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OLIVE PRESSTheIs 5G really killing us? We ask the experts, see page 6FREEGIBRALTARPossibility+THE SKY DOCTOR+ ALL AREAS COVERED4G UNLIMITED INTERNETIDEAL FOR STREAMING TV ALSO IPTV, SATELLITE TVtel: (0034) 952 763 840 www.theskydoctor.comThe Rock’s only free local paperCookshop, Household Goods, General Hardware, Beach Accessories & more Email: Facebook: GibraltarBIA 46 Irish Town, Gibraltar Tel: +350 200 75188It’s Andalucia vs Alicante... Which area has the best grub on offer this summer? See page 20Crunch time ust r t n a c u o A name yGibraltar seeks to calm residents as no-deal Brexit looms ever closer as it holds dozens of meetings with business leadersTHE Gibraltar Government has said the public ‘should inform themselves’ amid preparations for a no-deal Brexit on October 31. In a bid to allay the fears of Britain leaving the EU without an agreement in just 78 days time it also pledged an LAND UK - IRE updated information camSPAIN paign. L ORTUGA Adverts are set to run across ITALY - P E C N A the Government’s social FR media in the run-up to the ‘do or die’ departure from the EU being threatened by Prime Minister Boris Johnson. A Government statement also read: “Gibraltar is not B-DAY: Halloween no-deal Brexit threatened by Johnson TATION (left) sees Picardo (right) step up preparations in the EU Customs Union. NSPOR A R T L “We have no manufacturing terms we are better off thanANMeanwhile businessesrely need spokesperson said. also been held, the GovernIMA an ‘no isED you care industry, no agriculture and the United A Kingdom Crunch talks with food im- ment said. ears,there THORinISterms toovcheck ythat U 0 4 lly r e fu A re R a r F magnitude ofdelthe c no fishing industry. ofDEthe supply and porters and the Environ- Deputy Chief Minister JoSol fo sues’ with Fromchains sta ur move. e Coexpect.” n thcan t of, “This means that in general change that a mental Safety Group have seph Garcia said there had g owe r pet, we specvisit u a o y ry e g v Operatin in e f ort been ‘over 50 meetings’ with e. ke care o ly transp ic ta fe rv a e to s s s ly to u d on companies and businesses. longings and frien e l b a r n u io o s y s packing He added: “We voted to renal, profe o rs e e p ic v a d you xpert a e main in the European Union e will give m o s d and this is still the preferred timate an For an es position of the Government. “However, we nonetheless need to prepare for our posLettings | Sales UK BASED 0 9 56 sible departure.” 0 1 2 0 9 ) Investments (+34 It comes as UK shadow .c ls a v o ckrem home secretary Diane Abja Reliable private hire transfer n io Relocations n u k .u info@ o c . bott appeared to suggest services for any occasion ls a v o Commercial that Labour was ready to tajackrem n • Luxury vehicles io n u . ble a no-confidence motion ww and Residential for w Spanish • Door to door service in Johnson. • Airport collections residents Tel: +350 200 44955 “We are talking to all of the • Weddings transport other parties in parliament • Sightseeing day trips and if we move for a vote of • Restaurant shuttles no confidence we want to do Find out more at: it with confidence that we 10 Engineer Lane, can win it,” she said. 96 626 5000 Gibraltar GX11 1AAXHe boasted of the ‘top quality’ fruit and vegetables which have gone up in standard since the closed frontier days of the 1970s. “There are some products like saffron only found in Morocco which are wanted around the world,” he told the Olive Press. While the main thrust of the new office is trade, tourist, cultural and educational links are also going to be strengthened. “In Morocco there has been a tendency to teach English instead of French,” affirmed Reed. “So it could be of benefit to them to learn English at our university here.” The association has existed for a long time and the possibility of greater Moroccan involvement has been touted in the past during periods of stress with Spain. “This time it is different though as we have now received Government support,” he added. “It is a big step in the right direction. “The first step would be to develop transport links like ferries and airline connections to make travel easier.” Deputy Chief Minister Joseph Garcia said: “It is only logical that we should also look towards the South given our geographical location.”LT DVol. 4 Issue 103 August 14th - August 27th 2019Going south MOROCCAN food, spices and unique luxury products could soon be sold and distributed from Gibraltar. It comes after a governmentbacked business association was formed in Tangier amid frontier fluidity concerns. “There’s been a lot of movement recently because people are afraid of what may happen with Brexit,” Gibraltar Moroccan Business Association (GMBA) president Clive Reed revealed. “It is not likely that the border will be shut but we are just looking at making alternative arrangements if there are problems at the frontier. “Even if there aren’t any problems Morocco is modernising very quickly and is a gateway to the whole of Africa, just 20 minutes from Gibraltar.”Est. 1946tel: 951 279 117 k c a J ll a C JustTRAVEL INSURANCE+44 (0) 1353 699082www.seekerspropertygibraltar.comOpinion Page 62www.theolivepress.esNEWS IN BRIEF Bordering greatness THE Borders and Coastguard agency has promoted John Paul Duarte and William Recagno to the posts of Deputy Head of Immigration and Compliance Officer respectively.Miserly moves TEN flats at the Old Married Quarters on 4 Castle Road are being sold off by the Government which finds them ‘no longer cost effective to maintain’.High on Gib AN eight-page article on Gibraltar has been published in the August edition of the British Airways magazine Highlife showcases top writers’ visions of the Rock.Hacking alert USERS of the messaging app Whatsapp are being warned about hackers that ask you to reply to a message which puts personal details at risk.CRIMEAugust 14th - August 27th 2019Caught on film Gibraltar fisherman has line cut by bullish Spanish water police A LOCAL fisherman who thought he had caught a tasty tuna for lunch was shocked to get his line cut by Spanish police in Gibraltar waters. A Spanish Guardia Civil sea crew took what the Gibraltar Government called ‘executive action’ when it moved in on the fisherman. With the tuna season reopened recently, the man was within the law to catch the fish. But as the Spanish state be-Brit and runTWO British pensioners have reportedly been hospitalised on Spain’s Costa del Sol after they were struck by a car in La Duquesa. A woman, 70, is believed to be in hospital with two broken legs as authorities are asking for witnesses to come forward. The other injured, also 70, has reportedly been hospitalised, according to local sources. A police source told the Olive Press the car and driver have been identified but that witnesses are needed for prosecution.lieves that Gibraltar has no waters, the police enforced Spanish law instead. The incident, which was caught on video, shows the Guardia Civil leaving the scene after cutting the fishing line.Unacceptable“The Government considers this behaviour by law enforcement agents as totally unacceptable,” said the Gibraltar Government.RAGING: Fisherman (right) gives finger to sea police“It runs contrary to the professions of dialogue and cooperation that we hearDangerous driver caged A SPANISH driver has been arrested after his car smashed into a Gibraltarian on a moped. Driver Cayetano Martin Hernandez, 49, is charged with dangerous driving while his alleged victim is in critical condition in Spain, where he was rushed to receive specialist treatment. The collision occurred at the site of the old casino on Europa much about from other quarters and it does nothing to encourage mutual trust and respect. “British citizens are entitled to go about their lawful business in British waters without being subject to any interference from the agents of another state.”TerritorialCARNAGE: AccidentIt was not far from the tragic death of a Gibraltarian woman who died in April last year after being knocked off her motorcycle.Although the United Nations Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) says that there is a right to 12 nautical miles of territorial waters, Spain denies this applies to Gibraltar. The incident has been taken up with the UK that applies UNCLOS to Gibraltar.On their un-merry way A BOOZED-UP British mum, whose kids were taken into care before a flight from Gibraltar has been fined £450. Kim Morley, 53, and her husband Dean had been charged with being intoxicated while in charge of children, after they were found drunk in Gibraltar International Airport last week. Police arrived at the transport hub after bank worker Morley fell over in the departures lounge. The East Sussex mum blamed being drunk on her fear of flying, saying she had had a couple of drinks to ease her anxiety and that she had tripped on a broken strap on her shoe. Charges against husband Dean, 54, were dropped after the pair appeared at Gibraltar Magistrates Court. But the wife was handed a £250 fine after she pleaded to her intoxication charge and another fine of £200 for damage to property. Police officers initially removed the children from the couple and transferred them to social services. However, the parents and their children have subsequently been allowed to return to the UK.NEWSwww.theolivepress.esDO-GOODER: Gere meets migrantsANTONIO Banderas has hit the red carpet at the 2019 Starlight Gala in Madrid with girlfriend Nicole Kimpel. The 56-year-old actor looked dapper in a black tux while his 39-year-old partner donned a sparkling, blush coloured ball gown. The Malagueño co-hosted the charity event which helps raise money to improve the education, health and living conditions of low income families and children in Spain. It comes after the couple stepped out for the premiere of Banderas’ new film Pain & Glory in London.3Top Gere on board, saying ‘there are 121 stories.’ “These are extraordinary people, they are so strong, they lived such horrors, they were living in hell… torture, rapes, imprisonment,” he said. The Pretty Woman star said he did not care about politics and that the point was to help people in distress. “I am coming from a place with a very bizarre political situation, with a president who is putting an enormous amount of energy into dehumanizing people.”Loco for LopezKnockout performanceTYSON Fury has taken a break from his gruelling training schedule by indulging in a bit of karaoke in Mijas. The 30-year-old heavyweight boxer took to the stage for a rendition of American Pie - one of his favourite songs - at Olivia’s La Cala. Joining the ‘Gypsy King’ for the impromptu gig was TOWIE star James ‘Arg’ Argent, who himself is a frequent reveller in Marbella with his on-off lover Gemma Collins. Mancunian Fury was then seen zipping around the luxury Costa del Sol city in his new bright red €180,000 Ferrari Portofino. The athlete loves Marbs too, and was spotted there earlier this year training with his coach and mentor Ben Davison.J-Lo at 50 impresses fans with beach body as she flies in for Costa del Sol concert AN age defying snap of Jennifer Lopez in Spain has taken the internet by storm. The 50-year-old wowed her fans with her youthful looks as she posed in a plunging swimsuit in Malaga. Posting the picture ahead of her gig at Sohail Castle in Fuengirola J-Lo added the caption: ‘Soaking in every moment.’ The image sent the singer’s followers into a frenzy with many refusing to believe herAll Wright on the night MICHELLE Keegan has shown her wild side in Spain on a rare date night with husband Mark Wright. The 32-year-old actress, of Coronation Street fame, showed off her tan in a leopard print mini-dress while her partner and former TOWIE star played it safe in black jeans and a shirt. The couple were at STK in Ibiza to spend some quality time together.Do you need a safe place for your prized possessions?Storage units from 2 m2 to keep your collection!!age. “You out here lying, telling people you 50, sis,” one person wrote, “You ain’t a day over 30.” The diva performed for more than 14,000 fans in Fuengirola with the mayors of Sevilla and ETERNAL YOUTH: Lopez Malaga said to be among the said to be favoured by Spancrowd. ish socialite Isabel Preysler. The Bronx-born singer and The singer also enjoyed a actress arrived on the Costa meal out at the only sustaindel Sol accompanied by a able Michelin-starred restaularge entourage in two private rant in Malaga, Sollo. planes. Sollo by Diego Gallegos (inShe stayed at the Higueron set right) serves innovative Hotel and chose one of the 24 dishes of fish and caviar, all panoramic suites overlooking sourced at an on-site hydrothe Mediterranean, the same ponic farm. Performing for a little over an hour and a half, J-Lo sang her classics as well as more recent hit, Medicine. As soon as the show was over the jet setting ‘diva from the Bronx’ left for Malaga Airport to continue her tour, which will see her perform next in ICON: J-Lo wows Fuengirola crowd Egypt.Photo by: Karen RhodesShining brightRICHARD Gere has highlighted the plight of migrants stranded in the Mediterranean after the Hollywood star boarded a Spanish rescue ship. The actor met some of the 160 migrants trapped aboard the NGO boat, Proactiva Open Arms. The vessel has been stuck for two weeks off the Italian island of Lampedusa. The 69-year-old, who became a father with his Spanish wife earlier this year, appeared in a video message urging people to support the charity and the people onboard. Gere said he spoke to almost everyoneAugust 14th - August 27th 2019DOUBLE ACT: Fury (left) and Arg (right) performBarbs in Marbs FERNE McCann has been celebrating her 29th birthday in style with a fun-filled girls’ trip to Marbella. The former TOWIE star had been joined by her friend Billie Faiers on the getaway, with the pair donning chic swimwear for a glamorous beach outing. Channeling her inner Baywatch, Faiers rocked a classic red swimsuit while McCann stunned in a floral two-piece. The Marbella holiday comes after a ‘lonely’ McCann admitted she is ‘looking for love.’ The mother of one said: “Being a single parent can get really lonely sometimes. I'm still unattached, but I am looking for love, I just want to find someone who can make me laugh and call me beautiful at the same time.”COFFEE SHOP & RESTAURANTFULLY AIR CONDITIONED FREE WIFI AVAILABLETry Our “Just Roasted” Family Coffee from the Oldest Coffee Shop in Town Varied Lunch & Snack Menu · Salad & Quiche Bar Regional Specials & Pasta · Home-made Cakes · Afternoon Teas Busy Local Atmosphere & Arts Venue. All in a converted 19th Century Merchant’s House on the “Old Commercial Street”57 Irish Town · GibraltarT. +350 200 70625 /Sacarellos-Coffee-shopwww.sacarellosgibraltar.com4NEWSwww.theolivepress.esDementia warning DOZENS of people could have dementia in Gibraltar and not be aware of it, a local support group has warned. Over 400 people suffer from the condition on the Rock, according to figures released last year. But Dafne Alcantara from the Gibraltar Alzheimer’s and Dementia Society revealed the disease is often undetected. “Every three seconds someone develops dementia all over the world,” Alcantara told the Olive Press. “The numbers are rising too, as every year more people will be affected because unfortunately there is no cure.” Dementia symptoms vary from memory and cognitive skills loss to the vegetative state some will eventually reach. “People living with dementia in Gibraltar have better facilities than ever before,” Alcantara said. “There is now a day centre and residential home all purposely built for dementia patients which is a big step forward.” The group offers support to people who have been diagnosed with dementia and their families. Alzheimer’s Disease is the main form of dementia that is diagnosed in Gibraltar.Load of rubbish!August 14th - August 27th 2019Wood be goodBigger parliament will not be waste of money, says deputy chief ministerNO WAY: Garcia disagrees with money claimsTHE Gibraltar government has rubbished claims that the expansion of Parliament would take a big hit on the public coffers. Deputy Chief Minister Joseph Garcia told the Olive Press how backbenchers could receive ‘an allowance’ as opposed to a full wage. It comes after Together Gi-wage.” He revealed it was a natural increase of MPs based on the Westminster model. The Parliament Reform Bill has caused a social media furore with plans for a protest to be organised shortly. “This is at an early stage,” said Garcia. “The best way to see whetherEXCLUSIVE By John Culattobraltar suggested that the extra politicians would make the wage bill go up to £1.5m. “This would not cost anything like that,” Garcia hit back. “The new backbench MPs could receive an allowance based on the minimumRoyal rubbleTHE ageing Queen’s Cinema building will be demolished and turned into parking spaces. It comes after it was announced at a recent planning meeting that the iconic site will finally be given a purpose following its closing in 2014.The Government had debated about what to do with the 1960s structure after it had bought it from the Bentatafamily. It had wanted to create a theatre but a curtain call on such plans meant that the John Mackintosh Hall is set to receive a new 900 seat playhouse of its own. The parking spaces are believed to be temporary. Numerous calls for open spaces have led to six possible construction sites being temporarily put on ice. Opinion Page 6the proposal works or not might be to actually try it out and then take a decision after that has happened.” On Together Gibraltar’s reaction, he said: “I think that issues which relate to the cost, the timing and the consultation have sadly been misunderstood.” Contrary to Together Gibraltar’s campaigning, he said this matter was proposed six years ago. “This has been under discussion since at least 2013 and was raised even earlier during the talks which led to the 2006 Constitution,” said the DCM. “One of the reasons the work of the Select Committee was held up was because of Brexit. “When the deadline for departure was extended from April 12 until October 31, this provided a window for the Committee to meet on May 9 and conclude its deliberations.”THE removal of duty from all wooden cutlery has been welcomed by one of Gibraltar’s top environmentalists. Lewis Stagnetto has campaigned tirelessly against single-use plastics that pollute the sea with his Nautilus Project. “The banning of single-use plastic is going to help a lot,” Stagnetto told the Olive Press. “It is not that I have a problem with plastic as a material. “It is only in its single use capacity where the real issue lies. Inevitably with a straw or a spoon you are using it the once and after that you are done with it. “Dealing with the waste it generates is preposterous.” Through the Nautilus Project Stagnetto has given talks at schools and on television. “There are other materials that can do the job and at least biodegrade,” he revealed. “If you start using wooden or bamboo spoons they will not have such a negative effect on the environment.” While some might argue that using wood products only adds to the problems, Stagnetto disagrees. “Before we were chopping down rainforests for wood or paper,” he disclosed. “Today there is sustainable forestry which produces fast-growing softwood. It provides habitats for birds and using crop-rotation which doesn’t massively affect the ecosystem that has been built up.”www.theolivepress.esNEWSAugust 14th - August 27th Voted top expat paper in SpainA campaigning, community newspaper, the Olive Press represents the huge expatriate community in Spain with an estimated readership, includ
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