Mar 28 - Intense Macaque Monitoring Programme Funded by National Geographic

barbary macaqueA team led by Professor Agustin Fuentes, Professor of Anthropology at Notre Dame University in Indiana, USA, and Dr Lisa Jones-Engel, of the National Primate Research Center, University of Washington, will together with the Gibraltar Macaque teams from the Ornithological & Natural History Society and the Veterinary Clinic, be working intensely on the Barbary macaques over Easter. The team will step up the current monitoring programme of research in order to help reduce the impact of the monkeys on built up areas of Gibraltar.

Up to 30 macaques will be trapped under scientific research licenses. Up to 21 of these (approximately 10% of the population) will have samples taken for health and physiological tests. This will serve to review the health status of the animals.

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Mar 28 - Easter Navy Visits for Gibraltar

hms kentThe Royal Navy’s only ocean survey vessel, the HMS Scott will be stopping in at Gibraltar yesterday afternoon, in order to carry out a boat transfer. HMS Scott has been specially designed to carry the modern High Resolution Multi Beam Sonar System.

 The swathe echo sounder is capable of collecting depth information over a strip of the seabed several kilometres wide and gives her the capability of surveying 150km2 of ocean floor every hour. On arrival and exit HMS Scott will conduct a maritime security patrol.

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Mar 27 - Gibraltar Port Supports Green Scheme

green schemeThis afternoon Minister with responsibility for the Port, Neil Costa was presented with a plaque certifying the Port of Gibraltar as a Green Award compliant port.

The scheme, a global, independent, non-for-profit quality assurance organisation follows an explicit set of rules that include quality, safety and environmental protection; they also focus on the human element of ships. As part of the scheme, the port will award sustainable ships certified by the Green Award with a 5% reduction in tonnage dues as from the 1st April.

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Mar 27 - May Day Festivities

textThe Ministry of Culture has announced that this year’s May Day festivities will be being organised by the Gibraltar Trades Council.

The Ministry will be collaborating with the Unions and will provide assistance to ensure the smooth running of all events. The event this year will once again be held at Casemates Square and will include an all day event with a Fun Day for kids and live performances.

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Mar 27 - Government to Work with Barclays on Gibraltar Branch Review

barclaysFollowing local reports claiming that Barclays Bank is set to carry out a review of their Gibraltar branch, the Government has said that they were briefed yesterday on the circumstances behind the review of the business in Gibraltar and across the European operations of the Bank, as announced in the conclusions of its Strategic Review on the 12th February.

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