GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 31: Julian Bellido of Gibraltar competes in the Men's Individual Time Trial during day eight of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on July 31, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Getty Images)
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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.

Team Gibraltar at the Commonwealth Games: latest updates

  • Gibraltar’s swimmers have been impressing, with Jim Sanderson breaking his 3rd national record at this year’s games, finishing in 25.33 in the 50m freestyle. Elsewhere, Colin Bensadon set a new national record, finishing in 2:13.74 in the 200 individual medley.

  • Gibraltarian cyclists Lee Calderon and Julian Bellido both completed the individual time trial in 11:07. They eventually finished 33rd and 35th respectively, competing against 54 other cyclists.

  • Swimmer Christina Linares made her Games debut in the 50m freestyle at the age of just 14, finishing in a respectable 29.05.

Elsewhere in Gibraltar…

  1. Gibraltar rejects Spanish border plans

The Daily Telegraph reports: “Gibraltar has criticised Spain’s efforts to end chaos at the border, calling plans to introduce a 'fast track' for Spanish workers on the Rock 'discriminatory'. Spain’s government announced on Tuesday that it plans to introduce a “fast lane” for Spanish residents with jobs in Gibraltar, in a bid to reduce traffic queues at the border.”

  1. Solemn tribute to WWI sacrifice

Gibraltar Chronicle reports: “An Interfaith Service of Commemoration and Remembrance to mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I was held on Monday on the Rock.”

  1. Local Natwest review could see 15 jobs go

Gibraltar Chronicle reports: “Jobs of 15 employees of NatWest bank in Gibraltar are under threat following a strategic review last February when RBS announced it was to become ‘smaller, simpler and smarter’. In addition, the bank is ending its association with the Gibraltar local clearing service.”




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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.

As we head towards the end of the financial year we find that Europe is still on everybody’s mind. The Gibraltar Chronicle reports on how essential it is to include Gibraltar in any post-Brexit negotiations, no doubt partly motivated by the potential confusion on which the New Statesman Gibraltar hub this week. We’ll have another perspective this coming week – click here on Tuesday to read it.

More positive news came as the Rock moved towards heritage status; we take all credit following our piece on the Neanderthal Caves a few weeks back. There have also been celebrations around international macaque day.

And life goes on elsewhere – the doctor who resigned after an altercation with then Chelsea head honcho Jose Mourinho is a high profile Gibraltarian who might be in court defending her quarter shortly; and fishermen are alarmed at the government’s apparent decision to extend Spanish fishing rights around the Rock.

But Europe remains the biggest thing – and is likely to do so for just under 100 days at least.

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.