Month: August 2022

BREAKING: Authorities declare Major Incident after beached ship breaks up off Gibraltar

THE Gibraltar Government has declared the break-up of the OS 35 off Catalan Bay a Major Incident to direct all major resources to fight an impending fuel spill. With the Gibraltar Port Authority (GPA) directing all its resources to the spill, across the bay, the captain of the Algeciras port is getting boats and a …

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BREAKING: Hull of stranded OS 35 bulk carrier breaks in two off Gibraltar’s Catalan Bay threatening a major oil spill

The hull of the OS 35 bulk carrier beached off Catalan Bay earlier this week has broken in two, the Gibraltar Government said in a statement. Although the two sections have not yet fully separated this represents a much greater danger of an oil or diesel spill. “There was a clear risk that this would …

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EXPLAINER: What you need to know about Spain’s free rail travel scheme from September 1

SPAIN’S rail operator is introducing a scheme from September 1 that offers free train travel on certain local and mid-distance journeys. The scheme was announced by Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez as a measure to limit the impact of rising inflation and the cost of living crisis and will run from September 1 until December 31. …

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Beloved guide dog found dead after running off scared during fireworks at local fiesta in southern Spain

A BELOVED guide dog was found dead in a ravine after running off during a firework display at local fiestas in Monachil, southern Spain on Sunday. Rubio had been a guide dog for his 70 year-old blind companion since 2016 but like may animals he became terrified and anxious when he heard fireworks. Unfortunately  during …

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Gibraltar learns how to make parliament more effective at Covid-delayed Commonwealth conference

A GROUP from Gibraltar took part in an annual meeting of Commonwealth countries in Halifax, Canada that looked at making parliaments more accountable. Minister for Justice, Equality, Public Standards and Regulations, Samantha Sacramento headed the visiting group, along with Leader of the Opposition Keith Azopardi. The theme of this year’s Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference (CPC) was …

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Street drug dealer uses Covid mask to store cocaine in Spain’s Valencia area

A Gandia man sold cocaine which he stored in his protective Covid mask that he wore on local streets. The 59-year-old Spaniard drew the attention of the Policia Nacional who decided to watch him in action. Officers spotted several people approaching him in the street and engaging in a brief conversation. They saw him remove …

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Night of mayhem sees dozens of cars and bikes vandalised on Alicante area street in Spain

TWO men, aged 19 and 20, have been arrested for a vandalism spree that damaged 48 parked vehicles in Alcoy. The night-time mayhem was witnessed by residents on Tuesday as the men working their way through cars, motorbikes and mopeds parked on a main road as well as adjacent streets. Numerous cars had their rear-view …

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Busy Costa Blanca beach in Spain bans swimmers due to possible water pollution

CALPE council closed La Fossa beach to bathers on Wednesday morning after water tests taken on Tuesday. A sample reviewed by the General Directorate of Water suggested the water was unsuitable for swimming due to pollution concerns. Red flags were raised and new sampling has been taking place which means swimming cannot resume until Thursday …

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WATER CRISIS: Gibraltar to clean up Power’s Drive Tunnel after rockfall caused by fire

GEOLOGICAL experts have recommended removal of 400 tonnes of debris from the Power’s Drive Tunnel where the fire that caused this summer’s water crisis started. The experts reported to the Gibraltar Government’s Strategic Coordinating Group (SCG) that recommended restrictions on high water users until Friday, even as water stocks continue to rise. The analysis of …

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Toddler killed by giant hailstone as storm strikes Catalunya in northeastern Spain

A toddler has been killed after being struck on the head by a hailstone when storms hit Catalunya on Tuesday evening. The 20-month old died from injuries sustained during the hailstorm after being rushed into the Josep Trueta hospital in Girona.  A woman was also admitted into hospital with the child and was being treated …

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