GIBRALTAR - AUGUST 06: A barbary macaque monkey in the 'Upper Rock Nature Reserve' on the Rock of Gibraltar on August 6, 2013 in Gibraltar (Getty)
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Weekly round-up: politics, business and news from Gibraltar

A selection of the key headlines about politics, economics and life on the Rock this week.

  1. Gibraltar banishes troublesome monkeys [Video]

BBC reports: “The Barbary macaques are perhaps some of Gibraltar's most famous residents. However, Gibraltar is planning to banish some of the monkeys, who they say in some cases have been behaving aggressively.”

  1. Frontier queues sustained delays over last 24 hours

GBC News reports: “Gibraltar has suffered one of the most sustained episodes of delays at the border since the PP [Partido Popular] took office in 2011. Car by car checks at the frontier were carried out up until midnight Friday, and even as early as 7.30 this morning there were six lanes of traffic at the frontier loop. The Chief Minister has described Spain’s behaviour as “irrational”.”

  1. Government dismisses Spain’s ‘fanciful’ tax claims

Gibraltar Chronicle reports: “The Spanish Government’s claim that Gibraltar costs Spain one billion euros annually in lost tax revenue has “no basis in reality or fact and represent no more than a financial flight of fancy”, the Gibraltar Government said. No 6 Convent Place was responding to comments made by Spain’s Secretary of state for Europe, Iñigo Méndez de Vigo, in an interview with ABC newspaper.”

  1. Gibraltar’s GCSE pass rate down five percent from last year

GBC News reports: “The overall GCSE pass rate from grades A* to C this year is 63% – a 5% drop from last year. While Westside School maintained its 2013 pass rate of 68%, Bayside School saw a 10% drop in grades A* to C. At the College, the A* to C rate in applied subjects was over 66%.”

  1. Gibraltar Government hits out at ‘sensationalist’ reporting of EU tobacco smuggling report

The Olive Press reports: “Fake TV scenes depicting tobacco smuggling in Gibraltar have been slammed by the Gibraltar Government, following the uproar over an EU report. According to the anti-fraud office OLAF’s report, tobacco smuggling on the Rock cost the EU €700 million in tax revenue between 2010 and 2013.”

  1. Gibraltar challenges internet gambling tax

Economia reports: “The Gibraltar Betting and Gaming Association (GBGA) is preparing to legally challenge a UK gambling law, due to be introduced this December. The GBGA has filed a judicial review over the “unlawful and disproportionate” point-of-consumption tax, a 15% charge imposed on companies based on the geographical location of the gambler, rather than that of the company.”

  1. Gibraltar's First Green MEP Visits the Rock

Your Gibraltar TV reports: “Newly elected Green Party MEP for the South West and Gibraltar Molly Scott Cato today took in Gibraltar, as a constituency, for the first time, with much of her visit involving briefings on environmental issues surrounding Gibraltar, including, areas of marine conservation.”

 

 

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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.

Before this week’s round-up goes any further your correspondent wants to announce that Little Mix will be playing the Gibraltar Music Festival this year, as has just been confirmed by the Heatworld site. This is highlighted purely to prove we’re down with the kids, or it was until we realised that Little Mix has been running for almost half a decade. There are times when you just feel ancient.

Rather newer, but based on an old idea, the University of Gibraltar is readying itself for opening and former governor Lord Luce is going to be Chancellor, says Vox. Before term starts, students might like to get a bit of cardboard boat racing in, according to Euroweekly.

More seriously, Spain’s relations with Gibraltar may be improving further as the Mayor of La Linea had a good meeting with chief minister Fabian Picardo, says Spanish News Today. The economy is getting another boost as another gaming company moves in, the Olive Press tells us.

And as if to combine the education and economy themes, the Rock’s first School of Beauty is about to open, this story once again from the Olive Press. A strong economy looks set to grow further.

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.