During Her Majesty the Queen’s speech at the annual opening of the UK Parliament this morning, she touched upon the issue of the sovereignty of the UK’s Overseas Territories. Commenting on the matter, the Queen noted, ‘My government will ensure the security, good governance and development of the Overseas Territories, including by protecting the Falkland Islanders’ and Gibraltarians’ right to determine their political futures’. A speech is read by the Queen annually from Throne in the House of Lords. All members of Parliament and the House of Lords are present at the event, which usually sees Her Majesty outline the Government’s policies for the new parliamentary session.
One year into RGP Commissioner Eddie Yome’s tenure in office and all appears well. Crime rates have seen a reduction of 18% and Commissioner Yome’s vision of the Police service returning to its roots at the centre of the community. During a press conference held yesterday afternoon, Commissioner Yome explained that his main priority was to reorganise the way the RGP does business, he added that this meant rearranging policing resources, all with a view to establishing the Neighbourhood Policing model as a flagship policy of the organisation. He insisted that he continues to seek to deliver a professional service, with a more personal approach to community interaction.
This new approach to policing has seen more constables within the community, officers engaging with the elderly and youth and working in conjunction with youth groups and schools.
The Government has today invited tenders for a new proposed 80MegaWatt gas fired power station, set to be located in a reclaimed area off the North Mole. The project has come about as the result of an inter-ministerial committee on power generation. The Government claims that the power station with guarantee Gibraltar’s power and energy needs for decades to come. A number of the engines will be duel fired so diesel may be burned, should gas supplies ever not be available.
The tender covers the design, manufacture and construction of the project, which should be able to deliver a net guaranteed heat rate of 42MW, with an output range of 7 to 15MW each.
His Worship the Mayor, Anthony Lima will be travelling to Madeira today, where he will be undertaking a number of Official engagements.
A programme for his visit has been arranged by the Madeira Camara de Turismo, which includes a meeting with the Mayor of Funchal Senhor Filipe Machado de Albuquerque who will shortly be retiring. His Worship will also meet other officials. Discussions will centre on the possibility of giving further tangible effect to the Twinning arrangements with Gibraltar which were approved in 2009.