The persistent easterly storms that Gibraltar has experienced this winter season, continuing right into the Spring, have delayed works in the area of the north of Eastern Beach, linked to the runway tunnel, which were programmed to have been completed on 15th May. Government say they have been monitoring the situation very closely and all efforts are being made to ensure that the time limit is met, or at the very worst that the delay does not extend beyond the end of May: well before the official start of the bathing season.
Government have confirmed that at approximately 12:00pm this afternoon a Spanish military P3 Orion aircraft flew within the boundaries of British Gibraltar Territorial Waters. At its closest, the aircraft was 2 nautical miles off Gibraltar’s eastern coastline.
The Department of the Environment, Heritage and Climate Change (DEHCC) has today launched the second phase of its Gibraltar Nature Cameras Project with the installation of two live-feed cameras showing the nests of one of Gibraltar’s most well-known visiting birds, the Pallid Swift. These fast moving, sickle-shaped birds, signal the start of the spring and are a characteristic feature of the Spring and Summer skies of Gibraltar.
The bank holiday weekend proved to be a busy one for the Gibraltar Port Authority (GPA) launch, GENERAL ELLIOT II. In addition to her routine tasking of cruise liner escort, patrolling of BGTW and embarkation and disembarkation of GPA and GMA personnel onboard vessels anchored in the bay, the launch was involved in a number of other tasks.
Government have announced further disability awareness training opportunities that form part of the Ministry of Equality’s ‘Equality Means Business’ series of awareness seminars. Paul Hawkins, from the UK charity Attitude is Everything, has once again been invited to deliver bespoke training to both the public and the private sector.
A Fun Day in aid of Calpe House is being held on Saturday 6th May 2017, at Casemates Square as from 10 a.m. There will be a wide range of activities available and some will be geared towards the younger members of the community.
Gibraltar's Chief Minister, Fabian Picardo has reacted to Spain's Brexit document that targets changes to Gibraltar's economic model. “The Spanish Government's mask is slipping. It is becoming abundantly clear that they want to try to use Brexit to take narrow advantage. Gibraltar will, as ever, continue to seek dialogue over Spanish vetoes and will seek co-operation and friendship over Spanish aggression and belligerence."
The Gibraltar Mental Welfare Society will be holding a book launch on 8th May, at 3.30pm at John Mackintosh Hall. The poems and writings in the book are the result of work produced by students from the Gibraltar College, when they were invited to write on issues pertaining to mental health.
Darts superstar Peter Wright will be joined by four former World Champions in the field for the 2017 Gibraltar Darts Trophy, which will be held from 12th - 14th May at the Victoria Stadium. The £135,000 tournament, which forms part of the PDC European Tour, returns for a fifth successive year as a 48-player field competes across two days on stage.
The Shadow Foreign Secretary of the UK Labour Party Emily Thornberry MP arrived in Gibraltar last Wednesday on a fact-finding visit. This came about as a result of the invitation of the Government which was extended after meetings in London.
In the last few weeks the Chief Minister and the Deputy Chief Minister have given an unprecedented number of interviews, not only to the UK media but also to the international press. Clause 22 of the EU’s draft negotiating guidelines, the incursion by a Spanish warship, the amended Schengen regulations, a possible air incursion – and even our new Mayor – have all kept Gibraltar high up in the news agenda.
The final version of the European Council negotiating guidelines have been confirmed in Brussels today.
Chief Minister, Fabian Picardo, addressed the Propeller Club of Algeciras at a private lunch on Tuesday. He was a special guest and spoke on the latest developments regarding Brexit and its implications for Gibraltar and the Campo Area.
Government have announced that the Borders and Coastguard Agency will be taking over the issuance of Visa Waivers and administration of applications for Entry Visas to Gibraltar. The move will see the process of the aforementioned documents facilitated due to the Agency’s Officers being present on duty at all of Gibraltar’s points of entry.
In January 2016, Government published for consultation a document titled, ‘Virtual Currency: Outline Regulatory Framework’ the second such paper on this subject produced by the Cryptocurrency Working Group. After considering the feedback received from private sector firms and many other interested parties, further detailed work continued on this project including engaging with the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission (GFSC).
The Ministry for Infrastructure and Planning have announced the introduction of the new Pay & Display machines as from Tuesday 25th April 2017, in keeping with the recommendations of the Sustainable Traffic, Transport and Parking Plan, and in line with constantly evolving technology.
A new residential facility for persons with Alzheimer’s and Dementia was officially inaugurated on Monday by the Chief Minister Fabian Picardo and Minister for Health, Care and Justice, Neil F. Costa. ‘Hillsides’ is located at the site of the old Royal Naval Hospital and close to the Bella Vista Dementia Day Centre, another vital elderly care facility and milestone in the provision of elderly care services, which opened in January 2017.