Month: September 2022

EYE ON IBIZA 2022: Where to stay and where to eat on the Spanish island

MINIMUM spend lunches at €250-a-head, €700-a-week hire cars, Michael Gove on the dancefloor. Yikes! Is it any wonder Ibiza’s been a little quieter this summer. Ask any regular visitors or business owners and they’ll tell you the same thing; the White Island is anything but empty, but there’s definitely less visitors than last year. Meanwhile, …

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GBP/EUR exchange rate crashes as UK mini-budget triggers run on the pound

AFTER stumbling through the second half of September, the pound euro (GBP/EUR) exchange rate then collapsed at the end of the month following the UK government’s mini-budget. Over the last two weeks, GBP/EUR slumped from €1.156 to a two-year low of €1.087, before recovering some losses and wavering at around €1.118. What’s been happening? After …

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Guardia Civil agents injured while catching hash smugglers in Gibraltar Campo city

TWO Guardia Civil officers were seriously injured while chasing a van loaded with hashish that was trying to escape from Getares beach in Algeciras. Police finally managed to catch the drug traffickers, arresting five people and seizing over 1,400 kilos of cannabis resin. During the chase, the drug smugglers rammed the Guardia Civil vehicle, injuring …

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Partido Popular of Marbella will ask the Spanish government to declare Marbella’s promenade a ‘space of public interest’ in a bid to ‘avoid its demolition’ 

MARBELLA’S governing Partido Popular (PP) has called an urgent council meeting to demand the city’s paseo maritimo (promenade) be declared a ‘space of public interest,’ claiming it is under threat from the PSOE led Spanish government. According to Marbella PP spokesman Enrique Rodriguez, the promenade was built ‘irregularly’ in 1972. The part of the paseo …

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UK Gambling Commission fines Gibraltar-based Betfred nearly £3 million for not checking on hooked gamblers

THE UK’s Gambling Commission has fined Gibraltar-based online betting company Betfred £2.87 million for failures of its subsidiary Petfre. According to the Commission, it failed to put into place social responsibility and anti-money laundering checks between October 2019 and December 2020. Petfre had not enough controls over fast spenders, with one person being allowed to …

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Gibraltar port gives owners May 30 ultimatum to remove oil-polluting ship from its coastal grave

THE OS 35 shipwreck must be fully removed from its location 700m off Catalan Bay by May 30 next year, the Captain of Gibraltar Port has ordered. Captain of the Port John Ghio issued his Wreck Removal Notice to the bulk carrier’s shipowners bearing in mind ‘the protection of the marine environment’. The Notice also …

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Ryanair has announced that it will operate 17% more flights to Malaga this winter

Ryanair has announced that it will boost by 17% the number of flights scheduled from Malaga this winter. It is expected that more than two million passengers will be getting a Ryanair flight from the city. The low-cost airline has also invested in eight new planes based at Malaga’s airport, three of which are the …

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Father of next Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni was jailed for 9 years in Spain for trafficking 1,500 kilos of hashish

FRANCESCO Meloni, father of far right Italian politician and winner of the recent general election Giorgia Meloni, was once jailed for what was at the time the Balearics’ biggest drug seizure. He was arrested on September 25, 1995 after police discovered he was transporting 1,500 kilos of hashish in a yacht. A Palma court sentenced …

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