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Weekly round-up: politics, business and news from Gibraltar

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

A pall hung over the beginning of the week as a road accident en route from the football match against Germany claimed the life of an individual in the other vehicle. Tributes have been paid in the National and elsewhere. Some fans on the coach involved were injured.

Tributes of a happier nature were paid over the weekend to the Queen on the occasion of her birthday. MercoPress reports that two Spanish guards came to pay their respects – in uniform, which is unusual.

In the business world the Gibraltar International Bank has struck a new outsourcing deal with NCR, says a press release on Businesswire. This will work in conjunction with local business BSG Computer Systems. Perhaps of more immediate interest to local people is the forthcoming establishment of Blue Water, Gibraltar, which EuroWeekly News says will involve a £1.1bn spend and bring both jobs and homes to the Rock.

Finally a couple of events of local interest are happening. The Calentita Food Festival over the weekend (our article on it is here) will have had a small fillip. The Olive Press reports that the book on Gib cuisine, “Mama Lotties – Gibraltarian Inspired Recipes” by Justin Bautista came third in the self-published section of the Gourmand Book Awards. And second, the Olive Press (again) reports that the Migres Foundation is on the lookout for volunteer bird watchers to monitor activity on the Strait from early July.

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.

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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.