Britain protests over ‘dangerous’ incursion by Spanish survey ship

Yesterday, 4th July 2015 - by Brian Reyes

A Royal Navy speedboat received a blow from a heavy oceanographic probe as it tried to prevent a Spanish survey ship from taking readings in British waters yesterday.
No one was injured in the incident but the actions of the Spanish ship were described as “reckless and dangerous” and drew a rapid diplomatic protest from the British Government.
Chief Minister Fabian Picardo called for a “clear and robust” response from Britain to avoid any further repetition, even as he warned that such incidents could increase over the summer and in the run-up to Spain’s general election.

Silent tribute to Tunisia victims

Yesterday, 4th July 2015 - by Gabriella Peralta

A minute’s silence was held yesterday outside the Convent to mark the loss of British lives in last week’s terror attack in Tunisia. Traffic came to a halt, with employees from both No 6 Convent Place and the Convent filling the streets.

13 medals for Gib as NatWest games draw to a close

Friday, 3rd July 2015

As the NatWest Island Games enters its final day in Jersey, Gibraltar has so far won 13 medals in athletics, shooting and triathlon. With more chance of medals today team spirits are high as the team readies for the final day of competition.
Today both the men and women’s basketball teams play for bronze and there are more chances in athletics and shooting. The Piri family, father Wayne and daughter’s Natalie and Stephanie, have all secured medals at the NatWest Island Games this week. And there was much to celebrate yesterday when the third member of the family, Stephanie, achieved a Bronze medal in the shooting 10m Air Rifle event.

Spain knew Gib claim ‘would impact Ceuta and Melilla’ – secret documents

Friday, 3rd July 2015 - by Tommy Norton

Spanish politicians privately conceded that any change in the sovereignty of Gibraltar would result in the eventual transfer of Ceuta and Melilla to Morocco, according to Foreign and Commonwealth Office papers released today.
In a series of memos to London, British diplomats revealed a sharp contrast between the Spanish government’s public statements on Spain’s North African enclaves and what was being said behind closed doors.
The memos are part of a trove of over 1,000 Foreign Office files released in London today, including dozens that relate to Gibraltar.
They offer a revealing insight into how politicians and diplomats assessed the geo-strategic implications of any change in the sovereignty of Gibraltar or the Spanish enclaves in North Africa.

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Gib to fall silent for Tunisia victims

Friday, 3rd July 2015

Gibraltar will be holding a minute’s silence today as a mark of respect for the Britons killed in the recent terror attack in Tunisia.
Flags will fly at half-mast and the minute’s silence will begin at 1pm local time, coinciding with a similar solemn act across the UK.

Govt unveils draft planning legislation

Friday, 3rd July 2015 - by Eyleen Sheil

Changes to 21 days’ notice, enforcement laws and painting regulations all form part of the new Town Planning Act, a Command Paper of which was presented by the Government yesterday.
Announcing the Command Paper launch was Deputy Chief Minister Dr Joseph Garcia who said the Act aims to “revise, modernise and strengthen” laws surrounding town planning.  

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No change in threat level after security meeting

Thursday, 2nd July 2015

There was no change to the heightened security status on the Rock following a meeting of the Gibraltar Security Council yesterday.
The meeting – attended by the Governor, Sir James Dutton, Chief Minister Fabian Picardo, Commander British Forces Commodore Ian McGhie and police Commissioner Eddie Yome - analysed the recent terror attacks in Tunisia, France and Kuwait, although it had been scheduled ahead of those developments.

In-house lawyers place spotlight on ‘outdated’ court rules

Thursday, 2nd July 2015

The requirements for enrolling barristers and solicitors in Gibraltar ‘may’ need to be modernised to reflect developments in the legal profession, Chief Justice Anthony Dudley signalled this week.
In-house legal advisors are increasingly common both in the public and private sectors, but current legislation means they cannot be admitted as barristers or solicitors of the Supreme Court.
The issue came to light after an ‘unusually high’ number of candidates sought admission on the court roll ahead of new regulations increasing the training requirements for lawyers practicing in Gibraltar.

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Police seize fishing boat in drugs probe

Thursday, 2nd July 2015

Police seized a Spanish fishing boat yesterday morning and arrested its five occupants in connection with an ongoing drugs investigation.
The vessel was stopped in British Gibraltar territorial waters just before 8am and was brought into the Royal Gibraltar Police’s marine base.
The five men were conveyed to New Mole House police station for questioning.
As this edition went to print, the men were still helping police with inquiries and had not been charged with any offence. 

Gibraltar Prior Park School appoints its first headmaster

Thursday, 2nd July 2015 - by Alice Mascarenhas

Prior Park Schools’ Governors and Headmasters have announced the first headmaster of its school in Gibraltar as Peter Watts. Opening in September the Catholic independent senior school is seen as an expansion of the school to the Mediterranean after it was selected by the Gibraltar Secondary School Parents’ Group as the preferred bidder from a competitive field of schools in UK. 

Northern Defences wall ‘not quite so old’

Thursday, 2nd July 2015 - by Eyleen Sheil

A section of the Northern Defences wall, the subject of debate in both the Development and Planning Commission and in the community, has been revealed to be not as old as originally thought.
“The wall was originally believed to date back to the early nineteenth century. However, on close inspection and following intrusive investigations, there is structural evidence to suggest that there has been considerable re-modelling of the wall since then,” a Government statement said.