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PETS AND NEW TECHNOLOGIES

From last November 13th an app from Ministerio del Interior (Spanish Home Office) called Alert Cops is available, and one of its multiple purposes is to report the Police in a quick way any case of animal mistreatment. This alert arrives immediately to Guardia Civil or Policía Nacional. Alert Cops app is been working for
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GA Golf Society December Update

Of course it has been a difficult year for all but with the approach of the Christmas season lets hope for some joy, cheer and goodwill.  So from all at GAGS we wish everyone a Merry Christmas. Back to golfing matters, our tee times for December are somewhat mixed so please get in touch so we
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MONTEMAR BOWLS & SOCIAL CLUB DECEMBER UPDATE

AUSTRALIAN PAIRS EVENT On Wednesday 21st October a drawn Australian Pairs event took place. Twelve teams were drawn from the list of entries. Each team played two games of twelve ends against drawn oppostion. The results were based on the amount of shots scored over the two games. After the completion of the games the
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The place in the Sun Gran Alacant

Gran Alacant was once again featured on an episode of the popular television series, A Place in the Sun! Hosted by Jasmine Harman, the episode introduced us to Baksho and Sukvinder, sisters from Leicester who were shopping for a holiday home in Gran Alacant with a budget of 100,000 GBP. Gran Alacant has appeared on
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GAGS November Update

With the onset of darker and colder mornings we have been negotiating with the Course officials about changing our normal 8am tee time for a later one. Accordingly, for November and December, we have ended up with a mixture of times to fit in with arrangements made by the Club with other parties. Please therefore
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2021 CHALLENGES: BREXIT AND CORONAVIRUS

In this article we would like, first of all, to remind all pets owners that, so far, negotiations between EU and UK about BREXIT, haven’t borne fruit yet. This means that, if there is no change before Dec 31st, dogs, cats and ferrets which travel from EU to UK and vice versa, will be required
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Simple Social Hub – Who are we?

The City Council meets with two entrepreneurs who present their coworking spaces in the town  The Santa Pola City Council held a meeting with Diana Carrasco and Mª Angeles Cáceres, local female entrepreneurs, who have just opened two Coworking spaces, one located in downtown Santa Pola and the other in Gran Alacant. The meeting was
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Ladies in Business Network

A big thank you to all the Ladies that attended our 1st Ladies in Business Association.  Your attendance was overwhelming and it was great to meet you all. The aim of these monthly meetings is to help one another in these difficult times. We want to help you promote your business and fill those diaries.
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GRAN ALACANT GOLF SOCIETY OCTOBER UPDATE

We have checked with the course and  there are no planned works for October. There are a couple of golf tournaments but we are told that they do not interfere with our golf days. As mentioned last month it would be helpful to our organisation if you could inform us of your intention to join
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FOUR THINGS PETS OWNERS CAN DO FOR SAVING THE PLANET

#1 Follow strictly antiparasitic and antimicrobial treatments prescribed by the Vet. It’s critical for everyone’s health (this includes animals, people and planet) to use antibiotics correctly. Most antibiotics we use for animals are practically the same ones we use for people; if we “create” resistant bacteria or parasites against veterinary medicines, we are creating at
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MonteMar Bowls & Social Club October Update

CHICKEN RUNSunday 30th AugustTwenty four members played in the August chicken run as we still have to play within the present restrictions. Hopefully the September chicken run will be back to normal. This month we had to have a play off as two teams finished with 16 points. The eventual winners of the chickens were
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Monte Mar Bowls & Social Club September Update

CHICKEN RUNSunday 26th JulyAnother successful chicken run played within the present restrictions. Thirty six players took part playing on three rinks over two sessions. The winners of the chickens were Neil Crawford, Dave Yarrow and Ian Hamilton. Cindy and Colin Bedford and Terry Cottle won the eggs. Thank you to Tanya Oliver, Jack Burrell, Joan
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GAGS September Update

As we move into September we are approaching high season for golf on the Costa Blanca and the price to play increases accordingly. We are told by El Plantio that offers will remain available until around 10 September but thereafter the pricing indicated below will become payable. Also the Course should start to become busier
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EXOTIC SPECIES POSITIVE LIST

Some days ago we read at the papers that the Government wants to make an “exotic pets positive list”. This means they are going to control strictly purchasing and owning of this kind of animals. So far, practically every species could be considered as an exotic pet: lots of birds, mammals and reptiles, such as
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GAGS August Update

Because of the heat we are now in the low season for golf in Spain. Consequently El Plantio are offering a round of golf to include a buggy for €37 (plus €1.50 insurance ) until early September The Society details are as follows: Where:El Plantio Golf Resort. The offficial address is A-79, Km3, 03114, Alicante.
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Walking football is BACK!

Walking football received permission to recommence  outdoor sessions on Thursday 9th July,  Until further notice all sessions will be held at:  Campo Futbol Pereira, Av. Zaragoza, Santa Pola. At this time there is no possibility of indoor sessions restarting. We have booked sessions for Mondays and Thursdays to cater for the amount of players now attending
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MonteMar Bowls&Social Club July Update

CHICKEN RUNSunday 12th JulyThe first Chicken Run since the lockdown was a great success, even though we were restricted because of social distancing. The maximum of thirty six players took part on three rinks of trips, played in two sessions. The winners of the chickens were, Tanya Oliver, Len Council and Jim Shearing. Iain Sheridan,
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Alergy matters in pets

One of the most common and frustrating problems in pets are probably the allergies. Their diagnosis must be very specific, and treatments are usually chronic all year round and last for years. Traditional treatments such as steroids are cheap but have lots of side effects. Modern treatments are much more effective and safer, but they
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Gran Alacant Golf Society June Update

As you read this at the beginning of July we  have been back golfing for 6 weeks post lockdown. The Course has settled down with the difficult rough mentioned last month having been cut down to an easier playing length. Also the opening times have returned to normal and the information below is now accurate.
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Bowling is back!

Bowling resumed at Monte Mar Bowls Club on Tuesday 26th May, all be it in a limited way. We can only use three rinks instead of six because of the social distancing. Bowling is now taking place on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday each week. Its by appointment only through the organising manager, Howie Williams by
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Gran Alacant Golf Society June Update

After 64 days of lockdown our local Course opened on Monday 18 May and we are now back playing golf at El Plantio. Of course things are different,eg no rakes in bunkers or touching of flags on greens. We are allowed to play in fourballs and can use buggies. The tees and fairways are in
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Want to ask Elena a question??

Q : I feel very dependent on my partner,what can I do?A: First of all, we´d have to see what kind of dependency it is. Is it in everything, or is it in a specific area. What do you think and feel when you put yourself in this dependent position, how does your partner treat
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METHUSELAH DOGS

Last April, an article about the genome of two amazing dogs was published: Kevdes, a male which reached the age of 22, and Boksi, which died at 27. These deaths happened short time ago, so the scientists were able to use some blood samples collected from these two dogs for investigating about aging mechanisms. Both
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CORONA VIRUS TESTS AVAILABLE

In Gran Alacant Family doctors 24h, we have adequate areas to maintain the safety distance. Consultations are being offered with more time between patient and patient to decrease the flow of people within the clinic and minimize the chances of exposure. Our test is 100% developed and manufactured in Switzerland. This test will detect the
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Adventerous Bike trip

Hi everyone,My name is Kevin and I organize the 22k downhill bike ride. I would like to give you further information on how the day is planned and share some of the stunning views on the way. We cater for up to 6 people, which keeps it quite a personal experience. We have in the
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Corona Virus

Given the pandemic that the entire world is experiencing, it is necessary that the general population is aware of what the coronavirus is. Below we have answered some questions that are of interest and that some of our patients have asked us. What are the symptoms of COVID-19?The main symptoms are fever, cough, and a
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Super Pink Moon by Bryan Thomas

In a rare spectacle, a “Super Pink Moon” lit up the skies around Gran Alacant on the 7th April. Ancient people thought this cosmic event was linked to the appearance of pink flowers called wild ground phlox, which bloom in early spring and appear throughout the United States and Canada. While others claimed it signified
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Beer Spa Alicante

Hi All, We are sitting here in the first week of April and wanted to share with you a wonderful day out that we had at the beginning of March, which now seems a million years ago. We recommend this place even in the searing heat of July & August, as it will be a
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MonteMar Bowls & Social Club April Update

MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIRMAN CLUB SECRETARY AND SOCIAL COMMITTE CHAIRMANFrom the contacts I and other committee members have had in various forms, our members all appear to be safe and well, let’s hope it continues. From comments I have received from members by phone, email or meeting in the supermarket, it is the same message
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Want to ask Elena a question?

Lda. Elena Blanaru Lucanu is a general psychologist at Gran Alacant Family Doctors 24hEvery month she will try to answer your questions, your name will be kept in the strictest confidentiality T: +34 610 684 970 I Email: elenablanaru@cop.es Q. How is it best to deal with the stresses that being on lockdown has created?
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How we run 100km inside our house

Hello dear readers, Lets us introduce ourselves, we are Brigitte and Claudia from Berlin. Some of you may know us because you have seen us running or jogging through Gran Alacant. Running is one of our biggest hobbies and that’s why when we saw a post in the GA Advertiser Magazine asking readers to share
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NOW MORE THAN EVER, ONE HEALTH

These last years, doctors, vets and other scientists are been working together in the concept “one health”. This means peoples health and animal health are highly connected: there can’t be healthy people if animals are not, and vice versa. As you can read at veterinarians professional emblem: Hygia Pecoris Salus Populi (livestock hygiene is peoples
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Gran Alacant Golf Society April Update

“In line with special measures enforced by the Spanish Government the Course at El Plantio closed on 15 March. Whilst we were hopeful that the lockdown would only last the proposed 2 week period, we all now know that this has been extended to 12 April (Easter Sunday). Of course we all agree these measures
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Coronavirus

Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that normally only affect animals but can also infect people. Their symptoms range from the common cold to more serious illnesses, severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS-CoV), and the coronavirus causing Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS-CoV) The new coronavirus is called SARS-CoV-2, and the disease that causes SARS-CoV-2 is called
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Montemar Bowls & Social Club March Update

422 COMPETITION Saturday 15th February On a lovely sunny day we held our annual 4-2-2 competition where eight teams of four bowlers played a game of rinks in the morning then a game of pairs in the afternoon. Everyone involved enjoyed a great day of bowling and after the game we all retired to LoungeD
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One Click Away

It wasn’t just the fire roaring in the inglenook that made the house feel warmer than it had in a long time. Sara carefully laid the scrubbed pine table in the kitchen and arranged plump seat pads on the assortment of chairs picked up from markets. Nothing matched but that was how she liked it,
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NOW MORE THAN EVER, ONE HEALTH

These last years, doctors, vets and other scientists are been working together in the concept “one health”. This means peoples health and animal health are highly connected: there can’t be healthy people if animals are not, and vice versa. As you can read at veterinarians professional emblem: Hygia Pecoris Salus Populi (livestock hygiene is peoples
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Could I fall in love again CD Launch

Since the March edition, Erick Nova, Francis Symons and I have had a successful few weeks with the song. I was awarded ‘MTV-USA Artist of the month March 2020’ and we also had the CD launch yesterday at Casa Contenta, Rojales.  During the CD launch I also got to meet the amazing Rosina from the
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CORONAVIRUS AND PETS (WSAVA RECOMMENDATIONS)

Due to the pneumonia outbreak in China, caused by a coronavirus called 2019-nCoV, WSAVA (World Small Animals Vets Association) has published an advisory document for its members, which is intended to answer some questions professionals and pets owners may ask about this health problem. The outbreak started in December 2019, initially in the Chinese city
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Gran Alacant Runners

My article in last month’s issue about the Santa Pola 21km has generated interest from around Gran Alacant in participating as a group in forthcoming running events. A small team “Gran Alacant Runners”, supported by Philippe from GA-Homefinders drove to Benidorm to run in the Benidorm 21km. So far a group of 7 Gran Alacant
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Els Arcs

My name is Heidi and I come from Helsinki, Finland. With my husband Olli-Pekka and our 3 dogs we live in Gran Alacant and enjoy the brilliant Mediterranean climate and possibility of discovering new hiking routes all over our Alicante province and sometimes even a bit further. Ironically, I have a fear of heights, but
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Couch to 5k

Can you do it? Taking up running can seem like a scary prospect, especially if you feel out of shape or unfit. NHS Couch to 5K will help you gradually work up towards running 5K in just 9 weeks. What is Couch to 5K? Couch to 5K is a running plan for absolute beginners. It
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Monte Mar Bowls & Social Club February Update

SOUTHERN LEAGUE DIVISION B Friday 17th January First game back in the Southern B League saw the Matadors take on the Toreadors. It was a lovely sunny day with some good bowling by both teams. This time the Matadors came out on top winning on five rinks. Well done to Lynne Armitage, Don Cleeter skip
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Gran Alacant Golf Society March Update

From March 3rd our tee time reverts back to 8am but please refer to the “Time” section below. The road works for the new accesses to the airport are now beginning to impact on traffic flow so please aim to leave GA a little earlier than usual to allow for possible delays. The Society details
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