Monday, August 31, 2015

EU ministers to hold emergency talks on September 14

August 31, 2015
EU home affairs ministers will hold emergency talks in Brussels on September 14 on the escalating migration crisis in Europe, AFP reports. The government of Luxembourg, which holds the EU’s six-month rotating presidency, said that the meeting is being convened “to assess the situation on the ground, the political actions underway and to discuss the next steps in order to strengthen the European response.” Nearly 340,000 migrants reached EU’s borders in the first seven months of 2015, which is nearly a three-fold increase compared to same period last year.

Egypt to hold parliamentary elections in October, November
Egypt’s parliamentary elections will be held in two stages, in October and November. Half of the country’s governorate will vote on October 18-19, while the second half will cast their votes on November 22-23 during the ‘second stage’ of the elections, the Head of the Supreme Election Committee, Ayman Abbas, said in a statement. Voters outside Egypt will cast ballots in a first stage on October 17-18, and a second stage on November 21-22. If required, the revote will also take place in two stages, on October 26-28 and November 30 – December 2. The registration period for candidates will begin on September 1 and will last 12 days. The official election results will be announced in December so that “Egypt will have a new legislature before the end of the year,” the Committee added.

Tokyo rally momentum against Abe’s security bills

Largest rally held against national security bills
Tens of thousands of people have gathered in central Tokyo to oppose national security bills in the largest rally so far against the proposed legislation
The bill has been welcomed by the US, which is seeking more support from its Asian ally, but was met with disfavor by China and South Korea, which are engaged in territorial disputes with Japan.
The Japanese public has consistently opposed the bill, with the latest poll conducted by the Kyodo news agency suggesting that almost 70 percent are against it receiving final approval.
The organizers say about 120,000 people gathered near the Diet building on Sunday. The police say 30,000 took part in the rally.In front of the gate of the building, protesters carried placards with the messages “Don’t destroy Article 9” and “We won’t let any children be killed”.
Composer Ryuichi Sakamoto told the crowd it’s encouraging to see that the spirit of the Constitution and the war-renouncing Article 9 has taken root. He said this is a crucial time to regain democracy and he will act with them.
A university student said she cannot take responsibility for the lives that would be lost if the national security bills become law.
She also said she doesn’t want her taxes to be used to supply ammunition that would harm children in faraway countries.
She added she is confident that the passage of the bills can be stopped.
The leaders of the largest opposition Democratic Party, the Japanese Communist Party, the Social Democratic Party, and the People’s Life Party & Taro Yamamoto and Friends joined the rally. They pledged to do all they can to stop the bills from becoming law.The organizers of the rally say around 300 similar protests were held across the country on Sunday.Reports NHK
Sea of Masses of people in Tokyo flooded the street just in front of the parliament’s main entrance and surrounded the building. A nearby park was also swarming with demonstrators. Despite being present in heavy numbers, the police were unable to restrict the demonstrators to the sidewalks because of the size of the crowd reports International media.
Tens of thousands of people gathered outside Japan’s parliament building on Sunday to protest Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s controversial bill, which authorizes Japanese armed forces to join foreign military operations. Some also called for the PM’s resignation.

DLF Promenade hosts Arsenal Academy soccer clinic kick-start the football season

DLF Promenade supports Magic Bus children to be part of the Arsenal Academy 
30th August 2015: Making this festive weekend a delight for families and soccer fans, DLF Promenade organised an exclusive Soccer Clinic by The Arsenal Football academy for children this weekend. The clinic saw spot registrations for as many as 80 young football enthusiasts. This was held over a period of 2 days, Saturday and Sunday (29th – 30th August), at The Hub, DLF Promenade. Children played the Arsenal Way and won ‪#‎RayParlour & ‪#‎SolCampbell signed Arsenal Soccer School Jerseys, merchandise and membership discounts. DLF Promenade also awarded a special scholarships to 3 under privileged children of Magic Bus, a non-profit organisation, which works towards the welfare of underprivileged children via sports. These children will now get to train under the Arsenal academy for the entire year.
Activities like Penalty shootout (how many you can score in 3 shots), Keep Uppie (how many time you can juggle a ball), Obstacle course (How quickly can you complete our score), Trick Challenge (how many tricks can you do) and the rapid fire quiz (how much do you know about Arsenal FC), engaged the kids through the weekend. 
While awarding the scholarship to the Magic Bus children, Ms. Dinaz Madhukar Sr. Vice President & Mall Head, DLF Promenade said “India is a land of champions and we need to instill core values like self-belief and focus into them. Through this soccer clinic in association with the Arsenal Football academy, we wanted to encourage families visiting the mall to involve their children in sports and also support these talented and deserving children from Magic Bus to realize their potential.”
Also present at the occasion, Mr. Jaideep Bhatia, Head, Fundraising, Magic Busmentioned “At Magic Bus, we believe that sports can catalyze change for the children we support . I am glad that DLF Promenade is supporting the training of budding talent with  one of the best of International soccer programmes available her in India.”. 
Mr. David Moliner from Arsenal Soccer Schools added “Soccer is the second best sport loved by all children from various age groups after cricket in India. To facilitate such a clinic for budding talent & soccer enthusiasts is a great way to get them involved in the sport. I hope this encourages new talent and drives kids to participate in our world-class training programme.”.
The action-packed weekend fun was doubled by the screening of Arsenal & Newcastle United for all the football lovers at DLF Promenade. Soccer enthusiasts and their parents also availed a 15% discount on India on Track – Arsenal Soccer School Membership and 20% discount on Arsenal Merchandise at The Puma Store. At the clinic free training sessions and exclusive arsenal merchandises was also given out to young soccer enthusiasts.
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FIBA Asia Championship Day 2: Indian Women outclassed by Japan

FIBA Asia Championship Day 2: Indian Women outclassed by Japan
Wuhan, China, 30 August 2015: Reigning Asian Champs from 2013, Japan, proved too strong for India on Day two of the 26th FIBA Asia Women’s Championship 2015 that is underway at Wuhan, China. Coming into this game, Japan had beaten Korea in a hard fought 59-53, while India had fallen to Chinese Taipei. Today, the Japanese faced little trouble against a young Indian side missing two of its key backcourt players.
Starting point guard Kavita Akula has been made unavailable for the event due to her college career starting in the U.S. Matters were made harder in today’s game, as India’s most experienced player and captain Anitha Paul Durai was rested as a precautionary measure.
The first quarter began with Japan taking a huge 32-9 lead against India. With the depleted backcourt, the bulk of the playmaking load fell on the young shoulders of 17-year-old Bhandavya HM, who battled hard for close to 35 minutes, the most time spent on court by any player from either team. However, India ended up conceding 36 turnovers, the second straight game with more than 30 turnovers. Japan pounced on these additional opportunities, leaking out for 22 easy fast break points, many of them facilitated by their 19 steals.
Japan also dominated the paint-game, outrebounding India 52-29, with 23 of these rebounds coming on the offensive glass. By halftime, Japan had built a mammoth 63-21 lead. In the second half, Japan showcased their deep bench, which scored a whopping 89 points in total against India’s 13, making this 131-31 win a formality.   Six Japanese players scored in double digits, while for India, Bhandavya and Stephy managed 6 and 5 points respectively.
There were a few relative positives for India, notably their higher freethrow shooting percentage (7/11) and three blocks, two of which came via centre R Rajapriyadarshini. Another individual statistic of note was Smruthi Radhakrishnan’s 4 offensive rebounds, the joint highest among all players, matched only by Japan centre Yuka Mamiya. Radhakrishnan ended as India’s top rebounder with 6 boards.
India will next face another Asian giant and reigning bronze medallist China tomorrow afternoon. Captain Anitha Paul Durai is expected to return to action.
Japan (Mio Shinokazi 25, Mika Kurihara 19, Al Mitani 16) bt India (Bhandavya HM 6, Stephy Nixon 5) 131-31 (32-9, 31-12, 25-6, 43-4)
For the full box score, please access the following link:
S. No.MatchDay and DateLocal Time in Wuhan, ChinaIndian Standard Time
2.India v. ChinaMonday, 31 August 20155:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
3.India v. ThailandTuesday, 1 September 201512:30 p.m.10:00 a.m.
4.India v. KoreaWednesday, 2 September 201512:30 p.m.10:00 a.m.
Family Name(s)
/Last Name
First Name(s)
/Given Name
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
(City & Country)
04PRASANNAN GEETHAAnjana09/11/1994KollamIndia17756G/F
06Stephy Nixon06/06/1992ChalakudyIndia18479C
08KOCHUPARAMBU SUBHASHMONPoojamol14/08/1996KottayamIndia17464G/F
13PALANILKUMKALAYIL SKARIAJeena09/01/1994KalpattaIndia17964F
14LIMAYEShireen Vijay13/12/1995PuneIndia17869F
18HEMMIGE MAHESHABhandavya18/04/1998MandyaIndia16353G/F
77PAUL DURAIAnitha22/06/1985ChennaiIndia16866G
*PG – Point Guard / Feeder, G – Guard, F – Forward, G/F – Wing, PF – Power Forward, C – Centre, PF/C – Pivot
  1. Team Manager: Mr. Rajendar Manthani
  2. Team Physio: Mr. Radha Krishna Reddy
  3. Coach: Mr. Francisco Garcia
  4. Assistant Coach: Ms. Aparna Ghosh
  5. Referee: Ms. Snehal Bendke
  6. Referee: Mr. Rajnarayan Patro

About the FIBA Asia Women’s Championship 2015 & India’s Participation

Tournament Format

This will be the 26th edition of the Asian Women’s Basketball Championship. 12 teams are expected participate in this championship and are divided into two Levels. Level 1 features the top six teams, while level 2 features the remaining six. League matches are conducted within each level and the two bottom placed teams from Level 1 play ‘qualifying matches’ against the two top placed teams from Level 2. The winning teams from these ‘qualifying matches’ qualify to Level 1 for the next edition of this event while the losing two teams are relegated to Level 2.
Simultaneously, the top four Level 1 teams go through to the semi-finals, followed by the finals. A bronze medal match is also played between the losing semi-finalists to determine the third and fourth placed teams. The winning team qualifies for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. While the second and third placed teams go through to the 2016 FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament.

Tournament history

Prior to the upcoming iteration, 25 editions of this biennial championship have been held so far, dating back to 1965. South Korea won the inaugural edition and leads the gold medal tally overall (12 Golds), followed by China (11 Golds) and Japan (2 Golds). India first participated at this event in 1970, and has competed 16 times in total. The Indian women’s team best finish came at the last edition of this Championship in 2013, when we finished 5th. Prior to that, India’s best finish had been 6th place at the 1992, 2009 and 2011 iterations.

About Basketball Federation of India

The Basketball Federation of India or BFI is the governing and controlling body of basketball in India, and is responsible for the development and promotion of the sport at all levels. BFI has been involved in conducting camps, clinics, events, and training sessions at its academies for the development of basketball. BFI came into being in 1935 and took complete control over Indian basketball in 1950. Prior to that time, the Indian Olympic Association handled the conduct of Indian basketball championships. Since 1950, the BFI has been conducting various such championships, from the grassroots to senior team participation in international tournaments. In addition, the BFI has been responsible for the establishment of strong sub-junior and junior level programs. The BFI has to its credit produced several international players of repute, among them 17 have been bestowed with the honour of Arjuna Awards. Earlier in June 2015, 19-year-old Satnam Singh Bhamara made history by becoming the first Indian national to be drafted by an NBA team, when he was selected by the Dallas Mavericks. More information at

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Are you with me, Naresh? _ Hillary Clinton

Are you with me, Naresh?
Hillary Clinton
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