Turkmenistan to plant 3 million trees to make desert bloom

Updated 24 February 2013
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Turkmenistan to plant 3 million trees to make desert bloom

ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan: The ex-Soviet state of Turkmenistan announced yesterday a new campaign to plant three million tree saplings this year with the aim of transforming the desert Central Asian nation into a “blooming garden.”
President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov signed a decree ordering ministers to plant the three million trees in 2013 alone, government newspaper Neutral Turkmenistan said yesterday.
The tree-planting would be carried out with the aim of “transforming our country into a blooming garden and further enriching its beautiful nature in the era of power and happiness,” Berdymukhamedov was quoted as saying in the decree. The country is already battling creeping desertification and last year launched a smaller-scale drive to plant trees and plants around the Sarykamysh Lake which has suffered from the same ecological problems as the depleted Aral Sea in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.


’Blurred Lines’ legal saga ends in $5mn ruling favoring Marvin Gaye family

Updated 14 December 2018
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’Blurred Lines’ legal saga ends in $5mn ruling favoring Marvin Gaye family

  • “The verdict handicaps any creator out there who is making something that might be inspired by something else,” Pharell Williams said
  • The initial award in the case had triggered an angry response from many songwriters, who argued that there were major differences between the two songs at the center of the legal battle

LOS ANGELES: A long-running copyright dispute over the smash hit “Blurred Lines” has ended with the family of Motown legend Marvin Gaye winning a nearly $5 million judgment against Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams.
Thicke and Williams had been accused by Gaye’s estate of copyright infringement for their 2013 hit because of similarities with the late singer’s “Got to Give It Up.”
In 2015, the estate was awarded more than $7 million but the amount was later reduced to $5.3 million
Thicke and Pharrell appealed that judgment and a California judge earlier this year overall upheld the jury’s decision.
In a December 6 final ruling in the case made public on Thursday, US District Judge John Kronstadt ordered Thicke, Williams and Williams’ publishing company to pay Gaye’s estate $2.9 million in damages, US media reported.
Thicke was ordered to pay an additional $1.76 million. Williams and his publishing company must also separately pay Gay’s estate nearly $360,000.
Gaye’s family was also rewarded 50 percent of the song’s royalties.
The verdict caps a long-drawn legal battle that was closely watched by the music industry.
The initial award in the case had triggered an angry response from many songwriters, who argued that there were major differences between the two songs at the center of the legal battle, including the melodies and lyrics.
Williams, a popular songwriter who had another smash hit with “Happy,” said in an interview in 2015 that all creative people had inspirations.
“The verdict handicaps any creator out there who is making something that might be inspired by something else,” he said at the time.
“If we lose our freedom to be inspired, we’re going to look up one day and the entertainment industry as we know it will be frozen in litigation.”
Representatives of both Williams and Thicke could not be immediately reached for comment.