Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : December 10th 2015 Contents LOS ANGELES---A settlement has been
reached in a lawsuit over whether
"Happy Birthday" --- one of the world's best-
known songs --- is owned by a music pub-
lisher who's earned millions by enforcing
A federal judge in Los Angeles ruled
in September that Warner/Chappell
Music didn't own the lyrics and had
no right to charge for their use.
A trial was set to begin next week on
calls for the publisher to return fees collected
over the years for use of the song in movies
and other commercial ventures.
That trial could have settled whether
the song is in the public domain.
But the judge scotched the trial
on Tuesday because a settlement
was reached --- although no details
Warner/Chappell says it's pleased
to have resolved the matter. (AP)
Thursday, December 10, 2015 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
From Monday commuters travelling between San
Fernando and La Brea will have to pay an extra $1 to
travel by taxi.
President of the La Brea Taxi Drivers Association,
Suresh Sookdeo, said a decision to increase the fare was
taken at a meeting of members last week.
He said that was due to the increase in the price of
diesel and super gas.
As such, Sookdeo said, commuters would now have
to pay $10 for a straight drop but any drops outside
of the main road would cost $12.
He said the fares to Lake Asphalt and the
round-a-bout at the smelter plant would
also cost $12 but fares to the La Brea Industrial
Estate (Labidco), including Tofco and Tiger
Tanks, would remain at $15.
All short drops will cost $5.
from La Brea
The Elections and Boundaries Commission (EBC)
has advised that the following registration area
offices will be close early for business on the fol-
• Siparia registration area office (located at Mary
Street, Siparia): Closing at 1 pm tomorrow.
• Tabaquite/Talparo registration area office (located
at Mulchan Seuchan Road, Chaguanas): Closing 2
pm on December 17.
•Tabaquite/Talparo sub-registration area office
(located at Bonne Aventure Road, Gasparillo): Closing
at 2 pm on December 18.
The commission has apologised for any incon-
venience caused due to the early closure of these
PNM general secretary Ashton Ford is in China
attending the Communist Party s first meeting of
Political Parties Forum China (CELAC).
Ruling parties from more than 27 nations in Latin
American and Caribbean are attending.
The PNM's public relations officer Ronald Huggins
is also attending the forum which began on Tuesday
and will end tomorrow.
Ford is listed to make a presentation at the forum
and the PNM delegation will also participate in panel
discussions on Development Paths, Poverty Reduction
and China and Caribbean States Cooperation.
A release issued by the PNM yesterday said the
CELAC forum would focus on collaboration among
developing nations to overcome common challenges
and work together on the basis of mutual benefit
and mutual respect towards economic and social
growth and development.
forum in China
of EBC offices
BUDAPEST---The remains of the tomb of
Suleiman the Magnificent, who died in 1566
while his troops were besieging the fortress
of Szigetvar in southern Hungary, have "in
all likelihood" been found, a Hungarian his-
torian said yesterday.
Norbert Pap said the tomb is believed to
have been built over the spot where Suleiman's
tent stood and where he died. Pap, head of
the department of Political Geography, Region-
al and Development Studies at the University
of Pecs in Hungary, said objects suggesting
it was Suleiman's tomb were found during
the dig, as well as other historical evidence,
although more excavations are needed to
confirm the find.
"We have data which all points in the
same direction," Pap said at a presentation
of the latest findings. "That is why we
say in all certainty,' because there is no
sign pointing in another direction.
But more confirmation is needed,
as this is a very delicate topic."
Until his death at age 71,
Suleiman was the Ottoman
Empire's longest-ruling sultan. The
Turks greatly expanded their dom-
inance in the Balkans, the Middle
East and northern Africa during his 46-
What is believed to be the sultan's
tomb is located in the former Ottoman
settlement of Turbek, which was destroyed
in the 1680s. The settlement's discovery was
announced by Pap in 2013.
Historians believe Suleiman's heart and internal
organs were buried in the tomb and his body taken
back to Constantinople, as Istanbul was then known.
His death at Szigetvar was kept secret for 48 days
to prevent his troops from giving up the fight.
Szigetvar was defended by locals led by Croa-
tian-Hungarian nobleman Miklos Zrinyi. The siege
was a pyrrhic victory for the Turks and delayed
their ultimately unsuccessful advance toward
Vienna for decades. (AP)
found in Hungary
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