Today - by Dominique Searle
Claims by the Spanish border authorities, that the reason one lane is kept free and cars made to queue single file into Gibraltar is ‘because this has to be kept free for emergency cases’, have been rejected by the European Commission experts.
A report seeking to close the complaints from hundreds of citizens concludes that the current arrangements create a “bottleneck effect” and urges that the lanes be divided into green and red channels, depending on whether or not people have goods to declare.
La Linea may call a protest next week over the continued difficulties at the border with Gibraltar caused by the Spanish government.
Gemma Araujo, the town’s PSOE mayor, said yesterday that thousands of ‘Linenses’ are affected by the measures. She said that Spanish workers in Gibraltar had said that they need a ‘safety valve’ to ease the tension created by the strict controls.
A Hanukkah lighting ceremony was held last night for the first time in the lobby of the House of Parliament. Children from different faith communities lit the candles on the eighth and final evening of the Jewish festival. The first light was lit by Momy Levy followed by the children and was followed by a couple of traditional Hanukkah songs led by the Hebrew Boys School. All those attending were treated to doughnuts and soft drinks. Why doughnuts? It is traditional during Hanukkah to eat fried pastries. As Hanukkah celebrates the miracle of the oil in the Temple, it is customary to partake of fried foodstuffs symbolic of the miracle. Pic: Johnny Bugeja
UK ministers should consider Gibraltar’s “reasonable” request for a Royal Navy warship to help safeguard its waters against Spanish incursions, Labour has said.
Today - by Peter Schirmer
Payments had been made ‘unlawfully’ from the client account of the Marrache office in Spain by Gabriel Benavides, former head of the law firm’s Spanish department in Gibraltar, it was suggested in the Supreme Court yesterday. These had included sums to his father’s company – later his own - as well as to an alleged mistress and also on behalf of at least two of the Marrache brothers, John Cooper QC, who leads the defence of Isaac Marrache, claimed during a marathon review of almost 150 pages listing strings of payments made over a five or six year spell.
Keith Bailey, Chief Country Officer for Barclays in Gibraltar, and Christian Duo, Acting Regional Officer for Unite, have agreed a new Local Collective Agreement that it reached with Barclays for a one off additional payment for all displaced staff. This is in addition to the previously announced redundancy package and follows the news that the bank is massively scaling down its Gibraltar presence.
Governor-designate Lt Gen Sir James Dutton and Lady Dutton will arrive in Gibraltar aboard HMS Bulwark tomorrow arounf 10 am.
The Royal Gibraltar Police has again received reports of Malware (malicious software) scams circulating the internet and purporting to be from law enforcement agencies.
The Leader of the GSD Opposition, Daniel Feetham, will take questions from the public when he participates in GBC Radio’s Lunchtime Show at 1.15 pm today.
Jamielee Randall, Miss Gibraltar’s First Princess, will take part in the 53rd Miss International beauty pageant to be held in Tokyo on the 17 December.
Yesterday, 4th December 2013
Gibraltar, ‘Team 54’, has made its mark in UEFA with last week’s honourable draw against Slovakia in Portugal. CEO of the GFA Dennis Beiso is admiring the GFA Boardroom copy of the beautifully stylised Gibraltar exhibit which hangs between those of Germany and Greece in the ‘corridor of power’ in the UEFA HQ at Nyon, Switzerland. Gibraltar’s success on The Algarve “a great performance by all of the squad and technical staff” has met with very favourable comments in UEFA circles and it just so happens that Dennis, accompanied by Gen Sec. Richard Manning, is leaving for Bratislava, Slovakia, today to attend a UEFA conference – with plenty to talk about! JES