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The Canadian Press TORONTO — Spin Master Corp. has settled its lawsuit against Chinese company Alpha Group Co. Ltd. over its Bakugan toys in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom.The Canadian toymaker had alleged the magnetic transformation feature in Alpha Group’s Screechers Wild! toys infringed on its patents covering its Bakugan toys.Under terms of the deal, Alpha Group has agreed to stop selling its Screechers Wild! toys in the three countries at the end of the month.Spin Master’s Bakugan toys were launched in 2007 in conjunction with a Japanese-Canadian anime series called Bakugan Battle Brawlers.The company still has outstanding lawsuits filed against Mattel in Canada, the United States and Mexico.They allege Mattel’s Mecard toys infringe on patents related to the Bakugan toys. Companies in this story: (TSX:TOY) read more
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Public Library is hosting Magician Leif David tonight for a free magic show.Magician Leif David has come up to Northeast BC to do a tour of the northern libraries.His show is celebrating the Summer Reading Club’s theme, “Imagine the Possibilities.” The show is free and does not require registration, shares the Library The show takes place Wednesday, July 17th at 6:30 pm in the Children’s Area of the Library.Magician Leif David from Kelowna, B.C. has been performing across Western Canada for the past 24 years.
Kolkata: Officials of the State Criminal Investigation Department and state Forest department conducted a joint raid to arrest two persons with eight Golden Geckos (takshak) at Habra in North 24-Parganas on Friday.A source from the Criminal Investigation department said recently the officials got a tip-off that a few persons were going to make some deals involving animals, which is illegal as per the Wildlife Protection Act. Working on the information, the Criminal Investigation Department sleuths came to know about the smugglers and immediately, the Forest department was intimated. Another source from the forest department came to know that Golden Geckos would be smuggled. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersBased on the information, sleuths kept a close watch at Arbelia area in Guma, Habra, on Friday afternoon. Sleuths found two persons, identified as Abbas Sahaji and Sourav Hazra, were behaving in a suspicious way. When Criminal Investigation Department officials went close to them, Sahaji and Hazra allegedly tried to flee the spot. They were immediately detained. During the search, sleuths found eight Golden Geckos from their possession. They were arrested immediately by the Forest department. Later, sleuths came to know that Sahaji was a local resident and Hazra was a resident of Titagarh area. According to the State Criminal Investigation department and the Forest department officials, a Golden Gecko is approximately worth 2 lakh in the black market. The reptiles weigh between 250 grams to 400 grams. Later, the case was handed over to the Barasat range officer of the Forest department. According to the Wildlife Protection Act, Golden Gecko is an endangered species. Trading or killing these animals is punishable under law. read more
New Delhi: The Indian Air Force Friday asserted that it had shot down an F-16 aircraft of the Pakistan Air Force on February 27 during aerial combat. “During the aerial engagement, one MiG 21 Bison of the IAF shot down an F-16 in Nowshera sector,” the IAF said in a statement. The assertion came after the Foreign Policy magazine reported Thursday that the US count of the F-16s with Pakistan has found that none of them are missing, contradicting India’s claim that one of its fighter jets shot down a Pakistani F-16 during an aerial dogfight on February 27.
Begusarai (Bihar): CPI candidate Kanhaiya Kumar on Monday exuded confidence he will come up trumps in his much-talked about electoral debut against nominees of the mightier BJP and the RJD, asserting that people of Begusarai would vote from “dil” (hearts) and not go by dal (party).Waiting for his turn to cast his vote at a polling station inside a government secondary school that he had attended, the former JNU students’ union president said he was excited to be at his alma mater in a new role. The 32-year-old, who shot to fame three years ago when he was booked in a sedition case lodged in Delhi, is engaged in a three-cornered contest with Union minister and BJP leader Giriraj Singh and RJD veteran Tanveer Hassan. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh”In Begusarai, voting will be dil se, not dal se I have received enormous support from the people of the constituency The ruling dispensation here stands for the rich and powerful, while I stand for the common citizenry, of which I am also a part,” the Left debutant said. Dismissing allegations from his rivals that he represented a “B Team” working to help a more formidable candidate, Kumar quipped, “There is an old Bollywood number – kuchh to log kahenge, logon ka kaam hai kehna. People may say all sorts of things. All rumours will be put paid to when the results are out”. read more
TRIPOLI- At least 15 people were killed and 95 hurt in Tripoli after a peaceful demonstration calling on unruly militias to leave the Libyan capital turned violent on Friday, an official said.The militias are holdovers from the 2011 uprising that ousted dictator Moamer Kadhafi and are a powerful force in the increasingly lawless North African country.“Fifteen dead and 95 wounded, several of them seriously, have been admitted to Tripoli hospitals,” a health ministry spokesman said. He was unable to give a breakdown between those killed in the demonstration and those who died in a subsequent assault on the militia headquarters.“It’s total confusion,” he said.Violence erupted when gunmen fired at hundreds of demonstrators carrying white flags from inside villas in the southern Tripoli district of Gharghour where the Misrata militia has its headquarters.The shooting sparked a violent response in which armed men assaulted the villas and set them on fire.A witness, who identified himself only as Ibrahim, said “most of the members of the militia barricaded themselves inside one single villa.”He later said the militiamen had evacuated the final villa and fled, adding that some militiamen had been wounded and others arrested.Other witnesses said heavy gunfire could be heard in Gharghour and that smoke was rising from the district.Sadat al-Badri, president of Tripoli’s city council, which called for the protest, told AFP the shots fired at demonstrators came from inside the headquarters.“Tensions are on the rise in Tripoli. We’re going to announce a general strike and launch a civil disobedience campaign until these militias leave,” he said.In sermons at weekly Muslim prayers earlier in the day, imams backed the call to protest against militias issued by the town hall as well as Libya’s mufti, the highest religious authority.‘No to militias’Hundreds of people carrying white flags in a sign of peace, as well as the national flag, and singing the national anthem had assembled in the capital’s Meliana Square.“No to militias,” their banners read. “Yes to the police and army.” The protesters, among them children, then marched to the Misrata militia headquarters in Gharghour to press their demands when gunmen inside fired into the air to scare them off.When the crowd continued to approach the building, the gunmen started firing at them, said an AFP correspondent who saw two wounded, including one hit in the stomach.A rocket also crashed into the main road near the demonstrators, without causing casualties, the correspondent said.A leader of the militia from Misrata, east of the capital, told private television channel Al-Naba the demonstrators had opened fire first.Before the villas were attacked, pick-ups loaded with anti-aircraft guns were seen headed for the area of the militia headquarters later Friday, witnesses said.Regular security forces were not sighted, apart from the air force making low passes over the capital.The mufti, Sadok al-Ghariani, appealed to residents to go home to avoid further bloodshed, while the health ministry called for blood donations to Tripoli hospitals.The march was sparked by violence on November 7 in which the Misrata militia also played a central role and which terrorised Tripoli residents and illustrated again growing instability in Libya.A Misrata militia chief, Nuri Friwan, had been fatally wounded in fighting at a checkpoint manned by other ex-rebels, and two people were killed in subsequent fighting.Residents of Tripoli frequently demonstrate against the militias, who have rejected calls from a weak central government to leave the capital.Last year, around 30 demonstrators were killed as anti-militia protests turned into violent clashes in the eastern city of Benghazi.The rebels who overthrew Kadhafi were hailed as heroes for bringing an end to more than four decades of dictatorship.But many have rejected government demands to turn in their weapons or join the national security forces, posing a constant threat to the stability of post-Kadhafi Libya. read more
The anxiety level on the court seems to heighten. If the opposing team’s players weren’t in fear of the defense in front of them before, they almost surely are now. This is what happens when Aaron Craft and Shannon Scott play together, two quick defensive-minded guards that give ball handlers more trouble than they usually can manage. It’s been occurring more often lately, too, and it’s a major reason for Ohio State’s surge into the NCAA Tournament. The Buckeyes, a No. 2 seed in the West Region, take on No. 15 seed Iona Friday in Dayton. Last season, it was the combination of two-time all-American Jared Sullinger and then-sophomore forward Deshaun Thomas that OSU rode to the Final Four. This March, the Buckeyes most potent duo might be that of Craft, a junior guard, and Scott, a sophomore. They don’t score or rebound at the rate Sullinger and Thomas did; their effect on the game comes largely on the opposite end of the floor. During OSU’s three-game run to the Big Ten Tournament title in Chicago last weekend, Craft and Scott combined for 13 steals. In the Buckeyes’ two biggest wins down the stretch in the regular season, Michigan State on Feb. 24 and at Indiana on March 5, Craft and Scott totaled 11 steals. “We held a lot of teams to less points than they usually have. The defense we played was great for us,” Scott said. Craft has been, OSU coach Thad Matta said, the best defender in the country, “no question,” for the past two seasons. Scott’s ascension to defensive lore has taken some time to develop. “I think he has grown into it,” Matta said. “I think in essence what changed was his mentality. I give Shannon a ton of credit, being perceptive enough to understand what (he) has to do to help this basketball team.” Before Scott arrived in Columbus for his freshman season in 2011, he was hardly the defensive presence he is now. “He and I joke, ‘You didn’t have to play very hard in high school, did you?’ I joked with him, ‘How many charges did you take?’ He said, ‘I’ve never taken a charge,’” Matta said. One of Matta’s biggest selling points to Scott during the Georgia native’s recruitment was that he would get to play against Craft every day in practice. Now, they’ve been going head-to-head for nearly two years. It’s made them both better players. “I can pressure him, he can pressure me, and it kind of pushes us that way,” Craft said. “It’s made both of them better players,” Matta said. “You look at the growth of both guys, when Shannon got here, I said if you go against him every day, there’s no one in college basketball that can guard like him.” The two play at such a high level in practice, OSU’s coaching staff has to bottle them up at times. “The thing we have to watch at times is those two take such a beating with all the ball screens. We have to give them a break every time we can,” Matta said. Of the duo, Craft gets most of the credit. He’s the one on the cover of all the magazines, the one fans swoon over. But this season, Scott has been just as good, if not better, statistically, when it comes to defense. Scott has the best defensive rating of any player in the Big Ten, a statistic used to measure a player’s capability to prevent the other team from scoring. He was third in the conference in steals behind Craft, despite playing 13 minutes less per game. Scott led the conference in steal percentage, taking the ball away on 5.7 percent of an opposing team’s possessions while on the floor. Craft said Scott makes himself unforgettable while playing defense. “He’s very pesky. He does a really good job of not quitting on plays,” Craft said of his counterpart. “Even if you get by him, or you think he’s set by a screen, he’s right by you right away. You really have to be careful with the ball. You just can’t forget about him.” Craft’s no slouch, either, checking in at second in the Big Ten in steals per game and fourth in steal percentage. The two have benefited offensively by playing together as well. When they are on the floor together, Craft slides off the ball with Scott taking the point. This allows Scott to push the ball in transition and Craft to focus more on scoring. “You see things a little differently,” Craft said of playing with Scott on offense. “You don’t have to worry about taking care of the ball as much. You can sit back and read the defense a little more. It’s just really helped out as a whole.” The duo has been a critical aspect of OSU’s “small” lineup that also features Thomas and sophomore forwards LaQuinton Ross and Sam Thompson. That quintet was on the floor in the closing minutes of the Buckeyes’ game against Wisconsin Sunday, in which OSU won its fourth Big Ten Tournament championship, 50-43. “It really helps us space the floor out … with LaQuinton and Deshaun’s ability to guard multiple positions, it gives us a lot of mismatches on the offensive end,” Craft said. He and Scott will be pushed Friday. The Gaels are the second in the country in scoring at 80.7 points per contest. Iona senior guard Lamont “Momo” Jones averages 23.0 points per game. Jones’ running mate, junior guard Sean Armand, pours in 16.6. “They have a couple guys on their team that really like to score the ball,” Craft said. “They can really get out and score the ball in a variety of ways. It’s going to be a big team defensive effort this week and that’s what we’re trying to work on.” With Craft and Scott at the helm of OSU’s defensive attack, the Gaels likely have a lot to prepare for, too. OSU and Iona are set to tip off at the University of Dayton Arena at 7:15 p.m. Friday. If OSU wins, it will play the winner of the game between No. 7 seed Notre Dame and No. 10 seed Iowa State Sunday. read more
Belgium boss Roberto Martinez has named his provisional 28-man squad for next month’s World Cup and has left out Radja Nainggolan in a star-studded line-up, reports GoalThe 30-year-old has been left out of the provisional squad, despite an impressive season with AS Roma.Nainggolan was recalled by Martinez for their recent international friendly against Saudi Arabia, but missed their last training session for unknown reasons.The midfielder scored two goals in Roma’s second leg against Liverpool in the Champions League semi-finals and has been solid for Eusebio Di Francesco at the Italian capital all season.A surprise addition is Michy Batshuayi, who suffered a season-ending injury while on loan at Borussia Dortmund in AprilBelgium 28-man Provisional World Cup squadTop 5 best players from the international break weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 After a fresh international break just came to an end, we need to talk about the Top 5 best players during this whole weekend.We…Goalkeepers: Koen Casteels (Wolfsburg), Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea), Simon Mignolet (Liverpool), Mats Sels (Newcastle);Defenders: Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham), Dedryck Boyata (Celtic), Laurent Ciman (Los Angeles FC), Christian Kabasele (Watford), Vincent Kompany (Manchester City), Jordan Lukaku (Lazio), Thomas Meunier (Paris Saint-Germain), Thomas Vermaelen (Barcelona), Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham);Midfielders: Nacer Chadli (West Brom), Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City), Mousa Dembele (Tottenham), Leander Dendoncker (Anderlecht), Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United), Youri Tielemans (Monaco), Axel Witsel (Tianjin Quanjian);Forwards: Michy Batshuayi (Chelsea), Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace), Yannick Carrasco (Dalian Yifang), Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Thorgan Hazard (Borussia Monchengladbach), Adnan Januzaj (Real Sociedad), Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United), Dries Mertens (Napoli).Belgium are considered to be one of the favourites for the World Cup and have been drawn in Group with England, Panama and Tunisia. read more
Peter Kenyon is set to resume talks with Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley about the possibility of buying the club later this month.The former Manchester United Chief Executive, who is leading a consortium hoping to buy Newcastle, has written to the Magpies owner saying he is committed to completing a deal at the earliest possible time.Kenyon, who also worked as a Chief Executive for Chelsea writes in the letter, as quoted by Sky Sports:“I would like to personally assure you that I am committed to concluding our deal as soon as possible.”Steve Bruce: “Hopefully that’ll shut a few people up for a little bit” Stuart Heath – August 25, 2019 Newcastle boss Steve Bruce has expressed his delight at his side’s shock 1-0 away victory to Tottenham HotspursTyne-side boss Steve Bruce praised his staff…Mike Ashley is coming under immense pressure to sell Newcastle by the club’s supporters, with some fans imploring him to conclude any deal swiftly or invest in the squad during the January transfer window.The Magpies’ supporters are concerned about the team’s chances of staying up in the Premier League, having seen their team slip to 15th on the standings, just two points clear of the relegation zone.Ashley spoke to reporters late last year reiterating his desire to sell the club before the end of the January transfer window.Having won three consecutive games in November, Newcastle have only won one of their last eight matches and face a tough trip to Chelsea when the Premier League resumes next weekend. read more