first_imgGAA: Killybegs and Kilcar are two clubs with a decorated history in the Donegal SFC and the pair clash in what should be a cracking game this weekend. In the late 80’s and early 90’s both clubs dominated the club championship scene and faced each other in TWO finals. Killybegs won FIVE titles between 1988 and 1996, while Kilcar won TWO titles in 1989 and 1993.It’s now been 22 years since Kilcar last lifted the Dr Maguire and 19 years since the fishermen brought the famous cup into the port in Killybegs.However, there is now a feeling across the county that Kilcar have a genuine opportunity to finally bridge that gap.With the calibre of players at their disposal it’s easy to see why many bookmakers have made them favourites to win the Donegal SFC. Patrick McBrearty, Ryan McHugh, Mark McHugh, Eoin McHugh and Ciaran McGinley are all on the Donegal panel.With Michael Hegarty still pulling the strings and Stephen McBrearty and Mark Sweeney assisting him they have quality all over the pitch.They earned a comfortable win over Naomh Muire in their group opener and are hotly tipped to defeat their local rivals this weekend.Killybegs have been badly hit by emigration and have been without the services of quality duo Paul McGinley and Shane ‘Baker’ Boyle for the last couple of years.While former Donegal player Jason Noctor is in the USA playing GAA for the summer and will also miss this weekend’s clash.However, despite the fact they’ve been hit by emigration it was only TWO years ago Killybegs reached the Donegal SFC final. They were heavily beaten on the day by a rampant Glenswilly side but they also reached the Donegal SFC final in 2010 and have a superb championship pedigree.With local pride on the line this weekend Killybegs won’t be found wanting and they’ll make it very difficult for Kilcar.However, with the quality of Patrick McBrearty inside Kilcar should have a little too much firepower for Killybegs.Verdict: Kilcar OLD RIVALS CLASH AS KILLYBEGS FACE KILCAR IN DONEGAL SFC was last modified: August 21st, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:newsSportlast_img read more

Costa Rica should expect 43 percent GDP growth World Bank says

first_imgRelated posts:Costa Rica ranks 83rd in the world for doing business Fitch Ratings downgrades Costa Rica outlook Live Stream: 2015 Latin American Cities Conference San José Costa Rica to drop interest rates in attempt to jump-start economy Regional growth is down for the year, but some smaller economies in Latin America and the Caribbean are enjoying improving gross domestic product figures, according to the latestreport from the World Bank, released Tuesday. The international financial institution said the bonanza of the last decade was over, but that the region is primed to move away from the boom-bust cycles of the past.Costa Rica’s GDP growth for 2015 is forecast at 4.3 percent, up from 3.7 percent in 2014. While Costa Rica outperformed many of its Central American neighbors, Nicaragua and Panama are set to pull ahead in 2015 with growth forecast at 4.4 and 6.2 percent, respectively.Bolivia, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guyana, Nicaragua, Paraguay and Suriname are expected to grow by more than 4 percent, ahead of the regional average of 1.2 percent for 2015. Venezuela and Argentina are set to drop into negative territory with -2.9 and -1.5 percent, respectively. Brazil, meanwhile, is expected to grow by a paltry 0.5 percent.The World Bank’s chief economist for the region, Augusto de la Torre, seemed to have Costa Rica in mind when he made this observation in a statement from the financial institution: “Other countries, however, with high levels of indebtedness or facing inflation pressures despite the slowdown, may find it more difficult to respond. The temptation for these countries would be to take the path of least resistance, keeping aggregate consumption and government spending high and borrowing to finance the associated fiscal and external deficits. This path might be encouraged by highly liquid international markets seeking higher yields. The short-run gains, however, would carry a high price: lower long-run growth due to a more vulnerable balance of payments or an uncompetitive real exchange rate.”Costa Rica is in the midst of heated budget negotiations as the government stares down a 6.7 percent fiscal deficit in 2015 if no action is taken to curb spending and increase tax collection. On Tuesday, university students demonstrated against proposed cuts to public education spending.Vice President and Finance Minister Helio Fallas traveled to Washington, D.C., for meetings with the Inter-American Development Bank and International Monetary Fund-World Bank Group this week. Fallas also will meet with investment banks and rating agencies while in the U.S., according to the Finance Ministry.De la Torre said that while economic growth was slowing in the region it was more sustainable. During those golden years the region was able to cut extreme poverty in half, to 12 percent in 2012, and double the ranks of the middle class to 34 percent of the population in 2012.https://infogr.am/gdp-forecast-for-central-america?src=web Facebook Commentslast_img read more