IT’S CHRISTMAS – OFFICIAL:

Yesterday, 22nd November 2014

The Christmas lights were switched on last night in the ‘festival of lights’ to the sounds of Christmas at a packed Piazza. This year the lights were switched on by Culture Minister Steven Linares, the Mayor Adolfo Canepa and Minister for Social Services and the Elderly Samantha Sacramento, together with Stephen Balban from St Martin’s School. Pic: Johnny Bugeja
 

Spain set to delay EU single sky by raising Gibraltar objection

Yesterday, 22nd November 2014 - by Dominique Searle and Reuters

European Union plans to merge national air corridors are threatened with delay because of Spain’s policy to return to ‘pre-Cordoba’ blocking of Gibraltar’s access to EU air transport rights. EU member states are trying to reach agreement on the Single European Sky scheme, intended to complete the integration of some of the world’s most crowded airways, cutting costs and CO2 emissions.

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Parliament explores implications of joining Schengen

Yesterday, 22nd November 2014 - by Cristina Cavilla

Spain might agree to Gibraltar becoming part of Schengen and the Customs Union because the move would see the Rock lose what Madrid regards as its “advantageous” non-VAT status, Parliament was told this week.
In response to questions in Parliament from the Leader of the Opposition, Daniel Feetham, on Thursday, the Chief Minister Fabian Picardo said that joining Schengen and the Customs Union would require unanimity at the European Union level.
He said: “The things that we are talking about are the things that the Kingdom of Spain has long seen as advantageous that Gibraltar has had and therefore if she has seen our non-VAT status as advantageous (to Gibraltar) it is not impossible to see her agreeing to us become part of the Common Customs Union.”

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Govt says GSD distorts facts over Europa Stadium plan

Yesterday, 22nd November 2014

The uncertain future of plans for a UEFA stadium to be built at Europa Point saw the Government and Opposition back in the arena yesterday hurling accusations in press releases following their exchanges in Parliament on Thursday. Each accuses the other of deceiving the public.

Engineers ponder Gibraltar’s Victorian infrastructure

Yesterday, 22nd November 2014

The Gibraltar Group of Professional Engineers recently held their annual lecture on ‘Engineering Heritage’ at the John Mackintosh Hall with the theme of Victorian Foundation of Gibraltar’s Essential Infrastructure.

RGP boosts Sea Scout fleet

Yesterday, 22nd November 2014

The Royal Gibraltar Police has donated a 6.7-metre cabin cruiser, “Misty Blue” and a three-metre inflatable vessel with a 9.9hp outboard engine to the Gibraltar Sea Scouts.
Both vessels had previously been forfeited to the Crown and will provide a valuable resource to the Sea Scouts, helping to widen the scope of their waterborne activities.

HEADING FOR WORLD STAGE

Friday, 21st November 2014

Shyanne Azzopardi, Miss Gibraltar, yesterday as she set off for London to participate in the 2014 Miss World Contest from Gibraltar International Airport. Pic: Johnny Bugeja
 

Govt could offer GFA stadium loan

Friday, 21st November 2014

The Gibraltar Government has not ruled out providing a loan to the Gibraltar Football Association for construction of a new stadium if planning approval is granted, Chief Minister Fabian Picardo told Parliament yesterday, though the prospect is ‘unlikely’.
The Chief Minister said the GFA would have cheaper borrowing options but that the government would be willing to offer bridging finance if necessary to enable it to push ahead with the project. But the Chief Minister insisted that the taxpayer would not fund the stadium outright.

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Stormy encounter in House over net fishing question

Friday, 21st November 2014

The public are being ‘misled’ by the commitment the GSLP/Liberals gave at the last general election to stop illegal fishing in British Gibraltar Territorial Waters, Daniel Feetham has said.
The Government and the Opposition clashed again yesterday over the issue, this time in Parliament.

ESG concern at fishing law

Friday, 21st November 2014

The ESG has raised concern regarding the first phase of the recently published Fishing Regulations – which they have also welcomed – with regards to the enforcement of the new controls.

GFSB set to raise English standards in shops

Friday, 21st November 2014 - by Eyleen Sheil

Chair of the Gibraltar Federation of Small Businesses (GFSB), Gemma Vasquez, has said that the organisation is offering members basic English for Spanish employees who work in Main Street shops as well as bookkeeping courses and excel courses for members generally.
The (GFSB) Annual Dinner was held yesterday with guest speaker entrepreneur ‘Jacob Hill’ at the Khaima in the Rock Hotel.

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