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N EW RU L ES FO R 'N EW N O RM A L ' The government has approved the measures which will cover public health safety when the state of emergency comes to an end on June 21. The Royal Decree was passed at a Cabinet meeting yesterday (Tuesday) as The Weekly Post went to press. The government will now seek to gain the green light for the rules in Parliament. Commenting on the regu-

lations which are designed to prevent new outbreaks of coronavirus, government spokeswoman María Jesús Montero said: “We cannot think that the whole episode is over and we are now safe. “We cannot take things lightly.” In a press conference following the Cabinet meeting, she outlined the measures which include an extension of

the current obligation to wear a face mask in public places. Citizens will have to wear a mask when they cannot guarantee keeping at least 1.5 metres away from other people. Anyone breaking the rules could face a fine of up €100. A full report on the new measures which will be brought in after June 21 will appear in Friday’s Costa Blanca News.

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Th e streets of O rih uela Intense storms hit Alicante province and Murcia region on Monday afternoon, causing localised flooding in a

Flooding in L a Cala Finestrat number of towns in the area. As well as torrential rain, the electrical storms also brought hail which

damaged crops. Read a full report on the effects of the cloudbursts in Friday’s Costa Blanca News


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Costa register service back on The register and ‘padrón’ office in Orihuela Costa has been reopened. A council spokesman explained that a prior appointment is needed to use it. For enquiries concerning the digital ACCV certificate residents are asked to call

96 607 61 18 and the service is available on Mondays and Wednesdays. Those needing to register as residents or get a copy of their ‘padrón’ certificate should call 96 607 61 50 or send an email to estadistica @estadistica.es.

Green light for new Albir access road By Irena Bodnarec At long last, the new road and roundabout, connecting the N332 with the CV-753, Albir to Benidorm road can commence as the contract for the works has been signed. The winning bid for the €832,991 contract came from PAVASAL Empresa Constructora S.A and the works will be completed in six months. There was a long process to get to this point, firstly acquiring the 9,407 m2 of land, which belonged to five different plots and cost the council only €7,000. The new roundabout will be in front of the Magic Robin Hood resort and the

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road, starting from the roundabout coming out of Alfaz will have two lanes of 4 metres in addition to a footpath on either side. Once completed it is estimated that it will reduce traffic on the Cami del Mar and Avenida de l’ Albir road at the McDonalds intersection by around 12%.

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A game to remember! By Irena Bodnarec Last Sunday a group of young men embarked on what is probably going to be their costliest game of football they are ever likely to encounter. Since lockdown began, back in mid-March, all council parks, playgrounds and sporting venues have been closed. Where not possible to physically lock a gate to stop people entering, such as children´s climbing frames and swings, police tape has been placed to indicate it out of bounds. On urbanisation Bello Horizonte 3 in La Nucía, the blue football pitch regularly attracts teams of gents for a casual kick around at the weekend, but up to now hadbeen empty. Obviously not able to resist, despite still taped off, a group arrived on Sunday

afternoon but their game was cut short when the local police arrived. All were asked for their DNI photo identification, which by law all Spanish nationals must carry on them, and all were then issued with fines.

Terrace tax postponed By Nuria Pérez

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Bar and restaurant owners in Orihuela municipality will not have to pay terrace tax to the council until the end of the year, according to councillor for taxes Rafael Almagro. Sr Almagro pointed out that bar owners who have already paid the fee will be given a refund for the instalment from March 13 to May 11, when the Alicante province entered phase one of the exit plan. The councillor stressed that a terrace licence is still compulsory and all bar

owners have to apply for it, if they don’t already have it. A similar measure has been launched from July to December by Pilar de la Horadada council. In this municipality bar and restaurant owners can apply to extend terraces or

to use part of a public area such as a car park or a street to install a terrace. Interested owners are asked to send an email to terrazas@pilardelahoradada. org or contact the local department for commerce on 692 956 613.


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Beach ban broken - but distance kept By Irena Bodnarec Despite not officially open until today – June 10, Albir beach had a number of visitors there last Sunday afternoon. The beautifully sunny weather obviously couldn´t keep them away, but as you

can see, all were very sensible and kept well-spaced apart along the shoreline without anyone instructing them to adhere to social distancing. From today the beach is officially open and divided into four parts, with the sunbed hire sections controlled by the con-

cession company and the other two sections by the town hall. The privately-run children´s entertainment play area, which opens in the Frax carpark every summer is currently in the process of setting up and will no doubt be ready for business when restrictions allow.

Lost and found An elderly man with Alzheimer’s disease who was wandering around Alicante city has been rescued by the National Police. A witness reported having seen him looking disorientated and directionless in the early hours of the morning, so a patrol went looking for him. When they eventually tracked him down, they real-

ised he was lost and unable to respond coherently to their questions. Then the officers tried to establish where he lived, since he was not carrying any documentation, and found that he was a resident of a care home. Having taken him to the police station, they managed to contact one of the man’s

Lightning sparks fire sons and within minutes his granddaughter arrived, followed closely by the son. They both thanked the officers, who finally contacted the manager of the care home to find out what had happened. He told them the man had escaped and they had been looking for him for several hours.

By Edward Graham Lightning was blamed for starting a forest fire on the side of the Montgó mountain on Sunday afternoon as electrical storms swept across the Marina Alta. The violent thunderstorms brought torrential rain but woodland on Les

Planes ignited after the lightning strike. Ground forces including volunteers from Jávea’s civil protection - who put photographs of the scene on social media - quickly brought flames under control and extinguished the threat.


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By Jo Pugh Lifeguards finally returned to the beaches of Teulada Moraira on Monday. The service will be active until September 30 and will be strengthened with more staff from July 13 to August 23, as these are the busiest times. The lifeguard and rescue boat hours will be from 11am to 7pm, and from July 13 to August 23 from 10am to 8pm. From August 24, and until the end of the season, the hours will return to between 11am and 7pm. During the summer season the council will keep the toilets on Platgetes, Ampolla and Portet beaches open. These facilities will be cleaned and disinfected three times a day. Beach users are asked to act responsibly when using them. Feet washing services will not be available, nor are their use recommended, to avoid a possible focus of contagion by using taps. Taking advan-

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tage of this circumstance, the Ministry of Tourism will proceed to change them for new units in the next week, but they will remain out of service until the state of emergency passes. All swimmers are recommended to follow the recommendations for the safe use of beaches and the plan of safe mobility with different entrances and exits, the use of footwear on wooden platforms for access to the beach is mandatory as an additional safety measure. The installation of specific signage at the beach entrances to be installed in the coming days is also being finalised.

A couple who allegedly took delivery of over 75,000 kilograms of citrus fruits but did not pay their suppliers have been arrested for fraud by the Guardia Civil in Cox. The suspects are residents of Blanca (Murcia) and had their business registered there but used a warehouse in the Vega Baja town to carry out the scam, explained a spokesman for the force. Two separate victims presented accusations to the Guardia Civil in Callosa de Segura and Jacarilla, and the Torrevieja-based rural crime squad (ROCA) led the investigation. They had sold 42,000kg of Verna lemons for about €11,000 and 32,250kg of Navel Powell oranges for €6,020. The payments were supposed to be made in instalments by post-dated cheques after delivery, which were from various bank accounts and none of which cleared. Officers discovered that

the warehouse in Cox had no signs to identify the business and nobody appeared to be using it. The suspects would allegedly pretend to represent a solvent company, buy the products at low prices and then sell them on quickly for

cash, before disappearing – either cutting off communication with the victim or making the excuse that the company had closed down. The couple, who are Spanish and aged 37 and 45, have been released by an investigating court until their trial.

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UK SELF-ISOLATION RULE Some Mar Menor beaches open for HITS COSTA BOOKINGS By James Parkes

Costa Blanca bookings are already suffering the impact from the new 14-day self-isolation obligation imposed on all travellers arriving in the UK since Monday. Hotels in Benidorm had already received thousands of bookings for holidays from July 1, but the UK quarantine rule has thwarted many British holidaymakers' plans as the self-isolation period when returning to the UK effectively adds a fortnight to all holiday plans abroad, making

the majority of them inviable. As a consequence, Jet2.com has announced it is postponing the relaunch of its flights from July 1 to July 15. Meanwhile leading low-cost Ryanair has slammed the new rule warning 'it will cost thousands of jobs.'

Although the Costa could begin welcoming domestic customers before the end of this month - many resorts such as Benidorm rely greatly on the UK market. See full report in Costa Blanca News on Friday

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Fiestas off in San Pedro San Pedro del Pinatar council has cancelled all events for the patron saint fiestas in June and the Virgen del Carmen pilgrimage on July 16. Mayoress Visitación Martínez noted that the decision

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had been made jointly with the cultural and religious associations organising and participating in the events. She said that Mass services are to be held in honour of Saint Peter and the

Virgen del Carmen – and stressed that seats will be limited to guarantee social distancing. The cancellation of the fiestas is to protect public health, she noted.

By Alex Watkins The Los Alcázares beaches – Espejo, Carril de Las Palmeras and Los Narejos – were opened to bathers again starting from Friday (June 5). The council had opened all beaches for sunbathing,

but swimming was banned due to repair and cleaning works in areas damaged by the September floods and Storm Gloria in January. They reported that beaches of Manzanares, Carrión and La Concha remain closed to swimmers.


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CASH FOR COASTAL ROADS Nearly €750,000 is being invested in repairing eight roads on Murcia’s coastline by the regional government. The roads had been seriously damaged by the September floods and winter storms.

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RM-311 from Los Beatos to El Albujón; the RM-F24 from Los Belones to Los Alcázares (RM-F54); the RM-320 from Escombreras to Portmán (RM-320); and the RM-E22 from Canteras to Mazarrón.

Migration highway By Edward Graham The southbound carriageway of an aquatic highway used by fin whales on their annual migration has been particularly busy off the Marina Alta coastline this year. Whale watchers have spotted 30 of the cetaceans Balaenoptera physalus in 14 separate sightings in the last two weeks off Cap Sant

Antoni, the peninsular dividing Dénia and neighbouring Jávea. Fin whales - known as the ‘greyhound of the sea’ because of their streamlined shape - are the second largest animal on the planet after the blue whale and can grow to 27 metres in length, the Mediterranean mammals are smaller and typically measure a mere 20 metres long.

The journey south takes place in May and June from the Ligurian Sea and the whales come closest inshore off the point; sightings monitored by the Dénia coastguard at Las Rotes, and scientists from the University of Valencia and the ministry of agriculture, rural development, climate emergency and ecological transition.

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Guardamar attracts visitors in Alicante province Mobility remains restricted to Alicante province for the duration of phase two of the Covid-19 exit plan. For this reason Guardamar has launched an ambitious advertising campaign so that residents – including Spaniards and those of international origin – pay a visit to this beautiful destination, known for having the largest coastal dune forest on the Spanish Mediterranean, at 750 hectares (1,853.29 acres), with 11km of fine sandy beaches.

didn't receive any donations which meant the pot was getting empty. Some people think that because it is a council run shelter that the council provides everything. Wrong! The council provide basic vet treatments, but some of the more complicated and advanced treatments have to be met by ourselves. Also any expensive medicines we have to buy ourselves. They provide

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well as the rich archaeological and historical heritage of this municipality by the mouth of one of Spain’s most emblematic rivers: the Segura. We are convinced that many of our readers - not just those from the Vega Baja del Segura – will have visited this unique municipality, where its respect for culture and local traditions are its great attraction. This is why, our friends residing on the Costa Blanca, it is well worth returning to rediscover Guardamar.

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Mohican cut for charity AVAT (Asociación de Voluntarios de Animales de Torrevieja) Animal Charity - A massive thank you to everyone that supported the Mohican cut charity day on Saturday, June 7 at the Mi-Sol Bar with Lisa and Lesley. What a fabulous day it was. Over €2,000 was raised with more still coming in. AVAT is committed to helping both the Albergue animal shelter in Torrevieja and any other animal that is in need within the area. During lockdown the Albergue obviously

As such, our neighbours around the province will have been able to see the 30 large billboards that have been positioned in Villena, Elda, Petrer, Novelda, Monforte, El Campello, Sant Joan, Mutxamel, Alicante, Elche, Crevillent, Albatera, Callosa de Segura, Orihuela and the N-332 where it enters Guardamar. Rather than an advertising slogan, it was decided to use vocabulary that defines what we have to offer: beaches, nature, shopping and cuisine, as

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only dry food, no wet food at all, so we have to buy that, including wet kitten food, formula milk, feeding bottles. We also have to supply litter trays, dishes, beds and the same with the dogs...any improvements are paid for by ourselves. Thanks need to go, in particular, to the Scandinavian and British communities for their very generous donations. An even bigger thank you to Vivienne Woolfitt who had a grade 1 haircut and sprayed pink, she raised €155 And of course, the girls from Charlie´s Salon, La Siesta. For further details email alberguecats@gmail.com

The ‘Lions Den’ charity shop in Moraira opens its doors for business on Monday, June 15 - with coronavirus safety measures to protect staff and shoppers. Teulada Moraira Lions Club’s charity shop, it is between Letters R Us and the Pepe La Sal supermarket in the Centro Commercial Moraira, adjacent to the fountain roundabout on the outskirts to the village on the Teulada road. Shopping at the Lions

Den helps fund the group’s support of good causes and there is an extensive range of summer clothes, books and DVDs and bric a brac on sale. Fundraising has been hit by the Covid-19 pandemic and people who wish to donate via a GoFundMe page, www.gofundme.com/f/ teulada-moraira-lions, which can also be accessed through the Facebook page and the website www.tmlions.com - which also outlines how to join the club and all its activities.


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Charity needs a helping hand

The current crisis has greatly damaged the unique facility that Reach Out offers to the Homeless and needy families in Torrevieja. Hacienda has unfortunately seized any debts we had to them, and rather than defer the payments, as recommended by the government, decided to strike at our jugular and take lump sums from our ever depleting bank account. NO INCOME for three months means we are near to bankruptcy. We have stocks of food pro-

vided by generous donors, our own funds and the EU Foodbank, and estimate we have enough stock to provide for our 45 families until late September. What we now need is hard CASH. Monetary donations to help pay our social workers' wages, insurances, rent, electricity, security and water bills. Our Shop 2 has not been reopened due to volunteer fears, they are all of a vulnerable group and we can understand their concerns. Shop 1 has reopened, but due to restrictions

Having a clear out? By Irena Bodnarec The lockdown certainly made many have a long overdue clear out – with plenty of time on everyone´s hands it was at least time productively spent. The MABS Cancer Support Charity Shop in Alfaz del Pi will be more than appreciative for your items, from clothing, to bric-a-brac and furniture. If it’s clean and in a saleable condition bring it

down to the shop on Avenida Pais Valencia – the main High Street, next to the Don Dino toyshop. Alternatively, if you have larger items of furniture then either call or WhatsApp us on 634 336 200 to arrange free collection. All the money we raise at the MABS charity shops is used to directly help those suffering with cancer. Please help us to help them.

Jávea International Baptist Church JIBC believes God longs to reach out to everyone. If you are being challenged during these unprecedented times, and are seeking to know more about God, please access our virtual services by visiting our website at www.javeabaptist.es and press the 'view' button for the latest addition. If you wish to listen to others available on the website, open the 'sermon' button

in the task bar and a list will appear. Should you wish to know more about the church here in Jávea, you may leave a message and someone will get back to you as soon as possible. The church is located at Carrer Favara, 8, Pueblo de Jávea. The Leadership Team, JIBC.

our income is still not what we were earning prior to lockdown, and will take some time to emerge from the crisis. Our furniture department has not been able to thrive due to lack of drivers, again volunteers in a vulnerable group. We would appreciate funding from business's who would beb willing to offer an Annual Tax Deductable bursary, or a monthlyb sum which again can be tax deductable. Every little helps!! Volunteers are always

required and appreciated, Shop 2 needs volunteers. This appeal is a last resort to try to ensure we continue to meet our mission statement in the future, as we hopefully come to the end of the crisis, and our services remain of the highest standard. Our bank account details are shown on our website, Donations can be made to our Santander bank account: Account name: Extiende La Mano IBAN: ES21 0049 3613 91 2314017223

Please leave your name as a reference. Thank you. Tax certificates can be issued if requested, we will contact you for more information. We have a Go Fund Me account details in the signature block.

Lockdown donations The Charity Shop of Calpe has been closed for 12 weeks, but during this time we have been able to support the local community when it has been most in need. We donated €4,000 worth of vouchers for fresh food, split evenly between Cáritas and the Cruz Roja Calpe. The shop is unlikely to reopen until September, partly for safety reasons, but

also due to a flood which has damaged the ceiling and ruined a lot of stock. We therefore urgently need donations of clothes, shoes, household items and small pieces of furniture. You can drop off these donations at the shop on Monday and Thursday mornings between 10am and 12pm. We are in Galerías Mar Azul on Gabriel Miró, Calpe – half way up on the right hand side.

Jalón Valley Help back soon Jalón Valley Help plan to open their doors JALON Valley Help aims to be back in business on July 1 when itagain on July 1. The three charity shops in Jalon, Alcalali, and Orba will all have undergone a deep clean and safety measures will be in place in order to protect the team of volunteers and customers. Income generated by the shops is vital to allow JVHelp to provide crucial services in the community.

Help’s president Elaine Horton is determined all the premises are as safe as possible; ozone machines will be installed to eliminate all viruses and bacteria in the bid for a ‘clean air environment’. In addition, volunteer staff will be provided masks, gloves and sanitiser; customers will be asked to respect social distancing rules and wear their own masks, while disposable gloves and sanitiser will be provided.

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Men - do you think you have low testosterone levels? Testosterone is a steroid hormone that helps regulate sperm development, maintain muscle mass, and boost energy. Both men and women have it, but men produce about ten times more of it than women. Low testosterone is sometimes known as androgen deficiency syndrome; androgen is the term for the male sex hormone and testosterone is the main sex hormone for men. The bottom of a man's normal total testosterone range is about 300 nanograms per deciliter (ng/dL). The upper limits are 1,000 to 1,200 ng/dL. A decrease in a man’s testosterone level is a natural function of aging similar to the decline of the female hormone estrogen in women. For each year over age 30, the level of testosterone in men starts to slowly dip at a rate of around 1 percent annually. This decline in testosterone and the symptoms it causes have sometimes been referred to as "male menopause." However, at any age some men have a lower than expected level of testosterone which can be due to a number of reasons: ■ Hormonal disorders ■ Injury to the testicles ■ Testicular cancer or treatment for testicular cancer ■ Chronic kidney or liver disease ■ Infection ■ HIV / AIDS ■ Type 2 Diabetes ■ Obesity ■ Some medications ■ Some genetic disorders Signs and symptoms of low testosterone include: ■ Decreased sex drive ■ Erectile dysfunction ■ Reduced energy level

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basis, these treatments keep a man's testosterone at a steady level and keep his symptoms at bay. If you are using testosterone gel on your skin, be careful not to expose other people to the gel. There is also a relatively new method of treatment whereby several pellets are placed under the skin of the buttocks, which release testosterone over the course of about three to four months.

Note that some men with a low testosterone level have absolutely no symptoms at all.

Testosterone treatment is not without risk Testosterone treatment is not without possible side effects. It may raise the red blood cell count and can enlarge breast tissue. Therefore, men with any history of breast cancer should not have testosterone treatment. Testosterone can also accelerate prostate growth, therefore treatment is usually not advised for men with prostate cancer although medical studies are currently looking into this association. Recent studies suggest a link between testosterone therapy and an increased risk in heart disease. A 2010 trial of testosterone in older men was stopped early because the men receiving testosterone therapy had a higher frequency of heart problems than did the men receiving the placebo. A 2013 study found a higher frequency of death and heart problems in men who had coronary artery disease and received testosterone therapy. However, two recent studies have also reported a lower risk of death in men who were receiving testosterone than in those who were not. A 2014 study reported that testosterone therapy might increase the

Diagnosis: A diagnosis of low testosterone includes taking a complete medical history and having a physical exam as well as blood tests to confirm the diagnosis. Your doctor will want to make sure your low testosterone is not caused by medications you are taking or by a disease or condition that needs to be treated. Treatment: Even if you have no symptoms treatment may be advised as low testosterone scores often lead to drops in bone density, meaning that bones become more fragile and increasingly prone to breaks. If a young man's low testosterone is a problem for a couple trying to get pregnant, testosterone injections are probably the best option. Given every few weeks, the injections stimulate sperm production and motility. When fertility is not an issue, the ideal testosterone delivery method is a daily gel or patch. Because they are applied on a regular and frequent

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risk of a heart attack in men age 65 and older, as well as in younger men who have a history of heart disease. Further research is needed to determine the safety of using testosterone therapy to treat older men dealing with age-related declines in testosterone. Currently, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is investigating the risk of stroke, heart attack and death in men taking FDA-approved testosterone products. If you wonder whether testosterone therapy might be right for you, talk with your doctor about the risks and benefits Testosterone treatment should never be self prescribed (ie. to improve your sex life). If you are taking testosterone, make sure your doctor is monitoring your response to treatment with regular blood tests. If you and your doctor decide that you should try medication to treat low testosterone, remember that a healthy lifestyle including a healthy weight, not smoking, limited alcohol, and regular exercise are also important for managing testosterone levels. Article supplied by the Family Medical Centre, Albir. Call 96 686 5072 or email info@albirfamilymedicalcentre.com

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Bath vs shower - which is better? Whatever your personal preference, Liz Connor asks Dr Earim Chaudry to explain which bathing method is better for our skin health. The baths vs shower debate has long been a hotlyargued topic in households across the country. While some people love the idea of starting the day with a long soak, others can't fathom the concept of sloshing around in a tub full of water. Both showers and baths have some pretty brilliant health and wellbeing benefits, but which is actually better for you in the longterm? We asked Dr Earim Chaudry, GP and medical director at Manual (manual.co) to weigh in on the topic... "Baths are great for people with skin conditions such as eczema, but it's a myth that they're better they're actually not quite as beneficial as showering.

"A shower is actually better for your skin, due to the fact that they expose the body to less water than a bath. Whether it's a bath or a long shower though, exposing your skin to too much water can strip it of its natural oils. With frequent showering, the skin's surface can break down, leading to irritation and inflammation. "It can also dehydrate your skin, wash away beneficial bacteria and increase risk of infection. The skin does a pretty efficient job of cleaning itself, so you don't need to scrub yourself down all the time to stay hygienic. "The ideal way to keep yourself clean is to take short, lukewarm showers and only use soap around the groin area, feet and armpits - basically anywhere that gives off odour after a particularly hot day or a workout. "Your average bar of soap is designed to to remove oils from the skin, so using that soap all over

your body means you might be stripping your skin of some beneficial natural oils. "The one benefit to baths though, is that if you've had a particularly stressful day and need to wind down, they are incredibly beneficial to your wellbeing. Hot baths before bed can increase our body temperature at night, which helps synchronise our natural circadian rhythms leading to better, deeper sleep. "Decreases in stress hormones (like cortisol) have been reported with warm bathing too, as research has found that they may help the balance of the feel-good neurotransmitter serotonin. "So, how often should you

be showering? Well, there's a lot of conflicting advice out there. Many dermatologists would recommend a shower every other day, or two to three times a week. "In warmer weather conditions, you might not feel comfortable with that frequency, so taking a shower every day certainly isn't the end of the world. And that's especially the case if you're highly active. "If you want to try showering every other day, give yourself a sponge bath and wash your face, armpits, and groin with a washcloth on your non-showering days. For optimal skin health, don't shower using hot water, and limit shower time to five to 10

minutes. This is not only good for you, but also beneficial to the environment."


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Belching and flatulence Belching, burping and flatulence are natural and common bodily functions which can at times become incredibly uncomfortable and embarrassing. This can also be accompanied by distention of the stomach causing bloating and pain. Simple lifestyle changes can be discussed with your Doctor to help reduce and eliminate the symptoms if there are no underlying health problems. Belching and burping helps to expel excess air that has built up in the upper digestive tract, accumulating in the oesophagus. Some of the causes of this is eating too fast, carbonated drinks, chewing gum, or smoking and often addressing these issues can resolve the problem. Acid reflux or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) however can sometimes cause excessive belching and may be related to the inflammation of the stomach lining (gastritis) or to an infection with Helicobacter pylori, which is a bacterium responsible for causing stomach ulcers. In these cases, the belching is accompanied by other symptoms, such as heartburn or abdominal pain

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Helicobacter pylori can be contracted by ingesting infected food, water or contact with bodily fluids from an infected person. It can live dormant in the digestive tract for many years, causing bleeding and ulcers in the stomach lining or small intestine. If left untreated can be very

painful and lead to stomach cancer. It is especially important to seek advice from your Doctor who can with a simple stool, blood or breath sample diagnose and treat the bacteria as it will not go away on its own. Article supplied by Clinica Britannia. Call: 965 837 553 or visit www.clinicabritannia.com

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Complete the puzzle using the Cryptic or Regular clues - the answers are the same.

Cryptic clues Across 1 The newspaper items are poorly written (5) 4 Junkie did act strangely (6) 9 Relaxed ten line composition (7) 10/17 Standard reply when asked for soup ingredient (5,6) 11 It's nothing to see this bird on the cricket field (4) 12 One issue with odd ode in it (7) 13 Getting on in a cold climate (3) 14 Hit one's pals in return (4) 16 Urges one to get food (4) 18 Sapphic ode contains details of a fish (3) 20 I regain disputed African country (7) 21 Chinese dog food? (4)

24 Card game starts with hands in some turmoil (5) 25 A meadow over a North Yorkshire river (7) 26 Look upon with concern (6) 27 Pitchers from broken sewer (5) Down 1 Badly looted Spanish city (6) 2 Bloke in charge is overexcited (5) 3 She would rapidly cast off (4) 5 Broken tins indeed are intended (8) 6 Pressing in groin by mistake (7) 7 Decomposed skeleton without the Spanish vouchers (6) 8 Endless peg directed horse (5) 13 The telephonist is poorer at fashion (8) 15/18 Where a feller might get work (7,5) 17 See 10 Across 18 See 15 19 Good men digest small Scottish bonbons (6) 22 Hospital adjacent to Yorkshire river is the residence (5) 23 This small land mass misled no doctor (4)

Regular clues Across 1 Periods (5) 4 Fanatic (6) 9 Compassionate (7) 10 Hoard (5) 11 Bend down (4) 12 Version (7) 13 Aged (3) 14 Smack (4) 16 Incites (4) 18 Edible fish (3) 20 African country (7) 21 Breed of dog (4) 24 Card game (5) 25 Meadow (7) 26 Look upon (6) 27 Jugs (5)

Down 1 Spanish city (6) 2 Overexcited (5) 3 Shack (4) 5 Intended (8) 6 Pressing and smoothing (7) 7 Coupons (6) 8 Charger (5) 13 Machinist (8) 15 Taking down (7) 17 Reply (6) 18 Sites (5) 19 Desserts (6) 22 Dwelling (5) 23 Atoll (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 Capilla (6) 4 Costa (5) 8 Sobrina (5) 9 Aeropuerto (7) 10 Cuero (7) 11 Aquí (4) 12 Mar (3) 14 Vena (4) 15 Ratones (4) 18 Propina (3) 21 Poeta (4) 23 Ordenar (siguiendo un sistema) (7) 25 Equipaje (7) 26 Corteza (de pan) (5) 27 Semillas (5) 28 Estornudo (6)

Down 1 Vela (de cera) (6) 2 Promedio (7) 3 Elefante (8) 4 Tarjeta (4) 5 Arriba (5) 6 Títulos (6) 7 Pelos (5) 13 Estadounidense (8) 16 Confundir (7) 17 Manzanas (6) 19 Páginas (5) 20 Escarabajo (6) 22 Águila (5) 24 Bolsas (4)


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Save our insects By Hannah Stephenson, PA Wild pollinating insects like bees, butterflies and hoverflies, have suffered drastic declines in recent decades, both in terms of numbers and biodiversity, according to Buglife, the Invertebrate Conservation Trust. Many species have suffered such declines, the Trust warns they're being pushed to extinction, due to a number of factors, including lack of space for wildlife in our countryside and in our towns and cities, and the use of pesticides. So, there has never been a better time to fill your beds and borders with flowering plants and trees which are magnets to pollinating insects. What size is your border? If you have a narrow plot then use space vertically, perhaps with climbing shrubs - such as honeysuckle or passionflower - which bees and butterflies love. In many gardens, borders are too narrow and beds too small, but plants can be scaled up or down simply by increasing or decreasing the number of each plant you put in. Just bear in mind how quickly and how large your plants will grow, as before you know it, just one flowering shrub could have taken over the whole area. If you are wanting a layered effect of plants in your border, you'll need more

space - a minimum of a 3m width and 1m depth, but ideally more. Think of the colour If you want deep pinks, blues and mauves, good combinations include sea holly (echinops), with echinacea and the light, airy Verbena bonariensis which self-seeds prolifically - and all are a magnet for bees in summer. Lavender, purple lupins, alliums and pink roses also combine well. If you're more of a hot colour type, preferring sizzling reds, bright yellows and burnt oranges, you may prefer rudbeckia and heleniums to brighten your border. When choosing your plants, opt for single-flowered types which are native, rather than hybrid and double-flowered varieties. And don't forget shrubs which

flower at different times of the year, such as the bright yellow mahonia, providing plenty of pollen for hungry bees in spring. Front of the border For an easy maintenance border, you can't go wrong with cranesbill geraniums for both ground cover, colour and interest from insects. Geranium 'Rozanne' is a winner, with its open, mid-blue flowers, which go on from spring to autumn. If you want colour and insect interest into late summer, the ice plant, Sedum spectabile, provides a cool silver leaf and flowers in late summer and autumn. Middle of the border There are so many mid-height plants to place in the middle of a border, from the lollipop-shaped alliums which can be dotted through a scheme, to rudbeckia, perennial salvia, sea holly, roses and thistle-like cirsium. This section will probably offer you the most choice. Back of the border Fast-growing flowering shrubs - such as buddleias and ceanothus - will provide nectar for butterflies and bees, while tall foxgloves and delphiniums and eupa-

toriums will add colour and form behind lower-growing plants, as well as interest for pollinators. Are there rules to follow to attract pollinators? According to Buglife, the key things to remember are that native plants are best, as well as close relatives to native plants. Herbs are also good - lavender, rosemary, marjoram, chives. Provide a range of plants that will supply nectar and pollen throughout the year, from early spring to late autumn. Don't forget trees, if you have room. In the spring, pollinators will gather on the blossom of apples, pears, cherries, hawthorn and blackthorn. Plants with different shaped flowers will provide a range of resources for different types of pollinating insects - some bumblebees favour deep flowers, which they can access with their long tongues, others require more shallow flowers, or blooms with big 'landing pads' like oxeye daisies. National Insect Week runs from June 22-28. For more information visit nationalinsectweek.co.uk.


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