Security Improvements at Casemates Gates
New “hostile vehicle mitigation devices” – known colloquially as bollards – have been installed at Casemates Gates. They mark a first deployment of such technology in Gibraltar.
They employ a speed calming measure whereby the aperture between the fixed bollards and the sliding one is adjustable, meaning that vehicles must reduce speed to transit past.
Britannica Virtual Quiz
Renowned international historian and author Christopher Lloyd will be teaming up with Gibraltar Cultural Services, as part of a new development and educational initiative that will be delivered in the forthcoming Youth Arts Jamboree programme, in February 2021.
He has just launched his new book “First Britannica Kids Encyclopaedia” and owing to the current COVID pandemic, the author has developed a virtual quiz show.
GCS will reach out to educational establishments to take part in due course, in what promises to be a fun and immersive way to learn about the world.
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UNECE Youth delegate
Tammy Randall has been selected as the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Youth Delegate for 2020/21, following the call for qualified and experienced candidates.
The UK government focal point at UNECE on matters of environment and education, Professor Daniella Tilbury said, “It is essential that we create spaces for young people to actively engage in the dialogues and decisions which will most affect them. Over the next year, Tammy will form part of UNECE Working Group on youth, drafting proposals for the UNECE Strategy for 2030. She will be looking at ways of bringing younger voices into policy-making and creating opportunities for youth engagement on key sustainability issues.”
In response to her appointment, Tammy added, “I am thrilled to have been appointed as this year’s youth delegate and look forward to working closely with Professor Tilbury on initiatives at UNECE level and locally. I hope that through my role I can bring a younger perspective to decision-making which is often lacking.”
Pancreatic Cancer Awareness
The GHA has marked World Pancreatic Cancer Day with a view to increase public awareness of the disease, its symptoms and ways to reduce the risk of developing it.
Pancreatic cancer is the fourth most fatal cancer in both men and women, and the death rate due to this disease is increasing across Europe. It usually arises in elderly patients with a mean age at onset of 71 years for men and 75 years for women. One of the main reasons for its high fatality rate is that the majority of patients’ progress to the advanced stages of the disease without showing any symptoms.
The Minister for Health Hon Minister Samantha Sacramento MP said, “Early diagnosis is the key to survival. Raising awareness of Pancreatic Cancer is crucial and can make all the difference to somebody’s life. It is the GHA’s mission to improve the rate of early detection by having the knowledge, understanding and awareness to be able to combat this fatal disease. Raising awareness is not exclusive to the GHA and I would like to wholeheartedly thank the Gibraltar Pancreatic Cancer Gibraltar for their awareness campaigns and for their continued support of the GHA as well as to all cancer charities.”
You may have noticed a new type of bus driving around Gibraltar in a different colour scheme than the familiar red ones.
These were electric buses on trial to ascertain whether such transport would be feasible in Gibraltar, given the technical and geographical quirks of life on the Rock.
The Minister for Business, Tourism, Transport and The Port, the Hon Vijay Daryanani said, “It is exciting to see these environmentally-friendly vehicles on our roads in line with the Government’s commitment to providing a Greener Gibraltar.”