ANDREA AT HER BEST

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Andrea Simpson celebrated 30 years as a singer this week at the Gibraltar Fair in a special show at the Family Pavilion. The almost two hour show included favourite songs and those which are closely associated with her such as ‘This is My Life’ and ‘La Septima Ola’. Pic: S. Ignacio
 

Picardo and Franco talk of cross-border cooperation

Today - by Gabriella Peralta

The Mayor of La Linea, Juan Franco, said he wants to continue the work of the previous PSOE-led council in fostering good cross-border relations with Gibraltar.
He was speaking yesterday after meeting Chief Minister Fabian Picardo during a formal visit to Gibraltar.
“As a minimum we would like our relationship to be just as good”,” he told reporters at a press call at No 6 Convent Place.
The visit, which came against the backdrop of controversy over the incident at sea last Saturday, attracted a hefty contingent of television and newspaper reporters from Spain. 

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Ellul-Hammond resigns as MP with stinging attack on GSD

Today - by Brian Reyes

Opposition MP Isobel Ellul-Hammond resigned her seat in Parliament yesterday and delivered a stinging assessment of the GSD as she retired from politics, insisting the party no longer inspired confidence in her for the future.
Mrs Ellul-Hammond had signalled her departure last April when she accepted a job as the Gibraltar Health Authority’s Cancer Services Coordinator, but she was expected to take up the post after the General Election.
The announcement yesterday thus came as a surprise and even GSD leader Daniel Feetham and Trevor Hammond, the party’s chairman and Mrs Ellul-Hammond’s husband, were caught unawares.

Spain seeks to defuse SVA row - report

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Spain has signalled its “full willingness” to improve cross-border law enforcement cooperation with Gibraltar, according to a press report in Spain.
The left-leaning El Pais said the Spanish Government was seeking to defuse the fallout from last Saturday’s incident at sea, during which warning shots were fired by officers of the Servicio de Vigilancia Aduanera who tried to board a local pleasure boat in British waters.

Lord Luce is appointed Chancellor of the University of Gibraltar

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Former Governor of Gibraltar Lord Luce is to be the first Chancellor of The University of Gibraltar which opens next month. His appointment was announced yesterday by Minister for Education Gilbert Licudi. Lord Luce said his appointment was an immense privilege for him and to accept Mr Licudi’s invitation to become Chancellor of the new University of Gibraltar. Under the University of Gibraltar Act 2015, the Chancellor is the non-executive titular head of the University.

Feetham on Onda Cero today

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Opposition leader Daniel Feetham will be interviewed today at 1 pm on Spanish radio Onda Cero (FM 89.1).
A spokesman for the GSD said: "No doubt issues that will come up for discussion will be the latest dangerous incursions into BGTW by Spanish State Vessels and the policy of the Spanish Foreign Minister, Sr Margallo. For the last three years Mr Feetham has accepted many speaking engagements in Spain and as on those occasions he will continue to defend Gibraltar's vital interests."

Opposition says DPC ‘rubber stamped’ power station project

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The GSD said the Development and Planning Commission’s ‘rubber stamping’ of the LNG power station environmental impact assessment was another in a series of ‘flaws’ with the project.
In a statement, the Opposition said the DPC had examined the impact of the LNG power station in isolation, without examining the impact and associated safety risks of LNG storage and the fact that LNG storage will be “a fundamental necessity” of the power station.

Amid tension over Ukraine, a Russian submarine docks in Ceuta

Yesterday, 27th August 2015

One of Russia’s new state-of-the-art submarines docked in Ceuta yesterday morning on its way into the Mediterranean.
The diesel-powered Novorossiysk, which was launched in 2013, is characterised by advanced stealth technology making it virtually undetectable when submerged.
The vessel’s arrival in the Spanish North African enclave comes against the background of continued tension between NATO and Russia over the conflict in Ukraine.

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Spain says SVA was ‘exercising jurisdiction in Spanish waters’

Yesterday, 27th August 2015 - by Brian Reyes

Spain’s customs service, the Servicio de Vigilancia Aduanera [SVA], admitted yesterday that shots were fired during an incursion by Spanish customs last Saturday, but insisted its officers were “exercising jurisdiction in Spanish waters”.
The admission of the gunshots came first in unattributed statements to the Europa Press news agency but was later confirmed independently by this newspaper, although the SVA claims only two shots were fired.

Guardia Civil association says lack of cooperation ‘is absurd’

Yesterday, 27th August 2015

An association representing Guardia Civil officers has called for an operational protocol that “sets aside” politics to the enable coordination with law enforcement agencies in Gibraltar.
Speaking to reporters in Spain, the secretary general of the Asociación Unificada de la Guardia Civil [AUGC], Alberto Moya, said officers regularly experienced difficult situations close to Gibraltar.

GSD urges ‘real commitment’ from UK on incursions

Yesterday, 27th August 2015

The GSD yesterday called on the British Government to show “real commitment” to tackling Spanish incursions into British Gibraltar territorial waters.
“The latest incident in BGTW involving a Spanish State Vessel where shots have now been confirmed to have been fired by officers on the Spanish vessel, justifies all the concerns raised by the GSD over the last year,” said Opposition leader Daniel Feetham.