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D ru g sq u ad sw eep s c ity A crackdown against drug trafficking saw four separate National Police operations shut down several black spots in Alicante city, reported a spokesman for the force. The drug squad started focusing on the troubled Ciudad de Asís neighbourhood in the north, where they suspected a Romanian man was supplying cocaine. Surveillance detected three people dealing drugs in the street, a Spaniard, a Romanian and a Pole, aged 27, 39 and 43 respectively, and all with police records. They were rounded up and a search of a home found an in-

door marijuana plantation with 50 plants and 27 grams of cocaine. Another 400 cannabis sativa plants were discovered after a strong smell of marijuana was reported coming from an abandoned home in the neighbourhood of the cemetery. The spokesman described the plantation as ‘enormous’ and noted the equipment was illegally connected to the electricity supply. This investigation remains open while police try to locate the owner of the property. The same officers followed up tips that a married couple in their thirties were selling cocaine around the Plaza Argel, another

blackspot for drugs. Having staked out the area and caught numerous people in possession of cocaine, a search warrant was authorised and officers seized 60g of the drug. The male suspect was allegedly laundering money by buying and selling used cars, without having set up a business. He and his two brothers had accumulated more than 40 vehicles over two years, despite having no known means of income and one of them currently being in prison. The couple are aged 30 and 36 and both have police records. The other investigation arrested a 51-year-old Spanish

man on suspicion of dealing various drugs in the Ciudad de Asís neighbourhood. He took great precautions to avoid detection, even storing the substances at another address, but surveillance revealed his activities. After his arrest his home was

searched and officers seized various quantities of cocaine, speed, ecstasy, marijuana and the synthetic compound ‘tusci’ (2C-B). The spokesman noted that these operations required ‘hard and coordinated’ police work by highly qualified officers.

N ew helic op ter for forest fires Alicante provincial fire service revealed via their Twitter account that they have the use of a second helicopter this summer to tackle forest fires. A spokesman explained that it would be used to ‘detect, coordinate and extinguish’ blazes in the countryside. He noted that the helicopter is already operative. “We are working to provide the best possible service for the province,” he said.


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In the palm of their hand Orihuela celebrated World Environment Day at the town’s palm tree plantation, El Palmeral. A council spokesman reported that many different ac-

tivities were held, based around an artisans’ market. The day was attended by councillor for the environment, Dámaso Aparicio, who commented on the exhibi-

tions of work with the ‘white palm’. Our photo shows one of the wonderful creations made by artists with this traditional material for weaving.

‘Padrón’ scam exposed A woman in Los Alcázares has been arrested for fraudulently putting foreign citizens on the municipal register (padrón) in exchange for money, reported the National Police. The immigration and forgery unit (UCRIF) learned that there was a constant flow of foreign people being registered in the municipality, explained a spokesman for the force. This could be fairly normal for a coastal resort but the number of people signing on and off in a single house aroused suspicions.

There were Moroccans, Indians and Spaniards all at the same address and everyone there was registered for less than three years. The police established that none of these people had ever lived in the house and most had only registered in order to carry out some other procedure, such as obtaining a health card or enrolling children in school. The suspect, a 49-yearold Spanish women, allegedly offered them ‘help’ to carry out these procedures, making appointments at the

town hall and preparing all the required documentation, asking them to provide their personal documentation and pay her between €300 and €400 in cash. If these people needed to have any post delivered to the address, she charged them an additional €50 to hand over the letters they had received, according to the spokesman. The suspect is accused for falsifying documentation but the investigation remains open ‘in order to put an end to this kind of fraudulent activity’, he added.





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By Irena Bodnarec Last Sunday the CEM Captivador environmental education centre hosted the Federal Council of Valencian Scouts, which was attended by representative of 21 groups from across the Valencia region. This was the first face to face meeting since the pandemic erupted and Marian


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Drawings by children of victims of gender violence have been compiled for a touring exhibition, which opened in Rojales on Friday. Called ‘Crecer con miedo: Niños y niñas ante la violencia de género’ (growing up in fear: boys and girls faced with gender violence), it will be in the hall of the archaeological museum until June 25. The objective is to raise awareness about the terrible effects that violence has on children, who cannot express this in words but can do with images of the fears caused by the abusive situations they have experienced. The exhibition is a project by the commission for research into abuse of women (CIMTM), in collaboration with the national federation of

municipalities and provinces (FEMP). It forms part of an initiative started by the committee in 2003 to observe what psychological attention is needed by children who have suffered physical, psychological or sexual abuse. Local campaign group against gender violence, Vivas Nos Queremos Vega Baja made arrangements with the town hall for the exhibition to come to Rojales, after which it will be visiting Callosa de Segura, San Miguel de Salinas, Almoradí, San Isidro, Torrevieja, Daya Vieja and San Fulgencio.

By Irena Bodnarec The application process has opened to apply for aid paying housing rent. Subsidises are available up to the value of €420, rising to

50% if all the members of the household are aged over 65 years of age. Those wishing to apply for the aid must do so via the social services department. To book an appointment call 96

689 73 30. Deadline is July 8. Priority in all cases will be given to those threatened with eviction, single-parent families, large families, victims of domestic violence and other vulnerable groups.

Frida Kahlo appears in Ondara river Another work of art has been unveiled in Ondara’s dry riverbed, which was turned into an open-air gallery pre-pandemic after the youth department summoned budding graffiti painters to redecorate. The Alberca river has become a walkway, and a very colourful one – alongside the original young people's designs are several murals by famous local artist Larouch, and the grey concrete gaps in between are gradually filling up. This latest edition is by Marina Alta-based up-and-coming artist Paco Chika and features the top half of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, famously played by actress Salma Hayek in a silver-screen film of her fascinating life. The mural shows her looking pensive, face in hand, with angel wings coming out of her back and flowers in her hair, wearing a watch

and a blue checked blouse. Next to her is one of her most iconic quotes: “Why would I need feet when I've got wings to fly?” Considered a paragon of feminism and creative boldness and freedom, she fits in with Ondara’s drive to give visibility to women in history.

The town hall launches a Tourism app to bring tourist information closer to visitors in an interactive way Calp ‘s town hall has taken another step forward in its aim to become a smart tourist destination. It has launched an app that will provide visitors with information about the most important tourist resources of the municipality in an interactive way. This app, called ‘Calpe’, allows users to access tourist information via alerts on their mobiles as they walk around the town. This is possible thanks to the fact that the app is interconnected to a network

of beacons, small devices based on bluetooth technology, which have been installed in emblematic tourist spots in the city and which will allow tourists who download it to receive an alert on their mobiles when they approach one of these devices. Once close enough to pick up the bluetooth signal, they will obtain information about where they are as well as the monuments or places in front of them and their surroundings. The app also offers a planner that allows tourists to make their plans about what to

visit as well as all the tourist resources offered by the locality. It is available on both Android and iOS and in six languages: Spanish, Valencian, English, French, German and Dutch. A total of 75 beacons, have been installed throughout the municipality, linked to tourist points of interest. 25 beacons as well as the app are co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) of the European Union within the Edusi Strategy ‘Revitaliza Calp’ and the other 50 through a grant from Valencian Community Tourism.





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Safety on the sand in Santa Pola The lifeguard service on Santa Pola’s beaches started on June 7 and for the first time will be extended to include Playas de la Ermita and Bancal de l’Arena from June 21, announced the town hall. The natural coves of the Cabo de Santa Pola do not have lifeguards but are being equipped with new emergency posts at which people can communicate directly with the service. Also from June 21, the lifeguards will have a basic life support ambulance at their disposition, as well as a Red Cross patrol boat to monitor

people’s safety from the water, covering the whole coast from Playa de Levante to La Ermita. There will also be another boat a Gran Playa to cover incidents in the western sector. Furthermore, a new megaphone system will alert beachgoers if the warning flag changes, lost children or any other incident. The walkways for people with reduced mobility have been painted blue along their edges and the other walkways have been marked with directions for entering or leaving the beaches, and many

have been widened to facilitate social distancing. Marker posts have been embedded in the sand to create sectors and people are asked to respect the limits of these when they set up their parasols. To prevent crowding, users can check whether any of these sectors are full on the website RZBMTyCo/ santa-pola-estado-de-playas The accessible bathing points at Gran Playa and Levante opened on Saturday, as did a security service at the beach for dogs between


11.00 and 19.00 The public toilets were due to open this week, once ad-

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Postcard to a ‘deserving’ visitor By Jack Troughton A new website is enticing visitors to travel to the Costa Blanca with a series of colourful photographs showcasing its wealth of attractions. The tourism department of Teulada Moraira town hall has launched its new promotion campaign on the internet as international travel begins to

open up following the covid crisis. With its message ‘you deserve Teulada Moraira’; councillor for tourism Alejandro Llobell said the site stood out with its modern design and images of the ‘most emblematic places’ in the coastal community. He believes it conveys a ‘powerful message’ and

would attract people who wanted to experience life in the area for themselves during their holidays. The new website www. is available in five languages: Spanish, Valencian, English, German and French. It also offers a user speedy access to information. The site also includes fea-

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Villajoyosa receives subsidy of €32,000 for public transport By Shelley Liddell

Keeping Elche’s beaches clean

The new beach cleaning service launched by Elche city hall is equipped with more modern, efficient and sustainable machinery, announced the council. Presenting some of the new vehicles at Arenales del Sol beach on Thursday, mayor Carlos González said this contract with the temporary joint venture UTE Elche brings three tractors, four beach cleaning machines, five electric all-terrain vehicles, a truck for carrying large rubbish containers and four new 20-cubic-metre

containers. “The (municipality’s) nine kilometres of beach will be systematically cleaned every day from 11pm,” he assured. “For the first time this year the period for the service will be extended until September 30 so that the sand on the beaches is in the best possible condition for the enjoyment of our visitors and citizens.” The new contract also brings in an additional 180 litter bins, of which 40 are for paper and card, 40 for packaging containers and the rest

for general rubbish. Sr González also reminded that the council has introduced a recommended smoke-free policy on all Elche’s beaches this year to make them healthier and cleaner, noting that ‘the pernicious effect of dog ends on the environment is unquestionable’. He was accompanied for the presentation by the councillors for cleaning, rural districts and tourism, the manager of UTE Elche and the district mayors of Arenales del Sol and El Altet.

The national government has approved a subsidy of €433.9 million for 273 councils who own their public transport services. Villajoyosa is one of eight councils in Alicante province to benefit, being awarded €32,714. As explained by MP Patricia Blanquer, ‘the aim of this subsidy is to compensate for the loss of income suffered by local councils’ transport as a result of the restriction of movements brought about by Covid-19 in 2020’. It has been estimated that the impact of the pandemic is equivalent to 40% of this income. Villajoyosa’s transport

councillor Kiko Carreres said: “Thanks to this government subsidy we will be able to alleviate the economic losses generated by public transport during Covid-19 without having to make cuts or take this money from other municipal budgets to maintain the service." This cash is awarded directly to councils that provide their own public transport services and which registered a drop in income due to the crisis caused by the pandemic. To qualify they also have to be up to date with their tax and social security obligations and the reimbursement of any unused subsidies.

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The ‘SPY ETF’ that tracks the S&P500 main US stock index is one of the most traded stocks on the world’s largest stock exchange. We took substantial ETF positions on the pension funds I used to work on because they’re cheap, never less liquid than the index they mimic, nor stray too far from their value.

One of the most comprehensive studies comparing active versus passive fund performance is presented semi-annually by Morningstar*. It analyses US managers, where passive investments have longer histories, but Europe is little different. Shockingly, only 31% of active large stock managers beat passive fund alternatives last year and such occurrences fell steadily over longer timeframes, with just 8% beating over ten years. Furthermore, higher cost active funds underperformed cheaper active fund alternatives. This pattern was the same for every market segment. The message is clear. Why choose a Financial Adviser or Advice Firm that’s “tied”? (they’ll be-

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A new era, a new carpet Calpe Promenade Bowls Club A ribbon cutting ceremony took place on June 4, 2021 by club president and main sponsor Martyn Tucker, marking the official opening of the new carpet. Members enjoyed their first roll up on the brand new pristine carpet laid by Dales Sports UK, who did a wonderful and professional job. Calpe Promenade Bowls Club was founded in 2020 when it was decided that the original club Calpe Bowls Paraiso Mar would split into two independent clubs. Some of the members decided that they wished to continue at the stunning oceanfront location alongside Playa Levante Beach.

Given the outstanding backdrop of the Peñon de Ifach known as Calpe Rock, it is easy to understand why. Existing and new members are continuing to meet three times a week for a 'roll up' on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday at 09.30 - 12.00 and will also enjoy membership of Levante Lawn Bowls. Continued participation in the Northern League will also be a priority, along with league and cup matches and internal and external competi-



tions throughout the LLB region as well as organised charity events. Come along in person to find out more about the welcoming club...ask about tuition if you are new to the bowling scene. Calpe Promenade Bowls Club is part of the Edificio Paraiso Mar complex, located on the Playa de Levante promenade in between Bar 78 and the Blue Eden Bar. Or call Tony James on +34 634 328 483 to discuss meeting in person.

Torrevieja U3A keep in touch By Barry Weston Up-to-date news for all Torrevieja U3A members, plus any other people who may be considering joining our group. Normally we cease functioning during the summer months but in light of the fact that we have only just been able to restart our meetings, it has been decided to hold one more full meeting, later this month, which will be a chance to meet up with friends old and new and also to be entertained by a popular local singer. All of our normal facilities will be there for you. New members wishing to

join the group will also be welcome. Coffee mornings will be held during July and August allowing future events to be booked and paid for and to simply socialise. Our annual Groups Fair will be taking place in September. After this time it is hoped that we can fully return to a pre-Covid existence. A craft fair to raise funds for our presidents charity is proposed to be held in the autumn. Fuller details will be made available in due course. The fair will be open to stallholders, regardless of whether they are U3A members or not. The price to

have a table at the fair will be €5 per table. So come along to sell your wares and to help a good cause. All queries should be directed to our social team by email on torreviejau3asocial All of the above activities will be held at the Los Angeles Bar in Torrevieja, hopefully in the open areas thus allowing more space for friends to meet up in comfort and take advantage of the facilities available. Fuller details of all events will be announced in due course via our normal means of communication (newsletter, website torreviejau3a. org. and Facebook pages)


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The Franciscan Shelter for Men in Gandia provides a home and nursing care for around 50 homeless men, many of whom suffer from mental or physical illness. The shelter is run by a small team of Franciscan Brothers. The Brothers have been in complete lockdown throughout the Covid pandemic and have done an amazing job, dedicating themselves to the care of these individuals. Some of their usual funding sources have also been impacted by the pandemic – some charity shops in particular have been unable to trade and so have not raised money to be able to donate. The shelter approached TM Lions at a point where they were desperate for supplies. The Lions were able to donate funds at short notice which enabled a volunteer to do some much needed shopping for them. Such donations by the TM Lions are only possible because of the generosity of our supporters.

Our popular charity shop – the Lion's Den – is open again. It can be found a couple of doors away from Letters R Us beneath the Pepe La Sal supermarket on the Centro Comercial, Moraira, just past the fountain roundabout on Ctra Moraira-Teulada. If you’d like to know more about the work of the TM Lions please see www. There are also details here of how to get involved. We also have a GoFundMe page if you would like to support us – go to https://www.go

Craft association Amata is preparing a novel project - a weekly fair with arts, crafts and gastronomy in the middle of nature. The members of Amata, together with the owner, have turned the well known restaurant Betibo in Denia into a small craft world, with workshops for kids and grown ups, art and craft exhibitions, craft stalls, live music and concerts, special activities for children and a wide choice of different dishes and drinks. Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening in summer (from June 25 onwards) the doors of Betibo will open at 17.00 for all people who are interested in art, original craft work and good food. From

the parking you can walk into the gardens where you will find craft stalls, a Ferris wheel and table games for children of all ages! You can join a craft workshop, listen to music and in the shade of the big terrace enjoy a good meal, choosing portions of your favourite dishes, even if you are a vegetarian! And inside the building you will find art and craft exhibitions: oil paintings, sculptures in ceramics, wood and paper maché and other work of the artisans. Every evening one or two artisans give workshops – you can book a space when you arrive or make a reservation by phoning 639 979 678


(English and several other languages spoken). At https://www.puebloartesano. es/Betibo.html you will find a complete programme of the weekend and an explanation of how to get to Betibo which is located at Carretera Denia, - Jávea, km 4, 03700 Dénia.

Concert at the Cave is back After a break of two years the Costa Blanca Male Voice Choir will be staging its very popular Concert at the Cave in the wonderfully acoustic Cueva de las Calaveras in Benidoleig on Saturday and

Sunday, July 3 and 4, starting at 20.30. Restrictions severely limit the number of seats available so book as soon as possible. Tickets for the concerts are €12.50 and part of the

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The band plays on The Royal British Legion Concert Bands is now in rehearsals for the joint Armed Forces Day Service in Orihuela Cathedral on Saturday, June 26. This is the third time that this important event has taken place and gives the opportunity to support and pray for the work of the many who serve in our respective countries’ armed forces as sailors, soldiers, airmen and here in Spain members of the Guardia Civil, the National and local police forces. For the future the band will be very busy later in the year with a centenary concert in Alicante, Poppy ap-

peal launches in Benidorm and La Zenia Boulevard and the annual remembrance services in November and of course Carols in the Square, Torrevieja in December. We are always looking for more musicians to join us in the string, woodwind and brass sections. If you are interested please email Graham Robinson at robinsongraham 256@googlemail. com or telephone 658 663 846. Alternatively come along to one of our rehearsals. We rehearse in the basement of the Sophia Wellness Centre, Cabo Roig every Thursday afternoon between 16.00 and 18.00, you will be made very welcome

Helping pay vet fees for Rainbow animals U3A Marina Baixa hold a raffle at their monthly meetings and all proceeds go to local charities. Their charity co-ordinator and vice president, Liz Potter, recently presented €200 to Vetmovil in Alfaz del Pi on behalf of the Animal Rainbow Rescue association, to help with their vet fees. It is a charity run by volunteers and dependent entirely on donations. Lourdes Ayestaran, secretary of the Animal Rainbow Rescue charity, was there to accept the donation. U3A Marina Baixa president, Ruth Morris, and Susan Bell, co-ordinator of the Assistance Group, were also in attendance. Wine and dine event On Friday, June 11, a total of 25 members of U3A Marina Baixa enjoyed a lovely meal and a relaxing afternoon spent socialising with friends at Godoy's Restaurant in Albir. The social events coordinator, Hazel Layt, always arranges a wine and dine event once a month at a local restaurant as well as a meal after the monthly general meeting. After such a long time of Covid restrictions it has been so important to be able to go out to meet up with friends, particularly for members who may live alone and away from their families. U3A Marina Baixa continue to arrange events and to operate a variety of group activities to provide interest for their members: Petanca at



the Scandinavia Park in Alfaz at 18.00 on Thursdays and this Friday, June 18 there are 50 members going on a day trip to a bodega just north of Valencia. Information will shortly be published on forthcoming trips currently being arranged for July and September. U3A Marina Baixa meet on the fourth Monday of every month with the exception of August and December. Meetings are held at the Casa de Cultura in Alfaz del Pi and start promptly at 11.00. Membership is just €10 for the year. If you would like to find out more about the association please visit the website u3amarinabaixa. com or call 663 562 316 or 615 745 366. Or go along to their next meeting on June 26 when there will also be a craft exhibition showing the talents of many of their members.

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Celebrating success at Specsavers Guardamar Specsavers Ópticas are committed to nurturing talent and helping local Guardamar residents pursue a career in optometry. Colleagues recently celebrated the success of optical assistant Michael Olsson, who has secured his optical assistant diploma from the Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO). Store director, Lisa James, said: ‘We enjoy developing local talent, training and inspiring the next generation of optometrists and we’re very proud of Michael for receiving his diploma while working full time in store. It has taken a lot of hard work and dedication. He has now started a three-year course to become a qualified dispensing optician via distance learning.’ Michael had worked in real estate and as a gym instructor before looking for a change in career. He has now been working for Specsavers Ópticas for two years. Michael explains: ‘I wanted a change in career and knew of the Specsavers brand so decided to apply. Thanks to this job I have discovered a love for the world of optics. I am very happy to be a qualified optical assistant and am excited to continue my studies to become a dispensing optician.’ Lisa, Michael and the rest of the team are committed to helping the community in Guardamar protect their vision and identify any health issues which may damage the eyes and lead to sight loss. Staff at the store speak English, Spanish and German, and can support customers in their own language, while using the latest optical technology. Annual eye tests are free at Specsavers Ópticas Guardamar. To book your test call 965 083 273 or visit Specsavers Calpe donate glasses to the Lions Club A total of 1,500 pairs of glasses have been donated by Specsavers Ópticas in Calpe to underprivileged people across the world. The Lions Club of Calpe & Benissa picked up a total of 11 boxes of glasses from the store on May 31 to be donated to people in need in more than 30 countries. A pair of glasses are an unaffordable luxury to many people in the developing world and can literally change people’s lives by allowing them to return to work or studies. Thanks to donations of unwanted glasses from Specsavers customers over the last 18 months, more than 1,500 people will be given a pair of glasses suitable for them by Lions Club volunteers. These glasses will be sent to the Melvin Jones Glasses Recycling Centre in Alicante to be checked, cleaned, sorted and labelled with their


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Michael Olsson celebrates with colleagues prescriptions. This centre handles approximately 100,000 pairs of glasses each year, which are then shipped all over the world, with a focus on Africa, Asia and South America where glasses are hard to come by. Specsavers Ópticas has been working with the Lions Club in Spain since the first Spanish Specsavers store opened in Jávea in April 2006 and started their long-standing collaboration with the Calpe and Benissa Lions. There are thousands of pairs of glasses donated annually from all nine stores in Spain, which are all processed at the Melvin Jones Centre. If you have unwanted or old glasses, please drop them into Specsavers Ópticas in Avenida Ejércitos Españoles No. 6 in Calpe, or your nearest Specsavers Ópticas store and they will make sure they get to the people who really need them. For more information about Specsavers Ópticas visit

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Gallstones Gallstones are small stones, usually made of cholesterol, that form in the gallbladder. In most cases, they do not cause any symptoms and do not need to be treated. Symptoms Gallstones often have no symptoms. But if a gallstone becomes trapped in an opening (duct) inside the gallbladder, it can trigger a sudden, intense pain in your abdomen that usually lasts between 1 and 5 hours. This type of abdominal pain is known as biliary colic. Some people with gallstones can also develop complications, such as inflammation of the gallbladder which is known as cholecystitis. This can cause: ■ Persistent pain ■ Yellowing of the skin and eyes (jaundice) ■ High temperature

When gallstones cause symptoms or complications, it's known as gallstone disease or cholelithiasis. What is the gallbladder? The gallbladder is a small pouch-like organ found underneath the liver. Its main purpose is to store and concentrate bile. Bile is a liquid produced by the liver to help digest fats. It's passed from the liver into the gallbladder through a series of channels known as bile ducts. The bile is stored in the gallbladder and, over time, becomes more concentrated, which makes it better at digesting fats. The gallbladder releases bile into the digestive system when it's needed. What causes gallstones? Gallstones are thought to develop because of an imbal-


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ance in the chemical makeup of bile inside the gallbladder. In most cases the levels of cholesterol in bile become too high and the excess cholesterol forms into stones. Gallstones are very common. It's estimated more than one in every 10 adults in the UK has gallstones, although only a minority of people develop symptoms. You're more at risk of developing gallstones if you're: ■ Overweight or obese ■ Female (particularly if you have had children) ■ Age 40 or over as the risk increases as you get older Treating gallstones Treatment is usually only necessary if gallstones are causing: ■ Symptoms, such as tummy pain. ■ Complications, such as jaundice or acute pancreatitis In these cases, keyhole surgery to remove the gallbladder may be recommended. This procedure, known as a laparoscopic cholecystectomy, is relatively simple to perform and has a low risk of complications. It's possible to lead a normal life without a gallbladder. Your liver will still produce bile to digest food, but the bile will drip continuously into the small intestine, rather than build up in the gallbladder.


Outlook Gallstone disease is usually easily treated with surgery. Very severe cases can be life

threatening, particularly in people who are already in poor health. But deaths from gallstone disease are rare.

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Dr. Vicente Mera, internal specialist at Clinica Britannia answers your questions

How important is it that I have regular check-ups with the dentist as I have not been for more than 18 months due to being scared.? Our teeth and smile have an especially important role in our daily functions and social life; therefore, we should pay more attention to our oral health.

But we still often neglect to visit the dentist unless we are in pain. This is when the “prevention is better than cure” role comes into play. Many dental issues are painless and invisible to us when we look in the mirror. Surprisingly, even when we brush and floss our teeth regularly, some of the smaller areas

are missed, allowing for the build-up of plaque and tartar causing cavities to form. Many of us are unaware we are suffering with gum disease as again there are often no visible signs. Careful and regular cleaning of teeth and gums can help prevent this. With early diagnosis and treatment, un-

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Is my headache serious? By Liz Connor, PA

Neurologists tell Lisa Salmon about the warning signs that mean your headache could have a serious underlying cause. Most people get a headache occasionally, and will normally grin and bear it, or pop a few painkillers and wait for it to ease. But what if your headache is more than a dull ache and the pain persists? Does it mean you have a serious brain condition? Probably not, say medical experts - you just need to know what to look for to spot the rare occasions when your head really does need examining. “Headache is the most prevalent symptom in the general population” says consultant neurologist Dr Fayyaz Ahmed, a trustee of the International Headache Society. “Only 1% or even less are serious.” And Dr Ben Turner, a consultant neurologist at London Bridge Hospital, confirms: “Headaches are usually unpleasant but harmless, and just occasionally serious. “If associated with additional features such as fever, and cognitive issues, then these are of more concern.” Turner points out that this is a general guide, and stresses: “Each individual case needs to be considered, and any doubts should be addressed with formal medical advice.” What are the different types of headache? The two major headache categories are secondary and primary headaches. Turner says secondary headaches can be caused by a bleed or tumours in the brain, and also by something less sinister such as a sinus infection from a cold.

Primary headaches occur when there is no structural cause for the headache, and the pain is related to abnormal signals in the brain, he says. There are two major types of primary headache – a tension headache, which is the most common type, and a migraine. Tension headache “Sometimes people have a headache as if their head is being squeezed or they have pressure inside the head,” explains Ahmed, who is also a professor of neurology at Hull York Medical School. “This is often termed as tension headache and doesn’t have any nausea, vomiting or sensitivity to light, sound or smell.” Most primary headaches, especially those caused by tension, can be treated with over-the-counter medication including ibuprofen and paracetamol, says Turner, who points out that alternative therapies, including acupuncture and massage therapy, may also help tension headaches. The NHS says drinking plenty of water – headaches can be a dehydration symptom – getting plenty of rest, and relaxing can help to ease some headaches. Migraine The second type of primary headache is a migraine. The Migraine Trust says migraine attacks can last anything from four to 72 hours and have a wide variety of symptoms, often including a severe throbbing headache which is usually, but not always, on one side of the head. Ahmed says: “If you don’t have a serious headache, then the most likely headache you have is migraine.

This is more common in women (22%) than men (8%). In migraine, you have a moderate to severe onesided or both-sided headache that’s pulsating or throbbing (you feel your heart is beating inside your head), with nausea and/or vomiting and sensitivity to light, sound and smell. Most patients with migraine would prefer to go and lie down in a dark and quiet room and avoid physical activity.” A third of patients with migraine have symptoms suggestive of stroke such as flashing lights, zig-zag lines, blurred vision, pins and needles and weakness in the arms or legs that last less than an hour and come on gradually, explains Ahmed. “This is called aura and it resolves in about an hour followed by headache,” he says. “It often raises alarm of stroke but unlike stroke the symptoms develop gradually over a few minutes and resolve over a few minutes.” There are many treatments for migraines, Turner points out, adding: “Migraine is commonly underdiagnosed and many people are suffering unnecessarily. There are now many dedicated treatments which can transform people’s lives.” Seven red flag headache symptoms that should be checked The most common red flags that suggest a headache needs to be checked are… 1. Sudden onset The abrupt onset of a severe headache may be reason for concern, says Turner – an example could be if the headache is at its peak in less than a minute or two. Ahmed describes these as thunderclap headaches, and explains: “This

means a sudden onset of headache as if someone has hit your head with a cricket bat.” 2. Neck stiffness and fever If the headache is coupled with neck stiffness or a fever, Turner warns these are possible features of meningitis and require urgent medical attention. 3. Possible stroke symptoms If you have a headache alongside symptoms such as double vision, loss of vision, alteration in consciousness, weakness of a limb or a seizure, these could be signs of a stroke, and should be checked even if they’re short-lived. Ahmed says: “Headaches associated with loss of vision, weakness, slurred speech or any other focal symptoms that persist for more than an hour need medical attention.” 4. Headache that wakes you in the night Turner says that if a headache is waking a patient up in the night, or worsening when lying down or in the morning, it can be associated with raised pressure in the head. This increased intracranial pressure, or intracranial hypertension (IH), can occur suddenly after a severe head injury or stroke, according to the NHS, or, rarely, it

can be a persistent, long-lasting problem, with no clear cause. 5. Headaches caused by straining Ahmed says headaches caused by straining such as coughing, sneezing or bending forward could indicate a serious problem and should be checked. 6. Change from normal If a previously existing benign headache changes its characteristics, it’s worth getting this checked out too, says Ahmed. 7. Headaches in older people and those with preexisting medical conditions The new onset of headaches in people above the age of 50 or in those on steroids, or who have had cancer or HIV could be a red flag symptom, warns Ahmed. And Turner adds: “The older the patient, the greater chance a headache is likely to be associated with a more serious medical condition.”

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TALLULAH was found This is BLACKIE, wandering the streets, a handsome boy unchipped, so we adverborn in early tised to find her owners April. He’s litter but nobody stepped fortrained, used to ward. She is approx. 2 to being handled 3 years old, vaccinated and is very playand sterilised. Tallulah is a very friendly girl, good with ful and sweet. dogs and children, also clean in her kennel so appears Can you love him? Tel: 650 304 746 or send an email to to be house trained. Come to visit her or, to find out more, 'phone 657 689 567 - email



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The Dogo Argentino Paco sometimes barks at someone he does not know but Paco can be quickly convinced with a treat or ball that people just want to be nice to him. Paco (pictured) forms a couple with Kira, they have always lived together, so they should be adopted together. A fenced plot on which the two can run around and are protected is a prerequisite for their future lives. Both dogs love to play with a ball. Even though Paco's eyesight is slightly restricted, his temperament and zest for life remain intact. For more information on Paco or Kira please contact APAD on. 966 427 678, email, or see

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Aldea Felina-Denia At Denia Cat Protection League many loving, playful and cuddly new kittens have arrived at the shelter. Like these cute little guys here. Most have gone through their health checks and are soon ready for adoption. They urgently need a real home and are looking forward to your visit. For adopting them or any of our other cats, the shelter is open every Sunday morning 10.00 - 12.00 or please call Luisa for an appointment 648 100 629.

Animal rescues increase Finca la Castellana animal welfare centre, based on the outskirts of San Miguel de Salinas, notes that the pandemic hasn't decreased the amount of animals they rescue on a weekly basis, ‘in fact it has increased’ and for the most part the animals are from people who have lost work and had to return to their home countries, rather than animals off of the streets. Finca la Castellana needs the public’s help to be able to continue. The centre opened its third charity shop, which is on Los Dolses urb (Orihuela

Costa) on Monday, June 14. Pop in and browse through the bargains.Every purchase large or small helps the charity to keep going. Readers are also reminded of Finca la Castellana animal welfare centre’s 50/50 club, with a total of 200 tickets at €10 each. Half of the money goes straight to the charity, whilst the remainder is paid in prizes. The 50/50 club runs quarterly, and the next draw will be on July 31. All prizes are transferred directly into the winner’s bank account, so people can take part from

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wherever in the world they live. “We have just launched a charity animal art competition which runs from now until October 4, judging will take place on October 10. There are some fantastic prizes, three categories, children under 10 €5 per entry, children 10-16 €5 per entry, and adults €10 per entry. A participant’s piece of art can be a painting, drawing, poem, or sculpture of an animal they have or know.” For an entry form email fincalacastellana or WhatsApp 603 251 004.

Super mum Izzy is nursing 12 puppies- six babies of her own and six adopted For any other information about events, adopting a dog or cat, charity shops, or ways of helping to raise funds,

check out www.fincalacaste and the Facebook pages Finca la Castellana, and Finca la Castellana Cattery.

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Why we should learn to love weeds

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By Hannah Stephenson, PA Garden designer Matt ReesWarren argues that many weeds should be left to flourish. With the growing season now well underway, weeds inevitably start to emerge in flowerbeds and your veg beds. If you’re knee-deep in nettles, brambles and other pernicious weeds and just can’t seem to get them under control, maybe you need to take a step back to reflect on their untapped beauty and biodiversity benefits. So says garden designer Matt ReesWarren, author of The Ecologi-

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cal Gardener, a new book that explores how a garden can work in harmony with nature. “A lot of weeds are really just wildflowers, and the gardening public is starting to become conscious that they are really important to reversing the biodiversity decline,” says Rees-Warren. He calls the prevailing idea that a garden dedicated solely to flowers is going to be best for wildlife, “not true”. In fact, “nettles and ragwort have a much higher relationship with lots of different wildlife than any other plant you’ll come across. Native versus non-native Many gardeners readily plant

and encourage invasive nonnative species including giant rhubarb, lady’s mantle, Spanish bluebell and Virginia creeper, yet view indigenous plants such as comfrey, daisy, dandelion and teasel as invasive weeds and quickly remove them, he points out. “Most of the really bad invasive plants we see in this country (UK) – Japanese knotweed, Himalayan balsam – are all horticultural gardening plants that have escaped. Gunnera is usually put by waterways and the seeds find their way into rivers and on to banks. Spanish bluebells, which are bigger, stronger and chunkier chunkier than our native variety, have taken over when they are released into the wild. “Our own native alchemilla is a much more delicate variety than the non-native type which is often favoured. The more it is planted, the more chance there

is that it will escape into the wild and push out our native species. “The root to regaining a balance of biodiversity is through native plants which, over thousands of years, have developed very specialised relationships with wildlife.” Time to rethink our weeding habits “Weeding is a cultural thing,” says Rees-Warren. “It’s become a neat and tidiness thing. If you go to the garden centre and buy your beautiful cultivar plants, it’s much easier to just keep weeding around those. “Or if you’re growing veg, it’s much easier to weed out everything else. People just become so attuned that ‘weeds’ are there to be got rid of when a lot of them are native plants that you should keep.” How tidy do you need to be? “It’s about giving over a small amount of space. When people

hear, ‘Turn your lawn into a wildflower meadow’ they look out and say, ‘Well, where am I going to sit?’ But maybe they could just plant a strip. It’s about looking at it as a percentage. “Maybe you’ve got an area around the edge which needs to grow long, or let plants like daisies take hold between your paving cracks. “Just allow yourself a moment to say, ‘That’s my wild area’. It’s allowing tidy tendencies to be pulled back and adapting a different mindset.” Tackling brambles, nettles and bindweed “Bindweed is native (UK), and I would never advocate completely giving into something like that. It’s about a balance. Looking at brambles and bindweed and saying they’ve all got to go is where the detriment comes in. If all of us get rid of those species, biodiversity decreases.

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“Maybe you could keep a patch of nettles behind a shed. You need to find a spot where you can say, ‘That’s where I’ll stop my tidiness and allow things to go a bit wild’.” Much wildlife depends on brambles, from the nectar in their flowers to their fruits in the autumn and the habitat created by their stems, Rees-Warren points out. Bindweed, perhaps the most vilified of our native

Spanish bluebell

species, is terrific for biodiversity. Dig some of it out, but if you can live with it in a container and treat it like a climber, wildlife will benefit, he adds. Small changes, big impact You could create a nettle bed by planting them in a bucket or a raised bed, so the roots are contained at the side and the bottom, Rees-Warren suggests. And you can make a wild area look pretty. “You can

do this using long grass and flowering perennials. If you allow grass to grow long and cut a path through it, that’s the height of style.” Embrace weeds in small garden spaces As well as planting non-native plants like, say, nasturtiums or tomatoes, in a small space, pot up a container with ox-eye daisies or bird’s foot trefoil, knowing that will aid indigen-


ous wildlife, Rees-Warren suggests. How to help change mindsets You need to look at the bigger picture, Rees-Warren observes. “I understand you would want to remove bindweed or ground elder so it doesn’t swamp the plants you’ve just spent a lot of money buying, but it has to be a balancing act. “It’s down to just taking a

I’ve probably talked about my cluttered office before but just in case I haven’t or you haven’t heard me, I need to tell you that I’m not what you would call an organised person; the environs where I labour away at producing this stuff bear witness to this fact. My workspace is the kind of place that would make Heloise burst into tears. (1) it’s not like this just happened, either; I knew from around the age of 10, that I was lacking in organisational skills. Way before I had developed the keen sense of observation that I now possess, just looking around at the neat desks of the fourth-grade girls told me that I was lacking in something. I couldn’t put a name to it but still, I sensed that one day, I would need to do something about it. But it was not until I left the backwoods of Southern Indiana in 1963 and moved to the big

city that I actually took a vow to introduce some organisational structure into my life. I didn’t really do a lot about it initially because I was still single and discovering the advantages of living in a big city. But then, on a bright June day in 1964, Susie and I were married; Within a year, we had purchased our first home, a foreclosed, pre-fabricated model for 9,200 dollars with no money down. The 1200 square foot home featured four bedrooms with a bath and a half which I found to be gigantic since it was three bedrooms with one and a half baths larger than the home I grew up in. You can imagine our excitement at our first home; we went to home shows to get decorating ideas and in one home, looked at a kitchen that was so organised, it made me sick. One reason for this organisation was an ‘appliance garage’, a small cabinet tucked under a corner cabinet. The garage had a little door you could slide up until it

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Please note this article refers to the UK when mentioning native varieties.

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Across the Pond: Appliance garages By Gordon Grindstaff

moment to think about what you want to eradicate. Native plants are going to have a greater relationship with native wildlife.” The Ecological Gardener by Matt Rees-Warren is published by Chelsea Green. Available now.

disappeared into the guts of the structure. It reminded me of the oil change bay at Tater’s Mobil service station back in Southern Indiana. Once the door was up, you could park your small appliances in there and pull the little door back down, leaving the countertop clutter-free. I wanted one of those. Even when we were moving what little furniture we had into the house, I was already designing our appliance garage to go under our freshly-painted metal kitchen cabinets so we could store our small appliances and reduce the clutter on our countertop. (2) Susie, however, was having none of that. It turned out that she had this ‘thing’ about appliance garages and unfortunately, the subject never came up while we were dating. I did not discover she hated the whole idea of tucking her small appliances away and out of sight until we were married; far too late for me to do anything about it; although I

have to confess it would have made little difference because I loved her so. I had no idea why she is so averse to keeping the toaster, the mixer and the like behind closed doors but I suspect it is related to her refusing to go to sleep when there is a closet door open. As to the vow that I took to develop organisational skills; it was severely shaken that day when Susie said ‘Ixnay’ to my garage idea. I never gave up on trying but it was just not to be. I tried, oh Lord how I tried but here I am these many years later and I’m still picking up a ball-point pen on my desk only to find it smeared with a bit of leftover jam from a peanut butter and jam sandwich parked on my mouse pad. – My God! Can you imagine the germs? Maybe if I could have just gotten my appliance garage. G2 notes: 1: You know what? I have no idea if Heloise is still a thing.

But, here’s the thing. Once in a while, I like to slip a juxtaposition into this drivel just to shake things up but in order for me to accomplish this I needed someone whose name the general public would instantly recognise as being 180 degrees from me in their organisational skills. Heloise and her hints were the first thing that came to mind. So sue me if you don’t know who she is. 2: I had no idea how to make a metal garage to match the cabinets and we really didn’t need one anyway; the only small appliances we had were a toaster and a mixer, both of which we got as wedding presents. We actually got multiple toasters – I don’t remember what happened to the rest of them. – It’s too bad that one of the toaster buyers didn’t buy us a waffle iron instead. 57 years later, we still don’t have one. It’s a good thing I don’t like waffles. Contact Gordon by email at



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