Mar 15 - Government Opposition Alameda Estate Feud Continues

alameda estateThe GSD Opposition has asked the Government to come clean on the various issues affecting Alameda Estate, ‘rather than muddying the waters with half truths’ and blaming the former administration. The Party insists that for the Government to state that they have carried out repair works in the Estate for a year, that have resulted in a reduction of lift breakdown, ‘is simply not true’.

They add, ‘according to reports received in the GSD offices breakdowns have systematically continued following the multitude of "tinkering" works carried out on the lifts over this year resulting in a total loss of confidence in them by tenants, including the elderly and wheelchair users.’

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Feb 14 New Website For The 2013 International Jazz Festival

New Jazz Festival WebsiteGibraltar’s second International Jazz Festival has a new website which is now up-and-running.

Naturally, the website carries all the obvious information such as the festival dates (17 – 19 October), the venues (the Rock Hotel’s Khaima Marquee and the Patio Chico car park) and the line-ups of solo artistes and bands. This line-up will be updated throughout the summer.

The new website uses all the latest technology to carry video clips and audio from the 2012 festival and it can be viewed instantly on a wide range of IT systems without the need to download any additional software.

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Mar 14 - Zarzuela Stars Return for Gibraltar Spring Festival

zarzuelaIn collaboration with the Ministry for Culture, Santos Production has announced the return of the Teatro Lirico Andaluz, to Gibraltar, for a set of performances during the Spring Festival.

The Teatro Lirico Andaluz will stage their production of the famous and very popular ‘Doña Francisquita’. Boasting a stellar cast and a 24 piece orchestra, artists including Ruth Terán  and Luis Pacetti  are set to play characters Francisquita and Fernando.

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Mar 14 - Only Change to Savings Bank is Address – Claims Government

gsbThe Government has claimed that it does not understand the continuous ‘nit picking approach of the Opposition’ in relation to the Gibraltar Savings Bank. They insist that the GSD does not know what they are talking about.

A statement continues, ‘the plain fact is that the interest payable on both Government debentures and Gibraltar Savings Bank debentures have been higher than the interest rate offered by most other banks for the past 25 years or so! This is nothing new.

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Mar 14 - SSAFA Charity Mediterranean Steps Walk

med steps charity walkBritish Forces Gibraltar wives Lisa Blofield, Sue Drayton and Clare Fawcett are organizing a mass charity Mediterranean Steps Walk in aid of SSAFA Forces Help Gibraltar and Childline Gibraltar.

The walk is open to everyone and will take place on Saturday 13th April. Registration can be done on the day and further details can be found on Facebook under ‘Med Steps Madness’ where you can invite your friends and add your interest.

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Mar 14 - GSD Request Government Clarification on Chief Minister’s Presidential Dinner Invite

gsdRegarding the Chief Minister and Dr. Cortes’ recent visit to Washington, where they attended a number of inaugural events for the newly re-elected President. The GSD notes that among these events, Mr. Picardo and Dr. Cortes, along with their respective spouses attended the Candlelight dinner, which is an evening held for those who supported the election campaign, as well as benefactors and donors.

The Party goes on to state that the benefactors and donors invited are all US citizens, as donations from foreign governments are not accepted. The Opposition is requesting that Government clarifies which company or individual invited Mr. Picardo and Dr. Cortes to the inaugural events, whether any donations were made by the individual or company that invited the Ministers and whether the Government of Gibraltar has any consultancy or other contracts with that individual or company?

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Mar 14 - Government Insists they are Tackling Gibraltar’s Electrical Needs

governmentResponding to recent power cuts, and a mass of unsavoury comments on Gibraltar’s power supply issues, on Social Media groups, the Government has insisted that the main reason for the recent spate of power cuts is the creaking electricity infrastructure, distribution network and equipment which is currently in place and which should have been replaced a decade ago.

A statement released by the Government adds that the power cuts are unrelated to Gibraltar’s generating capacity, ‘which is now well served with the addition of the new turbines in the North Mole’.

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