GBC NEWS

Saturday 01 November 08:39

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 year.

Spanish priest dies of Ebola Virus Disease

Author: GBC

Date: 12 August 2014

A Spanish priest has become the first European to die after being infected by the Ebola virus. Father Miguel Pajares was repatriated to Madrid last week and was being treated with an experimental drug, but he passed away on Tuesday morning.

Investigation underway into counterfeit Gibraltar football shirts

Author: GBC

Date: 12 August 2014

The Gibraltar FA is warning that counterfeit replica Gibraltar National shirts have been on sale on Main Street. In response to GBC questions, a spokesperson confirmed the police has been informed and HM Customs are investigating the matter.

VIDEO: Chief Minister says OLAF report vindicates everything Government has done to combat tobacco smuggling

Author: GBC

Date: 12 August 2014

The Chief Minister Fabian Picardo says the OLAF report concludes that the tobacco smuggling problem at the border arises purely because of the existence of criminal gangs in Southern Spain, and the corruption of public officials in the area, as well as the economic circumstances.

Independence of the Seas arrives in Gibraltar

Author: GBC

Date: 12 August 2014

The Independence of the Seas visited Gibraltar today. With a capacity of almost four thousand, it is by far the biggest cruise ship to have docked at the port this summer.

Government lends support to Natwest employees

Author: GBC

Date: 12 August 2014

The Government has offered its support to employees of Royal Bank of Scotland International/Natwest who are due to be made redundant following the recent announcement of cuts in various jurisdictions, including Gibraltar.

RGP remind public of Sandy Bay parking restrictions

Author: GBC

Date: 12 August 2014

The Royal Gibraltar Police is reminding people of the restrictions on parking near Sandy Bay. The RGP says since the introduction of traffic lights to allow parking on parts of Sir Herbert Miles Road, people are sometimes parking their cars indiscriminately, particularly at the weekends.

Chamber of Commerce meets with G.I.B Senior Executive team

Author: GBC

Date: 12 August 2014

The Chamber Of Commerce Board of Directors have met with the Senior Executive team of the Gibraltar International Bank to learnt how plans for the new bank are progressing.

Guardia Civil pointed gun at us, say local fishermen

Author: GBC

Date: 12 August 2014

Two local fishermen who were involved in an incident in the waters off Europa Point on Saturday have said a Guardia Civil officer pointed a gun at them and that their boat was rammed by the Spanish paramilitary vessel.

OLAF raises 'organised crime' concerns - Gib Govt welcomes report

Author: GBC

Date: 11 August 2014

The European Anti-Fraud Office, OLAF, has confirmed to GBC it has completed an investigation into tobacco smuggling in the South of Spain, and its link to the Gibraltar border. In a press statement, OLAF says one of the concerns raised in the report includes the indications of the involvement of organised crime. The Gibraltar Government has welcomed the report from OLAF, saying it predates the Commission statement describing border checks by the Spanish Government as disproportionate. It has published the European Commission’s latest recommendations to Gibraltar, and has challenged Spain to do the same.

Foreign Office minister resigns

Author: GBC

Date: 11 August 2014

Foreign Office minister Mark Simmonds has resigned. He has distanced himself from suggestions that his resignation is related to the Gaza conflict.

Perseid meteor shower and supermoon to light up the skies

Author: GBC

Date: 11 August 2014

One of the great celestial displays, the Perseid Meteor Shower, is visible in our night sky this week.

GHA authorises prescription of new breast cancer drug unavailable on the NHS in the UK

Author: GBC

Date: 11 August 2014

The Health Authority says a new drug used to treat breast cancer that will not be available on the NHS in the UK because it's too expensive, will be prescribed in Gibraltar if necessary. The drug, Kadcyla, may extend patients' lives by six months and will be prescribed locally depending on clinical need even though it won't be on the NHS.

GFA announces squad for first qualifier V Poland

Author: GBC

Date: 10 August 2014

The Gibraltar Football Association has announced Gibraltar's first ever senior squad line-up for a European Qualifier. Gibraltar will be facing Poland at 'home' in the Estadio Algarve on the 7th September.

RGP investigates Incident at sea as local fishing boat challenged by GC

Author: GBC

Date: 10 August 2014

The UK Government will be protesting to their Spanish counterparts after a Guardia Civil vessel attempted to exercise jurisdiction over a local boat off Europa Point on Saturday.

WHO declares Ebola outbreak an international health emergency

Author: GBC

Date: 08 August 2014

The World Health Organisation has declared the Ebola outbreak in west Africa an international health emergency, describing it as an "extraordinary event".

Superman actor to visit Gibraltar

Author: GBC

Date: 08 August 2014

Superman is coming to Gibraltar this autumn! The actor Henry Cavill, best known for playing the “Man of Steel” in the newest movie about the iconic superhero, will take part in the Royal Navy's Rock Run for the 350th anniversary of the Royal Marines.

VIDEO - Gibraltar's minimum wage now comparable with rest of Europe, says Government

Author: GBC

Date: 08 August 2014

The minimum wage in Gibraltar has now reached a level comparable with the rest of Europe, and need only continue to go up annually by the rate of inflation. That's the view of Employment Minister Joe Bossano, who says the government is now in a position to keep to its manifesto commitment of increasing the minimum wage by the inflation rate.

Heritage Trust has serious concerns about heritage conservation in Gibraltar

Author: GBC

Date: 08 August 2014

The Heritage Trust has said it still has serious concerns about heritage conservation in Gibraltar, although it’s praised the Government for opening up DPC meetings to the public.

Clubhouse International to receive Humanitarian Prize

Author: GBC

Date: 08 August 2014

Clubhouse International have been selected to receive the Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize of 1.5 million dollars. The global organisation – which has a Clubhouse locally – has been recognised for its work and support for the community.

Fire at old Police Barracks

Author: GBC

Date: 08 August 2014

There was a fire on Thursday night at the old Police Barracks building on Castle Road. It began a little after 11pm, with the Fire Brigade arriving on scene shortly afterwards.

Marrache investors unlikely to recover their money

Author: GBC

Date: 08 August 2014

Hundreds of small investors who lost money as a result of the fraud committed by the Marrache brothers are unlikely to recover their money.

Royal Marines clean monument

Author: GBC

Date: 08 August 2014

Three Royal Marines spent their afternoon cleaning up a monument to the UK’s Commando force in Ocean Village.

New Chairman of GFA Futsal elected

Author: GBC

Date: 08 August 2014

A new Chairman of the GFA’s Futsal has been elected by the membership following a meeting this week.

Government issues Ebola reassurance as Spain receives Europe's first confirmed case of disease

Author: GBC

Date: 07 August 2014

As Spain receives Europe's first confirmed case of the Ebola virus, the Gibraltar Government says the risk of the disease manifesting itself locally is extremely small. 75 year old Miguel Pajares (pictured), a Spanish missionary priest, tested positive for Ebola in Liberia and was flown to a Madrid hospital on Thursday morning under strict safety protocols. Meanwhile, enhanced precautionary measures have been implemented in Gibraltar even though the risk of encountering the disease is said to be extremely remote.

GSD accuses Government of hypocrisy on smoking ban

Author: GBC

Date: 07 August 2014

The GSD has accused the Government of hypocrisy and double standards on its smoking ban policy, and said it should admit it never intended to fulfil its commitment to a blanket ban.

GSD welcomes Commissions description of border delays as 'disproportionate'

Author: GBC

Date: 07 August 2014

The GSD says it welcomes the report in the press regarding the Commission’s description of the border delays as “disproportionate.

Neanderthals cooked and ate Rock Doves

Author: GBC

Date: 07 August 2014

Neanderthals captured, cooked and ate Rock Doves, the ancestors to the modern day feral pigeon. This was announced by the Gibraltar Museum at a press conference this afternoon at the John Mackintosh Hall. The news is yet another landmark discovery by the Museum team who’ve been researching this quite some time

Gibraltar Government welcomes Commission language on border queues

Author: GBC

Date: 07 August 2014

Number Six Convent Place has welcomed the intervention of the European Commission in the frontier problems, and the assertion that border checks by the Spanish Government are ‘disproportionate’. It says the Commission is talking the same language as the UK and Gibraltar, and the Chief Minister says he feels vindicated in his approach to tackling the border issue.

Two drug trials at the Magistrates Court

Author: GBC

Date: 07 August 2014

A local resident pleaded guilty to thirty charges including possession and intent to supply class ‘B’ and ‘C’ drugs, today at the Magistrates Court.

Mini jazz concert to be held at Commonwealth Park

Author: GBC

Date: 07 August 2014

Details for this year’s Jazz Festival will be announced at a mini-jazz concert at the Commonwealth Park bandstand next Wednesday Evening. The New Orleans Jump Band will be playing popular jazz numbers at the bandstand, and entrance to this mini-concert is free.

'Occupation' of Gibraltar cancelled by Spanish union

Author: GBC

Date: 07 August 2014

The “occupation” of Gibraltar planned by a Spanish workers’ union has been cancelled, after the union met with the Platform for a Humanitarian Frontier. A demonstration will be held instead in La Linea, protesting against social injustice, unemployment, and the frontier queues - as well as tax havens.

Spanish frontier controls are disproportionate, says European Commission

Author: GBC

Date: 06 August 2014

The European Commission is of the opinion that Spanish controls at the frontier are disproportionate. Following the July visit by the group of experts, the Commission has expressed serious concerns at the lack of progress from Spain, adding it’s also concerned at the complaints it continues to receive over lengthy queues.

Government tells EC it's 'very concerned' about Spain's proposed frontier workers permit

Author: GBC

Date: 06 August 2014

The government has told the European Commission that it's very concerned about Spain's intention to introduce permits for frontier workers. It's pointed out this would create special rights and privileges for one category of EU nationals over all others.

Five Spanish men caught in tobacco Red Zone

Author: GBC

Date: 06 August 2014

Two Spanish men pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of almost ten thousand cigarettes at the Magistrates Court.

Spain's proposed frontier workers permit 'makes absolutely no sense' Chief Minister says

Author: GBC

Date: 06 August 2014

The Chief Minister says Spain's proposed permit system for cross-frontier workers, which is expected to come into effect in October, makes absolutely no sense in the modern age.

Minimum wage to increase to £6.15 from September

Author: GBC

Date: 06 August 2014

The minimum wage will increase to £6.15 as from the 1st of September. The change announced in the Gazette contradicts the rise from £6.00 to £6.11, announced by the Chief Minister in the budget. Fabian Picardo had also announced the rise would come into effect on the 1st of August.

Baroness Warsi resigns over Gaza

Author: GBC

Date: 05 August 2014

Foreign Office Minister Baroness Warsi has resigned saying she can no longer support the British Government's stance on Gaza. Baroness Warsi, who has often answered questions on Gibraltar in the House of Lords, announced her departure on Twitter where she has been very vocal in her condemnation of Israel's actions.

Heritage Trust 'Concern' at colonial house demolitions

Author: GBC

Date: 05 August 2014

The Heritage Trust says it's concerned about the number of ex-MoD quarters in the South District that are being bought by millionaires from abroad who then either demolish them, or deface them by building an extension that destroys the character of the original building.

VIDEO INTERVIEWS - No more 'exemptions' planned says Govt, as GSD questions smoking 'U-turn'

Author: GBC

Date: 05 August 2014

The Government has made clear it plans to make no more 'exemptions' to the smoking ban in public places, other than the one for the Casino.

Gun salute marks official CBF handover

Author: GBC

Date: 05 August 2014

An eleven gun salute signalled the start of the new Commander British Forces’ term on the Rock. Commodore Ian McGhie officially took over from Commodore John Clink at a ceremony at the Naval Base this morning.

Supreme Court denies Marraches additional 'Appeal' funding

Author: GBC

Date: 05 August 2014

Lawyers acting for the three convicted Marrache brothers have been denied extra funding for their Appeal by the Supreme Court.

Incursion by Spanish Navy

Author: GBC

Date: 05 August 2014

Early Tuesday afternoon, there was another illegal incursion into British Gibraltar Territorial Waters by the Spanish Navy.

Campo unemployment down

Author: GBC

Date: 05 August 2014

Unemployment in the Campo area went down in July for the third month running. There were one thousand 229 fewer people out of work last month than in June, with Algeciras and La Línea the cities registering the best figures.

National Week Classical Concert in September

Author: GBC

Date: 04 August 2014

This year’s National Week Classical Concert will be held on Monday the First of September at St Michael’s Cave. It will feature guitarist, Jose Maria Gallardo Del Rey, Conductor Dorian Wilson and the European Symphony Orchestra.

Three Spaniards on bail following arrest for chase at sea

Author: GBC

Date: 04 August 2014

Three Spaniards are on bail after they were have arrested following a chase at sea early on Friday morning. 37 year old Diego Lopez Ragel was arrested together with 36 year olds Angel Gomez Rivero and Manuel Rojas Pacheco when the RGP boarded their 10 metre RHIB off the Detached Mole.

Local woman jailed for eight months for making threats to kill

Author: GBC

Date: 04 August 2014

A 30 year old local woman has been sentenced to eight months in prison after having been found guilty of making threats to kill and carrying a bladed article. Francheska Gosnay of Mallard House was arrested in May last year.

Flowers of Gibraltar Stamps issued

Author: GBC

Date: 04 August 2014

A set of seven stamps depicting endemic flowers of Gibraltar has been issued by the Government and the Philatelic Bureau. The flowers featured have been photographed by photographer Leslie Linares, the secretary of the Gibraltar Photographic Society.

Linares at WWI Commemorations in Glasgow

Author: GBC

Date: 04 August 2014

The Minister for Culture, Steven Linares, has represented the Government at the World War One Commemorations in Glasgow. The events were led by the Prince of Wales and David Cameron, and included representatives of Commonwealth countries and the overseas territories.

Spain will come under pressure to reverse frontier policies, says Gibraltar MEP

Author: GBC

Date: 04 August 2014

Conservative MEP Ashley Fox says Spain will come under increasing pressure to reverse its frontier policies when the new European Commission is appointed in the Autumn.

Organisers tout Cinema Under the Stars success

Author: GBC

Date: 04 August 2014

A new generation of children were introduced to the classic movie "E.T." this weekend, with two evenings of Open Air Cinema held at the Alameda Gardens Open Air Theatre. The Cinema Under the Stars event saw the award-winning Steven Spielberg film shown on Friday and Saturday nights.

Conservative MP accuses Spain of using Gibraltar

Author: GBC

Date: 04 August 2014

A Conservative member of the UK Parliament has accused Spain of using the issue of Gibraltar to complicate other negotiations with Britain. In a blog post also carried by right-leaning online magazine The Commentator, former Cabinet member John Redwood MP said Spain's wish to keep its own North African enclave of Ceuta violates arguments it uses to advance its claim to Gibraltar.

VIDEO - EC ruling 'hugely significant', says Picardo

Author: GBC

Date: 04 August 2014

The Chief Minister has described the European Commission's ruling that Gibraltar has not breached any environmental legislation in relation to bunkering, the eastside reclamation and the artificial reef as "hugely significant".

Governor and Chief Minister bid farewell to Commodore Clink

Author: GBC

Date: 01 August 2014

A farewell ceremony was held today for the outgoing Commander British Forces, Commodore John Clink. The Governor and the Chief Minister, along with the Deputy Chief Minister thanked Commodore Clink for his service to Gibraltar for the last 2 years.

9th International Harley Davidson Rally

Author: GBC

Date: 01 August 2014

The 9th International Harley Davidson Bike Rally roared onto the Rock this weekend. Casemates Square saw a static display of a variety of motorcycles, with participation from countries all over Europe.

Gibraltar's New Movement launched

Author: GBC

Date: 01 August 2014

A new pressure group has been formed to highlight what it calls the harassment and bullying of Gibraltar by the Spanish government. The group – Gibraltar’s New Movement – says it is keen to raise the profile of Spain’s incursions into British Gibraltar Territorial Waters, the disproportionate frontier delays, and other challenges to the Rock’s sovereignty.

Government defends proposed Parliament lift

Author: GBC

Date: 01 August 2014

The government has responded to the Heritage Trust, that has objected to plans to install a lift on the exterior of the Parliament building. The government notes that the view of the Development and Planning Commission was that by making certain alterations, the lift's impact would be acceptable.

German Police has a taste of how RGP police waters

Author: GBC

Date: 31 July 2014

The German Police has had a taste of how the RGP polices Gibraltar waters. German Police trainees have in recent months gained experience locally.

No agreements of co-operation between Junta and Gib on health

Author: GBC

Date: 31 July 2014

There are no agreements of co-operation between La Junta de Andalucia and Gibraltar on health, although it’s an area being looked into. This according to the Junta’s spokeswoman for health, who was replying to written questions by PP MPs.

Scheme to collect waste domestic cooking oil launched

Author: GBC

Date: 31 July 2014

A pilot scheme to collect waste domestic cooking oil door to door has been launched by local company Steel-mac-oil. The project aims to offer an easy environmentally friendly way of disposal, whilst tackling the problem that affects Gibraltar.

Smoking to be allowed in parts of the Casino

Author: GBC

Date: 31 July 2014

Smoking is to be allowed once again in parts of the Casino. The government has today published a Bill to amend the Smoke-Free Environment Act under which smoking has been banned in most enclosed public spaces since October 2012.

Suspended prison sentences for 2 men guilty of GBH

Author: GBC

Date: 31 July 2014

Two local men have been given suspended prison sentences after being found guilty of causing Grievous Bodily Harm.

GSD concerned over Natwest job loses

Author: GBC

Date: 31 July 2014

The GSD has expressed concern that up to 15 Natwest employees could lose their jobs. Deputy party leader Damon Bossino said his thoughts are with those on the front line, adding he hopes these people can be absorbed in other areas as soon as possible.

Verdemar to send EU further info over Eastside project

Author: GBC

Date: 31 July 2014

The Spanish environmentalist group, Verdemar Ecologistas en Accion says it will be sending the EU further information to support its complaints against Gibraltar’s Eastside project.

The Group For A Humanitarian Frontier 'let down' by Andalusian Workers Union

Author: GBC

Date: 31 July 2014

The Group for a Humanitarian Frontier says it feels let down by the news that the Andalusian Workers Union is planning a protest in Gibraltar, seeing as the Union’s Spokesman, Diego Cañamero supported the Group in a cross border protest against the frontier Queues in January.

180 Spanish incursions in less than five months, says Baroness Warsi

Author: GBC

Date: 31 July 2014

Spanish State vessels have carried out a total of 180 incursions into British Gibraltar Territorial Waters between the 1st of March and the 22nd July this year. This was revealed by Foreign Office Minister Baroness Warsi in the House of Lords.

15 employees to lose their jobs at Natwest

Author: GBC

Date: 30 July 2014

Natwest Gibraltar has announced 15 potential job losses as part of a strategic review announced in February. The bank - an RBS International organisation - is ending its association with the Gibraltar local clearing service.

SDGG release details of National Day Rock Concert

Author: GBC

Date: 30 July 2014

The details of this year’s National Day Rock Concert have been announced by the organisers, the Self Determination for Gibraltar Group. The Concert is co-ordinated by J2 Productions, and will be held at Casemates Square, with live music starting from 9.30 in the evening on the 10th of September.

No need for alarm in Gibraltar over Ebola, says Kumar

Author: GBC

Date: 30 July 2014

The Director of Public Health, Vijay Kumar, says there's no need for alarm in Gibraltar over the Ebola outbreak that has killed more than 670 people in West Africa.

Long time friend of Gibraltar, Richard Wells, remembered

Author: GBC

Date: 30 July 2014

The Government of Gibraltar has paid tribute to Richard Wells, a long-time friend of Gibraltar, who recently passed away. Mr Wells served in the European Commission in the 70’s and then in the Department of Trade and Industry.

Heritage Trust challenges Parliament lift

Author: GBC

Date: 30 July 2014

The Gibraltar Heritage Trust is challenging the Government’s proposal to install a lift at the Parliament Building, claiming the move should not be allowed under the Heritage Trust Act. The Trust says the installation of a lift as proposed would impair the integrity and character of the building and they cannot therefore support the current plans.

Forms available for Spanish frontier pass

Author: GBC

Date: 30 July 2014

With informational posters already up, cross-frontier workers can now apply for the new pass system. According to Spanish press reports, the ruling Partido Popular has set aside over seven million Euros for the project, with works set to start in September.

VIDEO - Cross-frontier workers and pressure group react to pass system

Author: GBC

Date: 30 July 2014

The Defenders of Gibraltar and the Group for a Humanitarian Frontier have both criticised the system proposed by Spain of special passes for cross-frontier workers, calling it "discriminatory", and referring to it as a "divide and conquer" policy.

GSD would reverse decision to site stadium at Europa Point

Author: GBC

Date: 30 July 2014

The GSD has commited itself to reversing any decision to site a Football Stadium at Europa Point. It says it would do this whether the project obtains planning permission or not, as it feels it would not be the best decision for the community.

Leisure Cinemas launch digital and 3D screenings

Author: GBC

Date: 29 July 2014

Leisure Cinemas has re-opened with new digital equipment and 3D showings. This follows major works undertaken by the company totalling close to two hundred thousand pounds. Management is hoping to introduce more Event Cinema to the Rock, which will see the community involved in a number of interactive projects and unique cultural screenings.

Risk for Spain in shifting away from diplomatic pressure on Gibraltar?

Author: GBC

Date: 29 July 2014

The European Commission has tacitly acknowledged that Spain has taken a risk in shifting away from political and diplomatic pressure on Gibraltar, towards actions that are challengeable in law. This according to the Gibraltar Chronicle newspaper.

Man in court for possession of air rifle

Author: GBC

Date: 29 July 2014

A man has appeared before the Magistrate’s Court charged with possession of an air rifle. John Daniel Dickinson of 1/5 Lime Kiln steps was also charged with possession of ammunition without a firearm certificate and possession of 14.78 grammes of Cannabis.

Guardia Civil Director General calls tightened frontier controls 'tedious but necessary'

Author: GBC

Date: 29 July 2014

The Guardia Civil’s Director General has described the tightened controls at the frontier as tedious, but necessary. He told journalists in Spain there are few arguments against them, seeing as last year over a million packets of cigarettes were confiscated and already this year the figure is around the 350 thousand mark.

Gibraltar Finance exhibits at Insurance Conference Southern Africa

Author: GBC

Date: 29 July 2014

Gibraltar Finance is exhibiting for the first time at the Insurance Conference Southern Africa, held this year in Sun City. The annual conference is one of the largest gatherings of insurance professionals in Southern Africa, with over a thousand attendees from 23 countries last year.

Number Six discussing frontier pass with British Government

Author: GBC

Date: 29 July 2014

The Government says it’s in close discussions with its legal advisors and with the British Government on the question of Spain issuing special passes to cross-frontier workers. Number Six points out this practice will apply mainly to EU Nationals who live in Spain and work in Gibraltar, the bulk of whom are Spanish.

Seven acts compete to perform on GMF 2014 Main Stage

Author: GBC

Date: 29 July 2014

Seven acts are competing for a place on the Main Stage at this year’s Gibraltar Music Festival, alongside stars like Rita Ora and The Script. The acts you can vote for are: Georgia Thursting, Orfila, Art Fan Delay, This Side Up, Jonny Tristram, Dubtonez and Orange Peel.

Spain to issue special passes to cross-frontier workers

Author: GBC

Date: 29 July 2014

Spain is to issue cross-frontier workers with a special pass that will enable them to jump the queue at the Gibraltar-La Línea border. The permits will be issued to Spanish residents who have a contract to work in Gibraltar and residents of the Rock who work in Spain.

Cortes opens Mediterranean sustainability conference

Author: GBC

Date: 28 July 2014

A two-day conference on sustainablity opened on Monday morning at the Caleta Hotel. It's being hosted by the government, and brings together experts from numerous Mediterranean countries including Italy, Greece, Spain and Tunisia as well as Gibraltar.

Schengen Police system to assist in concrete block theft investigation

Author: GBC

Date: 28 July 2014

The Royal Gibraltar Police will be receiving assistance by the Schengen Police co-operation system in its investigation into the theft of a concrete block from British Gibraltar Territorial waters. This, according to Panorama, which claims the RGP would have made the Schengen request to the Spanish authorities.

Heritage Trust says Remembrance Sunday should be observed at Cross of Sacrifice

Author: GBC

Date: 28 July 2014

The Heritage Trust has called for November’s Remembrance Sunday to be observed at the Cross of Sacrifice at North Front again. In recent years this commemoration has moved from the Cross of Sacrifice to the Gibraltar War Memorial on Line Wall Road.

Spanish union announces plans to 'occupy' Gibraltar

Author: GBC

Date: 28 July 2014

A radical anti-capitalist Spanish union has announced plans to protest in Gibraltar this August, referring to the demonstration as an “occupation”. The Andalusian Workers’ Union refers to Gibraltar as a fiscal paradise and a colonial enclave, and plans to protest its use as a British military base.

First World War 100th anniversary commemorated

Author: GBC

Date: 28 July 2014

A service of commemoration and remembrance on the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War One took place at John Mackintosh Square on Monday morning. A two minute silence was observed during the multi faith ceremony.

Gibraltar's under-18 Men's basketball team wins silver in Andorra

Author: GBC

Date: 28 July 2014

Gibraltar has won the silver medal in the under-18 Men's European Championship "C" Division held in Andorra over the past week. They beat Wales, Malta and San Marino on their way to the final, that they lost to Monaco.

Government and Unite form working group to discuss GDC strategy

Author: GBC

Date: 27 July 2014

The Government and Unite the Union have reached an agreement to form a joint working group to discuss the future strategy of the Gibraltar Development Corporation. Number Six has been working closely with Unite on resolution to long standing issues.

Government claws back 3000 square metres in Naval Grounds development

Author: GBC

Date: 27 July 2014

Works to create residential and commercial premises, as well as parking facilities, at the old Naval Grounds site are scheduled to begin in September, if planning permission is granted. The multi-million pound project will be carried out by Commercial Developments Investments Limited, pending approval by the Development and Planning Commission.

Heritage Award nominations invited

Author: GBC

Date: 27 July 2014

The Gibraltar Heritage Trust is inviting nominations from the public for this year’s Heritage Awards. The awards are given for outstanding sensitivity or contribution to Gibraltar’s heritage, and can be given to a person, a group or company.

A slightly late but great Sunset Festival

Author: GBC

Date: 27 July 2014

Chambao headlined the inaugural Sunset Festival this Saturday at the Victoria Stadium MUGA Complex. Andy y Lucas, Los Rebujitos, Radio Macandé, Miguel Sáez & Mario Mendes, This Side Up, Holly April and Jetstream also performed.

Commonwealth Games: Day Three

Author: GBC

Date: 26 July 2014

Gibraltar participates in Swimming, Shooting and Squash on Day Three of the Commonwealth Games in Scotland.

New £15 coins to be issued

Author: GBC

Date: 26 July 2014

New £15 silver circulating coins are to be issued. They shall bear the effigy of the Queen, with the Rock of Gibraltar in the background. The Gibraltar Silver Royal will depict the Coat of Arms on the reverse.

New road named Temple Way

Author: GBC

Date: 26 July 2014

Gibraltar has named a new road. The service road giving access to the Engineer Lane car park from Engineer Lane and the passageway from the car park, along the escalator to Castle Ramp, will be called Temple Way.

Largest arms haul ever found in Spain, found in Malaga

Author: GBC

Date: 26 July 2014

The Guardia Civil has discovered one of the largest arms caches ever found in Spain, in Malaga.

No breach of EU environmental law in Gibraltar, says Brussels

Author: GBC

Date: 25 July 2014

The European Commission DG Environment has ruled against Spain, finding Gibraltar has not breached EU law in its bunkering activities, the Eastside project or in creating the Artificial Reef. The Gibraltar Government has welcomed the EU's decision, which comes after Spain made complaints to Brussels last summer.

Narcotics Anonymous 3rd annual convention this weekend

Author: GBC

Date: 25 July 2014

The Gibraltar Home Group of Narcotics Anonymous is holding its 3rd annual convention this Sunday. The event will run all day at the Europa Retreat Centre. An “Open Meeting” will also take place at 5pm and the group is inviting addicts and non-addicts alike to attend.

Commonwealth Games Day Two

Author: GBC

Date: 25 July 2014

Day two for Team Gibraltar at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow Scotland has in the main been a quiet affair, with just Swimming and Squash in official competition. At the swimming pool Colin Bensadon competed for a second day in two events, while fifteen-year-old Christina Linares made her Games debut in the 50m free style.

VIDEO - Gibraltar International Bank on track to open at year's end

Author: GBC

Date: 25 July 2014

The Gibraltar International Bank is on track to open at the end of the year. The bank’s directors are currently recruiting for a host of jobs, their IT system is under development, and their premises at 310 Main Street – next to the Ince’s Hall – are being refurbished.

WW1 100th anniversary to be commemorated

Author: GBC

Date: 25 July 2014

Gibraltar will mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War on Monday. A special multi-faith service will be held at John Mackintosh Square as from 11am. The Chief Minister Fabian Picardo will read a proclamation on its importance and commemoration.

Gibraltar's Euro 16 qualifier against Germany moved to Nuremberg

Author: GBC

Date: 25 July 2014

Gibraltar's away match to Germany in the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign has been moved from Bremen to Nuremberg. Gibraltar is due to play the newly-crowned world champions on Friday 14th November, but the venue has been switched after the cash-strapped local government in Bremen, the smallest of Germany's 16 states, asked for financial assistance to help pay for police deployments.

Moratinos accuses PP of near-fascist policy on Gibraltar

Author: GBC

Date: 25 July 2014

Former Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos has claimed that if Spain had pursued his policy on Gibraltar, the present crisis in relations would have been avoided. Mr. Moratinos, who was in office with the PSOE when the Tripartite Forum was created a decade ago, says the current situation has been triggered by the near-fascist policy of the Partido Popular.

Algeciras fire burns through the night

Author: GBC

Date: 25 July 2014

Over a hundred fire fighters worked through the night to extinguish a fire which broke out in Algeciras last night. The strong westerly winds have kept the blaze alight for more than 12 hours; it’s destroyed a large area of woodlands, but hasn’t claimed any casualties.

GFA presents environmental impact assessment on new design for proposed new stadium

Author: GBC

Date: 24 July 2014

The Gibraltar Football Association has presented an environmental impact assessment on a new design for the proposed new football stadium. GBC understands one of the considerations taken on board is that the stadium be sunken in to the ground but that the preferred venue continues to be Europa Point.

Commonwealth Games Day One

Author: GBC

Date: 24 July 2014

Gibraltar’s athletes have gotten off to a busy start at the 20th Commonwealth Games. The action got underway in squash, where Anthony Brindle managed to win his first round match.

VIDEO: Ramadan ends tomorrow.First public breaking of the fast - for all.

Author: GBC

Date: 24 July 2014

The local Muslim community opened its mosque doors to the public, inviting the whole of Gibraltar to partake in a custom known as ‘Iftar’. It’s a tradition that forms part of the holy month of Ramadan in the Islamic calendar, and it’s the breaking of fast at sunset. Ramadan ends tomorrow evening with the feast of Eid al-Fitr.

VIDEO: Removal of reef not on GSD's agenda

Author: GBC

Date: 24 July 2014

On the first anniversary of the creation of the artificial reef off the runway, the Opposition has stated that removing the reef is not on its agenda, but added that any responsible government must act in the best interests of Gibraltar.

British man fined £5,000 for tobacco possession and transportation

Author: GBC

Date: 24 July 2014

A Spanish resident has been fined £5,000 after pleading guilty to the illegal possession and transportation of 50,000 cigarettes. British national, Nicholas Thomas Ellis of Santa Margarita, also had his vehicle forfeited.

Hearing loss awareness campaign launched

Author: GBC

Date: 24 July 2014

The dangers of noise-induced hearing loss were the subject of an awareness campaign held at Casemates Square. Free ear plugs were given out to passers-by, with information also available on how to avoid damaging your hearing.

Local man and juvenile charged with illegal tobacco storage

Author: GBC

Date: 24 July 2014

A local man and a 17 year old have been jointly charged with the illegal possession and storage of 70,000 cigarettes. Francis David Mercieca, of Laguna Estate, pleaded not guilty to both charges. The juvenile pleaded guilty to storage but not to possession of the tobacco.

Order of Merit for Charlie Flower

Author: GBC

Date: 23 July 2014

The President of the Commonwealth Games Gibraltar has been awarded the Gold pin and Order of Merit Award from the Commonwealth Games Federation.

National Day Celebrations; details of events

Author: GBC

Date: 23 July 2014

The Self Determination for Gibraltar Group has given details of the events planned for National Day. The celebrations will again be held at Casemates Square. The National week Beer Festival will take place on Friday the 29th of August.

RGP issue BB gun amnesty

Author: GBC

Date: 23 July 2014

Owners of BB Guns, which are illegal in Gibraltar, can hand theirs in to police until Wednesday without being charged. In an effort to clamp down on the possession of the weapon locally, the Royal Gibraltar Police has announced an amnesty starting today. It follows a number of incidents involving BB Guns.

GFSB and GIB meet to discuss business community's banking needs

Author: GBC

Date: 23 July 2014

The Federation of Small Businesses and the Gibraltar International Bank have met to discuss the banking needs of the business community.

Government & GSD clash over power supply

Author: GBC

Date: 23 July 2014

The Government and Opposition have again crossed swords over the issue of power generation. The Government claims the GSD would increase costs of doing business in Gibraltar by at least 40 percent in respect of electricity. For its part, the GSD, calls for a debate on the appropriateness of a universal subsidy asking whether it’s right that the tax payer should subsidise by 40 percent the electricity cost of a millionaire wishing to heat his pool.

Spanish Professor says Gibraltar issue is a lost cause

Author: GBC

Date: 23 July 2014

A University Professor of International Law has declared his belief that relations over Gibraltar are at one of their lowest ebbs, and there seems to be little hope of a resolution.

ex-PSOE politicians denounce PP policy on Gibraltar

Author: GBC

Date: 23 July 2014

Three Spanish socialist ex-Parliamentarians who were very prominent at the time the Tripartite Forum for Dialogue was devised have denounced the policy of the present Partido Popular government on Gibraltar.

Museum lecture on WW1 to be held this Friday

Author: GBC

Date: 23 July 2014

A special Museum lecture is to be held on Friday, to commemorate the start of the First World War. Titled “Europe goes to war: the outbreak of the First World War”, it will be delivered by Dr Matthias Strohn, a senior war studies lecturer at the Sandhurst Royal Military Academy.

Feetham talks of dialogue & damaging PP politics

Author: GBC

Date: 22 July 2014

The Leader of the Opposition delivered a speech in Los Barrios on Tuesday evening at an event jointly organised by Mar Del Sur and Union de Europeistas de Andalucia. Mr Feetham spoke about the need for dialogue within well-established red lines, and how the politics of Spain’s Partido Popular Government is actually damaging the economy in the Campo de Gibraltar.

Government publishes 1999 power station report

Author: GBC

Date: 22 July 2014

The Government has published a report written in 1999 that highlighted to the then GSD administration that, by 2010, engines at the Waterport Power Station would be unable to cope with demand. The “Strategic Review of the Electricity Department” recommended that Waterport generators be replaced by 2009.

Phase two for beach facilities underway

Author: GBC

Date: 22 July 2014

Work has continued on our beaches to ensure they are accessible to all. The last phase of beach improvements has seen the Care Agency and the Tourist Board working together to produce a dove tailed product so that everyone can really enjoy the summer.

Man charged as RGP investigates offensive social media comments

Author: GBC

Date: 22 July 2014

A local man has appeared in court charged with having published material on Facebook that could stir up religious hatred. 31 year old Lance Napoli was arrested by the RGP, which is investigating a number of cases of comments made online, largely relating to events in the Middle East.

Feetham calls on Picardo to share blame for recent spate of power cuts

Author: GBC

Date: 22 July 2014

The Leader of the Opposition has called on the Chief Minister to share the blame for the recent spate of power cuts. Responding to comments made by Fabian Picardo in a GBC interview on Monday night, Daniel Feetham has reiterated the GSD are only partly to blame for today's power cuts.

Frontier car park in La Linea closed

Author: GBC

Date: 22 July 2014

The car park on the Spanish side of the frontier has been closed down today. The Parking Solidario, run by a group of unemployed, on the wasteland by the loop into Gibraltar, is used daily by hundreds of cross-frontier workers. There were angry scenes this morning when car park attendants arrived at six to find the parking closed to give way to works on a multi-storey car park.

Chief Minister breaks ground for World Trade Center Gibraltar

Author: GBC

Date: 22 July 2014

The Chief Minister has officially broken ground at the World Trade Center site, next to the Victoria Stadium. The seven storey office block is set to be ready by Spring 2016.

GSD 'vindictively' pursuing Joanna Hernandez, says Picardo

Author: GBC

Date: 22 July 2014

The Chief Minister has accused the Opposition of pursuing a “vindictive” agenda against ETB employee, Joanna Hernandez. Fabian Picardo says an investigation is ongoing, which complies with the procedures his Government put in place to tackle questions of bullying in the workplace.

Margallo advocates ad-hoc talks but interprets this to mean bi-lateral negotiations

Author: GBC

Date: 21 July 2014

The Spanish Foreign Minister has again advocated bi-lateral talks, but has this time labelled them “ad hoc”. Jose Manuel Garcia Margallo told journalists in Spain the he was in favour of ad hoc talks between Spain and the UK that would respect the wishes of the people of Gibraltar.

Chief Minister stands by his views on power generation

Author: GBC

Date: 21 July 2014

The Chief Minister has reiterated his view that as far as power generation is concerned, his Government has struck the right deal for the future of Gibraltarians. Fabian Picardo claims the cost of electricity under the GSD model would have been unaffordable.

Feetham won't close door to removal of concrete blocks

Author: GBC

Date: 21 July 2014

The Leader of the Opposition has said he believes it’s possible to speak abroad with a united front as the fundamentals are the same. Speaking on Radio Gibraltar on his Direct Democracy Right of Reply, Daniel Feetham said he would not close the door to the removal of the concrete blocks, if it meant a positive outcome for Gibraltar.

New Diocesan Bishop appointed

Author: GBC

Date: 21 July 2014

The next Anglican Bishop of Gibraltar in Europe has been commissioned and consecrated at Canterbury Cathedral.

Small fire at Halifax Road

Author: GBC

Date: 21 July 2014

The City Fire Brigade had to attend to a small fire at Halifax Road this afternoon. The fire which had started in the linen trolley of a launderette was extinguished in under two minutes.

Oldest Gibraltarian dies at 107 years old

Author: GBC

Date: 21 July 2014

A woman believed to have been the oldest living Gibraltarian, has died. Phyllis Farrugia is pictured here at the celebration of her last birthday – her one hundred and seventh. She died peacefully of old age, in the early hours of Friday morning.

Gibraltar at the Commonwealth Games

Author: GBC

Date: 21 July 2014

Gibraltar’s athletes are in Glasgow to compete in the 20th Commonwealth Games, which gets underway on Wednesday. Almost 30 athletes, the largest contingent sent by the Rock, will compete in nine sporting events.

Two men imprisoned in Spain for scam on Jyske Bank

Author: GBC

Date: 21 July 2014

Two men have been sentenced to prison time in Spain after being convicted of scamming the Gibraltar branch of a private bank. In response to GBC questions, Jyske Bank Gibraltar has confirmed its involvement in the case, but declined to comment further.

Port Authority recruits five new Vessel Traffic specialists

Author: GBC

Date: 21 July 2014

The Gibraltar Port Authority has recently recruited and trained an additional five Vessel Traffic System operators to complement its existing team of specialists. The VTS system is used to monitor all ship movements in and around British Gibraltar Territorial waters.

ERG urges Gibraltar to respond to Gaza crisis

Author: GBC

Date: 20 July 2014

Equality Rights Group ERG is calling on Gibraltar to respond with its usual generosity to the United Nations’ urgent call for assistance to the victims of the current crisis in Gaza. It asks everyone to focus on the human beings who are at the receiving end of the conflict rather than the politics and who’s to blame.

Double Gold for Santos Choir in Riga

Author: GBC

Date: 20 July 2014

Santos Production Choir has come away from the World Choir Games in Riga, Latvia with a haul of two gold and one silver medal. It won the golds in the "Pop" and "Gospel" categories and the silver in "Songs of Spirit and Faith".

GSD welcomes Hammond appointment

Author: GBC

Date: 18 July 2014

The Opposition has welcomed that the new Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond's previous post was Secretary of State for Defence, saying this means he's aware of the important role played by Gibraltar within the UK's defence infrastructure.

VIDEO: Yet another power cut

Author: GBC

Date: 18 July 2014

Another blackout – the third in eight days – affected all of Gibraltar on Friday morning. The power cut started a little before ten in the morning. The Government has told us the cause of the power cut was that a construction company cut through major distribution cables.

Polish students cycle from Dulwich to Gibraltar for charity

Author: GBC

Date: 18 July 2014

Two Polish students from Dulwich College, London have completed a charity cycle from the UK to Gibraltar. The fundraising initiative was called Cycle with Michael as the participants shared the name. Their aim is to raise money for Diabetes UK and the Mark Evison Foundation.

Further statistical proof that Frontier queues are deliberate, says Government

Author: GBC

Date: 18 July 2014

There’s further proof that the queues at the border are being deliberately generated by the Spanish authorities, according to the Government.

Part VII transfers now possible between UK and Gibraltar insurers

Author: GBC

Date: 18 July 2014

Gibraltar insurers can now carry out Part VII transfers with the United Kingdom. After having worked closely with the UK Treasury, the Foreign Office and the Financial Services Commission, the Government says it’s now received written confirmation from the Treasury that such transfers can take place.

San Roque debate: Feetham snubbed by La Linea mayor

Author: GBC

Date: 18 July 2014

Mayor of La Linea, Gemma Araujo, has snubbed the Leader of the Opposition, Daniel Feetham, by refusing to take part in a public debate with him in San Roque. The Mayor, together with the Mayor of San Roque, were scheduled to take part in a ‘round table discussion’ hosted by the University of Cadiz on the subject of cross-border relations.

Border queues flare up again

Author: GBC

Date: 18 July 2014

Queues flared up again on Friday with reported waiting times of up to five hours to cross over into Spain. Even as early as 9am, the border loop was already full with all six lanes of cars.

British Ambassador to Madrid summoned

Author: GBC

Date: 18 July 2014

It has emerged that Spain has summoned the British Ambassador to Madrid, Simon Manley, in protest at the summoning of Federico Trillo. According to the “El Mundo” newspaper, the Spanish Foreign Ministry intends to issue a public statement following the meeting with Mr Manley.

New Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond remarks on EU issues

Author: GBC

Date: 17 July 2014

In his first public remarks since being appointed Foreign Secretary in this week's Cabinet reshuffle, Philip Hammond has said he's confident the UK can get a deal and reform the European Union.

Cameron raises Gibraltar with Rajoy

Author: GBC

Date: 17 July 2014

The Foreign Office has confirmed that the Prime Minister David Cameron also raised Gibraltar with his Spanish counterpart Mariano Rajoy last night.

Government welcomes summoning of Spanish Ambassador & Cameron/Rajoy Gibraltar talks

Author: GBC

Date: 17 July 2014

The Government has welcomed the summoning of the Spanish Ambassador and also that Mr Cameron has raised Gibraltar with the Spanish Prime Minister.

VIDEO - Steel Pulse "overwhelmed" with Gibraltar's reggae culture

Author: GBC

Date: 17 July 2014

Ahead of Friday' concert, the Steel Pulse lead singer, David Hinds, has told GBC he’s overwhelmed with Gibraltar’s strong reggae culture, and the spiritual bonds that keep the musical genre alive on the Rock.

Ambassador summoned after Spanish Navy attempted interference with Gibraltar economy

Author: GBC

Date: 17 July 2014

The Foreign Office has summoned the Spanish Ambassador to the UK to underline serious concern at the activity of a Spanish Navy vessel in international waters off Gibraltar yesterday. Last night the Prime Minister also raised Gibraltar with Prime Minister Rajoy in the margins of the EU Council meeting. The FCO says he "made clear to Mr Rajoy that there must not be a repeat of last summer’s disruption".

Spaniard jailed for eight months for cocaine possession

Author: GBC

Date: 17 July 2014

A Spanish man has been sentenced to eight months in prison after having pleaded guilty to importing just over 4.7 grammes of cocaine into Gibraltar. 38-year-old Juan Jesus Fernandez Sanchez also pleaded guilty to possession of just under 7g of cocaine.

Local man charged with carrying butterfly knife

Author: GBC

Date: 17 July 2014

A local man has appeared in the Magistrates' Court charged with public possession of an offensive weapon - namely, a butterfly knife. Sasha Garcia, of South Barrack Road, was also charged with possession of one 10mg diazepam tablet, and 0.8g of cocaine.

Two years in prison for BetVictor's former financial director

Author: GBC

Date: 17 July 2014

Christopher Paul Forster, formerly Financial Director at BetVictor, has been sentenced to two years in prison for fraud and theft totalling just under £90,000 from the company, owned by Victor Chandler International.

Mid Town Development application to go before DPC

Author: GBC

Date: 16 July 2014

An application for planning permission has been made to the Development and Planning Commission in relation to the Mid Town Development at the Naval Ground. The project will include luxury office and residential spaces as well a recreational park and public parking.

Governor to visit Tourism Ministry offices

Author: GBC

Date: 16 July 2014

The Governor is to pay a visit to the offices of the Minister for Tourism, Commercial Affairs, Public Transport and the Port. The visit, next Tuesday, forms part of Sir James Dutton’s ongoing familiarisation with the community.

Gibraltar Fair preparations

Author: GBC

Date: 16 July 2014

Arrangements are underway for the Gibraltar Fair which will be held from Saturday 23rd to Sunday 31st August at the Naval Ground.

Gibraltar's Jehovah's Witnesses to take part in conference

Author: GBC

Date: 16 July 2014

Gibraltar’s Jehovah’s Witnesses will be taking part in a three-day conference at the Carranza Stadium in Cadiz later this month. The Convention, themed ‘Keep Seeking First God’s Kingdom’, will bring together Witnesses from the whole region.

Over 700 kilos of cocaine seized in Algeciras

Author: GBC

Date: 16 July 2014

More than 700 kilos of cocaine have been seized in a Guardia Civil operation in the Port of Algeciras. The drugs were found in three shipping containers coming from South America.

VIDEO - Ombudsman office praised by UK Association

Author: GBC

Date: 16 July 2014

The Public Services Ombudsman has been praised by the UK-based Ombudsman Association for its close contact with the community.

Tender for Grand Battery refurbishment published

Author: GBC

Date: 16 July 2014

A tender notice has been published for Phase Two of the refurbishment at Grand Battery. The Government is inviting tenderers to submit applications for the works – these include new pavings, drainage, lighting, CCTV and balustrading.

Hammond replaces Hague as Foreign Secretary

Author: GBC

Date: 15 July 2014

William Hague has stepped down as Foreign Secretary and has been replaced by former Defence Secretary Philip Hammond. The move forms part of a broad reshuffle of UK government posts.

More power cuts triggered by 'damaged equipment'

Author: GBC

Date: 15 July 2014

Another blackout – the second in a week – has affected all of Gibraltar, although power has now been fully restored. The power cut started at around nine thirty and all of Gibraltar was without power for approximately an hour. Power was restored gradually throughout different districts. The Government has confirmed that the source of the power cut is damaged equipment at the Waterport Power Station which can make the whole grid trip at any time if there’s a surge in demand.

EU Commission recommends principles for online gambling

Author: GBC

Date: 15 July 2014

The European Commission has recommended principles to ensure effective protection of consumers in the online gambling industry. The Commission’s Recommendation sets out a number of principles that Member States are invited to take up in their gambling regulations.

RGP Operation Roadwatch looks to curb offences and accidents

Author: GBC

Date: 15 July 2014

The Royal Gibraltar Police says Operation Roadwatch is curbing offences carried out by motorists, however many avoidable ones continue to occur.

Local woman charged with robbery

Author: GBC

Date: 15 July 2014

A local woman has been arrested and charged with robbery. This follows a Royal Gibraltar Police investigation into a number of robberies that occurred in April. 43-year-old Fabiola Alman appeared before the Magistrates' Court, charged with two counts of robbery and one of attempted robbery.

GSD says Government's power policy "in tatters"

Author: GBC

Date: 15 July 2014

The GSD says the Government’s policy on power supply is in “tatters”. It claims the latest power cut shows these are a serious problem affecting not just Gibraltar’s quality of life, but its business community.

VIDEO - 27 Gibraltar athletes to take part in Commonwealth Games

Author: GBC

Date: 15 July 2014

Twenty-seven athletes will be taking part across nine events as part of Gibraltar’s Commonwealth Games contingent. The squad will be travelling to Glasgow this week, and is the largest contingent ever sent to the games from Gibraltar.

Gibraltar looking ahead to World Cup Champions Germany in November says Bula

Author: GBC

Date: 14 July 2014

The Gibraltar National Football Squad is excited at the prospect of playing the World Cup Champions in November. Germany won the World Cup last night beating Argentina by a goal to nil in extra time – They are placed in the same Euro Qualifiers Group as Gibraltar and will be facing them twice, home and away.

National Week Programme announced

Author: GBC

Date: 14 July 2014

This year’s National Week Programme has been announced today, with the 4th Junior International Chess Festival starting off the festivities from the 21st of August at the Caleta Hotel.

Feetham to publicly debate with mayors of neighbouring Spain

Author: GBC

Date: 14 July 2014

The Leader of the Opposition will be joining the Mayors of the neighbouring region on Friday in a public debate on the Frontier hosted by the University of Cadiz. GBC understands the Mayors of La Linea and San Roque have already confirmed they will be taking part, and the University is waiting for confirmation from the Mayor of Algeciras.

Meeting the UEFA challenge off the pitch

Author: GBC

Date: 14 July 2014

The Rock’s leading players have already tasted European football in the Champions & Europa Leagues, but UEFA membership also poses significant organisational challenges. In an event organised by EY, a panel of international speakers addressed representatives of the Football Association, its clubs, lawyers and accountants to discuss what is expected of Gibraltar, off the pitch, as a full UEFA member.

Chief Minister meeting Overseas Territories leaders in Caymans

Author: GBC

Date: 14 July 2014

The Chief Minister is meeting with the UK Overseas Territories this week in the Cayman Islands to discuss the agenda for the next meeting of the Joint Ministerial Council in London in December.

Mail on Sunday claims Gibraltar link with Russian oligarch's London properties

Author: GBC

Date: 13 July 2014

A Gibraltar-based company is listed as the owner of one of several multi-million pound properties in London belonging to little-known Russian oligarch Andrey Goncharenko. The Mail on Sunday says it’s obtained documents that show MCA Shipping (Gibraltar) is the listed owner of 102 Eaton Square in Belgravia that was sold for 15 million pounds.

Busy weekend at Naval Base

Author: GBC

Date: 11 July 2014

This weekend is set to be busy at HM Naval Base with visits from two Royal Navy ships. HMS Enterprise is on her way to the Gulf to gather data to be sent to the UK Hydrographic Office.

Chief Minister faces off against Spain's NO1 Chess player

Author: GBC

Date: 11 July 2014

Fabian Picardo faced Spain’s number 1, Grandmaster Paco Vallejo Pons, to promote the launch of a new chess web platform. The games were short lived.

BetClic redundancies

Author: GBC

Date: 11 July 2014

The Gibraltar based gaming company BetClic is carrying out a review of its operations on the Rock, and GBC understands, it’s considering closing them down. Employee family members have posted on Facebook that around 60 jobs will be lost.

Purpose built viewing platform for events launched

Author: GBC

Date: 11 July 2014

A new purpose built viewing platform will be used tomorrow for the first time. The Ministry of Culture and Ministry of Equality have been working together on this for the past year, after realising that wheelchair users were unable to see parades and local events.

Heritage Trust welcomes Upper Rock facelift

Author: GBC

Date: 11 July 2014

The Heritage Trust has welcomed the announcement of a facelift programme for the upper rock. The trust says that over the years it’s been advocating the need for investment, and more recently, through the litter committee, has been involved in the clean up of a number of batteries.

Commonwealth Park Rules published

Author: GBC

Date: 11 July 2014

A set of new rules governing the use of Commonwealth Park have now come into effect. The published list aims to clarify and reinforce the rules letting people know how to behave in the park.

Four Spaniards plead guilty to importation of a BB gun

Author: GBC

Date: 11 July 2014

Four Spanish men appeared in the Magistrates’ Court on Friday charged with the illegal importation and possession of a BB gun and a number of fireworks. They had been in custody since Thursday afternoon, and were freed on a conditional discharge for six months.

Five in court over alleged illegal sale of tobacco worth £150,000

Author: GBC

Date: 11 July 2014

Four Gibraltarians and one Spaniard have appeared in the Magistrates’ Court in relation to the alleged illegal sale of over £150,000 worth of tobacco. The charges relate to an RGP operation on the 2nd of May at the shop Goddess Limited, in Waterport Terraces.

Picardo & Feetham address Chamber on Budget

Author: GBC

Date: 11 July 2014

The Chief Minister has reiterated his claim that the government is delivering very prudent economic growth. Speaking at a Chamber of Commerce post-Budget dinner last night, Fabian Picardo said that since the GSLP/Liberals took office recurrent revenue has gone up by 43% whereas recurrent expenditure has risen by only 37%. For his part Daniel Feetham, who also gave an address, insisted that what the Budget doesn't show is the opaque investment of 400 million pounds by the Gibraltar Savings Bank in Credit Finance Company Limited.

VIDEO REPORT - Another blackout

Author: GBC

Date: 10 July 2014

A power cut left the whole of Gibraltar without electricity on Thursday evening. The fault occurred at about 8.20pm; the Electrity Authority confirmed it had been another total blackout and immediately deployed technicians to attempt to return power.

Picardo stresses importance of dialogue after meeting in Spanish Parliament

Author: GBC

Date: 10 July 2014

The Chief Minister has returned to Gibraltar after several days in Seville and Madrid, where he met with newspaper editors and representatives of numerous political parties.

Borders & Coastguard Agency and RGP sign memorandum of understanding

Author: GBC

Date: 10 July 2014

The Borders and Coastguard Agency and the Royal Gibraltar Police have signed a memorandum of understanding. The Memorandum aims to formalise cooperation in information sharing, combatting terrorism as well as handling traffic flow in and out of Gibraltar.

Deputy Mayor to visit Madeira

Author: GBC

Date: 10 July 2014

The Deputy Mayor, Kaiane Aldorino, will meet the mayor of Funchal during a visit to Madeira next week. A programme of events has been organised, which includes a reception hosted by the Camera Municipal and visits to Madeira’s historical and tourist sites.

Bishop Ralph Heskett installed as Bishop of Hallam, Sheffield

Author: GBC

Date: 10 July 2014

Bishop Ralph Heskett has been installed as Bishop of Hallam in Sheffield today. The ceremony took place at the Cathedral Church of St Marie in the presence of the Papal Nuncio to Great Britain and the Leader of the Catholic Church in England and Wales.

No additional security measures in Gibraltar Airport following extra checks at UK airports

Author: GBC

Date: 10 July 2014

No additional security measures have been introduced for flights from Gibraltar despite the extra security checks at UK airports. This follows an apparent terror threat, which prompted the United States to announce extra security.

Sikorski commemoration to mark Liberator aircraft crash in Gibraltar

Author: GBC

Date: 10 July 2014

The Polish Community has commemorated the death of General Sikorski and all 17 people who died on board the Liberator aircraft, which crashed into the sea off Gibraltar in 1943.

Chief Justice rules on Manos Limpias defamation

Author: GBC

Date: 10 July 2014

The Chief Justice Anthony Dudley has ruled on the defamation action brought by the Chief Minister against Spanish trade union Manos Limpias.

Bleak future for Gibraltar retail and wholesale, says Chamber

Author: GBC

Date: 10 July 2014

The Chamber of Commerce says while Gibraltar’s overall economy may be excelling, the future looks bleak for Gibraltar’s retail and wholesale sector. In its response to the Budget, the Chamber also called for reliable commonly-agreed economic indicators.

2nd Gibraltar Pride event this weekend

Author: GBC

Date: 09 July 2014

This weekend will see Gibraltar’s 2nd ‘Pride’ event take place. The festival’s ethos is ‘diversity and equality’. It will celebrate physically and mentally challenged citizens, ethnic groups, Gibraltar’s LGBT communities and different faiths.

CBF proud of sovereignty patrols by visiting Royal Navy ships

Author: GBC

Date: 09 July 2014

The Commander British Forces, Commodore John Clink, has said he's proud that Royal Navy ships visiting Gibraltar now explicitly state that they're carrying out sovereignty patrols. He described incursions by Spanish State vessels as "inappropriate" and "very frustrating".

St Mary's School flooded by burst pipe

Author: GBC

Date: 09 July 2014

Parents and pupils at St Mary’s School arrived on Wednesday morning to find the school had flooded overnight due to a burst water pipe. The Government has guaranteed that repairs to any damage caused by the flood will take place over the summer holidays.

Picardo tells El Pais anything other than dialogue would be 'absurd'

Author: GBC

Date: 09 July 2014

The Chief Minister has said it’s “absurd” to consider any other way forward with Spain except dialogue. In an opinion piece in the Spanish national newspaper El Pais, Fabian Picardo says there’s an absolute lack of dialogue from the Spanish government at the moment, despite Gibraltar’s willingness to participate in ad hoc talks.

EU Single Skies vote inconsistent with EU Treaties, says Goodwill

Author: GBC

Date: 09 July 2014

The UK Government has reiterated its disappointment that the European Parliament voted to suspend Gibraltar from the Single European Skies project. Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport, Robert Goodwill, said the position is inconsistent with the EU Treaties, which are clear that Gibraltar is part of the EU.

£3m project to develop Upper Rock

Author: GBC

Date: 09 July 2014

Ministers Neil Costa and Dr John Cortes have today unveiled a three million pound programme to re-invent and regenerate the Upper Rock tourist product for both tourists and locals. The highlight will be a series of ‘trails’ which will diversify the experience for different types of visitors. The upgrade should be completed in the next year.

Isola cautiously optimistic about growth in gaming jobs

Author: GBC

Date: 09 July 2014

During the recent Budget session, the government announced that over 1,000 new gaming jobs have been created since it came into office. Albert Isola says it's comforting to see growth in the industry but warned it is one undergoing constant change.

Summer Sports & Leisure Programme launched

Author: GBC

Date: 08 July 2014

The Summer Sports and Leisure Programme gets underway next week. Now in its 15th year, this summer will see youngsters well and truly catered for, with a number of traditional sports and unique leisure activities for over a month. Old favourites and new activities have been organised to make it a can’t-miss programme this year.

Lidington - Gibraltar's voice will be heard at the UN

Author: GBC

Date: 08 July 2014

The UK will continue to ensure that the views of Gibraltarians are heard at the United Nations, and that the realities of Spain’s actions are widely understood. This has been asserted by Minister for Europe, David Lidington in the House of Commons.

MoD and Unite struggle for breakthrough in pay deal talks

Author: GBC

Date: 08 July 2014

Tensions are mounting between the Ministry of Defence and Unite the Union, although GBC understands both sides are trying to find a way forward in the dispute over a pay claim.

Garcia tells MEPS to 'remain vigilant' over Rock's interests

Author: GBC

Date: 08 July 2014

The Deputy Chief Minister Joseph Garcia has told MEPs in Brussels that they need to be vigilant of Gibraltar's interests in the European Union given the continuing campaign by Spain to undermine our position. Meanwhile, the new Gibraltar Office in Brussels is expected to be open in the next six months.

Joint Forces carry out disaster response exercise in Gibraltar

Author: GBC

Date: 08 July 2014

Around 100 civilian and military personnel from across the Army, Navy and Air Force are currently on the Rock to complete a Humanitarian Aid Disaster Response Exercise.

Russian burglar arrested on European warrant

Author: GBC

Date: 08 July 2014

A Russian man who’d escaped from burglary charges in France has been apprehended in Gibraltar on a European arrest warrant. Lasha Abramishvili had been sentenced to two a half years’ imprisonment in his absence.

GNDO bring back silver and bronze medals from Dance World Cup

Author: GBC

Date: 07 July 2014

Team Gibraltar has returned with medals from the Dance World Cup held over a week in Portugal.

Port fee reductions introduced

Author: GBC

Date: 07 July 2014

Minister for Tourism, and the Port, Neil Costa says the introduction of new port fee discounts will further enhance the competitiveness of the Port of Gibraltar. The new port regulations came into effect last Thursday, and include a 75% reduction on tonnage dues for vessels calling at the eastern anchorage for the purpose of obtaining provisions, stores, spares and crew changes.

Chief Minister meets with Spanish Opposition in Madrid

Author: GBC

Date: 07 July 2014

The Chief Minister is in Spain for a number of engagements in Seville and Madrid. The Spanish press is claiming Fabian Picardo’s visit is designed to lobby politicians on the Gibraltar question and the queues at the frontier.

Spain blocks UK European Arrest Warrant opt back

Author: GBC

Date: 07 July 2014

Spain is blocking Britain’s efforts to opt back in to the European Arrest Warrant, reportedly over Gibraltar. The system controls the extradition of criminal suspects between EU member states; police chiefs consider it to be a vital tool for bringing serious criminals to justice.

Outgoing Bishop of Gibraltar leaves the Rock

Author: GBC

Date: 07 July 2014

The outgoing Bishop of Gibraltar, Ralph Heskett, has left the Rock today ahead of being installed as Bishop of Hallam in Sheffield on Thursday. He told GBC he felt overwhelmed by the community’s outpouring of kindness in recent weeks. It is not yet known who his successor will be. In the first instance an apostolic administrator will carry out the function in an acting capacity.

Marrache Liquidators welcome trial outcome

Author: GBC

Date: 07 July 2014

One of the Liquidators of the collapsed law firm, Marrache & Co has welcomed the outcome of the fraud trial: Adrian Hyde says the prison sentences for the Marrache brothers reflect the importance Gibraltar places on its reputation as a finance centre.

Deputy Chief Minister for meetings with EC & European Parliament

Author: GBC

Date: 07 July 2014

The Deputy Chief Minister has placed the continuing controls at the frontier at the top of his agenda for meetings with the European Commission and in the European Parliament.

16 year old charged with causing grievous bodily harm

Author: GBC

Date: 07 July 2014

A 16 year old has appeared in the Magistrates’ Court charged with causing grievous bodily harm and using threatening behaviour, in a case dating back to May of this year. Two other 16 year olds are also charged with using threatening language, in relation to the same incident.

Your Flight route to Marrakech cancelled

Author: GBC

Date: 04 July 2014

Flights between Gibraltar and Marrakech have not lasted three months.

Local groups react to budget announcements

Author: GBC

Date: 04 July 2014

The Chief Minister has described the economy as buoyant and says this had been a game-changing budget. The community is taking stock of what the announcements mean to them and what type of impact the measures might have.

Unite supports Gibraltar's first official Pride event

Author: GBC

Date: 04 July 2014

Unite the Union is supporting Gibraltar’s first official Pride event on the 12th of July. Pride 2014 is an Equality Rights Group initiative supported by the Government.

Parliament supports Freedom of the City for Sir Graham Watson

Author: GBC

Date: 04 July 2014

Parliament has unanimously supported a motion by the Chief Minister to confer the Freedom of the City of Gibraltar to former Liberal Democrat MEP, Sir Graham Watson. Fabian Picardo said Sir Graham went beyond the call of duty in supporting the interests of the Gibraltarians.

Interpol takes up concrete block theft, says Picardo

Author: GBC

Date: 04 July 2014

The Chief Minister says the Gibraltar Government has behaved responsibly in the way it has reacted to the theft of a concrete block from the artificial reef in Gibraltar’s waters. Fabian Picardo says this was a criminal act reported to the RGP, and has now been taken up by Interpol.

Flights to Marrakech discontinued by Your Flight

Author: GBC

Date: 04 July 2014

Flights between Gibraltar and Marrakech have not lasted three months. The company has announced the route will be discontinued with immediate effect.

Benjamin Marrache sentenced to 11 years in prison, Isaac & Solomon to 7

Author: GBC

Date: 04 July 2014

The Judge hearing the Marrache fraud trial has sentenced Benjamin Marrache to eleven years in prison. Solomon & Isaac Marrache will serve seven years.

Marrache RGP commendations

Author: GBC

Date: 03 July 2014

Police Commissioner Eddie Yome has joined the Attorney General in commending the legal team comprising John McGuinness QC, Senior Crown Counsel Damian Conroy and Crown Counsel Ishbel Armstrong for their work on the Marrache case.

Picardo's budget reply - jobs, growth & buoyant mood

Author: GBC

Date: 03 July 2014

The Chief Minister brought this year's Budget session to a close this afternoon. Fabian Picardo told Parliament Ministers have made their speeches very much "in the thick of delivering manifesto commitments". He said with huge growth in the gaming industry and more jobs for Gibraltarians, the nation is in a “buoyant” mood.

Cinema Under the Stars in August

Author: GBC

Date: 03 July 2014

An evening of Open Air Cinema will be on offer in August. The initiative by Big Man Entertainment aims to provide a unique experience at the Alameda Gardens Open Air Theatre.

VIDEO: Local MoD employees hold protest over allowance claim

Author: GBC

Date: 03 July 2014

Around 200 local Ministry of Defence employees held a demonstration outside the Naval Base, organised by Unite the Union’s local branch. It’s the first step towards industrial action, in an ongoing dispute primarily over a pay addition claim.

Lincoln remain positive after 1:1 Champions League draw

Author: GBC

Date: 03 July 2014

Lincoln Red Imps have drawn their first ever UEFA Champions League match 1:1. While praising his opponents HB Tórshavn of the Faroe Islands, Lincoln’s Manager Mick McElwee says his team will remain positive and will push for a goal in the away leg.

Large fire at Queensway Quay. Luxury yacht burnt

Author: GBC

Date: 02 July 2014

The City Fire Brigade had to recall extra personnel to tackle a fire on a luxury yacht at Queensway Quay. Three appliances were sent to the scene. The flames could be seen from the Upper Town, as well as black smoke. Fire officers had to use foam. This was the second crew that had to be called out as one was still monitoring the aftermath of the fire at the Devil's Tower Road Hostel.

VIDEO REPORT: Major fire in Queensway Quay, luxury yacht burnt

Author: GBC

Date: 02 July 2014

There was a major fire on a luxury yacht late last night at Queensway Quay. No one was injured but what started out as a small fire turned into massive flames that could be seen from the Upper Town.

European Commission delegation visit frontier

Author: GBC

Date: 02 July 2014

A report on the visit by a European Commission delegation to the frontier is expected after the summer. The delegation emphasised that the recommendations to both Spain and Gibraltar are not legally binding but aim to put peer pressure on the countries concerned, within the EU.

Marrache brothers found guilty, Leanne Turnbull walks free

Author: GBC

Date: 02 July 2014

The judge in Gibraltar's longest ever-criminal trial returned a ruling on Wednesday afternoon. Benjamin and Solomon Marrache have been found guilty of two counts of conspiracy to defraud millions of pounds pertaining to clients of the collapsed law firm Marrache & Co. Isaac Marrache has been found guilty of one count of conspiracy to defraud. Leanne Turnbull has been found not guilty of both counts.

Concerned Citizens peaceful protest at border on Wednesday

Author: GBC

Date: 01 July 2014

The Concerned Citizens Group will be holding a peaceful protest at the frontier to coincide with the visit from the EU inspectors. The group already held several peaceful protests in Brussels earlier this year and says it’s working hard to get the message of the inhumane and bullying tactics by the Spanish Government across to the relevant parties

Marrache verdict on Wednesday

Author: GBC

Date: 01 July 2014

On Wednesday afternoon a verdict is expected in Gibraltar's longest ever criminal trial. Isaac, Benjamin and Solomon Marrache, together with Leanne Turnbull, have pleaded not guilty to two counts of conspiracy to defraud millions of pounds pertaining to clients of the collapsed law firm Marrache & Co.

Government and Opposition row over tweet

Author: GBC

Date: 01 July 2014

The Opposition has criticised a tweet made by the Chief Minister and the fact that it was sent during a Parliamentary session. Fabian Picardo tweeted “Jaime Netto bores for Britain during Gibraltar budget session #yawn"

UK should "rein in Spain", Defenders of Gibraltar tell Lidington

Author: GBC

Date: 01 July 2014

The Defenders of Gibraltar, together with ASCTEG, For A Humanitarian Border and the VOGG were amongst the groups which met with David Lidington. The Defenders of Gibraltar expressed their concerns regarding the continued harassment and bullying of Gibraltarians and cross-frontier workers by the Spanish Government, using free movement as a weapon.

RGP Officers injured during arrest

Author: GBC

Date: 01 July 2014

Two Police Officers have been injured while conducting an arrest in the area of Laguna. A man has been arrested and remains in Police custody.

Fire in Devil's Tower Road Hostel

Author: GBC

Date: 01 July 2014

There’s been a major fire at the Devil’s Tower Road Hostel on Wednesday afternoon. The porter and an RGP officer, who was first on the scene, required hospital treatment for smoke inhalation.

VIDEO - UK not "sitting on the fence", says Lidington

Author: GBC

Date: 01 July 2014

The Minister for Europe said the last thing the present UK Government has been doing is “sitting on the fence”, in response the report published by the Foreign Affairs Committee. On his visit to Gibraltar, David Lidington stressed the importance of formal protests, and said the UK had not ruled out the possibility of taking legal action against Spain.

Foreign Affairs Committee report urges the UK to 'get off the fence' and stand up for Gibraltar

Author: GBC

Date: 01 July 2014

Spain’s behaviour towards Gibraltar is unacceptable and it’s time for the British government to get off the fence and take a tougher line. That’s the overriding message of a hard-hitting, 60-page report drawn up by the Foreign Affairs Committee of the House of Commons and published today.

GBC Audience Survey results

Author: GBC

Date: 30 June 2014

94.4% of those polled in an audience survey commissioned by the GBC board, consider the broadcaster to be vital, very important or important to the Community.

VIDEO REPORT - The Budget 2014 - CM reports 'record breaking economic results'

Author: GBC

Date: 30 June 2014

The contract for the new power station has been awarded to Bouygues Energy Services - the same company the GSD administration signed a contract with in 2011. However, this contract is for a gas power station costing 75 million pounds, 52 million less than the diesel power station which the GSD had committed itself to. This announcement was made by the Chief Minister during his budget address this morning. Mr Picardo said the nation's finances were in great shape, with a 65m budget surplus, and Gibraltar now third in the world ranking of GDP per capita. He also revealed the forecast for this year showed the economy would grow by 10.3%.

VIDEO REPORT - Budget 2014 - Opposition warns against 'extravagant spending'

Author: GBC

Date: 30 June 2014

The Leader of the Opposition has accused the Government of extravagant over spending. In his budget address, Daniel Feetham warned of huge increases in recurrent expenditure, saying Fabian Picardo was mortgaging Gibraltar to the hilt to pay for the promises his party had made at the last election. And, he added, part of the mortgage was being kept away from the estimates with the Government shifting Government debentures, which rank as Government debt, into the Gibraltar Savings Bank's books.

VIDEO: Government reports concrete block stolen from BGTW

Author: GBC

Date: 30 June 2014

The Government has reported a concrete block as stolen to the Royal Gibraltar Police. The report of theft follows the moving of a concrete block that was sunk in British Gibraltar Territorial waters, from the western side of the Rock into Spanish waters. A group for the defence of the Spanish Nation, La Fundacion de Denaes has taken the credit, saying it’s done what the Spanish Government was unable to do.

Commander of Joint Forces: 'the MOD will not give an inch on Gibraltar’s territorial waters'

Author: GBC

Date: 27 June 2014

One of the most senior Generals in the British Armed Forces has told GBC that the MOD will not give an inch on Gibraltar’s territorial waters. General Sir Richard Barrons, Commander of Joint Forces Command, who is in Gibraltar to visit the local operations, says the armed forces will enforce sovereignty over Gibraltar’s waters as it has done throughout its history.

Govt. defends appointment of Jason Cruz

Author: GBC

Date: 27 June 2014

The Government has defended the appointment of Jason Cruz saying he was the only Gibraltarian in Hong Kong with an intimate, high-level working knowledge of its commercial sector. Yesterday the Oppositon expressed concern at the appointment with the Government today describing the statement as the height of hypocrisy.

Foreign Office investigates reports of unlawful incursion into BGTW

Author: GBC

Date: 27 June 2014

The Foreign Office is looking into reports of an unlawful incursion this evening. A Guardia civil vessel pursued two jet skis from the eastside, around Europa Point and into Rosia.

Convent Open Day tomorrow

Author: GBC

Date: 27 June 2014

The Convent will be opening its doors to the public again tomorrow. Sir James and Lady Dutton will be hosting the Convent Open Day on Saturday 28th June.

'Superficial' wins 2014 Young Enterprise competition

Author: GBC

Date: 27 June 2014

Local company ‘Superficial’ has won this year’s Young Enterprise competition. The scheme aims to develop entrepreneurs and equip young people with transferrable skills and knowledge.

Security is prime focus of 2014/15 Policing Plan

Author: GBC

Date: 27 June 2014

The security and safety of Gibraltar is the prime focus of the Policing Plan for 2014 to 2015, with other highlighted areas including the tackling of crime and the policing of roads, as well as the RGP’s service to the community and the efficient use of its resources.

Chief Minister to move motions to award 27 people

Author: GBC

Date: 27 June 2014

The Chief minister proposes to move motions at the next meeting of Parliament for three separate awards to recognise the efforts of 27 different people.

15 new RGP officers in passing out parade

Author: GBC

Date: 26 June 2014

15 new officers are now part of the Royal Gibraltar Police following an intense 17 weeks foundation course. The passing out parade was recently held at John Mackintosh Square. Three officers were also recognised for improved fitness, academia and for being the best all around recruit.

UN International Day against Drug Abuse

Author: GBC

Date: 26 June 2014

Today is the International Day against Drug Abuse, and it comes with a message of hope. The United Nations is emphasising that drug use disorders are preventable and treatable – a message the Government says is in keeping with its priorities.

Regiment Reservists support Uniform to Work day

Author: GBC

Date: 26 June 2014

You may have seen Royal Gibraltar Regiment Reservists wearing their uniform in their places of work. The initiative aims to demonstrate the strong contribution to our Armed Forces by military Reservists and highlight the diversity of Civilian Employment.

Feetham again questions Cruz appointment following Parliament exchange

Author: GBC

Date: 26 June 2014

The Opposition says its concerned that a well known GSLP supporter is going to be earning around 250 thousand pounds for a role which hasn’t been advertised in the public domain. The issue came up during Parliament question time yesterday.

2nd Gibunco Gibraltar International Literary festival launched

Author: GBC

Date: 26 June 2014

The second Gibunco Gibraltar International Literary Festival will be held on the Rock from Friday the 14th of November to Sunday the 15th. The festival was launched today by the Minister for Tourism, Neil Costa who announced some of the speakers and performers.

14 year old sentenced to five weeks in prison

Author: GBC

Date: 26 June 2014

A 14 year old has been sentenced to five weeks in prison after having pleaded guilty to common assault, threatening behaviour and two counts of possession of an offensive weapon – namely, a pickaxe and a crutch.

FCO confirms Lidington Monday visit

Author: GBC

Date: 26 June 2014

The Minister for Europe, David Lidington, will be in Gibraltar on Monday and Tuesday. This has been confirmed by the Foreign office today. The aim of the visit is to assess the Gibraltar Spain border first hand, as well as to meet with the Government.

Guilty verdict in Supreme Court drugs supplying case

Author: GBC

Date: 26 June 2014

A locally resident man has been convicted of supplying drugs, after a trial at the Supreme Court. A jury of nine unanimously found Miguel Antonio Velasco de los Reyes guilty of two counts of supplying Class C drugs, as well as five counts of possession and four of intent to supply.

Frontier Access closed as suspect parcel investigated

Author: GBC

Date: 25 June 2014

Access to and from the frontier was closed late on Wednesday night as police and the Royal Gibraltar Regiment carried out three controlled explosions on a suspect parcel on the runway. This is the second incident of its kind in a week. GBC understands the source of concern was a car which sources say was parked near the Defence Fire Service headquarters by the runway. The Royal Gibraltar Police has confirmed it dealt with a "security issue" but assured there was no danger to the public.

Police rules out 'abduction' following frontier 'lockdown'

Author: GBC

Date: 25 June 2014

The RGP has been able to dismiss reports of the possible abduction of a child following an operation and investigation on Wednesday evening.

Environment Minister no longer shareholder in Wildlife Gibraltar

Author: GBC

Date: 25 June 2014

The Minister for the Environment has confirmed he’s no longer a shareholder in Wildlife Gibraltar, the company that’s been awarded the tender for management of Commonwealth Park. In Parliament today, Dr John Cortes also cited the annual cost of the contract as just over 160 thousand pounds.

Lidington welcomes Commission visit to Frontier

Author: GBC

Date: 25 June 2014

The Minister for Europe has welcomed that the European Commission is sending a monitoring team to the frontier next week.

Two Spaniards fined following fast launch chase

Author: GBC

Date: 25 June 2014

Two Spaniards have been fined three and two thousand pounds respectively after pleading guilty to the importation of a rigid inflatable boat. Jose Antonio Florido Gutierrez from Chipiona had the larger fine as he was also charged with operating a fast launch, obstructing police and possession of over 15grams of cannabis.

GSLP Liberals react to GSD on Democratic reform

Author: GBC

Date: 25 June 2014

The Government claims there’s been more discussion, debate and action on the question of democratic reform since the election of the GSLP Liberal Government than ever before under the previous administration. This follows the announcement of policy statements on enhanced democracy by the GSD yesterday.

Sandy Bay regeneration project inaugurated

Author: GBC

Date: 25 June 2014

Following the importation of fifty thousand tonnes of sand from the Western Sahara, the Sandy Bay regeneration project was officially yesterday inaugurated by Tourism Minister Neil Costa. He described it as an engineering feat, and a ‘permanent solution to protect the beach from disappearing’.

Constitutional challenge dismissed, Marrache verdict expected Thursday

Author: GBC

Date: 25 June 2014

The Chief Justice Anthony Dudley has dismissed Benjamin Marrache's constitutional challenge. Mr Marrache had claimed the High Court Judge hearing his fraud trial, Sir Geoffrey Grigson, was older than the constitution allows when he was brought in to hear the case. But Mr Justice Dudley has ruled Sir Geoffrey’s appointment was lawful.

VIDEO REPORT - France air strike - Gibraltar braced for airline chaos

Author: GBC

Date: 24 June 2014

Air passengers to and from Gibraltar are bracing themselves for a week of chaos, as airlines are expecting hours of delays as a result of the air controllers strike in France. Today's Easyjet flight from Gatwick was delayed by seven hours.

Westside School display at Fine Arts Gallery

Author: GBC

Date: 24 June 2014

An exhibition of work by A level and GCSE Art students from Westside School is currently on display at the Fine Arts Gallery. It aims to celebrate the students’ creative achievements, as well as bringing the community closer to the school.

Annual Photographic Society Competitive Exhibition opens

Author: GBC

Date: 24 June 2014

The winners of this year’s Photographic Society Annual Competitive Exhibition have been announced. The works are now on display at the Gustavo Bacarisa exhibition room, following the official opening last night attended by the Governor Sir James Dutton.

Chief Justice to decide Marrache constitutional challenge Wednesday

Author: GBC

Date: 24 June 2014

Tomorrow the Chief Justice Anthony Dudley will rule on the constitutional challenge presented by Benjamin Marrache. If the challenge is successful, the longest criminal trial in Gibraltar’s legal history could be deemed to be legally invalid.

European Commission to visit Gibraltar frontier again next Wednesday

Author: GBC

Date: 24 June 2014

The European Commission will be sending a delegation to examine the Gibraltar border next Wednesday. Sources in Brussels have confirmed to GBC that all three Governments – Gibraltar, UK and Spain - have been notified, and that a team of experts on border movement will be examing how the Commission’s recommendations are being implemented.

Drug dealing trial begins at Supreme Court

Author: GBC

Date: 24 June 2014

A locally resident man has gone on trial at the Supreme Court for dealing drugs, in a case dating back to November 2011. Spanish national Miguel Antonio Velasco de los Reyes is charged with two counts of supplying Class C drugs, as well as five counts of possession and four of intent to supply.

Thousands wait at frontier as runway closed

Author: GBC

Date: 23 June 2014

Thousands of cross-frontier workers were unable to cross the frontier into Gibraltar this morning as a suspect bag prompted the Police to close the runway. The bag was spotted at the northern end of the runway at about 07:40, with the Regiment’s IED team called in to detonate it. About an hour later, they had successfully done so, with the RGP re-opening the runway at 09:00.

For a Humanitarian Frontier group joins queues protest march in Seville

Author: GBC

Date: 23 June 2014

The Group for a Humanitarian Frontier joined a protest march in Seville on Saturday to raise awareness of what it describes as “the unjustified queues”.

June worst month for border queues

Author: GBC

Date: 23 June 2014

If monthly statistics are anything to go by, Gibraltar could be gearing itself up for another summer of border queue delays.

VIDEO - Calentita Food Festival 2014: another culinary success

Author: GBC

Date: 23 June 2014

Thousands of Gibraltarians and tourists gathered in Casemates Square on Saturday night for the annual Calentita food festival. For a 8th consecutive year, the event saw stalls selling a variety of cuisines, all with a link to the Rock.

Woman found guilty of threatening to kill neighbour with knife

Author: GBC

Date: 23 June 2014

A local woman has been convicted of threatening to kill someone with a knife, in a case dating back to May last year. 30 year old Francesca Gosnay will be sentenced on the 14th of next month.

RGP encourages kids to sign up for Summer Camp

Author: GBC

Date: 23 June 2014

Children aged between eight and ten are being encouraged to live the life of a Royal Gibraltar Police Officer for a week this summer. The Police Kids Summer Camp includes activities and demonstrations such as a visit to the police stations, a fitness test, a boat patrol, and a dog display.

Government gives details of dossier to U.N. on Spanish aggression

Author: GBC

Date: 22 June 2014

The Government has given details of an 100 page dossier it’s formally submitted to the United Nations, outlining the campaign of hostility and aggression that Gibraltar is subjected to by Spain.

College Europa loses 2-1 to Saudi Arabia Olympic National Team

Author: GBC

Date: 22 June 2014

Lessons learnt and good practice for College Europa ahead of its participation in the Europa League.

Spanish Environmentalists welcome 'HMS Tireless' decommissioning

Author: GBC

Date: 21 June 2014

The nuclear submarine which found itself at the heart of Anglo Spanish diplomatic tensions TWICE, while berthed on the Rock, has been put to rest after thirty years service.

Budget Measure announced

Author: GBC

Date: 21 June 2014

The Government to scrap import and export duties on works of art.

DPC approves GSM antenna atop Referendum House

Author: GBC

Date: 20 June 2014

The DPC has also approved – by majority – permission for Gibtelecom to set up a GSM Antenna atop Referendum House.

Revealed - cost of MoD flights to Gibraltar due to Spanish air restrictions

Author: GBC

Date: 20 June 2014

The Ministry of Defence pays up to £9,800 every time it flies military aircraft to Gibraltar because of Spanish air restrictions. This has been revealed in the House of Lords in answer to questions by Labour Peer, Lord Hoyle. There was also a question on border delays.

Major resurfacing works begin at Rosia Road

Author: GBC

Date: 20 June 2014

Three of Gibraltar’s busiest main roads are to be resurfaced this summer, with works having started on Rosia Road. Works will also be carried out on the Waterport, Varyl Begg and Sun Dial roundabouts. In order to minimise disruption, the resurfacing will be carried out during the evenings and at weekends.

Plans presented for new walk-through park in town

Author: GBC

Date: 20 June 2014

The Government has presented a new walk-through park project in the heart of town before the Development and planning Commission. The project aims to create an open urban space, spanning from the former theatre Royal site all the way to St Andrew’s Church.

GBGA begin legal steps against UK gaming legislation

Author: GBC

Date: 20 June 2014

The Gibraltar Betting and Gaming Association has written to the British Government and the Gambling Commission placing them on notice of a claim for judicial review.

Calentita 2014: another culinary success

Author: GBC

Date: 19 June 2014

Thousands have enjoyed the 8th “Calentita” festival with the expansion into Market Place easing the congestion experienced at Casemates in previous years.

Lidington to visit Gibraltar

Author: GBC

Date: 19 June 2014

The Minister for Europe is expected to visit Gibraltar in the coming weeks. David Lidington announced this in Commons and today the Convent has confirmed it’s in touch with the Foreign Office in London and the Gibraltar Government to make this happen.

Argus group meets Government officials

Author: GBC

Date: 19 June 2014

The Argus Group’s Chief Executive Officer, Alison Hill, has been meeting Government officials in Gibraltar, including the Minister for Financial Services, Albert Isola.

Gibraltar included as Port of Call by Grand Circle Cruise Line

Author: GBC

Date: 19 June 2014

Gibraltar has been included as a port of call by Grand Circle Cruise Line. The American cruise company is introducing a new small boat tour for its schedule next year, named Classic Cities and Moorish traditions of Iberia and Morocco.

EY hold football development seminar in Gibraltar

Author: GBC

Date: 19 June 2014

A seminar on the development of football in Gibraltar, exploring a governance framework and possible strategic models will be held next month. Organised by EY Limited, its opened to key stakeholders of Gibraltar football.

RGP pre-empts anti-social behaviour as Spain crashes out of World Cup

Author: GBC

Date: 18 June 2014

Royal Gibraltar Police officers on Wednesday evening set up filters at the Sundial and the border, pre-empting anti social behaviour as Spain was eliminated from the World Cup after only two matches.

Picardo and Garcia meet with White House environmental advisers

Author: GBC

Date: 18 June 2014

The Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister have met with White House advisers with a view to developing commercial and environmental links which could pave the way for the export of technology for a carbon neutral Gibraltar.

Gibraltar third most visited port for Carnival UK cruises

Author: GBC

Date: 18 June 2014

Carnival UK, Britain’s leading cruise operator of P&O Cruises and Cunard, has revealed that Gibraltar is the third most visited port of call for them in 2015 after Southampton – their home base – Lisbon.

Gibraltar's clubs in Europe gear up for UEFA draw

Author: GBC

Date: 18 June 2014

Lincoln Red Imps and College Europa gear up towards their involvement in official UEFA European Club Competitions. The Draws for both the Champions and Europa Leagues will take place next Monday, the 23rd June.

Chief Minister congratulates Nathan Stagno

Author: GBC

Date: 18 June 2014

The Chief Minister has congratulated Nathan Stagno, who umpired the Hockey World Cup final between Australia and the Netherlands at The Hague on Sunday.

New Ministerial website for Costa

Author: GBC

Date: 18 June 2014

Minister for Tourism, Commercial Affairs, Public Transport and the Port, Neil Costa, today launched a new ministerial website which will provide updates on all his Ministerial portfolios.

GSD calls for Legal Aid reform - Govt says it's on the cards

Author: GBC

Date: 18 June 2014

The GSD Opposition says legal aid and legal assistance desperately need reforms to make the system fairer for all. The Government says it's very close to finalising arrangements for a reform of Legal Aid and Assistance, which is a manifesto commitment.

Picardo and Garcia in Washington Meetings

Author: GBC

Date: 18 June 2014

Following his address to the United Nations C24, the Chief Minister and his deputy are now in Washington attending a series of political and business meetings. This is the Government’s second visit to Washington this year reflecting its policy to increase awareness of gIbraltar in both Washington and in Brussels.

Climate change strategy expected in autumn

Author: GBC

Date: 17 June 2014

A Climate Change strategy is expected in the Autumn, aiming to achieve a carbon neutral footprint for Gibraltar. A specially convened Climate Change task force, chaired by the Deputy Chief Minister, will be presenting its recommendations to the Cabinet.

Cross Frontier Group to ask EU Commission for definitive action on queues

Author: GBC

Date: 17 June 2014

The Cross Frontier Group says it regrets that the long queues at the border are still being maintained, and has announced it’s to write to the European Commission to ask for definitive action guaranteeing the rights of citizens in the area.

Special Olympics National Games get underway

Author: GBC

Date: 17 June 2014

The Special Olympics National Games kicked off this evening preceded by the traditional Law Enforcement Torch Run. The run is an annual fund-raiser but its main aim is to raise awareness of the Games.

Leisl Mesillio Torres is first woman Acting Chief Sectary of Civil Service

Author: GBC

Date: 17 June 2014

For the first time in the history of the Civil Service in Gibraltar, a woman will be Acting as Chief Secretary.

Gibraltar's decolonisation process in 'limbo' says SDGG

Author: GBC

Date: 16 June 2014

The Self-Determination for Gibraltar Group (SDGG) has again addressed the UN Committee of 24 (C24) as a petitioner. The SDGG Chairman Dennis Matthews told the C24 the Rock’s call to be decolonised has been “relegated… to a state of limbo”.

Picardo asks UN to support Gibraltar or 'tell us why you won't'

Author: GBC

Date: 16 June 2014

Fabian Picardo addressed the United Nations’ (UN) Committee on Decolonisation at its headquarters in New York City on Monday, arguing Gibraltarians have the right to self-determination and desire peaceful co-existence with Spain. Mr Picardo told the UN it should support Gibraltar's decolonisation because “that is what you are created to do – or tell us why you won’t without pretending that you can’t.”

VIDEO - FCO warns of criminal gangs targeting Brits in Spain

Author: GBC

Date: 16 June 2014

The Foreign and Commonwealth office has confirmed to GBC it is warning British tourists travelling to Spain that they could be targeted by organised criminal gangs, especially on highways. The FCO has made available to GBC footage of one such robbery in progress.

Stagno umpires hockey World Cup Final

Author: GBC

Date: 15 June 2014

Gibraltarian Nathan Stagno has sealed his ultimate ambition by umpiring at the Hockey World Cup Final, where Australia beat the hosts, the Netherlands 6-1. It's the latest in a series of accolades for the local Hockey legend, after having umpired at the Olympic Games in 2012.

Vigía on 'innocent passage' Bay crossing

Author: GBC

Date: 13 June 2014

The presence in British Gibraltar Territorial Waters on Friday morning of the Spanish Navy patrol boat 'Vigía' is being treated as innocent passage. The Convent says that, unlike other occasions, the ship crossed the Bay on a steady course towards Algeciras and did not assert that the waters are Spanish.

OBE for George Bassadone in Queen's Birthday Honours

Author: GBC

Date: 13 June 2014

The Chairperson of the locally-based Bassadone Group of Companies has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. Three British Empire Medals, an Honorary British Empire Medal, three Gibraltar Awards and two Overseas Territories Medals have also been awarded.

YourFlight cancelling all Thursday flights between Gib & Marrakech

Author: GBC

Date: 13 June 2014

YourFlight will be cancelling all Thursday flights between Gibraltar and Marrakech. The company says its had to adjust its programme to cater for demand after reviewing its existing schedule.

Government inviting expressions of interest for Eastside Reclamation area

Author: GBC

Date: 13 June 2014

The Government is inviting expressions of interest from developers, investors or organisations interested in developing plots on the Eastside Reclamation Area.

Hundreds enjoy 1st Gibraltar Love Festival

Author: GBC

Date: 13 June 2014

Hundreds enjoyed the 1st Gibraltar Love Festival at the weekend. The event was held at the Multi Use Games Area at the Bayside Sports Complex. Local as well as international acts took to the stage.

Social Services Minister re-establishes links between Bruce's Farm and UK rehabilitation centre

Author: GBC

Date: 12 June 2014

The Care Agency has re-established links with the UK rehabilitation centre on which Bruce's Farm was modelled when it was established 15 years ago. Following a visit by a Social Services delegation led by Minister Samantha Sacramento, a partnership has been struck with Broadway Lodge, one of the oldest and most successful rehabilitation centres in the UK, with a view to sharing working practices and enhancing and improving the services offered in Gibraltar.

Rita Ora, Clean Bandit & Maxi Priest added to GMF

Author: GBC

Date: 12 June 2014

More names have been added to the bill for the 3rd Gibraltar Music Festival. Rita Ora in short space of time has gone on to become one of most successful artists in British music and she’ll take to the stage in September.

Education Minister in Seychelles for discussions over Gib Uni

Author: GBC

Date: 12 June 2014

The Minister for Education, Gilbert Licudi, is in Seychelles this week for discussions related to the establishment of the University of Gibraltar. Seychelles is a small jurisdiction, which recently established their own university.

Chief Minister appointed Queen's Counsel

Author: GBC

Date: 12 June 2014

The Chief Minister, Fabian Picardo, has been appointed Queen’s Counsel on recommendation of the Minister for Europe.

VIDEO - Commonwealth Park inaugurated

Author: GBC

Date: 12 June 2014

Commonwealth Park is now open to the public, with the official inauguration taking place on Thursday morning. The Chief Minister described it as not the Government's, but the people's park, and thanked all those who’d been involved in its design, funding and creation.

Completed Frontier works visited by Chief Minister

Author: GBC

Date: 12 June 2014

The Chief Minister has visited the completed works carried out by HM Customs to improve frontier security and tackle smuggling. These include a purpose-built vehicle search facility, mechanised barriers at the frontier and at the commercial gate, and an additional green lane for incoming traffic.

Government signs wave energy agreement

Author: GBC

Date: 11 June 2014

The Government has signed an agreement with an Israeli company to harness wave energy and convert it into low-cost, clean electricity. The agreement, with Eco Wave Power, will see the installation on the eastside of special buoys that capture and convert wave energy.

Feetham and Picardo on Gibraltar in Spain

Author: GBC

Date: 11 June 2014

The Opposition has said it cannot allow the Chief Minister to continuously mislead people, saying Daniel Feetham cited all relevant tax information statistics in his recent speech in Spain. The Government has welcomed the clarification by the GSD.

Long queues cause confusion on frontier hotline

Author: GBC

Date: 11 June 2014

The frontier hotline service, which gives a realtime account of the length of the frontier queue, caused some confusion on Wednesday lunchtime as it painted a very fast-changing picture. A government spokesperson said the automated system is on trial and now needs to be recalibrated to take account of the special circumstances at the frontier.

GFA looks ahead to 1st UEFA Development Tournament

Author: GBC

Date: 11 June 2014

The Gibraltar FA held a press conference earlier this week ahead of the 1st ever ‘UEFA Women’s Development Tournament’, which will take place in Gibraltar from the 30th June. The other three teams taking part are Andorra, Luxembourg and the Algarve FA.

Ernest Britto new Honorary Colonel of Gibraltar Regiment

Author: GBC

Date: 11 June 2014

Ernest Britto is the new Honorary Colonel of the Royal Gibraltar Regiment, succeeding Lieutenant Colonel Dennis Duarte OBE.

Two local men found guilty of GBH

Author: GBC

Date: 11 June 2014

Two local men have been found guilty of causing grievous bodily harm, at the end of a trial this week in the Supreme Court. A jury of nine found former security guards at Harbour Views, Kevin Finlayson and Dylan Agius, guilty of assaulting a handyman at the same estate in 2012.

Gibraltar Heritage Trust dedicate reference library to former Chairman

Author: GBC

Date: 11 June 2014

The Gibraltar Heritage Trust has dedicated its new reference library to the memory of former Chairman, Mario Mosquera, who died in January last year.

Bermuda 'cool on working with Gibraltar'

Author: GBC

Date: 11 June 2014

Gibraltar may have a hard time convincing government and business officials in Bermuda that there's a mutual commercial benefit to working together. That's the view expressed in The Royal Gazette, Bermuda's only daily newspaper.

Convent Open Day on the 28th June

Author: GBC

Date: 11 June 2014

The Convent will be opening its doors to the public again later this month. Sir James and Lady Dutton will be hosting the Convent Open Day on Saturday 28th June.

UK driver Raj dies, Gibraltar pays tribute

Author: GBC

Date: 10 June 2014

Gibraltarians have taken to social media in their hundreds to express their sadness at the death of 61-year-old UK driver, Raj Khiroya.

Feetham meets UPYD

Author: GBC

Date: 10 June 2014

The Leader of the Opposition has met with the territorial coordinator for the Union Progreso y Democracia party in Andalucia in a bid to build contacts and relationships across the border.

Government says Feetham should correct his speeches

Author: GBC

Date: 10 June 2014

The Government says the Leader of the Opposition should correct his speeches in Spain if he wants to promote Gibraltar there adequately.

Sunborn denies Spanish workers layoff claim

Author: GBC

Date: 10 June 2014

Sunborn Gibraltar has described as "wholly inaccurate and unfounded" reports that the ship intends to sack 74 Spanish employees in the space of a fortnight. The Gibraltar Government for its part has described Spanish news reports as ‘unethical’.

Commonwealth Park opening tomorrow

Author: GBC

Date: 10 June 2014

Commonwealth Park will open to the public tomorrow. The Government has confirmed that the park has cost 5.6 million pounds, but from this, 1.5 million have been funded by the European Union and 700 thousand by the Kusuma Trust.

GBH Supreme Court trial; live evidence concludes

Author: GBC

Date: 10 June 2014

Live evidence has today concluded in the Supreme Court trial of two local men accused of causing grievous bodily harm.

Three Spanish men fined £2,000 each for importing RHIB

Author: GBC

Date: 10 June 2014

Three Spanish men have been fined two thousand pounds each for having illegally imported a rigid-hulled fast launch into Gibraltar.

Burglary sentencing for 8 1/2 months

Author: GBC

Date: 10 June 2014

A La Linea resident has been sentenced to 8 and a half months in prison, after pleading guilty to three charges of theft and one of burglary.

Chris Finch closes Solomon Marrache's defence

Author: GBC

Date: 10 June 2014

Solomon Marrache is a decent and loyal man who may have made errors of judgement through loyalty, but he is not dishonest. This was the concluding statement by defence counsel, Chris Finch, on Mr Marrache’s behalf.

Unite contemplates industrial action against the MoD

Author: GBC

Date: 10 June 2014

The prospect of industrial action is looming over the Ministry of Defence in Gibraltar. For over a year now, Unite the Union has been trying to secure for its 500-plus members in the MoD an additional allowance so that their earnings at least keep pace with cost of living increases, but no agreement is in sight following a meeting in London last week.

New car park at Eastern Beach opens today

Author: GBC

Date: 09 June 2014

A new multi storey car park at Eastern Beach will be officially opened by the Chief Minister today to coincide with the start of this year's bathing season. Fabian Picardo says the new car park is in line with, and even exceeds, his Government’s commitment to improve car parking in the area.

Over an hour queue for pedestrians

Author: GBC

Date: 09 June 2014

Pedestrians crossing into Spain have been made to wait for over an hour this evening. Spanish checks have seen thousands of commuters form long queues in the sun. They started building up from about 4.30.

Closing arguments for Benjamin Marrache

Author: GBC

Date: 09 June 2014

At no time did Benjamin Marrache intend to steal clients' money or property; at no time did he intend to defraud his clients, let alone agree to do so with anyone else. The legal team for Marrache & Co's former managing partner have highlighted these points as central to their client's defense.

Government says it consults Opposition much more than they did when in power

Author: GBC

Date: 09 June 2014

The Government says it consults and briefs the Opposition much more than was the case during the GSD years in power. This is in response to a GBC interview, where Opposition Leader Daniel Feetham said he and the Chief Minister should agree a common message to take to Spain.

First of the E-Government services being rolled out by No.6

Author: GBC

Date: 09 June 2014

Everyone in Gibraltar will be able to pay their housing rents, check the housing lists, and book MOT or driving tests online as from tomorrow. It’s the first of the e-government services being rolled out by Number Six Convent Place, described by the Chief Minister as ‘a landmark development’.

Gibraltar Museum Lecture this Tuesday

Author: GBC

Date: 09 June 2014

A lecture on “Gibraltar, Neanderthals and World Heritage” will be held on Tuesday evening at 7pm at the John Mackintosh Hall, as part of this year's Spring Festival.

'TIEA'-ful GSD laments Government tax jibe

Author: GBC

Date: 09 June 2014

The GSD has lamented that in a statement outlining its willingness to work with the Opposition on matters of national interest, the Government accused Daniel Feetham of not being as well briefed as he should be on tax matters for suggesting Gibraltar only has 27 Tax Information Exchange Agreements in place.

Twenty percent growth in airline arrivals

Author: GBC

Date: 09 June 2014

There’s been a twenty percent growth in airline arrivals from the UK in the last year. This was confirmed by Tourism Minister Neil Costa, who has just returned from a series of meetings with the UK Gibraltar Tourism Association in London.

Morrisons pay negotiations

Author: GBC

Date: 09 June 2014

Unite will be meeting with Morrisons this week to ask for a three percent pay rise for its staff.

Shadow Education spokeswoman learns lessons from UK schools

Author: GBC

Date: 09 June 2014

The Opposition's Health and Education spokeswoman, Isobel Ellul-Hammond, is back on the Rock after visiting two schools in the UK and attending a series of meetings with special advisors.

Shyanne is Miss Gibraltar 2014

Author: GBC

Date: 07 June 2014

22-year-old Shyanne Azzopardi is Miss Gibraltar 2014. The brown-haired teaching assistant and zumba instructor was crowned at the 52nd Miss Gibraltar Pageant, which took place at the Queen’s Cinema.

Check your telephone directory entry, says Gibtelecom

Author: GBC

Date: 06 June 2014

Gibtelecom is advising its customers that they have until Friday 20th of June to check their entries for inclusion in the 2014/2015 telephone directory.

Night time power cut hits Gib

Author: GBC

Date: 06 June 2014

The whole of Gibraltar was affected by a power cut in the early hours of Friday morning. It occurred at ten to three and power was completely restored by 5 o'clock.

VIDEO INTERVIEW - Daniel Feetham on his Jaen talk

Author: GBC

Date: 06 June 2014

The Leader of the Opposition has told an audience at the University of Jaen that both sides of the border must concentrate on what unites them, rather than divide them, in order to create a true spirit of dialogue and cooperation. Daniel Feetham, addressing businessmen and Acadademics who form part of the ‘Real Sociedad Economica de Jaen’, said warned against nationalistic tendancies and urged for dialogue outside ‘the red lines’.

CAB celebrate World Volunteers Week

Author: GBC

Date: 06 June 2014

The Citizens Advice Bureau has celebrated world volunters week by launching a website advertising volunteering opportunities in the community.

Final preparations for Miss Gibraltar 2014 tomorrow night

Author: GBC

Date: 06 June 2014

Final preparations are under way for the 52nd Miss Gibraltar Pageant, which will take place at the Queen’s Cinema tomorrow evening.

Isaac Marrache's legal team close his case

Author: GBC

Date: 06 June 2014

Eight months after the multi million pound fraud trial started in the Supreme Court, Isaac Marrache's legal team has made its closing arguments.

Man fined £2,000 after being convicted of throwing goods over the frontier fence

Author: GBC

Date: 06 June 2014

A man has been fined two thousand pounds after being convicted of throwing goods over the frontier fence. 39 year old Lee Cruz Parry of Royal Sovereign House, Varyl Begg Estate appeared at the Magistrates Court this week and pleaded guilty to the charge of being knowingly concerned in the export of goods without a permit.

CCTV man eliminated from RGP inquiries

Author: GBC

Date: 06 June 2014

The Royal Gibraltar Police does not suspect that a fire in Transport Lane last Saturday was started by a man seen on CCTV footage in the area at the time.

VIDEO: Transport Lane fire RGP witness appeal

Author: GBC

Date: 06 June 2014

The Royal Gibraltar Police is appealing for witnesses to a fire on Transport Lane that started in the early hours of Saturday morning. Anyone with information should contact the Criminal Investigation Department on 200 66578 or New Mole House Police Station on 200 72500.

Spanish Navy ignores territorial boundaries & flouts international standards

Author: GBC

Date: 05 June 2014

The UK Government will be filing another official complaint in Madrid after the latest illegal incursion into British Gibratlar Territorial Waters by the Spanish Navy. The 90 metre long patrol boat Infanta Cristina entered Gibraltar waters on the eastside of the Rock at about 11:00 on Thursday morning.

Fire Brigade outreach

Author: GBC

Date: 05 June 2014

Following a fire there last week, the City Fire Brigade visited Knight’s Court to raise awareness of safety issues. Fire Safety Officers went from door to door speaking to the tenants and handing out their “Fire Safety at Home” booklet.

World Environment Day celebrated in Gibraltar

Author: GBC

Date: 05 June 2014

“Raise Your Voice, Not the Sea Level”. That was the slogan for this year’s World Environment Day, which has been celebrated in Gibraltar for the 11th consecutive year.

New litter bins introduced

Author: GBC

Date: 05 June 2014

The Department of the Environment is introducing new Litter Bins that incorporate ashtrays. The bins are designed to encourage smokers to dispose of their cigarette ends properly.

John Mackintosh Home partially opened

Author: GBC

Date: 04 June 2014

Following an extensive refurbishment, the Mackintosh Wing of the old St. Bernard's Hospital has been converted into an elderly care home and has already received its first residents.

Gibraltar celebrates first international victory after beating Malta 1-0

Author: GBC

Date: 04 June 2014

The Gibraltar Senior National squad recorded its first international victory since being admitted as a UEFA member. They beat Malta by a goal to nil scored by Kyle Casciaro.

Margallo tells Malmström frontier queues not politically motivated

Author: GBC

Date: 04 June 2014

Spain has claimed that it's fully complying with the European Commission's frontier recommendations and that the queues that "sometimes" build up are in no way politically motivated.

Short Story Competition sees over 300 entries

Author: GBC

Date: 04 June 2014

Over three hundred entries have been received for this year’s Short Story Competition organised by the Ministry of Culture, together with the Gibraltar Chronicle and the Education Department.

Chief Minister reflects on improvements to social fabric

Author: GBC

Date: 04 June 2014

The Chief Minister says the amendments to the Gibraltarian Status Act, which allows people who have lived on the Rock for 10 years to become locals, will contribute greatly to the fabric of our community.

Two men arrested for drug smuggling offences

Author: GBC

Date: 04 June 2014

Two men have been arrested on drug smuggling offences following a joint operation between the Royal Gibraltar Police and the Guardia Civil at sea.

GSD reacts to closure of Queen's Hotel

Author: GBC

Date: 04 June 2014

The GSD says it’s been approached by members of the shipping sector who are concerned at the effect the closure of the Queen’s Hotel will have on them.

Deputy Chief Minister attends Royal Garden Party

Author: GBC

Date: 04 June 2014

The Deputy Chief Minister Joseph Garcia, accompanied by his wife Penny, represented the Government at the Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace this week.

Gibraltar Port delegation in Athens

Author: GBC

Date: 04 June 2014

A Gibraltar Port delegation, led by the new Captain of the Port, Bob Sanguinetti, is currently in Athens for the ‘Posidonia 2014’ Conference – the Maritime industry’s global showcase held every two years.

Airport car parks offer free overnight parking

Author: GBC

Date: 04 June 2014

Free overnight parking is now allowed in the two car parks outside the new airport. The Government says this is part of its commitment to provide parking north of the runway, and follows the decision last January to close the pay car-park opposite the old air terminal.

Western Beach bathing water monitoring protocol introduced

Author: GBC

Date: 03 June 2014

A new bathing water monitoring protocol has been introduced for the bathing season at Western Beach to ensure that the public is aware of the risks of pollution. Water quality will be sampled three times a week, and the beach will be closed during rainy periods. A notice board has also been set up at the entrance to Western Beach, which will indicate water quality for bathers.

Former Governor, Sir Hugo White, dies aged 74

Author: GBC

Date: 03 June 2014

Former Governor Sir Hugo Moresby White has died at the age of 74. During his naval career, Sir Hugo commanded a number of vessels, including submarine HMS Oracle and frigates HMS Avenger. He served as Captain during the Falklands Water and went on to work for the Chief of Defence Staff in 1982, becoming Commander in Chief of the Fleet in 1992.

New CBF to take over in August following Cdre Clink promotion

Author: GBC

Date: 03 June 2014

There will be a new Commander British Forces this summer. Commodore Ian McGhie, a career submariner and former adviser to the Minister of State for the Armed Forces, will be the new CBF as from August.

Sunday's Marrakech flights cancelled

Author: GBC

Date: 03 June 2014

Sunday’s Your Flight journeys from Marrakech to Gibraltar and from the Rock to the Moroccan city were cancelled at the eleventh hour. Although no flights can be booked on its website at the moment, the company has told GBC “all other flights proceed as normal”.

Gibraltar delegation in Bermuda for Captive Insurance Conference

Author: GBC

Date: 03 June 2014

Financial Services Minister Albert Isola is leading a delegation to Bermuda this week for the Captive Insurance Conference.

Unite the Union attending meeting at MOD centre

Author: GBC

Date: 03 June 2014

Unite the Union will be negotiating a pay claim for civilian employees with the MoD at a high level meeting in London this week.

VIDEO: Euro Show Dance Championships 2015 to be held in Gibraltar

Author: GBC

Date: 03 June 2014

Gibraltar is to host the 2015 IDO European Show Dance Championships. This was announced at a press conference in the John Mackintosh Hall. Hundreds of Dancers from across Europe are expected to attend the event, which will take place next October.

Malmström holds meetings in Madrid

Author: GBC

Date: 03 June 2014

The EU’s Home Affairs Commissioner, Cecilia Malmström, is holding a series of meetings today in Madrid, where she will discuss the situation at the Gibraltar frontier with Ministers and MPs.

Further anti-tobacco smuggling measures to be taken

Author: GBC

Date: 03 June 2014

The Government has published a Bill that, when passed by Parliament, will see the adoption of further measures to curb tobacco smuggling. Among its provisions, it will restrict to 200 the number of cigarettes that anyone can buy at any one time.

Government acknowledges King Juan Carlos's role in establishing democracy

Author: GBC

Date: 02 June 2014

The Gibraltar Government has credited King Juan Carlos with contributing immensely to establishing parliamentary democracy in Spain after 40 years of fascist totalitarianism. It says the King has carved for himself a place in history by leading his country through an extremely difficult period of transition.

King Juan Carlos of Spain abdicates

Author: GBC

Date: 02 June 2014

King Juan Carlos of Spain is to abdicate. His decision was announced this morning by Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, who's convened an extraordinary Council of Ministers for tomorrow to start the process by which Crown Prince Felipe will succeed his father.

Queen's Hotel closes after 60 years

Author: GBC

Date: 02 June 2014

The Queen’s Hotel has closed down after over sixty years of serving Gibraltar’s tourist industry. The Hotel’s lease has been bought out by the Gibraltar Government to make way for the new Theatre Complex, which will include the Queen’s Cinema.

HMS Defender to open doors to public this weekend

Author: GBC

Date: 02 June 2014

The Royal Navy warship HMS Defender will open her doors to the public on Saturday. The Type 45 Destroyer will be docked at the Naval Base and receiving visitors between 11am and 4pm, for a tour of the ship and the chance to meet the crew.

New beach amenities for Sandy Bay users

Author: GBC

Date: 02 June 2014

A new lido is being constructed for Sandy Bay users. The space will feature seating, concrete tables, a small BBQ area and direct access to the beach.

AmCham creates links between Gibraltar and America

Author: GBC

Date: 02 June 2014

Following last week’s AmCham trade mission, nine Memoranda of Understanding have been signed between American firms and their Gibraltarian counterparts. The Government has also confirmed that one of the visiting entrepreneurs has committed himself to establishing three new companies on the Rock.

Man arrested following nightclub incident

Author: GBC

Date: 02 June 2014

A British national appeared in court today facing charges of threats to kill, assault, disorderly conduct in a police station and possession of an offensive weapon.

Government confirms over 100 tax info exchange arrangements with Gibraltar

Author: GBC

Date: 02 June 2014

Gibraltar now has over one hundred tax information exchange agreements with over sixty countries and territories. The statistic was published by the Government, along with a schedule detailing particulars of the agreements.

GSD rolls out public consultation on 'co-education' policy

Author: GBC

Date: 02 June 2014

The GSD opposition is launching a consulation exercise into the possibility of creating a co-education ‘superschool’ at the Rooke site if it wins the next election. As part of its education policy rolled out today, the GSD says it would spend between 25 and 35 million pounds on revamping the education system, an exercise which would also see the creation of a ‘careers advice centre’.

Strait Games a success

Author: GBC

Date: 01 June 2014

Gibraltar has this weekend hosted the 17th Strait Games, with organisers describing it as a success. The event which focuses on friendship and fun has seen around one thousand three hundred youngsters from the neighbouring Spanish towns and the Rock enjoy a variety of activities. Twenty sports were on offer over Friday and Saturday with numerous sporting venues used for the occasion.

Suspected Arson - 8 bikes and a car destroyed by fire

Author: GBC

Date: 31 May 2014

A fire involving eight motorbikes and a car is being treated as a suspected arson. The blaze on Transport Lane, started in the early hours of Saturday morning, with the City Fire Brigade responding to the incident. The vehicles have sustained extensive damage, with no injuries reported.

99 fishing agreement illegal, says amended Parliamentary motion

Author: GBC

Date: 30 May 2014

Parliament passed a motion by Government majority stating that the fishing agreement entered into in 1999 between the then Government and a group of Spanish fishermen was contrary to the rule of law in its selective application of the law to some but not to others.

CAB hold Internet Awareness campaign

Author: GBC

Date: 30 May 2014

‘Stop, Think, Connect’, that’s the message from the Citizen’s Advice Bureau, to stay safe online. CAB together with other groups and organisations held an ‘Internet Awareness Day’ highlighting possible dangers and advising on ways to protect users.

Friends Of Calpe Trust receive £2,000

Author: GBC

Date: 30 May 2014

The Friends of Calpe Trust received a two thousand pound cheque this morning from Manolo Ruiz, proceeds from the sale of his book ‘Childhood Games of My Era’. Mr Ruiz thanked the charity for the extraordinary service they provide to Gibraltarians undergoing medical treatment in London.

Wiseman out of National squad

Author: GBC

Date: 30 May 2014

Scott Wiseman has been released from the Gibraltar National Squad for the game against Malta next week.

New Companies Act debated in Parliament

Author: GBC

Date: 30 May 2014

A Bill for a new Companies Act has been debated during this morning's session of Parliament. It was presented by Justice Minister, Gilbert Licudi, who began work on it two years ago when he was Minister for Financial Services.

Cruz to take over Gibraltar's London office in 2016

Author: GBC

Date: 30 May 2014

Jason Cruz is expected to become the Gibraltar government’s representative in London in the summer of 2016. Fabian Picardo revealed this in Parliament. A Gibraltar office in Hong Kong was recently announced, which Mr Cruz will get paid £130,000 to oversee.

Gibtelecom hosts TeleForum conference

Author: GBC

Date: 29 May 2014

Gibtelecom is hosting an annual conference for telecom operators of small states. This is the second time Gibraltar has staged the conference, which has seen over 60 attendees from the telecoms industry, representing some 30 companies from over 20 countries. Issued raised include increased regulation, competition and changing customer needs, as technology moves with the times.

Seven Gibraltarians recognised in Investiture Ceremony

Author: GBC

Date: 29 May 2014

Seven Gibraltarians have been recognised for service to the community, and presented with awards by the Governor, Sir James Dutton, at an investiture ceremony at the Convent. The British Empire Medal was awarded to Mario Garcia, Vice President of the Chess Association, who’s helped promote chess in Gibraltar for over 40 years.

Government 'increase in threats of physical violence against civil servants'

Author: GBC

Date: 29 May 2014

Government says there has been an increase in threats of physical violence against civil servants. It highlights a case today, which reportedly saw an individual threaten to burn down the Housing Office and City Hall.

Parliament session today sees power generation & Savings Bank discussed

Author: GBC

Date: 29 May 2014

Power generation was one of the subjects discussed on Thursday in Parliament, which also heard about the redesign of the Primary Care Centre and the Savings Bank. Furthermore, the Government confirmed it has held meetings with representatives of a group of concerned parents over the construction of Charles Bruzon House near Bishop Fitzgerald, Governor’s Meadow and Westside Schools.

Gibraltar hit by power cut

Author: GBC

Date: 29 May 2014

Over 10 million pounds has been spent on temporary power generators since 2012, and works on land reclamation for the new power station will start at the end of June. The Chief Minister confirmed this in Parliament shortly before Gibraltar suffered another blackout yesterday afternoon.

Fabian Picardo tells GSLP AGM Gibraltar being subjected to 'virulent' attack by Spain

Author: GBC

Date: 29 May 2014

"Gibraltar is facing the most virulent attack it has ever faced since democracy allegedly arrived in Spain". That was the assertion by GSLP Leader and Chief Minister, Fabian Picardo, in his keynote address at last night's annual general meeting of the party.

Pedestrian queues flare up at the border

Author: GBC

Date: 28 May 2014

Pedestrian queues flared up at the frontier once again yesterday evening. Queueing time for people crossing the border on foot peaked at 40 minutes at around 6pm in the evening. Hundreds waited to cross over into Spain with the queue stretching back to the airport.

Motorcyclist hospitalised after accident on Line Wall Road

Author: GBC

Date: 28 May 2014

Line Wall Road was closed for over an hour this morning due to a motorcycle accident. The Royal Gibraltar Police cordoned off the area and as a result traffic in town was at a stand still between 8am and 9.30 this morning. The driver of the motorbike was injured in the accident and has been hospitalised. The RGP is investigating the matter.

Humanitarian Frontier Group protests in La Linea

Author: GBC

Date: 28 May 2014

The Humanitarian Frontier Group has been protesting outside the Palacio de Congresos y Exposiciones in La Linea. The cross-border group is complaining about inhumane conditions at the frontier.

Fire in Knight's Court flat

Author: GBC

Date: 28 May 2014

There was a fire on Wednesday night in a flat in Knight's Court. The Fire Brigade were able to extinguish it very quickly, although the kitchen itself was gutted. An investigation into the cause of the fire is underway.

Sandy Bay shuttle service to be introduced

Author: GBC

Date: 28 May 2014

A free shuttle service for users of Sandy Bay is to be introduced this summer. It'll operate between Europa Point and Sandy Bay as from Saturday the 7th June between eleven in the morning and seven in the evening. A bus will depart every twenty minutes.

Planned upgrades to Victoria Stadium go ahead following DPC meeting

Author: GBC

Date: 28 May 2014

The planned upgrades to the Victoria Stadium are to go ahead, after having been discussed at the latest meeting of the Development and Planning Commission.

Chief Minister confirms further restrictions on tobacco possession in border area

Author: GBC

Date: 28 May 2014

Meanwhile, reacting to David Lidington's statement and in answer to GBC questions, the Chief Minister has confirmed the Government is in the process of limiting to 200 the amount of cigarettes a person can be in possession of in the area of the border.

Lidington praises Gibraltar but chastises Spain over frontier

Author: GBC

Date: 28 May 2014

The Minister for Europe David Lidington has given Gibraltar a pat on the back, and Spain a rap on the knuckles over their contrasting attitudes to the European Commission's frontier recommendations.

CPA delegation in Cardiff

Author: GBC

Date: 28 May 2014

A delegation from the Gibraltar Branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association is presently attending the 44th Regional Conference of the British Islands and Mediterranean Region being held in Cardiff. The delegation is led by Social Services and Equality Minister Samantha Sacramento and includes Culture Minister Steven Linares and Opposition members Jaime Netto and Edwin Reyes.

Gibraltar draws 1-1 with Estonia

Author: GBC

Date: 27 May 2014

Gibraltar secured a very creditable away draw against Estonia in a UEFA friendly on Monday night. Our footballers had to come from a goal down at half time to draw 1-1 with a 71st minute debut goal by Exeter City's Jake Gosling.

First Civil Partnership ceremony takes place in Gibraltar

Author: GBC

Date: 27 May 2014

The first Civil Partnership ceremony has taken place at the Civil Registration Office today. Nadine and Alicia Muscat, a same-sex couple who fought a Government housing policy in court in 2009, will become the first couple to take advantage of the new law passed in Parliament last month.

Liberal Leader on losing Sir Graham Watson; 'very bad news for Gibraltar'

Author: GBC

Date: 27 May 2014

The leader of the Liberal Party and Deputy Chief Minister, Dr Joseph Garcia, says the European Election results in Gibraltar and the South West region have left a bittersweet taste. He says he is glad the people of Gibraltar gave Sir Graham Watson a right and proper ‘thank you’ in the local results.

Chief Minister writes to European Commission urging action at the border

Author: GBC

Date: 27 May 2014

The Chief Minister Fabian Picardo has written to the European Commission urging them to put an end to border delays, and to demand action from Spain. He has also updated the Commission on everything Gibraltar has done to meet the recommendations of the Commission following their letter last November.

Lottery Results

Author: GBC

Date: 27 May 2014

In tonight’s draw of the Gibraltar Government Lottery; The first prize of one hundred thousand pounds went to ticket number 07255. The second prize of ten thousand pounds went to ticket number 13510. And, the third prize of five thousand pounds went to ticket number 13767.

Inaugural US Trade Mission launched by AmCham

Author: GBC

Date: 27 May 2014

The inaugural trade mission held by the Gibraltar-American Chamber of Commerce has brought over 20 foreign companies for a series of meetings on the Rock. The trade mission, which has been accompanied by senior US political figures, runs till Wednesday aboard the Sunborn Floating Hotel.

Local support groups mark World Mental Health Day

Author: GBC

Date: 27 May 2014

Members of Clubhouse Gibraltar and the Psychological Support Group manned an information stand in town this morning as part of events to mark Mental Health Awareness month. They handed out leaflets and provided information on the support available locally for people afflicted with a mental disorder.

New MEPs for Gibraltar elected

Author: GBC

Date: 26 May 2014

The South West/Gibraltar MEPs for the next five years are UKIP's, William Dartmouth and Julia Reid, the Conservative's Ashley Fox and Julie Girling, Labour's Clare Moody and the Green Party's Molly Scott Cato. The Liberal Democrats failed to win a seat, despite a majority of Gibraltar voters having voted for them. This means that Sir Graham Watson will not return to the European Parliament.

Convent confirms RN helicopter involvement in Guardia Civil incursion

Author: GBC

Date: 23 May 2014

(Images courtesy of Trevor Bickerstaff) The UK appears to have changed its account of an incident on Friday when eyewitnesses reported seeing a Royal Navy Lynx helicopter "buzz" a Spanish Guardia Civil vessel in British Gibraltar Territorial Waters. While initially denying any involvement by a helicopter, a Convent statement late on Friday night confirmed that: "HMS Northumberland and a Royal Navy Lynx helicopter conducted a routine sovereignty patrol of BGTW".

Number Six makes reference to Feetham/Montegriffo contradiction

Author: GBC

Date: 23 May 2014

Number Six Convent Place says the comments made by GSD founder, Peter Montegriffo, on the Government’s consultation on its status within Europe, directly contradict those of GSD leader Daniel Feetham.

Frontier queue hotline revamp

Author: GBC

Date: 23 May 2014

A new frontier queue information hotline will be officially announced in a few weeks time as part of the launch of the new Frontier Management Systems. The new services available on 200 42777, provides an automated, up to the minute update on frontier queues. It’s currently in beta testing but already usable.

VIDEO REPORT - Prosecution presents closing submissions in Marrache Trial

Author: GBC

Date: 23 May 2014

The prosecution has closed its case against the four defendants accused of defrauding clients of the former law firm Marrache & Co of millions of pounds. The Crown says there's clear evidence that all four defendants were knowingly and dishonestly involved in fraudulent behaviour.

Picardo convenes 'Post Mortem' on poor electoral turnout

Author: GBC

Date: 23 May 2014

The Chief Minister has indicated that he will be conducting a ‘post mortem’ on the poor turnout at the European Election. Only 32.9 percent of the electorate turned out to vote, compared to 35 percent in 2009. Speaking to GBC last night, Fabian Picardo says the turnout was ‘bitterly dissapointing’ and says its time for the political class to try and understand why it cannot excite Gibraltar’s electorate to vote at elections which are almost as important as our General Election. For his part, the Leader of the Opposition agreed that the result was very disappointing, but not unexpected. He told GBC there was a real danger of MEP candidates losing the inclination to try and court Gibraltar in the future.

AmCham inaugural Trade Mission next week

Author: GBC

Date: 23 May 2014

The Gibraltar-American Chamber of Commerce, or AmCham, will hold its inaugural Trade Mission in Gibraltar next week, on board the Sunborn. Its aim is to promote and facilitate relations between North American and local businesses.

Fewer than 1 in 3 Gibraltarians voted in Euro Election

Author: GBC

Date: 22 May 2014

There has been a lower turnout at the 2014 European Election than in 2009. A total of 7,323 votes were cast locally. This represents 32.9% of the electorate, compared to 35.1% five years ago.

Spanish police break up La Línea drug ring

Author: GBC

Date: 22 May 2014

Twenty-five people have been arrested and two thousand 500 kilos of cannabis seized in a spectacular operation by Spanish police in La Línea and Guadacorte. Officers of the Anti-Drug and Organised Crime Squad carried out a series of raids in dwellings in both towns as from the early hours of Wednesday morning.

San Marino Government hosts Gibraltar Visit

Author: GBC

Date: 22 May 2014

The Government of San Marino has, for the first time, officially hosted a visit from Gibraltar as part of the Europe-wide ‘Little Constellation’ project.

Bossano says Government will continue to support eradication of colonialism

Author: GBC

Date: 22 May 2014

The Government will continue to support the eradication of colonialism and the role of the United Nations, however ineffectual the Special Committee continues to be. These were Joe Bossano's words as he addressed the Committee in Fiji today.

La Linea's Real Balompedica FC seeks Gibraltar Government sponsorship

Author: GBC

Date: 22 May 2014

La Linea’s Real Balompedica Football Club is in discussions with the Gibraltar Government over a possible sponsorship deal. A number of Gibraltar’s leading footballers have played for La Balona in recent years, which competes in Spain’s third division. The club is reportedly in need of financial support and approached the Gibraltar government for sponsorship.

HMS Northumberland in Gibraltar today

Author: GBC

Date: 22 May 2014

The Type 23 Frigate HMS Northumberland is in Gibraltar today for a short visit, as she sets out on a seven-month deployment to the Gulf region. The ship left its home in Plymouth on Monday where well-wishers gathered to wave her off. She'll relieve her sister ship, and recent visitor to Gibraltar, HMS Somerset that has been policing the busy shipping lanes and carrying out maritime security and counter-piracy patrols.

UK Government urges incognito EU visits

Author: GBC

Date: 22 May 2014

The UK Government said it has stressed the need for the European Commission to put pressure on Spain to return border checks to reasonable and proportionate levels, and argued in favour of follow-up visits, both announced and un-announced.

23-year-old Chinese man arrested and charged with rape

Author: GBC

Date: 22 May 2014

A 23 year old Chinese man has been arrested and charged with Rape. Ze-cheng Li normally resides in the UK but had been staying at a local hotel. Following an allegation of Rape, he was arrested early yesterday morning and subsequently charged.

Feetham to move new Fishing Motion at next Parliament session

Author: GBC

Date: 21 May 2014

The Leader of the Opposition has given notice of a motion that he proposes to move at next week’s meeting of Parliament, asking the Government what it plans to do to regulate fishing in Gibraltar waters.

Former Attorney General Katie Dawson dies aged 71

Author: GBC

Date: 21 May 2014

Former Attorney General and Supreme Court Registrar, Katie Dawson, has died at the age of 71 after a long illness. Mrs Dawson, who studied law in Edinburgh, was Crown Counsel in the UK and Hong Kong, and was Gibraltar’s Attorney General between 1995 and 1997. She was Supreme Court Registrar up until 2005 when she retired, and also held the post of deputy coroner.

MOD Alarm apology

Author: GBC

Date: 21 May 2014

The Ministry of Defence has apologised to the public for an Alarm which sounded at the Naval Base early this morning.

Government and Opposition urge public to vote

Author: GBC

Date: 21 May 2014

Both Government and Opposition have made public statements urging the Gibraltarian public to exercise their democratic vote at tomorrow’s European Elections. The Deputy Chief Minister and Deputy Opposition Leader have both pointed out that the right to vote in the European Elections was a long hard struggle ending with a legal battle before the European Courts.

British Government publishes Biodiversity Strategy for Overseas Territories

Author: GBC

Date: 21 May 2014

The British Government has published the latest report on its Biodiversity Strategy for its Overseas Territories. The Strategy aims to protect and promote environmental assets in the Territories, and provide advice and support to Territory Governments. It also assists research and climate change projects.

Diamond Jubilee Trust gifts £60,000 to charities

Author: GBC

Date: 21 May 2014

The Diamond Jubilee Trust Fund has given out a total of over £60,000 to local charities to invest in projects designed to make a real and lasting impact on the lives of Gibraltarians, of all generations.

2014 Spring Art Exhibition winners announced

Author: GBC

Date: 21 May 2014

The 2014 Spring Art Exhibition is now open to the public at the Gustavo Bacarisas Gallery. The winners were announced last night by the Minister for Culture, Steven Linares. Benjamin Hassan is the winner of this year’s Exhibition. His painting ‘Booth’ depicts a popular landmark within the Alameda Botanical Gardens.

VIDEO: Bishop Ralph Heskett to leave Gibraltar for new role in Hallam Diocese

Author: GBC

Date: 20 May 2014

Bishop Ralph Heskett will be leaving Gibraltar in the summer after being appointed Bishop of Hallam in Sheffield. The appointment, by Pope Francis, was announced at midday today. Bishop Heskett was moved to tears at the prospect of leaving Gibraltar. He'll take up his new appointment in the next two months. There was no announcement regarding his successor.

Government to increase lobbying presence in US and Brussels

Author: GBC

Date: 20 May 2014

Gibraltar will be increasing its political lobbying presence in Brussels and Washington. The Government says it is essential to take these steps in order to protect the long-term interests of Gibraltar.

Euro Election goes online

Author: GBC

Date: 20 May 2014

The Returning Officer for this week's European Election, Paul Martinez, has enhanced the service provided by Parliament's website, parliament.gi, to bring the election closer to the people and the media. As from seven in the morning on Thursday, polling day, a link will enable users to keep up to date with the hourly turnout at each of the 14 polling stations and to see what the overall running total is. Then on Sunday, when votes are counted, the website will offer graphical representations of the result as soon as it's announced.

Customs ballot paves the way for restructure

Author: GBC

Date: 20 May 2014

Customs Officers have today voted overwhelmingly in favour of a roadmap for a restructure which will seem them recognised as a law enforcement agency, give them a 12 percent pay rise and subject them to a new disciplinary code.

Live evidence concludes in Marrache Trial

Author: GBC

Date: 20 May 2014

The Marrache trial – the longest running court case in Gibraltar’s history – has finished hearing live evidence, over seven months after it started in the Supreme Court. The collapsed law firm’s former Managing Partner, Benjamin Marrache, was the last witness to give live testimony this morning.

Another incursion by Spanish warship

Author: GBC

Date: 19 May 2014

Spanish Warship SPS Vigia has this morning motored through Gibraltar waters to the east of the Rock. Initial reports suggest the Convent is treating it as an unlawful incursion. GBC understands the Spanish Warship told the Royal Navy she was in Spanish territorial waters.

Row over public finances continues

Author: GBC

Date: 19 May 2014

The Government and Opposition have re-ignited their row over public finances. The Government has accused Opposition Leader Daniel Feetham of political hypocrisy for complaining about the cost of various projects that will benefit ordinary people. While the Opposition criticise the manner in which the Government is funding its electoral commitments using savers’ money from the Savings Bank.

Command paper on referendum law published

Author: GBC

Date: 19 May 2014

The Government is today publishing a command paper on a referendum law. Under the proposed measure, a referendum can be held when the Chief Minister makes an order containing the question to be put to the public, what percentage of votes will be required to win and the date on which the referendum will be held.

European Elections - Who will local parties endorse?

Author: GBC

Date: 19 May 2014

The Chief Minister says he will not be endorsing any particular political party or candidate for the European Elections, but has urged the public to make the most of their hard-fought political rights and turn out to vote. His Party, the GSLP, will however be endorsing the Labour Party as it has done in all previous elections. For his part, the Leader of the Opposition says he personally will be voting Conservative, but the GSD will not be endorsing any party. The Liberal Party has made no secret of the fact that it will be supporting the Liberal Democrats.

Royal Navy to boost permanent Gibraltar presence

Author: GBC

Date: 18 May 2014

The Royal Navy is increasing the number of sailors based permanently in Gibraltar. A spokesperson for MOD Gibraltar said this was to allow patrol boats to be operated 24 hours a day, but the Daily Express says it's a firm sign that the UK Government "will no longer tolerate illegal Spanish incursions".

Couple arrested for feeding macaques

Author: GBC

Date: 18 May 2014

The Royal Gibraltar Police arrested a Spanish couple this weekend for feeding macaques. RGP officers reportedly witnessed the couple handing over food to the monkeys on Sir Herbert Miles Road on Saturday.

HMG denies Sir Graham Watson claim

Author: GBC

Date: 17 May 2014

The British Government has denied that it had anything to do with the failure by Madrid last year to secure the 2020 Olympic Games. This follows the claim by South West of England and Gibraltar MEP Sir Graham Watson that David Cameron warned the Spanish Prime Minister that the UK would frustrate Madrid's bid if Spain persisted with its policy of harrassment towards Gibraltar.

VIDEO - Watson claims London scuppered Madrid's Olympic bid over Gibraltar

Author: GBC

Date: 16 May 2014

Liberal Democrat MEP for Gibraltar, Sir Graham Watson, has claimed that Madrid's bid to host the 2020 Olympic Games failed as a direct result of Spain's hardline policy towards Gibraltar. Speaking on a European Election Viewpoint debate on GBC Television, Sir Graham claimed that Prime Minister David Cameron told his Spanish counterpart Mariano Rajoy that if he continued with the border queues the UK would make sure Madrid didn't get the Games.

European Election broadcasts screened by GBC Television

Author: GBC

Date: 16 May 2014

A series of television broadcasts by the parties contesting the European Election will be screened by GBC between Friday evening and next Wednesday.

Government and Opposition clash on Schengen consultation

Author: GBC

Date: 16 May 2014

The Government and Opposition have again exchanged statements on the Chief Minister’s proposed consultation exercise on Gibraltar's EU status.

PSOE Andalucia calls for end to frontier queues

Author: GBC

Date: 16 May 2014

The general secretary of the Andalusian PSOE Susana Díaz has called on the PP Government to deal with the Spain / Gibraltar border with greater sensitivity, and to express solidarity with the thousands of workers cross the border dail to work on the Rock.

VIDEO - "Europe is on your doorstep", Conservative MEP candidate tells Gibraltar

Author: GBC

Date: 16 May 2014

Europe is on our doorstep, and affects everyone in Gibraltar every day. This according to Conservative MEP Candidate, James Cracknell, who visited Gibraltar together with the Party's Chairman, Grant Shapps. They met with then Acting Chief Minister, Dr John Cortes, as well as the Leader of the Opposition, Daniel Feetham.

Oral history archive presented in London

Author: GBC

Date: 16 May 2014

An oral history archive of Gibraltar from 1930 to 1970 has been presented to the Chief Minister in London. The archive was commissioned by the Friends of Gibraltar and comprises 90 interviews, by those who were stationed here during World War Two and the subsequent years of reconstruction.

'Grossly unhealthy vendetta' or 'too serious to ignore'?

Author: GBC

Date: 16 May 2014

The Government has accused the GSD of pursuing an obsessive and “grossly unhealthy vendetta” against Joanna Hernandez, in response to the Opposition’s call for an update on the investigation into allegations of bullying made against her.

Spain to intensify border controls

Author: GBC

Date: 16 May 2014

Spain has written to the European Commission blaming the Gibraltar authorities for an increase in tobacco-related activity at the border, and has vowed to intensify controls at the border as a result. This follows the expiry of a six-month deadline the Commission had imposed for an improvement to border flow.

Convent coffee morning to commemorate Royal Marines 350th anniversary

Author: GBC

Date: 16 May 2014

The Governor’s residence opened its doors to the public today. A coffee morning was held, as part of the Royal Marines 350th Anniversary celebrations. Royal Marines memorabilia was on sale and a selection of cakes and refreshments were served.

Spanish TV crew arrested for raising Spanish flag in Catalan Bay

Author: GBC

Date: 15 May 2014

Two members of a Spanish TV Crew have been arrested after they raised a Spanish Flag in Catalan Bay. The men were filming in Gibraltar and were arrested by the Royal Gibraltar Police for conduct likely to cause a breach of the peace. GBC understands the material has been confiscated by the police.

Barrister and businessman both charged with Perverting the Course of Public Justice

Author: GBC

Date: 15 May 2014

Local barrister Suresh Mahtani, and businessman Steven Marin, both aged 46, have been charged with Conspiracy to Pervert the Course of Public Justice. The two men were arrested last March and appeared in court today.

International Day Against Homophobia marked at Piazza today

Author: GBC

Date: 15 May 2014

Equality Rights Group Chairman Felix Alvarez has called on Gibraltarians to be the change they want to see in this world. Marking International Day against Homophobia at the Piazza, Ministers Gilbert Licudi and Samantha Sacramento gave thanks to the Group for their hard work and partnership with Government over the years in developing legislation to stamp out inequality.

GSD questions Hernandez investigation

Author: GBC

Date: 15 May 2014

The GSD has called on the Government to make a statement updating the public on the investigation into the allegations of bullying made against Johanna Hernandez. The Opposition says the allegations are of a very serious abusive nature against young trainees, and allegedly carried out by an individual whom the GSLP Liberals themselves raised the profile of when they were in Opposition, even to the point of appearing on Spanish national TV.

EC border deadline - Picardo and Liddington heap the pressure on Spain

Author: GBC

Date: 15 May 2014

The six-month deadline set by the European Commission for improvements to border flow expired today - the Gibraltar Government says it will be writing to the Commission setting out everything it’s done to comply, as well as Spain’s lack of progress on the matter. The Chief Minister has also raised the issue with Europe Minister, David Liddington, at a meeting today in London. Mr Liddington himself said he was deeply concerned by Spain’s delays in responding to the Commission’s recommendations and has vowed to use diplomatic pressure on the Spanish Government to return the border queues to reasonable levels.

Construction Company Wilkie Ltd stops trading: 20 employees lose their jobs

Author: GBC

Date: 15 May 2014

Unite the Union has confirmed that Local Construction Company Wilkie Ltd has stopped trading, and twenty employees have lost their jobs as a result. This follows the retirement of the Managing Director last April. According to the Union, it has negotiated redundancy terms between the employer and the workers.

Macaque awareness advert launched

Author: GBC

Date: 15 May 2014

A new TV advert has been launched which aims to raise awareness of the links between human and macaque behaviour. The advert, produced by the Department of the Environment, is being broadcast on GBC and will also be available on the Thinking Green website.

Concerned Citizens endorse Sir Graham Watson

Author: GBC

Date: 14 May 2014

The Concerned Citizens Group says it's unanimously agreed to support the candidature of Sir Graham Watson at next week's European Election. The group says the Liberal Democrat is the only MEP who, year after year, has fought for Gibraltar's EU rights.

Gibraltar Academy of Dance marks 30th anniversary

Author: GBC

Date: 14 May 2014

The Gibraltar Academy of Dance is celebrating 30 years with a production entitled 'Time'. The original story has been written and produced by Paulette Finlayson, and runs till Friday at the John Mackintosh Hall.

GFA accepts it was mistaken on Europa League

Author: GBC

Date: 14 May 2014

The Gibraltar Football Association has had to back-track on a decision taken at the beginning of the season as to who would qualify for European competitions.The GFA has confirmed that College Europa FC have qualified for the UEFA Europa League as runners up of the Rock Cup, while League and cup winners Lincoln qualify for the Champions League.

Danny Alexander says Gibraltar can count on his support

Author: GBC

Date: 14 May 2014

The Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander, has said the people of Gibraltar can count on his continued support. Mr. Alexander visited the Rock last week, and says his trip has given him a real insight into the difficulties Gibraltar faces.

Chief Minister meets with Conservative Party Chairman

Author: GBC

Date: 14 May 2014

The Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister have met with the Chairman of the Conservative Party. Fabian Picardo and Dr Joseph Garcia met with Grant Shapps in the House of Commons ahead of his visit to Gibraltar.

GSD not approached over Schengen and Customs Union consultation

Author: GBC

Date: 14 May 2014

The Opposition says it was not approached by the Government ahead of the announcement of a public consultation exercise on whether Gibraltar should join the Schengen Agreement and the EU’s Common Customs Union.

Chief Justice deliberates constitutional challenge

Author: GBC

Date: 14 May 2014

The Chief Justice will consider complex legal arguments for a few weeks before delivering a judgement on whether or not the judge overseeing the Marrache fraud trial was appointed unconstitutionally.

ERG 2014 Civil Society Awards

Author: GBC

Date: 14 May 2014

The Equality Rights Group held their second annual Civil Society Awards this morning; recognising ground-breaking charitable work in our community. The ERG is also pushing for a Pro-Bono Scheme to be established in Gibraltar, to compliment the current legal aid system, for those who cannot afford it. The Group says they’re ready to work in consultation with the Government, and will be working on their proposal.

Swiss Bank reviews operations in Gibraltar

Author: GBC

Date: 13 May 2014

Swiss Bank, Union Bancaire Privee, is reviewing its operations in Gibraltar following its recent acquisition of part of the Lloyds business here.

GSD reacts to Bossano on Future Job Strategy

Author: GBC

Date: 13 May 2014

The GSD says Minister Joe Bossano’s recent outburst during a GBC interview last Friday will mean nothing to those who are calling for proper training and real jobs. Deputy Leader Damon Bossino, and Mr Bossano have been locked in a war of words on the effectiveness of the Future Job Strategy, following a call by Unite the Union’s youth committee for apprenticeship schemes.

Chief Justice starts hearing constitutional challenge at Marrache Trial

Author: GBC

Date: 13 May 2014

The Chief Justice Anthony Dudley has started hearing the constitutional challenge presented by Benjamin Marrache. Mr Marrache claims High Court Judge Sir Geoffrey Grigson was older than the Gibraltar Constitution allows when he was appointed to hear the ongoing multi-million pound fraud trial in which Mr Marrache is a defendant.

Chief Minister meets Labour leader Ed Miliband

Author: GBC

Date: 13 May 2014

The Chief Minister has met with the UK’s leader of the Opposition, Ed Miliband, at the House of Commons, to discuss issues such as gaming, financial services and defence.

Gibraltar Finance to attend British Insurance Broker's Association annual conference

Author: GBC

Date: 13 May 2014

Gibraltar Finance will be taking part in the British Insurance Broker’s Association annual conference in Manchester this week.

Opposition leader hints at quitting politics if GSD loses next general election

Author: GBC

Date: 13 May 2014

The Leader of the Opposition, Daniel Feetham, has hinted that he might not continue in politics if the GSD loses the next general election. Mr. Feetham was speaking at a news conference in response to the recent "Direct Democracy" session of the Chief Minister.

VIDEO - SDGG calls on Gibraltarians to exercise right to vote at European Elections

Author: GBC

Date: 13 May 2014

The Self Determination for Gibraltar Group has called on all Gibraltarians to exercise the hard-won right to vote at the European Elections at the end of this month. At the last European Election in 2009 only 35 per cent of the electorate voted, which was below the average turnout for the Southwest. The group says the right to vote was a tremendously important victory for Gibraltar, and it asks the public to give a little of their time for this principle.

"No surprise" La Linea air quality extremely poor, says ESG

Author: GBC

Date: 12 May 2014

The Environmental Safety Group says it can be no surprise that air quality in La Linea is extremely poor, given the lethal levels of toxic emissions the industrial base in the Bay has been producing over forty years.

VIDEO: Government and Opposition clash over fishing

Author: GBC

Date: 12 May 2014

The Government and the Opposition have once again clashed on the issue of fishing. The GSD claims that Spanish fishermen are better informed of the Government's plans than they are, but Number Six Convent Place has countered that the Leader of the Opposition, Daniel Feetham adopts contradictory positions, and that the former GSD Government never consulted.

Civil servants start new working hours

Author: GBC

Date: 12 May 2014

Civil servants start their new working hours today, with some working straight through from eight till half three, and others starting at 8.45 and finishing at 4.30, with summer hours.

Unite Young Members' Committee says it's apolitical

Author: GBC

Date: 12 May 2014

The Young Members’ Committee of Unite the Union has issued a statement emphasising that it’s an apolitical entity, and part of an organisation that represents Gibraltarians’ working rights regardless of political affiliation.

VIDEO: Platini on the Rock

Author: GBC

Date: 10 May 2014

The GFA has described Michel Platini’s visit as a huge honour for Gibraltar, and says the players and referees who took part in Saturday’s Rock Cup final are still buzzing from the UEFA President’s participation. Gibraltar’s Footballing body says it would like to see the same spectator support for local football in future.

VIDEO: Danny Alexander - 'Lib Dems seem to have Gib support'

Author: GBC

Date: 10 May 2014

The Chief Secretary to the Treasury has thanked Gibraltar for its support of Lib Dem Candidate, Sir Graham Watson, ahead of the European Elections. Danny Alexander told GBC the strength of feeling on the border issue had been impressed on him during his visit.

Harley motorcade sets Queen's Baton Relay in motion

Author: GBC

Date: 10 May 2014

A squadron of Harley Davidson bikes set off from a bustling Casemates Square as the Queen's Baton began its relay around Gibraltar. The Baton arrived from Malta yesterday, and the relay is part of the ceremonial prelude to the Commonwealth Games.

Spanish fisherman better informed than Gib Opposition, says Feetham

Author: GBC

Date: 10 May 2014

The Leader of the Opposition has lamented that it has had to read reports of Spanish fishermen rejecting Government proposals in the Spanish press. Daniel Feetham says it's not the first time such reports regarding fishing regulation appear in the press across the border.

Madrid miffed by Platini visit

Author: GBC

Date: 09 May 2014

This weekend's visit to Gibraltar by UEFA President Michel Platini has not gone down well in Spanish political circles, according to the El Mundo newspaper. Although there's been no official reaction from the Government nor the Spanish Football Federation, the paper says the visit is being interpreted by Madrid as another recognition of Gibraltar by the international community.

Local contribution invited for WWII Evacuation art installation project

Author: GBC

Date: 09 May 2014

Gibraltarians whose families were affected by the World War Two Evacuation have been invited to contribute to a new installation art project. The exhibition, titled “In a Low Voice”, is organised by the Little Constellation network of artists from Europe’s smaller states, working together with the Ministry for Culture.

Queen's Baton arrives on the Rock

Author: GBC

Date: 09 May 2014

The Queen’s Baton has arrived on the Rock from Malta ahead of this weekend’s relay – the traditional curtain raiser to the Commonwealth Games. Over 70 nations and territories will take part in the 20th annual Games, which are hosted this year in Glasgow.

Feetham: Gibraltar full of "doubt and uncertainty" in key areas

Author: GBC

Date: 09 May 2014

The Leader of the Opposition has told a gathering of GSD followers that the Gibraltar of 2011 has been transformed from one of security and stability, to one of doubt and uncertainty in key areas, such as relations with Spain, the management of public finances and uncontrolled expectations.

VIDEO: Danny Alexander says UK listening to gaming industry's concerns

Author: GBC

Date: 09 May 2014

The Chief Secretary to the Treasury has told GBC the UK Government has listened to the concerns expressed by Gibraltar’s gaming industry, and plans to take those on board when considering the proposed ‘point of consumption’ legislation.

La Línea meeting to discuss frontier queues

Author: GBC

Date: 09 May 2014

A representative of the Regional Government of Andalusia has revealed that he's written to the Spanish Foreign Minister, José Manuel García Margallo, seeking an end to the frontier queues. Manuel Jiménez Barrios met in La Línea on Friday afternoon with the Mayor, Gemma Araujo, and members of the two cross-frontier groups that are lobbying on this issue

Two local men fined £1,200 for possession of 40,400 cigarettes

Author: GBC

Date: 09 May 2014

Two local men have been fined £1,200 each for possession of over 40 thousand cigarettes in the Magistrate’s Court. The tobacco has been forfeited and the vessel they were travelling in will now be subject to a forfeiture hearing.

Spanish nationals receive £2,000 fines for importing RHIB into Gibraltar waters

Author: GBC

Date: 09 May 2014

Two Spanish Nationals have been fined £2,000 each for importing a rigid hulled inflatable boat. The 6.7 metre RHIB was sighted two miles off Europa Point. RGP Officers approached and boarded the vessel, where 21 jerry cans of fuel were found.

Picardo announces consultation on Schengen and Customs Union

Author: GBC

Date: 09 May 2014

The Chief Minister has announced the beginning of a consultation process to explore potential membership of Schengen and the Customs Union.

Government reacts to GSD criticisms of training programmes

Author: GBC

Date: 09 May 2014

The Government says it has no intention of changing its training programmes, which it says have reduced the level of unemployment and led to the highest ever number of Gibraltarians in full time jobs. This follows a GSD press release in which Deputy Leader backed Unite the Union’s Call for Apprenticeships.

West end star, Ray Quinn, confirmed for Miss Gibraltar pageant

Author: GBC

Date: 09 May 2014

West end star and former X-Factor runner up Ray Quinn, has been announced as the lead act to perform at this year’s Miss Gibraltar Pageant. Ray Quinn who recently won ITV’s Celebrity Dancing on Ice – will be joined by the New Jersey Boys, performing songs from the hit musical. Local performers will include Andrea Martin, Guy Valarino, Corinne Cooper and After Hours.

Royal Marines rock memorial to be flown to the UK

Author: GBC

Date: 09 May 2014

A two-tonne piece of the Rock is to be flown to the UK, to be sculpted into a memorial celebrating the links between Gibraltar and the Royal Marines on their 350th anniversary. The memorial will be placed at Woodbury Common, a training area described by the Governor, Sir James Dutton, as “absolutely invaluable” to the Royal Marines.

Financial Services Minister signs FATCA with USA

Author: GBC

Date: 09 May 2014

Financial Services Minister, Albert Isola, yesterday signed an Intergovernmental Agreement with the US to improve International Tax Compliance, and to Implement a new initiative called the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act).

GSD questions Hong Kong Office

Author: GBC

Date: 08 May 2014

The GSD has called on the Government to explain the purpose of the new Hong Kong office, and whether the newly appointed director has any qualifications, which will enable him to access the Chinese market.

Port Operators welcome new Captain of the Port

Author: GBC

Date: 08 May 2014

The Port Operators Association has welcomed the new Captain of the Port, Bob Sanguinetti, on his new role, and hopes to enjoy the same excellent communication and working relationship as it did with his predecessor.

Benjamin Marrache says he's "extremely hurt" by his clients' losses

Author: GBC

Date: 08 May 2014

Benjamin Marrache has told the Supreme Court he’s “extremely hurt by all the losses” his clients suffered because of what he called the “ill-thought-out” investigation and closure of Marrache and Co.

Supreme Court judge suggests juvenile detention be considered

Author: GBC

Date: 08 May 2014

A Supreme Court judge has suggested that consideration be given to detention for juveniles under the age of 14, in the case of “persistent offenders”.

La Linea most polluted city in Spain

Author: GBC

Date: 08 May 2014

La Linea has been found to be the city most suffering from air pollution in Spain, according to a report by the World Health Organisation. The WHO has compiled a list of 1600 cities in 91 countries. In 2011, La Linea was found to have an average of 33 milligrams of Particulate Matter 10 per Cubic Metre, well above the national average.

Spanish man fined £200 for failure to leave Blue Zone

Author: GBC

Date: 08 May 2014

A Spanish man has been fined £200 for failing to leave a Special “Blue” Zone when told to do so by the RGP. La Linea resident Juan Luiz Nunez Bernal was fined in the Magistrates’ Court, regarding an incident in March where he was instructed to leave Winston Churchill Avenue.

Government sends additional 500 frontier complaints to Brussels

Author: GBC

Date: 08 May 2014

The Government has sent the European Commission over five hundred complaints against the delays at the border since their six month countdown commenced in November. Statistics show that on most days there were delays of at least an hour for traffic leaving Gibraltar, and that the peak was four hours. The longest waiting time for pedestrians was 90 minutes.

VIDEO: Platini to visit Gib on Saturday

Author: GBC

Date: 08 May 2014

UEFA President, Michel Platini, will be in Gibraltar on Saturday, and will be the guest of honour at the Rock Cup Final, the GFA has announced. Mr Platini will be accompanied by Deputy Secretary General, Theodore Theodoris, and Head of Football Development, Jean Francois Domergue, as well as the Head of the President’s Office, Kevin Lamour.

VIDEO: Government clamps down on tobacco abuse

Author: GBC

Date: 07 May 2014

The Government is increasing the powers to Customs and the Royal Gibraltar Police to combat anti social behaviour linked to tobacco. The main measure will be the designation of residential estates as “Red Zones” under the Tobacco Act.

Opposition joins UNITE’s call for a revival of the apprenticeships programs

Author: GBC

Date: 07 May 2014

The Opposition says it fully identifies with the call by Unite the Union's Young Members Committee for a revival of the apprenticeships programmes and a return to the trade and partnership agreements with the private sector.

RGP launch by runway in on going tobacco operation

Author: GBC

Date: 07 May 2014

An ongoing Royal Gibraltar Police operation includes a permanent presence of the RGP launch in both the Western and Eastern side of the Rock.

Hefty fines imposed for tobacco related offences

Author: GBC

Date: 07 May 2014

Numerous hefty fines were imposed today in both the Supreme and Magistrate’s Court in relation to tobacco offences. Four defendants were fined £10,000 each for being part of an organised wholesale distribution of tobacco without a license. In a separate matter, two men were also given significant fines of £4,000 and £5,000 in the Supreme Court by Chief Justice, Anthony Dudley.

VIDEO: New beach facilities

Author: GBC

Date: 07 May 2014

New chlorinated swimming pools were unveiled today at Camp Bay and Little Bay as part of an ongoing refurbishment and improvement for Gibraltar’s beaches. A series of concrete ramps have also been installed at Eastern Beach to replace the timber ones, which had deteriorated very quickly.

GHA invites nominations for Staff Awards

Author: GBC

Date: 07 May 2014

The Health Authority is inviting nominations for this year’s staff awards programme. The programme, established in 2006, aims to recognise and reward individual and team excellence.

GSPCA Chairperson resigns over 'system which fails to protect animals from abuse'

Author: GBC

Date: 06 May 2014

The Chairperson of the Gibraltar Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Animals, Francesca Lee, has resigned in protest at what she describes as ‘a system, which fails to protect animals from abuse’.

ASCTEG hits out at 'double filter' at frontier

Author: GBC

Date: 06 May 2014

Meanwhile the Spanish workers in Gibraltar Association – ASCTEG, has hit out at what it describes as a new ‘double filter’ initiative at the frontier, similar to those put in place during the 1990s.

Government accuses Opposition of taking politics in Gibraltar to 'new low' over Power Station

Author: GBC

Date: 06 May 2014

In response, the Government has accused the Opposition of taking politics in Gibraltar to a “new low”. In a further statement, Number Six says the “considerable difference” between the Lathbury Barracks power station and the proposed stadium at Europa Point, is that the latter planning process is being conducted in a transparent and open manner in front of the press and the public.

Chief Secretary to the Treasury visiting Gibraltar this week

Author: GBC

Date: 06 May 2014

The Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander, will be visiting Gibraltar this week. The Liberal Democrat is second only to the Chancellor at the Treasury, and the most senior Cabinet Minister to visit Gibraltar since former Defence Secretary Liam Fox in July 2011.

Marrache trial latest

Author: GBC

Date: 06 May 2014

In the ongoing multi million pound Marrache fraud trial, Benjamin Marrache says he cannot “recall” what exactly happened to 3.5million pounds that belonged to a client of the firm. The former Managing Partner of collapsed law firm, Marrache and Co, was answering questions from the lead prosecutor, John McGuinness QC today in the Supreme Court.

GRA to take part in app privacy sweep

Author: GBC

Date: 06 May 2014

The Gibraltar Regulatory Authority will be reviewing the use of personal data by mobile apps to identify privacy issues. As Data Protection Commissioner, it will work together with other privacy enforcement authorities around the world in the 2014 Sweep by the Global Privacy Enforcement Network. This will take place between the 12th and 18th of this month.

Spain's plans for border upgrades revealed

Author: GBC

Date: 06 May 2014

A dramatic five-million euro overhaul of the Spanish side of the frontier will see four lanes of traffic to enter Spain, and six lanes of traffic to enter Gibraltar, and will be completed by the end of this year. This has been revealed by the Spanish newspaper ‘La Verdad’, who have published architect’s designs commissioned by the Customs Border Agency.

GSD brands Fabian Picardo a 'political hypocrite'

Author: GBC

Date: 06 May 2014

The Opposition has labelled the Chief Minister a political hypocrite following the Government's latest statement on the power station. It takes Fabian Picardo to task for suggesting the GSD's planned power station at Lathbury Barracks would have ruined the skyline, while at the same time throwing his weight behind a "huge" stadium at Europa Point.

Young Members Committee of Unite demands revival of apprenticeships in trade

Author: GBC

Date: 05 May 2014

The Young Members Committee of Unite is demanding the revival of apprenticeships in trade and partnership agreements with major companies in Gibraltar. It claims that without this there will be a skills deficit, which is not good for the future of the economy and Gibraltar. The Union is promoting itself among young people in an aim to increase youth involvement in the Union.

Small Boats Marina tender awarded

Author: GBC

Date: 05 May 2014

The Government has awarded the tender for the design and build of the Small Boats Marina to Gibraltar Joinery and Building Services (GJBS) in the sum of 23.6 million pounds. Six tenders were received in all.

Cost of housing remedial works - latest press-release war between Government & Opposition

Author: GBC

Date: 05 May 2014

The Government says the Opposition is “totally incorrect” in saying it cost the GSD Government over twenty million pounds to put right poor workmanship in estates such as Westside and Brympton. Number Six says as the contractor was taken to court and lost the case, it had to pay for the repairs instead of the Government. This follows a Government statement claiming that housing projects built by the previous administration could cost £15 million.

GSD Housing Projects could cost up to £15million in repairs, according to Govt.

Author: GBC

Date: 05 May 2014

Some of the major housing projects undertaken by the GSD administration could cost the Government up to fifteen million pounds. This according to Number Six which says essential repairs to the various housing estates, built in the last ten years will cost around eight million pounds, and that furthermore the Government is in litigation, challenging a claim for seven million to Barclays under the OEM’s liquidation.

Government guarantees new housing allocation scheme is above board

Author: GBC

Date: 05 May 2014

The Government states the allocation process for the new affordable housing schemes is being carried out strictly in accordance with the waiting list of the 9th of December 2011 with absolutely no exceptions. This follows a call from the Opposition to institute an open and transparent process in the allocation of homes in the two new affordable housing schemes.

Liberal International calls on Spain to end coercion

Author: GBC

Date: 05 May 2014

The Congress of Liberal international has called on the Spanish Government to end the campaign of coercion and economic sanctions against Gibraltar. Meeting in the Netherlands, it’s also urged Madrid to return to the trilateral Forum for Dialogue.

Local designer wins Runway 2014

Author: GBC

Date: 05 May 2014

An aspiring local designer has won the New Designer Competition as part of the fashion event ‘Runway’. In its second year it aims to promote the Fashion industry locally, whilst creating opportunities.

Three tobacco arrests and not eight regarding Waterport Terraces shop

Author: GBC

Date: 04 May 2014

Only three of eight tobacco arrests carried out by the Royal Gibraltar Police last week were in relation to a shop in Waterport Terraces. GBC had reported that all eight arrests concerned the shop in question, but the RGP has clarified that five of them were as part of an ogoing investigation.

RGP arrest 8 in Waterport Terraces tobacco shop operation

Author: GBC

Date: 04 May 2014

The Royal Gibraltar Police has carried out eight arrests and seized over 25 boxes of tobacco during an operation in relation to a shop in Waterport Terraces. The operation is on-going and investigations continue.

HMS Triumph in port

Author: GBC

Date: 04 May 2014

The nuclear-powered submarine HMS Triumph is in Gibraltar for a short stay as part of her scheduled operational tasking.

Power to the people

Author: GBC

Date: 04 May 2014

A triumvirate of Ministers visited the North Mole at the weekend to see for themselves the first batch of sixteen new temporary turbines that will supplement local electrical supply. Together, the turbines will provide an extra 20 megawatts of power.

Sir William Jackson's 'valedictory despatch' released

Author: GBC

Date: 02 May 2014

"Governing Gibraltar is like flying a helicopter, which has to be kept airborne by the pilot's hands and feet constantly working the controls". So wrote former Governor Sir William Jackson in 1982, at the end of his tour of duty. In Foreign Office papers just released, Sir William describes Gibraltar as a "strategic Paper Tiger" neither adequately armed to control the Strait nor to defend itself".

Norwegian Frigate to visit Gibraltar

Author: GBC

Date: 02 May 2014

The Norwegian Frigate, HMOMS Helge will arrive on the Rock on Sunday to top up on fuel and supplies.

Chief Minister speaks to Spanish law students

Author: GBC

Date: 02 May 2014

The Chief Minister today met with 50 pupils of the Law Faculty of the Universities of Seville and Huelva. Students have been coming to the Rock to learn more about Gibraltar’s international status and matters of Utrecht, amongst other issues, for a number of years now.

Underage drinking 'on the increase' - RGP launches awareness campaign

Author: GBC

Date: 02 May 2014

Reports of underage drinking are on the increase, this according to the Royal Gibraltar Police. As a result, the RGP is carrying out an “Underage Drinking Awareness” campaign. Supplying a person under the age of 18 with alcohol is an offence under the 2006 Children and Young Persons Act.

1982 Barbary Apes concern

Author: GBC

Date: 02 May 2014

The published 1982 Foreign Office papers also suggest that the legend about Gibraltar passing to Spain when the Barbary Apes desert the Rock was given some credence by the British Government. The concern was that with the frontier opening that year, more tourists would come, who would feed more to the apes. Overfeeding would then lead to obese females and a drop in fertilty.

Mayday Rally - CM signals 'Private Sector Pension' talks

Author: GBC

Date: 01 May 2014

The Chief Minister has vowed to meet with Trades Unions and explore the options for the implementation of an occupational pension scheme for the private sector. Speaking at the May Day rally at Casemates Mr Picardo said his Government will also be delivering on vocational training as well as health & safety standards in the workplace. Meanwhile, in response to recent criticism about inclusion in the event, Unite Regional Officer Victor Ochello said in his Mayday speech that no-one needs to receive an invitation to attend the celebrations at Casemates – everyone is welcome.

Royal Navy mine hunter HMS Blyth leaves Gibraltar

Author: GBC

Date: 30 April 2014

A Royal Navy mine hunter has stopped over in Gibraltar before being deployed to the Mediterranean as part of a NATO task group. HMS Blyth had an eventful trip getting here, having rescued two sailors from an emergency at sea not long after setting out.

GSD not invited to Mayday rally

Author: GBC

Date: 30 April 2014

Meanwhile the Opposition regrets that it has not been invited to the Mayday rally this year. It says none of the GSD members of Parliament have received an invitation despite the event being funded by the taxpayer.

Government and Opposition clash over power generation

Author: GBC

Date: 30 April 2014

Meanwhile, the debate between the Government and the Opposition on the choices for power generation continues with number six saying their poor explanations will fool no one. It claims the GSD’s main argument for choosing a diesel power system was that it would have been nearly impossible to pipe gas all the way to Lathbury Barracks.

Government claims tobacco problems caused by GSD

Author: GBC

Date: 30 April 2014

For its part the Government says the GSD’s hypocrisy has sunk to a new low since it was on its watch that the relevant tobacco trade licenses were granted. It claims Glacis and Laguna were left with a tinder box of intimidation and uneasiness which had to be tackled by the incoming Government.

Chamber of Commerce regrets full e-Goverment does not coincide with new working hours

Author: GBC

Date: 30 April 2014

The Chamber of Commerce, which has historically opposed the proposal for new working hours for public sector workers says it’s a pity that full e-government will not be introduced at the same time. It also regrets that its recommendations for civil service counters to remain open till 4.30 in the afternoon, have not been taken on board.

GSD raises Waterport Terraces tobacco concerns

Author: GBC

Date: 30 April 2014

The GSD Opposition has accused the Government of "cleaning up" Laguna and Glacis Estates from the mass sale of cigarettes only at the expense of other areas like Waterport Terraces. It says it's met with residents there, who've told them they feel uneasy and intimidated by the practice of people loitering and stuffing their clothing with tobacco.

Unite announces Mayday speakers - GGCA claims it's been 'snubbed'

Author: GBC

Date: 30 April 2014

Unite the Union’s Acting Regional Manager, Christian Duo, says the Union will be presenting a 5000-strong petition from private sector workers for a statutory occupational pension scheme tomorrow. The GGCA, however, has criticised Unite for not having consulted with them, or invited them to take part in Mayday this year, and believes it is being undermined and ignored as a Union.

[VIDEO] No one hurt in Waterport Power Station explosion

Author: GBC

Date: 29 April 2014

A fire at Waterport Power Station on Sunday afternoon began at around two o'clock due to mechanical failure in Engine Number One. Smoke billowed out from the power station, and residents were asked to stay indoors and close their windows.

Opposition renews calls for Government to clarify on Fishing licenses

Author: GBC

Date: 29 April 2014

The Opposition has renewed its call for the Government to explain whether Spanish Fishermen will have to apply for a licence in Gibraltar, in order to fish in British Gibraltar Territorial Waters. It says it has been pressing the Government on this issue since November last year and that in Parliament in January, when the Leader of the Opposition asked the Chief Minister this very question, Mr. Picardo refused to answer.

Gibraltarian entry wins top prize at Gibraltar Song Festival

Author: GBC

Date: 29 April 2014

The song “Total Heaven”, written by Susie Alman and Dennis Valerga and sung by Nolan Frendo, received the most votes from a panel of judges and took the top prize at the Gibraltar International Song Festival.

Unions welcome new Civil Service hours

Author: GBC

Date: 29 April 2014

Both GGCA and Unite the Union have welcomed the new Civil Service hours announced by the Government, which will come into effect on Monday 12th May.

New Gib office in Hong Kong

Author: GBC

Date: 29 April 2014

A new Gibraltar Office in Hong Kong has been opened by the Government. The new facility aims to be a showcase for the Rock and will serve as a stepping stone into the Chinese market. Government believes it will benefit Gibraltar's financial services industry and also act as a shop window for other sectors of our economy.

Workers' Memorial Day honoured

Author: GBC

Date: 28 April 2014

'Remember the dead and fight for the living' that has been the main message at the Workers' Memorial Day ceremony. The event organised by Unite the Union and the Government took place at the lobby of Parliament, and focused on working people past and present. The importance of Health and Safety measures was highlighted in the speeches, with a need for a robust strategy identified, and a H&S working group established.

Fire at Flat Bastion Road

Author: GBC

Date: 28 April 2014

A fire at Flat Bastion Road has resulted in damage to the entrance and stairwell of a residential building. Although the exact cause of the fire is still under investigation the source was a motorcycle parked within the block. It's believed tenants have been advised to evacuate their homes.

Health and Wellbeing day a success

Author: GBC

Date: 27 April 2014

Meanwhile, the Health Authority is also exploring other possibilities with regards complementary therapies. Speaking to GBC at the first Health and Wellbeing Day over the weekend, the Minister for Health John Cortes said he’s keen to improve people’s health and support alternative legitimate methods.

Fire at Restaurant in Watergardens

Author: GBC

Date: 27 April 2014

A fire has caused extensive damage to a restaurant at Watergardens. The incident which was reported at around nine on Sunday evening, affected traffic flow with the closure of Waterport Road, westbound. No injuries have been reported.

Spanish arrest in British Gibraltar waters

Author: GBC

Date: 25 April 2014

The Guardia Civil took executive action in Gibraltar waters on Thursday morning, seizing an apparently tobacco-laden fishing boat and towing it to Spanish waters. Meanwhile, the RGP has poured cold water on Spanish press reports claiming the RGP had injured a Guardia Civil officer in the incident.

Marrache Trial: Crown cross examines Benjamin Marrache

Author: GBC

Date: 25 April 2014

The Crown has started cross-examining Benjamin Marrache with some forceful questioning of the manner in which money was moved out of client accounts at Marrache & Co, into an office account or to settle debts.

Gibtelecom to invest £6 million on 4G

Author: GBC

Date: 25 April 2014

Gibtelecom is to invest around six million pounds in the equipment necessary to introduce the next generation of mobile broadband in Gibraltar: 4G.

Government: 'Interview process for affordable housing projects has begun'

Author: GBC

Date: 25 April 2014

By way of an update on the affordable housing projects, the Government says the interview process has begun for Mons Calpe Mews and Beach View Terraces, and is being carried out professionally, with priority being given to those on the housing list in December 2011.

ESG says new replacement power station has to become top Government priority

Author: GBC

Date: 25 April 2014

The Environmental Safety Group says the new, replacement power station has to become the Government’s top priority, and is concerned and the on-going delays to get it built.

Government not upgrading Victoria Stadium to UEFA Category 3

Author: GBC

Date: 25 April 2014

The Government is not intending to upgrade the Victoria Stadium to UEFA Category 3 status, despite suggestions made to that effect at yesterday’s Development and Planning Commission. The Gibraltar Football Association has welcomed the new improvements to the Victoria Stadium saying it’s delighted at the news.

UK Ambassador summoned over fishing incident

Author: GBC

Date: 25 April 2014

The Spanish Foreign Office has summoned a representative of the British Embassy in Madrid to answer for what it describes as ‘a serious incident where a Guardia Civil officer was injured by a Gibraltarian patrol boat’.

Tony Lombard in Transport Commission protest

Author: GBC

Date: 25 April 2014

Former Mayor Tony Lombard has resigned from public service bodies and committees he was serving on in protest against the Government's decision not to appoint him for a second term as it announced in 2012. Mr. Lombard confirmed this to GBC after the Gibraltar Gazette published that he'd resigned from the Transport Commission.

DPC approves GSM masts: Gibtraltar's 3G Network to improve

Author: GBC

Date: 24 April 2014

Gibraltar’s 3G network is set to improve after the Development and Planning Commission approved the erection of a number of GSM masts today. No masts have gone up for the last two years after the parties agreed to devised a long-term plan, but this freeze ended today.

A positive Skin Cancer Screening day

Author: GBC

Date: 24 April 2014

Around four hundred patients were seen at the Skin Cancer Screening Day, held on Saturday at the Primary Care Centre. The initiative part of the Health Authority's Sun Awareness Campaign, has been described as positive and very successful, with organisers extremely pleased with the turnout. The event is expected to become an annual one.

GRA publishes revised broadcasting code for European Parliamentary Elections

Author: GBC

Date: 24 April 2014

The Regulatory Authority has published a revised code of standards for television and radio programmes to be broadcast in connection with the European Parliamentary Elections on the 22nd of May.

Benjamin Marrache says case has been mishandled

Author: GBC

Date: 24 April 2014

Benjamin Marrache has told the Supreme Court the multi-million pound fraud case, in which he's a defendant, has been mishandled and the only people who have won are the lawyers, accountants and advisors, who he claims have collectively billed millions of pounds. As a result, Mr Marrache says he fears there'll be nothing left for the creditors.

VIDEO: RGP appealing for witnesses over robbery

Author: GBC

Date: 24 April 2014

The RGP’s crime unit is appealing for witnesses to a number of robberies that have taken place this month. Officers investigating three robberies and an attempted robbery have arrested a 37-year-old local man and a 43-year-old local woman. The man, Charles Dylan Peire, of Victoria House in Alameda Estate has been charged with one count of robbery.

Government committed to new gas fuelled power station

Author: GBC

Date: 24 April 2014

The Government says it remains committed to a new, gas fuelled power station within the next two years. It’s reiterated its view that the GSD’s proposal was neither environmentally nor economically feasible and says it remains totally committed to providing Gibraltar with a power supply that is both resilient and effective.

Eight Political parties to contest European Elections next month

Author: GBC

Date: 23 April 2014

A total of eight political parties will contest next month's European Election in the South West of England and Gibraltar Region. Each will field a full slate of six candidates.

Opposition criticise Government over focus on vanity projects instead of power generation

Author: GBC

Date: 23 April 2014

The GSD Opposition says the Government’s focus on vanity projects, such as the beautification of Number Six and Commonwealth Park, are jeopardising the Government’s ability to deliver the single most important piece of infrastructure the community needs – a dependable source of power generation.

GFSB calls for Government to find long term solution over power station

Author: GBC

Date: 23 April 2014

The Gibraltar Federation of Small Businesses has called for the Government to finalize plans for a long-term solution to the issues caused by the old power station.

Spanish warship Arnomendi makes BGTW incursion

Author: GBC

Date: 23 April 2014

The Spanish warship, P63 Arnomendi, made an incursion into British Gibraltar Territorial Waters off the Eastside this morning, and told the Royal Navy she was in Spanish waters.

New hours for Civil Service as of 5th May

Author: GBC

Date: 23 April 2014

Civil Servants will begin working the newly scheduled working hours on the fifth of May, according to a Unite Bulletin distributed to members. The two options available to civil servants are a straight-through, year-round 8 till 3.30 shift, or a day ending at 4.30, but with summer hours.

Solar Power Pilot Project at the Tercentenary Sports Hall

Author: GBC

Date: 23 April 2014

Solar thermal technologies have been installed at the Tercentenary Sports Hall, as part of a Government pilot project, in order to produce environmentally friendly energy. Flat plate collectors and tube collectors have been put in place to heat the water used in the Hall’s shower units.

Varyl Begg resident narrowly escapes fire [VIDEO]

Author: GBC

Date: 22 April 2014

A flat was gutted by a fire in Varyl Begg Estate this morning. The City Fire Brigade was called to Repulse House a little before 08:30, with the fire reportedly under control within minutes. Initial reports suggest a lit cigarette may have been the cause. Nobody was hurt.

Sir Peter Caruana on OHL legal victory

Author: GBC

Date: 22 April 2014

Sir Peter Caruana has told GBC the construction company OHL were trying to blackmail the Gibraltar government contractually because they knew there was an election on the horizon.

Customs Enforcement Surveyor arrested for drink driving in Spain

Author: GBC

Date: 22 April 2014

HM Customs’ Enforcement Surveyor Colin McHard has been fined 1800 Euro for drink driving in Spain. Mr McHard is reported to have fallen off his motorbike on a road close to Alcaidesa on Thursday afternoon.

Gun salute to mark Queen's 88th Birthday [VIDEO]

Author: GBC

Date: 22 April 2014

The Queen's 88th birthday has been marked in Gibraltar and across the UK with traditional gun salutes.

Marrache Trial: Chief Justice to hear constitutional challenge

Author: GBC

Date: 22 April 2014

Next month, the Chief Justice Anthony Dudley will himself hear the constitutional challenge presented by Benjamin Marrache. Mr Marrache is a defendant in an ongoing multi-million pound fraud trial; he claims High Court Judge Sir Geoffrey Grigson was older than the Gibraltar Constitution allows when he was appointed to hear the case.

Power Station tender process near end, as CM orders 'Telecoms Review'

Author: GBC

Date: 22 April 2014

The company that will build the new power station is expected to be announced in the next 30 days following the end of the tender process, and new engines will be arriving this week to relieve the old generators at Waterport. Meanwhile, the Chief Minister has ordered an urgent review into the failure of the telecoms infrastructure during Sunday’s six-hour power failure, which he’s described as ‘unacceptable’.

Gibraltar to attend EuroHedge Summit 2014

Author: GBC

Date: 22 April 2014

For the first time, Gibraltar will be attending Europe’s biggest hedge fund conference that takes place in Paris in a week’s time. The EuroHedge Summit attracts the industry’s élite from around the globe and, according to its website, offers incisive and topical content, addressing the overall outlook for the hedge fund industry and financial markets.

Bob Sanguinetti appointed Captain of the Port

Author: GBC

Date: 22 April 2014

A Gibraltarian former Royal Naval Officer has been appointed Captain of the Port following the recent resignation of Roy Stanbrook. Commodore Bob Sanguinetti spent most of his career in the Royal Navy. His most recent appointment was Head of Intelligence at the UK’s National Operations Headquarters in London.

Second power cut in as many days

Author: GBC

Date: 21 April 2014

A fault in a generator caused it to 'trip' which had a cascading effect on the others which also tripped, causing Easter Monday's power cut. Power to all districts was restored by 4.30pm. It's not yet known whether the fault was in the South District Power Station (ex-OESCO) or the standby generators at North Mole. Since Sunday's fire, no electricity is being generated by Waterport Power Station.

Good Friday Processions

Author: GBC

Date: 18 April 2014

The Roman Catholic Bishop, Ralph Heskett, and the Dean, John Paddock led a Procession and outdoor Stations of the Cross this afternoon to mark Good Friday. They were joined by members of the clergy and a congregation of several hundred.

RGP trainees complete first year

Author: GBC

Date: 17 April 2014

The first cadre of Royal Gibraltar Police trainees have completed their first year in service, working alongside police officers to give them an understanding of what life in the police is all about. The training programme included classroom-based learning and operational duties such as helping take witness statements and directing traffic.

Gibraltar and Hungary draw 2-2 in Under 19s Friendly

Author: GBC

Date: 17 April 2014

Gibraltar drew with Hungary 2-2 in an Under 19’s International Friendly at the Victoria Stadium last night. Gibraltar matched their opponents throughout the opening exchanges. Just before the hour mark Gibraltar took the lead thanks to a goal by Aaron Barnet.

'Cordial and positive' meeting with Governor say For a Humanitarian Frontier

Author: GBC

Date: 17 April 2014

A delegation from the group calling for a Humanitarian Frontier has described a meeting it’s held with the Governor as cordial and positive. It put forward its concerns regarding the current situation at the border, saying it seems to be worsening, despite the fact that the six-month period given by the EU Inspectors for Spain to act within, is soon to expire.

Two youngsters rescued from cliff face by City Fire Brigade

Author: GBC

Date: 17 April 2014

City Fire Brigade Officers had to rescue two youngsters from a cliff face on the upper Rock on Saturday evening. A man and a woman were stranded on separate rock ledges, metres from each other with a drop of several hundred metres below them.

Access restricted to St Bernard's Hospital due to works

Author: GBC

Date: 17 April 2014

Works to reinforce the foundations of a new catering facility at St Bernards Hospital start on Tuesday. Access to the hospital basement area will be restricted to authorised vehicles only and pedestrian access will not be allowed.

VIDEO INTERVIEW - Sir James Dutton

Author: GBC

Date: 17 April 2014

The Governor, Sir James Dutton, says London continues to be concerned by the problems at the border, and continues to try and find a negotiated solution. In an exclusive interview with GBC looking back on his first six months in office, Sir James says he believes a large part of his post is an interpretive one between the local community and London, and has spent a lot of time getting to know the people and associations which has gone a long way to increasing his understanding.

Sandy Bay tender awarded to land reclamation specialist company, Van Oord Ltd

Author: GBC

Date: 17 April 2014

The Government has awarded the contract for beach regeneration at Sandy Bay to the locally-incorporated arm of Dutch dredging and land reclamation specialist company Van Oord (Gibraltar) Limited. It will be paid just under £1.5 million pounds for supplying 50 thousand tonnes of rubble for the ongoing works at the beach.

VIDEO: Beaches ready for Easter

Author: GBC

Date: 17 April 2014

Gibraltar’s beaches are ready for the Easter break. They’re now partially open with a lifeguard service at weekends and the introduction of beach attendants. Other improvements have also been made this year and innovations include a number of water parks.

Civil servant sentenced to 1 year for stealing nearly £16,000 from Government

Author: GBC

Date: 17 April 2014

A civil servant who admitted stealing nearly £16,000 from the Gibraltar Government has been sentenced to a year in prison. The case dates back to October 2013 when Barry Williams, of 6 Arengo’s Palace, was arrested for the theft. Williams reportedly stole over a four month period in order to pay for a drug habit.

VIDEO - Inaugural Gibraltar-Marrakech flight 86 percent full

Author: GBC

Date: 17 April 2014

Interest in the new Gibraltar-Marrakech route has surpassed expectations; this afternoon’s inaugural Gibraltar-Marrakech flight is 86% full. The route is reportedly attracting interest among those based in nearby Andalusia, both Spanish nationals and ex-pats.

Beaches ready for Easter

Author: GBC

Date: 16 April 2014

Gibraltar’s beaches are ready for the Easter break. They’re now partially open with a lifeguard service at weekends and the introduction of beach attendants. Other improvements have also been made this year.

Opposition welcomes OHL outcome

Author: GBC

Date: 16 April 2014

The news has been welcomed by the Opposition which joins the Government in thanking the entire legal and technical team. It acknowledges the notification provided by the Chief Minister to the Opposition leader and to former Chief Minister, Sir Peter Caruana, immediately before the public announcement.

New legislation protects classic cars

Author: GBC

Date: 16 April 2014

New legislation is being introduced to help conserve classic vehicles; among other things, it will afford owners of these ageing machines special treatment when undergoing road testing. MOT testing will now have an element of electronic testing, while emissions controls will be relaxed.

John Macintosh Hall celebrates 50th birthday

Author: GBC

Date: 16 April 2014

The Ministry of Culture is celebrating the John Macintosh Hall’s 50th birthday with an exhibition of memorabilia spanning its five decades. ‘A Time Remembered’ is now open to the public.

GSLP-Libs & GSD quarrel about style of Government

Author: GBC

Date: 16 April 2014

A Government-Opposition debate which was initially about the site of this year’s Fair, has spilled over into a quarrel about public consultation, style of Government, and the economy.

Government reacts to WSRM stadium proposal

Author: GBC

Date: 15 April 2014

Number Six has told GBC that the matter of the new national football stadium is now with the Development and Planning Commission, on the only application made by the GFA, which is for a stadium at Europa.

Government says WSRM stadium proposal 'unsolicited'

Author: GBC

Date: 15 April 2014

The Government has described a proposal by WSRM Architects, revealed by GBC, to site the new national football stadium within the Dockyard as an "unsolicited idea", adding that it's received many such ideas for areas all over Gibraltar. Number Six Convent Place says the matter of the new stadium is now with the Development and Planning Commission on the only application made by the GFA, which is for a stadium at Europa.

Lincoln FC first local club to qualify for Champions League

Author: GBC

Date: 15 April 2014

Lincoln OSG last night claimed their 12th consecutive Argus premier Division Title. But this year, the accolade comes with an added prize; entry into the 1st qualifying round of UEFA Champions League.

Government wins Airport Access Tunnel claim against OHL

Author: GBC

Date: 15 April 2014

The Airport Access Tunnel Project will go ahead – the Government has been entirely successful in its legal battle against OHL. The High Court of Justice of England and Wales has today ordered that OHL, the company whose contract was terminated in 2011 by the previous GSD Government, now pay the Government the completion costs of the project, potentially the largest claim for damages in Gibraltar’s history.

RGP: no change in position regarding Spanish fishermen

Author: GBC

Date: 15 April 2014

The RGP says there’s no change in its position regarding Spanish fishermen in Gibraltar waters and that it continues to police the waters as it’s always done. This follows claims from Fishermen in La Linea that they are no longer being stopped from fishing.

False accounting reporting restrictions relaxed

Author: GBC

Date: 15 April 2014

Reporting restrictions have been relaxed against two senior accountants charged with false accounting, although some restrictions remain in place. Kenneth Robinson and Ian Wood, formerly of Baker Tilly, are jointly charged with six counts of false accounting, with Mr Wood also facing a further two counts.

'Montiel was never a Civil Servant' says Azopardi

Author: GBC

Date: 15 April 2014

Luis Montiel was a GDP employee when he became a government minister, and therefore there is nothing compelling the current government to employ him as as civil servant. This is the submission made by Keith Azopardi QC, who is representing the GDC in a court case where Mr Montiel is seeking judicial review of his terms and conditions as an employee.

Unite UK holds MOD meetings

Author: GBC

Date: 14 April 2014

Unite UK has committed itself to supporting a claim put forward by the Union in Gibraltar. This follows high-level meetings in London, primarily to discuss a pay addition claim for local civilians working for the Ministry of Defence here.

Chief Minister: 'No concessions to Spain on Eastside reclamation'

Author: GBC

Date: 14 April 2014

The Chief Minister has denied having made any concession to Spain in relation to reclamation. This was the criticism made by the Opposition of a remark made by Mr Picardo during a recent session of Direct Democracy.

Appointments for new housing applicants from 22nd April

Author: GBC

Date: 14 April 2014

Applicants for homes in the Government’s recently announced affordable housing schemes should hear from GRP this week. Appointments will given for the applicants to start choosing their flats as from the 22 April.

VIDEO - Marrache Trial: Constitutional Challenge

Author: GBC

Date: 14 April 2014

The Chief Justice Anthony Dudley is hoping the Court of Appeal will be able to deal with the constitutional challenge presented by Benjamin Marrache last month, but if not he will himself begin hearing the matter on the 13th of May.

Gibraltar Darts Trophy 2014

Author: GBC

Date: 14 April 2014

Darts Players will compete in Gibraltar over a weekend in June for a top prize of 20,000.

Montiel files for judicial review of conditions as GDC employee

Author: GBC

Date: 14 April 2014

Former Employment Minister Luis Montiel has filed for a judicial review of his terms and conditions as a Gibraltar Development Corporation employee following the 2011 general election.

Local architects' proposed alternative stadium site rejected

Author: GBC

Date: 13 April 2014

WSRM Architects has confirmed that a proposal to site the new national football stadium within a warehouse in the Dockyard has been rejected by the Government. GBC had obtained a copy of the plans and asked the company to comment. A spokesman told us the proposal was turned down because the stadium would not be served by three access roads as Europa Point is.

UKIP opens European Election campaign with candidate visit

Author: GBC

Date: 13 April 2014

UKIP's Deputy Chairman and Number three candidate for the European Elections were in Gibraltar this weekend launching their election campaign with an 'open meeting' at the Elliott Hotel.

Cross Frontier group meet Andalucian Ombudsman

Author: GBC

Date: 11 April 2014

The Group for a Humanitarian Frontier yesterday met with the Andalucian Ombudsman as part of a series of meetings designed to raise its profile, and put pressure on the Spanish Government to end abuses at the border.

Man sentenced to three months in prison for offences including 'cruelty to children'

Author: GBC

Date: 11 April 2014

A man has been sentenced to a total of three months in prison for a number of offences which includes ‘cruelty to children’. Francisco Javier Lopez Coca, a resident of Referendum House in Glacis Estate, was also convicted for resisting police, criminal damage and handling stolen goods. He was sentenced in the Magistrates Court.

Armed robbery investigation ongoing

Author: GBC

Date: 11 April 2014

Parts of Glacis Estate were cordoned off last night as the Royal Gibraltar Police investigated an armed robbery. Details have not been confirmed at this stage as the investigation is still ongoing, but GBC understands that the suspect used the threat of violence to steal from a victim, and remains at large.

Marrache Trial: Benjamin Marrache questions 'Rebecca tapes'

Author: GBC

Date: 11 April 2014

Benjamin Marrache has told the Supreme Court that the infamous “Rebecca tapes” have been heavily edited, adding that he doesn’t recognise all of the comments attributed to him in the transcript. The defendant has called on the crown to instruct a voice recognition expert to determine whether or not the voice in the recordings is him throughout.

GSD surprised at 'Transboundary Effect' comments

Author: GBC

Date: 11 April 2014

The Opposition has questioned the wisdom of the Chief Minister in stating publicly, in the recent session of Direct Democracy, that it was not possible to reclaim more land off the Eastside without consulting Spain.

GFA to seek independent study of suitability of alternative stadium sites

Author: GBC

Date: 11 April 2014

The Gibraltar Football Association hopes to have within the next two months an independent assessment of the suitability of other sites for its national stadium. This has been confirmed to GBC by the GFA's Project Directors, JLC Consulting.

Benjamin Marrache continues giving evidence at Trial

Author: GBC

Date: 10 April 2014

Benjamin Marrache has told the Supreme Court that Marrache and Co always kept office money in the client account to avoid paying tax on it. He said they did this on the advice of their external accountants, who cannot be named following a court ruling.

16 months for man who broke into home, while family was inside

Author: GBC

Date: 10 April 2014

A 34-year-old local man has been sentenced to 16 months in prison after breaking into a family home while the family was inside.

VIDEO: Commonwealth Park protected by Act of Parliament

Author: GBC

Date: 10 April 2014

Commonwealth Park will be protected by an Act of Parliament to ensure that any future government that might think of doing away with it will have to change legislation first. This was confirmed by the Chief Minister who was speaking to us about the importance of having a proper green space in the city centre, and on the progress being made on what is a GSLP-Liberal flagship project.

Roger Hodgson, Tony Hadley & John Newman for GMF

Author: GBC

Date: 10 April 2014

The songwriter behind hit songs like "Dreamer", "The Logical Song" and "Breakfast in America" is one of three further international acts announced today for the Gibraltar Music Festival.

Euro Election timetable published

Author: GBC

Date: 10 April 2014

The countdown for next month's European Election has started. Parliament has published the official notice by the Returning Officer for the South West of England and Gibraltar Region, Paul Morris, outlining the timetable between now and polling day, Thursday 22 May.

Nature Group overcomes DPC hurdle for Sullage Tanks re-opening

Author: GBC

Date: 10 April 2014

The Nature Group has overcome a major obstacle in its bid to re-open the sullage waste tanks at the North Mole. Three years after the North Mole fire, the Development & Planning has approved planning permission for the project. However, the Environmental Safety Group voted against the application, and the Minister for the Environment abstained from voting. The company will also need to convince the Government to grant them a licence before it can open.

GSD reacts to coach park being used for Gibraltar Fair

Author: GBC

Date: 09 April 2014

The Opposition says it will continue to engage and challenge the Government’s record on a number of issues, which the public attaches great importance to. Reacting to the Government’s statement announcing that the Gibraltar Fair would once take place at the Naval Ground, the GSD says its pleased that Number Six has been prompted into making a decision after the Opposition raised it publicly.

GHA operating theatre statistics shows winter surgery cancellations are down

Author: GBC

Date: 09 April 2014

The Gibraltar Health Authority has published operating theatre statistics which show that winter surgery cancellations are down from 70 in 2011/2012 to just two this year.

Five Spanish nationals arrested by GDP

Author: GBC

Date: 09 April 2014

Five Spanish nationals have been arrested by the Gibraltar Defence Police this morning following an incident last Friday were officers were pelted with stones near the frontier fence.

Rio Cedena towed to Algeciras Port after running out of fuel in BGTW

Author: GBC

Date: 09 April 2014

A Guardia Civil launch had to be towed to Algeciras Port after it run out of fuel inside British Gibraltar Territorial waters this morning. The vessel came into Gibraltar waters this morning, and was challenged by the Royal Navy with a warning.

Princess Caroline's Battery refurbishment complete

Author: GBC

Date: 09 April 2014

A part of the Upper Rock which has been closed to the public for many years will be re-opened in time for the Easter weekend. A number of picnic tables and seats, as well as litter bins, have been provided near to the area which is usually commonly known as 'Princess Caroline's Battery', although it is actually made up of Princess Anne's and Princess Amelia's batteries. The area has also been tidied up and cleaned.

GFA clarifies Europa Point survey works

Author: GBC

Date: 09 April 2014

The Gibraltar Football Association says the Town Planner has confirmed that no permit is required for the surveys it's carrying out at Europa Point. At the end of yesterday's Development and Planning Commission meeting to consider the application to build a football stadium there, it came to light that the GFA was carrying out site surveys and investigations in the area.

'Not Guilty' verdict for cocaine defendant

Author: GBC

Date: 09 April 2014

A local woman has been found not guilty after being accused of snorting cocaine from the bonnet of an undercover police car.
 Roxanne Rodgers was charged with possession of a controlled class A drug. 
A Supreme Court Jury returned a unanimous ‘not guilty’ verdict.

Sir Graham Watson touts frontier surveillance during visit to Gibraltar

Author: GBC

Date: 09 April 2014

The technological installations at the Gibraltar frontier will help show clearly that the delays suffered by commuters and tourists are politically motivated & orchestrated by the Spanish government, says Graham Watson.

Eligio Porter retrial confirmed

Author: GBC

Date: 08 April 2014

The Attorney General has confirmed that a local firefighter is to be retried for wounding a colleague, after his previous trial resulted in a hung jury at the Supreme Court.

Marrache Trial: Benjamin Marrache gives evidence

Author: GBC

Date: 08 April 2014

Benjamin Marrache has told the Supreme Court he wouldn’t be sitting in the witness box, charged with two counts of conspiracy to defraud millions of pounds of client monies, had Marrache and Co’s external accountants done their job properly. The local accounting firm he referred to cannot be named due to a reporting restriction put in place by the Courts.

Six firefighters promoted

Author: GBC

Date: 08 April 2014

Six members of the City Fire Brigade have been promoted after vacancies arose in the Operations Department. Sub Officer Brian Mañasco was promoted to Station Officer, and will now lead the White Watch as commander. Leading Firefighters Fabian Olivera and George Burns have been promoted to Sub Officers of the Red and Blue Watches, respectively.

Chief Minister meets Malta Foreign Minister

Author: GBC

Date: 08 April 2014

The Chief Minister and the Minister for Financial Services have held extensive meetings during their visit to Malta. Fabian Picardo and Albert Isola met with Foreign Minister George Vella with whom they discussed the many EU issues that Gibraltar faces.

Royal Navy car stopped at La Linea

Author: GBC

Date: 08 April 2014

A Royal Navy car was stopped by Spanish police near the frontier for not having the proper number plates. The Europa Sur newspaper says the unmarked vehicle had Royal Navy plates with which it's illegal to drive around in Spain.

Europa Point Stadium debated at packed DPC meeting

Author: GBC

Date: 08 April 2014

The Gibraltar Football Association has presented a new design for its proposed Europa Point Stadium, and again argued that the proposed Category 4 stadium cannot be built anywhere else. Their case was presented before the Development & Planning Commission, which was also addressed by numerous objectors to the scheme.

Public confidence in RGP up in the last year

Author: GBC

Date: 07 April 2014

Confidence and overall satisfaction in the Royal Gibraltar Police have gone up in the past year by five and seven per cent respectively, according to the findings of the Police Authority’s latest public consultation survey.

Unite agrees pay deal with Interserve

Author: GBC

Date: 07 April 2014

After months of negotiation, the union Unite and Interserve have agreed to harmonise 'where possible' the pay structure for directly employed staff.

Marrache Family fell apart in 'an orgy of fingerpointing and blame' says defence counsel

Author: GBC

Date: 07 April 2014

Defence Counsel Dorian Lovell-Pank QC, has opened his case by accusing elder brothers Isaac and Solomon Marrache of attempting to paint a picture of his client, Benjamin, as an evil genius and the one who single-handedly brought the firm to its knees.

DPC consider Europa Point stadium - meeting followed live on GBC

Author: GBC

Date: 07 April 2014

A special session of the Development and Planning Commission took place to consider the GFA’s planning application for the Europa Point Stadium. The Stadium’s architect made a presentation to the Commission, and nine individuals also made oral objections, in addition to the fifty written objections already sitting in the DPC’s files.

'Blood is blood, but justice is thicker than blood'

Author: GBC

Date: 04 April 2014

Abraham Marrache has told the Supreme Court he contemplated suing his brothers, Benjamin and Solomon, claiming 'blood is blood, but justice is thicker than blood'. Meanwhile, Benjamin Marrache’s legal representative has attended a hearing with the Chief Justice presenting his legal arguments as to why the Judge overseeing the trial may have been unconstitutionally appointed.

Romanian man sentenced to one month in prison for tampering with ATM machines

Author: GBC

Date: 04 April 2014

A Romanian national has been sentenced to one month in prison for tampering with three of Natwest's ATM machines last week. ‬As a result of the damage caused, police have been appealing for anyone who may have had money ‘retained’ by the ATMs at Linewall Road and Main Street.‬

Balban gives evidence at Taxi Industrial Tribunal

Author: GBC

Date: 04 April 2014

The Minister for Transport has today given evidence at an industrial tribunal for unfair dismissal of former Taxi Association Office Manager, Eric Hammond. Paul Balban was the Treasurer of the Taxi Association committee in 2008, when it initiated disciplinary action against Mr Hammond on the grounds that he neglected his duties and victimized a fellow employee.

Cross Frontier Group in London

Author: GBC

Date: 04 April 2014

In the ongoing climate of tensions between Gibraltar and Spain, the Cross Frontier Group, which represents unions and employers, are currently in London.

Sir Graham Watson calls for solidarity

Author: GBC

Date: 04 April 2014

Liberal Democrat MEP Sir Graham Watson has called on his fellow UK MEPS to unite in solidarity with Gibraltar, and condemn the illegal incursions by Spanish State vessels into British Gibraltar Territorial Waters.

No objection to Gibraltar being more integrated with EU than UK

Author: GBC

Date: 04 April 2014

Europe Minister, David Lidington, has said he has no objection in principle to Gibraltar going further than the UK in terms of EU integration. He was giving oral evidence to the Foreign Affairs Select Committee of the House of Commons in London, a month after Chief Minister Fabian Picardo did likewise here on the Rock.

Care Agency Day Centre officially opened

Author: GBC

Date: 04 April 2014

The new Day Centre for the elderly at Waterport Terraces was officially opened this week. Day Centre services were, until now, provided in different locations across Gibraltar on different days but have now been consolidated in to this one purpose built building.

'Save Europa Point' petition receives over 5,000 signatures

Author: GBC

Date: 03 April 2014

The organisers of the petition against the location of the stadium at Europa Point say the petition has been signed, either online or on paper, by more than five thousand people. The petition will be presented to the Development and Planning Commission on Tuesday, when it considers the stadium application.

HMS Brocklesby in Gibraltar

Author: GBC

Date: 03 April 2014

A Royal Navy minehunter vessel has arrived in Gibraltar for a short visit, and to stock up on fuel and supplies.

Companies Act Bill published

Author: GBC

Date: 03 April 2014

A Bill for a new Companies Act has been published. The Government said back in December, when the Command Paper was being published, that a much needed and thorough review of the present Act and related legislation was underway.

Rajoy confident there'll be no more incidents at sea, but...

Author: GBC

Date: 03 April 2014

The Spanish Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, has expressed confidence that there will be no repetition of incidents at sea between the Royal Navy and the Guardia Civil. Mr Rajoy noted, however, that the UK and Spain have different ways of seeing things, and said this sometimes gives rise to incidents of the kind that occurred this week in British Gibraltar Territorial Waters involving a Spanish survey vessel.

Lightning strike results in temporary airport closure

Author: GBC

Date: 03 April 2014

A lightning strike that knocked out the power supply to air traffic control's radio systems resulted in the airport's closure for around two and a half hours on Thursday morning. This resulted in the Monarch flight from Manchester having to divert to Malaga, and delays to the BA flight from London and the Monarch Birmingham service.

GSD says Category 4 Stadium not necessary

Author: GBC

Date: 03 April 2014

The Opposition has called on the Government not to rush the decision over where to site the new national football stadium, but to concentrate on getting it right instead. It's noted that the Victoria Stadium is being upgraded to a category 3 stadium and that UEFA rules allow such stadiums to be used when there isn't a category 4 available. It therefore questions the need for a new stadium at all.

VIDEO: Shadow Minister for Europe condemns incursions

Author: GBC

Date: 03 April 2014

The Shadow Minister for Europe, Gareth Thomas, has condemned the latest incursions by Spanish state vessels, arguing that the Foreign Office should send a Minister to the Rock to experience first hand ‘the scale of the issues’ here.

Barrister argues stadium venue contravenes Development Plan

Author: GBC

Date: 02 April 2014

A local barrister has argued that building the new national football stadium at Europa Point would contravene the Gibraltar Development Plan, and that for this reason alone the Development and Planning Commission should reject the GFA's application. Conservationist Lionel Culatto notes the 2009 Development Plan makes clear that the site proposed for the stadium is scheduled for environmental improvements, and says building a massive structure there would be against that policy.

Benjamin Marrache is a 'sociopath', says brother Abraham

Author: GBC

Date: 02 April 2014

In the ongoing Marrache fraud trial, Abraham Marrache has described his brother Benjamin as a ‘sociopath’ who tried to position himself to deprive his siblings of their inheritance, by becoming a majority or sole stakeholder of the family inheritance.

Spring Festival Launched

Author: GBC

Date: 02 April 2014

This year’s Spring Festival has officially been launched, along with the presentation of this year’s logo. The Ministry Of Culture has announced its programme of events, to be held over May and June, including theatre, dance, talks and art exhibitions.

UK did not complain when La Linea marina built in BGTW

Author: GBC

Date: 02 April 2014

Mr Lidington has confirmed to the UK Parliament that a thousandth of a square mile of La Linea’s Alcaidesa Marina encroaches on Gibraltar Waters. The Minister for Europe also conceded the Foreign Office has found no record of a protest at the completion of the marina in 2008.

Hung jury for fire fighter charged with stabbing colleague

Author: GBC

Date: 02 April 2014

The jury in the trial of a local fire fighter charged with stabbing a colleague has failed to reach a majority decision on the charge of wounding. Under direction from the Judge, 46-year-old Eligio Porter was found not guilty in relation to the more serious charge of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

Spanish & British Ambassadors summoned over incursion

Author: GBC

Date: 02 April 2014

The Foreign Office has summoned the Spanish Ambassador, Federico Trillo, to underline serious concern at the incursion into British Gibraltar Territorial Waters by Spanish survey ship Angeles Alvariño. The Spanish Foreign Ministry has in turn summoned the British ambassador in Madrid, Simon Manley.

DPC says live televising of stadium meeting 'not appropriate'

Author: GBC

Date: 02 April 2014

The Development and Planning Commission has declined permission for GBC to televise live its meeting next Tuesday at which it will consider the Europa Point national football stadium application. A government spokesman said the DPC's view is that a 'live' broadcast of the proceedings would not be appropriate.

Adolfo Canepa takes over as Mayor

Author: GBC

Date: 01 April 2014

The post of Mayor has been handed over from Anthony Lima to Adolfo Canepa. Former Miss World, Kaiane Aldorino, also takes on the role of Deputy Mayor. At the investiture ceremony, Mr Canepa said he aims to carry out the role of Mayor with the same “enthusiasm, commitment and sense of duty” as his predecessors.

Marrache Trial: Abrahahm Marrache gives evidence

Author: GBC

Date: 01 April 2014

In the ongoing Marrache fraud trial, Abraham Marrache has given evidence on his time as an external consultant to the former law firm, and on his surprise at how poorly the company's accounts were maintained.

Former BetVictor Financial Director charged with £90,000 fraud

Author: GBC

Date: 01 April 2014

The former Financial Director of BetVictor has been charged with fraud and theft totalling just under £90 thousand from the company, owned by Victor Chandler International. 55-year-old Christopher Paul Forster, who lives in San Roque, has been remanded in custody.

GSD meets cross border group

Author: GBC

Date: 01 April 2014

The GSD Opposition today met with members of the Cross border activist group for a humanitarian frontier this evening as part of its outreach programme to meet as many representative groups as possible.

Tobacco shops shut down

Author: GBC

Date: 01 April 2014

Today marks the introduction of a clampdown on tobacco-related activities in North District residential estates. As the Government signalled earlier this year, the sale of tobacco in designated zones is now prohibited.

EC reminds Spain to improve frontier flow

Author: GBC

Date: 31 March 2014

The European Commission has again reminded Spain that she needs to make crossing the Gibraltar frontier easier for EU citizens. Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom told the European Parliament she had recent reports of long waiting times for pedestrians and as such had reminded Madrid of the need to improve the situation at the frontier.

GMF reserved tickets on sale Tuesday

Author: GBC

Date: 31 March 2014

Reserved tickets for the Gibraltar Music Festival will go on sale today from various shops and the Ministry Of Culture. General entry tickets are still available, however the tickets going on sale tomorrow are numbered. There are hardly any VIP tickets left.

Natwest set to re-open doors to new business as from June

Author: GBC

Date: 31 March 2014

Natwest is set to re-open its doors to new business as from June. Since December last year the bank has not been taking customer appointments to allow it to deal with the significant wave of applications that followed the news that Barclays was closing its local branch.

Theatre Royal & South Pavilion car parks open Tuesday

Author: GBC

Date: 31 March 2014

Two new car parks will open as from 9am Tuesday, catering for some 139 cars in total. The facility at City Mill Lane will cater for 96 cars belonging to residents of the town area. South Pavilion car park offers 43 parking spaces in the south district.

Ben Okri to return for Gibraltar Literary Festival

Author: GBC

Date: 31 March 2014

Booker prize winner and one of modern literature's most gifted storytellers, Ben Okri, is set to return to Gibraltar for the second literary festival. Mr Okri confirmed his visit to Radio Gibraltar following his delivery of the inaugural 'Gibraltar Lecture' at the Oxford Literary Festival at the weekend.

Local fire fighter charged with stabbing colleague on trial in Supreme Court

Author: GBC

Date: 31 March 2014

The trial of a local fire fighter charged with stabbing a colleague has began today at the Supreme Court. 46 year old Eligio Porter pleaded not guilty to wounding fellow fire fighter, Edgar Bocarisa, and to wounding him with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

Attorney General to retire in 2015

Author: GBC

Date: 31 March 2014

Gibraltar’s Attorney General, Ricky Rhoda QC, has confirmed he is to retire in 2015. The Government is now looking to recruit candidates for the job.

Police investigates death of 36-year-old local man

Author: GBC

Date: 29 March 2014

Police are investigating the death of a 36-year-old local man who was found in his home on Saturday. GBC understands his name is Jason Gordon. No foul play is suspected at this stage, although the cause of death has not yet been determined. A Coroner's inquest has been ordered.

Stadium explosion breaks up Premier League clash

Author: GBC

Date: 28 March 2014

A small explosion at the Victoria Stadium on Friday evening put an end to a Premier League clash between Lincoln and College. No-one was harmed, but the emergency services were called out and the game had to be called off with ten minutes to go.

Oil spill near GASA; ESG says "holistic plan" is needed

Author: GBC

Date: 28 March 2014

The Environmental Safety Group has reiterated its call for a “holistic plan” to help to separate industrial and residential areas of Gibraltar. This comes after what’s been officially described as a “minor diesel spill”, which a Government spokesman says was “successfully dealt with” by the Port Authority and the company concerned.

Picardo won't serve more than three terms as Chief Minister

Author: GBC

Date: 28 March 2014

Fabian Picardo won’t serve more than two terms as Chief Minister after this one. He confirmed this to GBC, saying he wanted to focus on other areas of his legal career and his work/life balance when his son is in Comprehensive School.

Cross-Border Group for a Humanitarian Frontier to meet PSOE executive

Author: GBC

Date: 28 March 2014

The Cross-border Group for a Humanitarian Frontier will be meeting with the executive of the PSOE party in Madrid to voice their concerns, after a meeting with Andalucian Parlimentarians this week.

3G Problems could end following thaw on 'antenna application freeze

Author: GBC

Date: 28 March 2014

Gibraltar’s 3G network problems could be resolved in the next year following an end to a two year freeze on applications for new masts and GSM antennas. The Development and Planning Commission will now accept applications, and fourteen of these will be considered at the DPC meeting next month.

Ed Miliband: Gib border problems should be a priority for Britain

Author: GBC

Date: 28 March 2014

The Leader of the Labour Party, Ed Miliband, has described the border delays at the Gibraltar frontier as an issue of ‘deep concern’, and believes that resolving the dispute should become a priority for Britain.

Another public petition: Call for Charles Bruzon House to be reconsidered

Author: GBC

Date: 27 March 2014

A housing project on Europort Avenue is at the centre of another petition, by number of concerned parents, whose children attend Governor’s Meadow first and Bishop Fitzgerald.

Former senior banking executive remanded in custody

Author: GBC

Date: 27 March 2014

A former senior banking executive facing fraud charges has been remanded in custody after being charged with an additional count of false accounting. The Former Senior Compliance Officer at the Gibraltar branch of Lombard Odier, 50 year old Andrew Smith, already faced one charge of Fraud by Abuse of Position for allegedly stealing over 242 thousand euros and 170 thousand pounds.

Chief Minister welcomes Foreign Secretary's assurances

Author: GBC

Date: 27 March 2014

The Chief Minister has welcomed the Foreign Secretary’s assurance that the UK will not rule out any action to protect Gibraltar’s sovereignty and waters.

Gibraltar to compete in new UEFA Nations League

Author: GBC

Date: 27 March 2014

In football, Gibraltar is set to play other UEFA smaller nations, like San Marino and Andorra, as part of a new Nations League. The Gibraltar FA have taken part in their first UEFA Congress since becoming Team 54.

2013 GBC Open Day raises £103,000

Author: GBC

Date: 27 March 2014

The 2013 edition of the GBC Open Day has raised £103,000. Many events were organised throughout the year by companies, organisations and individuals, helping boost the figure which is the highest for ten years.

Man jailed for sixteen months for theft of over £74,000

Author: GBC

Date: 27 March 2014

A locally resident man has been sentenced to one year and four months in prison for stealing over £74,000. 32 year old Kevin Ball had pleaded guilty to three counts of theft of credit balances through his employment at the betting company William Hill.

Government says morale at Care Agency improving

Author: GBC

Date: 26 March 2014

The GSD claims there’s a high level of dissatisfaction, and low morale at the Care Agency. This has been denied by the Government, which says morale is improving, having reached 'breaking point' under the former GSD government.

Public service workers to be vaccinated against Hepatitis B

Author: GBC

Date: 26 March 2014

A new service has been introduced by the Gibraltar Health Authority to provide vaccination against Hepatitis B to key workers in the public service.

Local man jailed for four months for burglary

Author: GBC

Date: 26 March 2014

A 39 year old local man convincted for burglary has been sent to jail for four months. Francis Mercieca of Hood House, Laguna Estate appeared in court charged in connection with a burglary in January at a cafe in Ocean Village.

Lombard challenges Government on his replacement as Mayor

Author: GBC

Date: 26 March 2014

Explanations by the Chief Minister as to why Tony Lombard is not returning to the office of Mayor have been challenged by Mr Lombard himself. In a statement he describes the reasons given as ‘simply not credible’.

Hague insists ad hoc talks are the best way forward with Spain

Author: GBC

Date: 26 March 2014

The Foreign Secretary, William Hague, has insisted that his proposal for ad-hoc talks is the best way forward to allow issues between Gibraltar and Spain to be resolved. Mr Hague was the main witness at a session of the Foreign Affairs Committee in the UK Parliament.

VIDEO INTERVIEW - Secretary of State for Defence on protection of BGTW

Author: GBC

Date: 26 March 2014

The UK Secretary of State for Defence has assured that the MoD will do everything in its power to safeguard British Gibraltar Territorial Waters against illegal Spanish incursions. He met with the Chief Minister at the Heritage Foundation in Washington

VIDEO INTERVIEW: Heritage Foundation spokesman Luke Coffey on US/Gib relations

Author: GBC

Date: 26 March 2014

The Margaret Thatcher Fellow of the Heritage Foundation says Gibraltar, as a British Military Base, is hugely important to America's interests.

VIDEO REPORT- Heritage Foundation address: Chief Minister vows to deepen links with USA

Author: GBC

Date: 26 March 2014

The Chief Minister has revealed that he will be working together with the Gibraltar Museum to recover an American WWII bomber from Gibraltar waters, and put it on permanent display as a symbol of the special bond with the people of America.

Drama Festival awards presented at Gala Night

Author: GBC

Date: 25 March 2014

A musical comedy themed around stories from the Bible has won the top prize at the 2014 Drama Festival. The awards were presented at a Gala Night at the Ince's Hall, after a week of theatrical entertainment.

Chief Minister to address Heritage Foundation of America

Author: GBC

Date: 25 March 2014

The Chief Minister is expected to reflect on the importance of Self-Determination, and the strategic importance of British Gibraltar as a US-friendly Naval Base, when he addresses the Heritage Foundation of America on Wednesday in Washington.

Feetham accuses GFA of "gross distortion" of his comments

Author: GBC

Date: 25 March 2014

Daniel Feetham says the GFA statement is a gross distortion and misrepresentation of what he said on GBC. He’s urged GBC to re-broadcast the interview to let people make up their own minds.

Gibraltar bunkering subject to Spanish Royal Decree, says Madrid

Author: GBC

Date: 25 March 2014

The Spanish Ministry for the Environment has written to one of the companies supplying bunkers in Gibraltar alleging it was carrying out activities contrary to a Spanish Royal Decree.

Entries invited for Spring Art Competition

Author: GBC

Date: 25 March 2014

The Government has invited entries for this year’s Spring Art Competition. The event aims to give local artists the chance to develop their skills, display their artwork and compete for a number of awards, including a top prize of £2000.

VIDEO: Cut-a-thon Success. Gibraltar's biggest ever hair donation for charity

Author: GBC

Date: 25 March 2014

Over fifty people have taken part in Gibraltar’s biggest ever hair donation for charity. Over the last few weeks a group of local women have been encouraging the public to get involved in the event and the response has been very positive.

Customs officers attacked at Western Beach

Author: GBC

Date: 25 March 2014

Customs Officers came under attack at Western Beach as they conducted a routine patrol of the area. A group of four men in hooded tracksuits, who had been sighted by the frontier fence, started throwing stones at the officers, in what Customs claims was a completely unprovoked attack.

GFA criticises Feetham over stadium comments

Author: GBC

Date: 25 March 2014

The Gibraltar Football Association has criticised the Leader of the Opposition, Daniel Feetham, over comments he made in a recent GBC interview regarding the proposed Europa Point national stadium.

One night in Gibraltar to be mandatory for all getting married here

Author: GBC

Date: 24 March 2014

In an effort to increase hotel occupancy and boost tourism, anyone getting married in Gibraltar will be forced to spend a night in Gibraltar. follows the publication of a Bill amending the Marriage Act.

Group formed to fight Europa Point national stadium plans

Author: GBC

Date: 22 March 2014

A group of citizens opposed to the siting of the new national football stadium at Europa Point have organised themselves into a group, and are planning a strategy ahead of next month’s meeting of the Development and Planning Commission that will consider the building application.

Local Artists qualify for Royal Academy of Arts' Summer Exhibition

Author: GBC

Date: 21 March 2014

Works by two local artists have made it to the second round of the Royal Academy of Arts’ Summer Exhibition. The RA expected around twelve thousand entries, four thousand of which, will get to the next qualifying round.

DPC approves outline planning for 10 storey Marriott Hotel

Author: GBC

Date: 21 March 2014

The Development and Planning Commission has approved outline planning for the proposed Marriott Hotel and office block at the site of the former Royal Gibraltar Yacht Club.

Civil Partnerships Bill Passed in Parliament

Author: GBC

Date: 21 March 2014

Gay Men and women, as well as heterosexual couples who don’t want to get married, can now enjoy all the same social benefits as married couples, following a Civil Partnerships bill passed in Parliament today. This includes tax, housing, social security and pensions rights.

GFA CEO optimistic about FIFA membership

Author: GBC

Date: 21 March 2014

The CEO of the Gibraltar Football Association, Dennis Beiso, has told GBC he's guardedly optimistic Gibraltar will be a member of FIFA by 2016. On GBC's Viewpoint programme, GFA President Desmond Reoch said the hurry to have a stadium built by September 2016 is so that Gibraltar can play its qualifying matches for the 2018 World Cup there.

Financial risk conference is Sunborn's first

Author: GBC

Date: 20 March 2014

The Sunborn floating hotel has hosted it’s first corporate conference. The Gibraltar Association of Compliance Officers held a keynote seminar there, dealing with ‘Current Threats and Future Challenges to the Financial Services Industry’.

Applications for Queen's Counsel appointments invited

Author: GBC

Date: 20 March 2014

The Judicial Service Commision has invited applications for a new batch of Queen’s Counsel appointments. Guidelines and application forms are available for collection at the Supreme Court Registry.

Did Isaac Marrache try to 'save his skin' till the end?

Author: GBC

Date: 20 March 2014

In his final day of cross-examination, the prosecution has argued that Isaac Marrache tried to 'save his skin' right up to the last minute, but the 58-year-old has repeatedly denied this, arguing he did what he could to assist the authorities at what was a 'very bad time' for him.

Parliament Questions: Gas power plant 'an option'

Author: GBC

Date: 20 March 2014

The Government is satisfied a gas fuelled Generating Station could be an option for Gibraltar. This follows questions in Parliament on the new power station and the suitability of gas for a small place like Gibraltar.

Picardo: Europa Point the only viable venue for stadium

Author: GBC

Date: 20 March 2014

Europa Point is the only viable venue for the new National Football Stadium. That's what the Chief Minister said after being asked by the Leader of the Opposition in Parliament.

3000 applications for new flats

Author: GBC

Date: 20 March 2014

The Minister for Housing revealed that over 3000 applications have been received for the 850 flats which will be built under the Government’s co-ownership project.

Isaac Marrache says he didn't even know company bank account numbers

Author: GBC

Date: 19 March 2014

Isaac Marrache has told the Supreme Court he didn't even know his company's bank account numbers, let alone check the accounts. The former Senior Partner at the collapsed law firm Marrache and Co has been answering questions in relation to what the prosecution claims was his inaction in late 2009 when, they say, he must have known theft had occurred in client accounts managed by Marrache and Co.

European Parliamentary Elections register remains open

Author: GBC

Date: 19 March 2014

The register for the European Parliamentary Elections remains open. The revised version was published in November last year and applications for registration must be sent before Tuesday the 6th of May.

Freddie Pitto named as new Regimental Secretary

Author: GBC

Date: 19 March 2014

Freddie Pitto has been named as the Royal Gibraltar Regiment’s new Regimental Secretary. The position is honorary and for two years.

Gibraltar raised again in Commons questions

Author: GBC

Date: 19 March 2014

Gibraltar has been raised in Commons again with questions by Andrew Rosindell MP to Europe Minister, David Lidington. Andrew Rosindell asked what recent steps the UK had taken to demonstrate to the Spanish Government that it does not intend to negotiate on Gibraltar.

GFA to consider public concerns on stadium design

Author: GBC

Date: 19 March 2014

The Gibraltar Football Association has said it will take into account, to the greatest extent possible and reasonable, the concerns that have been expressed about the proposed stadium. However, there's no suggestion that the GFA is also prepared to reconsider its location.

GSD announces new housing policies, including means testing for those on waiting list

Author: GBC

Date: 19 March 2014

The GSD has today announced the first of many new housing policy initiatives in the run up to the next General Election. This will include ‘Means Testing’ for all public housing applicants. According to the Opposition this testing will allow the Government to deliver public rental homes, only to those who “genuinely need” them.

Online GeoPortal maps out every inch of Gibraltar

Author: GBC

Date: 19 March 2014

A major project to map out and categorise every geographical inch of Gibraltar online has been launched today. The Government’s Geoportal meets a European Directive requirement, but the Environmental and IT Departments are going much further than the required basic minimum, and will be expanding the service to introduce historial data in the next few months.

Author: GBC

Date: 18 March 2014

In tonight’s draw of the Gibraltar Government Lottery: The first prize of £100,000 went to ticket number; six thousand, and seventy nine: 06079 The second prize of £10,000 went to ticket number; four thousand, three hundred and forty one: 04341 And, the third prize of £5,000 went to ticket number; eleven thousand, eight hundred and forty five: 11845

Isaac Marrache evidence on tax debts & company accounts

Author: GBC

Date: 18 March 2014

The former Senior Partner at the collapsed law firm Marrache and Co has told the Supreme Court that, when in 2009 the then Chief Minister Peter Caruana brought to his attention that his company owed £1.2 million in tax, he did not ask to see his company’s accounts.

New premises inaugurated for Filadelfia Evangelical Church

Author: GBC

Date: 18 March 2014

New premises for the Filadelfia Evangelic Church were inaugurated by the Chief Minister Tuesday evening. The church was formed over 20 years ago and forms part of a much bigger congregation that runs across Europe.

'Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares' inviting Gibraltar participation

Author: GBC

Date: 18 March 2014

Channel 4 television programme, ‘Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares’ is inviting local restaurants to participate in its latest series. The programme features British Celebrity chef, Gordon Ramsay, who aims to help restaurants that are struggling, or on the brink of bankruptcy.

Unite to ballot over 300 MoD members

Author: GBC

Date: 18 March 2014

Unite the Union will be balloting over three hundred of its members in the Ministry of Defence. The union says a number of concerns have been raised which could have short and long term implications. GBC understands the concerns relate to measures that could be introduced locally to ensure Gibraltar is in line with the UK.

Opposition Leader to move EU Single Sky motion in Parliament

Author: GBC

Date: 18 March 2014

The Leader of the Opposition is to move a motion at the next meeting of Parliament noting and regretting the European Parliament’s decision to exclude Gibraltar from EU Single Sky’s legislation. Daniel Feetham’s motion also notes Spain’s attempts to renege on its obligations under the Cordoba Agreements.

'Enable Holidays' includes Gibraltar

Author: GBC

Date: 17 March 2014

A tour operator catering for limited mobility holidays has included Gibraltar in its latest online business brochure. The Birmingham-based company organises tailor-made holidays to meet the specific travel requirements of people with disabilities. The catalogue features destinations in Europe, Africa and Asia.

Passport fee changes as from April

Author: GBC

Date: 17 March 2014

The fees for a UK passport for British citizens applying from overseas countries, including Spain, will fall by 35 percent from next month. This includes Gibraltarians applying for a UK passport.

Guernsey's Culture & Leisure Minister calls on N6

Author: GBC

Date: 17 March 2014

Guernsey’s Culture & Leisure Minister, Deputy Mike O’Hara, who’s in Gibraltar for Commonwealth Parliamentary Association meetings, has called on the Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister.

FCO to complain following latest 'Vencedora' incursion

Author: GBC

Date: 17 March 2014

Spanish Warship P79 Vencedora will the the subject of the latest Foreign Office diplomatic protest following an incursion into British Gibraltar Territorial Waters today. Photo Courtesy DM Parody, dotcom.gi/photos

Government enacting new laws subjecting health professionals to new regulations

Author: GBC

Date: 17 March 2014

Government will shortly be enacting new laws which subjects Allied Health Practitioners to new regulations as from October. The new laws will require them to register with respective UK regulators for their profession.

Eleven plays for the 2014 Drama Festival

Author: GBC

Date: 17 March 2014

It promises to be an exciting week of Drama at the Ince's Hall with eleven plays for the 2014 Festival. The event will see the participation of local groups as well as groups from the Costa del Sol and the UK.

Gibraltar-American Chamber Of Commerce launched

Author: GBC

Date: 17 March 2014

A Gibraltar American Chamber of Commerce has been launched with the aim of promoting and fostering commercial and cultural relations between Gibraltar and the United States. The key note speaker at the inauguration, former Under-Secretary for International Trade at the U.S. Department of Commerce, Francisco Sanchez, praised the initiative saying it would lead to great things happening.

Speaker to also be appointed Mayor

Author: GBC

Date: 17 March 2014

The Speaker, Adolfo Canepa, is in line to be appointed the next Mayor of Gibraltar. The term of office of the present Mayor, Tony Lima, expires on the 31st of March, and a Motion for Mr Canepa to succeed him will be presented by the Chief Minister at the next meeting of Parliament, which starts on Thursday.

GSD confirms Damon Bossino as Deputy Leader

Author: GBC

Date: 17 March 2014

The GSD has confirmed the appointment of Damon Bossino as Deputy Leader of the Party as was revealed last week by GBC. His shadow portfolio has also been extended to include responsibility for Financial Services.

Six months sentence for former Police Officer

Author: GBC

Date: 17 March 2014

A former police officer has been sentenced to six months in prison after being found guilty of misconduct. Kayne Benteolo was tried in relation to an incident last year, when he texted someone who’d been arrested for sending threatening messages, advising him to delete his texts.

DOG Single Skies Gibraltar Campaign

Author: GBC

Date: 16 March 2014

The Defenders of Gibraltar are appealing to the community to express their discontent at Gibraltar's exclusion of the new European Single Skies Legislation. The pressure group asks locals and EU Citizens living and working in Gibraltar to write to the MEPs who voted in favour of Gibraltar's exclusion or abstained, to express their disgust at their actions. DoG believes it's up to the people to do their bit for the benefit of Gibraltar's economic and financial future.

Miss Gibraltar Rehearsals begin

Author: GBC

Date: 16 March 2014

Rehearsals for Miss Gibraltar 2014 get underway this week after the pageant was officially handed over to producers Stage One. The eight contestants will have around ten weeks to prepare for the show, with plenty of hard work envisaged. This year the event returns to the Queen's Cinema.

Bomb scare prompts Town Range evacuation

Author: GBC

Date: 14 March 2014

The area surrounding Town Range and Convent Place was declared safe by the RGP and the Bomb Disposal Unit on Friday morning after a controlled explosion on a suspect briefcase outside the Magistrates Court. Offices, shops and homes in the area were evacuated and cordons put up, with the RGP traffic section putting up road diversions and warning motorists to avoid the area. The area was declared safe at around 10.30.

R.E. no longer compulsory GCSE, says Secular Humanist Society

Author: GBC

Date: 14 March 2014

‘Religious Education’ is no longer considered a compulsory GCSE course, and there is now an alternate choice, according to the Secular Humanist Society.

GSD on correct advice for Housing applicants

Author: GBC

Date: 14 March 2014

The Opposition has proposed to the Government that they extend the deadlines for housing applications for anyone who has been given incorrect advice, such as Miss Gibraltar, Maroua Kharbouch. The GSD says there are other people who have been given the wrong advice, who should be allowed extra time to apply.

Morrisons to lower prices

Author: GBC

Date: 14 March 2014

The supermarket Morrisons is to lower prices to compete with discount chains after the company reported a loss of £176m across the UK last year.

Moroccan man arrested on suspicion of drugs offences

Author: GBC

Date: 14 March 2014

A 66 year old Moroccan National, Ahmed Brada of Engineer’s Lane, has been arrested on suspicion of possession and intending to supply 367 grammes of cannabis.

Local lawyer arrested on suspicion of perverting course of justice

Author: GBC

Date: 14 March 2014

A 46 year old local practicing lawyer has been arrested on suspicion of attempting to pervert the course of justice. The arrest was carried out by the RGP’s serious crime unit.

Suspended sentence for Spanish National who stole money from Government Office

Author: GBC

Date: 14 March 2014

A Spanish National has been sentenced to three months in prison but suspended for 18, for stealing over £400 from the Ministry for Housing Offices in 2010. Eduardo Marques Bazan was a window cleaner at the time, working at former Minister for Housing, Fabian Vinet’s office.

GSD set to announce Damon Bossino as Deputy Leader next week

Author: GBC

Date: 13 March 2014

The GSD is set to announce Damon Bossino as its new Deputy Leader, GBC has learned. Party leader Daniel Feetham has confirmed following GBC questions that an announcement is expected next week.

Gibraltar Counseling Service celebrates 30 years

Author: GBC

Date: 13 March 2014

The Gibraltar Counseling Service, Marriage Care is celebrating its 30th Anniversary. A special event was held at My Wines last night to celebrate the anniversary and to say goodbye to two prominent members of the local counseling service.

PP welcomes Single Skies vote

Author: GBC

Date: 13 March 2014

The Spanish ruling party, the Partido Popular, has said it’s very satisfied following the vote to exclude Gibraltar from the European Single Skies agreement, and has declared that Gibraltar will not rejoin until the 1987 Airport agreement is honoured.

Judicial Service Commission seeks new Puisne Judge

Author: GBC

Date: 13 March 2014

The Judicial Service Commission is looking for a judge to replace Justice Barrington Black, whose contract comes to an end next month. The successful candidate needs to be an experienced criminal law judge, and must have been a lawyer for at least ten years. The salary is just over 120 thousand pounds.

Man sentenced to 10 months in prison for burglary

Author: GBC

Date: 13 March 2014

A local man has been sentenced at the Supreme Court to 10 months in prison for burglary. 31 year old Borja Bossino had pleaded guilty to stealing a laptop from a neighbour’s house – an offence committed while he was on probation for drugs offences.

Government explains Gibraltarian status

Author: GBC

Date: 12 March 2014

The Government has explained that to be on the register of Gibraltarians you must be British, and have been born in Gibraltar before the 1925 or be the descendent, or spouse of a descendent, born before then. In exceptional circumstances a British citizen who has lived in Gibraltar for 25 years may be registered.

Government responds to GSD criticism on Housing Policy

Author: GBC

Date: 12 March 2014

The Government has responded to recent GSD criticism of its housing policy, saying about 400 people have already been allocated a home since it came into office.

ESG on Captain of the Port departure

Author: GBC

Date: 12 March 2014

The Environmental Safety Group says it’s sorry to learn of the sudden departure of the present Captain of the Port. The ESG says the new Port building that’s to be constructed is an ambitious project, which should have been overseen by the same team throughout. The Group says there are major changes going on in the Port area, which require careful management and supervision.

Feetham to announce Deputy Leader next week

Author: GBC

Date: 12 March 2014

The GSD is set to announce Damon Bossino as its new Deputy Leader next week, GBC has learned. Party leader Daniel Feetham has confirmed following GBC questions that an announcement is expected next week on the deputy leadership, but refused to comment at this stage on who has been chosen.

Isaac Marrache used to travel with a briefcase full of cash

Author: GBC

Date: 12 March 2014

Isaac Marrache told the Supreme Court there was a time when he would regularly fly back to London with a briefcase full of cash to hand over to a client. He also answered questions on personal expenses which the Crown claims were paid out of office and client accounts.

EU Vote: Gib excluded from European airline legislation

Author: GBC

Date: 12 March 2014

Gibraltar has been excluded from the new European Single Sky legislation following a majority vote in the European Parliament. Spanish Partido Popular MEPs have succeeded in introducing amendments which delete all reference to the Cordoba agreement.

MEP vote on Single Sky legislation could exclude Gibraltar

Author: GBC

Date: 11 March 2014

MEPs will take to the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Wednesday to vote on an update to the Single European Sky legislation which coordinates air traffic control across Europe. Spanish MEPs are seeking to exclude Gibraltar from the reformed system.

Judge's appointment might have been unconstitutional, say Benjamin Marrache's lawyers

Author: GBC

Date: 11 March 2014

In the multi-million pound Marrache fraud trial, lawyers acting for Benjamin Marrache are questioning the Judge’s appointment, which they claim could be unconstitutional. Meanwhile, Isaac Marrache’s lawyer asked for the court to adjourn on the basis that the defendant was taking strong medication and was ‘not himself’.

Transborder group meets Jimenez

Author: GBC

Date: 11 March 2014

The cross border group calling for a humanitarian frontier, together with members of the Transborder group have met with the spokesman for PSOE Andalucia. Also present were two members of the PSOE group in the Andalusian Parliament.

Two local men appear before Magistrate Court charged with GHB

Author: GBC

Date: 11 March 2014

Two local men have appeared before the Magistrate’s Court today charged with numerous offences, including causing grievous bodily harm. The incidents, hours apart from each other, took place in the Upper Town area late Saturday night.

ESG against new stadium

Author: GBC

Date: 11 March 2014

The Environmental Safety Group considers Europa Point to be a far from ideal location for the new football stadium. It believes the stadium would radically transform an open, peaceful area, important for both tourism and the local community. This brutal conversion can’t, in its view, be softened by any redesign. The ESG says it agrees with the Heritage Trust and the many voices in our community, that another site must be found.

Marrache judge submissions heard

Author: GBC

Date: 11 March 2014

In the multi-million pound Marrache fraud trial, lawyers acting for Benjamin Marrache are questioning the Judge’s appointment, which they claim could be unconstitutional. Sir Geoffrey Grigson was brought in from the UK to hear this case, which started in the Supreme Court last October.

Gib Supporters Rally around the Rock in Lords Debate

Author: GBC

Date: 10 March 2014

Foreign Office Minister Baroness Warsi told the House of Lords it was difficult to see Britain’s relationship with Spain remaining ‘excellent’ if the bullying and harassment of Gibraltarians continued.

The Queen's Commonwealth Day Message

Author: GBC

Date: 09 March 2014

Commonwealth Day Message from Her Majesty The Queen, Head of the Commonwealth 10 March 2014

Trevor Bickerstaff is new DOG Chairman

Author: GBC

Date: 09 March 2014

Trevor Bickerstaff has been announced as the new Chairman of the Defenders of Gibraltar Pressure Group. This follows the news earlier this week that founder member, Gareth Gingell, had stepped down as Chairman.

Unite the Union marks International Women's Day

Author: GBC

Date: 08 March 2014

Unite the Union marked International Women’s Day with a stand at Casemates Square on Saturday morning. The Union’s Women’s Committee distributed leaflets and were on hand to offer information.

Hi Tech frontier measures coming soon

Author: GBC

Date: 07 March 2014

The ability to receive a text message or an email that gives real-time information on the state of the frontier queues is one of the elements of a new frontier monitoring system that the Government will be rolling out in coming months. This was revealed by Deputy Chief Minister, Joseph Garcia, during Thursday's Viewpoint programme on GBC Television.

Gibraltarian receives letter of thanks from Buckingham Palace for Queen Portrait

Author: GBC

Date: 07 March 2014

A Gibraltarian artist who painted a portrait of the Queen has been presented with a letter of thanks from Buckingham Palace. Chris-Anne Alcantara took about a month to complete the Painting. It was commissioned by the Chief Minister in 2012 when he had the idea of presenting the Queen with a Jubilee gift from the people of Gibraltar.

Opposition presses Government on Housing Policy

Author: GBC

Date: 07 March 2014

The Opposition has chosen to repeat its questions to the Government on its housing policy, saying it’s deeply disappointing that the GSLP Liberals should have chosen to deflect attention from the concerns expressed and has again failed to answer the questions asked.

Gibraltar in line with EU freezing Ukrainian leaders' assets

Author: GBC

Date: 07 March 2014

In line with all European Union jurisdictions, Gibraltar has frozen any assets which may be located in Gibraltar, of ousted Ukranian President Viktor Yanukovich, former Prime Minister Mykola Azarov and sixteen other former senior Ukranian Officials.

Sir Graham Watson warns against EU exit

Author: GBC

Date: 07 March 2014

Lib Dem MEP Sir Graham Watson has welcomed the Chief Minister’s statement that an EU exit would be disastrous for the Rock. He says there is no doubt that if the UK were to be pulled out of the EU, both it and Gibraltar would suffer terribly.

Mayor's Award Scheme scope widened

Author: GBC

Date: 07 March 2014

The scope of the Mayor’s Award Scheme has widened for this year. Where before it recognised persons who participated in any life-saving rescue operation or act of bravery, it now encompasses individuals or groups who have served Gibraltar in exceptional or voluntary service for a prolonged period of time.

BGTW incursions raised in House of Lords

Author: GBC

Date: 07 March 2014

The British Government has given the same standard response to two different questions in the House of Lords on incursions into Gibraltar waters.

Lombard Odier Gibraltar appoints Peter Caetano as CEO

Author: GBC

Date: 07 March 2014

A Gibraltarian is to head Lombard Odier in Gibraltar. Peter Caetano has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Swiss Bank’s Gibraltar office.

GSD concerned about Saccone & Speed job losses

Author: GBC

Date: 07 March 2014

The GSD has expressed concern about redundancies at Saccone & Speed, saying this affects people personally as well as the economy.

Marrache trial adjourned as Isaac Marrache taken ill

Author: GBC

Date: 07 March 2014

After his latest week giving live evidence at the Supreme Court, one of the defendants in the Marrache and Co fraud trial was taken to hospital on Thursday. Isaac Marrache was in the witness box when he told the judge, Sir Geoffrey Grigson, that he wasn't feeling well.

Heritage Trust objects to GFA Stadium Location

Author: GBC

Date: 07 March 2014

The Heritage Trust has unanimously decided that Europa Point is the wrong location for the GFA Stadium, and that the GFA should seriously consider an alternative site. The Trust says it wants to encourage the general public to make its feelings known if they too have objections to the location.

Isola welcomes new FSC CEO and rolls out Finance Centre Restructure

Author: GBC

Date: 06 March 2014

A rebranding and restructure of the Finance Centre was announced tonight at a reception to welcome the new CEO of the Financial Services Commission, Samantha Barras.

Kid Creole & the Coconuts to perform at Gibraltar International Song Festival

Author: GBC

Date: 06 March 2014

Kid Creole and the Coconuts, a popular American music act from the 80’s will be the special guests at the 2014 Gibraltar International Song Festival.

GONHS expects no negative ecological impact from stadium

Author: GBC

Date: 06 March 2014

The Gibraltar Ornithological and Natural History Society says it appears the proposed football stadium will have no negative impact on Gibraltar’s ecology.

Gareth Gingell steps down as Defenders of Gibraltar chairman

Author: GBC

Date: 06 March 2014

Gareth Gingell has stepped down from his role as Chairman of the Defenders of Gibraltar, a pressure group which he helped found. An election will be held this weekend to find a new Chair, and the result will be published soon.

Cross Frontier Group to further its lobbying efforts

Author: GBC

Date: 06 March 2014

The Cross Frontier Group will be meeting with contacts at the British, Spanish and Andalucian Parliaments to further their lobbying efforts for a humanitarian frontier.The Group will also be preparing a report with further statistics and information which the European Commission has asked for.

Local tax expert Chris White joins GSD executive

Author: GBC

Date: 06 March 2014

The GSD has announced that local lawyer and tax expert Chris White has joined its executive. Party Leader Daniel Feetham says he’s delighted that Chris White brings a wealth of experience with him and his addition to the GSD Executive is part of a continuing process of building for the next election.

Gibraltar suffers a 2-0 defeat against Estonia

Author: GBC

Date: 05 March 2014

Gibraltar played a hard fought game against Estonia, with the team's performance keeping the fans happy. It was the Rock's first International Friendly under UEFA.

HMS Montrose on the Rock

Author: GBC

Date: 05 March 2014

The Type 23 frigate, HMS Montrose is on the Rock following a seven month operational deployment within the Mediterranean and Gulf regions.

Gibraltar plays Estonia in UEFA International Friendly tonight

Author: GBC

Date: 05 March 2014

Gibraltar plays Estonia in a UEFA International Friendly tonight. Manager Allen Bula says the mood over the past few days since their game with the Faroe Islands has been sombre but that the team is learning the hard way.

Tourist Board attends ITB Berlin travel trade fair

Author: GBC

Date: 05 March 2014

The Gibraltar Tourist Board is attending the international travel trade fair, ITB Berlin. The Government says this is the world's premier tourism trade fair, alongside FITUR and the World Travel Market.

Government & Opposition clash over Upper Rock trees

Author: GBC

Date: 04 March 2014

The Opposition says the Government owes the public an explanation as to why trees are being chopped down in the Upper Rock. Shadow Spokesperson for the Environment, Jaime Netto, says he was told by the employees of the company that instructions had been given to cut down the trees in order to provide a habitat for the partridges that are to arrive soon from Morocco.

Marrache fraud trial: "I trusted my brothers", says Isaac Marrache

Author: GBC

Date: 04 March 2014

In his latest day of giving evidence at the Supreme Court, Isaac Marrache has reiterated that he had trusted his brothers with Marrache and Co in Gibraltar, while he was busy dealing with its London office.

[VIDEO REPORT] Humanitarian cross-border group speaks to Chief Minister

Author: GBC

Date: 04 March 2014

The Chief Minister has tried to dissuade the cross-border group that's calling for a humanitarian frontier from carrying out a hunger strike.

Recruitment process underway for new Captain of the Port

Author: GBC

Date: 04 March 2014

A recruitment process for a new Captain of the Port is underway as the current Captain is leaving after two years in post.

RGP restructure announced by Commissioner

Author: GBC

Date: 04 March 2014

The Commissioner of Police has announced a restructure of the senior ranks of the Royal Gibraltar Police. This includes the reintroduction of the rank of Chief Superintendent and will result in a senior management team.

Government & Opposition clash over Upper Rock trees

Author: GBC

Date: 04 March 2014

The Opposition says the Government owes the public an explanation as to why trees are being chopped down in the Upper Rock. Shadow Spokesperson for the Environment, Jaime Netto, says the Government is acting in a secretive way.

VIDEO REPORT: Picardo tells FAC the UK hasn't done enough to deter Spain

Author: GBC

Date: 04 March 2014

The Chief Minister has told the Foreign Affairs Committee that, judging by the facts, the UK has not done enough to deter Spain from bullying and harassing Gibraltar.

Ministry For Tourism & Tourist Board officials in Miami ahead of Shipping Convention

Author: GBC

Date: 03 March 2014

The Minister for Tourism and senior officials from the Tourist Board are in Miami ahead of the Seatrade Cruise Shipping Convention.

Gibraltar to enter the QNUPS Market

Author: GBC

Date: 03 March 2014

Gibraltar will soon be able to offer Qualifying Non UK Pension Schemes, Q-NUPS. These were introduced by Revenue and Customs in 2010. They can invest in a wide range of assets and a major attraction for establishing them is that they’re exempt from UK inheritance tax on the member’s death.

William Hague proposes Ad Hoc talks in meeting with Spanish Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs

Author: GBC

Date: 03 March 2014

The Foreign Secretary, William Hague, met with Spanish Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Gonzalo de Benito, and again raised a proposal for Ad Hoc talks.

Government opens investigation into allegations of bullying made against ETB Head of Training Companies

Author: GBC

Date: 03 March 2014

The Government has opened an investigation into allegations of bullying made against ETB staff member, Joanna Hernandez.

Attorney General elected Overseas Bencher of Inner Temple

Author: GBC

Date: 03 March 2014

Gibraltar’s Attorney General, Ricky Rhoda QC, has been elected as an Overseas Bencher of the Inner Temple, the highest honour possible for an overseas member of the Professional body of lawyers. The AG has been congratulated by the Government for this achievement.

Local man charged with burgling Hindu temple

Author: GBC

Date: 03 March 2014

A local man has appeared in the Magistrates’ Court, charged with burgling the Hindu temple. The case has been adjourned till the 21st of this month.

Lyana Armstrong-Emery to stand as Lib Dem MEP candidate

Author: GBC

Date: 03 March 2014

Gibraltarian Lyana Armstrong-Emery will be standing as part of the Liberal Democrat list for the European elections in the South West Region and Gibraltar. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the Liberal Party of Gibraltar.

Four Moroccans charged in 2.5 tonne cannabis bust

Author: GBC

Date: 03 March 2014

Four Moroccan nationals have been jointly charged with smuggling 2.5 tonnes of cannabis resin into Gibraltar. Sufjan la Achiri, Hamid Bouti Glay and Mustapha El Ouahabi, together with a 16 year old juvenile, were arrested at sea by the Royal Gibraltar Police this weekend.

GSD calls for investigation into Joanna Hernandez bullying complaints

Author: GBC

Date: 03 March 2014

The GSD Opposition has called for an independent investigation into the complaint by 35 trainees of alleged bullying by Joanna Hernandez. It's called on the Government to make a full statement on this matter.

Government: Affordable Housing Schemes will reduce waiting list

Author: GBC

Date: 03 March 2014

The Government says it’s completely confident that the new Affordable Housing Schemes will reduce the housing waiting list, and accuses the GSD Opposition of political hypocrisy when suggesting the housing strategy should be evolving and not merely reactive.

ASCTEG: Spain's policies could affect jobs for Spaniards on the Rock

Author: GBC

Date: 02 March 2014

The Association for Spanish Workers in Gibraltar, ASCTEG, is warning Spain's controls at the frontier could have a detrimental effect on Spaniards seeking employment on the Rock. It points out the Gibraltar Government has announced a number of capital investment projects which will create job opportunities.

Tree planting project

Author: GBC

Date: 01 March 2014

The Heritage Trust starts a tree planting project to promote Gibraltar's Natural Heritage among youth groups.

4‐1 defeat for Gibraltar against the Faroe Islands

Author: GBC

Date: 01 March 2014

Team Captain, Roy Chipolina scores Gibraltar's goal.

The Script to headline the Gibraltar Music Festival

Author: GBC

Date: 28 February 2014

The Script will be headlining the 2014 edition of the Gibraltar Music Festival. The Irish band will play all their hits live at the Victoria Stadium on Saturday the 6th of September. Tickets go on sale on Saturday 1st of March at 10am.

The Script to headline Gibraltar Music Festival

Author: GBC

Date: 28 February 2014

Irish rock band The Script will headline the 2014 Gibraltar Music Festival. The announcement was made live on Radio Gibraltar this morning.

Unite the Union welcomes anti-bullying legislation

Author: GBC

Date: 28 February 2014

Unite the Union has welcomed the introduction of anti–bullying legislation and thanks the Government for having defended it. The Citizens' Advice Bureau also marked Stand Up to Bullying Day at the Piazza.

UKIP to challenge in the Gibraltar General Election

Author: GBC

Date: 28 February 2014

UKIP has confirmed that it will be registering as a party to challenge in the Gibraltar General Election. Deputy Leader Paul Nuttal has confirmed that the party is reacting to the relatively poor vote it has received in Gibraltar, and will be fighting General Elections there.

Two policemen injured in chase at sea

Author: GBC

Date: 28 February 2014

Two policemen were injured in the course of a chase at sea on Thursday involving two rigid inflatable boats. It happened out in the Bay when three RGP vessels, acting on information received, were sent to intercept the RHIBS.

Three men arrested in 325kg cannabis haul

Author: GBC

Date: 28 February 2014

Three Spaniards have been arrested and remanded in custody following a joint RGP / Guardia Civil drugs operation in which 325 kilos of cannabis were recovered from the sea near Getares. The operation involved a land arrest at Camp Bay as well as a search of the sea bed by police divers.

Schoolteacher Mark Montovio found Not Guilty of Indecent Assault

Author: GBC

Date: 28 February 2014

Schoolteacher Mark Montovio has been found not guilty on all counts of Indecent Assault. The trial ended on Friday with the jury delivering their verdict at the Supreme Court.

GSD welcomes affordable housing

Author: GBC

Date: 27 February 2014

The GSD Opposition says it welcomes the construction of affordable housing, but calls on the Government to explain how it intends to wipe out the housing list as it promised to do in its manifesto.

Bullying complaints made against ETB Head of Training Companies

Author: GBC

Date: 27 February 2014

35 graduate trainees have written to the Chief Minister, complaining of having been bullied by the Head of Training Companies, Joanna Hernandez. This has sparked off an internal inquiry in Government, with Ms Hernandez expected to be meeting Fabian Picardo soon.

Two prison sentences for dangerous driving

Author: GBC

Date: 27 February 2014

Two men have been given prison sentences for dangerous driving this week. 29 year old Kevin Rodriguez was sentenced to four months in prison. And, 33 year old Dylan Sharp to four weeks.

No changes to Natwest Gibraltar in RBS Group plans

Author: GBC

Date: 27 February 2014

No changes to Natwest Gibraltar are planned as part of the RBS’s Group’s revival plans, after the Group announced the biggest loss since the UK Government bailout six years ago.

74 year old woman pleads guilty to theft of £343,000

Author: GBC

Date: 27 February 2014

A 74-year-old woman has pleaded guilty to stealing over £343,000 in credit balances. At the Supreme Court, Margarita Gomez Sanchez pleaded guilty to four counts of theft, and was ordered to pay back the full amount in compensation.

GFA unveils new stadium plans

Author: GBC

Date: 26 February 2014

Plans for an eight thousand-capacity stadium were unveiled by the Gibraltar Football Association on Wednesday night. As the name suggests, the Europa Point Gibraltar National Stadium would be sited at Europa Point. The cost would be between 18.5 and 40 million pounds, and it would be owned and managed by the GFA.

Marrache trial judge dismisses second "abuse of process" application

Author: GBC

Date: 26 February 2014

Judge Sir Geoffrey Grigson has dismissed a second application of ‘abuse of process’ in the ongoing Marrache fraud Trial.

Picardo to give evidence before Foreign Affairs Committee

Author: GBC

Date: 26 February 2014

The Chief Minister, Fabian Picardo, will give oral evidence before the Foreign Affairs Committee of the House of Commons next week, here in Gibraltar.The sitting forms part of the Committee's research on the Overseas Territories.

20 month sentence for £40k burglar

Author: GBC

Date: 26 February 2014

A man has been sentenced to 20 months in prison for stealing £40,000 worth of jewellery from a local flat in 2012. Angel Alberto Alfaya Gregor, from Algeciras, pleaded guilty to burglary.

GSD suffers from amnesia on theatre issues, says Govt

Author: GBC

Date: 26 February 2014

The Government says the GSD is suffering from political amnesia when criticising the location for the new Gibraltar International Bank. Yesterday the Opposition lamented that the bank should be within the ‘theatre district’.

Rosia Bay development given green light by DPC

Author: GBC

Date: 25 February 2014

A project to redevelop Rosia Bay with a larger beach, seafront restaurant, indoor aquapark and boat berth has been given outline planning permission. The four million pound project, which will allow free public access to the beach, was chosen out of eighteen proposals received by Government, and will require an environmental impact assessment.

Changes to be introduced to Port Rules on cruise passenger dues

Author: GBC

Date: 25 February 2014

Changes to the Port Rules which regulate the discount on passenger dues for cruise ships calling at Gibraltar are to be introduced. The measures will be publicised to coincide with the next series of meetings of cruise company executives in Miami this year.

Dignity At Work Now welcome bullying legislation bill

Author: GBC

Date: 25 February 2014

A bill to ban bullying and harassment in the workplace was passed in Parliament last week with Government majority. The ‘Dignity at Work Now’ Group welcomes the news as they’ve been pressing for the implementation of this Act since 2005.

Labour MEP candidate meets with Chief Minister

Author: GBC

Date: 25 February 2014

A Labour MEP candidate for South West England and Gibraltar has met with the Chief Minister at Number Six Convent Place. Clare Moody will also meet with the Deputy Governor as well as union representatives during her visit.

GFA announces UEFA safety procedures for upcoming friendlies

Author: GBC

Date: 25 February 2014

With the first of the two international friendly football matches this Saturday, the GFA has announced they’ll be subject to strict UEFA standards and procedures.

UK Government doesn't rule out providing additional maritime assets

Author: GBC

Date: 25 February 2014

The British Government has not ruled out providing additional assets to the Gibraltar Squadron or augmenting its broader maritime posture as necessary. This was reiterated in Parliament by the Under Secretary of State for Defence, Lord Astor of Hever.

Foreign Office to protest Spanish Navy incursion

Author: GBC

Date: 25 February 2014

The Foreign Office will be issuing a formal protest over an incursion involving the Spanish Navy Patrol Boat, Vigia. This follows a protest last week when the same boat disrupted a British Parachuting exercise in British Gibraltar Territorial Waters.

GSD laments choice of G.I.B. location

Author: GBC

Date: 25 February 2014

The Opposition has lamented the Government's decision to house the Gibraltar International Bank at the site of the old Cool Blues nightclub in the Ince's Hall complex. It says this area should have been enhanced and developed exclusively for cultural purposes.

Opposition criticises airport contract award

Author: GBC

Date: 24 February 2014

The Opposition has said it’s shocked at the manner in which the Government has awarded the contract for the provision of advertising at Gibraltar Airport. In answer to questions in Parliament last week, the Government said the contract to sell advertising space at the airport had been awarded to former Terminal Manager director, Jimmy Ellul.

VIDEO REPORT: The Euro 2016 Draw

Author: GBC

Date: 24 February 2014

Watch this report by Stephen Neish on the moment Gibraltar was drawn together with Germany, Scotland, Ireland, Poland and Georgia in Qualifying Group D for the 2016 Euro Championships.

GSD's employment criticisms reveal double standards, says Govt

Author: GBC

Date: 24 February 2014

The Government has responded to the GSD’s criticisms of the Future Job Strategy, arguing Damon Bossino’s comments reflects the Opposition’s political hypocrisy and double standards.

Attorney General takes witness stand in Marrache Trial

Author: GBC

Date: 24 February 2014

In the ongoing multi million pound Marrache fraud trial, the Attorney General took to the witness stand this afternoon. Ricky Rhoda QC answered questions relating to the circumstances that led to the discharge of the jury back in October.

VOGG condemns frontier queues

Author: GBC

Date: 24 February 2014

The Voice of Gibraltar Group has expressed disappointment at the general failure to address the attack on the freedom of movement of EU citizens. It says there can be no excuse for the unacceptably long queues of pedestrians waiting to cross the frontier into Spain yesterday.

Government announces location of G.I.B

Author: GBC

Date: 24 February 2014

The Government has announced that the Gibraltar International Bank will be located at 310 Main Street in the old Key and Anchor complex. It's adjacent to Ince's Hall and will be known as Ince's House.

HMS Daring arrives

Author: GBC

Date: 23 February 2014

Type 45 Destroyer HMS Daring in Gibraltar. She's the last of three Royal Navy ships to stop over this weekend either on their way to or from the UK.

Gibraltar draw Germany in Euro 2016 qualifiers

Author: GBC

Date: 23 February 2014

Gibraltar have been drawn alongside three-time World Cup winners Germany in Group D for the qualifying round of Euro 2016 in France. In the draw held in Nice at lunchtime on Sunday, Gibraltar also got Scotland and the Republic of Ireland. In what is a very tough group, the other nations are Poland and Georgia.

UPDATE: Man charged with being in possession of a firearm

Author: GBC

Date: 21 February 2014

A 27 year old local man has been charged with being in possession of a firearm. Zi-ade Attou of 27 Paradise Ramp was arrested last night after he had allegedly been seen in the centre of town with a handgun. The incident happened just before 9.30pm, close to Parliament; no-one was hurt.

RBS to shrink its investment banking & international operations

Author: GBC

Date: 21 February 2014

Royal Bank of Scotland is to shrink its investment banking and international operations as part of a revamp in which the group could shed up to a quarter of its 120,000 workforce. The bank is drawing up plans to pull out of dozens of overseas markets.

EURO 2016 Draw this weekend

Author: GBC

Date: 21 February 2014

Football fans across Europe and especially in Gibraltar, will be glued to their television screens at midday on Sunday to see who their country will be up against in the qualifying round for the Euro 2016 Championships in France.

Melvyn Farrell retires, CM, Opposition Leader & Speaker pay tribute

Author: GBC

Date: 21 February 2014

Before Parliament adjourned today, both the Chief Minister and Leader of the Opposition, as well as the Speaker, paid tribute to the outgoing Clerk of the House, Melvyn Farrell.

RGP announces promotions

Author: GBC

Date: 20 February 2014

The Royal Gibraltar Police has announced promotions amongst its rank and file. Chief Inspector Richard Ullger has been promoted to Superintendent after serving in various departments for 26 years. Wayne Tunbridge has been promoted to Chief Inspector; Sean Perera to Inspector and Kevin Fortuna to Sergeant.

Parliamentary exchanges as Picardo and Feetham lock horns again on Credit Finance

Author: GBC

Date: 20 February 2014

The total amount lent by Credit Finance Company as of the end of January was just over 46 and a half million pounds. The company has also paid out just over 20 million in commuted pensions. This was confirmed by the Chief Minister in Parliament yesterday afternoon. However, Mr Picardo restated to the Leader of the Opposition that he would be providing no further breakdown on individual loans.

Three RN Ships lined up for weekend 'Sovereignty Patrols'

Author: GBC

Date: 20 February 2014

Three Royal Navy ships will be visiting the Naval Base this weekend for what the MoD has described as ‘sovereignty patrols’ in British Gibraltar Territorial Waters. Earlier this week a Spanish Navy Warship interrupted a parachute exercise in the Strait, which instigated the latest set of Foreign Office complaints to Madrid.

Man who accused schoolteacher takes witness stand

Author: GBC

Date: 20 February 2014

The Supreme Court yesterday heard from the man who has accused Schoolteacher Mark Montovio of indecently assaulting him when he was a child. Mr Montovio faces six charges of gross indecency and indecent assault dating back to 1997, when the complainant was only ten years old.

Former compliance officer charged with half million pound fraud

Author: GBC

Date: 20 February 2014

A former Senior Compliance Officer at local bank, Lombard Odier, appeared before the Magistrate’s Court this morning facing charges of fraud. 50-year-old Andrew Smith allegedly stole over 488 thousand euros and 170 thousand pounds between November 2012 and August 2013.

Opposition says Government is hiding behind employment statistics

Author: GBC

Date: 19 February 2014

The Opposition says the Government is hiding behind employment statistics rather than being transparent about providing real, quality training for real jobs. The GSD is accusing the Government of not tackling the reports that trainees are being allocated jobs in companies registered at No 6 Convent Place or Town Range.

Convent protest incursion which disrupted Royal Navy Exercise

Author: GBC

Date: 19 February 2014

The Foreign Office has said it will be raising at a high level with the Spanish Government, and issuing a formal protest, over the latest incursion into British Gibraltar Territorial Waters. It happened yesterday off Europa Point and involved the Spanish Navy patrol boat Vigía, that disrupted a British parachuting exercise.

Solomon Marrache's lawyer makes abuse of process submissions

Author: GBC

Date: 19 February 2014

In the multi-million pound Marrache fraud trial, the Supreme Court has today heard submissions by Solomon Marrache’s lawyer, Christopher Finch, that proceedings be halted. The defence counsel has argued that ‘incorrect evidence’ was relied upon in the decision to dismiss the jury back in October.

Chief Minister meets GNDO World Champions

Author: GBC

Date: 19 February 2014

The Gibraltar National Dance Organisation recently enjoyed success at the World Show Dance Championships last November in Germany and today Chief Minister met with the World Champions.

Schoolteacher on trial for sexual offences

Author: GBC

Date: 19 February 2014

A local schoolteacher is on trial in the Supreme Court relating to six charges of sexual offences. Mark Montovio of 502/503 Watergardens was arrested and subsequently interdicted in January 2012.

Beach View Terraces and Mons Calpe Mews housing schemes launched

Author: GBC

Date: 19 February 2014

Prices for the newly announced Mons Calpe Mews and Beach View Terraces Government housing schemes will start from as little as 27,600 pounds for a one bedroom flat on a 50-50 basis. At the top end, a 4 bedroom flat at 100 percent purchase could cost just short of 200 thousand pounds for the largest apartment. Priority will be given to prospective purchasers who are on the housing waiting list.

Lobby Group presents frontier dossier to Commission spokeswoman

Author: GBC

Date: 18 February 2014

Today saw the last in a series of meetings between MEP’s and EC officials, and a cross-frontier group on a self-funded lobbying trip to Brussels. The group presented a dossier with documental evidence of the problems experienced at the frontier.

Anthony Pitaluga is the new Govt Archivist

Author: GBC

Date: 18 February 2014

The new Government Archivist has been confirmed as 53-year-old IT specialist Anthony Pitaluga. The job was left vacant by former Archivist Dennis Beiso, who recently became the new GFA Chief Executive.

Government & Opposition react to Norwich & Peterborough closure

Author: GBC

Date: 18 February 2014

The Government says it notes with regret the decision taken by the Yorkshire Building Society to close its Norwich and Peterborough branch in Gibraltar. It says its particularly disappointing given that Parliament enacted the YBS Act, at the Society’s request following representations received by the Minister that the passing of the Act

Norwich & Peterborough to close at end of 2014

Author: GBC

Date: 18 February 2014

The local branch of the Norwich and Peterborough Building Society is to close down at the end of this year. This has been confirmed by the company's head office in answer to GBC questions. The shock announcement was made verbally to the staff this morning, and customers will be contacted over the next few weeks.

Norwich and Peterborough Gib branch to close by end of 2014

Author: GBC

Date: 18 February 2014

Norwich and Peterborough Building Society will be closing down its Gibraltar branch at the end of 2014. This has been confirmed by the Society in answers to GBC questions. The shock announcement was made verbally to the staff this morning. Twelve people will lose their jobs, and customers will be notified over the next few weeks.

Ocean Village & Government pave way for multi-million pound developments

Author: GBC

Date: 17 February 2014

The Ocean Village Group is poised to invest tens of millions of pounds in several projects that would expand its current footprint and create significant office and residential space. After months of negotiations, the group has come to an agreement with the Government on a way forward to progress plans for The World Trade Centre, a new multi-storey car park, short-stay residential accommodation, a separate residential building, and a second office building said to be nearly carbon neutral.

Cross-Border Group to present their dossier on frontier problems to MEPs in Brussels

Author: GBC

Date: 17 February 2014

A recently formed cross-border group made up of unions and associations is on a self-funded lobbying trip in Brussels. The group will be presenting a dossier with documental evidence of the problems experienced at the frontier to EC Officials and MEPs. Speaking on behalf of the group, GFSB Treasurer, Alfredo Vasquez, says it’s a case of continuing to put pressure on the EU until we get our rights observed.

Book focusing on playground games in Gibraltar launched

Author: GBC

Date: 17 February 2014

The playground games that Gibraltar’s children grew up with are the subject of a newly-published book. “Childhood Games of My Era” was researched and written by Manolo Ruiz, who said he had a marvellous time putting it all together.

Local couple invited to Valentine's Day audience with the Pope

Author: GBC

Date: 17 February 2014

A local couple was among over 20 thousand newly engaged couples invited by the Pope to share their views on marriage, on Valentine’s Day. The couples, from 28 different countries, have had a special audience with Pope Francis in St Peter’s Square.

European Commission probes Ceuta over rubber bullets

Author: GBC

Date: 17 February 2014

The European Commission has asked Spain to explain why Guardia Civil officers fired rubber bullets at immigrants trying to swim to Ceuta from neighbouring Morocco. Earlier this month, about 200 migrants made a rush on the border at the same time; rubber bullets were fired as some tried to make their way around a rocky breakwater.

Government reacts to Future Job Strategy criticism

Author: GBC

Date: 17 February 2014

The Government says the GSD is attempting to undermine the GSLP/Liberals' strategy to increase the number of Gibraltarians in employment. In a statement, the Ministry for Enterprise condemns the Opposition for getting its facts wrong, drawing attention to the Future Jobs Strategy’s success rate.

Government: 'Opposition criticism of legal aid system smacks of political hypocrisy'

Author: GBC

Date: 17 February 2014

The Government says the Opposition’s criticism of the legal aid system smacks of political hypocrisy. Last week, the GSD asked what progress the Government has made on legal aid reform in its two years in office, as promised in the GSLP-Liberal’s 2011 election manifesto.

Marrache Trial: another 'abuse of process' submission

Author: GBC

Date: 17 February 2014

The Judge in the multi-million pound Marrache fraud trial will have to consider another ‘abuse of process’ submission, this time from Solomon Marrache’s lawyer Christopher Finch.

New Colon Cancer screening programme announced

Author: GBC

Date: 17 February 2014

A new Colon Cancer screening programme has been announced for people aged between 60 and 74. Test kits will be received by post every two years. Citizens can collect samples by themselves, then send them to St Bernards Hospital for analysis.

Cross-Border Group to present their dossier on frontier problems to MEPs in Brussels

Author: GBC

Date: 17 February 2014

A recently formed cross-border group made up of unions and associations is on a self-funded lobbying trip in Brussels. The group will be presenting a dossier with documentary evidence of the problems experienced at the frontier to EC Officials and MEPs. Speaking on behalf of the group, Gibraltar Federation of Small Businesses Treasurer, Alfredo Vasquez, said it’s a case of continuing to put pressure on the EU until we get our rights observed.

Tax Conference: Most tax info requests come from Spain

Author: GBC

Date: 17 February 2014

The vast majority of Tax information requests received by Gibraltar companies have been in the last year-and-a-half, and nearly all of them have come from Spain. This is as a result of a recent drive by the Spanish Government to clamp down on tax fraud, and was revealed by speakers at a seminar today organised by Hassans and BDO on Tax Investigations and Information.

Interfaith Group launches 2014 arts competition

Author: GBC

Date: 14 February 2014

The Gibraltar Interfaith Group have launched their 2014 Creative Writing and Art Competition. The charity includes representatives from the major faiths in Gibraltar.

Cross Border Group for Brussels trip

Author: GBC

Date: 14 February 2014

The situation between Gibraltar and Spain will once again be raised in the heart of Europe, with the third lobbying trip to Brussels this year. A cross border group made up of unions and associations is in the Capital for a series of meetings at the European Parliament.

Gibraltar to chair UK Overseas Territory Association

Author: GBC

Date: 14 February 2014

Gibraltar is to chair the United Kingdom Overseas Territories Association. This was decided at the Association’s Annual General Meeting with the Cayman Islands taking up the office of Secretary and the British Virgin Islands as treasurer.

London MEP says Gibraltar will stay British

Author: GBC

Date: 14 February 2014

The London MEP on the receiving end of the Spanish Foreign Minister’s ‘Gibraltar español’ remark in January 2012 says he's confident that Gibraltar will stay British.

GFA makes changes to squad ahead of upcoming friendlies

Author: GBC

Date: 14 February 2014

The Gibraltar Football Association has made some changes to the national squad for its upcoming friendlies. John Paul Duarte, Anthony Hernandez and Daniel Duarte have been added, and will be eligible for selection against the Faore Islands and San Marino in the coming weeks.

Opposition raises concerns over legal aid reform

Author: GBC

Date: 14 February 2014

The Opposition is asking what progress Government has made legal aid reform, as promised in the GSLP-Liberal’s 2011 manifesto. In a statement, the GSD spokesperson for Justice, Selwyn Figueras says: "the only progress the Government has made on this agenda is the extension of legal assistance in complex cases involving fraud”.

Frontier queues clear at 2am after delays of up to two hours

Author: GBC

Date: 13 February 2014

With traffic by the border regularly at a complete standstill during yesterday evening, motorists crossing into Spain had to endure delays of up to two hours. Spanish checks on vehicles leaving Gibraltar were very slow, even after midnight. Police confirmed that the queues finally cleared at two in the morning.

Fines for cigarette smuggling in the Magistrates' Court

Author: GBC

Date: 13 February 2014

Three La Linea residents have appeared in the Magistrates’ Court jointly charged with cigarette smuggling.

Health Visitors colouring competition winners announced

Author: GBC

Date: 13 February 2014

The two young winners of a colouring competition organised by the Health Authority have been presented with their prizes. Lauren Rainieri of St Bernard’s School and Victor Huart of St Paul’s School each received a gift and a certificate in a presentation at the Primary Care Centre.

Rise For Justice campaign held in Gibraltar

Author: GBC

Date: 13 February 2014

Gibraltar has today formed part of the ‘One Billion Rising for Justice’ campaign, which this year focuses on justice for survivors of gender violence and sexual assault. Across the world, an average of one in three women will be beaten or raped during their lifetimes.

Preparations underway for demolition of incinerator

Author: GBC

Date: 13 February 2014

The disused incinerator at Europa Advance Road has been closed, with the Government announcing it’s making preparations to demolish it.

Government ensures Gibraltar won't fall behind with transposition of EU legislation.

Author: GBC

Date: 13 February 2014

The Government has taken steps to ensure that Gibraltar never again falls behind with the transposition of EU legislation. At a reception for MEPs on the final evening of his lobbying trip to Brussels, Chief Minister Fabian Picardo said this is because after achieving full compliance in the past 12 months, the Government has also planned to ensure that it’s always looking 18 months ahead at all the transposition deadlines that are due.

Gibraltar's entitled to ask EU to play by the rules, says Picardo

Author: GBC

Date: 12 February 2014

After a huge effort to get up to date with the transposition of EU Directives, Gibraltar is entitled to ask the European Union that it too play by the rules. That’s the main message that Chief Minister Fabian Picardo and Deputy Chief Minister Joseph Garcia have been getting across to Members of the European Parliament of all political hues in Brussels.

GFA reveals squads for upcoming friendlies

Author: GBC

Date: 12 February 2014

The Gibraltar Football Association held a press conference this morning to reveal which players will be participating in two upcoming friendlies. The GFA will play the Faroe Islands on Saturday the 1st of March and then Estonia on the 5th.

Sir Graham Watson lashes out at UKIP's Gibraltar MEPs

Author: GBC

Date: 12 February 2014

Liberal Democrat MEP for Gibraltar Sir Graham Watson has attacked rivals UKIP ahead of the European Election in May. Sir Graham, who’s seeking re-election, and who’s organised the Gibraltar Government’s present lobbying trip to Brussels, told GBC that the UK Independence Party are failing Gibraltar.

Chief Minister says lobbying in Brussels could be more important than U.N.

Author: GBC

Date: 12 February 2014

The Chief Minister has said that lobbying in Brussels may even be more important than making Gibraltar’s case at the United Nations in New York. Fabian Picardo is himself currently in the E.U. Capital for a series of meetings with members of the European Parliament.

GSD attacks Future Job Strategy transparency

Author: GBC

Date: 12 February 2014

The Opposition is calling on the Government to provide details of the private employers who are employing trainees on the Future Job Strategy. According to the Opposition, the question remains unanswered as to whether trainees are being “shoe-horned into companies which in return are receiving government contracts, or belong to friends of the Government”.

Row continues over GHA Complaints Review Panel

Author: GBC

Date: 12 February 2014

The debate over the appointments to the GHA Complaints Review Panel continues. The GSD says the GSLP-Liberals are only paying lip service to transparency issues, while the Government has accused the Opposition of hypocrisy and of personalising the issue.

Unite attacks Barclays bonuses

Author: GBC

Date: 12 February 2014

Meanwhile, in the UK, Unite the Union has accused Barclays of “going back to its old ways” by increasing bonus pools for its senior directors and investment bankers, while announcing plans to cut thousands of jobs for “ordinary workers”.

Anthem Of The Seas calling at Gibraltar in 2015

Author: GBC

Date: 12 February 2014

Royal Caribbean’s latest addition to the fleet, Anthem of the Seas, will be calling at Gibraltar seven times next year, during its inaugural season. She will become the largest cruise ship ever to call at the Rock. While the smaller Queen Mary II has to anchor in the Bay because of her deep draft, Anthem will be able to dock alongside the Western Arm.

Governor visits Regiment TA, Band & Corps Of Drums

Author: GBC

Date: 12 February 2014

The Governor Sir James Dutton continued his familiarisation of British Forces Gibraltar today with a visit to the Royal Gibraltar Regiment Territorial Army, as well as the Regiment’s Band and Corps of Drums.

CEO and COO appointed for Gibraltar International Bank

Author: GBC

Date: 12 February 2014

The new Gibraltar International Bank has appointed its Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operations Officer – respectively, Lawrence Podesta, and Derek Sene.

GSD accuses GSLP of 'cronyism'

Author: GBC

Date: 12 February 2014

The GSD says some of the individuals directly appointed by the Minister for Health, to sit on a supposedly ‘independent’ GHA Complaints Review Panel, are vociferous and well known GSLP-Liberal party activists. The Opposition claims some of these appointees have made strong anti-GSD statements and as such questions their impartiality.

Picardo starts gruelling Brussels programme

Author: GBC

Date: 11 February 2014

The Chief Minister, Fabian Picardo, says that every second counts as he and Deputy Chief Minister Joseph Garcia lobby MEPs and European Commission officials in Brussels. He revealed that last night they met with members of the Foreign Office, with whom the Gibraltar Government is coordinating this latest lobbying mission to ensure that both are singing from the same hymn sheet.

Government reacts to GSD GHA complaints panel

Author: GBC

Date: 11 February 2014

The Government says the latest attack, on the integrity of the ordinary citizens appointed onto the GHA complaints panel, is probably the worst example of the Opposition’s desire to undermine good governance.

Fishing changes at Detached Mole

Author: GBC

Date: 11 February 2014

The Government is to introduce revised fishing procedures for the Detached Mole, following the relocation of the storage vessel, the Vemaspirit. Anglers will be able to continue fishing at the Detached Mole, but with additional safety measures in place.

Spanish Government doesn't rule out further strengthening measures

Author: GBC

Date: 11 February 2014

The Spanish Government has not ruled out further strengthening of measures at the frontier in the future. In a four-page statement in answer to questions from Basque MP, Jon Iñarritu, the Spanish Foreign Minister again defended Spain’s controls at the Frontier, saying these arise from the fact that Gibraltar is outside Schengen and not in the Customs Union.

Guardia Civil vessels film bunkering operations in BGTW

Author: GBC

Date: 11 February 2014

There have been serious incursions into British Gibraltar Territorial Waters by Guardia Civil vessels this morning. Although it appears that there was no direct interference with bunkering operations, the Civil Guard launch, Rio Bernesga, stopped beside a bunker vessel on the Northern part of the Rock and appeared to obtain footage.

Picardo & Garcia lobby Europe in earnest

Author: GBC

Date: 11 February 2014

The Chief Minister and his Deputy have a very tight agenda on this their first full working day on their latest lobbying trip to Brussels. After a working dinner on Monday night at which they met, among others, Peter Skinner MEP, a member of the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee, they have an early start this morning, and meetings are scheduled throughout the day.

Chief Minister on lobbying trip to Brussels

Author: GBC

Date: 10 February 2014

The Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister travelled to Brussels today for meetings at the European Parliament and the European Commission. They’ll meet with British MEPs of all parties and officials of various EC departments including Internal Market, Economic and Monetary Affairs, Environment and Transport and Tourism.

Young Artists' Competition winners announced

Author: GBC

Date: 10 February 2014

The winners of this year’s Young Artists’ Competition have been announced at the launch of the exhibition this evening.

Local man acquitted of actual bodily harm

Author: GBC

Date: 10 February 2014

A Supreme Court jury has today acquitted a local man of causing Actual Bodily Harm. The incident in question dated back to August 2012 when the complainant claimed 36–year-old Dylan Brown assaulted her whilst in her home.

Air Terminal roof damaged after weekend of severe gale force winds

Author: GBC

Date: 09 February 2014

Gibraltar is assessing the damage inflicted by severe gale force winds over the weekend. Gusts reached 60 knot speeds, with 30 millimetres of rain falling in a relatively short period of time.

Chris Walker Andalucia Triathlon Success

Author: GBC

Date: 09 February 2014

Experienced triathlete Chris Walker has won one of the Veteran awards for the 2013 Andalucian Circuit. The Award was presented at a Gala event on Saturday night. Chris achieved success in the Veteran 1 section, 40 to 49 age group, coming in 7th overall.

High Speed Chase at Sea - 2 Spaniards fined

Author: GBC

Date: 09 February 2014

Two Spaniards have been fined in the Magistrate’s Court, following a high speed chase in the bay, that resulted in their arrest. The incident early on Sunday morning, saw the RGP Marine Section intercept a rigid hulled inflatable boat in the Bay of Gibraltar, just off the Detached Mole.

Tickets for GFA Friendlies out tomorrow

Author: GBC

Date: 09 February 2014

Tickets for the two upcoming GFA friendlies go on sale at ten tomorrow morning. Gibraltar plays the Faroe Islands on Saturday the 1st of March and then faces Estonia on the 5th.

Tobacco arrests

Author: GBC

Date: 09 February 2014

Two local men have been arrested for the possession of seventy thousand cigarettes. The men were stopped by RGP officers in the early hours of Sunday morning, whilst travelling in a car along Queensway. They've been bailed to appear at New Mole House in April.

RGP investigate an alleged robbery at Mid Harbours

Author: GBC

Date: 09 February 2014

The RGP is investigating an alleged robbery at Mid Harbours Estate. The incident is believed to have occurred in the early hours of Saturday morning. A local man is assisting the police with its inquiries.

X Factor 2012 Winner James Arthur is first act for Gibraltar Music Festival

Author: GBC

Date: 07 February 2014

X Factor 2012 winner James Arthur has been announced as the first act for the 2014 Gibraltar Music Festival. Organizers say more acts, including the headliner, will be announced before the end of the month.

Business Heritage- new GBC TV series starts Monday

Author: GBC

Date: 07 February 2014

‘Business Heritage’ starts on Monday night on GBC. It is a documentary-style TV series, based on local businesses with rich histories.

Four charged with conspiracy to defraud

Author: GBC

Date: 07 February 2014

Four local people have today been charged with conspiracy to defraud, in a suspected “pyramid” or “Ponzi” scheme. Lizzette Cornelio of Knight’s Court on Witham’s Road, Aaron Smith of 63 Chilton Court, Damian Mauro of Malvasia Court and Lance Mauro of Devil’s Tower Camp, appeared today before the Magistrates’ Court.

Isaac Marrache gives evidence: Day 4

Author: GBC

Date: 07 February 2014

Isaac Marrache has told the Supreme Court the Gibraltar Bar Council’s Admissions and Disciplinary Committee did not conduct itself in a manner that “might be expected from people in that profession” in the months preceeding the collapse of the law firm. The first defendant of four in this multi-million pound fraud trial is set to be cross-examined next week.

Local man cleared of conspiracy to defraud and false accounting

Author: GBC

Date: 07 February 2014

A local man has today been cleared of conspiracy to defraud and false accounting charges. 33-year-old Michael Cuby was arrested in November last year, and charged in relation to a letter he had allegedly sent the year before.

GSD asks, 'What new dawn?'

Author: GBC

Date: 07 February 2014

The Opposition has listed issues, which it claims the Government has refused to give information on. It says the Government has refused to provide a simple answer to the question of whether Spanish Fishermen will have to apply for a licence in Gibraltar to fish in British Gibraltar Territorial Waters.

VIDEO REPORT: GSD asks if Spanish fishermen will need licences

Author: GBC

Date: 06 February 2014

The Leader of the Opposition has renewed his call for the Government to state whether Spanish fishermen wishing to fish in BGTW with nets, will have to apply for a licence in Gibraltar.

Deputy CM: If Spain persists dismantling Cordoba Agreement, UK has option to discontinue payment of Spanish pensions.

Author: GBC

Date: 06 February 2014

The Deputy Chief Minister, Joseph Garcia, says that if Spain persists with trying to dismantle the 2006 Cordoba Agreements, one option open to the UK is to stop paying the pensions to former Spanish workers on the Rock.

Earl of Dartmouth takes part in EU debate on Gibraltar

Author: GBC

Date: 06 February 2014

Two UKIP MEPs represent Gibraltar, with the Earl of Dartmouth taking part in yesterday’s debate. He accused Spain of in effect trying to blockade Gibraltar.

Isaac Marrache gives evidence: Day 3

Author: GBC

Date: 06 February 2014

In day three of his live evidence, Isaac Marrache has told the Supreme Court he became aware in 2008 that some of the family's property had been invested in Trusts without his knowledge. Having pleaded not guilty to two counts of conspiracy to defraud, he has spoken of a growing divide between him and his brothers Benjamin and Solomon Marrache, in the months preceding their arrest in 2010.

21 Gun Salute marks Queen's 62nd Accession to the throne

Author: GBC

Date: 06 February 2014

A 21 Gun Salute on the Rock today marked the Queen’s 62nd accession to the throne. The former Commanding Officer of the Regiment, Lieutenant Colonel, Dennis Duarte, inspected the salute.

Local man not guilty of possession with intent to supply 18 grammes of amphetamine

Author: GBC

Date: 06 February 2014

A local man has been found not guilty of possession with intent to supply over 18 grammes of amphetamine, in a case dating back to September of 2012. The trial of Steven Yeo, of Tankerville House, took place yesterday morning at the Supreme Court.

Opposition questions Government on companies registered at Number Six

Author: GBC

Date: 06 February 2014

The Opposition says it’s concerns and suspicions in relation to companies registered at Number Six and at Town Range remain while the Government remains silent, despite repeated requests for clarification.

Second day of evidence for Isaac Marrache

Author: GBC

Date: 05 February 2014

Isaac Marrache has given evidence on the period in 2009 when he says he began suspecting that something wasn't right with his company's accounts. The former Senior Partner at the collapsed law firm Marrache and Co said that it was the then Chief Minister Peter Caruana who alerted him to considerable tax debts owed to the Government.

UK pays Spanish pensioners after banking glitch

Author: GBC

Date: 05 February 2014

Spanish pensioners who formerly worked in Gibraltar have now reportedly been paid, following a delay that was highlighted in the Spanish press. Pensions paid by the UK as part of the 2006 Cordoba Agreement, are normally collected around the 27th of the month, but the latest instalment was delayed.

Incursions low during January

Author: GBC

Date: 05 February 2014

January saw 17 unlawful incursions into British Gibraltar Territorial Waters by Spanish state vessels, principally the Guardia Civil. The statistic is the latest revealed by the Convent. August was the worst month last year, which saw a total of 496 illegal incursions.

New GFA communications manager

Author: GBC

Date: 05 February 2014

Steven Gonzalez has been appointed Communications Manager with the Gibraltar Football Association. Steven is a media Graduate with a masters in Multimedia Sports Journalism. He has experience in dealing with the international media, having studied and worked with Eurosport in Madrid.

Gibraltar included in proposed aviation measures

Author: GBC

Date: 05 February 2014

Liberal Democrat Gibraltar MEP Sir Graham Watson is claiming victory in securing air passenger rights for Gibraltar. The European Parliament today voted on proposals to strengthen passenger rights – with these now extended to those travelling to and from Gibraltar, despite Spain’s efforts to exclude the Rock.

Campo unemployment up again

Author: GBC

Date: 05 February 2014

There's more dismal news for the Campo area with the release of January's employment figures. They show an increase of more than 1,300 people out of work, bringing the total to 40,562.

Local athletes celebrated at the GBC Sports Awards

Author: GBC

Date: 05 February 2014

Colin Bensadon took the prize for ‘Senior Individual’ for his achievements in swimming, with Chess player, Stephen Whatley taking the ‘Junior’ award. The Gibraltar Triathlon Team took the prize for ‘Senior team’ with the ‘Junior Team’ award given to rowers, Colin Tester and Jesse Borg.

Spanish pensioners, former workers in Gibraltar, not paid yet this month

Author: GBC

Date: 04 February 2014

Spanish pensioners, former workers in Gibraltar, have reportedly not been paid this month. According to the Spanish daily, La Verdad, the pensions, paid for by the UK as part of the 2006 Cordoba Agreement, are normally collected around the 27th of the month but the monies were still not there today.

Aviation measures excluding Gibraltar to be debated in European Parliament

Author: GBC

Date: 04 February 2014

The Conservative Party Whip is asking all Tory MEPs and all MEPs who are members of the European Conservatives and Reformists Group to vote against an EU proposal on aviation measures which excludes Gibraltar. The proposal will be debated at the European Parliament tomorrow.

Governor and Lady Dutton visit City Fire Brigade

Author: GBC

Date: 04 February 2014

The Governor Sir James Dutton and his wife Lady Dutton have continued their familiarisation with local services on the Rock visiting the City Fire Brigade on Tuesday.

2nd Miss Gibraltar contestant signs on

Author: GBC

Date: 04 February 2014

A 23 year-old student teacher is the second to sign on for this year’s Miss Gibraltar pageant. Kristy Torres enjoys reading, dance and keeping fit and aims to qualify as a teacher and work with children and young adults.

Tourist Board to host roadshows in the UK this week

Author: GBC

Date: 04 February 2014

The Tourist Board will host two travel trade roadshows this week in Birmingham and London, as part of the drive to promote the Rock in the UK. There’ll be workshops, presentations and discussions on marketing activities, improvements to Gibraltar’s attractions and services, and highlights of the tourist calendar for 2014.

Isaac Marrache takes to witness stand in fraud trial

Author: GBC

Date: 04 February 2014

High Court Judge Sir Geoffrey Grigson refused applications by defence lawyers that there had been an ‘abuse of process’ in respect of evidence disclosure. Isaac Marrache became the first defendant in this trial to take to the witness stand.

Former GGCA Secretary files complaint for unfair dismissal

Author: GBC

Date: 04 February 2014

The former GGCA General Secretary believes the current committee has acted in breach of the Union’s Constitution. Michael Tampin has filed a complaint in the Industrial Tribunal for unfair dismissal and is represented by Charles Gomez and Company.

Local Borders & Coastguard Officer found 'Not Guilty' of stealing

Author: GBC

Date: 03 February 2014

A local Borders and Coastguard Officer has been found not guilty of stealing a mobile phone, belonging to a British Airways pilot. John de la Rosa was charged with theft in relation to an incident in 2012.

Local Police Officer found guilty of misconduct

Author: GBC

Date: 03 February 2014

A local police officer has been found guilty of misconduct, at the conclusion of his trial at the Supreme Court. Royal Gibraltar Police officer Kayne Benteolo was tried in relation to an incident in January last year.

ERG welcomes Chief Minister's pledge to help Syrian refugees

Author: GBC

Date: 03 February 2014

Equality Rights Group has welcomed the Chief Minister’s pledge to offer asylum to a limited number of Syrian refugees in Gibraltar. At a recent Save the Children fundraiser, Fabian Picardo told the Chronicle his Government would be willing to consider taking up to three refugees from the war-torn country, where millions are in need of urgent aid.

10k seater, UEFA 'Category Four' stadium expected for 2016

Author: GBC

Date: 03 February 2014

Plans for Gibraltar’s proposed multi-functional stadium have been revealed in a promotional video published on YouTube. The Europa Point Stadium will be a 10,000 seater, UEFA Category Four venue.

Unite commissions new ICTUR report on local employment laws

Author: GBC

Date: 02 February 2014

Unite’s Gibraltar Branch has commissioned a report on local employment legislation from the International Centre for Trade Union Rights. The ICTUR report will compare local laws to the UK and the EU. Professor Kieth Ewing and Daniel Blackburn, both of whom have been previously involved in Unite’s campaign for Moroccan workers, will be working on the project.

GSD calls for re-introduction of Gibibikes scheme

Author: GBC

Date: 02 February 2014

The GSD Opposition is calling on the government to commit to replacing the urban bike rental scheme known as Gibibikes before the end of this term of office.

Sunborn arrives at Ocean Village

Author: GBC

Date: 02 February 2014

The 150 million euro Sunborn Floating Hotel moved to Ocean Village today, and is expected to open for business next month. The 142-metre vessel was towed in by tugs, and met at Ocean Village by a large crowd eagerly anticipating the arrival.

Deputy Chief Minister praises Brussels petitioners

Author: GBC

Date: 31 January 2014

The Deputy Chief Minister has heaped praise on the group of citizens who have petitioned the European Parliament and the European Commission in Brussels this week.

Governor presents Afghanistan Operational Service Medals

Author: GBC

Date: 31 January 2014

The Governor today presented Afghanistan Operational Service Medals to nine soldiers from the Royal Gibraltar Regiment. The medals were awarded after a 7 month deployment, and a tour where 3 Britons lost their lives.

Marrache: abuse of process claim

Author: GBC

Date: 31 January 2014

Lawyers acting separately for the four defendants in the multi-million pound Marrache fraud trial, have made submissions asking for proceedings to be stayed on the grounds that the Royal Gibraltar Police have not disclosed evidence properly.

VIDEO REPORT: Cross-border protest against queues held in La Linea

Author: GBC

Date: 30 January 2014

Around a thousand people gathered on the Spanish side of the border for a demonstration organised by a cross-border collective of individuals and associations against the Frontier queues. Politicians and union representatives joined citizens from La Linea, Gibraltar and further afield to call for a "humanitarian frontier".

Tobacco Act amendments pushed through

Author: GBC

Date: 30 January 2014

A Bill for an Act to amend the Tobacco Act has been published today. It provides for new offences related to the concealment of cigarettes within motor vehicles and can apply when the amount is not a commercial quantity.

HMS Diamond arrives on Sunday

Author: GBC

Date: 30 January 2014

HMS Diamond arrives on Sunday for a week-long visit ahead of a six-month operational deployment to the Gulf. While in Gibraltar, she’ll carry out a number of maritime training exercises, during which she will anchor in the bay the night.

World Heritage Site bid boundaries extended

Author: GBC

Date: 30 January 2014

The boundaries of the proposed World Heritage Site at the Gorham’s Cave Complex have been extended to take in more of the Rock’s Nature Reserve. The Government has approved the extension, which includes the cliffs above Gorham’s Cave and the prehistoric sand dune on the East side of the Rock.

DPC asks Marriott developer to rethink designs

Author: GBC

Date: 30 January 2014

The Development & Planning Commission has decided the proposed designs for a Marriott hotel and an adjacent office block at the site of the former Royal Gibraltar Yacht Club “lack character” and should be rethought.

Colorectal cancer screening programme launched

Author: GBC

Date: 29 January 2014

A screening programme for colorectal cancer, also known as bowel cancer, has been launched by the Health Authority.

Indicative prices for ex-MOD properties set by GSD deal, says Govt

Author: GBC

Date: 29 January 2014

The Government has reiterated that the price at which it sells former Ministry of Defence properties must be seen in the context of the lands deal agreed between the MoD and the previous administration.