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 - 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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Mar 14 - PDP Calls on Government to Prioritise on Power Supply

pdpThe PDP is extremely concerned with the rise in power cuts experienced over the last few weeks. The Party notes the Government’s assurances last autumn that the power supply issues, inherited from the previous administration would be resolved with the opening of the new power station at the north western end of the North Mole.

The Party insists that Tuesday’s issue further highlights the ‘inherent problems with not only the supply of energy but also of its distribution. It is clear this “temporary” measure is not providing the results this Government had promised. The GSLP/Liberals have now been in power for well over a year and seem incapable of governing without reference to their predecessors failings. Everyone in Gibraltar knows that the GSD failed in 16 years to secure a reliable modern power supply but there comes a point when this Government must stop blaming others and assume responsibility.’

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