GBC NEWS

Thursday 24 July 00:10

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.

Sunset Festival this weekend

Author: GBC

Date: 23 July 2014

Flamenco-electronic band, Chambao, will be headlining the Sunset Festival this Saturday at the Victoria Stadium MUGA Complex. Andy y Lucas, Los Rebujitos, Radio Macandé, Miguel Sáez & Mario Mendes will also perform this weekend.

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.

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

Author: GBC

Date: 23 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.

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.

Isaac Marrache's lawyer claiming 'abuse of process' on evidence disclosure

Author: GBC

Date: 29 January 2014

In the multi-million pound Marrache fraud trial, the Supreme Court is expecting to hear an application of ‘abuse of process’ by the Royal Gibraltar Police in respect of evidence disclosure. The application will be made by Isaac Marrache’s lawyer, John Cooper QC.

Royal Academy Of Art working with Ministry of Culture

Author: GBC

Date: 29 January 2014

Following on from a meeting between the Ministry of Culture and the Royal Academy of Art, the Ministry is looking at ways to work with the Royal Academy to support art in Gibraltar. It wants to widen the scope for artistic and cultural activities as well as to export Gibraltar’s culture to other countries.

Gibunco again sponsoring the Literary Festival

Author: GBC

Date: 29 January 2014

The Gibunco Group will again be sponsoring the Gibraltar International Literary Festival, which will be held from the 14th to the 16th of November. The group will be upping the sponsorship amount.

Cross frontier group ask: What happened to EU's freedom of movement?

Author: GBC

Date: 29 January 2014

A cross frontier collective of unions and associations has presented a dossier detailing the social and economic effects of the very long frontier queues. The report is entitled, “European Union: What Happened to the EU’s Freedom of Movement?”

Apes to be captured for exportation; Opposition welcomes move

Author: GBC

Date: 29 January 2014

The Government is to start capturing Barbary Macaques in preparation for their eventual exportation. And the news has been welcomed by the Opposition, which says it now appears that Government action is being taken on an important issue which impacts on the lives of citizens.

Tampin claims unfair dismissal

Author: GBC

Date: 29 January 2014

The former General Secretary of the Civil Service union GGCA, Michael Tampin, has filed a complaint in the Industrial Tribunal for unfair dismissal. This has been confirmed by the union in a bulletin to members. The GGCA has instructed its lawyers to defend the interests of the membership.

VIDEO REPORT: Gib campaigners demonstrate before European Commission

Author: GBC

Date: 29 January 2014

Gibraltar’s campaigners in Brussels have today demonstrated at Rond Point, outside the offices of the European Commission. It’s the latest of a series of events organized by the petitioners to raise the profile of the Gibraltar issue before Europe’s capital.

Emotional appeal by daughter of North Mole fire victim

Author: GBC

Date: 28 January 2014

The family of a 40-year-old Spanish welder who died as a result of the injuries he sustained during the North Mole tank fire nearly three years ago has called on the operators, Nature Port Reception Facilities, to face up to their responsibilities and allow the legal process to take its course. At a news conference, the eldest daughter of Pedro Zambrana López tearfully read out a statement saying that her family will not rest until they see the company face-to-face in court, and her father's name cleared.

Changes to GHA breast screening programme

Author: GBC

Date: 28 January 2014

The Health Authority has introduced changes to its breast screening programme. As of this month screening invitations will be given to women aged between 40 and 70, all at two-year intervals. Women who require annual mammography due to their strong family history of breast cancer will be separately identified and assessed.

Two men arrested for tobacco offences in "Special Zone"

Author: GBC

Date: 28 January 2014

Two Spanish Nationals, suspected of cigarette exportation, have been arrested. The men, a 30-year-old and 33-year-old from La Linea, refused to follow directions from HM Customs Officers to leave Winston Churchill Avenue; a ‘Special Zone’ under the Tobacco Act.

VIDEO REPORT: Brussels Petition and Protest by Gibraltarian Citizens

Author: GBC

Date: 28 January 2014

A spokesman for the European Commission has told the group of Gibraltarian Citizens presenting a petition that the Commission cares deeply about freedom of movement, and wants a solution to the frontier with Spain. However, Peter Bosch, from Commissioner Malmstrom’s office, says they have to look at the issue without emotion.

All six Gibraltar MEPs to attend Brussels presentation

Author: GBC

Date: 27 January 2014

All six of Gibraltar’s MEPs are expected to attend a presentation by a group of Gibraltarians traveling to Brussels to petition the European Parliament and the European Commission tomorrow. The petition counts on almost 10,000 from Gibraltarians and other EU citizens protesting against Spain using the frontier to put political pressure on the Rock.

Judge refuses 'no case to answer' submissions in Marrache fraud trial

Author: GBC

Date: 27 January 2014

High Court Judge Sir Geoffrey Grigson has refused submissions made on behalf of Isaac and Benjamin Marrache, and Leanne Turnbull of ‘no case to answer’. It effectively means the Judge believes evidence has been presented by the Crown which, if accepted, would justify a verdict of 'guilty'.

Gibraltar at FITUR

Author: GBC

Date: 27 January 2014

There has been a decline in visitors to Gibraltar due to the frontier queues, but speaking to Radio Gibraltar at FITUR, in Madrid, Minister Neil Costa said millions still visit every year and that the Rock continues to be an important destination for tourists in Spain.

Tenders invited for ex-MoD houses at Europa Pass Battery

Author: GBC

Date: 27 January 2014

Tenders have been invited by the Government for sixteen terraced houses at Europa Pass Battery, formerly owned by the Ministry of Defence. The Government says it’s expecting to receive offers in the region of £425,000.

Almost 10,000 signatures collected for Brussels petition

Author: GBC

Date: 27 January 2014

Almost 10,000 signatures have been collected by a group of citizens concerned with the frontier situation. Their petition against what they describe as ‘the continuing illegal and disproportionate queues’ will be taken to Brussels today in a campaign at the European Parliament.

SDGG supports group traveling to Brussels

Author: GBC

Date: 27 January 2014

The Self-Determination for Gibraltar Group says it fully supports the initiative taken by the group of individuals traveling to Brussels to present to the Petitions Committee.

Frontier protest in La Línea on Thursday

Author: GBC

Date: 27 January 2014

The organisers of a demonstration in La Línea against the Spanish frontier controls are urging as many people as possible from both sides of the border to take part. The peaceful protest will take place on Thursday at 6pm just outside the frontier precinct, where the monument to the frontier worker is situated.

Delayed progress for Bill on EU Referendum

Author: GBC

Date: 27 January 2014

The bill for a referendum on whether Britain will stay in the European Union is to return to the UK’s House of Commons for further discussion, thus delaying its progress. In a recent debate, the House of Lords voted by a majority of 87 to amend the proposed wording of the question on the ballot paper.

Customs Tobacco Investigation

Author: GBC

Date: 26 January 2014

Customs Officers have seized around 50 thousand cigarettes in a couple of incidents over the last few days. A Spanish National from La Linea has been arrested after he was challenged in the area of Eastern Beach carrying three large holdalls containing 99 cartons. In a separate incident Customs also disrupted another attempted exportation. On this occasion it involved a vehicle on British Lines Road, with the driver abandoning the car and climbing over the fence into Spain. cartons were recovered here, with the Customs officers subjected to abuse from a group of men on the other side of the fence who also hurled stones

Government rejects ABC report

Author: GBC

Date: 26 January 2014

Number Six has rejected reports in the Spanish newspaper ABC asserting that the Gibraltar Government, together with the Catalan Party ERC and other parties, is preparing a series of protests in Brussels this week. The Chief Minister described the article as a lie on Twitter.

Gibraltar at Fitur

Author: GBC

Date: 25 January 2014

The Government says it's pleased to be exhibiting at Fitur, in Madrid, as it's a great opportunity to promote Gibraltar as an 'affluent, vibrant and modern city'. The International Travel Trade Fair which attracts around 200 thousand visitors has seen participation from 165 countries. Promoting the local product, the Gibraltar stand featured performances by band Taxi, displays by the Re-Enactment Society and offerings of popular dishes.

UEFA seedings confirmed for Euro 2016

Author: GBC

Date: 24 January 2014

UEFA has confirmed seedings for the qualifying draw for Euro 2016. On its website, European football’s governing body highlights the fact that Gibraltar is involved for the first time.

Final preparations for 2014 Chess Festival

Author: GBC

Date: 24 January 2014

Next week hundreds of amateur and professional chess players, from grand masters to novices will descend on Gibraltar for the 2014 Tradewise Gibraltar International Chess Festival.

Local man fined £2,000 for throwing goods over frontier fence

Author: GBC

Date: 24 January 2014

A local man has been fined £2,000 for throwing goods over the Frontier fence at British Lines Road. Paul Byrne of 28 Knight’s Court appeared today at the Magistrates’ Court, in relation to an incident on the 23rd of December.

Sewage Treatment Plant tender evaluation process starts

Author: GBC

Date: 24 January 2014

The Tender Evaluation Process for the construction of a Sewage Treatment Plant started this week. The Government says it intends to award the tender as soon as possible once this is completed.

MPs talk macaques in Parliament

Author: GBC

Date: 24 January 2014

No one has ever been fined for feeding the apes, since this was made illegal some one hundred years ago. The Minister for the Environment revealed this in Parliament; he also confirmed there have been discussions with several official bodies, including the RGP, on the enforcement of the Nature Protection Act, in this respect.

GSD votes in eight new members to Party Executive

Author: GBC

Date: 24 January 2014

The GSD membership voted in eight new members to the party’s executive at an AGM yesterday evening at the John Mackintosh Hall. It’s the first time executive members have been elected by the membership, and the party says this is part of its modernisation process and restructure.

HMS Tireless leaves the Rock

Author: GBC

Date: 24 January 2014

HMS Tireless has left the Rock after a short stay as part of her scheduled operational tasking. The Trafalgar class nuclear submarine caused controversy in 2000 after she was berthed here for almost a year, due to a leak in the nuclear reactor primary cooling circuit.

Picardo answers Credit Finance Company questions

Author: GBC

Date: 24 January 2014

The Government has itself directly invested ten million pounds in the Ordinary Share Capital of Credit Finance Company Limited. This was disclosed by the Chief Minister in Parliament in answer to numerous Opposition questions concerning the company.

Parliament expresses full confidence in Speaker

Author: GBC

Date: 24 January 2014

A Motion expressing full confidence in the Speaker, Adolfo Canepa, was passed unanimously in Parliament on Friday afternoon. It was brought by the Chief Minister, following a clash during Thursday’s session between Mr Canepa and Opposition Leader Daniel Feetham, who had accused Mr Canepa of treating the Opposition unfairly.

Locally resident woman charged with £220,000 theft

Author: GBC

Date: 24 January 2014

A locally resident British woman has been charged with the theft of over £220,000 from the company management firm she was formerly employed with. Sally Harris of 4 Hospital Hill appeared on Friday at the Magistrates' Court charged with eight counts of theft.

Gaming tax legislation: Isola prepares for meetings with UK Parliament

Author: GBC

Date: 24 January 2014

The Minister for Gaming, Albert Isola, will be meeting MPs and Lords in the UK Parliament in ten days time as part of the Gibraltar Government’s drive to persuade the UK to modify its plans for a ‘Point of Consumption Tax’ for gaming companies. On last night’s Viewpoint debate on GBC Television, however, Mr Isola reiterated that the Government would not be looking at a legal challenge as an option.

Speaker 'MP's sometimes act like pupils'

Author: GBC

Date: 23 January 2014

Mr Canepa – a former schoolteacher – said MP’s sometimes act like pupils, adding he would like Parliament to have a better standing the public’s eyes. His role is difficult, he said, and he sometimes makes mistakes, just like everyone else does.

Evacuation drills for St Bernard's and Primary Care Centre raised in Parliament

Author: GBC

Date: 23 January 2014

Plenty of issues raised in Parliament over the morning, including the previous lack of any Fire Evacuation Drills in GHA premises such as the hospitals and the Primary Care Centre, which according to the Minister for Health is of serious concern.

Maika performing Friday night

Author: GBC

Date: 23 January 2014

Singer Maika Barbero and her band will be performing live at the John Mackintosh Hall Friday evening, promoting her first album, No Return.

Gibraltar Tourist Board exhibiting at FITUR

Author: GBC

Date: 23 January 2014

The Gibraltar Tourist Board is again taking part in the FITUR international trade fair in Madrid. Radio Gibraltar will be offering coverage from the Spanish capital between 1 and 2 tomorrow afternoon. And we’ll also have coverage on Newswatch tomorrow evening.

Marrache ruling expected on Monday

Author: GBC

Date: 23 January 2014

In the ongoing Marrache fraud trial, High Court Judge Sir Geoffrey Grigson is now expected to wait till Monday to give his rulings on whether or not charges might be dropped without the defendants presenting a defence.

[VIDEO REPORT] Sustainable construction course held

Author: GBC

Date: 23 January 2014

A two-day course on sustainable construction has been organised at the Caleta Hotel by the Department of the Environment. Professionals from both the public and private sectors have been attending presentations and workshops on sustainable building practices.

Motion on confidence in Speaker after Feetham clash in Parliament

Author: GBC

Date: 23 January 2014

Today’s Parliamentary agenda was thrown off kilter after a clash between the Speaker and the Leader of the Opposition led to proceedings coming to a premature end this afternoon. Instead of continuing with Chief Minister’s questions after lunch, Fabian Picardo brought a Motion seeking that the House express its full confidence in Adolfo Canepa.

Candle lit vigil at held at frontier

Author: GBC

Date: 22 January 2014

Some 60 people prayed in silence for half an hour, in a candle lit vigil, at the Airport Carpark on Wednesday night. The event was organised by Christian churches on the Rock, to coincide with Christian Unity week.

Restored St Jago's Arch inaugurated

Author: GBC

Date: 22 January 2014

The restoration of St. Jago’s Arch and the Church of Nuestra Señora del Rosario has been inaugurated after months of restoration work. The site was restored by the Gibraltar Museum in consultation with the Gibraltar Heritage Trust.

Army Cadet Unit holds open evening for recruitment

Author: GBC

Date: 22 January 2014

Boys and girls interested in joining the Gibraltar Army Cadet Unit were invited to an Open Evening at the Buffadero Training Centre. The Cadets are recruiting for their fifth intake since the Unit was established in 2009.

GSD to vote in eight new executive members at AGM

Author: GBC

Date: 22 January 2014

The GSD membership will be voting in eight new members to the party’s executive at an AGM on Thursday at the John Mackintosh Hall. It’s the first time executive members will be elected by the membership, and the party says this is part of its modernisation process.

HMS Portland arrives on the Rock

Author: GBC

Date: 22 January 2014

Another Naval ship arrives on the Rock tomorrow ahead of a seven-month deployment to the Atlantic. HMS Portland will undertake maritime security operations, including counter nacortics and anti-piracy patrols, providing opportunities to work with other Navies to strengthen ties and demonstrate Britain’s commitment to the region.

Local man charged with burglary

Author: GBC

Date: 22 January 2014

34 Year old Gavin Key has appeared before the Magistrate’s Court this morning charged with one count of burglary. He was arrested on Monday following a burglary in a residence and the case has been adjourned.

Customs seize cigarettes after chase at Eastern Beach

Author: GBC

Date: 22 January 2014

Customs officers seized 100 cartons of cigarettes after a chase on foot at Eastern Beach on Monday night. A man escaped from the scene after he dropped three large bags and was collected by a Spanish Registered car.

Second woman accused of threatening jurors in Supreme Court trial

Author: GBC

Date: 22 January 2014

A second woman has been accused of threatening jurors after a Supreme Court Trial ended.

No case to answer? Sir Geoffrey's rulings from Friday

Author: GBC

Date: 22 January 2014

In the ongoing Marrache fraud trial, the Supreme Court has finished hearing defense submissions of ‘no case to answer’, as well as the Crown’s counter-arguments. On Friday, High Court Judge Sir Geoffrey Grigson is expected to give his rulings on whether or not charges might be dropped without the defendants presenting a defense.

Local woman and juvenile found guilty of assault

Author: GBC

Date: 22 January 2014

A local woman and a juvenile have been found guilty of assault following a three-day trial in the Supreme Court. 18-year-old Fatima Ech Chalh and a 13-year-old boy were also jointly charged with attempted robbery but the jury found them not guilty of this charge.

Recruitment for Miss Gibraltar 2014 contestants starts next Monday

Author: GBC

Date: 21 January 2014

The Ministry of Culture is inviting girls aged between 17 and 24 to sign up for the Miss Gibraltar 2014 Pageant. The show will be produced by Stage One and held at the Queen’s Cinema on the 7th June. Recruitment begins as of next Monday.

No fraud, let alone conspiracy, says Benjamin Marrache's lawyer

Author: GBC

Date: 21 January 2014

Lawyers acting separately for Isaac Marrache and Benjamin Marrache have both made submissions of ‘no case to answer’ in the ongoing multi-million pound fraud trial. The Crown has brought two charges of conspiracy to defraud millions of pounds of client monies against both brothers.

'Tissue of lies': Government reacts to Leader of the Opposition's NY message

Author: GBC

Date: 21 January 2014

The Government describes the Leader of the Opposition’s New Year’s message as a tissue of lies and an embarrassment.

Master Service Ltd holds demo on environmentally friendly machinery

Author: GBC

Date: 21 January 2014

Master Service Limited held a demonstration today in Casemates Square, showcasing some environmentally friendly cleaning machines. The company is hoping to acquire battery-operated e-tricycle street-cleaners that collect litter and run on rechargeable batteries. A number of Government representatives were present at the demonstration today but it is yet to be confirmed that E-trikes will be purchased for the company.

Government welcomes new direct flights to Morocco

Author: GBC

Date: 21 January 2014

The Government has welcomed the announcement by local company, ‘Your Flight’, regarding the launch of new direct flights to Marrakech. The airline is now taking bookings, with the first flight scheduled for April. Flights will be on Sundays and alternate Thursdays.

Around 3,000 signatures so far for EU petition

Author: GBC

Date: 20 January 2014

The petition organised by a group of concerned citizens to protest about the ongoing Spanish frontier controls already has around three thousand signatures. Members braved the rainy weather on Saturday to gather signatures in town, and were very pleased with the public's response.

HMS Tireless back on the Rock

Author: GBC

Date: 20 January 2014

The Trafalgar class Nuclear Submarine which caused so much controversy in 2000 is back on the Rock. HMS Tireless is here for a short stay as part of her scheduled operational tasking. HMS Tireless was to have been decommissioned in 2013, to be replaced by one of the new Astute class submarines but seems to be going strong.

Liberal Party to choose 6th candidate on Lib Dem list for European elections

Author: GBC

Date: 20 January 2014

The Liberal Party is to choose the sixth candidate on the Liberal Democrat list for the forthcoming elections to the European Parliament. Party Leader, Doctor Joseph Garcia says he’s very pleased his party will be providing a candidate for the Lib Dem slate, as it did at the last European elections.

'No case to answer', argue lawyers in Marrache trial

Author: GBC

Date: 20 January 2014

The Prosecution has finished presenting its case in the Marrache fraud trial, and at least two of the defendants are making a submission of ‘no case to answer’. Lawyers acting for Isaac Marrache and Leanne Turnbull have submitted to the Supreme Court that there is nothing upon which their clients should be convicted. They are essentially asking the High Court Judge Sir Geoffrey Grigson to rule that these two defendants are not guilty of the crime of conspiracy to defraud with which they are charged.

Local woman and juvenile on trial for attempted robbery

Author: GBC

Date: 20 January 2014

The trial of a local woman and boy for attempted robbery has begun today at the Supreme Court. The defendants are jointly charged in relation to an incident last November, with the juvenile boy having previously pleaded guilty to possession of a prohibited weapon – namely, a BB gun.

Concerned Citizens Group step up signature gathering campaign

Author: GBC

Date: 18 January 2014

The group of concerned citizens planning a visit to Brussels at the end of January to protest about Spain's ongoing frontier controls are hopeful of achieving as many as three thousand signatures for a petition by the end of this weekend. Group members were in town on Saturday and said the response from the public was excellent, despite the rainy weather.

Problems at frontier, new hours for civil service; highlighted at GFSB AGM

Author: GBC

Date: 17 January 2014

Members of the Federation of Small Businesses highlighted four main areas of concern at their AGM last night. These were the problems at the frontier, banking, the new proposed working hours for the Civil Service and Office of Fair Trading Legislation.

Bereaved mother calls for fixed speed cameras

Author: GBC

Date: 17 January 2014

A campaign calling for fixed cameras and the introduction of penalty points has been launched by a bereaved mother. Richenda Collado Dawes lost her son Gareth in a tragic bike accident last October, and is calling on Government to do more to prevent accidents.

Women's Association calls for sustainable management plan for monkeys

Author: GBC

Date: 16 January 2014

The Women’s Association is urging the Government to implement a sustainable management plan as soon as macaque numbers are reduced in order to keep the monkey population at a manageable level.

Civil Partnership Bill to be published next week

Author: GBC

Date: 16 January 2014

The Government is taking the next step towards what they’re describing as a “landmark piece of (equality) legislation”. The Bill will formally recognise civil partnerships between two people signing an official register, regardless of gender or sexual orientation; it’s expected to be published next week.

Group of Gibraltarians traveling to Brussels to complain about queues

Author: GBC

Date: 16 January 2014

A group of Gibraltarians and Gibraltar residents concerned about the situation at the frontier will be traveling to Brussels at the end of the month to complain, about what they describe as, the continuing illegal and disproportionate queues.

Government to press ahead with temporary coach park at old Airport Car Park

Author: GBC

Date: 16 January 2014

Despite a petition, highlighted by GBC the Government is pressing ahead with its plans to park buses in the car park opposite the old air terminal. As from the beginning of next month, the different entities that used the old coach park will be relocated so the housing project on the site of the coach park can go ahead.

Gibtelecom buys Haven Building for £5 million

Author: GBC

Date: 16 January 2014

Gibtelecom is to buy The Haven Building at John Mackintosh Square for 5.8 million pounds. The building, which until recently housed The Treasury and other public sector offices, is being acquired on an 150-year lease.

Five cases of swine flu but no public health risk, says Dr Kumar

Author: GBC

Date: 16 January 2014

There are five cases of swine flu locally, with two women being treated for it in St Bernard’s Hospital. However, in answer to GBC questions, the Director of Public Health, Dr Vijay Kumar, says there’s no public health impact to the rest of society and all five cases are family members.

RGP officer arrested

Author: GBC

Date: 16 January 2014

An RGP officer has been arrested following investigations into allegations she threatened a juror. The 30-year-old female police officer is alleged to have made the threats shortly after the conclusion of a Supreme Court trial. She has been released on bail and suspended pending the investigation.

Commons Report: UK Conservation Forum urges Royal Navy to defend Gib waters

Author: GBC

Date: 16 January 2014

The UK Government should support the Government of Gibraltar in enforcing fisheries protection legislation, and also instruct the Royal Navy to defend territorial waters and their resources. This is the recommendation made by the UK Overseas Territories Conservation Forum.

Word Of Mouth awarded Calentita for the next three years

Author: GBC

Date: 16 January 2014

Word of Mouth has again been awarded the organisation of the Food Festival ‘Calentita’ on a three-year application. The Ministry of Culture says it’s working closely with Word of Mouth to ensure an enjoyable evening, which will include several innovations.

Customs officers launch investigation after cigarette smuggling attempt foiled

Author: GBC

Date: 16 January 2014

Customs officers have launched an investigation after foiling an attempt to smuggle a large quantity of tobacco in the early hours of this morning.

Man appears in Court charged with theft totalling over £74,000

Author: GBC

Date: 16 January 2014

32 year-old Kevin Ball, has appeared before the Magistrate’s Court this morning charged with three counts of theft totalling over 74 thousand pounds.

Travel agents aren't going anywhere, but we are

Author: GBC

Date: 15 January 2014

For some, it’s “la Cuesta de Enero”, but as the January blues threaten to dampen our spirits, many of us are looking to make plans for a spring or summer break. The first few weeks in January are usually a boom time for holiday bookings, and 2014 is proving no exception.

Marrache's London office set up with client monies, secret tapes suggest

Author: GBC

Date: 15 January 2014

The Supreme Court has heard how Benjamin Marrache claimed to have set up the former law firm’s London office using client money. In secret recordings, made by his sister Rebecca Marrache and her husband Alistair Miller, Benjamin appears to claim he took “two or three hundred thousand pounds” from a client to start the office in the UK capital in 1995.

Chief Minister addresses business conference in the British Virgin Islands

Author: GBC

Date: 15 January 2014

The Chief Minister has told a Business Outlook Conference hosted by the Premier of the British Virgin Islands that it’s vitally important to bring administrations into the 21st Century, in terms of both technology and attitude, and has used Gibraltar’s public sector as an example.

Petition launched against closure of old Airport Car Park

Author: GBC

Date: 15 January 2014

A local woman has opened an online petition to stop the closure of the Car Park on Winston Churchill Avenue. According to Sonia Gladys McKay, the car park, situated opposite the old airport terminal, is set to be closed by the end of this month and Ms McKay is petitioning to keep it open.

Barroso: 'Freedom of Movement is fundamental principal for Europe'

Author: GBC

Date: 15 January 2014

The outgoing President of the European Union has described the principle of freedom of movement as a fundamental one to Europe, and one of the core elements which distinguishes the Union.

Lidington reiterates position on Gibraltar

Author: GBC

Date: 15 January 2014

The Minister for Europe, David Lidington, has reiterated that the UK issues formal protests to the Spanish Government regarding all disproportionate delays at the Gibraltar/La Línea border.

GGCA Union holding EGM on new working hours for Civil Service

Author: GBC

Date: 15 January 2014

The GGCA Union is holding an EGM on Friday to see how its membership feels about a two tier system of new working hours proposed by the Government and which could form part of the Civil Service Reforms. No final decision has been taken by the Government, which is consulting staff members via the Heads of Department.

Man to be sentenced for stealing nearly £16k from Government

Author: GBC

Date: 15 January 2014

A man who admits to stealing nearly sixteen thousand pounds from the Government of Gibraltar will be sentenced in the Supreme Court next month. The case dates back to October 2013 when Barry Williams, of 6 Arengo’s Palace, was arrested for the theft.

Police Officer found not guilty of rape

Author: GBC

Date: 14 January 2014

Local police officer Peter Lugnani, has been found ‘not guilty’ on all charges of rape levelled against him by fellow police officers. Yesterday, the defendant was already found not guilty of one charge after Justice Barrington Black directed the jury to acquit him.

'We've been living off the client account', says Benjamin Marrache in secret recording

Author: GBC

Date: 14 January 2014

In the ongoing multi-million pound conspiracy to defraud case, the Supreme Court today heard almost two hours of secret recordings in which Rebecca Marrache confronts her brothers Benjamin and Solomon for allegedly remortgaging a property of hers without her consent. In the recordings, Benjamin Marrache talks about the family living a lie for twenty years.

Feetham highlights Credit Finance 'misleading' in NY message

Author: GBC

Date: 14 January 2014

The Leader of the Opposition has used his New Year Message to once again level accusations of misleading Parliament and the public when answering questions on Credit Finance Company, and financial assistance given to the Sunborn Hotel.

Police Complaints Board Report sees significant drop in complaints against RGP in 2013

Author: GBC

Date: 14 January 2014

2013 saw a significant drop in the number of complaints against the Royal Gibraltar Police, compared with the previous year. It's one of the statistics highlighted in the annual report of the Police Complaints Board. There were a total of 23 complaints in 2013 as opposed to 36 in 2012.

GBC Sports Awards-Nominations

Author: GBC

Date: 13 January 2014

GBC has published the nominations for the 2013's Sports Awards. The nominations for each category can be viewed here.

Four people arrested for smuggling offences

Author: GBC

Date: 13 January 2014

Four people were arrested in a number of separate incidents over the weekend for offences related to smuggling. 30-year-old John Clancy was arrested after 20 grammes of herbal cannabis was found in his bag. Customs also arrested three Spaniards in possession of unlawful quantities of tobacco.

Rent arrears problem inherited from GSD, says Government

Author: GBC

Date: 13 January 2014

The Government is blaming the position of rent arrears on the GSD Government, and says it’s a problem it inherited. It believes the Opposition does itself no favours by highlighting that these stand at £4.9 million, when £4 million was actually inherited from them.

'Your Flight' to begin Marrakech link in April

Author: GBC

Date: 13 January 2014

A new local airline will be taking bookings for a direct link to Marrakech as from Wednesday. ‘Your Flight’, will be charging from 99 pounds one way or one hundred and ninety nine pounds return. MH Bland will be the agents and the aircraft will wear the Royal Air Maroc livery. Flights will be on Sundays and alternate Thursdays.

Opposition insists mentally ill patient was in prison with no support for over a year

Author: GBC

Date: 12 January 2014

The GSD accuses the Government of 'hypocrisy at its best' and says the responsibility for the case and the abuse of this person's fundamental human rights, falls squarely on its shoulders.

Ceuta and Melilla can not be compared to Gibraltar says Spanish editorial

Author: GBC

Date: 12 January 2014

An editorial in the Spanish newspaper, Europa Sur claims the assertion that if the Rock is returned to Spain, Spain would have to return at least one of the enclaves to Morocco, is false, regardless of how often it's repeated.

HMS Somerset on the Rock

Author: GBC

Date: 11 January 2014

Gibraltar is HMS Somerset's first port of call, ahead of a six-month deployment East of Suez.

New Government office at New Habours discussed at DPC meeting

Author: GBC

Date: 10 January 2014

A Government project for the creation of a new office building at New Harbours has been discussed at today’s meeting of the Development and Planning Commission. The office building would be five storeys tall, and would include a car parking deck.

Newly designed Day Surgery Unit to cut waiting lists and improve patient care

Author: GBC

Date: 10 January 2014

The Gibraltar Health Authority today officially opened its redesigned Day Surgery Unit. The unit features 15 beds and will be open 12 hours a day. The newly designed Day Surgery unit allows a person to come in to hospital for their operation and return home the same day, and according to the Gibraltar Health Authority, it employs the most up to date surgical and anaesthetic techniques to ensure rapid recovery and minimal complications.

ESG concerned by bunkering inside harbour

Author: GBC

Date: 10 January 2014

The Environmental Safety Group has expressed concern that a floating fuel station is berthed inside the harbour, arguing that there could be an increased risk of oil spills. The group says that although it has always advocated onshore bunkering, ship-to-ship oil transfers inside the harbour is the worst of all scenarios.

Opposition accuses Government of 'robbing Peter to pay Paul'

Author: GBC

Date: 10 January 2014

The Opposition has accused the Government of "robbing Peter to pay Paul" in the matter of arrears. It claims that people owing nearly one million pounds in rents, rates, import duty and electricity charges are having their arrears paid off by Credit Finance Company Limited, which then takes over the debt. It says this gives a distorted picture of Government finances.

Spanish police investigating shooting in Palmones

Author: GBC

Date: 09 January 2014

Spanish police are investigating an incident this afternoon in which the passengers of two cars reportedly exchanged gunshots in the car park of a shopping complex in Palmones. Campo press reports indicate the incident took place at about 1 pm outside Leroy Merlin, causing panic among those shopping nearby. Both cars are believed to have fleed the scene before the Guardia Civil arrived.

Lugnani Trial Day Two

Author: GBC

Date: 09 January 2014

The Supreme Court has heard evidence from a police officer who's accused a colleague of raping her repeatedly on one night in November 2012. PC Peter Lugnani of Calpe Barracks has pleaded not guilty to five counts of rape against two complainants - with the other also a former police officer.

Lugnani rape case starts

Author: GBC

Date: 09 January 2014

The trial of a local police officer charged with rape has started today at the Supreme Court. Peter Lugnani, of 9 Calpe Barracks, had pleaded not guilty to five counts of rape against two complainants - themselves also police officers at the time.

Local man charged with dangerous driving

Author: GBC

Date: 09 January 2014

A 33-year-old local man has been charged with dangerous driving, failing to stop at the scene of an accident, and failing to report the accident. The incident took place on Saturday morning, by Capurro’s Garage, and involved a white A Class Mercedes-Benz and a white Kymco motorcycle. The motorcycle rider suffered head injuries.

Government & Opposition clash over the treatment of a person with mental health problems

Author: GBC

Date: 09 January 2014

A mentally ill patient has had to wait 14 months to be transferred from prison, where he's been awaiting trial on remand, to the KG5 Hospital, according to the Opposition. For its part, the Government says the Opposition is distorting the truth and scaremongering, using vulnerable people to make political capital.

Risso Bakery demolition contrary to Development Plan, says Heritage Trust

Author: GBC

Date: 09 January 2014

The Development and Planning Commission’s approval for the demolition of the old Risso Bakery building has overshadowed the close of 2013 for the Heritage Trust. The Trust claims the decision to demolish the building and replace it with an eight-storey hotel was passed on votes, despite it being directly contrary to the Gibraltar Development Plan and the Commission’s policy not to allow demolition of buildings within Gibraltar’s old town.

New President of La Linea Fishing Guild says Gibraltar situation 'not over'

Author: GBC

Date: 09 January 2014

La Linea’s fishing guild’s new President says it’s obvious the tense situation with Gibraltar, is not over and will be one of the difficulties he’ll encounter during his term of office.

Marrache trial resumes with allegations of embezzlement

Author: GBC

Date: 09 January 2014

The Supreme Court has heard how Isaac Marrache accused his brother Benjamin of embezzlement prior to the collapse of the former law firm in 2010. Giving evidence, Commercial Manager Carol Haw said Isaac Marrache's position has always been that his brothers Benjamin and Solomon were to blame for the financial mess, though she kept a list of reasons why she was concerned as to Isaac's honesty in this regard.

UK keeps Royal Navy presence in Gibraltar under constant review

Author: GBC

Date: 09 January 2014

The British Government considers that the Royal Navy in Gibraltar has sufficient assets to deliver its current tasking, but it keeps the permanent and visiting naval presence under constant review and will adjust it if necessary. This assertion formed part of the answer to a Parliamentary question by Conservative MP Julian Lewis, who wanted to know whether there were any plans to base a frigate at Gibraltar.

'Hell' freezes over...

Author: GBC

Date: 08 January 2014

Chief Minister, Fabian Picardo, be warned..!!

FSC becomes IOSCO MMoU signatory

Author: GBC

Date: 08 January 2014

The Financial Services Commission has become a full signatory to the Multilateral Memorandum of Understanding of the International Organisation of Securities Commissions (IOSCO). This is a protocol between financial services regulators to provide assistance and exchange information on financial services in the area of investment services.

Customs acquiring extra resources for tobacco smuggling

Author: GBC

Date: 08 January 2014

Tobacco smuggling from some of Gibraltar's beaches has been getting progressively worse in recent months, but the Government is committed to giving the law enforcement agencies the tools to combat the problem.

Maroc Atlas aid set for Philippines

Author: GBC

Date: 08 January 2014

Aid relief for the Philippines, following November’s typhoon, is almost ready to leave the Rock. The container of items, donated by Gibraltar, is set to leave on Sunday and donations continue to be accepted till Friday.

Rio Tormes incursion

Author: GBC

Date: 08 January 2014

The Royal Gibraltar Police has expressed surprise at reports in the Spanish press that officers today threatened to arrest the Captain of a Spanish fishing boat and that they cut its nets. An RGP spokesman has categorically denied this, saying the officers asked the Alejandra, a fishing boat from La Linea, to leave Gibraltar waters, and that it complied.

Maika performing in Gibraltar later this month

Author: GBC

Date: 08 January 2014

Singer Maika Barbero and her band will be performing live in Gibraltar later this month. Maika went down very well with the audience at last year's Miss Gibraltar Show and promised that she'd be back. She's now released her first album, "No Return", and her concert here is as part of her 2014 tour to promote it.

[VIDEO REPORT] Bordering on Britishness: an ambitious research project

Author: GBC

Date: 08 January 2014

An ambitious research project is setting out to establish what it means to be Gibraltarian. ‘Bordering on Britishness’ will focus on Gibraltarians’ experiences of the border with Spain. Researchers are set to start bilingual interviews this month, with over 400 Gibraltarians from different backgrounds, in a project set to take a number of years to complete.

Lidington says UK continues to raise Spanish incursions at 'highest level'

Author: GBC

Date: 08 January 2014

The Minister for Europe David Lidington has reiterated that the UK government continues to make representations to Spain at the highest level about incursions into British Gibraltar Territorial Waters, which he says are not tolerable.

Chief Minister's New Year Message

Author: GBC

Date: 07 January 2014

Shops in Laguna and Glacis Estates will no longer be able to sell tobacco after the 31st of March. As from that date, cigarettes will only be available for sale in these estates in vending machines. This was one of the Government's commitments for the first half of 2014 announced by Chief Minister Fabian Picardo in his New Year message.

Foreign Office confirms La Linea marina in Gibraltar waters

Author: GBC

Date: 07 January 2014

The Foreign Office has confirmed the findings of a GBC investigation that revealed a significant part of La Linea’s Alcaidesa marina was built on land reclaimed in Gibraltar Waters. In response to GBC questions, a spokesperson for the Foreign Office says the UK Government has protested to Spain in the past over construction in the area of British Gibraltar Territorial Waters highlighted by our report.

Jury discharged as two jurors were on bail

Author: GBC

Date: 07 January 2014

The jury in a Supreme Court case was discharged shortly after having been sworn in yesterday, after it came to light that two jurors were ineligible to serve as they were themselves on bail in separate cases.

Gibraltar Spring Festival competitions announced

Author: GBC

Date: 07 January 2014

The Ministry Of Culture will once again be holding Short Story and Logo Competitions as part of the Spring Festival. Those interested can start working on their stories now and entries must reach the Ministry by Friday 14th March.

Cross border group signs Gibraltar frontier memorandum

Author: GBC

Date: 07 January 2014

A cross-border collective of unions and business organisations has signed a memorandum, which calls for the permanent assignment of a European Union observer to the border, so as to guarantee the right to freedom of movement of all EU citizens.

Cameron discussed Gibraltar border delays with Barroso in December

Author: GBC

Date: 07 January 2014

The Prime Minister David Cameron discussed the excessive Spanish controls at the Gibraltar border with the European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso on the 20th of December. This has been revealed by the Minister for Europe David Lidington in a written answer on Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs in the UK parliament.

Spanish princess Infanta Cristina to appear in court over fraud

Author: GBC

Date: 07 January 2014

The youngest daughter of Spain’s King Juan Carlos is to appear in court over accusations of fraud and money-laundering. A Spanish judge has summoned the Infanta Cristina, in connection with the business affairs of her husband, Iñaki Urdangarin, who is being investigated for alleged embezzlement. The Princess is now a formal suspect.

DPC to consider applications for two new five story buildings

Author: GBC

Date: 06 January 2014

The Development and Planning Commission will consider applications for two new five storey buildings this week. Also on the agenda for the meeting this Friday is: the proposed demolition of the Refuse Incinerator on Europa Advance Road, and the creation of a marine station for the RGP at Gun Wharf.

Missing diver found safe and well by RGP

Author: GBC

Date: 06 January 2014

A diver reported missing at Camp Bay yesterday was found safe and well on land by the Royal Gibraltar Police. The diver’s buoy was found floating on its own. The Commissioner of Police, Eddie Yome, said that the incident had been reported “with good intent”, and thanked the City Fire Brigade for its help.

Peter Montegriffo made partner of Mar del Sur

Author: GBC

Date: 06 January 2014

La Linea group Mar del Sur, which works towards good cross border relations, has made former Deputy Chief Minister Peter Montegriffo a partner. The organisation says it's recognising the cultural work done by Mr Montegriffo over the past 12 years to help foster a better understanding between Gibraltarians and their Campo neighbours.

Police appeal for witnesses following accident

Author: GBC

Date: 06 January 2014

The Police is appealing for witnesses to a traffic accident, which happened in Line Wall Road at around ten past five on Saturday morning. The accident, by Capurro’s Garage, involved a white A Class Mercedes-Benz and a white Kymco motorcycle. The motorcycle rider suffered head injuries.

August was busiest month for incursions

Author: GBC

Date: 06 January 2014

New data released by the Convent confirms August was the worst month in a year which saw a total of 496 illegal incursions. A spokesperson for the Foreign Office reiterated that the Royal Navy upholds British sovereignty by challenging all unlawful incursions by vessels of the Spanish State.

La Linea marina in Gibraltar waters, according to UN chart

Author: GBC

Date: 06 January 2014

An up-to-date chart approved by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) - a United Nations agency - indicates that a significant part of La Linea’s Alcaidesa Marina has been built on land that has been reclaimed in British Gibraltar Territorial Waters.

Radio Gibraltar to offer more choice in 2014

Author: GBC

Date: 06 January 2014

2014 will bring many changes at Radio Gibraltar. The station has announced that it will be providing two simultaneous live shows every afternoon. As from 20th January Radio Gibraltar will be offering a service in both English and Spanish during the afternoon, giving listeners a choice of programmes.

Gibraltar-Spain relations at lowest ebb since Franco, Sunday Telegraph claims

Author: GBC

Date: 05 January 2014

Relations between Gibraltar and Spain have reached their lowest ebb since the Franco era. That’s according to the Sunday Telegraph, which highlights the record number of illegal incursions into Gibraltar’s waters last year. It notes that vessels flying the Spanish flag intruded into Gibraltar’s sea limits 446 times during 2013, almost double the tally for 2012, and the worst year on record

Thousands gather to enjoy the Three Kings' Cavalcade

Author: GBC

Date: 05 January 2014

Aided by very pleasant weather, thousands lined Main Street to enjoy the Three Kings’ Cavalcade on Sunday evening. Seven floats provided entertainment for the crowds, with a lot of imagination and effort clearly having gone into their preparation.

Margallo is doing his best to prevent dialogue, says Picardo

Author: GBC

Date: 05 January 2014

The Chief Minister Fabian Picardo says Spain’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, José Manuel García Margallo does not actually want dialogue and is doing everything he can to ensure a reasonable framework for dialogue is not arrived at. In a wide-ranging interview with Spanish newspaper El Plural, Mr Picardo said a lot of lies have been told about Gibraltar in Spain, but he expresses the hope that the truth about the Rock and its circumstances will slowly shine through.

Sweets to be distributed before Sunday's Cavalcade

Author: GBC

Date: 03 January 2014

Sweets will continue to be distributed at the Three Kings Cavalcade, albeit in a different manner. In a press statement, the Ministry for Culture has announced that sweets will be handed out to spectators beforehand instead of being thrown at them from the floats during the parade.

Royal Navy dealt with almost 500 illegal incursions in 2013

Author: GBC

Date: 03 January 2014

In 2013, the Royal Navy had to deal with almost 500 illegal incursions, into British Gibraltar Territorial Waters, by foreign government vessels – principally if not exclusively, Spanish state vessels.

VIDEO REPORT: Dealing with Spanish Incursions

Author: GBC

Date: 03 January 2014

Our reporter, Jonathan Scott, takes to the seas with Gibraltar Squadron to find out how the Royal Navy have been keeping our waters safe during the festive season.

SDGG's Matthews defends use of term 'terrorism'

Author: GBC

Date: 03 January 2014

The Chairman of the Self-Determination for Gibraltar Group has defended his description of the Spanish Government’s treatment of Gibraltar as “terrorism”. Dennis Matthews’ use of the word “terrorism” to describe Spain’s actions to the UN drew criticism from the Leader of the Opposition who described it as “rash”.

Changes to Spanish pensions, but no plans to change Gibraltar's

Author: GBC

Date: 03 January 2014

As life expectancy increases across Europe, Spain has introduced changes to its pension system; the Gibraltar government, however, says no changes are planned locally. Madrid is restricting how far payments to elderly Spaniards can rise.

Spain did not want Gibraltar back, confidential papers confirm

Author: GBC

Date: 03 January 2014

Spain’s King Juan Carlos told the United Kingdom that Spain did not really want Gibraltar back in 1983, for he feared Morocco would in turn ask for the return of Ceuta and Melilla. Details of the admission are included in a series of previously confidential notes by the British Ambassador to Spain at the time, released by the National Archives.

Gib defender, Danny Higginbotham, winds down club career

Author: GBC

Date: 02 January 2014

Gibraltar international footballer, Danny Higginbotham, has left Chester at the age of 35, to focus on his media career. However, he will continue to play international football for now, and will play his club football at a lower level.

Solar powered lights to be fitted in bus shelters

Author: GBC

Date: 02 January 2014

The Gibraltar Bus Company will be fitting solar powered lights in bus shelters around the Rock. Following a tender process, solar lights will be installed on a trial basis at the Market Place terminal on Saturday the 18th of January.

Liberal Party: 2014 will bring new challenges and opportunities

Author: GBC

Date: 02 January 2014

The leader of the Liberal Party, and Deputy Chief Minister, has expressed full confidence that the current border problems will subside in the long term, as the current PP Government cannot be there for ever.

Investigation following New Year's fire at Montagu Gardens

Author: GBC

Date: 01 January 2014

The City Fire Brigade had to deal with 12 call-outs as Gibraltar celebrated the New Year, with most resulting from the use of fireworks. The most serious incident was a fire at a garage in Montagu Gardens, which caused extensive damage to its contents, including a car. The circumstances surrounding the fire are currently being investigated.

VIDEO: Gibraltar sees in 2014 with Casemates extravaganza

Author: GBC

Date: 01 January 2014

Gibraltar rang in the New Year in style at Casemates Square with a spectacular Fireworks display. Thousands of people gathered at the square for a fun-packed night, and to dance to the music of local bands, This Side UP and Jetstream, as well as local DJs.

Local lawyer and travel writer, Tristan Cano, dies aged 33

Author: GBC

Date: 31 December 2013

Lawyer, travel writer and one-time Radio Gibraltar presenter, Tristan Cano, has died aged 33. After being diagnosed with cancer just over a year ago, he went on to travel as much as possible, and also got married.

Fire Brigade advise over fireworks

Author: GBC

Date: 31 December 2013

It’s a tradition across the world to light up the first skies of the New Year with dazzling fireworks displays – and Gibraltar is no different, with tonight’s festivities sure to be as colourful as ever. However, fireworks must also comply with safety standards, and should be handled with care, as the City Fire Brigade is keen to remind people.

New Year radio and TV on GBC

Author: GBC

Date: 31 December 2013

GBC Television broadcasts live from Casemates as from 11.30 on New Year's Eve. On Radio Gibraltar there’s non-stop party music in the New Year’s vibe from 7pm, and it includes the midnight chimes.

Women outnumber men in New Year awards

Author: GBC

Date: 31 December 2013

A total of 1,195 people have received a New Year award, and – for the first time since the Order of the British Empire was founded in 1917 – there are more women on the list than men. Some 610 women are included in the 2014 list, making up 51% of the honours.

Marcus Killick and Dennis Figueras receive awards in NY Honours List

Author: GBC

Date: 30 December 2013

Outgoing Financial Services Commission CEO Marcus Killick will be receiving an OBE, and former Returning Officer Dennis Figueras an MBE. This has been announced tonight as part of the New Year Honours List published by the Convent.

Three local men charged with drug related offences

Author: GBC

Date: 30 December 2013

35-year-old Brendan Barnes is charged with possession of 25 grammes of amphetamine and 12 grammes of cannabis. 30-year-old Stephen Makey has been charged with possession of nine grammes of cannabis. And 22-year-old Bilal El Farahi is charged with various offences, including possession with intent to supply over 300 grams of cannabis.

Gibraltarian professor launches book on sustainable development

Author: GBC

Date: 30 December 2013

Gibraltarian University Professor, Daniella Tilbury, has launched a new book entitled ‘Searching for Resilience in Sustainable Development: Learning Journeys’. It charts the international processes and practices that build resilience in communities and create more sustainable futures.

Six Spanish fishermen receive compensation from Madrid

Author: GBC

Date: 30 December 2013

Six Spanish fishermen have received compensation from the Spanish Government in order to mitigate losses attributed to the fishing dispute with Gibraltar. A total of 33 boats and over 100 fishermen are expected to receive such compensation.

Spain threatens new emphasis on border controls

Author: GBC

Date: 28 December 2013

The Spanish Government has spared no festive goodwill towards Gibraltarians, and is looking to implementing new border controls in the New Year. This was the line from the PP in answer to a Parliamentary question from the PSOE.

Miliband: 'We are committed to Gibraltar'

Author: GBC

Date: 28 December 2013

Labour Party leader, Ed Miliband, has committed his party to supporting the rights of the people of Gibraltar to remain British. In an interview with the independent, Mr Miliband says Labour fully supports and upholds the right of Gibraltar and its people to remain under British Sovereignty. He says Spain's recent actions only serve to increase tension and foster mistrust and ill-feeling.

Gib population comes second in MSN 'heroes' poll

Author: GBC

Date: 28 December 2013

The entire population has won second place in the MSN 'Heroes of 2013' Poll, with 20% of readers choosing the Rock's people over individuals like Pope Francis, and the Duchess of Cambridge. The poll's winners, with 37%, were the ordinary members of the public in Wollwich who tended to the dying body of soldier Lee Rigby, and confronted his killers.

VIDEO: Boxing Day Fun Run well supported

Author: GBC

Date: 27 December 2013

Boxing Day saw a well-attended fun run, organised by the Amateur Athletics Association. It was attended by those keen to burn some of their Christmas calories, including the Governor, Sir James Dutton.

VIDEO: Hundreds participate in Boxing Day Polar Bear Swims

Author: GBC

Date: 27 December 2013

The weather cleared up on Boxing Day, which saw hundreds of swimmers take part in Polar Bear swims at Catalan Bay and Eastern Beach. The swims saw many groups raising funds for charity, including members of the Emergency services and teachers.

New on-the-spot fines for those caught feeding monkeys

Author: GBC

Date: 27 December 2013

The newly instituted Nature Wardens will be able to issue ‘on the spot fines’ of up to £500 for anyone seen feeding Barbary macaques. This follows a new bill to amend the Animals and Birds Act published last week.

VIDEO - A wet & windy Christmas Day for emergency services

Author: GBC

Date: 25 December 2013

Following very persistent rain and winds that reached storm force at their peak, Christmas Day saw several floods across Gibraltar. The Met Office issued a flash weather warning, and several roads had to be closed, including Europa Advance Road, part of Queensway and Rosia Road.

Governor highlights Gib/UK relationship in his first Christmas message

Author: GBC

Date: 24 December 2013

The Governor, Sir James Dutton, believes that Britain’s support for Gibraltar is stronger than ever as demonstrated by the personal message by the Prime Minister on National Day. Delivering his Christmas message on behalf of the Queen, Sir James described 2013 as a challenging year because of waters incursions and problems at the border.

"Christmas Extravaganza" continues today

Author: GBC

Date: 23 December 2013

Radio Gibraltar held a roadshow in Main Street as part of the “Christmas Extravaganza” this weekend, which also saw live music, an arts and crafts fair, and free fairground rides for children. The initiative continues today with late night shopping, as retailers in town stay open until at least 8pm.

Tender for electronic systems published by Government

Author: GBC

Date: 23 December 2013

The Government has published a tender for the supply of electronic systems for Patient Administration, Primary Care, Community Care and Mental Health, as part of a manifesto commitment towards the establishment of a full Electronic Health Record.

Denis MacShane jailed for six months for expenses fraud

Author: GBC

Date: 23 December 2013

Former Europe Minister, Denis MacShane, has been jailed for six months after having pleaded guilty to expenses fraud. The former MP admitted to falsely claiming expenses amounting to almost £13,000.

Civil Partnership Act command paper published

Author: GBC

Date: 23 December 2013

A Command Paper on the Civil Partnership Act has been published by the Government. It’s described as a landmark piece of legislation for the recognition of civil partnerships between two people, regardless of gender or sexual orientation, reflected by a binding contract through the signing of an official register.

Chief Minister Parliament Question time

Author: GBC

Date: 23 December 2013

The Chief Minister has told Parliament he stands by his language accusing Spain of behaving in a similar way to North Korea. During Parliament Question time, the Leader of the Opposition had accused him of intemperate language which alienated Gibraltar’s supporters in Spain. Also in Parliament this morning, the Speaker encouraged the Government and Opposition to call a motion so they debate the political implications of the artificial reef created last summer. However, he said question time was not the time to do it.

Over 300 food hampers prepared for families in need this Christmas

Author: GBC

Date: 23 December 2013

Volunteers at Saint Theresa’s Church have once again been preparing food hampers for families in need this Christmas. Food has been donated by different local companies and fresh fruit and veg was also be donated by GibMaroc. The initiative, has been going for some 40 years now and will see over 300 local families receive food hampers.

Income Tax Act amended

Author: GBC

Date: 23 December 2013

The Income Tax Act has been amended, with royalties income no longer exempt from tax. The Chief Minister detailed the amendment in Parliament today, informing MPs that the Bill has already been put to the European Commission’s fiscal team in Brussels, who were reportedly content with the amendment.

Spanish customs block emergency aid from Gibraltar to Philippines

Author: GBC

Date: 22 December 2013

Spanish customs officials have blocked a shipment of emergency aid, donated by Gibraltarians, from being shipped to the Philippines. The container full of food, blankets, vitamins and drinking water was due to be shipped from Algeciras to the Red Cross in Manila, but it was not allowed across the border into Spain. Spanish customs said they could not issue the necessary certificates for food products intended for human consumption.

Care Agency talks about dementia

Author: GBC

Date: 21 December 2013

An informative session on dementia was recently held by the Care Agency, for the relatives of residents at Mount Alvernia, the Jewish Home, John Cochrane Ward and Calpe Ward. Members of the Dementia and Alzheimer Society were also invited to the talk, which was given by the GHA’s consultant geriatrician Dr Antonio Marin and psychologist Dr Gustavo Camino.

Spanish fishermen to receive financial assistance from Madrid

Author: GBC

Date: 21 December 2013

Spanish Fishermen claiming losses for their inability to fish in Gibraltar Waters are expecting to receive financial assistance from the Spanish Central Government this week. The Spanish government says the process to determine who would be eligible to receive payments has been laborious, involving a lot of paperwork.

Governor witnesses incursion first hand

Author: GBC

Date: 20 December 2013

Following a period of relative calm at sea, a series of incursions have been reported over the past two days. One of them was witnessed the Governor and the Commander British Forces on board HMS Scimitar.

Dr Cortes says work on sewage plant, refuse plant & incinerator will start in 2014

Author: GBC

Date: 20 December 2013

Works on a new sewage plant, a refuse plant and an incinerator will start in the coming year. This was promised by Health and Environment Minister John Cortes, who said the GSLP/Liberals are addressing "the huge democratic deficit" of the old Gibraltar.

Fox responds to Sir Graham's criticisms on Transport Committee vote

Author: GBC

Date: 20 December 2013

Conservative MEPs Ashley Fox and Julie Girling have criticised fellow Gibraltar MEP Sir Graham Watson for misleading people into thinking that the Tories didn’t vote in support of Gibraltar at this week’s Transport Committee meeting. Mr Fox says the Tory MEPs who represent Gibraltar don’t sit on the Transport Committee, but their colleagues did vote in favour of the Rock.

European Commission forced to publish letter to Spain

Author: GBC

Date: 20 December 2013

The European Commission has been forced to publish the letter it sent to Spain with its recommendations on how to improve fluidity across the Gibraltar/La Línea frontier. Following the visit of EU experts in September, the EC sent letters to the UK and Spain a month ago, inviting them to implement a series of recommendations: in Gibraltar's case to deal with tobacco smuggling, and in Spain's to improve frontier flow.

Novomatic Group buys out Gala Casino

Author: GBC

Date: 19 December 2013

The Gala Casino in Ocean Village has been taken over by Gryphon AG, a company based in Switzerland and part of the Austrian Novomatic Group. The Government has welcomed the takeover, describing the Group as a world class operator of Casinos.

Heritage Trust appeals to developer to retain bakery facade

Author: GBC

Date: 19 December 2013

The Heritage Trust is appealing to the developers of the old Risso Bakery site to retain part of the old building’s façade in order to retain the iconic streetscape of Engineer Lane. The Trust says it’s disappointed that the decision to demolish the bakery to construct an 8 storey hotel was approved by the Development and Planning Commission by a majority of five to three.

Gibraltar 4th on Reuter's 'Sporting breakthroughs of 2013'

Author: GBC

Date: 19 December 2013

The international news agency ‘Reuters’ has included the Gibraltar football team among its list of ‘Sporting breakthroughs of 2013’. The Rock places fourth, having become UEFA's 54th member association in May, following what Reuters calls “a bitter 14-year court marathon” against Spain's objections to their footballing ambitions.

Gibraltar Music Festival launches 2014 tickets

Author: GBC

Date: 19 December 2013

Stuck for present ideas? Well, Early Bird Tickets for the Gibraltar Music Festival 2014 have gone on sale. The general entry early bird tickets are priced at £45, £10 less than the standard general entry tickets for 2014. Tickets are on sale at Vijay, Music Corner and online at GibraltarMusicFestival.com

Festive crime prevention tips

Author: GBC

Date: 19 December 2013

With people carrying out some late Christmas shopping the Royal Gibraltar Police is offering advice on Crime Prevention. The RGP is warning the public to be vigilant against pickpockets and is advising people not to announce, via social media, what they’ve bought or when they’re away from home.

Three hour queues at 1am?

Author: GBC

Date: 19 December 2013

Those looking to cross into La Linea last night might have thought doing so after midnight would give them a good chance of avoiding delays, but the RGP advised motorists to expect to wait up to three hours at 12 midnight and then again at 1am.

Almost £5 million owed to Government in unpaid rents

Author: GBC

Date: 19 December 2013

The Government is owed almost £5 million in respect of unpaid rents pertaining to Government rental homes. The Minister for Housing said the system for collection of arrears had not changed from the one that had existed with the previous administration, and he added, arrears then had already reached the £4 million mark.

William Hill will stay in Gibraltar despite UK's tax at source plans

Author: GBC

Date: 19 December 2013

Online bookmaker William Hill will keep its operations in Gibraltar despite the UK’s intention to tax gaming companies at source. In a statement, William Hill says it will be keeping its 400 employees in Gibraltar, as the company is very happy here.

Opposition 'very cautiously welcomes' Gibraltar International Bank

Author: GBC

Date: 18 December 2013

The Opposition has given a qualified welcome to the Government's announcement that it intends to establish a new local bank, The Gibraltar International Bank. It notes that the promotion of a locally-owned bank was a manifesto commitment of the GSD in 2011 but did not feature in the GSLP/Liberals' manifesto.

New voting register for European Parliamentary Elections

Author: GBC

Date: 18 December 2013

A revised register for voting in the European Parliamentary Elections is now available for inspection at Parliament House. The Register was published on the 29th of November.

Over £90,000 raised for Open Day 2013

Author: GBC

Date: 18 December 2013

This year's edition of the GBC Open Day has raised over £90,000 for local charities, with money still coming in. Radio Gibraltar contributed very significantly to that total, raising £37,000 on Wednesday, with a Roadshow at the Lobby of Parliament. The attention then shifted to a live four hour show from the John Mackintosh Hall.

Picardo hosts UK MPs & Lords

Author: GBC

Date: 18 December 2013

The Chief Minister hosted a dinner for Members of the House of Commons on Tuesday evening at Gibraltar House in London, where he briefed them on the most recent developments in Gibraltar. Fabian Picardo also hosted a lunch for members of the House of Lords who are friends of Gibraltar.

Equality Rights Group welcomes step towards Civil Partnership

Author: GBC

Date: 18 December 2013

The Equality Rights Group says the Minister for Equality’s announcement of the final stage for the Civil Partnership Bill will be a “fitting Christmas present” for many this year. The command stage of the proposed bill is being launched this week; a final step prior to the law being presented to Parliament, which should take place early next year.

Ellul-Hammond accuses Government of hiding debt in Credit Finance Company

Author: GBC

Date: 18 December 2013

Credit Finance Company Limited was the target of the Opposition in a televised broadcast by elected member Isobel Ellul-Hammond. She accused the Government of hiding public debt in this entity, thereby giving the impression that the debt has been reduced.

Sir Graham frustrated by response to airline rights bid

Author: GBC

Date: 18 December 2013

Gibraltar’s Liberal Democrat MEP Sir Graham Watson says he’s deeply frustrated that MEPs have voted against his amendment to extend airline rights to Gibraltar travellers. Sir Graham said he was particularly disappointed that the other MEPs representing Gibraltar weren’t present for the vote.

Natwest welcomes GIB & Barclays announcements

Author: GBC

Date: 18 December 2013

Natwest Gibraltar has found it is unable to take on new clients for the time being. It has therefore welcomed the announcement by Government that it will create The Gibraltar International Bank and also Barclays’ decision to defer its own retrenchment from retail and commercial banking for a further period.

Cross-border collective discusses how to better frontier situation

Author: GBC

Date: 18 December 2013

A cross-border collective of unions and associations has met to discuss how the situation at the Frontier could be improved. The Grupo Transfronterizo met at the Comisiones Obreras office in La Linea, with representatives present from Unite the Union, the Teachers’ Association, and the GGCA, as well as the Chamber of Commerce and the GFSB.

GRA introduce opt out register

Author: GBC

Date: 17 December 2013

The Regulatory Authority, as a Data Protection Commission, is introducing an opt out register for fax and phone. The free service is available to any individual or company that does not want to receive direct marketing calls or faxes.

Chinese lanterns not permitted in Gibraltar says City Fire Brigade

Author: GBC

Date: 17 December 2013

The use of Sky Lanterns, also known as Chinese lanterns, is not permitted in Gibraltar. The City Fire Brigade says these present a serious fire hazard when used inappropriately and are not for use in built up areas, within five miles of an airport or in coastal areas, where they can be interpreted as a distress signal.

Marriott Hotel proposal at DPC

Author: GBC

Date: 17 December 2013

A proposal for the building of a Marriott Hotel on the old Yacht Club site was presented before the Development and Planning Commission this morning. There were two objections to the proposal, one of them from residents of Mid Harbours.

GFSB & Chamber react to Gibraltar International Bank

Author: GBC

Date: 17 December 2013

The Federation of Small Businesses has welcomed the news that the Gibraltar International Bank will be opening in Gibraltar. It congratulates the Government on the initiative and applauds the fact that the Bank’s management will be independent from the Government. For its part, the Chamber of Commerce says the Government’s announcement says much about Gibraltar’s confidence in our own commercial future adding the Chamber fully shares it.

Gibraltar features in House Of Lords questions

Author: GBC

Date: 17 December 2013

No date has been set for a second visit by the European Comission to the Frontier although the British and Gibraltar Governments have offered the possibility of another visit. The answer was given in the House of Lords, in reply to a question by former Governor Lord Luce, who asked whether the European Commission was being provided with evidence on a daily basis prior to its next visit on the 25th of March 2014.

'Don't binge drink', the Government advises

Author: GBC

Date: 17 December 2013

With Christmas fast approaching the Government is warning the public of the dangers of binge drinking. The campaign includes a television spot, signage on buses and presentations at the secondary schools. The Government points out that binge drinkers put themselves and others at risk of many health and social problems.

Cross border action group set out intentions

Author: GBC

Date: 16 December 2013

The Organisers of the newly formed cross-border action group believe it’s the first time trades organisations as well as trades unions from both sides of the border have joined together for a common cause.

New accessibility project nearly ready, says Government

Author: GBC

Date: 16 December 2013

A new project to build access ramps and raised platforms for wheelchair users and other passengers with disability is nearly ready. The project began at beaches and other tourist attractions to make these facilities accessible to wheelchair users and those with reduced mobility.

Gibraltar won't play Spain in Euro 2016 qualifiers

Author: GBC

Date: 16 December 2013

Gibraltar will not play Spain in the qualifying groups for Euro 2016. The UEFA executive committee UEFA's executive committee has reviewed the procedure for the draw on February 23 in Nice and the organization’s General Secretary, Gianni Infantino, has confirmed the two member nations will be kept apart due to the sensitivities involved.

Population of Gibraltar featured in MSN poll

Author: GBC

Date: 16 December 2013

The entire population of Gibraltar is amongst a list of individuals and groups of people included in the MSN UK News annual "Hero Of The Year" poll.

Feetham in debate on Gibraltar with Spanish MPs in Valladolid

Author: GBC

Date: 16 December 2013

The Leader of the Opposition, Daniel Feetham, has returned from Valladolid where he participated in a debate on Gibraltar with Spanish MPs, Diego Lopez Garrido of the PSOE, and Idelfonso Pastor Gonzalez of the PP.

Late night shopping experience for last weekend before Christmas

Author: GBC

Date: 16 December 2013

Christmas shoppers making the most of the last weekend before Christmas will be pleased to know that there will be plenty of activities to keep children entertained in town.

Blood pressure monitor purchased by GHA

Author: GBC

Date: 16 December 2013

A blood pressure monitor has been purchased by the Health Authority thanks to a donation from the Senior Citizens’ Association.

PSOE to present motion before Spanish Congress on queues.

Author: GBC

Date: 16 December 2013

The PSOE party will be presenting a motion before the Spanish Congress highlighting the problems facing La Linea Citizens and Spanish cross-border workers as a result of the frontier queues.

Gibraltar International Bank announced

Author: GBC

Date: 16 December 2013

The Government has announced that it's given the go ahead for a new retail bank for Gibraltar. At a news conference, Chief Minister Fabian Picardo said the Cabinet approved this morning the establishment of the Gibraltar International Bank (GIB). The aim is for it to be fully operational by the third quarter of 2014.

No sweets allowed at Cavalcade

Author: GBC

Date: 13 December 2013

The news that sweet throwing at next year’s Three Kings Cavalcade will not be allowed has caused plenty of debate on social media, this weekend. Although some agree with the RGP’s safety concerns, mainly over concerns of children hurling themselves in front of the floats to grab the sweets, others feel it’s a pity the tradition should be lost.

H&M Security Services hold security course at Bleak House

Author: GBC

Date: 13 December 2013

A local security firm has approached the Government with a view to having the local security industry properly regulated and legislated as it is in the UK.

EU Commissioner refuses to answer questions on Gibraltar during Twitter Q&A

Author: GBC

Date: 13 December 2013

The European Commission has provoked outrage among Gibraltar’s Twitter community for refusing to answer any questions on the Gibraltar Frontier during a Tweet Q&A session this afternoon. The session was on Freedom of Movement within the EU, but the Commissioner answering questions said border controls didn’t fall within this category.

La Línea Fishermen's Association chief resigns

Author: GBC

Date: 12 December 2013

The head of the La Línea Fishermen's Association, Leoncio Fernández, has resigned. He's been quoted in the Spanish press as saying that he's done so because some members objected to his participation in a recent demonstration against Chief Minister Fabian Picardo in Algeciras, that resulted in Mr. Picardo cancelling a lecture he was due to give to law students.

Local bat experts discover new winged inhabitant

Author: GBC

Date: 12 December 2013

A new species of bat to Gibraltar was captured during a netting session at the Gibraltar Botanic Gardens. The Isabelline Serotine comes from the north of the Sahara. The Museum and the GONHS says the find is one of the highlights of their collaborative study on bats. They urge the public to contact the team if they find any bats living within their homes as this would assist the project hugely.

Cross border trades group to lobby Europe

Author: GBC

Date: 12 December 2013

Unions and business associations from both sides of the frontier have formed a cross-border action group to promote common interests. On the Gibraltar side will be representatives from Unite, the GGCA, NASUWT, the Federation of Small Businesses and the Chamber of Commerce. On the Spanish side will be representatives from the two main unions, Commisiones Obreras and UGT, as well as business group APYMELL.

CM meets PSOE MPs following 'Mesa de Gibraltar' think tank

Author: GBC

Date: 12 December 2013

The PSOE party has confirmed to the Chief Minister that the Spanish Opposition is committed to dialogue with Gibraltar, be it via the Tripartite process, or via the new ‘Ad Hoc’ formula. This emerged following a meeting today between Mr Picardo, and senior members of the PSOE party, at the invitation of La Linea Mayor Gemma Araujo.

Tension in Spain mounts over queues, as Guardia Civil denies 'Timetable Leak'

Author: GBC

Date: 12 December 2013

Spanish opposition to the border queues implemented by the PP Government continues to grow, with civil unrest manifesting itself this week. An internal memo detailing a timetable of Guardia Civil checks at the frontier appears to have been leaked to the public, GBC has learned.

Last meeting of Parliament for 2013

Author: GBC

Date: 11 December 2013

The last meeting of Parliament for 2013 will take place on Thursday, the 19th of December at 9.15 am. It will provide the Opposition with a final opportunity to quiz the Government before the Christmas break.

Leadership and People Manager Workshops

Author: GBC

Date: 11 December 2013

The Care Agency is holding a two-day leadership course for Management. The ultimate aim is to equip managers with up to date practical ways to motivate and engage their teams to deliver high standards of care.

Around 300 hold peaceful crossborder demonstration at the Frontier

Author: GBC

Date: 11 December 2013

Around 300 people demonstrated peacefully against excessive Spanish controls at the Frontier, on what is the International Day of Human Rights. The demonstration was attended by individuals and associations from Gibraltar and the Campo.

GSD concerned over GHA promotions

Author: GBC

Date: 11 December 2013

The GSD claims a single managerial post advertised at the Primary Care Centre has been filled by all three competing applicants, despite this not having been announced beforehand. The Opposition has expressed surprise, saying it appears that due process in the recruitment of GHA managerial personnel appears to have changed without explanation.

Gibraltar-Forces link 'strong as ever' says Francois - Navy presence kept 'under review'

Author: GBC

Date: 11 December 2013

Armed Forces Minister Mark Francois says the Forces' links with Gibraltar remain as "strong as ever". Speaking to GBC during his first visit to the Rock since taking his current portfolio, Mr Francois said MOD jobs here are safe and reiterated the Royal Navy's presence in Gibraltar is kept under constant review. At a joint press conference with the Gibraltar government, Fabian Picardo welcomed the UK Government's "very clear" long term commitment to the Rock.

New Years Eve programme of events revealed

Author: GBC

Date: 10 December 2013

The Ministry of Culture has revealed the programme of events for New Year’s Eve, which will see revelers bring in 2014 with fireworks at Casemates.

Dr Giraldi Home Inquiry hears final closing submissions

Author: GBC

Date: 10 December 2013

The Dr Giraldi Home Inquiry has heard its final closing submissions today, with the Chairman responding to criticism, made in the submissions, of the Inquiry’s process and remit. Sir Jonathan Parker said he would not take up time defending what he was doing, and added that he will reach his conclusions on the evidence he’s heard.

Local woman sentenced to two & a half years in prison over theft & false accounting

Author: GBC

Date: 10 December 2013

A local woman has been sentenced to just over two and a half years in prison, after having pleaded guilty to theft and false accounting. Hortencia Chipolina, formerly employed in Gibtelecom’s finance office, had pleaded guilty to four counts of theft and one of false accounting, with the amount being stolen from the company’s accounts totalling over 690 thousand pounds.

RGP evidence heard in Marrache trial

Author: GBC

Date: 10 December 2013

The Supreme Court has heard how the Royal Gibraltar Police went about organizing the documentary evidence, which now forms the backbone of the Crown's case in the Marrache trial.

Margallo unsure about Spain's BGTW claim

Author: GBC

Date: 10 December 2013

The Spanish Foreign Minister has expressed doubts as to the solidity of Spain's claim to the sovereignty of Gibraltar's territorial waters. José Manuel García Margallo said he was confident Spain would win any court case against what it considers to be the "illegal" occupation of the isthmus, but he wasn't so sure about the waters.

George Cross campaign comes to Gibraltar

Author: GBC

Date: 09 December 2013

The campaign to grant Gibraltar and its people the George Cross has been brought to the Rock. Conservative MP, Oliver Colville and Kevin Kelway of the UK Friends of Gibraltar Group met the Chief Minister today.

Government "pleased with progress" after two years in office

Author: GBC

Date: 09 December 2013

After two years in office, the Government says it’s pleased with the progress it’s made so far, claiming Gibraltar has already changed for the better. In a mid-term statement, it says the delivery of its manifesto commitments has been the priority since day one and continues to be the priority now.

Parcel Post Office to open extra days for Christmas

Author: GBC

Date: 09 December 2013

The Parcel Post Office at North Mole Road will be opening extra days to cater for the Christmas demand. The office will be open over the next three Saturdays between 10am and 1pm.

Government hold midterm cabinet meeting

Author: GBC

Date: 09 December 2013

The Chief Minister says housing, employment and health are the things that matter most to people, and that on all three the Government is well on track to deliver. Speaking to GBC, Mr. Picardo repeated the commitment to house by the date of the next election everyone who was on the waiting list two years ago.

BA flights cancelled due to Nats phone glitch

Author: GBC

Date: 08 December 2013

A breakdown in the National Air Traffic Control phone system in the UK also impacted on flights coming into Gibraltar on Saturday. Both British Airways flights were cancelled, with the Easyjet flight from Gatwick delayed by about two hours.

Thousands support the Small Business Saturday

Author: GBC

Date: 07 December 2013

Gibraltar's first ever “Small Business Saturday” attracted thousands of shoppers to Main Street. The event was organised by the Government, together with Main Street traders, the Chamber Of Commerce and the Federation of Small Businesses, in a bid to promote commercial activity on the Rock.

Lengthy queues for drivers crossing into Spain

Author: GBC

Date: 07 December 2013

Queues of up to three hours were experienced by drivers crossing into Spain on Saturday afternoon, due to thorough checks executed by the Guardia Civil. At their worst, the queues saw only five cars cross in half an hour – an average of one car every six minutes.

Flags at half-mast as Gibraltar mourns Nelson Mandela

Author: GBC

Date: 06 December 2013

Flags on the Rock are at half-mast following the death of Nelson Mandela. South Africa’s first black president and anti-apartheid icon, died last night at the age of 95, after receiving treatment for a lung infection.

Operation Venetian 2 sees customs officers attacked with missiles

Author: GBC

Date: 06 December 2013

Customs officers came under attack from a group of men in Spain yesterday evening. The men, on the Spanish side of Eastern Beach, were seen by the officers trying to climb the fence into Gibraltar. When stopped they began to throw stones and missiles but fortunately no one was injured.

Sir James Dutton: 'I'm sure I will grow to love Gibraltar too'

Author: GBC

Date: 06 December 2013

The new Governor, Sir James Dutton has conveyed the best wishes of her majesty the Queen and her support for the people of Gibraltar. Speaking at his ceremonial swearing in, following his arrival aboard HMS Bulwark this morning, Sir James said that in the current political dispute with Spain, Gibraltar and the UK held the high moral ground and were 100 percent sure of their position.

Chief Minister & Deputy meet with visiting Labour MPs

Author: GBC

Date: 05 December 2013

The Chief Minister and his Deputy, have briefed a delegation of Labour MPs on the latest political situation between Gibraltar and Spain. The visiting Parliamentarians were Shadow Defence Secretary, Vernon Coaker as well as Kevan Jones and Gareth Thomas.

Hanukah Celebrations; Candle lit at Parliament lobby

Author: GBC

Date: 05 December 2013

That Gibraltar is an example to the rest of the world in terms of religious tolerance is somewhat of a cliché, but a celebration of Hanuka last night was proof that Gibraltar is truly special. The evening saw the lighting of the Hanuka Candle and the traditional Hanuka donuts were enjoyed by all.

Local man in court on drugs and firearms offences

Author: GBC

Date: 05 December 2013

A local man has appeared in court charged with drugs and firearms offences, after being arrested yesterday by the Royal Gibraltar Police Drug Squad.

RGP launches Drink/Drive campaign

Author: GBC

Date: 05 December 2013

The Royal Gibraltar Police will focus this year’s anti-drink-drive campaign on an individual’s responsibility to watch out for his or her friends. The campaign features a high-impact TV advert as well as posters in bars, restaurants and leisure areas.

Catalan MP Alfred Bosch visits Gibraltar

Author: GBC

Date: 05 December 2013

A Catalan member of the Spanish Parliament has met with the Chief Minister on a fact-finding mission to Gibraltar. Alfred Bosch, who belongs to the left-wing separatist party Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya, was briefed on the latest political developments between Gibraltar and Spain.

Gibraltar's economy continues to grow despite challenges, Picardo tells Chamber members

Author: GBC

Date: 05 December 2013

Fabian Picardo says the Gibraltar economy remains on track to grow to £1.65 billion by the next general election. Speaking at a Chamber of Commerce event, the Chief Minister gave a buoyant assessment of Gibraltar’s economic performance in the face of adversity.

GSD to 'freshen up' executive line-up

Author: GBC

Date: 04 December 2013

The GSD has streamlined its Party executive ahead of a vote in January which will introduce new blood into the party's ranks. Although the party has made no official announcement, GBC understands that eight members from the current executive have been re-elected from the previous pool of 25, and another eight will be chosen at an AGM next month. Together with the elected members of the GSD, this will bring the executive back up to 23.

SDGG congrats Defenders of Gibraltar over London protest

Author: GBC

Date: 04 December 2013

The Self Determination for Gibraltar Group has congratulated the Defenders of Gibraltar for their initiative in holding a demonstration in London to protest about Spain's actions against Gibraltar.

Barclays & Unite announce special agreement exclusive to Gibraltar

Author: GBC

Date: 04 December 2013

Barclays and Unite have announced a special agreement exclusive to Gibraltar, which will see staff members receiving a one-off payment in addition to their redundancy packages. In October, the bank announced the closure of its retail operations and redundancies for staff members.

Real Sociedad to arrive via Gibraltar ahead of match in Spain

Author: GBC

Date: 04 December 2013

Spanish first division football team, Real Sociedad, has provoked the flames of Spanish nationalism by revealing it will be flying into Gibraltar Airport tomorrow evening. The Basque side, who will be playing Algeciras Football Club in the ‘Copa del Rey’, has caused further controversy by booking hotels in La Linea, home of Algericas’ arch-rivals La Balona.

New Governor arrival arrangements announced: including GBC coverage

Author: GBC

Date: 04 December 2013

The Convent together with the Gibraltar Government and the MoD have announced details for the arrival of the new Governor on Friday morning. Sir James Dutton and Lady Dutton will be arriving aboard HMS Bulwark and will take part in a series of events, which will end with a lunch-time reception at City Hall.

Jury returns 'not guilty' verdict for GBH trial

Author: GBC

Date: 03 December 2013

A 24-year-old man has received a verdict of not guilty, for a charge of causing Grievous Bodily Harm. Judge Barington Black, who presided over the case, directed jurers to clear Boris Lewis of the charge.

Body of man found at Sandy Bay last week was 36yo Moroccan national

Author: GBC

Date: 03 December 2013

Investigations following the discovery of the body of a man at Sandy Bay in the last Friday, have determined that the man was a 36-year-old Moroccan national who lived in Morocco. Anyone with any information, which might help police in establishing the circumstances of the death, is urged to contact the Duty Officer at New Mole House Police Station on 20072500.

Spain 40th on Global corruption list

Author: GBC

Date: 03 December 2013

After a spate of scandals affecting both the Partido Popular and the Royal Family, Spain has slumped 10 places to rank 40th in a global index of perceived official corruption. The index is run by watchdog Transparency International, who said the only country to tumble further in 2013 was Syria, which is almost four years into a civil war.

ESG warns of eco-risks associated with Bay's growing fuel industry

Author: GBC

Date: 03 December 2013

The Environmental Safety Group says it’s deeply concerned about the growing fuel industry in the Bay of Gibraltar. This follows official announcements by the Spanish Government that there are plans to expand fuel tank farms in Algeciras and Los Barrios.

Cameron tells Rajoy of UK's 'deep concern' over diplomatic bag incident

Author: GBC

Date: 03 December 2013

The UK Prime Minister says he raised the diplomatic bag incident with his Spanish counterpart Mariano Rajoy on Friday at a summit in Lithuania. David Cameron has told the UK Parliament he made clear the UK’s “deep concern” about the incident in which British Government bags containing official correspondence were opened by Spanish officials while in transit.

Gibraltar needs to increase financial services products, says Isola

Author: GBC

Date: 03 December 2013

The Minister with responsibility for Financial Services and Gaming, Albert Isola, says there’s a need to offer quality services while increasing the products. In a Party Political Broadcast on Monday evening, he said work was ongoing to increase current core markets.

Spain must desist illegal incursions for temperatures to cool, says Lidington

Author: GBC

Date: 03 December 2013

The Minister for Europe has told the House of Commons that it is up to Spain to behave as a true NATO ally and European Union partner, and cease it’s campaign against Gibraltar. Only then will the situation calm down, explained David Lidington.

Closing submissions in Dr Giraldi Home Inquiry next Tuesday

Author: GBC

Date: 03 December 2013

The Dr Giraldi Home Inquiry has now received all written closing submissions on behalf of those involved. Both the counsel for the Inquiry, and those representing witnesses, will also have the opportunity to make oral submissions next week.

Feetham says dialogue with Spain must seek to overcome red lines

Author: GBC

Date: 03 December 2013

The Leader of the Opposition Daniel Feetham has told the Ateneo de Cadiz, a literary and cultural institute dating back to the 19th century, that there needs to be less emphasis on nationalist agendas for dialogue on Gibraltar to bear fruit.

Command Paper for Bill on a New Companies Act published

Author: GBC

Date: 02 December 2013

A Command Paper for a Bill on a New Companies Act has been published today. The Government says the current Act needed updating and modernising and a review has been ongoing to this aim.

Government accuses Bossino of limited knowledge of Gib Labour Market

Author: GBC

Date: 02 December 2013

The Government continues to argue that training is being provided in the areas where it is most needed and as identified by a skills audit. It accuses Opposition Member, Damon Bossino of having only limited knowledge of the labour market in Gibraltar and says the GSD's claim of having had structured training in the last 15 years is laughable.

Picardo in London for Buckingham Palace event

Author: GBC

Date: 02 December 2013

The Chief Minister and Mrs Picardo will be attending an evening reception at Buckingham Palace. It’s the main diplomatic social event of the year in London and reflects the Queen’s importance in the country’s diplomatic relations.

Nurses in Elderly Residential Services now GHA employees

Author: GBC

Date: 02 December 2013

All nursing and allied professionals working within the Elderly Residential Services of the Care Agency will now be employed by the Health Authority and will enjoy the same salary and terms and conditions as their GHA counterparts.

Tobacco duty increased, frontier fence bolstered, special zones extended

Author: GBC

Date: 02 December 2013

Duty on a packet of cigarettes has gone up by 10p today. The rate of duty for a carton of 10 packets – or 200 cigarettes – has been increased from £11.00 to £12.00. In recent weeks, anyone crossing a carton of cigarettes into Spain has been able to make about 10 Euro of profit when reselling the carton there.

'Gibraltar' the tenth most searched for word on Yahoo.es this year

Author: GBC

Date: 01 December 2013

Gibraltar was the 10th most searched for word in Spain over 2013, according to a study carried out by the Search Engine, Yahoo.

World Aids Day: the GHA to publish statistics on cases of HIV in Gibraltar

Author: GBC

Date: 30 November 2013

The Gibraltar Heath Authority vows to promote sexual health more vigorously and publish statistics on sexually transmitted diseases. 27 people have tested positive for HIV locally over the past ten years.

San Roque Mayor asks Madrid to defuse tensions

Author: GBC

Date: 30 November 2013

The Mayor of San Roque has called for a return to 'normality' in Spain's relations with Gibraltar, saying the current situation has not been experienced since the 'Franco days'. He's asking the Spanish Government to intervene with 'Spanish Diplomacy.'

Around 150 attend London Demo

Author: GBC

Date: 30 November 2013

Around 150 attended a demonstration in London organised by the Defenders of Gibraltar. They gathered outside the Spanish Embassy, after which a smaller crowd made its way to Ten Downing Street.

Defenders Of Gibraltar letter to the Prime Minister

Author: GBC

Date: 30 November 2013

Following the demonstration outside the Spanish Embassy in London, protesters made their way to Ten Downing Street, where they delivered this letter.

Defenders Of Gibraltar letter to Spanish Ambassador

Author: GBC

Date: 30 November 2013

Copy of the letter handed in to the Spanish Ambassador in London by the Defenders of Gibraltar during a demonstration in London this morning. A copy was delivered to Ten Downing Street.

Body Found Washed up in Sandy Bay

Author: GBC

Date: 29 November 2013

A body of an unidentified man was found on Sandy Bay in the early hours of Friday morning. Bales of suspected Cannabis Resin were also found there.

Gibraltar wins Gold at the World Dance Championships

Author: GBC

Date: 29 November 2013

Isabella Gomez and Sarah-Anne McClaren are world dance champions having won the junior duet category at the World Dance Championships in Germany. The piece ‘The Forgotten Idol’, was choreographed by Paulette Finlayson and the young ladies beat nearly 50 other duets that took part in the category.

Fix frontier fence says GSD, as Customs officers attacked

Author: GBC

Date: 29 November 2013

The GSD has called on the Chief Minister to take practical measures to curtail the tobacco smuggling activity from Gibraltar’s beaches, which - it says - has been steadily increasing in recent months. The GSD statement coincided with an incident in which customs officers were attacked by a group of men on the Spanish side of the frontier fence.

GSD, Unite & Voice of Gibraltar all condemn Algeciras protest

Author: GBC

Date: 29 November 2013

Thursday's incident has been condemned by the Opposition, Unite the Union and The Voice of Gibraltar Group. Daniel Feetham says anyone that loves democracy will have been appalled by Thursday's events.

Chief Minister 'acting like a cavalier risk taker' says Opposition

Author: GBC

Date: 28 November 2013

The Opposition has accused the Government of using Credit Finance Company Limited not just as a lending institution, but also as a quasi-life insurance company. It's also accused the GSLP/Liberals of using the company as a piggy bank to fund projects without these being subject to Parliamentary scrutiny.

FSC's Killick explains cancellation of licences in Marrache trial

Author: GBC

Date: 28 November 2013

Giving evidence in the Marrache trial at the Supreme Court, Financial Services Commission CEO Marcus Killick has outlined the circumstances that lead him, in February 2010, to cancel the licences held by Cabor and Gibland (two Marrache & Co companies).

No top-level discussions about Gibraltar since August

Author: GBC

Date: 28 November 2013

Despite tensions over the past six months, the Foreign Secretary, William Hague has not met the Spanish Ambassador once in this time. And, the Prime Minister, his deputy and the Foreign Secretary have not discussed the issue of Gibraltar with their Spanish counterparts, since August.

MPs demand more action from Lidington on Gibraltar

Author: GBC

Date: 28 November 2013

Following an urgent question from Independent MP, Nigel Evans, the Minister for Europe, David Lidington, came under pressure on Wednesday from MPs demanding more action from the British Government. Mr Evans said the summoning of the Spanish Ambassador to the Foreign Office last week had clearly not had the desired effect.

Number Six welcomes Spain's talk of legal action

Author: GBC

Date: 28 November 2013

The Government has defiantly welcomed comments by Spain’s Minister for the Environment that Madrid is looking to start legal proceedings against the United Kingdom in the European Court of Justice in respect of various Gibraltar reclamations and its artificial reef. Number Six is confident of its legal position.

Chief Minister's address in Algeciras cancelled due to angry protesters

Author: GBC

Date: 28 November 2013

An address this evening by Chief Minister, Fabian Picardo, to students of the Law Faculty of Cadiz University in Algeciras was cancelled due to fears for his safety. Around a hundred angry protesters were at the entrance to the building and later moved inside, carrying banners describing Mr Picardo as a fascist, and calling for him to go back to Gibraltar.

Government welcomes Spain's comments on European legal proceedings

Author: GBC

Date: 28 November 2013

The Government has welcomed comments by Spain’s Minister for the Environment that Madrid is looking to start legal proceedings against the United Kingdom in the European Court of Justice in respect of various Gibraltar reclamations and its artificial reef.

UK receives Diplomatic Bag assurance from Spain

Author: GBC

Date: 27 November 2013

The UK has received an explanation from Spain regarding the circumstances in which two British Diplomatic Bags in transit across the La Línea/Gibraltar last Friday were opened by Guardia Civil officers. It's also been assured that there will not be a repetition of these actions. This is revealed in a Written Ministerial Statement by Europe Minister David Lidington.

FCO demands explanation from Spain over 'diplomatic bag' search

Author: GBC

Date: 26 November 2013

The Foreign Office has described an incident at the frontier - where a diplomatic bag was searched - as a serious breach of the Vienna Convention, and has demanded an investigation from Spain. But the Madrid Government is quoted in the Spanish press, stubbornly refusing to admit that the bag was subject to diplomatic immunity. A spokesman for the FCO said it was sadden and puzzled by Spain’s behaviour.

Cañete threatens legal action

Author: GBC

Date: 26 November 2013

The Spanish Minister for the Environment has threatened to take unilateral legal action against the UK over what he claims are Gibraltar's reclaiming of land and dumping of concrete blocks in the Bay. Miguel Arias Cañete says if the European Commission does not take action itself, Spain will take the matter to the European Court of Justice.

Overseas Territories Joint Ministerial Council on three day meeting in London

Author: GBC

Date: 26 November 2013

The biggest challenge to Gibraltar’s economy comes, not from the world crisis, but from decisions made in London and Madrid. This was the message given by Deputy Chief Minister Joseph Garcia today at the Overseas Territories Joint Ministerial Council. The council is in the middle of a three day meeting in London.

New political row over Future Job Strategy

Author: GBC

Date: 26 November 2013

The GSD Opposition says trainees in the Government’s Future Job Strategy are not being provided with any formal growth or structured training. The Government, however, claims the success rate of employment at the end of the training so far is almost double what it was under the GSD’s Vocational Training Scheme.

Marrache client accounts failed to meet basic standards, says White

Author: GBC

Date: 26 November 2013

At the time of its collapse in February 2010, the client accounts at Marrache & Co were very badly maintained, failing to meet the most basic standards stipulated by Solicitors Accounts Rules. This was the evidence presented in the Supreme Court by Frederick White, a senior chartered accountant who was cross-examined by the defence on Tuesday.

Argus Insurance reaffirms commitment to Gibraltar

Author: GBC

Date: 26 November 2013

The Chairman of the Argus Insurance Group in Bermuda has emphasised the group’s commitment to its presence in Gibraltar, which has been marked with a new investment in the premises on the Rock.

Opposition condemns delay in publishing Fire Brigade report

Author: GBC

Date: 25 November 2013

The Opposition has criticised the Government over the delay in publishing the Fire Brigade Audit report. It notes that it's already a year since the report, carried out by the UK's Chief Fire and Rescue adviser Sir Kenneth Knight, was completed and there's still no word on the way forward for the Brigade nor the relocation of the Fire Station.

Report will be published after negotiations, says Linares

Author: GBC

Date: 25 November 2013

The Government has responded to the GSD criticisms regarding the Fire Brigade, arguing the Brigade suffered huge problems when the GSD was in power. The Government says it has been working closely with Unite to deliver not just a review of fire services in Gibraltar, but also consideration of all the claims made by firemen in respect of their conditions of service.

Government's Traffic Transport and Parking Plan will be made public in 2014

Author: GBC

Date: 25 November 2013

The Government's Traffic, Transport and Parking Plan should be ready to be made public by the end of the first quarter, or beginning of the second quarter of 2014. This was announced in a televised broadcast by Traffic minister, Paul Balbán.

Is the Future Job Strategy working?

Author: GBC

Date: 25 November 2013

The GSD Opposition says trainees in the Government’s Future Job Strategy are not being provided with any formal growth or structured training. The Government has responded, arguing employment after training is almost double what it was under the GSD.

Chartered accountant gives evidence in Marrache trial

Author: GBC

Date: 25 November 2013

Chartered accountant from Grant Thornton, Frederick White, gave evidence at the Marrache trial this afternoon. In early 2010, before the collapse of the former law firm, Mr White was called in to investigate transfer agreements, account balances and cash books.

Deputy Chief Minister in London for UK Overseas Territories Assoc.

Author: GBC

Date: 25 November 2013

The Deputy Chief Minister is in London attending meetings of the UK Overseas Territories Association and the Joint Ministerial Council. Dr Joseph Garcia is accompanied by the Chief Secretary, Ernest Gomez, and the Government's UK Representative, Albert Poggio.

Woman charged with malicious wounding

Author: GBC

Date: 25 November 2013

A La Linea resident has appeared in the Magistrates’ Court charged with malicious wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm. Daicy Yamile Montero Mancilla was charged in relation to an incident on the 9th of this month.

GONHS welcomes fine & urges RGP to enforce fishing laws

Author: GBC

Date: 25 November 2013

The Ornithological & Natural History Society has welcomed the £600 fine recently imposed on the captain of the Spanish fishing boat, Divina Providencia for the offence of fishing with rakes. It urges the Police to enforce the provisions of the Nature Protection Act.

Former Navy chief says Gibraltar presence should be reinforced

Author: GBC

Date: 25 November 2013

A former head of the Navy says Spain’s “provocative” and “dangerous” actions in British Gibraltar Territorial Waters are “extraordinary” for a European democratic state. Lord Admiral West calls on the UK Government to reinforce the Navy’s presence around the Rock.

Customs & police given greater powers to fight tobacco smuggling

Author: GBC

Date: 25 November 2013

The powers of Customs and Royal Gibraltar Police officers have been extended to further control tobacco activity in the area of the Frontier. The Special Zones from Western Beach across to Eastern Beach will now extend from the Frontier to the Sundial roundabout on Winston Churchill Avenue.

Guardia Civil says tobacco seizure has gone up 6 times at Gib border

Author: GBC

Date: 24 November 2013

The Guardia Civil has seized just under 8 million euroes in undeclared currency and goods at the border since last January, according to the latest data released by the law enforcement body. According to press repoerts, July and August account for 1.8 million of this total.

Margallo in Oxford for Anglo Spanish Forum

Author: GBC

Date: 23 November 2013

Spanish Foreign Minister José Manuel García-Margallo, is in Oxford this weekend to for the British Hispanic ‘Tertulias’, a forum for bilateral dialogue which has taken place annually since 1988.

Sappers mark 50th anniversary of Dudley Ward death

Author: GBC

Date: 23 November 2013

Royal Engineers gathered inside Dudley Ward Tunnel at lunchtime on Saturday to mark the 50th anniversary of the death of a sapper, who was caught up in an explosion.

VIDEO - Christmas sparks into life at John Mackintosh Square

Author: GBC

Date: 22 November 2013

The festive season was kick-started at John Mackintosh Square this evening with 'the Festival of Lights', a community event which saw Main Street's Christmas lights officially switched on for the first time.

"Adopt a Grandparent" initiative launched

Author: GBC

Date: 22 November 2013

The Citizens' Advice Bureau and the Ministry for the Elderly are preparing an initiative to make Christmas that little bit more inclusive. ‘Adopt a Grandparent’ will see 30 to 40 senior citizens receive a hamper and the warmth of a little bit of company from those involved.

Gibraltar expands its financial information agreements with the UK

Author: GBC

Date: 22 November 2013

Financial Services Minister Albert Isola this week signed an Intergovernmental Agreement to improve tax compliance between Gibraltar and the UK. The signing took place during the Minister's visit to the OECD Global Forum in Jakarta, Indonesia.

PP politician describes Chief Minister as a 'pyromaniacal politician'

Author: GBC

Date: 22 November 2013

The president of the Partido Popular in the province of Cádiz has accused Chief Minister, Fabian Picardo, of acting like a pyromaniacal politician. Antonio Sánz says it would be advisable for the UK to put a stop to what he describes as Mr. Picardo's absurdities and delusions.

Picardo knocks back Rajoy criticism of Gibraltar's jurisdiction

Author: GBC

Date: 22 November 2013

The Government has reiterated that Gibraltar’s tax system has been fully endorsed by the EU, following comments by Mariano Rajoy. The Spanish Prime Minister told Radio Nacional de España that the European Commission says there’s a lot of smuggling in Gibraltar, which is a tax haven and acts “against the environment”.

Lidington calls for Spain to publish its letter from the EC

Author: GBC

Date: 22 November 2013

The Minister for Europe has called for Spain to publish its letter from the European Commission following its visit to the Gibraltar frontier. David Lidington was answering questions from Gibraltar Parliamentary Group Vice-Chairman Andrew Rosindell, who asked for an update on border queues and the Commission’s investigation.

GBGA warns of UK tax dangers for Gibraltar

Author: GBC

Date: 22 November 2013

The Gibraltar Betting and Gaming Association has reiterated that the UK's proposed "point of consumption" gambling tax will have a devastating impact on the Rock's economy. In a letter published in The Telegraph, the Association's Chief Executive Officer, Peter Howitt, argues that the proposals would likely cause job losses of around a third of the industry's employees and significant revenue reductions to the Gibraltar Government.

Spanish survey ship incursion 'provocative and illegal', says FCO

Author: GBC

Date: 21 November 2013

The Foreign Office has reportedly told the Spanish Ambassador to London that this week's incursion into Gibraltar waters by a Spanish survey ship was "provocative and illegal". It's also reminded Spain that the UK will examine very carefully any attempt to exercise authority or control within Gibraltar Waters.

Julio Pons in court after allegedly cutting rope holding EU Flag

Author: GBC

Date: 21 November 2013

The public gallery at the Magistrates’ Court was packed to capacity on Thursday morning for the first court appearance by the Voice of Gibraltar Group’s Julio Pons. Mr Pons is charged with one count of criminal damage for allegedly cutting the rope holding up the EU flag at the Gibraltar Frontier.

Marrache Judge rejects recusal application

Author: GBC

Date: 21 November 2013

High Court judge Sir Geoffrey Grigson has refused an application from Benjamin Marrache's lawyer, Dorian Lovell-Pank QC, that he should recuse himself. Sir Geoffrey was brought in from the UK especially to hear this case, and will continue to do so himself, having discharged the jury late last month.

RGP thwarts drug smuggling operation

Author: GBC

Date: 21 November 2013

The Royal Gibraltar Police says its marine section thwarted a drug smuggling operation yesterday night. At around 20 past nine, after requesting the assistance of the Defence Police and informing the Guardia Civil, it gave chase to a fast-moving RHIB with no lights that was approaching the Western Anchorage.

Chief Minister clarifies BBC Radio 4 'misunderstanding'

Author: GBC

Date: 21 November 2013

The Government has moved to correct what it’s described as the “misunderstanding” by certain sectors of the Spanish media about statements made by the Chief Minister on BBC Radio 4’s “Today” programme.

Changes to Tobacco Act being drafted says Picardo

Author: GBC

Date: 21 November 2013

The Chief Minister has said tackling anti-social behaviour related to tobacco smuggling is a “hugely important issue” for the GSLP-Liberal government. Fabian Picardo was answering questions from the public in the latest edition of Direct Democracy, which was broadcast live on Radio Gibraltar this afternoon.

Afternoon session of Parliament focuses on Credit Finance Company Limited

Author: GBC

Date: 21 November 2013

Most of the afternoon session of Parliament was taken up with Answers to Questions, which focused exclusively on Credit Finance Company Limited, all other Opposition questions having been submitted for a written answer. Following last month’s walkout by the GSD over the Government’s refusal to give details of the dealings of the company, Opposition members asked about numerous areas of expenditure and whether they had been funded in any way by Credit Finance.

Speaker rules on Feetham Sunborn complaint

Author: GBC

Date: 21 November 2013

The Leader of the Opposition will have to bring a motion to Parliament if he wants to complain about Government Ministers not answering questions. The Speaker of Parliament has ruled following a request by Daniel Feetham, that there’s no provision in Parliamentary rules to deal with complaints of a Minister misleading Parliament.

Opposition: EC decision 'astounding'.

Author: GBC

Date: 21 November 2013

The Opposition says it does not harbour much hope that the European Commission's promise of further monitoring at the frontier in six months' time will improve the current position. It notes the lengthy queues of the past few days, and asks how it's possible for the Commission to have concluded there's no evidence that the Spanish checks infringe EU law.

Man charged with conspiracy to defraud and false accounting

Author: GBC

Date: 20 November 2013

A 33-year-old man appeared before the Magistrate’s court this morning charged with conspiracy to defraud and false accounting. Officers of the Royal Gibraltar Police’s Serious Crime Unite, arrested Michael Gideon Cuby of Jumper’s Building yesterday, following a local investigation.

No repeat of Parliament walkout, says Feetham

Author: GBC

Date: 20 November 2013

The Opposition says its questions for Thursday's meeting of Parliament will focus on the activities of Credit Finance Company Limited. Last month the Opposition walked out in protest when the Government refused to answer questions about the company, but leader Daniel Feetham has told GBC there will not be a repetition.

Live evidence continues as Marrache Judge considers recusal submission

Author: GBC

Date: 20 November 2013

The Judge in the Marrache trial Sir Geoffrey Grigson has been asked to recuse himself from hearing the case of the collapsed law firm. But, while he considers this submission, he continues to hear evidence.

Bula delighted with 0-0 result in first full UEFA international

Author: GBC

Date: 20 November 2013

Gibraltar’s footballers made history on Tuesday holding Slovakia to a goalless draw in their first full UEFA international match. The Gibraltar Manager Allen Bula told GBC he "couldn't be prouder" of the professionalism shown by his players & staff, saying they’d successfully “stuck to their game plan”.

Gibtelecom warns of mobile internet disruption

Author: GBC

Date: 20 November 2013

Gibtelecom is advising customers that they may experience disruption in their mobile internet service on Wednesday morning, while it carries out essential works. No one should be affected for longer than 30 minutes.

Julio Pons arrested on suspicion of cutting down EU flag

Author: GBC

Date: 20 November 2013

The Voice of Gibraltar Group’s Julio Pons has been arrested after allegedly cutting the rope holding up the EU flag at the Gibraltar Frontier. Mr Pons has been charged, to appear before the Magistrates’ Court on Thursday.

Nuclear emergency response plan tested

Author: GBC

Date: 20 November 2013

Gibraltar has tested its nuclear emergency response plan in a joint operation involving Government agencies and British Forces.

Survey ship returns as Commons MPs call for action

Author: GBC

Date: 20 November 2013

British MPs have urged the UK Government to take action following this week’s twenty hour incursion by the survey ship, Ramon Margalef. The debate in the House of Commons arose from an urgent question introduced this afternoon, but the Foreign Office has insisted that ‘Gunboat Diplomacy’ is not in the UK’s interest.

Man found hanged at Waterport Terraces flat

Author: GBC

Date: 19 November 2013

Police have confirmed an investigation into the death of a 60-year-old man found hanged at a flat in Waterport Terraces this morning. The RGP has not confirmed the identity, but GBC understands it to be Joseph Pitto, a former handyman at the youth service. No foul play is suspected, but a Coroner's Inquiry has begun.

Pedestrian queue misery as Spanish Europe Minister spells out grim portent

Author: GBC

Date: 19 November 2013

Meanwhile frontier queues for pedestrians have reached their peak today, with queues stretching back all the way to the Gibraltar Air Terminal. Checks were put in place at around 5pm, the time when frontier workers head back into Spain, and queues have increased until they snaked all the way back past the end of the loop and back again.

VIDEO: Spanish Ambassador summoned over 20-hour Spanish vessel incursion

Author: GBC

Date: 19 November 2013

The Spanish Ambassador to the UK, Federico Trillo, has been summoned by the Foreign Office to complain about the Spanish research vessel, Ramon Margalef, which has been undertaking survey activity in British Gibraltar Territorial Waters for over twenty hours. Europe Minister, David Lidington has described this as a provocative incursion and says the UK stands to do whatever is required to protect Gibraltar’s Sovereignty, economy and security.

Spain to maintain strict frontier controls, says Minister

Author: GBC

Date: 19 November 2013

Spain's Minister for European Affairs has said Madrid will maintain strict controls at the La Línea-Gibraltar frontier, while expecting Gibraltar to implement the European Commission's recommendations to curb tobacco smuggling.

EU letter to Gibraltar focuses on tobacco

Author: GBC

Date: 18 November 2013

The Gibraltar Government has published the European Commission’s letter in which it details its findings and recommendations following its visit in September. The letter is signed by Stefano Manservisi, the European Commission’s Director General for Home Affairs, and focuses on tobacco.

Thunderstorm provides Saturday night drama

Author: GBC

Date: 18 November 2013

Saturday night’s thunderstorm caused a bit of a stir on the Rock, with the heavy rains giving many their first proper drenching since early 2013. The cold air meant the rain also formed 1cm-wide hailstones, while the lightning made for some spectacular photographs.

Tilting cargo ship to be surveyed

Author: GBC

Date: 18 November 2013

A large cargo ship berthed at the Detached Mole has adopted a worrying heel, after its 4000 tonne cargo shifted on Sunday evening. The vessel Norstar had been engaged to act as a holding barge for the dredged material arising from the dredge of Ocean Village basin.

Heartfelt thanks from Sir Adrian and Lady Suzie

Author: GBC

Date: 18 November 2013

The former Governor, Sir Adrian Johns, and his wife Lady Suzie have expressed their “sincere and heartfelt thanks” in a letter to the Government and people of Gibraltar.

GSD express disappointment at Commission's report

Author: GBC

Date: 18 November 2013

The Opposition has expressed disappointment at the Commission’s failure to condemn Spain’s actions. It says it shows that Gibraltar can not rely on the support of the European Commission and must therefore conduct its relations with Spain in a calm and intelligent manner.

Spanish survey vessel defies Navy to spend over 20 hours in Gibraltar waters

Author: GBC

Date: 18 November 2013

A Spanish survey vessel carried out oceanographic work for over 20 hours in British Gibraltar Territorial Waters on Monday and Tuesday, repeatedly defying warnings from the Royal Navy. The 50m long Ramon Margalef entered local waters at around 5pm and was still motoring back and forth after midnight, all the while shadowed by the Royal Navy’s HMS Sabre.

Opposition doubts Government's housing pledge

Author: GBC

Date: 18 November 2013

The Opposition is calling on the Government to explain how it intends to keep its manifesto commitment of housing everyone who was on the housing waiting list on polling day 2011 before the next general election.

Araujo 'respects but does not share' EC frontier checks decision

Author: GBC

Date: 18 November 2013

The Mayor of La Línea, Gemma Araujo, has said that although she respects the EC's decision that there's no evidence Spain's frontier checks infringe EU law, she does not agree with it. She says it's not normal for people to have to queue for over two hours at the frontier, when the usual waiting time has historically been around 20 minutes.

Gibraltarian law graduate wins 'Miss Publicity' in Miss Great Britain pageant

Author: GBC

Date: 18 November 2013

Gibraltarian law graduate, Natasha Pizzarello, has won the ‘Miss Publicity’ prize at the Miss Great Britain pageant in Leicester. The 22-year-old was crowned Miss Derby in May and has been working towards the final since then. She’s the first Gibraltarian to take part in the Miss Great Britain pageant.

Inquiry into death of 63-year-old woman receives verdict of 'accidental death'

Author: GBC

Date: 18 November 2013

An inquiry into the death of a 63-year-old woman received a verdict of ‘accidental death’ this morning. The incident dates back to December 2011 when a UK National, Christina Boyles, was found dead in an interior small patio in Turnbull’s Lane.

Sir Peter sounds UK gambling tax alarm

Author: GBC

Date: 18 November 2013

Former Chief Minister Sir Peter Caruana has warned that the UK's gambling tax, due to be introduced in December next year, "would hit Gibraltar hard". He's told The Times the 15 per cent tax on profits, based on location rather than where the gaming company is registered, would cause significant damage to the economy.

Minister Linares speaks of Upper Rock 'death trap' at Heritage Trust AGM

Author: GBC

Date: 18 November 2013

The Heritage Trust has held their Annual General Meeting, in which the Minister for Heritage, Stephen Linares, spoke about the Trust’s latest activities. The Minister described the Upper Rock as a “death trap” and plans on improving the health and safety of the area. He also mentioned the possibility of creating a dog park and making properties available for tender in the centre of town.

Two senior accountants reportedly charged with false accounting

Author: GBC

Date: 17 November 2013

Two locally-based senior accountants have reportedly been charged with false accounting. The Gibraltar Chronicle says the two men were arrested a few months back and are due in court in early December.

Prime Minister welcomes EU recognition that frontier needs work & 'six monthly reviews'

Author: GBC

Date: 16 November 2013

David Cameron has welcomed the report by the European Commission delegation which looked at Spanish checks at the Gibraltar land frontier with Spain, calling it “an important piece of work”. Speaking at a press conference in Sri Lanka, the Prime Minister said there were two positive points to take away from it: (1) the EC is saying work needs to be done at the border, and (2) “the idea of six-monthly reviews”, which he said would be “helpful in clearing up these problems”.

Number Six highlights the positive in EC decision

Author: GBC

Date: 16 November 2013

The Gibraltar Government has highlighted the positive aspects for Gibraltar of the EC's decision. In particular, it's welcomed that Brussels has asked Spain to be more selective in it's frontier checks, and that it will review progress in the implementation of its recommendations in six months' time. Click on the headline to read the Government's reaction in full.

Gibraltar vs Slovakia, live on GBC Tuesday 7.25pm

Author: GBC

Date: 16 November 2013

Football fans will be able to watch Gibraltar’s top footballers in their first full UEFA international against Slovakia live on GBC TV on Tuesday. An outside broadcast unit has been assembled and is being deployed to Faro (Portugal) in what will be the first ever live GBC sports broadcast from another country.

Conservative MEPS disappointed by EC's findings

Author: GBC

Date: 16 November 2013

The three Conservative MEPs have described the findings as deeply disappointing and questionable and claim the inspection has failed. But they’re not surprised that Spain should have behaved itself for the time the inspectors were here, saying the law rarely gets broken when the police are around.

VIDEO REPORT - Hundreds observe Church-led border vigil

Author: GBC

Date: 15 November 2013

Hundreds of people from both sides of the frontier joined a vigil led by the Roman Catholic Church last night, praying for improved border relations. The Bishop, Ralph Hesket, attributed the non-attendance by Spanish clergy to a breakdown in communication, and says he’s hopeful of a similar event on the Spanish side in the near future.

Divina Providencia captain fined for fishing with rakes

Author: GBC

Date: 15 November 2013

The Captain of the Spanish fishing boat, Divina Providencia, has been fined £600 after admitting to one count of fishing with rakes. Two charges of obstructing police, and one of dangerous navigation, were withdrawn by the Crown.

EU clears Spain on frontier checks but makes recommendations for improving flow

Author: GBC

Date: 15 November 2013

The European Commission has said it has not found evidence to conclude that the checks by the Spanish authorities at the La Linea/Gibraltar frontier have infringed EU Law. It’s described the management of this crossing point as “challenging”, and has written to both Spain and the UK with recommendations.

Two Royal Navy ships in Gibraltar this weekend

Author: GBC

Date: 15 November 2013

Two Royal Navy ships are visiting Gibraltar over the weekend. The Type 45 Destroyer, HMS Dragon and the Mine Hunter, HMS Penzance, arrived on Saturday. Both vessels are conducting a Maritime security patrol on her way into the Naval Base and will be stocking up on fuel and supplies whilst here.

MEPs react to EU Border Report

Author: GBC

Date: 15 November 2013

Gibraltar’s MEPs have condemned the Commission’s decision. Liberal Democrat, Sir Graham Watson, says he completely disagrees that there’s been no breach of EU Law. He however welcomes the recommendation to Spain to put in place more targeted checks and a more refined risk analysis and asks how random blanket checks can not be seen as disproportionate.

ERG describes EU Border report as a 'cold technical analysis'

Author: GBC

Date: 15 November 2013

The Equality Rights Group, has described the report and recommendations as a cold technical analysis, of what in effect boils down to inhuman and degrading treatment by one EU member and signatory to the European Convention on Human Rights, of another.

Spain considers wholesaling less tobacco to Gibraltar

Author: GBC

Date: 15 November 2013

Spain says it will introduce new measures to combat tobacco smuggling by wholesaling less tobacco to Gibraltar, and in this way comply with an EU protocol against tobacco smuggling. The Spanish Treasury says it is looking at selling Gibraltar more realistic quantities.

Defenders of Gibraltar plan London protest

Author: GBC

Date: 15 November 2013

The Defenders of Gibraltar are planning to hold a demonstration outside the Spanish Embassy in London on Saturday 30th November, in protest against Spain's harassment of Gibraltar.

Arrests made for tobacco-related offences

Author: GBC

Date: 15 November 2013

A number of arrests have been made by the Royal Gibraltar Police for tobacco-related offences. Two Spanish nationals were arrested for possession and transportation of 50,000 cigarettes, with their vehicle also impounded.

Foreign Office 'does not rule out' direct legal action against Spain

Author: GBC

Date: 15 November 2013

The Foreign Office has told GBC that the UK does not rule out taking direct legal action against Spain over the border checks. It says the fact that the Commission has not found evidence that EU law has been infringed is not the same as concluding that Spain has not acted unlawfully, and points out that the border operated significantly more smoothly than normal during the Commission's visit in September.

Italian Knight pays courtesy call on Number Six

Author: GBC

Date: 14 November 2013

An Italian knight from the Royal House of Savoy paid a courtesy call on the Gibraltar Government this morning. Grand Chancellor, Johannes Niederhauser, was received by the Deputy Chief Minister at Number Six Convent Place.

Internship Scheme students in Washington described as 'pioneers' by Chief Minister

Author: GBC

Date: 14 November 2013

The first group of Gibraltar students to take part in a new internship scheme in Washington DC have been described as “pioneers” by the Chief Minister. Fabian Picardo was recently the guest of honour at the Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars.

Car being raffled at Radio Gibraltar Roadshow this weekend

Author: GBC

Date: 14 November 2013

A car will again be raffled for the GBC Open Day. Donated by Gedime Motors, AMC Credit and Capurro Insurance and supported by the Gibraltar Government, it will be on view at Casemates on Saturday morning when there will be a Radio Gibraltar Roadshow.

Borders and Coastguard Agency senior officers receive qualifications

Author: GBC

Date: 14 November 2013

Senior Officers from the Borders and Coastguard Agency have recently qualified as Aviation Security Managers. The course provides both background and specific knowledge of aviation security matters to enable officers to understand the aims and objectives of the aviation security organization and the threats to civil aviation and risks to its security.

21-Gun salute to mark 65th birthday of the Prince of Wales

Author: GBC

Date: 14 November 2013

A 21-Gun salute was fired at midday today to mark the 65th birthday of the Prince of Wales. The Royal Gibraltar Regiment fired the Gun Salute from Grand Battery House, with the Inspecting Officer being Deputy Governor Alison MacMillan, who has stepped into the role of Governor until December, when the new Governor will arrive.

Gibraltar joins 'UK Overseas Territories Family' on Facebook

Author: GBC

Date: 14 November 2013

Gibraltar is being featured on the UK Overseas Territories family Facebook page today. Readers are invited to share their photos and stories, including some of the more unusual in fun facts about Gibraltar.

Will Spanish fishermen fish with nets but no licence, asks GSD

Author: GBC

Date: 14 November 2013

The Opposition says it’s noted the stark refusal by the Government to come clean on whether changes to the Nature Protection Legislation will allow Spanish fishermen to fish with nets in Gibraltar waters without actually having to apply for a licence here, by virtue of an existing membership of a ‘Cofradia’.

Stabbing victim in court on drugs charges

Author: GBC

Date: 14 November 2013

The victim of a multiple stabbing has been fined for illegal possession of drugs, which he said alleviated the depression he suffered from the attack. Mohamed Tarik Sabou, of 12 Anderson House, was fined a total of 500 pounds after pleading guilty to possession of 67 grammes of cannabis resin and 42 tablets of alprazolam.

VIDEO REPORT - Beach tobacco smuggling sends GoG and Opposition into fresh row

Author: GBC

Date: 14 November 2013

A new war of words has opened up between Government and Opposition on the increasing tobacco smuggling problems on Gibraltar’s beaches. Organised smugglers have been seen operating with alarming regularity in broad daylight, particularly off Eastern Beach. The Opposition has called for the Government to provide extra facilities for Police and Customs. But the Government says there are more resources than ever to fight this activity.

'Governor's time has been a time of change', says Picardo

Author: GBC

Date: 13 November 2013

The Chief Minister says Sir Adrian John’s time as Governor in Gibraltar has been a time of change - with two Chief Ministers and two deputy Governors - but the one thing which hasn’t changed is the high regard Sir Adrian has for Gibraltar.

£100,000 to ticket 07524

Author: GBC

Date: 13 November 2013

In Tuesday’s draw of the Gibraltar Government Lottery, the first prize of £100,000 went to ticket number 07524. The second prize of £10,000 went to ticket number 18455. And, the third prize of £5,000 went to ticket number 16487.

GFA reveals squad for Slovakia

Author: GBC

Date: 13 November 2013

The Gibraltar Football Association has revealed its 23 man squad for its first full UEFA international next Tuesday versus Slovakia. This follows a change to the GFA’s constitution, bringing its eligibility criteria in line with that of England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

Arise, Sir Peter

Author: GBC

Date: 13 November 2013

Former Chief Minister Sir Peter Caruana has received his Knighthood at Buckingham Palace. Sir Peter said it was a very proud moment, adding he’s very grateful to the people of Gibraltar for having allowed him to serve them for so long and therefore earn this award.

Blood Brothers opens tonight

Author: GBC

Date: 13 November 2013

A new production of a celebrated musical opens this evening at the Ince’s Hall Theatre. “Blood Brothers” tells the story of a pair of twins separated at birth who become friends and later rivals in love. Performances at the Ince's Hall start at 8pm, with tickets priced at twelve pounds.

New GSD constitution approved

Author: GBC

Date: 13 November 2013

The Gibraltar Social Democrats have a new party constitution, which was approved at their recent executive meeting and will be ratified at the party’s next AGM in January. The Leader of the party will now be voted in by the membership and executive after every election.

Warm farewells as Sir Adrian departs

Author: GBC

Date: 13 November 2013

The outgoing Governor Sir Adrian Johns and Lady Suzie left Gibraltar by air from RAF Gibraltar. They left the Convent on Wednesday morning, making their way down Main Street to the Piazza to greet senior dignitaries. Hundreds of people lined the streets to say goodbye.

North District residents protest against tobacco sales

Author: GBC

Date: 12 November 2013

Residents of the North District have today taken to the streets to protest against a retail unit application for a tobacco licence in their estate. The North View Tenants Association say they have objected to such applications before the licensing authority, but this time they have been caught off guard, and the deadline for objections has expired.

Isaac Marrache's Gibraltar PA gives evidence

Author: GBC

Date: 12 November 2013

The Supreme Court has heard Isaac Marrache always ticked off his expenses against the office account and never instructed his personal assistant in Gibraltar to take money from a client account. Giving live evidence, Isaac’s former PA, Vanessa Plumb, said less than a handful of Isaac’s clients were owed money and they were dealt with directly by him.

Sir David Durie presents sculpted bust of Queen to Number Six

Author: GBC

Date: 12 November 2013

Sir David Durie, who was Governor of Gibraltar during the joint sovereignty proposals, has told GBC he always had Gibraltar’s best interests at heart. Sir David today presented a sculpted bust of the Queen, which is to be housed in the new Guard House at Number Six Convent Place.

London to officially protest to Madrid following an incursion by 'Vencedora'

Author: GBC

Date: 12 November 2013

London is to officially protest to Madrid following an incursion by the Spanish Naval ship “Vencedora” on Monday. The vessel was around 1.5 nautical miles off Gibraltar but stated she was in Spanish territorial waters when challenged by the Royal Navy.

UK reiterates that it will not engage in bilateral talks with Spain

Author: GBC

Date: 12 November 2013

The British Government has reiterated that it will not engage in bilateral talks with Spain. This follows statements by the Spanish Foreign Minister advocating a return to pre-trilateral talks and to negotiations under Brussels.

Sir Adrian Johns says UK & Gibraltar closer than ever

Author: GBC

Date: 12 November 2013

The outgoing Governor, Sir Adrian Johns, says the relationship between the UK and Gibraltar is closer now than it's ever been during his time, and that is the important thing in the context of the ongoing problems with Spain. Sir Adrian was speaking to GBC ahead of his and Lady Johns' departure tomorrow after spending just over four years on the Rock.

Sullage tanks DPC application to go for Environmental Assessment

Author: GBC

Date: 12 November 2013

The Nature Group’s application to re-develop the North Mole Sullage Tanks site will have to go for an Environmental Impact Assessment before it is considered by the Development and Planning Commission.

Lidington reiterates UK's position on bilateral talks

Author: GBC

Date: 12 November 2013

The British Government has reiterated that it will not engage in bilateral talks with Spain. This follows statements by the Spanish Foreign Minister advocating a return to pre-trilateral talks and to negotiations under Brussels.

Marrache's former Accounts Manager gives evidence

Author: GBC

Date: 11 November 2013

The Judge in the Marrache trial, Sir Geoffrey Grigson heard evidence today from the collapsed law firm’s former account manager, who claims there was a time when she was “consistently under pressure” to communicate “excuses” to clients asking about their money.

Government forwards latest complaints over border delays to EC

Author: GBC

Date: 11 November 2013

The Government has forwarded another batch of over 200 complaints against the delays at the border to the European Commission. These have been collected on-line through the Government website. So far there have been 615 complaints in total.

Man sentenced to community service for assaulting a woman

Author: GBC

Date: 11 November 2013

A man has been sentenced to 60 days’ community service after having pleaded guilty to unlawfully assaulting a woman. Sergio Bagu, of 5 St Joseph’s Estate, had grabbed the complainant by her throat, causing her to fall to the ground and lose consciousness. He had also struck her earlier on the same day.

Costa: Tourism on the up

Author: GBC

Date: 11 November 2013

Tourism in Gibraltar has reportedly been on the up with the Government attributing this to its investment in marketing and in initiatives with even-led tourism. At a meeting of the UK GTA in London, tour operators and airlines reported solid increases to the Rock.

Man sentenced to three months for drink driving charges

Author: GBC

Date: 11 November 2013

A man has been sentenced to three months in prison on drink driving charges, today in the Supreme Court. 33 year old Dylan Sharp had pleaded guilty to failure to provide a specimen, and to causing criminal damage in the police station. Justice Barrington Black sentenced him to three months’ custody, on the grounds that it was his fourth conviction for drink-driving offences.

VIDEO: Daniel Feetham not resigning

Author: GBC

Date: 11 November 2013

The Leader of the Opposition has said that for as long as the Chief Minister says he should resign, he'll know that he's doing his job well. Daniel Feetham was speaking to GBC following Fabian Picardo's call last week for him to consider his position over his allegation that some of the money in Credit Finance Company Limited was being used to help people pay off their tax liabilities. Mr. Feetham also says Mr. Picardo is being "disingenuous" by equating tax arrears with only income tax and PAYE, as rates and import duty are also forms of taxation.

Remembrance Sunday observed in Gibraltar

Author: GBC

Date: 10 November 2013

In one of his last official functions before leaving Gibraltar this coming week at the end of his tour of duty, the Governor, Sir Adrian Johns, led the Remembrance Sunday Ceremony that took place at noon at the British War Memorial.

RGP tells motorists to belt up

Author: GBC

Date: 09 November 2013

Despite targeted awareness and enforcement operations, the Royal Gibraltar Police says it’s had to deal with a number of significant offences during October with Operation Roadwatch. The most alarming is that over 100 motorists were reported for not wearing their seat belt.

13-year-old charged with attempted robbery and possession of weapons

Author: GBC

Date: 08 November 2013

A 13 year old boy appeared before the Juvenile Court on Friday charged with being in possession of a weapon, namely a BB gun, as well as a knife. He was also charged, together with an 18 year old woman, with one charge of attempted robbery.

Feetham says Picardo has 'Lost the Plot'

Author: GBC

Date: 08 November 2013

The Leader of the Opposition says the Chief Minister should focus on getting Gibraltar out of the mess it’s finding itself in, rather thank making outrageous statements. Daniel Feetham says Fabian Picardo is losing the plot, and continues to put grandstanding, spin and showmanship above substance and careful thought.

GSD mishandled fishing issue, says Government

Author: GBC

Date: 08 November 2013

The Government says the Opposition is in no position to lecture about fishing or waters. Number Six claims that when it was the ruling party, the GSD’s policy was one of doing nothing other than to allow the breaking of the law without any attempt at finding solutions and with no regard for Gibraltar’s international obligations of protection of the sea’s resources.

Rock ship detained in Algeciras

Author: GBC

Date: 08 November 2013

The Port Autorities in Algeciras have detained the ship that brought stones to Gibraltar from Portugal late last month. The ‘Fehn Mirage’ has been detained after an inspection reportedly revealed minor technical deficiencies.

How Marrache & Co allegedly misappropriated client monies

Author: GBC

Date: 08 November 2013

More details have emerged in the Supreme Court about how Marrache & Co allegedly misappropriated millions of pounds of clients’ monies in the years preceding the firm’s collapse in February of 2010. The Judge Sir Geoffrey Grigson has heard evidence from individuals who claim the defendants used their monies in ways they had not authorised.

Picardo asks Feetham to consider resigning

Author: GBC

Date: 07 November 2013

Fabian Picardo asks Daniel Feetham to consider resigning in this video interview with our News Editor Stephen Neish.

Governor Sir Adrian Johns departure arrangements revealed

Author: GBC

Date: 07 November 2013

Sir Adrian Johns will end his term of office as Governor on Wednesday, leaving Gibraltar by air from RAF Gibraltar. The Convent has published the details of the departure of Sir Adrian and Lady Johns, who'll leave the Convent on foot shortly before 11am and make their way along Main Street to the Piazza, bidding farewell to the public and senior dignitaries along the way.

False accounting and theft arrests

Author: GBC

Date: 07 November 2013

The Royal Gibraltar Police has made a series of arrests regarding fraud, false accounting and theft. All those involved have been released on bail pending futher inquiries.

Comedy Rocks this weekend

Author: GBC

Date: 07 November 2013

Kim Fuller is an acclaimed and recognised comedy writer of a number of well known British cult television shows. His credits include Spitting Image and Not The 9 O’Clock News. Recently he’s been working with The Gibraltar Entertainment Network producing the first ever ‘Comedy Rocks’ festival taking place tomorrow at the John Mackintosh Hall.

Gibraltar and Campo Catholic Churches to lead procession from frontier to Cathedral

Author: GBC

Date: 07 November 2013

The Roman Catholic church in Gibraltar and the Campo is to pray together for an improvement to the current political situation. Bishop Ralph Hesket and members of the clergy from both sides of the border will be leading a procession from the frontier to the Cathedral of St. Mary the Crowned next Thursday.

Figueras hits back at Cortes over 'comic relief' jibe

Author: GBC

Date: 07 November 2013

The Opposition's Environment spokesman Selwyn Figueras has hit back at his Ministerial counterpart John Cortes, who last week said that Mr. Figueras helps provide comic relief in local politics. Selwyn Figueras accuses Dr. Cortes of lack of judgment and transparency which, he concludes, is no laughing matter.

Isaac Marrache reportedly spent $1,000,000 on personal matters just before firm's collapse

Author: GBC

Date: 07 November 2013

The Supreme Court has heard how Isaac Marrache reportedly spent up to $1,000,000 on “personal matters” in the month preceding the collapse of the former law firm.

Government accuses Spain of clutching at straws over UN Consensus Decision

Author: GBC

Date: 06 November 2013

The Government has accused the Spanish Government and sectors of the Spanish media of distorting the text of the annual UN Consensus decision on Gibraltar to make it seem as if there's been an advance by Spain. It says Madrid is clutching at straws by trying to pretend the consensus decision is something new, adding that the people of Gibraltar will not be duped.

GEN unveils 'Comedy Rocks' festival

Author: GBC

Date: 06 November 2013

The Gibraltar Entertainment Network promises ‘a barrel load of laughs’ at the first ever ‘Comedy Rocks’ festival taking place this weekend at the John Mackintosh Hall theatre. The event has been produced by Gerard Teuma and Kim Fuller for the Gibraltar Entertainment Network and JV Productions. Tickets priced at 18 pounds are available at the John Mackintosh Hall, as well as Valmar Pharmacy.

Crown to finish presenting Marrache evidence in December

Author: GBC

Date: 06 November 2013

The Supreme Court today heard how the Crown expects to complete presenting evidence in the Marrache trial by Friday 13th of December. Things are progressing more rapidly now that the Judge Sir Geoffrey Grigson is hearing the evidence himself.

Gib 'Guardia Civil' questions crop up in Commons

Author: GBC

Date: 06 November 2013

Gibraltar has been the subject of a number of questions put to Ministers in the House of Commons this week, following last week’s incident with the Guardia Civil at sea, where the Spanish vessel and the Royal Navy pointed guns at each other.

Picardo questions Feetham's performance following Parliamentary walkout

Author: GBC

Date: 06 November 2013

The Government says Opposition Leader Daniel Feetham’s credibility in the eyes of the community is falling, following his latest statement on Credit Finance Ltd. Chief Minister Fabian Picardo says Mr Feetham has transparent double standards on the question of public debt, and his walkout of Parliament last week was nothing but a stunt with no justification.

Opposition asks what happened to 'Aquí no se Pesca'?

Author: GBC

Date: 06 November 2013

The Opposition is calling on the Government to state publicly whether Spanish fishermen will have to apply for a licence to fish in Gibraltar waters or whether they'll be allowed to fish by virtue of their membership of their respective "cofradías". This follows Parliament's approval last week of an amendment to the Nature Protection Act that paves the way for the licensing of fishing with EU-compliant nets.

HMS Calpe plaque unveiled

Author: GBC

Date: 05 November 2013

A plaque, commemorating the service the Royal Naval Reserve Unit, HMS Calpe, gave the community has been unveiled by the Governor. HMS Calpe was on the Rock from 1965 to 1993 and all its members had been invited to attend a service at the King’s Chapel.

Gibraltar exhibiting at World Travel Market in London

Author: GBC

Date: 05 November 2013

Gibraltar is exhibiting at the World Travel Market at the Excel Exhibition Centre in London. This is considered one of the largest international gatherings in the travel and tourism industry. The Gibraltar delegation is headed by the Minister for Tourism, Neil Costa, who has a packed schedule of back-to-back meetings while he’s there

Marrache's former legal cashier gives evidence

Author: GBC

Date: 05 November 2013

A former legal cashier at Marrache & Co told the Supreme Court today that for his last few months at the firm in 2007, there was not enough money in the Office Account to pay salaries and so monies were transferred from client accounts.

Woman charged with child abduction after European Arrest Warrant executed

Author: GBC

Date: 05 November 2013

A private jet carrying a woman charged with child abduction arrived on the Rock this afternoon from Germany. The case dates back to April, when the Royal Gibraltar Police appealed for information on the whereabouts of 36-year-old Verena Boege and her 5-year-old son, Merlin Florkowski.

Infanta Elena incursion in BGTW

Author: GBC

Date: 05 November 2013

The King of Spain’s daughter has not visited the Rock today but the Spanish Naval Ship bearing her name has certainly come close. The incident is being treated as unlawful. The patrol boat, the Infanta Elena, based in Cartagena, today re-entered British Gibraltar Territorial Waters coming a mile and a half off Europa Point.

Prison sentences for two local men in 'unsophisticated theft'

Author: GBC

Date: 04 November 2013

Two local men have been sentenced for Conspiracy to Defraud locally-based gaming company, Stan James. Edward Alvez has been sentenced to 16 months in prison and Steven Rodriguez to eight months. Judge Barrington Black described the crime as "an unsophisticated method of theft".

Trees protected in new Command Paper

Author: GBC

Date: 04 November 2013

A command paper for a bill to improve the protection given to trees in Gibraltar has been published today. The Environmental Protection Trees Bill brings together and improves upon laws which were scattered around various acts. It also sets out the procedure for the issuing of tree preservation orders, and for work to remove trees.

Gibraltar to hold first Small Business Saturday on Dec 7th

Author: GBC

Date: 04 November 2013

Gibraltar will hold its first ‘Small Business Saturday’ next month. The initiative stemmed from the Gibraltar Federation of Small Business and individual trader Raju Purswani. The idea being that the event will boost commercial activity on the Rock, particularly in the lead up to Christmas. The event will be held on Saturday 7th December and has been given the seal of approval from Minister for Tourism and Commercial Affairs, Neil Costa and has also seen support from the Chamber Of Commerce.

Brussels has received no credible complaints on Gibraltar finance centre

Author: GBC

Date: 04 November 2013

There have been no ‘well-founded’ complaints to the European Commission in respect of Gibraltar failing to cooperate on tax, financial and money-laundering matters. The Commissioner for Internal Market and Services Michel Barnier clarified this in answer to questions by Sir Graham Watson in the European Parliament.

£150k loan to cover Marrache's 2009 Christmas salaries

Author: GBC

Date: 04 November 2013

The Judge in the Marrache & Co trial has heard how a client loaned the former law firm £150,000 in order that Marrache employees could get paid their salaries before Christmas in 2009. John Anthony Robbins said when he met Solomon and Benjamin Marrache at the Eliott Hotel in December that year they looked distressed.

Campo no longer has worst air quality in Spain

Author: GBC

Date: 04 November 2013

The Campo de Gibraltar no longer has the worst air quality in Spain, according to a new nation-wide study. The heavy industries in the Bay have traditionally contributed to concerning levels of air pollution.

Liddington addresses Commons on 'Unacceptable' GC Launch incident

Author: GBC

Date: 04 November 2013

The Minister for Europe, David Liddington, has made a statement in the House of Commons today saying the actions of the Guardia Civil in last week’s incident at sea are totally unacceptable and dangerous.

Picardo set for week of engagements in Morocco

Author: GBC

Date: 04 November 2013

The Chief Minister leaves for Morocco this afternoon for a number of engagements. Fabian Picardo will visit the Royal Gibraltar Regiment and will meet the UK’s Ambassador to Morocco for the first time.

Linares attends Commonwealth Local Government Forum

Author: GBC

Date: 04 November 2013

Government Minister Steven Linares has attended a meeting of the Commonwealth Local Government Forum in Dublin, where better use of technology, energy reduction and boosting economic growth were on the agenda.

New Statesman special Gibraltar supplement

Author: GBC

Date: 03 November 2013

The New Statesman has published a special supplement on Gibraltar, sponsored by the government. Entitled ‘Gibraltar: Stepping Stone to Europe’, it includes an array of impressive economic performance indicators, and outlines why the Rock appears to have been insulated from the economic downturn that has affected much of the western world in recent years.

New personalised registration numbers go on sale Monday

Author: GBC

Date: 03 November 2013

New personalised vehicle registration numbers are being made available as from Monday and purchase prices have been amended. These numbers have proved popular in the past, with the Government moving to offer a wider selection.

5,000 Ministerio de Defensa votes in Telegraph's Gibraltar poll

Author: GBC

Date: 02 November 2013

Spain’s ministry of defence has voted over 5,000 times in a Telegraph poll asking, “Is Gibraltar British or Spanish?”

2013 Heritage Trust Awards

Author: GBC

Date: 01 November 2013

This year’s Heritage Awards have recognised the work of two individuals and a local company, with two special commendations also given. The presentation took place on Thursday night at the Rock Hotel. The Gibraltar Heritage Trust Awards are in their 20th year and celebrate the work done by the community in restoring aspects of our heritage.

Government insists GSB deposits are safe

Author: GBC

Date: 01 November 2013

The Government has slammed the Leader of the Opposition’s defence of his parliamentary walk out. A statement from Number Six says Daniel Feetham’s actions are entirely disingenuous and untrue. On Tuesday the GSD left a Parliament session, as a protest against the Government’s refusal to answer questions in respect of money deposited by the Gibraltar Savings Bank in the Credit Finance company.

Gibraltarian fisherman arrested

Author: GBC

Date: 01 November 2013

A Gibraltarian fisherman has today protested to the Police Complaints Board following his arrest on Wednesday. 63-year-old Juan Pecino had been line-fishing with his grandson and nephew at Camp Bay when he was asked to move by RGP officers.

90 minute pedestrian queue to cross into Spain

Author: GBC

Date: 01 November 2013

There was a 90-minute delay for pedestrians looking to cross into Spain on Friday evening. Those looking to cross the border on foot were made to queue up alongside motorbikes on the frontier loop. (Photo courtesy Jonali Pederson.)

Navy & Guardia Civil pointed guns at each other in Wednesday's incident

Author: GBC

Date: 01 November 2013

Speaking in the House of Lords, Conservative peer Baroness Hooper has confirmed the Royal Navy and the Guardia Civil pointed guns at each other during Wednesday's incident off Europa Point.

Prostate Cancer group rolls out Movember Campaign

Author: GBC

Date: 01 November 2013

Hundreds of men in Gibraltar are signing up to the ‘Movember’ campaign, an international movement to promote men’s health issues by growing a moustache. The Mayor, Tony Lima, officially launched Gibraltar’s campaign today, which is being spearheaded by the Prostate Cancer Support Group. The group wants every man in Gibraltar to grow a mo.

Judge discharges jury in Marrache case

Author: GBC

Date: 31 October 2013

The Judge in the Marrache trial Sir Geoffrey Grigson has discharged the jury and will continue hearing evidence himself. Reasons have not been given, though the UK judge - who was brought in especially for this case - has told the Supreme Court it was not a decision that was taken lightly. Apologising to the jury for depriving them of the opportunity to try the case, he thanked them for their time, care and attention before they left court.

Guardia Civil and GDP launch collide at sea

Author: GBC

Date: 31 October 2013

There was a collision between the Guardia Civil's Rio Tormes and a GDP yesterday, the MoD has confirmed. A Convent spokesperson says the UK Government has been alerted, with the matter to be raised with Spain at a high level.

Costa announces changes to Port Authority

Author: GBC

Date: 31 October 2013

The Minister for the Port, Neil Costa, last night announced changes to Port fees which will see a flat fee of 155 pounds for calls. At a Gala dinner organised by the Port Operators Association, Mr Costa also announced the relocation of Port Offices to an area outside the Port complex which would release land for commercial operators.

Feetham says accountability issues not going to go away

Author: GBC

Date: 30 October 2013

Following Tuesday’s walkout from Parliament by the Opposition, as a protest against the Government’s refusal to answer questions, the Opposition Leader says the issues are not going to go away. Daniel Feetham says there are two vitally important issues at stake which go to the very heart of the role of our Parliament and the economic well-being of Gibraltar and its future generations.

Government labels GSD school criticism "irresponsible"

Author: GBC

Date: 30 October 2013

The Government says the Opposition is being “irresponsible” in attempting to cause alarm about new facilities at St Joseph’s First and Middle Schools. The GSD had said it had learnt that the new annexe has been built in a “rushed manner”, adding that corners have been cut and little thinking has gone into its planning.

Chamber of Commerce meets visiting MEP Ashley Fox

Author: GBC

Date: 30 October 2013

Meanwhile, Ashley Fox showed particular interest in learning what impact the border queues were having on the private sector. Mr Fox met a number of board directors of the Chamber of Commerce and discussed a number of issues affecting local businesses.

Spain officially exits two-year recession

Author: GBC

Date: 30 October 2013

For the first time since 2011, Spain is officially not in recession. Data published by the country's National Statistics agency has confirmed last week's estimates from the Bank of Spain. Having contracted for over 2 years, the country's GDP grew 0.1% in the July-to-September period.

Bang Bang Beirut opens at Ince's Hall

Author: GBC

Date: 30 October 2013

Wednesday evening sees the opening of the latest production by the Gibraltar Amateur Drama Association. “Bang Bang Beirut” is a farcical comedy set in the Middle East. Tickets are available from 7pm, at the Ince’s Hall Theatre ticket office.

Sunborn to open for business in early 2014

Author: GBC

Date: 30 October 2013

The Sunborn floating Hotel is expected to open for business in February at the latest. The ship has been kitted out with one hundred and eighty two rooms, twentytwo of them suites, as well as five bars and restaurants, conference rooms, a Ball Room and a casino. The average price of a room will be around two hundred pounds a night.

Lidington reiterates UK will not respond to Spanish rhetoric

Author: GBC

Date: 30 October 2013

The UK Government will continue to respond to actions not rhetoric, according to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, David Lidington. Belfast MP Nigel Dodds had asked what representation Mr Lidington has made to his Spanish counterpart about the imposition of fees and charges for people and goods moving into and out of Gibraltar by land.

GHITA conference tomorrow at John Mackintosh Hall

Author: GBC

Date: 29 October 2013

The Gibraltar Hearing Impaired and Tinnitus Association, together with the Ministry for Equality, will be holding a special conference tomorrow at the John Mackintosh Hall, starting at 9:30am. Entitled “Deaf Awareness and Access To Police and Emergency Services”, it will feature a number guest speakers from the UK, as the association looks to increase awareness of it’s work so that those affected know more of what they call “the invisible disability”.

Minister for Environment says Selwyn Figueras provides 'comic relief'

Author: GBC

Date: 29 October 2013

The Minister for the Environment John Cortes has described Selwyn Figueras’ interventions in local politics as helping to provide comic relief. Mr Cortes says he told the Opposition member that the Government will publish both the full cost of the Commonwealth Park development and the estimates once the works are completed.

New restaurant Paparazzi opens

Author: GBC

Date: 29 October 2013

Paparazzi tend not be very popular among the unsuspecting celebrities they snap, but Gibraltar’s will be hoping to buck that trend. As a new, themed restaurant at 44 Cornwall’s Lane, Paparazzi is decorated with old cameras and black and white photos of film stars. It’s just opened for business, offering a variety of foods, including Italian dishes, steaks and all wines by the glass.

Government buys land for housing and parking

Author: GBC

Date: 29 October 2013

The Government has bought the ex Mediterranean Rowing Club site in Glacis Road for three million pounds. It’s made public a number of transactions which it says are in the public interest in order to make way for housing and car parking.

GFA to play Slovakia in Algarve on 19th November

Author: GBC

Date: 29 October 2013

The Gibraltar Football Association is to play four international friendlies this season. The GFA meets Slovakia on the 19th of November in the Algarve in Portugal.

GSD accuses Cortes of abandoning Upper Rock

Author: GBC

Date: 29 October 2013

The GSD has accused the Minister for the Environment of abandoning the Upper Rock Nature Reserve, in the light of illegal traps reported to them, and the perennial problem of the feeding of macaques.

29-year-old gets 10 weeks in prison for knife offences

Author: GBC

Date: 29 October 2013

A local man has been sentenced to two and a half months in prison after pleading guilty to two charges of possession of a knife. 29-year-old Peter Macias was arrested for possession of a knife on the third of this month, and for carrying a dagger on the fifth of this month.

Opposition walk out of Parliament over Credit Finance Ltd question

Author: GBC

Date: 29 October 2013

The Opposition staged a walkout from Parliament on Tuesday afternoon in protest at the Government’s refusal to provide details of all investments, payments and loans made by Credit Finance Limited since its incorporation.

Gib Anglican Bishop retires

Author: GBC

Date: 28 October 2013

There'll be a special service at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity on Friday to mark the retirement this autumn of Dr. Geoffrey Rowell as Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Gibraltar in Europe.

Fire at Ocean Village nightclub

Author: GBC

Date: 28 October 2013

There was a fire at a nightclub in Ocean Village on Sunday night. The Fire Brigade describes Zest nightclub as having been “well alight” when firefighters arrived on scene, although nobody was hurt by the blaze as the nightclub was closed and empty.

Ashley Fox MEP in Gibraltar

Author: GBC

Date: 28 October 2013

Conservative MEP for Gibraltar and the South West, Ashley Fox, hosted an open evening at the John Mackintosh Hall on Monday for community questions and answers. Mr Fox will be meeting the Chief Minister, the police and local businesses, as well as NGOs, during his visit.

Cortes has failed to bring in Upper Rock wardens, says GSD

Author: GBC

Date: 28 October 2013

The GSD Opposition has accused the Minister for the Environment of abandoning the Upper Rock Nature Reserve, in the light of illegal traps reported to them, and the perennial problem of the feeding of macaques.

Licudi sells Gib jurisdiction at Arab conference

Author: GBC

Date: 28 October 2013

The Minister for Justice, Gilbert Licudi, attended the Second Meeting of the Arab Forum on Asset Recovery held at Marrakech at weekend. The meeting was attended by over 300 delegates from forty countries including the Attorney Generals of both the UK and United States.

HMS Triumph in port

Author: GBC

Date: 28 October 2013

The nuclear submarine HMS Triumph arrived in Gibraltar for a short stay as part of her scheduled operational tasking. HMS Triumph is the seventh and final boat of the Trafalgar of submarines, which included the infamous HMS Tireless.

Government rejects Opposition's Barbary Partridge accusations

Author: GBC

Date: 28 October 2013

The Government has accused the Opposition of displaying an intrinsic lack of knowledge, expertise and know-how which is embarrassing for Gibraltar. This follows a GSD statement last week accusing Environment Minister John Cortes of showing little leadership in safeguarding the population of Barbary Partridges, and claiming there were only seven of these birds left in Gibraltar.

Three hour queues for drivers coming into Gib

Author: GBC

Date: 27 October 2013

Although they’ve been no pedestrian queues at the frontier this weekend, once again vehicles entering and exiting the rock have been subjected to delays.Vehicles coming into Gibraltar were targeted by the Spanish authorities on Sunday morning with queues of up to three hours by lunchtime.

International designers exhibit at Grand Battery House

Author: GBC

Date: 27 October 2013

An evening of fashion and glamour took place at Grand Battery House on Saturday. ‘Runway Select’ Played host to international designers Edeline Lee and Arjan B, whilst also showcasing the work of local Cristel Mifsud. Select, the sister event of Runway Gibraltar, aims to offer a more intimate show with a sophisticated twist.

Government praises Literary Festival success

Author: GBC

Date: 27 October 2013

Gibraltar’s first Literary Festival has been described as a great success. Organisers say the event has exceeded expectations with around 2500 tickets purchased and some of the lectures sold out.

Gibraltar Government to report Spanish incursions to UN

Author: GBC

Date: 25 October 2013

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office says the Spanish incursion is of deep concern, and will be raising the incident at a high level with the Spanish Government. And the Government of Gibraltar will be compiling details of every incursions by Spanish state vessels to present to the Committee of 24 and the Fourth Committee of the United Nations.

VIDEO REPORT: Spanish Fisheries Research Vessel carries out survey in British Gibraltar Territorial Waters

Author: GBC

Date: 25 October 2013

The Foreign Office has wasted no time in reporting an incursion by the Spanish Fisheries Research Vessel, the Emma Bardan, to London and Madrid. The Vessel appears to have been carrying out a survey in Gibraltar Waters this morning, shadowed by the Guardia Civil. All local Essential Services were present at sea.

Number Nine's time not up after all

Author: GBC

Date: 25 October 2013

The bus service to the St. Joseph's School area that was introduced as a temporary measure in July will not be discontinued. The Route 9 extended service was to be withdrawn next month, but will now carry on, following representations from residents of the area.

Marrache jury finishes hearing evidence from locally resident HNWI

Author: GBC

Date: 24 October 2013

The jury in the Marrache trial has now finished hearing evidence from Jim Magner. The locally-resident, high-net worth individual (HNWI) is considered to be a key witness as the prosecution maintains he lost many millions of pounds as a result of his dealings with the former law firm.

Number Six offices to be extended

Author: GBC

Date: 24 October 2013

The Sunborn floating hotel, the North Mole Tanks, and the new government housing estate at Aerial Farm were all discussed on Thursday at a lively session of the Development & Planning Commission. An extension to Number Six Convent Place to house Government offices was also discussed with the Committee concluding that the project amounted to a huge improvement on the current use of the site.

Police Appeal for witnesses in relation to sexual assault

Author: GBC

Date: 24 October 2013

The police is appealing for witnesses who may have information in relation to an alleged sexual assault in the stairwell of Lavender Court, Sir William Jackson Grove. The incident reportedly occurred at 11 on Sunday evening, and the police is looking for a man in his early to late 30’s. The RGP believes this person may be able to help police with inquiries.

Environment Minister should do more to protect Partridge, says GSD

Author: GBC

Date: 24 October 2013

The GSD says the Environment Minister has show little leadership in safeguarding the population of Barbary Partridges in Gibraltar, despite having published a report in 2005 as GONHS Secretary making recommendations to do so. Opposition Spokesman Jaime Netto says the Minister has failed to justify his inaction, and hasn’t implemented the report’s advice in the last 22 months.

Dr Giraldi Home Inquiry concludes

Author: GBC

Date: 24 October 2013

After four weeks, the Dr Giraldi Home Inquiry concluded its final day of hearing evidence. The Attorney General and a former Chief Secretary answered questions on the decisions not to go ahead with either criminal or disciplinary proceedings against three care workers accused of encouraging one resident to inappropriately touch another.

Stone shipment arrives despite Guardia Civil challenge

Author: GBC

Date: 24 October 2013

A barge carrying stones from Portugal arrived at the Gibraltar port yesterday. The ‘Fehn Mirage’ was escorted by Police vessels, after Guardia Civil launches came into Gibraltar waters to photograph the vessel. The delivery of cement, rocks, sand and other construction materials to Gibraltar has been the subject of media interest over the last few months because of Spain’s decision to impose a trade embargo on these goods crossing the border.

Michael Tampin post abolished

Author: GBC

Date: 23 October 2013

GGCA General Secretary, Michael Tampin, has been made redundant, and his post has been abolished, according to sources close to the Union. GBC understands the GGCA Committee has decided that many of the functions traditionally carried out by the General Secretary are now being carried out by members of the Committee, and therefore there is no longer any need for this post.

Verdemar complains to Brussels about Gibraltar reclamation

Author: GBC

Date: 23 October 2013

The European Commission has admitted and processed a complaint from Spanish environmental group Verdermar regarding reclamation on the East Side, according to Spanish press reports. Verdermar alleges that the East Side reclamation is a violation of water habitats, which Spain are legally responsible for.

Hector Romero receives BEM

Author: GBC

Date: 23 October 2013

The Gibraltar House in London was the setting for an Investiture Service by the Governor. Sir Adrian Johns presented the British Empire Medal to Hector Romero in recognition of his work and commitment to Athletics locally. Speaking to GBC, Hector Romero, said it was an honour to receive the BEM but believed that the award was a team effort, something he could not have achieved without the support of the Youth coaches, Athletes, and officials both past and present.

RGP deny being instructed not to investigate Dr Giraldi Home abuses

Author: GBC

Date: 23 October 2013

An allegation that the Royal Gibraltar Police was instructed not to investigate cases of abuse has been categorically denied at the Dr Giraldi Home Inquiry.

Incursion by oceanographic vessel

Author: GBC

Date: 23 October 2013

The Convent will make another formal complaint to Madrid following a protracted incursion this afternoon by a Spanish oceanographic vessel, which appeared to take samples in British Gibraltar Territorial Waters. Emma Bardan entered local waters to the East of the Rock at about 3pm and was challenged shortly after that by the Royal Navy.

VIDEO Interview - David Lidington speaks to GBC

Author: GBC

Date: 23 October 2013

Davina Barbara interviews the Minister for Europe shortly after his address at the Guildhall

Gibraltar and Guernsey sign TIEA

Author: GBC

Date: 23 October 2013

Gibraltar has signed a Tax Information Exchange Agreement with Guernsey. The Agreement was signed between the Chief Minister and Guernsey’s Chief Minister, Deputy Peter Harwood, under both the Gibraltar and Guernsey flags.

'Gaming Breakfast' expected to become annual feature of Gib Day in London

Author: GBC

Date: 23 October 2013

The spotlight moved to the Gaming Industry at a working city breakfast as part of the Gibraltar Day in London celebrations. Hosted by the Government to serve the industry, it’s expected to become an annual event.

Government & Opposition clash on publishing reports

Author: GBC

Date: 22 October 2013

The Government has described the Opposition’s latest press release on Domestic Matters and Reports, as a case of scraping the bottom of the barrel. It denies refusing to publish or share contents of reports that are commissioned and says the Opposition should know that a number of reports are commissioned to guide Government policy and may require further studies.

Government says Opposition trying to cover poor judgement

Author: GBC

Date: 22 October 2013

The Government has replied to the statement from the Opposition that it’s incapable of handling the current crisis and describes it as an attempt to cover up the poor judgement displayed by the Opposition Leader when it criticised the Chief Minister’s speech to the UN. It says everyone knows that the election of a Partido Popular Government leads to a worsening of relations with Gibraltar.

GSD welcomes Government's commitment to tourism

Author: GBC

Date: 22 October 2013

The GSD has said it welcomes the Government’s commitment to tourism, after a breakfast briefing was given by the Minister for Tourism at the Trinity House in London. The Opposition says it’s a positive move that Tourism and the Port should continue to be showcased as part of the Gibraltar Day events. It adds that this was GSD policy when the party was in Government, and says it hopes the event has reaped results.

Antony Beevor joins Literary Festival line up.

Author: GBC

Date: 22 October 2013

Military historian Antony Beevor will be the speaker at the Literary Festival’s centrepiece event. Mr Beevor has stepped in at the last minute after Professor Paul Preston had to withdraw because he was too unwell to travel to Gibraltar.

Frontier queues of up to 4 hours Tuesday evening

Author: GBC

Date: 22 October 2013

Frontier queues this evening have had to be diverted into Eastern Beach with six lanes all the way up Devil’s Tower Road. Vehicles have taken four hours to cross with motorbikes and pedestrians made to wait around half an hour.

Key witness gives evidence in Marrache trial

Author: GBC

Date: 22 October 2013

Jim Magner, CEO of online gaming company Sports Interaction, told the Supreme Court on Tuesday that he became increasingly concerned over the course of 2009 that Marrache & Co had “done something stupid” with approximately 10 million Euros of cash he had transferred into a client account. When asked if he had ever consented to the firm using his own Gibraltar residence as a guarantee on a £10.8 million overdraft from Jyske Bank, Mr Magner said: “Absolutely not”.

Dr Giraldi Home Inquiry: More accusations

Author: GBC

Date: 22 October 2013

The Dr Giraldi Home Inquiry has heard more accusations of mismanagement, with a former manager speaking of “resistance to change” from the staff there. Mandy Spencer responded to questions on her allegation that there had been “bullying” among the staff, saying this was her perception.

10 Signal Regiment on the Rock to cover Operational Duties

Author: GBC

Date: 22 October 2013

The 10 Signal Regiment are on the Rock to cover operational duties for the Royal Gibraltar Regiment. The Regiment will be in Morocco for a month, training on exercise Jebel Sahara. The 110 soldiers from 10 Signal Regiment arrived yesterday evening on a C130 Hercules.

UK and Gib Governments committed to Trilateral talks

Author: GBC

Date: 22 October 2013

Both the UK and Gibraltar Government are strongly committed to Trilateral talks with Spain in the long term. This according to Europe Minister David Liddington, who said the UK Government was committed to finding a diplomatic solution to the current tensions and believes an escalation is in no one’s interest. Mr Liddington was the guest speaker at the Gibraltar Day in London reception, and also took the salute at the closing Parade.

Feetham says Govt hiding its lack of judgement on foreign relations

Author: GBC

Date: 21 October 2013

The GSD Opposition says it’s clear that the Government is incapable of handling the crisis with Spain in an intelligent and effective way. It says the Chief Minister is whipping up nationalistic feelings against his political opponents in order to hide his own lack of judgement and responsibility for his contribution to the crisis.

Marrache trial hears evidence from first witness

Author: GBC

Date: 21 October 2013

The Marrache trial has heard live evidence from its first witness. Robert Philip Burrow of property developers Chelsfield Partners told the Supreme Court that £770,000 pounds had been transferred to Marrache and Co in connection with some energy projects in Central Africa and that the funds were to be held and not dispensed without instruction.

Picardo and Isola sing the praises of Gib regulation

Author: GBC

Date: 21 October 2013

The future of the Finance Services sector and the importance of continued compliance were the focus of the Chief Minister’s speech at the Finance Centre Lunch. Fabian Picardo addressed around 350 guests at the Guildhall's Old Library as part of the Gibraltar Day in London celebrations.

Departure of former CEO examined at Dr Giraldi Home Inquiry

Author: GBC

Date: 21 October 2013

The Dr Giraldi Home Inquiry began its final scheduled week of hearing from witnesses, with witness questions probing the departure of former CEO Isabella Tosso, who was to have been a "key witness" at former manager Joanna Hernandez's industrial tribunal.

Argentina says it will always side with Spain over Gibraltar

Author: GBC

Date: 20 October 2013

Both Countries pledge to support each other's claims regarding Gibraltar and the Falklands.

Outstanding performance by Jools Holland, Mel C & band closes Jazz Festival

Author: GBC

Date: 20 October 2013

Jools Holland & his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra brought the 2nd Gibraltar International Jazz Festival to an energetic close on Saturday night. Accompanied by more than 20 world-class musicians, including former Spice Girl Mel C, the English bandleader effortlessly strung together two hours of feel-good music that had the crowd dancing in the aisles at the Queen's Cinema.

Battle of Trafalgar Commemorations

Author: GBC

Date: 20 October 2013

The Commander British Forces says Gibraltar and the Royal Navy enjoy a 'symbiotic' relationship.

'Lemma' claims will not be met in full

Author: GBC

Date: 19 October 2013

Outstanding claims against the locally based insurer ‘Lemma’ could start to be paid this autumn, but there will not be enough money in the Estate to pay all claimants, according to the official liquidator Frederick White.

PSOE parliamentarian Manuel Chaves calls for an end to provocation

Author: GBC

Date: 19 October 2013

Manuel Chaves says the answer to the current dispute lies in good neighbourly relations. He told reporters he'll never see Gibraltar under Spanish sovereignty.

Gibraltar Day in London today

Author: GBC

Date: 19 October 2013

The Gibraltar Day in London aims to promote the Rock and its links with the UK. The event, hosted by the Chief Minister, also serves as a lobbying platform and affords the Rock the opportunity to say thank you to our friends and supporters in the Capital.

Four Police officers suffer minor injuries while arresting a juvenile

Author: GBC

Date: 19 October 2013

Four RGP Officers required hospital treatment after they were hurt when arresting a juvenile, following a brawl at Watergardens on Friday evening. A man was also arrested in connection with the incident.

Spanish Corruption Scandal: New Bárcenas allegations

Author: GBC

Date: 19 October 2013

Bárcenas claims he personally handed the PP Secretary-General and close aide of the Spanish Premier, Dolores de Cospedal, 15,000 euros in cash.

Gibraltar loses to Czech Republic in its second UEFA match

Author: GBC

Date: 19 October 2013

Saturday's Under 19's game ended with a three nil defeat for the GFA

Police raid at Laguna Estate

Author: GBC

Date: 18 October 2013

Three women have been arrested following a police raid at a flat in Laguna Estate, where a total of 150 thousand cigarettes were found stashed. Police officers, acting on information received, executed a search warrant at a flat in Falkner House.

Customs cigarette seizure & drug arrest

Author: GBC

Date: 18 October 2013

Customs has seized almost 49 thousand cigarettes in a number of incidents recently. Ten thousand were found hidden at Western Beach. An area search at the northern end of Eastern Beach, carried out after three men escaped into Spain when challenged, resulted in the seizure of around 24 thousand cigarettes.

18 new Police Officers receive certificates of achievement at Passing Out Parade

Author: GBC

Date: 18 October 2013

The latest recruits to join the Royal Gibraltar Police have completed a rigorous 18 week basic training course. 18 new Police Officers received certificates of achievement at a Passing Out Parade on Thursday.

No new CEO for Gibraltar Law Courts

Author: GBC

Date: 18 October 2013

There will be no replacement for the CEO of the Gibraltar Law Courts, who has ended his term of contract, and left for the UK. Answering Parliament questions, Justice Minister Gilbert Licudi explained that Alan Davies had been brought in for a specific task, namely the restoration of the court buildings, and the restructuring of the system. He said this had largely been completed, and the Government didn’t feel the need to continue having a CEO on contract .

Defence outlines case in Marrache trial

Author: GBC

Date: 18 October 2013

The jury in the Marrache trial has now heard opening statements from the defence counsel representing all four defendants. Appearing in the Supreme Court, Isaac Marrache, Benjamin Marrache, Solomon Marrache and Leanne Turnbull are all jointly charged with two counts of conspiracy to defraud millions of pounds belonging to clients of the former law firm.

Every allegation investigated, says former Dr Giraldi Team Leader

Author: GBC

Date: 18 October 2013

The Dr Giraldi Home Inquiry has heard evidence from current and former management on questions of abuse and mismanagement, with former Team Leader, Marie Gomez, saying “every single allegation and every single issue that was reported was investigated”.

New 26 metre RGP vessel will be named 'Sir Adrian Johns'

Author: GBC

Date: 17 October 2013

A new RGP vessel, expected in 2014, will be named “Sir Adrian Johns”. In a statement, the Government said the vessel is still under construction in Croatia, but when it arrives next year, it'll be the biggest in the RGP fleet.

New elderly housing complex to be named Charles Bruzon House

Author: GBC

Date: 17 October 2013

The new housing complex for the elderly at Europort Avenue will be named Charles Bruzon House. The name of the building is in memory of the late minister for Housing and the Elderly. The contract for the construction of 72 one bedroom rental flats, has been awarded by tender to Sacyr Construccion for just under nine million pounds.

'Extraordinary' says Caruana of suggestion he attempted to obstruct Dr Giraldi investigation

Author: GBC

Date: 17 October 2013

The Chief Minister at the time of the Dr Giraldi Home allegations has said it’s an "extraordinary" suggestion that he attempted to obstruct their investigation. Giving evidence at the Inquiry, Sir Peter Caruana said he was aware of the allegations, but that he saw no need for a public inquiry at the time, as they were being appropriately investigated.

Government acquires electric G1

Author: GBC

Date: 17 October 2013

The Government has taken delivery of a replacement G1 car. The vehicle, in which the Chief Minister travels, is a Tesla Signature Model S imported from California by Bassadone Motors. The Tesla is an electric vehicle and its acquisition is part of the Government's programme to replace its fleet with more environmentally friendly vehicles.

Parliament hears Commonwealth Park to be ready in six months

Author: GBC

Date: 17 October 2013

In the first, post-summer Parliamentary question time, the Government said the Commonwealth Park is expected to be complete in six months time.

Paul Preston cancels Literary Festival appearance

Author: GBC

Date: 17 October 2013

Professor Paul Preston’s talk on his book “The Spanish Holocaust” will no longer form part of the Literary Festival. The talk has been cancelled as Mr Preston cannot travel due to ill health. The organisers they are hoping to find another world-class speaker for the festival.

GSD condemns insulting threats on Facebook

Author: GBC

Date: 16 October 2013

The GSD is condemning, what it claims are, extremist elements within the GSLP party machinery. It says these mimic the very behaviour the Spanish Government stands accused of, denigrating, threatening and insulting the Leader of the Opposition for having dared express criticism of the Chief Minister’s recent statements at the UN.

Government welcomes European Commission's view that Gibraltar's corporate tax regime is not regionally selective

Author: GBC

Date: 16 October 2013

The Government says there is much to be welcomed in the European Commission’s decision to open a formal State Aid investigation into aspects of Gibraltar’s Income Tax Act. The Government welcomes that it’s categorically rejected Spain’s argument that the Rock’s Corporate Tax Regime is regionally selective.

Bill to protect BGTW receives unanimous support

Author: GBC

Date: 16 October 2013

A Bill presented to protect Gibraltar's right to its territorial waters under UK Law has unanimously progressed through to its second reading. It was presented by by MP David Morris, who said Gibraltarians would take pride in the amount of support they have in the House of Commons.

Long-time friend of Gibraltar Eleanor Laing appointed deputy Speaker

Author: GBC

Date: 16 October 2013

The UK Parliament now has three deputy Speakers, all of whom are fully supportive of Gibraltar. This follows the appointment on Wednesday evening of long-time friend of Gibraltar, Eleanor Laing, as Deputy Speaker.

Cover-up of Dr Giraldi abuse allegations denied by former CEO

Author: GBC

Date: 16 October 2013

The then Acting CEO of the Social Services Agency has denied that he was ever asked to cover up the allegations of abuse at the Dr Giraldi Home raised by its former manager, Joanna Hernandez, during her industrial tribunal for unfair dismissal.

Two new ambulances delivered

Author: GBC

Date: 16 October 2013

The Gibraltar Ambulance Service has taken on two new ambulances into service today. The GHA Ambulance Team has worked to design the tailor-made vehicles and to supervise their production and delivery.

Operation Roadwatch intensified following serious traffic accidents

Author: GBC

Date: 16 October 2013

The Police Commissioner has announced a stepping up of Operation Roadwatch, with a ‘no tolerance’ approach for repeat offenders; mobile phones and vehicles could be confiscated.

SDGG 'saddened' Feetham aligned himself with Spain's Picardo criticisms

Author: GBC

Date: 16 October 2013

The Self-Determination for Gibratlar Group has said it is saddened that the Opposition Leader has aligned himself with the Spanish media’s criticism of Gibraltar’s UN appearance. On Monday Daniel Feetham said the Chief Minister’s comments regarding Spain’s campaign of hatred were inopportune, adding the SDGG’s charge of terrorism was unrestrained and rash.

Composition of Select Committee on Parliamentary Reform revealed

Author: GBC

Date: 16 October 2013

Parliament has revealed the composition of the Select Committee on Parliamentary Reform. As is traditional, the Committee will be chaired by the Chief Minister, Fabian Picardo. The other four members are Government Ministers Dr Joseph Garcia and Neil Costa and Opposition Members, Daniel Feetham and Damon Bossino.

Lidington confident Picardo has credible plan to reach fishing solution

Author: GBC

Date: 16 October 2013

The Minister for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, David Lidington has said he is confident the Gibraltar Government has a credible plan to reach a local solution to the problem of unlawful fishing in British Gibraltar Territorial waters by Spanish fishermen.

Government seeks legal advice on Picardo threats

Author: GBC

Date: 16 October 2013

The Government will be taking legal advice, as well as making a report to the Royal Gibraltar Police, following threats against the Chief Minister in the Spanish online newspaper, El Confidencial. In an article published last week, a senior Spanish Minister was quoted as saying Fabian Picardo had crossed the line and that they were going to go for him.

Commission will open new inquiry into Gib tax model

Author: GBC

Date: 15 October 2013

The European Commission will open a new investigation into Gibraltar’s Corporate tax regime following complaints from Spain that it could infringe Community rules on State aid, according to News Agency Europapress.

Govt buys back East Side for £28m; GSD reacts

Author: GBC

Date: 15 October 2013

The Gibraltar Government has bought back the Eastside plot of land from developers for 28 million pounds. The developers originally made payments of up to 32 million pounds for the land. The Government says it will now consider a number of projects for this area.

Sexual abuse allegation denied at Dr Giraldi Inquiry

Author: GBC

Date: 15 October 2013

An allegation of sexual abuse was denied today at the Dr Giraldi Home inquiry. Former care worker, Manuela Adamberry, responded to the allegation by care worker Denise Hassan, that she had lain on top of a resident in order to “arouse him”.

Boots accused of avoiding £1.1 billion in UK taxes, with Gibraltar's help

Author: GBC

Date: 15 October 2013

The popular UK high street pharmacy Boots is coming under fire from Unite the union for allegedly avoiding £1.1 billion in UK taxes, via a series of subsidiary companies in Luxembourg, Cayman Islands and Gibraltar.

Prosecution's opening continues on second day of Marrache trial

Author: GBC

Date: 15 October 2013

The second day of the Marrache trial has began with Crown Council, John McGuiness QC giving the jury a detailed breakdown of the Marrache company structure and financial dealings at the time of its collapse.

Police appeal for witnesses of Friday's fatal accident

Author: GBC

Date: 15 October 2013

Police are appealing for witnesses following last Friday’s fatal accident at Europa Advance Road. They are, in particular, looking for the driver or occupants of a Renault Kangoo van which was in the area at the time. The incident happened at around 6.30 pm on Friday.

Incursion by Spanish naval vessel

Author: GBC

Date: 15 October 2013

The Convent will be reporting an incursion by a Spanish naval patrol vessel yesterday afternoon to London. The 70-metre long SPS Vigia entered British Gibraltar Territorial Waters and was challenged by the Royal Navy.

Government reacts to Opposition over UN speech

Author: GBC

Date: 14 October 2013

For its part, the Government says its regrettable that the Opposition in Gibraltar should have chosen to side with Mr Margallo and Mr Landaluce, and all those attacking the Chief Minister, instead of with Mr Picardo’s defence of Gibraltar.

Marrache Trial Begins

Author: GBC

Date: 14 October 2013

The Crown’s Opening statement was heard today at the trial of the Marrache brothers. Benjamin, Solomon and Isaac Marrache, together with Leanne Turnbull face two charges of conspiracy to defraud. The trial is expected to take up to five months. Numerous clients will appear as witnesses during the trial, including some of the Marrache’s biggest high networth clients, who will be giving evidence.

Do not approach witnesses, urges Dr Giraldi Inquiry Chairman

Author: GBC

Date: 14 October 2013

The Chairman of the Dr Giraldi Home Inquiry has urged people not to comment on the proceedings in any public forum – and especially not to approach those who’ve given evidence.

GSD says Picardo should 'keep his head' at UN

Author: GBC

Date: 14 October 2013

The Opposition has called on the Chief Minister to ‘keep his head’, and refrain from using his UN speech to make inappropriate remarks. The GSD says with only weeks to go to ad hoc talks, Fabian Picardo has managed to unite Spanish public opinion against him.

Government denies u-turn on Constitution, arguing international legal status unchanged

Author: GBC

Date: 14 October 2013

A statement from Number Six Convent Place has rejected the GSD’s claim that there has been a u-turn in policy on the 2006 Constitution, arguing the Government and the Opposition remain poles apart.

Guarda Civil claims it's never shot at an innocent Gibraltarian & never will

Author: GBC

Date: 14 October 2013

The Spanish Civil Guard Association has said it has never shot at an innocent Gibratlarian and it never will. The statement follows Mr Picardo’s comments at the UN.

MP to move Commons bill on Gibraltar waters

Author: GBC

Date: 13 October 2013

A Conservative MP who visited Gibraltar on National day will be moving a bill in the House of Commons this week which aims to protect Gibraltar's right to its territorial waters under UK law. Whilst the UK has the right to claim 12 nautical miles, David Morris says he will be following the Gibraltar Government’s lead by defining it as three nautical miles from the coast.

20-year-old man dies in motorbike accident

Author: GBC

Date: 11 October 2013

Messages of condolence and support have been pouring in for the family and friends of a 20-year-old Gibraltarian man who lost his life in a motorbike accident on Friday night. GBC understands Gareth Collado crashed into the wall flanking Europa Advance Road.

New request for information on alleged "Gürtel" link

Author: GBC

Date: 11 October 2013

Spanish judge Pablo Ruz is once again asking for information regarding an account at SG Hambros Gibraltar in connection with the corruption investigation in 'Gürtel', according to Efe. In April, Spain asked for details of an account at the Gibraltar bank, allegedly linked to the ‘Gurtel’ case which implicates a number of PP politicians.

Opposition welcomes Government position on 2006 Constitution

Author: GBC

Date: 11 October 2013

The GSD says it welcomes that the Chief Minister has adopted the GSD’s position on the 2006 Gibraltar Constitution. This follows Fabian Picardo’s statement at a conference in Washington, where he said the Constitution gives Gibraltar the maximum level of self-government.

Mini Olympiad on Saturday

Author: GBC

Date: 11 October 2013

Under the banner ‘Live Life Love Sport’ the RGP’s Mini Olympiad continues to attract plenty of youngsters to the annual event. The event aims to raise drugs misuse awareness, and promote sport as a way of developing good future citizens.

Sir Graham Watson speaks at Treaty of Utrecht Symposium

Author: GBC

Date: 11 October 2013

Sir Graham Watson spoke at the Treaty of Utrecht Symposium this morning at the Garrison Library. The Lib Dem MEP says we’ve moved a long way since the Treaty of Utrecht and in the future he’d like to see Gibraltar become a signatory of the Schengen Agreement; which would put an end to border checks at the frontier.

Spanish Navy ship says Gibraltar Waters are Spanish

Author: GBC

Date: 11 October 2013

A Spanish Navy ship that carried out an incursion into Gibraltar waters this morning asserted that it was sailing in Spanish waters. The incident happened at nine o'clock when the patrol vessel Alborán was passing through the Strait between two and three nautical miles off Europa Point.

UK rejects Spain's UN assertions

Author: GBC

Date: 10 October 2013

The UK has strenuously denied that the Isthmus and the waters around Gibraltar were illegally occupied. It's stood by the Gibraltar Government's decision to create an artificial reef, and restated its commitment never to enter into a process of sovereignty negotiations with which Gibraltar is not content.

Fourth Committee: Self-determination not applicable to Gib says Spain

Author: GBC

Date: 10 October 2013

In his address to the 4th Committee, the Spanish representative reiterated Spain’s support for the principle of Self Determination but said it is not applicable to Gibraltar. And, decolonisation, he said had to be on a case-by case basis.

Government evidences claims made about Spain in UN

Author: GBC

Date: 10 October 2013

A statement from Number Six on Thursday evening sought to evidence the references by the Chief Minister to a campaign of lies and disinformation, of shots being fired on innocent Gibraltarians within British Gibraltar Territorial Waters and of damage to Gibraltarians' property.

Canadian MP visits Gibraltar

Author: GBC

Date: 10 October 2013

A Canadian Member of Parliament visited the Rock today. Russel Hiebert, a member of the Conservative Party, was given a briefing by Government officials, the RGP, the Boarders and Coastguard Agency and Customs.

Allegations of abuse denied at Dr Giraldi Home Inquiry

Author: GBC

Date: 10 October 2013

Current and former staff from the Dr Giraldi Home have denied a number of allegations made against them, with two former care workers saying they had never abused residents or ignored their complaints.

Chief Minister's address to the UN - in full

Author: GBC

Date: 10 October 2013

Mr Chairman I address you today on behalf of Her Majesty’s Government of Gibraltar and the People of Gibraltar; fifty years after our first Chief Minister, Sir Joshua Hassan, and Mr Peter Isola first addressed the Committee of twenty four on decolonisation. Fifty years since we started our struggle to achieve delisting from the list of non-self-governing territories.

Current & former managers speak at Dr Giraldi Home Inquiry

Author: GBC

Date: 10 October 2013

Current and former managers of the Dr Giraldi Home have today denied a number of allegations made against them. Responding to questions on witness statements given by other workers, current manager, Sean Matto, denied an accusation of impropriety with residents' money, and said allegations had been made to discredit him.

Urecht Symposium Opens

Author: GBC

Date: 10 October 2013

The Utrecht Symposium opened this morning at the Garrison Library with the Minister for Culture, Stephen Linares, thanking all those attending and organising the event.

Video:Chief Minister's address to the UN 4th Committee

Author: GBC

Date: 10 October 2013

SDGG addresses UN & equates Spain's actions to terrorism

Author: GBC

Date: 09 October 2013

Denis Mathews equates the Spanish Government's actions to acts of terrorism.

VIDEO: Gibraltar addresses the UN's 4th Committee in New York

Author: GBC

Date: 09 October 2013

The Chief Minister asks the UN to say whether it feels the 2006 Constitution goes far enough for delisting and if not to explain why. Fabian Picardo tells the Committee he believes Gibraltar has achieved a full measure of self Government, short of Independence.

Bossano says people were scared to speak out over Dr Giraldi Home

Author: GBC

Date: 09 October 2013

Joe Bossano, the Leader of the Opposition at the time of the Dr Giraldi Home allegations, has declared he felt people were scared to speak out throughout the whole episode. Mr Bossano gave evidence at the Dr Giraldi Home Inquiry on Wednesday, as did a number of care workers.

Jared Peralta receives lifeguard award

Author: GBC

Date: 09 October 2013

Jared Peralta has been presented with the Royal Life Saving Society’s “Giovanni Sene Award” for the best lifeguard to qualify from this year’s crop. At an award ceremony this afternoon, Tourism Minister Neil Costa also presented the summer’s lifeguards with their RLSS certificates, thanking them for their diligence and hard work during an extended beach season.

GSD calls for Sunborn 'debt' assurances

Author: GBC

Date: 09 October 2013

The GSD Opposition has called on the Government to confirm that none of the 30 million pounds lent to the owner of the Sunborn by Credit Finance Company Limited will be used to cover the company’s debts. This follows reports that the owners of the floating hotel owe the Barcelona Ayuntamiento over one and a half million euros.

Picardo to tell UN about Spain's harassment in recent months

Author: GBC

Date: 09 October 2013

The Chief Minister will address the United Nations’ Fourth Committee in New York tonight. His speech, limited to ten minutes, is expected to cover the harassment Gibraltar has experienced at the hands of Spain over the past few months.

'People were scared to speak out' Bossano tells Giraldi Inquiry

Author: GBC

Date: 09 October 2013

Joe Bossano, the Leader of the Opposition at the time of the Dr Giraldi allegations, has today declared he felt people were scared to speak out throughout the whole episode. Giving evidence at the Dr Giraldi Home Inquiry, Mr Bossano spoke of his role representing former Dr Giraldi Home manager Joanna Hernandez at her successful 2006 industrial tribunal for unfair dismissal.

Government sends another 382 complaints to European Commission

Author: GBC

Date: 08 October 2013

The Government has sent a further 382 complaints about the border delays to the European Commission. These complaints have been collected electronically through the Government website. The complaints are either about the length of time that it has taken to cross the border, or about the questions that they were asked by the Spanish authorities when they exited Spain.

Unite unhappy with Customs rotation agreement

Author: GBC

Date: 08 October 2013

Unite the Union says rotation at Customs sets a precedent in the public service which will undermine terms and conditions of service. Unite says the rotation system is unfair and unjustified because its been introduced to appease the demands of a few who are seeking to promote their own personal interests.

GGCA sign Customs agreement for staff transfers

Author: GBC

Date: 08 October 2013

The GGCA Committee has signed a Collective Agreement for staff transfers, to be applied at Customs. A union statement says it is essentially a renegotiation of the 2003 Collective Agreement, which allowed for the consideration of a rotation model for the whole department.

Picardo discusses Gibraltar with Council on Foreign Relations

Author: GBC

Date: 08 October 2013

The Chief Minister is in the United States for a series of meetings ahead of addressing the United Nations. Fabian Picardo sat down for a discussion with the Council on Foreign Relations, an independent think tank and publisher.

Dr Giraldi Home Inquiry hears allegations of "sabotage"

Author: GBC

Date: 08 October 2013

The Dr Giraldi Inquiry has heard evidence from a care worker who spoke of allegations of "sabotage" by staff at the home in previous years, as well as from the sister of a resident who had alleged staff members encouraged another resident to touch her inappropriately.

Parliament meeting on 17th October

Author: GBC

Date: 08 October 2013

Parliament will meet on Thursday of next week, starting at a quarter past nine in the morning. The agenda includes Answers to Questions and six Bills, three of which are able to go through all their stages. One that can't yet is an amendment to the Nature Protection Act that makes it possible for trammel nets to be used in Gibraltar waters.

Guardia Civil board fishing boat in Gibraltar waters

Author: GBC

Date: 08 October 2013

The Foreign Office will be making another formal diplomatic protest after the Guardia Civil exercised jurisdiction and took executive action in British Gibraltar Territorial Waters east of the Rock on Monday evening. The Royal Navy read warnings to Rio Cedena, after a Guardia Civil officer boarded a Spanish fishing boat, Santorur, in British Gibraltar Territorial Waters.

Opposition calls for Commonwealth Park statement

Author: GBC

Date: 07 October 2013

The Opposition has called on the Government to give a full and frank statement of how things are progressing at Commonwealth Park. It says the request is motivated by reports of difficulties and setbacks on site, including the proximity of the water table.

Last official visit to Regiment for Sir Adrian

Author: GBC

Date: 07 October 2013

The Regiment’s new Commanding Officer presented the Governor and Commander in Chief with a Ceremonial Pith Helmet during his final official visit to the Regiment last night. Sir Adrian Johns visited the whole Batallion before the Regiment’s deployment to Exercise Jebel Sahara.

More allegations of abuse in second week of Dr Giraldi Inquiry

Author: GBC

Date: 07 October 2013

Further allegations of abuse have come to light, as the Dr Giraldi Inquiry began its second week. Monday saw the Coroners’ Court hearing evidence about reports alleging care workers had encouraged residents to touch each other inappropriately.

Court begins jury selection process for Marrache trial

Author: GBC

Date: 07 October 2013

A Jury to hear the trial of the Marrache brothers is being empanelled this week. Benjamin, Solomon and Isaac Marrache, together with Leanne Turnbull face two charges of conspiracy to defraud. The charges date back to 2004.

900,000 euros for Spanish fishermen

Author: GBC

Date: 06 October 2013

The Spanish Government is to pay nearly one million euros to Spanish fishermen affected by the current conflict. The Ministry for Agriculture, Food and the Environment will pay fishermen from Algeciras and La Línea 300 thousand euros this year and 600 thousand next year.

Lidington says UK will ensure EU inspectors' visit is 'as positive as possible' for Gibraltar

Author: GBC

Date: 06 October 2013

Europe Minister David Lidington has told a UK MP that the British Government will engage with the European Commission to ensure that the outcome of the recent visit to the frontier by EU inspectors is as positive as possible for Gibraltar. Mr. Lidington was responding to a letter from Brighton Pavilion MP Caroline Lucas, in which she raised her constituents’ concerns about the Spanish border delays.

Margallo change of tone on Gibraltar?

Author: GBC

Date: 06 October 2013

The Spanish Government is considering amendments to the law that will force betting companies in Gibraltar to have branches or servers in Spain. In an interview with ABC newspaper, the Spanish Foreign Minister says this will enable Spain to control and avoid tax evasion. Despite this assertion, José Manuel García-Margallo adopts a decidedly more cautious and less strident tone when asked about Gibraltar.

A second version of Mozart's unfinished Gibraltar work

Author: GBC

Date: 06 October 2013

The son of recently-deceased local musician, Hector Cortes, is asking The Times to correct an article it published on Saturday regarding an unfinished work by Mozart about Britain’s victory in the Great Siege of Gibraltar. The newspaper claimed the 1782 piece had now finally been completed by a London composer, but Richard Cortes has pointed out that O Calpe! was first arranged and completed by his father and William Gomez in the 1990s.

The Famous Grouse migrates to the Rock

Author: GBC

Date: 06 October 2013

Local aficionados of a particular brand of Scotch Whisky will have an extra reason to raise their glass if they manage to get their hands on one of its "special edition" bottles. "The Famous Gibraltar" Famous Grouse is contained in a box that features some of the Rock's best known icons, like the Barbary Macaque and the Convent.

RGP smashes cigarette smuggling operation

Author: GBC

Date: 06 October 2013

A police operation to smash a cigarette-smuggling racket ended up with the arrest of seven Spaniards last week. The Royal Gibraltar Police has revealed that it had been keeping the Queensway car park under surveillance and that officers swooped on Thursday, seizing 15 thousand cigarettes and four vehicles.

Completer of Mozart's unfinished Gibraltar work asks whether Gib Government will fund next performance

Author: GBC

Date: 05 October 2013

A British composer who completed a centuries-old piece of music by Mozart about Britain's victory in the Great Siege of Gibraltar (1779-1783) has asked whether the Gibraltar Government will pay for its next performance. The composition received its world premiere as a completed work on Saturday night in Oxford, performed by the Amadeus Orchestra and Berkshire Youth Choir.

Hundreds Walk for Life

Author: GBC

Date: 05 October 2013

Hundreds supported the annual Walk for Life on Saturday morning organised by the Gibraltar Branch of Cancer Research UK. The fine early autumn weather undoubtedly helped boost numbers which some estimated at over 1,000.

2 Day International Philatelic Event on Monday

Author: GBC

Date: 04 October 2013

Gibraltar will host the first ever overseas meeting of the Royal Philatelic Society next Monday at the Gibraltar Garrison Library. The event is being organised by Richard Garcia, who is a Fellow of the Society and who was appointed as Overseas Representative for Gibraltar. There will be illustrated talks and displays from visiting philatelists and local collectors.

RGP intervenes to prevent SVA boarding local fishing boat in BGTW

Author: GBC

Date: 04 October 2013

The Royal Gibraltar Police intervened on Friday after officials on a Spanish Coastguard launch reportedly asked local fishermen for documentation in Gibraltar waters off Europa Point. GBC understands the RGP vessel wedged itself between the fishing boat and the SVA launch, which had put its fenders out in anticipation of boarding.

Seven arrested & 15,000 cigarettes seized

Author: GBC

Date: 04 October 2013

Seven Spaniards have been arrested, four vehicles seized and fifteen thousand cigarettes confiscated as a result of an RGP on-going surveillance operation. The men have been arrested for being knowingly concerned in the attempted exportation of a commercial quantity of tobacco.

Drama Festival set for third week of March 2014

Author: GBC

Date: 04 October 2013

Next year’s Drama Festival will take place at the Inces Hall Theatre between Monday the 17th and Saturday the 22nd of March. The dates were confirmed this week; the closing date for entries is Friday the 20th of December.

Treaty of Utrecht symposium on Thursday & Friday

Author: GBC

Date: 04 October 2013

A symposium on the context and significance of the Treaty of Utrecht is to take place at the Garrison Library over next Thursday and Friday. It’s part of a series of events, organised by the Government, to mark the 300th anniversary of the Treaty.

Senior UK Barclays Unite rep to offer local support

Author: GBC

Date: 04 October 2013

Unite the Union has arranged for the temporary secondment of a senior Barclays UNITE rep from the UK, who together with a local official, will be able to offer support to union members at the bank. This follows a meeting between a delegation of Unite and the Chief Minister.

A 'soul-searching' year for the legal profession

Author: GBC

Date: 04 October 2013

The Vice Chairman of the Bar has told those gathered for the Ceremonial Opening of the Legal Year that the profession has gone through a lot of soul searching this year. For his part, the Attorney General told the profession he was proud of his team’s conviction rates in Criminal Law.

Margallo sees 'advances' in correspondence with UK

Author: GBC

Date: 03 October 2013

The Spanish Foreign Minister has said the latest exchange of correspondence between the UK and Spain over Gibraltar has led to some advances. However, Europa Press says José Manuel García Margallo declined to specify what these advances are.

GFA announce series of friendlies

Author: GBC

Date: 03 October 2013

The Gibraltar Football Association has announced a series of friendlies, the first of which will see the Estonian national team visiting in March. Allen Bula revealed last night on Viewpoint that he intends to bring in three British players who have Gibraltarian ancestry to form part of the national team over the coming months.

Port Authority marketing drive

Author: GBC

Date: 03 October 2013

The Captain of the Port, Roy Stanbrook, will be travelling to Hong Kong next month for the International Bunker Industry Asscociation meeting. Whilst there, he’ll be meeting with ship owners in Hong Kong and Singapore.

Dr Giraldi Home Inquiry: Day Four

Author: GBC

Date: 03 October 2013

Allegations of mismanagement have again been made, on day four of the Dr Giraldi Home inquiry. The mother of one respite user spoke of factionalism between old and new staff at the home, while the mother of another respite user said unsatisfactory bathroom facilities led to an accident.

Paxman points to cross-border economy as solution to tensions

Author: GBC

Date: 03 October 2013

The UK Ambassador in Madrid, Giles Paxman has said that the best way to manage the Gibraltar situation is to ensure that people on both sides of the border take advantage of the wealth opportunities they can create together. Mr Paxman retires this month and hands over to Simon Manley

CM hints at post-Barclays announcement

Author: GBC

Date: 03 October 2013

The Government believes there is an alternative to solution to Barclays that will offer community banking and be able to absorb jobs in the future. The Chief Minister today wrote to Barclays Staff members, being made redundant, telling them the Government is looking at several ways of assisting them.

Barclays Bank to close on Main St by October 2014

Author: GBC

Date: 02 October 2013

Barclays Bank will close its Main Street operation by October next year. Following a long review, they will move from 108 employees to just 14. With immediate effect no new businesses or accounts will be opened on the Rock. Although it will cease to offer local banking and local counters, Barclays Wealth and Investment Management will remain in Gibraltar beyond 2014. Keith Bailey, Chief Country Officer for Barclays in Gibraltar, said the decision has not been taken lightly.

Women's Assoc writes to EU voicing frontier concerns

Author: GBC

Date: 02 October 2013

The Gibraltar Women’s Association has sent a letter to the European Commission team of inspectors who visited the Rock last month, in regards to how the border situation is affecting Gibraltar and Spain on a “human” level. A copy of the Association’s letter was also sent to Mr Jose Barroso, president of the European Commission.

'Barclays decision is cause for very serious concern'

Author: GBC

Date: 02 October 2013

The Opposition has said it deeply regrets and is very seriously concerned at Barclays’ decision to close its local banking services next year. The GSD’s employment spokesman, Damon Bossino, said the party’s immediate concern is the impact that this decision will have on the employees who will be losing their jobs.

'It's a very sad day for Barclays employees & Gibraltar'

Author: GBC

Date: 02 October 2013

And following Barclays’ announcement, Unite the union says this is a “very sad day” not only for Barclays employees but also the Gibraltar community as a whole. This is Unite Branch Officer, Christian Duo.

UK replies to Spain at the United Nations

Author: GBC

Date: 02 October 2013

The UK has told the United Nations it regrets that Spain withdrew from the Trilateral Forum for Dialogue in 2011. In a statement replying to comments by Spain’s Prime Minister in the general debate recently, the UK has reiterated its commitment to Gibraltar.

Dr Giraldi Home Inquiry: Day Three

Author: GBC

Date: 02 October 2013

Family members of former and current residents have today given evidence at the Dr Giraldi Home Inquiry. Responding to questions from lead counsel, Robert Englehart QC, the mother and grandmother of one former child resident said the child had spoken of being forced to take cold showers at the home during the early 2000s.

Barclays Bank; Government reacts

Author: GBC

Date: 02 October 2013

The Government says it’s saddened to learn of Barclays’ decision to reduce the size of its footprint on the Rock, and in particular, the closure of the Main Street branch next year. The Government says its disappointed at the job losses and the closure of the high street branch that will arise out of Barclays’ decision.

Inquiry Chairman rebukes Joanna Hernandez for Facebook comments

Author: GBC

Date: 01 October 2013

The Chairman of the Dr Giraldi inquiry, Sir Jonathan Parker, said it was an extremely serious and regrettable development that former manager Joanna Hernandez’s proposed opening statement was published on Facebook. Sir Jonathan, who refused an application to let Ms Hernandez make that statement yesterday, said it would be tragic if her conduct should prejudice the inquiry.

St Martin's School extension opened

Author: GBC

Date: 01 October 2013

Education Minister Gilbert Licudi has opened a new extension at St Martin’s School, which includes new classrooms and bathrooms.

New cross border pressure group

Author: GBC

Date: 01 October 2013

A new cross-border pressure group called ‘Human Dignity’ has been created; it will represent people of all nationalities who are abused by problems at the frontier. The group says the union follows months of discussions with interested parties, and listening to the concerns and ideas of people who use the frontier regularly.

Mobility Scooter Rental Service moved to Casemates

Author: GBC

Date: 01 October 2013

The “Shopmobility” facility has been transferred to the Gibraltar Tourist Board in Casemates Square. Previously located at the Care Agency premises, the mobility scooter rental service will now also be available during weekends and public holidays.

Stones thrown at Customs & RGP Officers during tobacco arrest

Author: GBC

Date: 01 October 2013

Stones and missiles were thrown at Customs and Royal Gibraltar Police officers during a tobacco arrest at Eastern beach on Thursday. A 24-year-old Spanish national was arrested and nearly 15 thousand cigarettes were seized. However the second man managed to swim across to Spain where he was met by other men on the Spanish beach.

No.6 announces probe into Spanish 'incitement of hatred'

Author: GBC

Date: 01 October 2013

A team of lawyers has been put together by the Gibraltar Government to look at whether it can file a complaint against Spain for incitement to hatred. Number Six Convent Place says it will leave no stone unturned to expose those responsible for the illegal campaign against Gibraltar.

Spanish Foreign Ministry denies human rights monitoring

Author: GBC

Date: 01 October 2013

The Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) has expressed disappointment that Spanish authorities did not allow human rights monitors at an anti-monarchy demonstration in Madrid on Saturday. A spokesperson told GBC Spain’s Foreign Ministry made it clear that its professional monitoring would be unwelcome.

Sir Graham asks European Commission to investigate controversial video

Author: GBC

Date: 01 October 2013

Gibraltar and South West MEP Sir Graham Watson has written to the European Commission asking them to investigate whether the controversial YouTube video of a play performed by teenagers in Spain amounts to ‘Hate Speech’. Sir Graham says the matter needs to be investigated by the Justice Commission.

Spanish Police Chief to intensify investigations over Gibraltar

Author: GBC

Date: 30 September 2013

Spain’s top police officer says his organization wants to intensify all investigations that might prevent Gibraltar becoming a safety issue for Spain and the European Union.

New Justice of Appeal sworn in

Author: GBC

Date: 30 September 2013

Following advice from the Judicial Service Commission, the Governor has sworn in Sir Mark Howard Potter as a new appointment as Justice of Appeal.

Dr Giraldi Home Inquiry: Day One

Author: GBC

Date: 30 September 2013

The Dr Giraldi Home Inquiry began today, with two witnesses already having given evidence. The inquiry will look into allegations of mismanagement, misconduct and malpractice, including abuse, at the Home, as well as the response these had from the relevant authorities and agencies.

New housing scheme launched; GSD reacts

Author: GBC

Date: 30 September 2013

The Government has awarded the contracts for the construction of two housing schemes to GJBS and Casais. The two projects will cost a total of 116 million pounds and provide a total of nearly a thousand homes. For its part, the Opposition has wasted no time in calling on the Government to provide details of how it intends to fund these projects.

Hague unequivocal about Tory support for Gibraltar

Author: GBC

Date: 30 September 2013

The Foreign Secretary, William Hague, has reiterated that the Conservative party will never negotiate Gibraltar’s sovereignty against its people’s wishes. Speaking at the Conservative party conference, he also reiterated the frontier controls implemented by Spain this summer have been disproportionate.

Two men appear in court on violence charges after bloody brawl

Author: GBC

Date: 30 September 2013

Two men appeared in court this morning on violence charges after after an argument turned ugly last night on Flat Bastion Road, with two men requiring treatment in hospital. The police investigation continues.

Seven streets in Spain named 'Gibraltar Español'

Author: GBC

Date: 29 September 2013

Collective wishful thinking or an oversight? There are residents in Spain who repeat the 'Gibraltar Español' claim everytime they give their address.

Conservative Party Conference: Chief Minister's address in full

Author: GBC

Date: 29 September 2013

The Chief Minister addresses a Gibraltar Government reception at the Conservative Party Conference, attended by members of Spain's Partido Popular

Road re-opened following rock fall

Author: GBC

Date: 28 September 2013

The stretch of road between the Caleta Hotel and the Motorcycle Club on the Eastside was re-opened on Monday afternoon following rock falls over the weekend.

EU found Eastside not in breach of Environmental Legislation before

Author: GBC

Date: 28 September 2013

Eastside Project was looked into by the European Commission in 2011 and was found not to breach Environmental Legislation.

European Commission President receives 45,000 Euro award in Spain

Author: GBC

Date: 28 September 2013

The President of the European Commission's work is acknowledged with a substantial monetary award, two days before the European mission to the frontier.

Media denied access to Spanish customs area

Author: GBC

Date: 27 September 2013

In contrast to the 'access all areas' welcome given by the Gibraltar Government to the EU inspectors, and the sizeable number of news teams covering their visit the Spanish authorities denied journalists access to their customs area while the inspectors were shown around.

Margallo denies alliance with Argentina over UK territories

Author: GBC

Date: 27 September 2013

The Spanish Foreign Minister, Jose Garcia-Margallo has denied that Spain will present a united front with Argentina to deal with the UK on the issues of Gibraltar and the Falklands.

Foreign Office informed following two incursions Friday

Author: GBC

Date: 27 September 2013

The Convent has sent a full report to the Foreign Office in London and the British Embassy in Madrid after two separate incursions into British Gibraltar Territorial Waters by a Guardia Civil vessel this morning. Warnings were read by the Royal Navy shortly after 8am, as the Rio Cedena motored in waters west of the runway.

Video inciting hatred against Gibraltar in a Spanish School is removed from YouTube

Author: GBC

Date: 27 September 2013

Following international condemnation, a video depicting a school play in which Gibraltarians are shot by Spanish military was removed from YouTube. The two-minute clip titled ‘Gibraltar Español’ appears to be filmed in a school in a town near Zaragoza, and the parts are played by teenagers.

Gibraltar's first Backgammon Festival

Author: GBC

Date: 27 September 2013

Plans have been completed for Gibraltar’s first Backgammon Festival, to be held next month. A local qualifying event will be held on the 14th and 15th of October. The International Festival will be officially recognised as part of the European Backgammon Tour, with European Tour players participating from the 17th to the 20th of October.

Six students to accompany Government at UN next month

Author: GBC

Date: 27 September 2013

Six students will be accompanying the Government at the meeting of the United Nations 4th Committee in New York next month. The students were chosen through