British Forces Gibraltar’s Joint Policing and Security Unit (JPSU) have been awarded a Commendation by Commander Joint Forces Command Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach in recognition of their cohesive and focused team effort to deliver effective support to military operations in Gibraltar.
Chief Minister Fabian Picardo has sent his congratulations to Commissioner Eddie Yome on being elected President of the European Association of Airport and Seaport Police. The election was held during the Association’s two-day conference held last week at the Caleta Hotel.
Commissioner Yome has been a member of the Association for five years and has recently been a Vice-President on Aviation matters. He now takes on the presidency for a three-year term and he will preside over his first conference in Dubrovnik next year. In his new role he will automatically be a member of the International Association of Airports and Seaports Police and he will report personally to various EU organisations when submitting research and bids for future projects.
The Mid Harbour Estate Committee have once again written an open letter to the press following a recent statement released by the Government, defending their position on the state of the Estate. The Committee insists that there is no person or certain individual seeking to spread misinformation and distort reality’. They claim that they have always expressed their desire to work with the Government and the Housing Department for the benefit of the Estate.
The committee statement continues, ‘because of the perceived lack of interest, initiative, communication and action by Government Departments, the Committee felt that its only option was to resort to the media. If nothing else, our Press Release has served one purpose; to inspire some lively debate! We hope and trust that its PRIME purpose will come to fruition as well!! That is, to illicit POSITIVE responses from a Government Department seemingly in the grip of inertia, in order to rectify the problems inherent in the Estate. It has never been the intention of the Committee to score ‘brownie points’. There are MANY on the estate with grievances but most, if not all are happy and thankful for their homes.’
During this morning’s meeting of the Development and Planning Commission, the proposed Government project, to berth a Super Yacht Flotel at Marina Bay, stirred an extensive debate, with one resident of Tradewinds completely opposing the plan due to its almost inevitable issues of increased vehicular traffic in the Ocean Village area, as well the matter of reclaimed land by the Gala Casino, which would act as a car park for the hotel.
The floating structure will have 167 guest rooms, along with bars, restaurants, conference rooms, a spa and a gym, and is set to be berthed behind the Gala Casino, parallel to Marina Bay. The ship, the Deputy Town Planner explained, is set to be 140 meters long.
As part of the Government’s initiative to set up a number of consumer protection seminars, the first was hosted today, informing main street retailers on the issues of Internet shopping and how it affects local retailers. Craig Sacarello of the GFSB, along with Ed Mcquisten of the Chamber of Commerce, headed the seminar, which aimed to highlight the importance of devising a strategy to bring the retail sector forward in order to reduce online sales. The seminar was well attended and will make way to a further series of sessions that aim to improve Gibraltar’s consumer and retail sectors.