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Morning Call: The best from Gibraltar

A selection of the best articles about politics, business and life on the Rock from the last seven days.

  1. Rock takes delivery of £4 million generators following power plant explosion (Gibraltar Chronicle)

The recent explosion at Waterpoint Power Station and subsequent power outages has prompted Gibraltar to take action – the Rock will pay around £4m a year to rent new generators able to supply the Rock with all the electricity it needs.

 

  1. Labour admits they haven’t always “got it right” with Gibraltar (Gibraltar Chronicle)

South West Labour European Parliament candidate Clare Moody has paid a visit to Chief Minister Fabian Picardo to strengthen ties with Gibraltar. The MEP elections will be held in three weeks.

 

  1. Exeter's Jake Gosling gets Gibraltar call-up for Gibraltar football team (Sky Sports)

Exeter City winger Jake Gosling has been called into Gibraltar's squad for their forthcoming friendlies with Estonia and Malta. The 20-year-old Oxford-born Gosling “is the latest British-based professional to get the call-up from the ambitious Mediterranean outpost”, reports Sky Sports.

 

  1. The Gibraltar Gov announced changes to public sector working hours, Chamber of Commerce responds

The Government of Gibraltar have announced changes to public sector working hours that will see the opening hours of government counters extended. The restructure will be rolled out first across the civil services and then to the wider public sectors. The Gibraltar Chamber of Commerce have issued a lukewarm response saying that the reforms should have gone further and focused, too, on the introduction of government e-services. 

 

  1. Unite Calls on Gibraltar Gov to tackle illegal labour (Gibraltar Chronicle)

The Gibraltar Chronicle reports that, in a statement on Workers’ Memorial Day, Unite’s acting regional officer, Christian Duo, said the union had made representations to the government over “the lack of policing” throughout the labour market.  “We have seen growing signs of illegal labour with a number of employers taking advantage of the system and not paying the relevant taxes or insurance to the community,” Mr Duo said.

 

  1. “My government believes in strong regulation to protect against injury and death at work”: Chief Ministers Work’s Day Memorial message (Panorama)

“We need to promote regulation in order that Gibraltar never suffers disasters such as the Bangladesh factory collapse that killed over hundreds of workers” said CM Fabian Picardo at the Worker’s Day Memorial, held on 28th April, which commemorated those who have died at work. Read his message in full.

 

  1. Team of 30 Gibraltar dancer head to international competition

The Gibraltar IDF Dance Association will be travelling to Pula, Croatia to represent Gibraltar at the International Dance Federation 12th World Championship to be held in May. A team of over 30 will be attending these world championships, at which Gibraltar performed well in 2012 and 2013.

 

 

A year on from the Spending Review, the coalition's soothsayer has emerged to offer another gloomy economic prognosis. Asked by ITV News whether he could promise that there wouldn't be a double-dip recession, Vince Cable replied: "I can't do that.

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Morning Call: The best from Gibraltar

A selection of the best articles about politics, business and life on the Rock from the last seven days.

Gibraltar has a strikingly healthy economy but the UK is undergoing a series of cuts. The Gibraltar Chronicle quotes chief minister Fabian Picardo commenting that military cutbacks won't affect the Rock - local workers not facing compulsory redundancy should be pleased to hear that. Meanwhile the same paper reports on continuing Spanish disquiet over the absence of bilateral talks, although the Olive Press Confirms that at least Spain's ban on Gib hockey teams has gone away. 

Less controversially, Gib has hosted a major event for cancer charities, confirms Euro Weekly, to mark World Cancer Day. It appears to have been a considerable success. Promising in a different way is the country's entry into the UK Cyber Security Challenge, a scheme for schools with tech savvy kids. 

Finally the Chessbase website confirms that for the second year in a row, Hikaru Nakamura has won the championship. It wasn't as easy as last time and bodes well for a close match next year too.

Guy Clapperton is the freelance journalist who edits the New Statesman’s Gibraltar hub. You can also find him in the Guardian, Computer Business Review and Professional Outsourcing which he edits.