Author: Claire Richards

Euro Weekly The big news for the pound this week was the announcement of the Bank of England (BoE) to finally raise interest rates to 0.75%. Prior to the announcement on Thursday, there was little movement in the pound as the markets appeared to be holding their breath and waiting for the arrival of ‘Super Thursday’. After much anticipation, the BoE Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) voted unanimously, 9-0to raise the interest rates for only the second time in a decade, it was announced today. The last increase was in November 2017, when the MPC increased the rate from the record low of 0.25%.The move takes the Bank Rate to its highest level since 2009. Predicted growth for the second quarter is coming in at just 0.4% but solid employment growth, steady pay growth and a rebound in consumer spending proved reason enough to deliver on the much-anticipated increase. In addition, the Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) jumped from 53.1 in June to 55.8 in July, the fastest rate of expansion in 14 months. The announcement struck a note of caution, however, suggesting that there unlikely to be further rate rises in the near future. Mark Carney reiterated the risk of Brexit, but while parliament remains on summer break there is unlikely to be any major news to shake the pound on this issue in the near future. A slowing of...

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Harold via email asks: Hi Aunty, could you please tell me how to completely remove AVG from my laptop as I’m sick of it popping up every time I start Windows and when I go on the internet. I did the free upgrade to Windows 10 about a year ago and following your brilliant advice I have been using the built in Windows Defender and Malwarebytes and I am happy this is enough security. Aunty Says: Hello Harold. The standard way of removing AVG is through ‘Control Panel’ ‘programs and features’ (either right click on the Start icon or type control panel into the search box) but if you´ve tried this and it still appearing then maybe try AVG’s handy removal tool which you will find by typing AVG REMOVER into Google. Valerie via email asks: Hello Aunty. I recently bought a second hand Acer laptop that is supposedly less than 12 months old but I seriously have my doubts. It keeps randomly freezing at no particular time and sometimes it restarts with no warning, and when it restarts it is has a message something like “Ooops the disk needs to scanned and repaired” I have taken it back to the shop where I bought it from in Montesisnos but typically it doesn’t ever go wrong when it’s there. It is not in that bad condition and I have...

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Observations from the outfield by Chris Darwen

Finally, I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. It's nearly here. It is so close I can feel it. That's right folks, Test Cricket is back and what a series we have to look forward to in the latter stages of the summer. Latter stages? OK, second half, maybe. You know what I mean. Shall we just call it August? Five Test matches. Just under six weeks. It's going to be full on and it is going to be just what a Test series should be – a test. The clue is in the name,...

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El Plantio 2 Golf Society

!4 members and 1 guest assembled at El Plantio 9 hole golf course for the monthly medal competition on the 31 st July to find the greens in a less than ideal condition, having been shaved and left without grass in some places. Still, it was the same for everyone. Making a long awaited return to form was vice-Captain Mike Davies, who carried off the coveted trophy. Nearest the pins – Hole 6, Ian Henderson – Hole 8, John O´Brien. Third Place, Alistair Douglas, H/Cap 8.8 – 57.2 shots. Second Place, Barry Walthall H/Cap 17.6 – 54.4 Shots. First...

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