The UK Government met late last week with the Gibraltar Government to discuss number of issues. Discussions were led by Chief Minister Fabian Picardo and included Deputy Chief Minister Dr. Garcia, Chief Secretary Ernest Gomes and Chief legal Officer, Michael Llamas.
Feb 11 - Libel Case Against Citypeg President Dropped by Minister Bossano
The Government has announced that regarding the libel case brought against Sr. Paco Ponce of Cross border Association Citypeg, by Minister Joe Bossano and GJBS, the three parties have reached a settlement. On 2nd February, Sr. Ponce apologised to Minister Bossano noting that the group raised a possible case of discrimination and not a personal accusation against anyone. The group claimed that they do not want to crate confrontation with the Gibraltar Government.
Feb 08 - Cortes Attends Overseas Territories Wildlife Safety Event
Environment Minister Dr. John Cortes this week attended an event at the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Rooms in Westminster Hall. The event was hosted by MP Andrew Rosindell and the UK Overseas Territories Conservation Forum.
The event included a presentation on ‘Safeguarding the Globally Important Wildlife of the UK Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies’ by Dr. Mike Pienkowski, Honorary Chief Executive of the Forum.
The GSD opposition has recently been approached by a number of Senior Citizens asking for advice on early repayment of Government issued debentures, not due until 31st December 2013 and 31st December 2015.
The letters dated 20 December 2012 for the 4% 31 December 2013 maturity, and 1 February 2013 for the 5% 31 December 2015 maturity, headed “replacement of debentures” require replies within a very short period of time, namely 14 January 2013 and 15 February 2013 respectively.
Feb 08 PDP - Housing And Restoration Can Be Compatible
The PDP totally agrees with the sentiments expressed by The Gibraltar Heritage Trust in their recent press release. The Upper Town is indeed “an untapped gem”.
The PDP therefore welcomes the fact that the GSLP/LIB Government is no longer going to add an extra floor to the blocks in the Moorish Castle Estate. This was an ill-advised scheme considering that those buildings are in such a bad state of repair with damp and humidity issues and would not have benefited with an extra floor. The other issue concerning us is that this is an area of outstanding heritage value and should be restored as such. The estate was built there in a time of great need and served its purpose but now with the present deteriorated condition of the buildings these residents should be re-housed in far better, modern, purpose built housing that befits our evolution as a people. Housing schemes require facilities close by, parking, shops, schools and open areas.
The GSD has today welcomed the UK Government’s announcement to scrap the, tougher EBC exam system that was set to replace the current GCSE system in 2015. Instead, the government plans to keep the current system, but place more emphasis on the exams by removing some of the coursework.
Gaming Minister, Gilbert Licudi attended the ICE Totally Gaming exhibition in London earlier this week. Based at the ExCel Centre, the forum is the largest and most comprehensive of its kind, in the world.
Commenting on his visit, Minister Licudi noted that the competitive nature of the gaming industry requires constant innovation by operators. He added that with Gibraltar hosting the most important online gaming companies in the world, it is crucial that we keep abreast of new developments in the industry.
Feb 07 - Chief Minister’s Letter in Financial Times
Within this morning’s Financial Times Chief Minister Fabian Picardo’s letter was published.
The letter read, ‘Sir,
Your otherwise excellent editorial for Tuesday 5th February on Argentina and the Falkland Islands is wrong only in one material respect. Successive British Foreign Secretaries have insisted that they will not engage bilaterally with Spain on Gibraltar issues, referring their counterparts to the Trilateral Process for Dialogue in which the UK, Spain and Gibraltar have agreed to discuss all matters of mutual interest except sovereignty.
Feb 07 - Government Responds to Feetham ‘Electoral Fraud’ Comments
Following his appointment as GSD leader, Daniel Feetham accused the GSLP/ Liberal Government of perpetrating an ‘electoral fraud’ on the electorate, for not being able to deliver their manifesto commitments. The Government has today responded to the claim, noting that it is absurd and betrays a lack of understanding of what happened when the GSD repeated a number of pledges in two General Election manifestos because they were unable to deliver those pledges on time.