RUNNING FOR GOLD

Today

Harvey Dixon stormed to victory in the men’s 5,000 metres final yesterday, to win Gibraltar's second gold medal in the Natwest Island Games. He also came first in the 800 metres semi finals at the NatWest Island Games to secure a lane in tonight's final and a chance to win another medal. See pages 18 and 19. 

Gib security under review in wake of terror attacks

Today

Gibraltar’s security chiefs have been in frequent contact over the weekend and yesterday in the wake of the terror attacks in Tunisia, Kuwait and France.
There is no intelligence of any specific threat to the Rock and Gibraltar’s security state is under constant review in any case.
But a spokesman for The Convent confirmed the matter would be discussed further at a pre-scheduled meeting of the Gibraltar Security Council tomorrow.
Yesterday, The Convent flew its flags at half mast as a sign of respect for the people killed in the Tunisia attack.

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Renewed exchanges prompt fresh sparks in LNG row

Today

The Gibraltar Government has failed to address safety concerns about the use of liquefied natural gas in Gibraltar identified by Lloyd’s Register, the GSD insisted yesterday, as the political row about LNG continued unabated.
The Opposition said the government was ‘confusing’ the safety arguments in order to discredit the Lloyd’s Register report.
It complained about “selective quoting” and “incorrect inferences” being drawn and added: “The bottom line for us is that the consequences of an accident, even if mitigated, which we have always accepted can happen, remain too high for us to accept in these locations so close to residential areas.”

Scanning under way for new ID cards

Today

The process of applying and issuing new e-ID cards is now underway with over 400 applications processed within the first four hours of opening yesterday.
The cards are presently free to all existing card holders and will be until September 30.
Located at the Line Wall Road entrance to King’s Bastion Leisure Centre, the offices are open from 08:30-19:30 Monday to Friday.

Gold for Baglietto and team silver in half marathon on day one of Natwest Games

Yesterday, 29th June 2015 - by Mark Viales in Jersey

Gibraltar won a gold medal yesterday in the opening event of the NatWest Island Games in the women’s half marathon as well bagging silver in the team event.
Kim Baglietto surprised everyone to take the individual gold as she was a last minute entry, but finished over 60 seconds before the next competitor.
She also achieved a national record with her time of one hour 21 minutes and 36 seconds.

UK experts say LNG concerns ‘can be addressed’

Yesterday, 29th June 2015

All the concerns identified by Lloyd’s Register in its study on the use of liquefied natural gas in Gibraltar can be addressed by design and good practice, the UK Health and Safety Laboratory [HSL] has told the Gibraltar Government.
The HSL, which is advising the Gibraltar Government as part of its plans build LNG installations in Gibraltar, found that the Lloyd’s Register report was based on different assumptions to those being studied for the government project.

Feetham decries ‘appalling and defamatory’ allegations

Yesterday, 29th June 2015

Opposition leader Daniel Feetham has described as ‘vicious, venomous and unacceptable’ the Chief Minister Fabian Picardo’s allegations against him in Parliament last week.
In a personal statement, Mr Feetham said the claim that he had conspired to deprive the community of electricity and corruptly promised favours for political gain was ‘the most appalling allegation’ ever made in Gibraltar politics.

Manos Limpias in £30,000 damages for Picardo libel

Yesterday, 29th June 2015

Spanish union Manos Limpias has been ordered to pay £30,000 in damages for libelling Chief Minister Fabian Picardo by falsely accusing him of condoning smuggling, drug trafficking and money laundering.
The Supreme Court also ordered the group and its leader, Miguel Bernard Remón, to pay a further £35,000 in costs.

Picardo says Feetham ‘failed’ in Budget debate

Yesterday, 29th June 2015

Chief Minister Fabian Picardo has criticised Opposition leader Daniel Feetham for not intervening during the final stages of the Budget debate last week.
The Gibraltar Government issued a statement - one of four issued back to back on Friday attacking the GSD on various fronts - highlighting that Mr Feetham did not ask abut expenditure during parliamentary scrutiny of the Budget estimates book.
According to the government, this was the first time that an Opposition leader had “failed” to make a contribution in that part of the debate.

Gibraltar ready to compete in Island Games

Saturday, 27th June 2015 - by Mark Viales in Jersey

Gibraltar’s 200 strong contingent of athletes, coaches and officials arrived in Jersey. The picture shows the team as they left the Rock yesterday. Today sees the Opening Ceremony of the NatWest Island Games with competition in some of the 10 sports beginning tomorrow including cycling, triathlon and football amongst the first.

Spark condemns ‘disgraceful’ slur on its reputation

Saturday, 27th June 2015

Spark, the company that provides electricity to Gibraltar, has hit back at the suggestion that it was somehow responsible for recent power cuts in Gibraltar, describing it as “an outrageous slur” on its reputation.
It was responding to statements made in the Gibraltar Parliament this week by Chief Minister Fabian Picardo during the Budget session.