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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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GAGS February Update

This months news: firstly for all our meetings in February our tee time has been changed to 9am so all golfers to be at El Plantio no later then 8.40am please. Secondly, the road works for the new accesses to the airport are now beginning to impact on traffic flow so please aim to leave
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Santa Pola Half Marathon

Santa Pola Half Marathon Sol + Playa + Rock ‘N’ Run Sunday 19th January 2020 This year was the 29th staging of the Santa Pola half marathon and what a way to celebrate it with a record breaking run from Kenyian Alexander Mutiso Munyao who set a new course record of 59mins 09secs, smashing the
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Acute Myocardial Infarction

Cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death in the adult population in Spain. Acute myocardial infarction, acute coronary syndrome or “heart attack” is the presence of necrosis or myocardial death, that is, the death of a set of heart cells, which become inert, which causes a disruption in functioning normal heart. It is produced
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Haz lo que puedas – Do what you can – part 1

Are you still sticking with your New Year’s resolution? Whatever the reason, if you are looking to improve your fitness and have considered jogging, the next two issues of the magazine will give you some training methods to help you reach your goals, which may include your first 5km. They are designed to help you
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MonteMar Bowls & Social Club January Update

CHRISTMAS DAY On Christmas day about fourteen members organized a fun roll up. Played in beautiful December sunshine they all had a enjoyable mornings bowling. After the bowling they treat them selves to a buffet and drinks.   NEW YEARS EVE What a great News Eve enjoyed by thirty three bowling and social members at
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MALE DOGS MIGHT BE MORE ALLERGENIC THAN FEMALES

Many animal lovers (and some Vets too), are allergic to animals. Most people believe these allergies are connected to mammals fur, but this is not always true. Most cases are caused by proteins coming from saliva, urine or dead skin cells. What happens exactly is those proteins get distributed through the skin of the animal,
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First Three Kings in Gran Alacant

At 16:30 on Sunday the 5th of January 2020, the crowds gathered along the top part of Avendia Escandinavia for the first ever 3 Kings Parade in Gran Alacant. It was great to see such a large number of people and the atmosphere was lively and energetic. At 17:00 the parade started at the Sports
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From small beginnings to the success of today

BARRY’S BITS this month firstly wishes all of our readers A Very Happy New Year, with this column starting 2020 with something a little different from my usual news stories. Lou and Ged asked if this month, we could enlighten the readers with how and why did this Gran Alacant Advertiser Magazine first come to
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Gran Alacant Golf Society December Update

“We have been writing an article in GA Advertiser for 2 years now and feel we are becoming in danger of merely repeating what has been said in those previous editions. So, starting this month and in future months we intend to provide only essential information about our Society meetings, sufficient to let any golfers
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CATS MAKE FACES

A recent research has proved cats actually have facial expressions, and some people know how to recognize them. These people are called “cats whisperers”. Persons like us, who have owned cats for years, already knew it: we know, not only when our cat is ill or in pain, but also when is happy, bored, amazed,
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