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The Junta de Andalucía announced that the start of curfew would be delayed by one whole hour – meaning that you can now stay at the pub until 10:30pm. The maximum amount of people allowed on a table together increased to six, as long as it was outside. Great news for businesses and individuals alike.
However, bad news for those wanting to escape the province of Cadiz this Easter, as the decision was taken to maintain the perimeter closure until at least the 9th of April.
The “intelligent frontier” was installed in the summer of 2015 at a financial cost of €1.4 million, and was (not so gently) dismantled last week. The “ABC” system was supposed to make things “easy, fast and simple” but instead resulted in long queues and perpetual confusion.
The machines will not exactly be missed, as they frequently malfunctioned and were universally disliked by everyone who had to use them. However, many locals on Facebook were shocked and appalled to see them reduced to scrap in the customs car park, many believing that they were a tremendous waste of public money in the first place.
LA LÍNEA JOINS SPACE RACE
Two linense businessmen want to open a centre for the manufacture and commercialization of low-cost communication satellites to rival the US and China, as well as a cybersecurity hub.
Carlos Moreira, founder of WISeKey, and Julián Fernández, CEO of Fossa Systems, want to capitalise on the area’s unique geographical location between Europe and Africa and have spoken with Gibraltar about their potential involvement and contracting services after Brexit.
The Local Police have this week started a campaign to fine those using bicycles in pedestrianised areas or on pavements. If you are caught, you could be fined up to 200€.
They will also remove any bicycles which are tied-up and deemed to be causing damage to trees and street furniture.
They remind cyclists that they are obligated to follow the rules of the road, just like motor vehicles.
DRAGON TREES SAVED
Despite a poor original prognosis, 3 out of 5 of the town’s prized dragon trees – which were infected with potato tuber moths – are on their way to recovery after shock treatment and fumigation works.
According to Raquel Ñeco, Officer for the Environment, Parks and Gardens, the remaining two trees were sadly beyond treatment and had to be felled.
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