GBC NEWS

Sunday 29 March 21:29

Earth Hour marked on the Rock on Saturday

Author: GBC

Date: 27 March 2015

It’s the ninth year of the Earth Hour campaign – a global initiative to get people to switch off their lights across the world, and raise awareness of climate change and the need to conserve energy.

HMS Richmond in Gibraltar

Author: GBC

Date: 27 March 2015

Joint training exercises between HMS Richmond and Gibraltar Squadron have been part of the preparations for the Frigate’s crew ahead of a 9 month deployment in the Middle East to counter piracy, drug trafficking and terrorism. The Type 23 Frigate will continue the work of HMS Kent, which is out there right now.

GSD insists possibility of Victoria Stadium as a Category 4 stadium remains open

Author: GBC

Date: 27 March 2015

The GSD insists the possibility of proceeding with the Victoria Stadium as a smaller capacity, category 4 stadium remains open. Its latest comments on the matter follow a statement by the GFA, confirming that it received a report from UEFA in 2012, stating a 5,000-seater venue would be eligible for this status. However the GFA also said this position was later reviewed; it was decided a minimum capacity of eight thousand was required.

Government emphasises Bunkering & ship-to-ship transfer safety

Author: GBC

Date: 27 March 2015

Gibraltar’s safety procedures for bunkering and ship-to-ship transfers are examples of industry best practice. This according to Number Six, who have responded to comments by the GSD, which – Government says – betray the low regard that the Opposition holds for the competence of Gibraltar’s emergency services and civil contingency authorities.

Labour MEPs look to unblock Single Skies deadlock

Author: GBC

Date: 27 March 2015

Two Labour MEPs have set out a proposal aiming to unblock EU negotiations over revisions to the Single European Sky framework. In a letter to newspaper European Voice, the MEP for Gibraltar, Clare Moody, and the Chair of Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee, Claude Moraes, have proposed that the European Commission separate out the issues at stake, and set aside the sovereignty dispute, over which it has no authority.

New beauty pageant 'Mrs Gibraltar' begins recruitment

Author: GBC

Date: 27 March 2015

There is still a chance for those who missed out in competing in Miss Gibraltar. A new beauty pageant called Mrs Gibraltar has begun recruiting.

Westside School raises over £22,000 for charity

Author: GBC

Date: 27 March 2015

Staff and students at Westside School have out done themselves yet again. The comprehensive school has been fundraising for many years, with this year’s grand total of £22,585.60 breaking their previous record.

Urgent appeal for donations from GibMission Africa

Author: GBC

Date: 27 March 2015

GibMission Africa are making an urgent appeal for funds to help people in underprivileged parts of Ethiopia. As well as funding shelter, childcare and education, the money will go towards treatment for conditions such as cataracts and elephantiasis.

Convent protest illegal & dangerous incursion

Author: GBC

Date: 27 March 2015

An illegal and dangerous incursion by Spanish state vessels on Friday morning prompted an immediate complaint by the UK government to the Spanish Foreign Ministry. The stand-off in waters off the South Mole saw the Guardia Civil and a Spanish fisheries patrol boat motoring in a provocative manner close to two Spanish fishing boats.

Man sentenced to one year in prison for possession of cocaine

Author: GBC

Date: 27 March 2015

A local man has been sentenced to 12 months in prison for possession of over 14g of cocaine.

► GFA awaiting report from UEFA following full technical assessment.

Author: GBC

Date: 26 March 2015

The Gibraltar Football Association is awaiting a report from UEFA after it carried out a full technical assessment of Victoria Stadium. It's also been reconsidering its stance on the required size and capacity of any future national football stadium in Gibraltar. This is revealed in a GFA statement responding to the Opposition, which claimed the GFA has known for over a year, and informed the Government this year, that a 5,000-seater stadium would be eligible for a Category 4 classification, and therefore capable of hosting international matches.

Adolfo Canepa donates over £3,000 to local charities

Author: GBC

Date: 26 March 2015

The Mayor and Speaker of the House, Adolfo Canepa, has donated over three thousand pounds to local charities, raised from the sale of his book, “Two thousand one hundred pounds was donated to the Gibraltar Branch of Cancer Research UK.

GFA team leaves for Scotland

Author: GBC

Date: 26 March 2015

Gibraltar’s Interim national football manager says his players are keeping professional and level heads ahead of the game against Scotland this weekend, although they're preparing for a physical encounter at Hampden Park. This is the first game in charge for Dave Wilson and his assistant Mick McElwee.

Nearly 500 immigrants cross Strait this year

Author: GBC

Date: 26 March 2015

Nearly five hundred immigrants have reached the southern Spanish coast so far this year. According to reports in the Spanish press, over the past three months 490 immigrants have crossed the Strait of Gibraltar, aboard small vessels and even inflatable dinghies.

EC taking UK to Court of Justice over failure to ensure urban waste water adequately treated

Author: GBC

Date: 26 March 2015

The European Commission is taking the United Kingdom to the Court of Justice over a failure to ensure that urban waste water is adequately treated in several areas: including Gibraltar, where there is no treatment plant at all.

Superyacht Marina Bay plans presented at DPC

Author: GBC

Date: 26 March 2015

Plans for a new super-yacht marina were presented at yesterday’s meeting of the Development and Planning Commission. The DPC saw a presentation by the developer on the project, which would see Marina Bay expanded to include berthing facilities for superyachts, as well as rental apartments on stilts.

Picardo & Cortes observe LNG ship to ship transfer out in the Bay; GSD calls for clarity

Author: GBC

Date: 26 March 2015

The Chief Minister and the Minister for the Environment have seen, first hand, ship-to-ship transfer of Liquid Natural Gas in the Bay of Gibraltar. It comes as the Opposition calls for clarity and reassurance on the safety of this practice.

Trial date set for man charged with child rape

Author: GBC

Date: 26 March 2015

The trial of a man charged with child rape was set down for April, at the Supreme Court. Kevin Norman Whitfield has been charged with rape of a child, attempted rape of a child and assault of a child under the age of 13.

Medway Little Theatre Youth Company visit Drama Festival

Author: GBC

Date: 25 March 2015

This year’s Drama Festival will include local group Rock Theatre and Medway Little Theatre Youth Company from the UK. Three plays will be on offer with drama and comedy featuring at the Ince’s Hall Theatre.

► Opposition Leader Daniel Feetham asks Government to state where it stands on new stadium issue

Author: GBC

Date: 25 March 2015

More than a year ago, UEFA told the Gibraltar Football Association that a five thousand-seater stadium could be eligible for Category 4 status, and would therefore be able to host international matches. That's according to the Opposition, which says the Government was made aware of this earlier this year.

GTA/NASUWT welcome restructure

Author: GBC

Date: 25 March 2015

The Gibraltar Teachers’ Association, and National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers, says it makes sense for the Government’s Human Resources Department to be restructured, and for it to have the manpower to operate efficiently.

Employment Minister rolls out major admin transformation

Author: GBC

Date: 25 March 2015

Employment Minister Neil Costa has rolled out a major admin transformation of his newly acquired Ministry, which will change the way the department interacts with the service users. Internal software is being modernised which will allow the community to access data online, and the labour inspectorate has been reorganised to allow them to carry out regular inspections of local businesses.

Two men receive lengthy prison sentences for unrelated drug charges

Author: GBC

Date: 25 March 2015

Two local men have received lengthy prison sentences for drug charges, in unrelated cases. Ernest Ullger of 5 Schomberg has been sentenced to a total of 7 years 8 months in prison, for possession with intent to supply over 60g of cocaine.

European Arrest Warrant; Spanish National to be extradited

Author: GBC

Date: 25 March 2015

A Spanish National arrested on a European Arrest Warrant was ordered to be extradited, at the Magistrates’ Court.

Joseph Chipolina is the GBC Sports Personality of the Year

Author: GBC

Date: 24 March 2015

Footballer Joseph Chipolina has clinched the GBC Sports Personality of Year. The awards ceremony celebrates sporting achievement in 2014, a year which saw Joseph help Lincoln Football Club to the domestic treble and compete in the Champions League for the very first time.

Government says inviting expressions of interest for Lathbury Barracks is best use of site

Author: GBC

Date: 24 March 2015

In response the Government says it has no doubt that inviting expressions of interest for Lathbury Barracks is the best use for the site at this stage.

Latest Miss Gibraltar contestant signs on

Author: GBC

Date: 24 March 2015

The latest contestant to sign up for the Miss Gibraltar Pageant is 21-year-old beauty therapist Natalia Nunez. Natalia dreams of one day opening her own beauty salon, and enjoys keeping fit, fashion and rowing.

Unite the Union General Secretary, Len McCluskey inaugurates refurbished Transport House

Author: GBC

Date: 24 March 2015

The General Secretary of Unite the Union, Len McCluskey, has inaugurated the refurbished Transport House. Mr McCluskey said he was delighted to be in Gibraltar, adding it was during a previous visit that he felt it was time to refurbish the building, not just to give staff a comfortable working environment but also to send a clear message of Unite’s commitment to Gibraltar.

NASUWT/GTA hold Leadership & Management Forum

Author: GBC

Date: 24 March 2015

The Teachers Union along with the Gibraltar Teachers Association have held a School Leadership and Management Forum. The idea is to hold these forums regularly to discuss wide-ranging issues relating to the local teaching profession.

► GSD questions Lathbury Barracks industrial park use

Author: GBC

Date: 24 March 2015

The Opposition has questioned whether the decision of the Government to seek expressions of interest to convert Lathbury Barracks into an industrial park is, at this stage, in the best interests of the community.

GFA signs sponsorship deal with Hastings Insurance Group

Author: GBC

Date: 24 March 2015

The Gibraltar Football Association has signed a sponsorship deal with Hastings Insurance Group, who now become an official partner of the Men’s Senior National Teams.

Man arrested for crashing into police car and tobacco smuggling

Author: GBC

Date: 24 March 2015

A local man has been arrested after allegedly crashing into a police car and damaging a further three vehicles. The 44 year old’s arrest follows an incident at Naval Hospital Road this weekend, where police intercepted suspected tobacco smuggling activities.

Man pleads not guilty to stealing a poker machine

Author: GBC

Date: 24 March 2015

A man has pleaded not guilty to stealing a poker machine from a local hotel. Aaron Barrera of Constitution House, Glacis Estate, alledgedly trespassed into Caleta Hotel and stole a poker machine containing an unknown amount of money.

St Bernard's School holds evening of dance, music and drama

Author: GBC

Date: 24 March 2015

A production celebrating the joy of reading will see the whole of St Bernard’s School take to the stage from Wednesday evening at the John Mackintosh Hall.

Susana Díaz's PSOE wins Andalusian election

Author: GBC

Date: 23 March 2015

The Socialist PSOE party was the winner of Sunday's election in Andalucía, securing 35 per cent of the votes and 47 seats in the 109-seat regional parliament. Taking to Twitter, Chief Minister Fabian Picardo congratulated leader Susana Díaz, as well as La Línea Mayor, Gemma Araujo, where the PSOE also came first.

Member of Partido Nacionalista Vasco meets with Chief Minister; experiences frontier delay

Author: GBC

Date: 23 March 2015

The Leader of the Basque Group in the Spanish Parliament had to get out of his car and walk into Gibraltar yesterday morning, because of the length of the frontier queue. Aitor Esteban, of the Partido Nacionalista Vasco, was paying a courtesy call on the Government, after the Chief Minister met him and representatives of most Spanish political parties in Madrid last year.

Government: GSD is 'twisting the timeline' over power station plans

Author: GBC

Date: 23 March 2015

The Government has accused the Opposition of attempting to twist the timeline to make it seem that the site for the new power station was identified, and the tender for it issued, before the Government’s consultation with the Health and Safety Laboratory.

Opposition says LNG power station project is 'poorly planned'

Author: GBC

Date: 23 March 2015

The Opposition says the more it questions the Government on the new power station and Liquid Natural Gas, the more it appears the project has been poorly planned. This it says simply increases the GSD’s concerns on safety issues, associated with the project being so close to densely populated areas.

Inaugural Junior Night at the Drama Festival

Author: GBC

Date: 23 March 2015

The second evening of the 2015 Drama Festival gives Gibraltar’s young actors a chance to shine on Junior Night, with kids of all ages taking on plays inspired by classic children’s fiction, sci-fi, and the human body.

Ocean Views officially opened with plaque unveiling

Author: GBC

Date: 23 March 2015

The Ocean Views Mental Health facility has been officially opened. Last month the move was made from the KGV building to the new unit at the former Naval Hospital.

New quarrel breaks out over Parliamentary Motions scheduled for next week

Author: GBC

Date: 23 March 2015

A new Government / Opposition quarrel has broken out over the timetabling arrangements for Parliamentary Motions, with the GSD saying the Chief Minister wants to stifle debate on the Dr Giraldi Home by pushing it into the late hours. The Government for its part is tabling a motion accusing the Opposition Leader of misleading the public on finances and the strength of the economy.

European Arrest Warrant; Spanish National absconded from nine year prison sentence

Author: GBC

Date: 23 March 2015

A Spanish National who was arrested on a European Arrest Warrant appeared in the Magistrates Court. Borja Polvillo Martín, is wanted in relation to an armed robbery in the Campo area in 2005. The 32-year-old resident of Constitution House, Glacis Estate was sentenced to nine years in prison.

Attempted theft 'foiled'

Author: GBC

Date: 23 March 2015

A man was sentenced to four weeks in prison for attempted theft. Oldrich Meduna pleaded guilty to the charge after being in possession of a foil lined shopping bag.

12 plays for the 2015 Drama Festival; Curtains up Monday

Author: GBC

Date: 22 March 2015

Theatre enthusiasts will this week be treated to six days of Drama on the Rock. A total of twelve plays will feature as part of the 2015 Drama Festival, which opens on Monday at the Bayside Drama Studio. This year’s edition sees plenty of involvement from the younger generation, with four original plays also showcasing.

Spanish Frontier works ready by June; MEP Julie Girling gets assurances from EU

Author: GBC

Date: 22 March 2015

The works on the Spanish side of the Frontier, affecting passengers and vehicles, are expected to be complete by the end of June this year. This according to the European Commission in answer to a question by Gibraltar MEP Julie Girling, whether the works would be ready by the Summer. The Commission assured the MEP that the lengthy border delays of recent years will become a thing of the past, following these reconstruction works.

LNG ship to ship tranfer; ESG asks Government for answers

Author: GBC

Date: 21 March 2015

The Environmental Safety Group is calling on the Government to confirm that the right conditions are in place for the safe ship to ship transfer of Liquid Natural Gas,. The ESG claims a transfer of this nature occurred for the first time ever in Gibraltar, on Friday, and has reiterated its call for answers.

European Arrest Warrant; Spanish man arrested for robbery in the Campo

Author: GBC

Date: 21 March 2015

A Spanish national resident in Gibraltar, has been arrested by the Royal Gibraltar Police on the strength of a European Arrest Warrant. The 32 year old man is wanted in relation to a robbery in the Campo Area in 2005.

No local children in indecent photographs seized in Fisher case, says RGP

Author: GBC

Date: 20 March 2015

No children from Gibraltar are featured in the paedophilic material recently seized from a local man, formerly employed at the King’s Bowl at the Leisure Centre, according to the Royal Gibraltar Police.

21-Year-Old dancer from Madrid wins International Dance Festival

Author: GBC

Date: 20 March 2015

For the first time ever a dancer from outside of Gibraltar has won the International dance Festival. A 21-year-old dancer from Madrid was the overall winner of the 13th International Dance Festival, organised by M.O. Productions. Carlos Romero was one of 63 soloists that participated at the competition.

Gibraltar's Got Talent recruitment underway

Author: GBC

Date: 20 March 2015

Gibraltar’s Got Talent is currently recruiting contestants. Gibraltarians of all ages are welcome to showcase their talents on stage and in front of a panel of judges.

Government invites expressions of interest for Lathbury Barracks development

Author: GBC

Date: 20 March 2015

The government is inviting expressions of interest from investors for the development of the Lathbury Barracks Parade Ground into an Industrial Park.

Gibunco Group celebrates 50th anniversary

Author: GBC

Date: 20 March 2015

The Gibunco Group is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. To mark its anniversary, the Group is making a donation of books to local schools, to allow them to better teach Gibraltar’s history to our school pupils.

Government & Opposition clash over Parliament Adjournment

Author: GBC

Date: 20 March 2015

The Government has accused Opposition Leader Daniel Feetham of paranoia, after he claimed that Parliament was adjourned until the week just before Easter in order to lessen the impact of his Motion concerning the Dr Giraldi Home Inquiry. The GSD has responded, reiterating its accusation that the Chief Minister is looking to “bury” this debate.

Final two contestants sign up for Miss Gibraltar pageant

Author: GBC

Date: 20 March 2015

A total of seven contestants will compete for the Miss Gibraltar crown. A further two young ladies signed up before the closing date.

GGCA dismayed by Unite's comments after Tampin's claim for unfair dismissal

Author: GBC

Date: 20 March 2015

The GGCA Committee says it’s dismayed by comments made by Unite in relation to Michael Tampin’s claim for unfair dismissal.

Heritage Trust and GONHS call for preservation of the Mount

Author: GBC

Date: 20 March 2015

The Heritage Trust and the Ornithological and Natural History Society have jointly called for any development of the Mount to preserve its uniqueness and importance.

Catholic Charismatic 'Cursillo' this weekend

Author: GBC

Date: 19 March 2015

The Gibraltar Catholic Charismatic Renewal will be holding a Retreat this weekend at the Catholic Community Centre. It will be conducted in Spanish, and the Director is Inmaculada Moreno Rodriguez, a Doctor in spiritual theology and religious education teacher.

Heated exchanges in Parliament between Chief Minister & Opposition Leader

Author: GBC

Date: 19 March 2015

There were heated exchanges in Parliament Thursday during answers to questions about the Sunborn Hotel, which culminated with the Chief Minister giving notice after the meeting had finished, of a Motion accusing the Leader of the Opposition of misleading the House. Meanwhile, the Leader of the Opposition suggested that the Chief Minister had adjourned Parliament to the week before Easter so that most people in Gibraltar don’t listen in to the debate on the Dr Giraldi Enquiry.

ESG raises questions over LNG ship-to-ship transfer in Bay

Author: GBC

Date: 19 March 2015

The Environmental Safety Group has waded into the Liquid Natural Gas debate by raising questions over an LNG ship-to-ship transfer in the Bay. The Group asks whether Gibraltar has the necessary expertise and equipment to respond to a potential accident, and what the minimum safety procedures are required by the Gibraltar Port Authority in this situation.

Wires crossed: Government says GSD policy on power station is unclear

Author: GBC

Date: 19 March 2015

The Government says it would be scandalous if the GSD administration had entered into an agreement with its money lenders for the power station, if it had no intentions of complying with that agreement. This follows statements by GSD environment spokesman Jaime Netto on Viewpoint last week.

Parliament: Fire services will be prepared for any possible LNG accidents

Author: GBC

Date: 19 March 2015

The Fire and Rescue Services in Gibraltar will in future be trained and prepared to deal with any potential accidents at the new power station and liquid natural gas facilities. This was the answer given in Parliament in response to questions from the Opposition.

Unite the Union reacts to GGCA Industrial Tribunal

Author: GBC

Date: 19 March 2015

Unite the Union feels that it beggars belief that the GGCA executive would seek to manipulate the community into believing that they have campaigned for the non-discrimination of employees over the age of 65, when in reality they tried to deny Former General Secretary, Michael Tampin, his rights to access the Industrial Tribunal.

Report published on recommendations on Gibraltar labour laws

Author: GBC

Date: 19 March 2015

A report has been released on recommendations on Gibraltar Labour Law. Renowned Employment Lawyer, Professor Keith Ewing and Daniel Blackburn, Director of ICTUR were commissioned by Unite the Union to prepare the report.

Solar eclipse; Astronomical Society holds public event

Author: GBC

Date: 19 March 2015

Weather permitting tomorrow’s solar eclipse will be seen from Gibraltar. The astronomical event will show 68% of sun coverage, locally, as the moon covers part of the sun, appearing to take a bite out of it. The Gibraltar Astronomical Society is holding an event from the Lighthouse and invites the public to join them.

Tampin 'determined to fight unfair dismissal to the bitter end'

Author: GBC

Date: 18 March 2015

The GGCA’s former General Secretary, says he is determined to fight his unfair dismissal complaint against his former employer, to the bitter end. In a statement, Michael Tampin, says this is not just for his own interests but also to ensure equal and fair treatment to all employees who reach the age of 65 in Gibraltar.

Convent confirms illegal incursion

Author: GBC

Date: 18 March 2015

The Convent has confirmed there was an illegal incursion by the Spanish Navy in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Professor Daniella Tilbury appointed Vice Chancellor of Gibraltar University

Author: GBC

Date: 18 March 2015

Professor Daniella Tilbury has been appointed as the new Vice Chancellor of the Gibraltar University, and will take up the role officially in August, just before the University’s opening. The announcement was made by Education Minister Gilbert Licudi.

Local man charged for child porn & voyeurism offences

Author: GBC

Date: 18 March 2015

The Royal Gibraltar Police (RGP) have charged Colin Fisher with possession of numerous indecent photographs of children and five counts of voyeurism. The 29-year-old British National had been employed as Manager at Kings Bowl (Leisure Centre). He spent last night in police cells & appeared in the Magistrates Court this morning.

Mass at St Theresa's to raise awareness of religious persecution

Author: GBC

Date: 18 March 2015

A mass at 6.30pm on Wednesday at St. Theresa's Church aims to raise awareness and funds in aid of the persecuted and dispossessed Christians fleeing Syria and other Middle Eastern countries.

Dr Giraldi Inquiry: GSD challenges Number Six to pursue action for defamation against 'Espejo Publico'

Author: GBC

Date: 18 March 2015

The GSD Opposition says it supports the Government’s legal against the Spanish newspaper ABC, but is challenging Number Six to go one further and pursue action for defamation against the ‘Espejo Publico’ programme.

Improved response time at air disaster exercise

Author: GBC

Date: 18 March 2015

Air disaster exercise showed improvements in response time. The exercise simulated a plane crash on the runway, and tested the reaction of the emergency services. Organisers of said it was extremely valuable in learning lessons.

Fifth contestant signs onto Miss Gibraltar Pageant

Author: GBC

Date: 18 March 2015

The fifth contestant to sign on for the Miss Gibraltar Pageant, is 21 year old Jade Pau.

► GGCA President explains objections to proposed HR Department restructure

Author: GBC

Date: 18 March 2015

The President of the Gibraltar General and Clerical Association, Wendy Cumming, has suggested the proposed restructure of the Human Resources Department may be acceptable, provided that both directors envisaged within the new structure are Civil Servants.

Local man pleads guilty to possession of indecent photos of children and voyeurism charges

Author: GBC

Date: 18 March 2015

A 29-year-old man has pleaded guilty to the possession of indecent photographs of children and to five counts of voyeurism. Colin Fisher had been employed as Manager at the Kings Bowl at the Leisure Centre. The case has been committed to the Supreme Court and adjourned until 17th April for sentencing.

Historical plaques to get a makeover

Author: GBC

Date: 17 March 2015

Having recently installed six new signs that honour the colloquial names of some of Gibraltar's streets, the Government is now going to restore the long-standing historical street plaques that have been in place since the 1970s and 80s.

Miss Gibraltar pageant signs on two more contestants

Author: GBC

Date: 17 March 2015

Another two young ladies have signed on to this year’s Miss Gibraltar pageant, bringing the total so far to four contestants.

Development of the Mount as a leisure zone

Author: GBC

Date: 17 March 2015

Expressions of interest have been invited for the development of the Mount as a leisure zone for the community.

Air Disaster Exercise expected to impact traffic

Author: GBC

Date: 17 March 2015

An Air Disaster Exercise at the airfield tomorrow, is expected to have an impact on traffic. The event will start at around 3pm, with motorists advised to avoid the area unless absolutely necessary.

Nick Cruz rules out standing at next General Election

Author: GBC

Date: 17 March 2015

Nick Cruz has ruled out standing at the next general election. The former Progressive Democratic Party leader has told GBC’s Talk About Town that he will not be putting his name forward for consideration. Mr Cruz said when the PDP called it a day he decided to take a break from frontline politics and focus on his family and his career instead.

ESG calls for new Town Act to be published and enacted

Author: GBC

Date: 17 March 2015

The Environmental Safety Group has called on the GSLP-Liberals to circulate – as soon as possible – the new Town Act for public consultation and feedback, so that it can be published and enacted without delay.

Incursion: Guardia Civil vessel attempts to exercise jurisdiction over two pleasure crafts

Author: GBC

Date: 17 March 2015

An unlawful incursion yesterday evening saw a Guardia Civil vessel attempt to exercise jurisdiction over two pleasure crafts. The Rio Tormes was challenged by the Royal Navy, and subsequently left British Gibraltar Territorial Waters.

Tampin to be allowed to claim for unfair dismissal

Author: GBC

Date: 17 March 2015

Former General Secretary of the GGCA, Michael Tampin, will be allowed to claim for unfair dismissal. This follows the ruling by the Industrial Tribunal that he has the jurisdiction to hear the case.

Man sentenced to three months in prison for possession of £20,000 worth of tobacco

Author: GBC

Date: 17 March 2015

A 20-year-old man was sentenced to three months in prison for the storage and possession of over £20,00 worth of tobacco.

► Britannia calls at Gibraltar

Author: GBC

Date: 17 March 2015

Despite the wet weather, the new luxury P&O cruise ship Britannia received a warm welcome from the Rock today as she called into Gibraltar on her maiden voyage. The ship boasts 16 decks with a number of entertainment facilities.

Chief Minister to address issues affecting Royal Gibraltar Regiment Reserves

Author: GBC

Date: 17 March 2015

The Chief Minister says he will be looking into the issues affecting Royal Gibraltar Regiment Reserves who have to take time out from their jobs to carry out mandatory training in the UK.

GGCA requests urgent meeting with Chief Minister

Author: GBC

Date: 17 March 2015

The Civil Service Union, GGCA, has requested an urgent meeting with the Chief Minister after a large majority of its members voted against plans by the Government to restructure the Human Resources department.

Two men charged with dangerous driving after Devil's Tower Road traffic accident

Author: GBC

Date: 17 March 2015

Two men have been charged with dangerous driving, in relation to a traffic accident that occurred last November on Devil’s Tower Road.

Guardian Angel Foundation receives £32,000 donation

Author: GBC

Date: 17 March 2015

Local charity Guardian Angel Foundation has received a £32,000 donation from Ocean Village and Atlantic Suites Health Club and Spa. The presentation was made at the official launch of the Sunborn Hotel’s Infinity Spa & Gym, which is also run by the company.

Gibraltar government starts legal action against ABC newspaper

Author: GBC

Date: 16 March 2015

The Government has commenced an action in the Spanish courts for rectification and correction against the Spanish daily newspaper ABC. This follows the publication of a front page cover and an article about the Rock on 23rd of February.

Government begins negotiations over interest for the Eastside project

Author: GBC

Date: 16 March 2015

The Government has started detailed negotiations with two of the parties who submitted expressions of interest for the Eastside project. The Chief Minister’s office is now negotiating with these two bidders, both of whom are from outside Gibraltar.

Government suggest date next month for televised debate on public finances

Author: GBC

Date: 16 March 2015

The Government has suggested a date next month for a televised debate on public finances – with the Opposition having earlier renewed its call for this, arguing the issue is “so serious it requires nothing less”.

Tug boat sunk to create an artificial reef

Author: GBC

Date: 16 March 2015

A tug boat was sunk into the waters by the South Mole. A tug boat was sunk into the waters by the South Mole. The tug boat called Sun Swale, will create an artificial reef - improving marine life and providing a habitat on the sea bed.

New scheme to ease administrative burden on bereaving families

Author: GBC

Date: 16 March 2015

A new scheme has been introduced to ease the administrative burden on bereaving families. The ‘Tell us Once’ scheme creates one office at Civil Registration, where families can notify the Government once of the death of their loved one, and then all other departments are notified automatically.

Woman fined £250 for racial abuse

Author: GBC

Date: 16 March 2015

A local woman was fined £250 for common assault and racial abuse. The case dates back to August 2013 when an altercation between neighbours resulted in violence and racial remarks.

Two men charged with burglary after alleged incident at a tapas bar

Author: GBC

Date: 16 March 2015

Two local men have been jointly charged with burglary, after an alleged incident at a tapas bar on Chatham Counterguard. 40-year-old Lee Cruz-Parry and 35-year-old Christian Chipolina appeared before the Magistrates’ Court.

► Gibraltar Government strongly opposed UK's passport move

Author: GBC

Date: 16 March 2015

The Government opposed the UK's decision to take over the printing of Gibraltar passports "every step of the way" but was powerless to stop it. This has been revealed by the Office of the Chief Secretary in answer to questions submitted by GBC, following the introduction this month of the new arrangements.

Spain heading towards shipping grey list as it tumbles to 20 ranks below Gib

Author: GBC

Date: 15 March 2015

Spain has tumbled to twenty places below Gibraltar in international shipping rankings, and may be heading towards the Paris MOU grey list after it implemented a new inspection regime which has fallen foul of European standards.

Spanish MEPs claim Gibraltar Airport should not delay Single Skies

Author: GBC

Date: 13 March 2015

Spanish MEP’s have claimed the Gibraltar Airport should not delay Single Skies, a European Commission project to create a framework to manage airspace across Europe. The Partido Popular’s Luis de Grandes Pascual told reporters in Madrid the EU should remain neutral on the matter, and the only way to do this is to abstain and exclude Gibraltar from the legislation.

Swedish youth visit proves successful

Author: GBC

Date: 13 March 2015

Sixteen college students and two teachers from the Falkenberg region of Halland, Sweden recently visited Gibraltar to study the social and working life of Gibraltarians. A number of cultural events were planned during their stay to better get to grips with local traditions. The main aim for the 16 students, from Halland, Sweden, was to make contact with Gibraltarians who are actively involved in employment fields similar to their own or in which they have a particular interest.

Small Boats Marina closer to completion

Author: GBC

Date: 13 March 2015

The Small Boats Marina is a step closer to completion. The last caisson has been placed, signifying the completion of the wharf that will house the Marina.

Three juveniles charged with burglary includes incident at North Front Cemetery

Author: GBC

Date: 13 March 2015

Three juveniles have been charged with various counts of burglary.

Local man arrested in relation to indecent photographs of children

Author: GBC

Date: 13 March 2015

A 29-year-old local man has been arrested on suspicion of numerous offences related to indecent photos of children. The man is currently on police bail on conditions, and is assisting the RGP with enquiries. Investigations continue.

Little Bay vandalised

Author: GBC

Date: 13 March 2015

Several cement tables at Little Bay have been vandalised. The damage is expected to cost several hundred pounds to rectify.

International Women's Day marked at Westside School

Author: GBC

Date: 13 March 2015

International Women’s Day has been marked for the first time at Westside Girls’ School. The global theme this year is “Make It Happen”, with students educated about the challenges still facing girls and women worldwide in the fight for gender equality.

Prisoner to serve an extra 4 months for failure to supply a specimen

Author: GBC

Date: 13 March 2015

A local man currently in prison has been sentenced to a further four months for failure to supply a specimen.

New power station consultation expected in the coming months

Author: GBC

Date: 13 March 2015

The Government expects to carry out its public consultation exercise on the new power station and the storage of liquid natural gas - LNG - in the coming months. Speaking on Viewpoinon Thursday night, the Minister for Utilities, John Cortes, gave assurances that the project will be completely safe.

Training requirements for barristers and solicitors to be harmonised

Author: GBC

Date: 13 March 2015

Training requirements for barristers and solicitors wishing to practise in Gibraltar are to be harmonised. The format has been agreed by the Government and the Bar Council, in consultation with the Chief Justice. The changes were announced on Friday by the Minister for Justice, Gilbert Licudi and the Chairman of the Bar Council, Melo Triay.

Local man pleads guilty to possession of over 50g of cocaine

Author: GBC

Date: 13 March 2015

A local man has pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply over 50g of cocaine. 35-year-old, Wesley Phillips, had previously pleaded not guilty to the drug related charges.

Equality Minister attending UN Commission on Status of Women

Author: GBC

Date: 12 March 2015

The Minister for Equality is attending the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, held in New York. This year, the Commission is themed around implementing the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, on its 20th anniversary.

Over three tonnes of cannabis seized in anti-smuggling operation in La Linea

Author: GBC

Date: 12 March 2015

Over three tonnes of cannabis resin have been seized in an anti-smuggling operation in La Linea, according to reports in the Spanish press. Four men were arrested when their RHIB was intercepted by the Spanish National Police and the Tax Agency, after having been spotted navigating without lights in the Strait of Gibraltar.

Luxury cruise ship Britannia to call into Gibraltar

Author: GBC

Date: 12 March 2015

The new luxury cruise ship Britannia has officially been named by the Queen, ahead of its maiden voyage, which will see it call into Gibraltar next week. Operated by P&O Cruises, Britannia has 15 passenger decks and four swimming pools, and can carry up to 3,600 passengers.

Government says Opposition Leader 'has invented new definition of public debt'

Author: GBC

Date: 12 March 2015

The Government says the Leader of the Opposition has invented a new definition of public debt which includes the investments made by the Gibraltar Savings Bank – an interpretation it totally rejects. This, in response to a statement by Daniel Feetham, calling for the Chief Minister to commit to a date for a televised debate on public finances, and claiming that net debt is at a record high.

Guardia Civil vessel crosses in front of nuclear submarine HMS Torbay

Author: GBC

Date: 12 March 2015

An unlawful incursion saw a Guardia Civil vessel cross in front of the nuclear submarine HMS Torbay as it was leaving Gibraltar. The Rio Cedena was then challenged by the Royal Navy, and left British Gibraltar Territorial Waters.

New route from Gibraltar to Tangier includes connection to Casablanca

Author: GBC

Date: 12 March 2015

The new service from Gibraltar to Tangier will also allow passengers to continue on to Casablanca, on the same flight. This is one of two new routes this summer, departing from the Gibraltar International Airport.

BHS sold to new owners in the UK

Author: GBC

Date: 12 March 2015

Department store chain, BHS, has been sold to new owners in the UK, according to reports in the British press. In response to GBC questions on the possible implications of the sale, the owner of the local BHS franchise declined to comment at this time.

Two local men charged with affray to appear before Supreme Court

Author: GBC

Date: 12 March 2015

Two local men allegedly involved in a brawl at Eastern Beach will be appearing at the Supreme Court. 34-year-old David Pilkington and 53-year-old Benito Cruz have been jointly charged with affray they were initially charged separately at a earlier court appearance with those charges withdrawn on Thursday.

Quitting the habit; GHA highlights support for smokers

Author: GBC

Date: 12 March 2015

The Health Authority has been encouraging smokers to quit the habit with a public campaign as part of No Smoking Day. A stand on Main Street aimed to raise awareness of the dangers of smoking and its health impacts, with the support available locally also highlighted.

Countdown timer system installed at traffic light crossing

Author: GBC

Date: 12 March 2015

A pilot countdown timer system has been installed at traffic light crossing at the Line Wall Road junction by City Hall. The new system follows on from many similar schemes around the world, and should make the crossing safer.

► Killer whales sighted in the Bay of Gibraltar

Author: GBC

Date: 11 March 2015

Dolphins are a common sight in the Bay of Gibraltar, but this weekend saw a rare visit from their bigger cousins: the killer whales. Dolphins are often scarce during this time of year – the Orcas' appearance could explain why they move away from the Bay for a couple of months.

Government says Opposition is misleading people over £27million Bruesa legal claim

Author: GBC

Date: 11 March 2015

Number Six says the GSD is misleading people when it says the £27million Bruesa legal claim has already been dealt with in London.

GFA's new Vice President believes game is moving in the right direction

Author: GBC

Date: 11 March 2015

The GFA’s new Vice President believes the game is moving in the right direction but says its future development will require collaboration with the clubs and careful management. Paul Lyon was elected by the Football Association’s membership last week at an EGM, having stood unopposed.

GSD calls on Fabian Picardo to debate public finances

Author: GBC

Date: 11 March 2015

The Leader of the Opposition has called on the Chief Minister to commit to a date for a televised debate on public finances. At a GBC Viewpoint in December, both politicians agreed to debate the issue in early 2015.

Gibraltar to play Croatia in June

Author: GBC

Date: 11 March 2015

Gibraltar’s footballers are to play Croatia in an international friendly on the 7th of June, just six days before their European Qualifier against Germany. The Gibraltar FA accepted the invitation from their Croatian counterparts; the match will take place at the Maksimir Stadium in Zagreb.

Unlawful incursion by SPS Tarifa confirmed

Author: GBC

Date: 11 March 2015

The Convent has confirmed there was an unlawful incursion by a Spanish warship. The SPS Tarifa entered British Gibraltar Territorial Waters. She was challenged by the Royal Navy, and departed around 40 minutes after having entered BGTW.

140 hours unpaid work after man pleads guilty to indecently assaulting a minor

Author: GBC

Date: 11 March 2015

A man has been sentenced to 140 hours of unpaid work after pleading guilty to indecently assaulting a minor. The incident took place 15 years ago when the girl was under the age of 16. Mohammed El Ghalouri admitted to touching the girl’s legs in a suggestive manner; placing his hands on the backs of her knees and raising them up to her thighs.

Ciudadanos urges dialogue between Spain & Gibraltar

Author: GBC

Date: 11 March 2015

A recently-formed Spanish political party has called for an end to confrontation between Spain and Gibraltar. Ciudadanos’ candidate for President of the Junta de Andalucia said the question of Gibraltar should be approached within the context of international relations. Juan Marin added that this was a matter to be dealt with at state level, not by the regional authorities.

Chief Minister travels to Norwich

Author: GBC

Date: 11 March 2015

The Chief Minister has visited the Royal Gibraltar Regiment in Norwich for its UK training. The Regiment will be carrying out their annual Exercise Jebel Tarik, over the next two weeks. It aims to be challenging and realistic, with exercises in dry training and live firing.

► RGP denies turning a blind eye to Spanish fishing in Gibraltar Waters

Author: GBC

Date: 11 March 2015

The Royal Gibraltar Police has said it does not shirk its obligations under the Nature Protection Act, and asserted that it does take executive action in respect of illegal fishing in British Gibraltar Territorial Waters. This follows an accusation by the Federation of Sea Anglers that the RGP turns a blind eye to the activities of Spanish fishermen, and this is tarnishing the reputation of the Force.

Two more suspected jihadists arrested in Ceuta

Author: GBC

Date: 10 March 2015

Police in Ceuta have arrested two suspected jihadists who, the authorities say, were ready to carry out attacks in Spain and neighbouring European countries. In a statement the Ministry of the Interior says the arrests, which were carried out at around 4am on Tuesday, formed part of the same operation put into effect in January when four members of the same Islamist cell were detained.

Gibraltar Residential Properties sued for £27 million by liquidator

Author: GBC

Date: 10 March 2015

The Government company, Gibraltar Residential Properties Limited, is being sued for £27 million by the liquidator of one of the companies initially contracted to build Waterport Terraces. The claimant is the liquidator of a subsidiary company to Bruesa SA, with the claim issued in a Madrid court.

Gibraltar Rock memorial unveiled in Devon

Author: GBC

Date: 10 March 2015

A memorial, featuring a piece of the Rock, has been unveiled at a Royal Marines’ training area in Devon over the weekend. Minister Neil Costa was the Government representative and took the salute at a Marines passing out parade. The memorial celebrates the history of the Royal Marines and Gibraltar.

Second girl signs on for Miss Gibraltar Pageant

Author: GBC

Date: 10 March 2015

A 22-year-old primary teacher has become the second girl to sign on for this year’s Miss Gibraltar Pageant. Hannah Bado enjoys reading, modelling, fashion and keeping fit.

► Local man celebrates 100th birthday

Author: GBC

Date: 10 March 2015

A local man celebrated his 100th birthday this weekend, surrounded by friends and family. Former teacher John Sciacaluga has been married to his wife Maribel for 65 years: he’s father to seven children, grandfather to 16 and great-grandfather to eight.

Gibraltar Residential Properties sued for £27 million by liquidator

Author: GBC

Date: 10 March 2015

The Government company, Gibraltar Residential Properties Limited, is being sued for £27 million by the liquidator of one of the companies initially contracted to build Waterport Terraces. The Government says this is the second such set of proceedings it's been served with within a week relating to the GSD Administration. In a reaction, the Opposition has described the claim as spurious and without merit, and accuses the Government of trying to make party political capital out of it.

Gibraltar take silver in U17 Netball Europe Championships

Author: GBC

Date: 09 March 2015

Gibraltar's national netball team took silver in their division at the Under 17s Netball Europe Championships, held in the UK this weekend.

No foul play suspected in death of man on yacht at Queensway Quay

Author: GBC

Date: 09 March 2015

An investigation is still underway into the death of 69 year old Colin Wilby, onboard a boat berthed at Queensway Quay. The RGP adds that no foul play is suspected.

HMS Duncan calls into Gibraltar on maiden deployment

Author: GBC

Date: 09 March 2015

The Royal Navy's newest warship has called into Gibraltar on her maiden deployment to top up on fuel and supplies.HMS Duncan is a Type 45 destroyer based in Portsmouth, and is set to spend nine months in the Mediterranean, Middle East and Gulf.

Body found in La Linea identified as missing cross-border worker

Author: GBC

Date: 09 March 2015

The body of a young man found in La Linea has been identified by the Spanish National Police as that of a cross-border worker, Antonio Velasco Rodriguez, who had been missing for months.

Paraglider over airfield causes warning flares to be set off

Author: GBC

Date: 08 March 2015

The Ministry of Defence has confirmed that warning flares were set off due to a paraglider over the airfield on Sunday afternoon, shortly before a British Airways flight was due to take off.

Gibraltar promoted at international travel trade fair in Berlin

Author: GBC

Date: 08 March 2015

Gibraltar has been promoted as a unique and exciting short break destination, at an international travel trade fair in Berlin this weekend.The Government said the Rock’s promotional stand was well attended, with many expressions of interest.

Gibraltar lose 8-33 to Malta in international rugby match

Author: GBC

Date: 07 March 2015

Gibraltar's National Rugby Union team has lost to Malta by 8-33. It was a full afternoon of rugby at the Victoria Stadium, also featuring Gibraltar Veterans and Mini Rugby.

Nuclear submarine HMS Torbay calls into Gibraltar

Author: GBC

Date: 07 March 2015

The Royal Navy nuclear submarine HMS Torbay has called into Gibraltar as part of her scheduled operational tasking. While in Gibraltar, she will conduct safety harbour training, to include warning broadcasts and the possible use of a smoke simulator.

Gib Airport: Govt says Spain is holding Europe to ransom

Author: GBC

Date: 07 March 2015

The Gibraltar Government says Spain is holding the whole of Europe to ransom in order to advance its claim on Gibraltar. This follow’s the Spanish Foreign Minister, Jose Manuel Garcia Margallo, stating that Britain and Spain should seek joint use of the Airport. Mr Margallo said Spain could not accept EU laws being applied to an airport built on disputed land. Number Six says this is contrary to the 2006 Cordoba Agreement.

Search at sea: one man rescued, second man not yet found

Author: GBC

Date: 07 March 2015

With a man still missing after a search at sea this weekend, systematic searches of Gibraltar’s coastline are being conducted by the Royal Gibraltar Police. The missing man, a Syrian national, is believed to have tried to swim to shore from one of the ships anchored in the Bay. The RGP is carrying out extra marine patrols in the area, with extensive searches by police officers on land, and police divers underwater.

Wilson & McElwee to manage Gibraltar for Scotland game

Author: GBC

Date: 06 March 2015

David Wilson has taken over as the interim Head Coach of the Gibraltar’s national football team. He’ll benefit from the advice of Mick McElwee: the man who led Lincoln to 12 consecutive league titles has also been brought in to the fold.

Government committed to full public consultation on new Power Station; GSD welcomes news

Author: GBC

Date: 06 March 2015

The Government has committed to a full public consultation on the new power station. It says this will be carried out once the relevant studies and assessments have been completed. It follows a call by the Environmental Safety Group for technical experts and advisers to give a presentation on what precisely is being planned.

Unite calls for equal representation in politics on International Women's Day

Author: GBC

Date: 06 March 2015

Gibraltar cannot wait another century to have women equally represented in politics. This was the view expressed by the Women’s Branch of Unite the Union for this year's International Women’s Day.

Gibraltarian medic among those targeted by sexist football chants

Author: GBC

Date: 06 March 2015

The Gibraltarian medic at Chelsea Football Club, Dr Eva Carneiro, has been one of the women targeted by sexist chants at football matches, according to the UK press.

Local author donates book sale profits to Prostate & Breast Cancer Support groups

Author: GBC

Date: 06 March 2015

Author of ‘Life in Yesterday’s Patios’, Manolo Ruiz, is donating the profits of his book sales to two local charities. He’s presented two cheques of £900 to the Prostate and Breast Cancer Support groups.

Government promises full public consultation on new power station once studies completed

Author: GBC

Date: 06 March 2015

Reacting to concerns expressed by the Environmental Safety Group about the new power station, the Government has reiterated that a full public consultation will be carried out once the relevant studies and assessments have been completed.

Easyjet celebrates one millionth passenger to fly from Gibraltar

Author: GBC

Date: 06 March 2015

Easyjet is celebrating flying one million passengers from Gibraltar in less than seven years. The airline started operating flights between the Rock and London Gatwick in April 2008 and now carries 130,000 passengers annually.

Gibraltarian medic among those targeted by sexist football chants

Author: GBC

Date: 06 March 2015

The Gibraltarian medic at Chelsea Football Club, Dr Eva Carneiro, has been one of the women targeted by sexist chants at football matches, according to the UK press.

National Rugby Union team play Malta on Saturday

Author: GBC

Date: 06 March 2015

The National Rugby Union team will be taking on Malta on Saturday at the Victoria Stadium. The team has described Malta as Gibraltar’s toughest opponents to date, but say they are feeling confident about the match.

GFA to be restructured- Presidency will be symbolic, Beiso will run local football, says Llamas

Author: GBC

Date: 06 March 2015

The new president of the GFA Council Michael Llamas, has revealed the Association will be overhauled and restructured, in order to allow the full-time professionals in the Executive to run the local game. Mr Llamas told GBC his role as President will be purely symbolic, allowing CEO Dennis Beiso to do the day-to-day running of the organisation.

ESG calls for Power Station public meeting

Author: GBC

Date: 06 March 2015

The Environmental Safety Group is calling on the Government to hold a public meeting with technical experts and advisers present to give a presentation on what precisely is being planned for the new power station. It says there should be an opportunity for a question-and-answer session from the floor to address all legitimate concerns from the public.

Man pleads guilty to possession of a Japanese Katana sword & starter pistol

Author: GBC

Date: 06 March 2015

A man has pleaded guilty to possession of a Japanese Katana sword and a starter pistol, today at the Magistrate’s Court. Miguel Angel Moreno Sanchez, of 10 Boyd House, has been remanded in custody and the case has been adjourned until 27th March.

Closing date for Miss Gibraltar entries extended

Author: GBC

Date: 06 March 2015

The Closing date for entries for this year’s Miss Gibraltar Pageant has been extended to Friday the 20th. The first ten candidates to sign on will each receive £400. The winner will be given a cash prize of £5,500 and will represent Gibraltar at the Miss World Pageant. Entry forms are available from the Culture Agency.

EU Secretariat hosts funding seminar

Author: GBC

Date: 05 March 2015

The Gibraltar EU Programmes Secretariat has held a seminar for members of the Chamber of Commerce and the Federation of Small Businesses. The aim was to advise them how they may access EU funds for projects to improve their present business and encourage new start-ups.

Plater Youth Club tree planting project continues

Author: GBC

Date: 05 March 2015

Members of the Plater Youth Club have continued their tree planting project. They were given a brief introduction of the history of Gibraltar’s nature by former Heritage Trust Chairman, Keith Farrell. Local horticulturist, Alan Brownbridge, guided the participants in planting oak saplings on the Upper Rock.

Visual Arts competition to be held in June

Author: GBC

Date: 05 March 2015

A visual arts competition as part of the Spring Festival will be held in June, with new categories added this year. Digital art, video, photography and installations will now be accepted in line with the Government’s policy of promoting contemporary arts.

Reports of catering establishments not declaring food at frontier: Environmental Agency expresses concerns

Author: GBC

Date: 05 March 2015

The Environmental Agency has expressed concerns about a number of catering establishments in Gibraltar not declaring commercial quantities of fresh and frozen meats at the frontier. The Agency says it’s come to their attention that some private vehicles have been caught importing food products, which haven’t been declared either to HM Customs or to the Environmental Agency at the Commercial Frontier Gate.

Melanie Lett is first girl to sign up to 2015 Miss Gibraltar pageant

Author: GBC

Date: 05 March 2015

A 23 year old nursery teacher and playworker has become the first girl to sign on for this year’s Miss Gibraltar pageant.

World Book Day marked on the Rock

Author: GBC

Date: 05 March 2015

On the 150th anniversary of its publication, Lewis Carroll’s classic fantasy story “Alice in Wonderland” has been the most celebrated novel at this year’s World Book Day. The global initiative aims to encourage a love of reading across all ages, with events organised at local schools as well as the John Mackintosh Hall.

Gibraltar Memorial to be erected at UK National Memorial Arboretum

Author: GBC

Date: 05 March 2015

A new Gibraltar Memorial will be erected later this year at the National Memorial Arboretum, in Staffodshire. The site is the United Kingdom’s Centre of Remembrance. The Arboretum is a 150 acre site in Alrewas in Staffordshire. There are 300 memorials to all branches of the Armed Services, Civil Defence, and rescue services and numerous member countries of the Commonwealth.

New GFA Council President elected

Author: GBC

Date: 05 March 2015

Michael Llamas is the new President of the Gibraltar Football Association Council. He was elected by acclamation at an extraordinary general meeting this evening, having stood unopposed. The new Vice President has been confirmed as Retiring Headteacher Paul Lyon. The position of President of the GFA Council had been vacant since Desmond Reoch resigned last month, citing “personal reasons”.

RGP Officer suspended following firearm discharge in airport terminal

Author: GBC

Date: 05 March 2015

The Royal Gibraltar Polce is investigating an incident where an armed police officer reportedly discharged a weapon inside the air terminal. This according to a report in today’s Panorama.

Flasher fails to appear in court

Author: GBC

Date: 05 March 2015

A Spanish National who exposed himself in public has skipped bail and absconded. Manuel Soiza Mendez of Virgen de Palma, La Linea, has been charged with flashing someone last December.

Man sentenced to nine weeks in prison for importation and shoplifting

Author: GBC

Date: 05 March 2015

A Spanish National, currently residing at Moorish Castle Estate has been sentenced to nine weeks in prison for several counts of shoplifting and importation of a small amount of cannabis.

Bula speaks out on dismissal & threatens legal action

Author: GBC

Date: 05 March 2015

Ousted GFA National Team Manager Allen Bula has issued a statement which sheds some light on the reasons behind his dismissal on Monday. In his statement Mr Bula says the GFA alleged misconduct. He rejects the accusations and has threatened to take legal action for unfair dismissal.

RGP’s Neighbourhood Policing Unit to hold prescription drug dump

Author: GBC

Date: 04 March 2015

The RGP’s Neighbourhood Policing Unit will be holding a prescription drug dump on Thursday 5th March at Casemates Square. The RGP says medicines in home cabinets are susceptible to be abused by anyone within a household.

Business Support Unit lines up series of free seminars for 2015

Author: GBC

Date: 04 March 2015

The Business Support Unit has lined up a series of sixteen free seminars intended to encourage new and existing businesses. The first of these will be launched on the 18th March, and will deal with the recently announced Office of Fair Trading, a bill for which will be brought to Parliament this month.

EC President says Spain will not leave Economic crisis until unemployment drops

Author: GBC

Date: 04 March 2015

The President of the European Commission has said Spain will not have left behind its economic crisis until the unemployment rate declines. Interviewed by El País newspaper, Jean-Claude Juncker said Europe, and Spain's, greatest problem is unemployment and that although things are getting better it cannot be said the crisis is over.

National Pool Lifeguard course to run over the Easter holidays

Author: GBC

Date: 04 March 2015

The Sports and Leisure Authority is organising a National Pool Lifeguard course to run over the Easter holidays, from Monday 30th March to Thursday 2nd April.

Art Residency offered to local artists

Author: GBC

Date: 04 March 2015

An opportunity for an Art Residency in connection with the Island Games in Jersey this Summer, is being offered to local artists. Artists from the 24 competing islands will be locked into Elizabeth Castle which is located on a tidal island within the parish of Saint Helier, to produce a collaborative piece.

GNDO looking for dancers to compete at the IDO European Show Dance Championships

Author: GBC

Date: 04 March 2015

The Gibraltar National Dance Organisation is looking for dancers to compete at the IDO European Show Dance Championships.

Michael Lynch to become Head of Enforcement at the Financial Services Commission

Author: GBC

Date: 04 March 2015

Royal Gibraltar Police Chief Inspector, Michael Lynch, will be leaving the force, and taking on a new role as Head of Enforcement at the Financial Services Commission.

Internationally renowned violinist to perform at Convent Ballroom

Author: GBC

Date: 04 March 2015

Internationally renowned violinist Vadim Gluzman will, together with pianist Evgeny Sinaiski, perform works by Debussy, Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev at a recital organised by the Gibraltar Philharmonic Society.

Gibraltar International Song Festival chooses 14 entries for the Final Gala

Author: GBC

Date: 04 March 2015

The Gibraltar International Song Festival will be taking place on Saturday 9th May at 9pm. The event received around 700 entries from all over the world, with 14 reaching the Final Gala at the Tercentary Sports Hall.

New superyacht facility could bring £75million into the local economy

Author: GBC

Date: 04 March 2015

60% occupancy in the proposed new superyacht facility in Marina Bay, could bring £75million into the local economy. Developers say this recognises the importance it affords it.

Hammond says there will never be any discussions over Gibraltar’s sovereignty

Author: GBC

Date: 04 March 2015

The Foreign Secretary has again stated that so long as there is a Conservative government in power in the UK, and so long as the people of Gibraltar wish to remain British, there will never be any discussions over the future of Gibraltar’s sovereignty.

Deputy Chief Minister briefs Japanese Government representatives

Author: GBC

Date: 04 March 2015

Deputy Chief Minister, Dr Joseph Garcia, has briefed representatives of the Japan Government Centre on Gibraltar’s political and economic affairs.

Spanish National to spend six weeks in prison for importing cocaine

Author: GBC

Date: 04 March 2015

A Spanish National has been sentenced to six weeks in prison for importing 1.4 grammes of cocaine into Gibraltar via the land frontier.

► GFSA Chairman accuses RGP of doing nothing to stop illegal fishing with nets in Gibraltar Waters

Author: GBC

Date: 04 March 2015

The Chairman of the Federation of Sea Anglers has strongly criticised the Royal Gibraltar Police, accusing it of not doing its job when it comes to enforcing the Nature Protection Act in British Gibraltar Territorial Waters. Speaking to GBC, Mario Ramos said that whereas the recently-established Marine Environment Protection Unit routinely asks local anglers for their licence and checks they haven't caught under-sized fish, Spanish fishermen are putting down nets just metres away and the police is doing nothing about it.

Gibraltar's future featured in controversial BBC 'mockumentary'

Author: GBC

Date: 03 March 2015

The future of Gibraltar has featured in a controversial documentary broadcast by the BBC, “The Great European Disaster Movie”, which envisions the potentially catastrophic consequences of an EU breakdown.

GGCA takes issue with Facebook comment posted by the Chief Minister’s Private Secretary

Author: GBC

Date: 03 March 2015

The GGCA has taken issue with a comment made by the Chief Minister’s Private Secretary on Industrial Relations, Michael Crome, who posted on Facebook, “Joke of the week: GGCA”.

Winners announced for Young Artists Competition

Author: GBC

Date: 03 March 2015

Mei Posso is the winner of this year’s Art Competition for Young Artists. The winners were revealed on Monday at the John Mackintosh Hall, with fifty-four artists having submitted around ninety-five works.

Gibraltar passports to be printed in UK from Wednesday

Author: GBC

Date: 03 March 2015

Following a decision taken by the UK Passport Office, Gibraltar passports will be printed in the UK as from Wednesday. The Gibraltar passport office will reopen on Thursday, and will continue to take and process applications as normal.

GFSA calls for enforcement of laws in Gibraltar waters

Author: GBC

Date: 03 March 2015

The Gibraltar Federation of Sea Anglers has called on the Royal Gibraltar Police to enforce laws in Gibraltar’s waters without delay, and for the Government to provide adequate resources to the Marine Environment Protection Unit so they can do the same.

Self-Harm Uncovered raises awareness and explores local support

Author: GBC

Date: 03 March 2015

Childline Gibraltar held two “Self-Harm Uncovered” events to raise awareness and explore local support. The event wanted to help people understand self-harm and how to distract someone from having the urge to hurt themselves.

Spanish fisherman presents complaint against Government to Guardia Civil

Author: GBC

Date: 03 March 2015

The owner of the fishing net which was removed from Gibraltar Waters off Europa point on Sunday has presented a complaint against the Gibraltar authorities before the Guardia Civil.

Brawl suspects remanded

Author: GBC

Date: 03 March 2015

Two local men that were involved in a fight on Sunday afternoon have appeared before the Magistrate’s Court. The incident happened in the area of Eastern Beach, involved a metal bar used as a weapon, and resulted in a man and woman needing hospital treatment. 34-year-old David Pilkington and 53-year-old Benito Cruz have been remanded in custody and the case has been adjourned until next Wednesday.

Man maintains innocence as he's sentenced for cannabis supply

Author: GBC

Date: 03 March 2015

A man has been sentenced to eight months in prison for possession with intent to supply nearly 100 grammes of cannabis resin. 30-year-old John Paul Pereira was found guilty by a jury following a criminal trial.

Unite meeting could lead to industrial action against GGCA

Author: GBC

Date: 03 March 2015

Unite the Union says it is willing to take whatever steps necessary – including industrial action – to safeguard its members’ interests against what it describes as ‘undermining by the GGCA Union’.

Local man arrested after fight at Eastern Beach

Author: GBC

Date: 02 March 2015

A 34 year old man was arrested following a fight in the area of Eastern Beach on Sunday afternoon. No serious injuries have been reported although a local man has required hospital treatment.

Seminar on EU funding to be held this Thursday

Author: GBC

Date: 02 March 2015

A seminar on EU funding is to be held this week, co-hosted by the EU Secretariat together with the Chamber of Commerce and the GFSB. The free seminar will inform people about possible uses of EU funds, as well as eligibility criteria and the application process.

OEM liquidation claims to go to Supreme Court

Author: GBC

Date: 02 March 2015

The multimillion pound claim against the Government from the liquidator of the OEM group of companies will go to the Supreme Court. The Government had been in dispute with the liquidator as to whether it was liable to pay compensation in respect of property developments, taken over by the former administration from OEM companies in 2007.

Responsible Pet Owners Group discuss microchipping and Seashore Rules

Author: GBC

Date: 02 March 2015

Two pieces of legislation, related to dog owners, were published last week. A Bill to amend the Animals and Birds Act will require all dogs to be microchipped, and an amendment to the Seashore Rules will allow beach access to dogs during the winter season.

Picardo to reassure taxpayers on new Tax Office procedure

Author: GBC

Date: 02 March 2015

The Chief Minister is to write to taxpayers explaining why the Income Tax Office is soon to start phasing out cheques, and instead process refunds electronically. The Government says this is because a number of people have not yet provided their bank account details.

Gibraltar inspired art exhibition by Icelandic artist opens

Author: GBC

Date: 02 March 2015

An art exhibition called “Margins” has opened at the GEMA Gallery. The exhibition is part of a contemporary art project under the Little Constellation Network, and is produced by an Icelandic artist.

Government and Opposition clash over comments on OEM liquidation claims

Author: GBC

Date: 02 March 2015

The GSD has called the Chief Minister's statement on the OEM liquidation claims 'irresponsible'; the Government says the Opposition is complaining about something it did itself while in office.

Shopping experience app presented to businesses

Author: GBC

Date: 02 March 2015

An idea for a new app, initially, to monitor the Gibraltar Shopping Experience, has been presented to several sectors on the Rock. Representatives from Government Departments and the Business Community were shown the app, devised by two American companies, Yogo Bogo and Airpatrol.

Spaniards fishing with nets off Eastern Beach

Author: GBC

Date: 02 March 2015

GBC has obtained photos of Spanish fishermen, fishing with nets just off Eastern Beach. Eye-witnesses have told our news room this is a daily occurrence, although this weekend there seemed to be more activity than normal.

Chief Justice laments lateness of guilty pleas in drugs trial

Author: GBC

Date: 02 March 2015

Three defendants have entered guilty pleas just as their criminal trial was set to begin. The case concerns drugs charges; it involves six men and dates back to 2011.

Man charged with stealing £1,400 worth of meat

Author: GBC

Date: 02 March 2015

A man has been accused of stealing £1,400 worth of meat from Coviran supermarket. Francis Mercieca, of 8/6 Lime Kiln Steps, allegedly stole various types of meat over three days from the supermarket.

Port Authority removes fishing nets off Europa Point

Author: GBC

Date: 02 March 2015

The Port Authority has removed fishing nets, believed to belong to a Spanish fishing boat, which it claims posed a serious risk to navigation for passing vehicles.

GFA sacks Bula

Author: GBC

Date: 02 March 2015

The Gibraltar Football Association has dismissed its National Team Manager Allen Bula after a 'thorough investigation'. A source close to Mr Bula says he was informed today at 11:30 in a letter, signed by the GFA Council.

UN Convention on Discrimination against Women could extend to Gibraltar

Author: GBC

Date: 01 March 2015

The United Nations Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women could be extended to Gibraltar, according to a written answer in the UK Parliament.

GFA looking to host international matches at Victoria Stadium

Author: GBC

Date: 01 March 2015

The Gibraltar Football Association is looking at Victoria Stadium for the hosting of UEFA International matches.

Government considers changes to HR Department: GGCA EGM sees record turnout

Author: GBC

Date: 27 February 2015

Proposals for a restructure of the Government’s HR Department attracted a record turnout at a GGCA union meeting yesterday. GGCA members attending the meeting at the John Macintosh Hall were given details of the government’s proposed restructure, that could see the HR Department assume responsibility for all HR duties relating to government agencies and authorities.

Oda expresses gratitude over support following Instituto Cervantes announced closure

Author: GBC

Date: 27 February 2015

The Director of the local Cervantes Institute, Francisco Oda, has sought to reassure GCSE and A-Level students that their courses with the Institute will continue till they sit their exams in summer, despite the announced closure of the centre.

Government & Opposition row over fishing with nets continues

Author: GBC

Date: 27 February 2015

“Enforcement of the marine regulations is being introduced gradually and sensibly” – this according to the Government. This follows accusations made by the GSD that the Government is not being honest with people because it’s waiting until after the next General Election before it introduces regulations to allow fishing with nets for fear of antagonising one group or another.

Housing & construction at heart of Gibraltar's economic prosperity says Bossano

Author: GBC

Date: 27 February 2015

Economic Development Minister Joe Bossano has credited Gibraltar’s economic prosperity to two factors – the housing co-ownership schemes introduced in the late 1980s, and the construction training centre opened with EU funding.

900 Gibraltarians currently funded to study university courses

Author: GBC

Date: 27 February 2015

Around 900 Gibraltarians are now being funded to study in University Courses in the UK, according to statistics revealed by the Department of Education. Some are also studying in Malta, Ireland, Canada and the USA, sponosored by Government Grants.

Lengthy frontier queues to disappear, says Spanish diplomat

Author: GBC

Date: 27 February 2015

Lengthy frontier queues will disappear and become a thing of the past when the new ‘intelligent border’ system is introduced in just a few months. This is according to the Central Spanish Government’s delegate in Andalucia, Antonio Sanz, who was quoted in news agency Europa Press today saying that the multi million euro investment, partly funded by the European Union, will be ready soon.

New GHA system announced to reduce queuing time for repeat prescriptions

Author: GBC

Date: 27 February 2015

The Gibraltar Health Authority has announced a system that should reduce queuing up time at the Primary Care Centre, for patients who need ‘repeat prescriptions’. A ‘Post Box’ has been introduced at the main reception area dedicated to requests for ‘Last Prescription Appointments’.

Man accused of stabbing a dog has been found not guilty

Author: GBC

Date: 27 February 2015

A man arrested for allegedly stabbing a dog was found not guilty. 71-year-old David Harrison had been charged with cruelty to animals, and possession of a medium sized kitchen knife. The Magistrates Court has aquitted him of both charges.

Picardo: Ad Hoc talks may not happen due to electoral timetables

Author: GBC

Date: 26 February 2015

The Chief Minister has told GBC that Ad Hoc talks may not be possible in this term of office, because of the electoral timetables in Gibraltar, the UK and Spain. Without being drawn into internal Spanish party politics, Fabian Picardo has speculated on the possibility that, in the event of the Partido Popular losing the Spanish election, Ad Hoc talks may not happen at all, because they could be replaced by a return to the Trilateral Forum for Dialogue.

ALC Health opens in Gibraltar

Author: GBC

Date: 26 February 2015

ALC Health, the international private medical insurance provider, has opened up an office in Ocean Village, Gibraltar. The company’s new facility allows it to increase face-to-face contact with its Gibraltar customers and brokers.

10 Signal Regiment on the Rock

Author: GBC

Date: 26 February 2015

Soldiers from 10 Signal Regiment are on the Rock to temporarily take over duties from the Royal Gibraltar Regiment, who are currently on exercise Jebel Tarik in Norfolk. 110 soldiers will be stationed here for a month carrying out a number of duties.

Traffic plan consultation extended

Author: GBC

Date: 26 February 2015

The Government has extended its consultation period following the recent launch of the Draft Sustainable Traffic and Parking Plan. It says it’s received representations for more time to be allowed for submissions, and has therefore extended the deadline until the end of March. Comments may be e-mailed to yourcomments@trafficplan.gi

International Bunker Industry Forum held in Gibraltar

Author: GBC

Date: 26 February 2015

Over a hundred delegates from Gibraltar and abroad have attended the International Bunker Industry’s Regional Forum, held this week on the Rock. The forum, hosted by the Port Authority with the IBIA, looked at current developments and trends.

Government & Opposition clash over fishing with nets

Author: GBC

Date: 26 February 2015

The row over fishing with nets has intensified, with the Opposition accusing the Chief Minister of fiddling with excuses while Rome burns. It says the laws on fishing with nets only seem to be applied to locals. In response, Fabian Picardo says the GSD spent the better part of twelve years undermining the law, and Daniel Feetham is now trying to win favour with the ‘anti fishing’ lobby.

Local man acquitted of tobacco charges in relation to 70k cigarettes

Author: GBC

Date: 26 February 2015

A local man has been found ‘not guilty’ of being in possession of 70,000 cigarettes, following a criminal trial in the Magistrate’s Court. 19-year-old Albert Mercieca and three other men were arrested last April, when the cigarettes were seized during a house raid.

All dogs to be microchipped and beach access allowed in winter

Author: GBC

Date: 26 February 2015

Two pieces of legislation, related to dog owners, have been published today; A Bill to amend the Animals and Birds Act will require all dogs to be microchipped. And, an amendment to the Seashore Rules will allow beach access to dogs during the winter season.

Revenge gang beating leaves victim needing hospital treatment

Author: GBC

Date: 26 February 2015

A local man who was involved in a revenge gang beating which left the victim needing hospital treatment has been sentenced to three years in prison.

Kevin Kelway recognised for lobbying

Author: GBC

Date: 25 February 2015

The man who collected thirty thousand signatures to keep the Rock British and who campaigned to link up Gibraltar to the South West Euro Constituency in 2002 has been recognised for his lobbying.

Spanish police arrest four terror suspects

Author: GBC

Date: 25 February 2015

Spanish police have made two terror arrests in Melilla and two in Catalonia. All four suspects are accused of helping to recruit women for terrorist groups, by promoting propoganda on the internet and on social media.

Cheshire Home Reception held by Mayor; Mayor's Award scope widens

Author: GBC

Date: 25 February 2015

With the Gibraltar Cheshire Home Group celebrating its 30th Anniversary this year, the Mayor held a special reception at the Garrison Library. The event was attended by those who’d been involved with the Group over the years. The Group’s Chairman Jamie Felice presented Mayor Adolpho Canepa with a book on Leonard Cheshire. The Governor Sir James Dutton also attended the event.

Government and Opposition row over fishing

Author: GBC

Date: 25 February 2015

The Government and Opposition have rowed over fishing in British Gibraltar Territorial Waters.The GSD says a photograph on the front page of the Gibraltar Chronicle illustrates graphically and in the most unambiguous way how the GSLP Liberal promises at the last election lie in tatters. The picture shows a Spanish trawler hauling in a net full of fish in the area of the artificial reef.

GHA introduces new screening process for rare abdominal condition

Author: GBC

Date: 25 February 2015

The 6% of elderly men who develop a rare abdominal condition can now be treated in time thanks to a new screening process introduced by the GHA.

'Calle Comedia' and other iconic Gibraltar streets celebrated

Author: GBC

Date: 25 February 2015

A project to erect street signs with old traditional street names and their origins has been launched. The new street plaques will form part of a suggested trail to take visitors into the historical old town with short descriptions of the main stops on route.

Bayside & Westside A-Level students attend University talk

Author: GBC

Date: 24 February 2015

Hundreds of A-level Students from both Westside and Bayside schools today took another step towards University Education when they gathered at the Girls’ Comprehensive to hear from guest speakers who are helping them along that road. The event was organised by the Department of Education and the Kusuma Trust.

Local man pleads guilty to theft in a dwelling

Author: GBC

Date: 24 February 2015

A local man has pleaded guilty to theft in a dwelling. It was heard at the Magistrates court, how 25-year-old Jason Santos had previously visited a local priest asking him for money. He was refused and told to come another day. Santos came back to residence the following day and found the apartment door unlocked. Once inside, he took a purse.

Government inviting expressions of interest for KGV site

Author: GBC

Date: 24 February 2015

With Gibraltar’s mental health services now housed at Ocean Views, the Government is inviting expressions of interest from developers and investors for the KGV site. The footprint open to development ideas at the old KGV site on South Barrack Road includes the former Bishop Healy Home. At this stage, the government is not putting in place any restrictions on what the site might be used for.

GSD condemns 'irresponsible and inaccurate' ABC article

Author: GBC

Date: 24 February 2015

The GSD has condemned an article in the ABC Newspaper as irresponsible and inaccurate. The article with a picture of the Rock, shadowed in euros, describes Gibraltar as a base for pirates and corsairs. The article is also highlighted by the online news publication, El Plural.com, which believes it to be proof that the paper is willing to mislead its readers so as to protect the Spanish Foreign Minister and his obsession with the Rock.

Local man pleads guilty to intent to supply 950g cannabis

Author: GBC

Date: 24 February 2015

A local man charged with possession and intent to supply 950 grammes of cannabis resin has pleaded guilty. Following a search warrant 25-year-old Stephen Pou was found in possession of the Class ‘B’ drugs, which have a street value of almost five thousand pounds.

Gibtelecom to introduce 4G this autumn

Author: GBC

Date: 24 February 2015

Gibtelecom has announced they will be launching 4G services by autumn this year. The company will be developing a new technology centre for these services, with a total project value of €10million.

LNG Power Station Debate continues

Author: GBC

Date: 24 February 2015

The Government says it wants to assure the public that the tender for the new dual-fired power station was only awarded after it established that liquefied natural gas could be safely delivered and stored in Gibraltar. This follows concerns from the Opposition that the Government committed to a project and awarded a multi-million pound contract, while on its own admission not fully understanding the full safety implications.

Heritage Trust advocates precautionary approach to Northern Defences

Author: GBC

Date: 24 February 2015

The Heritage Trust has joined the debate on what action should be taken at the Northern Defences. This follows an application to the DPC for the removal of a section of the wall, and criticism from the History Society that a decision has been taken without enough consultation taking place.

Fire at Landport Ditch; suspected arson

Author: GBC

Date: 24 February 2015

A fire in the car park at Landport Ditch has resulted in extensive damage to two cars. The incident occurred on Monday evening, with an investigation determining that it was an abandoned mattress which originally caught fire. The RGP is treating it as a suspected arson; investigations continue.

MPs suspended following 'cash for access' scandal

Author: GBC

Date: 24 February 2015

One of the architects of the 2001 bilateral talks over Gibraltar, Jack Straw, has been suspended from the Labour Party following allegations that they offered their services to private companies for cash. The former Foreign Secretary, together with the Chairman of Parliament’s security committee, Sir Malcolm Rifkind, were secretly recorded by reporters from the Daily Telegraph and Channel 4 posing as members of a Chinese firm.

Parking concerns; South District Association asks for solutions

Author: GBC

Date: 24 February 2015

Members of the South District Residents Association will be meeting with the Chief Minister to tackle their concerns over the new traffic pilot scheme introduced in the area. The Group takes issue with the removal of thirty parking spaces at St Joseph’s School, and asks Government to replace these during this trial period.

New buildings bought in London for a bigger Calpe House

Author: GBC

Date: 23 February 2015

The Government and the Calpe House Trustees have bought a new set of buildings in Norfolk Square for Calpe House. The new facilities will see the capacity quadrupled from eight ensuite rooms to thirty six.

Gibraltar to hold international bunkering forum this week

Author: GBC

Date: 23 February 2015

Gibraltar will be hosting the International Bunker Industry Association Regional forum this week. An international audience will be address by speakers from world leaders in this field. Gibraltar, along with Rotterdam and Singapore, is one of the initial signatories to the IBIA’s Port Charter scheme designed to improve bunker standards around the world.

History Society expresses concerns over plans for Northern Defences

Author: GBC

Date: 23 February 2015

The History Society has expressed concern over the Government’s plans for the Northern Defences, saying it completely ignores their Heritage value. It believes the plans are not based on informed advice about the cultural value of the area, especially as these fortifications are of world significance.

Annual Careers Fair to offer professional career advice tomorrow

Author: GBC

Date: 23 February 2015

The annual Careers Fair will take place at the Tercentenary Sports Hall on Tuesday. Organised by Westside and Bayside Schools and the Gibraltar College, it will start at five in the afternoon and finish at eight.

Gibraltar Rugby fights for membership into European Association with legal action

Author: GBC

Date: 23 February 2015

The Gibraltar Rugby Football Union is taking legal action against Rugby Europe for what it describes as ‘procedural irregularities’ leading up to the vote to admit the GRFU as members of the European Association. The secret vote took place at the General Assembly in July 2013, and Gibraltar won the majority of votes, but failed to make up the two-thirds majority required for membership.

Local man in prison after wounding results in 56 stitches

Author: GBC

Date: 23 February 2015

A local man has been sentenced to four years in prison after wounding a man in an incident that resulted in the victim needing 56 stitches on his face.

University of Gibraltar begins recruiting staff

Author: GBC

Date: 22 February 2015

The University of Gibraltar has started recruiting staff in anticipation of its opening in September. Adverts have been placed in the local press for a Chief Financial and Operations Officer, as well as for administrative and technical grades.

Great win for Gibraltar's Golden Girl

Author: GBC

Date: 22 February 2015

Local tennis player, Amanda Carreras wins her second ITF $10,000 singles title in eight days in Palmanova in Mallorca.

Salvamento Maritimo was given Port permission to enter BGTW

Author: GBC

Date: 22 February 2015

A Spanish Search and Rescue boat entering BGTW to pick up a life boat it lost, was given Port permission. This has emerged after claims that the vessel had not followed the proper protocol.

PSOE Opposition in Spain asks for Cervantes to stay open

Author: GBC

Date: 22 February 2015

The PSOE Opposition in Spain has presented a motion in Congress asking the Government to reconsider its decision to close the Instituto Cervantes in Gibraltar.

Plenty planned at the John Mackintosh Hall for World Book Day

Author: GBC

Date: 21 February 2015

There's something for book worms young and old at the John Mackintosh Hall on Thursday the 5th of March. Story Time, Fun Games, Book Fair and Book Crossing and Quizzes and competitions for a literary fest.

All set for the annual Careers Fair

Author: GBC

Date: 21 February 2015

Over sixty organisations with representatives from the Finance, Banking, Gaming, Health, Communications, Engineering and Construction sectors, to name but a few, will be present at the 2015 Careers Fair on Tuesday.

Scouts and Guides celebrate World Thinking Day

Author: GBC

Date: 21 February 2015

Guides and Scouts in Gibraltar have been presented with awards today by the Governor and Lady Dutton. A non-denominational service marked the Movement's founder's birthday.

► Hammond optimistic ad hoc talks will happen soon

Author: GBC

Date: 20 February 2015

Speaking to GBC and the Gibraltar Chronicle at the British Embassy after his meeting with Mr Margallo, Philip Hammond said he hopes progress can be made towards having ad hoc talks in the not too distant future.

Medals and clasps awarded to soldiers of the Royal Gibraltar Regiment

Author: GBC

Date: 20 February 2015

Twelve medals and eleven clasps have been awarded to soldiers of the Royal Gibraltar Regiment.

Albert Poggio nominated for the 3rd Annual Grassroot Diplomat initiative Award

Author: GBC

Date: 20 February 2015

The Director of Gibraltar House in London, Albert Poggio, has been nominated for the 3rd Annual Grassroot Diplomat initiative Award. Mr Poggio has been shortlisted from over 100 candidates.

Gibraltar Heritage Trust re-launch Corporate Membership Scheme

Author: GBC

Date: 20 February 2015

The Gibraltar Heritage Trust have re-launched its Corporate Membership Scheme. A reception was held at The Convent, which outlined to Gibraltar’s business community the new structure for the scheme and its many benefits.

Former La Linea Mayor Alejandro Sanchez could face 4 years in jail for alleged fraud dating back to 2009

Author: GBC

Date: 20 February 2015

Former La Linea Mayor Alejandro Sanchez could face four years behind bars for an alleged fraud that dates back to 2009. According to El Mundo newspaper, during his time as Mayor of La Linea, Mr Sanchez was involved in the double sale of a property to two different parties.

Spanish fisherman uses illegal drift net in Gibraltar waters

Author: GBC

Date: 20 February 2015

Footage obtained by GBC shows a Spanish fishing vessel using illegal drift nets in British Gibraltar Territorial Waters. In response to GBC questions, the government stressed the RGP remains the main enforcement body.

GHA becomes a member of 'NHS Employers'

Author: GBC

Date: 20 February 2015

The Health Authority has become a member of ‘NHS Employers’, an organisation that looks after health professionals. It will now have access to all its services, including its publications and seminars.

EC could carry out surprise inspection of Gibraltar frontier

Author: GBC

Date: 20 February 2015

The European Commission could carry out a surprise inspection of the Gibratlar frontier to see how the local and Spanish authorities are implementing the recommendations made by EU officials following their two former visits.

18 arrests by Spanish Customs and Police over tobacco smuggling

Author: GBC

Date: 20 February 2015

Eighteen arrests have been carried out in La Linea and San Roque and 150 boxes of tobacco have been seized, in an operation carried out by the Spanish Customs and Police.

Natwest customers can now online bank using their fingerprint

Author: GBC

Date: 20 February 2015

Natwest customers can now log on to do their online banking using just their fingerprint. The bank is the first locally & in the UK to offer the facility, which they say was requested by their customers.

First Gibraltar Carnival to commence at Ocean Village

Author: GBC

Date: 20 February 2015

The first Gibraltar Carnival will begin at Ocean Village, providing entertainment for poeple of all ages.

Bayside students reach CyberCenturion final

Author: GBC

Date: 20 February 2015

A group of Bayside students have gotten through to the final of the 2015 CyberCenturion Schools Challenge.

RGP advise public to exercise extra caution when outdoors as gale force winds continue

Author: GBC

Date: 20 February 2015

The strong winds are not expected to moderate until tomorrow afternoon. The Ministry of Defence has warned motorists and pedestrians using the runway to take extra caution.

RGP investigation underway surrounding death of a British national

Author: GBC

Date: 20 February 2015

A 69-year-old British man has been found dead on his yacht, where he had been resident at Queensway Quay

Government & Opposition continue to clash over new Power Station

Author: GBC

Date: 19 February 2015

The Government and the Opposition continue to clash over the fuel for the new Power Station and whether Liquid Natural Gas is the better alternative.

Gibraltar Fire Service celebrates 150th Anniversary with stamps

Author: GBC

Date: 19 February 2015

The Gibraltar Fire Service will be leaving its stamp in Gibraltar’s history books, as it celebrates its 150th Anniversary. To commemorate this event, a set of stamps showing some of the work the Fire and Rescue Service undertakes was unveiled during a presentation.

Parliament: Bossano accuses Feetham of undermining success of Gibraltar Savings Bank

Author: GBC

Date: 19 February 2015

In Parliament on Thursday, The Minister for Economic Development, Joe Bossano, accused the Leader of the Opposition of doing everything he could to undermine the success of the Gibraltar Savings Bank, and said he won’t help him do so by providing information in Parliament.

► Hammond to consult Picardo about Margallo ad hoc proposals

Author: GBC

Date: 19 February 2015

At a meeting in Madrid with his UK counterpart Philip Hammond, the Spanish Foreign Secretary Jose Manuel Garcia Margallo has made some further suggestions today about how ad hoc talks with Gibratlar could work. Philip Hammond said he would be consulting further with the Government of Gibraltar on the proposals, reiterating that the UK remains strongly committed to the Trilateral Forum.

Local man charged with violent disorder gets 18 month conditional discharge

Author: GBC

Date: 19 February 2015

A local man charged with violent disorder was sentenced to a 18 month conditional discharge.

Gibraltar government happy with issues raised by Hammond with Margallo

Author: GBC

Date: 19 February 2015

Following today's meeting between the Uk & Spanish Foreign Secretaries, the Chief Minister made a statement in the Gibraltar Parliament the issues raised by Mr Hammond were in keeping with what was agreed with the Gibraltar government.

Polish national sentenced to 5 months after pleading guilty to 12 charges

Author: GBC

Date: 19 February 2015

A local resident has been sentenced to five months in prison after pleading guilty to twelve charges including drunk and disorderly, and theft.

Search for Spanish National lost at sea continues

Author: GBC

Date: 18 February 2015

The search for a Spaniard who fell into the sea continues. The man is believed to have been on a fast launch and phoned the other two men on board after falling into the water. He also phoned a family member and gave his coordinates.

Carracao reacts to 'catastrophic' Instituto Cervantes closure

Author: GBC

Date: 18 February 2015

When ignorance meets arrogance, the results can be catastrophic. This is how former Socialist Senator, Jose Carracao, has described the Spanish Foreign Minister’s move to close the Instituto Cervantes in Gibraltar. He says not only does the phrase, that everyone except the apes in Gibraltar speak Spanish, show bad taste, but also betrays a total ignorance of the reality.

South District residents form association over traffic pilot scheme

Author: GBC

Date: 18 February 2015

Residents of the South District have formed an association to deal with their concerns over the Government’s traffic pilot scheme there.

Legislative items set out for Parliament

Author: GBC

Date: 18 February 2015

There are five legislative items that have made it in to Thursday’s agenda for Parliament, including a bill that seeks to amend the Gibraltar Regiment Act to bring conditions of employment for local soldiers and officers fully in line with their UK army counterparts.

Closing date draws near for Young Artists' Competition

Author: GBC

Date: 18 February 2015

Gibraltar’s young artists are being reminded to send in their entries to this year’s Art Competition by the end of this week. Entrants may submit up to three artworks and two sculptures, for a chance to win a top prize of £1,000.

Feetham to move motion in Parliament on findings of Dr Giraldi inquiry report

Author: GBC

Date: 18 February 2015

The Leader of the Opposition has given notice of a motion he intends to move in Parliament noting the findings of the report produced by the Dr Giraldi Home Inquiry; Daniel Feetham wants parliamentary records to reflect the fact that all allegations of abuse were properly investigated by the Social Services Agency as and when the allegations were made.

Youth Service gives back to the community on Valentine's Day

Author: GBC

Date: 18 February 2015

Local youth’s put their music and technology skills into practice at a Valentine’s Day Disco. As part of a Youth Service iniative, the youngsters have been meeting weekly and taking part in a DJ Project.

Guides' Senior Section presented with Commonwealth Award

Author: GBC

Date: 18 February 2015

The Commonwealth Award has been presented to members of the Guides’ Senior Section. The ceremony this afternoon was historic in nature, and marked the first time the award has been undertaken in Gibraltar. The Award is open to Guides aged thirteen and over and Senior Section members in Commonwealth countries.

GRA dismisses Panorama complaint against GBC

Author: GBC

Date: 18 February 2015

The Gibraltar Regulatory Authority has dismissed a complaint against GBC by the Panorama newspaper, saying it found no evidence that GBC breached the Broadcasting Act, nor the GRA’s Code on Due Impartiality, Due Accuracy and Undue Prominence. In its Closure Statement published on Wednesday the GRA says that, contrary to Panorama’s claim, it found no evidence that GBC acted in a discriminatory manner.

Minister for Education holds meetings in Oxford, Singapore and Hong Kong

Author: GBC

Date: 18 February 2015

The Minister for Education has described meetings in Oxford, Singapore and Hong Kong as fantastic opportunities for the development and expansion of the University of Gibraltar. Gilbert Licudi QC held meetings with various heads of departments in Oxford, saying these helped to consolidate the existing relationship with Oxford Brookes University.

Local doctor to begin a teaching programme in Uganda

Author: GBC

Date: 17 February 2015

Doctor Lola Williams, an obstetrician and gynaecologist from St Bernards Hospital will be spending part of her annual leave in Uganda. Doctor Williams, who’ll be working with the Care for Uganda Charity, would like Gibraltar to donate to the charity.

Weather causes havoc across Gibraltar

Author: GBC

Date: 17 February 2015

The weather has caused havoc with strong winds blowing over trees at Rosia Road and Red Sands Road. The Royal Gibraltar Police also put in traffic diversions on Europa Road after a lamppost fell in the area.

Incursion by Spanish warship ahead of Foreign Secretary's visit to Madrid

Author: GBC

Date: 17 February 2015

Two days ahead of the Foreign Secretary’s visit to Madrid to call on his Spanish counterpart, the Foreign Office will be registering its latest complaint after a Spanish warship spent just under an hour inside British Gibraltar territorial waters.

► Spanish national missing in waters off Europa Point

Author: GBC

Date: 17 February 2015

A search for a missing Spanish national in waters off Europa Point has been called off due to the stormy weather. The man is believed to have fallen into the choppy seas three miles out at about 3:15pm. Spanish helicopters are continuing the search overnight.

Instituto Cervantes says staff will not be let go

Author: GBC

Date: 17 February 2015

Gibraltar’s Cervantes Institute staff will be offered a new job within one of the Institute’s centres, if the establishment were to close locally. That’s according to the Spanish daily ABC, which says the Institute’s Director and Administrator would not lose their jobs.

LNG power plant a safety risk, says GSD - Picardo Accuses Feetham of 'Scare Tactics'

Author: GBC

Date: 17 February 2015

The Opposition says it has spent the last three months researching the pros and cons of a Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) power station for Gibraltar, and has concluded that, if in Government, it would not be willing to take the safety risks involved. Meanwhile the Chief Minister has responded accusing the Leader of the Opposition of wanting to use fear as an electoral tactic.

Recycling on the increase, new roving units introduced

Author: GBC

Date: 17 February 2015

The government has released new statistics that suggest recycling is on the increase locally. Compared to 2012, Gibraltarians recycled 24% more glass in 2013, 12% more plastic and cans, and a full 280% more paper and cardboard. More recycling bins will be deployed, including roving units that will move around Gibraltar on two-week cycles.

Mental Welfare Society highlights issues of concern

Author: GBC

Date: 17 February 2015

The Mental Welfare Society has highlighted a number of issues it believes still need to be addressed locally, in the provision of care for those suffering from mental illnesses. One of Gibraltar’s earliest registered charities, the society has been gathering information and feedback from the public since last year.

US Congressman again files Gibraltar resolution

Author: GBC

Date: 16 February 2015

A group of 11 US Congressmen led by North Carolina Republican, George Holding, have again filed a resolution in the House of Representatives to formally recognise Gibraltar’s right to self-determination. The resolution is very similar to one filed last September, which was not enacted and expired with the end of the last session of Congress.

Cross Frontier Group describes Margallo as pathologically obsessed with Gibraltar

Author: GBC

Date: 16 February 2015

The Cross Frontier Group has described the Spanish Foreign Seretary’s decision to close the Instituto Cervantes in Gibraltar as the result of a pathological obsession with Gibraltar.

Morrisons to cut prices in UK with no word on Gibraltar branch

Author: GBC

Date: 16 February 2015

The local branch of Morrisons hasn’t committed itself to following the UK chain’s trend of cutting the prices of 130 basic products. This follows Morrisons attempt to compete with discount supermarkets.

Eastside Project narrowed down to three expressions of interest

Author: GBC

Date: 16 February 2015

The Government has narrowed the original seventeen expressions of interest for the development of the Eastside Project down to three, and is currently in negotiation over these.

First Contemporary Art Conference this week

Author: GBC

Date: 16 February 2015

A Contemporary Art Conference will explore opportunities for artists’ studios and international events in Gibraltar. The event, the first of its kind, will run over three days and will feature presentations by artist Francis Gomila.

William Hill's takeover of 888 derailed

Author: GBC

Date: 16 February 2015

William Hill and online rival 888 - both based locally - have ended discussions over a possible takeover after an 888 shareholder rejected the offer as too low. An 888 spokeserson said the talks have now been derailed due to a "significant difference of opinion".

College Europa FC clinch GFA Sr Cup

Author: GBC

Date: 15 February 2015

College Europa FC have clinched the GFA Senior Cup Trophy for the first time; a dramatic extra time winner by substitute Boris Jukic sealed a 2-1 win against St Joseph’s FC at the Victoria Stadium on Saturday night.

75th anniversary of WWII evacuation to be commemorated

Author: GBC

Date: 15 February 2015

The 75th anniversary of Gibraltar's WWII evacuation is to be commemorated in the coming months. A series of events is planned for the 22nd May, exactly 75 years after the first sailings from Gibraltar bound for French Morocco. More events will follow, including a commemoration service, a book, a memorial film, an exhibition and a reception.

Amanda Carreras wins singles & doubles titles in Mallorca

Author: GBC

Date: 15 February 2015

Local tennis star Amanda Carreras has won both the singles and doubles titles in an ITF $10,000 tennis tournament in Palmanova, Mallorca. Amanda said the wins would give her the confidence to keep on climbing the world rankings.

Guardia Civil arrest 25 members of drug trafficking ring in Campo

Author: GBC

Date: 15 February 2015

The Guardia Civil has arrested 25 members of a drug trafficking ring in the Campo de Gibraltar, which provided logistical support to other criminal organisations looking to cross large quantities of cannabis resin from Morocco into Spain.

Gib Office in Brussels will be fully operational this month

Author: GBC

Date: 13 February 2015

The Gibraltar Office in Brussels will be fully operational this month and is expected to be officially inaugurated before the summer. The office will be in use while it’s being refurbished. Local lawyer, Daniel D’amato has been seconded to Brussels from the Government’s EU and International Department and former MEP, Graham Watson will also be based there.

Margallo-Hammond meeting not 'in any way' a bilateral on Gibraltar

Author: GBC

Date: 13 February 2015

The UK government has confirmed that next week’s meeting between the Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond and his Spanish counterpart, Jose Manuel Garcia Margallo, will not “in any way” represent bilateral negotiations about Gibraltar.

Survey finds 80 per cent of Westside School 16-18 year olds oppose lowering of voting age

Author: GBC

Date: 13 February 2015

Eighty per cent of 16 to 18 year old students of Westside School are against a lowering of the voting age to 16. That's according to the results of a survey carried out by The Gibraltar Magazine among Year 11 to 13 students to gauge the level of support for the measure. Just seven per cent would welcome voting at 16 while 13 per cent weren't sure.

GSD condemns Margallo's statements as 'nonsense'

Author: GBC

Date: 13 February 2015

The Opposition describes Mr Garcia Margallo’s recent statements as political and historical “nonsense”. The GSD says that to suggest that any Spaniard who does recognise the office of Gibraltar’s Chief Minister is un-patriotic, is as lamentable as it is outrageous.

► Tobacco smuggling caught on camera at Eastern Beach

Author: GBC

Date: 13 February 2015

An apparent tobacco smuggling operation unfolded in broad daylight this morning at Eastern Beach. Several men were filmed making runs along the beach. An eyewitness told GBC they threw the large black plastic bags, seen in this footage, over the fence at the end of the airport, and into Spain.

Two teenagers plead guilty to Victoria Stadium burglaries

Author: GBC

Date: 13 February 2015

Two teenagers have this morning pleaded guilty to counts of Burglary and Theft. The defendants were arrested in connection to a series of burglaries at the Victoria Stadium this month, which saw various offices, including that of the Gibraltar Football Association, ransacked and vandalised.

The GHA promotes 'Heart Health' awareness

Author: GBC

Date: 13 February 2015

Cardiac awareness has been promoted by the Health Authority as part of Heart Health month. The aim is to increase knowledge of the risks of heart disease and the factors that influence the condition. The local Cardiac Rehab unit treats around two thousand patients a year with younger people now using the services. Prevention is very much the focus of the campaign targeting the young.

GFA to contest FIFA membership ruling

Author: GBC

Date: 13 February 2015

The Gibraltar Football Association will be going to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in their bid to become members of FIFA. Following their successful entry into UEFA, the GFA followed up with its application to the world governing body for football, but was rejected.

► Former EU Parliament President launches book in Gibraltar

Author: GBC

Date: 12 February 2015

Former President of the European Parliament, and Minister in Felipe Gonzalez’s PSOE Government, Enrique Baron Crespo, launched his latest book “La era del federalismo” in Gibraltar.

Opposition accuses Government of shelving GSD's Traffic Plan

Author: GBC

Date: 12 February 2015

The Opposition has accused the Government of shelving the GSD Administration's Traffic Plan and starting from scratch with its own, simply because it had been a GSD initiative. It claims the GSLP/Liberals' plan adds little by way of new ideas and has cost the taxpayer hundred of thousands of pounds. The party has dismissed the plan as an expensive exercise with a predictable result.

Government to publish details of complaint against RGP

Author: GBC

Date: 12 February 2015

The Government is to publish the details of a complaint against the Royal Gibraltar Police within the next fortnight. Fabian Picardo has written to Tara McDonnell, who complained about the handling of an RGP selection weekend.

Conservative MP describes Milliband's statements on Gibraltar's tax transparency as 'cack handed intervention'

Author: GBC

Date: 12 February 2015

The Chairman of the Conservative Party, Bob Neill MP has described Ed Milliband’s statements on Gibraltar and tax transparency as a cack-handed intervention. Mr Neill, who attended Gibraltar’s National day, told Parliament that the fact that through a mixture of ignorance, bad manners and ineptitude, he’s given comfort to people who are persecuting the British Citizens of Gibraltar economically, in order to score a cheapskate and inaccurate political point, is contemptible and nothing short of a scandal.

Government accuses Opposition of 'crying wolf' over transparency

Author: GBC

Date: 12 February 2015

The Government has accused the Opposition of “crying wolf”, adding the GSD wants people to forget what it was like in Government. This, after the Opposition criticised the Chief Minister’s recent statement to GBC that Gibraltar is one of the EU states with the greatest standards of transparency and democracy.

Margallo admits to attempts to stop Chief Minister from talking in Madrid

Author: GBC

Date: 12 February 2015

The Spanish Foreign Minister has admitted to having contacted the organisers of the Nueva Economia forum in Madrid to put to them why the Chief Minister should not be allowed to address it. Jose Manuel Garcia Margallo also told the Foreign Affairs Commission of the Spanish Parliament last night that he did not, and neither should any Spaniard, recognise the office of the Chief Minister.

DPC application for development at Ocean Village including 126 apartments

Author: GBC

Date: 12 February 2015

Ocean Village Investments Limited is applying for planning permission to construct a number of amenities, as well as 126 small short stay and rental apartments. Ocean Village will also be taking plans to the Development and Planning Commission for the building of secure super yacht berthing facilities, port reporting offices, visiting yachtsmen facilities, a workshop and a storage area.

Gibraltar Heritage Trust says works on Ocean Views respect heritage value

Author: GBC

Date: 12 February 2015

Trustees of the Gibraltar Heritage Trust have paid a visit to the new mental health facilities at Ocean Views. The Trust feels that Ocean Views is an excellent example of how existing high profile buildings can be given a new lease of life by applying appropriate consideration to its heritage value.

Miss Gibraltar recruitment underway

Author: GBC

Date: 12 February 2015

Recruitment for Miss Gibraltar 2015 is underway. The pageant in its 53rd edition is being produced by Santos Productions, which promises a dynamic and fast paced show. Forms are available from John Mackintosh Hall, with the closing date on the 6th of March.

Cruz & Co to join with TSN

Author: GBC

Date: 12 February 2015

The legal firm Cruz and Co is to join with Triay Stagnetto Neish. Founder member, Nick Cruz, said he was delighted to accept an invitation to take up a consultancy at the firm, along with all lawyers and key personnel currently at Cruz & Co.

St Joseph schools closed due to flooding

Author: GBC

Date: 12 February 2015

St Joseph’s first and middle schools will remain closed until Monday, due to flooding. The source of the problem stems from drains running under the main corridors which have been put under strain by intense rains, and overflowed. Ongoing works are expected over the weekend, with the schools opening on Monday.

Unite 'satisfied' with handling of Dr Giraldi Home Inquiry

Author: GBC

Date: 12 February 2015

Unite the Union is pleased that the Government set up the Doctor Giraldi Home inquiry, saying the allegations were evidently of great concern to both the Government and the general public.

Former Governor appointed Chairman of the Friends of Gibraltar Heritage Society

Author: GBC

Date: 11 February 2015

Vice Admiral, Sir Adrian Johns has been appointed Chairman of the Friends of Gibraltar Heritage Society. This was decided at the group’s Annual General Meeting. Sir Adrian takes over from Sir Francis Richards, who held the reigns of the Society for over eight years.

Housing counter to open at the Post Office for collection of housing rents

Author: GBC

Date: 11 February 2015

Following the transfer of Housing to New Harbours, as from Monday, a dedicated Housing counter will be open at the Post Office in Main Street. The counter will be available for the collection of housing rents from Government tenants who wish to pay in cash.

William Hill in talks to take over 888 Holdings for £700 million

Author: GBC

Date: 11 February 2015

William Hill is in talks to acquire 888 Holdings in a 700 million pound deal, that would give the UK’s biggest-listed betting operator a leading platform for online gambling. The talks between these two Gibraltar-based companies, come against a backdrop of increased activity in the sector, when there’s also an auction for control on online casino Bwin.party.

Mixed reviews for St Joseph's pilot parking scheme

Author: GBC

Date: 11 February 2015

Changes designed to address traffic problems during drop-off and pick-up at St Joseph’s schools have received mixed reviews after its first official day of implementation. Speaking to GBC, some parents dismissed the pilot scheme as a rubbish idea, others were hopeful that – despite some teething problems – it could, with time, improve the situation.

35 previous unnamed streets to receive names

Author: GBC

Date: 11 February 2015

A centralised Official Address Register is being compiled to harmonise databases across Government departments. This will see 35 streets, which have so far been unnamed, receive new names.

GSD takes issue with Chief Minister's statement on transparency

Author: GBC

Date: 11 February 2015

The GSD has taken issue with the Chief Minister’s statement to GBC that Gibraltar is one of the EU states that has the greatest standards of openness, transparency and democracy. It highlights some examples, adding there are many more, which it claims makes this statement hollow and devoid of any truth.

Spanish Government to close Instituto Cervantes in Gibraltar, reports ABC

Author: GBC

Date: 11 February 2015

The Spanish Government is ready to renege on another Cordoba Agreement. According to the ABC newspaper, it’s set the wheels in motion to close the Instituto Cervantes in Gibraltar. GBC has been unable to verify the news this afternoon, as the Instituto’s Director, Francisco Oda, could not be reached.

Education Minister hails publication of University Bill

Author: GBC

Date: 11 February 2015

A Bill has been published for an Act to establish the University of Gibraltar. When passed, it will create the University as a statutory body as well as provisions for its governance. Education Minister for Gilbert Licudi says this is another step towards the opening of the University in September, which will serve as a further example of the maturity and progress of Gibraltar as a nation.

► Freedom of Information Command Paper published

Author: GBC

Date: 10 February 2015

The Government is publishing a Command Paper ahead of its proposed Freedom of Information legislation. The aim of the new law is to allow access by the public to data held by the Government.

Reoch steps down as GFA President

Author: GBC

Date: 10 February 2015

Gibraltar F.A. President Desmond Reoch has resigned, citing "personal reasons". Vice President Michael LLamas QC will take over until an EGM is held to elect a longterm successor.

Hammond visit to Madrid 'not for bilateral' says No.6

Author: GBC

Date: 10 February 2015

The Gibraltar Government says the visit of Foreign Secretary Phillip Hammond to Madrid is part of his tour of all European capitals ahead of the UK, general election, and should not be viewed as a bilateral meeting on Gibraltar.

Changes to AquaGib and Gibelec bills to come into effect in April

Author: GBC

Date: 10 February 2015

As from April, AquaGib and Gibraltar Electricity Authority customers will receive two separate utility bills. Each bill will provide customers with a breakdown of their monthly consumption, in accordance with an EU directive, so that customers can see how much water and electricity they’ve consumed.

ESG welcomes Traffic and Transport Plan

Author: GBC

Date: 10 February 2015

The Environmental Safety Group has welcomed the release of the long awaited Traffic and Transport Plan and congratulated the Government for its well thought out ideas.

Man sentenced to 14 weeks for stealing over £2,000 from local business

Author: GBC

Date: 10 February 2015

A local man has been sentenced to 14 weeks in prison for stealing over £2,000 from a local business. Sasha Garcia of South Barrack Road, pleaded guilty to the offence last month.

Six men fined for obstructing Police & Customs officers

Author: GBC

Date: 10 February 2015

Six men have appeared before the Magistrate’s Court for obstructing Royal Gibraltar Police and Customs officers. This follows an incident that occurred in the area of Rosia Bay when five Spaniards and one Gibraltarian, came to shore on a RHIB.

Giraldi Inquiry: GSD feels vindicated by judge's report, accuses GSLP of 'political motivation'

Author: GBC

Date: 10 February 2015

The GSD says its been vindicated by the Dr Giraldi report, and has described the public inquiry as politically motivated. The Party says the GSLP Liberals refusal to believe the word of Gibraltar’s highest authorities is an utter disgrace. It says the public will decide whether the 2.6 milllion pounds spent on this exercise will be deemed worth it.

CM highlights absence of Gibraltarians in HSBC tax scandal

Author: GBC

Date: 10 February 2015

The Chief Minister has told a live TV audience in Andalusia that almost 2,700 Spaniards are implicated in the HSBC tax scandal but no Gibraltarians are. Fabian Picardo referred to this tax scandal during an extended interview on Canal Sur.

Traffic pilot scheme launched at St Joseph's School

Author: GBC

Date: 09 February 2015

The first of the pilot schemes forming part of the Government’s traffic and parking plan will be implemented this week at St Joseph’s school. Thirty parking spaces will be reserved for the parents of school and nursery children between 8.30 in the morning and four in the afternoon.

ERG says Dr Giraldi Home report hasn't satisfied criteria for truly open report

Author: GBC

Date: 09 February 2015

The Equality Rights Group has expressed the view that the Dr Giraldi Home report has not satisfied the criteria for a truly open public hearing. This follows a reflection of the findings made by judge Sir Jonathan Parker, published last Friday.

Motion to bestow Freedom of the City upon the Royal Anglian Regiment

Author: GBC

Date: 09 February 2015

The Government is to move a motion to bestow the Freedom of the City upon the Royal Anglian Regiment. They defended Gibraltar during the Great Siege of 1779 to 1783, and the 12th Regiment formed the main body of the Great Sortie of November 1781.

Chief Minister travelling to Sevilla for Canal Sur appearance

Author: GBC

Date: 09 February 2015

The Chief Minister is travelling to Seville to appear on Canal Sur Television. Mr Picardo has been invited on the breakfast show “La Tertulia del Buenos Dias” tomorrow at 10 in the morning.

UK Overseas Territories hit back at Miliband

Author: GBC

Date: 09 February 2015

Other UK Overseas Territories besides Gibraltar have also reacted angrily to Ed Miliband's plans to place them on a blacklist unless they agree to create a public register of companies within six months of a Labour government's election. Bermuda, Jersey and Guernsey said they've already done more than other countries to tackle the opaque financial structures used in financial crime.

Airport scare False Alarm

Author: GBC

Date: 08 February 2015

The Regiment’s bomb disposal unit dealt with a situation at the airport on Sunday lunchtime, after reports of smoke from luggage on the Easyjet Flight. The incident which turned out to be a false alarm, sparked a major response with access to the Airport closed off and traffic in and out of Gibraltar stopped.

Picardo writes to Ed Miliband over 'tax havens' policy

Author: GBC

Date: 08 February 2015

The Chief Minister Fabian Picardo has written to Labour Leader Ed Miliband, expressing his “dismay” at UK newspaper reports claiming that a Labour Government would want British Overseas Territories to be internationally blacklisted if they do not compile public registers of offshore companies. Mr Miliband is said to have sent letters to the leaders of all the Overseas Territories, including Gibraltar, and to have also contacted the Crown Dependencies of Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man. He has reportedly given them all a six-month deadline by which they would have to comply or face being placed on an OECD list of “Tax Havens” facing sanctions.

Hernandez verdict on Dr Giraldi report: Silence victims, shoot messengers

Author: GBC

Date: 07 February 2015

Joanna Hernandez has given her damning verdict of the Dr Giraldi Home Inquiry in an open letter entitled “Silence the victims and shoot the messengers”. The former Dr Giraldi Home manager says Sir Jonathan Parker’s report is immensely long but can be summed up simply: pretty much anyone who saw or suffered abuse “was lying, mistaken or confused".

Violence against Women Parliamentary Conference, invaluable says Minister

Author: GBC

Date: 07 February 2015

The Minister for Equality and Social Services, Samantha Sacramneto, has described the Parliamentary Conference on Violence against Women and Girls, hosted in Gibraltar, as invaluable due to the high level of speakers and depth in which the topic has been considered. The British Islands and Mediterranean Region (BIMR) Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians Conference has been held at the Sunborn Hotel.

Junta President urges Spanish Government to end Gibraltar conflict

Author: GBC

Date: 07 February 2015

The Junta de Andalucia president is urging the Spanish Central Government to end its conflict with Gibraltar, due to the impact its having on La Linea’s residents, This according to Europa Sur. Susana Diaz’s said the Junta can offer dialogue, and asked for a solution for the benefit of the workers in the area.

► New beginnings; Move to Ocean Views goes smoothly

Author: GBC

Date: 07 February 2015

The move from the KGV building to the new Mental Health facility Ocean Views has gone smoothly without a hitch. That’s According to the Government which says this is due to thorough planning and hard work by the Gibraltar Health Authority staff. The residents moved into the new premises at the former Naval Hospital on Saturday.

Incident at sea results in the arrest of three men

Author: GBC

Date: 06 February 2015

Three men were arrested in the area of Harbour Views promenade following a chase at sea early this morning. The Royal Gibraltar Police has confirmed the arrests of two Spanish nationals and one Moroccan national on suspicion of numerous charges including dangerous navigation and obstructing police.

Queen's Accession marked with 21 Gun Salute

Author: GBC

Date: 06 February 2015

The Queen’s Accession to the throne has been marked with a 21 Gun Salute, fired by the Royal Gibraltar Regiment.

GSD claims Government financing spending through unconventional means

Author: GBC

Date: 06 February 2015

The GSD claims the Government is financing its spending through unconventional means. The Opposition contrasts the Chief Minister’s recent statement that his government had bought back Gibtelecom shares to the tune of 47.7 million Euros with a subsequent statement by the Minister for Inward Investment, Joe Bossano, that it was in fact the Savings Bank and not the Government that had purchased the shares.

Two men charged with attempted robbery found not guilty

Author: GBC

Date: 06 February 2015

Two men charged with attempted robbery have been found not guilty today at the Supreme Court. Lee Cruz-Parry and Domingo Lopez Alvarez had been accused of acting as lookouts on the 8th of September last year, while a juvenile attempted to rob Danny’s store, at the southern end of Main Street.

UK Foreign Secretary to visit Madrid

Author: GBC

Date: 06 February 2015

The Foreign Secretary, Philip Hammond, hopes to visit Spain soon and plans to raise Madrid’s policy towards Gibraltar when he does. Foreign Office Minister, Baroness Anelay of St Johns, told the House of Lords Mr Hammond has regular discussions with his Spanish counterpart, Jose Manuel Garcia Margallo, though they have not yet met to discuss Gibraltar directly.

Stay Clean Charity raising awareness

Author: GBC

Date: 06 February 2015

Stay Clean Charity is reaching out to those affected by alcohol or drugs to seek help. The Charity which has been established now for a few months offers advice and support to recovering addicts. The group is tomorrow holding a round-the-rock fundraising walk from Casemates, starting at 10:30.

Bossano to crack down on overspending authorities, agencies & consultants

Author: GBC

Date: 06 February 2015

The Minister for Inward Investment has denied saying he was reigning in on Government overspending. Speaking to GBC, Joe Bossano said that what he’s doing, is ensuring that authorities, agencies and consultants keep to budget, adding he would not defend overspending.

Dr Giraldi Home Inquiry cost £2.6 million pounds

Author: GBC

Date: 06 February 2015

The Dr Giraldi Home inquiry chaired by Sir Jonathan Parker cost over 2.6 million pounds. At a news conference on Friday afternoon coinciding with publication of the inquiry report on the Government’s website, the Chief Minister, Fabian Picardo, said it was money well spent because it was now clear that the allegations of abuse at the Home had no substance in fact. The allegations had been made by former Home Manager Joanna Hernandez, whom the report severely criticises.

US champion takes 1st prize at Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival

Author: GBC

Date: 05 February 2015

Hikaru Nakamura, is the winner of the 13th Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival. The US number one takes the top prize of twenty thousand pounds. The second Prize of 16 thousand pounds went to England’s David Howell, and the third prize to China’s Hou Yifan, who also took the women’s first prize.

Stadium premises burgled

Author: GBC

Date: 05 February 2015

Police are investigating a series of burglaries at the Victoria Stadium, which have seen various offices, including that of the Gibraltar Football Association, ransacked and vandalised. Any witnesses are asked to contact New Mole House.

Costa rolls out Office of Fair Trading details at GFSB conference

Author: GBC

Date: 05 February 2015

The Minister for Small Businesses says he’s confident that the newly established Office of Fair Trading will result in an even playing field for both consumers and startup business. Neil Costa told a GFSB conference today that the new office will establish good business practice in the long-term, and educate young people who may be interested in becoming entrepeneurs.

Minister moves to reassure families, as Disability Society hits out at care

Author: GBC

Date: 05 February 2015

The Disability Society says it has never been treated with such contempt as it feels it is at present, by the Government. In a hard hitting press release, it highlights staffing concerns and what it says is the lack of continuity of care and expansion of services for the disabled. However, in a late statement on Thursday evening, the Government said it had met with users of the service, who were satisfied at the reassurances given by Minister Samantha Sacramento

Draft summary of Transport Plan published

Author: GBC

Date: 05 February 2015

The Government has released a draft of the Sustainable Traffic, Transport and Parking Plan as a Public Summary Document. The project has been two years in the making and has involved a multi ministerial team from the Ministries of Traffic, Transport, Technical Services and the Environment.

► Global economic outlook 'constructive', say senior strategists

Author: GBC

Date: 04 February 2015

The global economic outlook for 2015 is “generally constructive”, but it’ll be a difficult 12 months for the eurozone, according to two senior strategists at SG Hambros.

Isola holds Gibraltar Day Lunch in Zurich

Author: GBC

Date: 04 February 2015

The Minister for Financial Services, Albert Isola, addressed around 125 guests at a Gibraltar Day Lunch in Zurich. Mr Isola attended a number of private meetings and was interviewed by Bloomberg.

Margallo won't visit Gibraltar until it flies Spanish flag

Author: GBC

Date: 04 February 2015

The Spanish Foreign Minister, José Manuel García Margallo, has once again said he won't set foot in Gibraltar unless the Spanish flag flies over the Rock.

Government says it's committed to halving gross debt

Author: GBC

Date: 03 February 2015

The Government says it has every intention of fulfilling its manifesto commitment to halving Gibraltar’s gross debt. It says it will reduce this to £260 million - down from the £520 million it says it inherited upon entering office.

Stephen Ignacio launches "Our People" photo exhibition

Author: GBC

Date: 03 February 2015

An exhibition that exploring the spirit of contemporary Gibraltarian life opens at Space 92. In “Our People”, photographic artist Stephen Ignacio aims to capture not the past or the politics, but the little moments that make up a typical day on the Rock.

School children take part in dog fouling poster competition

Author: GBC

Date: 03 February 2015

Dog fouling is to be the subject of a poster competition, which will see students from Notre Dame school create designs encouraging people to clean up after their pets.

Gibraltar subject of written question raised in the UK Parliament

Author: GBC

Date: 03 February 2015

Gibraltar’s inclusion in EU legislation was the subject of a written question raised in the UK Parliament.

Deadline for the Charlemagne Youth Prize extended

Author: GBC

Date: 03 February 2015

The deadline for this year’s Charlemagne Youth Prize has been extended until 23rd February. The Prize organised by the European Parliament and Charlemagne Prize Foundation aims to promote Europe among young people.

Governor swears in Justices of Appeal

Author: GBC

Date: 03 February 2015

The Governor, Sir James Dutton, has today sworn in the Right Honourable Sir Jonathan Parker and the Right Honourable Sir Maurice Kay as Justices of Appeal.

Man sentenced to a week in prison following Casemates Square conflict

Author: GBC

Date: 03 February 2015

A man has been sentenced to seven days in prison for affray. 26-year-old Stuart Harrison got involved in a public domestic argument in Casemates Square - this escalated and resulted in the defendant and complainant throwing chairs at each other.

Spanish National fined £100,000 following 800k cigarette seizure

Author: GBC

Date: 03 February 2015

A Spanish National has been fined £100,000 for fraudulently evading import duty. This follows a Customs operation that was carried out last week, when 800,000 cigarettes were seized. Jesus Sanchez Blanco pleaded ‘guilty’ to the offence and was fined £100,000 – but Manuel Martin Jaime pleaded ‘not guilty’ and he’s next to appear in court on the 24th April.

► Addressing Madrid - Picardo presents 'The Opportunities' for Spain

Author: GBC

Date: 03 February 2015

In the last five years, despite political pressure at the border, Gibraltar’s contribution to the Campo de Gibraltar has increased from an eighth, to a quarter of GDP. This was revealed by the Chief Minister this morning before a gathering of 150 politicians, business executives, journalists and diplomats in Madrid. The statistics have emerged from a Chamber of Commerce study which will be published later this month. Meanwhile, the British Ambassador in Madrid has revealed that a formula for Ad Hoc talks is close to being agreed upon.

Man arrested after siege at Edinburgh House

Author: GBC

Date: 03 February 2015

The RGP's Public Order Unit, RGP dogs and a negotiator were required at an incident tonight after a man allegedly barricaded himself in his home when police officers arrived, following up reports of violence from neighbours.

Buses Debate; Government & the Opposition Clash again

Author: GBC

Date: 03 February 2015

The Government and the Opposition have again clashed over the issue of the new buses. The Opposition claims the Government continues to refuse to confirm whether Bassadone was the lowest tender, But the Government says, it’s simply following the procedure the GSD put in practice, whereby the details of certain tenders were not published on the basis that these were commercial in confidence.

GSD: Government cannot pay for manifesto commitments

Author: GBC

Date: 02 February 2015

The Leader of the GSD has said his party has been vindicated in its prediction that the Government would not be able to fund all its manifesto commitments through conventional means.

Preparations continue for the opening of the University of Gibraltar

Author: GBC

Date: 02 February 2015

The Minister for Education has described recent meetings in London and Malta as necessary in preparation for the opening of the University of Gibraltar and its future development.

Gibraltar Chesire Home Group celebrates 30th anniversary

Author: GBC

Date: 02 February 2015

The Gibraltar Cheshire Home Group is celebrating its 30th year. Events throughout 2015 will mark the special anniversary as the group say they are as committed as ever to helping those staying at the home across the strait in Tangier.

Two Gibraltar Silver Royal coins unveiled

Author: GBC

Date: 02 February 2015

Two new designs of the Gibraltar Silver Royal coins have been issued. Both are gold plated variations. The Silver Royal 2014 – 24 Karat Gold plated coin, depicts the coat of arms. The gilding is described as exceptionally effective, embellishing the castle and towers.

New Mental Health Facility to be called 'Ocean Views'

Author: GBC

Date: 02 February 2015

As the government prepares to open the new Mental Health Facility, the Gibraltar Health Authoirty has announced the results of a public competition to name the Unit. The new facility is now called ‘Ocean Views’.

Panorama announces winner of Baby of the Year competition

Author: GBC

Date: 02 February 2015

Kaitlyn Jayne Bright is Panorama's Baby of the Year. Emma Saccone was runner up with George Joseph Neale in third place.

Local man raises over £2,000 for Cancer Relief Centre

Author: GBC

Date: 02 February 2015

The half marathon efforts of a local man has raised over £2,200 for the Cancer Relief Centre. John Hunter completed the Seville half marathon, describing it as a great experience.

Security threat level to remain 'substantial'

Author: GBC

Date: 02 February 2015

The security threat level will remain at substantial for the time being. This was decided at a meeting of the Security Co-ordination Group, which meant for a regular review of security. The group, which comprises The Governor, the ChiefMinister, the Commissioner of Police and the Commander British Forces, says its decided to hold the state at ‘substantial’.

Trial of two men charged with attempted robbery begins

Author: GBC

Date: 02 February 2015

The trial of two men charged with attempted robbery began at the Supreme Court. Lee Cruz-Parry and Domingo Lopez Alvarez have both pleaded not guilty to attempted robbery.

The name 'Gibraltar National Dance Team' an official trademark

Author: GBC

Date: 01 February 2015

The Gibraltar National Dance Organisation secures that only teams approved by its Committee can call themselves a 'Gibraltar National Dance Team.'

B.A. flight diverted to Malaga due to engine failure

Author: GBC

Date: 01 February 2015

Friday's British Airways flight from Gibraltar to Heathrow had to divert to Malaga due to the failure of the right hand engine.

Gibraltar football assists humanitarian project in Los Barrios

Author: GBC

Date: 31 January 2015

Gibraltar was among the many entities thanked at a charity gala in Los Barrios where a charity/sporting project was announced.

'Podemos' advocates good neighbourly relations with Gib

Author: GBC

Date: 31 January 2015

Good neighbourly relations with Gibraltar are of great importance, both regionally at nationally, according to the La Linea Branch of the Spanish Socialist Party 'Podemos'.

GSD 'reserves judgement' on Giraldi inquiry

Author: GBC

Date: 30 January 2015

The Opposition says it draws comfort from the Chief Minister’s conclusion that the Dr Giraldi inquiry has found instances of misconduct at the home to be at the lower end of the scale. It says it will reserve any further comment until it has had more time to study the report, and is in a better position to judge whether the cost to the taxpayer has been justified.

No6 fears another Madrid 'media onslaught'

Author: GBC

Date: 30 January 2015

Gibraltar’s reclamation at the North Mole has been carried out legitimately and transparently, the Government has said. A statement was issued this evening following a number of media reports in Spain, which Number Six Convent Place suspects are aimed at derailing the Chief Minister’s address in Madrid on Monday.

Picardo Commissions Economic Study on potential EU exit

Author: GBC

Date: 30 January 2015

The potential economic effect on Gibraltar of Britain’s renegotiation or rejection of its EU membership, is the focus of a study currently being carried out by the Government in conjunction with the Chamber of Commerce and the Federation of Small Businesses.

17-year-old sentenced to two years' detention for Commonwealth Park wounding

Author: GBC

Date: 30 January 2015

A 17-year-old juvenile has been sentenced to two years’ detention after wounding a man while at Commonwealth Park.

Bomb threat at Natwest; RGP Commissioner confirms 9 year old responsible

Author: GBC

Date: 30 January 2015

Speaking on Thursday night’s Viewpoint on the topic of “Increased Security”, the Commissioner of Police confirmed that the RGP had investigated a bomb threat at Natwest bank earlier this month. Eddie Yome, said the investigation established that a note, threatening to blow up the building, had been written by a nine-year-old girl.

Man fined for possession of cannabis and cocaine

Author: GBC

Date: 30 January 2015

A local man pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis and cocaine at the Magistrates Court. Gerard Asquez pleaded guilty to possession of 90g of cannabis and 1.7g of cocaine.

US Navy officer pleads guilty to causing damage at a local nightclub

Author: GBC

Date: 30 January 2015

A commissioned officer for the US Navy appeared at the Magistrates Court. Kenneth Winbush pleaded guilty to causing damage at a local nightclub. It was heard in court how Winbush was part of a brawl where glasses were being thrown between a group of men.

Man pleads guilty to possession of over 90g of cannabis

Author: GBC

Date: 30 January 2015

A man pleaded guilty for possession of cannabis resin on two separate occasions. Francis Lima of 6 Tankerville House pleaded guilty to possession of 1.3g of cannabis and a month later being in possession of 90g of the Class B drug.

Imam reaches out with message of peace

Author: GBC

Date: 30 January 2015

The Imam at the Tarik Ib n Zeyad mosque has reached out to the Moroccan and Muslim community locally, making his view clear that terrorism is un-Islamic. Speaking to GBC about the increased security locally, Abdessamad Elmokhalfi said the community should stick to its principles and not be influenced by radical propaganda.

Governor visits Chess Festival

Author: GBC

Date: 29 January 2015

The Governor, Sir James Dutton, paid a visit to the Tradewise Chess Festival at the Caleta Hotel. He was accompanied by Lady Dutton. The Governor toured the two main rooms hosting Tournament and was also interviewed live on the Festival’s website. In the coming days the Chief Minister, Deputy Chief Minister and the Mayor will also pay the Tournament a visit.

'Learning from Auschwitz' documentary by local students shown at Leisure Cinemas

Author: GBC

Date: 29 January 2015

A short film documenting the experiences of a group of students after a trip to Auschwitz – Birkenau, was shown at the King’s Bastion Leisure Cinemas. The project by the teenagers was part of the “Learning from Auschwitz” programme, which has included visits to the concentration camps, over the last few years.

Convent to protest SPS Vigia incursion

Author: GBC

Date: 29 January 2015

The Convent is to protest the latest incursion by the Spanish Navy vessel SPS Vigia, which took place on Thursday.

Girling defended Rock's right to be included in new EU Civil Aviation measures

Author: GBC

Date: 29 January 2015

Conservative MEP Julie Girling has defended Gibraltar's right to be included in the new European civil aviation measures Spain is seeking to exclude the Rock from. Speaking in Parliament, Ms Girling said the UK is right to block the legislation unless it applies to Gibraltar, and she urged fellow MEPs to ensure the European Parliament reverses its discriminatory position.

Government accuses GSD of mismanagement of Bus Company when in office

Author: GBC

Date: 29 January 2015

The Government has accused the GSD of having a litany of mismanagement and wrong decisions taken in relation to the Bus Company, during its time in office. In response to the Opposition’s criticism of works at Europa Road, the Government has said it’s clear the GSD don’t remember works carried out on Gibraltar’s roads in 2004, to allow the previous bus fleet to operate safely.

Health Authority complaints bill passed in Parliament

Author: GBC

Date: 29 January 2015

On Thursday afternoon’s session of Parliament a bill was passed paving the way for legislation to allow complaints against the Health Authority to be heard directly by the Public Services Ombudsman, without going through an internal complaints procedure at the GHA. This was in line with a GSLP Liberal manifesto commitment.

Bossano tells Parliament he'll keep a close eye on public finances

Author: GBC

Date: 29 January 2015

The Leader of the Opposition says he hopes the Minister for Economic Development keeps his promise to maintain a tight rein on public finances for the sake of the community. After revealing that cash reserves had dropped to sixty million, Joe Bossano said today that, in his new role, he’d be keeping a close eye on Government departments and ensuring they would stick to the budgets set out in the annual appropriation bill.

Dr Giraldi Inquiry Report delivered to Government

Author: GBC

Date: 29 January 2015

Instances of mismanagement, misconduct and malpractice at the Dr Giraldi Home were infrequent, and at the lower end of the scale for such behaviour. This, the Chief Minister says, is the conclusion of the report on the Dr Giraldi Home Inquiry, which is set to be made public next week.

Trial date set for two men charged with false accounting millions of pounds

Author: GBC

Date: 29 January 2015

A trial date has been set for the two senior accountants, jointly charged with false accounting to the sum of many millions of pounds. 65-year-old Kenneth Robinson and 55-year-old Ian Wood, formerly of Baker Tilly, pleaded not guilty to eight counts of false accountanting.

Chess Festival underway with over 300 players on the Rock

Author: GBC

Date: 28 January 2015

The First Move of the 2015 Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival at The Gibraltar Masters tournament has taken at the Caleta Hotel. 252 chess players in The Masters, from some 60 countries, then made their opening moves in the tournament, which is being held over the next 10 days.

Gibraltar Youth Service enjoys day out in Sierra Nevada

Author: GBC

Date: 28 January 2015

The Gibraltar Youth Service enjoyed a day out in Sierra Nevada last weekend. Members from the Youth Centre on Line Wall Road, Plater, Dolphins and Laguna Youth Club were given the opportunity to spend the day in the snow.

Gibraltar's Unions reject Chamber's Agenda for Change measures

Author: GBC

Date: 28 January 2015

Gibraltar’s three unions, Unite, the GGCA and the NASUWT, have issued a joint statement rejecting the measures proposed by the Chamber of Commerce’s ‘Agenda for Change’ document.

Customs Officers seize 800,000 cigarettes smuggled into Gibraltar

Author: GBC

Date: 28 January 2015

Customs Officers have seized 800,000 cigarettes, which were smuggled into Gibraltar via the Commercial Gate at the Land Frontier yesterday afternoon.

Local woman arrested on suspicion of cruelty to her two children

Author: GBC

Date: 28 January 2015

A local woman has been arrested on suspicion of cruelty to her two children. The woman who’s in her late twenties remains on Police bail, whilst investigations continue.

Government prepares to open new Mental Health facility

Author: GBC

Date: 28 January 2015

The Government is preparing to open the new Mental Health facility at the old Naval Hospital in the next month, and vacate the old KGV hospital. In their 2011 Election manifesto, the GSLP Liberal Government said the KGV facilities were seriously lacking, and committed itself to the completion of a new mental health facility at the Naval Hospital.

Governor presents Royal Navy Fleet Effectiveness Trophy

Author: GBC

Date: 28 January 2015

The Governor, Sir James Dutton has presented a Royal Navy Fleet Effectiveness Trophy for the Category Inshore Patrol Vessel to the Royal Navy Gibraltar Squadron.

Family of former Government Minister donates over £4,500 to Cancer Relief Centre

Author: GBC

Date: 28 January 2015

Over £4,500 raised by the family of former Government Minister, Charles Bruzon, has been donated to the Cancer Relief Centre. The funds were raised following the posthumous publication of his autobiography, titled “Outside our Comfort Zone”.

Motorbike thefts on the increase

Author: GBC

Date: 28 January 2015

The Royal Gibraltar Police is warning of a spate of motorbike thefts across Gibraltar. The thefts appear to target the Yamaha Cygnus model and are well organised and opportunistic. The RGP is asking members of the public to report any suspicious activity and secure their bikes.

Presentation celebrates Dance Association's hard work

Author: GBC

Date: 28 January 2015

The Gibraltar IDF Dance Association held a presentation celebrating their hard work at the Convent. Fabian Picardo, Governor Sir James Dutton, and Minister for Health and Environment, John Cortes were all presented a framed photograph of the dance team.

GBC Sports Awards 2015

Author: GBC

Date: 28 January 2015

The list of nominees as been announced for year’s Sports Awards. There are four main categories – including Sport Team and Sports Personality of the Year. The ceremony will take place at Bruno’s Restaurant on Tuesday the 24th of March and will be broadcast live on GBC.

Plans for hotel on Castle Street approved by DPC

Author: GBC

Date: 28 January 2015

A new hotel is to be built on one of Gibraltar’s most iconic streets: “la Calle Comedia”. At a meeting of the Development and Planning Commission, approval was granted for the conversion of a residential building on Castle Street into a hotel.

University Professor claims a Catalan Navy would make Gibraltar more secure

Author: GBC

Date: 28 January 2015

A professor of International Relations and International Law has advanced the notion that the UK should foster the return of a Catalan Navy, as this would help make Gibraltar more secure.

Holocaust commemorated with Commonwealth Park Plaque

Author: GBC

Date: 27 January 2015

A plaque to mark International Holocaust Day was unveiled at Commonwealth Park, by the Chief Minister, Fabian Picardo. The focus of this year’s event was “keeping the memory alive ”, with thousands worldwide commemorating the 70th anniversary of the liberation from Auschwitz. In Gibraltar, the unveiling was followed by a reception aimed at engaging the community.

Juvenile given suspended sentence for wounding a man with a sword

Author: GBC

Date: 27 January 2015

A juvenile who wounded a man with a sword has been given a four month suspended prison sentence. The victim required stitches to a laceration on his ear after the 17-year-old swung a sword at him.

Prostate Cancer Support Group to hold conference Thursday evening

Author: GBC

Date: 27 January 2015

The local Prostate Cancer Support Group is holding a conference on Thursday evening on awareness, information and support. The charity is encouraging the general public, both men and women, to attend the conference at the John Mackintosh Hall starting at 7pm on Thursday evening.

Government: GSD trying to divert attention from GSLP-Liberal successes

Author: GBC

Date: 27 January 2015

In its latest reaction to the ongoing debate on health and safety at the Laguna Estate housing works, the Government says the Opposition is simply trying to divert attention from the GSLP Liberals’ successes.

GSD questions new Red Bus tenders

Author: GBC

Date: 27 January 2015

The GSD says it’s calling on Government to set out its plans for the safety and integrity of Europa Road for the use of the new Red Buses. Spokesman Selwyn Figueras says there are still no answers to his questions on the tender given to Bassadone Motors.

'GSLP cronyism' condemned in GSD leaflets

Author: GBC

Date: 27 January 2015

Members of the GSD this evening are distributing thousands of leaflets around housing estates condemning what it describes as ‘GSLP cronyism’. The leaflets warn the reader that they contain information the Government doesn’t want them to see.

► Next Attorney General will broaden scope of office

Author: GBC

Date: 27 January 2015

Gibraltar’s next Attorney General (AG) has told GBC he’d like his role to more closely resemble that played by the AG in the UK, in serving an overarching function on all areas of law. Michael Llamas QC says the AG’s Chambers locally has traditionally performed the function of the Criminal Prosecution Service.

Local man found guilty for intent to supply 97g of cannabis

Author: GBC

Date: 27 January 2015

A jury has delivered a guilty verdict to Paul John Pereira for possession with intent to supply cannabis at the Supreme Court.

BHS to go up for sale in the UK

Author: GBC

Date: 27 January 2015

The BHS department store chain is set to go up for sale in the UK, according to reports in the British press. The company, which launched its first overseas franchise store here in Gibraltar, forms part of the Arcadia Group, along with TopShop, Dorothy Perkins and Evans.

Streamlined regulatory framework for financial services published

Author: GBC

Date: 27 January 2015

A new, streamlined regulatory framework for financial services has been published by the Gibraltar Government together with the Financial Services Commission.

Ceuta terror suspects: three in custody, one released on bail

Author: GBC

Date: 27 January 2015

Three of the suspected terrorists arrested in Ceuta at the weekend have been remanded in custody. The fourth has been released on bail, on the conditions that he relinquish his travel documents, and keep a weekly appointment at the court nearest his home.

ERG calls for tolerance and understanding on Holocaust Memorial Day

Author: GBC

Date: 27 January 2015

The Equality Rights Group has called for increased tolerance and understanding on Holocaust Memorial Day. The Group says that this year the day is of special significance and is an important opportunity for reflection.

Spain must comply with border recommendations, Garcia tells EC

Author: GBC

Date: 26 January 2015

Spain must comply with recommendations made to it in relation to the border. This is what Deputy Chief Minister, Dr Joseph Garcia, told the European Commission during his visit to Brussels, in a meeting with the Director General of Home Affairs.

Picardo to deliver address in Madrid next week

Author: GBC

Date: 26 January 2015

Number Six has confirmed that the Chief Minister will be delivering an address to an audience of Spanish politicians, journalists and industrialists in Madrid. The address will now be delivered on the 3rd of February, with details to be released closer to the date.

International Holocaust Remembrance Day commemorated

Author: GBC

Date: 26 January 2015

Gibraltar joined countries around the world in commemorating the millions of victims of the Nazi regime, on International Holocaust Remembrance Day. A plaque was unveiled in Commonwealth Park, at a ceremony which saw the attendance of Marta Wise - a woman who was liberated from Auschwitz exactly 70 years ago.

GFA to take part in NatWest Island Games in Jersey this Summer

Author: GBC

Date: 26 January 2015

Gibraltar will be sending football squads to the NatWest Island Games in Jersey this Summer for the first time since 2011. The Gibraltar Football Association will be taking part in both the men’s and women’s competitions.

Wide programme of sports available for senior citizens

Author: GBC

Date: 26 January 2015

The Sports and Leisure Authority is offering a wide and varied programme of sport and physical activities for senior citizens, working in partnership with the ‘Physical Activities Association for Mature Older Adults’.

RGP holds presentations on in-house security awareness

Author: GBC

Date: 26 January 2015

Royal Gibraltar Police officers are delivering presentations on in-house security awareness. Over 700 members of public and private sector organisations have attended so far. For further information on how to deal with a firearms or terrorist attack you can call the Counter Terrorism Security Office on 20048039.

46-year-old pleads guilty for intent to supply over 60g of cocaine

Author: GBC

Date: 26 January 2015

A 46-year-old man has pleaded guilty for intent to supply over 60g of cocaine. Ernest Ullger of 5 Schomberg pleaded guilty to five charges. This included, possession and intent to supply 45g of cocaine in October last year.

Man pleads guilty to criminal damage, violent disorder and assault

Author: GBC

Date: 26 January 2015

A local man has pleaded guilty to criminal damage, violent disorder and assault. In March last year, Francis Lima of 6 Tankerville House, damaged a Mercedez Benz and assaulted a man – causing him to require several stitches for a gash on his head.

Local man charged with intent to supply 97g of cannabis resin

Author: GBC

Date: 26 January 2015

The trial of a local man charged with possession with intent to supply cannabis began at the Supreme Court. John Paul Pereira faces three charges.

Gib remains vigilant as Ceuta Jihadist suspects arrested

Author: GBC

Date: 25 January 2015

Gibraltar's alert status remains high but unchanged as four Jihadist suspects were arrested across the Strait in Ceuta on Saturday afternoon. The Rock's security chiefs told GBC that all operations were reviewed on a regular basis, but no changes had been made to the regular state of alert following the Charlie Hebdo Attacks in Paris.

Margallo pressures Spanish debating forum to withdraw Picardo invitation

Author: GBC

Date: 23 January 2015

An invitation to the Chief Minister to address a prestigious forum in Madrid next month has been withdrawn following pressure by the Spanish Foreign Minister. Fabian Picardo was due to speak at the Nueva Economía Fórum, that describes itself as an independent debating organisation, on the 3rd of February, a Gibraltar Government spokesman has confirmed the director of the Forum telephoned on Friday morning to cancel, citing the reason as 'matters of state'.

New cooperative initiative launched by Cross-Frontier Group

Author: GBC

Date: 23 January 2015

A new initiative to promote economic development on both sides of the border has been launched by the Cross-Frontier Group.

UK looking to legislate on plain packaging for cigarettes

Author: GBC

Date: 23 January 2015

The UK Government is going ahead with legislation on plain packaging for cigarettes. n response to GBC questions as to whether the Gibraltar Government is considering enforcing plain cigarette packaging locally, Number Six said it had not yet taken a view.

Four RGP officers suffer injuries in cocaine arrest

Author: GBC

Date: 23 January 2015

Four Royal Gibraltar Police officers were receiving treatment this evening following injuries sustained during the arrest of a man allegedly supplying 20 grammes of cocaine. GBC understands the suspect is already on remand for other cocaine-related offences.

Small number of Care Agency employees working on fixed term contracts, says Govt

Author: GBC

Date: 23 January 2015

There are a small number of employees in the Care Agency working on fixed term contracts, which will not be extended beyond expiry – however, nobody is being dismissed.

Government & GSD clash over health and safety at Laguna Estate

Author: GBC

Date: 23 January 2015

The Opposition has called on the Government to look into health and safety concerns at Laguna Estate. It highlights Resolution House in particular, where it says access has been severely restricted by the current works. In its response, the Government has said it’s delighted that the GSD has remembered the existence of Laguna Estate; adding this contrasts with their “dismal” record for forgetting the estate when in power.

Man receives eight month sentence for charges including driving under the influence and assault

Author: GBC

Date: 23 January 2015

In the Magistrate’s Court this morning, a man was sentenced to eight months in prison for various offences. Norman Fernandez, of 24 Heathfield House, pleaded guilty to nine charges; these included counts of drink driving, drunk and disorderly, assault and possession of cannabis.

21-year-old sentenced to 14 months for supplying cocaine

Author: GBC

Date: 23 January 2015

A 21-year-old man has been sentenced to 14 months in prison for possession with intent to supply six grammes of cocaine.
 Javagn Apap was represented by Andrew Cardona.

Ashley Fox 'proud' to sponsor Gibraltar stand at EU Parliament

Author: GBC

Date: 23 January 2015

Conservative MEP Ashley Fox says he is proud to represent Gibraltar and help the Rock project itself in Europe. As MEP for Gibraltar and the South West, Mr Fox sponsored Gibraltar’s display at the European Parliament this week.

Winter Party In Town raises £370 for GBC Open Day Fund

Author: GBC

Date: 23 January 2015

Last month's Winter Party In Town raised £370 towards the GBC Open Day Fund. The festive event featuring Boney M's original band member Maizie Williams, raised the amount with help from the Urban Dance Team who collected money on the night.

GSD raises health and safety concerns over Laguna Estate

Author: GBC

Date: 23 January 2015

The Opposition has called on the Minister for Housing to look into health and safety concerns at Laguna Estate, in particular one block where it says access has been severely restricted by the current works.

69-year-old man charged with sexual assault on a child under 13

Author: GBC

Date: 23 January 2015

A 69-year-old man charged with sexual assault upon a child under 13 appeared before the Magistrate’s Court this morning. Frederick Parody of Almond Lodge, Montagu Gardens, was arrested last September following allegations of sexual assault made by the mother of a young girl against Mr Parody.

Investigation into fire at old Casino building

Author: GBC

Date: 23 January 2015

Police and firefighters are investigating the cause of a fire at the abandoned old Casino building in Europa Road on Thursday evening. The Fire and Rescue Service was called out to deal with the blaze, which was brought under control within minutes.

The Times says Spanish Forum's Picardo snub makes talks more unlikely

Author: GBC

Date: 23 January 2015

The Times has highlighted the decision by Nueva Economía Fórum to withdraw an invitation to Chief Minister Fabian Picardo to address them in Madrid next month, following a personal intervention by Spanish Foreign Minister José Manuel García Margallo.

► Fire at Laguna Estate, block evacuated

Author: GBC

Date: 23 January 2015

Residents of a block at Laguna Estate were evacuated this morning, following a fire. The blaze started in a ground–floor flat at Maidstone House. There have been no injuries, although one resident was treated at the scene for smoke inhalation. Fire and Police investigators are looking into the cause of the fire.

Inquest verdict: Jim Dobbin 'death by misadventure' in Poland

Author: GBC

Date: 22 January 2015

A Rochdale Coroner hearing an inquest into the death of Gibraltar Parliamentary Group Chairman, Jim Dobbin, has returned a verdict of ‘death by misadventure’ after a post morterm revealed the cause of death to be ‘alcohol toxicity with food aspiration’.

Motorcycle death in Upper Rock

Author: GBC

Date: 22 January 2015

A 24 year old man was found dead by police officers in the early hours of the morning following reports of a motorbike accident in the Upper Rock.

GONHS congratulates Environment Department on IUCN membership

Author: GBC

Date: 22 January 2015

The GONHS has congratulated the Government’s Environment Department on becoming a member of the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

SDGG welcomes Michael Llamas appointment as Attorney General

Author: GBC

Date: 22 January 2015

The Self-Determination for Gibraltar Group welcomes the appointment of Michael Llamas QC as Attorney General.

Suspended sentence for security guard caught supplying cocaine at Number Six

Author: GBC

Date: 22 January 2015

A security guard caught supplying cocaine in Number Six will not go to prison unless he re-offends in the next 12 months.

Garcia accuses Spanish Government of three-pronged attack against Gibraltar

Author: GBC

Date: 22 January 2015

The Deputy Chief Minister, Joseph García, has accused the Spanish Government of carrying out a three-pronged attack against Gibraltar, by land, air and sea, in a continuation of the policy started by General Franco half a century ago.

A varied line-up for the 1st ever Gib Talks

Author: GBC

Date: 22 January 2015

A series of talks based on the successful TED series, will be held at the John Mackintosh Hall on Saturday. The conference style event will feature a range of Gibraltarians, with a variety of subjects up for discussion. ‘Gib Talks’ aims to focus on the anecdotal, with personal experiences explored.

Deputy Chief Minister meets with EU Transport Commissioner

Author: GBC

Date: 21 January 2015

The Deputy Chief Minister has had the opportunity to put Gibraltar’s point across regarding the inclusion of Gibraltar Airport in EU Civil Aviation measures in Brussels. Dr Joseph Garcia met with EU Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc, after she’d met the Spanish Foreign Minister.

Bel Canto Recital to raise money for Ebola orphans

Author: GBC

Date: 21 January 2015

A concert aiming to raise money for children orphaned by Ebola is to be held next fortnight. The Bel Canto Recital will see tenor, Nathan Payas, perform alongside other local musicians. Proceeds will go to the Ebola Orphans Appeal, organised by Action 4 Schools.

GSD concerned over Govt funding Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment

Author: GBC

Date: 21 January 2015

The Opposition says it's deeply concerned that the Government is making funds available for the use by GHA patients of Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment. This follows the visit to Gibraltar of Professor Philip James, an exponent of this treatment who gave a public talk on the matter last night.

Over €5.5million of EU funding available to Gibraltar

Author: GBC

Date: 21 January 2015

Over €5.5million of European union funding is available to Gibraltar over the next six years, and will help small and medium sized enterprises as well as public sector projects. The new programme of investment was launched today at Grand Battery House.

La Linea resident gets suspended sentence for wounding

Author: GBC

Date: 21 January 2015

A La Linea resident has received a six-month suspended sentence for wounding. Daicy Yamile Montero Mancilla pleaded guilty to the charge that dates back to 2013.

Michael Llamas QC appointed Attorney General

Author: GBC

Date: 21 January 2015

Michael Llamas QC has been appointed Attorney General in Gibraltar. He will take over from Ricky Rhoda QC later on in the year. Mr Llamas has been appointed by the Governor, acting on the advice and recommendations of the Specified Appointments Commission, in accordance with the constitution. Sir James Dutton has congratulated Michael Llamas on his appointment. The Government too has congratulated Mr Llamas. The Chief Minister says the appointment is appropriate recognition of his legal talent and hard work.

Gibraltar Alzheimer's and Dementia Society receives £20,000 donation

Author: GBC

Date: 21 January 2015

The Convent Christmas Fair Committee has presented a cheque for £20,000 to the Gibraltar Alzheimer’s and Dementia Society.

Gibraltar Group of Professional Engineers to host talk on wiring regulations

Author: GBC

Date: 21 January 2015

The talk will be headed by Mr Alan Charlton, Head of Training and Consultancy of Certsure and is in association with the Gibraltar Electricity Authority.

EU Commission agrees with Gibraltar over tuna fishing

Author: GBC

Date: 20 January 2015

The EU Commission has told a Spanish MEP that it can not initiate infringement proceedings against Gibraltar where Union Fisheries Regulations are concerned. This followed a question by Gabriel Mato on whether the Commission was aware of Gibraltar’s decision to declare a total allowable catch for Atlantic bluefin tuna of 10 tonnes.

Barclays raises money for 'Help for Heroes'

Author: GBC

Date: 20 January 2015

Barclays Gibraltar has been raising money for ‘Help for Heroes’. All the staff at Barclays cycled and collected money for the charity. Help for Heroes gives support to wounded veterans and serving personal.

► Gibraltar 'not a soft target for terrorism', says Police Commissioner

Author: GBC

Date: 20 January 2015

Gibraltar should not be seen as a soft target for terrorism. The Commissioner of Police says it is important to show the outside world that terrorists would face a very strong, very professional outfit here.

'Sleeping Beauty' pantomime at Ince's Hall Theatre

Author: GBC

Date: 20 January 2015

A classic fairytale gets a pantomime makeover in an upcoming production at the Ince’s Hall Theatre. The Trafalgar Theatre Group’s take on “Sleeping Beauty” brings to life this much loved story with all the panto trappings the audience expects.

Spain resists measures to include Gibraltar in Single European Sky

Author: GBC

Date: 20 January 2015

The Spanish Foreign Secretary, José Manuel García-Margallo, has met with the new European Commissioner for Transport, Violeta Bulc, and told her that Spain will continue to resist any measures to include Gibraltar in any European Sky Single measures.

GSD says 'nervous' Government reinforces concerns over public finances

Author: GBC

Date: 20 January 2015

The GSD says the Government’s reaction to the Leader of the Opposition’s New Year Message betrays a nervousness that reinforces valid concerns as to its management of public finances.

Environment Department admitted into IUCN

Author: GBC

Date: 20 January 2015

The Department of Environment has been admitted into the World Conservation Union, the International Union for Conservation of Nature. IUCN is the world’s oldest and largest global environmental organisation.

Drugs charges; Teenager sent to prison for six weeks

Author: GBC

Date: 20 January 2015

A 19 year old woman, has been sentenced to six weeks in prison after pleading guilty to possession with intent to supply 24 grammes of Cannabis Resin.

Chamber proposes Employment legislation changes

Author: GBC

Date: 19 January 2015

The Chamber of Commerce has asked the Government to reintroduce a cap on the basic award that may be made by an Industrial Tribunal, and to require the payment of fees in any case brought before the Tribunal. These are just two reforms of local Employment Legislation suggested in a 24-page “Agenda for Change” document that the Chamber would like to see adopted before the general election.

Gibraltar Finance to attend Captive Live

Author: GBC

Date: 19 January 2015

Gibraltar Finance will be attending and exhibiting at Captive Live 2015 in London this week. The event is aimed at risk management and captive insurance professionals.

£400 fine for possession of cannabis

Author: GBC

Date: 19 January 2015

A man has been fined £400 for possession of cannabis. Sean Casey, of 18/6 Tarik Road, appeared in the Magistrates’ Court on Monday. He was sentenced after pleading guilty to possession of 36.2 grammes of the class B drug.

Convent to protest over SPS Vigia incursion

Author: GBC

Date: 19 January 2015

The Office of the Governor has confirmed an unlawful incursion into British Gibraltar Territorial Waters by Spanish State vessel SPS Vigia, and will be issuing an official protest to the Spanish Government.

Heritage Trust seeks new members

Author: GBC

Date: 19 January 2015

The Heritage Trust is launching a drive for new members seeking their support in the task of preserving and interpreting Gibraltar's rich past. In an initiative sponsored by accountancy firm EY, every household will over the next few days receive a letter introducing the scheme together with a membership card.

Opposition questions new buses tender

Author: GBC

Date: 19 January 2015

The Opposition has questioned the awarding of the tender for the new public buses to Bassadone Motors in the sum of five million pounds. It claims a substantially lower bid was submitted by Denis Buses, and it’s renewed it’s call for the Government to publish details of the unsuccessful tenders.

Government says Opposition is elitist and snobbish

Author: GBC

Date: 19 January 2015

The Government has accused the Opposition of elitism and snobbery, and of being out of touch with the electorate. This follows last week’s New Year Message by the Leader of the Opposition, Daniel Feetham, who said the GSLP/Liberals have encouraged a culture of entitlement in the community which is a “rot at our core”.

Melvyn Farrell new Chairman of GBC

Author: GBC

Date: 19 January 2015

The former Clerk to the Parliament and Elections Returning Officer, Melvyn Farrell, has been appointed the new Chairman of GBC. Mr Farrell takes over from Albert Mena, who resigned from the GBC Board, given his acceptance of the post of Financial Secretary.

Gibraltar submits UNESCO application

Author: GBC

Date: 19 January 2015

Gibraltar is today presenting its nomination to make the Gorham’s Cave Complex and the cliffs leading to O’Hara’s Battery a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The draft application was recently submitted to UNESCO for a “completeness check” ahead of the finalised version, which is now ready.

Reception gives thanks over collection of toys for needy children in La Linea

Author: GBC

Date: 19 January 2015

A reception held at the Caleta Hotel gave thanks to all those who took part in the collection of toys for needy children in La Linea.

Local man pleads guilty to stealing over £2000

Author: GBC

Date: 19 January 2015

A local man has pleaded guilty to stealing over £2,000. Sasha Garcia, of South Barrack Road, faces charges of entering a local business and stealing £1,500, €800 and $400.

MoD instructor changes career after 29 years service

Author: GBC

Date: 19 January 2015

The Commander British Forces, Commodore Ian McGhie, was fulsome in his praise of local employee Arturo Asquez, who’s completed 29 years’ service with the Ministry of Defence and is now beginning a new career as a Customs Officer. Commodore McGhie described him as a strong source of knowledge and part of his own personal development and a constant rock during his time in Gibraltar.

Security threat level to remain on 'substantial'

Author: GBC

Date: 19 January 2015

The enhanced security threat level will be maintained on “substantial” for the time being. This follows a meeting of the security co-ordination group, which comprises the Governor, the Chief Minister, the Commander British Forces and the Commissioner of Police.

Talk to examine benefits of oxygen therapy

Author: GBC

Date: 19 January 2015

The benefits of oxygen therapy will be the focus of a talk on Tuesday, organised by the Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre. Dr Philip James is the author of “Oxygen and the Brain”, which looks at how oxygen can be used to treat various injuries and ailments.

Revised Oil Spill Contingency Plan published

Author: GBC

Date: 19 January 2015

A revised Oil Spill Contingency Plan has been published by the Port Authority. It’s designed to take into account the routine activities taking place in the port and in British Gibraltar Territorial Waters.

Royal Gibraltar Regiment sees new promotions come into effect

Author: GBC

Date: 16 January 2015

Newly Commissioned Officer, Julian Valverde, has served 21 years in the Regiment and his new post is ‘Officer Commanding Headquarters Company’. WO1 Dean Castrey, will now take over Captain Valverde’s role as Regimental Sergeant Major. And, Alex Stone has also been selected for a Late Entry Commission.

Local man pleads guilty to possession of cocaine and cannabis

Author: GBC

Date: 16 January 2015

A local man has pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine and cannabis. 23-year-old Jolan Dyer was charged with possession of 88 grammes of cannabis, and possession with intent to supply almost six grammes of cocaine; he has pleaded not guilty to the charge of intent to supply.

► Security state increased to 'substantial' - precautionary, no specific threat

Author: GBC

Date: 16 January 2015

The security state in Gibraltar has been raised to "substantial" with immediate effect. According to the Convent, this is based on events in Europe and intelligence assessments. A spokesperson said this is a precautionary measure, and not indicative of a specific threat to Gibraltar. The Police has increased its presence in public areas. The advice is to remain vigilant and report any concerns.

Chief Minister presents £3500 to RG Benevolent Fund

Author: GBC

Date: 16 January 2015

The Chief Minister, has donated three thousand five hundred pounds to the Royal Gibraltar Regiment Benevolent Fund. This money was formally spent on Christmas Cards and postage. Fabian Picardo, says, he's supporting this cause this year, to mark the Regiment’s 75th Anniversary.

Govt leads business development visit to Hong Kong

Author: GBC

Date: 16 January 2015

The Government will be leading a further business development visit to Hong Kong, this weekend. Headed by Finance Minister, Albert Isola, the visit is anchored around the Alternative Investment Management Association Conference.

Brick by Brick campaign raises £12,000

Author: GBC

Date: 16 January 2015

Two local charities have received £12,000 in donations thanks to the Citizens’ Advice Bureau’s “Brick by Brick” campaign. The money was presented to Calpe House and the Gibraltar Community Association.

Illegal tobacco factory dismantled by Guardia Civil

Author: GBC

Date: 16 January 2015

The largest illegal tobacco factory in Spain has been dismantled by the Guardia Civil, according to reports in the Spanish press. The factory was capable of producing 65,000 packets of cigarettes a day.

GSD promises 'sustainable political and economic project'

Author: GBC

Date: 16 January 2015

A “viable and sustainable political and economic project” is what the GSD will provide for Gibraltar should it be elected into office, according to the Leader of the Opposition in his response to the Chief Minister’s New Year message.

GSD: Government making 'reiterative' announcements; Govt reacts

Author: GBC

Date: 16 January 2015

The Opposition says it is not the first time the Government has said St Bernard's School will be ready by September, adding it has congratulated the Government before.

Two men plead not guilty to eight counts of false accounting

Author: GBC

Date: 16 January 2015

Two senior accountants have pleaded not guilty to eight counts of false accountanting at the Supreme Court. Kenneth Robinson and Ian Wood are jointly charged with six of the counts, four of which relate to accountant report forms totalling £19million.

New St Bernard's School to be ready in September

Author: GBC

Date: 16 January 2015

The New St Bernard's School, which will house infant and middle school schildren, will be ready for business in September. The capital investment is around £17 million, with the new schools housing eight school years.

Gibraltar Finance Business Development Plan summary published

Author: GBC

Date: 15 January 2015

An executive summary of the Gibraltar Finance Business Development Plan has been published by the Minister for Financial Services. The document offers an update on the work streams being undertaken and offers a schedule of events for 2015.

Charity launched to save Gibraltar's street cats

Author: GBC

Date: 15 January 2015

The welfare of Gibraltar’s feral cats is the focus of a new charity being set up by a group of concerned animal lovers. Save Gibraltar’s Street Cats’ objective is a programme to trap, neuter and rehome or release as many cats as possible.

Cayman Islands rejects Cameron's tax proposal

Author: GBC

Date: 15 January 2015

A proposal by the British Prime Minister for Overseas Territories to “set a new standard for transparency” has been rejected by the Cayman Islands, according to reports in the UK press. David Cameron wrote to all British overseas territories last year urging them to sign up to a public register for ownership of companies.

New law to regulate Allied Health Practitioners

Author: GBC

Date: 15 January 2015

A new law to regulate Allied Health Practitioners has been announced. The new law will regulate the practitioners by laying down entry qualifications for them, establishing their rules of practice and protecting their titles.

Man charged with possession and intent to supply £5,000 worth of Cannabis

Author: GBC

Date: 15 January 2015

A local man has been charged with possession and intent to supply 950 grammes of Cannabis Resin. It’s alleged the police found the Class ‘B’ drugs at the residence of 25-year-old Stephen Pou following the execution of a search warrant.

London Court of Appeal allows OHL to appeal against Government

Author: GBC

Date: 15 January 2015

The Court of Appeal in London has given leave for the Spanish Construction Company, OHL to pursue an appeal against the Gibraltar Government. This follows the termination of OHL’s contract for the airport tunnel in 2011, by the previous administration.

New National Gallery to be named after Mario Finlayson

Author: GBC

Date: 15 January 2015

Gibraltar’s new National Art Gallery will be named the ‘Mario Finlayson National Gallery’. The news was revealed by the Chief Minister at the launch of the artist’s retrospective exhibition. The exhibition paying tribute to Gibraltar’s ‘Art Doyen’ is on show at the Gustavo Bacarisa’s Gallery at Casemates.

Man sentenced for nightclub punch

Author: GBC

Date: 15 January 2015

A man had been sentenced to four weeks in prison for punching a man while at a local nightclub.

Gib Talks Schedule

Author: GBC

Date: 14 January 2015

The Gibraltar Cultural Services has announced the speakers for 'Gib Talks' on the 24th of January at the John Mackintosh Hall.

A man with strong Gibraltar connections at centre of criminal investigation in Brazil over £70million

Author: GBC

Date: 14 January 2015

A man with strong Gibraltar connections is at the centre of a criminal investigation in Brazil after investors claim to have lost over £70million.

Gibraltar's National Futsal squad suffers 3-0 defeat against Greece

Author: GBC

Date: 14 January 2015

Gibraltar’s National Futsal squad has lost 3-0 against Greece in its first match of the UEFA Futsal Euro 2016 preliminary qualifiers.

This year's first Parliament meeting to take place next Thursday

Author: GBC

Date: 14 January 2015

The first meeting of Parliament this year will take place next Thursday.

GSD Leader Daniel Feetham expects an early General Election

Author: GBC

Date: 14 January 2015

Opposition and GSD Leader, Daniel Feetham, says he expects an early General Election - before the summer.

Jack Yeo receives Royal Life Saving Society's Giovanni Sene award

Author: GBC

Date: 14 January 2015

Jack Yeo has been awarded the Royal Life Saving Society’s Giovanni Sene award, awarded to the best lifeguard.

Spring Festival logo competition opens

Author: GBC

Date: 14 January 2015

Entry forms for the competition to select a logo for the Spring Festival are now available from the John Macintosh Hall.

GHA launches 'Change 4 Life' campaign in an effort to reduce childhood obesity

Author: GBC

Date: 14 January 2015

The GHA has launched their newest health initiative - ‘Change 4 Life’.

►Former Police Commissioner Louis Wink expresses interest in standing as a GSD candidate

Author: GBC

Date: 14 January 2015

Former Police Commissioner, Louis Wink, has expressed his willingness to stand as a candidate with the GSD at the next General Election, but says it’s up to the party executive.

First phase of Spanish Frontier works could be completed by summer

Author: GBC

Date: 14 January 2015

The first phase of works on the Spanish Side of the Frontier is expected to be completed by the end of the summer.

Five months in prison for possession and intent to supply cannabis

Author: GBC

Date: 14 January 2015

A local man was sentenced to five months in prison for possession and intent to supply cannabis.

Hundreds gather for funeral of former Minister, Bernard Linares

Author: GBC

Date: 13 January 2015

Hundreds gathered at the Cathedral on Tuesday evening for the funeral of former government minister, trade unionist, headteacher and priest, Dr Bernard Linares.

Gibraltar International Drama Festival closing date for entries 30th Jan

Author: GBC

Date: 13 January 2015

Entries for this year’s Gibraltar International Drama Festival don’t have much time left to apply. The closing date is January 30th, with the Drama Festival set to take place in March.

Assault and wounding charges in the Magistrates' Court

Author: GBC

Date: 13 January 2015

A man has been charged with assault and wounding at the Magistrates’ Court. It was alleged that in 2009, Sergio Gonzalez assaulted a person and maliciously wounded another.

GHA commissions second Health and Lifestyle survey

Author: GBC

Date: 13 January 2015

The Gibraltar Health Authority is looking to learn more about the health of adult Gibraltarians, and compare it to statistics from a few years ago, by commissioning its second Health and Lifestyle survey. The survey will be carried out by Copywrite, and is expected to be published by the end of 2015.

100th birthday for 'Tita Ana'

Author: GBC

Date: 13 January 2015

A local woman has celebrated her 100th birthday, surrounded by her family and with a special visit from the Chief Minister, Fabian Picardo. Gibraltar’s newest centenarian is Ana Piris, known as “Tita Ana”.

Pine Processionary caterpillars spotted locally

Author: GBC

Date: 13 January 2015

The Pine Processionary caterpillars are expected to emerge from their nests over the next couple of months, with some already spotted locally.

Spanish Government offers fishing subsistance

Author: GBC

Date: 13 January 2015

The Spanish Government is to give financial help to fishermen, to counteract the losses suffered, because of what they describe as the obstacles presented by Gibraltar and the closed season for fishing sardines.

EU Commission approves ERDF programme

Author: GBC

Date: 13 January 2015

A new European programme for the use of structural funds in Gibraltar has been approved by the Commission. Funding, in the form of grants, aims to stimulate economic development. The programme for the next six years will be launched at Grand Bastion House next Wednesday and the public is invited to attend.

Rosindell blasts PM over Gibraltar

Author: GBC

Date: 13 January 2015

The British Prime Minister has been accused of using Gibraltar as a “pawn” in EU negotiations, by the Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Overseas Territories. Andrew Rosindell said people would not stand for Britain negotiating the rights of its citizens to appease Brussels and Madrid.

Local man charged with possession of a knife and using threatening language

Author: GBC

Date: 13 January 2015

A local man has been charged at the Magistrates' Court with possession of a knife and using threatening language.

Gibraltar National Art Gallery named after Mario Finlayson

Author: GBC

Date: 13 January 2015

Gibraltar’s National Art Gallery will be named the ‘Mario Finlayson National Gallery’. The announcement was made by the Chief Minister at the launch of the artist’s retrospective exhibition. Fabian Picardo paid tribute to Mario Finlayson, saying he was a prolific artist who has had a great influence on Gibraltar’s artists.

Morrisons chief steps down

Author: GBC

Date: 13 January 2015

Morrisons’ UK chief executive Dalton Philips is to step down after five years in charge, following a slump in sales and a loss of marketshare to discount supermarkets. Christmas sales across Morrisons’ more than 600 stores was down 3.1% compared to 12 months earlier.

John Galliano to make highly anticipated comeback

Author: GBC

Date: 12 January 2015

Gibraltar-born fashion designer John Galliano made his comeback to women’s fashion Monday with an event in London to showcase the “Artisanal” range from fashion house Maison Martin Margiela.

EU says Eastside works do not contravene EU directives

Author: GBC

Date: 12 January 2015

The European Commission has reiterated that the works being carried out on the Eastside do not contravene EU directives.

Gibraltar World Music Festival 2015 launched

Author: GBC

Date: 12 January 2015

Gibraltar will celebrate Moroccan culture at this year’s Gibraltar World Music Festival. Organisers Gibraltar Productions have developed a program celebrating cultures of Maghreb and Morocco with world music, workshops and street parties, in keeping with the style of previous years.

Gibraltar featured in Private Eye magazine

Author: GBC

Date: 12 January 2015

Gibraltar has featured in British satirical news magazine, Private Eye, which reported that a financial donor to the UK Independence Party has threatened legal action over a dispute concerning the level of reserves between the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission and his insurance company.

Former Police Commissioner joins GSD

Author: GBC

Date: 12 January 2015

Former Police Commissioner, Louis Wink, is to join the GSD. GBC does not know whether this is with a view to his joining the party’s slate at the next election. Mr Wink was co-opted into the executive at a meeting on Monday.

Police Complaints Board report reveals three sustained cases

Author: GBC

Date: 12 January 2015

Thirty complaints were received by the Police Complaints Board last year, involving the conduct of officers. The results have been revealed in the latest Annual Report covering 2014.

4 months in prison for cheque theft

Author: GBC

Date: 12 January 2015

A local man has been sentenced to 4 months in prison for stealing a blank cheque and using it to withdraw six thousand pounds.

Cumberland residents complain about shipyard works

Author: GBC

Date: 11 January 2015

Works on a 200-metre long cargo ship in Gib Dock have caused some concern for nearby residents, who’ve complained about loud noises and foul smells. The ‘Repubblica Argentina’ is a vehicles carrier and has been undergoing works for several days now.

Navy reads warnings to Spanish tug

Author: GBC

Date: 11 January 2015

The Royal Navy read warnings to Spanish state vessel ‘Maria Zambrano’ yesterday afternoon, after she changed course within British Gibraltar Territorial Waters off the North Mole. Meanwhile, the Minister for the Armed Forces has reiterated in the House of Commons that the UK Government takes its responsibility for protecting the sovereignty of Gibraltar waters very seriously.

Motorcyclist hospitalised after flying over car

Author: GBC

Date: 10 January 2015

A local man in his forties was hospitalised on Saturday morning after a dramatic accident on Winston Churchill Avenue. At about 9.30am the motorcyclist was heading north towards the frontier and had just cleared the runway when he collided into the back of a car, sending him flying over the vehicle and onto the tarmac.

Five years in prison for fraudster who shot himself

Author: GBC

Date: 09 January 2015

A local man who admitted shooting himself has been sentenced to five years and two months for a £400,000 fraud, and for perverting the course of justice. When 40-year-old Mark Galia suffered a gun shot wound in Europa Point in January 2013, he originally told the police he'd been shot by another man. He has now admitted to shooting himself on the day he was due to pay back victims he had defrauded.

Government & Opposition clash over bullying investigations

Author: GBC

Date: 09 January 2015

The GSD says there is a contrast in the way the Government is handling the investigations into the allegations of bullying made against the RGP and Joanna Hernandez respectively. For its part, the Government says the Chief Minister has acted immediately on both, adding the Opposition appears keen for the Hernandez case to be determined in a manner which goes against her.

Tercentenary hire controversy - Government publishes figures

Author: GBC

Date: 09 January 2015

The Government has accused the Opposition of not checking its facts before criticising it over the use of public facilities for private functions. According to Number Six, the sum charged for this year’s Christmas and New Year Galas at the Tercentenary Hall is greater than that charged for all events that there since 2005 combined.

Your Concerns: Police Authority carries out annual survey

Author: GBC

Date: 09 January 2015

The Police Authority is carrying out its annual fact finding exercise, asking the public for their concerns and views on the performance of the Royal Gibraltar Police. The Authority describes the survey as “valuable”, saying the issues highlighted are then included in the Policing Plan, with targets set and monitored throughout the year.

► Lidington comments highly embarrassing to Spain, highlights Picardo

Author: GBC

Date: 09 January 2015

The Chief Minister – who was present at the debate – said that it was fantastic that Conservative and Labour politicians had brought a very good report on Gibraltar to the attention of most of House.

New Year Message: Picardo says 2015 will be election year

Author: GBC

Date: 08 January 2015

The general election in Gibraltar will take place this year, and will not spill over into 2016. This was revealed by the Chief Minister in his New Year Message broadcast by GBC Television this evening. Whereas in his own written New Year Message this week the Deputy Chief Minister Joseph Garcia was careful to say that the election would take place in the next 12 to 14 months, Fabian Picardo states that 2015 will be an election year.

Gibtelecom hosts International Telecommunication Companies in London

Author: GBC

Date: 08 January 2015

An exhibition on the 'Information Age' at the Science Museum has been the background chosen by Gibtelecom for a reception to host International Telecommunications Companies.

► Foreign Affairs Chairman 'disappointed' by Lidington's response

Author: GBC

Date: 08 January 2015

The Minister for Europe David Lidington did not reveal any change in the UK government’s policy towards the Rock in a long and often passionate debate on Gibraltar in the House of Commons on Thursday afternoon. The Foreign Affairs Committee chairman, Sir Richard Ottoway, said the debate had been excellent, but he was left with a feeling of disappointment.

RGP holds vigil for French colleagues

Author: GBC

Date: 08 January 2015

The Royal Gibraltar Police held a two-minute vigil this morning. This was in honour of their French colleagues who lost their lives in yesterday’s Charlie Hebdo terror attack and in this morning’s incident in the South of Paris.

RGP investigating malware scam emails that target online banking information

Author: GBC

Date: 08 January 2015

The Royal Gibraltar Police is investigating a report from a local business regarding the receipt of a scam email containing malware. The email is blank and has no content but has a PDF file attachment.

Two year prison sentence for 'drug jettison' following chase at sea

Author: GBC

Date: 08 January 2015

Two men have been sentenced to prison for throwing cannabis overboard a vessel whilst being chased by a police motor boat. Jamal Akayab Touda has been sentenced to two years and four months and Abdelkader Mohammed Alami to two years.

Youth service to begin their 2015 training programme

Author: GBC

Date: 08 January 2015

The Gibraltar Youth Service is gearing up to start their 2015 training programme. The youth service works mainly on a voluntary basis, and they are currently offering an ‘introduction to youth work course’.

Customs in 60,000 cigarette raid

Author: GBC

Date: 07 January 2015

Sixty thousand cigarettes worth five thousand pounds have been seized during a Customs operation in the area of Emmerson’s Place this week. A vehicle was also seized. The operation targetted illegal tobacco exports; one person has been arrested and is helping Customs with their enquiries.

Tercentenary Hall controversy sparks into first political debate of 2015

Author: GBC

Date: 07 January 2015

After it was first raised by the Federation of Small Businesses, the issue of the use of the Tercentenary Hall by a private company to hold an event on New Year's Eve has developed into the first sustained political battle of 2015. In the fourth press release issued on the matter in just two days, the Government has confirmed that Rock Royale was charged nearly seven thousand pounds for venue hire and staff overtime.

MPs to call for court action against Spain in Commons debate on Gib

Author: GBC

Date: 07 January 2015

The British Government is expected to face calls from MPs on Thursday to take Spain to court over its treatment of Gibraltar. In a report published last July, the Foreign Affairs Committee of the House of Commons gave an ultimatum that unless the situation at the Gibraltar-La Línea border improved within six months, the UK should make it clear that it intended to begin legal proceedings against Madrid. The Committee doesn't think there's been an improvement, and will tell the Foreign Secretary so during the debate, which will be carried live by GBC.

Chief Minister expected to publish Credit Finance balance sheet in NY message

Author: GBC

Date: 07 January 2015

In his New Year message, the Chief Minister is expected to publish an updated balance sheet tomorrow which he will argue proves that Credit Finance Company Ltd is not spending a penny on Government Projects.

Preparations underway for 2015 Register of Electors

Author: GBC

Date: 07 January 2015

Preparations for the 2015 Register of Electors are underway. Forms are currently being posted to local households with the distribution expected by early next week.

Archives to introduce audio tracks about Gibraltar's history

Author: GBC

Date: 07 January 2015

To celebrate the 75th anniversary of the wartime evacuation, Gibraltar’s Archives will soon be enhanced by audio tracks recorded by people with first-hand experience of this time in Gibraltar’s history.

GHA to screen new born babies for rare genetic disorders

Author: GBC

Date: 07 January 2015

The GHA will now be screening new born babies for a number of rare genetic disorders, in addition to other tests which are already being carried out.

Equality Rights Group: It's time to recognise transgender rights

Author: GBC

Date: 07 January 2015

The Equality Rights Group says its time to recognise the rights of transgender people in the community. The group support Joanna Attard, born John 63 years ago, to have her gender identity recognised in law.

Chief Minister receives report from Gibraltar Police Authority over bullying allegations

Author: GBC

Date: 06 January 2015

The Chief Minister has received an initial factual assessment report from the Gibraltar Police Authority following allegations of bullying at a selection weekend recently carried out by the Royal Gibraltar Police.

Diamond boy Luis Vinet dies

Author: GBC

Date: 06 January 2015

One of the Diamond Boys, Luis Vinet has recently passed away.

Garcia New Year Message sets out agenda for election year

Author: GBC

Date: 06 January 2015

In his New Year message the Deputy Chief Minister, asks the electorate to once again put its faith in the GSLP Liberals when the time comes round. Dr Joseph Garcia says by any standards, the GSLP Liberals have achieved an incredible amount in only three years thanks to the hard work and dedication of the Chief Minister and his team.

Verdemar claims East Side project contravenes European Law

Author: GBC

Date: 06 January 2015

The Spanish environmental group ‘Verdermar’ has written to the European Commission urging them to open infraction proceedings against Gibraltar, and claiming the East Side project contravenes European Law.

Algeciras fishermen in financial trouble

Author: GBC

Date: 06 January 2015

The Algeciras Fishermen’s Guild could face imminent closure after failing to tackle a fifteen year social security debt amounting to nearly €400,000. The Algeciras Guild has been at loggerheads with the Gibraltar Government since the 1999 fishing agreement was rescinded, and the artificial reef was created in Gibraltar’s waters.

Surge of holiday bookings after Christmas break

Author: GBC

Date: 05 January 2015

With the Christmas holidays over, some people are already looking forward to another break.

Mission to the Moon and Mulan claim top prizes at Three Kings Cavalcade

Author: GBC

Date: 05 January 2015

Airfield Ground Support Unit, with Mission to the Moon, are the senior winner of this year’s Three Kings Cavalcade. Transitions Dance Company, with Mulan, wins the juniors. The parade got underway a little after 7:30pm, with 9 floats delighting crowds that had lined up the route of Main Street.

Prison Sentence for supplying cocaine

Author: GBC

Date: 05 January 2015

A 21-year-old man has been sentenced to 16 months in prison for possession with intent to supply six grammes of cocaine.


Government says hiring of Tercentenary Hall no different to other venues

Author: GBC

Date: 05 January 2015

The Government says Government premises have been rented out for private functions since time immemorial. It adds the identity of the organisation that rented the premises is irrelevant to the debate.

GSD calls on the Government to disclose New Year Tercentenary Hall costs

Author: GBC

Date: 05 January 2015

The GSD has called on the Government to make public the cost of the hire of the Tercentenary Hall to Rock Royale. It’s also asked whether this event has resulted in any cost to the public.

RAF's latest transporter calls at Gibraltar

Author: GBC

Date: 05 January 2015

The RAF’s latest transporter plane – the A400M – was in Gibraltar on Saturday for the second time in a matter of days, as part of routine operational tasking.

Spain tries to stop US Congress support for Gib:UK Parliament to debate on Gibraltar

Author: GBC

Date: 04 January 2015

Spain will be feeling the pressure of intensified lobbying in support of Gibraltar in both Britain and the U.S. On Thursday the UK Parliament will debate a motion on Gibraltar. On the other side of the Atlantic, Congressmen have pledged to continue supporting Gibraltar's rights to Self Determination, despite interventions from Spain.

Eleven floats to participate in the Three Kings' Cavalcade

Author: GBC

Date: 03 January 2015

The scene is set for one of Gibraltar's most loved community events

Accused of Sexual Assault on a minor: The RGP extradites a man to Spain

Author: GBC

Date: 03 January 2015

59 year old Spanish National, Manuel Sanchez Montero, wanted in Spain in relation to an allegation of rape and sexual assault on a minor, was extradited on Friday, following the execution of a European Arrest Warrant.

Barclays sells off Spanish arm

Author: GBC

Date: 03 January 2015

Barclays Bank completes the sale of its Spanish arm at a half a billion pound loss

Barcelona World Race: New record

Author: GBC

Date: 03 January 2015

A British/Spanish duo sailing from Barcelona to Gibraltar, has broken the record by over a day.

New Year welcomes two babies

Author: GBC

Date: 02 January 2015

Two New Year's Day babies were born within a minute of each other.

Thousands attend New Year celebrations at Casemates Square

Author: GBC

Date: 02 January 2015

2015 began with a traditional street party and fireworks display at Casemates Square. Thousands attended the celebrations, which were televised on GBC. The event included performances from Jetstream and the Soulmates.

New Aloes development wins International Property Award

Author: GBC

Date: 02 January 2015

A luxury development in Gibraltar has won a global award. The New Aloes house in the South District won "Best International Property Single Unit" in the International Property Awards, held in Dubai.

Man arrested for stabbing a dog pleads 'Not Guilty.'

Author: GBC

Date: 02 January 2015

A man who was arrested for allegedly stabbing a dog has appeared before the Magistrate's Court. 70-year-old David Harrison has pleaded 'not guilty' of cruelty to an animal and 'not guilty' of having a knife in his possession.

Philharmonic Society New Year Concert

Author: GBC

Date: 02 January 2015

Mozart proved to be the perfect appetizer for Strauss' polkas and waltzes at the Gibraltar Philharmonic Society's New Year classical concert.

► Former Minister Bernard Linares dies aged 80

Author: GBC

Date: 01 January 2015

Former Trade Unionist, Priest, Headmaster and Government Minister, Dr Bernard Linares has died in the UK after a long illness. He was 80.

Ex-pats in Spain to lose winter fuel allowances

Author: GBC

Date: 31 December 2014

Ex-pat British pensioners living in Gibraltar and on the Costa del Sol are set to lose their winter fuel allowances, according to the Daily Mail. The newspaper quotes Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith as saying it’s “absurd and offensive” that the British taxpayer should fund payments for pensioners who have retired to hotter climates.

Gibraltarian wins Sports Achievement Award at UK Ethnic Minorities Awards

Author: GBC

Date: 31 December 2014

A Gibraltarian triathlete has won the Sports Achievement Award at the UK South West Asian and Ethnic Minorities Awards 2014. 25 year old Akhil Viz, once rowed for the Calpe Rowing Club. He now lives in Bristol, and is one of the youngest competitors ever to take part in the gruelling ultra-distance triathlon, commonly know as the Ironman.

Guardia Civil Union calls for action against internet 'troll'

Author: GBC

Date: 31 December 2014

The Guardia Civil Union has called for the authorities to take action against a British National, resident in Madrid, for trolling their members on social media. The Association is claiming the individual is insulting Guardia Civil officers at the border between Spain and Gibraltar, and urging readers to harass the officers and their families.

Jetstream and Soulmates to perform at New Years concert

Author: GBC

Date: 31 December 2014

The New Year Celebrations will begin at Casemates Square with a musical line-up. The show promises to provide entertainment for all the family.

New Year's Honours: Ricky Rhoda awarded CBE

Author: GBC

Date: 31 December 2014

The Attorney General, Ricky Rhoda QC, has been awarded a CBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours. A British Empire Medal was awarded to former Clerk to the Parliament, Melvyn Farrell, with three Gibraltar Awards also given to members of the local community.

Bilingual children's book features illustrations by local artist

Author: GBC

Date: 30 December 2014

A new bilingual book for children features illustrations by a local artist. “Silvina has a Plan”, written by Carmen Cordero Amores, was illustrated by Gail Francis-Tiron.

Campo Mayors campaign for La Linea to be represented in Ad Hoc talks

Author: GBC

Date: 30 December 2014

Most Campo Mayors want La Linea represented in ad hoc talks and have asked the Mancommunidad President to convey this officially to the Minister for foreign Affairs. At a meeting on Monday, it was decided that La Linea Mayor, Gemma Araujo should be the representative and should be present at the next meeting.

GFSB objects to New Year's Eve event at Tercentenary Sports Hall

Author: GBC

Date: 30 December 2014

The Gibraltar Federation of Small Businesses says its members are complaining about a private company being allowed to organise a New Year’s Eve event at the Tercentenary Sports Hall, without having to bear the same rent and rates burden as bars and restaurants.

Tim Garcia wins ROTR's 'Singer/Songwriter Competition'

Author: GBC

Date: 30 December 2014

Local lawyer, Tim Garcia, has won the Rock on the Rock Club’s singer songwriter competition. His song “When the Rain Comes”, impressed judges at the weekend. The event attracted nine entries this year.

RGP investigates Natwest current account thefts

Author: GBC

Date: 30 December 2014

The Royal Gibraltar Police Financial Crime Unit is investigating a number of thefts from Natwest current accounts during the Christmas season. Speaking to GBC, a Natwest spokesperson has urged customers to call 200 77737 if they think they’ve been a victim of fraud.

Wide range of speakers confirmed for Gib Talks

Author: GBC

Date: 30 December 2014

Based on the TED series, Gibraltar Cultural Services and Julian Felice present Gib Talks.

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra to be broadcast on GBC HD on New Year's Day

Author: GBC

Date: 29 December 2014

GBC has signed an initial three-year deal with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra to bring the renowned classical event to Gibraltar’s national TV channel. The concert has an estimated audience of fifty million in over 70 countries. Staged at the Musikverein's Golden Hall in the Austrian capital since 1939, the concert features Viennese music, in particular from the Strauss family of composers.

Spanish press claims RN ordered Spanish Navy vessels out of Gibraltar waters

Author: GBC

Date: 29 December 2014

Two Spanish auxillary fleet ships sailing to Algeciras to pick up Sam Hawk Patriot Missiles was forced to leave Gibraltar waters on Sunday by the Royal Navy, according to the Spanish Press.

Serious fire at Ocean Village

Author: GBC

Date: 28 December 2014

A fire at Ocean Village on Sunday afternoon was brought under control in around fifteen minutes. The Gibraltar Fire and Rescue Service described it as serious, deploying three appliances. The blaze occurred at the external service building located in the promenade between the Sunborn Hotel and opposite the rear of the Admiral Casino building. No injuries have been reported, with the cause not yet known. Investigations are underway. Photo courtesy of David Dawson

Extradition for Spaniard who allegedly indecently assaulted minor

Author: GBC

Date: 27 December 2014

A Spanish National will be extradited to Spain within the next ten days for allegedly indecently assaulting a minor. According to the Royal Gibraltar Police, the 59 year old man, appeared before the Magistrate’s Court, at a special sitting on Saturday morning, and agreed to the extradition. In a statement the RGP says, the resident of La Linea is wanted by the Spanish judicial authorities for allegedly raping and sexually assaulting a minor.

► KGV domestic staff win the Spanish lottery

Author: GBC

Date: 26 December 2014

The domestic staff at the KGV hospital had an early Christmas present – €400,000, courtesy of the Spanish lottery! That is just over €30,000 each for the thirteen people who took part in the lottery pool that won “El Gordo”.

Hundreds take the Polar Bear Swim plunge

Author: GBC

Date: 26 December 2014

The traditional Polar Bear Swim,on Boxing Day, saw a great response with a number of events at different locations. The one at Catalan Bay saw the largest participation with hundreds taking the challenge, and many raising funds for charity.

Spanish rakers challenged and reported

Author: GBC

Date: 26 December 2014

Six Spanish fishing boats were challenged on Boxing Day off Catalan Bay, for raking in British Gibraltar territorial waters, and have or will be reported for process, by the Royal Gibraltar Police. The incident was followed by the RGP Commissioner, Eddie Yome, who was at the beach for the traditional Polar Bear Swim. He later tweeted about the incident, saying that an application for summons will follow. This means a court appearance is likely, and if convicted those reported could face a fine.

Good response for Boxing Day run

Author: GBC

Date: 26 December 2014

Over 120 people took part in the traditional Boxing Day Fun Run organised by the Gibraltar Amateur Athletic Association. The event included two routes, a town run and the longer more competitive ten kilometre race. Harvey Dixon was first across the finish line in a commendable thirty three minutes. Alison Edwards was the first woman to finish, in just over forty minutes.

Two Christmas Day babies

Author: GBC

Date: 26 December 2014

Two babies were born on Christmas day this year. The first Edisson Wyn was born to Harriet Gibbart Adam and Dimitri Adam. Nicola and Nicholas Navas who did not want to be photographed, are also the proud parents of a baby boy, still to be named.

Man arrested on suspicion of drink driving

Author: GBC

Date: 26 December 2014

A local man has been arrested on suspicion of drink driving after an accident on Cumberland Road on Boxing Day. The man crashed his car into some railings opposite Harrington Building, with extensive damage caused to both. No injuries were reported.

Association of Retired Police Officers backs RGP over investigations into bullying

Author: GBC

Date: 24 December 2014

In the light of the investigations into bullying, the Association of Retired Police Officers has backed the Royal Gibraltar Police, saying they have no reason to doubt the integrity and probity of the police service.

Governor to transmit a message from the Queen in his Christmas broadcast

Author: GBC

Date: 24 December 2014

The Governor is to transmit a message from the Queen in his Christmas broadcast on the 25th December. Sir James Dutton is expected to convey her continuing appreciation for the loyalty and steadfastness of the people of Gibraltar and her continuing support and best wishes. The Governor’s message will be broadcast on GBC at 9.05pm.

Christian Hook wins Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year

Author: GBC

Date: 24 December 2014

Local Artist, Christian Hook has won the Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year. In this last leg, Christian was one of three semi-finalists, who faced the challenge of painting actor Sir Ian McKellan.

Exhibition by artist Fatima Conesa opens at Cavilla Gallery

Author: GBC

Date: 23 December 2014

A new exhibition has opened at the Cavilla Gallery, showcasing the striking and original work of Spanish artist, Fatima Conesa, alongside the gallery’s collection of antique sculptures.

Bill to amend Gibraltar Regiment Act 1998 published

Author: GBC

Date: 23 December 2014

A bill to amend the Gibraltar Regiment Act 1998 has been published. It includes provisions for the retrospective application of changes to the pensions of members.

Bill published allowing co-users of fishing vessels to receive fishing permits

Author: GBC

Date: 23 December 2014

A bill has been published amending the 1991 Nature Protection Act to allow co-users of fishing vessels to receive fishing permits.

Local man pleads guilty for stealing a cheque worth £6,000

Author: GBC

Date: 23 December 2014

A local man has pleaded guilty to stealing a cheque worth £6,000.

RGP confirm its arrested a person subject to a European Arrest Warrant

Author: GBC

Date: 23 December 2014

The Royal Gibraltar Police has confirmed its arrested the subject of a European Arrest Warrant in Gibraltar.

Spanish National fined £2,500 for importing inflatable boat to BGTW

Author: GBC

Date: 23 December 2014

A Spanish National has been fined £2,500 for importing a 10 metre rigid inflatable boat into British Gibraltar Territorial Waters.

New Chairman for GDP Federation welcomes the Government’s open door policy

Author: GBC

Date: 23 December 2014

The Gibraltar Defence Police Federation believes the long term future of its members should be with the Government of Gibraltar, and not with the Ministry of Defence. This is according to Martin Hosken, who has taken over from Adrian Sodi as Chairman of the Federation.

McDonald's raises £1,000 towards Association for Diabetes in Children

Author: GBC

Date: 23 December 2014

McDonald's Gibraltar has raised £1,000 towards the Association for Diabetes in Children.

Residents of Mount Alvernia enjoy their Christmas Party

Author: GBC

Date: 22 December 2014

The residents of Mount Alvernia enjoyed their Christmas Party. The Christmas Lunch was organised by the Friends of Mount Alvernia

World War II Guides present over £300 to Royal Marines Charity

Author: GBC

Date: 22 December 2014

World War II Tunnel Guides have presented over £335 to the director of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity.

Director of Public Health advises Smoke Free Environment Act to include private vehicles

Author: GBC

Date: 22 December 2014

The Director of Public Health has advised that the Smoke Free Environment Act be extended to include smoking in private vehicles, as well as outdoor sports venues, in order to minimise the risk of passive smoking.

Gibraltar’s Vet Clinic appealing to the public to adopt cats and dogs

Author: GBC

Date: 22 December 2014

Gibraltar’s Vet Clinic is desperately appealing to the public to adopt cats and dogs from their shelter this Christmas. There’s been a sudden resurgence of stray animals in recent weeks and workers at the clinic are urging the community for help.

70g of cocaine seized - local couple arrested

Author: GBC

Date: 22 December 2014

Two Gibraltarians have been arrested in connection with the seizure of 70 grammes of cocaine.

Thousands of Christmas shoppers enjoy Boney M's performance at Casemates Square

Author: GBC

Date: 22 December 2014

It was a busy Saturday in town as thousands braved the shops looking for Christmas presents, before enjoying live music from Boney M.

RGP recovers over a tonne of cannabis resin worth £4.5 million

Author: GBC

Date: 22 December 2014

The Royal Gibraltar Police has recovered over a tonne of cannabis resin from Gibraltar waters following a chase at sea on Saturday night. The drugs were jettisoned by smugglers during two chases, led jointly by the RGP and the Guardia Civil.

Six soldiers presented with long service and good conduct medals

Author: GBC

Date: 22 December 2014

Six soldiers from the Royal Gibraltar Regiment have been presented long service and good conduct medals.

Women may soon serve in infantry

Author: GBC

Date: 19 December 2014

Women may soon be allowed to fight in front line combat roles for the first time. A UK government-commissioned report on the current ban on women serving in close combat roles called for more research to assess the physical demands involved.

14-year-old gets eight months in prison

Author: GBC

Date: 19 December 2014

A juvenile was sentenced to eight months in prison at the Supreme Court. The 14-year-old boy had pleaded guilty to an attempted robbery on the 8th September, when he entered a shop on Main street wearing a balaclava, and carrying a serrated bread knife.

Christmas Lottery sells out in record time

Author: GBC

Date: 19 December 2014

The Christmas lottery has sold out in record time. 50 thousand full tickets, priced at twenty pounds each, have been sold. People’s regular numbers or fijos will go on sale at 9.30 on Monday morning, if they have not been collected by then.

British national fined for feeding apes

Author: GBC

Date: 19 December 2014

Six people have been cautioned and one fined for illegally feeding the apes. This was revealed by the Minister for the Environment in Parliament.

► Dutch ship stocks up in Gibraltar for global effort against Ebola

Author: GBC

Date: 19 December 2014

A Dutch naval vessel on its way to aid in the fight against Ebola has taken on supplies here in Gibraltar. The JSS Karel Doorman is part of an international effort jointly organised by the United Nations and the European Union.

Government slams Grupo Joly

Author: GBC

Date: 18 December 2014

The Government has slammed Spanish media Group "Grupo Joly" following a report relating to the Government's employment policies. Newspapers like Europa Sur and the Diario de Cadiz have claimed that since last Tuesday all local companies must demand disclosure of criminal records from their employees, and job applicants must include details of any previous convictions with their CV. But Number Six says this is utterly erroneous and untrue, and a clear attempt to prejudice public opinion against Gibraltar.

Environmental Agency launch food safety awareness campaign

Author: GBC

Date: 18 December 2014

Do you know how to cook your turkey properly? The Environmental Agency is once again keen to spread awareness this Christmas by following the proper guidelines in the kitchen and avoid food poisoning. Their ‘Food Safety’ campaign reached Main Street where they offered advice and information leaflets to the public.

Fishing regulations working group meets for first time

Author: GBC

Date: 18 December 2014

The working group established under the recently published Marine Protection Regulations has met for the first time. Among the issues discussed were possible improvements to, and implementation of, the Regulations.

Winter Party featuring 'Boney M' this Saturday

Author: GBC

Date: 18 December 2014

A Christmas Spectacular, which includes a performance by international group Boney M at Casemates Square, takes place on Saturday. Other activities and events are also planned at John Mackintosh Square and Chatham Counterguard to provide a Winter Party in Town.

Christmas cheer brought to St Bernard's Hospital

Author: GBC

Date: 18 December 2014

With Christmas on the way, it can be a difficult time of year for those who have to spend the holidays in the hospital. But in the spirit of the season, Christmas cheer has been brought to the GHA with the traditional Nativity scene, gifts and a children’s party.

Buses tender raised in Parliament

Author: GBC

Date: 18 December 2014

Dennis Buses has complained to the Government after it failed to secure the tender for the new buses, despite having put in a much lower bid. This according to the Opposition, which in Parliament asked a host of questions on the issue of the new buses.

FCO Minister says Spain's response to EC's border recommendations 'nowhere near satisfactory'

Author: GBC

Date: 18 December 2014

The British Government has described Spain's response to the European Commission's border recommendations as "nowhere near satisfactory". In written answers to parliamentary questions by Conservative Peer Lord Patten, Foreign Office Minister Baroness Anelay of St. John's says the UK has made its view very clear to Spain.

Man fined £5,500 for transporting cigarettes

Author: GBC

Date: 18 December 2014

A local man was fined almost £6,000 for transporting cigarettes and obstructing a customs officer.

Drink-driver was a policeman when he committed the offence

Author: GBC

Date: 17 December 2014

The Royal Gibraltar Police has confirmed that a man who pleaded guilty in court to drink-driving was a serving police officer at the time he committed the offence.

GBC Open Day on course for £100,000

Author: GBC

Date: 17 December 2014

The GBC Open Day has raised over £98,188 for charity with money still coming in. It was a marathon day of fundraising, which started on Radio Gibraltar and came to a close last night at the John Mackintosh Hall.

Two seizures of illegal fireworks over the last few days

Author: GBC

Date: 17 December 2014

HM Customs has made two separate seizures of illegal fireworks over the last few days. These have come about as a result of increased checks aimed at the detection of fireworks bought in Spain.

Christian Hook reaches the finals of Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year

Author: GBC

Date: 17 December 2014

Local Artist, Christian Hook has made it to the finals of the Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year. Christian was one of three chosen from seven semi-finalists.

Hampers for the needy being prepared for distribution

Author: GBC

Date: 17 December 2014

375 food hampers are being prepared for delivery to the needy tomorrow, ahead of the Christmas holidays. The project is co-ordinated by Nazareth House and counts on the support of several local companies, as well as Bayside Comprehensive School. Monsignor Charles Azzopardi is the Director of Nazareth House.

Gibraltar National Archives releases British military personnel records

Author: GBC

Date: 17 December 2014

Birth, marriage and death records of British military personnel who served on the Rock from 1869 to 1914 may now be accessed at the Gibraltar National Archives.

Unite & Europort International Holdings row over sacked employee

Author: GBC

Date: 17 December 2014

Unite the Union is claiming Europort International Holdings has sacked an employee who’s worked for the company for almost five years, because of her trade union activity. For its part, Europort Management says it’s been surprised by the Union’s decision to issue a press release on matters under discussion, especially when Unite has not even responded to proposals put to them by Europort.

GHA's annual report: need for more screening and earlier intervention

Author: GBC

Date: 17 December 2014

The Health Service needs a shift from cure to prevention, more screening and earlier intervention. That's one of the strategies that's been identified by the newly established Senior Management Team at the GHA and highlighted by the Chief Executive in the Authority's annual report.

SPAG returns for more exercises

Author: GBC

Date: 17 December 2014

The Royal Navy’s Submarine Parachute Assistance Group returned to the Rock. The team has been carrying out jumps in the Strait Of Gibraltar as part of its bi-annual exercises, to hone their skills in parachuting.

Supreme Court to determine how a man suffered a gun shot wound before sentencing

Author: GBC

Date: 17 December 2014

The Supreme Court has been unable to sentence the man who suffered a gun shot wound in Europa Point in January last year.

Spanish Foreign Ministry convenes meeting on Gibraltar

Author: GBC

Date: 16 December 2014

Various branches of the Spanish central and regional Government will be meeting this Wednesday to discuss issues surrounding Gibraltar and the Campo.

Book features photos of Victorian and Edwardian-era Gibraltar

Author: GBC

Date: 16 December 2014

A new book has been released featuring photographs of Gibraltar in the Victorian and Edwardian eras. “A Mighty Fortress set in the Silver Sea” was written by Richard Garcia.

Action-4-Schools raises £13,000 for 'Ebola Appeal'

Author: GBC

Date: 16 December 2014

Local charity, ‘Action 4 Schools’, has raised 13 thousand pounds for it’s ‘Ebola Orphans Appeal’, by holding numerous fundraisers in the lead up to Christmas. Saturday saw a day full of carol singing at Morrisons Supermarket. School choirs and adult vocal groups provided festive singing whilst raffle tickets were sold; raising over two thousand pounds on the day.

Clare Moody MEP praises 'positive' Gibraltar-EU relationship

Author: GBC

Date: 16 December 2014

Clare Moody MEP has praised the Gibraltar Government for having a positive relationship with the European Union, and says the nine million pound investment in EU funding for the Rock is a reflection of that.

Miss Gibraltar back on the Rock

Author: GBC

Date: 16 December 2014

Miss Gibraltar 2014, Shyanne Azzopardi, is back in Gibraltar after representing the Rock at the Miss World pageant in London. Returning from a month-long stay in the city, Shyanne was greeted at the airport by Minister, Paul Balban.

Businesses invited to take part in 2015 Careers Fair

Author: GBC

Date: 16 December 2014

The annual Careers Fair is to take place on the 24th of February next year. The event allows students to find out more about potential career paths in Gibraltar, and speak to professionals from different work sectors.

Tobacco smuggling halved at Frontier, say Spanish authorities

Author: GBC

Date: 16 December 2014

Tobacco smuggling has halved at the frontier since the introduction of the ‘Medusa’ scanner. This according to figures released by the Regional Government’s Representative in Cadiz that suggest the scanner has served as a deterrent.

Insurance liquidation attempt fails as new Insolvency Act kicks in

Author: GBC

Date: 16 December 2014

The insurance firm that threatened to liquidate Leeds United Football Club, and wound up Lemma Insurance, has failed in its attempt to wind up Gibraltar-based Mount Grace Insurance Company Ltd.

► CM and Governor commission report on RGP bullying allegations

Author: GBC

Date: 16 December 2014

The Chief Minister has asked the Gibraltar Police Authority to provide a factual report to the Governor following a series of allegations of bullying at a Royal Gibraltar Police selection weekend. The allegations against several officers and against the RGP itself as an institution have been published in the Panorama Newspaper in a series of reports. The Police has issued its own statement saying the Commissioner and his Senior Management Team believe the allegations will be found to be unsubstantiated.

Man's driver's licence disqualified for 15 months for drink driving

Author: GBC

Date: 16 December 2014

At the Magistrates Court a man was disqualified from driving for 15 months for drink driving.

Gibraltar to benefit £9million from EU funding programme

Author: GBC

Date: 15 December 2014

Gibraltar is to benefit from £9million as part of an EU funding programme over the next few years.

Seasonal Message reminds people of the dangers of fireworks

Author: GBC

Date: 15 December 2014

The Royal Gibraltar Police, Customs and Fire and Rescue Services are reminding people of the importance of behaving responsibly during the festive season. In a joint Seasonal Message where they wish the community an enjoyable Christmas and New Year, it warns of celebrations getting out of hand.

Kevan Sercombe writes book covering History of Nursing in Gibraltar

Author: GBC

Date: 15 December 2014

A book covering the History of Nursing in Gibraltar has been launched by the Health Minister, Doctor John Cortes and sold outside the Cathedral of St Mary the Crowned. Written by Kevan Sercombe, a nurse himself, it’s been five years in the making and includes photographs collected over this time.

Gibtelecom completes share buy-back from Telekom Slovenia

Author: GBC

Date: 15 December 2014

Gibtelecom’s Board has now completed the 50% share buy-back from Telekom Slovenia.

King's Chapel Singers to host annual Christmas Concert

Author: GBC

Date: 15 December 2014

The King’s Chapel Singers will be hosting their annual Christmas Concert on the 16th of December.

Shyanne and Kaiane feature on global Stage as South Africa takes Miss World 2014

Author: GBC

Date: 14 December 2014

Both Miss Gibraltar 2014 and Miss World 2009 featured before a global audience in London on Sunday afternoon as Miss South Africa, Rolene Strauss, became Miss World 2014. Shyanne, representing Gibraltar, was one of eight girls who won the 'tug of war' event in the Sports category, whilst Kaiane was one of nine judges on the panel.

Kaiane on Miss World 2014 judges line up

Author: GBC

Date: 13 December 2014

Miss World 2009, Kaiane Aldorino, will be one of nine judges in the line up to select this year's winner in London. She will join three other former Miss World winners from Nigeria, China and Turkey, as well as the Miss World Chairwoman Julia Morley.

Police investigate cemetery vandalism and burglary - CM describes incident as 'disgraceful'

Author: GBC

Date: 13 December 2014

The Royal Gibraltar Police's Criminal Investigation Department is investigating a major act of vandalism at the North Front Cemetery, where walls were sprayed with graffiti and a number of buildings were ransacked. A car was also stolen and later discovered abandoned in Spain. UPDATE: The graffiti was painted over during Saturday afternoon following a Tweet by the Chief Minister saying it would be done 'immediately'.

Port Authority officers complete VTS training

Author: GBC

Date: 12 December 2014

Two Port Authority officers have successfully completed a training course for Vessel Traffic Services Supervisors. Tyrone Moreno and Iain Undery attended the two-week course in management, emergency procedures and effective supervision at South Tyneside College in Newcastle.

Poll reveals new power station most important election issue

Author: GBC

Date: 12 December 2014

The new power station will be the single most important issue for voters at the next general election, according to a GBC public opinion poll.

RGP display car accident as part of anti Drink Drive Campaign

Author: GBC

Date: 12 December 2014

The RGP’s anti Drink Drive Campaign has seen officers take the message to the centre of town, displaying a car accident. The set-up presents a possible scenario after drinking, with the message a clear one don’t drink and drive. Inspector Bob Masey, says this is an effective way of highlighting the risks.

UK bound passengers faced disruption following computer failure at UK Air Traffic Control Centre

Author: GBC

Date: 12 December 2014

Passengers flying to the UK are facing widespread disruption this evening after a computer failure at the UK's air traffic control centre.

No date yet agreed for ad hoc talks

Author: GBC

Date: 12 December 2014

Algeciras Mayor José Ignacio Landaluce told journalists this afternoon that ad hoc talks featuring Spain, the United Kingdom, and Gibraltar are scheduled to take place next week. The Foreign Office denied this, stating it is actively pursuing the possibility of ad hoc talks at official level, but no date has yet been agreed.

Department of Consumer Affairs holds annual consumer rights awareness campaign

Author: GBC

Date: 12 December 2014

The Department of Consumer Affairs is holding its annual consumer rights awareness campaign.

► Stay home for Christmas with GBC HD

Author: GBC

Date: 12 December 2014

This weekend kicks off a special season of festive programming on GBC with the global beauty pageants featuring Miss Gibraltar and her Second Princess. Christmas concerts and special winter programmes will feature throughout late December, as well as Reviews of 2014 from a News and Sports perspective.

'Nature Port Reception Facilities' fined £120,000 following 2011 North Mole tank fire

Author: GBC

Date: 12 December 2014

Nature Port Reception Facilities has been fined £120,000 for breaches in health and safety legislation.

► Picardo & Feetham commit to constructive politics

Author: GBC

Date: 12 December 2014

With an election expected in 2015, the Chief Minister and the Leader of the Opposition have undertaken to move away from name-calling and focus instead on issues. On a live Viewpoint last night, Fabian Picardo and Daniel Feetham spoke of a desire to elevate the level of debate between them.

Google News in Spain to be shut down

Author: GBC

Date: 11 December 2014

Google will shut down its news service in Spain next Tuesday. This is because Spain's new copyright law, which comes into effect on the 1st of January, will require every Spanish publication to charge services like Google News for displaying any of their content, whether they want to or not.

GWA responds to modifications of new buses

Author: GBC

Date: 11 December 2014

The Women’s Association says it accepts that the new buses are easier to manoeuvre and that they’re EU compliant, but believes the fact that they’ve had to be modified shows they weren’t adequate to begin with.

New 'Theatre Royal Park' inaugurated

Author: GBC

Date: 11 December 2014

The new Theatre Royal Park has been inaugurated. The park, on the site of the old Theatre Royal, sits on the roof of the new car park. It was officially opened this morning by Minister with responsibility for Urban Renewal, Dr John Cortes and Minister for Traffic Paul Balban.

FAC urges strong UK response to China

Author: GBC

Date: 11 December 2014

The Foreign Affairs Committee of the House of Commons has urged the British Government to take a tough line with China, over its refusal to allow them to visit Hong Kong earlier this year. The Committee, which took evidence from the Chief Minister in March, and subsequently published a report critical of the UK's policy on Gibraltar, planned to visit Hong Kong in connection with an inquiry it launched in the summer into the UK's relations with its former colony.

Small boats marina to be completed by next summer

Author: GBC

Date: 11 December 2014

The foundations for the small boats marina have been laid at the mid-harbour area.

Picardo signs new £77m Power Station contract

Author: GBC

Date: 11 December 2014

The Government has today signed a seventy seven million pound contract with Bouygues Energy Services for the construction and first year maintenance of the new Liquid Natural Gas Power Station.

GONHS concerned over coastal protection works at Camp Bay

Author: GBC

Date: 10 December 2014

The Ornithological and Natural History Society has expressed concern with the ongoing coastal protection works at Camp Bay.

► Interview - Adolfo Canepa publishes his autobiography

Author: GBC

Date: 10 December 2014

Former Chief Minister and Leader of the Opposition, and now Speaker and Mayor, Adolfo Canepa, has released his autobiography – Serving My Gibraltar. The book deals largely with his early political life, his days as deputy to Sir Joshua Hassan, the brief time spent as Chief Minister and then moves on to what he describes as ‘the wilderness years’ when the AACR fell apart.

Government says flats affected by water penetration quickly refurbished

Author: GBC

Date: 10 December 2014

The Government says any flats affected by water penetration in Glacis estate were quickly prepared and all furniture damaged was replaced by the contractor.

Feetham 'ruffled by reshuffle' says Picardo

Author: GBC

Date: 10 December 2014

The Chief Minister has described the Opposition’s interpretation of the Cabinet reshuffle as ‘ludicrous’, and believes the GSD Leader has a warped perception of Gibraltar’s political reality.

Stock Exchange membership surpasses expectations

Author: GBC

Date: 10 December 2014

There are now seven founding members of the Gibraltar Stock Exchange. Speaking to GBC in late October, GSX hoped to have six members joining, with the first listings expected in early 2015. Their website went “live” just over a month ago and they have already passed previous expectations. The latest member is the Castle Trust Group, who will act as listing agent for GSX.

Border Queues still disproportionate says FCO Minister

Author: GBC

Date: 10 December 2014

The UK Government believes that, despite some improvements, border queues are still disproportionate and affect the lives of EU citizens. In the UK Parliament, Baroness Anelay of St Johns also confirmed they were working on the details for the Ad Hoc talks, expressing optimism these would take place soon.

► Lover's Lane closed following an accident

Author: GBC

Date: 10 December 2014

Lover’s Lane was closed to traffic this afternoon after the emergency services had to respond to a car crash.

► Ministers are 'a deck of nine aces' says Picardo

Author: GBC

Date: 10 December 2014

The Chief Minister Fabian Picardo has described his Ministerial colleagues as "a deck of nine aces" and expressed confidence about winning the next general election. He was speaking to GBC following a wide-ranging Cabinet reshuffle.

► 'I am the father of my party' says Joe Bossano

Author: GBC

Date: 10 December 2014

Former Employment Minister Joe Bossano has scoffed at the suggestion that his removal from that Ministry in yesterday's Government reshuffle may be perceived by some as an attempt to sideline him. Mr. Bossano described himself as the father of his party, and said he could not imagine anybody in the GSLP would want to sideline him.

Cabinet reshuffle takes Ministers by surprise

Author: GBC

Date: 09 December 2014

An unexpected and major cabinet reshuffle was revealed at Number Six Convent Place on Tuesday morning. Ministers were called in and one-by-one were informed of their new responsibilities by the Chief Minister Fabian Picardo and his Deputy Dr Joseph Garcia. Among the more significant changes, Neil Costa has taken over Employment, a portfolio previously held by Joe Bossano.

GFSB congratulates Government for Small Business Saturday

Author: GBC

Date: 09 December 2014

The Gibraltar Federation of Small Businesses has congratulated the Government for what it describes as a very successful Small Business Saturday held at the weekend.

GSD says reshuffle shows Government is not making the impact the Chief Minister desires

Author: GBC

Date: 09 December 2014

The GSD has described reshuffle as a sign that the Government is not making the impact that the Chief Minister desires.

‘Nature Port Reception Facilities’ convicted of five counts of breaching health and safety legislation

Author: GBC

Date: 09 December 2014

‘Nature Port Reception Facilities’ has been convicted of five counts of breaching health and safety legislation in the lead up to the 2011 North Mole fire.

Man ordered to pay £2,000 compensation for fracturing a skull

Author: GBC

Date: 09 December 2014

At the Supreme Court, a 29 year old man has been ordered to pay £2,000 compensation after pleading guilty to causing actual bodily harm to another person.

RGP rule out any foul play following death last week

Author: GBC

Date: 09 December 2014

The Royal Gibraltar Police has ruled out any foul play following the death of 25 year old Nathan Perez last week.

► Royal Navy Amphibious Landing Exercise at Eastern Beach

Author: GBC

Date: 09 December 2014

The Royal Marines have carried out a beach landing exercise at Eastern Beach, as part of a three day training routine.

Joint Ministerial Council final communiqué looks at self-determination

Author: GBC

Date: 08 December 2014

Self-determination was one of several relating to Gibraltar featured in the final communiqué issued at the end of the Joint Ministerial Council meeting in London. The communiqué stated that while the UK, the Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies are united under the Crown, each territory is unique, and all their peoples have the right of self-determination.

GBC poll: More than half of electorate undecided

Author: GBC

Date: 08 December 2014

With a year to go at most before a general election is called in Gibraltar, more than half the electorate has not made up its mind how it will vote. That's one of the key findings of an opinion poll commissioned by GBC and published today, the three-quarter point of the GSLP/Liberals' term of office. Of those voters who have decided, more than twice as many said they would choose the Alliance over the GSD.

Guardia Civil incident off North Mole

Author: GBC

Date: 08 December 2014

There was an incident off North Mole on Friday evening involving a Guardia Civil vessel and a small pleasure craft. GBC understands that officers from the Spanish state vessel boarded the small boat in search of drugs.

Charity Christmas Concert on Wednesday

Author: GBC

Date: 08 December 2014

A night of festive cheer is promised at a Charity Christmas Concert hosted by tenor Nathan Payas. The event at St Theresa’s Church on Wednesday, will also feature soprano Tessa Pitto, John Bruzon on piano, and St Paul’s School Choir.

Bruce's Farm invites guest speaker from one of the UK's leading addiction treatment centres

Author: GBC

Date: 08 December 2014

An event to celebrate recovery from addiction was held on Friday at Bruce’s Farm. The guest speaker was John Kennedy from Broadway Lodge, one of the UK’s leading addiction treatment centres. The Government says the Lodge has been a source of guidance and expertise for Bruce’s Farm since it was established in 1999.

All non-essential Government offices to close on January 2nd

Author: GBC

Date: 08 December 2014

All non-essential Government offices will be closed on 2nd January, which will be treated as a privilege holiday as it falls on a Friday.

GSD notes Chief Minister's response over interest in sunglasses business

Author: GBC

Date: 08 December 2014

The Opposition has noted the Chief Minister's response after it was alleged on social media that he held an interest in a sunglasses business, during the last Budget when duty on sunglasses was eliminated.

Costa says there's potential for the Port to explore links with Hong Kong

Author: GBC

Date: 08 December 2014

There’s plenty of potential for the Port to explore links with Hong Kong, and Gibraltar should have started exploring this line of business years ago.

Car accident by Ocean Village car park

Author: GBC

Date: 08 December 2014

There was a car accident in the access road leading to the Ocean Village car park.

Man sentenced for threats to stab and theft

Author: GBC

Date: 08 December 2014

A man was sentenced to 19 months in prison after an incident which saw him steal 50 packets of cigarettes.

Success over draft aviation law, says UK representation in EU

Author: GBC

Date: 07 December 2014

The UK’s permanent representation in Brussels has announced the Italian Government has confirmed the draft EU legislation on the Single Sky aviation framework will not go ahead without Gibraltar.

Newton Creative Awards for Music winners announced

Author: GBC

Date: 06 December 2014

Singer-songwriter Hollie April (Hollie Buhagiar) has won the top prize in this year's Newton Creative Awards for Music. Chloe Enriles won the top prize for under 17s, while Millie Devlin and Chloe Alecio won in the under 13s category.

Binge-drinking awareness campaign launched

Author: GBC

Date: 06 December 2014

In the lead up to Christmas, the Government is raising awareness of the risks and possible consequences of binge-drinking. The campaign encourages people to take responsibility over their drinking, and to stay safe.

Man fined for threatening a bus driver

Author: GBC

Date: 06 December 2014

At the Magistrates' Court, a man pleaded guilty to threatening a bus driver, incurring a fine of £150.

Man and woman fined for assaulting two cyclists at Devil's Tower Road

Author: GBC

Date: 06 December 2014

A man and a woman pleaded guilty to common assault at the Magistrates Court.

GSD calls on Government to make details of bus advertising revenue public

Author: GBC

Date: 06 December 2014

The Opposition has called on the Government to make public full details of all bus advertising revenue generated by the company Big Publications Limited since it took up the contract in 2012.

Masters of Illusion in town this weekend

Author: GBC

Date: 05 December 2014

It looks set to be a magical weekend as for the 6th year running Masters of Illusion come to town. The show boasts local as well as international magic acts, who will entertain over the course of the next few nights. These include Yunke, who features prominently on Spanish television, Faster Than Magic, Manu, Nuel, G Alexander and renowned entertainer Charlie Frye.

Small Business Saturday expanded for this year

Author: GBC

Date: 05 December 2014

This year’s Small Business Saturday, which takes place tomorrow, has been expanded throughout the whole of the town area, and will feature more entertainment to entice families with young children to spend more time in Main Street.

Crypto and digital currencies discussed in KPMG Crypto-currency Seminar

Author: GBC

Date: 05 December 2014

Should Gibraltar embrace the concept of crypto, or digital, currencies? A working group considering this is expected to report back to the Government before the end of the year, whereupon its recommendations will be circulated more widely before the matter goes before Cabinet.

Winner of Governor's Christmas Card Competition revealed - Design to be sent to the Queen

Author: GBC

Date: 05 December 2014

Winners of the Governor’s Christmas Card Competition were announced today at the Convent. Matthew Bosano won this years competition. His painting will feature on the Governor’s Christmas Cards. These cards will be sent around the world, and also to Queen Elizabeth.

GSD concerned over reports of significant water penetration at Glacis estate homes

Author: GBC

Date: 05 December 2014

The GSD has expressed concerned at reports of significant water penetration at several homes in Glacis estate, homes which – it says – had not suffered such problems prior to the refurbishment works.

Mayor presents Medallions of Distinction

Author: GBC

Date: 05 December 2014

The Mayor, Adolfo Canepa has presented two Medallions of Distinction at a ceremony at the City Hall. John Desoisa and Annie Risso were both awarded.

Foreign Secretary lobbies EU Presidency on Spain's 'political-point scoring'

Author: GBC

Date: 05 December 2014

The Foreign Secretary, Philip Hammond has called Foreign Minister Gentiloni of Italy, which currently holds the EU Presidency, to express Britain’s concern about the process for agreeing EU aviation legislation Single European Sky 2 plus, which has been delayed because Spain has refused to recognise that Gibraltar must be included in the legislation. The Foreign Secretary said he made it clear to Italian Foreign Minister Gentiloni that this legislation cannot progress until the issue of Gibraltar is resolved.

Man pleads guilty to indecent assault of a minor

Author: GBC

Date: 05 December 2014

A man has pleaded guilty to indecent assault of a minor at the Magistrates Court.

Man charged with assaulting six people

Author: GBC

Date: 05 December 2014

A man was charged at the Magistrates court with assaulting six people, causing actual bodily harm to three and damaging a sandwich board.

Man pleads not guilty to possession of cocaine valued at £3,000

Author: GBC

Date: 05 December 2014

A local man pleaded not guilty for charges including possession of cocaine today at the Magistrates Court.

Government responds to GWA criticism of red buses

Author: GBC

Date: 05 December 2014

The Government says the new red buses are configured to meet EU guidelines on accessibility, and are moreover being modified. This in response to the Women’s Association, who said they had been approached by a large number of bus users who have had difficulties.

FCO: Spain trying to force sovereignty negotiations on Gibraltar through EU

Author: GBC

Date: 04 December 2014

The Foreign Office has accused Spain of trying to use EU discussions over the Single Skies framework to force sovereignty negotiations on Gibraltar. It says the EU has no recourse but to reflect its own legal statues, and apply the aviation legislation to Gibraltar.

Air disaster exercise 'extremely valuable'

Author: GBC

Date: 04 December 2014

There were dramatic scenes at Gibraltar’s airfield yesterday as the Rock’s preparedness in the event of an air disaster was tested. The exercise was organised jointly between the Government and the Ministry of Defence.

Government welcomes admission by Spanish authorities over Western Beach sewage

Author: GBC

Date: 04 December 2014

The Government has welcomed an admission by Spanish authorities to the European Commission, that they’re responsible for the sewage problem affecting Western Beach.

Labour MP, Keith Vaz, withdraws negative comments made in Parliament

Author: GBC

Date: 04 December 2014

Labour MP Keith Vaz has withdrawn his suggestion that profits from the drugs trade enter the financial system through areas such as Gibraltar, following a letter of complaint from the Chief Minister. The retraction is now on the record in the House of Commons Hansard.

Boney M to headline Winter Party in Town

Author: GBC

Date: 04 December 2014

Internationally renowned vocal group Boney M, featuring original band member Maizie Williams will headline ‘A Winter Party in Town’ on Saturday 20th December at Casemates Square.

Brick by Brick campaign fundraises for those with long term illnesses

Author: GBC

Date: 04 December 2014

A campaign to raise funds for Calpe House and the Community Association has been kicked off by the Citizens Advice Bureau, after it was inspired by clients coming to see them about difficulties presented by long-term illness.

Programme of events for New Year's Eve announced

Author: GBC

Date: 04 December 2014

The programme of events for New Year’s Eve has been announced by Gibraltar Cultural Services and GibMedia, on behalf of the Ministry of Culture.

GBC to broadcast Miss World and Miss Supranational

Author: GBC

Date: 04 December 2014

GBC will be broadcasting the Miss World and Miss Supranational Beauty Pageants.

Unite the Union say private sector has been abandoned for years

Author: GBC

Date: 04 December 2014

Unite the Union held a recruitment campaign, mainly aiming at the private sector, which they say has been abandoned for years.

Juvenile pleads guilty for Commonwealth Park wounding

Author: GBC

Date: 04 December 2014

A 17 year old juvenile pleaded guilty to wounding with intent and carrying an offensive weapon at the Supreme Court.

Police investigates Varyl Begg death

Author: GBC

Date: 03 December 2014

Police officers are investigating the death of a 25 year old man at Varyl Begg Estate. GBC understands the man was found hanged, although more details are expected at a later stage. The Royal Gibraltar Police has limited itself to saying that the matter remains a criminal investigation at this time. A spokesman said the emergency services were called to the scene at 7.40pm yesterday, and that the Coroner has been informed.

Theatrical production to commemorate First World War

Author: GBC

Date: 03 December 2014

A theatrical production is to commemorate those lost during the First World War, one hundred years after it began. Directed by Cecil Gomez, “We’ll be Home for Christmas” is the first in a series of five annual presentations by Group 2000.

Gibraltar Tourist Board hosts MICE Conference

Author: GBC

Date: 03 December 2014

The Gibraltar Tourist Board has hosted a workshop targeting the UK conference buyer and planner market. The event forms part of renewed efforts to expand the Rock’s importance as a ‘Meetings, Incentives, Conferencing and Exhibitions’ location, also known as MICE.

Eastside project narrowed down to final six developers

Author: GBC

Date: 03 December 2014

Expressions of interest received for the Eastside project have been narrowed down from 17 to six.

No air passenger duty for children

Author: GBC

Date: 03 December 2014

Air passenger duty for children under 12 will be abolished as from May 2015 - and the following year the tax will also be scrapped for those under 16 years old.

No6 and Foreign Office reject 'Gib Single Skies Exclusion' reports

Author: GBC

Date: 03 December 2014

Both the Foreign Office and the Gibraltar Government have rejected Spanish claims that new regulations have been implemented to exlude Gibraltar from European Single Skies measures. Reports from Spain suggest the European Union’s Transport Committee has approved a motion which will exclude Gibraltar from a facility which is meant to improve airport efficiency and reduced flight delays.

Dialogue important despite crisis of relations, Feetham tells Ronda audience

Author: GBC

Date: 03 December 2014

Daniel Feetham says the GSD’s policy of engaging with Spain is being put under pressure due to a ‘crisis of relations’ and the consequent rise in nationalism on both sides of the frontier. Notwithstanding, the Leader of the Opposition told a Spanish audience in Ronda that the present situation makes it particularly important to engage in dialogue.

Chief Minister updates Foreign Affairs Committee on border delays

Author: GBC

Date: 02 December 2014

The Chief Minister and the Deputy Chief Minister have raised Gibraltar issues with the Foreign Affairs Committee of the House of Commons. Mr Picardo spoke of Monday’s five-hour border delays, adding this was a day that saw Spanish state vessels enter British Gibraltar Territorial Waters seven times.

GSD & Chief Minister clash over sunglasses claims

Author: GBC

Date: 02 December 2014

The GSD has said the public should be entitled to know if a Government changes laws or taxes in a way that might be of benefit to a member of government. Fabian Picardo has said the GSD is out of date, adding he used to own a sunglasses shop before he was elected as Chief Minister.

Air disaster demonstration held ahead of exercise

Author: GBC

Date: 02 December 2014

Ahead of tomorrow’s air disaster exercise, a demonstration was held down at the airfield today. The joint exercise between the Government and the Ministry of Defence aims to look at the Rock’s preparedness in the event of such an incident.

► RGP launches its Christmas Anti-drink-drive campaign

Author: GBC

Date: 02 December 2014

Ahead of the festive season, the Royal Gibraltar Police has launched its Anti-drink-drive campaign under the banner ‘Let’s all get home for Christmas’. Operation Roadwatch is a year-round campaign by police to improve safety on our roads. But come December time, the focus turns to drink driving, and the potential implications of having one or two too many before grabbing the car keys.

Incinerator demolished to make way for new waste treatment facility

Author: GBC

Date: 02 December 2014

The incinerator complex is being demolished to make way for a new waste treatment facility which will be managed by the Department of the Environment.

Incursion by Spanish state vessel off the East Side of the Rock

Author: GBC

Date: 02 December 2014

There was an unlawful incursion this morning by a Spanish state vessel off the East Side of the Rock. The Spanish Customs vessel Fenix was challenged by the Royal Navy, and then left British Gibraltar Territorial Waters.

Man disqualified from driving after crashing into Quick Fit on Devil's Tower Road

Author: GBC

Date: 02 December 2014

A local man had his driver’s licence disqualified at the Magistrates Court, after crashing his car in Devil’s Tower Road while intoxicated.

'Bramy' Benatar dies at 91

Author: GBC

Date: 02 December 2014

One of the foremost providers of entertainment in Gibraltar, Abraham Benatar, died on Tuesday morning at the age of 91. "Bramy", as everyone knew him, first managed and then became the owner of Gibraltar's leading, and at times only cinema, the Queen's.

VIDEO: Today is World AIDS Day

Author: GBC

Date: 01 December 2014

World AIDS Day was marked on the 1st of December, held each year to show support for people living with HIV and to remember those who have died. Locally, Friends For Life and members of the Gibraltar Health Authority were at the ICC to raise public awareness .

Judicial and Police regulations published to enhance EU co-operation

Author: GBC

Date: 01 December 2014

Regulations to enhance police and judicial cooperation in the European Union have been published today. The measures include provisions which Gibraltar was already a part of, such as the European Arrest Warrant and decisions on combatting child pornography on the internet.

Bunkering Superintendent seconded to island of Mauritius

Author: GBC

Date: 01 December 2014

Gibraltar’s Bunkering Superintendent, John Ghio, has been seconded by the Port Authority to act as a consultant for the developing bunker industry in Mauritius.

GNDO brings home gold from IDO European Show Dance Championships

Author: GBC

Date: 01 December 2014

The Gibraltar National Dance Team have been crowned European Champions at the recent IDO European Show Dance Championships in Germany. 1,200 dancers from 20 nations took part in the event.

Facebook fury: Chief Minister's lawyers threaten to sue individuals for defamation

Author: GBC

Date: 01 December 2014

The Chief Minister has threatened legal action against at least two members of the local Facebook group “Speak Freely” after a thread on Friday, which allegedly contained “highly defamatory remarks" about him. The thread amassed over 100 comments from group members.

Picardo holds last meeting with Minister for Europe, David Lidington

Author: GBC

Date: 01 December 2014

The longest serving Minister for Europe with responsibility for Gibraltar has held his last head-to-head meeting with the Chief Minister before the UK Cabinet dissolves ahead of the General Election.

Over five hour queues to cross the frontier

Author: GBC

Date: 01 December 2014

Border officials reported five and a half hour queues yesterday evening as traffic built up at the frontier. The queues appeared to have peaked just after seven in the evening. It’s the biggest spike in border queues since last June, when six and seven hour queues were recorded.

Government plans 1500 more flats

Author: GBC

Date: 01 December 2014

With 895 flats at Mons Calpe Mews and Beach View Terraces now allocated, the Government has said it is planning two further housing projects; the first for 500 flats opposite Watergardens and the second for 1000 flats on the Eastside reclamation.

Watch thief gets time

Author: GBC

Date: 01 December 2014

A local man has been sentenced to ten weeks in prison at the Magistrates court after stealing three wristwatches worth over £1,000.

Rockfall closes Devil's Tower Road

Author: GBC

Date: 29 November 2014

An intense thunderstorm over Gibraltar in the early hours of Saturday morning resulted in a major rock fall on the East Side and the closure of sections of Devil’s Tower and Sir Herbert Miles Roads, as well as Keightley Way Tunnel, to traffic and pedestrians.

UK to protest latest Spanish incursion

Author: GBC

Date: 29 November 2014

There was an unlawful incursion into Gibraltar Waters on Saturday morning by the Spanish Navy patrol boat “Cazadora”. The Convent has confirmed that the UK will be protesting the incident directly with the Spanish Government.

Man fined £600 for grabbing woman's breast while drunk

Author: GBC

Date: 28 November 2014

A 21-year-old man has been fined £500 for sexual assault and £100 for being drunk and disorderly.‬‬ The incident dates back to September when William Vesey "grabbed" a woman's breast, twice, whilst in a local nightclub.

Exhibition to celebrate Mario Finlayson's artistic life

Author: GBC

Date: 28 November 2014

The life’s work of local artist Mario Finlayson is to be celebrated in an upcoming art exhibition. Organisers are inviting people to come forward with any more memorabilia or art, by or about Mario Finlayson, that they might own.

Drone owners need to attend a pilot course to meet Civil Aviation Regulations

Author: GBC

Date: 28 November 2014

Small unmanned aircraft cannot be flown in Gibraltar without the permission of the Director of Civil Aviation. This was the subject of a reminder issued by the Government, in response to what it calls the increasing popularity and rapid technological development of these devices.

Flash Mob to raise donations towards GBC Open Day

Author: GBC

Date: 28 November 2014

Local law firm, Amber Law, has organised a ‘flash mob’ for Saturday morning in aid for the GBC Open Day. The idea is for a group of people to suddenly start dancing outside Jyske Bank on Main Street.

RGP launches anti-crime Advent Calendar on Monday

Author: GBC

Date: 28 November 2014

The Royal Gibraltar Police will launch a crime awareness and safety campaign on Monday, in the run-up to the festive season. The Crime Prevention and Reduction Unit will offer practical daily advice on its own version of the Advent Calendar, which can be accessed from the RGP's website, police.gi

Government promise increased health & safety checks - GSD call for works next to school to be halted

Author: GBC

Date: 28 November 2014

The Government will increase health and safety checks at the construction site next to Governor’s Meadow school after its Head Teacher complained of another loud bang there. The GSD has called for works to halt until there’s a thorough investigation.

Local author launches her latest autobiography

Author: GBC

Date: 28 November 2014

Local author Ana Lydia Armstrong has launched her latest autobiography. ‘Chasing Rainbows’, focuses on life after retirement, and includes the many highlights of her life featuring her worldwide travels and experiences.

NASUWT President says schools in Gibraltar are cramped

Author: GBC

Date: 27 November 2014

The President of the National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers, describes schools in Gibraltar as very cramped.

Bossano says GSLP has never shifted stance on anything

Author: GBC

Date: 27 November 2014

The GSLP’s hallmark is standing for what they believe in, and being proven right over time. This is according to GSLP Minister Joe Bossano, who says the party has never shifted or changed its stance on anything. In a Party Political Broadcast, Mr Bossano said the GSLP Liberal Government was delivering all its promises.

Feetham responds to Federation of Sea Anglers over criticism

Author: GBC

Date: 27 November 2014

And in response to the Federation of Sea Anglers, Daniel Feetham says he has always been crystal clear that a future GSD Government would not tolerate Spanish fishermen flouting new laws allowing regulated fishing with EU compliant nets.

Convent Christmas Fair a success once again

Author: GBC

Date: 27 November 2014

The annual Convent Christmas Fair once again saw a great turn out, with over 40 festively decorated stalls offering handcrafted jewellery treats, Christmas decoration, fashion and beauty treats and gift ideas.

Students explore Gibraltar's history through installation art

Author: GBC

Date: 27 November 2014

An exhibition examining Gibraltar’s history though painting, installation art and performance has been put together by Westside and Bayside school art students in collaboration with the Little Constellation Network.

DPC approves application to build a car park on Reclamation Road

Author: GBC

Date: 27 November 2014

An application to build a car and coach park on Reclamation Road has been approved by the Development and Planning Commission.

Spanish National reported missing by RGP - Police appeals for information

Author: GBC

Date: 27 November 2014

A 34-year-old Spanish National has been reported missing by the Royal Gibraltar Police. Antonio Velasco Rodriguez last made contact with his family on the morning of the 19th November, after having left his work place in Gibraltar.

Road closed by Both Worlds due to rock fall

Author: GBC

Date: 27 November 2014

A rock fall by Both Worlds and the Gibraltar Motorcycle Club has resulted in the road being closed down. The road is expected to remain closed for 24-hours.

GFSA Chairman lambasts Opposition Leader over fishing with nets

Author: GBC

Date: 27 November 2014

The Chairman of the Federation of Sea Anglers has launched a fierce attack against the Leader of the Opposition, accusing him of hypocrisy, "sour grapes" and attempting to score political points on the question of fishing with nets in Gibraltar Waters. Mario Ramos says that ever since the announcement of the new Marine Regulations, Daniel Feetham has been criticising the Government because he knows this is an issue of rumbling concern in the community.

Daniel Feetham says Government management of Gibraltar's finances is a 'Blind Gamble'

Author: GBC

Date: 26 November 2014

The Leader of the Opposition has described the Government’s management of Gibraltar’s finances as a ‘Blind Gamble’.

UFPOL conference highlights need for dialogue between Spanish and Gibraltarian law enforcement

Author: GBC

Date: 26 November 2014

The need for dialogue and co-operation between law enforcement agencies in Spain and Gibraltar was highlighted recently at the UFPOL Conference, held in Benidorm.

British Science Museum comes to Gibraltar

Author: GBC

Date: 26 November 2014

School children across Gibraltar are being treated to a number of educational demonstrations and workshops this week by the British Science Museum.

Foreign Office confirms two Spanish incursions

Author: GBC

Date: 26 November 2014

The Foreign Office has confirmed two Spanish incursions into Gibraltar Waters – the first by a Spanish Customs Vessel yesterday evening, and another by a Spanish Navy Vessel today. On both occasions the Royal Navy challenged the vessels, which then left British Waters.

New Heritage Trust Chairman to focus on education & tourism

Author: GBC

Date: 26 November 2014

The Heritage Trust’s new Chairman, says its main priority is to take Gibraltar forward by keeping community buildings in beneficial use. Delilah Smith who takes over from Keith Farrell, plans to work on educational initiatives to promote Heritage at schools, and to embed Heritage within our Tourism offering.

£28 million legal battle: 'No reasonable grounds' argue Marrache auditors

Author: GBC

Date: 26 November 2014

The auditors of Marrache & Co have hit back at the liquidators of the collapsed law firm arguing there are no reasonable grounds for the £28 million legal action started against them. The matter is set to come before the Supreme Court early next year.

MEP Ashley Fox elected leader of British Conservative delegation in the EU

Author: GBC

Date: 26 November 2014

Gibraltar MEP Ashley Fox, has been elected leader of the British Conservative delegation in the European Parliament. Mr Fox has vowed to use his new role to defend Gibraltar’s interests in Europe, although his priority will be to drive Prime Minister David Cameron’s reform agenda.

Politics is about conviction, Feetham tells El Mundo.

Author: GBC

Date: 26 November 2014

Opposition Leader Daniel Feetham has said he'll devote his life to ensuring Gibraltar remains British and the British way of life on the Rock is maintained, while also admiring Spanish customs that form part of our culture. In an interview published in Spanish daily El Mundo, Mr. Feetham acknowledges that he risks sacrificing political advantage by advocating good relations with Spain, but says politics is about conviction.

Surgery waiting lists 'lowest in years' Government claims

Author: GBC

Date: 25 November 2014

The Government says surgery waiting lists at St Bernard's Hospital continue to drop steadily and are at their lowest level in years. Total numbers in the main specialities have dropped from around a thousand a couple of years ago to under 400.

Government commissions 'innocent passage' legal opinion

Author: GBC

Date: 25 November 2014

The Government has commissioned a legal opinion on the meaning of the term "innocent passage" when describing the presence of foreign state vessels in another country's waters. The move has ben prompted by the persistent Spanish incursions into British Gibraltar Teritorial Waters.

ATCOM hold seminar on Doing Business 2014 & Beyond

Author: GBC

Date: 25 November 2014

The Association of Trust and Company Managers held a seminar recently on Doing Business for 2014 and Beyond. Topics covered include Data Protection, EU and constitutional rights as well as positive and effective regulation. Financial Services Minister Albert Isola SAID Government valued the relationship they shared with ATCOM, the Finance Centre Counsil and all organisations.

Bus advertising company replies to criticism by the GSD

Author: GBC

Date: 25 November 2014

The company responsible for providing bus advertising in Gibraltar has responded to criticism by the Opposition that it’s failed to generate as much revenue as it had promised.

Costa to promote Port of Gibraltar in Hong Kong

Author: GBC

Date: 25 November 2014

The Minister for the Port is to head to Hong Kong to promote Gibraltar’s shipping sector. Neil Costa will host a number of events, meeting with maritime industry executives, shipping associations, operators and ship owners.

Man found not guilty for wounding while at a local nightclub

Author: GBC

Date: 25 November 2014

A local man who faced a Supreme Court trial for wounding and assault has been acquitted by a jury. 18-year-old Omar Cholli was charged nearly two years ago after an incident in a local nightclub.

Five new recruits from the Royal Gibraltar Regiment pass their training

Author: GBC

Date: 25 November 2014

Five new recruits from the Royal Gibraltar Regiment have passed out at the Infantry Training Centre in Catterick.

70th anniversary of return of evacuees celebrated at Catalan Bay Chapel

Author: GBC

Date: 25 November 2014

A Thanksgiving mass was held to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the return of evacuees sent to Madeira during the Second World War.

UN raises awareness of violence against women

Author: GBC

Date: 25 November 2014

The United Nations’ International Day for the Prevention of Violence against Women, this year is celebrated on the 25th November. The Minister for Equality has highlighted steps taken by the Government to tackle the issue.

► Pope Francis calls for united response to migrants

Author: GBC

Date: 25 November 2014

Pope Francis has called for a “united response” to the arrival of boatloads of poor and desperate migrants in Europe. He was addressing the European Parliament in Strasbourg, during a four hour trip, the shortest ever made by any Pope.

Charles Bruzon House works to resume & take place after school hours

Author: GBC

Date: 24 November 2014

Works at Charles Bruzon House will resume effective immediately but only after School hours.

► RGP expresses concerns over speeding

Author: GBC

Date: 24 November 2014

The Royal Gibraltar Police has expressed serious concern with the number of speeding offences and traffic accidents, reported lately. It asks road users to address their behaviour, and says it will soon be introducing new tools to help deal with the problem.

GSD says bus advertising failing to deliver

Author: GBC

Date: 24 November 2014

The GSD says it will continue to probe the contract award to a company headed by GSLP activists, which has failed to deliver its targets for advertising on buses.

Convent Christmas Fair to take place this week

Author: GBC

Date: 24 November 2014

The annual Convent Christmas Fair will be taking place this Thursday.

Requirement for local doctors to be registered with GMC comes in next year

Author: GBC

Date: 24 November 2014

As from next year, doctors will only be able to practise in Gibraltar if they're registered by the General Medical Council in the UK. The Government points out this was an election manifesto commitment and says it follows extensive discussions with private and public sector doctors as well as the UK Department of Health and the GMC itself.

Stay Clean charity launched to support recovering addicts

Author: GBC

Date: 23 November 2014

A new charity has been launched to support and encourage recovering addicts. The "Stay Clean" charity, which also aims to raise awareness of addiction, will provide social events for recovering addicts every Friday evening at 7pm at the Gladys Perez Centre.

Picardo slams 'misleading' report on Manos Limpias judgement

Author: GBC

Date: 23 November 2014

The Chief Minister has expressed his disappointment at what he's termed an "incomplete and therefore misleading" report in the Spanish press of the judgement given in his defamation claim against Manos Limpias.

► Traffic accident sees two arrests for dangerous driving

Author: GBC

Date: 23 November 2014

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving after a serious traffic accident; one was arrested following treatment in St Bernard's Hospital. Another man remains in critical but stable condition in a hospital in Malaga.

VIDEO: Festival of Lights

Author: GBC

Date: 21 November 2014

The Festival of Lights at John Mackintosh Square has seen the official switching on of the Christmas lights in Main Street. The lights will continue to decorate our streets every evening until the 6th of January 2015.

John Mackintosh Hall receives new Evangelical Alliance literature

Author: GBC

Date: 21 November 2014

A set of new books worth over £500 has been given by the Evangelical Alliance in partnership with Words Aflame Christian Literature Trust to the John Mackintosh Hall.

Govt & Opposition clash over Europa Stadium Limited

Author: GBC

Date: 21 November 2014

The Opposition and the Government have clashed following an exchange in Parliament regarding Europa Stadium Limited, a company linked to the development of the proposed new stadium at Europa Point that has made provision for the allocation of £41 million preference shares.

St. Martin's School receives over £20k worth of new equipment from two local charities

Author: GBC

Date: 21 November 2014

St. Martin’s School has received over £20,000 this week from two local charities. With this money the school has been able to buy new equipment and install a sensory room.

Liquidators sue Marrache auditors for £28.4 million

Author: GBC

Date: 21 November 2014

The liquidators of Marrache & Co are suing a local accountancy firm for negligence, breach of duty and dishonest assistance. Adrian Hyde, of Chantrey Vellacott, and Edgar Lavarello, of Price Waterhouse Coopers, are looking to recoup £28.4 million pounds owed to creditors of the collapsed law firm.

Final submissions heard at trial against Nature over 2011 port explosion

Author: GBC

Date: 21 November 2014

After two weeks, the final submissions were heard today at the Magistrates court in the trial looking at the welding works that lead to the 2011 port explosion, which resulted in the death of a 40-year-old man.

RGP confirms no arrests for fishing with nets

Author: GBC

Date: 21 November 2014

The Royal Gibraltar Police has confirmed that it's not arrested any Spanish fishermen in the past two years for the offence of fishing with nets in Gibraltar Waters. This was in response to questions from GBC following this week's Direct Democracy programme on GBC Television.

Poetry collection 'Paisaje Interior' published by local author

Author: GBC

Date: 21 November 2014

The landscape of the soul is the subject of a newly published anthology by a local poet. “Paisaje Interior”, by Humbert Hernandez, aims to unite the personal and the universal, in a collection of poems in Spanish written over thirty years.

GFSB Chair implores 'Socialist Govt' to listen to voice of Small Businesses

Author: GBC

Date: 20 November 2014

The Chairwoman of the Gibraltar Federation of Small Businesses, Gemma Vasquez, has pleaded with Government to listen to the voice of entrepreneurs, particularly when it comes to bureaucracy, e-Government and startup opportunities.

New Heritage and Antiquities Act in pipeline: reveals Minister for Heritage

Author: GBC

Date: 20 November 2014

A new Heritage and Antiquities Act is in the pipeline as the Gibraltar Government prepares its UNESCO World Heritage bid for Gorhams and Vanguard Caves. This was announced by Heritage and Culture Minister Steven Linares in a Party Political Broadcast on behalf of the Liberal Party.

Parliament: Government won't be contributing towards costs of runway resurfacing

Author: GBC

Date: 20 November 2014

The Chief Minister has reiterated that the Gibraltar Government will not be contributing towards the costs of the upcoming runway resurfacing.

GFSB congratulates AmCham on US trade mission

Author: GBC

Date: 20 November 2014

The Gibraltar Federation of Small Businesses has congratulated the Gibraltar American Chamber of Commerce for the organisation of its trade mission to Washington and New York.

ESG welcomes fishing regulations, but highlights issues of concern

Author: GBC

Date: 20 November 2014

The Environmental Safety Group welcomes the recent publication of the fishing regulations but highlights issues of concern headed by enforcement.

Revealed in Parliament: no vessels searched by Wildlife Wardens

Author: GBC

Date: 20 November 2014

No vessel has been searched by Wildlife Wardens despite new legislation giving them the power and the purchase of two vessels for the Department of the Environment.

Works at Charles Bruzon House stopped after incident at Governor's Meadow School

Author: GBC

Date: 20 November 2014

The Government has stopped works at Charles Bruzon House for the elderly while a full Health and Safety review is carried out, and pending a meeting next week with parents.

Man pleads not guilty to wounding while at a local nightclub

Author: GBC

Date: 20 November 2014

The trial of a local man begun with him pleading not guilty to three charges including wounding and occasioning actual bodily harm.

Government denies debris fell onto Governor's Meadow School

Author: GBC

Date: 20 November 2014

The Government is denying that something fell from a site adjacent to Governor’s Meadow school onto the school’s roof. It says, a second layer of protection is currently being fitted and people may have heard the sounds of foot steps on the roof.

Local artist in semi-finals of Sky Arts portrait competition

Author: GBC

Date: 19 November 2014

Local artist Christian Hook has made it to the semi-finals of the Sky Arts Portrait of the Year Competition. Six regional heats have taken place, as the programme searches across the UK and Ireland for a new star of the art world.

Government says GSD defended Spanish fishermen while prosecuting Gibraltarians

Author: GBC

Date: 19 November 2014

The Government has in turn accused the GSD of wanting to control the Police and direct the Commissioner to arrest who they want. Chief Minister, Fabian Picardo says this would be very dangerous but that it seems to be what Daniel Feetham is advocating should happen if he were Chief Minister.

GHA staff awarded diplomas for their academic and vocational achievements

Author: GBC

Date: 19 November 2014

The Gibraltar Health Authority School of Health Studies held a ceremony for the presentation of certificates and awards this morning. 54 members of staff were recognised for academic and vocational achievements.

GSD says Chief Minister avoids responsibility over illegal fishing

Author: GBC

Date: 19 November 2014

The Opposition has accused the Chief Minister of a complete abrogation of political responsibility for seeking to blame the Royal Gibraltar Police for the lack of enforcement of the Nature Protection Act in relation to fishing with nets by Spanish fishermen.

Miss Gibraltar winners take part in three international competitions

Author: GBC

Date: 19 November 2014

The three winners of the Miss Gibraltar Pageant are busy with International Competitions. Miss Gibraltar, Shyanne Azzopardi leaves for the Miss World Pageant tomorrow.

Disability Society asks Government to renew carers contracts

Author: GBC

Date: 19 November 2014

The Disability Society is calling on the Government to reverse its decision not to renew the 11 month contracts of carers in the disability services. It goes further and asks Government to make those on rolling contracts, permanent.

Plaques unveiled commemorating WW1 US Navy vessels

Author: GBC

Date: 19 November 2014

Two plaques have been unveiled in remembrance of members of the US Navy who lost their lives in the First World War.

Marine facilities mark new era for police marine law enforcement

Author: GBC

Date: 19 November 2014

Former Governor Sir Adrian Johns launched the new Royal Gibraltar Police Command Vessel which has been named after him.

Expect GSLP/Liberals alliance to continue, says the Chief Minister

Author: GBC

Date: 19 November 2014

The Chief Minister, Fabian Picardo, has strongly suggested that the GSLP and the Liberal Party will again present a joint line up at the next general election.

GSD raises concerns over Government's Gibtelecom shareholder purchase

Author: GBC

Date: 18 November 2014

The Opposition has raised a number of questions regarding the Government’s plans to buy back Telekom Slovenije’s 50% shareholding in Gibtelecom.

EU's Human Rights arm spot check at Gibraltar agencies

Author: GBC

Date: 18 November 2014

Gibraltar’s Agencies have been the subject of a Spot Check visit by the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture, and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment.

'Catharsis': play by local author premieres on Wednesday

Author: GBC

Date: 18 November 2014

Wednesday evening sees the gala night premiere of the latest work by local playwright Julian Felice. “Catharsis” is an intense play about a man with insomnia.

Heritage Trust “set the record straight” after Bart Van Thienen returns his award

Author: GBC

Date: 18 November 2014

The Heritage Trust says it would like to “set the record straight” over the events that drove Bart Van Thienen to return his Heritage Award. Mr Van Thienen was recognised for his work at Devil’s Gap Battery, but believed there had since been an embarrassing restoration of the site.

No more evidence to be heard in 2011 port explosion trial

Author: GBC

Date: 18 November 2014

No more evidence will be heard in the 2011 port explosion trial.

Barclays Bank holding charity art auction

Author: GBC

Date: 18 November 2014

Paintings and prints acquired by Barclays Bank Gibraltar are on auction to raise funds for charity. Over 60 works are on display at the John Mackintosh Hall, with bidding open until the 28th of the Month.

► Gibraltar Government 'vindicated' by Commission letter to Spain, says Picardo

Author: GBC

Date: 18 November 2014

The Chief Minister says the Gibraltar and UK Governments are absolutely vindicated in their approach to dealing with Spain’s border harassment.

Exercise Rocky Sparrow to be held tomorrow

Author: GBC

Date: 18 November 2014

Elements of British Forces Gibraltar, together with other agencies, will tomorrow be holding a routine exercise to test the Ministry of Defence’s preparedness in the event of an incident at the nuclear berth.

Commission raps Spain's knuckles over frontier queues

Author: GBC

Date: 17 November 2014

The European Commission has chastised Spain for failing to improve traffic flow at the Frontier, and has asked its Government to take a series of measures to reduce queues at the border without delay.

Gibraltarian professor leading UN Report on future of sustainable development

Author: GBC

Date: 17 November 2014

Gibraltar born Professor Daniella Tilbury is leading a UN Report on the future of sustainable development. The Report was launched at the opening of a UN World Conference on that very subject in Nagoya, Japan this month.

Government to buy back shareholding in Gibtelecom

Author: GBC

Date: 17 November 2014

The Government will be buying back Telekom Slovenije’s fifty percent shareholding in Gibtelecom.

2nd Princess, Claire Nunez, travels to Poland for Miss Supranational 2014

Author: GBC

Date: 17 November 2014

Miss Gibraltar’s 2nd Princess, Claire Nunez, will be participating at Miss Supranational 2014 that will be held in Poland in a few weeks’ time. Claire left for Poland at the weekend.

Local charity, Babystepps, raises funds and awareness for 'World Prematurity Day'

Author: GBC

Date: 17 November 2014

Local charity Babystepps is observing ‘World Prematurity Day’ today. The initiative aims to raise awareness of pre-term birth and the issues that concern pre-term babies and their families.

St Mary's students visit Defence Fire and Rescue Services

Author: GBC

Date: 17 November 2014

Reception Class children from St Mary’s Infant School visited the Defence Fire and Rescue Services at RAF Gibraltar. The children were shown the fire vehicles and the special equipment on board.

ERG to campaign for equal marriage for all

Author: GBC

Date: 17 November 2014

The Equality Rights Group has announced it will be campaigning for full equal marriage for all in Gibraltar. ERG says it recognises the advance that civil partnership legislation has delivered to the community, but believes nonetheless equality is not about separate status.

Nature Tanks Trial: Staff asked to 'empty the site of documents'

Author: GBC

Date: 17 November 2014

Two weeks after the 2011 port explosion, staff were instructed to “empty the whole site” of documents, according to a witness in court.

Direct Democracy on Tuesday with the Chief Minister

Author: GBC

Date: 17 November 2014

If there's something you'd like to ask the Chief Minister about, you'll have a chance to do so on Tuesday on GBC Television. Fabian Picardo will appear on ‘Direct Democracy’ at 9.15pm to take questions from the public.

Two Spanish residents plead guilty to throwing drugs overboard a vessel

Author: GBC

Date: 17 November 2014

Two Spanish residents have pleaded guilty to throwing drugs overboard whilst chased by a police motor boat.

Heritage Trust Award winner returns his award over an "embarrassing restoration attempt"

Author: GBC

Date: 17 November 2014

The first non-Britain to receive a Heritage Trust Award has returned the award after feeling “entirely abandoned on the restoration of Devil’s Gap Battery”.

Flamenco Flashmob, uniting communities through dance

Author: GBC

Date: 16 November 2014

UNESCO’s International Flamenco Day was celebrated with a Flashmob on board the Sunborn Hotel, on Sunday. Over 200 dancers and musicians from Gibraltar and the Campo area joined forces to mark the occasion. The event is described as a great example of unity through dance.

Casino refurbishment underway

Author: GBC

Date: 16 November 2014

The Casino at Ocean Village is undergoing a million pound refurbishment programme with the Casino Admiral Group also redeveloping and investing in other locations locally. The Casino Admiral, is expected to see a total transformation over the next few months, with the changes creating between ten to twenty jobs over that time.

Literary Festival, fabulous events & appreciative audiences, say organisers

Author: GBC

Date: 15 November 2014

The Gibunco Gibraltar International Literary Festival has attracted hundreds to a variety of venues around the Rock. The talks have proved popular,r seeing some sold out sessions, with diverse subjects up for discussion.

VIDEO REPORT: Police not lead enforcement agency for new fishing regulations

Author: GBC

Date: 14 November 2014

The new Marine Protection Regulations mark a move away from the police being the lead enforcement agency for environmental legislation. This is the view expressed by Chief Superintendent Richard Mifsud in an interview recorded for Viewpoint.

Gibraltar hold world champions Germany to 4:0

Author: GBC

Date: 14 November 2014

As Captain Roy Chipolina said before kick-off, it was always going to be a game the Gibraltar players would be talking about for decades to come: the night they took on world champions Germany in Nuremberg. Team 54’s bragging rights were strengthened significantly by a solid defensive display; they didn’t just take on the number 1 ranked FIFA side, they limited them to a mere four goals.

VIDEO REPORT: GSD says Spanish Fishermen are making a mockery of the rule of law

Author: GBC

Date: 14 November 2014

The Opposition says the current situation where Gibraltar law is being flouted on a daily basis by Spanish fishermen with nets is unsustainable, and makes a mockery of the rule of law.

Mediterranean Steps charity fundraiser tomorrow

Author: GBC

Date: 14 November 2014

Over one hundred people will be tackling the Mediterranean Steps this weekend for charity. Danny Britto, who requires the use of a wheelchair, is attempting to raise funds for a new specially designed vehicle to meet his needs. Organisers have used social media to promote the event.

World Diabetes Day: over 2400 people affected in Gibraltar

Author: GBC

Date: 14 November 2014

Gibraltar is marking World Diabetes Day. The disease is described as a big problem Locally, with the Rock having one of the largest incidences in Europe.

Over 220 kilos of cocaine seized in the Port of Algerciras

Author: GBC

Date: 14 November 2014

Over 220 kilos of cocaine have been seized in the Port of Algeciras, according to reports in the Spanish press.

A welder working at the North Mole Sullage Tank Farm gives evidence in court

Author: GBC

Date: 14 November 2014

The Magistrate’s Court heard from one of the welders who was working at the North Mole Sullage Tank Farm when it caught fire in 2011.

Gibraltar celebrates Prince of Wales' 66th birthday with a 21 Gun Salute

Author: GBC

Date: 14 November 2014

The Rock today celebrated the heir to the throne’s 66th birthday with a 21 Gun Salute. The salute for the Prince of Wales’ birthday was fired by the Regiment’s Headquarter Company and took place at Grand Battery House.

British National extradited for assault committed in La Linea 22 years ago

Author: GBC

Date: 14 November 2014

A 57 year old British National has lost his 8 year fight against extradition to Spain for a serious assault allegedly committed in La Linea 22 years ago, and was handed in to the Spanish authorities today.

VIDEO REPORT: Gibraltar International Literary Festival begins

Author: GBC

Date: 14 November 2014

The second Gibraltar International Literary Festival has begun, with venues across town hosting talks, food tastings and musical performances.

A bill has been published to amend MPs pensions arrangements

Author: GBC

Date: 14 November 2014

A Bill has been published seeking to amend the pensions arrangements for Members of Parliament.

La Línea and Gibraltar to celebrate International Flamenco Day

Author: GBC

Date: 14 November 2014

La Línea and Gibraltar will be jointly celebrating International Flamenco Day on Sunday on board the Sunborn Hotel. The event was launched at the La Línea City Hall with officials from the Gibraltar Cultural Services present, alongside the Mayor Gemma Araujo and the linense Flamenco dancer David Morales.

Plans for Holiday Inn Express hotel and apartment block submitted to DPC

Author: GBC

Date: 14 November 2014

An application for a new Holiday Inn Express hotel and apartment block has been submitted to the Development and Planning Commission.

Court of Appeal rules it was correct to dismiss jury in Marrache fraud trial

Author: GBC

Date: 14 November 2014

The Marrache brothers have failed to get their convictions overturned, but have vowed to take their challenge to London’s Privy Council.

Regiment to conduct one week training exercise

Author: GBC

Date: 14 November 2014

As from Sunday evening, the Regiment will be conducting a one week training exercise on the Upper Rock. Approximately 100 soldiers will be taking part.

Major tobacco smuggling operation in Spain

Author: GBC

Date: 13 November 2014

A major tobacco smuggling operation across the whole of Spain has resulted in the arrest of fifty ringleaders, allegedly responsible for the illegal importation of two million euros worth of tobacco from Gibraltar and Andorra.

Minister for Housing & Traffic delivers party political broadcast on behalf of GSLP Liberals

Author: GBC

Date: 13 November 2014

The Sustainable Traffic, Transport and Parking Management Plan is at an advanced stage, and a draft copy will be published for public consultation shortly. This according to Housing and Traffic Minister Paul Balban, who delivered a Party Political Broadcast on behalf of the GSLP Liberals.

GSD describes Care Agency's short-term contracts as 'abusive'

Author: GBC

Date: 13 November 2014

The Opposition says the use of short-term contracts in the care agency is abusive, and something a Socialist government shouldn’t tolerate. The GSD there are 92 employees on short-term contracts of less than a year.

EC refuses to publish letter sent to Spain with frontier recommendations

Author: GBC

Date: 13 November 2014

The European Commission has again refused to publish the letter it sent to the Spanish Government in July with its frontier recommendations.

Chief Minister leaves for Washington to launch Gibraltar American Chamber of Commerce

Author: GBC

Date: 13 November 2014

The Chief Minister, Fabian Picardo, and the Deputy Chief Minister Dr Joseph Garcia, leave for Washington today. They are scheduled to attend a number of meetings as well as the formal launch of the Gibraltar American Chamber of Commerce with the AmCham signing ceremony.

Tobacco smuggling operation results in the arrests of 50 individuals in Spain

Author: GBC

Date: 13 November 2014

A major tobacco smuggling operation across the whole of Spain has resulted in the arrest of fifty ringleaders, allegedly responsible for the illegal importation of two million euros worth of tobacco from Gibraltar and Andorra. The fifty individuals face a lengthy list of charges, including organised crime, contraband, fraud and drug trafficking.

International Literary Festival begins on Friday

Author: GBC

Date: 13 November 2014

The 2nd Gibraltar International Literary Festival begins on Friday: three days of talks, discussions and workshops featuring local and international authors.

Chamber of Commerce welcomes new flight routes

Author: GBC

Date: 13 November 2014

The Chamber of Commerce has welcomed the new flight routes to Bristol and Tangiers, and has congratulated Minister Neil Costa and the Tourist Board for bringing them about.

2011 tanks fire trial: Industry expert admits 'risk assessment could be improved'

Author: GBC

Date: 13 November 2014

The trial against ‘Nature Port Reception Facilities’ continued at the Magistrates Court. The company faces nine charges of breaches of health and safety legislation leading up to the 2011 North Mole Fire.

International Art Exhibition winners announced

Author: GBC

Date: 12 November 2014

Retired teacher Freddie Poggio has won this year’s International Art Exhibition, with his painting ‘Landmark’. Anna Cavilla took second prize with ‘Shutter Street’, with Alan Perez coming in third place for his installation piece ‘A lapse in my inner turmoil’.

Children's writer Anna Bogie visits schools to promote new series

Author: GBC

Date: 12 November 2014

Local childrens writer, Anna Bogie, has been visiting schools to promote her new series. Her ‘Happy Hooves’ books, aim to be fun and entertaining, hoping to encourage a love of reading at an early age.

GSD says Verdemar should not allow itself to be used as political tool

Author: GBC

Date: 12 November 2014

The Leader of the Opposition says the environmental group Verdemar should not allow itself to be used as a political tool to prevent Gibraltar from developing economically.

Former hostage Terry Waite to give speech at Gibraltar Philanthropy conference

Author: GBC

Date: 12 November 2014

Former hostage and President of Y Care International, Terry Waite, will be the Keynote Speaker at the second annual conference organised by the Gibraltar Philanthropy Forum.

VIDEO REPORT: Royal Air Maroc announce 2015 air link between Gib and Tangiers

Author: GBC

Date: 12 November 2014

Royal Air Maroc has announced a flight connection between Gibraltar and Tangiers as from March 2015. The new air link was the subject of a press launch this afternoon in Casablanca.

GSD asks Government to clarify UK law for the Insurance industry

Author: GBC

Date: 12 November 2014

The Opposition is asking the Government to set the minds of the Insurance industry at ease over an aspect of UK law which was supposed to benefit Gibraltar greatly, but which has reportedly not yet been introduced.

Man accused of 'severely' beating his partner found 'Not Guilty'

Author: GBC

Date: 12 November 2014

A man who was accused of "severely" beating his common law wife has been found ‘Not Guilty’.

Archaeological remains excavated in Casemates building

Author: GBC

Date: 12 November 2014

Archaeological remains dating back to the 13th and 14th centuries have been uncovered during the construction of a building off Casemates Square.

Bar Council rejects Johanna Hernadez complaint against Feetham

Author: GBC

Date: 12 November 2014

The Leader of the Opposition says no attempts to embarrass him professionally will deter him from doing the job he has been elected to do.

2011 tanks fire trial: Health & Safety expert says welding shouldn't have been allowed

Author: GBC

Date: 12 November 2014

According to Health and Safety expert, Michael Welham, no “competent” person would have allowed welding on the sullage tank at the time of the North Mole fire in 2011. This was heard in a tense Magistrate’s Court this morning, as the trial against ‘Nature Port Reception Facilities’ continued.

2011 tanks fire: criminal trial ongoing

Author: GBC

Date: 12 November 2014

A criminal trial against ‘Nature Port Reception Facilities’, which operates the North Mole sullage tank farm, is on going at the Magistrate’s Court. Nature is accused of breaching health and safety legislation in the lead up to the 2011 port explosion.

Tobacco giant says Gib not to blame for Spain's contraband problem

Author: GBC

Date: 11 November 2014

One of the biggest tobacco corporations in the world has said Spain should not blame Gibraltar for its tobacco smuggling problems.

Classic Vehicle Association becomes member of FIVA

Author: GBC

Date: 11 November 2014

The Gibraltar Classic Vehicle Association has been accepted as a full member of the World Federation for Classic Vehicles.

One month in prison for counterfeit currency offences

Author: GBC

Date: 11 November 2014

Two Lithuanian nationals have been sentenced to one month in prison for offences relating to counterfeit currency.

Local Youth Clubs enjoy fun filled events

Author: GBC

Date: 11 November 2014

Local Youth Clubs have had a week of fun filled events. Youth Service staff enjoyed a trip to Isla Magica in Seville, along with a Royal Gibraltar Police officer and a group of thirty youngsters.

Royal Gibraltar Police begin Operation Gib Watch

Author: GBC

Date: 11 November 2014

If you’re worried about how secure your home or office is from burglarlies, the Royal Gibraltar Police will conduct a security survey free of charge, and tell you what you need to do to minimise the risk.

Armistice Day commemorated

Author: GBC

Date: 11 November 2014

The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month marks the signing of the Armistice. The occasion signalling the end of World War One, was marked with a ceremony at the Lobby of Parliament House.

Unite Youth Committee welcomes Gibraltar Youth Service initiative

Author: GBC

Date: 11 November 2014

Unite Youth Committee has welcomed the Gibraltar Youth Service’s initiative to launch its new Project aimed at helping people bridge the gap between education and employment.

City Fire Brigade set for a name change

Author: GBC

Date: 11 November 2014

The City Fire Brigade is set for a name change. One of the Bills up for debate at the next meeting of Parliament is an amendment to the Fire Service Act which will see the Brigade adopt a title more relevant to the work it carries out.

Remembrance Sunday Football Match

Author: GBC

Date: 11 November 2014

A 1‐1 draw for the GFA Veterans and a team from the Joint Forces Command Gibraltar, at a Remembrance Day football match to raise funds for the Royal British Legion.

Government says GSD is 'doing what's best for it', not Gibraltar

Author: GBC

Date: 11 November 2014

The Government has accused the Opposition of doing what’s best for it, and not Gibraltar. Number Six points out that in the GSD’s press release, responding to Mr Isola’s broadcast, the Opposition had failed to make any comment on the OECD Agreement.

Verdemar urges questioning of North Mole reclamation

Author: GBC

Date: 11 November 2014

The environmental group Verdemar has urged the Spanish authorities to request information on the North Mole reclamation project.

Picardo and Garcia attending meetings in Washington

Author: GBC

Date: 11 November 2014

The Chief Minister, Fabian Picardo, and the Deputy Chief Minister, Dr Joseph Garcia, are in Washington from Tuesday. They will attend a number of meetings as well as the formal launch of the Gibraltar American Chamber of Commerce with the AmCham signing ceremony.

Remembrance Day services held in Tangier

Author: GBC

Date: 10 November 2014

Remembrance Day commemorations were also held in Tangier over the weekend. The area of St Andrew’s Church graveyard includes a section of Commomwealth War Graves.

Remembrance and thanksgiving service held for seafarers

Author: GBC

Date: 10 November 2014

A service for seafarers was held this weekend, at the Cathedral of St Mary the Crowned. The annual ecumenical service is held in remembrance of all mariners who have lost their lives at sea, and includes a blessing for all present-day seafarers.

GSD warns Gibraltar companies could be discriminated against

Author: GBC

Date: 10 November 2014

The Opposition has warned that the absence of Double Taxation Agreements with other countries may result in Gibraltar companies being discriminated against.

Reception to mark 20th anniversary UK Overseas Association

Author: GBC

Date: 10 November 2014

There is still a long way to go in establishing a modern relationship between London and the Overseas Territories. This was the view expressed by the Gibraltar Government’s representative in London, Albert Poggio.

St Joseph's School car wash raises £600

Author: GBC

Date: 10 November 2014

A car wash in aid of the GBC Open Day was held at St Joseph’s School. The School managed to raise £600 towards the GBC Open Day fund.

VIDEO REPORT: Remembrance Sunday honours those killed during conflicts

Author: GBC

Date: 10 November 2014

A day of remembering service personnel killed during conflicts was commemorated yesterday. Remembrance Sunday was honoured all over the world, and in Gibraltar the service was held at the memorial by the Line Wall Road Boulevard.

Man on trial accused of assaulting his partner

Author: GBC

Date: 10 November 2014

A man is on trial in the Supreme Court accused of "severely" beating his common law wife. German National, Hans Con, was arrested last December and was charged with assault causing actual bodily harm.

80 percent vote for independence in unofficial Catalan referendum

Author: GBC

Date: 10 November 2014

More than 80 percent of those who voted in Sunday’s Catalan referendum have supported independence for the region. Over two million people voted in the unofficial ballot, which has not been recognised by the Spanish state.

'Long way to go' for modern UK/Overseas Territories relationship, says Poggio

Author: GBC

Date: 10 November 2014

There is still a long way to go in establishing a modern relationship between London and the Overseas Territories, according to the Government’s representative in London, speaking at a reception to mark the 20th anniversary of the founding of the UK Overseas Association.

Increase in the price of postage stamps

Author: GBC

Date: 09 November 2014

Sending a Christmas card locally will cost you almost double this year.

Lest We Forget: Wreaths are laid at the traditional Remembrance Sunday Ceremony

Author: GBC

Date: 09 November 2014

A two minute silence was observed at the Remembrance Sunday Service. A Ceremony made more poignant by the fact that this year marks the 100th Anniversary of the First World War.

Queen's Travel achieves three ISO Standards

Author: GBC

Date: 08 November 2014

Tour Operator, Queen's Travel claims to be the first travel company in Gibraltar to have three ISO standards officially recognised.

Standing Ovations for Albert Hammond

Author: GBC

Date: 08 November 2014

Singer-songwriter Albert Hammond received standing ovations at his two sell-out concerts at the Queen’s Cinema this weekend. On both Friday and Saturday nights, the local 70-year-old local performed all his biggest hits for more than two and a half hours.

All in a day's work: 24 Hour Radio Gibraltar Marathon breaks predicted record

Author: GBC

Date: 08 November 2014

Presenter Paul Grant breaks his predicted record, raising £1,800 for the GBC Open Day Fund.

UKOTA: 20th anniversary of the founding of the UK's Overseas Territories Association

Author: GBC

Date: 08 November 2014

A reception is held at the Palace of Westminster , acknowledging the Association's work.

Corruption in Spain threatens political establishment

Author: GBC

Date: 08 November 2014

Fernandez Villa, Granados and Puyol and their foreign accounts, could be the tip of the iceberg as arrests and investigations reveal that corruption in Spain is more widespread than was thought.

Fundraising continues for this year's Open Day

Author: GBC

Date: 07 November 2014

The fundraising continues for this year's Open Day. Tickets for a car raffle will be on sale at Casemates Square from 11am - 2pm today and you can also get your current vehicle cleaned.

VIDEO: CBF describes incident between Spanish Patrol Aircraft and a BA flight as ‘routine business’

Author: GBC

Date: 07 November 2014

The Commander British Forces has downplayed the incident between a Spanish Patrol Aircraft and a British Airways flight last week, describing it as ‘routine business’. On the Viewpoint programme last night, Commodore Ian McGhie said the communications and co-ordination between all involved was excellent.

New books now available at John Mackintosh Hall Library

Author: GBC

Date: 07 November 2014

Over two hundred new books are now available at the John Mackintosh Hall Library. This latest consignment focuses on recent releases, catering for adults and children. Catering to different tastes and age groups the collection at the JMH Library is on the increase – on this occasion the Ministry of Culture has spent a further three thousand pounds to enhance its collection.

GHA unveils new, state of the art Prostate Cancer Clinic

Author: GBC

Date: 07 November 2014

The GHA today unveiled a new, state of the art prostate cancer clinic, which has been made available thanks to a donation from the Kusuma Trust. The Prostate Cancer Support Group, which has been lobbying for this facility for years, has described it as a dream come true. The new clinic brings together a number of resources, which had, up until now, been scattered around the GHA.

Local man pleads guilty to burglary

Author: GBC

Date: 07 November 2014

A local man has pleaded guilty to two counts of Burglary, relating to a couple of incidents. 37 year old Frederick Peire, of Flat Bastion Road, appeared at the Magistrate’s Court this morning.

Port Authority & Captain of the Port attend Bunkering conference

Author: GBC

Date: 07 November 2014

A delegation from the Port Authority, led by the Captain of the Port, is participating at the Annual Convention of the International Bunker Industry Association.

La Linea Mayor claims lack of political will is causing frontier delays

Author: GBC

Date: 07 November 2014

The Mayor of La Linea claims it’s not the infrastructure at the Frontier which causes delay, but the lack of political will. At a Press Conference yesterday, Gemma Araujo critised a three hour delay when crossing the frontier on Tuesday afternoon and reiterated the effect these delays had on commerce in La Linea.

Lidington confirms Frontier inconvenience in UK Parliament

Author: GBC

Date: 07 November 2014

Delays at the frontier have continued causing inconvenience over the past eighteen months. This according to the Minister for Europe, David Lidington, in reply to a question in Parliament as to whether he was satisfied with the speed of border crossings.

European Confederation of Police grants GPA 'Observer status'

Author: GBC

Date: 07 November 2014

The European Confederation of Police has granted the Gibraltar Police Association an ‘Observer status’ in the European confederation of police.

GSD criticise Albert Isola

Author: GBC

Date: 07 November 2014

The GSD has accused the Minister for Financial Services, Albert Isola, of having a very short memory regarding his party’s behaviour when in Opposition. It takes issue with statements made by Mr Isola, in a Party Political Broadcast, where he claimed the GSD puts the party before the interests of the community.

Supreme Court holds tribute for the late Sir Christopher Staughton

Author: GBC

Date: 07 November 2014

A tribute in honour of the late Sir Christopher Staughton was held at the Supreme Court. Just a few years ago Sir Christopher had served as President of the Court of Appeal. He was the 6th President to serve in Gibraltar.

DPC receives application for new building to be built next to Eurotowers

Author: GBC

Date: 06 November 2014

The Development Planning Commission has received an application for a new building to be built next to Eurotowers.

Viewpoint controversy - GBC issues statement

Author: GBC

Date: 06 November 2014

GBC has restated the circumstances that led to the last minute withdrawal of invitations to the Government and the Opposition to attend last Thursday's Viewpoint programme. It says it took the decision because it was unable at the time to secure from the GRA clear advice on whether the likely composition of the panel would be in breach of the Code on Due Impartiality, Due Accuracy and Undue Prominence.

Opposition says GHA press release copy pasted from one by former GSD Minister

Author: GBC

Date: 06 November 2014

The Opposition says a GHA press release by Minister John Cortes announcing the yearly awards ceremony has been copy pasted from one by former GSD Minister Yvette del Agua.

Financial Services Minister says 'Government is committed to a culture of compliance'

Author: GBC

Date: 06 November 2014

The Minister for Financial Services, Albert Isola, has described the OECD's rating of Gibraltar as "Largely Compliant" as a huge step forward for our jurisdiction. In a televised broadcast, he said the Government is committed to a culture of compliance and meeting international standards.

Bossino writes to Chief Minister over Mena appointment

Author: GBC

Date: 06 November 2014

The Deputy Leader of the GSD, Damon Bossino, has written to the Chief Minister seeking answers over the appointment of Financial Secretary Albert Mena.

VIDEO: Stephen Mascarenhas & Francis Mauro win GHA's Employees of the Year Award

Author: GBC

Date: 06 November 2014

Stephen Mascarenhas and Francis Mauro, two GHA messengers, have both been presented with the GHA’s employees of the year award. The seventh annual staff awards ceremony was held at the John Mackintosh Hall.

Royal Navy's Gibraltar Squadron 'has learnt lessons from past couple of years'

Author: GBC

Date: 06 November 2014

The Royal Navy’s Gibraltar Squadron is able to sustain its presence on the water for longer periods following a recent increase in manpower. Commanding Officer, Lieutenant commander Rob Garner, says the Squadron has learned lessons from the past couple of years.

Vencedora 'Innocent Passage' Says FCO

Author: GBC

Date: 06 November 2014

The Foreign Office has described the latest entry into Gibraltar Waters by the Spanish Navy Warship, Vencedora, as a act of innocent passage.

VIDEO REPORT: Royal Navy boost presence after prolonged incursions

Author: GBC

Date: 06 November 2014

The Royal Navy’s Gibraltar Squadron is able to sustain its presence on the water for longer periods following a recent increase in manpower.

Royal Gibraltar Regiment Captain works for the United Nations in Chile

Author: GBC

Date: 05 November 2014

Being able to speak both English and Spanish fluently presented a Royal Gibraltar Regiment Captain with a unique opportunity to work for the United Nations in Chile.

155 UK military personnel serving in Gibraltar, says Armed Forces Minister.

Author: GBC

Date: 05 November 2014

There are currently around one hundred and fifty five UK military personnel serving in Gibraltar. Mark Francois, the Minister for the Armed Forces, says this enables Gibraltar to stay as a forward mounting base for UK military operations.

Viewpoint controversy - GSLP has its say

Author: GBC

Date: 05 November 2014

The GSLP has given an assurance that if invited to a GBC debate it will attend by sending a member of its Executive. In its reaction to the controversy surrounding last week's Viewpoint, the party says it has no intention of allowing anyone other that GSLP executive members to speak on its behalf.

Gibraltar Interfaith Group sell calendars featuring over 130 children's artwork

Author: GBC

Date: 05 November 2014

Members of the Gibraltar Interfaith Group have been selling calendars outside the ICC. The calendars feature children’s artwork under the theme ‘Living Happily Together in Gibraltar.’

GSD claims Government prefers to personalise debate

Author: GBC

Date: 05 November 2014

Following Dr Cortes’ comments, the GSD claims the Government prefers to personalise the debate and call him a liar, rather than answer questions. The Opposition insists that when it comes to both fishing and Europa Stadium Limited, the issues are very simple.

Cortes clashes with Feetham over fishing regulations

Author: GBC

Date: 05 November 2014

Environment Minister John Cortes has lashed out at Opposition Leader Daniel Feetham, saying he lies without compunction, and accusing him of dragging his party down with him. This is in response to the GSD’s criticism of the new fishing and diving regulations. The Opposition says Government continues to act like rabbits caught in the headlights over the issue of fishing with nets in BGTW.

Winners of Autumn Poetry Competition announced

Author: GBC

Date: 05 November 2014

Jackie Anderson is the winner of this year's Autumn Poetry Competition. The contest is held in conjunction with the Gibraltar Cultural Services, the Gibraltar Chronicle and the Department of Education.

Lidington grateful for Gibraltar support from US Congress

Author: GBC

Date: 05 November 2014

Minister for Europe, David Lidington, says he is “grateful for the support that members of the US Congress have shown for Gibraltar”.

Reunion for Gibraltar evacuees this Friday

Author: GBC

Date: 05 November 2014

A reunion for Gibraltarians evacuated to Madeira during World War II will be held on Friday.

Major refurbishment of Northern Defences underway soon

Author: GBC

Date: 05 November 2014

A major refurbishment and restoration of the Northern Defences is likely to get underway soon.

Companies Act comes into force this week

Author: GBC

Date: 05 November 2014

The Companies Act has come into force this week. The Act was passed in Parliament earlier this year following industry-wide consultation, and incorporates provisions found in UK law, as well as European Directives.

Local fire fighter found Not Guilty of stabbing a colleague

Author: GBC

Date: 05 November 2014

At the Supreme Court, a jury of nine gave a unanimous not guilty verdict on the charge of wounding.

Another power cut disrupts morning

Author: GBC

Date: 04 November 2014

The Electricity Authority blames a lightning strike for the power cut which affected most districts of Gibraltar, yesterday morning. It says that after an initial investigation, there’s evidence to suggest this may have caused the generators to trip on fault.

Chief Minister writes to Keith Vaz MP following negative comments in Parliament

Author: GBC

Date: 04 November 2014

The Chief Minister tells Keith Vaz MP that he's outraged by comments made in Parliament to the effect that offshore centres such as Gibraltar are being used to launder profits from the drugs trade.

GSD reacts to Chief Minister over Viewpoint controversy

Author: GBC

Date: 04 November 2014

The GSD has accused the Chief Minister of letting power going to his head, and of exercising the sort of control mechanisms he used to criticize when in Opposition. It follows comments made by Fabian Picardo, following GBC’s decision to withdraw invitations to both the Government and the Opposition to take part in a Viewpoint debate, last week.

Government reacts to GSD over Stadium company

Author: GBC

Date: 04 November 2014

The Government says Europa Stadium Ltd is merely an administrative tool for the land at Europa Point to be transferred to the GFA if planning permission is granted for the new stadium.

St Bernadette's Resource Centre designs Gibraltar Christmas Stamps

Author: GBC

Date: 04 November 2014

The Gibraltar Christmas Stamps for 2014 have been designed at St Bernadette’s Resource Centre.

Limited edition £100 gold coin now available from Gibraltar Philatelic Bureau

Author: GBC

Date: 04 November 2014

An exclusive limited edition 24 carat gold coin worth £1,500 has been struck by the Government in partnership with the Gibraltar International Mint.

VIDEO REPORT: Easyjet announces new Gib-Bristol route

Author: GBC

Date: 04 November 2014

EasyJet, the UK’s largest airline will launch year round flights from Bristol to Gibraltar starting in Summer 2015. The airline, which already flies from London Gatwick to Gibraltar, will launch flights from Bristol on 19 April 2015. Flights will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays and will go on sale on Thursday.

Govt improving Gibraltar like there's no tomorrow

Author: GBC

Date: 03 November 2014

The Government says it is “improving Gibraltar like there’s no tomorrow”, claiming it has “carefully and prudently” spent money, which the community can afford, in order to improve quality of life. The statement from Number Six follows criticism from the Opposition.

GSD accuses Govt of Europa Point Stadium plans with no DPC go ahead

Author: GBC

Date: 03 November 2014

The Opposition has accused Government of making plans to construct a new stadium at Europa Point even though the Development and Planning Commission has not yet given planning permission to the Football Association project.

Govt reacts to Spanish Government over new Tuna Preservation Regulations

Author: GBC

Date: 03 November 2014

The Government says the complaint from Spain about Gibraltar’s new Tuna Preservation Regulations, shows the lengths to which the Spanish Government will go to try to discredit Gibraltar.

Festival Of Lights on 21st November

Author: GBC

Date: 03 November 2014

Gibraltar will again celebrate the Festival of Lights on Friday the 21st of November. It will see the Christmas Lights switched on at John Mackintosh Square, with Father Christmas and his elves set to make a special appearance.

BA flight delayed by Spanish military aircraft

Author: GBC

Date: 03 November 2014

Friday’s British Airways flight from Heathrow had to veer off its landing approach to Gibraltar, while ten to fifteen miles out, because of a Spanish military aircraft operating in the area. The avoiding instructions to the BA flight were issued by Gibraltar Air Traffic Control, on account of the need to maintain a safe distance between the two planes.

Retrial for local firefighter charged with stabbing colleague

Author: GBC

Date: 03 November 2014

A local fire fighter charged with stabbing a colleague is back in court for a retrial. This is after a jury failed to reach a majority verdict on the charge of wounding in April.

Opposition, Government and GBC react to Viewpoint controversy

Author: GBC

Date: 31 October 2014

The Opposition, the Government and GBC have all issued statements giving their respective version of events after GBC withdrew invitations to representatives of the Government and Opposition for Thursday night's Viewpoint debate.

Children take part in RGP's Mid Term Camp

Author: GBC

Date: 31 October 2014

All this week children have been living the life of a policeman. This was the last day of the Royal Gibraltar Police’s Mid Term Camp.

European Arrest Warrant vote being held up

Author: GBC

Date: 31 October 2014

The dispute with Spain over Gibraltar could be holding up a vote in the UK Parliament over whether to remain part of the European Arrest Warrant system. Prime Minister David Cameron announced the vote, to take place in November.

RGP temporarily moves Central Police Station

Author: GBC

Date: 31 October 2014

The Royal Gibraltar Police have temporarily moved their Central Police Station in Irish Town. The police station has moved to the old Housing Reporting Office at the Northern side of City Hall at John Mackintosh Square.

Regulations published to safeguard marine environment

Author: GBC

Date: 31 October 2014

New rules have been published by the Government detailing how fishing will be regulated in British Gibraltar Territorial Waters as from the 1st of January. Permits are to be issued for most aspects, though the Government will establish and maintain a list of vessels permitted to fish in local waters.

Morocco aids the surveillance of the Strait of Gibraltar

Author: GBC

Date: 31 October 2014

Morocco is aiding in the surveillance of the Strait of Gibraltar. According to reports in the Moroccan press, this was announced during a press conference by the Minister for the Interior, Mohamed Hassad.

GSD accuses Chief Minister of interfering with the freedom of the press

Author: GBC

Date: 31 October 2014

The GSD has accused the Chief Minister of interfering with the freedom of the press and condemns the Corporation’s Senior management or its Board for allowing it.

Mayor's Parlour coffee morning launches Movember

Author: GBC

Date: 31 October 2014

October is coming to an end, and that can only mean one thing – as from Saturday it’s Movember.

Mar Del Sur celebrate first anniversary of their quarterly magazine

Author: GBC

Date: 31 October 2014

Socio-cultural association Mar Del Sur are celebrating the first anniversary of their quarterly magazine. A presentation was held at the John Mackintosh Hall.

Gibraltar Police Authority ask public to fill in a questionnaire

Author: GBC

Date: 31 October 2014

The Gibraltar Police Authority is asking the public for their help by filling in a questionnaire. All the results and comments received will play an important role in enabling the preparation of the Annual Policing Plan for the year commencing on 1st April 2015.

Government defends new bus fleet

Author: GBC

Date: 31 October 2014

The substitution of new buses should have started five years ago, according to the Government. It says it’s started to roll the new buses out, as the cost of maintaining the old fleet has been over £380,000 a year.

Ministry of Defence awarded £1.5 billion for air traffic management programme

Author: GBC

Date: 31 October 2014

The Ministry of Defence has awarded a contract for £1.5 billion for an air traffic management sustainment and replacement programme. The programme will be carried out by AQUILA Air Traffic Management Services, and covers the operation of over 60 MoD sites, including Gibraltar.

Farrell steps down as Trust chairman

Author: GBC

Date: 30 October 2014

Outgoing Heritage Trust Chairman says the Trust has come back on the map again and is a significant influence and force in trying to preserve heritage in Gibraltar. Keith Farrell says it’s important to get involved early with developers in discussions concerning projects.

Government welcomes statement by GSD, that the party is against “jobs for the boys”

Author: GBC

Date: 30 October 2014

The Government says the GSD’s announcement that it will put items to tender is largely in keeping with the practice the Government introduced when elected. It adds the scoring system proposed by the GSD is already in use, and is not new.

Spain rebuffs UK incursion complaint

Author: GBC

Date: 30 October 2014

Spain has reiterated its position that the waters around Gibraltar are Spanish, in response to the Foreign Office’s protest over the latest incursion by a Spanish research vessel into Gibraltar waters this week. This is according to the Spanish news agency EFE, and comes after an incursion by the Spanish state vessel, Francisco de Paula Navarro.

GSD gives details of election policy on contracts & appointments

Author: GBC

Date: 30 October 2014

The Opposition has given details of the policy it will be presenting the electorate at the next general election in relation to greater transparency and openness in the awarding of contracts and appointments into the Government. The GSD says it’s essential to ensure the confidence of the community is rebuilt with the introduction of a fairer system.

Flags at half mast to mark the death of President of Zambia

Author: GBC

Date: 30 October 2014

Union flags were flown at half-mast today, to mark the death of President Michael Sata of Zambia. Mr Sata died in the UK aged 77. He had not yet completed his first term in office.

Heritage Awards 2014

Author: GBC

Date: 30 October 2014

The Heritage Awards are all about rewarding individuals and groups in their promotion and conservation of Gibraltar’s heritage. That’s the message of the Heritage Trust which highlights the benefits of this annual event, running since 1993. For its part, the Government says it enjoys a good relationship with the Trust.

RGP prepare for Halloween

Author: GBC

Date: 30 October 2014

With Halloween coming up the Royal Gibraltar Police are preparing for their busiest night of the year. They will be taking a zero tolerance approach, to ensure an enjoyable Halloween for everyone. The RGP has been working closely with schools to curb anti-social behaviour on Halloween night.

UK Gibraltar Club visit the Rock

Author: GBC

Date: 30 October 2014

A group of people with strong connections to Gibraltar visited the Rock this weekend. The UK Gibraltar Club was founded in 1942 by Methodist British servicemen here during World War Two.

Car to be raffled off for GBC Open Day

Author: GBC

Date: 30 October 2014

The fundraising continues for this years Open Day, and a car will be raffled off.

Heritage Trust presents its annual awards

Author: GBC

Date: 29 October 2014

Documentary series, regeneration and refurbishments of old buildings and areas of historical significance and the work done by the ESG during Clean Up The World have all been recognised in this year’s Heritage Trust Awards.

Picardo signs multilateral tax info exchange agreement with 50 countries

Author: GBC

Date: 29 October 2014

The Chief Minister has signed an Automatic Exchange of Information agreemement together with fifty other countries. Most of these countries were represented by their Ministers for Finance, including the UK’s George Osbourne.

Over a hundred incursions into Gibraltar waters this month alone

Author: GBC

Date: 29 October 2014

Both Number Six and the Convent have reacted to the latest incursion by a Spanish research vessel into Gibraltar waters earlier this week, with the Gibraltar Government saying it believes Spain is doing this to slowly build its case for territorial waters.

No answer yet on UK's ability to respond militarily to threats to Gibraltar

Author: GBC

Date: 29 October 2014

The Minister of State for the Armed Forces, Mark Francois, has told the UK Parliament he cannot yet provide an answer as to this question, which was asked by MP Andrew Rosindell.

Mary Chiappe and Sam Benady release newest novel in the Bresciano Mysteries series

Author: GBC

Date: 29 October 2014

Book authors Mary Chiappe and Sam Benady have released their newest novel, ‘Death in Paradise Ramp’.

Local man sentenced to 12 weeks in prison for theft and burglary

Author: GBC

Date: 29 October 2014

A local man has been sentenced to 12 weeks in prison for burglary and theft offenses. In June this year, 21-year-old Angel Israel was arrested and charged with theft and fraud after stealing a family member’s iPad mini and iPod 5, and then selling the items to an electronic exchange shop on Irish Town for £120.

GSD says new buses aren't disabled-friendly - Govt says they're jumping the gun

Author: GBC

Date: 29 October 2014

The Opposition says it's noted with grave concern complaints made by citizens about the new public buses. It claims that access is difficult and inconvenient, especially for those with mobility issues, making it tough and uninviting to take a bus.

Solar powered lights installed in bus stops across Gibraltar

Author: GBC

Date: 29 October 2014

Solar powered lights have been installed in over 30 bus stops across Gibraltar.

Gibraltar is leading among island states and territories on “environmental governance”

Author: GBC

Date: 29 October 2014

Gibraltar is leading among island states and territories on “environmental governance”, according to the Chief Executive of the Department of the Environment.

Gibraltar granted second highest rating by OECD

Author: GBC

Date: 29 October 2014

Gibraltar may unilaterally ask the OECD to look at the Rock’s processes when it’s dealt with the areas that fall short of full compliance. Speaking to GBC, following the publication of the OECD Phase 2 peer review report on Gibraltar, the Chief Minister said we should not underestimate the huge value of being ‘largely compliant’ and who we’re largely compliant with.

'Very positive' meeting between Unite and Interserve

Author: GBC

Date: 29 October 2014

A meeting between Unite and the Ministry of Defence contractor, Interserve, has been described by the Union as very positive. The meeting aimed to review a number of issues that had surfaced following the pay harmonisation agreed earlier in the year.

Monarch to keep Gib flights & jobs following restructure

Author: GBC

Date: 28 October 2014

Gibraltar will not be affected by a Monarch Airlines restructure which will see 700 redundancies and eight aircraft retired from the fleet. The airline has gone through major changes in the last two months following the takeover by Greybull Capital LLP, but will be keeping all its European short haul links, including Gibraltar.

Talk to analyse James Joyce's 'Ulysses'

Author: GBC

Date: 28 October 2014

Celebrated modernist author James Joyce will be the subject of a talk by former English teacher, Charles Durante. “A Journey into James Joyce’s ‘Ulysses’” will examine the author’s most iconic novel.

Gibraltar to play next three UEFA games in Portugal

Author: GBC

Date: 28 October 2014

Gibraltar will be playing its next three UEFA European Qualifier home games in Portugal.

Seasonal flu vaccine available from next week

Author: GBC

Date: 28 October 2014

The seasonal flu vaccine will be available from next Monday at the Primary Care Centre. It’s recommended for everyone over 65 years old, and anyone between six and 65 suffering from diseases that could put them at risk.

GSD says Government is spending like there's no tomorrow

Author: GBC

Date: 28 October 2014

The Opposition says that despite what the Government may say about public debt, the figures don’t lie.

Works to refurbish St Joseph's Estate completed

Author: GBC

Date: 28 October 2014

The first phase of works to refurbish St Joseph's Estate has been completed. It includes a toddlers’ playground and the re-surfacing of pavers to access walkways in the middle and upper area of the estate.

GSX looking to start trading early next year

Author: GBC

Date: 28 October 2014

It's now a fortnight since Gibraltar's Stock Exchange was licensed and GSX, as it's called, is looking to start trading early next year.

Financial Services Commission announces its 2015 structure

Author: GBC

Date: 28 October 2014

The Financial Services Commission has announced its 2015 structure, designed to support the delivery of its three year Strategic Plan, published earlier this month.

Gibraltar's OECD ranking to be made public this week

Author: GBC

Date: 28 October 2014

Gibraltar’s OECD ranking will be made public this week at the Global Forum Meeting in Berlin. Financial Services Minister, Albert Isola, together with Finance Centre Director James Tipping, will be attending the meeting.

Local man found 'Not Guilty' of cannabis charges following Supreme Court trial

Author: GBC

Date: 28 October 2014

A local man, who’s been on trial for possession and possession with intent to supply nearly 630 grammes of cannabis, has been acquitted. James Yusifredo, of Warspite House Varyl Begg was arrested and charged last year following a drug raid at his flat.

Sir Graham Watson to head Government's Brussels Office

Author: GBC

Date: 27 October 2014

Former Gibraltar Euro-MP Sir Graham Watson has been granted a three-year contract to head the Gibraltar Government’s Office in Brussels. Number Six Convent Place says Sir Graham will be responsible for leading and directing the lobbying activities of the Government in Brussels, as well as liaising with the UK’s Permanent Representation to the EU.

Gibraltar represented at Biodiversity and Climate Change conference

Author: GBC

Date: 27 October 2014

The Chief Executive of the Department of the Environment, Dr Liesl Torres, joined around 200 scientists, policy makers and government officals at a conference on Biodiversity and Climate Change in Guadeloupe.

Unite re-elects Health and Safety Committee

Author: GBC

Date: 27 October 2014

Unite the Union has re-elected its Health and Safety Committee. The Union says its newly elected Committee consists of a cross-section representation of Gibraltar’s employment sectors.

VIDEO: Hundreds take part in Royal Marines Rock Run

Author: GBC

Date: 27 October 2014

Around 200 people, including Superman himself, "Man of Steel" actor Henry Cavill, took part in a Rock Run for charity as part of the celebrations for the Royal Marines' 350th Anniversary.

Freedom Parade culminates Royal Marines 350th anniversary celebrations

Author: GBC

Date: 27 October 2014

The Government has sent its best wishes to the Royal Marines as they celebrate their 350th anniversary. On Sunday the Marines held a Freedom of the City Parade and attended a service at the Royal Marines monument in Ocean Village.

Fishing with nets as legislation due to be published

Author: GBC

Date: 27 October 2014

With the government poised to publish new fishing legislation this week, residents in the South District were reminded of one of the more enduring issues in British Gibraltar Territorial Waters – fishing with nets deemed illegal by the EU.

Football match to commemorate Remembrance Day

Author: GBC

Date: 27 October 2014

The GFA Veterans will be taking on a team from the Joint Forces Command in a Remembrance Day football match, on Sunday the 9th of November.

Stamps commemorating Royal Marines 350th anniversary issued

Author: GBC

Date: 27 October 2014

Stamps commemorating the Royal Marines 350th anniversary have been issued. They feature the Royal Marines crest, photographed from the monument situated at Ocean Village.

Local man on trial after Drug Squad Officers raid house

Author: GBC

Date: 27 October 2014

A local man is on trial at the Supreme Court facing charges of possession and possession with intent to supply nearly 630 grammes of cannabis.

Al Qaeda targets tankers in maritime 'chokepoints' including Gibraltar

Author: GBC

Date: 27 October 2014

A new online Al Qaeda magazine is encouraging militants to blow up oil tankers and hijack cargo ships passing through the Strait of Gibraltar. The Ministry of Defence has said it's aware of the threats and will act accordingly.

UK Gibraltar Club visits the Rock

Author: GBC

Date: 27 October 2014

A group of people with strong connections to Gibraltar visited the Rock this weekend. The UK Gibraltar Club was founded in 1942 by Methodist British servicemen here during World War Two.

Phase one of road-resurfacing programme completed

Author: GBC

Date: 26 October 2014

The government says it’s completed the first phase of a road-resurfacing programme that it claims was much needed after years of underinvestment by the previous GSD administration. A second phase is now being planned.

VIDEO: Veterans in Rock Run for Royal Marines' 350th Celebrations

Author: GBC

Date: 25 October 2014

This weekend will see the Royal Marines continue their 350th Anniversary celebrations. Royal Marines have been travelling to Gibraltar, especially to take part in Saturday’s traditional Rock Run. Participants include Jason Hare and Lee Spencer, both amputees.

Ad Hoc talks story is 'ludicrous', Picardo tells Bankers

Author: GBC

Date: 24 October 2014

The Chief Minister has confirmed the composition of delegations at the Ad Hoc talks has not yet been agreed, although he would like to see La Linea included in the formula. In an address to the Bankers Association, Mr Picardo described yesterday’s article in El Pais, stating Gibraltar would come under the UK delegation in Ad Hoc Talks, as ‘ludicrous’.

GSD questions Financial Secretary appointment

Author: GBC

Date: 24 October 2014

The GSD has accused the Government of shielding from public scrutiny the manner in which Albert Mena was appointed as Financial Secretary and how much he’s being paid. The Opposition says it’s unable to say whether the process was fair and transparent.

Stamps issued for Royal Marines 350th Anniversary

Author: GBC

Date: 24 October 2014

Stamps are to be issued by the Government and Philatelic Bureau commemorating the 350th anniversary of the Royal Marines this Saturday.

HMS Kent calling into Gibraltar

Author: GBC

Date: 24 October 2014

The Royal Navy frigate HMS Kent will call into Gibraltar this weekend, following an exercise in and around British Gibraltar Territorial Waters, ahead of a six-month deployment in the Indian Ocean.

Germany vs Gibraltar - tickets on sale Monday

Author: GBC

Date: 24 October 2014

Tickets for the European Qualifier between Germany and Gibraltar go on sale on Monday. Having suffered three consecutive defeats, the local squad faces its toughest task yet aginst the World Champions on Friday 14th November.

Mirror claims holiday-maker needed 40 stitches after ape attack

Author: GBC

Date: 24 October 2014

An article in the Daily Mirror claims a UK holiday-maker needed 40 stitches after allegedly being attacked by a macaque while walking in the Upper Rock on a recent holiday.

New arrangements to be put into place for the printing of passports

Author: GBC

Date: 24 October 2014

Gibraltar-variant British passports will be printed in the UK as from early next year. This follows a move by the UK Passport Office towards centralising passport personalisation.

Government & Opposition clash over debt

Author: GBC

Date: 24 October 2014

The GSD has accused the Chief Minister of dishonesty following his assertion that the net public debt of Gibraltar is 25 percent of GDP. The Government has responded, arguing the Leader of the Opposition clearly has no idea of how public finances work.

Government defends Mena appointment as Financial Secretary

Author: GBC

Date: 24 October 2014

The government has reacted to comments by the Opposition, in respect of the appointment of Albert Mena as Financial Secretary. The Chief Minister said the appointment was made after the one person who had been recommended to him internally indicated that they did not want to take the post.

Man pleads guilty to possession of cannabis resin

Author: GBC

Date: 24 October 2014

A local man pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled class B drug, while at the Magistrates court today.

Local woman sentenced to 12 weeks in prison for theft

Author: GBC

Date: 24 October 2014

At the Magistrates’ Court, a local woman was sentenced to 12 weeks imprisonment for theft.

Entries encouraged for 41st International Art Competition

Author: GBC

Date: 24 October 2014

Entries are being invited for the 41st Gibraltar International Art Competition, which has a top prize of £4000. It is open to anyone who’ll be aged 16 or over as of the exhibition’s start date on the 1st of November.

Fishing legislation to be published this week

Author: GBC

Date: 24 October 2014

The Government has said it will publish fishing legislation this week, governing local angling, spearfishing, diving and the activity of dolphin tourism vessels, as well as fishing for tuna within local waters.

GSLP rubbishes GSD Chairman's rental housing claims

Author: GBC

Date: 23 October 2014

The Gibraltar Socialist Labour Party has taken issue with comments in a recent GBC interview by GSD Chairman Trevor Hammond regarding the construction of houses for rental. It notes Mr Hammond's commitment that the GSD would build more rental accomodation if returned to office and asks, given the Social Democrats' concern about public spending, what money they would use for this purpose.

St. Paul's pupils celebrate Diwali as part of 'Humanities Day'

Author: GBC

Date: 23 October 2014

The pupils of St Paul’s school have been celebrating Diwali – The Indian festival of lights. They’ve been celebrating this as part of Humanities day with each year group celebrating a different period of history or culture.

Gibraltar Finance exhibiting at Hedge Fund Startup Forum in Zurich

Author: GBC

Date: 23 October 2014

Gibraltar Finance, together with members of the Gibraltar Funds and Investments Association, is attending and exhibiting at the Hedge Fund Startup Forum in Zurich.

Principal Auditor's 2012/2014 Report shows sums owed to the Govt at 5 Year high

Author: GBC

Date: 23 October 2014

The sums owed to the Government were at a five-year high when the Principal Auditor drew up his report for the financial year 2012-2013. The report, which together with the annual accounts, was tabled during last week's meeting of Parliament, shows that arrears stood at nearly 61 million pounds, an increase on nearly three million over the previous year.

'Contemporary' residential development proposed for Police Barracks site

Author: GBC

Date: 23 October 2014

An application for planning permission has been made to the Development and Planning Commission for the re-development of Police Barracks on Castle Road.

Albert Hammond 'excited' to perform in Gibraltar

Author: GBC

Date: 23 October 2014

Singer songwriter, Albert Hammond, says he is excited about performing his first ever full concert in Gibraltar next month, and has distanced himself from any suggestion that there is any controversy surrounding the concert.

Man sentenced to three months in prison for having sex with an underaged girl

Author: GBC

Date: 23 October 2014

A local man has been sentenced to three months in prison for having sex with an underaged girl.

Ad Hoc talks imminent, according to El Pais

Author: GBC

Date: 23 October 2014

Ad Hoc talks are imminent, will take place in Brussels, and will include representatives from the Junta de Andalucia and the Mancomunidad de Municipios, according to the Spanish daily newspaper El Pais.

Dignity at Work hold 10th anniversary awareness day

Author: GBC

Date: 23 October 2014

The Dignity at Work group is celebrating its tenth year on Friday with an awareness day at the Piazza. The group claims around five thousand people in Gibraltar are victims of workplace bullying, and says there’s much to celebrate this year.

Spanish Civil Guards arrested in anti-tobacco smuggling operation

Author: GBC

Date: 22 October 2014

Four Spanish Civil Guards have been arrested in Algeciras in an anti-tobacco smuggling operation. They were arrested by fellow police officers disguised as stevedores who had been tracking a suspect container.

Evacuation records placed online

Author: GBC

Date: 22 October 2014

Records of the evacuation of Gibraltarians during the Second World War have been placed online. Users will be able to access the names and addresses of all evacuees, their dates of embarkation and destination, as well as the name and a photo of the vessel on which they travelled.

Citizens' Advice Bureau at UK 75th anniversary conference

Author: GBC

Date: 22 October 2014

Representatives from the Citizens’ Advice Bureau recently attended a conference celebrating 75 years of CAB UK. The event focused on the future of the service and how it can further serve the changing needs of communities.

DPC receive objections over proposed floating oil storage facility

Author: GBC

Date: 22 October 2014

The Development and Planning Commission has received a substantial number of objections to the proposed floating oil storage facility at the Detached Mole.

Line-up announced for International Literary Festival

Author: GBC

Date: 22 October 2014

The full line-up of international authors who will be speaking at this year’s Literary Festival has been announced. The programme aims to cover a wide range of interests, from philosophy and politics to history and religion, from food to fiction, and poetry to music.

Verdemar questions operations by HMS Echo in Gibraltar

Author: GBC

Date: 22 October 2014

The Spanish environmental group Verdemar has questioned the operations of the Royal Navy survey vessel, HMS Echo, in the Bay of Gibraltar.

Three people hospitalised after Line Wall Road accident

Author: GBC

Date: 22 October 2014

Three people were hospitalised as the result of an accident on Line Wall Road this afternoon.

GSD calls for publication of tax affairs leak report

Author: GBC

Date: 22 October 2014

The GSD has called again for the publication of a report investigating the leak of the tax affairs of the former Speaker of Parliament.

Lidington says Gibraltar has a huge amount to be admired

Author: GBC

Date: 22 October 2014

Gibraltar has a huge amount to be admired, combining great traditions with a modern, entrepreneurial and outward-facing approach to the world.

Spanish nationals sentenced for £2million drug operation

Author: GBC

Date: 22 October 2014

Two Spanish nationals have been sentenced to five years and four months in prison for being involved in a £2million drug operation.

Lithuanian nationals arrested for offences relating to counterfeit money

Author: GBC

Date: 22 October 2014

Two Lithuanian nationals have been arrested and charged with offences relating to counterfeit currency. The arrests follow an investigation by the Royal Gibraltar Police’s Serious Crime Unit.

Local man pleads guilty to possession of butterfly knife

Author: GBC

Date: 21 October 2014

A local man has pleaded guilty to possession of a butterfly knife, and possession of a Class A drug.

RFA Argus stops in Gibraltar before heading to fight Ebola in West Africa

Author: GBC

Date: 21 October 2014

RFA Argus’ 380 strong crew is in good spirits ahead of its six month mission to support the fight against Ebola in West Africa.

VIDEO REPORT: Lady Williams Centre Fire

Author: GBC

Date: 21 October 2014

There was a major fire in the former Lady Williams Centre on Devil’s Tower Road. No one was injured, however the fire has caused extensive damage to the building.

Counterfeit Euro notes arrests

Author: GBC

Date: 21 October 2014

The Royal Gibraltar Police has arrested two men in connection with the use of counterfeit Euro notes. The RGP is investigating the incident and asks anyone affected to contact the Financial Crime Unit on 20072594.

VIDEO REPORT - GBGA new legal challenge in UK Courts

Author: GBC

Date: 21 October 2014

The Gibraltar Gaming and Betting Association will continue to challenge the United Kingdom’s plans to target locally-based gaming operators with large numbers of British customers.

GSD highlights 'significant' Industrial Tribunal award

Author: GBC

Date: 21 October 2014

The Opposition has described as "a very significant sum in Industrial Tribunal terms" the award made to former Gibraltar Bus Company employee Peter Sardeña in compensation for unfair dismissal.

VIDEO - Gibraltar part of UK's history and future, says Lidington

Author: GBC

Date: 21 October 2014

Gibraltar is an integral part of the history of the United Kingdom – and very much a part of the UK’s future as well. That was the message given by Europe Minister, David Lidington, at the traditional reception at the Guildhall to celebrate Gibraltar Day in London.

Major fire on Devil's Tower road still under investigation

Author: GBC

Date: 20 October 2014

There was a major fire in the former Lady Williams Centre on Devil’s Tower Road this evening. No one was injured and the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Gib Govt and MoD at odds over who will pay for airfield resurfacing

Author: GBC

Date: 20 October 2014

A difference of view appears to have arisen between the British and Gibraltar governments over who will pay for the resurfacing next summer of the runway at Gibraltar Airport.

VIDEO REPORT: 'Modern' relationship with UK highlighted at Gibraltar Day in London

Author: GBC

Date: 20 October 2014

The Chief Minister has focused on the “modern and vibrant nature” of Gibraltar’s relationship with the City of London, while celebrating the strong historic links. Mr Picardo highlighted a GDP growth of 10.3 percent at today’s Financial Services Lunch as part of Gibraltar Day in London.

GGCA and Special Ops Gibraltar raise money for GBC Open Day

Author: GBC

Date: 20 October 2014

The Gibraltar General and Clerical Association held a Charity Bowling and Fun Day to raise funds for the GBC Open Day.

Battle of Trafalgar Anniversary Commemorations

Author: GBC

Date: 19 October 2014

The traditional act of remembrance for those who died at the Battle of Trafalgar takes place. It's attended by Prince Michael of Kent.

VIDEO REPORT: Humanitarian Hospital Ship on its way to fight Ebola stops in Gib

Author: GBC

Date: 19 October 2014

RFA Argus is expected to call at Gibraltar tomorrow to collect thirty Toyota vehicles, supplied by Toyota Gibraltar Stockholdings Ltd

VIDEO REPORT: Gibraltar Day in London celebrations

Author: GBC

Date: 19 October 2014

The Rock’s history and heritage, economy and culture will all be celebrated and promoted at Gibraltar Day in London. The annual event aims to reinforce Gibraltar’s relationship with the UK, strengthening old links and forging new ones.

Air Accident Investigation Workshop

Author: GBC

Date: 18 October 2014

Around 40 members of Gibraltar's Essential Services are brought up to speed on air traffic investigation management.

Gibraltar Emergency Services attends two day workshop

Author: GBC

Date: 17 October 2014

Some 40 members of the Gibraltar Emergency Services recently attended a two day workshop run by the UK Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB), supported by representatives from the equivalent Military Organisation.

Two men, both called Dan are looking for a way home

Author: GBC

Date: 17 October 2014

Two men, both called Dan are currently stuck in Gibraltar. They are the hosts of ‘The Live Theatre Show’, and left the UK with just £10 and a land rover.

RGP and GDP working together towards disciplinary procedures

Author: GBC

Date: 17 October 2014

The Royal Gibraltar Police and Gibraltar Defence Police will be working together to harmonise disciplinary procedures.

Fire Brigade extinguish New Harbours blaze

Author: GBC

Date: 17 October 2014

This afternoon the City Fire Brigade extinguished a blaze at New Harbours, by Master Services’ premises. At about six o’clock the area was evacuated.

Prince Michael of Kent visits Gibraltar

Author: GBC

Date: 17 October 2014

The Prince of Kent began his tour of British Forces Gibraltar on Friday afternoon with an Arrival Ceremonial at HM Naval Base.

HMS Echo to also call at Gibraltar

Author: GBC

Date: 17 October 2014

Survey vessel HMS Echo will call into Gibraltar on Monday for a short visit and is scheduled to conduct some routine survey work.

First Gibraltar Lazer Tag event organised

Author: GBC

Date: 17 October 2014

For the first time in Gibraltar a Lazer Tag event has been organised, to take place tomorrow at the King's Bastion Leisure Centre.

Five bills passed unanimously at Parliament

Author: GBC

Date: 17 October 2014

Six Bills went through all their stages during this afternoon's session of Parliament.

Chief Minister welcomes Spain's seat on the UN Security Council

Author: GBC

Date: 17 October 2014

The Chief Minister has welcomed Spain’s non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council.

CM and Defence Secretary announce new MoD lands transfer agreement

Author: GBC

Date: 16 October 2014

Fortress HQ and a warehouse block at the Naval Base are to be handed over to the Gibraltar Government as part of a new lands transfer deal which will take place early next year. This was announced by the Chief Minister, together with Defence Secretary Michael Fallon.

Ad hoc talks discussed in Parliament

Author: GBC

Date: 16 October 2014

In answers to questions, the Chief Minister said no official taking part in ad hoc talks with the UK and Spain was empowered to make any concessions of any kind. The Leader of the Opposition had asked whether Gibraltar would have a separate voice, vote and veto.

Local man pleads not guilty to wounding with intent

Author: GBC

Date: 16 October 2014

A local man has pleaded not guilty to wounding and wounding with intent today at the Supreme court. Health and Safety Officer, Stephan Dotto has been granted bail on the condition that he surrender his travel documents. The arraignment for a trail date will be set on the 17th December at the Supreme court.

Parliament: Power station expected by 2016/17

Author: GBC

Date: 16 October 2014

The Government estimates that the new power station will be ready and fully commissioned by late 2016-early 2017. This was confirmed in Parliament by the Chief Minister, Fabian Picardo, who said the contractor will take possession of the site on the 1st of July next year.

Spain fends off Turkey to gain UN Security Council seat

Author: GBC

Date: 16 October 2014

Spain has gained a non-permanent seat on the UN’s security council after fending off Turkey in the third round of voting at today’s session in New York.

Symposium on self-determination and independence ongoing at the Garrison Library

Author: GBC

Date: 16 October 2014

“Self-determination, devolution and independence in the 21st century” is the theme of an international symposium taking place at the Garrison Library. Academics, jurists and politicians from several countries make up the panel, who’ll bring their different backgrounds and perspectives to bear on the question of self-determination.

Man pleads not guilty to wounding

Author: GBC

Date: 16 October 2014

A local man has pleaded not guilty to wounding and wounding with intent today at the Supreme court.

VIDEO: Government's proposal to change voting age sees mixed response

Author: GBC

Date: 16 October 2014

Government’s proposal that the voting age for general elections be changed to 16 has seen a mixed response, if word on the street is anything to go by. Although some teenagers would welcome the move, others admit they’re not really interested.

Self-determination Symposium

Author: GBC

Date: 16 October 2014

“Self-determination, devolution and independence in the 21st century” is the theme of an international symposium taking place at the Garrison Library. The event brings together a varied international panel to discuss the issue in the context of law and offer differing perspectives on what the UN classes as non-self governing territories.

Parliament discusses Victoria Stadium upgrade & Gibraltar's Ebola preparedness

Author: GBC

Date: 16 October 2014

The subject of the Victoria Stadium upgrade arose in answer to questions in Parliament this morning. The Minister for Sport said Victoria Stadium could only be upgraded to a Category three to the detriment of other sports. Gibraltar’s preparedness against Ebola took up the latter part of the morning. Today’s meeting was the first since June.

16 months in prison for dangerous driving

Author: GBC

Date: 15 October 2014

A local man has been sentenced to 16 months in prison for dangerous driving. 60-year-old Edward Serra went on trial in the Supreme Court last month, accused of driving down Cannon Lane whilst dragging a police officer who was still attached to the car.

Man fined £1000 for possession of cannabis

Author: GBC

Date: 15 October 2014

In the Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, a man was fined £1,000 for possession of 184 grammes of cannabis. 33-year-old Jansen Key was arrested for the Class B drug offence in March and pleaded guilty.

Gibraltar loses 3-0 to Georgia in Euro qualifier

Author: GBC

Date: 15 October 2014

Georgia beat Gibraltar by three goals to nil in Tuesday night's Euro 2016 Group D qualifier in Faro. It was Gibraltar's third successive defeat, but by a more respectable scoreline, having lost by 7-0 to both Poland and Ireland.

Spain reveals new 'big brother' border control plans

Author: GBC

Date: 15 October 2014

Spain’s two and a half million euro border control and immigration system is expected to be completed in May 2015, according to a tender notice issued by the Spanish Secretary of State for Security. The system, for pedestrians, will include facial recognition facilities and automated passport checkpoints. The Gibraltar Government has limited itself to saying it's monitoring the works, and will evaluate the situation when the new technology is installed.

Albert Hammond Songbook Tour to close in Gibraltar

Author: GBC

Date: 15 October 2014

The Albert Hammond Songbook Tour 2014 is to come to a close in Gibraltar. The singer-songwriter says he’s delighted to be able to close the tour in his home town, saying he’s coming home to the people he loves and the streets where he belongs.

Stadium works to start Monday: Opposition again urges Cat 3 upgrade

Author: GBC

Date: 15 October 2014

The works to upgrade the Victoria Stadium begin on Monday, and will include the development of the main stands, and an adjacent building which incorporates a doping facility, a media centre and improvements to the changing rooms. Meanwhile the Opposition

Court to consider Marrache conviction appeal

Author: GBC

Date: 15 October 2014

The Court of Appeal has now finished hearing submissions made on behalf of the three Marrache brothers who were convicted of conspiracy to defraud earlier this year. A ruling on the matter will be issued by the Court in writing when its members have had a chance to give all arguments “full consideration”.

Man hospitalised following bike & van collision

Author: GBC

Date: 15 October 2014

A local was taken to hospital today with suspected head and leg injuries after a traffic accident near New Harbours this afternoon. A motorbike collided with a van causing damage to both vehicles, and the ambulance service conveyed the bike driver to hospital, where it is believed the man is in a stable condition with no danger to life.

RGP and GDP sign MoU

Author: GBC

Date: 15 October 2014

The Royal Gibraltar Police and Gibraltar Defence Police have reached an agreement that enables the GDP to exercise police powers outside the Ministry of Defence estate in specific circumstances.

Parliament meets on Thursday

Author: GBC

Date: 15 October 2014

Parliament will meet for the first time in three months on Thursday, as from 9.15 in the morning. The agenda includes six Bills, including one to appropriate ten million pounds for the creation of a University in Gibraltar and another to legalise smoking in a section of the Casino.

Live opera and ballet season at Leisure Cinemas

Author: GBC

Date: 15 October 2014

A season of opera and ballet begins this week at the Leisure Cinemas, transmitted live from the Royal Opera House in London. The season opens on Thursday at 8pm with the ballet “Manon”.

FSC publishes three-year strategic plan

Author: GBC

Date: 15 October 2014

The Financial Services Commission has published its strategic plan for the next three years. The Chief Executive Officer says the program focuses on strengthening the Commission’s delivery of effective regulation against the background of multiple challenges.

RGP welfare officer attends workshop on resilience

Author: GBC

Date: 15 October 2014

The Royal Gibraltar Police’s welfare officer, Henry Sacramento, has attended a workshop on resilience for well being advisors. This is PC Sacramento’s third workshop since being re-elected chairman of the National Association of Police Well-Being Advisors.

Gibraltar's third loss after 3-0 defeat against Georgia

Author: GBC

Date: 14 October 2014

Georgia has beaten Gibraltar 3-0. This is the local team’s third UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying match and its third defeat. Team Captain, Roy Chipolina entered the game 30 minutes into half time, despite reports that he was injured.

Gibraltar vs Georgia in third Euro 2016 qualifier

Author: GBC

Date: 14 October 2014

Gibraltar faces Georgia on Tuesday evening, in the third of its UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying matches. The game is being played at Gibraltar’s temporary home ground, the Estadio Algarve, in Faro.

EC denies MEP Ashley Fox's Access to Documents request

Author: GBC

Date: 14 October 2014

The European Commission has refused an “access to documents” request by Conservative Euro MP for Gibraltar Ashley Fox that would have obliged it to publish the letter it sent the Spanish Government last July, containing its further recommendations on how to minimise delays at the Gibraltar-La Línea border. The Commission says publication of the letter is not in the public interest. Mr Fox has urged the Commission to reconsider its decision.

Legal aid discussed at Marrache appeal

Author: GBC

Date: 14 October 2014

Discussions about legal aid fees for lawyers in the Marrache fraud trial punctuated the start and end of the second day of proceedings in the Court of Appeal.

Gold Mayor's Award for two men who saved a woman during a house fire

Author: GBC

Date: 14 October 2014

The mayor, Adolfo Canepa has presented Mayor’s Awards at a ceremony at the City Hall.

Masbro Insurance sets up one stop shop

Author: GBC

Date: 14 October 2014

Masbro Insurance has set up a one stop shop. The premises were officially inaugurated by the Minister for Financial Services, Albert Isola.

Double bass recital at Convent Ballroom

Author: GBC

Date: 14 October 2014

Thursday evening sees a rare double bass and piano recital, organised by the Gibraltar Philharmonic Society. Renowned bassist Lucian Ciorata and pianist Angel Andres Munoz will play at the Convent Ballroom.

Government 'amazed' at GSD objection to Public Services magazine

Author: GBC

Date: 14 October 2014

The Government has expressed amazement that the Opposition should have objected to the style and content of the first edition of the new public services magazine. It says it’s staggering that the GSD should suggest that the magazine should be one for the whole community.

Barbary Macaques depart to Scotland

Author: GBC

Date: 14 October 2014

The macaques have begun their 12 hour trip to Scotland. A group of 30 Barbary Macaques were loaded onto a charted plane to Gatwick airport.

Bula admits Gibraltar has no chance of reaching playoff stage

Author: GBC

Date: 14 October 2014

National Football Coach Allen Bula has admitted Gibraltar has no chance of reaching the playoff stage of the Euro 16 Qualifiers.

GSD says reducing voting age needs careful thought and consideration

Author: GBC

Date: 14 October 2014

The Opposition has said that while in principle it’s not against the idea of reducing the voting age to 16 years, this should be the subject of considered debate and consultation.

Reduced sentence for woman serving time for theft

Author: GBC

Date: 13 October 2014

At the Court of Appeal, an appeal was successful in reducing a previous sentence of 20 months in prison. Two months ago, Sally Harris was sentenced, after pleading guilty to the theft of over one hundred and ninety thousand pounds. Harris is now set to serve a reduced sentence of sixteen months.

GSD: Public Services magazine reads like GSLP 'manifesto'

Author: GBC

Date: 13 October 2014

The Opposition says it would have commended the Government on their new Public Services Magazine, had it not read more like a GSLP electioneering manifesto. This, according to a GSD press release.

Symposium on self-determination at Garrison Library

Author: GBC

Date: 13 October 2014

An international symposium on self-determination will be held at the Garrison Library later this week. The aim of the conference is to look at the historical backdrop underpinning the concepts of self-determination, devolution, and independence.

400 more parking spaces to be available at Naval Ground

Author: GBC

Date: 13 October 2014

400 more parking spaces will be made available in the town centre area at the site of the Old Naval Ground. A Government spokesman said Number Six has been conscious of the need to provide parking pending the completion of a new multi-storey facility.

Government proposes reducing the voting age to 16

Author: GBC

Date: 13 October 2014

The Government is to propose that the voting age for general elections be reduced to 16. It will make the proposal at the next meeting of the Select Committee on Parliamentary Reform.

400 more parking spaces in town centre

Author: GBC

Date: 13 October 2014

400 more parking spaces will be made available in the town centre area at the site of the Old Naval Ground. The Government says it has been able to agree with the developers of the Mid-Town Development that they should allow parking in the area that is not immediately being built as part of that development.

Marrache brothers in Court of Appeal

Author: GBC

Date: 13 October 2014

The three convicted Marrache brothers are back in court appealing the findings of Gibraltar's longest and most expensive ever criminal trial.

Local man fined £600 for possession of cannabis

Author: GBC

Date: 13 October 2014

A local man has been fined £600 for possession of cannabis.

Gibraltar-American Chamber of Commerce to sponsor its first Trade Mission

Author: GBC

Date: 13 October 2014

The Gibraltar-American Chamber of Commerce will be sponsoring its first Trade Mission to the States from the 12th to the 14th of November.

Over £5,000 raised for Cancer Research UK

Author: GBC

Date: 13 October 2014

This year’s Walk For Life attracted participation from around 900 people. The event by Cancer Research UK Gibraltar Branch, has been marked over the last 15 years and enjoys support from a wide cross section of the community.

Spain threatens UK with European 'Justice Measures' veto because of Gib issue, says Wall Street Journal

Author: GBC

Date: 12 October 2014

The UK's membership of European Justice and police agreements could be vetoed by Spain because of Gibraltar, according to the Wall Street Journal.

94-year-old stuns Gibraltar with wing-walk feat

Author: GBC

Date: 11 October 2014

Remarkable scenes graced Gibraltar on Saturday afternoon as a 94-year-old man took to the skies as part of a year-long charity campaign inspired by teenage cancer victim Stephen Sutton.

Euro-qualifier: Gibraltar suffers second successive 7-0 defeat

Author: GBC

Date: 11 October 2014

Gibraltar's national football squad conceded seven goals for the second match in a row as they were defeated by Ireland in Dublin on Saturday evening.

Point of Consumption Tax could go ahead after GBGA challenge fails

Author: GBC

Date: 10 October 2014

The UK’s Point of Consumption Tax on online gaming could come into effect over the next couple of months. A High Court Judge has today ruled against the Gibraltar Betting and Gambling Association in its case against the tax.

Government denies GSD criticism on the housing allocation process

Author: GBC

Date: 10 October 2014

The Government says it’s made it abundantly clear already that the sole criteria for allocating housing in the new estates is the housing waiting list.

Local resident sentenced to six months for Class C drug convictions

Author: GBC

Date: 10 October 2014

A local resident has been sentenced to six months in prison at the Supreme Court. Miguel Antonio Velasco de los Reyes was convicted of four counts of possession and intent to supply, and two counts of supplying, a Class C drug.

Clubhouse Gibraltar celebrates first anniversary and World Mental Health Day

Author: GBC

Date: 10 October 2014

Today is World Mental Health Day, and the initiative has been commemorated over the past week with an exhibition at the John Mackintosh Hall. The awareness day has also coincided with Clubhouse Gibraltar’s first anniversary.

GHA hold 6th Nursing, Midwifery & Health Visiting conference

Author: GBC

Date: 10 October 2014

The Gibraltar Health Authority held its 6th Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting Conference. The event saw keynote speakers from the UK who brought their experience in their fields, working with the NHS, as well as learning skills developed locally by GHA staff.

Over 100 kilos of cocaine seized in Algeciras port

Author: GBC

Date: 10 October 2014

Over 100 kilos of cocaine has been seized in the Port of Algeciras, after it was found hidden in a container believed to have come from Chile. No arrests have been made as of yet.

Armistice Day commemorations planned

Author: GBC

Date: 10 October 2014

Armistice Day will once again be commemorated next month with a short ceremony at the Lobby of Parliament House, led by Deputy Mayor, Kaiane Aldorino.Associations and organisations who are interested in laying a wreath at the Ceremony can contact the Mayor’s Office.

Triple amputee takes on Royal Marines charity Rock Run

Author: GBC

Date: 10 October 2014

Man of Steel, Henry Cavill, will be joined by a superman of a different kind in the Royal Marines 350th Anniversary celebrations. Former Royal Marine and triple amputee, Mark Ormrod, is to take part in the Rock Run for charity.

Think Pink Day marked by Cancer Research Gibraltar

Author: GBC

Date: 10 October 2014

Friday is ‘Think Pink Day’, with many locally wearing the colour to raise awareness of breast cancer. The event by Cancer Research UK Gibraltar Branch which has seen increased support over the years, is a prelude to the Walk for Life, on Saturday.

Two RGP sergeants to accompany Gibraltar football team

Author: GBC

Date: 10 October 2014

Two sergeants from the Royal Gibraltar Police are accompanying the Gibraltar National football squad to Ireland as part of a routine, security operation.

'Lack of transparency' in housing allocation, says GSD

Author: GBC

Date: 10 October 2014

The Opposition says it remains concerned at what it claims is the lack of transparency in the process by which housing in the new co-ownership estates is being allocated and the confusion this is causing among applicants.

UK tells UN it's committed to safeguarding Gibraltar

Author: GBC

Date: 09 October 2014

In its right of reply to Spain before the Fourth Committee, the United Kingdom has told the United Nations that it is committed to safeguarding Gibraltar, its people and its economy, and that Gibraltar’s participation in any dialogue is non-negotiable.

Another Spanish Navy Incursion

Author: GBC

Date: 09 October 2014

Another Spanish Navy Vessel unlawfully sailed into British Gibraltar Territorial waters on Wednesday.

Opposition Leader to raise questions on Ebola outbreak in Parliament next week

Author: GBC

Date: 09 October 2014

The Ebola outbreak will be the subject of a series of questions posed by Opposition Leader Daniel Feetham at next week’s session of Parliament. Mr Feetham will be asking how prepared the GHA is to deal with that threat.

GHA prepares isolation wing in case of 'unlikely' Ebola spread

Author: GBC

Date: 09 October 2014

Measures have been taken to deal with what the GHA believes is “the as yet unlikely” possibility of the Ebola virus being detected in Gibraltar.

Cross border police Unions establish their own 'Tripartite Forum' with European backing

Author: GBC

Date: 09 October 2014

Police associations from both sides of the border are working on creating a permanent forum for dialogue, which they believe can give ideas to politicians for cross-border cooperation. Representatives from the Royal Gibraltar Police, the Defence Police, the Guardia Civil Union and the Federal Police Union in Spain met today for a first round of historic discussions, under the the umbrella organisation ‘Eurocop’.

Measures taken against 'unlikely' event of Ebola in Gibraltar

Author: GBC

Date: 09 October 2014

Measures have been taken to deal with what the GHA believes is “the as yet unlikely” possibility of the Ebola virus being detected in Gibraltar. Training has been provided to over 100 GHA staff, as well as officials at entry points into Gibraltar.

Government says Opposition comments on public debt are incorrect

Author: GBC

Date: 09 October 2014

The Government has released a statement saying “the latest comments by the Opposition on public debt are incorrect.”

Barbary Macaques to be exported to a Safari and Adventure Park in Scotland

Author: GBC

Date: 09 October 2014

A group consisting of 30 Barbary Macaques is to be exported to a Safari and Adventure Park in Scotland. The monkeys from the Middle Hill Troop, were captured a month ago and will be leaving for Blair Drummond on Tuesday.

GHA takes measures over the "unlikely" possibility of Ebola reaching Gibraltar

Author: GBC

Date: 09 October 2014

Measures have been taken to deal with what the GHA believes is “the as yet unlikely” possibility of the Ebola virus being detected in Gibraltar.

Sharrock Shand awarded tender for Victoria Stadium upgrade

Author: GBC

Date: 09 October 2014

The tender for the upgrade to the Victoria Stadium has been awarded to to Sharrock Shand in the sum of just over £2.7 million.

Government responds to Opposition's statement on electricity distribution

Author: GBC

Date: 09 October 2014

The Government says the Opposition’s latest statement on the state of the electricity distribution network is nothing but an attempt to get themselves off the hook.

Man who stole £500,000 sentenced to 4 years in prison

Author: GBC

Date: 09 October 2014

Andrew Smith, the man who pleaded guilty to stealing half a million pounds from client accounts at Lombard Odier, has been sentenced to four years in prison.

Spain's address to the UN: incursions into BGTW are routine activity into Spanish waters

Author: GBC

Date: 08 October 2014

What the UK determines as illegal incursions into British Gibraltar Territorial Waters is merely routine activity by the Spanish Navy in Spanish waters.

SDGG Chairman addresses United Nations on Gibraltar's right to self determination

Author: GBC

Date: 08 October 2014

The newly elected chairman of the self Determination for Gibraltar Group also addressed the UN’s 4th committee.

Chief Minister addresses incursions at United Nations

Author: GBC

Date: 08 October 2014

The Chief Minister, Fabian Picardo, has urged Spain to grow up and stop the games of cat and mouse at sea, that will only end up with someone getting hurt.

Ice Age Europe Project brings experts in Neanderthal research

Author: GBC

Date: 08 October 2014

A meeting of the Ice Age Europe Project in Gibraltar brought together experts in Neanderthal research from all over the continent.

GSD: power station could have been finished by now

Author: GBC

Date: 08 October 2014

The Opposition reiterates that a new power station would have been finished or close to completion if the Government had not scrapped the previous administration’s contract.

Gibraltar International Bank to open in 2015

Author: GBC

Date: 08 October 2014

Gibraltar International Bank will be opening for business in the first quarter of 2015, and is already taking applications for retail accounts online. The bank told GBC it has completed its recruitment process, and is operating from temporary premises in Europort.

Barclays Gibraltar to close accounts by May 2015

Author: GBC

Date: 08 October 2014

Barclays Gibraltar has announced it’s to close its accounts by the 29th of May next year. The Main Street branch will also close then. The announcement of the closure date follows the Gibraltar International Bank’s intentions to open for business early next year.

Picardo to raise incursions at United Nations

Author: GBC

Date: 08 October 2014

Spain’s continuing incursions into Gibraltar’s waters and, if confirmed, its airspace, will be fresh in Chief Minister, Fabian Picardo’s mind as he prepares to address the United Nations Fourth Committee today.

Gibraltar University to open for business in September 2015

Author: GBC

Date: 07 October 2014

The new Gibraltar University is set to open for business on the 1st of September 2015. The former St Christopher’s School will form the core hub, and the University will have four faculties; Health Studies, Business, Life & Earth Sciences, and Tourism.

Local man arrested for drug trafficking

Author: GBC

Date: 07 October 2014

A local man has been arrested on drug trafficking charges. 46 year old Ernest Ullger appeared at the Magistrates’ Court following his arrest on Friday.

RGP introduces newest member of the force; Coco

Author: GBC

Date: 07 October 2014

The Royal Gibraltar Police has a new member of the force. ‘Coco’ is a four year old female German Shepherd, fully trained by the South Yorkshire police.

Court of Appeal dismiss constitutional challenge from Marrache brother

Author: GBC

Date: 07 October 2014

The Court of Appeal has dismissed a constitutional challenge from one of the convicted defendants in the multi-million pound Marrache fraud case.

Prince Michael of Kent to visit Gibraltar later this month

Author: GBC

Date: 07 October 2014

Prince Michael of Kent will be flying to Gibraltar later this month for a military working visit. He will be examining the work of British forces Gibraltar, but will also be attending some civic events. He will be welcomed at a reception by the Chief Minister, and will also attend the Trafalgar Dinner and Remembrance Service, and will be visiting a number of historical sites.

Neuroscientist to lecture on potential health impact of mobiles

Author: GBC

Date: 07 October 2014

The potential health impacts of mobile phones, masts and wireless technology are to be the subject of a lecture and discussion held this evening by the ESG. The talk will be given by neuroscientist, Professor Olle Johansson, of the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm.

Garcia raises border delays with UK Deputy PM

Author: GBC

Date: 07 October 2014

The Deputy Chief Minister Joseph Garcia has raised delays at the border with the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg at the Gibraltar stand during the Liberal Democrat conference in Glasgow. Dr Garcia thanked Mr Clegg for personally pressing the European Commission on the issue.

ESG welcomes 'long awaited' sewage plant announcement

Author: GBC

Date: 07 October 2014

The Environmental Safety Group has welcomed the contract awarded for what they call the “long awaited” new sewage treatment plant, which is to be situated at Europa Point. The ESG says they hope for its speediest possible implementation.

Mental Health Awareness

Author: GBC

Date: 07 October 2014

Mental Health Awareness Week was launched on Saturday with a walk aimed at raising awareness and reducing the stigma. The event organised by the Clubhouse Gibraltar saw participants wear yellow in support of the event. Under the heading' There’s no Health like Mental Health' the group walked from Casemates to the Convent, led by the Re-enactment Society.

GSLP Liberals would win by 60 percent, Chronicle opinion poll shows

Author: GBC

Date: 07 October 2014

The GSLP Liberal Alliance would cruise to a 60% win if a General Election was held today. This according to the results of an opinion poll published by the Gibraltar Chronicle today.

Lidington & Government react to Spanish Survey ship incursion

Author: GBC

Date: 06 October 2014

The Minister for Europe has described yesterday’s incursion by a Spanish Survey Ship off Europa Point as “irresponsible and dangerous”.

Contract awarded for new sewage plant

Author: GBC

Date: 06 October 2014

A contract has been awarded for a new sewage treatment plant to be situated at Europa Point, at the site known as the Brewery Crusher. The contract includes the design, build, finance and operation of a plant to treat urban wastewater as well as storm flows.

FCO Director-General and Ambassador to Spain in Gibraltar for political meetings

Author: GBC

Date: 06 October 2014

The Foreign Office’s Director-General, Sir Julian King, is currently visiting Gibraltar with Ambassador to Spain, Simon Manley.

Princess Katarina of Yugoslavia visits Gibraltar Archives

Author: GBC

Date: 06 October 2014

Princess Katarina of Yugoslavia visited the Gibraltar Archives today. Her Royal Highnes is currently the Patron of the Genealogy society, which will soon be joined by a Gibraltar branch.

RGP embark on latest round of recruitments

Author: GBC

Date: 06 October 2014

The Royal Gibraltar Police is embarking on its latest round of recruitment – The force will be taking on new officers to replace those who have retired or moved on. A Facebook clinic has been arranged for Thursday, and an open day will also be organised for those who are interested in applying.

Two local men sentenced for burglary

Author: GBC

Date: 06 October 2014

Two local men, Peter Macias and Ryan Cattini were sentenced at the Supreme Court for a burglary that took place last year.

Mark Galia pleads guilty to fraud & perverting the course of justice

Author: GBC

Date: 06 October 2014

The man who suffered a shot wound at Europa Point in January last year has pleaded guilty to fraud and to perverting the course of justice.

Jet ski accident during Thundercat Races

Author: GBC

Date: 05 October 2014

A local teenager is in hospital with a fractured jaw after two jet skis collided at Eastern Beach. The incident on Saturday afternoon occurred as the ThunderCat Racing Championship was taking place.

Spanish jets in British Airspace over Gibraltar, Sunday Express reports

Author: GBC

Date: 05 October 2014

The Sunday Express reports on an incident involving two Spanish fighter jets and a Monarch flight which was about to land at Gibraltar airport. The paper says the jets illegally entered UK airspace to fly “across the bows” of a British airliner in a “reckless and dangerous” stunt.

Euro Birdwatch records some rare sightings

Author: GBC

Date: 04 October 2014

Euro Birdwatch has this year recorded a number of rare sightings, whilst providing a hands on experience for visitors. The GONHS has expressed delight at the sighting of two Sooty Shearwaters, and an unprecedented number of Red Rumped Swallows, with a migratory Scops Owl caught and ringed. Photo courtesy of John Sanchez.

Anniversary Parade the Regiment celebrates the past, present and future

Author: GBC

Date: 04 October 2014

The Royal Gibraltar Regiment has celebrated its 75th Anniversary by exercising its Freedom of the City of Gibraltar, with a Parade at Casemates Square and March up Main Street. The occasion a celebration of the past, present and future, saw the participation of the RG's four companies with involvement by the Army Veterans, and Cadets.

Spain second worst in EU Law infringements

Author: GBC

Date: 03 October 2014

Spain has the second worst record when it comes to infringements of EU Law. This is according to an annual report produced by the European Commission this week.

Yacht and crew rescued at sea by Port Authority

Author: GBC

Date: 03 October 2014

A yacht and its crew of two were rescued at sea by a Port Authority launch this week. The UK-registered Moody Goose was dismasted in rough seas about four miles off Europa Point, as it approached Gibraltar waters inbound for the port.

Government responds to complaints over noise pollution

Author: GBC

Date: 03 October 2014

The Government is accusing the GSD of exaggerating the issue of noise pollution from the Mons Calpe construction site, to score political points.

Richard Mifsud promoted to Chief Superintendent

Author: GBC

Date: 03 October 2014

Superintendent Richard Mifsud of the Royal Gibraltar Police has been promoted to Chief Superintendent. The post will deputise for the Commissioner and have responsibility for discipline, policy formulation and management.

GONHS set to celebrate Euro Birdwatch

Author: GBC

Date: 03 October 2014

The Gibraltar Ornithological and Natural History Society is once again set to celebrate Euro Birdwatch.

VIDEO: Lord Hill on Gibraltar's financial services industry

Author: GBC

Date: 03 October 2014

The UK’s candidate to join the European Commission, Lord Hill was asked to attend a second hearing of MEPs.

Gibraltar represented at 60th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference

Author: GBC

Date: 03 October 2014

A delegation representing Gibraltar is attending the 60th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference, and 34th Conference of Members from Small Countries, in Cameroon.

Garcia, Costa, Linares to attend Lib Dem Party Conference

Author: GBC

Date: 03 October 2014

The three Liberal members of Government will be attending the Liberal Democrat Party Conference this weekend in Glasgow. Deputy Chief Minister Dr Joseph Garcia will be accompanied by Minister for Tourism, Neil Costa, and Minister for Culture, Steven Linares.

HMS Pickle to leave Ocean Village

Author: GBC

Date: 03 October 2014

HMS Pickle, a ship currently docked at Ocean Village will be departing soon. The ship is a recreation of the original vessel which brought the news of the death of Lord Nelson.

Two Spaniards fined for entering Gibraltar via Western Beach

Author: GBC

Date: 03 October 2014

Two Spanish Nationals were fined £100 in the Magistrates' Court for crossing over into Gibraltar using the fence at Western beach.

RG gears up for 75th anniversary Freedom March

Author: GBC

Date: 03 October 2014

The Royal Gibraltar Regiment will be celebrating its 75th Anniversary this weekend by exercising its Freedom of the City of Gibraltar, with a March up Main Street on Saturday. The celebrations will continue on Sunday night with a concert at St Michael’s Cave.

Guardian features Bet365 'Chinese Market' revenue

Author: GBC

Date: 03 October 2014

An article in the Guardian has suggested that Bet365, one of the largest online gaming companies in the world, derives a large amount of its revenue from Chinese markets. Earlier this week, Bet365 announced that it would be relocating its international betting operations to Gibraltar, where it already has its gaming business.

Mini Olympiad RGP reach out

Author: GBC

Date: 03 October 2014

The Royal Gibraltar Police, Commissioner, considers its crucial for the police to reach out to the community, so that young people especially do not fear the uniform. Speaking to Radio Gibraltar at this year's Mini Olympiad, Eddie Yome, said it was events like these that helped create good relations. Over seven hundred youngsters participated across twenty sports and activities throughout Saturday.

Local man charged with possession with intent to supply 130 grammes of cannabis

Author: GBC

Date: 03 October 2014

A local man has been charged with possession with intent to supply 130 grammes of cannabis. Albert Bacarisa, of 15 Harrington Building, is also facing charges of possession of the same amount of the Class B drug and intentionally obstructing a police officer.

New hydraulic bed for St Martin's School

Author: GBC

Date: 02 October 2014

St Martin’s School has been donated a new hydraulic bed.

Deloitte senior partner 'confident' about future of insurance locally

Author: GBC

Date: 02 October 2014

Deloitte Gibraltar’s senior partner says he is confident about the future of insurance on the Rock. Speaking at a seminar hosted by the company, Pepe Caruana said that although the industry faces plenty of challenges, it also offers a lot of opportunities.

Royal Caribbean to bring world's largest cruise ship to Gibraltar

Author: GBC

Date: 02 October 2014

Royal Caribbean International has announced that they will be bringing the world’s largest cruise ship to Gibraltar.

Energy efficiency 'fundamental', says Environment Minister

Author: GBC

Date: 02 October 2014

Energy efficiency is a fundamental policy for forward thinking governments. This according to the Minister for the Environment, Dr John Cortes, who has recently returned from the Climate Change Summit in New York.

Category 2 working group launched

Author: GBC

Date: 02 October 2014

It was during his Budget address three months ago that the Chief Minister, Fabian Picardo, announced the creation of the working group. A group that will review, update and ensure products available to Finance Centre professionals are fit for purpose and relevant in today’s World economy.

No one has done more for electricity issues than the GSLP Liberals, says Govt

Author: GBC

Date: 02 October 2014

The GSLP Liberals say no Government has moved faster on electricity issues than they have, and the GSD cannot avoid being accountable for what they failed to do in office.

Eastern Beach hotel application submitted

Author: GBC

Date: 02 October 2014

An application to build a boutique hotel on the site presently occupied by Latinos on the Beach at Eastern Beach has been submitted to the Development and Planning Commission.

Legal Aid Reforms and QC appointments raised at Legal Year Opening

Author: GBC

Date: 02 October 2014

The new legal aid rules do not provide proper remuneration for all criminal cases. This is the view of the bar council, whose chairman addressed the opening of the legal year ceremony.

GSD says Government cannot continue to blame them for the power station

Author: GBC

Date: 01 October 2014

The GSD says the Government cannot continue to blame them for their failures to commence any meaningful works on the new power station.

Chamber of Commerce congratulates Government on beach improvements

Author: GBC

Date: 01 October 2014

The Chamber Of Commerce has congratulated the Government for what it calls ‘the significant improvement it has made to Gibraltar’s beaches this year’.

Application to dismiss charges rejected in perversion of justice case

Author: GBC

Date: 01 October 2014

The Supreme Court has dismissed an application from Local Barrister, Suresh Mahtani, seeking to have the charges against him dismissed.

Danza Academy introduces masterclasses from New Adventures dancers

Author: GBC

Date: 01 October 2014

Danza Academy introduces masterclasses from New Adventures Dance Company at the Sunborn yacht hotel.

Government hits back at GSD over legal aid criticism

Author: GBC

Date: 01 October 2014

In answer to claims by Opposition member Selwyn Figueras, that the changes to the legal aid rules in 2012 benefitted four defendants, the Government has highlighted that these changes were made following specific advice by James Neish QC from Triay Stagnetto Neish, the firm of which the Deputy Leader of the Opposition, Damon Bossino, is a partner.

Spanish border works 'wholly unsatisfactory', says Cross Frontier Group

Author: GBC

Date: 01 October 2014

The Cross Frontier Group has slammed the works being carried out on the Spanish side of the border, describing them as "wholly unsatisfactory and even dangerous".

Tickets for Gibraltar vs Georgia on sale from Wednesday evening

Author: GBC

Date: 01 October 2014

Tickets for the Gibraltar versus Georgia European Qualifier will go on sale as from Wednesday evening. This will be the Gibraltar Football Association's second home game for the qualifiers, with tickets on sale between 5pm and 8pm.

Feetham meets with Lidington at Conservative Party Conference

Author: GBC

Date: 01 October 2014

The Leader of the Opposition has held meetings on the back of the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham. Daniel Feetham met the special advisor to the Foreign Secretary Denzel Davidson and the Minister for Europe, David Lidington.

State Aid Probe: Chief Minister confident of overcoming 'biased' Commission decision

Author: GBC

Date: 01 October 2014

The European Commission has extended the scope of an ongoing investigation into Gibraltar’s Corporate Tax regime, to examine Gibraltar’s Tax rulings practice, and whether its application may be tantamount to state aid.

Noise complaints fall on deaf ears, says GSD

Author: GBC

Date: 01 October 2014

The GSD says it’s receiving complaints about noise pollution from the Mons Calpe Mews building site late at night.

Dr Giraldi Home Inquiry report draft completed

Author: GBC

Date: 01 October 2014

The Chairman of the Dr Giraldi Home Inquiry has indicated he’s completed a draft of the final report. Sir Jonathan Parker is now writing to those who are the subject of adverse criticism in it so they have a chance to respond or comment before the report is finally signed off.

Government says it's 'done more for legal aid' than the GSD

Author: GBC

Date: 30 September 2014

The Government has said it has done more for legal aid in two and a half years, than the GSD did in sixteen. This, in response to the Opposition’s expression of disappointment over the changes to legal aid.

GDP and RGP officers commended for drugs operation at sea

Author: GBC

Date: 30 September 2014

Three Gibraltar Defence Police officers and one Royal Gibraltar Police officer have been commended for their work in a joint operation at sea, which saw the seizure of 570 kilos of Cannabis Resin.

'Gibraltar and the Spanish Shadow' book launched

Author: GBC

Date: 30 September 2014

The shaping of Gibraltar’s civilian population is the subject of a new book by local historian, Tommy Finlayson. “Gibraltar and the Spanish Shadow” is a follow-up to his previous book, which analysed the history of Gibraltar’s community during the 18th and 19th centuries.

Department of Environment launches 'kids zone' website page

Author: GBC

Date: 30 September 2014

The Department of the Environment has launched a new ‘kids zone’ section on their ‘thinking green’ website.

The ESG questions the future of the power station

Author: GBC

Date: 30 September 2014

The Environmental Safety Group is questioning the wisdom of placing further load on our aged infrastructure, and on an obsolete power station.

New tourism and hospitality course offered at Bleak House

Author: GBC

Date: 30 September 2014

The Tourist Board, in conjunction with Oxford Brookes University, is providing a pilot programme of tourism and hospitality courses at Bleak House.

National day and fair cheque presentation

Author: GBC

Date: 30 September 2014

Cheques to the tune of nine thousand pounds have today been presented to local charities. The money was raised at this year’s fair and National day events.

AmCham accredited as member of US Chamber of Commerce

Author: GBC

Date: 30 September 2014

The Gibraltar American Chamber of Commerce has been accepted as a member of the US Chamber of Commerce. Am Cham is delighted with its formal accreditation saying it’s now a member of a very exclusive club, with only 116 members worldwide.

GSD: Government 'predictably' blaming GSD on legal aid

Author: GBC

Date: 30 September 2014

The Opposition has accused the Government of “predictably” resorting to blaming the GSD again. This, in response to the Government’s claim that it’s done more for legal aid in two and a half years, than the GSD did in sixteen.

Gibtelecom warns of mobile internet disruption

Author: GBC

Date: 29 September 2014

Gibtelecom customers may experience some minor disruption to their mobile data services during the early hours of Tuesday morning. This is due to essential maintenance works that will be carried out between one and four am.

GSD and Government row over power station progress

Author: GBC

Date: 29 September 2014

The GSD says it’s remarkable for the Deputy Chief Minister to admit that the Power Station won’t be completed before the next election. The Government has described the statement as "the height of opportunism and hypocrisy".

Pepe Baldachino becomes new GSLP Chairman

Author: GBC

Date: 29 September 2014

Former Housing and Employment Minister, Pepe Baldachino, has become the new Chairman of the Gibraltar Socialist Labour Party, taking over from Juan Carlos Perez, who has been Chairman since 2007.

Man in court charged with several firearms offences

Author: GBC

Date: 29 September 2014

A man has appeared before the Magistrates’ Court charged with a number of firearm offences. 43 year old Jason Posso from Buena Vista House is charged with threats to kill and possession of a revolver and of two double barrelled pistols.

AUDIO - Foreign Secretary address at Conservative Conference

Author: GBC

Date: 29 September 2014

The Foreign Secretary has said the Conservatives look forward to another 300 years of British Gibraltar. Philip Hammond addressed the Gibraltar Reception at the Conservative Party Conference.

Picardo at Conservative Party Conference 2014

Author: GBC

Date: 29 September 2014

The Chief Minister said the United Kingdom Government has been clear in its commitment and defence of Gibraltar. In his address to the Gibraltar Reception at the Conservative Party Conference, Fabian Picardo also made clear Gibraltar had always, and continued to reciprocate whenever it was called upon.

HMS Astute submarine in Gibraltar

Author: GBC

Date: 28 September 2014

The nuclear-powered submarine HMS Astute has arrived in Gibraltar. The submarine arrived on Sunday as part of scheduled operational tasking.

Picardo and Feetham attend Conservative Party Conference

Author: GBC

Date: 28 September 2014

The Chief Minister and the Leader of the Opposition have both gone separately to the UK for the Conservative Party Conference. Fabian Picardo's trip includes a meeting with the Foreign Secretary, Philip Hammond.

Spain's border checks in breach of EU law, says Tory peer

Author: GBC

Date: 28 September 2014

A Conservative peer has said the UK has made consistently clear to the European Commission that it believes Spain's border checks have breached EU law.

European Commission to take Spain to court over port security

Author: GBC

Date: 28 September 2014

The European Commission is taking Spain to court for failing to implement an EC security directive in 20 of its ports.

Gibraltar wins first UEFA point in U17 Euro qualifier

Author: GBC

Date: 28 September 2014

Gibraltar has won its first point in a UEFA competition. The Under-17 football squad drew 0-0 against the Faroe Islands in a Euro qualifier on Saturday.

Three bales of cannabis found at sea by RGP

Author: GBC

Date: 27 September 2014

Three bales of cannabis were found at sea this weekend by the Royal Gibraltar Police. The estimated weight of the cannabis is around 120 kilos.

High Intake for Army Cadets in a 'Vintage Year', says RG Commanding Officer

Author: GBC

Date: 27 September 2014

More than 30 young men have joined the Army Cadet ranks. The Enrolment Ceremony at the Central Hall was presided by the Royal Gibraltar Regiment's Commanding Officer, who welcomed the recruits into the Regimental family.

First Gibraltar Lecture at Blenheim Palace Literary Festival

Author: GBC

Date: 27 September 2014

The first Gibraltar Lecture at the Blenheim Palace Literary Festival was delivered by the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord George Carey. The lecture on "Moral Dilemmas of the 21st Century" was introduced by the Minister for Education, Gilbert Licudi.

Gibraltar futsal team to face Greece, Denmark and Bulgaria

Author: GBC

Date: 27 September 2014

Gibraltar has been drawn in Group A in the 2016 Futsal Euro preliminary draw, alongside Bulgaria, Greece and Denmark.

Energy Efficiency Awareness Campaign launched

Author: GBC

Date: 27 September 2014

The Department of the Environment has launched its Energy Efficiency Awareness Campaign as part of its wider environmental awareness programme. It aims to encourage the public to use both energy and water more efficiently.

Power outage being investigated

Author: GBC

Date: 27 September 2014

Power has now been restored across Gibraltar after an outage on Saturday morning left around three quarters of the city without electricity for over half an hour. GibElec are investigating the cause.

Man charged with carrying a blade

Author: GBC

Date: 26 September 2014

A Spanish National resident in La Linea appeared before the Magistrates Court this morning charged with carrying a blade over three inches long.

Borders & Coastguard managers receive certificates

Author: GBC

Date: 26 September 2014

The Deputy Chief Minister, Dr Joseph Garcia, presented certificates to three managers at the Borders & Coastguard Agency, after they achieved a Chartered Management qualification.

GSD 'disappointed' with legal aid reform

Author: GBC

Date: 26 September 2014

The Opposition has expressed disappointment with the Government’s legal aid reform, claiming no changes have been made that benefit the users who need it most: those on modest incomes to whom legal assistance isn’t available.

RGP warns against online banking theft

Author: GBC

Date: 26 September 2014

The Royal Gibraltar Police is warning about the recent spate of online banking thefts. The RGP says it’s recently received reports of the illegal access and theft of monies from online accounts.

Infanta Cristina involved in another unlawful incursion into BGTW

Author: GBC

Date: 26 September 2014

There was another unlawful incursion into British Gibraltar Territorial Waters on Friday by the Spanish Navy’s Infanta Cristina.

FIFA rejects Gibraltar FA bid

Author: GBC

Date: 26 September 2014

FIFA has rejected the Gibraltar FA’s bid to join football’s world governing body. Its President Sepp Blatter said the Rock contravenes FIFA’s statutes regarding independent territories.

Power station won't be ready by election time, concedes Garcia

Author: GBC

Date: 26 September 2014

The Deputy Chief Minister has conceded that the new power station will not be ready by the time the next general election is called. Dr Joseph Garcia was interviewed in the first episode of a new series of GBC’s Viewpoint.

Video: The Ceremony of the Keys

Author: GBC

Date: 26 September 2014

The Ceremony of the Keys which re-enacts the locking of the gates to the old town and Garrison of Gibraltar, takes place at Casemates Square.

Biggest coffee morning raises funds for Cancer Relief

Author: GBC

Date: 26 September 2014

Gibraltar enjoyed its biggest coffee morning to raise funds for Cancer Relief. 14 local bars, cafes and restaurants took part in the initiative, with the proceeds from every cup of coffee going to the charity.

Rugby 'Gibraltar Bowl' to celebrate Royal Marines 350th anniversary

Author: GBC

Date: 26 September 2014

Former professional rugby players will this weekend participate in the “Gibraltar Bowl’, as part of the Royal Marines 350th anniversary celebrations. Tickets for the game at £5 can be purchased from the Lord Nelson at Casemates or at the main gate on the day. Proceeds will go towards local and UK charities.

SDGG's new chairman to emphasise options for decolonisation

Author: GBC

Date: 26 September 2014

The new chairman of the Self Determination for Gibraltar Group says his main emphasis will be to explain to the people of Gibraltar what the options are for decolonisation. Richard Buttigieg is preparing to deliver his first address at the United Nations next month.

VIDEO: CBF 'confident' in Gibraltar's assets

Author: GBC

Date: 26 September 2014

British Headquarters Gibraltar is determined to make sure every single illegal incursion is met by the squadron, the Defence Police or the Royal Gibraltar Police. The recently appointed Commander British Forces, Commodore Ian McGhie, said dealing with incursions was a significant aspect of the job.

Convent inviting applications for Christmas Fair stalls

Author: GBC

Date: 25 September 2014

The organising committee for the Convent Christmas Fair is inviting applications for stalls. Priority will be given to charitable organisations and stalls offering seasonal and Christmas items, although all applications are welcome.

Ceremony of the Keys to take place on Thursday

Author: GBC

Date: 25 September 2014

The Ceremony of the Keys which re-enacts the locking of the gates to the old town and Garrison of Gibraltar, takes place at 7pm on Thursday evening in Casemates Square.

Picardo signs petition for Queen to visit Gibraltar

Author: GBC

Date: 25 September 2014

The Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister, have both signed a petition by Gibraltar's New Movement Discussed calling for the Queen to visit Gibraltar.

GFA holds first Anti-Doping Seminars

Author: GBC

Date: 25 September 2014

The Gibraltar Football Association is holding its first Anti-Doping Seminars this week. The seminars feature presentations by two speakers from UEFA’s Medical Committee and its Medical and Anti-Doping Unit.

Guardia Civil incursion into Gibraltar waters

Author: GBC

Date: 25 September 2014

There was an incursion by a Guardia Civil launch into Gibraltar territorial waters on Tuesday night. The Convent will be making an official protest directly with the Spanish Government.

Ireland vs Gibraltar: tickets now on sale

Author: GBC

Date: 25 September 2014

Tickets for Gibraltar’s first away competitive international, the European Qualifier, Republic of Ireland versus Gibraltar, are now on sale. The match takes place at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on the 11th of October.

Alwani Group celebrates 80th Anniversary

Author: GBC

Date: 25 September 2014

A plaque remembering members of the Hindu Community who perished at sea while being evacuated from Gibraltar during the Second World War, will be unveiled at the Lobby Of Parliament on Armistice Day. This was announced last night at an event celebrating the 80th Anniversary of the Alwani Group.

Baroness Scott pays courtesy call to Chief Minister

Author: GBC

Date: 25 September 2014

A Liberal Democrat peer paid a courtesy call on the Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister on Thursday morning. Baroness Ros Scott is a member of the European Scrutiny Committee of the House of Lords, and chairs its committee on EU environmental matters.

Line Wall Road sewer works to be completed next week

Author: GBC

Date: 25 September 2014

Works to repair the sewers under Line Wall Road are set to be completed by next week. The fumes emanating from the works led to the temporary closure of the Natwest branch on Thursday. The Minister for Technical Services said some disruption would be “inevitable”, but emphasised the works were necessary.

Government responds to GSD's bullying legislation criticism

Author: GBC

Date: 25 September 2014

The Government says the GSD’s criticism of the Bullying legislation ignores the reality of the work done in this field by the GSLP/Liberals.

New rules over Legal Aid mean lawyers can claim increased fees

Author: GBC

Date: 25 September 2014

Lawyers working on criminal cases can now claim “substantially” increased fees under Legal Aid following the publication of new Rules.

Gibraltar's biggest coffee morning for Cancer Relief

Author: GBC

Date: 25 September 2014

Cancer Relief Gibraltar will be holding a coffee morning tomorrow. Gibraltar’s ‘biggest coffee morning’ will be taking place at eleven different venues.

Testing of Waterport Generator after repairs

Author: GBC

Date: 24 September 2014

Tests on the generating set damaged during the Easter Sunday fire at Waterport Power Station , are likely to emit smoke over the next few days when they're tested after repairs.

Chief Minister replies to Governor's 'Talk About Town Constitution' comments

Author: GBC

Date: 24 September 2014

Fabian Picardo says the Gibraltar Constitution has to be respected by all, despite their opinion of it.

Festival of Rosh Hashanah begins

Author: GBC

Date: 24 September 2014

Rosh Hashanah begins today, the 24th September, and is the Jewish New Year. The two day festival starts at sundown and for the Jewish religion it’s the anniversary of the creation of Adam and Eve.

Royal Marines prepare for 350th anniversary celebrations

Author: GBC

Date: 24 September 2014

Around 140 runners from the UK, including ‘Superman’ Actor Henry Cavill, will be joining Gibraltarians in a historic ‘Rock Run’ to celebrate The Marines’ 350th Anniversary. The event will be be part of a series of celebrations and socials starting from Saturday 25th October.

GSD outlines vision for new football stadium

Author: GBC

Date: 24 September 2014

The Opposition has written to all local football clubs, outlining its vision for a new national football stadium.

Richard Buttigieg takes over as SDGG's new Chairman

Author: GBC

Date: 24 September 2014

The Self Determination for Gibraltar Group’s Vice Chairman, Richard Buttigieg, will be taking over as the Group’s new Chairman. This follows the standing down of Dennis Matthews after twenty years in the post.

Gibtelecom offering students employment scheme

Author: GBC

Date: 24 September 2014

Gibtelecom is offering students with an interest in technology, the opportunity to be supported during their studies and considered for employment with the company.

Cortes attends UN Climate Summit

Author: GBC

Date: 23 September 2014

The Minister for the Environment, John Cortes, together with the Chief Executive for the Department of the Environment, Liesl Mesilio -Torres, have been invited by the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki- Moon to attend the United Nations Climate Summit.

Chamber and GFSB concerned at Bullying at Work Act

Author: GBC

Date: 23 September 2014

Both the Chamber of Commerce and the Federation of Small Businesses have expressed concerns over the Bullying at Work Act, which came into effect on Friday.

Governor visits GBC

Author: GBC

Date: 23 September 2014

The Governor, Sir James Dutton, and his wife, Lady Dutton, paid a visit to Broadcasting House to see GBC Television and Radio Gibraltar first hand.

GSD 'cautiously welcomes' GHA contract workers solution

Author: GBC

Date: 23 September 2014

The GSD says it cautiously welcomes the Government and Unite’s solution to the ongoing issue affecting contract workers in the GHA. However, the Opposition says it's shameful that it took such pressure from Opposition and the employees themselves to bring about this change.

Isola gives keynote address at Invest 14 forum in Geneva

Author: GBC

Date: 23 September 2014

The Minister for Financial Services gave a keynote address on “Gibraltar: the European Union jurisdiction of choice” at the Invest 14 Forum in Switzerland. Over 500 financial services professionals attended the forum, held over two days in Geneva.

Gibraltarian students visit Brussels

Author: GBC

Date: 23 September 2014

A group of Gibraltarian students were in the European Parliament today. The had won a competition to come to Brussels and see the European Union.

Two more men appear in court charged with throwing rocks at RGP

Author: GBC

Date: 23 September 2014

A further two Spanish Nationals have appeared at the Magistrates Court, charged with throwing rocks at RGP Officers during an anti tobacco smuggling operation at the Frontier.

Fourth man charged in relation to 30kg cannabis haul

Author: GBC

Date: 23 September 2014

A fourth man has been arrested in connection with the seizure of a 30 kilo Cannabis Haul. Carl Gonzalez, of Valiant House, appeared in court charged with possession, possession with intent to supply and importation of the drugs.

GSD: business criticisms of Bullying at Work Act 'valid'

Author: GBC

Date: 23 September 2014

The GSD has noted what it’s called the “very serious but valid criticisms” levelled at the Bullying at Work Act by the Chamber of Commerce and the GFSB. It says it was unable to support the law when it was introduced by the Government in Parliament, for very similar reasons.

Montiel and Government continue press release feud

Author: GBC

Date: 22 September 2014

Luis Montiel has described the Chief Minister as being full of arrogance and vindictiveness, after the Government accused him of having abused his position to try and land a Civil Service job after his time in office.

1,400 dogs compete at International Dog Show

Author: GBC

Date: 22 September 2014

The Bayside Sports Complex was busy over the weekend with around one thousand, four hundred dogs competing at the 40th and 41st International Dog Shows.

New car park to open at Coaling Island next week

Author: GBC

Date: 22 September 2014

The Government has announced that a new car park for 222 cars will open at Coaling Island next week. The car park will have 150 spaces available immediately and the balance will be provided in December.

GSD calls for Sustainable Traffic and Transport Plan now

Author: GBC

Date: 22 September 2014

The GSD calls on the Minister for Parking to accept responsibility for his failings, and implement the Sustainable Traffic and Transport Plan now.

Man appears in court for throwing rocks at RGP

Author: GBC

Date: 22 September 2014

Spanish National, Antonio Manuel Campos Vargas appeared at the Magistrates Court after he allegedly threw rocks at RGP Officers during an anti tobacco smuggling operation at the Frontier.

Police in 30kg Cannabis raid aboard local launch

Author: GBC

Date: 22 September 2014

Three men, two locals and a Spanish National, have been arrested and charged over a 30 kilo Cannabis Resin haul.

Fabian Picardo attends Labour Party Conference

Author: GBC

Date: 22 September 2014

The Chief Minister Fabian Picardo attended the Labour Party Conference in Manchester. Mr Picardo hosted an evening reception at the Midland hotel before returning to Gibraltar on the Monday morning flight.

ERG consults community over equal marriage

Author: GBC

Date: 22 September 2014

The Equality Rights Group has embarked on a community wide exercise to establish whether it should campaign for the right to a sexual orientation neutral marriage law, as opposed to the present civil partnership provisions.

Alzheimer's and Dementia Day raises awareness

Author: GBC

Date: 22 September 2014

Professionals from the Health and Care sectors and the Alzheimer’s & Dementia Group set up outside the Cathedral of Saint Mary the Crowned on Saturday to mark Alzheimer's and Dementia Day.

Gibraltar's New Movement 'disappointed' with Governor's comments

Author: GBC

Date: 22 September 2014

Gibraltar’s New Movement says it is extremely disappointed with the comments made by the Governor when he described the 2006 Gibraltar Constitution as an ‘Overreaction’ to the failed Joint Sovereignty talks.

Government enters into MOU with Shell over supply of liquid gas

Author: GBC

Date: 22 September 2014

The Government has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with Shell to supply and storage of liquefied natural gas in Gibraltar.

No casualties in Varyl Begg fire

Author: GBC

Date: 21 September 2014

Emergency services attended a fire at a flat in Repulse House, Varyl Begg Estate on Sunday evening. The fire was brought under control quickly, and no injuries or casualties were reported.

US politicians present formal Gibraltar 'Self Determination' motion

Author: GBC

Date: 21 September 2014

Seven senior and influential US politicians, led by North Carolina Republican Congressman George Holding, have presented a motion to the House of Representatives calling for support for Gibraltar's right to Self Determination.

Community digs deep for annual cleanup effort

Author: GBC

Date: 21 September 2014

Hundreds of volunteers, led by the Environmental Safety Group, once again took to Gibraltar's grimiest dump sites in a heartwarming display of community pride to 'Clean Up the World'. The event was heralded by the traditional parade from Casemates Square.

7 Day Med Steps Challenge to raise awareness for motor neurone disease

Author: GBC

Date: 19 September 2014

The Motor Neurone Disease Association has organised the 7 Day Med Steps Challenge. The challenge will start this Sunday at the Pillars of Hercules.

Gibraltar Interfaith Group 'Get Together for Peace' event

Author: GBC

Date: 19 September 2014

The Gibraltar Interfaith Group held an event, ‘Get Together for Peace’ at Europa Point. They aimed to bring all of the community together regardless of religion and featured multiple speakers, songs of peace and a candle lighting.

Picardo doesn't rule out Director of Public Prosecutions post

Author: GBC

Date: 19 September 2014

The Chief Minister has not ruled out creating a Director of Public Prosecutions post, but says the Government has not yet taken any decision on the matter.

Scotland votes No; Tory MP says united Britain is good for Gibraltar

Author: GBC

Date: 19 September 2014

Scotland has rejected independence. Conservative MP, and member of the All-Parliamentary Group for Gibraltar, Iain Stewart, has told GBC that a strong, United Britain, is good for Gibraltar and all Overseas Territories.

Bullying at Work Act comes into effect

Author: GBC

Date: 19 September 2014

The Bullying at Work Act came into effect on Thursday. The Act extends the definition of bullying to include humiliation, intimidation, persistent criticism and unjustified punishment, as well as victimisation. It also gives the Industrial Tribunal jurisdiction to hear cases.

Largest illegal tobacco factory in Spain dismantled

Author: GBC

Date: 19 September 2014

The largest illegal tobacco factory in Spain has been dismantled by the Spanish Borders Agency. 18 people were arrested in provinces across Spain.

RGP officers pelted with rocks in Frontier tobacco operation

Author: GBC

Date: 19 September 2014

Officers of the Royal Gibraltar Police were pelted with rocks early on Friday morning during an operation to combat tobacco smuggling at the Frontier East Gate.

GHA & Unite reach contract workers agreement

Author: GBC

Date: 19 September 2014

The Gibraltar Health Authority and Unite the Union have reached what they describe as a positive solution to the ongoing issue affecting a small number of contract workers in the GHA.

Montiel accuses Government of 'undignified gloating' over verdict

Author: GBC

Date: 19 September 2014

Former Employment Minister, Luis Montiel, who lost his legal battle to be transferred to the Civil Service, has described the Government’s reaction to the case as undignified gloating and pouring salt into his wounds.

Another incursion by the Spanish Navy

Author: GBC

Date: 19 September 2014

There was an unlawful incursion by Spanish naval vessel SPS Vigía yesterday afternoon. The Royal Navy challenged the vessel which alleged that it was in Spanish waters. The vessel subsequently departed British Gibraltar Territorial Waters.

GSD criticises Alzheimer's & Dementia facility delay

Author: GBC

Date: 19 September 2014

On the eve of Alzheimer's and Dementia Awareness Day, the Opposition is asking when the unit for patients with these conditions, as well as the Mental Health facility, will finally open. It adds that the Government must come out publicly and explain the delay and what the final cost of the project will be.

Government to develop a 'Neanderthal Park'

Author: GBC

Date: 18 September 2014

The Government intends to develop a Neanderthal Park where the story of this extinct people can be told in an accessible manner. This was announced by Deputy Chief Minister Joseph Garcia as he opened the Calpe Conference on Thursday morning.

Online meteorological data portal launched

Author: GBC

Date: 18 September 2014

The Department of the Environment has launched an online metereological data portal, containing information gathered from six different sites in order to accurately monitor Gibraltar’s micro-climate.

VIDEO - Nearly 300 Barbary Partridges to be introduced into Upper Rock

Author: GBC

Date: 18 September 2014

Nearly 300 Barbary Partridges have been imported from Morocco to be introduced into the Upper Rock Nature Reserve.

Montiel legal challenge fails

Author: GBC

Date: 18 September 2014

Former GSD minister Luis Montiel has failed in his legal challenge to be transferred from the Gibraltar Development Corporation to the Civil Service. Mr Montiel, who sought reinstatement as a GDC employee after four years as Government Minister, filed for Judicial Review when he was refused a transfer.

GHA raises awareness about dental health

Author: GBC

Date: 18 September 2014

The Gibraltar Health Authority are raising awareness about good oral health. A stall outside the ICC building promoted the idea of a healthy smile and a healthy body.

Government publishes Civil Service magazine

Author: GBC

Date: 18 September 2014

A new, internal public service magazine has been published today. Gov.gi is edited by the Government's senior press officer Stuart Green, and the first edition includes a message from the Chief Minister, an interview with the Deputy Chief Minister and a column by the Chief Secretary.

Feetham wades into 'Constitution debate'

Author: GBC

Date: 17 September 2014

The Leader of the Opposition has described the 2006 Constitution as one of the most important achievements of the GSD Government, and says there’s no turning back. However, he says the appointment of the new Attorney General, and any other senior post in the public sector, must be made transparently and in accordance with the provisions in the new Constitution.

Sir Peter Caruana - 'FCO regretted giving so much self-governance to Gibraltar'

Author: GBC

Date: 17 September 2014

Former Chief Minister, Sir Peter Caruana, has said he cannot agree with the Governor that the 2006 Constitution was an overreaction to the failed joint sovereignty talks. Sir James Dutton made the remark on GBC's Talk About Town programme this week.

Draft of World Heritage Status bid to be checked by UNESCO

Author: GBC

Date: 17 September 2014

The draft application for World Heritage Status for the Gorham’s Cave Complex is to be submitted to UNESCO for a “completeness check”. The Steering Committee held its first meeting since a Neanderthal engraving discovered at the cave made world headlines.

World Alzheimer's Month aims to raise awareness

Author: GBC

Date: 17 September 2014

It’s World Alzheimer’s Month, and the Alzheimer and Dementia Society hopes to use the occasion to raise awareness and challenge the stigma. The group will be manning a stand from the centre of town this Saturday.

Suspected arson at Devil's Gap hut

Author: GBC

Date: 17 September 2014

Police are investigating a suspected arson incident following a fire at a hut in Devil’s Gap on Tuesday evening. The hut was ablaze when fire fighters arrived at around 7.30pm, and quickly brought the fire under control.

A necessary expense for a fair trial, says Marrache lawyer

Author: GBC

Date: 17 September 2014

The Chief Justice has granted lawyers acting for the three convicted Marrache brothers extra funding for their Appeal. When contacted by GBC, a spokesperson for Solomon Marrache’s defence counsel told GBC he has "every sympathy" for the Gibraltar tax payer footing this bill, but points out that this is now a "necessary expense" in order for it to be a fair trial.

Governor's comments on Constitution 'inappropriate', says Azopardi

Author: GBC

Date: 17 September 2014

Former Deputy Chief Minister, Keith Azopardi, who sat on the Constitutional Committee for eight years between 1998 and 2006, has described the Governor’s comments on the 2006 Constitution as ill advised and inappropriate.

AG appointment fuelling row between Convent and No. 6, says Chronicle

Author: GBC

Date: 17 September 2014

The appointment process for a new Attorney General could be at the heart of the current tension between the Convent and Number Six, according to the Gibraltar Chronicle.

International Dog Shows to be held over weekend

Author: GBC

Date: 17 September 2014

1400 dogs will be competing at this year’s International Dog Shows, which will take place over the weekend.

Sea Scouts centenary celebrations

Author: GBC

Date: 16 September 2014

The Sea Scouts have been presented with their new colours as part of their centenary celebrations. The occasion has also been marked with the issuing of a set of two postage stamps, by the Government and the Philatelic Bureau. A special tie has also been designed and is available for purchase.

Talk About Town: Governor points to 'differences' with No 6 over Constitution

Author: GBC

Date: 16 September 2014

The Governor, Sir James Dutton, has told GBC the relationship between the Convent and Number Six is good, but that there are areas of the Constitution which are the subject of disagreement between the Gibraltar and UK Governments.

Historical Documents at the Garrison Library go digital

Author: GBC

Date: 16 September 2014

Historical Documents at the Garrison Library will be digitalised. Representatives from the National Archives are on the Rock to kick start the project. They met with the Deputy Chief Minister.

Road leading to Hindu Temple inaugurated

Author: GBC

Date: 16 September 2014

The newly named road leading to the Hindu Temple was inaugurated. The road will now be known as Temple Way. The Chief Minister Fabian Picardo was present along with members of the Hindu Community for the unveiling.

Spanish Police Union at the frontier asks for improved working conditions

Author: GBC

Date: 16 September 2014

The Spanish Union AUGC is asking for improved working conditions while the refurbishment works are ongoing at the frontier.

GSD welcomes news of Government's intent to continue airport access tunnels

Author: GBC

Date: 16 September 2014

The GSD has welcomed the news that the Government intends to continue with tunnel works across the runway.

Supreme Court asked to reconsider funding for Marrache appeal

Author: GBC

Date: 16 September 2014

The Court of Appeal has asked the Supreme Court to reconsider whether or not it should grant lawyers acting for the three convicted Marrache brothers extra funding for their Appeal. Last month, Puisne Judge Karen Prescott denied this extra funding, concluding it was no longer a complex fraud or of exceptional difficulty.

Interfaith Group organises a 'Get Together for Peace' event

Author: GBC

Date: 16 September 2014

The Gibraltar Interfaith Group has organised a ‘Get Together for Peace’ event this Thursday at 8pm at Europa Point.

ERG to launch 'Access to Justice' initiative

Author: GBC

Date: 15 September 2014

The Equality Rights Group is looking to launch its “Access to Justice” initiative. The group says this would give ordinary citizens access to full and proper legal representation free of charge, where they might fail to qualify for Legal Aid or Assistance.

GSD: Government are 'rabbits caught in headlights' over fishing in BGTW

Author: GBC

Date: 15 September 2014

The Government are acting like rabbits caught in headlights over the fishing crisis, according to the Opposition. The GSD says the Government is hoping people won’t notice there is more fishing with nets in British Gibraltar Territorial Waters than ever before.

VIDEO: Unlawful incursion by SNS Infanta Cristina

Author: GBC

Date: 15 September 2014

There was an unlawful incursion into British Gibraltar territorial Waters by a Spanish Naval vessel this morning. The Royal Navy challenged the SNS Infanta Cristina, which alleged, according to the Convent, incorrectly, that it was in Spanish waters.

Number Six 'extremely concerned' over Guardia Civil incursions

Author: GBC

Date: 15 September 2014

Number Six says it’s extremely concerned at the Guardia Civil’s latest attempts to exercise jurisdiction over Gibraltarian Pleasure Craft in British Waters. The allegations of fishing in Spanish waters, it says, do not in any way condone the behaviour of the Spanish agents, who should have contacted the RGP for assistance.

GFA keeping options open on European Qualifiers venue

Author: GBC

Date: 15 September 2014

The Gibraltar Football Association says it’s keeping its options open regarding the venue that will be used to host the European Qualifiers. It adds an announcement will be made before the New Year.

William Hill looking to boost Gibraltar staff

Author: GBC

Date: 15 September 2014

Betting firm William Hill is looking to boost its staff in Gibraltar. Around 360 are currently employed with the company and there are 19 vacancies they are still recruiting for.

Airport access tunnel works to resume

Author: GBC

Date: 15 September 2014

Works to complete the airport access tunnel will resume "in the next few days". At a Cabinet meeting this morning, the government decided to entrust the works to GJBS, which meant there was no need to go out to tender.

Bat Night sees confirmation of new species in Gibraltar

Author: GBC

Date: 15 September 2014

A species of bat not previously confirmed in Gibraltar was identified at this weekend’s International Bat Night. Over 250 people attended the event, held at the Open Air Theatre in the Botanic Gardens on Saturday.

'Dancing Under the Shadows' art exhibition opens

Author: GBC

Date: 15 September 2014

An exhibition by Ambrose Avellano with strong political overtones has opened at the Montagu Bastion. ‘Dancing Under the Shadows’ investigates historical and contemporary events and issues that have affected the Rock since the 1940’s.

Gibraltar's New Movement call for Queen to visit the Rock

Author: GBC

Date: 15 September 2014

The Gibraltar New Movement Group is calling for the Queen to officially visit Gibraltar. It’s to launch an on-line petition to gather signatures, with the aim of presenting it to the Governor.

RGP intervenes twice as Guardia Civil chase two local boats

Author: GBC

Date: 14 September 2014

The Royal Gibraltar Police (RGP) had to intervene twice to prevent the escalation of two separate incidents at sea involving Guardia Civil vessels at the weekend. On Saturday a Spanish state vessel chased a local pleasure boat in BGTW. On Sunday a second Guardia Civil vessel chased a different local fishing boat in waters off Europa Point.

No gripe against Joanna Hernandez, says Opposition

Author: GBC

Date: 12 September 2014

The Opposition has sought to reassure former Dr Giraldi Home manager Joanna Hernandez that it does not have a personal gripe against her. This follows a statement by Ms Hernadez that Opposition Leader Daniel Feetham is obsessed with her case.

International Bat Night

Author: GBC

Date: 12 September 2014

This year’s International Bat Night will be celebrated on Saturday 13th September at the Open Air Theatre in the Botanic Gardens. Locally, it’s organised by the Ornithological and Natural History Society.

Gibraltar Defence Police launch new fitness policy

Author: GBC

Date: 12 September 2014

The Gibraltar Defence Police have launched a new fitness policy, in-line with their UK counterparts.

Government welcomes guidelines for Insurance Linked Securities

Author: GBC

Date: 12 September 2014

The Government has welcomed the publication of guidelines for Insurance Linked Securities by the Financial Services Commission. The guidelines have been prepared by the Government and the FSC with the participation of ILS experts from around the world, and are fully compliant with the EU’s Solvency Two Directive.

New changes to Spanish side of the frontier

Author: GBC

Date: 12 September 2014

New measures will be introduced at the frontier as from 10pm on Friday 12th September. These are to accommodate a second phase of works on the Spanish side.

Government redeeming Pensioners' debentures

Author: GBC

Date: 12 September 2014

The Gibraltar Government is redeeming Pensioners’ debentures, and offering options for reinvesting in Savings Bank Debentures.

Albert Isola leading a delegation to Geneva

Author: GBC

Date: 12 September 2014

Albert Isola will be leading a delegation to Geneva next week, comprising of members of the Gibraltar Funds and Investments Association and other financial services professionals.

VIDEO: Parliament bestows four Medallions of Honour

Author: GBC

Date: 12 September 2014

For the first time, Parliament has conferred four Medallions of Honour and twenty two Medallions of Distinction on Gibraltarians from different professional backgrounds. The Chief Minister said it was important to bestow these awards on behalf of the people of Gibraltar.

Grand Home Care staff start distance learning courses

Author: GBC

Date: 12 September 2014

Fourteen workers at Grand Home Care are completing a Health and Social Care distance learning course. Grand Home Care has partnered with the Oxford Learning College in Gibraltar, to improve their healthcare services.

Man jailed for two years and eight months for GBH with intent

Author: GBC

Date: 12 September 2014

A man has been jailed for two years and eight months for punching and kicking a man in the head.
 33-year-old Jamie Loughead pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

Man hospitalised after incident at Commonwealth Park

Author: GBC

Date: 12 September 2014

An 18 year old Moroccan man was hospitalised and underwent surgery after sustaining a serious injury to his arm. The incident was reported at around 11pm last night in Commonwealth Park, and saw part of the park temporarily closed off.

New prize for International Art Competition

Author: GBC

Date: 11 September 2014

A new prize has been included for the International Art Competition. The Gibraltar Museum Gorham’s Cave Award aims to raise awareness of Gibraltar’s bid to inscribe the cave on the UNESCO World Heritage List. .

National Day Fine Arts Competition winners

Author: GBC

Date: 11 September 2014

Jonathan Huart has won the National Day Fine Arts Competition, for his painting ‘The Captain’s Wife’.

Department of Education supports integrating chess in schools

Author: GBC

Date: 11 September 2014

The Department of Education is very supportive of the idea of getting chess more integrated in the schools.

GBC's new season of programmes

Author: GBC

Date: 11 September 2014

GBC’s new season of programmes starts on Monday. The Corporation says a big effort has been made to arrive at an autumn schedule that is both informative and entertaining.

Isle of Man Minister visits RGP

Author: GBC

Date: 11 September 2014

The Minister for Home Affairs of the Isle of Man today visited the Royal Gibraltar Police’s Headquarters at New Mole House.

Opposition claims Care Agency and GHA resignations because of changing contracts

Author: GBC

Date: 11 September 2014

The Opposition claims 64 employees have resigned from the Care Agency and 69 from the GHA because of insecure, changing contracts.

A Level students to visit Brussels

Author: GBC

Date: 11 September 2014

A group of 14 year 13 students from Bayside, Westside and the College will be visiting the EU institutions in Brussels.

Government in talks with Graham Watson

Author: GBC

Date: 11 September 2014

The Gibraltar Government is currently in talks with Sir Graham Watson with a view to him formally taking up a role representing the Rock in Brussels.

Albert Mena appointed Financial Secretary

Author: GBC

Date: 11 September 2014

Albert Mena has been appointed Financial Secretary. He takes over on the basis of a three year secondment, from Dilip Dayaram who retires after extending his services.

A third defendant connected to an attempted armed robbery

Author: GBC

Date: 11 September 2014

A third defendant connected to an attempted armed robbery appeared before the Magistrate's court this morning.

Gibraltar branch of Union Bancaire Privee to close

Author: GBC

Date: 11 September 2014

The Gibraltar branch of Union Bancaire Privee, a Swiss private bank, is to close and refer its business to Lombard Odier.

National Day mass dedicated to the late Jim Dobbin

Author: GBC

Date: 11 September 2014

The traditional National Day thanksgiving service at the Shrine of our Lady of Europe yesterday evening was dedicated to the memory of Jim Dobbin, the late Chairman of the All Party Group.

Gibraltar Scholars receive their awards

Author: GBC

Date: 11 September 2014

This years Gibraltar Scholars received their awards from Minister of Education, Gilbert Licudi, who held a presentation at Bleak House.

National Day Political Rally - Fabian Picardo urges HM to renew ties with the Rock

Author: GBC

Date: 10 September 2014

On the sixtieth anniversary of the Queen’s last visit to Gibraltar, the Chief Minister has urged Her Majesty to listen to the warmth of the Gibraltarian invitation to repeat that visit. Speaking during his National Day speech, Fabian Picardo sayd Gibraltar had been building a prosperous nation for six decades, whilst Spain had been throwing tantrums during that time. It was an emotional farewell from Dennis Matthews, who announced he would be stepping down as SDGG Chairman, although he would not reveal who had been primed to succeed him. And Sir Graham Watson, newly awarded the Freedom of the City, said he and other supporters would not sleep until Gibraltar’s rights were assured.

Isola holds financial meetings in Hong Kong

Author: GBC

Date: 09 September 2014

The Minister with responsibility for Financial Services has addressed the Hedge Funds World Asia Conference. The Gibraltar Finance Centre also exhibited at the conference with marketing material, banners and stand and flanked by full-length Gibraltar and Hong Kong flags.

Variety of events for National Day 2014

Author: GBC

Date: 09 September 2014

National Day in its 23rd edition, is set to be another celebratory event with plenty on offer. Live music and performances kick off from Casemates as from 9:30 in the morning. The traditional fancy dress competition from the Piazza, takes place an hour later.

Calpe Conference next week focuses on human evolution & world heritage

Author: GBC

Date: 09 September 2014

The annual Calpe Conference starts next Thursday at the John Mackintosh Hall. This year it brings together world specialists on the themes of human evolution and world heritage. The organisers feel this is especially relevant given the Rock’s bid to achieve UNESCO World Heritage Status for the Neanderthal Caves.

New half-million-pound oil storage farm opened

Author: GBC

Date: 09 September 2014

A new half-million-pound oil storage farm was opened today at the Port, boasting some of the most secure and environmentally-friendly features for a facility of its kind. The 480 thousand litre storage operated by MH Bland was requested by one of the port’s biggest clients, BP, and has met the Port Authority’s stringent controls, put in place since the Sullage Tanks fire in 2011.

Fabian Picardo National Day e-message to GSLP members

Author: GBC

Date: 09 September 2014

Message sent by the GSLP Party Leader to members on the eve of National Day.

Spanish frontier works cause gridlock locally

Author: GBC

Date: 09 September 2014

Works on the Spanish side of the frontier have brought most of Gibratlar’s roads to gridlock. The works – which are scheduled to go on for seven months – are designed to improve frontier flow, following recommendations by the EU Commission. However, in their first 24 hours they have had the complete opposite effect, with traffic moving very slowly on Gibraltar’s main roads.

Power outage affects most of Gibraltar

Author: GBC

Date: 09 September 2014

Most of Gibraltar was left without power earlier today with an outage hitting approximately three quarters of the Rock’s community. Power was restored just over an hour later. The cause of the outage is not yet known; a spokesperson for the Gibraltar Electricity Authority (GEA) said the incident is being investigated.

National Day participation highlights solidarity, says GSD

Author: GBC

Date: 08 September 2014

The GSD will again be at this year’s National Day Rally, having accepted he invitation issued by the Self Determination for Gibraltar Group. They say they’ll be doing so in order to highlight the importance of solidarity at a time when the rights of the people of Gibraltar are under threat.

Meningitis vaccination for university students

Author: GBC

Date: 08 September 2014

Vaccination against meningitis C is to be provided for students who are about to start university. The Government has announced that all Gibraltar students who are about to leave for university are eligible for the meningitis C vaccine, although it’s not necessary for those who’ve been vaccinated within the last three years.

Diversions as Spanish frontier works set to begin

Author: GBC

Date: 08 September 2014

Diversions are being put into place this evening to ease traffic flow around the frontier. Works are about to begin on the Spanish side of the border, with the stated aim of improving frontier flow, in keeping with the recommendations of the EU Commission.

Bossino says party politics encourages debate & ensures high turnout

Author: GBC

Date: 08 September 2014

The GSD’s Deputy Leader has defended Gibraltar’s party political system, arguing that it encourages political debate with high turnouts at elections. Addressing members at the Casino Calpe Club, Damon Bossino said the system, with all its faults, should be celebrated.

New dawn has arrived says GSLP

Author: GBC

Date: 08 September 2014

The Gibraltar Socialist Labour Party says the new dawn promised in the GSLP/Liberals’ 2011 election manifesto has definitely arrived. In a statement congratulating the Government on reaching one thousand days in office, the GSLP highlights what it sees as some of the achievements of this administration.

Suspected attempted robbery and wounding in Main Street shop

Author: GBC

Date: 08 September 2014

A local man and a local juvenile appeared before the Magistrate’s Court this morning facing charges of attempted robbery and possession of an offensive weapon. This follows an incident yesterday evening in a shop on Main Street, which resulted in a man being injured.

Juvenile pleads guilty to possession of a sword

Author: GBC

Date: 08 September 2014

A juvenile has pleaded guilty to possession of a sword and a BB gun in the Supreme Court. The 17-year-old has been charged with wounding and causing grievous bodily harm.

Local man charged with indecent assault

Author: GBC

Date: 08 September 2014

A local man has been charged with indecently assaulting a child under the age of 13 and a child under the age of 16 years old. Liam Traverso is represented by Owen Smith and has also been charged with five counts of assault.

Local Borders and Coastguard officer to take part in Special Olympics Torch Run

Author: GBC

Date: 08 September 2014

A local Borders and Coastguard Officer is to take part in the final leg of the Special Olympics Torch Run, which starts off tomorrow in Belgium.

GHA launch electronic system

Author: GBC

Date: 08 September 2014

The Gibraltar Health Authority today rolled out a new, state of the art, eleven million pound electronic system, integrated across the entire service. The new system will be brought online over the next eighteen months, and means all patient records will be available throughout the organisation.

570 kilograms of cannabis seized by GDP

Author: GBC

Date: 08 September 2014

Almost three million pounds’ worth of cannabis resin have been seized by the Gibraltar Defence Police in a joint operation with the Royal Gibraltar Police.

Gibraltar to feature in award winning travel brochure

Author: GBC

Date: 08 September 2014

Gibraltar will be featured in UK tour operator Kirker Holidays’ new 2014 to 2015 brochure. The travel firm specialises in the luxury short-breaks market, with tailor made vacations for discerning travellers.

Gibraltar loses 7-0 to Poland in Euro 2016 debut qualifier

Author: GBC

Date: 07 September 2014

The reality of what it means to play football at the highest level sunk in for Gibraltar on Sunday night as it lost its first-ever competitive international, against Poland, by seven goals to nil.

Group third spot finish is the target says Bula, ahead of Poland qualifier

Author: GBC

Date: 07 September 2014

“Extremely proud and confident” was how Allen Bula summed up his mood at the pre match press conference on the eve of Gibraltar’s first ever UEFA qualifying match in Faro, Portugal. Gibraltar’s national manager along with captain Roy Chipolina and UK based defender Scott Wiseman faced questions from the gathered European media ahead of the game against Poland on Sunday night.

British Gibraltar Group Chair Jim Dobbin has died

Author: GBC

Date: 07 September 2014

The Chairman of the All-Party British Gibraltar Group in Parliament, Labour MP Jim Dobbin, has died. He was 73. Mr. Dobbin, a Scot, was on a trip to Poland with a parliamentary committee when he died.

GHA row: Government accuses GSD of scaremongering

Author: GBC

Date: 05 September 2014

The Government has accused the GSD Opposition of scaremongering and undermining confidence in the GHA by jumping on a small and dubious bandwagon. The statement followed a claim by a London based lawyer that ten GHA contract workers are not being represented adequately by Unite in their struggle for long-term contract.

The Script rock the 3rd Gibraltar Music Festival

Author: GBC

Date: 05 September 2014

An emotional Danny O'Donoghue thanked the Rock and promised to be back soon as the Script closed out the 3rd Gibraltar Music Festival, which saw over 40 acts perform on 4 stages for 12 hours.

British Government denies sitting on the fence over Gibraltar

Author: GBC

Date: 05 September 2014

Agreement in principle has been reached regarding the terms for ad hoc talks, and the UK is discussing with Spain and Gibraltar how and when talks can be organised. This is revealed in the British Government’s response, published this evening, to the recent Foreign Affairs Select Committee’s Report on Gibraltar.

SDGG National Day banner signing complete

Author: GBC

Date: 05 September 2014

The SDGG banner is completely covered in signatures.

Chief Minister says Trilateral Forum is only basis for meaningful dialogue with Spain

Author: GBC

Date: 05 September 2014

It's only The Trilateral Forum that can have any value for the Gibraltar Government in establishing meaningful dialogue with Spain. That was the view expressed by Chief Minister Fabian Picardo in an exclusive one-to-one interview with GBC, following a news conference to mark the GSLP/Liberal Administration's one thousand days in office.

Mons Calpe Mews contractors apologise after liquid cement was dropped on vehicles

Author: GBC

Date: 05 September 2014

The Contractors at Mons Calpe Mews have had to apologise and pay reparation to residents of the surrounding development site, after a crane dropped liquid cement onto a number of cars and bikes in the area.

QC appointments - Chief Justice urges use local lawyers ahead of London Counsel

Author: GBC

Date: 05 September 2014

Both the Chief Justice, and the most senior Queen’s Counsel in Gibraltar, have urged the legal profession to draw on the talented pool of lawyers in our jurisdiction, in preference to recruiting London counsel. Four new QCs were appointed on Friday in a ceremony at the Supreme Court, bringing the total number up to nineteen.

Third annual National Day 'Binge Drinking' Awareness Campaign

Author: GBC

Date: 05 September 2014

The Royal Gibraltar Police and the Care Agency have teamed up for this years third annual ‘Binge Drinking’ Awareness Campaign for national day.

£10m funding sought for Gibraltar University

Author: GBC

Date: 04 September 2014

The Goverment is pressing ahead with its plans to establish a university in Gibraltar. A Bill has been published seeking ten million pounds of supplementary funding as equity for The University of Gibraltar Limited, which has already been incorporated.

New Anglican Bishop of Gibraltar in Europe installed

Author: GBC

Date: 04 September 2014

The new Anglican Bishop of Gibraltar has spoken about the importance of the church building a sense of community. Dr Robert Innes has taken over from Dr Geoffrey Rowell who retired last year.

GSLP Libs mark '1000 days in office' milestone

Author: GBC

Date: 04 September 2014

On reaching its one thousandth day in office, the Government says it has transformed Gibraltar for the better. It puts this down to energy, passion and a commitment to hard work.

Facebook 'like' campaign ahead of Shyanne's Miss World trip

Author: GBC

Date: 04 September 2014

Miss Gibraltar, Shyanne Azzopardi is already getting ready for Miss World. The organisation has created a Facebook page on her behalf, and a video promoting Gibraltar internationally.

Plans for nursing home at Both Worlds proposed by local developer

Author: GBC

Date: 04 September 2014

Plans for a nursing home at Both Worlds have been proposed by a local developer, and are set to go before the Development and Planning Commission. The proposed nursing home would be situated over the south end of Sandy Bay, and would be six storeys high at its tallest point.

Opposition says it supports GHA contract workers

Author: GBC

Date: 04 September 2014

The GSD says it can foresee problems in the GHA retaining staff or recruiting practitioners for the health service when the Government is providing short-term contracts. Health Spokeswoman Isobel Ellul Hammond says the Opposition is extremely concerned by the GHA’s stance, and by the appeal by ten contract workers for legal representation over their employment terms.

Gibraltar Regulatory Authority 'Control Your Privacy' campaign

Author: GBC

Date: 04 September 2014

The Gibraltar Regulatory Authority has started a campaign called ‘Control Your Privacy’. They aim to show people how to ensure their information is kept private when using social media such as Facebook, Twitter or Snapchat.

GIB bank board holds first formal meeting

Author: GBC

Date: 04 September 2014

The Chief Minister says he’s delighted at the team of professionals put together for the first board of the Gibraltar International Bank (GIB), which met today formally for the first time.

Heritage Trust concerned over North Gorge development

Author: GBC

Date: 03 September 2014

The Gibraltar Heritage Trust says its concerned over the development of the North Gorge site. The Trust highlights a number of heritage features within the site that are significant. The Trust says it’s adding its voice to concerns raised by the Gibraltar Ornithological And Natural History Society on the preservation of the biodiversity and natural environment of the site.

Tourist Board introduces £2 charge for passport stamp

Author: GBC

Date: 03 September 2014

The Gibraltar Tourist Board will now start charging tourists two pounds for stamping their passports as a ‘souvenir’. Signs offering the service will be put up at all entry points and tourist sites.

New sea-borne capability for Environment Dept

Author: GBC

Date: 03 September 2014

The Department of the Environment is now able to carry out its own sea patrols and monitoring without having to call on vessels from other agencies. It has taken delivery of two vessels, a cabin cruiser and a rigid-hulled inflatable boat.

GSD pushes for CAT3 upgrade to Victoria Stadium

Author: GBC

Date: 03 September 2014

The GSD Opposition says the Government’s reluctance to upgrade Victoria Stadium to UEFA’s Category 3 Status is evidence that they plan to plough ahead with plans to build a Category 4 Stadium at Europa Point.

Mount Alvernia scaffolding comes down after 12 years

Author: GBC

Date: 03 September 2014

Major structural works have been completed at Mount Alvernia, with the refurbishment of the balconies on the west side of the building, and the subsequent removal of the scaffolding that’s been up for 12 years.

Royal British Legion commemorates anniversary of both world wars

Author: GBC

Date: 03 September 2014

The Gibraltar branch of the Royal British Legion has today commemorated both world wars with a mass at the Anglican Church. They began their march at Casemates square, and continued down Main Street, ending at the Anglican Church.

Frontier queues affecting local trade during the summer?

Author: GBC

Date: 02 September 2014

Frontier queues at the border have had an impact on Gibraltar’s retailers. That was the view of some of the businesses we spoke to about how trade in Main Street had faired during the summer months.

Chris Walker wins triathlon in Canada

Author: GBC

Date: 02 September 2014

A local athlete has won an international triathlon in CanadaChris Walker won first place in the World Triathlon Grand Final in Edmonton, in the 45-49 age group. The race was organised by the International Triathlon Union.

Gibraltar Government Lottery Draw Results

Author: GBC

Date: 02 September 2014

Today’s draw of the Gibraltar Government Lottery:

Government responds to statements made by Spanish Finance Minister

Author: GBC

Date: 02 September 2014

The Government has responded to statements made by Spain’s Finance minister today that Gibraltar’s fiscal regime’s lack of transparency is a magnet for dodgy business. Christoval Montoro reiterated his government’s view that Spain loses around a billion euros a year to Gibraltar in tax evasion.

Government and Opposition in 'Hernandez' row again

Author: GBC

Date: 02 September 2014

The Government is accusing the Leader of the Opposition of being obsessed with Joanna Hernandez. It says that if Daniel Feetham had bothered to contact Unite the Union, he would have found out that the Government had responded to Unite’s concerns in relation to the investigation into the Bullying allegations made by Joanna Hernandez.

Insurance Sector expert appointed to FSC

Author: GBC

Date: 02 September 2014

A local insurance sector expert has been appointed to a senior role in the Financial Services Commission. Joe Perdoni has over 20 years of insurance sector experience and has been appointed the FSC’s Head of Prudential.

Sir Graham Watson to receive Freedom of the City on National Day

Author: GBC

Date: 02 September 2014

Former Liberal MEP, Sir Graham Watson, will be receiving the Freedom of the City of Gibraltar on National Day. This has been confirmed by the Mayor’s parlour in answer to questions from GBC. Earlier this year, Parliament unanimously passed a motion to grant Sir Graham the Freedom.

Exercise Cougar 14 on the Rock ahead of 4-month deployment

Author: GBC

Date: 02 September 2014

The Royal Navy’s flagship, HMS Bulwark together with RFA’s Wave Knight and Lyme Bay has been in port today ahead of a four-month deployment. Cougar 14 aims to demonstrate the effectiveness of the UK’s maritime force.

Childline Gibraltar introduces new positive parenting classes

Author: GBC

Date: 02 September 2014

Childline Gibraltar are bringing back their positive parenting classes. The new courses will be focusing on different stages of parenting and how to support their child.

Civil Servant pleads guilty to having drugs at Number Six Convent Place

Author: GBC

Date: 02 September 2014

One of two civil servants arrested last week on suspicion of taking drugs at Number Six Convent Place has pleaded guilty to possession and possession with intent to supply cocaine. 39-year-old Christian Ferrary was charged with one count of possession of a preparation containing approximately 4.7 grammes of cocaine, and one count of supplying approximately one gramme of cocaine. He also pleaded guilty to possession of 30 diazepam tablets.

Clean Up The World 2014 preparations underway

Author: GBC

Date: 01 September 2014

Around 20 teams have already signed up for this year’s Clean Up The World campaign, which takes place later this month. In its 10th year locally, the campaign aims to raise awareness of the global refuse problem by getting people to clean up their own environment.

VIDEO: Groundbreaking discovery at Gorham's Cave: Neanderthal engravings found

Author: GBC

Date: 01 September 2014

The first ever intentional, and non-functional, engraving made by a Neanderthal has been found in Gorham’s Cave. The results of this discovery have been published this evening in a major international journal and the news is expected to raise media interest across the world.

Gibtelecom launches 'Superswift' broadband

Author: GBC

Date: 01 September 2014

Over three million pound investment to provide speeds of up to 100megabits per second as from next month.

Isola leads delegation to Hong Kong

Author: GBC

Date: 01 September 2014

Financial Services Minister, Albert Isola, is leading a delegation to Hong Kong this week for the Hedge Funds World Asia conference, where he will be giving an address.

GSD presses Government on Employment Service investigation

Author: GBC

Date: 01 September 2014

The GSD Opposition says its surprised that the Government hasn’t commented on the recent statement by Unite criticising the length of time being taken to conclude the investigation into allegations of bullying at the Employment Service.

GBC secures contract with UEFA to air Gibraltar's EURO 2016 qualifying matches

Author: GBC

Date: 01 September 2014

GBC Television has secured a contract with UEFA to broadcast all of Gibraltar’s qualifying matches for EURO 2016 live. Following extensive negotiations with UEFA, GBC will become an official broadcast partner and will televise all ten European Qualifiers starting with this Sunday’s home match versus Poland at the Estadio Algarve.

Gib fundraising makes direct impact on Cancer Research

Author: GBC

Date: 31 August 2014

The Rock's fundraising efforts for Cancer is having a real direct impact on the Research in the UK. That's according to Cancer Research UK. Fundraising Manager, Sheona Ranson, this weekend, received a twenty thousand pound donation from the local group Stick it to Sarcoma, at a charity gala dinner. Speaking at the event, the UK rep said they were delighted with the donation and were especially impressed with the support, kindness and passion shown by the local branch and community in general.

MOD issue strong note of caution to DPC over Western Beach reclamation

Author: GBC

Date: 30 August 2014

The Ministry of Defence has issued a 'strong note of caution' to the Development & Planning Commission over the Government's intention to reclaim land for sporting facilities off Western Beach. The MOD, which failed to submit its concerns in writing ahead of today's meeting, has said the development could have an impact on water drainage from the airfield, and affect security over a liquid oxygen storage facility in the area.

Autism event raises over five thousand pounds

Author: GBC

Date: 30 August 2014

Over five thousand pounds has been collected in a fun day aimed at raising awareness of Autism. The event at Casemates started with a challenging walk to the top of the rock, with live music and activities for the youngsters on offer throughout the day.

Two civil servants at Number Six Convent Place arrested

Author: GBC

Date: 29 August 2014

The Government has confirmed that two civil servants have been arrested at Number Six Convent Place. This follows GBC questions to Number Six asking whether it could confirm that two security officers had been filmed by CCTV cameras taking drugs on the premises.

Thousands of demonstrators gathered at La Linea's Plaza de Toros

Author: GBC

Date: 29 August 2014

Several thousand demonstrators gathered in La Linea’s Plaza de Toros on Friday evening for a mass protest against what they describe as a series of social injustices. Among these they include the inhumane queues at the border. They are aso protesting against national debt, unemployment and hunger.

Spanish jet skiers cause trouble off Eastern Beach

Author: GBC

Date: 29 August 2014

A group of men on Spanish-registered jet skis have again been causing trouble off Eastern Beach.

Opposition concerned over British and Spanish meeting

Author: GBC

Date: 29 August 2014

The Opposition says its concerned to have found out about a meeting between the British Ambassador in Spain and the President of the Junta De Andalucia, where Gibraltar was discussed, from the Spanish media.

New Companies and Insolvency Acts

Author: GBC

Date: 29 August 2014

The new Companies and Insolvency Acts will be implemented as from the 1st of November, instead of next month.

Over a thousand sign National Day Banner

Author: GBC

Date: 29 August 2014

The Self-Determination for Gibraltar Group says this year's National day banner now has over a thousand signatures

'Gibraltar Espanol' group abandon protests

Author: GBC

Date: 29 August 2014

A group of radical activists who planned to upstage the protest in La Linea and come into Gibraltar to get arrested, abandoned its plans after having spoken to the Group for a Humanitarian Frontier.

92 Elderly residents visit the fair

Author: GBC

Date: 29 August 2014

A total of 92 elderly residents of Mount Alvernia, Calpe Ward, John Cochrane Ward and the John Mackintosh Wing have enjoyed a visit to the Fair this year.

Loreto Convent School expansion to include extra year

Author: GBC

Date: 29 August 2014

Loreto Convent School will be expanding its services to include an extra year. Pupils, will, as from this September be able to complete Year Eight in Loreto.

Chief Minister on Eastside expressions of interest and Foreign Office talks

Author: GBC

Date: 28 August 2014

The Government has confirmed its received 17 expressions of interest for the Eastside Project. Meanwhile, The Chief Minister has told GBC that he discussed incursions and last week’s border queues with top Foreign Office officials. Mr Picardo returned to the Rock last night after two days in London.

HMS Talent experiences technical problems

Author: GBC

Date: 28 August 2014

The nuclear powered submarine, HMS Talent experienced minor technical problems as it left the Naval Base this morning.

9th Annual Gibraltar Beer Fest

Author: GBC

Date: 28 August 2014

Tomorrow see’s the 9th Annual Gibraltar Beer Festival and organisers are hoping the tried and tested formula is once again a success.

Margallo's plane broke down at Abu Dhabi

Author: GBC

Date: 28 August 2014

Spain’s Foreign Minister had to wait three hours in an airport in Abu Dhabi after the Spanish Air Force plane he was travelling in developed a fault.

Spanish film about drug smuggling to feature Gibraltar

Author: GBC

Date: 28 August 2014

A new Spanish movie about drug smuggling in the Strait of Gibraltar is to premiere in Spanish cinemas on the 29th of August.

Plans to renovate Devil's Tower Road ex wireless telegraphy station

Author: GBC

Date: 28 August 2014

There are plans to renovate the ex wireless telegraphy station site in Devil’s Tower Road. Notice has been given in the Gazette ahead of an application to the Development & Planning Commission, to transform the station into a ‘fine wine’ storage facility with a tourist visitor attraction, incorporated within the existing tunnels.

Second proposed Eastside project revealed

Author: GBC

Date: 28 August 2014

A developer based in the United Arab Emirates has put forward a mixed-use proposal for the Eastside Reclamation Area. The Armada Group says the project would include a luxury hotel, residential and commercial complexes and a FIFA-approved football pitch.

Small fire extinguished on Bayside Road

Author: GBC

Date: 28 August 2014

A small fire on Bayside Road was extinguished by the City Fire Brigade this afternoon. A bin store by Tradeswinds caught fire at around 1pm, but the Fire Brigade attended the scene promptly and traffic has been returned to normal on Bayside Road.

San Roque forest fire believed to have been started deliberately

Author: GBC

Date: 28 August 2014

It’s believed that a wildfire that burned over Wednesday night in the area of San Roque was started on purpose. This, according to the official Twitter account for Plan INFOCA, the agency responsible for preventing and putting out forest fires in Andalucia.

More beetles crawling around the rock this summer

Author: GBC

Date: 27 August 2014

This summer there seems to be many more species of beetle called the ‘lagria-lata’. Although the beetles are known to the Rock, there seems to be more than ever this year.

Winning logo chosen for Alwani Group of Companies

Author: GBC

Date: 27 August 2014

Benjamin Hassan has designed the winning logo for the Alwani Group. The prizes were presented by the Minister for Culture, Steven Linares. Around 250 entries were received, with the organisers saying the quality of the entries was extremely high.

Our Gibraltar Photographic Exhibition winners announced

Author: GBC

Date: 27 August 2014

The overall winner of this year’s National Week Photographic Competition is Sonia Golt, who took home the top prize of 300 pounds for her photo “Through the Keyhole”.

Warmest day of the year

Author: GBC

Date: 27 August 2014

Wednesday was the warmest day of the year so far for Gibraltar, with temperatures at 33.9 degrees Celsius. The Met Office has been keeping its followers on Twitter up to date with temperatures in the region.

Andalucia President meets with British ambassador to Spain

Author: GBC

Date: 27 August 2014

Gibraltar has been one of the subjects discussed during a meeting between the PSOE President of the Junta de Andalucia, Susana Diaz, and the British ambassador to Spain, Simon Manley

Former spokesman for La Linea fishermen calls Chief Minister biggest liar in politics

Author: GBC

Date: 27 August 2014

The former spokesman for the La Linea Fishermen, Leoncio Fernandez, accuses the Chief Minister of being the biggest liar in politics for saying the artificial reef was created for environmental purposes.

£6.3 million: the estimated cost of the Marrache trial

Author: GBC

Date: 27 August 2014

The full cost to the taxpayer of the Marrache fraud trial so far has been estimated at close to £6.3 million. The latest figures, including the cost of the prosecution, have been released in response to questions from GBC and the Gibraltar Chronicle.

Couple imprisoned after abusing staff at St Bernard's Hospital

Author: GBC

Date: 27 August 2014

A couple has been sent to prison for three weeks each for disrupting the peace at St. Bernard's hospital, in an incident dating back to July 2013.

DPC to consider Government application for £20m land reclamation project at Western Beach

Author: GBC

Date: 27 August 2014

A government proposal for a multi-million pound land reclamation project at Western Beach will go before the Development and Planning Commission on Thursday. The scheme involves reclaiming an area of 73,200 square metres immediately to the north of the north-west end of the runway, and to build sports facilities there.

Frontier queues 'not reasonable', says Junta de Andalucia president

Author: GBC

Date: 26 August 2014

The former president of the Junta de Andalucia, Manuel Chaves, has said the free flow of people through the Frontier is necessary to maintain good relations between Gibraltar and La Linea.

HMS Plymouth Trust asks Gibraltar for support in saving vessel

Author: GBC

Date: 26 August 2014

A group of petitioners are trying to save HMS Plymouth from the scrap yard and they’re urging Gibraltar for help with their appeal. According to the HMS Plymouth Trust, which is involved with last-ditch attempts to save her, she is currently off the coast of Portugal and set to pass Gibraltar at midnight on Thursday.

GNDO ready for 2014 Show Dance Championships in Prague

Author: GBC

Date: 26 August 2014

The Gibraltar National Dance Team is all set to participate at the 2014 World Show Dance Championships. The team of 21 dancers leaves for Prague this weekend, where the event will be staged.

Annapolis Commander presents plaque to Governor

Author: GBC

Date: 26 August 2014

A plaque was presented to the Convent by the captain of the American nuclear submarine that visited Gibraltar this weekend. Commander Chester Parks, of the USNS Annapolis, presented the plaque to the Governor, Sir James Dutton, following a tour of the Convent with his crew.

Protest on Friday at La Linea over frontier queues

Author: GBC

Date: 26 August 2014

La Linea will be the focus of a mass protest on Friday evening over a number of issues, including a demand for a solution to the frontier queues. The City’s bull ring will play host to a number of lobby groups calling for an end to injustice – one of them will be the cross-border Group for a Humanitarian Frontier.

Chief Minister holds meetings in London

Author: GBC

Date: 26 August 2014

The Chief Minister is in London for a series of meetings. These will include meetings with senior officials in the Foreign Office. Fabian Picardo is accompanied by the Government’s Chief Legal Advisor.

Man allegedly threatens City Hall

Author: GBC

Date: 26 August 2014

A local man has been remanded with no bail after allegedly threatening to burn down City Hall with all its employees still inside. The case was heard at the Magistrates' Court. On the 29th of May this year, 29-year-old Karl Henry Danino was said to have rung up the Housing Department situated at City Hall.

Entries invited for National Week Fine Arts Competition

Author: GBC

Date: 26 August 2014

Entries can now be handed in for the Fine Arts Association’s National Week competition, themed around Gibraltar. It’s the first year of the event, with the Association hoping to make it an annual fixture of the National Week calendar.

Morrison's Gibraltar store is 'jewel in the crown' says the Telegraph

Author: GBC

Date: 26 August 2014

It costs Morrisons four million pounds a year to supply its Gibraltar store, and at any one time 18 trucks are driving down from Morrison's UK warehouses in order to achieve this. The Telegraph newspaper highlights that the Gibraltar branch of the Bradford-based grocery retailer is often regarded as its busiest supermarket, and has consistently been one of the group's top ten outlets in terms of sales.

Spain apologises to Moroccan King

Author: GBC

Date: 26 August 2014

Spain has been forced to apologise to the King of Morocco after Guardia Civil officers stopped his two speedboats and three jet-skis on suspicion they were smuggling drugs or illegal immigrants. The officers did not immediately recognise the monarch, who called King Felipe of Spain on his mobile phone as the incident unfolded to demand an explanation.

Police launch scatters jet ski gang at Eastern Beach

Author: GBC

Date: 24 August 2014

A band of Spanish jet ski troublemakers were chased out of Gibraltar waters on Sunday afternoon by a Royal Gibraltar Police launch after they crossed the line into bathing waters at Eastern Beach. (Library Image)

Fair attraction owner sent packing after failing safety standards

Author: GBC

Date: 24 August 2014

A fair attraction owner was asked to dismantle his ride and leave the fair after failing to meet the stringent local health and safety standards. The Ministry of Culture has confirmed to GBC that the 'Top Gun' ride was inspected by five different officers, and refused to make the alterations necessary to be allowed to continue operating.

2014 Summer Fair kicks off

Author: GBC

Date: 23 August 2014

Nine days of summer fair got underway on Saturday night with a hefty opening cast. The Chief Minster, Fabian Picardo, and family, together with Culture Minister Steven Linares, and SDGG spokesman 'Forti' Azzopardi, joined Miss Gibraltar second princess Claire Nunez and other Culture Agency staff for the traditional evening walkabout before declaring the fair open.

Unlawful incursion: Guardia Civil crosses path of Royal Navy submarine

Author: GBC

Date: 22 August 2014

A Civil Guard launch crossed the path of a nuclear powered submarine on its way to the Naval Base on Thursday morning. The Foreign Office says it has already raised the matter with Spain directly, and will follow this with a formal written protest. The Government has described attempts to interfere with entry into the Naval Base as dangerous and irresponsible.

Local and international acts set for Family Pavilion at the Fair

Author: GBC

Date: 22 August 2014

The Fair is opening Saturday night, with attractions and stalls already set up at the Naval Ground. The Family Pavilion will once again play an integral part to the activities. Organisers, Stage One, are promising a varied programme with a focus on local acts.

ESG asks Green MEP to support its work and lobbying efforts

Author: GBC

Date: 22 August 2014

The Environmental Safety Group regrets the missed opportunity of meeting with Green MEP, Molly-Scott Cato, who recently visited the Rock.

HMS Ramsey visits the Rock

Author: GBC

Date: 22 August 2014

The Royal Navy Minehunter carried out a security sweep of British Gibraltar Territorial Waters, as is now the norm.

Griffon Vulture taken in by the GONHS after it falls from weakness

Author: GBC

Date: 22 August 2014

A young Griffon Vulture takes refuge at the Raptor Rehabilitation Unit, where he'll be kept for some R &R after falling due to weakness.

Over 46,000 packets of cigarettes seized in Cadiz

Author: GBC

Date: 22 August 2014

Over 46,000 packets of cigarettes have been seized in the port of Cadiz. The tobacco, valued at over €200,000, were found when the Guardia Civil searched a lorry and trailer, believed to have come from the Canary Islands.

OLAF Report: Spanish Legislation weak against tobacco smuggling

Author: GBC

Date: 22 August 2014

OLAF reportedly asks Spain to step up its legislation against tobacco smuggling, as at present the fraud has to exceed 15, 000 euros for the smuggling to be deemed 'a crime."

Verdemar complains about refinery pollution

Author: GBC

Date: 21 August 2014

The Spanish Environmental Group, Verdemar Ecologistas En Accion has filed a complaint against the emissions from the refinery. It claims these were particularly bad on Tuesday. The Group says it’s considering organising a protest if the Department of the Environment does not action its complaint.

Frontier queues sustained delays over 24 hours

Author: GBC

Date: 21 August 2014

Over 24 hours Gibraltar suffered one of the most sustained episodes of delays at the border since the PP took office in 2011. Car by car checks at the frontier were carried out up until midnight on Wednesday, and even as early as 7.30 on Thursday morning there were six lanes of traffic at the frontier loop.

VIDEO: GCSE pass rate down five percent from last year

Author: GBC

Date: 21 August 2014

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.

Cost to tax payer of Marrache defence lawyers - £3.84m & counting

Author: GBC

Date: 20 August 2014

So far the tax payer has forked out almost four million pounds in defending the now convicted Marrache brothers. The sum has been released today by the Government in response to questions by GBC and the Gibraltar Chronicle.

GCSE results tomorrow

Author: GBC

Date: 20 August 2014

Students will be able to collect their GCSE results from their respective schools as from 9.30 tomorrow morning. In an open letter to UK schools, the Chief Regulator of exams watchdog, Ofqual, said there could be greater variation in national results this year, due to educational reforms.

Spain trade deficit increases

Author: GBC

Date: 20 August 2014

Spain’s trade deficit has more than doubled since the same time last year – meaning that while Spanish exports increased by just point five percent, imports shot up by over five percent.

Watson recommends successors pursue EC letters to Spain

Author: GBC

Date: 20 August 2014

Former MEP, Sir Graham Watson, has recommended to his successors that they continue to pursue the publication of the European Commission’s letters to Spain, which currently remain secret. Sir Graham managed to gain access to the first letter sent last December, and subsequently published it, and believes the matter should be pursued through the European Parliamentary Ombudsman if the requests are refused.

Foreign Office registers complaint and CM describes queues as 'Irrational'

Author: GBC

Date: 20 August 2014

The Chief Minister has described Spain’s behaviour as ‘irrational’, and predicts that the imminent frontier works on the Spanish side will be used as an excuse to cause further disruption. The Foreign Office has issued a formal complaint to Spain, and will be taking the matter up with the European Commission.

Cannabis and Tobacco seized in Algeciras

Author: GBC

Date: 20 August 2014

43 kilos of cannabis resin and over one thousand five hundred packets of cigarettes have been seized in the port of Algeciras. The drugs and tobacco were found when the Guardia Civil searched those travelling from Ceuta and Tanger.

Spanish frontier works to disrupt traffic

Author: GBC

Date: 20 August 2014

Considerable diversions are expected to be needed to prevent disruption of traffic flow around the Frontier over the next six months. Works are to begin soon on the Spanish side of the border with the stated aim of facilitating frontier flow, in keeping with the recommendations of the EU Commission.

GBCA challenges UK Government on point of consumption tax proposal

Author: GBC

Date: 20 August 2014

The Betting and Gaming Association has filed a legal challenge to the UK Government’s proposals to introduce a point of consumption tax. The Association, which describes the proposed regime as ‘unlawful and disproportionate’, insists the new law will not protect consumers, but will do the exact opposite.

VIDEO: Crane falls at Beachview site

Author: GBC

Date: 20 August 2014

An investigation is underway as to why a crane collapsed while it was operating at the building site for Beachview Terraces, at the Aerial farm this afternoon. There were no injuries but the City Fire Brigade, had taken no chances, sending two appliances and its Emergency Ambulance.

New floating bathing pavilion launched

Author: GBC

Date: 20 August 2014

A new sea-water bathing pavilion has been inaugurated. Located next to the GASA complex in the harbour, it includes swimming pools for adults and toddlers as well as exercise facilities for all ages.

Operation Roadwatch: Significant number of offences disclosed

Author: GBC

Date: 19 August 2014

The Commissioner of Police expresses disappointment at the level of driver misbehaviour detected on our roads over a three week period.

Number Six rubbishes Mendez de Vigo 'billion Euro' claim

Author: GBC

Date: 19 August 2014

The Gibraltar government has rubbished statements attributed to Spain’s Minister for Europe that the country is losing out on one billion Euros in taxes every year because of Gibraltar’s fiscal regime. Iñigo Mendez de Vigo made the claims in an interview with Spanish newspaper ABC. But Number Six has countered these, saying they have no basis in reality.

Green MEP pays first visit to Gib

Author: GBC

Date: 19 August 2014

Gibraltar MEP Molly Scott-Cato has visited the Rock for the first time. The Green Economist has joined the Economics and Monetary Policy Committee and will deal with EU banking regulation and its impact on Gibraltar.

Number Six Publishes stats on Tobacco Seizures in Spain

Author: GBC

Date: 19 August 2014

Further to a series of press releases setting the record straight on tobacco related seizures in Spain, the Government has now published a number of documents setting out the statistics. They can be found on our 'documents' tab. Or following the links below:

Spain claims one billion Euros lost in taxes due to Gibraltar

Author: GBC

Date: 19 August 2014

Spain’s government claims it is losing out on one billion euros in taxes every year because of Gibraltar’s fiscal regime. The Spanish Ministry for Foreign Affairs also claims a conversation between David Cameron and Mariano Rajoy on Gibraltar, confirmed by the Foreign Office at the time, never actually happened.

Cactus conservation manual published by Botanic Gardens curator

Author: GBC

Date: 19 August 2014

A manual on the conservation of cacti has been published by the Curator of the Gibraltar Botanic Gardens. “Growing Cacti for successful ex situ conservation” was co-authored by Andrew Gdaniec and Dr Olwen Grace of the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew.

La Linea protestors gather at 'Solidario' parking

Author: GBC

Date: 19 August 2014

A handful of protestors gathered at the Spanish side of the border this morning in protest at the closure of the ‘Solidario’ parking area, which will now be developed by the Algeciras port authority.

Paintball facility opens at Lathbury Barracks

Author: GBC

Date: 19 August 2014

A new paintballing area was officially opened by Minister Steven Linares. Gibraltar Paintballing Association has welcomed their new facility ‘Europa Paintball’ at Lathbury Barracks.

The Convent launches website

Author: GBC

Date: 18 August 2014

The Convent has launched its own official website. The Mission Statement includes ensuring that the UK Government is aware of the views of the Government and people of Gibraltar, and developing a modern partnership between Britain and Gibraltar.

Lincoln win kicks of GFA season

Author: GBC

Date: 18 August 2014

The new GFA season kicked off on Saturday night with a one nil win for Lincoln Red Imps over Manchester 62. The only goal in the Pepe Reyes Cup was scored early in the second half by Iain Rodriguez.

Levanter Storms damage waterparks

Author: GBC

Date: 18 August 2014

Some of the waterparks at our beaches have not withstood the weekend's Easterly winds. The Tourist Board hopes to have them operational soon.

Waterparks suffer damage

Author: GBC

Date: 18 August 2014

Several of the inflatable waterparks at the beaches have been removed after being damaged by the bad weather and severe easterly winds over the weekend. Some of the units have been deflated and stored away, while others which had come loose and had ended up on the shore, have been temporarily secured.

SDGG start setting up Gibraltar Fair 2014

Author: GBC

Date: 18 August 2014

The 2014 Gibraltar Fair is starting to take shape as attractions and stalls are set up in the Naval Ground. The Self Determination for Gibraltar Group have a whole host of events in the lead up to National Day, with the Fair this weekend one of the highlights.

Government files complaint against Spanish OLAF adviser

Author: GBC

Date: 18 August 2014

The Government of Gibraltar has filed a complaint against an OLAF adviser for having broken confidentiality over details of last week’s report on tobacco smuggling. The complaint was against Mr Joaquin Gonzalez-Herrero who last week gave an interview to a Spanish newsagency.

Human Rights questions over Spain's policing of its borders with Morocco

Author: GBC

Date: 18 August 2014

The International NGO 'Human rights Watch' has criticised Spain's policing of its borders with Morocco.

Environmentally friendly proposals wanted for North Gorge

Author: GBC

Date: 18 August 2014

Tenders are being invited by the Government for the redevelopment of North Gorge into an eco-residential scheme.

GNDO prepares for World Show Dance Championships

Author: GBC

Date: 18 August 2014

The Gibraltar National Dance Organisation held an event on Friday to present the routines that will be performed by the National Team at the forthcoming IDO World Show Dance Championships.

Government denies it's exporting macaques to Vigo Zoo in Galicia

Author: GBC

Date: 17 August 2014

Vigo Zoo, says it expects to receive a family of macaques from Gibraltar next month. But the Government has denied this is the case, telling GBC it is making plans to export some macaques, but said there is no arrangement in place with Vigo Zoo.

Gibraltar International bank clears first regulatory hurdle

Author: GBC

Date: 15 August 2014

The Gibraltar International Bank has received approval in principle from the Financial Services Commission to its application for a licence. The executive team will now work to meet the conditions required for a licence to be granted, which relate, among others, to operating systems, staffing levels and premises.

Andalucia activates anti-Ebola protocol

Author: GBC

Date: 15 August 2014

The Junta de Andalucia has put protocols in place to monitor the health of people coming back from African countries affected by the Ebola outbreak. The Junta’s Health office has worked together with the Ministries of Health and Industry on the system.

Spanish public debt reaches one trillion

Author: GBC

Date: 15 August 2014

Spain’s public debt has now surpassed a trillion euros, according to data recently published by the Bank of Spain.

Unite calls for speedy resolution to ETB case

Author: GBC

Date: 15 August 2014

The Union Unite is calling for a swift resolution to the investigation into allegations of bullying at the Employment service. The Union says the length of time being taken for this investigation is not reasonable, and can be detrimental to both the alleged bully, and the complainants.

No 6 moves to counter Spanish tobacco propaganda

Author: GBC

Date: 15 August 2014

Number Six Convent Place has moved to counter the tide of anti-Gibraltar propaganda in the Spanish Press by asserting that more tobacco smuggling goes on in the Port of Algeciras than via the Gibraltar frontier, which only accounts for nine percent of total tobacco seizures in Spain.

Savannah Summer Festival back for a 4th year

Author: GBC

Date: 15 August 2014

The annual Savannah Summer Festival at Ocean Village will be coming to Gibraltar on Saturday 16th August.

Six years in prison for three Spanish drug smugglers

Author: GBC

Date: 14 August 2014

Three Spaniards have been sentenced to six years in prison after having pleaded guilty to importation, possession and intent to supply 325 kilos of cannabis.

Newton Faulkner, Ella Eyre & Reef join GMF lineup

Author: GBC

Date: 14 August 2014

Four more international acts have been announced for the line-up of the Gibraltar Music Festival.

OECD concerned about bribery in Spain

Author: GBC

Date: 14 August 2014

The OECD Working Group on Bribery has called on Spain to urgently strengthen its legal framework for fighting bribery. It says that unless there's significant progress by December, it will consider further appropriate steps, including the possibility of a High Level Mission to Spain.

Jazz Festival artists announced

Author: GBC

Date: 14 August 2014

The line-up for this year’s International Jazz Festival has been announced, with tickets now available from the Ministry of Culture at the City Hall.

No more tobacco licences, says Chief Minister

Author: GBC

Date: 14 August 2014

The Government has published the Chief Minister's Direction to the Trade Licensing Authority that it issue no further retail or wholesale tobacco licenses.

Another incursion by the Spanish Navy

Author: GBC

Date: 14 August 2014

There was another unlawful incursion into British Gibraltar Territorial Waters by Spanish naval vessel SPS Vigia on Thursday. The Royal Navy challenged the vessel which alleged, incorrectly, that it was in Spanish waters. The Spanish vessel subsequently departed local waters.

A-Level Results: Gib Schools perform well despite new UK pass threshold

Author: GBC

Date: 14 August 2014

Gibraltar’s A-level results have remained steady above the 95 percent pass rate, despite a UK Government initiative to tighten up the threshold of pass rates across the country. This year also saw a pupil from Westside School becoming the first ever to get four A Stars.

Guardia Civil arrested in drugs bust

Author: GBC

Date: 13 August 2014

A Guardia Civil officer is among over 50 people who have been arrested in Spain as part of an organised drug smuggling operation, it has been reported in the Spanish press.

Over £2,000 raised of Gib Mission Africa Ethiopia project

Author: GBC

Date: 13 August 2014

The recent Mr Gibraltar Natural Bodybuilding and Miss Figure Championships raised a total of two thousand, two hundred pounds for poor children in Openga, Ethiopia.

888 heralded pioneers following cross-border merger

Author: GBC

Date: 13 August 2014

888 has become the first gaming licence holder to merge with a Spanish gaming company after it was granted approval by the Supreme Court to merge with Apuesta Ganador Online. The merger was completed under the Gibraltar Cross Border Merger Regulations 2010 and represents a significant milestone for the Rock as a world leader in online gaming.

8 and 6 year sentences for 2.5 tonne cannabis haul

Author: GBC

Date: 13 August 2014

Four Moroccan nationals have received hefty prison sentences today after having pleaded guilty to smuggling two point five tonnes of cannabis resin into Gibraltar.

Hain tweet provokes fury on the Rock

Author: GBC

Date: 13 August 2014

Former UK Minister for Europe, Peter Hain, has waded back into the Gibraltar dispute with a tweet echoing statements made recently in the Spanish press.

Spain cold on ad hoc talks, says Spanish press

Author: GBC

Date: 13 August 2014

There's no way Spain will take part in talks in which Gibraltar has the same status as Spain and the UK. That's according to Spanish diplomatic sources quoted by Europa Press.

This Side Up to perform at the Gibraltar Music Festival

Author: GBC

Date: 13 August 2014

This years Gibraltar Music Festival competition results have been announced.

Govt and FCO await RGP investigation, as Spain accuses locals of 'illegal fishing'

Author: GBC

Date: 13 August 2014

The local fishermen involved in Saturday’s incident with the Guardia Civil have been accused by Spain of illegally fishing red tuna. The Gibraltar Government has responded saying this is an issue on which Spain could have easily worked with the Gibraltar authorities.

20 months behind bars for 54-year-old thief

Author: GBC

Date: 13 August 2014

A locally resident British woman has been sentenced to 20 months in prison after pleading guilty to eight counts of theft totaling over £190,000. 54-year-old Sally Harris of 4 Hospital Hill stole the money over several years from the company management firm she was employed with at the time.

UK 'optimistic' about ad hoc talks but Spain's tripartite 'red line' remains

Author: GBC

Date: 13 August 2014

There's no way Spain will take part in talks in which Gibraltar has the same status as Spain and the UK. That's according to Spanish diplomatic sources quoted by Europa Press. While the British Government is said to be optimistic that ad hoc talks could be held soon, Spain is reportedly insisting that the tripartite formula continues to be a "red line" for Madrid.

European Commission cuts fishing quotas for Spain and UK

Author: GBC

Date: 12 August 2014

The European Commission has cut fishing quotas for ten European nations, including Spain and Britain. 45 fish stocks were affected by the reductions. The quotas are announced on a yearly basis to address the damage done by overfishing in the previous