting up a public vigil for her. "[Jerod Brown] continues to make [sic] statements and appear on television, however, he has not had any communication with Bobby Brown or the Houston family," Bobby said in a statement. "He must be disregarded. Please do not attend any 'meet and greet' organized by Jerod Brown as he is unable to provide access to Bobbi Kristina or information on her condition," he added, "This is a criminal investigation and we do not need this side show." Jerod previously also made a false statement that Nick Gordon had taken legal action to visit Bobbi. The statement was later debunked by Nick's lawyer.
LIAT wishes to advise customers travelling to/from Dominica and/or St. Vincent of the possibility of cancelled flights and delayed baggage due to seasonal high winds in both countries. The company’s aircraft have tailwind limitations, which are set by the manufacturers during the certification process and they are therefore not permitted to take off or land when the prevailing winds are beyond these limits. The departure out of E. T. Joshua Airport and the night landings into Douglas-Charles Airport are affected by tailwinds and therefore the decision to cancel flights is taken in the interest of safety. LIAT is also forced to restrict the number of bags on the aircraft at this time of the year when wind conditions in both Dominica and St. Vincent restrict the take-off weight of the company’s aircraft. The current conditions are forecast to continue through to the month of April. The company’s Reservations and Airport personnel are ready to assist customers who have been affected by cancellations and baggage issues due to airport limitations at this time of the year.
Nick Gordon gets emotional while talking about his fiancee Bobbi Kristina Brown, who has been in coma since late January, in a sneak peek of the "Dr. Phil Show". In the video, Dr. Phil tells Nick's mom Michelle, "Your son, left to his own devices, will be dead inside a week." Nick, looking distraught, later says while breaking down in tears, "I miss Krissy and Whitney [Houston] so bad. I want them back." He adds, "I hate Bobby Brown." The interview turns into an intervention after Dr. Phil questions him, "You've been drinking a lot though, right?" Dr. Phil then asks Nick "to go straight to rehab." Nick responds, "I'm getting frustrated...I'm done with the interview. I'm done." Nick indeed entered rehab after the interview. He raised concern after posting suicidal tweet on the eve of Krissy's birthday. "I'm so hurt I wanna do myself in, I know I have to strong," he posted on his Twitter on March 3. Nick said he had been experiencing "severe pain, mental anguish and panic attacks" since finding Bobbi Kristina unconscious in a bathtub over a month ago. He's reportedly also battling drug and alcohol addiction. The interview with Dr. Phil will air Wednesday, March 11. Bobbi Kristina's family is upset at the interview as her aunt Leolah Brown said in a statement that Nick's currently "under investigation for the attempted murder of" Krissy. She explained, "We have strong evidence of foul play. Until this investigation is completed by law enforcement, I would ask that you or anyone else not provide this individual a platform to spin this situation to his benefit."
The National Assembly has approved legislation formally abolishing the death penalty in the Dutch-speaking Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country. But the legislators raised the highest prison term limits from 30 to 50 years in what is seen as a compromise to amending the Criminal code. Parliament also scrapped conditional release for people convicted of capital crimes. Convicts doing time for murder, manslaughter, sexual offences or major drug crimes are now no longer eligible for release after serving three quarters of their sentences. Justice Minister Edward Belfort had initially suggested that that maximum jail sentence be increased to 30 years, but parliamentarians deemed it necessary to send an even stronger signal to criminals. Crime has been on the rise and parliamentarians argued that criminals were exhibiting almost sadistic behaviour, often leaving victims dead or gravely injured. They favoured hiking the maximum jail sentence instead to 50 years, “for crimes that would otherwise be punished with the death penalty,” the National Assembly said in a statement. “The punishments for major crimes have been increase. That is a clear signal,” said Ruth Wijdenbosch, the Vice Chair of the National Assembly said at the end of the meeting. She was among the parliamentarians who worked to have the death penalty removed from the criminal code. Suriname has not implemented the death penalty since 1927, but the capital punishment remained included in the country’s Criminal Code. Last year Belfort went on record as saying that there is no need for the death penalty, because as far as he was concerned capital punishment was not having the desired effect in the countries where it is applied. “We leave the crimes people commit to their consciences; in the meantime we (do our best to) catch them and bring them to justice,” he said, then, noting He said that he is not a giver of life and would not encourage taking of a life. In the statement issued by the National Assembly, it noted that the new legislation to abolish the death penalty Suriname in line with international trend. The approval of the new criminal code has been nine years in the making. The amended legislation includes punishments for cybercrime and terrorism; these crimes were not included in the old law. Belfort also presented a re-socialization plan for convicts to the National Assembly. He told legislators that the plan focuses on reintroducing repeat offenders to the community, by taking them through a tight regimen of social development. Houses of detention will be transformed to houses of correction where convicts are prepared for their reintroduction. Belfort said the plan also takes into consideration the legal protection of convicts as well the community’s safety.
West Indies slumped to their third defeat of the ICC Cricket World Cup when they went down by four wickets to reigning World champions India at the WACA Ground here Friday. Defending a paltry 182, they failed to produce the magic needed and India eased to their target off 39.1 overs to remain unbeaten in the competition with four wins from as many games. There were some anxious moments up front, however, when fast bowler Jerome Taylor struck twice to leave the Indians on 20 for two in the seventh over. However, captain MS Dhoni held the innings together with an unbeaten 45 off 56 balls while stroke-maker Virat Kohli hit 33 from 36 balls, to ensure there would be no upset. The right-handed Kohli led the early revival in a 43-run third wicket stand with Ajinkya Rahane (14) before the cool-headed Dhoni anchored a crucial 51-run, seventh wicket partnership with Ravi Ashwin, who finished 16 not out. Taylor finished with two for 33 while fellow pacer Andre Russell picked up two for 43. Earlier, West Indies slumped badly after winning the toss and opting to bat, and needed a top score of 57 from captain Jason Holder to get up to their eventual score. With his side struggling at 124 for eight in the 36th over, Holder struck four fours and three sixes off 64 deliveries but more importantly, added 51 for the ninth wicket with Jerome Taylor (11), which gave West Indies precious runs at the end. Earlier, Darren Sammy had chipped in with 26 while Jonathan Carter and Chris Gayle both got 21. The innings was undermined by seamer Mohammed Shami who finished with three for 35 to claim the Man-of-the-Match while left-arm spinner Ravi Jadeja (2-27) and pacer Umesh Yadav (2-42) added two wickets apiece. West Indies crashed to 35 for four in the tenth over and never really recovered, and with the defeat have now slumped to fourth in Group B on four points, with one game remaining against United Arab Emirates.
Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves has listed to Parliament the airlines with which his government is discussing possible flights to Argyle International Airport, expected to become operational this year. “The authorities that are involved in this under my own guidance, they have been in touch or the airlines in touch with them — American Airlines, JetBlue, Delta, Spirit, WestJet, British Airways and Caribbean Airlines,” Gonsalves told Parliament on Tuesday in response to a question from Leader of the Opposition Arnhim Eustace. “At the appropriate time, when all arrangement have been made with any of these airlines, I will, as usual, within the tradition of openness and transparency of this government, present the information to the people of St. Vincent and the Grenadines,” he said. “Am I to assume, Honourable Prime Minister, that there are no agreements thus far?” Eustace said in a supplementary question. “Mr. Speaker, I have given my answer,” Gonsalves responded. “I understand the answer,” Eustace said. Gonsalves, responding other questions from Eustace, told Parliament that the total projected cost of the airport is roughly EC$700 million “But, Mr. Speaker, approximately 160 million of that is in-kind contributions, so that actually the projected cost is 542 million dollars,” said Gonsalves, who is also Minister of Finance. He told Parliament that at the end of December 2014 just over EC$435 million had been spent on the airport. “Some of what remains to be spent has already been committed, but I don’t need to go into the further details. I just stick to what is asked.” Regarding management of the airport when completed, Gonsalves said the relevant authorities and public official are putting together all the relevant documentation, relevant proposals for a government-owned company to manage the operations of the airport. “There will be a separation between the actual management and the matter of the technical aspects tackled by the Director of Airports. At E.T. Joshua [Airport], the Director of Airports also manages the airport, but there will be a difference at the Argyle International Airport, in keeping with modern international airports,” he said. The airport, which has been under construction since 2008, has missed several completion deadlines.
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