Michael Owen’s Premier League predictions, including Manchester City v Arsenal and Leicester City v Manchester United

first_imgJames Ward-Prowse scored against Crystal Palace during the week (Getty Images)Two of the most improved sides in the division go head-to-head at Turf Moor although the Clarets will be disappointed to have dropped points from a 2-0 lead at Old Trafford for the second successive season.Only United (7) are on a longer unbeaten run in the Premier League than Burnley (5) but the Saints came from a goal down to pick up a point at home to Crystal Palace midweek and I feel this is a game that has draw written all over it.Michael’s prediction: Burnley 1-1 Southampton – odds at 11/2.Chelsea vs Huddersfield Town Troy Deeney will be looking to fire Watford past Brighton (Getty Images)Brighton must still be wondering how they let a two-goal lead slip at Fulham midweek while Watford were a goal up with ten minutes to go at Wembley and lost. I feel it will be the Hornets who bounce back and pick up all three points in what promises to be an entertaining game.A quick word on the evergreen Seagulls’ striker Glenn Murray whose brace at Craven Cottage ended a barren eight-game drought.He has scored with ten of the 17 shots he has had on target this season – that is some record.Michael’s prediction: Brighton 1-2 WatfordBurnley vs Southampton Michael Owen’s Premier League predictions, including Manchester City v Arsenal and Leicester City v Manchester United Denis Suarez is in line to make his debut for Arsenal (Getty Images)Strange as it seems, I wonder if City scored too early against Newcastle midweek?Whatever the reason for their lethargic almost complacent performance they never brought their ‘A’ game to St James’ Park although that shouldn’t take anything away from a terrific win for the Magpies.City have now lost three league games having taken the lead and, when the dust has settled on the 2018/19 Premier League season, that might just be the difference as to whether they retain their title or not.Arsenal were no match for City on the opening day of the season and I can’t see them stopping a City side who will have been wounded by their north-east reverse.Michael’s prediction: Man City 4-1 ArsenalWest Ham vs Liverpool Comment Michael OwenFriday 1 Feb 2019 9:30 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link58Shares Gonzalo Higuain is still looking for his first Chelsea goal (Getty Images)You must go back to 1996 for the last time Chelsea lost a Premier League game by a four-goal margin, but I expect the Blues to bounce back from their mauling at Bournemouth midweek against bottom of the table Huddersfield Town at Stamford Bridge.The Terriers have failed to score in their last five Premier League games and could not break down 10-man Everton at the John Smith’s Stadium earlier in the week. Things look bleak for new Town manager Jan Siewert although they certainly played with plenty of passion against Marco Silva’s side.Chelsea’ superior class to prevail.Michael’s prediction: Chelsea 2-0 Huddersfield TownAdvertisementAdvertisementCrystal Palace vs Fulham Heung-Min Son is Spurs’ talisman while Harry Kane is sidelined (Getty Images)Two late goals gave Spurs a welcome three points against Watford midweek and they have picked up four more points at this point of the season (24 games) than they have ever had at the corresponding stage of the Premier League – and they are still seven points behind leaders Liverpool.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThe Magpies gained a famous win at home to Manchester City on Tuesday when they played with great discipline and organisation and took their opportunities when they arose roared on by the Toon Army.United left nothing out on the St James’ Park pitch midweek, however, have lost their last seven games at Wembley and I think the hosts will keep the points in the capital.Michael’s prediction: Tottenham 2-0 Newcastle UnitedBrighton vs Watfordcenter_img Arsenal face Manchester City in the weekend’s big match (Getty / Metro)A number of surprise midweek results in the Premier League, but Liverpool extended their lead at the top of the table to five points after their draw with Leicester following Manchester City’s surprise defeat to Newcastle United on Tuesday evening.Once again Brand Ambassador Michael Owen shared his thoughts on all the weekend action exclusively with BetVictor.Tottenham vs Newcastle United Anthony Martial signed a new deal with Manchester United this week (Getty Images)Both sides came from behind to pick up a point midweek and Leicester impressed me enormously at Anfield where I felt they were good value for the draw.That said they have lost their last couple of home league games and I enjoy watching this new Manchester United side – something I couldn’t and wouldn’t have said earlier in the season.United have won their last five away games in all competitions and are clinical on the break.I feel the Red Devils will edge what promises to be a hugely entertaining game.Michael’s prediction: Leicester City 1-2 Manchester UnitedManchester City vs Arsenal Michy Batshuayi could make his debut for Palace (AMA/Getty Images)Palace must do without their talisman Wilfried Zaha who was sent off late in the game at St Mary’s earlier in the week, but I think they can show they are no one-man band and keep the points.Fulham came from two-down at halftime to beat Brighton midweek, but they continue to leak goals although they are likely to play their part in a cracking London derby.Michael’s prediction: Crystal Palace 2-1 FulhamEverton vs WolvesBoth sides gained valuable wins midweek with Everton grinding out a much-needed win at the John Smith’s Stadium.Wolves were more fluent in their 3-0 home win over West Ham and I feel they will get a result at what is sure to be a tense Goodison Park.The sides played out a thrilling 2-2 draw on the opening weekend of the season and I feel the points will again be shared on Saturday.Michael’s prediction: Everton 1-1 WolvesCardiff City vs BournemouthIt is sure to be an emotional Cardiff City Stadium. Neil Warnock said it had been the most difficult week of his managerial career prior to the Bluebirds trip to Arsenal midweek and it will be the first home game for the club since the plane flown by David Ibbotson and carrying striker Emiliano Sala went missing over the English Channel ten days ago.The Cherries stuck four past Chelsea midweek, but I don’t see a repeat in the Welsh capital where one goal might be enough.AdvertisementMichael’s prediction: Cardiff City 0-0 BournemouthLeicester City vs Manchester United Mohamed Salah has been in fine form for Liverpool (Getty Images)West Ham have lost their last four league games against Liverpool and conceded four goals in each of those losses, but they have won their last couple at the London Stadium and will be going all-out to put behind their recent away defeats at AFC Wimbledon and Wolves where they didn’t manage to muster a single shot on target.AdvertisementThe Reds will have been disappointed not to have taken full advantage of Manchester City’s slip-up at Newcastle against Leicester, but they are five points clear with fourteen games to go and the title is in their hands.I expect to see Jurgen Klopp’s side return to winning ways on Monday evening.Michael’s prediction: West Ham 1-3 LiverpoolMichael’s weekend wager: Man City, Chelsea and Spurs at 6/4Michael Owen is a BetVictor Brand Ambassador. For more tips read his column here.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Ontario Christian minister forced to conduct same-sex ‘marriages’

first_imgLifeSite News 11 Sep 2012A Church of Christ minister who has been responsible for civic marriage ceremonies at Cambridge city hall for the past 15 years is facing the axe if she doesn’t agree to perform same-sex “marriages.” Rev. Jay Brown told LifeSiteNews that city council voted 8 to 1 Monday night on a motion, brought forward by Councillor Donna Reid, that Brown be forced to officiate at homosexual “marriages” or they would issue a “request for proposal” to find a replacement. Rev. Brown explained that as a minister of the Church of Christ she must follow the precepts of her church, which does not allow homosexual “marriage,” but that she was always ready to accommodate same-sex couples by recommending a designated minister who would be happy to perform the ceremony. “I have nothing against gay people, in fact a member of my family is gay,” Brown said in an interview with LifeSiteNews, “but I represent my church, which does not allow same-sex marriage.” “My church won’t allow me to. I haven’t had to make that decision,” she said, adding that in the years since homosexual “marriage” was legalized in Canada she has been asked only a few times to perform same-sex “marriages.”….The Cambridge Record reports that Dana Christiaen of the region’s AIDS committee said that forcing ministers to perform same-sex weddings was a core issue for the gay and lesbian community, while homosexual activist Allison Rogers said allowing a different official to perform Cambridge’s same-sex weddings was “deplorable.” Christiaen’s comment reveals that the heart of the issue of “gay marriage” may be more than forcing a Christian minister to perform a function that is expressly forbidden by her church. Eric Metaxas of Breakpoint.org noted in an editorial that the push by homosexual activists for total acceptance of same-sex “marriage” is not about normalizing homosexuality but an attempt to destroy religious freedom and free speech rights. “Christians are often asked by gay activists why they oppose same-sex “marriage.” “How does our marriage hurt you?” they ask,” Metaxas wrote. “Well, I can think of one significant way it will hurt us: It will destroy religious freedom and free speech rights.”http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/ontario-christian-minister-forced-to-conduct-same-sex-marriages-or-get-sacklast_img read more

Dominican Irwin LaRoque is the new CARICOM Secretary-General

first_img Share Share Sharing is caring! Ambassador Irwin LaRoque(CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana) Ambassador Irwin LaRocque has been selected to serve as the seventh Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) by the Heads of Government. Ambassador LaRocque, 56, a national of Dominica replaces His Excellency Sir Edwin Carrington of Trinidad and Tobago.Ambassador LaRocque is the current Assistant Secretary-General for Trade and Economic Integration at the CARICOM Secretariat, having served in that post since September 2005.Ambassador LaRocque was educated at Queen’s College, and the New School for Social Research, both in New York and New York University, majored in Political Philosophy, Political Economics and Economics respectively.Prior to his appointment as Assistant Secretary-General, he served as Permanent Secretary in various Ministries in Dominica for more than fourteen years, including in the Ministries of Trade, Industry, Enterprise Development, Tourism, and Foreign Affairs, where he headed the diplomatic service. He also served as the principal advisor to the Government of Dominica on all matters pertaining to economic integration and regional and international trade.He was Dominica’s senior policy adviser on the revision of the original Treaty of Chaguaramas and served on the CARICOM Inter-Governmental Task Force which drafted the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas.Ambassador LaRocque has a wealth of experience in management, public administration, economic development, trade, foreign affairs and diplomacy. During the period when Dominica underwent a structural adjustment programme, Ambassador LaRocque was a member of the Cabinet-appointed Public Sector Reform Task Force, which included the private sector, trade unions and non-governmental organisations, with responsibility for the overall management, planning and performance review of the public sector reform process. He also served as the Chairman of the Consultative Working Group, a public/private sector consultative and advisory committee appointed by the Dominica Cabinet, with focus on the enabling environment for private sector development and growth.He has served on several Boards, including those of the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre, Caribbean Export, the Dominica Agricultural, Industrial and Development Bank, and the Dominica National Development Corporation.As Assistant Secretary-General, he has provided strategic leadership for the continuing implementation and further development of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME), as well as the Sectoral Programmes of the Community including agriculture, services, industry and energy.Ambassador LaRocque has managed diplomatic negotiations with third countries and international development partners which required political acumen for successful completion. He has testified, on behalf of the Community, before the US International Trade Commission on trade relations between the Caribbean and the US with emphasis on extending and expanding the Caribbean Basin Initiative (CBI).He is currently the Co-Chair of the US-CARICOM Trade and Investment Council and is leading the negotiations with the United States Trade Representative Office for a new Trade and Investment Framework Agreement.He has gained considerable experience with the European arrangements through his involvement in developing and negotiating with the Commission of the European Union, development assistance under the European Development Fund.Ambassador LaRocque’s experience in national public sector reform will be critical in the reform and restructuring process of the CARICOM Secretariat, which is currently in progress.Ambassador LaRocque has served and had a close working relationship with several Prime Ministers of his homeland, and also in the Region by interacting with and providing advice to various Heads of Government and Cabinets in his capacity as Assistant Secretary General.CARICOM Chairman Honourable Dr Denzil Douglas, Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis in announcing the selection said: “My colleague Heads of Government and I believe that Ambassador LaRocque possesses the requisite skills of visionary leadership, courage and commitment required to guide the Community at this time of change and uncertainty.”Secretary-General-designate LaRocque in his reaction expressed his deep appreciation for the confidence reposed in him by the Heads of Government.“I am humbled and privileged for this opportunity to continue my service to the Governments and people of the Caribbean Community. As we strive towards the goal of a Community For All, the confidence of the Heads of Government, the support of the people of the Community and the committed staff of the CARICOM Secretariat are vital in achieving that objective.”Press ReleaseCARICOM Secretariat Tweetcenter_img 35 Views   no discussions Share LocalNewsRegional Dominican Irwin LaRoque is the new CARICOM Secretary-General by: – July 22, 2011last_img read more

Rodgers: Champions League qualification among biggest career achievements

first_imgLeicester City boss, Brendan Rodgers, knows victory at Tottenham today could go a long way to Champions League qualification. Rodgers enjoyed enormous success with Celtic and almost led Liverpool to the Premier League title. But the 47-year-old insists this would rank alongside those achievements. He said: “If we were to do it, it would be up there. “If I looked at the challenge at Liverpool it was about getting them back into the Champions League, having to make cuts to the squad. “The club had been out of it for five seasons. We made that and we felt that was good work. “Going to Celtic, it was a different challenge again. The club was out of the Champions League for a few years. We got into it and won a few trophies, that was fantastic.Advertisement Promoted Content7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?6 Best ’90s Action Movies To Watch Today10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your MindWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Thailand’s 10 Most Iconic Landmarks7 Truly Incredible Facts About Black HolesThis Is Probably The Happiest Dog On InstagramCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way8 Shows You Didn’t Want To Watch At The End10 Extremely Dirty Seas In The World Loading… center_img “Coming here was a different challenge because maybe there’s not that expectancy. “There’s ambition, of course, but the top six is the top six. And has been for a number of years. My challenge in coming to Leicester City was: ‘Could I take the club into the top six?’ read also:‘Leicester City have ‘fantastic chance’ against Man Utd despite Spurs defeat’ “We have managed to do that in our first full season which is fantastic. “Now we have a chance to go even better than that and arrive in the top four. “If we didn’t do it this year, it will still be an absolutely brilliant season for us with so much learning and achievement having taken place.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Dorothy J. Redelman

first_imgDorothy J. Redelman, 94, Greensburg, passed away from natural causes on April 10, 2020 at Aspen Place Health Campus in Greensburg.Born, July 13, 1925 in Decatur County, she was the daughter of Joseph B. Schoettmer and Frances (Thewes) Kuntz.Dorothy was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and the St. Lawrence Auxiliary in Greensburg.  She was a homemaker and had worked for several years at the Day Care Center in Greensburg.Dorothy was very devoted to her family.  She was an excellent seamstress, enjoyed quilting, and was an excellent cook.  She volunteered at local nursing homes, and St. Mary’s Catholic Church, where she was a Eucharistic Minister, prayed in the Adoration Chapel, and helped with bereavement meals.Dorothy was married to Elmo A. Redelman on May 8, 1948 and he preceded her in death on March 8, 1988.Dorothy is survived by five daughters; Diane (James) Deiwert, Greensburg, Karen (Steve) Stier, Batesville, Mary Jane (Maurice) Bedel, Greensburg, Linda (Jack) Blake, Greensburg, Rita (Chris) Gutman, Cedar Falls, Iowa, one brother; Robert J. Schoettmer, 10 grandchildren, and 17 great grandchildren.She was preceded in death by her parents, step father; Joseph A. Kuntz, daughter; Patricia Redelman, six brothers; Edward, Anthony, Raymond, Alfred, Lawrence, and Leonard Schoettmer, two sisters; Marie Herbert, Lorina Krieger, and three grandchildren; Lisa Blake, Melissa Moffett, and Beth Ann Deiwert.Due to the recent public health safety mandate of limited gatherings, a private graveside service will be held for the immediate family at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery.A memorial Mass will occur at a later date.Memorial contributions may be made through Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home to St. Mary’s Church or Our Hospice.Online condolences for the family and the online guestbook can be accessed at www.popfuneralhome.comlast_img read more

Blues seal Van Ginkel deal

first_img The 20-year-old moves from Eredivisie side Vitesse Arnhem for an undisclosed fee and has penned a five-year deal at Stamford Bridge. Van Ginkel came through the youth system at Vitesse and made his international debut as a substitute in a goalless draw against Germany in November. Chelsea have completed the signing of Holland midfielder Marco van Ginkel, the club have announced. Press Associationlast_img

GSA boys’ basketball team falls to Orono in Class C quarterfinal

first_imgGeorge Stevens Academy senior Kelsey Allen drives in for a layup in the Eastern Maine Class C basketball quarterfinal against Orono on Wednesday, Feb. 18, at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. PHOTO BY HUGH BOWDENBANGOR — The George Stevens Academy Eagles dug themselves into a hole in the early going of Wednesday’s Eastern Maine Class C basketball quarterfinal against the Orono Red Riots. That hole proved to be so deep the second-seeded Eagles never could quite climb out as they were upset 68-57 by the seventh-seeded Red Riots, ending their season with a 15-4 record.GSA led just once in the game — when senior guard Kelsey Allen put his own rebound back up and in to score the first two points of the game at the Cross Insurance Center.Orono quickly went on a 11-2 run, five of those points coming from sophomore forward Jake Koffman as the Red Riots forged a lead they never relinquished.The Eagles, who struggled with their shooting throughout the first period, put together their only sustained run of the game in the second period, after the Red Riots had opened up a 23-8 lead.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textSenior center Finn Davis-Batt got things started for GSA with a foul line jumper and junior center Nick Szwez hit two foul shots. Guard Taylor Schildroth followed with back-to-back baskets, sophomore guard Jarrod Chase and Davis-Batt then each knocked down a pair of free throws and Davis-Batt connected on another foul line jumper, leaving the Eagles trailing by a single point, 23-22.But that was a close as they would get.The Red Riots pushed the lead back up to six points on a pull-up jumper by Nick Desisto and a three-pointer by Tom Lucy before Schildroth hit a pair of free throws with no time on the clock to leave the Eagles trailing 28-24 at halftime.In the third period, GSA closed the gap to three points on a drive to the basket by Allen, but the quarter ended with the Red Riots in front 46-37.And in basketball, when a team is trailing with time running down, there’s little choice but to foul the opponent to stop the clock and hope that the ensuing free throws are off the mark.That wasn’t the case for Orono, and the Eagles could only watch as the Red Riots connected on 20 of 26 foul shots over the last eight minutes to seal the victory and advance to the semifinal round.Orono got balanced scoring with eight players contributing. Desisto and Jackson Coutts led the way with 15 points each, Damian Heeger followed with 11 and Kamron Hines chipped in with 10 as the Red Riots improved their record to 13-7.For the Eagles, Allen led the way with 21 points and Szwez and Schildroth finished with 10 points each.Click here for more photos of this game. Bio Is this the kind of government we deserve? – July 10, 2017 Like he did in the ’60s, Noel Paul Stookey sings out in troubling times – December 27, 2017 Latest Postscenter_img Hugh BowdenExecutive EditorHugh writes editorials, covers Hancock County sports and helps out where needed in The American’s editorial department. When he’s not on the sidelines, he enjoys playing jazz and tennis. hbowden@ellsworthamerican.com GSA surges in 4th to win Northern Maine title – February 26, 2017 Latest posts by Hugh Bowden (see all)last_img read more

Sharapova to return from doping ban in April

first_imgMARIA Sharapova will make her professional comeback at the Porsche Grand Prix in Stuttgart on April 26 after her 15-month doping suspension.The 29-year-old former world number one was given a two-year ban in March after testing positive for meldonium.Her suspension was then reduced in October following an appeal.The tournament in Germany starts two days before the Russian’s suspension runs out and she will not be allowed to attend until the day of her match.Sharapova, whose main sponsor is Porsche, will return to tennis without a ranking and needs a wild card to enter the tournament.“I could not be happier to have my first match back on tour at one of my favourite tournaments,” she said.“I can’t wait to see all my great fans and to be back doing what I love.”The five-time Grand Slam champion won the Stuttgart title for three years in a row from 2012 to 2014.She last played a professional tournament at the Australian Open 12 months ago, where she failed the doping test.Sharapova was a long-time user of meldonium and says she was unaware it had been added to the banned list at the start of 2016.She has already taken part in two exhibition events since her ban was reduced by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.(BBC Sport)last_img read more

Students react to new safety plan

first_imgSeveral students said they believe new safety measures announced Tuesday by USC President C. L. Max Nikias are improvements to on-campus safety.The new policies come after four victims sustained gunshot wounds on Oct. 31 in an on-campus shooting. The incident occurred after a suspect, not affiliated with the university, got in an argument with Geno Hall, a former Crenshaw High football star, at a Halloween party promoted by LA Hype in association with the Black Student Assembly.The new security policies include banning outside event promoters and requiring university identification to enter campus between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. The university also plans to increase surveillance and the number of security guards on the perimeter of campus.Vice President for Student Affairs Michael Jackson said student groups were consulted and briefed before the changes were announced.Several student leaders said the new changes are likely to enhance on-campus security. Mikey Geragos, Undergraduate Student Government President, said banning promoters should give student groups more oversight of their events.“I think we are all in agreement of having party promoters on campus was probably not a good idea,” Geragos said. “When you get party promoters involved … there is always the risk they could advertise to people who they shouldn’t advertise to and you don’t have control of what’s being put out there.”Molly Russell, a senior majoring in public relations, said she supports the policy for checking IDs to enter campus at night, but is not convinced that banning promoters will solve any safety issues on campus.“The ID thing is huge. I think it’s a logical step that should have been taken years ago. This area is not very safe, and that’s always going to be a challenge,” Russell said. “But I don’t think the promoter thing will really help. USC is supposed to be integrated with the community, so I think it’s weird to go back on that by not allowing them to hold events.”According to Geragos, events will still be open to individuals in the community, but USC will be checking IDs at the door.“We wanted to make sure there was a good way to monitor [events] without excluding those guests,” Geragos said.The university expects all new policies to be fully implemented by Jan. 14, 2013 — the first day of the spring semester.Arya Roshanian, a sophomore majoring in vocal arts, doubts that the Dept. of Public Safety will be able to enforce the new safety measures during times when there is a high volume of students on campus.“I’m not sure how it’s going to work with crowds,” Roshanian said. “During finals week, so many people go to campus at night to study and everything. How will they handle it when a big hoard of people is trying to get on campus?”Nikias also said that the university will increase the amount of DPS officers stationed on campus and at campus and residence hall entrances. The banning of outside event promoters will extend to the Row.Student Affairs consulted the Inter-Fraternity Council before announcing the changes. IFC President Michael Madden noted that the ban on promoters does not apply to party planners.Madden said some fraternities have already started checking student IDs at the door -— a policy IFC hopes to make mandatory for all fraternities.“That’s an idea that has been discussed and will probably be implemented next spring,” Madden said. “We are still in the process of working out the logistics of it.”Some students, such as Sheun Alli, a junior majoring in business administration, said that staying safe is mainly up to the individual.“People just need to be careful,” Sheun said. “The school can do whatever they want, but we’re still in South Central.”last_img read more

ECLAC predicts Caribbean economies will grow 2.1 per cent in 2019

first_imgSANTIAGO, Chile, CMC –The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) is predicting Caribbean economies will grow 2.1 percent in 2019  even as it acknowledged an international scenario marked by what it describes as “greater uncertainty”.ECLAC also projected that the region will end 2018 with average growth of 1.2 per cent.Global uncertainties could intensify“The year 2019 looks to be a period in which global economic uncertainties, far from waning, will intensify and will arise from different fronts,” said ECLAC in unveiling its last economic report of the year, titled “The Preliminary Overview of the Economies of Latin America and the Caribbean 2018.”ECLAC said this will have an impact on the growth of the economies of Latin America and the Caribbean, which, on average, are seen expanding 1.7 per cent.It forecasts that Central America (excluding Mexico) will grow 3.3 per cent in 2019, South America 1.4 per cent, and the Caribbean 2.1 per cent.Dominica is leading regional growthOn a country level, the report says Dominica is leading regional growth, with a nine per cent expansion, followed by the Dominican Republic (5.7 per cent), Panama (5.6 per cent), Antigua and Barbuda (4.7 per cent) and Guyana (4.6 per cent).The report warns that Venezuela will “suffer a minus 10 per cent contraction in its economy,” Nicaragua, a minus two per cent and Argentina minus 1.8 per cent.The region’s biggest economies, Brazil and Mexico, are seen growing at two per cent, and 2.1 per cent respectively.According to the report, the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean will “confront a complex global economic scenario in the coming years, in which less dynamic growth is expected, both for developed countries as well as emerging economies, along with increased volatility of international financial markets.”“On top of this, there is a structural weakening of international trade, aggravated by trade tensions between the United States and China,” it added.The overall 1.7 per cent economic growth projection for Latin America and the Caribbean in 2019 is slightly below what ECLAC released last October (1.8 per cent), while the estimate for the current year (2018) was also trimmed to 1.2 per cent (from the 1.3 percent forecast in October).Greatest threatThe report notes “the greatest risk to the region’s economic performance in the run-up to 2019 continues to be an abrupt deterioration in the financial conditions for emerging economies”.During 2018, ECLAC said emerging markets showed a significant reduction in external financing flows, while, at the same time, sovereign risk levels increased and their currencies depreciated against the dollar.As in previous years, in its “Preliminary Overview of the Economies of Latin America and the Caribbean,” ECLAC projects a growth dynamic with varying intensities between countries and sub-regions.“This reflects not only the differentiated impacts of the international context on each economy but also the dynamics of spending components – mainly consumption and investment – which have been following different patterns in economies of the north and of the south,” the report states.Growth led by domestic demandIn its stocktaking of the current year, 2018, ECLAC’s report indicates that economic growth was led by domestic demand.“Fixed investment showed a dynamic of recovery, while private consumption remained the main source of growth, even though its growth rates moderated since the second quarter of 2018,” the report noted.In terms of fiscal policy, it says consolidation deepened in 2018, adding that the process of fiscal adjustment led to a reduction in the primary deficit – from 0.7 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP) in 2017 to 0.6 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP) in 2018 – “although this was accompanied by a small increase in public debt.”last_img read more