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Apr 29 - Government Reacts To Final EU Negotiating Guidelines

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Apr 27 - Gibraltar In The International Media Spotlight

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Apr 27 - Positive Parenting “Train the Trainer” Course Announced

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Apr 27 – GSD Meets With Emily Thornberry

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Apr 27 – Regiment Presents Long Service And Good Conduct Medals

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Apr 27 - Shadow Foreign Secretary In Gibraltar

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Apr 27 – Chief Minister’s ‘State Of The Nation’ Address To The Chamber Of Commerce Annual Dinner

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Apr 27 - Poetry Night At The Kasbar

Apr 27 - Poetry Night At The Kasbar

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Apr 27 - Gibraltar At The ‘Routes Europe Forum’

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Apr 27 – Hassan Nahon: Unite Should Focus On Supporting Its Members

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Apr 02 - Government Claims Opposition Failed to Engage with Them Over IOSCO Issue

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government logoResponding to the recent GSD statement on Gibraltar’s failure to meet its obligations under the International Organisation of Securities Commissions (‘IOSCO’), the Government has insisted that it is important to clarify that Gibraltar is not blacklisted. They add that Gibraltar is on the same list of non-signatories as it was when the GSD was in office.

‘The MMOU was established in 2002. The GSD themselves did nothing to progress the signing by Gibraltar of the MMOU. In 2009, Gibraltar indicated that it was committed to sign the MMOU. The GSD failed to secure signature of the MMOU by December 2011.

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Apr 02 - GSD Welcomes Local Nurse Training

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gsdIn a statement released today, the GSD has welcomed the Government’s recent announcement for the local training of nurses. The party adds that the initiative is a learning pathway that started in September 2009, when the NVQ level 2 in Health & Social Care was first launched. The Opposition insists that it is thanks to the GSD that nurses have the tools necessary ‘not only to be proficient at their practice through continuous professional development, but also have the means to develop as nurse managers’.

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Mar 28 - PDP Urges Government to Attract Banks to Gibraltar

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pdpThe PDP takes note of the announcement by Barclays Bank of its review of its Gibraltar operation as part of its general review of its business worldwide.

It hopes that at the end of the review process it will conclude that it should retain its links with the Rock that go back well over 125 years. In the meantime it wishes to express solidarity with the local Management and employees and their desire to retain their jobs and prospects.

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Mar 28 - GSD Continues to Probe Government for Inconvenient Answer

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gsdThe Leader of the Opposition, Daniel Feetham, yesterday assured the Chief Minister that no one in the GSD is angry at either him or the Government. “What we are” said Mr. Feetham “is concerned, along with many others members of the community, that Mr. Picardo seems determined not to provide information he finds inconvenient”. 

The GSD insists that they have seen this in relation to the refusal by the Government to state who invited the Chief Minister and Dr Cortes together with their spouses to the Washington Presidential inauguration events, which reportedly cost up to US$100,000 and what (if any) arrangements the Government has in place with that person or company.  At the end of the day the Opposition is entitled to scrutinise any such arrangements including whether they provide the taxpayer with value for money or whether they are susceptible to scrutiny in other ways.  Most people in Gibraltar have been astonished that the Government has refused to answer what have been very simple questions from the Opposition.

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Mar 22 - Government Delegation Discusses Frontier Queues and Other Gibraltar Issues During Brussels Visit

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brusselsDuring their time in Brussels, the Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister met with a number of European Parliament delegates to discuss a vast range of Gibraltar’s issues. During a meeting with Gibraltar Liberal Democrat MEP, Sir Graham Watson and two European Commissioners, Mr. Picardo raised the issues of queues at the Frontier, on-line gaming, taxation and home affairs.

Commissioner Michel Barnier, who is responsible for the Internal Market and Services accompanied the Government delegation to the meeting. A detailed dossier on the delays at the frontier was presented to Commissioner Anna Cecilia Malmstrom, who is responsible for Home Affairs. The document included photographs, statistics, press cuttings and details of the frontier queue website.

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Mar 21 - GSD Questions Juan Verde Influence in Chief Minister Presidential Dinner Invite

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gsdThe GSD continues to press the Government with a line of questioning regarding the Chief Minister’s visit to Washington where he attended a dinner hosted for donors and benefactors of newly re-elected President Barack Obama.

With the Government ‘refusing’ to answer the Opposition’s questions, the party has insisted that for them to say that they did not make any direct payments does not serve to allay the Opposition’s concerns.

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Mar 21 - Government Lobbies in Brussels

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nigel farage The Chief Minister, along with Dr Garcia, the Government’s legal advisor Michael Llamas, and UK Government Representative Albert Poggio, are currently in Brussels where they are set to meet with a number of European Union institutions, including the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee of the European Parliament.

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Mar 20 - Government Insists ‘People in Glass Houses Should Not Throw Stones’

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government logoCommenting on the Chief Minister’s Visit to Washington, following the GSD’s recent insistence that the Government announce who invited Mr. Picardo to the Candlelight Inaugural dinner, the Government has said that their response will not change, no matter how many times, or in how many different ways the Opposition may raise the question.

A statement released by the Chief Minister noted, ‘it is surprising that the Opposition should consider it scandalous that the individuals or companies who facilitated this trip should not be named. When the GSD were in office, they refused to provide these same specific details of a breakdown in the lobbying vote when the information was requested of them.

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Mar 19 - Feetham Meets and Greets Gibraltar Associations

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gsdLeader of the Opposition, Daniel Feetham, met with committee members of the Gibraltar Women’s Association with Isobel Ellul-Hammond, Opposition Spokesman for Equality, last week to discuss concerns over the Sex Offenders’ List, ‘Sarah’s Law’ and making the register open to the public.  

Other issues raised were licences for adults working with children and vulnerable adults, codes of practice when the Police have to deal with vulnerable women and children, and whether ‘Looked after Children’ in care have assigned care workers they can build a stable relationship with.

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