Author: Aoife Leddy

Euro – weekly update

EUR weekly update Most of the economic data from Euroland either beat forecast, were an improvement on the previous month or both. Among the provisional purchasing managers’ index readings, which measure the vigour of the private sector, only French manufacturers reported any slowdown in growth. Germany’s economy expanded by 0.4% in the fourth quarter of last year, less than Britain’s upwardly-revised 0.7% but enough to make it the class leader for calendar 2016. Investors struggled to find inspiration among the few US economic statistics. Provisional purchasing managers’ index readings came in below forecast and lower on the month. Existing home sales were reasonably strong but jobless claims increased by more than expected. It was left to the Federal Reserve to provide the guidance that was lacking elsewhere. Whilst a handful of senior Fed people stoked the anticipation of three interest rate increases this year the minutes of the last policy meeting were characteristically non-committal about when the process might begin. It was not enough to bring in new dollar buyers: the Greenback lost a cent to the euro and half a cent to the pound. Sterling had an eventful week, trailing the other major currencies on two days and leading them on three. The overall result was a weekly win for the pound, which added a net one and a half euro cents. The euro, meanwhile struggled at the...

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III Charity Race

Torrevieja primary school, Las Culturas, held its third annual charity race last week with children, teachers, parents and friends participating in the race for a good cause.  As always, the race was held to coincide with international Day of Peace and once again, was used to raise money for a local cause. This year, the cause was CDA Torrevieja – the adaptive sports club which helps people with disabilities participate in sporting activities by providing specialised equipment and training.  With the sponsorship of children and their parents, and further collection on the day, over €1000 was raised. Each class...

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Summer is cooler in the North

BURGOS, SANTANDER & LOGROÑO Burgos is a city which has seen the presence of notorious warriors like Napoleon Bonaparte, The Duke of Wellington, and many of the Catholic monarchs. A city which has played a major role in the history of Spain . What a pleasant surprise therefore to find a beautifully built, well preserved old city, with sturdy old stone walls, an ancient city gate, magnificent cathedral and beautiful tree lined walkways along banks of the river Arlanzon. All this sitting below a medieval castle which sits astride the hilltop overlooking the city. As our hotel is based...

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Barefoot charity walk

Barefoot and raising money Mother and daughter on barefoot walk A 34 year-old woman and her two-year-old daughter arrived in Torrevieja on 3rd January on their journey from Barcelona to Gibraltar. Not only are they completing this journey on foot by they are doing it barefoot. Their very long walk began in Barcelona 53 days ago and together they will ultimately cover more than a thousand kilometres. The purpose of this gruelling trek is to raise money to buy shoes for children in Nairobi. Ilse Longuet and her daughter Helinah have been enjoying the past few days of mild...

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Aunty Virus

Pat via email asks: Hi Aunty I recently lost connection to my wireless printer and have been advised that it’s the HP printer drivers on my laptop. Is this something I can fix myself or is this too complicated for a novice? Aunty Says: Hi Pat. Downloading and installing the latest driver for your printer may well fix the problem and it’s not too tricky to do this so certainly give it a go. You will simply need to go to the support section on the HP website and enter the model number of your printer and download the driver package.  Follow the installation wizard and your wifi printing  should resolve itself. Bill via email asks: Hello  Aunty. After last months storms my internet TV box stopped working and my TV supplier suggested I buy a Surge Protector plug for both the TV and my laptop. Today I was advised by my local computer shop that they had never heard of people needing surge plugs! What are your thoughts and advice on the matter please? Aunty Says: Hello Bill. Surge Protectors are necessary here in Spain as the mains electricity can be a bit unstable but you should really pay around €30 and invest in a fairly decent one. I’ve always liked Belkin and some of their models offer insurance so they must be fairly confident that they do...

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