It has been widely reported in the media that
Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Garcia-Margallo is scheduled to visit
next month, where he will use the trip to discuss the possibility of joining a
diplomatic offensive with the Argentine Government against the . UK
The Chief Minister of Gibraltar has accused the Spanish government of "banging the nationalistic drum" to divert attention away from the country's domestic problems, drawing parallels to
Argentina’s policies towards the Falklands.
and Madrid have deepened, with Downing Street
announcing it was drawing up
plans for legal action over the continued imposition of
"politically motivated" checks at the Gibraltar
Fabian Picardo has said that Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy was trying to make Spanish people lose focus on problems at home in the same way that the head of Argentina's military junta, Leopoldo Galtieri, did with the Falkland Islands in 1982.
Mr Picardo said that while
is "playing games", the people of Gibraltar
do not worry about the spat "because they’ve lived through so many before.
Mr Picardo has said that the support of Falkland Islanders is much appreciated by Gibraltarians at this time of increased tension with
Speaking to Falklands Radio, Mr Picardo said that they have received support from around the world.
FP: The support that matters is from our friends in the Falkland Islands, from the Prime Minister, from the Minister from Europe from the Minister for Foreign Affairs in the
William Hague. That is the
support that really counts, the support of what you would call members of the
British family. But we’ve also had huge support, for example, from the Spanish
citizens and many of those who come to Gibraltar to work every day and from the
Catalan people in Spain, who themselves wish to have a referendum on whether or
not Catalonia should be part of Spain or not; and from even further afield from
Australia. From all around the world, UK Gibraltar
really has got people’s support and got people’s minds racing in favour of the
underdog, the David facing the Spanish Goliath.
Mr Boyes says that through calling upon the Falklands and considering siding with Argentina, effectively joining an anti-British cause, the Spanish Prime Minister ‘has burnt his boats with British Prime Minister David Cameron’.
Mr Boyes has urged the government to return to a more positive approach to the
question, and to ‘try charm’.
The Times article continues, with Mr Boyes saying that ‘The Spanish Prime Minister has demonstrated plainly enough that he considers full Spanish sovereignty to be the only desirable goal, even though the Gibraltarians are overwhelmingly in favour of staying British.”
A royal letter of thanks was received this week by Members of the Legislative Assembly.
A letter of thanks written on behalf of the Duke and Duchess of
MLA Ian Hansen said that Members of the Legislative Assembly were delighted to receive the letter of thanks and to hear reports that
A trade delegation is being organised by the Chamber of Commerce for Falklands businesses to visit
Vice President of the Chamber of Commerce Hamish Wylie says that it will be a great opportunity for local business people to visit companies in
to make contacts for possible future business ventures. He says this is a great
opportunity for the potential of supplying the oil industry through local
The proposed dates are 12th to 19th October, with three days to be spent in
Falklands oil explorer Argos Resources will showcase its exploration work in the islands at an hydrocarbons investors meeting to be held in the
later this month. UK
Argos Resources Managing Director John Hogan will be presenting investors with insight on how the company is progressing. While on the face of it all has been quiet, Argos are said to have been busily working behind the scenes, outlining new exploration prospects containing an estimated 3bn barrels of recoverable prospective resources.
Mr Hogan will outline the company’s plans in
later this month as
the company works on the issues of rig contracting, funding and a possible
farm-out deal. London
Around 45,000 cruise ship passengers are expected to visit the
during the upcoming summer cruise ship season.
The tourism industry will be hoping for a less turbulent season following the problems experienced last year with the weather and Argentine interference with ships.
Tourism Co-ordinator for Sulivan Travel Sammy Marsh said that passenger numbers should be similar to last year.
CRUISE SAMMY LONG
SM: Well, the number of ships, I mean it’s looking very similar to last year, to be honest with you, we’re just hopeful that there’s not going to be so many cancellations this year. But I mean rough numbers, we’re looking at about 45,000 I would say, approximate.
SB: And any new ships or just the normal ones we expect?
SM: There are some ships that have been renamed. The Sea Explorer was actually the Corinthian II and they’re under a different company now. Princess are bringing a new ship to the
Falklands and I’m pretty
sure it’s new. The Grand Princess, I’m sure somebody will correct me if I’m
wrong but I’m pretty sure it hasn’t been before; but apart from those two
there’s nothing new anyway.
SB: Are you looking forward to getting underway and getting things rolling again?
SM: Yes I am, although I’m not feeling very summary at the moment of course, but yes. The first ship we have due in is on the 19th October so not very far away at all.
A public meeting was held this week at Goose Green.
Around twenty five people attended the meeting with MLAs Roger Edwards, Ian Hansen and Sharon Halford and Acting Chief Executive
Presentations were given on the outcome of the FIG budget by the Financial Secretary and on the report by the MLA review panel by MLA Edwards.
The presentation on the budget led to questions on issues such as FIGAS freight rates and maintenance of the camp road network. It was stated that the 3% increase to FIGAS freight rates could be detrimental to camp businesses bringing goods into
Other topics covered briefly in a question and answer session at the end of the meeting included road designation and temporary port facilities in
Many children enjoyed a party held at the FIDF Hall on Monday. The party was an act of kindness by the team who are taking part in this year’s Greatest Scavenger Hunt the World has Ever Seen.
One of those taking part is Leona Roberts and she said she was pleased that the children had enjoyed themselves and that they were looking forward to the rest of their challenge.
Falklands Day was marked with a reception held at Government House on Wednesday.
It was on August 14th 1592 that the
At the reception, Governor
Nigel Haywood gave a toast to the Falkland
After the 16th week of matches in the darts league season, Ottos Outlaws remain top of the table with 44 points and 198 legs won. They are 4 points ahead of Sharpshooters.
For the men, Colin Smith has won the most legs and has the highest on the back of the card. Darren Plato has scored the most tons and Alan Bonner has scored the most ton pluses.
For the ladies, Jackie Thomas has won the most legs. Lizzy Bonner has the highest on the back of the card and has scored the most tons.