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Spain bans establishments from turning air conditioning below 27°C

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Spain bans establishments from turning air conditioning below 27°C

The Spanish government has just set a law stating that, in most public places, setting the air condition unit to anything below 27°C is illegal.

This new law applies to establishments such as bars, airports, cinemas, shopping centres and many more commercial outlets but does not apply to households. The reasoning behind such a decision is to reduce Spain’s energy consumption and reliance on Russian oil and gas; Spain had joined the rest of the EU in pledging to reduce consumption by seven per cent.

Not exclusive to just summer, public buildings also will not be able to increase their heating units above 19C in winter, with shops to have their windows turned off by 10pm.

Spain is currently having an incredibly hot summer, with two heatwaves in July and temperatures expected to hit 40°C once again in the coming days.

Should Malta adopt these laws?

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Nearly 50,000 contraband cigarettes and 211 of kg tobacco seized from Birkirkara garage

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48,620 cigarettes and 211 kg of illegal hand-rolling tobacco have been seized from a Birkirkara garage by Malta Customs officers.

During the search, officers found a man in the garage loading cigarettes into a Peugeot Partner.

When officers asked the man about the cigarettes, he told them that the cigarettes were bought from a local supplier, whom he refused to identify. The man was not available to provide any receipts or invoices for the cigarettes.

The customs officers later announced that excise duty on all the cigarettes was €8,320, VAT was €1,813 and import tax was €346. The excise duty on the tobacco came to be €25,788 and VAT was €5,592. The total amount of taxes on the cigarettes and tobacco came out to be €41,860.

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New roof garden inaugurated in Hamrun

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A new roof garden in Misraħ is-7 ta’ Ġunju 1919 in Ħamrun has been inaugurated. The garden has been built on a parking area as the community around the area will get a new lease of life with the uncommon greenery.

The Ministry of Environment has reportedly invested €1.5 million into turning the parking area into a modern green space suitable for all ages. The area will still maintain its purpose as space for parking but will also be a part of the government’s priority of the greening of urban areas and giving citizens a better quality of life through sustainable communities.

Environment Minister Miriam Dalli had this to say “This is another project that is offering an open green space, which will help to improve the quality of life of residents. Trees, shrubs and plants have been planted and benches installed for the comfort of residents, a step away from their homes. We are working to have more open spaces in the heart of our communities,”

The project has been funded by the National Development and Social Fund and led by GreenServ like many other environmental projects. GreenServ made use of sustainable materials such as fully recycled aluminum  and wood coming from sustainable forests in order to further enhance the garden. Solar panels were also installed to generate electricity.

WasteServ head Richard Bilocca explained how the 500 square metre garden rests on an innovative metal structure. NSDF CEO Raymond Ellul revealed that support is being given to environmental and sustainable ideas such as this and Ġnien Victor Calvagna launched last week in Mosta.

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WATCH: Classic Tribali vibes capture at Farson Beer Festival

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You can’t list veterans in the Maltese music scene without mentioning Tribali, and a recent video of the group performing at the Farsons Beer Festival is a testament to their success over the years.

 

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Effortlessly working the crowd as they are known to do, frontman Peter Paul leaves the audience to sing a solo of their own and they sure did own it!

May be an image of text that says 'THURSDAY 4TH AUGUST MAIN STAGE JUSTINE SHORFID, THE BUSKER, RED ELECTRIC ALTERNATIVE STAGE KILLERWITCH, HAINE, MIKAELA CASA ELECTRONICA GHIGO FARSONS BEER FESTIVAL MALTA HALTA #DAY8 40TH ΤΗ EDITION'Tribali headlined the Farsons Beer Festival main stage on Tuesday 2nd August in what has been a very successful edition of the iconic Maltese festival.

Running for over 10 days, the Farsons Beer Festival has welcomed a plethora of local acts on multiple stages.

Tonight, Red Electric, The Busker and Justine Shorfid are set to perform at tonight’s main stage with Killerswitch, Haine and Mikaela to take over the alternative stage.

Have you been to the Farsons Beer Festival yet?

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