Grand reception

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Chief Minister Fabian Picardo is pictured above with Prince Michael of Kent at a reception hosted by the Gibraltar Government at Grand Battery last Friday.
“Gibraltar has been very interesting to me because it is my first visit here. I have been very much in the hands of the Navy, but not exclusively. I have learned many things about Gibraltar and it is wonderful to see from a maritime point of view how much the Navy is doing in keeping everything going as it should,” the Prince said. Pic: Johnny Bugeja
 

Gib UN ‘consensus decision’ in the air pending UK-Spain agreement

Today - by Dominique Searle

United Nations Fourth Committee last week finished its business on decolonisation - except for the drafting of a joint decision on Gibraltar. The delay comes in tandem with continuing diplomatic efforts - frozen by Spain in the build up to its successful UN Security Council temporary membership application - to secure ad hoc talks.

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‘Poor succession planning’ prompted Financial Secretary choice

Today - by Brian Reyes

The Gibraltar Government turned to the private sector to find a new Financial Secretary because poor succession planning meant there were no candidates from within the civil service, Chief Minister Fabian Picardo told Parliament last week.

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British ship prepares to join Ebola battle

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A medical ship is expected to stop in Gibraltar on its way to help tackle the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
A team of 750 military personnel are expected to reach Sierra Leone by November, with the Royal Fleet Auxiliary hospital ship RFA Argus sailing from Falmouth Docks, Cornwall, on Friday.

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EU focus on undeclared cross border work

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EU employment ministers last week adopted proposals so as to set up an EU platform to address the issue of undeclared work. The platform would bring together the European Commission and EU national authorities responsible for combating undeclared work, such as labour inspectorates or tax authorities.
The move paves the way to starting negotiations with the European Parliament.
The idea is that EU members would exchange information and best practices, especially in cross-border situations where it is difficult to identify and penalise undeclared work. 

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Prince Michael of Kent makes military visit

Saturday, 18th October 2014 - by Mark Viales

Prince Michael of Kent arrived in Gibraltar yesterday to a lavish ceremony which included a thunderous 21-Gun Salute at the Naval Base to commemorate his military visit.
He was greeted on arrival from a British Airways flight by Governor Sir James Dutton and Chief Minister Fabian Picardo. 

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Budhrani tax leak probe hits dead end

Saturday, 18th October 2014

A long-running investigation into the leak of sensitive tax information about the former Speaker of Parliament, Haresh Budhrani, has proved inconclusive, Parliament was told this week. 

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Opposition abstains as Parliament grants casino smoking exemption

Saturday, 18th October 2014 - by Cristina Cavilla

A smoking ban exemption to a small area of the casino was yesterday given the go-ahead from Parliament, despite Opposition criticism that this amounted to a government U-turn.
The Bill was passed by Government majority after the Opposition abstained on the grounds that if exemptions were to be allowed, they should apply to other businesses too and not just the casino.  

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Opposition slams Picardo’s ‘arrogant’ response to tender question

Saturday, 18th October 2014

The GSD yesterday said it was “entirely in the public interest” for the Chief Minister to explain his Government’s processes in awarding the runway tunnel contract to GJBS without tender.
“It is no answer at all, irrelevant and misleading for the Chief Minister to suggest that the Leader of the Opposition had forgotten that the GSD Government had appointed GJBS to complete the tunnel project after the difficulties experienced with the original contractor OHL,” the party said in a statement.

Fire guts Master Services garage

Saturday, 18th October 2014

A large fire at the Master Services unit in New Harbour Industrial estate broke out around 6pm yesterday, evening causing substantial damage to the unit.
No one was hurt in the incident.

Emergency services trained for air accidents

Saturday, 18th October 2014

Members of the Gibraltar Emergency Services recently attended a two day workshop run by the UK Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB), supported by representatives from the equivalent Military Organisation.