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16 maltatoday | WEDNESDAY • 2 MARCH 2022 ACROSS 1) Confront 5) Happy or content 9) Dinner prayer 14) It may let off a little steam 15) Be footloose 16) Plane device, back and forth 17) High school bookworm 18) Biblical victim 19) Squirrel's snack 20) Modern test subject 21) Limerick's land 23) Muslim greeting 25) Certain pronouns 26) Canny 29) Sales-kit item 33) Mortise mate 35) Spacious window 37) Use a knife and fork 38) Home's opposite 39) Codgers 40) Juan's abode 41) Albanian coin 42) Like a rock 43) Buenos _ , Argentina 44) Like noisy floorboards 46) Shark's back fin 48) Tucks' partners 50) Floodgate-opening sound 53) Rolling Stones classic 58) "Aye" canceler 59) Allocate 60) Like some bar signage 61) Four times around a common track 62) Making no sense 63) Uttered 64) Unexpected windfall 65) Some other time 66) Still-active volcano 67) Tolstoy's Karenina DOWN 1) Locates 2) Pro hoops locale 3) Brightly banded slitherer 4) Finish 5) Unit of weight (var.) 6) Ear projection 7) Attest 8) Airport headache 9) Occurring in small stages 10) Certain bias 11) Big deals 12) Baseball legend Yas- trzemski 13) It soars over shores 21) Make at work 22) Mislays 24) Ship shout 27) Sweater materia l, some- times 28) R2-D2 or C-3PO 30) Gibson garnish 31) Utilize a light ray 32) JAD postings 33) After-bath powder 34) Big-mouthed pitcher 36) "What good would ___?" 39) Web-footed rodent 40) "So long!" 42) Move along jumpily 43) Pallid 45) "I don't care who" 47) Landlocked African nation 49) Sight or hearing 51) Where to make waves? 52) Laughing canine 53) Bannister 54) Bone connected to the triceps 55) Utter like a sheep 56) Good thing to have on a train 57) Kill 61) CEO's degree, often Solution to last week's crossword The answers to today's crossword will be published in next week's Midweek edition Weather Partly cloudy Visibility Good Wind North Northwest force 7 backing Northwest force 5 to 6 and becoming force 4 to 5 overnight TODAY TOMORROW Crossword WEATHER WINDY MAINLY SUNNY 13 0 / 7 0 15 0 / 9 0 FEELS LIKE 11 0 FEELS LIKE 14 0 KURT SANSONE A children's manifesto is calling for the closure of busy roads so chil- dren can play and the setting up of an authority to regulate fun parks. The two proposals concern chil- dren's right to leisure and culture and form part of one of six priority areas identified in the manifesto re- leased by the Children's Commis- sioner. The manifesto also calls for cor- poral punishment to be illegal in all settings and an end to domestic violence. Political parties are being asked to pledge to make education "inclu- sive and respectful of all differences between children, including differ- ent gender and sexual identities". Other proposals include extend- ing free childcare to all children and the need to address bullying and peer pressure as well as provid- ing adequate support for children. The manifesto also addresses the participation of children in politi- cal and electoral campaigns and calls on political parties to ensure the wellbeing of these kids. Political parties must establish a plan for the protection of children involved in campaigns, provide information to parents and chil- dren on the possible positive and negative impact of such publicity, obtain consent in writing of par- ents and children and carry out an assessment prior to approving the participation of children. It also calls for the protection of children of politically exposed per- sons. The manifesto also calls for strengthening of the National Chil- dren's Policy by incorporating the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child into law, in- clude children's rights in national emergency plans and mainstream children's rights across the entire education system. Close busy roads so we can play, children tell political parties

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