The ESG believes the Government’s recent announcement on achieving full transposition of all pending EU Directives to be a most welcome and positive step. In the group’s experience, however, transposition alone is a part of a critical process to ensure a directive produces the desired benefits to citizens and the environment.
Mar 07 - Immigration Act Changes Allow Moroccans 21 Days in Gibraltar Without Special Entry Permission
Gibraltar has amended its Immigration, Asylum and Refugee Act so as to waive visa requirements for nationals of specified countries.
The first such individuals to benefit from this change will be Moroccan nationals holding valid Schengen multiple entry visas. In the past, Moroccans with Schengen visas were permitted to enter Gibraltar only on a case-by- case basis with most of the successful applications being permitted only on compassionate grounds.
Mar 07 - ESG Concerned Over Nuffield Pool Tourist Site Tender
The Environmental Safety Group has today noted their surprise at the release of the Government tender for the development of a tourist and leisure site at Nuffield Pool.
The group insists that there was no mention of hotels or developments in this area; in the GSLP/ Liberal manifesto. Instead it stated that the Pool would be made available to the local community once it was handed back to the Gibraltar Government by the MoD
Mar 06 - No Horse DNA Detected in Locally Sold Products
Following recent tests carried out on locally sold products; all results have come back negative for horse DNA. The Environmental Agency had a number of products tested, including Waitrose Frozen Lasagne, Eroski Lasagne, Coviran Canelone, Maheso Lasagne, which is sold by Cisarego, and Maheso Canelone and Bolognaise.
At a presentation ceremony on Tuesday the 26th of February 2013 Commissioner Eddie Yome presented eight members of police staff with certificates recognising loyal service to the Royal Gibraltar Police.
The staff members included; Ms Maria Luisa Pau, Mrs Angela Posso and Mrs Michelle Sisarello who have all served twenty five years with the RGP. Also receiving awards were, Ms Joan Coelho, Ms Sandra Lane, Mrs Macarena Munoz who have worked with the force for twenty years and Mrs Nuria Fagan and Mrs Karen Torres who have worked with the RGP for fifteen years.
Last Summer, 8 year old Ben Donohue, who lives in Gibraltar with his family, carried out a 5 mile swim to raise funds for the Neuroblastoma Children’s Cancer Alliance and critically ill 6 year old, Jamie Inglis. . Sadly Jamie lost his battle with Neuroblastoma in January this year.
Mar 05 - Dolphin’s Youth Club Alcohol Awareness Presentation
Young people from Dolphins Youth Club took part in an alcohol awareness session that was facilitated by John Montegriffo from the Care Agency. The aim of the session was to see the level of awareness amongst members on alcohol-related issues.
The young people were given a chance to wear some “beer goggles” which replicated the experience of being drunk. It quickly became apparent that simple things like walking along a line and passing a football to each other became difficult whilst wearing the goggles.
Felix Alvarez, Chairman of Equality Rights Group GGR has been singled out for attention by an infamous US-based hate organization aiming to promote radical ‘Christian’ values. While specifically naming Alvarez and his human rights work, the brief article also targets the whole community of Gibraltar.
‘It would appear the website and entry may well be the work of the Westboro Baptist Church in the USA, an evangelical organisation famous for its ‘God Hates Fags’ slogan, which they have used repeatedly while protesting aggressively at the funerals of US servicemen whom they allege to be homosexual.
Mar 05 - Environment Department Representatives Attend EU Climate Change Event
The Department of the Environment’s Catherine Walsh and Janine Galliano, as representatives of the Gibraltar Adaptation Working Group, travelled to Ancona, Italy, last week to present the interim results of the climate change adaptation work being carried out in Gibraltar.
The event was also attended by other participating cities in the EU Cities Adapt project as well as representatives from DG CLIMA (the European Union’s Directorate-General for Climate Action). Gibraltar was selected as one of the 21 cities to form part of this project, which is fully funded by the European Union.