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first_imgPride beat Red Force by three wicketsPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):Barbados Pride defeated Trinidad and Tobago Red Force by three wickets in their final-round game in the Regional Super50 at Queen’s Park Oval yesterday.Scores:RED FORCE 226 all out off 50 overs (Darren Bravo 82, Denesh Ramdin 57, Kjorn Ottley 38; Jason Holder 4-35)PRIDE 227 for seven off 48 overs (Kraigg Brathwaite 48, Jonathan Carter 31, Jason Holder 25; Rayad Emrit 3-45)Volcanoes beat Hurricanes by five runsBASSETERRE, St Kitts (CMC):Windward Islands Volcanoes defeated Leeward Islands Hurricanes by five runs in their final-round, Group B game of the Regional Super50 at St Paul’s Sports Complex.Scores:VOLCANOES 243 for six off 49 overs (Sunil Ambris 74, Andre Fletcher 42, Tyrone Theophile 35, Kyle Mayers 30; Daron Cruickshank 2-47)HURRICANES 238 for nine off 49 overs (Orlando Peters 77, Nkrumah Bonner 35, Sherwin Peters 32; Delorn Johnson 3-36, Mervin Mathew 2-56). Resultslast_img read more

Business confidence still low in Costa Rica

first_imgRelated posts:Employment outlook among industrial sector shows no improvement Online shopping still low in Costa Rica, study finds Majority of companies in Costa Rica are family affairs Companies announce job openings in business, engineering and interpretation services Wariness about the country’s employment and economic situation caused a slight decline in confidence among business sector leaders during the first quarter of this year, according to a recent survey.The Costa Rican Chamber of Commerce (CCCR) released results Wednesday of its Business Confidence Index, which measures perceptions quarterly on four variables: economy, employment, sales and the business situation.The index this time recorded the minimum level considered “confident,” a decrease over the previous quarter.Concerns about the country’s employment and economy knocked down the confidence score.Businesses also expressed a cautious hiring outlook for the upcoming quarter, with 14 percent of employers surveyed saying they are considering reducing their staff in the next three months.Chamber President Yolanda Fernández Ochoa described the low confidence level in employment as extremely worrisome, mostly because “that variable has failed to surpass the minimum confidence level for 19 consecutive quarters.”The CCCR’s survey found that the number of companies planning to hire decreased from the previous quarter, from 21 to 19 percent. Most employers — 67 percent — said they plan to maintain their current staffing levels.Despite the lukewarm confidence looking outward, those surveyed expressed strong confidence in their own firms’ sales and performance.The Chamber took the opportunity to ask the government to refrain from promoting the approval of new taxes, saying it “would further affect the private sector’s confidence as well as hiring and investment expectations.”The chamber surveyed CEOs, CFOs and other managers at 700 companies from March 16-31. The study has a margin of error of 3 percent and a confidence level of 95 percent. Facebook Commentslast_img read more