Photo of the Day: Gibraltar by night

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Photo of the Day: Gibraltar by night. Photo credit: www.visitgibraltar.gi

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Czech Republic opens Consulate in Gibraltar

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The Czech Republic’s Ambassador to London, Libor Secka, arrived in Gibraltar on Wednesday ahead of the official opening of an Honorary Consulate of the Czech Republic in Gibraltar, the Gibraltar Chronicle reported.

It follows the appointment earlier this year of Stanislav Čech as Honorary Consul.

The ambassador attended a reception at the Rock Hotel last night marking the formal opening of the consulate, which will be housed in the Cloister Building.

This is the first time the Czech Republic has opened an honorary consulate in Gibraltar, and the first time for there to be any kind of Czech representation in Gibraltar since 1848, under the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy.

Beyond providing assistance to Czech nationals – of whom over 12,000 visit Gibraltar each year – Mr Čech hopes to build stronger links between the Czech Republic and Gibraltar in three fields in particular: tourism; economic and commercial cooperation; and education.

See the full story here: http://chronicle.gi/2016/07/czech-republic-opens-honorary-consulate-in-gibraltar/

News source: www.chronicle.gi

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Etter Brexit: Spania vil ha delt suverenitet over Gibraltar med Storbritannia

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Spanias regjering foreslår å dele suvereniteten over det britiske territoriet Gibraltar (bildet), på sørspissen av Spania, med Storbritannia etter at et flertall av britene stemte for å forlate EU. 

-Vår formel er britisk-spansk dele-suverenitet for en fast tidsperiode. sier Spanias utenriksminister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo til spansk radio.

Storbritannia var raskt ute og avviste forslaget.

20 145 av Gibraltars 24 117 stemmeberettigede avla stemme etter en valgkampanje som var totalt dominert av Remain, ledet an av Gibraltars regjeringssjef Fabian Picardo.

Som ventet ble det et valgskred for de som ville forbli i EU. 19 322 – 95,9 prosent, stemte for Remain, mens 823 – 4,1 prosent, stemte for Brexit.

Gibraltar har vært under britisk herredømme i langt over 300 år, og Spania har hele denne tiden forlangt å få området tilbake, noe som i lange perioder har ført til et svært kjølig forhold mellom regjeringene i Spania og Storbritannia, og også mellom kongehusene i de to landene.

Gibraltars erkebritiske innbyggere er nær 100 prosent pro-EU, slik som lokalregjeringen og territoriets politiske partier. De er skremte med tanke på hva som nå skjer ved en Brexit, der Gibraltar frykter at Spania skal stenge grensen og dermed kvele territoriets økonomi, der turisme, online gambling, handel, service, shipping og finans, og det britiske militære nærveret er viktige inntektskilder. 

Tusenvis av spanske statsborgere pendler inn til Gibraltar hver dag for å jobbe, fra, eller via den spanske grensebyen La Línea de la Concepción, som ligger kloss inntil Gibraltar og er den eneste grensekrysningen mellom Spania og Gibraltar.

Sist Spania stengte den 1,2 kilometer lange grensen var i 1969, da den spanske diktatoren, general Francisco Franco, stengte grensen i protest fordi Storbritannia hadde gitt Gibraltar indre selvstyre.

Stengingen varte helt til 1985, ti år etter Francos død.

Bildet er tatt fra Rock of Gibraltar, med La Linea de la Concepcion i bakgrunnen, og med hovedveien som krysser Gibraltars flyplass.

Kuriøst nok så krysser veien fra La Línea de la Concepción inn til Gibraltar, en vei med fire kjørefelt, Gibraltars flyplass, noe som er en attraksjon i seg selv…

Gibraltar er et selvstyrt, britisk oversjøisk territorium på sydspissen av Spania, og blir kalt Europas siste koloni, selv om det begrepet stort sett ikke lenger brukes. 

Gibraltar har et areal på  6,8 km2 – og har 33,000 innbyggere. Territoriet styres av en britisk guvernør utnevnt av Storbritannias regjering, et folkevalgt parlament og en lokal regjering, ledet av en Chief Minister. 

Gibraltar, som er med i EU, har fullt indre selvstyre, mens Storbritannia har ansvar for utenriks- og forsvarspolitikk. Gibraltars regjering har sine egne representasjonskontorer i London, Brussel og Washington DC.

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MOVIE MADNESS IS COMING TO ISLE OF MAN!

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In a first for Isle of Man, there’ll be the chance to listen to hit music from movie blockbusters next month, in Isle of Man’s capital of Douglas – all against a backdrop of your favourite film clips on the big screen, www.isleofman.com reports.

The Villa Marina is the venue for the official post Douglas Carnival family event

And after taking the family to see the carnival on the promenade on Saturday, July 18, the Royal Hall will be the place to go.

Music from Frozen, Back to the Future, Star Wars and James Bond is among the line-up promised by Manx Youth Band and Manx Concert Brass.

During the evening, they will also be joined by some special guests, including former Manx Stars In Their Eyes finalist, Lyndsey Smart, who will be singing the Adele hit single and James Bond Theme, “Skyfall”.

 

The family concert starts at 8pm and tickets – priced £10.20 for adults and just £2.55 for under 16?s – are available from the Villa Marina Box office on 600555.

Isle of Man Tourist Board:

www.gov.im/tourism

www.visitisleofman.com

www.isle-of-man.com

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NEW £1.1 BILLION MARINA DEVELOPMENT SET FOR GIBRALTAR’S EASTERN SIDE

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New £1.1 billion marina development set for Gibraltar’s Eastern side. Blue Water Gibraltar will be built on reclaimed land alongside Catalan Bay.

Blue Water Gibraltar will be built on reclaimed land alongside Catalan Bay and will have moorings for super yachts, www.theolivepress.es reports.

There will also be a series of shops and restaurants as well as 1,000 affordable homes.

A five-star hotel will also be constructed, along with a new promenade linking Eastern beach to Catalan Bay. The development is expected to take five years.

The government has awarded the project to firm Developers Camoren Holdings, which is being financed by various external investors.

Chief Minister Fabian Picardo said: “This is a hugely important day for the whole of Gibraltar. These outside investors are demonstrating huge confidence in our economy and our stewardship of it.”

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ISLE OF MAN VICTORIAN SOCIETY HITS OUT AT PLANS FOR DOUGLAS RAILWAY STATION

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(wikipedia.org)

A heritage group has criticised a decision that paves the way for major changes to Douglas railway station, the Isle of Man Today – www.iomtoday.co.im website writes.

Douglas, Isle of Man

An independent inspector has approved the Department of Infrastructure’s £1.4m plan that includes remodelling the interior of the ticket hall.

In an attempt to make the station more commercially viable, a shop will be created on the ground floor and the restaurant will be moved into a greatly-extended mezzanine level that will cover most of the hall.

Douglas Railway Station, Isle of Man (wikipedia.org)

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But planning inspector Anthony Wharton agreed with objectors concerns about the potential impact on the north-facing wall, which includes the original ticketing windows and an original map of the island’s railway network. He ruled that the mezzanine must stop short of the wall.

 

 

Peter Kelly, caseworker for the Isle of Man Victorian Society, told iomtoday: “It’s a very poor compromise that will not go down well with the railway enthusiasts who we’re trying to encourage.

“The feeling and ambience of the ticketing hall will be lost.

“If you can visualise a 4ft gap where people must crane their necks, it won’t achieve what it’s trying to achieve, which is giving the feel of the large hall that once existed”.

He continued: “Douglas station is the showcase of the island’s heritage railways. Given that the island is marketing heritage railways as an attraction, it’s ironic – if not heretic – to be messing about with something original like this”.

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“Now that it has the benefit of planning permission and registered building consent, the die is cast and it would only be Treasury or Tynwald, by not granting the necessary funds, that would stop it.”

In a statement, Ian Longworth, director of public transport, said: “We are happy the planning inspector agreed that building repairs are essential and our Minister will now seek Tynwald approval for the work to commence this winter”.

“It is our intention to make Douglas Station more commercially viable, with any alterations designed to sympathetically enhance the original station and improve our passenger facilities”.

Kilde / Source: Isle of Man Today – www.iomtoday.co.im

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GIBRALTAR: PHASE 3 OF TOURISM REVAMP COMPLETE

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The Gibraltar Tourist Board has completed the third phase of its refurbishment of the visitor attractions, The Gibraltar Chronicle – www.chronicle.gi reported.

The works on the main attractions on the Upper Rock are part of a continuous commitment by the Government of Gibraltar to improve the tourist product. 

O’Hara’s Battery has seen a major overhaul with machinery being restored to its original state. The exhibition now boasts new information panels complemented with screens that provide an instructive commentary about the Battery and the firing of the 9.2 inch gun. An interactive panel adds a new experience to the site. 

Gun barrels mounted on replicas of carriages in St George’s Hall are another improvement carried out to the Great Siege Tunnels. Mannequins of a gun crew have been placed next to one of the guns and, at the interactive panel; visitors will even experience the sound of gun fire. 

Gibraltar

Works are now under way to open Cornwallis Chamber. This new chamber will be accessed via a new spiral staircase from the Great Siege Tunnels. The attraction will also have information panels installed with mannequins and props to complement the experience. 

The “City Under Siege” exhibition is a site where all mannequins and exhibits are exposed to the elements. 

This site has undergone extensive refurbishment, and a 10 minute documentary will be playing at this location. A picnic area at the entrance enhances this picturesque site. 

Further to the improved facilities carried out at the World War II Tunnels last year, the attraction has been enhanced by creating three exhibit areas, which depict life in the tunnels as it was during the war years. 

In addition, the ticket office at Jews’ Gate has been refurbished to improve facilities for the Upper Rock team. 

Samantha Sacramento, the Minister for Tourism, acknowledged the work carried out by her predecessor in this ministry, Neil Costa, to develop Gibraltar’s tourism offering. 

She said the government’s “unprecedented Investment” in tourism and the Upper Rock reflected its support for the tourism industry and delivered an enhanced experience for our visitors. 

“Our commitment to tourism will no doubt be welcomed by all those working in the local tourism, retail, and hospitality industry”.

Kilde / Source: The Gibraltar Chronicle – www.chronicle.gi,

Gibraltar Tourist Board: www.gibraltar.gov.gi / www.visitgibraltar.gi

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PÅ CAFE PUTIN I NOVI SAD I SERBIA ER RUSSLANDS PRESIDENT ÆRESGJESTEN

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Cafe Putin, Novi Sad, Vojvodina i Serbia. Foto: Robert Getel / Blic / Inserbia.info

Russlands Vladimir Putin president har mange beundrere og til dels store tilhengerskarer i en rekke land, kanskje særlig i land som deler slavisk kultur og historie, det slaviske språket, og den øst-ortodokse kristendommen, med Russland.

I Serbia, som er søkerland til EU, ble han mottatt med pomp og prakt – som en nasjonalhelt – og titusenvis av fremmøtte i Beograds gater, da han avla statsbesøk i landet høsten 2014. 

I Novi Sad, hovedstad i den autonome serbiske provinsen Vojvodina, bærer en populær kafe den russiske presidentens etternavn, og provinsen har også et eget politisk parti som støtter Russland og Putin. Ca.1200 av provinsens innbyggere er etniske russere, men Putins tilhengerskare strekker seg langt utover deres rekker.

Et av partimedlemmene, Radivoj Miljanic, eieren av Cafe Putin, la opp til en storstilt feiring av den russiske presidentens 62-års dag 7.oktober i fjor, med en stor kake, og serbiske og russiske flagg, skriver www.inserbia.info

Partitalsmenn og kafeeieren sier de med kafeen og hyllesten av Putin generelt vil gjøre heder og ære på mannen for “alt han har gjort for Serbia” og at folk setter stor pris på at han motsetter seg “vestlige makter”.

Radivoj Miljanic sier folk flests reaksjoner var positive, og at de som eventuelt var negative “gidder han ikke engang å tenke på”.

Noen klaget imidlertid på at det ikke var musikk i kafeen under feiringen, og ikke lenge etter kunne man høre “Kalinka” ut gjennom kafevinduene.

Vojvodina er en autonom provins i Serbia med ca.2 millioner innbyggere. Provinsen består av hele 26 ulike etniske grupper, og den har ikke mindre enn seks offisielle språk. Serbere utgjør den største gruppen, ca.67 prosent, mens ungarere utgjør den nest største med 13 prosent. Ellers bor der etniske slovakere, kroater, rom-folk, rumenere, montegrinere, makedonere, ukrainere, tyskere, slovenere, albanere, bulgarere, russere, og bosniaker, for å nevne noen.

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BRANN I GIBRALTAR SKAPTE PROBLEMER FOR NETTGAMBLING

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Gibraltar

Foto: AFP / Getty / BBC

En eksplosjon med påfølgende brann i et kraftverk i Gibraltar i påsken skapte store problemer for gamblingindustrien på internett, skriver BBC.

Hentet fra BBC World News:

An explosion and fire on Gibraltar disrupted a number of online betting operations on Sunday.

Most residents of the British territory were also left without power.

Local media reported a generator at Waterport Power Station caught fire and exploded due to a mechanical failure.

No-one was injured, but the outage shut down the online betting operations of several firms, including William Hill, Betfred and Ladbrokes, which are based in Gibraltar.

Online gambling is an important part of Gibraltar’s economy with international companies choosing to base themselves there because of the territory’s low taxes.

 The outage meant many people were unable to play bets online on a busy Easter Sunday of sport.

‘Freak event’

William Hill spokesman Graham Sharpe said its services were disrupted for about two-and-a-half hours.

He told AFP: “It’s just one of those freak events nobody could have predicted.

“There will be those who will claim they would have backed a winner but there will be others who have been saved from backing a loser.”

Emergency services rushed to the scene after the blaze erupted.

The power station was evacuated and the fire quickly extinguished.

Gibraltar Chief Minister Fabian Picardo praised the emergency services for their response after power was restored.

He also tweeted: “Power restored to whole of Gibraltar. At last.

“Power outage too long. New plans must reflect lessons of such incidents so we never repeat.”

 

Gibraltar er et selvstyrt, britisk oversjøisk territorium på sydspissen av Spania, og er den siste kolonien i Europa. 6,8 km2 – ca.30,000 innbyggere. Territoriet styres av en britisk guvernør, et folkevalgt parlament og en lokal regjering. Gibraltar har fullt indre selvstyre, mens Storbritannia har ansvar for utenriks- og forsvarspolitikk.

Gibraltars regjering: www.gibraltar.gov.gi

Gibraltar Tourist Board: www.visitgibraltar.gi

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MODERNISERER TOGRUTEN BEOGRAD-NOVI SAD-BUDAPEST

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Jernbanestasjonen i Novi Sad

Eksperter fra China Railway Corporation har besøkt det serbiske jernbaneselskapet i Beograd for å gjøre seg kjent med den tekniske tilstanden på infrastrukturen til Serbias jernbaner i forbindelse med et prosjekt for å overhale og modernsiere jernbanen mellom Beograd i Serbia og Budapest i Ungarn, med Novi Sad, hovedstaden i den autonome serbiske provinsen Vojvodina, som mellomstasjon.

Strekningen som skal overhales er 107 kilometer lang, og skal oppgraderes slik at togene kan nå en fart på opp til 200 kilometer i timen. Prosjektet skal finansieres med et lån fra Kina.

Serbias jernbaner: www.serbianrailways.com

National Tourism Organization of Serbia: www.serbia.travel

Novi Sad by: www.novisad.rs

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