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Invasive seaweed washes up on local shores, shortly before bathing season

Japanese seaweed that has plagued both Western Beach and Sandy Bay in recent years has washed up again on the shoreline this summer. ‘Rugulopteryx okamurae’ is not just a nuisance to beach goers with a pungent rotten smell, as it decays on the shoreline, it is also causing havoc to the natural habitats of the...

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Mental Health Board highlights ‘vital’ need for cohesive strategy across all services

The first report of the Mental Health Board has found that there is a “vital and increasing” need to establish a more cohesive strategy for mental healthcare, as it highlighted how strategies were being developed at different rates across services. The 31-page report, tabled last week in Parliament, stated that “significant and increasing” in-vestment in...

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Action 4 Schools donates hand washing kits

As Covid-19 spreads across Africa, Action 4 Schools has diversified its usual contribution to local communities of providing water to providing wash kits. To continue doing so, Jimmy Bruzon from the charity is appealing for donations to fund this new initiative. Washing hands regularly is one way many countries, including Gibraltar, are assisting in winning...

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Azopardi says China deal raises ‘deep issues’ that must be ‘probed’

The Gibraltar Government’s joint venture with a Chinese publicly-owned construction company must be probed “significantly”, the Leader of the Opposition Keith Azopardi said, as he questioned the impact the deal will have on local construction firms. This follows confirmation that the Gibraltar Development Corporation has entered into a 50/50 joint venture with Beijing Liujian Construction...

UK/Spain News

UK/Spain News

Bank bosses told to prepare for ‘a number of outcomes’ including no-deal Brexit

By Simon Neville The Bank of England is looking at “a number of outcomes” including a ‘no deal’ Brexit scenario, following reports Governor Andrew Bailey has told banks and lenders to prepare for the transition period to end without agreement. Mr Bailey said during a call with bank chief executives that they should accelerate planning...

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Senior Tories press Home Secretary to change course on quarantine measures

By Richard Wheeler Senior Conservatives have pleaded with Priti Patel to allow Britons to enjoy summer breaks abroad and avoid “unnecessary economic isolation” via quarantine measures. Former aviation minister Theresa Villiers recommended suspending the blanket requirement, to buy more time to agree “safe air corridors” with other countries. Liam Fox, another former Cabinet minister, added...

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Patel says quarantine ‘essential’ for arrivals to the UK

By Gavin Cordon and Flora Thompson Home Secretary Priti Patel has defended plans to require most people arriving in the UK to quarantine for 14 days, saying they were “essential” to save lives. Ms Patel is under pressure from Tory MPs who have warned that the measures – which are coming into force on Monday...

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Spain plans levy on non-recyclable plastic packaging

Spain aims to collect more than 700 million euros a year with a proposed new tax on non-recyclable plastic packaging, Spanish energy and environment minister Teresa Ribera said on Tuesday. The new levy, worth 0.45 euros per kilogram of packaging, is contained in a bill proposed by the government to help meet a European Union...