BUILDING ON HERITAGE

Today

Leader of the Opposition Danny Feetham and his wife Julia were delighted to have been one of the recipients of 2014 Gibraltar Heritage Trust Awards. There’s was one of four Individual Heritage Awards given to them for the sensitive design, extension and refurbishment of the original building at Ince’s Farm. 

Govt enforces wide-ranging regulations on fishing and marine activity for BGTW

Today - by Dominique Searle

A major volume of regulations to control fishing in British waters that surround the Rock was published by the Gibraltar Government yesterday relating to all aspects of marine activity. The move includes specific laws that will end uncertainty over the application of controls on tuna fishing in Gibraltar waters that was used by Spanish Guardia as an excuse for several incursions after alleged incidents that began in Spanish waters. 

Incursion questions

Today

The Minister of State of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Baroness Anelay of St Johns, has said: “Incursions are a violation of sovereignty, not a threat to it” in answer to a question from Lord Patten on unlawful incursions into British Gibraltar Territorial Waters by Spanish vessels.
Conservative, Lord Patten asked what is the Government’s assessment of the efficacy of the defence of UK’s sovereignty over these waters using the current methods and how many incursions had incurred in the past five years.
The British Conservative Party parliamentarian said that violation of sovereignty does not change the fact of British sovereignty over BGTW and are not a threat to it. She said: “The Government challenges and protests all unlawful incursions and these actions effectively defend our sovereignty over British Gibraltar Territorial waters.”
In answer to Lord Patten’s statistics question she said: “There were 247 unlawful incursions between January and September this year. There were 103 in 2010, 24 in 2011, 229 in 2012 and 496 in 2013.”
Baroness Anelay said that she could not readily provide statistics for incursions before 2010 as this could only be obtained at a disproportionate cost.
 

Viewpoint fury as GBC ducks decision on politician

Today - by Dominique Searle

 

Perhaps with electoral sensitivities increasingly heightened, GBC yesterday stepped into an editorial storm over political participation in televised debate which ended with just local QC Robert Vasquez and a 16 year old set to appear on Viewpoint last night.

Govt ‘taking risks with high spending’ says GSD

Today

The Opposition has again accused the Government of “spending money as if there is no tomorrow” funded by huge direct and indirect public debt.
In a statement the GSD said that “the Chief Minister can accuse the Leader of the Opposition of lying all he likes but everyone remembers that in 2011 he was telling people that the GSD was “addicted to debt” and that there was very little money in the kitty.”
 

Govt: GSD ‘finally against jobs for the ‘boys’

Today

The Gibraltar Government has said that it “sincerely welcomes” a statement attributed to the Chairman of the GSD that it will abandon the idea of “jobs for the boys”.

Farrell to step down as heritage chairman

Today - by Alice Mascarenhas

GSD ‘wants more transparency’

Today - by Mark Viales

The Gibraltar Social Democrats has called for more transparency in the awarding of contracts or employment and wants to do away with Gibraltar’s ‘culture of entitlement’. 

Gibraltar steps up in OECD drive toward tax transparency

Yesterday, 30th October 2014 - by Brian Reyes

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development [OECD] has endorsed Gibraltar’s commitment to international tax transparency, giving the Rock a rating that puts it on the same standing as the UK and Germany in its ability and willingness to share tax information with other countries.
The endorsement by the OECD’s Global Forum came as Gibraltar signed a landmark international agreement in Berlin to automatically swap tax information with 50 other signatory countries.
Taken together, the developments are hugely significant for Gibraltar’s finance sector and send a clear signal to the international community that the Rock is a transparent and well regulated jurisdiction from which to do business. 

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Govt says incursions raise questions on Spain’s commitment to talks

Yesterday, 30th October 2014 - by Brian Reyes

 The Gibraltar Government yesterday condemned an incursion into Gibraltar waters by a Spanish research vessel earlier this week, adding it raised questions about Spain’s commitment to initiating ‘ad hoc’ talks.
The incursion on Monday was the second by a state-owned research ship within the space of a month and came shortly after the UK, Spain and Gibraltar had each separately pledged their willingness to engage in ad hoc dialogue, albeit without finalising the practical details.
“It is contradictory for the central Government in Spain to claim that they want to improve relations with Gibraltar through ad hoc talks, on the one hand, and then continue with these incursions at the same time, on the other,” No 6 Convent Place said in a statement.

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