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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.

Flag bearer and Triathlete Chris Walker of Gibraltar leads his team during the Opening Ceremony for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park
Flag bearer and Triathlete Chris Walker of Gibraltar leads his team during the Opening Ceremony for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park

Latest updates on Team Gibraltar at the Commonwealth Games:

  • Gibraltar’s Commonwealth Games Squad will see 27 Athletes across 9 sporting events compete at the 20th edition of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow

 

  • Charles Flower, President of the Commonwealth Games Association of Gibraltar, received a Gold pin and Order of Merit Award from the Commonwealth Games Federation. Flower has been awarded this honour in recognition of over 60 years’ service to sport in Gibraltar. He was Gibraltar’s first ever athlete in the Commonwealth Games, competing in Cardiff in 1958 and was one of only two recipients of the award.

 

  • Gibraltar’s Anthony Brindle, competing in Squash, won his 1st round match 3 –0, before losing in the last 32.

 

  • Young swimmer Jordan Gonzalez, competing in his first games, broke a national record as he finished the 100m backstroke in 1.04.50.

 

Elsewhere in Gibraltar…

 

  1. The World Trade Center brand has finally landed in Gibraltar

Olive Press reports: “World Trade Center Gibraltar has officially begun construction. The iconic global brand has finally arrived with Chief Minister Fabian Picardo drilling the first foundations this week.

  1. Spain congratulates Hammond and calls for dialogue on “Gibraltar and surrounding area”

Merco Press reports: “Spain’s Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo congratulated Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond on his recent appointment and insisted that Spain’s action in Gibraltar is simply to seek compliance with legal obligations, but nevertheless called for dialogue. The encounter took place in the margins of the European Union’s Foreign Affairs Council meeting this week that was focused on the Ukraine and the Middle East.”

  1. Former Real Madrid coach criticises Spanish government

Gibraltar Chronicle reports: “A former coach of Real Madrid has criticised the political motivation behind the Spanish Football Association and Government’s decision to block Gibraltar’s participation in UEFA. Manuel Ruiz Pérez, who worked under Bernhard Schuster during his time at Real Madrid, said that nothing good come out of mixing politics with football.”