Today - by Alice Mascarenhas
TOP OF THE ROCK DUO: Julian Lennon, left, was on the Rock yesterday to see for himself the Beatles Memorabilia exhibition presented by his White Feather Foundation. His first time on the Rock, he was hosted to lunch at the Top of the Rock by Chief Minister Fabian Picardo who in an upbeat mood affirmed what a huge honour it was to have the association with the Lennon family continue. Pic: Johnny Bugeja
Already a few thousand people have set foot inside the international Beatles Memorabilia and Julian Lennon Collection exhibition at the Gustavo Bacarisas Galleries in Casemates. But yesterday it was extra special, as the man himself - Julian Lennon - arrived on the Rock to the delight of some on Casemates who instantly recognised him and wanted their picture taken. He did not let them down.
Today - by Brian Reyes
Chief Minister Fabian Picardo has written to UK Prime Minister David Cameron to confirm Gibraltar’s commitment to strict compliance with international standards of tax transparency.
In his letter, Mr Picardo told Mr Cameron that Gibraltar had long worked to those standards and would continue to do so.
“The Chief Minister has also told Mr Cameron that the creation of a level playing field on these fronts across the world is of fundamental importance and is vital to Gibraltar, which has been playing by the rules for years only to see others entirely disregard them,” No.6 Convent Place said in a statement. Mr Picardo said he shared Mr Cameron’s belief that lower taxes were a vital driver of growth and prosperity.
The GSD Opposition was yesterday both welcoming and expressing doubts about the Sunborn floating hotel project and hinting that the Gibraltar Government might be investing directly in the project.
HM Customs officer came under attack with a barrage of rocks being thrown at them over the frontier fence from the Spanish side.
No one was hurt in the incident but the officer’s patrol car suffered serious damage.
With the XXXVIIth UEFA Congress in London tomorrow, the Gibraltar FA are aware of the public demand to celebrate Gibraltar’s potential admission as a full member of UEFA. If the result is positive the GFA would like to invite locals to the City Centre, dressing up in red and white, to celebrate together as a nation. It’s important that the occasion is enjoyed and everyone should present themselves in a respectful manner, for what could be a Historic day for Gibraltar.
The launch of an inter-ministerial project to build a new 700 berth small boat marina was announced by Finance Minister Gilbert Licudi, Minister for the Port, Neil Costa and Minister for the Environment, Dr John Cortes, yesterday morning. The marina will be constructed in the mid-harbour area and will incorporate 400 six metre and 300 eight metre finger pontoon berths. The marina will have electrical and water points, secure entry to the pontoons and CCTV security cameras.
David Cameron yesterday hailed a breakthrough in efforts to crack down on tax evasion and “aggressive” tax avoidance.
He said an EU summit deal to move to full cross-border disclosure of tax information provided new momentum for a G8 summit he will host in Northern Ireland next month on the same subject.
Today - by Alice Mascarenhas
At 86 Mario Finlayson proved yesterday he still has what it
takes by winning the first prize in this year’s Gibraltar Spring Art Exhibition with his familiar rooftop theme in a more simple style. The painting is called ‘Sepia Rooftop Gibraltar’ and was one of 113 entries from 62 artists. Second prize went to another well known name in artistic circles, Christian Hook, with his painting ‘Broken Narrative’. The third prize was a sculpture by John Culatto named ‘Polished Form 1’.
Gibraltar, the Falklands and Britain’s other overseas territories should be given a seat in the House of Commons, UKIP leader Nigel Farage told the Daily Mail yesterday.
The Governor Sir Adrian Johns opened James Foot’s exhibition at the Art Gallery in Casemates on Tuesday evening. Pic by Eyleen Sheil
Spain’s former Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar suggested on Tuesday he may seek to make a political comeback by mounting a challenge to his party mate and political heir Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.