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Women’s Hockey : India secure berth in FIH Olympic Qualifiers

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Indian team celebrates scoring goal
Indian team celebrates scoring goal

Hiroshima (Japan): Gurjit Kaur led the charge as India defeated Chile 4-2 to storm into the Final of the FIH Women’s Series Finals and kin the process secured their place in the FIH Olympic Qualifiers here on Saturday.

India came from a goal down to secure the win as Gurjit Kaur (22′, 37′) scored a brace, while Navneet Kaur (31′) and Captain Rani (57′) scored fantastic individual goals to give their side an emphatic victory. .

A well contested match between the two sides saw the World No. 9 Indian team start the match on the front foot as they made a total of six circle entries inside the first 15 minutes, creating opportunities to take five shots at the Chilean goal.

However, the World No. 16 side also managed to get into the Indian striking circle four times, but failed to find a shot on target. Both the teams failed to open the scoring in the initial quarter, which was dominated by the Indian team as they had the better chances.

The start of the second quarter was not a good one for India as they conceded the opening goal in the 18th minute when Chile played on the counter attack. While India were trying to create an opportunity in the Chilean half, their defense cleared the ball into India’s half, which was then picked up by Consuelo de las Heras.

The Midfielder drove into the Indian striking circle and passed the ball across goal, and it was Carolina Garcia who scored an easy tap-in as the Indian defense failed to clear the ball. With the pressure now on the higher ranked team, India finally utilized their chance in the 22nd minute when Gurjit Kaur scored from a well-struck drag-flick which beat the Chilean Goalkeeper on her left side. The ball flew into the top right corner of goal, giving India their equalizer. The two teams went into the half-time break level at a goal apiece.

India resumed play in the third quarter smartly as they won back possession from the push-back, and it was Forward Navneet Kaur who picked up the ball just outside the 25-yard circle, and made a darting run into the striking circle, taking a shot at shot, which was deflected off a Chilean player into the back of the net.

The goal in the 31st minute gave the Indian team a lift which saw them trouble the World No. 16 side on several occasions. It was in the 37th minute that India were awarded another Penalty Corner as the ball hit a Chilean defender inside their striking circle.

Drag-flicker, Gurjit Kaur, stepped up yet again to put the ball into the top-right corner to extend India’s lead to 3-1. However, the victory for India was not as comfortable as Chile won themselves two PCs towards the latter stages of the third quarter, however could not utilize the chances. In the 43rd minute though, a poor clearance from the Indian defense saw Chile regain possession and it was Denise Krimerman who made a great run from outside the 25-yard line, and played a ball across goal from near the left base-line, which was deflected into the back of the net by Manuela Urroz to cut the deficit to 3-2.

However, India rotated the ball well in the last quarter, not giving the Chilean attack many sniffs at their goal. The World No. 16 team did have a few opportunities in the last quarter but could not create any clear-cut chances. India, on the other hand, created some great opportunities to extend their lead with a total of seven circle entries in the last 15 minutes.

With just three minutes remaining on the clock, the Indian team went for the kill when Lilima Minz found Rani inside the striking circle, and the Indian Captain made a great turn and hit a shot off the reverse stick to beat the Chilean Goalkeeper and give India a well-deserved 4-2 win in the Semi-Final.

8.3 magnitude tremor shakes Chile

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chile earthquakeChile : Chile trembled as a huge magnitude of Earthquake struck on the grounds with an impact of 8.3 magnitude.The mayor of Coquimbo, Cristian Galleguillos, told media that the city began to flood and that 95% of residents lost power and grappled with electricity closure. However, most of the residents were able to evacuate before the waves started to hit the coast.

Tsunami alert has been warned as Pacific Tsunami Warning Center has anticipated widespread hazardous tsunami waves which could multiply chaos and increase threat to lives.

The 8.3 scale tremor produced waves of upto 4.5 metres, equal to 15 feet high waves along the coast in the region of Coquimbo.The earthquake struck just off the coast at 19:54 local times (22:54 GMT), about 55 kms west of the city of Illapel.

An 8.3 magnitude earthquake releases the same amount of energy as 10,000 atomic bombs like those used in World War II. Magnitude 7 and over potentially cause serious damage over larger areas, depending on their depth.

The largest earthquakes in historic times have been of magnitude slightly over 9, although there is no limit to the possible magnitude. Intensity of shaking is measured on the modified Mercalli scale. The shallower an earthquake, the more damage to structures it causes.

50 countries do not meet fiscal transparency requirements: US Report

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Department of StateThe US department of State has concluded that, of the 140 governments that were potential beneficiaries of foreign assistance and were evaluated 50 did not meet the minimum requirements of fiscal transparency. Of these, eleven governments made significant progress toward meeting the minimum requirements of fiscal transparency.

On January 14, US Secretary of State John Kerry released the FY 2014 Fiscal Transparency Report, assessing whether governments that receive U.S. assistance meet minimum requirements of fiscal transparency. The Department’s assessments evaluate the substantial completeness, reliability, and public availability of budget documents, as well as the transparency of natural resource extraction contracting and license procedures.

The Report is prepared under Section 7031(b) of the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2014. The Report examines governments receiving bilateral allocations of assistance under the Act. In compiling the Report, the Department assessed the fiscal transparency of governments as of the date the Act became law.

Governments meeting fiscal transparency requirements

The Department assessed the following governments as meeting the minimum requirements of fiscal transparency for FY 2014: Albania, Angola, Armenia, Argentina, The Bahamas, Belize, Benin, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cabo Verde, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cote d’Ivoire, Croatia, Czech Republic, Djibouti, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Georgia, Ghana, Greece, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Israel, Jamaica, Jordan, Kenya, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lesotho, Liberia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mali, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Pakistan, Palestinian Authority, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Rwanda, Samoa, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, Uruguay, Vietnam, and Zambia.

The following table lists those governments that were found not to meet the minimum requirements of fiscal transparency and identifies whether the governments made significant progress toward meeting those requirements:

Governments Assessed Pursuant to the Act as not Meeting Minimum Requirements of Fiscal Transparency for FY 2014

Significant Progress

No Significant Progress

Afghanistan

X

Algeria

X

Azerbaijan

X

Bahrain

X

Bangladesh

X

Burkina Faso

X

Burma

X

Burundi

X

Cambodia

X

Cameroon

X

Central African Republic

X

Chad

X

China

X

Comoros

X

Congo, Democratic Republic of the

X

Congo, Republic of the

X

Dominican Republic

X

Egypt

X

Ethiopia

X

Fiji

X

Gabon

X

Gambia, The

X

Guinea

X

Guinea-Bissau

X

Haiti

X

Kazakhstan

X

Laos

X

Lebanon

X

Libya

X

Madagascar

X

Malawi

X

Maldives

X

Nicaragua

X

Niger

X

Nigeria

X

Oman

X

Sao Tome and Principe

X

Saudi Arabia

X

Somalia

X

South Sudan

X

Sudan

X

Suriname

X

Swaziland

X

Tajikistan

X

Tanzania

X

Turkmenistan

X

Ukraine

X

Uzbekistan

X

Yemen

X

Zimbabwe

X

US views fiscal transparency as a critical element of effective public financial management since it helps in building market confidence, and sets the stage for economic sustainability. Transparency also provides a window into government budgets for citizens of any country, helping them to hold their leadership accountable. Reviews of the fiscal transparency of governments that receive U.S. assistance help to ensure that U.S. taxpayer money is used appropriately and sustain a dialogue with governments to improve their fiscal performance, leading to greater macroeconomic stability and better development outcomes, the US department of State goes on to emphasise.

The Office of Monetary Affairs (OMA) monitors global macroeconomic developments and works to prevent and resolve financial crises in countries where U.S. interests are at risk. It seeks to increase the financial security of the United States and its key partners. OMA also works to expand global economic growth and development by advocating sound macroeconomic policies that foster economic stability and expand opportunities for U.S. trade and investment worldwide.

OMA provides the Secretary of State with expertise on global financial and macroeconomic issues, working in close cooperation with the Treasury Department’s Office of International Affairs. OMA is also the Department’s liaison with the International Monetary Fund (IMF). In addition, OMA interacts with a wide range of foreign government officials and representatives of other international and non-governmental organizations. It also consults with representatives of private financial institutions to ensure that U.S. financial interests abroad are accurately and effectively reflected in U.S. foreign economic policy.

To help poorer countries overcome unsustainable debt burdens and improve their chances for economic growth and development, OMA promotes debt relief through the Paris Club, representing the Secretary of State as Head of the U.S. delegation. The Paris Club is the forum for coordinating debt relief policy among sovereign creditors and negotiating individual country debt treatments. Paris Club agreements can also affect non-member country and private sector creditors when debtor countries are required to seek comparable treatment. OMA also coordinates with the Treasury Department to formulate U.S. debt-relief policies more broadly and to promote initiatives through multilateral institutions.

OMA develops strategies to fight corruption and improve transparency from an economic and business perspective. OMA heads the U.S. delegation to the OECD Working Group on Bribery in International Business Transactions, coordinates the interagency to combat bribery of foreign public officials, and ensures compliance with the Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in Internationals in International Business Transactions, also known as the Anti-Bribery Convention.

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