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V IRU S IM PRO V EM EN T C O N TIN U ES The general improvement in the coronavirus epidemic in Spain is continuing – although the number of deaths increased by 21 in yesterday’s report. The ministry for health noted that 185 more people had died with the virus, compared with 164 on the two previous days. The number of reported new cases was 867.

However, 2,143 people had made a complete recovery from coronavirus in the previous 24 hours. This means there were fewer active cases in the country yesterday, with the total standing at 70,230. Shops open – for clients with appointment Small businesses were able to open from Monday under strict

guidelines which were published on Sunday in the official state bulletin (BOE). This measure was part of the so-called ‘phase zero’ stage of the government’s plan to gradually open up the economy. According to the government, the shop or premises must be less than 400 square metres in size.

The list includes hairdressing salons (such as this one photographed in Alfaz del Pi this week), and clothes shops. A full report on this measure – and the new openings allowed under phase one, which is set to come in on May 11 if figures continue the current trend – will appear in Friday’s Costa Blanca News.

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New cops in Callosa Callosa de Segura town hall has taken on seven new local police officer, five of whom started last week, one this week and a council administrative assistant has been reassigned to deal with paperwork so that another officer can be on patrol instead. This brings the force up to a total of 31 officers after the town hall was ordered to let several officers go at the start of the year because it was in violation of labour laws, a situ-

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ation which the previous and the current council blamed each other for. PP Mayor Manuel Martínez said he has also offered municipal premises so that the regional police could have a base in the municipality to perform additional security duties, as they do in some other parts of the region. He said his council is responding to demands from the public for greater security and a higher police presence in the streets.

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Park birds going hungry The birds in Torrevieja’s Parque de las Naciones have been going hungry during the health crisis, according to the local Green party (Los Verdes). Since the park was closed there have been no visitors who normally feed the birds and it was not until 15 days later on March 31 that some sacks of grain ordered by the council animal protection department arrived. They accused parks and gardens councillor Carmen Gómez Candel of having done nothing for the estimated 250 birds in her care. Most of them are considered domesticated so do not find their own food and depend on humans, such as the roosters and hens. Failure to provide for them could be considered a criminal offence under article 337 bis of the penal code, the Greens allege. Having had no food for two weeks and not enough since, large groups of birds regularly leave the park looking for some and endanger their own lives and those of

people by straying into the roads. Several dead birds have been collected from the streets and also from inside the park, possibly from starvation. Although some residents have been taking the trouble to feed the birds themselves from outside the park fence, they have reported that the birds seem increasingly desperate to take the food, indicating that they still are not receiving enough.

The Greens proposed that all the animals in the park should be identified and monitored, including the tortoises ‘whose health condition is not known’, so that they can at least be treated for parasites as this would also protect the health of visitors to the park, most of them children. The people who feed them should also be given permits so that they do not have to worry about being fined by the police, they added.

Holiday weekend alert Many towns across the Costa Blanca increased road controls last weekend, which was a long three-day weekend due to Friday having been a bank holiday – May 1. Benidorm again closed all secondary roads and had

checkpoints on the four remaining access avenues. La Nucía had a number of checkpoints on roads, in particular along the CV-70 to prevent the movement of people from outside the town to second properties.


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Bars up in arms over new rules By Irena Bodnarec Spain is slowly coming out of hibernation following seven weeks of strict lockdown. From next week (May 11), if new contagion figures remain low, bars and restaurants will be allowed to re-open their terrace areas. Seemingly a time to celebrate, however, there is a big but and many members of COBRECA, a local Benidorm association of bars, restaurants and cafes are unhappy and protesting. Initially the government announced that they would only

allow them to open up to a maximum capacity of 30% of their terrace area, withtwo metres social distancing between tables. This was then mysteriously upped to 50% on Friday night – possibly following fierce backlash from the entire hospitality sector. President of the Benidorm association Javier del Castillo said that it was not viable to operate at only a third yet be expected to provide the same service. "Utilities and rent have to be paid in full, yet we are only allowed to operate at a fraction of the capacity".

In protest, over 100 owners put up 'Se Traspasa' - For Rent signs in their windows showing the government that this is what would ultimately happen if help was not forthcoming. It certainly worried many locals – mainly unsuspecting residents passing by, seeing the sign and not realising that it was a protest. They then took to social media to announce that certain bars had already folded and thrown in the towel! British bar owners in Benidorm are also feeling the frustration and lack of clarity from the government.

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small bar in the Rincón de Loix area. "As I understand it and unless they change the current legal conditions in place, they have condemned many businesses here to bankruptcy. They are basically saying we can't afford to keep looking after workers and businesses (although none of them have received a cent to date), so we'll allow businesses to open up and then they'll have to pay the workers. Read the full report with other establishment owners' views in Costa Blanca News on Friday

Burglars busted by attentive neighbours The lockdown has turned neighbours into part-time security guards for nearby empty holiday homes. Last week two residents in Los Belones on the Mar Menor prevented a burglary at

their neighbour’s property, the Guardia Civil have revealed. The residents were on the balconies, when one of them noticed that the window next door was open and he started shouting his neighbour’s

name. All of a sudden three young men wearing hoods jumped out of the window and climbed up to the rooftop, along the attached terraces, and down to the street, where

a fourth person was waiting for them in a car. The burglars managed to flee, but another neighbour on a balcony took photos and videos of them and the car. The Guardia Civil managed

to identify the suspects, who had criminal records and had been previously spotted in the area late at night, and arrested three of them. The one driving the car is being hunted.

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Low contagion rate for Torrevieja health workers Only 3% of the 1,577 workers for the health service in the Torrevieja hospital catchment area who were given serological (blood serum) tests for Covid-19 were positive, all of them asymptomatic. Ribera Salud, the private company that manages public healthcare in the area for the regional government, announced the results last Wednesday. They said their workers have had protective equipment available to them at all times during the health crisis. The tests were carried out over two days on medical workers, doctors in residence, ambulance crews, cleaners, restaurant staff, security guards, maintenance and administrative personnel and other external services who work for them. Those who tested positive were 23 from the nursing department, five from

medical management, two from other areas and 12 from external services, none of whom are directly employed by the health service, reported the company. The company noted that 90% of its equipment has been managed internally according to specific safety protocol.


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Teulada and Moraira separate for exercise By Jo Pugh

Following a consultation with the Ministry of the Interior, residents of both Teulada and Moraira, which are in fact one municipality, were told they may exercise at any time between 06.00 and 23.00 as the towns could be temporarily ‘split’ whilst exercise rules were in force.

Initially, because both towns combined have over 5,000 residents, exercise

time slots followed those for larger communities and the rules had to be respected. However, after an about turn, the Ministry informed the town hall that because of the distance between Teulada and Moraira, those rules could be relaxed and therefore the public could exercise between 06.00 and 23.00.

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An earthquake measuring 2.7 on the Richter scale was recorded last Wednesday at 22.50. The epicentre was in the

sea off Águilas in Murcia region, according to date from the national geographic institute (IGN). No damage was recorded

and nobody was injured. However, residents in Águilas, Mazarrón, Murcia city and Lorca all reported feeling the tremor.

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Face masks for minors Since last Monday, Almoradí town hall has been handing out face masks, 22,000 of which are being made by a team of about 50 volunteers to cover the whole population. Although the council had initially planned to hand these out from schools, this was criticised by the opposition United Left (IU) party for being inconvenient and a potential health risk so they are instead being delivered door to door, starting with ones for children. Each child also receives a personalised letter and a magnet showing a rainbow with the message Fuerza (be strong) Almoradí to thanks them for their good

behaviour. Benejúzar town hall gave out 1,200 children’s face masks last week, which had been made by volunteers and were available in three sizes. These were in addition to 6,500 that it had already distributed to adults since the start of the health crisis.

The town hall launches a campaign on social networks to attract tourism and asks local residents to become Calp’s influencers The town hall has launched a communication campaign with the aim of ensuring that tourists who visited Calp do not ‘forget’ it. This campaign aims to show past and future tourists what will be waiting for them in Calp once the crisis caused by the Covid-19 is overcome. With this is mind, a series of posters have been produced showing images and emblematic moments of Calp and its festivals and traditions.

The title of the campaign is “Come to Calpe, we are waiting for you with open arms” and it is mainly focused on national tourism, specifically on people residing in places such as Madrid, Castilla-La Mancha, Castilla y León and Murcia. For all these reasons, the town hall has launched this campaign mainly through profiles on social tourism networks, i.e. on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. The town hall also requests the collaboration of local residents to share pho-

tos of Calp with the hashtag #AsomáteACalpe on their own social networks and thus become influencers of the town. These can be photos of the beaches, the ‘Peñon’ rock, its festivals or any other local landscape or tourist attraction. This is the first of the tourism initiatives that the town hall is going to launch and it will be developed over the coming months depending on how the coronavirus crisis evolves and the measures adopted by central government.

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'WHALE-WAY' TRAFFIC SOARS If you see a whale, dolphin or turtle sailing past your window, grab your phone and film it, says a marine conservation charity based in Valencia. The organisation Xaloc has already received over 100 videos taken by members of the public who have watched these animals reclaiming the sea now humans, yachts and ships have left it. Householders' balcony footage from all over the Comunidad Valenciana – and also Murcia, the Balearic Islands, the Canary Islands, Andalucía and Cataluña - is helping Xaloc to document sea creatures' habits, and it has urged anyone with a

sea view from their window, plus fishermen and the coastguard, to keep sending in their videos. Xaloc will compare these with any taken after the lockdown finishes, in order to work out whether the reduction in noise pollution and in sea traffic has, indeed, led to a greater animal presence on the water. PR manager for Xaloc, Carla Eymar, says that although 20% of videos have come from southern Cataluña, a small handful from the Costa del Sol's La Malagueta beach, and nearly another 20% from Murcia and the islands, six in 10 films have been taken in the Valencia re-

gion – the vast majority from the Cabo de San Antonio on the Dénia-Jávea border. Such sightings in this stretch of sea are so common that the waters off the Marina Alta's northern cliffs have been dubbed 'the whale-way'. The Cabo de San Antonio is on the migratory route south, from the Ligurian Sea, for the rorqual or fin whale, the secondlargest on earth. More than ever for the time of year have been seen and filmed recently. Turtles are also becoming more prolific – Xaloc says eight have been spotted in the last two weeks, an 'unusually high' number.

Food campaign – for animals Keeping in touch La Nucía have expanded the collection points for food donations to help feed the dogs and cats at the animal shelter. Councillor for Animal Protection started the campaign under the slogan "They also need your help" as more animals were

being abandoned at the shelter every week even throughout the current state of emergency. There are now seven collection points: Tot D´Animals (next to Lidl), Maskokotas, Mas y Mas supermarket La Nucía, Aldi, Tienda Animal Finestrat (Fi-

nestrat), Supermarket L´Hort Finestrat and Mas y Mas Benidorm (on calle Tomás Ortuño). The town hall expressed their thanks and gratitude to all the establishments for allocating a space where shoppers could leave their donations.

Alfaz del Pi Foreign Residents councillor Martina Mertens chaired an online meeting with foreign groups and associations to keep them updated on developments on the Covid-19 situation.

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home visits, but regular visits have been severely restricted, so it’s important that we remain a crucial contact and assure patients they are not abandoned and we can still give real help.” Throughout the crisis, a Cancer Care nurse has continued to be at Dénia Hospital’s day care room and oncology department on a daily basis. “Since the lockdown, patients have had to attend treatment on their own and for many English-speaking patients, having the familiar face of our nurse makes the world of difference.” Jeannette said Cancer Care was uncertain how long it could sustain the financial impact of the crisis. The charity’s two Jávea shops remained closed - for over 20 years the heart of raising income - and fund raising events were cancelled. While volunteers were unpaid, the charity still faces monthly outgoings: rent and utilities and the professional fees of the nursing team. Jeannette said: “At this critical time, we therefore ask for people’s help, to give us the opportunity and time to weather the financial impact this is having; but more importantly, in order for us to continue with confidence, our Lynwen’s Cancer Care Nursing and Advisory Service - giving very real and daily support to cancer patients at a time they need it most; a service that a lot of cancer patients have grown reliant on.” She said any donations would be used “wisely and directly” to maintaining the service of helping people with cancer. Payments can be made to the charity’s bank account at IBAN ES2000810660020001438754 or via gogetfunding.com/cancer-care-javea-2. More information about the charity is available at the website www. cancercarejavea.org and its Facebook page Cancer Care Charity Centre.

Caring continues during coronavirus crisis Cancer Care Jávea’s nursing and support team continues to provide a vital frontline service to patients and their families during the Covid-19 emergency - but the charity is now appealing for help. Since the beginning of lockdown in March, the charity’s focus has remained on helping cancer patients - the team coping with an increasing workload during the coronavirus crisis. And the team of six professionals qualified nurses and support workers - of the “unique” Lynwen’s Cancer Care Nursing and Advisory Service has remained focussed on helping patients. However, maintaining the service and the other commitments of the charity comes at a cost and uncertainty clouds the future - Cancer Care is now hoping for support through direct donations. The charity’s Jeannette Missons explained: “What Cancer Care does is in our name - we give support to cancer parents and their families throughout their journey of cancer and beyond.” She said it worked closely with Dénia Hospital - the Marina Alta’s general hospital - having established its cancer research laboratory ECMOR (English Cathedra of Modern Oncology Research); and collaborated with other charities to help the best all round care for cancer patients by buying equipment and providing facilities.. Jeannette said the Cancer Care nursing and advisory service was a newer venture and dedicated to helping cancer patients in the area. “During this Covid19 crisis, out focus has remained on helping cancer patients. Our team has continued to be available and has, in fact, been even busier; taking phone calls, guiding and comforting patients who are worried about things like their condition and medication, and liaising with hospitals, oncologists and palliative care workers on their behalf. ESSENTIAL “We have made some essential Cancer Care volunteers with Denia’s oncology team

Torrevieja U3A Thinking of you all during this unusual time the Torrevieja U3A is doing it’s best to help all its members stay informed of what is happening out there without relaying false information. Several of its groups are still meeting via zoom and Skype and others via other methods. The association is here to help with any member struggling through this period and our welfare officer is on email. We have the usual monthly newsletter going out to

members as well as our Facebook site. If you want to exercise and stay fit then check out our website for the group “fit for Spain” gentle exercise every day. Line dancing tunes are available. Don’t be on your own, make contact through our groups or committee page. It’s important to keep in touch. Whilst we have had to cancel meetings and events we want you to know that we are still here for you. See www.torreviejau3a.org for more info.


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The prostate is approximately the size of a walnut and weighs about 10-12 grams. It has five lobes, anterior, posterior, medial and

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the prostate which are prostatitis, prostatic cancer, and lastly benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH) which is common in older men.

BPH is when the prostate gland becomes enlarged putting pressure on the urethra. This causes urination to be restricted or entirely blocked which can cause serious kidney and bladder infections. One of the safe and effective treatments for BPH is Water Vapour Therapy (Steam). A camera is inserted through the urethra showing the area of the prostate to be treated. Water vapour is then injected at two or three points on each lobe at 1cm intervals killing enough of the prostate tissue for it to retract relieving the symptoms.

This procedure is non-invasive and takes approximately 20 minutes. The risk of complications is extremely low causing no damage to the nerves that control continence and erection. This differs from a surgical procedure which requires time to recuperate and may through damage to the nerves cause erectile dysfunction. With a visit to your specialist it can be decided if this treatment is a suitable option for you. Please do not hesitate to call us if you have any further questions, we are here at your service and always happy to help.

Article supplied by Clinica Britannia. Call: 965 837 553 or visit www.clinicabritannia.com

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What is blood pressure? Blood pressure is the term used to describe the strength with which your blood pushes on the sides of your arteries as it's pumped around your body. High blood pressure (hypertension) can put a strain on your arteries and organs, which can increase your risk of developing serious problems such as heart attacks and strokes. Low blood pressure (hypotension) isn't usually as serious, although it can cause dizziness and fainting in some people. Having your blood pressure taken is the only way to find out if your blood pressure is too high or too low, because most people won't have any obvious symptoms.

When should I get my blood pressure checked? It's recommended that all adults over 40 years of age have their blood pressure checked at least every five years so any potential problems can be detected early. If you've already been diagnosed with high or low blood pressure, or you're at a particularly high risk of these problems, you may need to have more frequent tests to monitor your blood pressure. You can check your blood pressure at a number of places, including: ■ at your surgery ■ at some pharmacies ■ at home

How blood pressure is checked A device called a sphygmomanometer will be used to measure your blood pressure. This is usually done using automatic devices that use sensors and have a digital display. ■ the cuff is pumped up to restrict the blood flow in your arm – this squeezing may feel a bit uncomfortable, but only lasts a few seconds ■ the pressure in the cuff is slowly released and a sensor detects vibrations in your arteries. ■ the pressure in the cuff is recorded at two points as the blood flow starts to return to your arm – these measurements are used to give your blood pressure reading

As a general guide: ■ normal blood pressure is considered to be between 90/60mmHg and 120/80mmHg A blood pressure reading between 120/80mmHg and 140/90mmHg could mean you're at risk of developing high blood pressure if you don't take steps to keep your blood pressure under control. You can call in to the Family Medical Centre at any time to have your blood pressure taken free of charge.

Understanding your blood pressure reading Blood pressure is measured in millimetres of mercury (mmHg) and is given as two figures: ■ systolic pressure – the pressure when your heart pushes blood out ■ diastolic pressure – the pressure when your heart rests between beats For example, if your blood pressure is "140 over 90" or 140/90mmHg, it means you have a systolic pressure of 140mmHg and a diastolic pressure of 90mmHg. Article supplied by Yvonne Evans , Family Medical Centre, Albir. Call 96 686 5072 or email info@albirfamilymedicalcentre.com

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Allergy awareness during pregnancy By Lisa Salmon, PA Experts explain that unless pregnant women are allergic to a food themselves, they and their baby should eat a full, healthy and normal diet. There are lots of allergies in our family, so should I steer clear of allergenic foods like eggs, fish and nuts while I'm pregnant, and in my baby's food once we're weaning? Amena Warner, head of clinical services at Allergy UK (allergyuk.org), and allergy doctor Dr Joe FitzGibbon (joefitzgibbon.ie), who runs allergy clinics in Dublin and Galway, outline the current allergy advice for pregnancy and weaning... Warner says: "There's a lot of conflicting information around what advice to follow when trying to pre-

vent your baby from developing allergies, even before they're born. The latest advice for expectant mums is that there's no need to avoid any particular foods (such as peanuts) unless they're allergic to them, as this hasn't been shown to prevent allergies. "Omega-3 fatty acids (found in oily fish such as salmon, trout, mackerel and fresh - not tinned - tuna) may help reduce the risk of eczema and allergic sensitisation (development of allergy antibodies) in early life. Try to include some of these in your diet, but remember that pregnant women shouldn't eat more than two portions of oily fish a week. "There's no evidence that any particular foods can prevent allergy either when pregnant or when weaning your baby. Advice

is therefore to eat a healthy, well-balanced diet, including plenty of vegetables and fruit to provide vitamins and minerals, as well as fibre. "With regards to weaning, when you and your baby are ready (from around six - but not before four - months of age), you may start to offer them solids including vegetables, fruit, protein and starchy foods. At this stage, you don't need to add salt or sugar to any foods or recipes. "If your baby is considered at higher risk of developing allergies, either through family history, severe eczema or other food allergies, research shows they may benefit from the earlier introduction of complimentary foods (solids), including food containing egg and peanut. "If you have any concerns about your baby with regards to allergies or significant eczema, talk to your health visitor or GP." And FitzGibbon says: "You'd imagine we'd have a simple answer to a simple question,

but we don't. Considerable research has looked at how we can reduce the risk of allergy in children. Attempts have been made to intervene at all stages of development, to alter mum's diet while the baby's still in the womb; alter mum's diet while the baby's being breastfed; and looking at how and when to introduce new foods to the weaning infant. "Some studies held early promise of a positive effect, but others showed no beneficial effect, or even a worsening effect. This was true for a range of dietary interventions, as well as supplement and probiotic use. "The bottom line then, for both normal and high-risk expectant mums, is they should eat a full and healthy diet. If they're high-risk (i.e. already have a child with severe eczema and food allergy), they

could consider using one of the low-allergy infant formulae, as this could delay onset of eczema. "When it comes to weaning, my advice would be to carry on as normal, and not to avoid any specific food for fear of allergy. Delaying the introduction of some foods may actually increase the risk of becoming allergic to them." Advertising Feature

HCB reactivates outpatient consultations and urgent and preferential treatments Hospital Clínica Benidorm has received confirmation from the Ministry of Health of the Generalitat Valenciana to begin a progressive return to normal health activities. This means that HCB has reactivated your outpatient consultations and urgent and preferential surgical treatments. Since the State of Alarm was decreed, Hospital Clínica Benidorm has been working at the service of public health in the fight against COVID-19. Currently, there is greater availability of hospital beds and ICUs in both the public and private healthcare systems. This has allowed HCB to implement its plan for reco-

very of programmed and nonprogrammed activity: • Outpatient consultations. Specialties. • Diagnostic tests • Preferential and urgent surgical treatments During this health crisis, Hospital Clínica Benidorm has created a scrupulous safety protocol together with its Preventive Medicine Service to create COVID and NON COVID spaces and circuits which have been established to guarantee the safety of all patients and users of the medical centers and to ensure a quality service. Patients who had their medical exams and consultations canceled and unscheduled will have priority for new appoint-

ments. The Polyclinic and Patient Care staff are contacting all patients. Additionally, a telephone consultation service has been created for those people who, due to their state of health, or for other reasons, cannot travel to the medical center to consult their doubts with our specialists. The HCB Emergency Service continues to be active as it has been from day one with different entry circuits to guarantee the safety and peace of mind of all patients. If you have any questions, you can call, 96 585 38 50 or send and e-mail to hospital@clinicabenidorm.com Hospital Clínica Benidorm continues to be at the disposal

of the Ministry of Health with the reservation and availability of hospital beds and critical beds until the pandemic is over or the health authorities consider it necessary.

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sance (3) 22 One smiles about old Florida folk (9) 23 Pins naughty snail (5) 24 Apparently be absolutely correct about seaside town (8) Down 1/13 Casting bores out from Highland activity (5,7) 2 Cricketer who always gives the other side a break (7) 3 Really reveals a friend (4) 4 A cheap creation for an Indian (6) 5 Nobel is a rebellious aristocrat (5) 6 Note ever so badly written using too many words (7) 7 Top schoolboy makes mistakes in a note (7) 12 Assume the habit remedy (7) 13 See 1 15 Red Clarets' cocktail (7) 16 Tool for one who's over the top on stage (6) 17 Let it in and let it out (5) 19 Builder's mother and child (5) 21 Warm and cosy in the local (4)

Complete the puzzle using the Cryptic or Regular clues Regular clues - the answers are the sa- Across me on page 41. 1 Jettison (8)

Cryptic clues . Across 1 One on his own when the actors aren't there (8) 7 Runaway comes back in a bargepole (5) 8 Train little William to get around, that's very clever (9) 9 Party in a small science facility (3) 10 The Barents Sea is where you will find the charter (4) 11 Opening that comes through good fortune (6) 13 Woodworker is a real artist (6) 14 I leave Persia in turmoil, go east and meet a Persian (6) 17 Songwriter who rises high in his profession (6) 18 Number one for Mr Beaufort (4) 20 Endless Old Dutch is, roughly speaking, a nui-

7 Run off (5) 8 Radiant (9) 9 Science workplace (3) 10 Lease (4) 11 Possibility (6) 13 Landscape painter (6) 14 Zoroastrian from Persia (6) 17 Aviator (6) 18 Tranquil (4) 20 Clod of grass (3) 22 Floridian Indians (9) 23 Apprehends (5) 24 South coast resort (8)

Down 1/13 Scottish sport (5,7) 2 Fisherman's lure (7) 3 Supporter (4) 4 American Indians (6) 5 Dignified (5) 6 Long-winded (7) 7 Student of top college (7) 12 Restore (7) 13 See 1 15 Vivid red (7) 16 Mallet (6) 17 Confess (5) 19 Stone worker (5) 21 Close-fitting (4)

Spanish-English crossword

Improve your vocabulary with our Spanish/English crossword. The clues are in Spanish and the answers are in English. Across 1 Último (4) 3 Leña (8) 9 Oraciones (7) 10 Puertas (de jardín, ciudad) (5) 11 Ahí (5) 12 Detalle (6) 14 Costas (6) 16 El más viejo (6) 19 Camellos (6) 21 Pequeño (5) 24 Miel (5) 25 Aeropuerto (7) 26 Patatas (8) 27 Camas (4)

Down 1 Lápiz de labios (8) 2 Serpiente (5) 4 Dentro (6) 5 Ocho (5) 6 Fuera (7) 7 Polvo (4) 8 Reciente (6) 13 Atletas (8) 15 En contra de (7) 17 Perdedores (6) 18 Fuga (6) 20 Egipto (5) 22 Arriba (5) 23 Tienda (4)


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PLEASE ADOPT A kitten Pluto protectora animales takes care of orphaned and abandoned kittens. After spending a few weeks or months with foster parents, we try placing them in permanent homes. You can choose from many different colours and markings. All are dewormed; also vaccinated for rabies and micro-chipped if older than 3 months. Please call Angelika: 693 704 255 (mobile) or find out more on our website: pluto -protectora-animales-en.org P.E.P.A. (THE HELPING Hands Charity for Animals) Needs Help! By fostering an abandoned dog or spending a few hours each week on our telephone helpline You could help save the lives of many animals. Please telephone: 650 304 746 or 96 283 3325 For more information and to view our animals please browse our website: www.pepaspain.com CHANCE FOR ANIMALS: protection needs your help for general maintenance, walking our dogs. As we have to leave the house, we are desp. looking for people, who adopt our rescued dogs! Food welcome!! German braco, and lots more! 15 small puppies for adoption! Crevillente 610 687 421 or visit us on: www.facebook.com/Su Cuatropatas HOUSE/PET SITTING .Your house or mine. References 637 160 545

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How to make gardening child's play By Hannah Stephenson, PA Ex-Blue Peter gardener Chris Collins offers three fun ideas to keep the kids amused in the garden during lockdown. It could be making a 'Pizza Wheel' where they grow their own ingredients for a pizza topping, nurturing a 'Cress Caterpillar' made from an egg carton, or making a 'Butterfly Pie' to attract beautiful butterflies. Here are three projects to keep the little ones amused: 1. Pizza wheel What you'll need: String; 2 bamboo sticks; pebbles, shingle or sand; 4-6 types of seed to suit a pizza topping. How to make it: Fork over a bit of ground and rake. You can either do this in a raised bed or a large pot. Next you'll

need to mark out a circle using the string and two bits of bamboo. This circle will be the base for your pizza, which can then be divided into pizza slices using pebbles, shingle or sand. Once you have your sections, you can sow four to six types of seed or plant plugs into each one to make toppings suitable for a scrummy pizza. Seeds could include basil, tomato, sweet peppers and rocket - whatever your children like on a pizza. Look after your pizza wheel and watch it grow. 2. Cress caterpillar What you'll need: Cress seeds; cotton wool or organic compost; egg box; scissors; paint and paint brush; googly eyes and pipe

cleaners. How to make it: First, cut the lid away from your egg box and cut through the middle so you have three sections to plant your seeds in. Decorate your box by painting it, adding a face for your caterpillar, along with googly eyes and pipe cleaner antennae.

Pizza wheel

Cress caterpillar

Butterfly pie

Once dry, pop a cotton wool ball in each section. Water the cotton wool and sprinkle liberally with cress seeds. Keep moist and you should see sprouts within a few days, and be able to chop it and eat it within a couple of weeks.

3. Butterfly pie What you'll need: Bin liner or pot; sugar (white or brown); water; partially rotted plums or similar fruit; small trowel or spade. How to make it: Dig a small hole in a border or pot, about 30cm wide by 15cm deep. Create a ridge around the hole and line it with a piece of bin liner and pierce with just a few holes. Next, dissolve some sugar in water and add some partially rotted plums or similar fruit. Mix the ingredients together and add to the soil from the hole. Pop the final mixture in the hole or pot and your Butterfly Pie is complete. Soon you'll see various butterfly visitors.


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